The Abdul Company…
Syarikat Abdul is synonym with Jonker Street. Since its establishment in 1920s, now this company has already making its name in for Antique hunter all over Malaysia and from other countries. It is a family business not are at the 3rd generation. So we can consider the company itself is antique. The Abdul shop have 2 premises at Jonker Street.
All the antique items are not only local but also come from many countries around the world like Japan, China, Germany, British and India. Some of the stuff also are not available in its homeland. So what kind of antique here? Diversified from kitchenware to a Old Samurai Sword. Talking about the sword, it has very long history, who knows how many head beheaded by it. It got Wall clock, table top clock and Grandfather clock,Dome lamp, Chandelier, Dutch Lamp. Old nyonya item like Nyonya Belts and Nyonya Food Baskets. This family heirloom things like the nyonya items could reach thousand of $$ because it hard to find nowadays.
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Remember Pirates of the Caribbean?
Although the Dutch colony stay longer than the Portuguese in Malacca and many of the building remains are Dutch, there is no specific Dutch Village here like the Portuguese Village at Ujung Pasir. So when the Dutch defeated the Portuguese, they build the Stadhuys Complex, Church and Residential at Hereen Street that still available till today but where are the Dutch Descendants here at Malacca?
Now the Branyo and Farapeira are among Melaka folk dance although the Origin is from Portugal. But I never heard about Dutch culture anywhere here. Well actually the Dutch descendants are exist in this country and they are consider the minority within the minority. They are scattered all over the country and not only centered in Malacca. They maybe the smallest group of Eurasians in Malaysia but the they are descendants of the VOC or Dutch East India Company pioneers who ruled Malacca in 1641 for 16 decades.
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Hang Kasturi Mausoleum…
Every civilization have their own Epic Warrior and Melaka have one thick book about a group of warrior that bring Malacca Empire to Glory in 15th Century. The famous story was about five brothers who got great martial art skills and lead by sharp minded Hang Tuah who once saved Sultan Prime Minister from being killed by a group of pirate that runs amok in Malacca town that day. From then, this five brave men taken by Melaka Sultan to work under him. As for the Sharp minded Hang Tuah, Malacca Sultan appointed him as an Admiral. Hang Tuah, as Sultan’s constant aide, accompanying the king to all official visit or voyage to other country and manage to defeat all who want to fight him. As a warriors tale, it also have magic and mystic influence. Like Hang Tuah have a Malay dagger that can make him untouchable by any iron.
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The old and historic Melaka River will make a new history in this millennium with San Antonio River as a Benchmark. The river also will receive new add on that will be nation largest aquarium coming soon. Read the article below from the Star Online:
Tuesday June 2, 2009
Malacca River clean and ready for tourists
MALACCA: The rehabilitated Malacca River is set to become a major tourist attraction, with its river cruise activities capable of attracting 500,000 visitors this year.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the state would continue to promote the river as a tourist product, including starting a water taxi service by the end of the year.
“Based on ticket sales last year, some 350,000 visitors took the Malacca River cruise for their sightseeing.
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Being only about 3 Kilometers from my office, I have been to this cafe few times. Located at Malacca Botanical Garden, only a walk away from Melaka Zoo and The Croc Farm. Pleasant surrounding from the Recreational Forest just behind it will make your appetite blooming. All menu are available from Malay, Chinese to Western, the experience chef will prepared for you. From Sambal(Chillies Paste),Fish Head Curry, Assam Pedas (Famous Malakkan Menu), Chinese ‘Char’ to Grilled Steak and Nyonya Cendol all you can eat.
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Yellow Card – No Good…
UNESCO is likely to Yellow Flag George Town and Malacca. Read the article below from the Star Online:
Sunday May 31, 2009
UNESCO likely to Yellow Flag George Town and Malacca
By MARTIN CARVALHO
MALACCA: A Unesco committee which will meet in Spain next month is likely to issue a Yellow Flag or warning over George Town and Malacca City’s joint status as World Heritage Sites.
The Unesco World Heritage Committee is likely to raise the alert although there is no danger at present of a possible loss of the status for the two cities.
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After 6 month old and above, babies / children will start to make funny things and look funny also. This is the best period to invest more quality time with them especially the for working parents. It will be a lost if we miss this time when they are in a process to grown up. Usually working parents will have to put their babies at the care center, paid a maid or leave them with their grandma. So time we had with them are precious and stop bringing home the office..Here are some tips for playing with babies that I dig from the net.
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