Tag Archives: Melaka

Flowered Trishaw

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An elderly driver stood by his trishaw with fog lamps as props in Kota Bharu. Seems Malaysia has this penchant for artificial flower adorned trishaws. I have two more pictures below from Melaka to prove this.

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Mr. Universe

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That flexing smile

If Filipinos are proud of their boxing champ Manny Pacquiao, Melakans are undoubtedly proud of their bodybuilding champ Datuk Wira. When in Melaka, one cannot avoid seeing the statues of Mr. Universe so might as well document him here.

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Mr. Universe deserves a picture

The Pasar Near Melaka Sentral

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Live catfish for sale

Upon reaching Melaka’s central bus terminal coming from Kuala Lumpur, I went inside this market across the street still carrying my duffel bag. I just came all the way from Terminal 2 of KLIA, and before that, all the way from Manila. My bag was light and manageable enough to lug while wandering from stall to stall, eager to see some curiosities of the pasar.

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Huge bananas

The marketplace was clean and organized from the fish section to the local delicacies section where I got a pack of gula melaka and dodol.

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In one empty stall, I took snapshot of jumbo green bananas (or plantain?). And in one table, there was this unidentified yellow seed in dark brown hard shell that seems to come from a tree like the petai. I inquired and the answer I got sounds like gering ulam.

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And so I continued to check the produce, ready made sauces, belacan etcetera, taking my time until I felt like eating.

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Gering ulam? That’s what I heard from the vendor

That ended my market loitering. I then partook mee goreng (with ais kopi) at one of the food stalls in the second floor of the market. After which I rode a bus towards Bukit China to commence my five day Melaka trip.

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A Collage of Humans with Feline Head

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As you can see, almost entirely, those are cat head cutouts pasted over human bodies, and put together as collage on a wall by some fine arts dude, a cat fellow or somebody with a twisted mind. Adjacent to that collage wall is a door with “Give piss a chance” written on it.

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Just one of those things that catches your attention in one of those streets in Melaka.

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Some Structures in Melaka

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Shophouse

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More shophouses

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Bank

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Low rise building

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Melaka’s landmark. And that tower behind the Stadthuys should have been erected somewhere else instead

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Sidewalk

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Museum

Glimpse of Greenery in Melaka

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Pandan plant

As I travel in Melaka, I took some plant snapshots here and there…That pot of pandan on the wooden floor against the wall is a pretty sight.

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And another pandan

I wonder if the human being behind that potted pandan uses it for purposes other than green ornamentation.

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Meanwhile, those untamed hanging container plants against a wall with artwork caught my attention, for it seems that the water dripping from clothes has something to do with its flourishing state. Like an unintentional irrigation system.

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And then there was this traditional house in Kampung Morten with potted plants giving an impression of pleasantness and hospitable atmosphere, and not the stiff ‘architectural digest’ garden look.

Telephone Kiosk

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Telephone kiosk in Melaka. Not so sure about the presence of footwear

Gula Melaka

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Gula melaka (translation: Melaka sugar) is the palm sugar of Malacca and used as sweetener for Peranakan desserts (e.g. kuih) and beverages. The crudeness of gula melaka reminds me of Philippine panocha, likewise a raw sugar in hemisphere form but extracted from sugarcane instead. Whereas the panocha’s hemisphere came to be because half coconut shells were used to solidify cane sugar, comparatively, the cylindrical shape of gula melaka was formed by solidifying palm sugar in bamboo tubes. Charmingly crude.

Melaka Murals

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Literary dudes

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Traditional Biscuits in Melaka

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Manual biscuit making at Eng Chee Seng shop in Temenggong street, Bukit China

Whereas the street configuration and structures in Melaka remind me of Georgetown (Penang), their traditional biscuit shops and pineapple tart shops remind me a bit of Macau.

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Paper packaging

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All you need is some tea for these biscuits

By the Melaka River

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Unhurried stay, wanderings by the side streets, and most particularly the walks by the river for several days, impart some profound understanding of Melaka.

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Something that cannot be accomplished by river cruising on a tourist boat for 45 minutes or by staying for couple of nights only.

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Health campaign post on the benefits of walking 10,000 steps

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Tourist boat on a river cruise

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Dining by the river on a quiet evening

Catching Tilapia in Sungai Melaka

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Caught tilapia

Around midday on a weekday in Melaka, things are quiet by the riverbank walkway. But for this local guy, it’s the best time to drop a net and catch some tilapia.

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Somebody else is interested

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Receptacle for the catch

 

Ondeh-Ondeh

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Ondeh-ondeh c/o Mr Ibrahim's hospitality at his traditional house in Kampung Morten

Ondeh-ondeh is one of the many variations of kuih (confection) in Malaysia. Made from glutinous rice flour, mashed sweet potato and tapioca flour, then filled with palm sugar, and covered in desiccated coconut. It’s their pichi-pichi in looks and taste, minus the sweet burst of palm sugar at the core which I’m so fond about the ondeh-ondeh. See, even the name repetition of Filipino kakanin pichi-pichi is another similarity to the kuih.

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Fallen fruits of Melaka tree

Pertaining to the kuih’s green color and round shape, there’s a reason for that, which made it distinctly Melakan.

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I'm pretending to be Parameswara looking up at this Melaka tree

Notably, ondeh-ondeh’s other name is Buah Melaka (translated as Melaka Fruit). So the kuih got its name and appearance from Melaka fruit like how the Melaka State got its name from Melaka tree.

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My host says Melaka fruit is not edible

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Ondeh-ondeh's ad somewhere at Jonker street

Jonker’s Oyster Cake

Oyster cake at the Jonker Street Night Market. Deserves to be immortalized here.
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Newsprint Apron

Apron fashioned from newspaper and tied around the shy but smiling fish vendor waist by means of a string.

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Notable Incense Holders

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Humble

Aimless walking in Melaka brought about snapshots of some notable incense holders of the Straits Chinese, like those tiny humble ones outside their shops, or the growing ones outside their temple.

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Old incenses unintentionally repurposed as holder for new ones

Cow Urine

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Used for spiritual healing

A bottle of cow urine found in a store that sells incenses, incense holders, cow’s milk, and other prayer paraphernalia in Little India, Melaka.

Cats of Melaka

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By the church ruins on the hill

 

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Cafeteria of the pasar at Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal

 

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At the back of a traditional Malay house in Kampung Morten

 

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Kampung Morten cat is pregnant

 

Malacca Fesyen et al

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Say fesyen

Fesyen for fashion, tekstil for textile, farmasi for pharmacy, restoran for restaurant and rezab for reserved (my favorite), are some examples of Malay words loaned from English.

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Say restoran

The spelling resulted from how they are actually pronounced in Malay, I suppose. Truth is, the simplicity of how you say it, how you write it spelling (with minimum number of alphabet letters) made those loan words very straightforward to use by Malay writers than their English versions by English writers.

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Say farmasi

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It’s rezab parking, get it?

 

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See the fesyen guy inside?

 

Flower Garland Job

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Tamil Malaysian men string fresh flowers to make garland in Melaka

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