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Melaka Getaway Dec 2011

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Despite being so near to home, I’d never been to Melaka all these years. We didn’t have any travelling plans last december but I desperately needed a break! The perfect excuse to visit this city which I’d always wanted to do so but never did!

Few words here, more of a shameless generous splosh of snapshots I’d taken during the all-too-short 2-day getaway.
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Lorong Hang Jebat, named after a Malay warrior from Melaka glorious historical past.
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Church of St Francis Xavier, along the banks of Sungai Melaka.
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The thosai here is pretty wicked!!!
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An Indian sundry store near the end of Jalan Tokong and Jalan Hang Jebat
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At the beginning of Jalan Hang Jebat, which is more commonly known to tourists as “Jonker Street”
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Properly watered and fed, we were on our way to discover the city! An old revamped shophouse in love turquoise!
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They are the “kasot manik” specialists! “Kasot manik”, literally translated to “bead slippers” are of authentic peranakan tradition, worn by both men and women for all occasions. Extremely laborious and painstaking to produce, each pair made from genuine faceted “potong manik” are works of art on their own!
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Traditional paper lanterns hang outside the doors of a Peranakan household, characterised by the intricate drawings, many of which denote legends and mythology from the Chinese Classics. These lanterns are rarely seen nowadays and there’s only an elderly gentleman in Melaka who still makes them. When he passes on, he would take the craft into his grave…
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Another pair of Peranakan lanterns bearing the name of the household, 宋振生
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And this is its matching piece for the pair…
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“Little Nyonya”, a restaurant spin off from the very popular drama serial.
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Their lanterns beared the story of 八仙过海 , the Eight Immortals very very prominent featured in Peranakan artifacts, from wedding headdresses, to altar table skirting.
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Another interesting handicrafts shop, whose facade is decorated extensively with chinese papercutting motifs!
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These paper cuttings are characteristic of folks in northern China who would cut and paste such cuttings on the windows 剪窗花.
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A rustic look in sepia…
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Colorful trishaws, a very common sight in Melaka City area.
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Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, one of the many shops which sells a Melakan delight, Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls…
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Chopsticks bearing chinese surnames… a mere tourist souvenir.
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no worries if you broke a strap or two here! quick fixes all around!
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A dying trade in Singapore, 叮当糖. Glad to have “rediscovered” it in Melaka!
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Almost rock-hard candy coated with chopped peanuts, a taste of childhood!
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Yet another “famous” chinese rice balls joint! Famous by tourist guidebook standards of course!
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The chinese name is kinda weird duncha think?
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The architecture of the Melaka Hokkien Association is styled like a Chinese taoist temple!
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One of the reasons why I’m here, to document the old antique tiles used in Straits Chinese architecture.
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Jonker88, a popular joint for cendol and laksa!
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An amazing lady we’d chanced upon outside one of the clan associations along the streets of Melaka!
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Her calligraphy is impeccable!
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Such flowing brush strokes which put us to shame…she is definitely the more abled one!
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A living testament to a chinese saying 残而不废!!!
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Another old and rustic looking house in sepia
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Some gals, presumably art students doing still life
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A professional “kasot manik” craftsman. We had a great chat and he was quite generous to share with me some tips on sewing beaded slippers!
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Another chinese association styled as an elaborately embellished chinese temple!
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The Chee Family Ancestral Mansion. The Chees are a prominent peranakan family in Melaka. Alas a building of such grandeur is used solely for ancestral worship, better known as the “rumah abu” of a Straits Chinese household.
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One of the very many privately owned museums along Heeren Street and Jonker Street. Many of them are actually antiques and curios shops.
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Holely walls…
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Heeren House, along the banks of Sungai Melaka, next to Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, aka Heeren Street
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Hangout@Jonker, where we stayed for the night. pretty spartan but very clean rooms
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Some nyonyaware replicas… for the real deal, walk down the very many antique shops along Jonker Street!
Sungai Melaka Panorama
A parting view of Sungai Melaka before heading home. Alas a 2-day-1-night trip is too short… Will definitely come back for more!

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15 responses

  1. dunno why.. i always get a shiver to see those colourful trishaws.. it makes me imagine Hindu floats.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:13 am

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      hahaha you got langga by a thaipusam kavadi before issit? :p

      August 2, 2012 at 2:34 am

  2. I was there during the CNY, brought back sweet memories looking at your photos:D

    July 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    • Alan (travellingfoodies)

      oh!? how’s the place during CNY? I was under the impression that most of the shops would be closed…

      July 31, 2012 at 11:07 pm

  3. Lovely photos! Don’t worry, I still have yet to go to Malacca. I must fall under the 20% of Singaporeans who still have not been there. How’s the food like? Any must-tries?

    August 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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  6. blessedfin

    lovely photos! its been ages since I last visited Malacca ..

    August 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  7. i see that you do have some collection on those nyonya wares, did you get them from malacca? oh, i hv never tried that ‘ting tong candy’!

    August 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm

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