Month: January 2010

Malacca Trip Day Two Part 1

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(a continuation from my Malacca Trip Day One Part 4…)

Before returning to our rooms the previous night, we were told that the hotel breakfast buffet would be available from 7am onwards.


The first round (L to R) Beef Rendang, Mee Goreng and Hashbrown

The Beef Rendang and Mee Goreng were very appetizing but the Hashbrown was a little soaked up with oil though. How I wished I had taken more servings of the first two items!


Second round: Porridge

Nothing fanciful. Just plain porridge with extremely salty ikan bilis.


Third round: Mini pan cakes

Cute as a button.


Fourth round: Nasi Lemak

Nice sambal but the rice was a little ‘rough’.

Come to think of it, the breakfast selection is quite ‘heavy’ due to the spices and coconut used.

Seems like I have eaten quite a lot but I had a bit of everything in moderation. I don’t have the habit to eat too full during long journeys as I’m afraid I can’t find a toilet in the middle of nowhere.

Anyway, our first itinerary for the second day was the Sam Po Kong Temple and the Hang Li Poh well. Well, we are going somewhere historical and that’s a good start for the day.


Sam Po Kong Temple

There were numerous versions regarding the existence of the Sam Po Kong Temple.

One of the versions I read was that in the olden days, many Chinese traders flocked to Malacca with dreams of making it big. However, some died in this foreign land before they could fulfill their dreams. Thus, Sam Po Kong Temple was built to take care of their graves at Bukit Cina, many of whom have no descendants to care for because their families did not travel with them.

Another version I heard was that this temple was built in dedication to Admiral Cheng Ho, whose other name was, you guessed it, Sam Po.



Admiral Cheng Ho


Didn’t know he’s a hobbit


The Hang Li Poh well was situated right next to the Sam Po Kong Temple


The well water which wouldn’t overflow as demonstrated by the guide


Hang Li Poh Well

To most people, this is just an ordinary well but to me, there is a greater significant. As I mentioned before in my Pre Malacca Trip Thoughts, I loved history and I like to check up the history of a place before I visit so that I could better appreciate it.

Princess Hang Li Poh was married to the reigning Sultan Mansur Shah in
the mid 15th century for diplomatic ties between China and Malacca. The
well was then built at the foot of Bukit Cina – a Chinese settlement
given by the Sultan to the Princess as a gift.

In 1511, the Portuguese conquered Malacca and gained total control of the well, which was the city’s main source of water. In retaliation, Malay warriors filled the well with poison and many Portuguese who drank from it died.

In 1677, the Dutch conquered Malacca and enclosed the
well with a brick wall to maintain their rights over it. The well
was subsequently turned into a wishing well, a situation which
continues until today.


The brick wall built by the Dutch surrounding the well

After visiting the Sam Po Kong Temple and Hang Li Poh Well, it was time to board the coach for our next destination.
Where will we go next?

Find out more at my Malacca Trip Day Two Part 2!


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Malacca Trip Day One Part 4

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(a continuation from my Malacca Trip Day One Part 3…)

The sky was just beginning to turn dark when we stepped out of the Nyonya Gift Shop.

We boarded the coach and was told that we’re headed for the last itinerary of the day – Jonker Walk.

Whoopee! We are finally going somewhere touristy at long last!

I have long heard about this street in Malacca, a popular destination with both foreigners and locals alike!


After alighting the coach, we turned the corner and neon lights that spelled “Jonker Walk” greeted us


It’s interesting to know that Jalan Hang Jebat (the street where Jonker Walk is located) was named after Hang Tuah’s childhood friend.

According to Wiki:

Perhaps the most famous story in which Hang Tuah is involved is his fight with his closest childhood companion, Hang Jebat.
Hang Tuah’s deep loyalty to and popularity with the Sultan led to
rumours being circulated that Hang Tuah was having an illicit affair
with one of the Sultan’s stewardess
dayang.
The Sultan sentenced Hang Tuah to death without trial for the alleged
offense. The death sentence was never carried out, however, because
Hang Tuah’s executioner, the Bendahara, went against the Sultan’s
orders and hid Hang Tuah in a remote region of Melaka.

Believing that Hang Tuah was dead, murdered unjustly by the Sultan
he served, Hang Jebat avenged his friend’s death. Hang Jebat’s revenge
allegedly became a palace killing spree or furious rebellion against
the Sultan (sources differ as to what actually occurred). It remains
consistent, however, that Hang Jebat wreaked havoc onto the royal
court, and the Sultan was unable to stop him, as none of the Sultan’s
warriors dared to challenge the more ferocious and skilled Hang Jebat.
The Bendahara then informed the Sultan that the only man able to stop
Hang Jebat, Hang Tuah, was still alive. The Bendahara recalled Hang
Tuah from his hiding place and the warrior was given full amnesty by
the Sultan and instructed to kill Hang Jebat. After seven gruelling
days of fighting, Hang Tuah was able to kill Hang Jebat.
(Source)

It’s always useful to find out more about the history of a place before stepping foot in there. At least, you won’t sound so ignorant if people were to ask you about it.



Some karaoke activity going on with the Chinese community


Hugeass pineapple tart that was awarded the Malaysia Book of Records

That’s one tart long past it’s expiry date!


Ice lollies

I had the Sarsi one…


Fresh-out-of-the-oven 马蹄酥

My Mum bought three packs (10 pieces in a pack) to be distributed among my siblings back home.


I like the dragon-on-the-beam and intricate carvings on the windows of the Hokkien Association

Unfortunately, a stall set up right in front of it prevented me from taking a proper frontal shot of it.


The trademark of Jonker Street


San Shu Gong

At the end of Jonker Walk was this San Shu Gong shop selling local produce. From traditional biscuits to cuttlefish and chocolates, they have everything under one roof!


Oriental design on the window


Preserved mandarin oranges


Medicinal products


An old-school bench and table outside San Shu Gong

I wish I could bring this home!


Attempt to take professional architecture shot failed

Couldn’t take a steady shot with several shopping bags swinging from my arms…


I wished I had a DSLR at times like this…

We were given three hours to shop but unfortunately, my Mum and I covered the entire Jonker Walk in just one hour. We spent the remaining two hours on the coach waiting for the rest of the people to come back.

I was a little disheartened after visiting Jonker Walk because there wasn’t as much stalls as I had thought. My Mum said there were alot more stalls and variety during her last visit here. Most of the stalls I observed are selling repeated items like hand-held fans and magnets.

I wished I could have taken more architecture shots of Jonker Walk but there were way too many people around. Perhaps I should return during the day when there are lesser people.


I returned to the hotel feeling unsatisfied

I am pining all my hopes on the second day and hope it doesn’t disappoint me…


And so, that sums up the first day of my Malacca trip.

Day Two Part 1 of my Malacca trip coming up as soon as this entry reaches 1K views!

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Malacca Trip Day One Part 3

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(a continuation from Day One Part 2…) RIP JOHNNY DEPP DIED IN CAR CRASH BORDEAUX, France?

My apologies for the delay of this installment but the Qishan Abused Dogs are more important!


Magical healing in process…

Here’s a recap from Day One Part 2.

We were brought to this old shophouse not far from the hotel for a miracle ear-pricking session which is said to improve our eyesight.

I was sceptical over its’ claims. How does pricking ones’ ears aid in improving the eyesight?

I was getting restless waiting for them and it seems like forever when it finally ended.

“Surely we can go visit somewhere now?” I thought.


But I was dead wrong…

I was aghast to learn that the next activity won’t be till two hours later and the only thing we can do in the meantime was to take a rest in our room due to the long journey we had earlier. I could have ventured out myself for that two precious hours but my Mum wouldn’t hear of it and is worried that I might get mugged lose my way and can’t get back in time.

So, after much grumbling and two hours later, we gathered at the hotel lobby and were brought to Dataran Pahlawan for an hour’s shopping.

Shopping doesn’t arouse much interest in me as the stores are more or less the same everywhere. The only thing that managed to trigger my interest was seeing A&W but regrettably, dinner was next on the itinerary so I must leave my stomach alone.

Painful decision.

After leaving the shopping mall, dinner was at the following restaurant.

Seroni Nyonya Cuisine Restaurant
No 60 & 62 Taman Melaka Raya I,
Jalan Melaka Raya 25, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia


The interior


Nyonya Chicken Curry


Nyonya Chap Chye

Pardon the blurriness because my hands were shaky someone was turning the lazy susan.


Sambal Fish or something


Sambal Okra


Udang Nenas


Cendol for eight in a large bowl


The aftermath

I’m fine with Peranakan food but having a similar menu for both lunch and dinner all on the same day seems abit too much.

After dinner, we crossed the street and turned the corner to this shop…


Little Nyonya Gift Shop


It sells a variety of local produce


A cuttlefish’s worst nightmare

There’s nothing Nyonya about this shop.

No salesgirls dressed in Kebaya, no Nyonya Kuehs, and no one singing Pantun.

It’s just one of the many shops selling local produce.

I’m getting pretty fed up because we’ve been taken nowhere the whole day except to places where the tour guide can earn his commission.

Where will we go next?

Malacca Trip Day One Part Four coming up!

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Link Up For Qishan Abused Dogs

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I came across this upsetting plea for help from a Taiwan dog welfare group known as the Kaohsiung Concern Stray Animal Association (KCSAA). 

They are running out of food supplies and resources therefore sending out this plea for help.

You can help by linking up to this project (via your Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, Blog), and *HILLS will help feed the dogs.

*HILLS is the company that brings you Science Diet

Their goal is to reach 10, 000 links.

It doesn’t cost you an arm or a leg to spread the word so start linking today!

The actual website is in chinese so I’ll try my best to translate the following…


Dog carcass discarded in the drain


98年11月10日高雄市關懷流浪動物協會,從繁殖場業主手中救下了數以百計的受虐狗,殘忍的繁殖場,將銷售較差的犬種,一率斷水斷食,活活餓死……死掉後全都拖出來,小一點的就打包丟在水溝裡,大一點的就隨手將牠棄置在狗場的一角,任其腐爛….

On the10 July 1998, KCSAA in Kaoshiung, Taiwan
rescued hundreds of abused dogs from a puppymill farm. Breeds that aren’t profitable had their food supply cut off and left to die of
starvation. Carcasses of the smaller breeds would be thrown into the drains while larger
breeds would be left to decompose at one corner.

已經死亡發臭的狗屍體
A dead dog giving off an offensive stench

許多籠子裡的狗狗就連這樣的餿水都沒得吃
Most dogs don’t even get to eat leftovers like this


為什麼會有棉花在籠子裡呢?走近一看才驚覺這是一具只剩皮毛及不成形的屍體…
Why is there ‘cotton’ in the cage? A closer look reveals the fur left behind after the carcass decomposed…

柯基、狼犬、梗犬全都擠在一起。

Corgis, German Shepherd and Terriers all squeezed together.

●詳見原文【狗間煉獄.凌遲處死】
See Original Text (Doggies’ Hell. Tortured to death)

目前救援行動後已使狗兒重獲自由,其中七成的狗兒都患有疾病,龐大的醫療與飼料支出都讓協助救援的協會難以負荷,目前狗兒們即將斷炊、將無法醫病,
希望大家不要遺忘這些狗兒,請接力的用你的力量將此訊息轉PO出去。


Currently, the dogs have regained freedom after a rescue operation. Some 30% of these dogs suffer from ailments and the hefty medical bills and costs of feeding has rendered KCSAA breathless. The dogs are running out of food supplies and unable to receive medical treatment soon. Let’s not forsake these dogs and let’s spread the news by words of mouth Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Plurk.

痞客邦正為狗兒們發起10萬串連捐10萬飼料活動,
邀請希爾思一同為每一筆串連文章捐出1元飼料費,希望能拋磚引玉,透過你手中的滑鼠,
將狗兒們需要物資、救命的飼料營養品、善款等資訊傳遞出去,一起有錢出錢、有力出力。
Pixnet is coming up with this “10, 000 links, 10, 000 kibbles” project. HILLS will donate a dollar worth of kibbles for every link to this project. Help send the resources, life-saving food and nutrition, donations, etc with a click of your mouse.

●請點我進入串連 
Click me to link

你我的轉貼訊息只是微薄之力,也可能是一狗兒們求生的一現曙光,
請大家幫忙這些可憐的小生命,無論是捐物資、善款幫忙,都請不要忽視自己的力量,
縱使只是棉薄之力,凝聚微薄的力量就能匯集成幫助狗兒們的大力量。

Your help could be a glimmer of hope for the dogs. Please help these poor lives! Whether it’s material comforts or monetary donations, don’t belittle your strength however small it is because a sea is made up of many drops of water!

協會目前極需協助:
 1.營養補給品,及維他命注射液
 2.募集飼料、罐頭
 3.認養或助養
 4.募集結紮及醫療善款
 5.您的轉貼募集資訊,讓更多有心想要協助或認養的善心人士能夠參與

What KCSAA needs at the moment:

1. Nutrition, Vitamins
2. Raising of kibbles and canned food
3. Adoption or fostering
4. Raising funds for sterilisation and medical bills
5. Your help to spread the word around so more people can help

串連活動網址: http://emkt.pixnet.net/blog
Official blog: http://emkt.pixnet.net/blog
串連貼紙:
Linking banner:



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FIRST COMMENTOR: KELVIN


Malacca Trip Day One Part 2

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(a continuation from my Malacca Trip Day One Part 1…)

So, after a satisfying lunch at Nyonya Manis Sayang, we proceed to check in our luggage at Bayview Hotel where we are going to spend the night. By then, it was already 2pm, half a day gone and we have not even started our tour!


A decent room for a night’s stay



The only complaint was the malfunctioning TV remote control and the lack of TV channels

After a short rest in our rooms, we gathered at the lobby awaiting for the first highlight of the day.

“Surely we can start our tour proper now?” I thought anxiously.

Boy, was I wrong…

We were brought to this shop which was a stone’s throw away from our hotel.

According to the tour guide, the shop owner possess a very special skill and not everyone is able to learn it. It seems, you must be ‘gifted’ to master it.

So, what formidable skills does Uncle actually have?

You may not believe it but he has the ability to improve your eyesight! Allow him to make a few pricks behind your ear and your short-sightedness/astigmatism would be gone – forever.

All he needs is a needle and RM5 per ear and you can bade farewell to your glasses...

Sounds incredible but there is no lack of customers queuing up to have their ears pricked. Other than the people from my group, there was actually another tour group before us.

Have you ever heard of this trade before?

I don’t see the logic behind it hence I didn’t go for it and while waiting for them to finish, I went round shooting the surroundings…


The ‘weathered’ door


The shop used to be a teahouse


Next door


I like old signboards because there’s a story behind everyone of them

When I was young, Mum told me businessmen in the past value their signboards very much because it represent ones’ reputation and credibility.


A corner inside Uncle’s courtyard


My grandparents used to have this food cabinet at the old house too!


Zinc roof in the courtyard


Mirror reflection

I overheard one of Uncle’s regular customer telling another that he ran into Mediacorp star Pan Ling Ling at the shop when he was here during his last visit.

Oh, did I mention in the previous post that I saw Jeanette Aw?


There she is – the last ‘jade girl’

The uncle is a fan of iWeekly!

There are stacks of it on the table to entertain us while we waited.

By then, I was getting quite fed up of waiting.

I don’t know about you but when I go traveling, I want to maximize every single minute to explore as much as I can and not wasting time doing nothing!

Where will I go next? Will I get to visit the Christ Church before it gets burned down?

Watch out for my Malacca Trip Day One Part 3!

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FIRST COMMENTOR: KELVIN


Malacca Trip Day One Part 1

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Over the last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit Malacca, a historical state rich in culture and heritage.


The map that I depended on…

If you have been following my blog, you would have known from my previous entry that I have been reading up everything I could to prepare myself for this trip.

From Christ Church to Sam Po Kong Temple and Chicken Rice Balls to Cendol, Malacca have so much to offer! (At least that’s the info I gathered from the net)

This trip was initiated by my Mum’s colleagues so I thought that there will only be a few of us going Free & Easy. However, only when I boarded the coach do I realize that this was a guided tour with twenty over people embarking on this journey!

Well, I didn’t see that coming. There might be a change in my plans now because I already had everything worked out.

I do not know of the itinerary of the guided tour as everything took me by surprise.

I do not know where we will be staying for the night, what are the places we will be visiting and even the time we are returning to Singapore!

But still, I’m keeping my fingers crossed because it might not be a bad thing to have someone who knows the way around.

So, after clearing the custom, we were headed for breakfast.

Breakfast was here, instead of the usual Yong Peng whenever I visited Malaysia.


Can any Malaysian bloggers tell me where this place is?


Prawn Kway Teow Soup

I had the Prawn Kway Teow Soup but it tasted different from what we have here in Singapore. Not awful, just different.


Mee Rebus

The Mee Rebus my Mum had also tasted different from the Singapore version. She said that those crackers lookalike were tempeh. Quite nice, actually.

After breakfast, I was raring to set off for Malacca but was told that we will be heading for a “Bee Farm” instead.

Again, I’m not sure where we are.


Anyone knows where this place is?

I did a search for “BB TOWN SDN BHD” and this address turns up:
756-I, Taman Kerjasama, Bukit Beruang, Melaka, Melaka, 75450. MALAYSIA


Beehive boxes


The bees were hovering around me when I closed in for this shot


Some even flew inside my shirt!


Showing us where the Queen Bee is…


Staring at the hexagons made my skin crawl…


The owner letting us try his delicious honeycomb but when we left, no one bought his honey products

After leaving the bee farm, we were headed for lunch which is about an hours drive away.


Nyonya Manis Sayang

If you are on my Facebook/Twitter, this is where I saw “the Nyonya wearing Kebaya inside…”


Ayam Pongteh


Nyonya Chap Chye


Otak Otak – made of fish paste mixed with spices then wrapped in banana leaves


Some kind of fish dish


There’s only this much “Petai with Ikan Bilis” left when rotated to me on the lazy susan


Udang Nanas


Buuuuuuuuuuuurp!

Cendol – the sweet ending after a meal.


Cendol

Sadly, this Cendol wasn’t prepared fresh. It was prepared beforehand and left to chill in the chiller. The ingredients, including the “Cendol” (the green color thingy) was frozen thus not soft and chewy.

Stay tuned for my Malacca Trip Day One Part 2: I met Jeanette Aw (a.k.a Moon Mother Yue Niang) from The Little Nyonya at Malacca!

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