A Journey Through Time...
By: M Jeffri Razali

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Saturday, 12-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Reminiscing The Past

 
 
 
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Memories light the corner of my mind.
Misty water color memories
Of the way we were


Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind,
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were


Can it be that it was all so simple then,
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again,
Tell me? would we? could we?
Memories may be beautiful and yet,
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget.
So it's the laughter
We will remember,
Whenever we remember
The way we were
The way we were


Quote:
The Way We Were - Barbara Streisand


Friday, 11-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Faces Of Melaka XIX - A Fort By The Sea

 
Part Of The Fort's Wall
 
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The Porta de Santiago, or better known as the A Famosa, fortress is perhaps one of the most recognisable and most photographed landmark in Melaka.

The fortress was built by the Portuguese to strengthen their stronghold on Melaka after they successfully conquered Melaka in 1511. The location of the fortress gave the Portuguese the upper hand as it overlooked the Melaka River, which was once a bustling trading port, and gave them control over the Straits of Melaka, a straits which remains the busiest waterway in the world today.

Fortified with numerous cannons, the fort with its four massive gates was once the object of fear and respect among the people. It was later expanded to include the surrounding hills and nearby European settlements. It was eventually turned into a Christian city, with numerous brick buildings which included churches, chapels, monastery, hospital, the governor's and bishop's palaces, and a castle.

Despite its size, the fort did not deter the Dutch from seizing Melaka in the 17th century. The fort, which was severely damaged in the battle, was subsequently repaired by the Dutch and the Dutch East India Company's coat of arms were added to all the four main gates. This coat of arms can still be seen today.

The fort was once again destroyed when British attacked the Dutch in the early 19th century. Following their conquest of Melaka, the British soldiers went on to destroy the remaining portion of the fort's wall until they were stopped by Sir Stamford Raffles. However, his intervention was too late as most of the fort had already been destroyed, leaving only one of the four gates standing.

And it is this sole surviving gate which has today become an icon of Melaka's past...a past which was controlled by European powers until Malaysia achieved her independence in 1957.


Thursday, 10-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Colours Of Malaysia VIII - Understanding The Past

The State Museum Building
The Rear Of The Museum
An Old Passenger Train
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It has often been said that in order to know or to love a particular place, you need to learn more about that place first. And what a better place to start than at a museum, as this is where the past and the present come together to form a clearer picture for you to see.

The Selangor State Museum, located in the heart of Shah Alam (which is about 30kms from Kuala Lumpur), is a perfect place to witness for yourself the glory and historical aspect of this vibrant and fast developing State. First opened to the public in 1989, this museum displays numerous artefacts pertaining to the state of Selangor, its history, heritage and culture, its natural history, the Selangor Sultanate, sports and arts.

The museum is set in a beautiful setting, located adjacent to the Shah Alam Mosque and flanked by several man-made lakes and green surroundings. Not only is this museum a perfect place to learn about the history of the State (Selangor's Sultanate started in 1778 when a Bugis prince became its first Sultan and became known as Raja Lumu. Some accounts say that he was Daeing Chelak, one of the five Daeng brothers who were known as formidable warriors.) its surroundings is also perfect for family outing or relaxation.

Although it cannot be compared to other museums elsewhere, the Shah Alam Museum nevertheless will help shed some light into Selangor's past. Like what a former Malaysian statesman once said..."those who do not learn from history will be condemned to repeat them."

Being an "anak Selangor", I have seen the State developed leaps and bounds into what it is today...Merah Kuning Selamanya...


Wednesday, 9-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Pedal Power - The Bicycle Cronicle

End Of The Road For These Bikes
Rows Of Them
Various Sizes and Colours
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In 1817 Baron von Drais invented a walking machine that would help him get around the royal gardens faster: two same-size in-line wheels, the front one steerable, mounted in a frame which you straddled. The device was propelled by pushing your feet against the ground, thus rolling yourself and the device forward in a sort of gliding walk. The machine became known as the Draisienne or hobby horse.

The next appearance of a two-wheeled riding machine was in 1865, when pedals were applied directly to the front wheel. This machine was known as the velocipede ("fast foot"), but was popularly known as the bone shaker, since it was also made entirely of wood, then later with metal tires, and the combination of these with the cobblestone roads of the day made for an extremely uncomfortable ride.

The next development that was made to the bike came about in England in the early 1880's, when the "safety bicycle" was invented. This particular bike, which would become the model for the modern bicycle, had a chain, sprocket driving rear wheel and equal sized wheels.

While a bicycle used to be an important mode of transportation back then, in many countries, its role has been demoted mostly for recreational purposes. With the advancement in the automotive industry, which resulted in the production of sleek and more high-tech cars and motorcycles, it seems that the role and importance of a bicycle will soon be forgotten.


Tuesday, 8-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Scenes Of Malaysian Life VI

 
 
 
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'Twas summer, when softly the breezes were blowing,
And Hudson majestic so sweetly was flowing,
The groves rang with music & accents of pleasure
And nature in rapture beat time to the measure,
When Helen and Jonas, so true and so loving,
Along the green lawn were seen arm in arm moving,
Sweet daffodils, violets and roses spontaneous
Wherever they wandered sprang up instantaneous.
The ascent the lovers at length were seen climbing
Whose summit is grac'd by the temple of Hymen:
The genius presiding no sooner perceived them
But, spreading his pinions, he flew to receive them;
With kindest of greetings pronounced them well come
While hollidays clangor rang loud to the welkin.


Quote:
Epithalamium: A Marriage Poem by Henry Livingston


Congrats bro...here's to many wonderful years ahead...


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