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

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Tuesday, 20-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Scenes Of Malaysian Life

Anything You Can Think Of
That Smell Again
Thank You For Your Service
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A pasar malam (or a night market) is no doubt one of the most common features of Malaysian life. It is a typical Malaysian experience as you can easily find a pasar malam in any town or village in any States in Malaysia.

The pasar malam is perhaps one of the favourite places for Malaysians to shop as you can virtually find just about anything, from fresh products to clothings and food, in just one place. Another factor which seems to draw people to a pasar malam is perhaps the pricing of goods sold, which is comparable, and to some extend cheaper, than elsewhere.

To visitors to Malaysia, a pasar malam is the best place to witness the colour and the unique culture of Malaysias. Most pasar malam operates from as early as 4pm to 9pm, some even until 10pm.


Monday, 19-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Faces Of Melaka IV - Continuing With Old Towns In Melaka

A Row Of Old Wooden Shop Houses
A Traditional Malay House Right In The Heart Of Town
1938
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It was said that the name of Masjid Tanah town (which is located about 30 kilometers north of Melaka town) was given following the existence of an old mosque which was made from clay and mud. The mosque, known by locals as Masjid Tanah (or literally translated means Clay Mosque) was located along the banks of Sungai Baru.

It was said that the mosque was built by an Islamic missionary from Gujerat, India, in 1730 and it took him and his followers about six months to build the mosque. However, the mosque was demolished in 1830.

Although the clay mosque is no longer standing, the name Masjid Tanah remains until today. Masjid Tanah is one of the fastest growing towns in Melaka and this is evident from the number of new buildings and infrastructure, which stand side with buildings builts in the early 1900s.


Sunday, 18-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
If Only Heaven Is A Place On Earth

Watering Hole
Perfect Spot To Sneek A Peek
Long John Silver Monitoring His Beach
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Hi ho hi ho...its off to the beach I go...

Needed the break anyway...before I start breaking someone's bones. Talk about sitting back and doing nothing. Nothing beats this. No cell phone ringing for the weekend...no bosses screaming...no deadlines...no cursing your lungs out during a traffic jam...no looking at your neighbour and saying "What do you want?"...no internet...no internet...? Yikes...

Unfortunately I could not get away from the TV...the set was blaring away the whole weekend...no thanks to some kiddy shows...but heck...one setback was not that bad after all. I guess it was worth it...the only buzzing I had was that of the pesky mosquitoes...the only rumbling I heard was that of the wave hitting the beach (and of course, my tummy!)...if only there is a way I can get rid of that stupid sun-burn...

Brother...I am willing to trade anything to get the opportunity again...sitting by the pool, sipping a cold glass of Coke is definately better than a first row seat watching Miss Universe...if you get what I am saying...


Saturday, 17-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
An Evening In Tg Bidara

Not There Yet
Fire In The Sky
6.40pm
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Tanjung Bidara (in English, Tanjung means cape) is perhaps the most popular beach in Melaka, judging from the number of visitors especially during weekends and public holidays. It is undoubtedly one of the more crowded beach retreats in Melaka.

Located about 45 kilometers from Melaka city and a short distance from the Melaka-Negeri Sembilan border, Tanjung Bidara offers various facilities, in terms of accommodation and others, to visitors.

Although it may not be as beautiful as some of the beaches in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, one cannot be too choosy as Melaka with its short coastline does not offer too many scenic beaches.

Nevertheless, Tanjung Bidara is indeed a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life...simply for relaxation or to enjoy watching sundown...something many city folks do not get to do these days...


Friday, 16-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Faces Of Melaka III - A Look At Jasin

Government Quarters
The Town's Main Road
Pre-War Houses
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Although Jasin district is the largest of the three districts in Melaka, with a size of about 676 square kilometers, its population is the lowest of the three districts with only about 101,659 people (Year 2000 Census).

The district is made up of two major towns (Jasin and Merlimau); five medium-sized towns (Selandar, Batang Melaka, Bemban, Sungai Rambai and Umbai); and seven small towns (Nyalas, Asahan, Kesang Pajak, ChinChin, Simpang Bekoh, Serkam and Tehel).

The largest town in the district, which is also known as Jasin, was established back in 1918 when settlers built a village along a river in Kesang Pajak. However, a major fire several years later reduced the settlement to only a small village. It was redeveloped in 1928 and was named Jasin by the British Government.

Due to the distance between most of the towns in Jasin with Melaka town, visitors are still able to witness the traditional way of life of the locals, particularly in areas bordering Johor. Jasin district is also home to some of the best fruit orchards in Melaka particularly durians, rambutans and the Melaka Delite mangoes. A visit to Jasin, especially to these orchards, during the fruit season is indeed an experience not to be missed.


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