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

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Saturday, 10-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
*Sigh* (Part II)

View Of My Office Building
Looks Spooky
This Looks Grand
Nothing much to say today...I guess its one of those days...

Friday, 9-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Window To Our Past

A Blend Of Old & New
An Old Chinese Mansion
Old Yet Beautiful
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One thing which I noticed about the houses or buildings in Melaka is their unique and beautiful architecture. Well, I may not be a qualified architect or someone who is well-versed in the tricks of the trade, but that did not stop me from enjoying what I am seeing. One can just wonder how these buildings would have looked like during their heydays. Call it junk...call it whatever you want...but they are certainly as priceless as any jewel, not only because of their architecture but also they provide us with a window into our past.

Thursday, 8-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Rain Again
While Waiting For The Lights To Turn Green
Work Work Work
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Did not have the opportunity to go out and look for some wonderful things to be photographed as I had to many things to settle in the office. It was one of those days... 0)

But thank God, the journey to and back from work can also be interesting...provided you know where to look...

Tuesday, 6-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Melaka - A Melting Pot

The Al-Azim State Mosque
The Oldest Mosque, Built In 1728
The Alor Gajah Mosque
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Melaka has often been considered as the cradle of Malaysia's rich historical and cultural background. Being a popular trading port in the 14th and 15th century, Melaka was a bustling port with traders from all parts of the world converging here with their wares. This was greatly attributed to Melaka's strategic location in the heart of the East-West trade route. The increase in the spice trade with western countries had also helped to boost Melaka's standing as a major trading port in the Malay archipelago.

As a result of this inter-cultural and inter-religious interactions, it is no wonder that Melaka soon became a melting pot for most of the world's major races and religions. Inter-marriages between traders and locals soon gave rise to the unique communities which can still be seen today. Such interactions had also greatly influenced the architectural forms of buildings in Melaka, especially its mosques. Unlike mosques in other parts of the country, mosques in Melaka seldom have the large dome but instead a 'pagoda' like structure which is attributed to Melaka's interaction with China. The three-tier (some having two or more) pagoda somewhat gives Melaka mosques a distinct look which cannot be found elsewhere in Malaysia. Such architecture can also be found on mosque in several places in Sumatera.

Saturday, 3-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Balik Kampung

Leaving Melaka
Approaching The Point Of No Return
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The weekend is here again and it is again time to relax and enjoy life's little pleasures. Finally get the chance to 'balik kampung' to meet up with my parents and other family members. What to do...cari makan in Melaka... ...the nature of the job is such that there is normally not enough time to do so...but thankfully, this time around, I managed to do so somehow...

Travelling along the North-South Expressway is not as interesting as using the old highways, where you get to drive into some secluded towns and see the colours and life of its people from up close...maybe I should try that one of these days when I have more time to spare...you will never know what you will find there. In the meanwhile, guess I will have to be satisfied with these scenes...although they are virtually no match for the splendour and beauty of some of the small towns in Malaysia...

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