Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hang Tuah Centre @ Melaka

For local,when I mention about Hang Tuah, I'm sure you are familiar with it. Even one of our rail station is named after him, Hang Tuah station located at Loke Yew. He was Malacca Malay hero and his story was being written in our History text book in secondary school. Hence, this Hang Tuah centre is a reference centre that displays Hang Tuah superiority as an admirable figure. Hang Tuah's journey of life from his childhood until adolescene were based on Malay history and Hikayat Hang Tuah.  



Ticket fee:
Adult RM5
Children (below 12 years old) RM3
Open from 9am-5pm

 
This complex also furnished with a mini auditorium that can be used for theatre, film and video screening, cultural performances, seminars also others.
 
 

It contains 5 houses which represent the Malay warriors which are Hang Tuah, Hang Lebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu which had worked with Malacca government before. It displays the superior and uniqueness of Malay architecture through a refine technique and unique interpretation which are full with symbolic manners. Each house is equipped with silat court to allow activities to be conducted such as silat training, culture and so on.
 

Hang Tuah's house- exhibition, sale of  paintings and Hang Tuah Centre Management Office.

 

Hang Kasturi's house- exhibition and selling of variousfashion collections since the time of the Melaka Malay Sultanate, the era of Portugese, the era of Netherlands, the era of British,  the era of independence until now.

Hang Lekir's house- exhibition, sale of a variety of Malay traditional weapon, gems and handicraft.

Hang Jebat's house- exhibition, sale of traditional Malay weapon and traditional music.

Hang Lekiu's house- the cultural centre





 

It's a bit tricky to find this place as it is not located at town area but Duyung village which is said a land that Hang Tuah trained his martial art, silat. 


Address:
Perbadanan Muzium Melaka
Kompleks Muzium Melaka, Jalan Kota,
75000 Melaka.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Melaka Must See @ The Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum

So I have shared about Melaka must eat and Melaka affordable hotel, now I will share about Melaka must see - Straits Chinese Jewelry Museum Malacca! Well, this is another interesting place to discover more about Baba and Nyonya cultures and lifestyle in old days.

 

This museum is painted in green and I bet you can easily recognize even though it is not located at the corner. The big Chinese lantern in front of the house announces the Chinese family name. It was the former home of a prominent Peranakan Chinese family. It is now a museum that carries on the legacy of the unique and rich peranakan culture.

 

The ground floor displays Baba Nyonya antique furniture and furnishing.   The Straits Chinese furniture is essential for the functionality beauty and ambience of the home as well as an artful display of the status of the homeowner. The original antique furniture is precisely that. The quintessential Straits Chinese furniture is modeled after Qing Chinese style and European forms. This is apparent in the Malaccan table and chairs, and English dresser refashioned to suit the Peranakan finesse. In the main hall, grandiose glass mirrors on the expanse of white washed walls reflect the elegant epergnes on the mother of pearl tabletop, while Victorian bell jars grace the sideboard and exquisite silks swathe the walls.

 

I know the expression is quite funny. He is displaying how baba and nyonya smokes using that tool in old days at that chair.

 

That's baju kebaya which I mentioned before in previous post. Look at the floral embroidery at the outfit....that's what make baju kebaya special.


 

We had a tour guide from the museum that night. Nevertheless, when in a big group, I can't concentrate to what she said. 


Baba Nyonya Wedding finery has glittering jewels setting a magnificent crown for the bride. Her phoenix cape is arrayed with plentiful gold chains and radiant diamond brooches. Multiple bands of bracelets encircle her silken sleeves. On every finger sparkles olive-shaped diamond rings. 

 
The nyonya is a lovely and charming picture, resplendently dressed in these fine Peranakan jewellery.

 

Peranakan jewellery is influenced by Malay, Chinese and Indo-European designs. It may even incorporate all three in one single piece. These treasured pieces are handmade by highly skilled craftsmen from China, India and Ceylon. 

 
 

Individual pieces are skillfully crafted to highlight the beauty of the design, and enhancing the comeliness of the nyonya. It gives so much pleasure to the owner as serving to delight the audience. The jewel collection of the nyonya also reflects on her family's wealth and status.

 

Jewellery adds to the beauty of the nyonya. Jewellery worn and loved by Peranakan Chinese Nyonya women are usually fashioned using diamonds, intan, rubies, sapphires, pearls and jade. These are radiantly set in gold, silver or sausa. Kerongsang fasten the delicate gauze of the baju panjang and feminine kebaya.

 

The coiffed chignon of the nyonya is decorated with gold and diamond hairpins. Earrings range from brilliant clusters to swinging chandeliar earrings.
  
 

Ok I guess you already know what is this! It is placed next to the bed.

Address:
108, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock,
75200 Melaka,
Malaysia.

Visiting hour: 10am -5pm (Mon-Thu), 10am -6pm (Fri- Sun)
Admission: RM15 (adult), RM10 (student), child below 6 years old (free)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Melaka Must Eat @ Melaka Nyonya Village


Melaka is a state you don't want to miss when paying a visit to Malaysia. Renowned as UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a place that filled with colourful history and culture. The Baba and Nyonya heritage is one of the uniqueness here.

About Baba and Nyonya:
"During the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century, traders from China sailed to this region for spices and other goods. They were forced to wait out for the monsoon by staying at 'Malaqa' as it was called at that time. During the long stay, the lonely Chinese men fell in love with the local Malay women. Many married and started a new families in Melaka. The men were called Baba and the ladies were called Nyonya. Hence, began the Baba-Nyonya heritage- a unique blends of traditional Chinese and Malay cultures, languages, food and fashion."

 

To celebrate this rich heritage, Melaka Nyonya Village is established. It is an exclusive compound (50,000 sq. ft) right in the heart of Melaka city centre where visitors can enjoy an authentic Nyonya meal while watching a kaleidoscopic Nyonya Cultural show.


That's the front entrance of the restaurant. If you been to Melaka and Penang, you will find that most of the old buildings are small from the front but elongated till you find tiring walking from the front to the end. It's bit exaggerated but you will be surprised once you visit. These old buildings built in this way as Ducth charge the land tax based on the width of the street frontage of each building in old days. To avoid the burdening land tax, most of the houses built with long typical plan but cramped frontage.



The lantern and umbrellas decorated this place beautifully.  



 

Here’s a glimpse of the cultural performance performed that night, ranging from the Peranakan dance Dondang Sayang, fan dance, fashion show, mock wedding and many more. Isn't the baju kebaya (Nyonya's outfit) beautiful? I always want to get one but still can't find any that I like. 


 

Audiences are encouraged to participate in the singing and dancing. There are also photo opportunities with the performers in traditional clothing and artifacts at the end of the show.


The Nyonya kitchen is one that matchmake traditional Chinese ingredients with various distinct Malay spices and cooking techniques to form delectable treats that are tangy, aromatic, spicy and herbal.
Stir fried mixed veggies with foochuk
 Looks and tastes like typical Chinese dish


Salted veggie soup with chicken
 I did not drink this.Hence, no comment.


Sambal Petai with fried anchovies

This is one of my favourite. My mum always cook this at home as well. Love the stinky beans and crunchy fried anchovies blended with the spicy sambal.

Otak-Otak

Otak-otak is my another favourite. In some places, otak-otak is sold and grilled in banana leaf. It is a kind of spicy mackerel pattie mixed with secret spices and sauces.

Ikan Goreng Kerutuk.
  
The deep fried fish is supposed to be saucy with kerutuk sauce drizzled onto it, but the rest at the table prefers to take it the way it is. Well, it is still crunchy and no fishy smell at all.
 

We were given a permission entering the kitchen for a visit.




Assorted Nyonya Kuih was served as dessert, and they tasted like authentically homemade. 

Tapioca chips/kerepek ubi keledek were served as an appetizer. It was sweet, slightly salt-ish and crunchy. No excessive oil whatsoever and it was quite addictive. I found myself keep reaching for more.

Sambal belacan and cincaluk was naturally served as dippings as well, but the food was tasty enough that I did not have the needs for additional sambal belacan or cincaluk to go with my rice.

Cincaluk Omelet/Telur Dadar Cincaluk is a kind of omelet where the eggs mixture was mixed with fermented shrimps before being pan fried. The omelet was fluffy, but the cincaluk taste was too mild to my liking. I would prefer it if there was more cincaluk in it. But this is a good dish to go with plain rice nevertheless.

Pajeri Nanas is a type of curry that is usually cooked with sliced pineapple as the main ingredient. The pajeri nanas was wonderful. This version of pajeri nanas was cooked with curry spices, coconut milk and juicy, fresh shrimps. It was fabulous. The curry was naturally tangy and refreshing while the shrimp was fleshy and flavourful.



Address:
Melaka Baba Nyonya Art & Cultural Group Sdn Bhd
178, Jalan Parameswara,
75000 Melaka,
Malaysia.

GPS: 2.188879, 102.257427

More information: www.babanyonyamelaka.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Multifarious Bayou Lagoon Park Resort @ Melaka Must Stay


 Bayou Lagoon Park Resort is one of my favourite hotel during my stay in Melaka. It is a four stars hotel which situated just 20 minutes away from the famous tourist hotspot, Melaka World Heritage Town and is in close proximity to the Ayer Keroh tourism belt. Bayou Lagoon Park Resort is occupied with multifarious offerings to cater to different occasions. Travellers who are looking for a short getaway from the daily grind and grime, this might be your choice.



 

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort is concerted with 2 blocks of modern buildings named Amari Villa and Tahiti Villa. Both together featuring 565 units of different choices of service apartments. 

 

The tastefully furnished resort is comprised with 3 types of spacious studio room (491 ft2) , 2 bedrooms apartment (722 ft2), 3 bedrooms apartment (1007 ft2) and penthouses (1444 fts, 1685 ft2, 2015 ft2).

 

That's the studio room I stayed with jacuzzi shower but without waterpark view.


 


My room is facing another block of building.


During my stay, I was given a sneak peek of the 3 bedrooms apartment. It's a great choice for those who bringing the family for vacation in Melaka.



 

Bayou Lagoon Park Resort offers several meeting rooms to cater for the need of every business, convention or meeting. The room is equipped with LCD projector, screens, conference system and TV's  necessary for a productive event.

 


Planning of doing a trade show, expositions, major gatherings and concert? Bayou Convention Centre at 23,680 square feet surely provides you an excellent venue for multi-purpose usage. (for different ballroom/meeting room capacity, please refer:http://www.bayoulagoon.com.my/meetings-events/)

 

What make this place a plus compared with other Melaka hotel for travellers is probably the water park located in the resort.


  


With its exclusive water park attached to the hotel, Bayou Lagoon Park Resort provides the most exciting events and activities around the resort includes both wet and dry outdoor activities, e.g mini water polo, paintball sessions, bicycle and tricycle rides, etc. perfectly designed for both family gatherings and corporate team building session.
 

Consists of two main exciting and thrilling water slides in the exclusive water park, this makes Bayou Lagoon Park Resort the favourites to both young and old in a family vacation, as well as the perfect vacation choice for the city escapades! 


 
Water park admission is FREE
for children under 3 feet tall



 
 
All the guests will not be bored when staying in Bayou Lagoon Park Resort. Apart from the water park, outdoor bumper car playing station,  swimming pool, gym room and the game room, the new feature- Bayou 9D theatre is something you will not want to miss!

 


 

It's about 15 minutes show. Haha my great models with exaggerated motion ^^

 

Outdoor dinner setting next to the pool with stage equipped with karaoke ^^

 

curry  noodles for lunch

 

Our buffet desserts during lunch time

 

Buffet dinner dish  


Facilities in the resort:
Children's Playground 
24-Hours Security and CCTV 
Laundry Service 
Water Park Facilities 
Child Care Centre
Meeting & Conference Room / Business Centre
Games Room
Gymnasium Fitness Centre
Safe deposit box at front desk

Complimentary car park
Foreign currency exchange
Wireless broadband internet access
Iron/iron board, hair dryer (upon request)
Karaoke
Shuttle Service to Melaka tourism destination


Address: 
Bayou Lagoon Park resort,
Jalan Wakaf Utama, 75450 Bukit Katil,
Melaka. 
GPS: N 2'14'32.57" , E 102'18'23.28"


For more photos of the resort, please visit: http://www.bayoulagoon.com.my/gallery/

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