MELAKA AS PART OF 21ST CENTURY MARITIME SILK ROUTE

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TW Kang

FLYING SHIPS FROM MELAKA FACTORY

‘Flying ships’ entrance from Melaka factory

January 11, 2015

CM launches new low-altitude drifting qualification that can land on water.
fly ship_300MELAKA: Melaka will make “flying ships” or multipurpose Wing-In-Ground Effect aircraft that can journey during low altitudes of adult to 150m over prosaic surfaces, many mostly over water.

Chief Minister Idris Haron pronounced a aircraft would be assembled during a bureau nearby here by 2014. The make of a vehicle, regulating South Korean technology, would captivate some-more investors to a state.
The car operates rather like a hovercraft and an aircraft and can be used for hunt and rescue operations in a ocean. “Besides, it can also be used for tourism purposes,” Idris pronounced after rising a Jebat M727 belligerent outcome car on Friday.

The vehicle, built by Aron Rinani Sdn Bhd, can fly during adult to 150m and has a operation of 800km.
Aron Rinani boss Noor Azerai Ahmad pronounced a initial vehicle, costing US$1 million, would be prepared by Jun during a public plant in Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah.

As a stream bureau can usually furnish 7 vehicles a year, a new plant will be assembled in Teluk Gong, Alor Gajah, with a capabiity to furnish 50 vehicles a year.
He pronounced a association had perceived orders for 100 units from several companies.
– BERNAMA

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Nirvana Beach Restaurant during Gili Sudak, Lombok island

After a fun activities during Gili Nanggu, some were tired, some were tired though all of us really hungry! So we changed to a subsequent island for late lunch – The Nirvana Beach restaurant during Gili Sudak(S8.72575 E116.02772)

The area was good and a grill is usually situated subsequent to a beach. A elementary joist character setup, though a captivate is a surrounding…

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Once we staid with everybody bags and belonging, we started to snapped around…the BBQ of pleasant charming parrot fish became a categorical attraction!

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Everyone was bustling holding photos with a fish…rarely have a possibility to see a routine of a BBQ parrot fish…

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Our associate debate partner – Sock Peng (http://mylovelybluesky.com/) was assisting a BBQ preparation…haha!

While watchful for a lunch to be serve, a corns soup was prepared for everybody in a restaurant. All of us can’t wait to try out a Lombok food during a restaurant…actually, we were starving…:)

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Before we finish a soup, other delicacies like veggies and toufu were prepared during a portion counter…

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Then followed by a BBQ fish…

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For any dishes we chose, don’t forget to ambience some of their sorcery cut chili, that was super hot! we like it really much!

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One fish for one chairman (or more).
All of us enjoyed any of a BBQ parrot fish and some of us took 2…the fish was uninformed and we trust usually BBQ with a small salt that done ideal of a taste!

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End up, we couldn’t conflict myself to had another BBQ parrot fish…oh! it was excellent!

We took some-more than 2 hours to enjoyed a stage and a fanciful lunch along a beach of Gili Sudak, it was a memorable experience, generally with a accessible staffs in a restaurant.
Recommended for a initial time caller to Lombok island!

Related post for Lombok island outing :-
*  Airasia media FAM outing to Lombok Island – Indonesia on Jul 2014

Star fish speckled along a beach on the approach behind from Gili Nanggu and Sudak

A lot of fun activities during Gili Nanggu, confident lunch during Gili Sudak…while on a approach behind to a jetty, another surprised! Star fish spotted! (S8.74618 E116.01814)

It was low waves while we were back, and we had to stop during a other site of a jetty and walking behind to a jetty where we parked a celebration van. There were many star fishes along a beach, each 5 steps…you will see one star fish laying on a beach…
Everyone couldn’t conflict to holding photos with a charming star fish!

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This was also my initial time holding a furious star fish in my hand! Not from a aquarium though from a ocean…
We were curiously hold, hold it and carrying print with it afterwards put all of them behind to a beach…

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Beside a star fish, there were also mudskipper, sea urchin were found along a beach. we unequivocally like to wander along a beach, too bad we had no adequate time…

We were going on a prolonged tour again to Mataram – a collateral of Lombok for a dinner.

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Related post for Lombok island outing :-
*  Airasia media FAM outing to Lombok Island – Indonesia on Jul 2014

Croissant Delicatessen @ Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

Croissant Delicatessen is a sandwich bar that uses croissant instead of a common bread. It is located during a boulevards territory of Plaza Damas usually outward Hartamas Shopping Centre.
The easiest approach to demeanour for this newly non-stop grill is to demeanour for Subway and Pastryville, as it is situated between them. Staying tighten to your foe has never been truer!

Croissant Delicatessen Plaza Damas KL

Since Croissant Delicatessen usually occupies half a distance of a normal shoplot, a air-conditioned indoor dining space is utterly limited. So business in incomparable groups would have to settle for a al-fresco seats along a sidewalk.
For a croissants, there are a sum 4 flavours including classic, garlic, pumpkin and .. wasabi! Currently there are a usually a somewhat some-more than a handful of sandwich we could select from, any designed with a specific croissant essence in mind.

Tuna-Croissant

For example, it is endorsed that we get a wasabi croissant for a Ocean Tuna sandwich @ RM11.80. Wasabi is famous to go good with seafood that is since it is interconnected with tuna.
If we are disturbed that a wasabi essence would be overwhelming, don’t worry since a ambience is indeed really amiable – usually adequate to torment your senses. we rarely suggest this sandwich even yet it appears to be a many common one.

Pumpkin-Mushroom-Croissant

Not all croissant have a same texture, a pumpkin croissant has a thicker membrane hence ambience crunchier than a rest. It is suggested (you could select differently if we want) we get it for a Pumpkin, Mushroom Ham sandwich @ RM13.80. This sandwich has a lot of hardness going from a several stuffing with a rich, worldly flavour.

Mixed-Berries-Croissant

After perplexing out dual delectable croissants, time for a honeyed treat. The Mixed Berries Chantilly @ RM12.80 is a classical croissant filled with honeyed churned cream and chocolate sauce, served with churned berries for a lovely and fruity bite. If both your ardour and wallet allow, do try this dessert. We favourite it a lot notwithstanding being a small disorderly to suffer properly.

Coffee

Another reason to rejoice: Croissant Delicatessen serves good coffee during reasonable prices. Don’t skip out a immature tea latte that we suspicion was truly a high experience.

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Croissant Delicatessen
Lot P-3M(2), Plaza Ground Floor
Hartamas Shopping Centre
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: 03-6206 4410
Business hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm

MELAKA ALIVE SHOW OPENS

This blogspot is being combined to enrich a categorical Tourism Melaka website during www.tourism-melaka.com.

We wish to write a comments and views on a growth of a tourism zone in Melaka so that aged informative wealth can be defended and new ones generated to attract some-more visitors to a Melakan shores.

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Enjoy.

TW Kang

Thaipusam: Carrying A Common Burden

“I am a sequence smoker,” says a Kavadi maker. “Every day one packet.”

I am station amidst piles of plywood and steel fittings, appetite collection on a building and sawdust in a air, underneath a front porch shutter of a elementary patio residence on a hinterland of Banting, 45 mins from Kuala Lumpur. Outside, in a prohibited afternoon sun, half finished Kavadis mount on a asphalt, some small skeletons of steel rods and plywood, unrecognisable. This is where Kavadis—a earthy weight carried by Hindus as an act of penance during a festival of Thaipusam—are made. we consult a stage before me. we had approaching it to be rather reduction industrial, some-more visionary – maybe an ascetic hand-crafting his creations, amid swirls of camphor smoke. But cigarette smoking is a review during hand. “I’m a sequence smoker, yet given a month of Thai began, not a singular stick.”

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Bala operative on a Kavadi

Bala, a Kavadi maker, is referring to a Hindu month of Thai, from that a Hindu festival Thaipusam derives a name. On a day we accommodate him, he has not had a fume for 3 weeks. Along with other Hindu devotees, Bala undergoes fasting for 48 days (the generation of a month in a Hindu calendar), abstaining from party and oppulance before a day-long proceed that is a face of Thaipusam. Bala proudly shows me an manuscript of journal clippings, where any print or discuss of his Kavadis in a press has been lovingly laminated and bound. It is a work of love. “It’s not unequivocally about a money,” he says in a thick Tamil accent, “I assistance people to do their pilgrimage.”

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Putting a finishing touches on a Kavadi and contrast it out

A event with opposite paths

I accommodate one of Bala’s business during a march of my visit. K. Anuharan has come to check on a swell of his Kavadi. Wearing a thick, silver-speckled brave and a malar (sort of a Hindu rosary) around his neck, he surprises me by vocalization ideal English. His Kavadi is comparatively medium by stream standards, yet still measures over 5 feet in tallness and width, and weighs around 30 kg. Balance is a hallmark of a well-crafted Kavadi, and Anuharan is here to make certain that a Kavadi’s heft is uniformly distributed opposite his shoulders. “As distant behind as we can remember, we have been fasten a Thaipusam proceed during Batu Caves any year.” At my disbelief, he strains to remember if he has ever missed one. “No,” he finally says. “Even now that we am staying in Australia, we will fly behind any Thaipusam.”

Selva is another Hindu advocate who will lift a Kavadi this year. An operative during an airline association formed in KL and an zealous marathon runner, he too has assimilated a proceed any year given childhood. Even when he was operative in Singapore during his younger days, he assimilated a proceed in Singapore.

The Kavadi that Selva will lift is totally opposite from Anuharan’s. He shows me a print of it on his phone. It is a elementary timber pole, modestly embellished, that will be offset opposite his shoulders. At both ends of a pole, he will hang a jar of milk, that devotees move to a church as an offering. While a incomparable Kavadis and a fantastic Vel Kavadis (which are trustworthy to bearers partly by steel spikes pierced into a bearers’ skin) are a ones that squeeze a courtesy of photographers and a public, it is Selva’s understated Kavadi that is closer to a normal form. “The normal Kavadi is merely a stick with an arch over it, that rests on a bearer’s shoulder,” explains Kandasamy Velayuthan, Deputy President of a Malaysian Hindu Sangam, a physique that oversees Thaipusam celebrations in Malaysia. “It should usually be flashy with palm branches, peacock feathers and fruits that are used for prayers.” Over a years, Kavadis grew bigger and some-more elaborate. Kandasamy admits that this could be partly fuelled by one-upmanship among devotees, yet is also due to a opposite vows done by opposite devotees. Perhaps any male has his possess weight to carry.

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Anuharan charity prayers before a large day

Diverging beliefs

Both Anuharan and Selva determine to me following them during a Thaipusam procession. Knowing that we have no before experience, they report to me a standard Thaipusam procession.

The proceed itself is a rough epic. Over a million devotees take a two-kilometre proceed to Batu Caves, many carrying Kavadis of all sizes, a atmosphere rattling with a raging drumbeats of normal song troupes. Though a rituals practised competence differ, a channel is mostly similar: The proceed starts on a banks of a Batu River, where devotees rinse themselves as a mystic form of cleansing, Hindu priests offer prayers, and a devotees take adult their Kavadis. At this point, all a avoidance and fasting and imagining of a prior 48 days come to a head. Many Kavadi bearers will enter into a trance. Anuharan describes a experience: “The appetite of a deity is channeled into you, and it’s as if we remove control of your body. You are wakeful of your surroundings, yet it’s as if another appetite is determining your body, giving we a continuation and concentration to finish a procession. Sometimes we even remove alertness completely, so we have no correlation of events during a trance. You enter into a coma during a stream bank, and arise adult during Batu Caves!”

The power of a coma depends really most on a devotee’s preparations forward of a large day. “Sometimes we get a good trance, infrequently we get a diseased trance,” says Anuharan. “If we didn’t ready with a right suggestion – quick scrupulously or spend time meditating – we will get a diseased trance, and this means we competence not have a strength to finish a procession. It is pronounced that a piercings would harm too,” he continues, referring to a common use of trenchant one’s self with steel skewers or hooks, as an concomitant act of penance.

Piercings have turn a indicate of contention. Some, like Anuharan, remonstrate with a practice. “Hinduism never asks me to harm myself,” he says. “It is a form of penance for some, they make a vouch to do it, and so they contingency perform that vow. But for me, we don’t do it.” Selva, though, has had piercings before, and offers his counterpoint. “I have listened that when a skewer is pierced by a tip of a tongue, it touches a haughtiness on a tongue that helps a mind to concentration and keep it in a pondering state during a procession.”

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A clergyman restraining a Kappu on Anuharan’s palm and blessing him and his family

The home stretch

Three days before Thaipusam, devotees who devise to attend in a proceed revisit a church to offer special prayers. Anuharan, whose event began in Australia, offers his prayers during a Ayappan church circuitously Batu Caves. A clergyman affixes a square of turmeric on a string, sprinkles it with red Kunkum powder, and ties it to Anuharan’s hand. It is called a Kappu. It is a pointer that a dispatcher has done a vow, and is now portion out his penance. For a subsequent 3 days, Anuharan will stay during a temple, sleeping on a building during night, meditating and avoiding secular distractions.

Selva, no foreigner to tests of endurance, is attack a home widen too. His vows of avoidance will grow some-more severe, and he too will discuss more. Bala, a Kavadi maker, has most some-more to do. He has set adult a tent circuitously a Batu River, that will offer as his bottom of operations. Last-minute requests from business leave him busy. At a same time, he too needs to observe all his vows. By day he scrambles to finish Kavadis, by night he and his mother nap during circuitously temples. On Thaipusam day, Bala will perform a proceed over and over again. He or members of his group need to travel with a devotees who lease his Kavadi all a proceed to a Batu Caves temple, and collect a Kavadi in time for a subsequent rental. Anuharan, Selva, and Bala are only 3 of an estimated 1.5 million people who will mob Batu Caves this year. Each will proceed Batu Caves with opposite vows, temperament opposite burdens, carrying walked opposite paths. This is a final buildup of spirituality, for all of them.

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Anuharan perplexing out a Kavadi

A common burden

Why do we do it? we ask. Though Anuharan and Selva differ in their use of Thaipusam, they both offer a same answers – invocation and tradition. “I lift a large Kavadi given we once done a request, and it was answered miraculously. In return, we vowed to lift a large Kavadi any year, so this is a accomplishment of that vow,” explains Anuharan. Selva has never done a specific vow, yet he, too, sees a Thaipusam proceed as an act of thanksgiving.

“It is a proceed of expressing my thankfulness for a blessings in my life, and during a same time, to ask for a blessings to continue.” Selva adds, “It is partial of my temperament as a Hindu. My family has always participated in a Thaipusam procession, and when a time comes we will pass this on to my children.” Anuharan concurs. “Every year, ever given we can remember, my family has taken this pilgrimage. It is a tradition value keeping.”

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Journey with us, as we go on a event to Batu Caves in a second partial of this series: A Walk Among Gods

Want to know some-more about Thaipusam and other festivals and events in Malaysia? Visit www.tourism.gov.my for some-more information.

Ais Kacang & Cendol Mamak Thamby Abdullah @ Melaka

Aunty Koh is so famous now that it’s roughly unfit to get a possibility to ambience her cendol anymore. we wouldn’t wish to risk pushing all a approach to her case usually to be told she has sole out, or carrying to wait for her case to open up.
I had to demeanour for an choice that is equally as good. Well, we am blissful to contend that we found one. The best thing is we don’t have to worry about it using out and it’s open roughly daily too.

He calls himself mamak Thamby Abdullah, and he has been offered his icy desserts here for years. Basically there’s usually dual forms of desserts being sole here: ABC and cendol. Special additional toppings embody durian flavored preserve and pulut. Price correct it’s unequivocally reasonable formed on a apportionment distance and quality.


His ais kacang is positively smashing with a innumerable of charming toppings. Everything was unequivocally uninformed and overall, a ABC does not ambience usually cloyingly honeyed and artificial. There are copiousness of other flavors and hardness going on in any sip: a refreshingly cooling weed jelly, worldly red beans, chewy tapioca pearls, buttery honeyed corn and a nuttiness from a crunchy peanuts. All of these accompanied by a abounding and savoury coconut milk.

The durian cendol here is also value a try. The approach he creates it is utterly special since besides usually adding durian sauce, he’d supplement some store-bought durian jellies (which indeed ambience great) into a cendol for a singular treat. It competence not demeanour really appetizing though we can assure you, it’s really good.

Depending on a series of customers, we competence need to wait a bit longer than common since it’s a one male show. He used to have a supporter who would do a dishes and purify a tables, though now he has to do all by himself. Despite all that he still managed to say a accessible use so we didn’t mind a wait during all.

After tasting so many ABC in Melaka, this by distant is a best for me. Not to discuss it’s authentic, inexpensive and not prepared in some hippy cafeteria during some touristy area. we wish he keeps a standard, continues to work during unchanging hours and not spin into another Aunty Koh.

ABC Cendol Mamak Thamby Abdullah
Jalan Thamby Abdullah, Bandar Hilir
75000 Melaka
Business hours: Daily 1.30pm – 6pm (Fri 2pm-6pm) Off days not fixed

Just Pie (Halal) @ 1 Utama Shopping Centre

I have had my satisfactory share of pies though a good one is tough to come by. Some competence have good fillings though bad crust, or good crust, though so-so fillings. Or maybe it’s since my bar has been set too high after tasting Maria’s tasty handcrafted beef pies.
So we am blissful to learn Just Pie, a internal and halal approved pie-making association that manages to strike a change between a good membrane and filling.

Most of a pies offering here are savoury, such as a classical duck mushroom, lamb stew, corpulent chilli beef and etc. There are of march some honeyed ones like tiramisu, Nutella mille crepe and red velvet usually to name a few.
Being a beef partner we had to try their Steak Cheese pie @ RM9.50. You don’t need me to tell you, usually demeanour during a flakiness of a smoke fritter – it’s paper skinny and melts in your mouth. As for a beef filling, it’s proposal and flavorful enough, nonetheless we do wish it had some-more meat.

Tiramisu Pie @ RM13.70 – it’s a small denser than a standard tiramisu, not too honeyed with a good volume of chocolate.

The Caramel Banana @ RM9.50 is a personal recommendation from a owner. It has a wet banana stuffing that’s layered with walnuts, raisins and somewhat honeyed with caramel sauce. Although it competence sound really sweet, it’s indeed not. In fact, many of a benevolence comes from a banana and a pleasant raisins.

The final cake we had was a Apple Crumble @ RM9.50 – a throng favourite due to a laxity with apple pies. Personally, we like that they used apple cubes instead of puree to give a cake a improved texture. Cinnamon is also benefaction though used sparingly usually for a hold of fortifying aroma.

Despite carrying to make hundreds of pies daily, Just Pie insists on gripping a tradition by creation them by hand. And as with any peculiarity product, usually a best probable mixture are used to bake a pies and there’s no preservatives either.
For take away, it’s endorsed that we reheat a pies regulating an oven (instead of microwave) so that they won’t dry adult in a process.

Just Pie (Halal)
SK106, Second Floor
1 Utama Shopping Centre
Tel: 012-217 8943 (Herman)


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