Thursday, August 08, 2013

Some of the Buildings around Jonker Street, Melacca (Melaka) - Part 1 of 2

Part 2: Some of the Buildings around Jonker Street, Melacca (Melaka) - Part 2 of 2


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Jonker Street – the centre street of Chinatown – was once renowned for its antique shops. However over the years it has turned to clothing and crafts outlets as well as restaurants. The best part of Jonker Street is the night market on Fridays and Saturdays that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes.
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I love this durian yogurt puff, it has to be eat on the spot. After you put the whole puff in your mouth, the durian yogurt will melt together with the puff. And if you are a durian lover like me, you will definitely fall in love with this.
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Datuk Wira. Dr. Gan Boon Leong. Mr Universe, Mr Asia, Mr Malaysia, Mr Melaka. This Mr Gan is the father of Bodybuilders in Malaysia
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Masjid Kampung Kling, completed in 1784, the architecture of this mosque is Sumatran, with strong Hindu influences. There are also bland of English and Protuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns with symmertical arches in the main prayer hall, a Victorian chandelier, a wooden pulpit with Hindu and Chinese style carving.
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Foot binding was an old Chinese custom in which young girls' feet were tightly bound to restrict and alter their growth. Although it was banned nearly a century ago by the Chinese government and is now seen as barbaric, the practice took years to die out, and a few of its victims -- most far older than 70 -- can still be found today.

Wak Aik Shoemaker has stood for over 90 years. It began with a Chinese migrant named Eng Tong, who came to Malaya in 1918 to work as a labourer. He later worked in a coffee shop before starting a business in shoes.
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Eng Tong learnt the art of making shoes for lotus feet from a Hokkien shoemaker about 10 years after he arrived in the Peninsula. Wah Aik still makes these tiny shoes today, but they are sold only as souvenirs.
A pair costs RM95. It is a labour-intensive trade. When I dropped in out of curiosity recently, there were two elderly gentlemen at work on feet-pedal sewing machines.
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A Singer brand sewing machine which is more than 100 years old. The owner told me that this is pass from his grandfather, to his father, and now to him. My mum also has one, the Singer brand very durable, one of the best brand for sewing machine.
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