Saturday, 31 October 2009

JONKER STREET, MALACCA

Going to Jonker street is a must when one is in Malacca.


I've been here many times and I still love the feeling of walking around here..walking on narrow lanes..



...and narrow streets..


..walking between shops selling many things, and in between people's houses with original floor tiles - I think those tiles are beautiful, giving much character to the houses.


Looking at colourful Chinese temples and there were plenty here.


Walking along colourful streets and looking a old signboards which we almost never see in the urban area we lived in now.


Looking at antiques and those flower shaped iron cast are used to make local biscuits, you dip it with the batter into a frying oil and then you'll have a flower shaped type of biscuit.


While doing this post, I am wishing how nice it would be if blogger will allow me to upload 30 pictures in 30 seconds or when this blog will be self expire or terminate due to too much photos, much like Melanie's first blog. Yes, it will happen one day. I've seen porcelein in plates and bowls but not in doors as in this picture.



In all streets, one find both commercial and houses sit side by side, a reminder of the old charm or old China in Malacca.




Or going to this cafe named Cheng Ho with terracota statues outside.


I should sit on one of these tricycles with their disco music blaring away, here a tourist humored me with lots of posing and dancing while seated on one.


Lots of Chinese inspired antiques around in every corner. I was thinking of Lisa everything time I saw them...in fact, I thought of her all the time, from the Majestic Hotel's pistacio coloured theme to these wonderful history-laden items from China. Somehow, I am sure she will spend hours if not days here browsing through all these stuff and buying them too.









Even the Chicken Rice shop screamed for attention..


Street food. A man selling steamed peanuts on a trishaw.


After walking under the hot sun which seem forever with the 3 grumbling kids, we finally reached our destination - Hotel Puri. I told my husband last year that I wanted to stay here, another classic old mansion cum hotel, with lots of charm and antiques inside..but then Majestic Hotel popped open and we changed plans.





We stopped for lunch here and this is a peek of what's inside. Will do a separate post on Hotel Puri, which is always fully booked as the pricing is very affordable and gives tourist a good insight into the Peranakan Nyonya Baba culture which is so well known here.



A MUST visit to the Peranakan house but no photographs are allowed inside.


Trust me, if I could I would, buy this huge antique urn used to store pickles or preserved vegetables from China..it would be a perfect home for my lotuses.


The Hokkien association was elaborate and didn't shy on it's decor.


An old man outside another temple.


Why not buy a pair of Chinese clogs and wear it at home :)


Loved this very old blue tiffin carrier which was so heavy and expensive too!


School children on a tour buying jellied fruits on a stick..

..or buying miniature metal art.


Passing through an old Chinese medicinal hall.



The yellow sign translated means the name of the Chinese traditional man and him specialising in herbs, and me thinking of Diana in the states..rabbits aside, she is the person I go to for traditional advise. Funny how it is, there's tons of them at my town and I am consulting Diana across the pond and oh yes, she will fit in here perfectly :)


My Malacca is still not over. I loved this old photo from the Kebaya book and want to re produce some of the most beautiful images in the next post.


Another image from the Kebaya book. I told my husband that the next time I see this image, it will be me taking the actual photo, not from a book. This is an iconic picture of a another old and well known mansion in Penang, often reproduced in postcards.


Bye everyone, happy weekend.