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October 29, 2012

The Narrow Streets Widen…

Filed under: MALAYSIA,Melaka,PHOTOGRAPHY,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We are winding our way through narrow streets in Melaka in Malaysia, some of the streets are so narrow we are in danger of collecting street decorations, laundry and any other item pointing streetwards on the wing mirrors of the coach, but our driver shows his skill and we manage to negotiate the way without collecting any additional ornamentation.

After brushing past a few longer stemmed plants we suddenly find ourselves in wider streets and can see more than just building material flashing past our windows.

Our guide gives us some history about Melaka  (a.k.a. Malacca) such as the fact that the city centre has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 2008 and that the area has had it’s fair share of invaders, colonisers and rulers who included over the centuries the Thai,Vietnamese, Portuguese, Dutch, British as well as other influences for shorter periods of time in between. This was mostly because Melaka was an excellent all weather port in a very strategic position at the narrowest point of the Malacca Straights.  We also learn that the head of state in Melaka is a Governor rather than a Sultan (as in other areas of Malaysia) Let’s take a look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. Those rattan balls bring back memories of school days – they are sepak takraw balls, and you had to score points with them by shooting them through a basketball-height hoop…. but no hands were allowed. Only your feet and head!

    Comment by Peggy Tee — October 29, 2012 @ 1:06 am | Reply

    • Peggy Tee,
      THANK YOU for an explanation of what these ball are for, I think they are BEAUTIFUL little works of art, it’s like an Asian version of a celtic knot, you are enticed to want to trace the pattern around and around the ball.
      I think these are brilliantly made and I rued the fact that we had no space in our luggage for one to take home.
      That you could play a game with it too would just be a complete bonus… these are so much fun!!!

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 31, 2012 @ 10:50 pm | Reply


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