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Christ Church Melaka – 17th Century Wonder in Malaysia

Melaka; state of Malaysia is packed with the south of Johor Bahru and at its north is Negeri Sembilan. Dating back to 15th century it was emanated from the renowned port city and has enjoyed of being the chain of great islands in the world. It was simultaneously noticed as the hub of eastern and western trade routes forming the passage of island in Melaka during the huge spread of Islam within Southeast Asia. Its economic defamation was visible when Portuguese captured the state in 1511 for hundred and thirty years approx. A Famosa fort was developed during the reign of Portuguese through the Red sea towards Nagasaki and Porta de Santiago was among its gateway which is still preserved and can be toured even today.

In the dates of 1803 to 1815 when the state was suffering by Napoleonic fights was then ruled by British Empire certainly which in 1824 was proven with the formation of Anglo-Dutch treaty then after two years in 1826 it came intact with Penang and Singapore island in order to better procurement of the passage between both the islands.

Christ Church Melaka

It was also noted that between the years of 1641 to 1824, an amalgamation of Portuguese and Dutch empires lowered the supremacy of the port to secondary level located on Java specifically. Then Dutch traders occupied the state of Melaka after taking it from Portuguese and inaugurated Christ Church Melaka therein.

Whereas, historic facts describe that dating back to 1753; the Christ Church Melaka was originally built by Dutch business men. Whereas the exact year of its inauguration is a bit confusing because related to some other facts the year of its formation depicts the year of 1741 in the cause of celebration that took place by the Dutch Empire. It was thus constructed on the church street known as Jalan Gereja where Presbyterian Church of Singapore and Malaysia is also seen here in the Malay Peninsula.

Special bright colored rides are available around the vicinity of Christ Church Melaka known as trishaws. The area where this church is built is one of the tempting monuments in the locality of the Stadthuys. There are two famous museums as well just in front of this church named as Ethnographical and Historical Museum.

Tourist fantastically possesses keen interest to visit Christ Church Melaka due to its historical background that is still kept alive to date. For the same reason visiting Christ Church Melaka is among best things to do in Melaka. The material of this monument is made of red bricks and the big white cross is seen on the top of it. The size of the church is not as huge and inside the church after entering the gate you may come across a long rectangular table having some selling products kept on it that are myriad catalogs and some religious stuff. Simultaneously you can also view around ten rows of long benches with comfortable back seat on it just before that huge table. The most eye catching view of this church is that the pews are all handmade and was formed around two hundred years back. A souvenir of Dutch army and civilians can be seen at large that includes fanlights and tiles particularly.

The vicinity of Christ Church Melaka is primarily filled with the cultural identity of Baba Nyonya (Between 15th and 17th century Chinese offspring visited to Malaysian and Singapore Peninsular) flourished with Nyonyan commercial and residential blocks i.e. houses and restaurants at large along the side.

I must say those who are fond of visiting ancient sites should come to view this church building. The Christ Church Melaka is among the recommended historical places to visit in Melaka. If you want to share your experience, please do so by adding comments below.

RWMF 2015 Performers

RWMF 2015

RWMF 2015 – Image from Malaysia Asia/Sarawak Tourism Board

This year, the Rainforest World Music Festival or RWMF 2015 is happening from 7-9 August in Sarawak. Being the 18th year this world recognized festival has been running, there are some pretty interesting line ups spread over three days at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong. Festival goers would also be interested to know who is performing and below is the list of artist, musicians and bands who will be playing at the RWMF 2015.

List of RWMF 2015 Performers in alphabetical order are;

1Drum.org (Malaysia)
1Drum.org is a wonderful celebration of rhythm and spontaneous percussive beats; where everyone, young and old are invited to participate in a musical experience that is second to none. 1Drum Circle is a great way to meet like-minded people and an opportunity to reconnect with your inner rhythm. Drums will be provided for 100 pax per session.

Alaverdi (Georgia)
The four-piece ensemble Alaverdi from Georgia has specialised in the traditional Georgian folk music and church chants which are hailed as one of the most unique musical traditions around the world. Performing on the most traditional folk instruments, such as string, wind and percussion instruments, the band brings back the original sound of Georgian music and creates a mystical atmosphere.

Bargou 08 (Tunisia)
The band BARGOU 08 from Tunisia brings back the almost forgotten music of a region in the north west of the country which is isolated between the mountains and the Algerian border. Their music is the gateway to old Tunisian traditions and stories which are embedded in the lyrics, the melody and the dance.

Culture Shot aka La La Li La Tam Pong (Penang, Malaysia)
This six-headed band from Penang, Malaysia, combines different musical traditions and instruments into a multiracial music style based on old Hokkien music. Using instruments such as Er-hu, Lang Tin Tang, Rebana, Gongs and a Gendang, they mix sounds from different regions and create a new sound representing the diversity of their country.

Driss El Maloumi (Morocco)
The talented artist from Agadir, Morocco, mixes Arabic music with classical Western music and has not only worked with various famous musicians from all over the world such as Montserrat Figueiras or Omar Bashir, but also composed music for shows and films such as “La Source Des Femmes”. In 2013 Driss El Maloumi released his album “Makan” which he recorded in a trio with two percussionists Said El Maloumi and Lahoucine Baquir.

Enkh Jargal Danfarvaanchig aka EPI (Mongolia)
Epi is a Mongolian Moorin Hoor (Horse Fiddle), a traditional Mongolian instrument, player who grew up in the countryside and is therefore deeply rooted into the traditional and nomadic way of life that his people live in Mongolia. He studied the Moorin Hoor at the Music-Conservatorium of Ulaanbaatar and has performed all over the world and also on TV to bring back the awareness towards Mongolian traditional music.

Harubee (Maldives)
Harubee is 16 young men exploding with energy. Boduberu music evolved from the 11th century, brought in from the sailors traveling from parts of Africa. It is the relief found in dance for the common people. The songs are about everyday life, often heavy with satire. The drumming and dancing are frenetic, crescendo-ing into immense passionate climaxes.

Kapela Maliszow (Poland)
Kapela Maliszów is a family band of three members, led by the multi-instrumentalist Jan Malisz and inspired by the traditional music of Beskid Niski and Pogorze in South Poland. Their instruments have been played by family members since the early 20th century and they have won a variety of prizes playing folk songs and dance music from Gorlice County using their traditional instruments (violin, basolia and drum).

Kenwy Yan-Qin Ensemble (Sarawak, Malaysia)
The yangqin or the hammered dulcimer of China originally came from Persia, and it’s characterised for its bright tones yet extreme expressive range. Ken Wy is a master at this instrument and has established a Music Arts Academy in Kuching. He brings an impressive ensemble of yangqins and percussion to the festival playing a range of traditional Chinese songs.

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Kobagi Kecak from Bali performing at RWMF 2015

Kobagi Kecak (Bali, Indonesia)
The sixteen headed band Komunitas Badan Gila was formed in 2008 in Bali, Indonesia and has developed a special performance style they call Angga Suara Murti, which is a mixture between Balinese masked dance, puppetry, the processional ensemble balaganjur and contemporary music. Kobagi combines the western body percussion with Balinese music using their own bodies as primary instruments accompanied by stamping tubes made of bamboo.

Kobo Town (Trinidad/Tobago)
Kobo Town was founded by the Trinidadian Drew Gonsalves, who spent half of his childhood in Canada and was inspired by Calypso music from early age and consists of a few Trini expats from Toronto and some of Gonsalves’ old band members. Since feeling a strong boundary towards his home country Trinidad, he has developed a unique calypso style inspired by Jazz, Funk and Disco music as well as other elements which he performs with his band to bring back the old sounds of Caribbean music.

Korrontzi (Spain)
The Spanish band Korrontzi has specialised in traditional Basque music merging with music styles from different cultures and countries such as Flamenco, Fandango, Portugese fado, arin-arin, Italian sounds and others. They have reached no. 6 in the “European World Music Charts” and have gained international fame.

Lan E Tuyang (Sarawak, Malaysia)
Lead by Sarawakian Mathew Ngau, the master sape player and story teller, this band has been touring Europe several times in the last couple of years. Mathew Ngau Jau, leader of Lan E Tuyang, has been playing the sape or the boat shaped lute of Sarawak since he was little.  This is music of the Kenyah from the Orang Ulu tribe in Sarawak – the lonely strains of the boat lute with the dances of the warriors.

Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band (Australia)
This Australian band performs the music and language of the Cajuns which traditionally comes from southern Louisiana and is a popular dance music with French influence. This would be an interesting act to catch for those who love traditional Cajun music.

Lindigo (Reunion Island)
The band members of Lindigo from Reunion Island have always felt passionate about the traditional Maloya music and dance, characterised by complicated percussion rhythms. Their lyrics tell Reunion’s symbolic stories of complex sentiments and personal experiences which the band spreads by performing all over the world.

Mah Meri (Selangor, Malaysia)
The Orang Asli are the indigenous people from Peninsular Malaysia who have been living there since even before 1000 BC. They were traditionally animists led by their shamans, and the Mah Meri show their reverence for this from their carvings of spirit animals. They come to the festival with their fearsome masks, log drums, ladies in mengkuang skirts, and bring with them the ancient rites and folklore that they still maintain in their community in Carey Island.

Ndima (Congo Brazzaville)
NDIMA is a group consisting of members of the pygmies aka, a tribe in the forests of Republic of Congo which still lives in its traditional way in the forest and whose culture is endangered nowadays. Their traditional music is an important cultural heritage for the pygmies aka, as it is played every day to accompany certain rituals. To remain their culture and to create an awareness for it, Ndima perform in countries all over the world letting their audience experience the magic of this spiritual music.

Sangpuy RWMF 2015

Sangpuy from Taiwan to perform at the RWMF 2015

Sangpuy (Taiwan)
This musician from an old tribe in Taiwan sings songs from ancient ceremonies dedicated to gods of the natural world. Sangpuy’s forceful, penetrating voice has the ability to teleport audiences from urban settings to a place where Aborigines believe the wind is their friend, and can be summoned by whistling. When the musician talks, he frequently uses natural metaphors like insects, rivers and trees to get his point across.
Sarawak Cultural Village Group (Sarawak, Malaysia)
‘Penjan Kasih’ dance group has performed internationally and an awards winning cultural dancers led by the choreographer Mr. Othman Hassan. The artistes are the resident dancers and musicians of the international acclaimed living museum, the Sarawak Cultural Village of Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Sayu Ateng Echoes of Borneo (Sarawak, Malaysia)
In Borneo, among the Orang Ulu people, Sayu Ateng means “welcome”. Sayu Ateng, an eight piece band, cuts a cool swathe with a little bit of contemporary pop sound textures and World Beat Music while never straying far from its principal roots of Sarawak. Taking ancient and modern sounds and fusing them with their own infectious character, the original sound and lyrics are based on the historical makeup of Sarawak.

Shooglenifty (Scotland)
Shooglenifty from Scotland combine traditional sounds of their homeland with devilish rhythms and an international flavour.

Son De Madera (Mexico)
This trio from Mexico has specialised in interpreting and composing a traditional genre of Southern Mexico called Son Jarocho and is hailed as top band in its genre.

Sona Jobarteh (Gambia/United Kingdom)
This woman has broken through the traditions in her patriarchal environment and is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African Griot family. The Kora is an African harp which is traditionally only allowed to be played by male members of these families wherefore Sona is an exceptional talent being trained in Europe and performing with many famous artists.

Ukandanz (France/Ethiopia)
uKanDanZ plays an unique style.  It’s an unusual meeting between an electric quartet from France and Asnake Guebreye’s terrific voice. This charismatic lead singer originates from the vibrant music scene in Addis Abeba. With impertinence, they rock it wildly.  Their music is inspired by traditional and popular Ethiopian songs. uKanDanZ is a blast of real energy and emotion. Ethiopia meets rock, jazz, and noise.

The above are 24 performers from around the world and also locally which is scheduled to perform over three days here at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2015. For the full performance schedule and detailed information on the festival, please visit the official website of the RWMF.net or additional information from this article from Malaysia Asia on behalf of the RWMF 2015.

The Nature of Wooing

The Nature of Wooing

By: Elmira A.

So, you’ve been dating that important person in your life for a while now, and have been going out for dates with them all over town. Romantic dinners, movies, karaoke nights, bowling – you name it, chances are you’ve done it. And now you want to do something a little bit more different with them. Take them out of the city, and spend a little time bonding while surrounded with the natural beauty Malaysia is known for, perhaps? Something that still allows you to spend time with them and get to know them more intimately, but at the same time an activity a little more uncommon for city folks like us.

So here’s a few suggestions: date ideas you can try with your beloved that would take you to green locations within the city limits. Just make sure they’re into these things, or at least are willing to try them out, or you both might end up feeling disappointed – or dateless:

  • A passionate ride @ ATV Adventure Park Kuala Lumpur

Kampung Kemensah, Hulu Kelang, Kuala Lumpur

www.atvadventurepark.com/index.htm

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It’s a little bit unorthodox to consider something so rough and dirty as a date, but hey, it’s the 21st century and pretty much anything is possible. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) – also known as quad bikes – is definitely not for the faint-hearted, so make sure that your partner is into outdoor activities before surprising them with a date here.

ATV Adventure Park in Hulu Kelang has a few different packages to choose from, ranging between RM100 for a 1-1 1/2 hours off-road ride to 7-tiers waterfall, to a more challenging and longer off-road ride that takes between 3 to 4 hours for RM300. You can even take a dip at the waterfall, if you fancy; just remember to pack some towels and clean clothes to change into.

Although ATV rides are much more fun when a big group of people are involved, it still provides for a great new scenery for couples who are into doing outdoor stuff together. Other than giving a great bonding experience, you’ll also be able to discover new things about each other that you normally wouldn’t under normal dates. So why don’t you and your plus one give it a try, and let us know how it turns out for you two.

  • A lover’s walk @ Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

Kepong, Selangor

www.frim.gov.my

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FRIM is the perfect place to go to if you want to escape into a green lush surrounding without going too far out of Kuala Lumpur. There are many different activities to do at the institute, ranging from educational to ones with more leisurely purposes. For a budding romance, why not go take a walk on one of FRIM’s many nature trails? It’s a way of keeping fit, while at the same time enjoying the lush sights of nature. You can go as early as 5.30am, where quietness is almost a guarantee as there usually not too many people around. The trail lengths range between 400 meter and almost 1000 meter, all with their own unique qualities.

And if you’re not too tired, you can check out the Canopy Walkway located at the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve, which is adjacent to the institute. The walkway spans for 150 meter and is suspended at approximately 30 meter above the ground. It’s open from 9.30am to 2.30pm, but to avoid disappointment, it’s best to book your spot in advance, as they only allow 250 people to go on the walkway per day.

  • A romantic picnic @ Perdana Botanical Garden

Kuala Lumpur

www.klbotanicalgarden.gov.my

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Not into roughing it out and would rather do something a little bit more relaxed? This may seem a little cliché, but a well thought-of picnic in one of KL’s most popular gardens can be a date worth remembering for a long, long time. We suggest packing something simple and easy to eat (such as finger foods, cut fruits, and homemade granola and yogurt cups – leave the nasi lemak at home!), as well bottled drinks and some snacks. Make sure you bring a mat that is in a nice bright colour to add a little bit of life in your presentation. Don’t forget the disposable utensils too; bringing back dirty dishes can put a damper in the whole picnic. Make it into a project where both of you put some effort in so that your romantic picnic can be as lovely as a meal in any restaurant.

Once you’re filled up, you can opt to partake in any of the garden’s activities, such as boat rides at the lake or a bike ride around the garden. Or just take a slow-paced walk around the gardens many attractions – the Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Park, and Heliconia Garden, for instance. A guided walk is also available for those who would like to learn more about the flora in Perdana Botanical Garden; however, they needed to be booked in advance and additional fees do apply.

NAZA Homestay Ayer Molek Melaka

NAZA Homestay Ayer Molek Melaka

10-15 minit : Melaka Central, Jusco Bandaraya, Tesco, Hang Tuah Mall, Jonker’s Walk, Bandar Hilir, Melaka  River Cruise,Politeknik Kota Melaka, Plaza Tol Ayer Keroh, Taman Rama-rama Reptilia, Taman Mini Malaysia, Taman ASEAN, Taman Botanikal, Zoo Melaka,Melaka Water ThemePark,MITC,MYDIN Hypermarket, Kota A’Famosa,Medan  Ikan Bakar dll.

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Several Popular Historic Location Near The NAZA Homestay Ayer Molek Melaka

Fort A Famosa: Constructed by the Portuguese in 1511, it endured serious structural harm amid the Dutch attack. The arrangement by the British to obliterate it was prematurely ended as an aftereffect of the mediation of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1808.

St. John’s Fort: Reconstructed by the Dutch in the second from last quarter of the eighteenth century, the guns in this post point inland on the grounds that around then, the risk to Malacca was primarily from inland instead of the ocean.

St. Dwindle’s Church: Constructed in 1710 under the Dutch organization, the congregation is the most seasoned Catholic church in Malaysia. Its exterior and enhancing adornment is a blend of both eastern and western construction modeling. Its chime was conveyed from Goa in 1608.

St. Paul’s Church: Constructed by the Portuguese commander, Duarte Coelho, this congregation was named “Our Lady of The Hill”, however was later transformed into a cemetery by the Dutch for their honorable dead, and renamed “St. Paul’s Church”. As of now the congregation is a piece of the Malaccan Museums Complex. The collection of St. Francis Xavier was entombed here briefly before it was taken to Goa, India.

Christ Church: Constructed in 1753, the structure reflects unique Dutch structural engineering. The building houses hand-made church seats, jointless roof bay windows, a copper imitation of the Bible, a gravestone written in the Armenian dialect, and a reproduction of “The Last Supper”.

Francis Xavier Church: This Gothic church was fabricated by a French minister, Rev. Fabre, in 1849, to honor St. Francis Xavier who is otherwise called the “Messenger of the East”. St. Francis Xavier is credited for his Catholic evangelist work in Southeast Asia amid the sixteenth century.

Stadthuys: Constructed in 1650 as the home of the Dutch Governor and his representative, the structure reflects Dutch construction modeling. It is today the “Historical center of History and Ethnography”. The gallery displays conventional wedding garments and antiques of Melaka, going back to its days of brilliance.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple: Located along Jalan Tokong (earlier Temple Street) in the center zone of the Malacca Unesco World Heritage Site. It is the most established working sanctuary in Malaysia and most amazing sanctuary in Malacca.

Jonker Walk: This Chinatown road is known for its classic rarity merchandise.

Portuguese Square: Located inside the Portuguese Settlement, the square is the zenith of Portuguese culture in its full magnificence and hues.

Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple: This is the most seasoned Hindu Temple in Malaysia.[citation needed] It was based in 1781 ashore given by the Dutch to the Chitty group.

Tranquerah Mosque: The most seasoned mosque in Malacca.

Kampung Kling Mosque: Kampung Kling Mosque is one of the most seasoned mosques in Malaysia.  It was manufactured around 1784 with the impact of Sumatran construction modeling. Firstly, there’s no Byzantium arch around. It was supplanted by a layered pyramidal rooftop. Furthermore, simply take a gander at the minaret which is organized like a pagoda. There are even Chinese characters cut as an afterthought top of the mosque.

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Melaka History

Overview
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It was in the fourteenth century that the fishing village of Melaka gained the attention a Hindu prince named Parameswara from Sumatra. He was the last ruler of ancient Singapore who was of Malay origin. The ruler decided to make this place a permanent settlement and named it ‘Melaka’ after a tree. A special position is occupied by Melaka Sultanate when it comes to history of Malaysia. The discovery of this new place led to the emergence of new Malayan Empire. Melaka served as the perfect platform on which the Dutch, Portuguese and English played their roles towards shaping the history of this beautiful place. The industrious nature of Parameswara along with chiefs made this place a powerful maritime trading destination attracting traders from different parts. Muslim traders from India and West Asia shifted their attention towards Melaka from other trading places. The strategic location of Melaka made it a popular trading centre with merchants and ships arriving from India, Japan, China, South Africa and Arab.

In the year 1511, Melaka was captured by the Portuguese which soon shifted to the hands on the Dutch in the year 1641. It was in the year, 1795 the British took control of Melaka to prevent French occupancy. However, after treaty of Vienna came into effect, Melaka was again handed over to the Dutch. Following the year 1826, British East India Company together with Penang and Singapore started to govern the place. The place was ruled by the Dutch for more than a century which is prominent from the fine buildings that exist still today. The red Christ Church which is a prominent feature of Melaka city was built with pink bricks that were imported from Holland. Local red lacerite was then used to give the structure that red appearance. The European presence is constantly reminded by some of the famous structures like the St. Paul’s Church and A Famosa.


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