There are a lot of ethnic diversity in Melacca. Chinese, Hindu, Budist and Muslim churches are all on the one street called Harmony Street, all next to each other. No fighting, no wars. We could all learn a lot from these people.
Vesak Day Parade
We were in Melaka for the Vesak long weekend.
We didnt knew about the Vesak Day Parade until we saw some floats passing by.
It was quite a big thing and we saw monks chanting and sprinkling holy water to bless the great crowd.
Merlimau -Penghulu (Chieftain) Abdul Ghani's house
Rumah Penghulu Abdul Ghani was built in 1894 and located about 5km from the town of Merlimau, Melaka. Being the house of the village head, it is remarkably different from other houses in the area.
The house is architecturally resplendent and signature to Melaka's 19th century artistic style. Its intricate wood carving forms the unique facade as well as the interior section of the house reflects a beautiful integration of Malay, Chinese and western culture in its design, embellishments and decorations.
Unfortunately, it has been left vacant for quite sometime and in a dilapidated condition.
Most estate will normally have a temple for their employees’ spiritual needs.
It is the most colorful structure and one will never fail to notice it & will normally found at the main road accessible to the village.
Melaka, Malaysia is a haven for hard to find ingredients ! Not only will you find lots of delicious spices for your curries, you'll chance upon oddities like this colourful bits. Now before you think those are jelly beans, let me just say that it's actually uncooked tapoica jelly. Locals cook these gelatinous coloured bits for "bubur cha cha", a delicious, sinful and hip-expanding dessert. Keen to make Burbur Cha Cha? You're in luck, here's a simple low-fat recipe you can follow...
Bpacker's Lo-Fat Burbur Chacha
1)A potpurri of diced yam, sweet potatoes, soaked black-eyed beans
2) Some tapoica jelly
3) A pkt of coconut milk (low fat )
5) A pinch of salt
6) Syrup mixture consisting of 125g palm sugar , 3–4 pandan leaves, shredded and knotted and a cup of water.
What to do:
->Prepare the sweet potatoes, yam and beans. For the potatoes and yam, steam them. For the beans, boil em'. Resist the urge to eat them after cooking, just it set aside.
-> Make your syrup next, boil sugar, water and pandan leaves until sugar dissolves. Add the coconut milk+salt followed by the yam, sweet potatoes, black-eyed beans and jelly. Stir evenly. Remove the pandan leaves and serve either hot or cold. A colourful bag of colourful jelly cost around RM3 to 4