Homestay de Melaka

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Melaka, the Historical State of Malaysia is a must visit travel destination for all tourists who visit to Malaysia. We, at Homestay de Melaka is here to provide you a clean, comfortable, feel like home accommodation which is situated at the heart of Melaka town.

Our homestay units in Mahkota Hotel have the following advantages :-

● 2 bedroom apartment (city view at 15th floor)
● nice scenery at night
● air-conditioned bedroom
● fully furnished with refrigerator
● walking distance to historical sites (A Famosa Fort, Clock Tower, Stadhuys, Dutch Square, Jonker Street, Chinatown, etc.)
● next to Mahkota Parade shopping mall
● next to Dataran Pahlawan shopping mall
● walking distance to entertainment outlet (Arena club, Movida club & Overtime club, the Jetty)

Give us a call at +60196690168 (Jason) and we will be looking to serve so that you will have a pleasant visit to Melaka, the Historical City of Malaysia!

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living room

double bedroom

double bedroom

twin bedroom

twin bedroom

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Visiting the homeless at Pertubuhan Kebajikan Villa Harapan Melaka

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It was last Sunday morning after my breakfast with parents. They were to drop me home after our meal and to go somewhere. I wondered where they were going. They said they were going to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Villa Harapan Melaka to meet up with the Buddhist society’s children from Merlimau.

The centre is a charity home in Duyung which accepts homeless, old folks, handicapped, and mentally disabled adults. I was quite busy with work for the past few months and didn’t have time to visit any of the centre like before. Since I was free that morning, I was in for the visit and I could take some photos.

It wasn’t the first time I came to this centre. But for most of the people especially the children, it was. When my parents and I arrived at the centre, the teachers and children had just arrived with a bus, and they were listening to the management’s briefing.

The centre is rather big and the residents sleep in a dormitory. Male and female are seperated. Currently the centre is taking care of 109 residents. Most of them are old folks and others are homeless, handicapped or mentally disabled. Although the centre is partially funded by Government, they still need public support to maintain the centre.

Then we were brought to visit the place by Thomas, the vice chairman of the centre. To spread the joy, the teachers talked and understand the residents’ needs and the children distributed their DIY greeting cards compassionately to the residents. It really made us sad to hear that some of the residents there were actually dumped by their family on the street or the centre, and couldn’t be borthered to visit them. Some shed tears when they told us their story. Anyway, I don’t think they hated their family, instead I felt they are missing them everyday and hoping one day their family would come to visit them or bring them home.

We could really see some of the faces lighted up when they looked at us, because they were bored and lonely. It took us 1 hour staying at the centre spending time with the residents there.

The visit was truly an unforgettable experience for us, and it didn’t end here. The organising committe decided to go to the Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Centre Melaka in Bukit Baru. I will upload some photos of our second visit soon.

Sharing some shots taken at the first centre we went. May all beings be happy.

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Romantic penguins holding hands

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Just the two of us: This romantic pair of penguins hold hands as their buddies congregate in the distance in Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in the Antarctic Peninsula (photo by Silviu Ghetie)

Just the two of us: This romantic pair of penguins hold hands as their buddies congregate in the distance in Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in the Antarctic Peninsula (photo by Silviu Ghetie)

It might be chilly outside, but this snowy snap of a penguin couple holding hands is enough to melt even the coldest of hearts.

The perfect pair enjoyed a romantic clinch, opting for a moment of solitude while dozens of other penguins gathered nearby.

In fact, as one interloper approached the penguins, who looked almost like humans holding hands, appeared to give the freezing cold shoulder – and he continued trudging by.

The heart-warming display of affection took place in Port Lockroy, a natural harbour in the Antarctic Peninsula. It was captured on camera by professional photographer Silviu Ghetie.

'What are you two up to? Oh, holding hands again': Lonely heart approaches the couple and seeing they are only interested in themselves, moves switfly on (photo by Silviu Ghetie)

'What are you two up to? Oh, holding hands again': Lonely heart approaches the couple and seeing they are only interested in themselves, moves switfly on (photo by Silviu Ghetie)

The pair stand hand in hand appearing to stare out at the dramatic vista of the frozen Antarctic landscape. Their heads tilted slightly toward one-and-other, they look as if they are feeling the quiet drama that love brings to inner life.

Then, still holding each other, they wander down to the icy waters and the rest of their friends.

Photographer Mr Ghetie, 43, from Baia Mare in Romania, usually takes pictures of people but he couldn’t resist snapping this magic moment while on a polar expedition.

He said: ‘This is the first wildlife picture I have ever taken but it’s actually very apt because it just goes to show you can find the same patterns in both nature and people.

‘I started taking pictures primarily because I was amazed by the landscape. The light and the atmosphere was really interesting.

‘Then as I walked forward the two penguins came into view.

‘I always think penguins look very much like humans from behind anyway but this was particularly funny because they really did appear to be holding hands.

‘It looked like they were two lovers, hand in hand in front of a beautiful landscape and looking into each other’s eyes.

‘They were far far away from the rest of the group so it was easy to believe they were having a romantic moment alone.

‘They stood there for about two minutes before they were interrupted by another penguin.

‘It was at this point that they walked off together and made their way to the ocean. It was a very surreal moment.’

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Food waste – are we greedy and guilty Malaysians? 国人日扔930吨食物 9万包10公斤白米不见了  

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What happens to your food waste? (image from USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency)

What happens to your food waste? (image from USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency)

A study has found that Malaysians are throwing away up to 930 tonnes of unconsumed food daily. Ironically, we Malaysians love food so why waste the one thing that we are known to love most? The regular flurry of news reports on food shortages and the global food crisis have failed to alert us on the importance of being thrifty and humble to contribute towards sustaining global food supplies.

The multi-racial of Malaysian food is simply glorious. We are blessed with such diverse food options that spice up our daily food consumption. Perhaps such diversity has led to our insatiable appetite for food at one sitting which eventually leads to a huge costly waste. At any time of the day, any type of food is easily available. We now have more restaurants that serve fusion food, making us more impulsively greedy in making our selections. Go to any of these restaurants and you might have a hard time making up your mind on whether to have a plate of Chinese fried rice or Sizzling Lamb Chop because the striking pictures in the menu send you drooling over them right away. Eventually, you ordered both items. The reality is you can’t clean your plate even before the dessert arrives. Such a waste.

Simplicity and balance are what missing in our meals. A balanced diet for a normal Malay family may consist of a plate of rice, a vegetable dish and a main dish (chicken curry, chili beef etc). Sometimes, when the main dish is dry, soup is served. Dessert is optional. Perhaps a bowl of porridge for lunch with some condiments? A plain sandwich would also suffice for any meal of the day. Why not? Such items are healthy, simple and economical, reducing the amount of leftover which might end up in the garbage bin.

We definitely do not want to pay the price for our own greed and selfishness. It’s time we find ways to reduce food waste in our landfills and become a more conscious food consumers. Malaysia boleh or tak boleh?



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Joshua Bell playing incognito in the subway

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Joshua Bell (photo by Chris Lee)

Joshua Bell (photo by Chris Lee)

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

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Visit to the house of Jeff’s aunt in Heeren Street

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the abandoned living space of the house of Jeff's aunt in Heeren Street

the abandoned living space of the house of Jeff's aunt in Heeren Street

After our job assignment in Melaka Raya last Saturday, my friend, Jeff and i went to visit his aunt’s place in Heeren Street, the old street in the heart of the old city of Melaka. The house is one of the historic buildings and is also the place where Jeff was born at. The settings of the house definitely brought back the nostalgic atmosphere just like my grandma’s house in Bunga Raya.

Jeff’s mom, uncle and auntie were at the house when we arrived. They first introduced the place to me and brought me to tour from the front to the back of the house. Like most of the heritage buildings in this area, front half of the lower floor was used for business, while the rest and upper floor were living spaces. The back part of this house is very much abandoned, such as the old stoves, well drinking and toilet; these however leaving us a trace of the early and mid 20th century.

I would like to thank Jeff for bringing me to the his aunt’ place. I had my camera with me so i took some photos during our visit.

May all beings be happy. Some captures of the day,

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