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A funfair can be a very special childhood memory for the most of us. Early this month, Stephen suggested to us (Henry, Wee-Peng, Koh-Yiaw, and I) to go to the funfair in town to bring back this wonderful memory. After having our suppe, we went to the funfair although it was already 2:30 am in the morning.
It was a small scale funfair located in Melaka Raya, occupied only the size of a football field. The place was nicely decorated, fully lighted with flickering and colorful lamps, and filled with beautiful and cute cartoon graffiti. At the time we went, there were not many visitors, and most were youngsters.
Stephen and Henry were the most excited ones. Both of them visited the side stalls and played games like wheel of fortune, bingo, toss the ring and catch little duckling, hoping to win toys for their nieces and nephews. They didn’t disappoint the children and won many prizes including a big doll. In fact, a funfair wouldn’t be fun without these interesting prizes.
There were also rides like bumper cars, ferries wheel, pirate ship, spinning aeroplanes, and other stimulating rides. It was fun to observe others to play and how they screamed like crazy. Old folks like us didn’t go for any ride, probably losing our bravery as we turn older.
It was really enjoying for us. I was doing photography for a wedding dinner before we went to the funfair, therefore I had my camera with me to capture photos of the place, the folks and the fun we had. Thanks to Stephen for inviting us. May all beings be happy.
Towards the end of year 2010, Peah-Ching, partner of Stephen Tang was preparing hampers for sale just before Chinese New Year 2011. She was hoping to help the underprivileged group before the festival season so she approached Chris Lee Ching-Yong, the Special Officer for the Chief Minister of Johor and seek for his advice.
Chris who is active in charity, told Peah-Ching to help a rehabilitation centre for handicapped children in Muar, where Peah-Ching’s hometown is. It’s Pusat Pemulihan Dalam Komuniti Maharani (in Malay, Maharani Community-based Rehabilitation Centre). Chris then told her, the centre requires support and attention of the public to maintain its service for the community. Although the centre is supported by the state government, donation of the public could help the centre to provide better study environment and improve the living of the children.
Chris suggested to Peah-Ching that each of the hamper she sells, she could donate RM5 in helping the children. She would like to know more about the centre so invited me to visit the centre together. After 40 minutes drive from Melaka, I arrived in Muar and met up with Peah-Ching and her lovely mother. Together we travelled to the centre which is not far from her house.
Providing special education to mostly dyslexic children and some with autism, the centre currently supports 54 students. We were welcome by one of the assistants, Ms. Nardia and briefed about the daily function of the centre. From what we were told, the children do not stay overnight at the centre however spend half of the day to attend classes. During weekdays, parents would send their children in the morning to the centre and pick them up in the afternoon. They will have a meal in the morning.
After doing some reading online, I came to understand that parents play a big role in helping their children. Parents usually start to panic after their children fail miserably in Year One or Two as a result of their inability to read. In fact, children with dyslexia need to be taught to read using techniques that are different from those used to teach normal kids. Maharani Community-based Rehabilitation Centre is one of the centres to provide special education to enable dyslexic children to become more successful. It’s also best that parents could sit in during the classes so that they could pick up too the correct techniques to coach their children at home.
It was rather a short trip as the children had gone home when we arrived. We didn’t manage to see how the classes are carrying out regrettably, but we are hoping to visit the centre again in the morning to understand more about the centre and the children.
Hopefully all the children are well and happy. May all beings be happy.
In addition, I have seen the hampers wrapped by Peah-Ching after we went to centre. They are really nice and presentable. If you are getting hampers for your friends or family and do charity at the same time, feel free to browse Peah-Ching’s hampers flyers for great deals. Click to enlarge and download:
In the light of its rich historical past, Melaka has become one of the best places for travelling even for the locals. Two weeks ago after having lunch with Stephen and Henry, who always love to tour around Melaka, suggested to me to visit some of the tourism hot spots in Melaka. First of Henry’s choices was Taman Buaya Melaka (in Malay, Melaka Crocodile Park) which has a history of more than two decades.
The Melaka Crocodile Park is located in Ayer Keroh of Melaka; about 20 minutes drive from the town of Melaka. As the name suggests, the park created an ideal captive environment for the crocodiles and displayed to the public. It has more than 100 species of crocodiles, including all local species with also crocodiles from America, Mexican, India, and Thailand. Some of the crocodiles hunted at other places within Malaysia are also brought into this farm, such as one huge 3.9-meter saltwater crocodile captured in Kampung Jawa, Melaka River.
Since its opening, the park has expended and transformed to include a section of other reptilian species and birds. Furthermore, there are also special and exciting performances by the trained keepers and their crocodiles on every Saturday. Other attractions of the park include haunted ghost house, mirror mystery house and train ride, which make the park great for kids.
Where we visited each of the cages, the crocodiles were so still that it looked dead or like a dummy. However when we looked at their eyes, they were like staring at us fiercely as if they were ready to strike. We were lucky that not needing to dive to the river nor travel to overseas to see live crocodiles from over the world where many of the species can be found here, yet getting so close to them.
The park had changed a lot since our last visit during our childhood. For instance, more species have been brought in, the enclosures for crocodiles have been improved and we could still see some renovation on going to upgrade the facilities for the park. Overall the tour in the park was thrilling.
After the Crocodile Park, we went across the highway to the Zoo of Melaka. It is right opposite of the Crocodile Park. The last time I went to the Zoo Melaka was early this year in January but it was still fun to go again with friends.
The Melaka Zoo is the second largest zoological park in Malaysia. According to its official website, the Zoo currently features a handsome collection of more than 1,200 animals from the world over, representing more than 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
The best time to go to the Zoo of Melaka would be early morning as most animals are usually up and active; they are feed and exercised early. Most of the animals tend to be sleepy or turn lazy during noon as it is the hottest hours of the day. Then they get a second wind around in late afternoon. That was the time when we arrived at the zoo so we could see most of the animals getting active. As the sun going down and hiding behind the trees, we got to see nocturnal animals going lively, such as wild cat, owl and wolf which sleep all day and up all night.
Since we were exhausted taking a half day walk in the parks under the hot sun, we didn’t stay at the zoo for long. Rather we took a quick tour in the zoo without taking many photos.
To conclude, the tour to Melaka Crocodile Park and Melaka Zoo was amazing and the fact that taking the tour with Stephen and Henry, the two humorous guys had made the trip even more funny and joyful. The tour in Melaka didn’t end here, we then headed to largest bowling centre in Malaysia, Melaka International Bowling Centre with 52 lanes for two games, and continued to spark the night of melaka by taking a ride to the 80-meter height revolving tower, Menara Taming Sari, and enjoyed the beautiful Melaka River sceneries with the river cruise. I hope to have time to do a write up on the latter two attractions.
Sharing some shots I took in the Melaka Crocodile Park and Melaka Zoo. May all beings be happy.
The day when my friend, Stephen Tang played the song, Ni Zhi Dao Wo Zai Deng Ni Ma (“Do you know I am waiting for you?” in Chinese) with the piano at Jason’s house, he then continued to perform another song with beautiful melody taught by Pastor John he met long ago.
Although Stephen later told us that he did not know the name of the song, he loved its rhythm, a fast yet sort of a mystical beat. Even Jason was interested to learn to play it; he stood next to Stephen and watched how Stephen’s fingers fluttering across the keys.
I recorded the play and share with friends here in juesatta. Stephen promised to play the song Shang Hai Tan, a well-known TV series theme song back in 80s, so I hope I have a chance to record the next play and share again.
Thanks to Stephen for performing such a beautiful melody. May all beings be happy.
The song, Ni Zhi Dao Wo Zai Deng Ni Ma (“Do you know I am waiting for you?” in Chinese) is a classic and was a very popular song back in late 80s. This song was originally written and sung by Zhang Hong Liang (张洪量). And it was so popular that many other singers have covered it such as Teresa Teng, Jacky Cheung, Leng Yu, and Anthony Lun.
Last week my friend, Stephen Tang and I went to Jason’s place, and Stephen was attracted to Jason’s piano in the living hall. He told us he could play some songs but we doubted. Stephen said to us that the same thing happened to his partner Pei-Ching; she thought it was a joke.
“Let me practise for 10 minutes and I shall remember how to play.” Stephen said while warming up his fingers and slowly sat by the piano, which he had not played for a decade.
As soon as the melody reached our ears, Stephen touched us as beautifully as he touched the keys of the piano. What further amazed us was he played without the piano scores. Stephen continued to present some songs wonderfully as we requested.
It’s always nice and fun to go for a tea chat with Stephen as he is a funny and straight forward friend. And to prove to Pei-Ching, I recorded Stephen’s play, Ni Zhi Dao Wo Zai Deng Ni Ma.
May all beings be happy.