Thursday, June 20, 2013

Historical Melaka City Council Conferred The Green Apple Awards

MELAKA, June 11 (Bernama) -- The Historical Melaka City Council (MBMB) created history when it became the first local authority in the country to receive the Green Apple Award from the Green Organisation in the United Kingdom.

Its mayor, Datuk Zainal Abu said the award was the highest recognition to MBMB for its efforts in conducting green programmes within its administrative areas.

He said MBMB had won the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage category from more than 200 nominations through their efforts made for the Conservation and Beautification of Sungai Melaka project.

"MBMB will receive a certificate and a trophy in an official ceremony which will be held at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon, London on June 24," he told a press conference here Tuesday.

He said through this recognition, the Green Organisation will also promote the winning organisations in its website and also in the Green Book which will be distributed throughout the world as a reference to the community.

Zainal, who will be attending the awards ceremony said, the organisations involved would also be given the opportunity to talk on the green and environment practiced in their respective countries at the European Business Awards in Environments (EBAE), recognised by the European Commission in its assembly which is held twice a year.

He said the awards were started in 1994 and was elevated as a prestigious award especially in the European countries and the United States and supported by the Environment Agency, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and Chartered Institution for Waste Management.

Meanwhile, the fifth anniversary celebration of the declaration of Melaka as a World Heritage City will be held on July 5 at Istana Kesultanan Melaka Museum, Bandar Hilir here.

Melaka was recognised as a World Heritage City together with Georgetown in Penang by Unesco in July 7, 2008.


Karma shitting on Dharma

Modern man's life is rather clumsy, though we pretend to control our destinies, by and large it be an act of ultimate self deception that we control the myriad trials and tribulations of what we sow, although it is true our actions and/or inaction precludes certain options to our current state. 

For the most part, we are careless things that blunder along the path of history until we eventually get to our appointed destinations.

All of this, of course, points to the quaint parochialism of the modern man's- "Id state"
 (state of subconscious mind) which is, for most, a rather crude and blunt instrument at best. 

The root of today's problems is the question of identity (yours and mine) and the
perpetuation of that identity over time. 
(as popeye famously said; I am what I am, and that is all that I am!)

This, incidentally, is a question that is both personal as it is philosophical; and the individual,
has to be made to look into the mirror of self-doubt to see the glimmer of reason tucked
behind the cloud of untruths (in the Nietzschean sense).

It has, in short, to be made to ask the same existentialist questions that we are all bound to ask 
ourselves sooner or later: “What am I; why am I here; is this all I am; is this all I can be?”

Instructive in this respect, i believe, is the dialogue between the semi-divine hero Arjuna and 
the God Krishna that takes place on the eve of the great battle of Kurukshetra, 
(5000 yrs ago in India) which makes up the theme of the Bhagavad Gita,
(equivalent to a Holy Book for Hindus) and which, incidentally, happens to also be one of the
most important works of localised Hindu literature in Southeast Asia, locally rendered as the 
Hikayat Pandawa Lima.

Unable to lay his soul to rest the warrior-prince Arjuna contemplates the folly of life and the 
madness of power on the night before the great battle between the two warring clans of the 
Pandawas and Kurawas, cognisant of the fact that regardless of the outcome the battle will spell
the doom of both.

Gnawing at his conscience is the perennial conundrum that he is unable to resolve: 
How can he, the warrior-prince, obey and comply with two apparently contradictory moral 
orders, the dharma of the just man who must respect life, and the dharma of the warrior who 
must destroy life itself? 

It is Lord Krishna himself, (In one of his 10 reincarnations) who comes to Arjuna’s aid by 
offering him sage counsel that is equally relevant to the modern technocrat of today.

Krishna reminds Arjuna that life is full of contradictions and that as a human being one of the 
first conditions to be met while living in the here-and-now is to accept, understand and live with
these seemingly contrasting contradictions.

Arjuna (as a man) has to protect life, but he also has to kill (to protect a life).
He must be prince and warrior, protector and killer. Having to bear the burden of both 
obligations is his destiny and he cannot escape this. 
( As is the case with all of us, we have to be hunters and warriors and also husbands and 
protectors of virtue in our family life)

Arjuna was then faced with the last temptation before the great slaughter at Kurukshetra.
To simply give up.

He longs to relinquish all sense of responsibility, to escape, to deny his own agency and 
responsibility, to refuse to act, to do nothing.

But it is then that Krishna reveals himself in all his magnificent universal plenitude and shows 
Arjuna in no uncertain terms that Life is far greater than the individual.

While the warrior-prince is forced to do battle with his conscience, (in this life) Krishna reminds
him that Life and one's soul is far greater, more complex, much richer than the finite conscience
of the individual ;
( To understand today, one has to understand our yesterdays-or past lives and visualize 
what that impact will be on our tomorrows-or next life) and that even if the greatest of 
heroes cannot reconcile such contradictions in him, Life is far more abundant and expansive
and great enough to reconcile all contradictions within itself. 

That is the promise of the Lord.

The moral of the Bhagavad Gita – of which there are many – 
is that inaction is no escape from the complexities of life and that submission to Life means 
accepting the complexities, contradictions and paradoxes that make up mottled landscape of 
living itself. 

No, we cannot run from our fears and anxieties and we cannot gloss them over with 
counterfeit simple solutions either.

To truly live to the full, one has to reflect the complexities of life in our personalities as well,
to mirror the myriad of life’s contradictions in the myriad of personalities that inhabit ourselves.
We have, in other words, to accept and live as a community of selves, with all the sad,happy, calming,frustrating & contentious feelings that that may elicit for us.

For ours is not to question why; but simply to enjoy while we can the privilege and joy of 
living and all its' travails.

Karma has a funny way of shitting on Dharma, doesn't it?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

City Bayview Hotel,Melaka

Life is savored in Malacca

Defining a locality by its food is nearly impossible, especially if the subject is Melaka! 

Many have tried to impress upon the unassuming public that Malaccan food galore starts and originates from the fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian food but truth be told this  fair city state is more than the amalgamation of taste buds that these cultures brought with them. Much more.

As varied as its culture, music and coastal geography, so too is its food.  With a blend of pan Asiatic and European (Indo-Dutch & Anglo Saxon) influences, Melaka boasts a complex and colorful bounty to appease any palate from the spice worshipping locals to the greens- tofu seeking vegan onwards to the meat-chomping carnivore.

Like other international destinations, Melaka is a gem within a coastal cul-de–sac in this Malaysian peninsula delighting to display its wonderful local cum regional cuisine that’s found in its 13 states and the surrounding Asian region. 

Within the ambits of the state limits, you can experience it all, taste it all, and savor it all.

Paradise is a word often expressed by many but here in Melaka, one gets a sense of how close that feeling may represent the word once you start savoring the many delectable’s on offer everywhere within the street’s and the more ambiatic enclaves.

From fancy, sit-down restaurants within the many shopping malls, hypermarkets and supermarkets located within 15 minutes drive of each other to the numerous Malay make-shift mom pop eateries located along the many winding ‘kampong’ roads within the city and it’s adjoining boroughs, from the nearby  Javanese-inspired dishes of the Indonesian archipelago to the grilled, skewered, roasted, and fried meat cuisines of the surrounding regional , from the freshest Malaysian seafood, to the fusion mix of Mediterranean type spices and north African style “wild meats”, it’s all here, in a country which some might say is infatuated by its culinary contributions to the world, and rightly so.

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"Rojak " Video By The Suleiman Brothers

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The Malacca Story (Chinese version)

with courtesy to asmaliana-BPP

The Malacca Story (part 2)

The Malacca Story (part 3)

With courtesy to Asmaliana-BPP