Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Inn Melaka

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At Tea Tree Spa, 
we are going to pamper 
you with more great deals!

Offer includes:
- 50% OFF Spa Signature and Spa Treatment packages on weekday (Monday – Thursday)
30% OFF during eve of and public holidays

- Purchase a 150mins Rhythm of the Season for couple with RM523nett (Usual price : RM748nett) and receive a complimentary High Tea for two.

- FREE Express Facial for 30mins for every purchase of 90mins Traditional Massage at a special offer at RM190nett

After all what is more pampering than a good deal?

This sweet cheese pudding
 is a double mix of cream cheese and mascarpone cheese
 served with chocolate sauce.
 It’s a dessert that will definitely lift up your mood and chase the blues away.
 Don’t miss the chance to savour this absolute delight for only RM12.50++ per piece.
Validity: November
Price: RM12.50++
Outlet: Sirocco Bar
From es.sense’s kitchen we are highlighting the Sea Food Bussket. 
The Bussket is accompanied with tartar sauce which will definitely entice the taste buds.
It is suitable as a shared side dish or a main course and it is available this November for only RM25.00++ per basket.
Validity: Month of November 2014
Price: RM25.00++ per basket
Outlet: es.sense kitchen

THE LAUNCH OF "WHIMSICAL CHRISTMAS" 2014_@ Dataran Pahlawan Melaka

Season’s greetings from the Dataran Pahlawan Management Team!

Christmas 2014 is around the corner and this year, Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall will be having a grand opening ceremony on 25th November 2014 with a fabulous theme for this Christmas –  
                                                 “Whimsical Christmas”.

We are proud to bring you, “Whimsical Christmas” a holiday campaign which will bring about the biggest and most spectacular Christmas experience in the city with larger-then-life décor, aerialist performances, charity drives, kids’ contest, gift redemptions and many more festival-themed activities.

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Black & White are great complement
 to any wardrobe. 
So get yourself a piece
 of Voir Executive wear at our store now!

An amazing TonyMoly 
Year End
 will start from 
17 Nov until 18 Jan 2015.
 Lots of free gifts awaiting you! 
Grab our special TonyMoly hand towel!

 Don't miss out!

See you at B-006! —
 with Tc ChuaDani Chew Chin PingMiki Goh Chai YinMavis Nam and Maggie CheeChee.

Re: Karnival Upin & Ipin At Bayou Lagoon Resort, Melaka On 6 & & Dec 2014

 Bayou Lagoon Park Resort will be having Karnival Upin & Ipin during year end school holiday Dec 6-7 2014 (Sat & Sun). 

It open to public with the admission water park entrance fees at 
Adult : RM15.00 Child RM10.00.

For more information, do contact us at 06-2330 888.

Thank you.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

In support of mass people movers: Trains ,Trams and Travel

Trams are back in fashion. So is a sense of collective imagination about our cities

Light rail is transformative, almost magically so. Cities around Australia and the world see it as the key to renewing depressed downtowns and sprawling suburbs

kings cross tram
Trams in Sydney’s Kings Cross, 1950. Photograph: Wikimedia
What is light rail, anyway? As the saying about good and bad art goes, it’s the kind of thing that you know when you see it. It tends to defy strict definitions, though: there are streetcars that run on rails in the street, there’s light rail that looks like train transport, but a bit smaller, there are trams that everyone knows about because they’re old and heritagey. It’s very difficult to draw meaningful distinctions.
What we do know about them is that they’re very dominant in streetspace, and they’re very definitely not cars, trucks, or buses. The one thing all these light rail modes have got in common is that they’re very fashionable right now. People in every city seem to want some of them. Those cities that do have them – like Melbourne, with its ubiquitous “Love Your Trams” slogan – wouldn’t have it any other way.

New Train System in Rabat, Morocco.
It’s so fashionable to have opicapital metro light rail project. The 2015 election will pit the supporters (Labor and the Greens) against critics (the Coalition) of Canberra’s planned line, from Civic along Northbourne Avenue to Gunghalin.
nions about trams that the ACT’s next territory election is shaping up as a referendum on its 
Last month David Hughes, an ex-treasury academic and economist, put a match under the already heated debate about Canberra trams,questioning the whole economic basis and the claimed benefits of the project. He may have a point, and it’s always worth looking at actual numbers when we’re talking about spending large amounts of public money.
The numbers, though, aren’t everything. Transport planning isn’t – and shouldn’t be – motivated by financial or planning evidence alone. The way we configure our cities in terms of the way we move about them, and the priority we give to different vehicles and modes in different areas of urban space, are critical parts of how we understand our own places. They’re moving pieces of the city, and become, over time, deeply embedded in our collective understanding of what our cities are about.
It would be absurd to imagine, for instance, a modern London without its Tube or double-decker buses, or Los Angeles without its freeways, or Amsterdam or Copenhagen without packed crowds of cyclists. In each of those cases the use of technology (subways, highways, cycleways) drew from desires for progress and modernity at certain points: the late 19th century for Europe’s underground rail, the car revolution for North American freeways, and the 1970s turn to environmentalism for cycling infrastructure.
Right now, many Australian cities are exhibiting precisely this kind of desire for modernity in the form of light rail. The NSW government’s minister for transport has defied that state’s treasury by securing funding for the new CBD Light Rail, and is making supportive noises about another in Parramatta. The Gold Coast council boasts of its “major step forward in transforming the [Gold Coast] into a modern, accessible destination”, while Perth’s Metro Area Express has retained its visionary language despite being “deferred” by the state government.

melbourne tram
‘Transport planning isn’t – and shouldn’t be – motivated by financial or planning evidence alone.’ Photograph: AAP

It’s a worldwide phenomenon. It’s particularly prevalent in cities in North America, with their pattern of economically depressed central “downtowns” and relatively sprawled suburban hinterlands. In places as disparate as Houston in Texas, St Louis in Missouri, Portland in Oregon, and Salt Lake City in Utah, pro-light rail groups have successfully argued for the introduction of streetcars and light rail to renew slumped economies, increase property prices, and to modernise their city centres.
Light rail, the argument goes, is inherently attractive to to investors, developers, as well as passengers, in a way that other modes of transport aren’t, because of its permanence and dominance in the streetspace. Jennifer Keesmat, the chief planner of Toronto wroteperhaps the best distillation of this prevailing attitude towards light rail technology:
“We will miss the mark once again if we treat this investment as simply a transit infrastructure project, as opposed to a critical city-building initiative ... We must transform our main transit avenues into the future city, the city we desire, the place that we are seeking to become.”
Light rail is transformative, almost magically so.
This kind of language, and desire for transformation and renewal, is about some very fundamental change to the urban form, and of the relationship of government to that space. It’s no wonder it frustrates economists, who rightly see business cases being imaginatively enlarged upon, and the thumb of rhetoric lying heavily on one side of the cost-to-benefits scales.
It’s about politics and imagination, and it always has been. Rail modes of transport, to an extent that almost no other mode does, requires the active involvement and support of government; in planning, in authorising new development and new density, in resuming land and consenting to thoroughfares, and not least in contributing money.
Trams are a physical symbol of specific kinds of local and state/territory government policy: long-term, because of rail’s inflexibility; developmentalist, because the economics demands it; environmentalist, because they run on electricity; and pump-priming in a Keynesian way that, unlike the shiny vehicles themselves, has for 30 years been distinctly unfashionable. We argue about light rail against buses, against cars, and against an infinite number of other modes.
All the engineering and economic assessment will not change the fundamental argument, though: it’s about imagination, and permanence, and commitment by the state to urban areas.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Malacca Mystique

''Bah! Ridiculous idle rumors!” He roared. The streets were glaringly bright this wet monsoony November morning. 

The humidity was high and the low murmurs of traffic noises welcoming me to another blessed day in Melaka was evident, as the morning sun peeked playfully from behind the grey overhanging clouds to shower us with her golden rays.

I was rooted to my stool facing the long bar in Limau-Limau, a small café in Hang Lekiu street, in Melaka having their Toasted Ciabatta Bread With Fresh Mango And Roasted Chicken when I overheard that outburst from this hippie styled Chinese man two stools left of me.

 “Although quite often nicknamed a ‘sleepy hollow’, Melaka is anything but” he pointed out eloquently to a willowy young blond seated beside him. “ We were the gem of the spice route once long ago and today -700 years later, we still have that old mystique of the Orient” he guffawed to his doe eyed listener who was somehow relishing  every sentence of this man’s description of the city.

Here in these age worn streets that still remains a vital traffic link between the old gentrified Malacca and the new double glazed high rise windowed Malacca, the adventurous travelers find solace and entertainment, often within these hole- in- the wall food and beverage establishments that sprout like mushrooms after a morning rain. I looked out into the steeple of the nearby mosque in Harmony Street - where you find mosques and temples within the same small slinky row and took a bite out of the food art in front of me.

Relishing the ambiance, the crowd and the meal in front of me the mystique that is this town riddling me, it was quintessentially like taking a bite into the soul of this place.

As he said, this city is both a town and a city within the span of a few blocks, and it dawned on me it was a living breathing acreage of untold magic and mystery that is almost always changing and only fathomed by the visiting traveler one sip at a time.

Unlike other destinations, you never get to KNOW her until you’ve traversed all her nooks and crannies irrespective of time and effort. 

You may have explored the rich heritage and urban attractions, you may see the veneer of her often touristy knobs; you may even know intrinsically her arteries of fame and streets of glorious food but you never experience the age of her until you experience the bohemian quarters of Melaka. 

You get that only by participating with the locals in their daily life here in the Old Quarter.

That’s the feeling I’ve been trying to grasp about this once sleepy hollow…amidst all the 40 storied buildings, fancy hotels and definitive food localities surrounding her, the typical hole in the wall gallery cum artist haven/owner run bistro in the old parts of Heeren Street, Silversmith street and Goldsmith street spilling unto Tranquerah Road somehow becomes the soul and rhapsody of this part of town.

It’s unrelentingly spicy, fabulously gauche but vividly real & give’s one an actual feel of the free and wild bohemian soul seeking his/her fortunes amid 750-year-old ancient streets. 

The Melaka I know disguises herself as a lot of things. The diminutive dimensions by which she is bound are very deceiving. Allegorically, she may be small in size but is nonetheless, potent; potent like a cili padi in providing experiences and memories. 

Although miniscule in size with a population totalling lesser than 800,000 she remains a tantalizing beauteous haven; one which boasts a copious historical and cultural heritage dating back centuries. Today, she basks in the glory of her famed position, all the while parked on nature’s pedestal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—a privileged title awarded her in 2008 for obvious reasons.

More than just a dot on the map of the Malaysian archipelago, Melaka is the bearer of a persona so deeply lulling that one is instantaneously cast under her hypnotic hex. While plenty, there’s more yet to savor past the first blush. Unlike any other state in the country, Melaka—‘where it all began’—is truly the hallmark of uniqueness and solidarity. Indeed, she is a maiden of many charms and faces.

Ask any traveler who’s been here and they’ll tell you it’s hard to pick a favorite spot in Malaysia because each place is so uniquely different. The people, the food, the geography changes vastly depending on where you are, but Melaka, or Malacca, remains one of the favorite spots because of its unique cultural and social diversity. The place is a melting pot of Portuguese, Dutch,Chitty,Baba, Japanese,Javanese,Riau, Indian, Malay, and Chinese culture harmoniously sharing a colonial history.

It is also perhaps my favorite place on this earth to eat! There are tons of deliciously fresh eateries camped throughout the city with plenty of cheap options. Melaka started as a sleepy fishing village and slowly turned into a popular trading port. You'll get to enjoy the charisma of her people. They are open-minded, blunt, pragmatic and renownedly tolerant.

Eternally charmed by her many hidden wonders and entrancing characteristics, visitors, first-time or otherwise, local or international, are sure to concoct descriptions exceeding more than just a few lines for the postcard back home.
Offering rest for the weary traveler and mystique for the intrepid explorer, this captivating in your face hideaway ought to be relished as a jewel worthy of awe and adoration.

Historically having come of age in the early 1400s, this Malaysian destination is possibly the southern Peninsula’s best kept secret. Stepping just beyond her threshold, travelers are instantly introduced to her warm, sunny breeze, hospitable residents, cultural diversity and auspicious culinary flavours.

Within her myriad color, culture and built, swanking a façade decorated with dilapidation and antique arrangements, she is that glorified gem one handles with uttermost care, admires with starry-eyed wonder and remembers on memorable occasions.

My sandwich nicely enjoyed and feeling happy, I lurched past the fast moving vehicles, dogs, cats and pedestrians ambling glazed eyed through the many shops and stalls here,  heading over to my friends shop- the venerable Syarikat Abdul in Heeren Street where I’m always assured of a few hours of good company and entertaining riposte by the aging patriarch. Assured of good company to while the afternoon heat and time away from the noisy crowd, it would’t be long before it was lunch.

A favorite lunch hangout of mine was at the Baboon House two houses up from Sykt. Abdul and as good an option as any for crowd watching within the artistic retreat of a bohemian enclave.

This place has a bohemian traveler vibe that’s unequalled. I simply Love the vibe of this place. It reminded me of places I’d visited in which the key word was LOVE, LIFE and Youthful LUST….oh so much longer ago than I want to admit.  Great burgers and the building itself is, for lack of a better word, so COOL.

Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. 
The term has become associated with various artistic or academic communities and is used as a generalized adjective describing such people, environs, or situations. 
In the context of this writing , we'll use the term Bohemians to mean those jolly wanderers or adventurers as well as the few carefree women and lighthearted men one encounter’s in the night !

The various drinking and eating establishments throughout the old quarter resembles that bon vivant lifestyle that I remember so much and to appreciate the unique quirkiness’ is such drinking places like Shantaram. 

When you visit Melaka, you have to find your way to Shantaram. I guess you can’t really call it a bar. It’s more like your cool neighbor’s house who serves beer out of his fridge and threw a few crates on the curb to serve as tables.

You are promised interesting people here, both locals and travelers alike. Unlike other commercial establishments they open only at 9pm, so take your time, chill out, and sit back to listen to some classic reggae or oldies -depending on who’s got the radio that
night !

“We were afraid of nothing and thumbed our noses at public opinion. . .The most outstanding characteristic of our Bohemian existence was our open revolt against all prejudices, I might say against all laws. We lived as if entrenched in a fortress from which we made belligerent sallies ridiculing everything." (Knepler, 31,32)

This is a slice of the real unadulterated Melaka. 
After savoring the rich cultural heritage of Malacca, one goes back home and dream of all the stories and legends as they come alive in one’s mind as regaled within the nooks and crannies that is the streets of Melaka.

This is where the dreams start to take flight and fantasies came true.

This is where it all begins. Welcome to Melaka.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Mahkota Parade

Kitschen loves Hello Kitty exclusive collection is now available in-store. Drop by Kitschen store today
G04, Ground Floor. Mahkota Parade

Warm up your date’s heart with the sweetest of charms, so easy to hook on or off your favorite tote or shoulder bag. Candy colours, crystals and sweet metallic textures give Tinkerbell and adorable marine life just the right dose of playfulness to your ensemble.

Grab them @ CarloRino
 Ground Floor. 
Mahkota Parade,Melaka.

Malacca Desserts

This simple page of luscious desserts aims to remind you to make your meal and day a fun filled and self-fulling one by exploring the many types and available desserts that you can try and taste while visiting this fair city..They're so delicious you'll definitely be tempted to eat the desserts first !

Everything about this city's dessert and snack offerings is teeth-gnashingly sweet – from the watercolour like creations in their window display and illustrations used in their marketing to the heart-shaped chocolate mousses and deep fried cakes topped with origami-like pastry just mocking you to touch and devour them on their plates!

Most stalls in their pasar malam and bakeries, cake shops along the streets and hotel bakeries are worth stopping in for, for a RM 3 slice of a chocolate cake which, like most other places now comes served with a dollop of frothy cream. Perfect to be washed down with a cup of coffee/tea. 

Visiting Jalan Bendahara in Melaka, you will not miss seeing these delectables on sale inside the Indian shops. No Indian meal is complete without a dessert to end with! 

There are many types of desserts in Melaka, but here in Indian Street you must try their Jelebis. Most of  these desserts offerings are sweet and full of ghee (clarified butter) but however, it cannot be denied that they are all very delicious. 

Here is a small list of mouth-watering desserts that you must try when you visit Indian Street in Melaka. 

Sweet Jalebi
Who can say no to a hot plate of jalebis on a cold rainy day! 
These golden coloured, deep fried rings made of maida (flour) batter taste best when served hot.  

Here, the Rava Kesari is popular amongst the Indians. 
This South Indian sweet that is made using Semolina/Sooji/Rava can be found during all celebrations for festivities.. It's made for and during all festive occasions & weddings which glorifies the sweet toothed persons need for a happy sugar rush..

Now, another integral dessert offering available (when requested) in the shops here would be the 'payasam' and this dessert offering is an integral part of any Indian Buffet spread which is traditionally served on a banana leaf. Some like it hot, some like it cold, some would swear it tastes fantastic when its a day old!

Moving on, I would find life and my day so uninteresting without some sweet desserts to attract that sugar rush!  and God bless Melaka...with their intricate and beautiful multi cultural fusion of food and taste, its asure bet that  be it a savory, snack or dessert you name it .......somewhere,someone, somehow is thinking and making it.

To  remember your youthful days, of careless whispers and melancholic ,bucolic memories nothing beats the aromas and taste of well known common street desserts like the Peanut Balls – many prefer it slightly chewy but  i feel it should not be too thick skinned.

Deep-fried, the aroma of the sesame ball with peanut paste is heavenly —  found in most pasar malams and Jonker street dessert areas, this dessert would taste quite good even if you didn't fancy peanut butter, because the ooomph is in the sweet tasting and glorious fillings. It must not be scant but full of aroma and taste.
I find the Malacca peanut balls freaky tasty here.

Kueh Apom – spongy and delicately aromatic from the brown sugar used, I find this dessert extremely satisfying to fill up on without worrying much about the calories!

Kuih Kosui (brown kuih in fresh coconut) The soft kuih has an unexplainable aroma (marked by the sweet and lovely aroma from palm sugar) and complexity to it. It  a very, very fragrant and creamy kueh that is best shared amongst friends and colleagues.


Ang Koo Kueh- This traditional Chinese pastry resembles the shape of a turtle shell and is usually filled with either bean pastry, sesame, peanut, and I've even tasted one filled with durian!

Kuih Keria – sweet potato doughnuts crusted with sugar. I love sweet potatoes and sometimes the stalls i find it in I feel could do with more sweet potatoes but that could just be me nitpicking. The ones in most Melaka Pasar malam's does pack more sweet potatoes than most commercial versions already!

Kuih Lapis –  You know life is gonna be cheery and your days gonna be like a colorful rainbow ahead whenever you encounter one of this multi layered dessert offerings! . Say what?
You lost the house keys..... again? Or the neighbours cat trampled all over your prized roses yesterday?  It’s alright, all is good. Take a bite out of a kueh lapis. 
You'll be smiling all over before that bite is swallowed through. That's the magic of this dessert:)

Kuih Dadar/ Ketayap- a fluffy, toast-y, fragrant grated coconut that is filling but light (not the greasy or thick, wet piece of dough kind) crepe. The coconut filling is usually sweet and acts as a fun filled savory, especially taken with coffee!

In summary, one does not go to visit a place without expecting a  memory or a slice of passion.. In Malacca, the cakes and desserts, and their savoriness offers you from the hearts and craft of the simple makcik/pakcik stalls to the established Bakeries and Hotel Cake shops -that taste of the sweet Malacca life.

A smell, a memory and a taste that gives you a reminder of a special place under the sun, floating on the tongue.

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