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FLOR DE LA MAR YET TO BE DISCOVERED

22nd. December 2010

Treasures are abound within the Straits of Melaka and one particular ship wreck related to the history of Melaka is the Flor de la Mar. Seems it sunk during a storm off the coast of Northern Sumatra in Indonesia.

Among the richest shipwrecks never recovered, the 16th Century Portuguese vessel, Flor De La Mar was lost around 1511 in a storm off the northern coast of Sumatra.

Containing the stolen treasures of the Melaka kingdom in modern day Malaysia, the Flor de la Mar’s cargo, including 60 tons of gold remains undiscovered despite lying in some of the best diving waters of the world.

Certainly, if it can be found, it will give a window to the richness of the Melaka Sultanate in terms of artifacts and put Melaka into the limelight again.

Time will tell if this important wreck can be re-discovered.

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RIAU AIR FLIES INTO MELAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Inaugural Riau Air Flight Set To Give LTAM A Boost

MELAKA, Jan 7 (Bernama) — The inaugural Boeing 737-500 Riau Air flight from Riau to Melaka International Airport (LTAM) in Batu Berendam Friday is expected to give the airport a boost, said Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

Mohd Ali, who welcomed the delegation from Indonesia, headed by Riau governor, Datuk H.M. Rusli Zainal, said it was a historical occasion for the airport.

“This represents a new start to Malacca’s relations with Riau and will bring big changes in the use of LTAM for international flights,” he told a media briefing here after the ceremony to welcome Riau Air’s flight.

Mohd Ali said because the country’s main airlines, Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Firefly, had yet to use LTAM as a hub the state had given Riau Air the opportunity.

He said Melaka-Pekan Baru relations would be strengthen economic relations, including tourism and medical tourism.

Riau Air, formerly Riau Airlines, is wholly-owned by the provincial government of Riau. It operates over 60 flights daily from Pekan baru to 10 destinations in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, Rusli said Riau Air would begin its thrice-weekly Pekan Baru-Melaka flights next Monday.

He said with the introduction of the Boeing flights, the airline would reconsider its use of Fokker planes.

Rusli said other than LTAM, Riau Air was also eyeing air connections between Pekan Baru and Johor Baru via Senai airport.

— BERNAMA

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As of June 4.89 mil tourist visiting Melaka

As of June 4.89 mil tourist visiting Melaka

September 20, 2010
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6 month data already out and as of June Melaka get 4.89 million tourist. From the 4.89mil domestic arrival making the main input by 78% while from abroad 21%, a 51% increase from January – June 2009. In June 2010 only, Indonesian was the highest foregin visitors(38,401 (19.1%) ), Singapore (32,108 (16.0%)),China (18,544 (9.2%)), Hong Kong (9,350 (4.7%)) and Japan (8,477 (4.2%)).

length of night stay for hotel in Melaka in June is 2.44 nigths. Increase from 1.88 nights stay on June 2009. On average, on Jun 2010 about 70% visitors check in Melaka Hotels. Melaka have 198 hotels for such a small state. Increasing the length of night stay and visitors check – in of course will boost the accomodation Industry. It’s like a chain reaction where everybody links to it will benifited.

Recent An-Malaysia protest at Jakarta by a small group of people does not affected tourist arrivals from Indonesia. Usually tourist from Indonesia come here for the health treatment. Furthermore Melaka State have direct relationship with state and province in Indonesia through Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam that lead by Melaka Chief Minister itself.

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TAMAN MINI MALAYSIA MELAKA

Small village in Mini Malaysia Park is definitely worth to visit. If you’re keen to learn about Malay traditional house in Malaysia, this is the place where you can view all 13 state house in one visit.

Taman Mini Malaysia & Mini Asean

Mini Malaysia is the first place I visit when I come to Melaka via Ayer Keroh exit (toll plaza) from PLUS highway. It’s roughly 2km from the toll. It’s not hard to find this place if you follow the brown signboard direction.

If you plans to visit more places, you can stay at Melaka town at discount price of accommodation. Please visit Melaka Hotels for more information.

Carpark is FREE but it’s limited on public holiday. There are few shop for your handicraft selection.

It was more than 10 years since my last visit. That time, the entrance is not like this beautiful. Entrance fees if not mistaken is below RM5. However, the entrance fees today is RM12.

It’s worthwhile if you explore into each state house to understand their design by master builders. The interiors are originally decorated to keep the ambience intact.

PERLIS Long Roofed House

This type of house slowly becoming extinct. The house dates back more than 70 years. The Perlis Long Roofed House is made from ‘Cengal’ and ‘Damar laut’ wood. Its walls are made from flattened bamboo strips interwoven in a pattern. Its roofing is made of sago or ‘Nipah’ palm and at times, Senggora tiles.

Penang Long Roofed House

There are different types of traditional Malay house can be found in Penang such as the Long Roofed House, ‘Rumah Serambi’ and ‘Rumah Serambi Gajah Menyusu’. ‘Serambi means verandah and ‘Gajah Menyusu’ means an elephant suckling her young.

Kedah Long Roofed House

The location of Kedah and Perlis makes the shape of the Kedah Long Roofed House and Perlis Long Roofed House almost similar except for the arrangement of the various sections of the house.

Perak Long Roofed House

The traditional Malay house in Perak is called the ‘Rumah Kutai’. ‘Kutai’ means old. Rumah Kutai only located by the banks of the Perak River. The main materials used are wood and bamboo. Wood is used for the posts and roof framework whilst the walls and floor are made of bamboo and the roof covering is from the sago palm.

Selangor Long Roofed House

The Selangor house dating back more than 60 years can still be found in the federal capital of Kuala Lumpur. These houses closely resemble those in Malacca and Negeri Sembilan due to their historical ties.

Negeri Sembilan Long Roofed House

It’s simply can be recognized by the design of the roof. It is the only house on the Malay to have a curved roof reminiscent of the Minangkabau roof of Sumatra. They are long and at the two ends of the roof are the gable ends, which arch upwards. The house is much smaller compare to other traditional house.

Malacca Long Roofed House

It can still be found in the whole of Malacca today. It is only traditional Malay housed which mainly can be recognized by its glazed and multicoloured tiles on the staircases which are imported from Europe and China. Flowers are a common motif. The house evinces a mixture of architectural influences, which mainly adopted from the traditional Chinese house.

Johore Five Roofed House

The traditional Malay House in Johore well known as ‘Rumah Limas Bugis’ or Bugis Five-Roofed House. The house style is influenced by the Bugis of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is easily recognized by the long ridged roof, which is joined to four ridges, which project outwards to the four edges of the roof. The special about it is the edge of the roof is decorated with carvings.

Kelantan Long Roofed House

Traditional Malay house in Kelantan can be found in two types. They are the Single house and the Twelve Post House. The architecture of both does not differ greatly. The Twelve Post House still can be found in several villages as well as in Kota Bahru and dates back about 100 years.

Terengganu Five Roofed House

One of the traditional Malay houses are found in Terengganu is the’ Rumah Limas Bungkus’, which means five-roofed house. It is popular among the Terengganu Malays since the 20th century. Unfortunately, none are found today and those exist today date back only 40 or 50 years. The house can be easily recognized. The roof consists of a straight central ridge with four shorter ridges projecting down to the four edges of the roof. The edging immediately beneath the roofing is decorated with wooden carvings.

Pahang Long Roofed House

Architecturally, traditional houses in Pahang have more common with those of the west coast states, perhaps because the Bugis, a seafaring people from Sulawesi built many of the earliest houses. The traditional Malay house in Pahang is known as ‘Rumah Serambi Pahang’. This particular type is increasingly becoming extinct. However, it can still be found in several villages in Pahang.

Rumah Dusun Lutud (SABAH traditional house)

Rumah panjang SARAWAK (SARAWAK traditional house)

There are 12 traditional houses from ASEAN countries such as BRUNEI, SINGAPORE, INDONESIA, LAOS, MYANMAR, FILIPINA, THAILAND, CAMBODIA, VIETNAM and etc which I didn’t go due to it’s not open (door locked).

Other than houses, there are few hanging bridge around for fun and skytrek platform. Horse riding is available as well. I spent roughly 2 hours wandering around the park. It’s fun and relaxing although the weather is hot. I recommend to wear simple and bring an umbrella.

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