Monday, 24 June 2013

Western Australia Part 3: The Historic Harbour Town of Fremantle

Dawn in Fremantle. 

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Why Fremantle?
Fremantle (or referred by some as Freo) is like a KFC combo set, where you can get cool things all wrapped into one set. From historical site to modern life leisure centre, Fremantle is not just a suburb area and a dream town for pensioners, rather it promises a great deal of potential to be commercialised. A day in Fremantle will never be enough. Never.



Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Western Australia Part 2: From Black Swan to Kings Park of Perth

The Black Swan

"All journeys have secret destinations of which traveller is unaware..." Martin Buber.

I've learnt that sometimes by getting lost, you would discover the best spots which was originally out of the must-go list. Do not restrict yourself to the research you've done. Sometimes you just have to relax your mind and follow your heart.


Sunday, 16 June 2013

Western Australia Part 1: Experience the Australian Immigration



Australian Immigration: Up Close & Personal 
Many gave an impression that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) are tough and difficult. But I still believe that if I remain completely honest and cooperative, things would definitely be smooth and easy. Just follow the procedure and things would be alright. After all, you are entering someone else's country, so it is reasonable to assume that you need to comply with their regulation. Here, let me share some things you need to prepare and do before entering the beautiful country of Australia. 


About Perth, Australia

The Swan River. And the city of Perth.


Perth: Where It Began
For thousands years, the aboriginal people of Noongar inhibited the land for generations. The day Captain Stirling set his foot in the 19th centuries mark the significant changes to the history. The beginning of development was rather slow. Even when the convicts were sent to increase modernisation and build infrastructure, the population was still crawling bit by bit. Only when gold was discovered, the settlement became attractive and promising. However, this was somehow perceived as disadvantageous to the people of Noongar themselves. 



Thursday, 13 June 2013

Melaka Part 4: A Walk in the Red City


After reminiscing the past at the A Famosa, we decided to continue the journey on foot to the popular cendol stall by the river for evening meal. Bandar Hilir was not that big, I guess. Even though there are various mode of transportation to bring you to your desired destinations around town, the best mode would still be walking on your own. On the way to the Dutch Square, we encountered numerous museums located as tourist attraction sites, with minimal fee as low as RM 0.50 per entry, ranging from Islamic museum to architectural museums. 



Monday, 10 June 2013

Melaka Part 3: The Ruins of the Portuguese




From the history of the great Malacca, we strolled down to the next important phase in history i.e the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century. Next to the Istana Kesultanan Melayu Melaka, the remaining of Portuguese empire stood still – A Famosa. 

Wait.

While remaining ruin of the entrance to the fortress as per the pictures was actually called Porta de Santiago or Gate of the St. James, it was erroneously referred to as A Famosa, even by some reference, text books and even the tourists brochures. 


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Melaka Part 2: Melaka Sultanate Comes to Life


1. Istana Kesultanan Melayu Melaka
The fact that this building was built based on original techniques with no use of nails at all render this place as one of the must-visit location while you are in Melaka. No, this is not the original palace of Sultan Mansur Shah, but rather it was erected as an honour to the glory of the Malay Sultanate centuries ago and to document the history of the glorious Melaka. With minimal entrance fee of RM2, it was worth the visit. 



Saturday, 1 June 2013

Melaka Part 1: How I Spent 3 Hours in Bandar Hilir



The Revelation for a Historic Mission
It was Wesak Day. In Malaysia, Wesak Day is considered as a public holiday. This is one of those instances where living in a multicultural society is indeed a blessing in Malaysia i.e. having multicultural h.o.l.i.d.a.y.

But I need a quick get away. Without hesitation, I chose Bandar Hilir. Together with my wife and my friend, Herman, we set our journey on Wesak Day to Melaka.




 

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