文化街 JONKER WALK YOU NAME IT

The flesh of a popular Oriental food, the abalone, is found in shops near to Jonker Walk. Seafood to salads, poultry to pancakes, every corners serve meat, bean curds, vegetables, desserts, and what not, originating from distinctive home-style cuisines. At one corner of Jonker Walk, the arrival of Alfonso de Albuquerque to Melaka is considered a worldwide history, and with his influence, one can get a taste of history at Cafe 1511. Brazil supplies coffee to the world and these seeds crept into the hot cups of the Jonker kopitiam and those cups tell you a good roast was done. "Kopi-O-Kosong" is common to the ears at the Hainanese coffee shops and the word is a combination of the Malay's Kopi, the Hokkien's O which means 'black' and the Malay's Kosong. Corporate people have chauffeured great dishes prepared by excellent Teochew chefs from an isolated corner of Jonker Walk to Kuala Lumpur in time for their lunches.

The birth place of a school is also located next to Jonker Walk and it is none other then the Eng Choon Huay Kuan. Later on, many shall forget about a kindergarten at a T-junction which overlooks the ' Millionaires Street ' If you have read about a son of the famous Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad Poor Dad, who ventured into the reading business, you must not surprise to find one, two cross-road away from Jonker Walk.

You may also find lamps similar to what Aladdin had except there is no genie to appear when rubbed. The hunting weapon of the Australian aborigines is far away near to the South Pole but the boomerang is also housed in the antiques shops. The Arch of Jonker is far from the great historical value of the Arch of Titus in Rome, but let's admire the man who developed it. Yes, the man, a former Mr. Asia, Gan Boon Leong. Just beside the Arch, there are bibles on the benches of an old church. Looking into the shops through the doors, one has to hold his breath on the portraits heads of some great people of the past. They are fine crafted. From far and near, buyers took away antique chairs and tables, which are carved and inlaid with valnut. Check also the durable old chests that were used as an indispensable article of the furniture for the storing of linens and clothes and you've got to bet on their weights. As much as enjoying seeing an armour in the movie, Night Museum, you can pick up an armour from Jonker Walk and bring it home.

Lines where two surfaces meet are also unique and varied from one step to another when you aspire about in Jonker. How about the lives of the people who earn a living in the alleys. Among these surfaces, a statue of an Apache could steal your attention or an orang utan might appeal you and halt your walk. Arising from the unique ancient presence of the Dutch, British, Portuguese, Chinese and Malay, such mixtures erected heritage buildings to entice your stare to their slanting cornice, abacus, neck, shaft, column, frieze, architrave, and so on. All of them reveal the splendor of decoration and ornament in ancient Melaka that had remained as 'sleepy hollow' for a long long time after the fall of the Empire of Melaka. At the Temple of the Green Cloud, where stream of devotees only care to seek guidances, and have forgotten to cherish great tile-covered roofs supported on wooden columns between which walls of brick, marble, or wood were placed. Of one story with open-timber roofs covered tiles of blue, green, yellow, or black, part of the wall faced with porcelain tiles, columns were lacquered in red while the roof timbers, capitals and brackets were decorated in blues, green, yellows and gilt.

Dive into the past, discover how a few of the present shops have occupy the abandoned places of oldness of legal practices and arbitration. They have moved to modern buildings and left behind some tales. Just right below the dragon head, you could see the Armada of Alfonso de Albuquerque across the river-mouth of the ancient spices trade. Do not forget to slip into a cruise that would in the near future, take you to as far as the commuter hub of the Sentral Melaka or the Jusco shopping haven; they are making turns at this point of time near the Spice Garden. The magnificent Yangtze river may divide China into two almost equal portions with its 6,300 km, but the small Melaka river is left with untold stories ingrained from many parts of the ancient world. Interestingly, Jonker Walk complimented by the Melaka River served as the foundation of commerce for Melaka today. It was the origin, of a famous trading port to be reminisce. Certainly Admiral Zheng He did not arrive in Melaka alone. How to account for the fine bronze food vessel, the porcelain vase, plates, bowls and spoons. Equally true was Alfonso de Albuquerque. How about Saint Francis Xavier who sat foot in Melaka in 1545 and was he alone too ? Can a Hindu prince explore a strange place by himself ? Still remember Sir Stamford Raffles ? Did rubber planting influence the shaping of Jonker Walk, when Tan Chay Yan first harvested rubber from Bukit Lintang ? When bicycling began to regain its popularity in 1935, a bicycle shop selling the Raleigh bicycles, operated within a narrow road at right-angle to Jonker Street. The signboard had since faded but it still stand.

Above write-up : This Blogger, An Old Friend.
Below poem : From Source.

Malacca Jonker Walk
up and down i look for embroidered
sequin shoes mother likes


Malacca Jonker Walk
the old, the new, the black, the white
the good, the bad and the ugly


by john tiong chunghoo


Source : http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/visit-malaysia-year-haiku-jonker-walk-of-malacca/







This writing is unfinished but just a little description of Jonker Walk. One thing for sure, the Chief Minister, Mohd Ali Rustam has put great effort into its vigor and proudly, the greater is still coming.
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