Posts tagged Homestay Melaka
Part 1 Introduction.
An authentic traditional Malay house in an urban heritage village
Urban villages located in town centres can be found in most cities. However, picture perfect villages with well-preserved and maintained buildings, beautiful landscaping and neat layouts are extremely rare. Kampung Morten started out as a Malay village in early 1920s and takes its name after Joseph Frederick Morten, then Commissioner of Land in Malacca. Over the years, it has evolved into a model village which attracts tourists, both local and foreign, all year round. Strategically located along the historic Melaka River, it is one of the must-see tourist attractions in Melaka. Now, for the very first time, the Melaka State Government is offering tourists a chance to stay in this historic village in an authentic refurbished traditional Malay house. Operated by a government linked company, Taming Sari Sdn Bhd, the house is named Taming Sari Guest House and visitors can be assured of the best amenities, modern facilities and old fashioned furnishings.
For visitors who have never stayed in a traditional wooden house, the experience can be quite unforgettable. This is because a house built with wood emits “sounds”. It responds to the movement of its inhabitants. For example, when you walk on the wooden verandah, it will creak. It is also not possible to climb a wooden staircase silently. Some people may say this is unnerving but others may relish the experience especially when this is an antique building with its own heritage and history.
The whole package of staying in this house isn’t just the building itself. Kampung Morten is a heritage village and it is a chance to experience first-hand, the living heritage and traditional culture of the Malays in Melaka. The location of the village is also perfect for tourists. Located at the buffer of the core heritage zone (Melaka is a UNESCO World Heritage City), it is literally a stone’s throw from many historic sites and attractions. Visitors can also walk along the Melaka River which is famous for its own history and the iconic Melaka River Cruise. A walk at night is highly recommended as the river is beautifully lighted up. Many quaint cafes, souvenir shops and art galleries can be accessed by a walk along the river promenade. Within the village itself, the house of one of founders of Kampung Morten, Othman Haji Muhammad Nor, has been converted into a living museum and named Villa Sentosa. The house was built in 1920 and has on display household items, pictures, memorabilia and furniture which hark back to a bygone era.
So, don’t wait any longer. Seek adventure in Melaka and chart your own travel course. Coming up in the near future are articles on the history of the house, Kampung Morten and retro photographs. Perhaps even an interview with the original owner. Also, what to see and do in Melaka when you book a stay at Kampung Morten Taming Sari Guest House. Stay tuned!
Melaka is famous for its belacan. Many tourists who visit our historic state will buy belacan for themselves and as gifts for family and friends back home. For the uninitiated, belacan is simply dried shrimp paste. Not just any shrimp, mind you. Only shrimp locally known as “geragau” is used. The fresh geragau caught with special nets usually during low tide by the Portuguese fishermen will be mixed with salt and shaped into round patties and left to dry under the hot sun. Once ready, it will be individually packed in plastic and sold at wet markets and sundry shops. Local snack shops in town do stock belacan (the handicraft mall opposite the Samudera Museum and the Heritage Zone in Dataran Pahlawan) but purists will agree that the best and freshest is only available at wet markets and at the pasar malam (night market). For the record, there are some locals who shun commercially sold belacan and will only cook using homemade belacan made by themselves or by relatives. However, since the majority of us are not as lucky or privileged as these folks, belacan sold in the shops will have to do.
Well, to those unfamiliar with Malaysian food, belacan in its raw form often provokes interesting reactions mainly because of its strong and distinctive smell. Once toasted over the stove, it releases a different smell which some would describe as an appetizing aroma while others would claim it is a foul odour. Aroma or odour, belacan is often the essential ingredient in many signature dishes like Assam Pedas Melaka, sambal belacan, masak lemak, laksa Nyonya, sambal tumis and many more. There is no substitute for this ingredient and any cook who attempts to leave it out while cooking those dishes will find out that their food will be tasteless and flat.
So if you plan to visit Melaka, don’t forget to buy belacan. It is not easy to find Made in Melaka belacan in other states and that is the reason why so many local tourists often buy it here or ask friends and relatives who visit Melaka to get them a few pieces. Homestay Warisan Melaka sells special hampers which contain the best belacan, dodol, cincalok and gula Melaka all sourced from reputable manufacturers. Our hampers are packed attractively and make good presents for your family and friends. Retailing at only RM50-00 a hamper, we have done all the hard work for you by procuring from only the best. And if you are stumped or clueless on what to do with the belacan, cincalok and gula Melaka in our hamper, just refer to the recipe booklet enclosed within. To order or enquire about our hampers, please call Miss Siti Aishah at 06-2323 653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Delivery to your accommodation operator can be arranged.
HAPPY EATING AND HAPPY COOKING!
|Tips on how to select good belacan
Don’t be fooled by thinking pinkish colouredbelacan is fresh. This is often artificially coloured. Authentic belacan is light brown and almost greyish in colour. Avoid belacan packed in pink see through plastic bags as this often leads one to mistakenly assume it is fresh from the colour.
Granted, the smell of raw belacan is not sweet but fresh belacan would never let off a rotten smell. Belacan that has been kept too long releases an unpleasant odour. You should sniff the packet and if it smells like something the cat killed, then don’t buy it.
Belacan that it not fresh is usually dry, crumbly and broken. Look for moist slabs instead. These days, pre-roasted belacan is available and is labeled as “BelacanBakar”. If buying this, then the belacan will not look moist. This will save cooking time but traditionalists will usually roast their belacan just prior to cooking to maintain its taste and aroma.
Dengan sukacitanya dimaklumkan Perbadanan Hang Tuah Jaya dengan kerjasama Akademi Pelancongan Melaka akan menganjurkan Kursus Asas Pengurusan Penginapan Rumah (Homestay) pada ketetapan seperti berikut;
Tarikh : 27 Januari 2011 (Khamis)
Masa : 8.30 pagi – 2.00 petang
Tempat : Laksamana Townlodge, Taman Kota Laksamana, Melaka
Bayaran : RM 100.00 seorang. (RM 80.00 khas kepada peserta Homestay Warisan Melaka)
Objektif kursus ini adalah bertujuan untuk meningkatkan ilmu dan pengetahuan secara teori dan praktikal dalam asas pengurusan penginapan rumah (Homestay). Kursus ini juga merupakan syarat wajib yang ditetapkan untuk menyertai Program Homestay Warisan Melaka.
Sehubungan dengan itu, dengan sukacitanya pihak tuan/puandijemput untuk menyertai kursus tersebut
Sila hubungi Pn. Aida ditalian 06-2869960 untuk pendaftaran.
Bersama-sama ini disertakan borang penyertaan kursus untuk tindakan pihak tuan/puan.
8.30 – 9.00 pagi – Pendaftaran Peserta
9.00 – 9.30 pagi – Taklimat Produk Pelancongan Melaka dan Potensi Industri Pelancongan Melaka oleh Bahagian Promosi Pelancongan, JKMM (BPP)
9.30 – 10.30 pagi – Taklimat Pengurusan Kewangan dan Perniagaan Penginapan Rumah (Homestay) oleh Perbadanan Hang Tuah Jaya
10.30 – 11.00 pagi – Rehat dan minum pagi
11.00 pg – 1.30 tgh - Kursus Asas Pengurusan Penginapan Rumah (Homestay) dan Praktikal.
1.30 – 2.00 ptg - Penyampaian sijil kursus
2.00 ptg – Makan tengahari dan bersurai.