Melaka: Part 2.

So here’s one last series of photos from Melaka (I promise!).

Warning: Satay Celup is not for weak tummies!

Simply adore handcrafted goods and logotypes such as these (above and below).

We let ouselves wander into The Baba House and retraced the tracks of Little Nonya.

This old uncle is always seen hunched over a tray of malt candy, hitting at it all day long to make 叮叮糖, one of my favorite childhood sweets.

And if you should visit Melaka one day, try packing home some freshly baked goodies, instead of factory-packed ones. They taste so much better! 🙂


Melaka: Ban Onn Goldsmith & Electro Plater

We’re in Penang right now to enjoy a duper long weekend. (Yippee!) But all these traveling has created a ton of backlog which I’m trying my best to clear.

So here’s one last post documenting old trades in Melaka. I’d love to go back there again and slowly explore all the other vanishing trades.

Melaka: 華漢藥行。

Wandered along a non-touristy street in Melaka and stumbled upon this old Chinese medical clinic. The third-generation owner has inherited the clinic from his father and grandfather.

These cabinets were built over 80 years ago using no nails at all.

There is something charming about old places, old shops and old people that never fails to draw me back in time — into that era of their former glory — leading me to imagine the people and their stories that happened back then. It’s that sort of charm.

Melaka: The Royal Press.

Went trigger-happy at The Royal Press when Tan so kindly allowed us to peek into this 75 year-old printing house. As the printing industry has mostly computerized, such traditional printing methods have become a form of art that is, sadly, quickly dissolving.

This was the letterpress template that had been constructed for The Design Society Journal.

Every individual Chinese character would have its own mould. Can you believe it? There are tens of thousands of such moulds in the factory!

Some of these machines have rusted and spoilt, and are in need of refurbishment. The ones that are still working is quite a sight to behold.

This was how people used to proofread before computers were invented. As you can see, the long list of changes below concerned only one short phrase. A very tedious and cumbersome method indeed. A reminder of how fortunate we are living in the digital age.

We bought several sets of calendars back as souvenirs. They are supposed to help non-Mandarin-speaking Peranakans check the dates of full moons. Printed using the letterpress technique, every character is uniquely stained — such is the beautiful imperfection of analog.