Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Flora De La Mar-HDR

This photo was taken from inside the Van, When i passed this ship and remind myself to go here to take more pics but at the end i forgot bout it and what a shame hehehe... shopping lagi nah... here some of the history bout this ship...
This is the Portuguese "Flora De La Mar" ship, that sank off the coast of Malacca while on its way to Portugal, carrying loot plundered from Melaka. Work on the replica started in early 1990 and it was opened to public in 1994. The Maritime Museum was officially opened in June 13,1994.

Tan Beng Swee Red Clock Tower

The Tan Beng Swee clocktower is located at Dutch Square in the heart of Melaka town. It was built by Tan Jiak Kim in 1886 in memory of his father Tan Beng Swee.
Single Shot then HDR the Photo...

Studhuy Fountain-HDR

Water Fountain, built upon Queen Victoria remembrance.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Porta De Santiago

Here some photos Porta De Santiago from different views....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A'Famosa Porta De Santiago

This entrance is the only remnant of the old fort built by the Portuguese after their conquest of Melaka in 1511.

A Famosa, or “The Famous” in Portuguese, is one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia. Once part of a mighty fortress, this tiny gate (called the Porta de Santiago) is all that history has spared.

In 1511 a Portuguese fleet arrived under the command of Alfonso de Albequerque. His forces attacked and successfully defeated the armies of the native Sultanate. Moving quickly to consolidate his gains, Albequerque had the fortress built around a natural hill near the sea. Albequerque believed that Melaka would become an important port linking Portugal to the spice trade from China. At his time other Portuguese were establishing outposts in such places as Macau, China and Goa, India in order to create a string of friendly ports for ships heading to China and returning home to Portugal.

The fortress once consisted of long ramparts and four major towers. One was a four-story keep, while the others held an ammunition’s storage room, the residence of the captain, and an officers’ quarters.

The fort changed hands in 1641 when the Dutch successfully drove the Portuguese out of Melaka. The Dutch renovated the gate in 1670, which explains the logo “ANNO 1670″ inscribed on the gate’s arch. Above the arch is a bas-relief logo of the Dutch East India Company.

The fortress changed hands again in the early 19th century when the Dutch handed it over to the British to prevent Melaka from falling into the hands of Napoleon’s expansionist France. The English, knowing that they would have to return the fort to the Dutch at the end of the Napoleonic wars, were determined to make the city as useless to the Dutch as possible. They planned to relocate the population and demolish the fort. This nearly happened, but Sir Stanford Raffles (the founder of Singapore) persuaded the English to let the residents remain and also prevented the total obliteration of the fort by convincing the English to let one gate remain for history’s sake. It is quite possible that in doing this, Raffles spared the remaining historical monuments of Melaka as well.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sailing Boat-DreamCharter

I shot this photo at Serasa Beach before sailing around Muara bay... Bila g masa nya naik kapal layar hehehe.....