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Did You Know? Stones From Mosque Was Used To Build The Well-Known A’Famosa

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The famous A’Famosa was built soon after the Portuguese captured Malacca in the year 1511. Bringing the meaning of ‘The Famous’, the Portuguese used forced labor to build the city that serves as a temporary camp to repel the attacks of the Malays. It took five months to build, many of the forced laborers used to build the city died as a result of hot weather and food shortages.

The construction of Kota A Famosa under the direction of Alfonso de Albuquerque became a symbol of the resistance of the people of Melaka at that time to force them to build a defensive city once they took control of the city of Melaka. The city was later destroyed by the British on 10 August 1807.

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Little do people know that the material used to build this iconic historical monument of this city is by using stone mosques and also the tomb of the Malays. This is evidenced by the particular discovery of a letter from a man named Giovanni da Empoli (1483-1517) to his father in Italy. Giovanni da Empoli was a merchant who at the age of a dozen had left Lisbon according to the navy of Alfonso de Albuquerque traveling to Southeast Asia (April 6, 1503). Born in Florence, he has the ability to speak many languages. Early 16th century. Portugal actively expanded its influence by conquering maritime routes to Southeast Asia conquered Goa in 1510 and Melaka in 1511.

Being in Melaka for six months since 28 June 1511, Giovanni and the other crew were forced to engage in the conquest under Alfonso despite having no background as a soldier. Throughout his adventures, Giovanni has written two letters to his father in Florence who are 10 years away. In the letter, he recounts the events he witnessed himself during the year 1511.

Among the contents of the letter revealed:

“We prepared a stone [fort] that we built by renovating the houses of the ‘Moors’, their mosques and other buildings.

We built it up with great difficulty by bearing the stones on our backs, and each of us became a manual laborer, a builder and a stonemason.

The situation is very difficult: We built the city with our weapons under the scorching sun that is hard to describe. The only food available is rice (…)

No one escaped a terrible fever, in which the corpse lay in the captain’s residence for two or three days (…)

I fell ill from October, and for fifty days I had a severe and prolonged fever until I lost my mind”.

Sources: Facebook Melaka In Fact, Medievalists.net.

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Movie Review: ‘Don’t Listen’, Horror Movie With Unexpected Jump Scares Galore

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‘Don’t Listen’ is actually a Spanish supernatural horror film directed by Ángel Gómez Hernández. The movie follows a man who after the inexplicable death of his young son in their new home begins to experience ghostly phenomena, prompting him to seek the help of a paranormal expert.

It is one of the new films that was released on Netflix on 27th of November. This Spanish horror film has ghosts, witches and even delves into Spain’s dark past history with unexpected jump scares galore. The movie is already number charted number 9 in the U.K.’s Top 10 Films on Netflix.

What ‘Don’t Listen’ Is About

Daniel, Sara and their only son Eric are a happy family that move to an old house in the country. Working as home restaurateurs, Daniel and Sara plans for restoring and sale the house after the job be done change drastically when the own Eric is found dead in the pool close to the house. Broken by the pain, Sara moves to her parents for a days after a strong discussion with him, while Daniel keeps alone in the house. However, at the next night Daniel tapes Eric’s voice in his cell phone when he was sending an audio message to apologize Sara.

Looking for answers, Daniel meets Germán Redondo, a veteran and renowned writer and supernatural investigator specialized in electronic voice phenomena. Traveling to the house with his daughter Ruth, Germán analyzes Daniel’s audio message, installing infrared cameras hoping to find any kind of ghostly activity, while at the same time Ruth tries get closer to her father, still affected by the suicide of his wife that is Ruth’s mother happened years ago.

What Can Be Said About ‘Don’t Listen’

‘Don’t Listen’ is a worthy addition to the family-moves-into-haunted-house genre, a predictable yet truly terrifying journey that masterfully creates an unsettling atmosphere. The jump scares don’t feel cheap, and the twists and turns and backstory reveals are earned. Even when it’s utilizing clichéd tropes and story beats, it manages to remain fully engaging and suspenseful.
‘Don’t Listen’ isn’t necessarily reliant on innovation. The film’s strength comes from its ability to suck you in completely, immersing you in a world where something sinister lurks behind every corner. If you’re a lover of the genre and down for a predictable journey that boasts some truly scary moments and magnificent atmosphere, you’re gonna love this one.

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(Video) Perfect Bakery Cafe In Cheras Where You Can Get Freshly Baked Fruit Strudel

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There are actually so many different types of pastries that can be enjoyed from pies to tarts and even quiches to croissants. One of the most favorite pastries ever made would definitely be fruit strudel. Talking about fruit strudel, there is one particular bakery cafe that sells amazing fruit strudel and it is called ‘iCon Brewings’ located in Cheras.

Fruit strudels at this bakery cafe are loved by many people because they are freshly baked daily. Aside from using fresh fruits to top off their deliciously flaky pastry, they also make their whipping cream and jam filling from scratch every day. That is why this is one of the best bakery-cafes that served fruit strudel.

 

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Other than Peach Strudel, there are also other fresh fruits such as Kiwi, Blueberry, and even Mango Strudel. They all would taste as good as they look whether or not you have a favorite fruit of your choice. Even though that this particular bakery cafe is well known for its fruits strudel, it also got many other pastries that customers could enjoy.

Aside from serving yummy-looking fruit strudels, this cafe is also known for selling a wide variety of artisan pastry. There are also croissants, Danish pastries, tarts, and many more. In addition, they also have cafe food and coffee here.

 

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For those who are interested on going to iCon Brewings, this is their address.

Address: 24, Jalan Manis 3, Taman Bukit Segar, 56100 Cheras, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Sources: Instagram iCon Brewings, Facebook iCon Brewings.

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Upholding The Malay Tradition, These Are Different Styles On Wearing ‘Sampin’

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The tradition of wearing sampin has come way back since the generation of our elders. There are so many people that can be seen wearing sampin as part of their essential outfits. Definition of sampin according to Kamus Dewan would be as a sarong worn after wearing the pants in the Malay attire and usually from the waist to the knees only. Sampin is also used to complement the looks when wearing baju Melayu.

Nowadays, we often see people wearing sampin during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Aidiladha, or any other formal events that require them to wear baju Melayu. There are actually so many different styles that can be used when someone is wearing sampin. All of these different styles come from different regions and sometimes bring different meanings for the wearer.

These are examples of different styles of wearing sampin:

1) Ikatan Pancung

Picture: Pecinta Warisan Melayu

The method on how to wear this style is just by using loose fabric. The fabric is wrapped around the waist and before reaching the end of the fabric, the fabric is “beheaded”. That means the fabric is pinned while letting the end of the fabric hang down.

2) Ikatan Kembung

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This is the style of wearing sampin that usually worn by the bridegroom in any wedding custom of the Malays. The word kembung comes from the impression of looking like you are bloating when wearing this style. The fabric is pulled to the middle or side of the body to be tied and knotted in various ways so that it will stick to the waist.

3) Ikatan Lingkup

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This is the usual way on how people wear sampin. The sheath fabric is rolled up and draped over the front or sides. Similar to how to wear a sarong for everyday needs.

4) Ikatan Anak Raja Lima

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When wearing this style, you have to balance the fabric in the middle. Arrange and fold downwards. Finish the tiered layer. Take the bend and update the side ties at the waist.

Sources: Pecinta Warisan Melayu.

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