Saturday, July 31, 2010

A view from my balcony....

I am writing this over a steamy black coffee. It is a beautiful cloudy morning as I sat writing this in our Malacca home. Just fifty meters out-front is the Straits of Malacca. It is early morning and the sea is calm over a cloudy sky. Looking out of the balcony I saw a huge tanker making its way to the PETRONAS dock delivering raw fuel for the Refinery. About is the image of the tanker as it near the docking jetty. As I was watching the tanker a flock of birds passes by enjoying the breeze near the Apartment tower. These images was taken using a telephoto lens.

Anyone sitting here some five hundreds years ago would be watching Portuguese and Dutch ships ply this route. They were the master of the sea then. Perhaps some folks sitting on the porch of his simple thatch hut were watching a fight between the Portuguese and Dutch ships, which saw the Portuguese capturing Malacca in 1511. It continues to be here exchanging power to the Dutch and then the British, the Japanese, the British again until August 31 1957, when the country Malaya achieved its independence from the last colonialist the British. From that time onward the country has move forward and became one of the most developed country in this of the world. Now with a population of twenty six millions, it boasts of full employment and the society living in peace and prosperity.

We arrived here from Kuala Lumpur yesterday just after lunch; after a stop over at the Ayer Keroh R & R for lunch. I love driving long-distance and yesterday we left for Malacca taking the North South Highway. I am happy to drive on the highway since it is just driving on a good roads unlike driving in the city where I get stress up when get caught in the traffic jam. So I often avoid driving in the city even in Malacca. On the highway quite so often there was no traffic jam. Most of the time driving became a pleasure while enjoying watching the panoramic scenes pass by on both side of the roads. [If you enlarge the image on the left you would see a large Container Ship on the horizon]

The resort is now been managed by a new team. We would be living here a few days, meeting the new management teams, as well enjoying the peace and tranquility of this place near the sea.

Below is a scene of the sea out-front taken as the sun rises.

Have a nice day.


ozz said...

Dear Pak Idrus,
Nice and beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend.

Pak Idrus said...

ozz, thanks for the visit and the good words on this posting.

Have a nice day.

Wan Sharif said...

Salam Pak Idrus,
Very glad to read and to know that you are enjoying your days in Malacca..
BTW, when you write PETRONAS dock .. is it near Batu Tangga refineries?
Anyway. chantik gambar gambar tu.. HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND

Pak Idrus said...

Wan Sharif, thanks for the visit and the good words on this posting especially on those images that I took.

Yes. It is at the Tangga Batu Petronas refineries where we could see ships come and go every moment of the day. A very busing Jetty indeed. Younder one could see big container ships and Tankers plying the straits making it a busy path for ship on both directions.

Thanks for the greeting and do have a nice day as well. Take care.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Salam, Pak Idrus and Makcik!
Great views from your beachfront apartment, and interesting observation indeed -- yes, a hundred years ago, it would have been Dutch and Portuguese trade ships and not petroleum tankers plying the Straits! What I wouldn't give to witness those ships of old, relying on trade winds and brute labour to propel them into port!

Pak Idrus said...

~Covert_Operations'78, Ee Lynn thanks for the visit and the greeting. And sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting especially that of the happening some five hundred years ago. I mistakenly wrote fifteen instead of five hundred years. Thanks for the correction. I must be thinking of 1511, the year the Portuguese captured Malacca.

That was then and what the scene would be five hundred years from now we have just to wonder. Perhaps a bridge across the straits of Malacca with cars moving both ways. Well, that is just a thought.

Have a nice day