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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Serambi @ Malay Patio....
It is a beautiful day in June, sunny with patches of white clouds, a great
day to get out to enjoy nature. As for now I am sitting here writing about the
Serambi as in the image above. Serambi is a patio but it has its differences.
In a traditional Malay house the Serambi [patio] is build just in front of the
house whereas the patio in a modern house could be anywhere the owner would
want to built it. In a friend's house in Boston
I saw the patio at the back behind the kitchen. That is the difference. The traditional
Malay house is always build of hard tropical wood and most of the time the
Cengal is use for all the poles. It is built above ground thus there is always
steps leading up in the front of the house and another one at the back. It
is difficult to see a truly traditional Malay house these days. It is sort of a
dwindling scene, sad but true. My generation lives in the traditional Malay
house and for that I fell in love with the Serambi. It is a special space in
front of the house before one enters the sitting area. It is an open space with
wooden railing and do not have wall. In a way it is an area outside the main
house but yet part of the house. It is in the Serambi that folks would just sit
to chat or yarn during free time without disturbing those in the main house.
Because the Malay traditional house is raised above ground the house is always
cool especially the Serambi thus there is no need for fan to cool the air like
now. When we move into our present house there was no Serambi so I decided to have
it specially built with lumber. Today my Serambi as seen in the image above is
a space where I spend my time to whiled the day away, at time entertaining
guest who come a visiting or just daydreaming. The Serambi is indeed a space
that our forefather creates with wisdom.