Thursday, 8 January 2009

Country Living 5

Mr. Lim, his son, a Malay friend, Harun and I made a short trip to Johor Bahru's Danga Bay, JB's famous water-front to look at Malay houses and architecture just to get some idea for his proposed houses on his 2.5 acre site. The tourist attraction features house designs from the various districts of Johor, although for the life of me, I can't tell a Batu Pahat Malay house from a Johor Bahru Malay house. I am sure there are major differences; we just didn't have the time to look close enough.

A restaurant

A fish therapy spa

Soak your feet in this pool and have fish nibble away your dead cells!

Windows of a house

Folding doors with wooden movable louvres

Doors, windows and wooden stairs flanked by wooden balustrades

Below the house, is a kitchen and dining area for tourists

A beautiful wood balustrate

A few of these sheds strategically placed would add a rustic charm to his site

We also spotted some quaint stuff on display. Below are nyonya rattan baskets (I think).

Bamboo wind chimes

A fish trap

Simple traditional hats

More ornate hats? Or are they food covers?

A granite grinder on the right. What's that on the left? Could it be for grinding chili into paste?

Front view of a machine for processing rubber into rubber sheets

Side view of the machine

Mr. Lim, his son and Harun


  1. The Malay homes are lovely and I wouldn't mind living in one of those. We are buried under a heap of snow and ice here in Canada.

    Love the pictures. Keep up the interesting posts!!

  2. We always complain about the heat over here, and envy countries with four seasons; but the downside is winter is unbearable. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. I grew up in Malaysia and know about the heat. Winters are beautiful, but terrible for commuting. Winter storms in Canada and roads that are wet, slushy and icy go hand in hand. Many lives are lost every winter due to motor vehicle collisions. This is our "natural" disaster every year.

  4. Well, we have our yearly floods, which Kelantan is facing now, but fortunately BP has been spared due to the construction of a series of huge undergound tunnels, and since then we have not seen flooding as was the case in the 1970s and early 80s.