This is Waee waee, also known as Nongjianu, who does beautifully inspiring things. She's from Malacca, so I asked if I could visit. Not only did she say yes, she very kindly brought the whole lot of us around her favourite places in her hometown.
A heritage area where kampungs and the generations of families still continue to live. We even got to step into one and it was really quite lovely to see all the embellishments and memories that filled the home.
Braving the Malaccan sun with her trusty umbrella, Waee Waee would always look curiously past grills and semi-shut entrances to discover wonderful shops and shopkeepers behind them.
A traditional rattan shop, filled with everything for the home. Rocking chairs, baskets of every shape and size, side tables and shelves, even the old familiar cane parents use to discipline naughty kids.
I'm guessing the shopkeeper and maker probably wrote this on the back of the door. If I could try to translate it, it would probably go something like this : "Live every day happily. Don't lose hope, face challenges bravely." It's nice when the personality of the owner goes into the shop as well, that he lives by what he believes and it shows in the wonderful things he makes for people.
Another shop I remember stepping into was this Fujian Tea shop. What drew us in were the brightly packaged tea tins, which had the names of the different types of tea the shop sold.
I especially like the doiley-like circle.
And of course, this was my favourite meal in Malacca by far. Teochew porridge, where you pick the side dishes you'd like to have with it from large stewing pots. I think I may be slightly bias because of this photogenic and friendly uncle!
I'll be back for this again for sure when things just cry out for a slower pace of life.