From 19-21 Mar 2010 ex-Lasallians from around the world attended an international convention for Lasallian Alumni at the Equatorial Hotel, Malacca. Malacca is a former strait’s settlement and a melting pot of cultures first governed by the Portugese in 1511 followed by the Dutch and British colonialists together with indigenous races in and around the then Malay achipelago. Barter trading, mostly in pepper, silk, porcelain wares etc were the main activities which made Malacca an ‘international’ trading post. Malacca’s buildings’ achitecture was greatly influenced by the different era of occupation by the colonialists. Malacca was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Although the convention was in Malacca we stayed at the A’Formosa, Resort a half hour drive away. With some free time on hand on Sunday I decided it would be well spent to do some birding in the still forested areas of this large man made resort. Other mates decided to go and play a round of golf.
The venue of the convention
Wide angle view of a Malacca road
Elaborately decorated trishaw – a VIP mode of transport around town. :-)
Morning sunrise viewed from apartment at A‘Formosa Resort.
Birds ‘shot’ in A’Formosa Resort
Oriental Magpie Robin (Male)
Oriental Magpie Robin (Female)
Yellow-vented Bul Bul