Reflective Dairy

Topics: Kampong Glam, Rochor, Malaysia Pages: 4 (1439 words) Published: December 10, 2012
I am writing this reflective dairy for our field trip on 28 October 2012. We were visiting the Kampong Glam, joined a guided tour in Malay Heritage Centre, have lunch at a Malay Restaurant and I walked along the area. I found this trip builds my knowledge on the Malay historical culture and how Singapore became an independent country. I also explored the taste on Malay food which is mouth-watering with its unique spices. In order to reach the Kampong Glam for our exploration, we hop on the MRT and alight at the Bugis MRT Station. It is accessible by walking distance from the nearest Metro station at Bugis which is a shopping district for the local youth and fashion hunters. A stone’s throw away from Bugis MRT Station, you’ll find shopping hangouts such as Bugis Junction, the busy Bugis Street Market, and of course Kampong Glam Rows of conserved shop houses, painted in vibrant colors, line Bussorah, Baghdad and Kandahar Streets, and many of them are occupied by small trendy design and IT firms, restaurants, caterers, art galleries, and craft and curios shops. Our trip began from the Malay Heritage Centre. It locates next to an Islamic Temple, and surrounding with Malay styled walkway along those small Malay shops, food outlets and bars. They are mostly run by small business enterprises. Some of the owners are in race of Malay which makes this area is more adjacent to the Malay. It sets on the grounds of refurbished Istana Kampong Glam; the site looks gorgeous from the outside but despite some half-hearted attempts at whiz-bang multimedia. I would describe the tour as a culture learning Journey, which opened up my views to the unique Singapore and Malay heritage. We were greeting by an experienced volunteer guide, over 40 years old in duration about 45minutes. She is very professional and passionate about Malay culture. She was born as an original in Malay, live in a modernized environment with her original culture passed from her last generation. She starts...
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