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Title: Rows and rows of dried fishes
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:36am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 200

Love this picture!

Title: Preserved to PERFECTION!
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:36am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

The preservation was perfected! These are dried and salted fishes. The meat is quite tough! A bit crunchy after deep fried. The presence of salt and also absence of water ensure these fishes good for consumption even after 5 years!

Title: Here you go! SMELL IT!
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:10am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.5, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Mr. Tan is holding pieces of dried and salted fishes. He took these fishes directly out from his freezer just to show me his huge collection of dried fishes. A very nice gesture from him!

Title: Authentic Malacca's Tamarind Paste
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:21am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.5, ISO Equiv.: 1600

Love the simple packaging of these tamarind paste. These are 100% authentic paste without any preservative. It has a mixture of mild sweetness and extreme sour. An important ingredient for Baba and Nyonya food.

Title: Dried Octopuses
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:30am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

My mom love to add pieces of these brownish dried octopus into her soup for strong flavour and aroma. It taste really GOOD!

Title: Bony Fish?
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:35am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

Mr. Tan informed me that these tiny little bony fishes are normally added in Baba and Nyonya's soup to create natural added flavour and also to increase the aroma.

Title: Red Onions
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:37am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

A gunny sack filled with onions imported from India.

Title: Eggs Galore!
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:38am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 360

I can see trays of eggs!

Title: Mr. Tan Kah Tho (the shopkeeper)
Location: Pasar Besar Melaka, Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
Date: 17 March 2009, 9:28am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.2, ISO Equiv.: 1100

Mr. Tan holding his treasured extra large sized dried and salted fishes. Feel good talking to him - a happy go lucky guy!

My initial plan is to spend maximum one hour discovering Pasar Besar Melaka. Halfway through my journey, the sky turn cloudy and it started to rain heavily. So, I decided to spent more time exploring the big market. I truly enjoyed browsing those fruits and veggie stall. Later, I proceeded to the dried product section of the market.

I was attracted to one particular shop selling dried and salted fishes. I can see lots of varieties there! You can buy small anchovies and also medium to large sized preserved fish. I took my NIKON D60 camera and took some photos there.

I had a VERY LONG chat with Mr. Tan (owner of the shop). This guy is the man! He is an amazing guy! I learnt so many things about those dried products in his shop. He asked me to taste some of his products including the authentic gula Malacca and spices. It was a great 30 minutes moment talking with him because he was such a sporting, helpful and courteous trader! He even showed me his treasured products kept in his mini freezer - EXTRA LARGE salted fish!

I have to say this mini shop is a HIDDEN GEM in Pasar Besar Malacca. You can get so many stuff over here including traditional handmade tamarind paste, HUGE collection of salted fish, herbs and spices. So, if you are somewhere around Malacca, remember to pay a visit to this wonderful shop AT Level 1 (Tan Kah Tho - Shop Number R25).

Overall, Pasar Besar Melaka is a wholesome market with everything under one roof. I'm glad that I've made a detour to this market on my way to Malacca Zoo. Spending some time chatting with these Malaccans was really a great moment in my life. Street photography is not an easy task because Malaysians are generally camera shy. Nonetheless, once you strike a friendly chat with these people, you'll get extensive coverage for your photos collection.

13 comments

  1. Cath J Says:
  2. I love closeup photo...;-D

     
  3. Wayne Teh Says:
  4. Thanks, I think the Mazda is quite an above average shot as well. By the way, how do you maintain your picture copyright? I mean, you didn't put your blog url in the picture.. or did u made the picture size smaller and the original one bigger? (conclusion : i need some tips on how to copyright your own picture and make sure it doesn't get stolen or getting accused of stealing while the picture is mine) Your advise will be much appreciated! =)

     
  5. shloke Says:
  6. @Cath J,

    Me too :)

    @ Wayne,

    Hmmm...It's virtually impossible to maintain copyrights for your photos. The best way is to add some kind of personal siggy into your pictures to claim your rights.

    Normally, I won't do that because it will really 'spoil' the image. If you check out those photo blogs from US and UK, you'll see that most of them are posting those pics without any words being type into the pictures to acknowledge their rights.

    Wayne, my photos are all licensed under Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Malaysia. Check out the left column of my blog and look for CREATIVE COMMON. I allow people to share and remix my pictures under certain conditions.

    You can also click this link to read more about the terms and condition:
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/my/deed.en_US

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  7. Wayne Teh Says:
  8. Thanks! Appreciate it.

     
  9. Wayne Teh Says:
  10. But what if a person/thief copies your photograph and claim that it's his/her photograph? Is there any way to proof that it's yours?

     
  11. shloke Says:
  12. Wayne,

    You might wanna try invisible watermarking on your photos. It doesn't damage the photo impression, thiefs dont know how to get rid of the digital signature.

    There are a few companies offering secure pictures protection from copyrights theft. One of them is digimarc for images (https://www.digimarc.com/mypicturemarc/) - but digimarc's service is damn expensive.

    Alternatively, you can download a shareware known as SignMyImage with similar invisible image protection abilities. (http://www.adptools.com/signmyimage/

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  13. Anonymous Says:
  14. heyy Mr.Loke (:
    that photo of the preserved fish reminds me of when u used to teach in beaconhouse, in 6Avicenna. you taught us how to preserve the fish. ohmygosh there was blood everywhere hahaa^^

     
  15. Wayne Teh Says:
  16. Thanks mylo! :D

    By the way, your pictures are really well-taken.

    In fact, they're really impressive!

    Keep up the good work =)

     
  17. shloke Says:
  18. @ Anonymous,

    Me too...odd I remember those moments when I looked at the pictures.. But, those salty stuff in Malacca are the best! The salty fish from Beaconhouse are SUPER DUPER SALTY :) One bite...you will need to gulp in at least 7 glasses of water :)

    Everything OK at Beaconhouse now?? How is life in Form 1??

    Cheers!
    mylo

    @ Wayne

    Glad that I can offer some help.

    Thank you so much for your kind compliments!! I'm still learning. By the way, I'm no pro-photographer. I just take pictures for fun :)

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  19. Anonymous Says:
  20. Haha okaays (:
    Mr.Loke come back to teach in beaconhouseee..ur a great teacher you know? usually during lessons, you would start telling stories. wow that was fun! :D haha. yeah i know we are evil students..very naughty and noisy hahaa.
    form one is hard! got new subjects like sejarah and geogrpahy ):
    so how are you Mr.Loke? =)

     
  21. mylo Says:
  22. @Anon,

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.......I really wanna do something different with my life. Tired of working for others :(

    Glad to know my lessons are interesting and fun. Well, even though I shout like a mad man, I still enjoy teaching u guys. I'm glad most of you can think beyond and speak out your opinions.

    Sejarah can be a bit boring but Geography is FUN - still remember those map coordinates stuff I learn many years back :)

     
  23. Anonymous Says:
  24. hahaa.
    MR LOKE! WHY DIDN'T YOU COME TO BEACONHOUSE'S PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY TODAAAY???
    everyone was so eager to see you again! we got you some presents too.
    the announcer was going to present you with a gift( i think money and a certificate, i'm not sure) but then the announcer said that ''Mr.Loke couldn't make it today'

    aww Mr.Loke, everyone was looking forward to see you again!! >_<''

     
  25. mylo Says:
  26. @Anon,

    I have some stuff going on today. No worries though...I'm proud with all of you :)

    Well, it's a small world. You never know we will bump into each other someday.

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
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