Music that speaks from the soul

The Jonker Street in Malacca is always associated with Shopping, Heritage and also food. But many people take their eyes out, for the stories of the people in Jonker Street. The tales of the citizens in Malacca is something that you do not hear every day, and can sometimes bring hidden messages or values to ourselves.

Now, one example that would like to be brought upon is this Erhu player in the picture. It may seem as if the classical instrument player is just a regular woman with her strings, but actually, her eyesight is barely functional, meaning to say she is blind. But looking at her passionately embracing her talent and joy for music has been something that catches most hearts of the citizens of Malacca and tourists. This lady lives in Jonker Street and would go out of her ‘house shop’ and play the Erhu, which is a traditional Chinese two-stringed instrument. The erhu itself is a very delicate instrument and requires precision and practice to play it, but judging by the way she plays, you can tell she’s had plenty of that.

Music has a strong effect on emotions. So it can produce calmness or rage or sadness or happiness. It creates an understanding that goes beyond words. All the soul seeks is expansion. All the mind knows is the information the body obtains through the 5 senses. Music helps create the emotional conditions for soul expansion as it makes you calm, happy and serene so that you are well prepared to go within in your meditation. It doesn’t matter whether you have a perfect fully functional body or any disabilities. When you have your passion, you will strive and give your very all in order to achieve your goals.

The voices of the people in Jonker Street is something that is said to be original and authentic. You can listen to it from different people and different versions but having to feel it , listen to it and understanding it yourself is an experience and an adventure worth taking.

Melaka’s Golden Delicacy

Melaka is known as a haven for yummy local food and many people love going there during the holidays for a delicious food road trip. If you are familiar with Melaka, then you would know that one of the most famous food there is none other than their signature chicken rice balls that takes chicken rice to the next level. It’s basically taking the fragrant chicken rice you know and love then shaping the rice into cute little golf ball sizes. Of course, the meal isn’t complete with some tender yet firm chicken meat, and its tangy chili sauce. So, where did this local delicacy get its round shape from?

Malacca was said to be very busy 24/7. There was never a specific lunch time, or a time to each a hot plate of rice, or so they thought.

One of the stories starts with Hoe Kee, one of the most popular chicken rice ball shops in Melaka according to ‘Eating Asia’. The story begins from decades ago, a fisherman who was arrested when pursuing a catch in the Indonesian waters, so his wife had no choice but to be the breadwinner of the family and decided to sell Hainanese chicken rice at Melaka’s main jetty to the laborers working at the docks. she thought up and idea to sell her rice by rolling it into tennis-sized balls so that the workers could handle the rice easily and carry it around. Other theories come in that it was created by chefs so that workers can keep their food warm and not dry, while others also said it was for the ease of transportation.

Bylokan had the chance to try one very famous place for its Halal Chicken rice balls, which is the My Chicken Rice, located literally in the middle of Jonker Street. For us, the location is centrally located in the tourist spot, as it is in the middle of Jonker Street and it serves one of the best chicken rice balls we have ever had. We also had their bean sprouts and also their tauhu, which is what we would advise you to get alongside your delicious rice balls. The halal status of this shop is also certified so that Muslim Visitors will not have any hesitation. So, if you’re looking for a top-notch meal in Melaka, head over to My chicken Rice, and let your cravings be fulfilled.

the standard potion comes in 5 rice balls but you can always ask for more

However, there are always a few more choices of chicken rice balls outside from Malacca that you can try out :


-Ban Huat Heng Kopitiam, CG-5, Happy Mansion, Jalan 17/13, Section 17, PJ.

– Restoran Piau Hiong, , Jalan Gelugor, Klang.


-月萍豆芽雞(Air Itam Famous Bean Sprout Chicken) 66 & 68, Lebuh Kimberley, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang


-Brother Mong’s Chicken Rice Balls,
Skudai, Johor, Malaysia

The Story of Mr Abu the Noble Cobbler

One of Mr Abu’s favourite places .

In a city full of energetic and noisy honk sounds made by thousands of cars on busy roads of KL, lives Mr.Abu, an old man who is also a cobbler. He loves to donate shoes to the kids who cannot afford to buy them. Mr.Abu spends all his time making shoes and donate it to the poor. This makes him feel happy and blessed and at the end of the day, knowing that he cannot give them anything fancy but just a pair of shoes.

Mr.Abu never stayed in one place, he keeps shifting from one place to the another in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur. Usually, he would go to places such as outside of convenience stores or banks, the places where he knows the homeless people would usually be at. Mr.Abu claims that he has done this for 6 years but on no occasion, he eventually gets tired of making shoes and decided to offer them to the needy.

When we asked about his stories, there was one story that really touched our heart. A very heart-wrenching story, I would say. One day he noticed a little boy who was sitting in one corner and crying. He immediately rushed towards him and asked him why he was crying. The boy looked at his face with the tears in his eyes and replied to Mr Abu that he had starved himself for a few days and did not eat anything. Mr.Abu felt sorry for him and he quickly went inside the 7-Eleven convenient store and got him a bunch of food and snacks for him to fill his tummy. The boy was so happy and couldn’t thank him enough.

A few weeks later, Mr.Abu saw the boy in very good shape, and surprisingly, the boy bought him a wooden stool for him to sit on while making shoes, new shoes for him to give to other kids, and also a hat to protect him from the heat of Kuala Lumpur. The kid told him that the food Mr.Abu donated to him, provide him some energy to work extra hours and gain more money and he was so thankful on the day he met Mr.Abu.

The story teaches us to have some courage and be kind to those who are in need. The more you give, the more you will get back. The story gave a huge impact on our team and we decided to tell his story to the world, with permission from him of course. The stories within the concrete jungle are something worth to be listened to. Mr.Abu and other people inside of Kuala Lumpur each have their own story and golden values that they hold onto, which we can also take and make it ours.