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1)Introduction about 75-200 words. (2)The trip itself about 150-250words. (3)Literature review can focus on sharing of venue space with tourist; In the trip to Christ Church, Malacca, the church was having a funeral event while tourist still coming in for sit seeing. (put in Malacca trip Journal) . Use journal article & framework about 450-600 words. (4) Methodology 75-100 words- participation observation method (cite with journal article) (5)Data analysis / Finding & discussion; bring out from the incident (like story telling), discuss/argue with journal article (6) Conclusion > At least 4 - 6 journal article. >My itinerary is not really enough as it was really a short trip. You can amend with other sources. Thank you.


Ethnographer's Analytical Essay and
Field Journal (Malacca Trip)
Ethnography is an interesting study; it involves the exploration of a selected cultural phenomena (Fine, 1993). This undertaking means not only a graphical representation, but also writing of a culture of a selected group (Fine, 1993). In this case, I took the initiative to explore Malacca. This is regarded as the third smallest state in Malaysia. Situated in the southern region that is commonly termed as the Malay Peninsula, Malacca is boarded by Johor to the South and Negeri Sembilan to the North. This is an analytical report following my itinerary to Malacca.
The Trip Itself
On day one, I drove to Malacca via Johor Bahru. I had booked for accommodation in a nearby hotel (Seyd Meridien Hotel Melaka). I arrived at the hotel at 7.45 pm. The hotel is located near the sea, but it appears that the land near it has been fenced in preparation for the construction of an unknown project. Later, at 8 .10 pm, I got a Google map from the receptionist and started walking towards Jonker. During the 15 minutes-walk, I realized that there were few hotels, most of the area was under development. There were few people in the area.
By 8.35 pm, I had arrived at Jonker walk, and it is characterized by a whole stretch of night market stores. They are very many, and the most prominent stores include those of clothing, ornaments, food, drinks, snacks, palm reading and antiques. The market was made up of young people. The streets were filled with many people, both local and foreign (tourists). It was evident that there were many young parents with their children. At 8.50pm, we decided to have a meal. I went to a traditional peranakan restaurant, and traditional food was served. This local joint had both locals and tourists. The traditional meal, Buak Keluak (stewed chicken with black nuts), was served. This place is simple and is filled with lots of ornaments and traditional photos. I also realized that the kitchen staff of this restaurant were from Indonesia. I had mixed feelings about the food.
At 9.45pm, I went back to Jonker Walk. It was a Friday night. It was very active and lively. The night market was full and traditional music filled the airwaves. It was the last day of the Chinese New Year and as such, it was filled with a host of activities. I realized that there are different dialect clan associations along the street. Local communities meet at a clan house and celebrate. I managed to visit three clan houses. Each clan house has its own activities, group dance, line dance and singing session (karaoke). The celebrations of the last day of the New Year had drawn so many people. Lion dances and music were the most prominent. The celebrations culminated with a series of fireworks. This marked the end of my first day.
On day two, my day began at 8.25 am. The streets looked much different from the night life; night market stores were closed, only shop houses were open. I went for breakfast at the famous chicken ball stall (Kedai Kopi Chung Hwa).
At 9.20 am, I was privileged to visit Christ Church Malacca. It is a national heritage center that was opened apparently in 1753, and it is filled with many tourists. It is not only a heritage, but also a learning center. I met students from Kuala Lumpur University who had come to study the architecture and interior design of the church. Apparently, there was a funeral service that was going on at the church at that time. I wondered whether tourists' visits would disrupt the session, and I managed to have a chat with the pastor. He answered me with surprise that the church welcomed anyone who wished to join them during the service. Tourists were asked in a polite manner not to take pictures during the service as it is seen as a form of disturbance during the funeral service. Although it was a funeral service, it was filled with joy; the service was warm and cheerful.
At 10.45 am, I went back to Jonker walk, it was excessively hot. I realized that there were a lot of antique shops around. I decided to visit one of them. Amazingly, part of the shop had been converted into coffee heaven, and a resting place. It was a strategic move; as people came to rest and take a cup of coffee, they could view the antiques on exhibition. At 11.45 am, I crisscrossed Jonker Street, and came across Taman Warisan Dunia Jonker walk. It had bronze like sculptures; it is a mini garden with a restroom. The most prominent feature of this place is the muscular man sculpture. This is the sculpture of Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Booon Leong, who is regarded as the father of Malaysian body builders. Many tourists visit this area to take pictures.
By midday, I was sweaty and hungry. I had a quick lunch at an old traditional looking coffee shop and continued with exploration. I explored mosques and temples. Kampung Kling mosque was the most prominent; its architectural design and fittings are exceptionally prominent. Before, entering the mosque, one's attire must be appropriate. Next to the Mosques was the Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Temple, a Hindu temple, but it was closed. Down the road, there is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. It had a beehive of activities; there were a lot of people coming in for prayer and offering. The doors, pillars and walls of the temple had tiger carvings, dragons and phoenixes. The fact that two different temples and a mosque are located next to each other is testament to the harmony and acceptance of each religious group.
In the afternoon at 2.15 pm, I decide to visit a nearby café, café 1511; though modern, café 1511 has reserved some traditional features. Finally, I had the opportunity to visit Baba and Nonya Museum; houses at the museum, according to the tour guide, were built by the Portuguese during the colonization era. We managed to see the museum's belief colors, traditional clothes, dinner wares and architecture. As the evening drew in at 4.15 pm, I decided to hover around i...
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