We came back to Jonker Street to experience the night market as well as to have our dinner in the area. We were not exactly starving so we had time to walk and check out what the street had to offer aside from the very attractive street food that should be part of every experience when one travels around Asia.
|The water dragon is illuminated at night|
|There were lots of people with locals and visitors mixing it up to enjoy the attractions of the night market at Jonker|
|It was crowded as many people flocked to Jonker that Saturday night - the place was very safe and there seem have been no incidents of criminality, a definite plus for tourists!|
|The lighting for Geographer Cafe added to its Old World charm|
|We just had to pose at the landmark|
|The cafe was filled with people taking a break from the sweltering night - it was quite humid that day and the gentle breeze during the night was a welcome respite from the heat|
|Street food galore at Jonker|
|Giant nyonya ornament hanging by one of the buildings|
|The stage we saw earlier was transformed into a community karaoke fest for senior citizens!|
|The old chap seemed to be in the zone as he belted out his chosen song|
|It was indeed senior citizens' night and many of the locals were seated to enjoy the performances of their contemporaries|
I was able to record part of the performance - and the bar was set to be quite high
|Line dancing inside one of the community centers along Jonker Walk - proof that the community is alive and thriving|
We learned from this experience that a community such as the one at Jonker Walk is what keeps the street alive. A city will not thrive without its people to nourish and promote it. Perhaps the reason why Melaka is what it is today and is able to preserve its heritage for the future generations is because its people care for their city and they are able to appreciate the essence of its history and existence even with the challenges of modern civilization especially in this information age.