Pasar Karat: Jonker Street Melaka’s Antique Collector’s Market

The term ‘Flea Market’ comes from the French marché aux puces” or “market of the fleas”, as it was believed that old furniture or items such as clothing, often sold at these bazaars, supposedly contained fleas. In Malaysia, we call our flea markets ‘pasar karat’, or ‘rusty market’ – because people often sold off their scrap metal for a cheap price, and metal rusts, hence ‘karat’. Despite the name, you can get all sorts of things at a pasar karat, ranging from antiques to vintage items, souvenirs, second-hand clothing to furniture. One man’s trash is indeed another man’s treasure!


The Pasar Karat at Jalan Lekir (just off Jonker Street) in Melaka is open from 9AM to 3PM on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re in town over the weekend, this is a great place to check out ! The items on sale are mostly antiques and vintage stuff like coins, vinyl discs, old photographs, cassettes and VHS tapes, bowls and plates, home decorations, ornamental weapons and more.


Even if you aren’t buying, it’s nice to see the old items on display, like these mini grandfather clocks, tea sets and classic rotary dial phones(remember those?). Feels kind of like an open-air street museum!



Hand-drawn and coloured postcard-sized paintings!


You can buy ornamental weaponry such as keris blades. Or perhaps you fancy an abacus or an old charcoal iron?


I was surprised to see some vintage posters of Chinese-communist propaganda on display as well.

The Pasar Karat at Jalan Hang Lekir is open from 9AM to 3PM on Saturdays and Sundays.


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Custom Bikes and All Things Indie: Art of Speed 2015

MOTORHEADS and custom culture lovers, rejoice! The second Art of Speed will be back this year at a bigger, better venue in MAEPS, Serdang from June 6-7!

Organised for the second time, AOS is Malaysia’s biggest custom car and motorcycle show, a homegrown event by lifestyle boutique Switchblade KL.


This year pays tribute to a burgeoning growth of custom two and four-wheel vehicle enthusiasts, die-cast toy collectors as well as indie music and art genres.

Expect to see vintage hot rods, choppers, American muscle cars, retro Japanese vehicles and classic cars, as well as art and music revolving around this lifestyle.


For the first time ever, there will also be an AOS Triumph Invitational Bike Build-Off, the first of its kind to be held in Malaysia. Participants are given RM10k in cash and parts worth RM2,500 to customise their Triumph bike creations.


A custom police car model brought in from Japan!



Got to try ‘riding’ one of the Harley’s on display during the press conference. The feeling when sitting on one is definitely different than regular bikes!