To celebrate the creation of Material World, the Material Girls decided to take a road trip together. Since it’s my first time driving beyond Singapore’s border, we were naturally quite excited. Then the haze came. It almost looked like we might have to cancel our trip when news from a friend who had driven up to Malacca for work came that the haze problem in Malacca wasn’t as bad as Singapore’s. So we decided to take our chance and head right up.
It was a good thing we did. We drove up to Malacca on the 22nd of June. When we got back, news of the night market’s closure broke. On the 23rd, the business owners along Jonker Walk staged a protest against this decision. We don’t know for sure if the local government will keep to its word and reopen the market after four weeks of “trial period” but we were glad we made the trip.
The Baba House
Marked as a World Heritage City since 2008, Malacca’s charm lies in its rich Peranakan heritage. We checked into The Baba House, a small hotel housed in a historic Peranakan building. While the rooms are nothing to shout about, they are comfortable and clean, sufficient for a night’s stay. The Baba House is a 5-minute walk away from Jonker and across the street from The Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum – which has a strict No Photos policy.
Having spent just slightly over two hours on the road, the girls refused to head out straight after checking in without freshening up. Out came the beauty products we got from The Body Shop who provided a “survival kit” for us.