All of us know that the best thing to do at this time and age is to stay in our territories and remain safe and secure with family and significant others. The coronavirus pandemic has prohibited travel enthusiasts like me from doing our soul-searching and from discovering within our grounds and just imagining ourselves in a beach somewhere or exploring a new country and its hidden treasures.
Well, it is quite devastating to think that I probably won’t be flying for the rest of the year! But I do have to do live with that – for a while. I am only comforted by the thought that when this virus goes away, I will again don my traveling shoes and say hi to a wonderful place that I have always wondered about – Malacca, Malaysia.
I was supposed to book a flight to Malaysia two months ago, but then again, the outbreak hit us – and hit is us hard. So as the months went by and the cases piled and piled, I knew that I would have to read and search online about Malacca for now.
A Background On Malacca
Possessing a colorful mix of food, beliefs, traditions, and lifestyle, the historical traces of Europe is quite visible in this beautiful part of Malaysia. Malacca also spelled ‘Melaka,’ which is one of the most popular places in the country. It has been colonized by the Dutch, British, and Portuguese, so you can just imagine the colors embracing this quaint town. The influence of its colonizers is seen in its food, infrastructure, and even in the people’s language.
Post-COVID, these are some of the places to go and things to do that I will surely try to fulfill.
Take Pictures Of The Sultanate Palace
This is the model home of Sultan Mansur Shah, who reigned in Malacca for more than 20 years. It is currently a cultural museum surrounded by various species of flowers and plants. The highlight of this museum is how it was built – without nails! The building stands with the help of strong wooden supports.
Walk Around The Stadthuys
Considered as one of the landmarks of Malacca, Stadhuys has become popular because of the Crimson Facade, an ancient building built in the 1600s, the Dutch period, and was modeled after the Stadhuis in the municipal hall of Hoorn in the Netherlands. This was the governor’s home centuries ago, but now it is home to the History and Ethnography Museum.
Hug Some Huskies At The Huskitory
Malaysia has implemented strict rules on dog ownership, so you won’t see dogs strolling around with their wagging tails. But if you’ve been dreaming of snuggling with huskies, you can visit the Huskitory factory where they’re love for dogs, and other pets have been transformed into a pet cafe. This is a unique and impressive cafe in that the owners only allow eight people inside the cafe at a time to keep them from overwhelming their dogs. The huskies are given time to take a break from human interaction. Just order one drink paired with a snack, and then you’re sure to hug a huskie.
Shop At The Jonker Street
As an all-time wanderer, I can never go home without getting my friends some souvenirs from the places that I travel to. And the Jonker Street is a kind of place that has it all. The antiques, handicrafts, and other souvenirs caught my eye, and they made me want to fly to Malacca the soonest time possible. Even the food at the night market was mouth-watering!
Book At The Bustel
Yes, it is how it reads – a bus hotel. These renovated old buses are located beside the beach so you can experience the fresher and more relaxed feels of Malacca. And while you’re cozily accommodated here, you can stroll along the beach and witness friends racing around on their ATVs like raging speed devils. If you choose not to, it’s okay. Instead, they have an affordable and equally delicious dinner in one of their bus restaurants. Try their local food such as Mee Bandung or Nasi Goreng.
All these and more are what’s keeping my hopes up, getting rid of the negative vibes that I’ve been feeling from this pandemic. But I won’t ever give up. Soon, Malacca.