Malaysia Tourism: Explore Jonker Street Melaka

Malacca is known for its numerous heritage sites, historical splendor as well as the rich multicultural society. Beyond its fascinating history and culture, the quaint city offers so much more to us – breathtaking views, vibrant markets and wide spread artistic expression!

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One place that intrigued me the most, and is considered one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia is Jonker Street! The street is always buzzing and alive with people going about their daily routines with tourists looking into charming shops for attractive souvenirs to take back home.

The most captivating part for me is the well-preserved historical landmarks and buildings where hip and happening cafes, museums and galleries keep the street current and trend-setting.

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Here’s a list of some of the must-see spots on Jonker street.

BABA NYONYA MUSEUM 

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During the 14th to 18th Century, Malacca was known to be a major trading port, and saw an influx of Chinese traders. These merchants went on to marry local Malay women and the descendants of these marriages were known as Peranakan (Straits-born-chinese).The museum is actually the residence of a family and the name is derived from the term Baba, a manner of addressing a Straits-born gentleman and Nyonya, which addresses a Straits-born lady.

The Museum took us on a journey into the glory days of Malacca’s Peranakan in the 19th century, and gave us a taste and glimpse into the Peranakan culture and identity, in the form of their cookery, lifestyle as well as traditional customs. I couldn’t help but be fascinated by how many of their traditional practices came from a mix of malay, chinese and indian cultures. Also, how this has also influenced many of today’s music, art and fashion. Its quite fascinating how some of these families are still trying to maintain the ethnicity and culture of the Peranakan in this modern age.

Orang Utan House

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The place caught our attention with its brightly-painted exterior with a large orange orang Utan painting. One of the most eye-catching shops on the Jonker walk! As we went inside, we were welcomed by an extensive collection of funky and contemporaty framed tees made by an artist named Charles Cham. We couldn’t help but grab a few slogan tees as souvenirs for ourselves and family at home.

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ARTIST GALLERY - Tham Siew Inn

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The majority of the gallery is a display of the artist, who specializes in watercolour paintings, with many landscapes and street scenes on display for the entire length of the shopshouse. What was special about this place for me is not only was it a taste of art and culture, but I connected to the work for its showcase of technique to express the artist’ vision; the use of lines to show the motion of trees, the haze of vibrant colours in a cityscape, and it made me think about how I use fashion and imagery to express myself.

Calanthe Cafe

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A perfect place to fuel up after a day’s worth of sightseeing! Decked out with eclectic and creative touches such as hand-painted walls, greenery and old map hanged as well as traditional and vintage furniture throughout the property, this place certainly isn’t short on personality! Additional to that, the place boasts for offering coffee brews from all the 13 states of the country. After the caffeine hit from their Malaccan flavoured coffee, we were ready to continue in exploring the neighbourhood!

Daily Fix Cafe

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This chic café nestled inside a souvenir shop makes the perfect place for a temporary escape from the bustling crowd of Jonker street. It has a nice open courtyard bringing in natural light into the interior, and the rustic décor all help to lure the snap-happy generation in for food, coffee, and the compulsory selfie.

Gee's Original

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Not to be missed are Gee’s impressive hand-painted clogs and sandals. Priced at RM230, the colourful motifs on the footwear are one-of-a kind! I got a pair of course! 

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How to pack for hot vaycay in the city.

My husband and I just came back from a spectacular trip to Malacca, and we really enjoyed wandering around and getting lost in its winding roads, exploring and immersing ourselves in the local culture and history.

Packing for travel is always a struggle though, and of course at these amazing locations we want to be able to capture the moments and look our best. On top of wanting to look stylish, we needed to stay cool and comfortable in heat.

So here are some easy tips and tricks in looking chic and instagram ready for your next getaway!

 

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 Pack your headwear

To keep the sun off your face! Fedoras, headwraps, caps and full-brim hats are the perfect prop for your instragram shot while keeping you cool and avoiding heat stroke.

In my case, I opted for a turban rather than my usual hijab, so that I don’t get overheated.

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Sunnies

Sunglasses are a necessity to protect your eyes from the sun, AND you don’t have to worry so much about your makeup throughout the day. WIN!

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Wear loose and lightweight outfit

This gives your skin room to breath, and the flowiness can work in your favor for your photos.

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Wear prints or colours

You may want to wear something that stands out against the breathtaking views and monuments while on your holiday. 

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Comfortable shoes are your friends

From the airport to the city, you’ll be on your feet. You need to wear appropriate shoes such as sneakers, loafers or riding boots. So no stilettos.

Although for a fun-sized person like me, I went for block-heel boots that aren’t too high; these have been my travel companion since our Japan trip last year.

Do you have any other tips in smart packing and outfit ideas for hot weather?
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Melinda Looi, Clothing for a cause.

I have so much respect for Fashion brands with a cause, including Melinda Looi.

Being a socially conscious brand, Emel by Melinda Looi gas been promoting and raising funds for various causes in the past ranging from children with rare diseases to coral reef preservation. This year’s collection is putting spotlight on hunger.

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Partnering with BEN’S INDEPENDENT GROCER (B.IG) and THE GOOD SHOP, the hope to collect food and enough funds, where this will provide support and nourish meals to families at Sekolah Kebangsaan Padang Besar Selatan for the entire year of 2018 with food monthly rations, to keep their kids in school.

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Melinda Looi, who is known to be an eco-friendly campaigner, expressed that the brand has been trying to find sustainable ways in producing their goods. Not a stranger to using technology for her creations, Melinda Looi has taken advantage of the use of Epson’s digital textile printing. With technology, it gives wide range of flexibility and speed in trying out new print ideas, without the exorbitant cost and labor-intensive ways.

“I believe that technology adds an incredible advantage to apply innovation in the fashion industry. A number of different technologies are currently being experimented with, such as 3D printing. We even have e-textiles nowadays, with circuits built into it.” 

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Melinda Looi's eid collection this year features exuberant colours and unique prints, reflecting on the joyous celebration. From geometric lines inspired by ketupat (the weaving of leaves) to flower prints to symbolize compassion, elaborate with Diane tee  and intricate beadings to match the festive season. 

For this Eid, why not make your purchases to where it counts?

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