Road Trip: Knocking on Doors in Melaka

 

I’ve had some time to reflect on the things that has happened in my life, be it the good part or the rough patches and it dawned on me on how life is reflected by the many doors that is presented to us. You never know what goes behind each one until you open it and walk through it to find a few other doors lurking in the shadows. I always felt that even if one door brings bad news, the next one will normally brings good news to balance out the good vs bad in the world. But then again opening these doors requires your inner gut feel and instinct.

I always give a shout out of “Lets see what’s behind door number four!” whenever I’m having too much thoughts in my brain.

And so last weekend, we headed down to Melaka to look for my favourite and the famous cendol durian at Jonker Street. It was a random thing to do since we didn’t have any plans and we haven’t been anywhere lately since work consumed most of our daily lives. So we took the car, drove down and shamefully slept all the way there and all the way back because of overwhelming exhaustion from nocturnal activities. Luckily it’s only 2 hours drive down but coming back always seems to be much quicker.

Hidden in Melaka are beautiful history embedded not only their buildings but on their massive sturdy doors which reflects the identity of its owner. And so I thought what better way to capture the past, present and future by the mysterious space that awaits behind each knock and each push of the door.

We started our journey from Jalan Laksamana all the way to to Jonker Street, taking in each shops and each spaces under the scorching hot sun. I always wondered why people would still come all the way here to Melaka on a weekend when they know the weather is quite difficult to adjust to. This applies to me also-lah because I can’t stand the heat when it starts to get to my brain and this was one of those weekends which did just that.

A grilled door surrounded by greens gives the viewer a peace of mind.

A grilled door surrounded by greens gives the viewer a peace of mind.

Another grilled door with a red brick wall with a stained window comes from the past.

Another grilled door with a red brick wall with a stained window comes from the past.

Doors that open up to another world. 

These doors offered different entries into different worlds! As I walked pass there doors, I couldn’t help feeling curious as to what goes on inside and occasionally I did walk in to find myself rewinding to the past in an antique shop with classic ornaments & arts hanging on the wall. They seem to have many stories to tell but which only its’ owner will know. Walking back out to the streets brings us back to reality almost immediately.

We had our chicken rice balls and took the load of by walking some more until we entered the durian cendol shop which is beside the very famous ABC shop(with the very long queue). More food for the tummy and we walked those off too until the next rest stop at Geographic Pub.

Take a look at what other doors we discovered while walking along the streets.As Melaka is famous for its’ traditional clothing, we were greeted by these 2 lovely lady mannequins at the door with modern day wear cheongsam. We stepped in to find that the shop is a fusion of old & new which made me a little confused because I was half expecting a nyonya kebaya outfit lurking somewhere amongst the rack of clothes which I could fit into. But too bad there wasn’t any. Perhaps we’d have better luck the next time we come down here.I walked down a few more streets, gazing at many more doors in different forms, colours and designs, each with its own little surprises. Lets see what else we found in Melaka.

A home with picket fences and sturdy door gives the impression that a family of class and culture belongs here.

A home with picket fences and sturdy door gives the impression that a family of class and culture belongs here.

A maternity home for labor pains. It looks a bit more like a psych ward... erk *creepy*

A maternity home for labor pains. It looks a bit more like a psych ward… erk *creepy*

A home in a row of shop houses.

A home in a row of shop houses.

From the outside it looks haunted and daunting, but this is actually the door to a local art galley exhibition which goes all the way to the back of the area as well as upstairs. The pink colour gives it a little attraction, something not to be missed.

From the outside it looks haunted and daunting, but this is actually the door to a local art galley exhibition which goes all the way to the back of the area as well as upstairs. The pink colour gives it a little attraction, something not to be missed.

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

4 Responses to Road Trip: Knocking on Doors in Melaka

  1. Fie-Nuts says:

    It's the surprise element from the door!

  2. Sophie says:

    That doesn't look like a gallery to me and I got to agree it looks haunted, great find!

  3. fie-nuts says:

    Thank you! I feel inspired lately.
    🙂

  4. Keep up the good writing!

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