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Friday, October 14, 2011

Baboon house the Cozy Cafe & Hostel

Baboon House, this is not some kind of apes house or what so ever... but this a restaurant or cafe name after the owner's Dog's name Baboon...
A very cozy cafe where you can put down all your stress and enjoy your time here... A truly relaxing idea of forming such a cafe... I really enjoy my time over here... and worth my time to Blog it... 
The story began...

Holland Street used to have plenty of abandoned, old and dilapidated houses. When Song Luo Zhe, 30, and his friends stepped into the old house at No. 89 Holland Street two years ago, he was amazed by the beauty of the house and decided to rent it without any specific reasons.

He did not expect himself to successfully rent the building, as there were two other people vying for it. It took Song total of 4 months to cleaning all the mess left over by the previous owner... and then he tried to sell some handicrafts and souvenirs there. Soon afterward he started a small restaurant at the dining room.

He suffered from poor business during the first year of operation, however he was not dejected as he never had very high expectations for his business in the first place. All that he wanted was to preserve the beauty of the old house.

The situation somewhat improved this year, and a few media companies approached him for interviews, including AirAsia Magazine, MAS Magazine, the Japanese news agency, Japanese tour book etc. These interviews have successfully turned The Baboon House into a famous spot at Holland Street.

Song has finally decided on a clear direction for him and the old house.
Besides restoring the house, Song has also learned rattan weaving, cooking as well as drawing over the past two years.
He has realized his dream of living in an old house, and has named this house "The Baboon House" as he loves the nature like baboons. Besides, he is also impressed by the baboon's strong personalities and playful characters.

Song is probably the only person who has renovated a double-storey shophouse over a hundred feet long all by himself without any assistance. Today, he is still going on with his perpetual renovation works and has found a lot of joy doing it.

Guess what is hanging on the wall....

The Friendly doggie running in the house without disturbing the visitor and guest... but it is not Baboon... unfortunately I did not have a chance to captured it ... but I have the following photo which shared by my friend during her visit to the cafe...

Baboon the Dog! Very Charming!!

This is the place where we enjoying most... 

He started his restaurant without knowing very well how to cook. However, he has put in a lot of effort to learn cooking and has finally been able to work his kitchen efficiently handling four stoves at the same time.
The hamburgers created by him, the Nanyang coffee that has been well received by customers and the luxurious dining ambience have drawn the attention of local and foreign magazines alike.

Song admitted that he was an individualistic man, very low profile and self-demanding and these characters have been clearly portrayed in his paintings.

Growing up at Jonker Street, he graduated with an industrial engineering degree from England and used to work as an engineer overseas. He has also worked at his father’s T-shirt factory before.
Song has a shown a strong interest in drawing ever since he was young. He said he used to spend hours drawing when working in Kuala Lumpur. He has never had the intention of selling his paintings which are on display at his shop today except two which have been sold to an Australian and a KL buyer respectively.

Here also a bookshelf to convenient guest to have some reading material...

Before I end the story... would like to share the Videos with you :
The Making of Baboon House

Partially content from SinChew

The Baboon House, 89, 
Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
Melaka, 75200.