27 Edenites embarked on a memorable trip to Malacca from 24th to 26th April 2015. This was Eden School’s second overseas camp to Malacca, and a very successful one at that! Watching the students excitedly report to school early Friday morning, one would never guess that it was the first time most of them were travelling without their families. After many well wishes and goodbye hugs, and armed with their luggage and high spirits, the students and teachers boarded the buses ready for a great adventure.
With meaningful preparation in classes, teachers observed proudly as their students independently presented their passports, and cleared the Singapore and Malaysia immigration without a hitch.
After a short break at Yong Peng, the group made their way to their first pit stop, the famous Jonker Street, for a very unique lunch of chicken rice balls! It was indeed a highlight for many Edenites. Next up was the highly anticipated Mamee Noodle Doodle Workshop, where students learned to make their own personal noodle cup, packed with ingredients of their choice. They also practiced money skills, (paying in Malaysian Ringgit!) while purchasing their Mamee goody bags.
Following this, the group took a step back in time to learn where their noodles came from at…The Mamee Factory! Both students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed the educational factory tour, video presentation, and noodle stamping activities.
The exciting first day was almost over, but not before checking into Bayview Hotel. After dinner and a refreshing shower, it was time for the students to reflect on their learning for the day. Parents were kept updated during the trip via a live feed of pictures and comments that teachers uploaded on a blog throughout the day. During the reflection, students were able to communicate with their parents too.
After a good night’s rest, students and teachers were raring to go for Day Two of fun, which kicked off with a city tour and group photo taking at The Stadthuys. Everyone then made their way to a Kampong to try their hand at traditional activities such as batik painting, basket weaving and even making delicious ondeh-ondeh!
After a scrumptious lunch, it was time to depart for the Maritime Museum for sightseeing before heading back to the hotel for another round of reflection activities. Students had a special treat lined up after dinner. It was Movie Night!
Teachers simulated a cinema environment, where students had the opportunity to purchase movie tickets, and even exchange coupons for their favourite snacks and drinks. The Edenites truly felt like big heroes after watching the exhilarating movie ‘Big Hero 6’!
With the arrival of Sunday morning, it was time to pack up, say goodbye to Malacca, and head home to sunny Singapore. Students continued to engage in excited and animated conversations on the trip long after they returned to Singapore, many asking their teachers when they visit Malacca again!
Great job to all students, teachers and committee members involved in planning and running the Malacca Camp 2015! It was indeed an unforgettable opportunity to step out, cross boundaries and relive adventures!