Ordering Drinks at a Traditional Malaysian Kopitiam

ordering drinks at a traditional Malaysian kopitiam Shermian Lim
You would think that ordering a coffee, tea or juice would be just that simple. It is, at a modern eatery or cafe, but a novice will almost certainly need time to get used to the terms used for ordering drinks at a traditional Malaysian kopitiam. If Starbucks wasn’t established thousands of miles away in Seattle about 40 years ago, I’d have thought they took the idea of custom-made drinks from our kopitiams, which have been around for almost twice as long as Starbucks. (You know how they are with their drinks. Care for a tall, iced, no whip cream, no sugar, half soy milk, half low-fat milk, green tea frappuccino, anyone?) Continue reading

Ancient Taoist Rituals of Ching Ming in Modern Malaysia

Ching Ming in modern malaysia

Tires crunched under the car as we drove slowly onto uneven parts of the worn, tar road. Riding alongside on her motorbike was Aunty, a private caretaker at the cemetery. One hand steered the bike whilst the other held a broom that she pumped upwards in acknowledgement upon seeing us. Aunty stopped when we parked on the side of the road, dismounted with broom still in hand and began chattering happily to my dad and uncle.

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