Malaysian afternoon snacks, cendol and passembor. Old school style.

you don’t really get a lot of these anymore these days. everything has gone fancy, as the pakcik says. and really, can we really blame them? can we blame people to want to be comfortable and have some privacy – instead of balancing on some plastic stools under a tree (if you’re late, help yourself to a tree stump of a stuck out root), by the side of the road, with traffic zooming by, no tables and everyone is your neighbour?

my cendol melts quickly in under the shade of the tree. suddenly, i was looking at the world go by all around me. i realise that i would rather be here. here, where the world has stopped, for awhile.


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