Saturday, June 18, 2005

I'm deprived of yam cha sessions

My friends studying in the Northern Hemisphere are all on summer holidays and many are currently back in Malaysia.

The old gang is now complete (with the exception of me, of course) and are having very frequent yum cha sessions. I suddenly miss the mamak.

To contradict myself, I don’t actually miss the mamak per se. The mamak is a tool for friends to meet and actually spend time together. And a damn good tool too! For the price of one iced lime tea, you get a glass of iced lime tea and the rights to occupying your table until closing time. (I’ve never actually seen closing time. 5am? 6am? Someone enlighten me.) There are also options available like various kinds of roti, naan, rice, curries… the list goes on, extending to lamb chop, clay pot noodles and anything else one can possibly think of.

Its probably like those Italian/ French cafés where people sip lattes late into the afternoon, except that mamaks operate at night, and most people would probably sip teh tarik and pick at roti canai.

So I don’t actually miss the mamak as it is, but the company of old friends.

Incidentally, I just read a post by Diana:
Sometimes people think being abroad is soooo much fun. I'd say - it depends. Back home I had the freedom of taking the car out and just going places yamcha etc. Here although there's (fairly) efficient public transport, it still a hassle to get to places. Shops close waaay too early and its abit too quiet.. Of course there's the good things as well..I'm probably just missing some good 'ol yamcha sessions.

I completely agree with her, down to the point about the car. How I miss the fancy footwork when driving a manual vehicle… fancy but mostly pointless exercises like heel-and-toe double clutch, or a gear shift without the clutch*.

*This is actually doable, crazy as it sounds. More on that another time…

Diana, "Jumble of Thoughts", from, 18th June 2005


Blogger 小李飞刀 said...

Ahh... too bad indeed, just had an exellent yamcha session last night. lots of conversation flying around the table.. Ah Siang was trying to sell us a trip, it was hilarious how everybody tried to avoid agreeing with him tactfully.

11:25 pm, June 18, 2005  
Anonymous pamela said...

i can't wait to go back home for the summer and yum cha too!!! i miss murni... wish we had longer winter holidays

12:32 am, June 19, 2005  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Yuan Harng:
Oh, thanks for bringing that up. At least I can be glad that everyone is not sitting around miserably, lonely and laying eggs. :p

Oh yea...Murni is The One.

3:27 pm, June 19, 2005  
Blogger xaverri said...

hahha back in PJ, I happen to stay near Murni.. and the guy there recognises me. really =)

12:54 am, June 21, 2005  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Oh, the fat guy Ronnie is it? Interestingly enough, all those who commented appear to be staunch Murni loyalists :-P

1:24 am, June 22, 2005  

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