A Look Back at A&W in Malaysia

I remember going to a drive-in in Singapore. One of the first in Malaysia was at AIA buiding. I love their tuna sandwich and lemonade and was heart broken when they were discontinued because they claimed they were not popular with Malaysians.

Things went downhill after that. One had to drive to Shah Motel area in PJ for waffles. We had to avoid getting hugged by the blind bear mascot because it stinks. I found a quick and safe place to grab a Coney Dog. (as it was known then). Now Chicken or Beef Coney.

It was at the old railway station of KL The first outlet to get a root beer (as it was known then). Now RB in a chilled mug was Batu Road opposite Mun Loong. Now Kamdar?

Shall we talk about Kentuky’s jelly ice cream? Now KFC.

Lovely Tariker.

Lovely Tariker.

Back at F&N Teh Tarik Mega 2017, members of the public and shoppers at Mydin USJ Mall were invited to play an obstacle challenge course, that included balancing some things on the head and to make tea the tarik way, while running. Photograph by Maria Bernadette.

#fn #fntehtarik #tehtarik #tea #milktea #fntehtarik #fnmilk #game #hangtarik

Beaches For Your Sunset Pics – Part 4

I’ve been looking at my sunset pics to feature more for the Beaches For Your Sunset Pics series. See sidebar for related links.I think Bagan Lalang can be the 4th beach to include. I know. Singapore has Clarke Quay and Boat Quay and what do we have? Weed Quay! Haha. It may be far but it has yielded consistently good sunsets for me, so far.

I first went there before AVANI Goldcoast Sepang was even built, Since Bagan means a fisherman’s quay or fisherman’s wharf or jetty and lalang means weed or blady grass, I placed the camera on the ground on top of the grass creeping on the sand for this very low view of the sunset.

Besides the luxury AVANI Sepang Gold Coast Resort, there are a couple cheaper alternatives very nearby. When you finish with the sunsets, it will usually be already 8 pm and the road is dark and narrow, So stay a night and relax.

Hotel links here: http://www.mycen.my/hotels-in-morib-and-gold-coast-selangor/

Morib Beach Part 1 http://www.tvsmith.my/eclec…/beaches-your-sunset-pics-part-1
Morib Beach Part 1b: http://www.tvsmith.my/ecle…/beaches-your-sunset-pics-part-1b
Redang Beach Part 2: http://www.tvsmith.my/eclec…/beaches-your-sunset-pics-part-2
Port Dickson 3: http://www.tvsmith.my/eclec…/beaches-your-sunset-pics-part-3

#sunset #dusk #beach #twilight #baganlalang #goldcoast #silhouette #selangor


The Watermelon Brothers

One of the things I like about this trip is the chance to chat with local small traders. They are an important component of a small town’s economy and that role is seldom acknowledged. I asked Yusof the watermelon trader and native of Batang Kali about business at day’s end. He said he was breaking even. Yusof, who is 21, started trading when he was 11. Perhaps it is a family tradition as the younger brother who is helping him is now also 11. Small town people are friendly and are happy to chat with out-of-towners. There is one special quality about them that you will notice right away. I told Yusof he is quite enterprising and successful for his age and he replied by saying he is just doing his small part to help out the family.

Glad to feel the unique Malaysian (and Asian) cultural trait of humility alive and well in the countryside. In the city and in the corporate world, western-influenced training teach people to say “never been better” or “awesome”, even if you didn’t ask. The coaches and practitioners claim it is to reaffirm their success and to spread (or hype) positivity. On the opposite side, their rural counterparts intentionally downplay success through modest words. That I admire and respect. Nearest comfortable hotel to Batang Kali is The Leverage Business Hotel in Rawang. Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f7.1, 1/100 sec.