I Saw A Stegosaurus With A Beer Belly, Man Boobs And Spine Plates.
I was driving in Port Klang town when I thought I saw a human Stegosaurus from the Jurassic period. I stopped my car and got down to have a closer look.
It turned out some form of ancient Chinese and Egyptian cupping therapy. According to the Malay ‘medicine man’, the bamboo tubes suck out bad “wind” form the body.
There is a ‘snake oil’ salesman outside each of the three lottery shops.
Of course, you don’t have to look like a dinosaur or flash your manboobs to the innocent public.
The five-foot-way stall owner has a bottle of green liquid that can do the same magic for only RM10.
I liked how reactive or flexible the salesman was. When he sees a potential Chinese customer, he will say he learned it from a Chinese sifu.
When an Indian customer takes an interest, he says: “Look at my faithful Indian client sitting here.” Hehe.
Malay customers? His pitch was you can find him selling outside the National Mosque on certain days. Subtly suggesting some religious validation for the naive. Brilliant.
Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 250, f10, 1/250 sec.
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