Monday, September 28, 2009

Withdrawal symptoms?

Last week, we celebrated Eid ul Fitr (apparently that's how it's spelled in English). For many, it was a very welcome long weekend. For the privilege few (i.e. teachers like me), it was an even longer holiday - a full 10-blissful days of not having to go to school. Yet, a big celebration such as this (the other one being Chinese New Year) does have its drawbacks.

Among the citizens of Kota Kinabalu, we are proud of the tea-time culture that we have here. Go to coffee shops between the times of 3 and 5 p.m. and you'd have a hard time finding a place to sit. The popular coffee shops would be crowded with people - all having one common purpose: sitting down munch the many mouth-watering tea-time snacks on offer and chasing them down with their favourite cup of coffee or tea. One of the most popular would be Fook Yuen, which serves the best toast bar none, and one of the best places to go to for hot drinks - the coffee's strong, the tea with milk's just nicely smooth, and the Milo's just thick - the way I like it!

But, the thing is, when it comes to Chinese New Year, or the Hari Raya celebrations like last week, this shop closes. That's the drawback. Favourite eating haunts close during such occasions and for Fook Yuen, it closed for a week (even longer for Chinese New Year!). So, what happens to all those tea-time happy hours? What becomes of the people who need their fix of the bread and drinks?

I suppose we'll have to make source for other means of getting it especially during those 'those trying' times.


maslight said...

AHAHHAHAAH sesi minum kopi/tea sangat famous at my work place. But, it started in the morning around 8 - 9 am and then the usual lunch break and then another tea/coffee session at 3pm like u mentioned in this post.

But, sometimes we in the office gets lucky coz they get pisang goreng. But the not so kewl part about this is, the whole office will smell like pisang goreng oil which I seriously dislike. It's like being in an actual place XD

Perry R. Lim said...

maslight: Hmmm....your office sounds suspiciously like some government department. :)

Nick Phillips said...

Hahaha, Perry is right la Maslight, your office seriously sounds like a government department ;D

Ann said...

I love the kaya toast! yum!