Monday, 29 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Others could be a makeshift stall along a busy road, with just plastic sheets "roofs" as a shade, or along the beach and public parks – these are usually “Mamak Stalls” run by Indians ( Muslim Tamils) mainly found in Malaysia.
The coffee made by Indians are usually sweeter and not too thick on the coffee essence. Their tea are usually “tarik(malay) or pulled to cool the heat of the beverage. As such, should you want your coffee/tea hot, just say “Panas” (malay) or hot.
Chinese Coffee shops serves their coffee/tea in porcelain cups with saucers and they are not “tarik”. The Chinese think that having air bubbles in the beverage is not good for internal health.
To cool the beverage, you can pour the coffee/tea onto the saucer and sip your drink from there, with a long and satisfying slurpy noise ( that’s what my Grandfather used to do and that’s where I get my beverage – from the saucer when I was very young)
In order to get a thicker coffee essence, you have to order “Kopi Kau” – Coffee Thicker or “Kopi Poh” – Thinner Coffee. What the Kopi “barista”would do is to add more or lesser hot water to the coffee essence ( concentrated liquid coffee) to get the texture.
When you order “Kopi” ,it is hot coffee, with sugar, and condensed milk .”Kopi-O” is black coffee with sugar.”Kopi Kosong” is just black coffee. Black “English Tea” would be ordered the same way i.e. “Teh” is hot tea, with sugar, and condensed milk.”Teh-O” is black tea with sugar and .”Teh Kosong” is just black tea.
Other beverages available includes the following, with a certain terms only used in Singapore –e.g.
Tuck kew ( Kick ball in Hokkien) – Milo ; a chocolate and malt powder drink which is mixed with hot milk; The brand labels of the product usually has a boy or girl doing sports; and for some reasons, the label of the boy playing football stuck with the coffee shop waiters!
Tiau her ( Catch fish in Hokkien) – Chinese tea ;coffee shops in Singapore serve Chinese tea in tea bags ; as such dunking the bag up and down the hot water to infuse the tea is just like tugging the fishing line!
Friday, 19 November 2010
The old Chartered Bank branch ( Annex building) of Klang Town located at the junction of Jalan Istana & Jalan Dato Hamzah
The old Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China began financial business in Singapore in 1859 and Penang 1875. As such, the Dutch styled building could have been built about the late 1800’s as it housed the Chartered Bank branch in Klang Town.
European Style had influenced the architecture of Malaya especially the styles that were modified according to the tropical climate and combined with architecture influence of Malay, Classical Portuguese, Dutch and English. This building certainly has Dutch influences with unique Dutch Gables. The main building could have been used for the banking business, with covered footbridges connected to an annex which could have housed the living quarters of the employees and stables for horses and carriages – as observed from its carriage house type of doorways.
The Sultan Suleiman Building of Klang Town - caught my eye whilst we drove through town along Jalan Stesen
Built in 1909 to house the Klang District Office during British Malaya, it was designed in a Western Classical Style by PWD (Public Works Department) architect Arthur B. Hubback. The building also accommodated the Land Office, Town Board and PWD then.
Called by the locals as the "White House" of Klang, it was declared a natural heritage ( one of the first in Selangor) on 15 December 2009
Thursday, 18 November 2010
The name for Klang Town was probably derived from the word "Kilang" , which meant "warehouse"from an old Malay word. In the old days, Klang Town would have been full of warehouses to store tin for transhipment from the mining fields in the Klang Valley further the east of the town, to the Port, 6 miles miles to the west.
In the 1890's, commodities such as coffee and rubber added to the load for export from Malaya. This led to the construction of the Klang Railway Station to accommodate the growth of traffic not only for goods, but passengers as well. The extension of the railway from Klang Town to the Port of Swettenham, was constructed between 1895 to 1901 - making Selangor Railway System then, one of the busiest in Malaya.