Journal 00376 - FRAGRANCE JOURNEY - 10.10.2017

CHINESE TOBACCO

A capture of the colonial French Indochina and legendary films like Indochine and Apocalypse Now. Reflections of the distinct contrasts in Asia. East meets West, the Old and the New. The scent is spicy and woody. Fragrance notes include Tobacco, Coriander and Oud.

It is long after midnight and the neon signs light up the dark sky in Terengganu, Malaysia. I am close to the chaos of the city, but it is quiet here in the park. I am surrounded by old gigantic trees, enormous vegetation and tree crowns. I open the doors of the wooden colonial building and enter the traditional Chinese restaurant. The air is filled with wonderful aromas and spices from the kitchen area. A man is sleeping in his chair while resting his head on the table. A group of men is playing cards while smoking under the fluorescent light.

Women engage in loud conversations while chopping fresh spices and a small child sleeps in a basket at the end of the room. A TV screen presents the latest music videos from London. The kitchen´s gasburners fill the air with a burnt scent. East meets west.

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