Journal 00376 - FRAGRANCE JOURNEY - 10.10.2017

CHINESE TOBACCO

A reflection of contrasts. East meets West, the old and the new.

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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