Ginger Tea

Monday, 26th September 2005


La Pau Sat
Lau Pa Sat detail,

I've got to that stage with Rough Patch where I'm registering the book with Nielsen BookData, so that booksellers will know about it, and adding it to my website. It feels as if it is really going to happen now. I've pencilled in a publication date of 7th October but we're hoping to have the first copies from the printer later this week.

This kind of work is no big deal, but it seems like one giant step to take after the months of preparation. What I want is a mid-morning break that will just take me out of ordinary office work for a short time . . .

A Taste of the Orient

There's a clatter at the letterbox. My friend Tanya Yeo in Singapore has sent me a couple of sachets of Gold Kili Honey Ginger Latte. There's a strong smell of ginger as I add the hot water to the mug.

Refreshing, spicy, sweet but piquant and full of oriental wisdom. But enough about my friend Tanya - the ginger latte is invigorating, though a bit too sweet for me; I'd prefer to make my own ginger tea and add just a smidgen of honey. Good for you though, I'm sure.

Lau Pa Sat

With the pungence of the ginger wafting through my mid-morning break, it's almost as if I'd stepped out into Lau Pa Sat, the old food market in the middle of the city .

Lau Pa Sat
Tanya's drawings of architectural details at Lau Pa Sat, built in 1894.

'It is apparently a tourist attraction of sorts,' Tanya tells me, 'even though the food is (a) not that great and (b) overpriced.'

But should we believe her? Tanya says that Singaporeans are renowned for complaining about just about everything. No wonder she and I get along so well.

I've never been to Singapore, but if we did ever make it to Australia, I'd want to stopover there. Next Page

Yang Renying
Tanya's Chinese name

Rough Patch

ginger tea


Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat
(Photographed by Tanya)


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