Skip to main content

Lining Up





Kiddies, parents and teens lining up not just for their Mackers but the toy and movie momento packs that go along with purchases.  This can be an epitome of marketing and revenue generation, with customers not just going for the primary product of the business but trivial sidelines that create real passion and excitement for the market, but are really things forgotten in a few years.   Who really cares about the health implications of burgers and fries, there is more than a reason to visit a Mackers store  -  it is the experience.


Rich property buyers hiring people to stand in for them in lining up for apartment purchases off the plan.   Proxy buyers and representatives employed to place deposits for a speculative and hot market.   The idea is to get a place, a booking to make even more money.  Property real estate agents are masters and wizards in churning up need, interest and action....they are experts in auctioneering, hyping up and making one feel the want.   So potential buyers do feel the pressure and heat of being there, or being square.


Queues at the first Australian Krispy Kream outlet in Liverpool NSW all excited over the doughnuts, spurred on by the wafting aromas and complimentary sampling while waiting in line.  Read about Mackers above, but here KK does not even provide other than their main products - doughnuts.  Is there a problem with this....well, KK has closed many stores in Australia.


Pensioners all stressed up waiting to withdraw their money from bank branches as the Greek economy goes into crisis due to inability to repay loans as required by the European Union.   Ordinary folk lining up again at bank branches as the Indian and Venezuelan governments  declare some high denomination currency notes as being phased out and no longer accepted as legal tender.   These people lining up have an urgency to salvage their money's worth, are disheartened and angry.   Most have worked hard to make meagre savings the only mistake they made is not to have them placed in the bank.  


Shoppers with passion sleeping the night before in front of David Jones and Myers stores in Australian capital cities, on the cusp of the Boxing Day sales.   Amazingly, despite on line shopping and early discounts throughout the year in retail, there are still people carrying out what seems to be a retro and irrelevant shopping tradition.. Maybe this is an excuse to have a gathering with friends and have a party atmosphere in the warm summer weather Down Under.


Thousands walking persistently, despite fatigue and pain, across South-eastern Europe, in their hunger for freedom, escape from war and a better life.  Their home countries have been deteriorating in civility and bearable conditions, or some may be seeking a better economic opportunity overseas.    Whatever the reasons are, they are scenes of the human condition that both chill and churn our hearts.  They take risks in drowning, facing aggressive opponents and in physical fatigue.   Still doing this is better than remaining in their home villages and towns.  The silver lining is that they also discover acts of kindness, understanding and help from strangers they have not met before.



Thousands of citizens and residents patiently waiting under the Equatorial sun and rain in respect and sincere humility to farewell a political leader and founding Father of a small island nation which is now the world's richest city.   No political leader is perfect, but that is not the point.   True leadership is echoed by the positive impact in the lives and hearts of the masses.  Some approaches and methods employed by such leaders cannot be palatable, but in the end, it is the outcome, the sentiment and the achievement.  Human beings have a mind of their individual own, but when the many have tears in their eyes - and more importantly the pride and respect in their late leader - it is a rare moment in history.



Thousands of volunteers willingly being herded to provide service to and engage with the paying public attending Olympic Games.   The ideals of the Olympic Games lie in the heart and soul of Western civilisation, ideals and values.   Are the modern games organised with the same spirit, intent and philosophy?    Volunteers are galvanised to work for long hours with crowds and given much inspiration and indoctrination, the critics may say.   The volunteers themselves seem happy to do all this.




Persistent liners up in front of major city stores eagerly anticipating to buy the Samsung and Apple products released every two years.    Same as for the observations on Mackers above, except that the products last longer, but not by much and there are no freebies.  It is always fascinating to observe the delight and pride of the first buyer in the line in each city.




This is the March of the Human Pysche.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Chung Ling Alumni Association Petaling Jaya Klang Valley

Telephone Contact:  +603 7957 0318

85 Degrees Bakery Cafe Hurstville NSW

There are several outlets of this bakery cafe for several years now in Australia.  Did they coem from the USA?

Each franchised outlet is in a busy area, often in suburbs so-called by a diverse Asian demographic.   The one in Hurstville is rather roomy and lots of baked stuff on its shelves.   The base of Sydney operations is in Chester Hill, a suburb south-west of the Sydney city centre.


Some of the cake creations would be viewed as rather leaning on the East Asian dimension  - Strawberry Angel (with chocolate base and top) and Mango Cheese ( with yoghurt).   However, to counter this perspective, there are also Death by Chocolate, US Cheesecake, Coffee Brulee and Blueberry Marble options.    


The pastries are definitely filled with ingredients more suited to perhaps Anime loving fans and non-mainstream cultures - for example, garlic, pork, tuna, green tea, red bean, shallots, pork floss, coconut, Hokkaido butter cream and Boroh or pineapple buns.   Sung seems to be a variation emphasised…

Penang - Lor Mee

Lor mee is another of those street foods that are not commonly available in Western societies, but are easily found in southern China, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The dish is iconic of the Teochew Province in China and has been mainly brought to equatorial climes by immigrants over the last few centuries. It combines snippets of ingredients in a thick savoury sauce. Above, the lor mee with roast pork and sliced hard boiled egg accompaniments at the Fong Sheng Cafe, along Lorong Selamat in Georgetown, Penang - the place was introduced by May Wah and Henry Quah.







The cafe harks back to the seventies or eighties - and maybe earlier - what caught my eye were (above) freshly blended fruit and/or vegetable juices and (below) metal and plastic contraptions of the food trade.
















Hot and cold drinks are easily on offer from the cafe (above and below) at very reasonable prices.







Another version of the dish (below) taken whilst Bob Lee was enjoying them in another cafe or coffee shop in Georgetown…