(1/200, F3.5, ISO200, 17mm)
When I first arrived in Malaysia I was surprised to see so many people on the streets drinking out of a bag with a straw.
Most of the times the fluid inside will be teh tarik (literally meaning ´pulled tea´), which is the national drink in Malaysia.
It´s made of tea and condensed milk and the process of pouring or ´pulling´ is what makes it cool down to drinking temperature and mix the two ingredients perfectly (see an artsy ´pull´ in this video).
Nowadays I´m so used to the sight that I wasn´t surprised to find this half finished bag in an abandoned Chinese shophouse in the former mining village of Kampung Kepayang, Malaysia.
Très belle composition!
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I grew up with pulled tea and I was born in the Caribbean! My grandmother used to love the stuff (my dad still drinks it)- I guess our traditions can all be traced back to the Motherland…I absolutely hate pulled tea though, I’ve never liked the taste of condensed milk. Here they also make a weird concoction of Coca Cola and condensed milk, if anything I find it even worse- it’s like sparkling syrup.
Totally agree with not liking the condensed milk and its all too sweet to my taste; that cola/condensed milk mix sounds even worse 😉
Like the way they made the ´pulling´ into an art though!
Greetings from KL, Ron.
Thanks, Graham, these walls are the easiest subject with all its little details and things going on, good for the fantasy 😉
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Thanks very much, Hattie, and sorry I got back to you so late, hope all is well!
that’s some tea dance!!!
must be YUMMY!
Hi Gail, actually the art is much more tasty than the drink itself in my opinion 😉
Warm greetings from Malaysia,
Whoa! that’s a great insight into tea drinking, I never knew, great photo ron 🙂
Hi Shabnam, it is definitely different than I was used to in Europe!
Hope all is great, sorry to not be around here too much lately, but appreciate your attention always!
Have a great week,
Weird but cool. Great composition.
Thank you, Stevie, easy to compose when the subject is staying still: just find the most interesting piece of wall with the bag on one of the golden triangle points 😉
A great picture! I love the smoothness and colors of the bag against the rough textures of the wall.
Thank you very much, Annette! Makes me happy to hear you had an interest in these simple aspects of it!
Hope all is great, greetings,
Love the interplay of blue paint and string with the coppery red tea in the bag.
Thanks very much for your thorough look! I love the different layers of paint in these walls, slowly crumbling over decades and then somebody decided to put the cherry on thecake with that tea-bag 😉
Happy travels and greetings from Malaysia,
Beautifully observed patterns, textures and colours combined in an effective composition.
Thanks very much, Louis, there are so much fantasies hidden in these walls, I couldnt believe this was how I found it…
Have a great week, greetings,
Thank you very much, Cybele, hope everything is great!
It’s a marvel how such nondescript materials add up to such an attractive and striking photo. You’ve got the eye.
Thats so great ot hear, Judith, many thanks for your compliment! Can you believe this scene was there as this shows? The only explanation I can think of there has been a photographer before me or someone that hopes a photographer finds it like this 😉
Hope all is great, reetings from Malaysia,
And you pulled one of your typical ‘signature’ image!
Hi Vera, thats very kind of you to say,i guess my love for textures and abandoned scenes is very obvious here 😉
Hope all is well, greetz, Ron.
Tea isn’t the only thing that comes in a plastic bag…you might be interested in this video, courtesy of WP blogger http://crazyguyinthailand.com/
Hope this link works–
Hi Alli, link didnt work, guess the video was taken off, but here they serve lots of stuff in plastic bags, any juices, coffees, teas and even their curries to take away 😉
Looks like the site got marked “private”–don’t know why a blogger would only want certain people to see it, but oh well…
Oh, thought it was just the video, but I always wonder that as well, but guess we´ll never know 😉
Hope all is great with you, greetings,
I love the simplicity of this image–it really pulls you in and makes you take notice of the wonderful texture and color of the walls and the bag. It is what I would call–sublime.
Thank you very much, Meg, thats so great to hear; thats the whole idea behind the simplicity in composition and subject to make the textures and detail tell the story and play with our fantasy 😉
Hope all is great with you, greetings, Ron.
I am from Nicaragua, I used to during coca cola out of a bag (with a straw) like this.
Hola Luis, ah nice to know there´s more people doing it like this; I must say it´s maybe not the best way, cuz these bags are thrown out everywhere, but I guess its just more common here to throw rubbish everywhere, hate that!
Have a great day, Ron.
We in the USA thro a lot of stuff. It was cheaper then to use a bag (clean, and new) to provide drinks. They would charge a deposit for the bottle
It’s great to learn how other parts of the world live – thank you. Lovely photo too.
Hi Noeline, thats so great about following all these blogs around the world -always better to see with your own eyes- but it does give you so much knowledge and sights you would never have known through ´normal´ media!
Thanks, hope all is well, greetings,
I’d love to taste it, although I’m not sure about the bag and straw!
Hi Kathy, its very similar to the Inidan Chai tea, very sweet milky tea, but I wouldnt try this bag looks like its been hanging there for awhile 😉
Thanks for your comment, all the best from KL,
Great color and texture in your photo. And the video is awesome!
Hi Angeline, thanks for the compliment, appreciate that a lot! And although lots of this ´tea´ is served from a certain height to get the air in they are not all as skilled as this one 😉
Have a good week, greetings, Ron
So nicely seen and captured, and I really love the texture in this.
Thank you very much, Lisa, always a pleasure to read your comments 😉
I try to keep it simple as a composition to enhance the interest on the texture and detail, at least that is the idea 😉
All the best to you,
Love that image…the limited colour palette, the texture 🙂
Thanks very much, Sue! I do believe that these images profit from their simplity cuz it makes the texture and details more interesting, as there´s not much else to see…
Have a great week, Ron.
And you have a good week too, Ron 🙂
Wow! Now that is an art. Before I watched the video I was interested in the “weight”of the bag hanging on the wall And , of course, the texture. Thanks for sharing, it is amazing what I learn from these blogs.
Hi Jane, thanks for your interest, it´s merely half a kilo at its most, just a cup, glass or can of anything put in a bag with a straw 😉
Totally agree that all these blogs form all over the world is a nice way to learn about other cultures and habits!
Hope all is great, greetings from Malaysia
Wonderful colours and textures.
Thanks a lot, David! I love it when my subject is standing or eh hanging still so i can take the time to do my settings and lighting 😉
I like the picture, but also the history is interesting and the video: Vow! It’s amazing.
Muchas gracias, Fran, thanks very much and nice to hear you read and watched it, makes me a happy blogger 😉
Have a great weekend, Ron
I forgot to compliment on texture – terrific!
Ah, well, that´s fair, thanks, the wall was a very happy subject 😉
Impressive skills on Teh Tarik Man 😀 This is an intriguing capture with great composition and processing.
Haha, yeah, i thought so too, not all of em serve it like that though 😉
Thanks for the compliment on the photo and hoping the last bit til your holiday goes smoothly!
Hi Ron, only one day of work and two days of packing left :D.
Haha, great timing, you must be so happy 🙂
If I don’t kill the hysterical old guy sitting close to me and yelling on the phone today or tomorrow, I am OK :D. I’ll be back from holiday on 3rd of August to see your new posts 🙂
haha, maybe he needs a holiday as well!
Won´t be too much posts, maybe two, will be on a little tropical getaway too 😉
Enjoy and looking forward to your findings and photos!
Thank you very much, Ron. You’ve missed my “so long” post 😉
Oh, have to do my rounds still 😉
But so long then…
Big wow !
Thanks a lot, Gav!
Have a great day, greetz, Ron.
Very interesting. And thanks for sharing the video. His skills are very impressive. 😉
Hi there, thanks very much and yeah, he´s very skillful, unfortunately they don´t all serve it like that 😉
Have a great week, Ron.