Of Tea, Of Nanyang
By Camellia Siow
Tea was brought to Nanyang by migrants. Back in the old years, tea leaves were as if a swarm of parents' reminder which safeguards home-leaving children. The tea leaves were as if a guardian which protects the children from diseases and predicament, and ensures a smooth transition to the new land. It was said that tears of nostalgia were soothed with a cup of tea. That was, an old story of the long-gone era.