As I’m sitting on this big jet plane back to Melbourne city, feeling parched as fsck and reminiscing over our Malaysian experience over these past 90 days, I wish I could signal the boss over and minum Teh Ais satu! This is Kuala Lumpur from our eyes, two Melbourne boys, with no idea what we were getting ourselves into since day one.
Just like jumping into the deep end of the pool, the anticipation leading up to this trip was immense. Not only did we know nobody in Malaysia, we had actually never met or gotten to know any of the team members at Pestle & Mortar. Ohhh how that changed over the past three months, I can now proudly say I have advanced my skill-base on so many different platforms, as well as have extended my family with aspiring individuals, many of whom have been graciously introduced to us by Hugh and the rest of the team!
I remember having so much trouble remembering names during the first few nights. Syafiq (Mr. Lead designer) was the broken leg dude and Syahir (Graphic Designer) the dude with glasses ha! We landed right before the Bangsar shop launch and they weren’t even expecting us!! It was perfect timing for us because we got a great opportunity to really sus out what P&M was all about before we began work!
It was a short and a delicious initiation to the family. We caught on fast. Mispronunciation was a regular habit of ours. Slowly but surely numbers were counted and food ordered. It was really exciting to put our skills to the test and actually taste a meal, which was ordered in full Malay by yours truly.
We were introduced to the secret society of #mamaklife, goddamn we’ll miss em! Cheap eats at anytime of the night, awesome service and all of the variety to choose from. From stray-cats jumping on our tables to the friendly neighborhood mamaks that would remember what we liked and always brought out tissues for us, since we always asked. Shout outs to Bryan Chin aka Tandoori Boyz for introducing us to Teh Tarik. It’s because of these guys I’ve put on some KG’s and look rounder, thanks again for pointing that our Ms. Sharinna & Sir. Joseph.
So what did we get up to with our time at Pestle & Mortar? Beginning with all the happening events and parties we were invited to! We got to check out the Juice 11th Anniversary party, Tempatan Festival, the DEFINE Fashion show, the White Ribbon Campaign, Hanger AW13 magazine launch as well as some awesome gigs consisting of Raising the Bar and Reach for the Skies (RTFS) @ The Underdog Series #1 and many more! It was an awesome experience meeting so many cool dudes within such progressive scenes and to see everyone communicating and connecting with one another, even I’ll admit that’s pretty inspiring and something to definitely be proud of.
We were even lucky enough to have roughly ten mates from Melbourne come and visit us whilst our stay in Malaysia and we got to show them how cool this city really was!
Jason Taing & George Do visiting Bangsar
@Monica & Aaron decorating the Bangsar Shop
@The boys enjoying #mamaklife
We have probably eaten a portion of Kuala Lumpur’s food supply including the infamous Durian.
Not only did we party a lot, we did a heap of work as well… Aaron was busy designing clothes, artwork and other necessary graphics for P&M. You’ll spot some of his amazing work on the wall of our Parkson Pavilion counter, our independent storefronts and on some stickers and t-shirts coming soon! Berombak!
@Parkson Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Mural by Aaron
Meanwhile I was working on the Deck magazine, assisting with the operations team, the online store, helping build our latest storefronts (Tangs Empire & Parkson Pavilion) and getting to know all of you loyal customers! I think I can speak on behalf of Aaron and I that we truly enjoyed working with each and every one on the team, the vibe was great and we really did get shit done, I promise!
Our final days were exciting yet heartbreaking, we made the most of the time we could with loved ones. Luckily enough at the Holiday 2013 collection launch, everyone that we had met over the months were all under one roof for one last turnt up party! Just like a perfect circle, it was where our farewells had to be had.
I could go on forever about all the mischief we got up to in the great KL city, but I’ll end it short and simple. Pestle & Mortar has been an inspiration, the team we’ve grown to love have pushed us to become better individuals, Malaysia is a beautiful and cultured city and you’ll be seeing us around hopefully in the near future.
Once again a big thank you to Hugh Koh, Eddie Samad, Mark Koh, Arnold Loh and Arthur Loh for this great experience and for showing us what KL is all about. We’ll be keepin it cool and pushing the Pestle & Mortar movement down-under.
Tim & Aaron from Burn City.