“Morning, morning, young lady, come out of the sun.”
I ducked under the plastic tarp that formed a makeshift vegetable stall along bustling Chowrasta Road. “I just need some coriander leaves.”
“No problem, no problem.” Auntie Hoon picked out the freshest leaves and spun a rubber band around them.
“Oh, I made the Chinese watercress dish you told me about last week. Thank you for the recipe.”
She smiled and put the coriander in a bag.
I took my wallet out. “How much is it?”
“Just take, no problem.”
“Are you sure?”
“It’s small, no problem. No problem.”
“Thank you Auntie.”
Yes, most of the sellers are older, customers too, but there are younger faces in the crowd, who realize that big grocery stores may offer convenience, but not the sense of community, culture, history, and heart at Chowrasta Market.
One of those younger faces is Okui (her nickname in Hokkien). A talented first year college student, who takes wonderful, lively photos.
Photos that truly capture life in Penang.
She shared some of her work with us in the “River Meets Light” post, and we liked it so much that we invited her to join the Capturing Penang team to contribute photos on a regular basis.
The photos have been blown up into poster size and suspended above each respective stall at the Chowrasta meat market. The on-site exhibition runs through April 18.