Drink up

As you go about visiting the homes of relatives and friends during the Chinese Lunar New Year, the usual goodies such as bak kwa, pineapple tarts, kueh bangkit, nian gao, melon seeds, and possibly a variety of cookies, are served to the guests. To quench that thirst, the host will usually have aerated water (soft drinks) poured into glass cups and passed around. You may recall the names of some soft drinks like RC Cola, Green Spot, Sinalco, Kickapoo Joy Juice, Sarsi, 7-Up, and more popular ones like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola. It will require a bottle-opener to pry open the bottle-cap for the fizzy drinks to be poured out from the glass bottle. You seldom see bottled soft drinks nowadays. The common form of packaging of soft drinks comes in aluminium cans or in plastic bottles. Gone were the days where you lugged home a heavy wooden crate that holds 24 glass bottles of soft drinks from the provision shop. Not to mention having to lug back the same wooden crate with 24 empty bottles back to the provision shop that will entitle you to a refund for its return.

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^ A complimentary glass cup from F&N (Fraser & Neave) from yesteryear. Established in 1883 by John Fraser and David Neave, they were the pioneers of aerated water in South East Asia.

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^ The old type of container in the form of a wooden crate that holds 24 glass bottles of aerated water. It is unlikely you will see much of these around given the present form of packaging in the form of aluminium cans and plastic bottles.

Here’s an article written by fellow blogger Lam Chun See at his blogsite Good Morning Yesterday where he described about the 5 Things I Do Not Miss About Chinese New Year. You can see the old wooden crates used in the past under S/N 3 Soft Drinks.

Perhaps this old commercial will bring back some fond memories of your thirst quenching moments.

If you happen to chance upon one of these old wooden crates, don’t discount it as another piece of junk. Have it cleaned and go to a glass-maker to install the hinges and a glass panel cover. Place your tiny figurines in it and mount it on the wall in your home. It may just be the next talking point of your guests when they come visiting for the next Chinese New Year.

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3 Responses to “Drink up”

  1. Lam Chun See Says:

    Thanks for recommending my article to your readers. Actually as I read the first part of your post, I was telling myself, maybe I should recommend my newer readers to read my article. Can’t believe that it’s been 2 years since I wrote that one.

    By the way, I finally found a photo of the Framroz drink that I always associate with CNY. I saw it in a NHB book in the library.

  2. laokokok Says:

    I love that display cabinet using the Coca Cola wooden crates.

  3. ordinary guy Says:

    t’s a simple recycling efforts plus an added decor piece from yesteryear. Thanks

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