IT'S LYNNY KANSAS
DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
Way back in June this year (I know, sorry, life has been hectic!), I was sitting having coffee with a group of friends. We got to talking (we women are pretty good at that!) about some of the interesting things we should do during our time in Singapore. A lot of the ladies in my circle are ex-pats, most of whom will be on a short "stint" in Singapore as their husbands jobs dictate. Some will have been in Singapore longer than others, so for the newbies it is always a great way to find out about unique things to see and do.
On this particular day someone mentioned The Joss Stick man, Mr. Tay, who has been making traditional style joss sticks (which are burnt in temples as offering to the Chinese Gods, during religious festivals), since he was a boy. Both he and his brother following in the trade of his Father and his Father before him.
The art of making Joss sticks, and it is an art has dwindled over the years such that Mr Tay and his brother are now the only joss stick makers left in Singapore using natural material and traditional methods. Needless to say I was interested to find out more about this craft which we were told will soon be lost. A friend had ordered some figurines from Mr. Tay which he makes to supplement his Joss stick business, so when she got the call that they were ready for collection, a group of us decided to head to his shop to see for ourselves.