These photos would show how happy an elder can be when she has a mobile kit of a different kind.
This grandmother brings a mobile betel (pinang) kit wherever she goes.
And she has invented a betel nut( pinang) grater to help her with her betel chewing. Instead of biting the nuts and crushing them with her teeth she has a small grater made from copper. The little grater slips into a little open box when she needs pinang grater.
This is my beautiful friend who is a betel addict. She has very strong teeth and general health.
She packs her betel set in a very neat handbag which she carries every where she goes. "Never leave home without your mobile betel kit" (MBK). She would have nothing to do if she doesn't have it with her.
This is a special implement for her to cut up some raw tobacco and other ingredients.
This is a small homemade grater for the pinang (betel nut) Amazing isn't it? the Malays and Melanaus and nyonyas would use a clipper or cutter available in hardware shops.
One doesn't have to break one's teeth chewing the nut. The grated pinang is collected in the little space between the grater and the wooden base. Very innovative. Gives me some idea for my kitchen.
Gambier leaf and kapok smeared on the sirih leaf.
Now the whole sirih leaf wrapped concoction is ready to be put into one's mouth.
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