The Photo : Simple life at its best.
When the late multi millionaire Lau Nai Huat was a young and hardworking rubber tapper he collected rubber scraps besides harvesting rubber latex as early as 3 a.m. in the 50's and 60's.
Whenever he took the motor launch to Sibu it would only be on days when he could sell his rubber sheets.
The first thing he bought was a string of 10 kompia which would be his breakfast and lunch. Kompia during his time was ten for ten cents. After that he would deal with the rubber middle men at Hock Chiong. When business was done he went for his usual movie at Lido or the Rex. Again he would only buy the cheapest of seats in the front.
I can still remember as a child how he with his Fuzhou umbrella would sit alone in the front and enjoy a Huang Mei Tiau movie like "The Beauty and the Kingdom" (Chiang Shan Mei Ren) starring Lin Dai and Chou Lei. He would chew his kompia when he got hungry. Lau never sat in a coffee shop unless his friends invited him. (There is another legend involving this)
He later had big shares in timber and his children and descendants are all over the world every one of them millionaires.
Jasmine tea is well known amongst the Foochows as a cleansing drink. Jasmine tea originated in the Foochow district of the Fujian Province where jasmine flowers grow abundantly and have the best fragrance in the world. Timber workers were provided free Jasmine tea in a huge cask in sawmills. School children were also given free tea by the Headmaster . This practice was very prevalent in the 1950's and 1960's.
According to a local legend a few of the oldest Foochow men and women lived more than 100 years because of their tea drinking practice.
So do have the habit of drinking Jasmine Tea. And we used to say chewing kompia makes one as rich as Lau Nai Huat.