Sunday, October 30, 2005

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery

Having attempted to pull an all-nighter to get Bible study prepped, I awoke abruptly at 7am to discover the light still on, my face in an open Bible and a very stiff hand still clutching a pen. Probably not what was meant by "fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads" (Deuteronomy 11:18).

Refreshed from the unexpected sleep, happily polished the study up, rounded up the Usual Suspects and rattled off to Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, a childhood hangout after organ lessons at the nearby Yamaha, for kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs.

CMC is well-known for its kaya. The kaya is made on the premises, in the back, in small vats.

The props kept getting eaten.

CMC Confectionery is at the junction of East Coast and Chapel Road, an egg's throw away from the famous Katong Antique House

and cross the lane from the Church of the Holy Family.

A good friend of mine became the priest there and the Usual Suspects were plotting evil things to say to him in the confession box. Fortunately, he's safe(?) on sabbathical in New York furthering his theological studies. And he's probably got enough to deal with in his own church: I was chatting with a jazz singer after her rather erratic gig and found out she went to Holy Family.

"Father ___ ? Oh. I luuuurrrvvvve him. I keep asking him to marry me."

Somehow, following a certain line of French literature (bearing in mind their very Catholic culture), men of the cloth and nuns always seem to incur the barely-bridled lust of the opposite sex. It could be the effect of power and charisma on the parishioners, or the perceived pureness that must be sullied, or the mistaking of good counselling skills for love.

It's not surprising to find that many Bible colleges include a compulsory course on the unique temptations in ministry. There is no sin that is not known to man, and no one is "safe" anywhere of course (even a hermit in the desert), so we live in a community and continue to remind and encourage each other to live godly lives whilst still in the flesh amongst other people still in the flesh, in the sinful world.

Chin Mee Chin Confectionery
204 East Coast Road
8.30am - 5pm, closed on Monday
It's apparently good for cream horns, custard puffs, swiss rolls and sugee cake too. No wonder my priest friend next door was being gifted with girth.


At November 07, 2005 9:30 am , Anonymous hamster said...

I don't know whether to thank you or sigh... Wife and I saw a presentation on this place on TV some time back and her dad will love it. We forgot the location though.

And now... it's time to put on another few kilos... *SOB*

At January 19, 2009 11:38 am , Anonymous Sai said...


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