"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Here Comes The "Kok Kok" Candy Man!

I've had just enough time to...   taste the Kok Kok Candy Man's sweet again.

Taken in Jonker Street in Malacca, Malaysia.

We heard him before we saw him. “Kok Kok! Kok Kok!” We rushed out of the house to the back lane to greet the arrival of the Candy Man.

Riding somewhat unsteadily in his old bicycle, the old man weaved his way to where his young customers were eagerly waiting. He usually arrived in late afternoon but the days when he arrived did not fit any regular pattern. Maybe it was because in those days, only the children of the rich has pocket money and if he came around too regularly, there will not be enough paying customers. He needed to space out his visits for them to save enough dimes to pay for his sweet.

When he got off his bicycle and parked it, the cover of a large round aluminium tray secured at the back was lifted displaying a single large piece of candy filling almost the whole tray except for those edges that had been chipped away. With two pieces of metal, he will strike the one shaped like a wedge with the other that looked like a hammer producing sharp metallic sound “kok kok! Kok kok!” Even those of us who could not afford to buy will crowd round him to watch. Sometimes, one of our richer friends may give us a small piece and make our day. But more often, we were taunted and had to swallow our saliva instead.

The candy man disappeared from the scene as the country modernised. We thought him extinct for a long while. But there is a revival of interests in traditional snacks and we found him again after all these years. And every time I hear that “kok kok” sound, it reminded me of my youth in a bitter sweet way.


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    I was pleased when I first saw this old man plying his trade in the famous Jonker Street in historic Malacca. For a trade I thought long vanished is still being carried out there. Though for how long, I wonder. He is quite old and I wonder if there will be someone to take over. Every time I hear that "kok kok", sound ; it brought back memories when we were young and poor. And even a small piece of the candy can sweeten our days.

    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "

    All the best for a wonderful Easter.

    What a shame if this becomes a lost art.

    Wonderful!! Happy Easter!

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    That must be hard candy, great shot of this sweet man!
    Happy Easter! ours is next Sunday:-)

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    Love this photo and the history behind it. How often do we look and never see the world which is right in front of eyes? Thank you for sharing this story and a bit of history behind it.

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    Very interesting capture!

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    Great story.
    This looks very delicious. :)
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    Lovely story you tell of the Candy Man. Brought recollection of the many who plied their different trades in the street when I was a child growing up in the UK. A rare sight these days ...except perhaps for the icecream truck. Did you mean you were literally in TO participating in the Occupy March? Hope you've enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend.
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    nice shot!

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    I like these candy! Thou-San
    I remember eating them when I was a child! :o)
    Happy Easter Monday and great week ahead!

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