Krimper, a cafe hidden away in nondescript Guildford Lane in Melbourne, is owned by Malaysian-born architect Mun Soon.
When we arrived for lunch recently, it had a lively buzz going. Opened in June 2013, the cafe has already earned a reputation for being a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. It serves contemporary Australian fare.
Tucked into a building which has had many past lives from a sawmill to a cabinet factory, Krimper’s industrial past is evident everywhere. An old lift car sits in the middle of the space, and tables are made out of an old stairway with old chairs pressed into service again.
It is a beauty.
The name? Krimper is a famous Australian furniture designer whose signature sideboard takes pride of place.
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Every year, another wave of Malaysians moves away, drawn by school, work or love. Or for the freedom to be who they want to be. They go to Singapore, Australia, Europe and the US, and increasingly to less traditional destinations – China, Indonesia, South Africa.
And every year, a few swim against the tide and return.
This is a small attempt at stripping away the judgement, getting the diaspora talking.
After all, a Malaysian in Milan, Miami or….(fill in the blanks) is still a Malaysian at heart.