Award-winning poet Mong-Lan performed yesterday in the intimate space of Indie Scene Cafe.
We kicked off and ended with a few open mic readers:, Jasmine Low (below), KG, Sharanya, and meself ('cos i knew Jasmine wouldn't let me run away from it again!).
While Antonio Banderas look-alike flamenco guitarist Nick Razman strummed chords to capture the duende of the poems, Mong Lan read from her two collections Song of the Cicadas and Why is the Edge Always Windy ... and a series of love poems to cafe au lait, green tea, spinach, red chilli and taufu!
I had told the audience about Mong-Lan's expertise in the tango, and how she wowed the crowds by dancing at Ubud Festival. Now since Nick doesn't play tango, Jasmine asked "Can you dance flamenco for us?" And you know, she did just that!
After the performance I went to have dinner with Mong-Lan and husband Joe. We went exploring for a little local colour and found it plentifully in Jalan Alor. The seafood was excellent
and Mong-Lan fell in love with yet another dish: kangkung belachan. Expect a poem about it soon!
I was admiring Joe's artistic tie, and it turnss out that Mong-Lan hand paints all his ties!
I recorded Mong-Lan's poem Overhearing Water from her second collection so even if you weren't there, you can have a little taste!
P.S. Don't forget to check the Doppelganger website for news of more events organised by Jasmine.