spending half a day at Batik & Latte Art

If you are planning for a place to keep your engineers away from technologies for a few hours, I know just where you need to bring them.

The Green Tomato Cafe

Well, I will be honest: making latte art is hard. It looks much easier than it is to be done. Would-be baristas are very often deterred by a couple of crappy latte pours, and the truth is, you don’t just get better at it overnight.

The Green Tomato Cafe has just what you need to know about basic latte art. Who would believe such greenery space like this existed in Kuala Lumpur.

Owned and run by Emilia herself, a local Chinese lady, she welcomed us in her traditional Chinese attire, Cheongsam.

Emilia did the milk frothing and steaming demo and taught us how to create floral patterns using a small wooden pick.

The latte art seems to be a great idea to get us all ‘wide-awaked’ for waking up as early as 8ish that weekend.

The package for latte art comes together with a set of coffee and muffin. The cafe also welcome those who would just like to drop by for a quick lunch.

They have all day breakfast menu along with pastries and desserts.

My Batik Workshop

After the latte art, we headed for the batik workshop.

Emilia shared with us a short history about Batik and explained to us the importance of batik wax stamping.

Her staff showed a demo on how batik wax stamping is done. Batik stamping acts as an outline of the drawing to avoid colours mix during the painting.

One of us were given a chance to do the batik wax stamping.

Then, we were seated at a long table that she has set up for us.
We were given:
Primary colours of blue, red and yellow
Painting brushes
Batik cloth
A small cup of water
There’s also a white card for us to mix and match the given primary colours to create more colours of their choice.

Our people so engrossed with the colouring. It was interesting to see our peoples’ reaction towards the batik colouring.
Some took longer time testing the colour mixed before putting on the brush on their batik canvas. Some just don’t care on how they swirled their brush.

There was some point when you can only hear the fans’ spinning because everyone was so focused with their colouring. It looked like we managed to keep the engineers away from technology and closer to the traditional and cultural therapy for once in a while.

Once done, we dried out our painting under the sun.

We have the gentlemen who are willing to sunbathing while watching over the painting.

The Fun Part

While waiting for the painting to dry, the greenery landscape turned out to be a good spot for photographers.

Some photographer could be useful for posers too.

Jeannie and I could not be happier than having us both together in same pictures.

It was so much fun getting the right pose with this lady next to me. We could laugh just about everything.

The staff took some of the painting and used the hair dryers (that is the trick to dry the batik faster) to dry and pack it for us.

We all left with a piece of our self-made art, refreshing latte, a piece of the certificate as a memento and of course with a big smile.

The half a day spent in a 40,000 square feet garden in a heart of Kuala Lumpur was not a bad idea at all. One thing about the weekends’ event that we had, it brought us all to socialise across the team and the art had allowed us to be ourselves.

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