First-off, I would like to say I’m painful seeing so many confusions have been put on me. I didn’t scolding people, burnt somebody’s house nor steal someone’s wealth, but I did an unforgettable mistake in journalism field, in which I have been working for 2 years by now. I love my job. It teaches me a lot, or at least how to write better.
During my internship at PhnomPenhPost newspaper, Lifestyle and 7Days magazine, surely gave me one of the great times in my career, but naturally nothing is perfect, which means mistakes I had made were along the side. Lifestyle is what I always want to write about, and keep my profession in it. Seeing our own byline shines on newspaper is something I am sure every journalist proud of, but at the same time, you have to make sure your story is going on without any controversial or bad impact on any individuals. However, I’m careless enough to make an unintentional mistake happened, which totally almost bring me down to the core.
I once wrote an article about a new trendy beverage in Cambodia ‘Milk Green Tea’ which I personally like drinking it, and feel positive of its side-effects. Yet, the mistake was turned out by the miscommunication between me and my new editor, who just came from British. I sent an article to her, and soon after that I received a mail to clarify about the sources. I unnoticeably sent her back, and didn’t bother ask her why. The next day, I was shock seeing the article I wrote has been completely changed both content and structure. The whole article was totally changed and the content turn out to be something very criticize toward Milk Green Tea. This could have a bad impact on the business and my source, Milk Green Tea’s owner. I went back to her and ask why this thing happened, and she replied, She saw an buried angle inside the article I wrote, so she wanted to make it look more interesting. While she didn’t really know much about Cambodia because she just came for a week or two.
Actually, I was so sad at that time because nothing can be changed as the newspaper published already. I realized its not her fault alone because I found the mistake we both made is miscommunication. If we discussed more about the topic, I’m sure this thing will never ever happened.
This post is to share my experiences between me as a writer with editor. The relationship between writer and editor is quite important than anything else because we both all responsible for the articles we published. I hope reader and other journalists learn from this lesson, and avoid the stupid mistake. Another purpose of the post is to show my SINCERE APOLOGIZE to my source, Milk Green Tea’s owner as the mistake could bring bad impact to his business.
Here is my original writing:
Milk Green Tea in Cambodian Favor
The tradition of drinking tea—inhaling the aromas deeply to savor the flavor of the tea before drinking it—has known as a never-ending beautiful norm for Chinese people at any meeting occasions. And drinking café is the choice for westerners.
While in Cambodia modernity’s case, a new imported drink called ‘milk green tea’ is the choice for many young Cambodian, and makes some teenagers couldn’t let go a day with drinking it.
The sweet or not too sweet taste, depends on the milk added, green tea filled in the long plastic battle has become a trendy beverage for most young Cambodian.
Within a year of the business’s existence in town, from mid 2011, around a dozen of green tea shops (with different branch names) have been opened one after another in the city due to the sharp increased number of drinker.
Most of the shop is designed with natural-inspired decorations, foreign-styled furniture, and confortable seat, which grip the customers mind into a new sense of tasting in term of drinking and seating environment.
Milk Green Tea shop, one of the green tea branches in Phnom Penh, has open four shops—aim to open two more by the end of the year—located nearby high schools and universities drags more than 400 drinkers to one shop each day.
Mam Chanratanak, a 29 year-old shop owner explained that the taste is not original imported. “Though the materials are imported from abroad, but the real flavors in his shop has is what he created by himself. To make drinker long for the taste, I need to create new Cambodia taste for the shop instead of bring the taste from abroad.”
Becoming a milk green tea lover, 18 year-old, American Intercon School student, Lay Kimang drinks milk green tea everyday because she seem to long for the sweet flavor it contains. She would call for the delivery, if she has no friend to go with.
A grade 12 student at Toul Tom Pong high school, Ly Seyha, one of the regular drinker told, “I come here almost everyday and some day I come here twice to drink my favorite shaked-milk green tea. Sometimes, my friends call me to join them chit-chatting or doing homework together because we feel comfortable with the place (environment and seat) plus the price is also reasonable.”
The price for a battle of milk green tea range from $1 to $1.5 dollars is considered to be fine with the customer’s affordability, said Milk Green Tea shop owner.
“I found that it is hard for teenager to find the right place to enjoy beverage while the price is reasonable, because most of Café shop in Cambodia sell in higher price—$2 to $3 per cup—which is a big high for teenager to afford,” Chanratanak added.
For affordability and well-decorating environment makes green tea shop as a popular place where teenager and gathered together and enjoy their new lifestyle, which never happened in city before.
“Most of customers coming to my shop in group. Besides the tasty taste of the drink, they can enjoy the time spent together with their friends by sitting, talking, playing music, and singing. These are what I want to see young Cambodia do for their free time,” said Ratanak.
Despite the criticisms that green tea shops cause students for skipping school and wasting time, some believe it sways students mind from doing others bad things such as criminal and couple dating, which is a concern for parents.
It reminds of the last several years, when bubble tea shop was looming as a place for young couple to date and went beyond the traditional boundaries.
A milk green tea lover, Nhem Viboramey, a Sisowath high school student, told that she has replaced her habit of going to sing karaoke with friends to going to green tea shop. “I find it will be more advantageous when we can sit down, drink a tasty beverage with friend and share any story together than just singing karaoke.”
However, consuming so much milk green tea can cause concerns for those who has diabetic illness, a recommendation from the shop owner.
“For young people, you can drink up to two bottles a day without any side affect because it can compromise with the energy you used, yet for those who has any kind of diabetic can’t eat sweet, you reduce your drinking that kind of beverage,” said Chanratana.
Here is the edited version by editor:
Tea Craze Lures Teens to Skip School
It’s an addiction that has hundreds of young Cambodians flocking to get their fix every day – green tea shops.
Imported “milk green tea”, or green tea milkshakes, bring hundreds of youngsters to shops each day to socialise, prompting accusations that the shops are too much fun, and fuel absence from school.
Within a year of the first branch opening in Phnom Penh in mid 2011, around a dozen specialised green tea shops have popped up in the city, catering to children and young people who are hooked on both the sugary drink and using the shops as a social hub.
Milk Green Tea shop, the main café chain that stocks the US$1 drink, has opened four shops in the city. It aims to open two more by the end of the year.
Located near high schools and universities, some branches draw more than 400 drinkers every day. Some have ditched karaoke for the shops where they can gossip, play music and bring dates.
Chey Vileak, a freshman at Royal University of Phnom Penh said that the cafés have become an important place to socialise.
She said: “The new generation wants to express themselves in groups and in public. In the past few years, they haven’t had anywhere to go apart from the riverside or dating in private places.”
“But I’m not recommending they go to milk green tea shops every day without studying,” she added.
The craze has drawn comparisons with the bubble tea shop fad in 2010 when groups of young people used cafés that sold bubble tea as places to take dates and go beyond traditional sexual boundaries.
It came to an end when officials closed the shops, citing immoral behaviour. Some were accused of doubling as pornography theatres and drug dens.
The latest green tea shops have been subject to complaints that children are skipping school classes to go to the cafés.
Lim Sokly, 26, who works at an NGO, said: “Green tea with milk does taste good – but not good enough to make it worth dragging teenagers there to skip school. Teenagers like following one another. If they see their friends going there, they will be tempted to go too.”
Chan Ratanak, who owns a branch of Milk Green Tea, says the change of lifestyle is a good one. “Most of our customers come to my shop in groups. Besides the taste of the drink, they can enjoy the time spent together with their friends by sitting, talking, playing music, and singing. These are things I want to see young Cambodians doing with their free time,” he said.
The only threat the drink poses, he added, lay in its sugary potency. “For diabetics who can’t eat sweet things, you should reduce your drinking of that kind of beverage.”
Ly Seyha, in grade 12 at Tuol Tom Pong high school, drinks the tea once, if not twice, daily.
She said: “I come here every day. Some days I come here twice just to drink my favourite milk-shake green tea. My friends call me to join them chatting or doing homework together because the environmental is comfortable for us, and the price is reasonable.”
Ratanak said he settled on a cheaper price than other cafés, where drinks can cost $2 a cup – too much for teenagers, he said.
Next, he said, he wants to create the drink himself to sell rather than import it.
“To make drinkers long for the taste, I need to create new Cambodia taste for the shop instead of bringing the taste from abroad.”
13th November, 2012 Lim Meng Y