IT WAS a small but memorable party to celebrate the 69th birthday of Lee Chiew Kern, affectionately known as Uncle Lee from Onn Loke coffeeshop in Kuala Lumpur.
Some of Lee’s close friends and coffeeshop regulars were on hand to wish him well at the premises.
Lee was pleasantly surprised by the gesture and though he did not give a speech, he made sure everyone had a drink and something to eat.
The celebration started off with a cake-cutting ceremony, followed by dancing, singing and reminiscing about Uncle Lee’s colourful life.
The mastermind behind this surprise party was Cyndi Latreia Yong, 51, Lee’s god-sister who decided to take the lead when Lee’s birthday went by unmarked a few days before.
“He is always humble and puts everyone around him first. He is not a man of words, but action speaks louder than words.
“His actions show that he is a very kind man. So, I decided to show him a little bit of love and appreciation by celebrating his belated birthday, ” said Yong.
Back in 2013, Lee’s business closed after three decades of operation when the original Loke Ann coffeeshop located on Loke Ann Hotel’s ground floor was acquired for the construction of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).
In 2016, he decided to re-establish his business in a small shop near the Lee Lam Thye Wet Market.
The rebranded coffeeshop is located at the alleyway just off Jalan Tun HS Lee and is famous for its smooth coffee, tea and cham — a combination of equal parts coffee and tea.