SINGAPORE – Looming black clouds and the threat of a downpour did not hit the enthusiasm of hundreds of people waiting at Singapore's biggest bubble tea on Tuesday (April 30).
Housewife Carol Tan, 40, was the end of the line with her five-year-old daughter.
"My daughter loves bubble tea, especially the pearls. She's a bigger bubble tea fan than me," said Ms Tan, who made her way to the bustling One Raffles Place after picking her daughter up from school.
Glenys Yin Consultant, 26, who is in the queue for close to an hour, said bubble tea with "go-to" drink in the humid weather.
The National Bubble Tea Day event was staged by Gong Cha chain tea and Deliveroo food delivery service, which joined forces to dispense free drinks from a 3.5m-tall bubble tea cup.
Singaporeans ordered 385,000 cups of bubble tea on Deliveroo in 2018, the firm noted.
Around 5,000 cups were given at Tuesday's day-long event while the first 450 people in the queue received free reusable foldable cups.
And everyone who received a drink was given a bamboo straw in a gesture to the environment.
The Early Arrivals Included Mr. Tan Kiat Ann, a senior manager at Joey, 24, and Joelle, 21.
"We share the same love for a drink and it's a good time to get together," said Mr Tan, who added his family tea bubble at least once a week.