Coffee shops in Geylang have recently seen a new trend emerging in recent months - open-air massages as other patrons eat and drink
Leaning shirtless against the chair, the middle-aged man groaned and moaned as his masseuse used her elbows to knead his back, which was smeared with oil.
Across the white plastic table, his "kopi kakis", who also looked to be in their 50s, continued drinking and chatting loudly, oblivious to their partner's back rub.
Welcome to mobile massage, Geylang style.
The New Paper learnt of the trend and visited a coffee shop along Geylang Lorong 11 two Mondays ago at about 9pm.
We spotted three women, who looked to be in their 30s to 40s, busy kneading tired knots out of their topless male clients.
Fifteen to 30 minutes later, the sessions ended and the women moved on to the next table, looking for new clients. They also appeared organised, spacing themselves about 10 tables apart as they went about their business.
Once the deal was agreed, the client removed his shirt before leaning his head on the table as the masseused smears aromatic massage oil on his back and proceeded to rub him down.
Everything was kept to waist up.
In the meantime, kopi aunties manoeuvred around the masseuse and her client, their movements smooth as dancers, as they expertly balanced the trays laden with drinks.
Although the men receiving the massage may welcome the service, some residents in the area are not happy with the public offering.
A TNP reader said that such public massages first appeared about three months ago.