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3) A story about Tiger in a little Jar


This 1-inch diameter Jar clawing with tiger doesn’t harm you, it doesn’t make any complaint until your muscle is yelling or nose is blocking.  It becomes a tiger that eases your pain and calms your vein.

The Jar captures an insight story about Assiduousness, a story about two brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, whom took over the business from their herbalist father, Aw Chu Kin in the 1870s. They founded “Tiger Balm Gardens” in 1930, one in Singapore (the well known Haw Par Villa), and the other in Hong Kong.  During the olden days, Haw Par Villa is a must visit mythology theme park for family outdoor event during weekends or public holidays.  The Chinese mythology figures are good means of teaching traditional Chinese values.

Aw Boon “Haw” literally meant “Tiger” in Chinese and Aw Boon “Par” literally translated as “Leopard”, and this infamous story of Tiger and Leopard is legendary worldwide.
The Aw families with enormous fame overseas has done benevolent contributions to society with this huge garden, till now admission is free for all.

Tiger-balm-s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, 3d product designer and visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

44 thoughts on “3) A story about Tiger in a little Jar

  1. Thank you for sharing the story. I believe the garden in hk is gone now. Also I heard that a heiress of the family has made the tiger balm well known worldwide. It is now accepted in many American families. ..I think after they have made an ad using a famous sports person.

  2. I bought some of theis when I was in Singapore. i must just remember to use it. :)

  3. Tiger Balm is great. I had no idea about the origins. Yes, it is now used here in America as well. Thank you for the great story!

  4. The balm is evil!!!
    I have a sad story about that balm and me.
    Nice to know about its origins tho.

  5. Interesting to know about it. I bought it in Thailand and loved it, none left now , shame!

    • if you keen to know more about it, you can google search them, I am just a Ambassador to show case the tiny side of Singapore, they are many more…..have a good day! – remember AddGrainOnEarth

  6. i have two jars in my work bag! it keeps me sane during crazy, stressful days, thank u Tiger! :)

  7. I can’t live without this stuff. It’s the only thing that keeps away the awful mosquities in Sicily and stops them itching if they do bite! But they don’t sell it here, so I have to buy it online.
    I loved the photos in your post. I remember going to that park with my Singaporean ex boyfriend. Remember to say hello to him if you meet him there!!!

  8. So cool to hear this story, history of Tiger Balm. My doctor told me to buy it a while back. It works… thanks for the background story. :D

  9. soooo relaxing music , and nice information.

  10. I love this stuff! It really works wonders!

  11. It is great stuff – the white one the best! Fascinating story.

  12. Reading your story reminded me that I still have a jar in my medicine box :)

  13. Thanks for the post! Reading or hearing about Haw Par Villa always bring a smile and memories back; it’s part of my childhood over 3 decades ago. There used to be a kampung right behind it where an aunt and her family lived, so me and my family would visit quite a few times a year.

    And ‘the tiger in a jar’, I always have one in my bag. Its size makes it so convenient to carry around :-)

  14. I’ve used Tiger Balm my entire life, without knowing the history behind it. Thank you so much for sharing this intriguing story!

  15. I have used tiger balm and it works.

  16. I use Tiger Balm – it’s great!

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