Archive | February 26, 2012

Can’t help fallin’ in love…

I went here…

Payung Cafe Sibu

…for dinner one night with Huai Bin when he was in town.

They’ve extended the sitting area out a little bit and they have put up some new decor – the umbrellas all the way from Myamar…

Payung extended

…and you can see that they use all kinds of things such as fish traps, rattan baskets, dried palm leaves and so on to create a very unique setting all around. It is so very tastefully and nicely done that one just can’t help but fall in love with the place. Huai Bin said it looked like some place in Bali and he was not the only one who said that. When I came with my auntie and her family once, she also said exactly the same thing.

I love how they use the common flowers that one would find in anybody’s garden and the candles also add to the very pleasant ambiance at the cafe…

Payung table decor

Here, Huai Bin was intrigued by these colourful balls made from folds of cloth hanging all around…

Huai Bin & the hanging balls

That night when we were there, they were playing a repertoire of songs by Julio Iglesias including his hit “Moonlight Lady” and his duet with Dolly Parton – their cover of Diana Ross’ “When you tell me that you love me”…and so many other lovey-dovey songs that I did not know he sang such as “Careless Whisper” , “Can’t help fallin’ in love” and “Right here waiting”. I was waiting for his duet with Willie Nelson – “To all the girls I’ve loved before” or “All of you” with Diana Ross  but they never came by the time we had to call it a day and leave the place. But it did not matter much as I loved all the songs and listening to them in that erotic…oops, I mean exotic setting certainly contributed in no small way towards making the evening extra pleasant.

As we were about to leave, I saw the proprietor, Peter, making the otak-otak – one of my favourites on the menu…

Peter making otak-otak

Some people complained of the absence of air-conditioning and the mosquitoes; I have no compliants – in fact, I like the fact that it is not air-conditioned (more environment-friendly) and as it is quite open and has ceiling fans whirling above our heads at top speed, it really is  quite comfortable there – not hot at all. As for the mosquitoes, I never had that problem…probably because they do not like me and avoid me like a plague due to my high cholesterol content! LOL!!!

One thing’s for sure, I certainly would be back…