So much better…

Hi! Meet my ex-student!

THY

He’s attached to a company here but he has been stationed in Borat-land for many years now. Of course, when one is posted overseas, one would be making a whole lot of money – he did not tell me how many millions he already has, all stacked up in his Swiss account though. All he did was to grumble about the 20% he lost as the value of the euro has dropped over the time he has been there.

Another thing that he complained about was the food there…and in his opinion, it is so much better here. He’s currently everybody’s favourite friend as he cooks great dishes to share with them using the A1 Mountain Globe instant curry paste and wee’s satay sauce and everything else that he would bring over from here. I would believe him when he said that he had to buy a new pair of jeans two sizes smaller every time he came home…and you would too if you click the link above and see how round his face was in 2008.

He just had his lasik done in KL on his way back to Sibu to carry out his democratic duty. That explains the  sunglasses indoors…and since he had to stick around cool, air-conditioned places, not dusty and no bright sunlight, I took him to this megamall here in Sibu…

GMM

…where the Giant Hypermart is located. It was a hot afternoon and everyone had parked their cars in the spacious shaded car park behind the building – parking is free, so why not?

The moment he saw the outlet of our own Sarawak franchise there, right away he  said that he wanted to go there as there are no fast food places where he is working – none of those popular international franchises, nothing. He did not eat much though. He ordered the fish burger that I just had a few days earlier

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…and insisted on sharing half of it with me.

I wanted this…

SB waffle with ice cream

…but I was told that they did not have it there and I would have to go to the Pedada branch, if I wanted that. The Pedada branch? They have that there? The last time I had ice cream there, they did not serve their own – only those that we can buy in tubs at any supermarket in town. Well, that was way back in 2009 – they probably have it now.

In the end, we just ordered their soft ice cream, vanilla (RM1.50 each) – cone…

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…and I must say that I liked it very much – very nice and creamy with its rich milky flavour and definitely much nicer than  what I had here.

Well, my ex-student probably liked it a lot, so much so that he went and ordered another one – the vanilla-chocolate mix…

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Hmmmm…we walked around the mall and he bought some kaya balls to eat as we were walking around there…and then, I took him to the shops near my house for him to stock up on the curry paste and satay sauce to take back…and he bought some apam balik/ban chien kueh from a stall in the vicinity to eat as well. Hmmmmm…I wonder if that is the secret to slimming down – eat a bit of everything at regular intervals instead of eating square meals at regular meal times in the day.

Well, it certainly was sweet of him to contact me while he was home and get me out of the house to spend some time together before he went back – thanks so much for that. Do keep in touch and we’ll do this again the next time you come home.

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20 thoughts on “So much better…

  1. WHAT!!!

    no mcd no kfc in Kazakhstan. OMG.

    but then i think back, i survived four years in Bint-ulu with no McD as well!

    Well, you had Sugar Bun there even though without its current new image, it may not be so impressive then but the food was cheap and nice…and I’m sure there was KFC too. Something is better than nothing, count our blessings.

  2. Oooo….the vanilla ice cream is so tempting! Your friend is very lean and he can afford to eat more :)

    He was much bigger before he went over…but I think he looks better this way, fitter! Ya, the ice cream sure is good – worth having when one feels like having some.

  3. Nice! I bet he learned about Wee’s Satay Sauce & A1 from your blog like I did. Anybody who follows your advice is bound to be a culinary king!

    Ya…and now they are known in the US and also in Kazakhstan! LOL!!! :D

  4. Your ex-student looks cool!! You must be a very distinguished teacher.. seems like a lot of students love to come by to visit you…. well, as you said, it goes round.. :)

    Not many, only a handful will bother to stay in touch…much less drop by to see me when they’re back in Sibu. Sobsssss!!!! :(

  5. Sugar Bun ice cream, rite??. In Kuching, I like the Sunny Hill ice cream. Won’t be surprised if A1 Curry Paste and satay sauce out of stock in Sibu, hehehe!!!… Send my regards and Happy Mother’s Day to your missus. Cheers!!!….

    Haven’t had Sunny Hill for years and years. Used to cycle there to eat – in the 70’s and it seemed sooooo far! Satay sauce, not easy to get here…and the A1 paste, very often sold out…but new stock will appear very quickly, not really a problem.

  6. This is so sweet, you must be a great teacher for them so that they will come to see their teacher!!! =]

    No, they’re great students – the very few that will take some time to come and see me when they’re back in Sibu. Few, very very few…unfortunately. :(

  7. You must be a great teacher to him. He still contacted and keep in to touch with you after leaving school and you had also retired.

    He’s a good guy, shows a bit of appreciation. Was weak at English when I was teaching him, very weak – from Chinese primary school…and of course, I would give him a hard time. Now, it’s the only language he uses…most of the time and he’s so proficient in it, unlike during his school days.

  8. ooo, i’d like to taste some recipes from kazakhstan :D and yay for students who keep in touch with their teachers (and vice versa). i’m sorry to say i lost touch with all my schoolteachers in malacca…

    So, I can say that I’m a little bit better off than your teachers. At least a handful of mine will come and say hello…sometimes.

  9. aiyo….no fast food over there ah……hmm…means cannot lazy lor…have to cook or eat proper meal

    I understand the local cuisine is not very nice, to put it nicely…and the pork stinks big time. Hehehehehe!!!!

  10. Number 1 teacher ! Lots of respect :)

    Good Afternoon sir, have a nice weekend!

    Same to you, and a Happy Mother’s Day to your missus – 1st time celebrating.

  11. now i’m craving for sunny hill ice cream and sugarbun broasted chicken after reading this post but I only can do this after work .. huhuhu..

    *jealous* I always forget to drop by Sunny Hill when in Kuching… :(

  12. those type of ice cream reminds me so much about my first job!
    anyway still that fish burger looks great

    You worked at a fast food joint or an ice cream parlour? Ya, the fish burger’s good.

  13. New name to me Boratland!!! Did you invent this word? That country is so faraway from here. Recently I was googling at that country as I am planning to visit Urumqi and Dunhuang nearby in near future.

    It is nice when old students show up again. I see that from my wife’s ex students who still keep in touch.

    Borat – the guy in that popular movie – came from that place mah.

  14. Wow how old is your student man? And how old was he went you taught him? Could tell that you were (still are) a very popular teacher!

    He’s 35. Taught him in Forms 4 & 5…around Sec 3 & 4, your side…around 17 years old when I taught him, half his present age. I would say I got along well with my students but unfortunately, not many remember…just a sprinkling of them. :(

  15. I love hearing about your students! So exciting you get to spend time with them after they have moved on, too!

    Just a sprinkling of them will bother to do that, unfortunately. :( But I guess that’s better than none. ;)

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