Survival of the fittest…

My friend, who is currently working in the peninsula, stopped by in Sibu on his way home to Sarikei. He was a blogger a long time ago and I only met him once when he and a number of other bloggers, including peteformation, dropped by the hotel to see me when I was in KL and we all went for brunch together. Nope, all of them are no longer active – I am the sole survivor since that time in May, 2009. We still keep in touch via Facebook though and when he said he would be here in transit, I offered to pick him up upon arrival at the airport in Sibu and no prize for guessing where I took him

RTM Cafe kampua noodles

…for that special kampua welcome home!

Look at that gleam of delight on his face…

AT RTM Cafe

…just as he was about to dig into his much-longed-for bowl of kampua noodles! LOL!!!

I decided to try their fried hung ngang – the bigger version of the bihun (rice vermicelli)…

RTM Cafe friend hung ngang

- without meat so as you can see in the photo, they added those tiny shrimps and egg instead. It was nice but I think it would be nicer if I had that with belacan (dried prawn paste) like the noodles I had there not too long ago.

It sure was nice seeing an old friend again after all this time – we certainly had a lot of catching up to do and after that brief brunch stop, I dropped him off at the Sibu Bus Terminal to catch his bus back to Sarikei.

And talking about survivors, we have all kinds of things growing in our garden, some planted by my missus and some simply sprouted by themselves. We do water them quite regularly and once in a while, we would do a bit of weeding…and despite the state of neglect, many have managed to survive. One of them would be this potted plant of leaves with a sharp spiky end…

Seed or fruit

It flowers sometimes – not very nice flowers, white with some thin long petals but pure and white as snow…

Flower

The other day, however, I spotted this…for the first time ever! Now, was it a seed or a fruit? I wouldn’t know but it looked like a miniature peach. Somebody was saying that occasions when something like this would appear would be very very rare and insisted that it was an indication of a forthcoming windfall…but unfortunately, to date, that is all it is – forthcoming! Sobssss!!!!

Anyway, back to my friend, thanks for stopping by and do come again. Perhaps the next time around, you can stay a little longer so that I would be able to take you around to enjoy the best that this little town has to offer. Cheers!

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24 thoughts on “Survival of the fittest…

  1. I am eyeing on that plate of fried bee hoon….

    That’s called hung ngang here, the big bihun…and wait till you have tried the kampua – you will not be eyeing any other ever again. I’m only having those as I need something different to blog about. Poor me!

  2. Haha, laughing at your sentence ~ I am the sole survivor….. I also hope I can keep my blog going and not just “3 minutes hot”.. Hah, I knew you would take him for kampua.. I can eat a big bowl too!

    Many have fallen along the way. If you look at my early posts, you will see all the unfamiliar names. Ya, anyone dropping by Sibu must have their taste of kampua to start the ball rolling…

  3. Owh, kampua again!!!…that bowl of kampua certainly tempts me. Fried hung ngang looks nice too. Any smell from the flower?

    Nope, no smell. My favourite kampua in town…and the fried stuff isn’t too bad either.

  4. We are the survivors! hahahaa.. Started in January 2008, I can remember a few regulars pretty well… too bad they are no more in blogging… good to keep in touch with them…

    Yes, we still keep in touch, usually via Facebook. Friends forever.

  5. you are indeed the sole survivor.. hehe, am always in awe of your tenacity to continue blogging daily without fail. ^^

    Can’t say it’s not a struggle at times… ;)

  6. The title of your post reminds me of this song… bet you know which one 😉
    “I am a survivor,
    I’m not gonna give up,
    I’m not gonna stop,
    I will work harder..”

    Not easy to maintain a blog.. guess one must be passionate and sincere in what goes into the blog. If one does it for monetary reason, sooner or later blogging will become a chore, I guess. Or takut hangat-hangat tahi ayam :(

    Is that Destiny’s Child? Dunno the lyrics.

  7. oh, i am one who loves the hung ngang.. be it soup or dry or stir fry, i just love the texture.. but then i never know it has this proper name, i always refer it to “thick bee hoon”, haha~~ :p

    Hung ngang is Foochow.

  8. I’ve never heard of Hung ngang before.. interesting name for thick bihun noodles. As for your windfall, who knows it might come in another form (instead of $$)? Hehe

    I dunno if it’s the same as what the Malays call laksa – what they use for Penang asam laksa.

  9. That is an unusual plant. Have not seen it before. The flower does not seem to go with the plant if you know what I mean. It looks more like a periwinkle.

    Periwinkles are nicer…broader petals.

  10. They say the same thing about cactus… if it flowers, then u r in for a windfall sometime soon.

    Oh? My cousin in Miri has two – both flowering! Will share the photo on Facebook soon.

  11. somehow your photos of the plants and musings made me fondly recall the lyrics of the bette midler song: Just remember in the winter
    Far beneath the bitter snows
    Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
    In the spring becomes the rose. :D

    One of my karaoke favourites – The Rose. Wahhhh!!!! You’re so sentimental kah? LOL!!!

  12. sole survivor !!! hahahahaha… i almost gave up blogging too at one time.. but glad that I didn’t cos I still love blogging more than to facebook O.O

    argh.. you make me crave for hungan neh !!!

    No problem. Lots in Kuching. Ya…keep blogging!

  13. Nice plant! Don’t think I’ve seen this kinda flower before…

    I’ve seen the flowers before but first time seeing the fruit/seed.

  14. LOVE the facial expression :)

    Also…really enjoyed seeing some plants featured in this blog post, too! Keep ‘em comin’!!!

    Yes, very cute boy, a natural. Ummm….I don’t have that many plants around the house, I’m afraid… :D

  15. The little flower is so cute, reminds me of every morning see my mom’s orchids will delighted my whole day!!!

    I just got home from Miri last night. Went out to water the plants this morning and saw TWO of the flowers. :)

  16. JIMMY!!! that’s someone i know from sarikei..
    ask him tapao some kampua back to peninsular la…..
    mengidam ni!!!

    You do? Now I wonder which Rose you are. Too late, I think he has gone back already. Just here for the weekend, his father’s birthday.

  17. I have no idea what that is but it sure looks like a miniature peach!

    It looks good and maybe it’ll bring good fortune in the long run! Don’t step on it. ;)

    Hopefully! Hopefully! Let us pray! ;)

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