The greatest love of all…

Teachers' Day

This poem is dedicated to all teachers…by profession and by obligation (parents included).



You take a piece of clay

And slowly fashion it day by day

Your fingers press it and press it still

It moves and it yields to your will


You add a touch of kindness, a touch of care

And you listen with your heart each passing day

You look beyond what it then appears to be

At the feelings, the dreams, the destiny


You take a piece of clay

And patiently shape it day by day

You handle it patiently with your tender touch

Nurturing the dreams that mean so much


You reveal what is right and what is wrong

You teach how it is to be steadfast and strong

You inspire values of respect and loyalty

To make it what you hope it one day will be


You take a piece of clay

And gently mould it day by day

You instil feelings of love in it

In all that you do, gradually bit by bit


And when you come upon it as the years fly by

You will look at it with a smile and a sigh

For the form you have given still it will show

And you know that you can change it no more



STP and students

The graphic above is taken from a special post dedicated to me by an old blogger-friend on Teachers’ Day 2006.

I can’t help it…

Many people are going to hate me…and Clare, the Glutton Queen is already suggesting that I should amend the name to “Still hungry after all these years…” but I couldn’t help it if I had a last-minute invitation to dinner, could I? And I can’t help it either if I have this urge to post the photos so that I  can share them with everyone…

The first dish was a hot-cold combination dish with lobster salad, some steamed stuff and some deep-fried rolls…and it all came in a ship…

The Ship

Very nice!!! After that, we had THE soup which I shall not name here for fear of being attacked by certain groups! LOL!!! Anyway, I accidentally deleted the photo while trying to email it…as somebody was talking to me! You know lah…when you’re old, multi-tasking can be a pain!!! And after the soup, we had steamed fish…or perhaps we should call it steaming fish;as you can see, it was served steaming hot!…..

Steamed fish

They had the bawal putih (white pomfret) done in 3 different ways – steamed, fried coated strips of the fish…and one more but I don’t know how the fish fillet’s done. It was all right but I thought for the amount of money they paid (RM400, inclusive of drinks), we should be getting imported cod or snowfish! Then came the pork dish…

Braised pork ribs and crackle

That’s peppery braised pork ribs on one side and the crackle of roast pork on the other, served with baked man tao (buns). Absolutely delicious but I had to resist the strong temptation and restrict myself to one serving only cos all that fat isn’t that good. This was followed by the sea cucumber, meat balls and abalone combination…
Sea cucumber meatballs

It was pretty good but by then, I was about to explode already…but as they say, they always save the best for last!!! And for that, we had the baked cheese prawns…
Baked cheese prawns

I would give this dish a 10 out of 10! It was heavenly!!! Ooo…I can still feel the taste on my tongue…Drool! Drool! ROTFLMAO!!!! But I’ve a bone to pick regarding this!!! Each person got only half a prawn, believe it or not!!! Just half a prawn!!!! It left me craving for more…more…and more!!! I’m going back there to tapau and this time, I’ll eat it all by myself!!! LOL!!!

Well, for dessert, we had the usual plate of fruits (I didn’t take the photo! I’m sure you all know what a plate of pomelo, honeydew melon, pineapple and so on looks like!!!) and this plate of or-nee (yam paste) served on glutinous or sticky rice.  It was good though a bit too sweet!
Yam sticky rice dessert

So what do you all think? RM400 inclusive of drinks? Cheap or not? And if you get married here, the standard ang pow rate is RM50 per person, so you can still make a profit of RM10…or maybe you can opt for the RM350 table! No? What about the RM300 table then and you can make RM20 profit out of each guest you invite? Gee!!! Isn’t that good? Getting married here is a profitable business enterprise!!! But when Clare gets married, I’ll just give RM25 as I’ve retired and I’m now drawing a pension – half pay only!!! OK, Clare? Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!