It’s all coming back to me now…

Saturday was a good day for me. I received an email from Yan. She was trying to get my telephone contact, so we could arrange to meet because she wanted to give me some things. I responded and it was agreed that I would wait for her at the centre where I teach after my lesson that day. Her daughter is in my SPM English language 1119 tuition class. Now what goodies did she have in store for me? She made me this cheesecake…

Yan's cheese cake

…and these banana muffins…

Yan's banana muffins

I have not eaten the cheesecake yet but I’ve started with the muffins. They are very nice and crusty with a hint of banana flavour and a sprinkling of crushed hazelnut…and they are low on sugar, so it is perfectly okay if I feast on them all by myself! LOL!!!

Yan was being very modest and kept saying that they were not nice and definitely not as nice as Marcus’. Well, for one thing, Marcus is a professional and for another, anything that is given out of sincerity of heart is superior to all that money can buy (Maybe Changyi will not agree with me on this regarding freebies? LOL!!!). And what most certainly made my day was when she stepped out of the car, probably seeing me for the first time, she remarked, “You look so young!” Ooooo….thank you, thank you, Yan! Now I am constantly smiling in my sleep. ROTFLMAO!!!

And that was not all. Mackie, a former student to whom I had taught English when he was in Forms 4 and 5, was back in town. He comments on my posts occasionally. He had contacted me when he was still in KL to let me know that dates and he would like to take me out to dinner. So it came to be that we went out for dinner on Saturday night, Mackie and I…

Mackie @ Ruby

He had expressed his desire to go to the Ruby Restaurant here in Sibu to try all those delicious dishes that I had been promoting in my earlier posts, so Ruby it was. We had a couple of “new” dishes, including this crab meat soup…

Sibu's Ruby crab meat soup

…and this Thai-style midin salad…

Sibu's Ruby Thai-style midin salad

Both these dishes were nice and worth having, but I think next time, I would let the waitress doing the serving know that I would like a little less black vinegar in the soup for it drowned out whatever taste the soup might have. The midin was done the same way one prepares mango salad, and it could do with a bit more ingredients in order that it could have a stronger kick.

Mackie took a bite at this mayonnaise lamb and said, “Ooo…this is nice!”

Sibu's Ruby mayonnaise lamb

…and he loved the butter scotch prawn balls too!

Sibu's Ruby butter scotch prawn balls

He wanted to eat those vegetables that he “had not eaten for a long time” – those not available in KL, so we also had fried cangkuk manis with egg and another signature dish of the house – pandan chicken…

Sibu's Ruby pandan chicken

He did not pass any comment on it, probably because it should be available in any Thai restaurant and perhaps they have nicer, more authentic ones over there.

There were three of us, in fact. Mackie’s old friend, Jude, was home for the weekend and joined us for the dinner.

Jude @ Ruby

Jude is the elder brother of Clement who sometimes comments in my blog. All that came up to RM55.00 inclusive of rice and drinks, so I think that should make it around RM15.00 per head for the food alone. I would think it was pretty reasonable. What do you all think?

Well, thanks a lot, Mackie, for the dinner. It was nice seeing you again after all these years…and thanks to you too, Yan, for the cakes and all the best to your sweet girl in her coming SPM Examination.