Please Mr Postman…

The postman came on Saturday morning (the 11th, if I remember correctly) but I was not home at the time, so he left a slip of paper in my letter box asking me to go and collect something at the Sibu General Post Office. It rained that day and by the time my missus noticed it that night, it was already soaking wet so I had to leave it to dry. I went during lunchtime on Monday…but the guy who was supposed to be at the counter had gone off for lunch. Anyway, he came back in a bit and handed over to me my “prize”.

It was my complimentary copy of Quachee’s 50+1 Malaysia book. I have put the word “prize” in quotation marks because everyone who submitted something got a copy, so it would not be a prize in the true sense of the word. As a matter of fact, it was not really a competition per se in the end since everybody got something. Well, actually I had bought a copy of my own already at MPH when I was in Sungai Petani a few months ago at the promotional price of RM19.90, but never mind! Consider it as a small contribution on my part in support of a fellow-blogger. Thanks a lot, Quachee, for the book.

Well, there was a signed letter inside, so a pat on the back for Quachee…

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I hate those “computer-generated letters” that make one feel so insignificant. What’s even better than that is he personally autographed each individual copy of the book…

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…even though his handwriting reminds me of a doctor’s prescription! LOL!!! The book has been reviewed by some newspapers and magazines and it seems to be pretty well-received. Well, I will be very frank and anyway, I have already passed these comments somewhere and Guachee has been gracious enough to accept them and responded very positively that he would take note of them in his future publications.

My first reaction when I saw the book on the shelf at MPH was, “It’s SO small!!!”

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I bought the “Sibu in the making” book a few years ago and I think it was sold at RM50.00. I guess it must have been sponsored by some big shots in town and it was in a way a politically-motivated book and therefore, profit from the sale of the book would not be a top priority. But I think I read somewhere that Quachee’s book will be sold eventually for RM51.00. No doubt the prices of things have escalated like nobody’s business but I feel that is a bit too steep for a small book like that and it’s paperback some more, not hard cover like the Sibu book. After all, there are a number of advertisements in the book, so that should help cover the printing costs.

Now, the book being pocket-size, the photographs inside are very small – some stamp-sized, in fact!

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And the font-size of the print is so small that I found it hard to read it in the hotel where I was staying in Sungai Patani.

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I was only able to browse through it with ease in the aeroplane on my flight home and I noticed something else about the book then. I am not going to elaborate on this as I have mentioned it to Quachee already somewhere that in his future publications, he should get a good English language editor. (I’m available…cheap! Just pay for my air ticket, hotel and meals! LOL!!!)

On the whole, it is a nice and handy book with a whole lot of information about Malaysia and some very nice photographs, small though they may be. For one thing, it contributes towards putting our country in a favourable perspective which is more than what I can say about certain parties around. Good job, Quachee! Do keep it up…and thanks again!

Actually I wanted to give the copy of the book that I had bought to Stella when she was home from Down Under but when the time came, it just slipped my mind so now, I have two copies of the book. Anybody’s birthday coming up? Or perhaps that can be one of my Christmas presents this year. Too bad Kpg Nangka Boy’s already too old to get X’mas presents! ROTFLMAO!!!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

18 thoughts on “Please Mr Postman…”

  1. Perhaps small in size can be very handy when you’re travelling around. I personally prefer small-size book than thick textbook. Hehe! ;p

    Hi! Long time, no see. Welcome back…Yes, it’s very handy and ideal for tourists who would want to know as much about the country in the short time that they are in the country.

    But I usually buy such books for posterity…to keep and cherish as years from now, I can look through and see how much things have changed and how things were in the past. I always buy copies of such books for my brother and his family in NZ lest they forget their roots…

  2. my bday coming up soon! *hint hint*
    but i submitted a post too…em…when’s mine copy here ar? 😛

    Maybe you used ur home address, so it’s sent to Malacca? Well, I’ll let Quachee answer that himself…

  3. teacher, sell ur current copy and keep quachee’s.. Or u can send it to me haha.

    You’re coming home end of year, right? I can pass the copy to you…and you can take back to promote Malaysia to the Canadians. Just donate it to ur uni library…

  4. …wow…the lucky preson who get this is literary gettihg the EXTRA from you. p/s..good idea for you to write local Sibu books la…not the S K lau type..or that should be fun too

    Ah! Ur birthday’s past and u’re too old for Xmas pressies too! Hey! The fella’s dead and gone, yunno! Died in China or something, I heard. If he remember correctly, he did not publish the book. Was in his hard disk and he sent his computer for repair…like Edison Chen!

  5. yea yeah… thats a good idea.. and just for further info ill ask them to log on to!! popular lah u

    Ah yes! Must remember to post stickers here, there and everywhere in the book before I pass to you – “Log on to!” LOL!!!

  6. Oh no… the carpenters… So, has it been takin’ such a long time for you to hear from that girl of yours ? Haha… What is the book about anyway ? You have a potential to become a book critic. Haha

    Girl? What girl? Quechee’s a guy lah! LOL!!!…It’s all about things Malaysian. Critic? No lah…I really do appreciate Quachee’s effort, his sincerity, his spirit and his affection towards our Motherland. For that alone, I will buy the book whatever it may be like.

  7. hehe you prefer big books eh? actually i think small isn’t bad idea though so that i can take it to anywhere when visiting those places mentioned in the book 😛

    joseph read my copy too. i ordered it through maybank2u 🙂

    I’ve already stated my stand in my reply to ingchia’s comment. When people buy a favourite book for their collection, they would want a hard cover copy (even though it’s more expensive than paper back)…and it may be bigger as well. Then they will display it on the shelves with the other books they have.

  8. Don’t know the content..but 50+1 is so so so misleading..50+1 maybe argueable

    Picking on that same bone again! I think there are A LOT more immediate and important things to worry about and work on than that! Like me, it’s not how old I am…but what I am and what I do that matters.

  9. thank you teacher!! haha… but i will ask the consulate of msia whats the best possible way to make full use of it first cause the library here is HUGEE!! so i scared the book will be “left” out and left to thanks again 🙂

    Wah! Go all the way up to the consulate kah? LOL!!! Scary lah!

  10. I must check it out at MPH later. Thanks for the advice on cooking the Dabai. I’m trying it out now.

    Hope you like it. It’s an acquired taste. Some like it, some don’t. Ok, Quachee…you owe me one for the promo!!! 😀

  11. I got a Sibu book few yrs back. My girls don’t read it but I do,(very patriotic)n it is very interesting! Yes,SK did publish the 1st bk, i had a photostat copy translated from mandarin to english but during move to another house, i think have thrown away already! Who knows I may see u again in Dec n bring my two kids to see STP esp my son who is very keen to meet this interesting person!LOL!

    I guess it doesn’t mean anything to them cos they grew up over there and dunno what’s where and who’s who. You’re coming back again in December. Good. My daughter will be home then. Hope it will not be for two nights only!

  12. Haya… If No one to give,give me lo…
    BTW, My handwriting is worse than his…

    Sorry, too late…I’ve promised to give it to Gilbert. But if it’s available here, I can always buy one more…for ur Xmas present. Quachee would like that! LOL!!…So you’re gonna be a doctor?

  13. Yes, I agree it’s a bit small, but then the good thing is you can carry it around. I don’t mind keeping one at home if it’s a hard cover bigger size coffee table book. But in that case, the price won’t be so cheap lah.

    About the handwriting, I’ve seen doctor’s handwriting which are worse than that! Quachee’s handwriting is actually nice, only he need to sign so many books, so have to write fast fast : )

    Re, ur first comment, I think I said that already. As for the handwriting, I was only poking fun at Quachee lah! I would think that kind of handwriting is more manly/masculine, the kind you see on foundation stones of grand buildings…or on cheques that I would not mind receiving. Hahahahahaha!!!!

  14. Stp, ur most welcome.

    Just to add, I actually published a very different book for my first book. It’s a hard cover coffee-table book, no ads, highest print paper and photography, 3 full days of photoshoot, wearing top end designers batiks from award winning designers… and seriously, we give a magnifying glass along with it.

    The magnifying glass is aimed to appreciate the batik designs better, seeing the texture of the cloth and appreciating the book as a whole.

    The title is Batik Inspirations. I don’t think it’s available in East Malaysia, but if you are back in Peninsula, do check that book out 🙂

    The book has been doing quite well in the overseas markets around the region especially like in Indonesia and even Singapore 🙂

    And if I can humbly share – till today, I’ve yet to come across any other local publications or even international that is close to its printing standards… and of such photography standards (and I’m not the only one who say this, but many customers too) 🙂

    Ah! Here it is! I’ve to retrieve ur comment from Akismet spam. Dunno why it got there, maybe too long (but then it never happened to Stella’s comments? Hahahahahahahaha!!! I’m so mean!). I know about ur other book – seen it in ur blog…but I guess I’m not so much into batik. For one thing, even ur 50+1 book is definitely better in the paper quality, printing and so on…AND the binding. The Sibu book is falling apart at the seams already. It was printed by one of the local printers here.

  15. Here u go again,on n on n on! My comments not worth spamming lah!Too crappy!LOL!

    Hahahahahahaha!!!! I’m lovin’ this!

  16. bday in december..haha
    i just bought more books of it was by Mahatma Gandhi..can’t put it down but i have exam papers to mark..Drats!

    Self-discipline! Self-control! Get your priorities right. I had 3 classes English and 3 EST – 120 x 2 = 240 essays plus 120 directed writing plus all the rest to mark in a week or so (every exam), and people wondered how I managed. I wonder too…! Thank goodness I’ve retired!

  17. Never too old to receive xmas presents la… just like its never too old to blog mar.

    Hahahahahaha!!!! Don’t try to turn the tables on me! Little kids don’t blog;they just get presents…and old people the other way round!

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