Sacrifice…

I’m sure every parent – father or mother – possesses strong paternal or maternal instincts and whatever they do, they will always think of their child(ren) first.

This actually happened when I was still back home in Sibu, that is before I came over to Penang to spend my daughter’s one-week break with her here. One fine day, I told myself that perhaps I should go and get myself a cheap digital camera…and since I’m not into photography nor is this a photo blog, as long as it could take some decently-presentable photographs, that would be good enough for me. So off I went to this studio opposite the school where I used to teach. I always went there before to develop the photographs for the school magazine.

The guy took out one Nikon, selling for RM550 and started to show me how to take photographs with it and then, he took out this one

Digital 1

…a Canon IXUS 95IS and he went through the same routine. I was impressed by the superior quality of the photographs taken compared to the other camera and the colours were so much more vibrant and beautiful. Why, I could even press the shutter while shaking the camera and the photo would come out absolutely clear. It came with a very nice pouch…

Digital 2

…and when the man told me that there were other colours available, I declined politely as green is my daughter’s favourite colour. Wait a minute! What has my daughter got to do with it?

Somehow it seemed that the fact that I went there to get myself a digital camera had slipped my mind…and I was thinking that it was a good camera and I should get it for her. After all, she would be leaving for Wellington, New Zealand next year…and with this better camera, she would be able to take much nicer photos there.

So, in the end, I bought the camera…

Digital 3

…for my daughter. Actually, she’ll be 20 on the 17th of next month (September) and once again, she’ll be celebrating the occasion on her own in Sungai Petani, so I thought I could give it to her for her birthday present – a little bit in advance.

As for me, I can always use her old camera – the one that I bought for her in June, 2007 for around RM700.00…before she left home to further her studies. In fact, it’s as good as new…

Digital 4

…and is certainly good enough for me.

I miss you…

Here I am, still in Penang…relaxing in my hotel room and enjoying the breathtaking view from my window…

Cititel seaview

…and indulging in all the delicious food all around. But, the other day, I suddenly realised that we had not had rice for a number of days and I was beginning to miss it…and since it was raining, my daughter and I could only venture as far as the corner coffee shop for lunch. We had rice…

Chicken rice

…and this plate of mixed meat – roast duck and chicken, roast pork, char siew and braised eggs…

Mixed meat platter

…but truth be told, I think we have places in Sibu that serve much nicer stuff than this. That night for our dinner (at Red Garden, where else?), my daughter ordered the mutton bryani rice…

Mutton bryani

…while I had the salted fish fried rice…

Salted fish fried rice

This one is one helluva bomb, I tell you. The fried rice with the fragrance of salted fish is simply out of this world…and if you add the belacan dip that came with it, believe you me…you’ll be transported to seventh heaven, that’s for sure! I’d give a double thumbs up for this one! Really, really nice!

So, that was the day when we had rice…rice and more rice!