Hi Hi Bye Bye…

Hi! I’m back in Sibu. We arrived home at around 10.00 p.m. last night, some 12 hours or so after we left SP (Sungai Petani) and you can bet I was dead tired and jumped straight into bed.

I certainly had a good trip though and met some friends – old and new. Mandy, my radio friend, took a few days’ leave and drove all the way from KL home to Butterworth and on Friday (20th), she came over to SP to take us to Ipoh on a day trip.

This is a photo of her with me at Kellie’s Castle in Ipoh…

With Mandy at Kellie's castle

…and she brought along those ultra-super yummy durian pancake desserts! I had at least three or four in one go the moment I laid my hands on them. Gosh! If she was shocked, she certainly showed no signs of it. LOL!!! She also got me these cookies (from IKEA) and kopi-o packs to enjoy…

From Mandy

Mandy drove me and my entourage comprising my missus, my daughter – Melissa and her friend – Gin all the way to Ipoh. Gosh! We arrived at 12 something, just before 1.00 p.m. and the roads were terribly jammed! Probably everybody had come out to welcome the one and only STP all the way from Sarawak. LMAO!!! But luck was on our side as we managed to find a parking space for her gigantic vehicle.

In Ipoh, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful, slim and charming Claire and she brought another blogger, the sweet and gentle Elin along with her and they took us for lunch – which, in fact, was one real extra-heavy banquet, so much so that after gorging down all the delicious dishes, we were so bloated and in no position to go around and sample all the delicacies that Ipoh is so famous for. I will be posting on the food separately and in the meantime, I managed to get in touch with my very young and very handsome blogger friend, Ivan and he came over to join us at the restaurant…

With blogger friends in Ipoh

Claire so very generously treated us to lunch and even went out of her way to buy me these…

From Claire 1

…with chicken floss and lotus paste filling and also these, all three from three different places…

From Claire 2

I’ve tried the former and they’re really very nice. I think Claire had a post on them the other day.

This trip, I also get to meet the very pleasant and hospitable (Not hospital! LOL!!!) SP ex-blogger, Dr Bernard Chan, again. After two failed attempts to meet up for lunch as he had cases to attend to at the medical centre, we finally made it for a sumptuous seafood dinner on Thursday night at a place called Pengkalan or something in SP. I did not take any photographs though! Shy lah! Hahahahahaha!

We met Gin’s family when we went to their house for dinner and I did not take any pics either. Gin’s parents would probably be shocked at the sight of this crazy old man snapping photographs of all the food. LOL!!!  Gin was Melissa’s “guardian angel”. In the teacher-training institute, they have some kind of mentor-mentee system getting the seniors to lend a helping hand and take care of the freshies which I thought was very good especially for somebody so far away from home…for the first time.

Then, of course, my best buddy, Eng, picked us up at the hotel in SP yesterday morning…and took us over to Penang Island. They had the Penang Bridge Run that same morning and the bridge was closed. Luckily, by the time we crossed, the horrible jam had cleared and traffic was smooth. He took us for lunch which will be in another post too…and dropped us off at the airport for our flight home.

It certainly was a memorable and delightful trip…and thanks to everybody concerned for everything! Till we meet again someday…