Sunrise, sunset…

Actually, this is the title of the beautiful wedding song in the stage musical/movie – “Fiddler on the Roof”.

Wedding photo 1

Well, I was at my sister-in-law’s place on Saturday morning for the tea ceremony and upon arrival, I spotted this pair of romantic tigers on the bridal car…

Romantic tigers

…and this was the bridal chamber…

The bridal chamber

Incidentally, why is it that it is always the bridal this and the bridal that, never the groom? I certainly hope that is not indicative of what getting married is all about. The bride will say, “What is yours is now mine, and what is mine is mine alone!” LOL!!!

Well, my nephew, the groom, went to fetch the bride and did not get back till 10 something, almost eleven…

The bride and the groom 1

…and then, the tea ceremony started. This photo shows the mother-in-law putting the gold chain on the daughter-in-law for good luck…

Gold for good luck

And then the photo-taking session started…

The bride and the groom 2

…and it went on and on and on like it was never going to end.

Wedding photo 2

Finally, it was time for lunch…but if you want to have a glimpse at the food, you will have to wait till the next post. LOL!!!

True true happiness…

True happiness is when there’s good food and good company or at least, that’s the case with me…and ever so often when I fly over to Kuching, my cousins there a.k.a. The Gluttons’ Club  or what has been more recently christened the Dimong Gastronomic Society, would arrange to gather for dinner and indulge in the culinary delights in store as well as the endless jokes and roaring laughter.

Well, during my trip to Kuching over the weekend, we gathered at the Sweet Happiness Restaurant located at Lorong Canna in the Stutong vicinity and we had the yin yang noodles…

Yin Yang noodles

…which had some mihun that had been deep fried till crispy and  kway teow served with all the gravy and ingredients poured over them. As Randy Jackson would put it, it was aye…it was aye!

On the other hand, the champagne pork was really great…

Champagne pork

…something like the sour plum chicken (serng boi kay) at the Nice House Restaurant in Sibu except that the chicken was more often than not, over-fried and hard. In the case of the meat in this one, it was nice and tender and flavourful.

The tofu dish was nice…

Tofu with minced pork

…but so are those that we can get from other restaurants elsewhere, even here in Sibu.

The fried cangkuk manis was good too…

Fried cangkuk manis

Oops! Sorry for the blurry photo…and comparatively, I think what we get at the Ruby Restaurant is a teeny weeny bit nicer. But like I said, it was good and definitely better than a lot of places here in Sibu.

I love the crispy or chian Kuching-style…

Crispy or chian - Kuching style

…which is completely different from the West Malaysian version, be it in KL or Penang. I really enjoyed it that night and the Nestum prawns too…

Nestum prawns

Very fresh prawns, very well done!

My only regret was I should have gone slow with all those irresistably yummy dishes as when the highlight of the evening – the salted egg crabs – came, I was already too full to savour its flavour and enjoy it to the fullest…

Salted egg crabs 1

The crabs were a bit small but tastewise, it was two thumbs up!!! Here’s a closer look at the dish…

Salted egg crabs 2

Perhaps we should go there again and have nothing else but crabs. But I think I heard Lindy praising its fish curry to the skies all night, so perhaps we can try that too! LOL!!!

Thanks a lot for the dinner treat, fellow-Dimongs, from me and my missus. It sure was great getting together like this with all of you plus the three aunties too…and I certainly hope we can do that again sometime. Next round in Sibu perhaps, everybody? My treat this time!

The Circle Game…

I suppose 360 degrees make a circle right? Well, that’s the name of the hotel where I was staying in Kuching – the 360 Hotel at the Hock Lee Centre (Hotel Tower). I did not expect anything much and since it was kind of cheap, I thought it would just be another one of those hotels. However, after we had checked in and gone into the room, I certainly was very impressed…

360 Hotel 1

The room is really big and the decor is pleasantly nice with a flat-screen tv…

360 Hotel 2

…and a nice wardrobe with a safe for your valuables…

360 Hotel 3

…plus the usual tea and coffee making facilities…

360 Hotel 4

…and the toiletries…

360 Hotel 5

Wow! This was another thing that I liked. In most hotels, there would be only three – one for the tv, one for the mini fridge and only ONE left for you to use which would hardly be enough for your laptop, your phone charger and what have you. Here, they have FOUR!

360 Hotel 6

One, however, is used for the hair dryer…which they keep in the drawer of the dressing/writing table. There is a cable for free internet connection in the room as well…but I did not use it as I had brought my own external broadband modem.

The view from the room is very good too. I could see Mount Santubong in the distance…

360 Hotel 7

…and part of Kuching city from the other side of the room with Mount Serapi hidden in the clouds…

360 Hotel 8

There is a big fan-shaped swimming pool, as well as a gym, if anybody is interested. The service was excellent and the staff was very friendly and helpful which is more than what I can say about some hotels where I’ve stayed before. I was using my government privilege and had to pay only RM135 nett per night with breakfast…but I think the normal walk-in rate is pretty reasonable too – RM155 nett, if I’m not mistaken. You definitely cannot get such a nice hotel at these rates in KL or Penang or elsewhere!

That thing you do…

Well, it’s not really “thing” but “ting” and anyway, the way many people pronounce the word here, there doesn’t seem to be a difference…and that’s the name of the place where we stopped by for lunch upon arrival in Kuching on Friday – Ting’s Noodle House…

Ting's Noodle House

I had the big stuffed fishball noodles…

Big stuffed fish ball noodles

…which was nice but…..oh me oh my, there were only TWO! Sobs! Luckily I ordered this plate of braised beef and tendon as well…

Beef and tendon

My missus had the spicy beef noodles…

Beef noodles

…while Gerrie had the wantan which certainly looked more like the Kuching kiaw or the Sibu piansip – dry…

Wantan - dry

Gerrie also  ordered these side dishes – the Taiwan sausage…

Taiwan sausage

…and the pickled seaweed…

Pickled seaweed

…as well as this plate of sui jiao for all of us to share…

Sui Jiao

All those plus drinks came up to RM45.00. It certainly was not cheap…but thankfully, the food was nice and after all, it was no simple, ordinary coffee shop so one can expect somewhat fanciful prices too.

And after that, we went and checked into the hotel…

Here I am again…

Well, here I am again…and again…and again!!! I reckon I am such a regular sight at the Bandong stall (GPS coordinate: 2.314074,111.825693) selling Malay kuih-muih and other stuff in the morning that if I do not show up, they probably would be wondering what had happened to me.

What I like about the stall is that I may stumble upon some new stuff pretty often so I will not get bored of seeing the same things every day. The other day, for instance, they had these kelupis

Kelupis 1

I think they had that before but wrapped in banana or some other kind of leaves and it simply was not the same. For these, they use those leaves that I have known kelupis to be wrapped in all my life, so if it is some other kind of leaf, it does not seem like kelupis to me at all. They did not use the traditional straw-like string though…but then again, I guess one just can’t have it all!

These are RM2.00 each and we usually cut it up into bite size pieces and eat with condensed milk or kaya (coconut egg custard jam)…

Kelupis 2

They also had these that day – 3 for RM1.00. If they have a special name for it, I wouldn’t know but they’re very nice – with potato with a hint of kunyit (tumeric), onion and Chinese celery filling…

New type of kuih

They also have chicken rice at only RM2.50 a packet…

Nasi ayam @ Bandong

…which is a lot cheaper than at the chicken rice stalls/shops. Tastewise, I would much sooner go for my favourite – Chopsticks (GPS coordinate: 2.312423,111.84597)…but this isn’t too bad really and I really like the complimentary chicken soup they give and for that price, I would think it is indeed pretty reasonable.

However, if I had to choose, I would rather opt for this nasi lemak at only RM1.50 a packet…

Nasi lemak @ Bandong 1

There are two types at the same price (Different sources). Ask for the pedas one…or the one STP always buys. That one is the nicer of the two. LOL!!! Mix the sambal (sauce) and the fried ikan bilis (dried anchovies) and kacang (groundnuts) together with the rice and off you go…

Nasi lemak @ Bandong 2

Yum! Yum!!! Anybody going for nasi lemak today? LOL!!!

The wedding…

Well, we received the wedding invitation sometime ago…

Invitation to a wedding 1

My sister-in-law’s only son is getting married to a girl from Ipoh and so, we will be flying over to Kuching today for the ceremony and the reception…

Invitation to a wedding 2

Here is a peek at the blissful couple in case anybody is curious.

Invitation to a wedding 3

That means I will be away for a few days…so do make sure you all behave in my absence and have a nice weekend yourselves.

All over again…

Yup! This post is going to be about fried rice all over again.

You see my missus has this thing about keeping leftover rice in the fridge and she will cook more before going to work the next morning – despite my telling her not to do it as I can do that while she’s at work. For one thing, I would want to put in some pandan (screwpine) leaves and she is not bothered to step into the backyard in the early morning to cut some.

So, I had a few tupperware containers of rice in the fridge and the other day, when I went to tapao some char siew (barbecued) pork, I was given these…

Char siew fried rice 1

char siew sauce and homemade chilli sauce.

We did not finish the char siew that day, so I decided to use it to fry the rice. I cut the meat into little bits and chopped some shallots and garlic as well…

Char siew fried rice 2

After frying the shallots and garlic in a bit of oil in a wok till brown and fragrant, I added the char siew, followed by the rice. Then, I poured in the sauces…and stirred till they were well mixed with the rice. Finally, I broke two eggs into the wok and fried them together with the rice.

Then it was ready to be served…

Char siew fried rice 3

Now my verdict! It was nice enough…but it would be nicer if I had more char siew. Besides, the chilli sauce was not hot at all – I would prefer a bit of kick in my fried rice and if I had known that, I would have added some sliced chillies of my own. Perhaps it would be nice also, or at least, it would look more colourful, if I had added some frozen vegetables – half of the packet of carrot, sweet corn and peas perhaps.

Char siew fried rice 4

Nevertheless, we finished all of that down to the last grain, so nothing was wasted. I guess that’s what is most important, right?

This one’s for you…

Well, I guess by now, everybody would know that Annie and her twins were in Sibu and we went out together for kampua noodles. Unfortunately, I was not able to take them out for lunch or dinner as I reckoned she and the boys would want to spend the limited time they had in town with her/their mum/grandma. After all, Annie had not come home for two years now.

However, I did manage to drop by the house before they left as I had bought some Sarawak souvenir t-shirts for the boys to remind them of their heritage or where their mum originates from. This one has a picture of some traditional ethnic handwoven baskets…

For Annie and her twins 1

…and this one show a Kayan/Kelabit headgear or sun hat…

For Annie and her twins 2

I wish they had some cartoon ones that are more appropriate for kids, for instance, cartoon caricatures of an orang utan or a hornbill. I think they have those in Kuching as they do get more tourists there but in Sibu, I do not know of many places selling these t-shirts, so I did not have much of a choice actually.

Besides, if only they would indicate the sizes according to the children’s ages – e.g. 4-5 years old or 5-6 years old, it would have been a lot easier for me. I was at a total loss when I had to pick the t-shirts and the salesgirl was not of much help either – equally blur! In the end, I chose two but I am pretty sure they are way too big for the twins. I had imagined them to be much bigger and when I got to the house, somehow they did not look that big, after all. Sigh! Maybe Annie can keep them for Chinese New Year – two or three years or more from now. LOL!!!

Then, I stopped by Aroma Bakery (GPS coordinate 2.31103,111.831443) in the vicinity of the Dewan Surah (Civic Centre) in Sibu to buy them these chicken pies that I like a lot…

For Annie and her twins 3

They were piping hot from the oven and all the way home, while in the car, I was drooling away and wishing that I had bought an extra one for myself. Drats! Why didn’t I think of that?

I do hope you and the boys enjoyed the pies, Annie. It certainly was nice seeing you all again, do keep in touch and we’ll meet again sometime…

Stay on these roads…

Well, somebody posted a comment on my post the other day asking me to include the GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinate of a place, if ever I should be featuring some nice eatery in my blog.

I was thinking to myself, “GPS?…In Sibu?” You see, like I always tell people – when you are in Sibu, you get into your car and before one song finishes on the radio, you would reach your destination already. It IS that small…or maybe, two songs or three, depending on where you want to go. In the past, everything was centralised in the town proper but now, we do have a few other places like the Delta Commercial Area where the Delta Mall is located or the Li Hua Commercial Area around the Sibu Bus Terminal and so on. But still, it is very easy to drive around and locate a place without any need for a GPS.

Anyway, I was curious as to how the thing works, so I clicked the link given to go to the website. I typed my home address and abracadabra!!! My house…

My house 1

Why? I could even zoom in to have a closer look!!!

My house 2

Oops! Oh dear! Now everybody knows where I live! Hehehehehe!!!!

Anyway, I thought that while I was at it, I might as well browse around to see whether I would stumble upon anything of interest.

Now, wait a minute! I am quite positive that Jalan Pahlawan leads to Jalan Oya and not Jalan Wong King Huo…and it’s Huo, not Hou!

Wrong road names

…and when I tried to see whether I could get the GPS coordinate for Baba & Siam Cafe, I found a piece of empty land where the Sibu Bus Terminal and the Li Hua Commercial Centre should be. Gee! When was this aerial view taken? Anyway, roughly, the GPS coordinate for that cafe should be: 2.304147,111.848781…if that is of any help to anybody who may be trying to locate it.

Outdated aerial photograph

And oops!!! Too bad if the place is blocked by clouds! You can’t see Sacred Heart School because of that…and incidentally, the school is not located on Jalan Wong King Huo either.

Cloudy aerial view

But still, it was fun! Perhaps you would like to click the link and give it a try?

Annie…

Well, Annie was in town with her twins – Fearless and Cruz and I took them for kampua noodles at the Rasa Sayang Cafe. Here is Fearles looking quite impatient while waiting for the noodles…

Fearless @ Rasa Sayang

…and eventually, the twins entertained themselves with their electronic games…

Fearless & Cruz @ Rasa Sayang

LOL!!! Their Sibu cousin had no problem handling one whole bowl all by himself…

The twins' cousin

…while Annie, looking very stern here, had to see to the twins…

Annie and her twins

Joining us for the breakfast were my missus and a very young and handsome blogger-friend who unfortunately would like to remain anonymous, so I am not able to post his photograph here. We all had the kampua noodles, of course! Yum! Yum!

Rasa Sayang kampua

And just look at what Annie gave me! This delicious steamed yam cake that her mum made…

Steamed yam cake

…and also their own-made Chinese sausages (with wine) from her hubby’s business…

Annie's Chinese sausages

Thanks so much, Annie and it certainly was nice to see you and the boys again.