This boy…

This boy is one of the nicest ex-students I have ever had. Prior to my retirement, he was one of those involved in the inter-school English language debates and public speaking competitions under my guidance. This photograph was taken at the Sibu airport in 2006, I think, as we were about to leave for the state-level competition in Limbang…

With SHS debaters, 2006

Xavier, presently doing his A-levels under the PPC or Program Pelajar Cemerlang (Excellent-student Programme) in Shah Alam, was standing at the back, third from left. He is currently back in town on a 7-week vacation, so yesterday morning, we met up and went for breakfast at this Farley food court in Salim,Β quite a distance from the town centre (GPS approximately 2.263453,111.868458).

We had the beef noodles (RM5.00)…

Farley's beef noodles 1

…which was really very nice – a lot nicer than what I had here and here.

Farley's beef noodles 2

I did not like the dip that they gave though – they used sambal belacan. With beef noodles, I would prefer freshly-pounded chilli and ginger plus calamansi lime. In Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, with their ngui chap, they gave the really fiery own-made cili padi (bird’s eye chilli) plus ginger sauce which was so very nice that I bought a bottle home – it was RM10.00 a bottle at the time.

I had my usual kopi-o-peng (iced black coffee) while Xavier had the teh-c peng special…

Farley's teh-c peng special

…which is made up of a layer of wheatgrass juice at the bottom followed by a layer of gula melaka (coconut palm sugar) and teh-c (tea with evaporated milk) on top…plus ice cubes. I have never tried that but it certainly seems to be very popular. According to Xavier, this drink is not available in the peninsula and when his friends came over to Sarawak with him on a holiday…

Xavier & West Malaysian friends in Sibu
*Photo from Xavier’s friend’s album on Facebook

…they loved it so much.

Well, it is his birthday today…so a very Happy Birthday to you, Xavier and here’s hoping you’ll have a great year ahead and may all your wishes come true.

Author: suituapui

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

38 thoughts on “This boy…”

  1. I’m quite a teacher’s pet myself too. I have a teacher who comes on and off to KL, and she would feed me her homecook food without failed when she’s in KL. She was my Kemahiran Hidup teacher. It’s been more than 10 years since I last attended her class, and yet we still keep in touch. Hahahhahaha!

    Boy, am I lucky or wud? LOL… most teachers loves me. But most maths teachers loathe me, cuz I will flunk their subject. LOLOLOL!

    I was not good at Maths either…but I do not recall any that I did not get along with or did not like me – maybe this Brother, may he rest in peace, who taught me Literature. He used to pick on me Monday mornings for going partying and dancing on Saturday nights. Hahahahahaha!!!!

  2. And speaking of the Devil… she’s coming to KL again this month. Hahahaha… school hols! πŸ˜€ And guess who will be fed again? LOLOL… (must be pity me la… looks so scrawny and like not enuff eat! LMAO)

    Confucius said, “Give a man a fish and he has food for a day, teach a man to fish and he has food for a lifetime.” LOL!!!

    1. Hahaha… actually, she taught me how to cook in those Kemahiran hidup classes… but I damn jahat wan…she come, I like to bully la… she makes the best pasta sauce ever, and the best cheesecake too. not even Secret Recipe could beat her! She also happens to be my best friend’s mum. Mwhahahaha… that must be the reason behind all her feedings. When she’s not around, I ‘poisoned’ her dotter with my various experiments. Keh keh keh keh!

      Good grief! Sounds like you’re real mean… What a “best friend”! 😦

      1. *snort* Her dotter dono how to cook wan ma… so… all these while I ‘jaga’ her with my food lah. LOLOL!

        Gosh! I cannot imagine what she looks like – as skinny as you? Thank goodness she survived… Hahahahaha!!! πŸ˜€

  3. Happy Birthday to Xavier! =D same as cleff, many teachers and lecturers love me too! mwahaha! =D dats y sometimes will received call from them to come out yumcha! =p whoaa u very geng horr? chili padi worr. i dnt ever dare to touch it! xD i love the teh-c-special! but rarely drink it as well. 😦

    Thanks, Caroline. Wah…if I go KK, I will also want to call you to come out and yumcha! Hahahahaha!!! My missus always takes cili padi… I am ok, not necessarily must have chilli – depending on what I eat and I thought the cili padi sauce went very well with the ngui chap. Never tried the teh-c peng myself – I’m strictly a kopi-o-peng guy! πŸ™‚

  4. Happy Birthday to Xavier then!! For a moment, I didnt notice The Teacher was there standing too… I thought all were students! πŸ™‚

    Thanks on his behalf…and tenkiu, tenkiu!!! I guess you mean that I looked so young that I blended in with the boys so well and appeared like one of them! Hehehehehe!!! Syiok sendiri! πŸ˜€

  5. Yupe! You have mentioned him quite a lot in your blog. He must be someone very special to you aye. πŸ™‚

    All my students are special to me. A few keep in touch and will meet up with me whenever they’re back in town…others will keep contact e.g. through Facebook and we may get to meet when there’s an opportunity to do so. That’s one thing about being a teacher – you’ll always remain in their hearts…some of them, at least.

  6. oooh now i am excited to become a teacher and interact with my students and get close with them…

    Yes, teacher-to-be. Teaching is a work of HEART – teach with your heart and reach out and touch theirs…and I am quite sure that you will forever remain in their hearts forever.

  7. aww.. it’s nice to have a student who keeps in touch his teacher even after leaving school. you must be a very nice teacher πŸ™‚

    LOL!!! I’d like to believe that I am/was…but that you will have to ask my students themselves. πŸ™‚

  8. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! BEEF NOODLES!!!!!!! looks soooooo delicious!!! I knew I’d regret clicking on your link AGAIN!!!!

    Never mind. Just let me know when you’re free…and I can take you there for this, my treat! The dim sum looked pretty good too!!! Yum! Yum!!!

  9. I can only recognize Xavier and Lawrence in the 1st picture besides you and Mdm. Carole. Have you tried the beef noodles opposite the tire shop near Catholic High School? And Xavier, if you are reading this, Happy Birthday!!

    Last I heard, he was still in church. Guess he’ll drop by sooner or later. Bernard Yong left after Form 4 for St Joe in Kuching when the mother moved to St Teresa’s…and he is now in Australia. I know of one not-too-bad beef noodles at the traffic lights (junction to Li Hua and kingwood Hotels)…and they have a branch stall at Lot 10 (Ramin Way)…but I find this one is better. Will keep an eye open for this tyre shop then…

  10. nice memories being a teacher..i hv stopped teaching..

    You were a teacher too. You retired…or found something more lucrative and rewarding?

  11. beef noodle! yumm yumm…actually i love the soup and the ingredient. Not really keen on the noodle. Normally I’ll order without the noodle.

    My daughter eats it like that too – kosong, with just beef and soup and nothing else. πŸ™‚

  12. Uiks? You online? How come my comment comes up so fast. No more kena filter. Hmm…maybe wp will filter new a/c for awhile kot? Coz when my comments went into your SPAM filter, I was commenting using a new a/c

    Dunno. Your comments have been going to spam for a while now… Guess Akismet has grown tired of you! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. guess the Akismet dun wanna kiss me already LOL

      Ya…but ur url is still the A1H1 vaccine one. If I click that, I will go that particular post first, then I will have to click HOME before getting to the most current post… 😦

  13. Wow, i will try to order teh-c peng special here in SG…hope they don’t chase me out haha~

    You can try… It’s very popular here but I’ve never tried, so I dunno what the taste is like. I hear in Kuching they have 5 layers of dunno what, instead of just 3…and they must make the drink with clear layers – if they all get mixed up, then it’s considered a failure.

  14. The beef noodles look good. I haven’t tried this one, but my favorite (even after eating so much over here) is still Aho opposite Parkson! πŸ™‚

    Not a fan of Ah Ho’s – beef noodles with the spicy dark gravy like the ones at Rasa Sayang (best kampua in Sibu) and Manna. They say it’s the Taiwan-style but whatever it is, I prefer the clear soup beef noodles. Haven’t had the Ang-kau/Kau-kia ones for a long time now – the coffee shop next to the fire station where there’s the kampua (and beef noodles) that I grew up with.

  15. wooo!! your treat??!! AHH I HOPE I HAVE TIME AFTER MY EXAMS TO MEET UP WITH YOU!! Yeah, I’ve heard from a friend that the dim sums are pretty good.

    No problem at all… Just let me know when you’re good and ready. Would love to give the dim sum a try.

  16. wow.. the beef noodle looks really really nice.. i’m HUNGRY!!!!

    VERY nice… I wouldn’t mind having that again but so far! The other end of town… 😦

  17. i have some teachers i like in my life. Thank to them. without them, my life will never like today. Thank you teacher!

    Good, very good that some people do appreciate their teachers instead of blaming them all the time for every little thing.

  18. Oh dear, you must be a really wonderful teacher Arthur! Otherwise I reckon your student won’t be so close to you, a happy belated Birthday to your student, Xavier!

    Tht’s my favourite tea(the special teh C), we call it here ‘3 layered tea’, the tea itself, evaporated milk + a layered of palm coconut sugar, althought sweet but the after taste is very nice!;)

    Do enjoy your company and have a wonderful week ahead!

    Thanks… Oh, so you do have something like that there – but here, there’s a layer of wheatgrass…

  19. Beef noodles, nice! But when i order it, i only take the meat and no other part of the beef, and i like the soup and not the noodles.

    That special tea is called “three color tea” or “three layer tea”, my mum love it a lot. I tried it when i am back in Sibu last round, it is very nice and rich. I think in Sibu, the bottom layer they put wheatgrass, but over here in KL they put either is coffee or gula melaka. Taste very nice but very fattening!! hahahahhaha

    Xavier’s right then – the ones we have here are not the same as over your side. I’ve never tried – just can’t do without my kopi-o-peng. When having beef noodles, I love the tendons…

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