You give me something (2)…

Some of you may recall that when I was in KL the middle of last month, my dear friend, Mandy, gave me a whole lot of goodies, including this box of Shat Kek Ma

Shat Kek Ma 1

When I dropped by the Kiew Brothers (Woe lai yea) – Jalan Alor branch on that trip, I saw it on the shelves…but since I had not had it before, I decided to just stick to the bak kua (BBQ sliced pork) and my usual Bisgood Company heong peah and did not buy any of that to try.

This was what it looked like inside…

Shat Kek Ma 2

…and when I opened the packet, it turned out to be something like those honey cornflakes mini-cups that people usually make to serve to visitors during festivals like Chinese New Year.

Shat Kek Ma 3

They’re pretty nice but sweet – so, I don’t think I would want to buy more.

And talking about Mandy, she and Zee sent me these birthday cards which arrived a day or two before the actual date…

From Mandy & Zee

My brother in Auckland also gave me a card for the occasion, which he sent through Melissa while she was on transit there, Wellington – KLIA. I did not open it right away and in fact, I had forgotten all about it. There it was – on the table…buried under all the bills and the cards and what not and two days after my birthday, I decided to clear the mess…and I saw it! I quickly unsealed it and lo and behold! There was an ang pao inside, minus the ang pao packet – I guess it is not as easy to get hold of those in NZ. Gee whiz! Thanks, bro…

On the actual day, other than the really nice birthday cake, I also got these from my missus and daughter…

From missus & daughter

My old wallet is falling apart at the seams – due to old age and definitely not because I have too much money to stuff in it, and I had to buy super glue to stick the edges back together again. Now, I have a brand new wallet – Obermain no less! Hehehehehe!!!

Well, I guess by now, everybody knows that I love Scottish shortbread and butter cookies, so to add to those that my missus and daughter had given me, I got these from my in-laws…

From in-laws

Gosh! All those would probably last me way till after Christmas has come and gone…

My sister got me this book among the bagful of personal effects…

From sis

I have not read it yet but my daughter had and she enjoyed it. That should make pretty good reading inflight material when we’re travelling to Penang and back this week and next.

I received this from my ex-student, Judy…

From Judy

Lee…XXXL and it fitted me like a glove. Very nice and comfortable – now I know that I can actually buy t-shirts my size around here and I do not need to go to KL to get them anymore.

Then, there were also the Secret Recipe cheesecakes and shepherd pie that I got from my good friend, also a teacher, whose wife just gave birth to their third child recently. I guess he does not read blogs, so he does not know that I’m not really crazy about those. Anyhow, there is an English proverb that goes like this: “Never look at a gift horse in its mouth!”

Last but not least, Jimmy, another very good friend of mine who’s also a teacher currently working in Bintulu, came some 3-4 days after my birthday, so unfortunately, he missed the birthday dinner. But anyway, he brought me, among a whole lot of edible stuff, this very nice pen…

From Jimmy 1

…but I do not think I deserve this though…

From Jimmy 2

I always give my best but I would never have the audacity to call myself anything like that, that’s for sure.

Thank you so very much to one and all for the presents…and also to everybody for their birthday greetings and good wishes via smses and on Facebook…as well as in their comments in my blog. One in particular that I would like to give special mention to came from an ex-student in Melbourne, Australia (who just came home the other day for the summer holidays)…and it goes like this:

Work hard, and yet be humble
Share all that you have
These may be the most important of many lessons
that I have learnt from you…
…Take a stand on things that matter
and always keep your head held high
Embrace things close to the heart
and yes, sometimes men do cry
These lessons in life cannot be taught;
they must be learned.
Happy birthday, sir – you have taught me a lot
and I respect you for what I have learnt.

Gestures of gratitude and appreciation such as this certainly make one feel that whatever one does in life, no matter how insignificant it may seem at that point in time, is indeed worthwhile. I was deeply touched by the beautiful message…

Author: suituapui

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

28 thoughts on “You give me something (2)…”

  1. LOL… Butter cookies eh? I could still remember that you mentioned about wanting to buy them last year…and you ended up having them flooding your mailbox during Xmas time. LOL!

    Ya…like when my students found out that I loved those chilled cheesecakes – I was flooded with them until I got so sick and tired…now wouldn’t wanna eat anymore. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Wah! Goldflower so busy, boyfriend’s in town…nobody fighting with you to be FC anymore. Hehehehehe!! πŸ˜‰

  2. oh my… so lucky of you to have sweet friends like them,,… but they are lucky to have you too for sure…

    Yes, I’m lucky indeed…and hopefully, they will think that they’re lucky too. πŸ˜‰

  3. Now finally you managed to get the “wa lai yeh” bak kuai, i remember you once mentioned in your blog that you missed it the last last time you were in KL,, just tell me i am right about this…

    Yup! Got it this time. It is also available in Sibu now, actually. Just saw it at a supermarket yesterday. I did not get it on one of my previous trips to KL (around Chinese New Year) as I wanted to give Loong Kee a try. I think I prefer Kiew Brothers…though some people may not agree. To each his own…

  4. Wah! So many birthday pressies, cikgu.. I feel so christmassy already. Hehehehe..

    Ya…and it’s not even Christmas yet. Wonder if I will get as many when the time comes. Hehehehehehe!!! Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  5. there’s this shop in ipoh that sells the most delicious shat keh ma ever! Although I can’t really take food that sweet, it was so good that I can’t refrain myself. haha

    Oh? Hey…come to think of it, all the nice stuff over your side comes from Ipoh or Perak in general, not so much the other states…except maybe dodol/durian cake from Malacca…and all the pretty girls too. Wink! Wink! LOL!!!πŸ˜‰

  6. You deserve all these heart warming pressies, even though I didn’t know you for long but I know you are a dedicated father and a great teacher, a down-to-earth person and fun to be with!

    I’m grateful to know you!

    Sobs!!! Thanks for your heart-warming compliments. I try, I always do…but of course, like everybody else, I’m only human. πŸ™‚

  7. Lovely presents! Btw, what did you mean by it was an ang pow without and ang pow packet? LOL! Anyway, happy belated birthday again and have a merry christmas!

    He gave me money…but it was not in the traditional ang pao packet that we would usually put gift money in around here. Thanks – late for birthday but at least, you’re making sure you’re early for Christmas, eh? Hehehehehe!!!! ‘;)

  8. Wa, so many thoughtful gifts from family and friends. So many heartwarming wishes. You must have been a truly great teacher and friend to all those life you’ve touched. Happy for you πŸ™‚

    Well, like I said, I try to be…and hopefully, I can be in some ways sometime… πŸ™‚

  9. I had lots of Shat Kek Ma when I was living in Ipoh, my grandma always buys it, Couldn’t remember though, the brand. This snack is quite a sticky affair, leaving traces in the teeth.

    LOL!!! I quite liked it…but not so nice as to make me wanna rush out to buy some more.

  10. NZ don’t have any free ang pow red packets like in Malaysia. Can buy at Asian shops but a bit pricey.
    I too love the Kiew brothers bak kua…and it must come from the Petaling St store ones. Other store not’s all in the mind, I am sure…hahaha.
    You are such a nice person and you deserve every bit of wishes ,presents etc that you received on your birthday. Those gifts and wishes are the testimony of not only the best teacher, but father, husband and friend!

    I see. Here, we get free ones from the banks and from everywhere else – may even get some in a bag of rice. LOL!!! πŸ˜‰ I think the Petaling shop is the original one – used to buy from there but I do not go to that locality anymore whenever I go to KL. Very congested – I don’t like crowded places…and not very clean. Thanks for all your compliments – I certainly hope that I live up to all that. πŸ™‚

  11. I gave my bro an Obermain too!!! Not for his birthday though, because I got some angpow from Uncle Lim πŸ˜›

    Anyway, did you find a note/coin inside the wallet? According to pantangs, when you give wallet/purse to people, you have to put a note (money la) or coin inside so that the recipient’s wallet will always filled with money. Heh! I am not superstitious but it was fun. Hahah!

    Oh? Been gambling eh? Not donating some to me…??? Nope…nothing in the wallet – just the price tag – missus forgot to take it off! Or maybe she left it there on purpose. Muahahahaha!!!! So perhaps you can give me an ang pao…to put in the wallet? Wink! Wink! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  12. the Satt Kei Mah are very delicious if eaten fresh

    It is nice…just that it’s not something that I would fight tooth and claw for. I’m not even a fan of those cornflake honey cookies…

    1. U like that a lot ah, Kat? Den next time i go back TI during CNY den buy for u… go beli at factory… πŸ˜€

      I think Mandy said she bought that at Bidor or something…

      1. Yups… very famous… if not mistaken, that place that Mandy went oso got sell duck noodles. (not much cookie shops in Bidor, just a few) But I prefer to go to the factory and buy…can get those yet to be placed into boxes… very fresh. Must keep in mind to bring back some next time… since Kat likes em.

        Dunno. Only been to Ipoh, Lumut/Pangkor in Perak. Mandy’s coming to Penang but maybe we’ll just stop at Ipoh for breakfast. She wants to take me to Cameron… Never been there, have always wanted to…but haven’t.

  13. wow, good for you, you received so many presents huh?? hey, i like to eat sat kei ma very much leh, and those you shown there really looks like good ones~~ drooling..

    Yes, they’re very good…fragrant, crispy…nice. πŸ˜‰

  14. Happy belated birthday STP! You’re right abt the angpow..hard to find it around, have to beg relatives who fly over to bring. Like gold, man..these red packets.

    Thanks. LOL!!! Just use red paper in wrap…like old people in the 50s! πŸ˜‰

  15. WOW!!! So many pressie, you are one lucky cikgu! πŸ™‚

    Now i know what you mean by overflow by the shortbread & buttercookies! hahahahhahahhahah

    Next time you should try other brand dried meat in KL, you will said it’s so much different from Kiew brother. This is what my grandpa told me, after he taste the one from KL.

    I like Bee Cheng Hiang also…

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