Saturday in the park…

Well, it wasn’t Saturday that day…but we did get to stroll around the park. More about that later!

My ex-student, Bernard, was home from Canberra, Australia for the summer holidays and was in town for a few days. He contacted me and we managed to squeeze in some time to go out for breakfast. Finally, I managed to try out this place that he had been raving on and on about – praising it to the skies – the Bukit Lima swimming pool canteen.

I had the kampua noodles – white (RM2.20)…

Bukit Lima kampua - white

…which was tossed in chio-cheng (light soy sauce) and Bernard had it black (RM2.20)…

Bukit Lima kampua - black

…tossed in dark soy sauce and he had his with chilli sauce as well.

I would say that the noodles were pretty good and so were the pian sip – soup (RM2.20) that I had…

Bukit Lima pian sip - soup

The stall was run by a middle-aged lady who was assisted by her son, probably a school drop-out…and Bernard told them that I was his teacher. When the son came over to serve us, he greeted me and said, “Nice to meet you!” Gee! That was so sweet…and the fact that he could speak fluent English would get him my thumbs-up. The way things are going, he’s a rare breed these days, I’m afraid…

Well, after breakfast, Bernard and I went for a stroll at the park right beside the canteen/swimming pool…

Sibu Kutien memorial park 1

It has been there for a while now and I’d driven past a few times but I never actually stopped there to walk around and enjoy the peace and quiet in the vicinity…

Sibu Kutien memorial park 2

This is the Kutien Memorial Park in Sibu…

Sibu Kutien memorial park 3

…and there are a few others around that I have not been to either.

Sibu Kutien memorial park 4

Perhaps it is time that I get my butt out of the chair and drop by these places. The relaxing stroll would certainly do me good, don’t you think? LOL!!

Author: suituapui

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

32 thoughts on “Saturday in the park…”

  1. That is in Sibu?..oh wow, never thought parks like that existed in Malaysia, let alone in Sibu.I would have thought it is somewhere in China or Singapore!!!! Very serene….and errr..very Chinese.
    Your kampua mee order look so pale leh…tengok tak da nafsu whereas Bernard’s order so mengancam. Black-black and pedas somemore….best la macam tu. If I ever visit you, please remember to order that for me. I should start a list of food to eat in Sibu,ya?

    That’s what’s unique about Sibu, if compared to towns in the peninsula – it is quite different, so very Chinese. I wouldn’t eat the noodles with dark soy sauce outside as I can cook it like that myself at home…so I prefer the pale version – sometimes, will ask them to add chilli sauce. Don’t worry… Just come to Sibu and I’ll take you around to eat everything, anything you want…you will have! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I’ll have to say that the culinary masterpiece in that first pic filled this old heart with lust, love, fire, longing, and I have to add, hunger, on this cold winter day.

    Won’t be long now, won’t be long…and you’ll be back home again soon enough to indulge in all these unrivalled haute cuisine! LOL!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Rare breed?! Not without a ‘rare breed’ teacher like you, I started to imagine that you were like ‘Great Teacher Onizuka’, (a famous,dedicated and daring teacher of a jap series) lol!

    Good gracious, you still can find something below RM3 these days! So envy!!!

    have a joyful weekend, great teacher!^-^

    Not rare lah – thankfully, there are a number of others around. Ya…hopefully, it will stay this away – seems that prices of things are going up and up. Sigh!!! Only my pension stays the same… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ You too, have a nice weekend…

  4. So its not Saturday and certainly not in Chicago either. Wow love the pixz & price of Sibu’s signature noodles RM2.20. Lovely lily flowers. You do maintain a close relationship with all your students that’s cool.

    Yup…they’re a day later than us there. Come over and give it a try – you’ll love the taste too! Not all…just a few! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  5. it takes skills to make the palest of noodles taste good ! I prefer the white noodles white too, but i like eat with preserved green chilly and a dash of pepper ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m surprised an old memorial park is so well maintained.. usually the old ones here looks haunted.. but the news ones are really like a park.. proper road and all. .. hey, in Malacca,, I heard ppl jog at Bukit Cina, a very very old cemetary.

    Ya…it may look plain and pale but the taste is something altogether. That is why so many Sibu people in the peninsula crave for it…but they can’t get anything that’s exactly the same there – just some pale imitations here and there.

    The park (which used to be a dilapidated, neglected children’s playground) was one of the many projects by the late Sibu YB when he was heading the municipal council – in his attempt to change the image of Sibu and beautify the town. We do have some nice parks like this one here and there, but nothing…since the man passed away. Bukit Cina – eyew!!! We stopped by once but I refused to go in – it’s a graveyard! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. I miss those ‘freshly cooked’ version of kampua. I can only eat those noodles when my mum comes over and ‘ta pao’ for me.
    I seldom go back to Sibu nowadays. Mostly to Kuching and stay at my brother’s house with my parents meeting us there. Nearer to JB and cheaper to travel. Must make a plan to Sibu and eat those delicious food. I miss ‘tien ming ngu’ as well.

    They have kampua at many places in Kuching butI don’t know of any that is really good – tried the one at Mekong but it wasn’t great. The Foochow fried mee was good there…but I hear there are better ones elsewhere. Dianpianngu…not for me, no…thank you. LOL!!!

  7. Love the last pic ๐Ÿ˜€ Artistic! *thumbs up*

    Not really, would prefer more sunlight, better contrast…and I had to use zoom for fear of tumbling over…and falling into the lake. Muahahahahaha!!!!

  8. Nice to see some scenery for a change, STP… so now you are back in Sibu, do put up food and some background scenery as well.. get us familiarized before we go.. hehee… by the way, I also like my noodles to be without dark sauce too!

    Talk about coming for one year plus already…I also give up already, not hoping that anybody will come. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. love the ambience.. the swamp looks great but somehow kinda scary haha

    It’s supposed to be a lily pond…or should I say a lake, since it’s so big, not a swamp. LOL!!! Nice quiet and peaceful place…

  10. that’s so sweet for your former student

    Ya…I have a few really nice boys who will make it a point to meet up with me everytime they’re home for the hols, but not many. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  11. Of course! A relaxing stroll would be great for you. ^_^

    It could be a relaxing exercise for you.

    Sigh! The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I’m so lazy… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Cikgu… the food there so cheap… here u wanna makan nice food for Rm2.20… can dream on lah… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I think if i move there… confirm can eat like mak datin!

    Don’t bother coming. There’s talk that they will increase the price of drinks in coffee shops by 50 sen…so a glass of kopi-o-peng Rm1.30 will cost RM1.80 – the most expensive in the whole of Malaysia…and almost the price of a plate of kampua noodles. I will definitely NOT order if they increase the price like that. So unreasonable!

    1. Huh? Wah… increase til so much? So far in KL here a glass of kopi ais cost Rm1.50. Kopi and tea is somewhat a controlled item here in kopitiam and mamak.Been that price for quite some time liao. I wonder if the price will increase soon? Hmm…

      Yalor…these Sibu businessmen blood-suckers!!! Kuching’s have announced they are not going to raise the prices… @#$%&*!!!!

  13. Arthur,
    I’m from Malacca and used to jog in Bukit Cina until something happened in broad daylight. Hubby and I had an ‘encounter’. It was around 8.30am when we went for a jog. Normally, that area will be teaming with joggers but not on that day…funny! While brisk walking, I smelled of bunga kemboja and without saying a word, I looked around but could not even see a single tree with any flowers, let alone bunga kemboja. No offering either on any tombstones as the graves around there are all over a hundred years old. I kept quiet and kept on walking with hubby until we reached a clearing area which is on top of the hill. I then smelled strongly of ‘kemenyan’ and after checking every nook and cranny, couldn’t find the source. I then urged hubby to leave the place quickly as I was feeling very spooked but did not tell hubby anything. Maybe about a week later, just before I fell asleep, that particular incident just popped in my mind and I quickly rolled over and asked hubby about it. Guess what? He did not smell anything but told me he saw an old malay man wearing all white, was sitting just beside the foot path at the clearing on top of the hill where we were walking, was burning ‘something’ in a clay type cup and there was a lot of smoke coming out from all that burning. Hubby told me you could not miss seeing the man as he was right there beside us as we were walking by!!!! Imagine that!!! Suffice to say, we never go to Bukit Cina again after that. We believe it was entities.

    Eeeeee…so scary!!! I was doing an in-service course in 1986 in KL and they arranged a day trip to Melaka. The tour bus stopped at Bukit Cina and we were supposed to get off and go up the hill at one side…and down the other, and the bus would wait for us there. I did not feel good about the place…and anyway, don’t expect me to walk up and down hills (even though I wasn’t THIS big then)! So I sat in the bus…and went round the place in it to wait for the rest. Thank goodness…I could have seen some strange things too!

    1. Bukit Cina very scary, I agree wif u, Shereen… I passed by there oso feel creepy… smell the frangipani scent, den ahh… saw ‘things’ oso. Eee… but not only Bukit Cina liddat… Makam Hang Tuah oso same… creepy. So far… the most peaceful tomb I’ve ever been to is the Makam Hang Jebat. There dun have ‘funny’ stuff.

      Never mind…as long as makam…count me out! Makan…count me in! Hehehehehehe!!!

  14. i think i’d prefer the white one, the dark one looks a bit too wet for my liking.. hey, the shot of the flower is a nice one!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yakah? Two votes for that shot…though I don’t really think much of it. Hehehehehe!!!! Come, come to Sibu and you can try both – then you can tell me which one you like. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. i am sick and i miss home..
    and kampua, and then u blogged about kampiua today. *faint*
    kampua used to be cheaper, only rm1.50, now everything increase price liao..
    but still better than here,
    a plate of wantan mee cost rm3.00 here. sobs!
    i can’t wait to be at home and eat kampua..

    LOL!!! Come home, come home…kampua is waiting for you! Muahahahaha!!! RM1.50? When? In Bintangor kah? But I do remember in my childhood days, it was only 50 sen (with meat) and 30 sen without meat.

  16. Can you take me there one day?
    I want to take pictures of what they have there so I can implement it in my school.

    You? You do not seem to be free in the daytime, so how to go there and take photos in the dark? Only want me to go out with you at night, I wonder why….Muahahahahaha!!!!!

  17. GOD!!!

    those kampuas are lovely!!

    ‘puak’ white with extra piansip..that’s my preference

    I’ll be back with a vengeance SIBU!!

    That’s the Foochow in you calling! Yum! Yum!

  18. rm2.20 is really cheap!
    been influenced too much by the KL price :/

    But I hear the pay in KL is very much higher – that’s why many from Sibu do not want to come back here to work, or so they claim…

  19. Cleffairy, apa you nampak…’things”? Creepy!!! Arthur,I’ll remember to count you out for any makam but as for makan…all right!!!!

    Oh, she’s Joan of Arc reincarnated. LOL!!! Chinese people say that some whose “uun” is very low have this tendency to see things. Even when going in a group, he or she may see what the others do not…

    1. LMAO… I always nampak funny things wan lerr… last year, Oct, went to Malacca… nampak ‘white colour’ shadows in Bukit Cina. Den when sesat-ed at Makam Hang Tuah, saw a middle age man wearing white with keris at the waist standing at the entrance. My hubby was there with me… he tak nampak the man oso leh… scary man! But I saw the man after my hubby kutuk kutuk Hang Tuah… I guess the spirit there got mad or sth! Eeee… talk about it oso got goosebumps liao!

      Eyewwww…..next time, we’d better meet during the day time but hey! Daytime also can see kah? I thought all the hantus are nocturnal….like you? Hahahahahaha!!!!

  20. The soup looks so good! I bet it tastes good too!

    I like the pagoda, very clean architecture and also the pond which is full of lilies.

    Good, very good! This is one of the local Sibu Foochow specialties. Ya…nice park, very pleasant…not overdone. I like it.๐Ÿ™‚

  21. visit the park regularly is sure good. Can inhale some fresh air. We will try to bring the kids to the park whenever we are free….let them run and chase each other. so fun.

    The problem is I’m basically lazy… “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Muahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. good to have ex students dropping by and visiting. You must have been their favourite teacher and a cool one because you blog! haha

    Yes, I have a few very nice students…but hey! There are a whole lot of teacher-bloggers – I’m not the only one. Hehehehehe!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. KAMPUA!!!!! *wipping my saliva*

    I am like Bernard, love my kampua with soya sauce and chili sauce. YUMMY!!!!!!

    hahahhahahhahaha..first time can see Park pictures in your blog!! Next time, when you have grandchildren you will bring them to Park more often. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Yup…it used to be a children’s playground and I used to take my daughter there…but she’s all grown up now. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Hah!!! Not into kampua with black soy sauce as during the time when we were growing up, all our kampua was white…

  24. talking about kampua.. I found Kampua in KL now.. lol.. It was good!! surprisingly.. lol.. or maybe… I just miss Kampua…

    It seems there are a few places now – run by people from Sibu…and some of the so-called Sarawak dry mee may fail to pass off as kolo mee but they actually come across more like kampua. Not too bad either… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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