Living next door to Alice…

I don’t know if  there is any Alice where Melissa is staying in Wellington but a few days after she arrived back there, they had a “floor gathering” for all those staying next door to one another on the 5th & 6th Floors to get acquainted with one another.

It was at this Chinese restaurant named “Big Thumb”…

Big Thumb, Wellington 1

Oooo…they’ve got cloth napkin and nice tablecloth as well…and not those horrendous red ones that we get to see a lot here! We have one Big Thumb in Sibu too but it’s a bakery.

Big Thumb, Wellington 2

The food, though the usual that we would get here most if not all the time, looks good! They had sweet and sour pork…

Sweet and sour pork

…and roast chicken…

Roast chicken

…plus this  dish of ma po tofu…

Ma po tofu

I must say I’m a wee bit disappointed with the mixed vegetables, looking at the yellowish edges of the broccoli…

Mixed vegetables

No doubt we do see a lot like that here in the smaller eateries and the chu-cha places but not when we go for full-course sit-down dinner at a Chinese restaurant…and anyway, ours is a tropical country and the broccoli we have here is imported (or from Kinabalu and Cameron) and they cannot be kept for too long as it will change colour very quickly. I would expect it to be a really fresh and dark green in the nice and cool temperate conditions there.

And this is supposed to be the sweet corn chicken soup…

Sweet corn chicken  soup

…but unfortunately, I do not see any sweet corn…nor shredded chicken.

Still, as the saying goes, “Beggars can’t be choosers.” After all, dinner was free and rightfully so too, considering how much they charge for the rooms…and most importantly, Melissa had a wonderful time meeting her new-found friends!

Wellington residents have been jolted by a 4.5 magnitude earthquake this evening.

One resident told the jolt shook their house, while another said it felt similar to one received in Wellington when the Christchurch earthquake struck. [NZ Herald]

# NZDT: Tue, Mar 1 2011 10:07 pm
# Magnitude: 4.5
# Depth: 40 km
# Details: 20 km north-west of Wellington