From me to you…

I mentioned in an earlier post that I took a box of stuff to Penang and having given away everything, I thought I could throw it away and go home with only my hand luggage and my laptop bag. Well, it turned out that it would not be possible as I needed to use the box again to put all these things…

From you to me

…and check it in on my flight back to Sibu.

My cousin went through great pains to book and collect the things from Him Heang (5.42392N 100.3212681E) which many claim to be the best in Penang and she gave a box of the tambun biscuits  for me and my mum. In the end, I decided to give them all to my mother as Eugene gave me three boxes of these…

Chuan Peng Heang 1

I have read some blogs where they claim that Him Heang‘s is over-rated and these are nicer. Well, I tried both and I would say that both are  nice and unless you eat them together simultaneously, you will not be able to tell the difference…

Chuan Peng Heang 2

The filling in these Chuan Peng Heang‘s ones has a stronger taste and one can actually make out the fragrance of the fried onions…

Chuan Peng Heang 3

Him Heang‘s seems lighter and one would be able to savour the green bean in the ingredient. All in all, I would think both are o.k. except that I’m not really a fan of tambun biscuits though I do not mind having them for tea sometimes.

I would very much prefer heong peah instead and I’ve always been told that the best ones would come from Teluk Intan…

Teluk Intan Heong Peah

My dear friend, Mandy gave me these SGT’s ones as well as all the packets of chicken biscuits and I loved them a lot – the heong peah, that is…

SGT Heong Peah 1

All this while, my favourite had been those from the Bisgood Company…but now, I would think this one is very much nicer.

SGT Heong Peah 2

Nope, I did not get any bananas from Bananaz but instead, he gave me a giant packet of peanuts. Ah well, I guess both are a monkey’s favourites – bananas and peanuts! LOL!!! He said they’re very nice but I have not eaten them yet so I cannot confirm anything right now. Claire gave me a big bag of shat kek ma, which is long gone by now…and also a USB fan for my computer. I have not tried it out so I’m not too sure how it works.

Incidentally, please do not think that we need to bring along things to give away as gifts whenever we go and meet a fellow-blogger. There is actually no necessity to do so. Being old, I would usually try as far as possible as it is the traditional etiquette to bring along a little something when one goes to visit somebody – what they call a “buah tangan“. But it is perfectly all right if you do not observe this practice. Having the heart to go out of the way to come and meet a blogger-friend and get better acquainted is something already very much appreciated and one can’t really ask for more. Many would not bother at all and make all kinds of excuses to wriggle out of it – I wonder why…

However, sometimes it is hard to bring things over when travelling by air, for instance and sometimes, something may be worth giving but then it may not be durable or it is perishable and may go bad during the journey…or there is no fridge to keep it and so on and so forth and it would be such a waste (and not worth the trouble) carrying such things all the way and having to chuck them into the rubbish bin in the end.

And talking about “buah tangan“, my godson/ex-student, Andrew and his wife, Michelle, were back in Sibu from Christchurch and he asked me out for lunch. Of course, the pleasure was indeed all mine to meet them and they gave me these – all the way from New Zealand…

Gifts from NZ

As for what we had for lunch that day, I’m afraid you will have to wait till another post to find out all about it. LOL!!