Lovely day…

It rained the whole day that day when my NZ friend and her family were due to arrive but stopped by evening. Thus, when they landed, it was nice and cool…and thankfully, the weather was bright and sunny on those two lovely days when they were in town.

On the morning of the 2nd day, my missus made some sambal hay bee (dried prawns) which they had for breakfast stuffed in toasted kompia and they loved it to bits! My missus also gave them a bottle of the sambal to take home to New Zealand.

After breakfast, we went to the Wong Nai Siong Memorial Park beside the Sungai Merah river but not before stopping at Choon Seng for the coffee and I ordered our Sibu-style fried kway teow (flat rice noodles) for them to try…

Sibu-style fried kway teow

…and also the crispy roti canai with the curry (not dhall) dip.

Choon Seng's roti canai with curry dip

After a tour of the park, we took a back lane behind the shops back to the car. There were some very interesting old wooden houses along the way and at one of them, there was a local guava tree growing beside the fence with the branches stretching over it and guess who plucked one of the jambu batu to eat. She was so excited about it as she had not eaten one since she was a little kid. We had a tree in the garden when we were small but nobody wanted to eat the fruits. The forked branches made excellent catapults though…much of the distress of the birds at the time.

From there, we adjourned to the Hoover Memorial Park, in memory of James Hoover – the first Methodist missionary to come to Sibu. I did not take any photographs there but I was captivated by the scenery overlooking that section of Sungai Merah…

@ Hoover Memorial Park

…and the old fishing boats berthed by the side.

Then, we went to the Bukit Aup Jubilee Park where there were lots of fish in the lake…

Fish at Bukit Aup Park 1

…lots and lots of them…

Fish at Bukit Aup Park 2

…and they had a great time feeding them.

After that, I took them to Rasa Sayang which, I think, serves the best kampua noodles in town…

Rasa Sayang kampua noodles

My friend always complained that the kampua noodles in my posts looked so pale and bland so I ordered the one with soy sauce for her. She tried both and immediately declared that the plain one was so much nicer than the dark version. There!!! Didn’t I tell you so? When it comes to food and eating, I am ALWAYS right! LOL!!!And believe it or not, she loved it so much that she ordered a second bowl. Yes, our Sibu kampua noodles is THIS good!

After that pit stop, they insisted on stopping at the 100Yen shop in the next block to browse around. They were pleasantly surprised that we have one right here. Hah!!! What do you think? This is Sibu – don’t play-play one!

Sign @ 100Yen shop

From the 100Yen shop, we headed for lunch…and that would be in the next post…