I’m so happy (to see you again)…

I met Ivan, my blogger-friend, in November, 2009 when Mandy, my dear friend from our frequent interaction on radio, drove me and my family all the way from Sungai Petani to Ipoh on a one-day trip. Claire met us upon arrival and took us for lunch with Elin and Ivan dropped by the restaurant to meet me in person…and later took us on a tour of Kellie’s Castle.

He is now working, based in KL, and no longer a very active blogger. Nevertheless, we still keep in touch on Facebook and via smses or phone calls and I was so happy when he told me that he was going to come to Sibu to visit me. Unfortunately, it was going to be a whirlwind visit (like the one I made to Ipoh that time some two years ago). He flew to KK, Sabah on Monday night and spent the whole day, Tuesday, at one of the islands…and early on Wednesday morning, he flew to Kuching and because the flight to Sibu would be around 5 or 6 in the evening, he spent the day touring parts of Kuching…and due to a slight delay, he finally landed in Sibu at 6.45 p.m. looking quite exhausted, haggard and dishevelled…

Ivan - BEFORE

and NO!!! That certainly was NOT me in the background! Muahahahahaha!!!!

My missus and I took him to dinner at this restaurant and we had this braised pork with mantao (steamed buns) dish…

SweetFamily braised pork with mantao
*recycled pic*

…and also the Foochow fried noodles…

SweetFamily Foochow fried noodles
*recycled pic*

I ordered the special for Ivan to enjoy – the ones with the freshwater tua-thow hay (big headed prawns), otherwise known as udang galah and we also had the fried cangkuk manis and sea cucumber soup but the soup that night was way too sour for my liking. Unfortunately, the lighting where we were sitting was not very good so the photos that I took did not come out well at all.

After that, we drove around to see the sights around Sibu by night – he was quite annoyed that his camera battery was running low so he could not take any photos of the beautiful colourful night scenes around the town. After that, we went to Taman Muhibbah, the popular hawker centre near my house, but we were too full from dinner so we just had some drinks and sat around there chatting and catching up with lost times. I think it was already past 11 before we got home and around midnight before we managed to hit the sack.

I told him to just sleep and have a really good rest and that, he did – he got up at around 11 the next morning…and after bathing and what not, we only managed to get out of the house at around noon. This was what he looked like AFTER a good night’s sleep and rest at my house…

Ivan - AFTER

Amazing, eh? See what miracles a short break at my house can do! LOL!!!

Well, since it was time for lunch, I took him here

NoodleHouse on Facebook

…for their special kampua noodles with sizzling New Zealand beef (RM8.80)…

NoodleHouse kampua with sizzling beef

…and I also ordered their kompia stuffed with three-layer pork (RM3.90 for 3)…

NoodleHouse kompia with 3-layer pork

…and the Foochow mee sua in chicken soup cooked in traditional red wine (RM9.80)…

NoodleHouse Foochow mee sua

…for him to try these authentic Sibu delicacies.

Of course, I had to help him out a bit…but he was really amazed how good everything tasted and enjoyed himself tremendously.

I decided to try their special laksa (RM8.80)…

NoodleHouse laksa special

…which was such a disappointment. It was nothing like our very own Sarawak laksa…and probably a not-very-successful attempt at passing off as the curry laksa sold over at the other side. It tasted good though – just that it was neither here nor there and not something I would recommend to people as Sarawak’s own.

Ivan had the Horlicks Godzilla…

NoodleHouse Horlicks Godzilla

…and he was stunned that it only cost RM4.90 and the Milo or Horlicks Dinosaur (without the ice cream, I think) was tagged in the menu at only RM3.90. He said he had the latter at a popular place in KL and paid over RM9.00 for it.

After lunch, I took him round Sibu to take photographs of all the attractive spots around town and by 4 something, it was time to send him to the airport to catch the 6 something flight back to KL.

It certainly was great, Ivan, to see you again. I do hope you will come again soon…and please do stay longer next time.