Touched…

Last Friday, I dropped by the Rejang Park post office here to pay my telephone bill. When I was done, I stopped by my favourite kompia shop on my way back to the car as I felt like buying some chu nu miang, the very slightly sweet version of the kompia, for tea that afternoon.

I noticed that they now have this new variety with butter milk filling…

Chu nu miang - butter

…selling at RM1.00 each.

Then, they also have the ones covered with sesame seeds.

Chu nu miang - sesame seeds

I cannot recall how much these cost – probably two per ringgit or at the most, three.

I told the lady that I would like the plain ones (4 for RM1.00)…

Chu nu miang - plain

…which would go so well with butter PLUS peanut butter and you can toast it a bit so you would have a slightly crusty or crunchy surface which would somehow make it a bit more fragrant.

The lady put what I wanted in a bag and I paid her the money…and then, suddenly, out of the blue, she also put into the bag one of those with butter milk filling and two of those with sesame seeds to give to me. I was dumbstruck by the sudden show of generosity…but she said that I always dropped by to buy for them. Always? I would not say always, not even regularly…but if ever I want to buy kompia or chu nu miang, I would definitely come here and no place else.

I must say that I was deeply touched by her kindness and yet I felt a bit bad about it. I do believe in giving and sharing…but business is business. Nevertheless, it certainly made my day and I really felt so good inside knowing that I am surrounded by such nice people everywhere. There is hope yet in this world of ours, isn’t there?

Reach out and touch…somebody today and every day.

Author: suituapui

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

52 thoughts on “Touched…”

  1. Sometimes, it’s the small things people do that makes us feel touched. ๐Ÿ˜€ Nice people are everywhere, I suppose…it’s just that we don’t realize it sometimes.

    ps: Kompiah post, sengaja wanna torture me ah, knowing that I mengidam these?

    It isn’t so much the freebies. Sometimes I wonder why people just cannot seem to be able to speak in a more polite and pleasant manner to others… The way one speaks can make a world of difference.

    P.S. You mengidam already? Congratulations!!! When is the baby due? Boy or girl, gone to scan already? Muahahahahaha!!!!

    1. I wish! No luck la… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I wan a girl… BOOHOOOOOOOOOO… faster give me a dragon girl or I’ll dress up my boy in a frilly dress! *threatening mode*

      Ah well… He’s your son and you know who’s to blame when psychological problems crop up later in his life. Poor thing… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      1. Nah… wun la… the boy damn macho wan. Ask him wear pink he will ask no blue ah? Cis. No fun.

        Thank goodness…

      2. He even got ‘girlfriend’ in kindy. Tsk. A very chirpy malay girl. =.=

        Alamak! They sure start young these days… Like father like son? Muahahahaha!!!!

      1. Haihh… keep this up, by 40 I’ll already be a grandma! TSSSSSKKKKK!

        I’m going on to 60…and not naik pangkat to “datuk” yet. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    2. Arthur, I have always wanted a girl but then I got a boy. I used to dress up my son and make him up to look like a girl once in a while for fun. I know it is SILLY of me! I wish I can find those photos to show you. Fortunately today is a very stable macho young man and have a pretty girlfriend. PHEW!!!

      Oh? Got girlfriend already kah? Haiyar…like that, I’ve to strike his name off my list already lah. Come, pass me the liquid paper please… Muahahahahaha!!!!

      1. My son’s name in your list or not?..hahahaha!!!..LOL!!!!…

        Of course! Of course! No girlfriend yet, I hope. Muahahahahaha!!!! Hey! They’ll both be in SP next year… Go, go…kipas kuat sikit. ROTFL!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Latest news update…no gf yet. So you do your part, kipas kuat kuat sikit and I will do my part too…LOL!!!….

        Ummm…send photo, see first. Handsome or not. If handsome, then let’s discuss dowry…. Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      3. If handsome but wallet kosong $$$, still want to discuss dowry or nt, hehehe!!!…No joke, no fun.

        Ummmm…if very handsome, can negotiate. Muahahahaha!!!! The kids will kill us if they see this! ROTFL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      4. See, Cikgu… u wouldn’t understand us who dun have a little girl to spoil and pamper and play dress up. So we mummies sometimes do this for fun. Boys very boring wan u kno. Their baju ah, aiyo… no matter how to see oso, same design, same colour. No variety. Adoi!

        Anyway, good if can dress the boys up wearing pink and stuff… can snap photo and use it as a blackmail material when they are older. ROFLOL.

        Yes, I know. Nice to have little girls to dress up in pretty clothes…and expensive also. Humph!!! Imagine Melissa wanting to look like Belle (Beauty & the Beast) and we had to buy those expensive party gowns – chiffon and lace, ribbons and all…. But looking back, it was so nice – those good ol’ days. And we could do things with the hair as well…tie pony tail or pig tail or whatever tail. LOL!!!Too bad…you all are deprived of the pleasure…

  2. Neway, kucing punya anak more worst la… got pakai lipstick before wan leh. Wakakakakaaka! Mine tarak! LOLOLOLOL!

    Alamak!!! No wonder the world is going the way it’s going… Tsk! Tsk!

    1. Aiya… boys cannot be too manly la… later jadi chauvinist pig…like some ppl…boys langsung they dun allow to step into kitchen, cakap a place for perempuan only, never teach how to basuh baju or clean house, saying it’s women’s/wife’s job, end up… apa pun tak tau buat and grow up… jadi an asshole of a husband who tinks everything oso wife must do for him. Tsk tsk tsk~ I’m doing good… kakaka… let anak keep in touch wif the feminine side…grow up liao my DIL will thank me. Wakakakakakaak!

      Ya…ya…teach them all to be like me eh? Hehehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. The pakai lipstick one dia punya kaw kaw yang akai for him la…gua only pakai skirt for him hahahahaha

      Aduhhhh!!!! But yours no worries lah! Real rascal… Going to be a ladykiller, that one! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. U let him wear skirt and cheongsam… den jadi Josephine. =.= But den ah, Cikgu… nonid to worry Joshua will jadi ‘sotong’. That boy really Romeo wan lah.. Any little girls that he jumpa, he sure try to charm them punya. Even this old auntie oso he pandai bodek leh! The thing that Kat needs to worry is that he jadi Casanova. Silap haribulan 10-15 years later, Kat tak senang duduk, hari hari got girls knock the door and cari him.

        That one memang samseng one, no problem… And girls these days, memang hebat, yunno. All you with sons will have to sediakan shotguns – to keep them away. Like Shereen’s son…she said, any call or people dropping by, it will be some girl looking for the son. Hmmmm…nona zaman sekarang kot! And he’s only 13! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. well I think those freebies won’t cause a lot to her, but with such little gratitude she can earn customer loyalty from her value-added service.. treat this as advertising and she’s beneficial to that too.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Well, life’s like that, isn;t it? It’s all about giving and taking… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. awww so nice of her…

    the butter milk one looks like mexico bun haha

    oh btw, my labmate went back to kuching last week and he brought back two packs of sarawak laksa pastes for me OOHLALA.

    The Mexican coffee bun? No lah…not the same. Not really great though – I would not pay RM1 for that. Would rather buy 4 plain ones with the money. Laksa paste? Ok, kiv…I know what to buy for you then should I be hopping over to Penang again… Miss Sarawak eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. See! Today you bounced back with a nice post of the items you received, and there was the random act of kindness tossed in the mix also.

    I’m imagining that she felt good giving you those extra items too. It always feels great to give to others, although it’s usually not expected by those who receive, I’d like to think that I might have aided making their day a bit brighter.

    With the skin care products I make, occasionally I’ll do the same. I do try to make all those who receive my items feel a bit special. Even if it’s something as simple wrapping the items up as a gift, with a handwritten note telling the receiver how much their business means to me. That’s standard packaging for me, sure it costs a bit more, but I’m hoping the purchase feels special.

    For myself, it’s just common courtesy, but I’ve been amazed at the overwhelming compliments I’ve received from treating others how I’d like to be treated.

    Yes, what goes around comes around…and it is only in giving that we will receive. I don’t mind paying a bit more even if the people are very nice and friendly – makes me feel good… I guess thos egetting the things from you feel that same way too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Yes, meeting nice and kind people really make your day isn’t it? I remember there was once my tyre punctured in the rain at night and I managed to drag my car to a nearby petrol station. Of course I “bengkok” the rim lor:( You know lah, most ladies know how to drive and don’t know how to change tyres and frankly I don’t have the strength to pick up that heavy tyre lah. I pleased for the petrol attendants there to help me but they all said they are not free. Then came this taxi driver uncle in his 60s (I think). He offered his help and got my tyre changed in New York minute!! I was so grateful to him so I gave him RM50.00 and thank him a million times. I can see from his face that he was surprise at what he received and I never forget that BIG grin on his wrinkled face. His kindness touched me and the world will definitely be a better place when there are more people like him and like this kompia lady:D I wish I can touch someone everyday. BTW, I know why the kueh lady are so generous with you…maybe you make her laugh each time you go there and buy her kompia?

    No leh? I never talked to her. I would just say what I wanted and take and leave… She’s not the jovial, chatty type. Maybe she saw me looking so poor, always dressed up so shabbily…old man, so kesian so that prompted her to give me the extras. Hahahahahaha!!!!

    Ya, everytime I took a cab to KLIA – the fare would be around RM70-80 and I would just give RM100 and tell the cabbie to keep the change. It’s only money…and I guess he needs it more than me and I’m sure it would make a good start to his mundane day driving around in a cab. And it makes me feel good too – just being nice to people.

    1. I think the rich people in Sibu dress shabbily. Looks can be quite deceiving. *winks winks

      Where got? Rich people in Sibu must drive BMW or Mercedes Benz one, wear Rolex king…and giant jade gold ring plus gigantically thick gold chain round the neck…and they must talk loudly and laugh loudly…and in a fake funny manner too. I’m not like that…not rich mah!!! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Hahahaaaa! Good one, Cleffairy! I like you already ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that bit “…later jadi chauvinist pig..like some ppl..” No worried kena scolding by you know who meh?? Iโ€™m reading Escape from Paradise by May Chu Lee-Harding (great grand-daughter of Aw Boon Par, one of the Tiger Balm Kings) and now at the part where she finds herself having married into the wealthy Chung family (Brunei) and discovering โ€˜chauvinismโ€™ ! Kesian her.

    That’s what I tell my girl – never mind who, what colour or what creed, as long as he’s a good guy and can take good care of her like her father, I’ll give my stamp of approval. Otherwise, forget it!

    1. Wakakakaka, Yoong… betul wud… kids nid to teach them how to be considerate and do housework oso ma… else grow up, susahkan bini. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Very true. Girls also. These days, parents spoil their kids rotten – boy or all…all cannot do anything. Cannot even boil water – much less cook rice or instant noodles. I really wonder what those parents are thinking… Their children will grow up totally dependent and completely useless.

  8. So touch…she is such a nice lady. Already book marked you as her loyal customer. You are surrounded by nice and friendly people as you are nice to everyone too. Oh!..the butter milk filing ones looks nice. I would love to have that.

    Not that great. I prefer the plain ones – RM1, can buy 4 and I can add my own butter and peanut butter. Much nicer… Hmmm….I’m nice kah? Some people think I’m such a grumpy old man. Muahahahaha!!!!

    1. Though I haven’t met you in person, I can feel that you are a nice and friendly person. The way you reply our comment and everything.You know,j…ust have that kind of nice feeling about you. Hidung kembang!!!…hehehe

      Hahahahaha!!!! Ask my students – they’ll tell you that my bark is worse than my bite. Some told me..even when they were in the primary school next door, they knew me already – they were told that fat teacher in the secondary school so very fierce, real scary one… Muahahahahahaha!!! So even when they found that I could be quite nice, they were still scared… Poor things!

      1. Hehe, you never taught me before but I’m sure you are very famous among the SHS students. I heard your name from my friends studying there. Best English teacher in SHS ๐Ÿ™‚

        Aiyor…so shy lah! Blush…blush!!! *hides face behind hands… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. Arthur fishing for compliments leh! You, grumpy? Yes, but only a grumpy middle aged man. This is already a compliment, OK, I didn’t say o-l-d.

      No worries, I don;t have a problem being old. There are certain advantages being old, yunno… People will show some respect. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Don’t be afraid to grow old. Old folks are worth a fortune. They have silver in their hair. gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys and gas in their stomach. Kencing pun manis dan darah pun ada kelas – “TINGGI”

        People are like wine. The older the better… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. Like people say, old ginger, very “hiam”

        Yalor…not hiam, where got nice? LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. My parents will be coming to Kuching this week. Wife had asked them to buy three ringgits worth of chu nue miang. Normally, we can easily finish them in one go. Definitely, I agree with you. Plain one is the best. That sweetness in the mouth just make me going for more. The one with filling probably is too buttery? Oily? I can sense that it’s too sweet, isn’t it? It’s hard to ta pao kompia because of its too chewy nature if left for more than two hours. Best consumed when it’s just out of the oven! Arthur, i think the lady read your blog! It’s the easiest way of getting some feedbacks from the best food blogger in town! And to let the whole world knows how good it is!

    RM3 only? That’s 12 only – I bought RM3…but what she gave me would add up to RM2. The one with the filling – not much taste, not oily…not much difference. The sesame seeds one too. Might as well stick to the plain ones.

    Hmmm…I don’t think she knows English. Maybe people going to buy told her about this fat blogger talking about her shop on the internet…. There’s another shop – a bakery round the corner that many people like as well – the guy’s very nice…but his wife is like a dragon!!! So fierce. I bought once from there, never again… She needs to learn some manners and improve her customer service.

  10. Free extras! You’ve been blessed today, sir. Now start the circle going… give me some of those hot tasty butter-milk one. Hehe. oh your pictures! they’re almost real!

    You can give it a pass. Stick to the plain ones – they’re cheap and just as nice.

  11. The lady must have read your blog mentioning her so many times and would like to show her appreciation and she knows that 4 pieces of chu nu miang merely occupy 1/8 of your stomach..haha.

    I bought 12…plus her 3, 15 altogether. Muahahahaha!!!!

  12. It’s my favourite “kong-pia” stall too. I have received the same kindness from the woman!

    Oh? She’s a naturally nice woman then… Not like the one in that shop round the corner (facing the traffic garden). But she’s so thin and she looks kind of sad, I felt quite bad at her sudden show of kindness and genorosity.

    You remember the son – the one who left to work for Sugar Bun and has gone off to dunno where – gosh he was such a poker face, wasn’t he? LOL!!! The younger son is very nice and friendly too – would give me extras when I buy a lot.

  13. Oh that’s such a nice and kind gesture! So did you like the butter milk kompia? I still haven’t tried it before.. wonder how it tastes like!

    The plain ones are nice…but many people prefer the more savoury and crusty kompia – more fragrant, nicer…or so they say.

  14. It feels nice to be appreciated. Though the freebie wont cost much for her but at least as customer we feel happy la. After all , buy from the same shop long time already.

    Quite long but not very often… Most of the time, buying to bring along when travelling as this fella, that fella wants…

  15. It is nice to receive once in a while kan?..and you deserve it as you are one of the nicest person I have met. Adoi..kompia?..I hate you!!!!

    Muahahahaha!!!! Reminds me of the song – I love you, hate you, love you, hate you… (Shirley Bassey’s Never, never, never)…

    1. Come, Shereen, we both hate him together. (we must be a masochist, kena torture oso still come back to tengok tengok. LOL)

      Hahahahaha!!! Chinese people have this saying that hate is equal to love. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Hhmmn, the spirit of Christmas already in the air? It’s said there’s more joy in giving than in receiving…or is that her marketing strategy to retain/attract her customers, hehehe.. Seriously, I think that was a nice gesture ๐Ÿ™‚

    No lah… Must appreciate a kind and generous gesture – no need to be so suspicious. Small town people not like that one, no ulterior motives – she did not have to give and yet she gave out of the goodness of her heart. Must give her due credit for that and appreciate it… Like all the people who buy and send me things – they all want to send on their own accord…and for that I am most grateful and so very thankful.

  17. oh i love the butter milk fillings.. buns with milk and butter (and cheese!!!) get me thrilled hahaha!

    Frankly, not this one, I’m afraid. Wouldn’t get you too excited, I’m sure. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Aww.. That is so kind of her. It’s also a business strategy. She lets u have it for free so you may try it and who knows you’ll love it and will come back for more. But the main thing is, she’s a kind lady ๐Ÿ˜€

    ok ok.. taking your advise. will go and find somebody to touch right now ๐Ÿ˜›

    No lah…small town people are not like that. She knows I will go and buy from her again…and again. And they do not need my business either – I know most of the stalls selling kompia stuffed with meat will order from them, no other. She did not have to give me and yet, she did. The younger son is also very nice. I will buy from him and he will throw in a few extras…but her elder son isn’t at all nice…nor friendly. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    P.S. Do be careful where you touch though… Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. This place would be different from the one facing the traffic garden right? That one is Michael’s Bakery or something along those lines. The kompia there is really good when still warm. They’re not the nicest storekeepers around though – like many other “good food” places around Sibu.

    I’ll have to try this place one day. Facing the market, right?

    Yup. The one I was hinting at is next to Michael’s – it’s Jason’s…and yes, they’re very unfriendly people – the lady dealing with customers. Experienced once, would never go there to buy ever again.

  20. kompia is diff from normal buns?

    It’s unleavened (no yeast) charcoal-oven baked bread – a Foochow delicacy. Anytime nicer than bread…and chu nu miang is the slightly sweeter version, bigger and softer. These days, they use an electric oven for this but for kompia, they still use the traditional way.

  21. ah …ahhh… maybe she admires you… you never know.. or maybe you were contemplating whether to buy this or that and out of a kind heart, she let you try all of them… such a nice lady… next time take me there.. hahaha…

    No, I did not even ask about these new versions as I did not think I would like them – and I was right. Yes, you must drop by here to see how they make kompia

  22. I heard from others that the lady from the kompia shop here can be quite mean? Maybe you are referring to another kompia shop. I rather have the plain chu nu miang. I love the tint of sweetness in it. Like kompia, I can’t stop eating it. Hehe, very nice post, sir. You inspire me to touch somebody (not just skin to skin ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

    The rude lady’s at Jason’s. This one’s ok – can’t remember the Chinese names – facing the market. Next door is Quality Cake Shop’s back entrance – which is always closed.

  23. I love eating that “roti”,…always bought from Civic Centre area. The aunty always give me xtra piece.

    Oh? The little shop next to Grace Coffee Shop? I buy the lay peang from there…

  24. I think i still prefer the original taste, without anything.

    chu nu piang + butter milk filling? Eeeeeeeeeeeee…very weird combination.

    Arthur, Sibu food godfather wor, sure everyone know you!! Maybe the lady boss read your blog too. hahahhahahha

    Yup…me too. The plain ones for me as well. Nah!!! If I blog in Chinese, maybe she would be a follower… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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