You’ll think of me…

Who do you think of when you fly somewhere, be it on official duty ย or on holiday? Do you shop for stuff to give to somebody in mind…or do you just buy a lot and then when you get home, you will distribute them to whoever you would like to give them to?

Well, I am pretty sure that Mandy thought of me when she was in Bali as she got me a key holder with my name on it…

Key chain from Mandy

…unless she may know more than one person by this same name.

Clare went to Vietnam with a group of her girl friends from school and got me this key holder…

Key chain from Clare

…and my friend/ex-student, Alex, went to Taiwan and came back with so much food to share. He gave me these mochi (glutinous rice balls)…

From Alex 1

Two balls, Alex? Muahahahahaha!!!! They had some butter icing-like filling, one coffee-flavoured and the other strawberry. I’m not a fan of mochi…and although both are nice, I think I prefer the pek tau sar (white bean paste) filling that the Sibu ones have.

I love the phong peah a great deal though…

From Alex 2

…with its fragrant buttery filling and the pineapple cakes weren’t too bad either. Nice!

I have not tried these khong therng (peanut cakes)…

From Alex 3

…nor these Sakura prawns…

From Alex 4

…and if you think that was all, I’m afraid you’re mistaken. He also gave me these so-called “naughty quail eggs”…

From Alex 5

I wonder in what way those eggs are naughty – any idea, Alex? Hehehehehe!!!!!

And we had a good laugh over the key holder he got me…

Key chain from Alex

Roast pork! They even make key holders of roast pork! LOL!!!

Gosh!!! I am so fortunate to have such wonderful friends who would get me something wherever they go but please, don’t get me anything anymore. I feel really bad that I cannot reciprocate in any way. As the Malay saying goes, “Hutang emas boleh di bayar, hutang budi dibawa mati.”

Author: suituapui

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

58 thoughts on “You’ll think of me…”

  1. Tsk… my version of the peribahasa: Hutang emas boleh dibayar, hutang budi, tergadai body. *rosaklah bahasa*

    My old and fat body, you think anybody wants? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. I bet some cannibals would want to make a roast or soup out of you. Wakakaka… aiyo… merepek liao… I must go makan first…else sure will menggila… see wud oso will think of food.

      Nah!!! No good! Too fat…high cholesterol content! For soup, bones are better…LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. *groan* I went to spa once… they tossed me into the jacuzzi and I felt like they’re boiling me like sup tulang. NEVER AGAIN, NEVER AGAIN!

        LOL!!! Imagine me in one… ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Betul wud… usually terhutang budy, sure tergadai body wan ma… I say is correct ma.

        No need mah…hutang budi bawa mati, end of story mah! LOL!!!

  2. Pagi pagi buta ni suddenly mengidam asam pedas. Got recipe or not ah, Cikgu? I googled it, tarak simple ones. All nid to pakai daun kesum and loads of stuf. If ada simple one, share wif me, can? *naik gila*

    Buy assam paste = ready mix in packets… Not sure which the good ones are. We usually make our own but Malay or nyonya cooking, where got easy one… See the ingredients already pening kepala!

    1. Cleff,
      My mom’s asam pedas recipe.
      Shallots ( quite a bit ), dried chilli ( a bit only)-soak with hot water until soften,
      lemongrass( 1 or 2 batang)-hiris,a bit of belacan and a bit of kunyit.Blend wverything with a bit oil and water until halus.Tumiskan the rempah with oil, dah wangi add some air asam jawa and kasi dia boil.Then add in ur fish or chicken.Mo letak extra serai(titik first) can and mo lagi sedap, campak some daun kesum(if don’t have never mind..still sedap).Buat pekat sikit so that can hirup the kuah or celup with the ee-cha-kuih(kuih keranda the malay call).Sorry no measurement or weight as I masak pakai campak-campak and I woyld normally blend the rempah banyak at one go and simpan in the freezer.This same rempah can make nyonya laksa.Minus air asam jawa and letak santan, it’s already nyonya laksa.Hope you’ll try it and will like it.I will masak this lauk when I rajin and will weight everything and hopefully I can give you the full recipe then.Anyway, kita nyonya call asam pedas as gerang asam.

      KL so easy, gerai ada…no need to go through all the hassle. Just need to know where the good ones are.

      1. This sounds great, Shereen – I think I can follow the recipe, too ๐Ÿ™‚

        Cleff & Shereen – have you both seen that Little Nonya series? Very nice. When we were in Singapore in April, we went to the Peranakan museum and I was mesmerised by everything.

        Go Malacca or Penang – you can also see lots. In Singapore, they say you can get authentic nyonya food at Katong. Used to stay there in 1973 – have not been for a long long time…

      2. Yoong,
        Yes, I think I saw the whole series within 3 days..marathon and never sleep..hahaha.That was 3 years ago.In Malacca, you can also go the Peranakan Museum in Jonker street.It belong to a relative of mine.My recipe is pretty simple..and very authentic..hahaha.Actually, Nyonya food is very simple..the ingredients,I mean.The only difficult or tedious part is the execution..but if you are not fussy as how your end product would look like, it’s fairly easy and still taste the same.I guess only those who are not in the know and not a Peranakan, they tend to make the recipe more difficult by adding this and that and the end product does not taste like the real McCoy at all ๐Ÿ™‚

        Anything that needs pounding = work to me and then anything more than one or two ingredients as well. I’ll stick to my simple kampung recipes – also very nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      3. Ohh, thank you for the recipe, Shereen… I’ll be sure to try it soon. Tak apa…just tell me how to do it can oredi… I oso tak biasa use measurement… agak agak is better for me… if i follow the measurement, confirm fail punya the cooking.

        There! There! She complained that my recipes all no exact measurements one…and hers also tak ada. We, experts dah! All agak2…follow instincts one and campak…campak…like Chef Wan. Muahahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. The roast pork looks yummy, by the way. *SIGH SIGH SIGH* Make me miss my mum’s roast beef… slice the beef thinly and cicah air asam, fuiyooooo… sure tak ingat dunia!

    Good grief! Imagine you having that key chain and it triggers cravings in you all the time. LOL!!!

    1. I have this pizza keychain… and each time I look at it, makes me feel like ordering pizza. Tsk!

      Now where did I put my daughter’s pizza pencil case? Maybe I can give that to you for Christmas. Muahahahaha!!!!

  4. you sure are in the minds of many people, look at that many souvenirs you got from them!! wow.. i don’t really get a lot of souvenirs, as i don’t usually buy souvenirs and distribute too, hahahaha~~ i think we just enjoy our trip and the memories will be in our minds forever~~

    It certainly is nice to be fondly remembered… I will buy something to give – little souvenirs…and never mind what they do with them. As they say, it’s the thought that counts.

  5. Hehe, of all the souvenirs, I like the roast pork key chain, so cute!

    It certainly is. Very unique… Gosh! Imagine THAT reminded Alex of me when he saw it and he bought it for me! Muahahahahaha!!!!

  6. Key chains are one of the best souvenirs, small and light easy to carry around during the tour.

    Yup, especially when you only have 20 kg and Air Asia, you have to buy baggage allowance…if you plan to shop. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. When I travel and if I want to get something for someone, I would usually really give a lot of thoughts as what to get for that someone. I don’t care what’s the cost but as long as I know that what I get for that someone will bring a smile to that someone’s face and that they would really like it,I’ll get it. No point buying something for the sake of buying and giving and then when you give, the person will just shove in the the drawer and forgot all about it or even worse, just campak it or will recycle the gift. Anyway, you have always been a good friend to everyone and wonder ppl will always remember you ๐Ÿ™‚

    So? What did you buy for me from the States? Muahahahahaha!!!!!Used to buy lots for Melissa…and missus, but missus macam tak suka the things I bought – clothes, bags, shoes…so I would just pick up something at the airport like perfume for her lah. Then there must be stuff for the family and my in-laws – usually food…and if going to other places, I would bring home a whole lot of souvenirs like fridge magnets and key holders for colleagues and friends. Limited baggage space -can’t buy too much.

  8. You are very blessed to have wonderful, sweet and thoughtful friends. You are well loved by many! I love the cute roast pork key holder! So cute!

    I must have done some things right somewhere some place to deserve all these… Ya, I love it too!

  9. The roast pork key chain, so cute. As cute as you, hahahahaha!!!…..When Alex saw the roast pork key chain, it sure reminds him of YOU. It seems that you always stays in the hearts and minds of your friends. Everybody so sayang you.

    LOL!!! Imagine…the things that remind people of me. Sobsssss!!!!!! Muahahahahaha!!!!๐Ÿ˜€

  10. AW โ€“ because you are you, no charade at all, thatโ€™s what I like about you.

    Yes, I am what I am…and what you see is what you get. Take it or leave it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hear ye!Hear Ye!I totally agree with you,Yoong.Arthur is one of the nicest and unpretentious person I ever known.It helps that he’s so jolly and funny.I love you,Arthur!…wink!wink!…now can send me mee daddy or not…muahahaha!

      Mee Daddy RM3.00…postage RM30.00 and you get in 3 months, dunno berulat inside already. Better I TT you the money and you go and buy the Indonesian Indomie or Mee Sedap – the curry flavour (and other flavours) also very nice. Anytime better than Maggi.

      1. Arthur..I change my mind..I don’t like you..muahaha

        No worries. I still like you – I still have a few cans of SPAM left…and the corned beef and some biscuits and chocolates as well. Wait till they run out and then we shall see… Muahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. Eee… bodek mode on. I oso tak mau kalah. Cikguuu, ur the most wonderful person I’ve ever met. Can send me some masak hitam paste or not? Wakakakaka!

        Sorry…I baru told Shereen via sms yesterday – no rempah masak hitam in town…all sold out – maybe everyone’s stocking up for Christmas or Chinese New Year. Went round all the shops, not a single one ada! Wait! Lah…tunggu stok baru nanti! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      3. I also like you. I also think you are the most wonderful person. What will you send me?? Merry Xmas! x x (see, got kisses here…so, what will you be sending me?!)

        No home deliveries – you want anything, must come to Sibu to collect personally. Hehehehehe!!!!

  11. People buy food for you to try out because you appreciate good food. I also like to buy different types of food for my dad as he likes to try out new things. My mum is simply not interested in food so there is no joy buying food for her. For her, eating is just for survival.
    I wanted to buy more things for you to try out but many issues cropped up at home during the last week before we left for Sibu that I ended up packing at the last minute and I had no time to travel to JB to buy them for you and my family. Haih!

    Oh no! Taking the time off to meet me was good enough – your kids must have been a handful, not easy to get away. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you bought me bak kua and Scottish shortbread – more than enough already. Didn’t buy you anything – other than the rambutans from my backyard. Shy lah… Btw, I think the post is coming out tomorrow. Stay tuned…

  12. I like the roast pork keychain! So unique… lol.. well, it is nice to receive gifts from friends who thought of you when they are out of town… it is a blessing to give and to take too.. hahaha… ok, when you come, i dont mind receiving gifts from you, sir.. but i will reciprocate by taking you out for a Big Makan! lol..

    Sure will bring as much as I can – flying, not easy to bring a lot…and they’re very strict these days. Like vultures…going all out to squeeze money out of the passengers. But I will always bring some buah tangan for friends who care to come and say hello…

  13. AH! The roast pork key chain look so cute!!!

    Naughty quail eggs? I know in Taiwan, there are something name “hard” eggs? Quite similar to this naughty quail egg, it is really hard and hmmmm i don’t really like it. I think it is quite famous in Taiwan, everyone sure will buy a pack back.

    Not nice, is it? Haven’t opened yet. I tried the sakura prawns – so-so, nothing great. I think our own hay bee…or salai udang (smoked prawns) are a lot nicer.

    1. Why the egg so black wan? Nampak macam hangus!

      Some eggs black-black one mah!!! Muahahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. I think the phong peah you are refering to is Taiwan Sun Biscuits. I love the white bean filling. Yea, Taiwan is kind of popular for its mochi. All sorts of flavours you can try there.

    Ok, so that’s what they’re called. Very nice…liked them a lot – worth buying home. The mochi…so-so only…we have them here, more or less the same and I’m never into those things anyway.

  15. Aiyoh…the “roast pork” looked so real, lah! Ha ha ha… I want a bite from it. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Gosh! Good thing didn’t give you. In the end, habis…everyday you chew… Muahahahaha!!!!

  16. Whenever I am in overseas, it has been my habit to always buy things/food which is not available here. And of course, I distribute to my family and friends cos I believe sharing is caring. Talking about this, the souvenir which I promised to give it to you is still with me. So bila nak collect?

    Still can’t confirmed. My father underwent surgery yesterday to remove something from his throat/voice box – some inflammation that was causing very hoarse voice for sometime now – presently not allowed to talk for three days…and follow-up by doctor will be next Wednesday. Now, I hope you can understand why I cannot confirm right now at this very moment whether I will be in KL or not…and of course, everybody knows that I’ve a bedridden mum whom I have to help babysit every morning so I would not be able to get away for a long time – a few days at the right time would not be too bad – long trips are definitely out of the question. Both are over 80 years old…

    1. I can understand your situation cos’ I have a male friend who are tied up 24 hours to take care of his bed ridden mom and dad who can’t walk. He prefer to take care both his parent on his own rather than employing a female helper.

      Don’t worry, I’ll keep the souvenir for you (unless given up) or I’l buy you nice meal IF you are in KL anytime. God bless.


      Sighhhhhhh!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  17. You are certainly loved, wonderful friend!
    And i love the cute roast pork keychain too, wouldn’t hesitate to buy if I ever saw one! ^^

    LOL!!! I wonder how your friends would react especially those who do not eat pork… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. YeaP those are ‘iron eggs’. I enjoyed the shrimps a lot at first but now ok ok

    But those ‘sun biscuits’ quite addictive lol!!

    Glad u liked the roast pork Lolll

    Yes, the sun biscuits were very very nice. Regretted telling my missus – she went straight for the other one… Sobssss!!! Any more in your house? Anybody else going to Taiwan? Muahahahahahaha!!!! I’ll try and get hold of some salai/smoked prawns for you – bigger ones are better…more to eat. Yet to try the eggs…

    1. Haha ok let me find if anymore left. Regretted I didn’t buy more!!

      No lah…just joking. You can eat it yourself if there’s any left…but who’s going to Taiwan next? I want those sun biscuits, nothing else. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. hahaha! Love the roast pork keychain! By the way, how do the quail eggs taste like? I’ve seen them being sold in some supermarkets in Kch, but never tried cause i’m not sure if they’re actual quail eggs or some jelly-thing.

    Yet to try. My friend says good with porridge…and we haven’t had porridge so far… Hopefully it’s something like century eggs.

  20. My brother got me one of those keychain with my name written on it from Bali as well! hahaha! I wonder how does the naughty quaill egg taste like…hmmmmm… ๐Ÿ™‚ My dad would love that roast 3 layer pork keychain as well. LOL

    I’m wondering too… Jade, see comment below, seems to like them a lot.

  21. ohhh he got you iron eggs! they’re called ‘tie dan’ and i love love love them to bits…very moreish

    Hi, doc! Haven’t seen you around for a while now. They’re that good? You’re coming home for X’mas by any chance? I can save those eggs for you…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi jade how r u. Long time no see

      Yup, certainly looks like working life is a whole lot busier than the time when still studying…

    2. haha…don’t have much of a life these days…A+E does that to you. Im staying here for xmas, but i will be back for CNY. You must come visit ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ok…hope to see you around then. Alex will be here till after Chinese New Year. Oooo…A&E! Sounds exciting! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. So thoughtful of all your friends to think of you where ever they go. That is something money cannot buy! I like that roast pork key chain! Wah, so much food, can eat all alone ar? hehe..

    Yes, I’m so thankful to have such wonderful friends all over. Hmmm…eat slowly, bit by bit…and in time, all will be finished also. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. You are so blessed to have so many nice friends! ๐Ÿ™‚ that pork key chain looks exactly like roast pork! I have a personalized handmade keychain from a friend of mine. Very lovely.

    Yup, the personal touch certainly makes it more special. I’ve quite a few actually that people have given me over the years – key chains with my name on them… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. The “khong therng”(peanut cakes) – if they are the same ones available in Malaysia, you know, the rolled up ones wrapped in greaseproof (?) paper, then they are ones I like. Very sweet though.

    Someone, please explain…why is it called Naughty Quail Eggs?? Why?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ask the Taiwanese… I haven’t the slightest idea. The khong therng, you crush and add to salad cream…very nice dressing – gives it a special nutty fragrance and helps balance the sour taste of the cream.

  25. that ROAST PORK key chain does mean a lot to you right? U are blessed to have so many good friends. Hey, any gathering in KL this weekend? Won’t be going back to Melaka so I’ll be around. Remember to tag me k, if there is any gathering on!

    Nothing planned right now – in fact, I can’t be sure I’ll definitely be going till the time comes. Do check out my updates on Facebook…

  26. wah the roast pork keychain is the best. It’ll remind you of roast pork every time you take out the keys.

    …and trigger the craving in me? Oh me oh my! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Gosh! Roast pork key chain! That’s so cute. Bet you feel like popping it into your mouth each time you see it! lol

    LOL!!! Good for dieters. Chew to relieve craving… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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