I love a rainy night…

Ya…I love it when it rains at night but only when I’m at home sleeping. However, the other night, my missus was invited by an old friend of hers to her son’s wedding reception – and my daughter and I were not invited. Tsk! Tsk!

We decided not to cook dinner for ourselves that evening and went out instead…even though it was raining and it could get quite tedious but we managed somehow and headed to this place that I’ve featured in my blog a number of times before.

Nope, we did not have their burgers that they are most noted for and looking at the menu at the place, it certainly looks like spell-check’s AWOL…

SG menu 1

…or it would have detected the spelling errors right away.

SG menu 2

A mono-lingual waitress came to take our orders, no price for guessing what language she could speak. It wouldn’t be so bad if she knew a little bit about what they had in the menu – to every question, she just replied curtly, “I don’t know!” All she did was to wait for us to tell her the numbers in the menu for our orders which she jotted down to hand over to the chef…and she was not at all, in the least, pleasant or friendly. I really wonder if people like her were given any proper training or not prior to working at a place like this one. Tsk! Tsk! She even came back a while later to ask if I wanted ice in the big mug of cold water that I had ordered.

My daughter had their Green Forest (RM6.50)…

SG Green Forest

and of course, the waitress did not know what that was so we just had to take the risk and ordered – whatever it was, we were pretty sure that it would be…a drink. It turned out to be some kind of apple-flavoured drink which was fine as far as my daughter was concerned and as for what she wanted to eat that night, ย she decided to try their breaded chicken (RM11.90)…

SG breaded chicken

…but she did not think it was great, just o.k. ย I tried a bit and felt it was in fact quite good – perhaps she did not like the strong taste or fragrance of the herbs used.

I had the baked macaroni cheese (RM13.90)…

SG baked macaroni cheese 1

…which was passable – not bad at all, I would say but I do wish that for the price they were charging, they had a sprinkling of turkey ham at ย least, if not real (smoked) ham or bacon, and parmesan cheese on top…

SG baked macaroni cheese 2

…other than those miserable bits of carrot and mushroom.

All in all, however, we had a great time – the place was not crowded and the in-house music with the acoustic versions of some of the latest favourites was very pleasing to the ears. I went to the counter to pay the bill and when the boss saw me, he passed me these…

SG Angry Birds ang paos

…complimentary ang pao packets. Angry Birds!!! I certainly would not give that to anybody come Chinese New Year when everyone’s supposed to be happy and not angry but I saw the guy at a table near ours paying his bill and there were at least six of them in the group plus they had a lot more to eat and I did not see him getting the free ang pao packets. Hehehehehehe!!!!

As we were leaving, a waiter standing by the entrance greeted me – in English, “Good evening, teacher!” He did not look familiar and I guess he sensed it so he quickly told me that he was a student in my former school, waiting for his SPM results and working there part time…and that he was in transition class in 2006. Good grief! That would mean that I never taught him and he was in Form One in the afternoon session (I was teaching in the morning) when I retired in 2007…and to think that after all these years, he could still remember that I was a teacher in his school? Hmmm…I really must work on making myself less conspicuous!

My daughter and I went straight home after that and on the whole, I must say that we did enjoy our father and daughter night out together…despite the rain.

Author: suituapui

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

26 thoughts on “I love a rainy night…”

  1. Ooer I always find that having a meal whilst it rained is wonderful. The cool breeze would be perfect when having steamboat or a meal that has spicy dishes. Thank heavens your daughter’s around, else you’d be a lone ranger for the meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

    LOL!!! If she were not around, I would probably end up eating instant noodles at home… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. Eeeeeee….terrible grammar. Nvm…if u tink that is bad…u call to the TM call centre….can vomit blood…

    Celcom’s not even able to carry on a conversation for more than a couple of sentences… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  3. Over here in IPOH, it is very cooling too, especially during the night, that is most welcomed by my kids and I.. no need to switch on air con, save current, save my money, save the world.. hahahaa…
    Another experience being distinguished again by someone unknown to you? I think it is a wonderful feeling to be remembered..

    Eyewwww….not really. I prefer to be at places where nobody knows me – can do whatever I please… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. well, the environment looks nice at least haha. food looks good too.

    wah… another one that recognized you… if you say you’re not sibu’s ter-popular, no one would believe that! heheheh!

    Sigh!!! Perhaps I should move elsewhere. Ya…I like this place as well…but choices may be limited.

  5. The ang pow inside got money or not??? If no, why are you so happy?..hahaha. I very pantang if I go to a restaurant and ask about something in their menu and they say don’t know, I’ll wait there without saying another word and wait for them to go and ask someone who is in the know. Once I did that and this very blur waitress just stare at me back and I nicely told her, she look at me for what?..she wants me to tell her the answer is it or would she rather take a seat while I walk to the kitchen to ask the cook. I also told her if she can’t be bothered to learn up her menu, she might as well stay home and apply for welfare money..easier. I know it’s mean but spending money on makan in NZ is not cheap and why would I just order some makan hoping that it will be edible and something that I might like kan…tsk!tsk!tsk!..and worst thing is, she has been taking orders in this restaurant for over a year and everytime she take orders, she will say she don’t know if we tanya her something. Like that what for she work? Don’t tell me even after a year she still don’t know, right?
    The ambiance of the place is not bad and Mel’s drink look so posh. Tapikan, you mac n cheese tu look so sedih lar..I tengok pun tak ada selera mo makan..hahaha and to pay RM13+ bucks for it..aiyoh, apek,you so rich,ah?

    Where got so rich this apek? Want to go western here, memang more expensive…and anyway that’s about NZ$5-6…so cheap lah compared to your prices there. LOL!!! No money in the ang pao lah…just happy as I got special treatment, others did not get any… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Walao eh! You so garang one! I so lembut, so berbudibahasa…where got treat people like that one? MUahahahahaha!!!!!! But frankly, I just kept quiet as Melissa was there – she would not let me throw tantrums in situations like this – said so memalukan…so terpaksa tahan, sabar… For one thing, it was a western fusion restaurant – they should be able to speak English. Want to speak Mandarin, go work in a Chinese restaurant lor… I wonder if she can even pronounce the names of the items in the menu – everything, just refer to the number codes… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. the food looks good except for the mac and cheese. who put carrots in mac and cheese ? haha. i love to eat fish head curry when it’s a rainy day. thinking of it makes me drool . yummeh.annnd i certainly would not give anyone the angry bird angpow..later people turn into angry bird how ? LOL.

    Ya…something spicy would be nice but nothing of the sort at this western fusion cafe. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Ah well…I guess the kids would love the angry birds ang paos… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. Welcome & thanks for dropping by. Will link you in my blogroll.

    1. thanks for the link ! ๐Ÿ™‚ btw, my blog is now allthatnatalie.wordpress.com. the other one is super old one ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ok…I’ve updated the link. I was using the link in your earlier comment…and you typed your URL wrongly in your link to this comment. I’ve amended that too.

  7. Haha you are so funny ๐Ÿ™‚ yea can sense how happy you are…father and daughter’s day out ‘makaning ‘ . Ya better keep the ang pau packets…or the person wil be angry..not the bird :p unless the notes inside can make the recipient smile LOL!

    If me, I don’t mind…as long as can get money but some Chinese really pantang one. Ya, my girl’s home…so of course, happy lah! Not for long though – 1st Jan already taking off for Sg Petani… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. The baked macaroni cheese looks nice but the drink, Green Forest looks weird. Anyway it is a nice father and daughter nite out.

    See…see., everywhere you go, there are bound to be people who knows you. Great figure of Sibu.

    If it goes on like this, I think they can remove the Swan symbol for Sibu and put up my statue instead. Muahahahahaha!!!! Well, they serve this kind of luminous-coloured drinks at many places. I think the young people like them…

    1. Yes, totally agree with you. High time for them to remove the Swan symbol and put your statue instead. Like the Cheng Ho Statue at Friendship park.

      Aiyor…my statue would definitely be a whole lot bigger than Cheng Ho’s… Imagine how much cement they would need to use. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. hahahhahahhahahah…i just about to say the same!! Remove the Swan and put Arthur’s statue.

      Sure town council will not approve – would need a lot of cement to make…and cement shortage right now. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. I guess the baked macaroni cheese was a vegetarian dish. Hehe.

    The red packets would be a great for kids since they are into these stuff now. Haha.

    Probably. That’s why no meat… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Ya, the kids would love those ang pao packets, that’s for sure.

  10. Lupp the baked macaroni cheese, in fact anything baked..haha. Missing my bake fish from Penang lolz. Must try the two new dish “autbentic” and “ried” rice..

    Mana ada… You curry mee punya orang! Nothing for you to eat at this place…

  11. hahaha….not really ‘known’ by everybody…at least not to my 30+ years old niece who lives in Sibu to whom I encouraged to read your blog to improve her English. Nah, said she had never seen you before…..mainly because she rarely eats out. I left Sibu 40 years ago but do visit once every few years.

    Your niece so old already, still needs to improve her English? What is she working as? Which school did she go to before? 40 years ago – 1971…I was still in Form 6, still very young then. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    P.S. Btw, is that your real email address or a fictitious one? Never seen any @mail.com email addresses before. Are you on Facebook? Perhaps we can be friends there? For one thing, I certainly would feel more comfortable with commenters who are moire than just mere faceless initials on the computer screen.

  12. I wonder why waiters and waitresses in most part of our country were not given proper training on product knowledge and customer services. “I don’t know” is the usual answer we get. and you are right, some more answer with “Sour” face. Honestly, I don’t blame them, I blame the owner of the Restaurant not taking pride in their food and do not really care about customer services. The mac and cheese does not look so appetizing to me and I am sure you can do that better at home for less than what you paid for:D Melissa’s drink is kind of fancy and for an apple flavored drink. What is the red thing in there?

    Yup, when it’s supposed to be a classier joint – not some coffee shop or Chinese restaurant…and when we have to pay a lot more than at those places, we would expect better service and pampering…and not get some dumb any school leaver who does not know head or tail about anything and does not even have the decency to try and be friendly and nice. If I were alone, I certainly would give them a piece of my mind…but my daughter was with me and at other times, I would be there with my friends…so have to refrain from creating a scene and embarrassing everybody.

    Red thing? No leh…nothing – must be the colour of the table.

    1. My Quay Lo can never understand why when he give someone dumb or rude a piece of his mind, it will embarrass people around him. He said when he is in US, it will not have this effect. Haiyah, I told him we all human, you all “kwai” mah… hehehe In the beginning of our life together, I hated it when he did that but then slowly but surely I now appreciate where he is coming from. I think he is right that we are not doing our service industry a favor by keeping quiet because we feel embarrass to speak up. If we want change we need to be proactive. We should complain and let our displeasure be known. I used to order mee and they brought me mee hoon, I kept quiet and “sapu”. When the sales people were rude to me, I kept a lid on my anger and walked away feeling disgusted. No more now, I will send the wrong order back and if people are rude to me, I will tell them off immediately. Now ar, I am more “garang” than my Quay Lo. I think he had successfully turned me into “Kwai” lah. So next time I come visit you in Sibu and you take me go “makan” you can tell anyone off in front of me, I won’t be embarrassed by you and if I do the same, I know you will clap hands right? hehehe

      Ya…if go some place cheap, no class at all, no need to complain o.k. but at more expensive places, we’re entitled to speak our minds when shortchanged. Like people using low cost airline…zero fare even and still want to complain so much. Tsk! Tsk!

  13. Wah father-daughter time while the missus is out. I do that frequently with my son too but of late he’s been getting on my nerve. Guess he’s just stressed out with his working internship.

    Or growing up already? Slowly breaking away… Found girlfriend already kah? Don’t want to be mummy’s little boy anymore. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  14. Ohh the macaroni and cheese dish you had didn’t look very appealing to me.. quite plain right? And what were you trying to imply… yes yes you’re actually famous in school ๐Ÿ˜› hehehe

    Not plain, just all pasta and sauce…nothing else. And not famous, infamous or notorious – that big, fierce, scary teacher. LOL!!!

  15. So fast Mellisa already crave for her western food? hehehhe

    When i dine out at some new restaurant, too many things for me to choose, usually i will ask what is their most popular one. But if when i ask what is that that dish, they cannot answer me, “sometime” i will ask them to go and check and let me know (if i am in nasty mood) hahahhahah.

    Angry bird ang pow packet! I think this year we can see a lot angry bird ang pow packets in the market, since it is the “hit” among the kids.

    The boss give you ang pow packet and not another patron, because he think you’re qualify to giving out ang pow la, maybe the other guy is much younger look, he might not married yet, so no point give him. hahahhah

    Hmmm…so I am supposed to consider that as an insult? Tsk! Tsk! No lah…the other guy also old with two grown daughters and their boyfriends…and a little boy, maybe the accidental son. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Actually, Melissa did not eat western that much there – VERY expensive…so most of the time, she would buy from the supermarket and cook her own – Asian-style. I think having stayed there for so long, she now loves our Malaysian/Asian food a lot more…

  16. haha, i told you, you are just a famous guy back there huh?? seems like everyone around recognise you, hahaha!! so did he give you a nice discount off your chicken meals?? hehe.. :p

    Nope, no discount. The 5% discount voucher that they gave me on my last visit had expired… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Well, at least, they gave me the angry birds ang paos… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. That’s so nice – father-daughter time. I guess you make quite an impression as a teacher in school. I remember my Dad was rather ‘famous’ too in school because he was the discipline master and most of his students were terrified of him. But oddly enough it was always the naughty boys (some whom he has disciplined before) who always acknowledged him outside of school. Respect! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I guess he did not need to deal with the good students so most of them would not be so familiar with him. Ya, the naughty ones are mor often than not the sweetest. Ya…must spend quality time together every opportunity we get – parent-child bonding is crucial in today’s challenging world.

  18. I like the look of the drink that Mel ordered. It looks so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your pasta looked nice too.
    And it always makes me smile each time I see or hear or read about the things you and Mel do together ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ya, the best times of our lives, memories to cherish and treasure always.

  19. Can you keep one of those angry bird angpow for me? My dad is an ardent collector of angpow packets.

    Oh dear! I gave them all to my sis already…but never mind, I’ll go there again and I’ll ask for your dad. A friend also asked me for it… Have to wait till I get back from KL next week though.

  20. now everywhere I go I see this angry birds. It’s at the singapore airport, shopping centres and everywhere! So angry!

    Ya…all the bad vibes. Why can’t they have happy birds? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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