Straight from the heart…

It never rains, they say – it pours…and pour it did when I was in KL. No, I’m not talking about the rain but the kindness and generosity showered upon me by my awesome friends there.

  Annie-Q gave me these Portuguese egg tarts…

Egg tarts from Annie

…for supper on our first night there. I guess she knows that I love eating those…and I certainly enjoyed the ones she bought.

She also gave me these…

Pressies from Annie

I’m keeping the sambal rolls for Chinese New Year but I’ve finished what was in the tin. I had to as unfortunately, it did not survive the flight back to Sibu – very thin and crispy love letters (kuih kapit/sepit) with meat floss filling. They were so very nice even though we had to eat it with a spoon. I managed to salvage a few and gave to my parents and they enjoyed it a great deal too.

Annie and Elaine (who so very kindly gave me her hotel privilege discount vouchers to use during our four-night stay in KL) gave me some packets of heong peah too…

Hiong Piah from Annie & Elaine

…but knowing that my parents love these very much and I did not go and buy any this time around, I gave two to them…and the other two, I gave to my mother-in-law. My in-laws like them too.

Elaine also gave me her out-of-this-world fruit cake again…

Pressies from Elaine

Last year, she gave me one through Annie when we were in Penang and I served that at my Christmas party. Everyone praised it to the skies. This year, I am not holding any party for Christmas so I will reserve the cake for Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, I don’t think her chocolate chip cookies with a very strong butter fragrance will last till then as there has been more than one hand sticking into the cookie jar each passing day.

These came from smallkucing

From smallkucing

– Ferrero Rocher, no less and I got these Scottish shortbread from Yee Ling

From Yee Ling

I still do not know what is in the smaller packet inside as to date, I’ve yet to find somebody to read what is on the box – it’s all Greek to me. All I know is that it is some kind of aloe vera product, this much I can tell by looking at the picture outside.

Quay Po gave me these macarons with butter chestnut filling that she made herself…

Quay Po's macarons

I couldn’t wait to get back to the hotel to eat them as I had heard everyone talking about macarons, flaunting the ones they had made or bought in their blogs or on Facebook…and we do not have any here. If I’m not mistaken, it was ahkamkoko who had some somewhere and I asked him to buy me a few to try. He told me that it was very sweet, nothing great…and children would love them. Hmmmmm…I don’t know whether that was an excuse not to buy me any or those that he had really sucked big time. Quay Po’s macarons, on the other hand, were sheer ecstasy, I tell you…and I’m not saying this just to flatter her. My only complaint was there were too few in the box! Muahahahahaha!!! Truth be told, Quay Po, we had to eat each piece so very slowly, taking teeny-weeny bites at a time, savouring and enjoying each little crumb… Ahhhh!!!! Heavenly, absolutely heavenly!!!

As for the molasses sugar cookies that she also gave me…

Quay Po's cookies

…I’m saving that for Chinese New Year too. Quay Po said that if they have turned hard, all I have to do would be to put a piece of bread inside and they will become softer again.

I also got an autographed CD from Quay Po – her son, Nick, is in a rock band – Rosevelt…

Rosevelt's 1st CD release

…and they have just launched their first CD not too long ago. I’ve given it a spin and they sounded very nice – I would say that they’re something a little heavier than Linkin’ Park, maybe something like The Killers. Good luck to you, Nick and your band, all the best.

Quay Lo, Quay Po’s hubby – the one who’s too big for the Big Dog t-shirts (which, of course, is a blessing for me…as I got all of them in the end), copied some songs on two CDs for me…and my missus and Melissa were delighted as they got presents from Quay Po too…

Pressies from Quay Po & Quay Lo

She also gave me these heong peahs…

Heong peah from Quay Po

I kept these and ate them myself as I had not had them before…and I must say they were very good indeed. Unfortunately, there was neither brand nor manufacturer’s name and address on the label. I guess those must be from some bakery – made on a small-scale basis.

If you think that was all, then you’re sadly mistaken for Quay Po also gave me these bak kut teh spices from Klang…

BKT spices from Quay Po

There were three packets so I gave one to my parents and one to my mother-in-law. I’ve yet to cook it so I cannot say much about it right now.

Isaac Tan gave me one big bag of fruits when he dropped by to give us a lift to the wedding dinner we were attending. There was so much that we could not finish and had to take them back to Sibu with us. No worries, they’re all gone by now, Isaac. LOL!!!

Last but definitely not the least, Mandy, gave me these…

Pressies from Mandy

I’m saving the chocolate ones for Chinese New Year…but I do not think those pineapple rolls will last till then.

Gosh! Seeing is believing, they say…and it is indeed true. This trip to KL, I did not have to buy anything myself as all those gifts almost completely filled the suitcase already. I did stop by Marks & Spencer at KLCC to buy the wonderfully-rich all butter Viennese cookies that Elaine sent me sometime ago…and I really really loved them so much, that’s all.

It’s New Year’s Eve today – another year has come and gone and I do think that it has been a super remarkable one for me – a wonderful year of love and friendship with loved and dear ones, old and new – praise the Lord, a year of happiness and beautiful memories to cherish and remember for always.  To all of you, all I can offer in return would be my most sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart and my prayers that God will bless you all abundantly in the coming New Year, 2012 and in the years ahead.

Author: suituapui

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

31 thoughts on “Straight from the heart…”

  1. New year eve… mwhahahaha… I’m gonna usher the new year with makan makan again. So blessed with friends who likes to makan as a hobby. 😀 Are you going to makan all the way with Melissa and ur missus too? Any special new year eve dinner? 😀

    You’ll have to wait for the post to see what we’ll be up to…but there are lots of posts in the queue… 😉

  2. Arthur, you are a very lucky man to have beautiful and generous friends. When you next visit KL, you’ll need to bring an empty suitcase just for gifts.

    I am truly blessed… 😉

  3. Everything looks delightful. You’re blessed to have such thoughtful friends. I really love the snowman Christmas wrap; the bow is adorable also.

    Wishing you and your loved ones, happiness, good health, and safety in the new year.

    Cheers!

    Opal

    Thanks, Opal…and the same to you and yours. Thanks also for being my friend and dropping by regularly all this while. Yes, I am indeed so blessed to have made so many friends through blogging, praise the Lord. 🙂

  4. Ho Ho Ho pretty good harvest haha. Sorry got nothing from Bananaz but intangible gifts from deep inside my heart, abundant ♥♥♥♥♥ and hugs. Hosanna in the Highest.

    I also did not bring anything for you…as we did not pre-plan our meeting. You took time off to spend the whole afternoon with me – I really couldn’t ask for more…, thanks so much. There are things of the heart – friendship and sincerity, love and affection…all of which are worth more than anything money can buy.

  5. Wow!…alot of goodies from your kind & generous friends. Truly, truly blessed. When you left for KL you baggage is 47 kg and I wonder when you are back to Sibu, is there any excess baggage charge?….LOL

    Wishing you again a very prosperous New Year 2012 and a great year ahead.

    Lastly, Lord, in your mercy, hear Arthur’s prayers. May the Good Lord Bless each and everyone of us. AMEN!!!!….

    Only 36 kg when we came back – the rice I was bringing was very heavy… No excess as there were three of us – could have gone up to 60kg. The sane goes to you and your family…and thanks for dropping by and posting comments all this while…. That certainly means a lot to me and keeps me going. 🙂

  6. It certainly looks like you’ve been showered with love, good friends and wonderful times !! Happy New Year to you in advance ! God bless you and family ! 🙂

    Yes, I certainly have… The same to you and your family – hope you will all have a great year ahead.

  7. wow… I better plan going to KL for christmas next year!! but then I dont think I receive half as many as you had, i bet! hahahahaa… just kidding…. I believe kindness comes around… you are kind and generous and that is what you will get in return…

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!! ENJOY YOUR GOODNESS!!

    Thanks and the same to you and yours. Come, let’s spend Christmas in KL -bet you will get lots of presents – so many friends all around.

  8. Good people are blessed with good things. 🙂 So it is not surprising that blessings are pouring to you from everywhere.

    A blessed New Year to you and your family STP. ^_^

    Thanks, Ishmael and the same to you and your family too. I try to be…but of course, I’m only human like everybody else. 😉

  9. oh!, lol my simple bag of fruits also got a mention. But it cant compare to all those awesome gifts you got. nice!

    Happy new year to you and your family Arthur!

    It’s the thoughtfulness and sincerity behind it that’s most important, thanks so much for that, Isaac. Happy New Year to you too and to Janice and all in your family.

  10. Blessed new year 2012, Arthur! May your life continue to be surrounded by sweetness and all things sweet!

    Thanks, I certainly hope so…and a Blessed 2012 to you and your family too.

  11. All of Arthur’s friends…please,please,pretty please FRIEND me!!!!!!

    This year has been a good year for me…a few misses but many hits.So happy to have met you and through you, I met a wonderful lady, Lucy..your wife in case you don’t know which Lucy and also Yoong…a very nice lady and I feel that she is going to be a very good friend indeed.I am also blessed to get to know Annie Kiu who is just such a nice person and of course not forgetting our ‘gila’ Cleffairy who is such a sweetheart.I love your this beautiful ‘spot’ which has kept me entertained and very grounded.I hope this coming year, I’ll find new friendship with many of your lovely fans.I am very very blessed the day i found your blog!!
    Happy new year, Arthur,Lucy and Melissa.

    Happy New Year to you, Simon and Justyne too… Little did I know when I started my blog that it would be a venue not only for me to make so many wonderful friends but for my friends to make friends with one another. Ain’t that great? I certainly hope that in the coming year and the years to come, our social circle circle will keep growing and growing…

    1. Shereen, Want friend this Lucy (Quay Po) ar? May not as nice as Arthur’s Lucy but she might keep you enterntaine one? I want to friend you but don’t know how. Anyway, Happy New Year to you and family. May 2012 the bestest year for you all/ If you and your family ever come to KL, give this “Lucy” a buzz and we shall meet up and Quay Po can cook you a home cook meal and Quay Lo can cook your husband a Western meal, guarantee better than the Western Restaurant you had in KL before… haha I am blowing my Quay Lo’s trumpet. It is new year ma, time to blow the trumpet louder right?

      Can make friends on Facebook – everybody’s there. Torture one another in my blog not enough – also torture on Facebook. With friends like us, who need enemies? Muahahahahaha!!!! 😀

      1. Quay Po…we are friends in FB ler…hahhaha.Would love to get to know you better:)

        Already? Ummmm….how much better? Hehehehehehe!!!! 😀

    2. Eh?? what happen to my reply to Shereen?? Ya la, we spoke on FB and I did not know it is the same Shereen lah. We have so much to share my dear. We both married to Quay Lo, I am sure we have so much to talk about. You bet, we will know each other better very very soon!

      Dunno. Same one…the one and only. Ya…you two can compare notes. Her Quay Lo is very Malaysianised already – can eat belacan and petai – Annie-Q also kalah… LOL!!! 😀

      1. Arthur, no lah, Quay Lo can belacan but petai is a NO! NO! He tried it before but just hated the after effect! LOL!

        LOL!!! I thought it’s the people around him that will suffer? 😀

  12. Wow so many lovely presents! Happy New Year to you STP & your family 😉

    They are, aren’t they? Happy New Year to you and your family too… 😉

  13. Wow, it certainly poured…till you’re flooded with so many lovely gifts from wonderful friends! 🙂 So nice and thoughtful of them. Lucky and blessed you. Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2012 be more awesome!

    Same to you and yours, and yes, hopefully we will all have a great year ahead. I am indeed blessed… All those pressies from all my generous friends, unbelievable!

  14. It’s been a great 2011 and please do come over again in 2012, with more empty suitcases..LOLOL !!! ok. ok.. never mind.. Aunty Grace or Annie can also help.
    It’s not just about food but it’s all about sharing. Good things must share right ?
    Cheers to welcome 2012 with open arms !!

    Sure looking forward to doing so…. Yes, as Claire would say – caring is sharing! Hope 2012 will be a good year for everyone. 🙂

  15. Arthur, Yesterday I was SO busy cleaning up the mess in my home, can you imagine that is what I did for Christmas eve? My Quay Lo say, Lucy cannot choose a better time to do this because she is Lucy! wahahahaha… You got so many gifts from the heart, aren’t you a LUCKY LUCKY DUDE? I AM SO SO JEALOUS!! OMG, you are keeping the cookies for CNY? Why wait so long? Quickly eat and tell me how you like it. hehe

    Special things must save for special occasions mah! Then I can show off – this one given to me by my good friend, Quay Po in KL, she specially made them for me herself….bla..bla…bla… LOL!!! 😀 Ya, I’m soooo lucky, really! 🙂

  16. I saw hiong piah! I prefer with maltose one!

    And yeah you have got many gifts! And apparently they knew you well cos I can see food comprises more 80% 😛

    Yup…everybody loves to feed STP… Hehehehehe!!!

  17. I should have tell you earlier on hand carry that love letter with meat floss. 😦 Oh ya, that mini spring roll is not sambal roll, it is floss roll. hahahahhaha..me and Fearles already finish the whole tupperware.

    Quick plan another trip to KL, will bring you go makan more.

    Thanks to blogging, now you become my mum and my messenger, have to kirim barang here and there. Like some comment, your blog is like a daily vitamin, a must visit, even always get torture on the foods, but we all still like to come here :S. And through your blog i know a lot more new, fun, interesting, funny friends and it also bring more traffic to my blog !! Thank you so much!

    Yes, things are really going great for me and everybody in my blog community. Certainly hope it will keep growing…like one big happy family. 🙂

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