People get ready…

We’re into the 5th Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year now – the Year of the Dragon. So how has it been for all of you? Gone back to work already, some of you? I guess most people have taken the whole week off to go back to their respective homes.

Did you have to contribute your part in the cleaning and the cooking? Before the big day arrived, everybody would be cleaning the house from top to bottom…and in my neighbourhood, I would hear the sound of pressure pumps as they all diligently washed their driveways till they were all sparkling white and clean. I wonder why they bothered since they would get it all dirty again with all the fireworks and firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. They would also put up the red lanterns that would all be gaily lit all through the night – I did not bother to have any. I don’t think I would want to waste my money on the electricity…but I did decorate the house a bit…

CNY decor 1

…just the bare minimum…

CNY decor 2

…to brighten up the house a bit and to have a little bit of that festive mood…

CNY welcome

…but I had no intention of overdoing it and making my house look like some kind of Chinese temple.

Then there would be the cooking and the baking to be done. I was lucky as I had the intoxicating fruit cake that Elaine gave me…

Elaine's fruit cake

…and I also had the extra-old fruit pudding from my aunt in Kuching, also heavily-laced with brandy…

Auntie Irene's fruit pudding

…and the meat floss rolls from Annie-Q

Annie's meat floss rolls

I bought this very nice muruku from a bakery here

Aroma's muruku

…and their peanut cookies were very nice too…

Aroma's peanut cookies

My missus bought these pineapple rolls from Penang…

Pineapple rolls from Penang

…and she also bought the pineapple nuggets from another bakery in town…

Daily Bread's pineapple nuggets

They used to be very good…but I found that they had shrunk and there wasn’t very much pineapple jam inside. I think we would not buy those anymore from now on.

She made two types of cookies of her own – the butter cookies, Golden Churn no less…

Mrs STP's butter cookies

…and the Nestum cookies…

Mrs STP's Nestum cookies

…both of which were very nice, and she baked/steamed these cakes as well…

Mrs STP's cakes

There were also the baked cashew nuts with garlic butter added, her fried peanuts with ikan bilis (dried anchovies) which would have been a hit among those who could drink but nobody did…and Β a whole lot of other cookies that she bought, all in their original containers, sealed airtight, as Β there were simply too many to serve so those were never taken out in the end. Hmmmmm…I really must remind her to be more prudent come this time next year…

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74 thoughts on “People get ready…”

  1. There was not much cleaning in my mom’s house, and she did most of it when I arrived back in Ipoh. Of course, there were lots of eating but most of us are lazy and find it a hassle to prepare and cook CNY dishes, even the cookies and cakes are bought.

    Arthur, is still the 5th day of the new year, so I can still wish u Kong Hei Fatt Choy.

    Certainly, and the same to you too. CNY’s supposed to go on till Chap Goh Meh (15th night). Mum’s are the best. My mum used to do that too…until she became bedridden and my mother-in-law as well when she was younger and could cope with it – all we had to do was to go home…both to mine and my missus , just to eat. Now that they’re old, we are doing it to reciprocate for all that they had done. πŸ™‚

    1. Too many cooks will spoil the broth.

      Not really. Many families work very well together… My MIL and SIL for one and now that my MIL is older, my SIL would cook and my MIL would help….and during the time when I was a kid, my mum and my grandma and her sisters used to get together to make all kinds of cookies for CNY – it was so much fun. It all boils down to the individual concerned – as you make your bed, so shall you lie/as you sow so shall you reap.

      1. My MIL kicks me and sister in law out of her kitchen few years back when we tried to help out. She said we tak tau buat kerja rumah and tak tau masak. She oso cakap we basuh pinggan tak cuci betul betul. We got fed up, so stopped trying to be helpful. Bagus jugakla, can goyang kaki and play with budak budak.

        My MIL will never let us help in the kitchen – just sit and chat and watch tv…and eat when everything’s ready. Wash up after eating? Unheard of! We’re treated like VVIPs…honoured guests.

      2. Too many cooks will spoil the broth? Sounds like you never got a chance to enjoy CNY cooking sessions with your own family, Cleffairy. Perhaps you could go home and visit your parents more and enjoy some family warmth…

        Nah!!! The hubby would not hear of it… I wonder why? We used to have the reunion dinner with my parents and dinner on the 1st Day of CNY at my in-laws’ house. Now that they’re old, we cooked and brought the food over to my parents’ house for the “reunion dinner”…and on the 1st day, we invited my in-laws over for dinner – see tomorrow’s post.

  2. errr, i didn’t contribute any to CNY besides eating i guess, haha!! i love those fruit cakes, so nice and so tempting.. not interested in those cookies, just have tons of them at home, i have not even touched any at all~~ πŸ˜€

    The fruit cakes are all gone now. Everybody loved Elaine’s owing to the high brandy content – extra fragrant, extra nice…

  3. i’ve been eating too much during CNY.. ruins my usual diet :/
    haha, anyway Happy Chinese New Year! πŸ˜€

    Thanks, and the same to you. Hit the gym, young man… What diet! 😦

  4. Back liao la… duduk lama lama buat apa… asyik kena marah. Itu tak kena, ini pun tak kena… makan oso tak kenyang, anak oso kebuluran. Give things… tarak cakap thank you tak apalah, kena marah kao kao in return pulak tu.

    Grrr. I had tolerate unbearable drunkards slurring and could barely walk straight but still wanna mengata in ur face… dumb idiots gambling away their fortunes, forced to take josstick and pray to ancestors and many more. Blardy #!@#!@3 all in the name of once a year event. But horr… what to do horr? Marry liao, dun belong to own family wan… belongs to in laws family, mana hubby pigi oso must tag along, else he no face lah. So mati mati oso have to bow and kowtow and be a yes woman. Kalau tak… ramailah yg nak mengata… ramailah yg nak sapu cow dung to my face.

    What? They forced you into ancestral worship? Burning joss sticks? I wouldn’t go beyond just a bow (3 times) as a mark of respect. Ah well…you dug your own grave!

    1. Eh..why so kuno one. Nowadays, mana ada kahwin jadi hak husband side one!! Your parents never sell you off la. It is how you and your hubby decide where, when, how you all want to spend your CNY days or whatever else.If you tak shiok staying with your in laws that long for the cny period, by all means DON”T GO!!..period! If you must go and show some respect, make it a short and sweet one. No point going for days until you and your anak kebuluran, you get so upset and when you get upset, you buat dosa marah-marah orang and vice-versa with your MIL. You go and spent time with her also you jahat, never go and spent time with her also you jahat, don’t you think it is better being jahat not spending time with her but you are happier than spending time with her and still you are jahat and being very unhappy about it? This is a free country and we are in a modern world.No doubt there are some traditions that you have to abide to but why torture yourself just so you follow the rules. The world is not going to end if you tak balik your mil punya rumah for days during CNY. I am sure there thousands of couples yang tak balik rumah langsung during CNY and I am very sure there are some yang balik for an hour or two just to pay respect. You have the choice of being one of those couples!! Just remember, you don’t belong to anyone unless you want to be owned.

      We wouldn’t know everything unless we are in her shoes…or her MIL’s. Just sit back and enjoy the show… Popcorn, anyone? πŸ˜‰

      1. Arthur..hahahaha…soap opera, is it?

        And I thought we’d only get to see such drama on tv… πŸ˜‰

      2. Haha!!! Sit back and watch the show? It would be a waste of time, AW and Shereen. The blame factor is the theme in this whole issue.

        The ball is her courtyard.

        I can jolly guess what will happen next… πŸ˜‰

    2. My BIL saved me in the end… he told my husband to just do it on my behalf. Thank God for small mercies.

      Ahhhh!!! Obviously not as useless, eh? At least, there IS a MAN around.

      1. Why can’t the brothers have a private chat about such matters? And after all these years, no chats as such have taken place? So, it will continue as an annual affair? Ring your BIL (don’t sms, FB or email – it’s impersonal) and speak to him, ask him to talk to his brother. There, problem solved, Cleff.

        Yup! The way she puts it, he sounds like a sensible guy…

      2. No need to have brothers chat lar. First year, world war!..stand your ground. Second year, world war 2!.. still stand your ground. 3rd year, take out your nuclear weapons and no favours…by year 4, your hubby sure will kuai one..guarantee…hahahaha….but not tested, ah..kihkihkih.

        Ooi!!! Careful… She may just take your word for it. 😦

    3. what arthur say is true. My cousin who is a christian also just bow aje. Tarak take joss stick.

      Strict Christians cannot even eat the food that has been offered. Not me though – when it comes to food, semua masuk… πŸ˜‰

    4. Aren’t you friends with your hubby, Cleffairy? You guys don’t talk to each other meh? If you both do talk to each other and discuss about things in general, there is no way that you both cannot meet half-way and agree on something in this praying incident.

      All this while, I’ve a hunch that THAT is the root of the problem. If my missus is so miserable about going home, I would NEVER force her to. Go off somewhere else instead and have a wonderful time…father, mother and son – fair and square. We used to do that when Melissa was small – not that we were running away from anybody but to get away from the hassle of the celebration. I don’t see what’s the big deal…and now that my parents and my MIL are old, we stay back knowing that it would mean a lot to them. That’s what life should be like – giving and taking!

  5. I so wanted to decorate my house like the chinese temple but I cannot bring myself to do so..hahaha. We were walking up and down a few times in Sydney ChinaTown looking at all those CNY deco and each time we contemplate of buying, we would burst out laughing. We would say no taste and no class but cny once a year, so tak apa lar once a year kasi mood! ( but we still didn’t get any 😦
    We had a lovely CNY this year. On New Year’s Eve and 1st day, we had some friends over, lots of laughter and simple food prepared by me and helped by others. Very minimal spring cleaning…all done by Simon and a little bit by Justyn ( no time actually as we were not home almost all the time before CNY ). No bakes at all although I did make some Nyonya kuih and an Orange Chiffon cake on the first day requested by a friend. My friend gave me 3 types of cookies ie the small currypuff shape cookie with peanut fillings inside ( apa nama kuih tu,ah?), one with hay bee fillings ( ohhh…this one very shiok!) and a kuih ros (honeycomb cookie). So, yeah…even though we are so far away from home, we did celebrate CNY with some very good friends. Tapikan yang tak best tu, the chinese community here macam tak celebrate CNY…all asian/chinese grocery shop, restaurant etc all buka like normal. No festivities feeling at all..tsk!tsk!tsk! I almost fell into a depression after knowing that…hahaha…apa lar!!!

    PS: The bowl that you letak the mandarin oranges tu look familiar,eh….nice! Hehehehe

    Yes, that was Onn’s, Yoong’s husband – forgot to give it special mention while I was writing the post as I was in a hurry to get down to the cakes and cookies. My internet connection was terrible – you click something, it got disconnected…and once reconnected, had to refresh page…so imagine me having to insert the photos in the post. Thankfully, I survived the ordeal… Yes, Melissa and her friends used to celebrate the festivals together – that was so nice. I guess some who have moved overseas would choose to forget their roots…or perhaps some just felt that there was nothing going on anyway so they might as well just open shop like any other day and earn some money….or they cannot afford to close for even one day…to make ends meet – not cheap lah…living overseas. 😦

    1. Eh, eh…I saw the christmas bears too…hahahaha

      Yes, yes… So cute, so nice. I wonder where I got those from… Muahahahahahaha!!!!! πŸ˜€

    2. Shereen…heh heh heh! I borrowed Onn’s name and asked AW whether he would be using the fruit bowl he (Onn) made to put all his kum in! Yah, twisted AW’s arm, muahahaaa!! I saw the fruit bowl being used at AW’s Xmas eve dinner…the tissue box was sitting in the bowl! I kesian the bowl at that moment when I saw it but then, ahh, I thought…at least the bowl had a place at the dining table, together with nice candles (candles, Shereen…kihkihkih!!) and lovely food.

      Ya…we did not have fresh fruits for the Christmas dinner. Hmmm…now what can I use it for on normal days? Cover my head when I go out to collect the laundry in the rain? Muahahahahaha!!!! I am real tofu one – cannot go out in the drain, sure will come down with fever one! 😦

      1. Yoong… and your candles…muahahahaha.

        Let’s hope she does not go on to other things…. Save me! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      2. OK lah, I hear you, I hear you!! So, you’re real tofu one, can get sick if a little rain falls on you… OK, I buy you a Driza-Bone coat and bring over as part of your birthday present. The Driza-Bone coat will keep the water away….like water off a duck’s backside. Is there such a saying? muahahaaa!

        Aiyor…by the time I put on the raincoat, my laundry all wet already. Easier to just put the bowl on my head…and I will look like one of those 1st World War marines… Muahahahahahaha!!!!

      3. Yoong, got Arthur’s size meh that Driza-Bone?You might have to specially slaughter a bull or 2 since he likes his baju to be extra large.

        A bull? Cannot lah!!! An elephant perhaps… πŸ˜€ But Quay Po’s Big Dog t-shirts fit me very well and they’re very very comfortable. Oh no! Oh no! I’m not hinting that I want some more… Just saying. Maybe you wanna buy some for Simon?

      1. AUCKLAND!!!!!!!

        SIBU!!! Unless somebody sends me a ticket to go to Auckland as well? Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

  6. @Shereen… some ppl ah, know I’m unhappy about going back to his mother’s place and stuff, but buat pekak and pretend buta only. I malas nak cari gaduh la… no point. Waste my energy barking to a mountain. Few years back during Ching Ming, gaduh so bad because I said I wanna overnight in a hotel instead of in my MIL’s place, cakap mahal lah, nanti the mother tarak syok la, nanti the father F** him off la. Typical Cinapek! !#!@$@#$ Neway, once a year only ma… must kasi muka wan. Now balik setahun sekali ada orang try to make me feel guilty worr.. cakap he only goes back once a year only… jalan at his kampung pun tak cam dah.

    Orang nak jadi anak baik, biarla…den must be takut orang mengata him like mengata my sister in law and brother in law. Cakap them macam macam. Satu family condemn them til their names so busuk. Dulu dulu pun my MIL suka suka telefon my husband and complain about my sister in law. Cakap macam macam about her. My husband will tell me and always takes his mother’s side without even asking my brother in law what happen. Neway, it is good for me to suffer my MIL. Next time I know not to treat my daughter in law like that.

    It is a good thing my anak take my side and dengar my cakap more when go back to MIL’s side. And it is a good thing he setan enough to seludup lipas and release in her house to beranak pinak. Tak apalah. Next year do again. Biar lipas beranak pinak in the house. LOL!

    Well, obviously, it all points to ONE person…but I really wonder what kind of values you are inculcating in your son. Violence begets violence and so does hate…and remember, what goes around, comes around. Love and you will be loved in return.

    1. Cleffairy – you have no respect at all for Arthur. Absolutely zilch respect.

      Please don’t bring your anger, unhappiness and whatever other frustrations you have, to Arthur’s blog.

      If there is a support group as you mentioned, then you go attend those meetings. Counselling services are aplenty – and I am sure there are some counselling services which are free or low fees charged. And if you are a church going person, your fellow church friends would definitely provide support. Have you talked to them?? And if you have… is it a case of hearing but not listening to them??

      It is Chinese New Year now and this is a happy post of Arthur’s. Even if it is any other day, this is still Arthur’s blog. If you recognise, appreciate and respect Arthur as a friend, you will NOT come to his blog to vent your frustrations / woebegones / and whatever other word with the same meaning. Please stay in your own backyard and keep your frustrations there. I would appreciate it if you could stop abusing Arthur’s blog the way you have done today.

      I follow Arthur’s blog becoz I like his postings, like the person writing it and the banterings that take place here. I do not follow Arthur’s blog to read your kind of comments. Please, respect the rest of Arthur’s blogger friends and fans.

      Sympathy? Yes, I have plenty…

      I wouldn’t mind playing Agony Aunt sometimes – after all, in life, there will always be ups and downs…but not ALL THE TIME, not that anybody is listening. All falling on deaf ears, like casting pearls to swine.

      1. Well, if she intends to get some kind words from you, then FB message or email you privately lah! As it is, she is using your blog to get sympathy? or get what?? I’m so cheesed off…can you be my Aunt Agony and be kind to me and kindly tell this person to go elsewhere, thank you.

        I think kucing posted a comment to this same effect on one of my photos in Facebook. Me, be your Aunt Agony? Come, come….I timang-timang you…and if you do not know what that means, ask Shereen… πŸ˜‰

      2. I googled timang timang, got ‘lirik lagu’. Like “oi, oi” in Cantonese lah, like lullaby. Not the Aussie Oi Oi Oi…

        Timang! Timang! Show of affection to baby…by GENTLY spanking the backside. Now, now…don;t let that carry you away! Behave yourself, woman! Muahahahahaha!!! πŸ˜€

      3. Ewwww…you both! I know it, Arthur Wee…you LOVEEEEE your spanking! Gotcha!..muahahaha

        Not me! Not me! 8points at Yoong!!! Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  7. @Shereen and Cikgu… ini not drama la… actually it happens to not only me, but a lot of bloggers too…how I know this? Because we have a network of desperate wives who hate in laws support group during festive season. if you think mine is kuno, then u haven’t seen anything yet. LOL!

    If misery loves company, misery has company enough – Henry David Thoreau.

    1. hahahah, is there such a support group? Glad I do not belong to it! hehehe You POOR THING! Come, let Godmother here give you a HUG! hehe

      Eyewwwwww!!!! At our age, all we want is to be healthy and happy…and not get involved in those characters and end up feeling frustrated and miserable. That is why I don’t frequent blogs where they moan and groan and complain about everything under the sun…and if on Facebook, I would just report as spam…and if it doesn’t stop, I will just unfriend them. Those who are still around, count your blessings… We should be sensitive to others’ feelings as well, shouldn’t we? Happy things, we share…tragedies, we console and support one another but smelly dirty linen, we just keep to ourselves – hide in the closet or under the bed.

      1. Cleffairy,
        I guess everyone of us got horror in-laws story too but I have never heard of support group, wor..hahaha…where have I been all these years!!! I for one definitely have some experience too as I am also married and what is worse is that mine is from a different culture. What I want to say is, tak senang mo jadi ppl’s DIL. Why not treat the whole experience as light-heartedly as possible as really, it is useless upsetting yourself like that and then moans on and on about it. It does nothing at all except maybe make your blood pressure go up and worse, buat dosa banyak-banyak. As for your hubby to sindir you that he cannot cam the road leading to his mom’s house, let him balik himself lar. Like Cheng Beng, for the Chinese, only the men are important and we ladies often are not even allowed to help to clean the grave etc for fear that we will sapu habis the rezeki. So, no need to terbuntut-buntut him,ma. Every now and then, let him make the trip home alone and you and your anak can always spend time alone, or visit your parents or even meet up with friends. I often did that with my hubby too as I understand that even though he is married to me, his mom would also love to spend some time alone with her son. Give and take. Who knows, with God’s grace, maybe one day your mil will see you differently. Another thing, never ever say things like ‘my anak got bakat jadi setan’…only good things should come out from a mother’s mouth as a mom’s words is like a prayer for her child.

        I agree fully with that last bit about teaching children. Many things taught are not learnt, and many things not taught are…and what’s worse than when one instills hatred in them – there may even be a backlash some day. Anti-MIL support groups? Duh!!! Suddenly The Obedient Wives’ Club looks like quite a good ides after all… Tsk! Tsk!

      2. QPVL, a hug is not what Cleffairy needs. What she need is someone to sit her down and talk to her and ensure she listens and understand. Maybe when you have time, you could talk to her? You’re a warm person, perhaps she will listen to you.

        Ooi!!! Don’t push to her lah! I’m sure she has a lot on her hands – everyone does…just that we do not tell the whole world. That’s why they say make sure the much-acclaimed “love is blind” applies after and not before marriage…

      3. Aiyoh Yoong, where can you entrust Quay Po with that job? She’s so gentle..wait for nothing she has to seek psychiatric help pulak…muahahaha

        Quay Po gentle kah? Yalor…so are you! And I’m sure Yoong too! Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

      4. Yoong memang gentle. Melayu also memang HUAT these days. You folks jangan main main with Yoong, nanti you kena api from me. I want to end this like what they say at end of news reading (AW have written before, but I can’t remember leh)…sekian something!

        Ooi!!! Hebat orang punya Melayu now…all of a sudden. You use Be careful… You may end up getting poke-eye dresses. LOL!!! Sekian, terima kasih! Or salam sejahtera…

      5. That’s what I am after! Salam sejahtera! Thank you, AW! Still got a handful of Melayu, proper Melayu, mind you πŸ˜‰ not that kind of ‘pompuan’, ‘aje’, ‘takde’ Melayu lah…all these shortcut words by ‘that’ NZ makcik and ‘that’ English teacher, so hard to follow leh. Sekian, terima kasih, selamat malam!

        It seems that the Malays use those short forms – Melissa’s coursemates do that too among themselves…and very often, I find it hard to understand what they’re talking about. 😦

    2. Cleffairy,
      I think you should seriously remove yourself from those malicious so-called support group of desperate wives who hates in laws.It’s messing your head big time! You all are feeding each other all the hate and what not!!

      Birds of the same feather flock together. This has been going on for so long now – last CNY same ol’ story and dunno how long before that… If there are indeed such groups, they certainly do not help one bit in solving the problem.

      1. Trust me, it keeps us sane to know that we’re not alone in the miseries.

        Save it for your own kind then. No reason to spill all that misery on to others who are happy and would like to remain happy. β€œThe trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.”

        There is also another quotation that says, “Misery loves company, particularly when she is herself the hostess, and can give generously of her stores to others,” but you can be sure she will not be very warmly welcomed.

      2. If that group is keeping you ‘sane’, then stay there! Why use a lovely blog like Arthur’s to slap everyone else in their faces with your ‘miseries’?

        Look, at the end of the day, you are either refusing to get the point or refusing to listen. As such, could you please let us keep our sanity and allow us to be happy when reading Arthur’s blog.

        I say again, Cleffairy, in very simple English : Please don’t bring your ‘miseries’ to this blog anymore.

        Take your ‘miseries’ to other blogs – you have other blogger friends, haven’t you? And, please, don’t bother to write a come-back comment coz if you do, it simply means you are not listening and definitely missing the whole point.

        Once in a while, I do not mind at all – the problem is when it goes on and on and on…year in, year out (Yes, it’s been THAT long!) like an old broken-down record – never going to end…and any advice would fall on deaf ears, bouncing off the walls like rubber balls.

  8. Arthur, so many different kinds of yummy looking CNY cookies! WOW! Luckily I don’t spend CNY with you and your family, otherwise I will end up looking like a pumpkin! LOL! Talking about that, I am starting to feel a little uncomfortable because still stuffing myself silly everyday. Lunch with this relative and that friends. Yesterday had dim sum lunch with my SIL. Last night dinner with my step brother and family. Today, we are going to have “low sang” with a group of friends. Tomorrow take my step brother and my SIL to eat Portuguese food. Next Monday, lunch with my line dancing mates. Next Saturday, Local Food Bloggers pot luck lunch. I think this makan makan thing will only stop after the 15th day. Huat Huat Huat bigtime but SIDEWAYS! LOL!

    Nah!!! You’re so disciplined…just nibble, nibble at the food like tikus…sure will never HUAT one like that – not like me HUAT like bread dough with extra effective yeast. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. Quay Po Cooks,
      I get tired just reading ur schedule for the next few!

      Oops!!! I think I missed out her comment. Let me go back and reply now… πŸ˜‰

  9. many types you have too… will last both of you for some time.. hahaa…

    My son is going back today and the dining table is still full of cookies… guess he has to “tar pau” back to Singapore…

    Kesian! So no Chap Goh Meh for him? Guess it will be the same for my daughter… Sobsss!!! No HUAT, so cannot fly over to celebrate with her… 😦 Not much of the things left actually… Maybe can save the leftovers till all of you come over. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  10. So many delicious and mouth watering delicacies for the festive season. Love the red angry bird on the front door – Huat ar! CNY is low key this year for us, since it’s barely a month since Christmas/NY.

    Ooi! What front door? Of the house kah? That’s a corner cabinet in my house. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  11. wah…got Angry Bird decoration also ah? This year pasar malam i saw a lot of angry bird deco. Dint buy. Just bought a pair of Dragons RM5 each. Over here, we low key also .

    That angry bird – gift from students lah! CNY or no CNY, it will be hanging there… πŸ˜€

  12. Wow!!!!!…so many varieties of cookies and cakes.My daughter also bought home a few types of cookies and the Bee Cheng Hiang Prawn rolls which are really nice. I just have a simple decoration at the door to give it a bit of the festive mood. Both my kids will be going back tomorrow (Saturday) and all will be back to normal again.

    Ahhhhh…the empty nest syndrome. Sobssss!!!!! 😦

  13. For all those cookies, kuih kuih, curries – yes for CNY 2013 in SIBU! And I am still young enough to receive angpow from you, keh keh keh!!

    Yes, come on over… Would love to have you and Onn for company – I’ll take out the fruit bowl again…but I would need a new calendar… Wink! Wink! πŸ˜‰

    1. I know you don’t like surprises…so I will let you know that I do want to come over and help celebrate your 60th. Plenty of time to plan though but still, it’s nice to think about it! However, if before that time, and I win Lotto, then I fly you and family over here to celebrate! Deal or no deal?!! heh heh heh! I mean it lah.

      That would be great! No luck at my end so far…so I don’t think any trip abroad is in the works. Still, no harm hoping… Dreams sometimes do come true.

      1. Yoong,
        If you win lotto, got share for me or not?..hahaha

        She already said she’ll fly you from Auckland to Perth mah… Then we can all meet there! Come, come, let us all kneel down and pray… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    2. Yoong,
      In order to get angpow from Arthur, you must dressed up in mini skirts with those cute blouses with big bows in your hair and talk in your cute little girl’s voice..hahaha.

      …and stick a pacifier in her mouth too! Oops!!! She may just love that… A LOT! Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

      1. I’ll dress Onnie (AW…or-nie, your loved sweet yam paste!) in fushia pink and he can collect angpow from AW on my behalf! Yes, fly you and your boys to Perth too, when my lucky lotto numbers roll out!

        Yup…that’s what I said. Keep praying, keep praying… don’t stop now! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      2. Gosh, it’s getting very x-rated and panassss…muahahaha

        There! All the heat from Perth! 40 degrees, mind you… Bukan main panas! No wonder… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      3. Eyeeew….What is happening to Arthur? When I first started following this blog, wah, like so goody-goody one. Now, eyeeeew! πŸ˜‰

        The answer’s obvious – you came! Muahahahahaha!!! πŸ˜€

  14. Gong Xi Fa Cai Arthur and Lucy!! I am back to work today and hope not too late to wish you Happy Chinese New Year!!!

    At home so malas to on my computer, just read from phone, but lazy to make comment through phone.

    Every year there will be no one at home for chinese new year, everyone will fly off for holidays. Just left me, hub and the kids and the maids take care the house. Not doing much, just hopping at mall doing chinese new year shopping since tak sempat to do before chinese new year. LOL!!!

    This year we also do simple deco at home, transform the christmas tree to chinese new year tree. Took down the x’mas deco and put up those chinese new year dangling things..tada, another look of the tree.

    You know what, now i am munching that meat floss rolls with my coffee. yum yum!!

    Ya…we met Chinese New Year 2010, remember? KL like ghost town, hardly anybody. Must be so boring to stay back year in, year out. Never mind! 2013 Sibu – that will be fun! πŸ™‚

    1. Annie! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Eeee…you no good lah, telling us you are munching meat floss right now. Eat and type same time…super woman, heh heh heh!! I will tag you later on my lion dance photo, so nice!

      Then the fingers touching the keyboard…and night time, the rats will come and gnaw all the letters away. That was what happened to my late aunt’s remote control. No numbers… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      1. Yoong, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your Onnie too!! Hope you two have a great one.

        Now i am very full from muching my meat floss rolls and my coffee. Lucky i didn’t tempt you with the dried meat hor. hahahhahahha..

        Eat and type and chat at the same time. Good lei? Multi task!!

        You and Onnie do the lion dance? Wow!! 18xx or not?? Can i see it in office? hahahhahahhahahahhaha

        Chup! Chup! Stop right there… Don’t encourage her. Soon she’ll be telling you who’s the lion and who’s the lion tamer – whip, chains and candle wax and all… Eyewwwww!!!!!! πŸ˜€

      2. Yoong, it is so hot in Perth these couple of days and yet you still went to hunt the lions? You are mad!!! So panas, chow tah lar you like that!!

        So hot that she’s on heat mah! Muahahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

      3. Muahahaaaa!! Annie, you’re as bad as Shereen (No.1 bad) and Arthur (No.2 bad) now leh! If lion dance by Onnie and I…hah? got 18xx meh? What is 18xx? I thought,you know, 3 or 4 boxes applied to the DVD cover picture type one….triple x lah, I guess! Shereen, no need to chase the lions lah..they come to Yoong at the restaurant, duh! πŸ˜‰

        Ya, Yoong has a whole collection of those dvds. Muahahahahaha!!!! Wahhh!!! You make lions come kah? Oops!!! ROTFLMAO!!! πŸ˜€

      4. OMG! OMG! OMG!Justyn and I eres laughing so hard reading about the tikus makan the remote control followed by the rest of the comments…tears all rolling down now…muahahahaha. You guys are as bad as each other. Now even innocent Annie becoming naughty! Spank!spank! And Yoong, wah…you so keng one kah? Can make lions come…hahahahaha…oppssss!!!!

        Muahahahaha!!!! See! You come to Sibu, this old man has all kinds of interesting stories to tell – sure to laugh till you cry one. LOL!!! πŸ˜€ That Yoong lah! Poor Annie, now contaminated liao! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

      5. Excuse me, still no explanation one about the 18xx. What is 18xx? If you say 18+, then I know it’s 18yrs old and above lah. 18xx, what?? Eeeee…you people, why you turn my loved lion dance into something so x-rated like lap-dancing one? Tak senonoh leh, children. Aiyoh, you’re supposed to be sweet sweet one, Annie. What happened? Shereen teach? You don’t learn from her lah, learn from me, OK?

        She didn’t learn from me! We Sibu people all goodie-goodie one, so nice, so pure and innocent! Muahahahahahaha!!!!!

  15. Shereen, Yoong not going out to hunt for lions. She and her darling are the lions and they do the “lion dance” at their home la. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA * quickly run away*

    ANNIE-Q!!! I am shocked!!! Not you too… Hmmm…better stay away from my blog! Those people, real bad influence…LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. Eh,Arthur..what ‘those’ ppl? You are the ring leader lar…hahahaha…but this is the very reason why all of us love coming to your much laughter πŸ™‚

      That’s the whole idea…leave our cares and our woes some place else, just be happy! More than enough of those in our everyday lives!

    2. See? Still waters run deep, very deep! Ooooo…Annie, something you know about lion dances that we don’t know about? So, got that kind of lion dance classes or not in KL?! Tell them to open branch in Sibu lah…AW can go learn! muahahahaa!

      No. thank you. You’re drowning now…don;t pull me in with you! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  16. oh wow, it’s already the 5th day!! I’m still in penang, don’t wish to go back KL ><… But I can't run away from the inevitable, monday…… lol!

    Think of the money! Think of the money! Enjoy your last few days there and do have a safe and pleasant trip back to KL. Take care, God bless.

  17. Wow .. so many varities of biscuit n cakes..
    I already back to Kl on the 2nd day n start working on the 3rd…
    Not too bad .. the roads are still very quiet n enjoy the slow pace at work place…
    not so hectic coz all ppl r still on holiday..
    it is good to work while ppl on holiday and take leave when ppl start working…
    LOL .. another simple theory of mine….

    So when is your leave? Any plans to hop over to Sibu. Check the cheap airline, you may get some really good bargains. πŸ™‚

  18. @Yoong… no chance to go back for CNY la…I go to my in laws. Hmm… I dun cook at my parent’s place whenever I go back. My mum will tell me to go outside, watch tv and chat with my dad. No chance to enjoy cooking with my own family la… lol…every time go back there will be a lot of people who wants to chat with me in the livingroom… my uncles, aunties, grandpa, cousins, etc etc. I usually leave the cooking to the expert and shake my legs outside. My job usually is just to help set the table and help my mum to wash the dishes. I insisted on that… she cooked liao ma… it’s impossible I let her do all the work herself.

    So go back then…or at least once in two years, alternate – just to be fair and square. Can’t talk reason with own hubby kah? Good grief! This is tantamount to emotional abuse… Such misery!!! 😦

  19. Lantern is my favourite for decos and this is only decoration that my missus did and she put out one only instead of two. Haha coz my front door entrance do not have lot of space.

    Get two smaller ones then… LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  20. Oh my oh my! Look at those cookies! I LOVE the meat floss ones and the pineapple tarts.. I’d love to try those pineapple nuggets too.. haven’t seen them before here… πŸ˜€

    The pastry is nice…but they used to be a lot bigger and filled with lots of pineapple jam inside. Now so mall…and jam also reduced. 😦

  21. craved cookies a while ago but found choco roll instead πŸ™‚ send those anchovies peanut to your neighbors πŸ™‚

    Why? They’re nice… In the end, I had them with plain porridge. Watch out for the post…coming up real soon. πŸ™‚

  22. wah all the wonderful cookies! Now I feel like eating some too! Happy CNY to you and your family!

    Same to you and yours. Bet you had lots of those too…or were you watching your figure?

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