So far apart…

We were very close, my paternal cousin and I…

Cousin 1
*second from left*

…the main reason being the fact that we’re about the same age and we shared a lot of common interests. We liked the same singers and songs and kept up with the latest hits and we would send requests for songs to be played on the radio and dedicate them to friends…and we would go to parties and dances at the Sibu Recreation Club (SRC)…and we used to hang around a lot together. Then, she left for her further studies in New Zealand…and later moved to Australia where she has settled down permanently with her husband and family.

I cannot recall seeing her again after she left Sibu so many years ago…and once, when she came back, we did not get to meet as I was away attending my niece’s wedding in Penang. This time around, however, we did not let the chance slip by and we did manage to go out together for tea here when she was back in town…

Cousin 2

In fact, we were on the same flight back from the LCCT to Sibu that day.

She had had some kompia earlier (toasted with minced meat filling) somewhere but somehow, they did not come across like what she used to have before so I just had to let her try the deep-fried ones with pork belly/three-layer pork here and she enjoyed them very much. I also ordered the salt & pepper calamari and the dry fried sui jiao (chicken dumplings) that I had had on a previous visit  and for our drinks, she had the papaya milk smoothie (RM5.90)…

NH - PMS

…while Melissa had the iced lemon soda (RM5.20)…

ILS

I thought the jug-like glass mug that they used for that was kind of nice.

I had the iced lemon tea (RM4.20)…

ICT

…and it seemed that they had blended it and hence, there was a lot of froth making it look like the dark beer that I had many years ago in England.

But another reason why I chose that place was the fact that I wanted to try this new item on their menu…

CLC1

– the chocolate lava cake (RM9.00)…and I must say it did not disappoint me, not at all. In fact, it was so very good that all of us were really very impressed and loved it to bits.

Just look at what happened when we cut the cake – the chocolate inside oozed out slowly like volcanic lava…

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Absolutely perfect! The only time I had this before was when I was in New Zealand…and I must say that perhaps they may have better elsewhere but what we had paled in comparison. This one swept me off my feet…and if not for the fact that I’m trying to cut down on my intake of sweet stuff, I would have gone back there again and again for more.

It sure was nice seeing you again, Yvette, and I really had a lovely time that day catching up on old times and talking about people that we knew…and of course, that awesome chocolate lava cake simply made our day. Thanks so much for the very nice pistachio & almond nougats…

N & C

– not really sweet and very fragrant with all the nuts in them…and I hope you did not mind the fact that I did not get you anything. Blush! Blush!

Incidentally, my ex-student was back in town from the US…and we managed to go out for tea together the very next day and he gave me the chocolates that you can see in the above photograph. Thanks, Raphael – that was indeed so very sweet of you.

Personally, I find that it really feels so nice getting together with people so dear especially when we’re now so far apart as somehow it leaves a warm and fuzzy feeling inside…and I do hope that feeling’s mutual.