It’s too late…

This arrived on Monday, too late for this year…

From TM

…but no worries! I will save them for next year’s Chinese New Year, especially that very nice “Hock” (good luck) door sticker, thank you so much, Twilight Man. Our snail mail delivery service here is, literally, at a snail’s pace.

This nice card…

From Angeline

…with the lovely horse attached came from Angeline, thank you so much too…and coincidentally, Claire sent one…

From Claire

…that’s exactly the same as the one I got from [SK], thanks to you as well, Claire. They’re all hanging in the house at this point in time, part of my Chinese New Year decoration this year.

My missus did buy some of these red carnations…

Flowers

…for the house too. I love having fresh flowers in the house – somehow, I feel they make the place come alive. Do you have any at your house too?

My sister-in-law came to town on Monday too, a bit too late for the actual Chinese New Year festivities but it was no big deal as the celebration will continue right up to Chap Goh Meh, the 15th Night in the new year. We went out for dinner at this place in Rejang Park, my in-laws’ choice of venue, and boy, was it crowded!!! I hear it is always very crowded but I guess it is much worse since everyone’s home for Chinese New Year and not all the places are open yet.

The fried fish fillet…

FFF

…that we had was as bland as it looked, nothing to shout about. I thought the sweet and sour version…

SSFF

…was a lot nicer as the sauce made up for the lack of taste of the fish and even so, I think there are nicer versions of this fish dish elsewhere in town.

The freshwater prawns…

FWP

…were great though – you just can’t go wrong with those – they’re sure to be nice no matter how one cooks it.

The midin was good…

FM

…and the sea cucumber soup…

SCS

…was good too though I would not say it’s the best in town.

I did not like the venison…

Venison

– I thought it was too watery, not done the way I would love it.

My missus picked up the tab and the total came up to over RM120.00 for the six of us, inclusive of rice but excluding the drinks. She thought that was cheap but I guess the prawns would take up most of it and I would not mind paying more for some nicer fare elsewhere…