Not me…

I had to go to the bank the other day so I went out in the afternoon, a little late at around 4.00 p.m., thinking that it would not be so crowded round that time but how wrong could I be! The vicinity where the one that I usually go to is located was jam-packed with cars, illegal parking in every available space along the roads and I had to go around slowly in search of a parking space.

I saw a young lady getting into her flashy and impressive-looking 4WD about to vacate the parking lot…but that was meant for the disabled. No, thank you. I am neither physically nor mentally disabled and I would not want to leave my car in that space meant for special people, even if it would only be for a minute or two. Not me! Honestly, I just cannot understand how people can lack the social responsibility and civic-mindedness and blatantly park their cars there when I am sure they know they should not be doing such a thing. Tsk! Tsk!

I decided to try another branch on the other side of town and yes, I was able to find a parking space somewhere in between that bank and the Sibu Central Market. It was nice and cool that day so I decided to walk to the market first to stroll around and see if there was anything that I wanted to buy. Nope, I did not manage to get anything but I enjoyed that stroll…and after that, I walked to the bank to withdraw some money from one of the ATM machines there. Having done that, I thought I would just pop by the bakery next door – Applebee’s.

This bakery is a subsidiary of our very own Sarawak fast food franchise, the Sugar Bun. I used to love their egg tarts and also their chocolate brownies that had lots of raisins in them and thin slices of cherries on top and all over…but yes, that was very sweet so I stopped buying eventually. Then, they moved on to focus on our Sibu kompia and it was very successful indeed. Eventually, the novelty wore off so I guess it is not doing as well now as when they first embarked on that venture. They are still making and selling them though…and I did see a pack of 4 with meat filling, selling for RM2.00 – that would work out to 50 sen each so I reckon that was very reasonably priced.

Nope, they no longer have those favourites of mine, just a bit of this and that, stuff that did not really tickle my fancy. In the end, I decided to buy this so-called creme cake (RM6.00)…

Applebee's creme cake 1

…to try.

It looked all right on the outside despite the earthquake-like crack on top…

Applebee's creme cake 2

…but when I sliced it, it got me wondering as to why there were those “passageways” that one would find it kek sarang semut (ants’ nest cake)…

Applebee's creme cake 3

I’m not into baking so I wouldn’t know the explanation – perhaps, those of you who bake regularly can enlighten me a bit on this. Other than those blemishes, I thought it was quite nice – light, not as strong as some of those butter cakes that we have around here, soft and moist but I did  not think it  was anything so special that I would want to buy again.

My girl bought me a slice of red velvet cake from some bakery in town and it was very nice, just a tad too sweet so I would not be making a beeline back to the place for more. They had red velvet here too and I bought a loaf (RM6.50)…

Applebee's red velvet 1

…to see if it was any good.

Yes, it was not too sweet, very soft and moist…

Appelebee's red velvet 2

…and never mind the fact that it had some little holes in it and there wasn’t any of that very nice cream cheese frosting, I thought this was good enough and I would not mind getting more should I happen to be around that part of town again.

Well, if anyone would like to give it a try, the bakery is right beside the Sugar Bun outlet (2.287178,111.83067)  in the town centre at the Sibu Gateway.

Now, that night, at around 9 something, when I was about to call it a day, suddenly I found that I had this excruciating pain in my left ankle. No, it was not gout – I did not think I ate anything that I shouldn’t have had nor a lot of anything that day. Maybe it was because I had walked too much that day…and at the time of writing, the nagging pain is still there everytime I need to get on my feet and be on the move. Now, perhaps, if I were to drive to town, I would be eligible to park my car in that parking lot…specially designated for disabled persons. Shame on you if you’re one of those who do that even if it is only for a few minutes once in a while.

Author: suituapui

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19 thoughts on “Not me…”

  1. Red Velvet looks better to me, maybe i’m a typical chinese, red mah, ong ar, heng ar, huat ar!

    It’s definitely nicer. Worth forking out the 50 sen more.

  2. I don’t drive, so I use public transport, but I think it is nice to see that people such as yourself are kind and respectful towards the disabled by not taking their parking spot! I feel badly for them because many people take the spots that are reserved for them (and the people who take them are not disabled). Those goodies look very nice!

    We have these spots all over…and special toilets for them too. Thankfully, I do not see anyone using any of the latter here, there and everywhere but I guess it’s only because there are always more of those for the rest of us. Parking is always a pain here but that is no excuse to simply use those spaces…or park illegally anywhere one wants. Some people have no respect whatsover for the law and absolutely no consideration for others.

  3. I went to that bank to do some transaction after dropped my baby off. It was around 830am and boy! Many parkings. ^^ I love going to bank in the morning when less people and more parking space.

    And that day I went next door to check out on the bakery to buy the blueberry buns that my boy loves and tapau lunch. 24 hours outlet. I like it.

    Yes. they have those buns like Gardenia’s now. Ok, not my favourite – very handy to take around and eat when hungry. Ya…I love going in the early morning – nobody around – I guess everyone would be going in the afternoon to bank in their earnings for the day before the bank closes, that’s why so busy…plus I will stop some place for a nice breakfast some more. Next time, if I can’t go in the morning, I think I will just transfer the money online to the bank near my house…and get the money from there via their ATM. Not so busy over this side.

    1. Yes. Better like that than driving so far and couldnt find a parking.

      That velvet cake looks yummy although the color looks scary. Remind me of dragon fruit! Lol.

      No matter how desperate we are, we wouldn’t park at disabled parking.

      Somehow or other, we just can’t get ourselves to do that. Can’t understand why so many people are simply not bothered.

      Ya, red velvet’s like that – all colouring. Another current favourite, the rainbow cake is worse. At least, for my nasi kerabu or nyonya kuihs, they use the flower for the blue colour, all natural. These cakes, I don’t think so. 😦 I love red velvet though – once in a while, should be fine.

      1. Had rainbow cake for Jay’s bday last year. The colors especially yellow are hard to wash off.

        All use food colouring.

        Tsk! Tsk! 😦

  4. I’m not good in baking too, hehe, I bake for fun only.. Psst, tell you a confession: I only use the fork to whisk my batter.. I have a mixer but I never use it before. Lazy. So when I make cakes, I just mix everything together and ‘stir’ with a fork.. Oohh red velvet cake.. Where’s the cream cheese frosting? To me, I think red velvet cake is like butter cake, with red dye and has buttermilk (lemon+milk), that’s all.. But very nice, I like the ones from SRecipe..

    That’s the one my girl bought for me! Nice, very nice…but too sweet! Bet it was not cheap either. Will not get from there again. Red velvet is just colouring…but I think there’s cocoa/chocolate too, not only those ingredients you mentioned.

    My friend, the late Jimmy, told me a very easy way to make the frosting – just mix cream cheese and yogurt or something like that – can’t remember now. Must ask my girl, maybe she remembers. I had neither in the house so just do without it, no need. Petrol price gone up already, prices of everything will follow suit – must learn to do without. Can’t simply have everything we want our way.

  5. Though I am not a fan of cakes but I love the colour of the red velvet and inside looks fluffy. Not gout???…maybe due to high uric acid. Anyway, take care & enjoy your long weekend with your loved ones.

    No, too fat…and walked too much. Have not been walking all that much especially after I retired. Used to walk from class to class, up and down the stairs…block to block in my school – not so much anymore. Ok after a while…not like gout! At least a week!!! (I don’t take painkillers.)

  6. Nowadays I’m paranoid when my leg gets pain. The other day I went for basketball and the next morning my left foot flares up again for a day and it got me worried again for nothing.
    You know, Applebee’s is actually an American family restaurant chain? When I see Applebee’s, I remember things such as this: http://i2.wp.com/www.realgunner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/20120213_200049.jpg

    Was it gout? High uric acid? Better watch your diet!

    Ya, that name’s really impressive. No apple, no bees…just the name…and one not-too-grand bakery.

  7. I agree that we must never abuse those special parking lots. Some people simply have no conscience! I don’t like cakes that are too sweet. Don’t know about those “tunnels”, maybe due to air bubbles. Usually I like to tap my baking pan before putting into the oven to get rid of air bubbles. Did you have an old injury on your ankle? I sprained my ankle 3 times already and once in a while it acts up.

    Nope, no old injury but those traditional physiotherapist or the ones into foot reflexology told me before that when I walked, I tend to put all my weight or more of it on my left leg.

    Hmmm…air bubbles would be fine, not due to some chemical added – I hear they add something of the sort to the kek sarang semut for that effect.

  8. I never understood that either, people that were able bodied taking special spots not reserved for them. When I lived downtown, in my twenties, I saw similar lack of discourteous behavior. I’d occasionally catch the bus, young people would keep sitting when elderly folks, handicapped or parents with young children would get on the bus. I’d beckon to them and give up my seat. If all people would only practice basic courteous behavior, the world would be a much nicer place.

    The food looks really nice. My mom makes a really good red velvet cake. She also makes an amazing carrot cake. People ask her all the time to make both of those.

    Yes, same problem in the trains and all public transport. I really wonder where we went wrong, ending up with people the likes of those?

    Oooo…I love carrot cake too, and red velvet’s my weakness. Too bad your mum doesn’t live next door. Hehehehehe!!!!

  9. Oh. I hate going to bank too… Here, in Poland there’s no hour without crowd… Idk.. Probably people doesn’t have anything better to do than going there :p

    So crowded? They have so much money there? Here, it depends on the time of day…and month.

  10. The cakes you bought look good!! I would have bought them and try too.. yes, very moist looking, for that price, it is simply worth getting a loaf rather than baking it yourself…
    You better take care… ankle if not sprained, can be gout.. uric acid is high… the pain can be very intense… take care….

    No, it wasn’t gout. Has attacks long long ago – once from excessive eating of seafood, two from drinking beer and another one from a feast on taugeh. Yes, the pain was killing…and I refused to take painkillers. Would drag on for almost a week. This one was not so terrible, not that painful and could still walk…slowly – came that night, still painful in the morning…but after a while, gone already.

    Yes, the red velvet was a good buy but the creme cake, I know of another bakery here – the butter cake is a lot more fragrant, much nicer…and only RM5 a loaf.

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