Still remember…

One of the most rewarding things about being a teacher is when the students still remember you, even those whom you do not have the opportunity to teach. I feel sad for those whose names their students cannot even remember – that thin one, wore spectacles…or that fierce one with a very loud voice and so on and so forth. In the words of Maya Angelou, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Well, this group of ex-students of mine in Kanowit around 1980…

Ex-SMK Kanowit students
*Ex-student’s photo forwarded via Facebook*

…sure remember me still, praise the Lord. They could even recall that I was their Form Teacher for two years when they were in Form 2 and Form 3. I was not able to attend their 2017 reunion in December that was held in Bintulu and the other day, out of the blue, one of them contacted me and  invited me to join them for dinner here, upstairs…

Sibu Town Cafe

I was quite surprised as I was not expecting it at all – I did hear from one of them that they will hold another reunion in Sibu sometime later this year and this wasn’t it. It sure was great to see all of them again and I felt so very happy that they are doing so well in their lives. I guess nothing makes a teacher happier than seeing ex-students making it good once they have left school.

My photographs did not come out too well except for this plate of the Four Heavenly Kings…

Sibu Town Cafe Four Heavenly Kings with canned pork cubes

…that went so very well with the canned pork cubes it was fried with and this one, a sourish pork leg soup…

Sourish pork leg soup

According to them, they were all their traditional Cantonese Hakka dishes including the sour duck, roast and soy sauce kampung pig pork and there was a plate of kampung chicken too plus the fried sweet potato leaves were very nicely done as well.

One of them went and bought this ikan semah

Steamed ikan semah
*Ex-student’s photo forwarded via Facebook*

…the upriver Kapit fish, second only to the very expensive wang poo liao (cannot forget) or the empurau and this one did not come cheap either – RM180 a kilo and the one we had was 1.4 kilo altogether. He got it from the brother of one of their classmates who was not with us that night and of course, it was very very fresh and very very nice unlike some empuraus that I have had lately, frozen too long and I thought they were kind of bland, quite tasteless and could have been any other fish.

We had a joyful evening filled with lots of smiles and I sure look forward to the next time we can get together like this again. Thank you all for the invitation and thank you especially to Hoi Kian, the host for the evening. May God bless you abundantly and everybody too in this new year and all the years ahead. Cheers!!!

SIBU TOWN CAFE (2.328216, 111.855481) is located at Ulu Sungai Merah 18F, opposite the Wonderful Supermarket and Departmental Store in that area of shops.

Author: suituapui

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

7 thoughts on “Still remember…”

  1. So thoughtful of them to invite you to their gathering. You must have been a very good form teacher to them for two years. It is a waste to deep freeze empurau fish for too long instead of eating it fresh.

    Yes, it seems that they do that and there are people who do not seem to mind one bit – just flaunt it for the snob appeal. I do know for a fact that they do send them over to the peninsula, frozen and there is a market there…for the aforementioned reason, I guess.

  2. I guess you have left behind sweet memories for them to remember you as their teacher. I love that plate of four heavenly kings.

    Yes, it was very nice. Usually, they fry the four beans with sambal hay bee, nice change.

  3. A very nice reunion with your ex-students for yourself and them. Good photo of the vegetable dish.

    It was very nice. Somehow it turned out well, all the rest I took were blur. 😦

  4. Good to catch up with one another ya…

    The guy in yellow in front sitting is very handsome….

    Ya hor!!! So very handsome. I wonder who he is. 😀 😀 😀

  5. I think i have not had that fish before, would not mind to pay for that, wonder if its very lemak?

    Not really the lemak kind of river fish – it is the sweetness and the smooth texture that is the main draw but of course, it must be fresh!

  6. Mind sharing the secret to your youthful looks after so many years? Must be attributed to your constant quest for discovering the best food in town? 🙂

    You flatterer you!!! I’m already as old as the hills. Must be the dim lights at the place so I did not look too bad in the pic. LOL!!!

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