No time at all…

I received a surprise message from my very dear friend, Mandy, one morning. It seemed that she was in town on another of her working trips and as always, she had no time at all to herself and we could not get to meet for a bite to eat or something – it certainly has been quite a long while since the last time I got to see her in person way back in 2015.

Well, she asked me to drop by the hotel where she stayed the night as she had left something at the reception counter for me and that was what I did.

When I got there, I saw the Chinese New Year decoration

Peter's CNY decor at Kingwood

…and it certainly looked like I was right – it was stretched vertically to fit the wall but personally, I do think that it was nicer horizontally.

The ever so thoughtful and generous Mandy sent me this packet of bak kua (barbecued pork slices)…

From Mandy

…for Chinese New Year – I’m not familiar with this brand so I have no idea if it is any good or not; I’ve yet to open it to try.

It was good that coincidentally, Mandy came right after the horrendous flood that hit the district where my girl’s school in the jungle is located. It was so terrible at some places and I was worried that she might not be able to come home and would be stranded there last weekend…or worse, for Chinese New Year! Mandy’s company has a base/workshop in Selangau so she had to go there and thankfully, the flood had subsided right before that very day – she told me that there was no flood, everything was pretty much back to normal and all the potholes had been patched. I was indeed so very relieved to hear that and glad that my girl was able to come home after school on Friday as usual, no problem at all.

Moving on, on Saturday morning, I received a call from the sister of my ex-student who is working and living with his family in Singapore. He did send word earlier that he would not be coming home for Chinese New Year this year as their second baby is due very very soon but he would be sending me something through his sister…

From Wilfred

It is indeed so very nice and sweet of him to remember this old teacher of his without fail every year. Last year, he did not come back either and he sent me this tin of almond cookies

Almond cookies from Wilfred
*Archive photo*

…through my niece, the one also working in Singapore.

Thank you so much, Mandy and Wilfred. Qong Xi Fa Cai, a very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year to you and your loved ones, may God bless you all abundantly in the coming year and other than that, Wilfred, may your missus have a safe and smooth delivery when the time comes.

Hmmm…now it is quite obvious what I will not be buying to enjoy and usher in The Year of the Dog, right? LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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

12 thoughts on “No time at all…”

  1. PTL that the flood has subsided and Melissa could be back in Sibu.

    …and that her school was spared. I know two, the water went up to the roof and one longhouse too!

  2. Last week it was raining continuously for one whole week. Really pity those living in the low lying areas being flooded but luckily this week the weather returns to sunny. Love the bak kwa and cookies. Those cookies tins are beautiful. I have a few of those too.

    Yes, nice tins indeed. Thank God the weather has been fine for a while now. Hope it stays that way – that flood was so bad, once is already one time too many.

  3. Why not? Buy more lah, u know u have the potential to eat more 😉

    We’re not supposed to be celebrating – my dad passed away in July, not yet one year so we should not go out and buy and indulge like there’s no tomorrow. However, if people give me, I can accept and eat but I cannot give anything in return. So if you would like to send me a few packs, I can PM you my mailing address.

  4. i love the packaging for the cookies too. very cool. displaying traditional nyonya elements in a modern way! 🙂

    Yes, that’s the main draw. The cookies inside aren’t all that great – it is the tins, collector’s items.

  5. She is indeed one Busy Lady! But Mandy is still one of the most friendly person I have ever known… Hope to see her one day too..when she is less busy! hahahaa

    Yes, I dunno if she still goes to Ipoh or not. So busy that we hardly keep in touch but yes, she is a wonderful person, no doubt, a really good friend.

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