Qong Xi Fa Cai! A Blessed and a very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year to one and all…

Mandarin oranges

It’s the Year of the Dog and whoever said that “it’s a dog’s life” sure had it all wrong looking at how these man’s best friends are so well-loved and pampered nowadays. Let’s hope that our lives would be just as great in the year ahead.

Thank you once again to all those who sent me gifts for this auspicious festive occasion, the first being my blogger-friend, Merryn, who went through the trouble of sending me her super-nice own-made cookies

Cookies from Merryn
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…and I got this packet of bak kua (barbecued pork slices)…

Bak kua from Mandy
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from my dear friend, Mandy and these two…

Bak kua from Wilfred
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from my ex-student, Wilfred, in Singapore and of course, my cousin, Jude, in Kuching sent me these…

Bacon jam from Jude
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which almost did not reach me as his sister, who went through the chore of packing and sending, did not include the lane so it was declared an “invalid address”. LOL!!!

These traditional Melanau/local delights…

From Ah Lek

…came from my cousin and his wife and family and my ex-student/friend, Justin, is home for the special occasion and he gave me these…

From Justin

– one pack of the celebrated Musang King – truly a gift of gold, like the D101 he gave me the last time he was home and one pack of the sio bee from Johore plus one pomelo…and no prize for guessing who gave me these…

From the folks at Payung Cafe

Yes, they’re from the wonderful people at Payung – their otak-otak and Payung chicken and their kuih bangkit.

My niece, the one working in Singapore who said that she would not be coming back this year had a change of heart after seeing those heart-wrenching Chinese New Year commercials depicting old parents having the reunion dinner alone at home, their children are all not coming home…and she brought us this…

From niece in Singapore 1

– more bak kua, one of the celebrated most established brands in Singapore. Gee!!! It certainly looks like we have enough bak kua to last the whole year through. LOL!!!

I guess she picked this…

From niece in Singapore 2

…up at KLIA2, the branded pop corn that a lot of people had blogged about or shared on Facebook but we all thought that it is somewhat over-rated and the ones we got from my old friend, Jasmine, in Adelaide, Australia were very much nicer.

I also got these much-coveted groundnuts, a must-buy for anyone coming to Sibu…

From Toh Chin Hock & family

…and kuaci (pumpkin seeds) from my ex-student, Chin Hock, who is also home for the festive occasion from Singapore, thank you so much to him and the Toh family, the ones in this line of business here in Sibu.

Moving on from all the gifts that I received, thank you also to those who went through the trouble of sending me Chinese New Year greeting cards this year.

The first came from another cousin of mine in Kuching…

Card from Tina

She did send me one for Christmas but the aforementioned cousin-who-always-left-out-the lane gave her the wrong address so it never reached me. This time around, she made sure that did not happen again.

Yvette, my paternal cousin in Perth, Australia sent me this one…

Card from Yvette

…and I got one from my blogger-masterchef-friend, Elin, in Ipoh, Perak

Card from Elin

…and this one came from my young and very handsome blogger-friend in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Nick

Card from Nick

…who came to visit me here in Sibu around this time last year.

This one came from a dear friend’s firm in Kuching…


…but he passed away recently – God bless his soul, may he rest in peace…but I guess I am still in his company’s mailing list so like for so very many years gone by, I did get one again this year.

Chinese New Year will be very low-key for us this year as my father passed away in July last year and it has not been a year so with all due respect, following the Chinese customary practice/tradition, there shall be no celebration within our family this year.

Author: suituapui

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

10 thoughts on “Dog…”

  1. You are so blessed with wonderful people around you.

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you & your loved ones.

    I am indeed, and for that, I always give thanks and praise to the Lord.

    Thanks, and the same to you and yours too.

  2. A happy new year to you and your loved ones. Onwards to many more happy years of writing your blog.

    Thanks, and to you and yours too. I sure am thankful that I have made a lot of friends and some really good ones too over my years of blogging. Many retirees live very lonely lives and they just wither away gradually. Sad.

  3. Yes “work like a dog” has also become quite an outdated term, considering that many dogs are no longer working dogs anymore! 🙂 but all the same, I hope the year of the dog has started on a very positive note for you and your loved ones! 🙂

    Not celebrating but yes, it has been good so far. Fingers crossed, it will be a good year ahead…and hope yours will be too.

  4. Wishing you all the abundance, good health and happiness in the year of dog!

    I haven’t try that bacon jam.

    Same to you and all your loved ones.

    You can buy that bacon jam in Kuching now, somewhere in Seng Goon Garden.

  5. Keong Hee Huat Chye! You are always blessed with gifts all year round 🙂

    Thank you, same to you too. Hopefully, it will be the same or even better in the Year of the Dog. 😛

  6. So blessed to have such wonderful friends! Wish you and your family a year of good health, joy and prosperity!

    Indeed, truly blessed, praise the Lord! Thank you and wishing the same to you and your loved ones. God bless, all, in the coming year!

  7. Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Gong Xi! I should visit your house next year hehe.

    Most welcome. Fingers crossed, I will be celebrating. Happy Chinese New Year to you too.

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