What you do…

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:40-45)

I was going through my usual routine, gardening, one morning when I spotted this insect…

Insect

I was amazed by its vibrant colour and thought it was beautiful. I shared some photos of it on Facebook and one commented that it was very smelly. Well, if it was, I did not detect any stench from it, not at all. Another said that it was a pest and I replied that all God’s creatures, big and small would be most welcome in my garden – I always call it an eat-all-you-can buffet for insects, birds, whatever.

I always tell my girl to share what she has especially with those who do not, “As thou give, thus shall thou receive,” those would be my exact words. However, I did add that when one gave, one should not expect anything in return – sometimes, you would get nothing tangible but God would be all seeing and all knowing and He would bless you in His own ways.

I, for one, am truly blessed ever so often and just the other day, I received this packet of bee pang (fragrant rice krispies)…

From Paul & Lim

…from a friend of mine in Kuching. It certainly was so sweet and thoughtful of him to remember this old chap and to send me a little something through my good friend, Lim, who was in Kuching for a while. The latter also gave me his own-grown mangoes. Gosh!!! They were really sweet and juicy and all of them were good. Sometimes, I would buy mangoes only to find that they were rotten inside. I guess it is the same with people – to quote a line from Shakespeare, “The false face hides what the false heart doth know,” or in Chinese, we say, “We know his face but we do not know his heart.”

Moving on, it so happened that I was back here again the other day. I did manage to find a vacant parking space behind some blocks of shops and had to walk a bit to go to where I wanted to go and do what I wanted to do. After that, since it was close by, I decided to stop by for the nasi lemak for lunch.

When I got there, my friend/ex-student, Alex, was just leaving and I asked him what was good there. He said all the fried stuff with the much coveted wok hei fragrance would be pretty good but no, he had not tried the nasi lemak.

I went in and I saw that they had chap fan (mixed rice)…

Chap fan 1

…and the options looked nice, like they were home-cooked…

Chap fan 2

…so I decided to go for it and save the nasi lemak for another day.

These were my picks…

My picks 1

…for which I was charged RM4.50 in total – I think the lady said RM4.00 for 3 but I did ask for a fourth, so I had two meat and two veg…

My picks 2

…altogether. I had a hard time trying to resist the salted egg…

Salted egg

– I do love that…and I managed in the end so I did not help myself to it.

I must say that I enjoyed it all…

My picks 3

– it was kind of low on salt, not oily and I could not detect the msg so some people may feel it is kind of mild or bland but I loved it. I sure would not mind going back for more, should the opportunity arise.

I wish they would not use those plastic plates even though the food was not exactly piping hot – I would prefer glass or ceramic instead. I rather like the place, very clean and not quite like a coffee shop per se and there did not seem to be a lot of customers, both times I was there, so it was nice and quiet, not busy and noisy and more often than not, hot and stuffy too like in some coffee shops – with the resulting discomfort and commotion at those places, I just could not wait to make a run for it.

The total, including my kopi-o peng (iced black coffee), came up to RM6.10. I gave RM10.00 to the lady and she did ask if I had 10 sen and I said that I didn’t…and thought no more of it. On my way back to the car, it occurred to me that she had not given me the change so I turned and made my way back to the shop.

On the way, I dug into my pocket and found RM4.00 in one ringgit notes. She DID give me the change, after all, and I just shoved it into my pocket absentmindedly…and yes, she had waived that 10 sen without my asking! Indeed, it was just 10 sen…but it’s the gesture, the thought behind what you do that counts most of all. As they say, little things do mean a lot.

WELCOME COFFEE SHOP (2.292472, 111.826947) is located along Jalan Bindang among the Tunku Osman area of shops, right next to the Singapore Chicken Rice outlet there behind the HSBC Building.