Fingers crossed…

恭禧發財 新年快樂!!!

Chinese New Year lanterns

It’s the 1st Day of the Chinese Lunar New Year today and this year is the Year of the Pig.

We did not make any cookies but we did pick up a few of this and that, mostly from the local bakeries so we would have something to enjoy at home. No, we did not make any cake either but my dear cousin, Doreen and her hubby, Bened, gave us this very nice fruit cake…

From Doreen

…and also one of those cookie gift sets from Tupperware. We did get to try the fruit cake when we were at their house for Christmas and we liked it so much and were praising it to the skies. It is so very sweet of her to go through all that trouble to get it for us all the way from Kuching – if I remember correctly, it is homemade by special order from somebody there.

Another cousin of mine, Ah Lek, we call him, and his wonderful missus, Saliah, never fail to give us something every year and this year is not exception. They will always get us these traditional local delights…

From Ah Lek

…for us to enjoy…and yesterday, my friend/ex-student, Justin, dropped by my house to pass me these…

From Justin

He comes home for Chinese New Year every year and he too will never fail to bring me something really nice and special. This year, he brought me a giant pomelo, most probably from his fruit farm in the peninsula and some durian kueh kapit, we call it kueh sepit here. I bet that tastes good…and he also gave me the famous Perak menglembu groundnuts. That sure brought back some fond memories of my growing up years when come Chinese New Year every year, my father would get some bak kua (barbecued meat slices) and these peanuts (they came in cylindrical tins then) from Singapore – ours was probably the only house around to have these to serve to guests then.

My missus did cook a few nice dishes over the last few days though and as she was busy, I dropped by here last Sunday morning to buy their nasi biryani

Sri Pelita nasi biryani

…with mutton curry for our lunch…

Sri Pelita mutton curry

…and a tosai for my girl’s breakfast. When I wanted to pay for my purchases, the nice proprietor, Guna, said, in his own words, “in the spirit of Chinese New Year”, it would be on the house and he simply refused to accept any payment no matter how I insisted.

Thank you so so so much to one and all – I truly am so blessed to be surrounded by all these awesome people, always so very kind, thoughtful and generous…and I sure do hope that the Good Lord will continue to shower His Blessings upon me and my family and all of them and everybody too. Hopefully, we will get to enjoy all that is good all year long, fingers crossed. A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year, cheers!!!

SRI PELITA CAFE (2.293579, 111.820700) is located along Lorong Kampung Datu 11, off Jalan Kampung Datu, the first shop in the block to the right of Paramount Hotel.