Pop up…

Today, the 21st of September, Tuesday, is the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節), more commonly known as the Mooncake Festival.

No, we’re not having any kind of celebration this year, not even a special dinner – something that we usually would not miss in previous years. With this pandemic raging on and on, we really are not in the mood for much of anything.

Why! I did not even go and buy myself a mooncake to enjoy!!! For one thing, I am on a low-sugar diet and those mooncakes are super sweet, never mind that some of them claim to be low sugar – honestly, I can’t tell the difference. However, that does not mean that I did not get to eat any at all.

The other day, out of the blue, I had these beautiful gelato mooncakes…

…delivered to my house, a special gift from my friend, the proprietor of this place and all the rest.

We tried the pistachio with raspberry yolk…

…that very evening and it was so so so good!

But no, that did not give me an excuse to cast caution to the wind and feast on all of them. I would just nibble a bit to see what it tasted like and the ladies enjoyed the rest and that day, on my girl’s birthday, I took out the remaining three in the box…

…and we had them for our after-dinner dessert, killing two birds with one stone – to celebrate the birthday and the festival simultaneously.

Yes, in keeping with the tradition, I did go and buy our pek guek tong chiew peah

…the traditional Sibu Foochow Eighth Month Mid-Autumn Festival biscuits to nibble and my missus did bring home another two packets, if I remember correctly. Gone are the days when I would finish off one packet in one sitting – these days, I would have to limit myself to just two or three pieces at a time.

Other than the gift of gelato mooncakes, I had another surprise the other day around a week before the festival. The postman delivered this…

…to the house – a greeting card for The Mooncake Festival and a really beautiful pop-up one…

…at that.

I don’t know if it is a specially ordered, custom-made one…

…as I have never seen them selling greeting cards for the Mooncake Festival anywhere before.

That awesome card…

…came all the way from Sungai Petani in Kedah from my young and handsome friend, Nick, who came to visit me here in Sibu in 2017. Gosh!!! That was so long ago!

Thank you so much, Nick! It really is so sweet of you to remember me and keep me in your thoughts at a time like this and it sure made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. A very Happy and Blessed Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival to you and all your loved ones too…and here’s wishing the same to everybody as well on this very auspicious day. #staysafe #staywell Cheers!!!

Author: suituapui

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

14 thoughts on “Pop up…”

  1. Hey Arthur, very paiseh la as I tak mampu buy you any mooncake, recently very poor…. I only able to post you a simple card…. Hahahah…. (Just kidding)
    Anyway, happy mid autumn festival to you and family, hope you like this card…. ❤️

    1. I love it!!!
      Aiyor!!! It’s always the thought that counts – anybody can give anything but what is important is what comes from the heart. Thank you so much once again, I appreciate it so much.

      Here’s hoping the same to you and your family, a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

  2. My first time seeing greeting cards for the Mooncake festival too. Every year I will get myself a box of mooncakes (4 pcs mixed and match) from Cosway, my favourite and for any 4 pcs bought, one will get 20% off. This year, other than the mooncakes from Cosway, my daughter in KL ordered 2 boxes from Kuching home-based maker and get them delivered to me the smallest mooncake I ever seen in my entire life. 4cm in diameter and 3cm in height and they are really cute. RM30 for a box of 4 small mooncakes.

    1. Wowww!!! That sure is a lot of mooncakes!

      I had mini mooncakes, made in Penang last year but no, I did not buy any this year. Just bought two regular made-in-Sibu ones, ciak ee su…just to preserve the culture, the tradition – our heritage.

  3. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you and your family. Do enjoy nibbling your mooncakes. I get myself 2 packets of hong chio piah to enjoy tonight.

    1. Same to you and yours. Any special dinner tonight? Not us – we just had steamboat that day for my girl’s birthday – two in one.

      There’s still a packet of our Foochow pek guek peah left – we are going very slowly, as you can see. Last time, all gone so fast and we had to keep buying! The good old days!

  4. So far I haven’t seen Mid-Autumn festival cards on sale here. I think this year, we ate the most moon cakes. Mostly are gifts from friends and neighbours. No special dinner for us too. In fact, I am cooking porridge on the stove this very moment.

    1. Oh? Porridge? After all the mooncakes, you’ve eaten, I guess that is a good balance. Not so sweet. Lucky you, got so many as gifts. I had to go out and buy but I bought ONE only. LOL!!!

    1. Yes, that was the impression I got the instant I saw it. We did visit the place when we went to Japan many many years ago in the 80’s..
      Anyway, let’s not look at a gift horse in its mouth but appreciate the fact that there are people who care enough to send a card. These days, many are not in the least bothered to do so, of that I am sure.

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