Pouring rain…

No, it did not rain that day, it poured…like somebody up there was pouring buckets of water down from the sky. The water in the drain outside the house rose and in no time at all, it overflowed and the whole neighbourhood was flooded. Actually, most parts of the whole town was submerged!

There wasn’t anything that we could do – we just sat there and watched the water rise and prayed very very hard that the rain would stop. The water had just reached the edge of our door when the rain eased, thank God for small mercies, and the flashflood subsided. It did not stop though – it went on all through the night till morning but thankfully, it was not that heavy anymore so we were spared the threat of another flashflood.

The rain finally stopped completely soon after daybreak and the sun came out. Gosh! It was such a mess outside, the flotsam and the jetsam, mainly dried bits of grass as we just had it cut the previous week and it all stuck to the walls and the flower pots and everything around the house compound. We spent the whole morning cleaning up the mess!

Seeing that there was so much to do, I decided to go out and buy some food for our lunch and dinner so my missus would not need to do any cooking that day.

I did not want to venture too far away from the house so I went to the coffee shop round the corner because I wanted to buy their very nice barbecued pork ribs…

I think I went there in July, and that was quite sometime ago but I can’t recall exactly the last time I had their ribs.

The thing was I would go around mid-afternoon when there would not be any customers around and all the stalls except this one would be closed but most of the things would be sold out. That was why I had not been able to buy their very nice ribs…

…nor their sweet freshly-made lap cheong (Chinese sausage)…

…that my girl seems to enjoy. That is often sold out as well by mid-afternoon.

Personally, I prefer their char siew (barbecued pork)…

…to those sausages but my girl is not thus inclined. Nonetheless, I also bought some…

…to enjoy.

This time around, I did not buy their siew yoke (roast pork), roast chicken and roast duck. That was a lot already for two meals for the three of us – we just ate to our hearts’ content and saved what was left over till the next day.

MEI LE CAFE (2.313147, 111.846968) is located along Jalan Gambir, a stone’s throw away from the Delta Mall, straight ahead from the first turning to your left as soon as you turn into that road from Jalan Pedada, now Jalan Datuk Wong Soon Kai.