Quiet celebration…

The other day, Thursday, the 13th of January, was my sister’s birthday so of course, we had our longevity noodles, the mee sua

…in the traditional Foochow red wine and ginger chicken soup. She got this very nice free range kampung chicken so it was kind of skinny and small but no worries! There was more than enough to go round = there were not that many of us.

Usually, in the past, she would celebrate her birthday at some place outside and she would also invite some of her friends. With all the SOPs and physical distancing, a maximum of 5 per table, one metre apart and what not, we told her to go ahead – we would not mind sitting this one out but she said she did not plan on doing that. She said that she would just tapao a few dishes and bring them over to our house for a simple and quiet celebration.

I went out and bought this fresh mango sponge (RM48.00)…

…for her from this bakery near my house so we could have the usual birthday wish and cutting of the cake accompanied by the singing of the Happy Birthday song.

For the food, my sister went to this restaurant where she celebrated her birthday in 2020 and bought this awesome crab platter…

Gosh!!! It had been so very long since the last time we had this crustacean and boy, we really enjoyed ourselves to the max.

My girl did mention to her aunt that she would prefer sotong (squid)…

…to prawns so there was this fried squid dish with mayonnaise that looked somewhat pale but it tasted great.

We already had mee sua that morning so she opted for their Foochow fried noodles…

…for a change and yes, they did it pretty well too.

The aforementioned birthday cake turned out really good…

…with the fresh mango cubes and the fragrance of mango in the sponge and the fresh mango cream. I loved it a lot but I had to confine myself to just two slices to avoid an overdose of sugar.

I also took out these lovely kek lapis slices…

…that I bought from this bakery here. Obviously, these are samples of the variety of layer cakes that they have for sale for Chinese New Year. There were (going clockwise from the left) prune, yam, matcha/red bean, san cha (haw flakes), vanilla (the traditional Indonesian kek lapis) and in the middle, the expresso cheese.

I did not tell my sis that we would be having these cakes so she came bringing along these…

from here that she got from her helper.

I can’t remember the last time we had the double chocolate mille crepe…

– usually, we would go for the rum & raisin or the tiramisu but my girl loves chocolate and she insisted on having that instead of all the other cakes and yes, she enjoyed it immensely! We did not try the other one – my girl said that it probably was their salted caramel cheese.

There you have it! Our simple and quiet celebration of my sister’s birthday and needless to say, it was no less meaningful and we sure had a great dinner together and enjoyed all the cakes as well.

MJ HU SEAFOOD RESTAURANT(2.291971, 111.834740) is located along Lorong Mahsuri 2, the second shop on the left after Kuching Cafe, opposite Bateras Supermarket and C&C GALLERY (2.311247, 111.846177) is located at No.24, Lot 62, Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai among the shops in Pusat Pedada at the extreme end of the block of shops to the right of Delta Mall, back entrance while LOUIS BAKERY LW.Pattisserie (2.316411, 111.839847) is located along Jalan Ruby in the same block of shops as Kim Tak Co., right next to Ah Kau Cafe at the end of the block to the left and NICA+ or NICA PLUS (2.296883,111.825859) as it is called, is located on the ground floor of the block of shops to the right of the Old Sing Kwong Supermarket (Kin Orient Plaza) along Jalan Tun Abang Hj Openg, directly below the KIMCHEE KOREAN BAR.BQ restaurant on the first floor.

Out of nowhere…

Over the years, we have had things sprouting out of nowhere in our garden.

There was a noni tree which probably came from a house three doors away – I’ve seen the tree in their garden. It grew very well and was bearing fruits, lots of them. My missus happily plucked them and made enzyme with them and made me drink. Those of you who are familiar with the fruit would know how smelly it is – the enzyme is not much better. Thankfully, the tree was getting to be too big so I got rid of it. Phewww!!!

I had no idea where the avocado tree growing very near the house came from either. My cousin in Kuching sent me a photo of theirs, a couple of years old and it was so big! I quickly got rid of mine but last year when my cousin and the rest of the family were enjoying the fruits of their labour, I wished I had kept my tree. Perhaps I could have moved it away from the house.

I had a few papaya trees but I could jolly well guess that they sprouted out of the seeds that I buried in my garden, together with the skin everytime I peeled one. Unfortunately, they flowered but there was no fruit, not even one so they too eventually faced the axe.

This watermelon plant…

…probably came out of the seeds that I buried as well but the last time we had any was quite sometime ago – it sure took a long time to emerge.

There are a few small fruits growing on the vines at this point in time but the problem is we do not know when exactly is the right time to harvest them…

…and eat. Unlike other fruits that will change colour or become softer, watermelons will remain pretty much the same. I guess we will just wait a bit till they have grown a bit bigger.

My girl planted these cherry tomatoes…

…and the fruits have started to appear. She did eat a few and she said they were very nice, very sweet and crispy. I’ve never seen this variety before – the fruits are oval-shaped…

…not round.

The mum planted these regular ones…

…and they have eaten the fruits too, also sweet and crispy. These must be the Cameron Highlands variety that I used to buy at a supermarket here except that those were very big, much bigger than these. Never mind, as they say, beggars can’t be choosers.

She also planted some chili…

…but I am not getting my hopes up too high. I also planted a lot once and yes, they grew really well and produced a whole lot of chilies. Unfortunately, before they ripened, they would start rotting on the inside and drop off one by one. I think I did get to eat one or two, that was all.

They were very successful with their ladies’ fingers and brinjal and kangkong. My cangkok manis that was struggling to stay alive is thriving really very well under their care and at this point in time, my missus has planted some sweet potato leaves too. I planted a lot at one time…

…but they went out of control and we grew tired of eating it so I got rid of them.

Yes, the prices of vegetables (and most everything else) have been going up and up but no, I still think it is a lot easier to just go and buy. As far as planting one’s own goes, I guess it is very convenient to just go out into the garden to harvest and it is a lot healthier too as we do not use any chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Besides, it can be quite therapeutic, being kind of relaxing and is thus a great way to pass the time plus it is in a way a good form of exercise too.

Not the same anymore…

These…

…are Chinese crullers or what we call yew char koi but some people call them yew tiao (油条) while the Malays call them cakoi.

I had the opportunity to watch them frying these at the pavement outside their shop at Market Road a long time ago and I was amazed to see the short three-inch strip of dough, pressed down the middle lengthwise with a thin piece of wood or whatever to make a dent, rising to the occasion the instant it was thrown into the hot oil. It expanded till at least 12 inches long and it could be torn into two along that aforementioned dent…

For a very long time now, we could not get any good ones here in Sibu. If there are any, they are not the same anymore and I would not bother buying, not at all.

Yes, we have a lot of Malay stalls selling these cakoi but no, theirs are not the same at all, very dense and doughy, not cushiony soft, not even a little bit crusty on the outside and filled with air holes…

…like the ones we grew up eating and enjoying.

I came across an old couple making and selling theirs outside a coffee shop in the vicinity of the Permai shops and tamu (native jungle produce market) but that was in 2019, before the pandemic. I don’t know if they are still there or not. For one thing, the old man did not use the cutter to make a dent in the strip of dough. Instead, he placed two strips together and dropped them into the hot oil to fry. Despite the difference, it tasted great, almost like the ones in our growing up years and yes, I did buy from them a few times.

I have not been to those part of the woods since so I do not know if the old couple are still around making their yew char koi for sale or not. In the meantime, my sister was delighted to stumble upon these very good ones at this coffee shop…

Photo from Google Maps

…next to the Sarawak Energy/SESCO customer care office among the shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah here.

I had the kampua mee there…

…once and I thought it was very nice but some people grumbled that the serving was kind of small. Yes, I remember there was a stall on the pavement in front of the shops selling all kinds of kuihs.

My sister said that they sell or koi (deep fried steamed yam cake), ham chim beng (Chinese cinnamon rolls) and so on but they only sell yew char koi, fried on the spot on Saturdays and Sundays. She gave us two to try and yes, everyone agreed that they were good, just like those before. I certainly would want to go over there one of these days to buy some more and perhaps, I may pick a few of whatever else they have for sale to try.

KIM CHUO FOOD CENTRE (2.310950, 111.830541) is located among the area of shops in the vicinity of the Dewan Suarah, Sibu and the Civic Centre market beside the Sarawak Energy/SESCO customer care office (to the right), opposite the ShareTea outlet there.

Take it home…

Last Friday, the ladies in the house wanted to go to town to buy some things so I offered to drive them which was a good thing because they would not be able to find a parking space. Now that we’re in Phase 4, there were jams everywhere, so many cars all over town, rampant illegal parking in every nook and cranny and I saw long queues at the banks – I guess they were giving out some of the taxpayers’ hard earned money again. Tsk! Tsk!

I parked along a yellow line in an inconspicuous back lane and waited in the car – that is not illegal and I was not obstructing traffic in any way. Once the ladies were done, they came back to the car and we were on our way out of the busy town centre.

Since we were out and about already, we decided to stop by some place for lunch and everyone agreed to go here, just round the corner from the town centre. Even so, I had difficulty finding a parking space but after going round a couple of times, I managed to locate a vacant space, just that we had to walk a bit to the restaurant.

Yes, they still had their chap fan (mixed rice) but no, we did not want to go for that. Occasions like this nowadays when we would get to go out and eat are few and far between so we would prefer to go for something a little bit more special.

I ordered this platter of prawn fritters and their own made egg tofu, deep-fried (RM16.00)…

I would love to order their mini-ngor hiang (meat rolls) too but it was a Friday. Another time perhaps!

I liked their prawn fritters because the batter was nice, very crispy and tasty but in the past, there was hardly any prawn inside, just the tail stuck to one end. That day, much to my surprise, there was one whole prawn…

…inside, coated with the lovely batter. We sure enjoyed them and the tofu too!

I wanted the midin (RM10.00)…

…because we haven’t had it for quite sometime now. They do not seem to be selling it at the neighbourhood shop and vegetable stall in the next lane from my house anymore, just paku (wild jungle fern, another variety) sometimes.

I asked for it ching chao (fried plain with garlic) but it came with a bit of sauce. I was quite positive I could taste our traditional Foochow red wine in it – probably the cook in the kitchen got a bit mixed up but it did not matter at all as it tasted great too, cooked this way.

My girl wanted the cangkok manis fried with egg (RM10.00)…

…and it came, looking very nice but like a mountain! Wow!!! That certainly was a whole lot for two persons.

The boss did say that he would cook for two so I was expecting the servings to be smaller. In the past, such plain vegetable dishes used to be priced at RM8.00 only at most places here. It looks like the prices have gone up but that is perfectly all right as long as they taste great.

He kept insisting that those three dishes I ordered would be enough but I was craving for his claypot yam with a choice between tofu, prawns or fish. We already had the first two in the aforementioned dish so in the end, I picked fish (RM30.00)…

Initially, I was reluctant to pick fish as I expected them to use those cheap frozen fish fillet (dory) that I am not fond of. Much to my surprise, they had slices of pek chio/ikan bawal putih (white pomfret) in the claypot and I was not surprised at all that it did not come cheap.

Gosh!!! That was HUGE!!! It took a bit of time to come out and we were already so full from eating the other dishes (with rice) so we just had a small bowl each and asked for it to be tapao-ed for us to take it home. The total for the food came up to only RM66.00, a little cheaper than what I had to fork out here that day but it was no less satisfying, that’s for sure.

I guess now that Sarawak has gone into Phase 4 and there are very few cases – single digit, if any, daily, things are starting to pick up once more and have more or less gone back to normal. We sat at one of the tables outside on the pavement at the very far end and by the time we were leaving, all the tables were occupied including those outside in the shaded area. Thankfully, they were placed far apart so physical distancing was not a problem at all. There was a big Iban family at the next table and the sweet and sour tilapia that they had looked very good and oooo…they were having braised/stewed pork leg!!! Drool! Drool!!! LOL!!!

A-PLUS FOOD CENTRE/RESTAURANT (2.293355, 111.823653) is located among the shops along Jalan Kampung Datu, behind the block of shops (where Fresh & Pay Supermarket is) near the traffic lights at its junction with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg and Jalan Kampung Nyabor.

Have you tried…

Have you tried the highly-acclaimed Taiwanese beef noodles in town? Everyone was talking about it and singing its praises. I, for one, did not get all excited as I prefer our clear soup version like the ones here or here or here even. It used to be here but word had it that it had moved here and since I was out that morning, I decided to drop by and check it out.

I was glad that there were not many customers at the time so I parked my car and went into the coffee shop and searched high and low for the beef noodles stall. Eventually, I asked the lady at the second stall and she told me that the guy was not there but in the shop next door, closed on Mondays and Thursdays – it was a Thursday that day.

In the end, since she was so nice to give me the information I wanted – most would just say they did not know – I ordered the kway chap

…from her stall (it looked very nice in the photograph)…

…and took my seat at a table outside and waited to be served.

I was a bit disappointed with it (RM6.50)…

…when it came because it looked like there was a whole of lean meat and pork belly, just a few bits of intestines and two pieces of the ear (I think that was it, the ones with the hard, white layer inside – I left the two untouched), no liver.

Thankfully, it was kway chap

…not kway teow. I get really pissed off at places where they serve this but when you dig into the bowl, you find kway teow (flat rice noodles) instead of those pieces of kway chap.

The broth was very nice, a bit on the mild side as far as the soy sauce, the salt and the msg were concerned but very strong on the spices – I could taste the cinnamon in it especially. The chili belacan (dried prawn paste) dip was so good and went so well with everything. I had to refrain from pouring all of it into the broth – I am sure that would being the taste to a whole new level.

All things considered, I would say I enjoyed it very much, not to the extent that you would find me back there again for more in no time at all but I sure would not mind ordering that if I happen to be around there some other day. I probably would want to try the lor mee (RM5.00) though – it also looked really good in the photograph.

Incidentally, I was somewhat amused when I saw this lady’s t-shirt…

– she was also seated outside, two tables away. It made me think of all those with their age-old outdated convictions. They would cringe in disgust and even come up in arms against it everytime I said that I added a pinch in my cooking. They should read this article as well as the many available online if they care to google for them.

Of course, there is no denying that it is sodium…and so is salt and don’t we all know that salt is bad for health. That is why if you have added salt to the food, you should not add msg anymore and vice versa or maybe you would want to compromise – just a little bit of each. Similarly, if you use soy sauce in your cooking, there IS salt and there IS msg in it and if you go and add some more, you may be in for a bit of trouble! The bottom line is, like what I always say, moderation is the key. Too much of a good thing may be bad for you!

COFFEE & TEA (2.325932, 111.841566) is located at the junction of Jalan Teng Chin Hua and Jalan Ulu Sg Merah in the blocks of shops to the right of the traffic lights junction turning left into Lorong Sg Merah 2. if you are coming from town. On the other hand, if you are heading towards town, the blocks of shops are after St Teresa’s Catholic Church and the SIB Church on that same side of the road.

Mother and child reunion…

We loved the Sarawak ethnic/Dayak delights at this place that they called Anak Borneo (Child of Borneo) so much that we kept going back again and again but for reasons unknown, not very long after it started, much to our disappointment, it called it a day.

If I am not wrong, one of the partners opened another place along those same lines and called it Mak Borneo (Mother of Borneo). It was sharing its premises with a pub and it seemed that they did not open that early, probably to cater to those people who would drop by the watering hole later in the night to eat, drink and be merry. I was in the vicinity once, not too early – the people were just getting started but nobody paid any attention to me. No one asked me to take a seat or what I wanted to eat – nothing, stone cold silence all round. Of course I left the place right away and never went back.

Eventually, I heard that they had opened their own place here…

…but before I could go and check it out, disaster struck! Because of the pandemic, for nearly two long years, I never got to drop by until yesterday, Sunday. I asked my girl if she would like to go out for lunch and she did so off we went.

Much to my delight, the place was very open, not air-conditioned (wifi is available for anybody thus inclined) and there were a lot of fans, left, right and centre so even though it was a very sunny and hot afternoon, we were quite comfortable and did not feel the heat at all.

I saw one of the boys cleaning the barbecue grill…

…before putting the ikan keli (catfish)…

…obviously marinated with kunyit (turmeric), over the hot burning charcoal to cook and serve to us once it was ready…

Yes, I did order that (RM25.00) and yes, it was very nice.

They gave two types of chili dip with the fish – the chili soy sauce (left) was all right, nothing to get excited about but the chili belacan (dried prawn paste) on the right was simply out of this world. It was so very nice but super spicy. Both dips are available for sale in bottles at the shop and I would have bought the latter if it had not been so blisteringly spicy.

This is their barbecued pork or babi tunu (RM16.00)…

…and I would give it my two thumbs up! It certainly was as good as it looked!

If I am not wrong, they also cook these delightful lokans (RM11.00)…

…on the barbecue grill after which they will open up the clams and add the seasonings and the garnishing prior to serving them.

This was the pansoh babi (RM28.00)…

…the pork in bamboo tubes placed beside hot burning charcoal to cook. Yes, this was very good too.

We loved both the vegetable dishes that we ordered – the midin with langkau (ethnic rice wine)/belacan (RM11.00)…

…as well as the daun ubi gosok, the mashed tapioca leaves (RM8.00)…

…and we had rice (RM2.00)…

…with all the aforementioned dishes. I really loved their ceramic plates, made to look like the Dayak matted woven basket/tray, so ingenious, so appropriate and so beautiful!

I just had a small bottle of drinking water (RM1.50) while my missus had a glass of teh C (tea with evaporated milk), RM3.00 and my girl asked for their fresh coconut water (RM5.00)…

All in all, the total came up to RM113.50. No, it was not cheap but considering how much we enjoyed all the dishes, it truly was value for money. We certainly would go back there again to check out the other items that they have in their very extensive menu.

I did not buy their tuak (ethnic rice wine)…

…this time around. The regular is selling for RM22.00 a bottle, the pandan RM25.00 and the apple RM30.00. I may pick up a bottle or two the next time we drop by here.

MAK BORNEO (2.301301, 111.843548) is located at No, 21, Ground Floor in the block of shops behind Nam Heong Ipoh/Kim Hock Premier Food Court, Lorong 4D, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai (formerly Jalan Pedada).

12 days of Christmas…

The postal service here is absolutely atrocious, so much so that many have resorted to sending ordinary letters and cards via courier service, not that it is any better plus it is so very expensive even though it is just within our own country. Of course, it is even worse these days as it has been raining quite a lot here and on rainy days, the postman will not be going round at all. Obviously, he will melt! Tsk! Tsk!

My cousin, Yvette, in Perth, Australia who, without fail, will send me a card every year, was saying that hers must have got lost along the way seeing that I did not say anything about receiving it. Well, thankfully, at long last, the beautiful Christmas card…

…finally arrived on Tuesday, the 11th Day of Christmas. In her own words, it made it just in time, still within the 12 days of Christmas.

This is what it looks like, inside looking out…

…through the very intricate festive paper cutting and just like the one she sent me in 2017

…this one is also in aid of a good cause…

I love buying and sending cards that are in aid of some charity like the ones by the Mouth and Foot Artists. – I do get those from them regularly and of course, I would send them a cheque or pay them online.

Thank you so much, cousin Yvette, hubby Steven and all loved ones in Perth, Australia. I hope you all had a Blessed and Joyful Christmas and a Wonderful New Year and here’s wishing you all Kong Hee Fatt Choy/Qong Xi Fa Cai, a very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year in advance.

So so good…

When she was at our house for lunch on New Year’s Day, my sister told me about the very nice steamed paos (buns) at this coffee shop. I did see them in the steamer on the pavement outside when I was there before but I never got the chance to ask where they came from – I just assumed that they probably came from this shop round the corner that is very popular around here for their buns.

My sister said that they were not from there, that much she could say, but she did not know who the people making them were. She did stop by again the other morning and she bought me a few…

…to try. She said they were from the day before but it did not matter – they were as good as new.

I tried one and I found that it had minced meat inside, compressed into a lump and there was a bit of egg too…

I am not all that fond of paos with the filling like that but this one tasted so so good that all was forgiven. I enjoyed it very much even though I did feel that it could do with a little bit less msg.

My sister grumbled that it was RM2.50 when she bought it before but going into the new year, the price has shot up to RM2.70. Looking at it…

…I was thinking that it could be the other very popular steamed paos in town, the ones they called Ah Pui’s bak pao (meat buns). I remember the filling was similar…

…and I really liked the taste, just that I did not quite like the skin that time in 2019 and boy, it was only RM2.10 each then.

Well, since they were so very nice, I’d probably be dropping by this coffeeshop one of these days to buy some more and of course, I shall confirm with them whether these were Ah Pui’s paos or not.

EMAS CORNER CAFE BARU (2.292229, 111.838162) is located to the extreme right of the blocks of shops along Lorong Tong Sang 1B at the junction of Jalan Tong San and Lorong/Jalan Langsat.

French connection…

Long, long ago, our lives were very simple. We did not have much of anything beyond our basic needs. Yes, we had bread and buns but I only came across this…

…in 1973 when I went over to Singapore.

They called it “French loaf” and it was hard and crusty. They served it with sup kambing (mutton soup) at the Indian shops or with their celebrated Singapore chili crab at their seafood restaurants at places like Bedok. We dipped the slices in the soup or gravy to soak and to soften and ate.

I only got to know its other name…

…more recently, not that long ago.

The guy at this bakery doesn’t use that name – he calls it a French loaf. I guess if he uses baquette instead, some customers may have a problem pronouncing it and will come out with their own peculiar versions. Have you heard the one about the guy who went to a restaurant and ordered a quiche? LOL!!!

Personally, I feel that the ones from that bakery are slightly harder and a bit more crusty than this one that I bought from here, not like the ones in the good ol’ days in Singapore – those were so hard that it could be used as a lethal weapon. LOL!!! I don’t know if it is available at the other bakeries in town but I sure am glad that these two do not come across as regular bread made in that longish cylindrical shape and are a little bit like the baguette that I used to know.

Now, how do I usually eat it? For one thing, we can cut it into short lengths, cut slits in them and stuff them with whatever filling we fancy to make our own Vietnamese banh mi. but usually, I will just slice it diagonally and toast the slices and eat it just like that or with any bread spread I fancy and not too long ago, I made some sprinkle toasts with it.

The other day, my girl made these garlic toasts…

…for her breakfast. She applied butter on the slices that I had cut, sprinkled chopped garlic, cheese and parsley on top and put them in the oven to toast till the cheese had melted and had turned into a lovely golden colour…

Yes, she enjoyed it done this way.

As far as I know, the guys here get theirs by special order, done the way they like them (I think they come in shorter lengths) for their toasted garlic bread served with their very nice chicken sauce…

They do not cut the loaf diagonally like I do so theirs are round, not so long.

What about you? How do you usually enjoy yours?

Cover up…

Whenever I go out, I will always wear a mask even if it is only for a while, say when I drop by some place for a few minutes to buy something and after that, I will throw it away without a second thought. That is why I keep these…

…handy.

They aren’t very expensive, over a ringgit each and it seems that they are better than those cloth masks that people will wash and use again and again. According to an article that I read, “A study that was just published in the journal, Science, analyzed data from 342,183 adults in Bangladesh and found that surgical masks were 95 percent effective at filtering out virus particles, compared with 37 percent for cloth face masks.

These come in various colours and the pharmacy that I frequent stocks up on those. I was rather amused that day when I picked up a box of blue for myself and a box of pink for the ladies in the house. The boss kept telling me that I had taken a box of pink masks – I guess he could not imagine this old man wearing those in that bright colour. LOL!!!

He himself uses these…

…which he says are good enough to be worn on their own, no need to resort to wearing double masks. According to him, they are manufactured following some Korean technology.

Needless to say, they are very expensive…

…but I can’t remember the exact price now..

I guess they would be good for use at crowded places but no, we’ve been #stayingsafe and #stayingwell, #stayinghome most of the time and we avoid crowded places like a plague. I did buy a box though just in case school resumes now that Sarawak has gone into Phase 4 and my girl will have to go back to her classes of some over 30 pupils each – I would consider those as crowded, no doubt about it so when that time comes, she can put on these masks, one per day.

I did buy the Korean originals too…

…from one of my neighbourhood shops and they are more or less that same price as well.

The aforementioned article mentions that cloth masks are our 1918 pandemic technology, used 100 years ago whereas these days, we have the technology — the high filtration, electrostatically charged, meltblown [masks like KF94s, KN95s and N95s] — and we should use those.

I also grabbed a box of the cheaper Korean ones…

…from that same shop. These, like those colourful ones above, should be good enough for use…

…under normal circumstances.

This article says that with the increasing airborne spread of the coronavirus, it is important to improve the fit of masks and their filtration — making enhancements that go beyond old, loose, cloth face coverings that became popular in 2020. It also says that Omicron is twice as infectious, and an encounter that you could have tolerated for Delta may well infect you with Omicron. Knowing this, it is worth upgrading the protection you get from your mask.

Despite what the so-called “experts” in our country tell us, the article goes on to say this: The best masks are N95, KN95 and KF94 masks. Don’t wear an additional face covering on top of these masks. Of course, the bottom line is one must put on these masks properly. I find it quite distressing to see people wearing them with their noses uncovered…or worse, with them hanging under their chins.

Even when going some place to eat, I will keep my mask on till the food arrives and take it off only when I start eating and I will put it back on as soon as I have finished. Most people will just take their masks off as soon as they sit down…and will put them on again when they are about to leave the place.

As I have mentioned earlier, Sarawak has entered its Phase 4 now since Monday so I guess that means the situation here is presently a whole lot better than months ago. Each day, here in Sibu, there is a single-digit number of cases and hopefully, it will stay that way or better still, if there is none at all. The onus, of course, is on everyone to make sure they cover up (wear masks), observe physical distancing and do not go here and there unless there is a need for it and avoid crowded places at all times. #kitajagakita