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Well, the weekend’s here again! Wanna go out for breakfast tomorrow? Now what would you like to have? Foochow fried mee – wet, or in other words, with gravy?

This is from the stall at the back of Kin Coffee Hut at Pusat Tanahwang, opposite Sacred Heart School.  I did not want pork so the lady used squids and shrimps instead…RM2.80. It used to be RM2.50 only. Her longevity noodles aka mee sua served in red wine & ginger chicken soup is also nice…for RM4.00, I think.

That’s right! You get one hard-boiled egg, just like when you’re celebrating your birthday – following the Foochow tradition. Or perhaps you may want to try the beef noodles at the coffee shop across the road from the dimsum place…

I prefer this type with the clear beef soup.  What you see is the special – RM4.00 or was it RM4.50? You get a big bowl of noodles with lots of beef and gu-kin (beef tendon) and gu-tor (stomach). Or perhaps, you would prefer a typical Malaysian breakfast? At Thomson Corner, also at Pusat Tanahwang across the road from Sacred Heart School, you can try the nasi lemak special for RM4.50…

You’ll only get the extra fried chicken and egg…but what I like about the nasi lemak here is the rice itself. You can actually smell and taste the fragrance of the rich santan (coconut milk)…compared to other places. Otherwise, you can go to Happy Garden at Sungai Antu, next to Courts Mammoth, and you can get this nasi lemak special for RM3.50 only.

Other than the usual sambal, groundnuts and cucumber slices, you’ll get one fried egg, a piece of salted fish and a serving of delicious Sarawak masak hitam (beef). But if you’re one of those who can’t take rice in the morning, the mee goreng special there also has that extra masak hitam and fried egg, also at RM3.50…

Another alternative is the nice kuih chap at one of the coffee shops in Sungai Merah but personally, I think the ones in Kuching are better…

Or would you rather stick faithfully to the usual…kampua or dianpiangu??? Bon appetit…and have a nice weekend!!!

It’s all in the game…

It’s Friday today…and the weekend’s here, so let’s have some fun!!!…This is a follow-up to the song quiz that we had sometime ago…and I did say then that this time, it is going to be more difficult. Well, just give the names of the songs and do note that there are SEVEN altogether, so don’t miss anyone out…and do get the spelling right! And Bongkersz, don’t bother clicking on the photos this time for the titles! I am, as they say, older and wiser now… LOL!!!!!

Let us start with an easy one…

and another easy one…

A piece of cake so far? Well, here’s another bonus…

And if you know what CCR stands for, you’ll know this one, I’m sure…

I was stumped by this one, but then, when I used it during the course I mentioned in the previous post, the participants got it the instant I flashed the slide!!! I wonder how!!!…Maybe I’ll just give you a clue! You can check in anytime you like, but you can never leave!!!

I know the next one, but most of you may be too young unless you are familiar with the Motown music scene. Motown what, did you say? Well, too bad… LOL!!!

OK! OK! Don’t grumble! Here’s one for you, young fellas!!! The older ones probably will not know unless they are like me – forever young!!!

So, that’s it!!! Post your answers quickly!!! See if you can outdo Kpg Nangka Kid this time around! Have fun…..

I’m not a girl, not yet a woman…

I’ve always been tickled by the title of this song because if we look at it carefully, if you’re not a girl, then you must be a boy…and if you’re not yet a woman, then you are going to be one. So, is the song about a boy who is going to be a woman? Well, it seems that at a certain place, they have special toilets for him…



Actually, what I’m trying to say is when we use a language, we need to proficient enough and be careful when using it  so that what we say will not be subject to misinterpretation or lead to some misunderstanding…



I must say, however, that the manufacturer of this toilet roll has certainly chosen the most appropriate brand name…



But I can’t really make out what they mean by this…



…and are the supermarket owners advising shoppers not to buy their f**king goods?



No doubt, considering the environmental problems that we are facing these days, we should treasure whatever resources that we may have…



I guess that does make a bit of sense, doesn’t it? And by the way, does anybody know Mak Ulah who lives along this road?



By now, you would have realised that the sole purpose of this post is just to bring smiles to some, if not all, of your faces, with no malicious intention whatsoever.  I got the photographs via email and  obviously, most of them have been downloaded from the website stated in the pics but I’m afraid I am unable to acknowledge the source of the one of the supermarket sign with the four-letter word. Gosh! I can’t even remember who sent it to me! Probably it was from a friend in Penang. Sigh! Age is catching up on me obviously, but I can definitely remember that the last one came from gundot. I wonder who took the photograph… LOL!!!

Song Sang Blue…

I have always been a fan of Neil Diamond…his low, rich, mellow, soulful voice, and some of his songs sound just as fresh as when I first heard them years ago. After a few best-selling albums such as “Song Sang Blue”, in the 70s, he released his live album, Hot August Night…

 From http://www.8notes.com/pictures/diamond/

It was hot! And I loved especially his renditions of “I am…I said” and “Sweet Caroline” on this album, much nicer than in the original albums. And then he released the soundtrack from the movie, “Jonathan Livingstone Seagull” for which he did all the songs; my favourite was “Be”. Later, he was in the remake of “The Jazz Singer” which spawned memorable songs such as “America”, “Hello Again” and ooo…the beautiful “Love on the Rocks”. Then there was the unforgettable duet with Barbara Streisand, “You don’t bring me flowers”! Actually, an American DJ mixed their solo versions of the song and played it on air and it was such a hit that the two greatest singers decided to release the collaboration…and I’m certainly glad they did!

Hence, I was looking forward eagerly to last night’s Americal Idol show but sadly, it was such a disappointment. For one thing, they only sang a few of those songs that I love, or come to think of it, perhaps I should be thankful for that! My favourite of the night was Syesha’s “Hello Again” which she made to sound like an R&B number, something from people like Whitney Houston. It was very nice, just that it was not Neil Diamond.  The Cow did not like it though; he said it was old fashioned! Her second song, “I thank the Lord for the night time” was good but not really my cup of tea.

No doubt David Cook’s “All I really need is you” was good, sung in his usual rock style…but I’m getting a bit bored with all that rock stuff. His first song was not as good. And what on earth was that dimwit doing? Cook had just sung one song and there she went, rambling on and on about his second song! She probably had one too many prior to the show or was lost in her fantasies with Cook and his just-got-out-of-bed look!!! LOL!!! David Archuleta was disappointing with his “Sweet Caroline”.  Standards like that should be left as they are; he modified the tune too much…so much so that the song sounded completely different, except maybe for the chorus.  As for “America”, he was all right…but it lacked the liveliness, the feel to the song the way Neil Diamond did it.

Brooke did “I am…I said” and omigawd!!! I almost cried!!! That was my favouritest (if there is such a word) Neil Diamond song and she absolutely ruined it…sounding at best, like what’s-the-name-now? The girl who put herself on Youtube and got discovered??? You can hear her song played on the radio day in, day out…and I can’t even remember her name! Yucks!!! I know someone from Kuala Penyu who can do that song and make you go, “Wow!!!” Too bad he’s just too old for American Idol! But hey! Isn’t he going to hit the Big 5-0 too this year? Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Welcome to the club! The more the merrier!!!…Anyway, Brooke’s other song, “I’m a believer” was a hit song for a group called The Monkees!!! Well, to cut a long story short, the name says it all! And wasn’t it used as the theme song in “Shrek” or something? That certainly says a lot about her song choice! 

But if anyone should go, I think it would have to be Jason.  The first song was not familiar…and very forgettable.  I can’t even remember how it went now!!! However, the nail in the coffin has got to be “September Morn”. It was bad enough that he does not have a voice like Neil Diamond’s to do half as well…but the arrangement was horrendous! It sounded like something from crooners such as Michael Buble, not that I’ve anything against the Buble guy! It just wasn’t Neil Diamond!!!

Well, we’ll have to wait till this evening to see who will be leaving…..Knowing all those tone-deaf people and the overwhelming number of hysterical females (even at the venue alone) , I’ve a feeling it will be Syesha!!!

UPDATE: Hooray! That woman with an attitude is OUT!!! Good riddance, Brooke White!!! Absolutely killed my song, “I am…I said”! LOL!!!

Beautiful…

Nope! I’m not like that…even though I should, for health’s sake and not because of my appearance. I am old, fat and not in any way, good-looking but I believe that I am beautiful…inside. Very often, we hear people commenting, “She’s such a B***H! She thinks she’s SO beautiful!” Or they will say this of a guy, “He’s so full of himself! He considers himself God’s gift to women!” Well, these individuals are blessed with good looks on the outside…but obviously, they are not very popular.

Now, what makes a person beautiful? Here are some extracts from the song, (I am the) BODY BEAUTIFUL by Salt N Pepa

Everybody’s beautiful in their own special way…Beauty comes from within…Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, you will achieve…Open up your mind so your eyes can see…Bodies come in all different shapes and sizes…You’re beautiful, too, just realize this! Can’t you see the beauty in me?…Open up your heart and set your mind free…Everybody’s beautiful in their own way…Express yourself every day and when you’ve got joy on the inside, it shows on the out…Be confident and you’re beautiful without a doubt.

Yes, beauty comes from within and everyone is beautiful in his or her own way. The song talks about believing in yourself and being confident. I reckon that if you have high self-esteem, you will be able to project a personality that may be appealing to others, as opposed to someone who has very low self-esteem and always thinks lowly of himself and negatively about life and everything else for that matter, and that will definitely put people off. I bet not many will want to hang around people like that…unless they are birds of the same feather.

For one thing, a person’s character, rather than his physical attributes, will contribute towards making a person beautiful.  A person will exude “beauty” from within if he is kind, patient and understanding, generous and charitable, considerate and helpful…and above all, loving and caring. These qualities will make him attractive to others, pleasant to be with; these are the qualities that will make a person beautiful. Nobody’s perfect, of course, that’s for sure! But if one can have some of these characteristics, even if it is just to a certain degree, he or she can be beautiful…at least to some extent.

Well, recently, I came across something by Eileen Ramage (1996: www.citylights/daws.com) and I am of the opinion that she has managed to put it all down in words so beautifully indeed  in her poem, “THE BEAUTY WITHIN”…

Such beauty that lies within

No joy can compare

You can search the world all over

You won’t find it anywhere

You may like the shine of diamonds

The glitter of pure gold

A body that is beautiful

Nice things that you can hold

All these things are fragile

Get old and pass away

But the beauty that lies within us

Lasts forever come what may

This rare and special beauty

Can lay hidden from your view

I know that you can find it

By searching within you.

Great joy I know will follow

Your life will be free.

The serenity that you’ll feel

You then can share with me.

And I would like to conclude with these lines from Christina Aguilera’s song: “We are beautiful no matter what they say…we are beautiful in every single way!” Yes, I am….. Are you?

Photo courtesy of gerrie via email. Source: http://gee_lw7.very.c0o0lthing.info

Ruby Tuesday…

Well, it’s Tuesday today…but actually, I went to the Ruby Restaurant here in Sibu (again) last Saturday.  It was my brother-in-law’s birthday, you see! So, following the age-old Chinese/Foochow tradition, the dinner had to start with mee sua (string noodles for longevity)…..

We had the fried version, with hard-boiled eggs on the side, gently deep-fried to give it that golden colour (for good luck). Normally, the noodles are boiled and served in chicken-red wine soup but lately, there is this alternative and Ruby does it best! After that, we had this…..

In the past, they used to cook this with sharks’ fins but owing to the depletion in the fish population, many are protesting against its consumption…so we had that replaced with sea cucumber instead. It’s much cheaper, anyway…and tastes the same! We also had the specialty of the house – pandan chicken but you can see that in other blogs so I did not bother to take a photograph of that…and neither did I bother with the plate of cangkuk manis and the fish maw soup that we had.

Now, let’s see what else was there! Ah yes! The salty crispy prawns…

Well, notice that a few of them had gone missing! You see, my outlaws in-laws did not know about this blogging thingy, so they must be thinking that old age had finally gone to my head and I had gone bonkers (Not you, bongkersz!!!), taking photographs of everything. As a matter of fact, everytime a dish hit the table, I had to snap quickly – the hell with all those focus, angle and what have you, because within a split second, they would all dive in and attack…!!! LOL!!! Anyway, we also had Thai-style jellyfish…

…and sweet and sour fish fillet…

All in all, there were 8 dishes for 7 people…and including the rice (Yes! In addition to all that, they had rice! I didn’t! Hahahahahahaha!!!) and drinks, believe it or not, the bill came up to around RM150 only.

Anyone’s birthday coming up soon…..???

Home (1)…

I was born and raised in Sibu,…left at the age of 20, and came back 10 years later…and I’ve stayed here since! I’m not going to go into the history or the geography of the town;I bet you can find that in other blogs or elsewhere but I must say that previously, it was notoriously known to be the dirtiest town in Sarawak, and indeed it was! Visitors from other towns would just litter indiscriminately even though they would not do that in their own place; they said that the whole town was already so dirty anyway, so it would not make a difference! Pedestrians ruled the roads at the time (like the trishaw pedlars in Penang in the 70s); cars had to swerve to avoid them or stop to give way! And there were so many bicycles then!

Anyway, sometime back, the town council chairman then decided that it was high time for a change and  took the initiative to do something about it and due credit must be given to him and all involved for the massive facelift that changed the image of Sibu completely!…

Today, after the makeover, it is definitely a nice town…pleasant, not too busy, not very big and comparatively CLEANER than in the past and cleaner than many other places in the state/country.

Well, what’s the attraction, you may ask? The food, of course! Very nice and very, very cheap! Don’t worry, I’m not going to dwell on this as I’ve had quite a number of posts already about the food available here (And there are many more to come, I assure you! LOL!!!)…and you can get to see lots of that in other blogs as well.  For one thing, if you come to Sibu, perhaps you should take the opportunity to try the local delicacies, be it Foochow…

 

…like this bowl of dianpiangu or Melanau – the umai (raw fish) or the see-ert (sago worms) or Iban – the ayam pansuh (chicken cooked in bamboo), the babi kasam (fermented preserved pork)! You’ll be spoilt for choice, I assure you! What I just cannot understand is why people go all the way to a place and insist on eating the same kind of food that they have back home.  Many Asian tourists to Western countries, for example, would insist on having Chinese food provided in their tour package…or foreign tourists coming all the way here, would choose to eat at McDonald’s. But anyway, before I start straying off to the point of no return (…which I always have the tendency of doing!!! Hehehehehe!!!!), let’s get back to my post proper…

Other than the food, perhaps you would like to do a bit of shopping? Well, what do people do when they go to KL? Shop and eat! What do they do when they go to Penang? Shop and eat! Singapore? Shop and eat too!!! See!!!…..I rest my case! Well, some may have signed up for some tour package, so the guide may bring them somewhere to see how rubber trees are tapped or how they make pewter handicrafts!!!! Zzzzzz…..!!! You can shop for some real cheap bargains here; a friend will never fail to come here every December to buy his clothes for Christmas and Chinese New Year.  According to him, he can get the same in Kuching but at twice the price.  However, don’t bother to look for branded items or designer goods. Even if they are available, we won’t know whether they’re genuine or imitations. But, as far as I know, many people from West Malaysia or other countries will buy souvenirs – the native handicrafts e.g. the pua kumbu (handwoven blanket) or the rattan mat or they may want to bring home one of those beautiful Sarawak vases, a few salted terubok (fish) or the roe , and a kilo or two of the STRAIGHT udang kering (dried prawns). I always buy this for my friends in West Malaysia, and they always ask me why they are straight.  My answer is simple, “Because…they’re not gay!!!” LOL!!! It can be quite pricey now; the last time I bought some, it was RM70 a kilo.

But if anyone insists on sight-seeing, he can start at the Dewan Suarah (Civic Centre)…

  

The cultural museum on the ground floor can give visitors an insight into the history of the town and the cultures of the people. Then there are a number of memorial parks around…but one must not miss the Sungai Merah waterfront where the first Chinese settlers landed and lived. Here are some glimpses at the historical bazaar, the way it is today…

Anybody knows the person after whom the road is named? Well, for one thing, I do wish that the people concerned had restored and preserved the bazaar in its original state.  Today, hardly anything of the old settlement remains…and I feel that somehow it has lost its authentic rustic charm. Well, as they say, time changes everything, so we’ll just have to move on….. 

So, to do just that,  what on earth do you think this could be? The stairway to Heaven???

Well, in a way, it is…or to the Catholics, at least! Those are the stairs up to the inside of the majestic Sacred Heart Cathedral.  It is huge…and may be worth a visit. Well, when we go to Thailand or perhaps, China, what do we visit? Temples…temples…and more temples!!! Here, there are a number of churches, a Tua Pek Kong temple with a pagoda that is one of the landmarks of Sibu…or you may prefer to drop by the Central Market! The live chickens wrapped in newspapers with their heads sticking out and all tied up in bondage are a tourist attraction.  I’ve seen many bloggers posting photos of the poor birds!!!

I will not recommend a visit to the nearby longhouses as they are all very modern so you won’t get to experience much that is authentic. For that, you will have to take a ride in the Boeing 747-lookalike express boat to Kapit or past the infamous Pelagus rapids to Belaga and visit the longhouses there…but you will need a number of days to do that.

So, if anyone would like to visit Sibu, you can fly MAS or Air Asia from KL, JB or Kuching…or from Singapore via JB or Kuching…or by MASWings from Kota Kinabalu!!! Come, “ngui neng ting nee neng li lor wo!!! (Translation: In Foochow, “We are already waiting for you all to come!”)