Yesterday…

Well, yesterday we had breakfast at the hotel. The food here is very nice…but I felt that the buffet spread was normally what people would get for lunch. I had tomato rice, fried mihun, ketupat with satay gravy, beef curry and sayur lodeh…..

GrandCon breakfast

…and after that, we headed to Boulevard…

Boulevard Kuching

to do some shopping and then, we had lunch. Manhattan Fish Market was full…unless we wanted to sit outside, which we didn’t – not in this hot tropical heat!!! So we ended up in Sushi King instead and I had the Double Udon set…

Sushi King set meal

and we had other stuff like tempura and plates and plates of the sushi and what not that came around on the conveyor belt. I didn’t take any photos of those except this one that I thought was kind of cute… LOL!!!

Scallop sushi

and after that, we went back to the hotel to rejuvenate for the evening… We decided to go for hor chian (oyster omelette) at this place called Venue…

Oyster omelette

It was nice…but I think I prefer the ones at some place in Buntal. We also had midin and the Lemon Chicken which was crispy and nice…

Lemon Chicken

…and the herbal pork trotters. I haven’t had this anywhere else…and I liked it very much albeit the fact that all the fat wasn’t that good for me, but never mind!!! I don’t eat that every day…LOL!!!

Herbal Pork Leg

After dinner, we wanted to go to Tom’s for dessert but it’s closed till June the 8th or 9th…so we ended up at…

Secret Recipe

Those of you who subscribe to the local daily will be able to see the special feature in PostMag today. Needless to say, they gave all kinds of fave reviews (I would too, if I could eat everything free. Hahahahahahaha!!!!)…but truth be told, the cakes were VERY rich and nice. We had the Chocolate Indulgence…

Chocolate Indulgence

and the White Chocolate Macadamian…..

White Chocolate Macadamian

So there you have it, my food log for the whole day yesterday. Anybody drooling yet??? LOL!!!

One day at a time…

We left Sibu in the pouring rain; the flight was delayed by some 20-30 minutes. This was the scene at the boarding gate before the crowd arrived and the mad scramble to get on board the aircraft. Gee!!! I just can’t understand this kiasu mentality; after all, the flight’s only half an hour or so! Simply ridiculous, these people!!!…And they’re SO stingy they would not pay a bit extra for express boarding facilities…AND I’m sure they didn’t pay the RM3 for checked-in baggage either for each of them was lugging no less than TWO bags even though only one’s allowed as hand luggage. Well, as they say, some things NEVER change…..

Sibu airport

Anyway, Gundot and daughter were waiting…and upon arrival in Kuching, we headed straight to Satok for Peterson’s hay pia (fried prawn ‘cakes’).

Peterson Kuching

Ummm…they were so very delicious. I ordered 6 pieces along with some of the other stuff…and later, ordered another four pieces…and hopefully, we can go back there for more before we return to Sibu in a few days’ time. For one thing, it seems that to him, taste is what is important and presentation is not one of his priorities…

Paterson hay pia

Probably someone should give him a few pointers and serving suggestions. LOL!!! Having had our fill, we went to check in at the hotel and after dumping our things in the room…
Grand Con triple deluxe

…we went to Spring, the new shopping experience in town…;the ethnic decor that you can see in the pic is in conjunction with the Gawai Dayak festival.

Spring 1
Spring 2

and in the night, Sophia came and took us out for dinner at…

JUNK sign

and her daughter and friend came along as well…

Sophia's gril and friend

Good grief! When did she grow to be one sophisticated, gorgeous looking lady? How time flies…!!! Sob! Sob! That can only mean one thing – I’m growing old!!! (Finally he realises it,you say? LOL!!!) Thank your lucky stars, everybody because right now, I do not have any photos of the lamb shank and the fisherman’s basket to insert in this post. The place was too dark to do those out-of-this-world dishes any justice. My daughter took some nice pics with her more technologically-advanced handphone so maybe I can get them from her to post at a later date.

By the way, I saw this on display at the hotel where we are staying…

Wedding dinner display

and that got me thinking! When was the last wedding dinner I attended? I went to one last year but it was because my father could not go…and I had to go on his behalf…and the one before that was in 2006, I think – an ex-student’s and I was invited to sing for the bride and the groom. Hmmm…so when will the next wedding dinner be? Archie? Cibol? Bongkersz? Tintin? KNB???…..In the words of JZ/Linkin Park, “What the hell are you waiting for…?” Hahahahahaha…..

Holiday…

Taking this opportunity to wish all friends and readers celebrating the auspicious festival SELAMAT HARI GAWAI and all good wishes for the year ahead….

Iban ngajat
(Photo taken from MaryannPteo’s Virtual Tourist Home Page)

And to all those celebrating the Harvest Festival, Selamat Hari Kaamatan and showers of blessings on you and your families…

 Harvest Queen contest
(caB.jim’s photo from http://www.flickr.com)

…and to the rest, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, blue skies and everything nice!

Relaxing by the pool
(Man about Tao’s photo from http://www.flickr.com)

STP will be away for a few days and anyway, most of you will be too busy celebrating and enjoying yourselves to drop by and post comments but do make sure you’ll all be back soon…. Cheers!!!

It’s so easy (1)…

Bookworm

Now, are you a university grad? Still in college or school perhaps? Do you think you’re very smart? Well, here’s….. 

A PRE-SCHOOL TEST FOR YOU

Which way is the bus below travelling? To the left or to the right?  

Bus

Can’t make up your mind?

Look carefully at the picture again.

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Still don’t know? Pre-schoolers all over the Australia were shown this picture and asked the same question. 90% of the pre-schooler’s gave this answer, “The bus is travelling to the right.” Do you agree with them? Look at the picture again carefully.

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If you agree with them, why do you think the bus is travelling to the right? If not, then why do you think it is going left?

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So what’s your answer? And give a logical explanation for your answer, please.

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Give up? When asked, “Why do you think the bus is travelling to the right?”  the kids answered, “Because you can’t see the door to get on the bus.”

So you think you are smarter than a pre-schooler? ROTFLMAO!!!!

Baby I love your way…

Baby Suituapui

What baby were you? Do the character traits below describe the person that you are?

JANUARY BABY: Pretty/handsome. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Sensitive. Down-to-Earth. Stubborn.

FEBRUARY BABY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract.  Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexiest out of everyone. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Horny. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizing dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside, not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

MARCH BABY: Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate, shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Great kisser. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Observant and assesses others.

APRIL BABY: Suave and compromising. Funny and humorous. Stubborn. Very talkative. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal. Does work well with others. Very confident. Sensitive. Positive attitude. Thinking. Generous. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Able to cheer everyone up and/or make them laugh. Able to motivate oneself and others. Understanding. Fun to be around. Outgoing. Hyper. Bubbly personality. Secretive.  Boy/girl crazy. Loves sports, music, leisure and travelling. Systematic. Hot but has brains.

MAY BABY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm standpoint. Needs no motivation. Shy towards opposite sex. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves Literature and the arts. Loves travelling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited.

JUNE BABY: You’ve got the best personality and are an absolute pleasure to be around. You love to make new friends and be outgoing. You are a great flirt and more than likely have an a very attractive partner. A wicked hottie. It is also more than likely that you have a massive record collection. You have a great choice in films, and may one day. Become a famous actor/actress yourself – heck, you’ve got the looks for it!

JULY BABY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional, temperamental and unpredictable. Easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Spazzy at times. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be with friends. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Waits for  friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt and takes long to recover.

AUGUST
Outgoing personality. Takes risks. Feeds on attention. No self control. Kind hearted. Self
confident. Loud and boisterous. VERY revengeful.  Easy to get along with and talk to. Has an ‘everything’s peachy’ attitude. Likes talking and singing. Loves music. Daydreamer. Easily distracted. Hates not being trusted. BIG imagination. Loves to be
loved. Hates studying. In need of ‘that someone’. Longs for freedom. Rebellious when withheld or restricted. Lives by ‘no pain no gain’. Playful. Mysterious. ‘Charming’
or ‘beautiful’ to everyone. Stubborn. Curious. Independent. strong willed. A fighter.

SEPTEMBER
Active and dynamic. Decisive and haste but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and  caring. Suave and generous. Usually you have many friends. Enjoys making love. Emotional. Stubborn. Hasty. Good memory. Moving, motivates oneself and others. Loves to travel and explore. Sometimes sexy in a way that only their lover can understand.

OCTOBER BABY: Loves to chat. Loves those who love them. Loves  to take things at the centre. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Brave and fearless. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care to control emotions. Unpredictable. Extremely smart, but definitely the hottest AND sexiest of them all.

NOVEMBER BABY: Trustworthy and loyal. Very passionate and dangerous. Wild at times. Knows how to have fun. Sexy and mysterious. Everyone is drawn towards your inner and outer beauty and independent personality. Playful, but secretive. Very emotional and temperamental sometimes. Meets new people easily and very social in a group. Fearless and independent. Can hold their own. Stands out in a crowd. Essentially very smart. Usually, the greatest men are born in this month.

DECEMBER BABY: You are the most good-looking person possible…better than all of these other months! Loyal and generous. Patriotic. Competitive in everything. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in  organizations. Fun to be with. Easy to talk to, though hard to understand. Thinks far with vision, yet complicated to know. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having lots of ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Has that someone always on his/her mind. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly . Knows how to make friends. Abiding. Able to show character. one guy/girl kind of person. Loveable. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves music.

Well, mine describes me quite well…except perhaps the “active in games” bit but then it depends on what “games”! LOL!!! What about you?

Down by the river…

Archie was complaining about the deluge of food posts but all of you can’t blame me really! It’s just that my daughter’s home for the holidays and I make it a point to take her out to eat all the things that she loves.

Over there, the place where she’s studying has a canteen but they don’t sell much there…when they’re open, that is. I really wonder how they can survive and stay in business! There are a few food stalls outside the gate, right across the road…but the swarm of flies!!! And they do not even cover the food!!! Gee! Where are the Health Department people? Things are definitely much better here in Sibu!

Anyway, to move away from the topic of food, I was driving past Sungai Merah this morning, so I decided to stop and take a few photographs for this post. This was where the earliest Chinese (Foochow) settlers led by Wong Nai Siong first set foot in the region.  The small riverine town got its name “Sungai Merah” from the river that flows through it. It is literally red in colour due to the withered leaves that fall from the trees upstream. It had been murky and muddy at one time but obviously, the authorities have done something to restore its original reddish-brownish hue…

Sg Merah

Besides, they’ve also revamped the place by building a nice waterfront along the river banks with nice bridges of Chinese-influenced architecture. This would be an ideal place for taking photographs for remembrance as it is after all, a place of historical significance…and a good spot for evening strolls too…

Sg Merah waterfront

For one thing, I wish they had restored and preserved the old wooden shophouses for posterity…but they’re all gone now and in their place stand new ones like these…

Sg Merah new shops

There is a small park built in memory of Wong Nai Siong so shutter bugs can snap a few more shots here…

WNS Memorial Park 1
WNS Memorial Park 2

…and should you be feeling hungry, don’t worry!!! There are coffee shops all over selling all kinds of delicacies you’ll defintely be spoilt for choice.

And if you’re interested, you can take a leisurely drive along the country roads through the lush green rainforests to the smaller towns neraby like Kanowit or Sarikei.  Huai Bin has just posted a good write-up on Sarikei, so you can just hop over to his blog to have a look.

Well, I will definitely go around the scenic spots and places of attractions here to take more photographs for my future posts, so do make sure you keep coming back so that you won’t miss out on any of them…Hahahahahahaha!!!!

Ocean deep…

It certainly seems that more and more western and fusion food joints are sprouting all over town…and last Sunday night, my family dropped in at one of them situated in the Mitsu Dimsum restaurant area (behind Rejang Medical Centre)…

Blue Reef

Blue Reef’s the name but it isn’t actually an all-seafood restaurant.  Inside, it’s pretty dark and all blue mostly and I didn’t think much of the decor on the walls…

Blue Reef interior Blue Reef wall decor

Be forewarned that the portions are extremely huge…and one plate is enough for 2-3 persons.  We had spaghetti carbonara…

 Spaghetti Carbonara

It was nice and we liked the creamy sauce.  We also had Seafood Hokkein mee…but it did not seem like what I had in KL.  It was more like Foochow fried noodles using the much-bigger type of mee, not usually found here. But on the whole, it was ok…

Seafood Hokkein Mee

It was quite cheap actually especially when you consider the size of each dish;if I remember correctly, the spaghetti dish was RM12 and the latter was RM8 only…or something around that price range.

And last night, we took Sophia out for dinner as she’ll be going back to Kuching today…and we went to Garden Hotel’s coffee house.  It seems Huai Bin was there the night earlier; funny how how paths don’t seem to cross! Both my missus and Sophia opted for the seafood platter…

Seafood platter

It was nice, especially the garlic butter rice and at RM16.00, it would be unfair to compare it to that at Manhattan Fish Market where the seafood platter for two costs around RM45.00. My daughter had fish and chips…

Fish and chips

It certainly seemed as if someone had taken a bite off the second piece of fish! LOL!!! I had posted a picture of this dish at the same place sometime ago…and I, for one, prefer it to what we get elsewhere because the fish is coated with breadcrumbs instead of batter which can be somewhat oily and soggy if there is no quality control and it’s only RM11.50 per plate (an increase of 50 sen since the last time I was here). But anyway, last night, I did not feel like having seafood so I went for the Mixed Grill instead…

Mixed Grill

With the lamb, beef, chicken, bacon…it was priced at RM17.00. Cheap or not? And it was very nice! Don’t worry! I trimmed off that layer of fat on the lamb before eating the leaner parts. LOL!!!

Gosh!!! I think that should be enough food posts for the time being… Now I’ll have to think of what other things I can post!!! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!