Mid-Autumn Festival 2018

It is Mid-Autumn Festival today, so I wish you a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival. Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated by the Chinese where you will see mooncakes and lanterns everywhere. They will use mooncake for prayers and some common items for prayers include pomelos, groundnuts and round purple sweet potatoes.

 

For the first time this year, my family is not praying at night to the Moon Goddess. Usually they will pray in the morning to the deities we have at home and then at night, they will pray again to the moon. It is believed that there is a Moon Goddess at the moon. Early this morning, it was raining heavily in Penang around 8am and I haven’t gone to sleep yet. I went to have a look at my parents’ side and found my Mummy frying fish in the kitchen which will be served for the prayers. My Dad happened to come home after that from the market where he bought roasted pork and chicken for the prayers. After that, they began their prayers. The prayers included some mooncakes. It’s nice to see this and this scene will go down my memory lane. I don’t know how long more I can see this.

 

Truth is, everyone grows old and at this age, you just don’t know when people will just pass away. I wouldn’t know if I will be here the next year also, because sometimes life is fragile or accidents happen or maybe people get sick. Such is life, we just go on living our life positively, hoping nothing bad happens to us or sometimes we ponder upon life and think about things in different ways.

 

Anyway, this year my Mummy made steamed yam with roasted pork, which is a dish she usually makes for Chinese New Year. She also bought new clothes to wear. She said when she was younger, she didn’t have time to dress up and look good because she was busy taking care of us children. Now that we have grown up, she has some time to look good already. Glad to hear that she’s enjoying her life. 🙂

 

Steamed yam with roasted pork
Steamed yam with roasted pork that my Mummy made.

 

Last year was also the first year I learnt to sing a Chinese song. The first Chinese song ever in my life. Although I’m Chinese, I’m what they call a ‘banana’ – yellow on the outside, white on the inside. I can speak Cantonese and Hokkien and a little of Mandarin but I can’t write in Chinese. My first song in Chinese that I could sing was Teresa Teng’s “Moon Represents My Heart”. After that I learnt a few more Chinese songs but need the pinyin translation to read as I sing. Well, there’s many firsts in everyone’s life.

 

 

Here’s a video from Myle Enterprise for Mid-Autumn Festival greetings : https://youtu.be/7Eaeq99A3cY

 

 

I hope you had a good Mid-Autumn celebration.

 

Enough Of Ramadan. Raya already.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is now going on with the first day of Raya last week on 15 June 2018. It’s a month long event. I have been posting a lot of Ramadhan related posts and also about food previously. Then I stopped posting for a while. Have been on a break, taking a rest and yet also busy with so many celebrations going on, from Raya open house visit to Father’s Day celebration, Daddy’s birthday, sister’s birthday etc. Even World Cup is going on now. Even if I’m missing from online life, my real life still goes on.

 

Too much of Ramadhan maybe ?

 

This Ramadan ?

Ramadan Sobhi Egypt football player
Picture from StokeOnTrentLive

 

This is Ramadan Sobhi, a 21 year old football player who is playing for Egypt’s national theme at this World Cup 2018. Look at him and some can buka kain puasa already. Buka, open everything. Makan puas puas lepas puasa.

 

Ramadan Sobhi shirtless
Picture from http://football-hqs.tumblr.com/

 

Aiyo, buka baju, buka kain some more. Later all pengsan.

 

For me, he’s ok lah, quite good looking. I prefer his clean-shaven, short hair look. I still would very much prefer my Ramadhan food over any other Ramadans.

Ramadhan food buffet

 

Food keeps you filled in your stomach rather than just looking at footballer, for what ? See only, won’t keep you full. Not like it’s foodball. Of course, the best would be this…

Money Ringgit Malaysia

 

Money ! Anytime and over anything else. Got money, you can do many things in your life. Not being materialistic but being realistic. While it’s true that money should not be your sole purpose in life and we should value (some) relationships with people (animals as well), you can’t deny that we need money in life. You try lah, without money and you’ll see who’s left in your life. There are some people, even if you help them when they’re in financial trouble, they don’t help themselves or worse still, they are ungrateful.

 

One man asked me recently why I’m single and hasn’t anyone gone after me in these recent years. I told him I didn’t notice. He ask me, “Don’t tell me not even a single person has asked me out during these recent years ?” I told him I don’t bother to remember or notice because the first thing I think about when I speak to someone is to know the person and if it’s possible to do business with each other.

 

He said that I should stop thinking about business. So I told him to go and find some single men and see if they’re interested or not in me. Actually I’m not interested, if anyone is interested, then they should take the initiative and put some effort. My mind is set on money and business for the longest time. He was asking too many questions about my private life like how much my business makes, why I’m not married etc so I simply answer him. I’m not born yesterday and I’m not stupid to reveal my private life. It’s none of his business, really. It’s too invasive. Then he said I have no market already in the dating life. Fine with me, so I’ll just focus on business. Yet this is the same person who said I have no market and later on hinted to ask me that he wants love, and what he can do with me like hugging. What in the fucking shit is this. Don’t hint hint all, just be straightforward. Stupid fella. Orang macam ni, either you do business with me on a more professional basis or else sila pergi mampus. Thank you very much.

The Gurney Hotel’s Selera Kampungku Ramadhan Buffet

Recently I went to The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences Penang for an event they held in conjunction with Ramadhan 2018. They served their Ramadhan buffet for dinner, which is called “Selera Kampungku”. It translates to English as “My Village’s Appetite”.

 

If you haven’t gone to try their food, you would need to go today as today is the last day for their iftar Ramadan (break fast evening meal). Their sahur set (meal before starting to fast for the day) is until tomorrow, 13 June 2018, so you can still go tomorrow. It is advisable to give them a call to check if they are serving before you go. The hotel’s number is in the flyer I have enclosed below and I have also included at the end of this post.

The Gurney Hotel's Selera Kampungku, Ramadhan 2018 Buffet flyer

 

I have made a video about the dinner that night which shows some of the food they are serving. You will be tempted with their roasted lamb and chicken meat, which was succulent with 3 types of sauces for you to choose from.

 

Their chef made bhatura which was served with dhal curry. This is the first time I’m trying bhatura, which is new to me and it reminded me a bit of naan bread. I had it with dhal. I like their dhal curry which was not spicy at all because I don’t take spicy food and it was just right for my palate. It might not be the favourite of those who like spicy Indian food but to me, it was just perfect. If you want to know more about what bhatura is or how it looks like, watch my video below where the chef will show you how it’s made and he will tell you about bhatura.

 

They had many varieties of local delicacies like rice with dishes, kuih, desserts like ice kacang and drinks suitable to quench your thirst after breaking fast. My ice kacang was cleared after only having a spoonful or so of it as I went away from the table to take pictures and videos. Mana ais kacang saya ni…

 

I would have enjoyed having more of their food but I was busy going round taking pictures and videos plus interacting with some of the people present at the event. Amongst the few outings for blogging these 2 weeks which includes food, at this event I became Miss Cakap Banyak, not Miss Makan Banyak.

 

I want to eat and I want to talk also but if I talk, I eat slower than usual because I don’t like to talk with my mouth full. You know how people talk when their mouth is stuffed full of food and you have no idea what they are talking about ? It’s disgusting especially if they start spewing food from their mouth. So, sometimes I let the other person talk as much as they like and I just listen so that I can happily eat my food. Sometimes I eat in silence and I don’t mind eating on my own because it’s at my own pace without distraction. This blogging is a bit different because they had an event along with the buffet dinner blogging. At events, I became a bit hyper – so many things to see and do, so I go round and around.

 

Here’s the video regarding the dinner : https://youtu.be/pROmYYoLkiA

 

COFFEE HOUSE

The Gurney Resort Hotel & Residences

18 Persiaran Gurney, 10250 Georgetown, Penang.

04-3707000

http://www.gurney-hotel.com.my/