The Tempinis diaries

February 23, 2008

Chinese New Year 2008 in review

Filed under: family — Tags: , , — toru @ 3:55 am

It’s been a long time since I posted.  I went back to KL with Mrs. T for Chinese New Year and came back sick.  Mrs. T thinks I made myself ill by stuffing myself with too much Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa.

 Chinese New Year this year was quiet.  It’s sad that this was the first CNY without father.  But mother and I got along well and we didn’t have any tiffs.  Mom did her steamboat which was pretty OK except for the fact that she put too much dried scallops.  It made everyone very thirsty.  My eldest brother didn’t have too rush back to sis-in-law’s hometown this time because his in-laws was in town.  Instead of giving Mom an ang pow, Mrs. T and I bought her a gold pendant.  I thought that she liked it very much.

I went to visit our neighbour who suffered a stroke and was staying in an old folk’s home on the second day of new year.  She was suffering mentally.  It was really sad and I am glad that my brother, sis-in-law and I were able to distract her for a few hours.  Co-incidentally, we bumped into her son and husband as we were about to leave.  I used to play ping-pong with her son when I was a kid.  Her son mentioned that my father used to bring us to play badminton at the university.  It was a nice memory that I had almost forgotten about it.

Rounded up this CNY with loh-hei-ing on chap goh mei with Mrs. T, my classmates and their little daughter. 

October 26, 2007

Of Mongrel Strain

Filed under: food, friends, life — Tags: , , — toru @ 2:03 pm

Mrs. T thinks this blog thing is a good thing.  Instead of boring her with the same old stories, I bore the world instead.  More time for her to watch her favourite Korean shows.


Over lunch, one of my best friends, whom I have known since Form Five way back in Malaysia said to me, “We Malaysians are like cockroaches.  We are of the mongrel strain.  We are a lot more hungry than the average Singaporean.  That’s  why we do so well here.”  In a way, what he said was quite true.  Lots of Malaysians have done very well in this city state. My friend is now an extremely successful professional in town.  Both of us sure have come a long way from the days when we were schoolboys in our ratty white shirts and olive pants uniform.  But I thought that the statement about being of mongrel strain was pretty ironic considering that we were having lunch at the very posh Li Bai at Sheraton Hotel and eating decadent hairy crabs.   The hairy crabs were yummy by the way.

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