Monday, July 15, 2019
The Lunar Chinese New Year Mass at my parish is a major affair that involves many ministries working together. Planning started months ago. Kudos to the altar ladies for their beautiful centerpiece at the altar.
Gratitude to the volunteers who had unpacked and washed all the mandarin oranges before the big day. And also gratitude to the kulis who came early to move the few kilograms of mandarin oranges into position (never fails to work up a sweat!).
This guy even had to climb so high to hang the 'green' (Chinese lettuce) for the lion dance. And there were many, many, many, many chairs to be arranged outside the church.
The liturgy was led by the Chinese-speaking congregation, but they also roped in the English-speaking congregation for added hands.
Setting up the table for commemoration of ancestors also takes special know-how by the liturgy group.
And look at the special offerings just for the occasion. So pretty! And at the end, mandarin oranges and red packets were distributed to all the parishioners. Many hospitality ministry staff patiently routed the traffic and performed crowd control. Thanks to all of them!
After mass, we went to Midvalley Megamall for lunch, and to look at the mall decorations. Sushi Tei didn't have a long queue outside, so we quickly dashed in. Without the Malay staff working on CNY1, we wouldn't have been able to enjoy the wagyu roll, and seasonal fish like olive snapper and parrot fish.
Janvier and KH also joined us for coffee at Krispy Kreme. Not our first choice, but all the other coffee joints were mobbed by customers. Shared a couple of seasonal doughnuts, and you know what, they brew a decent cup of hazelnut latte. It was nice catching up with Janvier.
Then we went around camwhoring at the beautiful oriental sets, obviously inspired by "Story of Yanxi Palace". Would be perfect if one had Qing dynasty imperial robes lying around. But mum did bump into her friend who was purposely wore a sequined evening gown just for photography! At one end of the mall, a Chinese orchestra played theme music from popular period dramas in mainland China....
... and there was an acrobatic lion dance performance! An eventful start to the Year of the Pig.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Note : Let's revisit CNY!
As usual, before mum started work on the reunion dinner, we would make a trip to AEON Equine Park for some fresh ingredients. She started cooking at 3 PM, serving up dish after dish :
- Pak cham kai
- Fried threadfin
- Pork stew with mushrooms, fish maw, and tendon
- Lotus root soup
- Salmon sashimi salad
- Pan-fried soy sauce prawns
- Pan-fried scallops
- Braised duck
Just a little bit of everything and we were full! So lazy to move after that, but had to wash the car and floors before CNY! Tok-tok-chiang!
Saturday, July 13, 2019
One Utama recycled their giant Christmas baubles into giant polyhedral pigs.
Bro treated us to Samsui chicken at Soup Restaurant.
"Cobra Commander wishes you a happy Year of the Pig!".
Once you generate 10,000 steps at One Utama, it's time to sit down for cookies and coffee at Cookies & Coffee.
Friday, July 12, 2019
People had started turning up in hordes at the morning market during the final weekend before the lunar Chinese new year. New products continued to make an appearance at the last minute.
A new store also popped up selling ikan belah belakang with sambal filling. Trust the Chinese to charge RM12 per fish, where you can get it for at most RM5 at a Malay mixed rice stall.
Breakfast was YTF at Ker Yuen Kitchen instead of my usual breakfast noodles.
Family Mart had just opened near Equine Park, so we went to give it a try. The sofuto I can understand, but I was a bit skeptical about the tomyum oden. Got a starter bowl and randomly selected a few stuff. I was sold on the first bite.
The Tribe jio-ed us to have dinner at Say Cheese, The Link 2. Big Monster ordered their signature pork chop, so we were treated to dinner display with a butane torch right at our table.
Alexander the Gay was in town, so I went to meet him at The Augmented Cafe, a Cina-Muslim cafe in SS2. Khatijah and Jaded Jeremy were also there to catch up with him. How could one not go to catch such a rare Pokemon? We stayed till they started closing up, then we moved to Kayu Nasi Kandar till late.
Sunday, July 07, 2019
Saturday, June 29, 2019
As promised, here are the cuties that I spied during the Petaling Street Lunar New Year Festival 2019. There should be a little something for everyone. First is Tsundere Tim who works at Cafe ETC just beside Petaling Street Heritage House. Angsty twink in overs-ized T, any takers?
Second is Two-Faced Tom, one of the offical photographers for the event. Hopefully he is a faithful hunk and not a two-timing player!
Look at those guns! Not talking about the lens ya!
Lastly some random cuties posing for a photograph in front of the Guandi Temple. Take your pick. Itadakimasu!
Monday, June 24, 2019
Even before my Colombo trip, I was feeling unwell. A lingering illness deep inside my torso that couldn't quite manifest. Like an annoying piece of meat stuck between your teeth, that you can feel with the tip of your tongue, but can't quite dislodge. Couldn't take it anymore, so I decided to see the TCM practitioner at Happy Garden after mum's trip to the wet market.
After a long wait, it was finally my turn. Her diagnosis after feeling pulse and sticking a tongue depressor down my throat : heat and wind. She diagnosed me three doses herbal soup with complicated cooking instructions. And while I was taking the herbal soups, I had certain dietary restrictions. In general, eat pork (yay!), and avoid white vegetables. A truly nasty concoction with a whole lot of dregs which I had to swallow as well.
Once I was done, it was time for lunch. Mum and I ate at Wonton and Pho, just a short walk away from the TCM. Between us, we had a banh mi, and a plate of wantan noodles. Totally fit my dietary restrictions, just that I couldn't have any of the green chilis.
At home, we started decorating for Chinese New Year. Actually brought out some pig-themed stuff from the last cycle. That's a dozen years ago!
Although it was raining in the evening, mum and I weren't deterred from going to town to check out the Petaling Street Lunar New Year Festival. The activities centered around the Petaling Street Heritage House, a food and culture hub. The ground floor is a cafe that serves famous dishes from a few of the main Chinese dialect groups, e.g. Hokkien, Hakka, Teochew, Cantonese, and Fuzhou. Above it is an exhibition space of sorts. What we saw was all sorts of Chinese opera paraphernalia, and vintage household items. Two opera performers were actually sitting there putting their faces on.
Although it was raining, a Teochew metal rod opera performance was on-going by the side of the road. Under umbrellas and raincoats, people crowded around the small stage to watch the magical puppetry. Hidden behind the stage were a couple pairs of skilled hands controlling the puppets with metal rods in a style similar to wayang kulit. In addition to controlling the movements, the puppet masters were singers and voice actors. Supporting them was a small troupe of musicians.
Spotted in the crowd was Chong Ket Aun, one of the main champions of cultural preservation in Jalan Petaling. He was all dressed up as Ju Bajie, and went around with an oil-paper umbrella. To the organizers, it was very important to put emphasis on the pig as a cultural symbol and not a taboo subject. Further down the road near the Guandi Temple was the main stage where the other performances would take place at 8:00 PM. Several stalls were set up along the road, but the damp weather put a damper on their business. That gave us some time to have dinner at our famous mixed pork soup stall at Jalan Tun H. S. Lee.
Back at the Guandi Temple, the performances had begun. A multicultural affair with Chinese dance, Malay dance, Peninsular Malaysia Orang Asal dance, East Malaysian Orang Asli dance, and lion dance. Then there was Cantonese opera, a Male soprano performance, and finally wrapped up with Teochew opera.
Note : Do make sure you catch my follow-up post where I reveal all the cuties that I spotted at Petaling Street. Stay tuned!