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Monday, April 06, 2009

Coffee Break and Chance Meeting in Sungei Merah


This is rumoured to be the best kopi and kopi-o peng in Sungei Merah if not in Sibu. I ordered the kopi which is localfreshly ground coffee with a huge dollop of condensed milk - and it was indeed a comfort drink. All memories came back to me...and my brains went on over-drive!! And it is a local well kept trade secret so you can never make such a drink at home!! It has something to do with the specialist "Coffee Hand". You have to go back and order the coffee again and again.



This is a wonderful photo. Miss Ida Mamora was a former student of Methodist School and she became my teacher when I was a student there together with pretty and ever green Nai Siong (on my left). When I became a temporary teacher in Methodist School after Sixth Form for a year I taught alongside Miss Ida: both she and I taught Poh Eng a bright and cheerful student (slightly behind Siong).Poh Eng belongs to a special class of star quality students that include my own sister and brother-in-law and a host of other very special personalities like Daniel Teng and James Tiang. the list is too long to mention here.

These three personalities look extremely youthful and not a strand of grey hair can be found on their head. They are cheerful and ever so friendly and respectful.

You kind of get this kind of wonderful coincidental meeting during Ching Ming and especially in Sungei Merah!! You meet people you haven't met for over 30 years!! Thanks to Judy Wong who is one year my senior and the Principal of Methodist Pilley Institute who took this photo.




And apologies to the guy in the Poh Eng's group. We ladies completely left him out of the picture!! Could he be one of the ex-Methodist students too?

14 memories:

catherine said...

I find it very pleasant to drink kopi in a place that my parents like. They would know the exact coffee shop which has good coffee. My parents go to WZT in Miri every Sunday. Sometimes we have to stand for a while before we can get a seat.
My favourite time at WZT is a rainy day and my friends and I have to huddle together...good for bonding.

catherine said...

I find it very pleasant to drink kopi in a place that my parents like. They would know the exact coffee shop which has good coffee. My parents go to WZT in Miri every Sunday. Sometimes we have to stand for a while before we can get a seat.
My favourite time at WZT is a rainy day and my friends and I have to huddle together...good for bonding.

bliss said...

hi Sarawakiana
I usually go to 2020 for the mee there. The coffee is not bad. Another place that has good local coffee is the Siew Pow place along the same road as old Kok Kee opposite Imperial.
Your coffee looks good.

bliss said...

Hi again...we didn't go to coffee shops with our teachers...nanti school mates marah - buat apple polishing...
may be you were all different from us.

Superman said...

I know that coffee shop! Yup, it is famous in Sibu. Chung Seng coffee shop! I love the drinks over there when only the boss make it. Really "kau" the coffee and tea. Really great to meet old friends sometimes. Bring back all the good memories. QingMing festival is good for people to gather around and pay respect to ancestors while the family members can gather together.
You are my senior. I am from Methodist School as well.

sarawakiana said...

wow! I spent two days in Sibu doing this and that. Very rewarding and fruitful.
Next time I come to sibu I must say hello to you. Let me know which one is your shop.

justin said...

Am back again in Miri.
Nice reading your new postings. Keep it up!
I missed the Ching Ming in Miri and I don't think anyone took pictures put write about it. I suppose Ching Ming in Miri is more
Twa Pak Kong.

sarawakiana said...

Catherine
Thanks for dropping by. WZT is a nice place but absolutely crowded at the weekends. My children like the kaya toasts. And I do agree that the kopi is nice.

sarawakiana said...

Dear Bliss
The Siew Pow place has always been an interesting place to go to. At the beginning they were very good. But nowadays perhaps with the economic down turn I feel that the taste is slightly off and the kopi not really as good as before.

As for being seen with your own teachers I feel there is nothing wrong. Students need to cultivate a good rapport with their teachers.

sarawakiana said...

Justin
You must be travelling a lot. I am not sure if Miri bloggers blog about Ching Ming.

Ching Ming seems to be big deal to old timers and young people just do a little when they can. But I may be wrong.

Just a Little Kindness said...

My favourite place in Miri is Lutong Cafe where I can have a good porridge and nice kopi O.
I believe many people would not mind waiting for the nice porridge - the special recipe owned by the Wong's.

sarawakiana said...

Hi Jalk
Nice of you to comment here.

Lutong Cafe is really a very special family place. And you really need to book. Perhaps soon I will blog about it...not just one article but many!!

Yes the porridge is fantastic. Kopi is good too...

I will have to devise a system ..e.g. five kopi cups for excellent. four for good etc...

I would like to give five smiles to Lutong Cafe. Because Mr. Wong will come to your table with a smile and shake your hands...like every good Foochow!!

Superman said...

sarawakiana - I don't have a shop but I like to eat out everywhere. To try which is good or bad. hehe.

sarawakiana said...

Superman
Thanks for reading my blog today!
It is good to be able to eat and try different dishes every day...Foochows call it Mouth Blessing/fortune. Chui Hook.

Cheers.

 

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