Thursday, November 10, 2011

Me and My Friends



No recipe today but wanted to note down one of those memorable moments i had couple of weeks back. First, thanks to all my blogger friends who are dropping by to read this post. Me and my buddies..all of us were primary school mates but the time we got really close with one another was when we reached our secondary one.. have been close since then. That's more than 30 years of friendship! We had a reunion cum my birthday celebration back in our hometown, Ipoh few weeks ago.  We booked an apartment and all of us sleptover for the night.

this part of Ipoh town..taken from our apartment..


 My buddies, fussy friends they really are..deciding what type of food they want to have for dinner..Japanesefood?..no no...one said, singapore's japanese food is much much more better. Western?..no no..someone said KL has got so many nice restaurants serving western cuisine, ipoh cannot beat..true true.. How about Korean BBQ? Big no no, someone said she wants to smell nice ..all the sizzling smoke and the steam from the BBQ will stink her, stink her hair, stink her clothes. Steamboat? same thing..so much smoke, will make her face oily! They asked me, what is nice in ipoh? i told them, 'hawker food '..so how? do we want to have hawker food and then celebrate my birthday in the food court? argh! save those for breakfast , please! Chinese food? seems like everyone like it. Yeah, Ipoh has got nice Chinese food..unfortunately the restaurant that we wanted to go to has been fully booked, even it's a month before. After checking a few, finally we managed to get a room in one of the chinese restaurants here..quite nice. clean and comes with private restroom and karaoke too!

the little bosses...singing songs from abba, lady gaga., justin bieber..at least now i know who justin bieber is!


friend, steady pls...can you drink or not?



me..second from left here

One of my friend got expensive taste, she wanted to have " buddha jumps over the wall" dish. It is a chinese soup.. take long hours to prepare, cooked in superior stock and consists of abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, shark fins, mushrooms, scallops, chicken, ham and is a very expensive dish, about RM2000 ( usd 670)  just for that dish alone. Sorry, too expensive, i'm afraid we have got not enough money to pay the bill, all of us must really jump over the wall then ! So instead of " buddha jumps over the wall" , we ordered  a mini version of buddha jumps over the wall, some restaurants named it as " tiger jumps over the wall" ..no abalones, no shark fins, no fish maw but still nice..acceptable and affordable.
the cheat and cheap version of ' buddha jumps over the wall'

lemon foot scrub, given by a friend to all of us..for how to do it,  click  here
FAT FREE Peach Cake from Secret Recipe. Good that they didnt ask me to bake my birthday cake..shut down the oven and shake my legs!!



Still not enough of singing in the restaurant, we proceed to a karaoke nearby for our second round of singing. By the time we reached back at the hotel, i think it was almost 2am. I thought all of us were not going to sleep but i guess, we were all very tired too and went to sleep around 5am. Managed to grab 2 hours of sleep though! Few of them got to go back the next day, quickly packed and went for breakfast. A friend of mine wanted to get chicken and duck here..haha.. Ipoh's famous salt baked chicken, then smoked duck, kaya puffs for her mum. Such long queue at the kaya puffs shop, hey friend..i timed you..i waited for an hour, almost went to slumberland in my car! zzz..zzz.

sending my friend off at the train station


eating rojak at the train station...no stylo ..man!


I know it's not easy for all of us to come together, thank you for giving me such loving time, i really appreciate all of you taking your time to come back and all the travelling..and am so thankful that all of you are 'around' me always.  I love you all.




45 comments:

  1. Very nicely done, CP ♡
    TKC will be very happy the photo posted of her shows off her true slim figure ;))
    It's lovely to revisit those moments again thru your blog and photos, even tho i was not able to join u girls on that weekend. Looking forward to the next one!
    Love u lots, my dear old buddy! :) xoxo

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  2. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU, LENA!! Stay young and beautiful always!! hahaaa...

    I only recognise two familiar faces in the pictures.. your frens are really sporting, coming all the way to celebrate your birthday.. mine is coming soon too.. hehehee.. wonder who is coming from north and south.. guess not as many as u.. or none at all.. hahaha...

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  3. Ar... ha ... Lena, at least I know how you look like now. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. You're still very young, very pretty too.

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  4. Lena, you look young and pretty :) I've a group of friends which meet once a year during CNY, they are friends since secondary school, this kind of friendship is warm and we should tresure it.

    Happy Birthday Lena!

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  5. Lena, you have a bunch of good friends. They are all very sensual and beautiful ladies, including you and Barb. Nice sharing.

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  6. Happy Belated Birthday, Lena! What a fun birthday bash! All the more meaningful with good friends to share with! Here's wishing you good health, happiness and success in everything you do! :)

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  7. Happy birthday Lena! I had a group of primary friends who still keep in touch although we are far apart! I find that when we were together with these younghood buddies, sometimes I feel as if that we are forever young heheheee ... do you feel the same way?

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  8. Happy Birthday Lena! ( sorry a bit late) YOU have the prettiest smile! It is so nice to "see" you enjoying such a memorable time with your friends.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us...

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  9. Happy belated birthday Lena,
    u are so blessed to have friends that came over to visit on your birhtday..so sweet to spend the time with you on your day!!..

    Actually I am still figuring it out which one is you..are you the one in pink??

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  10. awww...these post brings back the fun memories of the 2 days. so..who's the fussiest of all ah? ah yoke is going to laugh her head off when she sees her singing pic....hahahahahhaha. miss you lots. see you during cny, ok?

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  11. Happy belated birthday, Lena! And thanks for sharing those lovely pictures. You're such a gorgeous lady who looks younger than her age :)

    Good friends are true diamonds, eh?

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  12. Happy Belated Birthday Lena. You look so gorgeous and the whole gang is so sporting too!!

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  13. LOL... you post pics but no indication of which is you, pandai la! Still the anonymous you. LOL.

    True, good friends are indeed hard to come by. When u want to come? My MIL is back in Dec, means I can have a moment off from my kids!!

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday. Now we got to 'see' lena in person. You look young.

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  15. thanks everyone for your wishes!! yeah, good friends are like treasures to me, hard to find..am aso glad to have bunch of blogger friends like all of you for being so supportive and friendly! thanks so much!

    @ayu: the one in pink is opera singer, i'm not..haha! look at the first pic..i'm wearing green shirt.

    @wendy: it's there lah..i put there..1st photo..me in green..okay, will see you in dec!

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  16. Lena...you no fren...birthday aso din tell us. We could have celebrated with you leh :p

    Happy Birthday to you, good health and happy always ! :))

    Hugs and muax,
    Elin

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  17. Lena, you are still one hot mama! Hahaha! So glad you had so much fun with your girlfriends....made me miss mine that are all in KL now.  oh yes, happy belated birthday. 

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  18. Happy Birthday, Lena and I finally get to see your pretty face! :) Glad that you have a great time with your good friends! :)

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  19. Happy Belated Birthday, Lena! I think you had a good one. True friendship is hard to gain nowadays, cherish it ya!

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  20. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesNovember 10, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Lena! Finally I get to know who I am communicating with. Hot babe :)

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  21. Now I know the pretty face behind all the great bakes :) Happy Birthday, sweetie!

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  22. elin: i know my birthday is quite close to yours, next year shall we celebrate together? hehe..

    bee: are you a malaysian?

    hanushi, litehomebake, eileen, min: thanks for the wishes. Hey, i'm blushing already reading all of your comments..just want to share some photos here which i took during my birthday.

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  23. Hi Lena, Happy Blessed Birthday! It's nice to finally put a face to your name! Haha! U look great, young & sporty!

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  24. Hi Lena,
    Happy Belated Birthday To You! Very nice photos, happy to see you enjoying with your friend & have a very happy birthday & its great that your friends can make up time to celebrate with you. You are so young looking. Glad that you enjoy.

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  25. Happy Belated Birthday Lena, may you stay healthy and pretty,sorry for late wishes,..so nice to see your face, so now i know how you look like,hehehe..30yrs of friendship, that is very long, i have no luck to have this kind of friendship..Look like this was a fun gathering.

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  26. Happy Belated Birthday, Lena. I bet you gals had a time of your life. that's the way to go!!

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  27. How fun! I love seeing all these pics of you and your friends and to get a small glimpse into your life. You have such wonderful friends. Happy late b-day. Glad you had a great time!

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  28. What a lovely post!It seems you had a really good time!So glad for you!xxx

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  29. hi Lena, wow! you sure had a great reunion . happy belated birthday.. it's really nice to have friends who stay around for a very long time-
    Now i know how your very sweet face looks like.
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  30. You have so many lovely good friends. Happy Belated Birthday Beautiful Lena!

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  31. 30 years of friendship! That's a beautiful and precious thing. Thanks for sharing this more personal side of you, dear Lena. :)

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  32. what nice and amazing pictures, Happy belated Birthday!!:) gloria

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  33. Dear Lena, you are truly blessed with such wonderful friends, from giggly and gossipy young school girls to distinguished ladies whom had all aged with such grace and elegance. So much must have changed and happend during these 30 years but clearly one thing remains the same, your camaraderie and love for each other. And that's such a touching thought. :)

    Happy belated birthday, and wishing you many many more years of heart-warming friendships like this to come!

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  34. Lena, Happy belated Birthday!!
    Finally get to see you ;-) , my pretty lady!

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  35. Lena, I hope I'm not the last one to wish u a very happy belated birthday. Such a nice group photos you have there. Those lemon scrub was from Barb right?...

    One more thing to add here- u look pretty in green!

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  36. thanks to all again!

    angeline: yes, that's from barb!

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  37. Happy Birthday Lena! Happy for you!
    I remember that part of Ipoh town … and her durian, pomelo, bean sprouts chicken, rice noodles … plus the friendly people : ).

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  38. a belated happy birthday to you!

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  39. really nice blog i like your blog

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  40. Happy Belated Birthday, Lena! What a wonderful time to have friends and food on your birthday! All of you look so sweet and happy. I so envy all of you wearing T-shirts and enjoying yourself! I am in a few layers here....soooooo cold.....bbbrrrr. I better run for another glass of hot drink.

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  41. Very nice friendship group we bookmarked your site a couple of days ago because your blog impresses us.

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  42. Hi Lena, I was looking at your blog on baked pasta and curious about your tab on "Others". So I click over. Now I could see how you look like :D.

    Yes. Friends are treasure. Now my children are big and have started to keep it with friends. Thanks to FB that I have managed to find a few of my primary and secondary schools friends.

    We're not too far from each other. I hope we meet up one day and be friend.

    Thanks for sharing such all the wonderful recipes and photo pics.

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