Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Primary School Buddies At A&W

It is pretty rare for childhood friends from primary school to still keep in touch regularly. Although social media has made it much easier to locate and re-establish contact with those whom we grew up with, some effort is still necessary to maintain those links. Still greater effort is required if we were to arrange to meet up for either a drink or meal.
On occasions where we do get together, it is always a pleasure to re-live the memories of our school days, more so if some who we may not have seen for a while happen to join us. The usual suspects, in a good way, always turn up most times. They are the 'backbone' of such gatherings so to speak, catalysts that drive the enthusiasm to meet.
We recently made plans to have an evening out at the iconic A&W in PJ State. Due to be closed for major redevelopment by the end of the year, we made it a point to meet there, a venue that we have fond memories of. Seeing each other in person is always much more rewarding that what social media has to offer, and we had a great time catching up as always. Here's to the next one.
Shamsul, Azlina, Airini, yours truly, Ranjit, Shahurain and Meng Cho at A&W, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mid-Autumn Festival

Every year, the extended family gets together to celebrate the mid-Autumn festival and this year was no exception. In fact, we had two dinners last month, one with my Mum's side of the family, and the other with my Dad's. This has been a tradition since childhood and I am glad that my Aunts and Uncles have kept it up after my grandparents' passing.
Other than a feast at dinner, I particularly enjoy the weeks leading up to the festival, mainly because I am a huge fan of mooncakes. Having said that, I only fancy the traditional flavour of lotus paste with salted egg yolk. I certainly indulge but was a wee bit more careful this year not to overindulge.
To satisfy cravings in the coming months, I have stashed some mooncakes in the freezer. In time to come, I shall be defrosting them and enjoying them on my own, bit by bit. And no, I shall not be sharing.
Steamboat dinner to celebrate.