Sunday, November 25, 2007

No Title...

A friend sent me the below several days back, and thought I would like to share it here.

Thought of the Day

If a drop of water falls in lake there is no identity.

But if it falls on a leaf of lotus it shine like a Pearl ... so
choose the best place where You would shine..



Heck, I'm not going to break it down letter by letter or sentence by sentence. If anyone's interested to do so, perhaps it would be better to look at this, or read this.

At the same time, I also received some calls from near and afar asking whether I went to the HINDRAF march. Like I commented at kerp, even if I wanted to, I just could not; its simple as that.

On the home front, emak's back from a 2night trip to Penang with Din, my elder brother. And of all the things she brought back - you're not going to believe this - are 2 whole loaves of 'roti banggali'! It was bought fresh from the oven and even had some oven-warm in it. In such a scenario, what else could I do, but tuck in!

And what goes best with 'roti banggali', one might be tempted to ask. Well, lots of things namely: home-made kaya, serunding, sambal ikan bilis, sambal daging (not serunding ya, that's mentioned already), and a whole lot more including: well, since emak went to Penang and Penang is famous for lots of things and most especially, nasi kandar! Er...no, I did not eat the bread with nasi kandar, mind you. But I did downed the bread with the gravies of the nasi kandar. Ummph...it was simply perspiring-licking, oops sorry, finger-licking good!

Back when I was small, one the the best things we look forward to balik kampung, was the early morning time when the banggali man would cycle down the street with his still hot-from-the-oven roti! As if knowing already what 3 small boys and 2 girls wanted, he would grind his bicycle to a stop, push the rear stand down so that the bike would be stable, lift the hood of the monstrous looking zinc-chest where all the breads are kept, and begin slicing the roti banggali.

At the same time, the 5 children mentioned above, would stand around him with saliva almost running down their chins; the aroma of fresh bread blends deliciously with the smell of the hot kaya, which warms the inside of a body still shivering from the coolness of kampung morning draped by the morning mists. As the kind banggali hands each child his bread, I can still recall the smile on his face...the smile of satisfaction in knowing his product or services are very much in want. Hmm...but that was memory of a time when going back to Melaka meant having to drive through the treacherous snake-like climb of the Mantin hill. Now, though the road still exist, the convenience of the North-South Highway has made it almost obsolete, to be used only by the people living along it, or by people in search of memories of the past.

Mayhaps, the banggali mentioned would be a perfect example to the Thought of The Day above.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey! just how young do u think i am? my umur sudah byk wor actually. and u know i remember now who sang that song u like, name of the band is PIPAS. siti

Kata Tak Nak said...

That entry is beautiful. I would like to take to mean 'If you want to do something, do it where it is needed most or is appreciated'. A drop of water falls in into a lake and it blends and disappear but when it falls onto a lotus the lotus would glow.

Well, if you have a million dollars to give away, don't give it to the rich coz its nothing but give to the poor, it would surely make a difference and would surely be appreciated.

You know how I like to eat my 'roti benggali? With leftover curry.

cakapaje said...

Salam Siti,

Now, now. I think it would be very ungentlemanly of me to mention a lady's age, would you agree? So, I'll take it in me that you are a sweet young lady :)

PIPAS eh? Thank you Siti.

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

I very much have to agree with you: giving RM100 to a rich is just like giving them money for caddy fee. But to the poor, that RM100 could be 2 weeks grocery list.

Aiyaiyai! Leftovery curry sounds good indeed! :)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

shah,

actually i went to cikgu's blog first before jumping over here. as i said in his, roti benggali is some sort of a rare thing that one can find here in KL. like you, we normally gets the taste of RB only when someone comes back from kampong and would bring back a loaf or two.

my apology to roti benggali for taking the limelight away from them but when i was a kid, a trip back to kampong means pigging out on railway's nasi lemak bungkus. what do you expect from a rice-person la geng? hihi...

good entry, brader. dah pegi urut ke?

cakapaje said...

Salam kerp bto,

You're a nasi-man eh? I have a friend who would like to take all the self confessed nasi-men, and leave them stranded in places where nasi is hard to get such as Helsinki and Moscow! Make sure if ever both of you meet, you don't confess to him. Otherwise, it'll be like your last confession! lol!

Urut? Hehe...you got the wrong peson da...Like I mentioned to Cigu, you'd need to drag me there with a horse!

Anyway, I believe my leg will sub-consciously heal itself by December 10 :)

Mat Salo said...

Cun entry bro'.. Also left a comment at Chegu's KTN. But a bit 'torture' for me kalu citer hal syoru. In Balikpapan sini where got kedai mamak bro'. Let along roti benggali. Ha, next time kita balik amacam? Perhaps somewhere in KL ada jual RB kot?

What's on Dec. 10 bro'? ;) Salaam.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

eh bro,

ye la, what's on dec 10? are you planning to attend MRT the day after? i sure will, as Pi Bani will be around all the way from ipoh.

MS bro, will you be around by then?

cakapaje said...

Salam Matsalo!

Bro, KL mana ada Roti Benggali. Some of those new kopitiams might have something decently like, but that's all kut.

Dec10? Nah, its just the deadline I give to my leg...kalau tak baik gak, siap engkau (my leh lah) :)

cakapaje said...

Kerp my man...

Hmm...seem a good idea there. But if my leg's not healed yet by then, our swamp brother will have to carry both of us! :)

No promises, we'll go by the ear ok.

muteaudio said...

Salam,
Ni apasal semua asyik cakap pasal RB je? Tetiba lapaq pulak. Nak kena balik Pg ni.

tokasid said...

Salam shah:

lng time aku tak singgah.
Hectic weekend for me with the trip up north( n didn't stop for R benggali), but made a 3 leg trip to Tepeng,Aloq Staq and Kangaq.

So, I am lost with most N3s.

cakapaje said...

Salam bro Muteaudio,

Pasai lapaq le semuaorang ceritakan RB tu :)

Hmm...believe this is the first time you are here kan? Thank you.

cakapaje said...

Salam Doc,

Thought so you were traveling, this cuti sekolah and so on. You drive safely Doc.

Mior Azhar said...

Bro Shah.
Now that you've mention it, oh just where can we find roti benggali here in KL? So sick with Gardenia...

cakapaje said...

Salam Pak Mior,

Bro, RB susah dapat kat KL le. Kalau ada yang sikit sikit semacam tu, mungkin kat kopitiam. Other than that, memang near impossible.