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Our God is a God of Nations:
"He so love the WORLD ... He gave His one and only son..."

Wednesday 23 April 2014


Looking out from the window of an aeroplane:  

  •   Amazed that we are flying in this endless stretch of light blue sky 
  •   Who put the sun, the moon in their places among these floating cloud? 
  •   Who cares for the birds flying in the air, way below our eyes could see?
  •   He is the Almighty God who created the Heaven and the Earth  
  •   For as high as the Heavens is above the Earth so great is His love for us  
  •   As far as the East is to the West He readily forgives our sins   

Looking out from the window of the Cruise Ship:
  •    Overwhelmed by the wide stretch of deep blue sea that knows no depth
  •    Who is He that calms the sea, even the wind and the storm listen to Him?  
  •    Who put the fish in the sea that we can freely feed on ?  
  •    God gives wisdom to the engineers to enable the ship to remain afloat   
  •    He is faithful and He will never leave us nor forsake us   
  •    He wants to give us His best but the choice is ours to accept   

Looking out from the Observation Deck:
  •    Astonished with the architecture of the gigantic skyscrapers and bridges   
  •    Nestling in front of the rolling hills, backed by the mountains far behind    
  •    Look at those colorful flower beds framed with healthy plants and bushes 
  •    Ever wonder who gives rain to these trees and the plants that surround us?
  •    People in the streets, in their cars and inside these buildings   
  •    Ever wonder who cares for these people who are forever rushing and chasing?   

Looking down from Heaven:
  •    I am the God, the Creator and the Engineer of the Universe  
  •    I care for the birds in the air and the fishes in the sea   
  •    No creatures in the land is left out, not even the lilies in the field   
  •    How much more I care for you whom I call to be my very own  
  •    I gave my one and only son, Jesus, just to reconcile you back to me,   
  •    To lavish on you my Love. I want to give you a life full of hope, love and joy.  
  •    I am waiting with open arms. The Heaven will rejoice if you accept me! Come..... 

Wednesday 2 April 2014


I am a Foochow, A Hu-chew-noin.  My parents are both from Simpang Tiga, a small village in Sitiawan.  I was born and brought up in Ipoh.  It was in Ipoh that I met my husband.  He is also a Foochow (ku-eng) from Kampung Koh, a small town in Sitiawan.  As such, we share many fond memories of our 'home town' - Sitiawan.

Sitiawan was predominantly settled by Foochow, or 'huchiu-nen' in our dialect.  In fact, these Foochow people were led by 2 Chinese Methodist pastors, to escape the poverty in Fujian, China to come to Nanyang to look for greener pastures.  They called the place they stepped foot, 'mu-shi-lau', meaning the house of pastors (direct translation from the dialect).  It is better known as Kampung Koh. Today, there are also other dialects like hu-chiang, ku-eng, hu-kkien living in Sitiawan. Many of them speak cantonese too.

Foochow people are very hardworking, especially their women. These Foochow women are thrifty too. This is why the Foochow girls are well sort after for marriage!  Their parents will normally get a higher dowry compared to other dialects!  In return, the bride's parents (think they have more to lose) will put a few rubber trees (signifies the number of  'bar' or estates they give to their daughter) through the windows of the bridal car.  In olden days Sitiawan,  brides were seen with necks and wrists weighed down with chains of gold, not to mentioned the 10 fingers almost full of gold rings from parents and relatives!  Foochow relatives are really generous.

Most of the people in Sitiawan were rubber tappers during the olden days.  They woke up before dawn, some even after mid-night if they were slow workers, to tap the rubber trees.  This was so because they need to finish the job before sunrise.  As it was still dark, they wore a torch-light on the forehead. After lunch, they would normally rest by lying on the cement floors at home.  

Afternoons were the time to gather for celebration if there was any.  As such most of the wedding feasts were held in the afternoons.  Since it was a celebration feast,  the whole family,  young or old would go. The whole family would normally take up a table each.  Be it 12 or 15 persons, they could easily squeeze in because they sat on benches rather than chairs! They would even bring their pots or carrier knowing that there would surely be more than enough on the table!   The host would usually serve 16 to 18 dishes on the table!  So a wedding feast is meant to be shared on the table at the host's house in the afternoon, and a left over dinner at individual homes!  Do you now believe that Foochow are generous people? One thing for sure, these feasts were usually homecooked.  Voluntary helpers would swarm in from all over the village to render help!

Do not be alarmed if you see 2 Foochow standing facing each other and talking loudly.  'Huchiu-nen' usually speaks  'huchiu-wa' or Foochow dialect loudly no matter where, be it in the wet market or airconditioned supermarket!  Once I asked why they need to speak so loudly when the other person is just in front of them.  Guess what is the reply?  " It shows our warmth, and closeness towards each other."  The older generation like my mother takes pride in 'gong-bang-wa' or even sing their 'huchiu-kwo' like the following:  Sung in Foochow:

"Ni Tau Lor Lan, Loh San Kian
Hai Tsui Zhu Chai, Ng Nai Sian
Hor Soak Moi Doh, Ng Nai Tsui
Hor Gian Toh Yin, Ng Nai Chian"

好仔討㛺、 吳乃錢

Direct Translation:

The sun goes down by the side of the mountain
Use sea water to fry vegetable, don't need salt
Use good stone to sharpen knife, don't need water
So, when a good son gets married, don't need money

Many young Foochow left Sitiawan to look for better job opportunities elsewhere.  A few of them even stammer at their once fluent dialect!  Luckily, food still remains as the link between the young and old generation of Foochow people despite the distance that separate them.
Mother's Foochow cooking is still the best! Dishes like oinchiu -mian-sian (red wine chicken mian), char-chu-mian (braised noodle), kan-puan (dry blend noodle in black sauce), char-nyupian (sweet and sour fish), lan-baykuk (soft stewed pork ribs with sechuan spicy veg.), kor-lou (spicy, sweet and sour fish maw soup), yen-gwong (meat balls wrap in pork sheets), huchiu-yu-won' (foochow fish ball with pork filling), oinchau-kay (fried chicken in red wine residue), nyu-tau-loon (sour fish head soup), dea-lonn (fluffy oyster egg). 

Not forgetting those pottery baked biscuits  like gong-pian, jing nung piang and hu-chiang miang. These are either sweet or savoury, hard or soft ones according to how they are called.  Others like ching aik koh (groundnut bun), chen-nau-pau (pillow buns with groundnut filling), wha-leng-tong (sweet groundnut soup), tau-sar-pian(biscuits with green pea filling), nuk-pau (pork buns), dea-pian(fried oyster biscuits), hui-bar (twisted torch biscuits). 

Special Foochow food eaten during celebrations and festivals, just to name some, tai-ping lonn (pouch egg soup for peace), tai-ping mian (noodle that signifies peace and reunion), pei-kuo-poon (steamed pulut rice with 8 jewels), pu-lik-kay (black herbal soup boiled with white feather duck), lu-ark (braised duck), char-pei-kuk (sweet and sour pork rib), chun-pian (savoury crepe), ah-wu-chiok (sweet glutinous rice porridge to be boiled for elders on the 29th day of the 1st lunar month- an act of filial piety)

I will try to post the photos of all these delicacies later.