Decision that was spot-on

“Everything happens for a reason” 

You know that saying? Well, I experienced it first hand today. In a way.

My parents are here in Penang for a visit; they’ve been here since Saturday. So today, they were downtown running some errands while I was at work. I told my Mom that I would pick them both up for lunch at about 12:30p.m. because I had a meeting from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. today. I figured I could probably get to Pulau Tikus in half an hour from my office.

Anyways, when I arrived at my meeting place at 11:00a.m., nobody was there. I waited for 10 minutes, tried calling the organizer but could not get him. I then walked out of the room and suddenly I met the organizer on the way out. Apparently he had forgotten about the meeting, so he rescheduled it to the afternoon instead.

I then called Mom to let her know that I would be able to arrive earlier, i.e. at 12:00noon instead. And when I did, I asked my parents if they wanted to eat hawker food or Fatty Loh Chicken Rice. We voted for hawker food at New World Park Hawker Center.

I ordered a big bowl of curry mee, with everything in it. For just RM3.50 per bowl, it was worth every single sen.

And do you know why going for hawker food for lunch there was the right decision today? As we took our seats, my Mom asked me to see who was seated at the next table.

YAB Lim Guan Eng, who was with three other people, had already finished his meal by the time we arrived. We approached his table, said hi and he made some small talk with us right before he left the table. Very smiley, very cheerful and of course he graciously agreed to a photo too. I’ve heard that Lim Guan Eng has been seen in various hawker centers in Penang, but I have not met him in person till today.

As he walked away, there was a group of university students (I think) who also took a photo with him, after which I heard Guan Eng telling them to “study hard ah..”.

That’s our Chief Minister right there for ya.

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29 Responses to Decision that was spot-on

  1. Jemima says:

    Is that pig’s blood “jelly” in your laksa?

    I believe that Lim is a good role model for the youth & for the other leaders in our country to emulate.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, I believe that’s what it is…m’dear. And yes, I echo your sentiments on Guan Eng.

  2. LB says:

    OMG! I spy curdled blood!!!! Ewwww!!! I would always push them aside in my bowl of Canning Garden Chee Chup Chuk, every single time!! LOL.. I am so squeamish..

    The Giddy Tigress says: Next time ask them not to give you loh…LOL. And to think I actually had to specially REQUEST the curry mee lady to put that in for me!

  3. Jolenesiah says:

    woahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Our Chief Minister…. lol

    Erm.. pig blood jelly.. i dare not eat lo

    The Giddy Tigress says: Have you met him yet? 😀

  4. parisb says:

    Curry mee looks good even if I’m not much of a fan of blood and cockles 😛 That said, with your Penang CM getting so much love from the people, I won’t be surprised if he was there to stay for a while! 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: I’m sure he has a great following 🙂 The curry mee is one of the best in Penang. My hubby always gets extra though.

  5. rinnah says:

    Waaaahh… I spy droolworthy curry laksa! I haven’t had a good curry laksa in ages (though I satisfied my craving for Penang’s famous Air Itam assam laksa on Labour Day. Hehe).

    And now you have your very own photo with Penang’s CM! Just like Ning. Ahahaha.

    The Giddy Tigress says: errr….actually it’s curry mee, I think a little bit different from curry laksa. Speaking of laksa, I like the lemak + assam mixed laksa too. Have you tried it? And wahh…… to be compared to Ning! 😛

  6. Adino says:

    How nice to hear that the CM is eating at hawker stalls instead of lavish lunches at 5 star restaurants!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Exactly. This way, he gets to be with the people, the rakyat. It also helps that Penang hawker food tastes good la.

  7. jacss says:

    i see the same cheerful smile in all his photos i saw so far… indeed a very likeable person!!
    and d curry looked so yummy ooh…..i miss d penang one now… 🙁

    The Giddy Tigress says: He was very friendly….hmmm I wonder what he ate…

  8. Pink Cotton says:

    this is the 2nd time i heard someone meeting n taking pics with the CM…

    Penang is so lucky to have such a cm! 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: I agree with what you said. Thank goodness my Nokia N73 came in handy for that pic!

  9. ehon says:

    EEE!! Pig blood.. Cannot take it. 😛 But would love the curry noodles anytime!! 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: Then you gotta customize the curry mee 🙂

  10. michelle says:

    I tot that was yr bro…kekeke. Just kidding, I recognized the CM.

    The Giddy Tigress says: kekeke….my bro is not in Penang la.

  11. christina chin says:

    hello “giddy tiger” – i’m a journalist from the star and am ritting ablog about our penang cm hanging out at hawker centres – stumbled on your site and was wondering if we could have permission to use the picture – of course credit will be given. pls do let me know! thanks

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hi Christina, thanks for stopping by. I have emailed you with regards to permission of usage.

  12. And that’s our very own giddytigers joyce right there behind the big man !!!

    i wouldnt have recognise any bigshot anywhere i go though, except for our ex PM whom i met once at Sogo while he was shopping for apples, with a bevy of bodyguards all around him looking at us with hostile…ha ha.

    The Giddy Tigress says: I think I would not have noticed him too, had my Mom not let me know. I’m so bad at recognizing people in public, especially whilst shopping! Did you take a photo with the ex-PM and his apples?

  13. simon says:

    wow, you got to meet him! I’m so jealous!!! he’s really lost some weight.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Perhaps you will meet him soon too? 😀

  14. Allan says:

    wow! It’s so rare to meet our politicians at hawker centres! he must be trying to gain some weight he has lost…heh!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Apparently not that rare to meet Guan Eng in hawker centers in Penang…. 😛

  15. Chev says:

    Wah.. our dear chief minister Lim Guan Eng having his meal in New World Park hawker stall… I visit that place for meal quite frequently too, as there are lotsa food choices (be it hawker food or fine dining) and ample parking places 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Maybe next time, when you see me there, you can come and take a photo with me?

  16. Paik Ling says:

    I love pig blood (in my laksa)!!!! Can’t ever find them in KL. I heard he;s really modest. Even sits on Economy sardine-class when he travels.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh really? Come to Penang la!!! Yes, he is really there with the people, you know what I mean?

  17. mistipurple says:

    wah so lucky to have a good man amongst our midst.
    your angels are looking after you well. *wink*
    long time i haven’t taken pig’s blood.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, he’s a really good CM…so many roads in Penang have been tarred up nicely now 🙂

  18. wen says:

    wah so lucky,quickly go buy toto!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Haha, my Dad bought, but never kena!

  19. ewwww….. I don’t eat pig’s blood.

    Not so easy to see the CM of Penang hor. I’m going to Penang in July. Hope to catch him. hehe….

    The Giddy Tigress says: I wonder if you’ll meet me then too?

  20. Are you kidding, Joyce? HIs bevy of bodyguards were staring at us with hostility !!! ha ha. Cant even get within 10 feet of him . If looks could kill……

    The Giddy Tigress says: I can imagine! And all for the sake of apples!!!

  21. KittyCat says:

    That’s a nice meeting! Looks like he’s every bit as down-to-earth as he’s portrayed.

    Now, if only he’d come by the other side of the island…

    The Giddy Tigress says: He might…you’d never know…

  22. How nice .. to meet the minister. Ours are a bit .. err .. let’s not go there.

    We have a dish called “saksang”. Pork stewed in the blood. I guess I can’t cook that dish for EastCoastLife .. LOL.

    You look great in red, girl!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks! I doubt I will want to eat “saksang” too 🙁

  23. HH says:

    wahh… nice leh… still can meet minister… i never meet them before… of course except newspaper and tv la…

    and i saw curry mee there… ^^ :drool:

    The Giddy Tigress says: As long as ministers frequent hawker stalls, sure the rakyat will meet them.

  24. kyh says:

    U r such a dracula! (eat blood things ma) Kakakaka!

    But the curry mee does look good!

    Nice to meet with him huh… I’m sure Penang will hv a gr8 future under his lead.

    The Giddy Tigress says: It helps if I don’t think that it’s blood blood blood.

  25. Chev says:

    Sure… If i happen to see u, i will come over not only to take photo with u, but to chit chat with u also leh 😀

    The Giddy Tigress says: I can’t wait… 😀

  26. lilian says:

    Wuah, masuk papers. I jeles diiiii….Dun wan fren you liao. LOL. In case you didn’t notice, it is in Star Metro North and your URL was there.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Eh, come la…fren la…don be liddat….

  27. shireen says:

    The bowl of curry mee looks yummy, I love the tofu pok but errmmm… the pig’s blood jelly is a no no for me, so geli wor.

    The Giddy Tigress says: I actually don’t like the tofu pok but eat it anyway.

  28. Can meet the CM so easy?

    Yum yum, it has been for ages since I last ate the pig blood.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Not that easy, but I heard that he is often seen in hawker centers.

  29. sasha says:

    *drool at the curry mee but remove pig’s blood*

    Eh CM also makan there, must be super nice.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yes, next time you are in Penang, you can come and eat there.

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