We seldom go back to Ipoh ever since my mum came to Kuala Lumpur and stayed with me. The last time I was back there was in 2007. My School, Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, Ipoh celebrated its centenary 100 years of excellence on 7 January 2007.
Many ex-convent students came back from abroad to attend this big and special event. It was so wonderful meeting many old classmates, school mates and teachers.
The lady on my left is Sister Maureen
Ex students of CHIJ, Ipoh
This is my Form 3 , class teacher, Miss Yen. She recognised me the moment I addressed her because she said she remembered me as the fairest girl in her class. (Wiped sweat). Luckily she did not say that she remembered me because I was the naughtiest one.
I remembered her as a gentle and soft spoken person. She was a very dedicated teacher. I like her and I was very happy to see her at the function, looking good and healthy.
Miss Hew was our Disciplinary and Mathematic teacher.
Left: me, center: Miss Hew right: my best friend, Diana
I have a great story to tell about Miss Hew. Well, every Monday we woud have an assembly here.
We had to line up properly, stand up straight, sing the National Anthem and say our prayers. After that, Miss Hew usually had some announcements to make. Everyone was expected to keep very quiet and still and pay attention to her. My classmate, the one that stood behind me, and I were not. Instead we were playing a fool, kicking each other. AIYOH, Miss Hew was sharp, and she caught us misbehaving. After the assembly was over, she called us to see her in her office. OH MY GOD!! We both knew we were in BIG trouble. When we arrived at her office, she gave us a nice scolding for playing a fool at the assembly but that was not enough. She made us kick each other in her office for almost half an hour. Of course, we tried to kick each other gently but then after hearing her saying that if we don’t kick each other harder, we will have to do that in her office the whole day, so we started to kicking hard. Man!! That hurt!! Although the moment we left her office after she released us, we both laughed so hard, that really taught us a lesson. Don’t play, play during assembly. How can I ever forget Miss Hew? LOL!
Each time I return to Ipoh, there is a mission to accomplished. That is to eat all the famous delicious food there which I missed. Before I return home, the wet market is a place I have to visit to buy the "tau nga" (bean sprouts). The "Tau Nga" there is one of its kind and you can never find the same quality elsewhere. For the “Tai Tau Nga” this is how my mum will usually cook it. So simple but so delicious!
Stir fry bean sprouts (tai tau nga) in dark soy sauce
250 gms bean sprouts
½ cup water
1 tbs dark soya sauce
1 tbs light soya sauce (less if you prefer to be less saltish)
1 tbs chopped garlic
Remove roots and clean bean sprouts. Heat cooking oil and fry garlic till fragrant. Add bean sprouts and stir fry till properly coated with oil. Add dark soya and light soya sauce. Mix well and add water. Bring the liquid to boil. Let is boil for 2 min or until the stalk of bean sprouts is slightly translucent. Transfer to serving plate and serve.