November 20, 2010

Selling of New Book

After the launching of  "The Tastes and Flavours of the Foochows" the books  were sold in two different venues in Miri - one in Mega Hotel and one in the Imperial Hotel today (8:30 a.m. till 10:00 p.m.).

Before the Welcoming Dinner at Imperial Hotel this evening some of the committee members of the World Foochow Congress took the opportunity to buy the book and have photographs taken by Steve Ling.

I was so touched by this very appreciative White Hair Foochow (Beatle Hair Style) who kept on bowing in the traditional Foochow way at 90 degrees upon receiving a signed book from Wong Meng Lei. ML later wrote that he should have bowed 90 degrees too and more times....

Three authors signing at Mega Hotel lobby.

Wong Meng Lei and Yi Fang posing with the blogger shaking hands with DS Wong Soon Koh (a Foochow from Sibu..)at Imperial Hotel in the evening when the VIPs arrived.  Arrivals of VIPs are usually very fast and the VIPs would be whisked to their tables immediately. But some VIPs do take time to say a few gracious words to the bystanders and those who put up five foot way stalls to peddle their "wares"~!~~~

By the way......Many Foochows have held the portfolio of Minister of Transport. It started with Wong Nai Siong who went back to China from Sibu in 1903 to take part in the Chinese Revolution and was elevated to the Ministerial Post of Minister of Transport by Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

Another famous Foochow Tan Sri Ling Liong Sik also held the post of Minister of Transport for many years in the Malaysian Federal Government. And over the years Dato Seri Wong Soon Koh also held the portfolio of Transport Minister in Sarawak. Looks like Foochows have quite a historical hold on this portfolio!!

DS Wong SK taught history in Methodist School when he first graduated from Australia and was therefore my colleague for a year before I left for my own studies. It was gracious of him to come over to congratulate us as we writers manned our book stall trying to push the books!! Hopefully he would buy a few copies when he goes back to Sibu and allow the book to be part of the tourism industry . Many tourists are interested in the cuisine of the local people. And perhaps we could also get a special Foochow village food and snack centre offering (50 different dishes every day) to be started to help attract tourists.

The record of buying the largest number of books is held by the daughter- in - law of Tan Sri Yek Ming Yik of Bintulu who spent RM265.00 at our stall.

Selling and signing of books at Imperial Hotel Level 5 Ballroom in Miri in conjunction with the 3 Foochow Celebrations in Miri 19th - 21st November 2010 was quite a memorable experience for all of us.

Thank you Steve Ling for your quick action and meaningful photos.


wenn said...

nice..i hvn't done that before.

Ah Ngao said...

Congratulaxion..! yeepeee ..! i saw your pics in the daily News Paper also - a job well done

小洋 said...

Yek Ming Ek must be almost a centenarian by now; he used to tell me when he was in his eighties that the secret of his longevity and good health was to walk round and round his house for an hour every morning, come rain or shine!
It must be quite a memorable experience for any Sarawakian to visit the final resting place of the three Rajahs, who were so closely linked to the history of our birthplace. It is a pity that your photo showing James Brooke’s grave does not clearly show the other three graves next to his. They are the graves of Charles Brooke, the 2nd Rajah, and his two sons, Vyner Brooke, the 3rd Rajah, and Bertram Brooke, the Tuan Muda.
When the Foochows from all over the world are gathering in Miri to celebrate their clanship, I suppose most of them are unaware that there were no Foochows in Sarawak before 1900, and it was a decision made by Charles Brooke some 110 years ago that had totally changed the lives of their kaliu kinfolk in Sarawak.

The Observer said...

it is a good thing that the book was produced. most of us younger generation foochows (and future generations) do not know how to cook what our mothers and grandmothers cook. Lat Chai Th'ng, Kingnow Th'ng (khut/cheng), these are the favourites that I will never replace... i hope the red yeast pork dish is included.

Hope to see more books published. Do another if some aren't in the book.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Thanks for visiting. There are lots of Foochows in Perak. I met many of them here in Miri during meals at Mega Hotel. Our name tags were the entry tickets for free meals!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ah Ngao
Thanks for your compliments and well wishes.

So Miri news also found in Kuching papers? That's good.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Siao Yang
Thanks for the good comment. I do wish more people like you would help us know about the Brooke Rule. We have so little knowledge of the olden days.

But I do recognise the Brookes' contribution to the welfare of the Foochows especially. CB saw Foochows as the saviour of the people of Sarawak then!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Observer
Thanks for the comments. Yes our team in uinson think that we are writing this book to preserve our Foochow gastronomical knowledge for the new generation of KFC and other fast food.

May our forefathers' knoweldge and their tastes and flavours be preserved.

Recipes later edition!! said...

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