Auckland October 2007
The Auckland MBSian Gathering – Saturday 13 October 2007
The weather was looking good at 4.00 p.m. In preparation for an evening out side, we got a couple of mosquito coils going and started a fire to drive the mossies away. Three citronella candles were prepared to do the same job. But at 5.30, the rain came down! What do you expect on the 13th?
Michael & Jamie Fu was the first to arrive and he brought some of his freshly pressed olive oil for us to try. The rest followed shortly and just as we were about to start, we realised the wai sek mau hasn’t arrived. So we waited. That cheeky sort replaced that Cloudy Bay with some obscure Sauvignon Blanc! We had altogether 24 adults and 4 kids jammed into our lounge, kitchen and sun room as we were unable to go outside because of the pouring rain. (blame the Aussies who keep hurling those rain clouds at us. They were just jealous and wanted to spoil our party). There were a few surprises as some of them have met before. Even the wives have met.
FR- Sit Chee Kin, Tan lee Lee, Foong Kwok Chuen , Amster Tang Kum Who
BR: Lum KK, David Chow, Wong Tuck Meng, Edward Leong, Albert Yap Chee Keon, Steven Au Tai Cheng, Danny Tham Wai Kong, Michael Fu Chak Cheng
AC- Outer circle –Chai choy, mixed vege, BBQ chicken, salad,
rendang, nasi kunyit, chai choy 2, yong tow foo, fried noodles, yong yow foo 2, vadei,
Inner circle: Fried pork, rojak, potato salad, sambal prawns, BBQ mussel with bacon. steam chicken. santan rice.
The MBSian wives did much better than the football wives. They did really well. There was a very good variety of food and it was delicious. Great cooks.
We needed more then a few bottles of wine to wash them down.
The lack of sitting place meant we men stood up most of the evening and the food went down really well. Even then we have to ta pau some food home as we were unable to finish the whole lot. Our two dozen of beer was left untouched as all seems to have moved up to drinking wine. Now I don’t have to buy beer for a year.
The oldest and shortest among us is non other than our Dr. Kayu. For some reason, that bonsai tree never grew beyond 1.5 meters. The baby was Tham Wai Kong. The time between the person attending school first time and the one leaving school span over 30 years! The one with the most white hair is Michael and the one with the least is Edward.
The Hainanese out numbered the Cantonese. Most importantly the average age is in the high 30’s (thanks to all the young wives and children)
We had a great evening. There was non stop talking about the school, teachers, politics, camping and life in New Zealand in general. The wives got on well and exchanged their own experiences. There was much laughter throughout the night but I think the kids were a bit bored. The last guest left about midnight just to avoid turning into a pumpkin. Poor Michael and Jamie has to drive 1.5 hours home.
We now target a get together during Chinese New Year in Michael’s orchard. Lee Lee may do Yee Sang (keep praying)
Eat your hearts out guys. This is the venue for the next MBSian gathering at Michael Fu’s olive orchard.
Eng Sim, Keng Sun, Sze Tin coming across the ditch? We need additional persuasion for that Yee Sang.
Foong Kwok Chuen