New Zealand Loopers Chinese New Year 2010
27th February 2010
Meanwhile back in the farm, that olive farm in New Zealand, another MBSLoop Chinese New Year do.
The Auckland MBS Chinese New Year party was planned sometime ago. It was to be on the 20th February 2010 but the date did not suit everybody so it was changed to 27 February, one day after the MBS CNY in Kuala Lumpur.
On the day the master chefs probably started early to prepare their dish for the evening. I know for sure that the Yue Sang lady was too busy and Lum Kok Kong and I were left to “go find the fish” for her dish. The two of us left at 6.00 am and launched the boat at Takapuna. Within 15 minutes we had our fishing rods in the water but we were pulling up babies. Unfortunately, they were not the good looking two legged ones. We had to throw about 10 of those critters back into the water – for next year. Having been told not to return if we can’t get fish, desperation sets in and we changed spots a couple of times. The final spot that we picked didn’t have an ikan bilis on the fish finder but it was telling lies. The first big fellow was a Boy Scout as it undid the knot on the hook under pressure. Somewhere in the wide open sea there is a fish with a hook on its mouth (latest fashion craze) but happy to be free to live another day. 8 others were not so lucky and they ended up in the fish bin and reappeared in the evening as Yue Sang and “ikan baker on banana leaves”. Boy, didn’t they taste good.
The crowd turned up at the Olivale Grove Resort early. By the time we turned up, they were all in a happy mood yapping away especially Yap, Yap, Yap and Yap. The fermented barley water helped of course. Kids were running all over the place among the olive trees and the goodies were piling up on the dinner table as the chefs drifted in.
There must have been 50 adults and children at the party. At about 7.00 pm, after an hour of starring at the food, Michael gave the signal and the three big dish of Yue Sang were tossed into shape and into very happy tummies. This was followed by uncountable plates of high cholesterol food (who cares?), wine and more barley water. Amid laughter, back slapping and “friendly insults” the food were demolished. Desert which followed were hardly touched as there wasn’t enough room for anything else.
The sound of guitars strumming in the air soon attracted a small group of people and we sang (tried to sing) for a while. This was followed by a photo session and the MBS School song – the only song which we could remember the words and sang to the end!
This year there were a few more new members and the numbers have grown. The new people blended it really well and soon were talking like old mates. We all left close to midnight knowing that we had a great evening. There were talk already of having a Hawkers Evening and plans were tossed around for the 2011 do! It will be different when it comes. Maybe we can all cramp into Kok Zen Ken’s Farr 1020 for a sail to Waiheke for a picnic… with Woody Knot following behind….. with the fish.
Thanks to Jamie, Michael and the family for being great hosts again. Not only did we use up the water from their water tank but we left them the task of cleaning up the mess. Michael was told in no uncertain term that he is not allowed to sell the olive orchard!
We felt sorry for the following people who didn’t make it.
• Wan Heng Mun escaped to KL on a business trip and missed out on a great do.
• Danny “Lat Foo” hurt his back and couldn’t make it to the car so she MBSian
Lilian Loh Kin Ley couldn’t do the 1.5 hours journey from Hamilton to get to the party
• Wai Sek Mau lost his senses and couldn’t smell out a good feed
• Leong Yap was commanded by Allana to be in KL for their mother’s special
The New Zealand choir singing the MBS Song:
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Front L to R: Chan Mong Fatt, Soon Li Voon, Tan lee Lee, Alice Hon Loy, Chan Ken Meng
2nd Row L to R: Robert Chan, Michael Yap, Amster Tang, Bernard Yap, Sit Chee Kin, Frank Yap, Micahel Fu
Back L to R: Albert Yap, Steven Au, Edward Leong, David Chow, Danny Tham, Lim Kok Kong, KC.Foong; Kok Ken Zen