When someone dearest to you whom you love so much falls gravely ill, you crumble at the thought of not meeting her again. Hopelessness permeates the air in Manchester where my friend was, and the idea of hopping on the next flight didn't seem so bad at all. However, my friend braved through her exams and completed her thesis first whilst praying hard for her opah to be there in person when she flies back to Taiping.
The moment she touched down on Malaysian soil she immediately called me.
Salina : Wiz, I'm here! I will be going back to Taiping as soon as I get my Visa and other papers settled.
Wiz : Yey! Salina, you're back! So when are you coming here...bla bla bla ( I was terribly excited upon hearing her voice that I have totally forgotten that she was here for a purpose)
Salina: I won't have much time to go visiting but will try to go and see you. I called to ask you to make cakes for my grandma. I want you to do something beautiful, something that she could feast her eyes on. I want her to look at all things cantik before she goes. No more pantang for her, no point for that. I want her to eat whatever she fancies.
Wiz : Alright Salina. I will try to come up with something. Talk to you later k.
Taiping is also very close to my heart. My grandmother is also there and we spent half of our childhood in that old town. I recalled forcing our Pak Ngah to drive us to the Lake garden every evening which he gladly did and my cousin's struggle to catch a duck in the duck catching competition in the lake itself and not to mention those many hours trekking the Maxwell Hill with MakNgah in my effort to lose the flab around my tush. I could just write endlessly about Taiping but that deserves another entry.
The cake I made for Salina, encapsulates my feelings of Taiping Lake Garden. The composition was about the flowers and greens in white flower pots which aligned the streets around the lake. I wanted to do the big trees and the playgrounds and the monkeys and the lakes but who am I kidding folks? I am not that good.
I wish Salina and family would be strong during these times of sadness. My prayers for her Opah's health and well being.
They may just be cakes to some people but to me they are an extension of my best wishes, my warmest regards and most of all my Du'as.
Another tray ordered by Salina.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Posted by Wiz at 2:51 PM