I’m Pphhhhhfffftttttt! Yet again. Yes, I’m sooo grateful for all the meals and snacks that I’ve had for today but at the same time I wish I hadn’t eaten so much coz now all my oxygen’s gone to my tummy instead of to my brain. Hellllooooo, I need you up here or else I won’t be able to get my reading done! GGGrrrrrrr. Okay, maybe not all of it but u get what I mean.
Now, onto my random thoughts. When was the first time that you cooked for your mum? I mean single-handedly prepared everything from scratch without the help of a maid or a sister or whoever’s more familiar with the kitchen. Hmmm, if the time has yet to come: bad, bad child! Go cook for her now! Hehe.
Talk about being a nag, for someone whose first time was when she was 19++ and who, more importantly had merely cooked Maggi for that first time. I don’t have much of a standing here to accuse anyone of being a bad child now, do I? I’m it!! I can still remember…(hehe,what an expression!)
It was just the two of us back then in the house; maid was off-duty and dad was on-duty somewhere. Mum was very hungry and I was very lazy. My sentences rhyme!
So yeah, mum called out for me and said, “Would you be a darling and make me something to eat?”
Me, “Seriously? I’m hopeless in the kitchen and you know that.”
Mum, “Am not expecting much. Maggi(instant noodles) will do. Please darling.”
Being the dutiful daughter that I was and still am, hehe, went down to make the noodles. It really was my first time preparing everything from the bowl, to the fork and spoon, and to the works of a Maggi lah. Even cooked the Maggi on the stove instead of just pouring hot boiling water over the Maggi in a bowl, thinking that the stove would make the Maggi tastier. Heck, whaddya know? Nothing Jid, you knew nothing back then!
So brought the bowl of Maggi up to mum along with a nice presentation on the tray; iced juice or some sort, napkins, etc.
Momma, “Ala, pandainye anak mama. Bestnye kalau Jid layan mama macam ni hari2.” (something to the effect of “I’m so lucky to have you as my daughter” kinda sentence. Direct translation won’t do it.To the Malays, Shut up!)
I was practically thumping my chest at that praise from my mum. Until…
She said, “Are you hungry? I’m full, can’t seem to finish this.”
Dang! Takkan Maggi pon tak jadi kot?
You can imagine how my face fell, “Please don’t tell me there’s something wrong with it. It’s just plain Maggi Ma. Where could I have gone wrong?”
Mum, “Too much water perhaps? A bit bland coz the flavour’s been diluted with too much water.”
Shaking my head in frustration, “I’ve failed you haven’t I? You raised me up and I can’t even cook you a decent Maggi. I’ve failed you haven’t I?” (I swear I am not being a drama queen, I did say all of that to my mum. You wouldn’t understand the disappointment until you hear it from you mum that your MAGGI is tawar! (bland))
For once my mum didn’t get into a strop over my barely-there-culinary skills and my lack of initiative to improve them. That’s because the tawar Maggi by itself had served as a slap to me, far more stinging than any of the mouthfuls that I have had from her. And of course she knew that! So instead she consoled me by saying that I’ll learn how to cook when I’m alone in the UK and that I had nothing to worry about.
With cheeks hot from the sting, I finished the Maggi by myself. Tawar beb, tawar. That’s what you get for letting your friends in boarding school and college make your Maggis for you. Never ever let them!
But now, I have to say that my mum is at liberty to say “Can you make me nasi lemak for breakfast tomorrow?” without having to fear facing a frustrated child after having a mouthful of the rice. Yeay!!! At last, I’m worth her effort. Hehe.