Yesterday afternoon, Pei-Lin had a hard time making up her mind. There were voices inside her head …
Tiffins: Yo! Whassup?
Tiffins: Nice to hear that! Hey! I have a suggestion here.
Dorayaki: (Looking anxious like how a small kid would behave) Oh! Oh! What would that be?
Tiffins: (Giving an indecisive look) Erm … Well … Well …
Dorayaki: C’mon! Just spill it all out! What’s so fishy about it?
Tiffins: OK … It’s actually good news, but you’ll have to compromise and sacrifice for Pei-Lin’s sake. Can you do it? (Looking slightly perplexed, Dorayaki nodded its head anyway.)
… PEI-LIN WON THE CONTEST!!!
(Dorayaki’s jaws dropped, and a great portion of its anko filling fell apart and onto the ground.)
Tiffins: Yeah, precisely! That means you’ll have to make way for me in Pei-Lin’s next blog post.
Dorayaki: But, she promised her readers to talk about me in the next installment!
Tiffins: Well, she did mention that you’d only be featured “IF things go as planned …”
Dorayaki: Yeah … Ya know what, I’m actually happy for her! Hey, buddy! Be my guest in the next post. You definitely deserve the attention.
Tiffins: Thank you! You must have not known of what happened to her. Pei-Lin checked the results at work this morning. When she saw her entries in the paper, she went almost frantic! She tried really hard to keep things cool at work, though. *LOL*
Gosh! I still CAN’T believe I won the “My Tiffin Moments” contest!
After winning the Beltrami County Fair’s chocolate bake-off in summer 2009, I guess this would be my second victory. Never would I dream of entering and winning a contest on a national level. Thank goodness! I didn’t lose my composure before my colleagues! *Pat on the back*
The rewards? Tupperware products worth of MYR1,000 (USD318) — AND, the joy and sense of accomplishment unobtainable elsewhere! Thank you to The Star’s Don’t Call Me Chef and Tupperware for organizing the contest!
Way to go to the other winners, too! Mr. Vander Slott and Mr. Richard Koh, whoever you’re, wherever you’re — in- or outside of Malaysia, congrats! I read your entries, and they rock!
My very own tiffin moments revolve not just around me but also my own family, my American family, and some new friends on this culturally rich land I call home — Malaysia.
These special moments are dedicated to the above inspirations of mine. Thank you for being my muses and guiding stars, and for encouraging me through and through!
Lastly, how could I not thank you the reader! If it weren’t for you, I guess I’d have stopped writing months ago. I’d rather remain anonymous as a home baker and cook who keeps her musings to herself.
It’s now apparent that I’ll be sharing my tiffin moments and dishes with you real soon. Let’s cross our fingers, hoping that Dorayaki-san will eventually make its way to this journal of mine. (Sorry about that!)