Friday, December 05, 2003


über-, uber-
adjective HUMOROUS
used before nouns to mean 'extreme' or 'extremely good/successful':
e.g. über-model, Giselle

(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

[ über-lemangs ]

At first glance, these may look just like three normal lemangs on a sunny day, but look closer. See that public telephone set on the left? Yes, that blue-and-silver-colored box on the left. Now, ain't that the damnedest biggest lemang you've ever seen? Well, it was for me anyway. I suspect if it's the real thing, it would've gone into the Malaysia Book of Records already, heck, maybe even into the Guinness Book of World Records! Imagine how many people it could've fed, this one.

Went to the big company Raya do yesterday. The serving time announced was 1.30 p.m., so we went at 1 p.m. thinking we'd be among the early ones and thus avoid the 'peak-hour' crowd. Heh, were we wrong! It turned out that food was actually available starting at around 12 p.m., and the clever ones who went earlier than us got to have lunch with all the bigwigs in the industry. When we arrived, the place was already swinging with people who must've had the same thought of I'll-go-earlier-than-1-p.m.-ain't-I-clever, and most of the big honchos were already leaving. Well, at least we were spared from the speeches I suppose.

[ This is only one-half of the hall, during non peak-hour period. See another display of giant lemangs on the stage in the middle? ]

The food was okay, the usual buffet of Malaysian-style Raya fare including satay, lemang, nasi impit, rendang and such. But the crowd was.. well… let's say that at several moments there were no clean plate in sight (despite the caterers' constant effort of putting new plates on the tables) and the lines ran longer than the length of the hall itself. I saw people turning empty serving containers of kuih raya into eating plates, and one fellow even made a pair of satay sticks into chopsticks to eat noodles with. Apparently free food and lack of tableware got the creative juices flowing.

There were live ghazal (Eastern verse form) music and a few singing performances, but I don't think people pay much attention to the stage at all (except maybe when an actual singer was performing). How could us when there were food to be finished (and clean plates were scarce)?

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