Friday, July 5, 2013

Bento Food For Happiness

I always felt that our marriage was made in heavens. I am easily contented and happy over smallest things.
I may often be broke but I could still be happy to watch movies & enjoy simple meals by the road sides.
Before my wife was offered the post to lecture at the university, she had time to prepare my breakfast meals everyday.
She would pack her creative Bento food in little cute boxes for me to bring to office.



Each time I opened the Bento box, the food with little hearts and smiles would start my day happily. 
I loved the feelings more than the food itself.






She never ran out of ideas creating them each day, often Mix & Match the cartoons and gardens of salad. Even over aged kids like me would be pleased like a happy child again.




 The Bento food is often just small bites and easy to swallow them. They are healthy too!





Sometimes I would stare at the Bento food and figure out what the icons meant.
When she created them, I could see her creativity and glowing hearts being arranged inside too. 
I was so touched and happy!





Our lives on earth is very short and time flies extremely fast. By the time we finished hunting for money and fighting with our neighbours, half of our lives have gone to wastes! We should live meaningfully each day.





We should love ourselves! We should live happily and healthily always. We should exercise and not get sickly until become someone's burden at our old age. That's selfish indeed if we could have prevented it.






Learn to pamper ourselves and relax with a book or watch the pretty birds running in the parks. 
We should smile to everyone and everything including the cats and dogs. 
If you can do that, your heart is certified as HAPPY!






If you love someone, tell him today and not next week. Tomorrow may not come!






The cancer patients who have departed had many regrets. The biggest regret was for not having friends around during their final journey of lives. We must love our friends and make new friends always. 
We will only understand fully and appreciate them when we are in the patient's shoes.



I try my best to give happiness to my wife. She had a hard life and bad childhood under abusive parents. 
I looked at the above egg of the girl smiling happily with twisted hair in golden brown. 
I know that's my wife and she looked happy. Do you think so?




I am certified as a lousy food blogger because I was telling grandmother stories again instead of sharing about Bento making! Even the food photos were stolen from my wife's facebook but she really made them all for me!





Now that I have no more Bento for the time being, I took over to make salad breakfasts for my wife. 
Just give and take in life. We will be happy that way.


157 comments:

  1. huhu, those was cute bento~ i think you can sell it liao~ malaysia sure got market for this!

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    1. After your graduation, you can return and market the Bento for me~~~~!!!!!!!!

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  2. Oo...My...God!!! Those bento are SUPER DUPER CUTE and DELICIOUS! She had time making u all these?? Then u SHOULD cherish her, man :)

    Oh my god, i still...umphhh...wow...WOW! Where did she get the mold? Or is there any? She's making it with her own two hands without a mold? I AM AMAZED!

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    1. Oh yes I do cherish her 100%!!!! Eh, you went to all over Japan, didn't you see the Bento moulds? Can buy at 100 YEN shops here too.

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    2. Anay!

      I got a few in my house.

      Last time I used to make them.

      Not any more.

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    3. Mak Glam sudah naik pangkat, tak payah Bento. Now let us serve your highness!

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  3. You like? A kid at heart??? I always consider those as gimmicks or tricks up mothers' sleeves to bluff little kids to make them want to eat.

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    1. maybe we shall get Mrs STP or Melissa to make one cutie bento for STP.. and i am sure our Sibu Food Mayor will never make such comment anymore.. it feels so sweet to get such a bento you know?? tsk tsk tsk..

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    2. But why not STP?

      Food should satisfy our senses and just our tummies.

      We are not neanderhal after all.

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    3. LOL...Silly Man STP! I need to be lured to eat my vegies, you know?


      Wakakakakakakakakak!!!! I have not heard of this word meanderhal for over 20 years.

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    4. maybe if somebody can make smiley faces out of kampua noodles, or kampua noodles out of piansip and vice versa.. i guess probably STP would be very happy to have them~~ :D

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    5. I tertinggL not.

      It should be "and not only our tummies"

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    6. We should make all the Kompia with eyes and broad smiles! Wakakakaka

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    7. Actually, Anay is a big kid. So, all these bento sets that Letchumy made with love win Anay's heart the most.

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    8. I am getting older but my heart gets younger. Only kuku bird would remind me that I am old. So vicious!

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    1. Can't bear to eat it if for me, hehe...

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    2. Good Afternoon Sharon! The haze is back again! Bluek!

      You can buy lovely moulds in Singapore to make nice Bento food too.

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  5. hey you could start a business call BENTO for LOVE... I think lots of people will purchase bento from you.

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    1. yeah, that is actually a very nice idea, good business opportunity!!

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    2. Who wanna market for me? I will make and you sell ok? Deal!

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    3. the marketing part of this would be fun..

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    4. SK is ready to take the challenge Anay. Apa tunggu lagi?

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    5. SK should make online HTML-Bento websites with press buttons to order!!!

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  6. wow, I love all those bento! How I wish I could do something so sweet for my husband. But I never do that! But I would love if someone does it for me..

    True, life is short. We should live our lives meaningfully! I always condemned my husband for being a workaholic and didn't even spend more time with the family. But recently, he has changed. I can see he's a more understanding person and caring especially to the kids.

    You know, kids need attention from their father too.

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    1. You have been a WENNder Woman in the family already doing so many things. I am sure your hubby is happy enough and appreciate your care. Just that most China man may not be expressive to say it out. My father also behaved like that although he studied in UK. When they aged, they will change.

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  7. Marriage made in heaven? It could be true. I just wonder why I didn't chose someone richer than my boyfriend (now my husband). Maybe we were meant for each other.

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    1. A good and happy marriage comes from the hearts which money cannot buy. Your husband is a good man and you need to trick him into going for holidays.

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  8. Wah!!! Bento post!

    I'm so jealous over annay's daily hearty cute and healthy bento.

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    1. Now Ah Hua believe Anay lah...... last time perli me for my big CB mouth...
      You can make good Bento for your kids too and they will remember forever until they get married!!!! Do it!

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    2. Letchumy put Yannie to deep shame. I never even one time that I made bento for my jin jin. I only made him sandwiches before.

      Not only jin jin, I also never made any bento for my girls.

      Letchumy is too great.

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    3. You baked so many cakes!!!! You made more wives shameful.

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  9. I sometimes prepare nice bento to bring to work, not for MM but for myself, muahahaha. You must be thinking that in such a selfish person, eh? Actually MM doesn't appreciate those cutie bento. He said everything also put into the mouth so no need it to be nicely decorated, cheh.

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    1. I'm gonna start packing my lunch box now. The food in my cafeteria is quite stale because I have them daily.

      But I will make simple one and prepare them the night before.

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    2. Ah Hua can actually take turns with Mak Yannie to prepare the lunch box for each other lah.. i think this will make things easier as you don't have to do it everyday, get your buddy to share the load since you both are working mommies..

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    3. Good idea that the 2 sistas should take turns to make Bentos. How I wish I have such colleagues.

      Ah Hua should make Bentos that look like Marlboro sticks and MM will love them everyday. He will smoke the carrot sticks. Muahahahahahaha

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    4. My jin jin wants me to spend time exercise with him. Ahem! He doesn't want me to mess up with the kitchen. I usually bake cake when he isn't around. He is like my indon maid. He wants to tidy up my kitchen even before I finish my cooking.

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  10. Letchumi actually prepares different kind of bento for annay? She's so creative! Annay is so blessed to have home packed food each morning.

    Did Letchumi repeat the bento design? For I sure repeat my bento arrangement because I'm more of a left-brained user.

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    1. She never repeated the designs. She has so many moulds!!! Art and creativity is like infinity!

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  11. I like annay's advice, tonight I will go home and utter 100x I Love You to MM until all his bulu naik, wakakaka!

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    1. Yeah better increase it 1000X like chanting LOVE mantra to his ears. He will buy you a LV bag if he doesn't tape your mouth.

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  12. wah lau eh........this letchumi so talented leh....same league as Annie Kiu lah

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  13. really "Ai Xin" bento.

    If Letchumi dont wanna be lecturer can open class teach how to make all these cute bento la

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    1. yalah, i think this is also a very good business idea and opportunity.. can always consider that~~

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    2. Can be a retirement plan for Letchumi, TM consider ya.

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    3. Yes I agree now. This can make good side income or retirement plans. I should franchise it lah!

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    4. TM has a lot of $$$ selling orang kaya condo as his retirement plan! More lucrative! LOL

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    5. Hoiii mana ade $$$... Let me sell your condo please.

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  14. wei...like that you tak aci la...see letchumi made all those bento for you last time with all the cute faces and heart shape...

    why now you only make salad for her only...make some bento with heart shape or maybe arrange the salad in flower or cutesy form la...sure letchumi open the salad box will be happier leh

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    1. drizzle the mayo in <3 <3 <3 or write I Love You la in the salad

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    2. don't complain lah, sure Letchumi sweet sweet at heart already!! Anay already is doing his best to prepare bento for Letchumi.. did Kaldip ever do that to Meow?? Anay is perfect hubby already~~ :p

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    3. Eh!!! Your ideas are good but now you have posted it here, how can Anay do it? Letchumi will say Meow taught me pula.

      Meow should make Bento for Kaldip and use curry sauce to write - KALDIP I LOVE YOU AND BUY ME MORE CHICKEN HEARTS!

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  15. wow... I really admire and admire the bento sets and the creativity as I scrolled down slowly.. your wife is really something! Yes, all these need "sai sum-ness" and love within the heart to come out with all these lovely and meaningful bento-s.. you are truly blessed with such a wonderful wife and I am sure she will say the same thing about you too! :) Happy Marriage to you both... beautiful quotes too.. practical...yes!

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    1. Yes she is very talented and I appreciate her kindness to make beautiful food for me.

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  16. Hi There, Love this post --and it is SO true... It's the little things in life which matter... The little extra special lunches --with the creativity are awesome --and mean so much I'm sure.... Love them all!

    Small Kucing is another of my blog friends... I noted that you and she are friends... That is NEAT....

    Keep spoiling that wife as much as you can.. It means so much.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Small Kucing is a purrfect friend of ours!!! Everyone adores the son, mother and husband tales.

      I will bring my wife to US someday and visit Betsy ok.

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  17. Awwww , those bento food are so cute!! And best of all, it's filled with love right?

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    1. You and wifey are blessed and lucky to have each other, hehe.. So lovey dovey la!!

      And the bento designs, I must learn from you already! So creative!

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    2. I am sure you have the interest and patience to make fantastic food. Aden will love them!

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  18. wow, i see a lot of "love" bento in this post until my eyes also gets blurry!! did Anay keep all the photos you took everytime Letchumi made you bento last time?? amazing collection lah..

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    1. Sssssh!.....Shy to tell you this. Anay just ate all the food and forgot to snap photos.

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  19. i woulds say Letchumi is a star in doing all these cutie love bento!! it certainly will make you day when you open it and see all the cute smiley faces welcoming you to eat them into your stomach!! BAGUS Letchumi~~

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    1. Yes I never knew food could make one happy by looking at them!

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  20. i thought Anay's bento for Letchumi is already sweet, until this post and i am totally awed by Letchumi's bento!! straight away KO Anay's bento lah, i have to be frank.. anay just dump everything into the box (including the salad dressing) but look at Letchumi, all done with heart and to the fullest details!!

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    1. Wakakakakakaaka!!! How to make lovely and cute salad. I really kena KO by her Bento - I agree!


      I must think of making my salad nicer!

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  21. hmmm, i have a few picks among the myriad bento Anay posted over here.. again, i am scrolling and calculating up and down to note down the photo number!!!

    #3 - the piggy rice ball with ham snout
    #4 - the rice roll with love shaped ham
    #5 - the smiley face rice ball and egg
    #9 - the small kucing and chuchu train shaped bread

    AWESOME!!!

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    1. Aiks! I didn't put numbers cos I thought I am not talking about them one by one...

      SK Thambee, you damn pandai lah!!!! CORREECT! the small kucing and chuchu train shaped bread.......

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  22. and the ultimate one.. hello kitty toast on an omelette water-bed (waiting for dear daniel) with starry tomato rice!! the mother of all bento set, that was!! haha.. i wonder when Anay saw those cute bento, was he willing to destroy then and put everything into his CB mouth?? :D

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    1. I was reluctant to eat many times. I just closed my eyes and swallowed them all. Slurppss!!

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    2. I bet my girls would scream if they see this Hello Kitty bento set. So cute la!

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    3. Seems like young and old gals still love Hello kitty stuffs!

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  23. Cute cute cute must show this to Mango haha.

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    1. You should carve Bananas and make cute banana Bentos for her to eat.

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    2. Thought to show this blog to Mango and get her to prepare same for Bananaz. Now like terbalik lah haha moreover Bananaz tak tahu masak lah.

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    3. What a shame BananaZ.. You should start cooking now and make her happy lah!

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  24. A great reminder about living life to the fullest coz life is short

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    1. You are wiser than me. Share your life's philosophy with us. I have been hearing about marriage woes lately from others so I decided to emit some positive frequency here. We tend to take things for granted in life sometimes.

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    2. I always get inspired by reading Anay's post. This is also another one. I live my life to its fullest, Anay. I exercise, I love my family and myself. I live happily everyday.

      When I am upset, I think of Anay's word. Don't let the situation control you, but control the situation. Well said, Anay.

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    3. Oh I am flattered for being able to help you think better. Life is to short to fret over trivial matters.

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  25. If the food is cooked or prepared with love they will keep you away from diseases coz food reacts according to the good or bad vibes during the cooking.

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    1. So true horrr!!! Love and happy induced food will heal our pain too!

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    2. I will chant mantra into my wife's salad on Monday!!!!!!

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    3. You sounded more like making 'kong-tau' *black magic* for wifey haha

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    4. Hey it works! No kidding! Want my script?

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  26. How many would be as crazy like Bananaz to say 'I love you water' 'I thank you water' and 'I respect you water' during showers? Check this out as July 25 is "World Day of Love and Thanks to Water”

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    1. Hey I read your link and I believe them. There are such things as Gods of Water, Earth, Wind & Fire! Even the Greeks believe them....like King Neptune and King Apollo etc.

      I also believe there is God of Pisang too >>>>>~ YOU!!!

      Thank you Pisang for being my friend!!!

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    2. This is so true, actually we should say all the positive things every day, our body is actually containing 70% or water, no?

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    3. Yes we have 70% water in our body and the moon could influence our bodies like the tides of the oceans.

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  27. TM, many things to comment on your post today. First, Letchumi's bento is all made with love. Spending time in the kitchen to prepare for you before she left to the University.

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    1. Yes her Bento is made of LOVE and she has stopped making after she started working in the university.

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  28. There are many things to say... but the happiness bento has it all. Don't have to mentioned anymore. It all written on how the bento display. Letchumi loves you and you loves her. For me I would do the same thing, I would be very happy preparing breakfast for my dear and my kids. Wake up around 5.30 to 6am also no problem.

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    1. You can make them before you sleep! Just like the Bento sold in Japan.

      Do it and your 2 kids will remember your Bento forever.

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    2. I bet ANgeline made them while in Japan lah! ;)

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    3. I also believe that Angeline must have enrolled in a Japanese cooking school.

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  29. wah sibeh cute ok! everyday makan in hati manis XD XD XD

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    1. Yeah lo sibeh song to eat them daily. My heart also manis until ants mari liao! Wakakaka

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  30. feel like gonna do bento for myself . . . coz no one do for me XD

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  31. This is the most touching post I've ever read so far. Just love it till the bits.

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    1. Most touching post???? Whoaaa! I am flattered! I thought I wanted to make you all laugh.

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  32. I always tell myself. We may not know how long we can live, so I always live my life with a positive thinking. I will feel much better in this way.

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    1. We all can see that you have the positive characteristics. Good lah! Long Live Aji!!!

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    2. Aji? Is that Ajinomoto you guys are talking about? Is me ka? Then this one really make me LOL!

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  33. Twilight Man இ Kindly bear with the retarded & ripening Bananaz he gotta slow slow come not able to think and type fast. Have mercy, can smell the smoke and feeling the heat under his chair already. Next post coming up surely and slowly.

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    1. Hey you still look healthy, smart and fit as fiddle. I won't buy any lame excuses that Bananas are retarded.... Wait, bananas got brains meh??!!!




      Quick lah Pisang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Sudah quick-ed got new post liao you can take away your fire under my chair now, no doubt its rainy days can keep me warm but worry might burn my chair.

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    3. Wakakakaka... It worked! You were super fast! Good!

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  34. Hahah...that was really cute!

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  35. You are often broke? Sure or not? :D

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    1. Yeah I am working like a slave doing 2-3 jobs! No tipu!

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  36. Wow! You are so lucky!! Your wife prepare such nice looking food that is filled with so much love!

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    1. Yes I am very lucky man. Pity she has no sister lah for you.

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  37. So cute!! I don't think I can eat the food!

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    1. Pandas don't eat Bento unless she put Bamboo leaves inside.

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  38. This is a very meaningful post. Thanks for sharing! : )

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    1. Yeah I want everyone to be happy and not fret over nonsense!

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  39. Meantime, I'm getting hungry!!!!

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    1. Oh dear... cook cup noodles with bamboo shoots! Yummy!

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  40. That's too cute to eat!

    I'm useless in the kitchen, but I do fill The Hero's coffee cup with love until it overflows bountifully! ^^

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    1. Everyone has different strengths in life! You are jungle woman and uses only charcoal on open fire!

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  41. I didn't know that Letchumy is so wonderful. I should believe in you that she is a very special woman in the world. Glad to know you have found her and she completes you.

    Thanks for all the reminders and words here. You may know it is so meaningful for some people, me too.

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    1. Yeah my wife is my idol and I hid her selfishly away from the world.

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  42. Nice post bro!

    I was touched reading it and you're right, that is what true love is.

    All the best to you (and everyone reading here). :D

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    1. You have been a good man to YL. Keep it up with your cooking and care for her.

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    2. Thanks buddy! She's been good to me too and we love each other and that's all that matters! :)

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  43. my bad, I didn't notice I haven't followed you yet,
    I missed a lot of your post I'm really sorry

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    1. You will be forgiven if you could give me 10 spams for every post! Deal? LMAO!

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  44. but anyway these bentos were just cute
    and on those messages you included
    i couldn't agree more

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  45. A touching love story to me. Treasure your wife and shower her with love cos she had had a hard life.

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  46. U r blessed with Letchumy. Those bento are really nice. Besides that they are all healthy meal. You are so lucky to have her as your wife.

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  47. i think u are a happy kid everytime u open the bento!
    PS: The 1st bento , the white round items are fish balls? O.O

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    1. Yes the bento worked like magic to make my days blissful.

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  48. OMG, those are the sweetest food I've ever seen from a wife to hubby! Your post is so damn inspiring. I'm into bento-making too. In fact, my Angry Birds bento won me a trip all the way to Angry Birds HQ in Finland! I'm a big kid myself, so u can see a lot of angry birds, hello kitty posts in my blog. Hahaha! U guys r such an amazing couple. So glad I found this space.

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    1. Whoa! You won a ticket to Finland for Bentos! I must call you a Bento Queen! Let me go and see your posts!

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    2. No lah, no bento queen! Hahaha! Just enjoy making bento, specially during my kid's younger days......

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  49. Jaws dropped...She is such a sweet and thoughtful wife! And you're the luckiest person on the Earth to be able to open up...admire and eat her bento with lots of love, You are right..sometimes is not about the food, is about the feeling itself!

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  50. It's been a pleasure to be able to finally meet you and your wife... though we have met before at Drum Tao last year. Yes, agreed with Ling. Your wife is so sweet, and just look at all these bento! Aiyo... if I were you, I will feel so sayang to eat. So cute!

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    1. We will meet again more often in future! I just closed my eyes and ate them!

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  51. wow! i wish my future wife can do something like that too but unlikely cause i think i might end up doing all these for her instead! haha

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  52. so much effort... she's a keeper and i am sure u r proud to have her. So jealous here bro! :)

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  53. Life is like a box of bento, there are always surprises ahead...

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  54. You are a happy man and she is a lucky lady for you have found each other at the right time and right place. Stay happy!!

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