Monday, April 11, 2016

Beggars Can't Be Choosers

Our fridge was full again, after collecting some good leftover food from recent functions. We had so much roasted meat, knuckles, scallops and fruit salads in packed containers. So my wifey suggested that we should pack them into the new bento boxes with mineral water bottles to feed the homeless friends around Kuala Lumpur's city.

I know that some smart fellas posted silly remarks in Facebook that those who wanted to help the less fortunate should never use the social media to brag and glorify their good deeds. That's a show off and not sincere, according to them. Yes I appear to show off, just once or twice a year in my blog but we fed them as often as we could lay our hands on all the extra left over food. I am just sharing here again because I want to create awareness once more, so that everyone will continue to do their part when the opportunity arises. Do not waste unnecessary food as it is very sinful when there are millions of very hungry people around the world today.




She fried a big wok of delicious hot udon noodles and packed them into
special bento boxes. We sorted out all the extra dishes and meat into
the neat squares!



 I am always a very thick skinned person at dinner functions to request
for all the left overs which would eventually be thrown away! 
Do not be shy to tell the waiters at the wedding or function dinners
to pack all the unwanted leftovers to bring home. You can feed your
dogs or even any poor hungry people in our neighbourhood. 
Are you aware that all these eating establishments do not allow
their staff or workers to bring leftovers home or even distribute to
anyone? They would gladly only allow the diners and guests to
pack them home for own consumption. If no takers, all would go
inside the big rubbish bin in the back lanes. How crazy!!!!



The most difficult part of this food distribution is not collecting and
packing the food but to track down the whereabouts of these homeless
friends at night. They never sleep in the same spot daily and they
would only appear from midnight onwards! You drive there before 11.00am
and you will see almost zero persons! They would come out to sleep
under the bridges, flyovers and pavements after midnight.
Some of them were too exhausted into deep sleep and I had
to shake them up to eat as I knew they were all hungry
without proper food for days, in some cases. They opened
their eyes and stared at me with the warm food in disbelief.
They held my hands to make sure they were not dreaming.
I would pull them up to sit and eat right away!






My heart will always cry to see them sleep on card boards.
When I saw the frail and sickly old lady sleeping alone,
my heart cried out for my mother who never had to suffer
this plight all her life before she left this world.
We all should unite in prayers for the world to 
end all the sufferings of our mankind.

If everyone puts their hearts to fill the holes, 
some day all the holes would be filled  
with human hearts.


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76 comments:

  1. You and your wife are two very kind souls. Any idea why the restaurants would throw away those leftovers rather than let the workers take home?

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments! I am sure you have many other ways to help the less fortunate too.

      I have asked the waitresses at the famous Chinese restaurant at Shaw Parade, HeeLaiTon, TThong and one hotel about this matter. None of them could give me an actual answer except their own guesses. Well I could say majority do not allow. Even the NV Funeral's cafeteria at Shah Alam provides catered buffet services after cremations but would quietly pass the food bags to the foreign workers on my insistence and request otherwise my late mum would suffer with our wastage. LOL

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    2. My friend (restaurant owner) said this is to discourage poor quality cooking, if the staff are allowed to bag leftovers, they will be encouraged to cook lousy food in the hopes that the customers will not finish the food, then they get the "benefits".

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    3. Thank you CL for sharing the opinion of your friend. I am still digesting at this facts. Perhaps there could be other measures to adopt on the business point of view.

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  2. Yea, I'm so agree with you, last time I've a group of friends we will go the mini market buy something like biscuits or dabao something then distribute to the homeless people. But since when I didn't hangout with them I didn't do so anymore, because I scared to do it alone. Maybe one day I will gather another group of friends to do so.

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    1. I could see that all my friends are also too timid and worried about going around after midnight in isolated and dark streets too. I assured them that these homeless people are harmless, very weak and kind souls. They were often more worried to see a big sized bully man like me walking towards them!

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  3. Good for you Anay.and Letchumi. :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments!

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  4. Very kind of you & wife TM.. I really admire you.. Eh, same with Mun, how you know the leftovers would be thrown away? I believe the workers take them all home, no? Like during chinese wedding, there's always suckling pigs, all the workers would take them home (the heads, arms, legs).. Sometimes, we want also don't have, they'd say habisssss...

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    1. Oh well, I have asked the waiters and waitresses several times but they don't really know the reasons except that they were either gagged or simply followed orders that no staff is allowed to take left overs home. Perhaps you can go around to ask for me too. I am so kay poh wanna know that.
      The restaurant at Shaw Parade was the first place that gave me the shock when the old waitress repeatedly begged us to take home the good food instead of wasting them as she had to throw them away. She was the one who explained that her boss forbids them to tapao otherwise she would have lots of nice food leftovers to bring home. From there, I went to other restaurants and Subang's hotel where I heard the same thing. Unbelievable lah!

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    2. I wana ask another thing.. I saw in your bento dinner box, there are noodles, scallops, pork/meat and fruits.. You have to "choose the races" to distribute lor, or you have to pack differently, some with pork knuckles, some without? Else, not halal wor the meat.. Or you just distributed the same thing to everyone?

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    3. Wah! You are so far sighted and a real thinker. If I am boss, I would seriously hire great minds like you to be in the HR Dept.

      We had so many boxes of food distributed which were mixed with varieties of pork free choices.
      That night I only saw one young Malay guy in his early 20s who was lying on the pavement. He begged me to give him anything as he was too hungry for days and thirsty. He grabbed the mineral water to drink first...

      Honestly, I rarely saw any Malays who are homeless in the city at night, over the years. I often thought why mostly Chinese and Indians are homeless beggars(?) No answer.

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  5. This is very encouraging for all to help even without doing something grand. To think of others and be selfless are two rare attributes. I do small things in my own way but not as much as your kind and caring hearts, both you and your wife, show at all levels. This blog is not just about your trips and encounters, but also a manifestation of what one can do, against all odds. Bless your hearts, my friends.

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    1. My blog is supposed to be sharing stuffs to awaken the beings but I ended up traveling instead as I found my blog swaying to boredom! 55555
      I noticed that in Thailand, they have better practice in saving leftovers besides offering food daily to the monks and needy. Here is another story. Period.

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  6. God bless you and your wife, TM!

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments!
      God Bless You too! God would be happy if Phong Hong cooks for TM to feed the homeless friends. Muahahahaaha

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  7. TM and wife must have been the God and Goddess reincarnated into human form this life. You have done so many charity taking care of the misfortune, you will sure earn enough credit to bring you to heaven for your afterlife. And I do agree it is how you posted your photo and write-up that differentiates you from showing off and creating awareness, of course also on how your readers get your message. Anyway, keep doing this and fret not what other think, you do it for your own good. Amitabha.

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments! I am just an ordinary poor being who is struggling to make ends meet too. I tried very hard not to sound showy. Slap me if I did that. LOL

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  8. Thumb up to you and your wife... I have to learn from you...

    Sometimes back, i was at McD for a drink, saw the staff taking a half eaten burger from another table, and there it goes to the bin, so sad to see that the food is being wasted...

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    1. Hello Zumba Queen! Now I recall that McD throws many things out everyday with their strict controls standard and no one can feed on leftovers. I should go and raid their dustbins tonight.

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  9. wow, nice that you share this out!
    Hope that this will inspire more people not to waste food!

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    1. Yes Yes Yes! I am trying hard to send reminders out to readers to help remind others not to waste food. Hope my words would go viral. Please come visit my blog again, lazy IpohBoy!!! Wakakakaka

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  10. Really love the way u treats them. I too hate wasting food and water the most and believe these are common to everyone and if one doesn’t the other will use. Keep up the good deed on need… and there’s nothing wrong in sharing (at least once in a while) what we do when it could inspire others to do more on social front esp. towards the people in need.

    Inspiring bro :)

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    1. Thank you Jeevan. I am glad you think alike.
      Hope you could do your part to help the homeless and hungry people in the slums of Chennai. I know that area is too big and no help is ever enough. At least if everyone puts their heart somewhere to fill the holes, some day all the holes would be filled with human hearts.

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  11. I totally agree with you that it is not good to waste food.

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    1. We need to create public awareness besides educating the children from young.

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  12. I believe in karma, so keep up the good work, Tan!

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    1. Thanks for your kind compliments.
      I also believe that karma is no ending and goes in cycles. There seem to be no way to end the plight of the sufferings, hungry, homeless and sick people.

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  13. I am touched by you and your lovely wife. Asking for leftover food isn't tough for anyone, but then not everyone can do such thing - packing food into bento box again and distributing the bento box to the homeless late at night. You and your lovely wife are really kind and you both have been collecting good merits for this life and your next life.

    It is true that we must waste food. I will remember bringing those leftover food to those who need it. Thanks for your reminder.

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    1. We must waste food??? LOL Muahahaha Typo error?

      You can freeze all the food in the Taiping's bloggers' refrigerators and send them down in a big box for me to distribute as we definitely have more beggars and homeless in whole Malaysia. So sad la when you see them with own eyes. My friends often sent their kids to go along to make them wake up and "chai see"... LOL

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  14. God bless you both. There is so much food wastage esp. at buffet!

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    1. Thanks for the kind wishes. Yes buffets are the best place to see wasted food.

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  15. Keep up the good work! Never good to waste food! :)

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    1. Hey you should join me next time ok. You live so close to my place!

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  16. Well done.. forget about those who criticize.. sometimes we need to create awareness in FB and those not in favour will always find a reason to step on us... As long as your heart feels good to help, do continue! Yes, we are so blessed in a way... comfortable bed, air con, TV.. all the small material things we have and never thought of them.. all these are Blessings from God.. M very thankful each day, for bouncing out of bed without any creaks and cracks...

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    1. The thoughts of their plight and sufferings often play in my mind when I was enjoying life. I felt guilty, thankful and appreciate my good fate. I should stop complaining about anything, right?

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  17. Just slap those CB keyboard warriors lah, they think sitting on their big fat ass doing nothing is better than sharing about charity deeds. Not many people can really find the time and passion to do what you and your wife do, so really kudos to you both to help the hungry and homeless.

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    1. I learnt to ignore them though their words were a bit disturbing. I wonder if there are any homeless people at night, around the Penang's downtown(?) Go check it out for me please and feed them too with Nasi Ayam Bawang & mineral waters! Thank you man.

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  18. Yours is hard work because you and your wife actually asked for the leftovers and packed them physically to distribute to the homeless and hungry, for me, I do help the unfortunate but in the comfort of my home, by donating money to the different charity organizations, thumbs up to you and your wife. You are not showing off, you are just trying to share to encourage others to do the same

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    1. Thank you for your understanding and kind words of encouragement. I will carry on this as long as I could. Next time, I should interview a few and share in the blogs about their plight. They need friends too.

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  19. Yup, that's the thing, they will never stay in once place, always moving around and coming out only after midnight.

    That's why Kechara and other soup kitchens only go out at 1-2 am (meeting is at 11 am but that's just to collect food and distribute them to the teams). I followed a few times and it's nice to do something for the homeless if we are able sometimes.

    Good for you and your wife mate!

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    1. I have heard of this Kechara group who have been helping the society and less fortunate people. Did you say 1.00 to 2.00 am after midnight?? How come they don't cover the Petaling Street and Pudu areas which have plenty of the homeless...?

      Next time, I follow you!!

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    2. Yup, they do, they have teams for different areas. Pudu and Kota Raya are the two that's reserved for seniors (people who have been volunteering for months) since some of the homeless there can be quite aggressive so they don't bring newbies there. I went once, nothing dangerous or anything, but you need to be firm coz some will try to take more than their share or want to swap e.g. we're supposed to pass 1 food + 1 bread loaf but some would want 2 bread loaf and no food instead which isn't allowed as the numbers are calculated already and it wouldn't be fair to the others.

      Yup, if you want to go, we can choose a Saturday night to volunteer.

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  20. touching story. can i join you next time?

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    1. You are most welcome. You can cook some Thai food.

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  21. I don't think you are bragging about it but towards creating more awareness.

    The world needs more people like you and your wife.

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    1. Thank you for seeing my humble side. You and HB could help in many ways too since HB had done that many times.

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  22. God bless you & your wife TM! The world need more kind people like you!

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  23. yea, the world needs more people like u & ur wife! God bless u & ur wife and all those tough people who sleeps on the street.

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments. We wish to help more.

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    1. I should be doing more often. There are so many homeless and hungry people at night.

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  25. No everyone has the courage to do it. Both you and your wife are full of initiatives and god bless both of you. I shall be passing some biscuits to you soon..

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    1. I think we are daring to take the risks to reach these neglected and hungry people.

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  26. The world could use more kind souls like you and your wife. I hate the idea of wasting food myself.

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    1. I hope you will remember to save leftovers and feed them too.

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  27. That's admirable of you and your wife.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words.

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  28. So nice to you and your wife to help the poor and needy. However , be careful also when distributing food in the late night.

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    1. Yes thank you for the reminder and kind words. I was always very alert and on my guard when I wanted to get out of my car. It was so dark and quiet.

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  29. That's super kind of you both!! I 'pui fok' your effort and thoughts, the world need more people like you.

    I think I have to start doing this as well. 'Hou yan yao hou bou', God sure will bless you two ;))

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. I hope you will save leftovers and feed them in your area too. Are there any homeless in Taiping at midnight?? Maybe not...

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  30. Great Mahatma Gandhi has said "Taking anything more than what you need is a crime" and this article says it all. Yes, taking more than what we need is a crime because that's somebody else's share. Everyday we waste so much food which would otherwise feed millions of other hungry people in this world. It's ironical that we have so much leftover food to waste while millions are starving to death somewhere else. I really applaud your courage and heart to help the homeless by giving them what you can afford. Keep up the good work and God will surely bless u. This is a very insightful post. Keep writing and keep inspiring us.And of course, thank u so much for frequently commenting on my blog at:
    www.amrithdiary.wordpress.com
    Your comments have really been motivating me to write more.

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am still learning to do more and cultivate my heart. I hope that your friends will do the same in Bhutan.

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  31. Hi! You and your wife are very warm affectionate. The rich would become more the poor would become more. I do not know how to solve these problems.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. It is true that they will breed more poors and rich folks in this world. So much fighting and greed today.

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  32. Hi! You and your wife are very warm affectionate. The rich would become more the poor would become more. I do not know how to solve these problems.

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  33. Good Samaritans both of you. Many homeless at Chow Kit.

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    1. Come let's go to Chow Kit at night. Ask Derek to come along okay?

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  34. Bless you and your wife for your kind deed. I always feel heart ache when I see bakeries throw away their breads at the end of the day. It would be nice if something can be done about it and be distributed to the homeless instead but I don't know any jalan so nothing is being done about it :(

    I actually welcome ppl to share their experiences on FB as it will motivate others to do the same. I am following updates of KL Street Feeders and saw that they recently extended the programme to Malacca. Nice job that group.

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    1. I would be happy if all bakeries and restaurants would let me collect their leftovers for distribution to the homeless and hungry friends on the streets. As mentioned in earlier comments, most restaurants would prefer to dispose the food and safeguard their face. What a sad mentality.

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  35. yes, beggars can't be choosers and it is great to know that you are doing such very noble duty as a human being, everyone deserves a good life but unfortunately not everyone of us are equally blessed with such dispositions. please continue to do so and by the way your noodles look very yummy!..:)

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  36. Aiks..i thought i left a comment the other day...hilang liao...maybe i dreamt that i left comment kot

    Sometimes when doing good have to be quiet and sometimes not. It depends la on the occassion. Like the other day got tabung give money to the parents whose kid passaway ..asked someone famous to presentthe cheque some more the parents hv to put thumbs up sign..apahal...

    Somtimes we need a reminder too to do good. Thanks

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  37. http://bhutancrochet.blogspot.com/2014/12/street-of-border-town.html

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