Sunday, September 02, 2007

She Came Bearing Presents...

My dear friend, Curiosity Killer is a thoughtful person. She traveled from the other end of the globe and brought some pressies for us.

Included in my loot were:

*a bag of Milk Chewy candies- They're little, chewy, milky sweet candies. They remind me a bit of that Chinese White Rabbit candy.

*a box of cracker-type sticks that look like pretzel sticks. I don't know what they are called because I can't read Chinese. I should have asked CK what they're called. Hubby and I haven't tried them yet, but they look yummy. From the picture on the box, it looks like it's vegetable flavoured.

*a box of Lovely Puff cookie thingies. It looks like they're little chocolate-filled cookie puffs. You've got to love Asia. Most Asian countries have amazing snacks!

*a few packages of crackers. They remind me of a Japanese snack I used to eat when I was teaching in Japan. It's hard to describe the taste. The crackers are both savoury, yet slightly sweet and at the same time, a little salty. Does that make sense? I split a package with Hubby and he enjoyed the crackers as much as I did. I'm somewhat of a scrooge with it comes to things like this. I try to ration things so they last longer! LOL!

*and finally, a bottle of pre-mixed Mojito. Ooooh la la!

Now, CK is a very attentive listener (or reader). She noticed that I had mentioned the word mojito several times prior to her trip to the island...or perhaps it was all the virtual mojitos I was sending everyone on Facebook? Anyway, CK knows that I'm not much of a drinker and that my current lifestyle does not permit for the debauchery of my college days. [Note: I've had only a handful of drinks in the past year and those were only when: a) we were at a wedding and b) we were with friends from out of town and they wanted to share some wine.] However, the occasional drink on a hot summer afternoon, while lounging with a good friend is sometimes a very welcomed treat. The one thing CK knew was that I was craving the sweet, refreshing citrus drink. My first taste of the sweet lime drink was when a student of mine from Mexico made it for me. It's a traditional Cuban drink made with mint, rum, sugar cane juice, lime and carbonated water.

Here's a funny story for you. CK and I decided to pop open the ready to drink mojito mix. I poured us each a glass and we, being the classy gals that we are (*laughing because you know what's coming*), we sipped our mojitos and did some long overdue catching up. As the giggle fest ensued, we noticed that after only half a glass each, we were quickly becoming inebriated. We started laughing at our sad display and decided to put the mojitos back in the fridge and take a break from them.

Is it because I'm Asian and Asians can't really tolerate alcohol? Is it because I don't drink much to begin with? Is it because I'm no longer in my 20's? CK thinks it's because we drank it straight and that's what did us in. You mean you're not supposed to drink the stuff straight? Oh, and yes... I ran out of ice. I don't know what it was, but we were both laughing about it. Hubby thought it was funny too, when he saw CK's and my half-filled glasses in the fridge.

Ahhhhh...CK, thank you for the laughs. Thank you for the pressies. Thank you for visiting! Hope you enjoyed your few days on the island, and we hope you enjoy the bottle of homemade maple syrup, courtesy of Hubby! xo


Diesel said...

Lovely Puffs sound delightful. I love the English writing on Asian packages. I once had a roommate who bought a pair of headphones in Japan that had stickers on them saying "NUDE" and "TURBO".

hotmommy said...

Mojitos! I can just imagine it. Sipping drinks under a blue sky by the water. That's the life!

Cherry said...

I love edible pressies (love that word too!).
I'm not one who wants to have little trinkets around the house, so I think, presents from other countries where I get to taste a little of the culture is so cool. Plus, as diesel mentioned, the English writing on Japanese and Chinese products is a hoot!

C said...

LOL! That is too funny! You've checked out the site, right? Whenever I miss my teaching days in Japan, I just head over to that site and get my fix.

LOL! Yes, sitting under the blue sky by the water is certainly the life. The mojitos...That's another story! LOL! We were hit pretty hard (and fast). Perhaps lack of sleep contributed to this? We will never know...

C said...

Hellooooo! How are things where you are? Yes, I agree with you about not wanting little trinkets around. We don't have much storage space and all the cute little things from around the world are collecting dust :( Edible presents are always good! CK certainly knows how to pick them too! :)

Karen MEG said...

Those snacks look so YUMMM and cute! And I had no idea that ready-made Mojitos existed! I'll definitely have to check that out.
I too, although I used to be able to hold my liquor better, am a fairly cheap date (probably the aging liver and lack of sleep). When I get tipsy I not only giggle but I get verbal diarrhea.
Sipping drinks by the water in your neck of the woods, with a great gal pal ... sounds and looks like paradise!

Girlie Monkey said...

Yum! Love Mojitos! I prefer mine made with fresh mint but, of course, the pre-mixed stuff does the trick too when mint is hard to come by ;-)

Curiosity.Killer said...

Those mojitos were STRONG! We probably should have added 7up to that mix plus ice. But it was fun. I would love to have a bottle in HK. I'll have to look for that now.

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