I've sent our kek lapis to the neighbour's house yesterday evening.
I was quite anxious, wondering how best should I deliver the cake next door. So over lunch, I went out with my officemates looking for a nice basket/box for the cake. Couldn't find any. Wanted to go to Semua House, but my God! The road was jammed packed with cars! I think orang ramai dah start cuti and pegi shopping raya. We turned back and headed to The Mall instead. Nothing nice there..
Then I thought of stopping by at KLCC after work to look for the basket. The after work traffic was equally bad; so I went home straight. In the car, I was thinking hard ~ how should I do this? How to make an impression?
The moment I reached home, Nadim asked me, "When are you going to deliver the cake?" Pressure....! Pressure.....! I was determined to deliver it yesterday. Didn't want to wait any longer. MrNordin was not coming home for berbuka. I told myself, "Hang it lah! Let's just do it!"
So, I took out the cake from the fridge and shoved it in the oven to warm it up (yes, Waterlily, I did just that!). In the mean time, I remembered Nadira still has a few unused boxes from her cupcake days. I searched for the boxes and found one that just fit the kek lapis. Hurray! Perhaps this is gonna be good after all!
Then, I went out to the shop with Nizzar to buy a kad raya. By this time, it was almost 7pm. Orang dah nak berbuka. As I stepped out of the shop , I saw a florist with some nice baskets of lilies. I decided to get one for the neighbour. The lady was closing, so she added a few more flowers with no extra charge. Another hurray!
Sampai rumah, I quickly checked on the cake, which by then was already out of the oven and was nicely warm. I placed it in the box and tied it with a big ribbon. I wrote a short note in the card, thanking the neighbour for their lovely gift, and asked the kids (who were pretty excited about delivering the items) to send the flowers and cake next door.
Nadira carried the basket of flowers, Nadim carried the box of cake, while the maid and Nizzar just tagged along. Then I sat down to have my meal.
Five minutes later, they all came back. Nadim said, "The guard asked, where are we from?" (these kids pegi sebelah pakai t-shirt & baju tidur je, buat apa nak salin, kan?) Kita orang kata, from next door." Hee... hee...! I don't think my kids handed the things personally to the neighbours, but all the same, I hope they like the gifts.
If you read Utusan Malaysia today, our Minister neighbour is on page 5 ~ the one of the right.
And this is what I wrote in the card:
Dear H** & M**,
Thanks for the lovely gift you gave us yesterday. It was very thoughtful of you..
Here's wishing you and family a happy Hari Raya. Semuga murah rezeki dan diberkati Allah selalu..
Nordin & family
p/s. Btw, I don't think she reads my blog...