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The Delightful Gathering of Distant Relatives.

The last time I met Valerie Szto with her late mom, my China born third sister Wong Chooi Leng, was probably 45 years ago, Valerie was 4 and I was 16 in our family home in Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia.

Valerie’s dad Szto Win Keong was probably in Sandakan, Sabah. I don’t have any slightest traces of these in my memory, how terible! Valerie told me about that when we met.

Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Valerie Szto Kendra Nulifer and Emily Por-Wong with such a big innocent grin. She is going to shop in my shop Paper N Pen. That’s why for the secret grin.

My childhood life wih my late third sister Wong Chooi Leng was from my birth in 1953 till I was 12 years old, probably. And at that time, we lived in Kampong Jawa, Butterworth. We had fond memory of our late mom Tang Chue Sin (1912-2009).

Now Coming Back To Paper N Pen

It was a rather quiet and lazy Saturday, March 29, 2014, for me and my wife Bee Bee; the weekly burstling Saturday farm market has been set up along the main road in front of our shop Paper N Pen.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Paper N Pen, from the Gift Section, looking towards the front section of stationary.

There was a remarkable sharp contrast with the early days of Paper N Pen; we used to emply more than 10 people working on shift for the shop which we set up in 1999 after I had changed my business line from my architectural practice Acromaas Arkitek to a retail business.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Emily, Kendra and Valerie all ready to pay for all the goodies in Paper N Pen.

Now for the past 2 years, we are not employing any people and the whole shop is just managed by just 2 of us, may be we can be called ourselves super heros. Bee Bee is doing almost all the work for the shop as I spend most of time online.

Today is nicely exciting, with a visit from my niece Valerie Szto, from Denver, Colorado, USA, together with Emily Wong, my youngest sister, my niece Kendra Nilufer and her husband Eugene Chong.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Valerie Szto with a big smile. In this shot, she looks like her late mom and inherited the facial fetures of her grand ma ang Chue sin..

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Valerie, Emily and Kendra very seriously looking at the London bag, which is the same one here that you need to pay only for about 30% of what you need to pay in London.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

View of Paper N Pen from the cash register.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Just above the white car, you can see Paper N Pen, Taman Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Valerie, Emily and Kendra with the cheeky looks of youngish teens.

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Eugene and Bee Bee.

The 3 excited childlike shoppers: Valerie, Emily and Kendra were rather frentic. They had to rush through their endless selections of things from Paper N Pen. They had to shop faster. It was 4.30 pm. They said Eugene Chong would drive like crazy like a F1 race if they were going to be late for another visit to Michelle Sim‘s mother Szto Lai Lai by 5 pm in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.

Eugene was so bored waiting for the ladies to finish the shopping that he retreated to the back portion of my shop, feeling real bored.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

One of my 2 twin sons Qinyuen with Bee Bee in the Gift Section.These 2 chicks had grown big and fly away now. I suddenly developed this Empty Nest Syndrome now.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Ok, it’s enough.Valerie picked up a magnifying glass for her dad. They would visit him on Sunday in Butterworth, Penang.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

I got so many things, I am happy now..

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

From left, Tooi Giap, Valerie, Emily and Kendra. Eugene was taking the shot..

When the gang arrived in my shop Paper N Pen at about 1.30 pm, after some quick pleasnatry and catching up talks, Valerie, Emily and kendra were exclaiming with excitement and go into shopping spree.

That was about 2 pm and obviously, all were very hugry and they said better stop now and go for lunch and continue to shop after that.

We had lunch at the Chinese restaurant Canton Kitchen in Rampai Business Park, Taman Sri Rampai, Kuala Lumpur. The expected highlight of the small talk over lunch was the tragic MH370 fligh tragedy and all of us pointed to the conspiracy theory that the jet was stolen due to the potentcy of the 20 scientists and highly skilled people, 8 from China and 12 from Malaysia from the Freescale Semiconductors.

After lunch, we return to Paper N Pen and the ladies continued their shopping before rushing to Cheras at 4.45 pm.Valerie, Emily and Kendra would continue their jouney to Butterworth by tonight’s bus trip. Their stay in Butterworth would probably be 3 days. Nice family gathering with Valerie who travelled so far from the USA.

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Bee Bee at Paper N Pen in 2006

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Valerie Szto Kendra Emily Por Eugene in Paper N Pen. Image size: 640x480 px

Bee Bee and Tooi Giap at the Gift Section of Paper N Pen in 2006.

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