Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Black Gold...

FPV or Ford Performance Vehicles' 40th Anniversary GT monster. Black Gold bootie-shaking BOSS 290 5.4 litre Quad-Cam 32 valve V8 driven muscle-car dream on wheels. Premier Motors! Can you just bring one in for the heck of it PLEASE!

Need a temporary distraction from the testosterone rush... tks to GoD's GiFT! for the following "too good not to re-post" post:
Words women use.

"Fine"

This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

"Five Minutes"

If she is getting dressed, this is half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given 5 more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

"Nothing"

This is the calm before the storm. This means "something" and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with "nothing" usually end in "fine".

"Go Ahead"

This is a dare, not permission, DON'T DO IT!

"Loud Sigh"

Although not actually a word, the loud sigh is often misunderstood by men. A Loud Sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you over "Nothing".

"That's Okay"

This is one of the most dangerous statements that a woman can make to a man. "That's okay" means that she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

"Thanks"

This is the least used of all words in the female vocabulary. If a woman is thanking you. Do not question it, just say you're welcome and back out of the room slowly.

Monday, July 30, 2007

The MOD Experience - Part Two

Continuation of the original post.

Smile!

Good morning everyone! Have a wonderful week ahead!
Don't forget to SMILE!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Flip-it Sunday @ JC

Today's JC session welcomed the arrival of our flip-it jumbos, a cool flash accessory which as can be seen from the pics above, makes a big difference in the way photos will turn out using the speedlight. I think it diffuses light more efficiently than the Lightsphere, but then thats just me. The morning was spent playing with the new toy... Nice.... very nice... Tks hjzul for organizing the group buy!

Oh, and I met a friend of Jan's, Colin Quek, who walked up and introduced himself. Nice to meet you dude, and I'm sure I'll run into you at the office! I like your pics btw! Heheh!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hey F'oo!!

What is it with drivers who insist on going round the roundabout
as if they're negotiating a hairpin at Sepang??
Making up for lack of performance in other areas??

Btw, I need yr full name for the anakbrunei.org email accounts :)
Oh, and did I mention that its a GOOGLE hosted email account
with a 2GB mailbox?

Friday, July 27, 2007

Crystal Duck Anyone?

Kamayan is an interesting word in Tagalog. It can mean eat with hands, but it also means having fun as its more literal meaning is shaking hands or getting acquainted. I'm not sure if the current owners knew this before they took over Seri Kamayan Restaurant all those years ago. The Gadong branch was one of my favorite haunts pre-1997 and I suspect it was a favorite of many others as the place seemed to be always packed whenever I went.

I hadn't been to Seri Kamayan in years and last night da missus and I were invited to dinner at their remaining branch at Utama Bowling. The restaurant overlooks the bowling alley which means you can watch the bowlers in action while you eat :) The food we ordered was based on the recommendation of the staff and it did not disappoint! It was a bonza meal enjoyed in great company. What more could one ask for? Read the full review of the meal here.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

DestinASIAn: BIMP-EAGA




The 4th BIMP-EAGA Joint Tourism Development Cluster Meeting took place last week with the objective of introducing a value-chain approach to BIMP-EAGA tourism stakeholders, the mapping of BIMP-EAGA tourism value chain and analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; to understand the roles and requirements in tourism development and develop an action plan based on the principal of the value-chain approach.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Click!

The Smiths had no children and decided to use a proxy father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Jacobs kissed his wife and said "I'm off to work, Lydia. The guy should be here soon."

Shortly after that, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to drop by hoping to make a sale. Mrs. Jacobs answered the door. "Good morning, ma'am. You don't know me, but I've come to..." "Oh yes, I know why you're here. Harry told me you'd be coming soon." "He did? But I..." "Come right in! No use wasting time ." "Very well, then."

The photographer took out his briefcase and sat down. "As you may already know, I've made a specialty of babies." "Good, I'm glad," said Mrs. Jacobs. "That's just what Harry and I were looking for."

"I usually like to try two in the bathtub, one on the couch and perhaps a couple on the bed," said the photographer. "The living room floor is fun too...you can really spread out." "Bathtub? Living room floor? No wonder it never worked for Harry and me." "Well, ma'am, none of us can guarantee a perfect one every time, but if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven different angles, I think you'll be quite pleased with the results."

"I certainly hope we can get this over with quickly," Mrs. Jacobs gasped nervously. "Ma'am, in my line of work a man must take his time. I'd like to be in and out in five minutes, but you'd be disappointed with that, I'm sure." "Don't I know!" said Mrs. Jacobs.

The photographer pulled out a portfolio of his pictures. "This one was done on top of a bus in downtown London," he said, showing Mrs. Jacobs the picture. "Oh my God!" exclaimed Mrs. Jacobs, tugging on her handkerchief.

"And these twins turned out exceptionally well when you consider the fact that their mother was so difficult to work with." He showed Mrs. Jacobs another picture. "She was difficult?" questioned Mrs. Jacobs. "Extremely," said the photographer. "I finally had to take her to Hyde Park to get the job done right. People were crowding around, four and five deep, just to get a good look." "Four and five deep!" Mrs. Jacobs was amazed. "Yes," said the photographer. "And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling. I could hardly concentrate. Then, it started getting dark and I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels started nibbling on my equipment. I just packed it all in."

Mrs. Jacobs leaned forward. 'You mean the squirrels actually chewed on your, um... equipment?" "Yes, ma'am. Thank God, no real damage was done.

Well, we'll get to work as soon as I set up my tripod."

"Tripod?" Mrs. Jacobs looked extremely worried now.

"Of course. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much to big for me to hold while I'm getting ready for action. Ma'am... ma'am... good God, she's fainted!"

Monday, July 23, 2007

Skali Lagi...

This here is my new friend whom I had the pleasure of meeting last week amid his busy schedule. Tengku Farith Rithauddeen, or TF for short, is Group CEO and Co-Founder of SKALI, an Internet Data Centre operator, and web applications and e-business consultancy which has set up a Lab in the BEDB's i-Center to transfer its technology and know-how to local bright sparks.

During our brief chat about what SKALI's plans are for their lab, TF outlined SKALI's technopreneurship program called SNAP, which stands for "SKALI Netpreneurs Acceleration Program", a program to facilitate the local ICT Industry by providing the necessary support structure.

I think this sort of mentorship program will do well to augment the efforts of BEDB and the i-Center in nurturing and growing our local bright sparks so that they can compete in the global market.

The other thing we spoke about was TF's book, Skali Lagi, which I've been listening to (yes, it comes in audio format which TF was kind enough to give me a CD of hehe) over the weekend. I was totally inspired by TF's candid reflections about his experiences, many of which mirror my own, about the last ten years or so. About the ups and downs of the dotcom boom, about how close he came to bankcruptcy, about how painful rejection and defeat can be, about how costly wrong decisions in technology can be.

I look forward to meeting TF again and sharing and learning more from our experiences. Hopefully, I will be inspired to gear up again and come out punching and give the IT industry another go!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

A projectile called Projectunes

Came across a very well written article on Projectunes in today's paper. Out of curiosity, I visited the site. Phooaaarr! I must admit I've been really out of touch with the local music scene, so these kids just blew me away! From a humble home studio in the bedroom of one Adi Rani, they have produced some fabulous stuff! Our local talents just continue to amaze me!

I especially liked Azeem's track, Home. Kinda gives that G-Funk vibe with a real Bruneian flavour in the lyrics. Addictive stuff. I remember wondering to myself while listening to the G-Funk sounds of WarrenG driving around in Perth (where I met this member of projectunes) many years ago, "When are we gonna have a Bruneian version of this?". I shall wonder no more...

Hats off to the team at Projectunes and keep up the good fight! I wanna see you guys get to the top!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The MOD Experience








The gang and I braved the typhoon tail last night and gathered at the newly opened MOD Cafe on Jalan Jerudong last night. The crowd at the restaurant was testament to the fact that Bruneians will brave almost anything for a 50% discount on their meal! The place was jam-packed and parking was almost impossible. Good thing da sista made reservations earlier.

As we settled in to our table, a quick gaze around gave me the sense that we were in for a loooong night. Tables were left uncleared, people were left standing at the front counter, and eventually turned away for lack of reservations. The service staff, including the owner, were clearly out of their element and unprepared for the hungry hordes coming in for their half-priced feast! Some of the customers even walked out in a huff when the wait for their orders proved unbearable (kalau omputih nda pulang batah tu rasanya menunggu 'sal bisdia panjang becerita heheh!).

Perhaps it would not be fair to judge the service at this juncture seeing as it was their first night and they clearly under-estimated the amount of customers. Although I must say, the waiter who served our table, a sprightly indonesian chap, was very cool under-pressure and did very well considering the circumstances, so hats off to him!

The food... now that, thankfully, was a totally different story. It was fantastic! Every dish that eventually arrived was perfect taste-wise from the home-made fishcakes to the seafood tomyum to the mango fish to the glass noodles with prawns. But the highlight of the night had to be the deep fried fish-maw with squid and prawns. It was outstanding! The fish maw went really well with the slices of onion and parsley complemented by the tang of the lime juice... mmmm....

... to be continued...

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Happy 2nd Birthday!




It's Saffron's 2nd Anniversary and A and F kindly invited me to celebrate with them during their weekend high-tea buffet which included the marvellous chocolate fountain where you get to coat your choice of fruits and pastry in luxurious chocolate before you eat it! In addition to the chocolate fountain, there were also various local delicacies. Yummmmz!

Below are the current Saffron promos:

Breakfast Happy Hour
Monday to Thursday
9.30am - 10.30am
Bottomless cups of coffee

High Tea Buffet
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
3pm - 6pm
Selected sweets and savouries and a chocolate fountain

Tea Time Happy Hour
4:30pm - 5:30pm
50% off Cakes

Throughout the promo period, Baiduri Platinum Visa cardholders and diners paying cash will get a 20 per cent off on the total dining bill.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Gilang Gemilang




Pics taken at the Gemilang Photography lecture earlier tonight in Tutong where Don was invited to give a talk. Guest of honour was the Assistant District Officer of Tutong. Good turnout of Gemilang members and the night included a slideshow of pictures taken by members this morning during His Majesty's bersama rakyat in Tutong, and also slideshows by some of the more prominent members of Gemilang like Ahim Rani, Haranadi Buntar and Adi Putera. It was an interesting night of sharing of pictures and experiences. Cool bananas!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lunch at the Skodons




Many thanks to the US Ambassador and Mrs Skodon for inviting us over for lunch today. It was a lovely meal and the company was superb. This dude was there, and so was this dude. But the lunch was hosted for this dude. More about the food here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Serenity...

“Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm”

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Faces - Part 9




Wine me, Dine me... (Arriving with Yannick Alléno)




Outstanding French cuisine by an outstanding French chef. Everyone arrived at least once! The words are here and here. More pics are here, and here.