Friday, September 26, 2008

Moments Eating LokLok And Thai's Foods.

Happy-Stop had stopped quite a number of stops to try foods and enjoying the moments in every stop. We all had made our stop in trying local cuisines and also foreign cuisines that we tried western cuisines and also Asians cuisines like Japanese foods, Korean foods, and etc.

What about South East Asian’s cuisine? What about the neighboring countries of yours?

Dekat-dekat punya belum cuba habis sudah mahu cuba jauh-jauh punya. Haven’t learn how to walk already want to learn how to run and jump. Have to be careful otherwise we’ll fall. The same things that go into our life. That’s always step by step taken in completing each task just like climbing up staircase. From 1st step to 2nd step then 3rd to 4th and 5th and so on so on. Just like when we want to go out, we’ll get ourselves ready first. Then we choose which bag/ accessories to use, which shoes/ watch to wear. But most of all before we go out, we have to check our wallet to see whether there is enough cash or not! Wahaha! Then we start the car’s engine and wait for the engine to warm up. After all these, we make our move to the place we want to go.

As long as we take the proper steps, things seem to be easier to be complete. Can we skip the step of get ourselves ready before we go out? Sure we can, but we wouldn’t look that neat. Can we skip the step of waiting the engine to be warm up? Yes we can, but the car’s engine would not last that long. Just the horse that want to rest and we still keep forcing it to run and run. In the end, it’ll get exhausted. Or maybe pening! Haha. That’s why I like to say “Good things always come with great patience” =)

Err -_-!! Hey! Yong~ what does all these steps taken with eating foods that are far out from our country and eating foods that are close to our country? Macam tak mengena pun. Hehe! Okay, I’m back with the topic. So have I try my neighboring countries foods? Yes I do. I got myself prepared before I type this post. The first step taken, I went to try some neighboring countries’ foods that can be found in Brunei. Then I took pictures, saved it into my laptop and lastly here writing a post about it.

Here below is when I tried Penang LokLok at Thye foodcourt.

This is nice that they offer customers with many choices in the menus. We can LokLok from vegetables to meat then to frozen foods. What about the price?

A DIY Sotong price tag! With just a dollar, we can get to eat LokLok already. Tell ya something. Don’t let anyone know that I’m telling you these. -_-!! The DIY Sotong price tag is just for a display that attracts people. There are menus that come with $2 per stick also. But mostly come with $1 per stick lah. =)

The fun of eating LokLok is that we dip the foods into the sauce that prepare. In Brunei, we’re lucky that we’ve been provided with great services that we don’t have to clean up the table while eating in fast-food restaurants. And eating LokLok we just choose the menus, and then the workers will prepare everything with the sauce and send just right in front of us.

And here below is the sauce that prepare by the Penang LokLok.

Satay Sauce

Chicken Rice Blended Chili Sauce

Blended Chili Padi Sauce. Hmm, what about curry sauce, cacah sambal or cacah belacan? I’m sure it’ll be more SIOK when we dip the foods into it.

Even eating also has the step by step taken. First: We browse through all the stall and picking which foods to order.

Wah Sai!!! I do look like walking through the night market at big countries huh… They decorate the place with color-bulbs. Haha!

Then second: Preparing the foods for us! And that’s how they LokLok are cook.

Deep-Fried’s Style. When we want to try more healthy type, they also have boiling style that it’s oil-free. Haha.

Third: The foods are ready to be served. And what’s the step after these?

Fourth: Dip the foods with the sauce and eat… Haha. What’s the following step? Paying up the bill? Haha! But before paying up the bill…

YEAH!!! Let’s give a thumb-ups for the LokLok tried. Even though it’s wasn’t that SIOK like what we saw in HK Drama but still at least we do have a bit feel of it. [Better than none] Hehe.

I’m here done with one of the cuisine in Malaysia. From Malaysia, we can drive whole the way up to Thailand! Same thing posted here; first I’ve made my stop trying Malaysia’s cuisine. Let’s move up to Thailand!

SaaWaaDeeKapp!!! Not [Sa Wa De Ka] = 三碗猪脚!

KTM Restaurant! Harrr, KTM isn’t the one that supply Mee & Keow Tiaw? They have restaurant also? Eating Mee & Keow Tiaw are the signboard’s dishes? Haha! This KTM restaurant that found along Jalan Jerudong serves Thailand’s delicacies. =P

Do they serve snake’s meat, crocodile’s meat, bear’s meat or monkey’s brain? Haha! No way in Brunei lah… In KTM, it’s a nice place to have lunch or dinner there have a small beautiful fountain to take pictures with. The workers there are friendly too that they keep smiling or laughing at us. Haha! Remember what the waitress laugh at jes? =P As for the menus, we can order by set meals which come with soup, vegetables and 2other main dishes for us to decide which one we want.

The small beautiful fountain. Can’t stop myself to take picture of it! =) there are more below.

At night they do have varieties of fresh sea-foods to order either in sambal type, steamed type. Just any type of cooking of style, we name it and they prepare it! =)

That’s the stall that offers fresh sea-foods.

And we choose these from the stall. SOTONG!!!

Every time when I visit KTM, I never miss ordering their Tofu Longan Drink.

Woo!!! ¾ of the cup is full with Longan and Tofu. And it cost $1.50!!! It’s worth to try. While drinking, we can have a bite on the longan and tofu oh. Slurp…

After ordering the drinks, let’s move up to the set meals menu. Let’s “KING KAO”! When come to eating Thai’s foods. Spicy taste is one of the flavors that we mustn’t miss. When comes to soup, we must have …

TomYam Soup

As for the vegetable, we must try the …

Sambal Kangkung

For the fish, it’s always the famous one.

Mango Fish! The top3 dishes already cook with spicy taste. FOO! Eating all these plus drinking its longan tofu drink. It’ll be perfect match already! Imagine the hot spicy foods that enter, then drinking the cool tasty drink! Woah… haha =)

The chicken meat that cooks with Sos Tiram. Haha! That’s the 4dishes we can get from ordering its set meals and it cost about $19.90 if I’m not mistake. =)

Hmmph, what happen to the SOTONG that we order at first? What type of style we asked the cook to prepare in? We order fried calamari mah? No No, still remember when it comes to Thai’s delicacy. We must try it HOT!!! So we had…

Sambal Sotong! And the end of the night, we all smells SAMBAL… haha!

Finally done with the foods, let’s have a look around the restaurant.

Having steamboat just beside of the blue SKY! Haha. We don’t have to sit airplane to do it! Now we can do it in KTM restaurant. =P

Still remember the beautiful fountain and the waitress that I mention above which keep smiling and laugh? Hehe. I did say that I can’t stop myself to take picture of it. Now I can’t stop myself to take pictures with it. haha! These explain everything.

First, I passed Jes the digicam. And then, I walked near to the fountain…


Was ready for the pose!

Smile… Kacchheeekk… Foo! Push myself a little further more.

Wahahaha! Ji Gou Li Yi Xia!!! Like making music video! Haha. Jiwang eii~ That’s why the waitress can’t help herself and laugh. Haha! Sky = SAKAI!!! =)

Ahhhh!!! After knowing the waitress were watching. Faster faster go back to the seat and sit. Acting like nothing happen! Malu lah. And I’m here after letting you all know what I’m doing. I got to go also. Got to hide myself up, so when you all laugh at me. I wouldn’t know! -_-!!

KHAP KHUN KHAP!!! Thanks for visiting.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy 21st Birthday, Esther See!

A shining pot! Shiiinnggg. Even i can see Andy's T-shirt in it. Haha. Does the pot looks familiar to you all? When do we usually need it? Where can we find it? Err... It's everywhere in the shopping department stores. Haha -_-!!

Back to the shining pot again. Just by the look of it, it showed that I'm here is having another steamboat moments again. I made my stop at where these time? Brunei really have that much places to eat steamboat? Yeah, it does. But me myself personally enjoy much it in Berry-Wan HotPot. It's a nice place that the people there smile all the way from the beginning when reach the place till the moment we left the place. The ventilation is good that there is "Sakai" that wears 2outfits while eating steamboat. Not hot enough is it? =)

And who's the Sakai?
It's Ssskkkyyy. Haha! Really Sakai, even a glass also want to take photo with. =P

And one thing that's nice about Berry-Wan is that there have a room upstairs that we can have our steamboat buffet meal there. It's no more "eat all you can", it's "eat all you can and have all the fun you can". And here, we make use of it by having a small birthday's surprise for her!

Before giving her a surprise! We got to eat full full so that we got strength to carry out the birthday's surprise plan. Hehe! Alasan lah yong. Seem to be that you're hungry and want to eat all the foods before it finish by some other people. You little greedy boy~ [Hmm. Talking to myself]
Ohh Oww, Jes! Still remember about my 犹疑症? Seems that it's getting serious horr! Haha. =P

Let's see what we had that night. First we start with the foods and drinks oh!
Mushrooms that we called "Mo Gu" in mandarin.
Golden Needle Mushrooms which we called it "Tzin Tze Gu" Haha.

And here's something that I wouldn't miss out in Steamboat Buffet!
WanTan =)

And here's the drink that ordered by Yung Shin.
Coke-Float with Chocolates Ice-Cream.
And here's drink ordered by Boon Jing. Look nice huh. There not only serve fresh steamboat's ingredients and serve drinks like Teh-C, Kopi O, Milo. They do serve drinks like Cafes do.
Jing gave thumb-ups for his drink! Woah.

Nyam Nyam!!! When can the foods ready? Can't wait liao nerr... Me and Chee Hwa both 傻傻的等待! Gong Gong Tan =)

Smiling Andy. Kacheeek! Smile shutter...

And we have these.
The Shutter, Brunei. Are we the hungry-ghosts that night? Haha. Still remember the scenes in "The Eye 10" that using chopsticks to let the ghost eat. Am i doing the same thing? Haha

While eating, there are eye contacts around us signaling each other. So by turns, we all use the excuses of going down to refill the foods. At that same time, the one that went down got to sign and write messages in the birthday's card.

Right after when every one is done with signing in the card. We're ready and good to go. Time for birthday's song and cake.

[Who tuu the one that switched on the fan?] By the time when we're ready to serve the cake. By the moment we enter the room with the candle light on. Then the fan blew out the candle! Haha. It's okay. Plan still goes on. [风雨不改]

Weii... Talk for so long! It's whose birthday's surprise? Still haven't show up one. Chinese always said these [Ho Liao Tim Toi] 好料沉低

I'm saving the best for the last =)

Here it is. Everyone of us taking pictures with the Birthday's girl! Who could it be? Can you all guess?
Err! The answer is obvious lah horr! And it's already stated at the title of the post. Haha!
Haha! It's Esther See's Birthday.

Yo Esther!
Happy Birthday to you!


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Our Long Happy Journeys

When we're small, we do always overcome a word called "Story". When it comes to this word, it’s always either stories that we read from story books or the stories that told to us when we’re small. Back at those times, fairy tales were usually the stories that were used to told to or read by us when we’re in our elementary or nursery levels. We did have Aladdin, Cinderella, Snow White and The 7 Dwarves, Little Mermaid, Jack and The Beanstalks, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, The Ugly Duckling and etc. As for the Chinese stories, we had 狼来了 (Here come the Fox), 贪吃的小狗 (A Greedy Dog) and etc. Each stories told to or read by us do have its own moral. Just like狼来了’s story teaching us not to lie to people and贪吃的小狗’s story told us not to be greedy.

As we grow bigger, the concept of stories read by us also start to change. From reading Aladdin, we had started to read “Bookworms Short Stories”. Then stories that came with pictures which are comics like Doraemon, Master Q, Dragonball Z, Crayon Shin Chan, Slam Dunk and etc. Each of them do tell us their own stories, like Master Q giving us funny stories and Slam Dunk telling us stories about high school basketball. As we grew bigger, instead of reading short stories we started to move into higher level that we read thick book story book which the whole book is full of small character words.

The more we grew, the more we read. There are people read Harry-Potter’s stories which are famous with its thickness. Haha! There are also people that read dictionary too. For me, the more I grew bigger the lazier I’m in reading books. Just these recently after understanding about things, I’d found out the importance of reading and bought myself couples of books and completed reading it. Hoorayy Yong! Haha~ without reading, we’ll be like a computer that never updates its program which it’ll get outdated sooner or later. Same things goes to us, we ourselves don’t want to upgrade ourselves. Sooner or later we can’t catch up with other people that had already learnt or read a lot.

Apart from reading story books, we ourselves do create our own stories. Stories do always happen around us. Living moments are just like stories to us. We started to create our own when we first came to this world. At that time, we already made our own living moments which we cried all day or night long when we’re babies, or the moments that we learn to crawl, walk, run and jump and the moment we first called out our daddy and mommy. Story can be a sweet story, a sad story, a funny, an exciting, a dull, a scary, a happy one and etc. And story books always come with TITLE. We can have title like “my childhood time” that talked about the games that we played before, the moments that we had together in our school. Then, there are also times that we fall in love that we can call it our “Love Stories”. Having nice time studying or working in a place, we can name it “My times in … …”

Previously we do have stories shared in Happy-Stop that talked about “the steps taken by me in why I start blogging” then stories about my own 21st birthday, other people’s 21st birthday, gatherings or reunion with families and friends. Now I want to share Story that tells by not only me but by my friends too. Story that contributed by everyone that joined into one long journey we had together and I called it “Our Long Happy Journeys”. Each story telling do always had its beginning. And my story here begins when you guys started to got back from UK. Then we had our first outing that brought us had the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and so on so on.

Let’s click back on what we had in these journey. Let's start with the beginning...

We had our first outing in Misato which was on the 29th June 2008. Plan to give Jestina a surprise about Wee had got back to Brunei but she found out earlier because she saw Ho Wee pictures in Facebook with Boon Jing on their way coming back to Brunei. Haha!

On the 1st of July, we had our second outing that we had a dinner in Capers with Wan Theng before she left Brunei for further studies.

Then mostly of you all got back Brunei, then we went out together in a group and had our "One Night Local Foods" since you all having those Western Cuisine Foods out there for nearly a year.

That's us on the 6th July 2008 at I-Sweet, Giant Mall after our One Night Local Foods in Aminah Arif.

Coming soon to Ho Wee's 21st Birthday. And we here start celebrate his birthday a week before the actual date and we all did had a great one. Kiasu Huhh!!! haha~

Here we are having the opening ceremony of your 21st Birthday on the 14th July 2008. The night before his majesty's birthday. =)

Right after the long tired happy night we had, some of us only get to have few hours of rest and some didn't get their rest because there were another BIG reunion happen on the 15th July 2008. Are we all rushing to the BSB attending his majesty's birthday? Errr... No~

Here we were, having our CHMS Pr.6 Year 1999's Reunion at Berakas Forest Reserve.

Then continue in celebrating Wee's 21st Birthday again in Seri Kemenyan on the 19th July 2008.

Hey Gang! Still remembered what happened on that night? Remember how you got your 21st written on your TUMMY! haha. And you made me, Boon Jing and Josh Hwa sang in front of everybody. And remember the Proton Waja? Wakaka. You Rock man! Yeahhh...

After the long night on the 19th. On the 20th we had a small Steamboat Fiesta that we had it in Wee's house that we ate and together open up his gift received the night before. Remember you had an OLD man's underwear? haha!

That's the Steamboat Fiesta on 20th July 2008 that we do countdown for your actual date which is on 21st July. Happy Birthday Wee!

Everything back to normal after Wee's birthday. After a week of continuosly eating. We all had a week of rest before we go for our next stop.

That's us on the 27th July 2008, having DimSum Buffet with the gang same as the "One Night Local Foods".

Then having SteamBoat Buffet on the 28th July 2008.

A day after, we expand our journey to Kg. Rumbai in Tutong that we drove our way up to there at night.

Remember the album cover to poster's pose we had. We're just a group of guys that like to take lots and lots of pictures. Hehe!

That's on 29th July 2008 with Eng Lun's Family. Thank You aunties and uncles for being a great host for us and thanks for the delicious foods too. =)

Having DimSum in the morning, what's like having DimSum before we go to sleep. Haha! Fattening fattening fattening =P

Guy's Night. Not visiting bar, lounge, pub, club but to Dynasty having DimSum Buffet. It was on the 2nd August 2008.

Pheeewww~ too much outing and makan-makan that some of us do have the 3minutes hot of going to GYM to keep fit. But in the end on 22nd August 2008, we had a small dinner in Wee's house at Chempaka.

That's you playing the smile shutter of my Digi-Cam! You telling your mum that you had One Night Local Foods with us. Telling your mum that how nice it was, then your mum introduce there is a place better than what we had. And you brought us to Chempaka that your mum prepared every things for us. Haha! Belacan and the Ambuyat! Wooo... Nyaman Jua... Bulehhh~ haha! Remember that night how your Ah-Ma teach you lessons? haha. Relax Gang!!!

On the 28th August 2008, we went to I-Lotus.

We had a day rest for our tummies, on the 30th August which was Saturday that we had a small steamboat fiesta again. But these time, it's in Andy's house. That counted as warming for us before we set our journey to Seria and Kuala Belait.

In Andy's house having steamboat. Introducing you all Tzin Tze beside Yung Shin with the blue T-shirt.

After the warming up of the engine, here we are ready for our trip to Seria & Kuala Belait.

三角COOL~ COOL~~~ 三角COOL!!! Wooootzz Woootttzzz! Gang, ready your gun and cannon? haha! That's Seria & KB trip on the 31st August 2008!

On the 9th September 2008, here we are giving Esther See a small advance birthday surprise in Berry Wan HotPot. Jes, still remember the Hey!!! Liang Ni Liang Ni Wo Ai Ni Leiiii.... wakaka! the boss of Berry-Wan was there adjusting the sound stereo. Oppss.. >.<

A day after it, here it come to Jestina's Advance 21st Birthday Party that celebrated on 11th Sept 2008 at Seri Kemenyan Restaurant. Don't want to lose to Ho Wee that celebrated his 21st there too. Wee had its special that we start celebrate his a week before. For Jes, we had it special too. Hehe! Each had their own concepts. Wee receive an OLD man's underwear. Does Jes received an OLD woman's BRA? Hmmph~ want to know about it? Catch it on the 5th October 2008 in that will have closer view into Jes's 21st Birthday. Don't miss it! wahaha! like chasing drama =)

Woo! What's with the picture taken with a car that decorated with ribbons? Did we bought a car for Jes? Hmm. It could be. Remember to catch it on the 5th Oct 2008! haha. Doing promotion ah me~

That's us during Jestina's advance 21st birthday party!

Time does really flies and it won't wait for people. Finally it's about time you guys going to finish your summer holiday and it's also the time that you all ready to go back for your studies. From June to Sept, about three months time. We did made quite a number of stops from Gadong to Mata-Mata, then to Jerudong, Tutong and Belait District.

Just the day before you got back to UK. We had one small dinner at Wee's house in Chempaka that his mum again cooked a delicious yummy Nasi Lemak for us. If i vote for the number placing, i'll put it in the Top 3! teeeheeehee... not PMP ahh me. PMP = Pai Ma Pi. Nyeh!!!

That's on the 13th Sept 2008! The night before Wee went back to UK!

Foo!!! It's just like a month only that everyone got back from UK having their holiday. And we here sending Wee back at airport on the 14th Sept 2008! Stories do always had their ending, guess we here do have an end of the chapter with Ho Wee. From the pictures above, it's a happy ending! But is it the real ending? Back to the 80s 90s i believe it's the end. But ages like now, we even have movies that consist of part 1,2,3 or dramas that had season 1,2,3 and story books that also had book 1,2,3 and so on. Same to my story as well as my journey here. It also will have chapter 1,2,3 and so on so on...

One day after Wee got back to UK. Here we are having another gathering which is BBQ. These time we had it at Yung Shin's house on the 16th Sept 2008.

Hmmph! Woah Seiii~ We all do looks happy huhh! Are we all celebrating Ho Wee going back to UK? Must be tuu! wakaka! Hey gang, Chill ahh... Jokin ja! We're on the farewell party in Shin's house. Hehe! A farewell party that mean Yung Shin will be going back soon to UK!

It's time that everyone had started to go back UK to settle down and ready for their second year. The chapter of our story will just make a stop here. And we all knew that we all did had all the FUN and LAUGHTER together. Upcoming one year that we all had our own target to be reach that there are peoples who going to sit exams, doing assignments or reports, studying in university either in UK, Australia, UBD, ITB, MD or anywhere and those who are working. Let's us together strive towards our dreams and goals!

All these sweet memories we carried do bring us strength that make us carry on and ready for the 2nd chapter of our stories. But before we start our 2nd chapter, we have to 加油!!!

I myself do believe as long as we got put efforts and try hard. There is always return for us! Just like planting a watermelon's seed into the soil. Every day we water the seeds, take care of the seeds from pests. One day when it grows, it'll grow into a big juicy watermelon. It won't grow into papaya/ mango/ durian or anything other than WATERMELON. Same thing goes to our real life, as long as we did try. There is always an outcome!

"有付出必有回报" 我们来一起努力吧!!!

We all here will be here waiting for you all to continue the journey of the 2nd chapter! Here's the first chapter of our story? What about you guys? What are your stories! Let's share together what we have and what we are in building the stories of our own journey... =)