Thursday, January 29, 2009

The First Time

Every things start from its own very first time no matter it's a good or bad thing. From its first time, there starts the beginning of everything. Let's have a flashback on what we'd now, how do all those things come into us? Just POP out in front of us? There is the first time that we get to know it, the first time we get to come over it, the first time we start to like it, the first time we appreciate it.

Look around us. Families around us, we'll get to know them since the first time we came to these world that they took care of us, pamper us, feed us and etc. The first time our relatives and families members visited us in the hospital, that's the time that they started to know who we are. Then friends around us, look at those close one around us. How do we get to know each other? It's all started from the first time, maybe we attended the same schools, classes, tuition centers, joining the same outside activities' lessons and etc. From the first time, then we have our second time then third time that continue till what we are and what we have now.

The first time may always be the Sweet for everyone. Time beings, when challenges and obstacles start to come. That's the time we may start to taste Sour, Spicy, Bitter, Salty and etc. All those tastes are those that make meals taste yummy. Same thing to life that all these accumulates that make our life attractive...

And people that graduated from universities, colleges, schools and etc. It's all started from the efforts contributed and from the first time they attended their nurseries schools where they learnt their first alphabets and numbers. From learning A,B,C that makes them know words like inspiration, bravo, excellent, humble and etc. From learning basic number 1,2,3 and now they start to calculate accounts which involve millions in amounts! Don't look down at the first time, the first time that make what we are now.

When there isn't a first time, there wouldn't be thing happens after all. It'll just equal to 0.

Here's a little first time of mine before ending the year of rat! That time was two days before Chinese New Year and I'd met sour in my life that challenge is up ahead me that I've to go down Miri to take materials which is urgently needed. Because of Chinese new year, companies had closed that let everyone preparing for Chinese New Year so instead of waiting till next month, I have to go down and take the material which I can have it straight away. Was trying hard to find transport and helps. I thank everyone that didn't reject my requests and helped me heartedly! Thank You. Hehehe.

Such a coincidence that one of my cousin is going down to Miri because he's sending his fiance to Miri Airport to catch a plane home to Sarikei. He helped me in bringing me down and I helped him in accompanying him on the way back to Brunei so he's not alone while driving!

Harmony is about respecting, loving and helping each other out!

During the trip, I manage to make my first visit to Fratini, Miri Branch...

There is a lot of branches opened in Brunei, Why Miri? Biasalahh, Sky!!! Cheapskate lahh... Eat in Miri, Ringgit Malaysia costs a bit cheaper! Hahaha~ Hey, there is 50% discount in Fratini, Brunei too! So no worries, guess that the destiny of ME & Fratini just come. -___-!!

Fratini, the restaurant that first introduced and created in Brunei which is a Franchiser. A franchiser just like KFC or Pizza Hut that people train bruneians to prepare the dishes. And now we anak Brunei get to teach people out of Brunei in preparing the Italians Cuisine. Keep it up~

The first time that the Restaurant opened that grew and become famous now! If there weren't the first time in opening Fratini. There would't be Fratini today!!! Thanks to the founder~

The country's design concept for its interior and furnitures. Fratini have been one of the locals pick for dine in, hanging out or celebrating any occasions at there too!

Biasalah, supporting our local's product! But I had it in Miri... -_-!!

And for my first time visiting there, guess what I had...

Vegetarian Pizza!!!

Vegetarian Spaghetti!!!

Huhhhh!!! Eating vegetarian? Ah-Yong? Hehehe! It's my cousin and his fiance who are vegetarian. And for the first time I get to know that Fratini is not only for the carnivores. It also serves for the vegetarian too. How convenient it is~

And of course, I ordered a
Baked Chicken & Mushroom Pasta!!! And my cousin paid for the bill... How blessful I'm~ Cheeers!!!

Thanks to Han Jin & Elizabeth!

Me taking pictures with them...

And for my first time visiting there!!! Fratini had left me with good impressions that their services are good which the staffs are FRIENDLY & HELPFUL!!! And for my first time visiting there, I get to know its branch manager...

That's Mr.Bhong!!! Thank you~
Get to know a new friend is better than having a new enemy! When you want a smile, just smile and people will smile back to you too!

And it's wishing everyone "Gong Xi Fa Cai"!!!

After the meal, get to shop in one of the shopping complex there. After that, it's time to send Elizabeth to airport... And out of the blue, I found something that really turned me ON!!!

When we're in the right pace, guess that good things just come to us. For the first time I'd heard about the brand's name. I had always wanted to try it but it's only available outside Brunei!!! When we're not giving up, there is chance for us to achieve it. It's the time that proves everything.

And what could it be?

Starbucks? Starbucks Restaurant? Starbucks Boutique?

It's nothing other than the famous franchise coffee house, STARBUCKS COFFEE!!! It's recognized world wide that from the calculation in late march 2008. Starbucks has more than 16,226 stores world wide. Starbucks is founded by 3people who are Jerry Baldwin, [a english teacher] Zev Siegel, [a history teacher] and Gordon Browker, [a writer]

And me today, 24th January 2008. I managed to visit one of its store throughout the world in...
Malaysia, Miri Sarawak!!! =D

Hmmph, I do look like a tourist huhh!!! -_-!!

Let's look around the small outlets of Starbucks in Miri Airport.

Hmmph~ there are people queuing for Starbucks Coffee! Guess I have to make my move too... Slurppp...

What to order ahh here? Kopi "O" Kao Kao? Hahaha! Kopi "C"? -_-!! Ingat ini Chop Jing Chew ke? hehe

Let's have a collection of Ice-Blended in Starbucks as well! Haha, it will takes me years time to complete the collection... Hahaha!

Yeaaaahhhh!!! Ice-Blended Mocha with Chocolate drip! The first drink I tried in Starbucks! Yeeehhaaawww~ Coffee that makes the differences... :)

My cousin & his fiance. See the book's title, 7 habits of highly effective families! Wooo~ Biasalah, people is going to start his own family ahhh.. Let's have a practise in theories then practicals. =D

Don't know when is my next visit to Starbucks Coffee. Why not buying a small souvenier that can be keeps as memory! And that's what I spent for the trip in Miri. A cup of Ice-Blended & a souvenier cup! hehe.

And again, my first visit to Starbucks also gave me a good impression too! Guess nothing talks more than picture...

Say Hillooo to Alin, Thilla & Yanna. [From left to right] A group of Friendly & Cheerful Staffs they are... And the colour of my shirt does suit the color theme of Starbucks too! hahaha~

Thank you Starbucks!!! Even in a trip of settling challenges, there is SWEET in it too. It all depends on how we see things in life. It can be Spicy, Salty, Sour, Bitter or Sweet. Depend on how we want because in restaurant, we're the one that decide which food to be order to eat. If we want spicy, we order a Curry Mee! If we want sweet&sour, we order sweet & sour fishes! It's just as simple as these. =D

Aww... am I betraying Coffee-Bean? Hehehe. Nyeh~ Coffee-Bean still one of the hottest pick in my list to hang out. In Brunei, Let's have Coffee-Bean, In Malaysia, Let's have Starbucks. When there are two in a same place. Let's have TWO instead. hehe.

Chinese New Year is around the corner at that time. Every where is wishing everyone a Happy Prosperous Ox Year!!! Wishing everyone a good health, wealth, love and best of all upon you! =D

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Picnic With Aspirasians

Picnic is an outdoor activity that usually takes place in a open area of the beautiful landscapes, lakes, riversides, beaches, parks and etc where people bring foods & drinks there and gathering around. Picnic can be involves with families, relatives, friends, colleagues, school mates and etc that people also celebrates occasions there. Occasions like family day, reunion gathering, a small birthday's party, company's anniversary, won a lucky draw or prizes, celebrations and a lot more happy occasions. You name it~ Hehe! Even wedding occasion also can be taken place in the beach. It's also an activity that brings joy, excitement and peace to people that a lot of people would love to join. Why not a small picnic among yourself that not only cheer you up but also to the people around? Put down a little bit efforts in it and you'll get what you contribute. The following post will show you the journey of happy-stop in picnic.

In Brunei, there are a lot of places that are hot favorite picks for everyone to go for a picnic. For example, Kuala Belait have Wasai waterfall, Tutong district has Pantai Seri Kenangan, Temburong has Temburong National Park and Brunei-Muara district has quite a lot of beach for people to choose. We have Pantai Jerudong, Pantai Tungku, Pantai Muara, Pantai Serasa, Taman Rekreasi Berakas, Bukit Shahbandar and more places to be discover. Each place also has its own role to play and its own nice things. Everyone has their own choice to be make that people may like to go there, some may think here is more fun, relax, nicer and etc. All these depend on the mood of the people and also themselves to make the pick.

[Rambut Sama Hitam, Hati Tak Semestinya Semua Sama]

In my little journey, mostly everyone in my families, relatives and friends do share the same pick in picking the place to go picnic that I'd been the same beach for picnic in couple numbers of occasions. There is also time that we go out to try some other places so that we'll know what's happening outside, if not we'll just be like the animals that rear in the villages. =D

And where could the most favorite picks among happy-stop be?

Familiar with these? Hehe. Well, I do believe it's also a place that you'll like to go too! It's Taman Rekreasi Berakas [Berakas Forest Reserve] that located along the Jerudong-Muara Highway. And let's have a flashback on whom I'd been with here.

Camera rolling... 1,2,3!!! ACTION! haha...

Been there with my families & relatives on the 1st June 2008. A small families outing~

Been there with my friends on the 18th May 2008. That's the time I'd my own little birthday outing.

Me & my friends first time organized our reunion among the people in Primary 6, year 1999 in CHMS! That's on the 15th July 2008.

Attended my colleague's farewell gathering on the 9th November 2008. Yo Siadin, Teruskan perjuangan mu! haha...

And these time, I made it with my classmates while I'm in the upper-secondary level in Sek. Men. Menglait Gadong!

After the night Aspirasians had on the 10th December 2008, we decided to have another one again that is Picnic. From the gatherings we had before, the numbers of people that joined the gatherings is getting more & more. Last time we may had 9people and these time, it grows!!!

Let's see the attendance that joined the flight this time. Hahaha! -__-!!

Welcoming Big Boy Bozz!!! Zulhilmi... Hehehe! Hey hey bozz! WUSSSUUPPPS!!! Hahaha.

Amal Liyana a.k.a Panjang!!!

Norhakimah, KIKI & Amal Fitrah, her mum made marvelous sosis solo! hahaha! =D

Zaim on the left and Zuhairi on the right! The WINDKNIGHT!!!

Mesra!!! Hmmph, does he looks familiar to you guys? Or maybe looks more familiar to your parents? Ohh yeah! He's the news reader in rtb. Vote him~ Haha! Catch him LIVE on 8pm news! Hehehe...

Going to read news online? Hahaha!

And that's azman at the centre. MANBAI! haha.

Ali at the centre!!! =D

Wooo!!! I'm one lucky guy here~ =P
from left to right [Amal, Farhana, ME, Shikin & Rafidah] Yoo Rafidah~ You RAWK!!! :)

The two newlyweds! Mawar a.k.a ROSIE & Khairul! Congrats yoo~ Forever & Ever yoo...
And lastly...

Murado De Gonzales! That's Ahmad Murad with his new album cover's picture! Hahaha!

Checking all the attendances, is everyone here already?
Yeah! All the attendances had arrived! Okie, Master BBQ! You're good to go? Let's rock & roll!!!

Time to set up the fire!!! Yeeehhaaawww~

Hmmph~ Seemed like thing doesn't turn up that well huhh! Sky is thinking hard to light up those charcoal!!! Ohh oww~ Will it be the end for the Master BBQ? -__-!!

What'll happen next? Can he make it? How does he did it? Will the fire light up? No one knows... Let's take 5!!! Let him does all the lighting part and we all go for a short lesson.

Even the master bbq, Sky also met his hard time in lighting up the fire too. These showed that when we're good at something, we doesn't good for it permanently. There are times that we do mistakes on it, times that we miss-do of it, do it carelessly and problems do occur while we do it! Apply it to real life, Is the champion always the champion? Is there any undefeated champion? There are times that champion also lose, times that champion got defeated, champion got over run. But these are also the times that let the champion to learn and improve...

Because life is not always on the right pace. There are times that we walk into the middle of no where, fall into a deep hole, walk through a long dark tunnel and feel life's down with problems. And these are the times that we're about to give up or just stop right there! Feels like things just going to end here. BUT before we're about to STOP!!! Please think that we're not alone all these time. There is always HELP out there that willing to help us. With one pair of hand, how much can we carry? With 10pair of hand, we can carry 10times more than one pair of hand. =)

With the help of our families member, we'd grown into what we are now! With the help of our friends, we'd learn whats friendship are. With the help of our colleagues, classmates, comrades and etc, we can get things done! With the help of competitors, we all get improve each time because we learn to overcome each other! With the help of Sugar, it makes Coffee tastes sweeter! With the help of Science, we have convinience and comfortable in our daily life. With the help of donation funds, we build schools & shelters, we bring love to the one who need it. A dollar may looks small in amount, imagine when each of us contribute a dollar and the people throughout the world is contributing. It can reach billions that can save a lot of peoples and places!!!

[There aren't any dead end for us in our path. Even there is dead end infront, with the word "HELP" we can build our new path together!]

And Master BBQ is not alone too!

1st attempt by Murad!!!

Hmmph!!! Seems like it's a tough one here~ No worries, we find ways to get things done!!! Supporters around... Hahaha!

Here comes Azman helping...

And we also got help from a friendly helpful uncle. See~ There is always helping out there! Thing is just about to go right!!! Keep it up y'all!!!

With the help of everyone... There is hope here~ We build ourself a new path from the dead end!!!

Wooo!!! There are SMOKES... Hahaha! Yessshh...

And finally...

Swoossshhh!!! We're back in the track! Time to rock & roll again. =D

Hello! It's Muiz there, Barbecueing all by himself??? A pair of hand can barbecue a small portion of foods... When there is few more pair in giving the help...

How much can they barbecue???

The wholelots!!!

And the foods? Who prepare all the foods for all the attendance? Is there any platinum, gold and silver sponsors for us? Let's bergotong-royong!

With the help from each of us!!! We all had a nice feast on that time. We got...

Chicken meats that brought by Amal Panjang!!! She brought the tools and utensils for the barbecue too!!!

Hotdog contributed by maybe Farhana... Am i right? Hehehe... That's why recording is more important that remembering!!! Can apply these to those that study.

Durian Kek

Kueh Calak-Calak

Egg Sandwiches that's FULL of EGGS! hahaha... All the kueh & sandwiches brought by Amal Fitrah.

Goreng Mee Hon

Goreng Keow Tiaw

Goreng Mee!!! All the goreng brought by Kiki!!!

Then we'd snacks & drinks brought by the rest. I forgot what snacks that each brought because everyone came with big plastics!!! Azman prepared spaghetti for us and he went out to buy fire starter with Bozz. Ali came late that he brought us Mee Goreng again and Rebus Hotdog. Shikin brought snacks, drinksm plates, spoons and forks! Although you're late and everyone is waiting for the plate to open the feast, still a thank you too! Biar ko terasa... Hahaha!

With the helps and small contribution of everyone... We all did had a nice fun day together!!! Thank You~

KitKat brought by I forgot who... Woo~ KIT KAT... how nice~


And what did I brought? Ehhlah, Sky so cheapskate.. didn't bring any foods one! Hmmph.. CHEAPSKATE... Hey hey! I brought CHARCOAL!!! It's one of the most important though. Without charcoal, how to BBQ? Hahaha.

Helps come to me when I need one here... I'm so touched and grateful that you guys don't turn me down when I need it... I'm so thankful to you all there that walk with me all the times...

Life wouldn't be that great without you guys out there!!