Dad’s 53rd Birthday Celebration

Family photo at dad’s 53rd Birthday Celebration – missing one brother, his wife and kids.

When was the last time you went to Villa Mauri? I loved the restaurant when it first opened. Went there a number of times with family and friends then stopped just because we haven’t had the time to really go out to eat for awhile. Since then, the owner has expanded and opened up two other restaurants – one in Gadong, Grazie Mauri and the other in Belait called Prego Mauri. I’ve never been to the Belait restaurant but I’m not such a big fan of Grazie.

But I’m not here to write a restaurant review – however, I do want to point out that a lot of restaurants in Brunei have caved in to the pressure of a restaurant business here – giving in to the “Malay taste”. One recent experience we’ve had is at Villa Mauri. Their italian menu used to be just that, pure italian. When we went there about a couple of months ago for our anniversary, we realized that some of the dishes were trying to accomodate the Malay taste. We weren’t happy about that. We ended up calling the chef and we shared our opinion. That was when he kindly told us how they were trying to cater to the tastes of locals. He told us then that the next time we went there we should request for him to cook it the true italian way and he wouldn’t have a problem with that.

A couple of days ago, we went there for my dad’s birthday celebration and we did just that. The dishes we had were the way we wanted again and life finally went back to normal.

I’d like to write more about this, unfortunately I don’t have the time. This post however is supposed to be used to share photos from my dad’s 53rd birthday celebration so hit the break to see them!

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Mom’s 53rd Birthday Celebration

Yesterday was my mom’s 53rd birthday and the family, including my sister¬†on Facetime, celebrated it during dinner at Rizqun. The food was nice but I’m not gonna spend a blog post talking about what we had. I just had a little presentation at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports the other day, talking about SEEDS and I used a family event as an example to one of the topics I mentioned. I said that as a working adult, we are always looking forward to the weekend where some would use it to spend time with families, celebrating birthdays and that is just what happened yesterday.

The long weekend came as a blessing for both us (The Exclusives) and my bigger family (Hasba). The Little Miss wasn’t feeling well the whole week and by the weekend, I ended up with a flu myself. Thank God for the two day long weekend I got to rest. Yesterday was a lazy day for JuLeZz, the Little Miss and myself. We spent the day resting, watching TV and lots of bumming around. Best part about the day was our quality time with Alya. I only wish that I could take her to work everyday. I think we should have a ‘Take Your Daughter To Work’ day – or son – or child.

More after the break.

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Little Miss and her adventures

Little Miss Alya, looking confused, with her nenek

Today has been quite an adventure for the Little Miss though the day was well spent for JuLeZz and myself with her. She spent the whole day from one place to another with only one short nap in the middle of it all. Besides her usual self, Alya was well behaved most of the day. One thing we realized is how so grown-up she is now for someone who isn’t even one year old yet.

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