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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An Amazing 1 Year Journey

The Little Miss before the arrival of her guests

[Updated with more photos – 31 July 2012]

It has been a great one year for JuLeZz and myself the past one year, an amazing journey for the both of us. One year ago, on July 26, 2011, at 12.32am, we were blessed with a little girl we call Alya. Next thing we know, one year has passed and she is as wonderful as she has been since the day she arrived into this world.

Last Thursday, she turned 1 and we celebrated it with loved ones. We opted to move away from the big parties and decided instead to spend her special day with the people that grew up with her – her family. It was a great evening spent with everyone and the focus didn’t go anywhere else but on her. It was all about her dress, her personality, her blowing the candle, her screaming out loud and, by the end of the night, when everyone went back to our place for an after party hang out, her excitement with her standing, crawling, walking on the walker, almost causing chaos and a slideshow of her photos since she was born. Not even a moment was spent away from her. She was excited. She was happy. And by the end of the night, Alya fell asleep easily and peacefully.

Happy birthday Little Miss,
from Mommy & Daddy

[More photos after the break]

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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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Weird Titles


I come back to update my wordpress and what do I find? All my titles from my past posts have gone weird. Even my menu! What’s going on? Was it because of the update? Everything now says “Anonymous-Dz: Microsoft-Dz”. What is that about?

Looks like updating posts isn’t my only concern right now. What a welcoming party.

Back, hopefully

Batman Returns

Image by Mr Spielbrick via Flickr

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated anything here. In the past few months since March, a lot of things have been happening in my life including the coming of our new daughter, Little Miss Alya. I have so much to update on that part of my life but there has been little time to do so. These days though, there are no excuses with the existence of mobile updating.

With the latest update to wordpress’s iOS app, I find that updating is easier. I update my other blogs frequently via the app but only because I have to. However, I have no idea why I haven’t had the time to do so here. I always have things to say and things to write but they always come either when I’m driving, walking or in the toilet. Then, when it’s time to sit down in front of the computer, words escape me. That and the distractions that is the internet. I guess that is why it’s easier to update via a mobile app – less distractions.

Recently, I’ve picked up a book that JuLeZz has been reading and realized how much behind I have been when it comes to actual writing. Not those short updates I do on instagram or Google+ but actual long posts on blogs. This is what makes blogs different from these other social media sites. You creativity when it comes to writing just gets shorter and shorter. But of course, I don’t just do it to put my thoughts into words but also to keep practising writing and never have to be out of practice. I admire those who can write on and keep a blog for so long. I wish I’m one of them. I was gonna finish that last sentence with “even if no one reads them” but really, you want people to read what you write. That’s why you post them online viewable by the public, so the public can read! If not, there’s always the private option.

There’s lots to tell, lots to write about but so little time. What I am going to do though is start fresh and write things that happen from here on forth, not updates from the past. There’s always my instagram for that.

So welcome back Mr Syaf. I hope you stay.

A New Turn

Well look at that. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. I’ve decided to turn this into my blog instead of just a news page. That way, I can make use of the space I’m paying (or I’ve paid) every year rather than leave it to go to waste. I just thought I’d share the above incident with you. I never knew this but when I was composing an email to be sent and it had the word “Attached is…” in the body, a popup appeared after I clicked on the “send” button. Turns out that gmail scanned my email and realized that I’ve said those words but forgot to attach anything to the email! I was amazed!

I was absolutely impressed by this feature, especially since I always forget to attach a file I meant to attach after I’ve finished writing the email. Now, I only wish that email clients would have this feature.