When an Italian cooks Japanese Beef

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WAGYU. The word itself brings to mind tender, melt in your mouth beef. This is where Chef Mauri comes in during the month of June. He has prepared a special menu dedicated to the different wagyu cuts which are a feast for the tastebuds….

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Carpaccio di Wagyu. These thin slices of wagyu beef topped with olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan shavings and served with a salad bouquet is meant to be simply enjoyed for the premium beef that it is.

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Eggplant Roulade. This starter is vegetarian but got the thumbs up at our table! Filled with fresh spinach, topped with a melting 4 cheese mix and served with a tomato cream sauce – all the different ingredients blended beautifully together to create this tasty dish.

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Mamma’s Lina Barlotti Beans. Home cooked comfort food. Slow simmered  beans with a slight bite to them and served with a handful of pasta. And it’s worth mentioning that these beans were air flown straight from the owner’s Mamma’s garden in Italy and is totally organic.

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BIBD 7 Habits Workshop: The Learning Experience

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens workshop concluded yesterday with a closing ceremony which featured presentations from all the kids followed by a certificate presentation. After the event, I asked my girls what they learnt from the workshop and what their conclusions were. Below is their response:

We joined the 7 habits of highly effective teens which was sponsored by BIBD and was held at the Chancelor Hall in UBD. On the first day Saras our mentor started off with Habit 1: Be Proactive. In this Habit, it tells you the two different types of people you choose to be and encourages us to learn how to pause and think about how we want to respond to a situation before doing it. The second habit, Begin with the end in mind was introduced to us by our other mentor, Edmund. It is very important to have an end in mind because this will guide you to what you want to do.

On the second day, we started the day with Habit 3: Put first things first. It taught us how to plan and do the important things first. The fourth habit is Think win-win. This habit tells us that there is always a choice in a particular situation. Either win-win. Lose-lose, win-lose or lose-win. Habit 5 is Seek first to understand, then to be understood. If you realize, 53% on of how we communicate is based on our body language. 40% is based on our tone or feeling and lastly 7% is based on words.

On the third day, we were finally exposed to habit 6 and 7 which are Synergize and Sharpen the saw. In other words, synergizing is also another term for team work. By synergizing, we can get better results than being on our own. Do you ever wonder why a flock of geese fly in a v formation? It is because when they synergize they are able to fly faster that way. We ended the course with habit 7: sharpen the saw.

Our conclusion is that being proactive is better than being reactive because it brings good in the end. Not only that but we have learned a lot of useful things through inspiring videos that we can follow and apply in our everyday life. This course was a life changing experience for us and everybody who joined.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Cardiff

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Jules Lo who writes about her recent CNY celebration together with other Bruneian students in Cardiff. Thank you very much for your heart-warming post Jules! I see some familiar faces from my visit to Caerdydd last year.

First, let me introduce myself, my name is Juliana Lo but everyone calls me by the name Jules. I am a Cardiff student taking MSc Hospitality Management in University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). I have been in Cardiff for almost 5 years now since my undergraduate [BA (Hons) Hospitality Management] and I have missed celebrating CNY with my family for 5 years. Being away from home is really difficult for me as I am a very family-oriented person.

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Tomyam Klasik

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After a long first day of tours and visits, and feeling a bit famished,
the bus made a beeline for Tomyam Klasik.

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A bit dark when we got in. Would’ve loved to get some color in the sky.
But ah well, when you just had to grab those pants on sale, you have to grab ‘em.

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It’s quite a large space, looks like it can accommodate well over 200 patrons.

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The view outwards, from where we got in.

We were waiting for the arrival of Dato’ Zulkifli bin Mohamad, the General Manager
of Tourism Promotion Division, under the Melaka Chief Minister Department.

Bruneimotors.com test drives the AWESOME 2012 Nissan GT-R Supercar

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Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from Bruneimotors.com was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear.

The undisclosed event was by invitation from Nissan Boustead Brunei and Nissan Japan where location and activities was revealed only a few weeks before the event.

Haji Suhardi was privileged enough to review all of their 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 Supercar. He drove the GT-R black edition, EGOIST, Spec V and Track club edition (Only on race track)

“The new Nissan GT-R sprinted from 0 to 100km/h in 3 seconds from 3.5 seconds with previous models. It’s the fastest supercar with four seats available in the market from Japan. The 2012 version is not a facelift but an upgrade. The horsepower gets more from 480HP to 520HP.” recalled Suhardi gleefully.

Bruneimotors.com also given a special access to drive at the race track using the new GT-R models and GT-R Club track edition. The best experiences was driving the GT-R Club Track Edition which only be driven on race track. This special edition GT-R has a roll cage, a Bride seat, 6 point harnesses, Rays 20 inch wheels and Dunlop slicks.  It has 80 kilograms lighter and the engine management system setting is different with faster on the gear change ratio and quick brake respond only for advance experience driver.”

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