Ramadan Buffet at The Banquet, Kuching 2015

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THE RAMADAN

Profile 2The Ramadan month is when Muslims practice fasting that intend to bring the faithful closer to God and to remind them on the suffering of those less fortunate. Muslims often donate to charities during the month and feed the hungry. When fasting, they exercise self-restraint.

It is a time to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on one’s prayers. Many Muslims dress more conservatively during Ramadan and spend more time at the mosque than at any other time of the year. However, after a day being thirsty and hungry, it’s the Muslims who appreciate good food and drinks more than non-Muslims and sometimes, due to work commitment, they had no choice but to rely on Bazaar Ramadan and food outlets to break fast.

If it’s a dilema to some Muslims on finding a place to eat during the Ramadan month in Kuching, I would recommend The Banquet as one of the options to break the fast.

THE BANQUET RAMADAN BUFFET

Located at third mile, Kuching, the Banquet had decided to prepare good food at an affordable price (RM48 for adults and RM24 for chidren under 12 years old) for the Muslims and food lovers around Kuching. Inspired by the beautiful countryside scenery of Sarawak, the Banquet had thoughtfully decorated the restaurant into a village-look-alike so that Muslims patrons would feel at home.

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THE FOOD

It’s quite surprising that with RM42 per person, the Banquet had generously prepared more than a hundred dishes to choose from. It’s seriously value for money (especially now things aren’t cheap). If you think, you want to start light, you can go for these dishes:

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Crab and chicken soup

The dishes served at The Banquet are mostly locally cooked with local ingredients. You’ll see less western dishes here.

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Lok Lok

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Fried Kueh and potatoes

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Lamb chop, Stingray and cuttlefish

Now, if you are ready for the main course, you have the options of:

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Ulam

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Mix vegetable, beef rendang, fish, fried bee hoon and rice

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Nasi lemak

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Peking Duck

THE DRINKS

There were six types of drinks provided free flow, ranging from hot to cold drinks.

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Cendol

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Coffee and tea

THE DESSERT

The dessert were adequately prepared.

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Cakes

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Rojak

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Ice cream

MY FAVOURITE

I’ve tried almost all the dishes. Although most of them were delicious, I had two favourite dishes that night. There were

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Nasi lemak (The rice was from Bario)

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Peking Duck

It’s okay to bring your family here once a while. I’m sure your wives would be happy to get a night off from cooking. Surely the kids would enjoy eating outside too.

So, if you’re interested to come here for a Ramadan Buffet, please walk in to their restaurant (The Banquet) or call them for booking at 082-451 414 . They are at Sublot 1-8, Lot 745 Blk 218 KNLD, 3rd Exchange Commercial Centre, Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Kuching, 93250, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Happy Teachers’ Day 2015

Posted by willie in Education, Events | 2 Comments

MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO

Looking back at my life as a secondary student more than 20 years ago, I realized that many times, I had misunderstood my teachers’ treatment towards us. Most of the time, I judged them as inconsiderate, boring, bad tempered, unfair, irrational and fussy.DSC_0014

Now, as I stand in their shoes, I slowly began to see teachers as nobles. I remembered when my teachers were making noises about our class cleanliness. We were very upset with their remarks and our frustration mounted when they asked us to clean the classroom for 5 minutes before starting our lessons. We grumbled each day after that. However, to think back on what they did, it was all about teaching us to live a healthy lifestyle, making sure we did not fall sick and to study comfortably in a clean environment.

On top of that, some teachers scolded us several times for not bringing the stationery needed to school and our favourites were ruler, calculator glue and scissors. Without those four, I had difficulties in learning art, geography and mathematics and I couldn’t blend in the class discussion well. No wonder my teachers insisted that I had complete stationery.

LITTLE THINGS MY TEACHERS DID

My teachers were kind enough to reward us with small gifts when we did well in our homework, sometimes; they kindly lend us their stationery when our friends refused to lend theirs. And the best of all, they tended us when we were sick.

They were ready to lend their ears to our problems. As students, could our problems be bigger than theirs? Still no matter how petty our problems were, they were willing to talk to us.

CONCLUSION

But I guess I don’t have to tell you how their work is today. I thank them for shaping me into who I am today.

This year, I’m happy to receive gifts from my students during the teachers’ day celebration. What they gave me wasn’t important. It’s their thoughts that count. Thank you all.

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[A hand made card from Ashley, 1A. Pls ignore the grammar]

Sibu Bike Week 2014

Posted by willie in Events, The Royale Riders | 2 Comments

20141205_131702THE DECISION

It was a last minute decision to join Sibu Bike Week event last year. After calculating the cost and checking my schedule, I finally contacted our group admin for hotel booking. I invested in a new bag pack for this trip (it’s a 35 litre Adventure bag) changed the rear tire of my er6f for safety reason. Travelling is never cheap right?

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[Pit stop in Betong, due to rain]

CHALLENGES

On the day itself, I waited for our team to arrive at Serian Shell Station. I met some other bikers waiting there too. One of them was Suffian, a friend whom I got to know a few months back before the trip. Surprisingly, many bikers went down to Sibu for the event. Probably because Sibu is strategically located in Sarawak, where the East and West bikers could easily meet.

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[Our bikes, ready for washing]

We felt safe travelling in a big group. However, bad fortunes were upon us. A few bikers travelling from Kuching were involved in road mishaps and one of it was fatal. I was told that a Brunei biker passed away in the mishap. Thankfully, all of our group members arrived Sibu safely. The only thing that I wasn’t happy about was the bad weather. At certain spots, we rode under the rain. Our bikes became ugly and dirty. I think it’s really unnecessary to spend money and sacrifice our time to send our bikes for thorough washing.

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[At the exhibition site]

THE GOOD THINGS

The towkeys in Sibu must be very happy with our present: The hotels, pubs, eateries and massage parlours were fully occupied during the event. Some of us were really looking forward to watch the beauty contest on that day. But some were more interested in shopping for goods. I bought a few things for myself such as t-shirts, a Kawasaki lanyard and some local delicacies.

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[Shopping time]

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[Beauty pageant contest]

We stayed at Kingwood hotel. Thanks to Jeremy who did the booking early, otherwise, we wouldn’t have a place to stay. Luckily he managed to rent two rooms adjacent to each other. The rooms were beautiful and the snoring at night was marvelous, similar to an orchestra performance in London (that’s what happens when you sleep with bros…hahahaha!)

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[At Kingwood hotel]

WHAT WE DID

We didn’t do much during the event. We only parked our bikes at the exhibition site and took some photographs. After that, we went to Wisma Sanyan and had drinking sessions at night. Our activities might seem simple, but we had a good time hanging around with each other like brothers in arm.

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[At Wisma Sanyan]

On our way back to Kuching, Liam, was frustrated over his Harley Davidson. The bike gave up on him while he was riding it. We helped him find a Good Samaritan who was willing to transport his Bike to Lachau. This was the second time I helped people loading a huge bike on a 4WD car. Lifting a bike could strain your muscles.

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[Liam’s Harley Davidson]

CONCLUSION

Well, this was a memorable experience for me. All these while, I only rode around my comfort zones, Kuching-Serian-Sri Aman. Never would I thought that, I’d be riding to Sibu. Maybe, next time, I should go further. Miri perhaps?

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