Brunei Darussalam

10 AT BLINK OF AN EYE

Exactly a decade ago today on the eve of Valentine’s Day, my wife and I were expecting our first kid. She had been in labour pains for the longest and most torturous moments of imminent motherhood. At 8.49 AM on the 13th Feb 1998 our son Jamie was born and today he turns double-digit 10!

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© Jan Shim Photography

I asked Jamie what sort of cake would he like for his birthday, he said, “I just want the blow out the candles, I don’t like cakes!” Since the candles needed something to stand on, I choose a black forest cake with a choc-board on which “Happy 10th Birthday, Jamie” is written.

Up until tonight, Jamie had been excited about celebrating his birthday at Kaizen Sushi after a memorable first time there not too long ago. Before Kaizen, the only places where we can find decent Western/Japanese food after hours are in Kuala Belait notably Fratini or Excapade Sushi (the other exceptions being the kopitiams). Between KB and Seria, the kids would instinctively choose Seria as would I—a no-brainer choice between 30mins vs 8 mins drive!

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© Jan Shim Photography

The other compelling reason to eat at Kaizen being the absence of crowd. The ever so popular and highly successful Excapade is inherently noisier and you can’t just drop in without having first made a reservation. We had way too much to eat tonight and I’ve taken a fancy to a dish called “Half Cooked Beef” (pictured top left). The Japanese fried tofu served with special sauce is simply delicious while salmon head remains a clear favourite with my wife. We never used to be this mad about Japanese food but lately HSBC CEO Tareq Muhmood introduced me to the allure of Indian cuisine @ Zaika.

As a sidenote, today being the 7th day of the lunar new year is also ‘People’s Day’ traditionally called Renri, the day everyone grows one year older. Turns out also, according to a Wikipedia article, that today is the day Yee Sang is tossed and eaten and make wishes for continued wealth and prosperity.

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17 thoughts on “10 AT BLINK OF AN EYE

  1. Happy 10th Birthday, Jamie !!! Cherish the moments when your parents paid for the birthday dinners, rather than you paying for it yourself in the future. Hehehe !!! 😀

    And the food shots look amazing, Jan !!! As per the usual, of course. Makes me hungry here in KLIA waiting for my flight back to Brunei. And with nowhere good to eat here, except for the Burger King nearby. 😛

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  2. And the food shots look amazing, Jan !!! As per the usual, of course. Makes me hungry here in KLIA waiting for my flight back to Brunei. And with nowhere good to eat here, except for the Burger King nearby.

    Thanks, I’ve had lots of practice! Interesting you mentioned KLIA and absence of food. Last year, I transited KLIA on my way back from the ASEAN 100 Leadership shoot in Hanoi. I think the Asian Inc Forum team and I grabbed a quick bite at Delifrance which was OK but the airport’s WiFi did not work—it was frustrating. I was too knackered to explore the rest of the airport so I hung around Duty Free and picked up two ABSOLUT bottles (would you believe they’re eye candy in my home?) None of my family members drink! If you want to be stuck at an airport where there’s a lot of food choices, your best bet are Singapore and Bangkok—I also transited Bangkok International Airport on my way to Hanoi and had a very memorable experience there!

    Cherish the moments when your parents paid for the birthday dinners, rather than you paying for it yourself in the future.

    I look forward to cherishing the moments when my kids buy me and my wife meals. Another decade the tables will turn and hopefully then we’ll either have relocated to somewhere exciting or have more decent eateries to choose from.

    Happy Happy Birthday Jamie @ Jan Jr! I remember trying Shandy for the first time when I turned 10… everything after that is a drunken haze…

    Wow, you remember being 10 years old? My childhood years are a blur, the same can also be said of my teenage years—plenty of moments lived hardly any journey to share! I don’t know which is worse, kids with Shandy or babies with Woodward’s Original Gripe Water that allergedly has “alcohol content about equal to that of a beer” :-O

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  3. Happy Birthday Jamie..

    Aww… can’t wait till the day my son turn ten. In five more years… 😛 Not looking forward to the rebellious age of twelve though.. hehe

    Happy Valentine’s Day too. Any plans to spice the celebration?

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  4. Oh my Gawd, AB ! You started drinking when you were 10, heheh ! Talk about an early start. 😛

    And Jan, I saw the Absolut bottles in KLIA, too. They were so many varieties, and they all have nice fragrances. Too bad I couldn’t bring any home. 😛

    And if no one’s drinking the Absolut, maybe AnakBrunei and I should drop by. Hahah 😀

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  5. And Jan, I saw the Absolut bottles in KLIA, too. They were so many varieties, and they all have nice fragrances. Too bad I couldn’t bring any home.

    Who said you couldn’t? You’ll just end up in a different kind of home that’s all. But yeah, you could buy them or at least attempt to.

    And if no one’s drinking the Absolut, maybe AnakBrunei and I should drop by. Hahah

    You’re welcome to drop by and let’s all stare at my collection of colourful and fragrant smoked and clear bottles 🙂 Going beyond that, I can see the headlines “Dry Spell for 3 Bottled Up Bloggers“. That would not be cool … besides I don’t think they provide a PC and broadband in that special home so there’s no incentive.

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