Brunei Darussalam

My Favourite Food for Speed Hiking the Shahbandar Hills

Nothing energizes like the morning sun, and nothing is more satisfying a workout than hiking the “9 hills” trail at Bukit Shahbandar. The time it takes to complete the course is anywhere between 41 minutes (my current best time) to 2 hours when I prefer to take things real slow — logic dictates that longer hikes burn more calories, great for days when torching fat is on the plate.


To get me through the hills: high protein from greens, eggs and fish including a shot of black CBTL espresso without cream, milk or sugar. For fluids while hiking I normally carry a litre of Scivation Xtend or GNC Accelerade.

I don’t always have smoked salmon in the fridge but when I do this is how I have them along with the greens.
Broccoli flowerets, hard boiled eggs and tukey cold cuts with tomato and oyster dressing.
I take my coffee black with no creamer, milk or sugar conveniently dispensed using my Caffitaly machine.
Brunei Darussalam


Coffee Bean cardboard cup holder © Jan Shim Photography

I start my day with a hot cup of Nescafe Gold before the day’s event gets a chance to wake me up. In a typical work day, the days starts with a 1 hour 15 mins commute from where I live to my client’s location in the Brunei capital. If caffeine doesn’t perk me up this early, adrenalin from the morning rush sure does—each time and every time! However, at the end of a long day, dehydration and the hours take a toll before the body aches kick in. To help fight imminent fatigue from the commute home, I would stop by Coffee Bean for a (double) shot of Cappuccino and occasionally a bite in the form of Smoked Salmon w/ Panini Bread for B$12.20—the cappuccino is B$4.70, small price to pay for a safer commute!