Friday, August 28, 2009

28th August 2009, Friday --Today, 7th Ramadan 1430H, I visited the Gerai Ramadan at the parking lots of Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah for the second time. Actually, this was my outing together with the others in Brunei Forever Forum (BFF).

Despite this is a photography outing, I did not manage get the photos that technically very good. There are still out of focus subjects. I think the photos that I have taken last week are better than this.

Talking about food (which is my favourite subject), my mission in this visit is to get either kuih malaya, kebab, or murtabak. Luckily, I managed to get the kuih malaya. During my first outing, I did not manage to get it (from the stall) because it had been sold out.

Kuih malaya is a kind of pancake with peanuts, sugar, raisins, sweetened milk, and margarine toppings. The price of kuih malaya at the Gerai Ramadan Stadium is vary from stall to stall. At this stall (from where the photos are taken), the larger one costs BND2.50, and the regular size costs BND2.00. The other stalls may costs BND2.00 for the larger and BND1.50 for the smaller.

Why "apam balik" is called "kuih malaya" in Brunei? From what I have heard, apam balik was introduced by "orang Malaya" who came from Tanah Melayu or Malaya (now, Semananjung Malaysia). So, Bruneians like to call it "kuih malaya" instead of "apam balik" (correct me if I am wrong).

I prefer the kuih malaya which has more sweetened milk topping that make it felt creamier at the center. And, my daughter and son like to eat pancake, including kuih malaya, dipping with sweetened milk.

In order to get some of the people favourite items at the Gerai Ramadan Stadium, you have to come a bit earlier i.e around 5pm. If not, you may facing a long queue or the items may be sold out.

This is the case when I want to get the kebab (from a stall) this evening. I try to get it in my next visit there.

May be you and I should also try this homemade burger from a stall at the BBQ foods area. It does attract a lot of customer to get one.

(Photos: Abdul Rashid Haji Tahir. Taken on 28th August 2009, Friday)

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27th August 2009, Thursday –One of the unique of Ramadan in Brunei Darussalam is His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah make a personal contribution in the form of dates to all Muslims in Brunei Darussalam regardless their ages and nationalities.

This year, each individual receives 300g of Safawi dates packed in a small plastic container. The container is put inside a nicely designed gift box. A total of 134.5 metric tonnes of the dates are distributed. The dates were supplied Al Madinah Dates Company, Saudi Arabia. They were shipped from Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam in 10 chilled containers to maintain their freshness.

The official launching ceremony for the distribution of personal contribution of dates by His Majesty was held on 3rd August 2009, Monday at the Chancellor Hall of University of Brunei Darussalam.

And, my family also have the opportunity to receive the Kurma Kurnia Peribadi KDYMM through our village leader (Ketua Kampung).

(Source: Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Pelita Brunei)

(Photos: Abdul Rashid Haji Tahir. Taken on 11 August 2009)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

22nd August 2009, Saturday -- Today is the first day of Ramadan in Negara Brunei Darussalam. One of the main things that is available only in the month of Ramadan is Gerai Ramadan (Ramadan Foodstalls). The foodstalls sell a large variety of foods and drinks to break the fast.

The foodstalls are available throughout Brunei Darussalam, either it is in a small scale or in a big scale. One of the location of the foodstalls is at the parking lots of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. This is my favourite Gerai Ramadan as it is very near to my house i.e only a few minutes drive.

(Photos: Abdul Rashid Haji Tahir. Taken on 22nd August 2009, Saturday)