A Guest at UBD Toastmasters Club- 29th August 2016

On 29th August, I attended the Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Toastmaster session that was held at UBD Multi Purpose Hall (MPH) next to the Student Affair’s Section/Student Central. It has been almost 9 months since my last attendance as guest to the UBD Toastmaster session. To be honest, it hadn’t felt very long either.

I volunteered to do a Table Topic Speech and was given the question, “Would you rather stay as a kid or an adult?” I almost forgot how to do an impromptu speech! My speech was all over the place but I nailed at least a minute and a half out of the two allocated minutes so maybe I still have it in me.

Even though as a guest, I felt slightly intimidated by how well and smooth the event runs throughout. Of course there are rooms for improvement, but as a guest, when you see the event runs flawlessly, you can’t help but to wonder if you would be able to do as such if you are given a role.

There was a guest speaker from the US and her name is Laura Allen. She gave a speech on “Choose Yourself”. It made me realize I can do better at what I do if I allow myself to. The session ended at 9:30pm and I was glad I attended this session.

Check out UBD Toastmasters Club WordPress by clicking here. Once again, I thanked all UBD TMC committee for giving us guest a great experience.

Review: Pondok Sari Wangi @ Serusop

I heard of this place as a place to eat Indonesian food. My perception of Indonesian food consists of ayam penyet and bakso. Their cuisine isn’t far off from a Malay cuisine, of course with Indonesian’s own twist.

I headed to Pondok Sari Wangi over at Kiulap for my dinner. I craved for Ayam Penyet with some sort of soup and vegetable. It wasn’t hard to decide which vegetable I wanted because I know it’s made from potato leaves (daun ubi). I ordered Es Kacang Merah (Ice Red bean) for my drink.

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The Ice Kacang Merah!

I was surprised at how much coconut milk this drink had! I could feel taste the richness of the coconut while sipping onto the drink. It is also very sweet, partly from the red bean and maybe sugar itself.

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Gulai Daun Sing Kong

This is the Gulai Daun Sing Kong (Potato leaves in curry seasoning). I initially though they wouldn’t serve me soup (only to have found out they do) so I ordered this for my rice. This dish is also filled with coconut milk creaminess and slight spicy.

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Nasi Ayam Kremes

Last but not least, the main course, Nasi Ayam Kremes (Fried chicken with crunchy flakes). Evidently at the chicken is the flakes. I think portion wise for the price of $4.50, it is alright. I didn’t bother trying the sambal because I know it is too spicy. It is served with white rice, cucumber slices, raw long beans and cabbage slices, sambal and chicken thigh part.

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My heavy dinner: $2 drink, $2 vegetable soup and $4.50 main course, which brings a total of $8.50

Pondok Sari Wangi actually serves free water and soup. If only I had asked, I would’ve saved $4. The pricing for their menu dishes, especially rice sets, are of $5 range so I think it is affordable. The staff are friendly too. Maybe next time I will try their ayam penyet without ordering any drinks.