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WAGYU. The word itself brings to mind tender, melt in your mouth beef. This is where Chef Mauri comes in during the month of June. He has prepared a special menu dedicated to the different wagyu cuts which are a feast for the tastebuds…. Carpaccio di Wagyu. These thin slices of wagyu beef topped with [...]

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WAGYU. The word itself brings to mind tender, melt in your mouth beef. This is where Chef Mauri comes in during the month of June. He has prepared a special menu dedicated to the different wagyu cuts which are a feast for the tastebuds….

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Carpaccio di Wagyu. These thin slices of wagyu beef topped with olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan shavings and served with a salad bouquet is meant to be simply enjoyed for the premium beef that it is.

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Eggplant Roulade. This starter is vegetarian but got the thumbs up at our table! Filled with fresh spinach, topped with a melting 4 cheese mix and served with a tomato cream sauce – all the different ingredients blended beautifully together to create this tasty dish.

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Mamma’s Lina Barlotti Beans. Home cooked comfort food. Slow simmered  beans with a slight bite to them and served with a handful of pasta. And it’s worth mentioning that these beans were air flown straight from the owner’s Mamma’s garden in Italy and is totally organic.

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WAGYU. The word itself brings to mind tender, melt in your mouth beef. This is where Chef Mauri comes in during the month of June. He has prepared a special menu dedicated to the different wagyu cuts which are a feast for the tastebuds….

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Carpaccio di Wagyu. These thin slices of wagyu beef topped with olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan shavings and served with a salad bouquet is meant to be simply enjoyed for the premium beef that it is.

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Eggplant Roulade. This starter is vegetarian but got the thumbs up at our table! Filled with fresh spinach, topped with a melting 4 cheese mix and served with a tomato cream sauce – all the different ingredients blended beautifully together to create this tasty dish.

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Mamma’s Lina Barlotti Beans. Home cooked comfort food. Slow simmered  beans with a slight bite to them and served with a handful of pasta. And it’s worth mentioning that these beans were air flown straight from the owner’s Mamma’s garden in Italy and is totally organic.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens workshop concluded yesterday with a closing ceremony which featured presentations from all the kids followed by a certificate presentation. After the event, I asked my girls what they learnt from the workshop and what their conclusions were. Below is their response: We joined the 7 habits of highly [...]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens workshop concluded yesterday with a closing ceremony which featured presentations from all the kids followed by a certificate presentation. After the event, I asked my girls what they learnt from the workshop and what their conclusions were. Below is their response:

We joined the 7 habits of highly effective teens which was sponsored by BIBD and was held at the Chancelor Hall in UBD. On the first day Saras our mentor started off with Habit 1: Be Proactive. In this Habit, it tells you the two different types of people you choose to be and encourages us to learn how to pause and think about how we want to respond to a situation before doing it. The second habit, Begin with the end in mind was introduced to us by our other mentor, Edmund. It is very important to have an end in mind because this will guide you to what you want to do.

On the second day, we started the day with Habit 3: Put first things first. It taught us how to plan and do the important things first. The fourth habit is Think win-win. This habit tells us that there is always a choice in a particular situation. Either win-win. Lose-lose, win-lose or lose-win. Habit 5 is Seek first to understand, then to be understood. If you realize, 53% on of how we communicate is based on our body language. 40% is based on our tone or feeling and lastly 7% is based on words.

On the third day, we were finally exposed to habit 6 and 7 which are Synergize and Sharpen the saw. In other words, synergizing is also another term for team work. By synergizing, we can get better results than being on our own. Do you ever wonder why a flock of geese fly in a v formation? It is because when they synergize they are able to fly faster that way. We ended the course with habit 7: sharpen the saw.

Our conclusion is that being proactive is better than being reactive because it brings good in the end. Not only that but we have learned a lot of useful things through inspiring videos that we can follow and apply in our everyday life. This course was a life changing experience for us and everybody who joined.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens workshop concluded yesterday with a closing ceremony which featured presentations from all the kids followed by a certificate presentation. After the event, I asked my girls what they learnt from the workshop and what their conclusions were. Below is their response:

We joined the 7 habits of highly effective teens which was sponsored by BIBD and was held at the Chancelor Hall in UBD. On the first day Saras our mentor started off with Habit 1: Be Proactive. In this Habit, it tells you the two different types of people you choose to be and encourages us to learn how to pause and think about how we want to respond to a situation before doing it. The second habit, Begin with the end in mind was introduced to us by our other mentor, Edmund. It is very important to have an end in mind because this will guide you to what you want to do.

On the second day, we started the day with Habit 3: Put first things first. It taught us how to plan and do the important things first. The fourth habit is Think win-win. This habit tells us that there is always a choice in a particular situation. Either win-win. Lose-lose, win-lose or lose-win. Habit 5 is Seek first to understand, then to be understood. If you realize, 53% on of how we communicate is based on our body language. 40% is based on our tone or feeling and lastly 7% is based on words.

On the third day, we were finally exposed to habit 6 and 7 which are Synergize and Sharpen the saw. In other words, synergizing is also another term for team work. By synergizing, we can get better results than being on our own. Do you ever wonder why a flock of geese fly in a v formation? It is because when they synergize they are able to fly faster that way. We ended the course with habit 7: sharpen the saw.

Our conclusion is that being proactive is better than being reactive because it brings good in the end. Not only that but we have learned a lot of useful things through inspiring videos that we can follow and apply in our everyday life. This course was a life changing experience for us and everybody who joined.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Cardiff

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Jules Lo who writes about her recent CNY celebration together with other Bruneian students in Cardiff. Thank you very much for your heart-warming post Jules! I see some familiar faces from my visit to Caerdydd last year. First, let me introduce myself, my name is Juliana [...]

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Jules Lo who writes about her recent CNY celebration together with other Bruneian students in Cardiff. Thank you very much for your heart-warming post Jules! I see some familiar faces from my visit to Caerdydd last year.

First, let me introduce myself, my name is Juliana Lo but everyone calls me by the name Jules. I am a Cardiff student taking MSc Hospitality Management in University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). I have been in Cardiff for almost 5 years now since my undergraduate [BA (Hons) Hospitality Management] and I have missed celebrating CNY with my family for 5 years. Being away from home is really difficult for me as I am a very family-oriented person.

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Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Jules Lo who writes about her recent CNY celebration together with other Bruneian students in Cardiff. Thank you very much for your heart-warming post Jules! I see some familiar faces from my visit to Caerdydd last year.

First, let me introduce myself, my name is Juliana Lo but everyone calls me by the name Jules. I am a Cardiff student taking MSc Hospitality Management in University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). I have been in Cardiff for almost 5 years now since my undergraduate [BA (Hons) Hospitality Management] and I have missed celebrating CNY with my family for 5 years. Being away from home is really difficult for me as I am a very family-oriented person.

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Tomyam Klasik

After a long first day of tours and visits, and feeling a bit famished, the bus made a beeline for Tomyam Klasik. A bit dark when we got in. Would’ve loved to get some color in the sky. But ah well, when you just had to grab those pants on sale, you have to grab [...]

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After a long first day of tours and visits, and feeling a bit famished,
the bus made a beeline for Tomyam Klasik.

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A bit dark when we got in. Would’ve loved to get some color in the sky.
But ah well, when you just had to grab those pants on sale, you have to grab ‘em.

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It’s quite a large space, looks like it can accommodate well over 200 patrons.

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The view outwards, from where we got in.

We were waiting for the arrival of Dato’ Zulkifli bin Mohamad, the General Manager
of Tourism Promotion Division, under the Melaka Chief Minister Department.

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After a long first day of tours and visits, and feeling a bit famished,
the bus made a beeline for Tomyam Klasik.

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A bit dark when we got in. Would’ve loved to get some color in the sky.
But ah well, when you just had to grab those pants on sale, you have to grab ‘em.

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It’s quite a large space, looks like it can accommodate well over 200 patrons.

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The view outwards, from where we got in.

We were waiting for the arrival of Dato’ Zulkifli bin Mohamad, the General Manager
of Tourism Promotion Division, under the Melaka Chief Minister Department.

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Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from Bruneimotors.com was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear. The undisclosed event was by [...]

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Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from Bruneimotors.com was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear.

The undisclosed event was by invitation from Nissan Boustead Brunei and Nissan Japan where location and activities was revealed only a few weeks before the event.

Haji Suhardi was privileged enough to review all of their 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 Supercar. He drove the GT-R black edition, EGOIST, Spec V and Track club edition (Only on race track)

“The new Nissan GT-R sprinted from 0 to 100km/h in 3 seconds from 3.5 seconds with previous models. It’s the fastest supercar with four seats available in the market from Japan. The 2012 version is not a facelift but an upgrade. The horsepower gets more from 480HP to 520HP.” recalled Suhardi gleefully.

Bruneimotors.com also given a special access to drive at the race track using the new GT-R models and GT-R Club track edition. The best experiences was driving the GT-R Club Track Edition which only be driven on race track. This special edition GT-R has a roll cage, a Bride seat, 6 point harnesses, Rays 20 inch wheels and Dunlop slicks.  It has 80 kilograms lighter and the engine management system setting is different with faster on the gear change ratio and quick brake respond only for advance experience driver.”

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Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from Bruneimotors.com was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear.

The undisclosed event was by invitation from Nissan Boustead Brunei and Nissan Japan where location and activities was revealed only a few weeks before the event.

Haji Suhardi was privileged enough to review all of their 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 Supercar. He drove the GT-R black edition, EGOIST, Spec V and Track club edition (Only on race track)

“The new Nissan GT-R sprinted from 0 to 100km/h in 3 seconds from 3.5 seconds with previous models. It’s the fastest supercar with four seats available in the market from Japan. The 2012 version is not a facelift but an upgrade. The horsepower gets more from 480HP to 520HP.” recalled Suhardi gleefully.

Bruneimotors.com also given a special access to drive at the race track using the new GT-R models and GT-R Club track edition. The best experiences was driving the GT-R Club Track Edition which only be driven on race track. This special edition GT-R has a roll cage, a Bride seat, 6 point harnesses, Rays 20 inch wheels and Dunlop slicks.  It has 80 kilograms lighter and the engine management system setting is different with faster on the gear change ratio and quick brake respond only for advance experience driver.”

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Melaka Duck Tours

This was the point in the trip that I’ve only realized that we are not actually touring a duck farm of some sort… I present to you, Melaka’s Duck Tours. Billed as Malaysia’s only Land & Sea Adventure, this is a great way to showcase Melaka’s importance historically, in terms of it’s strategic importance as [...]

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This was the point in the trip that I’ve only realized that we are not actually touring a duck farm of some sort… I present to you, Melaka’s Duck Tours. Billed as Malaysia’s only Land & Sea Adventure, this is a great way to showcase Melaka’s importance historically, in terms of it’s strategic importance as a port of call along the Straits of Melaka.

A bit of history on these Ducks: These amphibious vehicles, which were codenamed DUKW, were developed by the US during WWII to transport supplies and troops, and sometimes were used during amphibious assaults as well. More info on the history of the Ducks here: http://melakaducktours.com/history.html.

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As we drove down Jalan Merdeka, between Dataran Pahlawan and it’s adjoining Megamall, and Mahkota Parade, we were treated to an explanation by the… ConDuckTours… of the recent developments of downtown Melaka, how the land reclamation process borrowed from Dutch technology has expanded the areas of the city. As I noticed traffic whizzing nearby, I wondered how a slow moving vehicle such as the Duck would be received by the rush hour traffic, but surprisingly, people were well behaved, no honking whatsoever. Maybe these Ducks are part of the daily traffic landscape, or the fact that there aren’t that many cars around, or the fact that Malaccan drivers are much more polite than their KL counterparts. Who knows, but we sure had a great drive around the city for a bit.

We made a right to Jalan Said Abd. Aziz, passed by rows of shops, our tour guide mentioned that the row of shops had cheap, budget family hotels. As I’m more of a solo traveller, I made a mental note to check out the place later on in the day.

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This was the point in the trip that I’ve only realized that we are not actually touring a duck farm of some sort… I present to you, Melaka’s Duck Tours. Billed as Malaysia’s only Land & Sea Adventure, this is a great way to showcase Melaka’s importance historically, in terms of it’s strategic importance as a port of call along the Straits of Melaka.

A bit of history on these Ducks: These amphibious vehicles, which were codenamed DUKW, were developed by the US during WWII to transport supplies and troops, and sometimes were used during amphibious assaults as well. More info on the history of the Ducks here: http://melakaducktours.com/history.html.

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As we drove down Jalan Merdeka, between Dataran Pahlawan and it’s adjoining Megamall, and Mahkota Parade, we were treated to an explanation by the… ConDuckTours… of the recent developments of downtown Melaka, how the land reclamation process borrowed from Dutch technology has expanded the areas of the city. As I noticed traffic whizzing nearby, I wondered how a slow moving vehicle such as the Duck would be received by the rush hour traffic, but surprisingly, people were well behaved, no honking whatsoever. Maybe these Ducks are part of the daily traffic landscape, or the fact that there aren’t that many cars around, or the fact that Malaccan drivers are much more polite than their KL counterparts. Who knows, but we sure had a great drive around the city for a bit.

We made a right to Jalan Said Abd. Aziz, passed by rows of shops, our tour guide mentioned that the row of shops had cheap, budget family hotels. As I’m more of a solo traveller, I made a mental note to check out the place later on in the day.

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A Famosa Fort

Reedz sez: Happy Sunday everyone! In case you didnt realize, my guest blogger Souljah has been posting his travel journal on his visit to Malacca and Johore recently, which was organized by Tourism Malaysia. Based on the accounts so far Malacca is a fascinating destination with Kampung Morten, Stadthuys Square, and of course Famosa Fort. [...]

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Reedz sez: Happy Sunday everyone! In case you didnt realize, my guest blogger Souljah has been posting his travel journal on his visit to Malacca and Johore recently, which was organized by Tourism Malaysia. Based on the accounts so far Malacca is a fascinating destination with Kampung Morten, Stadthuys Square, and of course Famosa Fort. I dont know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing more of Soujah’s pics from his trip 😉

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Almost everyone (except me of course) posing for a group photo. I’ve come to be nicknamed “Download” after this, saying that they can just download this photo from the site. Let’s see if I can remember everyone… Cikgu Hjh, Dayangku, Zareena from BT, Yan, Atiqah, [the korean looking lady], Pg., Rafee, Jeff, Achong from BB, and Zamzam our tour guide from Melaka.

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The other well known landmark, apart from Stadthuys Square, is the unmistakable A Famosa Fort. Once the stronghold of the Portuguese forces under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque, it serves as an outpost for the safe passage of Portuguese ships trading their wares from Portugal to China and vice versa.

When the Dutch drove the Portuguese out in 1641, they took over control of the fort. Then in the early 19th Century, the Dutch handed over Melaka to the British, while consolidating their focus on Batavia, present day Jakarta.

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But in actuality, the photos that you are looking at are the ruins of St. Paul’s Church, with a statue of St. Francis Xavier. Why? The actual ‘fort’ was almost summarily destroyed when the British took over if not for the actions of Sir Stamford Raffles. Now all that is left is the small gate at the foot of the hill still standing the test of time. The white structure in front of the church was actually a lighthouse, built around 1934.

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After the Dutch took over Melaka, they brought over as well the Protestant beliefs, phasing out Catholicism. And by 1753, with the completion of the Christ Church in Stadthuys, this church was all but abandoned. And  by the British arrival in Melaka, they erected this light house, and used the church for gunpowder storage.

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Reedz sez: Happy Sunday everyone! In case you didnt realize, my guest blogger Souljah has been posting his travel journal on his visit to Malacca and Johore recently, which was organized by Tourism Malaysia. Based on the accounts so far Malacca is a fascinating destination with Kampung Morten, Stadthuys Square, and of course Famosa Fort. I dont know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing more of Soujah’s pics from his trip 😉

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Almost everyone (except me of course) posing for a group photo. I’ve come to be nicknamed “Download” after this, saying that they can just download this photo from the site. Let’s see if I can remember everyone… Cikgu Hjh, Dayangku, Zareena from BT, Yan, Atiqah, [the korean looking lady], Pg., Rafee, Jeff, Achong from BB, and Zamzam our tour guide from Melaka.

DSC_0876

The other well known landmark, apart from Stadthuys Square, is the unmistakable A Famosa Fort. Once the stronghold of the Portuguese forces under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque, it serves as an outpost for the safe passage of Portuguese ships trading their wares from Portugal to China and vice versa.

When the Dutch drove the Portuguese out in 1641, they took over control of the fort. Then in the early 19th Century, the Dutch handed over Melaka to the British, while consolidating their focus on Batavia, present day Jakarta.

DSC_0882

But in actuality, the photos that you are looking at are the ruins of St. Paul’s Church, with a statue of St. Francis Xavier. Why? The actual ‘fort’ was almost summarily destroyed when the British took over if not for the actions of Sir Stamford Raffles. Now all that is left is the small gate at the foot of the hill still standing the test of time. The white structure in front of the church was actually a lighthouse, built around 1934.

DSC_0885

After the Dutch took over Melaka, they brought over as well the Protestant beliefs, phasing out Catholicism. And by 1753, with the completion of the Christ Church in Stadthuys, this church was all but abandoned. And  by the British arrival in Melaka, they erected this light house, and used the church for gunpowder storage.

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Stadthuys Square

There’s no denying, the first images you will conjure up when thinking about Melaka, is the distinctive red buildings and the historical ruins. And my knowledge of Melaka is usually limited to that. What better way to gain more info on Melaka than by being in Melaka itself right? Stadthuys literally means town hall in [...]

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There’s no denying, the first images you will conjure up when thinking about Melaka, is the distinctive red buildings and the historical ruins. And my knowledge of Melaka is usually limited to that. What better way to gain more info on Melaka than by being in Melaka itself right?

Stadthuys literally means town hall in old Dutch spelling. Built by the Dutch in the 1650s, after taking Melaka from the Portugese settlers in 1641, the distinctive red color of the buildings is uniquely Malaccan, which you can’t help but associate it with Melaka. Previously the offices of the Dutch governor, now it’s the Museum of History and Ethnography.

Sadly, we were rushing through the area, so I didn’t get the chance to take some interior shots. But the exterior had plenty of stuff to take photos off, for example, as in the above photo, Queen Victoria’s Fountain in the foreground (built by the British in 1904), Christ Church (1753, Dutch architecture) and the Malacca Clock Tower (1886, in honour of a successful Chinese tycoon, Tan Beng Swee).

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One of ladies from our group taking a photo of Queen Victoria’s Fountain.

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There’s no denying, the first images you will conjure up when thinking about Melaka, is the distinctive red buildings and the historical ruins. And my knowledge of Melaka is usually limited to that. What better way to gain more info on Melaka than by being in Melaka itself right?

Stadthuys literally means town hall in old Dutch spelling. Built by the Dutch in the 1650s, after taking Melaka from the Portugese settlers in 1641, the distinctive red color of the buildings is uniquely Malaccan, which you can’t help but associate it with Melaka. Previously the offices of the Dutch governor, now it’s the Museum of History and Ethnography.

Sadly, we were rushing through the area, so I didn’t get the chance to take some interior shots. But the exterior had plenty of stuff to take photos off, for example, as in the above photo, Queen Victoria’s Fountain in the foreground (built by the British in 1904), Christ Church (1753, Dutch architecture) and the Malacca Clock Tower (1886, in honour of a successful Chinese tycoon, Tan Beng Swee).

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One of ladies from our group taking a photo of Queen Victoria’s Fountain.

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Kampung Morten – Villa Sentosa

Tuan Hj Ibrahim Hj Hashim, the younger brother of Mr Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim posing in front of Villa Sentosa, located at a bend in the Melaka River. Tuan Abdul Rahim is the curator of this living museum, and son of the late Tuan Haji Hashim bin Dato Demang Haji Abdul Ghani, the founder of [...]

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Tuan Hj Ibrahim Hj Hashim, the younger brother of Mr Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim posing in front of Villa Sentosa, located at a bend in the Melaka River.

Tuan Abdul Rahim is the curator of this living museum, and son of the late Tuan Haji Hashim bin Dato Demang Haji Abdul Ghani, the founder of Kampung Morten, along with his wife, right in the heart of Melaka City.

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I was enamored by the intricate design of the house, that I was snapping away at the exterior of the house, while the rest were inside listening to the explanations of Tuan Hj Ibrahim of the contents of this living museum.

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Tuan Hj Ibrahim Hj Hashim, the younger brother of Mr Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim posing in front of Villa Sentosa, located at a bend in the Melaka River.

Tuan Abdul Rahim is the curator of this living museum, and son of the late Tuan Haji Hashim bin Dato Demang Haji Abdul Ghani, the founder of Kampung Morten, along with his wife, right in the heart of Melaka City.

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I was enamored by the intricate design of the house, that I was snapping away at the exterior of the house, while the rest were inside listening to the explanations of Tuan Hj Ibrahim of the contents of this living museum.

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