Friday, December 2, 2016

Investment Networking

with the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru, Haris Nugroho

The Investment Networking Luncheon, held on Wednesday at the Holiday Villa Hotel in Johor Bahru, drew 80 participants.

It featured speakers from the Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM) Indonesia in Singapore, BKPM in Batam, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Medini Iskandar Malaysia (MIM).

Present at the event were Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Johor Bahru Haris Nugroho said the objective of the investment talk was to promote Batam and Johor.

"More Indonesians are coming to Johor for health checks now," said Haris, adding that Indonesian investors are now keen on exploring Johor's manufacturing sector. 

Currently, the sectors which are drawing investments include palm oil, hospitality and tourism and real estate. 

Haris is also optimistic the Singapore-Malaysia High-speed rail project will provide better connectivity and this will attract more investors. 

Meanwhile, Haris said one of the consulate's challenges was to reduce the number of undocumented arrivals of Indonesians.  

On record, there are 162 million Indonesians in Johor, Malacca, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan. 

It was reported in a local daily that a total of 1.33 million Indonesian tourists visited Malaysia last year compared to 1.26 million in 2014, registering a 6.26% increase from 2014.  In the first quarter of 2016 there were 312,446 Indonesian tourists, while about 1.25 million Malaysian tourists visited places such as Bali, Bandung and Batam in Indonesia last year.

Heart of Gold

All that glitters is not gold, but a visit to the Lace Boutique Hotel does offer one a golden glittering experience.

The owner, Dato' Hajah Rokiah Hj Omar, who is also the founder of the Yayasan Lace Dato Rokiah, is a successful woman entrepreneur with a heart of gold. 

The aesthetic details in the design and furnishings of the Wisma Yayasan Lace Dato Rokiah located at Jalan Tebrau, Taman Majidee, Johor Bahru, is notably exquisite.

Dato Rokiah, who is also founder and chairman of Syarikat Lace Motor Sdn Bhd had opened the RM16 million Lace Boutique Hotel a year ago.

Dato Rokiah said she had found a business partner for the hotel, but the deal fell through when the partner, a Caucasian, wanted to sell liquor at the cafe of the hotel.

"I wanted the hotel to operate fully in accordance with Islamic values," said Dato Rokiah, who is also planning to build a tahfiz centre which is expected to open in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, the first quarter of 2017.

"The foundation has secured approval from the Negeri Sembilan Islamic Religious Council and discussion is underway to carry out building plans.

"For a start, the tahfiz centre will cater to about 200 students from the underprivileged group," she added.

The foundation built its first tahfiz centre in Pontianak, Indonesia, three years ago, also with the intent to help the underprivileged children there.

Dato' Rokiah said there should be no barriers and boundaries for meritorious deeds.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Appreciation and Gratitude

What a gorgeous day!  When you're happy, a leaf blowing in the wind can look like a delicate butterfly fluttering by.

↑↓both pics sourced from NST online

Read this hot story of Top sniffer: German Shepherd Murat wins Johor police Jasamu Di Kenang award Read MoTop-sniffer: German Shepherd Murat Wins Johor Police Jasamu Di Kenang Award.

It's the first time a canine has won a medal in Johor for his contribution to the community. Kudos to the Johor police for recognising a canine's worth.

Eight-year-old Murat received the Jasamu Di Kenang medal while his handler, Lance Corporal Hardin Ngkang were among the 261 who received their surat penghargaan (letters of appreciation)  letters at the monthly state police gathering in Johor Bahru today.

Me receiving my letter of appreciation from Johor top cop Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd. 

This was such a joyous day for me.

Need to sleep now.  大家晚安

Top sniffer: German Shepherd Murat wins Johor police Jasamu Di Kenang award

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Astounding Imagination

just arrived

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them simply dazzles.  A tale of witches and wizards coupled with cute, adorable creatures created from the imagination of JK Rowling makes this a spellbinding escapade.

Colin Farrell is in it, and he is stellar as always.

Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, among others, were also commendable.  All the creatures were endearing --- naughty but endearing and harmless.

Don't miss this unforgettable adventure.

I watched Fantastic Beasts with this girl

Need to get up early tomorrow for an event at the state police headquarters.

Bonne nuit  Have a magical night.

Monday, November 28, 2016


The last few days have been like my ardent indulgent days.  In the past I used to have a blog titile "Ardent Indulgence", but I realised it's not advisable to be over indulgent so I am trying to recalibrate of sort with "Come Roam With Bee", which was "To Enjoy In Moderation."

But it is such a delicious feeling to enjoy and feel good no matter what the external condition is.  Try this and you will feel joy and peace of mind.

Can I divert from the subject of dining for a little bit?

It happened twice to me this week where drivers stole my parking space in two different occasions.  Once at Aeon Bukit Indah and another time at Bestmart Nusa Bestari.  I had put my signal as I waited for the cars to come out but these drivers just came and took the spots.

One driver overtook my car and zoomed in, another one came from the opposite direction of a one-way lane and zoomed in.  I t was a weekend and motorists had to make several rounds before they could find a spot, so it was like "siapa cepat siapa dapat".

It did bother me for a while, my ego couldn't take it but I placated my negative feelings because I didn't want the actions of these people to ruin my day.

Maybe these parking spot snatchers needed to rush to the toilet, maybe they ... ok, just forget about them.  After all I managed to find another spot and they were better spots with better shade and all, so there's no need to fret if someone snatches your spot.  You cannot control their actions and if you fill your mind garden with ill thoughts, there's no space for the delicious feeling to permeate.

Ok la, next time I try to be faster a bit. Hahaha!

Back to my dining pleasure.

Of course I am not dining alone, and I shared the bill with a friend. It came to RM324.80.  The pic showed me dining at Tony Roma's Aeon Tebrau City.  

A few days later, another friend gave me a steak treat.  Rezeki.  It costs RM56.99.  Below are the pictures of my exquisite dining experience to drown out all the petty annoying stuff.  Having coffee with a good friend or a teh tarik session with friends and family can all bring about that delicious feeling of joy.

Tony's Fiesta Lobster platter and Lamb Chops at Tony Roma's Aeon Tebrau City.

Black Angus Sirloin Steak served with brssels sprouts, cherry tomatoes, onion gravy and tuffle mashed potato at The Marco Polo Kitchen in Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru.

Sedap. Enjoy that delicious feeling!

The Power of Novelty

Pau Cendawan

It was the cutest thing I've ever seen.  It's not exactly new.  I think pau cendawan hit the market in 2015, but it's still currently trending.  Today is the first time I tasted a pau cendawan with creamy mushroom and chicken filling. I find it's adorably delicious. 

It costs RM3.50 each.

Novelty arouses curiosity and stimulates the senses. That is why we always need to innovate and create something new.   But there are also those who like to stick to the old and familiar.

Well, if you don't try you would never know.  Just don't fall for scams which can be pretty innovative, creative and seductive too.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving and the joy of eating

It was a flavourful day.  Much to be thankful for.

sweet potato plant found in my aunt's garden

from the garden to the wok
saute the chopped onions, garlic, chilli with a tinge of belacan before throwing in the sweet potato leaves.  Add sugar and salt.  When adding water while frying, do not pour the water directly on top of the veggie.  Add the water from the side.  Fry and serve.


Next dish is the sambal fish

Season the black pomfret with salt before frying

After taking the fish out of the wok, pour the blended mixture of chilli, onion and belacan in.  Add salt, sugar and vinegar.  Fry until "pecah minyak" (when the oil separates from the paste), and put the fish back in. Simmer for a little while more before serving.

The above dishes were cooked by my aunt.  She's such a wonderful cook.  Food nourishes and replenishes.  Food also brings people together.