Bountiful, Bold BANDUNG!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The suave and sophisticated Travelling Gourmet TM jets to the…

MYSTERIOUS island of Java in INdonesia. A land of volcanoes, strawberries and fabulous food…mostly spicy but not always…awaits the eager traveller. My base was Bandung in West Java. Known in days of yore to the Dutch colonialists as the “Paris van Jawa” aka the Paris of the East…

My stay in the 5 Star Bandung Hilton was most delightful. Centrally located in the heart of Bandung, it has a lovely spa and gymnasium and large pool! The Hilton is also the host to the Bandung Symphony Orchaestra when they have a concert. I was privileged and honoured to attend their “Emperor Concert”. The Emperor or the 5th by Beethoven is a true classic . The music sways and uplifts the listener who marvels at the musical genius of Beethoven, who composed while fighting deafness creeping up mercilessly on him in his life…The Conductor, Robert Nordling is truly one of the nicest and humblest Conductors I have met. Believe me, believe me, I know a good “maestro de orchestre” when I meet one. Some conductors, shall we be politically incorrect and say it??? Pour quoi pas, mais oui, some are politically correct cowards and wimpos who are also hypocrites , but Robert Nordling impressed me with his frankness and intelligence. One distinctive feature of his performances is that he takes a few minutes to explain the raison d’etre behind the piece and even particular stanzas which give much needed understanding of the music. This is especially so for those not so well up in classical genre of music. The audience, myself included, LOVED it. Although the Bandung Orchaestra is cosmopolitan and young, one immediately feels the LOVE and Passion in their exuberant performances. All I can say is: Bravo! And Bravi! You gotta love it!!! 🙂

I was also privileged to chat with the Canadian GM of the Hilton Bandung, Kevin Girard, another bright and modest gentleman like Robert. Despite his many years as a top hotelier, Kevin is a very approchable and a very good communicator. A gentleman after my own heart with a really good aura. We share the same interests in being environment friendly, and Kevin is trying very hard to eliminate all many of unnecessary plastic material in the Bandung Hilton rooms. Alas, some things like the packets of sugar and artificial sweetener are still works in progress. Not many know that inside each packet of sugar and the like, there is a very thin layer of plastic material…Plastic containers for shampoo and conditioner are also another issue…C’est complique, n’est pas! Neverthelese, always be inspired by the motto of a most indomitable Regiment of the British Army: Who Dares Wins. Where there is an iron will, there is always a way to succeed!

To be continued

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Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

The suave and sophisticated Travelling Gourmet TM jets to the…

MYSTICAL land of Pagodas…where the kind and warm people of Myanmar welcome visitors with genuine smiles and helpful tips…

I arrived to expect a run down third world airport…only to be pleasantly suprised by an ultra-modern airport that reminded me of Bangkok’s International Airport. Much better than “tres terrible” Charled de Gaulle aeroporte in Paris! I often think that De Gaulle would weep turning over in his grave to see CDG! C’est la vie n’est pas mes amis…

My base was the spanking new Pan Pacific YANGON connected in true Singapore style to a pristine and chic shopping mall, called Junction City.

To be continued…

Please stay tuned loyal readers and friends…

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Croissants, Muffins and GREED!

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The suave and slick Travelling Gourmet TM goes to see a classic retrospective…

MOVIE in a hipster cinema called The Projector with a decor deliberately left in a state of shabby-chic wahahahah! As part of the French Film Festival the movie was titled, “Les diaboliques”! Believe me, believe me, the main characters were all ueber-diabolical…mon Dieu! GREED feature sin the movie which deals with adultery, deceit, treachery, passion, hate, rage, bullying, and last but definitely not least MURDER…Starring sexy Simone Signoret the renowned buxom beauty and…the wife of the Directeur of the movie. I wonder how she got the lead role…No prizes for guessing…:-)

To cut a story short, the French Embassy kindly sponsored a lot, beleive me, I mean a lot of nice Croissants and Muffins. At the end of the movie, there were a lot leftover! The people were more interested in the murder movie than in the pastries…except for a Malay/Indonesian family, clearly highly educated and fluent in French, and members of the elite of society by their good English and expensive traditional Malay costume and attire, for the ladies that is, complete with silk tudongs/head scarves! A nice young gentleman, one of the staff of the Projector Bar and Bistro told me disgustedly at their GREED, shaking his head with a scowl,”They tar pow/take away FOUR boxes of leftover pastries and croissants!!!”

YES, GREED and AVARICE is one of the 7 DEADLY SINS!!!!

Mon Dieu! Sacre bleu! C’est terrible! Wahahahah! 🙂

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Peatix to book tickets for Goethe’s The Magic Hour sucks!

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On 28 Nov there is an event at Das Lokal, an independent restaurant rented from the Goethe Institut Singapore on the ground floor of the heritage building. Finding it somewhat unusual, rather unique, and with dinner included for S$50, I tried to book one ticket…and then the nightmare started, Peatix is the platform for booking and IT IS SO USER UNFRIENDLY AND SO DIFFICULT TO USE I ALMOST GAVE UP…THOSE WHO REALLY, REALLY KNOW ME…KNOW THAT I NEVER EVER GIVE UP UNTIL I WIN!

So after numerous attempts and numerous messages and facebook posts with NEGATIVE feedback to Goethe Institut Singapore and to Peatix, I finally managed to get one ticket!!! HIP HIP HOORAY KACANG PUTIH!!! ONE TERRIBLE ISSUE WAS WHEN I TRIED TO LOG IN, AND HAVING FORGOTTEN MY PASSWORD, I REQUESTED FOR A NEW PASSWORD MULTIPLE TIMES. Despite telling me they had sent an email with instructions to reset…peatix NEVER did send the password…until numerous strong complaints from me! PATHETIC!!! SNAFU!!! FUBAR!!!!Why, oh why must people only do their job and get things done right WHEN PEOPLE GET ANGRY AND FURIOUS AND COMPLAIN UNTIL THEY FEAR LOSING THEIR JOBS!!! WHY THE HELL CAN’T people just do things right without having people get angry with their incompetence and ineptitude????? &^%$#@#$%^&*()*&^!!!!!! Well, more often than not…they can’t. Therefore it sometimes ends up like this. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Goethe Institut was more helpful and I have strongly recommended to them NEVER to use peatix ever again!!!!I hope they heed my humble well meaning advice.

The good part is I finally got my ticket. A Happy Ending so far…so good.

Read it and see how bloody complicated it is..




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Truth, Lies and Karma…

An original poem by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM in the style of Kurt Tuchovsky…
A wise King of old,
was wise beyond his years
Now, those with the name Solomon
try to be wise…
but FAIL miserably…
I can’t recall…
I was ignorant of the crimes…
Non lo so…
Je ne c’est pas…
Ich weiss nicht
We do not believe you.
Ignorance is NO defence as any
Buaya lawyer will tell you
If true, ignorance is INCOMPETENCE
If false, LOATHSOME LIES will be exposed
John 8:32
KARMA will strike
with NO mercy
😂 We the people can cry too…and we are not dumbasses. Capisch..creepos.
Now we are laughing at YOU! Wahahahah!
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Fortnum and Mason’s, LONDON

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The suave and sophisticated Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about MR. Fortnum and…

MASON, Esquire…whose world renowned deapartment store is where H. M. The Queen does her shopping for the Royal Household. OMG! Yummie! I absolutely adore Fortnum & Mason’s for the Cheeses, Game PIes, Chocolates, Wines, Jams, Paddinton Bear’s Marmalade and lots, lots MORE!!!! Restaurants, Menswear and other goodies abound. Tons better tha harrods, the haunt of the culture-less, spiritually bankrupt nouveau riche! Wahahahah! 🙂 Not to mention, but I will mention it anyway, now owned by vile state sponsor of radical islamic terrorism…queer qatar.



This month, Fortnum’s will introduce delicious new additions from Highgrove in beautiful new packaging. This fresh look is inspired by the magnificent gardens and grounds of HRH The Prince of Wales’ home in Gloucestershire and has touches of botanical motifs. Alongside brand-new products across tea, coffee and confectionery, many of the recipes in the Highgrove collection have been reworked with exemplary new ingredients. Following a long relationship between the two brands, based on shared principles of providing the finest foods created by artisanal producers, Fortnum & Mason is delighted to unveil this new range that elegantly unites iconic provenance with craftmanship.


Among the new additions is the Organic Garden Berry Tea, with a sunshine-bright infusion of sweet, ripe berries that embodies the gardens, as well as an elegant, medium roast Organic Coffee Blend with tasting notes of chocolate and dried fruits. Newness in sweets includes a sublime new salted caramel fudge, crafted in Cornwall by a family-run confectioner, and Almonds, Hazelnuts and Ginger, all covered in delicious organic chocolate. These moreish treats are perfect for after-dinner or make for a delicious gift.

Highgrove ‘haute delights’ !

In over 35 years since HRH The Prince of Wales has lived at Highgrove, the land has flourished producing the very finest organic food. In addition to the new design illustrating this, the rework of the packaging also considers sustainability – one of the brand’s key focuses. All single use and non-recyclable plastic has been removed and teabags will be made from Soylon – a compostable corn-starch material. All labels will be paper backed with no plastic used and, in the new year, all compostable flow wraps will cover biscuits.


Fortnum’s has also worked with Highgrove to create a vintage organic champagne to celebrate the landmark 70thbirthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.


Alongside these new products, Highgrove’s refreshed collection brings customers the quality and provenance they have grown to expect from the brand across organic preserves, biscuits, confectionery and alcohol, all made by small artisanal producers.


New products will debut exclusively in all Fortnum & Mason stores and on www.fortnumandmason.comon 22nd October 2018, in addition to Highgrove stores. The full list of products is available on request.

I respect HRH The Prince of Wales. He was very dashing in his youth…alas the time after that his life became somewhat…

The French say: C’est complique, n’est pas…C’est la vie,  mes amis…

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The Original BATMAN

The original BATMAN


William Bartholomew/Barclay “Bat” Masterson

The pen is mightier than the gun…

Born on Sat 26 November 1853 in Quebec, Canada


Buffalo Hunter, US Army Scout, Indian Fighter, Lawman, US Marshal, Gambler, Adventurer, Journalist extraordinaire and true-blue Renaissance man.


Bat and his BEST Friend Forever, Wyatt Earp, kept the peace as law enforcement officers in the “wickedest cow town” of the Wild West, Dodge City, where danger and death lurked in every dark corner and back alley.

When guns speak, death settles dispute…


Bat Masterson preferred a compact Colt revolver with a hair trigger for close work and a high wide front sight for precise aimed fire. Compact for concealabilty. Gutta percha handles for a non slip good grip, much like Hogue grips preferred by professionals today.

The inscription “Bat Masterson” on the backstrap was typical of guns ordered by Masterson from Colt’s.

One of Eight

During the course of his career as a lawman and gambler, Bat ordered a total of eight single-action revolvers from Colt’s. The most notable was an order made from Dodge City and written on Opera House Saloon stationary in July 1885 which stated:



Please send Me one of your nickel plated short .45 calibre revolvers. It is for my own use and for that reason I would like to have a little Extra pains taken with it. I am willing to pay Extra for Extra work. Make it very Easy on the trigger and have the front Sight a little higher and thicker than the ordinary pistol of this Kind. Put on a gutta percha handle and send it as soon as possible, have the barrel about the same length that the ejector rod is.


Truly Yours

W B Masterson

P.S. Duplicate the above order by sending 2




The figure “8” is a very lucky and auspicious number in Chinese mythology.


West meets EAST…


The unsettled west that Bat and Ed Masterson had ventured into in the 1870s as young men was all but gone by the turn of the century, as was Bat’s enthusiasm for the life. In the summer of 1902 be boarded a train in Denver bound for New York City and began a career as a sports writer, journalist and author, penning the series of articles in 1907 about his life that would become the foundation for his book Famous Gunfighters of the Western Frontier.


Lawman and gunfighter William Barclay Masterson turned out to be one of the finest sports writers of the early 20th century, working as a journalist and sports editor at the Morning Telegraph up until his death, still at his desk the morning of October 25, 1921 when his heart gave out and he passed into the pages of immortality at age 67.


There is an old adage that “there are bold gunfighters and there are old gunfighters, but that there are no old, bold gunfighters.” Bat Masterson was one of the few exceptions. Long after Dodge City was behind him Bat kept the legend alive, not as a gunfighter or lawman…but as a journalist; proof perhaps, that the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, or the gun! One of the few gunfighters who died peacefully with his boots off. TRUTH is often-times the best author of all. John 8:32


I was born on Saturday 26 November too.


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#wildwest #genebarry #dodgecity #wyattearp #coltfirearms #coltpeacemaker #colt45

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