Brunei Travel Video and Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011

This is Besides the point: But my One Day in Transit Brunei Travel Video is lower down in this post, be sure to check it out, I had 8 hours before my flight, a hungry stomach and my camera in hand. A recipe for bored creativity. There are also some great tracks from local Pinoy indie artist from Number Line Records ( Notably, Love in Athens, ModuloGeek and Multo. This is all about Pinoy Pride anyways.


So I’ve been nominated to represent the Philippines at the annual Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in the category of best Food Blog of South East Asia. Pretty rad right (don’t mind me I’ve just always wanted to try to bring back the word rad)? Well that’s what i thought! Vote for me here (tonight and before 27/11/11) to be selected the best food blogger in South East Asia! Let’s make the Philippines kick some serious butt.

At first I was wondering why I’d be selected to be the best food blog in the country (no fake modesty here – seriously), I’m not a food blog that posts very often, in fact I can go two weeks without posting anything, I don’t give insights into restaurants and don’t belive myself a critic and I certainly don’t go around surgically attached to my camera (like most food bloggers), snapping away at food to post it online, not caring if it gets cold, oh god no. If I do take pictures of food, it’s really so that I can remember what it taste like and adapt the recipe to something original once I get home. I guess the main difference between me and other food enthusiast is that I don’t just want people to read my rants, complaints and praises, I want people to participate and interact with the food I present to them and have them look at food under a whole different light. That’s probably why I was chosen, I’m the non-food blogger, food blogger, who doesn’t like to be called a blogger. If that makes sense. It does to me, and if you’ve been reading me for a while now, it probably does to you too.

An entertaining post for me is, an awesome video, sensical writing, a killer soundtrack with music I’ve just discovered, a personal food recipe, memories of dishes I’ve eaten and the realisation that we are all fat kids in the inside.

So I will be flying out to Malaysia on December 16th to attend the award ceremony, why not? its free, fun and if i get bored, i’ll just sneak out and eat all the best Malaysian street food i can get my hands on and I’ll make a self-proclaimed travel video about it!

More importantly, it would be awesome to win this one for the Philippines!

So if you want to see a video, like the one, hereunder, i just made about my one day in Brunei, or if you want to give this Filipino food blog and fighting international chance, or if you actually like what i do, or even if you just feel like clicking stuff today, vote for me on this link: (please?) (tonight and before 27/11/11)

Thank you all so much for your help, support and a special tip of the hat to those amognst you who enjoy reading my brain monologues and who actually try out my recipes!

What is Nuffnang you may ask? Here you go: is Asia-Pacific’s first and leading blog advertising community.

Our online platform allows advertisers to serve graphic or video based advertisements onto more than 300,000 blogs hosted on various platforms. currently has offices in 7 countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, HongKong, China and Australia.

It is from these offices that our teams actively seek our brands to match with our bloggers.

Beyond blog advertising, we also pride ourselves in being a community for bloggers by bloggers, organising and supporting a wide range of blogger attended events like movie screenings, seminars/workshops, parties, and more.

The Awards aims to honour the crème de la crème of bloggers across the Asia-Pacific region. After 2 months of nominations, voting and campaigning, it will all culminate with the prestigious awards ceremony in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, the bustling capital of Malaysia.

500 bloggers, including the biggest names in the blogosphere from all over Asia-Pacific, will be invited to the gala dinner at Putrajaya Marriott on 16 December 2011, where they will be dazzled by celebrity emcees and talented entertainers well-loved in the region.


    1. tati carpio November 15, 2011 at 6:54 am

      Good luck and congratulations!

    1. zee November 15, 2011 at 9:09 am

      congrats! totally rad.
      will be voting for you

    1. Red November 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Do you know who did nominate you?

    1. Michelle chin November 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

      i wouldn’t know about this blog if you were not nominated. :)


    1. mcervania November 16, 2011 at 1:13 am

      For the exact reasons you stated, I follow your blog, and have stopped or unsubscribed to most others (except for Whole Foods, Sur La Table, W-S, Bourdain, etc., of course =D). What is also great is your fans/followers are all really positive and unpretentious. People just want to learn about food, and you have such a laid back, yet cutting edge manner in presenting your information, it really seems like you are virtually sitting in your kitchen and breaking bread with all of us. Thanks for your blog, and good luck in the awards process; you deserve a win! mc from Austin, TX (but in Tagaytay).

      1. mcervania November 16, 2011 at 1:17 am

        btw, one of your helpers is the Grand-Aunt of one of my helpers…small world! She says you and your family are so nice. =D All the best to you!

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

        thank you for reading and agreeing with me! hash i like it when people agree with me! its a rare thing!

    1. kayelimbaronovicetired November 16, 2011 at 5:52 am

      wow! ubercongratz. ur already a winner to us readers.hope this would encourage you to blog more often.hehe

    1. Jasmin November 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

      Came across your blog. Can’t believe you blog about food in Brunei. I’m a Bruneian. :) they serve good food right? Hehe. I’ve been to Philippines and the food there is awesome and not far different from Brunei. You stay longer in Brunei and go to Seria or Kuala Belait. You’ll taste same food with different taste.

      Great blog! I hope you win the nuffnang blog award.


      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm

        that’s awesome! i will definitely go to KB next time I’m around there

    1. Grace November 17, 2011 at 6:25 am

      Congrats.. We will support u, the best food blogger in Asia. Will be voting for u.

    1. Sas November 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

      lol. i live right behind that mosque :) thx for the video. been a silent reader for a while glad you got nominated. all the best of luck. – Sas, Brunei.

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:31 am

        haha awesome! where should i eat next time?

    1. ayie November 17, 2011 at 9:00 am

      best!!!! good luck!!

    1. apple November 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      congrats.i hope you win.

    1. Dana November 20, 2011 at 3:09 am

      Voted! You got this Erwan :) big fan of your blog. Lots of luck!

    1. krisgutierrez November 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      i just wanna ask if you had joined in an international or in any kind of cooking competition?? and had you won already? im sorry i just want to know more about MR. ERWAN HEUSSAFF. :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        Nope never! That’s too intense ha ha

        1. krisgutierrez November 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

          but why? i can see that your a great chef. and if i would have an opportunity to make an article about Great Filipino chefs i would consider you as one of them. :) haha. i wanna learn how to cook :(

          1. Erwan Heussaff November 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

            A chef runs a kitchen :) I’m more of a cook/kitchen geek!

            1. krisgutierrez November 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

              haha. that’s nice. but what food do you usually cook? i mean a dish that you love to cook. :)

            1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:25 am

              everything i push is what i love to cook. :)

    1. krisgutierrez November 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      by the way, congratulations for being nominated to represent the Philippines at the annual Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011 in the category of best Food Blog of South East Asia. i’ll pray for this and for you as well :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:24 am

        cheers man!

        1. krisgutierrez November 25, 2011 at 11:59 am

          party! party! hahah. teach me how to cook. i wanna learn how to cook the erwan style. haha :)

    1. Trexcy Anne Cahilog (@trixlelis) November 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      congrats fatkid !! i think u not only got nominated cause ur skills/knowledge, god thats given talent and, but its the name itself thefatkidinside its unique ! congrats again :) all, we followers will pray for your win :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:24 am

        ya i love that name, it came to me in a dream haha

    1. Christian Melanie Lee November 23, 2011 at 4:41 am

      From all the Nuffnangers here in the Philippines, we’ll vote for you as the Best Food Blog in Asia. Way to go, Erwan! :) Awesome blog!

      I can’t believe that you have a blog like this!

      From your fellow Nuffnanger,

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 2:24 am

        much appreciated Christian. hopefully we can represent! i saw your write up, thanks a bunch.

        1. Christian Melanie Lee November 24, 2011 at 4:27 am

          Thanks for reading my article, Erwan! :) The reason why I posted that article because I want to let them know that we, as bloggers had our own thing. Hope we can represent our own country for NAPBAS. Getting some nasty comments on Nuffnang’s Innit website few months ago, when they learned that I am a Filipino. And they said that they didn’t know that there were a lot of us, Pinoy Nuffnangers always online on Innit.

          1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 6:10 am

            To tell you the truth I have no idea what innit is haha, and I haven’t registered with nuffnang, you can see I have no ads on my site :) but yes, let’s represent! :)

        1. eccentricmelai25 November 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

          That’s okay, Erwan! :) The important thing is… you represent our country for the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards!

      1. Christian Melanie Lee November 24, 2011 at 7:13 am

        I voted for you every 2 hours… all the best, Erwan! We’ll support you til the end! :)

    1. serjz November 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      I’ve just voted for you…wow, it’s good to know you have a blog….I like your blog

    1. Veronica Briones November 24, 2011 at 4:26 am

      Voted! Félicitations!!! Espérons que tu gagneras ;) J’aime beaucoup ton blog. I’m a big fan from Montréal. Take Care.

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 4:27 am

        Merci Veronica, amuses toi bien a montreal.

    1. Jonha Revesencio (@jonharules) November 24, 2011 at 5:20 am

      Hi Erwan,

      Well done on the video! It’s fun that you have this knack for translating your passion into some germs that’s good for everyone to catch :)

      I really like that you mentioned what sets you apart from other foodies-slash-food-bloggers. I read food blogs each day as part of my work as a Social Media Strategist for a Foodie Community and I love it but it’s an added delight someone like you who doesn’t just blog for the sake of raving about something they cooked – to to be praised but to actually raise awareness.

      I’ve read tons of blogs a few months back mainly because we gave appreciation to the Top 50 Food Bloggers of 2011 and I’m definitely adding you to my personal favorites now.

      You and Yugatech both have my votes. And in case others are not aware of it, you could actually vote EVERY couple of hours. The Fat Kid Inside and Philippines FTW! :)

      Once again, thank you!

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 24, 2011 at 6:19 am

        Hey Jonha,

        Thank you for the great comment and the tweet. Its always nice to learn what different people think about this kind of stuff. I really do it for fun, so its awesome to hear what a pro thinks about it :)
        Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld

    1. krisgutierrez November 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm

      hey, i tweeted you yesterday but you didn’t reply :(

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm

        But I always reply here :)

        1. krisgutierrez November 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

          waa! i don’t know what to say. haha. MAN WITH A FEW WORDS :) by the way, where do you usually hangout?? :)

    1. Gil Moredo Adia November 27, 2011 at 3:40 am

      Congratz Erwan in advance…i already voted your blog 3x!!! Good Luck!!!

    1. Abi December 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Hi erwan im a fan. :) your dishes looks scrumptious.. I voted you, you and anne is very humble.. Regards to ms. Anne :)

    1. betty lopez February 3, 2012 at 1:10 am

      I wonder why you have to take an 8 hour stop over in Brunei for your trip from Manila to Kuala LUmpur. Even cheap airlines Air Asia and Cebu pacific fly direct to Kl from Manila which is only about 4 hours trip.

      Why waste 8 hours in Brunei?And why buy a ticket which has an 8 hours stop over in Brunei, you could have chosen to stop over in Singapore at least that 8 hours in Changi airport would not be a waste ,you could actually go swimming and even watch a movie inside the airport itself

      1. Erwan February 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        i never said i went to KL i said i went to Malaysia, La Buan more specifically, and brunei is closer than KL is to that city. good enough of an explanation?

    1. Sya February 4, 2012 at 2:28 am

      I just discovered your blog today and really like it so far. Being a Bruneian studying overseas, your video made me miss home so much. I literally live 10 minutes away from where you took this video and La Mee is the last place I eat before getting on my flight back to the UK at the end of vacations. So happy you tried the noodles there, they are great. Food is most definitely the most important aspect of life in Brunei, it’s just how things are. You should come visit again, and even if you’ve already tried Malay food in KL you should sample some of the traditional fare. You will be able to taste the difference.

      1. Erwan February 5, 2012 at 2:56 am

        yes the food is amazing there, lots of different options and dishes i still need to try




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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