We had an interesting ceremony the other day at Goodies Restaurant. The restaurant is undergoing a major expansion, with an entirely new section being added to the main dining area, effectively tripling the size of the space. The new area will have a section for a BBQ that customers can use or have the chef do the cooking, a 120-inch TV, expanded bar, and pool table area (we have a table in another location but it’s not used much and needs repair). When the expansion is completed, we plan on having a huge grand opening party, with free beer and food, all paid by sponsors. It promises to be a huge party, as Goodies is THE gathering point for the Batam expat community, and many of the locals.
The roof of the new structure is nearly complete, and so, the locals decided it was time to bless the new building. Seemed to happen almost organically. My boss wasn’t sure who organized it, but there was an imam or two in attendance, as well as most of our maid, restaurant, and construction staffs there.
At right, Dayati of Goodies pours brown sugar sauce on the rice.