Above are pictures of my Canadian biker chick friend Vanessa and her gang. Vanessa is an old friend from the early days of #Brunei on IRC. How she ended up in channel #Brunei I have no idea, but she did, and she won the hearts of many of us by being a regular on the channel. In fact, she was one of the early channel #Brunei operators.
I actually visited her when I was in Montreal for work. On her apartment wall, she had a list of frequently used Bruneian malay terms in the channel which she translated into French as a reference list which allowed her to carry out a conversation in Brunei malay with anyone on the channel! She actually came across as being Bruneian! Amazing stuff!
See you at the i-Center tomorrow nice and early! Good night...
Many thanks to the Canadian High Commission for inviting me to the Canada Day reception this afternoon. It's great to see so many Bruneians with links to Canada in one way or another, including yours truly, with mainly family and business links.
Academically however, my ties are stronger with Australia. Incidentally, the Brunei-Australia Alumni Association will be having its annual gala dinner this Saturday. Quite a number of members have not picked up their FREE tickets yet. So if you are a member, or you know of someone who is a member or oz alumni, please pass the word along.
My friend Rags always sends me these really thoughtful emails. Below is an example: The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement ham-shack with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:
I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about a …
Old school photo manipulation... All analog... None of that adobe photoshop digital crap. This was taken circa 1977 (waaahhh THIRTY YEARS AGO!!!) in Penang, I think. You could choose which special effect you wanted and the photographer would ask you to pose accordingly.
For this airborne shot, I had to pose on a bench with my arms outstretched and legs up just so. It had to be precise as I remember the photographer constantly coming over to adjust my position.... As u can see, the result was nothing short of spectacular!! So real one!!! I really believed I could fly! Nathan Petrelli, eat your heart out!
Today, with sophisticated software like Photoshop, it took me less than 10 minutes to do what the photographer probably spent hours doing back then. Below is an example:
Just a quick reminder for those who are interested to attend the BEDB THINK BIG Workshop next Friday to REGISTER EARLY! There are limited places (around 30 to 40) available for open invites, therefore applicants will be prioritised based on their demonstrated interest in developing their ideas and also considered on first come, first serve basis.
From DST corporate website: What began as a response to His Majesty's Government's call for the privatisation of the communication services in Brunei Darussalam has turned out to be one of the nation's success stories. Formed in April 1995, DataStream Technology Sdn Bhd (DST) has become a shining example of the Government's privatisation programme.
As one of the country's leading private enterprises, we affirm our continuing commitment to giving our customers the best communications products and services available. A keen understanding of our clients' needs enables our dynamic, proactive and dedicated personnel to deliver efficient, top quality service.
Our role as a network operator, service and entertainment provider for comunications, DST Group is fully committed to the process of nation building and the improvement of life in Brunei Darussalam.
As envisioned, we are today a dynamic and responsive organisation fully committed to meeting the needs of our country…
Following from the success of the TEH TARIK SESSION, the BEDB is organizing a workshop for bright young sparks who registered their interest to be part of the i-Centre on Friday 29th June 2007 at the i-Centre in Anggerek Desa.
The workshop is also open to those who missed out on the first session or were unsure whether to register during the first session. You will need to register FAST as limited seats will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis!
Seria Kway Teow is a relatively new [edit: compared to Jing Chew hehe] institution in BSB which, as its name suggests, originated from my hometown, Seria.
I think the original stall in pasar malam Seria is no longer there as the pasar malam has been relocated to the new food court at the old seria market site. I have not visited that food court and so do not know if the kway teow stall has moved there as well. The one in BSB, for those who don't know, is located opposite Jing Chew.
Jolly good place to enjoy a breakfast of old school fried kway teow with beef and bull's eye on top washed down with a glass of milk tea :)
I absolutely love our Bruneian traditional songs especially when performed by really good musicians like these gentlemen in RED. I found myself tapping my feet and humming along to their renditions of alus jua dindang, sungai berunai, and kampung ayer. Man I wish I could play like these boys...
Which brings me to the winner of the anakbrunei.org SMS Quiz grand prize, who comes from a family of musicians similar to the lads in RED. Congratulations to Md Abdillah Hj Awg Damit on being drawn as the winner of the MP3 player! I'll be in touch with you shortly with details on the prize-giving ceremony. Congratulations mate!
To all who participated in the SMS quiz, thank you so much for your support! And there will be more chances to win in the next round which I'm hoping to start in the new month :)
Ok fess up all you aussie grads! Did you know there exists a Brunei-Australia Alumni Association? and if you do, are you a member yet? If not, well, now is a good time to join! Cos we're having our annual gala dinner on 23rd June at i-Lotus restaurant.
MEMBERS get to come for free*! So if you're wanting to socialize and network with fellow aussie alumni, this is the time! You can sign up either during the Annual General Meeting on 22nd June or on the night itself.
Best wishes to Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Khairul Khalil Pengiran Syed Haji Jaafari, on your wedding day! From anakbrunei.org