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Check out the headlights on this one...

Little Nina came up to me a few nights ago asking, "Daddy, what does "gay" mean?" I give her the four year old's version of the definition of course, "Gay means "happy" lai..." "Oh", she says, "I'm so gay daddy, see, I'm smiling!"

Quickly realizing my folly, I interject with, "No lai, gay ani means happy but it's for orang basar saja..." "I see... Are you gay daddy?" she asks me immediately while looking at my face. "I guess not ah, cos you're not smiling..." *BOINGGGGG*

Kana ku dua biji...

The Eye of Ra...

LSM alluded to it in his post. It riled up my emotions. These are the people that really irk me! We’ve all heard similar stories about Bruneians flipping out their Yellow cards much like a referee would in a soccer game, to assert their authority and confirm their right to act like barbarians…

Because I take on more of the features of my chinese ancestry I have been on the receiving end of this sort of abuse more than once and I can tell you, it is demeaning, humiliating, and downright pisses me off! Something which I'm sure Rozi and others like us can attest to as well.

Anyway, was driving home yesterday afternoon when I saw the sun rays punching out from the clouds... Nice eh?

Focus on how ICT can benefit citizens

Shareen Han


THE difficulty of convincing all government agencies to break down structural barriers and work towards a common objective and purpose could be the most challenging aspect of successfully implementing e-government initiatives, speakers at a congress agreed.

Panellists in the E-Government Brunei Congress yesterday discussed that departments and ministries need to communicate by sharing information and working collectively in achieving common goals.

Michael Turner, moderator of a panel discussion on "Developing Tools and Frameworks for Successful E-Government'' said there should be a organisational culture whereby people collaborate and work together to provide more effective e-government services.

Jo Bryson, executive director of the office of e-government in Western Australia said there was a need to create a sense of urgency to use a system and mindset that "thinks across government agencies''."We have to convince sen…

Jerudong Park never looked so good...

This was done by a terribly talented young Bruneian. I absolutely love it for the warm fuzzy feeling I get whenever I watch it. Keep em coming ah borg... or should it be ah kong? Or maybe ah king... hehehe

See you downstairs...


Berhati-hati di jalan raya musim raya ani...

Taken this afternoon along the Brunei-Tutong highway near Jerudong... It looked like a self-accident. It was raining heavily and the road was slippery... Please take care while driving especially during this festive month...

Update (30/10/06): The Borneo Bulletin today carried the story of the accident. Inalillahi wa inalillahi rajiun... Takziah to the family of the young lady who was killed in the horrific crash... Al faaatihah...

Bah... silakan tah masuk...


Cracked Plaster and Peeling paint...

In his post today, Mr BR put up an exclusive portrait of the Royal Family which was in the special box presented to those fortunate enough to be invited during the first day VIP open house at the palace.

Everytime I see a family portrait, I always imagine the boffins at Canon or Nikon research labs coming up with a camera which also takes a snapshot of what each person in the portrait is thinking at that split second when the shutter goes off... These thoughts can then be displayed, in comic book fashion, as cartoon captions above the person's head.

Wouldn't it be interesting if a device like that existed?

Couple of Laps Anyone?


See you upstairs...


The Sicily-Manila Connection...

Some food for thought from His Majesty's Hari Raya Speech:

"Therefore, let us find happiness by living a moderate lifestyle. Save money for our family’s future. Our journey, also that of our children’s, is still long. It means that we must plan wisely.

No one knows what is in store in the future. And children are thus our future investment. And thus, let us prioritise their upbringing and education, while also making efforts to avoid possible mistakes.

Today, we may say we feel secure and prosperous. But perhaps tomorrow, we may not be able to say those words, except maybe to laugh or cry along. The nature of the future is that it is full of puzzles.

Therefore, let us not ask what will happen tomorrow, but think and plan for tomorrow."

Salam Aidil Fitri...

Tiba jua hari yang bahagia
Hari raya kita rai bersama
Hulurkanlah kemaafan tulus
Lupakanlah sengketa yang lama

Hari raya hari yang mulia
Bersamalah bersyukur kepadanya
Jangan lupa kepada mereka
Yang tidak senasib dengan kita

Hari raya hari yang bahagia
Bersama kita meraikannya
Anak kecil serta yang dewasa
Bergembira jua

Hulurkan seikhlas budimu
Di hari yang bahagia hari raya
Marilah bersama merasa
Di hari yang mulia hari raya

Selamat Hari Raya,
Maaf Zahir & Batin
kepada semua pengunjung

Dengan Ikhlas daripada,
AnakBrunei & Keluarga

The Wonder Years...

Was reading Pablo's Travel Stories and memories of my own travels came flooding back... I liked his quote, "The people out there are friends we have not met." Sometimes our own inhibitions can get in the way of potentially great and long-lasting friendships.

As a student in Perth many years ago, I also made the best of being there by interacting outside of my circle of familiarity. As a result many friendships were forged with people from all cultures and walks of life. Similarly, as a MOFATeer, travelling often meant new acquaintances and friendships.

Through IRC and the internet, even more friendships can be formed across a much wider, global network. These days we have Friendster and Multiply, "social networking" sites, according to its developers, which make it even easier to make friends globally. Its always heart-warming to know that we have a friend in every city across the globe.

A visit to Montreal once was testament to this. I met up with an IRC buddy an…

Sisters Forever...

The bloodfest has begun. The marauding mongol hordes (aka Bruneian Shoppers) have descended upon the malls and shopping centres nationwide. All the main arteries leading to the popular shopping establishments are choked with cars, many carrying families with at least one member having had his bank account injected with funds from the early payday. Most likely also that member had spent a good hour (if they were lucky) queueing up at the ATM this afternoon to withdraw cash for the night's blood fest. This chaotic feeding frenzy is likely to last all the way til Monday night. To all who are part-taking in the glorious blood fest, spend wisely, and drive safely...

Joe the Ice Cream Man...


See Nina Run...


Sampat keluar sebelum raya ni kah?

The queue at Land Transport Department for new car inspection and registration

It was good while it lasted...


The Sanur Experience...

Thanks to RA's review, I suddenly felt the urge to go and eat at Sanur this evening and we were not disappointed. Apparently RA also had the urge to eat there as well as we bumped into each other. I had my fill of the delicious tahu telor and sotong bakar. The yellow rice was good too and so was the gado-gado.

All in all a very satisfying meal and pleasantly under forty bucks for the five of us. Still a few more days left to enjoy this value for money buffet so head on down to Sanur at the Mall. Reservations are recommended as I can just foresee it being packed the next few days due to the early pay day.

Testing Lampong Cucul...

Was just reading an interesting response from a perpetrator (or in the site's terminology, an "awardee") at the Parking Idiot site. I was rather disturbed by Anonymous aka Jon Hardwood's comments.

For the sake of fairness, lets look at the legal definition of defamation: The elements that must be proved to establish defamation are: (1) A publication to one other than the person defamed; (2) of a false statement of fact; (3) which is understood as being of and concerning the plaintiff; and (4) which is understood in such a way as to tend to harm the reputation of plaintiff.

In this case, clearly condition (2) is not true as Jon Hardwood clearly admits on behalf of his/her friend. I'm no lawyer, but I dont think there is any case for "defamation" in a stricly legal sense.

I think this is more a case of moral values. Does our moral values allow us to believe that its ok do something wrong when our intentions are good? In this case, attending a bertahlil cerem…

Sudah Membayar Zakat Fitrah?


Boyz 'n' their Toyz...


Nina the Bartina...


Barely Street Legal...


The Temptations...


Yoghurt... It keeps ya regular...

Guess what IIIIIIIIII'm doin.... heee hee heee

Ready for Delivery...


The Bake Fest Begins...

The Hari Raya bake fest has begun... Our humble kitchen is no exception to this annual (sometimes twice a year) phenomena. The missus is as much into baking as I am into cooking. As orders for these Superlicious ® Home-Baked Brownie Cookies (as served at Taurean Caf├ęs nation-wide) come in, the kitchen gets busier and hotter ;)

Arachnoid Nightmare at OGDC...