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In my language...

Today, I handed over the part proceeds from the anakbrunei charity calendar to SMARTER Brunei. I was glad to be able to help an organisation which is always "just under the radar" of the RELEVANT authorities due to ignorance and apathy in my opinion. Thankfully the online community is helping build awareness on autism issues. Check out Pablo's post.

I could sense the frustration in the words of the president when he spoke about how the bureaucratic system makes you jump through hoops in order to receive assistance. I think a constant sum of say $5,000.00 per month is a mere pittance for our national coffers but it would go a long way to sustaining the center.

When I spoke to him about how we could use ICT to help their kids, he was keen but made the point that SMARTER was not a dumping ground for used or discarded equipment. This is something I will certainly bear in mind for an upcoming project...

The president also told me the story of Amanda Baggs, part of a new generat…

Body scrub, Brunei Stylie...

Attended a friend's bedak mandi (pre-wedding ceremony which involves a blessing by close family elders and a cleansing body-scrub) ceremony this afternoon and it brought back memories of my own bedak mandi all those years ago. What fun, a free body scrub performed by several family members, watched by even more family members! More pics here.
Short rant:During the Microsoft Vista launch, both of us went in "business attire" as stated in the invitation. While trying to photograph the guest of honour, I was approached by one of the more seasoned photographers who asked me where I was from. I said I was an invited guest who happened to bring my camera.

This is what he said to me, "Mana baju kot mu? Kalau jemputan duduk saja. Kalau mau buleh pulang ku panggil AO ni untuk membawa kau keluar." Yes, very Bruneian indeed matey. You could have just told me that its a requirement for photographers to wear a suit in the presence of royalty. No need to bite my head off.



I said it, he said it, even she agreed. I'm gonna go again to the book fair sometime this week to browse properly what's on offer. But this time I'll be armed with a towel!

The "WOW" Starts Now!

Congratulations to one of my key figures in ICT development in Brunei Darussalam on his well-deserved appointment.

I attended a launching ceremony of the Microsoft office in Brunei. HRH the Crown Prince was the guest of honour. During the ceremony, HRH was presented with a spiffy, mouth-watering Lamborghini notebook. I bet many in the audience, including your's truly, wished they were at the receiving end at that particular moment.

There was also a demo on Windows Vista, Microsoft's update to the aging Windows XP operating system. All I saw was the bells and whistles. I guess I'd need a deeper technical explanation of all its new features in order to convince me to upgrade. I just hope its not a Windows Millennium type of release... nuff sed.

At the Book Fair...

The venue for the book fair seriously needs to be changed... the indoor stadium's ventilation is in a very bad state and so it was super humid inside. Everyone was sweating like wasn't the year of the pig! Ok that didnt make any sense. Its time for bed. Good night.

Brunei ku tumpah darah ku, Ku cinta sepanjang hayat ku...

Update 25/02/07: The slideshow is up. You can view it by clicking here. I was in Form 4 when the 1st National Day Parade took place at the Stadium. I remember going with my dad and younger brother.

My dad had a Nikon SLR with a zoom lens then and he let me play with it for a bit and that was the first time I had ever handled one. Since then, I only watched the proceedings every year on the telly in the comfort of my living room.

But as Johnson put it:
It's not the same. You don't sweat. You don't get feel the heat. Smell the body odour and you don't get thirsty. You don't have to set your alarm for 530 am. You don't feel the thumping of the brass band. You don't have to park 2 km away walk into town cause you woke up late.............. you don't get to be on TV!Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that today, 23 years later, I would be on location at the Taman, thoroughly immersed in the experience, carrying my own dSLR and absolutely enjoying m…

Magia Del Maurizio

Maurizio worked his magic again tonight and magic it was... The food was superb and the company fantastic. Thanks so much S and S for having us. Sorry we couldn't stay long cos I've got to be up by 5am tomorrow! Next one's at my place and I'll be cooking! Il mio amico Maurizio, you're invited too!

Purih Bangsa...

Selamat Menyambut Hari Kebangsaan
Negara Brunei Darussalam Ke-23
Kepada Semua Pengunjung AnakBrunei.Org

Brunei tanah air kita
Warisan berkurun lamanya
Budaya Melayu teras bangsa
Islam cara hidup kita

Kita purih pancir mulia
Tabah gagah berhemah tinggi
Bermaruah dan berperibadi
Bersopan sedar harga diri

Masa depan penuh cabaran
Kita ungkayahkan dengan iman
Dengan ilmu bakti setia
Ikhlas amanah kerana Allah

Bangunkan kemakmuran
pelihara keamanan
Teguhkan kedaulatan
Tegakkan keadilan
Junjunglah kebenaran
Hidupkan kerohanian
Ajaran Allah kita turutkan

Tegak bersatu mendukung negara
Brunei sejahtera bumi tercinta
Taat setia rakyat bahagia
Di bawah naungan Sultan kita

Lirik : Shukri Zain
Lagu : Manaf Haji Kamis
Susunan muzik : Manaf Haji Kamis

Faces - Part 6

How to think like a Genius
1. Look at problems in many different ways, and find new perspectives that no one else has taken (or no one else has publicized!)
Leonardo da Vinci believed that, to gain knowledge about the form of a problem, you begin by learning how to restructure it in many different ways. He felt that the first way he looked at a problem was too biased. Often, the problem itself is reconstructed and becomes a new one.

2. Visualize!
When Einstein thought through a problem, he always found it necessary to formulate his subject in as many different ways as possible, including using diagrams. He visualized solutions, and believed that words and numbers as such did not play a significant role in his thinking process.

3. Produce! A distinguishing characteristic of genius is productivity.
Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents. He guaranteed productivity by giving himself and his assistants idea quotas. In a study of 2,036 scientists throughout history, Dean Keith Simonton of the Universi…

All systems go...

The full dress rehearsal this morning went off without any hitches and everyone gave a spectacular performance. Saturday's event looks set to be a truly memorable one! Hats off to the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports for once again organizing a wonderful National Day spectacle. Well done all!

Milk n Chupa Chups...

I was doing a shoot at a friend's place a couple of days ago and as usual, I was enjoying myself as most photographers do when given the opportunity to shoot beautiful people in a beautiful setting. Well, I do anyway heheh...

Sometime during the afternoon, a guest, a very successful businessman and a prominent Bruneian, made a remark which went something like this, "Eh, turun pangkat kah jadi photographer?"

Normally, I would have made a smug come-back to the distinguished gentleman's comment, something like, "Maaf YB, not sure about that, but my previous job in top management involved shovelling other peoples' shit, and lots of it, so in my humble opinion, photography's a vast improvement."

But on that day, I somehow brushed the comment aside and continued enjoying myself behind the lens. It was then that it dawned upon me how much I have grown to love photography... so much so that a derogatory remark, which normally would have gotten me riled up, flo…

Toss the Salmon...

Don't go onto the Green...

There was a media briefing this afternoon for the 23rd National Day parade. Apparently media are not allowed onto the grass during the performance... woops... heheh

Noodles, Lemon Tea, and Precious Stones...

Happy Birthday to my top ranked influential IT figure
in Brunei Darussalam.

Grab the Abalones and do the Laundry!

Ever wonder what happens at supermarkets early in the morning way before opening time? Lots of grown-ups get together and perform a ritual called a supermarket sweep.

In this ritual, some of the grown-ups are allowed a certain amount of time, as little as 10 seconds, to grab anything on the shelves. Canned abalones and washing detergent seem to be prized choices for some reason. Perhaps this was practiced by the elders many moons ago...

At the end of the ritual, the grown-ups cart their loot out of the supermarket with a big smile on their faces...

Drums and Lions amidst a Sea of Red...

PDS School had their early Chinese New Year performance today and everyone turned up in Red. As usual, the kids blew me away with their talent and skills!

The Lion Dance was very impressive with some nice acrobatic moves. The chinese drums team were absolutely spectacular, not surprising with the number of performances under their belt. VKI finalist Azy also made an appearance with her rendition of "Biarlah Rahsia".

An enjoyable afternoon despite the searing heat of the afternoon sun beating down unforgivingly on us heheh...