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Turn the lights down low...

My absolute favorite shot from a sunset shoot at the beach over the weekend. Taken knee deep in water with just a hint of the final rays of the sunset in the background...

Here's an interesting snippet I came across here:
"The official website of the Brunei government currently claims the country is hoping to attract one million visitors, doubling the previous year's arrivals. The problem is that the announcement is dated 2000.

That's not the only sign that Brunei isn't really in top gear despite the rhetoric. An e-mail to the tourist bureau seeking an interview with a spokesperson was bounced because the mailbox hadn't been emptied. A visit to the office during advertised opening hours found the place shut.

All this sounds negative, but in fact it's a plus for those who want a relaxed crowd-free holiday. Make the most of the quiet because the tiny Sultanate at the top of the island of Borneo and hemmed in by the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, has much to offer that's easily accessible..."
Kinda makes one wonder about that double-edged comment... I like it but at the same time it makes me cringe. The author goes on to describe Brunei from the perspective of an aging "omputih" academic with the wrong expectations from the onset (see comparison of night tour with a Soho or Kings Cross pub crawl)

He ends with a rather interesting assessment: "Not bad for a cashed-up eco-minded couple's mid-life honeymoon if all they want is to be left alone." I'm sure these people should be one of our target segments, but many others will enjoy Brunei too. Just take a look at this travel doco on Brunei Darussalam and you'll see why I think so.


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Pingat Indah Kerja Baik

Congratulations to Shima on being conferred the
Pingat Indah Kerja Baik by His Majesty
on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

Heheh I knew it was gonna happen sooner or later. I was tagged by Kantalensa. So here goes nothing!

1) Are your parents married or divorced?
Married. They celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in November last year.

2) Are you a vegetarian?
I tried it once. The vegetables hated me.

3) Do you believe in Heaven?
Yes I do. As mortals, I think the belief in heaven helps diminish our fear of death.

4) Have you ever come close to dying?
If you mean "seeing the light" close, then no.

5) What jewellery do you wear 24/7?
Only the royal jewels I think

6) Favourite time of day?
Early in the morning

7) Do you eat the stems of broccoli?
Yes, I love broccoli. All parts of it.

8) Do you wear makeup?

9) Ever have plastic surgery?

10) Do you colour your hair?
Used to

11) What do you wear to bed?
Dilbert T-shirt and shorts

12) Have you ever done anything illegal?
Yup definitely. Am …


... In the past, hadrah was only performed during weddings, but now it is performed in open events, to greet honoured guests and more significantly to signal the arrival of His Majesty in various events...

... Brunei youths nowadays have done well in preserving the heritage and have even enhanced it. Back then, competition involved only beating of drums and chanting. But now performances are choreographed to make it more attractive and interesting...

... hadrah could be further promoted in Brunei if there is a national association of hadrah set up. "We have a national team for silat and gasing (top spinning), but not for hadrah. We cannot just rely on mukim and schools to promote the activity, it has to be done at a national level...

-- The Brunei Times