Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wanita...




Kata pujangga
wanita bagaikan angin
lembutnya melenakan
ributnya menggusarkan.

Adakalanya mereka seperti ibu
menyaji kasih, menghidang sayang
adakalanya mereka seperti anak
ingin dibelai, minta dimanjakan
adakalanya mereka seperti nenek
berleter seadanya, merungut semahuannya.

Namun, teman kembara
dalam kehidupan yang sementara ini.
bahagia dan derita kita
sangat berkait dengan mereka.

Sajak asal oleh Joe Bogo

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Wedding Affair...

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding reception of a couple of ex-colleagues. It was held at the Royal Berkshire Hall in JP Polo Club, still the most resplendent venue for an event like this in my mind...

It was a wonderful occasion and I caught up with several friends and ex-colleagues some of whom I had not seen in ages. Anyway, what happens when you put a shutterbug in a hall full of people? His hunting instinct takes over... heheh enjoy!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Easy like Sunday morning... Part 2

Today's weather reminds me of winter in Perth (except for the part where you freeze your nuts off). Gloomy, rainy, and generally sombre. But Kantalensa and I braved it and went to Tasek Lama to capture some extreme rock-climbing action. The great thing about this sort of weather, the light is fantastic. Not too harsh and not too dark.

We met Skipper Zack (first pic) on the way in, and he was kind enough to extend his, and his troop(?)'s hospitality to us. So Kantalensa covered the event from 8 metres above while I was happy to cover it at ground level heheh.

Anyway, this is the first time I've seen rock-climbing in real life and I'm awed by the skills of these climbers. Thanks also to Tya (second pic), who was Zadm's source on the event.

Oh, and there was also a flying fox set-up and in between shooting the rock-climbing, I managed to get a few good shots of the flying fox (fourth pic), so I'm whistling away happily ;)

Click HERE for the video slideshow.
Kantalensa contemplating the height of his ascent
Tya in action
Casual chit-chat 8 metres above sea-level
Flyiiiiiiing Foxxxx!

Easy like Sunday morning... Part 1

This morning's outing was amidst erratic weather but with the shots that resulted, it was truly a worthwhile endeavour, and Kantalensa will agree with me! The objective was to capture rock-climbing action (pictures in next post).

I got a bonus though cos I came across these young students from Kelab Kembara or Adventure Club from Sixth Form Center, Berakas. It was their first outing of the year. Ahhh.. the joys of being young...

Specially for you, Kembara kids, below is a video slide show I made for you. ENJOY!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Advance Australia Fair...

G'day mate, to-die is Australia Day and being a strine alumn-eye in brewn-eye, I was invited to the reception this arvo. Wishing all my ozzie mates near and far, a Happy Australia Day! Chuck another shrimp on the barbie, have an ice cold one and enjoy the slide show!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

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?
Nope

9) Ever have plastic surgery?
Nope

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 I gonna list it? No I dont think so.

13) Can you roll your tongue?
Yup. My tongue is a wonderfully flexible muscle.

14) Do you tweeze your eyebrows?
Nope

15) What kind of sneakers?
New Balance

16) Do you believe in abortions?
I am pro-choice

17) What is your hair color?
Black

18) Future child’s name?
Alannis

19) Do you snore?
My snoring is sonically identical to that of a Lamborghini MurciƩlago V12

20) If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
To visit kah? India for sure. The Taj Mahal has always held a certain allure to me.

21) Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?
Nope

22) If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Double check my ticket

23) Gold or Silver?
Silver

24) Hamburger or hot dog?
Hamburger

25) If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Lamb in all its glorious guises

26) City, beach or country?
I'm a city-dweller

27) What was the last thing you touched?
The royal jewels

28) Where did you eat last?
At home. I'm a sucker for a good home-cooked meal. Especially if I'm cooking :)

29) When’s the last time you cried?
When watching Cinta - The movie, some dirt got into my eye...

30) Do you read blogs?
Mostly speed-read but if something catches my eye, then I'll read it.

31) Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?
Nope. Unless its for a good cause of course.

32) Ever been involved with the police?
Yup. Traffic related mostly.

33) What’s your favourite shampoo conditioner and soap?
Sunsilk Black, Shokubutsu Green Tea

34) Do you talk in your sleep?
I think I do, when I'm super-excited or super-stressed

35) Ocean or pool?
Pool

38) Window seat or aisle?
Aisle - Easier to go to toilet

39) Ever met anyone famous?
Yup

40) Do you feel that you’ve had a truly successful life?
Hmmm, thats a tricky one. I'm still living my life, so I look forward to further successes. But so far so good :)

41) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
Twirl

42) Ricki Lake or Oprah Winfrey?
Oprah

43) Basketball or Football?
Football but even then, in small doses. Like every four years ;)

44) How long do your showers last?
Including time on the crapper reading National Geographic and contemplating world politics, around half an hour.

45) Automatic or do you drive a stick?

Auto

46) Cake or ice cream?
Cake

47) Are you self-conscious?
Who isn't?

48) Have you ever drank so much you threw up?
Have worshipped at the toilet shrine many a time...

49) Have you ever given money to a beggar?
Yes

50) Have you been in love?
Yes quite a few times both with animate and inanimate objects

51) Where do you wish you were?
At my villa in Majorca checking my share-prices just as they split and quadruple in value

52) Are you wearing socks?
Nope. No one in their right mind would wear socks at home in Brunei

53) Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
Nope

54) Can you tango?
I think so...

55) Last gift you received?
A morning smile from the love of my life

56) Last sport you played?
Rally driving is a sport right? If so, then Colin McRae WRC 5 on PC

57) Things you spend a lot of money on?
The rugrats

58) Where do you live?
Jangsak

59) Where were you born?
Panaga Hospital, Seria

60) Last wedding attended?
Wifey's cousin Jatt

63) Most hated food?
Pickled leeks. I can't stand them.

64) What’s your least favourite food?
Anything that's bland I will not favour

65) Can you sing?
Yup I can hold a tune

66) Last person you instant messaged?
Percival, an old buddy who's living in Canada

67) Last place you went on holiday?
Miri

68) Favourite regular drink?
Teh-C Peng Kosong

69) Tag 3 friends:
1. Jewelle
2. Zadm
3. Kim73

70) Current Song?
Booty Love - Boogie 2Nite

Brunei Biker...

In continuing with the humour theme, a news article from a Florida Newspaper (tks Raglan for sending this to me!):
When Nathan Radlich's house was burgled, thieves left his TV, his VCR, and even left his watch. What they did take was "generic white cardboard box filled with grayish-white powder." (That at least is the way the police described it.) A spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale police said "that it looked similar to cocaine and they'd probably thought they'd hit the big time."

Then Nathan stood in front of the TV cameras and pleaded with the burglars: "Please return the cremated remains of my sister, Gertrude. She died three years ago."

Well, the next morning, the bullet-riddled corpse of a drug dealer known as Hoochie Pevens was found on Nathan's doorstep. The cardboard box was there too; about half of Gertrude's ashes remained. And there was this note. It said: "Hoochie sold us the bogus blow, so we wasted Hoochie. Sorry we snorted your sister. No hard feelings. Have a nice day."

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Street Photography Brunei

There is nothing more fulfilling than going out on the streets and capturing normal ordinary folks doing normal everyday stuff... To me, that's what street photography's all about...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What to order ah?

Wanna know what your name is in Russian?
Just enter your name in this box! Cool stuff!
Got this "e-meow" today from Fauziah. Bee-row is an ek-cher e-meow from Ah Beng to his Ah Lian:
Dear Ah Lian

Thanks you for your letter. Wrong time no see you. How everything? For me, I am quiet find.

You say in your letter your taukeh soh want you to chain your look? Somemore you must wear kick kok soo, hope you can wok properly.

You know, Ah Kau Kia working in a soft where company now. Last week, he take I, Muthu & few of his friend to May Nonut to eat barger. After that he take we all go to kalah ok. Muthu sing and sing no stop until the sky bright.

Next week, my father mother going to sellerbread 20 years annie wear sari. My father mother going to give a fist to all the kampong people. So you must come with your hole family.

I only hope one day we no need to write and send letter to you and to me. Better I e-meow you, you e-meow me. I will ketchup with you soon. And when you got time, please few free to call me. Goo bye.....

Worm regard,
Ah Beng

Monday, January 22, 2007

Street Signs in Kg Ayer


In Kg Ayer, street signs are replaced with
"bridge" (Jambatan) signs like these.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Remp-IT Brunei Stylie

This afternoon, fellow sharpshooters Zadm, Bruneian, aspiring sharpshooter Zaza, and I were treated to some seriously extreme action photography. We had the pleasure of photographing some really skilled Bruneian bikers practising their wheelies and stoppies and everything in between. These guys ROCK! Much thanks to one of Mr BR's "favorite persons in the world" for giving me the heads-up on the event! Check out the rest of the pics here (MULTIPLY users only I'm afraid)

KIDS, PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
Its berry berry denjeraaaaaaas!!
Wheelie
Stoppie
Wheelie
Stand-on-a-bike-ie
Stoppie

People of Kampong Ayer... Series 2

Check out part one of our intrepid guide's account of
the Kg Ayer outing here.



Saturday, January 20, 2007

Kampong Ayer Rides...

Update (Jan 21 2006): It looks like we made headlines with our outing! Read all about it here and here!

This morning's outing was definitely a BLAST! The "all-boys" nature of our outings was given a refreshing change with the presence of two lovely ladies (one of whom was da missus who kindly agreed to video the sharpshooters in action heheh *muaaahs*).

What started out as a 3 hour outing ended up being a 4 hour guided tour (by our intrepid guide no less!) of Kampong Ayer and its surrounding areas. I had been on a tour of the area aboard the Tanjung Bekarang, but at the time, was too busy attending to the visiting VVIP to take in the sights.

Today, it was perfect! Thank you to Bruneian, our excellent guide, fellow sharpshooters, Mr What to do, and our lady companions, and to the crew of Roda Impian Charters, you guys ROCK! More pics to come!







Friday, January 19, 2007

Quick and Dirty Roast Lamb...

The last time I posted a recipe was over six months ago. Thought I'd do one today for a change :)

  • Start with a nice cut: I always go for the shoulder cut these days cos I find it way tastier and easier to carve. Plus its slightly cheaper than lamb leg which is overrated if u ask me :)
  • Use simple ingredients: Lamb is such a flavorful meat u dont really need to use fancy marinades and spices etc. Best fren nya sira, black pepper, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Thats it. Oh, and olive oil of course to bring it all together!
  • Do a Norman Bates: Stab the hunk of meat all over with a good size knife
  • Stick it in... all the way in: Just sumbat the holes we just made with the garlic.. skin on and everything... it'll taste fricken beautiful later trust me!
  • Season well: Do the Saxa Salt Cha cha, the Black Peppa Rhumba, then sprinkle dem erbs, and top it off wit some olive oil to bring all together
  • Make the bed: Since this is a roast, we need to make sure the hot air circulates around the lamb. Mun inda we will have half roast half boiled lamb. I know I should probably use a rack, but using the potatoes and carrots makes for a way tastier gravy later... mmmm
  • Bring on the heat: Chuck the lamb in the pre-heated oven at about 170 degrees Celsius for about 3 hours
  • Bob's yer uncle: There ya have it... a beautiful succulent lamb roast with a beautiful gravy! This goes really well with either pita bread or steamed white rice and a glass of the good stuff... Try it yerself!

Competing Requires More Than Just Copying.

Today's title is inspired by this interesting post about the internet big boys.
I let out a teeny weeny chuckle when I read this here:
Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei ranked 104 out of 198 in the 2006 global e-government study conducted by US Brown University.

"Brunei's ranking is very good," said Karl Verhulst, CA (formerly known as Computer Associates) Director-Marketing for Asia South.
Someone please tell me how 104th out of 198 nations is "very good"? Maybe I'm seeing this the wrong way? Perhaps there's some other metric these guys are using to gauge success? Either way, I think we can all agree that we have a pretty loooong way to go :)

Then I scratched my head when I read this here:
He [Mr Verhulst] suggested that the next step would be for government departments to take inventory of their paper forms and produce downloadable versions for the convenience of the public.
Hmmm... downloadable forms so people can print them out, fill them in manually in the comfort of their own homes/offices, drive to the government office to submit the filled forms so that the data entry clerks can re-enter the data from the manually filled in forms. Yes, very efficient and paperless if you ask me...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Client Happy, Me Happier...

I just delivered these calendars to a client this evening. She was absolutely chuffed by them and that put me over the moon! Heheh! *Whistles happily*

Cameras in Heat...

Cam on left: "Hey baby, wanna go back to my place and check out my L-lenses?"

Cam on right: *Giggles* "I'd love to! Can I bring my friend Bambi along?"

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sniffles...

Haven't posted any pics of the little man for some time...
Poor little fella's got the sniffles :(

Centerpieces and Such...

You may have noticed I've started putting "Click to Buy" banners on some of my pictures. As a result, I've received several email inquiries about prints of my works with questions about size, mount, frame etc. So I thought I'd give all prospective buyers out there an idea of what they will get when they purchase an original anakbrunei framed print.

To start with, the pictures will be printed in stunning colour on high quality matte finish media (11in x 18in)*. It will then be pressed onto a double white border. Finally, it will be mounted into a custom-made high quality black lacquer frame (20in x 24in)* which will be finished with non-reflective glass.

Below are some samples:




Note: Dimensions are estimated and may vary according to buyers' requirements and the size and aspect of the print itself.

As you can probably imagine, these high quality framed prints would be right at home on the main wall of your office or conference room, or even in your living or dining room. I will be more than happy to discuss slight variations to the style but generally I would like to maintain this style of frame as my "signature" style.

Hope that helps give an idea of the product. Other formats are in the works like postcards, placemats, stationery, and even wallpapers (tks for the suggestion Aeny!). If you have a specific product in mind, I'd be happy to meet with you to discuss your requirements. Click on the email icon on the sidebar to drop me a line!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Where'dja say the dunny was mate??

dunny (plural dunnies)

  1. (Australian English) (slang) A [toilet]]. Possibly an outside toilet and by implication old, ramshackle.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Masjid...

I received a lovely email from a young (I assume heheh) Bruneian studying abroad giving her comments and suggestions on the Visit Brunei 2008 Blogger Project. Thought I'd share it:
Assalammualaikum,

Hey cool! ^_^ Thanks. no problem. I'll spread it around to everyone i know in Manchester and beyond. Good luck! we're having another visit brunei? wow. i'm.. amazed. what else do we have to offer that we didn't have in 2001?

... snip ...

Talk to the tourism board and get your shutter friends to collaborate with them if you're serious about visit brunei.

Best way for this 'visit brunei' to work is to create a hype. Online and offline. Oh! make souvenirs too!. ^_^ That'd be cool. Brunei souvenirs are replicated from the ones in Malaysia so that's kinda boring for tourists.

... snip ...

Good luck. ^_^

- Aeny

People of Kampong Ayer...




Check our more scenes from Kampong Ayer on the Visit Brunei 2008 site!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Peek-A-Boo...

Of Tin Roofs and Gold Domes...

Taken during the outing to Kampong Ayer today. Check out Bruneian and Ber's write-ups on the outing.

Street Cats - Series

Came across these cats while on outing in Kampong Ayer this morning with Bruneian (our intrepid guide) and new re-found buddy Ber. These cats look pretty street savvy. I wonder what a day in their lives would be like...

How ya doin'?

Apa usul nya kan? Mun paham bisai.....

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Sumbangsih Mulia...

Darn! I know I should've just opened my fish and chip stall above a monsoon drain by the roadside in Beribi Auto City. Pehin Goh would've taken pity on me and given me a FREE stall in his new multi million dollar complex. From BB:
Unlicensed roadside hawkers can now retire their flimsy makeshift stands for good, as they have been invited to relocate to proper premises at no cost.

In a bid to realise His Majesty's aspiration, Pehin Dato Goh King Chin has put forward a generous contribution the Sumbangsih Mulia, which is one of the most modem SMEs located at Beribi Industrial Estate, carrying a price tag of $2.4 million.

The plight of unlicenced hawkers and those in need of a place to sell their wares was a hot topic in the media in the past year. Many of those displaced by the demolition of the Tambing wet market, for example, said that they could not find or afford to rent a place elsewhere.

"I am a citizen of Brunei Darussalam, and this project is my contribution to Bruneian society and the government," said Pehin Goh. "SMEs are very important to the country's economy, and I want to do my part in aiding these struggling businesses," he said.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Minister floods visited areas in Tutong, Belait

Ansel Adams is the mahaguru and the Big Kahuna of black & white photography. I (along with legions of other photographers!) have always been a great, great fan of Ansel Adams, and his work is a source of inspiration for me.

I wondered what it would be like to apply HDR in B&W. I was blown away with the details rendered which were not visible in the original files. I presented these to my client this morning, and I hope it made her day :)