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Big Brother is Watching...

Stumbled across this site which I'm sure many of you will find very useful. It's a system which makes use of the global GSM network and new satellite GPS technology to enable tracking of any mobile user's location with up to 25m accuracy. Now that's amazing. This is stuff you only see on 24 being deployed in real life. Coolness!

Confetti is FUN!

Happy 18th Birthday AKI!

570 to 632 AD...

In conjunction with the Maululd celebrations, Saffron will be giving away FREE Doner Kebabs from 11am this morning until stocks run out (Maximum of 2 per person). So come on down to Saffron to enjoy your free Doners!

How old are you now?

Nina the Bartina turns five tomorrow... Tonight we had a little cake cutting ceremony for her in conjunction with her grandparents return from Umrah. Happy happy birthday my little pixie! I can't believe you're five already! And guess who else is five? Uncle Pablo's son Funboy!! Happy Birthday Funboy!

Oh, thank you for choosing as this week's featured Blog of the Week. Its an honour indeed :)

Return of the Prodigal Son...

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Young Echo...

Taken on the set of Young Echo, a show that discusses current issues that matters to our youth from politics to business to leisure to human interests. I was there with her and him. We had a nice chat on air with the show's host, Dean, about the internet, n-generation, virtual communities, blogging, and cyber-crime among other issues...


More here, here, here, and here.

The one that didnt get away...

Pics above taken during this morning's "Maitah Mengail",
a fishing event organised by Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

In preparation for my participation in an episode of Young Echo which was looking at the cyberworld and its impact on young people, I revisited Don Tapscott's work, "Growing Up Digital". Here's an interesting piece on the net-generation, i.e. our kids, for thought:
The Ten Themes of N-Gen Culture

Strong Independence. The typical N-Gener has a strong sense of independence & autonomy. N-Gen's unprecedented access to information also gives them the power to acquire the knowledge necessary to confront information they feel may not be correct.

Emotional and Intellectual Openness. When N-Geners go online they expose themselves. They will maintain online journals and post their innermost thoughts on a Web page or in a chat room. A strong online example of N-Geners' openness is The Diary Project where young people around the w…

Mercy, Mercy Me...

I covered the International Women's Day event this afternoon and aside from catching up with several high profile women friends including my dear ex-principal from sixth form who is now a deputy permanent secretary (I was so thrilled that she remembered my full name and my employment history!! heheh!), I had the honour of listening to the keynote speaker, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, President of Mercy Malaysia or Malaysian Medical Relief Society.

Frankly I had never heard of Mercy Malaysia until today and it certainly opened my eyes! One of the questions Dr Jemilah asked of the audience was when we think of humanitarian aid agencies, does any asian organisation come to mind? I must admit, the only one that came to mind was CARE Australia... hardly asian.

The other question she asked was, if tonight your sleep becomes an eternal one, and the maker asks you what have you done with your skills, education, intellect, wealth, influence etc to benefit your fellow human beings? How would you answe…

b-Mobile 3G ada di sini...

Its been more than 18 months since the successful commercial launch of Brunei's second mobile service provider. One can't help but ask the question, how's it doing really? In terms of penetration, has it really gotten any traction in the market? What is 3G being used for aside from as a modem to access the web? Is there a killer-app out there? Can anyone shed some light on these questions?

The Andaman Experience...

Seems like the theme of the month is food heheh, but thats ok, I haven't done enough of those for some time. Anyway, da missus and I decided to immerse ourselves into the Andaman experience after reading all the good things that have been said here, here and here.

Read the rest of my review here
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Blogs: The evolution
Sometime in 1971 - Stanford's Les Earnest creates the "finger" protocol.

December 1977 - The finger protocol becomes an official standard.

January 1994 - Swarthmore student Justin Hall begins compiling lists of links at his site,, and continues adding to the site for 11 years.

January 1995 - Early online diarist Carolyn Burke publishes her first entry for Carolyn's Diary.

April 1997 - Dave Winer launches Scripting News, which he calls the longest-running Web log currently on the Internet.

September 1997 - Slashdot begins publishing "News for Nerds."

December 1997 - Jorn Barger's site apparently becomes the first to call itself a Web log.

Sometime in 1999
Brad Fitzpatrick launches Livejournal, which he calls his "accidental success."Peter Merholz of declares he has decided "to pronounce the word 'weblog' as 'wee-blog.' Or 'blog' for short."The word "blog&qu…

Corned Buff?

I read this bloke's post on locally manufactured sauces and immediately decided to take the family down to the local product fair at Huaho Mall in Manggis to find it. Found the elusive Tahai Chili Sauce and I'm a happy camper. I think these sauces are bound for Japan looking at the Kanji script on the labels. Cool!

While browsing around, I came across "corned buff" being sold at one of the stalls. Yeah, corned buff, it stands for corned buffalo. Should've seen that one coming! Anyway, that reminded me of one of the associations that have been struck off the Registrar of Societies' list, the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.

I wonder who did the registration and how many members it had. Does anyone know anything about the history of the Brunei Lodge?

Early morning stroll...

Took this just before I went for my swim at JPMC early this morning. Feels good to swim again after a long break. Had a nice jacuzzi after. Too bad the steam room's broken :(


Not Another Brick in the Wall

Over the weekend, Studio Scene had its inaugural annual concert entitled, "Not another Brick in the Wall 2007". I was there during the dress rehearsal and the first performance on Friday night. The concert is a collaboration of all the genres of dance taught at Studio Scene. Performances ranged from Jazz Ballet to Modern Dance to Salsa to Hip Hop.

Hats off to the organisers and crew of the concert on such a superb production. But a special salute to the kids from Studio Scene who put up such spectacular performances in front of a thoroughly thrilled audience! I found myself clapping enthusiastically with the crowd after every performance as well!

I certainly look forward to next year's extravaganza!

A meal not soon forgotten...

Congratulations to HRH the Crown Prince and HRH Princess Sarah on the birth of their son!
"Saffron is a plant having purple or white flowers with aromatic pungent orange stigmas used in flavoring food."Tonight, da missus and I dined at Saffron, a well-known upmarket eatery with a pan-asian menu ranging from the mughal inspired kurmas and koftas to the nachos with an asian twist to the middle-eastern grilled meats served with pita and refreshing salad. The specialty however, is the desserts, among them, pavlova, cheese cakes, chocolate cakes and a chocolate torte to die for!

The owners, A and F were kind enough to dine with us and with four of us dining, we embarked upon our gastronomic journey...

For mezzos, we had hummus, followed by the nachos which were served with cheese and a lightly spiced sauce. We also tried the kibbeh, lamb balls served with garlic sauce. Finally, we had the rice crisps with a special sauce which you eat with a basil leaf on top... simply delicious.


Look closely...

Coming up: Stay tuned for my review of Saffron Restaurant...

CIMB Islamic Fund Launched

The CIMB Islamic liquidity fund, which was officially launched yesterday, is the first-ever Islamic Public Fund to be domiciled and registered in Brunei. It is a Syariah compliant, open-ended investment instrument that was approved by the national Syariah Financial Supervisory Board in February this year. Bank Islam Brunei Berhad is the custodian bank for this fund.
From The Star Online:
CIMB Group has started an Islamic fund in Brunei that will invest in US dollar assets, the first such fund in the country, to increase its business in Asia.

The CIMB Islamic Imtiyaz Liquidity Fund USD would invest in investment-grade Islamic commercial papers and bonds, certificates of deposit, mortgage-backed securities and repurchase agreements, CIMB Group said in a release.

The fund will be offered to investors in Brunei and overseas.

“We aim to meet the growing regional and global demand for Islamic investment products,” said Badlisyah Abdul Ghani, group head of Kuala Lumpur-based CIMB Islamic.

“In doin…