Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People
Greetings from London folks! In case you are wondering what I am doing here, I am here for work...and a bit of play. I was invited by the British Foreign & Commonweath Office for Olympic and Paralympic Legacy visits and meetings. The focus has been on the Olympic Park in transformation and I have had meetings with businesses involved in the London Olymic Legacy. This including ES Global, the London Legacy Development Corporation and UK Trade and Investment. Along with me, there are representatives from Al Jazeera, Gazeta, the Today Newspaper, The Voice, etc.
Official meetings ended yesterday and I will be here for a couple more days soaking in the UK. Here are snippets from my time here so far. To keep up to date, you can follow my journey through my Instagram and Twitter accounts.
I have pre-ordered the Memoto, an "automatic lifelogging camera" that was kickstarted on...well, Kickstarter. What is it? In short, "a tiny, automatic camera...that gives you a searchable and shareable photographic memory." The idea is that you clip on a small not-so-obvious (Google Glass anyone?) looking camera and it periodically snaps photographs so that you don't have to worry about missing any special photo-worthy moments.
If you have been around me long enough, you might know that I have a love-hate relationship with technology. This little device however, makes sense to me (in theory). According to their blog, it is expected to ship by the end of September. Will keep you folks in the loop.
Six Travel Misconceptions You Need to Forget About
By John Gower
With traveling, as with many other things, the conventional wisdom is not always so wise. Before you book your next trip, be sure that you are not laboring under any of these six delusions about traveling.
1. "Booking in advance will save me money"
If you need to be in a particular place on a particular date for business, or you are looking at a trip during a holiday weekend, go ahead and book your trip well in advance. But if your schedule is open and you are flexible about destinations, you can save a great deal by biding your time and keeping an observant eye on changing airfares. When spots open up at the last minute on flights or at hotels because of cancellations or over-bookings, you can snag a fantastic deal and go on a dream vacation for a killer price. This approach takes patience, flexibility, and no small measure of luck, but can pay huge dividends.
2. “Traveling isn’t safe”
Thanks to films like Taken and Hostel, many have an overly negative idea of the safety of traveling in general. While there is no doubt that some countries are more dangerous than others (I do not recommend a trip to Somalia or Syria any time soon), visiting most foreign countries is not the game of Russian roulette that many fear it to be. Two rules of thumb to be safe in foreign countries: when traveling, do not make it obvious to everyone that you are a tourist as doing so can make you a target for pickpockets. Second, in the fun and commotion, exercise the same amount of caution, awareness, and common sense that you would on the streets of your hometown. Keep these suggestions in mind, and you are likely to have a safe and enjoyable trip to a foreign country.
3. “I can get better currency rates at home”
Many travelers make this false assumption and hope to be proactive and save money by getting foreign currency before they leave. In reality, domestic currency changers will charge you a heavy commission and will usually offer poor exchange rates. You can get traveler’s checks or foreign currency from your bank, but this opens up the danger of physically carrying around all of your cash with you in a foreign country, which is rarely a good idea. Instead, use the currency vendors at the hotel you’re staying at to get small amounts at a time—or, in the best case scenario, get foreign currency through a credit card with your bank to avoid high tourist rates and get a better exchange rate while staying safer.
4. “Duty-free zones offer great deals”
For the shopping-inclined, “duty-free” zones are one of the biggest perks of traveling. No one likes taxes, and a big sign proclaiming goods without them is automatically enticing. The reality, however, is not quite as simple. Several magazines and news outlets have done side-by-side comparisons of duty-free prices versus normal prices and have found that the former are often actually more expensive. While a handful of products (like cigarettes and alcohol) may be cheaper, most of the goods you will be browsing (especially traveler-type items like souvenirs, toiletries, and cosmetics) will be more expensive than they would be at a “normal” store.
I came across this while browsing the other day. Apparently made by a YouTube user (Mik2048) from Google Earth and "a lot of pictures taken by lucky visitors". He adds that "the scale is 1:1 (1m = 1 block)" and confesses "I never had the opportunity to go in Brunei and to visit the palace so it's not perfect!"
What do you folks think?
I am a Justin Timberlake fan. I have a tonne of respect for his music and him as an entertainer. Back in 2007, I attended his Future Sex Love Show concert and I remember him saying, "People ask me what sort of fellas go to your concert." His answer? "Smart ones." I even wrote the following after his concert.
The concert was awesome. Awesome. I must admit, it was designed more for the ladies...but Justin, you have earned my respect - performer, singer, song-writer, producer, musician. You know, on a side note, I'm sure Justin and I would have been awesome friends. Heh.
Fans would know that the internet has been abuzz with rumours that 'N Sync were possibly "reuniting" at the #VMAs. Well, JT and 'N Sync fans were not disappointed.
And one more thing. Have you heard this JT and Daft Punk mashup by The Hood Internet? Love it.
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