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Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People

Monday, 18 April 2011 22:31

Greetings Readers! We (the organisers for Twestival Brunei 2011) attended the 2011 World Down Syndrome Day Celebration at the Child Development Center at Kiarong, Brunei on 17th April 2011. It was previously discussed that the educational toys purchased from the funds raised from Twestival would be presented to the children on that day. Families and the general public participated in a walkathon, gifts and certificates for individual achievements were presented by the Minister of Health, and the educational toys were distributed to the children. It was a very special day for the three of us as well...just to see the fruit from what was sowed through Twestival weeks ago. The smiles on the faces of families following the receipt of the gifts made it especially heart-moving.

Saturday, 16 April 2011 19:46

Greetings Readers! I had lunch at Thien Thien's Gadong branch today. I usually ask for a lemon-ping, an order of chicken rice and a bowl of their ngau-lam / beef brisket soup. For us locals, Thien Thien needs no introduction. For those of you who have never been, I dare say just ask anyone in Brunei and the person could point you in the right direction. Thien Thien Restaurant is known for their chicken rice. Known.

Ah yes, chicken rice. Such a humble dish, yet so comforting...so simple, yet so darn tasty if done properly. And oh, chicken rice AND chilli at the same time? Mmm mmm mmm. 8) And here's the thing that amazes me. Today, as I sat there eating, I ran through a list of marketing questions in my mind. Do they have any fancy schmancy gimmick? No. Do they have a catchy tag line? No. Have I ever seen a Thien Thien advertisement in the papers? No. Is there anything special about their decor? No. Do I know the history behind Thien Thien? Have I ever had an in depth chat with the management there? Do I know why they chose the name 'Thien Thien'? Do I know the cooking mechanics that go into preparing a plate of their famous chicken rice? Are they on Twitter? No, No, No, No and No.

However, these I do know - I have been eating Thien Thien's chicken rice since I was a kid. Their service is fast and unassuming. Most, if not all Bruneians overseas miss eating Thien Thien's chicken rice or could tell you about Thien Thien. The food there is affordable. Perhaps above all else, their chicken rice always tastes great, be it at their Gadong, Kiulap or Seri branch. Always? Always.

Taste and see for yourselves.

Big Love!

My order and the general table layout

Friday, 15 April 2011 02:35

Greetings Readers! It has been a pretty eventful week. A lot has been happening in Brunei and I have tried to attend as many events as possible. Beyond attending these events, I have been trying to meet up with people I have never met who I have been corresponding with via Twitter, email, WhatsApp, etc. These are just some photographs (taken with my HTC Desire's 5-megapixel built-in) from the last week (in chronological order). Brunei is blessed with so many colorful characters!

I visited the relaunched Brunei Hotel (@TheBruneiHotel) in the capital. Check it out if you have have not visited since their doors re-opened in February 2011. It has a very fresh modern boutique-like feel now. Very exciting things in store this year!

Friday, 15 April 2011 01:52
I sent my first tweet to @JustinBieber. I could not help myself but to try reach him (he has not responded) after watching Never Say Never. I must say, it was not a bad show. I would actually recommend that you catch it if you can. Personally, I watched it for social media researching purposes.....
 

ShoutOut to @justinbieber Just watched your movie with my #NeverSayNever crew @zulfadly @franki3chan @marul69 @orchidrow @6ee8um

Tuesday, 05 April 2011 11:44

Greetings Readers! This video is from our Eureka Skydeck 88 experience in Melbourne. For non-Flash browsers, click here. Big Love!

 

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About the Editor

new about me profI am a born and bred Bruneian who lived and worked in Australia for over 10 years. I am now based in Brunei. Having spent time away from Brunei, I have learnt that, to know a country is to know the people. To truly appreciate a new place is to see it through their eyes, to listen to their stories, to taste, smell, do and feel as they do.

Everyone has a Story, and this blog - Projek Brunei, features the stories, music, photography and art of locals and of people who have lived or worked in Brunei before. Join me on this project, a project to discover and rediscover this country they call the Abode of Peace, the Heart of Borneo, this place they call the Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures...through the stories of the People.

You may know me by my online moniker, @BruneiTweet. I created BruneiTweet in 2009, and currently (October 2016), I have over 30,000 followers. I am passionate about community, and use social media to connect with people - both on and offline.

I have an MBA, a keen interest in business-development and marketing, and I am a three-time TEDx speaker. I believe in the power of social media and collaboration. I have worked alongside corporate organisations on various community projects. Some highlights from my journey to date: In 2011, I co-organised Twestival Brunei to raise awareness and funds for Brunei’s Child Development Centre. That year I also organised Convergence, Brunei’s first youth led leadership forum. In 2012, I co-organised Movember to raise awareness on men's health issues. In 2013, I participated at various forums including Brunei's National Environment Conference and the ASEAN Social Media Exchange in Thailand. In 2014, I was selected to represent Brunei at the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme. In 2015, I was involved as a panel moderator in an International Women's Day event, and was invited to speak at the Green Leaders Eco-Camp in Brunei about using social media with purpose.
 
But enough about me.

If you have something interesting to share with the rest of the world about Brunei or are interested in being featured on ProjekBrunei, reach me here or email me at bruneitweet@gmail.com.

I would love to hear your side of the story.

You, You and You

Something interesting to share with the rest of the world about Brunei? Interested in being featured on ProjekBrunei.com? Reach me here.