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Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People

Monday, 04 April 2011 11:40

Greetings Readers! I have just returned from a trip to Melbourne as part of Royal Brunei Airlines' inaugural flight from Brunei to Melbourne. I have a lot to share, but for now, sit back and enjoy these videos highlighting just some of our experiences from the trip. You too can experience Melbourne via a direct flight from Brunei! Head to for prices and booking enquiries.

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Monday, 04 April 2011 09:29

Greetings Readers! Check out this recent video by one of my favorite local bands, the Micbandits. For non-Flash browsers, click here. Big Love!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011 17:08

PRESS RELEASE 29th March 2011

RBA’s First Flight to Melbourne 2011

On 29 March 2011, Royal Brunei Airlines launched its four times weekly services to Melbourne. The flight operates to Melbourne on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday on Royal Brunei Airline’s B777 aircraft flights BI53 and BI54. The maiden flight will depart Bandar Seri Begawan at 10:00 pm and arrive at Melbourne, Victoria the next day, at 07:55 am in Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne. The return flight from Melbourne BI54 will depart Tullamarine Airport at 01:40 pm and arrive in Bandar Seri Begawan at 05:40 pm. 

Joining on Royal Brunei Airline’s inaugural flight to Melbourne is a delegation from the Ministry of Industry of Primary Resources, led by Yang Mulia, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Amin Liew Bin Abdullah, Permanent Secretary of Industry and Primary Resources. Also joining in the delegation is the Chief Executive Officer of Brunei Tourism, Sheikh Jamaluddin. 

Royal Brunei Airline’s Deputy Chairman,Dermot Mannion said, “The launching of Royal Brunei Airline’s direct flight to Melbourne will strengthen the relationship between Australia and Brunei Darussalam – not just within tourism and trade but also in hopefully, the education sector. The recent years have seen an increase in Brunei students’ interest to studying in Australia – this direct flight to Melbourne aims to make it easier for students and their families to travel. For passengers bound for London from Melbourne, we provide transit options in Brunei and Dubai.” 

His Excellency Mark Sawers, Australian High Commissioner congratulates Royal Brunei Airlines on this momentous occasion. “This new service is certainly welcome news to travellers both as a direct stop or transit option. Not only tourists will enjoy the new link but students and business associates will find this direct flight option a very timely convenience” said Mr Sawers. Ms Josie Abdullah, Australian Trade Commission’s Manager for Brunei and East Malaysia, will also be travelling on the inaugural flight to facilitate business meetings for Ministry and Industry and Primary Resources officials and as well as the Brunei International Chamber of Commerce representatives. Ms Abdullah said, “The Victorian Government, Tourism Victoria and a number of key allies in Australia has been very supportive in putting together a work and visit program.” 

Customers can book flights with Royal Brunei Airlines through travel agents, visit the Royal Brunei Airline’s Melbourne office at Level 10, 45 William Street,Melbourne Victoria, 3000, Australia or visit us online at

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Sunday, 27 March 2011 13:45

Greetings Readers! Yesterday, Brunei participated in Earth Hour. I am actually in Kuala Lumpur for the weekend so I could not visit any of the many local places that were participating. Fortunately, the Bruneian Twitterverse was buzzing with tweets, updates and pictures about the Bruneian Earth Hour. Well done to @EarthHourBrunei and all other tweeps who took part in Earth Hour Brunei. These are just some of the pictures from Twitter. 

Picture by @IcyLuckyHoof of people from the Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College at Yayasan Complex

Picture by @Yunie108 of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Picture by @Anehff9 of a gulingtangan performance in the dark in Temburong
Another picture by @Anehff9 of a gentleman in Temburong setting up the number 60
Picture by @Farah409. Farah tweeted this picture from Brisbane, Australia. Farah mentioned that she gathered with a bunch of Bruneians studying at the Queensland University of Technology (Hello to Nabillah, Fatin, Zila, Yusof, Jonathan, Hazmie and of course you Farah!). They started their Earth Hour at 10.30 p.m. local Brisbane time to coincide with 8.30 p.m. local Brunei time too! 
Sunday, 27 March 2011 12:29
Greetings Readers! Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness was created by Cassidy Megan in 2008. Just wear something purple to support the cause, and then tell people why you are wearing purple, i.e. I am wearing purple in support of Epilepsy Awareness Day, or Did you know that epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide...which is one in 100 people.
Yesterday, after reading a few tweets about #PurpleDay on Twitter, I tweeted a link about Purple Day, and then soon after, I received a tweet from Michelle Caplan. Michelle is the Purple Day Partnership Executive, based in Calgary, Canada. The pictures, information and testimonial in this post have been provided by Michelle, or from the website. Have a read and broaden your understanding about epilepsy.
 First Aid Chart
Picture from a Purple Day event in Kenya 

Hi - This is Cassidy Megan,

I would like to thank everybody around the world for helping support Purple Day and people around the world with epilepsy. I also want to thank our global partners, the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and The Anita Kaufmann Foundation. If none of you guys were here to help me and support Purple Day, Purple Day wouldn’t have succeeded so much. So a big THANK YOU to all of you!!!

I started Purple Day because when I first found out that I had epilepsy I was afraid and embarrassed of what other people would think. I also thought I was the only kid in the world with epilepsy. I wanted to have one day where everyone in the world could show support for people with epilepsy and teach people about epilepsy.

Educating people about epilepsy is so important because people need to know what to do if they see someone having a seizure and they need to know that there are different types of seizures and that they don’t have to be afraid of epilepsy or the people who have it. Education also helps people with epilepsy know they aren’t alone.

Since I started Purple Day, I feel special in a way because I am helping people around the world. I don’t feel alone, scared or embarrassed anymore and I really hope other people around the world don’t feel that way anymore either.

I love that I have made a whole lot of friends from all around the world since starting Purple Day and I am proud of all of us, because we are helping people everywhere learn and be aware.

I would really like it if you would continue to support Purple Day and help me and other people around the world learn about epilepsy. Please also let them know we aren’t alone. Please continue to pass the word around and spread awareness. I am so happy and excited that Purple Day has gotten so big from all of our hard work. It is so exciting to think just how big it will keep growing every year with all of us working together!

Thank you again. YOU ROCK!!!


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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.

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