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Tuesday, 22 March 2011 00:07

Greetings Readers! My day went along as it normally does, that is until I went to Kitaro Japanese Restaurant in Gadong to sample the Kitaro Sumo Challenge! What a challenge it was...

Catching up with a buddy at Kitaro Japanese Restaurant 


Allow me to start from the beginning. Kitaro is one of the platinum sponsors for Twestival Brunei, and on Tuesday 22nd March 2011 there will be a pre-Twestival dinner at the restaurant with proceeds going to Twestival Brunei's Child Development Centre fund. If you have not yet made reservations, give them a call (2457373); you will leave as a happy (and full!) customer.

During the evening, Kitaro Japanese Restaurant will also be hosting a Man vs Food challenge! I cannot give too much away, but after being one of their first customers to take on the challenge...all I can say for now is that it was an experience I will remember for a long (long) while. The stage is set, and representatives from the general public, Bruneian Twitterverse, Pilihan FM, UBD FM, etc have already accepted the Kitaro Sumo Challenge. It is going to be one epic battle! I would know.

If you cannot make it for dinner, find time to witness and experience what is set to be a great pre-Twestival event! And oh! Make sure you ask about their Angry Bird bento set as well!


See you at Kitaro Japanese Restaurant (Address: Unit 5 - 7, Ground Floor, The Centrepoint, Gadong) on Tuesday 22nd March 2011; dinner sitting starts at 7.30 p.m. and the Man vs Food challenge starts at 7.45 p.m.

If you are keen to participate in the Kitaro Sumo Challenge, contact me on 7141781 as soon as possible.

Big Love!

Sunday, 20 March 2011 23:11

Press Release: Twestival Brunei 2011 



TWESTIVAL BRUNEI – In support of the Child Development Center, proudly supported by Swensen's and Kitaro Japanese Restaurant, Brunei

Twestival (or Twitter Festival) Brunei will take place on 24th March 2011 at Swensen's, The Mall, Gadong from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This evening of social media events aims to raise funds and awareness for a good cause and is a part of the official Twestival global event via the social media platform, Twitter. Across the world on the same day, Twestivals armed with the same aim will take place. In Brunei, our good cause is the Child Development Center.

Under the Ministry of Health, a community-based rehabilitation centre known as the Child Development Centre (CDC) was formed in 1999. The primary objective of the CDC is to provide diagnosis, assessment, treatment and support for special needs children, to help them achieve optimal health as well as social and educational development. Referrals to the CDC are from various sources including specialist pediatrics and neonatology clinics, primary care sources, other clinical specialties, schools and by self-referrals.  Following detailed assessment and confirmation of diagnosis, these children will be referred for specific therapy programmes.

Twestival Brunei aims to raise funds from the proceeds of ice cream and kid meals sales at Swensen's, The Mall, Gadong from Sunday 20th March 2011 until Thursday 24th March 2011. Additionally, Kitaro Japanese Restaurant, Centrepoint, Gadong will be hosting a pre-Twestival dinner event on Tuesday 22nd March 2011, where earning from meals sold at 2 dinner sittings: 5.30pm and 7.30pm will also benefit the fund; reservations are essential.

Monies raised will go towards the purchase of developmental toys, teaching aids and equipments for the children who undertake therapy at the CDC. A portion of it will also be used for the CDC's World Down Syndrome Day in April 2011.

The official launch of Twestival Brunei will happen on Thursday 24th March 2011 at Swensen's, The Mall, Gadong from 7.30pm, to 9.30pm.  The evening will be packed with fun events and where anyone who would like to come along and meet other Twitter users.

Twestival Brunei is organised by local twitterers @bruneitweet, @emmagoodegg and @zulfadly. For further information, please visit the Twestival Brunei website at and follow @TwestivalBrunei on Twitter. 

Contact: @BruneiTweet, @EmmaGoodEgg or @Zulfadly for further details.

Friday, 18 March 2011 07:23

Greetings Readers! On Thursday 17th March 2011, I caught up with Brunei's own very Mr RA - Rano Adidas. Rano is the mastermind behind, and this year will mark his eight year anniversary of top blogging. I first met him in 3D in October 2010, but yesterday marked the first time we had a chance to sit and chat. We caught up at Fleur de lys Bakeshop, Kiulap and brought each other up to speed with each other's backgrounds, intentions and dreams with social media, ideas, etc. It is always interesting meeting people for the first time, and for now I will just say it was great to have finally met you mate. 

(I should have worn my I am @BruneiTweet t-shirt) 

Friday, 18 March 2011 06:58

 Japan Quake March 2011 Press Release 

In reference to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred off the coast of North East  Japan on the afternoon of 11 March 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade would like to update the public that the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Tokyo has been able to contact 40 Brunei nationals in Japan and reported that they are safe.

With regards to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Brunei Embassy in Tokyo continue to monitor the situation closely. Apart from the areas within the 30 km radius from the power plants, the Japanese authorities have reported that the level of radiation in other parts of Japan including Tokyo remains low and are not harmful to people's health.

The Brunei Embassy in Tokyo has evacuated all known Brunei nationals in the disaster affected areas caused by the earthquake and tsunami. No Brunei nationals are known to be staying in the Fukushima area where the nuclear plants are located. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade would also like to assure the Brunei public that every effort is being made to ensure the safety of all Brunei nationals.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade continues to urge all Brunei nationals in Japan who have yet to register with the Brunei Embassy in Tokyo to do so immediately. This will enable our Embassy to contact them and provide any necessary assistance in case of any emergency.

For further enquires on the earthquake and Tsunami and the situation surrounding the nuclear plants in Japan, the public may contact the following numbers: 

Ø  Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Tokyo: +813-34477997,+818012490881 or +881631651044  

Ø  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, BruneiDarussalam: +673-2260442, +673-2261043 or +673-8716001

Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:10

Greetings Readers! After 13 years of being away, I am back in Brunei! I arrived less than 48 hours ago, and man, am I glad to be be home! From Adelaide, my family and I flew to Brisbane to spend some time there with a few loved ones, and on Tuesday 15th March 2011, Royal Brunei Airlines fittingly brought us home.

Adelaide International Airport

Safe wrapping my box of belongings

Checking-in at Brisbane International Airport 

My comfy ride home


And now, I am back for good. Feel free to tweet me if you want to meet up for a chat, coffee, FOOD or whatever. 8)

I am glad to be home, and that is an understatement.

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.

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