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Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People

Monday, 07 March 2011 18:17
Greetings Readers! If you are a first time reader here, Welcome! I am a born-and-bred Bruneian blogger (and tweeter), currently based in Adelaide, South Australia. I have been here for 11 years now, and in just seven days I will be making my big move back to Brunei! I did the whole "let me work overseas for a while to gain some experience" and now it is time to bring all I have learnt home.
 
I am happy-sad as you can imagine...having to leave this Adelaide after 11 years. I have been back to Brunei at least once a year over the last 11...but always as a 'holiday-er'. Even before Australia, I was in Kuala Lumpur for a year and a half for college...which means, the last time I was truly a 'resident' of Brunei was nearly 13 years ago. So, yea...many things are playing on my mind. These are some of them...some trivial, some silly, but all important to me.
 
- What is life really going to be like?
- Where will I work, and how will my skill-set be utilised?
- What will I do for recreation and free-time?
- Do people really need to go to Miri for re-supplies of household items?
- What mobile service carrier do I go with?
- Are there property managers who I can call on anytime of the day? 
- Which internet provider will take the best care of my requirements?
- Why are there often traffic-jam reports in Gadong?
- Which place serves up the best coffee?
- What will it be like not to have to pay income-tax?
- Who will I hang out with?
- What can I do to be part of the solution?
- Does Seria still serve up the best Kuay Teow?
 
One of the catch-phrases you will notice me throwing around is that this blog aims to help people 'rediscover Brunei'. Honestly, it is because I wanted to rediscover Brunei before the Big Move home...I really wanted to hear what the locals had to say about the "where-to-go's" and "what to eat's".
 
Now, after nearly 30 features, I have more of an idea of what to expect, but pretty soon...it will be my turn again. While there are often stories about people leaving and the great 'brain-drain' dilemma, my story will be one of a return to the Motherland...13 years in the making.
 
So, stick around for a while and join others and myself as we rediscover Brunei. You might learn something new as well.
 
See you soon Brunei!
 
Big Love!
Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:03

Greetings Readers! Yesterday marked Brunei's 27th National Day. It was great being there through the tweeted pictures and patriotic tweets (check out the #Brunei27ND feed as suggested by @Marul69), but my mind was also somewhere else. Yesterday the international packers came through, and in about seven hours, they managed to box, categorize and label 11 years worth of our lives.

The packers did not have time to colour code my shirts...

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 20:03

Greetings Readers! February 2011 has been and probably will be a quieter blogging month for me. As some of you may know, I am currently still in Adelaide, South Australia. My family and I are making the move back to Brunei in less than three weeks time...after more than 11 years away from Brunei! So you can imagine that we are busy busy busy with 11 years worth of packing, farewells and more packing.

We arrive on 15th March 2011 in case you were wondering, and my oh my...we are looking forward to returning to the Motherland! So, dear readers, bear with me through this quiet month. Of course, I will still be tweeting on a daily basis, so feel free to follow my journey as @BruneiTweet on Twitter.

Big Love! 

Saturday, 19 February 2011 15:24

Greetings Readers! Read up about the latest featured local band - Bleed This Skyline by clicking on the picture-link above, and then watch them live together with other local bands at Backyard Pit 2 on 26th February 2011!  

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 19:56

Screenshot sourced from AsiaYea.com 

Hello Readers! I am a fan of corporations who host initiatives that challenge people to think outside of the box. HSBC is one such corporation. In fact, I have been keeping an eye on their Young Entrepreneur Awards. The idea is for students to think of a business idea, prepare a visual presentation subject to the vote of the public, submit a full business plan and buddy up with a mentor (provided) for guidance. Finalists then have the opportunity to present to a judging panel and field questions from the same. Finally, the winning teams then compete against other finalists from the region (Brunei, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines and Thailand).

I participated in a similar initiative in 2009, and these things are tough! Business plans and public presentations have a way of testing people's resolve...but as life would have it, tough things always grow us.

Currently, Round 2 is in progress which involves us, the public. Check out the one-minute visual presentations created by the qualifying students from Brunei here and cast your vote!

All the best to all of you students who are participating! I would love to hear more about your idea so feel free to reach me 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.