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Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People

Friday, 18 June 2010 03:03

I recently hosted a Twitter contest where tweeps were invited to take and tweet back photographs to the theme 'Your Brunei'. Brunei's very own MicBAndits have agreed to help select winning photographs. Read on...

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Written by Delwin Keasberry Wednesday, 22 December 2010 21:00

Greetings Readers! Happy Anniversary! Today is 22nd December 2010, and I have officially been @BruneiTweet for one whole year. I keep telling people that I started this account on 22nd December 2009, but Twitter has it on record that the correct date is 21st December 2009. Reason being this - I was in Adelaide, South Australia when I launched it...and my guess it that Twitter records sign-ups in a different time-zone.

This blog post is dedicated to you committed ones. What I mean is that there are casual tweeters and readers who read tweets and blog posts as a one off event...like a one night Stan(d). And then, there are you committed ones. You are in this for the long haul. You see the bigger picture. You are in this for better for worse, through the CNN iReports and the lousy posts. This post is for you.

  Image Source: Softwareorg.com

Here are some facts from the journey so far...

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 19:10

Greetings Readers! I recently read an opinion-article by Romulo Luib on The Brunei Times, shared by @Sorayadhamid on Twitter. The headliner - How do I sell Brunei's wonders? It arrested my attention. I recommend that you check it out too. This was the opening paragraph (word for word):

A COUPLE of friends asked me once what they could do when they visit Brunei for their holiday. I knew they were bent on having a good time for the week that they had planned on being away from work. I said, "There are jungles to visit, there are mosques, magnificent. But I tell you it's not like Thailand. It's not like Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos or Cambodia." And then I groped for more words. 

And then the next line:

They cancelled their planned trip to Brunei and went elsewhere.

I am not a fan of using the caps lock button or over using the bold function when blogging but I NEED YOUR HELPI will be writing up another CNN iReport and I need your insight, help and input...but before that, picture this. You are in an airport in transit. You are sitting next to a fellow traveller. You start talking, and the person asks "So where are you from?". "Brunei" you answer. "Where is that? What is it known for?" is the next question. Do you already have an answer in mind, or do you (also) grope for more words?

So I am writing up another CNN iReport and here's the question I need your help with:

"What is the one thing you would like the World to know about Brunei?"

In other words, how can we sell Brunei to people who have never heard of or have never been to Brunei? What are some things Brunei is or should be known for? It is great to say things like 'there is no place like home', but join me on this projek and let's think bigger than that. Globally, tourism is multi-billion dollar industry so these are very valid questions.

Monday, 20 December 2010 21:29

Greetings Readers! I came across a story on The Washington Post (recommended read!) today, and I just had to share it with you. It is about a homeless man in the US who uses social media to raise awareness and speak on behalf of other homeless people; Eric Sheptock. He calls himself a "homeless homeless advocate", he has over 4,000 Facebook friends and over 800 Twitter followers, he gets invited to do speeches, and oh yes - he blogs.

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Check out Eric's blog http://streatstv.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter - @EricSheptock.

What do you think Readers?

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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.