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21 to 22 February 2014 at Orchid Garden Hotel, Brunei

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:38

The national winners of the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards Competition were announced at a prize presentation event cum dinner networking event on 12 February. The event started off with a presentation on the Bloodhound Project by Wing Commander Andy Green. Earlier that day, Andy visited ITB, JIS and UBD, inspiring students with stories from his journey. The Bloodhound Project reaches out to millions of young people across the world, bringing engineering to life, aiming to make technology exciting for a new generation.

Photos from the UK in Brunei flickr site

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From the Bloodhound Project website

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Students from Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah, Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan, Pusat Tingkatkan Enam Meragang, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Katok, Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong, Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Ali and Jerudong International School participated in the BUBA Awards Competition. They had to pitch their plans to a panel of four judges in a “Dragons’ Den” style session on 11 February.

Deputy High Commissioner Sunny Ahmed said “I was impressed with the confidence of the young people presenting this morning. We have a range of plausible business concepts which we hope the students will pursue. It is clear that the next generation does indeed possess the creativity and innovation required to help Brunei diversify its economy.”

The team from JIS were crowned champions of the Awards, taking home a $2,000 cash prize and BUBA trophy for their school. Their prize includes a trip to the UK where they will visit some BUBA institutions. Meragang Sixth Form Centre was the first runner-up with Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College coming in third. Their students took home cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 respectively.

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19 Feb Brunei Bulletin

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:32

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The Education UK Exhibition was a hit! Forty three UK universities and colleges were represented - the biggest number of participating institutions in recent times. The exhibition was held at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, Empire Hotel & Country Club on Wednesday 12 February.

The many representatives, including officers from the Ministry of Education and CfBT Education Services were on hand offering advice to students on a wide range of topics – visa application, scholarships, fees, living and studying in the UK, etc.

A number of seminars were also held concurrently on topics of general interest, such as “How to Write a Winning Personal Statement”, “Employability – Making the most of your study in the UK” and “Studying Environmental Science”. Those who attended also had fun at the instant photo booth where they were able to take home mementos from the event.

British High Commissioner, David Campbell, said: “We are delighted that the UK remains the preferred overseas destination for Bruneian students. The Education UK Exhibition provides a great opportunity to discover more about the huge range of courses available in the UK.”

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"Why do you want to study in the UK?" from the 2012 exhibition

Were you there? What did you think of the exhibition this year? Did it meet expectations? Do share in the comment section below. For more information about studying in the UK, visit the UK in Brunei website and Facebook Fanpage.

Monday, 17 February 2014 21:55

profI am a fan of black and white photography. I find I tend to look longer at B&W photographs, especially good ones. They arrest my attention. They make me look deeper. There is a great quote by Robert Frank which goes “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.” B&W photography helps me understand that quote a little better.

This feature is about Nikki, one of my favourite B&W photographers. Check out her Instagram account @n1ks to find out why.

What do you do?
I work in the hospitality and travel industry, and my work takes me to many interesting places meeting many interesting people!

Describe yourself in a few words.
Introvert, Extremely nerdy, and a Go-Getter.

You have a great collection of black and white photographs on Instagram. What got you started?
Thanks! I’m really glad you enjoyed them! I’ve always loved the aesthetics of black and white photography, so it was only natural for me to shoot in black and white. I love how emotions, ideas and beauty can be expressed within the limited spectrum of black, white and the greys in between. Don’t get me wrong, I do love colours but I must admit that I’m partial to great black and white photography. 

Is this something you do with both a camera and a phone? Or just a phone? Does a lot of editing go into your pictures before you post them up?
I currently shoot using an iPhone 5 exclusively, and I started my portfolio with an iPhone 4 which actually had a faulty camera lens that couldn’t focus! It wasn’t till I was using a friend’s phone to take a picture that I realized that my phone was faulty. A lot of my earlier work featured that slightly hazy, slightly out of focus element that I think added a little bit of character to the photos.

In terms of editing, I use the Hipstamatic camera app, which shoots analog style pictures. The outcome is random based on the lens and film chosen, and there is little to no editing done after the photos are ‘developed’ in the app, apart from cropping. Lately though I have been experimenting with VSCOcam, and their black and white filters are awesome!

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What are three tips to a great black and white photograph?
Lighting. So so so important when it comes to B&W photos. Lighting really affects the contrast of the photos, so it really depends on what kind of photo you are going for.

Constant vigilance. Always be on the ready to snap a photo coz you never know when the right ‘Kodak moment’ will present itself.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try different angles, different editing techniques, different subjects to take photographs of.

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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

I would love to hear your side of the story.

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