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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 10:26

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:30

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Greetings Readers! In case you have not heard, Brunei will be represented at the World Championships of Performing Arts 2013!

What's it about? Dubbed Hollywood's World Talent Search, the "WCOPA is the only premier international talent competition of its kind held annually in Hollywood...Treasured bronze, silver and gold medals are awarded to world champions in dancing, singing, acting, modeling, instrumentals, and variety arts in the junior age categories (15 and under) and seniors (ages 16 and over), solos and groups. In addition, a total of over  $130,000 USD in scholarships is presented by the famed Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, California and the prestigious New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts School of Film and Television."

"Industry personnel (i.e. managers, agents, casting directors, music industry representatives) from Hollywood, Nashville, and New York are invited to judge, conduct seminars and “go-sees.” This elite world-class competition hosts a priceless educational boot camp, a colorful Opening Ceremonies Parade of Nations, festive parties and fun activities, a sensational Awards Ceremony, and a live global webcast of the breathtaking final gala in which the “best of the best” compete for the coveted Grand Champion of the World titles!"

"Thousands of applicants from over 40 countries and the USA auditioned for a spot to compete at this ultimate global meet staged at the beautiful Westin Bonaventure Hotel.  Every contestant who attends the World Championships of Performing Arts will have been screened, qualified and selected under guidelines executed by licensed National Directors and Scouts from invited countries.  This esteemed meet is an exclusive outlet for aspiring international performers and models to acquire invaluable experience, education, recognition, and networking opportunities."

Meet our delegates.

(From the Prismworks website)

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Delegate for Senior Vocalist Category

Fakhrul Razi is an independent Brunei singer-songwriter. He began writing his own songs when he was 14 years old. He has performed in numerous shows and events in Brunei and International arenas since 2004. While being active in the music scene, Fakhrul Razi is also a TV host for the morning show Rampai Pagi at Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) and also currently a Radio announcer at Kristal Fm, an independent radio station in Brunei. He is also one of the most sought emcees for important and exclusive events in Brunei Darussalam.

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Delegate for Acting Category

Kevin Lo is an Actor of the highest degree. He has the magical ability to evolve into characters as well as a great capacity to enthral an audience. Since discovering the world of spotlights and greasepaint he has endeavoured to perfect his Acting ability and to experiment to the fullest. This journey of discovery has led to him participating in performances both internationally and locally in his home town of Brunei Darussalam. A fully qualified Lawyer, he received his (lawyer certificate Bar) in the United Kingdom, and since returning home he has devoted himself to his community as well as his love for everything that is the performing Arts. Kevin is also passionate about developing the Bruneian Arts scene and is keen to see this industry gain the recognition it deserves. Indeed, he is a man on a mission and his enthusiasm and talent have already brought him thus far.

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Delegate in Vocal with Instruments Category

It is not every day that you come across a national athlete who is also an amazing singer-songwriter. Bubbly and outgoing, Maria Grace Koh – known as Eia – is a 19-year-old music genius. Born on October the 25th 1992, she started singing, dancing and playing the piano from the age of four. Since then, she has performed in a wide variety of concerts and charity events, including a showcase fronting her High School Orchestra for a visit from the British Royal Family. Eia continues to grow and develop as an artist at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. Her vision has always been, and always will be, “to touch the hearts of people around the world with her music”.

Sunday, 19 May 2013 14:22

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I received a parcel from Brunei Halal recently. Nothing catches your attention like receiving a parcel wrapped up in brown paper and some string. They sent through samples from their Dishes of India range and bunch of postcards...hand-written postcards I should add. Simple, but very nice touch.

Here's a snippet from the note that came along with the parcel.

The BruneiHalal brand is pleased to present to its fans and overall consumers that it has launched its more “filling” product line. The make-up of the 23 new products consists of BruneiHalal labelled 2-minute microwavable rice, cooking sauce and their ready meal range, Dishes of India. Customers will find the BruneiHalal rice, cooking sauce and Dishes of India ranges a pleasant surprise as meals can be cooked up in almost no time.

CEO of Brunei Wafirah Holdings, Feby Latip explains that the new ready-made meal and sauce ranges are a testament to “BruneiHalal’s commitment to being a, if not the main, Halal solutions provider to the world” and that “this is the direction that the BruneiHalal brand is headed”. 

The products have already hit the shelves and are available at major supermarkets in the country. This will add to the variety of BruneiHalal products that are already on the market, such as the all-time favourite cookies and the popular sparkling juices.

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For more information on their current product lines, visit www.brunei-halal.com

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Friday, 17 May 2013 16:12

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Greetings Readers! Check out this local Lomography FB Fan Page - http://www.facebook.com/BruneiLomo

For those new to lomography, according to Lomography.com...

It began with a fateful encounter in the early 1990s, when a group of students in Vienna, Austria, stumbled upon the Lomo Kompakt Automat – a small, enigmatic Russian camera. Mindlessly taking shots from the hip, and sometimes looking through the viewfinder, they were astounded with the mindblowing photos that it produced – the colours were vibrant, with deep saturation and vignettes that framed the shot – it was nothing like they had seen before! Upon returning home, friends wanted their own Lomo LC-A, igniting a new style of artistic experimental photography that we now know as Lomography!

They add that there are 10 rules that define ‘lomography’:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it any time – day and night.
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but a part of it.
4. Try to shoot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don’t think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don’t worry about any rules!

Here are some ideas on how to get started (I am paraphrasing here):
1. Pick a camera
2. Choose your film
3. Experiment
4. Meet and connect with fellow lomographers

Here are some photographs from the BruneiLomo page. Check them out and Like them for more.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 15:50

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More details here at the Brunei Economic Development Board website.

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