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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 14:47

The Kianggeh Open Air Market, a.k.a. Tamu Kianggeh - found along Kianggeh Road in Bandar Seri Begawan, opposite the Brunei Hotel. It is one of the should-visits here in Brunei with ready supplies of fresh vegetables, fruits and other staples. Travellers are often spotted wandering around, browsing local handicraft, soaking in the market vibe. It is a charming little place, a favourite for photographers from near and afar.

A few things to consider if you do pay Tamu Kianggeh a visit:

1. Go early. Most stalls are ready by 6.00am. You get first picks and it is hard to beat early morning photography.

2. Depending on the time of day, be prepared to perspire. Unless it is a cool and breezy day, it can get warm.

3. Leave your burly backpacks and luggage at the hotel. There is ample walking space, but toting around your travel bags will be cumbersome.

4. Bring small dollar notes and coins.

5. If you are wandering through with children, don't be careless. It gets busy during peak hours and it would be easy for them to fall outside of your direct line of sight.

6. If you are game, try your hand at bargaining.

7. Don't rush through. Get friendly with the locals. Be adventurous and sample some of the local produce. Soak it in.

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Monday, 29 July 2013 22:49

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Greetings Readers. Announcement! Over the next three weeks you could win yourself a free return air ticket to an exciting holiday destination! On Wednesday 31st July, Wednesday 7th August and Wednesday 14th August, an hour will be designated where the first 50 Standard Chartered Bank credit cardholders who purchase at least one ticket to the specified destination via www.flyroyalbrunei.com will receive a free ticket to the same destination.

This week's destination: Kuala Lumpur

Booking period: 31st July 2013 (Wednesday), 11am - 2pm

Terms and Conditions

If you are one of the first 50 customers to buy a return economy ticket to selected destinations using your Standard Chartered Bank credit card at www.flyroyalbrunei.com, you will receive a free return ticket of the same
We will notify you on your free ticket by SMS after 1 working day
This Promotion does not apply to VISA Corporate, VISA Business credit cards or e-Cash card
You are limited to 1 free ticket during this Promotion
Travel period for the free ticket ex-Brunei is from 13 October to 28 November 2013, 3 to 23 January 2014 and 8 to 28 February 2014
Online Credit Card Travel Promotion Terms and Conditions apply
See here for other T's and C's

Look out for the two remaining destination announcements on the Standard Chartered Bank website and Facebook Fanpage!

Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:15

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I paid a visit to the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) with my family for the first time last week. The OGDC, an initiative of Brunei Shell Petroleum, is a 'science-based educational facility meets tourist pitstop' kind of a place. It makes for a fun and family-friendly outing and the entry rates are reasonable. There's an exhibition hall, theatre, classrooms, science labs, an outdoor area for sports, a playground and a even a Traffic Games Park.

According to Brunei Tourism, the "OGDC has emerged as another popular family-oriented landmark in Brunei that serves both educational and recreational purposes" and "introduces visitors to the fascinating world of science and engineering as it applies to the petroleum industry in order to promote environmental awareness and highlight the necessity of nature conservation. It is a fun place where visitors of all ages can expand their knowledge while exploring the seven galleries that showcase over 100 interactive exhibits covering the multi-faceted science behind the oil and gas industry in Brunei."

If you have never paid the OGDC a visit, find some time, make a trip to F20 in Seria, and get the kids ready for some good old fashioned educational fun.

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Admission Charges - Pre School (5 years old and below): Free of Charge, Kids (5 - 12 years old): BND$1, Teens (13 - 17 years old): BND$2, Adults (18 - 55 years old): BND$5, Senior Citizens (55 years old and above): BND$3

Contact: +673 3377200
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:57
Monday, 22 July 2013 16:10

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Announcing the UK Education Fair!

Greetings Readers! The British Universities Brunei Association (BUBA) will be hosting its second annual UK Education fair on Wednesday 21st August 2013. Twenty five Universities and Colleges from across the UK will be participating in the fair at the Member’s Grill and Lounge, The Empire Hotel and Country Club. The fair is aimed at students who are considering studying in the UK in September 2014 but also presents a final opportunity for any students still looking for a place for September 2013 entry to speak with university representatives.

BUBA held its first UK Education fair in Bandar Seri Begawan in August 2011 and met a huge number of students who went on to enrol in degree programmes across Great Britain in September 2012.

The fair will be held between 2pm – 7pm. Further details and names of participating institutions can be found here: http://www.buba.ac.uk/he-fair

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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 (February 2016), I have over 24,000 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.

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Something interesting to share with the rest of the world about Brunei? Interested in being featured on ProjekBrunei.com? Reach me here.