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Friday, 20 September 2013 11:15

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Hi folks. Registrations for the 38th Panaga Triathlon are now open. There are two options for individual events; the full tri (sprint distance - 500m pool swim, 23km cycle, 5.5km run) and speed tri (300m pool swim, 12km cycle, 3km run). There is also a teaam relay which consists of a 500m pool swim, 23km cycle and a 5.5km run.

Register online for the Individual Events here and the Team Relay here. Otherwise, check out their FB page for more information.

INDIVIDUAL EVENT Distances; Full Tri (Sprint Distance): 500m Pool Swim, 23km Cycle, 5.5km Run Speed Tri: 300m Pool Swim, 12km Cycle, 3km Run Cost of entry: $40 per competitor. Includes Race, T-Shirt, Breakfast and entry to lucky draw.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 08:56

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Photographs sourced from the Entrepreneurship At Campus FB page

I was recently invited to speak at the Entrepreneurship At Campus Hari Raya Open Office. I was the last of three other speakers - Sabrina Wong of Sab Five Five, David Chen of Sunland Agri-Tech Pte Ltd and Hj Azaman, Chairman of GDG Brunei. The Entrepreneurship At Campus or E@C is a collaboration between the BEDB, the iCentre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam and their Entrepreneurship Club. According to their FB page, they exist to "nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students in Brunei; regardless of age and level of education attainment." They invited the four of us to share around the topic of entrepreneurship from our life experiences. Of course I agreed.

I arrived. I scanned the room for familiar faces. I caught up briefly with mates. I sat down, right at the back of the hall. As much as I like having a "Reserved for Mr Keasberry" sign flopped on a seat on the front row, I also enjoy sitting at the back. When I speak, I try my best to speak to speak to the ones least interested in being there. They are often lurking riiiight at the back. Sitting at the back gives me different perspective which is usually followed by last-minute adjustments to my message and tone.

I should also say that sitting at the back is a great way to hide nervousness from the organisers and other speakers.

My turn. I walked up to the speaker's platform, set up my digital timer and started with a disclaimer. "I am a hybrid-entrepreneur." Within 10 minutes, I had touched on snippets of my journey including how BruneiTweet started, the power of social media, lessons from my journey to date, but I probably spent an extra moment explaining what I meant by hybrid-entrepreneur. In my opinion, "true" entrepreneurs are purists, fully immersed into their business without a safety net (read: assured salary) to keep them afloat. Me? I have a nine-to-five, but I also wear other hats, including managing this website. I also spoke about the importance of having an entrepreneurial spirit which is the other side of the entrepreneurial coin.

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When it came to q n' a time, there was one question which caught me off-guard. It went something like this.

Q: What do you consider as your strengths?

A: Good question. Hmm. *looks at the clock wondering why time suddenly stopped* Well, one of them is in communications. Offline and online.

I then went on for a bit about the importance of being able to communicate.

Afterwards, I hung around for a bit, got to know a few of them, took a few group-selfies, had a play with Google Glass, thanked the organisers and walked back to my car (parked precariously at a location I will not talk about). It then hit me. Q n' A remorse, specifically regarding the question about strength. Marketing folks love talking about strengths. Why? Because it is easy to mask a shallow answer with fanciful words. I did give an answer anchored to past and current experiences, but in hindsight I should have shared around one of my favorite quotes: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."

Chew on that.

Shoutout the all you folks at the E@C!

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:54

 

More sights and sounds from my recent trip to London.

Monday, 16 September 2013 12:26

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Just a few more sleeps until we get to watch Team Brunei's award winning performances folks!

The trio of Fakhrul Razi, Kevin Lo and Maria Grace Koh will be showcasing their winning performances. Fakhrul Razi will be belting out “One Moment in Time”, “Feeling Good”, “And am I Telling You”, “Someone like you” and his original work “Senyuman Gelapmu”. Kevin Lo will lead some of the local actors in doing “The Crucible” and an excerpt from “My Fair Lady” both of these plays are part of his award winning performances in Hollywood. Meanwhile, Maria Grace Koh our youngest delegate, will be playing her award winning songs “At Last”, “Somewhere”,” Wide Awake” and her original composition “ You”.

21 September 2013 is also the deadline for the submission of application to those who wants to audition and be part of WCOPA Team Brunei Darussalam delegates. Actors, Instrumentalists, Vocalists, Dancers and Variety Acts from age seven and up will be allowed to audition. [Get the application form from the participating outlets listed below and attach the audition slip and submit it on the same day of the showcase.]

Tickets are available from the following participating outlets: The Body Shop, Mr. Baker’s Bakeshop, Armtrix Enterprise, Laily’s Boutique, Deseo Boutique, BATA Shoes, Pho Real Restaurant, Kimchi Restaurant, Paddington House of Pancakes, Pet Link, Pet Vision, Virtuoso School of Music, Studio Scene, Vision Care in Kuala Belait and Muffins N Co.

Tickets valued at B$30 for Gold, B$20 for Silver and B$10 for Bronze. You can also call +6737236243 for more details.

Friday, 13 September 2013 15:49

During 2nd year uni fashion 2011What do you do?
A freshly graduated fashion designer specializing in conceptual womenswear clothing.

Describe yourself in a few words.
Optimistic and loves indulging in anything creative.

What does success look like to you?
Success to me is to persevere despite the many obstacles and negativity that you may face.

When I see the words 'fashion designer', I think of The Devil wears Prada and Ugly Betty. Exaggerations? Or pretty close to reality?
Perhaps some scenes are quite true as being in an industry where competition is always never-ending, catty attitudes are not uncommon. But, the way they portray interns in the movies is probably exaggerated as it really depends on the company on how they treat their interns, as generally interns are not paid as we are giving free labour but, I guess it is up to us individuals on whether we can find ways in learning through that experience. There are times where I had to do simple errands such as walking around the city to collect things or send things; it may seem boring but I take it as a way to observe the sights and sounds of the city whilst doing so. At the end of the day, it is how you perceive these small tasks in a different light.

Apart from that, designing clothes may seem like a glamorous career but it is actually a lot of hard work, talent and dedication. I remember being in the studio doing my own tasks and observing the long hours that the designers dedicate their time towards their designs.  

Have you always been creative? Or was it something that grew on you?
I have always enjoyed drawing and making creative crafts as a child so I think that came quite naturally to me. In middle school and high school, I was in the Science stream so, for a few years I did not have any formal education in art and design and did not have the opportunity to yield my creativity. However, that is the period in my life when I realized that I wanted to pursue something creative as I really missed drawing and having the freedom to create something artistic on a daily basis.

A peek into my sketchbook

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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.