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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 16:03

I was at the Brunei International Airport arrival area over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the expressions of creativity that peppered the waiting area and walkway. I am biased here (I am a sucker for creativity) and you may have your own opinions about it, but to me it 'lifted' the look of the area. There was origami, urban knitting, graffiti, painting and even paper mache art pieces. There seems to be some sort of system where different creative expressions are put up around the area; a few months ago there were different pieces up on display.

Whoever is behind this, keep up the great work!

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Monday, 05 August 2013 17:28

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Greetings Readers. This Wednesday 7th August, between 10am and 4pm, the first 50 Standard Chartered Bank credit cardholders who purchase at least one ticket to a specified destination via www.flyroyalbrunei.com will receive a free ticket to the same destination.

Where to? Visit the Standard Chartered Bank website and Facebook Fanpage to find out!

T's and C's Apply

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

Monday, 05 August 2013 17:01

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Back in 2011, I was interviewed by The Brunei Times on the topic of how social media was changing ASEAN. Here's an excerpt; you can read the rest of it here. (Mind you, this interview was from 2011 so don't mind me if some of the ideologies seem a little dated.)

Social media users may know Delwin Keasberry through his Twitter persona @BruneiTweet and website ProjekBrunei.com.

With over 9,000 followers on his Twitter account and over a million hits on his website, it's no surprise he is among the participants in Asia Inc Forum's ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum in Manila on Sept 28-29, where he will be holding a masterclass on social networking, alongside Tonyo Cruz, president of TXT Power.

The Brunei Times sits down with the blogger to find out more about his thoughts on social networking and how it can help benefit the general public and businesses, as well as what he is anticipating in the upcoming ASEAN 100 Forum.

This would be your first ASEAN 100 Forum, what are you most looking forward to?

Yes, this year's ASEAN 100 will be my first. If I may borrow a line from DST Brunei's, I am excited about "The Future, Now".

I am going to the ASEAN 100 with this in mind to learn, to network, to brainstorm, to be inspired, to hear direction regarding ASEAN's current role 'in the big picture'. How is it different? For me, the ASEAN 100 is different from other because of the calibre of participants, and the urgency and relevance of topics.

You will be moderating a masterclass on how social media is changing Asean. In your opinion, how much more connected and informed are we just based on social media alone?

I would argue that this truly depends on the user. For some, social media is a knee-deep kiddie play pool. It is safe, it is controlled, is it shallow, it is fun, it is self-contained. For some, it is an olympic pool plenty of room for a good swim, deep, dangerous if you don't know how to swim, fun and healthy if you know how. For others still, it is like an open sea. Brimming with life, ripe for exploration, an arena for research. There are people who are happy wading casually at the shallow end, there are those perfecting their strokes in the Olympic pool, and then there are those hungry for adventure setting out to the unknown seas. You are only as connected and informed as you want to be.

Being one of the most popular tweeters in Brunei, how important is it for being socially responsible when it comes to disseminating information?

To date, I have over 9,000 followers on Twitter. This means that every message I send out is (potentially) seen by over 9,000 different people at any one time. Of course, I need to be careful about what I share. Being careful to me is ensuring what is being shared is legitimate and ensuring that I don't spread hearsay and 'rumours'.

Based on your experience and network of people, do you feel that the ASEAN social networkers are more dependent on social media?

From my experience, social networkers in ASEAN are no different from those elsewhere (excluding of course countries where some social networks are banned).

In the ASEAN region alone, there are millions and millions of people tweeting, 'facebooking' and now 'instagramming', do you think that social networking will reach a point of saturation where it gets difficult to filter through the unwanted stuff?

The current social media ecosystem allows for end users to choose who they allow into their inside circles. This allows users to separate the noise from the wanted content.

For businesses, this means that it becomes more difficult to stand out amongst their competitors, what tips do you have for being relevant on a social network?

Here are three tips from a previous post I wrote, Seven Twitter Tips for Businesses: 1. Be consistent with your branding, 2. Update regularly, and 3. Respond and Interact. Businesses should not be 'afraid' of social media but rather should recognise its use as another tool for building existing relationships with customers.

Do you have any topics that particularly interest you during your masterclass with Tonyo Cruz?

We have been charged with the task of discussing "How is Social Media Changing ASEAN?" Aside from the sharing of content, social media in ASEAN has perhaps been used as an amplifier of opinions, a builder of momentum, and a platform for (uncensored) publications. Each of these three things have explicit implications and it is my intention to dialogue with Tonyo about the same.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:06

"This helps diminish the stereotype where graffiti is just vandalism...because if you look around, the amount of time and artistic value we put into our work – it’s not vandalism at all. Vandalism is destruction. What we are doing is creating something.”

Thursday, 01 August 2013 15:58

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So I went to my usual recycling drop-off spot and noticed that the bins had been sealed. I asked the groundskeeper about it and he told me "they stopped paying us for the recyclables so it's not worth doing anymore". Anyone else had this experience recently?

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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.

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.