Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People
What do you do?
I am a writer and entrepreneur.
Describe yourself in a few words.
Creative, Self-Confident, and I like doing things I have never done before.
What was your first book? When and why did you decide to write it?
I wrote my first book in 2004; I was 21. It was a novel called "Look! I am on fire". I undertook a three month writing scholarship and the story was part of an assignment for a writing class. I gave the assignment to my teacher, who gave it to a publisher, and then it got published.
I always wanted to go abroad...but at the time, I did not have the money or the chance to go. The unique thing is that the book is a love story based in Seattle. I researched via the internet and wrote the book based on my research.
What are your proudest achievements to date?
I always feel proud whenever someone publishes their own book on NulisBuku.com…to see their lives change, it always make me proud. There are also two other things. First was the launch of NulisBuku.com in 2010 – it was in conjunction with a book launch; 99 writers wrote the book in nine days. It was a very special moment, standing there with 99 new writers. Secondly, this year I received the Inspiring Woman Award 2012 from Tabloid Nova. My mom was there and she was very happy. When I saw my parents happy, I am happy as well.
Photographs from Ollie's visit to UBDfm
Chevening in Brunei
Excerpt from the Chevening website: Chevening Scholarships not only offer financial support to study for a Master’s degree at the UK’s leading universities, but the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network. Do you have the potential to be a future leader and a desire to study in the UK? If you would like to enhance your leadership skills and become part of the growing Chevening network, read on.
How to apply for a Chevening Scholarship?
- Sign up for alerts about application opening dates and candidate guidance by clicking on ‘Register’.
- Read the general criteria and consider how you can demonstrate that you meet these criteria in your application.
- There will be new minimum English Language requirements which you will have to meet before applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Some countries will be exempt, but if you don’t have a valid certificate consider booking an English language test date now.
- Research which UK universities / courses you wish to attend as you must include these on your application and demonstrate why you believe these are the right courses for your career.
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- Think about who you will nominate as referees on your application. You are required to nominate two referees.
All the best folks!
Editor's Note: I got to catch up with my mate Abdul a few weeks ago - one of the stars of the Oppan Brunei Style music video. I also managed to catch a quick interview (over SMS) with him before he left back to the UK to continue on with his studies.
What do you do?
I am a student at Keele University, UK taking a degree in politics.
Describe yourself in a few words.
I would have to say I am a very huggable person (due to the unexpected fatness) hahahaha! Plus, I am easy to get along with.
What do you miss about Brunei when you are away?
I miss my family for sure...and getting chauffeured around hahahahahah!!
What was the inspiration behind the Oppan Brunei Style video?
The inspiration behind it actually came from a friend of mine - Nasir Jaafar who's the producer / director and mastermind behind all this...who himself is half korean. And if Sabah & Kuala Lumpur were able to make their own Oppan version why can't Brunei? Hahaha.
What does it mean to you to be Bruneian?
To be a Bruneian is knowing and remembering your roots, especially when studying overseas as we are all "anak Brunei" (no pun intended). Hahahaha!
Seri Mulia Sarjana School on its 20th Anniversary is proud to present Peter Pan The Musical a school production by arrangement with Samuel French and International Theatre and Music (IT&M London) on the 25th of November 2012 at 7:45pm. The musical will be staged at the Jerudong Park Ampitheatre and ticket prices are $15, $35 and $100 available at all Seri Mulia Sarjana School Front Counters.
A well-known and much appreciated musical, Peter Pan the Musical is presented by professional and amateur productions worldwide and is popular for their characters - Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates and of course TinkerBell.
Peter Pan the Musical will take us to Neverland where children are exposed to endless imagination and creativity, two things that Seri Mulia Sarjana School persistently instills amongst its students as they serve as foundations of numerous possibilities.
This production is being staged by Seri Mulia Sarjana School as commemorative of the school’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. This is also an avenue for the school to expose its students to the performing arts and most importantly to involve the whole school in a community outreach for the benefit of Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans. Proceeds from the Peter Pan copyright will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Join them in this event and be a part of our community outreach.
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