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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:03

Greetings Readers! There is an 'Ozone Run' coming up soon in conjunction with World Ozone Day. The deadline for registration is 24th August 2012. For more information, head to www.env.gov.bn

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Monday, 13 August 2012 17:14

Greetings Readers! The Loughborough Students Union Brunei Society, better known as LufBru, are organising the 6th LufBru Summer Games 2012. It kicks off in September 2012 and there will be competitions in netball, futsal and badminton. For more information visit the LufBru Summer Games Facebook Fanpage or their blog.

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Friday, 10 August 2012 10:13

Greetings Readers! Recently I visited Jerudong Park. After the visit, I wrote down a few questions in my journal.

Will Jerudong Park ever sparkle again like it did in the nineties? Does the Park need 'fixing'? Where would you begin? Should we try and resuscitate this seemingly unconscious giant? Would more rides help? Should we bring back old ones? Inject in more resources? Is it time to put up the 'Do Not Resuscitate' sign?

Have you been back to the Park recently? What are your thoughts?

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Friday, 27 July 2012 16:40

mahusin_2What do you do?

I am a student at Micronet College, but I am currently committed to the London Olympics. As such, I am not a full time student and have deferred my studies; I resume after the Olympics, in September 2012. Before this, I was a national hockey player. (Image source: Pelita Brunei)

Describe yourself in a few words.

I have always been an active person; since primary school! I like hanging out with my family, love cats, like playing Rock Band with my sibling, and also enjoy singing.

You will be Brunei's first ever female Olympian at the upcoming London Olympics. This is historic stuff! When and how did you first hear about it?

The Brunei National Olympic Committee (BNOC) notified me in September 2011 that I had been chosen as an eligible recipient for the Olympic Scholarship for London 2012. Two months ago, they then announced that I was going to represent Brunei at the Olympics.

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Tell us a little about your journey to date as an athlete. When did you decide to take sports seriously?  

It happened during my Sports Day event in 2007 at the Balapan field. I took part in and won an 800m race. The athletic national team were there; they saw me run following which one of them approached me and offered me a chance to join their team.

So I gave it a try.

I trained with the National team for three months and then represented Brunei for the first time at the Teluk Danga Games in Johor. I did not win the race but I improved my time. It was then that I started to take this seriously. I went on to win a lot of local and international competitions and I was awarded with the Best Female Athlete in the national competition in 2009 and 2011.

mahusin_3Describe a 'normal' day in the life of Maziah Mahusin.

I train almost every day, Monday to Saturday, from 7.30am to 10.00am, and then from 3.30pm to 6.00pm. Sunday is my only rest day. In general, I spend more time with my family than I do with friends. Sometimes we go to the beach and sight-seeing. In previous fasting months, I trained during the afternoons in the preparation for Olympics. This was personally very challenging. (Image source: The Brunei Times)

You recently turned 19. This year, you have been in the news on numerous occasions, both locally and internationally. How have you coped with the recent 'fame'?

I have received a lot of emails and calls from the western media. It feels strange and different…and it is actually very difficult for me. But this is my opportunity to encourage the youth in Brunei to take part in sports. My aim is to inspire female athletes in Brunei. I really need more female athletes and running partners to work with.

Friday, 20 July 2012 18:29

Greetings Readers! I came across this article from The Brunei Times today and I had to share it! It's a short story about 68 year old Rokiah Abdullah. Kudos to The Brunei Times for a heart-warming piece!

An Elderly's Reverence, courtesy of The Brunei Times

By Nurhamiza Hj Roslan and Rachel Thien

TO GREET His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam once a year during the get-togethers, there are many elderly who don't mind enduring inconveniences to travel long distance, riding boats and taking road transport.

During the get-together session yesterday for the Brunei-Muara residents, 68-year-old Rokiah Abdullah from Kampong Ayer made her way alone by boat and a bus ride to the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar 'Ali Saifuddien (Taman SOAS) to meet and wish the monarch.

The frail and diminutive elderly was seen to be having a tough time amid the jostling crowds vying to meet and greet the Sultan. Seeing her plight, some good Samaritans pulled her to safety and placed her at a vantage point where she could meet His Majesty.

Talking to The Brunei Times she said that she had been coming every year to the meet-and-greet sessions just to shake hand with the monarch and wish him well.

"It's an occasion that is rare. It only takes place once a year," said Rokiah.

Rokiah said she knows how to recite pantun (short Malay poetry) and even recited a number of pantun which she knew by heart to The Brunei Times.

When asked if she was going to recite a pantun for His Majesty, she said she might, "just a simple one".

However, when her turn finally came, she reached out to shake hand with His Majesty, and it was a memorable moment for those around Rokiah as His Majesty displayed affection by touching her face and speaking to her.

Later, Rokiah said she had forgotten to recite her pantun before the ruler as she was overwhelmed by His Majesty's imposing presence.

Shortly after, Rokiah also had the pleasure of shaking hands with other members of the royal family. When it came to shaking hand with HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, she managed to compose herself and recited a pantun.

"I am very grateful and happy that I was able to meet His Majesty and other royal family members. I pray for all of them to have good health. Hopefully, I can meet them again next year," said Rokiah.

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