Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People
Greeting Readers! Recently I submitted a story to CrossFit and it got posted up on the Reebok CrossFit Games website. On that point, it got shared across the CrossFit Games and Asia Regional Fan Pages too (!). Here's a sneak peek.
I had just attempted 13.5. I was cooling down. And then I thought, “I think I will try doing a bar muscle-up”. Bam! On Friday 5th April 2013, I got it. My first bar muscle-up.
If you CrossFit, you would have a similar story. It may not be about a muscle-up, but we all have a CrossFit story. This is mine, a story about firsts. We all have a first story.
The first time I tried CrossFit. My first time attempting Grace. My first burpee. My first time in a Box. My first palm-rip. My first pair of Nanos. My first triple-under. The first time I watched Rich Froning Jr. The first time I fell in love with Julie Foucher. The first time I managed Fran under 10 minutes. The list of ‘firsts’ goes on.
I proudly train at Brunei’s first CrossFit affiliate – GetFit CrossFit. The CrossFit seeds were planted when founding members, Coach Rory Teo and Coach Gavin Sekhon stumbled upon it via YouTube in 2009. After digesting videos and articles about CrossFit, hours of home WODs, they went on to get their Level 1 Certification in CrossFit Perth in Australia. Soon after, the core team grew to include Coaches Gary Sekhon, Mas Idris and Haadi Samid. GetFit CrossFit held their first public session outdoors on the track-and-field grounds of University Brunei Darussalam in December 2010.
My CrossFit journey started on those very tartan tracks mid-2011. Up until that point, I considered myself a ‘healthy’ guy. I had an active lifestyle, I had gone through a ‘gym’ phase so I loosely understood what lifting weights were about, I ran every other day. It was a balmy Tuesday afternoon. My maiden WOD was a combination of air-squats, sprints, sit-ups and burpees. I do not mean to sound dramatic, but that one WOD unraveled me. “What just happened?” I was lying prone, sucking the wind and my body felt like it was on fire. I have been doing CrossFit ever since.
Photograph by Izam Hj Ahmad
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aMaZeUs – Design Our Prius
Calling all creative and talented individuals!
From the British High Commission:
This competition to design new livery for the British High Commission’s hybrid car contains the “funding dilemma” faced by governments all round the world when they seek to support and inspire researchers and designers, and to harness and focus their talents, without constricting them. At the British High Commission we have our own ideas, and a requirement that the winning design should provide a fitting “frame” for the address of our new website www.gov.uk/world/brunei. At the same time, we have great respect for the creative powers of Bruneians, and we want to keep the parameters of our competition wide enough to include all the domestic talent “out there”. Anyone who has seen the current livery of our hybrid vehicle, which was designed by students at ISB, will know that we are an open-minded organisation!
So we are providing the following pointers (but these themes should not be considered exhaustive or prescriptive).
Our over-arching theme is 'Innovation and Research'.
We want our car to be read as a tribute to Brunei’s growing Knowledge Economy, and the fact that, in Britain, the Sultanate has a natural partner in that endeavour. (Current Prius design as shown below)
Open to ALL Creative and talented individuals!
Work submitted must be the entrant's original creation
Entrants are allowed to submit as many proposals as they wish
The contest will begin accepting artworks on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 and ends at 11.59pm on 28 April 2013
Judges comprise of representatives from British High Commission, iCentre, BEDB, AITI and MixMedia Worx
Selected entries will be used to decorate the British High Commission Toyota Prius (2010 model)
Entries will not be returned to entrants and British High Commission and iCentre accepts no responsibility for the loss of or damage to any portfolios or other cases in which shortlisted entrants send their resubmissions.
The prizes are non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered to the winners.
All entrants hereby license to British High Commission and iCentre the use of their entry for display on any British High Commission and iCentre-owned website and for display in a physical exhibition. Appropriate credits will be given to each item displayed, but British High Commission and iCentre shall not be under an obligation to hold such exhibitions, or to include every entry if it does.
Each entrant warrants to British High Commission and iCentre that his/her entry is original, and made without the inclusion of material owned by any third party.
Greetings Readers. Back in February, I was invited to meet Ambassador David Lee Carden, the United States Ambassador to ASEAN. Rano and a couple of others from the newspapers were there as well. We had about an hour's worth of dialogue with the Ambassador; I wish we had more time! He spoke about his journey and role, about food security, the impact of the depletion of natural resources, the importance of water, animal welfare, the significance of the youth, agriculture, trade, the economy, education, etc.
What I really appreciated was the fact that throughout the session, no question was off-limits. The session was fast-paced, frank, thorough and thoughtful. To get a sense of the dialogue, check out this link to Storify; Ambassador David (@USMission2ASEAN) took and responded to questions via Twitter a couple of days prior including the following.
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