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Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:44

Greetings Readers! About 18 months ago, I was invited to Jakarta for the 1st ASEAN Social Media Exchange by GIZ and Media Consulta. The general idea was to gather strategists and practitioners from across a number of disciplines and talk about best practices in communications. They called on us again for the follow up, this time, in Bangkok. More on lessons learned another time; this blog post is about Bangkok.

It was my first time visiting Bangkok. I arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Suvarnabhumi means "The Golden Land") and took a taxi straight to my hotel. I had to pay 450 baht for the 40 minute ride from the airport to Dream Hotel on Sukhumvit Road. A five-star "imaginative central Bangkok hotel, where ancient fantasy meets high design". Would I stay there again? Most definitely. Taxis were readily available, it's walking distance from the MRT Station and the BTS Skytrain station, and it is (close enough) to the likes of the Siam Society House and Garden, Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art, Chatuchak market, Terminal 21, etc. I would say "surrounded by" all these places, but that would be an exageration.

Meetings ran all through the weekend, so truth be told, I wish I had more time to soak Bangkok in. I walked along Sukhumvit Road, went on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river, had a meal at Baan Khanitha, chilled out at Vertigo and the Moon Bar at the top of Banyan Tree, visited the Crossfit Bangkok Box and Terminal 21. Now back in Brunei, if you asked me what Bangkok was like, I would not be able to give you a thorough answer...but what I did observe was that it is a city of stark contrast. The locals were polite, but the street vendors were eager. I felt safe walking along Sukhumvit during the day time, but would have prefered having a buddy with me at night. Suits and executives owned the walkways right alongside the beggars. The MRT and Skytrains were reliable, but the tuk-tuks were more fun.

The next time I visit, I want to watch a Thai kickboxing match, sample (more) street food, get a Thai massage, mingle with the locals at Chatuchak Market, have a meal along the Floating Market, etc etc etc. When? Better sooner than later. Here are a few pictures from the trip (taken with my iPhone 4S).

Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Dream Hotel (image from their website)

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Group photographs

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Terminal 21

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Walking along Sukhumvit Road

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Monday, 18 March 2013 11:48

 

Five more days to until Earth Hour 2013. For information on how you can get involved, visit the Earth Hour Brunei website and Facebook Page.

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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.