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Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People

Thursday, 24 January 2013 09:11

WITH the development of Internet usage in Brunei Darussalam covering more than three quarters of the total population, the Ministry of Development (MoD), through the Public Works Department (PWD), has stepped forward and come up with an application known as JKR-ku.

JKR-ku is an application that was created to upgrade the management of complaints and report on the problems experienced by the general public, while PWD is known as a government organisation that offers maintenance and repair services for its users.

During the launching ceremony of PWD’s latest application, JKR-ku, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Development and guest of honour, said in his speech that it is hoped the application will be able to improve the services of the PWD, enhancing their management quality in handling reports and complaints from the general public.

Through this application, the guest of honour urged the PWD to provide a fast and more efficient response to the complainants via e-mail or telephone and also to better record all complaints and responses for future references.

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Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Development, tours a mini-exhibition regarding the JKR-ku application. Photograph sourced from BorneoBulletin.com.bn

Monday, 14 January 2013 18:13

Greetings Readers! Lately I have been on the hunt for healthier and / or organic food options. I came across the following picture from the local H.O.P.E. (Healthy Organic People & Environment) FaceBook Page which pointed out an organic section at the Utama Grand Department Store at The Mall, Gadong. (If it has been there for a while now, I had never noticed it before!)

A little more about H.O.P.E. (from their About page), their "vision is to transform Brunei's eating habits by being the change we wish to see through a thriving culture of seamless cooperation, creativity, contribution, integrity and partnerships with like-minded businesses and individuals, supplying the abundance of food that is safe, nutritious and beneficial to our community". Their Mission, to "build a self-sustaining non-profit group" that seeks to:
- promote organic farming (permaculture) in our own backyard
- gather people to share bulk buying of basic natural / organic ingredients direct from genuine producers so its cheaper for all
- work with local SMEs to produce healthier food (e.g. organic soy butter, cheese, jams, sauces, cakes, dishes, etc) so we all have our very own local supplies of healthier food to help our community eat healthier
- to increase awareness of better nutrition for beauty and preventive health

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I went to check it out for myself and found that they stocked a range of cereals, pastas, sauces, supplements, oils, etc. If you know of other places that stock health foods and organic supplies, do share the info via the comments section below. Big Love!

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:51

Greetings Readers! Came across three fairly new music pieces I wanted to share with you. The first one is called Juliet by Neff Aslee, followed by Permaisuri by Adi Rani (featuring 1D), and finally Salahkah Aku by Fakhrul Razi (featuring Andy Suziki & The Methid). Enjoy!

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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.

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