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Press Release: Visit to Brunei Darussalam by the UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The British High Commission has announced that the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire MP will visit Brunei from 9 to 10 December. This will be Minister Swire’s first visit to the ASEAN region since he assumed office as Minister of State in September 2012. Brunei will be the first stop on his South East Asia tour. The Minister will go on to the Philippines and Burma.
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam has graciously consented to receive Mr Swire in audience. The Minister will also meet His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; as well as Foreign Minister II, Pehin Lim, and senior officials at that Ministry. Mr Swire also has an appointment with the Deputy Minister of Defence.
On 10 December, Minister Swire’s first public engagement will be the signing of an MoU between Oxford University and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR), to help launch a Rapid Botanical Survey (RBS) of Brunei. Under this project, Oxford University will study Brunei’s plant biodiversity and collect data for the National Herbarium (BRUN) at the Brunei Forestry Centre. The RBS project will forge a powerful alliance between Oxford, MIPR and scientists at UBD.
Greetings Readers! Big love to everyone who came to support the Movember Tweet Up last night! The event was open to everyone - young and old, women and men from the general public. I co-organised the event together with Movember BN and KFC Brunei and we estimate that close to 120 people came, including folks from B: Read, Muzikaliti, SCOT Brunei, UBDFM, Counter Attack, Brunei Cosplayers, B.I.G. Series, etc. It was held at KFC Gadong Central; everyone who came received a free Krusher drink (courtesy of KFC Brunei) plus a mustache-on-a-stick from the organisers with "Man Up, Get Checked." written on as a reminder to be proactive and to take matters of health seriously.
What exactly is "Movember"? "Movember" (i.e. combination of the words “Mustache” + “November”) is a growing worldwide campaign involving the growing of mustaches through the month of November. The symbol for "Movember" is the mustache, but the campaign goes much deeper. It is purposed to raise awareness about Men's Health issues (e.g. prostate cancer, testicular cancer, depression, etc) affecting millions of men across the globe. Back in February 2012, I was involved in organising the first official tweet-up at the Airport Mall which saw over a hundred people from the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram online community in Brunei gather for a casual catch up. The general feedback received was that it was great meeting people who we connect with online for the first time in person. Similarly, the idea behind the Movember Tweet Up was engage the local community in fun and social way to raise awareness about Men's Health.
With my homies, Nadz and Zul
Mr RA showing his support
I set my mobile camera speed on 'speed of light' and managed to capture the Ninjas
My trustworthy registration team
Why so serious...
Family friends and my dad (far right)
Friends from B:Read
The lovely ladies from B.I.G. Series
The B.I.G. men
Was nice meeting the folks from The Nina Project for the first time
JC, Gerry and Angel
Fyad sporting his actual MO-on-a-stick
(p.s. Thanks for helping with the photography bro!)
Bushy Syukri from CANDAS (right)
Greetings Readers! The Brunei Usergroup Lego and Technic (BULAT) hosted a Lego Show at Times Square Shopping Centre on Friday 23rd November 2012. I found out about the event from @Juloren's Instagram (Lego fans, I recommend you check him out!) account the day before and marked it down in my schedule. The group shared that the event marked another milestone for BULAT as the second exhibition organised by the group. They called it the D@TS, i.e. the Display @ Times Square.
From the BULAT website, "the vision of the group is to promote Lego collecting, building and other Lego related activities in Brunei". In their press release, they added that "since its establishment on 15th May 2011, BULAT serves as a mechanism to assist and support the Lego hobby amongst the local community as well as provide an avenue for adult fans of Lego (AFOLs) to come together to form a tight-knit and vibrant community in Brunei...BULAT also serves to promote and support local businesses currently selling and distributing Lego within the country". The group hopes to create greater awareness of Lego as a family-friendly hobby through D@TS 2012 and future exhibitions.
Kudos to the BULAT team for a job well done!
p.s. Thank you @FyadAli for helping with some of the close-up shots!
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