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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:21

Hi Folks! Check out Ibrahim Kamit's YouTube Channel. I stumbled upon it recently, and it is worth sharing. His About page says it plainly and simply: "My dream is to be big so please share, subscribe, like" I like that.

I remember my dad telling me as a kid, "Don't take yourself too seriously." That message still rings true today. It is a healthy sign when we are able to laugh at ourselves. It shows openness and tolerance, which comes along with maturity.

I have a feeling this fella is going places.

Friday, 16 May 2014 20:12

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I recently attended Curtin Sarawak Malaysia's Graduation Ceremony. Here's an excerpt from their press Release Curtin Sarawak Malaysia; photographs courtesy of Curtin Sarawak Malaysia.

Graduates told that attaining a degree can change both their own outcomes and of the wider community

In addressing graduates of Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) at the university’s graduation ceremony on 26 April, former deputy chief minister and Curtin Sarawak Council chair Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said they should consider the benefit of education to the community as well as themselves, the importance in a globalised world of an international perspective in university education, and the opportunity for all graduates to contribute to the wider community.

He added that people with degree education earn more, obtain higher quality employment than non-graduates and experience greater job security and career development.
“Education increases your ability to develop your personal talents and capacity, to take full advantage of opportunities so that you are able to realise your full potential. Also, in graduating, you have made it more likely that your children will earn degrees,” he said.

“As Curtin graduates, you should see yourselves as leaders with obligations to promote community development. Even after leaving the university, you should continue to live by the university’s commitment to engage our communities and change lives for the better,” he advised.

Touching on the university, he said Curtin Sarawak recognises the importance of preparing its graduates for a multicultural world and for international competition. “We provide a diverse cultural environment where students develop an appreciation of the international nature of knowledge and learning,” he pointed out.

Professor Mienczakowski, in his opening speech, encouraged the graduates to embrace life-long learning, to undertake further study and give special consideration to broadening their disciplinary horizons. He said that learning is a lifelong evolutionary process, involving periods of formal study, together with learning based on experiences in the workplace and other theatres of life.

“Learning during formal study and learning by doing in the workplace are complementary and reinforce each other. Your working life should be enriched and re-invigorated by occasional forays back into the education system, in order to update your existing skills and content knowledge, as well as to acquire new ones,” he remarked.

The ceremony witnessed the graduation of 66 postgraduate students with degrees in engineering and business, 258 undergraduate students from the School of Business with degrees in arts, business administration and commerce, and 186 undergraduate students from the School of Engineering and Science with degrees in engineering, science and technology.

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Friday, 09 May 2014 22:49

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Brunei’s first Chicco shop “The House of Happiness” opened its doors on Sunday 4 May 2014 on the first floor of the Mabohai Shopping Complex. Chicco is one of the top international baby and toddler brands with a presence in over 170 countries worldwide. Jona Tay, Managing Director and Owner of Chicco in Brunei, kicked off the opening with a speech. She shared about Chicco: "Chicco is an Italian baby brand established over 50 years ago in 1958. The brand specializes in manufacturing and selling full range baby and toddler products such as strollers, high chairs, car seats, bottles, sterilizers, skincare, toys, fashion and much more. There are also products for mothers, namely the award winning Boppy maternity and breastfeeding pillows, and Mamma Donna cosmetics such as the anti-stress breast elasticizing serum, anti-stretch marks, and firming cream."

Jona, together with the Guest of Honour, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, then proceeded to the official ribbon cutting ceremony before officially welcoming the public through Chicco's doors for the first time.

Yes, I was covering the event, but I was also checking out Chicco's range of products. This comes from force of habit as a young parent. Chicco prides themselves on their dedication to the knowledge of babies in their first years of life, focusing on psychophysical, emotional and social needs. This is reflected in their range of products, and in the attention to detail. For example, their shampoos, creams, and gels are hypoallergenic, and are clinically tested and free from harmful chemicals.

Be sure to check out their new store. Connect with them via their FB page too!

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Thursday, 01 May 2014 17:21

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Press Release - The New Chicco Shop is Opening in Brunei: The House of Happiness

Chicco has arrived in Brunei Darussalam and is opening its first flagship store in Mabohai Shopping Complex. In the new Chicco store concept “The House of Happiness”, families and babies will be lost in the Chicco world of happiness with a shop rich in innovation and functionality.

Brunei’s first Chicco shop “The House of Happiness”, reflects the brand message “Happiness is a journey that starts when you’re a baby”. It is specifically drawn to meet the purchasing needs and offer solutions to parents and their babies in Brunei. This is a real store designed by family for family, and will be the new Chicco shop’s format all over the world.

The new Chicco store offers a real “retail experience” to all customers and their baby needs. The area is fitted with guided paths in order to make the purchase simple, and to support parents by orienting them between all their baby’s needs. These include decorations filled with colors, easily readable icons, and information for different category products: well-being, feeding and soothing, cosmetics, sleeping, toys, juvenile and fashion.

Mothers and fathers have at their disposal a comfortable place rich in encouragement and information to enjoy with their babies. Family and friends will also have plenty of options and guidance to make their gift shopping experience simple and enjoyable. Inside the new enchanted space, Chicco permits parents and all customers to find all answers to a baby’s needs, while babies feel the warm atmosphere in “The House of Happiness”.

Coming Soon

Monday, 07 April 2014 19:57

Check out this video from the photoshoot of Royal Brunei's new heritage inspired uniforms.

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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.

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I would love to hear your side of the story.

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