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The German Shop

Written by Delwin Keasberry Monday, 09 January 2012 09:57

So I am driving along Jalan Muara and I see a sign which reads "German Shop - European & Mediterranean Products". Curiousity reached out and before I know it, there I am speaking with Imad Aljandali, the owner of the German Shop. I introduce myself and tell Imad I am a first time visitor to his shop. He welcomes me into his shop and tells me to have a look around. "Take your time" he says, and I do. I walk around and I immediately realise that nearly nothing is spelt out in English. Waldpilzsauce? Pfefferonen? Back-Oblaten? I ask Imad about this and he shares that his customers prefer it this way. I can understand why. The floor plan of the shop is no different from other mom-and-pop stores, but my reliance on the store assistant for translations trick my mind into thinking I am someplace outside of Brunei.

Imad Aljandali, owner of The German Shop





The Nina Project: Against Bullying and Suicide

Written by Delwin Keasberry Friday, 06 April 2012 23:31

Greetings Readers! I stumbled upon the following YouTube by fellow tweeter @Ninactor. The "Nina Project" sets out to raise awareness against teenange bullying and suicide. The YouTube description reads "we gathered some bully words that made people feel insecure about themselves" and one hundred "Aims in Life for this project...Hopefully it'll inspire you :)" Check them out on Facebook as well.

Video: America First, Brunei Second

Written by Delwin Keasberry Tuesday, 07 March 2017 08:29

Gaining momentum across the internets with over 4,000 views on Facebook and nearly 8,000 views on YouTube, here's 'America First, Brunei Second'. Produced by @emmagoodegg, with thanks to The Collective and Brunei's Trump vocal impersonator.

Snap Shots by Sarah Ong

Written by Delwin Keasberry Tuesday, 03 April 2012 20:16

SarahOProfEditor's Note: Sarah is one of many talented local Bruneians who are surfacing as an artist in her own right. Now, I know this post is about photography, but to me, photographers are much more than 'point & shooters' ; they are artists. I truly believe great photography is an artform. Sure, cameras have become more and more affordable, but does that make the purchaser a photographer? I would argue it does not. Anyone can point at something and press on the 'shoot' button, but it takes an artist to breathe life into an inanimate object or capture stillness in the flurry of activity.

If you would like to check out more of Sarah's work, browse through her online portfolio here and Like her Facebook photography Fanpage here.
She can be reached via email here - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Sarah says, "couple photography, family or travel photography, etc...I am open to requests". 

Here's Sarah.

What do you do?

I was born and bred in Brunei but at the age of 16, I moved to Melbourne Australia to complete high school and consequently university. I have been away for almost six years now! I completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. I graduated last December and now I am interning in Brunei for a couple of months before I head back to university to start my masters.

What did you miss about Brunei while you were away?

Whilst I was away, what I missed the most were the people: my family, my friends. As they say, it is the people that make a place!

Describe yourself in a few words.

Idealistic, easy going, slightly quirky and sociable yet introverted. I am a dreamer with a passion for photography, music, people and life in general. :)

SarahOProfToddlerWho inspired you to try out photography?

My father is also very much interested in photography so perhaps I inherited my love for it from my father. It is in my genes! :p I remember even when I was a kid, I enjoyed taking photos whenever I got the chance. However, I would say that I became more passionate about it at age 15. That was when I was introduced to and consequently became a member of - an online art community whereby members share their art works online and receive feedback from fellow members. Just after a few weeks of having joined, I was hooked. Since then, photography has become a significant part of my life and identity.

I am not a full time photographer but having graduated from university, I am determined to make this a part time thing.

What was your first camera and what are you using now?

My first camera was a point and shoot, a Canon Powershot A70. Now I am using a Nikon D90.

What are three key to a great photograph?

Like any other art form, photography is subjective. There isn't an objective set of rules which determine what makes a great photograph. However personally speaking, the three key elements of a great photograph are: composition - how you frame your image, the lighting and the colour / tone.











I think I want to marry you

Written by Delwin Keasberry Monday, 30 September 2013 13:28

I watched many wedding proposals on YouTube but this might just be the one to rule them all.

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