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"We are creating something."

Written by Delwin Keasberry Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:06

"This helps diminish the stereotype where graffiti is just vandalism...because if you look around, the amount of time and artistic value we put into our work – it’s not vandalism at all. Vandalism is destruction. What we are doing is creating something.”

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Get To Know Nabeela from Lipstickmyname

Written by Delwin Keasberry Tuesday, 21 February 2017 08:19

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Editor's Note: Since 2010, Projek Brunei has aimed to help re-tell the Brunei story through the stories of the people. Everyone has a story, and we believe that the more we listen to the perspectives of others, the more time we take to understand someone else's point of view, the richer and fuller our own perspectives and opinions become. We have interviewed close to 100 people - students, professionals, NGOs, expats, creatives, etc - and it does not cease to amaze us how, truly, everyone is unique with their own stories.

In this feature, I chat with social media influencer, Nabeela from Lipstickmyname. She talks about what makes her tick, fashion muses, and shares a few highlights from her colourful journey so far. Be sure to check out her website and IG too.

What do you do?
I always find it difficult to answer when asked to describe what I do. The title sort of bounces back and forth between a fashion-blogger and a social media influencer. I'd like to think of Lipstickmyname as a brand that features the style and clothes that are personally curated by me. Currently, I work with a lot of international brands but I hope with this platform, together with our local designers and other local bloggers, we can elevate the fashion/apparel industry in Brunei and connect it with other markets.

Describe yourself in a few words.
I have asked my best friends to give me a word each because you know what they say, best friends know you better. They came up with the following: Strong. Brave. Strong-headed. Playful. Passionate. Perfectionist. Audacious. They forgot to mention that I am also a dreamer and my head's always stuck in the clouds... but thankfully, I married someone who is always willing to pull me back down to earth.

What are you passionate about?
Fashion. Fashion to me is a form of expression, because you choose what you want to wear, what colour, how you style it, etc. Designs have stories behind them and I am always in awe when designers come up with the unimaginable. I think my favourite thing about it is when you can see the runway being inspired by real-life situations. For example, athleisure (a trend where sportswear is meant to be worn casually) was really turned up a notch when Olympics was held in London and now with all the news on U.S. politics, Balenciaga's A/W 2017 fashion show was inspired by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders!

Music. Music is like a time-machine. It transports you to a specific place in time. A bad break-up, falling in love, silly times with your girl friends... it's all bottled up in a three minute song. It's something I will always appreciate.

Cities. The hustle and bustle of a big city will always excite me. The busy streets, bright lights, high street shopping, sky high buildings, established public transportation systems, the diversity of cultures... I can go on. I studied Urban Economic Development in London a few years back and learnt a lot about cities, how they came about, their sustainability, how they're regulated... it's all very interesting.

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What are your impressions about the fashion scene in Brunei?
I think it has always been there, but it has recently gained momentum and I do hope that our fashion industry can become a really successful one. We have always talked about diversification and I truly believe it's something that could work. Last year, there were a lot of fashion events, mostly in modest fashion and for bridal wear, we see more of our local designers penetrating foreign markets, an increase in stores carrying international labels and a lot of bloggers getting international exposure.

In 2016, you attended a few international fashion events. What were some highlights from those experiences?
i. Meeting all the people! I definitely fangirled over a few celebrities and social media personalities!
ii. Sitting front row at Adila Long's KLFW presentation in a custom Adila Long jumpsuit that she gifted to me. The jumpsuit was made from the fabric that was used during the show.
iii. Sitting front row next to Emma (@emmashazleen) and Faa (@faafirds) at the FashionValet show in Jakarta.

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Who are some of your favorite designers / labels? Why?
Right now I can only pin it down two Malaysian designers. Number one, Adila Long. She is actually an architect, and me being a hardcore fan of structure, it's no surprise really that I love everything she does. And number two, Nurita Harith. Her designs are always impeccable, dainty and just... goddess-like. In terms of high street brands, Zara is my go-to place to shop. It has everything I'm looking for. I never leave that shop empty-handed!

You have an active and likeable Instagram account. Why is social media important for what you do?
Social media enables you to cross borders and market your products without having to actually leave the country. My followers come from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, etc and with that I'm able to spread brand awareness across a wider audience.

Any interesting events or projects coming up in 2017?
Ooh! I can't say! Because I don't want to scare my luck away hehe! But I do have a few things lined up for the year and hopefully it will all work out well.

Complete this sentence: In three years...
...hopefully achieve the things I want in life and be proud of what I've accomplished.

If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give the 21 year old you?
I was in my final year in Nottingham when I was 21. So... I'd probably tell myself to drop Time Series Analysis and take an easier module, buy better clothes and travel more.

Finally, any shoutouts?
I think my husband deserves the biggest shoutout for being such an amazing support. I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do, if it weren't for him.

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Curtin Malaysia events well-received by potential students

Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:35

4 Group photo of Camp tastic participants facilitators and volunteers

Group photo of Camp-tastic participants, facilitators and volunteers

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Graduate Sharing Session with Curtin Malaysia alumni

Curtin Malaysia Press Release: 1 March 2017
Events over the last weekend at the campus of Curtin University, Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) received good response from potential students, their parents and teachers. ‘Curtin Camp-tastic 2017’, the first integrated faculty learning camp organised by Curtin Malaysia, attracted over 180 third, fourth and fifth formers from secondary schools in the Miri and Bintulu divisions and Brunei.

The two-day camp was facilitated by academic staff of Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science, Faculty of Business and Faculty of Humanities led by Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Beena Giridharan.

Themed ‘Cultivate, Innovate, Captivate’, the camp aimed to inspire interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through a project-based curriculum on a variety of subjects.

It also provided interesting science and engineering, humanities and skills based activities entitled ‘Stargazing’, ‘Journey to Mars’, “Curtin’s Next Top Entrepreneur’, ‘Introduction to Photojournalism’, ‘Language Skill Games’ and ‘Developing Personal Leadership’. In addition, the participants enjoyed side activities such as an ‘Amazing Race’ and tour of the campus.

In the closing session, the participants, facilitators and student volunteers got together to reflect on their experiences during the camp. In her closing remarks, Professor Giridharan encouraged the students to continue pursuing their interest in different academic fields and reminded them of the importance of a good education.

Many of the participants commented that the sessions run by the faculties were very enriching, allowing them to gain insights into university studies and career pathways they can pursue in the future. They were also glad for the opportunity to make new friends and have fun while learning.

1 Stargazing activity organised by Malaysian Nature Society MNS as part of Camp tastic 2017

Stargazing activity organised by Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) as part of Camp-Tastic 2017

2 Participants presenting business pitches during Curtins Next Top Entrepreneur session

Participants presenting business pitches during ‘Curtin’s Next Top Entrepreneur’ session

Doris Chelam, one of the teachers accompanying students from SMK Tinjar, Baram in a letter to the university praised it for not just motivating the students to pursue tertiary studies after their SPM but also for its warm hospitality.

“We felt very welcome and were well taken care of, particularly some of our students who were unwell. We are grateful for the opportunity for rural students to explore an internationally-renowned university and we hope to collaborate in organising outreach projects in Baram in the future,” Doris stated.

Noralizah & Iskandar's House of Curry

Written by Delwin Keasberry Sunday, 03 June 2012 15:22

Greetings Readers! Allow me to introduce you to Noralizah & Iskandar's House of Curry...that is, assuming you have never been there or heard of it. In my circle of networks and friendships, it is a popular "answer" to the following questions: "I have foodie friends coming over from overseas this weekend. What should be on the should-visit list?" and "Know any great places for food?". The have a range of offerings in their menu, but personally I have never made it past the pages which detail their roti, murtabak and dosai. You see, I am a fan of "roti", which is a type of Indian-influenced flatbread. And in my humble opinion, Noralizah & Iskandar's House of Curry make very good roti.

My definition of very good roti...crispy, generous portions of fillings (whichever your fancy) and consistent. This is the thing. These folks consistently dish out very good roti. Yes, I understand everyone has their preferences about what defines an iconic meal, but when it comes to rotis, so far I have not been able to find fault with these guys. In fact, this is one place I will happily keep going back to for a taste-test...or two. Pay a little extra and you get a "full set", i.e. you get a range of tasty condiments along with your order.

Their address: No. 15, Ground Floor, Kompleks Awang Hj Ibrahim, Kg. Lambak B, Jalan Berakas, Bandar Seri Begawan. Experience it for yourselves.

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