Thoughts on Socmed today

26 January 2017

Thought I’d share this online interview I gave to Azim a couple of years ago. Do share your thoughts and comments on the issues. Azim: With the ubiquitous use of social media now, what are your thoughts on the importance of the public knowing what and not to say – social media etiquette? How to […]

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Jealousy – What’s it to you?

19 January 2017

Jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation. Jealousy can strike both men and women when a third-party threat to a valued relationship is perceived, it can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy after a more successful […]

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Abundance – What’s it to you?

26 November 2016

It’s a word that reeks of New Age dogma – “Abundance”. To someone who lives in a world where bills have to be paid and money doesn’t appear out of the sky from meditation, “abundance” can just sound plain goofy. Abundance is a state of mind. It is not its literal meaning, “a very large […]

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TIME Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions (and I concur)

1 January 2016

A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins. Adults often make New Year’s resolutions […]

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12 Characteristics Of A Horrible Boss (Infographic)

10 October 2015

I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point, we’ve worked a job where the manager was absolutely dreadful. The type of boss that makes your job unbearable to a point where you feel like walking …

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Collaborative Consumption – Infographic

22 June 2015

A sharing economy takes a variety of forms, often leveraging information technology to empower individuals, corporations, non-profits and government with information that enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services. A common premise is that when information about goods is shared (typically via an online marketplace), the value of those goods […]

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Are you an introvert?

23 August 2014

Do you prefer your own company sometimes? Away from the madding crowd? Do you consider your personal space sacred? Chances are, like me, you’re an introvert. Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness […]

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So what’s all this fuss about Fibre to the Home? – Part 1

15 April 2013

By the end of 2010 there were well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FttX subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% […]

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Your Brand Is More Than a Logo; It’s an Experience

24 October 2012

See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers Brands come to life when an experience confirms what the logo or tagline promises. Where are some places that your customers can experience your brand? When we talk about a company’s brand, people’s minds usually jump immediately to that company’s logo. No argument there: A logo is a vital […]

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Staggering Facts, Figures and Statistics about Facebook – Infographic

10 October 2012

See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers Just last Thursday Facebook officially announced that they had passed this significant milestone. The number is sizeable and the moment is worth noting but it is the other facts and figures that accompany this fact that put into perspective how much social networks have woven themselves into the fabric […]

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Hugh Evans speaks at Australian HC’s Residence

12 May 2012

CEO and Founder of Global Poverty Project, Hugh Evans, has long been an admired leader in poverty eradication, especially in eliminating the vicious circle of poverty in places of supreme vulnerability in the Sub-Saharan African continent. The-founder of the Oakwood Foundation began in youth and social entrepreneurship in his early teens and was instantly awestruck […]

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BIBD organizes talk on property investment

14 April 2012

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) and Valor Property Agency today held a free property investment talk for those who are still wondering if buying a home is the right thing to do. Irene Hii, the MD of Valor Property guided potential home buyers on what to look for when purchasing their first home. On top […]

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Smart Society Talk at UBD

13 April 2012

Brunei Darussalam can be a role model in the region and in the forefront of moving towards Smart Society and Smart Government (Government 3.0) due to the small size of the country, which is ideal in implementing global pilot projects. This was highlighted by Dr Seang-tae Kim, the President of the National Information Society Agency […]

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Farewell Dato Malcolm and Datin Carola

13 March 2012

Last week, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company (BSP) Sdn Bhd held a hi-tea event in honour of Dato Seri Laila Jasa Dato Malcolm Brinded, the executive director of Upstream International of Royal Dutch Shell, who will be retiring from his post next month. Held at the Indera Samudera Hall, Andy Brown, the new executive director of […]

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Grid-Tied Residential Solar Energy Systems

8 February 2012

There has been plenty said about the electricity tariff hike which came into effect this year. I have yet to assess the impact it has on my home’s electricity cost but looking at the cumulative records, it looks quite significant. Thankfully though, electricity cost is no where near what it is in Perth where the […]

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New Friends and Old Friends

2 February 2012

Last weekend’s awesome picnic with old friends from my years in sixth form really brought back some good memories. It was also heart-warming to see our kids striking up friendships with each other. Brought to mind this poem about friendship by Welsh poet Joseph Parry: Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these […]

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ON|OFF Indonesia: Dinner with Indonesian Bloggers

3 December 2011

After a full day’s journey, your’s truly finally arrived in Jakarta. After checking in to the Kartika Chandra, we proceeded to FX Mall to meet up with the Indonesian blogger community. Great meal, awesome company. Its been a long day and I’m beat. Night night.

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Bentornato Maurizio!

10 October 2011

Hi folks! After a long absence, my buddy Mauri is back in the kitchens of Grazie Mauri to cook up a storm! He’s making up for lost time by inviting all Italian food lovers in Brunei to come on over to Grazie Mauri in Gadong to have a go at the variety of authentic Italian […]

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UBD Student Community Outreach Promotes Recycling Culture

4 October 2011

Two weekends ago, families in Kampung Bolkiah found out that they could actually exchange their “trash” for food. The Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s Student Community Outreach Team (SCOT) gave rice and noodles to low income families in the village in exchange for their collected recylables. The students’ group aims to eradicate poverty and to promote “green” […]

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A Retro Legend in the Making – The Finepix X100

19 September 2011

Loaded – 1st July 2011 “Considering upgrading your standard camera but crave looking like a cool, retro ’70s snapper rather than a creepy paparazzi? Step this way. With superb colour modes, stunning low-light performances and awesome depth-of-field, it’s the thinking man’s camera…” EISA – European Advanced Compact Camera 2011-2012 “The Fujifilm FinePix X100 advanced compact […]

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The Spirit of Giving During Ramadhan

24 August 2011

Today, 50 underprivileged families chosen from four districts received basic necessities in the form of rice, sugar, cooking oil, milk and others. Under this Let’s Give Back project, it is part of TelBru’s quarterly initiative in supporting the less privileged communities. More than 50 staff from TelBru business centres in Brunei Muara, Tutong, Kuala Belait […]

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14 June 2011

Received this really good ad in an email from da sista. POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include […]

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The need to speak up…

14 May 2011

I received this as an email from a friend. The original message was entitled “A German’s View on Islam” purporting to be an account by an esteemed German psychiatrist  Dr Emanuel Tanay. But after looking around, I discovered that this was actually an opinion piece that appeared on the web site of  Paul Merek, who […]

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How to think like a Genius

14 May 2011

1. Look at problems in many different ways, and find new perspectives that no one else has taken (or no one else has publicized!) Leonardo da Vinci believed that, to gain knowledge about the form of a problem, you begin by learning how to restructure it in many different ways. He felt that the first […]

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Awesome video

5 January 2011
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An afternoon at Butra HeidelbergCement

4 January 2011

Have you ever wondered what a cement manufacturing plant looks like and how it works? Well, I did, and out of curiosity, a couple of weeks ago, I tagged along with Jan Shim and his crew who were doing a professional shoot at a cement plant in Serasa. Butra HeidelbergCement was established in November 1993 […]

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Terima Kasih

31 December 2010

I wanted to thank all my friends and family who have forwarded chain letters to me this year… Because of your kindness: I stopped drinking Coca Cola after I found out that it’s good for removing toilet stains. I stopped going to the movies for fear of sitting on a needle infected with AIDS. Forwarded […]

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Ada tissue wang??

29 December 2010

Some years back, there was this BSP offshore guy who ordered a Toyota Supra from NBT. At the time, the Supra was the japanese equivalent to KITT from Knight Rider and this guy special ordered it in midnight black etc to match KITT. Needless to say he was very excited when he was called one […]

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Life is wonderful…

28 December 2010

It takes a crane to build a crane It takes two floors to make a story It takes an egg to make a hen It takes a hen to make an egg There is no end to what I’m saying It takes a thought to make a word And it takes some words to make […]

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So how do you use a roundabout?

8 December 2010

  A recent letter to BT: Dear editor, I am writing to you with concern on the growing misuse of the three-lane round-about in Kiulap. There has been many complaints over the years but the problem seems to be getting worse, especially during peak hours. I have seen a lot of drivers cut from the […]

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Life on the Google Nexus One – Set 1

29 August 2010

Dinner at Al-Mashriq with Damissus The cemetery I pass by everyday Showcase Cinema De Lux Lunch at KAYU

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Double Standards…

25 August 2010

This came in my email inbox this morning and I thought it was a nice way of conveying a sensitive message. Thanks Habib for this 🙂

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The Right Age to Teach Kids About Money

6 August 2010

By Elisabeth Donati Question: What is the right age to start teaching kids about money? Answer: If they are breathing, they should be learning about money! OK, that may seem a little over zealous, but here’s the thing… Just like our need for oxygen from the moment we pop out into the planet, most of […]

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It’s better to actualize virtually than to incubate ultra-dynamically…

4 August 2010

Have you ever been pressured to brand your feature set? With one click? Without innovative niches, you will lack convergence. Quick: do you have a front-end plan for coping with new all-hands meetings? Imagine a combination of Ruby on Rails and CSS. Think B2B2C. Think scalable. Think clicks-and-mortar. But don’t think all three at the […]

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Save Sakineh!

8 July 2010

Excerpt of a letter from the son of a woman who was stoned to death nearly 30 years ago: Have you ever held a bloody tool in your hands with which they have murdered your mother? Have you ever touched the bloody skin and hair of your mother who has just been killed in a […]

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Dare To Be

13 June 2010

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light. When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it. When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway. When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. When […]

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9 June 2010

Received this really good ad in an email from da sista. POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include […]

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So, what are you studying Reedz?

12 April 2010

This is perhaps the most asked question that I get next to “Where are you studying Reedz?” So I decided to answer the question with today’s post. I am also planning to post some of the more interesting stuff that I find in my readings for my dissertation. So for those of you who are […]

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The Pre-Easter Break Makan

30 March 2010

Happy 8th Birthday to Nina the Bartina! Hope you had an awesome day today! I Love You sweety! After spending the morning in Nottingham covering the BruNotts Easter Games, I made my way back to Leicester to join some friends for a good old makan-makan geder-geder heheh. Some lovely Bruneian food to help soothe away […]

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