Sunday, May 31, 2009

To Infinity And Beyond

Oh joy! I grew up watching this movie, and they're finally bringing them back for a third.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sorrowful Tales of The Abandoned

Senior citizens represent a highly precious asset who have contributed so much to the new generation today. Their contributions be it in the form of education, economy, social, culture, etc, have given so much positive impact to the global development. However, even in the rising economy and higher education achieved by today's generation, there are still senior citizens who have been abandoned and currently living on their own without the watchful eye and care from their children.

Organised by volunteers for the home-care programme with the support from the Department of Community Development (JAPEM), a Day-Out Activity with the Senior Citizens was held earlier this morning at The Stadium Restaurant in Berakas, where 4 elderly women aged between 60 and 90 were invited to participate in the fun and games.

According to Hjh Norgayah Hj Dulah, a volunteer for the home-care programme, the senior citizens who attended yesterday's activity are registered under the Department of Community Development who live all by themselves with no children or immediate family to look after them.

"Our role is to support them in any way we can, such as helping them with their groceries, taking them out, keep them company and in the end, be a part of a family to them".

A full-time housewife, Hjh Norgayah took the initiative to volunteer for the home-care programme since 2006. "I enjoy doing this for a good cause, and I even encouraged my children to participate in volunteering to encourage them to learn the values of social responsibility programmes such as this."

One of Hjh Norgayah's clients is Masbah Mohamad (pictured above), a 70 year old elderly from Mentiri. She was given the opportunity to share her life experience to everyone during the activity. Masbah wept into tears when recalling her children who she have not seen for many years, and she hoped to reunite with them as she missed them dearly.

Let this be a lesson to all, especially to the younger generation. Love your parents, for they have sacrificed so much for you since you were born. Don't abandon them or send them to retirement centres when they're old, that would be cruel. If only the children knew how their parents felt from such actions. Imagine if we're in their situation right now.

I'm saddened to hear the tragic story of the elderly this morning. These are mothers who used to take care of the children who have abandoned them. Where are their children gone? And why did they simply abandon them and left them living all alone, with no one to talk to and assist them with daily chores, particularly in their state right now?

I praise the volunteers, young and old, who have lend their hands to take care of these senior citizens. They have shown to me that even at the fast pace of modern times, there are people who still care. We sure need more people like them.

Dk Siti, one of the young volunteers for the home-care programme.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dum-Dum, Dum, Dum-Dum!

Guess who's back? Catch tonight's screening and find out for yourselves.

The movie Terminator fans have all been waiting for has finally arrived in our local theaters. Despite all the mixed reviews by movie critics across the internet, I personally loved Terminator Salvation (and I was pretty sure everyone in the cinema had a great time last night). Packed with non-stop adrenaline action and full of surprises enough to entertain even non-die hard fans (the iconic T-800 is one bad-ass!), this movie ought to be watched on the big screen, the way it should be experienced. I'm not gonna spoil the movie further, just go get the best seats, buy a popcorn and enjoy!

Suddenly it's 1984 all over again. I'm being nostalgic.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

So Much Work, So Little Time

My mind's been constantly running like clockwork, thanks to the long-hour job and odd days off. But I don't wanna complain much. Work is work and I've got financial obligations to fulfill. I just need to learn to enjoy what I'm doing. In fact, I'm starting to get the hang of it. Regardless, I'm beat. The good news is, I'll be off tomorrow. Yay! Zzzzzz....

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

BIBD Promotion

Interested? Please bring along your ID Card, latest salary slip and updated bank book for on-the-spot assessment.

Which reminds me, isn't it time for me to apply one of these?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Slides From Our Graduation Night

For those who have either missed watching the slides I've compiled for our graduation night held last night, or wish to relive the memories again, you can watch it here in all its glory. (Thank you iMovie and YouTube).

Now that my colleagues and I have graduated, we are entering a whole new journey, with new challenges and opportunities that awaits us in our doorsteps. Our future is brighter now. But we will forever cherish the moments my colleagues and I spent together since our first day we set foot in The Business School.

Currently Listening To...

The soundtrack is already out, and their video is also on its way. An excellent tune to get you pumped up on your way to the theatres next month. Talk about psyched. In the meantime, where on earth is Terminator Salvation???

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mini Fire Outside Athirah Complex

Well some idiot must've disposed a flaming cigarette butt into the trash which immediately lead to this. Good thing we called the fire department in the nick of time to put it out or this building would've been history. I shop here for books from time to time.

Happy Belated Birthday To Amal PJ

She just turned 21 last Thursday, and last night we celebrated her birthday at Charcoals in Batu Satu. Big thanks to Hisyam for the big treat. The grill and ice cream cake was marvelous.

I sure miss being 21...

Friday, May 22, 2009

A Whole New Canvas

At these troubled times when I don't have Adobe Photoshop CS4 on my mac, I thought I'd use Pixelmator as a temporary alternative to work on my photos. Not bad, really. The interface is pretty much identical to Photoshop, but it isn't a resource hog, which I like. Sometimes its best not to depend heavily on one photo editing tool.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Put a Little Google in Your Pocket

All the talk about Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing sounds like music to my ears. And then theres the Samsung I7500, the first Android phone by Samsung. the I7500 sports a gaggle of Google apps: You can send Gmail, sync your Google Calendar, manage voice mail via Google Talk, and watch YouTube videos. An integrated GPS antenna gives you access to Google Maps and its people-finding app, Google Latitude.

You could surf at near desktop speeds on a blazingly fast 7.2-megabits-per-second HSDPA network, or connect to the Web via Wi-Fi with this little gizmo. With 8GB of internal memory (plus a 32GB card slot), the I7500 has plenty of room to run the hundreds of apps available from the Android Market, play music, and store photos snapped with its 5-megapixel camera. The I7500 also sports gorgeous active-matrix OLED touchscreen and slick interface. If you're not iphone savvy, why not get one of these and enjoy the full power of a true internet phone.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Memoirs of a Blogger-Turned-Reporter

It's been 2 weeks since I began working for the press, and I've started to realize how much different it feels when writing a story for the newspaper and writing for my blog. I'm beginning to depend on editors to check for clarity on my submitted work at the reporters' office, but when it comes to blogging, I'm beginning to feel more and more handicapped. If only my cats at home could proof-read.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The ITB Convocation

Present to deliver the certificates to the graduates was His Highness The Crown Prince.

Now it's these guys' turn to graduate. The 18th Convocation for the Brunei Institute of Technology was held yesterday where the graduation for the higher national diploma students from ITB took place. Among those who graduated for their HND this year were a few of my former super seniors from The Business School as well as old friends of mine who I had not seen for many long years. HND, now those are huge achievements. Well done you guys, and congrats on your big day.

The few familiar faces

The joy on their faces after the ceremony

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Excited? It'll be out next week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


My, how much I have neglected blogging these past week ever since I'm employed in a media company. Work has taken it's toll (I work on weekends now), and an upcoming event requires me to design a video project which needs to be completed within a given time frame. Be back in a few days.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How Swine Flu Originated

Monday, May 11, 2009

Clock Tower

Thursday, May 7, 2009

When H1N1 Attacks

Desperate measures have to be taken as we brace ourselves from the swine flu pandemic. Have you worn your protective masks today?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


The Pakistan Navy Ship BADR arrived in Brunei a couple of days ago and I got the opportunity to tour the battleship and meet the ship's crew. Interestingly enough, the BADR is named after the famous battle of BADR fought on the 15th of March 624 AD, at a place near Madinah. The BADR was commissioned in 1994 at Devonport, England and is the fourth type-21 frigate inducted in the Pakistan Navy. Fitten with Harpoon missiles, the ship is capable of engaging targets at stand off ranges, and its gas turbine propulsion makes it highly maneuverable platform that can attain top speed of 30 Knots from rest in just 60 seconds!

Those are real frickin' bullets.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Life In The Press

Sunday, May 3, 2009


After a long day at work, an evening out with friends has always been the best sanctuary to let off steam and catching up old times, before another day rolls in. It's like a cycle, but what would we do without an evening out?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I'm So Excited And I Just Can't Hide it

Attention Transformers fans. The official theatrical trailer for the upcoming Revenge of The Fallen has finally been released yesterday, and it looks like it's gonna be a huge one this summer. Damn, I can't hardly wait. Hurry up June 24th!

Press the HD button to view this trailer in high-definition. It's 'mind-blasting'!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy Labour Day

What a crazy month April has been; my 26th birthday, 2 weeks in the Infocom Federation Brunei and the graduation. May is finally here, and I got the offer as a full-time roving reporter for The Brunei Times, after a brief stint as an intern in BAG Networks. I never thought I would end up in a career in journalism, though I've been doing it (for free) all these years for my blog, I thought I'd give this a shot. After all, being a photographer would be an added advantage in the field. Looks like a fresh new start in my career (and I guess my weekends will no longer be the same either).

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