Christmas morning in Brunei

by Reedz on December 25, 2007

Pics taken early this morning at both St George’s and St Andrew’s churches. Some familiar faces in the throngs of worshippers. Wishing everyone a happy and blessed christmas celebration.

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Getting ready for the service

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L: Reflecting — R: Worshippers from all ethnic backgrounds

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Familiar face in the crowd πŸ™‚

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Merry xmas Kenny and co… πŸ˜€

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It was a full house

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Purpose, Praise, Price, and Promise…

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Taking a seat outside…

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Goodies from home…

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Maligayang Pasko!

Zul December 25, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Heh, not bad. I would’ve when there, but it doesn’t feel right … πŸ˜› But nice pics, AB.

And I see familliar faces, too, from bygones days studying in St. Andrew’s School.

anakbrunei December 25, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Zul: Strangely, I was the only photog there this morning.

Maybe the other media are bored with these christmas masses… or perhaps they covered last night’s mass.

Intriguing comment about it not feeling right… care to elaborate?

Zul December 25, 2007 at 8:39 pm

What I meant was that it didn’t feel right to intrude into other people’s place of worship … maybe if I was carrying my 300mm lens, clicking away from afar … it would be a lil’ ok … I guess …

But if they didn’t mind you being there ( it’s not as if they couldn’t see you πŸ˜› ), I should’ve went, too.

anakbrunei December 25, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Ah, I see… I agree that it would be rude to intrude into a place of worship, and that’s why you always ask for permission before going in, heheh. A 300mm lens will only make you look suspicious. Why not use a short lens and interact with your subjects instead?

I think one of the greatest challenges for a photographer (esp a street photographer) is being at the right spot to capture the moment without appearing to be there… and as an aspiring street photographer, I have to challenge myself to do just that, but at the same time, be sensitive to my surroundings.

A smile here and there, a “merry christmas to you maam/sir” here and there goes a long way to making your subjects comfortable with your presence. Its partly the attitude and frame of mind that you put yourself into before embarking on such outings.

If you’re happy and it shows, then most likely, others will absorb your happy energy πŸ™‚

Come and join us at Bruneiforever and Gemilang Forums where u’ll have info on the latest outings πŸ™‚

Zul December 25, 2007 at 10:35 pm

Hmm … interesting point, AB. I do have a 50mm lens I’m fond of, maybe I should get into the thick things more often. Politely, of course.

And I’m gonna follow your suggestions and join Bruneiforever and GemilangForums … and it’ll be great to join you guys on your outings, probably would learn alot of things.

David December 25, 2007 at 11:25 pm

“A smile here and there, a β€œmerry christmas to you maam/sir” here and there goes a long way to making your subjects comfortable with your presence. Its partly the attitude and frame of mind that you put yourself into before embarking on such outings.” – a formidable piece of advice.. very true and very useful. Everyone there is just like everyone else.. a smile here and there always breaks the ice.

tina December 26, 2007 at 8:49 am

You should have been at the Christmas Eve midnight mass! There was glow sticks and caroling with the lights turned off…surreal and very very rave like :p

Kenny December 29, 2007 at 2:19 pm

hey, thanks AB for posting those nice pics..fyi, its our first Christmas service in the new building & like tina said, u shud hv been there on Christmas Eve. Maybe next year??

anakbrunei December 30, 2007 at 11:46 am

tina: really? I was planning to go but then I fell asleep heheh! Next year, sms me ok? πŸ˜€

anakbrunei December 31, 2007 at 9:55 am

Kenny: no worries mate. Its great that the building was opened in time for christmas this year… Bah next year sms me ah kalau midnight mass πŸ˜‰ Have a happy & peaceful new year dude!

Rongen Robles December 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm

—-"A smile here and there, a "merry christmas to you maam/sir" here and there goes a long way to making your subjects comfortable with your presence. Its partly the attitude and frame of mind that you put yourself into before embarking on such outings.

If you're happy and it shows, then most likely, others will absorb your happy energy"—-

This is what I really like with you, Reed πŸ™‚ being a GOOD PERSON and true to yourself. A brave and humanitarian Anak Brunei…. keep up the good work, Bro and may God bless you and keep you safe.

Peace to ALL MANKIND.

anakbrunei December 29, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Awww thank you so much for your kind words Ron, and a Merry xmas and Happy New Year to you and yours too πŸ™‚

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