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As one of the richest nations in South East Asia, and the fifth richest in the world according to Forbes, Brunei’s film industry is yet to be developed. With the advent of the first feature film in the modern era, YASMINE, directed by a young Bruneian woman, Siti Kamaluddin, Brunei is now venturing into the [...]

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[L to R] Siti Kamaluddin Director, Fai Zabady Assistant Director, Chan Man Ching the Action Director, Mariah Zaharaa Assistant Production Manager & Georgina Wong the Production Manager. Producer Din Kamaluddin, not in the photo, was outstation.

As one of the richest nations in South East Asia, and the fifth richest in the world according to Forbes, Brunei’s film industry is yet to be developed. With the advent of the first feature film in the modern era, YASMINE, directed by a young Bruneian woman, Siti Kamaluddin, Brunei is now venturing into the film world. This foray into the film world involves some of Asia’s big names, hailing from Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Siti, a veteran in the advertising and TV industry in South East Asia, and Producer, Din Kamaluddin have enlisted Chan Man Ching (stunt coordinator and action choreographer for famed Jackie Chan films: The Legend of Drunken Master 2, Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour 1,2,3 and Hollywood blockbuster Hell Boy 2) as the Action Director, Salman Aristo (Ayat-ayat Cinta, Laskar Pelangi, Sang Penari) as the Screenplay Writer, Cesa David Lukmansyah (Citra award winner for Rumah di Seribu Ombak, Rectoverso) as the Film Editor, Khikmawan Santosa (Citra award winner for Sang Kiai) as the Sound Designer, Aghi Narottama as the Music Director and Nidji is writing the soundtrack for YASMINE.

Yasmine

The cast from Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia feature Liyana Yus from Brunei playing the lead role of Yasmine. From Indonesia we see leading man Reza Rahadian (Fahri – Yasmine’s Father), Agus Kuncoro (Jamal – Silat teacher), Dwi Sasono (Tong Lung – School Silat teacher), Arifin Putra (Fahri’s friend) as well as young actors Roy Sungkono and Mentari De Marelle. Actors from Malaysia involved in this film feature none other than Dian P Ramlee, Dato’ M. Nasir, Nabila Huda, Soo Wincci, Carmen Soo and Aryl Falak. YASMINE is a beautifully choreographed story that inspires us to revisit our dreams. Action, comedy and drama come together powerfully in this unforgettable journey.

YASMINE being the first international feature film from Brunei has gained the attention of the film world and many international media. YASMINE has been featured in the Monocle (British Magazine) and has had articles in The Guardian (British Newspaper) and many other newspapers both locally and around the region. YASMINE will be introduced to the international film industry by appearing at the film market in the Hong Kong International Film Festival (24 March – 7 April) and the Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) this year.

The official website of YASMINE (www.yasminethemovie.com) has been successfully launched with the first teaser trailer now available for viewing online. The official release of YASMINE will be in August 2014.

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[L to R] Siti Kamaluddin Director, Fai Zabady Assistant Director, Chan Man Ching the Action Director, Mariah Zaharaa Assistant Production Manager & Georgina Wong the Production Manager. Producer Din Kamaluddin, not in the photo, was outstation.

As one of the richest nations in South East Asia, and the fifth richest in the world according to Forbes, Brunei’s film industry is yet to be developed. With the advent of the first feature film in the modern era, YASMINE, directed by a young Bruneian woman, Siti Kamaluddin, Brunei is now venturing into the film world. This foray into the film world involves some of Asia’s big names, hailing from Indonesia, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Siti, a veteran in the advertising and TV industry in South East Asia, and Producer, Din Kamaluddin have enlisted Chan Man Ching (stunt coordinator and action choreographer for famed Jackie Chan films: The Legend of Drunken Master 2, Rumble in the Bronx, Rush Hour 1,2,3 and Hollywood blockbuster Hell Boy 2) as the Action Director, Salman Aristo (Ayat-ayat Cinta, Laskar Pelangi, Sang Penari) as the Screenplay Writer, Cesa David Lukmansyah (Citra award winner for Rumah di Seribu Ombak, Rectoverso) as the Film Editor, Khikmawan Santosa (Citra award winner for Sang Kiai) as the Sound Designer, Aghi Narottama as the Music Director and Nidji is writing the soundtrack for YASMINE.

Yasmine

The cast from Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia feature Liyana Yus from Brunei playing the lead role of Yasmine. From Indonesia we see leading man Reza Rahadian (Fahri – Yasmine’s Father), Agus Kuncoro (Jamal – Silat teacher), Dwi Sasono (Tong Lung – School Silat teacher), Arifin Putra (Fahri’s friend) as well as young actors Roy Sungkono and Mentari De Marelle. Actors from Malaysia involved in this film feature none other than Dian P Ramlee, Dato’ M. Nasir, Nabila Huda, Soo Wincci, Carmen Soo and Aryl Falak. YASMINE is a beautifully choreographed story that inspires us to revisit our dreams. Action, comedy and drama come together powerfully in this unforgettable journey.

YASMINE being the first international feature film from Brunei has gained the attention of the film world and many international media. YASMINE has been featured in the Monocle (British Magazine) and has had articles in The Guardian (British Newspaper) and many other newspapers both locally and around the region. YASMINE will be introduced to the international film industry by appearing at the film market in the Hong Kong International Film Festival (24 March – 7 April) and the Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) this year.

The official website of YASMINE (www.yasminethemovie.com) has been successfully launched with the first teaser trailer now available for viewing online. The official release of YASMINE will be in August 2014.

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The grand opening of the first Starbucks in Brunei was officiated by Her Royal Highness Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah and the management of Berjaya Food Sdn Bhd and Starbucks at the bustling hub of the Mabohai Shopping Complex yesterday. More than 200 enthusiastic and excited Starbucks fans, including its 100 digital followers [...]

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The grand opening of the first Starbucks in Brunei was officiated by Her Royal Highness Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah and the management of Berjaya Food Sdn Bhd and Starbucks at the bustling hub of the Mabohai Shopping Complex yesterday.

More than 200 enthusiastic and excited Starbucks fans, including its 100 digital followers on Facebook and members of the media, gave a thunderous applause when the ribbon was cut on this historical day.

The launch also saw customers being among the first to own the limited edition Starbucks Brunei merchandises such as mugs, flasks and stationaries.

The first Brunei Starbucks store was designed to reflect Starbucks’ 43-year coffee heritage while embracing the Sultanate’s distinctive local traditions and culture.

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The main features in the magnificent space are the traditional coffee bar and ‘slow bar’ where customers can savour the taste of coffee made with the Pour-Over brewing method.

Patrons can gather at the communal table around the slow bar to chat over their choice cups of coffee prepared by the passionate Starbucks baristas.

The drinks selection range from the high quality Arabica coffee to the green tea frappucino.

Starbucks delicious pastries and cakes are also available on the menu to accompany the drinks.

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Managing Director of Starbucks Coffee Malaysia Sydney Quays said that the team is excited to open the first Starbucks store in Brunei and looks forward to being an integral part of the growing coffee culture in the country.Quays added that Starbucks aim to open more stores in key communities in Brunei and will respect the Sultanate’s distinctive culture and heritage.

So what can you expect from the Starbucks experience in Brunei?

It’s simple: enjoying great coffee by one of the world’s best specialty coffee roaster and server in an inviting and trendy space.

The Brunei Times

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The grand opening of the first Starbucks in Brunei was officiated by Her Royal Highness Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah and the management of Berjaya Food Sdn Bhd and Starbucks at the bustling hub of the Mabohai Shopping Complex yesterday.

More than 200 enthusiastic and excited Starbucks fans, including its 100 digital followers on Facebook and members of the media, gave a thunderous applause when the ribbon was cut on this historical day.

The launch also saw customers being among the first to own the limited edition Starbucks Brunei merchandises such as mugs, flasks and stationaries.

The first Brunei Starbucks store was designed to reflect Starbucks’ 43-year coffee heritage while embracing the Sultanate’s distinctive local traditions and culture.

05-2014-02-17 19.26.49

The main features in the magnificent space are the traditional coffee bar and ‘slow bar’ where customers can savour the taste of coffee made with the Pour-Over brewing method.

Patrons can gather at the communal table around the slow bar to chat over their choice cups of coffee prepared by the passionate Starbucks baristas.

The drinks selection range from the high quality Arabica coffee to the green tea frappucino.

Starbucks delicious pastries and cakes are also available on the menu to accompany the drinks.

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Managing Director of Starbucks Coffee Malaysia Sydney Quays said that the team is excited to open the first Starbucks store in Brunei and looks forward to being an integral part of the growing coffee culture in the country.Quays added that Starbucks aim to open more stores in key communities in Brunei and will respect the Sultanate’s distinctive culture and heritage.

So what can you expect from the Starbucks experience in Brunei?

It’s simple: enjoying great coffee by one of the world’s best specialty coffee roaster and server in an inviting and trendy space.

The Brunei Times

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11-2014-02-16 09.58.25

07-2014-02-16 10.31.45

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BIBD Securities, a wholly owned subsidiary of BIBD, hosted an Investors Seminar at the Indera Kayangan Hall at the The Empire Hotel & Country Club. At the event was Chairman of BIBD Securities and Managing Director of BIBD, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad and Managing Director of BIBD Securities and Head of Institutional Banking, Yang Mulia [...]

BIBD Securities Investors Seminar

BIBD Securities, a wholly owned subsidiary of BIBD, hosted an Investors Seminar at the Indera Kayangan Hall at the The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

At the event was Chairman of BIBD Securities and Managing Director of BIBD, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad and Managing Director of BIBD Securities and Head of Institutional Banking, Yang Mulia Haji Minorhadi bin Haji Mirhassan.

During the welcoming speech by Chairman of BIBD Securities and Managing Director of BIBD, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad shared how pleased he was to see BIBD Securities pushing to play a more active role in providing investment- based products as a means of wealth creation for the wider public.

The Seminar provided investors with global equity market outlook and gold investment, presented by BIBD Securities partners OCBC Securities & Al Rajhi Bank respectively.

As part of its strategy, BIBD Securities have entered into a strategic partnership with OCBC Securities Private Limited (OSPL) Singapore. The wholly-owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank is a leading securities broking firm in Singapore providing full brokerage services. Retail and institutional customers can trade globally via their extensive network of connectivity.

By leveraging on partnership with OCBC Securities, BIBD Securities intend to utilize OCBC Securities global online trading capabilities to offer Brunei investors direct market access to other markets other than Singapore and Malaysia that it currently offers.

With the launch of BIBD Gold Prestige Services, BIBD Securities will be offering physical gold to any interested parties. Representatives from Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia shared with the audience on the gold market outlook as well as the Malaysian experience of physical gold investment. Additionally, as a value- added service, BIBD Securities also provides ease of mind for the customers by ensuring safe custody of their gold along with being protected with Takaful.

BIBD Securities Sdn Bhd formerly known as IBB Securities Sdn Bhd was established in January 1994 and is the only entity in Brunei that was issued with Securities Dealer License by AMBD under the Securities Market Order.

Apart from BIBD Gold Prestige, BIBD Securities will also be providing its usual array of services which includes the trading of BIBD Shares, Foreign Shares, which provide access to Shariah compliant securities traded at the Singapore (SGX) and Kuala Lumpur (KLSE) and also its BIBD Al-Kauthar Asia-Pacific Fund.

This fund offers exposure in the Asia-Pacific region that includes Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The region represents 24% of the global investable universe, a significant portion of well-diversified, shariah- compliant Investments opportunities.

BIBD Securities will also be looking to increase its Shariah Compliant Mutual Funds and product offerings to offer diversification of asset class to meet different risk appetite of our client.

This investor seminar will be the first of many that BIBD Securities will be hosting in 2014 with an aim to educate and provide local investors with market updates on different asset class either regionally or globally so that investors can use the information provided to effectively manage their investments portfolio.

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BIBD Securities Investors Seminar

BIBD Securities, a wholly owned subsidiary of BIBD, hosted an Investors Seminar at the Indera Kayangan Hall at the The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

At the event was Chairman of BIBD Securities and Managing Director of BIBD, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad and Managing Director of BIBD Securities and Head of Institutional Banking, Yang Mulia Haji Minorhadi bin Haji Mirhassan.

During the welcoming speech by Chairman of BIBD Securities and Managing Director of BIBD, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad shared how pleased he was to see BIBD Securities pushing to play a more active role in providing investment- based products as a means of wealth creation for the wider public.

The Seminar provided investors with global equity market outlook and gold investment, presented by BIBD Securities partners OCBC Securities & Al Rajhi Bank respectively.

As part of its strategy, BIBD Securities have entered into a strategic partnership with OCBC Securities Private Limited (OSPL) Singapore. The wholly-owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank is a leading securities broking firm in Singapore providing full brokerage services. Retail and institutional customers can trade globally via their extensive network of connectivity.

By leveraging on partnership with OCBC Securities, BIBD Securities intend to utilize OCBC Securities global online trading capabilities to offer Brunei investors direct market access to other markets other than Singapore and Malaysia that it currently offers.

With the launch of BIBD Gold Prestige Services, BIBD Securities will be offering physical gold to any interested parties. Representatives from Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia shared with the audience on the gold market outlook as well as the Malaysian experience of physical gold investment. Additionally, as a value- added service, BIBD Securities also provides ease of mind for the customers by ensuring safe custody of their gold along with being protected with Takaful.

BIBD Securities Sdn Bhd formerly known as IBB Securities Sdn Bhd was established in January 1994 and is the only entity in Brunei that was issued with Securities Dealer License by AMBD under the Securities Market Order.

Apart from BIBD Gold Prestige, BIBD Securities will also be providing its usual array of services which includes the trading of BIBD Shares, Foreign Shares, which provide access to Shariah compliant securities traded at the Singapore (SGX) and Kuala Lumpur (KLSE) and also its BIBD Al-Kauthar Asia-Pacific Fund.

This fund offers exposure in the Asia-Pacific region that includes Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. The region represents 24% of the global investable universe, a significant portion of well-diversified, shariah- compliant Investments opportunities.

BIBD Securities will also be looking to increase its Shariah Compliant Mutual Funds and product offerings to offer diversification of asset class to meet different risk appetite of our client.

This investor seminar will be the first of many that BIBD Securities will be hosting in 2014 with an aim to educate and provide local investors with market updates on different asset class either regionally or globally so that investors can use the information provided to effectively manage their investments portfolio.

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Fatin Arifin is the recipient of the 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship in Brunei. She is currently studying MSc Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London. “You are provisionally selected as our Chevening candidate for 2013/14!” From receiving that email in the first week of May to leaving in September, everything in between was pretty [...]

Fatin Arifin is the recipient of the 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship in Brunei. She is currently studying MSc Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London.

“You are provisionally selected as our Chevening candidate for 2013/14!” From receiving that email in the first week of May to leaving in September, everything in between was pretty much ticking off things on the checklist.

Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell
Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell

Being Part of the Chevening Community

I got added to the Chevening club not long after getting the notification about the provisional selection. This was when it felt like the journey was beginning because I started meeting fellow Cheveners online who made me feel excited about the whole Chevening experience and the preparation before heading here. My Chevening Programme Officer Ceri started getting in touch with me regarding all the arrangements and she made the whole process easy going and flawless.

The Moment Has Arrived

Having left university over six years ago, I felt nervous about going back to study again especially in the couple of weeks before classes began. I knew back then when I graduated in 2007 that I would eventually study for my Masters but I did not rush to do so as at the end of the day I wanted to be sure about what the next step in my life should be. When the opportunity knocked, I knew the time had arrived. The decision to take up development studies came naturally.

Upon arriving, I had a few days to settle in which was enough to prepare myself with the basics, to familiarize myself with the area I lived in and how to get to university. I took the opportunity to get out and get lost as I wasn’t sure that I would have the time to do so after classes commenced.

My Chevening Adventure So Far

I’ve only been here just over a month and I already feel that time is flying by so quickly. In the past few weeks, I have been inspired and intellectually stimulated by the lectures and seminars and have come to realise how much I did not know and how much I have yet to know. I am learning about countries previously unfamiliar to me such as Latin America and India to name a few and dichotomising their development models.

I have to admit that the transition from working to studying is challenging. Each week there are a certain number of readings that my colleagues and I have to be prepared with before attending the classes. Each one of us is assigned to deliver a presentation and critical evaluation of the readings depending on the week and you are expected to lead the discussion that ensues afterwards. I felt this was unfamiliar territory as I suddenly felt aware of the need to have an opinion on everything which takes some getting used to and it is a lot harder if the book or article I am expected to comment on is written by a Nobel Laureate! From time to time, we organize our own study groups because the classes aren’t enough to discuss about a certain topics and issues.

Recently, another opportunity came to meet Her Majesty the Queen this time at the Buckingham Palace on the 18th October to celebrate Commonwealth, Youth and Education under my Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE) hat which I accepted with honour. It was a wonderful experience to be inside the palace and networking with people from all over the world and to speak to some of the Commonwealth’s youth leaders.

Outside Buckingham Palace
Outside Buckingham Palace
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia

I have also finally met some fellow Cheveners officially at the Welcome Reception on the 22nd October at the iconic Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I thought it was humorous to meet some people you attend classes with every week there at the reception without knowing that they are also fellow Cheveners. This is how large the Chevening community is! I know that the next ten months that I have left as a Chevening Scholar is going to be an exciting adventure because I am in the company of the world’s emerging leaders, in one of the greatest University’s in the most vibrant and exciting city in the world!

Planning and Preparing for Chevening Application

I recall how little time I had in submitting the application for Chevening when I did the application back in December as I was in between various travels and work assignments. I would like to take this opportunity to share the journey with prospective applicants whether you are applying for this round or the next or intend to apply one day.

One of the most important aspects of your application is the part where you write about your experience, the course you have selected and what you aim to do upon your return. It seems simple enough but I urge you to really ponder about it at a deeper level because your story will separate you from others. Think about how you have been of value to the workplace, community, and nation. And think about how you want to proceed to the next step of your career or life and how studying will help you get there. This is also an opportunity to discover yourself and things you can possibly do in the future with the experience you have amassed. It can get overwhelming to write a compelling case in limited words because there is the dilemma about what is and what isn’t important enough to include in the application. My advice is to compose your story in a way that articulates best your reason for choosing your area of study– What sort of experience do you have in that area of study? What do you think will you learn from that course? etc. When you are done writing your story, get two to three people to have a read and comment before you edit it. These people should include someone who either know you best, someone who can give you harsh, but constructive critcism (because you also need someone who doesn’t have to completely agree with you), and someone who doesn’t know you that well. Their comments will help you look at it from different perspectives.

The second part relates to the university and course options. Don’t take this for granted. Really take time to research all the courses available across the UK and find one that fits your aims best. Your course and university options will determine your motivation in excelling in the course and at the end of the day, your happiness! It is important at the Masters level for you to do what you really want to do as the university and course play a large role in shaping you and your goals.

Once you feel satisfied about the changes you have made to your application, you can move on to submitting it with confidence! And after that, take the patience pill or forget you even applied because once you get to the interview stage (I believe sometime in March); the emotional rollercoaster will begin until you get the Final Award Letter. Good luck!

If you’re interested in applying for the 2014/15 Chevening Scholarship, visit the Brunei country page on the Chevening website for more information!

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Fatin Arifin is the recipient of the 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship in Brunei. She is currently studying MSc Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London.

“You are provisionally selected as our Chevening candidate for 2013/14!” From receiving that email in the first week of May to leaving in September, everything in between was pretty much ticking off things on the checklist.

Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell
Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell

Being Part of the Chevening Community

I got added to the Chevening club not long after getting the notification about the provisional selection. This was when it felt like the journey was beginning because I started meeting fellow Cheveners online who made me feel excited about the whole Chevening experience and the preparation before heading here. My Chevening Programme Officer Ceri started getting in touch with me regarding all the arrangements and she made the whole process easy going and flawless.

The Moment Has Arrived

Having left university over six years ago, I felt nervous about going back to study again especially in the couple of weeks before classes began. I knew back then when I graduated in 2007 that I would eventually study for my Masters but I did not rush to do so as at the end of the day I wanted to be sure about what the next step in my life should be. When the opportunity knocked, I knew the time had arrived. The decision to take up development studies came naturally.

Upon arriving, I had a few days to settle in which was enough to prepare myself with the basics, to familiarize myself with the area I lived in and how to get to university. I took the opportunity to get out and get lost as I wasn’t sure that I would have the time to do so after classes commenced.

My Chevening Adventure So Far

I’ve only been here just over a month and I already feel that time is flying by so quickly. In the past few weeks, I have been inspired and intellectually stimulated by the lectures and seminars and have come to realise how much I did not know and how much I have yet to know. I am learning about countries previously unfamiliar to me such as Latin America and India to name a few and dichotomising their development models.

I have to admit that the transition from working to studying is challenging. Each week there are a certain number of readings that my colleagues and I have to be prepared with before attending the classes. Each one of us is assigned to deliver a presentation and critical evaluation of the readings depending on the week and you are expected to lead the discussion that ensues afterwards. I felt this was unfamiliar territory as I suddenly felt aware of the need to have an opinion on everything which takes some getting used to and it is a lot harder if the book or article I am expected to comment on is written by a Nobel Laureate! From time to time, we organize our own study groups because the classes aren’t enough to discuss about a certain topics and issues.

Recently, another opportunity came to meet Her Majesty the Queen this time at the Buckingham Palace on the 18th October to celebrate Commonwealth, Youth and Education under my Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE) hat which I accepted with honour. It was a wonderful experience to be inside the palace and networking with people from all over the world and to speak to some of the Commonwealth’s youth leaders.

Outside Buckingham Palace
Outside Buckingham Palace
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia

I have also finally met some fellow Cheveners officially at the Welcome Reception on the 22nd October at the iconic Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I thought it was humorous to meet some people you attend classes with every week there at the reception without knowing that they are also fellow Cheveners. This is how large the Chevening community is! I know that the next ten months that I have left as a Chevening Scholar is going to be an exciting adventure because I am in the company of the world’s emerging leaders, in one of the greatest University’s in the most vibrant and exciting city in the world!

Planning and Preparing for Chevening Application

I recall how little time I had in submitting the application for Chevening when I did the application back in December as I was in between various travels and work assignments. I would like to take this opportunity to share the journey with prospective applicants whether you are applying for this round or the next or intend to apply one day.

One of the most important aspects of your application is the part where you write about your experience, the course you have selected and what you aim to do upon your return. It seems simple enough but I urge you to really ponder about it at a deeper level because your story will separate you from others. Think about how you have been of value to the workplace, community, and nation. And think about how you want to proceed to the next step of your career or life and how studying will help you get there. This is also an opportunity to discover yourself and things you can possibly do in the future with the experience you have amassed. It can get overwhelming to write a compelling case in limited words because there is the dilemma about what is and what isn’t important enough to include in the application. My advice is to compose your story in a way that articulates best your reason for choosing your area of study– What sort of experience do you have in that area of study? What do you think will you learn from that course? etc. When you are done writing your story, get two to three people to have a read and comment before you edit it. These people should include someone who either know you best, someone who can give you harsh, but constructive critcism (because you also need someone who doesn’t have to completely agree with you), and someone who doesn’t know you that well. Their comments will help you look at it from different perspectives.

The second part relates to the university and course options. Don’t take this for granted. Really take time to research all the courses available across the UK and find one that fits your aims best. Your course and university options will determine your motivation in excelling in the course and at the end of the day, your happiness! It is important at the Masters level for you to do what you really want to do as the university and course play a large role in shaping you and your goals.

Once you feel satisfied about the changes you have made to your application, you can move on to submitting it with confidence! And after that, take the patience pill or forget you even applied because once you get to the interview stage (I believe sometime in March); the emotional rollercoaster will begin until you get the Final Award Letter. Good luck!

If you’re interested in applying for the 2014/15 Chevening Scholarship, visit the Brunei country page on the Chevening website for more information!

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A needy family of nine is seeking assistance as their current residence – a dilapidated hut with zinc roofing for walls and salvaged wooden planks for floors – has become unsafe, particularly in view of the number of people it houses. The family of converts comprises Reduan Abdullah, a Malaysian national, his wife Majidah Abdullah, [...]

Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

A needy family of nine is seeking assistance as their current residence – a dilapidated hut with zinc roofing for walls and salvaged wooden planks for floors – has become unsafe, particularly in view of the number of people it houses.

The family of converts comprises Reduan Abdullah, a Malaysian national, his wife Majidah Abdullah, a Brunei permanent resident, their seven children and an elderly mother, all of whom have been staying in the hut located on a land with Temporary Occupational Licence (TOL) at Simpang 638-16, Kampong Tanah Tersusun Lumut ever since Reduan retired from the Kuala Belait Municipal Department in 2011.

The sorry state of the entrance

The sorry state of the entrance

The children have had to stop school since Reduan’s retirement as they could not afford the expenses. Their eldest child, a 22-year-old, is only Primary 6-educated, and survives by earning from bridal makeup jobs in Bandar Seri Begawan.

The family has attempted to seek help from the relevant authorities, however, their applications have been unsuccessful, except for the one-year basic food assistance from Dakwah Islamic Centre, which has to be renewed annually.

Reduan tries to make ends meet by taking on grass-cutting jobs, looking for young shoots in the jungle to be sold as vegetables. To feed the family, he occasionally fishes.

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

Basic facilities such as electricity and water are not available. The family makes use of a generator which was contributed to them a few years ago, and collects water in drums for their daily domestic and cooking usage.

State Legislative Council member YB Haji Shafiee bin Ahmad, who is also the Lumut 1 Village Head, when interviewed, noted that with the cooperation of Lumut 11 Village Head Haji Abd Rahman Hashim, they had submitted an application form to obtain a residence for Reduan’s family, and that it is currently pending. YB Haji Shafiee also said that they will conduct a follow-up of the application.

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Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

Reduan Abdullah and family standing beside the dilapidated hut

A needy family of nine is seeking assistance as their current residence – a dilapidated hut with zinc roofing for walls and salvaged wooden planks for floors – has become unsafe, particularly in view of the number of people it houses.

The family of converts comprises Reduan Abdullah, a Malaysian national, his wife Majidah Abdullah, a Brunei permanent resident, their seven children and an elderly mother, all of whom have been staying in the hut located on a land with Temporary Occupational Licence (TOL) at Simpang 638-16, Kampong Tanah Tersusun Lumut ever since Reduan retired from the Kuala Belait Municipal Department in 2011.

The sorry state of the entrance

The sorry state of the entrance

The children have had to stop school since Reduan’s retirement as they could not afford the expenses. Their eldest child, a 22-year-old, is only Primary 6-educated, and survives by earning from bridal makeup jobs in Bandar Seri Begawan.

The family has attempted to seek help from the relevant authorities, however, their applications have been unsuccessful, except for the one-year basic food assistance from Dakwah Islamic Centre, which has to be renewed annually.

Reduan tries to make ends meet by taking on grass-cutting jobs, looking for young shoots in the jungle to be sold as vegetables. To feed the family, he occasionally fishes.

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

This is the space where the family of 9 rests, eats, and sleeps

Basic facilities such as electricity and water are not available. The family makes use of a generator which was contributed to them a few years ago, and collects water in drums for their daily domestic and cooking usage.

State Legislative Council member YB Haji Shafiee bin Ahmad, who is also the Lumut 1 Village Head, when interviewed, noted that with the cooperation of Lumut 11 Village Head Haji Abd Rahman Hashim, they had submitted an application form to obtain a residence for Reduan’s family, and that it is currently pending. YB Haji Shafiee also said that they will conduct a follow-up of the application.

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I Miss Sarawak Laksa…

My love affair with Sarawak Laksa is about to continue with the introduction of these new Kuching holiday packages by Tourism Malaysia… Bruneians now have every reason to spend a quick getaway in Kuching, Sarawak with the introduction of four affordable tourism “Jejak Kasih” packages currently available from selected tour agents here. The packages start [...]

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My love affair with Sarawak Laksa is about to continue with the introduction of these new Kuching holiday packages by Tourism Malaysia…

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Bruneians now have every reason to spend a quick getaway in Kuching, Sarawak with the introduction of four affordable tourism “Jejak Kasih” packages currently available from selected tour agents here.

The packages start from as low as $345.00 for a three-day two-night break in Kuching. Enquiries and bookings can be made from Darussalam Holdings, Century Travel, Pan Bright and Freme Travel’s head offices here and all its branches throughout Brunei

These attractive packages include a $395.00 “Senandung Kasih” package which includes a Kuching city tour and a visit to the world famous Sarawak Cultural Village, and the $385.00 “Jom Berambeh” package highlighting a night stay at a traditional Bidayuh longhouse at the Village.

For ardent golfers, the “Golf by the Sea and Mountain” package priced at $406.00 highlights a round of golf at the 18-hole original Arnold Palmer design golf course and a two-night stay at Damai Beach Resort.

All packages are for a three-day two-nights stay inclusive of a return air ticket from Bandar Seri Begawan-Kuching on MASWings.

The packages are collaboratively initiated by the Sarawak Tourism Board, Tourism Malaysia office in Bandar Seri Begawan, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism and Leisure group of hotels and tourism attractions, and MASWings.

Packages are based on two-to-go and can be purchased with immediate effect at selected travel agents throughout Brunei and sales will end on November 15, 2013.

Booking for these packages should be made a week prior to departure and is open for sale to all who resides in Brunei.

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My love affair with Sarawak Laksa is about to continue with the introduction of these new Kuching holiday packages by Tourism Malaysia…

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Bruneians now have every reason to spend a quick getaway in Kuching, Sarawak with the introduction of four affordable tourism “Jejak Kasih” packages currently available from selected tour agents here.

The packages start from as low as $345.00 for a three-day two-night break in Kuching. Enquiries and bookings can be made from Darussalam Holdings, Century Travel, Pan Bright and Freme Travel’s head offices here and all its branches throughout Brunei

These attractive packages include a $395.00 “Senandung Kasih” package which includes a Kuching city tour and a visit to the world famous Sarawak Cultural Village, and the $385.00 “Jom Berambeh” package highlighting a night stay at a traditional Bidayuh longhouse at the Village.

For ardent golfers, the “Golf by the Sea and Mountain” package priced at $406.00 highlights a round of golf at the 18-hole original Arnold Palmer design golf course and a two-night stay at Damai Beach Resort.

All packages are for a three-day two-nights stay inclusive of a return air ticket from Bandar Seri Begawan-Kuching on MASWings.

The packages are collaboratively initiated by the Sarawak Tourism Board, Tourism Malaysia office in Bandar Seri Begawan, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation’s Tourism and Leisure group of hotels and tourism attractions, and MASWings.

Packages are based on two-to-go and can be purchased with immediate effect at selected travel agents throughout Brunei and sales will end on November 15, 2013.

Booking for these packages should be made a week prior to departure and is open for sale to all who resides in Brunei.

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B2.0 part trois was as expected, a well organized event with awesome speakers and a very engaging audience. I really enjoyed interacting with the participants and the hospitality of the organizers was top notch (as usual) as well! Today social media is everywhere. What started out as an online blogging community in Borneo has now [...]

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B2.0 part trois was as expected, a well organized event with awesome speakers and a very engaging audience. I really enjoyed interacting with the participants and the hospitality of the organizers was top notch (as usual) as well!

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Today social media is everywhere. What started out as an online blogging community in Borneo has now expanded into a huge online social media community of people using tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. With that in mind, B2.0 – an annual conference that recognizes such community recently held its third conference to gather influential figures in one location to introduce and educate individuals and businesses on how to adopt and effectively take advantage of social media.

This annual event which started 2 years ago was initiated by BorneoColours.com, Borneo’s largest community portal, at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Organized by BorneoColours.com in collaboration with M.E Malaysia, the third B2.0 took place on Saturday, 1st December at Wisma Bandaraya from 9am onwards and was attended by 60 professionals.

Prominent speakers such as Jared Lee (Grim Film), @kkcity (Kota Kinabalu’s top tweeter), Thanis Lim (Cookie Monster), Murphy Ng (Sabah Tourism), Jack Baxter George (Everyday Food I Love), Reeda Malik (AnakBrunei), Tai KL (DiGi), Kathleen Lim (Microsoft), Sue Ann Tang (Nuffnang), Moses Wong (Film Production Sabah), Tristan Lee Riven (Team Sprocket) presented and discussed various topics such as are Rise of Social Media, Image Sharing Madness, Social Media For Gamers, Rise of Mobile Applications & Nuffnang X, DiGi In Support Of Social Media, Social media via Windows 8, and YouTube Generation & Social Media Unveiled.

The third B2.0 is proudly presented by Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd, the first company to launch the full suite of Windows 8 product with touch capability and DiGi Telecommunications. It is supported by Ministry of Resource Development & Information Technology, Nuffnang Malaysia, Canon, Bombers Burger, Film Production of Sabah and Creative Lasso.

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B2.0 part trois was as expected, a well organized event with awesome speakers and a very engaging audience. I really enjoyed interacting with the participants and the hospitality of the organizers was top notch (as usual) as well!

b2 group picture

Today social media is everywhere. What started out as an online blogging community in Borneo has now expanded into a huge online social media community of people using tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. With that in mind, B2.0 – an annual conference that recognizes such community recently held its third conference to gather influential figures in one location to introduce and educate individuals and businesses on how to adopt and effectively take advantage of social media.

This annual event which started 2 years ago was initiated by BorneoColours.com, Borneo’s largest community portal, at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Organized by BorneoColours.com in collaboration with M.E Malaysia, the third B2.0 took place on Saturday, 1st December at Wisma Bandaraya from 9am onwards and was attended by 60 professionals.

Prominent speakers such as Jared Lee (Grim Film), @kkcity (Kota Kinabalu’s top tweeter), Thanis Lim (Cookie Monster), Murphy Ng (Sabah Tourism), Jack Baxter George (Everyday Food I Love), Reeda Malik (AnakBrunei), Tai KL (DiGi), Kathleen Lim (Microsoft), Sue Ann Tang (Nuffnang), Moses Wong (Film Production Sabah), Tristan Lee Riven (Team Sprocket) presented and discussed various topics such as are Rise of Social Media, Image Sharing Madness, Social Media For Gamers, Rise of Mobile Applications & Nuffnang X, DiGi In Support Of Social Media, Social media via Windows 8, and YouTube Generation & Social Media Unveiled.

The third B2.0 is proudly presented by Acer Sales & Services Sdn Bhd, the first company to launch the full suite of Windows 8 product with touch capability and DiGi Telecommunications. It is supported by Ministry of Resource Development & Information Technology, Nuffnang Malaysia, Canon, Bombers Burger, Film Production of Sabah and Creative Lasso.

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