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#HMjubliemas

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In conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne which will be held this year, the Committee for Media, Publicity, Exhibitions and Printing would like to inform the public that the official Website, Mobile App and Social Media accounts including the official hashtag for the Golden Jubilee Celebration may be accessed as of today, Wednesday, 16th August 2017.

The establishment of the Website and Mobile App is aimed at providing information including the latest news on the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. The Website and Mobile App also contains information such as the Calendar of Events, posters and publications in relation to the Golden Jubilee. The information will be updated from time to time.

In addition to the informative contents, the Website and Mobile App will also provide an interactive platform that enables members of the public to convey their greetings online in relation to the Golden Jubilee Celebration.

The public will also be able to watch live broadcast events through “Live Streaming” on the Website and Mobile App.

The public may now access and follow the following:
1) Website – www.HMjubliemas.gov.bn
2) Facebook, Instagram & Twitter – @HMjubliemas

The public may also use the official Golden Jubilee hashtag, #HMjubliemas in their respective social media account posts. For Android mobile users, the Mobile App HMjubliemas may now be downloaded through Google Play; whereas for IOS mobile users, the Mobile App HMjubliemas will be made available from the App Store in the near future.

 

 

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam being proclaimed as His Royal Highness the Crown Prince on 14th August 1961
 

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam being installed as the 29th Sultan of Brunei Darussalam
 

India 71st Independence Day

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Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education and his spouse with Her Excellency Nagma Mohamed Mallick, the Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam and her spouse graced India 71st Independence Day celebration at The Empire Hotel & Country Club last night
 


A momento from the India High Commission to the guest of honour
 

I was honoured to be part of India’s 71st Independence Day celebration held at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club last night. A big thank you to the High Commission of India to Brunei Darussalam for the invitation.

It was announced during the celebration that the Government of India will host a “Festival of India” in Brunei Darussalam from October to mark the Golden Jubilee of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s accession to the throne. Now that’s really good news to hear to see India announcing the upcoming event which was announced by Her Excellency Nagma Mohamed Mallick, the Indian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam

This year also marks 25 years of Asean-India Dialogue Partnership and the High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam and they will host several events such as car rally (wow), a food festival and musical events in celebration of the milestone in Brunei Darussalam.

Her Excellency Nagma Mohamed Mallick shared some insights and milestone since India gained independence for the past 70 years. India has a current population of 1.25 billion with a surplus production of food grains, exporting wheat and rice to the world and also ranking first in the world in milk production. India is also the most diverse country in the world with 29 states, 22 official languages and 1652 languages and dialects.. Just wow!!!!

India also has a GDP in absolute terms of USD 2.45 trillion and is the 6th largest economy in the world. The economy has grown with an average annual growth rate of over 7% over the past 3 years. There are over 1 billion mobile phone connections, 300 million own smartphones and around 400 million are connected online. The investor-friendly policies adopted by the Indian government allows India to receive sizeable foreign investment of USD 113.8 billion over the last three years.

Her Excellency mentioned that energy usage in India is rapidly evolving towards ever greater use of renewable energy as fossil fuels already provide only around 67% of energy demand. India has pledged to increase the share of renewable energy to 40% by 2030. Did you know that India is a founder of the International Solar Alliance, a coalition of 121 solar energy-rich prospective member countries located between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn?

Another milestone is the Digital India initiative which aims to unite India on a common digital platform by 2019 to make available government services online on a real time basis. and set up a pan-India fibre optic network. India now ranks 3rd globally in terms of the number of start-ups and is the world’s youngest start-up nations (majority are less than 35 years old).

A new change was also introduced in India which is the Goods and Services Tax as The Act is a destination-based tax on goods and services in which only value addition will be taxed. It paves the way for a common rational market of 1.25% billion consumers and is expected to reduce the overall tax burden on goods from the current 25-30% down to an average of around 15%.

Her Excellency echoed what India Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared that “the next five years must be about “Sankalp se Siddhi, a resole which will lead us to accomplishment”.

Attending the celebration were Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Minister of Education and his spouse.

During the celebration, a renowned musician, Pt. Vikash Maharaj, and his sons, played four Hindustani Classical music to the delight of the attendees. They played the Sarod, a stringed instrument from the Hindustani classical music tradition of India. Apparently it’s tougher to play the guitar and one of Pt. Vikash Maharaj’s sons has been playing the sarod since he was three years old.

Thank you once again to the High Commission of India for the invitation.

 

 


Welcoming remarks by Nagma Mohamed Mallick
 


Pt. Vikash Maharaj and his sons performing Hindustani Classical music
 


Prabhash Maharaj and Rahul Breh
 


Pooja Shivanand emceeing the auspicious event
 


Wefie during the event
 


Thank you for the invitation 😀
 

Lucky draw at Times Square

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Amal Majidah, the General Manager of Times Square, gave away the grand prize of the monthly draw, an Acer Aspire ES 1-432
 

Times Square Shopping Centre completed its third prize presentation for its seventh lucky draw campaign yesterday on 13th August 2017 at Times Square Atrium. Lucky Draw coupon holders were reminded to be present at the Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Lucky Draw coupons. Representatives were allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as the photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon.

A total of 23 prizes were given away yesterday, comprising of electronic gadgets, furniture, cash vouchers, hotel vouchers and hampers. The first 10 prizes were presented by Miss Mally Hadini, the general secretary of Times Square followed by another 10 that were presented by Mr Lim Yee Liang, the Marketing Manager. The remaining 3 prizes were presented by the General Manager of Times Square, Mrs Amal Majidah.

The final three lucky winners were Dk Mahani Pg Hj Mahari who won a Canon Powershot S100, followed by second place Mohd Hamzi who won a Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 and the grand prize; an Acer Aspire ES 1-432 went to Lim Sai Chyou.

Times Square Shopping Centre will again continue with its seventh lucky draw campaign and the next final prize presentation will be held on 12th November 2017. Customers can still stand a chance to win prizes for the upcoming presentation by simply spending at any of the shops in Times Square, Times Hotel and the Cineplex, then submitting their receipts at the lucky draw counter which is situated at the ground floor.

Moreover, Times Square will be holding a 3 on 3 Basketball Challenge: Students Edition from 4th to 10th September 2017. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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The top 23 monthly winners from shopping at Times Square Shopping Centre
 

Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam established

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Press release from the Prime Minister’s Office. By command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Prime Minister’s Office hereby announces that His Majesty has consented to the establishment of the Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam, an independent body that is mandated to promote business competition in Brunei Darussalam economic landscape through the enforcement of the Competition Order 2015.

His Majesty the Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam has also consented to the appointment of Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny as the Chairman of the Competition Commission, together with six members of the Commission. The members are Yang Mulia Awang Haji Mohammad Azmi bin Haji Mohd Hanifah, the Permanent Secretary (Industry) at Prime Minister’s Office; Yang Mulia Dr Awang Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; Yang Mulia Awang Haji Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the Assistant Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s Chamber, Prime Minister’s Office; Yang Mulia Director General of Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE), Prime Minister’s Office; Yang Mulia Awang Mohammad Harris bin Brigadier Jeneral (B) Dato Paduka Haji Ibrahim, Head of FDI Action and Support Centre (FAST) Division, Prime Minister’s Office; and Yang Mulia Dr Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Global Affairs), Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The establishment of the Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam and the appointments of the Chairman and members of Commission are effective from 08 Zulkaedah 1438H corresponding 01 August 2017M.

The objective of the Competition Order 2015 is to promote and maintain fair and healthy competition to enhance market efficiency and consumer welfare in Brunei Darussalam. In line with this, the Competition Commission will oversee and act on competition matters as mandated in the Order. This includes adjudicating anticompetitive cases and imposing penalties on companies found to infringe the Competition Order 2015.

The Competition and Consumer Affairs Department is established under the Department of Economic Planning and Development, to serve the Competition Commission as their investigative and administrative arms. The Department is also responsible in carrying out functions such as advocacy, receiving complaints and conducting market reviews.

Before the enforcement of the Order, a transitional period will be introduced. The transitional period will phase in after advocacy work in familiarizing and developing a competition-aware culture in Negara Brunei Darussalam has been carried out.

The Competition Order 2015 will be enforced in phases starting with the prohibition of anti-competitive agreements and practices. This phased approach serves to give all parties sufficient time to prepare for the orderly enforcement of this Order.

The introduction of the Competition Order 2015 and the establishment of Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam underscores the efforts of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam in achieving a sustainable economic growth in line with the economic goals of Wawasan Brunei 2035. It also signifies the commitment of Brunei’s Government in fulfilment of the goals of the ASEAN Economic Community. The Competition Order 2015 is intended to address any competition-related concerns and maintain proper functioning of markets, provide certainty and enhance investors’ confidence, as well as an important safety net that safeguards the interest of local business players and consumer welfare.

The Big 60

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The anniversary cake done by Mr. Baker’s Shop
 


His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman receiving a token of appreciation from Stephen Ong, Chairman of St Andrew’s School Board of Governors and Jane Keasberry, Principal of St. Andrew’s School.
 

St. Andrew’s School (SAS) alumni from as far as London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Singapore, flew into the country to attend the school’s Diamond Jubilee Alumni Gala Dinner yesterday night at the Plenary Hall of International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, who were also former students of the school, graced the dinner.

Their Royal Highnesses were greeted upon arrival by Chairman of St Andrew’s School Board of Governors, Stephen Ong and Principal Jane Keasberry.

The colourful evening started with the welcoming address by the principal followed with another speech by Ong after which Their Royal Highnesses were ushered to the cake cutting ceremony to mark the event.

Keasberry in her welcoming address among others noted that the gala dinner is a platform for meeting up and reconnecting with former classmates, teachers and staff of the school.

She pointed out that with the formal schooling (foundational-secondary years) provided at SAS, each one of the students can testify to the strong foundation received from their alma mater.

“Education at SAS has made us what we are now with many of us serving and holding key positions in the community and contributing strongly to the development of Brunei Darussalam.”

SAS began with 70 boys and girls 60 years ago in January 1957 and it was founded by the late Reverend Canon Paul Chong En Siong who together with his daughters Margaret, Kathleen and Grace, were the first teachers in the makeshift “school”, at the back of the St Andrew’s church vicarage.

 

 


The Crown Prince’s former classmates
 


Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah’s former classmates
 


Singing the national anthem
 

 


Sharing a light moment during dinner
 


Their Royal Highnesses with Jane Keasberry
 


Former SAS students with Stephen Ong
 


With Cikgu Chong
 


Our junior, junior huhu
 


The happening table among the lot
 


Still best friends after a long time
 

Over time, the first chairman of the Board of Governors, Dato Ong Kim Kee generously donated a piece of land and the first set of classrooms with wooden floors and walls were built on this site and later with generous funding from parents and other kind individuals, more classrooms were added.

St Andrew’s School, with the hard work of the former and current Board of Governors, principals and senior management team, has grown to 1,710 students in strength with 106 teachers and staff, Keasberry said adding that it will continue to grow from strength to strength with continued support from the community.

The dinner also saw a slide show presentation as well as several stage performances including a tribute by the alumnus.

Their Royal Highness also consented to a group photo session with the Board of Governors and School Management team as well as a tour of the exhibition booths displayed at the hallway. Text courtesy of Lyna Mohd of Borneo Bulletin.

 

 


With our former teacher Normah
 


Our batch
 


Another junior of ours
 

 

 


Back in the late 50s
 

 

 


The performers from St. Andrew’s School
 


Singing the school song
 


Hello Elva. Here was where we sign our memories
 

Rano’s take: Definitely I had a great time catching with my buddies from my class with Pg. Anak Ali and Rashid @ Rupert and not forgetting our former teachers from the school, Mrs. Ong (Maths), Mr. Chong (Malay and now Deputy Principal), Ms. Normah (Malay) and ever bubbly Mrs. Shafee (history). It was good to see familiar faces though our batch didn’t turn up that much and I was amazed that some of the people that I know used to be in SAS.

Of course, the most sought for teacher was Mrs. Shafee and it was funny to see her frowning when she tried to recall her former student names, tracking back to the 80s and the 90s. For sure, she still remembers me as we tend to bump to each other once in a while or so. She definitely has touched many lives of our students and shaped to where they are now. A big thank you to all the teachers who played parts in our lives too.

The only person that I really wanted to see or meet was Mr. Koshy, our Maths teacher and also the Principal of SAS back then. He had the biggest cheers when his picture popped up on the screen. I hope he’s in good health.

Thank you, Stephen Ong, for your hospitality and we all had a wonderful evening. The legacy continues in St. Andrew’s School and I’m already seeing better things happening in SAS. Keep up the great work!!

 

Special discounts for the 50s

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Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, announced great deals for Acer products. All you need to do is present an evidence of any milestone or landmark of 50 years
 

50 years is an amazing landmark in any context: 50 years of marriage, 50 years of service, and even 50 years old. It’s a golden landmark, and Concepts is eager to celebrate it with their customers. Which is why Concepts Computer is offering amazing deals for those with a 50 year landmark by offering great prices for 7 models of Acer notebooks to help honour the 50.

As portability and affordability are the keywords for the new IT era, these are also key in being able to adapt to many changing and demanding needs of Bruneian IT consumers, especially those over 50 years of age. Refueling a new era of IT usage is the resurgence of the older generation in trying out new technology, to fit into the ever changing landscape of a modern world. Therefore, these Acer laptops will include models with great performace and great portability; lightweight 13” notebooks, and even 17” workhorses, from very affordable Pentium Quad-Core performers, to powerful i7 workstation. Concepts Computers together with Acer will also be offering affordable desktops for those looking for a home work-station.

First on the block is the Acer Aspire ES1-432, available for $398, usual price $478. It’s a modest 14” notebook, perfect for educational purposes or as a general-use computer for the home office. With 4GB of RAM and 500GB HD space, the Acer Aspire ES1-432 can go through school or office work, while also be used for social media and general internet surfing. Next we have a multimedia notebook, with the 15” screen, it is perfect for watching movies and streaming Youtube videos, the Acer Aspire E5-575G will be available for $688 only, usual price $948. We also have the Aspire S5-371 available for $968, usual price $1,238, a very sleek and powerful notebook, only 13” and weighing barely over 1kg with6 hours battery life, the Acer Aspire E5-575G is the answer for ultra-mobility.

Concepts Computer and Acer will also be offering a trio of desktops; high-powered Intel i5 processors, 1TB HDD and build-in wireless internet connection, everything that can satisfy the desktop needs of user who are looking for a work-station for thei home office or for their SME business.

First for desktops is the Acer Aspire XC780-6400W10, available for $588, usual price $748, at $1,238. Next is the Acer Aspire TC-780-6400W10, another work-station available that can satisfy any office needs, cost is $668, usual cost $788. And lastly, the Acer Aspire XC-780-6400W10D, available for $688, usual price is $818. All 3 models will have an i5 Intel processor, enough power to keep-up with any workload in the office. And to make it convenient for our golden generation to do work, just for this special promo, Concepts will also have the large- screen and bright Acer KA241 24” monitor, availble for $178, a great combination with any of the previously listed desktops.

 

 


Check out the products from Acer that are discounted
 

 


Some notebooks have special discounts from $100 to $400 plus off
 

 

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer said, “Concepts will always try to be in the forefront of the IT market in Brunei which is why we’re offering these models at great prices for the golden generation.” He continued, “The golden generation would benefit a lot from being IT savvy, giving them the ability to be connected to social media, even giving the chance to be a gamer, bringing them closer to the younger generations.”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, “With the help of Acer, we would like to bring the latest technologies into the Bruneian IT market at very affordable prices, without sacrificing quality. So this promotion was an easy decision to make.” Zul aslo added, “And with today’s society, technology is prevalent in everyday life, this is also a chance to offer our golden generation the best devices out there at very affordable prices.”

For more information on the other Acer models on offer for the golden generation, please call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visiti your nearest Concepts Computer showroom.

 

Wu Chun to expand Bake Culture

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Wu Chun spending time with his overseas fans
 


A customized and personalized cake for Wu Chun from the pastry chef during the launch of the Bake Culture at Serusop branch
 

During the launch of the third outlet of Bake Culture at Serusop, Wu Chun announced expansion in China and USA by 2017 for Bake Culture. Interesting to know that Wu Chun has bigger plans for the successful bakery that is popular in Brunei and Taiwan.

He hinted that by November, Bake Culture will be opened at Chongqing, China and followed by another outlet in New York, USA. Both outlets are in the process of renovation.

One of the local signature item, Roti Satay, will be introduced in the said outlets and the idea is to spread and share the culture of different countries.

He also highlighted that the pastry chefs have been trained for the past twelve months inclusive of food tasting for the customers’ needs.

It was also good to see Wu Chun fans flying in from China to support the launch and Wu Chun humbly enough spent time with them and took photos.

The other question that was put forward to Wu Chun was on the upcoming movie where he is being featured, “My Other Home”, an upcoming Chinese-American sports biographical film directed by Yang Zi and produced by Huang Jianxin, starring American basketball player Stephon Marbury as himself. Awesome. It’s not sure when the movie will be out in Brunei but it is slated for a China release on 4th August and yes, China is a huge market for sure.

Congratulations Wu Chun on the expansion of Bake Culture (oh ya, he loves banana muffin from Bake Culture) and I hope to see your movie in Brunei hopefully 🙂

 

 


The design of the new outlet in Serusop
 


Photo opportunity with Baiduri Bank associates
 


Wu Chun with invited guests
 

 


Wu Chun with his Bake Culture team
 


Wu Chun speaking to Progresif team
 


The cakes section
 


These look delicious
 


Fans waiting to enter the bakery
 

 


They flew in just for Wu Chun 😀
 


Check out his new movie – “The Other Home” to released in China this August
 

Bersama Raykat

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I have missing all these prestigious events and finally I had a taste of Bersama Rakyat with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalamn conjunction with His Majesty’s 71st birthday celebration at Taman SOAS. It was not as crowded as previous years but the spirit remains high. The people of Brunei Darussalam got up close and personal to greet His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and other members of the Royal Family.

Also attending the ceremony were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen.

I missed the performances but judging from the pictures, it looked pretty colourful and vibrant. I can’t imagine the stamina and the willingness of His Majesty the Sultan, even at the age of 71, to spend at least 2 hours in the humid conditions to meet and greet. I truly salute His Majesty for his dedication and time to spend time with the people and may Allah bless him for his generousity and kindness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAS turns 60

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St Andrew’s School will be celebrating her 60th Anniversary at ICC on Friday, 4 August 2017 from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

Dinner tickets @$60 per head are on sale in the school. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet/reunite with friends and ex-classmates and I will definitely be attending this event with a few of my old class mates. It will be a good time to bring back old memories and have a mini reunion with ex-mates and teachers.

For enquiries, please contact : Tel : 8326032, 2222099 & 2226032. Fax : 2234708. Email: sasadmin@saintandrew.edu.bn

 

 


I can’t remember when this was but it’s definitely in the late 80s.. Yes, I’m still that young now 😀
 


A shot taken last year at St. Andrew’s School where former students have become parents and continuing the legacy by sending their children to St. Andrew’s School
 

Hello Seoul. Part II

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Friends I made during my 5 day trip in Seoul, Korea. Taken late June 2017.
 


My group mates – Ogia (Papa New Guinea), Ulzii (Mongolia), Mark (Korea), Andrea (Indonesia), Daniel (Korea), Deva (Indonesia), Ron (Indonesia) and Khulan (Mongolia). A huge thanks to Daniel for taking care of our group since Day 1.

I’m still reminiscing my day in Seoul, Korea during my short visit for the Asian Cultural Young Leaders’ Camp 2017 (25th June to 30th June). It seemed like yesterday but it has been almost a month since that experience. I made the conscious choice to accept the offer even though it was during the first few days of Eid Mubarak celebration. My deepest gratitude to the Korean Embassy to Brunei and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea for giving me this opportunity in the first place.

The hospitality was top notch and MOFA (Korea) knew how to take care of all the representatives from Asia Pacific during their stay in Seoul, Korea. We bonded on the first night with the youth from different walks of life. From Japan to Australia to Mongolia to Afghanistan, you name it. It was an emotional farewell on the final dinner before we departed back to our own countries. This is my biggest highlight of the Asian Cultural Young Leaders’ Camp 2017 #ACYLC2017 #2017ACYLC – the diplomacy and friendship among different nationalities and cultures. This is a sign of world peace where all of us can get along and make a difference in the world. I just wish for longer days and freer time to further strengthen the bonds and friendship among my newly acquainted friends.

I previously shared my story on PyeongChang, the upcoming Winter Games in February 2018. Now let allow me to share my other interesting trips at Korea. First up was the visit to the Ojukheon House at Gangneung near PyeonChang, a few hours ride from Seoul. If you really keen to understand the culture of Korea, this is a must visit territory.

Ojukheon House. According to history, Ojukheon House was where Shin Saimdang (1504-1551) lived and where her son Yi I (penname Yulgok; scholar and politician of the Joseon Period) was born. It was built during the early Joseon Dynasty and remains one of the oldest wooden residential buildings in Korea. It was designated as Treasure No. 165 in 1963 and has been maintained by the descendants throughout the generations.The house is made of black bamboo trees and still holding up. The interesting fact is that Shin Saimdang is featured on the Korean Won 50,000 note and still is. Her contribution as a artist and poet back in the 16th century and she’s the only lady being featured on Korean currency. If you are heading for the Winter Olympics at PyeongChang, then do visit Ojukheon House.

Seongyojang House. Another place I found interesting was Seongyojang House which was built back in the 1750s. Now why this is a unique place is because it reminds me of Air BnB. Let me share you a bit of history. It was created in 1703 by Yi Naebeon, an 11th generation descendant of Prince Hyoryeondaegun, part of the Hyoryeong royal family during the Joseon Dynasty. The idea behind Seongyojang House was to promote happiness and joy among relatives living there. Now I was told that back then, the owner of the residence would welcome guests and visitors to stay and they won’t accept any form of monetary in exchange. The guests were also well fed by the host and in return, they would shower the host with gifts instead as a sign of gratitude.

I’m still surprised that the Seongyojang House is very well maintained after 300 years and has past 10 generations. The structures are still intact and well preserved and it was even selected by Korean Broadcasting System as the top 10 well preserved original dwellings in Korea. A must visit destination if you are around PyeongChang area. I’m glad that such historical places do still exist and well maintained.

 

 


Lunch around PyeongChang while being briefed on the Winter Olympics
 


The view outside Seongyojang House. An interesting and historical place to visit.
 

Samsung Innovation Museum. According to Visit Korea, Samsung Innovation Museum (SIM) is a business hall as well as the largest sized industrial electronics museum in Korea, displaying the growing steps of Samsung Electronics Corporation at a glance. It is located inside of Suwon Digital City where Samsung Electronics Corporation was initially established 47 year ago. Starting from the time when electronics were first produced to the current trend of cutting-edge smart devices, the electronic industry has become more and more innovative. This history of innovation and the future of electronics are reflected in the museum while looking at the various exhibition halls, comprised of History of Samsung, Seeds of Innovation, Core of Innovation and Inspiring Innovation. The halls of Samsung Innovation Museum give a meaningful experience to figure out what innovation really means.

Ok, here goes my version – WWWOWWWW!!!! It’s like a city of its own and I could see associates of Samsung just cycling around to get to the other building. It’s also very heavily guarded so no one can simply just enter the Suwon Digital City. I seriously don’t mind working in this environment and it does feel quite futuristic (like in the movies). Too bad our group only tasted 5% of the Suwon Digital City. I wanted more but I guess there are restricted area.

In the museum, you will get to learn of the history of Samsung and also other inventions by inventors and also recognizing other brands that made an impact on our daily lives through time. For instance, the birth of washing machine or vacuum cleaner which helped to cut down longer hours of house chores. We were being educated on the existence of not just phones and TVs but also on other electrical appliances that play a part in our lives.

The admission is free and you will be guided by a museum presenter. It’s open from Monday to Friday but there won’t be any guided tour on a Saturday. You can take pictures but no filming recording is allowed. If you are not even a Samsung fan, this place is still worth a visit. I began to appreciate all these innovations after the tour. Thank you to all the inventors for making all these technological advances possible.

 


At the Suwon Digital City where Samsung Innovation Museum is located. This is one of the signs on the street. So be mindful when you walk 😉
 


You’re not allowed to take close up shots in the SIM or even video recording. But this kind of shots or selfies are welcomed 😀
 


Viewing the gallery while learning the important inventions which lead to our current technology
 


The 105” inch Samsung Curve UHD TV. The price for this is valued at USD 110,000 *Gullllpp*
 

Arirang’s Heart to Heart show. It’s not as easy as 1-2-3 to be selected to be featured on Arirang News, one of Korea’s leading broadcasting news that has global reach of 138 million households. A big thank you to MOFA Korea for making this possible as I was one of the special guests for Heart to Heart show in Arirang TV. The other special guest was Ashani Yusron, a big Hallyu fan from Indonesia. The recorded show for our session will up in one or two weeks’ time. Thank you to Manu (the producer) and Jennifer, the host for Heart to Heart and not forgetting our special friend, Mary.

This particular episode talks about our take of Korean culture and how it has been well received in our respective countries and also a bit of background of what we do professionally in the line of being social influencers. I shall keep you posted when the show will be set for release. Thank you once again to Arirang TV for having us on your show. This is definitely a milestone for 2017.


Thank you, Jennifer (right) for being such a sporting host
 


With the producer of Heart to Heart, Manu 😀
 


An awesome session with Jennifer. Can’t wait to see the actual show
 

Making bimbibap. Yes, this is the real deal. I normally being served at Korean Restaurants in Brunei but this one .. this one is the real deal. You get to see the traditional way of making bimbibap. For your info, bibimbap means mixed rice and in Korea, bimbibap is served as a bowl of warm white rice and topped with namul (sauteed and seasoned veggies, gochujang (chilli paste), soy sauce or doenjang (fermented soybean paste). Other additions are such as fried egg and slice beef. Then you stir the contents inside the bowl before you eat.

That day we visited a Korean restaurant (can’t remember the name) and we were given the experience to mix the bimbibap in a humungous bowl that is enough to feed at least a hundred people. I love the authentic taste of it too and the hospitality from the restaurant owners. Now being back in Brunei, I have more appreciation of how bimbibap is being served and maybe, just maybe, my expectations in terms of presentation and taste have slightly increased.

 


I had the privilege to stir this around. One massive bowl for bimbibap. This is how authentic it gets 😀
 


The customary selfie pose, of course, with bimbibap
 


One of the best lunches during our trip
 


Having fun after an awesome bimbibap lunch

Farewell dinner. The awesome about this program was that we were fed very well and also on time. The program was so structured that they made meal times a priority and also on time. I don’t know how they did it but they pulled it off consistently for 5 straight days. Amazing!! Our final dinner was Seoul Marina which was like an hour away from our hotel, Koreana and we hoped for a variety of choices as we had too much of kimchi during our previous meals. And yes we did!! The food was great and it was also an emotional farewell session as a few representatives from each group shared their learning and experiences from the #ACYLC2017.

We have our own Facebook group page and it’s flooded with pictures and memories. You were right, this is not a good bye but merely a transitional period where we will have newer opportunities to meet once again. It has been three weeks and it’s still fresh in my memory. Thank you once again, MOFA Korea and The Korea Foundation for hosting us and this has been one of the best experiences in a long time. I hope to see more of this in the near future.

 

 


One of our cute volunteers from Korea. Thank you for helping us out.
 


The volunteers from Korea Foundation
 


She’s one awesome emcee and is a TV presenter for Arirang TV.
 

 


Nice shot with the Samsung 360 camera. Taken at Anmok Beach.
 


I had a nice bingsu at GongCha by Anmok Beach
 


Strolling by the beach
 

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