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Written by Rano Iskandar on 06 May 2013.

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The star of the day - Nuratiqah Nabila - who bagged both Best Vocal and Best Actress Award at Laneige Broadway Musical Competition 2013

Sorry for the late post, Pat *huhu* I've been wanting to post this article few days ago. So here it is.. I missed the morning session of Laneige Broadway Musical Charity Competition 2013 because of my participation of the National Day Run. There were 10 schools involved in this year's competition and according to Pat Li, the competition went smoothly and even finished ahead of schedule especially in the morning session.

Over 350 students from 10 secondary schools participated and they have worked very hard and put a lot of effort in the performance. The event was held at Hua Ho Manggis Ballroom.

The guest of honour was the chairlady of the Yayasan Kanser Kanak-Kanak (YASKA), Dr Norehan Hj Johari. Also present were Cheong Huat Joo, Senior Special Duties Officer (Secondary), Department of Schools; and Brunei English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) President, Datin Hjh Khadijah Hj Akhbar.

My favourite was definitely the last one - PAP Hjh Masna Secondary School. They won first place and deservedly so. They also bagged the Best Choreography, Best Vocal, Best Costume and Best Actress Award. The star of the day belonged to Nuratiqah Nabila who played Pocahontas and it was her vocal that stood among the rest. I was almost in tears listening to her rendition of "Colours of the Wind" and even the audience felt connected to her performance. And yes, Nuratiqah bagged both Best Vocal and Best Actress Award for her performance.

For your info, she also came 2nd in last year's RTB Bintang Kecil and also a presenter for RTB 2 "Minggu Ceria" programme. Guess what? I didn't even know that she's popular on Youtube.. Her youtube views are amazing for a Bruneian. If you want to hear her voice, click here and here. She's definitely a talent that can bring so much for our country. I foresee a bright future ahead for Nuratiqah.

The panel of judges during the competition

The first runner-up of the competition was Sayyidina Hasan Secondary School winning $300 and a trophy. The school also won an additional $200 after winning Best Stage Presentation and Best Actor awards.

Best Actor, Aiman Hafizul Irfan of Year 11, was thrilled and said that he has the passion for music since childhood and plays many music instruments. He added that his decision to venture into acting and singing and ultimately the competition was right.

The second runner-up of the competition was PAP Hjh Rashidah Lumut. The school received $200 and a trophy. The Best Creative Adaptation award was won by Sharif Ali Secondary School.

Pat Li was happy that the event turned out as a success and she appreciated the committee, the coaches and the volunteers that helped out since Day 1. She said that we all share the mutual belief that all kids are gifts to us. When When they grow up, they are our future in sustaining and managing the country. It is our passion to nurture our youths’ development with positive thinking, by being supportive, giving and loving.

The supporters of the Laneige Broadway Musical Charity Competition 2013 are HSBC, Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Shalim (B) Sdn Bhd, Ranoadidas, Red Dot Studio, CFBT, JPMC Fitness Centre, BELTA and Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd.

The panel of judges were Albert Polita, Phyllis Thin, Siti Badriyah Hj Md Yusof, Genevieve Lai and Nurhisyam Al Muiz bin Abdul Rahman Ampil.

The cheering squad from PAP Hjh Masna School

Another cheering section for PAP Hjh Masna School

PAP Hjh Masna Secondary School won Best Costume

Sayyidina Hasan Secondary School won Best Stage Presentation

Aiman Hafizul Irfan of Sayyidina Hasan Secondary School won Best Actor

Nuratiqah Nabila of PAP Hjh Masna Secondary School won Best Vocal and Best Actress

PAP Hjh Rashidah Lumut came 3rd overall

Sayyidina Hasan Secondary School came 2nd overall

Nuratiqah Nabila of PAP Hjh Masna Secondary School won the competition

Handing over of donation to YASKA

Handing over of donation to BELTA


Blackout again??


Enough said...

I've never been a fan of politics and though I don't really follow minute-to-minute on the 13th General Election, I keep tab by following news on the social media and blogs and even tuned in to TV1 on Astro to see the latest update.

If you ask my opinion, I was hoping for a change. Most of my friends residing in Brunei shared the same sentiment. Most of them even flew back to their home town to vote and this shows how determined they are to make a change in the government.

Guess what, Barisan National (BN) under the leadership of Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, lost the popularity vote in the General Election 2013 but BN returned to power because they won 133 seats from the 222-seat Parliament. With all results in, BN polled 5.220 million votes to Pakatan Rakyat’s 5.489 million, for a deficit of 269,130 votes based on calculations by The Malaysian Insider. The Election Commission has yet to release the official results.

Though the opposition might have lost the war, I can see a transition. The Prime Minister has become aware of the "Chinese Tsunami" which voted for "change" (the opposition) and he didn't seem to happy about it. He blamed the Pakatan Rakyat (the opposition) led by de factor leaeder Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who believed the electoral election was a fraud (well, many of friends thought so too).

All in all, BN scored poorly in the most Chinese-majority seats nationwide, indicating a massive swing in the community’s support towards the opposition.

There was even a 10-minute blackout that happened last night (not sure of the time) and I did a hashtag search on my instagram and it was flooded with "blackout" pictures, condemning the tactics by the government. I also came across this blog which shared about the darkest day in Malaysia. Check it out!!

I'm not suprised with the results because of the other factors that came into question. But I'm quite content that there's a shift that's happening and this is just first step - planting the new seeds.

Do you think BN won it fair and square? Your thoughts.

It was quite rare that I watch TV1 *lol*

I wonder who Siti Nurhaliza voted for. Taken from her instagram

One of the cast from Yasmine the Final Fist flew back to her home town to vote (for a change)

Carol's family also voted for a change. Their home town Sibu and majority voted against BN and won a seat.

Carol managed to wash off the blue mark on her index finger using detergent. Hmmmm...

It was a clear winner which party will govern Malaysia for another term

The hashtag of #GE13 are populated with this on instagram

The hashtag of #GE13 are populated with this on instagram

There are gonna be many jokes about blackouts now


Slump continues for DPMM FC


Sairol (left) questioning why his team mate didn't square to him in the box and instead falling down to claim for a penalty. DPMM FC lost 2-0 to SAF Warriors FC last night at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

I was there last night to witness only the first half of the match. DPMM FC lacked the creativity and the motivation they usually have when playing on home ground. Yes, there are missing a few key players notably Azwan Salleh and their top striker Jo. However, that shouldn't be an excuse for DPMM FC's poor performance last night.

They could have lost more than 2 goals to tell you honestly. DPMM FC have their chances too but they still looked far from convincing. Something tells me that DPMM FC is missing one key player that made a difference last season. The departure of Ivan Jerkovic has definitely affected the recent gameplay of DPMM FC. He was so industrious in midfield and his distribution is top notch.

The new import players are nothing of spectacular and they have yet to show any sign of brilliance or dominance in their presence with the exception of Jo who is DPMM FC's top scorer. DPMM FC will be hosting Home United this Friday. Will they redeem themselves or will it be their 3rd consecutive loss in the S•League? Read more of the report here from The Brunei Times.



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