It is heartening to know that you are missed. Some friends asked me why I stopped writing. They said they had missed reading articles by Mat Baim. In fact, my last article appeared in the Weekend Bulletin on July 14, 2012.
- Monday, 05 November 2012 09:49
- Mohammad Abdullah
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I'm a Bruneian yet, I don't know my own country, I haven't explored all the treasure troves that are hidden away from prying eyes. I've been to some tough spots, hiked over steep hills and deep ravines just to reach a waterfall hidden in the deep tropical jungles in Belait and in the Brunei-Muara Districts.
- Monday, 05 November 2012 09:44
- Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman
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Reflecting on the music and the entertainment scene of the yesteryears, youths in Brunei started getting into modern music in the late 1950s.
However, the traditional musical instruments and Bruneian songs that have been passed down to our generation by our elders were not forgotten.
In 1959 and 1960, Bruneian youngsters were already forming bands under the influence of famous bands such as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In 1959, these youths started to play in bands for wedding receptions, birthdays and anniversary parties.
During that time, most of the songs had classic and slow rhythms which were favoured by the elders. There was also the 'Bintang Radio' competition organised in 1963 for fans of old, traditional Malay 'Keroncong' and 'Zapin' songs.
After that from 1966 to 1969, bands started naming themselves to gain popularity. Amongst the musicians and bands famous in that era include Kugiran Irama Perindu, Seri Wana Combo, Saroga, Rayuan Irama, Melati Puteh, D'Idaman, The Hunters and many others. Notable male singers included Ak Tajudin Pg Mangong, Hussein Hj Tuah, Ak Mas Emran, Ali Paun and many others.
Female talents that stood out included Sahara Ahmad, Sukaimi Hj Talip, Nosiah A Hamid, Siti Mariam Yusof, Julia Chee and many others. Bruneian singers, musicians and bands were no less impressive than their counterparts in Malaysia and Singapore and some even recorded their songs into vinyl records.
Today, these musicians and bands of the yesteryears are remembered because even to this day their voices and music are played on the radio.--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
- Saturday, 06 October 2012 07:04
- Toni Hafey
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What do you do when you retire? Some people would take the 'easy life', reminiscing about the good, old days or catching up I with friends at the local coffee shop. Some may play golf, fish or upgrade their tech skills.
- Sunday, 12 August 2012 10:01
- Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman
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Old memories and past events have long been gone and what is left now are only remnants of old photos. One such event is the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations in the 1950s.
The female teens wore baju kurung, baju kebaya, kain batik or sarong. Females wore headscarves and the younger ones are not allowed to curl their hair. In the past, female teens prefer short haircuts and braids.
- Sunday, 12 August 2012 09:56
- Hakim Hayat
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With the Aidilfitri season just around the corner, tailor shops and boutiques around the country are working round the clock to finish up orders for their customers.
- Saturday, 28 July 2012 06:58
- Ministry Of Culture, Youth And Sports
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Bandar Seri Begawan - Traditional Knowledge (TK) refers to longstanding traditions and practices of certain indigenous, regional and local communities. It is sometimes referred to as Indigenous Knowledge (IK), Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) and Local Knowledge
- Sunday, 22 July 2012 13:19
- Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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1: What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and it is caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), a DNA (Double stranded nucleic acid).
Hepatitis B virus was discovered in 1967 by Dr Baruch Blumberg.
HBV infection is the leading cause of chronic liver infection (hepatitis) worldwide.
Persistence of the infection can lead to liver damage (hepatitis) and this can lead to scarring (fibrosis), eventual liver damage (cirrhosis) and liver cancer.
Each year, it is estimated that one million people worldwide die from complications (cirrhosis and liver cancer) caused by Hepatitis B infection.
- Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:08
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I love the playground. Because first of all, it is 'free fun' and I am all about that. If it is free, fun and near my house, you'd best believe we are going. And that includes every playground within a five-minute drive. But unlike say, the library, at the playground there's also fresh air and exercise but so is the panacea for bad behaviour.
When Awesome was a newborn, I had a serious case of playground envy. I would walk by the park, Awesome snug in his Snugli, and watch as kids play and their moms chatted with one another. Maybe it was because my baby's idea of fun was batting at the stuffed elephant that we affectionately called "Klappar from Finland" on his activity mat. I do what any good mother would do. I take them to the playground. Don't blame me; Genius was 13 when I had Awesome, so yeah.
- Monday, 02 July 2012 11:21
- Mat Baim
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The two female staff tending the payment counters at the ground floor of a government office greeted them with a warm smile and was very helpful and courteous.
These last few days were moments to the final countdown in preparation for his son's forthcoming wedding.
The man and his second son wanted to settle the cost of hiring a reception hall administered by the ministry. Located by the sea, it was perfect for the wedding reception of his eldest son on a Sunday in a few weeks time.
That was two Fridays ago.
- Thursday, 14 June 2012 09:00
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I can remember the day I read an article in the Borneo Bulletin about plans to enact a 2008 Tobacco Order that would come into full force on February 1 the same year.
After reading about the law, I was proud to call myself a Bruneian as authorities were actively in pursuit of implementing a lifestyle that espoused the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and being considerate of others.