BRUNEI SULTAN 62nd BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

It’s hard to forget His Majesty’s 61st Birthday Celebration in Kuala Belait last year and an even more unforgettable celebration at the 60th Birthday in Tutong when Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang visited. Both events were blessed with an abundance of festivity and vibrance! It is the event of the year where the congregation of photographers appear to have grown quite significantly from year to year. Also  evident is the prolific choice of equipment seen at such events where the latest and greatest Canon and Nikon DSLR continue to dominate the scene. I have neither the latest nor the greatest equipment at my disposal just my tried and trusty companion: the EOS 5D and 20D. In the 2007 gallery there’s a mix of ultrawide and telephoto images. This year, in favour of travelling light, I chose the 5D/100-400 in Tutong and 20D/100-400 in Kuala Belait.

At time of this posting, His Majesty has visited all but one of Brunei’s four districts, Temburong, the gateway to Brunei’s pristine tropical rainforests and the Ulu Ulu Resort. As far as I know, the only relatively unobstructed grandstand in all four districts is the Kuala Belait one which explains the ease of capturing His Majesty’s appreciative moments.

HIS MAJESTY’S 62nd BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FLASH GALLERY

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The one with the boy and the fans, and the other one with the fans as well darn i was aiming for that but just couldn’t get that shot hehe… Jan the PRO! and the one with all the DSLR photographers, MAN oh man haha.. well done Jan! ;)Caroline Lim

Nice creative pictures, Jan. — David Tay, The Brunei Times

MALAY LANGUAGE MONTH. EKSPLORASI BAHASA MELAYU.

The month of July is a month of celebration as Bruneians get ready to celebrate the 62nd birthday of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei on the 15th. While not officially part of the calendar of activities, Chung Ching Middle School in Seria launched EKSPLORASI BAHASA MELAYU Cintai Budaya Sayangi Bahasa, a month-long showcase of students handicrafts, essays and relevant projects in the context of our national language and culture.


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MOTHER’S DAY AN EDUCATION OF LOVE

A NOTE OF THANKS to LILY CHIAM, a highly accomplished musician, business owner, a friend and most of all a Mom for her invitation to the DREAM ASCENDS concert tonight where she’ll debut and perform tracks from her album TOGETHER! It’s much appreciated. I’m certain I will enjoy the fascinating aerialist and New York dancer, the lighting effects, the different instruments and cultural dances that you so eloquently put but most of all, your performance! Regrets, however, I have prior commitments on this celebratory weekend. I believe DREAM ASCENDS is going to be a great finale to Mother’s Day.

Meanwhile, according to THE HOMEROOM, an LA Times blog, …

a group of mothers are staging a protest on Friday to send the message that the only thing mothers really want for Mother’s Day is a decent education for their kids … Their target: the millions of dollars the governor has proposed cutting from the education budget.

While nothing of the sort is happening in our education sector, we all want better education for our kids, our legacy for the future! And what better subjects to educate our kids than love. A love for education, a love (and respect) for the family, a discipline that’s taught at Chung Ching Primary School in Seria as early as kindergarten. Education including family values begins at home as much as it is at school and he school instills the culture at an early age. Today, on the eve of Mother’s Day, students, teachers and parents celebrated the occasion with roses, cake and a whole lot of attention!


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Primary 2 students playing a Mother’s Day piece to the delight of their parents who looked on from the side walk.


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A teacher with an empty red box that contained Mother’s Day cards, a surprise from the students to their moms along with the red roses, chocolates and abundance of smiles.


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A student and her mother poses for a deserving photo moment.


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Besides greeting cards, students also surprised their moms with a written declaration of their love in more than one languages while hearts remain universally symbolic!


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I don’t remember anyone teaching me the notion of giving flowers to my parents at school but if I did, I might have done so quite innocently. But I grew up and eventually understood the meaning of roses fairly well :)


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On April 28 2008 The School Leadership National Conference and Workshop 2008 was officiated by the Minister of Education. The ceremony, a first joint collaboration between MOE, UBD and Microsoft, was held at the Chancellor’s Hall and the event carried the theme ‘School Leaders for Tomorrow’s Education‘. The Minister received a token of appreciation from Microsoft Brunei, a photograph I took at the Rimba Primary School captioned “In Every Child There Is A Potential To Be Great.


Gift to the Minister of Education by Microsoft |  Photography © Jan Shim

Chosen from a series of photographs from the LEARNING STYLES AND POWERPOINT project with Microsoft, Country Manager Wan Kong and I deliberated over the selections and mutually arrived at the same piece differing only in our interpretation of the photo caption.

“Learning Styles (LS) can be defined as the way each person begins to Concentrate on new and difficult information, Process this information, Internalize and retain this information and; Use this information … The Dunn & Dunn Learning Styles Model operates with 20 elements that are fundamental to our learning … is aligned with the learning sysems of the brain … thoroughly researched and has already proven its strength.” You can learn more at www.learningstyles.net.

As a token of appreciation for the efforts of the teachers and students at CCMS in making the shoot possible, Microsoft had goodie bags for the team. On Microsoft’s behalf, I handed them to the teacher in charge on this day to coincide with the school’s Mother’s Day celebration!


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The following two photos were candid moments at CCMS. Photographing them candidly can be difficult given the available space to move around in relation to direction of light in order to maintain a natural looking ambient including the right body language and behaviour.


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