In The News
Congratulations to The Brunei Times for the launching of the e-paper in line with His Majesty’s 25th National Day titah and I quote the following from the BT Editorial … as a reminder to us all to better ourselves all the time.
” … we as a nation cannot rest on our laurels because we know that in today’s knowledge-based society just being good is not good enough. There is a tremendous difference between being good and being excellent and excellence – like the horizon – is a moving target. One has to constantly raise the bar and this is what we at The Brunei Times are trying to do. We are constantly pushing ourselves towards higher targets. No matter how difficult the task is, we have never stopped raising the limit as we’re competing with no one but ourselves …”
— The Brunei Times | Looking ahead with confidence
→ I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Brunei Times for the Personality of the Week feature. I’m deeply honoured by this gesture and I have also taken this opportunity to include this as part of my very belated About page which I have omitted since its creation.
The month of July is the month of festivity in Brunei Darussalam. The birthday celebration of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei is one event that involves all districts and it’s certainly an event that attracts massive local and international media attention and also the loving support and commitment of the community. It goes without saying that such vibrant and colourful festivities also attract the interests of photographers whose numbers seem to grow exponentially year after year.
This year, I am honoured to have one of my images from His Majesty’s 61st Birthday Celebration featured on the 2009 July—September cover and another picture of His Majesty during the “Bersama Rakyat” session in my birth town of Kuala Belait.
The Year of the Ox has by far been the most productive and meaningful for me (other than the year I got married and started a family) notably my first column in The Brunei Times which coincided with the 25th Silver Jubilee celebration of our National Day. The theme “Kedewasaan Bernegara” celebrates the country’s coming of age and achievements with His Majesty’s titah “Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can for the country.” I am thankful to His Majesty for giving my family and I the peace, harmony and prosperity—an conducive environment in which I’ve found my calling in promoting Brunei tourism through photography and writing.