Brunei Darussalam

Beach Bunch – Brunei Shell Petroleum Kuala Belait Beach Cleanup

Present were Managing Director of BSP, Mr Ken Marnoch as the guest of honour, and President of the Beach Bunch, Awang Rizan Latif. Also taking part in the cleaning campaign were BSP staff, their families, students from various schools, namely Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering, Perdana Wazir Secondary School, Sekolah Vocational Sultan Bolkiah and a school from Tutong District, Tumpuan Telisai Primary School. On the other hand, also joining hands were members of the private sector and BSP contractors such as Mashhor Group of Companies and Swiss Hotel Apartment. — Borneo Bulletin

Beach Bunch in Support of Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup
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Managing Director of BSP, Mr Ken Marnoch as the guest of honour, officiates the cleanup campaign.

“The BSP Managing Director in an interview with the Bulletin noted that it is high time for people to start changing their mindset and be responsible to keep the environment clean towards creating a better society.”

Following Ken Marnoch’s opening remarks, President of the Beach Bunch, Rizan Latif briefs participants on the logistics and expectations of the cleanup campaign tactfully leaving out the bit about separating the trash afterwards.


Immediate after Rizan’s brief, participants disperse to form individual groups of individual members with specific roles.
Brunei Shell Petroleum Technical Director, Catherine McRae, helps explains the purpose of documenting the debris.
A Chung Ching student (right) identifies an object BSP MD Ken Marnoch picks up.

[ Beach Bunch in Support of Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup ]

The quality of light in the morning can be quite harsh but can also produce interesting combination of light and shadows.
BSP Technical Director Catherine McRae helps the students out in litter identification as the morning rolls on.





Going against conventional wisdom and shooting an engaging moment against heavy back light can produce interesting results.
Light quality wise, this is my favourite pick of the whole set. I like how the combination of large aperture shot and diffused light makes the backdrop of skies and ocean look like a studio set.
No Beach Bunch Cleanup is complete without picking up a tyre or two from any of the beaches so far.


“Driven by passion and frustration due to the constant littering on the beach, Awang Rizan said their mission is not only to keep the environment clean but also to provide education and awareness to the younger generations on the importance of a clean environment.” – Borneo Bulletin excerpt
“Awg Rizan also noted the lack of awareness in recycling in Brunei. Some institutions are practising it, but this habit should also be brought into household and the residents must also be educated about the significance of recycling.” – Borneo Bulletin
Rizan picks up an aluminium can explaining and demonstrating items to be separated from the rubbish collected.
A representative from Brunei Shell Petroleum hands out gloves to students prior to sorting the rubbish.
Rizan and Catherine catching up after the smoke clears while members of BSP and Beach Bunch weigh the bags of litter.
Once rubbish is separated and bagged, every single one of them gets weighed and recorded.


A weighing scale is hooked onto a wheel to determine it’s weight.


“Mr Ken Marnoch said he is delighted with the great turnout and it is great to see people of all ages and backgrounds participating in the event. These activities are part of BSP and BSJV’s contribution to the local community and our continuous voluntary efforts to make a difference.”
A photo opportunity with Ken Marnoch to commemorate another successful Beach Bunch event except this time, it’s a meaningful campaign held in my home town, Kuala Belait.

[ Beach Bunch in Support of Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup ]

Brunei Darussalam

Klout Perks Gave Me A Complimentary Shipment of MOO MiniCards

At the bottom of the orange cardboard says the following, “MOO was born in London, England, but your MiniCards were printed in the USA and hand-packed in Rhode Island to get them to you faster. Keep in touch with the latest MOO news at and find different ideas for using your MiniCards at” In case you’re wondering and you probably are, Klout Perks are “exclusive products or experiences that you earn based on your influence.”

Klout has teamed up with MOO to offer 100 Free MOO MiniCards to influential Klout users!
Elegant, MOO branded boxes with a smooth white coating on the outside and signature orange inside.


I selected 5 of my favourite images from my archive from over the years, uploaded to MOO’s ultra user-friendly interface, pay for shipping and leave the rest to MOO.
Brunei Darussalam

Most People Dressed As Sunflowers: Hornbill School Brunei Sets World Record

Click on image to read official Guinness World Records tweet.

Brunei also holds the record of Largest Serving of Grilled Satay

The current world record for Most People Dressed As Sunflowers — 229 pupils and staff at Thorndown Infant and Junior Schools in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Previous record was 116 set at The Nursery on the Green in London. Now, who would have thought little known Hornbill School that’s dedicated to children of the British army, tucked in the confines of the British Garrison would someday ‘kick arse’ and put Seria on the world map. The attempt to break the record was the brainchild of Daz King and Kris Sanders, two military personnel based at the British Army Garrison in Seria. Subject to confirmation by The Guinness Book of World Records, Hornbill School’s incredible turn out of 575 people dressed as sunflowers trounced all previous records by a whopping 251%. Well done, Hornbill School — I’m excited and hope the record gets into the Guinness world record books. This blog post is my 600th, no world record here but a significant milestone no less!

Also in the Guinness Book of World Record: Bukit Thompson, World’s Lowest HillFacebook Page

A morning enjoyed by many especially fun loving kids from the school. Like any regular extra curricular activity except this one broke a world record presently held by a school in the UK.

The large majority of this number was made up of the staff and children of Hornbill School, who had worked feverishly all week (in between lessons, of course!) to make the costumes for the record attempt.

A sleepy sunflower whisked away bright and early from the garden.
Fisheye lens effectively squeezed a pretty large congregation of 'sunflowers' into one frame. The participants were also pretty?
A teacher called out to her students in an attempt to get them organised in some orderly manner.


Students, staff and parents all set to be photographed by official 'tog in a Bell chopper.
The official photograph for world record validation is an aerial photograph not one from this blog, unfortunately.
Aerial photography courtesy of 7Flight, British Garrison in Seria. I've been on numerous official photographic missions for the Brunei Economic Development Board via Royal Brunei Air Force's Bell 212 capturing the gorgeous Temburong sunrise to documenting traffic jams at Sungai Liang to Sungai Tujoh borders! I miss hanging out of the chopper
One of the 'sunflower' participants whose reflective sunglasses caught my attention.




The number of participants were double, triple-checked as students walked back into school compound. The number present on the field had earlier been registered at point of entry.

Related British Garrison links:
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visit the British Forces
| Britain Brunei Running Festival
British Garrison Open Day (VIP) | British Garrison Open Day (Public)