Brunei Darussalam

Standard Chartered KL Virtual Marathon 2017 Pre-Race Preparation #Brunei

“This virtual race is brought to you by the official SCKLM and 42Race. You can now run anytime, anywhere, with anyone on 21 May 2017 to earn the exclusive Standard Chartered KL Virtual Marathon medal. First 1,999 Entries will be awarded with Free Running Bandana (worth S$9.90, posted with finisher medal).” β€” 42Race.com

You can forget about the free running bandana offer. At the time of this posting, 2078 runners have signed up for the virtual run. You can also forget about the Free Medal Engraving because the offer was valid till 16 Apr 2017. Good news is you can still register for the run which closes a minute before midnight 16th May 2017, and earn yourself an official SCKLM (Virtual) 5K, 10K, 21K or 42K Finisher Medal and Certificate. Head over to 42Race.com to sign up if you haven’t already done so.

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Finisher medals images from 42race.com

Here in Brunei, I have a small group of participants comprising of family members and friends that have registered for the half marathon distance and we’re going to accomplish the mission using the 21km route that I’ve mapped, taking us on a Padang Arena Seria to Panaga roundabout to Mumong roundabout loop with specific turns on the return leg as detailed on the map provided below.

Yesterday, on 23 April 2017, we had a route familiarization practice run to experience the route first hand and we had a great time and along the way learned a thing or two that morning about our route, parking venue, hydration needs among other little things such as sun protection. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us on 21 May regardless of whether you signed up for the race event or not.

Got up at 4.15am and was out the door by 5.15am to meet the boys for this morning's #SCKLM Virtual Marathon Half Marathon route familiarization run. Sure, we could easily have done this route thing just in a car and we would have accomplished that in 30 minutes or so but where's the fun and pain in that? Route mapping for 21km was spot on distance wise but choice of starting venue was an oversight. At 5.30am the entrance to OGDC car park was closed so chose Arena as Plan B. Fantastic weather (24 hours ago we were stormed out from 5am to 9am) but as soon as the sun came out it got hot β€” really hot! Couldn't imagine a full marathon distance in this heat. There's a time and day to go our separate pace and that's 21 May β€” race day! But today, we ran. we walked, we stayed together and no one got lost which was the whole idea of today's route familiarization exercise. Thanks guys for making Sunday morning awesome! #sunday #brunei #shimworld #running #runner #friends #seria #exercise #halfmarathon #hm #garmin #strava #runhappy #runsafe #buff #ultimatedirection #runwithud #lsd

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Memorable Fundraiser 7 Years Ago

Seven years ago today on 17th April 2010 I donated this 27″ x 23″ wood framed cardboard mounted photograph of a glorious Kampong Sungai Bera sunrise to the Panaga Helps Earthquake Fundraiser event as a lucky draw prize.

This picture was selected by event organizer Liesbeth for the auction she themed: “This sunrise piece represents the new dawn for the earthquake victims of Haiti and Chile as generous donations pour in from all over the world to help rebuild their lives.”

Seven years ago today on 17th April 2010 I donated this 27" x 23" wood framed cardboard mounted photograph of a glorious Kampong Sungai Bera sunrise to the Panaga Helps Earthquake Fundraiser event as a lucky draw prize. This picture was selected by event organizer Liesbeth for the auction she themed: "This sunrise piece represents the new dawn for the earthquake victims of Haiti and Chile as generous donations pour in from all over the world to help rebuild their lives." . 'I framed this shot from my kitchen balcony. Beautiful landscape moments like this was what made getting out of bed easy. Fast forwarded a few years, however, such views along with the iconic trees got lost to neighbourhood housing development and everything quickly became a distant memory. Seven years on, Facebook prompted this reminder which I shared on my timeline only to receive a surprising comment by the lucky draw winner, Sanne Van Grinsven-Braakman … "I was the winner of the Panaga Helps auction 7 years ago and this pictures hangs now on my wall in New Orleans!" . From Brunei to USA β€” Wow 😍 #Brunei #photography #sunrise #silhouette #golden #morning #landscape #Canon #shimworld #Seria #fundraiser #luckydraw #framed #fineart #Haiti #chile #earthquake

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‘I framed this shot from my kitchen balcony. Beautiful landscape moments like this was what made getting out of bed easy. Fast forwarded a few years, however, such views along with the iconic trees got lost to neighbourhood housing development and everything quickly became a distant memory.

Seven years on, Facebook prompted this reminder which I shared on my timeline only to receive a surprising comment by the lucky draw winner, Sanne Van Grinsven-Braakman … “I was the winner of the Panaga Helps auction 7 years ago and this pictures hangs now on my wall in New Orleans!”

From Brunei to USA β€” Wow 😍

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Unseen Sungai Liang

It’s been more than a year since my last post, and I have no good reason for the unusually long hiatus other than the fact that I was using Facebook a lot more and the social media platform was more (instantly) engaging than blogging. Today, completely on a whim and somewhat motivated by yesterday morning’s awesome group activity, I thought hey why not share pictures of a side of Sungai Liang that’s rarely seen or known to folks that don’t call this kampong their home.

All photos: Samsung Galaxy Note5

Link to Sungai Liang Road + Trail Album