Brunei Darussalam


Advanced congratulations to Borneo Insider’s Guide magazine for the official launch in Sabah, East Malaysia on Feb 26, 2011 @Sutera Harbour! I am honoured to have been involved with the quarterly news-magazine for a number of editorial and stock photography assignments. While their website is still under constructions, check out their blog for latest updates or follow them on @biGBorneo.

BIG which stands for Borneo Insider’s Guide is the definitive quarterly news-magazine that aims to entertain and inform the discerning business and leisure traveler to Borneo on essential tourist information, what to do and where to go amongst a whole menu of interesting articles gathered from a network of seasoned local journalists and photographers.BIG is more than a news-magazine; each issue would serve as the world’s window into the rich, unique tapestry of Borneo’s life and culture.

Check out these recent and earlier BIG magazine publications:

This season, ‘biG gets in the spirit of the Lunar New Year and meets with four charming personalities who share their fond memories and favourite traditional dishes.’ It wasn’t that long ago when we celebrated school end of term break, Christmas and ushered in the new year and it won’t be long before we brace ourselves for Chinese New Year festivity. read more


“Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a time when family and friends partake in joyous festivities together after a month of fasting and prayers. It is time to put on your best outfits and celebrate. Five personalities join BiG Magazine and share their fond memories of the past, gratitude for the present and dreams for the future with us.” read more


In an ongoing effort to promote  Brunei Darussalam as a tourism destination, Borneo Insider’s Guide (BiG) magazine published a Chinese edition  for distribution at the Shanghai Expo where over 6.07 million people have visited on the 26th day since it’s official opening. read more


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. Happy Birthday, Your Majesty! On July the 15th, His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will be celebrating his 63rd birthday, and all of Brunei comes together to pay our heartfelt respects to our illustrious leader. read more

Brunei Darussalam

BEATS IN HARMONY!/janshim/status/37423821497712640

I spent most of today, the 15th day of Chinese New Year or Chap Goh Mei as it’s more affectionately called, reflecting on few things. Shredding inspired me to update the People page that I have neglected for a long time and there I came across (right at the very bottom) the time I participated in my first ever photo contest organized by the Brunei Photographic Society for Brunei Tourism. Out of four hundred entries, mine came in at 9th spot and I was astounded, to say the least.

I entered this piece with the title "Beating in Harmony" to signify our humble abode's cross-culture harmony displayed by the simultaneous drumming of the Malay and Chinese traditional instruments. Picture was taken at the Brunei Shell Recreation Club field on the occasional of His Majesty's birthday celebration (click on image to view large image).

I am pretty sure this group photo (courtesy of Rudolf Portillo) brings back a lot of memory for many of us to have shared a moment with the Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Brunei including Patron of the Brunei Photographic Society, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah. It was all very surreal at the time and sentimental if given the chance to do it again.

Group photo of participants with invited guests from various diplomatic missions and the Patron of the Brunei Photographic Society, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah (click to view large image)