Brunei Darussalam

Published: Microsoft Partners In Learning Brunei Darussalam

In 2008 I had the pleasure of working with then Country Manager of Microsoft Brunei, Mr Chan Wan Kong and several government schools to produce a library of images for the Learning Styles and Powerpoint assignment. Came December 2011, the new team at Microsoft Brunei got in touch with me on a new Microsoft assignment: A report that summarizes Microsoft Brunei’s “current investment and milestones in the execution of the ‘Partners in Learning’ MOU in supporting the Ministry of Education’s vision of quality education towards a developed peaceful and prosperous nation.” The picture below featuring students from Chung Ching Middle School was chosen at the cover image including a monochrome version inside.

Microsoft Vision: Anytime, Anywhere Learning for All
Microsoft Mission: Helping Students & Educators throughout the World Realise their Full Potential

Microsoft Partners in Learning is a 10-year, almost 500 million dollar global initiative aimed at improving teaching and learning. Since 2003, we have partnered with more than 8 million teachers, reaching more than 190 million students in 114 countries in our first 7 years alone.
Every child has a right to an excellent education, and that education is critical to the social and economic development of every nation. Our vision of anytime, anywhere learning for all comes to life through Partners in Learning - a programme that works with educators, education leaders, and governments around the world at national, state, and local levels to deliver a portfolio of professional development, curricula, tools, and resources to help advance student outcomes through digital inclusion and innovative teaching and learning practices.
Brunei Darussalam


Sometimes it’s hard to find words to completely describe certain accomplishments. One such recent accomplishment is the publication of my OGDC basketball game photo in the Canada Post magazine: COLLECTION CANADA 2009. The press run for this bilingual edition (English and French) is 30,000 and distributed only via the Canada Post online store (October 2009). From start to end, the exchange of emails and notification of payment took a little over 2 months—seeing the finished result made the wait worthwhile. Can’t wait to receive a copy of the tear sheet in snail mail. Stay tuned for my photo feature in the September issue of Singapore Airlines SilverKris magazine: Brunei Darussalam: 5 Must Dos

Previously published photographs include:
Malua Wildlife Habitat | Asian Geographic | Diamond Weekly & Asia Market Review
Asia Inc Magazine
| Borneo Insider’s Guide (BIG) Magazine

Canadians have always had a passion for athletics. Over the past century, that passion has led to the creation of some of the world’s most popular and innovative sports – each of which is, in its own way, as uniquely Canadian as it is universally admired ….

Two Peach Baskets and a Soccer Ball On December 21, 1891, a Canadian physical education teacher by the name of James Naismith hung two empty peach baskets at opposite ends of his gym at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts. He then posted a list of 13 basic rules, which called for two teams of nine players each to attempt to toss a soccer ball into the opposing team’s basket. The rest, as they say, is history. Today, Dr. Naismith’s “basketball” is a veritable global phenomenon – and one of the most widely played and enjoyed sports in the world. — Canada Post

Brunei Darussalam


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 Brunei Times Personality of the Week
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Download PDF (1.25MB) | Read this story on BT Online

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.


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.
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.

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.