Brunei Darussalam National Day Run 2013

Some years back my daughter Jewel ran her first long distance event — a 6 km run starting from and finishing at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in the Brunei capital, an event she was neither trained nor had much preparation for other than the occasional school practice. Back then I wasn’t very much involved with her running as I am today in her athletic training and competition. Cut a long story short, she completed the event and was among the top 30-something students out of what appeared to be a large number of participants from all schools in the country.

Last Sunday, Jewel participated in her second run this time a kilometer shorter which was held right in our home town, Seria. The difference this time she has had eleven months of athletic coaching, having earned several medals in 400m, 200m and 4x100m events, she’s in way better shape than she ever was. The transformation from the weak, migraine-prone asthmatic little girl to the determined athlete she is today, is nothing short of amazing. She is 13, and finished 5th in the Under 17 category.

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Feb 23, 2009Growing Up With Asthma and Allergies
July 25, 2011: Overcoming all odds to triumph: Jewel’s first 400m event.

Jewel stretching before her 5 km run.

All images: Canon PowerShot G11

The View From My Kitchen Balcony

My kitchen balcony has all the elements of good feng shui. How do I know this? Quite simply, the term feng shui literally translates as “windwater” in English and in that respect, the balcony gets plenty of wind, and rain water, sometimes both :). I’m an early riser, a habit that has followed me since school days and on more than a few occasions I had been blessed with picturesque sunrises especially when you factor in addition of the seasonal flock of white egrets flying in formation over my house.


Pay attention to where the sun is at the bottom of the picture in between the roofs and you’ll see where the following photo was photographed. I donated this framed and mounted piece to help raise money for the earthquake victims of Haiti and Chile.

The Oil Town’s Hot Stuff: Soi Heng Sambal Fried Kway Teow

Today, Eric, the owner of Mr Baker’s Bakeshop, came to town while making several deliveries in the Belait District. One such delivery, an earlier drop off was their signature fresh fruit vanilla cake to Gavin in Lumut before  our meet up at legendary Soi Heng coffee shop. Naturally as host, I recommended their famous sambal fried kway teow, took a photo of on the Samsung Galaxy S III, applied tiny amount of editing using Samsung’s own photo editor before posting it on Twitter. The rest of the morning is, as they say, history.

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