Saturday, 29 December 2007

Brunei Riverine Filling Stations

This is a long overdue posts - promised to my colleagues in Melbourne & KL. We were discussing about Shell retails in Brunei back in November and we told them we have 30+ filling stations plus riverine stations.
From their surprised looks (riverine??!), I rightly assumed that it was the first time they've heard of it. Well, I don't know if other countries have that but in Brunei, we have these riverine stations in Kg Ayer to cater for the villagers motorboat fuel.

Well to Julie, Ben and Azlan, here are the pics as promised (a looooooooong while ago). Enjoy.

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Korban Aidil Adha - Majlis Korban Serumpun 2007 / 1428H

The descendents of Omar Inche from Kuala Belait (of which I am one) organised the annual Korban ceremony on Sunday, 23 Dec 2007 at the residence of Hajah Hafsah binti Haji Omar Ali, whose mother was the eldest daughter of Omar Inche.

The Korban ceremony involves the sacrifice of 7 goats and 2 buffaloes, by the family members and close friends. It could've been eight goats but one got stolen on Friday night - not surprisingly the fattest of the goats was the one stolen.

It was a good collective effort from everyone and brings the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cousins together - some of those people we haven't even met before.

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Organising Committee with the Guest of Honour, Belait District Officer

Yours truly giving a hand to bring down a goat

Doa Selamat (Prayer) being read to bless the occassion

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Royal Brunei Navy in Kuala Belait

RBN came down to KB for their Open Ship & Career Exhibition, and I took the opportunity to bring my family and my nephew & nieces, to catch a ride on one of the naval ships.

It was a great experience and I took the opportunity to take a rare view of the house where I grew up in. Oh, kids love the boat trip but not the sweltering sun though.

The RBN Coat of Arms

Two of the 4 ships displayed. I was told these ships take only 6 hours 
to travel from Muara to KB port.

The same ships from the back

safety is priority. great work guys.

This sailor takes his work seriously.

And this is the house I grew up in, from when I was born (1974) to 1990. Since 1991, I only spent my weekends and 
school holidays & summer breaks here. I haven't stayed here at all since 2004, though I still visit my parents every other week.

We also saw the police patrol boats, using the fish landing area as their base now.

The Plaza Sutera Biru, which houses BSP offices as well as Sutera Biru hotel (or apartment?)