Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Missed kick.

HRH Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah touring the mini exhibition

Six of them so far...more to come...

I've got mine, the photographer got his and one of the ladies also have other than Nikon.

My media friends...*Canon user*

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah MutaWakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah yesterday officiated the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC).

Held at the Law and Courts Building in the capital, the ceremony was also attended by Attorney-General Datin Paduka Hjh Hayati POKSDSP Hj Mohd Salleh, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister's Office Dato Seri Paduka Awg Hj Eusoff Agaki Hj Ismail and Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office, Awg Hj Abd Aziz OKML Yusoff.

Also present were other permanent secretaries, senior officers from various government agencies, officers from the Judiciary as well as officers from Attorney-General's Chambers as well as other distinguished and invited guests.

Yesterday's ceremony began with the recital of al-fatihah recited by Deputy State Mufti, Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Hj Awg Suhaili Hj Mohiddin followed.

This was followed by a welcoming speech by Assistant Solicitor General Dyg Naimah Md Ali in her capacity as co-chairperson of the organising committee, who amongst others, expressed hope that the Attorney-General's Chambers will continue to implement its role and responsibilities more efficiently in line with its vision; "To Maintain and Uphold the Rule of Law for the Country's Stability and Prosperity."

HRH Princess Hajah Muta-Wakkilah' then launched the corporate video and the AGC web site commemorating 50 years of the establishment of the AGC and viewed the video clip on the corporate video.

HRH later received a `pesambah' from the Attorney-General and viewed the mini exhibition at the ceremony.

A book commemorating the highlights and the achievements of the Attorney-General's Chambers was also published and distributed to guests as souvenirs.

The attorney-General's Chambers was established with the first Attorney-General appointed on Sept 29, 1959 under the proclamation of the Constitution of Brunei Darussalam and when the A-G's Chambers first started, the staff consisted of the A-G, a secretary/stenographer, two clerks and an office peon.

Currently, the A-G's Chambers consists of 110 officers and 97 staff to advise on all legal matters connected with the affairs of Brunei Darussalam referred by the Government of His Majesty.

It also provides service to the public by maintaining the Registries of Companies, business names, trademarks, industrial designs, inventions, power of attorney, marriages and bills of sales and additionally the correct gazetting of all legal notifications and the maintenance of a law library.

In commemorating its Golden Jubilee, the A-G's Chambers has also lined up an array of activities exclusively for its officers and staff that include religious ceremonies, sports activities and a family fun day to forge closer ties.

To bless and conclude the ceremony yesterday, a doa was read by the Deputy State Mufti. (Borneo Bulletin)

Brunei DPMM FC 2-2 Tampines Rovers FC.

Hazy and very hot...

Shahrazen scored the opener in the 2nd minutes

It seems very fruitful to put up Subhi on the right flank

Khairul Amri scored the equaliser (2-2) from the spot

Abdel Hamed breaking the opponent defence

...he seems very dangerous all the time.

Hey...this ain't comedy show! (From left) Jaynudden aka Beracun and Achin aka Pakcik

DPMM FC And Tampines Draw

Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei DPMM FC have to settle for a 2-2 draw against Tampines Rovers FC in yet another controversial game in the Great Eastern Yeo S League at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night.

However, the point came at a costly price for Brunei DPMM FC when Safari Wahit received a second yellow card on the 90th minute and the marching order. He will be suspended for the next home game.

After the game, Brunei DPMM FC coach Suminic was furious on the referee's decision in giving Safari his second yellow just seconds before the final whistle and numerous fouls on import Drazen Govic that was never called.

In a sarcastic way, Simunic said: "What do you want me to say, you want me to say the referee did a good job and now I only have a midfielder to play as defender for the next game. It was a good game."

"There were many fouls on Drazen Govic that were never called." he added.

The match which was played on a humid and hazy ground saw Brunei DPMM FC took the lead as early as the second minute when local striker Shahrazen Said lashed on to a low pass by Algerian import Abdelhamid and tapped in the ball to beat Singapore national goalkeeper Hassan Sunny.

But the celebration for local football fans was shortlived when Tampines Rovers earned a free kick just at the edge of the penalty box. Khairul Amri converted the free kick which curled to the left side and into the goalmouth.

The goal injected some new life into Tampines Rovers and they almost snatched the lead when No 10 Qiu Li hit a powerful drive on target in the 10th minute but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Wardun Yussof.

With the support of the home crowd, Brunei DPMM FC were handed another chance to retake the lead and this time was on the spot kick. A scramble for goal in front of the Tampines Rover's goalpost yielded a penalty kick when No 6 Edward Tan was adjudged to have handled the ball.

Referee Pandian pointed to the spot and Croatian import Ivan Jerkovic stepped up to convert the penalty. He calmly slotted the ball into the right corner of the net to regain the one goal lead for Brunei DPMM FC on 30th minute.

However eight minutes into the second half, Tampines Rovers FC levelled the score with a goal also from the spot kick.

The referee pointed to the penalty spot when No 5 Khairnul Amri fell inside the penalty box after Captain Rosmin Kamis' challenge.

Tampines Rovers' Khairul Amri then converted the penalty by sending the ball into the top of the net for the equaliser.

On 70th minute, Brunei DPMM FC nearly went ahead again when the Algerian import Abdel Hamid's powerful header sailed inches over the crossbar after a corner kick by Ivan Jerkovic.

Ten minutes later, midfielder Hj Subhi's 25 yards powerful shot almost grabbed the winner when the ball rocked the goal post of Tampines Rovers.

On 82nd minute, goalkeeper Hassan Sunny came up with a huge save when he blocked Abdel Hamid's header in the near post.

Brunei DPMM FC's next game will be at home on Oct 6 against Sengkang Punggol FC. (Courtesy Borneo Bulletin).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Brunei-Muara Belait And Tutong Districts Badly Affected
Kuala Belait - Power supply in the Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Belait Districts were disrupted yesterday evening around half past seven following a massive shutdown of the turbine generators at the Gadong Power Station.

According to the Department of Electrical Services (DES), the shutdown was due to what it termed as a `technical glitch', which caused the power cut that affected most of the capital, and large parts of the country stretching to Lamunin and Penanjong and into the Belait District with disruptions reported in Lumut and Mumong.

Power will be restored in stages beginning midnight, said DES officials.

Just hours after the nationwide prayers to mark the 16th Civil Service Day and amid growing calls for the public service to make good on their promises to provide for more efficient and effective services to the citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam, the darkened canvas that blanketed the capital and most parts of the country stood as a shocking reminder.

The DES hotline switchboard began to light up after 7.30 in the evening and was soon inundated by complaints as hours went by with still no power.

Several complaints also came to the Borneo Bulletin's Hotline claiming that the DES hotline was switched off. A quick visit by the Bulletin to the hotline centre, however, proved otherwise as the number of people calling the centre also peaked. The four personnel manning the telephones were seen continuously answering the calls that were coming non-stop.

Other calls remain unanswered, as they also had to deal with other incoming emergency calls as well.

But staffs at the DES were unwilling to explain in further detail what exactly caused the 'technical glitch'. An official statement would be issued by the department today, the. Bulletin learnt.

For the commercial areas in Gadong, the long power disruption was a stark reminder of the pervious outage caused by the flash flooding in January this year. Having learnt from that outage, some businesses were prepared and utilised generators as backups.

The Mall, which is normally packed at night, was also swamped in darkness with just a few lights powered by the building's main generators.

Some restaurants, however, had to close down early as the blackout posed health hazards especially with the preparation of food.

Razali, a cook working in a restaurant in Gadong, explained that the manager decided to close down early as the restaurant's lighting was inadequate and that it was in the best interest of everyone's safety.

He, however, asked the most pertinent question of all last night. Why there were no backups in place especially considering the magnitude of the outage?
His views were also echoed by storeowner Hj Sulaiman.

"The authorities concerned should have learnt their lessons after January but apparently things haven't changed," he said.

Officials were unavailable to respond to the queries but sources, however, told the Bulletin that the Bukit Panggal Power station, still undergoing construction, is supposed to be the back up station should there be any load reduction in the grid.

The loss of power, however, did not dampen the spirits at most homes as many families were seen continuing with the ongoing Hari Raya celebrations. The visits continued as many homes resorted to using candles and emergency lights.

According to Dyg Salmah in Kg Mata-Mata, they thought that the power outage would be temporary or would only last a few minutes but then it passed the hour mark and everyone in the house started to worry.

Having experienced the previous long outage, Salmah was still hopeful that power would resume soon.

Another resident in the Gadong area who called the Bulletin hotline reacted angrily and said that it should have not happened during the festivities.

He told the Bulletin that the January blackout was already enough for many residents and businesses and that another one is 'totally inexcusable'.

"The last long outage happened in January. Now it's September and a back up should have already been in place to prepare for such eventualities," he added.

Power had slowly returned in stages beginning late last night, according to the DES, to the affected areas. (Borneo Bulletin).

Monday, September 28, 2009

...and haze is back as well!

2pm at Kampong Ayer

...and it's really hot.

Back to school.

Salam, good day. Back to work after a very long weekend and of course back to school for the kids. It's hard to wake my daughter this morning after two weeks of school holidays. Yesterday I have visited two open houses and I have another one later this evening. On my thoughts this year's hari raya was not as grand as the year before, this is due to H1N1 scare. But the spirit is still there. For those who is performing 'puasa sunat', I pray for your good health and I will start my 'puasa sunat' by next week *Insya Allah*. Starting from today I believe our hectic schedule will resume as usual. On this opportunity I would like to wish Happy Teachers's Day for all the teachers nationwide:)

My beloved family hari raya pic...
(From left: Me, Sa'adah, Zahra', My wife & Abdul Aziz:)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Back to full working hours.

Salam, good day. How's your hari raya? Hope everything is fine. Last evening we attend HRH Princess Hajah Amal Rakiah (AAR) open house in Beribi *the only house we visited yesterday*. Although I was on medical leave, I think I need to fulfill the invitation. In 2007 AAR family invited us which we couldn't attend, in 2008 AAR family celebrated hari raya in Singapore, so this year is an opportunity for my family to pay a visit since AAR family was here in Brunei. Oooh, alot of delicacies to choose from but my choice was the 'biryani kambing' *damn good*. They also showcasing a live music perfomance as well and my daughters really enjoy the show and sing along. Thanks Your Royal Highness on your excellent hospitality, we really appreciate:)

At the main entrance.
I'm yet to get our photo with HRH Princess Hajah Amal Rakiah from Mr Rano.


My wife enjoying the 'biryani kambing'

...while my daughters was enjoying the show

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ain't busy visiting.

Salam, good day. On the 1st day of Syawal me and my wife was hit by diaphrea 'cirit birit', I don't really know what caused the problem. Oooh, it cost us a lot on the first day. We almost miss out to visit my family side and my wife's granny. One pinch of rice or a piece of biscuits enough to make things worst for us *oh dear*. So, we are only able to visit two houses on the first day. Whilst last evening we held an open house to mark my daughter, Sa'adah's 3rd birthday. Although it was just a small celebrations, but it means a lot to us and the birthday celebrant itself. Meanwhile this morning my 'puasa sunat' only last for six hours *since 4am sahur time*, I need to take medication to overcome my diaphrea problem. Hope everything goes well, amin:)

From left; Sa'adah, Adi Zulhazmi, Abdul Aziz, Dk Saraya & Zahra':)

Sa'adah's birthday cake

She eat too much

My son Mr Abdul Aziz, in baju melayu & songkok

Monday, September 21, 2009

1st Syawal 1430.

Salam, good day. This morning His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Dipertuan of Brunei Darussalam with members of the royal family has consented to attend a mass Sunat Aidilfitri prayer at Jame' Asre' Hassanil Bolkiah.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sa'adah turns 3, may Allah bless you.

Salam, good day. Today 20th September 2009, my daughter Sa'adah celebrate her 3rd birthday anniversary. We bought her a birthday cake with upin & ipin image on it *she was a big fan*. However our hari raya open house to mark her birthday will only commence tomorrow from 1.30pm till late. May Allah's bless be upon our beloved Sa'adah, amin. Also here, with warmest wishes to all my family, colleagues, friends and bruneidaily visitors Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, here's to a safe and memorable one:)

She's 3 years old now

Time goes through, she grows too *18kg now*

May Allah bless you. Love babu, bapa, kaka & adik.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

1st Syawal on Monday.

Salam, good day. By consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Dipertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Honourable Head of Brunei Islamic Religious Council has announced that Brunei Darussalam will mark the 1st of Syawal on Monday 21st of September. This was confirmed by Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Hj Metussin bin Hj Baki (Syarie Judge) which is broadcasted live through the state's radio and television. Weaheeyy *I like*, now we have another day of Ramadhan al-Karim. Whilst this afternoon, I did a late minute shopping at Giant to get few stuffs for my daughter's (Sa'adah) 3rd birthday anniversary tomorrow (20th September). It was a jam pack at Giant, if not because of Sa'adah's birthday I won't go there either. It's gonna be a very long weekend though and I took this opportunity to wish my family, muslim friends, colleagues and bruneidaily visitors a very wonderful hari raya aidilfitri, Allah bless:)

The counter service need to be improve

My trolley

Both of this is a must for me and Sa'adah