Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ready to go.

Alhamdulillah...
The newly born daughter of Mr.Habry Abdullah.
Congrats brother...(Image taken from Habry's fb page)
Salam, good day. Last evening we went out for movie for the first time. For myself, it was after 15 long years. The last time I went out for movie was the showing of 'Jumanji', back in 1995! The kids seems very happy for their first movie outing, Zahra' with her cool, Sa'adah with her un-settle style and Abdul Aziz as always, follow what his sister Sa'adah is doing. Last night we've watched 'Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah' featuring Awie (Abang Usin) as a leading actor. It was a good horror/comedy movie that will make you want to scream out loud. It will not disappoints you, the horror scene is intense whilst the comedic scene is stomach-breaking! 'Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah' is a sequel to 'Zombie Kampung Pisang' (which the kids watch very often at home on dvd). At Q-Lap Cineplex, the pop corn is very good as well:)


Peace!

One of the scene, Pak Abu and Abang Usin.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Be a good followers.

Salam, good day. This morning I attended a religious talks entitled 'Hijrah Rasulullah' by Professor Datuk Dr.Harun Din. The function took place at Studio 'A' Radio Televisyen Brunei and co-organised by RTB and Darussyifa Warrafahah of Brunei Darussalam.

Professor Datuk delievering his 'ceramah'





Photo opportunity with Professor Datuk

Monday, December 13, 2010

Move on.

Salam, good day. With the spirit of hijrah, I was thinking of moving elsewhere. I'd like to share the Friday's sermon on 3 December, "Following the hijrah, Muslims' lives were changed to one more civilised and complete," said the sermon. "Should we analyse and study the hijrah of the prophet from Mekah to Madinah, we will find that the hijrah brought a huge change in the rise and spread of Islam."
The sermon said that the secrets behind the hijrah should be made as a lesson in Muslims' daily lives, as they were among the most important and useful lessons left by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
"Although the hijrah of the prophet will not take place again in this day and age, its message continues on," said the sermon.
The sermon also reminded Muslims that the hijrah was not merely the physical act of moving from one place or country to another, but it could also means a shift of attitude or behaviour from bad to good.
"It is this kind of hijrah that must be carried out by each Muslim," it added.
This is not a resolution, but this is some sort of motivation to urge my self to be more proactive and productive for the years coming. May Allah the almighty guide me:)
The kids during their visit to Brunei Darussalam - Australia Memorial.
'Our people...regard Australia as one of our closest friends and partners in the Asia Pacific Region. There are strong, emotional reasons for this, of course. Itwas the arrival of Australian forces that signalled the end of World War Two for us. This has inevitably created a very special bond of affection and respect between us.'
Titah by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Sultan dan Yang Dipertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, Parliament House, Canberra, 15 February 2005.



Sa'adah jogged on the wrong path


Level of cleanliness here is very admirable


Do you notice?

...and this? Please correct this.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 (FIFA.com).

AFP

The FIFA Executive Committee has chosen Russia to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, while the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ was awarded to Qatar.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announced the result of the FIFA Executive Committee's vote on Thursday 2 December 2010 in Zurich’s Messe.

The contenders for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, other than Russia, were England, a joint bid fromBelgium and the Netherlands, and a joint bid from Spain and Portugal.

Meanwhile, for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™, Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and the USA were competing with Qatar.

Here are the full results of the voting rounds:

22 members of the FIFA Executive Committee were entitled to vote. 12 votes were needed for an absolute majority and therefore to obtain the right to host the FIFA World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup™

Round 1: England 2 votes, Netherlands/Belgium 4 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 9 votes (as no absolute majority was reached, the candidate with least amount of votes, England, was eliminated)

Round 2: Netherlands/Belgium 2 votes, Spain/Portugal 7 votes and Russia 13 votes (Russia obtained an absolute majority)

2022 FIFA World Cup™

Round 1: Australia 1 vote, Japan 3 votes, Korea Republic 4 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 3 votes (Australia eliminated)

Round 2: Japan 2 votes, Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 10 votes and USA 5 votes (Japan eliminated)

Round 3: Korea Republic 5 votes, Qatar 11 votes, USA 6 votes (Korea Republic eliminated)

Round 4: Qatar 14 votes and USA 8 votes (Qatar obtained an absolute majority).

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I need to see the specialists.

Photo opportunity with HE Mr.George Yeo (The Foreign Minister of Singapore), *It was an honour, I'm a big fan. He is on a holiday with a group of Singaporean family and they looks very warm and mutual. Maybe we should one day organise such activity, holiday with your minister. Isnt that sounds good? I'm sure it would help the minister to know more about us and of course support them more.

Sa'adah showing off her Queen's notes

Abdul Aziz enjoying his time at Fun Square

Incredible view from Suria Sabah. The island behind us is Gaya Island.

Archery concluded our day two in KK

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back here after seven years.

Salam, good day. The last time my wife and I visited Kota Kinabalu was back in October 2003. After seven years, now I'm back here again. Very very very happening here in KK! The kids seems enjoying themselves as well:)

On board BI0821.
Thanks babu amit and co men for those pocket money for the kids.

Hands up! The traffic jam is not welcoming.

Superb scenery

The room aint ready yet

Salma Hayek on Rachael Ray's show holds me on bed

The internet connection is FOC *excellent!


Bay Watch Idol!

My wife having Banana Boat by the pool side

This is one brave boy



I cant afford to buy those lobsters

Its very rare for Zahra' to see Tiger Prawn and Lobster alive

Our dinner for the first night out

...and its cost us RM$236.000!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Its time to get rest.

May Allah bless him, Al-Fatihah...
My condolences goes to his family, may he rest in peace.
(Image fb Jefri Salas)
The last time I talked to him was at Kianggeh Cemetery during last Ramadhan, taking picture of my grandfather's cemetery for The Brunei Times publication. The last time I met him was at Jame Asre during Aidiladha, which he could only smile to me. Although we are not that close, but I would consider him as a very good friend of mine. I'm gonna miss you bro, Allahyarham Jefri Salas Metali.

Abdul Khair shoots PIP to glory

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Hitman Abdul Khair Hj Basri fired a brace against Sports School to crown Projek Ikan Pusu (PIP) the Under-14 National League champions at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas last night.

Two incredible first half strikes from Abdul Khair and a late own goal by Sports School defender Md Azim Hamidoon gifted the champions a 3-1 victory in the final. Md Zulkhairy Hady Razali scored Sports School's lone goal in the 20th minute.

In recognition of his winning performance, Abdul Khair was honoured as "Best Player in the Final" to add to his "Top Scorer" award with 35 goals.

For PIP coach Hj Omar Hj Jamil, the victory was well-deserved for a side that had not tasted a single defeat this season.

"In my personal opinion, we must be champions. If not only because our performance had been improving at every stage of the competition," said Hj Omar, who also led PIP to the title last season.

Meanwhile defeated Sports School coach Pg Serfuddin Pg Hj Mohd Salleh attributed the lost to his players' physique and luck.

"It's just hard luck. As I have said before, our players are at a disadvantage when it comes to physique," said the Sports School coach. "Yet I'm happy with their performance because the goals we conceded came from mistakes. Plus, our original target was to reach the semi-finals but we were able to take it one step further and (Md) Asri (Hj Aspar) was even named 'Player of the Year'. Overall, they played very well against PIP and I'd also like to congratulate PIP for becoming champions," added Pg Serfuddin.

The champions were duly awarded with a $1,500, while runners-up Sports School received $1,000.

Joint third-place winners Muara Vella Academy and Tutong Co-Curricular Education Department (JPKK) Scheme were presented $500 each.

Menglait Department of Youth and Sports (JBS) Scheme also claimed an award last night when Abd Hafiz Abdul Rahim was named "Best Goalkeeper" while Tutong JPKK notched the honour of "Fairplay Team".

Present to award the winners with their prizes was Hj Shahbudin Hj Musa, BLNG Deputy General Manager of Marketing.

Sports School kicked off the final and started strongly when Md Zulkhairy outmuscled the PIP defenders and fired goalwards only to hit the side netting.

His other attempt was comfortably saved by PIP goalkeeper Syazani Hj Yussof.

Md Haif Hamir also tried his luck with a long shot but it sailed wide over the crossbar.

It took none other than Abdul Khair to turn the tide of the match around in PIP's favour soon after. He penetrated into the Sports School box and the defenders were made to pay when they failed to stop his advance, Abdul Khair shot from point blank to give PIP the lead in the 7th minute.

Sports School were determined to not remain in the backfoot for long. A long ball into PIP territory was met by Md Zulkhairy who rushed into the penalty area.

Goalkeeper Syazani stifled the attack but the defenders failed to clear the loose ball, which Md Zulkhairy happily fired into an open goalmouth to level the scores in the 10th minute.

Yet an unexpected mistake by Sports School goalkeeper Burhanuddin Hj Edy Asmady surrendered the champions the lead in the 17th minute.

Abdul Khair fired a rocket from 30 yards and the goalkeeper should have been able to get a solid grip on the ball, yet it bounced off and landed in the net to make it 2-1 in PIP's favour.

When the second half started, PIP were more energetic and took hold of the match. However it took an own goal by Sports School to extend their lead in the final minutes. Bursting from the left flank, Muhd Akramul Ameerudin Md Sambri's attempt to square the ball was met by Sports School defender Md Azim, who accidentally diverted the ball into his own net in the 68th minute to crown PIP the 2010 grassroots football league champions by 3-1. (The Brunei Times).



The U-14 Champs!

My photo opportunity with the 2010 MVP Abdul Khair Basri

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Condolences.

The Brunei Times - Bandar Seri Begawan - His Majesty the Sultan and Yang DiPertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday sent messages of condolences to King Norodom Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, following the loss of life caused by the stampede at the recent Water Festival in Cambodia.
In the message to King Sihamoni, His Majesty expressed his great sadness upon learning of the incident. On behalf of the government and the people of Brunei, His Majesty offered heartfelt condolences to King Sihamoni and his people, especially those who had suffered personal loss as a result of the tragic incident.
In a similar message to Prime Minister Hun Sen, His Majesty said he was deeply saddened to learn of the great loss of life caused by the incident. His Majesty, along with the government and people of Brunei also expressed their deepest sympathies to the prime minister and the people of Cambodia.
A news report from the Associated Press yesterday said that a stampede by thousands of festival-goers left at least 378 dead and hundreds injured. The prime minister called it the country's "biggest tragedy" since the murderous 1970s reign of the Khmer Rouge.
The report also said that Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered an investigation into the cause of the stampede, and declared that Thursday would be a national day of mourning, where government ministries were ordered to fly the flag at half-mast.
Hun Sen said that the government would pay the families of each dead victim US$1,250 for funeral expenses and provide US$250 for each injured person.
The report stated that a panic-stricken crowd, celebrating the end of the rainy season on an island in a river tried to flee over a narrow bridge in Phnom Penh late Monday. However, many people were crushed underfoot or fell over its sides into the water as "disoriented victims" struggled to find an escape hatch through the human mass, pushing their way in every direction.
"After the stampede, bodies were stacked upon bodies on the bridge as rescuers swarmed the area."
The report cited a government spokesman, Phay Siphan who said total casualties reached more than 1,000 with 378 people killed and 755 injured. However, the report said the figures were not the final count.
It also mentioned that there were no foreigners among the dead or injured, according to authorities.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Insya Allah, next year.

Salam, good day. As at today, 2010 is only 45 days left. Heayyy, times running very fast. Times never pending but we are the one who is overdue. Alright, today we celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Adha which begins with the sunat prayers held in mosques nationwide which starts at 7.30am and followed by the slaughtering of 'korban' livestock namely cows, goats, sheep, cattle and camels *Allah bless*. Celebrating Aidil Adha is very much depend on how each family observe the occasion, which marks the sacrifices made by Prophet Ibrahim Alaihissalam when he was put to the test by Allah the almighty to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. Although Aidil Adha annually falls on the 10th day of the month of Zulhijjah on the Islamic calendar, however the festivities last for three days which known as 'Tasyrik Day'. Now, I can't wait for my 'daging korban' and wish all my readers a 'Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha', Allahu Akbar:)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Study hard, study smart dear...

Salam, good day. Zahra' has completed the first part of her educational studies (in kindergarten), with the graduation ceremony held yesterday at Chung Hwa Middle School. Next year she will be in Year 1, of course it will be a new environment for her, new faces and new challenges. As parents we are very proud to see the progress she has made throughout the years and we are very hopeful that she can cope with those challenges coming. As the eldest sister, we also hope she would achieve and deliver in her studies and be a good role model to her siblings. May Allah guide you, love babu & bapa:)

Post graduation concert with the theme 'Around the World'.