Monday, November 19, 2012


Salam, good day. Yesterday was so hectic, my Sunday has been taken! LOL. I'm a bit lost yesterday, because I need to do my job accordingly, thanks to my wife who has been beside me all the time to offer me an advise when needed.

My schedules supposed to be like this:

  1. BSB Go-Kart Race (morning-afternoon)
  2. Primary School Sports Festival (morning-afternoon)
  3. Cousin's Wedding at Kampong Bengkurong
  4. Cousin's Wedding at Jerudong
  5. Agriculture adn Agri-Food Expo at Jerudong
  6. Veteran Football FA Cup Final (afternoon) and three more other events.
But I could only managed to cover the kart race in bandar. Not much of a story to write down here, but I do post below the over due pics taken during my daughter's kindergarten graduation at Chung Hwa Middle School BSB weeks ago. Have a pleasant week ahead:) 

Sa'adah's Graduation pic 

She has completed the first stage of her studies 

Whilst Zahra' has done it two years earlier 

Post graduation performances entitled 'Red Indian - Rave' 

Most definitely one the most historic day for the kids 

Sa'adah has no problem with dancing, she really likes it. 

Another powerful performance by the kindergarten graduates 

This isn't bad either 

Belting out the School Song to conclude the Graduation Concert 

We are so proud with the progress she has made

BSB Go-Kart Race (Novice)

BSB Go-Kart Race (Senior). It was a race to watch, great to see Harith Aziz and Jefrey Suresh in action and overtaking each other. However Harith emerged as champion, Jefrey came second place and Chan Key Hong in third.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fair enough.

Salam, good day. It has been a long time not here, the last time I updated my blog was during my trip to Yangon, Myanmar.

Actually, I should have updated my blog on 1st November, to commemorate my 12th year with RTB. Due to hectic office schedule, only now I manage to do so.

Alright, I started my broadcasting career with RTB back in November 1st, 2000. Not only as a radio announcer, but my job scope includes producing a radio programmes as well being appointed as master of ceremonies (emcee), sports newscaster, sports reporter etc.

Be it at home or abroad, I am widely involved in broadcasting for Brunei state’s radio and tv. But most notably I am involved with sports event. I’ve been to many places for sports coverage and programme exchange.

Talking about my experience as an emcee, the first time ever I was appointed was back in August 2002, during the Inter-Borneo Rescue Games 2002.

A week before the event, my boss has called me in to his office asking me if I’m willing to be an emcee for the said event. It was a mixed feeling than, happy and nervous.

By looking at my surroundings, they are more reliable and experienced candidates. But the trust has been given, so why not I should give it a go.

My first try was a success and the sports event which was attended by a minister runs smoothly. It was an amazing experience and I’ve learnt a lot from it.

Sometimes, only the emcee or someone been an emcee knows the importance of an emcee. They are the master of ceremonies, they control the event. The flow of the event should run accordingly based on the emcee’s announcement.

But there is also funny moment about emceeing, when things gone wrong they took the blame and when things run smooth they rarely get the credits. This is normal as an emcee, not only me but others too I’m sure.

Throughout my career, I was also emceeing at Istana and functions involving the royalty. I was also the resident emcee for Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and DPMM FC.

Since I was under RTB (Government), I rarely get paid for my service. People’s mind set is that a government servant is not for hired. Normally I was appointed through my department, so I don’t have any hesitation to do the job.

But sometimes I do get tips from the organiser and I really appreciate that. (Thank you very much to those very kind people!)

I won’t agree if I was named as a popular emcee or presenter, but I would agree if one would name me as the most appointed emcee for formal/official function.

Talking about my travel as a tv presenter or narrator, I can hardly face competition years back but not these days, the likes of Rashid Rahman Hassan, Fahmie Metussin, Malik Jumat etc has been very promising.

Now, I see a lot of newcomers and new faces coming up. Beside their talents they came up with good qualification as well as their good look.

In my opinion, the most outstanding is Rashid Rahman Hasan. He rocks RTB radio and tv channels. There is also one girl name Mumtazah Jaafar, who has been very good in every aspect. The very first time I heard her voice, then I knew that she could go further up. Good voice, good personality and talented.

This line up of newcomers really impressed me, because broadcasting in Brunei Darussalam need those kind of broadcaster who came with good package or the so called ‘X’ factor.

Their voice is strong enough to attract listeners, their look is very good enough to stick the viewers infront of their television.

Although I’m not that often working or collaborating with Rashid, nor Mumtazah Jaafar but I know they are a frontliner a producer can rely on.

All the best to both of them and may Allah bless my career too. Amin ya rabbal alamin. Few pictures of my broadcasting travel posted below:)

During the launch of FIFA 1st GOAL Project Brunei 

This is the guy I'm talking about, Rashid Rahman Hasan. He is very talented, gifted and bright. Talent is not something you get elsewhere, but it is from yourself and he got that.

Live voice over at RTB Studio Manila 

Football match commentary abroad 

Belting out some numbers should time permit you! *LOL*
George Michael's Careless Whisper!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

It is good in Myanmar.

Salam, good day. It is my 7th day in Myanmar, so far has been so good. Although we face difficulties in terms of communication, but then it's not as hard as we would have been expected. The people here very polite to others, they work hard too. Also, there is no beggars around town or anywhere else.

We do know they have been isolated for decades, but they are not far behind. By looking the way how they live their life, it teaches me how to be appreciative of my good life back in Brunei. We are blessed in Brunei Darussalam!

Since the release of Pro-Democracy of Aung San Suu Kyi, currently Myanmar is growing and they attracts more foreign investors to come over. One of their city here Nay Pyi Taw is one of the fast growing city in the world.

But In order to attracts more foreign investors, Myanmar need to improve their information and telecommunication system to the highest level. Because it is strange if you are able to received sms but unable to reply? But I'm sure in few months time it will happen.

Also in Myanmar, please make sure to bring a lot of cash, they didn't accept transaction using credit cards. Not only the small shops, but the big department store didn't recognise what is master card nor the visa card. But its good too, to avoid me doing too much shopping:)

Morning workout at hotel's gym (I am staying at Park Royal Yangon). The man in white shirt (*didn't get his name) has represented Myanmar in body-building during the SEA Games in 1987 Jakarta, 1989 in Kuala Lumpur and 1991 in the Philippines. Whilst his wife was also an athletes, won a gold medal in three consecutive SEA Games in discuss-throw.

Myanmar Traditional music

Taken at Youth Training Centre, Yangon.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Salam, good day. Hope everybody is doing fine with their daily routine and may always keep on improving in what you have done. I also hope that everybody would appreciate the task given to them, raise up their initiatives and work hard to achieve their goals.

Alright, my blog has been outdated for months (*sorry for that) which is due to the hectic months of September. I did attend so many events and functions but my job does not permits me to take any photos (*I can’t do two jobs at one time). Also, I almost forgot the story about the events and functions that I have attended. So, rather than telling the wrong facts, I think its better not to tell at all.

Okay, currently I was in Yangon, Myanmar on official assignment. What can I tell you about this country, it has a lot to offer be it in the matter of businesses, tourisms etc. Many uniqueness you can find and see here in Yangon.

As for myself, soon after landed at Yangon International Airport via Singapore the airport does impressed me so well. The cleanliness, the cargo systems, immigration does not fit the story we’ve read in the international newspaper or the one what we have seen or heard on the international news cable.

Although the road traffic system is not as good as we did have back in Brunei (the drivers here are very daring), but the Burmese are very polite. I won’t touch on politics, but they are very good people here regardless of their race and religion.

Actually Yangon is the capital city the Republic of The Union of Myanmar. The population in Yangon itself was about 5 million (2010) out of 53.4 million population. With the total area of 677,000 square kilometres, Myanmar is the largest country in mainland Sotheast Asia.

The currency they use here is Myanmar Kyats, BND$1.00 is equivalent to MK 691.000. Most money changer here prefer USD$ or SGD$. Alright, my pics below do tell more stories:)

While on transit in Singapore. 
*Whose name is on the monitor? This is way cool...

The wheel & the driver for us in Yangon, Myanmar.
His name is Mr.Shwe.

Actually the road traffic system in Myanmar is meant for left-hand-drive but most cars are right-hand-drive. Hmmm...

Youth Training Centre, Yangon. Team Brunei Darussalam as well as Team Myanmar during warming-up prior to their first match. 

Media area at the stadium 

Personnels from Brunei Embassy in Myanmar was among the spectators for match Brunei Darussalam vs Myanmar. *White shirt with a sling bag on is Masli Abdurrahman, 3rd Sec. In this match Brunei lose by a single goal.

This cost at BND$5.13. In Brunei only cost you BND$4.++ 

Hell of a price, BND$24.00! 

This is way cheap, BND$2.50! 

A lot to offer at Bagyoke Market

We bought 'Lon Gyi' here, similar to kain sarong.

Myanmar also very famous for its Jade, I bought one here.

My colleagues infront an antique shop

Can you read that red board? 

This small book provided by Brunei Embassy is very helpful

Quick visit to Shwendagon Pagoda 

This huge Shwendagon Pagoda is made up of a solid gold. The height is about 326 feet and the gold weight at 3 tonnes. This pagoda is 2,500 years old!

It took at least one hour for tourist to have a look around the pagoda 

Soon after the visit, my favourite activities.

I'm not sure if we have this or not in Brunei. But I think we should have one, so good.