Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rabiulawal is here.

Salam, good day. Now we are in the month of Rabiulawal. As usual the mosques and suraus nationwide is full of activities to commemorate the birthday and life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and one of the activities is the recital of dikir. The dikir recital will continue until the actual day of the Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) birthday on the 12th Rabiulawal.

Whilst the hectic January is almost over and now we are heading to February which is only in few days time. The highlight in the month of January is the event called as "berjanawari". Have you ever heard of it?

According to Rozan Yunos In Brunei, a regatta used to be called "berjanawari", a word which will crop up every now and then among elderly folks in Brunei. Many have said that the word "berjanawari" comes from the month January. For these folks, "berjanawari" conjures up the time when January was a festival month hence, "berjanuari". In fact, Bruneians called the people who celebrated during this period "Orang berjanawari".

As for myself, I did produced a special documentary on this event for the state's radio and we do received a very good response among the listeners. It is so very special to revive and organised the boat race or regatta ini Brunei River which I believe would recalled the sweet memories for those who has lived in Kampong Ayer.

Are we going to see such race again next year? I hope so.

Also, I wish a happy Chinese New Year to all my chinese buddies. Although we didn't do much visit during this year's CNY, but I hope may the friendship will last. Xin nian kuai le and Gong xi fa cai:)

Beautiful weather during the race (Sunday, 23 Jan 2012). 

The very excited spectators, the 'tambing' is packed!

On-queue to be lowered on the water surface 

'Perahu Tambang' (water taxi) race

Craig Bellamy scored the decisive equaliser to send Liverpool to Wembley for the Carling Cup final. Bellamy levelled the scoreline 2-2 against his former club Manchester City 16 minutes from time, to secure a 3-2 aggregate success at Anfield. (Source: Soccernet and Getty Images)

It's Barca again! The el-Classico ended in The Catalans favour. Actually I'm not a fan of Barcelona but I'm a strong supporter of Real Madrid instead. But not since Jose Mourinho took charge at Bernabue, now I have no teams to follow in Spain. Barcelona scraped into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-3 aggregate win over Real Madrid, despite letting a two-goal lead slip in a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou. (Source: Soccernet and Getty Images)

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