Muara Beach at Sunset

Definitely a must-go venue on a family day out. The Muara Beach is one of the many beaches in Brunei that beckons many visitors.

SOAS Mosque

Beautifully designed by Brunei’s 28th Monarch, the majestic Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) mosque is strategically located at the heart of the city in the Brunei Muara District. The SOAS Mosque is accessible to all visitors that are enthralled by its serene beauty. Reminder for the ladies, please dress modesty when visiting, in respect…

Padang Kebajikan

Close to the Times Square Shopping Complex, the ‘Padang Kebajikan’ track is open to all keen to walk or run the tracks. A football field in the centre is well maintained with its lush green grass. This is one of my preferred exercise venue for walking or jogging. It’s a decent facility at a very…

Materials vs Prudence

In most cases, getting gifts is the most wonderful thing that can happen to a person. The idea of being showered with branded and expensive items should make a person feel significantly elated. Oddly enough, I don’t feel that way. Whenever my husband buys me an expensive gift, I become highly concerned. My first statement…

Movies 2016: Storks 

Saw Storks today with my son. It was a colourful animation movie, which I truly enjoyed. It’s such a lovely thought that storks ultimate mission is to delivery babies. The graphics were so life-like. I give this movie 7/10. If you’re into animation movie that has a family message in the story line, then this…

To Forgive, To Forget

“Once bitten, Twice Shy”. Being heart broken is what I am referring to here. Regardless of the cause, once heart broken, it is not easy to just forgive or forget. I have had my share of bad experiences. At those times, I would have never thought it possible to feel so many emotions all at…

Readiness and Preparedness, An Idealistic Aspiration.

In many deliberations about the issues of readiness and preparedness, there seem to be a lack of realism on what it takes for one to be totally ready and prepared to face any eventuality. Readiness and preparedness are outcomes that require prerequisites such as resources in excess, real-time decision making process, functional delivery framework, innovative…

“Happily Ever After”, Not for Reality.

“And they lived happily ever after”. Indeed, this is how it always ends in the fairy-tales. In reality, however, not everyone is fortunate to find absolute happiness. Marriage for an ordinary couple is like a roller-coaster ride, filled with the ups and downs of intense and varying emotions. The reality is, anything associated with marriage is unpredictable…

Response Strategy Needed to Address Emerging Public Utilities Disruptions

Power or water outages are inconveniences for the general public.  So the relevant agencies need to have in place an effective response strategy to minimise such inconveniences. For instance, after more than 10 hours of halted water service, the relevant agencies have failed to provide counter measures such as provision of temporary portable water tanks…

Service Schemes, A Threat for Talent Retention in the Public Service

It is uncertain why service schemes were first introduced and how it managed to remain as a deep-rooted practice in Brunei’s public service employment. Some of the justifications for installing service scheme (I think) included the desire for proper career progression for specific schemes, providing structured capacity building program and systematic career management. Based on…

Leadership is about giving back the power

Recently I saw a video about this guy “Bob” sharing his experience as a leader and his definition of leadership. I was deeply intrigued by what he shared and I think it is something that I need to share with everyone who reads my blog. This guys simply said that you’re either a leader or your…

Introducing Innovation and Creativity at Work

How many of us really understand the meaning of innovation? The niche in new management today is to bring in greater innovation and creativity to the workplace. Based on my own work setting, I do hear the word innovation being uttered at different occasions but I am not seeing it in its physical form. There…

Difference between HR, Human Capital and Talent Management

Can you briefly explain the difference between (1) Human Resource (2) Human Capital (3) Talent Management? Here are my explanations: (1) Human Resource is the physical being. (2) Human capital is the investment made on the physical being in order to be equipped with relevant and useable armours (competencies). What I am saying here is…

PR and New Media

The advent of New Media technologies has changed the world for good. Gone are the days when we are kept in the dark about important issues that involve the lives of those we know and the world that we live in. At the click of a button, an abundance of information is accessible. Globalisation has…

Challenges in Keeping the Corporate Website Current

Corporate website is one of the platforms that Public Relations practitioners opt for when socialising relevant and updated information about an organisation and on the services that it provides. In catering to the urgent needs of netizen, it is essential that information displayed on the corporate website is always updated and current. But how easy…

Introducing a Baking Mom

I have been meaning to share with my readers the talent of a dear friend, Ms. Lina Pang. She is a working mom and she loves to bake. She does take orders for her pastries and bakeries, just give me a holler if anyone is interested and I’ll be more than happy to connect you…

Shape Shifter..

I love looking at the sky and how the clouds seems to shape different ‘pictures’ every single time..        

Civil Servants’ Salary Scale Remain Stagnant

In the Brunei Times paper today, the article on “Time to review civil servants’ salary scale” caught my attention. It is always interesting how the issue is always cleverly manouvered away from the main issue and directed towards what civil services’ available privileges and the free public services such as education and health care. In…

A Courtesan’s Scandal

Synopsis: Kate Bergeron is the beautiful and mysterious former mistress of a cloth merchant…and the latest beauty to capture the interest of the Prince of Wales. Mired in a disastrous divorce, the Prince attempts to distract attention from his next amorous pursuit by ordering Grayson Christopher, the eligible Duke of Darlington, to pretend to London…

Valentine

Synopsis: A quirk of fate has made Sylvester Gilbraith the heir of his swornenemy, the earl of Stoneridge. But there’s a catch: to claim hisinheritance he has to marry one of the earl’s four granddaughters. Themagically handsome nobleman has no choice but to comply with the termsof the will, yet when he descends on Stoneridge…

Dark Angel and Lord Carew’s Bride

Synopsis: It’s a 2-in-1 novel for the price of one!! 🙂 Dark Angel Jennifer Winwood arrives in London with her cousin, Samantha Newman, for their come-out Season. Jennifer is particularly excited because finally the marriage that has been arranged between her and Lionel, Viscount Kersey, will become a reality. It seems to her that she…

When the Duke Returns

Synopsis: Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous suitors while longing for her husband, Simeon Jermyn, the Duke of Cosway, to return. But when the prodigal duke finally returns, ready to take on his obligations, he finds the woman they call his wife too ravishing, too headstrong, too…

At the Duke’s Pleasure

All the Byrons are just as “mad, bad and dangerous to know” as their famous non-relation… but now the time has come for the eldest son to marry… Synopsis: Edward Byron, Duke of Clybourne, has everything a man in Society needs…except a wife. Duty requires he wed, so he decides that a long-standing arranged marriage…

Seducing An Angel

Synopsis: A historical romance novel by Mary Balogh, it tells of the desperate plot taken by Cassandra, or Lady Paget, to win the ‘protection’ of Stephan, Earl of Merton. Cassandra who lived with her long time friend, companion, and ex-governess, Alice, and Cook-Maid, Mary and her daughter Belinda, and also her faithful dog. She had…

Agents of Change

I.. You.. They.. Anyone… and Everyone.. can be agents of change. But to what extent to we even optimise the potential of those around us in the mission towards greater change? Most of the time, change can be an overwhelming process. Most people know what they want to achieve at the end of the day….

Media Operations

Participating in military operations as a media personnel is indeed a challenging task. Not only do you have to worry about your own safety and survival, in all the shambles and chaos you are burdened with responsibility of gathering stories for the public consumption. I was recently involved in a military exercise in which my…

What is PR…

There’s actually not one sole definition for PR (Public Relations). It can mean different things to different people. For an organisation, the function of public relations is really dependent on what is required by that organisation itself. But the sad thing is, there is this incorrect assumption that PR equals multi-tasking. This is absolutely wrong…

Who’s the Boss?

I was chatting with my friend the other day and she was complaining how her current boss is a back stabber and always seeking to make a name for herself (the boss). I was quite surprised by this sudden outburst and I happen to be close to both persons. I don’t want to be judgmental…

Fluffy Whites

Another favourite past-time of mine is taking photos of the sky. For me it’s the hardest in photography. There’s nothing much really to look at on a clear day, but once the sky is filled with fluffy clouds or even the sun just rising or setting, it can produce such mesmerizing colours up above. This…

Economics and NPM

There is this ongoing effort to give economics reasoning to how the public sector manages itself. This can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have any economics background to begin with. But yet not impossible. When people hear the word economics, you can see their facial expression changing to a very concerned and unfamiliar…

Mentoring and Youths

I was browsing through the bookshelves at the library the other day and I came across this book on Mentoring. I didn’t actually read the book, but the title itself made me recall an article I read on that same topic. There was this notion of applying Mentoring on troublesome youths. Somehow I was kind…

Website and Portals

Technological change and globalisation has brought with it the never ending challenge of competition. One of the effective mode in boosting our competitive edge is the capability to optimize usage of the internet. Whether you’re in the public or private sector, utilisation of I.T is a must if you wish to ensure that people are…

Fear and Anxiety

At the weekend I was reading a very interesting book about fear and anxiety. There’re quite a number of people who have this problem of sudden fear and anxiousness when confronted with something new or something they anticipate to happen in their life. In the book, it gave quite a comprehensive explanation as to WHY…

Water is Life’s Essential

In my country, water is something you can easily find at the turn of the tap. But in other parts of the world, it is something of a luxury and scarce to some. My heart goes out to those who are deprived of this life’s core essential. And I just hope and pray that something…

Effective PR

I had a very interesting discussion with my colleagues in the PR business. There seems to be a shared concerns on what effective public relations really means. Current understanding on public relations, specifically in the public sector focus mainly on the dissemination of information to the general public. Probably, in my opinion, too much focus…

Serasa Shores

While on duty, I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of the breath-taking sights at serasa beach. The facility where I was at, had this resort-like wood/fibre bridge stretching several meters out. It was so dreamy and peaceful  when walking along the bridge. Watermanship Training Centre RBAF Serasa sea view

Venice of d’East

The water village is indeed a rare sight. But in Brunei, it’s one of the most valued local heritage whose tradition and beauty intrigue any incoming tourists. Today my colleague and I had the pleasure to visit  one of the well known tourist s’destination. We took the trip there via the water taxi that cost…

Fruit Alert

In a few days time we will all be celebrating Chinese New Year. And as we all know, during this time of year oranges will be filling all supermarkets. And I for one just love eating oranges, all the ranges. My ultimate favourite is the tiny oranges, almost like the tangerine type. I bought some…

Wonders and Horrors of I.T.

As I look back at my younger years, I.T. was not something that is familiar to me or to people around me. Back then, it was still fine and normal to go out and roam around without having a handphone in your handbag or even a laptop doning the coffee table when you ‘lepak’ with…

Public Relations

Public Relations is what I do in my line of work now. But I didn’t start off from there. Initially I was in research and policy formulation. And by some good fortune, I was promoted to a completely different post. Despite the total change in my career path, I treat it with renewed enthusiasm and…

Dusk Sky

The dusk sky can be quite a hypnotising sight.With colours of the rainbow in its most subtle mode painted overhead. Its moment like this, I’m glad I’m able to see and capture it on my lens. Spring colours in the dusk sky Looks like tides of clouds coming to shore..

Weaved

I get unexplained thrill from taking close-up photos. This time I took snap-shots of this weaved item. I know this moon-shaped basket is usually found around construction area, but I just can’t help be awed by how the intricate layering is captured through the camera lens.

Communication vs Communicating

Ten years of working experience has taught me a lot of things about the challenges facing the working population. But what I have found out to be ultimately useful in gaining fast momentum in climbing the career ladder is that we have to be able to COMMUNICATE our ideas. Some may make the mistake of…

Media Relations

In any big event, the organiser would inevitably be seeking the assistance of Media partners to ensure they get the publicity and coverage they need. In my line of work, dealing with media is a routine matter. As part of our policy, projecting a positive image of the oganisation is crucial not only to garner…

Beauty in Life

I’m absolutely thrilled by the comments I’ve gotten so far on photos in my website. I do hope you guys keep on helping me to improve my photo-taking skills. I’m so eager to learn more!! Today, I want to share with everyone a few pictures I attempted to take where it involves tiny-tiny insects. The…

Nipah Fruit

This was the first time ever, for me to encounter a fruit bearing a jelly-like flesh. The seller said the jelly is usually used for cocktails or condiments for deserts. I’ve never tried it. Eventhough the jelly flesh looked so juicy and succulent. But one thing for sure, I never expected that such succulent looking…

Sky Gazing

Since taking up photography, can’t really recall when I actually started though, and with a reasonably good camera in my hands, I just seem to be addicted to taking snap shots of the sky. The hipnotic effect of the every changing clouds and mesmerizing multi-tone dusk-sky seems act as a beacon, calling me to just…

Refreshed

Hye everyone… Welcome to my website.. I have refreshed all my photo collection for your viewing. Please don’t hesitate to holler through the comment box should you want to say ‘hi’ or help me out in improving my website. I look forward to hearing from you guys. Cheerio!!!

Dealing with 5 Characters at Work

In my previous post, I briefly explained the 5 prominent characters at work, which require customised treatment to ensure that they become a productive member of the organisation. So how do we deal with each of these character types? The Runner Type: They come to work, punch in the attendance, do a bit (minimal) of work…

Characters at Work

Having worked for more than 17 years at the same organisation, I have the privilege to observe various characters at work that can be categorised into 5 prominent groups, namely: (1) The Runner (2) The Robot (3) The Invisible (4) The Stray (3) The Ace. The Runner They come to work, punch in the attendance,…