Tag Archives: Negara Brunei Darussalam

41st. ITF Junior Circuit – (Preparation & Management)

14 Mar

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41st. ITF Junior Circuit Group 4 in Brunei Darussalam

9 Mar

The above event started yesterday with qualifying matches. I was not aware of the qualifying yesterday. At eight this morning, I was already at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium Tennis Centre, equipped with my camera, to help them shoot the group photos. According to Abdul Rashid, our assistant coach, more than 100 participants took part in the event this year.

It was an honour for me when my brother in-law Azizi, being a close friend of Rashid, inviting me to cover the event with my ‘less-than-seasoned-photographer’ status, to take the group photos this morning. The group photo/s will be given to every head of delegates – as a sweet reminder of their one week stay here, in Negara Brunei Darussalam.

The first match scheduled to start at 9 am (and before 10 am). Unfortunately, there was a drizzle right after the group photos session. It was intermittent and at one point quite heavy and enough to wet the playing surface making it unsafe to start the tournament. By 10.15 am, I was gone to RIPAS hospital to see my cardiologist, to arrange for my future appointment and to collect my one month supply of medications. It is really heart breaking to missed the first match. Hopefully, my brother in-law Azizi can produce quality photos with his “L’ status, which is in fact, the actual area where I belong. Hehehe…

I managed some candid shots followed by some individual photographs. It was good fun to have the chance of being so near with the future tennis professionals. Hopefully, no ‘tiger’ among them. Ahaks!!!


Seputar sambutan Hari Kebangsaan NBD Ke-26

24 Feb

Biar gambar-gambar ini bicara. Apa yang pasti, sambutan ini disertai rakyat jelata dengan ceria…

(Dalam maksud sentiasa berbagi, bagi yang berminat untuk mengabadikan mana-mana gambar yang berkenaan di hati, jika bermaksud baik, dipersilakan untuk membuat salinan. Semoga kita semua mendapat manfaat darinya.)

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p/s: Lebih banyak gambar dimuat-turun di fb saya: camarputih812@yahoo.com

The Call

18 Feb

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Received an important call late this morning, asking me whether I can initiate group of my students in the National Day parade.
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Sent sms to students listed on my hp. Doing it in a rush, some important particulars are lacking. Here is the follow up for your perusal:
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Practice one day only, this Saturday – to assemble at HSBC at 7 am.
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Richard Neo texted me saying that he is coming back from Kuching on that day & asked me whether he can join the parade without practice. My answer to him is – YES.
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So, the same goes to UBDians who have lecture/s on Saturday morning. Join us on the 23rd.
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(The practice is basically just to make sure you don’t walk sideways, like a crab. Hehehe…)
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As I mentioned in my sms earlier, T Shirt (long sleeve I suppose) and cap will be provided. The men is required to wear black trousers & the ladies, black skirt/sarong (or, trousers too?). My advice for the ladies, please wear white bra. It may rain during that day… Wink…!!!
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FYI, I am canceling my trip to the Philippines this 22nd. I will be there with you 🙂
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Names to be submitted to Mr. Thomas Koh via sms. His no is 8717557.
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All are welcome to join. You can also ask you gf/bf to join. The more, the better.
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(Lastly, I hope our beloved HM would notice the hidden patriotic element in you – answering the call in such a short notice…)
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Looking foward for our ‘March to Destiny…’


Missing Class of May 2009

13 Jun
In Aceh, June 2007

In Aceh, June 2007

There is no great genius without the mixture of madness…

ARISTOTLE

It is now 3.50 am, Saturday, June 13, 2009. Tried to get some sleep just now, but to no avail. It has been like this for 31 years, since 1978. The year I started my studies in Sixth Form Centre, Pusat Tingkatan Enam in Malay and in short, PTE, Jalan Muara. We were the last sixth formers to study there and the first batch to occupy the new PTE in Jalan gadong, before the name was changed to Maktab Duli Al-Muhtadee Billah.

Many of my SSS Class of May 2009 students were not aware that every time during their ‘full intensive’ course period, the seems to be ever energetic cikgu Mansor was actually coming to teach each day with very little sleep. The most I slept was four hours, for three solid weeks. Syukur alhamdulillah, no matter how little sleep I had everyday, it is very unlikely my students will see me yawning during class. It is all for the love of those victims of consequences – who had put their trust in me helping them to go thru the tough infamous Ujian Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language Exam) – and to help them improve their family and future generations living conditions – to achieve their future excellence, to better serve the country and to uphold our loving monarch sovereignty and legacy. And I am so passionate in doing this, something I know and something I do best. A born teacher…

Quoting what Jan Shim said in an earlier post, “everything happens for a reason…”.

My biggest number of student passing the exam was from Class of May 2007 (P28). 56 students out of possible 66 is now a proud and responsible citizen of Negara Brunei Darussalam (NBD). I believed, at-least two out of ten who failed from that P28 group was not because of scoring below 50 marks. There are other ‘ruling’ and criterion which the candidates need to adhere to.

NBD never judge the citizenship applicants qualification by checking how much money and property ones have, nor did the government requires each one of us to be potential gold medal earners in the Olympics. The government also never check you on your medical status. And the application process is always free of charge (only Cikgu Mansor charges you, hehehe…). NBD is only interested to know if you are indeed a law abiding (Berkelakuan Baik) PR’s, apart from, yes, passing the Ujian Bahasa Melayu. So, it is very important to pass the Exam and at the same time avoiding breaking our penal code law. Do not even go out from the country during Sultan Birthday’s or during our National Day.

I really miss giving my lengthy lectures in front of the class. I knew, some students may find it boring at times. I miss looking at those red eyes and the timid, weary and sleepy look and able to read their mind – when is this cikgu going to stop for his ‘smoke’ interval

I love you all Class of May 2009. I love you for being patient with my up-roar. I love you for letting me smoke in the class.

Thank you.