Art & Culture

Sunday, 7 February 2016

The might of the Brunei miniature cannons

2016-02-07 THERE is a Malay proverb that goes ‘kecil jangan disangka anak; besar jangan disangka bapa’, which can be translated as, ‘just because someone looks small, do not think that he is a child; but just because someone looks big, do not think he is a...

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Borneo’s fearsome ‘loch ness’ monsters

2016-01-31 On February 19, 2009, an English newspaper The Daily Telegraph ran a story entitled “Has the Loch Ness Monster emigrated to Borneo?” For the record, the Loch Ness monster is a mysterious aquatic animal which is said to inhabit Loch Ness, a lake in...

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Bears and humans at Bukit Beruang

2016-01-24 IF A stranger to Brunei drives through from Tutong to Kuala Belait, he will come across a lot of place name signages along the highway and will, indeed, be surprised to find one that reads Perumahan Kampung Bukit Beruang, or “Bukit Beruang Village...

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Brunei’s ‘not-forgotten’ traditional toys

2016-01-19 SQUEALS and laughter of children and adults filled the air recently as they discovered the simple joys of playing with traditional toys during a gathering held at Semain Tanjung in Lamunin. These toys constructed from bamboo are fairly unknown to...

Sunday, 17 January 2016

A 16th century Spanish account of Brunei

2016-01-17 MANY Brunei history enthusiasts are very familiar with Pigafetta’s narratives about Brunei. Antonio Pigafetta was the Italian chronicler who was part of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition around the world in the 16th century. It was his description...

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Brunei and Malacca in the 15th century

2016-01-10 ONE of the best sources for Malay history is the “Sejarah Melayu” or in English is known as the “Malay Annals”. The subjects covered in the work included the founding of the kingdom of Malacca and its relationship with neighbouring kingdoms, the...

Thursday, 7 January 2016

PeSTAB’s contribution to cultural arts

2016-01-07 IN THE recent years, the local creative industry has become prominent in the sultanate, noticeably targeting the youth. The Brunei Arts Enthusiasts Association (PeSTAB) chaired by Awang Seruddin Haji Awang Damit has been striving to boost the...

Sunday, 3 January 2016

The origin of Kampung Sultan Lama

2016-01-03 BANDAR Seri Begawan, a historic city, has changed a lot in recent years. Just off the city centre, we can see a towering tower holding the cables to the cable stay bridge crossing over from Bandar Seri Begawan to the Sungai Kebun area, a journey...

Sunday, 27 December 2015

History of Maulidur Rasul celebrations in Brunei

2015-12-27 HOW LONG has the Maulidur Rasul been celebrated in Brunei? Sadly, we will never know when or how Maulidur Rasul was first celebrated in Brunei. What is known is that Islam came to Brunei in the 11th or 12th century and was entrenched further when...

Sunday, 20 December 2015

The heritage of Tamu Kianggeh

2015-12-20 LAST Monday, a news article on The Brunei Times on the closure of the Tamu Kianggeh caused a furore among vendors as well as regular visitors to the tamu. Some vendors expressed their grievances on the idea of losing the tamu, which for most of...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Brunei: Rising from the ruins of World War II

2015-12-13 IT WAS 74 years ago this month that Brunei Darussalam was dragged reluctantly into World War II. On 16 December 1941, 10,000 Japanese troops arrived in Kuala Belait. Within a week, they occupied the entire country. They did not face any opposition...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Kampong Ayer: Past and present

2015-12-06 IF YOU are a Kampong Ayer aficionado or a former resident, the destruction of all the old houses by the Brunei River bank, will surely bring back memories. Over the years, many villages in Kampong Ayer have disappeared and many familiar villages...

Sunday, 29 November 2015

‘Wanderings in southern seas’

2015-11-29 THERE are not many books about Brunei written in the past. The few that are written are cherished. Almost all of these books were written by men authors and there are times we missed the views from the gentler side. However there is one chapter of...

Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Kianggeh coal and US-Brunei treaty of 1850

2015-11-22 THE invention of the steamship had a profound effect on the world of trade, military conflict and colonialism. James McLin (2012) noted that “while not the sole cause of victory in colonial warfare, nor a guarantee of victory, the steamship was an...

Monday, 16 November 2015

The Brunei report of 1915

2015-11-16 IN 1915, one hundred years ago, World War I had just started. It was in September 1914 when the First Battle of the Marne began resulting in a French victory, halting the German advance towards Paris. In 1915, Tsar Nicholas had taken command of the...

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Pengangun’s role in today’s weddings

2015-08-30 THE wedding customs of the seven ethnic Malay groups of Brunei Darussalam are truly a unique experience which represent a wealth of customs and culture.The wedding customs have undergone many changes to remain relevant in the face of modern...

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Artistic message behind DBP mural

2015-06-09 THE mural above the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) building set in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan stands majestically as the sunrays slowly illuminate the drawings that depict the country’s life and culture. The 20-by-100-foot landmark...

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Biz students’ successful final year project

2015-05-09 A GROUP of business students from Sultan Bolkiah Vocational School (SVSB) recently organised a badminton tournament at the school’s multi-purpose hall as part of their final year project.Eight teams with two players each participated in the inter-...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

US reviews use of cellphone trackers in criminal probes

2015-05-06 THE US Justice Department said Monday it is re-examining its controversial use of secret cellphone tracking devices to establish the location of suspects in criminal investigations, a spokesman said.“With regard to this particular technology, the...

Overuse of mobile devices hurts marriage: Research

2015-05-06 SPENDING too much time on a mobile device can damage a marriage, research from the All-China’s Women’s Federation (ACWF) has found. Surveying 31,344 people nationwide, the ACWF found those spending too much time with digital devices reported...

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