Art & Culture

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...

Japan’s seniors to get tech-savvy with free iPads

2015-05-06 MILLIONS of Japanese seniors could receive iPads under a programme to supply the elderly with specially equipped tablets that remind them when to take medicine and advise where to find community support services. A trial programme announced by...

Facebook opens Internet.org

2015-05-06 FACEBOOK said Monday it was opening up Internet.org, which provides connectivity to people in developing nations, to outside applications following a controversy over its limited set of online services.The move comes after news organisations in...

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Before karaoke, there was ‘memukun’

2015-04-26 IN THE early 1990s when Hj Wahab Jumat was at his peak as a pemukun providing traditional entertainment at weddings, he at one time earned almost $2,000 in one month. “Every week we would be invited to perform at a wedding. There were so many...

Friday, 10 October 2014

100 years of formal education in Brunei

2014-10-10 TODAY in Brunei, students have a choice of four universities to choose from, all fully funded by the government. However providing education has not always been as easy as it is now. We look at the early development of education in Brunei. When...

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Father Don Carlos Cuarteron:Futile attempt to spread Christianity to Brunei in 19th century

2014-09-02 IN 1891, WH Treacher who was then the Secretary to the Government of Perak and formerly the Administrator of Labuan and Acting Consul-General in Borneo as well as first Governor of British North Borneo published a book entitled ‘British Borneo:...

Friday, 22 August 2014

Making memories eating durian

2014-08-22 A FAMILY that eats durian together really does stay together. I look around in a sugary daze to my family members who’ve just been conquered by the King of Fruits one day. Laughing, taking in one durian seed after the other like it’s the last, I...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

History of teacher training in Brunei

2014-03-16 TEACHER training in Brunei began soon after the modern Brunei education system started in 1912 during the British Residency. The shortage of experienced and qualified Brunei teachers was immediately apparent. According to the State of Brunei...

Monday, 10 March 2014

Mexico embraces Japanese culture

2014-03-10 CELAYA, an industrial city in the heart of Mexico, now has a Japanese language class where the teacher uses honorifics, addressing her students as “Felipe-san” or “Christian-san.” Across town, a hotel installed a special satellite dish on its...

Amazing Chinese opera performance in Cambodian capital

2014-03-10 A TROUPE of artists from the China Guangdong Teochew Opera Theatre on Saturday evening began a mesmerising three-day performance tour here, aiming to promote culture ties between the two countries.The show, held at the capital’s Diamond Island...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Vienna is world’s most liveable city

2014-03-02   WANT a great life? Move to Vienna, or pick from 78 other cities in the world with a better quality of living than Malaysia’s capital, according to a new survey. Vienna, Austria’s opulent capital, offers the best quality of life of any city in...

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Attempt to steal ‘Banksy’ foiled

2014-02-27 NEIGHBOURS in New Orleans foiled what police say was an attempt to steal a chunk of cinderblock wall bearing a painting created by the world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy. The building’s owner called police Friday evening, saying someone was...

16th-century Korean paintings found in Honolulu

2014-02-27 THE Honolulu Museum of Art has discovered two paintings from late 16th-century Korea in its collection, including one that’s been called an “earth-shattering” find. “This is like discovering a lost Vermeer,” said Shawn Eichman, curator of Asian...

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Memories of first National Day still fresh

2014-02-16 BRUNEI Darussalam’s independence celebrations began with the official opening ceremony of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on 23rd September 1983. That date coincided with the 70th birthday of His Majesty’s father, Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali...

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Quenching the thirst for culture

2014-01-01 THE culturally unaware, artistically uninterested Bruneian is a misnomer. The twins of traditional arts and culture suffer from such a neglectful parent of history, who often conveniently misportrays them as a unique inheritance of a people. People...

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