Maurina H

Blogger in the sleepy and peaceful Brunei where nothing ever happens. Or so you think…

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Sex Education in Brunei, a No No

  24 April 2007

Sex education is an extremely taboo issue in the very Islam-conscious nation of Brunei. However a recent newspaper article talking about increasing numbers of teenage mothers got the bloggers busy in Brunei. The bloggers feel that maybe it is high time for schools to start incorporating sex education into the curriculum.

Brunei Marathon 2006

  20 December 2006

Brunei Marathon 2006: A Wet Affair From SoulJah's Flickr Photos under CC attribution license On Sunday, the 10th of December, 2006, some very excited Bruneians and non-Bruneians gathered in Bandar Seri Begawan, the sleepy capital city of Brunei Darussalam to participate in the Second Brunei Marathon. The route was expansive,...

Blog Roundup: MIB Forum

  23 September 2006

The Forum was held in Chancellor's Hall, University Brunei Darussalam only a few nights ago, Wednesday night, to be exact. Now, it is already Sunday, yet the noise it made still reverberates all throughout the usually very quiet nation and the even more quiet blogging scene. The Forum was a...

Dog attack opens up a can of worms

  30 August 2006

    AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy, mauled by a pack of stray dogs, told of the attack in an exclusive interview yesterday and demanded that strays be cleared off the streets. - Brunei Times, 30th August, 2006 Will the Government policy makers succumb to the wishes of this little boy? It...

Brunei Times's take on blogging in Brunei

  24 August 2006

- The Brunei Times (22nd August, 2006) Some very lucky bloggers got a mention in the new English newspaper, The Brunei Times, in an article written by Amirul Azuan. The few blogs mentioned came from a myriad of genres ranging from the serious to the more trivial. The more important...

Sexism gone corporate

  7 August 2006

I do think there is an ‘unofficial’ glass ceiling for female officers. The whole upper echelon of Brunei society is dominated by males. Could it be that since it is these same people who determine who gets the top jobs, the disparity exists? MedLeo Has sexism in the country gone...

International Military Tattoo 2006

  1 August 2006

By now, most of us living in Brunei has seen the International Military Tattoo 2006 either live from the Stadium Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah or on national tv station RTB. However, for those who missed it, here is an excellent review of the wondrous occasion, well equipped with pictures, written...

Big six-O, Brunei in July

  17 July 2006

15th July, 2006 marks the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday. Let the celebrations begin! Nonnie has a post in her blog, Spiritual Garden about Bandar Seri Begawan, the Brunei's capital in celebration mode.

Fresh Ideas, New Option, Global Vision: The Brunei Times

  5 July 2006

A second newspaper, called The Brunei Times has finally been launched on Friday, 30th June, 2006, and debuted the next day, with a motto of “Fresh ideas, New options and Global vision”. The launch marks the end of Borneo Bulletin's long time monopoly being the sole English newspaper and months...

Pressuring change through blogging II

  14 June 2006

A late addition to the issue concerning pressuring change in the government through blogging is Zul Funkmasta. He postulates that not only the education system that does not encourage voicing out ideas, but it is also the Bruneian culture of discouraging the voicing out of ideas, concerns and criticisms. We...

Pressuring change through blogging

  13 June 2006

Following the quote I took from Brunei Resources's blog;  "We (the government) require pressure from outside and this is where blog readers can come in to help spread the knowledge." and my subsequent call for more Bruneian Bloggers to help aid progress in the country; "If only there are more...

To have GCE O'Level English, or not to have? What is the Question?

  10 June 2006

The last week, a letter on the Borneo Bulletin, the nation's sole English newspaper published a letter in its Opinion page which calls upon the Bruneian Government to scrap off the currently existing GCE O' Level English Language to be replaced with a "locally designed" exam paper instead. The writer,...