Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    14th Biannual General Meeting

    Bersatu Association would like to announce that the 14th Biannual General Meeting will be held at the following time and place:

    Date: Friday 14th August 2009

    Time: 2.30pm

    Place: Jeruton Hotel, Jalan Jerudong

    *Jeruton Hotel located at :Simpang 396, Kampong Jerudong, Jalan Selayun Tagap, Brunei Darussalam. (Behind Pertama Jaya, Jerudong)*

    All members and ex-PYs are invited to come to the Meeting.

    The Meeting will culminate with the election of new members of the Executive Committee for Bersatu for 2009-2011.

    Details on nomination and election will be announced soon.

    Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    BPY selected for Discussion Facilitator for SSEAYP 2009!

    Congratulations to Patricia Yapp Siew Oi (BPY96) for being selected by the Cabinet Office of Japan to become this year's Discussion Facilitator for the new discussion topic, Food Culture/ Food and Nutrition Education!

    Pat is a registered nurse and works with the Ministry of Health in Brunei. She is only the second BPY to be selected as Discussion Facilitator after the position was introduced in the SSEAYP in 2005. Well done Pat!

    Appreciation and Thanksgiving Ceremony for Foster Families and Brunei Youth Participants SSEAYP 2008

    After a lot of postponement due to unforeseen circumstances, Bersatu Association finally held an appreciation and thanksgiving ceremony for foster families and Brunei youth participants SSEAYP 2008 on Sunday 21 June 2009. It was held at the Digadong Hall in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Guest of Honor for the event was Awang Haji Mohamad Penglima Asgar Dato Paduka Haji Abdullah, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports.

    The president of Bersatu, Haji Jailani Haji Ibrahim gave a welcoming speech followed by Haji Karim bin Haji Ahmad, a representative from the foster families. Youth leader of the Brunei Contingent for SSEAYP 2008, Haji Khairul Ariffin bin Haji Abd Aji also gave a speech sharing their experiences during the program. He mentioned that the experiences will be unforgettable and will be experienced only during the program. He also emphasized that one of the objectives in participating was to encourage mutual understanding of culture and way of life amongst the participants.

    The ceremony also witnessed the handing over of certificates of appreciation to foster families who were present. A prize-giving ceremony was also held for the most creative booth during the Homestay Matching Ceremony SSEAYP last year. It then ended with a doa recital followed by high-tea.
    Thanks to everyone for helping out in the organizing of the event. And of course the host families, whose generosity in welcoming PYs to their homes continues to be appreciated. Thank you.

    And BPY08, welcome to the Bersatu family!

    Noor Aini BPY01/03, Hajah Sita BPY92 and Haslinda BPY03


    Deen BPY06 and host families

    President Haji Jailani welcoming guests

    Haji Karim, representative from Host Family saying a few words

    Ariffin, YL08 giving a speech

    Guest of Honour presenting appreciation certificates to Host Families

    Amier BPY07, Keedon BPY06, G-Raman BPY06, Hail BPY05 and Baim BPY01

    BPY08 with Hajah Tom BPY05

    Daphne and Kartini of BPY08

    Moel, Hadizah (or is it Khadizah?) and Acai BPY08 with Hajah Tom

    Our Ustaz for the day: Aduka BPY97 and MC for the day: Bulat BPY96
    Amier BPY07 and Amal BPY02
    Ali BPY04 and Jen BPY07

    Thanks to Jen BPY for the great pictures!

    21st SIGA Jogja Indonesia (1 May 2009-4 May 2009) report

    Apologies for the belated update...

    At the beginning of all the H1N1 madness, 29 participants from Brunei (16 ex-BPYs and 13 host family members) led by the Deputy President 1, flew to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and joined 300 other participants from all over ASEAN and Japan from the 1-4 May 2009. This was the biggest SIGA in terms of participants ever held and congratulations to SI Indonesia for hosting what was indeed different to many other previous SIGAs.

    The participants mostly stayed at the Jogja Plaza Hotel. However, almost all the events were not held at the hotel itself. Instead of a ballroom, the Opening Ceremony was held in the open air at the Bantul cultural village with many activities held there afterwards. The participants even had the opportunity to watch an amazing cultural show with the Borobodur as the backdrop (which is only performed 4 times a year) in the evening.

    Bruneian contingent at the Opening Ceremony

    Some members of the Bruneian contingent at the Jogja Plaza Hotel

    Bruneian contingent in front of the famous Borobodur

    A good time was had by all! Well done SI Indonesia!
    At the end of the proceedings, the hosting of the next SIGA was handed over to the ASSEAY Thailand. ASSEAY Thailand announced that the 22nd SIGA 2010 would be held in Ayutthaya, Thailand! Ayutthaya is a World Heritage City over an hour by car from Bangkok. Next year's SIGA is tentatively to be held from 30 April - 3 May 2010, so mark your diaries now!
    For more information, check out the ASSEAY website here.
    Royal Brunei Airlines flies to Bangkok daily from Brunei.


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