Thursday, 24 February 2011

Brunei's National Day 2011

 Our instructors
23rd February 2011 was the 27th National Day of Brunei Darussalam and it's also the first time in my 30 years' stay in Brunei that I took part in the National Day Parade representing the Persatuan Warganegara Malaysia (PWM). Prior to the event, we had six rehearsals (I attended only two!) and everything went very well with two personnels from the Fire Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba) as our marching instructors. On the actual day itself, we were assembled at the Yayasan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Building at 8.00am. Initially there was a little drizzle and the day became hotter later in the morning. Our turn to march past His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, other royal family members and dignitaries came at around 10.00am and it was all over in less than 20 minutes! Anyway, I'm proud to be a part of this year's celebrations and hopefully will participate again next year.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Universal Studios Sentosa

My forecast for the Year of the Rabbit
 No entry for her; have to make do with a photo taken outside the casino!
 The finale - fireworks display
On the 3rd day of CNY (5 February 2011), I brought my wife and daughter to visit Universal Studios as I've made a promise to bring her (my daughter) there. I managed to buy 3 tickets at S$72.00 each on the spot. I was told that the tickets were sold out even before we arrived in Singapore as I also did try to book online but was unsuccessful. The tickets were valid for the whole day until the park closes at 9.00pm. We left Universal Studios at 2.00pm and came back at 6.00pm to witness the fireworks that was scheduled at 9.30pm. After the fireworks which lasted half an hour, I sneaked into the casino with my wife for almost an hour while my daughter waited outside the casino as she was not allowed to enter since she's still under 21 years old! More photos here.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

My fortune for the Year of the Rabbit is fantastic!
Photo taken at Resorts World Singapore
Photos taken at Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru
 L-R: my grand niece, niece, elder sis, Mary (my wife) & Felicia (my daughter)
 My grand nephew and niece
Wishing all my friends, regardless of whether they are Chinese or otherwise, "GONG XI FA CAI" and may the year of the Rabbit (or Bunny) bring happiness, prosperity and good health to ALL of youThe above photos were taken at Sutera Mall on 2nd day of CNY after lunch with my elder sister and her family.