Lest We Forget


Compiled by Chan Chee Khiong

Brunei Beach Bunch aims for certified clean beaches

Farah Ahmad Nawi

JUNE 28, 2010 – Certified clean beaches are the main target for the Brunei Beach Bunch (BBB). This month’s cleaning campaign is in conjunction with World Environment Day (WED), themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future.”

Yesterday afternoon the group held its eighth cleaning campaign at the Jerudong Beach where a number of volunteers showed up to collect rubbish from one end to another.

The group plays an active role in encouraging members of the public to play their part in the campaign and to contribute to the environment by keeping it clean.

They publicise their activities regularly through social networking sites such as Facebook and blogs.

President of BBB Alan Tan spoke of activities lined up by the group in the near future. “Our future plans include going into communities like local villages and educate them. We have done a survey including Serasa. We saw that a lot of the trash came from the Kampong Ayer area. All the rubbish were carried down by the rain further into the sea.

Rubbish collected are separated in different bags. PHOTO: FARAH AHMAD NAWI

A lot of them have no proper education on environmental issues such as pollution or waste management and this can be exemplified by them throwing rubbish out of the window, so what we want to do is raise the awareness and educate.”

He elaborated more on other projects, which includes getting one of the beaches in Brunei to be certified as a clean beach and obtain a Blue Flag Award recognised by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

“According to certain standards, infrastructure, clean toilets, lifeguards and parking lots are part of the accreditation, so we’re hoping to get one of those for Brunei hopefully by next year,” Alan added.

Another project to be organised is a bigger clean campaign, which not only covers the beach but also underwater trash. Other organisations taking part will be Poni Divers, Brunei Adventure Recreation Association (BARA) and Kayaks. The campaign is expected to be held sometime in October.

“This activity is part of the international coastal clean-up under ocean conservation occurring every third Saturday of September. Many countries worldwide will be taking part, but since this year’s month clashes with the Raya season, we are trying to postpone it to October instead. The concept is similar to that of Earth Hour except it focusses on environmental cleanliness.”

May energy be with you

Erna H Sumardi

JUNE 25, 2000 – What is Feng Shui? It is a technique that analyses the environment through geomancy (divination through means of figure lines or geographical features) as well as ancient Chinese beliefs based on the Tao (the way of nature).

Traditional Feng Shui has its roots in the Tao. Chinese philosophers saw a rhythm or flow connecting humanity and nature. They believed that the laws of nature were also the laws of living In China five thousand years ago, a system came about that demonstrates that connection.

Elements in nature such as; earth, metal, water, wood and fire helped them to describe certain personality that a place had it gave them a simple way to understand and cooperate with the powerful laws of nature and energy.

They believed as it is believed today that energy of Chi has its own personality in different space. The belief that existed then and now is that when the space you live in is balanced with harmony and good Chi, life can be good for you.

The meaning of Feng Shui is Wind and Water. It refers to the topography of the earth as well as its mountains and waterways. It refers to how the shapes, sizes, directions and energy levels are created by the two powerful forces of nature. It refers to how the energies of Wind and Water circulate on earth.

A Feng Shui chart. PHOTO: ERNA H SUMARDI

The metaphysical forces known as the Chi are used to enhance careers, relationship and business success. Numerous successful people and multi-millionaires in Asian countries will gladly testify to the potent effects of Feng Shui in their lives. Over the last five years, Feng Shui practice has gained increased recognition in the Western world as the benefits of practicing this art has been self revelatory and unchallenged.

“By planning a home according to Feng Shui, you’ll feel and do the best by putting forces of nature by your side,” claimed author of the Western Guide to Feng Shui: Room by Room Terah Kathryn Collins.

Your house is divided into nine zones, each representing a different aspect of life.

The plan shows the different areas with the central one kept blank to keep the heart of Feng Shui clutter free.

Fame: Red colour, a place to keep written goals or somebody you admire.

Love: Burn pink candles.

Children and Creativity: Want children? Put a huge metal sculpture.

Wealth: Put wood or plant.

Friends and Teamwork: Hang pictures of places you’d like to visit.

Health and Family: Put potted plants to make the area bloom!

Education and Knowledge: Try something yellow, like pile of beach rocks!

Career: Hang a quartz crystal on a silver chain in the doorway.