Lest We Forget


Compiled by Lina Gapar

Fond memories of Tutong beach

Suriani Garip

DECEMBER 10, 2000 – Brunei Darussalam is blessed with glistening sandy beaches, which remain unspoilt in spite of the pace of modernisation.

One of the best beaches in the country is the Seri Kenangan Beach situated in Tutong District.

It is just a five minutes’ drive from Pekan Tutong and it is unique as the beach sits on a strip of land with the South China Sea on one side and on the opposite is the Tutong River.

Once a year, during His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s birthday celebration, a beach fiesta or Pesta Pantai is held there. It has also become a popular spot for jetski and speedboat races due to the width and length of the river.

On typical days, it draws a lot of visitors who come for picnics, fishing or for mere relaxation.

Pantai Seri Kenangan has what seems like acres of sandy beach
Seaside “chalets” are available to the public

On the riverbank, a visitor will see a stage usually used for performances during the fiesta.

Apart from the various roadside stalls, there is also a restaurant that serves up tasty meals.

A landmark – a ‘gong’ and a set of gulingtangan – at the riverbank reflects the local culture. Both are cultural items of the Brunei folk.

The beach is just across the road from the riverbank. One of the significant landscapes on this side is the ‘canopy bridge’ that provides visitors with a picturesque view.

There is also a playground painted in the bright colours of red and yellow, which includes swings and slides.

The beach is very extensive. In late afternoon quite a number of people jog or sometimes.

Some picnickers play beach volleyball or fly kites at this beach.

There are also several huts that can be use shelter by picnickers and there are a number benches for people to rest on after a long stroll on the beach.

Moving further to the end of the road, there are more than 10 huts that look like roadside ‘chalets’ which are available to visitors.

The ‘chalets’ offer a panoramic view of the beach. Restrooms are also available with adequate water supply.

The beach’s cleanliness should also be applauded as there is barely any rubbish seen thrown away improperly in this area.

The Seri Kenangan Beach – beach of beautiful memories is also one of the tourist attractions of Tutong District. With the coming Visit Brunei Year 2001, officials hope the beach will bring wonderful memories to visitors as well.

80 children join colouring contest

Cedrina Clark

DECEMBER 2, 2000 – The Johnson’s kids colouring contest was held on Thursday night at the International School Brunei (ISB) in Berakas. Eighty children who participated in this colouring competition were divided into two groups” ages from four to six years old and from seven to 11 years old.

The children had fun colouring away with their own techniques and ideas and using their own creativity and illusions. The first prize for the four to six year olds went to Beddoe, second to Xuan Pei and third to Kieran White. For the seven to 11 year olds group, first was Shaun Buerrell, 1st runner-up was Nicki and 2nd runner-up was Sarah Simmonds.

The two groups received hamper prizes from the school’s Principal David Cox. Present for the prize giving was Ruchard S C On, Product Group Manager of JDH Borneo (B) Sdn Bhd, Brunei Darussalam.

The hampers had children bathroom sets, soaps, shampoos, body shampoos, toiletries and other kiddie products.

Present at the colouring contest were the children’s parents, guardians, their friends and school teachers. Head of Primary Section Sally Twizzell was present too.

Children colouring their works