Lest We Forget


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Famous photographer tickled by Brunei’s ‘friendly’ undersea life

James Kon

June 11, 2011 – The Sultanate’s untouched coral reefs and diverse marine life can rival those of other famed diving hotspots in the region like Malaysia and around Indonesia, according to William Tan, a famous Singaporean under water photographer who recently went on a four-day diving expedition in the waters of Brunei Darussalam.

On his impressions of his first-time diving in Brunei waters, William told the Weekend Bulletin, “The fishes and creatures in the waters here are not afraid of people and it provided (great) opportunities to take pictures.

“In other famous diving sites (in other regions), the fishes would quickly swim away if they saw humans.

“Some of the marine life found in the waters of Brunei are rare.”

The 47-year-old, who is also a professional violinist, has travelled around the world in his quest to photograph and document unique marine life. Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan and Solomon Island are just some of his previous diving destinations.

William Tan holds up one of his photos that was published in Scuba Divers AustralAsia. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Photo taken by William Tan show a ‘Shrimp Goby’

William has been taking underwater photos since 1995, and his masterworks have been featured in popular magazines such as Scuba Diver AustralAsia, Asia Divers, Easy Dive and Sport Diving.

“I never would have imagined to find so many different diving sites here in Brunei,” he said, adding that he had come across an old oilrig, shipwrecks, coral reefs and sandy corals during his diving expedition.

With the assistance of Oceanic Quest, William and his friends were able to dive three times a day for the past four days. He was pleased to have captured stunning photos of the rare marine life in the Sultanate.

Ikebana workshop

Laila Rahman

June 10, 2001 – A donation in aid of special education in the country was presented during an Ikebana workshop organised by Japanese Ambassador at his residence in Kota Batu, yesterday.

Takiyo Tsujimoto, the wife of the Japanese Ambassador presented the donation to Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hajah Azizah binti Panglima Asgar Dato Paduka Haji Abdullah. Tsujimoto explained that the money had been collected by selling sushi at the IWC bazaar.

The ambassador’s chef had prepared the sushi. Tsujimoto had also made a personal contribution to the donation.

Tsujimoto would like to promote Ikebana in the Sultanate. She set up the Ikebana workshop more than a year ago as to sow a seed of Japanese traditions in the hearts of residents in the country.

The objective of the workshop is to foster friendship and mutual understanding among people. The workshop is coordinated by Tsujimoto and is held once a month.

Takiyo Tusjimoto conducting an Ikebana demonstration