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Letter of the year

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hi peeps, it has been a long time that 'kind of stop' posting an article here. Just to post it here as I find it was hilarious. Hopefully I would updated this blog wisely starting early 2011. May Allah bless me and my family as well as the country for the year to come. Stay tune to our blog and please do leave comments so that we can improve. :)

Why men love football

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Football league or 'soccer' in the far west, has hits the world football fan within their regions. But some nations haven't started their league due to time adjustments - may be :)

Talking about football, just out of the blue, some thoughts come up - why on earth football match was played by 11 player for each team? And the game runs for 45 minutes in the first-half and another 45 minutes after break?

Asking the old folks and even some senior football gigs around my environment, none of them came up with very good excuses :)

After few days may be weeks, I found out that there is a logical answer to this, given by yet to be known a genius mate. "this is why football matches played for 45 minutes each game and only by 11 player per team at a time...

Each team of 11 players will by nature had "two balls" and for sure all times have it throughout the games. This makes the totals "balls" from each team to 44 "balls". Each game will played with one soccer ball.

Out of this, in total makes 45 minutes for the match.

Problem solves!!!. But, in some cases, there will be an added times for 2 minutes....that "balls" belong to the game referee!!

Can't get it, post your comments below.....Im sure there is someone out there able to explain much better than I did..

Wake-up after what should I called as a disorganized sleep, it was one of a few stress relieve for some individual when the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ended earlier this morning. Yes, its about World Cup and it will be one of its kind written in this blog as this sporting events is held at the other side of Brunei :).

Showcasing a
final match between these edition favourites, Spain against Netherland. The game had to be carried forward to extra time after both teams failed to score a goal. But it was Andres Iniesta who breaks goal draught in the last four minutes of the extra time. The only goal also put his team, Spain as the new world cup champion as well as the first title to Spain in their FIFA history. The final game is not the best but still worth watching. From the 64 matches, Uruguay striker, Diego Forlan awarded a Golden Ball as tournament’s best player. As for the Golden Boot, belongs to the German’s, Thomas Mueller after he was selectred as he put his name to the top goalscorer of the tournaments and also selected as the top young player.

Ok back to our state sporting events. Looking at the Brunei Darussalam participations in football, it was too far to be listed in the 32 final football teams for the world cup. But what most football enthusiasts like to hear is our football association situations right now, are they already in great steps for its registrations to reinstate with FIFA?.

By the way, Brunei will resumes its football league as per last seasoned. It was heard from football fans rumors that DPMM FC will join the local league. What most interesting here will be their performances measurements alongside with the other local clubs. Why I’m talking about football here is because me, myself also getting ready for my first pitch game after almost five month football draught. Last week was my pre-pitch game with futsal fun games, and it was great fun.

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THE Brunei Darussalam sports enthusiasts once again will be entertained by the 9th National Sports Festival or "pesta sukan kebangsaan / psk" which will officially commenced on Saturday afternoon, 26th June 2010. An official opening ceremony will be held at the Indoor Stadium, Berakas. Throughtout the 9 days sports festival will entertained some 3,696 athletes (updated 21/6/2010 - 5.45pm). This festival editions also offering 28 events in total: Badminton, netball, basketball, football, softball, volleyball, chess, cue sport, futsal, golf, hockey, karate-do, cycling, lawn bowling, fencing, athletics, pencak silat, table tennis, rugby, sepak takraw, tennis, gasing, taekwando, boat racing, aquatics, tenpin bowling, squash and tug-of-war.

The sports festival will put in 214 gold medals, 214 silver medals and 278 bronze medals for grabs. There will be 654 gold medals, 654 silver medal and 763 bronze medals in total for grabs, which makes 2071 medals altogether.

There were 11 contingents to competes namely, Daerah Brunei & Muara, Daerah Belait, Daerah Tutong, Daerah Temburong, Majlis Sukan Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei, Majlis Sukan Polis Diraja Brunei, Majlis Sukan Sekolah-Sekolah, Institute Pengajian Tinggi (UBD, UNISSA & ITB), Syarikat Brunei Minyak Shell Sdn.Bhd, Syarikat Penerbangan Diraja Brunei, and Persatuan Bank-bank Brunei. This games editions also participated by two other neighborhoods, Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan and Limbang.

6 graded to senior black belt

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bandar Seri Begawan - Six karate exponents graduated with 2nd dan, 3rd dan and 4th dan senior black belt grading at the Shitoryu Karate Association Brunei Darussalam (Shitokai) last Sunday.

The senior black belt grading was conducted by the president of Shitokai Black Belt Council, Sihan Pg Yura Kesteria, and Shitokai chief instructor Sihan Alwie See Seng Kiat at the Busiido Dojo, Berakas,

New training grounds or 'dojo' and Shitokai school clubs will be opened to promote a strong spirit of sportsmanship in the country and to select potential athletes who may represent the nation at international sports meets, the association said.

The training grounds will train everyone for physical fitness, to learn the art of self-defence, to control the mind and spirit towards character development and to serve as a platform to train for combat.

Shitoryu style of karate is distinctive through its art of blocking to destroy the opponent's attacking motion and also stances.

Every participant must exercise self-discipline and be determined as the Shitoryu style has many kata or formations, and places strong emphasis on sparring.

The training assists to select potential athletes to represent the nation in regional or international karate competitions and to assign members for seminars or conferences to further upgrade their knowledge and quality of sportsmanship in Brunei.

Formed more than 20 years ago, the association has 210 active Shitokai members. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

Brunei Darussalam has just completed its most popular and major sports tounaments, football - the DST Group Brunei Premier League, and recently the DST Group Brunei Football League Cup.

To maintain the football spirits amongst the footies enthusiast, WUFC - a freshly formed football club, will be holding a Futsal tournament. The game is schedule to be held from the 12th April and continues to the 13th, 19th and 20th April 2010. The top three winners will be offered a handsome cash prizes with trophies.

But the tournament is only limited to 40 teams as for the start. Registration forms can be obtained from Gillsport (Kiulap & Batu Satu), Asmin Enterprise (Delima Satu) as well as from Ridah (Kiulap).

All tournaments will be held at The Public Works Department Hangar Hall (JKR), Old Airport, Berakas.

For more details, individual may contact Mago (8986595), Kaz (8663002) or Aboh (8888858).

Brunei With FIFA In 2013???

Saturday, February 6, 2010

How true is that Brunei Darussalam has been said suspended by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) from international competitions until June 2013. This topic was raised by one of the local newspaper yesterday dated 5th February 2010.

They also refer this matter from the Brunei DPMM FC official website. But it was said that when the team manager of DPMM FC Pg Hj Muhd Waslimin bin PSJ Pg Hj Abd Momin was contacted, they have no rigid answer and comments to the said matter yet.

This is one of the written conversations, “there is no black and white from the world governing body saying that Brunei Darussalam or DPMM FC is suspended from any international competitions until the said date,” Pengiran Haji Muhd Waslimin said. He said the team management is still awaiting verdict on until when the country or club is stopped from joining internationals. We hope that this matter will be solved very soon,” Pg Muhd Waslimin added.

The sultanate football was in shocked late last year after FIFA announced the suspension of The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) due to the government interference in its affairs.

It was started from a decision by the Brunei authorities to put down BAFA and replaced by FFBD since December two years ago.

The suspension put Brunei and its domestic football clubs to cancel any participation in international competitions, to include DPMM FC challanges in the S-League. The hope for the Brunei football to shine is only when BAFA is lifted and reinstated by the state government, otherwise domestic level is the only Brunei footballer showcase.

Shot in the arm for sports medicine

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

SPORTS medicine in the country is set to get a shot in the arm with the 2nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Medicine Course.

The four-day event at a hotel in the capital kicked off yesterday with the aim of providing participants the opportunity to better understand the basic principles and concepts underlying sports medicine and sports science.

Organised by the Department of Youth and Sports and the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BNOC), the course’s objectives are to raise the awareness of local sports personnel and athletes in the fields of athletic training, doping control, exercise, physical therapy and sports trauma.

The President of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BNOC) His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah officially declared the course open.

Twenty papers will be delivered by seven authorities from Asia over the duration of the course, with a workshop on first aid and resuscitation on Thursday afternoon marking the event’s climax.

This year marks the second time that Brunei has been given the privilege to host the event, the first being in 1998.

Conducted under the auspices of the IOC Medical Commission and funded by the Olympic Solidarity, 300 participants comprising members of the local and foreign medical profession and sporting fraternity are attending the course.

In his speech, the Chairman of the Medical Commission of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said that the response for the course was better than expected.

“I am thoroughly impressed with the turnout,” said Datuk Dr M Jegathesan, who is on the panel of speakers.

“One of the key elements in deciding which country should host the course was a previous track record, and we were happy with Brunei’s efforts during the first course.

“The purpose of this course is to impart knowledge in sports science to all here, and we hope to extend its critical mass (of knowledge),” added the Deputy President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

Other speakers include Maj Gen Dr C Thurairaja, Datuk Dr Ramlan Abd Aziz, Professor Sukadiyanto and Dr Nazar Luqman Bilgrami.

Dr Hj Danish Zaheer, Head of Sports Medicine and Research Centre under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be delivering three papers and Brunei’s Ilham Hj Mohd Ali will deliver a paper on “Nutrition for Elite Athletes” tomorrow.

Adviser to the Medical Committee of the SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) and Honorary Medical Adviser of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Datuk Dr M Jegathesan presented papers on the Olympic Movement Medical Code, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Standards and WADA Anti-Doping Code 2009 yesterday.

Maj Gen Dr C Thurairaja talked about “Pre-Sports Participation Examination” while Professor Sukadiyanto gave an overview of Sports Psychology.

It will be a busy day for participants today with seven papers set to be delivered; “Adolescent and Children in Sports”, “Elite Athlete Training Principles”, “Pre-Competition Routines in Sports”, “Principles of Sports Injury Rehabilitation”, “Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sports”, “Sports Biomechanics and Performance”, and lastly, “Sudden Cardiovascular Death in Sports”.

Tomorrow’s focus will be on “Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Knee Deficit in Women”, “Goal-Setting Techniques in Sports”, “Health Consequence of Doping and Nutrition for Elite Athletes”.

A workshop on taping is also in the programme.

Talks on “Fieldside Assessment of Injuries”, “International Development in Sports Science and Physical Education”, “Stress Management in Sports and Women in Sports” will be delivered on Thursday. Courtesy of BruneiTimes

Asia beat Europe in 9-Ball tournament

Monday, January 18, 2010

Asia vs Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge 2010 came to an end last night after the three days events held at the Rizqun International Hotel.

Captained by Ralf Souquet, nicknamed ‘The Kaiser’ and ‘The Surgeon’, European team turned down by Asia Team 9-ball team in the final match by five frame to two.

The last match saw Django Bustamante of the Philippines securing the 9-ball title to beat Nick Van Den Berg of Holland.

The Team Champion received US$27,000, whilist the Team Runner Up bagged US$13,000. The Single Match Winner will bring home US$ 5,000.

For an amount of $5 annually and $80 per season, Bruneian Manchester United Supporters can now merged in one roof...The Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei (MUSCB).

MUSC is currently on a membership registration drive where members entitled to purchase the official member club wear at a discounted price.

Registration forms can be obtained from Safari Bistro restaurant in Kiulap or downloaded from their Facebook fanpage ‘Manchester United Supporters Club (Brunei) – Facebook Group’.

Submit completed forms to Muhammad Syazni (8168450) for those residing in the Belait district or Siti Rahmadiatul (8632492) for those in Tutong.

Interested members in the Brunei Muara district can contact Sarimah (8142779), Farryzul (8819600) or Rabbani (8135556).

Supporters can view its official website at or send an e-mail to

HIS Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik yesterday (15 January 2009) officiated the first ever Asia Vs Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge 2010 that is currently being held at the Rizqun International Hotel.

Organised by the Brunei Cue Sports Association with the support of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports through the Department of Youth and Sports and sponsored by GHK Motors Sdn Bhd, the event is sanctioned by the Asian Pocket Billiard Union and the European Pocket Billiard Federation. The championship has attracted top professional 9-ball players from Europe and Asia who will be battling to prove which team is the best.

Ralf Souquet, ranked world Not is leading a contingent of four European members – Darren Appleton and Imran Majid from Great Britain, Ruslan Chinahov from Russia, Nick Van Den Berg from Holand against the likes of Efren “Bata” Reyes the magician, Francisco Bustamante, Ko Pin-Yi and Lu Hui Chan both from Chinese Taipei and Brunei own Teo Chee Soon of Team Asia.

Dato Paduka Haji Jemat bin Hj Ampal, the co-chairman of the organising committee and President of Brunei Cue Sports Association (BCSA) in his welcoming remark said, “We are honoured and very proud to organise the first ever world class 9-ball continental team event where five world top ranking professional players from Europe and five top ranking players have been invited to represent each region in the Asia VS Europe 9-ball team challenge 2010.”

He expressed, “It is hoped that the tournament will give the opportunity for the people of Brunei Darussalam especially young pool players and enthusiasts to see the great players in action and be inspired by them.
“Besides fostering closer friendship, the tournament between Asian and European players is also aimed at upgrading the level of professionalism in Cue Sports in the country. The involvement of our local referees, technical staff and volunteers in the tournament will certainly be of great benefit and a valuable experience,” he added.

Dato Paduka Haji Jemat also highlighted “It is hoped that Brunei’s only player in the prestigious tournament will gain some game experience from other professional players. It is also hoped that tournament such as this would further attract more of our youths to participate in Cue Sports, not only for recreational purposes but also to be competitive.”

After the speech, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik officiated the championship with a break shot, followed by the introduction to the participating players and receiving a pesambah from Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Goh King Chin.

Following a short break, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik also witnessed the first match up of the championship between Team Asia represented by Ko Pin-Yi and Lu Hui Chan who faced Ruslan Chinahov and Nick Van Den Berg of Team Europe. Team Asia won easily with a score line of 5-1. Photo courtesy of infofoto

Asia vs Europe 9-Ball Team Challange

Thursday, January 14, 2010

THE Asia versus Europe Men’s 9-Ball Team Challenge will be held at Sutra Hall, Rizqun International Hotel from Jan 15-17.

This event is co-organised by the Brunei Darussalam Cue Sports Association supported by the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports and sponsored by GHK Motors Sdn Bhd.

The event is sanctioned by Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) and European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF)

A total of US$45,000 prize money will be up for grabs with the team champion getting US$27,000, team runner-up (US$13,000), single match winner US$5,000 and US$500 per match. There will be 10 matches throughout the 3 days event.

The Asian team players will comprise of Teo Chee Soon (Brunei Darussalam), Ko Pin Yi (Taiwan), Lu Hui Chan (Taiwan), Efren Reyes (Philippines) and Francisco Bustamante (Philippines).

The European team players are Ko Ralf Souquet (Germany), Niels Feijen (Holland), Imran Majid (Great Britain), Darren Appleton (Great Britain) and Ruslan Chinahov (Russia).

Teo Chee Soon of Brunei Darussalam is currently ranked No 50 in APBU ranking (Nov 2009) and ranked No 2 in Brunei National Pool Ranking.

Ko Pin Yi from Taipei City whose nickname is Prince of Pool is currently ranked No 1 in APBU ranking (Nov 2009) and No 11 in world ranking (Oct 2009) while compatriot Lu Hui Chan nicknamed Whirlwind Kid is currently ranked No 10 in APBU (Nov 2009) and No 15 in the world (Oct 2009).

`The Magician’ Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes from the Philippines is currently ranked No 15 in APBU (March 2009) and No 122 in the world (May 2009) while Francisco Bustamante nicknamed Django is currently ranked No 32 in APBU (March 2009) and also No 32 in the world ranking (May 2009).

Ko Ralf Souguet of Germany nicknamed The Kaiser and The Surgeon is currently ranked No 1 in Europe (Oct 2009) and also No 1 in world ranking (Oct 2009) while Niels Feijen of Holland nicknamed The Terminator is currently ranked No 2 in Europe (Oct 2009) and No 3 in world ranking (Oct 2009).

Ruslan Chinahov of Russia is currently ranked No 19 in Europe (Oct 2009) and No 31 in the world ranking (Oct 2009).

In conjunction to this events, public is more welcome to see the competitions for free.

FIFA eye on FFBD or BAFA

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Brunei Darussalam football enthusiasts is expected to roar again locally and abroad, when DPMM FC have offered an opportunity to compete in the upcoming season of the Singapore League (S-League) by Football Association of Singapore (FAS).

DPMM FC participation for the S-League new season which was schedule to start next month is yet to be confirmed by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) authoriasations.

DPMM FC were dropped from the tournament after FIFA banned Brunei football clubs to play international football after Brunei Registrar of Societies deregistered BAFA on 15 November 2008 and failed to appeal after one month notice.

Since then, Football Federation of Brunei Darussalam (FFBD) was born on 26 November 2008 and being the new national football body, but was then not recognised by FIFA.

According to FIFA, BAFA was suspended due to government interference in its affairs before FFBD took place.

Should the authorities reinstate BAFA by 7 January, DPMM FC will be back on track for the title run as per deadline given by FAS before DPMM FC can participate.

Becoming one of the top three club in the S-League tables throughout their tournament periods, DPMM FC won Brunei football fans hearts when they won the Singapore League Cup in June last year, putting down SAF FC in the final. DPMM FC also remarked a clean record playing at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.

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