Stop, look and listen.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Last week, a viral video was spreading across social medias in Brunei concerning a schoolgirl getting knocked by car while walking across the pedestrian crossing. Fortunately there is no serious injury, but the driver was widely denounced over the web. This was because the car was speeding nearby a school, despite knowing that there is a certain speed limit near the school zone. 

It was unclear whether the driver was not paying attention, or on the phone. Regardless, going over the speed limit is also a major reason why accidents happen, especially as speeding is the factor in roughly 40% of accidents today. And drivers also should be aware that usage of cell phones while driving causes around 2,500 deaths and 35,000 injuries in the United States every year (which is about 8% of Brunei’s population) 

Brunei currently records around 7.5 road fatalities per 100,000 people, averaging out to 31 deaths per year — a starkly higher rate than countries like Singapore, Australia and the UK. Even though Brunei is clearly trying to cut down fatalities, incidents like the recent one still shows that not enough are aware of the dangers of careless driving. 

No statements from the girl’s family was released. 

 

 

Brunei’s MMA Warriors: Diamonds in the rough

The best from Brunei reigned supreme in two hard-fought wins at ONE Warrior Series 5 on Thursday, at Singapore. The event featured a diverse number of unique and talented athletes across the globe who were given the opportunity to fight under the premier banner of ONE Championship.

This isn’t the first time that Brunei has tasted victory on the growing international stage before, either. Not too long ago, Adib Sulaiman demonstrated Brunei’s technical skills to the world, and it would seem that history would repeat itself once more, this time in the forms of local strawweight Mohamad Norhidayat and lightweight Ahmed ‘Easy’ Faez who both won by submissions in the first and second rounds respectively.

Norhidayat brought the end to the first round with a smooth transition to a head and arm triangle choke, while Faez found an armbar against his heavy-hitting opponent in the second round of his bout, with both fighters displaying stunning submission skills.


Demetrious Johnson, former 11 time UFC Champion. Photo credit to:
Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

All this was possible thanks to ONE Championship, one of the largest mixed martial arts organisations based in Asia, but open to the world. Notable fighters including world’s most feared muay thai fighter test their fists in ONE, along with a pound-for-pound former UFC Champion who was considered to be the greatest of all time.

A Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class at Khalifa MMA

It’s safe to say that if one of Brunei’s own made their way onto the already stacked stable of absolute greats, the little country would forever cement itself within the minds of the world as not only being an ‘Abode of Peace’ but also an ‘Abode of Peace & Potential’.

So what’s next? Only time will tell. Small steps first. It isn’t just MMA that’s growing, but also kickboxing and boxing bouts that have provided local fighters with opportunities and experience that have proven invaluable in the development of fighters as hopeful symbols of Brunei’s progress as a budding nation.

Brunei has always been responsible for nurturing potential fighters, and the fruits of these efforts are finally beginning to command attention. Whether on the local or the world stage, the following statement should be taken note of: Brunei breeds brawlers.

PTEM’s Syair Club Brings 3rd Place Home

The PTEM Syair’s club has won third place in the Syair Competition held between secondary schools and sixth form centres in Brunei. The final competition was held on the 20th of April at Jabatan Penerangan. Zuraini, Dirah, Amal, Haliza and Anis were the five students who participated in the competiton along with their mentors Cikgu Azim and Cikgu Hajah Linda.

Syair or poetry recital is not an easy task. In the interview with the participants, they said they had been practicing for two weeks before the competition, and they had spent all their free time to practice for their performance, which shows how passionate and eager the PTEM’s Syair club is to perform well in the competition.

Our mentors always looked for us and asked us to practice well and maintain our voice and [took care of the] foods we eat,” shared one of the participants. She went on to explain that performing for Syair is much like singing. It requires a lot of vocal practice and a healthy diet.

Even though they were low on confidence, due to being in fourth place during the preliminary rounds, the girls were very happy to be in the top three. They described feeling quiet nervous on the day of the competition because they were the first team to perform, but their nervousness did not get in the way of their performance.

One of the participants, Dirah, shared her thoughts:  If you have talents that can benefit people, never be shy to show them. Never give up on something and always be positive”.

The preliminary round kicked off on 13th of March this year.

Grandpa Hasan vs Current Trends: THE WOAH (why.)

(Puts on reading glasses)

So children, it would seem as though your generation of youngins have found yet ANOTHER unusually entertaining trend that has, once again, captivated young audiences with what can only be described as ‘minimalist movement’. To the readers that don’t quite know what is being referred to (which is highly doubted), it’s reference to the ‘Whoa‘ if that’s how it’s even called, anyways. Who knows anymore? (Rubs forehead)

According to the most conveniently trusted intelligent sources by way of social media (particularly Twitter) this phenomena has erupted onto the scene, making about as little sense as the movement itself in the form of a short video that’s caused some waves around the web.

This ‘dance move‘ reminds one of the evolution of man– just backwards in terms of dance moves. There is just too little to see. At best, it could hardly be referred to as a dance move at worst, it’s a dramatic change that may foreshadow future degradation of classics such as the hokey pokey which may be lost to obscurity in the future. All it takes to participate in this cultural dance is to just move your head and do some simple fancy move with your hands. And that’s it!

Yet, to many young fellow readers out there, the simplicity of the move is what captivates the audience, what with the complications of the world always looming ahead. First reactions to the move often left one utterly speechless, but for the fact that there was just too little to see! Reactions often consisted of “Ok, so what is this?” and “Is that it?”, before attempting to try it out ourselves.

This conclusion also yields the fact that, more often than not, modern trends these days often pick up trends the same way they were created: With odd simplicity that boggles the mind.

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Kindness Day: PRR Letter Boards?

A time honored tradition of appreciation or the steps of social status? Held on the ninth to the eleventh of April, kindness day once more made it possible for students throughout PTEM to express themselves to one another in various forms, ranging from care packages, roses and… letters to the PPR?

This wonder of penmanship is sometimes argued by some that the system of letters itself is hardly useful. Opening an envelope may sometimes be nerve wracking, especially in this aspect, where the amount you receive may just define others’ opinion on you, never mind the quality of content itself. Peer pressure of such caliber may also result in the tedious construction of strained or simple missves, devoid of actual emotion. A lot can be judged based on a person’s letter to you, but whether it be good or bad, shouldn’t the freedom writing heartfelt letters be for everyone?

This question raises the fact that this practice should be not just be confined to the student body and peer counselors, but shared to all members of PTEM as well! The time for change should be now, where freedom to care should be shared. Caring is sharing! The suggestion of an old-school postal service sounds inciting, with missives being sent and received through a mailbox that could are then redirected out to the students, where thoughts and care are received without any obvious indication of who got more or less, which may feel more personal and heartfelt, leaving no one out!

Here’s a crazy idea: A permanent postal service! Or better yet, just hand the letters personally! After all, what’s Kindness Day as an event? It’s a theme that should be appreciated every day! Given Kindness Day’s recent end, this article may just be a little too late to raise questions of change, yet you could still do something out of the kindness of you own heart!

In the spirit of letters, go write a note to someone and let them know that they’re not just appreciated for one event, but for their whole existence of being a friend!

TOP 10 BRUNEIAN ROAD TRIP ESSENTIALS

It’s the holidays! So expect having butt cramps in the car as you and your family are queuing up at Sungai Tujoh. While you’re waiting, here are some things that you should and shouldn’t ever bring based on personal experiences, and experiences from people who’ve dealt with a certain type of traveler in the past. Not naming anyone. Chief. Wira.

Things you should ALWAYS bring:

  1. Your passport, and make sure you check the expiry date!
  2. Your identity card (trust me, no one believes you’re you till you whip out that IC.)
  3. Your license card (if you’re the driver. Better yet, just walk to Miri or something.)
  4. Money (Fuel isn’t free you know. Neither are souvenirs your friends keep hinting for. Not mentioning anyone, WIRA.)
  5. Water (staying hydrated is always very important while travelling. Besides, you’ll want something while your family is spilling tea in the car.)
  6. Phone (because no one’s gonna lend you their phone so you can play games.)
  7. Laptop (because you forgot to bring your phone.)
  8. Earphones or AirPods (you don’t want your parents to know your songs atu ada banyak swearing)
  9. Snacks (even though you know you’re gonna stop at a store every FIVE MINUTES)
  10. Extra clothes (someone’s gonna spill coffee on you. And even if they don’t, you know you’re staying overnight at your relatives house because your ‘catching up‘ took ‘longer than expected.’)

 

Things you should NEVER bring:

  1. An expired passport (duh)
  2. Drugs (why did you have any in the first place?)
  3. Alcohol (*read above*)
  4. Carbonated drinks that might get shook up during the drive (…actually, just bring it. Just hand it to that one sibling who won’t keep still.)
  5. Nice clothes or jewelry (you’re going to lose ’em unless they’re packed.)
  6. Scrabble (I get it, you want to show off your ‘very good speaking‘, but not on a road trip ok. Let ME show off my ‘very good speaking’. I’LL bring the Scrabble set)
  7. Kitchenware (seriously, I’ve seen Bruneians bringing kuali and a portable tambak to Miri)
  8. Your entire makeup set (I think you already look pretty without it. Besides, you’re hogging the rear view mirror. Stahp it.)
  9. High heels (go kaki ayam & impress your folks that you’re not a complete ‘City Softie’).
  10. School textbooks (You’re only bringing them to make yourself feel better that you haven’t done anything yet, and that you ‘will’ do something soon. Yeah, right.)

 

Mystic’s Heart and Resilience

Mystic represented PTEM in the IAW NETBALL CHARITY TOURNAMENT on the 17th of March, lead by their team captain Zahidah and their netball tutors, Ms Memie, Ms Sarina and Ms Zuliana.

Team Mystic scored 6-5 on their first match up against Singastar and 12-8 against the Syahadah Lions, as they then moved forward to the semi finals where the team unfortunately suffered their first loss. However, their hearts and passions burned strong as they pushed through their last match against Rimba Royals, where they won and were then crowned Third place in the whole tournament.

“Netball is part of our life, a sport where we all have, and still can gain new experiences and trust amongst players, both as rivals and friends. It’s something we’ll never give up, never let go and never stop doing. This is who we are and what we do” says team Mystic with as much pride as they had both before stepped on the court and after they stepped off the court.

Sports is one of the best ways to make PTEM known to others and showing others how PTEM is progressive AND proactive in extra curricular activities. Thus, we hope that team Mystic can represent PTEM in other tournaments as well and make PTEM shine!


Congratulations, girls!