Ask a Filipino-run beauty salon in Bandar for an appointment on a Sunday! Most likely you will be asked to come down some other day unless you are working. On Sundays, the beauty salons open at 7 am to cater to Filipinos ammas (house helps). Since the beautician was leaving for a holiday, she granted me … Continue reading Sundays: A Happiness galore of Ammas at a Beauty Salon
People are curious and curious people ask questions, no matter what situation is. Situations could be anything: a party, proposing a toast, an interview, a wake, or just a small talk. Some questions are comfortable whereas some are not to answer truthfully or you just do not have any clue what to answer. However, the … Continue reading Impromptu speaking
The restaurant near Utama Bowling with an impressive black and white logo had been on my list for a long time. On a recent Saturday, we chose a table on the veranda to enjoy the cool breeze. A couple of waiters moved in and out of the veranda but they did not notice us. So … Continue reading Cashless and hungry in Brunei
Brunei’s His Majesty completes fifty years of his succession to the throne today. Thousands of people, from all walks of life, lined the road where the procession of this celebration took place. Citizens, residents, as well tourists lined up in the streets of Bandar as early as 8 am although the procession was to begin … Continue reading Emotions run high as Brunei HM’s Golden Jubilee procession begins!
Go For: Quieting your mind while serving others Although I live outside India, a long time ago I had decided that whenever I will give a Dhamma service, I will give it at Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, India. There were two reasons behind this. I had done all my 5 meditation courses at Dhammagiri. Dhammagiri in Igatpuri … Continue reading Serving at Vipassana meditation
If you are a Bruneian travelling to Bali, add two days to your itinerary. Don’t get me wrong: Bali is worth two months, not just two days. But there’s another reason: The only flight available from Brunei flies you into Bali at about 10 pm and flies you out of Bali at 7 am. Pretty … Continue reading More than Eat, Pray and Love in Bali
I was curiously surprised when my friends from the Toastmasters club asked me if I would like a conduct a workshop for kids in “Syria.” What a profound initiative and a human endeavor to go out and help kids in the war-stricken country, and I was going to be a part of it! My thoughts were … Continue reading A workshop in Seria