Showing posts from March, 2011

Racing to raise funds for Smarter (from The Brunei Times)

Participants of the Smarter Race at UBD yesterday. Picture: BT/ Koo Jin ShenKOO JIN SHEN
BRUNEI-MUARA Monday, March 28, 2011 ONE hundred runners raced for an hour to complete as many obstacles as possible for the Smarter Brunei Charity Race hosted by the Universiti Brunei Darussalam's radio club yesterday morning.

Fadhilah Hj Yahya, one of the organisers for the "Smarter Race" said there were 25 teams of four people each.

The "Smarter Race", was aimed to raise funds for the group specialising in aiding autistic individuals. "Basically, this is something like an 'Amazing Race', around the university campus," she told The Brunei Times.

She noted the aspects of the race taken from the popular reality television programme, highlighting various obstacles set up throughout the campus.

However, there was no set course, and participants from each team were free to choose from the eight various checkpoints scattered throughout the university. Each team had to…

Brunei Hotel clocks Earth Hour & beyond (from Borneo Bulletin)

The Brunei Hotel shines with minimal lighting during the Earth Hour.
Chef serving one of the hotel diners under low lighting.
Families enjoying their candle-light dinner at The Brunei Hotel.
Local band "5:10am" performs an acoustic Rokiah Mahmud

Last night at exactly 8.30pm, The Brunei Hotel joined the nation in celebrating Earth Hour by turning off some non-essential lights. But in following this year's theme, "Beyond the Hour", the lights were switched off for a total duration of not one, but two hours, right up till 10.30pm.

Some students from the university-based radio station UBD FM were also invited to join the Earth Hour celebration at The Brunei Hotel.

According to MD Kamarredzawan (DJ Ridd) from the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies, UBD, the students were delighted to receive the invitation. For the Earth Hour event, they provided an "Earth Hour Pledge Tree" on which hotel guests could sign and write some motivating words to mark the oc…

Earth Hour Global Campaign AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE!

More than 4,000 cities in 131 countries will turn off their lights for 1 hour Saturday to mark a global Earth Hour event, a conservation group says.

Lights at about 750 major landmarks also will be switched off.

The World Wide Fund for Nature said the initiative traces its origin back to Australia in 2007 when businesses and residents in Sydney turned off their lights for 1 hour to make a statement about energy use and global warming, RIA Novosti reported Friday.

Organized annually by the WWF for the last Saturday in March, "Earth Hour is your chance to vote for Earth by shutting down your lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. your local time," the WWF said on its Web site.

"This year, Earth Hour asks people to commit to the event, big or small, for the coming year, taking Earth Hour beyond the hour," said Andy Ridley, co-founder and executive director of Earth Hour.

-Earth Hour 2011 is Saturday, March 26th , by David Hope

From 8.30pm - 9.30pm tonight, UBDFM radio strea…

Twestival Brunei for CDC

Twestival Brunei will be officially launching its event tomorrow at Swensen's, Mall, Gadong. Join the fun by bringing along your friends and family.
And if you're a Twitter user here's your chance to meet other local 'Tweeps' and join them for a good cause.
We all do! All the proceeds of Swensen's ice cream and kids meal will go to the Children Development Center. Your humble charity will purchase development toys, teaching aids and equipments for the children who undertake therapy at the CDC. A portion will also be used for the CDC's World Down Syndrome Day in April 2011.
This is also a good exposure to young children who can help other children of their age to participate in this charitable event. So bring your kids, siblings, 'baby fruits', grand kids to Swensen's and indulge their ice cream and kids meal.

Don't forget it's tomorrow night, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm at Swensen's. 24th March, Thursday, 2011.
Eat ice cr…

An Evening with Dayat

Catch him this Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 - 7pm till 11pm on Local Band/Local Artist segment with Dj Angel.

Twestival Brunei

If you can all remember, UBDfm had been featured in the January Issue of - a local blog featured on CNN's iReport Blog.

Recently, Delwin Keasberry, the man behind had come back to the kingdom of unexpected treasures. Delwin, more popularly known in the twitter world as @BruneiTweet, has a keen interest in rediscovering Brunei through the life stories via the tweets of the country's People.

BruneiTweet has been of great help in retweeting relevant topics from the twitterers of Brunei, and that includes some of our radio station's tweets from It is amazing how a man who was posted at Adelaide, Australia all this while, can be the sole element connecting the live twitter fabric of Brunei.

So, now that he's back, he got all of us a little something ;)

Together with twitter figures @emmagoodegg and @zulfadly, Delwin brings to you


Wrapping-up the Week

So, as many of you may have known, UBD FM is organising a charity event for SMARTER Brunei. The UBDfm SMARTER Race and Bazaar will be a fun-filled three day happening from the 25th to the 27th of March 2011. Through out the event will be bazaars and a myriad of entertaining activities you can enjoy. The peak of the event will definitely be the SMARTER Race, which will be held on the 27th March 2011. Teams of four members will each brace their ways through the challenging obstacles diligently prepared by the student clubs of UBD along with the support of other organizations such as Brunei Darussalam AIDs Council, Katak Hijau and more. There are of course lots of fantastic prizes to be won, sponsored by various major establishments in Brunei Darussalam.So, mark your calendars and don't miss out on this merriment for a good cause!

But hey! Let's not stop there. There's a lot more happening over the weekend!

On Thursday, 24th of March 2011, the Twestival Brunei 2011 wil…

SMARTER Race Registration is now open!

Do you have what it takes to win the SMARTER Race? Get a team of four members and sign up now!
Great prizes to be won!
Date: 27th March 2011 Venue: Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Registration deadline: 20th March 2011
Fees: $40 per team
Registration form can be downloaded here.

An Evening with Aziz Harun


An Evening with Bottlesmoker!

Bottlesmoker Interview by Atul On Wednesday, 2nd March 2011, UBDFM hosted a warm welcome to one of the famous Indonesian electro pop duo, ‘Bottlesmoker’ who is currently on their Asian tour. An interview session by our news crew was held with the group prior to a live radio talk on their music career and experiences with two of our DJs, Sylvan and Angel. The interview session was accompanied with a question and answer session. Some of the questions posed were: Q: Can you share more about your band? A: Previously, we were doing electro low tempo but now free tempo is acceptable and in Melaka for music without vocal is easier to sing along to the beats. The Japan electronic ‘I’m Robot and Proud’ has been an inspiration in our music career and encourages us to explore music freely in our own ways. Before we met , we were doing different music genre but when we were together as a group we were instructed to do Indie pop. However, the application was in instrumental. Q: Can you…