Thursday, September 9, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya!

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Eid will be celebrated tomorrow (Friday 10 Sep). Below is details of some places in Brisbane where and when Eid will be celebrated.

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha
Takbeer: 7:00 a.m.
Salaah: 7:40 a.m.

PUniversity of Queensland, William Dart Park, cnr Sir Fred Schonell Drive and Munro St, St Lucia
Takbeer: 6:30 a.m.
Salaah: 7:00 a.m.

Darra Masjids, 219 Douglas Street, Oxley
Takbeer: 6:30 a.m.
Salaah: 7:00 a.m.

Australian International Islamic College, 724 Blunder Rd, Durak
Takbeer: 6:30 a.m.
Salaah: 7:30 a.m.

•1. In case of Rain Eid Salaah will be held at local Masjids (07 31142769, Kuraby info & 07 3343 4748, Holland Park Info).
2. In case of Rain Eid Salaah will be held at Heath and Holt rooms, UQ union complex

On behalf of the Brunei Students Society, I would like to greet everyone Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir dan Batin. Best wishes from us.

BSS Student Society

Wednesday, August 18, 2010




It's that time of the year again, and BSS would like to invite you to celebrate this holy month of Ramadhan by hosting a "POTLUCK" iftar. Drinks will be provided.
It will be held at QUT Kelvin Grove campus, Block E Room 105/106
Refer to map for location --->

This is a "POTLUCK" event, therefore it would be great for everyone to bring some food in to share.


16:30 - Guest arriving

17:30 - Light iftar followed by Maghrib prayer

18:15 - Dinner followed by Isha prayer

19:00 - Tarawih prayers

**program subject to change.

Everyone is welcome, so please bring your friends & families!

See you all there!

Happy Fasting!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Assalamualaikum and hello,

First and foremost, we would like to say good luck to everyone for their exams and final assignments, and hope that your results will be a just reflection on your hard work and effort (: Brunei Yakin!

Your BSS committee has recently had our first and second meeting, on the 29th of May and the 3rd of June. To keep you, our members, thoroughly informed, and to encourage your contribution, we will be updating you regularly, following our bi-weekly meetings. In light of this, please feel free to suggest your ideas in the Shoutbox, or e-mail us at

Our Bruneian QUT students may have received word from the Student Guild that a journalist and cameraman from Brunei will be staying in Brisbane from the 15th ~ 24th of June, hosted by the Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam in conjunction with Australian Education International (AEI) and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR):

"The visit program would include the journalists meeting, interviewing, and filming students about their experience of studying in Australian universities. The media package will then be aired in Brunei as part of the High Commission's public diplomacy program for 2010 - 2011 with the key theme of Education in Australia."

We are currently acquiring more details about the visit, and BSS will assist in playing host to the journalists, and perchance give a more Bruneian insight into the Brisbane lifestyle. If you are a QUT student, and would like to be involved, please do not hesitate to contact Farah, at 0410283542, or Zul at 0406626132.

BSS has decided that the first event the 2010 Committee will be involved with will be various Market Days of the different universities:

University of Queensland (St. Lucia) - 28th July 2010 (10 AM - 3 PM)

Queensland University of Technology (Gardens Point) - 19th & 20th July 2010 (11 AM - 3 PM)
Queensland University of Technology (Kelvin Grove) - 21st July 2010 (11 AM - 3 PM)

N/B: The calendar for the second semester of Griffith University has yet to be confirmed, hence the Market Day dates for the Nathan and Mt. Gravatt campuses will be revised accordingly.

On these days, the Bruneian Students' Society will be one of the many different societies and clubs who will be recruiting new students; besides signing up or renewing your membership, you will also be able to sign up for the Outdoor Paintball Tournament BSS will be hosting in the second semester (date TBA).

As a guide to our new members, we will also be compiling a Survival Guide, entailing tips and experiences regarding accomodation, public transport, halal butchers and restaurants, as well as places of interest, which may be available during the Market Days. Our more adept, older students are more than welcome to send in their suggestions to be added to the booklet; if you have any ideas you would like to share, please e-mail us at

In lieu of His Majesty the Sultan's upcoming birthday, the Bruneian Students' Society will also be hosting an event for its members; the suggestions during our discussion has ranged from a formal dinner to a casual BBQ, and is yet to be confirmed; we will keep you posted soon after our representatives are no longer occupied with assignments and exams.

Hope everyone's looking forward to our events!

Brunei Students' Society, Brisbane.

Friday, May 21, 2010



New Committee Members 2010
Congratulations to our newly appointed committee members:

President - Farah Ibrahim

Vice President - Zul Zainal

Treasurer - Afizah Sim

Madam Secretary - Azimah Alipah

Social & Sports Officer - Jonathan Ooi

Social & Sports Officer 2 - Zul Jali

PR & Marketing Officer - Karimah Latif

PR & Marketing Officer 2 - Yusuf Sidek

Communications Officer - Chen Chiu

Sponsorship Officer - Daniel Law

Religious Officer - Izlam Ghani

Good luck in your new roles, and may the best be yet to come in the near future. Let’s hope the upcoming year will be filled with exciting events to look forward to.

If you are interested in getting involved with BSS Brisbane, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Annual General Meeting 2010

Assalamualaikum and hello (:

The long-awaited BSSBne Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Sunday, May 16th 2010 from 1 PM onwards at QUT Gardens Point. As such, we are pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the following positions:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • IT Officer
  • Sponsorship Officer
  • Public Relations/ Marketing
  • Events Officer
  • Religious Officer
  • Sports Officer
* Farah Ibrahim and Zulhilmi Zainal will remain in the Committee, but have chosen positions different to what they have held in 2009-2010.
* Azimah Alipah has chosen to retain her position as Secretary; however, if anyone is interested in becoming one, please send in your nominations.

BSSBne is seeking to carry out a somewhat complete overhaul in terms of its strategies, structure and execution; we would therefore very much like you, our members, to become as involved as possible. If you believe yourself, or anyone you know, may be interested in becoming a Committee member, please feel free to send your/their first and last names, university, phone number and email address to:


Although it may seem that the Society may have little to offer its Committee members in comparison to many other groups, it is a stellar opportunity to improve your management, organisation, communication and people skills. Additionally, BSSBne's involvement with other societies and organisations such as the Brunei-Australian Alumni Association, other Bruneian Student Societies in Australia and New Zealand, the Bruneian High Commission to Australia, East West and most recently, RBA, has proved vital in enhancing the prestige of its members' CVs and resumes, as more and more companies the world over are recognizing the value of participation in student groups. Your hard work is, and will be, recognized.

There are no real requirements for joining the Committee besides the fact that you have to be a Bruneian currently studying in Brisbane, and possess a decent sense of determination.

As we're all well aware, BSSBne has had quite a rough year, what with rumors regarding conflicts and lack of integrity and performance being swapped at a seemingly semi-regular basis. In light of that, we have included a no-holds-barred Q&A session in the rundown, where any and all issues and questions regarding BSS may be addressed, which, I imagine, many of you would like to take part in. Please just be informed that these questions should be put forth as professionally as possible, as personal attacks will not be tolerated.

On a lighter note, we are also opening suggestions for BSSBne's tag-line, which will be featured on our blog, Facebook page and documents that may call for its use. This can either be in English, Bruneian Malay or a mixture of both, so talk to your friends and send us your best suggestions to bssbne.nominees[at]gmail[dot]com (: The winner will be unveiled at the AGM, and be awarded an AUD30 Boost Juice gift card!

More details about the AGM will be posted soon, but for now, here's a sneak peek at the rundown:
  • Opening
  • Q&A / Open mic session
  • Presenting nominees and tag-line suggestions
  • Lunch
  • Performance
  • 1st half of election
  • Performance
  • 2nd half of election
  • Finalizing election, unveiling of tag-line
  • Short speech by the new president
  • End!
Questions and suggestions may be sent via e-mail to bssbne[at]gmail[dot]com, and will remain completely anonymous and confidential.

See you soon!

(Madame Secretary / Part-time ninja)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

RBA Roadshow coming soon!

RBA Roadshow
Royal Brunei Airlines will be holding a Roadshow on the 19th in Brisbane, 21st in Gold Coast, and the 22nd in Sunshine Coast. This will be attended by multiple travel agents and BSSBNE would like to request for your participation during the cultural performances that will be held during the dinner. The performances may include traditional songs or dances for a show that highlights Brunei’s assets. Furthermore, there will definitely be benefits for the participants, such as, a letter of recommendation from Brunei’s Tourism Board, transportation to all locations and of course free dinner during the occasion. If interested, please contact Farah at 0410283542 or Abang Jep at 0425444525.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Asean Uni Games

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Hey peeps:)

For those of you who are interested in participating in the Asean Uni Games 2010, here are the proposed dates for sports:
  • Netball (female) - 25th April 2010
  • Basketball (male and female) - 8th and 9th May 2010
  • Touch Rugby (male and female) - 18th and 19th September 2010
  • Futsal (male and female) - 7th and 8th August 2010
  • Football - earliest 25th-26th September 2010 and latest 2nd/3rd October 2010
  • Badminton - *to be confirmed

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Futsal Tournament


The long-awaited Annual BSSBne Futsal Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at the Hibiscus Sports Complex in Upper Mt Gravatt.

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12 teams from Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore will be competing in the event, for the chance to win AUD $200 worth of prizes! If there is a surplus of teams wanting to join, we will be operating on a First-Come-First-Serve basis, so get your teams ready now, and let us know that you're interested (:

Registration is AUD$80 per team, with a minimum of 8 players and a maximum of 10.

Supporters, get your cheerleading gear on, and root for your favourite team!

A captains' meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 7th for the briefing and registration. For your convenience, you may also fill out the registration form in advance and bring it on that day itself.

Click here to download form.

For more details, please call our Sports Officer, Jon (0431139284) or Zul (0406626132).

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Futsal postponed

Hey folks, as most of you know, BSSBne was planning to host the annual BSS Futsal Invitational Tournament on Saturday, March 27th, with contenders from Malaysia, Singapore and our own Bruneians.

Although the main elements such as the rules and location have long been confirmed, the committee has decided it would be best to postpone the Tournament to a later date, perhaps soon after the semester break, due to the somewhat rushed nature causing problems with registration and minor details.

By rescheduling, the committee hopes to give teams more time to train for the matches, increase the chances of more teams from other countries like Indonesia to also compete, give supporters a chance to perfect their cheer leading skills (ha.ha.ha.) and we ourselves will be fine-tuning the event and execution to make for a great Tournament.

Apologies for any inconveniences caused,

Monday, March 22, 2010

Proud to be Bruneian

Photographer - Fikri Osman

Nasi katok got sold out!

Photographer - Fikri Osman

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

QUT Harmony Day

Harmony Day is about celebrating Australia's multicultural heritage and the importance of mutual respect. On the 18th March 2010, from 11 to 2 pm, BSS will represent Brunei in the QUT harmony day market, held at the Kelvin Grove campus. Other participating nations include Malaysia, Norway and China.

The Bruneian stall will feature typical bruneian cuisine such as nasi katok (biasa AND pedas :p), begedil, cucur udang and pisang, etc. There will also be information on BSS memberships, BSS futsal tournament registration, as well as other upcoming events.

Be there at 11 to avoid any disappointments!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

National Day BBQ

On the 20th March 2010, we will be having a barbecue commemorating the 26th Brunei National Day at the Southbank Parklands, 2-5pm. It will cost $7/person ($10 for 2 persons, if you come together), and this will entitle you to eat-all-you-can and an automatic membership with BSS (do contact us for more information on memberships).

Anyone who attends this gathering will have the chance to organise and take part in weekly social sports such as netball, basketball and football in perparation for the annual uni games.
For those who are football mad, bring your gear along and join the Anak-Anak Brunei football team for a kick-about in Toowong (immediately after the bbq).

Any questions? contact us.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Greetings from down under..

"G'day Mates!" Have you caught the Australian fever yet? =p

A warm welcome to all of you. We hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and an exciting new year. We're sure the angpaus will come in handy here to all of us ;) We hope everyone has settled in for this semester as well.

So again, welcome! to the new site, the common place for Brunei Students in Brisbane to catch a glimpse of the most recent and upcoming happenings, events, functions, gatherings and other occasions around the wonderful city of Brisbane.

We're too cool for school alone,
so we can show that we know how to have fun too!

It has been a while since the last post so we send out our sincere apologies to frequent readers of this blog. Please feel free to contact the Administrators of this blog for any comments, suggestions, updates, events, gatherings, functions, parties, etc., that you would want to have posted here as well. Just click on the "Contact Us" Tab and we will see what we can do.

Moving on, here are a few updates for you guys. There will be three upcoming events for now..
  • Harmony Day (18/03 - Thursday)
  • National Day BBQ (20/03 - Saturday)
  • BSSBne Futsal Tournament (27/03 - Saturday)
That's it for now! More info on the events soon.. stay tuned=)