Last month, it was announced that there would an overhaul to the current bus system in Brunei. With the topic of public transport on our minds, we decided to revisit our earlier post from December, where we created a map for an imaginary Brunei-Muara Metro Service. In this post, we share the responses we received and collected across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and of course comments right here on Open Brunei.
“The Story of Mimit” was part of the “Spectacle: Art and Design Graduation Show 2013″ 10-27 April 2013 at the Chancellor Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Awang Mohamad Azmi’s art installation utilises photo manipulation to transport himself into various pictures from his childhood.
He trawled through photographs decades old, scanning them, selecting clothing to match, interacting with them through poses, and then adding himself on Adobe Photoshop.
Azmi’s work touches on the integral role photography plays in capturing events in our everyday life. He mentions how photographs can be used to recall past events completely forgotten. Looking at old photographs are another way of understanding identity but can also create a sense of loss.
In the interview Azmi explained how his attachment working in a school lead him to the idea for, “The Story of Mimit”. He also mentions his childhood and the attempt at reconstructing that feeling of innocence in his art installation.
I’m currently working for Cosmopolitan Indonesia as a reporter and it is my first job. For two years I have been working as a lifestyle journalist. One day, I read a post by Faiq on Facebook. It talked about skin colour, and how people see white skin as beautiful and how advertisements brainwash people to have such skin colour.
At that time, I was shocked and finally realised it is a reality people are not aware of. In Indonesia we are used to seeing people use whitening body lotion and we perceive it as proper. Being in the lifestyle area for Cosmopolitan Indonesia has made me more aware that some people worship this kind of beauty in their life. They will do anything for the sake of beauty.
Perspectives brings together different voices on a topic. In this post we look at attitudes towards skin colour in Brunei, from Tasya’s reflections on skin whitening, to Santika’s burgeoning interest on perceptions of skin colour, finally Hazwan in his essay on binary oppositions and ideals.
We at Open Brunei reflected on our experiences of the Singapore MRT and the London Underground, and wondered what a metro service (or MRT/LRT) system would look like for Brunei. Where would the stations be? How many lines would there be? And how would it all fit together?
And so, using the data available to us, we propose to you – drumroll, please – a metro service for the Brunei-Muara district.