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Sunday, 25-May-2008 14:21 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Motivational camp at Berakas Forest recreational park

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Saturday, 26-Apr-2008 07:42 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Khatam Al-Quran Ceremony

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Saturday, 22-Mar-2008 05:39 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Harvesting paddy at Kampung Mungkom, Tutong

Harvesting paddy at Kg Mungkom
Harvesting paddy at Kg Mungkom
Harvesting paddy at Kg Mungkom
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Thursday, 7-Feb-2008 06:02 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Visit to Ulu Temburong National Park

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Team building activities at Trandie Marina Resort

There was a sense of urgency as both teams tried to pass the hula hoop round the circle without letting go of their hands. Occasionally, someone would falter and others would burst out laughing as they saw the funny side of manoevering their bodies through the hoop. But still they persevered, encouraging each other not to slow down.

"Incredible, they have beaten their time again," Hj Hussein told me as we watched the activity.

"But who actually won?” I asked, still unsure about the outcome of the game.

"They both did”, he added with a smile, "Both teams improved on their times".

"Oh I see........"

It suddenly dawned on me that Time Tunnel was not an activity where the teams had to win by getting the fastest time. It was more about teams beating the clock. And this they did successfully, in every round, first with one hoop, then two.

As I watched the two teams from Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Arabic Religious Secondary Girls School (SUAMPRIPAD) compete in two other activities, I was reminded of my last visit to Trandie Marina Resort or Trandie in Kampung Batang Duri, Temburong some 18 months ago. I had taken part in the flying fox and abseiling. Back then I had a great fear of heights and water but these two thrilling activities partly helped me overcome some of my worst fears. In the process, I learnt about teamwork and trust.

Under a management headed by Hj Hussein Ahmad, Trandie offers a number of exciting in-house team-building activities for participants with little or no previous experience. Before any activity, participants are given a safety briefing and training session where they are taught the use of various devices as well as correct skills and techniques. Then, under the watchful eye of trained and qualified instructors, participants confidently try out activities such as flying fox, abseiling, wall climbing, swimming, body surfing and white water rafting.

Trandie also runs a number of mentally and physically challenging team-building exercises for corporate clients and groups. These exercises, disguised as tasks, promote teamwork and synergy among participating teams to produce better work, ideas and skills.

The modules of the exercises are shaped with the concept that learning is not gained solely from Trandie's instructors but from the participants own experiences, creativity and innovative ideas. These exercises include activities such as flying fox, abseiling, obstacle course, spider web, millipede walk, tower jelly, river crossing, trekking, blind men walk, canopy walk, trust fall, and Jacob's ladder.

First established 13 years ago as a lodging house, Trandie can easily accommodate up to 26 people with the construction of new facilities and upgrading work on its hostel. Some of the recent additions include two tree-houses located some 100 metres from the hostel for guests who want to experience the novelty of living in a tree-house. There is also a platform specially built behind the hostel to facilitate bird-watching activities.

Trandie also offers various packages for vistors who want to visit attractions at the Ulu Temburong National Park such as the canopy walkway and waterfalls as well as other attractions in Temburong such as the Batang Duri Park, longhouses and the Bukit Patoi Forest Recreational Park.

In order to conserve the rich bio-diversity of the rainforest, Trandie has embarked on a project to develop the place as an educational base for various plant species. Currently, it is growing more than 25 ginger species, various medicinal plants and a wide variety of orchids.

Sunday, 29-Apr-2007 06:01 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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Students from Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Damit Arabic Religious Secondary School took time off from their studies last week to embark on a "Tree Planting and Landscape Project" aimed to improve the environment and beauty of the school.

The project was initiated by the Eco Club together with the Peer Group Helpers or Pembimbing Rakan Sebaya (PRS) of the school in conjunction with the school's upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations and World Earth Day on April 22.

The school was assisted by staff from the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, MInistry of Developement who came to the school at the start of the project to offer their advice on the suitability of plants and maintenance of the landscaped areas.

The department also donated some 130 saplings and ornamental plants to the school while teachers and students brought more than 200 saplings and flowering plants for the project.

The "Tree Planting and Landscape" project is one of the many projects undertaken by the Eco Club this year. The club will participate in a Serasa Beach and Brunei River clean-up as well as a mass tree planting project in the future.

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