Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Looks Like We Made It!


Hey guys, looks like we made it! Four Years in the making and started off with those innocent looking people above.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!




Sunday, December 12, 2010

High Commission Canberra

Hey all you BASSians,

Sorry for the lack of updates, been a little busy with all the end of year and stuff, you know how it is. Anyways, just for a your info, Brunei High Commission Canberra has their own facebook page, please join and be a member to get updates from them.

Here's the link to their page: Brunei Darussalam High Commission Canberra


Anyways, happy holidays guys! Hopefully, since I'm stuck here, I'll post something up from time to time. heheh

Assalamualaikum

Monday, November 08, 2010

Eid ul-Adha 1431H/2010M (UPDATED)

Assalamualaikum everyone,

This is an *update* regarding the Eid Ul-Adha Prayer for UNSW area and the surrounding.

Islamic Society (ISOC) of UNSW invites you to the Eid Al-Adha prayer at UNSW. The details are as follows:

When: Tuesday, 16th November 2010

Where: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, UNSW

Programme:

7:15am - Takbir
7:45am - Solat Aidilfitri berjemaah
8:00am - Khutbah
8:15am - Social and mingling session

The prayer is open to all Brothers, Sisters, and their families and friends. So please join us. Hope to see you guys there.

Sekian.

P/S: Please ignored the previous information received from the ANCSCC.


Assalaam Alaikum,

Australian National Crescent Sighting Coordination Centre (ANCSCC) is pleased to inform you that the crescent was sighted, Alhamdulillah, tonight in Brisbane and Sydney. Therefore tomorrow, Monday 8th November will be 1st of Dhul Hijja,

‘Eid ul-Adha will fall on Wednesday 17th November, 2010‘Eid Mubarak!

Was Salaam
Afroz AliChair-Australian National Crescent Sighting Coordination Centre
alghazzali.org
Photo credit to :http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_cwTHQkEoMC4/TIkj1kRBBXI/AAAAAAAAAH8/ZPgnLdAqjM8/s1600/ramadan_moon.jpg

Monday, October 25, 2010

UPDATED: Solat Hajat Semester 2, 2010

Salam guys and girls,

as you may or may not know tomorrow we will be having a solat hajat for the upcoming exam. Insyaallah, with our prayers and with our hard work we will be able to get through the exams with flying colours. The details are as below:

When? Tuesday, 26th October 2010
Where? Village Boys' Apartment (Apartment yea not Old Tote)
Time? 4:00 pm

We will be meeting here at 4:00 pm and around 4:20+ pm we will be having solat asar berjemaah and would be followed by solat hajat. The reason for this having it at 4 rather than at night is for safety reasons.

Also, we would just be having a pot-luck hi tea. So yea, if you have any snacks or finger foods to bring, just bring em yea. We would be supplying the tea =p haha Also if can just tell us what you guys will be bringing.

Cheers.

UPDATE:
Please bring your tikar sembahyang for the prayer later, thanks =D

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

join team blenheim

Hi guys!

Dizi and i would like to invite anyone to come and join us at team Blenheim, Randwick.....!
Payment to join this club will start only in January and is 620/week for 3 people. Please do the math. Is seriously less than 5 minutes away from uni (i reach there in 3 minutes, cause ive got log legs)
The bond is 800 lump sum to Asqa, but im sure this is negotiable, including all this ... stuff...
Anyone interested?
Any enquiries please dont hesitate to ask, i might entertain your stupid questions too. :)

Nena - facebook it

Monday, October 18, 2010

What's in store for October? Part 2

Event 3: 2010 Australian International Motorshow

When:
15th October - 24th October (THIS WEEK!)

Where:
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Time:
Starts at 10.00 a.m.

Ticket Price:
AUD$20 for adult.





Event 4: Sculpture by the Sea

See the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk transformed into a giant sculpture park of over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

When: 28 October - 14 November 2010
Where: Bondi Beach to Tamarama Coastal Walk
Cost: It's FREE!!

Below are some of the pictures from the previous years' exhibitions.


Image source: Sculpture by the Sea

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anti -Poverty week @ UNSW

17,000 children die of hunger  EVERYDAY (Youtube)
1,400,000,000 (1.4 Billion) people LIVE on LESS than $1.25 a day ( about 4,600 times of  Brunei population)
More than 1 Billion people lack of safe drinking water 

Poverty is TOO big to be address alone. 
But if everyone is stand up together
We can change the lives of Millions... if not billions...
Come and support this Anti- Poverty Event as follows: 

Click for a better view.

The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:
  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia;
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
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For further info on any of the events please visit :
2. Screening of call + response(documentary)  at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138777226168595&index=1
3. Practical Solution to Poverty -Panel Discussion at  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=164536000240217

Because we moral responsibility toward  the less fortunate people

Friday, October 15, 2010

Indomie banned in Taiwan *updated*

Taiwanese authorities on Friday, October 7, 2010, reported that Indomie sold in their country contains two preservatives that are prohibited, namely methyl p-hydroxybenzoate and benzoic acid. Two elements should only be used to make cosmetics.[Click here for video]



 However,

Singapore : 
Singapore's Agri Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said tests carried out have shown that the "Indomie" instant noodles in Singapore don't contain the chemical preservative, Para-hydroxy Benzoates.

Malaysia: 
The Indomie instant noodles sold in Malaysia are safe for consumption, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Wednesday.

Hongkong: 
"The indomie noodles are safe to eat and they entered the Hongkong market via Legal import channels" . 
[ they claimed : The poisoned products found in Taiwan are suspected of being imported in illegal ways"]

Australia: 
*Status unknown* 

Updated (18th Oct 2010)
Thank you for your email dated 15/10/2010, concerning recent media reports in regards to Indomie Noodles.
The NSW Food Authority is aware of these reports & we have been working with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) in this regard. FSANZ have advised us that Indomie (Australia) have confirmed that Indomie instant noodles that are imported into Australia - donot include the preservative -218 (methyl p-hydroxybenzoate) in the soy sauce. Therefore it is unlikely that the products found in Taiwan are available for sale in Australia.

Yours sincerely
Phillip
Consumer & Industry Helpline
NSW Food Authority Helpline <Contact@foodauthority.nsw.gov.au>

:)

 Indonesia:



“Registered Indomie products have met [safety and health] criteria,I don't know what standard is used in Taiwan, but BPOM follows the international standard by the Codex Alimentarius Commission"

So is it safe to eat or no?  

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Salwamal's virtual garage sale..

Assalamualikum and Hi everyone!

Hope everyone is well and working hard now that we're in the final days of semester 2.. Especially the 3rd year PE who I believe have a lot to do still ;) Anyways since it's our final year now and soon we're going to go back home for good (wohooo!), Salwamal are currently in the process of mentally de-cluttering our house.. So there are few things that we want to give away for free and sell at a very low price listed below..

FREE STUFFS

- Clothes hangers
- Used folders
- Shoe racks (2 units)
- Cable extensions
- 3-in-1 HP Printer
- Cable Plugs
- Stools
- Stationeries
- Umbrellas
- Ironing board
- Clothes rack (like this)
- Kitchen utensils
- Etc

NOT-SO-FREE STUFFS
- 2 study tables (something like this)
- Microwave
- Sandwich maker
- TV
- 2 Ikea mattresses
- Drawers
- Small cupboard
- Kipas (3 units)
- Electric heater (2 units)
- Samsung Wireless Laser Printer (Colour)
- Electric mixer with stand

There are no pictures yet, but if you are interested you can contact us personally or via facebook or leave comments.. Some of the stuffs are available immediately but most of them can only be collected sometime in November.. First come first serve, ok! Hope to hear from you guys soon!!


The hopefuls,
Salwamal

It's Pink Scarf Day

Event 2: Pink Scarf Day



Where: Main Library Walkway, UNSW
When: 14 October 2010
Time: 09:00-16:00
Organized by: ISOC UNSW

This is a fund-raising event that aims to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

So what are you waiting for?

Let's support them and get your PINK on!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

What's in store for October?

Event 1: Crave Sydney International Food Festival 2010

When: 1st October - 31st October 2010
Where: Everywhere all over Sydney

For more info, go to http://www.cravesydneyfoodfestival.com.au/




Keep checking this space for more upcoming events in Sydney.

On a different note, all the best for the remaining weeks of Semester 2. :)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Reserve Bank of Australia leaves interest rate unchanged at 4.5%

Why we have to care about this news?

Increase in interest rate means that you have to pay more for your weekly/monthly rent . It was reported that every 0.25% increase in interest rate will add another $50 to the monthly cost of an average mortgage.


“Australian mortgage holders are already paying about $300 more per month in repayments than they were a year ago. “

The bad news is that, it is predicted that Central Bank of Australia is going to raise the rate soon.

Australia’ Inflation rate for June 2010 is at 3.1% , the highest in more than a year. In simple word, you can say that if you have $1,000 a year ago, its value has dropped to $969 by now…

So recalculate, rebudget and review your financial to ensure you are ready and prepare for it.
Photo credit : http://www.briankludt.com/user_images/large_interest_rates.jpg

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

2010 Daylight Saving

Greetings everyone,

Just a quick reminder. The Daylight Saving for NSW commences this SUNDAY, 03/10/2010 at 2:00 a.m. So don't forget to spring ahead your clock by 1 hour this Sunday.



Have a good long weekend!!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Village Boys' Open House

Assalamualaikum BASS community,

before we proceed please answer the following questions:-
  1. How is your semester going?
  2. Is it fun?
  3. Is it super fun?
  4. Or is it super super fun and you love doing the subject, coursework, assignment everyday?
If you answer yes to Q2 to Q4 then you are invited to join the Village Boys' Open House gathering. It will add spice and improvement to your coursework. Yeah Right! :p



This gathering will consist of makan2 and game competition. The theme is of course Hari Raya without AngPau given! The details are as follows:

Friday, 1st October 2010


Makan2

Time:- 7:30 pm onwards
Where:- Old Tote, UNSW Village
Activity:- We will be providing the foods and drinks, but you are more than welcome to bring your homemade delight and share it with all of us
Handled by:- Chef Chee and Syl, with the assistants

Game Competition

Time:- 8:30 pm onwards
Where:- Village boys apartment or Old Tote
Activities:- Boardgames, PS3, PS Movesv esp to those yang mau rematch ^^
:- And others
Handled by:- Hadee, Qasman, Zarif and Abu

Wassalam,
Abu Zahrin

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

END OF YEAR PAINTBALL SIGN-UP *updated*



READY FOR THE ULTIMATE STRESS RELIEF?

EVENT:    BRUNEIANS AROUND SYDNEY SOCIETY ANNUAL PAINTBALL TRIP
DATE:     23RD OCTOBER 2010
LOCATION:  BLACKTOWN (The place last year)
PRICE:    $25 PER PERSON  $6 per person  (first 20 to signup only)
ORGANISERS:  YAMIN HASHIM & HADEE YASFADILLAH

The $25  $6 sign-up includes:

  • Transport between BLACKTOWN TRAIN STATION to BLACKTOWN PAINTBALL GROUNDS (not confirmed)
  • Coverall hire, gun hire and FIRST 200 PAINTBALLS   (paintballs costs more sorry)
  • Lunch Meals to be provided on location
  • AFTER THE FIRST 20 TO CONFIRM, PRICE WILL BE $40 PER PERSON! NO QUESTIONS ASKED...maybe

To sign-up and confirm your participation, contact HADEE @ 0430079440

YOUR PLACE IS ONLY CONFIRMED ONCE WE HAVE RECEIVED THE $25 $6 PAYMENT.

For more information on the paintball site and activities, please check out the following links here and here

CONFIRMATIONS MUST BE MADE BY THE END OF THIS WEEK, SUNDAY 3RD OCTOBER 2010. This is to ease to application process, so please contact us ASAP. Full itenary for the day will be released closer to trip date so keep posted.

Thank you and hope to hear from you guys soon.... peww peww

P.S: Location changed to Blacktown for convenience~ 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Frisbee

Are you interested to play Frisbee Game but don’t know how to play it? Or are you tired and feeling demotivate with your study?

Come and join us tomorrow at 4.30 pm in the village Green.  Our professional players will teach you on how to play this game ;)

Playing frisbee for an hour can burn 270 calories in your body which is equivalent to a can of Cola.
So please do come and join us.

Alternatively you can learn from this youtube video for tomorrow game

See you

photo credit to http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/frisbee.jpg

BASSBOX New Look

Hello Hi! As you've noticed, BASSBOX has undergone a new graphic overhaul. I've configured it under bloggers new template editor as opposed to the former manual HTML codings. This is to make it easier for the new admins to take over and modify it in the future. So new admins, YOU GUYS HAVE NO MORE EXCUSES TO NOT UPDATE THIS SITE! =)

I think I've fulfilled my duties of the IT admin for the past few years, don't you think so? Heheh, may this community never die and may it continue to prosper and thrive for many years to come. Please do comment on what else you'd like to be made available on this BASSBOX page either by clicking comment below or at the shoutbox. Also, feel free to use the new BASS logo below as you please. *hint* we haven't had a new BASS community shirt in a long LOOOOONG time! *end-hint*

Love you guys and good luck all for all future...stuffs.... heheh

all the best-test
Hadee (Your humble BASS IT admin)

BASS LOGO 2010 - Click for Larger Size

Sunday, September 26, 2010

BASS berhari raya..

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Note: It might look weird on the 1st round cause it takes a while to load, so wait for the second round for proper timing of each image. Thanks!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Our Final Hari Raya Open House

Assalamualaikum everyone..

The fourth-year Petroleum Engineering students would like to invite fellow BASS members to come and join us in celebrating our final Hari Raya in Sydney. So do come by (even if it's just for a little while) to our open house tomorrow for an afternoon tea to enjoy a wide range of raya delicacies fresh from hoooooomeee :))

The details of the event are below:

What: Hari Raya Open House Gathering
When: Saturday, 18th September 2010 (TOMORROW)
Where: Hanisah, Izah, Wani 's residence (Unit 5, 62-66, Houston Rd, Kingsford)
Time: 3:30 - 6:00 pm

Berbaju kurung berbaju melayu,
Untuk menyambut raya terakhir di Sydney.
Datanglah jangan segan silu,
Kitani semua ibarat keluarga di sini.


Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Hari Raya Gathering 1431H/2010M

Assalamualaikum,

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane dan Canberra,
bandar-bandar utama di Australia,
Sebulan kita dah berpuasa,
Kini tiba hari raya Aidulfitri yang mulia. eiseh men!

We would like to invite each of the BASS members yang berada di Sydney, to celebrate the 1st day of Syawal. The following details for the gathering are as below:

Event: Hari Raya Gathering.
Date: 10th September 2010, Friday
Time: around 6.30 pm
Venue: Zalehani's place.
Activities: Makan-makan, bermaaf-maafan and have fun with remembrance to Allah swt. We may have solat jemaah Isya, so do bring tikar solat. :)

Again, this is a potluck gathering.

Happy Aidulfitri, people!

Regards,
Village boys.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Eid Ul-Fitr Prayer (Solat Aidilfitri) 1431H/2010M

Assalamualaikum everyone,

Here is a message from the Islamic Society (ISOC) of UNSW. ISOC invites you to the Eid Ul-Fitr (Solat Aidilfitri berjemaah).

When: Friday, 10th September 2010

Where: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, UNSW

Programme:

7:15am - Takbir
7:45am - Solat Aidilfitri berjemaah
8:00am - Khutbah by Sheikh Feeda' Almazjoub
8:15am - Social and mingling session

The prayer is open to all Brothers, Sisters, and their families and friends. So please join us. Hope to see you guys there.

Sekian.

Announcement: Eid Mubarak 1431H/2010M

Assalamualaikum,

Dengan ini keputusan telah di capai, bahawasanya Eid Mubarak telah jatuh pada hari Jumaat, 10th September 2010. Hence, we are going to have takbir on the eve of fitri. The details of the gathering are as follows:

Venue: Zalehani, Miza and Lyla's place. Forsyth Street, Kingsford.
Date: 9th September 2010.
Time: around 7 pm.
Activities: Solat Jemaah Isya' and Takbir Raya.

Please bring tikar sembahyang or sejadah. and Baju casual saja..tayib! (ok!)

p.s It will be potluck gathering (finger foods and snacks)

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section or the shoutbox to the right.

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir & Batin, Everyone!

Sekian. Harap maklum.

Yang Benar,
Abu Zahrin
K.K.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

BSP scholars make the news~


35 BSP scholars have jobs waiting for them


BSP scholars signing the contract while BSP Deputy Managing Director Hj Zainal Abidin Hj Mohd Ali (4th from left, sitting) looks on. Picture: BT/BT/Chua Guan Cheong
Saturday, September 4, 2010
MORE Bruneians will be joining Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd (BSP), following the signing of contracts between 35 top students and BSP yesterday, which bond them to serve the company after they complete their studies.

Another four BSP scholars were each awarded a Lenovo netbook for scoring first-class honours in their respective degree courses ranging from Chemical to Mechanical Engineering.

Hj Zainal Abidin Hj Mohd Ali, BSP deputy managing director, expressed his happiness at having more Bruneians joining the company, and said that it was in line with His Majesty's efforts to develop the Sultanate's human resource capabilities.

The BSP exec said the number of Bruneians now working for BSP accounted for about 90 per cent of its workforce.

He reminded the scholars that continuous learning is a BSP creed and also urged the students to uphold the good name of Brunei by observing good behaviour and becoming a good ambassador for the country.

The scholars were accepted into various courses, ranging from physics, geology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics and petroleum engineering.

Among the scholars who returned home with first-class honour was Lim Jin Yang in Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

Lim said he had received a scholarship from his university, and will be returning to Cambridge end of this month to pursue his PhD before returning to Brunei to work with BSP.

Asked if BSP was his first choice when it comes to scholarship, the 22-year-old answer was "Yes".

"I think there is no better company in Brunei that can let me to put my studies into practice compared to BSP," said the scholar who was a student at Chung Hwa Middle School Bandar Seri Begawan before doing his International Baccalaureate with International School Brunei (ISB). "I could have got other scholarships, and one obvious choice would be with the Ministry of Education, but I think BSP will let me excel in the field of my studies."

Besides playing the violin and joining in activities of the Buddhist Society, Lim also founded the Brunei Society at his university.

"There are very few people applying for Cambridge in Brunei, and we want to encourage more applications from our fellow countrymen," he added.

The Brunei Times

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

UPDATED: Ramadhan Ya Kareem

Salam everyone,

It has been a week or so since we started our fast in this holy month of Ramadhan here in Sydney. Hope no one had accidentally or "accidentally" drank water when fasting. Hahah. Anyhow, as always we will be having a Sungkai Gathering this Sunday, 22nd August 2010. This POTLUCK gathering will also include Maghrib prayers berjemaah and also Isyak and Terawih prayers if the majority would be willing to join. The details are as below:

  • Place? Old Tote and the Village Boys' apartment
  • When? Sunday, 22nd August 2010

The itinerary for that day would be:

  1. Guests arriving at Old Tote at around 4:45 p.m. to put the food and drinks there
  2. Those concerned will move to the apartment around 5:20 p.m. where we will break our fast with dates (kurma) and drinks then have our Maghrib prayers berjemaah
  3. After Maghrib prayers, we will move back to Old Tote for the feast
  4. Optional - Isyak prayers, 8 rakaat Terawih with witir. This part here is totally optional and depends entirely on the majority. The options are:-
    1. We move back to the apartment and have our Isyak prayers along with 8 rakaats of Terawih and 1 rakaat of Witir there.
    2. We go to the Square House and have Jemaah prayers there.
    3. Or having prayers on your own.

And please do leave your feedback with your preferred options.

Final notes

  • As usual this gathering will be POTLUCK and as usual please do leave a comment on what you will be bringing =)
  • Any questions do feel free to ask and Insya Allah it will be answered ASAP.
  • IMPORTANT: Please do bring your individual prayer mats to ensure that there will be enough for everyone
Wassalam

Friday, August 13, 2010

Test in fasting for students abroad (BRUNEI TIMES)



(Top) Bruneian students in Sydney during a recent gathering to welcome new batch of Bruneian students to Sydney. (Above) Among the things Bruneians overseas miss during Ramadhan is the special religious environment in Brunei. Yesterday, some Muslims broke fast at Sultan Omar 'Ali Saifuddien mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. Pictures: Courtesy of BASS, BT/Saifulizam
Friday, August 13, 2010
As Brunei begins its first day of fasting during the month of Ramadhan, some Bruneians abroad, mostly students, are facing extra challenges in other countries and communities.

However, Amir Razak, 30, currently residing in Perth, Australia says that it gets easier with each passing year. "After living here for a while, each year provides an experience that helps you cope the following year," he said.

Now a full-fledged architect, he says that the first year is always the hardest for Bruneians studying abroad.

"One of the reasons it is challenging is because most of the time students in universities abroad may be living with other housemates who do not practise the same religion," he said.

"If they are not understanding enough, this will definitely make it tougher," said Amir.

"I was lucky that in my first year outside Brunei I was able to settle in with other Bruneians and the Muslim community at the mosques. They definitely helped me through it, especially the hot summers," he added.

Ahmad Tarmizi, who had studied in both the United Kingdom and Australia, agrees. He feels that it's more of a privilege to be fasting in Brunei after his stints abroad. "Not only are you in a community which understands and takes into consideration your fasting, but there are other activities and different things that you can focus on," he said.

He especially feels that functions like tarawih prayers and the tadarus really add to Ramadhan. "It's not like other days in the year, at night in and around the mosques. There are more people, there is a uniqueness about it and those who have been abroad during puasa (fasting month) will testify to it," he added.

Ak Muhammad Abu Zahrin Pg Hj Damit, a student at University of New South Wales (UNSW), said that since there was an adequate Muslim population where they live and study, they could perform tarawih and Iftar functions frequently at the university.He agreed that fasting abroad has never been the same as in Brunei.

"Brunei has this special religious environment during Ramadhan and we are missing it. Nevertheless, what's important is fasting for Allah (SWT) and to have more self-control during this month, no matter where we are," he said.

When asked if he has had any problems with foreigners during the holy month, Ak Muhammad Abu Zahrin, who is the leader of Bruneians Around Sydney Society (BASS) said, he has not encountered any problems so far.

For Nur Faezah Hj Mohamad Aus, 23, who is undergoing her Masters in Diplomacy at the University of Birmingham, among the differences in fasting in the UK and in Brunei, "is the sense of community".

"In Brunei, being an Islamic country, most of the people around you are fasting, whereas here in the UK, with such a diversity of individuals of race and religion, only a handful of UK residents are fasting," she said.

Nur Faezah was also quick to point out the duration of the fast as another challenge for students abroad. "As it's summertime now in the UK with more daylight hours, our sungkai times are as late as 9pm," she added.

She said apart from missing home cooking, she missed performing the 'tarawih' prayers at Jerudong Mosque.

"However I do plan to join tarawih prayers at one of the Birmingham local mosques," said Nur Faezah.

Ak Hadee Pg Yasfadillah in his last year at UNSW as a petroleum engineering student said: "Being a student, it's quite hard to prepare food on your own for sungkai and sahur due to the time and available resources."

He added: "In Brunei, halal food is plentiful and cheaper. Also when with family, food is normally prepared and shared."

"Fasting in Sydney is more challenging which is better in some ways as you are 'not following the crowd' but you are fasting for yourself and Allah (SWT). And with the greater temptation here... You can easily skip fasting in a non-Muslim country, so it's really a test of will power."

He related that in the four years he was there, fasting had not been a problem with foreigners other than them eating in public which is tolerable.

Ak Hadee said, "The only drawback is the availability of halal food."

He said: "For sahur, I would just take a quick sip of water or small supper. During sungkai, I would either cook at home or eat out with friends."

One way to beat the feeling of homesickness, is by being part of a student society.

"It helps tremendously when you're an international student, a family away from home," she said. "Pooling our cooking skills also helps in getting rid of that homesickness and cravings for Malay food!" she exclaimed.

A third-year petroleum engineering student at UNSW, Ak Muhammad Amal Nur Qasman Pg Metussin also said that "The environment is different because you see people eating in front of you while in Brunei you won't see this. Also, in Brunei, you would be able to feel the Ramadhan suasana (environment)."

The UNSW student further said he feels good, motivated and energetic during this month and it feels livelier compared to other months.

The Brunei Times

Promosi Ramadhan (Ramadhan Promotion)

Salam everyone and a very good evening (or night? haha),

in conjunction with Ramadhan this year we are having a very special promotion for your sungkai needs this Saturday, the 14th of August. For only AUD5, you will get a container of coconut rice, BEEF RENDANG and a choice of either eggplant with sambal or beans with sambal. For an extra AUD1, you can... get some nyummy Sticky Date Pudding. WOW.

What's more interesting is that if you order latest by Friday Night (which is the closing time for orders), you can get door-to-door delivery for your food for Kingsford and Randwick Junction Area for FREE! So what are you waiting for? Contact Sylvester now at 0425875488. Yes it's 0425875488. So to summarise:

AUD5.00:
-Coconut rice
-Beef Rendang
-Eggplant / Beans with Sambal

Extra AUD1.00:
-Sticky Date Pudding

Contact:
Sylvester @ 0425875488
Latest by Friday Night

Delivery to Kingsford and Randwick Junction
Will be delivered around 4 or 5-ish on Saturday (14/8)

What are you waiting for? Pick up your phone and dial now!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ramadhan Al-Mubarak

Salam everyone,

there has been a confusion on when Ramadhan would actually start. Some has said that fasting will start tomorrow whereas some other people said that tomorrow is the crescent sighting. To resolve this confusion, our Ketua Kampong has called an official from the embassy. Therefore we can confirm, according to the embassy in Canberra, that Ramadhan will start Tomorrow, 11th August 2010. This is according to the embassy and also on the two biggest mosque in Canberra along with some other sources as well. So dengan ini, marilah kita menunaikan ibadah puasa ini dengan penuh takwa dan marilah kitani mengunakan sepenuh bulan ini untuk mengerjakan amal ibadah dan semoga amalan kitani diterima, amin.



Wassalam,
Village Boys

Ramadan and Eid Free Sms Notification

Assalamualaikum everyone,

The much awaited blessed day is fast approaching. For your kind information, we can get free sms notification when Ramadan starts by entering your mobile number at this website:
http://crescentwatch-australia.alghazzali.org/?page_id=170#

Selamat Menyambut Bulan Ramadan yang penuh berkah. Semoga segala amal ibadat tani diterima, segala doa dimakbulkan dan segala dosa diampuni.

Wassalam

Monday, August 09, 2010

What we did yesterday..

Yesterday was quite a Sunday. Some of BASS members participated in the City2Surf run and all completed the 14km run. Well done boys and girls!! To those of you who haven't participated, do join the run next year, it's an excellent way to 'explore' and sightsee part of Sydney you've never seen before and it's for a good cause too! And now I can say..

I've participated in the world's largest run, have you??

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On a totally unrelated note, many thanks  to JJ, Nadine, Adrian and Kevin for having us to their house warming gathering yesterday. I hope we weren't too loud, haha. Thank you again, you guys served the best food!

The runners with the hosts and hostesses.

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p/s: We hope the house is warm now..

Saturday, August 07, 2010

House Warming

Salam everyone,

there will be a house warming tomorrow at the juniors' house. Please do come and let us warm the house together (lameee~). Details are as below:

Where? JJ, Nadine, Kevin & Adrian's place. 10/2-4, Oswalrd Street, Randwick
When? Sunday, 8/8/2010
Time? 1:30 pm

Any questions do feel free to post them in the comments section or at the shoutbox to the right.

ZaR

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Welcoming gathering a success!

From this afternoon.

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Thanks everyone for making it happen!
All the best for the semester... :))