Fifth Day of Fifth Month Festival

My secretary came in and said that anakbrunei was outside. She could not or did not know Reeda's name but anakbunei she remembered. So anakbrunei trademark is well and truly established. Anyway anakbrunei's Reeda dropped in my office the other day with a nice surprise - homemade Bakchang. My better half and I tried it for our dinner on the same day. I took a few photos of the bakchang with my phone but I can't find the cabling at the moment to upload the photos here. So I borrowed the photo from Reed's blogsite.

This Chinese origin meat dumpling is prepared around this time of the year which is the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar if I am not mistaken for what Reeda called the Ko Chung festival. I read on the internet it is for the Duan Wu festival which is to honour a wiseman in China. The people in China like him so much that when he drowned in a river, the people threw dumplings into the river so that the fish would not his body. The festival nowadays are in the form of dragon boat races and these dumplings are eaten while watching the race.

Anyway, Reeda's mum is making the dumplings with different fillings such as Chicken, chinese mushroom, water chestnut and dried prawn sold at $1 each, Beef and bamboo shoot at $1 each and with 5 types of nuts at $0.50 each. Please text 8779930 to place an order.


HELP WANTED. I also received an email from Adam Haji Jait, a Brunei PhD student at Loughborough University. He is currently undertaking a research study on “E-Government Initiatives in Brunei Darussalam: Enhancing Citizen Participation for the use of Online Government Information and Services Delivery”. The purpose of this study is to enhance citizens’ participation by providing better online government information and service characteristics.

The study also aims to evaluate which is the most frequently used online government information and services in government agencies’ websites. It is intended that this study will contribute to the creation of guidelines and recommended improvements that will apply broadly to citizen participation towards the efficiency of public services in implementation of Brunei Darussalam e-Government initiatives.

He would be grateful if you can assist him with this study by responding to this questionnaire. It is divided into 6 parts (Part A, B, C, D, E and F). Please answer all parts. The questionnaire is not intended to take more than 30 minutes of your valuable time. The confidentiality of information and your anonymity will be maintained. Your responses will be used only for the purpose of this study and will not be used for any other purpose. If you need further information regarding this questionnaire, please contact him at or or tel. No. 8636946 (sms to Brunei mobile) / 0044-7596447759 (sms to UK mobile)

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