Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hari Gawai 2013 by Borneoguide

Chargers B$150.00 per pax 
Limited to maximum 60 pax only, 1st Come 1st serve.
To confirm reservation, please come to our office at 204, 1st Floor, Kiaw Lian Building,Jalan Permancha, Bandar Seri Begawan to make payment or bank in deposit B$50.00( securing a space) to Hasa Incentives Sdn Bhd .BIBD bank AC00001010044822

The Charges includes:
Authentic Gawai celebration at Iban Longhouse

Accommodation in tent ( twin share)at Sumbiling Eco Village

Meals x 3 ( Include BBQ dinner on 1st night & Bamboo chicken 2nd days and local breakfast)
Enjoy Sumbiling Eco Village facilities
All Transportation from BSB Jetty
Return Boat fare from BSB jetty
Rain forest Discovery trek to Motong River on days 2, learn about how local Iban community use the rainforest in a sustainable way for hundred of year
Bamboo Chicken & Veg meals ( Chicken & Vege cook inside Fresh Bamboo)
Learn to Cook your own Jungle meals
River tubing ( subject to River condition permit)
Night Walk
Traditional Dance & music
* Please bring sleeping bag and torch light.

Destination : Sumbiling Eco Village(, Temburong, Brunei Darussalam
Estimated KM per way : 16KM along Jalan Batang Duri from Bangar Town
Meet Up Point: Kianggeh jetty, 2 pm on 31st May 2013 or meet up at Bangar Jetty terminal at 3 pm( if you drive your own car to Temburung)

Suggested Itinerary

31st May 2013
14:00 hr Meet at Kianggeh Jetty, Bandar Seri Begawan
14:30 hr Depart to Bangar by boat and overland to SEV
15:30 hr Arrive at SEV , relax and follow Iban activities
18:30 hr BBQ dinner
19:30 hr Optional complimentary Night walk
21:30 hr Proceed to Longhouse to celebrate “ Hari Gawai festival with local Iban community
12:00 hr back to SEV for overnight stay

1st June 2013
Late wake up
09:00 hr breakfast
10:00 hr proceed to complimentary rainforest Discovery trek
13:30 hr Back to SEV, optional River tubing
14:30 hr Depart SEV to Bangar and onward to back to BSB by boat
1630 hr Estimated time arrival back to BSB Kianggeh jetty. End

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Green School

Green Brunei Youth Environmental Leadership (YEL) Program

Would you like to be a youth environment leader? Have a meaningful and fulfilling green job in the future? Lead an impactful and nation wide green campaign? Or learn more about the environment?
The 3 Days 2 Nights YEL program aims to educate and build a network of youth who will become leaders and positive changemakers towards environment ownership and sustainability. A structured and formal environment leadership program taught by experienced international award-winning environmental lecturers, environmentalists and experienced local Ibans. Graduates from the program are challenged to initiate and implement meaningful projects that will contribute towards Brunei’s environmental sustainability.
The YEL program is a highly selective environment leadership program with a limited class size of 50 students per intake.
18th to 20th March 2013 (Intake 1)
21st to 23rd March 2013 (Intake 2)
Venue:The Rainforest School @ Sumbiling Eco-village, Temburong.
This trip will take place at Sumbiling Eco-Village, an eco-resort right at the edge of the Temburong rainforest.
Who Is Right for the Program:
We are highly selective in our participants for this program due to exclusivity and an equal mix.
Typically, we look for youth applicants:
- Between 16-25 years old
- Studying or living in Borneo
- Strong involvement in schools co-curricular activities
- Committed, motivated and passionate about nature or the environment
- Strong leadership potential
- Possess good written & oral English skills
Program participants will pick up the following:
- Community Leadership skills
- Acquire a strong grasp of environmental knowledge & the sustainable development process
- Gain greater understanding on approaches towards integrating diverse multi-stakeholders into a cohesive plan for sustainable development;
- Gaining skill sets on starting & running impactful environment campaigns
- Fostering cooperation among different youths
- Resource & Waste management
- Identifying local & native plants
- Energy & Water Conservation
- Composting
- Sustainable development latest innovations & trends
Program participants will benefit from the following:
- Receive fun and engaging lessons on environmental education from experienced international award-winning environmental lecturers, environmentalists and experienced local Ibans.
- Program graduates have the opportunity to attend workshops with leading experts in the field of sustainability
- Platform to coordinate environmental efforts and projects
- Go on environmental learning field trips in Temburong led by local experts
- Network with other environmental leaders who can work together with you to make the environment better and more sustainable
- Develop relevant skills in project management, networking, public speaking and event management
- Program graduates take up  leadership opportunities to contribute towards the betterment of the environment and benefit to the community
- Program graduates have the opportunities to work with Green Brunei on environment national campaigns, events or projects
- Program graduates have the opportunities to represent Brunei in international environment-related forums / conferences through Green Brunei
- Share ideas and environmental practices with your peers out in the open classroom – you can’t be any closer to nature
- Skills learnt in the camp will be relevant and applicable to in the urban context.
- Be inspired and learn to understand and appreciate nature
- Learn about the Bruneian historical villages and visit the famous longhouses
- Perfect opportunity to develop existing leadership skills in every participant through meaningful team bonding activities.
- Suitable to fulfill criteria for Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award on Residential Project or Adventurous Journey section
B$300/ student
Fees includes 3D2N accommodation; activities cost, lesson materials, all meals, and 2-way transport and ferry service from Kianggeh Jetty to SEV and Temburong.
How to join the program:
Application deadline: 7th March 2013
Fill up the attached the application form below and emailed it to
(i) Application form for individual applicants: click here.
(ii) Application form for multiple applicants (For teachers/schools): click here.
Successful applicants will be notified via email within 2-3 working days.
More information:
Do check out our FAQ.
Do not hesitate to approach us with your questions and enquiries.
For any enquiries contact with your questions!
1. About the Rainforest School
Located at the pristine Sumbling Eco-village in Temburong, which is 20 minutes drive from Temburong’s ferry terminal, the Rainforest School is jointly managed by Green Brunei & Borneo Guide. The Rainforest School hopes to educate and groom young environmental leaders through hands-on quality environment education, while studying in one of Southeast-Asia’s last primary rainforest. The school is managed together by environmentalist and local Ibans.
2. About BorneoGuide
BorneoGuide is an accredited travel agency in Brunei that has had years of experience providing the safest and most enjoyable experiences for youth development programs, international school camps, exchange student groups from the region, and team building groups from various corporates and Bruneian students.
BorneoGuide also has rave reviews from visiting eco-tourists from popular travel websites such as Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor.
You are assured to have 24 hours security rotation by staff, both trained male and female qualified first aid staff during the entire course of the event as well as ratio of one staff to five participants at all times.
3. About Green Brunei
Green Brunei is Brunei’s largest green non-profit organisation that promotes environmental education and creates awareness on environmental conservation and clean technology through media, activities and projects. Green Brunei hopes to be a platform for free green educational, green resources and an enabler of youth-initiated environment projects. We work closely within a 3P partnership (People, Public, and Private) sectors to promote and inculcate environmental conservation in Brunei. Green Brunei is supported by the Ministry of Industries & Primary Resources, Heart of Borneo and the Tourism Department
4. What are the highlights of the camp?
You can expect both educational indoor and outdoor classes and activities. Education at its finest – GB YEL is expected to be an experiential leadership course suitable for everyone interested in environmental conservation. Learn about the different aspects of environmental conservation – how to practise composting, how rich exactly is the biodiversity of the area, 3R concepts, nature conservation practices, as well as hands-on activities such as cooking your own bamboo chicken in the heart of the forest!
5. How long is the camp?
3 Days and 2 Nights
6. Where would I be staying?
Accommodation: the explorer style. Participants will be staying in the below tents with ready access to lavatories and bathing facilities. This compound is a minute’s walk away from the rainforest, yet safe within Sumbiling Eco Village Compounds. Almost every morning, you are promised to wake up to the calls of hornbills – a luxury for many urban dwellers today.
7. Will meals be provided? How many meals, if so?All 3 meals will be provided, breakfast, lunch & dinner
8. What will I get from the course?
You will receive…
i. GB YEL alumni membership, which will give you the latest updates and international youth conferences opportunities, both locally and internationally!
ii. A graduating certificate recognizing your green efforts
iii. A limited edition of the GB YEL badge
9. Who are the course faculties?
The Rainforest School is run by a highly-experienced team with strong expertise from various sectors of the environment industry, driven with a single goal to improve the quality of environment education.

Leslie smiling heartily, on the left.
Leslie Chiang, The Principal of Rainforest School 
Expertise: Green campaigner, eco-tourism guide, social entrepreneurship
Leslie is a firm believer of edu-tourism, and perhaps this can be said to be the cornerstone of his work and businesses. He makes it a conscious effort to employ locals in his businesses to help further the social cause he believes in. The sweet perk from this would be the familiarity and personal experiences these locals are armed with; it is what that is set to make the guest’s escapade into the primary forests of Temburong with them, complete.
Armed with the love for the environment, Leslie welcomes people from all over the world yearly, with these people usually being the ones who already have an intrinsic appreciation for nature and are simply looking out for a unique experience like no other. His tours are customizable with team building activities and private tours, all tailored to meet the needs of schools, working professionals, families and individuals.
Mark Cheng
Expertise: Waste management, REDD+ & Forestry,  green buildings, green innovation, bio-mimicry
An environmentalist and a social entrepreneur, Mark is currently CEO of Green Prints, an award-winning environment social enterprise. He also co-manages a green investment fund for environment innovation and bio-mimicry projects in Asia. Previously, he was the co-founder of Avelife, one of the largest social-environment movements in Asia. He has helped raise more than USD$100 million for various social causes, consulted for the governments, non-profits and companies in France, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Mexico, UK & Singapore. He regularly speaks and researches on starting impactful green social enterprises, environmental education, green innovation. He is also a best-selling author on youth community leadership and has several publications on environment education.
Named by ABC Carbon magazine as Top 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders in 2012 and he was awarded the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, Eco-friend Award 2011, Bayer Young Environmental Envoy 2012. Mark read non-profit leadership under a Harvard Fellowship in Harvard Kennedy School and is currently completing his executive business studies at Harvard Business School.
Amanda Tew
Expertise: Water treatment, environmental conservation, biodiversity, renewable energy, project management
Amanda is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Green Brunei. Amanda completing her studies at National University of Singapore and has been selected as the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) Campus Sustainability Fellow in the year 2011. She was sent to University of Copenhagen (KU) to embark on campus sustainability projects, playing an instrumental role in the exchange of sustainable practices between her home university and KU. In her free time, she spearheads many projects with large social impacts, such as Green Exchanges that have proven to be popular with and helpful to the underprivileged people with Avelife, one of Asia’s largest social-environment charity based in Singapore as Projects Head. She also actively represents the Singapore youth delegation to high-profile international conferences such as UN Climate Change Conferences (Conference of Parties). Amanda is also a Youth Environment Envoy (YEE) of National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore and a NEA Corporate Environment Champion.
Jasmine Soo
Expertise: Green Campaigns, sustainable development latest innovations & trends, impactful green events, international green summits
Jasmine is currently the Deputy Editor of Green Brunei. She perceives sustainability as a human right, harmonious coexistence with the environment as our responsibility, and the climate and environmental crisis as an opportunity. Apart from being actively involved in local environmental initiatives, she also follows international climate negotiations, particularly the UNFCCC process. She hopes to sharpen her analytical acumen through gaining knowledge and skills in engineering, and is eager to learn about how advancement in engineering drives green tech and low-carbon energy options. She possesses enthusiasm in entrepreneurship, music, literature, culture, and economics. She continues to live life, love life, and explore life.
Jody Liu
Expertise: Composting, Water conservation, Green Marketing
A firm campaigner of various environmental causes, she was one of the key member of Avelife, one of the largest social-environment movements in Asia. A beauty queen with a green heart,  she was Miss Earth Air 2010,  and has been inspiring youths to do their part for the environment and have conducted talks and workshops for schools, government agencies and non-profits. Jody has also represented Singapore in the East Asian Seas Congress Youth Forum in Republic of Korea that seeks to address Oceanic and Coastal Environmental Issues. Jody read management and marketing at Curtin University. Jody hopes to inspire and guide all to do their part for the environment and believes that “even baby steps take us somewhere”.
*Disclaimer: GB reserves the rights to postpone/cancel the program unforeseen circumstances. A full refund will be made.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Giant Fresh water prawn-Udang Galah

Macrobrachium rosenbergii

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Macrobrachium rosenbergii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Caridea
Family: Palaemonidae
Genus: Macrobrachium
Species: M. rosenbergii
Binomial name
Macrobrachium rosenbergii
De Man, 1879

Macrobrachium rosenbergii, also known as the giant river prawn, the giant freshwater prawn, the Malaysian prawn, freshwater scampi (especially in India), or the cherabin, is a species of freshwater shrimp (not a prawn or scampo in terms of phylogeny, although colloquially "prawn" can refer to freshwater shrimp or true prawns) native to the Indo-Pacific and northern Australia. This species (as well as other Macrobrachium) is commercially important for its value as a food source.

While this species is considered a freshwater one, the larval stage of the animal depends on brackish water. Once the individual shrimp has grown beyond the planktonic stage and become a juvenile, it will live entirely in freshwater.

This species of shrimp can get quite large, attaining a length of over 30 cm (12 inches) [1].

Males can reach a body size of 32 cm;females grow to 25 cm. In mating, the male deposits spermatophores on the underside of the female's thorax, between the walking legs. The female then extrudes eggs, which pass through the spermatophores. The female carries the fertilized eggs with her until they hatch; the time may vary, but is generally less than three weeks. A large female may lay up to 100,000 eggs.

From these eggs hatch zoeae, the first larval stage of crustaceans. They go through several larval stages before metamorphosing into postlarvae, at which stage they are about 8 mm long and have all the characteristics of adults. This metamorphosis usually takes place about 32 to 35 days after hatching. These postlarvae then migrate back into freshwater.

There are three different morphotypes of males. The first stage is called "small male" (SM); this smallest stage has short, nearly translucent claws. If conditions allow, small males grow and metamorphose into "orange claws" (OC), which have large orange claws on their second chelipeds, which may have a length of 0.8 to 1.4 their body size. OC males later may transform into the third and final stage, the "blue claw" (BC) males. These have blue claws, and their second chelipeds may become twice as long as their body.[2]

Male M. rosenbergii have a strict hierarchy: the territorial BC males dominate the OCs, which in turn dominate the SMs. The presence of BC males inhibts the growth of SMs and delays the metamorphosis of OCs into BCs; an OC will keep growing until it is larger than the largest BC male in its neighbourhood before transforming. All three male stages are sexually active though, and females who have undergone their pre-mating molt will cooperate with any male to reproduce. BC males protect the female until their shell has hardened, OCs and SMs show no such behavior.

The shrimp can be successfully raised in outdoor ponds and is readily available for sale on the Internet. Amateur cultivation of this species is particularly popular in the Midwestern region of the United States.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Etlingera elatior or Bunga Kantan in Malay

Etlingera elatior (also known as Torch Ginger, Ginger Flower, Red Ginger Lily, Torch Lily, Wild Ginger, Combrang, Bunga Siantan, Philippine Wax Flower, Xiang Bao Jiaing, Indonesian Tall Ginger, Boca de Dragón, Rose de Porcelaine, Porcelain Rose) is a species of herbaceous perennial plant[citation needed]. Botanical synonyms include Nicolaia elatior,[1] Phaeomeria magnifica,[1] Nicolaia speciosa, Phaeomeria speciosa, Alpinia elatior, Alpinia magnifica.

The showy pink flowers are used in decorative arrangements while the flower buds are an important ingredient in the Nonya dish laksa. In North Sumatra, the flower buds are used for a dish called arsik ikan mas (Andaliman/Szechuan pepper Spiced Carp). It is high in antioxidant, very good for our health.

It is known in Indonesian as bunga kecombrang or honje, Malay as bunga kantan and Thai as kaalaa.

This a ginger plant found during our rainforest discovery trip SEV 01.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

ISB School Trip

Check into tented Camp
Journal time
Team Building
Look! what I got?
Traditional fishing time
Lucky one

Let the game begin!
Get to know the village
Sugar Cane Redisovered!

Learn a local Iban dance, NGAJAT!
The real Ngajat dancer
Team leader show the way

Happy to visit the longhouse

Snack time!

Happy camper
New friends
Ready for River activities
Group River floating
Team leader show a trap
Stream crossing
Padi field ( Rice harvesting
jungle trekking
River trekking
Take 5 minutes
More trek
Yea another group floating day 2
Traditional Rafting
A journal record before leaving SEV
Group photo next to Temburong River at SEV
Planted a mango tree to be remember
Leaving ecovillage
what a trip, at last aircond again, hehhe!
Bye Temburong, next time bring your family and friend. bye

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