Attending courses, karate, departmental visits, roadshows, swimming, cooking, baking… One word to describe what week seventh is all about-- productivity!
This week was all about familiarization; both on MinDef as an organization and ourselves as an individual and potential leader in the future. The days were filled with departmental visits, attending personal discovery and leadership courses, and the usual fitness training session every evening.
Roadshow! A week that was filled with trips around the high schools in Brunei, while promoting the scholarships to students...
After a week spent at Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD) in Temburong, where I am more bound to living in the jungle and surrounded by nature, I've returned to Brunei-Muara. In other terms, I am back to civilization.
Chai Tze (Joyce), Zi Ling, myself and 5 new MinDef officers; Ahmad, Arif, Onn, Azeim and Chee reached Outward Bound Brunei Darussalam (OBBD) at around 10AM after a thirty-minute boat ride from the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) jetty in Muara with Ms. Susie, Ka Hajah Nurmah and Pengiran Mahari. When we reached OBBD, we were welcomed by the officers and coaches! Coach Sam was our mentor for the whole week and he started the programme with several ice-breaking games to get us to know each other since we will be in the same team for the next 7 days.
It still feels surreal when I recall the time Miss Susie texted us on 6th May 2016, Friday 4.30pm to 'report' to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (SHHBIDSS) by 8am the following Monday. My heart raced as I read that text over and over again. Could it be? Will I finally obtain an answer? But, little did I know that it was already the start of our life changing journey. Yeap, we were to start the first day of our Freshmen Induction Programme! Upon arrival, Zi Ling and I were welcomed by Miss Susie, the Head of Scholarship and Training Division at SHHBIDSS where she ran through all the exciting activities that we would be doing for the whole 8 weeks of the programme.
As part of the Graduate's development programme, 14 MinDef scholars that are currently in their summer break attended a project management course held by K-MAS Management Sdn. Bhd. K-MAS Management Sdn Bhd is a management consultation firm that specializes in providing practical and sustainable business solutions and management service found in 2004. The course was from 29 June to 1 July 2015 at the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies. The 3-day course was conveyed by Mr. Chih Siong Lim, the Chief Operating Officer of K-MAS Xpedia.
GADONG, Friday 10 July 2015 – The recipients of the 2015 MinDef Scholarship hosted the closing ceremony for the conclusion of the 2015 Freshman Induction Programme at the Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong.