Five years ago, I was part of a local women’s tech seminar and, on stage, had a cringey experience (read: I embarrassed myself). There is a blog post for this that I’ve never managed to finished, haha.
When I signed up for another women’s tech event this year, I wasn’t really thinking of that previous incident. Because I’m optimistic sometimes.
In February this year, I signed up to present a talk, and to conduct a workshop, at an International Women’s Day 2020 (IWD2020) event, organised by Women Techmakers Brunei (WTM Brunei) and GDG Brunei.
Quick Info: International Women's Day 2020 (IWD2020) with WTM Brunei
- Link to event website
- One-day event of talks and workshops, open to all genders and all skill levels
- 8 March 2020 at Royal Brunei Campus, Jalan Kustin
- Organised by Women Techmakers Brunei and GDG Brunei
Photo from Syuaib Rahman (GDG Brunei)
Here’s the graphics for the talk, the workshop and the event itself:
Talk: Self-Taught Programmer: An Experience
Group Activity: Networking For People Who Don’t Like Networking
So how did my activities go? Spoiler alert: The cringe was back.
In reflection, and after talking to others, ‘cringe’ is inevitable for some of us when we recall our past work. And I cringe when I remember my talk. But I’m glad to say that it was offset by a pretty great experience with the networking activity. *
This is part one! This post will cover my decision (or lack of) on the topics, and some thoughts on my talk “Self-Taught Programmer: An Experience”.
* My networking activity will be covered in a separate post, part two.
I sit here – like many others I’m sure – within “stay at home” measures, as we have been officially encouraged (no lockdown in Brunei), privileged to do so while having to adjust to the changes, amidst all the ways in which the COVID-19 has affected our lives. And I remember that I have a blog.
So, books. I had an interesting 2019 when it came to books. My reading record was still awful (I finished 6!). I was pleased to represent our Feminist Book Club, first booth-repping (that ol’ booth life) at YEP’s Thought Festival in September. Then two months later, I was invited by our book club founder Kat (Kathrina) to be a panel moderator (!!) during Heartwrite’s Tiny Lit Fest.
Our booth at the beginning of the day at Thought Festival. The books were later moved to a charming book trolley (from Kat!) and our “Feminism is…” board filled up with answers
Some of you have asked me this question about Brunei associations and societies, and what follows is my answer:
Here’s a poll (optional, of course!) for me to better see how I can make this page more useful, especially for those of you doing research 🙂
For the sports societies, you can find the list here:
List of Sports Organisations
Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC)
Click above to open link
How about all societies? There used to be an official list, as I wrote in my old project update in 2011, but that website went down a few years ago. (We even had a draft application for B:Read, intended for association registration, but that draft went down with the website :/ )
Screenshot of the ROS website from 2010-2011
In recent years, due to the aforementioned project update post, I’ve gotten a few enquiries from people looking for such a list. Read more…
Sooo this quarter turned out a lot less active for me, as I got pretty busy with work, but also, I started playing this non-iPad and arguably non-casual game:
Look, sometimes you gotta spend money on a good game that lets you walk through every metre of tall grass as you wish, or chase dozens of side story arcs and mini-games and feel rewarded by connecting these pieces of a virtual world.
The S.O. says I play “a lot” of iPad games – not sure if it’s something to be proud of – and suggested I could do recommendations for casual players.
My short-lived Instagram hashtag #hazm8playsgames was actually similar in intention. It was meant to be a compilation of games that I felt were less mainstream for the casual player, one who might not really browse the App Store regularly or install new apps, etc.
I don’t like putting star-ratings on games, as I think it depends a lot on what kind of games each person likes. These are my preferences:
So it’s not exactly book reviews – I’m still struggling to read, thank goodness for fembookclub! But let’s give it a go…