Talks & Such: International Women’s Day 2020 with Women Techmakers Brunei, Part I

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 of me at the podium, laughing over something, during my presentation

Photo from Syuaib Rahman (GDG Brunei)

Here’s the graphics for the talk, the workshop and the event itself:

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.

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Book Journal: It’s April

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.

Picture of a table with a small number of books on it, a sign "Great books about women & feminism - free to read", some stationery, and an empty board with a sign "What does feminism mean to you?"

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

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Finding a List of Brunei Associations and Societies

Last updated Sep 2019

Some of you have asked me this question about Brunei associations and societies, and what follows is my answer:

Q: Where can I find, online, a list of registered associations in Brunei?

My answer: As far as I know, there is  no current online list  of ALL registered associations and societies in Brunei. There exists a list of  sports societies , though.

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 🙂

What brings you to this page about Brunei societies?

For the sports societies, you can find the list here:

List of Sports Organisations

Maintained by:
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…

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iPad Casual Games #hazm8playsgames – Q3 2018

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:

Pokemon Ultra Sun Box Art

Pokemon Ultra Sun (Image: Nintendo)

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.

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iPad Casual Games #hazm8playsgames – Q2 2018

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:

Genres
  • Puzzles, especially word and logic games. I don’t like physics-based puzzle games.
  • Strategy/Simulation, which is code for “I have a stupid weakness to time management games”, like Cooking Dash 2016 (here I am, playing the game for x years).
  • RPGs, though they aren’t really casual – I’d love to play more, but I only seem to manage to finish one every few years!
  • Not platformers. I’ve found, over the years, that I don’t really enjoy them. I’d play a few levels and then tend to lose interest.
Styles
  • Cute or cartoonish art or animation style, over realistic or, hmm, less cute styles. (I’ve never liked the Ren and Stimpy art style, for example)
Other
  • Casual games, because however much I want to think of myself as kind of a gamer, I never seem to spend time playing “heavier” games. Which leads me to…
  • Free / Freemium / $0.99 Games, partly because casual games tend to be cheaper and I can’t justify spending more money (straightaway) on games that I might not actually play. Yes, this means I have probably missed out on a lot of wonderful indie games!  🙁

So it’s not exactly book reviews – I’m still struggling to read, thank goodness for fembookclub! But let’s give it a go…

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