Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Oil and Gas Discovery Center, Brunei

If you happened to drop by Belait district and passed by Seria town, there's a place that you should never skipped visiting...

Yes, I was aware that I'd blogged about this earlier April but I assured you that this is going to be different.

What you had read are those cute little miniatures found at the park of OGDC that were built for the Road Safety Campaign, and in this entry..I'm going to show you what's "IN" the building.

Going in to the exhibition area, first of all you'll be greeted by the friendly staffs of OGDC at the ticketing counter. After paying the tickets, we're free to explore the place out ourselves.

(A huge thanks to Hanisah for "guest modelling" in this entry)

The friendly female staff asked if we would like to have some fun by picking a "candy" from the basket. We're just curious about the prize that they would be giving away if we answered all correctly.

Lucky it's MCQ

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Entering the exhibition area, we're first greeted by him.. or her... or it?

Oh well, since 'his name' is "MR. ROBO", it's clear that it's a "he" then.

What made us confused about the gender was because, there was a group of Indonesians visiting the place before us and were talking to Robo. A man asked,

Man: Kamu ni perempuan kah laki-laki?
(Are you male or female?)

Robo (in a manly voice) : Kadang-kadang ku lelaki.
(Sometimes I'm a male)

Robo (in a cute girly voice) : Tapi mahu jadi perempuan pun boleh~
(But I can be a female too~)

As you can see from the captions on the above photo, I called it "smart ass". Why? Because he's funny and good in talking back!

Example. When the Indonesians want to take picture with him, the camera man was shouting "1...2....". Just when he was about to say "3", Mr. Robo said,

"Aku punya mulut tidak dapat bergerak lah..."

Hhahahahahah!!! How true!

Just when the Indonesians left, it's our turn to 'tegur' him.

Mr. Robo said we could asked him any questions. But he wouldn't tell us the answers to our papers. Bad robot.

Of course, we're not that naive to believe that this robot has A.I. I was pretty sure that there's someone hiding somewhere while talking to us. Hah! Impostors!

I was a curious baby. I touched the robot here and there trying to find where the speaker, mic or pin-hole camera was hiding.

And just when I blocked his "eyes" to test if the cameras were hidden there, he said again...

"Miss.. can't you see that my 'eyes' are made of torch lights?"


I felt like I was the biggest fool in the whole world for that 3 seconds.

And so I 'revenged' by making fun of him in the below photo. =p

Just kidding~

Hanisah and I left the robot without saying bye. Just when we took a few steps away from it, we heard him saying,

"Eh.. jalan sudah kan du rang tu?"
(Hey, have they left the place?)

Immediately I shouted back,

"So I know now! You can't see! HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAA!!!"

Stupid robot~ But we had a great time talking nonsense with him. Hehe.

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Next you're going to see lots and lots of pictures of the orientation area and also the interactive exhibits.

I'll leave the photos to do the talking.

Spelling mistake spotted
(We did talked to the staffs about it and hope that they'll amend it. )

There are so many brain teasing games there that you can spend minutes and hours to solve them.

Well, Hanisah did try one of them but failed. Never mind, we can go there again next time =)

We couldn't lift ourselves up because we're too heavy ='(

NOT! It's the pulley problem. We changed seat and we're able to pull ourselves up!

Having fun with the periscope

Mario woman at work

I took the volleyball away from the blower and posed with the strong air. Too bad, I'm not tall and thin enough to be a model. Moreover, I prefer being a teacher.

(Modeling will be my part-time hobby for my blog. *terkarang...*)

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Seria is the heart of the oil industry in Brunei, that's why you can see exhibits regarding it in OGDC. Some more OGDC is sponsored by both BSP (Brunei Shell Petroluem) and SIEP (Shell International Exploration and Production)

The stories about life on a rig are best told by friends who worked offshore~

They get to see dolphins all the time. *jealous*

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I love this wall! So bright and colourful

As a teacher, it felt really nice to see kids running around eager to try out and experienced themselves with those exhibits.

This is really cool!

Us having fun with the giant matchsticks!

For younger children

The Puppet House

The sweet corner for parents to read stories to their children and spend some quality time with them.

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They had closed down a small section for renovation purpose. Hope that they will surprise me again on my next trip. =)

There's a nail bed there. I hope I could show you a picture of me sleeping on it as if I'm Snow White waiting for my Prince.

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If you had been to OGDC, I'm pretty sure that you'll realized that there's still one thing there that I had not mentioned...

Correct, it's the..

Yes, I still felt nauseous looking back at this video..

The photo of me upside down

That man posing looked like a circus lion tamer and me, the lion of course..

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That's almost all about my trip in OGDC....

Wait wait wait.. Don't go yet, there's more!

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Remember the question papers? Yeah, without a problem we got all our answers correct

And our prizes?

One Shell Pencil

Oh well, maybe we had no luck in getting a bigger prize that day. Or...... all the mini balls in the box were all orange colours.

(Yeah, we're asked to shake the box till a mini ball came out and we got our prize based on the colour)

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After leaving the exhibition area, Hanisah and I went to the park to check out the miniature buildings again.

In case you're wondering, her dad works there.

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Apart from having a smart brain, keeping our body body is important too.

And so we can do a lot of exercises in OGDC too.

Jogging track

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Now let me sum up the reasons why you should not miss the chance of visiting OGDC,

1. It's FUN!
It's already my fifth time visiting there and I'm still not sicked of it!

2. It's a great place to learn! Learn more about our country, learn more about Science and so on.

3. And also exercise to keep your body healthy! (Just don't go Ideal eat like no tomorrow after you worked out...)

4. It has the one and only nice little theater showing the (maybe not so) latest movie in Belait district.

5. A great place to relax and spend quality time with your family.

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Additional information:

Fish food are sold at both ticketing counter of OGDC and also Ideal fast food restaurant for B$0.50 per packet.

I think it's pretty smart of them to do so. They charged people for feeding their Kois!

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To know more about OGDC, please visit their official site here and their visiting information here.

The location of OGDC

Lastly, I hope this entry will win me an Ipod Nano!

Thank you Simpur- DST, for giving bloggers a chance to earn them something from blogging.


Iwan Sanchez said...

Yeah!! 1st one again~~
So happy Nonie is back on track!! Hope u are feeling better!!

anyway, the place looks like a singapore science centre.. Looks kinda fun...

Wah, after watching that video, i myslef felt dizzy lei... But y got background music lei? i wanna hear ur voice and screams too!!


But i can tell that it is one enjoyable outing rite?

Bobby said...

It seems like they add some stuff into it. It's better that they have renovate it because it would be very boring with nothing new. A very good tour of the place. The staff there i agree are some of the friendliest people i've met. Also the robot could provide the kids some excitement as they could use their imagination that its a real robot.

I usually won't buy food for the fish because if i do that, i won't have enough money to buy and feed you nonnie ;p hehe

Sha said...

LOL. It must be fun working as the guy who gives the robot a voice.

Merv Kwok said...

hahaha on mr robo. did you take a video of it? hehe

De Pianist said...

Geeezzz...i can't view that video again..i wanna see Nonnie spinning...=.=..'re giving me the chill with your revenge on the robot...hahaha...

that place is cool reminds me of Petronas Science centre( if not mistaken ) in KL leh..haha..

p.s : who are you spying har..yaiyai lor..=p

uglyfatchick said...

yes! kinda like Singapore Science Center! =)

Oil and Gas discovery center makes me think that it's all about oil and gas only.. didn't expect to see so many stuffs..

Nonnie King said...

Iwan : Aiyah... got background music so can hide a bit of my crazy shoutings and laughters mah.

Bobby : Ish..feed feed me again! Cannot! You're getting thinner and I'm fatter. No way!

Sha : I know! Being anonymous and can talked back freely to customers is sure fun!

Merv : I did. But no head no tail one so I rather not post it lor.

Pauline : Spying you lor. See if you got eat a lot to keep your face chubby so I can pinch pinch.

Christina : But I think Singapore Science centre will be more fun and bigger than this.

Chewing Peng said...

Whoa, OGDC changed a lot since the last time I went there! Your post definitely make me wanna go there again, but prolly during the school hols =D

Kenny Ng said...

Wah... nice visit! Why don't have in Malaysia ah? Your friend also damn funny can post so many funny posts for you to snap... LOL

忍者爸爸 said...

You should work in OGDC lah, been there sooo many times. Btw, the pretty cecilia not going this time huh? Hehehe...

Kinda envy that person imposed as robo leh, work = talk nonsense, not bad. Happy job.

Next time if I visit Brunei, can bring me OGDC ah?

Nonnie King said...

Chewing Peng : That's why it's worth it paying it a second/ third/ forth visit because they changed the stuffs in it from time to time.

Kenny : I thought Petronas Science Centre or something something like this also?

Ninja Papa : Because my kanasai friend that you talked about find it a waste of time and money to go there again. She thought it's boring...
Bah, you come to Brunei lah, I bring you kai-kai if got time.

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Hor ny Ang Moh said...

Waaahh!!So nice wan. Next time if I visit brunia I call u up then u bring me around OK.

<:)><:)>Jason<:)><:)> said...

the human gyro-thingy, seems very nice! weeee~

for ogdc, it's half boring, half interesting though. went there for my f3 class trip.

Nonnie King said...

Simpur Webmaster : Thanks!

H.A.M : Hehe. Can treat me also ah? =p

Jason : So you should pay a second visit there for the human gyroscope.

Chewing Peng said...

Petronas Science Centre is bigger but it gave me a headache looking at all those stuffs =S

teddY said...

Woah this a really long post jampacked with photos! I have a great time looking at the photos (especially those featuring you and your friend! You both look really funny! XD haha!).

This discovery center seems to be pretty family and children oriented since everything is so colourful and nice! I think the kids will havea great time exploring things! And yea every exhibit on earth is not spared from typo errors! Haha! But glad that you found one. SEDMINTARY ROCKS. LOL! That's hilarious!

Anyway I've been to Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Discovery Center too! It's quite a nice place, but I got sick after breathing in too much prehistoric air! Haha bascially there is this dinasour exhibit and there is this machine which claims to release the air of prehistoric times (different chemical compositions etc) when you press the button. And I was so overly excited I keep sniffing the air (makes me sound like some drug addict XD LOL!), and it made me so sick I nearly vomitted >.< haha! So embarrassing!

amyheidi said...

Nonnie, is the earthquake machine still there?
I enjoyed that machine the last time I went there.
Lost in all the brain teasers, hehe.

metallichick said...

Wahhhh... I'm definitely going there one of these days :)

War186 said...

My God I can't believe you went on the ride. I would never try out something like that heh. Just watching the video made me dizzy and I got headache now haha. Nice picture of you upside down btw. Nice one Nisah. Hehe.

Can play kah on the football like field? Even if there were say like 14 people on it? Free ah? Hehe. ;P

Nonnie King said...

Chewing Peng : At least you'd been there. I was too late when I last went there, tutup liao.
It looks kinda interesting inside though.

Teddy : Hahahaha! Yeah, we two love posing funny.

Hmmm... Chewing Peng said that place gave her headache too. Maybe fengshui not good :p

Weird lah you, keep sniffing air. First time I heard people got addicted to the smell of air.

Nonnie King said...

Amyheidi : Sadly it was out of order else I'll take a video of it too.. =(

Metallichick : Glad that my post made people wanna go there.

Wardah : Hahahah! I'm adventurous! If possible, I wanna try bungy jumping and sky diving!

I think can and it should be free. Just have to go there early to "take" the place.

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