THANKS to the Brunei-Singapore Adventure Camp 2008, a friendship blossomed among the participants despite differences in religion and race even as the adventure ended yesterday.
The ceremony began with the recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and the Doa Selamat. This was followed by two representatives' speeches from both countries, where they shared their experiences.
Madleyn Ling Mohd Tony Ling, a representative from Brunei, said that the camp helped them forge friendship with other participants with different religion and racial background. But at the end of the camp, she said, they are just like one big family.
A representative from Singapore, Pang Cai Feng, expressed her appreciation to the courtesy provided by the locals. She said that the unique experiences in culture, as well as in exploring nature, will forever be etched in their hearts.
Present at the ceremony was Hjh Aishah Hj Muhd Husain, Director of Schools, Ministry of Education. The Brunei-Singapore Adventure Camp 2008, which brings the theme "This is Where the Friendship Blooms", gathered 20 youths and five teachers from Singapore and 20 local students from schools throughout the country.
Among the activities held include a trip to the Wasan Paddy Fields, Tasek Merimbun Recreational Park, an Ambulong Factory and a trip to Temburong.
The closing ceremony also included four performances by Brunei and Singapore participants, namely, Sang Nila Utama, Jong Batu, Singapore di langgar Todak di Bukit Merah and Sultan Bolkiah, a slide show presentation of the camp's activities and the presentation of certificates to the participants. The event concluded with a closing song entitled "Together (Till We Meet Again)" performed by all the participants.
The camp was hosted by the Brunei Ministry of Education at the Wasan Vocational School.