Work-Life in BSP


About Brunei Darussalam
Brunei Darussalam, renowned for its serenity, surprises visitors with its startling contrasts.

From pristine primary jungle and isolated longhouse settlements in the interior to high-rise buildings, highways and the world's largest palace; from secluded waterfalls in wooded glades and traditional fishing villages along tranquil beaches to lavish golf and country clubs and the most splendid polo complex in Southeast Asia. The United Nations Development Programme has ranked Brunei Darussalam 30th in the “High Human Development” category. 

The country offers a rich diversity - natural wonders, vintage sights and modern sophistication.  

Fast Facts

Full name :

Negara Brunei Darussalam
Capital City :

Bandar Seri Begawan
Area :

5,765sq km / 2,226sq miles
Population :

390,000
Time Zone :

GMT/UTC +8
Languages :
Malay (official)
English (other)
Chinese (other)

Religion :
67% Muslim,
15% Buddhist,
10% Christian

Weather Overview :
Rainfall occurs throughout the year, but is heaviest between September and January Temperatures are consistently between 24°C (75°F) and 31°C (88°F) Average humidity is 79%

Currency :
Brunei Dollar (B$)

Electricity :
220 - 240V 50Hz

Weight Measures System :

Metric
Country Dialling Code :
673

Visa Overview
Citizens of most countries (including Belgium, Canada, Japan and Sweden) can stay 14 days without a visa; certain nationalities, including British, Dutch, Irish, Malaysian, German, New Zealand and Singaporean citizens, can stay 30 days without a visa. US citizens can stay up to 90 days without a visa. Australian citizens can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival at BSB airport.
Population Visa
The population of Brunei Darussalam, is estimated at 390,000+ persons. Of the said total, 53.0% are males and 47.0% females.

This estimate includes all people residing in Brunei Darussalam. Malay, which also includes Brunei Indigenous communities of Malay, Kedayan, Tutong, Belait, Bisaya, Dusun and Murut, constitutes the major population group numbering at 223,500 (67.6%). Other Indigenous groups namely Iban, Dayak and Kelabit accounts for 19,600 persons (5.9%), Chinese at 49,300 persons (14.9%) and Other races not specified at 38,300 persons (11.6%) 
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Culture 
Brunei's culture mainly derives from the Old Malay World, which encompassed the Malay Archipelago and from this stemmed what is known as the Malay Civilisation. Based on historical facts, various cultural elements and foreign civilisations had a hand in influencing the culture of this country. 

Thus, the influence of culture can be traced to four dominating periods of animism, Hinduism, Islam and the West. However, it was Islam that managed to wound its roots deeply into the culture of Brunei. Hence, it became a way of life and adopted as the state's ideology and philosophy. 

Brunei Darussalam is richly endowed with cultural heritage steadfastly maintained until today. The setting up of the Arts and Handicraft Centre in 1975 is a living testimony as to the preservation and the proliferation of the arts and crafts of the bygone days which Brunei was renown for such as boat making, silver-smithing, bronze tooling, cloth weaving as well as mat and basket weaving. 

Relics and other various artistic heritage of Brunei Darussalam besides the ones mentioned above include Malay weaponry, wood carvings, traditional games, traditional musical instruments, 'silat' (the traditional art of self defence) and decorative items for women. 

Some of these are kept in the Brunei Museum and the Malay Technology Museum; not only for the world to see but most importantly for today's generation to admire and be proud of, for future generation to emulate, perhaps and something to remind us of our forefather's natural skill, creativity and innovativeness which over generations has been ingrained as one of the richest traditional culture in the Malay world. 

Working with BSP
BSP is located in the Panaga area, which is part of Seria in the Belait district. For expatriate staff coming to work for BSP and BLNG, the companies have the following facilities on offer.

Housing 
The Panaga area consists of camp housing that are located close to the Head Office. The Company provides appropriate housing for all expatriate staff and eligible BSP and BLNG staff.

Company-owned houses and flats are located around the Seria and Kuala Belait area. The houses are within 5 - 10 mins away from the school, Health Centre and Head Office. 
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Houses upgrade started in 2004 and more are planned in 2005 and 2006. Building of new houses commenced end of 2005. 

Allocation of houses/flats (including type and location) is subject to availability at the time of arrival and based on Company Housing guidelines. A standard set of basic hard furnishing (e.g. bed/mattress, dining table/chairs, lounge sets, etc) is issued to all expatriate staff on loan basis (for six months only). A set of soft furnishing (e.g. bedding, kitchen utensils, curtains, etc) is also provided on loan (for 3 months), pending arrival of personal effects.”

Schools

Panaga School
 

The Panaga School is a split site school in the residential area of Panaga set on the edge of the South China Sea. The school aims to develop an improved multi cultural and international approach to further extend the positive ethos of the school. 

There are two streams in the school, an International and Dutch stream, but the children combine for various aspects of the curriculum. Shell has developed a new International Primary Curriculum and this will be phased in over the next two years. 

Both buildings are extremely well located with very generous outside areas. Brunei is an excellent place for young families and the school provides many activities. Children can cycle to school and it is a safe and open environment for children to grow up in. 

The school has two multi purpose halls and all rooms at the school are air-conditioned. There is a networked computer lab in the main building and all classes have computers. Currently there are 21 nationalities of children attending the International Stream. 

Both sites are provisioned with generously sized classrooms and spacious outdoor areas. The number of children on roll is 280 with 21 full time teachers. In addition there are 4 assistant teachers in the lower school, plus 2 part time support teachers for the whole school. 

Children work and play hard at the school and our results, particularly at the age of twelve are high. Activities after school are a very important feature of the school. There is football, hockey, gymnastic, karate, basketball, art, French, recorders, and many more activities.

The school has a Parent Teachers' Council and each class has a class parent who helps the class with various activities, such as assembly, book week, concerts and so on. 

Whilst Bruneian children do not attend the school, the school tries to foster links within the community and other local schools are invited to participate in sports events and there is a big emphasis on developing awareness of the local environment through the curriculum.

Jerudong International School (JIS)

JIS offers UK A Levels and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education for young people aged 14 to 19, a curriculum based on the English National Curriculum for 5 to 13 years old and exceptional nursery/kindergarten provision for children from 2 to 4 years of age. 

The School is set in 64 acres of spacious grounds overlooking the South China Sea on Brunei’s north-west coastline some 10 km from the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan and about 80km from Panaga Camp. 

All students have access to the Internet and a world-leading school Intranet for learning and e-mail. Special facilities include the multimedia Information Centre and Library, fully equipped Science laboratories, Art, Music and Design & Technology suites. 

Impressive recreational and physical education facilities include a full-sized gymnasium, a uniquely designed swimming pool able to accommodate both young learners and skilled swimmers, an athletics track, a sports field and tennis court. JIS has a strong international community. Around 40% of their students are Bruneians while the rest come from over thirty different countries.

Health Care

Panaga Health Centre

Primary Care (General Practitioner) services are provided free of charge at the Company Health Centre (Panaga Health Centre), for eligible employees and their first line dependants.  A free dental service is also available at the Centre. 
Panaga Health Centre has been increasingly proactive in health education, in particular the Healthy Lifestyle Programme which provides an opportunity to educate employees about lifestyle issues in relation to health, especially diet, exercise and smoking habits. 
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Jerudong Park Medical Centre

Jerudong Park Medical Centre is a Private Specialist Hospital in Brunei Darussalam. It is situated within the famous Jerudong Park area which also boasts the Royal Polo Club and stables, a golf club and an exciting theme park and playground. The Centre is located on the shores of the South China Sea with patient rooms facing an expanse of beautiful, private beach.

Local and Regional staff of Brunei Shell Joint Venture companies and eligible dependants who receive specialist care at JPMC will be reimbursed 75% of their medical bills on presentation to the Panaga Health Centre.  This benefit does not include General Practice consultations, IVF (fertility treatment), cosmetic (including surgery) and dental treatment.  However, 100% reimbursement will apply in cases referred by the Panaga Health Cetre.

Sports and Recreation 

Brunei Shell Recreation Club (BSRC)
Brunei Shell Recreation Club is conveniently located just 5 minutes away from the BSP Head Office.

Membership is open to all via the Management Committee except for Shell staff who are automatically enrolled as full members upon application. Social and Sports activities include tennis, squash, karate, swimming, horse-backing riding to name a few.
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Panaga Club

Panaga Club is an open recreational and sports club, near the beach, in the Camp area. Social and Sports activities include tennis, squash, karate, swimming, yoga, aerobics and its very own golf course to name a few.

Kuala Belait Boat Club (KBBC) 

The Kuala Belait Boat Club is a colonial style building on the bank of the Belait river, in Kuala Belait. There is an excellent Chinese restaurant, a bar, and a children's playground, all of which Panaga members are welcome to use.

The KBBC offers a range of activities including dinghy and catamaran sailing, cruising, boardsailing, rowing, kayaking, powerboating, water-skiing and children's sailing to its members.

The KBBC has reciprocal arrangements with the Royal Brunei Yacht Club (RBYC) and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Boat Club (RBAF).