A group of Bruneian students from University Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Pusat Latihan Mekanikal (PLM) demonstrated what happiness meant to them during their participation in the SHELL ECO MARATHON ASIA 2015 (SEMA15), in Manilla, Phillipines last February. A showcase of positive team spirit, collaborations, hard work, sweat and toil for the final achievement – which was great contentment, a sense of pride for Brunei Darussalam and immense happiness.

The aim of the SEMA competition is to see who could travel the furthest on 1kWh of energy or one litre of fuel. This year, for the first time, Brunei Darussalam UBD Gennext Pejuang entered into the prototype category – Hydrogen fuel cell and they won the third place, congratulations to them.

Whilst the other three teams did not make it into the leaderboards, they still had a lot to be proud of and happy about, since collectively they’d created a buzz in the event. The other teams from around the world knew that if “you need any help, just go to the Bruneian teams”. They extended a helping hand to teams from various countries like Qatar, Egypt, Bangladesh, Phillipines, Malaysia.

Wherever you saw the teams, they were always smiling and exuded the professionalism expected by the SEMA organisers. Even though they’d been through trials and tribulations throughout this event, in the end all of their frustrations and exhaustions were washed away in an instant because they were just so grateful and proud to have represented Brunei Darussalam in such a prestigious challenge.

You could have seen the happiness glittering in their eyes – as they were certainly true “Winners” in my eyes. The students and teachers from Brunei Darussalam demonstrated excellent team spirit portraying the core values of Bruneians as they forged great relationships with other teams supporting and motivating them.

They showed everyone that happiness is not just about winning; rather it is a sense of fulfilment, contentment and achievement no matter what. Well done to you all! You’ve made us all proud. Looking forward to seeing you in next year’s event.

This article was published in the Apr-Jun 2015 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!

Hjh. Zainab Omar

Hjh Zainab is a HR Professional & Mentor. She was active in the Oil & Gas Industry for the past 30+ years. She has significant business experiences gained in a multi cultural environment in Brunei (BSP, Brunei LNG), Oman, Qatar, and Europe in the areas of HR & Learning and Development. She is passionate about people development and upholds the mantra ‘don’t let others tell you what you can’t do, and show them what you can do.