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07
Jul

Never trust a skinny cook

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Pondok Sari Wangi
 

 

This is so far the best Indonesian cuisine in Brunei. I’ve seen many around in Brunei but Pondok Sari Wangi, hands down is the best. Maybe I’m biased because I love their beef rendang and telur beladur. Of course, their signature dish is the ayam penyet.

For the month of Ramadhan, Pondok Sari Wangi is offering Sungkai buffet and it has been an overwhelming response from the beginning. So my suggestion is to do advance booking to avoid disappointment. Their best dish is definitely the crab (different flavours) but only served on alternate days. So if you are craving for crabs, make sure that you call them for information.

The buffet line is served at all three outlets of Pondok Sari Wangi (Gadong, Sengkurong and Citis Square). If you prefer to order ala carte or set menu, it’s only available after 7:30pm.

 

Ramadhan Sungkai Buffet
 

$15 Adult | $8 Child
 

234 0608 Citis Sq | 244 5043 Gdg | 266 1893 Sengkurong 

 


Garlic Crab
 


Lemon Fish
 


Mapo Taufu with mince chicken
 


Sotong sambal
 


Chicken Touco
 


Great crowd that night
 


I suggest you book two days in advance to avoid disappointment
 


Sayur Lodeh
 


Empal Serunding
 


Kueh
 


I like the bingka susu
 


Fish ball soup
 


Refreshment
 


Hello Fina and Tisya
 


We had tons of the garlic grab
 


My sidekick photographer :p
 

 

Awesome grill stuff 
 

 

Have you tried dining at Kimchi Restaurant? If you taste bud feels for Korean food, check out Kimchi Restaurant. I am a big fan of their BBQ stuff. On my last visit a few nights ago, it was totally packed. To be honest, it has been fully booked for the past few nights. I had to do advance booking to ensure my slot. So you know what it means when it’s advance booking time. It means the restaurant is really good value for money and also delicious.

I brought Coey as my Sungkai guest and it was her first Sungkai outing too. What is her rating? She was impressed with the marinated meats for the BBQ grill which is part of the All-You-Can-Eat from the Kimchi menu. They also served the usual small appetizers for those choosing the all-you-can-eat menu.

They also offer Ramadhan vouchers. For take-away customers, there will be a 15% discount from 2pm to 5pm daily during Ramadhan.

Follow their IG on @kimchibrunei for updates or their Facebook Page. Hurry since there’s only less than two weeks left before the end of Ramadhan 😀

 

 

Ramadhan Sungkai Buffet  
$28.90 Adult | $14.90 Child
 

Call 222 2233 or 712 2283 
 


The appetizers as part of the all-you-can menu
 


My guest for the night – Coey
 


Meat, meat, meat… I love the marination on the meat.. Thumbs up!!!
 


Using the hot plate grill
 


Grilling the meat
 


Grilled to perfection
 


Seafood pancake
 


Kimchi fried rice
 

 


Patbingsu Orea and Banana… What a nice way to end the meals!!!
 

  
Shabuliciuos 
 

 

A fan of shabu-shabu and you know there have been many restaurants that offer hot pot stuff. Now they have two branches – one at Batu Bersurat and the other at Delima. I sungkai-ed this time at the Batu Bersurat branch.

They provide different kinds of Set Meals to your liking during the month of Ramadhan. I opted for the ala carte since I don’t really eat that much. But for those who choose to have ala carte, Shabulicious offer 15% discount only during Ramadhan. And guess what? The 15% discount deal ends until 2am. So which means you can also enjoy sahur at their establishment. The last order will be at 1am. Tomorrow (Tuesday, 8th July) they will be having a 30% discount for all BIBD Credit Card holders. So swipe away and enjoy the 30% discount.

Visit our branches Shabulicious Delima Square and Shabulicious Restaurant, Batu Bersurat, Gadong and dial their hotlines: 2338333 (Delima) 2451000 (Batu Bersurat).

 

 

15% discount on ala carte
 

233 8333 (Delima) | 245 1000 (Batu Bersurat) 
 


This is my customary dishes for shabu-shabu
 


The platter enough for two pax
 

 

 


Vegetables are good for your health 😀
 


Plenty of sauces and spices to choose from. My favourite are the minced garlic with sambal.
 


The atmosphere at Shabulcious
 


That expression 😮
 


My guests for Sungkai
 


Grab this awesome deal tomorrow at Shabulicious
 


You can choose also special meal sets and it ranges from Meal A to Meal C
 

  
 

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11
Mar

Sponsored banners

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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Listen to my latest podcast on Jurassic World with special guest Jessie Tey

  

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

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06
Jul

One more ride

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Riding ain’t just a hobby 

 


Pg Mohd Nasir celebrating his birthday with his friends last night
 


Pg Mohd Nasir with his late minute replacement horse flown from Germany named Federiko in the recent SEA Games 2015 in Singapore
 

Happy birthday to our dedicated equestrian rider Pg Mohd Nasir and I still owe him a write up on his horse riding journey in the recent SEA Games in Singapore. I happened to catch his final ride in the Jumping finals event a few weeks’ ago and it was also the first time that I saw him live in action. So, guys, just to let you know this is a late post 😀

Though he didn’t win or get a podium finish for his efforts, he did the best he could in the finals given the limited resources. There were many set backs along his SEA Games journey. Just like in all sports, there’s always politics and that sure can play a huge role on your targets as an athlete.

Let’ me sum up what Pg Mohd Nasir shared with me back in Singapore. He couldn’t ride his own horse that he has connection with for many years. So instead he had to settle with a last minute replacement which flew from Germany and the horse’s name is Federiko (love the skin too). Secondly Pg Nasir only sat on his replacement six times coming into the competition. Normally it take years to get the horse used to the environment especially competitive ones. So kudos to Pg Nasir on having that courage to make use of the available resources and compete for the love of the country.

After visiting the stable area for the SEA Games competition, it was kinda of an eye opener. I realised how much investment it takes to be in this sport. I saw all the equipments and the kit for the horse and the rider and that alone is already a hefty investment. The recurring cost will be the food supply for the horses because you will need to feed the horses to make sure they are in good shape for the competition.

The other huge cost will be cargo-ing the horse equipment and also the transporting the horse from A to B especially when it’s international delivery. I saw Pg’s portable cabinet where he stashed his equipments and apparel and he said the whole thing averagely weighs at 150 kg. Now just imagine how much that would costs to transport by air *gulp*

Now I can imagine other regional riders will go through the same ordeal and cost factor will be an issue. So yea, horse riding is not a cheap hobby indeed while joining competition is a whole new level. Most of the athletes from other countries are being funded or sponsored by their respective countries. For Pg Anak Nasir, it was a unique situation. He competed in his own expense but with a huge disadvantage that he couldn’t ride his own personal horse from Belgium due to technically issues.

 


Pg Mohd Nasir in action. Image courtesy of Samlee
 


Talking to the Brunei officials of the SEA Games after the competition
 


Did you know that you can’t many any noise such as cheering or clapping when the riders are in action?
 


He ran off to the Malaysian team to celebrate on his friend’s gold achievement #priceless
 


I managed to only catch the final ride. Well done, buddy, on making this far.
 

Here are some words from Pg Anak Nasir himself.

“I never want to blame the horse (Federiko) for sure even though the final day he let me down. Then again we are new together. We only sat six times. In this technical courses, we get into funny situations and normally the rider know the horse and vice-versa. From there, we will know how to react on situations. If I was riding my personal horse, I wouldn’t have this problem (penalties on his rounds).

Honestly, to come this far and considering all the issues to source for a horse a week before the Games, I’m quite happy to reach this far. My first two rides with zero penalties on the first day was a dream situation. However, with these technical courses, it will boil down to the horse and the rider so bonding is very important. I know I did my best with the given situation and I am doing it for the country 110%. It’s a very challenging situation for me and I will be back next time.”

Nicely way to sum up by Pengiran on his SEA Games experience. One quote that I like though was when he quoted that competing in the Games is like “going to war with a knife” meaning that he has no ammunition. It would have been a different story should his horse made it to Singapore for the Games.

All in all, I truly enjoyed watching the equestrian event and it was also my first experience. I could see all the dedication and passion from the riders. I have high respect to all the riders indeed. Perhaps the highlight for Pengiran Anak Nasir was when his friend from Malaysia Sharmini Ratnasingham who just beat Catherine Yen Yu Chew of Singapore in a split second timing to win gold. I saw Pengiran running from one to another end to celebrate with the Malaysian team.

To finish off my summary, Happy birthday day buddy and let’s catch up with the boys before you fly off to train again. You can follow him on instagram @pg_nasir

 


With the supporters from Brunei Darussalam
 


His trusted and most important companions of his horse riding journey – the coach and the groomer.
 


His wardrobe cabinet is a must where he brings every he rides in the world. This weighs at least 150 kilos. His groomer will take care of his wardrobe.
 


This is how he keep his riding boots
 


Pg Mohd Nasir with the Malaysian team
 


We did good after the competition because we all went for shopping therapy in Singapore. When is round 2? 😀
 

  

 

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03
Jul

Be more alert

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Dining at BK 
 


 

It was the first time that I dined at a fast food joint for breaking my fast this year and that is at Burger King 😀 Currently Burger King have a special promotion dubbed the Ramadhan Family Deal and it comes in four different sets – Crispy and Tender, Flame-Grilled, Mixed and Whopper. So which one will suit you best? Surprisingly the mixed set has been selling well

Now why should you go for the set meals? One thing for sure is that you will save from $12 to $14 if you buy in a set. Very ideal if you come with your friends and families and you can enjoy the privilege. Furthermore, you will get a free gift from Burger King – BK mug and a coca-cola plate.

The Crispy and Tender set includes two chicken royals and one chicken grill whilst the Flame-Grilled set consists of two Whopper Juniors and a single Texas beef.

Both, priced at $19.90, also consist of chicken tempura nuggets along with large drinks and fries for three people.

On the other hand, the Mixed set contains two double mushroom Swiss and two chicken tender grill and the Whopper set has two Whoppers and two Western Whopper Juniors.

At a price of $27.90, both sets too have large drinks and fries that are enough four people.

For those who ordered any of the sets can also add $1 for a Taro Turnover, limited to five pieces a set. Furthermore, if one finishes a drink, just refill the cups with a top-up of $1.50.

For those who are interested, visit its nearest branch or call 2220215 or check out its Facebook Page and Instagram @burgerkingbrunei.

 


Buy a set and you will get a Burger King mug and Coca-Cola plate
 


Rara was in full of joy that night
 


Members of the media dining at Burger King
 


Customers dining at BK for Sungkai
 


Add $1 for a taro turnover 😀 Yummm!!! My favourite
 

  
 

My active brother 
 


My brother has been active in the news as of late. Keep it up!! Recently he handed over donation to KACA (Centre for Children with Special Needs). YAM Pg Anak Abdul Mun’im, Managing Director of PAR Corporaton Sdn Bhd handed over to KACA Managing Director, Hj Abdul Alim Hj Othman. Later today my brother will officiate the opening of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Mata-Mata this afternoon. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

Under custody and charged 
 


Be more alert in school premises nowadays for the sake of your children

News have been circulating about the perpetrator who had the intention to cause a stir in the local community. He was apprehended by the Royal Brunei Police Force and being charged for molesting an 11-year girl on the premises of St. Andrew’s School. Man, that’s my former school during my primary and second years.

I’m glad the police managed to apprehend 28 year old Pg Shahirul Hamadi Pg Hj Jaya. Apparently it’s not the first time he has been involved in similar incidents.

According to the report, a St Andrew’s School teacher filed a police report describing how an unknown man tried to force a female student into his car. The girl managed to get away from the man and immediately informed a teacher who tried to give chase. The teacher also reported that the suspect touched the girl on her chest and tried to coerce another student into his vehicle.

He is now on trial and being charged. He could be facing up to five years in prison with whipping if convicted of outraging the modesty of the female student. His next hearing will be on 9th of July. Let’s hope justice is served.

 

 

SCB breaking fast 
 


CEO of the bank, Rino (Donny) Donosepoetro, CEO of SCB (center seated) with the associates of Standard Chartered Brunei at Tardinak D’ Polo recently. Image courtesy of SCB.

More than 100 staff from Standard Chartered Bank broke fast together at Tarindak D’Polo, Jerudong Park Polo & Riding Club last Wednesday.

The sungkai gathering was organised by the bank through its Recreation Club, which regularly organises staff engagement activities and feature a wide range of activities to cater to various lifestyles of their employees from active sports to leisure activities. Some recent activities included movie outing, regular yoga, badminton and basketball sessions as well as mini bowling tournament.

CEO of the bank, Rino (Donny) Donosepoetro, said: “This being my first Ramadhan here in Brunei, I am delighted to have sungkai together with our staff members outside of work as well as get to know more of the local culture around this season. We believe staff engagement initiatives such as these would encourage more open communications and strengthen team dynamics when staff get to know each other better thereby reflecting the values we hold as being trustworthy, responsive and international.”

To find out more about Standard Chartered Bank and its career opportunities, visit www.sc.com/en/careers.

 

 

 

Groom for Hari Raya
 


Get your hair serviced at Camellia Hair & Beauty
 

People are now busy with Hari Raya shopping for fabrics, decks and food. Let’s not forget that we need to groom ourselves to before Hari Raya which means pampering yourself at the salon.

There’s a new salon for your info and it’s located at Serusop area. It’s called Camellia Hair & Beauty and the prices are pretty reasonable if you ask me. The salon is only cater for female. There are able to provide the usual services (cut, trim, was, blow) and also other services such as waxing, facial, foot spa, mani and pedicure.

Currently they are having a special promotion with a 50% discount on straightening, digital perming, normal perming and coloring as well. On top of this, they will also give free treatment. Good deal indeed.

The salon is located on 1st floor, Unit 2, Simpang 94 at Delima. For appointments, you can reach Betty Goh (872 3396) or Annabelle (865 5316). Grab this opportunity while you can and pamper yourself. I think all the ladies will love the head massage while shampooing. Well, my friends did.

 


Betty is a certified hairstylist
 


Their best part of the service – shampooing
 


Both sisters loved it :p
 

 

 


A small unit area
 

 


The services available and even a 50% on selected services
 

  
 

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02
Jul

The story so far

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Summer movies so far 
 

Review of Terminator: Genisys starring Rano Iskandar with his regular co-host @delgoh and guest Nee Khern

So we are at the half-way mark of Summer movies and it has been a spectacular trip for the past two months (May and June movies). As compared to last year’s summer movies, this is way better. Last year, we have the likes of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Maleficent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Godzilla. So on average, not all were above average with my disappointments of Age of Extinction, Maleficent and Spidey. The one that I love the most for last year’s summer movies was Dan of the Planet of the Apes (I watched it three times).

So how did it far this summer? We have two months to go but I’m very excited to share about the first half of it. I would say that my predictions with Del Goh for the top summer box office are off the mark because we predicted that no movies will come close to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Just last weekend, Jurassic World overtook Age of Ultron and now currently stands USD 50 million more than the Avengers’ sequel. From the looks of it, JW will have the chance to beat AOU in the month or so. We shall see.

In terms of value and entertainment, yes, it’s slightly better than 2014. My best pick so far is Mad Max: Fury Road and I caught this 3 times (normal screen, 3D and IMAX 3D). Woohoo. I just can’t wait for the blu-ray. Movies like Pitch Perfect 2, Avengers, Jurassic World and Spy have been great. There are some passable summer movies such as San Andreas and maybe, just maybe The Minions. What I couldn’t wait is Inside Out which will only be available in mid August :/ *shrugs* The few movies that haven’t struck my chord is Tomorrowland.

I caught Arnold’s latest flick – Terminator Genisys. It ain’t a classic but it will still keep you entertained. I didn’t like Terminator: Rise of the Machines so I’m happy that I came out of the cinema, feeling contented but nothing more. Do listen to my podcast review or just click on the Terminator image above. I just hope that Magic Mike XXL will outpaced Terminator Genisys in the summer box office so I can win my wager against Del Goh 😀

There are still a few more movies that I’m looking forward to – Inside Out, Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ted 2, Trainwreck and Pixels.

Do watch out for our best summer movies of 2015 in August. For now, enjoy the magic of movies.

 

 

  
 

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01
Jul

Power up with Mr. Brown

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Power up your gadgets 
 

My friends call me the King of Powerbanks because I carry at least 3 with me at all times. As you know I’m addicted to my smartphone and so I would need tons of juice for my phone. Now it’s a great time to get yourself another set of power banks because as you know that these battery packs have a life cycle.

If you are hunting for one, I suggest you head off to Concepts Computer and try out their APC Power Packs. Now power banks have become more affordable as compared to previous years. Concepts Computer will be doing an APC promotion where with every purchase of the APC Power Pack, either the APC M5 5000mAH power pack ($38) or the APC M10 10,000mAH power pack ($58), are entitled to a free charger cable worth $12. This is just not any cable as it has a special adapter that can support Android and IOS smartphones.

It also has two USB ports on the 2.4A charging port ideal for tablets and the 1A charging port ideal for smartphones.

If you are worried about over charging or short circuit, not to worry since the APC ones are able to prevent that from happening. Cool, huh?

The APC M-series Power Pack comes with a free cable in-box but does not provide choice for connectibility, the add-on free USB cable (worth $8) provided by Concepts Computer with every purchase of the APC Power Pack, will offer a choice of either micro USB for most Android devices or iPhone’s proprietary connection for the latest iOS devices. For more information on APC and their full-range of power-based solutions, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2/3.

 


APC Power Banks at Concepts Computer now comes with the dual adapter socket for Android and IOS smartphones
 

 

On another note, Concepts Computer achieved a new milestone for being awarded a Top Achiever by APC for 2014-2015. Hats off to Ryan Lieu, sales executive and person-in-charge of APC products in Concepts Computer. He was rewarded with a trip to Taiwan for an APC Partner Incentive Trip two weeks ago to celebrate Concepts Computer’s achievement.

 


Zul And Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer with Ryan Liew, sales executive and person-in-charge of APC products
 


Ryan Liew flew to Taiwan recently to celebrate Concepts Computer success
 

Concepts Computer also have been active in sports activity such as basketball. They were recently involved in Sukan Ria last month and almost made it to the quarter finals. Now Concepts Computer will be holding a basketball competition for the veterans and seniors slated for this month. It will be called Concepts Veterans Cup 2015.

Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn Bhd will be their official sponsor for the Concepts Veterans Cup 2015. the Concepts Veterans Cup 2015 basketball tournament is a way to promote a healthier lifestyle among those aged 40 years old and above, and create awareness for the love of basketball among the public. The matches will be played at Batu Bersurat basketball court.

 


Kingston Beverage & Creamery the official sponsors for Concepts Veterans Cup 2015
 


The handing over of jerseys for Concepts Computer basketball team
 

Recently the man behind Concepts Computer celebrated his birthday at the outlet. In conjunction with his 60th birthday, he held a Sungkai outing for his staff, dealers and also members of the media. Too bad I wasn’t able to taste the catering from Seri Kandi but the food looked really tasty. Thank you again to Mr. Vincent Pao for all the support you have given this past year or so and I wish you happy belated and have a wonderful year ahead.

 


Happy Birthday Mr. Vincent Pao
 


Vincent Pao and Alice Chan with the members of the media
 


Vincent Pao and Alice Chan with the associates of Concepts Computer
 


Food ready to be served
 

 

 

 

 

  

Mr. Brown – bigger, better 

 


I’m in love again with Mr. Brown 😀 Loving the fact they have offering more content. It was a bit weird holding a different size can of Mr. Brown but man, it does taste good. Now available at selected stores – Jaya Hypermart Gadong, Orbit (Jln Muara), Utama Grand, Hong Bee, Adri (Mata-Mata), Jaya (KB) and Aprina (Jerudong) and all Raimmar Mini Marts.
 


For those who want no sugar and no milk, this is the one. Now available in your local stores.
 


 

 

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30
Jun

Remember eating matters

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Kausar Cafe 
 

 

Small, cozy and just right. Sometimes you don’t need a big place or plenty of choices. Sometimes all you want is a simple buffet that can satisfy your cravings. All for $10.80, you can enjoy some of the selected dishes from Kausar Cafe. The Bryani Rice, the Chicken Tandoori and the beef dishes are my favourites.

I’m amazed how Nizam, sole proprietor of Kausar Cafe, had made changes to the restaurant after he took over two years ago and the quality is very consistent. He now manages both Kafe Kausar and Tandoor Restaurant.

It’s a good idea to make reservations as well. It was full house last night and I’m sure they are the regular patrons of Kafe Kausar and they know what to expect.

I don’t mind dining here again and even at Tandoor. Easy to find parking and away from the traffic. Keep up the great work you have invested in Kafe Kausar, Nizam and thank you so much for your support these years. You can also follow them on instagram @kausarkafe. Location wise: Kiulap (saw row with Misato restaurant)

 

Sungkai Buffet 
 

 

$10.80 Adult | $6 Child= 
 

Call 7729 0005 
 


Channa Masala and Bhini Fry 😀
 


Fish
 


Crowd helping on the buffet
 


Pompudum
 


Bhindi Fry
 

 


Chicken Tandoori
 


Gulab Jamon
 


Garlic naan
 


My light meal 😀
 


Dessert and fruits
 


My awesome companions last night – talking about IT and cricket among other things
 


For catering purposes
 

 

  
 

 

Tasek Brasserie 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

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29
Jun

Change is the only constant

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Jason wins S6 Edge 
 


Late post: Jason Ang Kok Khiong won himself a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It was part of the “Register Your Interest” Raffle Draw organised by T.C.Y. Motors Sdn Bhd in conjunction with the launch of the SsangYong Tivoli. Jason received the prize from Anisson, T.C.Y. Motors Motor Marketing Manager.
 


Check out the latest SsangYong Tivoli. Click image to enter website.
 

 

 

Gaining knowledge 
 

BIBD recently participated in the 9th Muzakarah Cendekiawan Syariah Nusantara on the 10th and 11th of June at the Hotel Millennium, Jakarta. The dialogue’s organiser, The International Sharia Research Academy for Islamic Finance has chosen to partner with Universiti Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah to bring the theme, “Innovative Contemporary Islamic Financial Products for the Development of the Social-Economy of Muslims”. The discussions were focused on current financial issues pertaining to “Refinancing and Restructuring” and “Applications of Hajah (needs) in Innovative Products.”

BIBD Shariah Advisory Body member and Director of the Mazhab Shafi’i Research Centre at the Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dr Abdul Nasir bin Haji Abdul Rani was involved in the first discussion regarding the concept of Hajah and its applications in Islamic finance.

On the second day, BIBD Product Manager Hjh Adinah binti Hj Jamudin was involved in the discussions on the applications of Shariah-compliant concepts in developing and offering products that will assist in generating socio-economic benefits to the Muslim community, especially the non-bankable segment. These products can be materialised by strengthening corporation between Islamic financial institutions and social finance institutions to utilise Wakaf, Zakat, Islamic wealth management, micro-finance and micro-Takaful. They also discussed equity-based financing products such as Musyarakah that can be applied in Islamic wealth management where both parties can benefit from a financial partnership.

 


BIBD Shariah Advisory Body Chairman and Deputy State Mufti, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin (3rd from left), BIBD Shariah Advisory Body member and Director of the Mazhab Shafi’i Research Centre at the Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Dr Abdul Nasir bin Haji Abdul Rani (4th from left) and other members from the Shariah body of BIBD. Image courtesy of BIBD.
 

The main objectives of the dialogue were to create general understanding between Shariah scholars in the region through academic discussions on multiple issues related to Islamic finance. The dialogue also serves as a regional platform for scholars, academics and practitioners of Islamic finance to share ideas, knowledge and experiences, and to share latest developments in the Islamic finance industry.

Also part of the BIBD representatives were BIBD Shariah Advisory Body Chairman and Deputy State Mufti, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin, along with its member, Yang Mulia Dr Awang Haji Mazanan bin Haji Yusof, Head of Research, State Mufti Department. BIBD was also represented by Head of its Shariah Department, Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Hanifah binti Haji Jenan along with Shariah Assistant Manager, Muhammad Takzimallah bin Haji Ahmad Sanuddin.

The two-day event was launched by Deputy Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia. The event was attended by around a hundred delegations ranging from scholars, academics and practitioners from Islamic financial institutions, from member ASEAN countries.

 

 

  
 

Motoring BN 
 


Izam Said, editor of CONFEX, during the press conference last Friday
 

Having another magazine in Brunei means there are things to showcase to the eyes of the public. I know Izam Said for quite some time and he is passionate about one thing – cars, cars and cars. He used to be feature writer on the automative section (On The Road) of The Brunei Times and I’ve always love his insights and opinions on the cars he test drove. Now it’s good to know he is venturing into something that he is passionate about and everyone has a story to share just like Izam.

Last week, I had the privilege to be invited to a press conference held at CONFEX. For your info, CONFEX is a local events management company which has run a series of team building workshops and only recently I found out that Izam Said is the editor of CONFEX. Under CONFEX, the team will be launching a new magazine on automotive which will be another platform for car enthusiasts to learn more about the cars especially in the Brunei market.

This will be the first of its kind that features an 80-paged automative magazine for the benefit of the readers. This is another avenue for car dealers or distributors to showcase their cars and even anything related to cars on Motoring BN.

Izam Said is confident that the magazine will be a success and despite the shift of information world through technology, he believes that having something “tangible” like a magazine is still trend. I do agree with him on that since I also collect and buy computer, film and wrestling magazines due to the tangibility factor.

For your info, every quarter, Motoring BN will print 15,000 copies and it will be sold on news stand at a price of BND 6.80. The pre-order subscriptions have been overwhelming for the first issue and he hopes there will be enough for the 1st edition to be sold in local book stores.

So what can you expect from Motoring BN magazine? They have a mixture of local and foreign writers who will contribute to the magazine. One segment that will catch the interest of the ladies will be “Heels on Wheels” by Tracy Ramantan.

The magazine is said to be launched sometime in July. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the magazine and I believe Izam Said is the right man to lead the show. I’m proud that he has taken a new adventure on his passion to another new level. Keep it up, buddy!!

For those who are interested to advertise for the next issue, you can contact 8282 212. For those who want to subscribe, you can click here for the pre-orders. You can also follow them on IG @motoringbn

 


Waleed Pehin Dato Mahdini, Izam Said and Tracy Ramantan
 


This will be the cover of the first edition of Motoring BN
 

  
 

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29
Jun

Food is our common ground

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Belluno Cafe 
 


Belluno Cafe is located at Kiarong Complex
 

What started off as a gelato kochi kiosk three years ago, the co-owners ventured into a cafe business last year at the heart of Kiarong. Those working around the area will be familiar with Belluno Cafe. I have paid a few visits to Belluno Cafe and my favourite dish has been the spicy spaghetti bolognese. Yummm…

Belluno Cafe during Ramadhan is not providing any buffet or set meals. Instead they are offering 20% off all menu which is a great steal. You can call 242 9010 for reservation.

Another gimmick Belluno Cafe offers are bento sets such as Chicken Schnitzel with pasta and ice lemon tea drink to go or Chicken Fajitas with mediterranean rice and an ice lemon tea to go. Or if you feel like Nasi Kerabu or the one that caught my eye is the Nasi Lemak 2.0 Ayam Rendang. All of these are served in a bento set, ready to go for take away. You will need to pre-order the bento sets and subject to availability. Just whatsapp 873 3608 for bookings and each bento sets is $8.90 and comes with a drink.

Belluno’s signature dish is the Chicken Waffle with egg on top. Must try. My friends and I also love the Milo Sizzling Pan for dessert. I was kinda addicted to it and couldn’t stop helping myself to it.

Belluno Cafe is also having special discounts for Baiduri Cardholders – 5% discount (classic credit card), 10% discount (gold credit card) and 15% discount (infinite & platinum card) for the period of Ramadhan.

One of the latest new dishes is the Lamb Shank which is a chef’s special. If you are aiming for a simple meal, you can give Belluno Cafe a try. You can follow them on Facebook page and also on instagram @bellunocafebn

 


Caesar salad
 


Lamb burger with coriander sauce
 


Beef
 


Another tasty burger
 


Their signature dish – Chicken Waffle
 


My guests for the night
 


Cheese sticks
 


Lamb Shank with rice
 


The newly introduced dessert – Milo Sizzling Pan
 

 


Nasi Lemak 2.0 Ayam Rendang for take away and comes with a drink
 


Chicken Schnitzel with pasta for take away and comes with a drink
 


Nasi Kerabu for take away and comes with a drink
 

  
 

Momo Buffet 
 

 

One third of Ramadhan has just passed and this is the prime period where Bruneians tend to dine out and plus pay day was just a few days ago. Another great recommendation by my photographer was at Momo Restaurant (formerly known as All Stars Cafe) before a new management took over the premise. The restaurant has been around for a year and a bit and only recently the locals are frequenting the restaurant especially during Ramadhan. One reason – the wide selection of dishes from soup to main course to desserts for a very reasonable price.

I will give a thumbs up to the new management for being creative and managed to attract a strong crowd for the past few days. Yesterday also was pretty packed because of the BIBD 30% discount promotion for BIBD Credit Cardholders.

They have three menu cycles throughout Ramadhan and thank you for sharing some of the menus so I could post this up on my blog for the benefit of the readers and those who wants to patronize at Momo Restaurant.

They serve two types of soup (Asian and Western) every buffet. Their condiments and dips are always the same but plentiful enough to satisfy your cravings. The main courses have at least 8 dishes to choose from and they have a 3 cycle menu for this. As for the action station, you will enjoy the live grill section, noodle section, pasta section and bread section which will always be served every Sungkai hours. The one I find interesting is the Ramadhan corner which is the real deal. That section is always served every Sungkai and it has the main attraction such as the Nasi Briyani Kambing served with Seruding Kelapa, Serunding Ayam, Beef Rendang and Pulut Kuning to name a few.

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Gadong or Kiulap, then I highly recommend to pay Momo Restaurant a visit. A different ambience with a great variety of cuisine at your disposal. What else can you ask for a price valued at $22.80 for adult? 😀 You can also read more detailed article on Thanis’ article on Momo Sungkai Buffet.

You can follow them on instagram (pretty active) @momo.restaurant or their Facebook page.

 

 

Momo Sungkai Buffet 
 

 

$22.80 Adult | $10.80 Child 
 

899 9807 • 861 3329 • 261 1618  
 


The appetizer side
 


Dried fish
 


Looks like telur belado 😀
 


More appetizers
 


Fish
 


My favourite vege – Pakis
 


Some of the guests at Momo Restaurant
 


The pasta section
 


The noodle section
 

 

The Menu for Momo 
 

Soup station

Menu 1

Sup Soto Ayam
Malaysian Spicy Chicken Broth

Sup Sayur Sayuran Berkrim
Vegetables Cream Soup

Menu 2

Sup Kambing ‘Mydin’
Spicy Creamy Lamb Broth

Sup Labu Kuning Berkrim
Cream Pumpkin Soup

Menu 3

Sup Tangkapan Nelayan
Spicy Seafood Broth

Sup Sayuran Bertomato
Minestrone Soup
Ramadhan Corner (available for all three menus)

Pulut Kuning, Nasi Himpit, Nasi Briyani KambingServe with Serunding Kelapa, Serunding Ayam, Acar Timun dgn Nenas, Cucumber Raita, Daging Rendang and Kuah Kacang

Main Course where you can find local Asian dishes and Western Style dishes

Menu 1

Ikan Tenggiri Gulai Kampung / Traditional Fish Curry
Gulai Ayam Lemak / Chicken Coconut Milk
Sambal Sotong Emak / Dried Squid in Chili Sauce
Udang Masak Hitam/ Prawn Black Spices
Beef Lasagna
Sayur Kacang Goreng Keynote
Umbut Kelapa Masak Lemak
Steamed Rice
Menu 2

Daging Kari Kentang/ Beef Curry Potato
Sambal Ikan Kembung / Tuna Fish Chili
Ketam Lemak Nenas / Crab in Spicy Coconut Gravy with Pineapple
Ayam Goreng Berempah/ Deep Fry Spices Chicken
Pasta Macaroni Bakar/Baked Macaroni Pasta
Labu Kuning Masak Lemak Putih/ Yellow Pumpkin Coconut Milk
Tauhu Rebus Isi Ayam/Braised Tofu Minced Chicken
Nasi PutihThai/Steamed Rice

Menu 3

Gulai Ikan Cabai Rawit / Spicy Tenggiri Fish Curry
Sambal Telur / Eggs in Sambal Sauce
Ayam Panggang Padang / Spicy Grilled Chicken Padang Style
Shepard Pie
Udang Goreng Mentega /Buttered Prawns Curry Leaf
Pakis Goreng Belachan/ Fern Shoot Prawn Paste
Sayur Campur /Chinese Stir Fried Vegetables
Steamed Rice

Action station (available for all three menus)

Live grill. Our chefs are preparing the food that you are going to eat right in front of you.
Whole Fish, Prawn Skewers, Chicken Wings,
Air assam, Sambal kicap, Tomato sauce, Chili sauce

Noodle Section

Nyonya Mee Kari / Curry Laksa with Condiments
Braised Wantan Noodles with Chicken Mince
Pasta Section
Spaghetti, Linguini, Penne with tomato sauce or cream sauce
And condiments plus choices of chicken or meat

Bread Section

Roti canai/Indian Pancake, Murtabak/Stuffed Indian Pancake
With condiments and vegetables dhal

Drinks (available for all three menus)
Teh O Limau Ais/ Ice Lemon Tea
Air Sarsi/ Sarsaparilla Cordial
Air Buah Buahan/ Fruit Cordial
Air Pisang Hijau/ Banana Cordial
Air Bandung / Chilled Rose Syrup with Milk
Air Jagung/ Corn Cordial
Teh Tarik / Warm Malaysian Foamy Milk Tea
Buah Kurma / Fresh Arabian Dates
Coffee and Tea

Japanese corner (available for all three menus)

Assorted Maki Rolls with Condiments and Dips

Bread Corner (available for all three menus)

Assorted Bread Roll with Butter

 

Momo Sungkai Buffet 
 
 

$22.80 Adult | $10.80 Child 
 

899 9807 • 861 3329 • 261 1618
 


Dessert section
 


Dessert section
 


The grilled section. Image courtesy of Thanis Lim.
 


Image courtesy of Momo Restaurant
 


Live grill. Image courtesy of Thanis Lim.
 


Available at the pasta section. Image courtesy of Thanis Lim.
 


Laksa. Image courtesy of Thanis Lim.
 


Roti prata. Image courtesy of Thanis Lim.
 


Nasi Briyani. Image courtesy of Thanis Lim.
 


There’s a prayer room. Image courtesy of Thanis Lim.
 


Something to plan for Hari Raya or outside catering
 

  
 

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28
Jun

Eat Pray Love

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Burger King deals 
 


Ramadhan promotion from Burger King. Good for families and groups. Click image to enlarge.
 

  
 

The Meletup Taste 
 

 

KFC Brunei is bringing in a very unique yet familiar taste with a local twist for customers to enjoy this coming festive season, introducing the new KFC Ayam Kicap Meletup featuring KFC’s so good chicken with a touch of Brunei’s favourite condiments – a combination of ‘meletup’ spices and unique soy sauce.

“The new product is all about a ‘unique taste with a local twist’ that customers can indulge in this upcoming Ramadan and Raya festivities. At the affordable starting price of just $6.20, you’ll get a complete meal good to be had during buka puasa with friends and family. We would like our customers to share the awesome taste of KFC Ayam Kicap Meletup with everyone!” said Jaymee Lau, marketing executive of KFC Brunei.

With the tagline “So Meletup Sure Must Share”, the KFC Ayam Kicap Meletup features a delicious unique flavour which is too good to keep to yourself. It is KFC’s chicken fried to perfection with a meletup combination of unique soy sauce, chili flakes, and delectable spices. The outcome is a fusion of flavours that adds real kick to the fried chicken.

 

 


Try out the KFC Ayam Kicap Meletup
 

KFC is offering the Ayam Kicap Meletup in a variety of combos at such an affordable price. For a two piece combo, customers can choose between the Oriental Combo (rice with original recipe gravy) and the Western combo (with fries) both priced at $6.20 each. If you’re dining big, the KFC Ayam Kicap Meletup also comes in a Family Feast which consists of nine pieces of chicken, a large whipped potato along with a FREE 1.5 litre Pepsi and large fries all for the price of only $25.90.

A limited edition KFC Candy Crush Cutlery set will be up for grabs when you purchase the premium Ayam Kicap Meletup bucket. The good quality stainless steel cutlery set comes with a porcelain handle in four different colorful designs. The premium Ayam Kicap Meletup buckets are priced at $32.80 and $41.00 respectively. The Candy Crush Cutlery set can also be purchased separately at $3.80 per set.
So make your visit to the nearest KFC today and enjoy the Ayam Kicap Meletup which is now available while stocks last. For more updates, you can visit their Facebook Page.

 

 

  
 

The Jumbo Experience 
 

 

A mixture of western and Asian dishes. Five brands under one roof and you know you are in for a good buffet. They have Modesto Bistro & Grill, Dapur Penyet (Indonesian cuisine), Lof Bakery, Twinkle Pan (pretzels) and Hippo & Bees (soft served ice cream) at the Food Arena. So far, this is also served quite a variety of food and they have the capacity to accommodate a big crowd. The location of the eatery is at Seri Q-Lap Mall. You may be familiar with Giant Supermarket and now that area has been replaced with Dapur Penyet, Twinkle Pan, Lof Bakery and Hippos & Bees since earlier this year.

Modesto Bistro & Grill is a popular eatery at Batu Bersurat and quite popular during Ramadhan as well. This time they have combined with other brands to give a better variety for the benefit of the customers. They already have been successful with their Sungkai buffet on previous years and this year, the management have upped their game to compete with other Sungkai promotions.

They have plenty of variety as I have mentioned – appetizer, soup, salad and vege, pasta, carving station (roasted chicken and lamb), even middle eastern cuisine, Indonesian and local dishes, nasi lemak section, noodle section and last of all, the wide variety of desserts from Lof Bakery, Twinkleplan and Hippo&Bees. Now that’s what I call a Jumbo experience.

Food Arena is also having a Shop, Dine & Fly contest. The promotion is happening until 30th September 2015. You will have a chance to fly to either Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu or you can be one of the 10 consolation winners. The announcement of the lucky draw will be on 1st November 2015. So this is another good reason to dine at Food Arena.

Please call 715 1177 • 720 9777 • 888 2100 • 223 7771 for reservations. You can check out their Facebook page for updated menus on a daily basis.

 

 

Special Jumbo Buffet 
 

 

$29.90 Adult | $15.90 children 
 

Call 715 1177 • 720 9777 • 888 2100 • 223 7771 
 

 


The visiting patrons at Food Arena located at Seri Q-Lap Mall
 


Nasi Beryani
 


Cold cuts appetizer
 


Beef strips
 


Mussels and scallops
 


Array of desserts to choose from
 


From the buffet line
 


Chicken pandan
 


Pretzels from Twinklepan
 


The beverage section
 


Pizza, anyone?
 


Nasi Lemak station
 

 

 


Tons of desserts to choose
 


Lucky draw for Food Arena diners
 


The menu for today (Sunday)
 

  
 

Izz Zara Bakery 
 

Formerly known as Hana Bakery, this home-made cakes have been household name for the past few years or so. Why do I say that? Because the orders just automatically comes in during Ramadhan. And due to the overwhelming response since I posted on my IG this afternoon, I’m happy to say that Izz Zara Bakery has extended the deadline for orders from 26th June to Sunday 28th June. So if you are reading it today (Sunday), then today is the DEADLINE. So make your final orders today.

The online bakery is seasonal and only active during Ramadhan to cater for Hari Raya orders. The reason for the early deadline is to ensure that all the cakes and orders are delivered on time especially during the festive season.

My favourite is still the original Tapak Kuda (nutella) and now they have introduced a few new flavours such as milo and maltesers. Yum yum 😀 The Cake Lapis Durian and Nutella will be a big hit as always. One of the interesting cake is the Crackers Cheese cake.

Do download the order form, you can click here or for more info, you can whatsapp at 8776 898 or 7102 138. Do follow their instagram at @izz_zara_bakery for updates too.

 


Vivo Cake
 


Cheese Cake
 


Cake Lapis White Durian
 


Cake Lapis Nutella
 


American Chocolate Cake
 


Tapak Kuda Twix and Tapak Kuda M&Ms
 


Tapak Kuda Maltesers
 


Just look at the different colours of Tapak Kuda
 


The milo based Tapak Kuda
 


Many choices to choose from
 


The Crackers Cheese Cake
 


Follow their IG
 


Click image to download form
 

  
 

 

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