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Mar

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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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28
May

RB40

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

AMBD Day 2015 
 


 


It’s happening today until Saturday, 30th May. AMBD stands for Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam and to simply to all of you, AMBD is a governing body that looks at the financial institution in Brunei Darussalam. All banks in Brunei (local and international) will have to comply with the rules and regulations set by AMBD. Remember Brunei used to have huge cases of debts from personal spending? This is were AMBD comes in and help to ease the situation by setting appropriate guidelines for the banks and their customers for a win-win situation.

The financial institutions will have to go through AMBD should they want to propose changes in rates or even promoting their products and services. It’s a tedious process but it’s for the betterment of the community. Today marks a special day for AMBD, in hope that the community and the public are are aware of their existence and their mission. This year’s theme is “Facilitating your financial future”. The three day event will take place at International Convention Centre. Thurs 12pm to 6pm, Fri 9am-11:30 and 2pm to 9pm and Sat 9am to 9pm.

 


 


 


 

  
 

Congratulations Kamilla and Zukri 
 


 


 


 


 


 

 

  
 

RB’s 40 years of flight 
 


Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Finance cum Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines (in blue) with Dermott Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB, Wu Chun, RB’s brand ambassador with the 1st intake of RB’s cabin crew from 1975
 


Guest of honour viewing the RB’s gallery history
 

Yesterday Royal Brunei Airlines celebrated their 40th year of flight and it was celebrated at the Royal Brunei Recreation Club. The guest of honour was Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah, Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines. He was accompanied by the Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, Dermott Mannion and Hj Junaidi bin Masri, one of the board of directors of Royal Brunei Airlines and also Royal Brunei’s Brand Ambassador Wu Chun.

It was interesting to see the history gallery of Royal Brunei Airlines’ journey back dated from its inception in 1975. Dermot was very thankful in his speech especially of the first flight cabin crew members who flew to Singapore on May 14, 1975. It brings that nostalgic feeling to the former cabin crew members and it was quite nice to see their presence and also being acknowledged in yesterday’s event. I actually wanted to see if the first intake of the cabin crew would do a one-time off service on a short flight sector (Singapore or Kota Kinabalu) to serve the passengers. That would be an awesome feat!

The 40 years’ milestone also depicted how much Royal Brunei has changed throughout the years. The rapid change occurred during Royal Brunei’s rebranding period which began in 2012. Yesterday Dermot Mannion shared that even the current website flyroyalbrunei.com has some facelift for easier navigation and better customer experience.

The VIPs and guests were invited to walk down memory lane of the different milestones of RB’s journey. It has been amazing history for our national air carrier. Now what is in store for the 50th year? For now, let’s stay in the present moment and congratulations RB on the amazing feat for the past 40 years.

 


RB’s 40 years of flight
 


Dermot Mannion in his opening speech
 


Celebrating 40 years of flight
 


This is the first RB aircraft
 


The different models of carrier under RB
 


Viewing the gallery
 


Interesting timeline history
 


Royal Brunei management with Wu Chun and Siti Kamaluddin
 


Another earlier cabin crew intake of 1975
 


With Jali, the first intake of cabin crew 1975 and he is wearing the 2nd edition of the RBA uniform back then
 

  

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27
May

Be alert on the road

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Backlash from the public 
 


In the paper’s yesterday
 


In the paper’s yesterday

I knew this is gonna draw a lot of mixed reactions. Actually it was even mixed at all. The comments were 95% negative when I posted this message on my social network. This was to do with the recent directives from the Municipal Board where businesses were to shut down by midnight. Many wanted answers and legitimate reasons to why on such ruling. The Ministry of Home Affairs didn’t hold any press conference but issued statement to the media and in the end of the day, there was a slight u-turn in the statement and now apparently some restaurants can still operate after midnight.

In today’s The Brunei Times, it was mentioned that restaurants are still confused about the guideline. This reminds me of last year’s confusion on the attire and clothing before the implementation of the Syariah Law. Now it’s about small businesses that are operating after midnight. Some have mentioned that they haven’t received any letter from the Municipal Board on the confirmation for the request of extended hours. Let’s hope this issue can be resolved for the benefit of the community and let’s not forget that Ramadhan is just around the corner and these businesses need to prep themselves.

At least, this is some leeway for restaurants and the public that there’s a high possibility for restaurants and convenient stores to operate past midnight.

 


Posted on @thebruneitimes social media before the actual full details
 

  
 

All eyes on Faiq 
 


Faiq Jefri Bolkiah in the training session with the Brunei U-23 team. Image courtesy of Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times.
 


Faiq Jefri Bolkiah with the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam and the Brunei U-23 team before flying off to Singapore
 

A talent in the making. He had trials in Arsenal in the youth academy two years ago before signing a youth club deal with Chelsea early last year. Today he is representing Brunei in the upcoming SEA Games but I have yet to see on the field or in any football matches just yet. He plays upfront and his inclusion to the under-23 football team is a huge boost for the country. He naturally plays wide in attack.

He is no other than Faiq Jefri Bolkiah and he seems upbeat for the competition. According to his interview with The Brunei Times, he will focus on his physical presence and speed and he aimed to work hard both defensively and offensively. He is pleased to play along the ranks of the DPMM FC players such as Azwan Ali Rahman.

Brunei will take on Vietnam on 29th May in the Round Robin Group B, followed by Loas on 31st May. Their third match will be against Timor-Leste on 3rd June before they face Thailand on 6th June and on their final match will be against Malaysia on 8th June. Good luck to the Brunei u-23 team in the SEA Games.

 


Faiq Jefri Bolkiah was the Brunei Chelsea Supporters Club (BCSC) at Papa Chelsea Shed last weekend. Image courtesy of BCSC.
 


Group photo of the BCSC in celebration of Chelsea’s crowning of the Premier League. Image courtesy of BCSC.
 


Chelsea supporters taking photo with Faiq Jefri Bolkiah. Click image to enter BCSC Facebook Page. Image courtesy of BCSC.
 


Faiq Jefri Bolkiah signing the youth deal with Chelsea FC last year. Image courtesy of @RYO_cleverfish
 


Faiq Jefri Bolkiah in action for the U-18 Chelsea FC. Image courtesy of @fjbolkiah
 

  

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26
May

I lov it

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Unicup 2015 updates 
 


UNISSA vs Politeknik Brunei
 


UNISSA vs Politeknik Brunei. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


UNISSA vs Politeknik Brunei. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


UNISSA vs Politeknik Brunei. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


UNISSA vs Politeknik Brunei. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


Laksamana College of Business vs Kollege IGS
 


The crowd during Laksamana College of Business vs Kollege IGS. Image courtesy of BIBD At-tamwil Unicup 2015 Facebook Page. Click image for updates.
 


Warming up. Image courtesy of BIBD At-tamwil Unicup 2015 Facebook Page. Click image for updates.
 


The crowd during Laksamana College of Business vs Kollege IGS. Image courtesy of BIBD At-tamwil Unicup 2015 Facebook Page. Click image for updates.
 


The volunteers at Laksamana College of Business vs Kollege IGS. Image courtesy of BIBD At-tamwil Unicup 2015 Facebook Page. Click image for updates.
 


The volunteers at Laksamana College of Business vs Kollege IGS. Image courtesy of BIBD At-tamwil Unicup 2015 Facebook Page. Click image for updates.
 


One of the lucky winners during one of the matches
 


CCCT (Cosmopolitan) vs Micronet
 


CCCT (Cosmopolitan) vs Micronet. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


CCCT (Cosmopolitan) vs Micronet. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


CCCT (Cosmopolitan) vs Micronet. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


CCCT (Cosmopolitan) vs Micronet. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


 

  
Tivoli from SsangYong 
 


Annison, Sales Manager of SsangYong (T.C.Y. Motors) and Alvin Caro, PR and Advertising Executive of SsangYong (T.C.Y. Motors) unveiling the new SsangYong’s Tivoli at their Kiarong showroom
 

 

Check out the Tivoli on Youtube

When I saw the images sent by T.C.Y. Motors during the sneak preview of the Tivoli, I was like pretty impressed by the overall design. The first thing that came to my mind is that it doesn’t feel or look like a European car. This is the latest edition to the SsangYong family line, the Tivoli. Yes, even the name sounds European in a way. The official launch of this particular model will be in June 2015 but there have been many pre-bookings from the public already even before its release. The media had the privilege to have a close look at the Tivoli – the low spec and the high spec at the SsangYong Kiarong Showroom.

We had a quick test drive on the red colour Tivoli but we haven’t fully tested it. So far it was a good ride and I was even considering this for my next car because I’m more of an SUV person and though it’s smaller than an SUV, it has its sporty feel. There are so many things to love about the Tivoli and I assure you that the Tivoli will be a big hit in Brunei.

One of its strength is the D-cut Steering Wheel. It has a steering wheel with “sporty d-cut” design, highlighting a sporty look with its horizontal bottom line and this will enhance the driving experience with optimal grip. If you go for the hi spec, then you will get a premium leather finish on the steering wheel too.

The seats have been awarded for being “Ergonomic” in Korea. Consisting of dual density pads and Pullmaflex spring system, bonded together to create an award-winning seat. It has earned the Tivoli a reputation for optimal comfort and convenience.

There’s also a Multi Audio System with a 7” inch touchscreen display (hi-spec). You can sync your smartphones via Bluetooth or HDMI.

When it comes to safety, Tivoli ensures passengers’ safety by applying the latest technology and high strength material and it also provides outstanding inner equipment space for outdoor activities. The material of the Tivoli has AHSS (Advanced high strength steel). For your info, AHSS is used for about 40% on the body and “hot press forming” process is used on 10 major areas.

T.C.Y. Motors SsangYong is even giving one special prize – Samsung S6 Edge. All you have to do is register your interest for the Tivoli through their website tivoli.ssangyong-brunei.com or their Facebook Page.

The price tag for the Tivoli is reasonably competitive  and this is the reason why I’m confident this model, Tivoli, will be a big hit in Brunei. Thank you, Annison and Alvin for hosting us yesterday.

 


The nice leather finished steering wheel of the Tivoli (hi-spec)
 


The award winning ergonomic seats
 


The engine and other components inside the Tivoli
 


This is the hi-spec Tivoli. Awesome!!
 


Stand a chance to win a Samsung S6 Edge
 


This is the low spec Tivoli and you can see how much difference exterior and interior compared to the hi-spec
 


The test drive Tivoli
 


Vincent Hong test drove the Tivoli around the area
 


The most sought two-toned colour Tivoli among Bruneians
 

  

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25
May

Five Five

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Review of Disney’s Tomorrowland with co-host @delgoh

 

  
 

 

Lucky draw at Times Square 



The overall winners of the Times Square Shopping Centre’s lucky draw competition and Shop, Dine and Snap Instagram competition. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.


Dk Siti Nuramal Asyiqin Pg HM Sofiah who won herself a Samsung Galaxy S5 presented by Mr Lim Yee Liang, Marketing Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.

Times Square Shopping Centre completed their second lucky draw prize presentation for the fifth campaign on Sunday, 24th May 2015.

The event commenced with quizzes and games conducted by the management, followed by the mascot appearance to liven up the public. The winners of Shop, Dine and Snap Instagram competition were first announced prior to the lucky draw event. Five instagram posts were selected from all the entrees. Md Syahmi Hazim Bin Harjammey who bagged a necklace sponsored by OKKY Jewellery, followed by Zurainee Kiflee who walked home with a one night stay courtesy of Times Hotel,. Lastly the three winners of the Shop, Dine and Snap Instagram Competition, Norfazirah Binti Shremmi, Yumi and Danish Lim went home with a hamper from NHF Organics Sdn Bhd.

The event then continued with the prize presentation of the lucky draw. A total of 25 prizes were given away. The first 22 winners of the prize presentation had to draw their own prizes on stage. The first 7 prizes were presented by the Miss Mally Hadinim, General secretary of Times Square Property Management, followed by the Property Supervisor, Miss Norafizah Daud who presented 7 more prizes to the winners.

The remaining 11 prizes were then presented by the Marketing Manager, Mr Lim Yee Liang. Moreover, first prize of the lucky draw went to Dk Siti Nuramal Asyiqin Pg HM Sofiah who won herself a Samsung Galaxy S5. Second place went to Mohd Jasmerol Jazemen Bin Hj Md Jasry who won a SHARP fridge and third place went to Nurul Amalina Shaban who won a Xiaomi M1 Pad.

Times Square is also glad to announce that there will be several events in the near future. Such events include Ramadhan fair in July as well as Dip & Win on the last week of Ramadhan. ‘Shop, Dine & Snap’ Instagram Competition is still ongoing until August 2015. For more information and registration, kindly visit the Lucky Draw counter. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 


Mohd Jasmerol Jazemen Bin Hj Md Jasry who won a SHARP fridge


Nurul Amalina Shaban who won a Xiaomi M1 Pad


The Run 
 


The starting line
 


The Run was another successful event. Over 3,600 participants took part in the yearly charitable event to raise funds for Pusat Ehsan. The event was flagged off by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah. It was nice to see that 500 special needs participants took part in the event.

It was quite challenging for the organizers to up their numbers from last year’s due to the number of running events in the past weeks or so. Nevertheless, it was still a remarkable number to reach 3,600 participants and perhaps it’s the biggest run to date (in terms of numbers). The funds raised will be used to finance its operational programmes in learning, vocation and rehabilitation for the special needs people under the centre.

A belated shout out to Winnie Sia who ran yesterday on her birthday.

 


 


My toastmasters buddies – Supatra and Jason
 


The finishing line
 


Jayden Sia with his sister Winnie Sia
 

  
 

Living with Passion 
 


Mr. Soon Loo, the host for “Living with Passion” with founders of Relentless Entertainment
 


Mr. Soon Loo as the host

How many passionate Bruneians do you think are out there? The answer is… more than we think we know.

Hosted by Mr. Soon Loo, one of Brunei first venture capitalist and an executive coach. “Living with Passion” is an new TV series featuring passionate Bruneians and dive into what does it mean to live lives with passion.

The featured series showcases talents of Brunei to inspire its audience to pursue the things and goals they want in life. Amongst the guests that came onto the “Living with Passion” talk shows are Brunei’s Olympic representative, SEA Games’ Gold Medalists, one of Brunei’s first full featured film Directors, Bruneian starting business in Silicon Valley and abroad, aspiring award-winning Brunei musicians and entertainers, Brunei premier architect, Brunei professional marathon runner, Brunei socialite, fashion designer, dancers, business personalities, DJ, and other Bruneians that you may recognize making their mark in Brunei and the region pursuing what they love.

Living with Passion is hosted by Soon Loo, Managing Director of Seri Venture Capital that works with Brunei Economic Development Board to invest and grow companies in Brunei to expand overseas. Soon is also an executive and life coach that works with people and professions to forward their goals in their life. He was recently honored by the Junior Chamber International in Rio as One of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World.

“It is inspiring to see that there are so many inspiring Bruneians from all walks of life, of all ages, courageously pursuing their passion and that’s why we created this series with RTB. I think we Bruneians need to recognize and celebrate what they are capable of doing — and more often than not we are more capable than we think.” said Soon Loo.

Currently, the TV series is in it’s 10th week. If you still have not had a chance to catch an episode, you still have 5 more times to do so. Living with Passion is broadcasted every Friday at 930pm (and replay every Saturday around 1130am) on RTB 1.

Do you have the courage to pursue what you love? Then maybe in the future, you too can be featured on this new TV show — so that Bruneians can work together to ignite passion of life.

 


 


Living with Passion is broadcasted every Friday at 930pm (and replay every Saturday around 1130am) on RTB 1
 


 

  
 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Review of Mad Max: Road Fury. Oh What a Day. What a Lovely Day :D

Review of Pitch Perfect 2 with co-host @delgoh

 

  
 

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22
May

Asean Consumer Fair in June

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Creatives Against Cruelty 
 

 

Creatives Against Cruelty interviewed by The Reel Show

  
 

CF in June 
 


It’s back once again.. This time, the title has slightly changed and I think it will stick for a little while – ASEAN Consumer Fair. It was used to be called Consumer Fair but because there are many international vendors from ASEAN, hence it would be appropriate to label it ASEAN Consumer Fair.

The signing ceremony took place today at D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd office and present during the signing ceremony were Dato Paduka Hj Danial Hj Hanafiah, Executive Director of D’Sunlit and Mr. Christopher Chee, General Manager of D’Sunlit and the representatives of the event partners and activity partners.

This is a bi-annual event that will take place from 10th June to 14th June at the International Convention Centre (ICC). This time, the theme will be “Celebrate Diversity” and the event is promised to cater over 400 booths, offering wide range of products and services.

Thailand will have more presence with its Thailand Grand Fair. Do expect to see some craftsmanship such as umbrella painting, fruits and vegetable carvings and not forgetting their Thai cuisine.

For your info, this will be the 16th fair held by D’Sunlit and it’s in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. For more info, you can visit their website at bruneiconsumerfair.com or you can call their marketing department at 245 3666.

 


Representatives from The Brunei Times, Pua Hsiu Chin and Siti Ewa Selamat
 


Representatives from Lexus (NBT), Ron Pecson and Roland Ti
 


Representatives from DST Communications, Hj Ameer Iskandar and Dina Eldeyana Johan
 


Representatives from Katakijau Rozan Hj Kaderi and Muhammad Shafie
 


Representatives from Oregon System, Siti Nurmuhassanah Mustafa and Noor Haslinda
 


Representatives from IBIC Sdn Bhd
 


Representatives from ranoadidas.com, Rano Iskandar and Terence Han
 


Representatives from Kingston Creamery and Beverage, Edwin Eng and Chu Hui Chiet
 


Chui San, Gavin Chai and Roland Ti during the refreshments
 

  
 

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