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28
Jan

CF15

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Exclusive for RA readers 
 


For all Ranaodidas readers, you will get an exclusive 25% off Zalora and the final day is today. I posted this recently on my social media. You have a few hours left now :D Click image to enter website.
 

Below is the voucher terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions:

1. Valid only at www.zalora.com.bn

2. Valid till 28th January 2015.

3. Brand and item exclusions apply. Not valid for Marketplace items, with other promo codes and promotions, unless otherwise stated.

4. Free delivery is only applicable on paid price BND 60 and above.

5. ZALORA Malaysia reserves the right to change the terms and conditions or cancel any promotion at any time without notice.

 

  
 

Snapfeed at CF15 
 


Team Snapfeed briefing the local media

Six months ago, Snapfeed launched their apps on IOS and Android. Six months later (now), they have totally revamped the mobile apps for the convenience of the users. Now you can browse with ease and the app looks more structured and easy to follow.

The new interface allows you to browse to content such as deals being offered, information such news and movie times (and even movie trailers). Other exciting stuff are such as their digital loyalty cards with the use of QR codes. For the moment, Snapfeed has dealt with their current merchants such as KFC, Freshco, Burgerking and I Love Yoo to name a few. Do download the Snapfeed app and see what’s on offer.

For those who registered at their Snapfeed booth at the Consumer Fair this week, you can stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note or a Samsung Galaxy S5. This is only applicable if you signed up at their booth this week till Sunday. They will also provide a free photo session featuring the me-in-a-box booth.

Snapfeed booth is easy to find and it’s located in front of the Plenary Hall at the Orange Zone. I guess that’s the best location as it’s the central part of the Consumer Fair. Have fun browsing through the app.

 


You can stand a chance to win this when you sign up at their booth
 


You can get their latest update now
 


News feed on events happening in Brunei
 


The ongoing deals ONLY exclusive to Snapfeed users
 


Movie updates on timings and venue. Quite handy.
 


Check out the Snapfeed booth at CF15
 

  
 

The Bruneihalal Experience 
 


Check out Bruneihalal booth at Consumer Fair this week
 


Goodies to be won too at Consumer Fair. Do follow them on social media – Facebook and instagram @bruneihalal
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 

  
 

Papparich turns 1 
 


 


 

Their Pappa Char Kuey Teow is one of their best sellers among the patrons of Papparich located in Gadong. I recently “tapau-ed” a few dishes for a dinner function and let’s not forget one of my favourites now – the Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin.. Yummeehh….

Good thing now is Papparich is having their 1st anniversary promotion where you can enjoy 10% everything until 31st January. So you have a few more days to go. I will probably pop down this week to satisfy my craving for the Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin and their curry laksa..

Papparich is located at Block G of Abdul Razak Complex and you won’t miss it because their signage is the biggest one in Gadong if I’m not mistaken. You can check out more of their menus here but not all the new dishes are included just yet.

 


Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin, new dish
 


Try this too, another new dish, highly recommended
 


One of the drinks I kept on refilling. Herbal Tea with Citrus. Another one that hits the spot for me.
 


Try out their breakfast menu
 


My all time favourite from Papparich
 

  
 

Sneak preview for CF15 
 


 

It’s the 15th time that D’Sunlit has organised such event and it has become a Brunei household name ever since its inception since 2008. This time it will take place on January 31st (tomorrow) till Sunday, 1st February at the International Convention Centre from 10am to 10pm.

This time, there will plenty of activities for the public as compared to last time and many activity partners as well involved. Event partners include Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd, Oregon Systems, IBIC Sdn Bhd, RIPAS Hospital, Braun Sdn Bhd, Ho Tai Company Sdn Bhd and MagicLee Entertertainment.

During the five-day fair, various activities such as a unique theme park, lucky draws, and entertainment for children will be held as well as charitable activities such as a blood donation drive.

According to Ting Chui San, Marketing Executive of D’Sunlit, the consumer fair will help to promote SMEs in Brunei and of course, CF is always a good platform to expose businesses. The CF will boast at least 430 booths and you will also enjoy goods and services from ASEAN countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and The Philippines.

The event is also made possible with the help of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

I shall be posting more news and stories, tying to the CF15 this week and you can also catch updates on my IG @ranoadidas. So where will the momentum of the crowd be this week? Definitely ICC.


Snapfeed is going pretty aggressive this week and relaunching their App. Do download the app at the booth and stand a chance to win a Samsung Note 4. Exciting things to come from Snapfeed in the next few months.
 


A wondrous selection of Cambodian precious gems and intricately-crafted jewellery featuring rubies, sapphires, and many more beautiful sparklers
 


Interesting educational stuff from Play N Learn Singapore booth
 


The recent Brunei Edutainment Wonderland is back to showcase the dinosaurs. The NBT Jurassic Journey tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $6 for children. You will be eligible for a 15% discount with a group of 4 or above.
 


The Android box is sure to be hit though it’s selling below BND 300. A direct rival to Astro but also those with limited bandwidth capacity on TelBru will struggle to cope with the content. The Android box is able stream many channels.
 


Get a taste of what the Philippines has to offer. Fruits, fruits and vegetables
 


Sign up for any of BIBD’s financing products such as Home, Home Financing, Home Improvement, and Education Financing can stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as LED TVs, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, Thomson vouchers, air tickets to KK, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machines, fruit juicers and many more
 


I was stuck playing the “Flying Coupon Machine” organised by @redbullbn
 


Aziz did a mini test
 


All are welcomed to visit the CF15 at the ICC.
 


Brunei Halal also participating in the CF15
 

  
 

BIBD at CF15 

BIBD customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s financing products such as Home, Home Financing, Home Improvement, and Education Financing can stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as LED TVs, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, Thomson vouchers, air tickets to KK, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machines, fruit juicers and many more.

Also as part of its promotion, BIBD will also be giving out a 50% fee waiver on its financing products such as the BIBD Rumah Plus Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, and Education Financing.

This great BIBD promotion is available at the 15th edition of the Consumer Fair, from the 28th January until the 1st of February, where BIBD service ambassadors at booth C7 will be on hand to personally assist with, and answer any queries regarding any of BIBD’s products and services.

BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists will also be on hand to assist and provide advice on Home Financing solutions that best suit the customers. For those interested in purchasing their first or next dream home, BIBD will be offering its attractive Home Financing Rumah Plus package, which has a financing entitlement of up to 100% of the OMV(Open Market Value) or Property Purchase Price, a repayment period of up to 25 years along with a lower repayment schedule and attractive profit rates from as low as 4.5% (subject to terms and conditions). Customers may also choose to include the start-up costs of the financing such as legal document fees, MRTA takaful and valuation fees into the overall financing entitlement, allowing complete control of their budget, and providing them a sense of security, knowing that their dream home is one step closer to becoming a reality.

 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair and check out their financing products available
 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair
 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair
 

This also represents an ideal opportunity for home owners to start considering options on how best to enhance their homes, especially as with the festive time period only a few months away. Also, as an additional benefit, BIBD’s Home Improvement Financing also allows for a flexible repayment period of up to ten years, with up to 100% of renovation costs.

The BIBD team will also be available to talk about their Education Financing package whereby interested parties can obtain a financing of up to BND 200,000 with a maximum financing period of up to 10 years. The package can be used for students undergoing their education at either local or overseas institutions. The financing package includes a wide range of coverage such as registration fees, education or tuition fees, cost of living, accommodation and travel expenses along with educational needs such as clothing, books and stationery.

All these promotions on BIBD’s products and services highlights BIBD’s “Bruneian at Heart” commitment to always understand and be intuitive to the needs of its customers, by providing suitable solutions that can help them to achieve their dreams. For more information on any of BIBD’s products or services, please log on to the BIBD website at www.bibd.com.bn, visit your nearest BIBD branch or get in touch with the BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181.

 

  

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27
Jan

Switch 12 or the R13

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Switch 12 and the R13 
 


Richard Soo, Acer Branch Manager at Miri, holding the Acer Aspire Switch 12 while Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, holding the Acer Aspire R13
 

Aspire Switch 12. Something to tickle your fancy. This will give Microssoft Surface Pro 3 a run for their money. This is what we call a hybrid model where it can have multipurpose functions as a notebook, a tablet, a tent, a display or even a desktop by using the keyboard wirelessly. Awesome, innit?

The latest model just arrived at Concepts Computer and it was demoed last weekend by Richard Soo, Acer Branch Manager at Miri. Acer will always come up with a better, sharper and powerful device in its category and the Switch 12 is definitely better than the Switch 10 and Switch 11.

It sports a 12.5 inch Gorilla Glass screen with a full HD resolution 1920 x 1080. As usual, the notebook has a detachable magnetic keyboard but the great thing about the Switch 12 is that even you detach the keyboard, the screen turns into a desktop with a rear kickstand. Awesome!! This is definitely ideal for travelers.

The Switch 12 is powered by Intel’s new Core M processor, which complements the notebook’s fanless design by reducing power consumption. Input-wise, the laptop packs microUSB 3.0 and microHDMI ports.

The Aspire Switch 12 comes with a 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and has an internal memory of $GB. It’s quite a light weight device (only 1.4kg). Despite it’s compact feature, this model has multiple ports – USB 3.0, USB 2.0 port, HDMI port and Micro SD Card reader. The battery life expectancy is roughly up to 8 hours (depending on usage).

If you buy at Concepts Computer, you will be given an Acer Active Stylus and an Acer designed sleeve bag. The purchase also includes a one year warranty even for travelers.

If you are not convinced enough by this new model, you can look for the Aspire R13 which has a more solid appeal whereas the Aspire Switch is more into portability and mobility.

The selling price of the Aspire Switch 12 is BND 1,048.

 

 

Check out the video of the Acer Aspire Switch 12

 


The Aspire Switch 12
 


It can be split and work as a desktop too
 

Acer Aspire R13. There are so many things to brag about the Acer Aspire R13. If I was given the choice, I would have pick this model instead because it’s more solid appeal and it’s quiet convenient as well. Did you know that the Aspire R13 was awarded the best of IFA 2014 in the Best Hybrid category by Laptop Magazine and it recently also won the Good Design Awards in Japan.

The size of the notebook is 13.3” and it weighs at 1.5 kg. The cool part about the notebook is that the screen can rotate 180 degrees and it can turn into tablet. This notebook has a convertible element indeed and yet it is stable. It can even put into an easel position. The Acer Aspire R13 has a high spec and it feels like a premium notebook.

It has a Core i5 processor, 128 GB Solid State Drive with 8GB RAM memory (power). It has Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre for cinematic surround sound and Acer Purified Voice.

The selling price of the Acer Aspire R13 is BND 1,438 but you will know where your money is spent.

 

 

Check out the video of the Acer Aspire R13

 


TigerLim cleaning the Acer Aspire R13
 


Aspire R13 able to flip the monitor and let it have multiple functions
 

  
 

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26
Jan

Rise above challenges

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Ali Suhif wins a home 


Ali Suhif posing with his father after winning a semi-detached house at Tanjung Bunut last weekend during the 30th anniversary dinner of Grand Motors
 

The last time I remember someone won a home was during Times Square Shopping Centre’s lucky draw. Last weekend, another winner was feted from a lucky draw as part of Grand Motors’ 30th Anniversary which took place at Orchid Garden Hotel. Ali Suhif won the grand prize of semi-detached house worth an estimated BND 300,000 located at Tanjung Bunut. It came at a timely manner where his family was planning for a new home after having their third child late last year. He currently works for the Brunei army and staying at Penanjong Camp.

Alif Suhif is a proud owner of his KIA Rio and never had any problem with the car when he bought it before Hari Raya last year.

The KIA Optima was the 2nd prize and the winner was Korean Aei Kim Cho. The KIA Cerato (the latest gen) was the third place and it went to Nurul Norhazwani binti Saini. To me, having all these top three prizes are amazing and the prizes worth are maybe almost BND 400,000. Even the top 100 shortlisted finalists were given consolation prizes. He or she will at least walk away with a BND 100 cash voucher. The draw was carried out during dinner to also commemorate Grand Motors’ 30th Anniversary.

Did you know KIA is one of the top selling brands in Brunei? They have sold 2,640 KIA units and it’s just behind the popular Japanese brand Toyota.

Present during the dinner were Frankie Ho, Managing Director of Grand Motors, Cho Won-myung, Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Teng Chin Ying, Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Hj Ahmad bin Hj Jumat, Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pengiran Hj Ibnu Ba’asith bin Pengiran Datu Penghulu, Hj Shaiful Rizal Bin Pehin Dato Dr. Hj Ahmad, Executive Director of Grand Motors and Pg Hj Abdul Qahar Bin PSD Maj Gen (R) Pg Hj Ibnu Basith, Executive Director of Grand Motors.

More than 200 people attended the anniversary dinner of Grand Motors and the established company thanked all the customers for their continuous support all these years. For more updates, you can follow @kiabrunei on instagram and follow them on their official Facebook page.

 


Cho Won-myung, Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam drawing for the winner of the new home
 


The Top three winners – Ali Suhif, Aei Kim Cho and Nurul Norhazwani binti Saini
 


Peter Moon, Manager, KIA motors Corporation Regional Headquarters, handing over mock key of the KIA optima to Aei Kim Cho
 


KIA Optima
 


Peter Moon handing over mock key of KIA Cerato to Nurul Norhazwani binti Saini
 


KIA Cerato
 


The management of Grand Motors having a discussion
 


One of the consolation winners
 


Another consolation winner
 


 Ali Suhif at his brand new home with the management of Grand motors yesterday. Image courtesy of Mantuka.com
 

  
 

Ketua Kampung wins a Merc 
 


Ketua Kampung Pg Hj Abd Rahman Pg Hj Zainal with his family while posing with his brand new car Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG at last Friday’s mega draw organised by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd
 

It was that time of the year especially the beginning of the year where Jati Transport fetted all the consolation winners and the grand winner for the company’s yearly promotion. In 2014, over 250 customers bought a Mecedes-Benz from Jati Transport and they were eligible for the lucky draw. The customers who purchased a Mercedes-Benz passenger car, Vito or Viano from January 1st to December 31st 2014 were entitled for the draw.

Last Friday, 21 shortlisted customers witnessed the special occasion where the mega draw took place at Jati Transport Gadong showroom. A few familiar faces were among the shortlisted but only managed to get consolation prizes. The grand winner of the draw was Pg Hj Abd Rahman Pg Hj Zainal who was the second person to attempt to ignite the brand new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG. He is also the “Ketua Kampung

Also present during the draw were Pg Ak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Md Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport, the management of Jati Transport and Shazali Sulaiman, KPMG Partner.

 


Pg Ak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Md Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport handing over the a mock key to the grand winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Group photo with the winner and consolation winners
 


Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the Jati Transport Showroom. You can pay them a visit to view other models.
 

  
 

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23
Jan

Win all

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Grand Draw 
 


Stephen Reid, Service Manager of Jati Transport handed out consolation prize in this morning’s draw for the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG
 


Mr. Yong, Jati Transport’s Parts Manager, handed out another consolation prize
 


Another consolation winner. There were 20 consolation winners.
 


Shazali Sulaiman, Partner, KPMG, tested the key to the grand prize
 


The invited guests during the draw
 


Pg Anak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohd Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd handing a token of appreciation to Shazali Sulaiman. More of the pictures tomorrow.
 

  
 

Top 10 movies of 2014 
 

Best top ten movies of 2014 with my regular co-host @delgoh and special guest Zul

  
 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot. Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

 

 

Pizza Hut 
 


Promotion from Pizza Hut
 

  
 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


Travel with agoda
 

   
 

New KIA Sorento 
 


The new KIA Sorento 2015 (3rd generation) now available at Grand Motors Showroom
 

Azrol Azmi recently tested the new KIA Sorento in Jordan and he was already impressed with the performance even on the 2wd drive on the hilly terrains of Jordan. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to test drive the KIA Sorento which is now in its 3rd generation and I quite like the ride as well. I test drove the KIA Sorento 2WD Petrol 2.4 litre that time but didn’t get the chance to try out the 4WD Diesel 2.2.

This was actually my first experience in a Sorento but the latest model definitely has a better much upgrade and facelift from previous Sorento generation. Yes, it has a sleeker look and it’s ideal for SUV lovers, just like me.

I’m not much of a car person when it comes to specs but I had a good 10 minute experience driving new Sorento around. Cornering wise, the car didn’t feel off balance even on an accelerating speed and it’s precise as well. This shows the KIA Sorento has good traction especially on our local roundabouts.

The KIA Sorento 3rd generation is also the official car for the ongoing Australian Open. This will be a much talked about SUV with great stability, suspension (progressive response on bumps) and packs with great safety feature functions. You can’t go wrong with the KIA Sorento. The only thing that I might not favour is the shape of the rear end of the Sorento. It seems slightly longer than the current SUV I’m driving but then again, the means the new KIA has bigger space at the back, ideal for long journeys.

Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, brought in three versions of the new KIA Sorento. The only 4WD is the 2.2 litre CRDi (turbo diesel) in automatic transmission. The 2WD version comes with a 2.4 litre engine, one in manual and one in auto transmission. You can view the latest KIA at Grand Motor Showroom in Beribi.

 

 

Check out the review of the KIA Sorento 2015 model

 


This is the 2WD 2.4 litre version
 


The interior look of the Sorento
 


Emelda with the registration number
 


 

  
 

Tiny Blessings 
 


Newborn photography promotion for February and March 2015
 

Babies in flower pots resting sleepy faces on tiny palms, a little hero about to set off on a boat into parts unknown – newborn photography is the cutest. Tiny Blessings Photography wants to help parents capture the very start of their child’s journey through life with newborn photography packages taken in the comfort of your own home.

The newborn photography packages start from just $200. Mom, just sit back and relax, while Tiny Blessings takes care of the rest. With an abundance of blankets and props to keep you baby relaxed and at peace while they star in their first photoshoot, and are captured in beautiful images of them that will last until they grow up and have children of their own..

Individuals can call to arrange an appointment ahead of time, even before their child is due.

Affordable packages make newborn and family portraiture obtainable for families and future generations to enjoy. All packages come with digital files.

Tiny Blessings Photography will be having a promotion for all sessions taken in February and March 2015. Just mention RANOADIDAS to enjoy 10% off any of their photography packages.

For more information, please visit www.tinyblessingsphotobn.com

 


Images courtesy of Tiny Blessings Photography
 


 


 


 


 

  
 

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22
Jan

Thursday is movie night

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Happy Thursday everyone :D  
 

Tomorrow the winner will be unveiled on who will be own this new brand CLA 200. Find out tomorrow on my IG @ranoadidas
 

JMPC conducted a recycling drive at Jerudong Park Medical Centre as part of their green activity this morning. Over 580 kg of paper materials were collected.
 

What do you think of the new logo for Singtel?
 

Now you can own a Vento as low as $349 per month. Do call Maju Motors for inquiries.
 

2 more weeks to go before this event. Very useful indeed to learn from Cyber Security Forum Brunei
 

So much fun playing Just Dance 2015 with my suckmed buddies last week. Do check out ETA @ Games Cineplex if you want get a PS4 bundled with this game. Awesome!!
 

Another car to be revealed tomorrow. I had a test drive yesterday and I truly enjoyed the smooth ride.
 

It has been more than 3 weeks and it’s good to see AirAsia’s Facebook page been updating on the walls on the information on the tragedy. Click here to read more.

The trailer for Bahlol. Well done to team Adam Groves! Can’t wait for the featured film!

 

Talk Series featuring Reuben Chin and Allen Ang happening this Sunday. Open to UBD students and alumni. What are you waiting for? These speakers are great and they are my friends too. Something to benefit the younger generation.
 

Congratulations Fairol and Sabrina. Sorry couldn’t make it to your wedding night last day.
 

Congratulations to my friend Allen Ang for opening up the new Gongcha outlet at Seria (next to Pizza Hut and Excapade)
 

The logo for the National Day for Brunei this year
 

Our special PR team for Brunei Speakers’ Club led by Seng Yee. Good job!!
 

Get yourself a KFC Sun Shade :D
 

Pizza Hut celebrating their 22nd anniversary tonight. Check out their promotion by clicking here.
 

Another audition from Origin Films this weekend. I wonder what’s their new project gonna be.
 

Relentless Entertainment also looking for talents for their upcoming project
 

Wow!! This is already available in Brunei?? From Oregon Systems. Click here to read the article. Image taken by Leo Kasim of The Brunei Times.
 

The flood situation in Limbang…..
 

I have been following this case from time to time. For the first time, I’ve seen a positive step taken by the defendant.
 

The Green Gathering next week
 

Our toastmasters family dropping by Gongcha Seria to keep support to Allen Ang and Hui Fong. Congratulations.
 

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21
Jan

That Maroon Jacket

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Malppy Contest 


 

Be Proud Of Your Style! Join Malppy’s IG video & slogan contest now and stand a chance to win Malppy’s shopping spree. There are 3 categories where you could walk away with the attractive prizes.

Categories:

• Best slogan $300

• Most like male video $200

• Most like female video $200

Details:

• The best slogan category will be judged by Malppy.com

• The other categories will be judged based on the most likes.

• Judges decision is final.

Requirements:

• Record yourself with your most stylish outfit

• Come up with a short slogan that best describes Malppy. ‘Slogan must not be more than 7 words’.

• End the video by saying “Malppy.com”

• Post it and tag @MALPPYBN with the hashtag #ILOVEMALPPY #OOTDBN

• Follow us on IG & you have to open your account to public.

Video Upload: 21st January – 7th February 2015

The WINNER will be announced on 8th February 2015

 

  

Swipe to Fly 
 


5 lucky winners monthly and you can enjoy exciting holidays when you swipe with BIBD cards
 

  
 

 

The Toastmasters Journey 
 


Maroon jacket mode on with inspirational speaker Robin Sieger

I’m always pleased when we have guests coming in and they learnt of a toastmasters through means of my social media updates and blog post. And to see them turning up to our meetings (every Tuesday) show thats that we are doing something right for the community. We have broken the stigma that toastmasters is just about being a great speaker or just being a leader of your own but it’s the synergy and the positive conducive environment that allows an individual to lower down his/her shield, ego and fear. It’s not just about public speaking and hence I’m not surprised by the increase of new members notably Derby Teo, Rahul and Pooja.

Last weekend, we had a great time at Kota Kinabalu as we embarked in a training session conducted by toastmasters club in KK. Though I can’t comment much about the training session but the evening session with Robin Sieger paid off our dues and what a fantastic character he is. I saw him spoke last year at the Toastmasters International Convention in Kuala Lumpur and I was amazed then. The recent session was more intimate and I managed to catch up with him and talked about life. I do hope he does come to Brunei or perhaps we can invite him to speak to schools and our younger generation because he is a great testament and role model for success.

A big thank you to all my friends in toastmasters and especially to Shawn Cassidy Narcis and Ruey Narcis, the pillars of toastmasters in Brunei Darussalam, for their continuous support and guiding the young team to greater heights. 2015 will be an awesome year for Brunei toastmasters members and I’m very privileged and honoured to be part of the team and contribute back to the community.

If you want to know more about toastmasters, you can reach me at ranoadidas gmail.com and I can guarantee you is that toastmasters is a fun, enjoying learning experience. Below are pictures from our recent trip in KK.

 


The Brunei team with the inspirational Robin Sieger
 


Our superhero Amran at Manukan Island
 


Giving a toast to Agong and toastmasters international
 


This was our first joint meeting with KePKAS Toastmaster Club and Toihaan Toastmasters Club from KK at Manukan Island
 


The President of KePKAS Toastmasters Club, Dr. Maklarin Lakim, given a badge as a birthday gift from District Governor Sukarno
 


I had the privilege to be the Table Topics Evaluator that day
 


Group shot after the meeting at Manukan Island
 


Shawn, Pius and Chloe
 


Chloe, another blogger from Sabah, who also works on the tourism side for Sabah
 


Trying out Derby’s sunnies
 


But it suits her best despite looking huge on her face
 


The natural pose
 


Craving for chicks.. food wise :D
 

  
 

Facelift at Baiduri at Muara 
 


Mohd Riza Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications (2nd from left) with Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank sharing a light moment at “It’s A Grind” coffeehouse after the launch of the Baiduri Bank Muara branch yesterday. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 

Delicious aroma of coffee permeated the air as Baiduri Bank’s CEO Pierre Imhof and Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Mohd Riza Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos toured the newly opened, relocated Muara Branch of Baiduri Bank yesterday morning.

Mohd Riza was there as the guest of honour at the official opening of the branch, which was previously located at Bangunan Tiga Tingkat, at the ground floor of Al-Warasah Commercial Centre in Muara Town.

The relocation was due to the increasing number of customers and with it the demand for products and services from Baiduri. The new branch is twice as large and has twice the number of staff, and is now able to provide a full range of banking products and services to cater to individuals as well as businesses, and this includes complimentary financial planning consultation.

“The upgrading of this branch is part of Baiduri Bank’s branch network configuration project where we redesign each branch to suit the market segment and its surrounding area and demographics. The modern layout is designed to allow customers to carry out their banking transactions in a relaxed and comfortable setting. In addition, the bank seeks to craft a workplace that promotes work efficiency and employee wellbeing,” said Pierre Imhof in his speech at the opening.

He added that Baiduri made significant investments to the new branch — greater customer experience and accessibility — and he was proud to add that the Muara Branch is the first of its kind to offer the café banking experience with the adjoined “It’s A Grind” coffeehouse.

After the speech, the guest of honour toured the premises, lead by the Regional Manager of the Brunei-Muara District Alvina Chung, and the Branch Manager Alice Lee before retiring to the adjoining coffeehouse to enjoy a cup of “It’s A Grind” coffee and some brunch. Text by Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.

 


The officiating the launch. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 


Pierre Imhof delivering his welcoming remarks and happy belated sir :D Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 


 

 

Rainforest Lodge 
 

 

The Temburong Adventure

 


Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, officiating the opening of the Rainforest Lodge.
 

Freme Travel’s new Adventure Course and refurbished Rainforest Lodge are set to welcome more visitors to Temburong National Park. Both these new facilities promise exciting activities and all the modern comforts of home in a pristine rainforest environment for both overseas tourists and local residents to enjoy while also creating more job opportunities and playing a part in boosting the local economy.

Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, officiated the launch.

Freme Travel’s Chairman, Pg Dato Sharifuddin Bin Pg Metali asserted that safety and environmental issues were uppermost on the agenda of making Temburong National Park a ‘must visit’ tourist destination, and that special attention will be paid to sanitation, waste disposal, risks of water pollution and safety.

Built in 2002, Rainforest Lodge has seen a surge of tourists from China, Hong Kong, and Japan, and was upgraded and refurbished recently in response to the growing demand of tourists. The lodge now accommodates 40+ tourists in new wooden bunk beds and a further 15+ in tents. It also has new terrace dining area and kitchen.

The lodge now employs 10 full time local Temburong staff, including guides, boatmen and a local caterer.

The Adventure Course highlights include a 15 meter flying fox, the high rope bridge, the hanging bridge across the river and a canopy tower for birdwatching.

This will give more vibrant and healthy competition with Ulu-Ulu Resort which has been around for many years and I love that place too. With many things developing in Temburong such as the Games Village and the much talked about bridge, there are many potential opportunities with the district.

 


The Executive Chairman of Freme PM Dato Shariffuddin (right) donating $20,000 to District Officer Hj Abd Hamid Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah on behalf of Tabung anak-anak yatim dearah Temburong.
 


The means of transport to reach the Rainforest Lodge
 


The rooms at Freme Travel’s Rainforest Lodge
 


 


Flying Fox available too
 


 


 


Group photo with the Minister
 


Good to see the former Director of Tourism Board Development being invited for this occasion
 


Reworking needed to be done after the flash flood caused the bridge to collapse a few days ago
 

  
 

 

Winner of the Mazda 3 
 


Hj Hidop Hj Salleh the winner of the brand new Mazda 3 during the grand draw at Grand Motors last weekend
 

A winning luck for Hj Hidop Hj Salleh who managed to unlock his brand new Mazda 3 1.5 (A) Sedan. This was part of the ‘Purchase a Mazda to Win a Mazda’ grand draw last weekend. In attendance was Japanese Ambassador Noriko Iki who came as in the capacity as the guest of honour and she presented the mock key to the grand winner.

Meanwhile, second prize winner Hj Reduan Hj Rosman met with thunderous claps as he opened the door of a Mazda 2 1.5 (A) Sedan while Hj Muhaimin Hj Mohamed walked away with a cash prize of $5,000.

The consolation prizes were also attractive. 10 of them received returned tickets to Bali for two while the other ten walked away with an Apple iPhone 5C. Furthermore, a cash prize of $300 were given to 40 lucky participants.

For your info, the draw was part of the promotion by Grand Motors as part of their 30th anniversary.

 


Teng Chin Ying, Chairman of Grand Motors, Hj Hidop the grand winner and Japanese Ambassador Noriko Iki
 


Consolation prize to another winner winning the iPhone 5C
 


Hj Hidop with his brand new car
 

  
 

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