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22
Aug

Muji & Zahrein’s Berbedak Ceremony

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

#ZMfinallyGotHitched Berbedak ceremony 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21
Aug

For the future

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Ugly Truth
 


EasyWay with the guest of honour and members of the Brunei Basketball Association
 


The prize giving ceremony
 

Easy won the hard way. What an intense final!!! I missed the commotion where a few players were ejected. I came right after half time of the finals between defending champions Fu Zhou and favourites EasyWay. Mike Pilgrim of EasyWay was ejected out for landing a punch on Narcisco Llagas (also ejected) and it led into a mini brawl where another official from Fu Zhou (Erwin) was also ejected after his punching efforts on EasyWay’s Ah Giap face.

There has been a huge question mark on the match officials in controlling the match and this also boils down to the Brunei Basketball Association. The standards of the officials and the discipline still needs some fine tuning. Yes, there will be reasons for having low budgets to provide appropriate training from the officials. I still find it ironic that some teams are able to fork out loads of monies to lure in import players but some are closely related to the BBA and having good relations, they would see this as an important growth for the country for the sports of basketball. You will see tons of banners here and there and corporate companies fork out monies to be part of an event. I seriously am not sure how the BBA works in Brunei but judging from the commotion last Wednesday, it gives the association a bad after taste. Something must be done to stop this from repeating.

The guest of honour was the Acting District Officer of Brunei-Muara and it was such a shame that he had to witness it. Players will take action (and play vigilante) if referees fail to make obvious foul calls and that’s where things can get really, really ugly. BBA members, officials, referees and even the policemen will turn peacemakers when things get out of hand just like last Wednesday. There were even signs of provocation from other teams to incite more heat and I thought that was unnecessary and unprofessional.

Even the venue at the Batu Bersurat Basketball Court is not ideal to hold such a large number of crowd. The players don’t have any allowance outside the boundary of their court zone and bystanders can turn into human cushions to stop the momentum. I mean, I was excited for the huge turn out but feel conflicted due to the safety of the people inside the basketball court. I believe the human count exceeded more than 200% and sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry.

 


The memento for the guest of honour from BBA
 


There was a delay during the third quarter due to a brawl
 


Mike Pilgrim with his fans
 


Just look at the Batu Bersurat Basketball Court
 

Wow, I can’t believe I’m ranting on all these instead of posting how cool the match was. Anyway, let’s talk about the match itself. Yes, it was absolutely thrilling and it was end to end stuff. EasyWay was on top form and even star player Geve Leones wasn’t featured due to a sprained ankle. But EasyWay had the depth in squad. They have the likes of three impressive imports – Charlie Bolias, Robert Hite and Mike Pilgrim and not forgetting Elvin Requintin. The local players are also made up of competitive players (captain Ben Sim, Md Zainul, Yap Chun Ping, Choo Yung Jian and Jamri Ramlee. Now that’s what you call #strengthinnumbers

Defending champions Fu Zhou put up a great fight but only came close when they stole the lead in the third quarter. It didn’t last long as they suffered from the ejection of their key players. With three minutes remaining, EasyWay increased the gap and deservedly had the victory over their opponents in 89-77. EasyWay became the only team to be undefeated in the tournament.

Mike Pilgrim did wrote an apology on his Facebook Wall, “Last night was a great experience to win a Championship with a Class A organisation but I would not be correct if I didn’t take the time to apologize for the part I played in the brawl last night. As we all know there was a lot of dirty playing taking place last night and I have been more than patient with the referees and the teams as well, but I don’t blame them for my actions of retaliation to the dirty play. So to all of you especially the kids in attendance, I sincerely apologize for my actions and no matter how annoyed or frustrated I should have never let it take me out of my game or my character, so the Fu Zhou players and fans, I sincerely apologize.”

The same went for Erwin Velez who wrote on the Brunei Basketball Facebook Page, “Congratulation to Easyway for winning championship 2015 Sultan Cup, you guys deserved it, you guys put in a lot of dedication. What happened last night was much regretted, we don’t take it personally, we hope you guys don’t too. Just like your team, we are very passionate about basketball, for me personally eventhough I was not able to play this year, I still flew back to support my team in the finals. Sometimes, in the heat of our passion, we do things beyond our control which we regret later on and last night was one of those moments. My sincere apology to you guys, Specially Boss Ah Giap, I’m sorry It was a random swing and unfortunately I hit Boss Ah Giap. I hope that I can talk to you personally to apologies on my action. To Coach K and Wira Pori my sincere apologies on this matter. To Easyway family and friends my sincere apologies. Sincerely yours, Erwin Velez.”

 

 

AFC U-14 Football Festival
 


The schedules for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Regional Festival of Football 2015
 


His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) with AFC Festival Manager Dr Shamil Kamil Mohammad
 

For the development of football. This is such a great idea that Brunei Darussalam is hosting the ongoing Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-14 Regional Festival of Football 2015. This is the first time that Brunei is also hosting an AFC event of this magnitude. For the country, this is a great milestone as this gives confident that Brunei Darussalam is confident in running this non-competitive event for the development of football for the youngsters locally and internationally.

The launch of the event took place last Tuesday and the football festival was officiated by His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the President of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD). Also present was AFC Festival Manager Dr Shamil Kamil Mohammad who shared a welcoming remark and praised Brunei Darussalam for hosting the 5-day event.

The match kicked off with Brunei Darussalam the host bowing down to the improved Philippines team with a 3-0 score line. The first two goals came less than 10 minutes into the game as the host lost concentration. The visitors were very solid in midfield and bossed the pitch, making it difficult for Brunei to win possession. The Philippines sealed the deal after the break with a sublime finish as Captain Van Vincent Nico Quintana scored a curler to add to Brunei’s misery.

However, it was a much better outing for Brunei Darussalam in the second match despite going down to Myanmar 3-2 last Wednesday. This shows that Brunei is still capable to score upfront but just need more composure when it comes to defence. They have conceded six goals so far in two games.

Brunei still have hot favourites Malaysia and the rising star Timor Leste tonight and tomorrow evening respectively. Malaysia had scored 10 goals in two games and they have been very strong upfront. Despite playing earlier this morning with a 8-0 victory over Myanmar, they will have their second match tonight against Brunei Darussalam at Belapan Sports Complex. Will Brunei able to contain the attacking prowess of Malaysia?

Do refer to the poster above for the schedules and there is also lucky draw for every match. The closing ceremony will be at 9:30pm on Saturday, 22nd August at Belapan Sports Complex.

 


HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah launching the event
 


HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah greeting the match officials
 


HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah greeting the host nation
 


HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah greeting the team from Myanmar
 


Dr Shamil Kamil Mohammad delivering his speech
 


The fans from the Philippines
 


Head coach of Brunei working extremely hard for the past few months
 


It all starts from grassroots level
 


The working committee for the football festival
 


It’s great to see Thailand’s participation despite the sad news of the bombing in Bangkok
 


Brunei in action against the Philippines. Brunei lost 3-0 in the opening game.
 


Brunei in action against Myanmar but lost 3-2. Image courtesy of Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times.
 


Brunei in action against Myanmar but lost 3-2. Image courtesy of Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times
 


Earlier this morning, Malaysia dominated as they beat Myanmar 8-0
 


One of the saves from Myanmar keeper from a Malaysian attack
 


Timor Leste looked solid against the Philippines and won in a thrilling 4-2 victory
 


An own goal from Timor Leste to make in 3-2 but Timor Leste scored a minute later to restore the cushion for a 4-2 victory
 


Timor Leste’s Rivaldo Dos Santos Periera scored the final goal
 


Good sportsmanship shown after the match against Timor Leste and the Philippines
 


The customary handshake after every match.
 

 

 

For our future leaders
 


Click image to enter register
 


BIBD with the sponsors and corporate partners of BIBD CE-ALAF during the press conference last week
 

After missing out on last year’s calendar, BIBD has brought back the BIBD Charity Expedition where the main objective is to raise funds for the ALAF participants. ALAF means Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future and now it has been rebranded as CE-ALAF. Every year, there will find ways to collaborate with strategic partners in ensuring that it’s not just about raising funds but to synergise the strengths in enhancing the study programmes for the under privilege students until they graduate with a degree.

I totally love this idea when they introduced this a few years ago. The progress and success rate have been encouraging as well for the students selected under the CE-ALAF program. The funds raised are allocated for tuition fees and counselling services. The applicants will be screened by government agencies from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs and despite being given 100 students per year quota, only 50 students and 34 students met the requirements for year 2014 and year 2015 respectively. Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Ja’afar, Head of BIBD Corporate Social Responsibility, did hint that the criteria will be reviewed once again with the relevant agencies and stakeholders. It was good to highlight that some of the students from the program achieved distinctions in the PSR examinations. Giving education to under privileged student is a thoughtful gesture but for them to go beyond the expectations such as passing with flying colours is an awesome bonus indeed.

 


Javed Ahmed, Managing Director of BIBD, explaining to the press on the CE-ALAF program and how it has benefited the students
 


Members of the press and partners were present
 


Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Ja’afar, Head of BIBD Corporate Social Responsibility (2nd from right) briefed more on the BIBD CE-ALAF initiative
 


The medals for this year’s event
 


Check out the categories
 

That’s the gist of the background for CE-ALAF. Now it’s the actual event of the BIBD CE-ALAG event which will take place on 25th October 2015. The registration is already open and it will close on 20th September 2015.

The only one missing from the running + cycling event is the full marathon (42km). There will be a 21km, 10km and 5km competitive categories with the addition of the fun-run of 3km. Let’s not forget the cycling category as well.

You can now register at their website link – www.bibdalaf.com – and it’s also required that you present with with a donation card which can be deposited into any BIBD branch counter via Cash Deposit Machine (CDM), ATM, online banking or CE-ALAF account number 1018181811.

Let’s hope with the funds raised that it can hope to help reduce poverty, leading the country towards a more prosperous and peaceful future where Brunei is populated with educated, highly skilful individuals on par with internationally set standards.

Every donation counts for the betterment of our future leaders. Thank you, BIBD, for making noble cause a lasting one and I’m pretty sure that the Brunei Government are happy with your initiative.

 

 

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11
Mar

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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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20
Aug

Andre and Bambi’s day

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

#nowANforever2015
 

It’s fun to juggle between wedding celebrations.. First up were my friends’ wedding (Azeez and Nisaa) followed by the sister’s wedding. Sorry for the late post but here are the pictures I took for Azeez and Nisaa’s Bersanding and Berbedak ceremony. I didn’t take much pictures as I was busy on Periscope and Snapchat. I highly recommend you to download those apps and add me @ranoadidas and it has been useful for my viewers who could catch the events live as well.

 

Bersanding ceremony
 


In attendance were His Royal Highness Pengiran Digadong Sahibul Mal Pengiran Muda Haji Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Mateen, for Haji Abdul Azeez and Najidatun Nisaa’s Bersanding event. They were accompanied by Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Pahlawan Mejar Jeneral (B) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Md Jaafar and Datin Hajah Salbiah, parents of the groom last Saturday
 


Also in attendance were Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Fadzilah Lubabul Bulqiah with Puan Hjh Mariam
 


Also in attendance were Her Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Norhayati (2nd from right) , Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna (3rd from left), Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Nor’ain (3rd from right), Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal umi Kalthum Al-Islam (2nd from left), Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Rakiah (1st from right) and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Nasibah (1st from left)
 


Invited foreign guests at the Bersanding event
 


With the relatives from the bride
 


With the females from the SF group 😀
 


Serious mode expression from SF family
 


Now the serious face
 


With Nisaa’s former colleagues during her Royal Brunei days
 

 


With Nisaa’s colleagues at HSBC
 


It’s feeding time
 


Nisaa getting ready for the event
 


With Mimi.. Nisaa’s good friend
 

Berbedak ceremony
 


Puan Hjh Mazuin at the Berbedak ceremony of the newly wed
 


Azeez and Nisaa during the Berbedak last week
 


The guest in attendance
 


Pose the camera ladies 😀
 


The sweet parents of the groom. Always taking care of guests and even us. Appreciate it 😀
 


The groom and bride with the “Pengangun”
 


Aaah, matches my attire
 


Putting up the head gear for Nisaa. Very tedious and quite heavy as well.
 

 

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17
Aug

Majlis Penghantaran Tanda and Majlis Pertunangan

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

#ZMfinallyGotHitched Part II
 

Her Majesty Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha ibni Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam inspecting the “Menghantar Tanda and Pertunangan” for the engagement between Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Saaful Bulqiah binti Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, daughter of Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Rakiah binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, and Amirul Zahrein bin Lt. Kol (B) Hj Ahmad. Accompanying Her Majesty were Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah at Chateau AR residence last Friday.
 

Her Majesty applying a paste on YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah during the Bedak-Bedak Mandi after the official engagement
 

Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Nasibah, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Rakiah, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna binti Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal umi Kalthum
 

His Highness Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar being greeted by his nephews
 

YAM Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im bin Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, YAM Pengiran Anak Hajah Mujaabah Safaaul Bulqiah binti Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, HRH Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Rakiah and Tuan Syed Omar bin Syed Mohd Aledroos
 

YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah (spouse of His Royal Highness Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Malik) applying the paste to YAM Pengiran Anak Hajah Mujaabah Safaaul Bulqiah during the Berbedak-Bedak Mandi ceremony
 

YAM Pengiran Anak Hajah Ameenah Bushral Bulqiah applying the paste
 

YAM Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im applying the paste to his sister
 

YAM Pengiran Anak Abdul Badee’ applying the paste
 

Grand aunt of the bride side
 

Nenden Lustiani Dr M Lukman (spouse of Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin) applying the paste
 

The first part of the “Menghantar Tanda & Pertunangan” last Friday
 

Representing the bride side (YAM Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Saaful Bulqiah binti Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin)
 

The Gangsa boys
 

Representing the groom side (Amirul Zahrein bin Lt. Kol (B) Hj Ahmad)
 

YAM Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz, YAM Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul ‘Ali Yil-Kabier bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz, Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Qudduus bin Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz, YAM Pengiran Anak Abdul Badee’ bin Pengiran Kerma Raja Pengiran Haji Kamarulzaman, YAM Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Mui’z bin Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris, YAM Pengiran Anak Abdul Rashid bin Pengiran Kerma Raja Pengiran Haji Kamarulzaman and YAM Pengiran Muda Abdul Khaaliq ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Bendahara Seri Maharaja Permaisuara Pengiran Muda Haji Sufri Bolkiah
 

The cousins from the bride side. In attendance, YAM Pengiran Anak Hamidah Jamalul Bulqiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Digadong Sahibul Mal Pengiran Muda Haji Jefri Bolkiah, YAM Pengiran Anak Hajah Ameenah Bushral Bulqiah and YAM Pengiran Anak Hajah Nurul Amal Ni’matullah Athirah binti Pengiran Sura Negara Pengiran Anak Haji Muhammad Bey Muntassir
 

The ladies carrying the gangsa for the bride side
 

 

It’s a custom for royal family weddings to have one young lady in red accompanied by two young companions dressed in gold during the Tanda ceremony
 

The ladies carrying the candles
 

They were pumped up before the event
 

HRH Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Rakiah (in orange) and YAM Pg Anak Pengiran Anak Mujaabah Saaful Bulqiah with the family side of Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin
 

Presenting the tanda before being inspected by Her Majesty
 

The kids needed to hydrate after doing such a great job
 

The family posing for the camera
 

The white, red and gold
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with her friends
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with Fena Athirah
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with Dk Aqilah
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah resting after the event
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with Pehin Jawatan Bini Datin Hajah Siti binti Haji Mohd. Yusof Khan
 

   
YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with sister Pengiran Nooraini
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with sister Masrini
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with brother, me 😀
 

YAM Pg Anak Mujaabah with our loyal serving maid, Pura, for more than 20 years I believe
 

HRH Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Rakiah with stepson Mohamed Syed Aledroos
 

HRH Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Amal Rakiah with the overseas guests and Sigit Waluyo, our head chef with spouse
 

 

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17
Aug

A Silver lining

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Good luck to all
 

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Regional Festival of Football 2015 is set to hold its Opening Ceremony, 4:00 pm, on Tuesday, 18th August 2015, at the Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

The first match to be played will be from Group A, Philippines against Brunei Darussalam kicking off at 4:35 pm. This match will be played at the Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex straight after the Opening Ceremony. At the Berakas Sports Complex, Group B will kick off its first match seeing Vietnam playing against Singapore kicking off at 4:40 pm.

Members of the public are welcome to come and watch all the matches of the festival, which will be held at Track and Field, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex and Berakas Sports Complex. The ticket entrances for the Festival matches are free and there will also be some lucky draw prizes to be won during half time at every single match throughout the festival to the first 50 people who come to the matches.
The AFC U14 Regional Festival of Football 2015 held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam is supported by the Department of Youth and Sports of the Ministry Culture, Youth and Sports and sponsored by Kuang Wei Advertising and Display Sdn Bhd, Ideal Group Holdings Sdn Bhd, NBT (B) Sdn Bhd, Orchid Garden Hotel, Superwater Marketing Sdn Bhd, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, Brunei Times Sdn Bhd, Aewon Brunei, Magic Media, Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd and Ranoadidas.

With the support from the government and local companies, NFABD would like members of the public to continuously support the National Under 14 team, the Tabuan U14, led by Head Coach Takao Fujiwara that will be participating in the festival.

For more info on the festival, please visit www.nfabd.org

 


NFABD welcomes team from Timor Leste
 


NFABD welcomes team from the Philippines
 


NFABD welcomes team from Thailand
 

 

 

Awesome prizes
 


Nuraziemah Hj Zulkifli winning the Kia Caren EX, the grand prize of the Kia Hari Raya Promotion last weekend
 


Masnah Hj Sabtu, winning the Kia Cerato Sedan for the 2nd prize
 

Previously Grand Motors Sdn Bhd gave away a home and a few cars as part of their 30th anniversary. Last week, Grand Motors presented four cars from KIA for the lucky winners of the “Kia Hari Raya Promotion” and also “Cerato for the Young and Young-at-Heart” promotion.

So who won the grand prize of the Kia Caren EX? It now belongs to the new owner – 23-year-old Nuraziemah Hj Zulkifli. Second prize belonged to Masnah Hj Sabtu, winning the Kia Cerato Sedan; the third prize went to Harun Hipnie who won Kia F/L Rio and the fourth prize (another car) went to Norasikin Aslan who won Kia Picanto M/T. The other remaining from the short listed winners of 10 walked way with cash vouchers.

Another shortlisted winners was for the Cerato for the Young and the Young-at-Heart promotion and there were 10 people who were drawn. Chan Siang Wei walked away with one unit ASUS Ultimate Fighting Machine Laptop 8gb and Hjh Mahani Hj Dagang won herself one unit ASUS Ultimate Fighting Machine Laptop 4gb. The third place winner, Iskandar Hj Alias won himself one PS4 Gaming Console 500gb and the fourth place went to Maimun Hj Serudin who brought home one XBOX 360 with Kinect Console Bundle.

The remaining winners won themselves a GoPro Hero 4 each. Awesome consolation prizes I must say.

All in all, it was a successful campaign as Grand Motors had 500 eligible customers who bought a car from 1st May to 31st July and 200 customers for the Cerato for the Young and the Young-at-heart promotion which ran from 1st April to 31st July. Present during the draw were Frankie Ho, Managing Director of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, Hj Shaiful Rizal Bin Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad, Executive Director and Jacqueline Koh, Kia Sales Manager.

 


Group photo with the winners and the management of Grand Motors and representatives from the financial institutions
 


Harun Hipnie who won Kia F/L Rio as third prize
 


Norasikin Aslan who won Kia Picanto M/T as fourth prize
 


Hjh Mahani Hj Dagang won herself one unit ASUS Ultimate Fighting Machine Laptop 4gb
 


GoPro Hero 4 winner
 


Another GoPro Hero 4 winner
 


Irwan bin Lamit, Managing Director of BIBD At-tamwil drawing the short listed customers few days before the actual draw
 


Representatives from BIBD At-tamwil and Baiduri Finance with the management of Grand Motors
 

 

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16
Aug

Over and over

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Azeez & Nisaa Berinai ceremony
 


During the Berinai ceremony last night
 


The beautiful Nisaa
 


Nisaa and her SF buddies
 


The car for tonight
 


Don’t forget to tune in to my social media updates for tonight’s Azeez & Nisaa’s Bersanding event
 

 

Refereeing course to conclude
 


During the launch of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Referee Preparatory Course for the AFC Under-14 Regional Festival of Football
 

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Referee Preparatory Course for the AFC Under-14 Regional Festival of Football was launched at the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) headquarters in Berakas earlier this week.
Fourteen young referees from Brunei, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are taking part in the five-day programme that will conclude today.

The course aims to prepare and assess the participating referees for the festival that will be held at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports and the Berakas Sports Complex from August 18-22.

The course will be conducted by two referee instructors; Mohammad Rodzali Yacob and Michael Hanania.

NFABD General Secretary Hj Muhd Zamri Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani in his welcoming speech highlighted the importance of having the course for the upcoming festival.

“I understand that prior to the AFC Festival, an AFC Referee Preparatory Course is to be conducted first whereby the referees are from the participating countries,” said Hj Muhd Zamri.

“I believe this course will be beneficial to all participating referees as part of their individual development as well as for the development to their respective countries.

Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam are the among the countries that will compete in the tournament.

Among the aims of the festival are to provide a continuous player development pathway from the grassroots at the school level to the elite level and ensure a smooth transition for elite players to the national team.

Sanctioned by AFC, the festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and other related government agencies.

Admission is free and a lucky draw will be held during the event.

 


The referees for the upcoming AFC Under-14 Regional Festival of Football
 


Hj Muhd Zamri Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani, NFABD General Secretary (centre) with the organizing committee and referees
 

 

 

Total Hari Raya Open House
 


Yves Grosjean, General Manager of Total E&P Borneo B.V. in green attire hosting guests at Total Hari Raya Open House
 

Recently Total E&P Borneo BV celebrated their Hari Raya Open House for their clients and guests. It has become an annual event as they host a corporate open house. The host was Yves Grosjean, General Manager of Total E&P Borneo B.V.

Total has been have very busy this year alone. Earlier in the year, Total has achieved 15 years in recording zero Loss Time Injury (LTI) and they have operated at least millions of man-hours in several operation sites, drilling campaigns, repair and modification operations, oil platform operations, logistical operations – including the use of helicopters – and other kinds of operation. Good job to the staff and contractors of Total.

Also recently last month, Total launched the jacket of the third platform of the Maharaja Lela Jamalulalam (MLJ-3) field. Jacket I am referring to is a steel frame fixed to the seabed, forming the support structure of an oil production platform. . The jacket was on the Muara Yard in just one year. It is 100% Brunei made and it required around 500 000 man hours of work. Great work by Petrovietnam Technical Services of Vietnam (PTSC M&C) with the assistance of Sahid, Adinin, Megalift, Teca, Velosi and Petrokon.

Keep up the great work, Total.

 

 

 

 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office during the launch of the Load Out of the MLJ-3 Jacket last July
 

 

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12
Aug

September around the corner

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Waiting for September
 


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (C) in action during yesterday’s His Majesty’s 69th Birthday Polo Cup at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong. The monarch’s Black Team is through to today’s final after defeating Yellow Team 11-4 in the first day of the four-team tournament yesterday. Image courtesy of Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times.
 

It’s never easy when you have a lot on your hands. One reason why I had to forgo my traveling trips for this month especially Denmark. Two big weddings and a Toastmasters competition coming up and not forgetting His Majesty’s birthday celebrations in all the districts. It’s a month that will test my endurance in my late 30s *lol* I still feel I have much to offer (physical and mentally). Oh yea, there are still some corporate Open House invitations before end of August. So I need to squeeze in for that too.

Everyone keeps asking me “How’s the (Brunei) economy?” If someone asks me that particular question then it could be implying that the local economy is going through a transition. Spending power has been lesser than usual. It was evident during Ramadhan where bookings for restaurants didn’t top their benchmark of last year’s. Well, this could be down to another reason (too many new cafes and restaurants). Even purchasing of cars lately have been mediocre to say the least. How so? Because of the new directive from Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) that consumers have less flexibility in applying car loans. If you look at it in a positive way, there are good points to why this can benefit the end users in a long run. For me, I am very grateful of our stability in many areas including the economy in Brunei and not forgetting the harmony and peace. After reading what other regional countries are experiencing, it gives me a higher level of gratitude to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan and His Majesty’s government.

I kinda enjoyed Hjh Normah’s presentation. She’s the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and she gave an insight on the current business environment in Brunei at a different perspective. We shouldn’t just use excuse such as the size of small population or the size of the country as Brunei have untapped opportunities through means of natural resources and culture. It’s never a disadvantage as well being a Muslim country as Brunei can be one of the international hub for the halal market where she highlighted the presence of Bruneihalal brand in the UK, specifically their distribution centre in Birmingham. The other big opportunity is Bio Innovation Corridor (BIC) which serves as base for manufacturers of halal products including food, cosmetics and medicinal and health supplements. She kicked off her presentation by saying Brunei is a good place to detox (mostly from entertainment).

Tonight I will be busy with my gadget(s) taking live feed and snap chatting on Azeez Jaafar and Nisaa Suresh’s Berbedak ceremony tonight. I have been having lack of sleep for the past two weeks or so but it has been fun.

 


Hari Raya celebration at BIBD Open House with Hj Rozan Yunos and his spouse
 


The Brunei Robotics Olympiad on the Regular Category. The Open Category will be on 29th August. I shall be covering that event.
 


Hjh Normah Suria Hayati Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama Hj Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (3rd from left) was the guest of honour at LBD forum yesterday, hosted by Asia Inc Forum and Baiduri Bank and Brunei Press as partners
 


The DJs from Pilihan at BIBD Open House. It was indeed a very packed event.
 


Finally the BBA got rid of the dirty mattress. Just a note though that there isn’t any cushion to soften the impact in case a player runs too fast.
 


Ah, the mini Zinger from KFC. I’m glad they released this as part of their ongoing menu.
 


Our toastmasters club at Brunei Speakers’ Club is growing week by week. Last night we had the strongest in terms of numbers and it was a wunderbar experience. Keep up the great work, lads!!
 


My favourite dish of all the Open Houses I’ve been 😀
 


Always inspired to know a passionate barista/entrepreneur
 


After my posting on IG, her green tea creme brûlée has been one of the popular items in her cafe. Must try.. Love the texture. Available at Piccolo Cafe (bandar)
 


My toy, Slyer, watching Minul and I in action on the court. I’ve been losing five straight times against him. What gives?
 


At Royal Brunei Airlines Open House
 


Check the new facelift for the Citroen DS3. The price is slightly higher. However, now the current DS3 is selling at $25,750 and it will be sold at that price until all stock is sold.
 


Now the Acer Iconia Tab 8W is back in stock and it also comes with Microsoft’s new Office 365 (one year subscription). Teachers and students will be able to enjoy the privilege as they will be given a special discount. Now available at Concepts Computer.
 


Two inspired runners who ran the Sundown Marathon 2015 in Singapore recently and both are using Polar watches. Do follow @polar_bn for updates. More stories on Polar (Brunei) on the sponsorship of local athletes.
 


Good thing about Snapchat
 


Thanks AB for the hospitality last week.
 


A Marvel adaption movie ruined by Fox. How could they?
 


The logo of my sister’s wedding
 


Best part of family weddings is gathering and reunions 😀
 


Now our inside driveway has been transformed into temporary tents
 


My siblings 😀
 


My chubby lil sis in her excusable pyjama
 


Been busy preparing with invites and the protocols for the upcoming events at home. September please come sooner 😀
 

 

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10
Aug

Officially married

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

AN: Nikah day
 


His Royal Highness Prince Abdul ‘Mateen ibni Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah (2nd from left) with the YAM Pg Anak Abdul Rashid. YAM Pg Anak Ghaffar, YAM Pg Anak Abdul Mui’z accompanying in the photoshop of the newly wed – Haji Abdul Azeez Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Pahlawan Major General (r) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Mohd Jaafar and Najidatun Nisaa Abdullah Suresh @ Bonita last Thursday
 


Informing His Royal Highness that the Nikah event was about to commence
 

Congratulations once again to my buddies – Abdul Azeez Pehin Dato Jaafar and Najidatun Nisaa Abdullah Suresh on their solemnisation last Thursday evening. I’m truly happy for both of you and it’s an amazing to know that both of you are officially married. Sorry, I didn’t take many pictures since I was busy Snapchatting and Periscoping 😀

I shall see you both again this Wednesday for the Berbedak ceremony. So ladies and gentlemen, if you want to see more of the “behind-the-scenes” of the Powder ceremony, catch me on Snapchat and Periscope at @ranoadidas and for related photos, do check out #nowANforever2015 on your instagram.

Enjoy the pictures below and more to come hopefully this week. A big thanks also to your family on the great hospitality and it always feels like home whenever I’m there 😀

 


Nisaa seated while waiting for the Nikah procedure
 


Ooops.. I spoiled this photo *lol*
 


Azeez the groom being ushered
 


Nazlee Jaafar was popular back in 2008 when he was the ring bearer for his brother Idris and Zari. Will he steal the storm once again despite being unavailable? :p
 


The room where the Nikah took place
 


The ladies
 


Nisaa smiling for the camera
 


As I mentioned Nazlee is not available :p
 


Photo with the ladies
 


To the left..
 


To the right…
 


Did you know I was the match-maker? I still remember our first trio movie.. Yes, I was the lightbulb then 😀
 


Arsyad, a future heartbreaker? I hope he turns into a Liverpool supporter
 


My Werewolf buddies though Yuniza (far right) doesn’t believe me anymore :p
 


Finally after 10 years, they are married.. My recommended hashtag was #finally1568 but #nowANforever2015 won
 


The newly wed being showered with love
 


It’s lantern time
 


The newly wed letting go of a sky lantern
 


One of the gifts (hantaran) and the gangsa is from @simplysayang
 


Some of the gifts
 


Nisaa being groomed by Andre and I’m impressed with his work
 


Mizan preparing the candle for the Nikah
 


Thanks guys for catching my updates of the Nikah on Snapchat (pictures and video feeds) and Periscope (live streaming) and my friend Syaz from Belgium benefited from my live stream especially behind the scenes. So download both the apps
 

 

 

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08
Aug

Believe in the system

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Back to basics
 


Muhammad Radzuan bin Hj Madali, the chairman of the AFC U-14 Football Festival 2015 in Brunei Darussalam
 

It has to start somewhere.. Back to basics. Even in sports. It’s good to know that NFABD the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam is working its way up to improve the development of our popular sport in Brunei – football. Things have been definitely improving and it’s never easy as 1-2-3. It’s not just about the results and performance. It’s also about the development of the sport. So I’m quite happy to know that Brunei Darussalam has been given the opportunity to host the AFC U-14 football festival for this year and next year as well.

Yesterday was the first official announcement from NFABD chaired by Muhammad Radzuan bin Hj Madali, the organising chairman for the AFC U-14 football festival. The press conference took place at NFABD House yesterday for the members of the media.

For NFABD and Brunei Darussalam, this is considered a huge opportunity as Asian Football Confederation has entrusted Brunei to host such event. This is also the first time that Brunei host such a prestigious sporting event.

According to the chairman, there will be no competition or a trophy to play for despite being drawn into two groups. The objective of the football festival is to expose the young footballers to play against another regional country and gain more experience which can help the development of football for the future.

 


The chairman is thankful for the media for the coverage. Check out today’s newspapers too.
 


Fadhil Yunus asking a few questions to the organising chair
 


Holding the official match ball for the football festival
 


The official ball Lotto
 

The AFC U-14 Football Festival will take place from 18th August to 22nd August 2015 where it will have the opening and the closing ceremony. The participating countries apart from the host Brunei Darussalam will be Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste.

The Chairman also pointed out how the other youth team has shown improvement recently as the score lines were very minimal despite all the loses. On previous years, the gap of the score lines were bigger. This time round the U-14 Brunei team will consist of 18 shortlisted players and in this football festival, every listed player will be given the chance on every game as part of the rules sanctioned by AFC.

The current players are under the guidance of Takao Fujiwara who have been training the boys tirelessly for the past few months. They have been placed at the Games Village and undergoing intensive training. I’m very pleased to know how serious NFABD is in developing the young players especially at a very young age. Give it another few more years, we will definitely see results especially performance wise.

Brunei Darussalam will be grouped together will Malaysia, Timor Leste, the Philippines and Myanmar.

For your info, the matches will only be 30 minutes per half with a 15 minute break. The match field will be smaller than the usual standard.

Entrance will be free and it will be played at both at the Track and Field of Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex and the Berakas Sports Complex.

I’m quite excited and I can’t wait to see the boys show all the training put into the matches. Good luck.

 

 

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