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Augmented Reality is here

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Progresif and Itsybytes with the Progresif brochure where some pages have augmented reality features. Check them out

Augmented reality is here….. Woohooo.. I’ve came across this at IT events a few years ago and I was kinda interested with this idea. Basically it turns one dimensional page alive 😀 All you need is an app and of course, the paper or brochure has to be programmed to create the 3D effect.

This morning I had the privilege to have a coffee talk with Progresif and Itsybytes, an IT company at Starbucks Coffee at Beribi.

Present were Roger Plahay, Progresif’s Chief Financial Officer, Devin Edwards, Progresif’s Chief Marketing Officer and the founder and representatives of Itsybytes.

Progressive partnered with Itsybytes to create an interactive feel to Progresif’s brochure which is published quarterly. So in the edition of Oct to December, some of the pages in Progresif’s brochure has elements of augmented reality which gives the readers a different experience on the knowledge while reading the brochure.

Devin believes that this will spur more creativity in Brunei alone and this will also helped SMEs to venture out with newer, creative ideas to get their message across to the community, using different kinds of reach. Progresif has been working closely with Itsybytes for a year and finally both of them have synergise their strengths to make it more impactful and meaningful for readers and also potential clients in the future.

Do check out the latest Progresif brochure and tell me what you think.



Some of the examples how the Augmented Reality will look like on your tablet or smartphone

The latest brochure from Progresif

Check out the HÅG chairs

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Jack Chin of Sejalin Living briefing on the HÅG chairs during the road show in Seria last month. He’s the best person to ask on ergozones’ products

All ergozones’ products are designed to make sure you won’t have to sit still or known as, “Dynamic Ergonomics”. At Sejalin, the chairs encourage healthy micro-movements and give you exactly the right support in relation to your size and weight, so it can contribute to the improved well being and productivity of the user. To put it simply, our solutions contribute to the well-being of people – and this in turn helps the productivity of their businesses.

I want talk about the HÅG chairs. The brand itself established back in 1943 and HÅG has been successfully perfecting the art of developing innovative ways of evolving office chair design concepts. Let’s just say that it provides a better seating solution especially those who tend to sit longer. Very ideal for people like myself who spent hours on the computer. These aren’t just your typical chairs and I can assure you that HÅG chairs redefines your sitting pleasure and reduces the stress points with posture related symptoms.

I’ve tried for a week or so and it might take some time to get use to it but once, you get the hang of it, this is the perfect chair. The HÅG chair goes deeper that that. Plenty of research have been conducted to perfect the ergonomics of the chair and furthermore, HÅG have award winning designs. I personally like the HÅG Capisco model.

Drop by Sejalin showroom to find out more on the ergonomics at office and consult with the Product Specialist on the ergonomic solution to fit your needs from height-adjustable tables and ergonomic chairs/accessories.

Sejalin is a Master Retailer for the following ergonomic brands:

Scandinavian Business Seating: RBM, RH and HÅG (Chairs)
Duba B8 (Height adjustable tables)
Posturite (Accessories)

Do visit their showroom at Shop No1. Ground Floor, Spg 41-1-12, Kg Kiarong or catch them on their Facebook Page or IG @sejalin.living



HÅG Capisco. My kind of chair.

The HÅG helps with your posture without you realising

You can have different texture of the model

I like the Duba B8 table. It can adjust the height to your level of comfort

2,000 burgers gone in 3 hours

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The earlier customers yesterday at McDonald’s Gadong

An efficient queueing system deployed

What a successful event yesterday at McDonald’s outlets Gadong and Jerudong Drive-Thru yesterday!! All the 2,000 Egg McMuffin with Chicken Roll burger were all done by 9ish am.

I made a two hour visit to Gadong outlet and watched the crowd trickling in. What I am impressed is the queue control. So you won’t see loads of crowd rush especially when collecting coupons.

This was part of the National Breakfast Day hosted by McDonald’s and Brunei is one of the latest country to be part of this initiative.

There were a lot of youth, students and even families that showed up yesterday. It’s also a good reminder to all that McDonald’s is open from 7am for breakfast. According to Noor Hafila Salleh, Marketing Executive of McDonald’s Brunei.

Well done to McDonald’s Brunei on introducing this finally to the locals. Let’s hope for another round next year 😀



Guess who were queueing up yesterday

Taken at McDonald’s Jerduong

She had the 1,000th coupon at McDonald’s Jerudong

The crew have been working since 2am to cater to the customers

The vendors at Jerudong Beach

I had the 1,000th coupon one at McDonald’s Gadong 😀

Canon Photomarathon 2016

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Roughly almost 400 participants joined the Canon Photomarathon 2016 hosted by Interhouse Company and it was held at Serambi Batil Ballroom at the Brunei Handicraft Centre in town. I kinda like the venue here and it’s the first time I actually experienced the atmosphere here.

There will be three themes involved in this year’s competition and it’s a tradition to have three themes which lasts two hours each.

The Grand Prize will be the photo clinic in Japan which is worth USD5,000. There will be also prizes for each of the themes. The first prize will be a EOS 80D 118-55mm, the second prize will be the EOS M3 EFM 18-55mm and the third prize is the Pixma MG7770 AIO.

I also get the chance to feel the new EOS 5D Mark IV… It’s superb and lighter than my 3 year old camera, the 5D Mark III. The Canon’s newest EOS 5D Mark IV takes image quality to the next stage indeed. It also delivers a 4K performance.. Nooiceee.. It shoots at 7 frames per second and it has a built in wifi and in-built GPS. Let’s see if I’m ready for an upgrade. We shall see. I shall be posting the results of the Canon Photomarathon 2016 soon too.





Good luck, Mr. Kurapak!!!


I’m already in love in the first sight.. The Canon 5D Mark IV



It’s posing time 😀

Who will win the prizes sponsored by Canon?

K-Tigers in Brunei

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Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof, Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports with Cho Won Myun, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam during the Korean Festival launch at Times Square Shopping Centre last Friday

Officiating the launch

From sour Kimchi and delicate sand art by “Mr Chai” to neck-breaking numbers by popular Korean group K-Tigers, the Korean Festival 2016 kicks off with a high note during its launching last Friday. Today (Sunday) will be the final day.

Held at the Times Square Shopping Centre, Berakas, the event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was graced by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof. Present were the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Cho Won Myun and Times Square General Manager Amal Majidah Hj Suhaili.

During his welcoming remarks, Cho shared such events will help to facilitate cultural exchanges between two countries. “This will further strengthen the friendship between our two countries,” he added. The festival was co-organised by South Korean Embassy, Times Square and Korea Foundation, and will end this Sunday.

On top of that, the public is welcomed to drop by at the ground floor atrium of the complex and participate in various activities such as the lucky draw that grants a total of four tickets to Seoul, Korea. Other activities include cooking and make-up demonstrations, Korean traditional games, K-pop dancing performance by members of Korean Cultural Club, Korean food eating contest and quizzes. Text by Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre Facebook Page.


Sand art by Mr. Chai


K-Tigers performance, the highlight of the Korean Festival


Even the crowd were being engaged


K-Pop dance



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Grohe’s soft launch

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Yuri Aoki, General Manager of My Space Gallery welcoming the media during Grohe’s soft launch at My Space Gallery showroom at Salambigar

Melissa Ong, Country Sales Manager of LIXIL Water Technology, Grohe (Malaysia)

Sometimes when we renovate our homes especially our kitchens or bathrooms/toilets, we don’t really pay much attention to the little minor details or even the quality of the said items because we take for granted that these are just items that are a necessity for our home needs.

Only recently I came across My Space Gallery and learnt many new things that they offer in terms of the quality of the product/brand they carry and also the after sales service. But I would say that the said company is more of a solution provider for home, office and building.

Two days ago, My Space Gallery showcased one of the strongest product, Grohe, and it’s a German-based premium sanitary fittings. I have to say I’m impressed with the brand during the product knowledge presentation by Yuri Aoki, General Manager of My Space Gallery, Melissa Ong, Country Sales Manager of LIXIL Water Technology, Grohe (Malaysia) and Balazs Kovacs of My Space Gallery. If only many of us are educated with such depth information, we will appreciate what Grohe is able to provide for consumers with quality and convenience assured.



Balazs Kovacs of My Space Gallery has very deep knowledge on the technical aspects of Grohe products

The Grohe Rainshower Smartcontrol shower

It has many great features and you can get a real feel at their showroom

Grohe Aquatunes have been earning good reviews. The waterproof bluetooth speakers 😀

Grohe has a motto or tagline “Pure Freude an Wasser” which means Pure Enjoyment of Water in German. If you want a good experience during shower, the Grohe brand is the ideal solution to your needs. The Grohe Rainshower Smartcontrol is one of its kind experience. They have different modes for different experiences in the shower alone. Even with a three button feature, it is still straight forward to operate. There is even a massage mode (not literally).

You can check out the functions of the Grohe Rainshower Smartcontrol at My Space Gallery showroom and you will get a clearer picture. This is one efficient and innovative shower technology that I’ve come across.

The Grohe Aquatunes is another innovative product. It’s a waterproof bluetooth speaker and it’s a collaboration between Grohe and Philips. Now you can shower, listening to your favourite music or podcast and your showering experience will be enhanced.

Do visit their showroom at Unit 1, Block A & B, Lot 60363, Kg Salambigar, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm or call 8985787 for enquiries. You can also follow their Facebook Page and also their instagram @my_spacegallery



Now we all want this type of toilet in our homes


It looks like leather but it’s not. It will somehow make me extra careful when aiming :p

My Space Gallery at Salambigar

The map

Sentral Property Roadshow 2016

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If you’re interested in investing in Malaysian properties, head to HomeCity Property and Management’s (HomeCity) booth during Sentral Property Roadshow, which starts this Friday, to check out the latest property projects in the neighbouring country.

The real estate company, which specialises in marketing, listing, renting and selling and managing properties, will be at booth A8 during the roadshow held at Sentral Shopping Centre’s (KBSentral) atrium.

One of the properties that the company will highlight is Harbour City @ Pulau Melaka, a project by leading property developer in Melaka, Hatten Group.

Expected to completed by 2019, the multi-award winning development will integrate Harbour City Resort Suites on top of six-level oceanic-themed mall and 500,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor theme park. A cruise liner-themed hotel (Harbour City Suites) and also an international chain hotel within the development.

“This is a good time to invest in the property in Melaka due to the state’s booming tourism and growing economy,” said Marketing Manager of HomeCity Amanda Yang.

She also added that with upcoming accessibility projects such as Melaka Gateway, which will feature a cruise terminal and also the construction of the KL-Singapore high speed rail that will stop by Melaka, the state is a favourable place to invest.

Those who are interested can check out HomeCity’s booth to find out other investment benefits during the roadshow and the last day is Sunday, 23rd October. Representatives from Harbour City’s developer Hatten Group will be present to assist. Text courtesy of Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times.







Free Egg McMuffin this Monday

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Wanna enjoy a FREE Egg McMuffin with Chicken Roll this coming Monday? Read the post to find out more.

Guess what? McDonald’s Brunei will be organizing its very FIRST National Breakfast Day 2016. So what does that mean?? FREE FOOD.. Well, in a form of burger that is. Apparently this is a yearly activity of worldwide McDonald and only selected countries are organizing it.

Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Manila, India, Korea Thailand, Middle East, South Africa, Taiwan and many more.. and of course, for the first time ever, Brunei Darussalam.

So this year, Brunei McDonald’s will be giving away 2,000 Egg McMuffin with Chicken Roll nationwide. This means 1,000 pieces at McDonald’s Gadong and the 1,000 pieces at McDonald’s Jerudong.

It will be held on Monday 24th October 2016 from 7am to 10am. I’m pretty sure that it will be a big hit and it will run out before 10am. Just be mindful that this deal is only available at McDonald’s counter and not valid on drive-thru and McDelivery services.

How it works is the staff of McDonald’s will distribute coupons and it’s applicable one coupon per person. It will start at 7am and it will be a queueing system (first come, first serve). The other great thing is if the customer wants to upgrade their meal with a hash brown and coffee/tea for only BND 2. Only the coupon holder is entitled for the $2 upgrade promotion.

During the National Breakfast Day 2016, the crew of McDonald’s will be heading to a few schools to distribute some free burgers. The management also mentioned that they will also distribute 50 free burgers to vendors at Tamu Kianggeh early in the morning. This is one of the way that McDonald’s give back to the community and let’s hope this will be a yearly thing 😀


Sharizam Hj Samat, Operation Manager of McDonald’s Brunei and Noor Hafilah Mohamed Salleh, Marketing Executive of McDonald’s Brunei during the press conference for the National Breakfast Day 2016


Mercedes-Benz SUV

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Jati Transport Sdn Bhd introduces 3 new SUVs from Mercedes-Benz today at their Gadong showroom. The new facelift GLS, GLE and the all-new GLC Coupé.

GLS facelift

The facelift strengthens the leading position of the GLS in its segment with a modified exterior, even more quality in the interior plus innovative technology for enhanced ride comfort and safety. The large-size SUV appeals to customers who are looking for impressive spaciousness for up to 7 people and a modern take on luxury.

On display, the GLS 400 4MATIC AMG Line lends the exterior an even more dynamic and athletic character. It includes the eye-catching AMG bodystyling with AMG-specific front and rear aprons, wheel arch extensions in the vehicle colour as well as 53.3 cm (21-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

The powerful V6 petrol engine in the GLS 400 4MATIC AMG Line with its responsive exhaust gas turbocharger delivers 245kW (333hp) and a maxikmum torque of 480Nm. The facelifted GLS also fitted as standard with the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic transmission which further improved electrohydraulic control unit, together with optimised engine and transmission software, results in more dynamic gear changes and even greater shift quality.




GLE facelift

Mercedes-Benz has thoroughly revised its best-seller in the SUV segment. The highlights of the GLE facelift include considerably more appealing front and tail ends and extensive measures which make new benchmarks with regard to emissions and drive system possible.

The GLE 400 4MATIC AMG Line truly underlines the dynamic and athletic appearance of the car in the showroom. The AMG Line package comprises, among other things, special front and rear bumpers in the distinctive AMG styling and 50.8-cm (20-inch) AMG light-alloy wheels.

The V6 biturbo petrol engine in the GLE 400 4MATIC AMG Line develops 245kW (333hp) and a peak torque of 480 Nm.


GLC Coupé

The dynamic-expressive styling of the GLC Coupé concept was a centre of attention at its world premiere in 2015 in Shanghai. It unites the typical stylistic elements of a coupé with the design language of current SUV models. Just one year later, this promise has become a reality: the new GLC Coupé translates the design idiom of the show car, with its distinctive basic structure and stretched greenhouse, virtually unchanged into series production. At the same time, the sports car among Mercedes-Benz’s midsize SUVs impresses with its brand-typical safety, modern assistance systems and an especially sporty-dynamic character.The as-standard sports suspension as well as more direct sports steering, DYNAMIC SELECT and 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission combine effortlessly superior ride comfort with decidedly sporty agility.

At the launch, the GLC 250 4MATIC Coupé is powered by a 4-cylinder turbocharged pertol engine which delivers an output of 155 kW (211 hp) and a peak torque of 350 Nm.

So do visit the showroom at Gadong and check out the SUVs from the Mercedes-Benz line.





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