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Mar

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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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30
Aug

Come September Come

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

August almost over
 


Sometimes I wonder what it is like to be a serving staff during a dinner function. It’s never easy being one as you need a lot of mental and physical strength since you need be there a few hours before the function and also staying behind to clean up the area. I have high respect to all the service staff especially in catering. This was taken during the Abacus Brunei Silver Jubilee celebration and these are the serving staff from Royal Brunei Catering.
 


Now this is one power house notebook. The Acer Nitro with super great specs – 17 inch, powered with an i7 Intel processor and 16GB of RAM (wow) and Nvidia graphics card. It’s also equipped with solid state 1TB of HDD. Now it’s available at Concepts Computer and selling at BND 1,888.
 


I never realise how time flies so fast. Happy 25th anniversary Abacus Brunei. For your info, in my simple explanation, Abacus is the booking system used for travel agents and of course, Royal Brunei booking system. So when you visit a ticketing agent, they are using the Abacus system to book your flights. The celebration was held last Friday. More details on the winners next week.
 


Annabelle Pei Pei. Wow, where can I start? She has been singing for private functions for many years already. As of late, she’s now not just a singer but an entertainer. She has groomed to a more matured entertainer which is very important to gain traction of the audience. Keep it up!! It’s always a plus if you can host an event and cap it off with singing. A bright future indeed. Image by Hanafi Salam.
 


Wow, sambal burger is a new promotional item from Burger King and I have a feeling this will sell quite well in Brunei market. I just had it last Friday and guess what? I had it today for breakie 😀 Thumbs up to Burger King. Of course, my fav item there is still the taro pie.
 


What a class act by UBD Toastmasters members last night at the UBD Toastmasters Evaluation Contest and Humourous Speech Contest which was held at UBD Multi Purpose Hall. I was totally entertained and also encouraged by the number of participants in the contest. Here is the picture of the UBD Toastmasters members being briefed before the contest. A lot of winners in my heart. Keep up the great work!!
 


I had a great time being the timer with Ting Ting for the UBD Toastmasters Contest last night. It may sound as an easy task but it needs consistent mental strength and alertness especially when contestants are on stage.
 


Here is a picture of Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman and Datuk Awang Sahak bin Awang Salleh, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam with Royal Brunei Catering’s Acting General Manager, Pg Hj And Rahman during launching the Baba Nyonya Food Festival at Seasons Restaurant. Image courtesy of Bahyiah Bakar of Borneo Bulletin.
 


At the Baba Nyonya Food Festival, I had the rojak spring roll and it was pretty good. The food promotion will be ongoing until 10th September during dinner.
 


The press launch of the Justice League Run Brunei happening in September 27 and the final registration will be on 31st August 2015. Each participant will receive a T-shirt based on their chosen superhero (Superman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern or Wonder Woman). There will only a limit of 3,000 runners. So far 85% has registered. You can log on to www.heroes.com.bn
 


Hjh Nurul Akmar Hj Mohd Jaafar, BIBD’s Deputy Head of Consumer Banking, with the winners of Swipe for Rewards campaign
 


Hjh Nurul Akmar Hj Mohd Jaafar, BIBD’s Deputy Head of Consumer Banking, with the monthly winners of the Barakah 6 campaign
 


Happening next week. Hosted by TEDx Gadong.
 


Mrs. Helen Awang Sitai with her daughter Sharon Awang Sitai. It is such sad news to know that Mrs Helen has left us recently. She was always a cheerful being whenever I bumped into her. My deepest condolences to Sharon, Paul, Aaron and Awang Sitai on your loss. For your information, there will be a memorial service at St. Andrew’s Church at 9am, Monday 31st August 2015. May she rest in peace.
 


Hajah Hasnah Ibrahim, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the BEDB, presented prizes to one of the winners from St. Andrew’s School in the Brunei Robotics Olympiad 2015. Well done!!
 


Another school from Sekolah Rendah Sengkurong participating at the Brunei Robotics Olympiad 2015.
 


An event I missed yesterday – Hamlet play – because of the UBD Toastmasters Contest. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.
 

 


Yaaaay! #‎PHOPbrunei is organizing a fun activity for our Kids Club Members today Sunday, 30th August 2015 at Berakas branch! Come and join the fun at 2pm! Don’t miss out.. Its free! Activities include pancake play dough design, colouring fun and more. Special minions, spongebob, bumblebee pancakes will be launched for a day for all to enjoy. For more information please do contact us at 2331668. Hope to see you and your family. Let’s have a fun-filled flipping good weekend together
 


Adriane Jaafar at Bake Culture a few days ago. The stock keeps running out because it’s just too popular and plus it’s new..
 


A picture opportunity with Wu Chun’s No.1 fan.. She flies whenever there is a Wu Chun event and she has been doing that for 8 years now.. Amazing!!
 


A friend I knew through twitter 5 years ago *lol* and now we finally took another photo. Good to see you Michelle (Taken at Bake Culture).
 


The Bersih 4 gathering. Well, I hardly post anything on politics but this is interesting that many countries are having rallies to influence the downfall of the current government in Malaysia. Image taken by Stephen Yau and this was in Melbourne where 5,000 supporters turned up. Amazing!!
 


For your info on Bersih 4.0 gathering
 


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29
Aug

Project Peace

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

#McWhopperProposal
 


The #McWhopperProposal
 

Press release from Miami, USA: It’s official. Burger King is extending an olive branch to McDonald’s, calling for a one-day ‘burger wars’ ceasefire on their longstanding rivalry. Burger King proposes that on Peace Day, September 21st, 2015, the two restaurants set aside their differences and unite to create the ‘McWhopper’ – a burger that combines all the tastiest ingredients from their signature sandwiches, the Big Mac® and the WHOPPER®, in one delicious, peace-loving burger.

A detailed exploration of Burger King’s proposal to McDonald’s can be found at www.mcwhopper.com. The ‘McWhopper’ would be available for one-day, a t one location in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A, with the objective of raising awareness of Peace Day. As with any proposal, McDonald’s is free to accept or decline the offer. If they choose not to participate, no harm done – after all, peace isn’t always easy to achieve. Should they say yes, burger fans will get to experience the culinary mash-up of a lifetime, and walk away inspired by the mouthwatering taste of peace.

“Our proposal is designed to generate the most attention and awareness possible for Peace Day and the work of the non-profit organization Peace One Day,” said Fernando Machado, Senior Vice President for Global Brand Management at Burger King Corporation. “We’re being completely transparent with our approach because we want them to take this seriously. It would be amazing if McDonald’s agrees to do this. Let’s make history and generate a lot of noise around Peace Day. If they say no, we’ll hopefully have, at the very least, raised much-needed financial support and consciousness for the great cause that is Peace One Day. And both are well worth the effort.”

Peace Day, September 21st, is a United Nations-recognized annual day of global unity, successfully advocated by the non-profit organization Peace One Day. “Our short term goal is to expose three billion people to Peace Day by 2016. It’s a big target but it’s very possible, particularly with the support of the corporate sector – they have the resources and ability to raise awareness on a massive scale. That awareness creates action, and that action saves lives,” said Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day.
“This proposal from Burger King is the corporate sector at its best – coming together, putting their differences aside and saying: ‘come on; let’s do something to manifest a more peaceful, sustainable world’.”

For more information, visit www.mcwhopper.com and www.peaceoneday.org. End of press release.

On that note, it’s up to Makan Ceria Sdn Bhd (the business operator of McDonald’s Brunei) to respond on this particular press release (since Burger King is not allowed to approach). We shall see if such proposal will be materialised and it will definitely be a win-win situation for the consumers 😀 Now it’s just the waiting game from McDonald’s Brunei. Let’s make history. Furthermore, let’s make history in Brunei.

 

 


The McWhopper Packaging Proposal
 

 

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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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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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