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Mar

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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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03
Aug

Squeezing for time

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

K-Food & Arts
 


Deputy MCYS Minister Datin Paduka Hjh Adina, South Korean Ambassador Cho, General Manager of Times Square Amal, Director of Gallery DM Lim, Manager of Setia Motors Chin, and spouse of the South Korean envoy launched the Korean Food & Art Festival at Times Square by mixing the massive ‘bibimbap’
 

Have you checked out K-Food & Art Festival at Times Square Shopping Centre? It’s still ongoing until Wednesday 5th August. You can learn to do Korean traditional painting and also guess the Korean ingredient when you are blindfolded. This will normally begin in the evening times. On the finale itself (Wednesday), there will be a final eating competition and also guessing the ingredient followed by a closing performance of K-Pop dance performance by ITB Korean Culture Club.

The K-Food & Art Festival was kicked off last Saturday. The guest of honour was Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Deputy Minister of Ministry Culture, Youth and Sports. She was accompanied by Cho Won-Myung, South Korean Ambassador to Brunei, and his spouse, Grace Lim, Director of Gallery DM, Amal Majidah, General Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre and James Chin, Manager of Setia Motors Sdn Bhd.

The Korean Food and Art Festival will feature fun activities for the public including; Cooking Demonstration, Eating Competition, Learning Traditional Mask Painting, Face Painting by Korean Artist, Guess the ingredient, Learning Korean Fan Calligraphy, Learning Traditional Wrapping cloth (bojagi), Dress-Up & Photo Booth and activities by ITB KCC.

All customers of Times Square are welcome to vote any display artwork based on your choices. From this participation, you will get to join our lucky draw and win amazing prizes. You may come to our lucky draw counter to vote and get your lucky draw coupon.

 


Amal Majidah delivering her welcoming remarks
 


A gift to the guest of honour from an artist
 


A gift of appreciation to the guest of honour from the Korean Embassy
 


Grace Lim saying a few words
 


At the Korean art display
 


The eating competition
 


Guess the ingredient game
 


Hello Bomi Oh from Sarang Restaurant.
 


Busy behind the scene
 


Silla Restaurant have sitting area for the public
 


These are the halal food items imported from Korea
 


Some of the art display
 


You can dress up in Korean traditional clothes too
 


You will have a chance to try out Korean traditional painting in the evening time
 

 

More greens during Raya 
 


The grand winner for the Baiduri Bank Multi-Tier Savings Account Promotion and she won herself BND 50,000… Awesome!!
 

Baiduri Bank has been very active lately during the Hari Raya season. Why? Because of the endless of prize presentation in the past few days. Hence there are many reasons to be a customer of Baiduri Bank.

First up was the Sungkai with Baiduri promotion, secondly is the Multi Tier Savings Promotion where one winner will walk away with BND 50,000 (wowweee) and finally the winners of another Sungkai with Baiduri in collaboration with Starbucks.

It doesn’t end there. There is still an ongoing promotion where you can stand a chance to win a Mini Cooper. Simply shop at Mabohai Shopping Complex and pay using your Baiduri credit or debit cards. Simple, right? And you even enjoy exclusive deals too. The promotion period ends on 30 November 2015.

For more updates, you can check out Baiduri Bank Facebook Page or follow their instagram @baiduribank

 


Another consolation prize for the Baiduri Multi-Tier Savings Promotion
 


Consolation winners of the Baiduri Multi-Tier Savings Promotion
 


Another winner for a flight to Singapore
 


She’s flying to Singapore
 


The winners of the Sungkai with Baiduri promotion
 


One of the winners of the joint promotion with Baiduri Bank and Starbucks
 


The winners of the joint promotion with Baiduri Bank and Starbucks
 


Wanna win a Mini Cooper?? Shop at Mabohai and swipe with your Baiduri cards
 

  
 

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03
Aug

Good job, Brunei

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Special enough? 

 


The Brunei athletes representing in the Special Olympics Summer World Games 2015 in Los Angeles, USA
 

Special indeed. So far great coverage on the Special Olympics especially for our Brunei representatives who are currently at Los Angeles for the Special Olympics Summer World Games 2015 (25th July to 2nd August). So 11 special athletes from the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) flew off on the 3rd day of Hari Raya to Los Angeles and the team was led by Hj Mahrub Hj Murni, SOBD’s President.

And guess what? They have done tremendously well in the Special Olympics Summer World Games 2015. Even better than our athletes in the recent SEA Games and previous Olympics. This is in relations to the medals they have won Gold medals to begin with. Awesome!!!

Nurul Mimi Silawati won gold in Long Jump and she also came 2nd in 100M run. Another gold medalist is Muhammad Aminnur Rafie in the 100M walk and he also won Silver for the Softball Throw. So that’s really good to know that we have talents even for the special needs.

There were other medalist as well. Mohammad Nadihie Hj Abas won Silver in 100M run; Mickellyhelmie won two bronze medals for 200M run and 100M run and finally Siti Hazirah Zolkipli won Bronze fro Softball Throw. Mohammad Samri Mahli earned Silver for BC Bocce Doubles and the same goes to Siti Nursyazwani Hj Shamsudin in her BC Bocce Doubles.

Other notable mentions are Ahmad Zharfan Ahmadiah who came fourth in the Golf-Level 5 Stroke with a 317 score. He just missed out on the medal spot.

This shows that Brunei could have won more medals if more athletes participated but due to budget constraint, SOBD could only send 11 athletes and since it is held at Los Angeles, USA, it will be a high cost for the parents to fly over as well. Good job to the President in taking care of the athletes and also the coaches, trainers and a doctor. It’s not easy being away from home especially during the festive season.

It’s just a little sad that none of the senior officials from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports were present during the events just like how they attended the recent SEA Games in Singapore. Maybe it could be down to budget constraint. Even in the photo session (during the sending off at the Brunei International Airport), there weren’t any high senior officials apart from Hj Mahrub who came in the the capacity as the President of SOBD.

There should be a double standard for every Brunei athletes that represent the country in prestigious events such as SEA Games, Asian Games, Olympics and even Special Olympics. They all deserved a proper send off and further more, this is a Special Olympics (same level as the Olympics). This is just my positive criticism two cents.

I congratulate the athletes for their courage to accept the challenge to represent Brunei and you all definitely had a wonderful experience in Los Angeles. A big mention also to Hj Mahrub for leading and motivating the athletes and the other delegates for taking care of the athletes. They are due to be back soon to Brunei and I can feel that they can’t wait to be home again. Images below taken from SOBD Facebook Page and their instagram @specialolympics_brunei

 


Muhammad Aminnurr Rafie winning Gold in 100M Walk and also getting Silver in Softball Throw
 


Nurul Mimi Silawati winning Gold in Long Jump and also grabbing Silver in 100M Run
 


Nurul Mimi Silawati posing for the camera
 


Mohammad Nadihie Hj Abas, a Silver medalist for 100m run
 


Siti Hazirah Zolkipli won Bronze in Softball Throw
 


Mickellyhelmie is a double Bronze winner for 200M run and 100M run
 


The Brunei delegates with Hj Mahrub Hj Murni at the Brunei International Aiport
 


The Brunei delegates arriving the States two weeks ago
 


The sponsors from Wong Chain and Armtrix Enterprise as they sponsored equipment and apparels respectively for the athletes.
 

  

 

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31
Jul

Go Rogue

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Mi5: Rogue Nation 
 

Review of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation featuring Del Goh and Nee Khern

  
 

The Happenings
 

There are many things that I would love to share here on my blog. The Brunei-Singapore relationship for the past 54 years (Wow) or my first visit to greet His Majesty the Sultan and the members of the Royal Family. Well, just have to find the time to focus on those areas and just type away. I guess it’s easy for me to slack off the keyboard since I’m my own boss. My discipline level can easily waned and it will be tough to get back the groove. I’m climbing back up and I just can’t wait for my iMac to be fixed. Apparently my HDD has a bad sector and it became a hardware problem.

I recently caught Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and I quite enjoyed it. It’s on par with MI: Ghost Protocol and I would highly recommend you to catch it. I shall have a full review of it soon on my blog and of course, on my sound cloud (The Popcorn Panel). I’ve been loving the summer movies so far and next up will be a reboot of the Fantastic Four 😀

Next month will be a busy month indeed. Two big weddings that will steal the show for me and I will be back and forth to help out both my sister’s wedding and also my good buddies Nisaa Suresh and Azeez Jaafar. I even had to forgo my Denmark trip which will be sometime in August.

Anyway, have a great weekend and I’m happy that my family is back so the house won’t feel that quiet 😀

 


I’ve been catching a bit of the Mum’s Bakery Basketball Competition and I can’t help but admire the mattresses used as a cushion to prevent the players from banging to the wall. The mattress have been there for many years.
 


Well done to our Brunei athlete of getting bronze medal in the 200m run in the Special Olympics at Los Angeles
 


I introduced this game to my friends and they were hooked. The Werewolf game is awesome!!
 


The Heng Tai boys dressing up for the occasion last weekend 😀
 


My visit to the Tourism Malaysian Open House yesterday. Thanks for the hospitality.
 


It’s good to be back at the court but my level of fitness needs more work
 


Have you tried the Tumpi at Tati’s cafe at Jalan Babu Raja? Yummy when crispy
 


With Ak Danny of JPMC at DST Open House yesterday. Thanks Norliha Din for featuring us in The Brunei Times.
 


I’m going to the Toy Fair at Hua Ho Manggis. Image courtesy of Stephen Chiam
 

  
 

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30
Jul

The Cruise Effect

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Rogue Nation 
 


My second periscope live feed and it was a quick review of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Download Periscope app on your smartphone and add me username Ranoadidas and replay my latest video feed 😀
 

 

Loft and Co 
 


I was checking out the office furniture at Loft and Co the other day
 

It has been around for a few weeks or so. A new furniture shop in town and it’s picking up pace despite the recent decline in consumer spending. Perhaps it was a timely manner when I ran an Instagram competition where the lucky winner will be walking away with a coffee table worth BND 380 from Loft and Co and their sales picked up just before Hari Raya. Even my future bro-in-law bought some items there :)

If you are hunting for home modern-high quality furniture, Loft and Co has it all and they will be bringing in more stock and new batches of furniture. I will talk more in details in my future post on their furniture.

You can check them out at Unit 6 to 9, Ground Floor, Little Soho at Batu Bersurat (the building after Shabulicious up the hill). You can also contact or whatsapp them at 8908778 and even follow them on instagram @loftandcobsb

 


From dining area to bed space at Loft and Co
 


Some of the customers that dropped by and bought some furniture at Loft and Co
 


Modern looking feel sofa for your home
 


This was taken a few weeks’ ago where I drew the lucky winner with Nicole from Loft and Co for the coffee table prize
 


And the winner was @el.23 and congratulations
 


Another winner from @thanislim competition with a voucher worth BND 150
 

 

Korean Food and Art Festival 
 


Happening this Saturday until Wednesday next week at Times Square Shopping Centre
 

Times Square Shopping Centre will be hosting a Korean Food and Art Festival this Saturday, 1st August 2015 until Wednesday, 5th August 2015. The festival which will be held at Times Square’s atrium is organized by Times Square Shopping Centre and co-organized by Embassy of Republic Korea, Korea Argo Fisheries and Food Trade Corp, Korean Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and Gallery DM.

The Korean Food and Art Festival will feature fun activities for the public including; Cooking Demonstration, Eating Competition, Learning Traditional Mask Painting, Face Painting by Korean Artist, Guess the ingredient, Learning Korean Fan Calligraphy, Learning Traditional Wrapping cloth (bojagi), Dress-Up & Photo Booth and activities by ITB KCC.

Times Square Shopping Centre also has several upcoming events which include “Times Square 3rd Lucky Draw Campaign” which will take place on Sunday, 9th August 2015. Moreover, on Tuesday 11th August 2015, Times Square will be holding an Open House for the public to celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. There will be fun activities and games from Dress-Up Competition to Lip Sync Battle during the annual Open House. Registrations are free and forms can be obtained at the lucky draw counter. Let’s have an unforgettable experience at Times Square Shopping Centre; a place for everyone.

For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours.

 


Food demonstration from Silla Restaurant
 

  
 

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29
Jul

In the zone

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Hari Raya updates 
 

 

A slow rays. I have mentioned this before that Hari Raya hasn’t been all that this year. I didn’t hear any fireworks since the beginning of Raya. So things have been mellow indeed. Another surprise factor is that many Bruneians opted to fly away during the Hari Raya season. It reminds me of Chinese New Year where my Chinese friends would also choose to travel abroad. I won’t be surprised if this will be the new trend for upcoming Hari Raya seasons.

My raya marathons are over. Friends have been asking me how many houses I have been to and thinking that I would be soaring with high numbers of house visits. Well, I have remained consistent for the past few years – an average total of 10-15 houses total. That’s excluding the corporate Hari Raya open houses. Back in my younger days, I could clock at least 12-15 houses a day and my highest is still 102 visits. Those days, there weren’t even the term selfies and all the pictures I took was with my SLR *lol*

I managed to get my butt off my bed and make my rounds to most of the invites. Yes, it’s tough to get back to the groove when I’m already set in my comfort zone in my room, carrying on from the fasting period. Even my blog has been affected in terms of my updates (sorry, readers) but I feel my mojo is returning and I shall be blogging and updating from time to time.

If any of you want me to pose Hari Raya photos (especially those overseas), you can email me at ranoadidas gmail.com And for fun facts, I find this rather amusing posted on brublahblah post (refer image below) with regards to our Brunei behaviour during Hari Raya. Classic!!

 


Taken from brublablah.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

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27
Jul

Forever

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Congratulations Terence & Mel 
 


I have to salute Daryl for the commanding job as a “brother”. Now I wonder where my Liverpool bag sack is? *lol*
 

Yay!! I was one of the brothers for Terence Tahir Han and Melati Yussof’s second reception. Thank you, guys, for the honour and it’s my second experience as a “Heng Tai” and it’s always a pleasure to be part of wedding celebration. So Terence and Mel, you guys rocked and it looked like well smooth wedding dinner. Their first wedding reception was back in December 2014.

I knew Melati way before Terence. She was still studying in Jerudong International School and my first impression when I saw her for the first time at Coffee Zone Gadong was “Woww, she has a resemblance of Janet Jackson”. *lol* And you still do 😀 It was only whenI became familiar with her cousins (Alai and Peah) that I knew more about Melati as a person. She’s like a friend that I could text randomly and she would always reply with a positive energy. What she’s good at is empowering people and she has been quite successful in applying that in the company she’s working with. By the way, your fascination of the “chips” story still leaves a lasting impression on me. Keep on rocking, Mel.

As for Terence, I didn’t really get to know of him until our first encounter in CV a few years ago. I remember he bought my auction item back then and he was always known as “Ken’s brother” because he only entered the “Brunei Market” a few years ago after his working days in Singapore and Hong Kong. My dream one day is to get a game of him in tennis and now would be the best time since he’s recovering from a shoulder injury. He has been a great addition to the team in our project. The only difference about us is that he fell in love with the Gunners. All the best to both of you and I’m grateful for being given this opportunity to be part of your wedding memories.


The ladies did a splendid job despite a few tricks up the brothers’ sleeves
 


The final task for Terence
 


Melati with her sisters
 


It was fun to have little kids in the mixture
 


The couple with the Hans
 


Getting ready for dinner
 


With Sophia Mopiko Siu and Seng Yee Ciara
 


Even Gary has a nick name
 


Some of the guests from last Saturday
 


The brothers in red tie
 


Terence and Melati
 


The happy parents of the couple
 


We kicked off the entrance
 


Followed by Cheelin and Mike
 


Best friends of Terence – Ryan and Calvin from Hong Kong. Awesome and sporting lads too. Hope to see you in HK one day.
 


They have got some grooves as well
 


Awwwww aren’t they such sweet together?
 


The entertainers – Del Goh and Leo Kasim
 


The ASEAN handshake (Missing Siew and Daryl)
 


The Bersanding dinner of Terence and Melati in December 2014
 

 

  
 

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24
Jul

It’s hard to re-start

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Be Right Back 

 

I’m back.. That took a week!!! I’m still sorting out my computer at home. It’s difficult that my main computer the iMac 2013 is acting up. The damn “beachball” keeps appearing and it’s hard to do my work. I even reset the memory ram of my iMac.. 16 gig worth of ram to be exact and I even run a diagnosis with an MRI approach and it still didn’t work. So now most of my work is done on my Macbook Air but of course, I prefer my main desktop for convenient purposes. At this moment, I have no choice but to back up my iMac and sent it for repair.

On a brighter note, I’m back again and I would like to wish you Selamat Hari Raya Maaf Zahir Batin. I know this sounds silly but a few years ago, I put inserted the word “minta” before Maaf Zahir Batin. That doesn’t sound right at all and someone did point that out a few years ago when I posted that on my website. Thank you for that.

I won’t be blogging much again until I get my computer fixed. You can stalk my social media platforms instagram twitter Snapchat at @ranaodidas and I’m quite up to date with that because almost everything is mobile now. Sometimes I gained more traction on my IG than my blog in a very short span of time.

The highlight of my Hari Raya so far is my visit to the Istana Nurul Iman to greet His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei and members of the Royal Family. My family hasn’t been around for the past few Hari Raya so it has been a mellow one for me. Invites have been dry too and quite a handful of Bruneians travel abroad too. Let’s not discount that spending hasn’t been on the high side either which means lesser open houses or smaller scale. A big thanks to my good friend Aaron Goh who was more than willing to accompany me to the Palace for the Royal greet. It was a great experience and even Aaron said that the logistics was way better than his last visit (more than 15 years ago).


Aaron and I visited Istana Nurul Iman on the fourth day of Hari Raya. More stories on that soon.
 


It has been a slow paced Hari Raya celebration for me
 


Finally I get to shed off some fats by playing tennis and powering up with my favourite drink Mr. Brown
 

  

 

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19
Jul

Suicide Squad, I can’t wait

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Ant-Man 
 

Review of Ant-Man featuring Del Goh and Nee Khern

 
Justice has a bad side 
 

Our take on the trailer of Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring Del Goh and Nee Khern

Awang Semaun 
 

Review of Awang Semaun: Rise of the Warrior. Click play to listen to podcast review

  

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16
Jul

Fri or sat?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Opening Hours 
 

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The business operation hours for petrol station during first three days of Hari Raya. Click image to enlarge.
 

  

BSM promotion 
 

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