Movie reviews

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Toy Story 4. Surprisingly entertaining from start to finish. Why I say this is because this is the fourth edition of Toy Story saga and I was wondering how Pixar still got the ability to match the ever consistent trilogy of Toy Story. Hence, expectations were quite high. My oh my, it was simply beautiful and heart warming. Come to think of it, Pixar didnt’ need to do the fourth installment but they pulled off another magic. It was totally refreshing and new lovable characters (and funny too). It had a good closure and I hope that’s the finale of the Toy Story saga. So which is your favourite Toy Story series? I would say I love Toy Story 4 the most. Verdict: 8.5/10

 

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Men in Black International. Come to think of it, this has the same fate as Toy Story as this is the fourth movie in the MIB saga. Now this one, I kinda questioned a bit. Is it really necessary to make another MIB movie since the last two were considered mediocre at best and bombed at the box office. Guess what? MIBI bombed terribly in the box office, only raking in a mere $30 million on its opening weekend, which is considered low in today’s era. The movie itself stunk and I tried my best to enjoy it. It was flat through out and my interest level waned from the first five minutes. Not even the star power of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson can save this movie. A movie they could have done without. Verdict: 5/10

 

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Dark Phoenix. Why are sequels currently not as entertaining with the exception of Toy Story 4. I have yet to catch Secret Life of Pets 2 and Child’s Play (2019) but I also don’t have high expectations. I came to watch Dark Phoenix, an X-Men Series with low expectations. The funny thing was the movie performed below my low expectations. How bad is that? All my peers who watched it gave it a thumbs down except for Del Goh who rated it a 7/10 (we had a long argument about the score lol). But yea, it’s no rocket science that Dark Phoenix even scored a low 23% on Rotten Tomatoes and only raking it USD 60 million AFTER THREE WEEKS. Now that’s a scary figure. I can’t believe I had to endure this crap. The consolation was that Dark Phoenix fared better than Halle Berry’s Catwoman. Verdict: 4/10

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Audi Sport wins 24 Hours of Nürburgring for the fifth time

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Audi R8 LMS #4 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix), Pierre Kaffer/Frank Stippler/Dries Vanthoor/Frédéric Vervisch. Image by Ferdi Kräling Motorsport-Bild GmbH.
 

The 47th running of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring was a thriller up until the last second: Following a turbulent final stage, the number 4 Audi R8 LMS won the battle with last year’s winning team from Porsche with a one-lap advantage. For Audi Sport Team Phoenix based at the Nürburgring, this marked the third victory with Audi and the fifth in the team’s 20-year history.

“Sincere congratulations to the whole squad,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “We won with a unique combination of diverse factors this time. The field was not fully balanced and our rivals drove better lap times across long distances. But the impeccable and strong driving performance saved us from penalties. The new evolution of the Audi R8 LMS was running perfectly and Ernst Moser’s team once again showed that it’s top-class also in the international comparison.” The team from the Eifel had won its home round with Audi back in 2012 and 2014 and previously scored two other victories.

 

 

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Dries Vanthoor, Pierre Kaffer, Frédéric Vervisch, Frank Stippler. Image by Ferdi Kräling Motorsport-Bild GmbH.
 

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Audi R8 LMS #14 (Audi Sport Team Car Collection), Christopher Haase/Marcel Fässler/René Rast/Markus Winkelhock. Image by Ferdi Kräling Motorsport-Bild GmbH.
 

While three Audi R8 LMS cars were running within the group of the top ten for long stretches of the racing distance, car number 4 only took the lead for the first time on lap 142 when the Porsche that had been leading for a long time was handed a time penalty. At that time, a second Audi Sport Team had chances for victory as well – Audi Sport Team Land that was victorious for Audi at the Nürburgring in 2017. But two hours before the end of the race, the Audi R8 LMS from Wolfgang Land’s squad with drivers Christopher Haase/Kelvin van der Linde/Christopher Mies/René Rast retired after a puncture. Hence all hopes were pinned on the four Audi Sport drivers Pierre Kaffer/Frank Stippler/Dries Vanthoor/Frédéric Vervisch, who masterfully did their job. For the merely 21-year-old Belgian driver Dries Vanthoor, who drove the final stint, this marked the first Nürburgring victory, just like for Pierre Kaffer, who grew up in the Eifel. Frédéric Vervisch won the Nürburgring 24 Hours for the first time too. The Belgian was previously involved in the historic first 24-hour victory of the latest evolution of the Audi R8 LMS in Dubai in January. Frank Stippler, who hails from Cologne, won the iconic event as far back as in 2012 with Audi. In total, the GT3 race cars from Audi Sport customer racing have clinched as many as 13 overall victories in 24-hour races worldwide since 2009.

Audi Sport Team Car Collection with Christopher Haase/Marcel Fässler/René Rast/Markus Winkelhock lost a possible podium finish shortly before the end due to a time penalty and achieved fourth position. The privately fielded Audi R8 LMS from Phoenix Racing with Jeroen Bleekemolen/Vincent Kolb/Kim-Luis Schramm/Frank Stippler crossed the finish line in eighth place. Gentleman drivers Stefan Aust/Oliver Bender/Christian Bollrath/Jean-Louis Hertenstein claimed a remarkable 16th spot overall with Team Car Collection Motorsport.

Several Audi customer teams clinched additional trophies at the Nürburgring. Team Giti Tire Motorsport by RaceIng with Rahel Frey/Bernhard Henzel/Pavel Lefterov/Frank Schmickler in an Audi R8 LMS won the SP8 class ahead of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 from Team Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing with the Asian driver crew of Xiaole He/Fei Li/Yat Wong/Andy Yan. Team Bonk Motorsport scored second place in the SP 3T class in an Audi RS 3 LMS – the best TCR race car in this class. In 2017, the squad based in Münster had claimed two podium finishes with this model and another podium in 2018. Fourth position went to the Audi RS 3 LMS from Team Avia Sorg Rennsport. As a result, nine of the ten race cars from Audi Sport customer racing finished the event.

 

Shena hosted Hari Raya for stakeholders

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As part of its stakeholder engagement plan initiative, The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) hosted an Introductory and Hari Raya Gathering event for its stakeholders yesterday at The Garden’s Veranda, Rimba.

Present at the event was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny Bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry, as the Minister responsible for SHENA.

Also, in attendance were Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar Bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy) as Authority to SHENA, including other high-ranking Government Officials and Government Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) focal points from various ministries as well as relevant stakeholders from industry.

The Hari Raya event aimed to foster good relationship with stakeholders and create awareness on the establishment of SHENA and its mandate.

SHENA is the national authority for workplace safety and health, including environment and radiation matters. The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority Order, 2018 was enacted on the 6th October 2018.  SHENA has been set up to enforce the following legislations:

1. Workplace Safety and Health Order (WSHO), 2009;
2. Environmental Protection and Management Order (EPMO), 2016 and
3. Radiation Protection Order (RPO), 2018.
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Any inquiries or further clarification about SHENA, please visit SHENA website at www.shena.gov.bn, or contact +673 2382000 or email at info@shena.gov.bn.

 

 

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Mercedes-Benz Star Select

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Mercedes-Benz Star Select. Currently Jati Transport Sdn Bhd is offering 25% discount for 5-8 year old models of Mercedes-Benz and 35% discount for 9 years and older models of Mercedes-Benz.

If safety is your top priority, they have just the thing for you: Mercedes-Benz Star Select, the maintenance programme for 5 years and older models. It saves you up to 35% on all repairs.

Owing to increasing demand, the Special Offer will now be extended to 30th Juen 2020. Do call them at 2441763/2441777 to find out whether Mercedes-Benz Star Select is available for your Mercedes.

 

 

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#BeliHelix

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Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) kicks off their #BeliHelix offer in preparation to the Hari Raya celebration with Gift with Purchase which commences from 22nd May 2019.  The promotion runs for two (2) months until 22nd July 2019 allowing customers to also benefit from it before and after Hari Raya or while stock lasts.

Shell Helix customers are entitled to one (1) exclusive umbrella with every purchase of 4 Liters Shell Helix Ultra pack and one (1) exclusive car shade with every purchase of 4 Liters Shell Helix HX7 pack at BSM authorised outlets such as Car Dealers, Workshops and Petrol Stations across nationwide*.

Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a next-generation, fully synthetic premium motor oil made from natural gas making it stronger and less volatile at the molecular level than those made from traditional crude.

BSM highly recommends customers to service their vehicles before the festive season to ensure they are in good condition for the celebration.

For further information and list of participating authorised outlets, customers may visit BSM website www.bsm.com.bn, Instagram and Facebook @bruneishellmarketing or contact BSM Call Center 2244739.

 

 

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Don’t forget to buy early before Hari Raya

 

SHOP AND WIN EXCLUSIVELY FOR BAIDURI CARDHOLDERS

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Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with First Emporium & Supermarket (Branch) launched the Shop and Win promotion for Baiduri Bank’s credit and debit cardholders.

During the promotion period, with every BND50 spent and paid using a Baiduri Bank issued credit or debit card, customers will receive one chance to enter the Shop and Win draw and win shopping vouchers.

The grand prize for the draw is worth BND2,000, second prize is worth BND1,500 and the third prize is worth BND1,000. In addition, the fourth prize is worth BND500. Consolation prizes are also available where 6 winners stand a chance to win BND300 each and 10 winners stand a chance to win BND150 each. In total, there are 20 prizes to be won.

To be eligible, simply spend a minimum of BND50 in a single receipt between 17 May to 23 June 2019 and pay using a Baiduri credit or debit card.

Additionally, every Saturday and Sunday, Baiduri credit and debit cardholders are also eligible to redeem weekend treats depending on their spending. With BND50 spent, Baiduri cardholders can redeem 1 bottle of CIF dishwasher liquid or 3 bottles of Golden Pan drinks. With BND100 spent, Baiduri cardholders can redeem 1 bottle of 2-litre cooking oil.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals. For more information, customers may also contact the Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 2449666.

Baiduri Bank is one of the largest providers of financial products in Brunei, and holds franchise to four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard as well as UnionPay.

Concepts Computer partners with Kingston

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Representatives from Concepts Computer and from Kingston Beverage & Creamery during the MoU for the Ramadan promotion
 

Concepts Computer, one of the largest IT retailer in Brunei, along with Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn. Bhd., one of the oldest canned-beverage distributor in Brunei, is signing a collaborative MOU for promoting their respective products during the holy month of Ramadhan and the festive month of Syawal.

Signing on behalf of Kingston is Mr. Ng Boon Wee, Sales and Marketing Manager, with Ms. Aelene Siang, Business Development Manager for Kingston Beverage & Creamery; and while on behalf of Concepts Computer, Mr. Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive, and Ms. Azalinah Tuah, Senior Retail Executive for Concepts Computer.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, said, “Concepts Computer has a large customer base in the Bruneian Muslim community, so it is as always the perfect decision for us to collaborate with Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn. Bhd. to provide FREE drink coupon, and also the FREE drink coupon is a thank you to our loyal Muslim customer base who have always supported Concepts through multiple Ramadhans.” He also added to the media, “Concepts Computer and Kingston Beverage & Creamery have been in partnership for the Ramadhan and Aidilfitri season for half a decade now, and we would like to see that relation hold and grow for another half a decade.”

 

 

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You can redeem a carton of Pepsi Max when you purchase over $200 in a single receipt during the month of Ramadhan at Concepts Computer
 

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Mr. Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, Ms. Azalinah Tuah, Senior Retail Executive for Concepts Computer, Ms. Aelene Siang, Business Development Manager, Kingston Beverage & Creamery and Mr. Ng Boon Wee, Sales and Marketing Manager, Kingston Beverage & Creamery
 

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For every purchase over $200 in a single receipt during the month of Ramadhan and Syawal, a FREE drink coupon will be provided, redeemable for a carton (24 cans) of canned-beverage. Redemption of each FREE drink coupon will be done at Kingston Beverage & Creamery redemption centre in Beribi.

Please note, Kingston’s redemption centre will start operating from May 20th til June 16th 2019, from 8.00am til 5.00pm, Mondays to Fridays. But to compensate for the Hari Raya rush, the redemption centre will also be open for half a day on Saturdays, from 8.00am til 12.00pm. For more info regarding Kingston Beverage & Creamery’s redemptions hours and other products, please visit @KingstonKBC on Instagram.

And to further celebrate the arrival of Ramadhan, Concepts will be doing a Ramadhan Extravaganza, providing multiple Acer laptop models at different specifications and are PRICED TO PLEASE YOU, from i3 powered laptops all the way to i7 gaming laptops. DON’T MISS IT !

Also still available for the public to experience during Ramadhan is the FREE Gaming Experience Centre as provided by Concepts Computer at their Kiulap showroom for FREE without any obligations to purchase. Members of the public who are curious to experience what the current e-Sport scene is all about, can come down and play games individually or as a group for FREE !

As a side-note, the opening hours for Concepts Computer will remain from 9.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. For more information regarding the FREE drink coupons or any other products or services on offer from Concepts Computer, call 2233551/2233552/2233553, or visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom.

 

DSTINCOMM REWARD SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 TO LUCKY WINNERS

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Prize presentation for DSTIncomm “Buy and Win” promotion in conjunction with the Samsung Galaxy S10 launch back in March.
 

Sadly, I wasn’t one of the winners of the Samsung Galaxy S10 after purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S10e two months ago from DSTIncomm. However, there were two lucky winners were rewarded with the Samsung Galaxy S10 as part of the S10 “buy and win” promotion which ran from 8th March until 30th April 2019.

The prize presentation ceremony took place on Friday 3rd May 2019 at DSTIncomm’s Samsung Experience Store in Abdul Razak, Gadong.

Customers who purchased any series of the Samsung Galaxy S10 at DSTIncomm stores nationwide stood a chance of winning a Samsung Galaxy S10.

Hjh Latifah binti Ambran went home with a Samsung Galaxy S10e while Liew Ting Shong was rewarded with a Samsung Galaxy S10. Presenting the prizes for the winners was Pang Tiong Kiat, Product and Marketing Manager of DSTIncomm.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is currently available at DSTIncomm stores nationwide both for box sale and on DST’s 4G phone plan. For more information on DSTIncomm products, customers can visit dstincomm.com

 

 

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Liew Ting Shong won the Samsung Galaxy S10
 

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Hjh Latifah binti Ambran won the Samsung Galaxy S10e
 

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The finalists being briefed before the draw
 

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