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The usual common Raya words or quotes that I come across led to one thing – “It has been a quiet Raya”. Sometimes pictures don’t paint the whole story especially when I’m browsing through my instagram feeds. Perhaps it’s my generations of friends that are experiencing the same fate as I am. To be honest, I haven’t been celebrating Hari Raya. I have gave up on my 1st day Hari Raya ritual visits which have been customary for the past 30 plus years (ok, I’m that young :p).
This feeling of “Slow Raya” have been ongoing for the past few years. I have no theories to why this is so but at least the spirit is still there. This year alone, I only paid a visit to 7 houses in the past three days. The first day of Raya I opted to spend some “me” time and I really enjoyed that day itself. I could just drive here and there with ease and I spend some good time at the beach on Raya morning.
I can’t wait to join my family for Hari Raya in Singapore next week. It has been a while since I flew off. Two months to be exact. So it’s one of those periods where I will be outstation once again
For those who wants to share your Hari Raya pictures here, you can email at ranoadidas(a)gmail.com and I can share them here Once again, Selamat Hari Raya and do drive safe and do eat proportionately.
Kinda of a small family reunion with my siblings at Azirah’s home. Love you guys and too bad I couldn’t catch up with the rest on that day since I left earlier. Great company and great food.
Thanks Kamila for the invitation and love the architecture of your cozy home. Catch up soon
The Ajamain brothers. I’m craving for the nasi lemak *haha* Learnt some new things about what my Smart TV can do now
We are almost colour coordinated. It’s always a ritual to pay the Abas a visit. This began all the way the 2001 and still going strong. Idham was one of my old time buddies where we would waste our precious time playing Pro Evo and Winning Eleven on every free time *lol* Those were the days.
A new place I visited for Raya at the Selamat’s. Apparently their home is just like 3 minutes from mine. Thank you Ewa for the invitation and you have friendly parents.
It was quite rare that I paid a visit during the day at the Jaafars and it happened yesterday. It was a great catch up session but sadly AJ68 wasn’t present as he was on duty.
Now the interesting part about my visit to the Jaafars was this particular Chili sauce. Apparently this is the 10th most spiciest Chili in the world and hence named Da’ Bomb. My friend who could tolerate spicy stuff had trouble dealing with Da’Bomb spiciness and she only took a tiny drop. She had to put ice cubes in her mouth to sooth the spiciness which spread to her tongue, gums, throat and lips. Yes, just from a tiny lil drop. That’s all it takes.
Love the cookies and as always the rendang Thank Fana for hosting once again and allowing me to charge my Mac Air there too *haha* Thanks also for donating some blood to JPMC.
Do help spread the word, peeps!! A relative of mine is in need of A+ blood.
Some of the people who donated their blood recently and thank you so much for saving lives and your contribution. The family members are truly appreciative of your kindness.
I have been receiving many Raya gifts and one surprising gesture was from Hui Chiet. Thank you so much for the chocolates.
What an awesome latte!! This was how I spent my 1st Raya night – chilling at Soffian’s crib and enjoying the coffee he made for me.
My first movie night at Cove Cinema (Soffian’s crib) and I finally managed to catch Rush. This is such an awesome movie from start to finish. Definitely gave me some adrenalin rush. Superb portrayal and acting. Verdict: 8/10
I spent my Hari Raya morning by the beach and it was such a perfect weather. How I wish every morning would be this cooling.
A great catching up bonding session with my bestie that morning. I’m also impressed that they managed to clean the Meragang beach too.
The best thing about Hari Raya is having good parking spaces especially at popular places such as Times Square area. I caught Dawn of the Planets of the Apes for the second time at Times Cineplex on the First Raya afternoon. There was a pretty decent crowd too.
One great thing about Hari Raya is the emptiness of the atrium at The Mall, Gadong. Nice Mickey Mouse :p
This was taken a day before Hari Raya. Leonard and Jackie were at the site where the tree fell due to strong winds and it disrupted the electricity cables around their neighborhood.
Good thing the Bomba was to the rescue and they managed to clear the tree after the incident.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and DPMM FC chairman during the doa blessing on the handover of the trophy
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and DPMM FC chairman, was happy with DPMM FC’s progress so far this season. The Crown Prince showed his satisfaction over DPMM FC’s recent triumph during the Singapore League Cup where the club won its third Cup last week (after winning in 2009 and 2012).
The handover presentation took place last Monday as the Crown Prince received the trophy from DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj, DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean and DPMM FC manager Ali Momin.
All present during the handover was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and representatives from NFABD and also the sponsors of DPMM FC club and the management and players of DPMM FC at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.
Steve Kean aims at completing all three cups (Singapore League Cup, Singapore League and the Singapore Cup). For your info, Singapore League leaders DPMM FC are also in the semi-finals of the Singapore Cup.
DPMM FC will be taking on Hougang United FC this Sunday at 8pm at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Let’s hope of them to extend their lead at the S•League. The visitors have proven to be a hard team to beat and unpredictable as well.
The handover of the Singapore League Cup over to the Crown Prince
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Crown Prince was all smiles last Monday
Also in attendance were the representatives from the Ministry, NFABD and sponsors
Group photo with the Crown Prince
Representatives of some of the sponsors during the handover
DPMM FC players witnessing the handover
Sairol with the trophy
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The opening hours of petrol stations during Hari Raya. Click image to enlarge.
“We believe in giving to our customers during this blessed month before the celebration as a way to give back to our customers with hopes that they will have a more enjoyable Hari Raya”, said Chan Key Hong Executive Director of Maju Motors Sdn Bhd, when asked about the draw held last Friday.
The winner of the three-month Hari Raya promotion which ended just a day before the draw was announced during Volkswagen’s Hari Raya draw event held at the showroom, witnessed by over 200 customers, families and friends. Maju Motors have been experiencing great sales this year and they are continuing to make waves in Brunei. Chan shared that they will open a workshop to cater for after sales service somewhere in Sengkurong and he stressed that customer service is very important and that’s their primary objective – customer satisfaction.
Rosnita Hj Bangkol, was the grand prize winner, walked away with $5,000. Second and third prize winners were also equally happy when their names were announced as they walked away with $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. Dk Aidi Noorintan Pg Hj Md Zinin was the second prize winner and Dk Nurafifah Hanisah Pg Hj Ismail the third.
On top of all these grand prizes, Maju Motors also gave away $500 cash to five consolation winners (Ahmad Firdaus, Hjh Ervy Sufitriana, Pg Hj Ibrahim, Mohammad Noor Faisal) and five one time service and one time polish package to another five consolation winners.
The Hari Raya promotion was held from May to July and the customers who bought a Volkswagen (except for the GTI and Scirocco) instantly walked away with the latest Philips LED TV.
The top three winners with other consolation winners of the Maju Motors lucky draw last Friday
Dk Aidi Noorintan Pg Hj Md Zinin, was the second place winner, walked away with $3,000 and presented by Dk Fauziah P D P Hj Yunos
Dk Nurafifah Hanisah Pg Hj Ismail was the third winner, walked away with $2,000 and presented by Chan Key Hong Executive Director of Maju Motors Sdn Bhd
It was almost a packed house at Maju Motors
Chan Key Hong introducing his strong team and appreciating all their contribution for Maju Motors
Participants waiting for the draw
Chan Key Hong thanking all the customers for their support and he promises for better things
A few familiar faces attended the draw event
One of the consolation winners
One of the $500 winners
Thank you, Maju Motors for the invite
I feel blessed.. Thank you to @huahosports (Hua Ho Manggis) and @netcombrunei for the Hari Raya hamper, @shaunhoon for the goodies, @jpmcbrunei for the cookies personally baked by the patients, Audi Brunei (T.C.Y. Motors) for the @coffeebean_brunei voucher, @officialwcopabrunei for the souvenir from Japan, @baiduribank and SCB for the Hari Raya envelopes and my aunties for the yearly goodies.
Total E&P Borneo B.V. (TEPB) management visited one of the local communities at Kg Lumut recently
As part of their Ramadhan activities, Total E&P Borneo B.V. (TEPB) organized their fifth annual Ramadhan Charity, which provided in-kind assistance to the local communities where Total operates, namely Kg Lumut 1 in Mukim Liang (where the Total Onshore Processing Plant is located) and Kg Sabun in Mukim Serasa (where Total Logistic Base is located). Total also planned two more series of donations to DANA Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah National Fund for Orphans and also two orphans of Total’s former staff.
During their Charity visits to the local community, 18 volunteers from Total staff, which included two Heads of Departments split into two teams to handover the respective donations to the community in Kg Lumut 1 and Kg Sabun. The donations were in the form of kitchen staples such as rice, mineral water, sugar, cooking oil and hampers as well as prepaid utilities cards. There were also additional personal contributions by Total staff members. The donations were to help the underprivileged individuals in both villages to better celebrate the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The Total volunteers in Kg Lumut 1 was led by Muhammad Rasimoon Hj Adinin, Head of HR, Corporate Communications and CSR. In addition, the group was also accompanied by several representatives from the Lumut 1 Village Consultative Council (MPK Lumut 1) led by its Secretary, Awg Ismail bin Mohammad. While the team in Kg Sabun was led by Zulhilmi Rambli, Corporate Communications & CSR Executive. Present to assist the Total group of volunteers were several representatives from the Village Consultative Council of Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun, and Pelumpong. The MPK was led by its Head of Village, Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman.
Overall, the donations were handed accordingly to five recipients in Kg Lumut 1, and four from Kg Sabun, which were selected from the list of underprivileged individuals living in the village provided by Community Development Department (JAPEM).
One of the recipients in Kg Lumut 1, Dyg Jelimah bte Abdullah, 38 is a single mother with a four year old daughter. She is currently unemployed and live with her seventy four year old mother. The family relies on the Old Age Pension received by the mother and proceeds from selling hand-woven traditional baskets.
Dyg Afshah bte Abdullah from Kg Sabun is 73 year old lady receiving Old Age Pension. She suffers multiple health issues including high blood pressure, cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. She lives with her daughter, Dyg Norazizah bte Abdullah, who assists her to operate a food stall to earn a living on top of some financial aid provided by JAPEM.
The management making their rounds
Another house they visited
Some of the conditions of the home
Another group photo
Handing over gifts
The management enjoying their trip
Adi Daini, Eden Chiam, Elizabeth Sim, Bridget Ang, Ruby Chong, Shian Li Esther Chiam and Norhidayat Hj Ahim arriving from Singapore last Friday
A very historic moment for Brunei. Yasmine making headlines on the front page recently, for its North America release this year. DPMM FC recently brought back another trophy from Singapore which was the Singapore League Cup. The other thing was our Brunei Team who competed in Los Angeles for the World Championship of Performing Arts which is also branded as the Olympics for artists.
Team Brunei achieved a higher medal count compared to last year with 38 medals overall. They collected 12 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 13 bronze medals. The biggest winner was Shian Li Esther Chiam who is just 15 years old. She won the Junior Grand World Champion Instrumental Award and also collecting 6 six gold medals along the way. Awesome indeed!!
She was over the moon when she received the prize during the finals and she gave a word of encouragement to all passionate singers and performers that we need to believe in ourselves and work hard towards that goal. She was grateful to be part of the Brunei Team and she also made new friends globally and the great thing about music is that it unites every walks of life, regardless of age and race. She shared that there are so many opportunities for us and they are untapped.
Her younger sister Eden Chiam earned an Industry Award and also earned one gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals and she only had weeks to prepare for the event. So that’s not pretty bad for an achievement. I have mentioned previously in my post how team Brunei has made it big at WCOPA finals in Los Angeles, considering they only sent 9 representatives as compared to the aplenty from different countries. Having 5 semi-finalists and 3 finalists are considered “over-achievements” as they are plenty of talents out there worldwide.
Maria Grace Koh and Joanna Kwan are still outstation and didn’t join the entourage upon arrival at the Brunei International Airport. Both are finalists for the WCOPA finals and I’m proud of their achievements.
Elizabeth Sim who dreamt of Hollywood was very happy of her achievements and enjoyed every moment. She won Senior Acting Drama category and also earned 5 medals along the way. Ruby Chong, earned herself two medals and an Industry Award while Bridget Ang earned two medals. Norhidayat Hj Ahim earned 5 medals while Adi Daini earned 3 medals.
They will be having a Brunei WCOPA showcase this coming August at the Jerudong Amphitheater and it will be on the 23rd August 2014. For updates, you can follow them @officialwcopabrunei on instagram for updates.
Shian Li and Eden Chiam with their family
Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar (pic) , the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, and representatives from NFABD and senior officers of MCYS welcomed the champions of the Singapore League Cup 2014 DPMM FC at the Brunei International Airport. Click image to enlarge.
DPMM FC in high mode
The Hadrah boys welcoming the DPMM FC players upon arrival
The proud players of DPMM FC and well deserved for the trophy
Captain Rosmin “Bobby” Kamis taking photo with a fan
Blessing the arrival with a doa selamat
Roberto Alviz’ son eager to see his dad
Mingling time with the players
Boris Raspudic has scored two goals for DPMM FC but he said he preferred to score on the big stage and he did when he scored the opening goal against Tanjong Pagar United FC in the finals of the Singapore League Cup. Brunei won 2-0 to lift the cup for the third time.
The first eleven of DPMM FC
DPMM FC are on a roll. Even during Ramadhan, they were still able to perform to their best and that shows a lot about the mental strength and the physical aspect of DPMM FC players and being on the road for almost two weeks is not an easy feat for the players. It takes a lot of focus and being present and achieve their goal step-by-step. What more can you ask for and a big shout out to Steve Kean who slowly build up the team from Day 1 (pre-season training) and you can see how much they have improved immensely over the course of the period.
Last night DPMM FC made it history for winning a hat-trick of Singapore League Cup. Tanjong Pagar United FC were considered the underdogs as they were up against two-time champions then DPMM FC and furthermore, DPMM FC also have a psychological advantage as they beat Tanjong Pagar 4-0 back in May at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium in the S•League matches.
However, last night was a different matter as it was a winner-takes-it-all match. I knew DPMM FC will have the edge due to their experience factor and their on-going momentum heading into the finals. DPMM FC were on the verge of defeat as their semi-final match was stretched to a penalty shoot-out but Wardun Yussof became the hero with two crucial saves.
In the final match, DPMM FC opened the scoring through a Boris header off a corner in the 35th minute. Tanjong Pagar United FC did have their chances but were wasteful upfront. After the break, Adi Said who deputized for the suspended Rodrigo Tosi made it 2-0 for DPMM FC in the 47th minute. Tanjong Pagar have themselves to blame for not converting their chances and it could be the nerves that got the better of them.
Kudos to the DPMM FC players and also the management and the people involved in guiding the club to greater heights. Let’s not forget the 12th man of DPMM FC and that is the fans of DPMM FC. They do make a difference in bringing up the morale of the players and thank you for believing in them too.
DPMM FC will be touching down later today in the afternoon at 2:15pm and you all are more than welcome to greet them at the Brunei International Airport later and celebrate their success. Images taken by Alson Ong of S•League
Adi Said repaid his faith from Steve Kean and scored a goal
Adi Said showed his athletic skill as he avoided a tackle
Boris Raspudic was in fine form, for scoring and holding a clean sheet in defence
A close effort by Tanjong Pagar United FC but they found it hard to break the walls of DPMM FC
Reliable Captain Rosmin “Bobby” Kamis led the team with his great leadership presence
Azwan Salleh attempting to block a cross
Roy O’Donovan had a superb campaign in this tournament
A big hand to the runners-up of the tournament
DPMM FC – Singapore League Cup champions 2014
Wardun Yussof’s a happy man
Now let’s take a selfie
Steve Kean has turned DPMM FC players around from last season’s failure into a success
The DPMM FC fans last night at Jalan Besar Stadium
The highlights of the final of Singapore League Cup between DPMM FC and Tanjong Pagar United FC
Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, the guest of honour with Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC with the management and the stroke and cancer patients of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Click image to enlarge.
With Hari Raya around the corner, every walk of life can enjoy a festive season whether be it small or big. Sometimes we take things for granted that Hari Raya or in this case, pre-Hari Raya is just an excuse for the spirit of celebration and unity. But little do I know that even the smallest of celebration can bring the warmth and joyful feeling to others and I felt that yesterday during my visit at Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC).
My coverage was on JPMC’s Rehabilitation programme organised by JPMC’s Rehabilitation Department and after the 5-week programme, the patients were awarded with certificates of achievements and judging from the explanations by the occupational therapists, these aren’t easy feats. Stroke patients are bound to lose some of their movements or lose their ability to fee touch, pain or position. Hence the therapists come into the picture and educate and train the patients to regain back some of their body movements as well as coordination.
Apart from the presentation of certification, JPMC organised a short “ceramah” session for the invited guests and JPMC stroke and cancer patients. It was conducted by Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs and he was kinda of entertaining too and brought some laughter to the audience. He shared about the essence of fasting during Ramadhan and added some general info that we normally take for granted that we know all. It was a pretty interesting session indeed.
The guest of honour of the event was Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, a member from Board of Directors of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Also present were Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC.
After the “ceramah”, Vivian shared a brief description on the Therapeutic Group Activity (TGA) and she was pleased to share that the 5-week program was a major success as the patients had improved ability to converse and sing and a progress in regaining their strengths, stamina and physical functions. She also thanked family members of the patients who contributed in the program by providing emotional and social support. I believe this is the most challenging aspect for stroke and cancer patients as they need consistent moral support.
The JPMC patients then performed a Selawat and Nasyid for the invited guests and it was heart warming to see them performing and feeling cheerful with the Raya spirit in them. According to Vivian, having a collective group of stroke patients singing together is challenging in terms of synchronizing with the music because stroke can also affect their speech. However, the task is not impossible and not many hospital in other countries practice this approach and I applaud the rehab team and the patients to show that this is achievable and it takes practice.
Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs conducted an insightful “ceramah” on fasting during Ramadhan
Guest of honour attending the event
Guests and the patients at JPMC
Guests and the patients at JPMC
Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC, shared the progress of the patients and thankful to those involved and supporting the initiative
The patients performing Selawat and Nasyid for the audience
This was a very touching experience and I felt the happiness when they performed
The background music performers
The guests also witnessed the patients conduct demonstrations of their activities such as baking Hari Raya treats and building the replica of Kampong Ayer, which is made out of furnished wooden sticks. Kampong Ayer is one of the main tourist attractions in the Sultanate.
Since the year 2012, the Rehabilitation Department has been putting together intensive Therapeutic Group Activity Programs during the month of Ramadhan in preparation for the upcoming Hari Raya festivities and at year’s end in celebration of the holiday season. The Therapeutic Group Activity Program gives patients a goal to achieve in duration of five weeks and help the patients relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is impaired. The patients together with their family members are taught new ways of performing tasks to compensate for any residual disabilities.
Among other activities conducted last year was the beautiful replica of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque built by the patients, which is currently displayed outside Outpatient Department. It’s really good to see JPMC creating such activities and these provide patients with a sense of belonging while improving their health and body condition.
Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.
Guest of honour presenting certificate to patients for completing the program
A great achievement for the patients of JPMC and I’m glad there was a token of appreciation
Mr. Maidin bin Tinggal was given a special token for his passion and dedication in helping out during the program. He lives in KB and also recovered from stroke. He also borrowed the musical instruments for the purpose of the performance yesterday.
Another patient being awarded
A demonstration by some of the stroke patients and they also made cookies. Awesome!!
Vanessa, an occupational therapist at JPMC, explaining how her patients have improved on their movements and able to contribute in terms of preparation for baking
The guest of honour and guests were impressed with the progress
Another patient who contributed in building the Kg Ayer replica
The Kg Ayer replica being displayed at JPMC, created by the patients themselves
Guest of honour impressed with the creation
Mingling with the patients after the event at JPMC
Paul Hyde, the new CEO of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB)
The vacancy was up for grabs for the past few months. It was tough to speculate who will be the chief executive officer of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) who acquired the business and operations of B-Mobile Communications. Finally, the chairman and board of directors of PCSB have appointed Paul Hyde. Image courtesy of PSCB.
Paul Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa. In a statement, Hyde said that among his priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation that delivers an innovative range of services.
Hyde, in a statement, said that among his key priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation delivering an innovative range of services with high level of customer service. This is so as to build a strong, unique and reliable brand, he said.
“It is important that we carve a strong position for ourselves in a small market such as this that brings value to our customers,” said Hyde, adding it can be achieved with a strong and highly-competent workforce backed with a sound network infrastructure.
He also said the transformation cannot be done overnight and that much needs to be done before changes can be made.
“My goal is to turn Progresif Cellular into the operator of choice in Brunei, and while it takes time to achieve, I am confident that it is possible with the guidance and strategic direction from the chairman and board of directors,” he added.
Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, the chairman of PCSB, in the statement said that Hyde’s experience and track record would have a positive effect on the operation of the organisation.
Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa.
“I am confident that he will be able to inculcate an organisational culture that will realise our vision for PCSB,” said the chairman.
He added that Hyde is in a strong position to impart best global practices, management expertise and marketing strategies which would benefit the company.
For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and also on instagram @progresifcellular
What’s happening to our export on Crude Oil?
Well, it’s just my opinion and thoughts based on the information given, so don’t shoot the messenger :p One could be that the demand may not be as high as before and other parties could have chosen other suppliers. The other reason could be that Brunei might not be producing enough crude oil. Then again, I could be wrong as these are just assumptions based on the limited information given by JPKE.
Whatever it is, it’s not a good sign for Brunei if it exports on crude oil maintain the same as now or even lower on the next shipment. It’s about time we need to find other source of revenue and income to our economy.