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30
Sep

Grey Brown

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Another successful bazaar 
 


The Bokwa session last weekend during Pusat Ehsan Charity Bazaar at the Indoor Stadium
 


Great participation from the crowd too
 

Last weekend, Pusat Ehsan launched its annual charity bazaar at the Berakas Indoor Stadium to further provide support for those with special needs.

The charity bazaar, the non-profit and non-government organisation’s 9th installment for this year, carries the theme, “I Care, You Care, We Care” and is open to the public until tomorrow.
During the launching ceremony, Co-Chairman of the charity bazaar’s organising committee and Education Trustee of Pusat Ehsan, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Omar Hj Khalid aid that the strategy for helping those with special needs still requires a multi-pronged approach at all levels of society as worldwide figures for people with disabilities is expected to rise as the population increases.

“Currently around 10 per cent of the total world’s population, or roughly 650 million people, live with a disability; 80 million are children, 400 million live in developing countries and 80 million in Africa. Having a disability places you in the world’s largest minority group,” said Dato Paduka Dr Hj Omar.

He said that it has been reported that the situation of people with disabilities, at a global level, has not greatly improved since the adoption of the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons in 1982.

“At the national level, Pusat Ehsan joins other charitable organisations to strive and help its special people fulfill their full potential and become functional members of an inclusive society according to the capability of each individual,” he added.

He noted that everyone plays a role in making situations better such as recognising those with special needs as individuals with their unique requirements, recognising the role of parents, and that the public has a role in the welfare of each individual as they are as important and when given a chance they can contribute like other members of society.

“For us at Pusat Ehsan to carry out our tasks effectively, we rely on donations, ranging from individuals, groups or organisations, both government and non-governmental. We realise that help can come in many forms, from donations in the form of cash, volunteerism or material goods,” said Dato Paduka Dr Hj Omar as he expressed his gratitude for the amount of support the organisation has received.

The ceremony also saw a student representative of Pusat Ehsan, Winnie Koay, sharing her positive experience of joining a job attachment at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and of the volunteering she does once a week as a teaching assistant for kindergarten and a library assistant at the Jerudong International School. Additionally, she shared her experiences of winning two bronze medals at the 2nd China-ASEAN Wushu festival in China.

Present as the guest of honour was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah. Text courtesy of Nabilah Haris of The Brunei Times.

 


British High Commissioner David Campbell with Maya Alwines from the British High Commission participating in the charity bazaar and raising funds for the organization.They also ran lucky draws where the public can win tons of interesting vouchers. Great initiative by the British High Commission.
 


Good participation from this year’s vendors
 


Chance to win fantastic prizes for every booklet voucher you purchase
 


Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf doing a great job in giving back to the community and even employing some of the students from Pusat Ehsan at the CBTL Kiosk last weekend
 


Fakhrul Razi is not just a singer and an entertainer but he has the entrepreneurial spirit inside him. Who needs an agent when you are already full of passion and fire inside you? All you need are good and supporting friends to help you to reach newer heights of success. Keep up the spirit, bro!!
 


Anne Masri of @bruneidetoxbar and Harold Raps of Project SAFE combining forces last weekend to educate about healthy fruits to the public
 


I have to say the fruits are pretty awesome and fresh and it’s being grown at Pusat Ehan garden area
 


I had one of those drinks from @bruneidetoxbar (instagram) and it was pretty good. Refreshing and rejuvenating at the same time.
 


Hanna
 


Pusat Ehsan members selling goods and products made by them
 


Another growing hobby in Brunei
 


More bazaar and carnival outside indoor stadium
 


Winnie playing some games too and won some prizes
 


A kid attempting to beat the record
 


She managed to get more than 30 balls in 30 seconds
 

  
 

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29
Sep

The Taman Effect

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

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BIBD’s latest promotion


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ICON Design Store 
 


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PCSB FB competition 
 


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BIBD Home Showcase 5 
 


 

  
 

 

HRH strikes Gold 



HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (C), the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, attended the Tutong District Pencak Silat Seni Championships held in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 68th birthday celebration at the Tutong Sports Complex yesterday. He was accompanied by HRH Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah (R) and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim, who was among the contestants at the tournament and won one gold and one bronze medal while competing for International School Brunei. Image courtesy of Hj Mohd Ali of The Brunei Times.


HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim in action. Image courtesy of Hj Mohd Ali of The Brunei Times.

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim bagged one gold and one bronze medal at the Tutong district Pencak Silat Seni Championships held in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 68th birthday celebration yesterday.

Gracing the event at the Tutong Sports Complex were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah.

Competing for International School Berakas (ISB), His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim took the gold medal in the seni silat mixed freestyle category while the bronze medal came from individual event, the seni silat solo freestyle category.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, the Secretary General of the Brunei Darussalam National Silat Association (PERSIB) Pg Hj Jaluddin Pg Hj Md Salleh said that “His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim has improved a lot over the past years.”

“His Royal Highness (also) displayed very good sharp movement and he did very well in every category he participated in.

“I think he has the potential to be a very good pesilat,” he added.

For more of the event, you can click here. Text courtesy of Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Hj Mohd Ali of The Brunei Times.

  

A great success!! 
 


RBAF Commander Pehin Major General Dato Mohd Tawih (R) presenting a medal to Azlina Rambli (L) for finishing first in the Women’s Open category at the RBAF Obstacle Course Challenge. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.

An event that I missed yesterday prior to other commitments but I knew it was gonna be a success. When I posted the promotional poster, it created a lot of hype because it’s something new as it involves obstacles and not just pure jogging or running. This event was organised by the Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ and it was the first of its kind. Nearly 500 participated in the inaugural event of the RBAF’s first Obstacle Course Challenge.

According to the press release in The Brunei Times, Azlina Rambli, a TOTAL employee, just took up jogging six months ago and she even struggled to run a kilometre back then. Now she’s fitter and even won the Female Open category of the said event. Now that is inspiring indeed for other athletes. She encourages everyone that it takes a lot of training and practice to overcome any obstacles and challenges.

Major Sopian has been integral in organising the event and he has a great team to help him and thanks Pg Farisan Pg Metassan for the updates on your Facebook. Hope to get more pictures from you. I believe there will be more similar events to give something back to the community and the feedback have positive as well. Congratulations to the participants and the organiser.

 


Major Sopian and his team in preparation for the event. Image courtesy from Major Sopian.
 


The mud pit obstacle. Looks awesome. Image courtesy of Pg Farisan.
 


The medals and t-shirt. Image courtesy of Mohammed Fathullah.
 


Great participation from civilian and military participants. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.
 


The mud pit obstacle. . Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

 

Huge Price Drop 
 


Check out Michelin great deals at Sin Hup Huat Co
 

  
 

 

FLEXA 2nd branch 
 

The Mabohai Shopping Complex Management welcomed their newest tenant, Flexa, to its lineup of international brands under its roof on Sunday, 28th September 2014.

FLEXA is an international children’s furniture brand whose products are not just beautiful to look at; but which all have a purpose. Flexa’s furniture creates a safe environment for child development and stimulates a child’s natural curiosity and creativity through their products.

Founded in Denmark in 1972, FLEXA specializes in design, manufacturing and sales of Scandinavian interior solutions for Kids. Today, FLEXA has more than 140 specialist stores located in Europe, Asia, North Africa and Hawaii.

 


FLEXA opened its 2nd outlet at Mabohai Shopping Complex
 


The staff of FLEXA during the opening of the 2nd outlet
The owner of the Brunei Franchise, Mr. Patrick Kong remarked:

“We are delighted to choose the Mabohai Shopping Complex as the venue of our second store in Brunei Darussalam because our target market is families with babies and young children. Flexa’s mission is to design and distribute functional, playful and sustainable interior solutions at affordable prices. Our specialist knowledge about kids combined with our functional and playful designs, ensure we provide the best possible kids’ room interiors.

Our policy of allowing children to try the bed sets, tables and chairs have been very successful and popular, and we hope that families will come with their children to see and feel Flexa’s furniture for themselves. As part of our Official Opening, we are delighted to offer value packages to the public.”

As part of the opening activities, a children’s activity centre was set-up in front of Flexa. Children were treated to fun arts and crafts projects, face painting and surprises, while their parents shop. Balloons and a box of treats were also given to the children.

Ms Yee-Man Cheng, Manager of the Mabohai Shopping Complex said:

“We are delighted to welcome Flexa to the Mabohai Shopping Complex. Their arrival truly cements our repute as Brunei’s premier family shopping complex, and as a warm and family oriented place for families to shop in together. Flexa is an internationally recognized furniture brand which caters to young children and their wonderfully exciting designs will appeal to all.

 

  

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27
Sep

The Rose

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Area K6 Contest 
 


 

This is it!!! The battle to represent Brunei, Area K6 in this year’s Humourous Speech and Evaluation Contests. We have passed the club level where three clubs in contested to be selected in this edition of the competition.

In Otters Club, they will be represented by Allen Ang and Shih Ching Yong. In Brunei Speakers’ Club, they will be represented by Zainal Bostaman and Reubin Chin. In Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club, they will be represented by Hazwan Kamarulzaman and Elizabeth Sim. All the six contestants will be vying for the Humourous Speech Contest title. I believe the winner of the each category will represent our Area K6 for the Division K level in Kota Kinabalu in mid-October 2014.

As for the Speech Evaluation Contest, Allen Ang, Melati Yussof (both Otters), Zainal Bostaman, Reuben Chin (Brunei Speakers’ Club) and Hazwan Kamarulzaman and Elizabeth Sim (Brunei Advanced Speakers Club) will be competing for the Area K6 title.

This event will take place for the first time ever at the iCentre at the auditorium and a big shout out to iCentre (BEDB) for lending the venue for toastmasters purposes. It take place tomorrow (Sunday) 28th September and I advise all of you who are interested to witness a spectacle to come by 1:15pm before the competition kicks off. There will be a $5 entrance fee and refreshments will be provided as well.

I will be the Contest Chair for the event (more like an emcee) and good luck to all the contestants and I can guarantee you that you will be entertained by their humourous speech.

 


Reuben Chin competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Allen Ang competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Shih Ching Yong competing in humourous contest
 


Melati Yussof competing in speech evaluation contest
 


Zainal Bostaman competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Hazwan Kamarulzaman competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Elizabeth Sim competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Rano Iskandar (myself) as the Contest Chair which is more like the host/emcee for the event
 


Ruey Narcis the Area Governor (Brunei) for Toastmasters International
 

  
 

 

Abacus Holiday Travel Fair 
 

The event was officially opened this morning by Mr. Dermot Mannion, Chairman of Abacus. Yes, the fair is only for two days and it’s organised by Abacus Brunei and they have done a tremendous job in partnering with various airlines, National Tourist offices, hotels and of course, the biggest pie of all, the travel agents. This is always an important calendar especially for travelers even like myself and I managed to make three bookings this morning before the human traffic got higher.

It was definitely a crowded affair and Abacus Brunei have achieved their objective in stimulating the demand for travel with great packages offered by travel agents, airlines and hotels.

I could see that Mr. Dermot was pleased with what he saw earlier this morning and he thanked the organiser and the partners for making this event a possibility. He shared how the travel fair went far back as 2004 and this platform has proven to be a success in attracting the public to get special offers for their travels and vacation.

Of course, there is a lucky draw gimmick for passengers who booked their tickets during the travel fair. They can win attractive prizes such as return air tickets to London, Bali and Ho Chi Minh City (a route that will be added by 17th October) which are sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), 1 return air ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing sponsored by Cathay Pacific and 1 return air ticket each to Bangkok and Krabi sponsored by Malaysia Airlines.

So drop down to the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair, located at the Goldstone Ballroom, Centrepoint Hotel and tomorrow’s the final day. And for a little plug, I chose to buy my ticket at Darussalam Holdings because of their great incentive of double Royal Skies Miles for every transaction you make during the travel fair. I believe you need to spend at least BND 300 to entitled for the double Royal Skies Miles. Awesome, right? Thank you, Darussalam Holdings for that special incentive. As you know, I’m just a newbie for Royal Skies but I’ve been accumulating tons of points ever since Day 1. My target is to reach Silver in a few months’ time :D

 


Mr. Dermot Mannion, Chairman of Abacus, officiating the event with Irene Soon, General Manager of Abacus Brunei at the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair
 


Mr. Dermot Mannion visiting Royal Brunei Airlines booth
 


My preferred choice for bookings, thanks to their great incentives and service
 


At the Amazing Thailand booth
 


Mr. Dermot Mannion and management and associates of Royal Brunei Airlines
 


Pan Bright Travel is also aggressive in their marketing campaign and they are also having a special lucky draw which is a car
 


Tourism Malaysia has a separate hall so I do hope you guys don’t miss out their great offers from Malaysia
 


You can take a selfie with their instagram props :D
 


Baiduri Bank is the official bank and I managed to get some deals from it too
 


 


 


Siaw Ling (in white) of Singapore Airlines (Brunei) with her colleagues
 


Another popular travel agent in Brunei and I like their queueing system
 


Guest of honour visiting the Taiwan Tourism Bureau booth
 


Mr. Dermot with Halim Abd Rahman, Sales and Marketing Manager of Abacus Brunei
 

  
 

Strongest Youth Challenge 2014 
 


Check them out in two weeks’ time
  
 

The Cap City 
 


The launch is tonight. Brace yourself!!

It’s always great to see retail shops bringing in genuine products and goods to Brunei and we need more of this. I remember buying my first Snapbacks cap back in the UK in 2006 and even until now the cap is still in good condition. Snapbacks have been very popular in the US and most baseball teams have their own prints of New Era Snapbacks versions and they were hot sellers, even to this present day.

So it’s good to have a genuine store that sells New Era caps that comes in fitted, snapback and strapback version and they will be available at the first store in Brunei called The Cap City, located 2nd floor (arcade area) of The Mall, Gadong. The shop has been opened for a month or two and it has been receiving positive responses from the public and not many people especially the youngsters are aware of the existence of The Cap City. They will also Malaysia’s brand apparel – Negative Clothing.

The Cap City is a popular store in Kuala Lumpur and it is great that the owners are willing to set up its store in Brunei for the first time. You can check out their instagram @thecapcity which updates regularly on their stores in KL and Brunei and of course, the latest focus on their updates are on Brunei’s newly opened store The Cap City.

Today will be a special one because the Brunei store will be closed for today but it will opened its door at 8pm to 10pm tonight for a grand launch. There will be a special gimmick where customers will get a 20% discount on ALL their caps only for that two hour window tonight. Another awesome gimmick is that the first 20 customers will get A CAP for FREE. Yea, it did mentioned on their IG and poster that it was only for the 1st 10 customers but the owners from KL are kind enough to sponsor a few more items for the Brunei grand launch.

Also in the country is Nigel Sparks @nigelsparks the man behind The Cap City and he is here with @tristweiliang to give support for the grand launch for the Brunei store.

So pen this down on your calendar to check out the grand launch for The Cap City at The Mall, Gadong, tonight. For more updates, check out on their hashtag #thecapcity_brunei on instagram :D


The New Era caps now available in The Cap City, The Mall, Gadong
 


The New Era caps now available in The Cap City, The Mall, Gadong
 


NY Yankees Snapback caps
 


@nigelsparks and @tristweiliang at Brunei’s The Cap City store and they will be at the grand launch too
 


Purchase any 3 New Era caps & get the 2 pack cap carrier for FREE or purchase any 4 New Era caps & get the 6 pack for FREE!
 


The long awaited New Era Tropical Minimalism snapbacks finally arrived
 


Negative Clothing apparel also available
 


The look of The Cap City store in Brunei
 


My first Snapback New Era customized cap. Yea, it looks a bit dusty :p
 

  
 

 

Abacus Travel Fair 
 


Starting today and tomorrow only
 


The great thing about Darussalam Holdings is that for every transaction you make from them, you can earn double Royal Skies Miles regardless of different airlines you choose. This deal only applies during the Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. I’m making three bookings under Darussalam Holdings just to enjoy this special offer :D
 


 


 


 

  
 

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26
Sep

White black

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Concepts Combo Deals 
 


Back-to-School Combo Deals

With the advancement of computing and visual technologies, customers are now on the look-out for the best choices of what can fulfill their ICT needs, and with Affordablity being the key-word for current wise consumer spending, Concepts Computer, with the support of Acer, is unveiling a never before seen combo promotion; the Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A notebook with the Acer P1173 projector, available at an affordable combo price of $788, which is a discount of $258 from the usual price $1,046. Now that’s a super great deal.

 


The Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A

The Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A

The Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A is an affordable 15.6 inch screen laptop, with great starter specifications and a great size for entertainment and work combined. The Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A can be a great first laptop for students moving up from secondary education to higher institutions like Universities or Colleges.

Capable
Whether you’re doing work or playing games, the Intel Quad Core Celeron and 4GB of RAM can handle it. The 4GB of RAM ensures the smooth operation and running of any work-related softwares, and the Intel Quad Core Celeron processor can work flawlessly with most non-graphic based games. Combine Work and Play in one machine

Mobile
Wireless connections abound, the Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A can connect to any wireless network for easy access to the internet. Build-in Bluetooth connection also ensures wireless connevity for head-sets or speakers, and more importantly, for wireless transfer between devices, so data can be transferred from mobile devices to the safety of your laptop.


The Acer P1173 projector
 

The Acer P1173 projector

The Acer P1173 projector, an affordable starter Projector, is perfect for those looking to begin the next step in their Home-Entertainment needs, or for teachers looking to complement their teaching, or even for business looking to improve their sales-pitch. Easy to operate and set-up, it can be used in any environment, at home or for business.

Captivating
Whether you’re projecting business presentations, academic lectures or photographs, draw your audience in with immersive images. Colors remain balanced and images accurate with advanced Acer technologies. Everything looks sharp and real thanks to SVGA resolutions and 3,000 lumens of brightness with HDMI Port connectivity available on the Acer P1173 projector.

Ease-of-Use
The Acer P1173 projector is highly recommended as a starter projector because it is suited for beginners and also offers many useful features and connectivity. This means you can connect it to your Blu-Ray player or laptop or even cable-box directly and start using the Acer P1173 projector immediately.


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer (center) holding the The Acer P1173 projector while the associates of Concepts Computer holding the Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A
 


Zul showing a demo of the Acer notebook to Tigerlim
 

Both of these Acer products are available to be purchased individually, $478 for the Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A laptop and $568 for the Acer P1173 projector, but both will be available at Concepts Computer with the promotional combo price of $788 only, usual price is $ 1,046 for both together. And with the purchase of the Acer P1173 projector, customers are also able to purchase a 70 inch by 70 inch projector screen for $100 only, usual price $128.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer said, “With the help of Acer, we will like to bring the latest technologies into the Bruneian IT market at very affordable prices, without sacrificing quality, which is why we are offering this promotion to our loyal customers and giving them the opportunity to purchase these great products at a Promotional Combo price, so that our loyal customers do not have to choose between reliability, high performance and affordability.” ”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, “Concepts Computer has always tried hard to be at the fore-front of the IT industry in Brunei Darussalam, and with affordability being an important issue for local shoppers, that is why we came up with the Combo Promotion. The latest technology at affordable prices.”

Also note that these Acer products will also be available at promotional prices for Concepts Computer members who has the Concepts membership pendrive, students, teachers or those 50 years old and above; $398 each for either the Acer Aspire ES1-511-C24A laptop or Acer P1173 projector. Please show proof of eligibility at time of purchase.

Not to forget about Concepts Computer’s month end promotion from 27th to 30th of every month where Concepts will be open from 9 am to 9pm. For more information, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2/3

  

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25
Sep

Cloud 10

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

Get Connected through ICONIA

 

 

 

Citroën Brunei 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

   
 

BIBD’s latest promotion


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

PCSB FB competition 
 


Click image to enter Progresif Cellular Page and like the Page
 

 

  
 

 

BIBD Home Showcase 5 
 


BIBD today launched its 5th Home Showcase roadshow at the The Mall, Gadong. The showcase highlights BIBD’s financing packages such as its Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, Education Financing and its Personal Financing along with other BIBD’s products, services and promotions such as the debit card conversion.

The Guest of Honor at the event was Yang Mulia Awang Yusof Hj Abd Rahman, Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam. Also in attendance were government officials from the Ministry of Development, AMBD, along with BIBD senior management and personnel.

The event started with a recital of the Al-Fatihah along with prayers to bless the occasion, which was followed by opening remarks from BIBD’s Managing Director, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad. He touched on how excited he was to be launching the 5th edition of BIBD’s annual Home Showcase together with the presence of all of BIBD’s partners at the showcase, in their efforts to truly deliver a one-stop solution for everyone interested in enhancing or getting their dream house.

 


Yang Mulia Awang Yusof Hj Abd Rahman, Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam officiating the launch of the BIBD Home Showcase as Javed Ahmad, BIBD’s Managing Director looked on. Image courtesy of Hanisham Salleh.
 


Home deco by Dreamz Living and Fabrica. Check them out.
 


Sofa from Dreamz Living
 


The BIBD Home Showcase 5 will be at The Mall, Gadong, for a period of ten days from 25th September until the 4th October 2014, open every day from 10am to 10pm. The opening time for Fridays will be from 2pm to 10pm.

Successful applicants of BIBD products and services will stand the chance to win daily grand prizes comprising of a trip to Kota Kinabalu, 32-inch Samsung television, fruit-juicer, vacuum cleaner, $200 Thomson Voucher along with BIBD gifts.

Furthermore, every day, the first one hundred customers converting their BIBD ATM Card to the new BIBD Debit Card at the BIBD Home showcase will be given a $5 coffee voucher. BIBD will also be giving out a fee waiver promotion on the processing fee of B$ 200 during the showcase, whereby applicants of BIBD’s Home Improvement Financing and Education Financing packages will be entitled to a 100% waiver, while a 50% waiver is entitled to all Home Financing applicants.

 

Meanwhile, BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists will also be on hand throughout the roadshow to assist and provide advices on Home Financing solutions that is suitable for the customers, such as the BIBD’s Rumah Plus, which offers an attractive home financing package with higher financing entitlement, 50% processing fee waiver, tenor of up to 25 years, lower repayment schedule, and attractive profit rates. Customers may also choose to include the start-up costs of the financing such as Legal document fees, MRTA takaful and valuation fees into the overall financing entitlement.

The 5th BIBD Home showcase will also house BIBD’s Tijarah (Business Banking) which provides a special relationship management system for newly established SMEs and SMEs that have not already registered with BIBD via their other business segments. The Business Banking unit provides further convenience to its Tijarah customers by providing them with dedicated relationship managers to facilitate to their account openings, remittances, CIB, fee waivers, along with their other banking needs to help these SMEs to further excel and focus on their business.

Also present at BIBD’s Home Showcase were its stellar partners within the industry, with reputable real estate agents: Bess Perfect Property Agency, BSTC Real Estate, Say Koo Liew Sdn Bhd, J-Fa Realty Agency & Marketing, Precise Development along with Tchung Real Estate; and household names such as BIBD Ar-Rahnu, BIBD Tijarah, Fabrica, Max Track, Luzzone interior design, Flexa and Interline; Takaful coverage from Takaful Brunei Keluarga and Takaful Brunei Am, along with other members of the home building and renovation industries. Vendors such as Dbookhaus and Chlocits will also be present to provide visitors with their respective products.

This Showcase will also allow the customers to create any combination of design, concept, and house-setting instantly with these partners only a few feet away, on hand to help make that dream home one step closer.

 


Guest of honour touring around the BIBD Home Showcase at The Mall. Image courtesy of Hanisham Salleh.
 


 


Do ask around for BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists
 


A friend enquiring for a home? :p
 


Group photo with AMBD and management of BIBD. Image courtesy of Hanisham Salleh.

The Bank understands that home ownership is important; hence this showcase provides a platform for respective future homeowners to look at the exciting possibilities from real estate agents, as well as the opportunities to enhance their current homes.

BIBD also acknowledges the importance of owning a home at a younger age as they are able to take up the maximum repayment tenure of 25 years added with a lower monthly repayment, as opposed to owning a home at a later age with an increased monthly repayment. Home investment is also an important asset class investment where returns on investment can reach as high as 7 to 9%.

To find out more on any of BIBD’s products, services, and promotions, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bibdbrunei, log on to BIBD’s home page at www.bibd.com.bn, get in touch with the BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181 or visit your nearest BIBD branch.

 

  
 

Malppy.com 
 

If anyone of you might have noticed, Malppy.com has recently made some changes to their website. According to the Founder Simon Soo, Malppy’s goal has always been improving their customers’ shopping experience through continuous improvements on their products and customer service. Malppy has learned and taken customers’ feedback into great consideration on their new modification.

One of the new changes consist of the new product grouping categorization. This new fashion categories separation is said to be more friendly to shoppers from their survey. Another change also involves the enhancement of their search engine for quick searching. It was also learned that they have eliminated a good portion of their less popular products and are replacing them with even better quality and attractive ones. I was told to expect more major changes on their upcoming product line… So I guess we will have to keep an eye for that for awhile.

 


Click image to enter website
 

On the obvious side, we can tell they are featuring their whole new Smart & Formal selection for Men & Women. According to Marketing Manager Shenny Tang, this is specially selected for those graduating soon or who have just graduated and are preparing their first step into their working life. “We believe the way one looks will create a lasting impression on others” quoted Shenny. Of course, the range is also for those who are already working. Quality of this range of products is specifically and carefully hand-picked through numbers of supplier to ensure its a good wear everyday by our newly appointed Product Manager Anna Yong.

Lastly, due to their VISA payment that is currently undergoing an upgrade (which is expected to be back anytime soon), they are promoting PAYPAL payment (which is one of my personal preference) for their current purchase. Customers who pay by Paypal on Malppy’s product from now until end of the month will receive a 10% rebate off the amount they are going to spend for their next purchase. Sounds good enough for me. So online shoppers, check them out at www.malppy.com and lets have a online shopping weekend.

 

  
 

Shoutout to netballers 
 


 


Attention to all Netball enthusiasts:- You are welcome to join the selection for Brunei Netball National Team to represent Brunei for international tournaments.

For briefing:- Where: Meeting Room, Coaching Unit, Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah, Berakas

When: Today – Thursday 25th September 2014 at 10am

 

  
 

Hmmm Green Curry 
 


Do try out the KFC Bangkok Green Curry Chicken. Me likes :D

Green Curry…. This has been one of my favourite dish in general – the Green Curry Chicken. Now it’s available at KFC Brunei for a limited time only and the launch of the Bangkok Green Curry Combo was also coinciding with KFC newly opened branch at Brunei International Airport at the arrival hall.

The green curry gravy is a blend of spices, chillies, garlic, onions, ginger, galangal and coconut milk as well as a handful of green peas. It is served with KFC’s all-time favourite Hot and Spicy Chicken, along with hot steamy white rice and signature side dishes originated from KFC Thailand.

The KFC Bangkok Green Curry Chicken Meals are available in several combo options.

Combo A includes two pieces of chicken, green curry, white rice, a regular-sized coleslaw and a carbonated drink, all for the price of $7.30.

Combo B includes three pieces of chicken, green curry, white rice, and a carbonated drink at $8.90.

Meanwhile, the Green Curry Feast A, which would feed a group of four to five people, includes nine pieces of chicken, three white rice, two green curries, three regular- sized coleslaw, and four carbonated drinks at an affordable price of $28.90.

The Green Curry Feast B, on the other hand, is priced at $42.90 and includes 15 pieces of chicken, four white rice, a large-sized whipped potato, a large-sized Cheezy Wedges, three green curries, and a bottle of Pepsi. The green curry is also available as an add-on for just $0.90.

I just had the KFC Bangkok Green Curry for lunch yesterday and it was just perfect for me. So do give this a go especially for those who appreciate green curry. You can follow their Facebook page or also on instagram @kfcbrunei

 


A perfect meal for me
 


Acting Director of Civil Aviation (DCA), Hj Abd Karim Hj Abd Wahab, Acting Airport Manager Hj Joharry Hj Abdul Karim, Managing Director of KFC (B) Sdn Bhd Nel Ky Goh, Vice President of KFC (B) Sdn Bhd Del Goh and DCA Acting Deputy Director Lim Kee Ann and KFC Brunei Marketing Executive Jonathan Bong during the reopening of KFC outlet at the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport
 


The staff on duty at Airport branch
 


 


 

  
 

Anniversary Promotion 
 


It has been ten years for IA Salon and now they are running a special celebration promotion for their customers. I believe this salon has done a lot for the community especially towards the charitable foundations. Recently they held an interesting night which was for the Blind Association where IA salon and Fun Bee Park collaborated with Sorriso Restaurant for a “Dining in the Dark”.

It’s good to see a passionate and visionary leader such as Cecilia Lee, the lady behind IA Salon and she’s always traveling abroad to gain more knowledge in hair fashion, make-up and so on. In life, to learn more about yourself and your surroundings, you need to take that leap of faith which comes with risk and Cecilia Lee is no stranger to this.

Do try out their special promotion which runs until end of the year. You can reach for bookings by calling 242 3232 and business hours is from 10am to 8:30pm. IA Salon is located at ground floor, The Mall, next to Guardian.

 


Cecilia Lee, the lady behind IA Salon
 


One of the charity drives we did to promote the awareness of Breast Cancer
 

10th Year Anniversary  
 

Special Package  
 

From 23rd Sept to 31st Dec 

Package 1

• Hair Spa Scalp Treatment (90mins) – $55 ONLY

• Hair Spa Trico Bio Hair Treatment (90mins) $80 ONLY

• Ice Rebonding ALL LENGTH $135 ONLY

• Express Digital Perm ALL LENGTH $135 ONLY

ADDT’ L $30 FOR HAIR TREATMENT

(AFTER CHEMICAL SERVICES ONLY)

• Make up + Hairdo $50 ONLY

Package 2 (Monday to Thursday only)

• Manicure + Pedicure + Foot scrub — $35 ONLY (Usual Price $44)

• Manicure + Pedicure — $20 ONLY (Usual Price $26


Hair Scalp Treatment at IA Salon
 


Some of the hairstyles done at IA Salon
 

  
 

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24
Sep

The First Time

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Abacus Travel Fair is back!!  
 


 

The last time I was kinda confused with the Abacus Travel Fair and Travelmania event and of course, everyone is quite familiar with the Abacus brand since it has been around for many years in terms of travel fairs. So when the word Travelmania came into the picture with their partner Abacus, it was a bit tough to recognize who was actually running the show.

Yesterday I missed the press conference of the travel fair which will happen this Saturday and Sunday which will take place at Grandstone Ballroom, Centrepoint Hotel at Gadong. It’s good to know the travel fair is back and it will be called the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. This will give me another great opportunity to travel in a much cheaper and affordable fare and I know my traveling period starts again in October till December :D

According to the press release, there will be seven travel agents under the Abacus Brunei such as Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, Century Travel Centre, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Pan Bright Travel Service, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.

Tourism Malaysia as well as Taiwan Visitors Association and Tourism Authority Thailand based in Kuala Lumpur will be participating again in this fair. Baiduri Bank Berhad, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Singapore Airlines will be having their booths to extend support to the participating travel agents as well as provide assistance to the visitors.

 


Abd Halim Haji Abd Rahman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Abacus Brunei and Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei leading the press conference. Image courtesy of Ak Fairol.
 

“At Abacus Brunei, we have successfully organised ten previous travel fairs since 2004,” said Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei. Abacus Brunei thanks its partners as well as travelers for their support in the previous travel fairs. At this much anticipated event, we are looking forward to delivering fresh content and attracting thousands of people in search of their dream vacations.”

“With the support of our partners and travel agents we are confident that we will be able to see a positive growth again this year.” Irene added.

Abd Halim Haji Abd Rahman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Abacus Brunei explained “There will be seven Abacus Brunei based travel agents participating in this travel fair connected to more than 40 Abacus terminals. This will help travel agents efficiently service visitors.”

He continued “The travel fair provides an excellent opportunity for Brunei-based travelers to shop for both overseas and local packages making it an event on the travel calendar not to be missed.”

 


Something to look forward to for Baiduri Bank customers
 

So what’s the catch this time?

Every booking or purchase made during the fair, customer has a chance to win Go Pro HERO3 (1 set) and Momax iPower S2C Powerbank (2 sets). Additional 2 chances for Baiduri Bank cardholders who make payment using any Baiduri Bank debit/credit card.

Exclusive gift from Abacus and Baiduri for the 1st 100 customers who purchase and make payment using Baiduri Bank debit or credit cards with minimum purchase of B$1000.

Return Economy Class Air ticket sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines:

1) Two air tickets to Saigon to be won by two winners (1 ticket each winner)

2) Two air tickets to Denpasar, Bali to be won by two winners (1 ticket each winner)

3) Grand draw – Two air tickets to London to be won by one winner

Return Economy Class Air ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing sponsored by Cathay Pacific

Sellers under Tourism Malaysia pavilion: Sarawak Tourism Board, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & The Little Big Club, Mahkota Medical Centre, Imperial Hotel, Miri, Imperial Palace Hotel, Miri Marriott Resort & Spa, Grand Palace Hotel, Miri, Chanteek Borneo Gallery and PNB Darby Park Executive Suites.

  
 

Get them white again!! 
 


 

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre is offering an attractive promotion for professional teeth whitening treatment valued at BND799 (Usual price is BND1000) with free initial consultation. This promotion will run from 15 September to 15 November 2014 and can be redeemed till 30 December 2014.

This was announced at a press conference by Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer, and Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC. Also present was Dr Dharma Rai, Consultant Prosthodontist at JPMC.

“Oral health makes a huge presence in our lives especially in our simple daily activities. With our promotion, it can help to enhance the whiteness of your teeth in just a single visit to our Dental Clinic”, mentioned Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer of JPMC.

“Professional In-office Teeth Whitening Procedure is the quickest way to whiten teeth under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled use of whitening gel – yielding results that are visible immediately”, stated Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC.

Teeth discoloration is caused by natural darkening and yellowing as people age, drinking tea, coffee or fizzy drinks, natural and artificial food colorings, smoking and tobacco stains.

 


Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer of JPMC, Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC and Dr Dharma Rai, Consultant Prosthodontist at JPMC

An appointment is required for the treatment, where patients are advised to come 15 minutes earlier prior to the appointment time. Before deciding whether teeth whitening is suitable for the patient, the dentist will first conduct a comprehensive examination of their teeth and gums to ensure proper teeth healthcare which is free during the promotion period.

They will also consult on their oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if they will benefit from the treatment. Patients with extensive dental work, expectant mothers and children below 16 years old are not recommended to go through the procedure.

The procedure takes up approximately 2 hours. Patient’s gums and mouth are first protected with isolation materials. The dentist will carefully apply the whitening gel to their teeth and uses a patented blue light to oxidize the gel during the procedure.

The procedure is normally painless; however a very small percentage of patients may experience a minor sensitivity during or after the procedure. A sensitivity relief gel will be used to tackle the sensitivity.

The teeth whitening treatment can last up to 2 years if the patient take care and maintain the brightness of their teeth.

JPMC’s Dental Clinic offers a comprehensive range of dental services such as orthodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, implantology, oral surgery, general dental procedures and more. The clinic is open every Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 8am to 12noon. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.com.bn. You can call 261 1433 ext 2229/2114.

  
 

The Bending Effect 
 

 

Bending the iPhone 6 Plus by Unbox Therapy

 

 

Bending the Galaxy Note 3 by Unbox Therapy

 

  
 

 

Time Out with Liz 
 

A Message from Liz: Hello Everyone, Liz here from “Time Out with Liz”

For this coming episode we have an amazing line up, as always, from lifestyle, food and the music facets of Brunei. I’m always working hard to find the trendy, current and inspiring people who are amongst us to share their stories with us. And believe me, they are everywhere! So hold on to your horses and be a part of the audience last Saturday of the month with me, yours truly, Liz.

Food

This time we have a mother and daughter trio who wanted to start something simply delicious, simply delectable and simply family. We bring you the owners of Ximply Chriz – meet Christina, Chee Lin and Jo Lin. Join me to find out more about the story behind Ximply Chriz and get front row seats to a food and coffee demonstration by the ladies.

Music

She was the youngest Brunei representative at the recent World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2014 and she came back with 5 medals and an Overall Division plaque for her original work. I get a chance to sit down with the talented Eden Chiam

Lifestyle

What would you do if you found out you have cancer?

4 years ago Jacqueline Teo was told she had two tumours in her head. The news brought this ultra- marathoner Jacqueline into depression and to the brink of suicide before her mother dragged her to a running track and ordered her to run again.

Today, she stands strong and is proud to say that she’s completed her 12th Marathon as at August 2014. So come on down to hear her story of struggle and survival.
Time Out with Liz brings you all these inspiring individuals to the stage this 27 September 2014 at kaleidoscope (Saffron) from 7-8.30pm. All you have to do is step 1 -book your seats by sending in your name and how many seats you would like to timeoutwithliz@gmail.com or Facebook message us at www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz. Step 2- pay at the door. Step 3 – Be Inspired!

Ticket details

At the door $15 per person

Special Tickets for Ranoadidas fans/readers will be at $10 if you email us between today until 26 September 2014 and quote “I’m a Time Out and Rano Fan”


Eden Chiam
 


The inspirational Jacqueline Teo
 


Chee, Chris and Jo of Ximply Chriz
 

  
 

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