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06
Feb

Deadpool banned in Brunei

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Movie updates 
 

 

Deadpool banned. Ah, I was already looking forward to Marvel’s first movie of 2016. I had a feeling it will be on a borderline case and I was hoping it would be. However, judging for the trailers alone especially the R-rated version, censorship will have a hard time to pass such movie in Brunei. Well, I could say it’s a good move too as many parents are being irresponsible for exposing such themes to their young children.

Deadpool was slated for Tuesday’s release, a unique date release though as the conventional Thursday opening. The closest for Bruneians to catch Deadpool is across the border at Golden Screen Cinemas at Bintang Megamall, Miri. Then again, there is a dozen of cuts under Malaysia censorship board. My other option is to catch it in Singapore on IMAX. This is one sad news to know it won’t be released in Brunei and I’m already getting plenty of comments of disappointments especially those looking forward to Deadpool.

Mind you, this is a Marvel movie and this is quite rare for Marvel to produce a violent movie with the elements of blood. One thing for sure if the producers were to change the already-violent character of Deadpool, it won’t do his character justice at all.

Let’s not be too sad about it and let this pass. Yes, I was initially sad of the expected news. There’s always Miri next door if you are so eager to catch it and won’t mind the dozen of cuts. As for now, the chances of Deadpool being in Brunei is dead.

 


Guess who’s in town…
 


At least 5 boxes to pack this beast
 

Hulk buster. Remember this iconic character in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Well, I bumped into multiple wooden boxes with the word Hulkbuster printed on it and a few hours later, I saw parts of it being assembled last night.

Today the whole thing has been fully assembled and you can take pictures with it now at Times Cineplex at Times Square Shopping Centre. But I guess this is not redeeming enough after Deadpool has been banned from showing in Brunei.

 

  
 

04
Feb

In love with Hua Hin

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Top 10 movies of 2015 
 

Listen to the podcast on our countdown to the Top 10 movies of 2015 (Rano and Del’s) and also the disappointments and our horribles section.

 

  
 

Up, up and away…  
 


My week stay at Sheraton Pranburi Villa at Hua Hin, Thailand. Truly love this place and the greenery.
 

Blogging away by the poolside and enjoying the breeze
 

This week has been amazing on many levels. The journey of learning, discovering and recovering have never felt compelling to the extent that I felt lighter, confused and amazed, all at once. It’s something that I couldn’t verbalize and I’m thankful to my friends who felt my expression. I am happy that I made this trip to the beautiful Hua Hin and thumbs up to Sheraon Pranburi Villa for their awesome hospitality since day one.

This is the second city I’ve visited this year and there are more to come (Vietnam, KL, KK and Taipei) in the coming two months for work and toastmasters. Despite the traveling, I’m slowly beginning to feel the pinch in terms of the Brunei economy. If SMEs are not doing well, then it will have downstream effect and even my revenue stream will have some impact, be it big or small. Now it’s the ideal time to plan for the year which I hardly do or just not my habit to do so. This is a reality and it’s something I have to be mindful on the decisions I make especially when it comes to time and money.

I haven’t been updating on a regular basis since my days in Hua Hin were quite packed and I chose the spare time to catch up with my buddies or just spend some alone time on my own. It feels great once again to type out my thoughts while enjoying the breeze by the poolside at Sheraton Pranburi Villa. How I wish I can blog in this kinda of environment, feeling peaceful and yes, my mind feels freer as compared to when I blog in the comfort of my room (the irony).

I kinda miss what’s going in Brunei after MIA for the past week. Usually I will be craving for local stories in the morning to see what’s interesting or what not. Now… mmmm… not so much. I choose to be in the moment and that is making the most of my time while in Hua Hin. Today’s news though caught my interest as it was on my IG feed where His Majesty the Sultan paid a visit to International School of Brunei early today. It was also the first visit by our monarch to the relocated ISB.

Now I tell you what I’m looking forward being back – tennis and The Revenant. Oh yea, I can’t believe the Oscar nominated film is showing in Brunei cinemas. Woohooo… I couldn’t manage to catch it while abroad but blessed it’s now showing in Brunei. Del Goh rated this movie as one one of his honourable mentions in his Top 10 movies of 2015. Who knows The Revenant could be in one of my Top 10 in 2016. And tennis, I just miss whacking the ball and I can feel that I’m out of shape especially in the fitness department.

Congratulations goes to Jaz Hayat on his new single which also available on iTunes. He has been MIA for quite some time and now he’s back with a bang, a new released single called “Dari Mata”. Just like Aziz Harun and Eia, he’s also another star in the making. We need more artistes and talents in Brunei. All the best, Jaz, and truly like the countdown on social media as a teaser to your single. Do check his single out and download on iTunes.

That’s it for me today and let me just enjoy the breeze and the music by the poolside. Life is just awesome 😀

  
 

01
Feb

Truthiness

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

DPMM FC fanfare 
 


His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office handed out medals to the winners at DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2016 at Jerudong Mini Stadium last Sunday.
 

 

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, graced the DPMM FC Singapore League (S-League) Football Fanfare 2016 at the Jerudong Mini Stadium last Sunday.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim took part in the fanfare playing under team International School Brunei (ISB) Sharks in the competition.
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 was also present at yesterday’s event.

Academy Kilanas B emerged the winner of the tournament after defeating Savilla Junior 2-0 in the final.

Among the teams that took part were AAG Junior, Academy Kilanas A, Brunei Sports School Soccer Academy (BSSSA) A, BSSSA B, BSSSA C, BSSSA D, ISB Baycats, ISB Thunder, ISB Quoka’s, Perda FC Junior, Setia Bakti, Super Junior Zaidana and SMS Jangsak.

 


Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim (right) played for the ISB Sharks
 


Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim in action
 


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 (center) with the committee of S•League and DPMM FC management and sponsors
 

 

 

 

 

DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean saw the fanfare as an aspiration for the young talents in the country.

“Today’s event was great. We had it last year. It gives the young players a taste of what it is like to come to Jerudong where we train every day,” said Kean.

“It gives them a little taste and hopefully gives them the enthusiasm and the application to push hard through their age groups and get into their final team.

The head coach also added that the club are close to bringing in three new young players to fill up the rest of the slots in the squad.

“It has not been finalised yet but we are getting close… we have brought in some players who are from the club’s Under-19 team, a goalkeeper, a centre midfielder and an attacking player who are going to push hard to try to get into the final squad,” continued the Scot. “I always think that if you’re old enough to push to the end of the squad, it doesn’t matter if you are young (17, 18 or 19)… if I think they are good enough, they will play.

“They are not just here to make up the numbers, they are here to get to the start of it,” he added.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainuddin Nordin was on hand to give a speech prior to the matches yesterday.

“It is great to see so many eager boys and girls at this annual Brunei DPMM FC S-league fanfare and this is indeed a special kickoff to the S-League season,” said Zainuddin in his speech.

“It is super special because Brunei DPMM FC are the reigning champions of the S-League as we go into the 21st season of the S-League. On behalf of the Football Association of Singapore and the S-league, I would like to extend my greatest and heartiest congratulations to Brunei DPMM FC for winning the 20th edition and in doing so, the club has won the distinction of being only the second foreign team to have won the S-league in the 20 year history of Singapore professional football league.

“It is indeed a highly commendable achievement for Brunei DPMM FC and one that it thoroughly deserves,” he added.

The DPMM FC S-League Football Fanfare is the club’s annual programme held before they start off their S-League season. The country’s only professional club claimed their first S-League title last year after finishing second best in 2014 and 2012. They will face Singapore Cup holder Albirex Niigata FC (S) in the community shield on February 13 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Text courtesy of Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Khairil Hassan.

 


Steve Kean being interviewed by the media
 


DPMM FC players at the Fanfare 2016
 

 

 

 

  

 

Progresif opens 3rd store 
 


Progresif Chairman Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim (C); Progresif Chief Sales Officer Bob Gill (L); and the Managing Director of Times Square Shopping Complex, Tan Kah Boon (R) cutting off the ribbon during the opening of Progresif’s fifth flagship store cutting off the ribbon during the opening of Progresif’s fifth flagship store. Image courtesy of Progresif Celluar Facebook Page.
 

Progresif have been gaining traction especially last year where they have increase number of new customers. The free sim card and the delivery have been a good marketing gimmick. Also the Progesif customers at one stage get 100% bonus credit when they top up last November. So there are many interesting promotions along the way.

This time, they have a new promotion that I believe will drive more new clients is the “Handset Plan Promotion”. Now you can pay as low as BND 9 to enjoy a new phone such as the VIVO Xshot or the Huawei P7 and pick and Postpaid Plan from BND 25, BND 40 or BND 60. You can check out the Handset Plans here.

A few days ago, Progresif also relaunched their flagship store at Times Square Shopping Centre. Present were Progresif Chairman Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Progresif Chief Sales Officer Bob Gill and the Managing Director of Times Square Shopping Complex, Tan Kah Boon. Congratulations Progresif on the relaunch.

 


Group photo with the Progresif associates. Image courtesy of Progresif Facebook Page.
 


Now you get a VIVO Xshot for BND 9
 


Check out their in-house Progresif magazine
 

  
 

30
Jan

CF Part II

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

At-Taqwa Travel Tours
 

 

  
 

Happening tonight 
 


The crazy sales is back at YMRM only for tonight. check out the poster for details.
 

  

 

Dell roadshow at TS 
 

 

 

Netcom Computer House, the Authorized Distributor of Dell products, is currently holding the 2nd Dell Roadshow at Times Square Shopping Centre, from January 29th to 31st  from 10am to 10pm.

The roadshow features the latest line up of Dell products, including the laptops featuring the 6th Generation Intel Core Processors and with the Pre-installed Windows 10. Customers have the opportunity to experience the newly released The Skylake model, called the XPS 13 9350. It’s compact, made of a mix of thick metal on the exterior and rubbery carbon-fiber on the palm-rest and features a chiclet backlit keyboard. Also on display are the Dell Inspiron 11 (3158) with the i3 6100 Processor from the on the Go series which can be flipped as a tablet.

Check out the All- in-One family series; Dell 23 AIO Desktop and the new line of 2016 Series of Monitors that are available including the Entry, Professional, Studio and Ultrasharp series, and the impressive a Dell 27”SE2716H Curved Monitor with LED, where you can lose yourself in the immersive experience of elegantly designed thin bezels and superb sound.

Also available are a full line of accessories, many of which are new updated models, of wireless mouse, keyboards, hard disk drives, all of which are the latest available items in Dell’s great line of products for the Brunei market.

Additionally, for every purchase of  a notebook or desktop, customers are entitled to purchase the Microsoft Office 2016 home and student (1 user) for only $139.

Baiduri Visa/Master Credit Card holders enjoy additional 5% Discount on selected Dell items during the roadshow.

For more information, please contact Netcom’s Times Square branch at 2339967.

 

 

 

 

  
 

Consumer Fair 2016 
 


Hui Chiet showing some shooting skills at Red Bull booth at Consumer Fair. Find out more how you can participate and win some prizes.
 


The ladies wearing Mountain Dew t-shirts during Consumer Fair.
 


Spinning the wheel action after purchasing some items at Kingston Beverage & Creamery booth at Consumer Fair
 


Blood Donation drive at JPMC booth at Consumer Fair yesterday
 

 


Malaysia celebrity @missfazura entertaining her fans and also showcasing her product
 


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf mascot
 


There is also BIBD presence at Consumer Fair
 


Check out You•C1000 booth for more information about Have you seen Sairol game.. Stand a chance to win Manchester United items such as a jersey signed by RVP.
 


The jersey signed by Rob Van Persie
 


Also you can win a RVP signature on this ball
 


DST have a huge pavilion at Consumer Fair
 


The Simpor Pharma booth.. I’m surprised that the company also sell other products other than pharmaceutical.
 


Chewable candies for kids
 


Interesting product for the toilet seats. Now available at Simpor Pharma
 

 


Fans of Doraemon will be happy. Lots of stuff to buy here at Consumer Fair.
 


That’s a huge cat indeed
 

 

 

  
 

11
Mar

Sponsored banners

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Brunei Shell Marketing 
 


Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

 

 

Audi Q7 
 


The Audi Q7 coming really soon…
 

 

 

Concepts Technologies

 

Concepts Technologies the first local Mircosoft distributor appointed by Microsoft Brunei
 

 

Peugeot 
 


Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

 

BIBD’s latest promo 
 


Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

   
 

GLOT Lifestyle 
 


Check out GLOT. Click banner to enter.
 

 

Tomato KidZ 
 


Click image to enter their Facebook Page
 

 

 

Citroen Brunei 
 


Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

 

29
Jan

Consumer Fair No. 17

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Consumer Fair 2016 
 
 

I won’t be saying much but let the pictures tell the story of the on-going Consumer the 17th edition. Three more days left to go and the crowd is definitely picking up. A good way to spend the end of January 2016. How time flies so fast and soon it will be February. Have a great weekend, peeps!!

 


 

Check out the Mini Remix at the Consumer Fair.
 

The Mini Remix is like a portable Android box and it’s the first Android PC. Reasonable pricing too.
 

Citroen cars being displayed at Consumer Fair
 

Yes, the finale of the Mr. Brown manhunt happening at CF this Saturday
 


Your emcee for the finale manhunt of Mr. Brown. Who will be the final winner to fly to Taiwan?
 

 

Kristy looking busy writing something for her promotion
 

Her cafe Piccolo Cafe is collaborating with Food Panda
 

The team from Food Panda
 


Some of the booths at Consumer Fair
 

Check out the IT gadgets at Concepts Computer
 

Something that caught my eye at Concepts Computer – The Predator series.. Awesome gaming machine and powerful.
 

Huge boxes for the Predator CPUs and monitor
 

Tomato KidZ also participating at Consumer Fair
 


Ideal for parents to invest for their children on the products offered by Tomato KidZ
 

Suitable for children for their studies
 

@kindykare is available for parents who can rely on assistants to take care of their children at Consumer Fair
 

They have hourly rate or longer rates for the benefit of the parents and guardians
 

 


 

28
Jan

Something new

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Predator making its debut 
 
 


Check out the new series of Acer Predator now available at Concepts Computer
 
 

Richard Soo, Acer Branch Manager of Acer Sales & Service, Miri and Vincent Pao, the General Manager of Concepts Computer
 
 

Group photo with the Concepts Computer team and Richard Soo. Image courtesy of Vincent Hong.
 
 

The much anticipated gaming machine line, Predator, from Acer was officially launched at the Brilliance Hall of Concepts Computer last night. Present during the launch were Vincent Pao, the General Manager of Concepts Computer, Alice Chan, Financial Controller of Concepts Group of Companies, Pao Jia Wan, Business Development Executive of Concepts Group of Companies and Richard Soo, Acer Branch Manager of Acer Sales & Service, Miri.

So much to blog about the Acer Predator. I was already amazed when I saw the brochures a few weeks ago and last night, the Acer Predator line was launched to the media.

Definitely those into gaming and using heavy duty softwares, Acer Predator will tailor to your needs and satisfaction. The computers are also Windows 10 ready for end users.

Vincent Pao has a vision for his company, to bring the best IT products to the country especially from the Acer brand and he has kept his promise. He hopes the end users will be impressed with the Acer Predator as it will give “out-of-this-world” gaming experience to gamers. He applauded the team behind Acer Predator, the Predator Tribe, especially the Research and Development team in turning the machines into the best in its class.

Do check out the 15” and 17” laptops, sporting the bespoke design of red accents and a black chassis with geometric lines and soft texture coating. Not only are they of high performance but it also provides the Predator FrostCore, keeping the computers to operate at low temperatures so it won’t overheat. The other plus point is the PredatorSense gaming control panel so gamers can customise and control the gaming feature. The other term I learnt was the Killer DoubleShot, meaning you can enhance your gaming with the combination of wireless networking and Ethernet (cable). Hmmm interesting indeed.

When it comes to audio, the Predator SoundPound offers a combination of stellar audio features including up to four built-in speakers, two subwoofers and Dolby Audio surround to give the crisp sound on your gaming experience.

 


Special prizes for the members of the media
 
 

The Acer Predator 15
 
 

The Acer Predator G6
 
 

Let’s not forget the monitors they offer. The monitors are such as the Acer Predator Z35 (35” inch curve), Acer Predator Z34 (34” inch curve) and Acer Predator XB1 monitor (27” inch flat). I’m already impressed with the curved monitors because it will give you a panoramic view while you play your games or for me, watching movies 😀 The curved monitors sport futuristic aluminium based design with underflow lighting and mate finish look killer.

Now let’s talk about the desktops. Totally superb when I just looked at the specs. The Predator G6 is simply a monster of its own and it’s labeled as the Unstoppable War Machine. It’s powered with a 6th-gen Intel Core Processor and up to 64GB of DDR4 system memory. Interesting bit of the G6 is the Turbo button. Well, for instant overclocking, just press the button, and you will be in for a ride for some intense gaming experience. The overall design just look so wicked and cool. Time for gamers to show off their stuff to their friends. Of course, there is a tamer version which is the Acer Predator G3.

Do check out Concepts Computer branch at Kiulap or even at the Consumer Fair at their booth at ICC today till Sunday.

 


The Acer Predator 17
 
 

The Acer Predator G6 has a blu-ray drive too…mmmmm 😀
 
 

Acer Predator G6, Acer Predator 8 (tablet) and Acer Predator G3. Image courtesy of Vincent Hong.
 
 

Pao Jia Wan, Business Development Executive of Concepts Group of Companies passing a souvenir to Bahyiah Bakar of Borneo Bulletin. Image courtesy of Vincent Hong.
 
 
 
  

 

28
Jan

Milkcow enters Brunei

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Milkcow opens in Times Square 
 
 


Cho Kwang Sub, Managing Director of Milkcow, Hee Chong Moi, Master Franchisor of Milkcow for Brunei and Kenny Wong, business partner of Milkcow Brunei during the official launch last Sunday. Image taken from Milkcow Brunei Facebook Page
 
 

Thanis Lim, Del Goh, NeeKhern and Loo during the launch and their free Milkcow ice-creams. Image taken from Milkcow Brunei Facebook Page
 
 

Well, if you are a fan of milk and you want blending taste in a form of ice-cream, Milkcow is your best bet. Last Sunday, @milkcowbn (Instagram) officially opened its door to the public and it was welcomed with overwhelming responses from the crowd.

One thing for sure was the free Milkcow icre-cream treats for the first 200 customers where they choose flavours between Milky Way, Milky Cube or Cookies and Cream. I have yet to taste other flavours but my next target is the Cookies and Cream definitely.

The flavours are imported to make sure that the ice-creams reached the same standard in other Milkcow outlets worldwide. Yes, Milkcow is a franchise from Korea and what’s great about the ice-cream is that it’s soft-served and plus it’s organic and complete with honeycomb.

The ice cream is made from organic, preservative-free milk. The milk is produced fresh daily and the ice cream batches are replenished after three days, as opposed to other soft serves that last for a month because they’re made from powdered milk.

The Milky Cube is perhaps the most popular item, which is topped with a piece of gooey, natural honeycomb. You can taste the hint of honey and yet it’s not too sweet. I’m surprised the chunk of honey can be easily cut and scoop to your liking to blend with every bite with the ice-cream.

Present during the launch were Managing Director of Milkcow Cho Kwang Sub, Master Franchisor for Brunei Hee Chong Moi and the business partner of Milkcow Brunei Kenny Wong.

Brunei becomes the 10th country to have Milkcow and the management believes that Brunei is a good market for their products.

Price ranges from $4.90 to $7 and it’s located on the ground floor of Times Square (near Freshco). For more updates, follow Milkcow’s Instagram @milkcowbn and Facebook at ‘Milkcow Brunei’.

 


 
 

Mmmmmm the black pearl….
 
 

One of the staff preparing the Snowdrop ice-cream. Similar like cotton candy.
 
 


Tadaaa…. The Snowdrop
 
 


Such a long quite during the opening. Image by @marul69
 
 

Siew Fun is a big fan of milk and also cow :p She loves the Milky Cube
 
 

The signature ice-cream – Milky Cube
 
 
 
  

 

26
Jan

Lay me down

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Peugeot 2008 
 
 


Check out the beautiful Peugeot 3008 Crossover. I’m also amazed with the affordable price tag on it too.
 
 

T.C.Y. Motors, sole distributor of Peugeot is announcing the official launching of Peugeot 2008 Crossover on January 25, 2016. Now you can view the Peugeot 3008 Crossover at the Upper Basement of Hua Ho Manggis until 31st January 2016. Another great news is this same model won the 2016 Dakar Rally. Awesome!! They have won 9 stages out of 13 and dominated the Dakar Rally. So do feel proud if you own a Peugeot 3008 😀

The new crossover by Peugeot is the first vehicle produced by the Marque that was designed and developed simultaneously by several geographic markets. With its worldwide objectives, the 2008 thrusts the Marque into a new dynamic, inline with its strategy of developing its crossover range and attracting new customers.

Peugeot innovates by designing the first urban crossover that is easy, exciting and brings an enhanced driving experience:

– An innovative i-cockpit, structured around the small steering wheel, combining high quality instrumentation and touch screen
– A dynamic behavior synonymous with enjoyment, with Peugeot’s ride and handling expertise,
– Freedom to go on mixed terrain due to raised ground clearance and protection.

 


For the full spec model, you will enjoy the blue backlit LED light strips around the panoramic glass roof and also on the innovative i-cockpit
 
 

The interior view of the Peugeot 3008
 
 

Innovative concept

The 2008 innovates by uniquely combining the driving characteristics of a hatchback and the strength of an SUV with an on-board area (passenger space, modularity and comfort) which invites you to enjoy each moment to the full. Equally at ease in town as on the open road, it can escape from the city with confidence due to its extended mobility features. Stimulating and versatile, the 2008 suits all customers.

Step into the light

Stepping into the interior of the 2008 means enjoying an elegant atmosphere and harmonious interior that carefully combining finely crafted trims and a unique luminous ambiance.

The blue backlit LED dials in the heads-up display and the LED strip around the panoramic glass roof provide subdued blue lighting give the 2008 a uniquely luminous appeal.

A unique style, combining elegance and strength

With its higher-driving position the 2008 is fitted with 16’’ alloy wheels. It has pronounced wheel arches that give it an appealing road presence and stance. The black bumpers and body sills serves to protect it from abrasions with the addition of front and rear body protection and side moldings on stainless steel.

The front face adopts the latest Peugeot style codes. Finely sculpted, the bonnet lines infer lightness, strength, and protection of the 2008, while the floating grille’ face has a solidity of form with vertical elements to harness aerodynamic performance and efficiency. The innovative headlamps are designed precisely to reflect the technical functions. Sharp and precise, they act with the bodywork to given the outline appearance of a cat’s pupil. Sculpted, they are at one with the front face, giving it an even more impressive, technological and individual character. This look is emphasized by LED day running lamps.

The rear also combines strength with dynamism. The boot volume, with a low loading sill, has above it a roofline with dynamic curves, inspired by the RCZ. The tailgate is wide and framed by lamps secured to the bodywork. Floating inside their housing, the three luminous claws are lit at their base by LEDs that appear suspended.

The latest-generation engines draw the very essence of the lightness and profiled silhouette to offer an exceptional driving experience combined with a true breakthrough in terms of fuel economy. Due to the technology of the new 3-cylinder petrol engines, the 2008 urban crossover stands out from the competition with CO2, starting from 99g/km.

 


Check out the high spec model at the light box located at the upper basement of Hua Ho Manggis Mall. Until 31st January 2016.
 
 

They also displayed the white and the black models for public viewing
 
 

Specifications:
Seating capacity of 5
1.6 litre petrol
5 – Speed automatic transmission
16” Alloy wheel
Digital Touchscreen display
Foldable backseats
6 Airbags

 

Awards:
5 Star ENCAP
Continental “Irish Small Car of the Year”
Auto Europa
VAB Motorist Club “Family Car of the Year”
Golden Steering Wheel Award “SUV and More than Off-road”
4×4 Plus Magazine Belgium “Car of the Year”

 


 
 


 
 

A sample on how you can be eligible for the raffle draw
 
 

Peugeot 2008 Photo Rally Raffle Draw

In conjunction with the launching of Peugeot 2008 Crossover, we are now open for entries on “Peugeot 2008 Photo Rally Raffle Draw” from January 25-31, 2016.

To join. Just take a photo together with the 2008s exterior and interior (i-Cockpit). Post it in your account and tag Peugeot Brunei Facebook Like their Facebook Page (Peugeot Brunei). Register with your name, email address and contact number in our showroom or during the roadshow to be entitled in the raffle draw.

Participants could get to win an exclusive Peugeot merchandise; Peugeot watch and mugs. Drawing of winners will be on January 31, 2016 at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. Terms and conditions apply.

 
 

  

 

 

Say no to child abuse 
 
 

Story by Rabiatul Kamit of The Brunei Times. A young couple is facing heavy punishment after their abuse of a little girl came to light in a disturbing video widely shared on social media over the weekend.

Mohd Shahiful Rizal Bakri, 28, together with the mother of the four-year-old victim will be brought to court on charges of child abuse today, following their recording of the violent crime which led to their swift arrest on Monday.

The three-minute video showed the wailing child, whose hands and legs were tied, being physically and verbally attacked by Mohd Shahiful Rizal as her mother laughed in amusement.

It is unclear when the incident occurred and who uploaded the recording on the Internet, but the video went viral in Brunei on the weekend, causing public outrage and prompting immediate response from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).

The couple were investigated by the Women and Children Abuse Investigations Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department after receiving public tip-offs. Both suspects are accused under Section 28(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act, Chapter 219, which carries imprisonment for up to 10 years, a maximum fine of $20,000 with or without whipping not exceeding 10 lashes, or both.

The victim has also been taken to the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital to undergo a physical examination.

A representative of the Community Development Department (JAPEM) said the child is currently in safe hands, but declined to elaborate further. The victim’s guardian was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Brunei Times.

 


 
 

The RBPF also urged the public to immediately report information on crime by calling the 993 police emergency line or visiting their nearest police station. Those in possession of the viral child abuse video were ordered to delete and refrain from circulating the material in accordance to Section 95 of the Children and Young Persons Act, which forbids the publication or distribution of any content which may compromise the victim’s identity.

Anyone found flouting the law can be punished with a maximum fine of $5,000, imprisonment of up to two years, or both if convicted.

In protecting the safety and welfare of the community, the RBPF said all cases of violence are taken seriously and action will be undertaken against such offences in line with the provisions of the sultanate’s laws.

 

My views: Firstly, this is such a tough ordeal to go through, even watching the video. I skipped almost the entire of the clip because I couldn’t bear to watch an innocent young soul being abused by adults. It’s simply not right and I condone condemn violence. I do hope justice will be served. There’s also another grey area when it comes to sharing such videos. If the incident wasn’t being shared, then no one will know of it and tipped the relevant authorities. If it becomes viral, then you could be trouble with the law. However, kudos to the RBPF for taking swift action on the culprits and let me this be the message to all child abusers to rethink their actions and the implications it can have on their children.

 

 

  

 

23
Jan

Another busy Sunday ahead

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

A Shell Helix Workshop 
 


Group photo with Brunei Shell Marketing and T.K. Asco during the launch of BSM Shell Helix Branded Workshop at T.K. Asco in Menglait. Image courtesy of Brunei Shell Marketing.
 


Taken from T.K. Asco Facebook Page
 

Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sendirian Berhad (BSM) recently launched a BSM Shell Helix Branded Workshop at T.K. Asco in Menglait.

BSM initiated the Helix Branded Workshop Project to provide standard support at sites to eligible customers.

According to the Head of Commercial, Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar, “Our distributors welcome the Shell Helix branded workshop concept as it is a worthy CVP for them to build trust with their customers and help them with their consumer retention, consumer acquisition, ultimately, leads to brand trust. With the Shell Helix Branded Workshop, the customer can trust our distributors take care of their cars at a reasonable price.  The Shell Technical Advisers (mechanics) are more professional due to the training received, making them more capable of caring for their cars in terms of the suitability of lubes oil on offer (suitable for engine and car).”

By being a Shell Helix Branded Workshop, it also makes our Shell Authorised Dealers be more visible for quick differentiation amongst the various Independent Workshops out there. These workshops will assure the public of the integrity and the quality of the products being sold at the workshops. A Shell Helix Branded Workshop also offers good service level from a hassle free experience (served by trained and experienced mechanic without waiting too long) with a comfortable waiting area.

 


Ribbon cutting with Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar, Head of Commercial, BSM (center) with Sandra and Dominic Ng, Managing Director of T.K. Asco. Image courtesy of Brunei Shell Marketing.
 

 

 

 


Dominic Ng recently received an award for T.K. Asco for being the Top Distributor Performer Lubricant Award 2015 from Brunei Shell Marketing
 

T.K. Asco Enterprise was established in 2010, and the operation started on 2010 at the current shop (Menglait). Starting with only 8 staff, TK Asco Enterprise have since grown to the current total work force of 20 with 6 supporting vehicles.

Due to the expansion, TK Asco Enterprise started to look for a bigger place to better service our customers. In 2015, TK Asco started renovation works, and is pleased to officially open the workshop on 21st Jan 2016.

Both the Managing Directors Dominic and Sandra of T.K. Asco Enterprise had very long working relationship with BSM. It started as both were previously involved with the workshop Sandra’s father operated back in 1980s. At the time, the involvement is mainly as the retailer of BSM’s product.

According to Dominic, “In 2010, TK Asco Enterprise was honored to sign up the agreement with BSM as the distributor of BSM products. With the support of BSM, the diligent effort of all staff and the support of our customers, TK Asco became one of the top agent of BSM today. TK Asco Enterprise hopes to get continuing support from BSM, as well as the company’s commitment to give our best services to our customers, TK Asco Enterprise foresee further growth in the industry.”

You can view their updates on their Facebook Page. Congratulations on the launching the BSM Shell Helix Branded Workshop.

Also present during the launch was Penghulu Mukim Gadong B, Major (Retired) Penghulu Haji Bakar bin Sapar. For any enquiries and feedback, please contact BSM at 2774277 or email BSM-External-Affairs@shell.com

 

 

  
 

Baiduri Capital 
 

Baiduri Capital, in collaboration with Phillip Securities, is hosting a series of workshops educating customers on fundamentals in securities trading.

Last night the first workshop, held at Radisson Hotel, was conducted by invited speaker, Mr Gavin Chia, Manager, Corporate Development, Securities & Wealth Management in Phillip Securities, Singapore.

Another workshop for KB customers will be held at Plaza Sutera Biru today.

The series of workshops is intended to not only keep customers well informed on the fundamental analysis in securities trading but also to keep abreast of the latest trends in financial markets.

Aside from discussing fundamental analysis for securities trading, the speaker discussed a review and outlook of world economy for 2016 and beyond including US, Euro, China, Singapore as well as the outlook for commodities. He also discussed some key risks to global growth, factors that affect the stock markets as well as covered some key consideration for investors.

Also present at the event were management and staff of Baiduri Capital including Peng Eng Soon, General Manager, Baiduri Capital as well as Yeo Kun Yu, Assistant Manager, Trading & Investment Services, Baiduri Capital.

 


Baiduri Capital hosted a series of workshops and last night was at Radisson Hotel
 

 

Baiduri Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baiduri Bank, offers its customers opportunities to invest in international stock markets via its innovative online portal. It is also the first in the Brunei market to offer online securities trading. For customers’ convenience, it can be accessed from an internet browser, on any laptop, tablet, or even phone, depending on the customer’s preference. The investor-focused design is feature rich, allowing customers to research prices, as well as look up market information to assist decision making when trading online.

At the Baiduri Capital premises located in Kiarong Complex, trading booths are available and equipped with tablets for customers to trade. Well versed Baiduri Capital staff, including an in-house financial planner, and qualified and registered dealers, will be on site to provide investment guidance and assist with trades if required. In addition there is a suite of tools available such as the viewing gallery to track price movements in SGX (Singapore) and Bursa Malaysia.

 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank (right) during the launch of Baiduri Capital last year
 

  
 

 

Audi A3 
 

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Audi A3 Sedan starting from BND 43,900. Check them out at T.C.Y. showroom
 

  
 

Youth takes centre stage 
 


It’s happening tomorrow at Jerudong International School
 

Press release from Nuri Sufri of Borneo Bulletin [edited]: TEDxYouth@Gadong, in collaboration with Jerudong International School (JIS), will be hosting a day of informative talks on January 24, which will focus on topics such as ‘Youth and Technology’, ‘How the Internet works’, ‘Cyber Bullying’, ‘Narcissism’, and ‘Feminism and Technology’.

Speaking to the Borneo Bulletin, Mohammad Izzat Fadhli Embran and Chynna Tan, the organisers of TEDxYouth@Gadong, described TEDx Youth@Gadong as a gateway for the youth to generate and share ideas on the relevance of technology, which can be beneficial when used responsibly.

A total of 14 youth speakers and three guest speakers will participate in the talks, namely Yussof Sidek, the Head of IT Security at BIBD; Dr Masters, Jerudong International School teacher; and Delwin Keasberry, a two-time TEDx speaker.

In an interview, Meghana Bharadwaj, the Head of the JIS organising committee, explained that the selected youth speakers underwent a filtering process out of 40 people.

The panel of judges during the selection process included Sarimah Latiff, the Senior Advisor and Co-partner of TEDxYouth@Gadong, and teachers from JIS and also invited special judges, Pranika Lama, Reuben Chin and Reuben Fang who oversaw the application, audition and selections; and who provided coaching and advice to participants.

 


Some of the youth speakers tomorrow. Shiam Li Chiam, Haerem Jalees, Hugo Eaton and Erna Maciulis
 


Some of the youth speakers tomorrow. Wafi Habib, John Fung, Stephen Klock & Andrew Mitchell and Siang Jin Law
 


Meghana Bharadwaj, Mohd Izzat Fadhli Embran and Chynna Tan, the Organising Committee for TEDxYouth@Gadong and JIS Committee. Image courtesy of Nuri Sufri of Borneo Bulletin.
 


Some of the judges and committee looking over the candidates before shortlisting the speakers. Image taken from @tedxgadong IG
 

One of the chosen youth speakers is Siang Jin Law, who will be discussing “Feminism and Technology”, where she hopes to increase awareness on gender inequality including the stigmatism surrounding feminism, and the role of technology in the development of modern feminism.

“I am very passionate about this topic, and TEDxYouth@Gadong provides an excellent platform to raise awareness to discuss this issue,” she said.

Each speaker will discuss thought-provoking topics relevant to modern technology and society during the sessions, which will take place from 9am to 4pm, on January 24.

For tickets inquiry, you can contact Izzat 716 0830 or Cheyeene 862 1658. A few seats left in Silver Category and Bronze is all sold out. You can follow updates on IG @tedxgadong


Venus Chong to share her views on the negative implications of the Internet
 

Venus Chong. At 17 years old, shehas already had her fair share of experience in public speaking. Her journey started back in her old high school, STPRI, when she was in Year 8. She has been an emcee for assemblies, joined the National Debate Competition and the National English Language Oratory Competition (BELTA). Entering Maktab Duli did not stop her achievements. She became a part of the winning Upper Team in the Upper Level National Debate Competition. Soon after, she was elected as President.

Venus considers herself outspoken and very opinionated. She’ll be sharing with us how the Internet has amplified the narcissist in all of us. She believes that there lies a narcissist in each and every one of us, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Venus plans to make us realize, accept and love ourselves a little bit more.

 


Ahmad Syauqie will share his thoughts on cyber bullying
 

Ahmad Syauqie. He started out experiencing bad stage frights until in 2012, his interest in public speaking was peaked with the encouragement of a teacher. He won 3rd place in the National English Language Oratory Competition (BELTA) and later helped the next BELTA representatives and his peers in their science presentation.

Public speaking isn’t the only thing, however, that caught Syauqie’s attention. He realized that cyber bullying is growing to be an increasing problem in our society. The effects it has on each individual are left in the dark, therefore he aims to shed light on this situation. He hopes people would channel the kindness within and use technology for the greater good. Let him tell you how.

 


Only a few tickets left for Gold and Silver seats. Do call the number to see if there are still available.
 

 

  
 

 

#thebig10festival 
 


Congratulations BIG Borneo Magazine #thebig10festival
 

 

Borneo Insider’s Guide (BiG) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with The BiG 10th Anniversary Picnic Festival at the Jerudong Park Colonnade this Sunday, 24th January 2016, from 2pm – 10pm. There will be open-air picnic spots; 8 live music performances by Maria ‘Eia’ Grace Koh, Kala K, with support from DIG Records Preservation Blues Jazz Hall Band and friends; lucky draws, an adult colouring competition and a photo competition with prizes to be won, great food and creative crafts on sale by 50 local and regional vendors.

The BiG anniversary event is not just a celebration of BiG magazine’s 10th year in print, but it is also to raise money for two local charities: Majlis Kesejahteraan Masyarakat (MKM) and Care and Actions for Strays (CAS). The event is jointly organised by the BiG magazine team and ‘The Collective’ @thecollectiveartevents – a locally-owned and independently-run creative arts organisation.

And check out who will be there @enyabijoux @doitgoodrecords @thefairyjars @phatcookies @roomfordesser.bn @kapowerburger @topfolk @sipntell @cabanabrunei @theenergykitchen @mo.pies.brunei @coulee.co @thehomebaker @kitchenjasmine @mariesteashop @one.smart.cookie @relentessbrunei @rakjas_kitchen @ktbr_brunei @keeping_eat_simple @flintandsteelborneo @thenaturalbar @beadsheaps @sewnbyskeef @lokalground @kraytionco @littlethingsbrunei @zippynzesty @diaphanousbymumzie @hausofjimmyr @wyljewellery @needsbmajor @thatskitchenwareplace @mycolourbrush @balloonboutiquebn @coffeebean_brunei