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Sound & Canvas

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in music, Business, Social News



Sandy Tan, the founder of Sound & Canvas, delivering her opening remarks

Have you visited Sound & Canvas lately? It was launched earlier recently at Setia Kenangan II, Kiulap, above Games & Latte. It’s managed by Sandy Tan who has the desire and passion for a creative community, devoted to experiment art in Brunei Darussalam. Her new studio aims at establishing creativity merging original music with various forms of arts.

Sound & Canvas (@soundncanvas) collaborated with Other Half Studio (@otherhalfstudio) for the theme “Can you keep a secret?”, an immersive Audio-Visual Exhibit. It is also supported by @happypetalsnco, Bloom Project Co. (@bloomprojectco) and Piccolo Cafe (@piccolocafebn). The Audio-Visual Exhibit will be ongoing until 31st December and it opens from Thursday to Sunday from 7:30pm to 11:00pm.

There is section of beautifully crafted paper petals on the wall where guests can write and post their comments or love notes for Sandy and her new studio.

So far the response has been encouraging and it was good to see the youth turning up for the Audio-Visual Exhibit and beginning to appreciate the artistic value of creative arts merging with original music.

This could be a new space for local artists and musicians to work together in promoting arts and music in Brunei Darussalam. Hence the space will be continually reconfigured throughout the year to host various exhibits and showcases.

In terms of services, Sound & Canvas provides advertising soundtracks, film/short film/tv/podcast soundtrack (that caught my eye huhu) and sounds/music for apps and games.

At Sound & Canvas, Sandy hopes to connect with musicians, artists, performers and independent makers who share a passion for creating original, ambitious work.

She holds BA of Communications (Hons.) from RMIT University Melbourne and BA of Music (Composition & Production) from the Australian Institute of Music Sydney.  Sandy’s creative practice usually involves electro-acoustic instrumentations and manipulating found sounds. Her work is inspired by a curiosity for how sound and music influence our social experiences, as well as parallels drawn between sound and other art forms.  Sandy has learned that anyone can create and showcase art. Talent is made valid with practice.

For updates, you can follow @soundncanvas on Instagram.



It was good opening night where they turned and hung out for the occasion

It’s a looping effect to see arts and music combining to give the euphoric feeling

I love this part of the art

The flower arch created by @bloomprojectco


Awwww so sweet

The mirror floor

A place to chill and destress 😀

Supporting Sandy’s opening night

Hello Fiza :p

Pet Lovers Centre

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in Business, Social News


Times Square shopping Centre Marketing Manager Lee Yee Liang, Marketing Manager Siti Noor Arrifah and Pet Lovers Centre owner Lim Hui Ling during the opening of the store last weekend

Pet Lovers Centre (PLC) held their grand opening for their Times Square Branch on November 26th providing Bruneians with high quality pet products ranging from food, toys and equipment among other things.

To officiate the grand opening, Times Square shopping Centre Marketing Manager Lee Yee Liang along with PLC Owner Lim Hui Ling and Marketing Manager Siti Noor Arrifah will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In conjunction with their grand opening, Pet Lovers Centre held a two days discount promotion of up to 60% from 26th November 2017 to 27th November 2017. Pet Lovers Centre is also holding a free VIP membership giveaway for any customer who brings their pet to the shop during the grand opening.

Meanwhile, existing Pet Lovers Centre VIP members will have the opportunity to receive a free goodie bag for purchases above $50 in a single receipt.

Pet Lovers Centre is a pet store chain whose headquarters are in Singapore. It was founded in 1973 and is currently the largest pet store chain within Singapore and Malaysia.

For more information and updates, members of the public can follow Freshco at their Facebook page and instagram, @FreshcoBrunei or call 2201083.



Check out the cat products available at their store

Something to shop for your pets

New banquet hall & conference meeting room

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in hotels, lifestyle, Business, Social News


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I came across a venue that provides a banquet hall, a meeting conference and also a place for corporate and private events. If you happened to be in KB town (Kuala Belait), then this is one of those choices that you can consider.

If you look at the banquet hall, it’s surprisingly huge where it can accommodate 800 to 1,300 guests. For those who are keen, you can refer to the meetings & events factsheet below for the price range.

The banquet hall is inclusive of:

• Projector & screen
• PA System
• Wifi
• Tables and chairs arrangements
• Food & beverages
• Audio video lighting
• Podium with goose neck microphone
• Basic sound system and lightings
• Side projector and screens

For the Meeting Conference, it is inclusive of:

Projector & screen
• PA System
• Wifi
• Tables and chairs arrangements
• Two 2in1 flip chart whiteboard stands with one paper & two markers
• Sets of stationaries
• Mineral water 600ml
• Complimentary candy
• Food and beverages (an additional charged based on menu selection)

For Corporate & Private Events, it is inclusive of:

• 4 hours maximum with minimum 10 person
• All prices are subject to 10% service charge
• 50% deposit is required once confirmed
• Final guest count and pre-payment of function due 1 week prior to event
• Cash, cheque or credit card term only.

These facilities are now available at Garden Sentral Hotel, Kuala Belait. The meeting/conference room is located on 3rd floor while the banquet hall is located on the 6th floor of the Garden Sentral Hotel.

For more information, you can call 333 8333 or you can email inquiry at reservations@gardensentralhotel.com You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram @gardensentralhotel for updates.



The banquet hall area at Garden Sentral Hotel


The meeting and conference area




It can be arranged in this setting for corporate events

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Salebration with Concepts Computer

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in gadget, lifestyle, Social News


Check out the big discount they have at Concepts Computer as part of the Salebration

Zul Abdul Rahman, the Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer holding mouses that are going at 50% discount

It’s back and Concepts Computer is also taking part in the Salebration and Sales Bonanza which will last for 65 days in the Sultanate. This will be a great opportunity for the public to buy good deals at Concepts Computer where the discounts will be up to 70%.

So far roughly 130 items are on discount and this is also in conjunction with Concepts Computer very own Month End Promo.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer said, “The company being one of the premier IT solutions provider in Brunei Darussalam places great emphasis on improving the local shopping experience. In collaboration with the Salebration initiative, this will help to alleviate the purchasing power among the locals.”<br/ >
Zul Abdul Rahman, the Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer shared that people are more tech savvy and even spend more things online than before. This helps them as retailers to come up with something more creative and innovative to draw more customers especially when it comes to service.

For more information, you can contact 2233 566, 2233 551 or 2233 552.



Vincent Pao and Alice Chan speaking to the members of the media

Another item going at 50% discount

50% discount and this price is before discount


50% discount and this price is before discount

This does come in handy. I have one too.

Powerbanks are also on 50% discount 😀

HD will be on 15% discount and the 1TB is a huge hit

15% discount on HD



KFC Chizza

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in lifestyle, food, Social News



Had a few bites and it’s pretty good 😀

KFC Brunei has raised the bar! Bringing Bruneians the one-of-a-kind product innovation – featuring the best of chicken and the best of pizza in the much awaited KFC Chizza.

A perfect mashup of crowd favourites – crunchy KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet and popular Pizza toppings, the KFC Chizza is truly befitting its tagline of a “Finger Lickin’ Good Pizza”. With rich tomato pizza sauce, juicy diced pineapples, onions, herbs and gooey mozzarella cheese topped over the ultimate crust of a succulent KFC Hot and spicy Chicken fillet, it is the perfect ’pizza’ that will leave no crust behind.

“We are in constant pursuit to bring something exciting and crave-worthy to our customers. While staying true to our core of fried chicken, KFC Chizza is an innovative twist that is a must try for both KFC and Pizza fans,” said Jaymee Lau, from the marketing dept of KFC Brunei.

“This Finger Lickin’ Good pizza is indulgent and will set tongues alight. It’s a collaboration of the best of two popular foods. Toppings are everyone’s favourite when it comes to pizza, and with an alternative crust of the favourite KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet, it is certainly a must try!” she added.

Starting from BND 3.60, KFC Chizza is available a la carte and in combo meal. Combo comes with a Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink. For a bigger eat, Chizza Box is available with a piece of Original Recipe or Hot & Spicy chicken, Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink.

KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket or as 5 pc ala carte for BND 3.10 only. With the holiday bucket, customers are able to purchase the Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 or BND 1.50 separately.

Available nationwide at all KFC restaurants from today, while stocks last!  For more updates, do follow @kfcbrunei



Jaymee having a fair share of the KFC Chizza

KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket

Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 if you purchase the Holiday Bucket or BND 1.50 for the bag

Audi Q5 – the success story

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The all-new 2nd generation Audi Q5(right) next to the previous model

The first generation Q5 celebrated its debut in April 2008 at the Auto China show in Beijing, and it was introduced on the market just a few months later. The SUV with the four rings appealed with its sporty-versatile character and state-of-the-art technology. The three turbocharged engines that were offered had power outputs from 125 kW (170 hp) and 176 kW (240 hp), and a newly developed seven-speed S tronic could transfer engine forces to an optional quattro drivetrain.

In subsequent years, Audi progressively extended its engine line-up – with power-enhanced evolutionary stages, new four-cylinder engines and powerful V6 gasoline engines. In the model changeover of 2012, which included many new solutions in infotainment and assistance systems, two entirely new variants were added to the line-up: the Q5 hybrid quattro, which could drive all-electrically for short distances, and the SQ5 TDI, the first S model from Audi to have a diesel engine. Its sonorous biturbo V6 had a power output of 230 kW (313 hp), and in the final evolutionary stage in 2015 it even output 250 kW (340 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of torque.

The Audi SQ5 TDI became a top-selling vehicle – like the entire model series. From 2009 to 2015, the Q5 established itself as the world’s most successful SUV in its class, winning over an above-average share of new customers for Audi. In its last full sales year, it still dominated in markets of all key sales regions – especially in China where it had a 65 percent share in its segment. Production sites in Changchun, China and Aurangabad, India supplemented production at the main plant in Ingolstadt.

The new Audi Q5, which is produced in Mexico, is launching into an SUV market that continues to grow worldwide with great dynamism.



The all-new Audi Q5 for Brunei will be packaged with great tech and quattro all-wheel-drive as standard

Schindler Liftec having a Safety Awareness Roadshow, Friday

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Sakinah Hj Enchi @ Tiapsah, General Manager of Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd during the press conference on Monday

Some awareness that Schindler Group is a Switzerland company that was founded back in 1874

It’s quite interesting to see a company that deals with lifts and escalators (something we take for granted) is involved in bringing awareness to the community through a roadshow and also giving back to the community.

I’m pretty sure that you have used the escalators and the lifts at The Mall, Gadong. For your info, the company that made it possible is Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd and they have an office located in Kiulap. Their office has been around for many years already and the Switzerland company shows why it’s important to open an office here in Brunei – to provide the best service to their customers and clients.

The most important core value of Schindler Liftec is: SAFETY. In Brunei alone, the amount of people they have transported from floor to floor have been a huge responsibility of the land owner and also the company that provides the actual lifts and escalators.

Hence, Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd will be hosting a Safety Awareness Roadshow this Friday, 24th November 2017 at the Mall Gadong. There will be activities for the kids and children in promoting the awareness of lifts and escalators and to prevent incidents from occurring.

Donations will also be given to the MPK as well as the orphans from Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd as part of their corporate social responsibility.

The press conference was chaired by Sakinah Hj Enchi @ Tiapsah, General Manager of Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd who briefed the media for the upcoming event at The Mall, Gadong. She said that the company wants to make a difference for the better. They believe that every interaction with the customer, partner or passenger should be a positive one and bring confidence to their customers and passengers alike.



Sakinah Hj Enchi @ Tiapsah with Ken Lee Seck Kiat, Sales and Marketing Officer, Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd

The items that will donated to the MPK and orphans this Friday

The escalators at The Mall installed and maintained by Schindler Liftec Sdn Bhd. Image courtesy of vagabondwithfamily wordpress

J3Smart handing out prizes

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Jeff Goo Jia Jie, Managing Director of J3Smart with the winners of the promotion and the marketing team of J3smart

Jeff Goo Jia Jie thanking the winners for their participation

Well done to the winners of the J3smart.com promotion. They walked away with products courtesy of J3smart.com and there were five winners – Fadillah bte Gassireh, Voon Tung Yea, Siti Junaidah bte Hj Zulkifli, Zumailanisa Hj Mydin and Jess Eng Eng.

All they had to was repost the J3smart.com promotion on Facebook. Recently the online shopping company had a free shipping promotion to commemorate the 11:11 (11th of November) sales. The representative said that the J3smart.com earned an estimate of BND 70,000 of sales. Some even ordered a piano and a sofa from the online store. Amazing!!! It just shows that you can buy small to big items through j3smart.com

They will be introducing a new prepaid card system especially those who doesn’t have a credit card or don’t have a debit card to purchase items through the portal.


The finalists doing a draw to determine their prizes

One of the winners receiving items from the showroom

Some of the items that were ordered during the 11:11 sale with free shipping. They have arrived in Brunei.

Yes, iPhone X protective screens are also being sold on their online portal

Also iPhone X casing 😀

Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017

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Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor (right) was the grand winner of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017. Congratulations buddy 😀

The winners of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017 with the judges

Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor has emerged as the grand prize winner of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017 last Sunday, winning himself an all-expense paid photography trip across Japan as part of the PhotoMarathon Asia Championship, travelling alongside winners from 12 others countries. Three of his photos were selected by the judges in the Top 20 pick. Well done, buddy!!

The Canon PhotoMarathon is always a popular event, attracting more than 300 participants where they were given three themes and the images will be reviewed among the four invited judges by Interhouse Company.

The winners are as follows:-

“Left Behind” theme
1st place – Ling Yang Hui
2nd place – Awangku Fathur Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad
3rd place – Abang Md Saifulizam

“Upside Down” theme
1st place –  Masadezam bin Masle
2nd place – Lim Kian Chiong
3rd place – Codie de Vera Canezo

“The moment” theme
1st place –  Nurhani Basirah binti Haji Chipli
2nd place – Shah Faisal bin Mohd Yakob
3rd place – Pengiran Haji Mohd Heris bin Pengiran Mohammed



1st place – Ling Yang Hui for Left Behind theme

2nd place – Awangku Fathur Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad for Left Behind thee

3rd place – Abang Md Saifulizam for Left Behind theme


Ling Yang Hui receiving his first prize for Left Behind theme

3rd place – Codie de Vera Canezo for Upside Down theme

2nd place – Lim Kian Chiong for Upside Down theme

1st place –  Masadezam bin Masle for Upside Down theme

Masadezam bin Masle receiving his first prize for Upside Down theme


3rd place – Pengiran Haji Mohd Heris bin Pengiran Mohammed for The Moment theme

2nd place – Shah Faisal bin Mohd Yakob for The Moment theme

1st place –  Nurhani Basirah binti Haji Chipli for The Moment theme

Interhouse Company Deputy Managing Director Vincent Goh and Wrixon Wong, Canon Singapore Pte Ltd gave the grand prize to Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor. He was a bit surprised during the short interview. He didn’t expect anything and he even decided to join the competition in the final minute. He trusted his old classic Canon EOS 40D and his kit lens for his chosen shots.

Well done to Interhouse Company for another great contest.



Md Saifulizam with his Canon EOS 40D with his kit lens

He was still scratching his head that he won the grand prize

Md Saifulizam’s shot that got selected

Md Saifulizam’s shot that got selected

Hello Hasmin. Good to see you again 😀

Steven Goh behind the scene

The associates of Interhouse Company

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