Archive for August, 2018

The All-New Powerful Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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

 

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The all-new powerful Note SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 9, coming to Brunei soon

Big exciting news normally comes with there’s a new flagship model of either a Samsung or iPhone. Today, let’s talk about the latest edition to the Samsung family – the all-new powerful Note SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 9.

Incomm has already announced it’s pre-order online on their website and there are already a buzz going around because of the cool deals they offer especially when you signed up with Standard Chartered credit card promo (EVEN BETTER deal). Well, more on that later. Let’s talk about the phone itself first.

Mind you, I am not a big fan of huge phones and the only Samsung phone I owned is the Galaxy Edge 7 and it was already a good smartphone for everyday use. Now comes an entirely big smartphone or I would label as phablet.

Let’s see what the specs are according to the website and marketing materials. It definitely has the biggest screen to date and what’s new is the stylus which now has a remote capability. As for capacity, it has the largest to date as well if you choose the 512GB edition. The standard one is 128GB. It has the biggest battery life too, 700mAh better than the previous model, beefing it up to 4,000mAh. That’s quite handy for a person like me, a high user of social media which technically drains the battery on my phone.

These are just some of the quick takeaways I can mention for now until I get to play around with the demo unit which will be arriving pretty soon in Brunei waters. Gone are the days when the Note 7 caught into trouble but now with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, it has redeemed itself and ready to give a good challenge to the iPhone X which has been a huge success worldwide.

According to the reviews on certain websites, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is definitely the benchmark of all smartphones because of its battery life span and also its super high memory ram of 6 to 8G (amazing). The only thing now is for those with the Note 8 if they were to upgrade to a Note 9, would it make a huge difference? I do believe those who haven’t own a Note would definitely appreciate this powerful phablet.

For me, the biggest selling point would be the battery life span and the storage (up to 1TB, 512GB internally and 512 external). Some would argue of the price tag but fret not because check out Incomm’s pre-order deal as well as what Standard Chartered has to offer for those who are hungry for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Read further below).

 

 

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Multi-tasking at best
 

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The newly powered Stylus with remote
 

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Comes in handy with low light too
 

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Now you can use the stylus to take shots especially selfies and wifies
 

 

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I am drawn to the battery capacity
 

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Some of the minor upgrades from the previous model
 

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You can sync and use it on your desktop. How convenient and useful especially when it comes to work and presentation.
 

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Awesome deal from DSTIncomm and SCB

 

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Special offer when you pre-order from DSTIncomm
 

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Do you have Standard Chartered Credit Card? Because you can enjoy further discounts.
 

Now let’s see the deals offered by DSTIncomm. According to their Facebook Page, this is what it stated

 

Pre-order the all-new Powerful Note, Samsung Galaxy Note9 128Gb @ all DSTIncomm branches. With minimum Pre Order deposit $100.

Enjoy free upgrade to 512GB + $120 off + 15months warranty at DSTINCOMM when you pay with SCB Card.

Hurry!! Get to feel the 6.4″ screen, first time ever Note 9 S Pen with Bluetooth and Optimised Gaming Experience with Fortnite now available on Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

 

Rano says: Now this is a super awesome deal!!! A free upgrade when you pre-order for the price of BND 1,338 thru DSTIncomm. If you buy the 512G version after the pre-order period, you will be paying at least BND 1,750. So that’s a huge BND 300 discount at least. Furthermore, customers of the Note 9 will enjoy an additional 3 months of warranty, a total of 15 months warranty provided by DSTINcomm so you will have a peace of mind. DSTIncomm has hinted there will be special gifts given to the pre-order customers. So more reason to pre-order your unit now until 21st August 2018 and enjoy the awesome deal!!! You can click here to pre-order.

Want further, better deal? Here goes. If you pay with Standard Chartered credit card, you can enjoy a further reduction of BND 120 on top of the upgrade. Those who apply for a 12-month 0% EasyPay plan with this offer will also enjoy a processing fee waiver. This offer is valid until 21st August 2018 and it’s only for the first 100 credit cardholders.

Those interested to test the demo unit, you can have that privilege during the upcoming TechXpo at International Convention Centre from 18th to 21st August 2018. There will also be a Photo Booth for you to experiment with the camera features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

 

Country Patch’s 10 year anniversary draw

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

 

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Dk Adline Pg Hj Taib won a return flight to Seoul, Korea, Latiffah bent Mohammad Husney won a 3 months free breakfast at Country patch and Wong Guan Loong, won a return flight ticket to Bangkok, Thailand with Elyn Pang, the owner of Country Patch during the 10th Anniversary of Country Patch lucky draw yesterday
 

Yesterday saw 23 winners of the Country Patch’s 10th Anniversary lucky draw which ran for a total of 3 months since May 2018. The actual 10 year anniversary fell on 13th July 2018. The three month lucky draw was organised by Country Patch to appreciate the supportive and loyal patrons who have been dining there for the past decade.

The prizes were handed out by Country Patch owner Elyn Pang and Manager of Country Patch Aung Zaw Win. The grand winner was Dk Adline Pg Hj Taib who won a return flight to Seoul, Korea which was sponsored by Daewon Cable Co. Ltd. The other top two winners were Latiffah bent Mohammad Husney who won a 3 months free breakfast at Country patch and Wong Guan Loong, who won a return flight ticket to Bangkok, Thailand, sponsored by Coris Trading Company.

The promotion drew over 5,000 entries as long as the patrons spent a minimum of BND 10. Congratulations to all the shortlisted winners.

 

 

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Lisha winning a consolation prize
 

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Amy Yeo winning a consolation prize
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A huge crowd at Country Patch yesterday

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Farrah Koh Yen Swan won herself a consolation prize

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The top three finalist had to go thru this ordeal of eating Country Patch’s breakfast dishes
 

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Group photo with all the shortlisted winners
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I paid a visit a few weeks ago but I didn’t manage to get shortlisted. Maybe next time 😀
 

Baseus now in Brunei!!!

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

 

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Paul Lim and Tim Ang, founders of Chipmac Technology, launching Baseus products at their store last weekend
 

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Ribbon cutting ceremony before a flock of crowd entered Baseus store
 

 

BASEUS actually is a brand slogan which means “base on use” or in other words, “to overcome difficulties with the greatest ease”. This is a company that was established in 2009 in China, creating phone accessories especially for iPhone models.

So what’s so special about Baseus accessories when there are tons of accessories available in Brunei? For one, it has a strong branding presence as a third-party accessories provider for Apple’s iPhones. Secondly, the prices are quite competitive and reasonable to begin with.

This is the first presence of Baseus in Brunei which was made possible by Chipmac Technology. The ribbon cutting ceremony was officiated by Managing Directors Tim Ang and Paul Lim of Chipmac Technology.

Tim Ang was excited that Baseus, an international brand, which had penetrated markets such as Taiwan, Korea, Brazil, the Philippines and Russia, is now available in Brunei Darussalam. He explained, the company shares three objectives – to share with consumers the latest mobile accessories available in the market, to provide customers with high grade refurbished Apple products as they are both economical and environmentally friendly, and to provide innovative repair service for Apple products.

Previously Chipmac Technology provided repair service for Apple products as well as selling refurbished iPhones. Now they have expanded their business by selling Baseus products. I hope to send my Apple products especially my iMac and Macbook Air for some cleansing and perhaps, even increasing my RAM 😀

During the launch, they had a special discount for a few days where customers can enjoy 15% discounts on the accessories as well as lower priced refurbished iPhones. I managed to scoop a few accessories for myself especially the wireless charging iPhone X casing – my best purchase of the month 😀

Baseus is located at Airport Mall, next to DST and you can still enjoy 15% discounts on all Baseus products until 11th August 2018. You can also follow them on Facebook though they don’t have an IG account just yet. For more details, you can call 234 2503 / 881 4942.

Ps. Thank you, Paul, Tim, Jennifer and Fatin for your warm hospitality.

 

 

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The crowd enjoying the 15% discount and still ongoing until 11th August
 

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The Managing Director of Chipmac Technology appreciating the customers and media during the launch
 

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Plenty of accessories to choose from
 

 

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Perhaps my best accessory purchase of 2018. I couldn’t find such accessory when I was in Singapore recently. Even at Sim Lim Square. I was surprised this was available at Baseus and I bought it without second thoughts. Furthermore, you can still enjoy 15% discount.
 

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This can be very useful. I didn’t get this since I already have one in my car.
 

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A bluetooth speaker which also charges your iPhone X wirelessly. Awesome much!!
 

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Another battery powered casing for the iPhone X
 

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My purchases last weekend 😀
 

 

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This can come in handy. Speaking of which, I have only 50g left on my iPhone :/
 

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Kurapak, this might come in handy for you while driving HAHA *jokes*
 

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Thank you for the invitation 😀 Much appreciated
 

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Youth empowerment is the key

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in Youth, community, culture, education, Social News

 

 


Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad who led the 1st Brunei Young Leaders Convention 2018
 

Brunei Young Leaders Convention 2018, organized by AlHuffaz Management and Generasi Bekarih, led by member of Legislative Council, Yang Berhormat Awang Iswandy bin Ahmad has started yesterday, 7 August at Goldstone Ballroom, Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong. Present as the guest of honour for the launching ceremony and presentation of appreciation certificates for the supporters and sponsors were the Minister of Prime Minister’s Office, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohammad Daud.

Attending the launching ceremony were also Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti DSLJ Haji Abdul Rahman, Yang Berhormat Nik Hafimi binti Abdul Haadii and Managing Director of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Dato Paduka Awang Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny. Recital of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat was led by the vice co-chairperson, Ustaz Haji Mohammad Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan.

He mentioned in his speech that in order to shape the future of the country, youth should grab any opportunities, explore and always look for any opportunities that were offered. Youth were encouraged to take a deeper understanding of ‘Belia Aset Negara’ because youth are the valuable future assets which would determine the strength and leadership of the future generation as well as the country.

“Kenali siapa kita dan jangan lupa asal usul diri kita. Negara Brunei Darussalam adalah negara yang memegang teguh falsafah dan konsep Melayu Islam Beraja, sebagai sebuah Negara Zikir dan ‘Baldatun Thayyibatun Warabbun Ghafur’. Kukuhkan dan kekalkan nilai-nilai keBruneian dan jati diri sebagai bangsa Brunei dalam diri para belia kerana ianya mampu memupuk dan menjiwai rasa kepunyaan atau sense of belonging, dan menanam semangat patriotism yang kukuh. Itulah calak Brunei, itulah purih Brunei. Dengan adanya sikap dan sifat semacam ini, maka sudah tentu para belia tidak akan mudah terkeluar dari ‘Acuan KeBruneian’ dan jangan mudah hanyut atau tergelincir dari ‘Landasan keBruneian’,” he added.

The ceremony proceeded with a keynote on Wawasan Brunei 2035 which was then delivered by Administrative Officer Special Grade of Sekretariat Tetap Wawasan Brunei 2035, Yang Mulia Muhammad Aziman bin Haji Awang Nasir.

Youth snapshot was then conducted by Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. In the afternoon, the convention continued with a session titled “Be The Change”, held by Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS). The first day ended with a networking session for the mentors and all participants.

A total of 200 participants, aged between 18 to 40 years old are taking part in the convention which will continue for three days until 9 August 2018.

Brunei Young Leaders Convention 2018 is held for the first time and it aims to deliver accurate and updated information regarding Wawasan Brunei 2035, to unite relevant youth development agencies as well as to provide platform for youth to carry out projects or programs that might support and achieve Wawasan Brunei 2035.

In addition to attending forums, participants also have the opportunity to interact and build network with the mentors which comprised of experienced youth regarding their future plans prior to attending the convention.

For more information and updates regarding the convention, visit www.bylconvention.com or follow the BYLC 2018’s official social media accounts on Instagram/Twitter (@bylconvention) and Facebook (Brunei Young Leaders Convention 2018). Some of the images courtesy of their event Facebook page.

 

 


Dr. Sophiana Chua of CSPS sharing on adaptive and radical changes that can have an impact on your life and your future
 


Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A vision/a goal that many of us choose to ignore.
 


One of the exercises conducted by Hanis Osman, CEO of Generasi Bekarih
 

 


Another form of networking (literally)
 


There were around 200 participants who signed up for the convention. Amazing start!!
 


Participants were engaging from the beginning
 


Dr. Sophiana sharing the journey of his brother in the younger days
 

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