Archive for September, 2018

Congratulations, UTBians

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

 

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam handing out a certificate to one of the UTB graduates.
 

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Congratulation to all the graduates of UTB’s 6th convocation. Gracing the ceremony was His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam where 461 graduates compromising of Master’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree and Level 5 Higher National Diploma graduates, being held at the International Convention Centre.

Technology was highlight in His Majesty’s titah in welcoming an establishment of a new research centre designed to boost national agricultural capacity through the means of technology.

The centre will be called CrAFT which stands for Centre for Research on Agr-Food Science and Technology.

His Majesty was also pleased with UTB’s milestone as it was listed at 442nd place on the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. It is also rated as a five-star university by QS and ranked 57 for Young Global University under 50 years of age.

For those interested to buy photos of their graduation, you can simply click here and the photos will be available on 1st October 2018 for viewing. Images courtesy of Dean Kassim

 

 

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Family Day Out 2018

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

 

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Well, why not spend it at the Family Day Out Event this 28th – 30th September in Times Square, Berakas! Friday has gone and now you are left with Saturday and Sunday.

Oh yea, just to remind those who hasn’t pre-order, you still can do it until 30th September so you enjoy even more discounts for both Bebeland and Mothercare.

HOW IT WORKS:

> To confirm order, payment must be made at any Mothercare branch or thru online bank transfer.
>> Items to be then collected at the Family Day Out event, 28-30 September, 10am-10pm in Times Square Berakas.

For more details, WhatsApp us at 898-2811 or message them on Facebook.

 

Apart from that, do enjoy exciting free activities awaits you and your families like Baby Crawling Contest, Mega Blok Competition, Balance Beam, Face Painting, Coloring Competition by Global Arts, Stroller Fitness for Mothers, Gaming Activities from Hasbro and so much more during the event.

So save the date, bring the kids, and join the Family Day Out event!

I kinda like the idea that there is a Baby Crawling event happening. This is something new and unique. It will definitely be fun to watch. So parents, what are you waiting? Seize this opportunity.

There will be special discounts too when you use Baiduri cards.

 

 

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Check out the Family Day out at Times Square Shopping Centre.
 

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The scenario at Times Square today
 

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Don’t forget to pre-order and enjoy discounts
 

 

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Me part of the membership of Mothercare and Bebeland
 

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Baiduri Bank is the official bank for the event and you enjoy some discounts as well
 

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Some of the products being displayed and ready to be bought
 

 

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Don’t forget to pre-order and enjoy discounts from Bebeland
 

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Also you can enjoy some freebies 😀
 

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Your kids can also enjoy some time during the event
 

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Syrian Warm Winter Project by WeCare

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in community, charity, Social News

 

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His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgün, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Brunei Darussalam (4th from left) and Hj Rusdi Asdani bin Hj Jorsni, the President of WeCare (5th from left) with members of WeCare during the press conference of Syrian Warm Winter project earlier this morning at Knowledge Hub
 

Earlier this morning, a press conference was hosted by WeCare, a small NGO consisting of 8 members. The press conference was to highlight the fund raising campaign called “Syrian Warm Winter”. They will be departing for Turkey on 15th October 2018 according to the press conference held at Knowledge Hub.

Present during the press conference was His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgün, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Brunei Darussalam. His Excellency expressed his support to WeCare’s on-going efforts in providing aid to the Syrian refugees who are based in Turkey.

“Turkey pursues a humanitarian foreign policy and takes concrete initiatives to promote stability and prosperity in its region and beyond. According to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report, Turkey ranks the biggest donor country world-wide with its USD 8 billion humanitarian assistance in 2017 and furthermore, Turkey maintains its position as the country’s largest host of refugees,” shared His Excellency Mehmet Suat Akgün.

“Turkey has been pursuing an open door policy for Syrians who had to flee their country in the past seven years due to ongoing violence. Over 3.5 million Syrians are currently hosted in Turkey. More than 600,000 Syrian children continue their education in Turkey and 20,000 teenagers are studying in Turkish universities.”

According to the press release, this is WeCare’s second visit to Turkey in giving out aids to the Syrian refugees. Hj Rusdi Asdani bin Hj Jorsni, the President of WeCare, highlighted that the Syrian Warm Winter initiative aims to raise funds from the public to purchase basic food and necessities such as rice, sugar and cooking oil as well as warm clothing. These items will help to ease the burden of the Syrian refugees during the winter season in Turkey.

A basket of food will cost BND 45 and a bag of winter clothing compromising of woolen gloves and jackets will be BND 38. Donate will be opened until 7th October 2018. Members who wish to contribute may contact them thru the following numbers

Hadi – 8603371
Azlin – 8870326
Waznah – 8907122
Bazilah – 8661588

 

 

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Mercedes-Benz V260

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

 

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Check out the latest Mercedes-Benz V260 Avantgarde (up to 8 seats) which is powered by a petrol turbo engine delivering an output of 210hp and 350Nm of torque. Visit the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus today, 28th September, from 10am to 5pm.

 

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Check out the latest Mercedes-Benz V260
 

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It’s also available for test drive
 

Fitness for the elderly

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in community, Social News, Sports

 

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Older people have always played a significant role in society, as leaders, caretakers and custodians of tradition. Yet they are also highly vulnerable, with many falling into poverty, becoming disabled or facing discrimination.

As health care improves, the population of older people is growing. Their needs are also growing, as are their contributions to the world. Fitness Zone Brunei supporting these endeavors and addressing the phenomenon of global ageing, actively promoting the adoption of wellness support for older people and meet their needs.

“The first of October, the International Day of Elderly. We commemorated in conjunction with our 3rd leg of fund raising event with Puhsat Ehsan, for a day to stand against ageism and to promote the development of a society that is hospitable to people of all ages.” Commented Wu Chun, Managing Director and owner of Fitness Zone. “In this event, we want the public to know that in living a fit life, age should not restrict us. Options may be limited, but it (age) should not be a hindrance. Simple stretch and a brisk walk, guided movements are sufficient. Just keep our bodies and  mind active.” He added.

 

 

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25 Senior members of the club above 70 years old were recognized and given awards presented by Wu Chun himself for their commitment and setting good example to the younger generation. Present also were Demensia Brunei team led by Datin Jacqueline Wong, and Dr Teo from Ministry of Health and tackled the generous advocacy on the importance of good health and risk reduction of illness and active ageing.

Hjh Haziah Binti Dato Hj Azar, one of the 25 elderly awardees during the event commented om a statement “I have always considered as my second home. I have not come only to workout but to meet friends and have a great time. Some of my truest friends I met here at the gym.” Hj Azar commented. “That is what life is all about. Making friends. I have tried a lot of gyms in Brunei and here in Fitness Zone, hose to stay because it promotes joyful, harmonious friendly and happy environment.  She concluded.

Wu Chun is currently the Demensia Brunei and ASEAN Goodwill Ambassador. The International superstar is very passionate for community services and active involvement and he uses his influence to make change and be the voice of advocacies that needed to be heard.

For further information regarding the registrations/ upcoming events/ membership enquiries please contact Kiulap branch at 223 3338 or The All Women’s Club, Serusop branch at 2448488 or visit Facebook and Instagram official pages @FitnessZoneBrunei

 

Cuckoo turns 2 in style

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

 

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Wong Yong Lin, Chairman of CUCKOO International Brunei, Mr Wong Kim Guan, Managing Director of CUCKOO Brunei, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohammad Yusof as Guest of Honour, Mr. KC Hoe, CEO of CUCKOO International Malaysia and Toh Seng Lee, President Director of CUCKOO Indonesia during the 2nd year anniversary of CUCKOO Brunei. Image taken from The Bruneian.
 

This year marks CUCKOO Brunei’s 2nd anniversary, and to commemorate the milestone, the company hosted a double celebration for its guests, business associates and the media with a gala dinner.

Held at the Serambi Suluh Ballroom, Tarindak D’Seni in Kota Batu, guests joined CUCKOO Brunei to celebrate its achievements and milestones throughout the two years.

During the event, the Managing Director of CUCKOO Brunei, Mr Wong Kim Guan shared the accomplishments of reaching 8,000 in CUCKOO user acquisition in just two years, making CUCKOO a household name in Brunei. Mr Wong Kim Guan also announced CUCKOO Brunei’s upcoming target for 2019 which is to extend a market share of 22% household in Brunei.

In conjunction with the anniversary, CUCKOO Brunei launched CUCKOO’s new office and store facelift. CUCKOO also launched a major new community oriented corporate social responsibility project on behalf of its CUCKOO Home Appliance brand, the CUCKOO Care Foundation.

The long-term global initiative will aim to assist the communities in two areas – competencies for convenient access to clean, safe drinking water – with support to be tailored to the needs of local communities within the country.

 

 

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Celebrating in style
 

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Q10 Multi Pressure Cooker is finally launched in Brunei
 

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Before the event kicked off
 

 

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Proud of my friend, Wong Hui Ting, who is such an articulate speaker
 

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Eya, Hui Ting and Malsdaud
 

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Missing the gang since I’m still outstation
 

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This was when Cuckoo Brunei turned 1 😀
 

The icing on the cake was the launching of its latest product, the three in one temperature, mild-alkaline K-Top Water Purifier and the Q10 Multi Pressure Cooker.

“The water purifier has four filters with a six-stage filtration system and an antibacterial stainless-steel water tank instead of a plastic one, that will be priced at an affordable range for the community, making it easier for customers to own a unit of the latest water purifier”, Wong said.

CUCKOO is a well-known home appliance brand from South Korea. In South Korea, a CUCKOO water purifier is sold every minute and a CUCKOO rice cooker is sold every 10 seconds. Today, CUCKOO has successfully extended its operations to 30 countries across 5 continents.

In August 2016, CUCKOO Brunei joined the CUCKOO family. Within 18 months period, CUCKOO Brunei has sold countless water purifiers to Bruneians through a revolutionary ownership plan and introduced multi-cookers and air purifiers to the Bruneian audience. In 2017, CUCKOO’s global turnover hit a record of USD $760 million. By September 2018, CUCKOO Brunei achieve a growth in sales within a year’s time and accumulated 8,000 Bruneian customers and thus, opened 10 Brand stores nationwide.

For more information about CUCKOO, please call the CUCKOO Careline at 233 3330 or visit www.cuckoobrunei.com or CUCKOO Brunei’s Facebook page or simply follow their IG @cuckoobrunei

 

Happening this weekend

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

 

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Looking for something fun to do thisweekend? Well, why not spend it at the Family Day Out Event this 28th – 30th September in Times Square, Berakas!

Exciting free activities awaits you and your families like Baby Crawling Contest, Mega Blok Competition, Balance Beam, Face Painting, Coloring Competition by Global Arts, Stroller Fitness for Mothers, Gaming Activities from Hasbro and so much more!

So save the date, bring the kids, and join the Family Day Out event!

I kinda like the idea that there is a Baby Crawling event happening. This is something new and unique. It will definitely be fun to watch. So parents, what are you waiting? Seize this opportunity.

There will be special discounts too when you use Baiduri cards.

For more information, contact us at 898-2811 or message them on Facebook.

 

 

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Flying away through Baiduri Mastercard

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

 

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Top 3 winners, with Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking & Branch Network
 

With the conclusion of the promotion in collaboration with Mastercard, Baiduri Bank hosted a prize presentation today at the Kiarong Branch.

Between 25 May 2018 to 25 August 2018, new and existing Baiduri Mastercard cardmembers stood a chance to win Royal Skies miles that can be redeemed for a pair of return air tickets to delightful destinations all over the world. During the promotion period, they simply needed to use their Baiduri Mastercard credit or debit cards when they shop both locally and globally. Every BND50 spent on the Baiduri Mastercard received one chance to qualify for the grand draw.

15 customers were shortlisted and after the final draw, Ms Margaret Low won the grand prize of a trip for two to London. Her husband, who accepted the prize on her behalf, remarked, “I can’t believe we won the grand prize! I am looking forward to bring my family on this trip of a lifetime!”

 

 

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Happy faces of all the winners of the promotion, together with Pg Azaleen and Mr Lim Kian Chiong

 

Presenting the prizes on behalf of Baiduri Bank was Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network. He commented, “It’s amazing to roll out promotions that excite our clients. We are always finding ways not only to reward our customers but also to provide them benefits in terms of exclusivity and experiences to complement their lifestyles.”

Additionally, second prize winner Nurul Rafidah Binti Mahmod won a trip to Melbourne, third prize winner Mr Lim Lee Shan won a trip to Dubai and other winners won tickets for two to Seoul, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bangkok, Surabaya, Singapore, Manila, Jakarta, Bali, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

Also present at the event was Lim Kian Chiong, Head of Card Business, Baiduri Bank.

To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can visit Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals, like the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page or follow @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

Baiduri Bank is one of the largest providers of payment products in Brunei, and holds franchise to four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard, American Express as well as UnionPay. On top of cashless convenience, Baiduri credit and debit cards come with an array of benefits, such as exclusive rewards and offers, easy instalment plans as well as ability to accumulate Bonus Points for the Baiduri Instant Rewards programme.

For more information, customers may also contact the 24-hour Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 2449666, or enquire from the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page.

 

JIS Peace Week 2018

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

 

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JIS Senior students participating in a peace themed chalk drawing event
 

Jerudong International School once again celebrated Peace Week, a spectacular combination of educational, artistic and recreational events, designed to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.

The week was led, planned and coordinated by the Head Girl, Rania Teguh and Head Boy, Jacob Hill. They spoke in detail about the week in a recent interview on Progresif Radio with DJ Jenny Malai.

The week commenced with peace themed activities and videos in tutor periods on Monday. The focus was on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: To promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. Monday lunchtime saw Senior students participate in a peace themed chalk drawing event. Music with a focus of peace was performed by students during lunchtimes through the week.

On Wednesday, students could choose to pay B$2 to wear clothes including white to symbolise peace. Monies raised from this will be donated to the charities which the School supports including the Polio Points initiative. The extended lunchtime included a number of outside vendors coming into school to sell their products. The students had carefully included several new and start-up companies. A ‘Peace Museum’ was set up by the students as a display to encourage and challenge students about the UN SDG 16.

Random Act of Kindness Day was Thursday! This was the launch of a new “Kindness” project to encourage students to consider others. Administration staff were delighted to receive cookies with “Thank you” on from senior students!

The week culminated in Peace Themed assemblies planned and led by the student leadership team.

The School’s Principal, Mr Barnaby Sandow said: “Peace Week is a unique and special week at JIS, in part due to the hard work and leadership of the Senior students. Seeing everyone working together to raise money for charity is inspiring and it reminds me that genuine education goes well beyond the classroom. Where more appropriate to focus on International Day of Peace than in Brunei Darussalam – the abode of Peace. It reminds us to value the blessing of living in such a beautiful country of peace.

 

 

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A middle years’ student hand-painting the Peace Week banner
 

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Head Girl, Rania Teguh, singing at Peace Week lunchtime performance
 

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JIS Senior students participating in a tie-dye t-shirt activity
 

PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT

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

 

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#UNBORING THE FUTURE
 

Because boredom is not part of our DNA, because independence does not rhyme with monotony, because the energy transition will not erase 120 years of automobile history, PEUGEOT reveals e-LEGEND CONCEPT. This exciting vision of the future of driving pleasure takes the form of a desirable and iconic vehicle. By adopting a realistic and radically modern template, this projection into the future of the automobile magnifies the genes and the elegance of the heritage of the PEUGEOT brand. PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT is presented at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

#UNBORING THE FUTURE
A major player in every technological revolution, PEUGEOT calmly approaches that of the energy transition with the conviction that technology is always at the service of automotive pleasure.

An exciting future is a future that gives you the choice over the silhouette, the type of propulsion or driving. New territories to clear, new challenges to face, the adventure of the PEUGEOT brand continues! With the promise to include the Requirement, the Look and the Emotion in each of our cars always upheld and renewed.

The embodiment of this vision is e-LEGEND CONCEPT! A real object of desire that promotes the freedom of movement and offers the choice between a never-ending choice of pleasures: #UNBORING THE FUTURE.

 

 

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Finding time
In today’s environment where we are constantly over-stimulated, having time for yourself is probably the most valuable thing. Autonomous driving will help you find that time for yourself and create new experiences to live within your vehicle.

Depending on the type of road traffic or the state of mind of the driver, PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT offers four modes of driving.

Two autonomous modes:
• SOFT: favours the comfort of the occupants. Projection on digital material screens and information display reduced to a minimum,
• SHARP: accurate and dynamic vehicle typing. Maximum connection to digital activities possible (social networks, schedule, etc…).
• In autonomous mode, the PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT interior configuration adapts:
thanks to the by wire steering technology, the steering wheel retracts under the sound bar in order to fully clear the 49-inch screen,
• the front seats recline,
• the side armrests deploy automatically, freeing up a large storage area and an induction charging area for smartphones,
• the main controls remain accessible via the centre console integrated in the driver’s seat.
• The occupants can then enjoy their favourite hobbies: play the integrated video game or watch a film either in the curved central screen or in each screen built into the sun visors.

Two manual modes:
LEGEND: cruising mode with recall of the three 504 Coupé dials and display of digitally processed wood on the different screens,
BOOST: dynamic and stimulating driving thanks to the powerful electric motor. 180° immersion with projection of the road on a single large screen.

High standards for the materials
With a view to offering an elegant and luminous interior, the choice of the designers focused on warm materials, counterbalancing the cold digital material: a contract to the frenzied race to all-digital.

Velvet is making a comeback! Chosen in the noblest of uses for its silky and pleasant touch, silk velvet is cleverly mixed with a modern technical mesh that offers more freedom in terms of decoration. This weft is woven digitally and especially for PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT from a shiny thread reminiscent of the hue of velvet. This material can be found in PEUGEOT 3008 or 5008.

00% electric power chain
Perfectly incorporated into a realistic vision of the brand’s energy transition, PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT is powered by a 100% electric power train. With 100 kWh batteries, the engine reaches 800 Nm torque and 340 Kw power distributed to the four-wheel drive. This level of performance makes it possible to travel 0/100 km/h in less than 4s and reach a maximum speed of 220Km/h. The range is 600 km according to the WLTP protocol of which 500 km are accessible in 25 minutes thanks to a fast recharge. PEUGEOT e-LEGEND CONCEPT cultivates the zero technological constraint mindset by offering induction charging.

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