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Winners feted by At-Taqwa Travels Tour

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

 


With the top three winners of At-Taqwa Travel Tours promotion held yesterday
 


The grand winner, Massharyanti binti Haji Hussain who an Umrah package for two, receiving the prize from Ak Md Nassiruddeen Pg Hj Yussof, Chief Financial Officer of At-Taqwa Travels Tour
 

At-Taqwa Travel Tours Sdn Bhd has been making a name for themselves for the past year or so. With a very solid team, they provided the best service to every customer they can within their resources. I have worked closely with them last year during my Umrah trip and they were very particular when it came to service.

And yes, when you provide good service, you will eventually get more customers and so they did. The last travel fair, Sabre Travel Fair 2018 drew 562 bookings and it was the biggest milestone for a new player in the industry.

Apart from that At-Taqwa also had special lucky draw promotions and yesterday, three top winners were feted with awesome prizes from the travel agent.

The Grand Prize went to Massharyanti binti Haji Hussain who won an Umrah package for two. The second prize winner went to Fauzian Hj Samat with a BND 2,500 travel voucher while third place winner won a BND 1,500 travel voucher which went to Muhd Wazif Asryaf bin Md Affendy.

Ak Md Nassiruddeen Pg Hj Yussof, Chief Financial Officer of At-Taqwa Travels Tour thanked the customers for their support during the travel fair and also to their loyal customers.

All present during the prize presentation were Pg Hj Rosdimar bin Pg Hj Omarali, Managing Director of At-Taqwa Travels Tour and the management as well as representative from Royal Brunei Airlines.

At-Taqwa Travels Tour will be in full swing this until next year as the first batch of Umrah pilgrims will fly off today. They have been busy with the preparations especially with the practical session for the pilgrims to be familiar before they reach the Holy land.

You can follow their updates on IG @at_taqwa_travel_tours for updates.

 

 


Ak Md Nassiruddeen delivering his welcoming remarks
 

 


Fauzian Hj Samat receiving 2nd prize from Pg Hj Mohd Fakhrulrazi Pg Hj Omarali, Head of Department, Haji and Umrah, At-Taqwa Travels Tour
 

 


Representative of Muhd Wazif Asryaf bin Md Affendy receiving third prize from Dk Sabtuyah binti Pg Hj Abdul Rahman, Head of Department of travel and tourism, At-Taqwa Travels Tour
 

 


Representatives from At-Taqwa and Royal Brunei Airline
 


Check out the merchandise from At-Taqwa
 


The first batch of Umrah pilgrims flying to Jeddah today
 

RB flies to Haikou

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Evergreen Park, Haikou. Image from Hainan Explore website
 

Royal Brunei Airlines is pleased to announce that the national carrier has launched direct scheduled services to Haikou effective 22 November 2018.

RB’s CEO Karam Chand said, “We are pleased to introduce Haikou, the capital of Hainan province, to our growing network of scheduled flights to China. Adding Haikou to our scheduled services will support our airlines’ network development and builds on the strong bilateral relationship between Brunei and China. The new route presents a very special opportunity for both cities to boost tourism and trade sectors.

In addition to Haikou, we have already launched Nanning and Hangzhou routes and soon Changsha which will operate effective 15 January 2019. Further establishing RB’s presence in China is very important for us as we are constantly exploring new opportunities to grow our footprint in one of the largest market in the world. With the growth of our short-haul network to China and vice versa to Brunei, we are confident our guest will benefit from the increased connections and enhanced travel experience from non-stop flights and signature RB service on our game changing A320 NEO aircraft.”

The flight is available on www.flyroyalbrunei.com and also at RB’s travel agents.

 

 


RB flies twice weekly to Haikou
 


View of Haikou. Taken from South China Morning Post
 


Marriot Hotel, Haikou, Hainan Province.
 

Awards for Audi in fall 2018

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Audi e-tron
 

“Best of the Best” award in Spain: Audi e-tron is SUV of the Year
Publishing group Spainmedia singled out the fully electric powered Audi e-tron as best SUV of the year. Apart from the efficient drive technology, the premium character and the quality of the full-size SUV were particularly compelling. Spainmedia publishes the Spanish edition of the renowned luxury magazine “Robb Report” and presents its “Best of the Best” awards for products and services in twelve categories. These include watches, wines and cosmetics as well as the two automobile categories SUVs and new products. The field of entrants included more than 50 car models.
(October 2018)

German Car Awards 2019: second place for the new Audi A6
The new Audi A6 took second place in the German Car Awards 2019. 59 models with an entry-level price under 100,000 euros competed for the awards. All these models were launched over the past twelve months in Germany. A 14-strong jury tested five of them on public roads and on the Bilster Berg racetrack near Paderborn. The automotive journalists and experts assessed a total of 12 categories, including driving pleasure, safety, comfort, infotainment, design and quality. Once again the Audi A6 proved to be a balanced, versatile multitalent in the full-size class.
(November 2018)

“Best of Show”: Audi 100 Coupé S in “Great Wall” classic rally in China
This year participants clocked up more than 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) in the “Great Wall” classic rally in China, organized by German magazine Auto Bild. Three automobiles lined up on the starting grid for Audi China: an Auto Union 1000SP, an Audi 200 and an Audi 100 Coupé S. The coupé took the “Best of Show” award in the Yanqi Island Concours d’Elegance. Audi secured the runner-up slot in the team rankings for the rally.
(October 2018)

Audi R8: award from CNET in the United States
The CNET consumer portal awarded the Audi R8 V10 RWS Coupé (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.4 (19.0 US mpg); combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 283 (455.4 g/mi)) the “Editor’s Choice Award” in the “Roadshow” category. The 540-hp high-performance sports car scored 9.1 out of a possible ten points; the car also came away with 9.5 points in the two individual rankings of “Performance” and “Media.” According to the jury’s verdict, the rear-wheel drive takes the excellent R8 driving experience to a new level and turns the Audi R8 V10 RWS Coupé into an exclusive option. CNET tests and assesses high-quality products and uses its “Editor’s Choice Award” to single out the best product in a total of 20 different categories.
(October 2018)

Gold and Silver: “Q8 Unleashed” at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards
The Golden Dolphin for the best webisode of the year went to Audi. That was the jury’s verdict at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. The five-part mini-series entitled “Q8 Unleashed” about a young couple from California came to life as part of the advance communications campaign for the world premiere of the Audi Q8. Produced in collaboration with Kropac Media GmbH, the series provided the first glimpse of the new SUV. In the “Best Integrated Communication” category, the Q8 Unleashed campaign was awarded Silver. Besides internal channels, the series was also shown on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.
(September 2018)

Audi obtains top results in digital services: victories with Forrester study and Auto Bild
Vorsprung in the digital world: A study by IT research company Forrester Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States) singled out Audi as the “Strongest Performer in European Automotive Websites.” Audi’s digital offerings stood out in particular for their user experience and superb functionality. Users receive tailored offerings and, in turn, excellent content support for their decision. Top spot also went to the Audi vehicle configurator with a test organized by Auto Bild in August, further testimony to the brand’s success. The large amount of information provided was especially compelling. The magazine also praised the “impeccable presence on the net.”
(September 2018)

 

 

 

Sneak peek of Mercedes Benz Driving Experience

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Jati Transport Sdn Bhd arranged a special Mercedes Benz Driving Experience #MBDE for the selected winners to test drive the latest range of Mercedes-Benz models in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Also present were representatives from Jati Transport Sdn Bhd and members of the media. More stories to follow on upcoming post. Stay tune 🙂
 

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They managed to have a driving experience on the Sepang International Circuit for a few hours
 

 

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Robin having a great time on the Sepang Circuit.
 

Shopping spree, thanks to Baiduri

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10 lucky shoppers who swiped with Baiduri cards won a Shopping Spree promotion at Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store, Airport Mall
 

With the conclusion of the second month of the ‘Win a Shopping Spree” promotion, Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store, hosted another round of winners in a shopping spree earlier today. The event was held at Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store in Airport Mall.

Between 1 September to 31 December 2018, with every BND50 paid using a Baiduri Bank issued credit or debit card at participating outlets, cardholders stand a chance to win a shopping spree worth BND200. Cardholders who spend a minimum of BND100 in a single receipt will receive a complimentary shopping bag. In addition, all Baiduri cardholders will enjoy a 10% discount on department store items.

 

 

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At the event, the 10 lucky winners for the month of October, were flagged off for their spree by Mr Lim Kian Chiong, Head of Card Business, Baiduri Bank.

Another 10 winners will be selected for November and will be announced next month. To be eligible to enter the monthly draw, simply spend a minimum of BND50 in a single receipt and pay using a Baiduri credit or debit card. The promotion ends on 31 December 2018.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals. For more information, customers may also contact the Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 2449666.

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 the 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.

To be in the know of Baiduri promotions, the public may stay updated by following Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook and Twitter or Instagram @baiduribank.

 

Shortlisting monthly winners

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Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn Bhd team with members of the press
 

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One of the press shortlisting a monthly winner
 

Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn Bhd conducted the All New Pepsi Max Taste monthly draw at its office at beribi recently. There are 10 finalist that have been drawn by the member of press for the upcoming Prize Presentation on the 23rd November 2018 (Friday) that will be held at Soon Lee Megamart, Lambak Kanan.

The 10 finalist will be contacted to present on that day to participate in mini games challenge for their prizes. The prizes for the monthly draw are 7 nos of Pepsi Hamper worth B$50 and Shopping Voucher worth of B$100 for 3rd Prize, B$200 for 2nd Prize and B$300 for 1st Prize.

Other participants are still in chance to win the unforgettable 2nos of Turkey Tour Package for 2 pax with allowance as Grand Prize, 2 nos of exotic Dubai Tour Package for 2 pax as 1st Prize and a lot other great prizes.

The All New Pepsi Max Taste Lucky Draw 2018 which runs from October 1st till December 31st will be also collaborating with Ayamku, KFC, MarryBrown and PepperLunch as part of their draw. This means that consumer will be able to participate for the draw when they consume at these participating food outlet.

The participating brands for the draw are Pepsi Products which is includes PEPSI BLACK, Pepsi, Pepsi Twist, 7up, Assorted Mirinda and Revive. PEPSI BLACK, the new cola with no calories is one of brand highlight for this campaign. With its MAX TASTE ZERO SUGAR, Pepsi Black comes in 330ml, 600ml and 1.5L bottles available for your choice in the market.

To participate in this All New Pepsi Max Taste Lucky Draw 2018 is as simple as 3 steps. STEP 1: Purchase any value pack SIX (6) tins/bottles 330ml/600ml/1.5L Pepsi Products in a single receipt. STEP 2: You will need to answer: All New Pepsi Black contains zero sugar? “True / False”. STEP 3: WhatsApp details to +673 8300 833 with clear picture of the original receipt, or you can submit your participation via Kingston Instagram @kingstonbn with terms and conditions apply.

 

 

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Purrrrrrfect

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism (2nd from left) during the memorandum of Agreement between Royal Brunei and Sarawak Tourism Board held recently
 

Meeeowwww!!!! It’s back again!! After a 4 year hiatus, direct flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuching is back!!! The previous connection was via MASwings which stopped its operation back in October 2014. Royal Brunei ever flew to Kuching and its first flight was back on 15th May 1975 while its last flight was 28th July 2011. So it’s good to see that Royal Brunei has finally re-commencement its flight services to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, starting 28th December 2018.

A signing of memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between RB and the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) was held yesterday, aimed on offering bi-weekly flights between Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuching and vice versa.

Present was the guest of honour, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism. Present during the MoA were Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Sarawak Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Sharzede binti Datuk Haji Salleh Askor, CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board and Karam Chand, CEO of Royal Brunei.

“The signing of the MoA between the Sarawak Tourism Board and Royal Brunei Airlines bears great importance to both our capitals,” said Sharzede binti Datuk Haji Salleh Askor, CEO of Sarawak Tourism Board. “First, it symbolises the start of the many collaborative efforts between our two capitals which will bring about sustainable socio-economic growth for both Sarawak and Brunei with tourism as a significant contributor, as well as strengthening the friendship between our people.

“Secondly, the Sarawak-Brunei tourism collaboration, especially with the strengthened connectivity between the two destinations, will increase the competitiveness and attractiveness as twin tourism destinations to capture tourists around the regions and the world, especially making Kuching more accessible to our focus markets including Melbourne, Shanghai and London, which augurs well for the marketing of the destination.”

RB will fly to Kuching on December 28 using the RB A320, with the route operating twice weekly before increasing to four times a week by February 3, 2019.

 

 

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The signing of the memorandum of agreement
 

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Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Sarawak Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports speaking during the press conference
 

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Karam Chand, CEO of Royal Brunei, on a side note, mentioned there will be no changes in scheduling for BSB to KK with the arrival of their competitor this coming January
 

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Don’t worry on power outage

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Azlina Tua, Senior Sales Executive of Concepts Computer, Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, Firdaus bin Abdul Samad, Sales Manager for Schneider Electric in Brunei Darussalam and Chu Hui Chiet, Marketing Executive at Schneider Electric (Brunei) at the launch of the new APC UPS
 

In a modern IT-centric society, data loss due to power-outages is not only a business risk but also a risk for everyday home users. Globally, businesses have lost billions of dollar worth of data due to power outages, and most studies does not even take into account personal lost of priceless data like family pictures and videos. This is why Concepts Computer and Schneider Electric (manufacturer of APC products) will be providing three new, affordable models of UPS from APC – World Leader in Power Protection. The new models are the APC BV650, BV800 and APC BV1000 UPS.

Known for its quality, innovation and industry leading service and support, APC (American Power Conversion) is working diligently to improve the manageability, availability and performance of data-critical systems through innovative solutions, and Concepts Computer is also working hard to provide affordable power-outage solutions from APC for both commercial and, more importantly, personal home-use.

All three of the UPS models are the latest in APC’s line of affordable UPS for SOHO (small office/home office) and personal home-use, and are perfect for those in need of quick and easy solutions for multiple PCs or even just a single home PC. The three models are rated for 375 Watts at 650 VA, 450 Watts at 800VA, and 600Watts at 1100VA respectively, this means that all three models will be able to offer protection for your data and hardware from power-outages, power-surges, power-spikes and even lightning-strikes.

Made as user-friendly as possible, APC has provided them with single-step battery connections, hassle-free cold start function, and the ability to power low and high powered devices. And not to forget keyhole sockets which makes mounting possible for all nooks and crannies of most houses, making them the perfect solution at home. And with the 2 years warranty, Schneider with the help of Concepts will help to ease the minds of Bruneian users.

 

 

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It’s solid, durable and heavy because of the battery inside
 

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, commented that, “Concepts Computer with APC UPS solutions is not only catering to corporations but also more importantly, for everyday home users. We understand the importance of our digital memories like family pictures and videos so this is why we focused on providing affordable solutions for them.” Zul also added, “Even if these UPS power solutions only provide an extra 5 minutes of up-time at home, this still means you will have 5 minutes to safely shut down your computers and save all your digital personal memories.”

Also at the press conference, Firdaus bin Abdul Samad, Sales Manager for Schneider Electric in Brunei Darussalam, also added, “As our society evolves and moves forward towards the digital platform for their personal data storage and becoming more open and vulnerable to data-loss due to power outages, this is where APC and Concepts Computer come in and provides affordable UPS solutions, perfect for homes.” He continued, “APC are also very committed to their products and this is reflected in the 2 years warranty we provide even for our most affordable solutions like the APC BV650 and all the way to our more expensive corporate UPS solutions.”

The APC BV650 will be available at Concepts Computer at $78, the APC BV800 will be available for $88, and the APC BBV1000 will be available for $98. Expected up-time for the APC BV650 with a basic PC of 120W will be 9 to 10 minutes, 14 to 15 minutes on the APC BV800, and for the APC BV1000 is 16 to 17 minutes. Please note these numbers are reliable estimates but can still be affected by many factors and conditions.

For more information on the full range of UPS solutions from APC and other IT products and solutions, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2/3.

 

 

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Different variance you can choose for the APC UPS at Concepts Computer. This is the APC BV800 selling at BND 98
 

 

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This is the APC BBV1000 selling at BND 98 and it can hold for roughly 16-17 minutes when there is a power outage.
 

Canon Photomarathon 2018

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Hj Muhammad Safwan bin Hj Awang Sulaiman the grand winner receiving the prize from Vincent Goh, Deputy Managing Director of Interhouse Company
 

He may not be placed in any of the top 3 categories of the Canon Photomarathon 2018 hosted by Interhouse Company but Hj Muhammad Safwan bin Hj Awang Sulaiman bagged the grand prize of a ticket to Japan for the Canon Photomarathon Asia Champion 2018.

Around 400 participants signed up for Sunday event that lasted 8 hours before the winners were announced. This was probably the biggest turnout of all the Canon Photomarathon organized by Interhouse Company.

At the same time, Interhouse Company also unveiled their latest product which I’m also eyeing at – the Canon EOS R. Yum, Yum… It’s a pretty solid camera and the first mirrorless full frame EOS from Canon line-up. It is also supported with new RF lenses and you can still use the current/older EF lenses with a mount adapters.

Congratulations once again to the winners of this year’s Canon Photomarathon 2018.

 

 


Team Interhouse Company did it again, year after year. Kudos on the great show once again!!!
 


The audience waiting for the results
 


Safwan Sidek and Ruby Chong also competed this year
 

 


The emcee Zayn entertaining the audience with his charm as usual
 


The top three winners of the Bandarku Ceria category
 


Hamdilah Kamaludin – 1st for Bandarku Ceria Theme
 


Saifulizam Zambor – 2nd for Bandarku Ceria Theme
 


Muhammad Abdul Malek Ridwan – 3rd for Bandarku Ceria Theme
 

 


Winners of the Local Delicacy Theme
 


Azman Yakob – 1st for Local Delicacy Theme
 

 


Azman Yakob Masadezam Masle – 2nd for Local Delicacy Theme
 


Nicolas Tju – 3rd for Local Delicacy Theme
 


Winners of the Creativity Theme
 

 


Qawi Zulkipli – 1st for Creativity Theme
 


Michael Ruiz – 2nd for Creativity Theme. My favourite photo of the lot.
 


Julian Lysee – 3rd for Creativity Theme. The only lady among the winners.
 


Hj Muhammad Safwan’s photos that made him the grand winner
 

 

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