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Sabre held prize presentation

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

 


Jonathan Chua won a BND 10 rare fare while Thanis Lim won a BND 50 rare fare sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines. Azhani Daniel, Head of Corporate Communications of Royal Brunei presented the prizes. The finalists were one of the 300 entries that took part in the pokemon challenge during the Brunei Travel Fair 2016 at Centrepoint Hotel.
 

Last week, Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn Bhd held a prize presentation to fete the winners of the Brunei Travel Fair 2016 which took place at Dynasty Restaurant. The travel fair itself drew more than 12,000 visitors in early September.

There were many categories that many travellers are entitled to win. Two categories from Royal Brunei Airlines, one from Sabre Travel Network and one of Tourism Malaysia Brunei.

Present during the prize presentation was Abd Halim Hj Abd Rahman, Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing of Sabre Travel Network. He highlighted that even though there was a reduction in number of visitors, there was an increase of bookings during the three day period.

The youngest winner was Arisdiana Amran who is 11 years old. She won herself a two return ticket to Melbourne. Woohoo. She was a lucky winner who purchased a ticket from Century Travel Centre.

Dk Siti Khairunisa Akmal Pg Kamaludin won a business class return ticket to Ho Chi Minh and Lim Siong Ngoh won a two economy class return tickets to Dubai. Hasrinie Awang Sayang won a three-day and two-night stay at Riani Deluxe at Turi Beach Resort in Batam, while Rabiatul Adawiyah Hj Damit received one Royal Skies membership upgrade.

 


The finalists for the Royal Brunei Airlines return ticket.
 


The youngest winner won herself a flight to Melbourne for two
 


Ms. Muthu Muhammad Nachiar Mohideen Maraicair won a flight to Denpasar
 


Mood Sahriman Md Salleh won the GoPro Hero4 sponsored by Sabre Travel Network
 

For the GoPro Hero4 and Dfavors Exclusive Travel Luggage, the prizes were sponsored by Sabre Travel Network Brunei. Mood Sahriman Md Salleh won the GoPro Hero4 and he bought his ticket from Pan Bright Travel Service.

Julia Morel, Noorhayati Zabidi and Nurul Adila Othman won the luggage.

As for the Pokemon draw, the flights were sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines and they had what they call rare fares worth BDN 10, BND 25 and BND 50 to any regional destination of choice. Interesting.

Thanis Lim won a BND 50 fare, Imaduddin Mumin won a BND 25 fare while Jonathan Chua won a BND 10 fare.

Malaysia Airlines also have their lucky draw and Mr. Ventakesh Marakutty Santhanam won a flight to Phuket while Ms. Muthu Muhammad Nachiar Mohideen Maraicair won a flight to Denpasar.

Noor Khadijah Hj Omarali won the Royal Brunei Airlines instagram competition and she won herself a flight to Jakarta.

 


Julia Morel won a luggage
 

 


Nur of Pan Bright Travel Service receiving a shopping voucher for being the top travel agent during the Brunei Travel Fair 2016
 

New PEUGEOT 2008

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The PEUGEOT 2008 entered the ring in 2013 with strong arguments. The customers particularly appreciated its elegance and dynamic performance. It has enjoyed continuous growth in sales volumes, with production over 500,000 units[1] worldwide. In Europe, this success is illustrated by a podium place in the segment which has been firmly established since launch.

To amplify this performance, the PEUGEOT 2008 is taking on an assertive, powerful and appealing SUV design. Its wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates confirm its robustness, designed for everyday use.

The PEUGEOT 2008 offers appealing and unique sensations of control. They are addictive. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is unique to PEUGEOT and embodies the driving characteristics of the PEUGEOT 2008, being: intuitive, agile, flexible and safer to drive.

 

 

 

The PEUGEOT 2008 is equipped with Mirror Screen, based on MirrorLinkTM and Apple Carplay®, along with the reversing camera and Park Assist, a rarity in this segment.

The wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates protect the bodywork and the occupants. The wave roof and roof bars, the rear door moulding and the spoiler are characterised by their sophisticated design.

Black and chrome headlamps and 3D claws illustrate the embedded technology from the outside. Inside, the lighting highlights the luxury of the materials and attention to detail which is apparent in every item.

The ⅓ – ⅔ modular back seats means the boot volume can vary from 410 to 1400 litres in an instant.

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® ensures a unique sensations in the segment. The driver enjoys an intuitive, agile, flexible and safe driving experience.

On-board connectivity includes the Mirror Screen feature which allows the driver to link their MirrorLinkTM[2] or Apple Carplay®[3] compatible smartphone to the touch screen.

The PEUGEOT 2008 makes urban travel easier. The Park Assist technology automatises the parking process. The reversing camera shows the vehicle’s dimensions on the screen to facilitate manoeuvring.

 

 

The new 2008 SUV comes with 1.2L PureTech engine, which won the ‘International engine of the year 2016’ award in the 1.0L to1.4L category.

This 3-cylinder petrol engine technology delivers energetic drive and performance, excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. It’s the result of intelligent, innovative engineering, which combines reduced weight materials with the efficiency of direct fuel injection to give you maximum pleasure behind the wheel, at any speed, for less.

You can visit their Peugeot Showroom in Kiarong and visit their Facebook Page for more info.

 

The incoming Executive Committee feted

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The members of Brunei Speakers’ Club during the installation night at Parkview Hotel. A few members were not present.
 


The incoming Executive Members of Brunei Speakers’ Club during the installation ceremony. It was conducted by Stuart Lee, our Area Director for K6 (far right)
 

Finally after the three months into the term, Brunei Speakers’ Club had its installation night for its executive committee (Exco) for their members. This was the session where the Exco for the term 2016-2017 will be pinned (with their respective pins) on their suits to formalise their respective roles in the club.

This term Executive Committee for Brunei Speakers’ Club are:

President – Jordan Yau
Vice-President of Education – Gerald Goh
Vice-President of Membership – Rano Iskandar
Vice-President of Public Relations – Rahmat Tarsat
Secretary – Heidi Rahman
Treasurer – Aziman Nasir
Sergeant-at-Arms – Awfa Nawawi
Immediate Past President – Chris Woo

The ceremony took place at All-Seasons restaurant at Parkview Hotel and I was happy that this place is ideal for hosting corporate dinner events. Furthermore, the guests commented on the wide variety of dishes and they were tasty too 😀 So I would highly recommend if you have corporate dinner events to give this place a shot.

We were also privileged to have a visiting toastmasters guest from Kota Kinabalu, Laurence Dumling, who recently visited Brunei to deliver a workshop at Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club meeting and also at Sekolah Menengah Sayyinda Abu Bakar to inspire the students.

There were some light entertainment such as table topics on toastmasters members and a speech by Awfa on “Korean Madness”.

Incoming President Jordan Yau delivered a special roast to outgoing President Chris Woo who is now our Immediate Past President. Chris Woo also gave his remarks on his exco members (Macalister Mak, Jordan Yau, Supatra Lee, Gerald Goh, Pooja Shivanand, Aziman Nasir). Chis also awarded two BSC members – Dalton Lim (The most improved toastmasters of the Year) and Rano Iskandar (Toastmasters of the Year).

A big thank you to those who showed up last weekend especially members from OTTERS (Naj, Allen and Hazwan). Another shout out to Nur Ahmad, Donna Karen Balthazar-Lim and Derby Teo as returning members of BSC.

If any of you are interested to attend our weekly meetings, you can drop by Seameo Voctech every Tuesday 7:15pm and witness/observe how we run our meetings and be part of it too. It’s the best place to learn soft skills on communications and leadership in a supportive environment. Don’t worry, we don’t bite and I will be taking care of guests that attend our meetings. So you are in safe hands 😀

You can follow updates on their Facebook Page or their official website page and also on IG @bruneispeakersclub

 

 


Rahman Tarsat sworn in as Vice-President of Public Relations
 


Chris Woo, Immediate Past President pinning the incoming president, Jordan Yau and vice-versa
 


Around 40 people showed up last weekend. Thank you for the support.
 

 


Syatrah Roslan of BSC and Hilman Omar of UBD Toastmasters were the emcees of the night. Great job too 😀
 


Naj, one of a great supporter of toastmasters from OTTERS.
 


Dalton Lim being awarded The Most Improved Toastmasters of the Year and Rano Iskandar being awarded The Toastmasters of the Year
 


Dalton Lim with his family friend and mentor Shawn Cassidy Narcis
 


The group photo
 

 


Thank you UBD Toastmasters members for supporting our installation
 


The sworn in Executive Committee of BSC with Area Director, Stuart Lee
 


The guests having a great time last weekend
 


What do they have in common? They are all teachers. Thank you, Laurence (center), for touching other people’s lives
 

The Biggest Toastmasters event ever hosted in Brunei

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Allen Ang, Mandarin Coordinator for Brunei Conference, Shawn Cassidy Narcis, Protocol Director and District 87 Program Quality Director, Rano Iskandar as the Organizing Chair of Brunei Conference, Gerald Goh, Marketing Executive of Brunei Conference and Stuart Lee, one of the featured speakers of the event in yesterday’s press conference. Thank you so much to the local press for the coverage
 

Each year, the Toastmasters Semi-Annual District Conference culminates in the final round of the Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest, where the District Champion is chosen. In this exciting event, 30 English & Mandarin contestants from Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia deliver 5 to 7 minute humorous speeches and 3 minutes evaluation on a test speaker that are judged by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. After few months of competing in club, area and division these contestants have advanced for the chance to win this prestigious accolade.

This year, Brunei was chosen to host the event at Rizqun International Hotel from 28th to 30th October. As an integral part of the conference, educational workshops are conducted by reowned public speakers, trainers and industrial leaders. For the first time, the conference will feature 3 World Champions of Public Speaking, Dananjaya J. Hettiarachchi (Sri Lanka), Willie Jones (USA), and Darren Tay (Singapore) who deliver his semifinal speech and Past President of Toastmasters International, Muhammed Murad (Dubai).

Other featured speakers include Soon Loo, CEO of Darussalam Enterprise and a local renowned speaker Stuart Lee, an HRDF-certified trainer and consultant. There are also two Mandarin speakers – Lu Li Ming (Sandakan) and Liw Hui Peng (Bintulu) for the Mandarin session. This is bound to be the biggest toastmasters event ever in Brunei Darussalam.

 

 


Press conference with the local press
 

 

The event is jointly organized by local speakers’ clubs namely The Brunei Speakers’ Club, Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club, Oil Town Talkers Toastmasters Club (OTTERS) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam Toastmasters Club. “The Brunei conference hopes to inspire youths to be confident communicator and leader as part of their daily lives so he or she can empower others. These are the reasons why I selected such speakers to be part of the biggest toastmasters event in Brunei.” shared by Organizing Chairman, Rano Iskandar (myself *lol*).

In line of Rano’s vision, the conference is open to members of the public. Tickets for full day educational session are available at BND120 and BND50 for contest. While tickets for tertiary/university students are priced at BND50 and BND35 for secondary students. To find out more, visit http://d87bruneiconference.com.

More than 150 members of Toastmasters International District 87, are scheduled to attend semi-annual conference to support their contestants. The event is supported by The Ministry of Home Affairs and The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism.

 

Bandarku Ceria

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Text by Quratul-Ain Bandial of The Brunei Times. Residents in the capital are looking forward to the first car-free Sunday in downtown Bandar tomorrow, saying the initiative from the Municipal Department will help revive Bandar as a centre for community activity.

Dubbed ‘Bandarku Ceria’, the initiative will see the area spanning the Royal Regalia to the Waterfront a car-free zone from 6am to 10am every Sunday. Some roads from Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium to the capital will also be closed to give space for cycling and jogging routes.

The Municipal Department said the move will allow small vendors to do business, encourage more physical activity and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

Hjh Kemariah Hassan, a restaurant manager in the capital, said she hoped car-free Sunday would attract more people to Bandar to support local businesses which typically see slow trading on the weekends.

“During the week, we usually get business from the lunch crowd from the banks and other offices located in Bandar. But after 6pm and on the weekends Bandar is so quiet,” said the 42-year-old.

“Sometimes we will get business from the foreign workers who have their day off on Sunday, but I hope this car-free move will make downtown more of a weekend destination for Bruneians.”

 

 

 

Through Bandarku Ceria, members of the public are encouraged to use the spaces available in the capital for recreation, cultural, family and community activities, turning Bandar Seri Begawan into an urban park that can be enjoyed by all, through activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics and sales.

“Brunei really lacks public spaces where people can gather and meet. Young people just hang out in malls and parking lots and are chased away by police when it gets late. Wouldn’t it be better to have places where we can hang out that are safe, fun and pleasant?” said Lina Abu Bakar, a local university student.

She said the popularity of places like Taman Jubli proves that Bruneians are in desperate need of more public spaces.

“It’s a very small park but since they renovated it, it’s always full of people every day exercising, spending time with their families or doing group activities. It has been the venue for a few food festivals. Why can’t Bandar be like that?”

Tomorrow’s first car-free Sunday will feature pop-up sales, a handicraft corner, street artists, exercise activities and market stalls.

Taxi driver Abdul Sukarni added that Bandarku Ceria could help promote tourism, especially since Bandar Seri Begawan was declared an the ASEAN City of Culture for 2016-2017.

“There are several tourist attractions here already that I take my customers to, such as the SOAS Mosque and Kampong Ayer, but it is not very lively. It makes Brunei seem very old-fashioned,” he said.

“If we can make this a big weekly market with lots of vendors, not just Tamu Kianggeh, it could be great for people like me working in the tourism industry.”

 

 

 

iflix is here :D

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Finally it’s out in Brunei
 

iflix, the world’s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets, is thrilled to announce the launch of its revolutionary service in Brunei. From today, consumers can sign up for a 30-day free trial via iflix’s website, www.iflix.com, giving them unlimited access to thousands of the world’s best TV shows, movies and more on every device they own, with no credit card required and no obligations.

Each iflix subscription includes:

• Unlimited access to iflix’s vast library of thousands of first-run exclusive shows, award-winning TV series, blockbuster movies, popular local and regional content, children’s programs and much more;
• Access to iflix on up to 5 devices at once, including phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, TVs and other connected devices;
• The ability to download TV shows and movies to any phone, tablet or mobile device to binge-watch offline, when not connected to the Internet;
• The ability to share their iflix subscription with family or friends and watch shows on two different devices at the same time.

 

 

Mr. Robot _2.0 on iflix

 

Mark Britt, iflix Group Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer commented: “Over the last few months we have received exceptional demand and requests to make our service available in Brunei. We are thrilled share that from today, TV lovers in Brunei now can have unlimited access to iflix’s world class service and library of thousands of top TV shows, movies and more all for one unbelievably low price!”

With over 150 studio and distributor partnerships, iflix offers subscribers the largest selection of iconic, critically acclaimed TV series and fan-favourite films both internationally and locally available in the region. Amongst the hundreds of top shows now available on iflix are every episode of Friends, The O.C. and Gossip Girl, nine seasons of Big Bang Theory, hugely popular current shows The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, 2 Broke Girls, The 100, The Originals, Pretty Little Liars, and many more.

iflix additionally offers an incredible catalogue of kids content, including Yo Gabba Gabba, Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, Mr. Bean Animated and much more. Multi Emmy® winning US phenomena Mr. Robot, every season of multi-award winning, highly acclaimed Fargo, and this year’s smash hit The Magicians joins iflix’s growing library of exclusive, first run series, to be made available for the first time in Brunei.

Monthly retail subscriptions for one month of unlimited access to iflix will be priced at an, amazing BND 4 only. Annual subscriptions will receive a 20% discount off the monthly rate and are priced at incredible BND 38 per year. It’s way cheaper than the Netflix I pay every month.

Now available in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Brunei, iflix will continue to roll out its world-class service to key additional emerging markets in the coming months. You can follow their updates on Facebook and also on their instagram @iflixbn

 

 


The Last Ship
 

 

Jollibee, levelling up :D

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The newly opened Jollibee Drive Thru at Kilanas
 


The customary bite to officiate a Jollibee ceremony
 

Jollibee is picking its pace here in Brunei. More like levelling up. Already in its 29th year, Jollibee (Brunei) has not stop expanding and this morning they officially unveiled the 14th outlet and it’s also the first drive thru for Jollibee in Brunei. Not only that, it is also the first Jollibee Drive Thru in Asia (outside the Philippines). Amazing feat that Brunei is ahead in the game.

I won’t be surprised that Jollibee has become Brunei’s number one choice for fast food and this was shared by Sir Jhing Perias, Country Head of Jollibee Brunei. He said they continue to serve the locals their best meals and branching out to Kilanas area is something they have look forward to for some time now. A drive thru store will allow to serve their customer, rain or shine.

Present during the launch were His Excellency Meynardo Los Baños Montealegre, the Ambassador of the Philippines to Brunei Darussalam and Liyana Yus, Jollibee Brunei Ambassador. The drive thru has already been a success as there were many cars at the drive thru this morning itself. Thumbs up to Jollibee on their expansion and it’s always good to level up and be ahead of the game.

 

 


Sir Jhing Perias, Country Head of Jollibee Brunei, feeling thankful for the support from their loyal customers
 


Liyana Yus picking up her order at the Drive Thru
 

 


Quite a long queue this morning
 

Mind trainer coming to Brunei

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Dr. Yuree Vajramunee will be coming to Brunei to conduct a training. Image taken from guruyuree.com
 

Are you into mind training, meditation, motivational speaking or even art of self-defence? I just came across a global icon known as Dr Yuree Vajramunee. Who is he? According to the press release, he is one of the selected five superhumans on the planet in terms of strength as categorised by the Discovery Channel in 2013.

He is the founder of the Vajrapan and Butthan Movement, a South Asian combat sports and system of personal development with the aim to obtain body-mind balance, will be conducting a two-day Mind Training Course.

He was in Brunei recently to familiarise himself with the country and he will be conducted a workshop in October.

His strength will be the power of the mind as we take for granted using our mind as part of everyday live and not treat “the mind” as our trusted friend.

According to Dr. Yuree in the recent interview in Borneo Bulletin, ““(Sometimes) We do certain things we should not, even while being fully aware and helpless in most cases, fail to access the correct decision, required creativity, connectivity, intelligence and so on but instead we are totally taken away by our blunt thoughts and restless mind, losing control of our physical, mental and emotional balance.”

“In a single line, this life, changing course may help us to transform like a miracle. The course itself is opened to any mentally healthy person,” he continued.

 


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So what will you benefit as a participant of the course? Participants will learn techniques on visualisation, correct breathing, non-toxic food habits, sound sleep, decision making, heal emotional and physical pain, deal with frustrations, build better family relationships, have better academic results and take advantage of their personal development and unleash the hidden potentials and experience a totally dynamic new life.

There will be free session on 22nd October at 5m at Hotel Badi’ah. Feel free to register but the actual course will be on 29th and 30th October from 10am to 4:30pm and it’s valued at BND 250. If you are interested, do contact 866 5890 or 898 0198 for details. If you are interested to know of him, you can click here to see his profile and list of accolades. Interesting person indeed.

 

Kia Optima handed to ITBE

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Group photo with IBTE and Kia management and the Kia Optima
 

Kia Motors Corporation through its distributor in Brunei Darussalam, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd handed over a brand new Kia Optima to IBTE School of Energy and Engineering Central Mechanical Campus last 28 September 2016. This brand new Kia Optima will serve as a training vehicle for the students of IBTE Pusat Latihan Mekanik so they will have a better understanding of the features and the technologies of the car. By providing this vehicle, the students will also be trained and prepared for actual work in the future.

“The Kia Optima represents Kia’s thrust towards groundbreaking design and technology. With its turnover to IBTE, we are hopeful that future generations of technicians will learn more about today’s technology and be able to apply this knowledge in the pursuit of their career paths” said Mr. Frankie Ho, Grand Motors’ Managing Director during the ceremony.

Present during the handing over ceremony were Dr. Sheikh Lukman Bin Sheikh Abdul Hamid, Principal of IBTE, Mr. Steve Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation – Asia Regional Headquarters and the management of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd – Mr. Frankie Ho, Managing Director and Hj Shaiful Rizal Bin Pehin Dato Dr. Hj Ahmad, Executive.

 

 


Dr. Sheikh Lukman Bin Sheikh Abdul Hamid delivering his remarks
 


Mr. Steve Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation – Asia Regional Headquarters, had a short remarks before the hand over
 


Mr. Steve Lee, President of Kia Motors Corporation – Asia Regional Headquarters (2nd from right) handing over the Kia Optima to Dr. Sheikh Lukman Bin Sheikh Abdul Hamid, Principal of IBTE (2nd from left) as Mr. Frankie Ho, Grand Motors’ Managing Director and Hj Shaiful Rizal Bin Pehin Dato Dr. Hj Ahmad, Executive looked on
 

Kenali Makanan Kitani

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Food blogger Thanis Lim enjoying the selection of Seasons Restaurant promotion Kenali Makanan Kitani
 

 

Sometime it’s always good to go to basics. When it comes to food, it’s also good to savour the traditional Brunei food that are accustomed to. Seasons Restaurant did just that by having a food promotion awareness dubbed “Kenali Makanan Kitani”.

If you are into ambuyat, then do try out Seasons KNK promotion. I’m surprised to see ikan tenggiri panggang and this shows how local the food choices are. For me, I love the daging rendang and the ayam masak merah.

The presentation of the dessert area had been given much thought. They have nice labels too such as Tarap Mousse, Calak Berlauk and Kueh Bom to name a few.

The dinner buffet, which was launched yesterday and will run until October 29, is available every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 7pm to 10pm. It is priced at $28 per adult and $16 for children below 12. Aside from that Seasons will also be offering a hi-tea buffet from today until October 30 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at $15 per adult and $10 per child.

RBC Dining Privilege Card Members can also enjoy a 10 per cent discount off their bill when they present their card. For enquiries and reservations, please call 2422291 or 2422292 or the RBC Hotline at 7293848.

You can also follow the Seasons Instagram page at @seasonsrestaurantbrunei for daily updates and promotions. The restaurant is located at Level 2, Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong.

 

 

 


My favourite dish 😀
 

 

 

 


I like this too
 


Ayam Masak Merah
 


The Ambuyat station and no, I don’t eat ambuyat.. Sad
 

 

 

 

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