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Prize presentation for DSTIncomm “Buy and Win” promotion in conjunction with the Samsung Galaxy S10 launch back in March.

Sadly, I wasn’t one of the winners of the Samsung Galaxy S10 after purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S10e two months ago from DSTIncomm. However, there were two lucky winners were rewarded with the Samsung Galaxy S10 as part of the S10 “buy and win” promotion which ran from 8th March until 30th April 2019.

The prize presentation ceremony took place on Friday 3rd May 2019 at DSTIncomm’s Samsung Experience Store in Abdul Razak, Gadong.

Customers who purchased any series of the Samsung Galaxy S10 at DSTIncomm stores nationwide stood a chance of winning a Samsung Galaxy S10.

Hjh Latifah binti Ambran went home with a Samsung Galaxy S10e while Liew Ting Shong was rewarded with a Samsung Galaxy S10. Presenting the prizes for the winners was Pang Tiong Kiat, Product and Marketing Manager of DSTIncomm.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is currently available at DSTIncomm stores nationwide both for box sale and on DST’s 4G phone plan. For more information on DSTIncomm products, customers can visit



Liew Ting Shong won the Samsung Galaxy S10

Hjh Latifah binti Ambran won the Samsung Galaxy S10e

The finalists being briefed before the draw

Celebrate Raya with Mercedes-Benz

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Book and register any Mercedes-Benz from now until 30th June 2019, and enjoy special financing offers of 6 months* Free Interest or 2 months* deferred repayments. For more information call us now at 244 1763 or 244 1777 or visit Mercedes-Benz showroom today. You’ll be glad you did! Terms and Conditions apply. #MercedesBenz #MercedesBenzBrunei

FashionValet Pop-Up is back

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 FashionValet General Manager Nadia Norzuhdy and BIBD Head of Retail Banking Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar. Photo by Bahyiah Bakir of Borneo Bulletin.

Founder of @mukaku_comestics and with HRH Princess Amal Rakiah

The annual event is back once more. Ladies will be spoilt for choices as they readied themselves for the upcoming festive of Hari Raya. The FashionValet pop-up event is currently being held at Indera Kayangan Ballroom and the first opening hours of the event was made exclusive to BIBD Perdana customers.

Now the event has been opened to public until 4th May (tomorrow) and it will be until 4pm.

Vivy Yusof made a one day appearance for her fans and of course, she’s the co-founder of FashionValet. Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Hj Md Jaafar, BIBD Head of Retail Banking, shared that BIBD’s partnership with FashionValet is more than just an annual pop-up event as it also showcases the local entrepreneurs at hand where they can be connected outside Brunei waters.

Some of the local vendors participating were Baitaal Hijab, Mumtaz Collections, Rozai Hijab, Mukaku Domestics and Mudaser. They were selected according to their ability to export and they will be trained by FashionValet on the know-how when it comes to being international. The said brands have already a proven track record locally and now it’s time for them to shine further. They also fall under the BIBD Catalyst program.

Good news for BIBD cardholders is that throughout the event, BIBD debit and credit cardholders will be entitled to exclusive discounts and earn double BIBD Hadiah Points which can be used to pay for utilities, donations, air miles and more.

So hurry yourself to FV pop up event before it’s over. Happy shopping and thanks to BIBD for making this possible yet again.










Wu Chun and 200 people donated blood

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Wu Chun posing with his kids after donating blood last weekend at Fitness Zone

It’s blood donation time and Fitness Zone has joined the bandwagon in the blood donation drive. It was their second blood drive in collaboration with Jerudong Park Medical Centre.

Also donating last weekend was Fitness Zone’s Managing Director and owner, Wu Chun. The blood donation drive was also part of the 6-month body transformation program known as the “New Me” challenge which has attracted more than 600 fitness enthusiasts.

Around 200 donated last weekend ranging from members, staff, the public and, of course, the challengers of the “New Me Transformation.” More than 200 bags were collected in the process.

Wu Chun said, “It’s truee that every or any extended hand towards charity makes a difference. One donor can save three lives and by this, we are truly grateful for all the heroes that joined us and in the past to be part of our initiatives to create changes and positive awareness through our communities.”

“I always tell my staff that you don’t have to be a manager or in a higher position or even a celebrity. While these can place an advantage, I told them to lead by example, little by little, as you inspire the world with this noble act.”

“Fitness Zone is not only here to train you to be fit but also change your body and lifestyle for the better. We aimed to make an impact by starting to train and having a good mindset to overcome any challenges. Our minds are powerful and courageous.”

For further information regarding registration for the upcoming events/membership enquiries, do contact Kiulap branch 223 2338 or Serusop branch 244 8488 or visit their Facebook or instagram page @fitnesszonebrunei. The health club is now opening doors for free consultation, health assessments by appointment.




Meet Tony Stark’s new ride in Avengers 4

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Meet Tony Stark’s new ride in Avengers 4

This is the Audi e-tron GT and the third e-tron, unveiled at last year’s LA Motor Show. Yes it is all electric and news is the volume-production counterpart is set to follow in around two years.

A flat-floor architecture that provides for exciting proportions and a low center of gravity. 434 kW (590 metric horsepower) ensures performance fit for a sports car. The torque is transferred to the wheels via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, as you would expect for such a dynamic Audi. The performance subsidiary Audi Sport GmbH has been tasked to subsequently transforming the car into a volume-production model.

Mohd Aritz Maldini, the youngest winner ever

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Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah handing over the challenge trophy to Mohd Aritz Maldini Haji Abd Majid, the grand winner of the Baiduri Masters 2019 during the prize presentation dinner held at Manggis Mall Ballroom. Accompany them were Mr Ti Eng Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank and Mr Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager of Operations Management Division, Diversification and Strategic Development cum President of the Baiduri Masters Organising Committee.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar receiving a token of appreciation for its support of the event from the Ministry of Health

Last weekend, the 24th Baiduri Masters charity golf tournament concluded with a prize presentation dinner at the Hua Ho Manggis Mall Ballroom, Hua Ho Manngis. The event was attended by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, Chairman of Baiduri Bank.

In his welcoming address, Mr Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager of Operations Management Division, Diversification and Strategic Development cum President of the Baiduri Masters Organising Committee, said “This is our 24th year of hosting the Baiduri Masters. The aim has always been centred towards supporting our community and making a difference. We have strived to raise funds for local organisations, particularly those that cater towards the differently abled individuals with the hope to improve or alleviate their burden.”

He further elaborated that the Baiduri Masters has added another organisation who will be receiving donations based on the funds raised during the event. “This year, we have included Demensia Brunei as another recipient to help them achieve their mission towards a dementia-friendly community.”

According to Mr Ti Eng Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, “As part of Baiduri Bank Group’s CSR framework, we have actively contributed towards various charity and educational initiatives such as the Junior Achievement Programme, Global Money Week, our Blood Donation Drive and our annual Let’s Give Back This Ramadhan activity. The Baiduri Masters has been our longest running and flagship charity event.” He further elaborated that the Baiduri Bank Group Charity Committee is currently exploring other ways to allow more involvement by our customers and the general public. “Moving forward, we are actively looking at different ways to facilitate community development initiatives, whether it be as a volunteer, a participant, a partner or a sponsor.”



The charitable foundation recipients who benefited from the golf event – JAPEM, SMARTER Brunei, Dana Hospital RIPAS, Learning Ladders Society, Child Development Centre, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al Hajjah Maryam and Demensia Brunei

Johari Ahmad, the previous winner, about to hand over the green jacket to this year’s winner

Mohd Aritz Maldini Haji Abd Majid became the youngest ever winner for Baiduri Masters. He’s only 18 years old.


The lady champion for Baiduri Masters 2019

Golfers checking out the lucky draw numbers on the projector

It was a full house at Manggis Mall Ballroom

Shortly after, the presentation of tournament prizes took place. These included Nearest to the Pin, Nearest to the Line as well as Most Active Participant. The prizes were presented by Mr Leonard Lee, Head of Risk Management. In the nearest to the pin category for the first weekend, the winners were: Haji Budin Abdul Rahman (No. 7), Haji Mohd Redwan (No. 9), Eric Tsang (No. 13) and Yaakub Jumat (No. 16). For the second weekend, the winners were: Pg Musa Pg Haji Mohd Jaafar (No. 7), Suwardy Haji Ahmad (No. 9), Razak Hassan (No. 13) and Pg Fakrudden (No. 16). For the nearest to the line, the winner was Azahar Haji Abd Latib (No. 8).

This was followed by the presentation of Team Event, the Junior Division as well as Ladies Division (Nett). These prizes were presented by Pg Azaleen PD Haji Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network cum Vice President of the Baiduri Masters.

Next were the presentation of Men’s Division C as well as Men’s Senior Division Prizes. The prizes were presented by Haji Haliluddin Dato Paduka Haji Talib, General Manager of Baiduri Finance cum Vice President of the Baiduri Masters.

This was followed by the presentation of prizes for Men’s Division B and Men’s Division A by Mr Andrew Young. Shortly after, the presentation of Ladies and Men’s Gross Division were presented by Mr Ti Eng Hui, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank.

The event culminated with the presentation of the coveted Baiduri Masters Green Jacket as well as the official announcement of the champion of the 24th Edition of the Baiduri Masters. Presenting the Challenge Trophy to the champion, Mohd Aritz Maldini Haji Abd Majid was Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Dr Abdul Fattaah. Mohd Aritz Maldini was also awarded a cash prize of BND1,500. Mohd Aritz Maldini concluded the tournament with a gross score of 70.

The event was also attended by sponsors, golfers as well as senior officials of the Baiduri Bank Group. The Baiduri Masters is organised by the Baiduri Bank Group with the support of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, the Minister of Health, event partners QAF Brunei, QAF Auto, QAF Eurokars and Brunei Press Sdn Bhd.



Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Defence II also participated in the Baiduri Masters 2019

Some of the participants during the two weekend event

Some of the participants during the two weekend event

Norlaili wins BIBB’s Barakah 8

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Norlaili binti Abidin was the winner of the Umrah travel package from BIBD Barakah 8

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) presented a mother of two with the winning of her lifetime after emerging as the grand prize winner of ‘Barakah 8’ campaign recently.

Norlaili binti Abidin won herself an Umrah travel package worth $25,000 through a draw in which 15 lucky finalists participated.

“I never expected to get such an opportunity throughout my banking experience with BIBD but then I got a call from the bank that I was selected for ‘Barakah 8’,” said the 51-year-old, who was ecstatic after she picked the winning number.

“Banking with BIBD has made my daily dealing easier, their facilities have helped me a lot in managing my finances and commitment. Facilities applications are also being approved timely and this is very helpful.”

Presenting the grand prize was the bank’s Head of Retail Banking, Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar.

Meanwhile prizes of the second and third round were presented by Hajah Rohani binti Hj Mohd Salleh, the bank’s Head of Sales and Alternative Channels.

Winners of the second and third round won themselves iPhone X and B&O BeoPlay A1 speakers respectively.

Throughout the campaign period, BIBD customers had the chance to win monthly prizes and were automatically entered into the grand draw to win travel packages for either Umrah or a Euro trip worth B$25,000, and other exclusive prizes.

To be eligible, customers have to subscribe to any of BIBD’s products and services or assign their salary to BIBD from July 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019. For more information on any of BIBD’s other products or services, please log on to the BIBD website at, visit your nearest BIBD branch or get in touch with the BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181.



15 people were shortlisted for BIBD’s Barakah 8 and all of them walked away with awesome consolation prizes such as the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay A1 speaker and the iPhone X

Norlaili binti Abidin with her family after the winning the grand prize

Yuslinayati driving back a Hyundai

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Yuslinayati Yusof the grand winner of Pan Bright Travel Service 5th Travel & Win a Hyundai or Birkin campaign with her family and the manage of Pan Bright Travel Service

The top three winners of the Pan Bright Travel campaign promotion

Finally the conclusion to the long campaign, again organised by Pan Bright Travel Service, where one could walk away with a Birkin bag or drive away a Hyundai Accent. Pan Bright has already become a household name in Brunei Darussalam when it comes to booking your flight tickets or your preferred travel agent. I was hoping to be short listed since I bought a few tickets from them as well but perhaps next time would be a much luckier prospect for me 🙂

Last night saw the top 15 vying for the top prize as they were already shortlisted a week prior to the grand draw. The grand prize of the Pan Bright Travel Service 5th Annual “Travel & Win a Hyundai or Birkin Promotion” 2019 was a brand new Hyundai Accent or an exclusive Hermès “Birkin” bag sponsored by the said travel agent.

On hand to present the grand prize was Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar, the Managing Proprietor of Pan Bright Travel Services. The grand winner was Yuslinayati Yusof who chose the Hyundai Accent instead of Birkin bag. Second prize went to Serine Khoo who won a trip to Melbourne while third prize went to Gary Young Chee Wai who won a trip to Seoul.

The good thing about the grand draw was that all the top 15 finalists will walk away with prizes sponsored by Baiduri Bank, Royal Brunei Airlines and Singapore Airlines. The prizes included return air tickets to Melbourne, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Tokyo, Seoul, Osaka, Beijing and Royal Skies Miles valued from 10,000 to 25,000.

Members of the media, senior management of Pan Bright Travel and other representatives from Royal Brunei Airlines, Baiduri Bank, Tourism Malaysia (Brunei) and Sabre Brunei were present to witness the event.



Second prize went to Serine Khoo who won a trip to Melbourne sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines

Third prize went to Gary Young Chee Wai who won a trip to Seoul sponsored by Singapore Airlines

Consolation winners flying on Royal Brunei destinations


Consolation winners flying on Singapore Airline destinations


The short listed draw held last week prior to the grand draw

JBoxing is back next weekend!

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Jovian Mandagie with partners of the Boxing event next week

Continuing the success of 2 consecutive years of the annual ‘Raya’ sales event, JBoxing is returning to Brunei for its third year with brand new image, bigger venue, greater deals and more options from Jovian Ready-To-Wear for people to choose from.

Taking place at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus from 26th to 28th of April 2019, 10 AM to 10 PM, the event is presented by the Bruneian powerhouse atelier and multi-label store, Bajoo Butik who remains as the Title Partner for the event and with an exclusive partnership with Jati Transport Sdn Bhd that is set to give a new reach, exposure and higher milestone.

“We have been so blessed with the overwhelming response we had received from our dearest Jovianistas in Brunei every year that without a fail, it’s the most exciting thing for us to keep coming back here. And this year, we thought we wanted to offer something bigger than what we’ve done before. New partners, new space and (of course) new collections!” –Dato’ Jovian Mandagie, Chief Executive Officer of Jovian Apparel Sdn Bhd and Creative Director of Jovian Ready-To-Wear.



Jackie Lim, founder of Bajoo Batik, with Jovian Mandagie

The crowd last night at Mercedes-Benz Autohaus

Jovian speaking to the audience

To fill a much bigger space at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus’ flagship showroom, the event will carry a range of new collections from ‘Secret Garden’, ‘Jovian x Ria Miranda’, ‘Jovian Men’, ‘Jovian x OhMostWanted’, ‘Retro Raya’ and ‘Lace Edition” from Jovian Basic Raya. Not to mention, there will Jovian Hijab Exclusive to be launched exclusively during J Boxing Brunei only.

Joining in as the official Event Partner for J Boxing, Maszalina Event Management Services is the brainwork behind this year’s event setup to ensure the best shopping experience. With over 16 years in the field, Maszalina Event Management Services has handled massive production from corporate events, wedding, sales event, annual dinner, expo, and many more.

Apart from that, J Boxing is also supported by its other main corporate partners such as Mix Media Worx as the Official Digital Media Partner, Nyonya as the Official Catering Partner and CItyneon as the Official Media Display Partner.

For this three-day event, Jovian Ready-To-Wear will give away 15 special items to 5 lucky shoppers each day, not to mention special deals and promotions that will be happening during the period of ‘Happy Hour’ that should not be missed. Prices start from as low as BND10 and discounts up to 50% on selected items.



Jovian mingling with the management of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd

Dinner at Autohaus last night

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