Twice a month salary to benefit Brunei

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New salary scheme to be introduced for government servants in their pilot initiative for those under Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance by January 2018
 

I heard of the rumour a few weeks ago from a reliable source and yesterday’s briefing by Ministry of Finance confirmed that there will be a pilot initiative of twice-monthly salary payment starting January 2018. The first phase will be introduced to the officers and staffs under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance.

The briefing took place at two venues at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance led by Dato Paduka Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, The Permanent Secretary (Policy and Investment) at the Ministry of Finance and Dayang Norliah binti Haji Kula, The Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the Ministry of Finance respectively.

The briefing discussed on the reasons on why the bi-monthly salary is being implemented. Firstly it is to enhance the effectiveness of officers’ and staff’s cash flow management when it comes to spending on their daily needs. This will encourage them to facilitate their spending plans. Secondly, it will help to sustain the commercial and economic activities happening in Brunei Darussalam. This will also help to increase the domestic spending and make the economy more resilient than before.

With the execution of the new initiative at the said ministries, this will enable the Treasury Department to assess and carry out feedback to ensure that the Computerised Payroll System and Daily Paid System are running smoothly.

 


Dato Paduka Ahmaddin bin Haji Abd Rahman, The Permanent Secretary (Policy and Investment) at the Ministry of Finance briefing officers and staff at Prime Minister’s Office yesterday.
 


The audience at the Prime Minister’s Office
 


The audience at the Prime Minister’s Office
 

Under the two ministries, the ones who will undergo the new system are officers and staff who hold permanent, contractual, monthly, open-vote and daily-paid status and also whose salaries are disbursed through the Treasury Department.

It was mentioned that those under the i-Ready Scheme and Capacity Buidling Centre will not be affected by the new initiative. Other exemptions are those under Service Pensions, Old Age Pension Allowance, Welfare Assistance and Allowance for the Disabled to name a few.

The financial institutions (banks and such) provide support to the initiative as they will divide into two payments of personal loans, housing loans, car purchasing loans and other loans which would mean that the salary deductions for loan payments would be applied twice a month.

If you are still unclear or need more information, you can visit www.mof.gov.bn or call their landline at 2383444. Images courtesy of MOF.

 


Dayang Norliah binti Haji Kula, The Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the Ministry of Finance briefing the officers and staff at Ministry of Finance
 


The audience at the Ministry of Finance
 

Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards

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The winners of the Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards with the organisers and supporters of the event which was held last Friday, 3rd November 2017 at Progresif Headquarters Townhall, Gadong

The inaugural Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards (BRBSA) celebrated the winners last Friday, 3rd November at Progresif Headquarters Townhall, Gadong.

The top nominations for the night were judged by local panellist that are active in the development of the local startup community. The nominees underwent rigorous judging before the top ones were chosen.

Paul Taylor, CEO of Progresif, opened the awards night with his welcoming remarks followed by an introduction of the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (ARBSA) by Rubi-Ain Dahlan, Project Director of ARBSA, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur to attend the event.

“It is hoped that with this award and initiatives alike, we will be able to grow the Startup community considerably in the short future. We would like to see that entrepreneurship is seen as a first choice career option and not just as a last resort. We hope that BRBSA will able to assist in changing that mindset in our generation today,” said Charlotte Lim, Lead Organiser.

 

 


Paul Taylor, CEO of Progresif, giving his welcoming remarks to the audience
 


Rubi-Ain Dahlan, Director of ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards and Shamir C.Abdullah, Head of Sponsorship, ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards, sharing the benefits for the winners of each category
 


Some of the perks for the winners
 


Rubi-Ain Dahlan presented to the Startup of the Year to Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd and received by founder Vanessa Teo. She was the biggest winner of the night with two awards. She was truly grateful towards her awesome team and also her family in supporting her business. Congratulations 😀
 


Radi El-Fassed, Progresif’s Head of Product Development, presented the Founder of the Year award and Vanessa Teo was the recipient
 

The awards night proceeded with its main event, starting off with awarding the Best Newcomer, presented by Shamir C.Abdullah, Head of Sponsorship, ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards followed by Best Social Impact Startup presented byPg Sarimah (Startup Hub), and continuing on with Yazid Azahari, Senior Project Manager at Microsoft (Brunei) who presented the winner of Best E-Commerce Startup. The fourth category was presented by Progresif’s Head of Product Development, Radi El-Fassed. Just before the final award was given out, there was a performance by Brunei’s very own Tropical Hornbills with two of their original numbers. Finally, the Startup of The Year was presented by ARBSA’s very own Rubi Ain-Dahlan

The winners received trophies which were 3D-printed, specially flew in from Kuala Lumpur, events ticket to the ARBSA in December of this year.

“It is not always you get to take part in celebrating innovation and innovative ideas, let alone giving out awards to them,” said Afiq Mohammed, Project Manager. “The categories were selected according to the volume of startups in those categories. This is also an indicator of where Brunei is with effect to its startup scene. I believe that BRBSA will be seen more than an event, but rather something to look forward to. Moreover, we believe that the award is to recognise the blood, sweat and tears of the humans behind the brands. We hope that there will be more companies up for nominations in the next edition and at the same time, more categories to be opened up.”

The event was made possible by the support of BRBSA’s Strategic Partner, Progresif, and DARe as Ecosystem Partner.

 

 


Yazid Azahari, Senior Project Manager at Microsoft (Brunei) presented to Best e-Commerce/Supply Chain Startup and Danny Sii tung Yang, founder of buycour.com won the award.
 


Danny came up with the idea since his family runs a forward company and it made sense that he was able to facilitate in terms of purchasing items online especially from China. He also plans to do local deliveries. He is also amazed how many customers are starting to make use of e-commerce in Brunei.
 

TOP NOMINEES

Startup of the Year – Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd (winner), Al-Huffaz Management, Weekend Warriors, Sparkly Domestic Divas, Headhunter Sports, Shineblingz Enterprise and Lyfe Media.
Founder of the Year –  Firdaus Omar Faezal Murni, Hadi, Haji Mohammad Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan,Vanessa Teo (winner), Yusuf Flynn, Shinny Chia and Haji Muhammad Fahmi bin Lasa.
Best Social Impact Startup – Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd, Heartwrite Co., Al-Huffaz Management (winner), Big BWN Cookout, Weekend Warriors and Sparkly Domestic Divas.
Best e-Commerce/Supply Chain Startup – Buycour Brunei (winner), JiFEE Technologies Sdn Bhd, Headhunter Sports, Nuara Group, Diyretrofurniture, Juste Leather Co and Al-Huffaz Management.
Best Newcomer –  Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd, Weekend Warriors, Lyfe Media, Al-Huffaz Management, Shineblingz Enterprise and Heartwrite Co., Headhunter Sport (winner)

 

 


Yusuf Flynn, founder of Headhunter Sport claimed the Best Newcomer Award being presented by Shamir C.Abdullah, Head of Sponsorship, ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards
 


Haji Mohammad Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan receiving his award for Best Social Impact Startup for his company, Al-Huffaz Management from Pg Sarimah (Startup Hub)
 


The winners of the Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards
 


Pranika and I enjoyed the one hour event
 

LIVE Gallery Open Day

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With the representatives from Moh Hack & Partners, Valor Property and Syensai Design & Co during the lunch media awareness
 

Finally, a new concept to look forward to in Brunei Darussalam. More like an open concept which is something new and refreshing. It’s called LIVE Gallery, the latest commercial project by Design Architect & Project Producer, Moh Hack & Partners. Their vision is simple – to become the first one-stop construction, lifestyle design and home concept store under one roof.

Currently Moh Hack & Partners are in collaboration with their marketing team; Valor Property (the popular real estate in Brunei) and Syensai Design & Co. Guess what? They will be hosting an Open Day for LIVE Gallery this coming Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November from 10am to 4pm at Spg 388 at Jalan Pasir Berakas.

According to Moh Hack the founder of Moh Hack & Partners, he wanted to provide a different concept for businesses and startups especially in the retail industry that an open concept of retailing in reaching out their customers. The non-traditional approach of owning a retail shop may benefit SMEs and startups as capital costs will be lowered. You don’t have to worry about major renovations and such. There will be consultants to assist the customers to their needs and wants relating to home products.

Well, you want to find out more, do pay them a visit this weekend.

 

 

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One of the interiors inside LIVE Gallery
 

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The showroom is strategically located close to major residential areas and Muara-Tutong Highway. Hence it has fantastic potential to attract customers. It is a 4 storey with a net area of 60,000 sq feet, furnished with a reception area, escalator, lifts, loading bays, a cargo lift, ample parking spaces and many others.

Moreover, the showroom includes facilities such as an event hall, seminar room, interaction areas as well as information counter. The open concept of the building space offers a unique experience and also flexibility for potential tenants for rent from as little as 200 sq feet.

LIVE Gallery Business and Retail Categories include Architectural & Design Solutions, Home Improvement & Interior, Outdoor Fixtures & Landscaping, Office Products & Solutions, Electrical Appliances & Lightings, Décor, Furniture & Furnishings, Living & Lifestyle Products, Food & Beverages outlet and any related products and service businesses.

In addition, the in-house marketing team will actively market the showroom such as creating monthly events and workshops offering the public with curated experiences specifically in the home and lifestyle arena.

Interested businesses can call 729 0969 or 877 4213 for RSVP for this weekend’s Open Day or you can follow their IG at @live.gallery

 

Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd

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Have you heard of Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd? It’s one of the logistics company that offers door to door services and it aims to provide total logistics solutions to their valued customers.

You don’t have to worry as much as they cover your freighting matters, logistics, distribution and supply chain solutions. If you run a company, Sivli Logistics also offer you as a long term business partner. I suggest you check them out as they offer pretty competitive rates.

They also have a great team to look into your logistics needs. They provide consultations and updates to tailor to your needs. The team is also very open to ideas as it will be invaluable when it comes to sparking ideas for improvement and innovation.

So what kind of services do Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd offer?

Sea, Air And Land Freight Matters
(LCL, FCL & Conventional Modes)

Door To Door Freight Forwarding Services
(Free Survey And Price Estimation!)

LCL, FCL, Break Bulk Cargoes Clearance At Port

Air Cargoes Clearance At Airport

Import / Export Arrangements

Rental Of Transportation Services

Personal Effects Packing And Door To Door Delivery

Air Courier Arrangements

Manpower Supply

Warehousing

 

 


Check out the list of services they offer
 

 

There are a few companies that have already engaged with Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd and they are quite happy with their rates and services. One of the corporate companies distributes phone accessories having been using Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd service for a few months now. So Sivli Logistics is also looking for new partners to work with and do reach them and learn what they have to offer.

Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd is pretty strong when it comes logistics between China and Brunei as they do frequent shipping in a month to deliver their goods to their customers. Another advantage is that Sivli Logistics owns a huge warehouse in China for the convenience of their customers in terms of safety and security reasons.

They are also very ethical with their pricing and be transparent with their customers with the prices. As a token of appreciation for Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd customers, they will be offering special waiver fees with a promotional code from my blog and social media. Do check out their website at www.sivlilogistics.com for details. They also have a Facebook Page for your convenience.

So are you ready to partner with Sivli Logistics, your preferred logistics partner? Call +673 2654478  for details.

 

 


The logistics team unloading the item from the port
 


The logistics team taking care of the items upon arrival at Brunei port
 

 


Click banner to enter website
 

Now speaking forwarding company, Sivli Logistics have also a sister company that deals with online shopping. It’s good to know that online shopping is getting pretty popular in Brunei Darussalam and about time to. In the past few years, not many were confident on paying things online and hence online shopping didn’t had much progress.

It was nice to know that Sivli Logistics created an e-commerce website called J3smart.com and it was launched earlier this year to give more shopping options for Brunei consumers.

There are items that might be of interest to locals as I had a quick browse on their e-commerce portal. The best part of shopping with J3smart.com are that 1) they are very efficient in their delivery (within a week) 2) the items are pretty competitive and cheap as compared to others and 3) they also provide warranty which brings confidence to the customers.

You can even buy things such as furniture as well. Amazing!! The other best thing about J3smart.com is that the fact that you can ask them to shop for you if the particular item you are looking for is not available on the website. All you have to do is send them an image of the product and its details and let them to the shopping for you.

So what are you waiting for? Ready to shop to the next level?

 


Many benefits shopping with J3smart.com
 


Some of the items available to order
 

Inspire to Launch Masterclass Series

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Shaun Hoon, the founder of Inspire magazine, will be sharing a compilation of the most powerful stories and lessons learned from the publications
 

Inspire will be launching the first of the 8 Masterclass Series starting Monday, 18th September, for the next 4 weeks. The organizer will be kicking off with the title on “The Art of Selling” by sharing about why the top sales professionals succeed, and interesting observations such as the similarities and differences between selling a pair of $100 shoes and a $1 million oversea property from personal experience.

The Masterclass Series will be conducted by Shaun Hoon, the founder of Inspire magazine, who will be sharing a compilation of the most powerful stories and lessons learned from the publications. According to Shaun, this is an initiative to help counter the wary mindset faced by business owners today, who are going through the current economic challenges. Shaun noted: “We can either sit there and whine about the situation, or come together to remove the scarcity mindset through education and collective thinking.”

What makes these Masterclasses unique is that unlike academic studies, they do not engage in discussing theories or hypotheticals. “Each Masterclass is guided by powerful stories of success and failures, for students to gain from the strategies that worked and learn through the lessons from prior mistakes, to level up their game.” According to Shaun.

“It is my objective to conduct these Masterclasses in a small, intimate setting to create the perfect conditions to help attendees to broaden and foster a growth mindset through two ways interactions, whilst being supported by likeminded people that will encourage and make each other accountable for succeeding.” He further added.

These Masterclasses are for the people whom the organizer describes as “the students of life”, those who want to find purpose and give meaning to their work, change the world for the better and those who are serious about lifting their games.

What attendees are expected to Learn from these Masterclasses include:

• How to be a masterful communicator.
• How successful people think and function.
• How to create business opportunities out of nothing.
• The life skills required to overcome any adversity.
• How to discover your value, and life purpose and how you can make a difference.

According to Shaun, what makes these Masterclasses valuable are not just the lessons from his own experiences, but some of the sharing of the most powerful stories and strategies used by the most successful people whom he interviewed in Brunei and around the world for Inspire magazine. Some of them includes: Robert Kiyosaki, Fan Bingbing, Marshall Goldsmith, Shila Amzah, Dato Timothy Ong and Wu Chun.

The organiser will be giving out 5 complimentary slots for each session to students and individuals who are financially strapped. You can download the full details about the Masterclasses at www.YesInspire.com/training. There are limited seats on each section and you can contact 717 4286 or email shaun@catalyst.com.bn for bookings or details.

 

 

 

 

Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam established

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Press release from the Prime Minister’s Office. By command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the Prime Minister’s Office hereby announces that His Majesty has consented to the establishment of the Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam, an independent body that is mandated to promote business competition in Brunei Darussalam economic landscape through the enforcement of the Competition Order 2015.

His Majesty the Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam has also consented to the appointment of Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Eddie bin Dato Paduka Haji Sunny as the Chairman of the Competition Commission, together with six members of the Commission. The members are Yang Mulia Awang Haji Mohammad Azmi bin Haji Mohd Hanifah, the Permanent Secretary (Industry) at Prime Minister’s Office; Yang Mulia Dr Awang Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin, the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; Yang Mulia Awang Haji Abdullah Soefri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, the Assistant Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s Chamber, Prime Minister’s Office; Yang Mulia Director General of Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE), Prime Minister’s Office; Yang Mulia Awang Mohammad Harris bin Brigadier Jeneral (B) Dato Paduka Haji Ibrahim, Head of FDI Action and Support Centre (FAST) Division, Prime Minister’s Office; and Yang Mulia Dr Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Global Affairs), Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The establishment of the Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam and the appointments of the Chairman and members of Commission are effective from 08 Zulkaedah 1438H corresponding 01 August 2017M.

The objective of the Competition Order 2015 is to promote and maintain fair and healthy competition to enhance market efficiency and consumer welfare in Brunei Darussalam. In line with this, the Competition Commission will oversee and act on competition matters as mandated in the Order. This includes adjudicating anticompetitive cases and imposing penalties on companies found to infringe the Competition Order 2015.

The Competition and Consumer Affairs Department is established under the Department of Economic Planning and Development, to serve the Competition Commission as their investigative and administrative arms. The Department is also responsible in carrying out functions such as advocacy, receiving complaints and conducting market reviews.

Before the enforcement of the Order, a transitional period will be introduced. The transitional period will phase in after advocacy work in familiarizing and developing a competition-aware culture in Negara Brunei Darussalam has been carried out.

The Competition Order 2015 will be enforced in phases starting with the prohibition of anti-competitive agreements and practices. This phased approach serves to give all parties sufficient time to prepare for the orderly enforcement of this Order.

The introduction of the Competition Order 2015 and the establishment of Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam underscores the efforts of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam in achieving a sustainable economic growth in line with the economic goals of Wawasan Brunei 2035. It also signifies the commitment of Brunei’s Government in fulfilment of the goals of the ASEAN Economic Community. The Competition Order 2015 is intended to address any competition-related concerns and maintain proper functioning of markets, provide certainty and enhance investors’ confidence, as well as an important safety net that safeguards the interest of local business players and consumer welfare.

Living Nest impresses at Startup Weekend Brunei

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Javed Ahmad, CEO of Darussalam Enterprise, mingling with the participants of the Startup Weekend Brunei last Sunday
 

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The participants during the Startup Weekend Brunei
 

Now, how I wish we can have more of this in Brunei.. I’ve attended many sessions in terms of grooming presenters and pitchers when it comes to presenting business ideas. It’s never an easy feat if you are new but once you get the hang of it or master it, you will enjoy it even more.

The event known as Startup Weekend Brunei was organised by young, vibrant bunch from the Creative Core BN and the event was held at the Progresif Headquarters Event Hall. Basically Startup Weekend is a 54-hour entrepreneur workshop and the goal is to create an an environment where passionate people can come together and have an experiential education on all things startup from networking, collaborating and exposing potentials to see real results from idea to action.

Sometimes I wish I can still be part of it as my mind is still boiling with ideas and I also realised how I love the business side of things and always open to opportunities if given. Hence this platform given by Startup Weekend is an excellent platform and only given in a space of 3 days in translating your ideas into a business pitch.

The responses were pretty good as they had commendable sign ups for the said event. Last Sunday was the final day of the 54-hour entrepreneur week where six teams had to deliver their ideas and its lucrativeness to entice the judges to buy their ideas.

The panel of 3 judges were Radi El-Fassed the Head of Product Development Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Rahimah Yussof thr Co-Manager and WTM Lead, Google Developer Group Brunei and lastly Hamdi Matussin (NJ) Creative Director, Mixmediaworx.

The winner of the Startup Weekend Brunei was team Living Nest. They were awarded with a return flight to Kuala Lumpur and also attend the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards.

Second place went to team Do Good which was my favourite of the lot while team Nakhoda came third place.

I love this see more of this and I hope other stakeholders can take note on conducting a successful event like how the Creative Core BN has done for the Startup Weekend Brunei. This is also a good awareness program to urge the youth that entrepreneurship shouldn’t be taken lightly or even as a last resort.

The inaugural weekend long workshop was made possible by support mainly from Progresif Cellular, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam and Darussalam Enterprise. Keep up the good work.

 

 

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I was impressed with Team Do Good
 

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Amy Wong showing their model of their app “Do Good”
 

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The winner of the Startup Weekend Brunei – Team Living Nest
 

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Another young entrepreneur showcasing their product
 

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A toastmasters member, Jidun Dollah, sharing about booking property online
 

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Ideas and more ideas
 

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The judges -Radi El-Fassed the Head of Product Development Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd,Hamdi Matussin (NJ) Creative Director, Mixmediaworx and Rahimah Yussof thr Co-Manager
 

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Team Nakhoda came third
 

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Have you tried Stuart’s Articulation workshop? Highly recommended. 
 

Maybank Brunei wins Best SME Bank again

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Lim Yu Kwang, the Country Head & General Manager for Maybank Brunei, Bobby Sia, Head of Business & Transaction Banking and Woo Chang Huei, Product and Marketing Strategy during the press conference
 

Maybank Brunei has been recognised as the ‘Best Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Bank, Brunei 2017’ instituted by Capital Finance International, United Kingdom. This marks the second time Maybank Brunei has received the award, with the first being in 2015. The milestone was addressed during a press conference last weekend.

According to the judges’ remarks from Capital Finance International, being the only fully localised foreign bank in the country, Maybank Brunei is fully integrated with the Brunei business community and maintains a vast network of contacts that keep the bank abreast of developments and allow it to help SMEs grow and prosper.

Maybank Brunei’s Head of Business Banking & Transaction Banking, Bobby Sia said, “Despite the challenging business environment, Maybank Brunei achieved a double digit growth in its profit before tax (PBT) for 2016 and will be looking to further build its SMEs presence in the Brunei financial market.

“Winning this award again is a testimony of our commitment to the market as well as our capabilities to leverage our position as the only fully localised foreign bank in Brunei,” he added.

 

 


Congratulations on the milestone, Maybank Brunei
 


The certificate for their achievement
 


Maybank Brunei has new conference rooms for future training sessions.
 

The recognition comes close on the heels of the bank receiving the ‘Fastest Growing Bank, Brunei 2016’ accolade from Global Banking and Finance Review, UK for the second consecutive year last year and Maybank Brunei is looking to repeat the feat again in 2017.

Lim Yu Kwang, the Country Head & General Manager for Maybank Brunei said, “Maybank Brunei has been operating in Brunei for the past 57 years. We are a full-fledged bank providing full retail and commercial banking products and services in Brunei. We have a team of dedicated and experienced staff who are committed to serve the needs of our clients.

“We are truly an Asean bank with presence in all 10 member countries with well-established networks. We understand Asean markets better than most of our peers. On top of that, our presence has also been extended to other markets out of the Asean region such as China, Hong Kong, London and New York to name a few.”

Maybank Brunei will strive to continue its strong performance which it has accomplished evidently in recent years and work towards providing better products, solutions and exemplary services to its clients.

Maybank Brunei also hinted on having an online banking after receiving positive feedback from their customers.

Also present at the press conference was Woo Chang Huei, Product and Marketing Strategy for Maybank Brunei.

 

ZA Barakah Pop Up Sale

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Hj Omar Abdul Aziz and Siti Rashidah Hassan, co-owners of ZA Barakah with their children during the launch of the pop up event at The Mall
 


Siti Rashidah Hassan officially launching the pop up sale event
 

It has been three years since the company has been in fashion/lifestyle industry. ZA Barakah boutique started since 1st February 2014, managed by Hj Omar Abdul Aziz and Siti Rashidah Hassan. Due to their success, the entrepreneurs have also ventured into tailoring under ZA Tailor (hint, hint for those who wants to do their Baju Melayu or Baju Kurung for Raya).

Yesterday they launched a pop-up event leading into Hari Raya, having a concept of a modern Muslimah, showcasing some local and international brands. Do expect items such as Hijab, Jubbah and kids versions from Malaysia (Shazzmin, Dezahra and Julia Betty).

Perhaps the two major brands that are being showcased and sold are MochaFashion and LilyPetuna. Do check them out as they do look quite elegant and affordable.

Lily Petuna brand has a Pario concept, design that suits the modern era and ZA Barakah has made it easier for the locals to have access to their products. The same could be said for Mocha Fashion that has different range for ladies, kids and also men (top). Do expect great quality from both popular brands.

ZA Barakah is also the sole distributor for Capster (Hijab Sport) from the Netherlands. The brand has sold over 1,000 pieces alone in Brunei and that shows how popular Capster is.

Apart from that, ZA Barakah is also a distributor for Nashata Sports ranging from tops and pants for the ladies. The brand hails from Malaysia.

The pop up event is located on the 1st floor of The Mall, Gadong (near the escalator above Chang Ein Hong) and it will be there for the week. Do follow them on instagram @za_barakah for updates.

 

 


Some of the ranges from Lily Petuna
 


Mocha Fashion also have range for the men
 


Some of the children lines from Julia Betty
 

 

 

 

 

 

Aman Hills Residence

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Pen this date. Well, pen this month – August 2017. Why? Because a new shopping centre is coming to town.  You may have been familiar with my updates on social media that Aman Hills is near its completion in a few months’ time. Awesome, huh?

The new shopping area called the Aman Hills Shopping Centre offers a plenty of varieties, notably recreational facilities such as an ice-skating ring, bowling and premium cinemas. Of course, there are standard commercial shops to rent out.

But today, I’m gonna focus just on Aman Hills Residence (apartments). This is the first ever integrated development which compromises of apartment and a shopping centre. The common one we have seen are hotels and shopping malls being integrated. Hence, it’s something different to have an apartment and a shopping centre next to each other.

 

 

Aman Hills Shopping Centre & Residence

 

Staying in apartments is relatively a new concept in Brunei but it’s a common practice in neighbouring countries. Aman Hills Residence gives a different experience to owners or renters. Everything is just at your finger tips – a cozy apartment, a shopping mall for grocery shopping needs and more, easier access to entertainment such as heading for the movies, heading for recreational activities such as ice skating and bowling and not to forget a wide variety of eatery places to dine. Yes, you will be definitely be spoilt for choices within walking distance from your apartment.

I have just shared you one of the perks of being an occupant at Aman Hills Residence. Well, actually there are a few plus points if you go beyond than renting a space at Aman Hills Residence. There are also options for investing in Aman Hills Residence.

In other countries, apartments have been a preferred choice than (renting) houses. This demand is notable among higher income group and it has become a trend, a lifestyle worldwide. Introducing this new concept in Brunei, investors who are interested in buying rental properties, this is the best time to invest to cater to the new trend and lifestyle for families and residents in Brunei Darussalam.

During my short visit during their showcase, I’ve noticed how young families are opened to the idea of investing in apartments due to the returns of investment. Investors can benefit 5% per annum rental income which is guaranteed for 5 years and furthermore, this plan is also available to foreigners. So basically you can be a landlord and earn a 5% guaranteed rental returns per year for 5 years and to add to that, you will get 5 years free maintenance fee.
The price range starts from BND 288,000 for a two bedroom apartment which I feel it’s a good deal to begin with. Aman Hills Residence have up to four bedroom apartment.

Apartment residents will enjoy a dedicated covered car park with security access, modern amenities such as a well equipped gym and swimming pool, maintenance and not forgetting the access to shops and dining places.

I believe the maintenance and cleaning needs are vital when it comes to rental. These are the major perks for residence of Aman Hills and these allow occupants to focus more on important matters and have a peace of mind.

Now for the month of June 2017, Aman Hills Residence is having a special promotion with a few units left. They are having a special deal that if you sign up for the three-bedroom package, it comes with a new Proton Saga or Proton Exora depending on the package. Check out the poster for more details. Contact +673-8827887 for more details.

The Aman Hills Properties Management, PROLAND, has been very active in promoting the apartments and shopping complex. For more information, you can contact 882 7887 for details and you can also follow them on instagram @amanhills_brunei for updates. They also have their official Facebook Page if you want to follow.

 

 


Aman Hills Residence
 


Aman Hills Shopping Centre should be ready by August
 


The progress so far
 

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