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.
One of the interiors inside LIVE Gallery
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
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 email@example.com for bookings or details.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The mock terrace for public viewing at Terrazzo@Tanjong Bunut
Terraces and other resident developments are on the rise now. Yes, it might be a perfect time to invest or buy in property before it rises again. The latest one that I visited recently was called Terrazzo. It’s a property development run by Precise Development under the leadership of Jake Goh.
There are 19 units, consisting of modern terrace houses and a few have been sold. Location wise, it’s pretty good, located at Tanjong Bunut, just minutes away from Hua Ho Tanjong Bunut. As you know, this area has slowly become a prime area with many recent developments.
The Terrazzo is a modern double storey terrace house. The net area is approximately 2,200 sq feet. It consists of family living area, dining area, a store, a dry kitchen, a maid room and even bathroom at the ground floor. All the bathrooms are fitted with water heater.
The whole terrace will be fully furnished as well. Every bedroom is fitted with wardrobe. For the kitchen area, there will be a stove, an oven, a hood and cabinets. For the car porch area, it can fit two cars and also inclusive of lights and fittings. The windows are fitted with white powdered coated aluminum frames with light green tinted glass.
With the recent launch from Precise Development, they are offering a house package. Which means that it comes with living area furniture, living area table, living area cabinets, dining set table, king size beed, bed tables, queen size bed, single bed, carpets and more.
For more info, you can visit their main office at Menglait – Unit No.20, Ground Floor, Bangunan Hj Hassan Abdullah, Kg. Menglait, Gadong, BSB BE3719. Or you can visit their website at precise-development.com.bn or their Facebook Page.
You can also reach them at 889 00002 or 242 0418.
The construction is expected to complete this September if I’m not mistaken
The home package will include this as well at the living/sitting area
The dry kitchen is fitted with stove, hood, oven as well
The dining area
The master bedroom
The area outside the master bedroom
One of the rooms upstairs with single bed
One of the rooms upstairs with queen bed
Bilster Technologies, subsidiary of Concepts Group of Companies with representatives from Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd during the MoU signing this morning
The signing begins for a new journey for Bilster Technologies
Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, a leader in consumer and business IT products and solutions that focuses on the “Customer-First” approach, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bilster Technologies (Brunei) this morning. As you know, Bilster Technologies is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Concept Group of Companies.
The MoU is a big milestone for Bilster Technologies as they become the only company to bring in the Brother brand to Brunei. Previously Concept Group of Companies have been involved with the service side of Brother and it’s no surprise that Brother has appointed Bilster Technologies (under the flagship of Concept Group of Companies) to be the authorized distributor for Brunei.
The MoU marks the commitment for both organizations towards a growing market as well as brand acceptance where Brother will be the brand of choice not only among home users but also to SMEs and businesses as well.
Vivian @ Norsurya Binti Hj Sabali, Business Development Executive of Bilster Technologies, Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Group of Companies, Itsuo Segawa, Country Head at Brother International Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Brian Low, Country Sales Head, Sales, Corporate of Brother International (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
Token of appreciation from Vincent Pao to Itsuo Segawa
Mingling with guests after the MoU signing
It was also Itsuo Segawa’s (Country Head at Brother International Malaysia Sdn Bhd) first visit to Brunei Darussalam and he believes this MOU is a stepping stone for a long term relationship with Bilster Technologies. He believes in Vincent Pao, the main behind Concept Group of Companies, as a reputable business partner and helping in growing the brand name of Brother in Brunei Darussalam.
Segawa shared how consumers and businesses are now looking for user-friendly, cost-efficient solutions with outstanding quality and Brother will listen to their needs and wants. This is Brother’s strength and what differentiate them from other brands.
For your info, Bilster Technologies will carry a competitive range of Brother products, from the award-winning inkjet, laser printers, multi-function centers to hand label and mobile printers.
Vincent Pao is very excited with the partnership. The General Manager of Concepts Group of Companies shared that they are delighted to be able to work with Brother, a reputable Japanese company that focuses on quality and consistency. He is very confident that Bilster Technologies will increase the awareness of Brother in Brunei and make the consumers confident on Brother products. On top of that, they also have a after-sales service centre that will benefit customers of Brother.
Congratulations once again to Bilster Technologies on the milestone.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and Minister Of Finance II exchanging documents with Mr Qiu Jian Lin, Chairman of Hengyi Company
Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd (Hengyi) yesterday reached another milestone in its progress to develop an Integrated Oil Refinery and Aromatics plant at Pulau Muara Besar with the signing of the Implementation Agreement for this project between the Energy and Industry Department, Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) as regulator, Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) as facilitator and Hengyi as project proponent respectively.
The Hengyi company Chairman, Mr Qiu Jian Lin also announced the Final Investment Decision (“FID”) for Phase 1 of this project value at USD 3.445 billion. Present as the Guest of Honour was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman Bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at Prime Minister’s Office and Minister Of Finance II, senior government officials and industry partners. The Implementation Agreement outlines amongst others, the execution requirements of the project including Hengyi’s obligations in terms of employment and business opportunities to the country and its people.
During the peak construction phase, 10,000 workforce is required in which no less than 5,000 job opportunities will be opened to locals. During the operation phase, Hengyi will employ 971 permanent workforce and over 75% locals during its operation. This is part of Hengyi’s commitment to support local jobs, local content and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country. Further, the Implementation Agreement highlights Hengyi’s obligation on health, safety and environment (HSE) requirements for the protection of Hengyi’s employees, contractors and the community.
The Hengyi plant will process annually approximately 8 million tonnes (175,000 barrels per day) of crude and condensate and produce approximately 1.5 million tonnes of paraxylene, 500,000 tonnes of benzene as well as refined products such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel. The plant will ensure Brunei Darussalam’s self-sufficiency in refined products and boost spinoffs for further high value-added downstream industries.
My thoughts: It’s good to see more Foreign Direct Investment coming in to Brunei. It’s a good sign for the country that we can have more source of revenue than relying merely on oil and gas. I believe this project has been pending for quite some time as it’s never easy to deal with multi billion project. Many talks and agreements will need to go through between the shareholders and relevant agencies to make sure it’s a win-win situation.
So this is a big milestone for Hengyi Industries in Brunei Darussalam after a long delay. I do hope all the sub contracting companies involved in this project will open doors for more employment in Brunei Darussalam. Do also watch out for Hengyi Industries website for career opportunities.