Bruneian appointed as ASEAN secretary-general

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Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi appointed as the new ASEAN Secretary-General as it was at the 31st ASEAN summit in Manila, Philippines last week. Image taken from apec.org
 


H.E. Ambassador Motohiko Kato paid a courtesy call to Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (right) and shared opinions on bilateral economic issues and other issues. Image taken from http://www.bn.emb-japan.go.jp

Lim Jock Hoi, a seasoned diplomat of Brunei Darussalam, will be helming the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, following last night’s announcement by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Lee confirmed Lim’s appointment as the next ASEAN secretary-general on Tuesday evening during a speech to mark the start of Singapore’s chairmanship of the 10-nation bloc in 2018.

Lim, a permanent secretary at the Brunei Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry, will take on his new role in January to replace current ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh of Vietnam. Minh will conclude his five-year term at the end of this year.

Lee expressed his gratitude to the outgoing ASEAN Secretary-General in Tuesday’s closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit, held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

He said that Singapore, which takes over as ASEAN chair from current host the Philippines, looked forward to working closely with Lim and the ASEAN Secretariat to strengthen community-building efforts.

Lim entered the Brunei government in 1977, having served in foreign affairs and trade roles. Most recently, he was Brunei’s chief negotiator in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade talks until its conclusion in 2015.

Media reports say Lim’s experience will help push forward negotiations on the ASEAN-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade pact that rivals the TPP and is set to conclude next year.

In running the Secretariat, Lim will be responsible for overseeing a staff of about 300 and managing more than 1,000 ASEAN meetings each year.

The ASEAN secretary-general is appointed by the ASEAN summit for a non-renewable term of five years, selected from among the ASEAN member states based on alphabetical rotation.

From what I heard: Apparently the ASEAN Secretary-General has a higher rank than the our own ministers in Brunei Darussalam. That’s an interesting thought. His position will also require a lot of traveling as his capacity as the ASEAN Secretary-General. I wish you the best and congratulations for being appointed by the Brunei Government to be the ASEAN Secretary-General.

 

 


Dato Roderick Yong was the 7th Secretary-General of #ASEAN and the first from Brunei. He served from 1986-1989. Image taken from @ASEAN twitter
 

Briefing for Umrah pilgrims by At-Taqwa

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Pg Hj Mohd Rosdimar, Manager Director of At-Taqwa Travel Tours, gave his welcoming remarks to the Umrah pilgrims at Al-Falaah School at Sg. Akar earlier this morning
 

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Pg Hj Mohd Rosdimar with the officers for the December Umrah at the briefing
 

This morning, At-Taqwa Travel Tours Sdn Bhd held a briefing for their umrah pilgrims who will be performing their umrah this coming December. Around 400 pilgrims will be heading to Madinah and Makkah under the care of At-Taqwa Travel Tours Sdn Bhd and they will be flying in different batches from 2nd December to the final batch on 28th December 2017. I shall be flying off on the as the third batch on 9th December 2017 Inshaa Allah.

The briefing was held at Al-Falaah School at Sg. Akar where representatives from At-Taqwa Travels Tour and their liaison officers (logistics team) were present as well as a representative from Takaful Brunei. Manager Director of At-Taqwa Travel Tours Pg Hj Mohd Rosdimar Pg Hj Omarali gave a welcoming remarks to the pilgrims after a blessing prayer by Ustaz Abdus Salam.

Pg Hj Mohd Rosdimar was very appreciative of At-Taqwa Travel Tours’ pilgrims in trusting in their service. He mentioned that this is the second year that At-Taqwa Travel Tours are organising Umrah for the residents of Brunei Darussalam. The response has been very encouraging and he believes that the company’s core values – efficient, reliable, quality and service – will be instrumental to the growth and success of At-Taqwa Travel Tours. He believes that providing real service, we must add something which is priceless or not measurable. He also instill the value of sincerity and integrity in At-Taqwa Travel Tours.

The briefing was led by Pengiran Fakhrulrazi bin Pengiran Haji Omarali, the Head of the Haji and Umrah Department. Accompanying him were  Awangku Mohd Nassiruddeen bin Pengiran Haji Yussof, the Chief Financial Officer and Haji Shamsul Bahrin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, the Chief Operating Officer and a representative from Takaful Brunei. There was also a brief ceramah by Ustaz Hj Khairul Nazif.

The briefing touched on preparation for the pilgrims such as bringing the appropriate documents, wearing appropriate attire and the dos and the donts while in the Holy land. The briefing was useful in prepping the pilgrims for their upcoming Umrah pilgrimage and some of the audience were given opportunities to ask questions.

The pilgrims were also handed over a luggage, powerbank, pillow neck and a bottle as a token of appreciation from At-Taqwa Travel Tours Sdn Bhd.

Next week there will be another briefing for the pilgrims where there will be given a practical demo on Umrah such as Tawaf and Saie to be held at Sg. Kebun Sports Complex.

This is a good initiative by At-Taqwa Travel Tours Sdn Bhd to give more added value to their customers in preparation for Umrah. For more updates, you can follow their instagram @at_taqwa_travel_tours or you can call, 243 1234 or 719 1676. Some images courtesy of Sazali Ariff and whatsapp.

 

 

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Some of the attendees this morning
 

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Some of the 400 plus pilgrims attended the briefing
 

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The briefing led by Pengiran Fakhrulrazi bin Pengiran Haji Omarali
 

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Haji Shamsul Bahrin gave some information on the preparation for Umrah
 

 

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Ustaz Abdus Salam leading the prayers
 

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There will be 8 batches flying with At-Taqwa Travel Tour
 

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DJ Daffy and Sazali Ariff will be flying for Umrah too
 

 

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The hardworking officers from At-Taqwa Travel Tour
 

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Ustaz Hj Khairul Nazif will be heading for Umrah in December
 

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Ustaz Hj Abd Kahar will also be flying for Umrah in December
 

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Ustaz Abdus Salam will also be heading for Madinah and Makkah this December
 

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Mr. Aziz in the house
 

 

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I will helping with social media updates on At-Taqwa Travel Tours
 

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With the officers for December batch
 

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The goodies for the December pilgrims. Awesome stuff 😀
 

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Our luggage model, DJ Daffy
 

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Pilgrims receiving their token of appreciation from At-Taqwa Travel Tour
 

brunei.events – a portal like Time Out

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in his welcoming remarks during the launch of brunei.events portal
 
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The guest of honour with other stakeholders under Brunei Festival 2017
 

Who says that Brunei has nothing to offer especially during the holiday period? According to Yang Mulia Awang Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, there are plenty of events to look forward to and not necessarily those who are traveling during the holidays will be away for the whole of December. Hence there are enough activities for the residents of Brunei Darussalam to enjoy from late November to December 2017.

Yesterday marked the launch of the www.brunei.events, a portal and application for tourism services for the general public as well as incoming tourists to be aware of any events in Brunei Darussalam. So what kind of events will be posted? There will be events such as roadshows, exhibitions, conferences, cultural activities, festivals and workshops. Just imagine it as the Time Out version of Brunei Darussalam.

The portal which will be available soon for mobile apps is a collaboration with Brunei Tourism Board, Progresif Cellular and Mixmediaworx.

The official launch took place at the Tourism Information Centre, Galeri Sini at the Royal Wharf and it was graced by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.

Some of the main events lined up for December includes Brunei Film Blitz, Brunei E-Sports Tournament, Muslim Youth Camp, The Alpha Race, The Autofest, The Superwoman Run, Spotlight finals, Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017, International Food Fair and not to forget the Bandarkuceria in all districts.

Wardi highlighted that this will be a yearly calendar for the upcoming Brunei December Festival. He hopes the objective of this event is to spur the growth of international tourist arrivals to Brunei Darussalam and also by having a yearly event, this will hope for a repeat participation from current vendors. Having these events in Brunei will also help to stimulate the domestic growth within the economy.

 

 

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Also in attendance were Foreign Dignitaries
 

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YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali bin Apong visited the organiser of the Superwoman Run slated for December
 

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Siti Kaprawi briefing the minister on Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017
 

 

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Suherdy bin Suli, Managing Director of Andika Samudera Event Management will be organising a Hotwheel Bike and Car Show from 29th to 31st December
 

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The BMW X5 cars will be the official car for Brunei Festival 2017
 

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Traditional music is always soothing to the ears
 

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How the portal looks like. Click image to find out more.
 

The Royal Procession

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri on the Royal Carriage to mark the 50 years of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne last Thursday, 5th October 2017. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam waving to the public who showed up to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


Image courtesy of Infofoto
 

The Golden Jubilee Procession marks the glorious history of 50 years of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s reign. The historic moment is a sharing of experiences between the people as well as becoming the main focus of foreigners as well as through the broad international media coverage in bringing the procession closer to them.

The historic ceremony witnessed His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri in the procession around Bandar Seri Begawan on the Royal Carriage.

The resounding beats of the hadrah, enlivened the atmosphere of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri’s arrival. Five hundred combined participants from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs were involved in the hadrah performance.

More than 22 thousand students from 2 hundred and 16 education institutions from the Ministry of Education Ministry of Religious Affairs and private institutions, waved flags along the route from Istana Nurul Iman until the road in front of the Bandar Seri Begawan Fire Station. The involvement of the students comprising teenagers, in the celebration is a reflection of their love for the monarch.

His Majesty’s characteristic of being the People’s Monarch is difficult to be expressed in words, as His Majesty said in his titah earlier, that when the monarch is happy, hence the people too have a right to rejoice and when he is grateful, therefore the people should also be grateful. The joyousness of the celebration clearly shows the strong ties between the monarch and his subjects.

The cheerful atmosphere is visible here in the Fire and Rescue Station area in the capital, as the starting point of the Ceremonial Procession around Bandar Seri Begawan of this Grand Celebration. It is evident of the love and loyalty of the people towards the monarch and nation. Their involvement in this event enhances the noble values and nationalism towards a more glorious future and further enlivens the atmosphere of this historic occasion.

Soon upon arrival in front of the Bandar Seri Begawan Fire and Rescue Station, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri entered the Royal Carriage. Also present on the Royal Carriage were His Majesty’s sons and daughter, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince ; His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah.

The Procession Ceremony around Bandar Seri Begawan which is full of tradition and customs was led by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Grand Chamberlain, followed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Co-Chairperson of the Golden Jubilee Procession Sectoral Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF Band and the Royal Brunei Police Force Band, accompanied by 40 RBAF personnel carrying the royal regalia, Sinipit and Taming or Spear and Shield. The Changkah which is one of royal regalia followed behind the special vehicle protected by the Manteri-Manteri Hulubalang. Two Manteri Hulubalang walked in front of the Royal Carriage. One carried the Pemuras and Karga or Gun and Ammunition Bag, while the other held the Kalasak and Kampilan or Shield and Long Blade. Also accompanying the procession were the Commissioner of police and Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Lined up on the left and right of the Royal Carriage were the 16 Royal Brunei Police Senior Superintendents and RBAF Commanders.

At the back of the Royal Carriage which was pulled by 50 RBAF personnel, were 16 RBAF personnel carrying the Pedang and Perisai or Swords and Round Shields with another 16 carrying the Tumbak Benderangan or Spears embellished with gold or silver bands. This was followed by the people carrying the perhiasan tunggal or personal regalia of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri, which was then followed by the special vehicle carrying the Gendang Arak-Arakan comprising of the Nakara, Gendang Labik, Agong, Canang and Serunai. News compiled by RTB news.

 

 


His Majesty the Sultan being greeted by the citizens of Brunei and other walks of life. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince delivered a heartfelt Sabda’ to His Majesty the Sultan. Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah. Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


The vibrant students. Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


RB associate handing out goodies to the public.
 


A look-a-like. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

 


What a sight!! Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


Representing BSP during the celebration.
 


Sea of people in front of RBA Plaza
 


This was taken near the Royal Regalia
 


Good to see that it wasn’t as hot and it didn’t rain until the Royal Procession ended. Blessed!!!
 

 


Taken at the end of Jalan Babu Raja
 


Waiting for the arrival of the Royal entourage as early as 7:30am
 


Taken at Jalan Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien
 


From IBTE
 


From Brunei Shell Marketing
 

 


Hello buddies 😀
 

 


The kids definitely have advantage for better viewing
 


Hello Marie :p
 


The crowd outside Yayasan Complex
 


Another lucky youngster
 

 


To get a better shot
 

 


Another vantage point
 


At the halfway mark and perhaps the most crowded zone near the mini roundabout at Jalan Sultan
 


Taking shots from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Bandar
 


The staff from Hua Ho also enjoyed the occasion
 

 


Piccolo owner working at full blast and she had the best business in the day for 2017. Interesting!
 


Totally jammed after the end of the event.
 


Even I had to wait for my boat ride to Kg. Tamoi
 

Resellers of D-Link gets a support boost

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Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Alice Chan, Financial Controller of Concepts Computer with Darren Ng, Channel Manager for D-Link
 

It was a beneficial for the resellers of D-Link products, one of the largest producers of networking solutions in the region, as there was a training session organised by Concepts Computer, their local distributor.

The resellers were given training on the D-Link products by Darren Ng, Channel Manager for D-Link and this will allow the resellers more knowledge to assist potential customers in Brunei.

D-Link has multiple products such as wireless routers, repeaters, powerless, IP cameras and SMB solutions.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, said, “With training provided by D-Link for Brunei partners for free, Concepts hope that their products will be better serve potential customers in Brunei. Hopefully, with the affordable networking solutions D-Link provide, and the free training provided to partners, D-Link can make a better impact in the Brunei market.”

Also present were Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Alice Chan, Financial Controller of Concepts Computer.

For more information on D-Link products, please call 223 3351, 223 3552 or 223 3553 or visit their Facebook Page or instagram @conceptscomputer_bn

 

 


Resellers applying the materials given by Darren Ng
 


Darren Ng sharing knowledge of wifi routers
 

Articulation, Free preview Presentation Skills for youth

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FREE PREVIEW:
[Presentation Skills for Youth – September Intake]
[Limited to 20 Seats]
Academic excellence is futile if we are unable to articulate our ideas and opinions to the world.
To parents who wish to empower their children (14-20yrs old) with the ability to achieve success by communicating effectively, find out how by attending this free preview.
Book a seat by texting +673 8777818 or log on to www.articulation.co to find out more.

How can the youth benefit from this workshop? Straight As and degrees that used to guarantee scholarships and a job offer are now a minimum requirement. With increasing competition, year by year, how do you ensure that you shine the brightest among all the other stars?

To stand out among your peers, you must complement your academic excellence with your ability to communicate.

Get ahead by learning how to clearly think logically, present cohesively, construct arguments intelligently and express your unique opinions in educational settings and beyond. Excel in your class presentations, oratory contests or scholarship and entrance interviews. It’s never too early to start learning effective communication.

At Articulation, we believe youth have the unlimited potential to achieve boundless successes in the future. Let us equip you today with the knowledge and confidence to communicate your ideas to the world, tomorrow.

 


Stuart Lee with the young executives recently in September
 

About Stuart Lee.

Stuart Lee is a trainer and award-winning speaker. For the past 15 years, he has trained over hundreds of speakers to communicate effectively and also mentored many international speech champions. He has the ability to identify, nurture and fulfil the potential of individuals through a unique blend of unconventional methods and real life experience.

In 2013, Stuart became the lead trainer of Rhymin & Partners conducting over hundreds of training. He has trained more than a thousand participants from government ministries, multi-national companies, local corporations, companies and SMEs in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.

Before he was a trainer, Stuart started his career at 23 as a lecturer teaching public speaking for IELTS students. Since then, he has also been in various corporate communication positions for 10 years across the media, advertisement, ICT and construction industries in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.

Throughout his career, Stuart has been involved in numerous speaking engagements as a speaker, emcee, judge, coach, and moderator.

In 2014, Stuart was privileged to be the first ever TEDxspeaker in Brunei at the TEDxGadong. Moving in full circle, he recently became the trainer of the latest batch of TEDxGadong speakers. Among others, he also trained the Brunei Info-Communication Technology Awards (BICTA) participants, UBD debate team, RTB DJs and the TAIB Entrepreneurs Program.

Occasionally, he has also moderated regional and international events such as the ASEAN Summit, AMBD workshop, National Environment Conference and for local NGO’s such as SCOT’s, Beach Bunch and ASEAN Youth Conference. He has also judged speaking contests such as the UBD/BSP Green Debate, IET’s Present Around the World competition, iCentre’s IGNITE Entrepreneurship Challenge and TAIB Entrepreneurs Program Finals among others.

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.

 

 

 

 

New facelift for CBTL

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Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im bin Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, the Managing Director of The Coffee Bean® Brunei with His Excellency Craig Allen, the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam at the relaunch of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Centrepoint
 


With invited guests to witness the 16th anniversary of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
 

The Coffee Bean® celebrates their 16th Anniversary of brewing in Brunei with the renovation of their first outlet that opened in 2001 located at the Centrepoint Hotel. The new concept embraces the Southern California roots of where the American coffee franchise was born.

The new Californian look and layout engages customers with their surroundings by offering easier interactions with baristas and community message walls for patrons to localize. Frederick Milin, Brand Manager of PAR Food & Beverages Sdn. Bhd. shares, “It’s important for us to evolve and change with our customer’s needs. Based on the feedback of our regular customers, the present look is a fresher and lighter theme paying tribute to the Californian lifestyle element while the layout has increased customer seating and provides a better area for large groups that frequent our Centrepoint outlet.”

The official reopening was officiated by guest of honour Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im bin Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, the Managing Director of The Coffee Bean® Brunei with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Also present was His Excellency Craig Allen, the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. The ceremony began with the recitation of Doa selamat followed by welcoming remarks and was followed by a cheque presentation to three charitable organizations by public donations and contributions from The Coffee Bean®. The three organizations were namely Centre for Children with Special Needs, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam with a total amount of $6,000.

The event also marked the launching of new merchandise namely the 16th Anniversary T-Shirt and the Ice Blended 16th Anniversary T-Shirt retailed at $23.00 each including the addition of two new permanent Ice Blended drinks – Berry’d Treasure, a blend of berry juice and vanilla and the ever popular Cookies & Cream which now comes in Mocha or Vanilla flavoured.

To find out more news or promotions follow The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® on Instagram at @coffeebean_brunei and like them on facebook at facebook.com/thecoffeebeanbrunei.

 

 


Guest of honour with his welcoming remarks
 


Handing over of donations to three charitable foundations in Brunei Darussalam
 


The new facelift inside Gadong outlet
 


Now they have an upper area. Cool 😀
 

Cuckoo Brunei turns one

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Congratulations to the Cuckoo team for reaching their milestone during their 1 year anniversary held at V-Plaza Hotel
 


The management and the driver behind Cuckoo Brunei
 

Korean leading home appliance brand Cuckoo celebrated their first-year anniversary. The event was attended by Counselor Lee, Embassy of the Republic of Korea as well as overseas partners from Cuckoo International Malaysia.

“Thanks to the company’s strong and dedicated team as well as customers’ trust, we managed to achieve this milestone of over 2,500 customers,” said Wong Kim Guan, Managing Director of Cuckoo International (B) Sdn Bhd.

Despite being a young company, Cuckoo has been very bold in its bid to become an even more competent company, he added.

In celebration of this achievement and also to continue its commitment in providing the best products to all Bruneians, the company is rolling out its latest product, Cuckoo C Model Air Purifier with Plasma Ioniser.

The new product, C Model Air Purifier, worth $990 is equipped with built-in air cleanliness indicator and Room Care Air Purifier Technology. From as low as $49 a month, as well as to enjoy the full range of Cuckoo’s signature services.

With the new rental plan for air purifier – including a C Model air purifier, filters, periodical maintenance service performed by Cuckoo Natural Doctors every four months, and warranty – subscribers will have the freedom to choose a package with a rental contract period that is best tailored to their individual needs.

“The new C Model rental plan is another step forward in Cuckoo’s mission to ensure that every Bruneian household would have access to air purifiers”, said Cuckoo International (B) Sdn Bhd, Managing Director Wong Kim Guan.

“We will continue to provide better products and plans with even greater affordability and flexibility that will cater to the needs of every consumer, and help them create a healthy home for their family.”

Cuckoo also took the opportunity at the event to unveil the launch of Natural Doctresses, which will be responsible for servicing the water purifiers and changing the filters after every four months. During service, Cuckoo Natural Doctresses are required to perform the 15-point check, which includes sterilizing the water tank and faucet with a high-pressure steamer, and changing of the filter. Customers can keep track of the procedures by using the Cuckoo Natural Care Service 15-point check card.

Cuckoo is the first company in Brunei that uses high-pressure steamer to clean the water tank, and on top of servicing the water purifier, Cuckoo Natural Doctresses are also more than happy to sterlise the kitchen sink and chopping board for free. This is because Cuckoo believes that servicing staff should always be focused on the task at hand to ensure that only the best service is given to the customers.

Cuckoo is the leading home appliance brand in South Korea, specialising in water purifiers, air purifiers and pressure multi-cookers.

Learn more about Cuckoo by calling its careline 2333330/2333331, visiting www.cuckoobrunei.com or following its Facebook page ‘Cuckoo Brunei’ or their instagram account @cuckoobn

 

 


Wong Kim Guan, Managing Director of Cuckoo International (B) Sdn Bhd, Counselor Lee, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam, Wong Yong Lin, Chairman of Cuckoo International Brunei and Mr. KC Hoe, CEO of Cuckoo International Malaysia
 

 

 

 


Sheryl Tong Sing Mei, Natural Manager of Cuckoo Stallions has reached a milestone with 1030 units sold in the first year
 


Hajah Haslinda Binti Hj Hasni, the Top Alliance Recruiter
 


Well done Hj Mod Zulikram bin Hj Awang Damit
 


The highest number of installation of Cuckoo in Brunei Darussalam
 


Hui Ting Wong, Head of Educations Department and Marketing Director of Cuckoo International Brunei
 

 

 


The C Model Air Purifier which is already available. This is not the actual size :p
 


Hui Ting Wong with Cuckoo friends – Gzul and I 😀
 

Rano’s thoughts: I have a Cuckoo Icon at my pantry so far and I’m loving it so far after 5 months of usage. It provides me both hot and cold water and yes, it’s a water purifier. I’m not too driven on alkaline water like other companies are doing and all Cuckoo provide is a mild alkaline, clean water. Nothing more, nothing less.

This is a first in & out Electrolysis Sterlisation System and a touch panel with mood light. It has four filters with 6 stage of filtration. You can be rest assured that the water is being purified to its best.

The best part of being a Cuckoo customer is the after sales service they provide. They would pay a visit every four months to change the filters and service my Icon machine to tip top condition. This quarterly service alone has brought confidence to the customers and newer ones and this is a big reason why Cuckoo is doing quite well in Brunei, considering it’s only been one year old.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself a Cuckoo 😀

 

Jollibee No.15

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in community, food, Social News

 


The Chickenjoy toasts in opening the 15th outlet of Jollilbee in Brunei Darussalam earlier this morning
 


Dennis Flores, Vice-President, International Operations (Europe, Middle East & Australia) Jollibee Foods Corporation delivering his welcoming remarks and the milestone of Brunei Darussalam for Jollibee’s success
 

Finally the 15th store is officially opened in Brunei Darussalam. I am referring to Jollibee in Brunei Darussalam. You will be surprised that Jollibee in Brunei is more popular than other regional countries other than their home country, the Phillipines. Imagine this, Indonesia only has one outlet, Singapore has only 4 outlets, Hong Kong has only two while Malaysia has no more Jollibee outlets. The other SEA country that loved Jollibee is Vietnam with 80 outlets and counting.

So it’s safe to say that Jollibee hits the Brunei’s taste and it has been an ongoing success since it’s inception in 1987. My favourite meal from Jollibee then was the nasi lemak.. yummy… and also Jollibee’s chunky chicken burger 😀 Now both items are not available anymore in our Brunei market.. Boohoo. Hence, my favourite meal now is the spicy chicken with rice and my all time favourite Chocolate Sundae.

Enough of my ramblings about the past on Jollibee. I’m impressed that the popular franchise has been sustaining its presence for 30 years in Brunei. That’s longer than any other franchise that I know of. None of the competitors come close to the longevity of Jollibee in Brunei.

This morning the 15th outlet, perhaps the best design of the lot in Brunei, opened its door to the public and it’s located at Brunei International Airport.

The official opening was done gracefully with the presence of many – His Excellency Meynardo LB Montealegrer, Ambassador of The Philippines to Brunei Darussalam, Dennis Flores, Vice-President, International Operations (Europe, Middle East & Australia) Jollibee Foods Corporation., Abdul Razak bin Mohammad Hassan, grandson of Pehin Orang Kaya Ratna Setia Dato Setia Hj Awang Abdul Hapidz, Jollibee Franchisee Brunei, Muhammad Emmy Shamdy Khairul Kadir, Acting Deputy Director of Civil Aviation.

Also gracing the presence were Mr. Rodel Alcantara, AVP & Market Head for Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia & Europe, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Christina Ward, Operations Head of Jollibee (Brunei), Roilan Alvarez, Group Manager and Hj Md Shukry bin Hj Md Yusuf, first local restaurant manager in Jollibee (Brunei).

The airport outlet was unveiled by noon today and as usual, there was a long queue prior to the opening of the 15th outlet.

Congratulations once again to Jollibee Brunei for their milestone. Let’s spread more JOY to Brunei after 30 years and running. Thank you 😀

 

 


Jollibee mascot and his four friends at Jollibee’s Brunei International Airport outlet
 


With the awesome team of Jollibee Brunei
 


His Excellency Meynardo LB Montealegrer, Ambassador of The Philippines to Brunei Darussalam with Abdul Razak bin Mohammad Hassan and Muhammad Emmy Shamdy Khairul Kadir, Acting Deputy Director of Civil Aviation sharing a light moment
 

 


It’s quite spacious at Jollibee outlet. This will definitely be a huge hit among Bruneians
 


My beautiful friends – Hasmin and Pranika, attending the event today
 


Liyana Yus the Jollibee Ambassador
 


I love the interior concept of Jollibee Brunei
 


A long queue waiting to enter the Jollibee outlet
 

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