20th Consumer Fair

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Presentations of tokens to the loyal exhibitors of the Consumer Fair during the launch of 20th Consumer Fair

Jennifer of AIA (Brunei) receiving a token from the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, the guest of honour for the 20th Consumer Fair.

Her Excellency Nicola Rosenblum, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam

Check out Cuckoo’s latest promotion. You can simply top up $10 to add another product. Awesome deal 😀

Guess what? Those who spend at Cuckoo during Consumer Fair, you will stand a chance to fly to Korea with the local media in March 2018


At BIBD Booth

One of the most interesting concept introduced in Brunei Darussalam as Khal explained to the minister on the latest modular home/space. You can follow @fabuar.co on IG for updates.

Drop by BIBD booth at CF if you are interested on Fabular

This is how it looks like #fabular 😀

At Takaful Brunei booth


The young blood, entrepreneurs with the minister

Check out YMRM Gallery

Check out Rubine kitchen products hosted by Bobby Electrical


The Banquet Hall of the ICC will be the main place to dine


Happy to see Pan & Wok’s presence at Consumer Fair

I will be needing this soon for my car. More info on February once it is officially launched.

Royal Brunei Airlines with their promotional fare




Minister receiving a token from Amarda Properties

Brunei Halal is back again at Consumer Fair

Nimanja showcasing during the Consumer Fair

A new online portal for shopping – Babakimpo. Register and you will get a free keychain 😀 I got mine yesterday.

Chill Chill serving drinks at Banquet Hall


Another online portal – J3smart 😀

Some incentive for CF goers

TelBru has a nice booth btw

Arabic Food Festival 2017

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The Arabian decoration and display in conjunction with the Wafa Hotel & Apartment’s Arabic Food Festival 2017

Wafa Hotel & Apartment inaugurates the first Arabic Food Festival 2017 last weekend at Annajat Complex. The partner for The Arabic Food Festival is Gwad Basha Arabian Restaurant & Catering (one of my favourite Arabian cuisine in Brunei). I just came back from Saudi Arabia and it makes me crave for the Arabian food more.

The food promotion aims to enthrall the patrons and diners with a myriad of enchanting flavours from the Arabic lands and this also gives Wafa Hotel & Apartment’s guests and customers to enjoy and indulge in the food and fantasies of an Arabian feast located on the 3rd floor of Wafa Hotel & Apartment.

You will also get to see a Middle Eastern ambience and decorations to feel the ambience of Middle Eastern.

The Arabian food promotion will run from 23rd December until 6th January 2018. Now with payday and bonus season, I would highly recommend you to check their food.

For further information, you can contact Wafa Hotel & Apartment at 242 5889. The hotel is located at Annajat Complex, the newly opened building near the Beribi Roundabout.



The promotional poster

Pg Md Khairuddin Pg Abu Bakar, the Assistant Manager of Wafa Hotel & Apartment giving his welcoming remarks

Guest of honour Hjh Aidah bte Hj Mohd Hanifah, Director of Agriculture and Agrifood











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PastaMania in celebration of the holiday season is holding a Pasta-licious Festive Celebrazione featuring new colours, new combination and new flavours.

During the celebrazione, Bruneian Pasta Lovers can choose from three tastefully pasta-licious dishes such as the succulent Rosemary Chicken with Creamy Tomato Sauce, a flavourful Breaded Steak with Tomato Sauce or the Baked Salmon with Cream Sauce.

These pasta dishes can also be accompanied by a refreshing Ribena Rosemary Soda and a choice of appetizers – a delicious pumpkin pasta salad or Crispy Calamari Salad.

This promotion is valid from 23rd December 2017 till 31st January 2018 at your local PastaMania stores.

For more information, customers can visit our Facebook and Instagram @pastamaniabrunei or call us at 2338061 for our Times Square Branch, 2338000 for our Bunut Branch or 3342967 for our KB branch.

PastaMania is the largest Italian restaurant chain in Singapore and spans across 12 countries with over 50 retail points in strategic relevant markets in Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and the Middle East Countries. We are a pasta player with an authentic Italian heritage. PastaMania presents a truly unique concept that possesses great mass-market appeal.



Breaded Steak with Tomato Sauce

Baked Salmon with Cream Sauce. I like this 😀

Pumpkin Pasta Salad

Roti Culture woos Brunei

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Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Ali Apong as the guest of honour with Pehin Goh King Chin, Managing Director of GHK Sdn Bhd and Wu Chun, founder of Roti Culture and his two children officially launching Roti Culture last Friday. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.

The invited guests enjoying the culture performances during the grand opening

Roti Culture, the recently opened family oriented and kids friendly restaurant is based in Batu Bersurat serving scrumptious and most loved roti and an array of savoury dishes, tantalizing local taste buds with an international touch. During the grand opening, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Ali Apong was invited as the guest of honour to officiate the opening. Along the VIP guest lists were Managing Director of GHK Sdn Bhd, Pehin Goh King Chin, the Russian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Vladlen Semivolos, former CEO of the Brunei Tourism Board, Sheikh Jamaluddin and Marketing Manager of Royal Brunei Airlines, Alirahim Hj Abdul Rani.

The owner is our Brunei’s very own international artiste and philanthropist, Wu Chun who recently just finished the shooting of the very popular TV show “ Daddy, where are you going?” with an online viewers of more than 5 billion in China alone. Looking at his weibo account, we know he is just back from his 11 days trip, which he traveled to 11 cities for his commercial events and international endorsements. Including a recent award in Beijing where he was awarded the 2017 NetEase Most Influential Artiste Award. Wu Chun was known for his endeavours making Brunei known to the world and vice versa, him bringing the outside world experience to the country.

This is why, in Roti Culture, one can find what they are looking for, on the menu to satisfy one’s hunger ranging from the Indian-inspired signature roti kosong, roti bomb, dosai, nasi briyani to Malay cuisines such as our pandan nasi lemak, laksa, and otak-otak, as the founder would describe it as a one-stop place to eat and kid friendly atmosphere equipping a kid’s corner.



Guest of honour signing on the plaque. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.

A token of appreciation to the guest of honour and group photo with the associates of Roti Culture. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.

That’s some grand cake there. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.



You can see behind the scenes on how they make roti.

“My whole family loves roti, my overseas friends love roti to the max. Our menu comprises mainly of famous roti made by our very own chef and each dish is carefully infused with culture and are Bruneians’ favourite like the nasi ayam penyet and Temburong Cendol which you can get every day and we hope Roti Culture can be a ‘must-stop restaurant for the tourists in Brunei” said the owner and founder of Roti Culture, Wu Chun.

“We have tourists from Singapore, Taiwan and China who are crazy for Brunei’s roti and martabak as they claimed that ours (Brunei’s) has a different richer taste. Tourists craziness for roti is one of the things that inspired me to open Roti Culture,” he said. “I want to bring the Asian and Outside Culture together through what people commonly love, food.”

Moreover, what makes our menu special is that some of the dishes are signature recipes contributed by Wu Chun’s family members, which recipes go back to the 1980’s.

“I come from a big family and all of my aunties love to cook. So, we picked some of the best recipes to be included in our menu like the Kolo Mee, Nasi lemak, sup tulang, otak-otak and curry. It’s a fusion of culture here.” added Wu Chun.

Meanwhile, Wu Chun is keen to incorporate bits and pieces of Brunei’s own landmark Kampong Ayer in the restaurant by putting a large wall sticker showing the water village’s view and recycling colourful wooden planks from remnants of demolished water village houses. “They represent Brunei as Kampong Ayer is known as the Venice of Asia so when tourists come and dine in here, they have the feel and take pictures as memories,” said Wu Chun.

If you have not visited Roti Culture just yet, we are located at Block H, Unit 8 & 9, Ground Floor, Kg Pengkalan Gadong. So, come by, have a bite and feel the welcoming ambiance by the aromatic smell of the roti. For more information or booking, please call 242 1000 or follow their Facebook page or instagram @ROTICULTUREBRUNEI.



Wu Chun posing for the media a few days before the grand opening

Wu Chun speaking to the media

That looks appetizing


I love this dish. The rendang.. Slightly spicy and to my liking

Wu Chun with the members of media and social influencers

Wu Chun with his staff of Roti Culture

Located at Batu Bersurat

KFC Chizza

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Had a few bites and it’s pretty good 😀

KFC Brunei has raised the bar! Bringing Bruneians the one-of-a-kind product innovation – featuring the best of chicken and the best of pizza in the much awaited KFC Chizza.

A perfect mashup of crowd favourites – crunchy KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet and popular Pizza toppings, the KFC Chizza is truly befitting its tagline of a “Finger Lickin’ Good Pizza”. With rich tomato pizza sauce, juicy diced pineapples, onions, herbs and gooey mozzarella cheese topped over the ultimate crust of a succulent KFC Hot and spicy Chicken fillet, it is the perfect ’pizza’ that will leave no crust behind.

“We are in constant pursuit to bring something exciting and crave-worthy to our customers. While staying true to our core of fried chicken, KFC Chizza is an innovative twist that is a must try for both KFC and Pizza fans,” said Jaymee Lau, from the marketing dept of KFC Brunei.

“This Finger Lickin’ Good pizza is indulgent and will set tongues alight. It’s a collaboration of the best of two popular foods. Toppings are everyone’s favourite when it comes to pizza, and with an alternative crust of the favourite KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet, it is certainly a must try!” she added.

Starting from BND 3.60, KFC Chizza is available a la carte and in combo meal. Combo comes with a Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink. For a bigger eat, Chizza Box is available with a piece of Original Recipe or Hot & Spicy chicken, Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink.

KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket or as 5 pc ala carte for BND 3.10 only. With the holiday bucket, customers are able to purchase the Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 or BND 1.50 separately.

Available nationwide at all KFC restaurants from today, while stocks last!  For more updates, do follow @kfcbrunei



Jaymee having a fair share of the KFC Chizza

KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket

Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 if you purchase the Holiday Bucket or BND 1.50 for the bag

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 😀

Jollibee No.15

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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

Wu Chun to expand Bake Culture

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Wu Chun spending time with his overseas fans

A customized and personalized cake for Wu Chun from the pastry chef during the launch of the Bake Culture at Serusop branch

During the launch of the third outlet of Bake Culture at Serusop, Wu Chun announced expansion in China and USA by 2017 for Bake Culture. Interesting to know that Wu Chun has bigger plans for the successful bakery that is popular in Brunei and Taiwan.

He hinted that by November, Bake Culture will be opened at Chongqing, China and followed by another outlet in New York, USA. Both outlets are in the process of renovation.

One of the local signature item, Roti Satay, will be introduced in the said outlets and the idea is to spread and share the culture of different countries.

He also highlighted that the pastry chefs have been trained for the past twelve months inclusive of food tasting for the customers’ needs.

It was also good to see Wu Chun fans flying in from China to support the launch and Wu Chun humbly enough spent time with them and took photos.

The other question that was put forward to Wu Chun was on the upcoming movie where he is being featured, “My Other Home”, an upcoming Chinese-American sports biographical film directed by Yang Zi and produced by Huang Jianxin, starring American basketball player Stephon Marbury as himself. Awesome. It’s not sure when the movie will be out in Brunei but it is slated for a China release on 4th August and yes, China is a huge market for sure.

Congratulations Wu Chun on the expansion of Bake Culture (oh ya, he loves banana muffin from Bake Culture) and I hope to see your movie in Brunei hopefully 🙂



The design of the new outlet in Serusop

Photo opportunity with Baiduri Bank associates

Wu Chun with invited guests


Wu Chun with his Bake Culture team

Wu Chun speaking to Progresif team

The cakes section

These look delicious

Fans waiting to enter the bakery


They flew in just for Wu Chun 😀

Check out his new movie – “The Other Home” to released in China this August

BK, Concepts signs deal

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Lim Kai Wei, Marketing Manager of Sinofood Express, Deno Goh, Operations Director of Sinofood Express, Izam Ahmad, Marketing Manager of Sinofood Express, Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, Alice Chan, Chief Financial Officer of Concepts Computer and Mr. Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer during the signing ceremony

The signing ceremony between Concepts Computer and Burger King Brunei last weekend

Last weekend, Concepts Computer, one of the largest IT retailer in Brunei, along with Sinofood Express, the franchisee of Burger King in Brunei Darussalam, is signing a collaborative MOU for cross-promoting their respective products during the holy month of Ramadhan and the festive month of Syawal.

Signing on behalf of Burger King Brunei is Lim Kai Wei and Izam Ahmad, both marketing Managers with Burger King Brunei. While on behalf of Concepts Computer, Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager, and Mr. Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer. Also present was Operations Director, Burger King Brunei.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, said, “There is potential for a great collaboration between Concepts Computer and Burger King Brunei, since both has a large customer base in different sectors of the Bruneian market, so it is very synergistic.”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer, added to the media, “Customers who have purchased $200 or more on a single receipt; excluding purchases of Acer PC, notebooks and Acer or Epson projectors; in our store will be able to receive a free $10 Burger King voucher. And on the other hand, purchases of $100 to $199 on a single receipt will get a free $5 Burger King Voucher, redeemable at all Burger King Brunei branches.”

And Lim Kai Wei, Marketing Manager of Burger King Brunei, also added, “And Burger King customers who purchases $25 and over on a single receipt will also receive a $10 Concepts Computer voucher, which can be redeemed with Concepts on any of their products including Acer computers or projectors, Epson printers or projectors, APC power solutions, even softwares or OS from Microsoft.”

Also commenting to the media is Izam Ahmad, Marketing Manager for Burger King as well, ”Burger King Brunei is very happy to work with Concepts during this promotion, with the hopes of offering added value and better services to our customer base, especially since this is the first time we are partnering with an IT retail company.”

Both Concepts and Burger King will be running this voucher program until 31st of July 2017, or while vouchers are still available with either Concepts Computer or Burger King.

For more information call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or Burger King branch.



Speaking of Burger King, do get yourself a limited edition BK bottle when you buy a Ramadhan Family Meal from Burger King (while stock lasts)

I got myself one two weeks ago but man, I don’t know where I kept the bottle… Hmmmm..

Mr. Brown limited edition Hari Raya bottles

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Ms Syakirah binti Jamali had the privileged to design Mr. Brown’s 2017 Hari Raya bottles

Mr Brown Coffee, a widely known beverage in the capital, proudly released their limited edition Hari Raya bottles to celebrate Hari Raya among the Bruneians.

Earlier this year in February, Mr Brown held its first Bottle Design Competition, which was won by a local artist, Ms Syakirah binti Jamali. And now her artwork is imprinted as the labels for this year 2017 Hari Raya bottles.

The limited edition bottles are designed with an Islamic geometrical national flower, simpur patten, to showcase the spirit of the festive season.

Started two (2) years ago, Mr Brown Hari Raya version is made specially for the festive season and hence is only available during Hari Raya and exclusively in Brunei. Since its debut, it has become a popular collectible amongst Mr Brown fans.

For this year, this festive Mr Brown is available in the most popular original flavour – Iced Coffee. This outstanding flavour is made according to a famous French recipe blending premium coffee with milk and sugar.

Mr Brown Coffee’s eye-catching limited edition Hari Raya bottles are now available in stores nationwide, and while stock lasts.

On the occasion of Hari Raya. this slim and easy-to-grab bottle is suitable for glassless event, and perfect to be shared among families and friends.


I have my dosage of the latest Mr. Brown limited edition Hari Raya bottles 😀

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