Check out the Sky Lounge/Business Class Lounge

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Officiating the newly revamped and upgraded Sky Lounge and also the new Business Class Lounge at Brunei International Airport. Guest of Honour Yang Mulia Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Bin Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary Resource and Tourism, & RB Board Director, and Karam Chand, RB’s CEO.
 

Royal Brunei Airlines has launched its newly refreshed and upgraded Sky Lounge and introduced the new flagship Business Class Lounge at Brunei International Airport on 06 December 2017.

The launch of the new lounges were officiated by Guest of Honour Yang Mulia Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Bin Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary Resource and Tourism, & RB Board Director, and Karam Chand, RB’s CEO. The launch was also attended by RB’s Board of Directors, officials from the Department of Civil Aviation, various Government Agencies, RB’s corporate partners and Royal Skies elite members.

The RB Business Class Lounge takes on board the needs of the sophisticated and frequent travelers that is RB’s business class guests and Royal Skies gold members. Features that take care of guest comfort, relaxation, fine dining and entertainment has been provided for in the new lounge. With a capacity of 72, the new Business class Lounge has plush, comfortable décor and furnishings designed to make the guests feel at home and for them to relax and enjoy the warm hospitality of RB. Guests at the Business Class Lounge have access to executive meeting rooms and all the facilities offered at the Sky Lounge in addition to the coffee bar for those guests who are squeezed for time.

RB upgraded sky lounge is open to Royal Skies Silver members, corporate guests, customer airline guests and for the first time in Brunei, to walk-in guests. RB is pleased to welcome Priority Pass customers to its lounge and is in discussions with other corporates who have shown interest in getting access to the lounge. These will be announced in due course.

 

 

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Karam Chand delivering his welcoming remarks
 

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Members of the guests during the launch
 

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The Business Class lounge
 

 

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Surau
 

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The kids play area
 

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The dining area
 

Accommodating up to 120 guests, the upgraded Sky Lounge features buffet dining, all the existing facilities including the prayer room. However RB felt the guests deserve more and thus have added exciting facilities such as a movie room, kids’ room, family zone, gaming area featuring PS4 and Xbox Kinect as well as a Virtual Reality station highlighting places of interest in Brunei and other RB destinations giving our visitors an immersive experience of the various attractions on offer. This is work in progress and more destinations and RB products will be added over time. We hope through this innovation we can entice more transit guests to consider taking a stop-over holiday in Brunei on their return journey. There are no extra charges for the air content for stop-over guests when booked via our online booking portal.

With a ceiling to floor glass exterior, the lounges overlooks the departure hall and features the warm and refreshing colours that is now synonymous to the RB brand. The lounge glass exterior also maintains previous design elements like the Brunei iconic Ayer Muleh design and a unique brass art piece depicting Kampung Ayer in keeping with our Bruneian identity.

“At RB, we believe the service experience right from research for the holiday options, bookings, service at the airport and inflight is our key strength and we continuously strive to innovate and improve the guest experience at every touch point. We are pleased to offer our guests the best Bruneian hospitality and positively position Brunei International Airport (BIA) to international travelers. With the peak holiday season on the horizon, we are excited to introduce the walk-in product, a first for Brunei which we believe will be very attractive to the long haul economy guests who have been asking for such a facility at BIA for some time. With the expanded facilities and top quality food and beverages on offer, we trust the new lounges will be exceed guest expectations and help us achieve four star airline ranking. ” said Karam Chand, RB’s CEO.

RB is pleased to introduce its business partner Savy’s Brasserie. Savy’s has partnered with RB as the caterer and service provider and has designed the menu to suit all taste buds. Today they launched the full product offering for RB guests including fine dining in the business class lounge.

 

 

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There’s a playroom for gamers too.
 

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Frozen anyone? #playstation #xbox
 

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There’s a movie theatre room
 

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Some of the invited guests
 

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Some of the invited guests
 

New banquet hall & conference meeting room

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I came across a venue that provides a banquet hall, a meeting conference and also a place for corporate and private events. If you happened to be in KB town (Kuala Belait), then this is one of those choices that you can consider.

If you look at the banquet hall, it’s surprisingly huge where it can accommodate 800 to 1,300 guests. For those who are keen, you can refer to the meetings & events factsheet below for the price range.

The banquet hall is inclusive of:

• Projector & screen
• PA System
• Wifi
• Tables and chairs arrangements
• Food & beverages
• Audio video lighting
• Podium with goose neck microphone
• Basic sound system and lightings
• Side projector and screens

For the Meeting Conference, it is inclusive of:

Projector & screen
• PA System
• Wifi
• Tables and chairs arrangements
• Two 2in1 flip chart whiteboard stands with one paper & two markers
• Sets of stationaries
• Mineral water 600ml
• Complimentary candy
• Food and beverages (an additional charged based on menu selection)

For Corporate & Private Events, it is inclusive of:

• 4 hours maximum with minimum 10 person
• All prices are subject to 10% service charge
• 50% deposit is required once confirmed
• Final guest count and pre-payment of function due 1 week prior to event
• Cash, cheque or credit card term only.

These facilities are now available at Garden Sentral Hotel, Kuala Belait. The meeting/conference room is located on 3rd floor while the banquet hall is located on the 6th floor of the Garden Sentral Hotel.

For more information, you can call 333 8333 or you can email inquiry at reservations@gardensentralhotel.com You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram @gardensentralhotel for updates.

 

 

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The banquet hall area at Garden Sentral Hotel
 

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The meeting and conference area
 

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It can be arranged in this setting for corporate events
 

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Salebration with Concepts Computer

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Check out the big discount they have at Concepts Computer as part of the Salebration
 

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Zul Abdul Rahman, the Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer holding mouses that are going at 50% discount

It’s back and Concepts Computer is also taking part in the Salebration and Sales Bonanza which will last for 65 days in the Sultanate. This will be a great opportunity for the public to buy good deals at Concepts Computer where the discounts will be up to 70%.

So far roughly 130 items are on discount and this is also in conjunction with Concepts Computer very own Month End Promo.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer said, “The company being one of the premier IT solutions provider in Brunei Darussalam places great emphasis on improving the local shopping experience. In collaboration with the Salebration initiative, this will help to alleviate the purchasing power among the locals.”<br/ >
Zul Abdul Rahman, the Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer shared that people are more tech savvy and even spend more things online than before. This helps them as retailers to come up with something more creative and innovative to draw more customers especially when it comes to service.

For more information, you can contact 2233 566, 2233 551 or 2233 552.

 

 

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Vincent Pao and Alice Chan speaking to the members of the media
 

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Another item going at 50% discount
 

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50% discount and this price is before discount
 

 

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50% discount and this price is before discount
 

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This does come in handy. I have one too.
 

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Powerbanks are also on 50% discount 😀
 

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HD will be on 15% discount and the 1TB is a huge hit
 

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15% discount on HD
 

 

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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
 

J3Smart handing out prizes

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Jeff Goo Jia Jie, Managing Director of J3Smart with the winners of the promotion and the marketing team of J3smart
 

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Jeff Goo Jia Jie thanking the winners for their participation

Well done to the winners of the J3smart.com promotion. They walked away with products courtesy of J3smart.com and there were five winners – Fadillah bte Gassireh, Voon Tung Yea, Siti Junaidah bte Hj Zulkifli, Zumailanisa Hj Mydin and Jess Eng Eng.

All they had to was repost the J3smart.com promotion on Facebook. Recently the online shopping company had a free shipping promotion to commemorate the 11:11 (11th of November) sales. The representative said that the J3smart.com earned an estimate of BND 70,000 of sales. Some even ordered a piano and a sofa from the online store. Amazing!!! It just shows that you can buy small to big items through j3smart.com

They will be introducing a new prepaid card system especially those who doesn’t have a credit card or don’t have a debit card to purchase items through the portal.

 

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The finalists doing a draw to determine their prizes
 

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One of the winners receiving items from the showroom
 

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Some of the items that were ordered during the 11:11 sale with free shipping. They have arrived in Brunei.
 

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Yes, iPhone X protective screens are also being sold on their online portal
 

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Also iPhone X casing 😀
 

Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017

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Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor (right) was the grand winner of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017. Congratulations buddy 😀
 


The winners of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017 with the judges
 

Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor has emerged as the grand prize winner of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017 last Sunday, winning himself an all-expense paid photography trip across Japan as part of the PhotoMarathon Asia Championship, travelling alongside winners from 12 others countries. Three of his photos were selected by the judges in the Top 20 pick. Well done, buddy!!

The Canon PhotoMarathon is always a popular event, attracting more than 300 participants where they were given three themes and the images will be reviewed among the four invited judges by Interhouse Company.

The winners are as follows:-

“Left Behind” theme
1st place – Ling Yang Hui
2nd place – Awangku Fathur Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad
3rd place – Abang Md Saifulizam

“Upside Down” theme
1st place –  Masadezam bin Masle
2nd place – Lim Kian Chiong
3rd place – Codie de Vera Canezo

“The moment” theme
1st place –  Nurhani Basirah binti Haji Chipli
2nd place – Shah Faisal bin Mohd Yakob
3rd place – Pengiran Haji Mohd Heris bin Pengiran Mohammed

 

 


1st place – Ling Yang Hui for Left Behind theme
 


2nd place – Awangku Fathur Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad for Left Behind thee
 


3rd place – Abang Md Saifulizam for Left Behind theme
 

 


Ling Yang Hui receiving his first prize for Left Behind theme
 


3rd place – Codie de Vera Canezo for Upside Down theme
 


2nd place – Lim Kian Chiong for Upside Down theme
 


1st place –  Masadezam bin Masle for Upside Down theme
 


Masadezam bin Masle receiving his first prize for Upside Down theme
 

 


3rd place – Pengiran Haji Mohd Heris bin Pengiran Mohammed for The Moment theme
 


2nd place – Shah Faisal bin Mohd Yakob for The Moment theme
 


1st place –  Nurhani Basirah binti Haji Chipli for The Moment theme
 

Interhouse Company Deputy Managing Director Vincent Goh and Wrixon Wong, Canon Singapore Pte Ltd gave the grand prize to Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor. He was a bit surprised during the short interview. He didn’t expect anything and he even decided to join the competition in the final minute. He trusted his old classic Canon EOS 40D and his kit lens for his chosen shots.

Well done to Interhouse Company for another great contest.

 

 


Md Saifulizam with his Canon EOS 40D with his kit lens
 


He was still scratching his head that he won the grand prize
 


Md Saifulizam’s shot that got selected
 


Md Saifulizam’s shot that got selected
 


Hello Hasmin. Good to see you again 😀
 


Steven Goh behind the scene
 


The associates of Interhouse Company
 

2nd Pepsi Bonanza Lucky Draw

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Group photo with the top 10 winners of the 2nd Pepsi Bonanza Lucky Draw held at SKH Airport Mall
 


Wirna Hj Mohd Yassin won BND 300 voucher and handed over by Mr. Taheer from SKH Airport Mall

This is the second edition of the Pepsi Bonanza Lucky Draw and it was held at Airport Mall last Friday. Guess who emerged as the winner of the BND 300 voucher? He was no other than Wirna Hj Mohd Yassin. Second place went to Siti Nurliyana binti Abdul Yunus (BND $200 voucher), while Hajah Feridah binti Haji Abdul Hamid won third prize (BND $100 voucher).

Present during the prize presentation were Mr. Taheer from SKH Airport Mall, while Mr. Ng Boon Wee, Sales and Marketing Manager of Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn. Both handed out the prizes to the top ten winners.

The grand draw will be held on 10th December 2017 and the lucky draw grand prize will be a savings account of B$8,888.88, while prizes such as cash rewards and Pepsi hampers are also available to be won.

So you still have the chance to play part in this promotion. Simply purchase any ‘Twin Pack’ bottles of 1.5L Pepsi, Pepsi Twist, 7-Up, Revive, Mirinda Orange, Mirinda Strawberry, Mirinda Green Apple or Mirinda Green Fruit at specific department stores and outlets.

Then staple your receipts to the lucky draw form and insert it in the lucky draw box provided.

You can also dine in or take away at these outlets – Secret Recipe, Marry Brown, Pelicana, KFC, Ayamku, and The Chicken Rice Shop and register for the lucky draw. Good luck!!!

 

 


Hajah Feridah binti Haji Abdul Hamid won third prize (BND $100 voucher)
 


One of the consolation winners with Mr. Ng Boon Wee, Sales and Marketing Manager of Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn
 


Some of the games played last week
 


The stomping game to determine the winner
 


The lucky draw shortlisting by members of the media
 

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
 

“Golden Steering Wheel” for Audi Q5

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The Audi Q5 has won the 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” in the “Large SUV” category and it’s an important award for Audi in a competition renowned throughout Europe
 

The Audi Q5 has won the 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” in the “Large SUV” category. Prior to the selection, readers of the German automotive trade magazine Auto Bild, its 20 European sister publications and the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag had determined nominations from the new cars presented in 2017. An international panel of experts crowned the winner from these nominations. Peter Mertens, AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development, accepted the prize for the Audi Q5 on Tuesdayevening in Berlin.

A total of 42 models competed in five categories in this year’s “Golden Steering Wheel” contest. After a Europe-wide reader survey, 20 cars made the final round and were judged by the experts: race drivers, engineers, designers, connectivity specialists, frequent drivers, critics and, not least, the editors-in-chief of all European sister publications of Auto Bild. They tested the finalists and determined which would win the coveted trophy. The Audi Q5 won through against seven other competitors in the “Large SUV” category. “The expertise and broad cross-section of opinions represented by the jury panel, as well as its renown throughout Europe, are what make the prize so coveted within our industry. The 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” for the new Audi Q5 shows we have produced a worthy successor to the successful first generation of this SUV model line. We are proud of this prize,” said Peter Mertens at the award ceremony at the Axel-Springer-Haus in Berlin.

The new Audi Q5 was launched at the start of the year. The second generation of the best-selling Audi has established several new standards in the B segment of premium SUVs. The best drag coefficient in the competition, consistent lightweight design and modern engines ensure high efficiency, as does the new quattro drive system with ultra technology. In addition, the new Audi Q5 offers a broad portfolio of new driver assist systems, modern infotainment and connectivity equipment, and air suspension with damper control.

 

#BeliHelix promotion

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Check out the new promotion from Brunei Shell Marketing
 

Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) launches #BeliHelix promotion at Hall 2, Bridex in Jerudong. The event was officiated by BSM Managing Director, Pengiran Shamhary Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha.

The promotion is in line with BSM’s appreciation towards Shell Helix Passenger Car Motor oil (PCMO) users and is held for a period of three months from 1 November 2017 to 31 January 2018. There will be five (5) monthly draw prizes which will be announced in December and January respectively and the grand draw has been set for February 2018. The grand prize for this promotion will be a unit of BMW 1 Series, first runner up will be Dubai tour packages for 2 persons and second runner up will get B$2,500 cash card. The date and venue for the grand draw shall be announced by BSM in due course.

 

 

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Yang Mulia Awang Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing with the associate of Brunei Shell Marketing during the recent 2017 Brunei Motor Show at Bridex. The BMW 1 Series will be the grand prize of the 3 months promotion from Brunei Shell Marketing.

End user will be entitled to one (1) entry form for each purchase of 4L of Shell Helix Motor Oil which comprises of Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix HX7 and Shell Helix HX5. Drop boxes are available for completed entry forms at participating BSM Authorised Distributors, Dealers and Retail Stations which can be located from www.bsm.com.bn.

According to independent worldwide consulting and research firm, Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2016 report, Shell has been named the world’s lubricants No.1 global supplier for the 10th consecutive year in 2015.

Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a next-generation, fully synthetic premium motor oil made from natural gas making it stronger and less volatile at the molecular level than those made from traditional crude. Key benefits include performance through engine stress, superior protection against wear, protecting the engine in extreme temperatures and it is designed for ultimate power and performance. Engine manufacturer partners including BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport, Maserati and Scuderia Ferrari use and trust Shell Helix Ultra.

The Shell Helix portfolio is suitable for both Diesel and Gasoline engines.

For any enquiries and feedback, please email BSM-External-Affairs@shell.com and you can also follow them on instagram @bruneishellmarketing

 

 

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Some of the Shell products on display
 

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Who’s gonna win the BMW 1 Series come 2018?
 

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