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K-Tigers in Brunei

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in lifestyle, Social News

 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof, Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports with Cho Won Myun, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam during the Korean Festival launch at Times Square Shopping Centre last Friday
 


Officiating the launch
 

From sour Kimchi and delicate sand art by “Mr Chai” to neck-breaking numbers by popular Korean group K-Tigers, the Korean Festival 2016 kicks off with a high note during its launching last Friday. Today (Sunday) will be the final day.

Held at the Times Square Shopping Centre, Berakas, the event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was graced by the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof. Present were the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Cho Won Myun and Times Square General Manager Amal Majidah Hj Suhaili.

During his welcoming remarks, Cho shared such events will help to facilitate cultural exchanges between two countries. “This will further strengthen the friendship between our two countries,” he added. The festival was co-organised by South Korean Embassy, Times Square and Korea Foundation, and will end this Sunday.

On top of that, the public is welcomed to drop by at the ground floor atrium of the complex and participate in various activities such as the lucky draw that grants a total of four tickets to Seoul, Korea. Other activities include cooking and make-up demonstrations, Korean traditional games, K-pop dancing performance by members of Korean Cultural Club, Korean food eating contest and quizzes. Text by Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre Facebook Page.

 


Sand art by Mr. Chai
 

 


K-Tigers performance, the highlight of the Korean Festival
 

 


Even the crowd were being engaged
 

 


K-Pop dance
 

 

 


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Grohe’s soft launch

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Yuri Aoki, General Manager of My Space Gallery welcoming the media during Grohe’s soft launch at My Space Gallery showroom at Salambigar
 


Melissa Ong, Country Sales Manager of LIXIL Water Technology, Grohe (Malaysia)
 

Sometimes when we renovate our homes especially our kitchens or bathrooms/toilets, we don’t really pay much attention to the little minor details or even the quality of the said items because we take for granted that these are just items that are a necessity for our home needs.

Only recently I came across My Space Gallery and learnt many new things that they offer in terms of the quality of the product/brand they carry and also the after sales service. But I would say that the said company is more of a solution provider for home, office and building.

Two days ago, My Space Gallery showcased one of the strongest product, Grohe, and it’s a German-based premium sanitary fittings. I have to say I’m impressed with the brand during the product knowledge presentation by Yuri Aoki, General Manager of My Space Gallery, Melissa Ong, Country Sales Manager of LIXIL Water Technology, Grohe (Malaysia) and Balazs Kovacs of My Space Gallery. If only many of us are educated with such depth information, we will appreciate what Grohe is able to provide for consumers with quality and convenience assured.

 

 


Balazs Kovacs of My Space Gallery has very deep knowledge on the technical aspects of Grohe products
 


The Grohe Rainshower Smartcontrol shower
 


It has many great features and you can get a real feel at their showroom
 


Grohe Aquatunes have been earning good reviews. The waterproof bluetooth speakers 😀
 

Grohe has a motto or tagline “Pure Freude an Wasser” which means Pure Enjoyment of Water in German. If you want a good experience during shower, the Grohe brand is the ideal solution to your needs. The Grohe Rainshower Smartcontrol is one of its kind experience. They have different modes for different experiences in the shower alone. Even with a three button feature, it is still straight forward to operate. There is even a massage mode (not literally).

You can check out the functions of the Grohe Rainshower Smartcontrol at My Space Gallery showroom and you will get a clearer picture. This is one efficient and innovative shower technology that I’ve come across.

The Grohe Aquatunes is another innovative product. It’s a waterproof bluetooth speaker and it’s a collaboration between Grohe and Philips. Now you can shower, listening to your favourite music or podcast and your showering experience will be enhanced.

Do visit their showroom at Unit 1, Block A & B, Lot 60363, Kg Salambigar, Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm or call 8985787 for enquiries. You can also follow their Facebook Page and also their instagram @my_spacegallery

 

 


Now we all want this type of toilet in our homes
 

 


It looks like leather but it’s not. It will somehow make me extra careful when aiming :p
 


My Space Gallery at Salambigar
 


The map
 

Sentral Property Roadshow 2016

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If you’re interested in investing in Malaysian properties, head to HomeCity Property and Management’s (HomeCity) booth during Sentral Property Roadshow, which starts this Friday, to check out the latest property projects in the neighbouring country.

The real estate company, which specialises in marketing, listing, renting and selling and managing properties, will be at booth A8 during the roadshow held at Sentral Shopping Centre’s (KBSentral) atrium.

One of the properties that the company will highlight is Harbour City @ Pulau Melaka, a project by leading property developer in Melaka, Hatten Group.

Expected to completed by 2019, the multi-award winning development will integrate Harbour City Resort Suites on top of six-level oceanic-themed mall and 500,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor theme park. A cruise liner-themed hotel (Harbour City Suites) and also an international chain hotel within the development.

“This is a good time to invest in the property in Melaka due to the state’s booming tourism and growing economy,” said Marketing Manager of HomeCity Amanda Yang.

She also added that with upcoming accessibility projects such as Melaka Gateway, which will feature a cruise terminal and also the construction of the KL-Singapore high speed rail that will stop by Melaka, the state is a favourable place to invest.

Those who are interested can check out HomeCity’s booth to find out other investment benefits during the roadshow and the last day is Sunday, 23rd October. Representatives from Harbour City’s developer Hatten Group will be present to assist. Text courtesy of Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relaunched of Progresif’ store

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Officiating the relaunch of the store
 


Roger Plahay, Progresif’s acting CEO with his welcoming remarks
 

This morning, Progresif relaunched its flagship store at The Mall. It’s one of the store that hasn’t been revamped for a long time. The only one that didn’t change from the store are the windows and the shutter (in front). It was a complete revamped and now it has the Progresif feel and brand to it, complimenting to the other Progresif stores in Brunei Darussalam.

Present during the launch was Yang Mulia Edzwan Zukri bin Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Palawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adnan, one of the board of directors of Progresif. Roger Plahay, Progresif’s acting CEO had a short welcoming remarks in conjunction with the launch.

He shared how the management made a commitment to their stakeholders, their staff and communities that they serve to usher in a new era of innovation for the ICT and telecommunications sectors in Brunei and they promised to support His Majesty the Sultan’s Vision of 2035.

When Progresif launch their brand, they asked one simple question “Are you Progresf. In just a span of 2 years, they have completely rebuilt the network and now they are expanding and rumours has it that the 4G is just around the corner. Currently they have grown from 20,000 to 150,000 subscribers and their staff count is up to 265.

Pretty soon you will notice a new headquarters for Progresif with better facilities. The new location reflects their brand and corporate culture. Another exciting things are such as the establishment of the their own Start-Up Lab where they will be incubating small businesses and working with partners such as UBD, iCentre and DARe.

Keep up the momentum, Progresif. For me, I can’t wait for the 4G network on Progresif 😀

 

 


Bob Gill, Progresif’s Chief Sales Officer briefing the media of the revamped store
 

 


A breakthrough plan for University students 😀
 

 

Mdm Tasanee wins a flight

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Madam Evelyn Ang, the Country Manager Brunei at Royal Brunei Airlines presenting to lucky winner Madam Tasanee who won herself a return economy class ticket to Bali sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines with Nur Khadijah Abdullah, Sales & Business Development Manager of Pan Bright Travel Service
 

Pan Bright Travel Service have selected their September lucky draw winner on the 06 October 2016. The lucky coupon was drawn by Senior Sales Executive of Royal Brunei Airlines, Dayang Norhaslinda Duraman witnessed by her colleague Pg. Ma’asom Pg. Hj. Ismail.

A prize presentation was held at Pan Bright Travel’s office in Bandar Seri Begawan earlier today by Madam Evelyn Ang, the Country Manager Brunei at Royal Brunei Airlines to the lucky winner, Madam Tasanee who won herself a return economy class ticket to Bali sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines.

This is the first of a series of monthly lucky draws where customer stands a chance to win an air ticket to either Kota Kinabalu, Saigon, Bali or Singapore from September 2016 to February 2017. The Grand prize will be either a Hyundai ‘Accent’ car OR an exclusive Hermès‘Birkin’ bag which is being sponsored by Pan Bright Travel. Other prizes up for grabs include air tickets to London, Melbourne and Tokyo are kindly sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines & Singapore Airlines.

For more enquiries regarding the promotion, you can contact Pan Bright Travel’s offices at 2240980 for Bandar Seri Begawan, 3341154 for Kuala Belait or 3220078 for Seria.

The lucky draw promotion starts from 02 September 2016 to the 31 March 2017.

 

 

Cosplayers in Miri

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Some of the cosplayers that attended at Bintang Megamall
 

Two Bruneians won first and third place of the Collectors Exhibition Miri (CXM) 2016 cosplay competition which was held at Bintang Megamall Miri last Sunday.

Nio Tan, cosplaying as Saber from the animation Fate/Stay Night, won first place and Suok Jiuan, cosplaying as Junko Enoshima from the animation Dangan Ronpa, took the 2nd runners up.

Speaking of her winning first place, Nio Tan said she felt happy and tired as it took her six months to complete her costume. The competition marked her first time joining a cosplay competition outside Brunei.

Collectors Exhibition Miri (CXM) was organized by NAJA Enterprise and featured cosplay guests from Thailand and Japan. Story courtesy of Muhammad Khairi Waddin and images by SCP X Brunei Otaku.

 

 


Nio Tan receiving the Champion trophy
 


Suok Jiuan came 3rd in the cosplay contest
 

Sabre held prize presentation

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Jonathan Chua won a BND 10 rare fare while Thanis Lim won a BND 50 rare fare sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines. Azhani Daniel, Head of Corporate Communications of Royal Brunei presented the prizes. The finalists were one of the 300 entries that took part in the pokemon challenge during the Brunei Travel Fair 2016 at Centrepoint Hotel.
 

Last week, Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn Bhd held a prize presentation to fete the winners of the Brunei Travel Fair 2016 which took place at Dynasty Restaurant. The travel fair itself drew more than 12,000 visitors in early September.

There were many categories that many travellers are entitled to win. Two categories from Royal Brunei Airlines, one from Sabre Travel Network and one of Tourism Malaysia Brunei.

Present during the prize presentation was Abd Halim Hj Abd Rahman, Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing of Sabre Travel Network. He highlighted that even though there was a reduction in number of visitors, there was an increase of bookings during the three day period.

The youngest winner was Arisdiana Amran who is 11 years old. She won herself a two return ticket to Melbourne. Woohoo. She was a lucky winner who purchased a ticket from Century Travel Centre.

Dk Siti Khairunisa Akmal Pg Kamaludin won a business class return ticket to Ho Chi Minh and Lim Siong Ngoh won a two economy class return tickets to Dubai. Hasrinie Awang Sayang won a three-day and two-night stay at Riani Deluxe at Turi Beach Resort in Batam, while Rabiatul Adawiyah Hj Damit received one Royal Skies membership upgrade.

 


The finalists for the Royal Brunei Airlines return ticket.
 


The youngest winner won herself a flight to Melbourne for two
 


Ms. Muthu Muhammad Nachiar Mohideen Maraicair won a flight to Denpasar
 


Mood Sahriman Md Salleh won the GoPro Hero4 sponsored by Sabre Travel Network
 

For the GoPro Hero4 and Dfavors Exclusive Travel Luggage, the prizes were sponsored by Sabre Travel Network Brunei. Mood Sahriman Md Salleh won the GoPro Hero4 and he bought his ticket from Pan Bright Travel Service.

Julia Morel, Noorhayati Zabidi and Nurul Adila Othman won the luggage.

As for the Pokemon draw, the flights were sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines and they had what they call rare fares worth BDN 10, BND 25 and BND 50 to any regional destination of choice. Interesting.

Thanis Lim won a BND 50 fare, Imaduddin Mumin won a BND 25 fare while Jonathan Chua won a BND 10 fare.

Malaysia Airlines also have their lucky draw and Mr. Ventakesh Marakutty Santhanam won a flight to Phuket while Ms. Muthu Muhammad Nachiar Mohideen Maraicair won a flight to Denpasar.

Noor Khadijah Hj Omarali won the Royal Brunei Airlines instagram competition and she won herself a flight to Jakarta.

 


Julia Morel won a luggage
 

 


Nur of Pan Bright Travel Service receiving a shopping voucher for being the top travel agent during the Brunei Travel Fair 2016
 

New PEUGEOT 2008

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The PEUGEOT 2008 entered the ring in 2013 with strong arguments. The customers particularly appreciated its elegance and dynamic performance. It has enjoyed continuous growth in sales volumes, with production over 500,000 units[1] worldwide. In Europe, this success is illustrated by a podium place in the segment which has been firmly established since launch.

To amplify this performance, the PEUGEOT 2008 is taking on an assertive, powerful and appealing SUV design. Its wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates confirm its robustness, designed for everyday use.

The PEUGEOT 2008 offers appealing and unique sensations of control. They are addictive. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is unique to PEUGEOT and embodies the driving characteristics of the PEUGEOT 2008, being: intuitive, agile, flexible and safer to drive.

 

 

 

The PEUGEOT 2008 is equipped with Mirror Screen, based on MirrorLinkTM and Apple Carplay®, along with the reversing camera and Park Assist, a rarity in this segment.

The wheel arch extensions, new vertical front grille and scuff plates protect the bodywork and the occupants. The wave roof and roof bars, the rear door moulding and the spoiler are characterised by their sophisticated design.

Black and chrome headlamps and 3D claws illustrate the embedded technology from the outside. Inside, the lighting highlights the luxury of the materials and attention to detail which is apparent in every item.

The ⅓ – ⅔ modular back seats means the boot volume can vary from 410 to 1400 litres in an instant.

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® ensures a unique sensations in the segment. The driver enjoys an intuitive, agile, flexible and safe driving experience.

On-board connectivity includes the Mirror Screen feature which allows the driver to link their MirrorLinkTM[2] or Apple Carplay®[3] compatible smartphone to the touch screen.

The PEUGEOT 2008 makes urban travel easier. The Park Assist technology automatises the parking process. The reversing camera shows the vehicle’s dimensions on the screen to facilitate manoeuvring.

 

 

The new 2008 SUV comes with 1.2L PureTech engine, which won the ‘International engine of the year 2016’ award in the 1.0L to1.4L category.

This 3-cylinder petrol engine technology delivers energetic drive and performance, excellent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. It’s the result of intelligent, innovative engineering, which combines reduced weight materials with the efficiency of direct fuel injection to give you maximum pleasure behind the wheel, at any speed, for less.

You can visit their Peugeot Showroom in Kiarong and visit their Facebook Page for more info.

 

The incoming Executive Committee feted

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The members of Brunei Speakers’ Club during the installation night at Parkview Hotel. A few members were not present.
 


The incoming Executive Members of Brunei Speakers’ Club during the installation ceremony. It was conducted by Stuart Lee, our Area Director for K6 (far right)
 

Finally after the three months into the term, Brunei Speakers’ Club had its installation night for its executive committee (Exco) for their members. This was the session where the Exco for the term 2016-2017 will be pinned (with their respective pins) on their suits to formalise their respective roles in the club.

This term Executive Committee for Brunei Speakers’ Club are:

President – Jordan Yau
Vice-President of Education – Gerald Goh
Vice-President of Membership – Rano Iskandar
Vice-President of Public Relations – Rahmat Tarsat
Secretary – Heidi Rahman
Treasurer – Aziman Nasir
Sergeant-at-Arms – Awfa Nawawi
Immediate Past President – Chris Woo

The ceremony took place at All-Seasons restaurant at Parkview Hotel and I was happy that this place is ideal for hosting corporate dinner events. Furthermore, the guests commented on the wide variety of dishes and they were tasty too 😀 So I would highly recommend if you have corporate dinner events to give this place a shot.

We were also privileged to have a visiting toastmasters guest from Kota Kinabalu, Laurence Dumling, who recently visited Brunei to deliver a workshop at Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club meeting and also at Sekolah Menengah Sayyinda Abu Bakar to inspire the students.

There were some light entertainment such as table topics on toastmasters members and a speech by Awfa on “Korean Madness”.

Incoming President Jordan Yau delivered a special roast to outgoing President Chris Woo who is now our Immediate Past President. Chris Woo also gave his remarks on his exco members (Macalister Mak, Jordan Yau, Supatra Lee, Gerald Goh, Pooja Shivanand, Aziman Nasir). Chis also awarded two BSC members – Dalton Lim (The most improved toastmasters of the Year) and Rano Iskandar (Toastmasters of the Year).

A big thank you to those who showed up last weekend especially members from OTTERS (Naj, Allen and Hazwan). Another shout out to Nur Ahmad, Donna Karen Balthazar-Lim and Derby Teo as returning members of BSC.

If any of you are interested to attend our weekly meetings, you can drop by Seameo Voctech every Tuesday 7:15pm and witness/observe how we run our meetings and be part of it too. It’s the best place to learn soft skills on communications and leadership in a supportive environment. Don’t worry, we don’t bite and I will be taking care of guests that attend our meetings. So you are in safe hands 😀

You can follow updates on their Facebook Page or their official website page and also on IG @bruneispeakersclub

 

 


Rahman Tarsat sworn in as Vice-President of Public Relations
 


Chris Woo, Immediate Past President pinning the incoming president, Jordan Yau and vice-versa
 


Around 40 people showed up last weekend. Thank you for the support.
 

 


Syatrah Roslan of BSC and Hilman Omar of UBD Toastmasters were the emcees of the night. Great job too 😀
 


Naj, one of a great supporter of toastmasters from OTTERS.
 


Dalton Lim being awarded The Most Improved Toastmasters of the Year and Rano Iskandar being awarded The Toastmasters of the Year
 


Dalton Lim with his family friend and mentor Shawn Cassidy Narcis
 


The group photo
 

 


Thank you UBD Toastmasters members for supporting our installation
 


The sworn in Executive Committee of BSC with Area Director, Stuart Lee
 


The guests having a great time last weekend
 


What do they have in common? They are all teachers. Thank you, Laurence (center), for touching other people’s lives
 

Bandarku Ceria

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Text by Quratul-Ain Bandial of The Brunei Times. Residents in the capital are looking forward to the first car-free Sunday in downtown Bandar tomorrow, saying the initiative from the Municipal Department will help revive Bandar as a centre for community activity.

Dubbed ‘Bandarku Ceria’, the initiative will see the area spanning the Royal Regalia to the Waterfront a car-free zone from 6am to 10am every Sunday. Some roads from Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium to the capital will also be closed to give space for cycling and jogging routes.

The Municipal Department said the move will allow small vendors to do business, encourage more physical activity and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

Hjh Kemariah Hassan, a restaurant manager in the capital, said she hoped car-free Sunday would attract more people to Bandar to support local businesses which typically see slow trading on the weekends.

“During the week, we usually get business from the lunch crowd from the banks and other offices located in Bandar. But after 6pm and on the weekends Bandar is so quiet,” said the 42-year-old.

“Sometimes we will get business from the foreign workers who have their day off on Sunday, but I hope this car-free move will make downtown more of a weekend destination for Bruneians.”

 

 

 

Through Bandarku Ceria, members of the public are encouraged to use the spaces available in the capital for recreation, cultural, family and community activities, turning Bandar Seri Begawan into an urban park that can be enjoyed by all, through activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, aerobics and sales.

“Brunei really lacks public spaces where people can gather and meet. Young people just hang out in malls and parking lots and are chased away by police when it gets late. Wouldn’t it be better to have places where we can hang out that are safe, fun and pleasant?” said Lina Abu Bakar, a local university student.

She said the popularity of places like Taman Jubli proves that Bruneians are in desperate need of more public spaces.

“It’s a very small park but since they renovated it, it’s always full of people every day exercising, spending time with their families or doing group activities. It has been the venue for a few food festivals. Why can’t Bandar be like that?”

Tomorrow’s first car-free Sunday will feature pop-up sales, a handicraft corner, street artists, exercise activities and market stalls.

Taxi driver Abdul Sukarni added that Bandarku Ceria could help promote tourism, especially since Bandar Seri Begawan was declared an the ASEAN City of Culture for 2016-2017.

“There are several tourist attractions here already that I take my customers to, such as the SOAS Mosque and Kampong Ayer, but it is not very lively. It makes Brunei seem very old-fashioned,” he said.

“If we can make this a big weekly market with lots of vendors, not just Tamu Kianggeh, it could be great for people like me working in the tourism industry.”

 

 

 

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