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COMO Uma, Ubud

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

 


The poolside of COMO Uma Hotel at Ubud. Image courtesy of Comohotels.com
 


My villa room at COMO Uma
 

It has almost been a week. I’ve been in this magnificent city of Bali where magical moments happen. I haven’t posting anything on my travels just yet on my blog so why not now? Some of my social media buddies have been tied up with their recent visit to Temburong while I cover the city of Ubud in Bali.

For some who are not familiar, Ubud is more like a nature attraction for tourists in Bali. It’s not as busy as Kuta or Seminyak but I could say it’s gradually getting busy. Well, now that more tourists are heading to Ubud, that explains the increasing traffic congestion. So it’s not something that I look forward to as it took us a while to reach certain destinations within Ubud.

Last year around this time, I was in Bali for a toastmasters convention and it was such an untimely manner as there was a volcanic eruption that caused to disrupt the flights in and out of Bali. Hence I was stuck for sometime in Bali and chilling in Bali instead.

Yay!! Now I’m back again and this time we are staying at Uma by Como, Ubud. Two years ago, I was stayed at Maya Ubud and if I were to compare with Uma by Como, I prefer the service here at Uma by Como. The only set back is that the villas doesn’t have a private pool. Boohoo. The food here is great and not as expensive surprisingly. The villa rooms, however, are a different story. Rooms starts around BND 390 on booking.com but we managed to get a better deal since we have a huge group.

Now would I recommend you to stay over at COMO Uma? Definitely for the service and the rooms. Just make sure that you save yourself some $$$. Mind you the COMO Uma is slightly far from Seminyak and Kuta. This is ideal place for couples by the way and just a good getaway from the distractions and the busyness off of Bali. Oh, they also provide shuttle to Ubud Centre and also to the money changer.

 

 


The best thing about luxurious hotels in Bali are the beds. I have such great sleep for the past week or so. I could sleep all day 😀
 


The night version. The nets are quite useful especially with mosquitoes here and there. Not to worry as they provide many repellents around the room. I only got bitten once in my week stay.
 


The bath tub which I rarely used but shows how spacious the bathroom is.
 

 


This is just outside my room. A place to chill and also outdoor shower. Haven’t really used it but I do wish there is a pool
 


I love the touch of green around the villas.
 


They have many koi fish here at the COMO and they provide fish food if you feel like feeding them
 


This taken from the lobby area of COMO Uma
 


This is the strong reason I love Ubud… The greenery 😀
 

Game On, FIFA 17

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Game On Business Management & Services (Game On) brings you the very first PS4 FIFA 17 Tournament from the 3rd to 4th December 2016, at Mabohai Shopping Complex.

If you’re up for the challenge, register now until 3rd December 2016 by providing your Full Name, Contact Number and choice of session along with an entry fee of BND20. Each player will be entitled to a free drink & fries, courtesy of Burger King Brunei.

The winner will walk away with the grand prize of a brand new PlayStation 4 Slim (500GB), a PS4 Stix Gift Voucher and Game On merchandise!

Qualifying rounds will start on Saturday from 1pm to 9pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Knock-out rounds will be the last 32 players to the final starting from 5pm onwards (Sunday).

 

 

 

This event is brought to you with the supporting partners of Mabohai Shopping Complex, ETA Games @ Cineplex, PS4 Stix, Get It Enterprise, Instrutech Engineering, Burger King Brunei, and The Letterbox Co. The Official Social Media Partner for this tournament is RanoAdidas.

For more information, do contact Amar at +6738 849050

Game On Business Management & Services is an event managing company dedicated to organising video game tournaments in Brunei Darussalam, established in 2016.

Check out Game On’s official Instagram @ GameOn.bn for latest updates and more cool stuffs!

 

Launch of French-Brunei Arts Festival

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Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, taking a tour of the exhibition featuring vintage film posters and several locally-produced works of art at the launching of the French-Brunei Arts Festival last night, at the Rotunda of The Empire Hotel & Country Club. Image by Fizah HAB of Borneo Bulletin.
 

Art enthusiasts and members of the French community in Brunei attended the launching of the French-Brunei Arts Festival last night, at the Rotunda of The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

The guest of honour was Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Also in attendance were Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Idris ibni Al-Marhum Pengiran Temenggong Pengiran Haji Mohammad, the President of the Committee of Alliance Francaise de Brunei; Yann Carpentier, the Director of Alliance Francaise de Brunei; Dato Shofry Abdul Ghafor, the Manager of Rainforest Gallery; and members of the foreign diplomatic corps in Brunei.

The event began with a VIP mocktail event, which was followed by an exhibition featuring vintage film posters and several locally-produced works of art.

A film screening of ‘Chocolat’ was also held at the Times Cineplex of The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

The ongoing festival will also include screenings of an animated feature titled ‘Phantom Boy’ on November 16, and a Swiss film titled ‘Deux Jours Avec Mon Père’ on November 18, at the Alliance Française de Brunei headquarters in Batu Bersurat.

 

 


Image courtesy of Dato Shofry Abdul Ghafor
 


Congratulations to Huwaida on the launch of your book 🙂
 

The closing ceremony on November 19 will involve a VIP mocktail and a dinner in white, with some live recitations at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom of The Empire Hotel & Country Club, where guests in all-white attire will be entertained by local students and two teachers from the Yippy Tune School, through a range of traditional Malay, French and English songs.

The festival is open to the public, with tickets available for purchase at the counter of the Alliance Francaise de Brunei headquarters, and at the Alliance Française de Brunei booth in the Rainforest Gallery on car-free Sundays. Tickets are limited to 200 for the VIP mocktail and dinner in white events, while the film screenings at the Alliance Francaise de Brunei headquarters will be able to accommodate a maximum of 30 people. Text courtesy of Fizah HAB of Borneo Bulletin.

 

 

 

The new American Dream

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The newly elected President of the United States of America, Donald Trump
 

The new American Dream. Hilary Clinton conceded defeated after the former Apprentice founder Donald Trump won the battleground state elections. Donald Trump broke the “Big Blue Wall” of Democratic Party led by Hilary and many of us especially in Brunei saw this as a shocking result. Donald was leading in the beginning during the electoral votes until Clinton picked up pace and overtook the votes at one stage. Her minor lead didn’t last long and when Donald won in Ohio and Florida, it was all his election to lose.

America has tremendous potential as quoted by President elect Donald Trump during his welcoming remarks. He even thanked Hilary for putting such a good fight. The influence of Obama who supported for Hilary was not strong enough to sustain the Blue Wall.

So what’s the outlook for Brunei and other ASEAN countries with the newly elected US President. We shall wait and see. To me personally, he wasn’t my choice neither was Hilary but between the two, I would have chose Hilary for other reasons.

 

 


The Blue Wall of Hilary Clinton was broken indeed
 


How the electoral votes went
 


US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Craig Allen at the US Embassy Election Day event at Radisson Hotel today
 


Some of the guests who attended the event at Radisson
 


Donald Trump playing part in a WWE storyline decades ago
 

Pan Bright Travel’s October Draw

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Mr. Aldrin Arumugam, the General Manager of Singapore Airlines Brunei presenting the mock ticket to Hjh. Nurzainah Bte. Hj. Tuah, representative of Mr. Chin Yun Wui
 

Pan Bright Travel Service have selected their October lucky draw winner on the 02 November 2016. The lucky coupon was drawn by the General Manager of Singapore Airlines, Mr. Aldrin Arumugam witnessed by Singapore Airlines Head Of Sales Madam Wong Siaw Ling.

A prize presentation was held at Pan Bright Travel office in Bandar Seri Begawan earlier today by Mr. Aldrin Arumugam to the representative of Mr. Chin Yun Wui who won himself a return economy class ticket to Singapore sponsored by Singapore Airlines.

This is the second series for the monthly lucky draw promotion where customer stands a chance to win monthly 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.

 

Honey Carsmart Lucky Draw

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Leslie Lai, Director of Honey Carsmart handing over a a mock key to Mohammad bin Rosdin the grand winner
 

Mohammad bin Rosdin was declared the winner of the HONEY Carsmart grand lucky draw last Friday at their showroom. He won himself a Suzuki Alto. His profession is as the Bilal of Perdana Wangsa Hj Mohammad Mosque.

Second place went to Zanudin bin Haji Salleh who won an LG refrigerator and third prize winner, Norliah binti Md Zain, won a Panasonic Flat Screen TV. As for the fourth prize, Hj Tahir Hj Tarip won a green mountain bike.

There were also consolation prizes such as hampers given to the lucky customers. The turnout was great as the guests were treated to refreshments and also Mr. Softy. According to the management, they had around 150 entries who bought cars from Honey Carsmart from July 7 to October 31.

Before the lucky draw presentation, the management welcomed the guests of honour, Awang Haji Ahmad bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Policy and Planning Trustee of the Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam and Malai Haji Abdullah bin Malai Haji Othman, President and CEO of Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER).

Congratulations to the winners during the grand lucky draw.

 

 

 


Zanudin bin Haji Salleh who won an LG refrigerator
 

 


Consolation prizes were hampers for the customers
 

 


Yummy.. A great move to bring in Mr. Softy 😀
 

Thank you, The Brunei Times

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The reason behind the closure of The Brunei Times. This is still a surreal feeling.
 


This is where the printing is being done for The Brunei Times. Colleagues gathered around past midnight to witness the final print of today’s The Brunei Times. Click image to enlarge.
 

So many things that went through my mind and the feeling was just surreal, even now. The fact that The Brunei Times printed its final edition today 7th November 2016 has put almost the whole nation to state of sombreness and sadness. The Brunei Times began its journey since 1st July 2006 as it was launched at The Mall, Gadong. Now that’s almost 20 years in the making before the Board of Directors had to make an abrupt decision in shutting down its publication.

Yes, it is very sudden and it was more like a 48 hour notice given to roughly 130 staff working under The Brunei Times flagship. Such move is unprecedented and for a national paper to shut down in short span of time gave them less allowance for be ready for the reality check. There were no rumours circulating prior to the shut down. No subtle hints at all. I remembered one scene though that a friend from TBT rushed out from a wedding dinner that haven’t begun because he had to rush back to TBT’s office for urgent matters.

I had my fair share of reporting for The Brunei Times. I used to contribute articles to The Brunei Times in the early days. Some Home News and mostly Sports section. I would say that I really enjoyed the relationship I have with The Brunei Times and visited their office a couple of times.

There are many people I want to thank for during The Brunei Times’ era. There are just so many that it won’t be fair if I miss out anyone in particular. You know who you are and I deeply empathise what you are feeling or going through right now. I’ve never seen the over pouring of love and support for the staff of The Brunei Times especially on my social media news feed.

My thoughts are all of you and thank you for the wonderful memories you have given to the Brunei community. You have touched other lives with your news reporting and inspiring stories (People, Line of Duty) and we as the community appreciate what you have contributed. The one thing I observed from this closure is the unity among the staff and management of The Brunei Times. It’s a never ending journey as it will open new doors of opportunities. Some images taken by a few TBT reporters.

 

 


Yesterday’s headline was the most shocking news of 2016 and I just couldn’t comprehend the situation given
 


Will this be the last time we see this machine put to use? 🙁
 


Thank you The Brunei Times for your contribution and efforts
 

 

 


AJ, thank you so much for your help in these years and I truly appreciate the little things you have shown in your line of work
 

 


This was back in July 1, 2010 when The Brunei Times introduced a compact version and I was so kiasu that I headed to The Brunei Times office to grab the first copy that entered the office.
 

 


TBT photographers and videographer holding the final edition, fresh of the print earlier this morning
 

National Youth Day 2016

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in the recent Youth Day 2016 at International Convention Centre
 


With YEAB

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam presented four awards to excellent youths and a non-governmental organisation at the 11th National Youth Day celebration at the International Convention Centre.

The presentation of the youth awards recognises and gives appreciation to the youth movements in Brunei, in support for the monarch’s titah and desire to encourage the youth in building and maintaining the spirit of volunteerism among the community.

The monarch was accompanied by HRH Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

 


With the Brunei Toastmasters
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baiduri launches Green Festival

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Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman as the guest of honour at Baiduri Green Festival 2016
 


Pierre Imhof, the CEO of Baiduri Bank, delivering his welcoming remarks
 

The Baiduri Green Festival kicked off yesterday with the opening ceremony launched by the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre last night.

Pierre Imhof, the CEO of Baiduri Bank, said in his welcoming speech that this event aims at promoting the awareness of healthy lifestyle as well as supporting the local SMEs in Brunei Darussalam. You will see sense a holistic approach from Baiduri in creating this event.

So what can you expect from this event? It’s definitely recommended for families and friends. There will be flower crown workshops be conduced by The Collective and a football clinic by DPMM FC. On top of that, you seek for financial wellness, Baiduri Bank will also assist you on that.

Don’t forget that there will be some local artists being lined up for the event such as Aziz Harun and Eia to name a few. It’s open from 10am to 10pm today and tomorrow. For updates, you can follow @baiduribank on Instagram.

 

 


It’s Zumba time
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baiduri Green Festival

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Come and experience a fun-filled weekend beginning this Friday at a Baiduri Bank festival that is centred on living holistically.

The Green Festival will be held at Jerudong Park Amphitheatre and compasses financial, physical, social and emotional well-being aspects through a line-up of vendors, activities, live music and food.

This was mentioned at a media lunch hosted by the bank yesterday at The Energy Kitchen, Kiulap, to promote the upcoming festival.
Baiduri Bank’s Marketing Senior Officer Wajihah Abas said the three-day festival will run from 2pm to 10pm on Friday and 10am to 10pm over the weekend.

“During this time you can expect live music by local artistes, special offers by Baiduri Bank Group, games, activities such as special workshops and clinics as well as a variety of vendors selling products ranging from healthy food and beverages, fitness and eco-lifestyle,” she said.

There will be plenty to keep you and the kids entertained with an interesting line-up of activities such as a unique twist on basketball, outdoor bowling, colouring activities, crossword puzzles, giant ball games and more, including a football clinic by DPMM FC, flower crown making workshop by The Collective and a natural beauty workshop by Aloha Nature House Brunei.

 

 

 

Also don’t forget to catch live performances by local artistes Aziz Harun, Nabeela Fadzil, Method Six, Do It Good Records and more.
Entrance is free for everyone and visitors will receive a redemption card upon entry, where they can redeem free gifts upon collecting 10 stamps from visiting the different booths or taking part in games and activities.

Visitors can also take part in the slogan contest, where forms can be obtained during the day, and write in not more than 15 words about the importance of early financial planning.

The five best entries will be selected after the end of the event, and winners will receive prizes, which includes a grand prize of a trip for two to Bali, which includes accommodation at Novotel Nusa Dua.

For further information about ‘The Green Festival’, Baiduri’s 24-hour call centre is always ready to answer your calls on all things related to the bank at 2449666. Text courtesy of Azmi Zainal of The Brunei Times.

 


A little special table for our RIPAS hospital children cancer ward fundraiser. Image courtesy of Make A Book Brunei Facebook Page
 


One of the set up for this weekend. Image courtesy of Make A Book Brunei Facebook Page.
 

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