Baiduri Bank recently concluded a debit card promotion where customers who signed up for a new Baiduri UnionPay debit card or paid for their purchases in selected Asian destinations using their card were automatically entered into a draw to win travel packages to selected destinations in Asia.
At a prize presentation event held at the Banking Hall of their Kiarong Branch today, eight lucky customers went home with travel packages and other travel accessories after they were selected as winners in Baiduri’s “Travel and Get Rewarded with UnionPay” promotion which ran from 1st November until 31st December 2016.
Nurul Nazurah Binti Alias won a 4D3N family vacation to Disneyland Hong Kong, while Awang Haji Metusin Bin Haji Abdul Rahman walked home with a relaxing 3D2N getaway to Bali for 2 and Siti Nurul Amalina Binti Haji Mohamad will be enjoying an exciting 4D2N trip to shopping city Kuala Lumpur with a stopover in cultural city of Malacca. 5 consolation prize winners namely, Sheena Winifred Hendry, Hajah Rokiah Binti Haji Abdul Ghani, Siti Noorazean Binti Haji Jamil, Chan Ban Chang and Chia Suk Ling received a Samsonite Aerial Spinner Luggage each.
Ms Winnie Ang, Manager of Consumer Financing in Baiduri Bank was on hand to present the prizes to the winners. Elaborating on the promotion, she said, “Aside from providing users with cashless convenience and PIN based security, customers who signed up or use their Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card during the promotion period stood a chance to win amazing travel packages.”
Ms Winnie Ang, Manager of Consumer Financing in Baiduri Bank, giving away the prizes to all the winners
Customers also enjoyed a fabulous 5% cashback on all their transactions made on their Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card in any of the selected countries, applicable for cumulative spending of up to BND3,000 during the promotion period.
The Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card is accepted at over 2,000 local merchants and more than 26 million UnionPay merchants in over 150 countries. The card also allows cash withdrawals at all Baiduri ATMs and over 1.9 million ATMs worldwide.
It requires a personalized identification number (PIN) to be keyed in by the cardholder for any transactions to be approved, thus, giving cardholders a high level of protection from fraud or misuse of the card. The Baiduri UnionPay debit card is the only PIN based card currently available in Brunei.
For more information on Baiduri Bank’s current promotions and events, the public can also follow Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook or @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.
Times Square Shopping Centre ended its Japanese Language and Culture Week yesterday on Sunday, 19th February 2017. The event took place on 17th February, Friday until 19th February, Sunday at 10:00am till 10:00pm. The event was organized by Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, Times Square Shopping Centre and Japan Foundation. The supporters comprised of Japan Brunei Friendship Association (JBFA), The Japanese Association Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Association of Japan Alumni (BAJA), Hibikiya Pte Ltd, Ms.Reiko Siu Lai Hung, BJFA-UBD chapters, Language Centre of University Brunei Darussalam, Community Education & training Division (IBTE-CET), BERSATU/SSEAYP Alumni, JUNE, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), JENESYS Alumni, Miyazaki Prefecture, Niigata City, Brunei Kendo Alliance, Soul Industry and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO).
The last day of Japanese Language & Culture Week was filled with exciting activities including kite making workshop for kids that took place at 11am to 12pm yesterday. Other activities that took place in the afternoon were Taiko Japanese Drum performance by HIBIKIYA, Yoyo & Kendama performance by JENESYS Alumni, Japanese Cooking demonstration by Chef Usuki, Study in Japan sharing session by Brunei Association of Japan Alumni, as well as other singing and dancing performances by BJFA-UBD Chapter, SSEAYP Alumni, Soul Industry and Brunei Cosplayers.
Throughout the event, there was a lucky draw by Times Square and the prize presentation took place yesterday at 8pm. Ten prizes were given away last night and the presentation was done by the marketing manager of Times Square as well as the general manager, Mrs Amal Majidah Hj Suhaili. Prizes for the lucky draw comprised of hotel stay vouchers from Times Hotel, Ba’diah Hotel, Starlogde Hotel, Parkview Hotel and Jubilee Hotel as well as restaurant vouchers from Excapade Restaurant and Shinobu Sushi Restaurant. About 100 participants registered for the lucky draw during the three days event. The grand prize winner Taufiq Al Hakim bin Mohamad Jais brought home Canon Camera Ixus 175.
There was also a prize presentation for the Manga colouring competition last night. Present to give away the prizes was Lim Yee Liang, marketing manager of Times Square. The Manga colouring competition, which took place on the first day of the event was held by Best Eastern. First place went to Elysia Lim Pei Ying bringing home goodie bag whereas Tang Ann Yii and Chia Xuan Lei won second and third place respectively, bringing home goodie bag as prizes. The event ended with dance performances by Soul Industry and the Brunei Cosplay community. More pictures on their Facebook Page.
Moreover, Times Square Shopping Centre will be having a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on 24th until 26th February 2017 as well as a National Chess Tournament on the same dates. For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours.
The official launch with the ribbon cutting with the master franchise and the guest of honour, the Malaysia High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam last weekend
I dined in twice at Manhattan FISH MARKET and I quite like it. I’m familiar with the franchise after my first try in Singapore a few years ago. It was just a matter of time before it made to Brunei market, considering the number of franchises that have been popping up in Brunei Darussalam.
Last week on 15th February, the Manhattan FISH MARKET finally had their official launch. For the record, it is an award-winning casual dining restaurant specializes in American style seafood, offering a wide variety of lip-smacking products ranging from Manhattan Fish n’ Chips to Garlic Herb Mussels and not forgetting their signature dish the legendary Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter, an ideal dish for seafood lovers.
Manhattan FISH MARKET (Brunei) is managed by Nutrafood Resources Sdn Bhd which owns the franchise rights for Brunei market and they are confident of the brand’s success and hinted that there will be two more outlets in the Sultanate.
Haslinda bin Mohd Fauzi, the master franchisee for Manhattan FISH MARKET (Brunei) delivering her welcoming remarks
George Ang, CEO of Revenue Valley Group, a holding company that operates The Manhattan Fish Market.
A token of appreciation to the guest of honour, Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman, HIgh Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam
George Ang receiving memento from Haslinda
Garlic Herb Mussels
Salmon anyone? 😀 Yummm
Grilled flaming lobster platter
Fishy Chicky Bang Bang. It’s fish and chicken served in cheesy sauce. This is a popular dish among patrons in Brunei.
Ice cream served with friend oreos.. Interesting combo 😀
Manhattan FISH MARKET’s concept for fresh and flavourful seafood goes back over 180 years ago, with its inspiration drawn from the famous Fulton Fish Market located in Manhattan, USA. Patrons who step into the warmth restaurant are pleasantly greeted by its décor evoking a deeply rooted sense of the historical market and original inspiration with a contemporary touch.
I was privileged to be invited for the launch of Manhattan FISH MARKET last week and we were treated to a gastronomical feast in a 5 course meal. Yummy!!!
I’m honestly impressed with the quality of the dishes and I hope they can remain consistent in this competitive market (in the F&B industry).
Haslinda demo-ing the flaming action
The representatives from the respective schools receiving donation from Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, during the CNY Open House hosted by Baiduri Bank Group at The Empire Hotel & Country Club
Chinese New Year might be over but the celebration in terms of Open Houses are still around. Few days ago, I attended a few and one of them is Baiduri Bank Group which was hosted at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in conjunction with the Year of the Rooster.
Present was Pierre Imhof, sporting a traditional chinese attire for the CNY Open House. The Chung Hwa Middle School performed another stunning drum performance.
It was a cheerful moment when the under privileged students received donations from Baiduri Bank Group. The recipients were from CHMS, Chung Hwa Kidding, St. Andrew’s School and St. George’s school.
Thank you once again, Baiduri, for the invitation.
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I attended the launch of the Brunei Gastronomy Week held at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism building yesterday. It was launched by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Now what can you expect during Brunei Gastronomy Week which will run from 22nd to 26th February? Selected cafes and restaurants will introduce local cuisines in a more modernized and sophisticated way. I managed to view and did some tasting on the samples given yesterday after the launch. There’s something definitely to look forward to next week.
The Brunei Gastronomy Week is an initiative by the Brunei Tourism Board under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and also coinciding with the upcoming 33rd National Day celebrations. They have collaborated with local cafes and restaurants and even Royal Brunei Airlines.
There were dishes such as the Bamboo Chicken, Acar Buah-Buahan, Sup Kembayau, Sup Tahai, Nasi Katok, Soto Brunei and many more.
On 23rd February, Royal Brunei Airlines will be serving local cuisines in all regional flights and the travel agents will work closely to help to promote to their passengers who will be visiting Brunei Darussalam.
The Guest of honour with the board members, general managers and chefs
The Guest of honour with the general managers and chefs
The Guest of honour with chefs
Royal Brunei Catering is one of the participants of the Brunei Gastronomy Week
Urbn Kitchen is also one of the participants of the Brunei Gastronomy Week
The Brunei Gastronomy Week will also be judged based on the given criteria to give incentives to the participating restaurants and cafes. The judges will make their rounds and sample the dishes served and the winners will be announced at the Tourism Industry Award ceremony in April.
This is a very good initiative by Brunei Tourism Board and this will help to create more awareness on local cuisines and also promoting the restaurants and cafes as well as improving the quality of the dishes.
The Brunei Gastronomy Week is a way to celebrate and create awareness on Bruneian cuisine, a way to encourage more hotels and restaurants to serve Bruneian cuisine in a more sophisticated way, to improve on the state and elevate the presentation of Bruneian dishes that be part of a fine dining experience and it’s a way to provide a unique Bruneian gastronomical experience to visitors within and outside Brunei.
The Deconstruct Nasi Katok
The Minister touring and sampling food for the Brunei Gastronomy Week
Representing Royal Brunei Airlines
Kolo Mee with prawn from My Town Cafe
Chin Tze Yuan, the President of the Hakka Association with Anwar Rosli, the event manager of KB Sentral and organiser of the event at KB Sentral last weekend
Yee Sang pose
A Chinese Culture Week was organised and hosted by KB Sentral Event Management at KB Sentral Shopping Centre. Present as the guest of honour was Chin Tze Yuan, the President of the Hakka Association last weekend.
It was a celebration in conjunction with the recent Chinese New Year. According to Anwar Rosli, the event manager and organiser of the event, yesterday’s celebration showcased the richness of Chinese culture and celebrates the diversity of the many cultures in Brunei.
There were performances by Chung Hwa Middle School in Kuala Belait, such as Wushu (martial arts), drum performance and Chinese cultural dance. Yes, we do have talents among our locals.
Along the way, they had numerous activities such as cooking demo, orange eating competition and colouring activities. There was also Angpow or red packets and oranges giveaway as part of the activity at the atrium of Sentral Shopping Centre for all our customers in light of the ongoing festive spirit!
At the end of the event, the guest of honour and staff of KB Sentral took part in the tossing of ‘Yee Sang’ (prosperity toss) as a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigour for the year of the rooster.
To all shoppers at KB Sentral can join in on their Monthly and Lucky Draw campaign and there will be their February Monthly Lucky draw which a PS4 console game is up for grab as the grand prize will be held here on the 26th February at 4pm while the next Grand Lucky Draw with a bungalow house as the grand prize will be held on July 9th, 2017.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made a surprise visit the day after the official launch. It was a great gesture by His Majesty the Sultan and unlike other countries, our Sultan loves to connect with the people of Brunei, up close and personal. Image courtesy of @queennajmina
After many shifting and relocating, this looks to be a permanent spot for Pasar Gadong or what they call “Pasar Pelbagai Barangan Gadong”. Yea, it’s kinda of a long name but many of us are used to Pasar Gadong.
You will be surprised to how much the vendors are now paying as compared to before. Previously they will fork out as much as $300 to $400 per month. Now with a better set up and proper facilities, the vendors are only paying less than $40 per month which is a real steal.
The new facilities is a gift from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
These have been an ongoing problem for the market vendors since last year due to the reallocation. Hence now the problem have been solved with the support and involvement of the Brunei Government.
It has a proper shelter, high roofing, spacious and well built. I believe LSL contributed in this project (from what I heard). Perhaps there was one minor thing and that’s the smoking vents. I’m not sure if it’s working or not but some parts were smokey. Well, it’s just a minor thing but I hope it can be looked into.
It was great to know that some entrepreneurs were given micro-credit from DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) where they received finance to help move their businesses.
It was also a great sight to see His Majesty the Sultan making a surprise visit at the newly established Pasar Pelbagai Barangan and toured the premises. His Majesty was the favourite among the crowd where selfies became a common thing. Sellers and vendors also took the opportunity to thank His Majesty in person.
The Pasar Pelbagai Barangan was officially launched last week by Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The refurbishment of the market was done under the Julangan Titah Project, an initiative of the Office of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Let’s hope this will boost the economy for Brunei and make this one of the attractions for foreigners and tourists alike. I’ve already been there twice and I’m impressed. Just make sure we keep the place nice and clean and be grateful to His Majesty the Sultan in providing such facilities for vendors.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Cabinet Ministers, members of Legislative Council and senior government officials attended the official opening last week
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) during the launch< /strong>
One of the recipients of the micro credit scheme
The attendees during the launch
One of the vendors at Pasar Pelbagai Barangan
I kinda like this churros
Vendors enjoying brisk business during the first few days of operations
Jaymee hunting for apam
I love the high ceiling and the structure of the pasar
It’s the durian season
Quite a crowd especially during night time
One of the world’s top heavy metal bands credited with popularizing the genre, Megadeth, is finally coming to Malaysia!
After a much-anticipated wait, Megadeth’s debut performance in Kuala Lumpur – organised by IME Malaysia – will see the band rock Stadium Negara on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at 8pm.
Founded in 1983, Megadeth virtually gave birth to a genre when their debut release became recognized as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time.
“Kuala Lumpur is somewhere I’ve always wanted to hit when we’ve been trekking through Asia,” co-founder and front man Dave Mustaine was quoted saying in an interview recently. “They’re going to let us bring our brand of metal music, it’s really rewarding,” he added.
The tour is in support of their latest album Dystopia, their first album in 3 years and their fifteenth album to date. Rock critics and fans around the world are hailing Dystopia as a triumphant return from one of the most important bands in the scene.
The album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance of 2017. With 49,000 units sold in its first week of release, Dystopia took the no. 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart alongside Adele and Justin Bieber. It’s the highest charting album for the band since 1992’s Countdown to Extinction which peaked at No. 2 on the chart. Dystopia was listed as one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone magazine.
The current Megadeth line up comprises of Dave Mustaine on vocals and guitar, David Ellefson on bass, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. For the past 3 decades, Megadeth has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 12 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums.
Tickets to Megadeth Live in Malaysia are priced at RM428 (Deth Pitt Zone, Free Standing), RM388 (VIP, Numbered Seat), RM358 (Rock Zone, Free Standing), RM288 (CAT1, Numbered Seat) and RM198 (CAT2, Free Seating). Tickets are available via TicketCharge online at www.ticketcharge.com.my or the hotline +603-92228811 starting from 10th February 2017, 11:00am onwards. Fans also can purchase ticket at selected outlets for Speedy video, Victoria Music, Rock Corner, Chambers Music, PJ Live Arts, information counter at The Mines shopping mall and 1 Shamelin. Outstation outlets such as Eden Ultimate (Kuantan) and Blonde Brunette (Penang). All ticket prices are inclusive of 6% GST but exclusive of RM4 processing fee.
For the latest updates on the event, visit @IMEAsia on Facebook, @IME_Asia on Instagram, @IMEProduction on Twitter, or @IMEProductions on WeChat.
Times Square Shopping Centre will be having its first prize presentation for its 7th Lucky Draw Campaign this Sunday on the 12th of February 2017, 2:00 pm, at Times Square Atrium. Lots of attractive prizes will be rewarded to the winners such as restaurant vouchers, hotel vouchers, phones, electrical appliances, gadgets and many more.
Lucky Draw coupon holders must be present at the Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Lucky Draw coupons. Representatives are allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon. Lucky Draw coupon holders who do not win at each draw will not have their coupons carried forward as they will be permanently removed after each draw. Only receipts from the same day of submission are eligible for the draw.
Times Square is also glad to announce that there will be several events in the nearest future. Next week Times Square will host the Japanese Language and Culture Week on 17th to 19th February 2017 with the collaboration of Embassy of Japan in Brunei and Japan Foundation. There will also be a 3 on 3 Under-18 Basketball Tournament which will be held on 24th to 26th February 2017. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply follow Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.
For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours.
Times Square together with Shooting Stars will be organising 3 ON 3 Basketball Tournament on the 24th till 26th February 2017.
What are you guys waiting for? Registration is now OPEN!!! Forms can be collected at Lucky Draw Counter located in front of Dee Jay Home Video,Times Square. Closing date for registration will be on 19th February 2017! Whats more exciting is that all players will be FIBA RANKED!!
Japanese Language and Culture Festival is happening next weekend (17th to 19th February)