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Like Father, Like Son

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in lifestyle

 

 

 

IA Salon situated at The Mall, conducted a free “Father’s day” themed event yesterday in lieu with the annual Father’s day celebration which to be celebrated on June 18th this year. The event was attended by over 10 registered dads with their children.

IA Salon’s Director and Manager Cecilia Lee organised the said event not only to give back to her regular salon clients but moreover to create a platform whereby hardworking daddies can get to bond with their children thru various fun activities.

Registered dads get their hands busy styling up their child’s hair. IA Salon professional team demonstrated the trendy men look and classic cool braids for girls.

A glitter tattoo session made available for both daddies and their child to get the same temporary glittery tattoo either on their faces or arms. A “Dad & Child” selfie corner was the highlight of the event whereby daddies and their children compete for the best selfie to win special gift prizes.

Attending daddies received free haircut vouchers while the children were handed with goodie bags to bring back home courtesy of IA Salon.

Monthly free workshops organised by IA Salon are free admission and limited spaces only. Watch out for July’s free themed workshop which seats are open for everyone to reserve. For more information and advance reservation, call IA Salon at 2423232 or interested participants may whatsapp at 8738232 or visit them at #G32, Ground Floor, The Mall, Abdul Razak Complex, Gadong.

 

 

 

 

 

Concepts and Kingston collaborate once again

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in gadget, lifestyle

 


Mr. Valentine Hon, General Manager of Kingston Beverage & Creamery, Mr. Malcolm Lim, Managing Director of Kingston Beverage & Creamery, Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer during the signing ceremony
 

Concepts Computer, one of the largest IT retailer in Brunei, along with Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn. Bhd., one of the oldest canned-beverage distributor in Brunei, is signing a collaborative MOU for promoting their respective products during the holy month of Ramadhan and the festive month of Syawal.

Signing on behalf of Kingston is Mr. Malcolm Lim, Managing Director, and Mr. Valentine Hon, General Manager for Kingston Beverage & Creamery. While on behalf of Concepts Computer, Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager, and Mr. Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, said, “Concepts Computer has a large customer base in the Bruneian Muslim community, so it is actually the perfect decision for us to collaborate with Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn. Bhd. and provide a carton of canned-beverage for purchases made in our store.” He also added, “We had an overwhelming response when we did it the previous 2 years, and we expect the same results this year.”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer, added to the media, “Customers who makes purchases from Concepts in our store will be able to receive a free voucher for 1 (one) carton of drinks, redeemable at Kingston’s redemption center in Beribi.” He also added, “Customers can purchase any notebook or PC from Acer, or projectors from either Acer or Epson, to be eligible, they will be able to receive a drinks coupon.”

For every purchase of an Acer notebook or PC, or projector from Acer or Epson, during the month of Ramadhan and Syawal, a coupon will be provided, redeemable for a carton (24 cans) of canned-beverage. Redemption of each coupon will be done at Kingston Beverage & Creamery redemption centres in Beribi.

Please note, Kingston’s redemption centre will start operating from June 13 th til July 31st 2017, from 8.00am til 5.30pm, Mondays to Fridays. But to compensate for the Hari Raya rush, the redemption centre will also be open for half a day on Saturdays two weeks before the start of Hari Raya.

For more information call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visit your nearest Concepts Computer Showroom.

 

 


Exchange of documents
 

Born on the track. Built for the road.

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in Audi Sport, automative, lifestyle

 


His Excellency Mr. Roland Grafe, German ambassador to Brunei Darussalam and Mr. Teng Chee Khiong , managing director of TCY Motors during the launch of Audi Sport line at Audi Showroom at Kiarong
 


John Tan, marketing manager of TCY Motors, being the emcee for the launch
Born on the track. Built for the road.

TCY Motors this evening hosted exclusively invited customers and guests to the brand launch for Audi Sport Brunei and subsequent unveiling of two performance models- the S3 Sedan and S6 Sedan V8 at its showroom/headquarters in Kiarong recently.

Part of a global strategy by Audi, the new sub brand serves as a platform to showcase Audi’s performance models which inherit innovations & traits from their motorsport equivalents. Audi Sport’s foundation is also the brand’s successful dominance in motorsports such as Formula E, World RX, the European DTM and GT3 customer racing. Audi also left a huge legacy in the 23 Hours of Le Mans championship with 13 title wins.

For Brunei, the refreshed Audi S3 Sedan (290hp/380Nm) with B&O sound system and 19” ‘star’ design sports wheel will be the entry level model followed by the powerhouse Audi S6 Sedan V8 (450hp/550Nm) which features Cylinder on Demand technology where half of the 8 cylinders can be switched off during normal drive for fuel efficiency. BOSE sound system, Valcona leather, air suspension Sport and massive 21” 5-spoke ‘blade’ sports wheels are just some of the equipment that comes standard. All S models also come with quattro permanent all wheel drive as standard. Future performance models to be introduced under Audi Sports Brunei will be the Audi S7 Sportback and the Audi S5 Coupe.

Mr. Teng Chee Khiong the managing director of TCY Motors was on hand to present a memento to the German ambassador to Brunei HE Mr. Roland Grafe who attended as guest of honour. Other corporate guests from BIBD Perdana, Baiduri Bank berhad and BETTER also attended.

A prize presentation for winners of a weeklong Facebook quiz was also held.

For more interest and upcoming model introductions under Audi Sport Brunei, go to AudiSportBrunei/facebook.com

 

 


The Audi S3
 


The Audi S3
 


They were going live on social media
 

 

 

 


The interior
 

 

 

 


The Audi S3
 

Nissan NV350 Urvan Wide Version

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in automative, lifestyle

 

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The soft introduction of the Nissan NV350 Urban Wide Wide Version at Boustead Showroom
 

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Check them out at the showroom until 31st May 2017
 

The long wait for an all new Nissan NV350 Urvan Wide Version finally comes to an end in Nissan Showroom, Beribi. The previous version of this vehicle has been very popular in the car industry and this Nissan NV350 Urvan Wide Version is bound to bring a more satisfying ride for customers.

The new Nissan NV350 Urvan wide Version endowed a 2488cc in-line 4 cylinder engine that runs on petrol instead of the normal diesel. This new QR25DE petrol engine delivering a 108kw/5600rpm ensures a smoother and cleaner ride for customers. Not just that, petrol engines are known to be at a lower maintenance cost compared to diesel engines.

This vehicle tends to idle at a lower than normal RPM which improves fuel efficiency and cost-saving. The size of this vehicle is one of its strongest points that made it able to transport large, bulky items from one place to another. The high-roof and wide body of this Nissan NV350 Urvan Wide Version composes convenience for users to enter and exit the car with ease.

 

 

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This new vehicle has rear independent air-conditioning that is controllable with a central control switch. One of the purchasing reasons of this vehicle will be its flexibility in handling different types of situations that range from travelling to working. Most will find this vehicle useful as due to its 9-seater competency especially for large families. Equipped with a rear leaf spring, the vehicle is known to sustain heavier loads. Together with its acknowledgeable huge luggage capacity of 3000L, this vehicle serves as a very strong transportation tool especially for business owners and private entrepreneurs.

In terms of safety, Nissan’s concept of ‘the vehicle that helps protect people’ has always been the priority for the Japan manufacturer when producing a vehicle. This new vehicle consists of VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), a system that uses various sensors to monitor driver inputs and vehicle motion. Nissan’s top-notch Anti Braking System (ABS) helps to avoid skidding especially in emergency braking. Added new features to this new Nissan NV350 Urvan Wide Version include existence of a foot brake, a factory fitted centre hand rest and storage compartment and a headlamp zer.

Feel free to drop by to the Nissan showroom, Beribi to have a closer look at the all new Nissan NV 350 Urvan Wide Version which will runs till 31st May 2017. Images courtesy of @kurapak

 

Terrazo @ Tanjong Bunut

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in lifestyle, Business

 

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The mock terrace for public viewing at Terrazzo@Tanjong Bunut
 

Terraces and other resident developments are on the rise now. Yes, it might be a perfect time to invest or buy in property before it rises again. The latest one that I visited recently was called Terrazzo. It’s a property development run by Precise Development under the leadership of Jake Goh.

There are 19 units, consisting of modern terrace houses and a few have been sold. Location wise, it’s pretty good, located at Tanjong Bunut, just minutes away from Hua Ho Tanjong Bunut. As you know, this area has slowly become a prime area with many recent developments.

The Terrazzo is a modern double storey terrace house. The net area is approximately 2,200 sq feet. It consists of family living area, dining area, a store, a dry kitchen, a maid room and even bathroom at the ground floor. All the bathrooms are fitted with water heater.

The whole terrace will be fully furnished as well. Every bedroom is fitted with wardrobe. For the kitchen area, there will be a stove, an oven, a hood and cabinets. For the car porch area, it can fit two cars and also inclusive of lights and fittings. The windows are fitted with white powdered coated aluminum frames with light green tinted glass.

With the recent launch from Precise Development, they are offering a house package. Which means that it comes with living area furniture, living area table, living area cabinets, dining set table, king size beed, bed tables, queen size bed, single bed, carpets and more.

For more info, you can visit their main office at Menglait – Unit No.20, Ground Floor, Bangunan Hj Hassan Abdullah, Kg. Menglait, Gadong, BSB BE3719. Or you can visit their website at precise-development.com.bn or their Facebook Page.

You can also reach them at 889 00002 or 242 0418.

 

 

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The construction is expected to complete this September if I’m not mistaken
 

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The home package will include this as well at the living/sitting area
 

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The dry kitchen is fitted with stove, hood, oven as well
 

 

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The dining area
 

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The master bedroom
 

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The area outside the master bedroom
 

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One of the rooms upstairs with single bed
 

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One of the rooms upstairs with queen bed
 

VR Arcade opens its door

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in gadget, lifestyle

 

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VR Arcade now open to the public located at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. Image by BIG Borneo.
 

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Kurapak and I had first hand experience before it was opened to the public
 

Finally it’s here.. The virtual reality games.. We see it on TV or on the net or even at other countries. Now it’s here in Brunei for the very first time.

Check out VR Arcade (@vr_arcade) at Hua Ho Manggis Mall (1st Floor) and do try out their latest game arcades. The company owned by Sujee Hannah Abdullah Chan revealed that there are more games to come in the near future and so far, some of the VR games are on the first to be released in our region. Cool.

All games will able to enjoy a minimum of five minutes and you will have to purchase the tokens in order to play.

As for the price, it ranges from $2 to $4 and it’s very competitive pricing when compared to other regions where it will easily cost at least $10.

There are hints that VR Arcade might appear during the upcoming Consumer Fair so the public can get up close and personal with the VR machines. So do stay tune and see what’s in store for VR Arcade.

For your info, VR Arcade also caters for birthday parties and special events and the machines are also available for rent.

For updates, you can follow @vr_arcade or just drop by VR Arcade at Manggis Mall.

 

 

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Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif enjoyed some VR experience. Image from Devin.
 

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Kia On Tour & Test Drive

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Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in the country is inviting you to a world of dynamic driving and more through the 2017 Kia On Tour & Test Drive. The first leg of this year-long event will be from 10 – 14 May at The Mall, Gadong and the test drive event on 14 May at the SEAMEO-VOCTECH Regional Centre from 9:00AM – 3:00PM.

Kia On Tour & Test Drive is on its 4th year now of bringing Kia vehicles closer to its market. This nationwide tour will commence from May until October 2017. Kia will be visiting different districts in Brunei Darussalam – Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Kuala Belait. Customers will have the chance to explore Kia’s fun-to-drive vehicles and experience a dynamic driving adventure. Exclusive Kia Smartphone Speaker will be given to those who will test drive during the tour.

The 2017 Kia on Tour & Test Drive is part of the larger global roadshow project initiated by Kia Motors Corporation in Korea to enable the population in its network of dealers covering countries in the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and the Pacific to see, feel and experience Kia. It is part of Kia’s global commitment to surpass customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.

 

 

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Check out the Kia on Tour at the Mall from today till Sunday. Image courtesy of Mantuka.com
 

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It’s open to public from 10am to 10pm at The Mall
 

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Kia Smartphone Speaker (minus the phone hehe) will be given to those who will test drive during the tour
 

JBoxing Day 1

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in fashion, lifestyle

 

 


Fans of Jovian before entering the venue
 

JBoxing happened with a huge bang yesterday at The Empire Hotel & Country Club. As you know that Jovian Ready-to-Wear (RTW) event is always popular in Malaysia and it’s already happening in Brunei Darussalam. The event continues today till Sunday, 7th May 2017.

This time round to expect different range of designs and JBoxing is also an event whereby all Jovian fans will gather all at once as to own their favourite Lebaran pieces.

Bajoo is proud to partner with Jovian for the JBoxing event. Also part of the event is their exclusive main partner, Baiduri Bank Group. The expectations are quite high as they expect around 20,000 visitors over the three day period.

For Jovian, he has always wanted to host an event in Brunei and he figured that this is the right time. To Jovian, Brunei has been his favourite destination as he has many support from Bruneians and royalties. For your info, Jovian Mandagie is the cEO and Creative Director for Jovian Apparel.

Yesterday a few thousands showed up on the 1st day of JBoxing event in Brunei. Do expect more in the remaining two days. Good luck to Bajoo and Jovian. Some of the images courtesy of @kurapak

 

 


Hajah Halimah won a voucher from JBoxing from my repost contest. Happy shopping
 


Some of designs on display
 

 


Locally made
 


Founder of Bajoo with founder of Jovian Apparel
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baiduri Prestige gets privilege at JBoxing

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

 


Prestige customers registering before entering the venue
 


Prestige customers browsing through the collections
 

Baiduri Bank Group, the main sponsor of J Boxing by Jovian, organised a preview of the collection this morning at the Empire Hotel and Country Club. The closed-door event was organised exclusively for their Baiduri Prestige members.

During the event, the invited guests were able to browse through the wide variety of the latest collections of Jovian Apparel which include Jovian Borsa (handbags), JLuxe Raya 2017, Jovian Men 2017, Savannah, JBasic Raya 2017, Lisa Surihani for Jovian, Jovian Hijab and Jovian Kids.

Hjh Maripaz Abdullah, Head of Prestige Programme in Baiduri Bank said, “The Baiduri Prestige programme is based on five principles, Privileges being one of them. Invitations to exclusive events like this are among the many benefits that our Prestige members enjoy.”

She further elaborated, “Baiduri Prestige first held a similar event in September last year with Bait Al-Hijab showcasing locally designed modest wear.  We received very positive feedback from our customers, and encouraged by that, we decided to bring more such events to our customers.  In today’s event, we are collaborating with leading local fashion retailer ‘Bajoo’, to bring to your doorstep, this exclusive collection in anticipation of your needs for the coming Hari Raya festive season. We felt that the Jovian collection currently being offered would be ideal not only for the ladies, but the whole family.”

During the three-day J Boxing by Jovian event, Baiduri Prestige members can enjoy a 10% discount when they shop using their Visa Infinite Credit Card or their Baiduri Prestige Mastercard Platinum Debit Card, while all other Baiduri cardholders will receive a 5% discount.

Baiduri Prestige is a programme for Baiduri’s high net-worth customers designed to provide a range of personalised services and offers. The Prestige programme is built around 5 principles: Personal Touch, Progression in Wealth, Privileges, Priority Recognition and Platinum Status. Baiduri Prestige members have exclusive access to our Baiduri Prestige Centres located at the Kiarong Branch, the Kiulap Branch, the Kuala Belait Branch and the Seria Branch.

For more information about Baiduri Bank’s products and promotions, visit our website at www.baiduri.com or call our Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 244 9666.

 

How energy is relevant to our daily lives

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

 


Dato Paduka Hj Jamain bin Hj Julaihi, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office with members of the French Bruneian Business Association and invited speakers yesterday
 


The man of the hour, Brandon Ng, co-founder of AMPD Energy
 

Thank you for the invitation, French Bruneian Business Association, for the interesting dialogue and forum on “Energy Transition & Innovation”. The event was held at Radisson Hotel and the guest of honour was Dato Paduka Hj Jamain bin Hj Julaihi, Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Of course, the main highlight of the event was the invited speaker, Brandon Ng, a Bruneian born who is based in Hong Kong. Now why is he the highlight of the show? Because of his amazing credentials this year alone. His company Ampd Energy exhibited their product at the CES 2017 earlier this January. CES is one of the biggest innovative showcase that I know of and it stands for Consumer Technology Association where you will see giants like Apple, Playstation and many more. This is also a great platform for start-ups to showcase their prototype or products to consumer ends.

Secondly, Brandon Ng is listed as “Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list under the Industry, Manufacturing and Energy sector. Now that’s an amazing accolade or resume to have in the year 2017 alone. That says a lot about Brandon’s brighter future. Ok, let’s not get carried away. Let’s talk more about the forum that took place yesterday.

The guest of honour mentioned something interesting that will hopefully change the landscape when it comes to energy consumption. He said that the Energy Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office and Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI) have completed a draft on Renewable Energy Act which will hopefully be implemented by 2018. Dato Paduka Hj Jamain also shared how Brunei ranks one of the worst in terms of energy consumption per capita. So it’s important on how newer frameworks and policies will help to reduce energy consumption that can benefit the country.

We are definitely in the transition period after the launched of the Energy White Paper back in 2014 where Brunei has set a target of 10% of electricity generation from renewable resources by 2035. That’s 18 years away from now and let’s not get complacent.

I like the presentation by Vincent Dutel, the CEO of Total E&P Borneo BV who shared on climate change being affected by energy efficiency. We might be thinking things like pollution and such in contributing climate change but even energy consumption especially in the oil and gas industry can play a huge role.

He also shared some tips on how turn the oil and gas industry sustainable for stakeholders in a long run. Firstly is to have cost effective measures such as cost reduction. For instance, Total’s latest project, the Maharaja Lela South Project, performed some cost cutting measures and saved at least BND 400 million in cost alone. The previous estimated project costs BND 1.3 billion.

Secondly is to implement integration by using renewable resources. For instance, turning gas into electricity or even using solar energy to create electricity. Thirdly, simply be innovative by creating cutting edge technology to make a project or the company more sustainable.

Brandon Ng shared his ready-to-be-marketed product the AMPD Silo, an energy storage for solar, that will change the landscape of energy consumption, replacing current diesel generators and even high powered UPS.

The AMPD Silo uses advanced, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to store electricity. They will come to good effect when the main source of electricity fails and the AMPD Silo will restore electricity in a matter of a second. I believe this product is so ideal in places such as hospitals or places that has huge servers and such.

I shall talk more on Brandon Ng on my future post and I can understand why he sees a better future being based in Hong Kong as he will be able to grow faster in getting his product out in the global market. Being in Brunei may bring new opportunities but should he wants to grow bigger in a faster rate, places like Hong Kong would be ideal for his business venture and plus it makes more economic sense.

Thank you once again for FBBA for the invitation and thank you for making this event possible.

 

 


Pierre Imhof, the President of FBBA in his welcoming remarks
 


Panel discussion with guest of honour, Brandon Ng and Vincent Dutel.
 

 

 


Vincent Dutel giving a presentation on sustaining the oil and gas industry
 


Token of appreciation to the speakers
 

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