JBoxing is back next weekend!

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Jovian Mandagie with partners of the Boxing event next week
 

Continuing the success of 2 consecutive years of the annual ‘Raya’ sales event, JBoxing is returning to Brunei for its third year with brand new image, bigger venue, greater deals and more options from Jovian Ready-To-Wear for people to choose from.

Taking place at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus from 26th to 28th of April 2019, 10 AM to 10 PM, the event is presented by the Bruneian powerhouse atelier and multi-label store, Bajoo Butik who remains as the Title Partner for the event and with an exclusive partnership with Jati Transport Sdn Bhd that is set to give a new reach, exposure and higher milestone.

“We have been so blessed with the overwhelming response we had received from our dearest Jovianistas in Brunei every year that without a fail, it’s the most exciting thing for us to keep coming back here. And this year, we thought we wanted to offer something bigger than what we’ve done before. New partners, new space and (of course) new collections!” –Dato’ Jovian Mandagie, Chief Executive Officer of Jovian Apparel Sdn Bhd and Creative Director of Jovian Ready-To-Wear.

 

 

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Jackie Lim, founder of Bajoo Batik, with Jovian Mandagie
 

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The crowd last night at Mercedes-Benz Autohaus
 

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Jovian speaking to the audience
 

To fill a much bigger space at the Mercedes-Benz Autohaus’ flagship showroom, the event will carry a range of new collections from ‘Secret Garden’, ‘Jovian x Ria Miranda’, ‘Jovian Men’, ‘Jovian x OhMostWanted’, ‘Retro Raya’ and ‘Lace Edition” from Jovian Basic Raya. Not to mention, there will Jovian Hijab Exclusive to be launched exclusively during J Boxing Brunei only.

Joining in as the official Event Partner for J Boxing, Maszalina Event Management Services is the brainwork behind this year’s event setup to ensure the best shopping experience. With over 16 years in the field, Maszalina Event Management Services has handled massive production from corporate events, wedding, sales event, annual dinner, expo, and many more.

Apart from that, J Boxing is also supported by its other main corporate partners such as Mix Media Worx as the Official Digital Media Partner, Nyonya as the Official Catering Partner and CItyneon as the Official Media Display Partner.

For this three-day event, Jovian Ready-To-Wear will give away 15 special items to 5 lucky shoppers each day, not to mention special deals and promotions that will be happening during the period of ‘Happy Hour’ that should not be missed. Prices start from as low as BND10 and discounts up to 50% on selected items.

 

 

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Jovian mingling with the management of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd
 

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Dinner at Autohaus last night
 

BIBD 14th Home Showcase Festival

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Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture launching the BIBD’s 14th Home Showcase Festival
 

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It’s the 14th edition of the BIBD’s 14th “Home Showcase Festival” and this has become a household name in Brunei Darussalam. I remember attending almost all their home showcase events but to date, this is the biggest because it’s held for three days (12th to 14th April).

Buying a home has slowly become a culture among Bruneians and BIBD wants to ensure that home buyers’ dreams can become a reality by facilitating their needs with every step of the way.

According to Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar, BIBD Head of Retail Banking, the Home Showcase will benefit the home owners and also providing a one-stop platform for current and prospective homeowners especially the young professionals.

Officiating the ceremony last Friday was Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, who spent quite some time visiting all the vendors that participated in the Home Showcase Festival.

Of course, let’s not forget BIBD’s QuickPay function where it’s cashless payments where you don’t need to fork out your physical money. I have been actively using it and I find it very, very convenient. The adoption rate was pretty good during Brunei’s MSME where the usage of QuickPay doubled, showing signs that people are ready to go cashless.

Customers can also get a BIBD NEXGEN Foldable Shopping Bag as long as stocks last with a minimum spending of BND10. The event also served as an avenue for local entrepreneurs and small and medium and enterprises (SMEs) as well as partnering realtors and interior designers to showcase their products and services.

BIBD Seeds, a special program for “Special Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development” Programme, aimed to transform underprivileged mothers into successful and resilient entrepreneurs, and some of the BIBD Seeds participants were present to sell their food and beverage business. Some of them will be graduating by end of April 2019 under the BIBD Seeds programme and soon, the second batch of entrants will partake in this successful program.

BIBD Home Showcase ends this Sunday. So do drop by BIBD Kiulap later and check out your home needs and also the local vendors participating in the event.

 

 

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Guest of honour visiting the realtors
 

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@kapintar.bn
 

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Some of BIBD’s Seeds
 

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Ken View pavilion
 

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Awesome range of home deco and interior design by Ken View
 

 

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@bloomproject.co
 

As Salwaa Beauty Spa opened its door

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Partners Edy Zurina and Aleeya Jane with VIPs during the official launch of As Salwaa Beauty Spa
 

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Edy Zurina was very grateful to her mother, her partners and her team in making this a success
 

As Salwaa Beauty Spa, is a local Beauty establishment specialising in an all Natural & Organic Treatments for women.

A grand opening event was held at the Yayasan Complex Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan last Sunday

The event was officiated by its founder and General Manager, Ms Edy Zurina Awang. It was also held to appreciate their customers support for As Salwaa Beauty since it online selling days in 2014 to the opening of the original store in 2017 until its relocation in Yayasan Complex which has an enhanced ambience that aims to provide that hint of Luxury and comfort to its customers.

It was made even special with the launch of a Luxurious Oud Based Skincare product, Oud Essentials by Fragrance Du Bois (FDB), born in Nature crafted in France. FDB were represented by Head of Operations Asia, Puan Anita Raphay based in Kuala Lumpur. All VIP guests were delightfully surprised with each getting 1 product from the Luxurious skincare line.

This Luxury brand is currently only available in exclusive stores Internationally such as London Mayfair, Selfridges, Robinsons and Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur. As Salwaa Beauty is honoured to be appointed as the Exclusive Distributor for this Luxurious Brand in Brunei.

With its tagline “Your Beauty, Truly Naturally”, As Salwaa Beauty is a true believer in the benefits of Natural Products and avoids products that contains harmful synthetic chemicals in its ingredients.

Visit their Instagram @assalwaa.beauty.spa to find out more or their soon to be launched website www.assalwaabeauty.com

 

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Puan Anita Raphay, Head of Operations Asia, Fragrance Du Bois (FDB) gave a short speech before the launch
 

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Check out the spa
 

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Relaxing room area
 

 

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One of the treatment rooms
 

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Dual treatment room
 

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Congratulations to both of you 😀
 

MSME Festival 2019

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Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein in his welcoming remarks on the first day of MSME Festival 2019
 

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The guest of honour with the panel of speakers for MSME Festival 2019
 

My first impression – Very, very impressed for once. I have seen many local expos in Brunei and this is maybe the right mix of all sorts kinda expo. I’m quite glad that Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) initiated this exhibition known as MSME Festival 2019 (stands for Micro Small Medium Enterprises). The four day event is taking place at the halls at BRIDEX, Jerudong.

It was a nice touch to see more than 200 vendors participating in the first ever Brunei MSME and this will eventually alleviate the presence of their businesses to the consumer ends apart from their presence on the social media platform.

Most of all, I am quite surprised that there are many uprising local vendors that I don’t know such as @ultimatewallet and @lunalid to name a few. Of course, you won’t be leaving the BRIDEX area hungry as there are many eateries to choose from, the biggest group being the food vendors from the BIBD Seed initiative.

If you are still into white rabbit, the local ice-cream vendors such as Rumah Gelato, Kyna, Project Ice-cream and Happy Cream are selling them. Though I wonder if the phenomenon of the White Rabbit has died down a little. My personal favourite is still from Kyna because I prefer solid types and you should try their blackcurrant flavour. Me loves…

I do hope one day the local vendors can expand their horizons out of Brunei. As for now, Brunei’s non-oil related exports only accounts to 3% which is pretty low. I would say we are heading to a right direction and yes, step-by-step, create a good business portfolio, then expand nationally and sustaining the business before pursuing the overseas market.

Oh yea, MSME Festival also has a good line up of forums, local and international speakers, speaking on the topics of entrepreneurship and growth. There are speakers such as Noor Azian Romlan, Director MATRADE, Sabah Regional Office, Pg Mohd Khairi bin Pg Haji Metussin, CEO, Mindplus Edu, Dr Nur Rahman, CEO, Ghanim International Corporation, Fione Tan, CEO, 28Mall.com, Anderson Lim, CEO & Founder, Nimanja, Azri Jumat, CEO & Founder, Rotuku Group of Companies, Christy Ng, CEO & Co-Founder, Christy Ng Shoes and Keeran Janin, CEO & Founder, Avantist Watches.

I would visit Brunei MSME once again before it ends. See it as a localized Consumer Fair kinda of thing. Parking can be a hassle but I would say it’s worth a visit. Do go in the day time or you might be disappointed when food vendors’ food runs out.

The opening ceremony of MSME Festival 2019 was launched by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein.

You can check out MSME Festival 2019 details here.

 

 

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Do visit Sparks Park at Hall 2, BRIDEX
 

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At Cendana Booth
 

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Madison
 

 

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Check out @lunanid pins 😀
 

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One of the speakers at MSME Festival 2019
 

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Many food vendors
 

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Another forum on the first day in the afternoon
 

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I bought myself a pin from Lunanid
 

 

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Check out BIBD Seed food vendors
 

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Interesting wallet concept from @ultimatewallet
 

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Oh yea, I have been paying my things at MSME Festival using Progresif Pay
 

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Seng Yee craving’s for Alin’s Legacy
 

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Culinary School to bring the best chefs in town

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Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Ali bin Hj Apong addressed a key note speech during the launch of the Culinary School at Laksamana College of Business recently
 

I liked what the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Ali bin Hj Apong said during his remarks on the launch of the Culinary School at Laksamana College of Business. He said that Brunei need more chefs rather than cooks because chefs can create impact both locally and internationally. I would totally agree on that as being a chef is an entirely different ball game.

I was honoured to witness the official launch of the new Culinary School at Laksamana College of Business and the set up itself was pretty up to standard I must admit. The culinary school has a proper kitchen (see thru concept), preparation area, study area and of course, the dining area to serve the customers.

I could see that LCB has put their sweat and efforts in making the culinary school possible and finally it was officially launched. Being the syllabus coming from City & Guilds, do expect a reputable learning experience for the culinary students guided and facilitated by highly qualified chefs.

I also could see the passion and dedication from the front line (waiters and waitresses), the preparation crew team and the cooking team. They just started the course a few weeks ago and the launch event was their biggest task to date where they served a three course meal to the invited guests at the dining area of the Culinary School.

I was quite pleased to see such establishment and course made available in Brunei and furthermore, with the guidance of the reputable chefs, the students will be able upgrade themselves in the world of culinary.

The Culinary School, one of the first private culinary schools set up in Brunei Darussalam, offers students two City & Guilds culinary programmes: the Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking and Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking.

The Level 1 Certificate covers all the main elements of food preparation, while the Level 2 Diploma builds on the Level 1 Certificate course.

For more details, you can visit Laksamana College of Business website.

 

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Officiating the launch of the Culinary School by the Minister
 

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The Minister touring the dry kitchen area
 

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The Minister viewing the kitchen area where the food were being cooked and prepared
 

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The dining area
 

 

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One of the students from the Culinary School preparing the entree for the guests
 

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Another student busy preparing the entree
 

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I love this dish the most. Good texture too.
 

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The finishing touch for the sago
 

Audi the overall winner in “Best Brands in All Classes”

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Audi the overall winner in “Best Brands in All Classes”
 

Audi is the big winner in the Auto Bild “Best Brands in All Classes” reader survey. The four rings won seven individual victories in the quality assessment – and easily took the overall win. Audi also placed first in the design and price/performance categories as well as in the “Reliable Cars” image field. No brand performed better in the core criteria of the image survey, in which over 70,000 readers participated.

Bild readers found that Audi does the best job in terms of quality, design and price/performance. Readers voted the four rings overall brand winner with 55.2 percent approval – ahead of Porsche and Skoda.

No other manufacturer enjoys more trust than Audi when it comes to quality. “We want to consistently delight customers with top quality in the premium segment,” says Michael Neumayer, Head of Audi Quality Assurance. “Auto Bild readers have emphatically confirmed that we have once again succeeded here.”

In the “Best Brands in All Classes” survey, readers of Auto Bild trade magazine rated 38 car brands in 14 vehicle categories. Quality, design and price/performance ratio are considered the core criteria here.

Audi topped the quality ranking in seven categories: compact, midsize, full-size and convertibles up to EUR 50,000, as well as all SUV categories – small, medium and large. The brand chalked up additional individual wins in design in the full-size category and in the price/performance category for convertibles over EUR 50,000. In addition, the “Reliable Cars” category went to the four rings across all classes. The brand thus achieved a total of ten first place finishes – an achievement that continued Audi’s strong finish in the “Best Brands” of 2018.

 

BND 10,000 worth given to Baiduri cardholders

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25 customers were in delightful mood as they were in for a treat from Baiduri Bank for the “Shop & Win Lucky Draw Bonanza” at Hua Ho Department Store (Manggis Mall). Handing over the prizes were Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, the Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network, Baiduri Bank and Mr Lau Soon Tiong, Manager of Hua Ho Department Store (Manggis)
 


The grand winner – Mazlan Bin Haji Zaini
 

Baiduri Bank hosted the prize presentation ceremony for the “Shop & Win Lucky Draw Bonanza” promotion in collaboration with Hua Ho Department Store. The event was held at Hua Ho Manggis recently.

During the promotion period held from 14 December 2018 to 14 February 2019, with every BND100 spent and paid using a Baiduri Bank issued credit or debit card in participating Hua Ho outlets, customers receive one chance to enter the draw and win shopping vouchers.

25 customers were shortlisted and after a final draw. Additionally, the remaining 10 winners received consolation prize of a Tefal Infiny Press Juicer each.

Presenting the prizes on behalf of Baiduri Bank was Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, the Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network and on behalf of Hua Ho Department Store, was Mr Lau Soon Tiong, Manager of Hua Ho Department Store.

To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can visit Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals, like the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page or follow @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

 


Playing some games at Hua Ho Department Store
 


Second prize winner – Bong Tjiap Fha
 


Hjh Siti Raihani Haji Abdul Hamid, one of the consolation winners.
 

Are you ready to be the “New Me”?

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Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif with Wu Chun, Managing Director of Fitness Zone, during the exchange of documents as Progresif being the title sponsor for “Fitness Zone New Me Transformation Challenge 2019”
 

I remember the days of B.Fit organized by b•mobile (defunct) and Fitness Zone back in 2012. Whoaa. That’s like 7 years ago. Now there is a different and better version known as the “Fitness Zone New Me Transformation Challenge 2019”, an initiative by Fitness Zone Managing Director, Wu Chun.

FZ is always looking ways to create and faster an environment that will make Bruneians fitter and healthier by changing their habits and lifestyle. Wu Chun has seen how social media has been distracting many of us in our daily habits.

“Internet and social media seems to get out of control and that what makes people get lazy sometimes. Spending 30 minutes on just scrolling down on our feeds, we could use it more productively by working out, “ said Wu Chun.

Doing exercise is a good initiative and it could be a life decision benefit and also allow one to be prioritize his or her life on what is more important that could reap you in a long run.

This time, Fitness Zone, has engaged Progresif as the Title Sponsor for the “Fitness Zone New Me Transformation Challenge 2019”.

The transformation challenge is set to fun from April to October 2019, limiting to 300 participants for each category. Each month, an elimination process will be undertaken after the Weigh-In session.

Venue: Fitness Zone Kiulap.
Registration Period: 8th March to 31st March 2019
Challenge period: 1 April to 12 October 2019

There will be a $50 fee to join this competition and do see the poster to see what is inclusive in the $50 registration fee.

 

 

 

 

 


The old bFit competition back in 2012. The winner was Azim and now he is a successful spinning instructor.
 


The good old days when bFit was very popular.
 

IIT’s improved helpline and new mobile app

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Marketing Manager of Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sdn Bhd (IITH) Shameon bin Tamil and Executive Officer of Teletakaful and Support Services (SSV) Norshahrul Azim bin Haji Abdul Rahman during the press conference of Insurans Islam TAIB General Takaful Helpline and their latest mobile app at Insurans Islam TAIB headquarter last weekend
 

Are you tired of queueing up? Do you want to simply pay for the services with your finger tips? Fret not. Insurans Islam TAIB has upped their game by introducing two new services – 1) Using their hotline services, General Takaful Helpline 222 3004 and 2) Insurans Islam TAIB Mobile Application (IIT App).

With the helpline, you can simply call the General Takaful Helpline 222 3004 and get a quote for your Takaful policy and after approving the quote, you can pay online without the need to go physically over the IIT counter. The customer can also opt for free delivery or Takaful policy pick-up at Insurans Islam TAIB General Takaful Head office (Kiulap) or their other branch in Kuala Belait. Now that’s very convenient and you don’t have to worry about queueing as much anymore.

Even better for IIT customers is that they have introduced a mobile app for the customers’ convenience. You can already get a quote and even pay online (through BIBD) without having to visit their counters where you also avoid the long queues. I have navigated on the IIT app and it was quite straightforward and simple.

The approval of the application of the takaful will take a maximum of one day but usually it can be done with 10 to 15 minutes after you confirm your takaful quotation. Its IIT way of providing a seamless service after listening to the feedback of customers especially when dealing with long queues over the counter.

The app was actually launched during Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings’ 25th anniversary back in November 2018.

Present during the conference were  Marketing Manager of Insurans Islam TAIB Holdings Sdn Bhd (IITH) Shameon bin Tamil and Executive Officer of Teletakaful and Support Services (SSV) Norshahrul Azim bin Haji Abdul Rahman who briefed the media on their ongoing services.

It was also announced that the first 100 customers with confirmed participations of the Comprehensive Motor Takaful and the Home Owner Takaful, through these facilities, will be rewarded with Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) vouchers while stock lasts.

 

 

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Executive Officer of Teletakaful and Support Services (SSV) Norshahrul Azim bin Haji Abdul Rahman briefing the media on the steps when using the IIT app
 

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How the IIT apps look like. Very simple and easy to navigate.
 

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Choose your policies and get a quote
 

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Fill in the details before you get the final quotation
 

LiHO official opening

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Group photo with Syfulnizar Hamid, Political Secretary from the Singapore High Commission in Brunei Darussalam (3rd from left) as the guest of honour during the official launch of LiHO first outlet at Times Square Shopping Centre.
 


My favourite drink for now – Brown Sugar Pearl Milk Tea and the pearls are kinda chewy
 

LiHO is still a new player in the town, making its presence in Brunei back in October 2018 and the Singapore home-grown bubble tea brand by RTG Group only started in 2017 and already have 93 LiHO outlets across Singapore and Vietnam so far. The official launch happened last week at the first LiHO outlet located at Times Square Shopping Centre.

Gracing the ceremony was Syfulnizar Hamid, Political Secretary from the Singapore High Commission in Brunei Darussalam accompanied by LiHo founders Rodney Tang and Janice Chew. Also in attendance were the Appointed Master Franchisee of LiHO Brunei, Jeffery Chia and his spouse, Rachel Chew.

Jeffrey began with his opening remarks – “How are you?” Or “Apa Khabar?” which describes LiHO in the Hokkien Chinese dialect to show that regardless of the differences in language, culture and beliefs, a simple greeting for LiHO can bond people together.

Now the most popular drink at LiHO is the Brown Sugar Pearls and I love it too. What’s good about it? Firstly the brown sugar pearls are slowly cooked with pure brown sugar over a long period of time to achieve softer and chewier pearls. Some people like to drink the way it is to feel the warmth of the pearls or some would prefer to shake it to have a cooling effect. I prefer the latter.

Jeffrey also announced the Customer Loyalty Program via the Rewards Stamps allocation where all customers need to do is download the app, scan it at the outlet, spend and earn points. Awesome!!!

Jeffrey felt blessed that the response has been great since October 2018 and hope by having more marketing and presence, there is still more room for growth for LiHO to grow.

Rodney Tang spoked of the Brunei market, “We have been in operation for a while and from the response the customers really love our flavours. We are confident that we can further build our business here and open up to six to eight branches in Brunei.”

“Since we founded LiHO Tea in June 2017 (Singapore), we have been restless in our research and development and launched many new flavoured drinks such as the Avocado series, Salted Egg Milk Tea series to name a few.”

So peeps, do try the Brown Sugar Peals and also the Avocado series (using fresh avocado). Don’t forget to download the app too. You can also follow their update on Facebook.

 

 


Jeffery Chia, Appointed Master Franchisee of LiHO Brunei, giving his opening remarks
 

 


Members of the media and friends attended the opening
 

 


Cutting the ribbon ceremony. Congratulations LiHO Brunei.
 

 


The other drinks series available at LiHO
 


Trying out samples of other drinks
 


Ruby’s favourite drink – Brown Sugar Pearl with Avocado
 

 

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