Mercedes-Benz Endurance Trip Day 2

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Day 2 – Group shot with the representatives from Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Loas, the Philippines and Brunei. This was taken at entrance at the Ocean Wing, Shangrila’s Rasa Ria resort at Tuaran, Sabah.
 

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This was our car for the day – the Mercedes-Benz GLC AMG 250. So much to love about this model and it’s one of the most popular model in South East Asia.
 

 

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Some of the media representatives
 

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The jungle trekking at Sabah National Park which lasted roughly 2 kilometre
 

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The dry bag sponsored by Mercedes-Benz do come in handy
 

 

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One of the media had the opportunity to hug a tree. I should have done that. This was the 2nd round of trekking which was tougher than the first one. I survived but my sneakers were all dirty from the soft ground.
 

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We finally worked out the navigation for easier reference while driving. Hence we realised less on waze unless we want traffic update.
 

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Taken at the Kinabalu Pine Resort where we had our lunch pitstop before heading back to the hotel
 

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Group photo with representatives from Brunei Darussalam. We all had a good time.
 

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A shot with the mountain view. I love the background scenery.
 

 

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A situation where there is overcrowding of Mercedes-Benz SUVs at one spot
 

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This is a pretty sight with all the convoys of the SUVs
 

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On our way back from the mountain and the fog started to set in pretty early
 

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A true test when it rained and of course, the Mercedes-Benz SUVs had little trouble during the rain with some puddles along the way
 

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After trying out the GLC AMG 43 and the GLC AMG 250, I test drove the tamer version which will be launched in Brunei in November – The GLC 200. Again, a luxurious model of its own.
 

 

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I tested with the Sport+ and Eco mode and you can tell the difference. I even did the launch control on the long stretch at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria. Love that adrenalin feeling.
 

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Apart from the test drive, I love the fact that our host accommodate the invitees to stay over at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resot and I truly loved the experience. I made use of the humungous bath tub outside my room.
 

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The finale BBQ dinner to cap off the #ReadyForAdventure trip. Thanks once again!
 

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Representatives of Jati Transport and their customers from Brunei also joined the fun 🙂
 

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I wanted to pamper myself and indulged for a massage session at the hotel. I shall give this 4 stars for the overall experience. I even fell asleep at one stage. So good.
 

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Only 2 nights here and I made myself so comfortable at my room at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria. This is one of the best hotels I have stayed in 2017. Maybe the best 😀
 

Vietnamese wins AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017

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Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad, speaking to the media while grand winner, Tran Thi Tu from Vietnam (2nd from left), felt excited being the crowned the winner of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search yesterday at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
 

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An emotional Andrew Tan, Founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear, hopes that the collaboration with AirAsia will continue after a huge success with 10 countries competing this year alone and Air Asia made it possible.

Rano Iskandar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. AirAsia’s annual designer search, AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search, held its 2017 Grand Finale today at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear 2017 (KLFW RTW 2017).

The finale saw a total of twenty young talents from all 10 Asean countries showcase their Asean-themed creations on the runway.

Two top aspiring designers were selected to represent each country after a regionwide audition tour across Asean. The search kicked off in April in Manila before moving on to Bandar Seri Begawan, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon, Jakarta, Bangkok, Vientiane and ended in Phnom Penh in June.

Tran Thi Tu from Vietnam was announced as the Grand Winner and walked away with prizes including a confirmed show segment to showcase their full collection at KLFW RTW 2018, a year-long mentorship from the KLFW RTW team, MYR25,000 sponsored by FashionValet to produce a capsule collection to be sold on fashionvalet.com, 150,000 AirAsia BIG Points, a six-page fashion spread in AirAsia’s Travel3Sixty inflight magazine, a special feature in Female Malaysia magazine and a pair of AirAsia return flights.

 

 

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The winning design from Vietnam. Congratulations.
 

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Another funky design from one of the participating countries
 

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This was one of my favourites design on stage
 

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Featuring local designer from Brunei, Kava by Nazy Sam
 

Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad said, “As a truly Asean airline, we are proud to continue our initiative through this platform and expand the designer search to a regional level with talents from all 10 Asean countries. We are very impressed with what we’ve witnessed on the runway today. Asean has great potential and we believe that, with continuous support and guidance from fashion industry leaders, business owners as well as members of the media, the fashion industry can flourish across the region.”

Andrew Tan, Founder of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready To Wear said, “Having AirAsia as a Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week partner for the past three years has undeniably been an incredible privilege. This partnership allowed us to not only access regional media and influencers but to forge stronger multilateral relationships with opinion leaders, fashion schools, designers and fashion industry activators in neighboring countries. The growth of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search from five countries last year to 10 countries this year will be instrumental in paving the way for Kuala Lumpur to be the fashion hub of Asean in the near future, a future made possible with the strength of the collaboration between AirAsia and Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week”.

Vivy Yusof, Co-Founder of FashionValet said, “This year has been nothing short of spectacular. From talented local designers to experiencing the best of what Asean has to offer, it has been a whirlwind adventure. FashionValet is honoured to carry the debut line of last year’s winner from Thailand, Anuruk Jaidee, and we hope this will be the start of more exciting Asean brands on our platform. I am thankful to Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week and AirAsia for collaborating with us at FashionValet and look forward to discovering even more talent in 2018.”

AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search was established with the aim of empowering youth and developing young talents in the fashion industry across the region. This year’s panel of judges for the Grand Finale included judges from all Asean countries, as well as Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad; Andrew Tan, Founder of KLFW RTW; and Vivy Yusof, Co-Founder of FashionValet. Rides for the regional judges for the grand finale were sponsored by Uber.

Last year’s AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search winner, Anuruk Jaidee from Thailand, also made a special appearance and showcased his full collection on the KLFW RTW 2017 runway.

AirAsia is also KLFW RTW 2017’s Preferred Travel Partner and is proud to have flown in international fashion designers from across AirAsia’s extensive route network, including Ka-Sha (India), Reclothing Bank (China), Resurrection (South Korea), TAKK (Japan), Yousef Akbar (Australia) and Anthony Ramirez (Philippines).

AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme and FashionValet are proud sponsors of AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017.

Follow AirAsia on Youtube (youtube.com/user/AirAsia) for webisodes featuring the participants’ journey to the AirAsia Runway Ready Designer Search 2017 Grand Finale, or follow the hashtag #AirAsiaRunway on other social media channels such as Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia).

 

 

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Another Brunei designer, Humaira Zakaria
 

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This show is one of the few packed itineraries that lasts for 6 days as part of KL Fashion Week
 

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Actress @bow_benjasiri from Thailand made an appearance at yesterday’s show
 

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Representing Air Asia flight attendants
 

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The local fashion bloggers in Malaysia
 

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Red Dot Awards for the Brand Book of Audi Sport

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The new Audi Sport Brand Book has received three awards at this years “Red Dot Award: Communication Design”: The painstakingly produced Brand Book from Audi Sport GmbH took the renowned German in the categories “Books” and “Film Craft” – for the book itself and for two of the films produced for it.
 

“The Audi Sport Brand Book provides an insight into the world of our performance brand,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “The book illustrates our idea of systematic technology transfer from motor racing to volume production.”

Three chapters “Performance”, “Perfection” and “Passion” characterize the Brand Book and the main characteristics of Audi Sport. 154 pages let the reader experience the entire spectrum of the brand starting with the customer racing engagement, the current R and RS production to personal driving experiences and emotions of the racing legend Tom Kristensen.

Three of the exclusive stories are supplemented with high-quality movies. These can be accessed directly from the book via QR codes or viewed on the social media channels and on www.audi.com. The large-size book and the overall high-quality look turn the large-format book into an impressive experience. Hamburg-based agency loved conceived, designed and produced the Brand Book.

The Audi Sport Brand Book received in total three awards at the “Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2017”: The award “Best of the Best” for the Brand Book movie “Rodeo” in the “Film Craft” category. The movie “Tunnel” received a “Red Dot” in the same category. The Brand Book was honored by the Jury in the “Books” category. The “Red Dot Award” is one of the design industry’s most prestigious competitions with more than 8,000 entries submitted from a total of 50 countries.

 

 

 

Lucky draw at Times Square

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Amal Majidah, the General Manager of Times Square, gave away the grand prize of the monthly draw, an Acer Aspire ES 1-432
 

Times Square Shopping Centre completed its third prize presentation for its seventh lucky draw campaign yesterday on 13th August 2017 at Times Square Atrium. Lucky Draw coupon holders were reminded to be present at the Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Lucky Draw coupons. Representatives were allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as the photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon.

A total of 23 prizes were given away yesterday, comprising of electronic gadgets, furniture, cash vouchers, hotel vouchers and hampers. The first 10 prizes were presented by Miss Mally Hadini, the general secretary of Times Square followed by another 10 that were presented by Mr Lim Yee Liang, the Marketing Manager. The remaining 3 prizes were presented by the General Manager of Times Square, Mrs Amal Majidah.

The final three lucky winners were Dk Mahani Pg Hj Mahari who won a Canon Powershot S100, followed by second place Mohd Hamzi who won a Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 and the grand prize; an Acer Aspire ES 1-432 went to Lim Sai Chyou.

Times Square Shopping Centre will again continue with its seventh lucky draw campaign and the next final prize presentation will be held on 12th November 2017. Customers can still stand a chance to win prizes for the upcoming presentation by simply spending at any of the shops in Times Square, Times Hotel and the Cineplex, then submitting their receipts at the lucky draw counter which is situated at the ground floor.

Moreover, Times Square will be holding a 3 on 3 Basketball Challenge: Students Edition from 4th to 10th September 2017. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

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The top 23 monthly winners from shopping at Times Square Shopping Centre
 

Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card is here

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Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card is now here in Brunei. I can’t wait to get my hands on this card 😀
 


Yusof bin Hj Hj Abdul Rahman, the Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (4th from left), the guest of honour with representatives from Baiduri Bank and Visa
 

Baiduri Bank unveiled the Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card at a launch event at The Empire Hotel & Country Club yesterday.

The guest of honour was Yusof bin Hj Hj Abdul Rahman, the Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam.

Also present was Mr. Pierre Imho, CEO of Baiduri Bank who said in his welcoming remarks that Baiduri Bank believe that our clients deserve only the best in life and hence they are proud to launch the Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card, a product that challenges the norms by enhancing daily conveniences while extending exclusive privileges to suit our clients’ lifestyles.

The newly launched card packs the best in market reads programme on top of the Visa payWave contactless payment feature and also on the spot card issuance and the card users can also enjoy the existing range of financial products, services and value-added benefits.

So what can you expect from being a customer of the Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card?

1) REAL TIME TRANSACTIONS

Customers to enjoy cashless convenience both locally or overseas as purchases on the Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card are deducted directly from an allocated Brunei savings or current account, eliminating the hassle of settling month end bills. Customers spend what they have and not beyond their means.

2) BEST IN MARKET REWARDS PROGRAMME

The Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card is linked with Baiduri Instant Rewards, the best in the market rewards programme that gives cardholders up to 4X bonus points with every purchase. There’s no expiry in accumulating points and the redemptions are also instant with no minimum required. You can enjoy over 2,000 participating merchant outlets in Brunei and just look out for the Instant Rewards logo.

3) INNOVATIVE VISA PAYWAVE FEATURE

Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card carries the Visa payWave solution. A breakthrough technology that allows customers to make purchase of BND 100 and below by a simple tap on the payment terminal. Awesome!! And you don’t need to sign. An SMS will notify for any transaction made on the card.

4) GLOBAL BENEFITS

Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card is accepted at millions of establishments worldwide and also over 700,000 ATMs in the Visa Global ATM Network. Cardmembers will also enjoy complimentary, 24/7 concierge service available worldwide and access to the Visa Global Exclusive Privileges.

5) ON THE SPOT DEBIT CARD ISSUANCE

For added convenience, applications for the new Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card can be fast tracked for on-the-spot card issuance. The service is available at Baiduri Bank’s Card Centre in Kiarong and selected branches including The Mall Branch, Sumbangsih Branch and Seria Branch.

6) ENJOY 5 YEAR ANNUAL FEE WAIVER

Until 31st December 2017, customers who apply for Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card can enjoy a 5-year annual fee waiver.

 

 


Officiating the launch yesterday
 


Pierre Imhof shared the new excitement of Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card
 

 


Imhof explaining the features of Baiduri Visa Platinum Debit Card and how it works on the terminal with its Visa payWave technology
 


Chris Skok, Senior Director, Product, Visa Singapore and Brunei (right) with Baiduri associates
 


Before I can get my own card, this huge debit card will do for now
 

 

6) WIN A TRIP TO PARIS FOR TWO

Between 9th August to the 30th November 2017, Baiduri Visa cardmembers stand a chance to win a curated trip for 2 to fabulous destinations all over the world namely Paris, Maldives or Tokyo. Furthermore, 5x consolation prizes of 2x return air tickets to exciting destinations are also available for grabs.

To be eligible, Baiduri Visa cardmembers simply need to use their Baiduri Visa Credit or Debit Cards when they shop. During the promotion period, Baiduri Visa cardmembers receive up to 3x lucky draw chances for every BND100 they spent using their Baiduri Visa Credit or Debit Cards.

Furthermore, those who apply for either a new Baiduri Visa Credit or a Debit Card will also receive a slew of sign up benefits. Successful applicants are entitled up to 3x chances in the draw. On top of this, new Baiduri Visa cardmembers enjoy a 5-year annual fee waiver as well as a 0% interest rate for the first 6 months when they transfer balances from their existing credit cards from other banks to their new Baiduri Visa credit card.

The Baiduri Visa Credit and Debit Card comes with an array of benefits, such as exclusive rewards and offers, easy instalment plans as well as ability to accumulate Bonus Points for the Baiduri Instant Rewards programme. With every purchase, customers enjoy Bonus Points, which in turn gets converted into Baiduri Dollars stored in the Instant Rewards card which can be used to redeem at any Baiduri merchant.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals. For more information, customers may also contact the Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 2449666.

To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can also like the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page or follow @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

 

We Run KB coming soon

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

 

 

The upcoming ‘We Run KB’ is organised by Rosnah Yusof & Sons Entertainment (RYS Entertainment) and supported by the Kuala Belait & Seria Municipal Department. The run aims to promote fitness and wellbeing, to create more fun and healthy activities in Belait and to establish a connection in between the residents of the country and their community.

In addition to promoting Kuala Belait as a ‘Little Town with Big Hearts’, the event is also aimed at raising funds for various charities and organizations in the Belait District and to increase awareness for them.

‘We Run KB’ will take place in conjunction with KB Ku Ceria on 27th August 2017 in KB Town. The registration fee is at $20 for the 3km Fun Run, $25 for the 5km run and $30 for the 10km run. All participants of the run will receive a shirt, a bib, a finisher’s medal and a T4 drink voucher.

The categories are divided into male and female. The top three winners for both male and female of the 10km run will receive varying cash prizes at $500 for first place, $300 for the second place and $150 for the third place. On the other hand, the winners for both male and female of the 5 km run will receive $200, $100 and $50 for first, second and third place respectively.

Additionally, the flag off time for 10km, 5km and 3km are at 7am, 7:15am and 7:20am respectively. Participants are encouraged to drop off their bags at our bag storage service which opens at 6am in the morning on the event day.

Individuals who wish to register online can do so by visiting the company’s Instagram @RYSEntertainment, its Facebook at ‘RYS Entertainment’ or the company’s website at http://www.rys-group.com/we-run-kb.html.

As for those who wish to register via hard copy or make payment for the run, you can visit the RYS Entertainment office at Unit A3 & A4, First Floor, Block 1, Spg 114-22, Jln Setia Diraja, Light Industry Area, Kuala Belait from Monday to Saturday at any time from 8am to 5pm.

The closing date for registration and payment will be on 19th August 2017 and any registrations submitted after this date will not be accepted. For further enquiries and updates, call 7290700 or visit the company’s social media sites.

 

 


I love the simplicity of the t-shirts 😀 I can’t wait to get one
 


There’s also a registration for corporate ones and cheaper too
 


The route for 3KM
 


The route for 5KM
 


The route for 10KM
 

Acer Kicks off “Be Cool Everyday” Campaign

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Edmund Hoh, Product Manager, Acer Malaysia, Richard Soo, Miri & Brunei Branch Manager, Acer Malaysia, Jeffrey Lai, Product Manager, Acer Malaysia, Roseanne Ho, Assistant Manager, Marketing, Acer Malaysia, Jerry Soon, Director of Sales, Acer Malaysia and Perry Chong, Kota Kinabalu Branch Manager, Acer Malaysia during the launch of “Be Cool Everyday” campaign from Acer at Le Meridian Hotel last Tuesday
 

A big thank you to Acer Malaysia for inviting the media from Brunei to witness a launch of Acer products at Le Meridian Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah last Tuesday. I’ve been always impressed with Acer’s innovation and consistency in producing wide range of products especially in the computer segment. Acer is one of the leading brand in Brunei Darussalam and it has a strong support system from Concepts Computer that customers have high trust on.

Last Tuesday as mentioned, Acer Malaysia held a special launch under the theme “Be Cool Everyday”, with the introduction of a host of exciting devices. Among the products are a new gaming line-up for powerful to casual gaming, as well as a range of lifestyle devices that adds a touch of style to work on the go and to home entertainment besides offering efficient computing. As you can see, it’s not just about technology but adapting to the current trend and lifestyle to the growing needs of end consumers.

 

 


Perry Chong, Kota Kinabalu Branch Manager, Acer Malaysia in his opening remarks
 


Jeffrey Lai, Product Manager, Acer Malaysia, gave an insights on the notebooks from Acer
 


Be Cool Everyday
 

Headlining the range of new products is the highly anticipated Predator Helios 300 which features Acer’s proprietary AeroBlade™ 3D fan, the latest iteration of the world’s thinnest metal blade fan for advanced aerodynamics and a whopping 35% increase in airflow performance, and Acer Nitro 5 with Acer Coolboost™ technology to deliver superior cooling ability. Both devices offer a thermal solution to manage heat and keep the system running optimally at a low temperature for awesome, smooth gameplay. The Predator 21 X, the world’s first laptop to offer a curved 21-inch IPS display is also on top of the list. This gaming laptop is taking Acer’s Predator brand position in gaming to a new level with its showcase of advanced technology and never-before seen innovation.

Acer Malaysia Kota Kinabalu Branch Manager, Perry Chong said, “Acer continuously offers products with meaningful innovations and superior performance, leading the industry with new technology and solutions that benefit customers. Our products are specially designed with users in mind; with improved usability to meet the real needs of our customers. We are extremely excited to introduce our gaming and lifestyle devices line-up with innovative features, including the all new 3rd generation of AeroBlade™ 3D fan, Acer Coolboost™ technology, Acer LiquidLoop™ fan-less cooling system and the world’s first curved screen laptop.”

I shall highlight three products that caught my eye during the launch.

 

 


Predator Helios 300 – A Highly Accessible Powerful Gaming Laptop
 

Predator Helios 300 – A Highly Accessible Powerful Gaming Laptop
The Predator Helios 300 is armed with a dual fan system that features the all new AeroBlade™ 3D Fan with the world’s thinnest metal fan blade at only 0.1 mm, to boost the thermal system and keeps the laptop running at optimal temperatures. With the preloaded PredatorSense application, gamers can monitor and control their gaming experience from one central interface. Featuring Windows 10, gaming is made better and more social than ever.

With an overclockable NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 GPU, 7th Gen Intel Core i7 (7700HQ) desktop processor and 8GB DDR4 at its core, Predator Helios 300 offers outstanding gaming and entertainment performance. This tastefully designed laptop comes with a fast 256 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The red metal chassis and iron red backlit keyboard provide a hardcore yet edgy look and feel to the Predator Helios 300.
Designed as a gaming device in mind, the Predator Helios 300 is ideally suited for first-person-shooter (fps) games. Its 15.6-inch FHD IPS display provides vibrant, vivid visuals, while Dolby Audio™ Premium and Acer TrueHarmony™ deliver immersive audio with crisp, rich surround sound quality. The Predator Helios 300 connects wirelessly through fast 2×2 802.11ac technology, and it includes a Gigabit Ethernet port for those preferring a hard-wired ultra-fast connection.

I would that The Predator Helios 300 is the next best thing for gamers and it’s quite affordable considering the specs given. It is priced at BND1,998.00 at Concepts Computer.

 

 


Acer H7850 Projector – Bring Cinematic Entertainment Home
 

Acer H7850 Projector – Bring Cinematic Entertainment Home
Featuring Ultra High-Definition (UHD) resolution, the Acer H7850 projects razor-sharp images on to screens of up to 120 inches (10 feet) and brings cinematic picture quality in to the home. With 8.3 megapixel on screen and TI XPR technology, the H7850 brings fine details of images to live.

The H7850 supports Acer’s proprietary AcuMotion technology that enhances picture clarity in fast-moving scenes and reduces motion-blur. Equipped with Acer’s ExtremeECO power-saving feature, power consumption can be reduced by up to 70% and lamp life extended by up to 15,000 hours.

The Acer H7850 is HDR-compatible (High Dynamic Range), reproducing a greater dynamic range of luminosity with expanded contrast and a wider range of brightness, producing true-to-life colours. The projector offers a DynamicBlack™ contrast ratio up to a whopping 1,000,000:1 thanks to its frame-by-frame analyzation and dynamic adjustments of lamp power for black-level optimization.

The H7850 also features a sleek, elegant design that was honoured with a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017. Catering to a wider range of user preferences, the H7850 has a brightness advantage with a 3,000-lumens rating. It is also compatible with Rec. 2020 signals, the UHDTV standard for superior colour reproduction.

With a dimension of 398 mm X 297.5 mm X 127 mm and weighing 5.5 kg, the Acer H7850 is priced at BND2,998.00. This could be ideal for my entertainment room as I am huge movie fan.

 

 


The flight case for Predator 21 X – World’s First Curved Screen Laptop
 


Playing with the Predator 21 X and it’s estimated price is around BND 13,000 #gulp
 

Predator 21 X – World’s First Curved Screen Laptop
With an overclockable 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor, dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 graphic cards in SLI (Scalable Link Interface) and 64GB of DDR4-2400 memory, the Predator 21 X takes the AAA gaming experience to new heights. Offering an ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, the laptop’s curved screen features NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ technology to ensure smooth and sharp gameplay.

The laptop also integrates Tobii eye-tracking technology which allows gamers to identify enemies, aim, and take cover simply by gazing at objects on the screen.

Featuring an advanced cooling architecture with five system fans, of which three are ultra-thin AeroBlade™ metal fans, the Predator 21 X is capable of keeping all its features running at optimal temperatures for super-smooth performance during intense gaming sessions.

A Taiwan Excellence Gold award winner, the Predator 21 X comes with a full-sized mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry® MX Brown switches for super-responsive tactile feedback and pure precision for fast and accurate gaming experiences. Its numeric keypad also touts a unique design that allows it to be flipped over and turned into a Precision Touchpad.

 

 


Tom of United Daily won a bag from Acer as part of the lucky draw
 


A big thanks to Richard Soo and Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, for hosting the media in Kota Kinabalu
 


Dining at Welcome Seafood while in KK. Highly recommended and affordable too.
 

Special discounts for the 50s

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Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, announced great deals for Acer products. All you need to do is present an evidence of any milestone or landmark of 50 years
 

50 years is an amazing landmark in any context: 50 years of marriage, 50 years of service, and even 50 years old. It’s a golden landmark, and Concepts is eager to celebrate it with their customers. Which is why Concepts Computer is offering amazing deals for those with a 50 year landmark by offering great prices for 7 models of Acer notebooks to help honour the 50.

As portability and affordability are the keywords for the new IT era, these are also key in being able to adapt to many changing and demanding needs of Bruneian IT consumers, especially those over 50 years of age. Refueling a new era of IT usage is the resurgence of the older generation in trying out new technology, to fit into the ever changing landscape of a modern world. Therefore, these Acer laptops will include models with great performace and great portability; lightweight 13” notebooks, and even 17” workhorses, from very affordable Pentium Quad-Core performers, to powerful i7 workstation. Concepts Computers together with Acer will also be offering affordable desktops for those looking for a home work-station.

First on the block is the Acer Aspire ES1-432, available for $398, usual price $478. It’s a modest 14” notebook, perfect for educational purposes or as a general-use computer for the home office. With 4GB of RAM and 500GB HD space, the Acer Aspire ES1-432 can go through school or office work, while also be used for social media and general internet surfing. Next we have a multimedia notebook, with the 15” screen, it is perfect for watching movies and streaming Youtube videos, the Acer Aspire E5-575G will be available for $688 only, usual price $948. We also have the Aspire S5-371 available for $968, usual price $1,238, a very sleek and powerful notebook, only 13” and weighing barely over 1kg with6 hours battery life, the Acer Aspire E5-575G is the answer for ultra-mobility.

Concepts Computer and Acer will also be offering a trio of desktops; high-powered Intel i5 processors, 1TB HDD and build-in wireless internet connection, everything that can satisfy the desktop needs of user who are looking for a work-station for thei home office or for their SME business.

First for desktops is the Acer Aspire XC780-6400W10, available for $588, usual price $748, at $1,238. Next is the Acer Aspire TC-780-6400W10, another work-station available that can satisfy any office needs, cost is $668, usual cost $788. And lastly, the Acer Aspire XC-780-6400W10D, available for $688, usual price is $818. All 3 models will have an i5 Intel processor, enough power to keep-up with any workload in the office. And to make it convenient for our golden generation to do work, just for this special promo, Concepts will also have the large- screen and bright Acer KA241 24” monitor, availble for $178, a great combination with any of the previously listed desktops.

 

 


Check out the products from Acer that are discounted
 

 


Some notebooks have special discounts from $100 to $400 plus off
 

 

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer said, “Concepts will always try to be in the forefront of the IT market in Brunei which is why we’re offering these models at great prices for the golden generation.” He continued, “The golden generation would benefit a lot from being IT savvy, giving them the ability to be connected to social media, even giving the chance to be a gamer, bringing them closer to the younger generations.”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, “With the help of Acer, we would like to bring the latest technologies into the Bruneian IT market at very affordable prices, without sacrificing quality. So this promotion was an easy decision to make.” Zul aslo added, “And with today’s society, technology is prevalent in everyday life, this is also a chance to offer our golden generation the best devices out there at very affordable prices.”

For more information on the other Acer models on offer for the golden generation, please call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visiti your nearest Concepts Computer showroom.

 

Audi Q2 weekend showroom test-drive

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in audi, automative, lifestyle

 


Audi has recently extended its Q family with a compact SUV. The Audi Q2 is an urban-type vehicle for everyday driving and recreation, bundling a progressive design and great driving pleasure with a high level of functionality. Connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems are on the level of the full-size category
 

Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Meet the car that won gold in Germany’s Biggest Ladies’ Choice and was awarded the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award for its superior design quality and trendsetting design. Happening this weekend, Audi Brunei will be hosting a test drive event that is open to the public for everyone to experience the all new #untaggable Audi Q2!

The Audi Q2 is a small crossover compact SUV that comes with loads of exciting features such as the LED lighting inlays which are changeable up to 10 color choices creating a more personal feel. Also another highlight feature of the Audi Q2 is the progressive steering which makes the Audi Q2 to have a greater direct steering response. This provides a greater precision with less effort for easier maneuvers into parking spots and around corners. You may also want to experience the Audi drive select which is available in the Audi Q2. The Audi drive select allows you to alter the character and handling of the Audi Q2. Available modes is the Auto, Comfort, Dynamic and Efficiency – each adjusting the steering weight and throttle response to suit your driving style and road conditions.

The weekend showroom test-drive event will be held on the 5th and 6th of August 2017 from 9am until 4pm at the Audi showroom in Kiarong. Members of the public are welcome to test-drive not only the Audi Q2 but other available Audi models as well. Personally I’ve driven the Audi Q2 and so much to love about it.

 

 


Standard in the Q2 is a 5.8-inch MMI screen that is positioned high up on the instrument panel. The infotainment system can be operated by a rotary/push-button control and two buttons on the center tunnel
 


The Audi Q2 is a powerful SUV that exhibits a very distinct character. At the front, a strong image is created by the Singleframe grill in octagonal design that is positioned up high as well as by the large air inlets
 


Especially eye-catching is the low roof that descends and merges into the C-pillars with color offset blades. This contrast accentuates the sportiness of the Audi Q2
 

D-Link teams up with Concepts Computer

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All smiles from Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Jacky Chang, President of D-Link International as Concepts Computer was handed the certification of Authorised Distributor of D-Link products at Brilliance Hall, Concepts Computer yesterday.
 


William Lin, a representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Darussalam, Jacky Chang, Vincent Pao and Alice Chan during the exchange of document
 

Yesterday marked a new milestone for Concepts Computer. Though we have seen D-Link products before in the local market, it never had an authorised distributor in the country.

Hence it was the first time for Brunei to recognized as a distributor and partnered with Concepts Computer as their distributor. Brunei became the last country in the ASEAN to have a local distributor. It was the hard work of Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, to make this journey possible and he was very thankful to Mr. Jacky Chang, the President of D-Link International for believing in Concepts Computer to be the authorized distributor for Brunei market.

The signing ceremony between Concepts Computer and D-Link International took place at the conference room at Concepts Computer. It was signed between Vincent Pao and Jacky Chang. Also present to witness the signing ceremony were William Lin, a representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Darussalam and Alice Chan, the Financial Controller for Concepts Group of Companies.

This event was followed by speeches from Vincent Pao, William Lin and Jack Chang.

Did you know that D-Link is one of the top brands in Taiwan? It was founded back in 1986 and their core segment is more into networking solutions and it’s no surprise that they have worldwide recognition as leading networking company in SMB segment and Wi-Fi product shipment over the years.

Jacky Chang believed that there is a potential market in Brunei Darussalam as there is a generally high standard of telecommunications infrastructure and services. Let’s not forget that the mobile subscribers has increased to 111% in 2016 from 2015 and this means internet penetration also increased.

Hence, the products that D-Link offer are relatable to our local market. They have various of consumer products such as 3G/4G routers, wired and wireless routers, IP cameras, range extenders, powerline, smart home solutions to name a few.

Now if you are looking for SMB products, then there are devices such as managed and smart switches, surveillance solutions, unified service routers and structured cabling solutions and accessories.

The partnership between Concepts Computer and D-Link will create opportunities to grow in the Brunei market and sees Concepts Computer as one-stop-shop for networking solutions. Jacky Chang praised Concepts Computer with the confidence that they will be able to deliver the service to their customers.

 

 


Jacky Chang praised highly of Concepts Computer during his welcoming remarks and trusts that D-Link will grow with the support of Concepts Computer
 


Vincent Pao is always up to date with the technological trends. He ended with someone’s quote “if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”
 


Representatives from Concepts Computer and D-Link International (Singapore)
 

 


Darren Ng demo-ing the products to the invited guests yesterday
 

What products to look out when it comes to D-Link.

D-Link’s DCS-5030L. A peace of mind with 24/7 monitoring of any environment. It provides a good range of features to help you monitor large areas of your home or small office anytime, anywhere effectively. Of course it can be linked to your mobile through an app and this makes it easy for users to easily set up the D-Link IP camera in no time.

This camera is a standalone surveillance camera that requires no special hardware or software, and can run independently even without a computer. You can even select areas of the video image to monitor for motion, allowing you to effectively monitor areas such as entryways.

The smart thing is that you can set volume thresholds to determine the sound level required to trigger a notification. An example could be a sound of a vehicle or even a crying baby. It also powered by infrared LEDs which allow for night time viewing up to 5 metres. Awesome!!

This is a highly recommended camera and it’s only BND 148 at Concepts Computer.

 

 


Darren highlighting the D-Link IP Cameras which come in handy
 

D-Links AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender. If you have a problem of poor connection in your room or home because your router is not strong enough, then the AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender might be your life saver. It is a portable plug-in repeater that lets you extend your existing wireless network. The good thing is the device is quite small but it packs a punch when it comes to wireless strength.

The AC technology can give you a blazing fast WIF Speed that’s up to 12000MBps and with the dual band, it helps to reduce interference from nearby wireless transmitters at home. Another plus point is that it provides backward compatibility with older wireless devices in your network and makes the wireless connection more reliable.

There is also a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port should you want to connect with a cable. This device is easy to use and it’s more like plug and play. The AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender is only BND 75 at Concepts Computer.

 

 


Check out the Wi-Fi Extender Ranger.
 


They are small but provides excellent coverage
 

D-Link’s DIR-895L AC5300 Tri-Band MU_MIMO Wireless Router. This was the most eye catching device at the display area during the launch. It’s red and it’s huge too. This router delivers premium performance and it is to cater to today’s most demanding tasks such as HD Streaming, gaming and multiple device usage. With speed up to 5.3Gbps, tri-band connectivity, AC SmartBean technology, eight high performance external antennas for maximum range and a new user interface, now your home network coverage will be upgraded to the next level.

The in-built SmartConnect technology ensures that wireless clients are connecting to the nest wireless signal automatically so that you can experience the most stable connection. It’s also built based on the latest AC WAVE II standard, let users enjoy lag-free time and seamless internet experience.

Just imagine you want to stream youtube or your latest favourite show, Game of Thrones, or perhaps you want play a multiplayer game online, the DIR-895L is the best choice. The tri-band connectivity makes multi-tasking seamless.

It’s easy to set up as we’ll and they even have an app for this device. It’s so straight forward that you can set up a secure network with the touch of a button using Wi-Fi Protected Setup. With its clear interface and easy navigation and configuration, end users will truly appreciate its user friendliness.

The DIR-895L is available at Concepts Computer for BND 448.

 

 


D-Link’s DIR-895L
 

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