A new year

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

Happy new year, ladies and gentlemen. It’s only the third day of 2018 and I bet everyone’s trying to be in second gear. It has been a fruitful 2017 for myself and many moments those were my highlights. I shall just recapped them in no particular order. For the record, I hardly do any resolutions or milestones. It only works when you really set your intention and you mean it. Don’t just simply make resolutions that you will commit halfway or only in the first week of the year. Yea, I’ve been there and done that.

Business wise, it has been slightly turbulent but it has been encouraging at the same time. It has reminded me how it was when I started my blog as a business entity. 10 years ago, I changed the direction of my blog and now with the emergence of social media, the blog scene has demoted in favour of social media. The great thing is my social media presence has made my blog sustainable thanks to the power of Instagram. Sometimes I would ask myself what if instagram becomes less relevant or even Facebook per se in the next few years. We shall see what happens but it’s always important to keep up with the social trends to be relevant.

 

 

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A shot with the members of the Royal Family. This was taken at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the SEA Games in August 2017.
 

The Royal Shot. This was unexpected in terms of the number of likes I received for this photo alone. My average likes are normally from 200 to 300 likes. But this image caught so much attention that I hit the 10,000 likes barrier. Something I can never reached on a normal day. This shows how influential @tmski is on social media, locally and internationally. Sometimes I wonder how does he feel being in the limelight and being bombarded by his fans to take selfies. He is definitely a sporting person who is able to accommodate the wishes of his fans.

 

 

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My separation with Maggi since October 2017. The struggle is real. So real. This was taken on Day 61 without consuming maggi curry.
 

The Divorce with Maggi? It’s getting there. Now it’s Day 92 with out having to eat my favourite maggi curry or any instant noodles. This was my mini resolution in October because of my health scare where my blood pressure hit its highest (almost 160). The doctor has advised me to cut down on salt and I finally realised that my daily consumption on maggi curry has done the damage. Yes, it has high sodium content and packed with MSG. So how do I deal with it? With difficulty because it has been 30 years and running that I ate maggi curry. It came to a point that my body has reached its toll. The health scare happened before I boarded a flight in October. In the end, I canceled my trip for the love of my health which also means to sacrifice what I craved for. I created a 100 day challenge and now with a few days left, what would I do? Let’s wait and see. At least, I know that my BP is back to normal. Phew!!!

 

 

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Finally, it’s surreal that I’m back in the holy land of Makkah and Madinah. Sometimes it’s hard to describe the feeling. You have to be there to experience and you will know what I mean. This was taken in December 2017.
 

Umrah with At-Taqwa. One of the best memories and highlight for me in 2017 and a huge thanks for At-Taqwa Travel and Tours for making this trip possible for me. I was a bit scared in the beginning because of my health condition (BP). It was a good thing that I remained positive to counter those negative thoughts and Alhamdulillah, that I managed to complete my umrah trip in good health. I also loved the service and hospitality provided by At-Taqwa Travel & Tours and many have shared the same sentiments. Of course, I really missed the holy lands especially Madinah. I hope to be there one day again. InsyaAllah.

 

 

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Coldplay concert “Pocket full of dreams” was so liiiitttttttt!!!!!!! Both Jolene and I had a great time at the gig.
 

My first taste of Coldplay. I have been wanting to catch Coldplay for a long, long time. I missed the first two concerts in Singapore until this year in March 2017. This was the best concert I’ve been to because of a different experience delivered by Coldplay. It’s not just the music but the atmosphere, the confetti, the wristband lights, the set up, the huge ass balloons. It was just a phenomenal experience. I have seen many concerts and gigs and Coldplay’s concert was by far the best I’ve experienced as a concert goer. I want more!!!!

 

TO BE CONTINUED

Arabic Food Festival 2017

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The Arabian decoration and display in conjunction with the Wafa Hotel & Apartment’s Arabic Food Festival 2017
 

Wafa Hotel & Apartment inaugurates the first Arabic Food Festival 2017 last weekend at Annajat Complex. The partner for The Arabic Food Festival is Gwad Basha Arabian Restaurant & Catering (one of my favourite Arabian cuisine in Brunei). I just came back from Saudi Arabia and it makes me crave for the Arabian food more.

The food promotion aims to enthrall the patrons and diners with a myriad of enchanting flavours from the Arabic lands and this also gives Wafa Hotel & Apartment’s guests and customers to enjoy and indulge in the food and fantasies of an Arabian feast located on the 3rd floor of Wafa Hotel & Apartment.

You will also get to see a Middle Eastern ambience and decorations to feel the ambience of Middle Eastern.

The Arabian food promotion will run from 23rd December until 6th January 2018. Now with payday and bonus season, I would highly recommend you to check their food.

For further information, you can contact Wafa Hotel & Apartment at 242 5889. The hotel is located at Annajat Complex, the newly opened building near the Beribi Roundabout.

 

 

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The promotional poster
 

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Pg Md Khairuddin Pg Abu Bakar, the Assistant Manager of Wafa Hotel & Apartment giving his welcoming remarks
 

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Guest of honour Hjh Aidah bte Hj Mohd Hanifah, Director of Agriculture and Agrifood
 

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#BEHELIX First Consolation Prize Draw

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Members of media with representatives from Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn Bhd during the shortlisting of the draw last week

#BELIHELIX (Buy Helix) promotion has garnered loads of interest. Not just because the Shell Helix Ultra products are of high quality. Because there are monthly draws and the grand prize will be BMW 118i, Dubai package tours for two and BND 2,500 cash card.

Tomorrow (27th December) will be the first monthly draw and Brunei Shell Marketing the organizer of the promotion mentioned that they have more than 5,000 entries for the month of November alone. The draw was done last week by media representatives and witnessed by Brunei Shell Marketing management.

Those who purchased Shell Helix Ultra 5W-40, HX-7 10W-40 and HX5 15W-40 will be eligible for the draw. They will have to purchase a pack of four liters of Shell Helix Motor Oil and fill in the lucky draw entry form.

There are 190 participating outlets (car dealers, independent workshops, high streets and petrol stations) across the Sultanate. The current promotion ends on January 2018 and the next consolation draw will be held in January 2018 while the grand draw will be February 2018.

Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a next-generation, fully synthetic premium motor oil made from natural gas making it stronger and less volatile at the molecular level than those made from traditional crude. Key benefits include performance through engine stress, superior protection against wear, protecting the engine in extreme temperatures and it is designed for ultimate power and performance. Engine manufacturer partners including BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport, Maserati and Scuderia Ferrari use and trust Shell Helix Ultra. The Shell Helix portfolio is suitable for both diesel and gasoline engines.

 

 

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Waqiuddin of Motor Sport BN doing one of the draws for the month of November
 

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Let it roll
 

Wu Chun capped off a strong year

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Wu Chun being featured on Vogue magazine
 

December is said to be the busiest month for China. Holidays are on the side, and preparations for the coming year. One the most cited activities is the awarding ceremonies organised by the top media companies in the country and to no surprise, our very own superstar from Brunei, Wu Chun.

International Superstar, Endorser and Philanthropist, Wu Chun a Bruneian pride bagged 3 three notable awards:

• The 2017 Best Achievement Male Role Model Award at the “China Women Media Award” organised by United Nation Women.
• 2017 MAN OF THE YEAR Award at the BAZAAR Men China in Beijing.
• 2017 Most Influential Male Artiste Award at the NetEase award ceremony

Aside from being a busy bee with numerous endorsements and being ambassador for numerous international brands this year alone (namely, GAP, Skechers, Safeguard, Nutrilon, Cosatto, Milka, Lancome, Fisher Price) and while running numerous businesses, Wu Chun’s year has also been fruitful making films for his avid supporters and fans.

 This year he filmed Martial Universe (A mythology martial arts romance) alongside with Yang Yang and Zhang Tian Ai. “Daddy, where are you going?”, a TV reality show with a 6 billion online viewers alone in China featuring his daughter Nei – Nei and first broad cast TV appearance of his son, Max.

One of the highlights for Wu Chun is his recent appearance on the cover of VOGUE magazine. Very few male artistes has the opportunity to appear on the cover of this very top female fashion magazine and on top of this, Wu Chun, on a number of occasions, has been ranked number 1 in China’s online celebrities influential power list and this year has certainly push Wu Chun to another level in his showbiz career.

This year, he also promoted and released My Other Home ( “A New Yorker in Beijing”) an inspiring true story about Basketball and friendship directed by Zang Yi  casting alongside with Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson. He is also currently the ambassador for charity organisation IFAW or Internantional Fund for Animal Welfare, which is one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world. He has been chosen to be an ambassador for Brunei Anti Narcotic Drug Association in 2012. Since 2014, he became the international brand ambassador of Royal Brunei Airlines.

As a young idol and super-dad, Chun is a progressive young entrepreneur and a social welfare advocate. Not only he is constantly breaking records in performing arts, but he also advocates gender equality, taking care of his children and family, and accompanying them to grow happily.

Wu Chun’s contribution to the country has been massive all these years and has literally put Brunei on the map among the chinese around the world. It has been noted that recognition and acknowledgement and being active in the community is not something new for the actor. To name a few,  Wu Chun has received the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) Young Entrepreneur of The Year (2008), CQE Geneva QC Total Quality Management Model Award (2012), APEA Corporate Social Responsibility Award (2013). In 2015, Wu Chun was one of the recipients for Brunei’s Excellent Youth Award.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the Sky Lounge/Business Class Lounge

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Officiating the newly revamped and upgraded Sky Lounge and also the new Business Class Lounge at Brunei International Airport. Guest of Honour Yang Mulia Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Bin Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary Resource and Tourism, & RB Board Director, and Karam Chand, RB’s CEO.
 

Royal Brunei Airlines has launched its newly refreshed and upgraded Sky Lounge and introduced the new flagship Business Class Lounge at Brunei International Airport on 06 December 2017.

The launch of the new lounges were officiated by Guest of Honour Yang Mulia Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Bin Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Primary Resource and Tourism, & RB Board Director, and Karam Chand, RB’s CEO. The launch was also attended by RB’s Board of Directors, officials from the Department of Civil Aviation, various Government Agencies, RB’s corporate partners and Royal Skies elite members.

The RB Business Class Lounge takes on board the needs of the sophisticated and frequent travelers that is RB’s business class guests and Royal Skies gold members. Features that take care of guest comfort, relaxation, fine dining and entertainment has been provided for in the new lounge. With a capacity of 72, the new Business class Lounge has plush, comfortable décor and furnishings designed to make the guests feel at home and for them to relax and enjoy the warm hospitality of RB. Guests at the Business Class Lounge have access to executive meeting rooms and all the facilities offered at the Sky Lounge in addition to the coffee bar for those guests who are squeezed for time.

RB upgraded sky lounge is open to Royal Skies Silver members, corporate guests, customer airline guests and for the first time in Brunei, to walk-in guests. RB is pleased to welcome Priority Pass customers to its lounge and is in discussions with other corporates who have shown interest in getting access to the lounge. These will be announced in due course.

 

 

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Karam Chand delivering his welcoming remarks
 

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Members of the guests during the launch
 

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The Business Class lounge
 

 

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Surau
 

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The kids play area
 

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The dining area
 

Accommodating up to 120 guests, the upgraded Sky Lounge features buffet dining, all the existing facilities including the prayer room. However RB felt the guests deserve more and thus have added exciting facilities such as a movie room, kids’ room, family zone, gaming area featuring PS4 and Xbox Kinect as well as a Virtual Reality station highlighting places of interest in Brunei and other RB destinations giving our visitors an immersive experience of the various attractions on offer. This is work in progress and more destinations and RB products will be added over time. We hope through this innovation we can entice more transit guests to consider taking a stop-over holiday in Brunei on their return journey. There are no extra charges for the air content for stop-over guests when booked via our online booking portal.

With a ceiling to floor glass exterior, the lounges overlooks the departure hall and features the warm and refreshing colours that is now synonymous to the RB brand. The lounge glass exterior also maintains previous design elements like the Brunei iconic Ayer Muleh design and a unique brass art piece depicting Kampung Ayer in keeping with our Bruneian identity.

“At RB, we believe the service experience right from research for the holiday options, bookings, service at the airport and inflight is our key strength and we continuously strive to innovate and improve the guest experience at every touch point. We are pleased to offer our guests the best Bruneian hospitality and positively position Brunei International Airport (BIA) to international travelers. With the peak holiday season on the horizon, we are excited to introduce the walk-in product, a first for Brunei which we believe will be very attractive to the long haul economy guests who have been asking for such a facility at BIA for some time. With the expanded facilities and top quality food and beverages on offer, we trust the new lounges will be exceed guest expectations and help us achieve four star airline ranking. ” said Karam Chand, RB’s CEO.

RB is pleased to introduce its business partner Savy’s Brasserie. Savy’s has partnered with RB as the caterer and service provider and has designed the menu to suit all taste buds. Today they launched the full product offering for RB guests including fine dining in the business class lounge.

 

 

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There’s a playroom for gamers too.
 

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Frozen anyone? #playstation #xbox
 

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There’s a movie theatre room
 

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Some of the invited guests
 

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Some of the invited guests
 

New banquet hall & conference meeting room

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I came across a venue that provides a banquet hall, a meeting conference and also a place for corporate and private events. If you happened to be in KB town (Kuala Belait), then this is one of those choices that you can consider.

If you look at the banquet hall, it’s surprisingly huge where it can accommodate 800 to 1,300 guests. For those who are keen, you can refer to the meetings & events factsheet below for the price range.

The banquet hall is inclusive of:

• Projector & screen
• PA System
• Wifi
• Tables and chairs arrangements
• Food & beverages
• Audio video lighting
• Podium with goose neck microphone
• Basic sound system and lightings
• Side projector and screens

For the Meeting Conference, it is inclusive of:

Projector & screen
• PA System
• Wifi
• Tables and chairs arrangements
• Two 2in1 flip chart whiteboard stands with one paper & two markers
• Sets of stationaries
• Mineral water 600ml
• Complimentary candy
• Food and beverages (an additional charged based on menu selection)

For Corporate & Private Events, it is inclusive of:

• 4 hours maximum with minimum 10 person
• All prices are subject to 10% service charge
• 50% deposit is required once confirmed
• Final guest count and pre-payment of function due 1 week prior to event
• Cash, cheque or credit card term only.

These facilities are now available at Garden Sentral Hotel, Kuala Belait. The meeting/conference room is located on 3rd floor while the banquet hall is located on the 6th floor of the Garden Sentral Hotel.

For more information, you can call 333 8333 or you can email inquiry at reservations@gardensentralhotel.com You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram @gardensentralhotel for updates.

 

 

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The banquet hall area at Garden Sentral Hotel
 

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The meeting and conference area
 

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It can be arranged in this setting for corporate events
 

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Salebration with Concepts Computer

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Check out the big discount they have at Concepts Computer as part of the Salebration
 

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Zul Abdul Rahman, the Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer holding mouses that are going at 50% discount

It’s back and Concepts Computer is also taking part in the Salebration and Sales Bonanza which will last for 65 days in the Sultanate. This will be a great opportunity for the public to buy good deals at Concepts Computer where the discounts will be up to 70%.

So far roughly 130 items are on discount and this is also in conjunction with Concepts Computer very own Month End Promo.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer said, “The company being one of the premier IT solutions provider in Brunei Darussalam places great emphasis on improving the local shopping experience. In collaboration with the Salebration initiative, this will help to alleviate the purchasing power among the locals.”<br/ >
Zul Abdul Rahman, the Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer shared that people are more tech savvy and even spend more things online than before. This helps them as retailers to come up with something more creative and innovative to draw more customers especially when it comes to service.

For more information, you can contact 2233 566, 2233 551 or 2233 552.

 

 

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Vincent Pao and Alice Chan speaking to the members of the media
 

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Another item going at 50% discount
 

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50% discount and this price is before discount
 

 

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50% discount and this price is before discount
 

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This does come in handy. I have one too.
 

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Powerbanks are also on 50% discount 😀
 

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HD will be on 15% discount and the 1TB is a huge hit
 

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15% discount on HD
 

 

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KFC Chizza

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Had a few bites and it’s pretty good 😀

KFC Brunei has raised the bar! Bringing Bruneians the one-of-a-kind product innovation – featuring the best of chicken and the best of pizza in the much awaited KFC Chizza.

A perfect mashup of crowd favourites – crunchy KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet and popular Pizza toppings, the KFC Chizza is truly befitting its tagline of a “Finger Lickin’ Good Pizza”. With rich tomato pizza sauce, juicy diced pineapples, onions, herbs and gooey mozzarella cheese topped over the ultimate crust of a succulent KFC Hot and spicy Chicken fillet, it is the perfect ’pizza’ that will leave no crust behind.

“We are in constant pursuit to bring something exciting and crave-worthy to our customers. While staying true to our core of fried chicken, KFC Chizza is an innovative twist that is a must try for both KFC and Pizza fans,” said Jaymee Lau, from the marketing dept of KFC Brunei.

“This Finger Lickin’ Good pizza is indulgent and will set tongues alight. It’s a collaboration of the best of two popular foods. Toppings are everyone’s favourite when it comes to pizza, and with an alternative crust of the favourite KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet, it is certainly a must try!” she added.

Starting from BND 3.60, KFC Chizza is available a la carte and in combo meal. Combo comes with a Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink. For a bigger eat, Chizza Box is available with a piece of Original Recipe or Hot & Spicy chicken, Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink.

KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket or as 5 pc ala carte for BND 3.10 only. With the holiday bucket, customers are able to purchase the Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 or BND 1.50 separately.

Available nationwide at all KFC restaurants from today, while stocks last!  For more updates, do follow @kfcbrunei

 

 


Jaymee having a fair share of the KFC Chizza
 


KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket
 


Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 if you purchase the Holiday Bucket or BND 1.50 for the bag
 

J3Smart handing out prizes

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Jeff Goo Jia Jie, Managing Director of J3Smart with the winners of the promotion and the marketing team of J3smart
 

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Jeff Goo Jia Jie thanking the winners for their participation

Well done to the winners of the J3smart.com promotion. They walked away with products courtesy of J3smart.com and there were five winners – Fadillah bte Gassireh, Voon Tung Yea, Siti Junaidah bte Hj Zulkifli, Zumailanisa Hj Mydin and Jess Eng Eng.

All they had to was repost the J3smart.com promotion on Facebook. Recently the online shopping company had a free shipping promotion to commemorate the 11:11 (11th of November) sales. The representative said that the J3smart.com earned an estimate of BND 70,000 of sales. Some even ordered a piano and a sofa from the online store. Amazing!!! It just shows that you can buy small to big items through j3smart.com

They will be introducing a new prepaid card system especially those who doesn’t have a credit card or don’t have a debit card to purchase items through the portal.

 

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The finalists doing a draw to determine their prizes
 

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One of the winners receiving items from the showroom
 

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Some of the items that were ordered during the 11:11 sale with free shipping. They have arrived in Brunei.
 

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Yes, iPhone X protective screens are also being sold on their online portal
 

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Also iPhone X casing 😀
 

Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017

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Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor (right) was the grand winner of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017. Congratulations buddy 😀
 


The winners of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017 with the judges
 

Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor has emerged as the grand prize winner of the Canon PhotoMarathon Brunei Darussalam 2017 last Sunday, winning himself an all-expense paid photography trip across Japan as part of the PhotoMarathon Asia Championship, travelling alongside winners from 12 others countries. Three of his photos were selected by the judges in the Top 20 pick. Well done, buddy!!

The Canon PhotoMarathon is always a popular event, attracting more than 300 participants where they were given three themes and the images will be reviewed among the four invited judges by Interhouse Company.

The winners are as follows:-

“Left Behind” theme
1st place – Ling Yang Hui
2nd place – Awangku Fathur Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad
3rd place – Abang Md Saifulizam

“Upside Down” theme
1st place –  Masadezam bin Masle
2nd place – Lim Kian Chiong
3rd place – Codie de Vera Canezo

“The moment” theme
1st place –  Nurhani Basirah binti Haji Chipli
2nd place – Shah Faisal bin Mohd Yakob
3rd place – Pengiran Haji Mohd Heris bin Pengiran Mohammed

 

 


1st place – Ling Yang Hui for Left Behind theme
 


2nd place – Awangku Fathur Rahman bin Pengiran Haji Mohammad for Left Behind thee
 


3rd place – Abang Md Saifulizam for Left Behind theme
 

 


Ling Yang Hui receiving his first prize for Left Behind theme
 


3rd place – Codie de Vera Canezo for Upside Down theme
 


2nd place – Lim Kian Chiong for Upside Down theme
 


1st place –  Masadezam bin Masle for Upside Down theme
 


Masadezam bin Masle receiving his first prize for Upside Down theme
 

 


3rd place – Pengiran Haji Mohd Heris bin Pengiran Mohammed for The Moment theme
 


2nd place – Shah Faisal bin Mohd Yakob for The Moment theme
 


1st place –  Nurhani Basirah binti Haji Chipli for The Moment theme
 

Interhouse Company Deputy Managing Director Vincent Goh and Wrixon Wong, Canon Singapore Pte Ltd gave the grand prize to Abang Md Saifulizam bin Abang Zamhor. He was a bit surprised during the short interview. He didn’t expect anything and he even decided to join the competition in the final minute. He trusted his old classic Canon EOS 40D and his kit lens for his chosen shots.

Well done to Interhouse Company for another great contest.

 

 


Md Saifulizam with his Canon EOS 40D with his kit lens
 


He was still scratching his head that he won the grand prize
 


Md Saifulizam’s shot that got selected
 


Md Saifulizam’s shot that got selected
 


Hello Hasmin. Good to see you again 😀
 


Steven Goh behind the scene
 


The associates of Interhouse Company
 

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