SONAX CUP, a huge success

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Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Hakeem, the President of Brunei Darussalam Golf Association, during the prize presentation of the Sonax Cup
Mike Chua, Managing Director of Sonax Brunei Sdn Bhd, handed the gross open category champion, Suhaimi Ibrahim
Mike Chua delivering his welcoming remarks during the prize presentation

The Sonax Cup by Brunei Darussalam Golf Association (BDGA) was completed last Sunday. The tournament ran for three days from Friday 19/3/2021 and a total of 244 golfers participated in the competition in various categories namely: the open (gross and net), senior and ladies. The total cash prizes for this event was $4450 and the list of winners is as attached, including the champion in the gross open category which went to Suhaimi Ibrahim who shot 71 gross, one under par. Suhaimi Ibrahim also received the Sonax Challenge Trophy presented by Mr. Mike Chua, the Managing Director of Sonax Brunei Sdn. Bhd. The tournament took place at Mentiri Golf Club.

There was also a hole-in-one winner, Lim Shen Quan, on hole 13th, and he won the $5000 cash prize. 

This was the first BDGA golf tournament at the national level for the year 2021, with next one planned for 28 to 30 of May at the RBGCC. This tournament was a great success with participation of more than 200 golfers. BDGA thanked Sonax Brunei Sdn. Bhd., the tournament main sponsor, and expressed the hope that its partnership with Sonax Brunei Sdn. Bhd. would continue to grow. 

BDGA also gave $1000 donation to “Tabung Anak Anak Yatim” (Orphans Fund) and the representative from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ms. Nurul Nazurah bte Jaya, was present to receive the sponsorship.

Since the new BDGA Governing Council was elected back since 5th January this year, it received feedbacks from golfers in Brunei that the most sought after deliverable is golf tournaments. Hence, BDGA decided to organize the first tournament (Sonax Cup) and a few more planned for this year. This will help to provide a competitive platform at the national level for golfers to showcase their skills. In the process, it was hoped that scout for new golfing talents could be spotted and to be further developed to represent the country in the near future. Images courtesy of Pg Azam Omar and Shahiruddin.

Overall Gross:
Suhaimi Ibrahim  71
Ak Syakir  74
Ahmad Yani  75

Overall Net:
Angphula Sharpa  67 OCB
Chong Chee Soon  67
Ak Rizam Faizal Pg Salleh  67

A – Division Category:
Kahar Bakar 70
Irwan Hj Hamid 71 OCB
Pg Zaki  71

B – Division Category:
Hj Rosmadee 69
Dullah Sitai 70
Hj Ramlie Damit  71

C – Division Category:
Mardhini Khan Ali 70
Ariff Dato Suhaimi 70
Pg Ibrahim 70

Senior +60 Category:
Lim Soon Bee  65
Hj Zamri   68
Dato Sheik Adnan  68

Ladies Category: 
Almas  Khamis 74
Salyahrinah Yahya  75
Hjh Rusni Hj Lamat 76

Pro – Category:
Pg Wira Salleh 72 OCB
Qazzri Aslimon 72
Qawim Aslimon 73

Hole in One on Hole no.13 on Friday 19/3/21: LIM SHEN QUAN 

Nearest to the Pin (NTP)
NTP No.7  Hj Shaiful
NTP No.9  Suhaimi 
NTP No.13  Pro John
NTP No.16  Pg Ibrahim

Hole-in-One winner Lim Shen Quan, winning himself BND 5,000
Way to go, Soon!!!

Jab Gym taken Brunei by storm

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His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen, the owner of Jab Gym, with his sisters, Her Royal Highness Princess Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Princess Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah, during the private invitation of Jab Gym at the Brunei capital.
 

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Congratulations @tmski on the awesome gym. One of his favorite role models is the legendary Muhammad Ali.
 

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Boxing trainer Lex Igwe (left) sparring with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Dato Hj Aminuddin, to the delight of the crowd.
 

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Some of the cabinet ministers and ambassadors paid a visit to Jab Gym last weekend
 

 

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Check out the 10,000 sq feet premise at Pavo Point. The view is wonderful especially when you are running on the treadmill and you can see the view of Bandar.
 

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This is one of the studios at Jab Gym which focuses on “Boxercise” session. I just signed up for a class with Nadzri. Let’s see how that goes.
 

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Some of the VIPs that attended last weekend
 

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Soon Chong sparring with Lex Igwe
 

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Click image to see more price range
 

Pg Hj Matusin, newly elected President NFABD

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah chairing the 4th National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam Congress at NFABD House last weekend
 

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With the newly installed executive committee of NFABD with representatives from Asian Football Confederation, Asean Football Federation and FIFA 
 

In the recent turn of events, Pg Hj Matusin bin Pg Hj Matasan was elected as the President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) for the term 2019-2023 in the 4th NFABD Congress at NFABD House last weekend. Pg Hj Matusin was the former Secretary-General of the defunct Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) which was banned by the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa) back in 2008.

Pg Hj Matusin is the 3rd President of NAFBD, replacing His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah who ran the presidency from 2013 to 2019. The first president of NAFBD was Dato Paduka Abdul Rahman Mohiddin where NAFBD was formed back in 2011.

The other executive committees that have been elected are Haji Abdul Razak bin Haji Ibrahim, Bujang bin Haji Japar, Abdul Adib bin Haji Abdul Khani and Pengiran Haji Aliudin bin Pengiran Haji Tajudin.

In NFABD, there are 20 congress members which consists of those registered in the Brunei Super League Clubs. The 20 votes are from Brunei Muara clubs, Tutong football association, Kuala Belait clubs, Temburong clubs, MS PDBD, MS ABDB and referee. During the election process, 19 votes were casted with one spoilt vote and one absentee.

Pg Hj Matusin is no stranger in the football scene as he has vast experience and knowledge on the local football scene. I do hope he can carry the legacy of HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah and lead his team for the betterment of football in Brunei Darussalam. And yes, he is a Chelsea fan too.

Brunei Darussalam is also making their presence felt in the international scene as HRH Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah was elected as a member of the organising committee for FIFA competitions, member to the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Social Responsibility Committee and Deputy President of AFF for 2019-2023 as well as Deputy Chairman of ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Financial Committee and Emergency Committee.

It was also interesting to see the official visit by Gianni Infantino, the President of FIFA recently to Brunei Darussalam. In all my life, I would have never thought a President of FIFA would pay a visit to our small country.

Let’s see what the new executive committees’ plans are for the next year or so. Change is the only constant and let’s hope for a brighter (football) future. All the best.

 

 

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During the 4th NFABD congress
 

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The newly elected NFABD executive members
 

 

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The annual report of NFABD
 

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A Congress member of NFABD from Brunei-Muara casting a vote

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Pg Hj Matusin bin Pg Hj Matasan (2nd from left), the newly elected President of NFABD with the management of Indera SC. He is also the advisor of Indera SC.
 

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Group photo after the 4th NFABD Congress
 

Dynamic Sports

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Her Royal Highness Princess Amal Rakiah on the first day of the opening of Dynamic Sports
 

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The ribbon cutting ceremony to officiate the opening of Dynamic Sports flagship store
 

Dynamic Sports recently drew waves of crowd after its launch of the flagship store two Sundays ago at The Walk (Beribi). It attracted different walks of life especially those in the sports community. Strategically located in Beribi, Dynamic Sports heralded a new era in providing a one stop sports shop furnished with reputable brands with the likes of Adidas, Nike, Reebok, Saucony, ASICS, Crocs and many more.

The company aims to create a platform that provides the most suitable products for the running/sports community of all ages and let’s not forget that they also provide professional advice and guidance, training and rehabilitation to anyone, be it casual or for running.

All present during the launch were number of national scheme runners, sports enthusiasts (like myself) and the members of the press. The ribbon cutting was officiated by Mr. Law Haw Wei, Mr. Lau How Teck and Mr. Lau How Kun accompanied by their sons.

Dynamic Sports has already garnered traction from online shoppers and they can already purchase the items online prior to the launch. This is made possible by www.dynamicsports.co where you will get a very comprehensive list of products to choose from.

Lau Soon Tiong, one of the shareholders of Dynamic Sports, said that the company’s vision is to assist local athletes and passionate sports enthusiasts to strive for greatness by providing a conducive environment for them to improve and grow.

Dynamic Sports will introduce its second phase where they will provide gym services and classes that will assist the community in rehabilitation and condition of the body.

Last weekend, Dynamic Sports had a special deal for selected shoes and it was well received as shoppers flocked in to grab the good deals.

You can follow them on instagram @dynamicsports.bn and if you are wondering of the location, it’s the white building with hints of red and it’s located right before Starbucks Beribi.

 

 

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Chang Ein Hong came to support the launch as well
 

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Orange is the new black
 

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Mr. Ti Eng Hui, CEO of Baiduri (far right) also came to support the launch
 

 

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Plenty of varieties at Dynamic Sports
 

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Soon Ai, one of the shareholders of Dynamic Sports
 

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With the athletes during the opening
 

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Hui Chiet also came to support
 

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Accessories also available at Dynamic Sports
 

 

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Friends and relatives
 

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Special corner deals which was quite popular among shoppers
 

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We did some shopping too
 

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Congratulations to Soon Lau for breaking his personal best in 10KM run at Melbourne Run last weekend
 

Thailand Grand Fair at CF

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Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs accompanied by H.E. Ms. Wanthanee Viputwongsakul, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam with other diplomatic corps at the grand opening of the Thailand Grand Fair at the 23rd Consumer Fair held at the International Convention Centre
 

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Her Royal Highness looked on the hand made design on the umbrella
 

The Royal Thai Embassy organised the ceremony of the “35th Anniversary of Thailand―Brunei Diplomatic Relations Grand Fair” at Bilik Sepakat 2 and 3 yesterday. On this special occasion, Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs graced the Opening ceremony of the Fair as part of the 23rd Consumer Fair.

The Embassy’s annual Thailand Grand Fair is celebrating its 11th edition this year and also coincides with the 35th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and Brunei Darussalam.

Visitors can expect around 30 booths selling fresh and ready-to-eat food such as fresh spring rolls, Miang Kham and Som Tam (papaya salad), dried food, snacks and delicacies such as mango and durian sticky rice as well as dried, fresh and seasonal fruits.

Visitors can also find at the Fair,Thai silk and cotton clothing, handbags, handicrafts, jewelries and herbal products. So do visit the Thailand Grand Fair at the Consumer Fair which ends this Sunday.

 

 

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Her Royal Highness receiving a Thai delicacy from one of the vendors at the Thai Grand Fair
 

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Photo opportunity with the guest of honour
 

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Her Royal Highness visited Chatramue booth
 

FashionValet Pop-Up is back

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 FashionValet General Manager Nadia Norzuhdy and BIBD Head of Retail Banking Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar. Photo by Bahyiah Bakir of Borneo Bulletin.
 

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Founder of @mukaku_comestics and @assalwaa.beauty.spa with HRH Princess Amal Rakiah
 

The annual event is back once more. Ladies will be spoilt for choices as they readied themselves for the upcoming festive of Hari Raya. The FashionValet pop-up event is currently being held at Indera Kayangan Ballroom and the first opening hours of the event was made exclusive to BIBD Perdana customers.

Now the event has been opened to public until 4th May (tomorrow) and it will be until 4pm.

Vivy Yusof made a one day appearance for her fans and of course, she’s the co-founder of FashionValet. Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Hj Md Jaafar, BIBD Head of Retail Banking, shared that BIBD’s partnership with FashionValet is more than just an annual pop-up event as it also showcases the local entrepreneurs at hand where they can be connected outside Brunei waters.

Some of the local vendors participating were Baitaal Hijab, Mumtaz Collections, Rozai Hijab, Mukaku Domestics and Mudaser. They were selected according to their ability to export and they will be trained by FashionValet on the know-how when it comes to being international. The said brands have already a proven track record locally and now it’s time for them to shine further. They also fall under the BIBD Catalyst program.

Good news for BIBD cardholders is that throughout the event, BIBD debit and credit cardholders will be entitled to exclusive discounts and earn double BIBD Hadiah Points which can be used to pay for utilities, donations, air miles and more.

So hurry yourself to FV pop up event before it’s over. Happy shopping and thanks to BIBD for making this possible yet again.

 

 

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#AkmaliaSaifullahR1

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam with the newly weds, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah and Yang Mulia Dayang Nur Akmalia binti Retired Lieutenant Colonel Awang Iskandar at Baitun Na’aim yesterday. Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
 

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman with the newly weds. Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
 

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, yesterday graced the Wedding Ceremony of Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah, the son of Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris.

Upon arrival at Baitun Na’aim in Kampung Jerudong, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri were greeted by Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris.

Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab-Rahaman;

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Zariah;

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah; Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah; and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.

Also present were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Nasibah; and other members of the Royal Family.

Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah is married to Yang Mulia Dayang Nur Akmalia binti Retired Lieutenant Colonel Awang Iskandar.

Doa selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Utama Dato Paduka Seri Setia Haji Awang Salim bin Haji Besar.

Their Majesties then received junjung ziarah from both the bride and bridegroom. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri also received the junjung ziarah from the newly-wedded couple. Also receiving the junjung ziarah were Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Amal Umi Kalthum Al-Islam and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Indera Setia Diraja Sahibul Karib Pengiran Anak Haji Idris. New release by RTB.

 

 

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Members of the royal family during the Bersanding ceremony .Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
 

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Members of the royal family during the Bersanding ceremony .Image courtesy of Rahwani Zahari of Infofoto.
 

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The berbedak ceremony. Image courtesy of @wtjz
 

 

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The newly weds with Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammed Saifullah’s family side. Taken from @akmaliaiskandar
 

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The newly weds with Nur Akmalia’s family side. Taken from @akmaliaiskandar
 

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The solemnization of YAM Pg Anak Hj Mohammed Saifullah and Nur Akmalia. Image taken by @wtjz
 

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During the bersanding ceremony.
 

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Both wearing Lady Jane design. Image from Nur Akmalia
 

 

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Nur Akmalia make up by @kfbongmakeup and hair by @ckayliow
 

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With Nur Akmalia’s sister Nina Iskandar and Carrie Chong
 

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Sisters – Nina and Akmalia
 

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With Akmalia’s cousins. Image courtesy of Carrie Chong.
 

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Apparently most of the ladies were wearing the songket at all the functions as it falls under the adat-istiadat customs. Image courtesy of Carrie Chong.
 

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Nur Akmalia’s berbedak ceremony.
 

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Pre-wedding shot by @janechingphotography
 

HBT opening ceremony

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown prince and Senior Minister, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah during the Brunei National Anthem at the opening of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2018 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
 

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His Majesty the Sultan officially launching HBT 2018
 

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officially launched the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018. The ceremony took place at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas.

Upon arrival, His Majesty was greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, President of the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam as the Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, HBT, for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018. Also present to greet His Majesty’s arrival was Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports as well as members of the Executive Committee.

Soon after arrival, His Majesty received junjung ziarah from the sponsors.

Also present were His Majesty’s sons and brothers, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel; His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah as well as members of the Royal family.

His Majesty then declared the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youths Football Tournament 2018 officially opened.

The opening ceremony was enlivened with firework display and Human LED performance.

His Majesty was then introduced to the team managers, coaches and team captains. Seven countries are taking part in the tournament. Group ‘A’ comprises teams from Brunei Darussalam, Timor Leste, Myanmar and Thailand; while Group ‘B’ are Lao PDR, Singapore and Cambodia. His Majesty also presented souvenirs to team managers of the participating nations.

His Majesty then received a pasambah from the HBT 2018 Organising Committee.

The Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy Football Tournament is jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, NFABD. The tournament aims to uphold the Titah of His Majesty to involve the best teams in the ASEAN Region to compete in the ASEAN or South East Asian Football league. Press release by RTB and image courtesy of Infofoto.

 

 

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His Majesty received junjung ziarah from the sponsors
 

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His Majesty receiving a token from Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
 

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Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman, Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Anak Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah binti Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah
 

 

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Members of the Royal Family and invited VIPs
 

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The marching ceremony
 

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The flag bearers
 

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Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, the national team captain of Brunei Darussalam
 

Brunei fell to Timor Lester in opener

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The Brunei Darussalam National team. Back – Ak Yura Yunos, Ammar Syafie Hassanuddin, Muhammad Abdul Syakir, Martin Haddy Khalilidden, Azim Izamuddin Hj Suhaimi, Faiq Jefri Bolkiah (Captain). Front row – Ishyra Asmin Babidi, Naziruddin Hj Ismail, Haziq Kasyful Azim, Amin Sisa, Hanif Aiman Adanan. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

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Team Timor Leste National team. Back row – Fagio Augusto Da Silva, Henrique Wilson Da Cruz, Osvaldo Lucas Baptista, Rufino Walter Gama, Gumario Augusto Fernandes, Jorge Sabas Victor (Captain). Front row – Indio Ricardo Ferreira Alves, Silverio Da Rusereicao, Jose Maria Dos Reis, Candido Monteiro, Nelson Sarmento Viegas. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

Not the start we wanted as a Brunei supporter and they were some mixed feelings about the performance last night at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Our host nation took on Timor Leste in the opening match of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy and fell to a 1-0 narrow lost to the visitor on home turf.

Timor Leste benefited from a solitary goal from the penalty spot in the first half after a Timor Leste player was alleged to have brought down in the box. Jose Maria Dos Reis cooly converted the penalty and held on till the final whistle.

Brunei had great performances in their friendly matches leading to the first match against Timor Leste. However, the intensity and the cohesiveness of the team left more room for improvements. Sloppy passes and poor possession, Brunei struggled to hold the ball and hardly last after 4-5 passes whereas Timor Leste looked more controlled on and off the ball. This was apparent in the first half.

Nonetheless, there were some players that helped help to calm the team down whenever Timor Leste began to threaten in attack. Ak Yura Yunos (No.23) in defence and Naziruddin Hj Ismail (No.8) in midfield help to hold the fort for Brunei throughout the 90 minutes. Another player that brought more purpose to the game was Faiq Jefri Bolkaih (No.9), the team captain in attack. Brunei’s best chances came from Faiq whose both efforts were cleared off the line, one a well struck left footer while the other, a guided header off a corner.

The second half was a slightly better in terms of possession for Brunei though Timor Leste showed more confidence in all departments. The visitors were restricted to long shots and none of their efforts troubled Ishyra Asmin Jabidi in goal. Timor Leste was also good when countering and almost doubled their lead when substitute Muhammad Ramie Ramlli gave away a sloppy pass in midfield but Timor Leste failed to capitalize.

Fabio Augusto Da Silva (No.20), Timor Leste’s goalkeeper, had little workout in the second half as Brunei failed to muster any form of chance to trouble the keeper. A long ball strategy would have benefited the isolated Faiq upfront due to his physique and the ability to hold the ball. However, Timor Leste were so disciplined at the back and their larger body physique gave more advantage against our local players. Kudos to Timor Leste on a professional display on the pitch and deserved the narrow victory over the host nation.

Mario Riviera Campesino, head coach of Brunei Darussalam, commented that Brunei showed nervousness in the first half and this is due to the over excitement leading to the tournament and forgetting to be focused on the match. He is confident that Brunei will improve in the upcoming matches and win the remaining matches to qualify for the semi-finals.

Brunei now have a huge task in the group of death. They are up against two times defending champion Thailand and the defending champion Myanmar. Will this be difficult? Yes. But is it impossible? No. Brunei did show some promise and let’s put our trust in the players selected by the head coach in the upcoming matches. I believe we have the quality and the desire to be better than we were last night.

Myanmar will take on Thailand in a mouth watering match at Belapan Sports Complex tonight. Brunei will have two extra days before they face Thailand at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium on Friday evening.

 

 

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Naziruddin Hj Ismail of Brunei Darussalam skipped a tackle during the match. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

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Hanif Aiman Adanan attempting to win a challenge. He gave away possession cheaply especially in the first half. I hope he can bounce back against Thailand this coming Friday.
 

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Faiq Jefri Bolkiah holding the ball against Nelson Sarmento Viegas. He had two great chances to equalize but his efforts were cleared off the line. A promising talent for the national team. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

 

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Faiq Jefri Bolkiah had a subdued second half as his team mates weren’t able to supply him the ball in the final third. Kudos to Timor Leste for their discipline in defence and as a unit. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

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Ak Yura Yunos helped Brunei’s defence and also calmed the storm from Timor Leste. It would have been a different story without the presence of Ak Yura Yunos. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

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The HBT supporters sang and chanted during period of the match to boost the morale of the players. Timor Leste head coach Gelasio Da Silva Carvalho even said that his players couldn’t hear his instructions from the bench due to the overwhelming chants from the supporters.
 

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It wasn’t a full house but I could say almost 90% of the stadium was filled up. . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

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I can see my friends 😀 . Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

The Royal Procession

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His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri on the Royal Carriage to mark the 50 years of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne last Thursday, 5th October 2017. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam waving to the public who showed up to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


Image courtesy of Infofoto
 

The Golden Jubilee Procession marks the glorious history of 50 years of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s reign. The historic moment is a sharing of experiences between the people as well as becoming the main focus of foreigners as well as through the broad international media coverage in bringing the procession closer to them.

The historic ceremony witnessed His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri in the procession around Bandar Seri Begawan on the Royal Carriage.

The resounding beats of the hadrah, enlivened the atmosphere of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri’s arrival. Five hundred combined participants from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs were involved in the hadrah performance.

More than 22 thousand students from 2 hundred and 16 education institutions from the Ministry of Education Ministry of Religious Affairs and private institutions, waved flags along the route from Istana Nurul Iman until the road in front of the Bandar Seri Begawan Fire Station. The involvement of the students comprising teenagers, in the celebration is a reflection of their love for the monarch.

His Majesty’s characteristic of being the People’s Monarch is difficult to be expressed in words, as His Majesty said in his titah earlier, that when the monarch is happy, hence the people too have a right to rejoice and when he is grateful, therefore the people should also be grateful. The joyousness of the celebration clearly shows the strong ties between the monarch and his subjects.

The cheerful atmosphere is visible here in the Fire and Rescue Station area in the capital, as the starting point of the Ceremonial Procession around Bandar Seri Begawan of this Grand Celebration. It is evident of the love and loyalty of the people towards the monarch and nation. Their involvement in this event enhances the noble values and nationalism towards a more glorious future and further enlivens the atmosphere of this historic occasion.

Soon upon arrival in front of the Bandar Seri Begawan Fire and Rescue Station, His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri entered the Royal Carriage. Also present on the Royal Carriage were His Majesty’s sons and daughter, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince ; His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah.

The Procession Ceremony around Bandar Seri Begawan which is full of tradition and customs was led by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Penggawa Laila Bentara Istiadat Diraja Dalam Istana Pengiran Haji Alauddin bin Pengiran Paduka Tuan Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Grand Chamberlain, followed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Co-Chairperson of the Golden Jubilee Procession Sectoral Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, RBAF Band and the Royal Brunei Police Force Band, accompanied by 40 RBAF personnel carrying the royal regalia, Sinipit and Taming or Spear and Shield. The Changkah which is one of royal regalia followed behind the special vehicle protected by the Manteri-Manteri Hulubalang. Two Manteri Hulubalang walked in front of the Royal Carriage. One carried the Pemuras and Karga or Gun and Ammunition Bag, while the other held the Kalasak and Kampilan or Shield and Long Blade. Also accompanying the procession were the Commissioner of police and Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. Lined up on the left and right of the Royal Carriage were the 16 Royal Brunei Police Senior Superintendents and RBAF Commanders.

At the back of the Royal Carriage which was pulled by 50 RBAF personnel, were 16 RBAF personnel carrying the Pedang and Perisai or Swords and Round Shields with another 16 carrying the Tumbak Benderangan or Spears embellished with gold or silver bands. This was followed by the people carrying the perhiasan tunggal or personal regalia of His Majesty and Her Majesty Duli Raja Isteri, which was then followed by the special vehicle carrying the Gendang Arak-Arakan comprising of the Nakara, Gendang Labik, Agong, Canang and Serunai. News compiled by RTB news.

 

 


His Majesty the Sultan being greeted by the citizens of Brunei and other walks of life. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince delivered a heartfelt Sabda’ to His Majesty the Sultan. Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen; and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah. Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


The vibrant students. Image courtesy of Infofoto
 


RB associate handing out goodies to the public.
 


A look-a-like. Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 

 


What a sight!! Image courtesy of Infofoto.
 


Representing BSP during the celebration.
 


Sea of people in front of RBA Plaza
 


This was taken near the Royal Regalia
 


Good to see that it wasn’t as hot and it didn’t rain until the Royal Procession ended. Blessed!!!
 

 


Taken at the end of Jalan Babu Raja
 


Waiting for the arrival of the Royal entourage as early as 7:30am
 


Taken at Jalan Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien
 


From IBTE
 


From Brunei Shell Marketing
 

 


Hello buddies 😀
 

 


The kids definitely have advantage for better viewing
 


Hello Marie :p
 


The crowd outside Yayasan Complex
 


Another lucky youngster
 

 


To get a better shot
 

 


Another vantage point
 


At the halfway mark and perhaps the most crowded zone near the mini roundabout at Jalan Sultan
 


Taking shots from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Bandar
 


The staff from Hua Ho also enjoyed the occasion
 

 


Piccolo owner working at full blast and she had the best business in the day for 2017. Interesting!
 


Totally jammed after the end of the event.
 


Even I had to wait for my boat ride to Kg. Tamoi
 

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