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Fireworks galore

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We bumped into Nuriskandar Hassan and Gary Goh after the first fireworks in BSB
 


The crowd waiting for the arrival of His Majesty the Sultan and the Royal entourage

So much was talked about the recent Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge  formerly known as Sg. Kebun bridge. I myself have not been on it but I’ve seen various shots on whatsapp where people were stopping by the bridge to take some shots and some even set up a small picnic area. At least the RIPAS bridge have been creating much hype among Bruneians.

The images were from the last weekend when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officiated the opening of the 750 metre bridge which costs BND 139 million, built by Swee Sdn Bhd (local company) and South Korean company Daelim Industrial.

I didn’t bother to get a good shot and if I did, I would have to sacrifice my company who won’t have proper access for a better view. We settled for early dinner at Piccolo Cafe where the owner Kristy and her co were working full blast from 5pm onwards till midnight. It was also one of the best business revenues for 2017.

Our journey to town was no easy feat. I believe it took us almost 90 minutes just to reach town from Anggrek. I would have checked in somewhere in town but the rooms were sold out as usual. Same thing happened during the Royal Procession on the 5th of October. I had an idea of either walking from Kiulap or taking a boat ride but the unfavourable weather prediction wasn’t much of a help though it didn’t really rain that night until the ceremony ended. Hence, braving the traffic was a safe (slow & steady) option.

As for the crowd, I have never seen such a packed crowd especially in Brunei. It reminded me of a zombie apocalypse movie and it just felt so surreal. I’m pretty sure places like Jerudong Park Playground or even the queue at the border would be empty. I even bumped into many familiar faces where I thought it would be difficult to spot my friends since there were simply too many people congested along the street.

The fireworks were commendable and lasted at least 15 minutes or so, making the trip worthwhile for fireworks goers and also families. Well, I would say only the first 10 minutes of the fireworks display of the allocated 15 mins and 25 mins respectively were easy to spot or sighted. After that, the after effects aka the smoke clouded the firework effects that were supposed to woo us from start to finish. Nonetheless it was still nice of Hengyi Industries and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited to sponsor the fireworks to commemorate His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officiating the RIPAS bridge last Saturday.

Did I had fun? Yes, I did. Thank you to the organisers especially the ministries for making this event possible. I wonder when can we have another event like this again because it felt that our country was united as one and in harmony. Something I will remember for a very long time.

 

 


Phone line were congested and I couldn’t make any calls. Just look at the crowd.
 


Salute to the officers on duty to take care of traffic flow
 


Pranika Lama and Erra Jamal enjoying the festivity last Saturday
 

 


The second firework in the first 10 minutes
 


Halfway through the fireworks
 


This was taken with 15 minutes left of the fireworks. I couldn’t even see the tower of the bridge.
 

 


The street was filled with rubbish after the event. I believe it might difficult for them to access the bins because of the sea of people and it won’t be visible to their eyes.
 


We parked some where near Terrace Hotel. Some of my friends parked at Mabohai Shopping Complex. Now that’s a long walk.
 

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Pepsi Bonanza Lucky Draw Event Vol. 1

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The winners of the first ‘Pepsi Bonanza Lucky Draw’ held at Jaya Hypermart, Gadong
 


The qualifying round of the lucky draw
 


The top three finalists playing the sipping game

Last Friday marked the start of the ‘Pepsi Bonanza Lucky Draw Event’, where it’s first monthly draw was held at Jaya Hypermart, Gadong. During the draw, the participants registered and participated in a fun activity to stand a chance to win the sought for prizes. Out of the 10 lucky shortlisted participants for this 1st monthly draw; Dayang Aisah Bte Hj Jumat successfully won the first prize of Jaya Cash Coupon $300, Mohammad Zaim Bin Hj Arun won 2nd prize of Jaya Cash Coupon $200 and Siti Sabarianah Ramli as 3rd prize of Jaya Cash Coupon $100, which was presented by Mr. Paul Thomas, the store manager of Jaya Hypermart Gadong. 7 Consolation Prizes was presented by Mr. Valentine Hon, the General Manager of Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd.

With registration having started since the month of August 2017, The “Pepsi Bonanza Lucky Draw Event” will continue to have 2 more monthly draws throughout November to December, with the Grand Draw being held on the 10th December 2017. Each of these monthly draws will be premiering several fabulous prizes to be won by the shortlisted participants.

Interested parties can easily register for this Lucky Draw event by simply purchasing any “Twin Pack” bottles of 1.5L Pepsi, Pepsi Twist, 7-Up, Revive, Mirinda Orange, Mirinda Strawberry, Mirinda Green Apple and Mirinda Green Fruit at specific department stores and outlets. After purchasing customers can simply staple their receipt to their filled in lucky draw form and drop it off into the lucky draw boxes. In addition, participants can also register for the Pepsi Bonanza 2017 event through participating restaurant outlets: Secret Recipe, Marry Brown, Pelicana, KFC, Ayamku, and The Chicken Rice Shop, with specific terms and conditions apply.

With the savings account of BND $8888.88 as a grand prize, followed by other cash rewards and Pepsi Hampers to be won, the “Pepsi Bonanza 2017” Lucky Draw Event will definitely be an event to watch out for.

 

 


Friends and families supporting the lucky contestants
 


Dayang Aisah Bte Hj Jumat successfully won the first prize of Jaya Cash Coupon $300 handed by Paul Thomas, store manager of Jaya Hypermart Gadong
 

 


Mohammad Zaim Bin Hj Arun won 2nd prize of Jaya Cash Coupon $200
 


Siti Sabarianah Ramli won 3rd prize of Jaya Cash Coupon $100
 


Consolation winner presented by Mr. Valentine Hon, the General Manager of Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd
 


Another consolation winner
 


Another consolation winner
 

Honey Carsmart 2nd Lucky Draw

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Mohammad Aiib bin Aslin, Nur Amirah Firdaus bte Hj Mustapa and Lim Teng Luan were the grand winners of the Honey Carsmart Sdn Bhd 2nd Lucky Draw event last Friday
 

Honey Carsmart Sdn Bhd held its 2nd Lucky Draw event yesterday morning at its main office, with a total of over 200 guests who attended the event. The company also has provided its own shuttle service convenience of the guests.

Light refreshments were served and souvenirs were distributed to all 140 eligible customers who bought their cars from the company between 19th May 2017 – 30th September 2017.

The company organized this annual event to show its sincere appreciation to their customers for their continuous support and loyalty over the years.

A donation of $2,500 were distributed equally to

• Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam represented by Hj Ahmad Bin Hj Abd Rahman, Head of Policy & Planning

• SMARTER Brunei represented by Malai Hj Abdullah Bin Malai Hj Othman, President of the Society for Management of Autism Related Issues

• DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Untuk Anak Anak Yatim represented by Hj Puasa Bin Hj Jumat, Assistant Managing Director, on behalf of CEO of DANA

The collective proceeds of $7,500 were collected through Honey Carsmart’s three-day grand sale event in May and customers who bought the used cars during the event are delighted to know that proceeds from the sales are being contributed to charity.

 

 


Donation presented to SMARTER Brunei represented by Malai Hj Abdullah Bin Malai Hj Othman, President of the Society for Management of Autism Related Issues
 


Donation presented to Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam represented by Hj Ahmad Bin Hj Abd Rahman, Head of Policy & Planning
 


Donation presented to DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Untuk Anak Anak Yatim represented by Hj Puasa Bin Hj Jumat, Assistant Managing Director, on behalf of CEO of DANA
 


The crowd last Friday at Honey Smartcar outlet
 

This year, the company introduced the new prize system whereby its customers have higher chances of winning more prizes.

The Perdana Prize winners for 3 Units if Iphone 7Plus was presented to Mr. MOHAMMAD AIIB BIN ASLIN , LIM TENG LUAN & NUR AMIRAH FIRDAUS BTE HJ MUSTAPA.

The Platinum Prize winners, SUPIAN BIN HJ ALIAKBAR & ROSE WYNN B CASTILLO, 2 units of SCOTT Mountain Bikes over by Michael Nyau, General Manager (insert photo)

The Diamond Prize winner, MOHAMMAD NOH HJ NAIN & SAJALI BIN KONDIN, 2 Units of SHARP Refrigerator handed over by Leslie Lai, Procurement Manager of Honey Carsmart (insert photo)

The Gold Prize winner, MR.SHINSUKE SAIKAWA & HJ MOHD ZAKARIA BIN HJ MATNOR a 42” Flat Screen TVs was handed over by the company’s Admin Manager, Ms Lim Cha Eng, Centre (insert photo)

The Silver Prize winner, HJ ROY NIFARILAN ZAINI & ZAITUL HIZANAH ISMAIL, 2 Laptops were handed over by the company’s Marketing Manager, Kate Lim, (insert photo)

The management expresses its sincere gratitude for the Guests of Honours and its customers for their continuous trust and support and will look forward to organize bigger events in the future.

 

 

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The grand winners of the iPhone 7 Plus
 

 


Supian bin Hj Aliakbar won a SCOTT Mountain Biikes
 


Hj Mohd Zakaria bin Hj Matnor won a 42” Flat Screen TV
 


One of the consolation winners for the grand lucky draw
 


Hj Roy Nifarilan Zaini won an Acer notebook
 


A late comer Shinsuke Saikawa was fortunate as he arrived and his number was called out for a 42” Flat Screen TV
 


Mohammad Noh Hj Nain won a Sharp Refrigerator
 

Review: Blade Runner 2049

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What my friends thought of Blade Runner 2049
 

Blade Runner 2049. Did it succeed or did it fail? There were quite mixed reviews to begin with for the sequel of Blade Runner. This was also the first time that all my friends whom I watched with gave it a thumbs down. Do I agree with them? Only to an extent. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Here’s my breakdown.

The Good. I am with awe with the visuals. Even though it was set in the 2049, director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) trusted Roger Deakins the cinematographer in creating a modern, dark, solemn world and yet every shot was breathtaking. Every shot taken in this movie had its purpose and that alone stole my attention. The way it portrayed LAPD Officer K’s (Ryan Gosling) movement on screen, they were all beautifully shot. This is one masterpiece from Roger Deakins and I won’t be surprised that he will be nominated for Best Cinematography in the upcoming Oscars.

Ryan Gosling was the highlight of the show apart from the visuals. Playing a cop in the future, he was placed in a situation where he slowly began to discover twists and plots to his disbelief. I was a bit worried if RG was fit for the role or being passed the baton to continue the Blade Runner legacy and plus it’s an action adventure movie where he is hardly in it. For me, it was his expression and emotions that made me invested in the almost-three-hour long movie. His character kinda bring back the memories of Driver where he acted in.

I love the twists and how the story unfolded from time to time. The music score and the deliberate pacing were enough to gain my attention (though I had a short snooze twice because I had lack of sleep). Yes, Denis captured the essence of the suspense with loud music though it can be too repetitive to some point.

The Bad. Yes, it did have its flaws and first thing’s first. Denis Villeneuve’s taste or direction of movie is not for everyone or even the mainstream movie goers. Those who appreciate Star Wars kinda sci-fi, you won’t get that feeling in Blade Runner 2049. It was mostly 80% drama and 20% or even less of action. The same went for Arrival and Sicario of which I both enjoyed. The only ones who seemed to enjoy as much as I did was Jinn, Del Goh and Nee Khern.

The sound factor or in this case, the music score did annoy a few of my friend’s movie experience. Even some of them were mocking the sound effects during our discussions of the film. Yes, to me, it did suit the theme of the movie but it was at times overkilled or overplayed in an overstretched movie.

The Ugly. The duration of the movie is a big minus for me for Blade Runner 2049. I could understand why all the pieces were necessary to explain the plot and twist along the way but it didn’t need to be almost 3 hours long. Harrison Ford could have more screen time as he was a focal point in the original Blade Runner and the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford could have been stronger.

Verdict: This is a masterful film making and only Denis Villeneuve can pull off an amazing follow up and paying tribute to the original Blade Runner 2049. Not many will enjoy this but I surprisingly did. 7.5 out of 10.

 

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
 

The new 50 polymer notes and coins

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office launching the Brunei 50 dollar Commemorative Polymer Note, Commemorative Coins and the 5th Series of Coins in Circulation, and the State Mufti’s Office publications entitled ‘Raja Melakar Sejarah’ and ‘The King who Shapes History’ in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday
 


Unveiling the new 50 dollar Commemorative Polymer Note
 

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, yesterday attended the Launching Ceremony of the Brunei 50 dollar Commemorative Polymer Note, Commemorative Coins and the 5th Series of Coins in Circulation, and the State Mufti’s Office publications entitled ‘Raja Melakar Sejarah’ and ‘The King who Shapes History’ in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. His Royal Highness is the Patron of the Advisory Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration and Chairman of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam Board of Directors.

Upon arrival at the Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness was greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, as member of the Advisory Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. Also welcoming His Royal Highness were the co-chairpersons of the Executive Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar, Yang Di-Pertua of Adat Istiadat Negara; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Ibrahim, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti; and Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office. The ceremony organised by Authority Monetary Brunei Darussalam, AMBD, began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah led by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Hamid bin Bakal.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar in his welcoming speech explained the design concept of the Brunei 50 Dollar polymer note, commemorative coins and 5th Series of Coins in Circulation. The design concept of the Brunei 50 dollar polymer note was inspired from the caring and attentive nature of His Majesty that signifies the monarch’s personality as The People’s Monarch. The currency also portrays His Majesty’s priority in instilling religious principles and reflecting the country’s era of modernisation under the monarch’s reign.

His Royal Highness officiated the launch of the Brunei 50 dollar Commemorative Polymer Note, Commemorative Coins and the 5th Series of Coins in Circulation, as well as the State Mufti’s Office publications entitled ‘Raja Melakar Sejarah’ and ‘The King who Shapes History’.

AMBD will be issuing 500,000 of the commemorative 50 cents which will be available for public exchange at face value across all banks and its branches from Monday, 9th of October.  An exclusive collection of several types of limited edition numismatic note and coin sets will also be available for pre-order from today, 4th of October. Meanwhile, the book entitled ‘Raja Melakar Sejarah’ which is filled with the history of His Majesty’s 50 year reign is written by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti. The book’s publication in the Malay and English Languages is hoped to contribute towards portraying His Majesty’s image as the Head of State and Head of Government. The books will be available for sale tomorrow at the State Mufti’s Office, Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja.

Before leaving the ceremony, His Royal Highness received junjung ziarah from members of the Executive Committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration, members of the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam Board of Directors, senior officers of the State Mufti Department and Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam as well as the special launching ceremony committee members. From RTB news.

 

 


During the launch of the Brunei 50 dollar Commemorative Polymer Note, Commemorative Coins and the 5th Series of Coins in Circulation, and the State Mufti’s Office publications entitled ‘Raja Melakar Sejarah’ and ‘The King who Shapes History’ in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne at the Banquet Hall of Prime Minister’s Office
 


Press conference being held by AMBD
 


A good collection but on the high end
 


At least BND 10,000 worth being photographed on the table
 

Rano’s thoughts: I managed to pre-order the limited pieces through Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) website and it will be available some time in November 2017. I was already impressed with previous edition – the 50 years Brunei Darussalam-Singapore Currency Interchangeability, and now AMBD have raised the bar with the Brunei 50 dollar Commemorative Polymer Note, Commemorative Coins and the 5th Series of Coins in Circulation.

The AMBD website crashed a few times yesterday after it was officially online, showing the demands for the 9 items available for order. The website now is back to normal and will be able to accommodate the demand. In a space of a few hours, they managed to have roughly 1,000 pre-order transactions. That was quite impressive and I believe many are eyeing the commemorative notes and coins.

Another proud moment to cherish for Brunei is that AMBD has allocated around 100,000 pieces of 50 coins in special packaging which will be distributed to students (registered under the Ministry of Education) in all public and private school from pre-school students to sixth form students in all four districts later in the year. That’s pretty awesome I must say. It will be a good way to commemorate The Sultan of Brunei’s 50 years of harmonious and peaceful ruling of Brunei Darussalam.

Thank you, AMBD, for the invitation of the launch and I shall be waiting for my new collection pretty soon 😀 You can view the collection and pre-order the items.

 

 


Posing with the star of the day
 


This is a very special note. Why? Look at the serial number 😀
 


The special edition of the 50 cents coin will be distributed to all students from pre-school to sixth form
 


I shall get a copy of this at The State Mufti (at Jalan Babu Raja)
 


Rashidah of The Scoop being interviewed by RTB
 


Check out the new 50 commemorative polymer notes
 

Majlis Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga

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His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen during the Opening of the Playing of Traditional Musical Instruments at the Lapau in Bandar Seri Begawan
 


The Royalties entering the Lapau before the proceedings
 

The Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne began yesterday with the Majlis Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga or the Opening of the Playing of Traditional Musical Instruments at the Lapau in Bandar Seri Begawan.  The Majlis Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga was conducted in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was welcomed by Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abd Aziz bin Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar. Also present were His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen and other members of the Royal Family.

Soon after His Royal Highness the Crown Prince was seated, the Juru Laki Awang Haji Johan Areffen bin Hassan, accompanied by other musicians entered, bearing traditional musical instruments such as Serunai or Flutes and Gendang Labek or a type of drum and took their seats at a specially allocated position.

The ceremony began with Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa (Retired) Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Haji Mohammad bin Haji Daud informing Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz that the Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga was in place to proceed.

Yang Amat Mulia in turn informed His Royal Highness the Crown Prince that the ceremony was in place to proceed. His Royal Highness the Crown Prince subsequently instructed for the Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga to commence.

The Juru Laki Awang Haji Johan Areffen proceeded to the Patarana from the left-hand side to lift the Nakara, a type of kettle drum, and bore it upon his head. Nakara is one of the royal regalia used in an Istiadat such as the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. The Nakara is the top among the traditional items or the Naubat. Due to these, it is located higher compared to the other Naubat items and carried by the Juru. It is also placed in a special position – on top of the crown box. It is said that the Nakara’s sahap is made from Tuma’s skin.

The beating of the Nakara then commenced followed by the playing of Gendang Labek, Serunai accompanied by Agong and Chanang, types of gongs.  The beating of the Nakara was accompanied by a twenty-one cannon-fire salute.

It was followed by the beatings of Gendang Alih-alihan Tengah and Gendang Alih-alihan Hujung, until finally reaching the titir Gendang Perang or War Drum beats. The Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga is carried out in a special ceremony, just like the The Istiadat Membuka Naubat or Opening of Naubat. However, it is conducted in a specific time, same as other regular ceremonies. The venue, guest, rules, how the ceremony is carried out as well as the lifting of the Nakara is similar to the Istiadat Membuka Naubat. The only difference is that the Istiadat Membuka Gendang jaga-jaga began with the beatings of Gendang Perang, followed by Alih-Alihan Tengah, Alih-Alihan hujung and ended with Gendang Perang.

Doa Selamat was read by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti.

The Juru Laki Awang Haji Johan Areffen sought consent to carry the Nakara through the centre of the audience. The Nakara was then returned to its original location.

Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa Retired Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Haji Mohammad then informed Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Aziz that the Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga has been duly carried out. Yang Amat Mulia in turn informed His Royal Highness the Crown Prince that the ceremony has been duly carried out.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, The Crown Prince instructed Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa (Retired) Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Awang Haji Mohammad to confer His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam that the Majlis Istiadat Membuka Gendang Jaga-Jaga for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne was duly carried out.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince then left the ceremony. Present at the ceremony were Pengiran Cheterias, Cabinet ministers, Members of Councils, Deputy Ministers, Pengiran-Pengiran Peranakan, Pehin-Pehin Manteri, Manteri-Manteri Hulubalang, Manteri-Manteri Pedalaman, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Members of the Legislative Council, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Department. News courtesy of RTB and images courtesy of Information Department.

 

 

 


Members of the Royal Family
 


The Juru Laki Awang Haji Johan Areffen sought consent to carry the Nakara through the centre of the audience
 


The musicians belting traditional music to signify the opening of @hmjubliemas
 


The beating of the Nakara was accompanied by a twenty-one cannon-fire salute nearby Lapau
 

Aziz Harun’s Jangan making waves in Malaysia

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in Youth, music, Social News

 


Aziz Harun with his constant supporters, Family, at the recent launch of his latest music video, Jangan

Sometimes I am amazed that we do have what it takes to be talented artist. But we also need to have that perseverance, hard work and dedication to make it successful. It’s never easy especially when you have to juggle with education, a high school graduate from Jerudong International School.

A very humble person, it’s no surprise that Aziz Harun has made it a name for himself in Brunei and yes, he is only 18 (now you can drive, bro). I wished I am still around that age because it’s always great to feel youthful.

Aziz Harun’s latest single, “Jangan”, has been released successfully on iTunes and also the launched of the official music video produced by Bahzi Damit @beedee.creative. So far the music video has garnered around 40,000 views in just two days into the release and now has hit over 120,000 views. Amazing!! Aziz Harun’s first single, “Senyum”, did break the milestone in terms of views on youtube (over 2 million views). Let’s see if he’s able to break his record.

The sneak preview of “Jangan” took place at Bang & Olufsen signature store at Sejalin Living last Wednesday, attended by Aziz Harun’s family and friends and of course, the social influencers. Sorry that I wasn’t able to attend your mini gig then.

Aziz Harun is currently in Malaysia for a mini tour to promote his latest single “Jangan” as he has been making appearances at malls within cities and also at university along with Warner Music artists. So far, the responses have been encouraging and overwhelming as the fans were singing along the chorus when Aziz performed. As he mentioned, he will be taking a gap year to gain experience outside Brunei and performing more live gigs in Malaysia. At the same time, he wants to learn to compose and write song as well as writing for others. He is very grateful that his latest single hit the top chart in Brunei’s iTunes and it will motivate him to constantly work hard and make new music.

Aziz Harun is now being managed by his sister Molly Harun while his previous manager, Bahzi Damit, has focused more on producing videos. The latest music video “Jangan” was produced by Bahzi’s company @beedee.creative. All the scenes were shot in Brunei. The pre-production took 3 weeks while the shooting lasted 3 days with one week of editing. According to Bahzi, this is the second music video that was shot in Brunei after his previous single, “Mama”. For Bahzi, the music video was more of a social experiment kind of video and he hinted that there was a story for which you will need to watch to understand.

Once again, good luck to Aziz Harun on his latest venture and hopefully you will gain more exposure and success.

 

 


Aziz Harun with the crew of Scoop
 


Aziz taking a selfie with his fans in one of the shopping malls at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently
 


Aziz Harun performing at a gig at Kuala Lumpur lately
 

 


The responses have been overwhelming
 


Aziz constantly smiling for every shot taken by his fans
 


A strong presence in the Malaysian charts, jumping to No.26 from a debut number 46. Let’s hope it keeps rising to the Top 10.
 


No surprise it topped the Brunei chart on iTunes
 


Behind the scene of producing the music video of Jangan
 

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