Have you found your “sound” yet?

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Trying out the Final TANE Silver IEM earpiece and fine tuning it during a DIY Workshop hosted by AV Electronics last weekend

An audiophile specialist who conducted the workshop

Last Sunday, I attended the DIY Workshop hosted by AV Electronics where I was given a pair of Final TANE Silver IEM (refer to picture below). So I had the privilege to see how construct and fine tune a Final brand earpiece which was conducted by an audiophile specialist from Singapore.

The Final TANE Silver IEM (DIY set) costs around BND 99 and it included the workshop. I found many interesting things about what goes inside the earpiece. There are these little tiny sponges, filters, stickers and many more that can actually make a difference in an earpiece. The un-tuned earpieces in the DIY Kit gives you this raw sound that lacks in treble, bass and mid. So this is where we learn on how the little components can make a difference and improve the quality of the earpiece.

The workshop made me feel more appreciative on earpieces and headphones as so much engineering is required to bring the best of these gadgets.

It’s also great to see that AV Electronics at The Airport Mall branch is now bring different range of brands on headphones and earpieces. The one I was impressed was the Stax line. I tried the demo at the Sound Experience Centre and I was blown away with the crisp and quality. Of course, the price is out of my budget but man, was I really impressed.

If you opting for a more affordable earpiece, then you can start with 1More brand which starts as low as BND 19 and you will still be amazed for the price you are paying that it still has the quality.

If you are thinking of getting a good set of headphones, head down to AV Electronics and they will be able to assist and even consult you according to your preferences and budget.



Final TANE Silver IEM start pack

How the inside of the earpiece looks like



A few of us attended the DIY Workshop

Some of the audio brands at AV Electronics. Check them out at The Airport Mall branch

The Sound Experience centre

Special discount on 1More earpiece/headphone


I’m loving the CHORD Electronics Mojo which is like a portable amplifier that helps to amplified the sound from a headphone

Audi Brunei to hold weekend showroom open day

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Audi Brunei to hold weekend showroom open day

As the month of Ramadhan is just around the corner, TCY Motors as the local Audi dealer welcomes the public to its Kiarong showroom this weekend to have a look at what’s on offer and test drive any of the Audi models available.

Special seasonal offers on almost all Audi models include free oil-service packages (worth $250.00) and shopping vouchers valued from $500.00 to $3000.00 (for purchase of the Audi TT Coupe). The promotion is valid until end of June.

The weekend open day will start from 9.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, everyone is welcomed with coffee and snacks available.

Asia Rugby Championship

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Brunei will be hosting the Asia Rugby Championship on 8th, 10th and 12th of May 2018. Teams that will be participating are Brunei as host, Guam and China. This will be the 6th Asia Rugby Tournament that Brunei has hosted since 2007, and the last one was against Mongolia and Laos in 2014, where Mongolia emerge as champion for this division.

Brunei Rugby is hoping to make this event an annual event, as it will be a holistic approach to promote rugby in the country, by having such regional marquee rugby event to the sultanate. We are also hoping to organize a Asian 7s tournament and Asian age group tournament in the near future.

The organisers would like to thank our partners & sponsors Ministry of youth and sports, RYS entertainment, Head Hunter sport, Asia Rugby, Rhino, Asian Flair, Youc1000 Isotonic drink and Rainfresh water for the support in this tournament.

Brunei Rugby will also be organizing Level 1 Medic First Aid in Rugby (L1FAIR) course during the tournament. It will be conducted by Dr Azril Syazwan bin Mohd Ali, a World Rugby Medical Educator, from Malaysia’s Institute of Sports. Brunei Rugby not only hope to produce rugby players, coaches, referees and administrators, but also medical professionals to become more professional in their approach to promote Rugby.



Handing over of the official jersey sponsored by Head Hunter sport for the Brunei national team to Mohd Azahar b Timban, Captain of Brunei Darussalam while Dr Haji kamaluddin, Acting President of Brunei rugby union looks on



Fun ride with Mercedes at Sepang

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Mercedes-Benz Brunei customers with the management of Jati Transport at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia recently


This was an event that I totally missed due to unforeseen circumstances. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia hosted a Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience #MBDE at Sepang Circuit, Selangor, Malaysia in the final week of April 2018. As part of the appreciation from Jati Transport, the authorized dealer for Mercedes-Benz for Brunei Darussalam, the said company invited a few of their customers to join the Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience during that weekend.

The customers were able to test drive many Mercedes-Benz models such as the awesome AMG C43, the AME C43 Coupe, the AMG GLC 43, the SLC 300 and the AMG GLA 45 to name a few.

The Brunei Mercedes-Benz owners were treated to a special driving session such as drifting and AMG Slalom to name a few. There were even lapping sessions starting from basic at 120km/h to 150km/h to a no speed limit session.

There were also certified driving instructors – Mikko Nassi, Nathan Antunes, Jake Fouracre, Dom Storey and Peter Hackett.

The selected Brunei customers were part of the Mercedes-Benz promotion where any passenger who registered a Mercedes from January 2018 to March 2018 will stand a chance for a driving experience in Sepang, Malaysia.






Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat, an upcoming local film

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Terry Wong, Chan Man Ching, Kai Anwar, Siti Kamaluddin, Liyana Yus, Munji Athirah, Dhimas Amanda, Ian Zulkifli during the press conference of ‘Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat’ (HMYK4)

Following the success of its first film Yasmine, Origin Artistic is set to release its very first Bruneian Hari Raya flick in local cinemas nationwide on June 14, in time for the start of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

Directed and produced by award-winning director Siti Kamaluddin, the new film, ‘Hari Minggu Yang Ke-Empat’ (HMYK4), is a heart-warming drama-comedy about family forgiveness and second chances. It is the first Hari Raya movie to be produced by a local filmmaker.

The film stars Kai Anuar aka Babu Si Nur, Liyana Yus, lan Zulkifli and Terry Wong.

News of the film release was announced yesterday at a press conference at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT). Among those in attendance were HMYK4 cast members and production crew, including director and producer Siti Kamaluddin.

HMYK4 is the culmination of experience gained from producing Yasmine, and sees many firsts.
According to Siti Kamaluddin, she said, “This new film is different from Yasmine, as in Yasmine a mix of standard Malay and Bruneian Malay was used, but HMYK4 is very Bruneian,” she said, adding that the idea of doing the movie came up while she was working on her new script just right after Chinese New Year.”

“I thought, why not make a movie on Hari Raya as there has never been one on it, and it will be a good topic of conversation during our Hari Raya visits.”

“I hope everyone will come and support the film and get it trending with the hashtag #liatsekampung come in groups to watch it as it is always fun to have a good laugh together,” said Siti.

“Unlike Yasmine, this film is also a very interesting model for me, as I worked with a Brunei-friendly budget and our cast is fully local. Hopefully we can draw a good response for the film and maybe progress to making a few movies a year.

“What I find as a director and writer – and I am also involved in the production side – is that I have to work extra hard. We multitask and we work with a much smaller team compared to Yasmine and this is a much scaled-down project.”



Liyana Yus is back once again. Image courtesy of Bahyiah Bakir of Borneo Bulletin.


On the choice of the cast, Siti said the new actors were selected after viewing audition tapes. However, Kai Anuar’s (Babu Si Nur) talent was spotted by her during Brunei Film Blitz, which Origin Artistic participated in as part of the Brunei December Festival held in collaboration with Brunei Tourism.

“During Brunei Film Blitz, I got to watch a short film of one of the winners – Kai – in the open category. I got to see Kai as a different character from Babu Si Nur, and I was amazed to see how talented he was… I had him in mind (as part of the cast) for the script,” she said.

Talking about local films in general, Siti said making movies is not just simply shooting and screening them in the cinema, but the film profession requires a lot of career responsibilities and involves many interconnected disciplines and skills.

“It is a very technical job but is also very creative and corporations play a big role in supporting the local film. This (HMYK4) is not just a one off television show… 10 years from now you can still refer back and see the movie,” she said. “For me HMYK4 is very iconic as it our very first Hari Raya movie and it will probably be popular in other countries as well. We look forward to the screening.”



Siti Kamaluddin with Babu Si Nur on the set

Dhimas Ananda, Director of Photographer on the set

The production team in deep focus during the shoot

Main cast member Kai Anuar beamed that it has been a pleasure to be part of the film and that it has been one of the best experiences he’s ever had in his life.

“I’ve learnt a lot in the filming process… from pre-production with rehearsals and script reading, right up to sessions with the director and the other cast. All this was done to build chemistry before the actual shooting, and to get a feel of the emotional states we should be and to familiarise ourselves all the filming dos and don’ts,” he said.

As for the star of Yasmine, Liyana Yus, the new film was a much less nerve-wracking experience and more of a chance to display the acting skills she has honed in the previous production.

“I just applied what I’ve learnt from Yasmine, and at the same time shared my experience with the new actors. For me perhaps the next challenge will be to progress from playing a teenager role as in Yasmine to a character aged in the 30s,” said the actress.

Siti expressed her gratitude for the overwhelming support for the film from various corporations such as Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Brunei Press, Radio Television Brunei, Jollibee Brunei, Archipelago Development Corporation, Tiong Jaya, Sri Sentosa (Hertz), Cuckoo Brunei, Nazmi Textile Mall, Aiking Trading Co, Harwood, Golden Corporation, Colourland and Smart Paint, Rainfresh, and Brunei Halal.
She also accorded appreciation to the MPRT, Department of Civil Aviation, Royal Brunei Police Force, Fire and Rescue Department, the Ministry of Health, as well as her Brunei fans for their support of the film.

“I love making films for Brunei and wish to thank the Brunei audience for their continuing support. I hope to produce more films from Brunei to continue sharing our stories to the global audience,” she said. Source: Lyna Mohd of Borneo Bulletin.

You can follow updates of their production on social media @harimingguyangkeempat


DPAUSE Peugeot Shuttle

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Be treated like superstar with our Pick up and Drop off DPAUSE Peugeot Shuttle Service. Every time you want to service your Peugeot car in our Service Centre, you can enjoy a VIP ride back in our International Awardee New Peugeot 3008 along with a Peugeot driver. Ask your respective Peugeot Sales Consultant or call Kiarong Showroom 242-6868 Service Centre 239-5101 to 02 for more details. T&C Applies.

Buy a car and contribute to the community

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Representatives from Honey Carsmart, DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Mutahtadee Billah, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam during the press conference for the Honey Carsmart 4th Annual Grand Sale next weekend

Something great is happening next weekend. This time is 5 times better in terms of benefits compared to the previous annual grand sale from Honey Carsmart. From 11th May to 13th May 2018, Honey Carsmart will holding their 4th Annual Grand Sale and it is also in conjunction with the 35th year anniversary in this industry.

As part of their 35th anniversary, the company will be giving away a unique electrical scooter for the first 35 customers during the grand sale period. On top of that, all the customers who purchased cars during the grand sale, they will benefit from the 3 X 5 package – a) 3 free monthly installments b) 3 free servicing c) 3 months warranty d) 3 free car wash and polishing and e) 3 free shopping vouchers worth BND 300. Now that’s a great value for customers.

For the first time, Honey Carsmart will have the support from two financing companies (previously one) and now customers have the choice to choose between Baiduri Finance Bhd and BIBD At-Tamwil Bhd. The event partners will be Seng Hoe Huat accessories who has strong relations with Honey Carsmart and they will be displaying some of their accessories. Their audio systems and auto gadgets will be sold at attractive prizes. RedBull will be the other event partner.

Honey Carsmart will continue the tradition in supporting and giving back to the community especially to the charitable foundations notably DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Mutahtadee Billah, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam. The company will contribute BND 300 for every unit sold within the 3 days and the charity pool will be equally distributed for donation purposes.

Last year, they managed to raise a total of BND 7,500 where 25 units were sold. This year, they are optimistic that the numbers of units sold will increase as it’s almost the festive season.

This time round there will be around 150 cars to choose. So better come down to Honey Carsmart next weekend and grab their best deal in town. You can follow updates on @honeycarsmartbrunei


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Fashion Valet pop, a huge success

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BIBD Head of Retail Banking, Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar with Fashion Valet’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Datin Vivy Sofinas binti Yusof speaking to the press recently during the Fashion Valet pop-up event

Group photo with representatives from Rozai Hijab, Baitul Hijaab, Mumtaz Collection and MukaKu Cosmetics where they were invited to join the Fashion Valet pop-up event

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) customers recently were treated to an exclusive cardholders-only early bird entrance to the Fashion Valet pop-up event held at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

While the event will run until the 6th of May, BIBD customers were offered this special treat as part of BIBD’s efforts to bring more benefits to its cardholders. Throughout the event, transactions made using BIBD cards will entitle cardholders to discounts of 5% and 10% for debit and credit cardholders respectively. Customers will also accumulate double BIBD Hadiah Points that can be used to pay for utilities, donations, air miles and others.

As part of BIBD’s efforts to add more spirit to the upcoming holy month, the promotion aims to provide homes and families with more opportunities to save in preparation for their Raya celebrations, embodying the true community spirit.

In partnership with BIBD, Fashion Valet brings to Brunei Darussalam more than 30 brands from its online store and will give BIBD customers brand exclusive previews of designs that have yet to be sold online. Fashion Valet is pleased to bring more lines to the pop-up event in Brunei Darussalam and add to the festive feel with added lines for all genders and ages. In the spirit of the coming festive season, Fashion Valet prides itself in showcasing design labels that fit the needs of Bruneian customers.










FashionValet’s Co-Founder and Chief Creative Office commented in a press release, “Every year we look forward to coming to Brunei; everybody here is so nice and welcoming and honestly, our year wouldn’t be complete if we don’t make a trip here. It’s been an annual tradition since we started in 2016.”

BIBD Head of Retail Banking, Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar in a joint press conference, hopes that BIBD customers and local fashion entrepreneurs will see value in this partnership with Fashion Valet. Four local designers (Rozai Hijab; Baitul Hijaab; Mumtaz Collection; and MukaKu Cosmetics) will be present at the popup showcase and sell their collection to the public in participation of BIBD’s Catalyst programme, an entrepreneurship project aimed at establishing mentor-mentee relationships for local Bruneian designers to help elevate them to international standards. BIBD customers are offered an early start in their plans for the coming festive season, allowing them to focus on their Ibadah in the coming month of Ramadhan.

BIBD Fashion Valet Pop-up store is open to public from10AM – 10PM from 3rd – 6th May 2018 (10AM-10PM).



Azhani taking a photo opp with the co-founder of Fashion Valet

MukaKu Cosmetics making their presence felt at Fashion Valet pop-up. They are selling locally made organic cosmetics.


Baitul Hijaab is also making their presence and their products will be featured on Fashion Valet website pretty soon




The mentoring session for the local vendors led by the co-founder of Fashion Valet, Fadz Anuar.

Hjh Tina of Baitul Hijaab and Edy Zurina of MukaKu Cosmetics listening to advices from Fadz Anuar

The ice-breaking game session held at Spaghettini last Wednesday

Brunei bows out

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A deflated feeling for the players after the final whistle as Brunei bowed out of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy, losing to Myanmar 1-0

Myanmar No.17 sealed the deal with a 35th minute strike. Image by Infofoto.

Timor Leste grabbed the final spot of the semi-final as Brunei failed to keep at least a draw, falling down to the defending champions Myanmar 1-0. The script was simple – to at least draw against Myanmar. Instead the visitor spoiled the party of a strong 25,000 crowd at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last night.

Myanmar’s No.17 Zin Min Tun scored the only goal and eventually the match winner. It came from an effort from Myanmar’s No.9 Aung Kaung Mann whose shot was parried by Brunei’s keeper, Ishyra
Amin Jabidi, only for Zin Min Tun to slot it in with the keeper rooted from his spot in the 35th minute.

Myanmar rested one of their main strikers but that didn’t stop the visitors from creating chances after chances. They held the ball well and stretched Brunei’s defence and midfield as they easily found space by the wing area. Myanmar were simply superior in every department and they had more pace than our players.

Myanmar’s head coach Kyi Liwn was happy with the result and he felt the players did a tremendous job even with numerous chances being wasted. Scoring more goals wasn’t his objective but grinding out the points was his mission. He told his players to focus on the field and treat the cheers and voices from the stadium as if they were their fans.

As for Brunei Darussalam, it’s back to the drawing board as they are dumped out of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy and now looking ahead of other competitions. Brunei coach, Mario Riveira Campesino shared that Brunei showed that they have the talents and they will need to have more exposure, playing internationally to gain experience. He was in high praise for Myanmar for being able to hold possession and controlling the pace of the game.

To me, Brunei did show improvements from their first match against Timor Leste. If you ask me, it was the Timor Leste match that they should have won at least. However, the ball is round and anything can happen in football.

On a brighter side, I was pleased with the defensive display by Ak Yura Yunos who had numerous crucial interceptions throughout the 90 minutes. He was able to read the game and thwarted many attempts by the visitors. He was one of the busiest players on the field last night. Another person I should highlight is our own keeper, Asmin. He made the scoreline more respectable as Myanmar could have score more and closed the game away. Both players, Ak Yura and Asmin, deserved a big round of applause.

Brunei’s best chance came once again from captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah. Myanmar failed to clear the ball in defence and Faiq only had the keeper to beat but guided his shot straight to Phone Thistar Min in the 50th minute. That could have been the equalizer for Brunei to qualify for the semi-finals. But it was not meant to be.

Brunei rarely threatened in the second half, only relying on half chances which was a tall order. Kudos to Myanmar for putting up a courageous and disciplined performance. They are now favourites along with Singapore to lift the HBT. Brunei bowed out with only three points from six games while Timor Leste squeezed in with four points. Myanmar topped the group with 7 points.

In the other match, Cambodia beat favourites Singapore 1-0 but both still qualify for the semi-finals. Lao DPR is eliminated from the tournament.

Now with Brunei Darussalam out of the equation, the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium won’t be the same when the semi-final match will take place this Wednesday. Economically, it won’t be good for business especially food and merchandise vendors. A lot of revenue were made from these said vendors whenever Brunei play at the national stadium.

I’m definitely gonna miss watching Brunei playing in front of an amazing crowd. It looks like another two year wait.



Another majestic display by Ak Yura Yunos in defence. My man of the match! Image by Infofoto

Captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah showed moments of brilliance and could have scored in the 50th minute. Image by Infofoto

A confident keeper and only beaten once despite the surge of attacks from Myanmar


Standing up for the national anthem

The fans section

The fans section

A small section for Myanmar but they made an impactful presence

We will definitely miss the energetic crowd

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