I attended the launch of the Brunei Gastronomy Week held at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism building yesterday. It was launched by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Now what can you expect during Brunei Gastronomy Week which will run from 22nd to 26th February? Selected cafes and restaurants will introduce local cuisines in a more modernized and sophisticated way. I managed to view and did some tasting on the samples given yesterday after the launch. There’s something definitely to look forward to next week.
The Brunei Gastronomy Week is an initiative by the Brunei Tourism Board under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and also coinciding with the upcoming 33rd National Day celebrations. They have collaborated with local cafes and restaurants and even Royal Brunei Airlines.
There were dishes such as the Bamboo Chicken, Acar Buah-Buahan, Sup Kembayau, Sup Tahai, Nasi Katok, Soto Brunei and many more.
On 23rd February, Royal Brunei Airlines will be serving local cuisines in all regional flights and the travel agents will work closely to help to promote to their passengers who will be visiting Brunei Darussalam.
The Guest of honour with the board members, general managers and chefs
The Guest of honour with the general managers and chefs
The Guest of honour with chefs
Royal Brunei Catering is one of the participants of the Brunei Gastronomy Week
Urbn Kitchen is also one of the participants of the Brunei Gastronomy Week
The Brunei Gastronomy Week will also be judged based on the given criteria to give incentives to the participating restaurants and cafes. The judges will make their rounds and sample the dishes served and the winners will be announced at the Tourism Industry Award ceremony in April.
This is a very good initiative by Brunei Tourism Board and this will help to create more awareness on local cuisines and also promoting the restaurants and cafes as well as improving the quality of the dishes.
The Brunei Gastronomy Week is a way to celebrate and create awareness on Bruneian cuisine, a way to encourage more hotels and restaurants to serve Bruneian cuisine in a more sophisticated way, to improve on the state and elevate the presentation of Bruneian dishes that be part of a fine dining experience and it’s a way to provide a unique Bruneian gastronomical experience to visitors within and outside Brunei.
The Deconstruct Nasi Katok
The Minister touring and sampling food for the Brunei Gastronomy Week
Representing Royal Brunei Airlines
Kolo Mee with prawn from My Town Cafe
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer with Mr. Shimizu Tomoya, Epson Country Manager (Malaysia), Mr. Eric Tang, Epson Sales Manager, Retail Division (Malaysia), Alice Chan, Finance Controller of Concepts Group with associates of Concepts Computer during the launch of the new Epson printer earlier this morning
Today, Epson, a top printer-maker for the last 10 years, with the help of Concepts Computer, will be launching the latest printers from Epson in Brunei, a multi-function A3 printer with a continuous ink tank system in the form of the Epson L1455; it can print, scan, copy and fax with a total print-out of up to 10,000 pages total, and in duplex mode as well, making the Epson L1455 perfect for SMEs and even large corporate offices.
With the launch, Epson and Concepts Computer will be expanding its market-leading range to offer even wider selections, allowing schools, businesses or professional users to choose the most suitable model for their needs and take business printing beyond ordinary volumes to an extraordinary amount of pages.
A3-sized printing provides users with more creative and flexible options for all business printing needs, and gives the ability to go beyond normal limits of A4-sized printing. A3 printing will also make it easier to print larger and clearer architectural plans, spreadsheets, diagrams and charts, bringing out maximum clarity and details in your print-outs, making it easier to submit official government submissions as the need arises. A3 printing will also create greater visual impact when creating posters, newsletters and marketing materials when printed full from edge to edge. Add to this the value of a first party continuous ink tank system, A3 printing would now be easier and cheaper, making it a valuable, economical tool for those with large printing needs.
The first of it’s kind, on offer from any Printing Solutions provider; Epson will be unveiling the first duplex A3-sized multi-function printer with an external refillable ink tank which has not been tampered with by a third party. It will be the first printer with an affordable consumables solution through first party refillable continuous ink tanks. The Epson continuous ink tank printer will utilize Epson’s proven Ink Tank System to deliver reliable printing with unrivaled economical costs. It will also feature Epson’s fast ink top-up technology for easy mess-free refills; special tubes in the printer will ensure smooth and reliable ink flow at all times.
Vincent Pao delivering his welcoming remarks
An interesting invidual, Mr. Shimizu Tomoya, who hails from Japan but currently based in Jakarta, taking care of Indonesia and Malaysia market. He spoke how Epson continues to be innovative and investing more into R&D
A token of appreciation to Mr. Shimizu Tomoya
Eric Tang making his yearly visit to Brunei and presented product knowledge on the Epson L1455 printer
The new A3-sized Epson L1455 printer will be available for $1,318. It will utilize the standard Epson 644 colour inks but the Epson L1455 will also utilize the water resistant blank ink Epson 7741, which will make the black print outs be more versatile. Each of its colour consumables will be available for $10 per bottle for the Epson 664 series bottle inks, and $28 for the water resistant black Epson 7741 bottle ink; making the Epson L1455 one of the cheapest upkeep for any A3-sized printer available in the market and perfect for business use.
As you know that Epson has been a popular product and gaining more product awareness since it’s inception in the Brunei market in 2010. This has been the popular choice among students and businesses due to its cost effective measures and also its quality. I also learnt from today’s sharing that Epson invested heavily in R&D to further embed new technology into Epson products. It’s no surprise that Epson is among the Top 10 in Japan for its patent and registration.
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, said, ”Concepts Computer puts a lot of worth in value and we believe that this new printer model on offer from Epson will be valuable to businesses and most corporate users not only in terms of monetary value, that is cost-saving, but also in terms of value in usage, that is print quality and product quality, making them great tools for any IT-centric usage.”
Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, added, “Third party modifications of printers is one of the main concerns for Printing Solution providers right now, as it affects print quality, machine durability and is sometimes toxic especially with the usage of unknown refillable inks, which is why Epson is trying to curb this problem by putting a lot of effort into research and development to come up with a larger range of continuous ink tank printing solutions”.
Also present during the launch was Epson Country Manager (Malaysia) Mr. Shimizu Tomoya, and Mr. Eric Tang, Epson Sales Manager, Retail Division (Malaysia).
For more information, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2233552/2233553.
The new A3-sized Epson L1455 printer will be available for $1,318 and it’s a multi function purpose. Now available at Concepts Computer
The inks for Epson
Product demo to the resellers in Brunei
Ustaz Don Daniyal bin Don Biyajid of KUISCELL Sendirian Berhad (Malaysia) with Awang Haji Khairul Nazif bin Haji Damit, Assistant Lecturer Usuluddin Faculty, University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) at the Ceramah Perdana at Indoor Stadium last Friday
Last Friday evening, Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei welcomed over 6,000 guests to the Indoor Stadium National Sports Complex Hassanal Bolkiah in Berakas for a Ceramah Perdana entitled “Jutawan Akhirat”, an event organized in conjunction with TAIB 25th Anniversary.
The premier talk was delivered by an invited speaker from Malaysia, Ustaz Don Daniyal bin Don Biyajid of KUISCELL Sendirian Berhad (Malaysia) and moderated by Awang Haji Khairul Nazif bin Haji Damit, Assistant Lecturer Usuluddin Faculty, University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).
During the talk, Ustaz Don Daniyal spoke about the various aspects that could lead a person to become “Jutawan Akhirat”. He added Islam is a pure religion that is not concerned with property and wealth, and a person’s wealth until he becomes a millionaire is not viewed from his accumulated assets but how noble the heart is.
The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W is an example that needs to be emulated. The Prophet has been involved in business since the age of 12 years old. According to Ustaz Don Daniyal, the experience and knowledge acquired by the Prophet for over 20 years as a businessman was able to attract communities in Mekah when the Prophet delivered his teachings. He added that to become a millionaire in the hereafter, one should educate oneself with a good personality.
Earlier on Friday morning, Kuliah Subuh with Ustaz Don Daniyal entitled “Hutang dan Rezki” was also organized by Perbadanan TAIB in commemoration of its Silver Jubilee. The event was held Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Kampong Kiarong. Among the content of Kuliah Subuh was the greatness that Subuh prayer could bring to a person which is rezeki.
On the following Saturday morning, 11th February 2017, Ustaz Don Daniyal was invited to deliver a special talk entitled “Iman, Cinta dan Ikhlas” which means Faith, Love and Piety at the Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA). The special session was organized by Perbadanan TAIB with the support of UNISSA Student Welfare Committee.
During the talk, Ustaz Don Daniyal highlighted the Greatness of Al-Quran and its miracles. He touched on the strength and virtues of reading Al-Quran, saying it should be read properly, accurately with complete focus of humility. Most importantly the verses should also be understood for desired spiritual effect.
He added Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said that Muslims should read Al-Quran and teach it to the children because the Holy Book contain laws and rules as well as teachings, covering believe in Allah the Almighty, morality, life and other lessons that could stir repentance and strengthen iman or faith.
In attendance at the special session were Dr. Haji Awang Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Awang Ahmad, Deputy Rector of UNISSA, students of the university and officers of Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB). Images by Haqimie.
Ustaz Don Daniyal giving a ceremah during Kuliah Subuh entitled “Hutang dan Rezki” at Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque last Friday
Times Square Shopping Centre will be having its first prize presentation for its 7th Lucky Draw Campaign this Sunday on the 12th of February 2017, 2:00 pm, at Times Square Atrium. Lots of attractive prizes will be rewarded to the winners such as restaurant vouchers, hotel vouchers, phones, electrical appliances, gadgets and many more.
Lucky Draw coupon holders must be present at the Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Lucky Draw coupons. Representatives are allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon. Lucky Draw coupon holders who do not win at each draw will not have their coupons carried forward as they will be permanently removed after each draw. Only receipts from the same day of submission are eligible for the draw.
Times Square is also glad to announce that there will be several events in the nearest future. Next week Times Square will host the Japanese Language and Culture Week on 17th to 19th February 2017 with the collaboration of Embassy of Japan in Brunei and Japan Foundation. There will also be a 3 on 3 Under-18 Basketball Tournament which will be held on 24th to 26th February 2017. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply follow Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.
For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours.
Times Square together with Shooting Stars will be organising 3 ON 3 Basketball Tournament on the 24th till 26th February 2017.
What are you guys waiting for? Registration is now OPEN!!! Forms can be collected at Lucky Draw Counter located in front of Dee Jay Home Video,Times Square. Closing date for registration will be on 19th February 2017! Whats more exciting is that all players will be FIBA RANKED!!
Japanese Language and Culture Festival is happening next weekend (17th to 19th February)
Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB) have many events up their sleeves. Their presence have been felt since the last quarter of 2016 and there will have more events lined up for 2017.
This morning they just officially announced two events which will happen this Friday – “Kuliah Subuh” and “Ceramah Perdana”. These activities are in conjunction with TAIB’s Silver Jubilee celebration.
The “Kuliah Subuh” will take place at 6:15am at Masjid Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah on Friday, 10th February. It is definitely open to public and the featured speaker will be an invited guest from Malaysia, Ustaz Don Daniel bin Don Biyajid. The talk will be based on “Rezeki dan Hutang”.
The other event which is the “Ceramah Perdana” will take place at 8pm at Indoor Stadium and again, it will feature Ustaz Don Daniyal bin Don Biyajid and also Ustaz Hj Khairul Nazif bin Hj Damit. The evening talk will be entitled “Jutawan Akhirat”
TAIB being an Islamic Financial Institution, was coveted towards topics that would be relevant to the financial field. However, it is also important to create awareness on the difference between conventional Financial Planning and Islamic Planning.
Unlike conventional Financial Planning, Islamic Financial Planning, enriches one’s understanding in financial for both “Duniawi” and “Ukhrawi”.
Halija Jaya, Head of Marketing & Corporate Communication of Perbadanan TAIB, Waddi Aleyamin bn Hj Ibrahim, Officer Procurement Division of Perbadanan TAIB and Zamzaipa binti Hj Ismail, Head of Accounting & Finance cum Event Lead Ceramah Perdana of Perbadanan TAIB in this morning’s press conference at TAIB office.
Nurliyana binti Hj Marsini, Event Co-ordinator of TAIB 25, holding a ticket of Ceramah Perdana which will be made available this Wednesday
The invited speaker Ustaz Don Daniyal bin Don Biyajid
Ustaz Hj Khairul Nazif bin Hj Damit will also deliver a talk this Friday
Tickets can be collected at TAIB branch at Jalan Sultan (Bandar), KB branch, Tutong branch, Temburong branch, Platinum TAIB and TAIB Financing Centre, 1st floor at Airport Mall.
Facts on Perbadanan TAIB:
It celebrated its 25th anniversary on 29th September 2016. In conjunction with its silver jubilee, a programme with a series of activities have been organised as to celebrate this momentous occasion with its customers as well as the Brunei community. As a financial institution that provides syariah compliant financial solutions, TAIB is committed to contribute as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility in education.
Ceramic Perdana is an educational religious session and TAIB remains focus to support in enhancing the level of education in Brunei Darussalam. Hence, a collaboration with Kuiscell Sendirian Berhad (Malaysia) was achieved that resulted to an invitation of Ustaz Don Daniyal to Brunie Darussalam.
Perbadanan TAIB would also like to extend their appreciation towards Majlis Ugama Islam Brunei (MUIB), Ministry of Religious Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs for making this event a possibility.
You can follow their updates on IG @taib_bn
Grab your tickets soon and it’s free
The sitting arrangement this Friday and it can fill up to 5,000 in capacity
Sunrise Orange Pancake Tower
Pancake House Brunei is inviting customers to celebrate Chinese New Year at their Giant, Rimba outlet with their special promotion for the month of February.
In conjunction with the Chinese New Year, Pancake House Brunei is offering an 18% discount on their Sunrise Orange Pancake Tower – a stack of six pancakes drenched in lemon-orange syrup with cream cheese filling in between, topped with orange zest, going for only $4.50.
And with one order of Sunrise Orange Pancake Tower, customers will also be able to enjoy another 15% on all available ala carte main course menu. So it is now a good time to come and try the local favourites like the Classic Pan Chicken, Burger Steak, Southern Maple Chicken, etc.
This promotion will end at the end on 28 February 2017.
Located on the first floor of the new wing of Giant, Rimba, the outlet is opened daily from 10am to 10pm, serving a range of breakfast menu to the ever popular pancakes and waffles.
For reservations, please contact 2463593, or get the latest updates by following “@pancakehousebn” on Instagram and or “Pancake House Brunei” on Facebook.
It’s the festive season for Chinese new year and it’s the year of the rooster. I could have bought some shirts from Singapore that has some rooster designs on them. I might look cheesy in them but it’s only once (maybe in a life time that I would wear it lol). It wasn’t as many invites that I had but it was evenly spread out during the weekend.
I’ve told myself that I will go on a no-carb diet from 6pm onwards starting next week. Let’s see how that goes. With my travels in February, It might just get a bit tricky. It’s all about the discipline, right?
Below are some of the pictures from my recent CNY visits last weekend.
The Yee Sang tradition during Gong Xi Fa Cai
Concepts Computer hosted its Chinese New Year open house at its establishment at Kiulap earlier today. The guests were among the business partners of Concepts Computer and Bilster Technologies as well as members of the media. As you know, this is the celebration in conjunction with the Year of the Rooster.
Present during the open house were Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Alice Chan. Finance Controller of Concepts Group.
Thank you once again, Mr. Vincent Pao, on your invitation and your continuous support in the local SMEs here in Brunei Darussalam. His company has been one of my longest business clients and it boils down to the strong relationship and professional friendship that I have with Mr. Vincent Pao. He is one of my aspirations to be a successful entrepreneur and I’m truly happy where he is right now.
A photo opportunity with Concepts Computer management and Richard Soo who drove all the way from Miri 🙂
With the management and associates from Netcom Computer House
Another photo opp
Zul Abd Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer (centre) with representatives from the Brunei Press
The Mercedes-Benz designers have restyled the product range with great success. The upcoming compact class generation marks the dawn of an even more rigorous implementation of the design idiom of “sensual purity”. The “Aesthetics A” sculpture provides a first indication.
The designers at Mercedes-Benz are reconciling tradition and modernity in designing the cars for the future. Their work centres on ‘Sensual Purity’ as an expression of modern luxury. In applying this design philosophy, Mercedes-Benz sparked a transformation in design with the current AClass, launched in 2012. The new design idiom featuring edges and creases – indentations and recesses in the sheet metal – aimed to create clear forms and sensual surfaces which showcase high tech while also arousing emotions. This played a decisive role in making the brand younger and was key to the company’s excellent sales results. Every Mercedes-Benz model that followed since was born from this philosophy despite having an individual character.
With the “Aesthetics A” sculpture, the design team now presents the vision of a saloon car in the compact car segment which is stripped down to the essential body. It also provides a clear indication of how the design philosophy of ‘Sensual Purity’ will be manifested in the not too distant future. The “Aesthetics A” sculpture embodies the advancement of the Mercedes-Benz design idiom.
“Form and body are what remain when creases and lines are reduced to the extreme. We have the courage to implement this purism”, says Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG, Gorden Wagener. “In combination with perfect proportions and sensual surface design, the upcoming generation of the compact class has the potential to herald a new design era. Design is also the art of omission: the days of creases are over”.
Rather than modifying the basic shape with lines and creases, the Mercedes-Benz designers employ sweeping surfaces at angles to each other to contour the body design with light and shadow and to emphasise the proportions. This makes the essence of a body visible and communicates it in a credible way. The expressive and confident red as a new signature Mercedes-Benz colour underscores the sensuality and emotion of the sculpture.
“Aesthetics A” has a three-box design and is thus also a sign of new forms in the compact class, because outside of Germany and Europe classic saloons are also very much in demand in this segment.
The “Aesthetics A” sculpture is a continuation of a series of sculptures from Mercedes-Benz which to date comprises the works “Aesthetics No. 1” (2010), “Aesthetics No. 2”, “Aesthetics 125” (both 2011) and “Aesthetics S” (2012).
Design as a key success factor for Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz design serves to showcase a passion for automobiles in a modern design idiom. The importance which Daimler AG attaches to design today was highlighted when the post of Chief Design Officer was established on 1 November 2016. Dr Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars: “Good design is about much more than simply creating beautiful products: It combines functionality with fascination and gives brand values a distinctive form. We are delighted that our design team under the leadership of Gorden Wagener is among the best in the industry, because the excellent global sales of our vehicles is ultimately also due to their outstanding design”.
Check out their CNY promotion at Garden Sentral Hotel from 27th January to 5th February
Garden Sentral Hotel wish to inform that they are back with their Chinese New Year Festive Promo in Kuala Belait. Promotion valid between 27th January – 5th February 2017. Garden Sentral hotel has the facilities of supermarket, variety of dining outlets, kids play, cinema, arcade, swimming pool, gymnasium, car park, open space balcony, garden courtyard and etc. All under one roof.
Hotel Serviced Apartment offer short term, long term, business or leisure stay, Garden Sentral Hotel offers the needs. Our fully Serviced Apartment (modern contemporary design) comes with fully equipped kitchen, laundry, dining and living room. Living room and bed room equipped with 42” and 50” full HD LED TV with cable channels / ASTRO & DVD Player, Local & IDD calls facilities well as free High Speed Internet (Fiber Optic). Provide open space balcony for BBQ and relaxation. Housekeeping service, Laundry Services, Maintenance service, Complimentary transportation within KB Areas, Free access to swimming Pool & Gymnasium, Arcades & Children Playground, sheltered car park, 24 hours CCTV & security, 24 hours Reception & Concierge, Discounts on food and beverage outlets at KBSentral Shopping Centre. To add the convenience, we have provided car rental on daily, weekly and monthly basis with special rate for our in house guest.
All of this for only @BND$ 98.00 NETT Inclusive *BUFFET BREAKFAST for Two Persons for a Superior Room at Garden Sentral Hotel.
You also enjoy special discounts at *All Seasons – 5% *SugarBun – 10% *Beesket – 10% *Pastamania – 10% *Sushi Tei – 20% *Waroeng Penyet – 5%
Please call the hotel’s hotline 3338333 for further information or email us at email@example.com