Mei Ting, Pilihan FM Mandarin DJ, Cecilia Lee, founder of IA Salon, Madam Ahn Seung Mee, the wife of Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam and Saffana Tariq, the wife of the High Commissioner of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam
Cecelia Lee with the VIPs and invited guests
IA Salon celebrated its 13th year anniversary and hosted an exclusive health talk at the salon premise located at The Mall, Gadong. The themed health talk entitled: “Grow your mushroom, grow your healthy scalp” will be held last Friday.
The participants enjoyed a series of activities such as scalp scanning and consultation, “Grow your own” edible mushroom workshop and its benefits to hair and scalp, introduction to organic hair and scalp care products, and more basic care tips sharing.
Light refreshments featured Italian inspired mushroom dishes such as Garlic Truffle Mushroom, Spinach Filled Mushroom, Magic Mushroom Chicken Pastrami, Mushroom Bread Pudding and Fried Tortellini Mushroom.
As a one stop specialty salon, Cecilia Lee of IA Salon designed the salon for the comfort of women and men, and the staff expertly designing hair from professional trendy haircut to colours and treatments. IA Salon also offers nail, makeup and beauty services.
In line with the month long celebration, IA Salon has marked down offers on hair services for both men and women clients.
Additionally, the upscale salon only uses a luxury line of nutrient-rich products and treatments. Currently, the salon welcomes clients to enjoy their special promotions and grab on-sale selected hair and scalp care products with 50% off.
IA Salon is open from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm, for inquiries and reservations: call 2423232 / 8738232 or visit them at #G32, Ground Floor, The Mall, Gadong.
Madam Ahn Seung Mee with her niece who was in Brunei for a few days
Food served by Chef Salvo
With the staff of IA Salon and ambassadors of IA Salon
Among the lady influencers
Chef Salvo also joined the photo oppportunity
Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee celebrating their milestone in their 50th wedding anniversary. This is such a cute moment.
Last night marked a special occasion for Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee as they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in style. Pehin Goh is no stranger in the Brunei community. He is the Managing Director of Goh Hock Kee Sdn Bhd (Mitsubishi, Chevrolet) and also a former Legislative Council member. He is also well loved by the Brunei community.
Last night’s celebration was held at the ballroom of Manggis Mall and present to witness the special celebration were diplomatic corps, business partners and associates, family friends and members of the media.
His son, Jake Goh, delivered a speech and shared his gratitude to his parents and also to the invited guests for attending the special event.
There were also donation being presented to various associations with a total sum of BND 50,000. The beneficiaries were Chung Hwa Middle School Bandar Seri Begawan, Tutong and Kuala Belait, Chung Ching Middle School Seria, Pai Yuk School, Temburong, Chung Hwa School, Kiudang and Labi, Ching Lian School, Sungai Liang, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajah Maryam and the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei.
The 50th wedding celebration were officiated by the cutting of their anniversary wedding cake by the couple.
Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee cutting the anniversary cake. Image courtesy of Bahyiah Bakar of Borneo Bulletin.
Family picture with Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in his welcoming remarks during the launch of brunei.events portal
The guest of honour with other stakeholders under Brunei Festival 2017
Who says that Brunei has nothing to offer especially during the holiday period? According to Yang Mulia Awang Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, there are plenty of events to look forward to and not necessarily those who are traveling during the holidays will be away for the whole of December. Hence there are enough activities for the residents of Brunei Darussalam to enjoy from late November to December 2017.
Yesterday marked the launch of the www.brunei.events, a portal and application for tourism services for the general public as well as incoming tourists to be aware of any events in Brunei Darussalam. So what kind of events will be posted? There will be events such as roadshows, exhibitions, conferences, cultural activities, festivals and workshops. Just imagine it as the Time Out version of Brunei Darussalam.
The portal which will be available soon for mobile apps is a collaboration with Brunei Tourism Board, Progresif Cellular and Mixmediaworx.
The official launch took place at the Tourism Information Centre, Galeri Sini at the Royal Wharf and it was graced by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.
Some of the main events lined up for December includes Brunei Film Blitz, Brunei E-Sports Tournament, Muslim Youth Camp, The Alpha Race, The Autofest, The Superwoman Run, Spotlight finals, Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017, International Food Fair and not to forget the Bandarkuceria in all districts.
Wardi highlighted that this will be a yearly calendar for the upcoming Brunei December Festival. He hopes the objective of this event is to spur the growth of international tourist arrivals to Brunei Darussalam and also by having a yearly event, this will hope for a repeat participation from current vendors. Having these events in Brunei will also help to stimulate the domestic growth within the economy.
Also in attendance were Foreign Dignitaries
YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali bin Apong visited the organiser of the Superwoman Run slated for December
Siti Kaprawi briefing the minister on Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017
Suherdy bin Suli, Managing Director of Andika Samudera Event Management will be organising a Hotwheel Bike and Car Show from 29th to 31st December
The BMW X5 cars will be the official car for Brunei Festival 2017
Traditional music is always soothing to the ears
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Whether by its spectacular latest-generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, by its exceptionally inspired design, by its optimised architectural efficiency or by its high-tech equipment, the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV aims to assert itself from the off as a major player. It inaugurates for PEUGEOT a new SUV range for which it will be the worldwide emblem. With the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV the brand is positioning itself in the C-SUV segment with an eminently desirable product consistent with the best know-how and an upmarket feel..
Check out the latest Peugeot 3008. Launching soon!
Breath-taking interior design
Getting into the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV is to enter another world, surprising, original and oozing quality. A spectacular, almost futuristic dashboard immediately catches the eye. This coherent and highly technological ensemble is the latest generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, a novel concept that has rewritten the book on the car cockpit. Here, everything seems to be at the service of the pleasure and concentration of the driver in a pronouncedly high-tech niche.
The steering wheel is even more compact and has been redesigned with two flats to make it easier to grip and to afford the driver maximum visibility and legroom. The close attention paid to material choices and attention to detail – full hide leather, chrome inserts, gloss black trims – deliver a high level of perceived quality and attractiveness.
The large 8” touch-screen resembles a tablet installed in the centre of the dashboard and is equipped with capacitive technology for greater reactivity and practicality.
It is accompanied by six elegant piano-key “toggle switches” – giving direct and permanent access to the main control functions: radio, climate control, navigation, vehicle parameters, telephone and mobile applications.
The heads-up instrument unit unveils in series production a high-resolution 12.3” screen with futuristic graphics. It can be completely configured and personalised, and brings together all that the driver could want in his field of view. Five different display modes – controlled from a knob on the steering wheel – allow the driver to configure the instrument unit “a la carte”. The « Personal » mode in particular, configured from the touch-screen, allows the driver to display a wide choice of information: driver aids, engine parameters and trip computer. The visual impact of each setting is highlighted by a series of animations and transitions which are a treat for the eyes..
Interesting interior inside the Peugeot 3008
The cockpit display is quite visible from the driver’s perspective and not blocked by the steering wheel
Inspired exterior design
The interior design of the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 is unique to the market. The design is successful and rich, and the on-board technology promises much.
This feeling is carried over to the outside. At first glance, the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 is striking and surprises by the strength of its character. The effect is strong, clear and self-evident: this is an SUV. The all-new PEUGEOT 3008 has adopted all the characteristics of this type of silhouette:
– A vertical front end,
– A long flat bonnet,
– Wide protective bands (bumper skirts, wheel arches, bottom of doors),
– Large wheels,
– Raised ground clearance,
– Shaped roof bars,
But the all-new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV doesn’t just settle for incorporating these characteristics. It adds meaning and emotion whilst keeping in mind consistency. Because what you notice first about the vehicle is a sense of harmony, of well-balanced proportions, of just the right quantity of everything. A shape inspired by the boundless creativity of its designers.
A jubilant driving experience
The all-new PEUGEOT 3008 is a true SUV, but above all it’s a PEUGEOT! And like any true SUV it has genuine off-road capability, especially thanks to Advanced Grip Control.
The driver and passengers just have to sit back and enjoy the ride! Journeys on board, even the shortest and most day-to-day trips, are enriched with new discoveries. This new PEUGEOT is a true invitation to travel, first-class, aided by excellent sound-insulation and numerous comfort features, most of which are above .
Peace of mind driving aids
It is a joy to drive, a feeling amplified by the compact steering wheel, and the driver can make the most of the dynamic abilities of this SUV, especially thanks to the support of the numerous driver aids available to him. These latest generation ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) minimise any source of danger on the road through an arsenal of safety features:
– Active lane departure warning;
– Driver attention warning
– Speed limit sign recognition
– Adaptive Cruise Control
For city driving, the driver is also assisted by a Visio Park (360° all-around vision)
Keeps you connected
The all-new PEUGEOT 3008 is like its driver – it moves with the times. So it meets the need to stay connected at the wheel and to be able to navigate calmly and peacefully, thanks to features like Mirror Screen and Android Auto.
Made in France
The new PEUGEOT 3008 is produced in the Sochaux plant, and the French Trémery and Douvrin factories supply all the power-plants. It will therefore carry from the outset the “Origine France Garantie” label..
A sneak preview for the media at Little Soho recently
Alvin Caro, P.R and Advertising Excective, T.C.Y. Motors (Peugeot) briefing to the media
Checking out the VR on Peugeot 3008. Apparently there will be giveaways for those who try on the VR on Peugeot during the 2017 Brunei Motor Show at Bridex
Can you imagine this? An affordable SUV that have high end driving experience. Basically you don’t have to own a luxury car to enjoy this and you can settle for the new Peugeot 3008. I saw the video presentation and why it won many accolades as being Car of the Year 2017. This means that many thought process has been given to this model and it even surpass many branded cars.
Now I’m just waiting for a test drive of the Peugeot to get the overall feel of the car. The Peugeot 3008 will be showcased hopefully at 2017 Brunei Motor Show at Bridex this weekend. So do check it out. The Peugeot 3008 will be launched sometime in November 2017.
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Have you heard of Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd? It’s one of the logistics company that offers door to door services and it aims to provide total logistics solutions to their valued customers.
You don’t have to worry as much as they cover your freighting matters, logistics, distribution and supply chain solutions. If you run a company, Sivli Logistics also offer you as a long term business partner. I suggest you check them out as they offer pretty competitive rates.
They also have a great team to look into your logistics needs. They provide consultations and updates to tailor to your needs. The team is also very open to ideas as it will be invaluable when it comes to sparking ideas for improvement and innovation.
So what kind of services do Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd offer?
Sea, Air And Land Freight Matters
(LCL, FCL & Conventional Modes)
Door To Door Freight Forwarding Services
(Free Survey And Price Estimation!)
LCL, FCL, Break Bulk Cargoes Clearance At Port
Air Cargoes Clearance At Airport
Import / Export Arrangements
Rental Of Transportation Services
Personal Effects Packing And Door To Door Delivery
Air Courier Arrangements
Check out the list of services they offer
There are a few companies that have already engaged with Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd and they are quite happy with their rates and services. One of the corporate companies distributes phone accessories having been using Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd service for a few months now. So Sivli Logistics is also looking for new partners to work with and do reach them and learn what they have to offer.
Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd is pretty strong when it comes logistics between China and Brunei as they do frequent shipping in a month to deliver their goods to their customers. Another advantage is that Sivli Logistics owns a huge warehouse in China for the convenience of their customers in terms of safety and security reasons.
They are also very ethical with their pricing and be transparent with their customers with the prices. As a token of appreciation for Sivli Logistics Sdn Bhd customers, they will be offering special waiver fees with a promotional code from my blog and social media. Do check out their website at www.sivlilogistics.com for details. They also have a Facebook Page for your convenience.
So are you ready to partner with Sivli Logistics, your preferred logistics partner? Call +673 2654478 for details.
The logistics team unloading the item from the port
The logistics team taking care of the items upon arrival at Brunei port
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Now speaking forwarding company, Sivli Logistics have also a sister company that deals with online shopping. It’s good to know that online shopping is getting pretty popular in Brunei Darussalam and about time to. In the past few years, not many were confident on paying things online and hence online shopping didn’t had much progress.
It was nice to know that Sivli Logistics created an e-commerce website called J3smart.com and it was launched earlier this year to give more shopping options for Brunei consumers.
There are items that might be of interest to locals as I had a quick browse on their e-commerce portal. The best part of shopping with J3smart.com are that 1) they are very efficient in their delivery (within a week) 2) the items are pretty competitive and cheap as compared to others and 3) they also provide warranty which brings confidence to the customers.
You can even buy things such as furniture as well. Amazing!! The other best thing about J3smart.com is that the fact that you can ask them to shop for you if the particular item you are looking for is not available on the website. All you have to do is send them an image of the product and its details and let them to the shopping for you.
So what are you waiting for? Ready to shop to the next level?
Many benefits shopping with J3smart.com
Some of the items available to order
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.
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
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.
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
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.