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.
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The new faces of Brunei Basketball Association. Image taken from BBA Facebook Page.
Late post: In-conjunction with the 33rd National Day celebration, the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) will be hosting an inter-district basketball tournament at the BBA Indoor Basketball Hall from 19th to 26th February 2017. The tournament is supported by Core-Lee Enterprise, Easy Way Tea and Café, and Soon Lee Holdings.
One of the key objectives of the tournament is to identify potential players who are capable and willing to represent Brunei Darussalam in regional and international basketball competitions.
“One of our priorities is to revitalize the platform for youth who aspire to represent our country. The aspiration for the new executive committee for the next three years is to develop a team that is competitive in SEABA competitions.” said Johnny Ang, the Deputy Chairman of BBA.
The tournament will be opened to Brunei Citizens and Permanent Residents and players who are interested to participate in the tournament can contact the basketball association in their respective districts for further details. For Tutong District, the contact point would be Mr. On Wei Yeah at 8737528. For Belait District, the contact point would be through the Chairman of Belait District Basketball Association, Mr. Wong Ming Ching, at 8758873. Although Temburong District does not have a basketball association, the Temburong team will be organized by Mr. Tan Chu Eu at 8758338.
“For this tournament, we will have a stronger focus on youth. Each team is required to have at least 3 players under the age of 23 and one youth player must be playing on the court at all time during the tournament” said Wira bin Pori, the BBA secretary.
As one of the most active sport associations in Brunei Darussalam, the new executive committee of BBA aims to play a stronger role in the youth development in the country which is in line with the call for youth to make Vision 2035 a success.
Lim Ting Guan handing over records and documents of the BBA to the new chairman, Kwang Ming Heng. Image taken from BBA Facebook Page.
It’s good to see new blood, the young ones in the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA). There are a mixture of the young and the old and it will be interesting to see a different mix of people in the committee.
During the election in December, Kwang Ming Heng won the vote as the new Chairman of BBA and Ang Han Then was elected as the Deputy Chairman.
According to the report at Borneo Bulletin, BBA under the previous committee has agreed to upgrade the basketball court at Batu Bersurat as per FIBA’s specifications. The project is estimated to cost around $91,350, while the new gym and equipment will cost around $23,952. The basketball rack and rim will come with the cost of $3,000.
The renovation project, which is scheduled to begin in January, will be delayed until March waiting for the FIBA-approved flooring to arrive in the country. The renovation is expected to take 10 weeks.
GHK Motors Sdn Bhd’s Director, Jake Goh presented the charity cheque to Commander of Royal Brunei AirForce, Brigadier Jeneral Dato Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma’awiah earlier this morning
Chevrolet Brunei, one of GHK Motors Sdn Bhd franchise, presented Royal Brunei AirForce with a cheque of $6,000 following a charity run held last year. The event was held in Chevrolet Showroon at Sumbangsih Bahagia, Beribi. The charity run was organized by Royal Brunei Airforce in celebrating their 50th anniversary with aim to raise funds for Kampung Rimba’s children orphanage.
GHK Motors Sdn Bhd’s Director, Jake Goh presented the charity cheque to Commander of Royal Brunei AirForce, Brigadier Jeneral Dato Shahril Anwar bin Haji Ma’awiah.
The ceremony started with the recite prayer by Pg Haji Omar Ali, one of Chevrolet staff. GHK Motor Sdn Bhd was thankful for the opportunity given by Royal Brunei Airforce to participate in the “Obstacle Challenge Charity Run” that was conducted last year. The run was held to support and to help raise a special fund for Kampung Rimba’s Orphanage. GHK Motors Sdn Bhd donated $6,000 to the orphan fund with initiative programme under Chevrolet named “Chevrolet Complete Care”.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Munim Pengiran Anak Tahiruddin, Managing Director of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (centre) with Mohd Khairul Anuar bin POKPADPS Hj Hasrin the Chief Operation Officer of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital and Fairuz Ibrahim, General Manager of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® during the launch of the The Coffee Bean® outlet at RIPAS Hospital
Another exciting news for Bruneians! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has officially opened it’s newest café outlet located at RIPAS Hospital. Coffee lovers can now start off their morning with it’s premium handcrafted beverages from The Coffee Bean® outlet at RIPAS Hospital located at the main lobby, from 7am to 11pm.
The official opening was held on January 23rd at RIPAS Hospital, attended by Guest of Honor, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Munim Pengiran Anak Tahiruddin the Managing Director of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® and Mohd Khairul Anuar bin POKPADPS Hj Hasrin the Chief Operation Officer of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.
The official opening began with the recitation of Doa Selamat by Ustaz Hj Mohd Emmarul bin Hj Azamain from RIPAS Hospital, followed with a brief welcoming speech by the General Manager of The Coffee Bean®.
“We’re excited to share our premium coffee and tea product with the community especially for RIPAS hospital personnel and visitors. This will be our 13th outlet ever since the first opening of our first café at the Centrepoint outlet in 2002. We continue to offer the same great brand experience that our customers have grown to expect at every The Coffee Bean® café. In addition, It’s a real testament to the brand for 50 years old now; it is more popular and relevant than ever”, said Fairuz Ibrahim, General Manager of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
The ceremonial opening was then continued with the first tamping of espresso shot by guest of honors Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Munim Pengiran Anak Tahiruddin and Mohd Khairul Anuar bin POKPADPS Hj Hasrin followed by a signing of certificate.
Liyana Latif, Vice President (Activities and Events), Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council said, “The Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for CBTL for choosing the council as one of the beneficiaries that is receiving donation under the Caring Cup Programme. We are very thrilled that CBTL is supporting our HIV advocacy and awareness programmes. Such initiative is highly applauded and other companies and private organisations should follow suit as being part of a responsible member of the community. The financial donation that we’re receiving today will be utilised for more outreach programmes and making our council a resourceful organisation. On behalf of BDAC, we’d like to congratulate CBTL on their new branch and we hope that CBTL will continue to support our cause and do keep us in mind in their future charity runs.
Handover of donation to the NGOs
I’m proud of you 🙂
Same old, same old. I can’t imagine it has been almost 10 years of consumer fair because the recent one hit its 19th Consumer Fair and it’s bi-annual event in Brunei Darussalam. Many organisations have run these types of events but none has reached the peak like how D’Sunlit has run their events especially the household name of Consumer Fair.
Despite using the same formula over and over again, it didn’t seem to bother the crowd’s interests as thousands flocked in especially during the weekends. I didn’t buy anything at all apart from the orange juice from @oj2go.bn. The multipurpose was not used as I heard it underwent renovation.
In terms of businesses, I believed a lot of vendors benefited from the Consumer Fair despite a slower start in the week. Brunei Halal shared how business was better than the previous one last year. One of the cosmetic vendors ran out of stock on their products on the final day.
This year the theme for the Consumer Fair carried the theme “The Year is Yours. What will you do with it?” Both Yayasan Kanser Kanak-Kanak (YASKA) and the Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB) received donations that had been raised during the 19th Consumer Fair. Both NGOs received donations from Jackson Ting, the Managing Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd.
There was also the prize presentation for the Grand Lucky Draw where the grand winner walked away with BND 2,388 cash prize. The prizes were sponsored by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and DST Communications Sdn Bhd.
The event organiser would like to thank the government for the continuous support and also to the vendors, exhibitors, activity partners and most important the crowd.
The next Consumer Fair the 20th edition will be on 26th to 30th July 2017 at the same venue, International Convention Centre.
The 19th Consumer Fair (CF19) officially opened its doors to the public yesterday in a ceremony at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, officiated by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Mustappa bin Haji Sirat, the Minister of Communications.
The opening ceremony was initiated with the recitation of the Surah Al-Fatihah and a Doa, followed by a welcoming speech from Dato Paduka Haji Danial bin Haji Hanafiah, the Executive Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, who said that the event is especially intended to promote products and services from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to a broader market.
More than 400 booths have been set up at the ICC this year, with several entrepreneurs from Malaysia, Cambodia, Singapore and Pakistan participating alongside local vendors.
With the uplifting theme of ‘The Year Is Yours. What will you do with it?’ CF19 is focused on giving back to society, and among the charities benefiting from the proceeds are the Society for the Management of Autism Related issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam (Pusat Ehsan), the Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB) and Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA).
Meanwhile, a number of fun activities have been lined up for the fair, where visitors can take part in hot dog and chicken wing eating contests, an ice-cream-making contest and a cupcake-decorating demonstration.
CF19 is open to visitors from 10am to 10pm till Sunday, while on Friday it will be closed from 12pm to 2pm, for Friday prayer. Text courtesy of Lyna Mohd of Borneo Bulletin.
Group photo with the invited speakers and the participants
Shafique Hussain, CEO of Start-Up Hub with Nilam Sari, Owner and Marketing Director of Baba Rafi Enterprise (Indonesia)
In conjunction with TAIB 25th Anniversary, Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB) has been conducting workshops for their 54 participants for the past two weeks. In collaboration with Darussalam Enterprise and Start Up Hub, the workshops aims to train and educate the participants on building business proposals and pitching to potential investors. It also ensures the participants have the ability to build and sustain their potential business ideas.
Yesterday, 16th January 2017, the participants are treated to an inspirational day at the D&T Auditorium. Moderated by Shafique Hussain, CEO of Start-Up Hub, the participants are able to learn from successful entrepreneurs: Nilam Sari (Indonesia)- Owner and Marketing Director of Baba Rafi Enterprise, Josan Astrid (Philippines)- Creative Director of Astrea Software Development and Shawn Hoon (Brunei)- Editor and Publisher of Inspire Magazine.
The TAIB 25th Anniversary Entrepreneurship program ends on the 18th January 2017.
Speaking to Effendi bin Hj Said; “What we aim with conducting this inspirational day is to give the participants more confidence in their business journey. Not only will they have the chance to listen to the journey from successful entrepreneurs, we hope that this will give them more ideas that can be added to their business plans in order to make their business development more sustainable with the current market.”
Nilam Sari speaking to the participants yesterday
Some of the participants during the talk
Shawn Hoon, Editor and Publisher of Inspire Magazine
Josan Astrid, Creative Director of Astrea Software Development (the Philippines)
Effendi bin Hj Said, Head of Business Banking of Perbadanan TAIB asking a question or two
Some Q&A from participants
NAME: Raizah bin Muhd Zaini
BUSINESS: RIZ KITCHEN
What made you join the T25 Program?
As local business, there is always so much to learn especially in this thriving generation and current economic situation. This business is my passion. I lover serving good food to other people, so I want to make my business a strong and sustainable one.
What did you learn from the program?
The program really gave me new insights on business management. Having plans and projections and the constant monitoring of my business. It definitely adds to my knowledge in making my business model grow and become sustainable.
How did the Inspiration Day help you in what you’ve learned over the past two weeks?
I can definitely relate to the experience of the speakers, especially Nilam Sari of Baba Rafi Enterprise since it’s also from the food and beverage industry, She showed me that in business, there are times of failure but what is important is to keep motivating yourself to succeed. There is so much to take away from the talk and I’ll definitely doing more research and homework even after the workshops.
NAME: Cheong Yee Kuan
YKS Crafts Paradise (Jewellery Making)
Why did you choose this business?
I love wearing jewelleries and I love customizing them. I see a gap in customising and repairs and since I have the skills, I decided to take it up.
How did the T25 Entrepreneurship workshop help you?
The whole workshop totally open up my eyes. The most important thing is I thought I knew what it takes to run my company. When I joined the workshop there are still a lot of things I thought I knew, but I never knew. The coachers share everything they knew and everything is so transparent and I learned so much from them.
How do you feel after attending the two-week workshop and then today’s inspiration day?
I am totally inspired. I love how they shared their journey- not just their successes but also their failures. It definitely gave me the confidence to move forward and make this business and my passion a success.
NAME: Saedah binti Hasnal
Why did you decide to join the T25 Entrepreneurship Program?
When talking about business, it never really was in my plan. I never thought, growing up, that I am going to open a business. But after graduating, and attending workshops and bootcamps, I started getting really interested in starting up my own business.
How did the T25 Entrepreneurship workshop help you?
It definitely helped me a lot. It really is targeted towards people who are just starting out. So it’s step-by-step and very beneficial for us start ups. The way of coaching as well goes in detail as to what we need to know to begin and then go into more detail about making it sustainable.
How do you feel after attending the two-week workshop?
I felt it was very beneficial. I did not want to miss this and I am glad I didn’t. Everyday I go to the classes and meet people who are on the same boat as me, with the same goal and I learned so much from the coaches as well as interactions with people from the class. T25 Entrepreneurship program provided me with this platform to expand my business and network and the coaches from Startup Hub really helped build my confidence.
NAME: Shafique Hussain CEO OF START-UP HUB
How did this collaboration came about?
Well, TAIB in conjunction with their 25th Anniversary had initiated this program and came to DARe who later recommended that we came in as coaches to the participants.
How was the selection process?
First of all, our goal collectively is to diversify the economy. So we’re glad that we have a wide variety of businesses applying for the grant from agriculture, retail to web development and many more.
What was your approach in coaching the participants?
Our goal is to ensure that the participants came out of the course with the essentials needed to start up a business. You can’t learn everything in two weeks, but our approach is to give them the basics and continue to monitor their progress even after the program ends.
What did you notice from the participants after two weeks of workshop?
We’ve definitely seen their mind shift. If you go back to the first part of it, we started with personal development and self-reflection cause it is the first step and after that comes the business knowledge. From what we’ve seen, we see a lot of them progress in terms of approach and their awareness of various aspects of their business.
What do you hope the participants take back from the Inspiration Day speakers?
I think what they need to know is in business it takes a lot of patience and perseverance. And to have focus; we as humans sometimes lack focus. We lose focus easily- for instance we lack interested in ideas and especially losing focus due to failure. We notice a lot of startups, once they fail they just give up. We hope that this inspiration day will help shift their mind set to persevere in their respective businesses.