Are you ready to be the “New Me”?

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Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif with Wu Chun, Managing Director of Fitness Zone, during the exchange of documents as Progresif being the title sponsor for “Fitness Zone New Me Transformation Challenge 2019”
 

I remember the days of B.Fit organized by b•mobile (defunct) and Fitness Zone back in 2012. Whoaa. That’s like 7 years ago. Now there is a different and better version known as the “Fitness Zone New Me Transformation Challenge 2019”, an initiative by Fitness Zone Managing Director, Wu Chun.

FZ is always looking ways to create and faster an environment that will make Bruneians fitter and healthier by changing their habits and lifestyle. Wu Chun has seen how social media has been distracting many of us in our daily habits.

“Internet and social media seems to get out of control and that what makes people get lazy sometimes. Spending 30 minutes on just scrolling down on our feeds, we could use it more productively by working out, “ said Wu Chun.

Doing exercise is a good initiative and it could be a life decision benefit and also allow one to be prioritize his or her life on what is more important that could reap you in a long run.

This time, Fitness Zone, has engaged Progresif as the Title Sponsor for the “Fitness Zone New Me Transformation Challenge 2019”.

The transformation challenge is set to fun from April to October 2019, limiting to 300 participants for each category. Each month, an elimination process will be undertaken after the Weigh-In session.

Venue: Fitness Zone Kiulap.
Registration Period: 8th March to 31st March 2019
Challenge period: 1 April to 12 October 2019

There will be a $50 fee to join this competition and do see the poster to see what is inclusive in the $50 registration fee.

 

 

 

 

 


The old bFit competition back in 2012. The winner was Azim and now he is a successful spinning instructor.
 


The good old days when bFit was very popular.
 

Strike : Redemption

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Strike Redemption matches
 


Strike Promotions founder, Firdaus Zainidi (centre) with event partners and charitable foundation representatives during the press conference last weekend
 

STRIKE Promotions will be hosting its second regional Amateur Boxing and Kickboxing Tournament titled ‘STRIKE: Redemption’ which will take place from 9-10 March at The Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. This event is being supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and sports and sanctioned by the International Sports Kickboxing Association and the Brunei Darussalam Boxing Association.

There are a total of 63 confirmed participants from 18 local and regional gyms who will be competing in the amateur tournaments. Regional gyms participating in this event include Kinabalu Fighter Martial Art and Fitness Centre, CoachPro from Philippines, Team Karabaw and Sabah Top team.

The event will kick-off with an Amateur Kickboxing Tournament on Saturday 9th March followed by the Main event which will take place on Saturday evening. On Sunday, the Brunei Darussalam Boxing Association will be hosting its Amateur Boxing Tournament. The Main event will feature a total of 8 pro-fights and will feature local fighters Aaron Lee of Project Mayhem, Wali Rahman of Silverback Muay Thai and Saufy Jaman of Nak Muay Fight Gym. Out of the eight bouts, 4 will be title fights and they will be for the Borneo ISKA 57KG K-1 title, STRIKE 73KG K-1 title, STRIKE 56KG K-1 title and the STRIKE 60KG K-1 title.

 

 


Firdaus ensuring that there is ample security personnel during the event. There will also be police officers overlooking the upcoming event.
 


Representatives from Setia Motors (Hyundai) handing over Strike tickets to one of the charitable foundations
 

This event will be unlike any other as the main event will showcase special needs athlete Sunny ‘The Silencer’ Sabornido who is the first and only hearing impaired Muay Thai fighter from Malaysia. The objective of this event is to raise public awareness to ensure inclusiveness and equality of persons with disabilities as well as to inspire them to pursue martial arts. To support this cause, the promotion has partnered with Setia Motors Sdn. Bhd., BruPay Sdn. Bhd. and Jerudong Park Country Club (JPCC) to invite various special needs organizations which include Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Persatuan KACA and Persatuan Orang Kurang Pendengaran Kebangsaan (OKP) to attend the event.

In addition, STRIKE and BruPay Sdn. Bhd, the payment provider partner for the event, will be running a donation campaign in support of Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam from 2nd March through 31st March. Members of the public can submit their donations through the BruPay app by scanning a shareable QR code, which can be found on BruPay’s and Strike’s social media pages.

Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, the official car partner for STRIKE: Redemption will also be having a special promotion from now through 30th April for anyone who purchases any Hyundai model where they can stand a chance to win a brand new Hyundai i30.

Tickets to the event are available to purchase online now at Brunei.events. You can follow them on @strike.bn IG and also on Facebook (Strikebrunei) and also on email info@strike-promotions.com

 

 

 

Baiduri Masters 2019 MoU

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Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development of Baiduri Bank cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2019, Ms. Hazizah Osman, Acting General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, Mr. Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, Mr. Siva Kumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Lahiru de Silva, Acting Deputy General Manager of Porsche Brunei and Suzie Houng, Senior Manager of Finance & Operations at Brunei Press Sdn Bhd during the MoU of the 24th edition of Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament yesterday
 

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Mr Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank giving his welcoming remark
 

Brunei’s most prestigious golfing event of the year, the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament, now in its 24th edition, is set to take place over two weekends in April. A signing ceremony was held at the QAF Centre in Beribi this morning to mark the start of the pre-tournament events.

During the Partnership Signing Ceremony, Mr Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, in his opening remarks, said, “Our aim in organising the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament has always been to support the community and make a difference to those in need with the help of our golfers since the very beginning. This year is no different. Last year, we were able to raise and donate BND 81,000 to six organisations dedicated to helping the special needs integrate into society.”

The organisations were SMARTER Brunei, Learning Ladders Society, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA), Child Development Centre RIPAS and Dana Hospital RIPAS.

Through the support of the strategic partners, QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd and QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, the highly-anticipated hole-in-one car prizes were revealed: a Porsche Macan, BMW 520i, and a Mini Cabriolet. Besides the three luxury cars, golfers will also stand the chance to win cash prizes, including a BND 20,000 hole-in-one cash prize, as well as other tournament prizes for the Baiduri Masters 2019.

 

 

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Signing between Baiduri Bank and QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd
 

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Signing between Baiduri Bank and Brunei Press Sdn Bhd
 

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A Porsche Macan as one of the prizes for hole-in-one
 

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BMW 520i and a Mini Cabriolet also as prizes for hole-in-one
 

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony began with a signing between the Baiduri Bank Group and Brunei Press to appoint Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata as the Official Media Partner for the event. This was followed by a signing between the Baiduri Bank Group and QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd and QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd for the provision of the three vehicles as hole-in-one prizes.

Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Brunei Sdn Bhd, and Ms. Hazizah Osman, Acting General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd signed on behalf of their organizations respectively while Mr. Pierre Imhof, Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank signed on behalf of the Baiduri Bank Group.

Mr. Siva Kumar Krishnan, General Manager of QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, Ms. Suzie Houng, Senior Manager of Finance & Operations at Brunei Press and Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development of Baiduri Bank cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2019 signed as witnesses respectively.

Registration for the Baiduri Masters will begin on 13 March 2019. The tournament weekends are from 12 to 14 April 2019 and 19 to 21 April 2019. A prize presentation dinner will be held at the end of the tournament.

More details of the tournament will be provided through Baiduri Bank’s website, social media outlets as well as newspaper articles. Alternatively, for more information, please contact the Baiduri Customer Helpline at 244 9666.

 

Peugeot’s presence at Asia Mountain Bike Series

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Brunei Darussalam hosted the Asia Mountain Bike (MTB) Series 2018 at the Berakas Forest Reserve Recreational Park last weekend. Registration for the race is open to all Asian riders (as per passport). Points are collected through a series of races hosted by different Asian countries sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Brunei is the eighth Asian country to host the Asian MTB Series this year that began in Philippines in March and will end in Tambunan, Sabah, Malaysia. Prior to Brunei, the race was held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. All races are sanctioned by the UCI or National Cycling Federation.

One of the aims of the race is to provide a platform for Asian riders to gain racing experience and UCI points while creating more arenas for mountain bike riders to compete.

The Brunei edition of the Asian MTB Series 2018 is co-organised by BDCF and Wonderworks Management Services in conjunction with the Brunei December Festival 2018.

One of the sponsors of the event was Peugeot (Brunei).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local man arrested following scuffle incident

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The Strike Promotions’ first ever hybrid K1 and Boxing event was a huge success on the first day until the incident happened in the evening on 10th November 2018 at The Airport Mall
 

STATEMENT FROM STRIKE PROMOTIONS. As we and most people have probably seen videos that were showing an altercation during Strike Battle of Pride Event. An individual came into the airport mall and instigated and assaulted someone while the competition was still ongoing. A struggle ensued and the participants and gym owners intervened by trying to separate them, Nurhidayat and some of the Khalifa MMA members who appeared in one of the viralized video acted bravely to attempted to hold back the individual. The altercation ended swiftly and the event proceeded smoothly with the participants and crowd enjoying the rest of the evening with fun filled action pack bouts.

Unfortunately due to this incident we have been told to cancel Sunday day 2 events and the finals bouts. It is with great regret and disapointment that the hard work and efforts of all the participants who have been training for months and months, organising committee and crew members who have been planning and working towards this from early this year and the foreign participants who came all the way to Brunei to participate cannot do so. The altercation was very minor and ended swiftly but it was enough to go viral and it was blown out of proportion to the point we are not allowed to continue the event.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every participating teams and players who took part in the tournament and the organizer have decided to refund all the main event ticket sold, please contact info@strike-promotions.com to claim your refund.

We are deeply affected by the outcome from last night’s incident as it has tarnished the beautiful effort and hard work of everyone from the management to the fans who came in droves yesterday to support the event. Again we sincerely apologised to everyone who got involved and who are affected by this.

Insha Allah our next step is to work with the relevant authority on providing the best safety and security measures for our future tournament and we will take last night’s incident as a learning lesson to grow this beautiful sport called combat Sports in this country.

On the positive side, the local athletes was able to compete in the pre-liminaries and gained some valuable experience. The event was a platform to identify athletes for future SEA Games and future events to help bring back pride from international games.

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Latest info: The organizer Strike Promotions have lodged a police report and include the footage of the incident that have gone viral. The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) confirmed the report and it has already taken statements from spectators (witnesses) and the victim of the altercation.

Strike Promotions also have taken legal action and cooperating with the RBPF for future investigation. It has confirmed that the RBPF have arrested the individual, named Herdy Wandy bin Yussof, who was involved in the altercation last Saturday.

The police warned that it is an offence under Section 159 (Affray) of the Penal Code Chapter 22 to cause public disturbance through unwarranted brawls.  If guilty, offender is liable to an imprisonment term of up to three years and a fine.

 

Fitness for the elderly

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Older people have always played a significant role in society, as leaders, caretakers and custodians of tradition. Yet they are also highly vulnerable, with many falling into poverty, becoming disabled or facing discrimination.

As health care improves, the population of older people is growing. Their needs are also growing, as are their contributions to the world. Fitness Zone Brunei supporting these endeavors and addressing the phenomenon of global ageing, actively promoting the adoption of wellness support for older people and meet their needs.

“The first of October, the International Day of Elderly. We commemorated in conjunction with our 3rd leg of fund raising event with Puhsat Ehsan, for a day to stand against ageism and to promote the development of a society that is hospitable to people of all ages.” Commented Wu Chun, Managing Director and owner of Fitness Zone. “In this event, we want the public to know that in living a fit life, age should not restrict us. Options may be limited, but it (age) should not be a hindrance. Simple stretch and a brisk walk, guided movements are sufficient. Just keep our bodies and  mind active.” He added.

 

 

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25 Senior members of the club above 70 years old were recognized and given awards presented by Wu Chun himself for their commitment and setting good example to the younger generation. Present also were Demensia Brunei team led by Datin Jacqueline Wong, and Dr Teo from Ministry of Health and tackled the generous advocacy on the importance of good health and risk reduction of illness and active ageing.

Hjh Haziah Binti Dato Hj Azar, one of the 25 elderly awardees during the event commented om a statement “I have always considered as my second home. I have not come only to workout but to meet friends and have a great time. Some of my truest friends I met here at the gym.” Hj Azar commented. “That is what life is all about. Making friends. I have tried a lot of gyms in Brunei and here in Fitness Zone, hose to stay because it promotes joyful, harmonious friendly and happy environment.  She concluded.

Wu Chun is currently the Demensia Brunei and ASEAN Goodwill Ambassador. The International superstar is very passionate for community services and active involvement and he uses his influence to make change and be the voice of advocacies that needed to be heard.

For further information regarding the registrations/ upcoming events/ membership enquiries please contact Kiulap branch at 223 3338 or The All Women’s Club, Serusop branch at 2448488 or visit Facebook and Instagram official pages @FitnessZoneBrunei

 

The Fitness Zone Summer Camp 2018

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Wu Chun, Managing Director of FitnessZonem, Ken Han of OMNI Sports International, Deon Ong of Yippy Tunes and Jo Jo Yim from Yippy Tunes with the kids who participated in the Fitness Zone Summer Camp
 


Ken Han giving his closing remarks and thanking the wonderful kids from the successful summer camp
 

A total of 46 children aged between 5 to 10 years old participated in The Fitness Zone Summer Camp, a 3-in-1 holiday camp which took place from 9th July to 11th August 2018. In this unique holiday camp, participants had the opportunity to explore different types of art, music and sports. The end of the programme was marked by a showcase event held on 3rd September 2018, where the skills, talents and works of the campers were shared with the public.

Gaby Chin, Fitness Zone Summer Camp Director said, “As a camp coordinator, watching the children come back day after day with excitement and running to show me the work they’ve created has been one of the most impactful results of the camp. Our FZ Summer camp showcases a promising hand full of upcoming talented stars!”
The Fitness Zone Summer Camp 2018 was a collaboration between Fitness Zone, OMNI Sports International, Jo Art Gallery and Yippy Tunes. It was designed to allow campers to explore new skills, uncover special talents and nurture the entire potential of the child.

Fitness Zone provided dance and exercise sessions to help nurture an active lifestyle. Wu Chun, Managing Director of the health club said in a statement that “This is a well rounded camp where children learned, creativity, fitness and being part of a community. Sports help girls and boys build patience and confidence. They learn that they can practice, improve until achieve goals” he concluded.

Similarly, OMNI sports developed knowledge and skills for basketball and other sports that build confidence and encourage teamwork. Yippy Tune, a multi-award winning music school, provided voice and keyboard lessons whereas Jo Art Gallery, an arts and crafts academy taught campers creative skills such as brush lettering and watercolour painting. The programme was also supported by The Energy Kitchen, Progresif Pay and Beza Creative.

“Being part of the summer camp was really fun for me as one of the teachers,” said Deon Ong from Yippy Tune. “Music activity helps the kid’s mind and body work together. Exposing them to summer camp helps them to cultivate social skills and boost their self-esteem. Singing and music movement to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-awareness and confidence,” she added.

The diversity of the participants also created an interesting experience for the coordinators. Jo Jo Yim, from Jo Art Gallery, said, “(The kids were from) various ages and nationalities. We taught them art but got to learn about them as well…the camp served as an eye opener for most of our teachers.”

Gaby Chin believes the camp has played an important role in the participants’ character-building, giving them the opportunity to explore their potential in different disciplines and form many friendships.

During the five-week summer camp, participants were able to join for any number of days, from just one day to the entire camp duration. The next multi-disciplinary holiday camp is planned to take place at the end of the year.

 

 


The parents and kids attending the certificate ceremony at Energy Kitchen last weekend
 


One of the participants of the Fitness Zone Summer Camp
 


One of the participants of the Fitness Zone Summer Camp
 

 


All smiles from the kids
 


The kids showcasing their artwork to their parents at Jo Art Gallery
 


During the summer camp session at Yippy Tunes
 


The basketball session during the Fitness Zone Summer Camp
 


The kids displaying their masterpieces at Jo Art Gallery
 

Spectre, FZ sponsors Vanguards

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Team captain of Vanguards, from Universiti Teknologi Brunei receiving rugby kit from Fergus Lim, the Managing Director of Spectre. The hand over ceremony took place at Fitness Zone.
 


The men’s and ladies Vanguards
 

A local rugby team, Vanguards, from Universiti Teknologi Brunei, had a major boost as they secured two big sponsorship from Fitness Zone and Spectre Development. The former will provide access to the Vanguards players to use the facilities as Fitness Zone in preparation for the upcoming touch rugby tournaments while the latter, Spectre, have sponsored the team rugby kits as well as registration fees for the tournament.

For your info, Spectre is a land development company that specialises in developing residential properties in Brunei Darussalam. It’s still a very new company as mentioned by Fergus Lim, the Managing Director of Spectre. The company focuses on providing quality houses within their budgets. The reason why Spectre offered the sponsorship is because it’s one of Spectre’s missions to encourage the youth of the nation to lead a healthier lifestyle.

For more updates, you can follow them on their instagram @utbvanguards.rfc @fitnesszonebrunei @spectre_development

 

 


Representing the men’s Vanguards team
 


Representing the ladies’ Vanguards team
 

TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018

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The cool bean bags while playing some console games
 


Rules of Survivors attracted more than 70 teams if I am not mistaken. Each team consists of 4 gamers.
 

This year’s TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018 is the biggest e-sports tournament of all time with a record prize pool of BND15,000 worth of cash prizes to be won across seven games: the PC games – CS:GO, League of Legends and DOTA 2; console games – Tekken 7 and FIFA 18; and mobile games – Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival.

There are local gamers as well gamers from Sabah and Sarawak except for the Counter Strike:GO, which was only open to Brunei citizens and residents.

The champion of the CS:GO will walk away with a cash prize of BND2,088, while the first and second runner-up winners will receive the respective cash prizes of BND1,288 and BND888.

In DOTA 2, the prizes are BND988 for the champion, BND588 for first runner-up, and BND388 for second runner-up. Chicken Rice 1 from Malaysia was crowned the champion while Team CRRR and Team Daddy came second and third respectively.

For League of Legends, the champion will walk home with BND1,388, the first runner-up with BND888, and second runner-up with BND588.

The champion of FIFA 18 will win BND488 in cash, with BND388 for the first runner-up and BND288 for the second runner-up.

In Tekken 7, the champion will walk away with the cash prize of BND488, first runner-up with BND388, and second runner-up BND288. As far as I know, our local player Ivan Pang was victorious as he claimed the honour of being the Tekken 7 Champion.

In the mobile games category, the Mobile Legend champion will win BND800, first runner-up BND600, and second runner-up BND400.

For Rules of Survival (RoS), the champion will win BND1,000 and 10,000 Diamonds, the first runner-up BND500 and 5,000 Diamonds, and the second runner-up BND250 and 2,000 Diamonds. Third to fifth-ranked winners of Rules of Survival will be awarded with 1,000 Diamonds, while those in sixth to 10th place will get 500 Diamonds.

Of all the games, RoS has the biggest engagement among spectators during the Cyber Games tournament. The match is projected on a huge screen for spectators to watch and it is also being live casted by Kenneth Khoo.

A record pool of BND15,000 worth of cash prizes are to be won across seven games in which over 100 teams are competing in PC Games (CS:GO, League of Legends, and DOTA 2), Console Games (Tekken 7 and FIFA 18) and Mobile Games (Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival).

The Cyber Games Tournament is organised by D’Sunlit while Sigma Cyberspace and BruGames are the co-event manager. The Platinum Sponsor for the event is Progresif.

 

 


DOTA and LOL gamers
 


Alif Akmal and I were in the same group. He beat me handsomely 5-1 and I ended up winless in the group stage.
 

 

 


Spectators galore for the Rules of Survivor
 


Ivan Pang (right) was victorious once again in Tekken 7. He won the previous on organized by Game On
 


The champions of DOTA 2
 

9th Audi quattro Cup Brunei 2018

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It’s time of the year again as Audi (Brunei) will be hosting the 9th Audi quattro Cup Brunei 2018, a charity golf tournament.

The event will happen on the 20th to 22nd July at Royal Brunei Golf & Country Club, Jerudong. All golfers’ registration fees will be donated to the An-Nur Harapan Sdn Bhd, Community Service Council Belait District, Dana Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah for Orphans, La Vida Bhd, Learning Ladders Society, Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Seed Foundation Sdn Bhd and SMARTER Brunei.

Registration is now open at Audi Kiarong. Entry fee is BND 240 per team and format of play is Greensome Stableford (best ball).

Lucky draw for all registered golfers included during prize presentation. Closing date is 17th July 2018.

There will be hole-in-one prizes such as the Audi A6 Sedan (Hole 16) or the Audi Q2 SUV (Hole 8).

The winning team will play at World Final at the Golf Club Kitzbühel-Schwarzsee, Austria, from September 23rd to 27th, 2018.

 

 


One of the hole-in-one prizes – Audi Q2
 

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