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.
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
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
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
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
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
Tong Hong Hoi won a once in a lifetime, all-expense paid trip for two to watch the semi-final match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Moscow, Russia. He received the grand prize from Pg Azaleen bin PD Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network, Baiduri Bank recently
Visa and Baiduri Bank, the organisers of the “Win an All-Expenses-Paid Trip for 2 to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, courtesy of Visa” have announced the grand prize winner at a prize presentation ceremony held at Baiduri Bank Headquarters in Kiarong today. The promotion was held from the 1 February 2018 to the 30 April 2018.
Winning a once in a lifetime, all-expense paid trip for two to watch the semi-final match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Moscow, Russia, is Mr Tong Hock Hoi, an entrepreneur.
When interviewed, Mr Tong had commented. “I regularly use my Baiduri Visa card, but I never thought I would win, so imagine my surprise and delight! I am really happy to be the winner – looking forward to this trip!”
During the promotion period, Baiduri Visa Infinite, Platinum, Gold, Classic and Debit cardholders, who spend on their Baiduri Visa cards, received one chance for every BND 50 spent in the grand draw.
Mr Tong Hock Hoi and his wife will be arriving in Moscow on 8 July 2018 and treated to a 5-day/4-night accommodation with breakfast, all scheduled ground transportation, Visa FIFA World Cup™ themed merchandise, Visa Prepaid products, two tickets to watch the semi-final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and spending money of BND 5,000.
Pg Azaleen bin PD Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network who presented the prize commented, “We are delighted to be able to see such amazing response from the public for this promotion. This initiative is in line with our vision to enhance customer experience and to deliver a high level of quality products and services.”
On top of Mr Tong winning the coveted grand prize, 8 other monthly winners also brought home Visa FIFA World Cup™ themed merchandise.
With the other consolation winners of the “Win an All-Expenses-Paid Trip for 2 to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, courtesy of Visa”
Pg Saiful and Hj Amir who played in last year’s Mexico World Final. Who will represent Brunei this year in Austria?
Unlike most local tournaments the top prize is an unforgettable golfing trip to the Audi quattro Cup World Final – every year held at a different prestigious international golf club. This year the venue will be the Golf Club Schwarzsee in Kitzbühel, Austria.
Also for this year’s local tournament a new rule will allow any golfer team of any nationality with a valid passport to qualify for the World Final.
“If you win it- you go to Austria!”
47 countries each year with 700 tournaments participate in the Audi quattro Cup featuring a 2-golfer team format playing under the Stableford system or ‘best ball’.
Interested golfers may inquire more at Audi Kiarong during opening hours.
The Golf Club Schwarzsee in Kitzbühel, Austria
Brunei will be hosting the Asia Rugby Championship on 8th, 10th and 12th of May 2018. Teams that will be participating are Brunei as host, Guam and China. This will be the 6th Asia Rugby Tournament that Brunei has hosted since 2007, and the last one was against Mongolia and Laos in 2014, where Mongolia emerge as champion for this division.
Brunei Rugby is hoping to make this event an annual event, as it will be a holistic approach to promote rugby in the country, by having such regional marquee rugby event to the sultanate. We are also hoping to organize a Asian 7s tournament and Asian age group tournament in the near future.
The organisers would like to thank our partners & sponsors Ministry of youth and sports, RYS entertainment, Head Hunter sport, Asia Rugby, Rhino, Asian Flair, Youc1000 Isotonic drink and Rainfresh water for the support in this tournament.
Brunei Rugby will also be organizing Level 1 Medic First Aid in Rugby (L1FAIR) course during the tournament. It will be conducted by Dr Azril Syazwan bin Mohd Ali, a World Rugby Medical Educator, from Malaysia’s Institute of Sports. Brunei Rugby not only hope to produce rugby players, coaches, referees and administrators, but also medical professionals to become more professional in their approach to promote Rugby.
Handing over of the official jersey sponsored by Head Hunter sport for the Brunei national team to Mohd Azahar b Timban, Captain of Brunei Darussalam while Dr Haji kamaluddin, Acting President of Brunei rugby union looks on
Johari Ahmad takes the lead with 68
Following are the updates from the third day of the tournament at the RBA Golf Club where 132 golfers took part in the Baiduri Masters for a chance to don the Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy.
By the end of the first weekend of play, five players from yesterday’s leaderboard were knocked out from the top 16 with the emergence of Ali Hj Rashid, Mohd Zainul Amir Abdullah, Hj Mohd Sharifuddin Hj Md Salleh, Md Haswandi Hj Paun and Dato Paduka Hj Harith Hj Abd Karim.
Sitting at the top of the leaderboard is Johari Ahmad who played a fantastic game of golf ending the day with a gross of 68. He moved up a staggering 14 places in the leaderboard. Yesterday’s leader, Wadiwadera Hj Md Wahid maintains his gross of 69, putting him comfortably in second place with a 3-stroke gap between the next contender. In third place is Suhaimi Hj Ibrahim, who moved up 3 places with an improved game grossing 72.
Tied with a gross of 73 are Hj Hanafi Pehin Hj Ahmad, P.A. Basheer, newcomer Ali Hj Rashid, Asmawi bin Ismail and Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki who moved up 4 spots to put him in seventh place.
Zaini bin Hj Abd Rahman and newcomer Mohd Zainul Amir Abdullah, in eighth and ninth place respectively with a gross of 74. Tied with a gross of 75 are Hj Mohd Sharifuddin (new), Seruji Hj Setia, Md Haswandi Hj Paun (new), Han Lian Siew and Dato Paduka Hj Harith (new).
Rounding off the top 16 is Zulehram Yakub with a gross of 76.
Hj Hanafi Pehin Hj Ahmad is ranked 4th after the 3rd round of play with 73 stroke
Pengiran Anak Basheer is ranked 4th after the 3rd round of play with 73 stroke
The Baiduri Masters 2018 will continue this Friday, 4 May 2018.
The Baiduri Masters 2018 takes place over two weekends starting 27 April 2018 until 29 April 2018 and 4 to 6 May 2018. To make the cut, the top 16 gross players overall will get the opportunity to vie for the Green Jacket.
Besides the coveted Baiduri Masters Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy, the golfers also have the chance to score the fantastic hole-in-one prizes comprising two luxury cars and three cash prizes of B$20,000 each.
Other than the BMW 740Li at hole 14, other hole-in-one prizes on offer this year are the Mini Cooper S Countryman for Hole 5 and B$20,000 cash each for Holes 2, 12 and 16.
Additionally, there will be novelty prizes up for grabs for the nearest to the pin throughout the tournament and also longest drive as well as lucky draw prizes.
As with every year, proceeds raised during the Baiduri Masters will be donated to local charity organisations that help persons with special needs integrate into the wider society.
There are still slots available for the next weekend of play. Those who haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a BND10 discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.
The Baiduri Masters will be played on format System 36 (Stroke Play) and the challenge trophy will be decided on gross. The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett.
For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the RBA Golf Club at 8773612.
Well done, Brunei Darussalam for last night’s important victory
A well deserved victory for the host nation
After a nervy start to the tournament, Brunei Darussalam bounced back against a tougher opponent, this time against a powerhouse Thailand with a 2-1 victory at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last night. I’m pleased to see Ak Yura Indera Putera Pg Yunos getting on the scoresheet and scoring the winner in injury time. He was a colossal in defence when Brunei lost to Timor Leste 1-0 in the opening match and he kept the backline composed throughout the game.
Even with a scoreline deadlock by half time, the host nation kept pressuring the visitors and looked more of a different force – alive and hungry.
Naziruddin Hj Ismail scored the opening goal with an assist from captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah after 60 minutes which brought the strong 25,000 crowd into a frenzy celebration. Thailand managed to equalized minutes later through their captain Paso Sittichok. However, Brunei maintained their momentum from the first half and Ak Yura snatched a winner through a corner kick late in injury time.
The question beckoned on where was this solid, impressive performance that was missing in the first game? The head coach was probably right when he previously mentioned that Brunei was over excited before the tournament kicked off.
Azim Suhaimi, Brunei’s midfielder, had a good piece of advice to the fans especially those who were quick to judge the players [in a negative manner] on social media. I recently came across the comments on @brusportnews and they were definitely uncalled for. It’s important for us to learn to give constructive feedback with a nicer tone rather than totally bashing the players which can in turn demoralized the players.
Come Monday, Brunei has another hurdle to overcome with the likes of the defending champion Myanmar in the final match of the group A in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy. This will definitely be a crowd puller even on a Monday evening and I won’t be surprised if the attendance will break the 25,000 strong crowd from last night.
Kudos once again to the Brunei team. Let’s continue the morale support and believe in our team that they can be the best team and the team to beat after last night’s performance. Images courtesy of @infodept.bn
Captain Faiq Jefri Bolkiah was instrumental with an assist for Brunei’s opener
Brunei Darussalam kept piling the pressure on the two times champion, Thailand
Naziruddin Hj Ismail (No.8) scored Brunei’s first goal in the tournament