“Golden Steering Wheel” for Audi Q5

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The Audi Q5 has won the 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” in the “Large SUV” category and it’s an important award for Audi in a competition renowned throughout Europe
 

The Audi Q5 has won the 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” in the “Large SUV” category. Prior to the selection, readers of the German automotive trade magazine Auto Bild, its 20 European sister publications and the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag had determined nominations from the new cars presented in 2017. An international panel of experts crowned the winner from these nominations. Peter Mertens, AUDI AG Board Member for Technical Development, accepted the prize for the Audi Q5 on Tuesdayevening in Berlin.

A total of 42 models competed in five categories in this year’s “Golden Steering Wheel” contest. After a Europe-wide reader survey, 20 cars made the final round and were judged by the experts: race drivers, engineers, designers, connectivity specialists, frequent drivers, critics and, not least, the editors-in-chief of all European sister publications of Auto Bild. They tested the finalists and determined which would win the coveted trophy. The Audi Q5 won through against seven other competitors in the “Large SUV” category. “The expertise and broad cross-section of opinions represented by the jury panel, as well as its renown throughout Europe, are what make the prize so coveted within our industry. The 2017 “Golden Steering Wheel” for the new Audi Q5 shows we have produced a worthy successor to the successful first generation of this SUV model line. We are proud of this prize,” said Peter Mertens at the award ceremony at the Axel-Springer-Haus in Berlin.

The new Audi Q5 was launched at the start of the year. The second generation of the best-selling Audi has established several new standards in the B segment of premium SUVs. The best drag coefficient in the competition, consistent lightweight design and modern engines ensure high efficiency, as does the new quattro drive system with ultra technology. In addition, the new Audi Q5 offers a broad portfolio of new driver assist systems, modern infotainment and connectivity equipment, and air suspension with damper control.

 

Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards

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The winners of the Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards with the organisers and supporters of the event which was held last Friday, 3rd November 2017 at Progresif Headquarters Townhall, Gadong

The inaugural Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards (BRBSA) celebrated the winners last Friday, 3rd November at Progresif Headquarters Townhall, Gadong.

The top nominations for the night were judged by local panellist that are active in the development of the local startup community. The nominees underwent rigorous judging before the top ones were chosen.

Paul Taylor, CEO of Progresif, opened the awards night with his welcoming remarks followed by an introduction of the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (ARBSA) by Rubi-Ain Dahlan, Project Director of ARBSA, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur to attend the event.

“It is hoped that with this award and initiatives alike, we will be able to grow the Startup community considerably in the short future. We would like to see that entrepreneurship is seen as a first choice career option and not just as a last resort. We hope that BRBSA will able to assist in changing that mindset in our generation today,” said Charlotte Lim, Lead Organiser.

 

 


Paul Taylor, CEO of Progresif, giving his welcoming remarks to the audience
 


Rubi-Ain Dahlan, Director of ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards and Shamir C.Abdullah, Head of Sponsorship, ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards, sharing the benefits for the winners of each category
 


Some of the perks for the winners
 


Rubi-Ain Dahlan presented to the Startup of the Year to Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd and received by founder Vanessa Teo. She was the biggest winner of the night with two awards. She was truly grateful towards her awesome team and also her family in supporting her business. Congratulations 😀
 


Radi El-Fassed, Progresif’s Head of Product Development, presented the Founder of the Year award and Vanessa Teo was the recipient
 

The awards night proceeded with its main event, starting off with awarding the Best Newcomer, presented by Shamir C.Abdullah, Head of Sponsorship, ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards followed by Best Social Impact Startup presented byPg Sarimah (Startup Hub), and continuing on with Yazid Azahari, Senior Project Manager at Microsoft (Brunei) who presented the winner of Best E-Commerce Startup. The fourth category was presented by Progresif’s Head of Product Development, Radi El-Fassed. Just before the final award was given out, there was a performance by Brunei’s very own Tropical Hornbills with two of their original numbers. Finally, the Startup of The Year was presented by ARBSA’s very own Rubi Ain-Dahlan

The winners received trophies which were 3D-printed, specially flew in from Kuala Lumpur, events ticket to the ARBSA in December of this year.

“It is not always you get to take part in celebrating innovation and innovative ideas, let alone giving out awards to them,” said Afiq Mohammed, Project Manager. “The categories were selected according to the volume of startups in those categories. This is also an indicator of where Brunei is with effect to its startup scene. I believe that BRBSA will be seen more than an event, but rather something to look forward to. Moreover, we believe that the award is to recognise the blood, sweat and tears of the humans behind the brands. We hope that there will be more companies up for nominations in the next edition and at the same time, more categories to be opened up.”

The event was made possible by the support of BRBSA’s Strategic Partner, Progresif, and DARe as Ecosystem Partner.

 

 


Yazid Azahari, Senior Project Manager at Microsoft (Brunei) presented to Best e-Commerce/Supply Chain Startup and Danny Sii tung Yang, founder of buycour.com won the award.
 


Danny came up with the idea since his family runs a forward company and it made sense that he was able to facilitate in terms of purchasing items online especially from China. He also plans to do local deliveries. He is also amazed how many customers are starting to make use of e-commerce in Brunei.
 

TOP NOMINEES

Startup of the Year – Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd (winner), Al-Huffaz Management, Weekend Warriors, Sparkly Domestic Divas, Headhunter Sports, Shineblingz Enterprise and Lyfe Media.
Founder of the Year –  Firdaus Omar Faezal Murni, Hadi, Haji Mohammad Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan,Vanessa Teo (winner), Yusuf Flynn, Shinny Chia and Haji Muhammad Fahmi bin Lasa.
Best Social Impact Startup – Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd, Heartwrite Co., Al-Huffaz Management (winner), Big BWN Cookout, Weekend Warriors and Sparkly Domestic Divas.
Best e-Commerce/Supply Chain Startup – Buycour Brunei (winner), JiFEE Technologies Sdn Bhd, Headhunter Sports, Nuara Group, Diyretrofurniture, Juste Leather Co and Al-Huffaz Management.
Best Newcomer –  Agrome IQ International Sdn Bhd, Weekend Warriors, Lyfe Media, Al-Huffaz Management, Shineblingz Enterprise and Heartwrite Co., Headhunter Sport (winner)

 

 


Yusuf Flynn, founder of Headhunter Sport claimed the Best Newcomer Award being presented by Shamir C.Abdullah, Head of Sponsorship, ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards
 


Haji Mohammad Loqman Al-Hakim bin Haji Hamdan receiving his award for Best Social Impact Startup for his company, Al-Huffaz Management from Pg Sarimah (Startup Hub)
 


The winners of the Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards
 


Pranika and I enjoyed the one hour event
 

#BeliHelix promotion

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Check out the new promotion from Brunei Shell Marketing
 

Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) launches #BeliHelix promotion at Hall 2, Bridex in Jerudong. The event was officiated by BSM Managing Director, Pengiran Shamhary Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha.

The promotion is in line with BSM’s appreciation towards Shell Helix Passenger Car Motor oil (PCMO) users and is held for a period of three months from 1 November 2017 to 31 January 2018. There will be five (5) monthly draw prizes which will be announced in December and January respectively and the grand draw has been set for February 2018. The grand prize for this promotion will be a unit of BMW 1 Series, first runner up will be Dubai tour packages for 2 persons and second runner up will get B$2,500 cash card. The date and venue for the grand draw shall be announced by BSM in due course.

 

 

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Yang Mulia Awang Wardi bin Hj Mohammad Ali, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Hj Mustapha, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing with the associate of Brunei Shell Marketing during the recent 2017 Brunei Motor Show at Bridex. The BMW 1 Series will be the grand prize of the 3 months promotion from Brunei Shell Marketing.

End user will be entitled to one (1) entry form for each purchase of 4L of Shell Helix Motor Oil which comprises of Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix HX7 and Shell Helix HX5. Drop boxes are available for completed entry forms at participating BSM Authorised Distributors, Dealers and Retail Stations which can be located from www.bsm.com.bn.

According to independent worldwide consulting and research firm, Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2016 report, Shell has been named the world’s lubricants No.1 global supplier for the 10th consecutive year in 2015.

Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology is a next-generation, fully synthetic premium motor oil made from natural gas making it stronger and less volatile at the molecular level than those made from traditional crude. Key benefits include performance through engine stress, superior protection against wear, protecting the engine in extreme temperatures and it is designed for ultimate power and performance. Engine manufacturer partners including BMW Motorsport, Hyundai Motorsport, Maserati and Scuderia Ferrari use and trust Shell Helix Ultra.

The Shell Helix portfolio is suitable for both Diesel and Gasoline engines.

For any enquiries and feedback, please email BSM-External-Affairs@shell.com and you can also follow them on instagram @bruneishellmarketing

 

 

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Some of the Shell products on display
 

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Who’s gonna win the BMW 1 Series come 2018?
 

DST launches iPhone 8/8 Plus Bundle Plans

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The new iPhone 8 Plus now available at DST Airport Mall
 


Dk. Mas Wafiah Pg. Khairul Iskandar the first customer of the iPhone 8 Plus at DST Airport Mall

DST announced today the anticipated release of the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus bundle plans. The plans are launched exclusively at DST’s Airport Mall branch for a period of three days and will be available at all other branches except Rimba and Temburong branch starting Monday 6th November 2017.

The postpaid bundles on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus offers various monthly subscriptions and upfront payments. For example, an Apple iPhone 8 64GB with a $440 upfront payment is bundled with an B$85 monthly subscription for 24 months and customers will receive 9GB local data.

Aside from postpaid plans, customers can choose based on their preference whether to purchase an iPhone without a contract.

DST is Apple’s certified carrier with the largest and most preferred 4G network nationwide.

For more information on DST’s bundle plans, please visit: iphone.dst.com.bn 

 

 


Dk. Mas Wafiah Pg. Khairul Iskandar registering her new phone at the DST counter at Airport Mall
 


Another early bird buyer
 


Dona Johan, DST Acting Senior Manager of Group Marketing and Loyalty, handed over the new iPhone 8 to a customer
 


Check out the prices. Click to enlarge.
 

Rano’s thoughts: This morning I dropped by DST branch at the Airport Mall to check out the official launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus. We know that the prices will be competitive in the market and yes, DST is Apple’s certified carrier for Brunei market and you will be given a one-year warranty.

It’s a bit ironic that Brunei market is slower than our regional market where Singapore launched their their models in last month. The demand has not been as good as the iPhone X which was being launched today and the queue reminds me of the old days when the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 were released. Perhaps everyone is waiting for the iPhone X which will be launched worldwide.

Rumours has it that DST iPhone X will be likely launched during the DST Carnival – a fitting finale to the year 2017. I’m definitely eyeing on the iPhone X after not upgrading my phone for the past three years. I’m still using my iPhone 6 and with the new iPhone X, it will be worth the upgrade.

For now, you can enjoy DST’s plan and get yourself the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. You can get the iPhone 8 Plus 256GB for as low as $855 (depending on the contract). You can view the plans at iPhone.dst.com.bn for details.

I’m glad my friend Angel upgraded her phone from the 5s which is way older than my iPhone 6. So she definitely will feel the difference.

 

 


Great service by the DST staff on briefing customers on the new iPhone and their contract plans
 


Angel saying good bye to her iPhone 5s
 


…..and wale, her upgrade will be worth it 😀
 

LIVE Gallery Open Day

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With the representatives from Moh Hack & Partners, Valor Property and Syensai Design & Co during the lunch media awareness
 

Finally, a new concept to look forward to in Brunei Darussalam. More like an open concept which is something new and refreshing. It’s called LIVE Gallery, the latest commercial project by Design Architect & Project Producer, Moh Hack & Partners. Their vision is simple – to become the first one-stop construction, lifestyle design and home concept store under one roof.

Currently Moh Hack & Partners are in collaboration with their marketing team; Valor Property (the popular real estate in Brunei) and Syensai Design & Co. Guess what? They will be hosting an Open Day for LIVE Gallery this coming Saturday 11th November and Sunday 12th November from 10am to 4pm at Spg 388 at Jalan Pasir Berakas.

According to Moh Hack the founder of Moh Hack & Partners, he wanted to provide a different concept for businesses and startups especially in the retail industry that an open concept of retailing in reaching out their customers. The non-traditional approach of owning a retail shop may benefit SMEs and startups as capital costs will be lowered. You don’t have to worry about major renovations and such. There will be consultants to assist the customers to their needs and wants relating to home products.

Well, you want to find out more, do pay them a visit this weekend.

 

 

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One of the interiors inside LIVE Gallery
 

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The showroom is strategically located close to major residential areas and Muara-Tutong Highway. Hence it has fantastic potential to attract customers. It is a 4 storey with a net area of 60,000 sq feet, furnished with a reception area, escalator, lifts, loading bays, a cargo lift, ample parking spaces and many others.

Moreover, the showroom includes facilities such as an event hall, seminar room, interaction areas as well as information counter. The open concept of the building space offers a unique experience and also flexibility for potential tenants for rent from as little as 200 sq feet.

LIVE Gallery Business and Retail Categories include Architectural & Design Solutions, Home Improvement & Interior, Outdoor Fixtures & Landscaping, Office Products & Solutions, Electrical Appliances & Lightings, Décor, Furniture & Furnishings, Living & Lifestyle Products, Food & Beverages outlet and any related products and service businesses.

In addition, the in-house marketing team will actively market the showroom such as creating monthly events and workshops offering the public with curated experiences specifically in the home and lifestyle arena.

Interested businesses can call 729 0969 or 877 4213 for RSVP for this weekend’s Open Day or you can follow their IG at @live.gallery

 

LANEIGE Brunei hits the big 12

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Celebrating the milestone with Ms. Patricia Li, General Manager of LANEIGE Brunei with the diplomatic spouses from Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, Laos, Bangladesh and Oman, representatives of the International Women Council (Brunei), their loyal customers and fans at the banquet room of DÁNGGREREK DESA Serviced Apartments yesterday.
 

LANEIGE BRUNEI celebrated its 12th years of milestone within the nation. The celebration was held yesterday with the diplomatic spouses from Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, Laos, Bangladesh, Omarn, IWC, LANEIGE’s VIP guests, loyal customers and its fans.

LANEIGE always aims to bring back to the community and work closely with the NGO (Non-government Organization). LANEIGE work closely with” SAVE THE CHILDREN” to promote Sharing “Waterful” experiences campaign. Via this “Waterful” campaign, LANEIGE invests the profits made by the sales of Water Bank Essence yearly to build the water tanks not only in Africa and also recent years further support to China and Malaysia.  These projects intended to provide safe and clean drinking water for children who suffer from water shortage.

Throughout the past 12 years, LANEIGE Brunei Darussalam had expanded its vision from the founder to local region in order to support those who are in need within ASEAN. LANEIGE Brunei yearly corporate social responsibility campaigns, to create platform and great opportunities in discovering young peoples’ talents, energy, imagination, initiatives, leadership and recognized their crucial contributions to enhancing a variety of development in relation to music, communication, teamwork, culture exchange. For instance, the Broadway Musical Charity Competition co-organised with Ministry of Education, Health Campaign with Health Promotion Centre, Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign co-ogranised with Ministry of Health and recent years engaged with various NGOs in different countries supporting overseas community projects.

 

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Dressing up for the occasion
 

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Time flies pretty quick and it’s already 12 years for LANEIGE Brunei
 

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Award Pelangi FM winner Eia with Patricia Li
 

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Make up artist Karen Then with Michelle
 

General Manager, Ms. Patricia Li of LANEIGE Brunei expressed, “I am truly grateful to everyone who walk on this journey together with LANEIGE throughout the past 12 years with trust and strong believe in the brand as well as the people behind the scenes.  Each of the interaction we treasured deeply and these impacts made us grow stronger day by day. I strongly believe passionate in what you love to do is the key, that’s our corporate culture.  Understanding customer needs and extra efforts into service are the ultimate qualities we should cultivate not only for survival in crisis time, also for the future success that can endure in time.”

“From the beginning of this business operation till now, we have been carried out broad efforts both internally and externally to enhance customer satisfaction and strengthen stakeholders value. We are grateful to mother company, Amorepacific Corporation supports and the dynamic, innovative spirit they had injected into each of the projects to make it possible. Welcome to enjoy this new era of beauty experiences with LANEIGE and expect more years to come.’’

During the 12th Anniversary Celebration, LANEIGE Brunei invited makeup artist Karen Then and fashion influencer Jeera elaborated LANEIGE meets fashion project. LANEIGE launched its yearly projects globally collaborate with fashion designers brings the Chic Back With A Limited Edition Line!

 

 

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A strong turn out yesterday at the celebration
 

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Thanis and Mary being interviewed by Elizabeth Sim the host of the program
 

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Saffana Tariq, the wife of the High Commissioner of The Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Brunei Darussalam had the honour to try the latest product demo from LANEIGE
 

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@jeeradoesfashion being interviewed yesterday
 

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The winners of the Pokka Dot outfit
 

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Fans trying out LANEIGE products
 

The annual LANEIGE MEETS FASHION project features trendy collaborations between beauty and fashion that exudes innovation and fun beyond imagination. After 4 successful years of fashionable beauty, 2017’s limited-edition line exhibits a collab with Korea’s up and coming designer, Yoon Choon Ho.

The brand YCH is acclaimed internationally, having established a following in not only Korea, but also Hong Kong, China, the United States and Canada. Its elegant mix of classic beauty laced with punk and femininity is adored by celebrities such as our girl Rihanna, Kim Yoonah and Lee Sung Kyoung. LANEIGE x YCH draws inspiration from his fall collection: 80’s Modern Glamour.

The stunning range features our favourite LANEIGE products; the newly formulated Skin Veil Base Dot Cushion, Eyebrow Cushion-Cara and new Two Tone Matte Lip Bar with a makeover in YCH design of classic herringbone meets retro polka dot prints! Embossed on wool for an elevated textural experience you will definitely appreciate.

 

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IA Salon turns 12

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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
 

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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.

 

 

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Madam Ahn Seung Mee with her niece who was in Brunei for a few days
 

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Food served by Chef Salvo
 

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With the staff of IA Salon and ambassadors of IA Salon
 

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Among the lady influencers
 

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Chef Salvo also joined the photo oppportunity
 

50 years and going..

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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.

 

 

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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.
 

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Family picture with Pehin Capitan Lela Diraja Paduka Goh King Chin and Datin Chang Nyuk Kee
 

brunei.events – a portal like Time Out

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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
 
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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.

 

 

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Also in attendance were Foreign Dignitaries
 

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YB Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali bin Apong visited the organiser of the Superwoman Run slated for December
 

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Siti Kaprawi briefing the minister on Larian Festival Seni Belia Diri 2017
 

 

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Suherdy bin Suli, Managing Director of Andika Samudera Event Management will be organising a Hotwheel Bike and Car Show from 29th to 31st December
 

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The BMW X5 cars will be the official car for Brunei Festival 2017
 

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Traditional music is always soothing to the ears
 

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How the portal looks like. Click image to find out more.
 

Thor:Ragnarok Review

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Have you seen Thor:Ragnarok? What do you thin?
 

Synopsis.

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok–the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization–at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger–the Incredible Hulk!.

The Good.

I could go on and on and on. This could be one of my top 3 movies of 2017 for now. I simply had so much fun, watching as a movie goer and also as a Marvel fan. Frankly speaking, I am not fond of Thor’s character among the avengers but after watching Thor: Ragnarok, I might just have another perspective and have more compassion for Thor.

It was amazeballs from start to finish. Well, not entirely but 80% of the time, I was truly entertained. First thing is the humour. I know it’s not so typical of a Thor movie to head into this direction but the formula seemed to have paid off and I don’t mind seeing this brand of humour being injected for Thor. This was completely different from first two Thor movies and it was never too late to fix what went wrong especially in the second one.

The estranged relationship between Thor and Loki also gave depth to the plot and it was also the first time that I felt some compassion for Loki #nospoilers Loki was more subdued and still very relevant in the Marcel Cinematic Universe. Am I tired to see the family squabbles? Not just yet. The bromance was nicely executed.

The one that I was most impressed with was Cate Blanchett in her portrayal as Hela. She was so intimidating as a villain and totally convincing one too. She still has got what it takes to pull off as a hottie despite her age. To me, she’s like the female version of Loki and I would more of her on screen.

Thor’s final trilogy shared some interesting insight on one under-rated character of The Avengers, the Incredible Hulk. We finally have a deeper understanding of Hulk’s character through his words and actions and I couldn’t have done it any better for Hulk’s screen time. You will come to a point that he could be your favourite Marvel character. Just like how Spider-Man appeared in Captain America: Civil War.

I am also in love with the soundtrack and choice of music, upbeat and chill at the same time. I had the same vibe when watching The Guardians of the Galaxy. Not much emphasis is normally given to superhero movies apart from when Hans Zimmer is involved (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight). Of course, it is tricky to create a music score for a light hearted theme like Thor:Ragnarok and the overall music feel was just fitting to the theme.

A very impressive start for Taika Waititi’s first direction in the MCU. I have not seen his earlier works such as Hunt for the Wilderpeople, What We Do in the Shadows and Boy, movies that are non-action based or Hollywood types. I’m definitely looking forward to his other movies and I hope he will be involved in other MCU movies in the near future.

 

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Friends caught the sneaks at The Mall Cineplex
 

The Bad.

It’s hard to pick out flaws when you are so engrossed and entertained throughout the film. Every scene was purposeful and I didn’t feel any drag or whatsoever.

Perhaps one pointer if I want to highlight was the different direction taken by Waititi – too much comedy packed in one movie may lose the credibility of the seriousness or the urgency of Thor’s character. The humour could have paid handsomely if this was a Spider-man movie. Nonetheless, I wasn’t too concern if Ragnarok’s tone was lighter than the first two movies.

The Ugly.

None at all. Nothing to report about badly in this category.

Verdict.

Nothing short of brilliance and a superb direction by Taika Waititi in his attempt in the MCU. Ragnarok was purely entertaining from start to finish and I can’t wait for the upcoming, The Avengers: Infinity War Part I. Definitely giving this a second viewing. One of the best films of 2017. 9 out 10 stars.

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Friends caught the sneaks at The Mall Cineplex
 

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A blogger since 2002, using platforms from blogspot, joomla and now currently wordpress. A readership that stands on average of 20,000 visits per month. Also on active on social media platform on IG, Facebook and Snapchat (@ranoadidas)

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You can email me for your interest in advertisement packages. There's also a bundle package with social media postings.