Mr. Karam Chand, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Mr. Bilal Ekşi, Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of Turkish Airlines (TK) are pleased with the new expansion to provide customers with more options to travel to Turkey
Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Turkish Airlines (TK) began its code share agreement in February 2016 that allows passengers to connect seamlessly from Bandar Seri Begawan to Istanbul via Dubai (and vice versa). Both airlines are pleased with the results and plans to further enhance this connectivity via Singapore.
So effective 1st May 2017, flights from Singapore to Istanbul (and vice versa) will be operated by Turkish Airlines whereas the flight between Bandar Seri Begawan and Singapore will be operated by Royal Brunei Airlines.
To Turkey via Singapore through RB
To Turkey via Dubai through RB
Mr. Karam Chand, Chief Executive Officer of RB said, “We are very pleased to have partnered with Turkish Airlines to provide our customers with more choices. The results to-date have been very encouraging and as a result, we are expanding our partnership. The RB and Turkish Airlines code share flights offer the best connection to Istanbul and vice versa and we believe we will further enhance the tourism and business links between two countries.”
Mr. Bilal Ekşi, Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of TK stated that; “This expansion in the scope of the codeshare will not only provide our respective passengers with varied options for traveling to Brunei, but also create a great opportunity for a seamless travel with the reduced layover durations. It is a pleasure for us to improve our service to Bandar Seri Begawan, which I believe will eventually contribute to the enhancement of the good relations between two countries.”
Customers can now choose to travel to Istanbul, Turkey via Dubai or Singapore. For further information on the Turkish Airlines cooperation, please contact your nearest Royal Brunei Airlines Office.
The grand winner of the lucky draw presented by Hj Harris bin Othman, the Belait District Officer at the KBSentral Brisk Walk event last Sunday
The warm up session
In conjunction of World Health Day 2017, Sentral Shopping Centre (KBSentral) hosted the KBSentral Brisk Walk that took place starting and finishing at the Car Porch Area of Sentral Shopping Centre yesterday 30th April 2017.
About more than 280 participants registered to join the event where they were all clad in a blue and orange striped uniform, emblazoned with The Brisk Walk logo along with its theme of Its Not Just A Walk, It’s a Workout.
Hj Harris bin Othman, the Belait District Officer was the guest of honour and also present were village heads and invited guests, sponsors and partners of the event.
According to the organizer, KBSentral Shopping Centre, the objective for this event were to increase self-awareness among the public about the importance of maintaining good health, both physically and mentally; and to change the perception of those who thinks exercise is a waste of time and troublesome.
There was also a lucky draw for participants who registered for the walk with the A360 Polar Watch as the grand prize.
In her opening remark, Miss Abby Lim, Sentral Shopping Centre’s General Manager stated, “We believe that starting your day off early in the morning with a walk is always a good starter. There has never been any better way to start your day with a bit of exercise and a good healthy breakfast.”
She also thanked the sponsors and partners for their support – REF Station, Origroce, Belait Police Station, volunteers from PJN Secondary School and Kemuda Institute, students from Pusat Eric Goh and Pusat Ehsan and also thanking her team from KBSentral Event.
For further information, please call 3339889 or 8307788 during management office hours from 8:30am to 5:30pm every day except Sunday.
The warm up session before the walk
The 6 KM walk around KB
Good to see families participating in this event
Walking past KB Sentral
The guest of honour in the group photo
KBSentral Management team
The players during Day 3 of the Baiduri Masters 2017 last Sunday
Following are the updates from the RBA Golf Club. By the end of the first weekend, the Baiduri Masters saw a total of 328 golfers vying for their opportunity to don the coveted Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy.
By the end of today’s session, the Top 16 Leaderboard saw a lot of movement with the addition of seven new contenders: Ahmad Yani Hj Md Noor, Hj Shahminan Hj Damit, Pg Hj Zamani Pg Hj Ahmed, Md Kamarul Hafiz, Pg Hj Razali Pg Sabli, Chu Vui Kiat, and Edwin Liew.
Tied for today’s top spot are Ahmad Yani Hj Md Noor, Pg Ahmad Zaki, and Seruji Hj Setia with a terrific score of 71. Pg Ahmad Zaki improved his previous score by 3 strokes. Tied for fourth and fifth places are newcomer Hj Shahminan Hj Damit and Suhaimi Ibrahim with a gross of 72. Suhaimi Ibrahim dropped 3 places in the leaderboard.
The next three spots consist of Nujaimi Hj Jumat, Zulehram Yakub, and Pg Hj Zamani Pg Hj Ahmed with a gross of 73 each. Nujaimi Hj Jumat fell down the leaderboard by 3 places whereas Zulehram Yakub returned to the Top 16. He improved his last score by 7 strokes.
The next two spots saw Md Kamarul Hafiz and Pg Hj Razali Pg Sabli tied with a score of 74. Similarly, the next two spots also saw a tie between Rudy Hairywan Yussof and Chu Vui Kiat with a score of 75. Rudy Hairywan Yussof went down 6 places.
Rounding off the top sixteen were Pg Dato Hj Wahab, Hj Azaman Daud, David Liaw, and Edwin Liew with a tied score of 76. Both Hj Azaman Daud and David Liaw moved down the leaderboard by 8 places.
At the conclusion of the first weekend, it is still anyone’s championship. Will the final weekend see another major shift in the leaderboard? Will the conditions be optimal for another exciting round of golf? Let’s find out next week.
The Baiduri Masters 2017 will continue next weekend, 5 to 7 May 2017. 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 320i M Sport at hole 14, other hole-in-one prizes on offer this year are the Mini Cooper S 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.
Those who haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Registration opens at 6.00 am to 8.30 pm. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.
The Baiduri Masters are held over two weekends at the RBA Golf Club, Berakas and 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 Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 244 9666.
We all enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 So did you too?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Good. So many to love about Volume 2 and I love the fact that they used Volume 2 to indicate as a sequel instead of labelling it Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Neat indeed. I totally was immersed with the visuals. This was quite comparable to Dr. Strange when comparing visuals but GOTG2 was perhaps more spectacular. Maybe more refined especially when it comes to the battle scenes in space. Maybe even better than some of the Star Wars battle scenes in space.
The biggest draw for me is the humour they infested in the sequel. If you ask me, this is the funniest superhero movie after Deadpool. This is also one reason why Deadpool was so popular despite its R-rating – the humour was on point and well executed. The same can be said of GOTG2. Ironically enough, Draxx stole the limelight here and of course, who would not forget about Baby Groot.
Iron Man and a few Marvel sequels have been mediocre. However, this can’t be said for GOTG2. I won’t say it was better than the first but man, it surely know how to make it fun and engaging at the same time. A nice blend of classic music and action set pieces. The new characters were introduced effectively. Emotionally I was satisfied especially in the end (no spoilers). Definitely different from the other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies you have seen. Now I’m very geared up for the upcoming Thor.
The Bad. It doesn’t have the same intensity as the first. That sense of urgency was lacking. The storyline was just above average and I thought it was predictable as well. It also seemed that the audience were more entertained by certain characters such as Drax and Baby Groot. They were enough to distract us from a you-can-do-better plot.
With the light-hearted, happy-go-lucky feeling tone to the movie, it will tough for GOTG series to blend into a darker tone for the next installment. On the topic of humour and jokes, some didn’t land quite well and I knew they were expecting laughs from us. Then again, these are just minor flaws that can be easily excused. The one-liners were sharper and funnier in the first in my opinions.
The Ugly. I was hoping for a better and more ruthless villain. Well, there’s not much of the ugly side. I was entertained from start to finish. Perhaps, another second viewing?
Verdict: A sequel that won’t disappoint but I expected more. Rating: Rano 8/10 Sandy 9/10 Pranika 9/10 Jidun 8.5/10
Which was your favourite character for GOTG2?
Mr, Minoru Amano, General Manager of Asia Automobile Division, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan delivering his welcoming remarks during the Suzuki Ignis launch
Boustead Sdn Bhd unveiled its latest line of Suzuki, the all new Suzuki Ignis at the their showroom last night. Present during the launch was Dato Paduka Lim Being Thai, Managing Director of Boustead Sdn Bhd, Mr, Minoru Amano, General Manager of Asia Automobile Division, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan, Mr. Takaaki Kurihara, Assistant Manager of Asia Automobile Division, Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan and Lim Jin Lee, Executive Manager of Boustead Sdn Bhd.
The event also welcomed esteemed guests from the public and associate companies to the launch.
So the Suzuki Ignis is a huge revamp from the previous model indeed. Many reasons to invest in the latest Suzuki Ignis and I guarantee that it will be a huge hit in Brunei due to its new looks and affordability.
Specs of the Suzuki Ignis:
Ignis is a compact urban runabout with stance and space of a small crossover styling. The Suzuki Ignis is powered by K12M with 1,197 cc displacement, in-line 4-cylinder and 16-valve engine. The multi-point fuel injected power plant has variable value technology and produces 62kW of power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm.
The model comes in different colour choices, ranging from Single Tone to Dual Tone.
With a ground clearance of 180 mm (7 inches), the new Ignis will be able to tackle difficult roads while the raised driving position will provide great visibility for the the driver.
It has an Android powered panel for your audio needs and the Suzuki model only comes in auto transmission.
All I can say is that Suzuki Ignis has a more vibrant and dynamic feel and it does feel like a mini SUV too. Do drop by at Suzuki Showroom.
According to Lim Jin Lee, Executive Manager of Boustead Sdn Bhd, during the press conference, the Suzuki Ignis will be available something in mid-May. Bookings already can be made through the sales agent at Suzuki showroom. What are you waiting for?
Dato Paduka Lim Being Thai, Managing Director of Boustead Sdn Bhd (second from the right) giving a token of appreciation to the Suzuki Motor Corporation Japan principals.
Check out the Suzuki Ignis
Dato Paduka Lim Being Thai and Mr. Minoru Amano checking out the Suzuki Ignis
This colour looks solid 😀
Associates of Boustead Sdn Bhd with invited guests
The crowd last night at Suzuki Ignis launch
The press conference after the launch
Nadzri the host of the night
If you have a DST Card or a TelBru card or a Baiduri Bank card or SCB Card, you can enjoy 20% discount on all the items at 1st Metro, Jalan Batu Satu.
1st Metro is located at Batu Satu, near the post office
Many choices for Baju Melayu material
Wide range of senjang too at affordable prices
Ready made Baju Melayu available at 1st Metro
Jovian Mandagie, CEO and Creative Director of Jovian and Jacquline, owner of Bajoo’ Butik during the press conference of JBoxing event
Article by Lyna Mohamad of Borneo Bulletin. The fashion event JBoxing this year will be held in Brunei at The Empire Hotel & Country Club from May 5-7 (next weekend) and will see the launching of Jovian’s first bag collection.
Inspired from London’s Boxing Day, JBoxing is fashion line Jovian’s annual event. This year, Jovian Mandagie, CEO and Creative Director of Jovian, will host the event while launching its first bag collection, the Jovian Borsa, and its new Jovian Men and the Little Boy Collection.
“I have always wanted to have an event in Brunei and I figured that the time has come. Due to a lot of requests, we have decided to bring JBoxing to Brunei,” said Jovian in a press conference last weekend.
The inaugural event is jointly organised by Bruneian powerhouse atelier and multi-label store, Bajoo Butik, and main partner Baiduri Bank Group.
The event which will also see the Little Kids Collection from the Lisa Surihani Collection, Savannah Collection for Zalora Fashion and the JLuxe Collection, has become a phenomenon for every fashionista, especially those craving for Jovian RTW (‘Ready-To-Wear’).
Always a wonderful chemistry between the two 😀
BMW is one of the partners for JBoxing event
Great turnout during the press conference last weekend
Good to see Jovian and Bajoo’ pulling strings together
Jovian’s a happy camper to see his banner up by the roadside
Jovian said Bruneians will get to see “an exciting project” between him and Jackie of Bajoo Butik, with the launch of the kid’s line designs for the Brunei and Malaysian markets.
“I think this is a high achievement and a great benchmark for Jackie for being able to collaborate with a brand from Malaysia,” he said. “JBoxing is an event where we would have exclusive, new launches of a collection, as well as special discounts on items,” said Jovian. “There are also items on a flat price basis, or that might turn into a free giveaway.”
From only 4,000 visitors in the first year it was launched, the number of people coming to the ‘box’ has increased every year, with a record 40,000 visitors last year.
“We are very much ready to shake the city with a new experience of shopping… We are expecting visitors coming from all over Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak,” said Jovian, who expects 15,000 visitors this year.
The CEO expressed his appreciation to Baiduri Bank Group, DST, BMW, Mix Mediaworks, Brunei Press and other partners for bringing the event into the international stage.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports receiving a token of appreciation from Mr Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager of Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2017
The Baiduri Bank Group officially launched the 22nd Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament. The tee-off by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, took place at Royal Brunei Airlines Golf Club at 6:45am.
Present at the ceremony was Mr Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager of Operations Management Division and Diversification and Strategic Development cum President of the Organising Committee of Baiduri Masters 2017. Also present were Hj Haliluddin Dato Haji Talib, General Manager of Baiduri Finance cum Vice President of the Baiduri Masters 2017, Pg Azaleen bin Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network cum Co-Vice President of the Baiduri Masters 2017 as well as other senior management and staff of Baiduri Bank Group.
The event began with the opening remarks by Mr Andrew Young. He said, “Since its humble beginning in 1995, the pioneer Baiduri Charity Golf Tournament attracted a modest 200 players, but now 22 years later, the Baiduri Masters regularly attracts nearly 1,000 participants, with the highest number reaching close to 1,100 in 2013.” Soon after the Tee-Off, Yang Berhormant Pehin received a token of appreciation in the form of a Baiduri Masters Official Golf shirt.
The Minister officiated the 22nd Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament
Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki, Suhaimi Ibrahim, Zulehram Yakub and Seruji Setia
By the end of the afternoon session today, multiple-time Baiduri Masters Champion Seruji Hj Setia was in the lead with an even gross score of 71, followed closely by Suhaimi Ibrahim with a score of 72. To finish off the top 3 is Nujaimi Hj Jumat with a score of 73. Tied with a score of 80 are Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki, Asmawi Ismail, Md Zulehram Yakub, Rozaimi Ahmad, Hj Md Khairul Jamuluddin, Hj Shaiful Rizal PD Dr Hj Ahmad, and Pg Hj Zamani Pg Hj Ahmed.
Tied with a score of 81 are Mohd Haszwan Sayang, Col. Kamarudzaman Mohd, and Dato Hj Suhaimi Hj Gafar.
Rounding off the top sixteen were Mohd Ali Yassin Hj Mohammad, Hj Nordin Hj Ahmad, and Kahar Bakar with a gross score of 82.
The moon rover Audi lunar quattro celebrates its film debut in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi blockbuster “Alien: Covenant” which premieres worldwide this May. Audi experts have developed the Audi lunar quattro in cooperation with the German start-up “Part-Time Scientists”. It will soon embark on an actual mission to space.
Director Ridley Scott has integrated the Audi lunar quattro into “Alien: Covenant,“ a new chapter in his groundbreaking “Alien” franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imaginations, they must attempt a harrowing escape. In its film debut, the Audi lunar quattro is an integral part of the Covenant mission and is deployed to help Faris (Amy Seimetz) navigate and assess the challenging, unknown terrain of a new planet.
Incorporating the Audi lunar quattro into the film is part of the collaboration between Twentieth Century Fox and Audi. “The ‘Alien’ franchise is the best way for us to garner suitable attention for the moon rover developed by Audi, and to showcase Audi’s intelligent technologies in a visionary environment,” explains Giovanni Perosino, Vice President International Marketing Communication at Audi.
“Fox’s partnership with Audi on ‘Alien: Covenant’ is an opportunity to bring to the forefront the innovative work Audi is doing in exploration,” said Zachary Eller, Senior Vice President Marketing Partnerships at Twentieth Century Fox. “We’re happy to continue our long relationship with Audi that has allowed our filmmakers to incorporate authentic, leading-edge technology into their futuristic worlds.”
As part of the collaboration, a short film created by Twentieth Century Fox, 3AM and Audi was captured on one of the movie’s biggest sets. It shows the Audi lunar quattro patrolling the Terraforming Bay when it detects an unidentified lifeform and goes to investigate what lurks in the dark. Watch “Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro” below
Alien: Covenant x Audi lunar quattro
The Audi lunar quattro is preparing for an actual mission to the Moon. Since 2015, the premium manufacturer from Ingolstadt has worked with a team led by Robert Böhme, founder and CEO of “Part-Time Scientists”, on developing the rover. Audi experts have supported the Berlin-based start-up, in particular with Audi’s all-wheel drive expertise (quattro technology), expertise in lightweight construction, experience in developing vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrid motors (e-tron), and with design optimization.
By selecting the finest materials, the developers have managed to reduce the weight of the exploration vehicle to just 30 kilograms. The Audi lunar quattro is 85 percent aluminum, produced by the 3D metal printer at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt. A pivoting solar panel supplies the rover with energy. On top of that, you have intelligent quattro drive technology and the efficient e-tron motor. The car manufacturer’s Mission to the Moon is nearing completion: In the very near future, we can expect to see the advanced Audi lunar quattro set its course for the Moon.
For more on the story of the Audi lunar quattro’s origins and the cooperation with Twentieth Century Fox, visit on www.audi.com/mission.