Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture launching the BIBD’s 14th Home Showcase Festival
It’s the 14th edition of the BIBD’s 14th “Home Showcase Festival” and this has become a household name in Brunei Darussalam. I remember attending almost all their home showcase events but to date, this is the biggest because it’s held for three days (12th to 14th April).
Buying a home has slowly become a culture among Bruneians and BIBD wants to ensure that home buyers’ dreams can become a reality by facilitating their needs with every step of the way.
According to Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Md Jaafar, BIBD Head of Retail Banking, the Home Showcase will benefit the home owners and also providing a one-stop platform for current and prospective homeowners especially the young professionals.
Officiating the ceremony last Friday was Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, who spent quite some time visiting all the vendors that participated in the Home Showcase Festival.
Of course, let’s not forget BIBD’s QuickPay function where it’s cashless payments where you don’t need to fork out your physical money. I have been actively using it and I find it very, very convenient. The adoption rate was pretty good during Brunei’s MSME where the usage of QuickPay doubled, showing signs that people are ready to go cashless.
Customers can also get a BIBD NEXGEN Foldable Shopping Bag as long as stocks last with a minimum spending of BND10. The event also served as an avenue for local entrepreneurs and small and medium and enterprises (SMEs) as well as partnering realtors and interior designers to showcase their products and services.
BIBD Seeds, a special program for “Special Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development” Programme, aimed to transform underprivileged mothers into successful and resilient entrepreneurs, and some of the BIBD Seeds participants were present to sell their food and beverage business. Some of them will be graduating by end of April 2019 under the BIBD Seeds programme and soon, the second batch of entrants will partake in this successful program.
BIBD Home Showcase ends this Sunday. So do drop by BIBD Kiulap later and check out your home needs and also the local vendors participating in the event.
Guest of honour visiting the realtors
Some of BIBD’s Seeds
Ken View pavilion
Awesome range of home deco and interior design by Ken View
An up and coming tuition school, Edu Champ Academic aims to change the way Brunei sees education – one neighbourhood at a time. With affiliated branches in Mentiri, Berakas, and Rimba – and more on the way, the goal is to make quality tuition available to as many corners of the country as possible.
“Our vision is to be a friendly neighbourhood tuition school. I have students from Masin, Serasa and even Tutong! That’s why we try to open in so many places – to make it more convenient for the parents”, said Sumi, one of the founders of Edu Champ Academic who teaches at the Rimba branch.
Founded in 2017, Edu Champ Academic saw the need for accessible and affordable education to the citizens of Brunei. They wanted the opportunity to not only help the students, but also the parents and teachers – by saving funds on transportation fees and reducing class sizes so learning can be more effective.
“We actually wanted to explore up to what extent a tuition school can be developed into. Because in Brunei, a traditional class would be like, 4 classrooms, whiteboard, the teachers come and teach, and that’s it. But actually, it can be something more, or beyond that. With small class sizes, the teachers can focus on individual students better,” stated Wong Teck Sion, who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Edu Champ Academic.
Edu Champ Tuition branch at Mentiri
Tutor giving guidance to a student
Teachers of Edu Champ Academic are also not restricted to one tuition school and are able to move between affiliated tuition branches. This way, students can have their teachers close to them instead of driving long distances for education. In addition, the teachers themselves can choose to take on more classes at different schools, supplementing their income with extra earnings and providing a more stable employment.
“We want to be able to set standards of how tuition schools are being run in Brunei. We want those who are running home tuitions to come out, to use our facilities and teach. We have different visions of trying to establish ourselves as a neighbourhood tuition school. And trying to encourage more people to come in and see tuition as a career. Which means we are moving forward with the MOE agenda,” stated Allen Ang, who plans for the growth and expansion of the tuition school.
For more information on the locations of each branch of Edu Champ, as well as the range of subjects that they offer, visit www.educhampacademic.com or follow their social media accounts at @eca_tuition_school for IG and educhampacademic for FB.
Kids being tuted at Berakas outlet
You can also learn foreign language such as Japanese
Another outlet at Rimba
The management of Aifa Sdn Bhd with Tan Wee How, Product Trainer/In-Store Management, LG Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd (fourth from left) during the LG training workshop yesterday at Aifa Headquarters, Lambak Kanan Industrial Area.
Mr. Andy Lau, Managing Director of Aifa Sdn Bhd, in his opening remarks before the start of the LG training workshop
Yesterday, Aifa Sdn Bhd, a sole distributor for LG, held a training session for the staff to be familiar with the current LG products ranging from washing machines to refrigerators to audio visuals (TVs). The training session was held at Aifa HQ at Lambak Kanan Industrial Area.
Present during the training session were Mr. Andy Lau, Managing Director of Aifa Sdn Bhd and Madam Lily Ngo, General Manager of Aifa Sdn Bhd. Conducting the LG training was Tan Wee How, Product Trainer/In-Store Management, LG Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd. He conducted a day workshop for the staff of Aifa to learn the functions and features of LG products that will be sold in Brunei Darussalam.
Mr. Andy Lau said that LG is one of the top products worldwide and he believes that it’s important for the staff to be aware of the LG products. Otherwise the products will be meaningless to consumers. Hence, training is very important in order for the staff to be fully equipped with the product knowledge and know-how so the consumers can feel more confident on LG products.
The training is normally conducted every one and a half year where the trainer is flown to Brunei as LG keeps introducing newer models/products. Hence training is very necessary.
Mr. Andy hopes that the consumers will enjoy the LG products that Aifa offers. With Hari Raya around the corner, why not invest in LG products? 🙂
For your information, Aifa company is as old as Brunei Darussalam’s National Day.
Also present was Madam Lily Ngo, the General Manager of Aifa Sdn Bhd
One of the most popular products from LG is the refrigerator
LG TWINWash™ and this looks pretty convenient
LG is also known for their TVs. The 4K TVs are gaining steam
Our dinner session with the Aifa Team and a representative from MMW and LG.
Partners Edy Zurina and Aleeya Jane with VIPs during the official launch of As Salwaa Beauty Spa
Edy Zurina was very grateful to her mother, her partners and her team in making this a success
As Salwaa Beauty Spa, is a local Beauty establishment specialising in an all Natural & Organic Treatments for women.
A grand opening event was held at the Yayasan Complex Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah in Bandar Seri Begawan last Sunday
The event was officiated by its founder and General Manager, Ms Edy Zurina Awang. It was also held to appreciate their customers support for As Salwaa Beauty since it online selling days in 2014 to the opening of the original store in 2017 until its relocation in Yayasan Complex which has an enhanced ambience that aims to provide that hint of Luxury and comfort to its customers.
It was made even special with the launch of a Luxurious Oud Based Skincare product, Oud Essentials by Fragrance Du Bois (FDB), born in Nature crafted in France. FDB were represented by Head of Operations Asia, Puan Anita Raphay based in Kuala Lumpur. All VIP guests were delightfully surprised with each getting 1 product from the Luxurious skincare line.
This Luxury brand is currently only available in exclusive stores Internationally such as London Mayfair, Selfridges, Robinsons and Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur. As Salwaa Beauty is honoured to be appointed as the Exclusive Distributor for this Luxurious Brand in Brunei.
With its tagline “Your Beauty, Truly Naturally”, As Salwaa Beauty is a true believer in the benefits of Natural Products and avoids products that contains harmful synthetic chemicals in its ingredients.
Visit their Instagram @assalwaa.beauty.spa to find out more or their soon to be launched website www.assalwaabeauty.com
Puan Anita Raphay, Head of Operations Asia, Fragrance Du Bois (FDB) gave a short speech before the launch
Check out the spa
Relaxing room area
One of the treatment rooms
Dual treatment room
Congratulations to both of you 😀
The size is slightly bigger than before and I love the fact that it’s spicy – KFC Popcorn Chicken
Brace yourselves KFC fans: one of the nation’s most popular KFC products has made a comeback. KFC Brunei is bringing back its iconic Popcorn Chicken by popular demand. This time with a new exciting Hot & Spicy flavour.
Made with 100% real tender, juicy chicken, the KFC Popcorn Chicken returns bigger and better. Every ‘pop’ offers a satisfying crunch with a Hot & Spicy kick, giving you a guaranteed indulgence. Its portable format not only makes for a great on-the-go snack, it also works perfectly as an add-on to complete any of your favourite KFC meals.
“It might have been gone from sight, but never from the hearts and minds of our KFC fans. Many have been asking for this comeback, and we hear you! We are extremely excited to bring back this much awaited iconic KFC Popcorn Chicken, another signature offering that we are truly proud of. Get it before its gone!” said Mr. Ooi, general manager of KFC Brunei.
Enjoy KFC Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken À la carte from only BND 4.40. It is also available in combo with Crispier Fries and Pepsi and box meal which comes with an additional piece of chicken.
KFC Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken is available nationwide at all KFC restaurants from 2 April 2019, while stocks last.
Ruby’s quite impressed with KFC’s Popcorn Chicken
Check out the new Nissan Teana at Boustead showroom
I love how you can start the car remotely within 100 metres
After a few years, Nissan Teana has unveiled its updated, refurbished look and of course, not forgetting its latest features. The Teana finally arrived in Brunei Darussalam last weekend, being showcased at Boustead showroom at Beribi. As you know, Boustead Sdn Bhd is the sole distributor of Nissan in Brunei Darussalam.
It does look sportier compared to the older model. It looks bolder with a slicker front design with the Nissan V motion grille. If you are familiar with the older Teana, the new model is longer and slightly higher too.
Perhaps the best feature is the Remote Start Engine. Maybe the first I’ve seen in Brunei. Basically you can start the engine of Teana remotely within 100 metres, using the Nissan Intelligent Key. This is definitely an advantage for me since I’m always on the move and I can convenient warm up the car’s engine before driving off. I’m pretty sure other competitors will follow suit but for now, Teana has the edge.
There is also the new four-inch 3D Information Display for the convenience of the passenger.
The Nissan Teana is powered by a 2.0 litre engine and has a horsepower of 136 with a maximum torque of 190nm at 4,400rpm.
If you are keen to know of the price or check out the new Nissan Teana, do visit the showroom at Beribi or Kuala Belait.
The interior of Teana
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein in his welcoming remarks on the first day of MSME Festival 2019
The guest of honour with the panel of speakers for MSME Festival 2019
My first impression – Very, very impressed for once. I have seen many local expos in Brunei and this is maybe the right mix of all sorts kinda expo. I’m quite glad that Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) initiated this exhibition known as MSME Festival 2019 (stands for Micro Small Medium Enterprises). The four day event is taking place at the halls at BRIDEX, Jerudong.
It was a nice touch to see more than 200 vendors participating in the first ever Brunei MSME and this will eventually alleviate the presence of their businesses to the consumer ends apart from their presence on the social media platform.
Most of all, I am quite surprised that there are many uprising local vendors that I don’t know such as @ultimatewallet and @lunalid to name a few. Of course, you won’t be leaving the BRIDEX area hungry as there are many eateries to choose from, the biggest group being the food vendors from the BIBD Seed initiative.
If you are still into white rabbit, the local ice-cream vendors such as Rumah Gelato, Kyna, Project Ice-cream and Happy Cream are selling them. Though I wonder if the phenomenon of the White Rabbit has died down a little. My personal favourite is still from Kyna because I prefer solid types and you should try their blackcurrant flavour. Me loves…
I do hope one day the local vendors can expand their horizons out of Brunei. As for now, Brunei’s non-oil related exports only accounts to 3% which is pretty low. I would say we are heading to a right direction and yes, step-by-step, create a good business portfolio, then expand nationally and sustaining the business before pursuing the overseas market.
Oh yea, MSME Festival also has a good line up of forums, local and international speakers, speaking on the topics of entrepreneurship and growth. There are speakers such as Noor Azian Romlan, Director MATRADE, Sabah Regional Office, Pg Mohd Khairi bin Pg Haji Metussin, CEO, Mindplus Edu, Dr Nur Rahman, CEO, Ghanim International Corporation, Fione Tan, CEO, 28Mall.com, Anderson Lim, CEO & Founder, Nimanja, Azri Jumat, CEO & Founder, Rotuku Group of Companies, Christy Ng, CEO & Co-Founder, Christy Ng Shoes and Keeran Janin, CEO & Founder, Avantist Watches.
I would visit Brunei MSME once again before it ends. See it as a localized Consumer Fair kinda of thing. Parking can be a hassle but I would say it’s worth a visit. Do go in the day time or you might be disappointed when food vendors’ food runs out.
The opening ceremony of MSME Festival 2019 was launched by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein.
You can check out MSME Festival 2019 details here.
Do visit Sparks Park at Hall 2, BRIDEX
At Cendana Booth
Check out @lunanid pins 😀
One of the speakers at MSME Festival 2019
Many food vendors
Another forum on the first day in the afternoon
I bought myself a pin from Lunanid
Check out BIBD Seed food vendors
Interesting wallet concept from @ultimatewallet
Oh yea, I have been paying my things at MSME Festival using Progresif Pay
Seng Yee craving’s for Alin’s Legacy
Contact your favourite travel agents to find out more. Win attractive prizes such as air tickets, iPad, TV and luggage bags.
Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn. Bhd., in collaboration with Royal Brunei Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Ranoadidas.com, today (27 March 2019) launched the Sabre Sizzling Fare Promotion 2019. One week air fare promotion runs from 27 th March to 2 nd April 2019.
Attractive fares to destinations serviced by Royal Brunei Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines can be obtained from one of the 23 locations of the 14 participating travel agents.
“During the 2019 Sizzling Fare Promotion, travellers have the opportunity to shop from a wide selection of attractive fares to their favourite travel destinations and run the chance to win attractive prizes, including three return economy class air tickets to Kuching and Taipei sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines, one return economy air ticket to any Singapore Airlines South East Asia destinations sponsored by Singapore Airlines, an Apple iPad Pro 9.7, a 32” television and Exclusive luggage bags,” said Irene Soon, General Manager, Sabre TN Brunei.“We thank our partners; Royal Brunei Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Ranoadidas and travel agents for their support and participation in this promotion”.
Travel agents participating in the 2019 Sabre Sizzling Fare Promotion include: Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, At-Taqwa Travel Tours, Century Travel Centre, Continental Yachting, Dar El Ehsan Travel, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Grace Travel Agency, Halim Tours & Travel, JJ Tour Service, Pan Bright Travel Service, Mas Sugara Travel Services, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.
Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Ali bin Hj Apong addressed a key note speech during the launch of the Culinary School at Laksamana College of Business recently
I liked what the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Ali bin Hj Apong said during his remarks on the launch of the Culinary School at Laksamana College of Business. He said that Brunei need more chefs rather than cooks because chefs can create impact both locally and internationally. I would totally agree on that as being a chef is an entirely different ball game.
I was honoured to witness the official launch of the new Culinary School at Laksamana College of Business and the set up itself was pretty up to standard I must admit. The culinary school has a proper kitchen (see thru concept), preparation area, study area and of course, the dining area to serve the customers.
I could see that LCB has put their sweat and efforts in making the culinary school possible and finally it was officially launched. Being the syllabus coming from City & Guilds, do expect a reputable learning experience for the culinary students guided and facilitated by highly qualified chefs.
I also could see the passion and dedication from the front line (waiters and waitresses), the preparation crew team and the cooking team. They just started the course a few weeks ago and the launch event was their biggest task to date where they served a three course meal to the invited guests at the dining area of the Culinary School.
I was quite pleased to see such establishment and course made available in Brunei and furthermore, with the guidance of the reputable chefs, the students will be able upgrade themselves in the world of culinary.
The Culinary School, one of the first private culinary schools set up in Brunei Darussalam, offers students two City & Guilds culinary programmes: the Level 1 Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking and Level 2 Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking.
The Level 1 Certificate covers all the main elements of food preparation, while the Level 2 Diploma builds on the Level 1 Certificate course.
For more details, you can visit Laksamana College of Business website.
Officiating the launch of the Culinary School by the Minister
The Minister touring the dry kitchen area
The Minister viewing the kitchen area where the food were being cooked and prepared
The dining area
One of the students from the Culinary School preparing the entree for the guests
Another student busy preparing the entree
I love this dish the most. Good texture too.
The finishing touch for the sago
Audi the overall winner in “Best Brands in All Classes”
Audi is the big winner in the Auto Bild “Best Brands in All Classes” reader survey. The four rings won seven individual victories in the quality assessment – and easily took the overall win. Audi also placed first in the design and price/performance categories as well as in the “Reliable Cars” image field. No brand performed better in the core criteria of the image survey, in which over 70,000 readers participated.
Bild readers found that Audi does the best job in terms of quality, design and price/performance. Readers voted the four rings overall brand winner with 55.2 percent approval – ahead of Porsche and Skoda.
No other manufacturer enjoys more trust than Audi when it comes to quality. “We want to consistently delight customers with top quality in the premium segment,” says Michael Neumayer, Head of Audi Quality Assurance. “Auto Bild readers have emphatically confirmed that we have once again succeeded here.”
In the “Best Brands in All Classes” survey, readers of Auto Bild trade magazine rated 38 car brands in 14 vehicle categories. Quality, design and price/performance ratio are considered the core criteria here.
Audi topped the quality ranking in seven categories: compact, midsize, full-size and convertibles up to EUR 50,000, as well as all SUV categories – small, medium and large. The brand chalked up additional individual wins in design in the full-size category and in the price/performance category for convertibles over EUR 50,000. In addition, the “Reliable Cars” category went to the four rings across all classes. The brand thus achieved a total of ten first place finishes – an achievement that continued Audi’s strong finish in the “Best Brands” of 2018.