With the guest of honour from the Ministry of Education and the graduates of Youth Leadership Program. Also in the picture were the management of Sports School and members of UBD Toastmasters Club
The happy faces of the graduates. We really gonna miss them
I witnessed something amazing and rewarding last night. It was the graduation of the Youth Leadership Program facilitated by Pranika Lama who chose Sports School to conduct the seven session workshop to 20 students of Sports School. The module is part of the Toastmasters program and more of an outreach program consisting of one to two hour sessions that will enable participants to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience.
The 20 students were pre-selected by the teachers at Sports School and in this program, they were taught to
• Evaluate present speaking ability
• Organize and give speeches
• Give impromptu talks
• Control voice, vocabulary and gestures
• Give constructive feedback and more
So it was good to see students improving gradually in a space of seven weeks (the program started in February). I remembered that a few of them couldn’t say blurted out a few words or sentences but it was a different story as the weeks progressed. I’m just simply amazed by their growth and I believe this will have a positive impact in their education and also in their lives.
I also noticed how authentic and vulnerable the young students are and they are just no different from us too. Most of them showed their affection towards their families and this is something not are taught in schools especially in high school. This is something I’m happy that Toastmasters International can provide to the youth.
Last night was the graduation ceremony and I was close to tears, witnessing the growth on each of the participants. Parents and teachers were in attendance and they were pretty impressed with what they saw last night too.
A big shout out to Pranika Lama and her team from UBD toastmasters and not forgetting Rozana Yunos the advisor for the YLP. Some of the students craved for more sessions on the second intake of YLP which will happened pretty soon. However, the next batch will be a newer intake of students.
The late Shawn Cassidy Narcis will be proud of this achievement made possible by Pranika Lama and Sports School as they will help elevate the status of toastmasters in Brunei Darussalam.
Congratulations to all the graduates of the YLP and you have certainly made us proud. Keep on going!!!
The elected President of YLP Intake 1 – Syafiq bin Hj Ismail
Explaining the timer role by Md Amir Azri
The table topics session facilitated by Alanise Danishsya
The audience in attendance
Mohd Aniq Iskandar attempting table topics as he preferred a motorbike
He wants to be a famous football player and also a pilot
She shared about regrets
Congratulations Pranika Lama. I am proud!!
The final session before graduation as he shared about the different types of “miss”
This was taken in February, the third session of YLP
The students were already glowing by the third session
Anderson Lim, Managing Director of Nimanja Enterprise, giving a token of appreciation to His Excellency Craig Allen, the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam during the launch of Nimanja.com
His Excellency apparently had browsed their website prior to the launch. How thoughtful of him 🙂
Congratulations to Nimanja, the latest online store for pet products and food. It’s something different that we don’t see everyday in Brunei. We have seen Foodpanda in terms of food delivery. We have seen how QQestore became a phenomenon overtime. Another active online base business is Social Deal. So it’s good to see another one emerging in a different field. I’m pretty sure there is a demand for pet food and being able to order online and being delivered to your doorstep is something of a convenience for pet owners.
The launch of Nimanja.com took place at Radisson Hotel. The guest of honour was His Excellency Craig Allen, the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. Also present were Anderson Lim, Managing Director of Nimanja Enterprise, and his family and regular customers of their products.
His Excellency Craig Allen was of full praises towards Anderson’s initiative and his entrepreneurial spirit. He hope this will inspire more entrepreneurs to take the risk in pursuing their business aspiration.
Congratulations once again to Anderson Lim on the Nimanja.com and it’s never too late or too early to venture into a business. Mind you, Anderson is only 21 years old and he will be graduating from the US this year. We shall meet again in the near future.
Anderson, a former Olympian for Brunei, now aspires to be an entrepreneur
Wafi Diah. Supply Chain Associates of Nimanja Enterprise, delivering a product presentation
See Chung Ting of SnapFeed is also collaborating with Nimanja
The guest of honour with the family behind Nimanja
More than 3,000 products are available on the website
Yang Amat Mulia Hjh Siti Radhiah Binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Sahibul Kahar Pengiran Anak Hj Md Yusof at the Peek-a-Box booth
Guest of honour at @baitalhijaab
The Modest Fashion Network happened last weekend at The Empire Hotel & Country Club and it was organised by Maszalina Events. Launching the event was the guest of honour, Yang Amat Mulia Hjh Siti Radhiah Binti Pengiran Maharaja Lela Sahibul Kahar Pengiran Anak Hj Md Yusof.
There were vendors such as MODVIER, Peek-a-Box, Bajoo, Naforrer and many more that were involved during the 3 day event. There was also the OOTD search winner organised by @ootdbrunei which took place on the final day of the event. @ootdbrunei also launched their brand as one of the highlights of the show. Congratulations.
Jovian Mandagie was in town and he was invited as the chief judge in Modest Fashion Network search winner (for the vendors). The winner was @baitalhijaab who won a sponsorship worth more than BND 15,000 at the Asia Islamic Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur.
The winner of the BND 15,000 sponsorship to Asia Islamic Fashion Week in Kuala Lumpur – @baitalhijaab
The launch of the @ootdbrunei brand
Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the Ministry of Finance led the briefing at Tutong yesterday
eidi Farah Sia binti Abdul Rahman, Acting Assistant Director at the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) advised the public to play a part to complain if there’s abuse of prices at supermarkets
Education is the most important in creating more awareness for the upcoming Import and Excise Duties that will be imposed by 1st April 2017. Apparently the previous taxation act on products have remained unchanged since 2006. So this is something new for the residents of Brunei Darussalam to be aware of and awareness campaign is one of the tools to get the message across.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) have been busy making their rounds in different districts in creating more awareness of the new import and excise duties. Today was their final roadshow which was held in Temburong. I was fortunate enough to visit their roadshow in Tutong.
Present during the briefing was Ahmaddin bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Permanent Secretary (Performance) at the Ministry of Finance; Mu’inuddin Chin Bin Mohammad Abdur Rahman, Acting Controller of Customs and Excise, Heidi Farah Sia binti Abdul Rahman, Acting Assistant Director at the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE); Haji Zakaria bin Haji Kamis from the Health Promotion Centre at the Ministry of Health (MoH), and Abdul Khaliq bin Haji Lokman from the Department of Environment, Park and Recreation.
This is a great start among the relevant agencies to get the word out before it creates confusion among the public.
The interesting will be sugared drinks especially soft drinks. Apparently not all soft drinks or fizzy drinks will be affected by the new tax system. It can get quite technical. For instance, it was mentioned that drinks with high sugar content of six grammes per 100 ml and above will be taxed at $4 per deca litre starting April 1. This means that a can of soft drink will cost 13 cents more. If the sugar content is below six grammes per 100 ml, no tax will be imposed.
Isotonic drinks will not fall in these categories as the sugar content is lower than six grammes per 100 ml. Milo drinks will be affected if I’m not mistaken. I’m still not sure about drinks such as Coke, Pepsi, Fanta and so on. I shall be making my rounds, asking those working in JPKE, to confirm on certain drinks that will be taxed.
Another item that I was thinking of was Maggi.. Yes, my all time favourite comfort food. Well, why I brought it up is because Maggi contains MSG which stands for Monosodium Glutamate. So would this mean Maggi prices will go up if the rules apply for MSG related products which are taxed at 30%. All these are to be confirmed pretty soon and I will share the data once everything is concrete.
Haji Zakaria bin Haji Kamis from the Health Promotion Centre at the Ministry of Health (MoH) sharing the dangers of sugar intake especially from the kids
The statistics don’t look favourable indeed
Ali Bin Hj Awg Matussin, Assistant Director of Land Transport Department, Ministry of Communications, speaking of the dangers of rethreading and used tyres. Apparently new tyres will enjoy a reduction from 20% to 5% on excise duties. Cool. The excise duties for reused tyres will remain at 15%.
During the briefing, the Permanent Secretary said the objectives of the amendments to the customs import and excise duties are to streamline the tax structure in the country which will be able to support key objectives such as to enhance the competitiveness of business and investment climate in the country as well as to fulfil certain commitments under the free trade agreements (FTAs) with several countries either on a bilateral or multi-lateral basis.
The restructuring of the import and excise duties also focuses on specific products with the purpose of meeting certain objectives such as reducing the cost of living for specific groups, bringing down the prices of certain goods to encourage their usage and at the same time controlling the use of certain products to improve the health and well-being of citizens and residents in the country, he added.
In a way, these are great initiatives from the Brunei Government and it will definitely improve the lifestyle, more like the healthy lifestyle of Bruneians around. I’m still alarmed that Brunei has an issue with obesity and over-weights among teenagers. Let’s hope with the new imposed duties, we will be able educate parents and adults on the danger of sugar related products in drinks and anything consumable that may be dangerous for teenagers in a long run.
I shall be blogging more on the particular products that will be affected by the new custom tax structure. Do see this as a positive note as this is also vital to the growth of the local economy and increasing the government revenue rather than relying on oil and gas for revenue.
The attendance yesterday at Tutong
The brochure giving info for the new custom and excise duties
Now will maggi fall in this category?
Maggi won’t be as cheap anymore if maggi will be taxed
The roadshow in Temburong earleir today (Wednesday)
The team that has been quite busy making their rounds at different districts to increase awareness on the new tax structure. Keep up the great work!!
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman stressed on ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future for the present and the next generation, added that the next generation is the next best hope in securing a favourable future on this planet.
Her Royal Highness in her sabda at the opening ceremony of the 13th International School Brunei (ISB) Borneo Global Issues Conference (BGIC) at the International Convention Centre (ICC), said to realise the full potential of the next generation, we need to invest in them.
“We need to further increase their awareness of the problems the world will face and equip them with the tools to solve them. We need to constantly build up their capacity. Education is more than what we receive in a classroom. Events like the BGIC refine the other important life skills that include communication, persuasion, negotiation, networking and character development,” Her Royal Highness said.
“In particular, I hope that the students’ active participation in the format of a model United Nations conference can allow them to take the perspective of world leaders and inculcate in themselves a strong understanding of how debate, negotiation, protocol, mutual understanding and compromise can slowly but surely advance the causes that they care about,” she added.
“We need to give today’s youths more platforms like BGIC to let them act according to their conscience and sense of responsibility,” Her Royal Highness added.
It can be a catastrophe if the objectives of ending global poverty and inequality are not met. Her Royal Highness also touched on climate change that has impacted public health, the environment, food and water security, migration, peace and security.
Her Royal Highness reminded us the quote by the former UN Secretary-General famously stated, “There is no Plan B, because there is no planet B.”
I can’t believe this is the 13th edition of the BGIC. I used to be involved as a social media partner in helping creating awareness of what happens during BGIC and I have to salute the team and organiser behind the BGIC project. It’s never an easy feat to pull off a huge event and kudos to all of them.
The ISB Borneo Global Issue Conference (ISB BGIC) is an annual student led model UN conference where participants represent various countries, addressing their views on current and real world issues among their peers. The conference is an initiative aimed at the expansion of students’ understanding of global citizenship and improving public speaking and negotiation skills. The four day event came to a close yesterday at International Convention Centre.
It also good to see the involvement of different local schools in this project. Over 150 students from 21 schools were involved and this is a great platform for them to learn to negotiate and create resolutions between one another.
BGIC also had three keynote speakers – Kenny Peavy, Dr (Hon) Wong Siew Te and Karan Jerath.
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I’m happy that I finally visited the Garmin store in Kiulap and got myself the Garmin Vivoactive HR
Many interesting features to like about on the Garmin Vivoactive HR
Garmin Vivoactive HR. Most of my friends would know that I’m not a watch person. I stopped wearing watches for quite some time as I’m don’t feel that comfortable wearing them. Then I started to be interested in wearing one as I was an active jogger and needed some thing to time my pace while I ran. So Garmin was the best bet for me. I burnt a big hole in my pocket as I went for the cream of the crop Garmin line. This was back in 2012 when I was quite active in jogging then. However, it didn’t take me that long to shelve my Garmin watch when I lost my desire to jog.
Fast forward to 2017, I found a new love for Garmin especially the Vivoactive HR model. So many things that I love about it. First of all, it’s light and it’s not as heavy as my previous Garmin watch (can’t really remember the model number).
The Vivoactive HR in some ways made me more efficient or even more active in my daily steps. I have yet to try other functions as I was more into checking my heart rate and most of all my steps. This is for me is the best model Garmin that will suit my every day usage. I tend to walk more and do sports such as tennis and badminton. Of course, I will cover more steps whenever I play badminton or tennis and these numbers will be show a significant increase on the Vivoactive HR.
It also tells you the floors you climb which is pretty cool. This watch is also a good tool to remind you if you are sitting too long or not doing any activity. It will vibrate vigorously so you get off your butt. So it’s a good reminder for me especially if I sit down too long in front of the computer.
The Heart Rate Monitor on the VIvoactive HR is pretty efficient. Of course, it’s not as accurate as the chest strap but it’s still a good indication for reading the heart beat especially during your exercises.
It also gives notification on the watch if you synced using bluetooth. So I would know who send messages on whatsapp or any social media alerts such as Instagram and Facebook. This is a handy watch indeed and I will be wearing this more than my previous Garmin watch.
With the recent announcement during the Legco Legislative session, watches and its accessories will taxed accordingly and up to 10%. This will definitely affect many watch dealers in Brunei and the reason for this taxation is that watches are considered luxurious items and hence, the Brunei Government see it fit that watches should be taxed accordingly. The previous tax was 5%. It is not known yet if Garmin Store in Brunei will increase their retail price with the new information given. We shall wait and see.
Anyway, the watch is now available at Garmin flagship store at Setia Kenangan II, Kiulap. The Vivoactive HR is my recommendation and the price itself is quite reasonable.
HR Monitor rate can be measured through the Vivoactive HR. Though it’s not as accurate but it’s the next best thing on your wrist
My social media updates popping up on the Vivoactive HR
Using my Garmin to good use during my tennis session yesterday
My steps yesterday and most of them are taken by my tennis workout
Last January, Garmin store was officially open with the presence of His Excellency Craig Allen, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam
The family and relatives during the opening of Garmin
Do shop at Garmin store in Kiulap
My first Garmin watch that I bought back in 2012
The new PEUGEOT 3008 was named the 2017 Car of the Year
The new PEUGEOT 3008 was named the 2017 Car of the Year on Monday 6 March in Geneva by a judging panel comprising 58 European journalists. The judging panel acclaimed its style, interior design and performance. This prestigious trophy joins the twenty other prizes the new PEUGEOT 3008 has already won. The vehicle is the fifth PEUGEOT to win Car of the Year and the first SUV honoured in the history of the COTY prize.
Car of the Year 2017: the new Peugeot 3008 SUV arrived right on time! It appeals to choosy customers who want to stand out and have new experiences, aiming to become a major contender in the compact SUV category. The new PEUGEOT 3008 offers a unique blend of style, comfort and road handling. The spectacular PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is state of the art and gives new meaning to being in the driver’s seat. It offers a more intuitive and intense driving experience, with a compact steering wheel, 12.3” head-up display and central capacitive touchscreen console with ergonomic piano keys to top it all off. The new PEUGEOT 3008 also offers a number of driving aids and other high-tech equipment, as well as seamless connectivity.
Nearly 100,000 customers have already placed orders in Europe. 84% chose Allure, GT Line or GT finish, contributing to an upgrade of the Lion brand. Manufactured in Sochaux, it received the Origine France Garantie (made in France) label.
PEUGEOT has received the prize for Car of the Year for the second time in three years. The new PEUGEOT 3008 IS the first SUV winner since the creation of the trophy in 1964. It is also the fifth PEUGEOT vehicle named Car of the Year, following the 308 in 2014, the 307 in 2002, the 405 in 1988 and the 504 in 1969.
The Car of the Year prize is awarded by a judging panel comprising 58 experienced journalists from 22 countries. Thirty models have been competing since early 2016. On 6 March 2017, on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, the new PEUGEOT 3008 won over the panel in the final vote.
“I am particularly proud and very pleased that the new PEUGEOT 3008 has just won the 2017 Car of the Year prize. This trophy is the culmination of five years of incredible work by the brand’s teams and our group.” Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of the PEUGEOT brand.
In celebration of Women’s International Day, four women from various industry and career background will come on stage to deliver their talk at the Womenpreneur Talk event happening at the Ground Floor of the Sentral Shopping Centre (KBSentral) in Kuala Belait this coming Saturday, 11th March 2017 starting 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Organised by KBSentral’s Event Management Team (EMT), the event will be attended by students from various schools in Belait District, members from youth associations as well as members from the women’s associations such as PERTIWI to name a few.
In following the theme of this year’s celebration which is Be Bold for Change, the four speakers namely Fatin Arifin, Monasalieana HMS, Liyana Zakaria and Safa Omera Nazihah will each spend 10 minutes delivering their motivational speech on becoming brave in making changes in their lives for a better future. Each will tell their stories of big courage, deep passion in their interest and their ultimate willingness to push forward.
“It’s all about making a big impact in the audiences’ lives, and it is with my hope that these four speakers, all from various background in entertainment, business, sport and career-wise will help young women to realize their potentials,” Ahmad Anwar Rosly, KBSentral’s Marketing and Event Manager.
The aim towards the audience is to influence, interact and inspire them to take a step forward, he added.
“We believe young women nowadays can strive further in their career and passion onto a larger scale, learn to push the limit and aim for the sky so to speak,” he further stated.
The Marketing and Event Manager is extending the invitation to everyone who are interested to attend the talk, which is mainly inspired by the concept of TedTalk.
For further information, please call 3339889 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Safa Omera Nazihah
Liyana Zakaria (far right)
Fatin Arifin (middle)
It’s going to be another month of music at Brunei’s premier entertainment destination. Join us for the JP Music Scene Fiesta on Saturday March 11th at JP Amphitheatre.
It’ll be the perfect place to catch Brunei’s brightest talents. For only $2 you can watch Hill Zaini, Raudhah & Ainul, Syafiq Abdillah, FN Duo and Juan Madial. To cap off a stellar line up there’s a full instrumental band showcase performed by a band called Transtate. Performances starts at 8pm, and you can get your tickets from Gate 8 at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.
Look out for our March promotions! Do follow us on social media @jerudongpark to know more about our offers. Visit jerudongpark.com to book tickets online.
Awang Budiman is in the house
The police band
The Brunei DPMM MatchDay Magazine Carnival 2017 launched yesterday at the parking lot of the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium and the guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Retired) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also present were Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Roselan bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Excellency Mr Lim Hong Huai, The High Commissioner of Singapore to Brunei Darussalam.
The Brunei DPMM MatchDay Magazine Carnival 2017 is made possible by a very successful cooperation, that is, between the Management of Brunei DPMM FC, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Home Affairs, A.K.K Design as Event Organiser and Living Moments Brunei as Event Manager.
There were welcoming remarks by Sazali Mohd Ariff, Chief Executive, A•K•K Design and Noor Rohaya Arun, General Manager of Living Moments Brunei before the guest of honour officiated the opeening.
What can you expect from the 3 day carnival?
• Meet and Greet Session with 2017 Brunei DPMM FC Team;
• UBD versus UTB Street Soccer Challenge;
• Motivational Talk and Forum at the Stadium’s theaterette (Saturday morning)
• Projek Ikan Pusu Football Clinic ;
• Human Foosball;
• The much anticipated ‘Football Commentary’ competition (great prize money too);
• Foot Darts which is possibly one of the first in the region;
• Sports Quiz which is based on the exhibits in the Sports Gallery;
• photographic opportunities with the mascot Awang Budiman.
There are also participating stalls and vendors during the 3 day event (Ends tomorrow, Sunday). Do drop by their event and show some support 😀
The guest of honour touring the Matchday Carnival 2017 and this is Weekend Warriors booth
Brunei Press booth
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Magnum is also available
Checking out the football commentary contest
DPMM FC merchandise
This will be a big hit among the public