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New sports complex at JIS

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in education, Social News, Sports

 


Yang Mulia Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) of Ministry of Education handing over mock key to Mr Barnaby Sandow, Principal of Jerudong International School for the new Sport Complex last Wednesday
 


Mr Barnaby Sandow in his welcoming remarks before the hand over
 

The Board of Directors and Principal of Jerudong International School (JIS) held a “Handover Key Ceremony” of the new Sports Complex designed by local architects, EcoBumi on Wednesday, 15th February.

The guest of honour was Yang Mulia Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) of Ministry of Education. Other distinguished guests included guests from the Ministry of Education, Darussalam Assets and the Board of Directors of Jerudong International School. For your info, JIS is now under Darussalam Assets.

The ceremony started with the recital of surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat by Cikgu Mohammad Norisham bin Hj Kamis followed by opening remarks by Mr Barnaby Sandow, Principal of JIS. “The new Sports Complex provides JIS students with further opportunities to be the best that they can be. We look forward to welcoming the Bruneian community at our community sports events in the future too.”

Following the ceremony, the guest of honour and distinguished guests were given a guided tour of the newly established sports complex. The key features of the new sports complex are the two large indoor multi-purpose courts, an indoor 8-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a fitness suite and 2 classrooms. The excellent indoor multi-purpose courts will facilitate students to be able to do team sports such as Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, 5 a-side Football and other court games.

Director of Sports, Chris McGeorge raised that, “students have missed at least 50 hours from PE time in the past academic year due to poor weather conditions such as lightning and now with our new indoor facilities we are able to run PE classes smoothly despite any bad weather we may encounter.”

Located near JIS’ Boarding houses, Ugama block and the current V-Block sports field, the new Sports Complex is a wonderful addition to the facilities at Jerudong International School.

 

 


The 8 lane 25 meter swimming pool
 


It also has a security code (lock) to enter
 

 


The guests having a tour around the Sports Complex
 


The multipurpose sports hall and they were training indoor tennis then. Cool 😀
 


Guest of honour with associates from Darussalam Assets touring the premise
 


This is another sports hall
 

 

Baiduri hosts CNY celebration

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The representatives from the respective schools receiving donation from Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, during the CNY Open House hosted by Baiduri Bank Group at The Empire Hotel & Country Club
 

Chinese New Year might be over but the celebration in terms of Open Houses are still around. Few days ago, I attended a few and one of them is Baiduri Bank Group which was hosted at The Empire Hotel & Country Club in conjunction with the Year of the Rooster.

Present was Pierre Imhof, sporting a traditional chinese attire for the CNY Open House. The Chung Hwa Middle School performed another stunning drum performance.

It was a cheerful moment when the under privileged students received donations from Baiduri Bank Group. The recipients were from CHMS, Chung Hwa Kidding, St. Andrew’s School and St. George’s school.

Thank you once again, Baiduri, for the invitation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Challenges

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Stand a chance to win this book
 

Enrich your life with #VorsprungdurchTechnik and tag a friend in the comments from @audibrunei post (based on the video below) for a chance to win The Book of Challenges! It’s 45 pages of Audi innovation that packs in even more than what you see in this video. 7 winners will be randomly selected by lucky draw when the giveaway ends next Thursday (23rd February 2017). #quattroThursdays

 

 

Tag and comment on the IG post and stand a chance to win a 45 page book of Audi innovation

 

Brunei Gastronomy Week

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in lifestyle, Social News

 

 

I attended the launch of the Brunei Gastronomy Week held at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism building yesterday. It was launched by Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong, the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism.

Now what can you expect during Brunei Gastronomy Week which will run from 22nd to 26th February? Selected cafes and restaurants will introduce local cuisines in a more modernized and sophisticated way. I managed to view and did some tasting on the samples given yesterday after the launch. There’s something definitely to look forward to next week.

The Brunei Gastronomy Week is an initiative by the Brunei Tourism Board under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and also coinciding with the upcoming 33rd National Day celebrations. They have collaborated with local cafes and restaurants and even Royal Brunei Airlines.

There were dishes such as the Bamboo Chicken, Acar Buah-Buahan, Sup Kembayau, Sup Tahai, Nasi Katok, Soto Brunei and many more.

On 23rd February, Royal Brunei Airlines will be serving local cuisines in all regional flights and the travel agents will work closely to help to promote to their passengers who will be visiting Brunei Darussalam.

 

 


The Guest of honour with the board members, general managers and chefs
 


The Guest of honour with the general managers and chefs
 


The Guest of honour with chefs
 


Royal Brunei Catering is one of the participants of the Brunei Gastronomy Week
 


Urbn Kitchen is also one of the participants of the Brunei Gastronomy Week
 

The Brunei Gastronomy Week will also be judged based on the given criteria to give incentives to the participating restaurants and cafes. The judges will make their rounds and sample the dishes served and the winners will be announced at the Tourism Industry Award ceremony in April.

This is a very good initiative by Brunei Tourism Board and this will help to create more awareness on local cuisines and also promoting the restaurants and cafes as well as improving the quality of the dishes.

The Brunei Gastronomy Week is a way to celebrate and create awareness on Bruneian cuisine, a way to encourage more hotels and restaurants to serve Bruneian cuisine in a more sophisticated way, to improve on the state and elevate the presentation of Bruneian dishes that be part of a fine dining experience and it’s a way to provide a unique Bruneian gastronomical experience to visitors within and outside Brunei.

 

 


The Deconstruct Nasi Katok
 


The Minister touring and sampling food for the Brunei Gastronomy Week
 


Representing Royal Brunei Airlines
 


Kolo Mee with prawn from My Town Cafe
 

Epson on the rise

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in gadget, Social News

 


Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer with Mr. Shimizu Tomoya, Epson Country Manager (Malaysia), Mr. Eric Tang, Epson Sales Manager, Retail Division (Malaysia), Alice Chan, Finance Controller of Concepts Group with associates of Concepts Computer during the launch of the new Epson printer earlier this morning
 

Today, Epson, a top printer-maker for the last 10 years, with the help of Concepts Computer, will be launching the latest printers from Epson in Brunei, a multi-function A3 printer with a continuous ink tank system in the form of the Epson L1455; it can print, scan, copy and fax with a total print-out of up to 10,000 pages total, and in duplex mode as well, making the Epson L1455 perfect for SMEs and even large corporate offices.

With the launch, Epson and Concepts Computer will be expanding its market-leading range to offer even wider selections, allowing schools, businesses or professional users to choose the most suitable model for their needs and take business printing beyond ordinary volumes to an extraordinary amount of pages.

A3-sized printing provides users with more creative and flexible options for all business printing needs, and gives the ability to go beyond normal limits of A4-sized printing. A3 printing will also make it easier to print larger and clearer architectural plans, spreadsheets, diagrams and charts, bringing out maximum clarity and details in your print-outs, making it easier to submit official government submissions as the need arises. A3 printing will also create greater visual impact when creating posters, newsletters and marketing materials when printed full from edge to edge. Add to this the value of a first party continuous ink tank system, A3 printing would now be easier and cheaper, making it a valuable, economical tool for those with large printing needs.

The first of it’s kind, on offer from any Printing Solutions provider; Epson will be unveiling the first duplex A3-sized multi-function printer with an external refillable ink tank which has not been tampered with by a third party. It will be the first printer with an affordable consumables solution through first party refillable continuous ink tanks. The Epson continuous ink tank printer will utilize Epson’s proven Ink Tank System to deliver reliable printing with unrivaled economical costs. It will also feature Epson’s fast ink top-up technology for easy mess-free refills; special tubes in the printer will ensure smooth and reliable ink flow at all times.

 

 


Vincent Pao delivering his welcoming remarks
 


An interesting invidual, Mr. Shimizu Tomoya, who hails from Japan but currently based in Jakarta, taking care of Indonesia and Malaysia market. He spoke how Epson continues to be innovative and investing more into R&D
 


A token of appreciation to Mr. Shimizu Tomoya
 


Eric Tang making his yearly visit to Brunei and presented product knowledge on the Epson L1455 printer
 

The new A3-sized Epson L1455 printer will be available for $1,318. It will utilize the standard Epson 644 colour inks but the Epson L1455 will also utilize the water resistant blank ink Epson 7741, which will make the black print outs be more versatile. Each of its colour consumables will be available for $10 per bottle for the Epson 664 series bottle inks, and $28 for the water resistant black Epson 7741 bottle ink; making the Epson L1455 one of the cheapest upkeep for any A3-sized printer available in the market and perfect for business use.

As you know that Epson has been a popular product and gaining more product awareness since it’s inception in the Brunei market in 2010. This has been the popular choice among students and businesses due to its cost effective measures and also its quality. I also learnt from today’s sharing that Epson invested heavily in R&D to further embed new technology into Epson products. It’s no surprise that Epson is among the Top 10 in Japan for its patent and registration.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, said, ”Concepts Computer puts a lot of worth in value and we believe that this new printer model on offer from Epson will be valuable to businesses and most corporate users not only in terms of monetary value, that is cost-saving, but also in terms of value in usage, that is print quality and product quality, making them great tools for any IT-centric usage.”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, added, “Third party modifications of printers is one of the main concerns for Printing Solution providers right now, as it affects print quality, machine durability and is sometimes toxic especially with the usage of unknown refillable inks, which is why Epson is trying to curb this problem by putting a lot of effort into research and development to come up with a larger range of continuous ink tank printing solutions”.

Also present during the launch was Epson Country Manager (Malaysia) Mr. Shimizu Tomoya, and Mr. Eric Tang, Epson Sales Manager, Retail Division (Malaysia).

For more information, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2233552/2233553.

 

 


The new A3-sized Epson L1455 printer will be available for $1,318 and it’s a multi function purpose. Now available at Concepts Computer
 


The inks for Epson
 


Product demo to the resellers in Brunei
 

Ustaz Don Daniyal in Brunei

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Ustaz Don Daniyal bin Don Biyajid of KUISCELL Sendirian Berhad (Malaysia) with Awang Haji Khairul Nazif bin Haji Damit, Assistant Lecturer Usuluddin Faculty, University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) at the Ceramah Perdana at Indoor Stadium last Friday
 

Last Friday evening, Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei welcomed over 6,000 guests to the Indoor Stadium National Sports Complex Hassanal Bolkiah in Berakas for a Ceramah Perdana entitled “Jutawan Akhirat”, an event organized in conjunction with TAIB 25th Anniversary.

The premier talk was delivered by an invited speaker from Malaysia, Ustaz Don Daniyal bin Don Biyajid of KUISCELL Sendirian Berhad (Malaysia) and moderated by Awang Haji Khairul Nazif bin Haji Damit, Assistant Lecturer Usuluddin Faculty, University Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA).

During the talk, Ustaz Don Daniyal spoke about the various aspects that could lead a person to become “Jutawan Akhirat”. He added Islam is a pure religion that is not concerned with property and wealth, and a person’s wealth until he becomes a millionaire is not viewed from his accumulated assets but how noble the heart is.

The Prophet Muhammad S.A.W is an example that needs to be emulated. The Prophet has been involved in business since the age of 12 years old. According to Ustaz Don Daniyal, the experience and knowledge acquired by the Prophet for over 20 years as a businessman was able to attract communities in Mekah when the Prophet delivered his teachings. He added that to become a millionaire in the hereafter, one should educate oneself with a good personality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier on Friday morning, Kuliah Subuh with Ustaz Don Daniyal entitled “Hutang dan Rezki” was also organized by Perbadanan TAIB in commemoration of its Silver Jubilee. The event was held Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Kampong Kiarong. Among the content of Kuliah Subuh was the greatness that Subuh prayer could bring to a person which is rezeki.

On the following Saturday morning, 11th February 2017, Ustaz Don Daniyal was invited to deliver a special talk entitled “Iman, Cinta dan Ikhlas” which means Faith, Love and Piety at the Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA). The special session was organized by Perbadanan TAIB with the support of UNISSA Student Welfare Committee.

During the talk, Ustaz Don Daniyal highlighted the Greatness of Al-Quran and its miracles. He touched on the strength and virtues of reading Al-Quran, saying it should be read properly, accurately with complete focus of humility. Most importantly the verses should also be understood for desired spiritual effect.
He added Prophet Muhammad S.A.W said that Muslims should read Al-Quran and teach it to the children because the Holy Book contain laws and rules as well as teachings, covering believe in Allah the Almighty, morality, life and other lessons that could stir repentance and strengthen iman or faith.

In attendance at the special session were Dr. Haji Awang Mohammed Hussain bin Pehin Penyurat Haji Awang Ahmad, Deputy Rector of UNISSA, students of the university and officers of Perbadanan Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB). Images by Haqimie.

 

 


Ustaz Don Daniyal giving a ceremah during Kuliah Subuh entitled “Hutang dan Rezki” at Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque last Friday
 

 

 

CNY at KB Sentral

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Chin Tze Yuan, the President of the Hakka Association with Anwar Rosli, the event manager of KB Sentral and organiser of the event at KB Sentral last weekend
 

 


 Yee Sang pose
 

A Chinese Culture Week was organised and hosted by KB Sentral Event Management at KB Sentral Shopping Centre. Present as the guest of honour was Chin Tze Yuan, the President of the Hakka Association last weekend.

It was a celebration in conjunction with the recent Chinese New Year. According to Anwar Rosli, the event manager and organiser of the event, yesterday’s celebration showcased the richness of Chinese culture and celebrates the diversity of the many cultures in Brunei.

There were performances by Chung Hwa Middle School in Kuala Belait, such as Wushu (martial arts), drum performance and Chinese cultural dance. Yes, we do have talents among our locals.

Along the way, they had numerous activities such as cooking demo, orange eating competition and colouring activities. There was also Angpow or red packets and oranges giveaway as part of the activity at the atrium of Sentral Shopping Centre for all our customers in light of the ongoing festive spirit!

At the end of the event, the guest of honour and staff of KB Sentral took part in the tossing of ‘Yee Sang’ (prosperity toss) as a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigour for the year of the rooster.

To all shoppers at KB Sentral can join in on their Monthly and Lucky Draw campaign and there will be their February Monthly Lucky draw which a PS4 console game is up for grab as the grand prize will be held here on the 26th February at 4pm while the next Grand Lucky Draw with a bungalow house as the grand prize will be held on July 9th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

The buzzing pasar

Written by Rano Iskandar on . Posted in lifestyle, food

 


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made a surprise visit the day after the official launch. It was a great gesture by His Majesty the Sultan and unlike other countries, our Sultan loves to connect with the people of Brunei, up close and personal. Image courtesy of @queennajmina
 

After many shifting and relocating, this looks to be a permanent spot for Pasar Gadong or what they call “Pasar Pelbagai Barangan Gadong”. Yea, it’s kinda of a long name but many of us are used to Pasar Gadong.

You will be surprised to how much the vendors are now paying as compared to before. Previously they will fork out as much as $300 to $400 per month. Now with a better set up and proper facilities, the vendors are only paying less than $40 per month which is a real steal.

The new facilities is a gift from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

These have been an ongoing problem for the market vendors since last year due to the reallocation. Hence now the problem have been solved with the support and involvement of the Brunei Government.

It has a proper shelter, high roofing, spacious and well built. I believe LSL contributed in this project (from what I heard). Perhaps there was one minor thing and that’s the smoking vents. I’m not sure if it’s working or not but some parts were smokey. Well, it’s just a minor thing but I hope it can be looked into.

It was great to know that some entrepreneurs were given micro-credit from DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) where they received finance to help move their businesses.

It was also a great sight to see His Majesty the Sultan making a surprise visit at the newly established Pasar Pelbagai Barangan and toured the premises. His Majesty was the favourite among the crowd where selfies became a common thing. Sellers and vendors also took the opportunity to thank His Majesty in person.

The Pasar Pelbagai Barangan was officially launched last week by Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The refurbishment of the market was done under the Julangan Titah Project, an initiative of the Office of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

Let’s hope this will boost the economy for Brunei and make this one of the attractions for foreigners and tourists alike. I’ve already been there twice and I’m impressed. Just make sure we keep the place nice and clean and be grateful to His Majesty the Sultan in providing such facilities for vendors.

 


Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Cabinet Ministers, members of Legislative Council and senior government officials attended the official opening last week
 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) during the launch< /strong>
 


One of the recipients of the micro credit scheme
 


The attendees during the launch
 

 


One of the vendors at Pasar Pelbagai Barangan
 


I kinda like this churros
 


Vendors enjoying brisk business during the first few days of operations
 


Jaymee hunting for apam
 

 


I love the high ceiling and the structure of the pasar
 


It’s the durian season
 


Cakoi anyone?
 


Quite a crowd especially during night time
 

 

Award for Peugeot 3008

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The new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV featuring the latest generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®
 

Press release. The new PEUGEOT 3008 has won the Grand Prix award for best interior of 2016 at the 32nd International Automobile Festival. Gilles Vidal, Head of Styling at PEUGEOT, received the trophy at the ceremony which took place on 31 January at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris.

The Grand Prix award for best interior of the year is the seventeenth award won by the new PEUGEOT 3008. Since its launch in mid-October 2016, more than 60,000 customers world-wide have already admired its interior design.

The passenger compartment of the the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV is unique, featuring the latest generation PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®. It comes with a compact steering wheel and a 12 inch “heads-up” digital display as standard. Beneath a large touch screen, intuitive piano-key toggle switches give easy access to the main control functions. The new PEUGEOT i-Cockpit® is the hallmark of the brand’s more recent creations. With its advanced technology, it sets new standards in cockpit design.

“The interior design of the new PEUGEOT 3008 SUV strikes a balance between the technology of digital displays and the natural oak or fabric. The cockpit can be customised to suit the driver’s needs with configurable ambience and graphics.” Gilles Vidal, Head of Styling at PEUGEOT.

Each year the International Automobile Festival rewards the most attractive automotive designs. The architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte leads a jury of experts drawn from the worlds of automobile, fashion, culture and design.

Stay tuned to more exciting news and offers.

 

 

 

Megadeth Live in Malaysia

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One of the world’s top heavy metal bands credited with popularizing the genre, Megadeth, is finally coming to Malaysia!

After a much-anticipated wait, Megadeth’s debut performance in Kuala Lumpur – organised by IME Malaysia – will see the band rock Stadium Negara on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at 8pm.

Founded in 1983, Megadeth virtually gave birth to a genre when their debut release became recognized as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time.

“Kuala Lumpur is somewhere I’ve always wanted to hit when we’ve been trekking through Asia,” co-founder and front man Dave Mustaine was quoted saying in an interview recently. “They’re going to let us bring our brand of metal music, it’s really rewarding,” he added.

The tour is in support of their latest album Dystopia, their first album in 3 years and their fifteenth album to date. Rock critics and fans around the world are hailing Dystopia as a triumphant return from one of the most important bands in the scene.

The album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance of 2017. With 49,000 units sold in its first week of release, Dystopia took the no. 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart alongside Adele and Justin Bieber. It’s the highest charting album for the band since 1992’s Countdown to Extinction which peaked at No. 2 on the chart. Dystopia was listed as one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone magazine.

The current Megadeth line up comprises of Dave Mustaine on vocals and guitar, David Ellefson on bass, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. For the past 3 decades, Megadeth has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 12 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums.

Tickets to Megadeth Live in Malaysia are priced at RM428 (Deth Pitt Zone, Free Standing), RM388 (VIP, Numbered Seat), RM358 (Rock Zone, Free Standing), RM288 (CAT1, Numbered Seat) and RM198 (CAT2, Free Seating). Tickets are available via TicketCharge online at www.ticketcharge.com.my or the hotline +603-92228811 starting from 10th February 2017, 11:00am onwards. Fans also can purchase ticket at selected outlets for Speedy video, Victoria Music, Rock Corner, Chambers Music, PJ Live Arts, information counter at The Mines shopping mall and 1 Shamelin. Outstation outlets such as Eden Ultimate (Kuantan) and Blonde Brunette (Penang). All ticket prices are inclusive of 6% GST but exclusive of RM4 processing fee.

For the latest updates on the event, visit @IMEAsia on Facebook, @IME_Asia on Instagram, @IMEProduction on Twitter, or @IMEProductions on WeChat.

 

 


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