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Heart felt event last week


Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education with the 65 recipients of the BIBD’s ALAF at Jerudong Riding and Polo Club. Image courtesy of Hanisham.

Last week, BIBD handed over the ALAF scholarships to the first batch of sixty-five recipients for BIBD’s ALAF (Advocating Life-long Learning for an Aspiring Future) programme at the Royal Berkshire Hall, Jerudong Riding and Polo Club. This was a follow up event to the agreements signed between the recipients and BIBD. I have to admit it was an emotional moment for me to see the students receiving these special gift - education - as I believe education to be one of the most important journeys of our lives.

Present as the guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Education, who consented to present the scholarships to the selected recipients. Also present at the award ceremony was Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad, BIBD Managing Director, as well as Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Directors, Head of Departments from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs, along with members of the BIBD Board of Directors, Shariah Advisory Body and BIBD management.

The event started with the recital of the Al-Fatihah, which was followed by welcoming remarks by Yang Mulia Pg Hajah Sarah binti Pg Haji Kamaluddin, Director General of Education at the Ministry of Education. The event continued with speeches from the BIBD Managing Director and the guest of honour, the Minister of Education.

In his speech, Yang Mulia Javed shared his delight at the inauguration of the ALAF programme’s scholarships which will help alleviate the difficulties incurred by these respective families by helping their children maximise their potential from the education they receive.

Under BIBD’s Corporate Social Responsibility’s efforts, since the launch of the ALAF initiative last year by Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, it has managed to raise just over B$ 661,000 from two previous charity expeditions and donations from the public.

The Minister of Education giving his welcoming remarks

Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad, BIBD Managing Director

The sponsorship for the sixty-five selected students includes provisions for school and tuition fees, stationery, transportation and food requirements along with mentoring and counseling necessities amongst others. All this is to help ensure the absolute commitment of these students towards the development of their education, and not let them be bothered by the other commitments that come with. The ALAF programme will also continue to provide support and assistance to these students until the end of their respective educational requirement needs.

The ALAF programme was developed in close partnership with the Ministry of Education. It will constantly involve efforts and close collaboration of both parties to ensure the successful implementation and provision of assistance to the ALAF programme.

This includes the facilitating of identifying underprivileged and orphaned students from all schools in the country using a meticulously set selection criteria. Some of the selection criteria included the necessary nomination and support of respective school personnel along with the requirement of a maintained performance and attendance level. The initial scholarship project today includes recipient students of the ALAF fund identified from various schools in all the four districts in the country.

Through ALAF, BIBD hopes to align its support to His Majesty’s 2035 vision of obtaining a 100% level of education to everyone, which in turn is hoped to help reduce poverty, Insha’Allah leading Brunei towards a more prosperous and peaceful future, making Brunei populated with educated, highly skilful and successful individuals, in line with internationally set standards.

Members of the public can still donate to the fund via the BIBD Mobile application, donations over BIBD ATM machines or even using a BIBD Standing Instruction to ensure a monthly donation to the ALAF fund.


Another award to BIBD


BIBD representative Hak Yeung receiving the award on behalf of BIBD

BIBD, along with DBS Bank and Maybank Kim Eng, were awarded with the Best Local Bond Currency Deal of the Year in Southeast Asia at the 7th Annual Alpha Southeast Asia Deal & Solution Awards 2013. On hand to jointly receive the award for BIBD were representatives Hak Yeung, Head of Corporate Finance and Advisory and Deputy Manager, Abdul 'Azim bin Hj Mohammad at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

The award was for BIBD’s participation as Joint Lead Managers along with Maybank Kim Eng and DBS Bank in Swiber Capital’s first ever Islamic Sukuk worth SG$150 million. Maybank Kim Eng was also the role Sole Lead Arranger, Bookrunner & Global Coordinator.

BIBD, in their capacity as Joint Lead Managers, managed to secure almost half of the 150 million Singapore dollar deal. According to Reuters, this has helped Swiber clinch pricing that was more competitive than conventional debt1. The Sukuk is based on the Wakalah Bi Al- Istithmar principle. The Sukuk will be used to refinance debt and support capital expenditure, for working capital and general corporate purposes which are Shariah-compliant. BIBD Head of Institutional Banking, Haji Minorhadi Mirhassan commented, “Alhamdulilah, this speaks volumes in terms of BIBD’s regional presence as we continuously stride towards putting Brunei and BIBD on the map in terms of showcasing our capabilities.”

Since its highly successful January 2007 launch issue, Alpha Southeast Asia has published monthly bank sponsored reports on wealth management, equity strategy, macroeconomic outlook, cash management, trade financing, local currency bond markets and Islamic finance in Southeast Asia. Unlike most other financial magazines that publish overwhelming coverage on North Asia and dedicate one-tenth or less of their yearly editorial on Southeast Asia, Alpha Southeast Asia is 100% committed to the region. Press release and image courtesy of BIBD.



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His Majesty visited Tutong


His Majesty the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and the Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office paid a visit to the flooded areas of Tutong last Saturday.

Prior to the visit, His Majesty visited the Incident Control Post (ICP) at the Lamunin Fire Station for the latest updates of the developments and the relief operations and actions taken by the government agencies and volunteers in managing the situation. For your info, ICP comprises of fire fighters from the Lamunin Fire Station, Fire and Rescue Department and members of the Tutong District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC). Let’s be grateful that there is a relief team to help those affected during the flood and keep up to the good work.

His Majesty drove with his Mercedes 4WD through the flooded areas and the first stop was Kg Panchong in Mukim Lamunin and for your info, around 20 houses have been affected since December last year. His Majesty proceeded further to Kg Panchong Kuala Ungar with a small boat before heading to areas such Kg Penapar, Kg Ukong and Kg Layong which are not accessible by road. Good thing the military airboat was able to transport His Majesty and HRH the Crown Prince later on at these affected areas.

His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam driving through the flooded area in his Mercedes 4WD

His Majesty greeted by the residents of Tutong

The small boat used earlier on for His Majesty and The Crown Prince

His Majesty and the Crown Prince checking out the affected areas in Tutong

The military airboat used at the Penapar, Tutong

Tutong residents sharing their grievances with His Majesty

Tutong residents sharing their grievances with His Majesty

It was nice to know that our monarch was also concerned with the welfare of the flood victims. His Majesty observed how the preparation and delivery of the food by the volunteers and the youths. His Majesty advised the relevant agencies to expedite the delivery of relief efforts and food to the victims. Some of the victims shared their grievances to His Majesty on this matter mostly.

More than 130 houses are affected in Tutong area. Let’s hope for the better and thank you once again to the relief team involved in helping out the victims. I’m also very grateful for His Majesty for his kind and down-to-earth gesture, showing concern to the residents of Tutong.

Images courtesy of Dean Kassim.

More pictures from the flood



DPMM FC 1 win, 1 loss


DPMM FC had two friendly matches in the Saksee Phuket Tournament and they had a great pre-season matches leading up to the upcoming S•League tournament starting this February 2014. DPMM FC won their first match against Nakhon Si Heritage 3-1 two days ago but eventually lost to Phuket FC 2-0 last night. The three round robin format will determine who will be the winner of the tournament. Phuket FC will need a draw to win the invitational tournament.

Steve Kean has selected 24 players including 3 goalkeepers for the friendly tournament. The warm up matches will give the head coach a rough idea what’s best for DPMM FC in the S•League tournament. He highlighted that even the 24 selected players are not finalised with one more friendly match to take place this Friday, 31st January against Kelantan FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

Kean has been very happy with the progress for his players during training in the pass few weeks. They have been training aggressively during mornings and afternoons. Kean believes the improvement of their physique and fitness will make a difference in a long run.

DPMM FC will fly back tomorrow to Brunei and prepare for their next friendly match against FA Cup holders Kelantan FC this Friday. The entry is free and you are more than welcome to watch DPMM FC in action before the S•League kicks off.

The pictures below are courtesy of DPMM FC management.

DPMM FC being hosted by the organizers of the Saksee Phuket Tournament

Warming up before they took on Phuket FC yesterday

DPMM FC’s first time line up against Phuket FC yesterday

Phuket FC with former DPMM FC player Tales

The crowd last night catching Phuket FC vs DPMM FC

DPMM FC’s first team line-up against Nakhon Si Heritage two days ago

DPMM FC in action against Nakhon

DPMM FC in action against Nakhon

DPMM FC in transit from LCCT to Phuket via AirAsia

DPMM FC checking in through AirAsia heading to Phuket from Brunei

Check out AirAsia’s promotion in conjunction with Chinese New Year


Memo Beauty Studio


The shop is located at Kiulap, on the first floor, just above Thien2 and Ref Station Kiulap

Memo Beauty Studio. A few months ago, I heard this particular beauty studio. Until I actually visited the physical studio for a quick photo shoot, I remembered where that image of Memo Beauty Studio came from. It was from a discussion from my #suckmed group chat where both my friends @maurina and @emmagoodegg shared their good experience at Memo Beauty Studio and soon after, they shared their experiences with their friends and families.

Now I kinda understood why the newly opened beauty studio have positive reviews. Firstly, because of the friendly staff (Jiecel and Michelle) who make their patrons feel comfortable and that’s always important when you are running or in a service industry. Secondly, the services they provide are very reasonable and quite competitive as well. You will definitely get your money’s worth at this studio.

The services they provided are quite straight forward. First is the hair category and they provide hair wash, hair rebonding, hair styling, hair coloring (Obsidian), simple hair trimming and of course, hair treatment (scalp, dandruff etc).

They also provide mani + pedi services such as nail art, nail polish, gel polish (which lasts longer from 3 to 4 weeks) and also callus remover using Bario machine which the customers love. They also do foot spa and threading too.

With Chinese New Year around the corner, beauty salons are high in demand. So if you are looking for one, make Memo Beauty Studio an option and you will enjoy your pampering time and hopefully you will be back there again.

Memo Beauty Studio opens daily from 8am to 7pm and you can reach them at 223 0173 for enquiries. You can also follow them on instagram @memobeautystudio or Facebook page here

It was quite a cozy place for ladies to pamper

The products they use on their customers

Winnie and Coey enjoyed their pampering session

Some of the services at Memo Beauty Studio

Aziimah getting her hair washed and blown

She was one of the first to finish

Winnie loves these colours on her nail

Winnie was super happy with the result

Coey getting her hair done

Lots of sample to choose from for ideas on the nails

Coey chose red and white

There are gift vouchers available for sale

Siena had her hair cut at Memo Beauty Salon

You will enlightened at Memo Beauty Studio because of their positive messages on the featured wall

You can read books while being pampered

So ladies, do get pampered at Memo Beauty Studio


Le Doux CNY promotion


This January 2014 celebrate this festive season with Le Doux’s Pineapple Prosperity Cookie and Orange Fortune Cookie. Each cookie is uniquely fruit flavored to match the traditional custom of Lunar New Year that happens to be on the 31st January this year. 

Both pineapple and orange are chosen as they contribute to a great tradition. Pineapple represents prosperity and orange represents fortune. 

Orange Almond cookies come with a delectable crisp and buttery texture. The combination of the orange and almond favor comes from freshly squeezed orange juice and powdered american almonds, a taste of good fortune. Pineapple cookies are made out of blenched ground almonds with finely chopped fresh pineapple pieces and white chocolate chunks, a sure cookie favorite among all ages.

USHER in the Chinese New Year with Le Doux Patisserie’s festive selection of treats, the Pineapple Prosperity Cookies and Orange Fortune Cookies.

The cookies are fruit-flavoured to match the traditional custom of Lunar New Year Pineapple and orange fruit flavours were chosen as they represent prosperity and fortune.

The Pineapple Prosperity Cookies are made out of ground almonds, with finely chopped fresh pineapple pieces and white chocolate chunks, sure to be a favourite among friends and family.

The Orange Almond cookies have a delectable crispy and buttery texture, made from freshly squeezed orange juice and powdered American almonds.

The cookies come in three packages: beautifully decorated jars for $18, festive boxes ranging from $28 to $48 depending on the size, and an eye-catching hamper gift basket consisting of two cookie jars and two gift boxes, priced at $100. All are decorated with a little personal touch to make it ideal for gift giving.

Reserve your orders by calling Le Doux Patisserie at 245 7722 or visit the store at No 1, Block C, Ground Floor, Sempurna Complex, Jln Batu Bersurat.

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A great ride - C 200 Edition C


The promotion for the C 200 Edition C

What an awesome car!!! I had a test drive for a week and the C 200 Edition C is an awesome ride and this class really suits me. I was just a bit worried the fact that Brunei has been experiencing continuous rain, causing flash floods in certain areas. But not to worry, I managed to avoid the hazardous routes.

The C 200 Edition C was introduced last November 2013 and this is considered an upgrade version of the Edition C of the C 180. The C edition is a special edition of the Mercedes Benz, the C edition interprets the strong character of the C200.

The C200 is also fitted with the Mercedes AVANTGARDE body kit which is evident with its front and rear apron, the side sillpanels and the unique “Edition C” badge displayed proudly at the wing of the C200.

Now Jati Transport is having a special promotion where new purchasers of the C 200 Edition C will get a 2-year insurance and 2 year service package at Jati Transport. That’s a pretty good deal indeed! And this is inclusive of labour charge plus a Paint Protection Package.

Jati Transport is also having a lucky draw where you stand a chance to win a CLA 200 AMG line when you purchase any Mercedes-Benz passenger car, Vito or Viano and the promotion ends 31st December 2014.

Any enquiries or information can be acquired from Jati Transport by calling 2441763 for its Beribi Showroom or 2441777 for its Gadong Showroom.


Malppy Roadshow


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Following a great start of year 2014, will be making another public appearance at the Telbru Road-show this weekend from January 24 to 26 at the Yayasan Bolkiah Complex.

Throughout the road-show, will once again open new membership registration to members of public but this time around, with an introductory discount on their new range of products, Mayuki Tokyo Fashion. For those who register during the road-show are entitled to a 10 per cent discount for their first purchase.

To top it up in conjunction with the celebration of the Lunar New Year, will be given out the first 50 customers who purchase any Mayuki's products to entitled to a FREE Fortune Horse, a prestigious and festive collectible plush keychain from Taiwan that is highly in demand and selling like hotcakes. The promotion will be only last from January 24 to February 7 or while stocks last.

On a side notice, would also like to remind all shoppers that all orders during the festive period are welcome and will be attended to immediately as soon as the operation resumes from their selected suppliers. As most of Malppy’s suppliers are will be having their long awaited break during this big holiday, hence certain orders may be experiencing slight delay. Hope for all understanding.


Malppy booth at Telbru Road-show this weekend from January 24 to 26 at the Yayasan Bolkiah Complex

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Awesome dishes at cooking competition


A grand chinese new year cooking competition, organized by Fun Bee Park and Pilihan Mandarin FM was held at Fun Bee Park last Sunday with the aim of encouraging culinary art in the sultanate. The competition was sponsored by the following companies who have been very supportive and innovative to make way for success: Fun Bee Park, IA Salon, Radio Televisyen Brunei, Grand Top enterprise, and Handsome enterprise.

A total of 13 teams with 21 contestants showed off their excellent culinary skills, passion for cooking, and determination to bring home the grand title. Contestants were eager not only to win but most importantly to bust the crowd with their very special chinese recipes that were really festive and satisfactory good.

Panel of judges consists of famous personality in the food industry in the sultanate. Chef Salvo Salvatore, owner of Sorriso restaurant based in Kiulap was the head judge. Ridwan of Pondok Sari Wangi, a food blogger – Thannis Lim, and Pelangi FM’s DJ Ashraff Rannil were judges too. Judges were pro healthy eating and gave extra points for healthy ingredients and those went out of their way to cook hearty and presentable dishes.

My favourite dish of the lot.. Then again, I didn’t try the rest *huhu*

Mixed veges.. yummmmm

This is pretty creative with the horse design to signify the Year of the Horse

The judges of the cooking competition

The response to the contest was positive, organizers were looking out to maximum of 12 participants yet surprisingly more than 20 applicants competed in the contest. The applicants were all amateur and non – professional cooks.

“We’re trying to spread awareness and information about the chinese culinary industry, as there is a misconception here that it does not constitute a profession, while in reality there are many undeveloped opportunities in this domain within the sultanate. With this cooking contest we are trying to encourage local talents and working on introducing a new concept, as this is the first time we are having such a live grand cooking contest in Brunei”, said Anna Bunyi of Fun Bee Park.

Along the cooking competition were fun games organized by Fun Bee Park staffs to entertain the crowd and media people. A maggi mee and mashed potato cooking competition were held giving away Maggi products sponsored by Grand Top enterprise.

Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 was sponsored by Cecilia Lee of IA Salon. Hampers were sponsored by Handsome enterprise for top winners. All contestants brought back goodie vouchers and mandarin oranges sponsored by Fun Bee Park and IA Salon, The Mall Gadong. Fong Sia Sun and Tan Kian Leong were chosen as the first place winners, receiving a $300 cash prize, while Ling Ai Hui and Linda Cheng were given $200 cash for second place, and Wong Mer Kor and Lim Yan Fen were given $100 of cash prize for the third place as well as a hamper each.

Chinese new year is always a festive year, and series of traditions and customs were followed to welcome good luck, health, wealth, and happiness for the entire year.

Cecilia Lee, cooking maggi with her special recipe using coconut. Interesting taste

The contestants preparing their food

The contestants with Cecilia Lee

Interesting stuff here

Lai trying her best to cook her version of Maggi

The contestants with the judges of the competition


HSBB Roadshow in town


Happening this weekend

This weekend TelBru will be having their own roadshow called the High Speed Broadband Roadshow at Yayasan from Friday to Sunday. Those who have their FTTH at home you can take part in the survey and you can win exciting prizes. Some of the prizes are such as AData Portable 500GB HHD, Apple iPod shuffle, Samsung Galaxy Tab, DVD player, Return trip to Kuala Lumpur and Return trip to Singapore.
Have you upgraded your espeed to FTTH? Do check out their roadshow at Yayasan. There are also other vendors especially from the iCentre such as NIAT (Telbru), DotRoot, PHMD Publishing and SocialBuzz Advertising to name a few. And also for this weekend, Telbru will waived the registration fee ($50) if you subscribed for their internet (eSpeed or FTTH) and also you will waived for the first month of rental for both eSpeed and FTTH.

Look out for the tent at Yayasan

Some of the goodies to be given out

The TelBru Tunnel. Do learn about their history.

The fibre cable. How it looks like.

The modem for FTTH

If you feel lost, you can enquire here

Something new I saw - Telbru Cloud

The area to subscribe for eSpeed or FTTH

The rates for FTTH and only for this weekend, the registration fee is waived and so is the first month of rental

Dotroot Technologies showcasing their latest prototype app - Food Fuel



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New MA degree for Princess ‘Azemah


Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah in her graduation recently at Kings College London in the United Kingdom. Image courtesy of The Prime Minister’s Office.

Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah graduated with a Masters of Art Degree (MA) with merit in Geopolitics, Territory and Security, from Kings College London in the United Kingdom.

The daughter of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received the conferment of her degree at a graduation ceremony held at the Barbican Centre in London on Monday.

In 2011, Her Royal Highness graduated with a Masters of Arts Degree (MA) in Global Media and Postnational Communications with merit from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom.

Other members of the Royal Family who were also present at the graduation was His Royal Highness Prince Hj Abdul ‘Azim, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Mateen, and Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzillah Lubabul Bolkiah. Text courtesy of The Brunei Times.


Mint Museum of Toys


Late post from Singapore. In early mid January, I was in Singapore and as usual, visiting places of interest and Sophia had some good research here and there of things to do in Singapore. So one of them is a visit to the Mint Museum of Toys. Imagine this - a museum that has a unique collection of vintage toys from more than 40 countries and the toys are with a total of BND 5 million *gulp*

You probably recognize some of the toys in the pictures that I’m gonna post. If you want to know more in depth about Mint Museum Toys, you can click here to find out more. Tickets are $15 for adult and half price or lower for children, senior citizens. It’s open from 9:30am to 6:30pm daily. The museum is located next to Raffles Hotel and Bras Basah Complex, Singapore.

There’s a cafe at the basement of the Mint Museum Toys

Our ticket costs $15. Yea, it’s worth it to see the million of dollars worth of toys.

This was taken inside the lift

There are four levels of collectible toys though it’s only a narrow stretch

This toy is one of the most expensive ones


Batman and Robin classic toys

Dr. Who

Star Wars

As tall as Sophia :p

The Beatles

I remember having one of this before when I was a kid

The Green Hornet

Tin Tin


2 Degree Ice Art


Another late post from Singapore. 2 Degree Ice Art 2013/2014 — the largest ice art exhibition in Singapore yet and we decided to see what’s the big deal about it. The price is kinda pricey if you ask me because we didn’t last even 10 minutes at the exhibition. It costs each $32 and it doesn’t include the cost of renting the coat. Hmmm..

There are 30-odd pieces of ice art feature the likes of regional and international landmarks such as the Singapore Merlion, London’s Big Ben and France’s Eiffel Tower. The exhibition will be around until May 2014 if I’m not mistaken. And yes, it’s freaking cold inside the exhibition. It is like -15°C inside and it’s perhaps the closest thing you can experience a winter in Singapore.

There’s a mini slide for those who like to slide down. Apart from that, there’s nothing much to give me that value worth of $32 + $5 inclusive of the rental of the coat.

We were suited up for the icy experience at 2 Degree Ice Art 2013/2014

The Eiffel Tower


TelBru Time Tunnel


In conjunction with our HSBB Roadshow this weekend, @telbru is conducting an Instagram and Facebook Contest for members of the public.

The contest criteria will include:
1. Participants must follow TelBru’s official Instagram and Like TelBru’s official Facebook page.

2. Photos posted in Instagram must be made public, visible and accessible by TelBru. This will help us to make you eligible.

3. Participants will need to participate in BOTH Instagram and Facebook.

4. The photo taken at the Time Tunnel background must be legitimate and current, therefore previous Time Tunnel photos from TelBru roadshows will not be considered for this contest.

Here you go.. Good luck!!


Fly AirAsia


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In love with Hue Lights


The amazing Hue lights from Philips

Hue lights rock!!! My recent purchase of the Hue Philips lights has been satisfying. I bought it recently in Philips, Singapore and I’m not sure if these lights are available in Brunei here. These lights were launched mid December last year in Singapore and I’m pretty sure it will be available here soon.

Anyway, what’s the big deal with the Hue lights? One thing for sure they can change to different range of colours and it can be controlled through my iPhone. Amazing, aye? You can check out this video I posted on instagram here and here and see what I meant. You need to get a Hue light starter kit and it costs me $318 which comes with a router and 3 Hue LED bulbs. If you want to buy an extra Hue bulb, it will cost around BND 89.

The set up is pretty simple and straight forward and I have to admit that lightings do have an impact on your work efficiency. I feel more present and efficient when I blog or do my work on my computer. This is definitely the best purchase in December :D

Comes with the router and 3 LED lights

You will need to download the app to control the lights

I’m toying with the Hue lamp lights *huhu* Click image to see video.

Recharging myself before I do some night work



The launch of Inspire magazine


Congratulations Shaun!! The great thing about Shaun Hoon is that he keeps his word. He’s an amazing entrepreneur with inspiring ideas and he has a good portfolio that keeps building from time to time. Despite the challenges he faced last year, his vision hasn’t changed and that is to inspire the people in Brunei and also using the magazine Inspire as a medium to make a difference in the community and further more, ignite the passion of the readers.

It will be a quarterly magazine and it will be available on newsstand starting 1st February at $5. This is a magazine sponsored by Aewon and published by Catalyst with Shaun Hoon as its editor. The first issue features Brunei’s creative industry which highlights people in the entertainment business and those in Art and Commercial Design such as Fakhrul Razi Ibrahim, and an exclusive interview with Brunei-born Taiwanese superstar and founder of Fitness Zone, Wu Chun. Contributing partners to the magazine include leaders in the business community, bloggers and renowned personalities such as Founder and Chairman of Asia Inc Forum Dato Paduka Timothy Ong, local bloggers Rano Iskandar and Thanis Lim.

Present for the launch was Pg Hj Salleh Ab Rahaman; Managing Partner of Syarikat Perniagaan Malar Setia, Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Metassim; Director of Aewon Garment and Embroidery, Lau Chai Seng; and Aewon Senior Manager Ken Kan. Also present at the event was YAM Pg Anak Hj Abdul Wadood Bolkiah Pg Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pg Anak Hj Abdul Aziz.

You can download the free version here.

Kevin Lau Xue Qian the Assistant General Manager and Head of Marketing, Aewon in his welcoming remarks

The invited guests during the official launch of Inspire magazine

Pg Hj Salleh Ab Rahaman unveiling the Inspire magazine with Shaun Hoon, its editor at the Aewon Gallery

The Guest of Honour signing on the cover of Inspire

It was quite a huge turn out last Wednesday

Brunei’s Prince of Soul, Fakhrul Razi, signing the board

Lau Chai Seng, Director of Aewon Garment and Embroidery, signing the cover

Shaun Hoon the editor of Inspire signing the cover

Sarina Chieng, a fashion designer, signing the cover

Elizabeth Sim, founder of Time Out with Liz, signing the cover

Isabel Valle of Global Coach signing the cover

Foodie blogger Thanis Lim signing the cover

Greg Chin, editorial associate of Inspire signing the cover

Shaun sharing the objectives of Inspire and his vision

Hj Abdul Rahman, Managing Partner of Syarikat Perniagaan Malar Setia (right) handing over donation to Dato Alimin of Pusat Ehsan

Handing over of appreciation to the sponsor - Butra Heidelberg Cement

Handing over of appreciation to the sponsor - DST

Handing over of appreciation to the sponsor - BIBD



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The flooding games

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Floods taking Brunei by storm again


Sometimes I wonder what’s the cause of this flood.. Is it the ground works or is the sewage and drainage system? Brunei Darussalam have been experiencing continuous downpour for the past two days. As a result, we are hit with flash floods and landslides. A few years back, many areas were affected and you could actually see the debris on the roads after the water level had receded. Today it’s a similar story with Tutong area the hardest hit of them all. I saw pictures of cars almost submerged under the water and people walking through water (knee length) around their residential area.

It was good thing that there weren’t any casualties. A young local man was rescued after being stuck in the undergrowth and thumbs up to the Fire and Rescue personnel for helping him out of the situation. The areas in Penapar Tutong are the most affected of them all.

In the headlines today.

At Tutong area. Image courtesy through Whatsapp

The images below caught many by surprise. Yea, we have seen landslides here and there. However, this one was quite interesting because it’s a newly used road - Jalan Duta. Because of the continuous rain, the excessive water passage might have attributed to the collapse of the road. According to the press, the Public Works Department will install water barriers with road closure with immediate effect.

The images below are courtesy of a friend from the US Embassy to Brunei Darussalam.

The partial collapse road at Jalan Duta

The partial collapse road at Jalan Duta

The partial collapse road at Jalan Duta


New check-in counters


The Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) and Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ministry of Communications are pleased to announce the partial operation of the new baggage handling and check-in systems at the new Departure Check-in Hall of the Brunei International Airport effective Wednesday, 22 January 2014. Royal Brunei passengers on selected flights will now be required to check-in at Row A and / or Row B in the new Departure Check-in Hall. Passengers are advised to refer to the flight information display panel or approach the Royal Brunei flight information counter for check-in details.

With the partial opening of the new departure hall, selected sections of the existing Departure Check-in Hall will be closed for renovation from 22 January 2014 onwards. However, access will be made available for the restaurant, coffee shops and other amenities which will continue to be in operation until further notice. The public are reminded to observe safety rules and directional signs put up around the Brunei International Airport.

As the Airport Terminal Modernization project reaches another key milestone, the BEDB and DCA would like to seek the kind cooperation of passengers and airport users and apologise for any inconvenience and discomfort while these works are being carried out. Press released issued by BEDB.

The newly opened Departure Check-in Hall at Brunei International Airport. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

The newly opened Departure Check-in Hall at Brunei International Airport. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.


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I had my third visit here a few weeks ago. The sessions have been great and I won't mind comng back for more. You will feel recharged and pampered after your treatment at Scalp Trichocare Hairspa and what's interesting about this place is the treatment and services they provide. Have you ever heard of a hair spa before? It's a new interesting concept and I can guarantee you that this is the first place in Brunei that offers such services because I've been to different hair salons and their services are not same though some procedures are similar. Oh, they don't do hair cutting of those sort. It's merely focusing on hair/scalp treatment on a different level.

I was wondering about it myself since I am concerned about my hair and my scalp. I'm not embarrassed to admit of the sensitive scalp and my receding hairline (I have an M hairline shaped now btw and it's not easy to recover). Before the procedure, Raymond, one of the consultants of Scalp Trichocare Hairspa, briefed me the procedure and also making sure I feel comfortable and plus he's pretty truthful about the outcome. We as customers tend to be misled by hair salons especially those with hair/scalp treatments, thinking that our hair can be restored in matter of weeks or months. 

Scalp Trichocare Hairspa is located at Gadong Central, Unit C35, 2nd Floor Block C, same building as The Boxx, Mr. Bakers Cafeteria and Sushi Tei but at the far end. I know parking can be a troublesome but it's worth the effort especially if you are going for a hairspa :D

Scalp Trichocare Hairspa is located at Gadong Central. Do call 242 8143 or 723 5273 for more info and reservation

They have two of these types chair for treatment

They also have VIP private rooms just in case you are a bit shy. There's no extra charge for this too.

At the Scalp Trichocare Hairspa

There are quite a few treatment and services they provide but I will highlight the one that I tried - Signature Herbal Hairspa. Well, honestly this is one awesome treatment and it lasts at least one and a half hour. All you have to do is lie down and let the expert do his thing. So for $68 (pretty reasonable), you will go through 5 processes :-

Scalp & Hair analysis
Spa Wash Deep Cleansing
Hair Loss Defense Scalp Therapy + 30 mins Head Massage
Hair Botanical Therapy
Water Therapy + Blow dry

So for all that for $68, it's a good deal and plus you will be enjoying the comfort of their service for the next hour or so.  This treatment is called the "Rejuvenating Signature Hairspa with Water Therapy.

First step. To clear the scalps pores so that hairs are free to grow. Our scalp is perhaps one of the areas that we always take for granted. We don't realise how other oils, pollutants and even shampoos and other cosmetic products can affect the condition of our scalps. This can create plaque that clogs the pores and our hair follicles will not be able to grow. So this process will help to remove the layer so that the scalp is free of excess oils and dead cells. This also helps stimulate the blood circulation and allows the hair follicle to flow freely on the scalp. Hence, the detoxication and deep cleansing is quite important. I kinda enjoyed this process.

I had a scalp analysis and it's obvious that I still have sensitive scalp but I'm happy that I have new baby hair growing :D

This is an interesting process. My scalp was continuously poured with a mixture blend of herbal tea to open up the clogs in my scalp. I think they have different blends for this procedure. You can choose what you want.

Second step. Ahh the 30 min head massage. I seriously could have fall asleep during this process. Maybe I was just tired from the whole week or maybe it was just a very relaxing head massage that I enjoyed every much. Before the massage, Raymond applied some in-house blend cream (very cooling) with Chinese herbs that helps to energize and rehabilitate the scalp around the follicles. For me, this is the best part of the massage :D

Applied some cream paste and it's quite cooling and soothing

Third & four step. This is the scalp and hair botanical therapy and the Water therapy stage. Well, this is the ozone therapy with hot and cold mist. So why this process? I even had to wear a shower cap structure that hooks up to a small machine. With this process, the herb nutrients could be absorbed deeply at optimum into hair roots. the ozone kills bacteria on the scalp, reduces itchiness too and also applying ginger conditioner to help repair split ends and moisturize the hair.

It has been a while since I wore a shower cap *lol* but this process is for ozone therapy which lasts for 15 minutes or so. It reminds me of my perming days too.

Fifth stage is the hair will be blown. Well, there's nothing much on my scalp right now as my hair is growing after the Go Bald charity event two weeks ago. The blow dry is only partially done to minimize damage by the heat to the hair and to allow better absorption of the herbal paste (done in the 2nd stage).

Before heading off, I had a Scalp Air Tonic dosage, a Legitime product. It's not part of the package but this product is more like a hair scalp care system for the improvement of damaged hair. How to use it? Soak the hair and apply appropriate amount of tonic to the scalp and hair directly. Then massage the scalp for 2-3 minutes with fingertips. Rinse with water. For better result, repeat this procedure twice.

Just press it on the head and you will get the cooling effect on the scalp

Some of the recommended products for scalp care

So from the one and an half hour experience, I began to learn more about scalps in general as Raymond was explaining it *thanks for that knowledge* He went through an intensive 6 months course to learn about scalp and hair treatment because he himself was suffering from hair loss like me and now he has new baby hair after using the right product and treatment. So sometimes it's a plus if someone actually experiences a problem and going through many problem-solving situations until he or she finds an appropriate method. But this time, he took a step further and learning and undergo training so he can also help others with similar problems.

Few of my friends had tried and enjoyed the experience there. 

For reservations, you can call 242 8143 or 723 5273. You can also check out their Facebook page. and they are running a minor competiition where you can help to share their image on Facebook and stand a chance to win a treatment package sponsored by them.




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