LEAP Grant Scheme 2012
Salmon Craze at Grazie Mauri
This month is the Salmon Month Craze at Grazie Mauri and they are having a 50% discount at Grazie Mauri. Chef Mauri came up with different styles of salmon such as Salmon Burritos, Chervice Salmon and Salmon Teriaky to name a few.
So make way your way to Grazie Mauri and enjoy the Salmon Craze. Call 244 7471 for more details.
Salmon Teriaky - Pineapple and Salmon skewers marinated in soya and honey grilled to perfection
Smoked Salmon Terrine - Cram cheese and smoked salmon gateaux Mamma Mia Buonisimo
Chef Mauri (c) hosting us last week
Promotion at Tasek Brasserie
It's happening today... So do come and register
The Brunei Economic Development Board (“BEDB”) is pleased to announce the launching of the LEAP (Local Enterprise Applications & Products) Grant Scheme for 2012. It is a program aimed at providing financial assistance to local SMEs, students and researchers to develop prototypes or pilot projects that have innovative technological content, commercial practicality and export potential in both ICT and non-ICT industries.
To assist those eligible to prepare their grant applications, the BEDB in collaboration with Coaching Specialist ‘Money Tree’ will be conducting a LEAP Business Plan Workshop at the iCentre on Tuesday, 11th September 2012. More information about LEAP Grant Scheme will also be available during the workshop.
Following this workshop, grant applicants approved by the LEAP Program Committee will be required to attend Financial and Intellectual Property (IP) Workshops to attain the necessary financial management skills as well as to develop an appreciation of IP and to manage it effectively for innovation and creativity to flourish.
Registrations for those participating in the Workshop will commence at 8:00am on Tuesday, 11th September 2012 and the program will commence at 8.30 am. The Workshop is a full day event with lunch provided. I think you can still register for today if you're slightly late. Just give it a shot :D
Application form for the LEAP Grant Scheme is downloadable online at www.bedb.com.bn . The application is open from 15th August 2012 and all completed applications should be submitted no later than 3pm Monday, 8th October 2012 to:
The Brunei Economic Development Board
Block 2K, Bangunan Kerajaan, Jalan Ong Sum Ping
Bandar Seri Begawan, BA 1311
Negara Brunei Darussalam
SIII Garnet Red out now!!
It's out now at LARA Corp for $799 and just mention Ranoadidas at the counter and you can get a FREE casing for SIII. All SIII users will also get FREE screen protector.
Ever heard of LARA Corp? Well, they started their business through Facebook (thelaracorp or click here) and they grew from there. They also had a small stall at Times Square previously before they eventually moved to a physical store located at The Airport Mall. The mobile shop is located next to KFC outlet.
I shall highlight the Samsung Galaxy SIII Garnet Red which is one of the rarest colour to get and LARA Corp is only bringing limited stock. As you know SIII is the fastest selling Samsung phone model and this is one reason why Samsung has a bigger market share than Apple in the market and of course, price wise SIII is a few hundreds dollar cheaper than an iPhone 4 or 4s.
Now you can get the Samsung SIII Garnet Red for $799 and comes with FREE casing and exclusive to ranoadidas readers, if you mention ranoadidas, you will get a FREE SIII casing. Good huh? So what are you waiting for? Make your way to LARA Corp at The Airport Mall tomorrow.
The new shop LARA Corp at The Airport Mall on ground floor
I'm quite impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Beam but I'm not sure if the processor is as fast as the SIII. It's cheaper than the SIII for sure and it's only $678 only. The great thing about this smartphone is that it's able to project to the screen on the activities you do on the phone. The projection has an output of 15 Lumen DLP (Digital Light Projector). This comes also with a FREE screen protector and FREE Galaxy Beam Case.
I projected my website on the white surface using the Galaxy Beam.. Awesome!!!
TravelMania in October
Dermott Mannion, Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines exchanging documents with Dato Jack Ting, CityNeon Displays & Constructions for the upcoming TravelMania 2012 in October (5th to 7th)
I was a bit confused at first because we are very familiar with the brand of Abacus Travel Fair which has been going for many years. This time round, yes, Abacus Travel Fair will still be around but the bigger picture will be the first ever TravelMania 2012 which is organised by Royal Brunei Airlines with the support of CityNeon Displays and Constructions (Event Manager and co-organiser) and Abacus Brunei (Event partner).
So what's the difference between Abacus Travel Fair and TravelMania? Well, let's just say that TravelMania 2012 is the overall big scope while Abacus Travel Fair is part of TravelMania. What to expect? A bigger fair than usual where vendors that are related to traveling will be participating during this big event. For instance, suppliers of luggages and bags will be making their presence during the fair which is something new. Another example is travel insurance and even home insurance to make sure your home is protected while you're away.
So when is the TravelMania 2012? It's slated for 5th to 7th October at BRIDEX Exhibition Hall. More news on that when the time is near.
Royal Brunei Airlines partnering with Abacus Brunei for TravelMania 2012
TelBru is one of the partners with Abacus Brunei during TravelMania 2012
Baiduri Bank is the official bank for TravelMania 2012
Malaysia Airlines signing with Abacus Brunei
Singapore Airlines signing with Abacus Brunei for TravelMania 2012
We do have talents
Zero Far on MASwings
HRH launches BIBD Mobile
His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik gracing the launch of BIBD mobile at The Empire Hotel this morning
The event took place this morning at The Empire Hotel and the guest of honour was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik who officiated the launch of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam mobile. This is an extended service provided by BIBD and such launch warrants a new milestone for the local bank where it makes it more convenient for BIBD customers to be updated with their banking needs in just in the palms of his/her hand.
With many people joining the bandwagon of smartphones, this is very essential to have a mobile version for BIBD Online. You don't have to worry about logging in through your desktop computers or notebook. Just grab your iPhones, SII or SIII, HTCs and other smartphones and just type in http:/www.bibd.com.bn/m on your url and walaaa, it looks like an app interface and a simplified version of the normal official website of BIBD.
There are some great features here too where you can top up your DST Easi Prepaid mobile or purchase Electric Service top-up through the mobile version of BIBD Online. Ok, let's not get confused that the BIBD Mobile is not an IOS or Android apps but it's a mobile version of BIBD website to make the experience more user friendly. The IOS/Android version will be released later this year.
Congratulations BIBD on the new milestone and I've tried surfing it on my iPhone and it looks great :D
His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik being greeted upon his arrival this morning
Were they trying out BIBD mobile then?
BIBD mobile is the right move
Check out bibd web format on smartphones - http://www.bibd.com.bn/m
Alex Ha and Md Hanif of Silverlake Mobility Ecosystem Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) are the guys behind the creation of the mobile version. Alex hinted that the mobile apps version will be ready within this year.
The main home page of BIBD Mobile. Go try it out!!
TravelMania 2012 coming soon
Dermott Mannion, Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines exchanging documents with Dato Jack Ting, CityNeon Displays & Constructions for the upcoming TravelMania 2012 in October (5th to 7th). More updates tomorrow!!
Hasmin Masri, Assistant Marketing Manager of Interhouse Company, was the emcee for the day
There was such a huge big crowd at Radisson Hotel
Photographers getting ready for the competition
He was awarded with a limited edition miniature of a Canon camera
.... And the competition begins...
Remember last year? The first Canon Photo Shootout Brunei? This year's edition has been renamed to Canon Photomarathon Brunei Darussalam 2012 and it has now become an annual event organised by Interhouse Company. It was such a great turnout as they had more than 300 participants which was a huge improvement from last year's edition.
According to Vincent Goh, he was very overwhelmed with the responses from the increasing number of participants and it opens barriers to professionals, amateurs and beginners.
Also present was Mr. Heng Ting Guan from Canon Singapore who came to give support for the event. He shared that two winners will be sent to attend a Canon Photo Clinic conducted by a professional photographer.
The competition was divided into three themes - Green, Street Scene and Lights. Hassanal Sulaiman aka Adam showed why he's one of the best photographers as he won first prize from "street scene" theme and he also won one last year. Other winners were Azri Hj Zainal (Azizi) for "green" theme and Nizal Syahromi Wulidana for "lights" theme. All the top three winners won themselves a Canon 60D EFS 18-55mm kit.
Second places went to Awg Michael bin Ruiz, Awg Anas Afandi bin Hj Md Hussain and Awg Panji Widhiarto, who all won a Canon IXUS 500HS.
Third places were won by Awg Hj Tejuddin bin Hj Sulaiman, Awg Nasrul Hadi bin Hamdan and Awg Sapta IIudaya, who each received a Canon PIXMA MG2170 AIO printer.
Judges and the winners of the Canon Photomarathon Brunei Darussalam 2012
3rd place winner for Green theme
Hj Tejuddin bin Hj Sulaiman - 3rd place winner for Green theme and prize presented by Hj Nadi, one of the judges
2nd place winner for Green theme
1st place winner for Green theme
Azri Hj Zainal (Azizi) - 1st place winner for Green theme
3rd place winner for Street Scene theme
Nasrul Hadi bin Hamdan - 3rd place winner for Street Scene theme and prize was presented by Mr. Heng Ting Guan, Canon Singapore Pte Ltd
2nd place winner for Street Scene theme
Anas Afandi bin Hj Md Hussain - 2nd place winner for Street Scene
1st place winner for Street Scene theme
Hassanal Sulaiman aka Adam - 1st place winner for Street Scene theme
3rd place winner for Lights theme
Awg Sapta IIudaya - 3rd place winner for Lights theme and prize presented by Mr. Vincent Goh, Deputy Managing Director of Interhouse Company
2nd place winner for Lights theme
Panji Widhiarto - 2nd place winner for Lights theme and he bought my classic 400D from me
1st place winner for Lights theme
Nizal Syahromi Wulidana - 1st place winner for Lights theme
There is quite a strong group for Indonesian community of photographers in Brunei. Three of them made it to the top three of the competition.
Zero Far on MASwings
The competition starts 2:30pm tomorrow (Sunday) at The Mall and I will be one of the judges
bFit roadshow today at Times Square
Fadil signing up for bFit.. Good luck, buddy...Today's last day of roadshow at Times Square.
Checking his BMI before eligible to be a participant of bFit
The competition starts 2:30pm tomorrow (Sunday) at The Mall and I will be one of the judges
Their Majesties hosted dinner for US Secretary Hillary Clinton
Guess who was in Brunei lately? Yes, it was US Secretary Hillary Clinton who was on a quick two day visit to the Sultanate and I wasn't able to catch a glimpse of her during her stay in Brunei. His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha hosted a dinner at the Istana Nurul Iman two nights ago in honour of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Also present were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and his wife, Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Zariah, Her Royal Highness PrincessHjh Masna, Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and YAM Pg Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pg Anak Hj Abdul Aziz and other members of the royal family. Also attending the dinner was US Ambassador to Brunei, His Excellency Daniel Shields.
The US Secretary of State landed here yesterday for a two-day visit, which will see the top US diplomat meet her Bruneian counterparts and visit the country's main university. The visit to Brunei Darussalam is part of Clinton's six-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific, which will culminate with the American official attending a summit meeting of leaders from 21 Pacific Rim nations in Russia, according to various media reports.
She is now in Vladivostok, Russia, for the APEC Russia 2012. Images courtesy of Muiz Matdani.
MS Carnival tomorrow
Maktab Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan (MSPSBS) will be organizing the MS Family Carnival 2012. The carnival will be held on 9th September 2012 (Sunday) from 8am to 5pm and will take place on the school campus. The MS Family Carnival is organized by the MSPSBS Student Council and peer group helpers and supported by DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah.
The principle aim of the event is to raise funds for the charity, DANA Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah untuk Anak-Anak Yatim, to which all proceeds earned by the MS Family Carnival organizing committee will be donated. The remaining amount will be donated to Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council, MS Student Welfare and MS Student Council Body Fund.
Other objectives include raising awareness of the role of family in helping prevent social problems and living a healthy lifestyle through playing sport. As well as sports events to support the latter objective, there will be a variety of other activities ranging from exhibitions concerned with social problems, Fun house for kids,rides ATV bikes,horse riding, to stalls selling numerous types of food and refreshments.
Being a community event aimed at raising funds for a specific charity, MS Family Carnival 2012 offers an excellent opportunity to company/business to aide our worthy cause and to generate positive publicity and profit in the process.
All activities are supported by Fitness Zone, My Small world and Brunei Darussalam Aids council.
The Silent Killer
Carbon Monoxide kills. Photo illustration by Jeff Neumann, The Denver Post; photos: Jupiter Images.
Interesting findings that I learnt (about carbon monoxide) after the recent accidental incident that costs that lives of two young Bruneians who were found in a car parked at the basement of Manggis Hua Ho Mall last Tuesday night.
According to the police report, any foul play was ruled out and it was the excessive inhalation of carbon monoxide that led to their deaths. During the investigation, they found traces of green-coloured liquid at the front area of the car generated from teh air coolant radiator as well as traces of black-coloured liquid under the car.
I was quite naive about how carbon monoxide (CO) are deadly and they can attack you silently and yes, it only takes minutes and even before you know it, you will be unconscious and eventually costs your life. So I kept asking my peers if they know or aware about CO especially when it comes to cars. I was amazed that most of them are aware of this and I wasn't at all.. So I believe this is pretty important to know and I just wanna share with you guys on the dangers of CO and how you can prevent them especially involving cars.
How CO affects your body
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.
Where is CO found?
CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those produced by cars and trucks, small gasoline engines, stoves, lanterns, burning charcoal and wood, and gas ranges and heating systems. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned by breathing it.
What are the symptoms of CO poisoning?
The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. High levels of CO inhalation can cause loss of consciousness and death. Unless suspected, CO poisoning can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other illnesses. People who are sleeping or intoxicated can die from CO poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms.
How can I avoid CO poisoning from my vehicle?
• Have a mechanic check the exhaust system of my car every year. A small leak in your car's exhaust system can lead to a build up of CO inside the car.
• Never run a car in the garage with the garage door shut. CO can build up quickly while your car is running in a closed garage. Never run your car inside a garage that is attached to a house and always open the door to any garage to let in fresh air when running a car inside the garage. So in the recent case, the car was left running at the basement of the mall and it's also considered an enclosed area.
• Leave your window slightly open when you happen to leave your engine on especially with air-conditioning on.
• If you drive a vehicle with a tailgate, when you open the tailgate, you also need to open vents or windows to make sure air is moving through your car. If only the tailgate is open CO from the exhaust will be pulled into the car.
If you want to know more about CO and its dangers and preventions, you can click here, here and here for more info. It's better to be aware than sorry. Happy weekend, peeps!!
Katy Perry Rocks!!!
Katy Perry: Part of me I've seen This it it (Michael Jackson) but not the Justin Beiber one. This is other movie documentary celebrity that I caught last week with Jessie and I was pretty moved by her documentary. I never knew she is a song writer and how she climbed up the ranks of being a superstar and I was surprised of her upbringing as well. I managed to catch this at The Mall Cineplex before the show runs out as they are only showing on one show in 3D.
Well, if you are not a Katy Perry fans, I still recommend you to catch this movie. I know that Jessie now has changed her thoughts on Katy Perry after watching the show. Yea, I could say we both teared up a bit though she was more moved than me *lol* What inspired me the most about Katy is how she envisioned her dreams and now she's living her dream. It's a great reminder to us all that we should be living our dreams and not others. And her unconditional love to her fans is something that it's not common once you are a celebrity or a star. Great show!! Verdict: 8/10
I want a Teddy bear now!!
Ted Don't be fooled by this soft toy. The posters doesn't suggest much but if you see the trailers, you probably be more interested to catch it than just relying on the visuals on the poster. I never saw one as it was never screened here in Brunei and I finally knew why... it's pretty vulgar and the themes involved are not suitable and appropriate to get a pass from our censorship board *boohoo* So I caught this movie with Cuterabbit during my recent Singapore trip.
I tell you that this movie was totally entertaining from start to finish and sometimes I wish I had a live teddy bear like Ted *lol* The movie has its crude moments and yes, this is not a recommended first date movie either. Though it won't be showing here in Brunei, if you happened to be in Singapore, do catch Ted or you can do the sneaky way in Brunei which it's not appropriate to disclose here *lol* Awesome flick. Verdict: 8/10
How I wish they were actresses instead *lol*
Magic Mike Ok, this movie can biased if they are my female buddies watching this. Basically for the main reason is that they get to see hot guys dancing on stage and doing stuff that might give you ladies the adrenalin rush. After the movie, cuterabbit couldn't stop talking about the movie *lol* and I understood why. Yes, this movie won't be even showing here in Brunei because of the themes and the contents which are deemed inappropriate.
I quite enjoyed the movie as well and no, I'm not biased *lol* It was more of the interesting plot. I realised how popular Channing Tatum is right now after huge hits just as 21 Jump Street and the Vow which raked in more than $250 million and plus this movie was directed by Steven Soderbergh. The movie was a huge hit in the States and showed how he is now one of the A-list actors in Hollywood. If you thought Coyote Ugly was good, then Magic Mike is three times better. Verdict: 8/10
The fine line
Edifier now at Concepts Computer
Jonson Lim of Timetech Computer Trading Company, Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer (right) with the staff showcasing Edifier products
What is a desktop (multimedia) computer without speakers? These sound gadgets do spice up whatever you do with the computer. I've always overlooked this area when it comes to sound. My iMac speakers have lost its mojo for the past year or so. Anyway, this morning, I had a quick visit to Concepts Computer as they finally have new range of speakers from Edifier Technology and as Zul Abdul Rahman (Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer) said that the Edifier models range from high end ones to portable ones to wireless ones and of course to speakers that we normally use in our daily lives.
Speakers from Concepts Computer:
Edifier M1250 $19
Edifier R18USB $29
Edifier R600USB $39
Edifer M1360 $49
Edifier M1386 $89
Edifer M3200 $89
Edifier P3060 $89
Edifier X330 $89
Edifier TickTock Dock $129
Edifier BreatheBT $439
High end speakers
Edifier Studio 7 $299
Edifier S730 $569
Edifier S550 $669
Zul Abdul Rahman said that Concepts Computer doesn't only emphasise on computers such as Acer notebooks but also on customers satisfaction from the entertainment side. For more information, you can visit their showroom at Kiulap or call 223 3551/2/3 or 244 8102/3
More affordable range of speakers
They even have one ideal for iPhones or iPads
The mother of all speakers. The price includes another box of Edifier speakers
Great design on the speakers and this costs around $89
Now... doesn't the speakers suit my theme then? *lol*
Ernest So performing next week
Critics have hailed Ernest So as a performer who exerts a “phenomenon presence on stage” and who “evokes the romanticism and technical brilliance of a 19th century pianist”. Mr. So’s earlymanifestation as concert pianist brought prizes such as the Best Performer Award in Singapore and later the Beethoven Trophy. His years at the Juilliard School were spent under the artistic influence and instruction of renowned Beethoven scholar Jacob Lateiner (1928 - 2010); other teachers include Solomon Mikowsky, the late Constance Keene, and Jonathan Feldman.
Besides active concertizing in the United States, Europe and Asia, Mr. So is equally devoted to musical education, founding Atelier des Artistes in New York (2000) and then PerformNow in Hong Kong (2005), thus contributing vastly to the artistic scenes in both cities. Mr. So is well-known for his wide repertoire, including not only standard concert works by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, but also masterworks by Scriabin, Godowsky, Medtner, Antheil, Poulenc, Ibert, Bortkiewicz, Catoire, Guastavino, Kapustin, Stanchinsky, Mompou, Viñes, and many other lesser known composers. In 2008, Mr. So was invited to perform for over 20,000 spectators at the celebration of Guangxi University’s 80th Anniversary.
Mr. So has also given masterclasses and lectures on Beethoven, and is the author of numerous essays on music. He additionally uses his expertise to advise as a professional consultant on piano manufacture and restoration techniques, working for various leading piano builders and restorers; he is currently the Chief Technical Consultant for Asia Piano Japan. A personal friend of Paolo Fazioli and Luigi Borgato, two of the greatest piano builders of our time, Mr. So performs regularly on Fazioli pianos and had been invited to perform on a 2007 Borgato piano in Italy.
Openings at SCB
Canon Photomarathon 2012
It's happening this Sunday and there are more than 200 registered participants. I believe there are still slots for walk-in registration this Sunday. So do make your way this Sunday to Radisson Hotel at 8:30am to register yourself. I think this is open to all photo enthusiasts out there. Good luck!!! I will be there to do some quick coverage and hopefully cover the prize presentation.
This was the event taken last year for the 1st Canon event
Vincent Goh of Interhouse Company with Saifulizam, one of the winners last year
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Their official t-shirt for the event
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