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The Peugeot Prosperity

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The Audi A7 Sportback making its mark

The Audi A7 Sportback was officially launched recently 

Helmut Domas, the deputy head of Mission at the Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany, and Teng Ching Ying, chairman of T.C.Y. Motors at the official launch of Audi A7

Audi has been making waves for the past few years. Sales have been great, not just in Brunei but worldwide. In Brunei, T.C.Y. Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole Audi distributor, recorded its strongest performance for Audi in 12 years. In 2013, T.C.Y. Motors sold 153 units which is 18% more than in year 2012. Worldwide, Audi has sold more cars than year 2012 with a 8.3% increase. I am quite impressed with Audi’s presence in Brunei and if you ask me, an Audi car would suit me fine :D

Last Monday was the official launch of the Audi A7 Sportback and T.C.Y. Motors invited guests for the launch. It was also the first time that the public was introduced to the new General Manager of T.C.Y. Motors, Sridheevan Sivanatham.

So what are the specs for the Audi A7? It’s 3.0 litre TDI V-6 turbo power. It has a large luggage compartment and good fuel consumption. It uses quattro all-wheel drive with driver assistant technologies.

Premium features include ambient lighting, Milano leather interiors, glass sun-roof, auto open/close luggage roof, Bose surround sound, driver’s seats with memory function and power start-stop button.

Helmut Domas, the deputy head of Mission at the Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany, and Teng Ching Ying, chairman of TCY officiated the launch. For more information about the Audi A7 Sportback, please call 2442333 for the Kiarong showroom.


FTTH momentum


FTTH is gaining pace and slowly TelBru are deploying at different areas in Brunei to enable ultra-high speed internet to their homes. It was quoted by Hj Emran Hj Hasan, General Manager of TelBru’s Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH), that their target is to reach 45,000 homes by 2016. So far, around 12,000 homes have connected with FTTH.

TelBru strategies its deployment in phases as a full blown nationwide implementation would incur more cost and resources. The 1st phase includes Madang, Gadong and Bandar Seri Begawan. The 2nd phase covers Bengkurong, Sengkurong, Rimba, Jalan Muara, Mentiri, Kuala Belait and Seria.

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. Not sure what the prizes are just yet.

Just an advice if you are FTTH device being installed at your home

Speaking about FTTH, yesterday was a ceremony that took place at AITI where there was a exchanging of agreement between AITI and Lailatul Shazana’s Studio (Shazana). It was a tender that Shazana won for a video documentary (a 28 minute one), depicting the government’s efforts to develop the ICT sector through the FTTH project.

Apart from the video, Shazana will deliver two mini clips showcasing the benefits of FTTH connection.

The contract signing, held at the AITI Building in Anggerek Desa, was witnessed by Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI. Signing on of behalf of AITI was Queh Ser Pheng and Hj Osman Hj Ladis, while Shazana was represented by Sheikh Abas Sheikh Mohamad and Sheikh Mohd Idham Sheikh Abas.
It’s been a while since I see Sheikh Abas in the papers and he’s a great mentor when I was still in my rookie years. So it was good to see him back. Congratulations on your son’s (Minul) nikah last week and I shall see you soon, my friend :D

Queh Ser Pheng (2nd L) of AITI and Sheikh Abas Sheikh Mohamad (2nd R) exchanging contracts after inking a deal for the production of an FTTH documentary with Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI as a witness. Courtesy of AITI



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Wake me up

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HSBC New Year Special Deals


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The Peugeot Prosperity

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A Better View

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BIBD Barakah 5

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HSBC New Year Special Deals


HSBC Lucky Dip at Frescho. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times and HSBC.

HSBC is giving exclusive special deals for its Credit and Debit cardholders to usher in 2014 and the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.

Satrting this weekend, the cardholders stand a chance of winning prizes in the FreshCo Supermarket “Sure-Win” instant lucky dip when they spend a minimum of $50 in a single receipt with the use of their HSBC card.

More than 3,888 attractive gifts and vouchers are up for grabs from All Seasons, Auntie Anne’s, Pastamania, Shinobu, Sushi Tei and Waroeng Penyet ranging from $10 to $388.

Cardholders can also enjoy exclusive discounts on selected items ranging from Taiwan Mandarin Oranges, Zebra brand Chinese wok and Topoto Mop Set when they spend a minimum of $138 in a single receipt on their HSBC card at Warisan Utama Jaya Emporium & Supermarket, Jalan Muara outlet.

HSBC’s special Lunar New Year Weekend Shopping Deals fall on the weekends of January 18-19 and January 25-26. On top of the special discounts and privileges, cardholders also stand a chance of winning a getaway for two to either Dubai, Maldives, New Zealand or Paris by simply swiping their HSBC Credit or Debit Cards between January 2 to March 31, 2014.

The winner will also receive $5,000 in shopping money and a minimum of three nights of hotel accommodation.

“Most cards offer rewards but how many offer memories? At HSBC, we’d love to see HSBC customers get closer to the dream destination of their choice by using HSBC Credit or Debit Card.”

“You can now transform your ordinary card purchases into an extraordinary yet unforgettable adventure for two this new year!” said Lyndsay Rajah, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, HSBC Brunei.

For more information on the new year exclusive deals, please visit either or Text courtesy of The Brunei Times.

HSBC Lucky Dip at Frescho. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times and HSBC.


Spectacle 2014


Do follow their Facebook Page for updates. I was quite impressed by last year’s work. Let’s hope for more similar quality artwork and installation. Click image to enter Facebook Page.


DPMM FC gearing up


Steve Kean, head coach of DPMM FC, increasing the intensity of the training scheme in preparation for the S•League season

Steve Kean has done wonders for DPMM FC and even the management are happy with the routine and the drills that are conducted by Steve Kean ever since he took charge over as head coach, replacing former coach Vjeran Simunic. All DPMM FC players are fully fit and it’s good to see Sairol back in training after a long injury lay off.

Apparently this time round the S•League has increase the requirements in terms of fitness for all the S•League registered players and it is mandatory as well. This is pretty good for the players so they can perform at the highest level from time to time and also improve the competitiveness of the league.

This week, DPMM FC will fly to Phuket, Thailand, to take part in the SAKSEE PHUKET CUP tournament. They will play Phuket FC and Nakhon Si Heritage in the tournament slated for 25th to 27th January. After that they will take on Kelantan FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah stadium on the 31st January and the entry is free. You will get the chance to see DPMM FC with the new squad and hopefully all the players are available.

DPMM FC are still searching for the 5th import player. So far Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi is the only player to be retained. The other foreign imports are defender Boric Raspudic from Bosnia and midfielders Roberto Alviz from Croatia and Joe Gamble from Ireland.

The recent import trials didn’t make the cut. Caleb Colman Folan, former Bradford City and Hull City forward, failed to impress during the trials. With the season just weeks away, DPMM FC will be chasing that elusive gem that will be the final piece to the puzzle.

DPMM FC’s first game will be away to Albirex Niigata at Jurong East Stadium, Singapore while their fist home game will be on the 28th February against Warriors FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. So mark that on your calendar and let’s show support to our DPMM FC team.

Azwan Salleh and new import player Joe Gamble during training last week

Loads of fitness schemes as well

The Italian striker on trial last week

Caleb Colman Folan, a Will Smith look-a-like, was on trails before heading back home

The fixtures for February and March 2014 for DPMM FC


Behind the wheel


The common trend last week for Brunei are showcasing cars as well as car launches from different companies. Tonight will be the official launch of the awesome Audi A7 by T.C.Y Motors while four or five new models made headlines in the car automotive in Brunei Darussalam. It will be interesting how the finance (bank) are handling now that they are only two players here - BIBD At-tamwil and Baiduri Finance.

So which launch struck you the most? Or which car caught you eye? Different people will have different needs and wants and it’s pretty good that there are many varieties for the consumers to choose from.

The biggest highlight last week was the launch of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the tagline “Vision Accomplished”. Check out the new model at Beribi Showroom

Indera Motors Sdn Bhd had a showcase for its Jaguar F-Type which is dubbed the “sexy cat” which is the highlight of the Jaguars being displayed. Image courtesy of @marul69.

Check out the new Range Rover and this model has been catching a lot of attention. Image courtesy of @marul69.

If you are targeting a family car with some eco-friendly performance, you should check out Mazda’s MPV. You can check them out at Grand Motors showroom at Beribi and KB. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

The new Mitsubishi Delica D:5 was unveiled to the press and this is another ideal family car. GHK will also introduce the Delica Roadset. You can check out their Facebook page by click the image. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times

While all the cars are being launched and showcased, I had the privilege to drive the new C 200 for the weekend and I’m loving the car so far!!! Too bad I will be returning it back to Jati Transport pretty soon. More review on the car next time.

Check out the new Chevrolet Trailblazer which was also launched by GHK Motors last week. You can check out the review of the car by clicking the image. The only downside is that the Chevrolet brand will pull out from Europe by end of 2015 and it will kinda affect the sponsorship value Chevrolet have with Manchester United. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

The other anticipated launch tonight is T.C.Y. Motors’ Audi A7. This is the hi spec modification of the Audi A7 which is driven by Hitesh. Lucky you, bro :D


Hardcore HDDs


I have quite a few of HDDs back at home and these gadgets come in handy since I take tons of space on my Mac from the photos I take. Now Concepts Computer have introduced a different versions of HDDs.

One of the brand they brought in is AData DashDrive HD710 and the award-winning external hard disk solution provides mobile, rapid, and dependable data access in a rugged and sporty package.

You want something thats durable, shockproof and waterproof, Adata DashDrive HD710 delivers indeed. The AData DashDrive HD710 2.5” external hard drive also features a bright blue LED indicator that shines through the enclosure to indicate power and data transfer status, making it easier to visually confirm data transfer and connectivity.

The AData DashDrive HD710 will be available from Concepts Computers for $118 for the 500GB capacity, and $168 for the 1TB capacity. Colour options that will be available include blue, yellow, and black. During this time, Concepts Computer will also be having a special offer for its members who have the IT specialist store’s pendrives. For these members, the AData DashDrive HD710 1TB will be available for $148 and the 500GB will be available for $108 as long as they show their membership pendrives during their purchase of the external hard disk.

Concepts Computer are also selling podium with built-in speakers and a mic which is very popular when it comes to organising functions. So this is definitely a good investment for companies for future events.

The AData DashDrive HD710 comes in 500GB or ITB

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer (3rd from left) posing with the AData DashDrive and the new podiums on sale

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, showing the number of boxes of the podiums in stock.

Le Doux’s CNY promotion

Starting today 10th 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.

A perfect gift for CNY

You can also buy a hamper

The cookies comes in 3 form of packages, a jar type which is nicely decorated that sits well in your living room and a great way to serve your guest. It also comes in gift box designs, which are ideal of gift giving. Lastly an eye catching hamper gift basket that consisting of 2 cookie jars and 2 gift boxes. Each package is customizable based on request and customers get to choose the type of cookies in each package. Adding a little personal touch to personalize the entire giving process.

Make your order bookings by contacting us at +673 245 7722 or head down to our store at No. 1, Block C, Ground Floor, Sempurna Complex Jalan Batu Bersurat, Kampong Gadong, B.S.B. BE3519, Brunei Muara, Brunei Darussalam. Their friendly staffs will be happy to provide any inquires you have. You can follow them on Facebook Le Doux Patisserie and instagram @LeDouxPatisserie

The map of Le Doux Patisserie


Countdown to renovation


Y.M.RM Enterprise having clearance sale before their big renovation works in March 2014. Check them out at Delima Jaya, Serusop, outlet.

Crazy sales at YMRM Enterprise. Don’t be mistaken for the Galleria YMRM (textile) though. The clearance sale is for one of Y.M.RM subsidiaries which is Y.M.RM Enterprise which is located at Delima Jaya, Serusop. It sells basically things like clothes, phone casing, bags, belts, guitars and even golf sets with the golf bag. It’s an ongoing clearance sale and the prices are pretty cheap too. YMRM Enterprise will be undergoing renovation by March 2014 hence they are organising a clearance sale.

I can tell you the prices are ridiculously cheap and if you are on a budget, this is ideal for you. For more info, you can call 234 0763.

Oh yea, I’m not sure yet to what Y.M. RM Enterprise have in store for the renovation but apparently it will be a surprise for their customers and a new level of shopping experience. The countdown starts now until end of February 2014 before they start renovation works. For now, they are giving back to the community by having a clearance sale.





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The new S-Class unveiled

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Vision accomplished


The new S-Class is pure class. The official launch took place at Radisson Hotel last night

I kinda liked the tagline or the motto for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class which is “Vision Accomplished” and the new luxury line from Mercedes-Benz is the top of the crop of all the car launches this week in Brunei by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd. I was sold by the video presentation during the launch of the S-Class at Radisson Hotel but of course, it may be sometime before I can afford it *lol*

Mercedes-Benz has done it again, improving every aspect of an already awesome “class” line. They have upgraded its “Intelligent Drive”, “Efficient Technology” and the “Essence of Luxury”. I love the fact that it has LED lights illuminating in the interior of the S-Class. It simply looks classy and I can boast so much about the car.

The exterior and interior design was given the accolade the “Best of Best” by the German Design Council. It also won the “Connected Car of the Year” award by readers of AUTO BILD and COMPUTER BILD. You can check out the youtube commercial video here.

If you want to have a feel of the new S-Class, head down to Jati Transport Beribi showroom today and you will be impressed. I can’t wait to test drive the new S-Class.

Mercedes-Benz does live to its motto - The Best or Nothing.


For the ladies


Special promotion going on at Lilli Lingerie and it has been a successful one

Their best selling item so far at Lilli Lingerie

Hanky Panky laces


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Becoming of age

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The rise of Nina Iskandar


The cake cutting ceremony with Nina Iskandar and her family with David Teo and Jane of MIG at CheezBox Cafe last Thursday to commemorate the premiere of Muka Surat Cinta

Major David Teo has built an empire. Metrowealth (MIG) is his baby and now they have produced tons of movies to date and Muka Surat Cinta starring our own local talent Nina Iskandar is MIG’s 88th film. David Teo is the producer and CEO of MIG and he has a simple character but a great visionary.

How Nina Iskandar came about to be part of the MIG family was also kinda simple - just create a conversation on David’s instagram @davidteo99 and the rest is history. I’m quite surprised that a person of his genre will be adapting to social media in reaching more talents and this has been his main channel for marketing and exposure as well.

He was proud to claim that the company’s expenses in terms of advertising and marketing have been trimmed by 30-40% and he hopes that by this year, he is able to cut marketing and advertising costs by 80% as he will be focusing more and leveraging on social media. Wow, that’s an interesting approach indeed and the formula have worked so far.

Nina Iskandar debuted on the big screen last Thursday (in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei) and it was her first major role on film with the title “Muka Surat Cinta”. It was nice to see her back in Brunei to promote her film which is only screening in The Mall Cineplex. Her family and her extended family and close friends came to support the premiere and of course, the presence of Major David Teo and Jane of MIG gave a morale boost for our local talent.

There will be more movies that she will be featured in and David has been impressed with Nina’s progress. Let’s put it this way. MIG has a pool of talents and mostly they are from Malaysia with Nina being the only Bruneian. So you can imagine the hard work and the dedication that Nina has to go through in getting roles under MIG’s production. I’m pretty sure it’s never easy to rise to the top and Nina is heading on that path to be one of the elite film stars. Nina is very appreciate of his “godfather” in guiding and coaching her to greater heights. From the press conference two nights ago, I could tell how much faith David has in Nina and she is one of those hidden gems that has yet to reach full potential.

David is not only monitoring the number of talents under him but he also plays a father figure role to all of them. Currently more than 40 artistes are under the MIG label and of course, the popular one among the lot is Nora Danish. Hence, it’s never an easy task for David to handle all the artistes but he has imposed a good policy in order for the artistes to be disciplined and also protecting their own image as well as MIG’s.

I wish Nina Iskandar the best of luck and this is definitely her biggest break of her career. So guys, you want to be part of the MIG artistes pool of talent, all you have to do is get in touch with @davidteo99 on instagram and who knows you will be the chosen ones!!!

Images courtesy of Dean Kassim.

David Teo and Nina Iskandar during the press conference

Nina Iskandar with her family and cousins during the premiere

It was a full house last Thursday

The islanders.. hahaha.. though we are not related



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The Golden Boy

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The best among the best!!


Click image to listen to our podcast and find out Rano and Del’s Top 10 movies of 2013

Yes, it’s a bit of a delay. Finally we managed to update our Popcorn Panel podcast for our 20th edition which is the Best movies we caught for 2013. So if you want to know what’s our take on the movies of 2013, you can check out our Popcorn Panel on Soundcloud or you can click here to find out more.

i shall be giving away a grand prize sometime in May which will be a PS4 and other prizes as well. So all you have to do is follow @ranoadidas on instagram and check out the insta post that has this image. The question will be set there and you will have to reply your answers on that post. I will be coming up with a proper instagram for The Popcorn Panel soon so it will be easier to track answers.

I won’t be disclosing the ranks here of our Top 10 movies between @delgoh and I but below are the movies that were discussed with the hits and misses of movies in 2013. I shall reveal more of the Top 10 by next week. For now, do check out our podcast and do tell us your review and perhaps share with us your Top 10 movies of 2013.


Abhar wins an A250


The grand winner of the day - Abhar Munawar - who won the Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sports this morning at Jati Transport Beribi Showroom

He was indeed the Golden Boy this morning. He only needed one attempt to turn on the engine of the Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sports and he was among the 21 shortlisted finalists for the Jati Transports grand draw for 2013. More than 350 customers were listed in the draw of the competition and last week, Jati Transport held an initial draw to handpick 21 shortlisted customers of Jati Transport.

So today was the big day and surprise, surprise, there were no female in the top 3 this time round. Last year, Haliza won the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster. This time, a master graduate from the UK won the grand draw and he is Abhar Munawar.

The other 20 finalists were given consolation prizes courtesy of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd. The lucky draw campaign was carried out from 1st Jan to 31st December 2013 with purchasers of a new Mercedes-Benz passenger car, Vito or Viano.

Tomorrow will be the launch of another line of the S-Class. More update on that next week.

Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Ahmad Hj Jumat with Pg Anak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohd Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd and Abhar Munawar bin Pehin OKSPDSS Dr Hj Ahmad

Group photo with the finalists

Mr Phil Myhre, the General Manager of Jati Transport handing consolation prize to Hjh Aznah Hj Ahmad

Mr Ho, the Sales Manager of Jati Transport handing consolation prize to Bibi Azura binti Osli

Angella, Accountant of Jati Transport handing consolation prize to Amer Hishamuddin PD Hj Zakaria

Mr Stephen Reid, Service Manager of Jati Transport handing consolation prize to Gavin Chai

Mr. Yong, Parts Manager of Jati Transport handing consolation prize to Siti Naqiyah binti Hj Abd Aziz

Pg Anak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohd Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd drawing the the three finalists

The crowd waiting in anticipation

Jenny Malai Ali having a few words with the three finalists

Mr. Myhre handing over souvenir to Shazali Sulaiman, partner of KPMG Brunei, for auditing the legitimacy of the draw

The confetti after Abhar was the lucky golden boy

The sales agents of Jati Transport were hoping their customers won the grand prize

The closest thing I would get from winning this car *lol* It seemed like it was a handover of the winner to the new owner (me) hahaha.. *wishful thinking*


Concepts with a new facelift


A new look, a new feel for the New Year at Concepts Computer. Just like my room, Concepts Computer had some facelift before the Chinese new year. You will notice the visual enhancements such as the artwork and adornments on the different floors of the showroom.

According to Zul Abdul Rahman, the Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, the management wants to give the best in-store shopping experience and furthermore, Concepts Computer staff have been undergoing training to provide a better service to their customers as IT is a very demanding industry.

He thanked the customers for their support and loyalty and promised to always provide reliability, high performance and affordability in their products (Acer and Espon). Check out Concepts Computer branch in Kiulap and they are also part of the Brunei Salebration 2014. For more info, call 223 3551 or 223 3552.

The new look feel at Concepts Computer

There’s a dedicated service centre area for EPSON on the 1st floor

Concepts Computer preparing for the lunar year


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