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27
Oct

Charity Expo 2012

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Charity Expo 2012 launched



Jackson Ting in his welcoming remarks this morning


Guest of honour Datin Paduka Hjh Adina graced the ceremony and toured the exhibition at the Indoor Stadium.

































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26
Oct

The Cycle

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Promotion at Tasek Brasserie





Special promotion at Alan Inspiration Salon


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Another long weekend!!


Business premises will close at least an hour every Friday

RA says Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Adha to all my Muslim friends. Yes, it's another long weekend for Brunei as today is a public holiday and it's good time to spend time with your love ones and also do some contribution to the community. Today is the day of sacrifice (feast of sacrifice) and there will be a sacrificial ceremony where goats and cattles will be slaughtered as part of the Korban ceremony.

In today's headline, if you missed it, His Majesty the Sultan called for business shops to close during Friday prayers and this is to uphold the country's Islamic image and prevent muslims from skipping the obligatory weekly prayer. I know this is practiced in Saudi Arabia where all shops are closed during praying time every day. So this is something new for Brunei but only during Friday prayers. I'm not to sure about restaurants though but retailers are already taking notice of the titah. Concepts Computer has already started implementing this rule when I did my coverage earlier this morning. So thumbs up for their efficiency in responding to the titah delivered yesterday. To read more of the article, you can click here.

Speaking of Concepts Computer, this morning they officially launched existing and a new Acer model notebook that has Windows 8 pre-installed.. Awesome!!! There have been a long buzz about Windows 8, the latest operating system by Microsoft as they are entering a battlefield among other operating system giants Mac OS, IOS and Android. Don't get the wrong idea because Concepts Computer are not selling the software of Windows just yet but the Acer Notebooks will have all the Windows 8 pre-installed. So far there are 9 models from Acer and their latest model is the Acer Aspire M3985. All the device will either be powered by an Intel or AMD processor and running Windows 8 64-bit.

I'm quite impressed with some of the features of Windows 8 though it will be tough on me to convert to Windows because I'm a totally Apple user and I have no reason to swap to PCs. However, I might buy the parallel software that will only me to use Windows 8 on my iMac one day. There are plenty of features to use and once you master it, it's a solid operating system. You can visit Concept Computer at Kiulap or Gadong or you can call 223 3551 for more details. Next week, they will bring in the S7 Ultra book which will be the most anticipated notebook from the S series.


Ani Suryani, Zul Abdul Rahman and Vincent Pao holding different Acer models with Windows 8 pre-installed


The new Windows button


I was hoping for a handover of any Acer notebook *lol*

There will be an upcoming Charity Expo 2012 starting tomorrow till Sunday and it is managed by Adison Marketing Services and organised by the Departmnet of Youth and Sports in cooperation with JDG Chinese Charitable Association. The event will be graced by Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. So far there will be 41 exhibitors participating and it was announced that 100% of the proceeeds collected from booth rentals and donations by exhibitors will be donated to special causes. 50% will be donated to Dana Belia Brunei Prihatin to aid young entrepreneurs in starting small businesses while the 50% will be donated to poverty stricken families and disabled individuals. There will be a "Car Audio Show" taking place at the VIP car park area of the Indoor Stadium and every visitor will stand a chance to win a prized draw. There will be three prize draw sessions per day and up to five winners per session.


The participating vendors for tomorrow's event




Hunting for iPhone 5 casings?? Well, look no further as Asanty Collections have cool choices for you to choose from. There are only a few pieces available while stock lasts and if you are interested, they also sell screen protectors for iPhone 5. I would think ladies would love most of the designs because of its striking colours and texture. For more information, you can visit the Facebook page here.


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Wanna look at Studded Speedy? Click more for more choices

Happy birthday to Relentless Entertainment who turned 4 yesterday. Wow!!! It's been that long aye? I remember these guys started off during the days of Zunic Wellness a few years back. They started their dance classes there initiated by Mardi and Amy Cheong and slowly they ventured out and got noticed by the public. They began recruiting for dancers and the family just grew from time to time. It's no surprise that they are always being invited to perform for private events and lately Relentless Entertainment held an open audition as they are planning to diversify their strengths and not solely focusing on dancing. Good luck to you guys and keep up the great work and inspiring the youth!!


Happy 4th birthday, Relentless Entertainment. Image courtesy of Zatty Joanda.

*LOL* De No Goh responded to the article written by "An unimpressed Reader" and I guess the story won't end here. Apparently, this is not the first time that Deno has received negative feedback from the public. This is the 4th respondent he received and he's not totally bothered by it. I remember his previous articles on iPhone and how sarcastically it was written *lol* and I don't blame him since he's pro-Android user. Anyway, keep up the good work on "TechBrat" column. It's always a good read nonetheless. For more of De No's respond, click here.


De No responded back on the feedback aimed at him. Click image to read more.

For your info, Manjaro Restaurant has closed its door in Kiulap ever since Hari Raya. Now the spot will be taken over by Ceri Cafe, a popular eatery in Serusop. So where is Manjaro relocated? Well, let's just say there's no more Manjaro but the owners opened up a new restaurant called Rice Bowl and it's located at Batu Bersurat - same building as the Victory Bikes store. They still have the popular dishes from Manjaro and of course, new dishes and oh yeah, all the dishes are served in bowl :D I shall pay another visit again to try out other dishes. Congrats to Wuei and Pris on the opening.


I love this dish - Corn Beef Kway Teow. Try it :D


Winnie had the honour to open my Lego Minifig Series 8 and it was almost complete

Whooaa... I can't believe my cousin won it. When they announced the winner, I was thrilled the emcee announced her name though it was her sister who represented her for the prize presentation. Over 20 entries were submitted for the iMMerse Character Design Challenge and the prize presentation was graced by Datin Paduka Hjh Adina, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. The first place went YAM Pengiran Anak Hamlatul Arsy Mulia and she received a Macbook Pro. The 2nd place went to On Wan Shi (new iPad) and 3rd place went to Carolyn Lee Yi Zheng (Wacom tablet). The prizes were sponsored by BIBD.


Brian Koh, Director of KR Consulting, Javed Ahmad, Managing Director of BIBD, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, YAM Pg Anak Ajeerah Fidrausul Bulqiah receiving the first prize on behalf of her sister, Carolyn Lee Yi Zheng and On Wan Shi

Have you ever tried phone stacking? This is something new in Brunei though this has been practised in other countries. Ok, here's the thing... All of us are already equipped with smartphones and hence we are so addicted to our phones that quality time spent among friends and families are getting lesser and lesser in terms of interaction. So how it works is the phones are being stacked on top of each other from the diners present. There will be a time limit given, for instance, 30 mins per challenge. So the first person to take his or her phone from the stack will lose and will be penalised accordingly. I think this system is cool but it will take a lot of cooperation among your friends and family to pull this off. We are just to used play with technology especially social media stuff and whatsapp-ing. Anyway, do try phone stacking game soon and see how tempted you are to grab your phone.


A group of us did phone stacking last night at Villa Mauri. The challenge only lasted 3 minutes.


KFC Brunei has started introducing phone stacking and the challenge lasted 30 minutes

Concept Computers are currently having their Epson roadshow at The Mall and they have recently introduced two new Epson printers which are highly recommended because of its ability to print hundreds of pages. Furthermore, the ink cartridges are selling at a very reasonable price of $10 per bottle and you can expect a print yield up to 4,000 pages. The promotional prices are $198 for Epson L210 and $128 for Epson ME-101. According to the management, they will restocking these models as they are hot sellers especially among students.


Epson roadshow happening until Sunday at The Mall


The new printer Epson L210 is pretty awesome and selling like cakes

bFIT Challenge will be heading into elimination stage this Sunday evening. 10 contestants out of 50 will be eliminated from the bFIT challenge programme. After three weeks of training, consultation, team building and many more, it has come to the crucial stage where the judges (compromising from b•mobile, Fitness Zone and HPC) will decide the fate of the eliminated contestants. The team and individual points will be accounted for but the leading team after this weekend round will be safe from elimination. I can't wait to see the outcome this Sunday and it will be a nerve-wrecking episode because 10 people will leave the programme (and the show) and I could already sense the great bonding they have among themselves.


Last Monday, a nutritionist from HPC delivered his talk to the bFIT participants

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25
Oct

Let's get Turbanized

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I love the Turbanizer

RA says it has been an interesting few days and I'm always trying to find something new or interesting that's happening around Brunei (or outside Brunei). I recently covered Dato Siti Nurhaliza event in collaboration with AirAsia Megastore last Tuesday and that was worth the trip even if it was only a 24 hour trip. I think that's already the highlight of the week for me and I still can't believe I was just sitting next to her during the press conference *lol* Ok, that was my sakai moment indeed.. Thank you to AirAsia once again for making it happen.

Before I go on, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Myron and Leslie on the passing of Kathy (their late mother) yesterday. I've seen her from time to time during functions and though we hardly communicate but I could feel your courage to go through the pain. May you rest in peace.

Yesterday I attended the Think Big Innovate Forum 2012 and it was a pretty good line up of speakers. I was particularly impressed with Ash Singh, the founder of Turbanizer (apps), who had an interesting presentation on tips on starting a business. Though I have to say that one of this 50 tips that he shared advised us to "avoid business plans" *lol* Now this is something very rare since we have been nurtured by our teachers and business leaders on the importance of business plans. I believe there are pros and cons to this notion.

I was a bit surpirsed that Aulia aka @Salsabeela had little time for her introduction at Think Big Innovate Forum 2012 because this lady is a good inspiration for many young entrepreneurs. A move by the organiser to make her get more spotlight would have made more impact on the audience who made up of mostly young people. She's a blogger, a write, a publishing company, a fashion designer and a determined entrepreneur. Now that's an awesome resume to have indeed. Overall, it was a good seminar session organised by Asia Inc Forum and iCentre.


Ash Singh stole the show while being moderated by Delwin Keasberry of Asia Inc Forum at Thing Big Innovate 2012


Aulia Halimatussadiah (2nd left) from Indonesia was one of the panelists at Think Big Innovate 2012

Wow, it's good to see that BIBD is expanding its benefits by partnering with Royal Brunei Airlines in an agreement where you can earn Royal Skies Miles through BIBD's rewards programme - Hadiah Plus and Frequent Flyer Programme. So for every $1 spent on BIBD Credit Card, you get two Hadiah Points or with $2 spent on BIBD Debit Card, you get one Hadiah Point. So now with the new agreement, customers can redeem Royal Skies Miles if they want to. The other options they have is redeem cash back or annual fee waiver or an option to donate to charity. Eight Hadiah Points equates to 1 Royal Skies miles. Oh yeah, one more thing, to redeem it, you need at least 8,000 Hadiah Points. You can redeem by contacting BIBD's call centre 223 8181 or by filling in the air miles redemption form at any of BIBD's branches. Thumbs up to BIBD and RBA on the collaboration.


BIBD's CFO Hajah Noraini and Acting CEO of RBA/Chief Officer Group Services Maswadi Hj Mohsin exchanging documents on the new collaboration

Another interesting week has been these teasers that have been coming out in the papers which numerous tag lines such as "Smile More", "Little Things" and "Slow Down" and I bumped into familiar faces handing out cards in strategic places. I caught one at Airport Mall last week. I think something big is happening and I've never seen a company really spending a lot of marketing and brand awareness on such campaign. You can visit their facebook page --> redefined journey and you will stand a chance to win a flight too.. Hmmmm.. The clues are pretty obvious but let's see what will happen next.


Good teaser and creating a good hype over the past week or so


This was taken at the Airport Mall last week

A big shout out to Brunei DPMM FC on their victory last night. They won a hard fought batter and it was also a must win situation if they wanted a good chance to win the S•League title from table leaders Tampines Rovers. Their 3-1 away victory against Hougang United FC gave them a point behind the leaders and now the title decider will be next Friday 2nd November where Brunei DPMM FC will take on Balestier Khalsa at the National Stadium while Tampines will take on Harimau Muda. I still remember DPMM FC coach Simunic said that their target was being in the Top 5 but now with only one point behind and a 99% chance of winning the S•League title, why not just go for the kill. I do hope that the stadium will be filled with DPMM FC supporters and also Brunei supporters as DPMM FC have represented Brunei in the past few years in the S•League and this is also a title decider. I expect the tickets to be selling like hot cakes too.


Sairol of DPMM FC holding the New Paper (Singapore newspaper) and he can't wait for the final match on 2nd November. He hopes the public will come in numbers for the much anticipated match against Balestier. Well done, peeps!!

Another thing I want shout about is the amazing looks of the new iMac from Apple. Finee.. Apple announced the new iPad Mini but it didn't steal the show for me as I'm hardly a tablet user. My iPad 2 is only active when I do my presentations or if I fly overseas. I've been eyeing for the latest iMac and boy, the screenshots of it doesn't disappoint. The new 21" iMac will be out in November while the 27" will be out in December. I will probably sell of my 2010 iMac and target the 27" model and the price starts at USD 1799 for the low specs while the 21" starts at $1299. As for the iPhone 5 or the iPad Mini, they aren't my priorities unless you want deliver them to me as my birthday present this January 2012 *lol*


Ok, I am sold!!!!!! Can't wait!!!

For your info, this Monday 29th October, there will be a Google Developers Festival and it's organised by Google Developers Group (GDG) Brunei and DST and it will feature an invited speaker which will talk on variety of product areas, code labs and all-day application development hackaton. This is part of the DevFest 2012 event. The 2 day workshop hopes to discover local developers, new talents and budding entrepreneurs at the same time. This is indeed a good opportunity to have such workshop in Brunei and with the growth of smartphone users in Brunei, this opportunity must be not taken lightly. Then again, the event has been sold out according to the website registration. This really shows the dedication of our local community in the development of ICT. I shall be covering this event and hoping to gain more knowledge.


A sold out event this week for GDG DevFest 2012

This is a strange incident to take place in Brunei. The power of whatsapp is also quite overwhelming as I received a few of these shocking pictures on my phone. It was not know what was the motive behind the commotion that took place near Gadong. He is apparently a Filipino in his 30s and he just walked naked in public. He also kinda caused some public disorder as he attacked a person and also reacted when he was confronted by the Royal Brunei Police Force. He actually works as a mechanic. As of now, he's in the custody of the Royal Brunei Police Force. Image was courtesy of Whatsapp (source unknown).


The Filipino was apprehended by the police after the 15 minute ordeal. Not sure what his motive was or why he did it in the first place. Bizarre indeed!!

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24
Oct

Simply RA too

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Promotion at Tasek Brasserie





Special promotion at Alan Inspiration Salon


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It's all about synergy


Ok, I'm not referring the synergy between me and her *lol* This was taken right after the press conference with Dato Siti Nurhaliza and AirAsia

A newer, fresher AirAsiaMegastore.com is here. The newly revamped online store now offers added enhanced features and provides a more personalized shopping experience for customers. With the new features, customers can save items in the wish list where friends and family can view them and surprise the customers with the perfect gift or compare items that is available at the store to give them a better insight about the chosen items on top of more brilliant features that are available.

The AirAsiaMegastore and AirAsiaMegastore.com were launched in July 2010 and offers customers a plethora of products including AirAsia merchandize as well as fashion and lifestyle products such as cosmetics, perfumes, watches and electronic gadgets. Through the online store, customers from major countries such as the United States, Australia and Canada along with Asean countries including Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Apart from refreshed website, AirAsiaMegastore also announced is partnership with SimplySiti, the cosmetics brand which was founded by Malaysian songstress Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza who also serves as SimplySiti President. With the partnership, a wider range of SimplySiti products will be available at the AirAsiaMegastore and customers worldwide will be able to purchase them via the online store.

Present at the re-launch of AirAsiaMegastore.com and the announcement of the partnership with Simplysiti are AirAsia Berhad CEO Ms Aireen Omar; SimplySiti President Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza; Tune Talk CFO En Jalludin Abu Hassan and AirAsia iVentures General Manager Mr Dany Bolduc.


Waiting for the arrival of the Superstar


Dato' Siti Nurhaliza gave her welcoming remarks


Guess who joined the press conference… Hulkie!!!


The members of the press


The members of the press


AirAsia iVentures General Manager Mr Dany Bolduc, SimplySiti President Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza and AirAsia Berhad CEO Ms Aireen Omar


SimplySiti President Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza and AirAsia Berhad CEO Ms Aireen Omar

There was a special press conference segment for the Brunei and Indonesia press *Woohooo* Perhaps the best moment for me was when I was just sitting next to her during the press conference because of the limited space in the room and we had the privilege to ask her more questions.

When asked about Brunei Darussalam, she spoke highly of Brunei market and thankful to Paloma for doing a good job in Brunei. Emie Yusoff, the Vice-President and the Business Development of SimplySiti also hopes that Brunei will increase its outlet (currently 3) to cater to the demand in Brunei. He revealed that it wasn't easy to choose a distributor in Brunei alone. He hinted that such company must have a good track record, good network and team and most important of all, attitude. These are probably some reasons why SimplySiti have not gone full blast in regional countries.

Dato Siti also revealed that her next target market will be Indonesia and the Middle East. She was also happy to say that her fragrance has equaled her cosmetics in terms of sales and brand awareness. Despite her pursue in business, she still continues her profession as a singer. She will be performing next month in Malaysia and Jakarta in December.

In conjunction with the re-launch, AirAsiaMegastore.com is offering over 50% discount on selected products and for a limited time, those who purchase SimplySiti products will get a free AirAsia shower bag. There will also be Weekly Hot Online Deals where customers can save up to 30% on selected items. Log on to www.airasiamegastore.com to check out the promotions. On top of that, AirAsiaMegastore’s partner Tune Talk is also offering free SIM cards with RM2 preloaded airtime as well as RM20 reload for only RM10. Both offers are only available at the AirAsia Megastore at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang, Selangor.

It was a pleasure indeed to get up close and personal with Dato Siti and thank you once again to AirAsia for making it possible and arranging all the logistics too. Thank you to Natasha and Anita of AirAsia for the arrangement :))


The VIPs checking out the the AirAsiaMegastore kiosk at LCCT


Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza testing out her product


Another photo opportunity at the kiosk


This was sweet when she carried a newborn baby at AirAsia HQ


Another private press conference with the superstar herself. You can tell how close I was :D


The press member from Indonesia


Thank you AirAsia for making it happen :D

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23
Oct

CT, I'm coming for you :D

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Conservation talk tomorrow at UBD



Mr. Sung Wook Jo, Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of the Republi of Korea in Brunei Darussalam (right) hosting lunch with the local media

In an effort to assist in streaming potential agenda in Brunei's successful biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in accordance with the nation's Chairmanship for the next Asean Summit in 2013, the Republic of Korea, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, have gathered experts to speak at the Asean Korean Biodiversity Cooperation seminar.

The seminar, which is set to be held from tomorrow to Friday, presents an avenue for the expert panelists to exchange views and experience, and facilitate scientific research efforts on diversity among related countries.

Speaking to the local media yesterday was Mr Sung Wook Jo, Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Brunei Darussalam.

He highlighted that during the Asean-Korean Commemorative Summit in Jeju 2009, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has proposed that the Kuala Belalong Field Centre be utilised as a venue for environment research. In view of this, Brunei and the Republic of Korea have agreed to undertake a joint project to convene at the Asean-Korea Biodiversity Cooperation Seminar.

He said the seminar will further promote the public's awareness on biodiversity of Asean and Borneo Island in particular. The seminar will carry the theme 'Current and Future Challenges to Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Asean region.'

"The seminar will focus on talks given by experts and policy makers from the Republic of Korea and Brunei as well as other Asean countries," said Mr Sung, before adding that at the end of the seminar, a 'policy-oriented report' based on seminar presentations and discussions will be tabled. This is to facilitate implementation on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, he said.

The Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar is expected to deliver a keynote speech during the opening ceremony for the seminar tomorrow. And yes, the seminar is open to the public at The Core UBD tomorrow in the morning (Wednesday).

The experts include Dr Jin Han Kim, Director of Research Cooperation Division and Dr Byoung Yoon Lee, the Director of Plant Resources Division, both from the National Institute of Biological Resources. Also expected to deliver their papers are experts from the Korean Environment Institute and the e-Government Innovation Centre (eG.Inc) at UBD, as well as experts from the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.

The proposed venue for the seminar will be at The Core, UBD and the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Centre, Temburong District. Text courtesy of Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin.


We had lunch at a Korean Restaurant called Silla. It's highly recommended.


Aziz served us as well. Nice t-shirt btw bro haha


New Audi A4 impresses


What sexy eyes the new Audi A4 has....

Last Saturday, TCY Motors Sdn Bhd officially lanuched the latest A4 Sedan and Avant model at Radisson Hotel. In my opinion, I love the Avant model because of its design.

Presence during the launch were Teng Ching Ying, Chairman of TCY Motrors Sdn Bhd and Helmut Domas, Acting German Ambasssador to Brunei. The welcoming remarks was made by TCY's After-Sales Manager Francis Chan and he reminded the guests that all Audi cars have a 5-year warranty and because of its regional support system, it allows Brunei to have a much quicker response on any matter regarding Audi vehicles.

A few good reasons to get the new A4 - a lighter engine than previous model, 28% more torque output, lesser petrol consumption than previous models and reduction of CO2 emissions.

For more information about the new Audi A4 Sedan and Avant, call 244 2333 for the Kiarong showroom or 239 0725 for the Lambak showroom. You can also follow their updates on Facebook.


TCY's After-Sales Manager Francis Chan gave his welcoming remarks


The chairman unveiling the new Audi A4


I present to you the new Audi A4


The invited guests taking a feel of the new car


Helmut Domas trying out the new A4


CJ and Efra were there at the launch


Jazz Hayat entertaining the guests with some cool numbers



Signing Ceremony for partners of TechXpo


With the organisers and partners for TechXpo 2012

A signing ceremony was held at Seri Kerna Hall, AITI Building, in Anggerek Desa recently for partners of the upcoming TechXpo.

Representatives from event organiser InfoCom Federation Brunei (IFB) and event manager Sunlit Advertising Sdn Bhd were present at the ceremony, as well as event and activity partners.

Signing on behalf of the event organiser were IFB Chairman Pg Abd Ghani Pg Hj Metussin and IFBSecretary Hj Abd Ghani Hj Omar, whilst signing on behalf of the event manager were Sunlit Advertising Executive Director Dato Hj Danial Hj Hanafiah and Sunlit Advertising Managing Director Jackson Ting.

The event partners for this year's TechXpo are Brunei Times Sdn Bhd as the Print Media Supporter, Oregon Systems as the Official CCTV Service Provider, BT Forwarding Company as the Official Forwarder, Orchid Garden Hotel as the Official Hotel, Oxford Business Group (OBG) as the Official Media Partner, Ranoadidas.com as the Official Social Media Partner, Bayu Ilham Motors Sdn Bhd as the Official Transporter, Aewon Garment & Embroidery Sdn Bhd as the Official Apparel Provider, Radio Televisyen Brunei as the Official Broadcast Media Partner and Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) as the Official Telecommunications Partner.

The activity partners for TechXpo 2012 include STEP Centre of the Ministry of Education (MoE), who will hold IT-related activities; Tech One Global Limited, who will carry out IT literacy training; and Asia Oceania Regional Software Park Alliance, who will be hosting Business Matching activities.

The TechXpo 2012 will be held from December 1 to 4 at the International Convention Centre in Berakas. This will be the third instalment of the technology fair, that looks to inform and educate industry players and the public on the latest developments, products and services.

This year's TechXpo is held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2012, a collaborative network which focuses not only on knowledge sharing and innovative benchmarking, but also on business facilitation between business communities from the member countries.

The TechXpo 2012 will also feature the first Enterprise Business Matching and Product Sharing Session organised by the Asia Oceanic Regional Software Park Alliance, which is envisioned as a one-stop platform for enterprises to meet and network thus expanding business opportunities, as well as contributing to the development of the ICT industry.

One of the event partners, Oxford Business Group (OBG), will also be providing "The Report Brunei 2011", a publication launched in Brunei this year in March, to the expo's VIP members and delegates.

OBG is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm that publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

The TechXpo 2012 is supported by the Prime Minister's Office, MoE, the Ministry of Communications and AITI. Al-Haadi of The Brunei Times.


Representing IFB and Sunlit Advertising


Representing Oxford Business Group


Representing BT Forwarding Company


Representing who else….


Representing The Brunei Times


Representing TechOne Global


The official t-shirt for TechXpo 2012




Irene and Hui Chiet of Sunlit Advertising



Sometimes it could be biased


It's happening tomorrow (Wednesday)

"Embracing the creative evolution", the theme for this year's Think Big Innovate Forum, will put the spotlight on creative arts and multimedia as the next most important tools that will spur entrepreneurship and innovation in Brunei.

"We've been doing this for five years now, and each year we have central themes; cloud computing, social media, mobile applications, innovation, and this year's edition, we'll be focusing on the advent of multimedia and creativity," said Delwin Keasberry, the programmes manager at Asia Inc Forum, organisers of this year's conference.

This year's theme coincides with the country's recent initiatives to promote creativity amongst the youth and encourage more local businesses to venture into the creative industry, he said.

Such initiatives include the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports' latest drive towards supporting creative industry development, The Brunei Economic Development's creative arts facility (CRAFT) and the iCentre's Think Big iMMerse Challenge.

"We set the trend before things get hot or become mainstream. We believe that in the next few years, for corporations, organisations, NGOs and SMEs, the digital multimedia engine behind marketing will be one of the things that will be used more and more," said Keasberry. For more insight, you can click here.

The Think Big Innovate Forum, be held on October 24 at The Empire Hotel & Country Club, is expected to bring together 250 representatives of ICT industry players, government, business community and educational institutions. Source: Al-Haadi Abu Bakar of The Brunei Times.




9th year for DeStress Bodyworks


Let's come and show your support

DeStress Bodyworks celebrate its 9th Birthday this October. They are offering a variety of Facials and Body Relaxation treats designed to relax and treat your skin's individual needs.

As a way of expressing their sincerest appreciation for your kind support, they are offering a special Aroma massage package of 6 Hours for $ 108/- with free 30mins herbal steam from now till 30th Nov 2012.

Come and join them on our DeStress Open day from 26th-28th Oct 2012. Win attractive Lucky draw prizes from Apple iPad 2 to latest Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Free Door gift for you and your friends when you come in for Skin consultation. Visit us at : Unit 7 & 10 Blk D Muhibbah Complex Jln Gadong Tel: 2428828 / 8771288 and also at A1, 1st Flr Latifuddin Complex, Jln TungkuLink Tel: 2428898

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