MASwings to fly to Brunei Feb 2012
The press release hasn't come from any of the MAS Wings representatives from Brunei but this was already announced in Kota Kinabalu that MASwings will be expanding its services into Brunei as part of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) initiative.
This means that MASwings will fly to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. So when is this actually? According to The Borneo Post article dated 17th December 2011, MASwings Managing Director Datuk Capt. Mohd Nawawi quoted that direct air links would kick off on 1st February 2012. This is super good news for frequent travelers to KK and Kuching.
All the flights would be operated using MASwing's ATR72-500 aircrafts which can seat about 73 passengers each *yea smaller planes* As for the KK route, it will be flying twice daily and for Kuching route, it will be flown three times a week.
For your info, MASwings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines Systems Bhd (MAS), currently serves Sabah and Sarawak. We shall wait for the other press release from MAS (Brunei office) for more details. But for now, it's official that MASwings will be flying to Brunei though the website hasn't included Brunei for booking purposes. Hopefully it will be the case come January 2012.
(From Left): Nawawi, MASwing's head of commercial, Zainuddin Mohamed and the carrier's Sabah regional manager Shauqi Ahmad, after unveiling the buntings announcing the new routes. Taken from The Borneo Post website.
MASwings appeared in newspaper advertisement print in Miri recently
Nan Sy, former Ambassador to Cambodia to Brunei has been charged for embezzlement. Image taken from khmerization.blogspot.com
Man, he really looked innocent *lol* I always bumped into him in functions though we were never properly acquainted. He finished his term in May 2011 this year and now he is a fugitive *oh my*
Apparently Nan Sy, the former ambassador to Brunei, has been charged wih breach of trust and exploiting state money in a civil case last Friday, 23rd December 2011.
So what did he do anyway? He was in charge of overseeing the construction of the Cambodian embassy in Brunei in 2008. Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was given unpaid bill by a construction company despite forking out periodic payments to Nan Sy to cover the construction costs.
I've never expected of this kind of story coming from this guy. Sometimes looking naive can be deceiving, right? Apparently he embezzled more than $555,762 (USD 430,000) from the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
For more of the story, you can click here.
Nan Sy was featured in today's The Brunei Times. Click image fo rmore of the story
For your info, it weren't the Philippines national that found the body. It was one of my friends who are regular surfers at Tungku Beach and they were three of them who brought the body to the shore and there was no boat too as stated in The Brunei Times. By the way, my friend advised to stay away from the beach as waves are quite high during the monsoon season
It's the bonus period so why not catch this special offer from Sin Hup Huat
So peeps... Do spend your bonuses wisely. How I wish I do have bonuses for myself too. My boss being a b***h lately *lol*
Got any box?
I have never heard of this concept of "foiling a car" before but it does exist apparently and now it's available in Brunei. Imagine this - You bought a new car and you want to change the colour of your car or perhaps preserve your original paint for that matter and in mint condition some more. So with "foil wrapping", this is made possible and you will have the freedom to change the colour of your car over a period of time. Just think of it as a second skin for the car.
The company that brought the first "Foil Wrapping System" is iDesign Concept Sdn Bhd and they have a well-trained team and experience staff to handle your car professionally. Did you know that they have extensive experience of "foiling" exotic cars in the Middle East?
Reasons to foil your car
1) Car protection - from elements of weatherin, scratches and paint chipping.
2) Colour change at anytime. Did you know that you will still preserve your original colour of the car? And yes, you don't need another paint job on your car
3) Limitless design
For those interested, you can try call 264 4642 or you can call Pg Annuar 822 7102. You can visit their shop at Bangunan Dato Paduka Lim Seng Kok, Building E, No. 12 Simpang 628, Jln Tutong.. Well, it's not far from Excapade Sushi Bunut.
One of the exotic cars was being foiled and this is the original colour of the Lamborghini
Then the exotic is being sent to iDesign Concept for foiling
Ahh.. the excitement to see how the Lamborghini looks like in a foil condition
Wallaaaaa... this is a foiled job with a gold matt finish.. Awesome, huh?
Have you seen this on the road? Apparently more than 8 cars have been foiled to date. Will you be one of them?
Pg Annuar, Operations Manager of iDesign Concept (2nd from left) with his team during the official launch of iDesign Concept
It's happening tomorrow at Seasons Restaurant and this food promotion was introduced last year and it's making a comeback due to popular demand. Last year the Middle East food promotion only lasted 3 days. This year, it will be a two week Middle East food promotion.
During the promotional period, all dine-in customers for this promotion are entitled to win special prizes. Exclusive discounts are available for Standard Chartered Credit Cardmembers during the promotional period. For reservations, please call 242 2291/ 242 2292.
Hummus dip (pretty delicious too)
Mussaka (with three different fillings of beef or lamb or chicken)
Pistachio Layer Cake
Zatty trying out the Middle East food at Seasons last week
With Chef Rosli Che Ama (Chef) and Oscar Abrera (F&B Manager)
It's the Red and the Green day
The event took place this morning at Times Square and it was the official opening of FES Retro outlet at Times Square. Their recent location has spurred more traffic than their previous outlet at Berakas. The relocation paid off and now FES Retro is drawing more crowd than before and they have expanded their items and not only limiting to Manchester United and Liverpool merchandise.
The official opening was graced by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila DiRaja Dato Paduka Hazair Hj Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also present was the Managing Director of FES Retro, Effendi Hj Said and Director of FES Retro, Habry bin Hj Abdullah.
You can make your way to FES Retro at Times Square for football merchandise. They carry genuine goods too and you won't be disappointed.
Pehin Hazair gracing the opening of FES Retro
Habry handing over mock cheque to guest of honor for donation to JAPEM
Habry Hj Abdullah, Director of FES Retro, Effendi Hj Said, Managing Director of FES Retro, Pehin Dato Paduka Hj Hazair, Guest of Honour, Datin Hjh Rosnah, spouse of Guest of Honour, Hazlim, General Manager of FES Retro
Liverpool fans can look for merchandise at FES Retro
Special print for guest of honour and you can also personalised yours too
Pehin Hazair did his own print at FES Retro
Pehin Hazair is not a football fan but he's a Liverpool fan now *huhu*
The young blood helping out at FES Retro
Pg Salleh of DPMM FC is nursing a knee injury. He should be back training in two weeks. He's also a Spurs fan
The future CEOs of FES Retro? :D
FES Retro have new arrivals of futsal shoes
From 5th to 31st December, KFC selling some of their premiums at B$2.00 each at all their outlets in Brunei. Reason for doing this is because KFC is raising funds to help the flood victims of Thailand. 100% of the sales proceeds will go to this cause.
30% of the world’s rice and almost 90% of Brunei’s rice comes from Thailand. Almost everyone in Brunei takes rice at least once a day. From local dishes like Nasi Katok and Nasi Lemak to KFC’s own Colonel Rice, many in Brunei have been growing up consuming rice.
KFC feels that it is only right that to help the hand that feeds us. We know that they are many out there who know this too. By doing this, KFC is offering another channel for the public who wishes to help the unfortunate ones to stand on their feet.
The available premium varies and was previously tied in with KFC meals and was popular back then. There are a lot of KFC collectible fans out there, we want to give them a chance to buy back some of the items that they may have missed out previously.
Let's buy some merchandise and raise some money for the flood victims of Thailand
The jobless me dressing up in Red & Green.. but nah, I didn't go in public like this *lol* Happy Holiday peeps!!!
A small car built with big car technology. The compact A1 unites all of the strengths of the brand – a progressive design, uncompromising quality and groundbreaking efficiency – in a space measuring 3.95 meters (12.96 ft) in length.
After less then a year and a half on the global market, the A1 has already won numerous awards, including the “Auto Trophy” from Auto Zeitung, the “Golden Steering Wheel” from Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag and the “Car of the Year Award” from What Car? It was also voted as one of the “Best Cars of 2011” by the readers of auto motor und sport. The A1 also received the top five stars rating in the Euro NCAP crash test.
Body and interior
The design with the encircling shoulder line is cutting-edge and integrates the Audi A1 into the large model family. The front end with the dominating single-frame grille, the side line with the distinctive roof arch, the coupé-like C-pillars and the large wheel arches are among its defining style elements. The hood and the rear hatch wrap around the body. Audi offers the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running light strips and LED tail lights. The tail lights are already three-dimensionally styled in the base model and are unmistakable, day or night.
High- and ultra high-strength steels comprise two-thirds of the compact model’s body. The strongest of these are the hot-shaped steels, which draw their extremely high tensile strength from a dramatic temperature increase during the shaping process. Hot-shaped steels are used primarily within the passenger cell. They provide the basis for the precise, sporty handling, the good comfort, the quiet interior, the excellent passive safety and the low base weight.
The interior of the Audi A1 is spacious, bright and airy. The instrument panel bears hints of an airplane wing; its four round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines. The clean, clear controls are every bit a classic Audi strength as the superior workmanship. Many lovingly designed details underscore the premium character of the A1.
The interior of Audi A1.. Looks awesome!!!
The Audi A1 is available for Brunei with the 1.4 TFSI engines with an output of 90kW (122 hp). All of the engines follow the downsizing principle – they substitute turbo charging for displacement and draw their fuel through direct injection units.
At Audi, efficiency always means high-tech. The A1 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW (122 hp) is available with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The dual-clutch transmission shifts extremely quickly, comfortably and with no perceptible interruption to the flow of power.
It can be operated as an automatic or manually, with paddles on the steering wheel available. Thanks to its high efficiency and the intelligent control system, the S tronic also helps to reduce fuel consumption.
The agile, wide-track chassis moves the A1 to the head of its class. Whether in the city, on an interurban road or on the expressway – the small compact is always great fun to drive thanks to its sporty setup, the favorable weight distribution and the direct-ratio steering. The vehicle sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.9 seconds and features a particularly sporty setup.
The ESP stabilization program with electronic limited slip differential, which comes standard on all models, makes the handling even more precise while also enhancing driving safety. It minimizes under steer at the cornering limit by means of slight braking, which also improves traction.
Equipment and trim
In addition to the Ambition trim, Audi also offers a media style package focused on infotainment and interior design. In addition to 17-inch aluminium wheels, sport seats with lumbar support, a leather steering wheel and aluminium-look interior trim, the Ambition line also comes standard with the on-board computer with efficiency program and shift indicator.
Innovative materials and modern colours emphasize the youthful character of the Audi A1. Whether colour-coordinated air vents, LED interior lights or seat covers in expressive colours – customization is the key. The equipment program offers countless opportunities for matching the A1 to the driver’s own personal style. There are even a variety of paint finishes from which to choose for the roof arch. Customers can also order many features after the initial sale to follow a trend or a whim.
You can view the A1 at TCY showroom at Lambak
Six versions will be available for Brunei: Audi exclusive line, Media style package, Lifestyle kit union square, S line sports package, Competition kit and even a Wasabi green interior package.
The available infotainment and multimedia systems for the Audi A1 come directly from the full-size class, including the monitor that folds out from the instrument panel and the control unit, which uses MMI logic.
The connectivity package, which is based on the concert radio, includes an optional navigation preparation kit that allows the customer to later install a map-based navigation system – that, too, is a new idea. Convenient Bluetooth and wired interfaces are available for cellular phones and external players such as the iPod.
The official launch for the Audi A1 is planned for early 2012, for more information on the Audi A1 in Brunei call T.C.Y. Motors on 2390725. Text and images courtesy of T.C.Y. Motors.
The local press posing with the Audi 1
I didn't realise quite a few of my Singaporean friends head over to the border across Singapore to shop at Johor Premium Outlets where it's like a one stop channel for more than 80 designer and name brand stores, offering factory direct savings of 25% to 65% every day.. Now that is awesome!!!
My favourite store Adidas is there too and other stores such as Armani, Burberry, Canali, Coach, Esprit, Gap, Guess, Nike, Oroton, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Timberland, Tumi and Tommy Hilfiger to name a few.
According to SuperAdrianMe, the Premium Outlet opened early December and it was launched by Malaysia's Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. So if you happened to be in Singapore right now, you can just drive across the border and take advantage of the great deals at Johor Premium Outlets. Images courtesy of SuperAdrianMe.
RB, bonus causing massive jams
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Let's forget my failure hunting in Singapore last week... I was in total frustration because I wasn't able to source for the Olloclip, the 3-in-1 lens for iPhone 4/4s. The particular lens have won many rave reviews from techies and a few of my friends are owning one too.
What's so good about the big deal about the lens? It's a quick-connect lens system that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses and all you have to do is a clip on the corner of your iPhone where the lens is located. You don't need a magnet lens to stick on the phone anymore like other previous lenses do.
This is an amazing accessory that I've owned so far and perhaps the best iPhone accessory to date. I'm still wonder why Singapore didn't import this particular lens as I know the Olloclip will surely be a big hit. I just posted my Olloclip purchased on instagram and a few Bruneians are already asking me about it. Maybe AV Electronics can help to import Olloclip to Brunei.
So after I returned back from Singapore, I quickly ordered through their official website (forget Amazon since they couldn't deliver to Brunei... then again you can make sure of Suite Lola for that matter). The cost of the Olloclip is USD 70 and I had to pay additional USD 30 for express courier via FedEx and I had pay an extra BND 16 for tax at Brunei customs for clearance. So all-in-all, you're looking at forking out BND 110-115 for the Olloclip.
I actually purchased two Olloclip as I intended to sell the other off. But come to think of it, I'm thinking of doing a @ranoadidas Twitter quiz tonight so you can stand a chance to win the extra Olloclip that I bought :))
I ordered on the 20th December and the item arrived on Thursday though I had to wait for clearance. So technically I got it Saturday (today). Now that's super efficient. Thank you, FedEx :))
I was surprised about this video on one of the disgruntled FedEx employee in the States. But I'm pretty sure FedEx has responded to this issue. Click on image to see video.
How the packaging look like and I can't wait to use the Olloclip tonight. Best gift I've bought for myself this year (and the MacBook Air)
This is how the Olloclip fits on your iPhone 4/4s. The #brunika team also make use of Olloclip for their photos on instagram.
The Empire Hotel & Country Club is set to celebrate the festive season with you this weekend as they have set up festive season menus to bring you some seasonal cheer.
Feast on melt-in-your-mouth roasted angus sirloin carpaccio with a fruity raspberry dressing and sweet bell pepper Julienne for starters, then work your way through to the walnut crusted duck confit with a portabella-potato cake, dark cherry juice and crispy leek accompaniment, all available at Spaghettini.
For a seaside festivity, Pantai Restaurant offers customers the likes of tuna tartar with red pepper jam & asparagus foam, baked salmon wrapped in a salt crust with Béarnaise sauce, and lots of fresh seafood on ice to stuff yourself silly with.
There's even a Mongolian BBQ and open fire grill with stingray, prawns and red meat to satisfy any kind of craving.
Take a culinary trip around the world this holiday with a huge selection of offerings from Atrium Café.
They offer an extensive buffet where Japanese handmade sushi, German roasted chicken, French seafood soup, and the very British slow roast rack of lamb with herb crusted couscous and mint apple juice could just be the start of your culinary adventure.
If you want more of a sense of Asian luxury to your holiday meals, the imperial high ceilings and calm water features of Li Gong restaurant are some reasons why it is the ultimate choice with a luxurious yet economical All-You-Can-Eat Dinner on December 24 and 25.
Feast on a braised whole abalone for a group of 10; varieties of steamed and fried dim sum; lovely leafy vegetables and tofu; simmered beef in five spices sauce, an intriguing coffee chicken, amongst a huge menu to choose from, and special requests are always welcomed by its culinary team.
All this can be enjoyed for only $55 per person including coffee or tea. However, Li Gong's menu will be a tad more affordable at $35 per person. So get in the spirit of things and grab a group of friends or take your family out to enjoy the holiday festivities at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
For more details or reservations, call 241 7700. Courtesy of Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times. Images courtesy of Cuterabbit84.
Woohooo... our SocMed buddy, Marul featured in today's The Brunei Times, written by Izam Said. Click image to read more.
I was driving to Jing Chew this morning and I saw this long queue. Trending topic in today's social media - Roadblocks.. I believe there were more than 5 roadblocks that I was aware of and it caused a huge traffic jam today, drawing complains from motorists. Judging from the previous trend, there will be more perhaps during the bonus period next week. Who knows... Well, at least it slow down cars and minimize the chances of accidents
9 more days :))
It's happening right now - FIFA 12 tournament known as the FES Retro Cup 2011 - and it's happening at Times Square. The morning session had about two groups of four and this afternoon (2pm) and evening (7pm), more groups will be participating to battle for the trophy as well as cash prize and goodies.
So head yourself down to Times Square and register for the remaining slots ($20 per entry) and compete for the title and the bragging rights of being the 1st FES Retro Cup winner for FIFA tournament edition.
Saturday's session is still open for registration as well. The finals will take place on 25th December at Times Square. The event is brought to you by FES Retro, sponsored by Times Square & Integ Technology System. The official videographer is NVS.nagvideostudio
The first session (Friday 10am) group contesting it out for the next round at Times Square. Good luck, peeps!!
Liverpool Supporters Club of Brunei (L.S.C.B.) has represented its football team, “Liverpool Supporters Club (Liverpool SC)” for the first time in the DST National Football League 2011.
They did quite well in the first game drawing their first game against Tunas FC with Morni Hj Nayan scoring a brace in a 2-2 affair on the 19th December. Prior to the match, they had an event to commemorate the official sponsors for LSCB Football Team, Aewon Brunei Garment & Embroidery which took place on the 17th December.
Mr. Kevin Lau, a representative of Aewon Brunei Garment & Embroidery was in attendance to officiate the presentation of the sponsorship. An official red jersey for Liverpool Supporters Club Football team was presented to Emmy Shamdy, Manager of the Liverpool Supporters Club (Liverpool SC) Football Team and witnessed by Edmund Sumping, the Honarary President of L.S.C.B. Red will be the official home color for the Liverpool Supporters Club football team in the football league, whilst black will be the official away color- true to honoring the colors of Liverpool Football Club.
This is not the first time Aewon Brunei Garment & Embroidery have collaborated and sponsored Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei. Aewon Brunei have previously sponsored for the successful ‘Aewon Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei Futsal League 2010’ and are also the main manufacturers for official merchandise of L.S.C.B. Aewon Brunei has been establish since 2002 as a humble t-shirt and uniform producer in Jerudong and grew into one of the largest most known apparel manufacturers across Brunei.
Also present were the coaches and players of the Liverpool Supporters Club Football Team and the management of L.S.C.B., who wore polo shirts also sponsored by Aewon Brunei.
Liverpool Supporters Club of Brunei (L.S.C.B.) has been established since 2008. L.S.C.B. is officially registered under the Registrar of Societies Brunei Darussalam and is officially affiliated as an ‘Association of International Branches’ with the Liverpool Football Club in Anfield, United Kingdom.
For more on L.S.C.B, go to www.Facebook.com/BruneiReds or http://twitter.com/BruneiReds. Image courtesy of L.S.C.B.
Kevin Lau of Aewon (in grey) with representatives from L.S.C.B
Have you ever been to Toastmasters? It's where you can improve your public speaking, communication as well as leadership skills and this is the right place to practice because of the supportive and positive environment around.
I've been a member this year and I will have to renew my membership soon. The meetings are done weekly and the toastmasters in Brunei is run by the Brunei Speakers' Club. I have yet to do my first speech but I hope I will do my first one in January 2012.
Though I've been in many public speaking apperances and presentations, I'm still rusty and I used too many jargons which loses my credibility as a confident speaker. Hence, I joined the Toastmasters in Brunei to learn from others and put it to practice.
So guys, I do encourage you to sign up Toastmasters under the Brunei Speaker's Club. You can check out their Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/bruneisc for more details. The class is every Tuesday 7:30pm to 9:30pm and the people who turn up are amazing beings too.
Don't be shy to show up in 2012. See you soon!!!
Siti Intan, the Toastmaster of the evening for the final Toastmaster of 2011
Our enthusiastic club President Shawn Narcis is always full of energy. Keep it up, bro!!
Bob was our Time Keeper of the night
The final theme of the last Toastmaster was Red.. Well, at least some wore red :))
Liverpool Supporters Club of Brunei (L.S.C.B.) presents the SA Premium Futsal Challenge 2011 this Saturday 24th December 2011 in conjunction with “Perlawanan Futsal Antara Artis-Artis Brunei dan Raja Lawak Malaysia”, organised by Ryan Fayyad Events Management and Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society, which will also be on the night of Saturday 24th December 2011 starting 8.00pm.
The Futsal Challenge will include eight invited teams, namely Liverpool Supporters Club; Chelsea Supporters Club; Arsenal Supporters Club; Brisbane Roars Supporters Club; Kota Juniors; Syah Kampung; Stone Villa and Reds Supporters.
The tournament will start from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm at the Indoor Stadium and the final round will be held at 8.00pm, as the opening match for the “Perlawanan Futsal Antara Artis-Artis Brunei dan Raja Lawak Malaysia”. The final teams get to play in this prestigious event as well as being presented with medals and trophy commemorating the event.
With the organiser, sponsors, and representatives from L.S.C.B
The draw for the tournament was held at the management meeting on Wednesday night, 21st December 2011 at Jade Crystal & Kopitiam, Madang. Present during the draw was the organizer Hj Tajudin, from Ryan Fayyad Sports Management, the sponsors, Lokman Abdul Karim from SA Premium and Local celebrities Hj Yahya, Hardee the Seeds and Alwi 5.10am- all of whom would be representing the Brunei artists in the celebrity futsal match. Also present during the draw was Muhd Sufian Hj Adnan, Vice President of L.S.C.B., and the chairperson for the SA Premium Futsal Challenge.
The SA Premium Futsal Challenge 2011 is organised by Ryan Fayyad Events Management and Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society, Sponsored by SA Premium and managed by Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei (L.S.C.B.). This will be the second time L.S.C.B. has collaborated with Ryan Fayyad Event Management, and hope for good relations as well as a successful event. Supporters from each team and the public are most welcome to come during the day to cheer on their teams and catch the “Perlawanan Futsal Antara Artis-Artis Brunei dan Raja Lawak Malaysia”.
For more on L.S.C.B, go to www.Facebook.com/BruneiReds or http://twitter.com/BruneiReds. Image courtesy of L.S.C.B.