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Jerudong International School (JIS) concluded its International Week yesterday on a musical note with its annual concert which saw more than 250 students participating.
Some 18 schools from around the Sultanate joined in the big concert affair which was held at the recently opened Arts Centre in JIS. It was a flurry of vibrant-coloured costumes and performances by the students from the age of five to 18 as they danced and sang along to the beautiful music played by the school's orchestra.
Present at the event was YAM Pg Anak Hariisah Widadul Bolqiah Binti YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Hj Abdul Rahim who was there with her school mates from Yayasan Primary School.
Also present to enjoy the day's performances were students from Pusat Ehsan.The concert consisted of music and dance from around the world to complement the International Week theme. The school's orchestra played a variety of pieces to accompany the wide range of performances from classical dances to solo operatic pieces to more modern songs which were enjoyed by all.
"When the Arts Centre was recently opened, I said that I very much hoped this facility would be used not just by the students of Jerudong International School but also by other students in Brunei. I am delighted to say that a few of the performers are from other schools. I am truly delighted at the opportunity to also extend a warm invitation to other schools to enjoy this concert," Andrew Fowler-Watt, JIS Principal said.
During the night concert, however, the event saw a special presentation as the school donated a sum of $18,000 to a Cambodian orphanage. The money was raised during the school's celebration of 'World Peace Day'. Present at the event to receive the donation on behalf of the orphanage was Cambodian Ambassador to Brunei Chhay Sokhan.
Anne Dickinson, Senior Registrar from JIS, told The Brunei Times that the total amount raised was "about $20,000" and $2,000 from total was donated to the Somalian Humanitarian Fund and the rest were donated to a Cambodian orphanage which senior JIS students have previously worked with. Text by Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times and images are courtesy of CatchChee.
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Hey peeps!! I came across an interesting furniture shop in Kiulap. Why interesting? Two reasons: 1) It's a franchise 2) It's for kids.. The name of the franchise is calledFLEXA and their motto is "Because Children Grow". FLEXA offer quality, children's beds, children's bedroom furniture and accessories and I can assure the quality is pretty solid and not your typical furniture for kids that you see in the local market.
Sometimes parents might just fall for the attractive design but not familiar with the quality of the bed or furniture for kids. FLEXA offer a different kind of quality. It's solid and long lasting too. The price of the furniture is from mid to high range and the price you pay is for the comfort, the quality and the unique concept.
FLEXA is now officially open in Brunei, making it the 2nd Asean country after Singapore. So this is pretty cool to have FLEXA having its presence in Brunei. I would highly recommend parents to check out the furniture (for children) and you will be amazed the quality and selection they have. There will be more choices in the coming months as hinted by the management which is also in time for the grand opening.
FLEXA has a special opening promotion of 10% for a limited period. If you want to know where it's located, it's between Misato and Mamih Cafe and you will see a blue looking shop (refer to image below). You can call 224-0782/3 for more info and it's open 10am to 9pm daily.
The new furniture for children - FLEXA
I like the concept of this bed
Because you can have two beds
Check out the new furniture for children at FLEXA
I'm covered in green... This comes with the whole set or you can buy them individually
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COME AND SEE THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BRUNEI'S MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF SPEECHLESS!!! YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT!! Written and directed by our very own Mrs Rowena Bracken (Head of Drama at ISB) with the help of Mr Richard Edwards and Miss Marieta with music - think Glee, Romeo and Juliet and Westside Story all set in 2 modern day high schools.
Friday 18th November 2011: 7.30pm
Saturday 19th November 2011: 2pm
Saturday 19th November 2011: 7.30pm
3 chances to watch a spectacular piece of musical theater. Tickets are on sale at the ISB Main office. Adult: $15 Child/Student: $10 Family (2 adults, 2 children): $40 The tickets can be buy on the night too if they still have seats so it is better to buy it before the night!
Featuring songs from the Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga, the Stereophonics, Pink, Cats, Rent and many more It's going to be a weekend to remember, you don't want to miss it!
KFC Brunei announced Drive Thru for 2012 :D
Sorry, peeps!! This is just a quick update on RA as I will be busy today for a few events and my weekend will be totally taken up as I have volunteered to help out in a weekend workshop course. Below are some pictures that I shall be posting more in details by tomorrow or this weekend.
Oh yeah, if you guys want to share any upcoming events, please do email me at ranoadidas @gmail.com as I will be posting events on the RA Calendar (located at the right hand side bar) so you will be able to know of upcoming events happening in Brunei.
Have an awesome Thursday, peeps!! By the way, The Mall Cineplex is trying their best to bring in the big office hit from Taiwan, "You're the Apple of My Eye" which is already the Best Movie of the Year for me :D I do hope it can pass the censorship board though *fingers crossed*
The film crew from China Movie Channel was at @kitarojapanese Restaurant for a short filming coverage. Nice to have met Julia and Shadow.
Fadhil smelling the soil used for the Art Display installation at Alliance Francaise (Brunei) and theme for this month is War: Thoughts & Remembrance. It will be held until 4th December and it's open to the public.
Try your Savy's Brasserie lunch prmotion
KFC branch Giant won the Best Performance of the night at KFC's Annual Dinner last night at Centrepoint Hotel. Jonathan Bong, Marketing Manager of KFC Brunei, announced KFC Brunei plans for 2012 which includes KFC's Drive-Thru and KFC Egg Tarts :D
Genevieve, Jordine Maxine and Clovis were also at KFC's Annual Dinner
BELTA, Laneige and MOE representatives were being interviewed recently on the update of the Laneige Broadway Musical Charity Competition. More details tomorrow and find out how you can win tickets and catch the talents of our local students. 19 schools will be participating (an increase by 8 schools) and this should be a spectacle show.
Shark Night 3D to premiere today at the 150-seat cinema at Seria Complex. This will be the first 3D show at the said cinema. The management has yet to come up with the name for the cinema.
Have you tried iGolf? This is a simulation where you can practice your swing and yes, you can play 18 holes and choose different types of courses. I have yet to try but it looks interesting. This is located at Seria Insani Centre.
This is now available at ETA
This should be a spectacle too. I shall be catching the rehearsal later today. Good luck, guys!!!
Breakfast menu is now available at Chill-V at Citis Square. In the image, it's Seria Kuey Teaw, Tau Fu Fa and Ipoh Brewed White Coffee
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Wanna plan for an advanced holiday season for 2012? Then I highly recommend you to grab the great deals at AirAsia and make Malaysia your holiday destinations and visit the beautiful cities such as Penang, Alor Setar, Kota Bahru to name a few. Fly to KL and you connect your flights to 75 destinations.
Fare starts at BND 40 from AirAsia and the booking must be done by 20th November.. The travel period will be from 1st April to 30 June 2012.
Visit Hot Buys places - Langkawi and Labuan. Did you know textiles are quite popular there among the tourists? You can also do some shopping and enjoy great prices at duty free shops.
If you are craving for food, I suggest you fly to Penang. I've been there twice and I give it two thumbs up for food. You can choose from street food to fine dining.. Try dishes such as Nasi Kandar, laksa, char koay teow and many more.
If you are searching for "Nature", then AirAsia recommends you to fly to Kota Bahru and Johor Baru. From there, you can transfer to Redang/Lang Tengah/Perhentian and Tioman/Pulau Sibu/Pulau Besar respectively.
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KFC Brunei recently sent their team made up of national champions to Indonesia to compete in the highly anticipated Regional Champs Challege.
Regional Champs Challege or RCC is held annually at different locations and this year it was in Jakarta on 2 November 2011; where there were 10 teams competing in the event, namely Indonesia, Phillippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Brunei..
The KFC Brunei team was able to win 2 awards, one for the Fastest Cook award won by Ronalyn Ilustrisimo, and the other was the Least Wastages award won collectively by the team..
The team members include Ronalyn Ilustrisimo, Siti Nornazirah, Mohd Ali Yusran Bin Razali, Mohd Aminuddin Qudra, Norah Bte Brahim and led by their captain Benson Mangabat. Accompanying them were their coaches, Awang Anak Ahmad and Khairulizam Malih..
KFC Brunei representatives in the recent regional Champs Challenge held in Jakarta
Why am I loving their smiles? Because yesterday I witnessed 13 patients who were given the privilege to shop at Toys R Us and the purchased toys were borne by Baiduri Bank. The patients are from the RIPAS Paediatric Haemoto-Oncology Centre and they are accompanied by their parents.
The charity was part of Baiduri Bank’s CSR program. The purpose of the visit was to provide the children the opportunity to pick toys for the Centre. Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager; Mr Ti Eng Hui, Deputy General Manager, Retail Banking and Branch Network and senior managers of Baiduri Bank were on hand to greet and welcome the patients in Toys R Us. Also present were Ms. Tsaranawwarah Abdullah Chen, Senior Occupational Therapist and Dk. Nurul, Occupational Therapist from the Centre.
Mr Imhof commented, “To see the children with smiling faces during the visit to Toys R Us really warms my heart. It is our duty as a local bank of Brunei Darussalam and a human being to make it easier and memorable for them. At Baiduri, we are thankful that we have this opportunity to help those in need. This is also such a timely manner as the holiday season is coming soon."
Mr. Ti Eng Hui leading the kids into Toys R Us
The children were full of joy upon entering Toys R Us
The little boy was interested in buying Lego
Pierre Imhof was excited as well during the shopping session
The kids bought toys for themselves which will be used for the centre
Baiduri Bank has worked closely with RIPAS Hospital throughout the years. Besides being a major sponsor of the Annual Blood Donor Day, Baiduri Bank has helped finance the development of various areas within RIPAS. In 2008, the Bank donated B$27,000 to the Child Development Centre, RIPAS Hospital for the set up of the sensory integration and audio visual rooms, books for feeding clinic, wheelchairs, commodes, chest walkers and stroller buggies. In 2009, Baiduri Bank donated B$8,200 to help cover the cost of educational aid at the Pediatric Occupational Therapy In-Patient Service Unit while in 2010, B$7,500 was donated to the Child Development Centre, RIPAS Hospital.
This morning’s activity is part of the B$15,000 pledged in July this year to RIPAS Hospital for the new Paediatric Haemoto-Oncology Centre. The money is to help furnish the Centre equipment, books and toys for the patients.
The Centre was established to attend to children with blood disorders and with cancer. The Centre consists of 4 rooms and the ward bay which can accommodate 5-6 patients. At present there are 77 patients diagnosed with cancer since 2002.
Thank Mr. Imhof for settling the bills :D
Group photo with the kids and management of Baiduri Bank
The kids were treated to some "Blitz" yoghurt ice-cream
Sweet moment for father and son :)
Date: 27th November 2011 (Sunday)
Venue: Brunei Hotel (Lobby)
0900hrs – Start of Registration and collection of competition apparel
0930hrs – Annoucement of Theme 1 and commencement of competition
1700hrs – Annoucement of winners and prize presentation (subject to change based on judging process)
1. The Canon Photo Shoot Out Brunei 2011 ("Event") is an event open to all.
2. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis subject to receipt of a valid registration.
3. All information including personal information submitted by the participant to Interhouse Company. ("Organiser") in connection with the event shall become the property of the Organiser. The participant is deemed to have given the Organiser authorisation to use such information for any purpose (including market research, planning, data-processing, statistical and risk-analysis, research, fund-raising).
4. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel the event at any time without notice. In the event of such cancellation, the Organiser shall use reasonable efforts to inform the participant prior to the date of the event.
5. The stated event timings are subject to changes.
6. Participants must abide by the competition rules, and by any decisions made by the Organizer.
7. Participants under the age of 18 must obtain parental consent
8. The Organiser reserves the right to use any submitted photograph for any purposes without compensation to the participant.
9. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any participant who has infringed any of the competition rules.
10. Decisions by the Organiser and competition judges are final. No queries will be entertained. 11. All nationalities are welcomed.
12. By participating in the Event, the participant is deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.
1. Participants will receive Theme 1 at approximately 0930hrs on 27th November, 2011 at the Event Venue.
2. Participants must submit ONE picture deemed suitable for the Theme before the assigned deadline.
3. Theme 2 will be announced immediately after the deadline for Theme 1 submission has lapsed.
4. Theme 3 will be announced immediately after the deadline for Theme 2 submission has lapsed.
5. The Top three prizes will be awarded for each Theme.
1. All participants must wear the Canon apparel provided during the event.
2. Participants can use any digital camera during the Canon Photo Shoot Out, Brunei 2011.
3. All photographs submitted MUST be in JPEG format and sized to approximately 5MB.
4. Storage format accepted are CF / SD / MMC / XD / MS formats. Participants using other formats must supply their own relevant adaptors / drives for use during the submission of entries during the event. The Organizers will not be held responsible for the inability to read / download images.
5. All photographs will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Relevance to theme
- Creativity in theme interpretation
- Use of colours and light / shadows
- Composition of photograph
6. All submissions for each Theme must be completed before the announced allocated deadline. The Organiser reserve the rights to reject any submission once the deadline has lapsed.
7. All submitted photographs must be taken on 27th November 2011.
8. Submitted photographs must not be altered by any editing software.
9. Participants must submit their entries personally. No proxy submission by any participant is allowed during the Event.
10. The Organiser will not be responsible for providing photographic equipment including camera, spare batteries, lenses or additional memory cards. All participants are expected to come prepared with all their photographic equipment.
The voice behind Upin dan Ipin was also at the Awards
We have potential innovators
It was a touching moment for students of ISB students as they had the opportunity to host the ever popular figure in Brunei and Asia, Wu Chun himself, who was in Brunei for a short trip. Wu Chun who is also concern about the environment, pledges for Fitness Zone to go green. He was interviewed by the students of ISB for the BGIC where he was being filmed.
ISB has been heavily involved in promoting and creating awareness on "Going Green" and this has certainly created a stronger brand on ISB for their continuous support for improving the environment in Brunei. Having Wu Chun's presence really made a difference and this will boost and inspire students to practice "green" within themselves.
It was also the first time I heard of the "humming bird" story during the video interview. So something new for me to learn too :D
I learned of the "Humming bird" story from the boys
Their classmates given moral support to the interviewers
The students interviewing Wu Chun on "Green" issues
Photo opportunity with superstar Wu Chun
Wu Chun had a quick group photo with ISB students
She was so happy that she kept saying this after her photo with Wu Chun
ISB students saying goodbye to Wu Chun
Projector for your entertainment
Impressive innovative presentations
I know this is overdue and today I'm gonna share my experiences as a guest while watching MBA students of UBD presenting their innovative product presentations to the Vice Chancellor of UBD, Dato Paduka Dr. Hj Zulkarnain and Professor Soon Loo as their projects are being assessed as part of their course subject.
Though their main subject is more into management, the lecturer Soon Loo challenged the students to think out of the box and they were given 5 weeks to prepare an innovative concept and deliver they did.. I was quite amazed by their enthuasiasm as presenters and this really showed how dedicated the students were for the presentation.
The UBD Vice-Chancellor was awed by the presentations too and he was pleased that everyone (the presenters) was out of their comfort zone. He also congratulated every individual and told them to continue to innovate and not stop there.
I hope to see more of these presentations and I'm also impressed that that they even used 3D animations for their concepts especially for "Super Tech Laundry" and "Daffodil" group. These guys are good example for those doing ThinkBig Innovate Business Plan competition and sadly, the presenters from UBD didn't join the said competition.
Before the end of the day, Professor Soon Loo and the students gave their feedback and support to one another and appreciated each other for their contribution and support in making the presentation not only a success but a memorable one.
Well done, guys... and I'm proud of you :)
UBD Vice-Chancellor Dato Paduka Dr. Hj Zulkurnain encourage to spread the "virus" of innovation among the students. He really enjoyed the presentations by the MBA students and he hopes this will inspire them to excel more.
Team "Kin-ethics" was the first presenters and they had a big vision of the future of mobile phone batteries. They came up with a prototype and a short video clip on their prototype.
Team "Kin-ethics" with Professor Soon Loo and their prototype
Shukrin of Team "iPick" explaining the different types of concepts they came up with before their final prototype
Harina talked of the marketing strategy for her group "Sm@rt-lly"
Team Sm@rt-lly showing their folding trolley concept in promoting green
Team "Sm@rt-lly" with their prototype
Noradah introducing her team Super Tech Laundry
I love their concept of laundry though this will require huge space to implement
Team HETTA came up with interesting concept of a "warmer" food cover
Vice-Chancellor taking a closer look of the "Hetta". Now you can keep your food warm than usual
Team "Daffodil" came up with a concept of niche shoe storage/cabinet
Hannah presented her team "Daffodil"
Professor Soon Loo mingling with the students after an entertaining afternoon session
The students taking photo with the professor
Group photo with all the presenters and Professor Soon Loo
This has been a big problem in Brunei. Two weeks ago, the newspaper reported that the road accidents have claimed 36 lives this year. This has brought a lot of concern to the eyes of the public and also the National Road Safety Council. This is a worrying rate, considering that only 26 people died from 25 fatal road accidents last year which is the lowest numbers recorded by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) since 2005.
Yesterday the National Road Safety Council paid a visit to the prone accident areas such as Mentiri Roundabout and U-turn in front of Hua Ho Tanjung Bunut. Leading the visit was Chairman of the National Road Safety Council Dato Paduka Hj Awang Alaihuddin. Prior to that, a discussion was held and briefed by the Royal Brunei Police Force on the reasons for the accidents in prone areas.
The purpose of the visit is to further reduce the number of actions and also to support the vision of "Brunei Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020" by increasing more awareness among the public. Images courtesy of Imelda of Media Permata.
Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin being briefed by the committee
They made site visits to accident prone areas
One of the accident prone areas is Mentiri Roundabout
Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin being interviewed by the local press
A good reminder from The Brunei Times
Standard Chartered Bank today awarded prizes to winners of its $ave & Build contest that was held during September and October. Yang Mulia Awang Haji Mahrub bin Haji Murni, Permanent Secretary (Core Education), from the Ministry of Education was Guest of Honour at the prize presentation ceremony and presented prizes to the winners. Also attending the event was Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abd Rahman Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Awang Haji Suhaila Haji Abdul Karim Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education), Awangku Abdullah bin Pengiran Haji Tengah Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) and Hjh Siti Mahrum binti Haji Abdul Halim, Senior Education Officer (Primary Section).
Other guests at the event included senior officials from the Ministry of Education, winners and their families and principals of the winners’ schools.
Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank said in her welcoming remarks:
“At Standard Chartered Bank, we truly believe that financial planning and learning to manage your money well is important for all. By instilling good money habits in our children, they will grow up with sound money management skills that will help them achieve their financial goals as well as contribute to the overall health and wealth of our nation.”
Brenda Low, General Manager of Consumer Transactional Banking for the Bank said: “The $ave and Build campaign was designed to give children an understanding of the skills necessary to manage their financial future while the contest element clearly illustrate the benefits that one can enjoy by saving for a rainy day.”
The $ave & Build Campaign contest was open to all children enrolled at a registered primary school in the country, aged 12 and below and holding a My Dream Account with the Bank. To enter the contest, children had to build and decorate a coin box house provided by the Bank and entries were judged based on artistic creativity and originality, amongst other criteria. Contestants were also asked to complete fun and easy-to-do worksheets on financial literacy.
The contest was divided into two categories, (a) Upper Primary Category: exclusively for children in Year 4 to 6 and (b) Lower Primary Category: exclusively for children in Year 1 to 3. The contest winners are:
Working hand in hand with the Ministry of Education, through this campaign, Standard Chartered Bank reached out to over 40,000 students through all primary schools in Brunei. During the event, the Bank also expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Education for their strong support in the areas of financial literacy programmes with both its programmes for primary and secondary schools being supported by the Ministry.
Standard Chartered Bank strongly supports the Government’s move to encourage savings and actively educates the community through financial planning roadshows, financial literacy pieces and so forth. The Bank’s initiatives include an ongoing weekly Money Matters column in Borneo Bulletin since 2008, appearances over RTB’s Berita Ekonomi to share financial tips, sharing of financial tips over RTB radio and a Money and Sense column in Brunei Time’s Newspaper in Education series back in 2008. Text and images courtesy of SCB Brunei.
The winners of the respective categories with Guest of Honour Hj Mahrub and Lai Pei-Si, CEO of SCB
Jewel Shim was one of the top three winners
The designs by the students