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Early pay day

Written by Rano Iskandar on 15 August 2013.

Made in Brunei 3D animation


This project looks interesting. Last year, Hj Khairul Azhar Hj Rosli of Cinematicpro won first place in AITI Next Innovation and Multimedia Award for Sustainable ICT Industry (ANIMASI) Pro-Digital Animation Challenge last year and earlier this year, he bettered himself by earning a grant worth of BND 66,000 from AITI to develop a 3D animation trailer for "Sam the Inventorbot".

His current project is supported by AITI and Brunei Economic Development Board with the help of iCentre. You can read his recent interview with Al-Haadi from The Brunei Times and you can follow updates on Sam the Inventorbot on Facebook page. Well done, bro, and I wish you the best in your project.

Coming soon - Sam the Inventorbot

Last year Hj Khairul won for the ANIMASI competition organised by AITI

Earlier this year, he won a grant from AITI for his project


Helen and Chris rediscovered Brunei


Helen Ireland from the UK recently won a $10,000 package from the Discover Brunei App Travel competition. She came with her husband, Christopher Ireland, who used to worked in Brunei back in the late 90s for CfBT. However, during their 3 year stay in Brunei, they hardly had the opportunity to go to places of interest in Brunei especially in Temburong. For Helen, she loved the rainforest in Temburong while Christopher was amazed by the Canopy Walk at Temburong during their one night stay at Ulu-Ulu Resort sponsored by Sunshine Borneo.

The couple stumbled across the Discover Brunei App while surfing and downloaded the app and joined the competition. Helen's entry won first place while Chris came second. They chose to travel last week to Brunei to celebrate their anniversary in Brunei *awwwww..* and they even made it to the palace to greet their Majesties during the first open house. So all in all, it was a worthwhile package for the couple.

The competition was organised by MeSixty who developed the Discover Brunei app. The competition was sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei Tourism Board, Sunshine Borneo and Radisson Hotel. You can download the Discover Brunei app on your iPad.

Christopher and Helen Ireland with representatives from MeSixty, Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei Tourism Board and Radisson Hotel

Helen and Chris had a surprised cake from the organisers to commemorate their anniversary


Instax, HATers, ZKIN


Formerly known as Laqvin Boutique, the owner has renamed it to Laqvin Enterprise and the location is still the same on the first floor of The Mall, next to iBest. They sell luxury bags (can pre-order online too), polaroid cameras, ZKIN products for cameras, HATer snapback and OATW hats to name a few.

I'm gonna just highlight some of the pictures from Laqvin Enterprise. You may have heard of ZKIN and they are actually premium camera bags from Hong Kong and Laqvin Enterprise is the sole agent for it. Responses have been favourable and they will be bringing in more in the future. The instax polaroid camera has been a major hit because of its affordability with the goodies and plus the one year warranty for the users which is a great deal. They only have less than 20 units left so better hurry for only $160 (camera, 3 boxes of film, camera pouch and a pocket album).

They also bring in original HATer snapback and OATW hats which are targeting the youths. So check out some of the stocks available at their store.

You can drop by Laqvin Enterprise store located on 1st Floor, The Mall (same row as EGM, Hotpoint Restaurant). The store also do 0% installment from respective banks. The store is open daily 10:30am to 9:30pm

The Laqvin Enterprise unit at The Mall

The Instax camera I was talking about selling for BND 160 with 3 films, 1 pouch, 1 pocket album with 1 year warranty

About 20 units more left to be sold

The films and cameras you can choose from

So what colour are you?

Vintage cameras are not only for display but for selling too

ZKIN bags

Quite a few choices for ZKIN bags


Cool caps now available at Laqvin Enterprise


Another early pay day


Announcement from MOF, taken from their Facebook Page


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