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Written by Rano Iskandar.

DPMM FC scores victory


The first team line-up for DPMM FC against Albirex Niigata FC last night at the Jurong East Stadium. DPMM FC won 1-0 with a penalty courtesy of Rodrigo Tosi.

What a way to start the season!! DPMM FC held on for an important win as they grind out three points at the Jurong East Stadium against Albirex Niigata FC in the S•League 2014 season. This is also Steve Kean’s first competitive game in charge with a win under his belt. Rodrigo Tosi was the only scorer of the game with a 15th minute penalty effort after he was brought down by Kazuki Kishigami of Albirex Niigata FC.

But it was the heroics of stand-in keeper for DPMM FC, Azman Ilham who produced a man-of-the-match performance after pulling off a string of great saves to deny the home team a goal. Wardun Yussof, DPMM FC’s first choice keeper was still serving suspension for the sending him he had last season.

Steve Kean’s DPMM FC head coach played a 4-4-2 formation and the tactics paid off handsomely. The only noticeable difference is that prolific striker Shahrazen Said didn’t start the game like he usually does. He was an unused substitute but this also shows the depth of squad that DPMM FC has as compared to before. Another regular first team player was Azwan Salleh who played as a second half substitute.

DPMM FC started brightly and looked more dangerous in attack. Rodrigo Tosi and Roy O’Donovan were connecting well upfront. It was Tosi who drew first blood as he scored through a penalty that he earned. DPMM FC had a few more clear cut chances but failed to capitalize and they could have put the game beyond doubt.

Albirex Niigata FC gave it their all and they did the best they can to score but the compact defending and numerous heroics save by Azman kept the home team at bay. DPMM FC were also fortunate to get away from a mini blunder when Sairol Sahari screwed the ball just pass DPMM FC’s goal area after the constant pressure in attack by the Japanese club.

Niigata were much better in the second half as they kept pressing at DPMM FC’s goal area but the defence line stood firm throughout the game. Albirex played a passing game with a much better paste than their opposition.

Steve Kean believes there is more room from improvement. “We have not played to our maximum and Albirex is a good side. They kept the ball well. It could have been 2-0 with our players missing a few,” shared Steve during the interview. “Alberix is very technical team and I told my guys at half time, be careful and don’t give them space and just stick to them with a rigid formation.”

Steven responded highly when asked about Azman’s performance as a goalie. “He is getting better and we have a very good (goalie) coach, Zainul and we expect them (goalie reserves) to have some games.”

The confidence in the dressing room is quite high according to Steve Kean. He also learnt that DPMM FC is a tight unit, more discipline and having more shape.

DPMM FC next game will be on Friday, 28th February at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Congratulations to DPMM FC and Happy 30th National Day to all my readers too.

The cheering squad for Niigata Albirex

The cheering squad for Niigata Albirex

Welcoming both side of the team prior to the match last night

Roy O’Donovan has yet to settle well in DPMM FC after missing most of the pre-season training

Tosi rolling on the ground after being tackled in the box and he earned the winning penalty

DPMM FC players celebrating after the goal

I was impressed with Subhi’s performance defensively

DPMM FC vs Alberix Niigata FC

How Joe Gamble looks like when he heads the ball

An Alberix fan?

One of the videographers

My brother enjoying the matchh

Azman was in top form last night

Remember George O”Gallachan”, the former DPMM FC club

Another familiar face

Sairol Sahari giving a handshake gesture to Steve Kean

After the match - Well done guys :D



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Written by Rano Iskandar.

Ready for the Big 30


Too bad I won’t be around for the actual 30th National Day celebration tomorrow in Brunei Darussalam since I’m currently in Singapore. Well, at least, on the bright side, I won’t miss DPMM FC’s first game in the S•League as they take on Albirex Niigata FC tonight and I will be attending the Brunei National Day celebration in Singapore tomorrow evening.

Below are some of the pictures taken from my circle of friends and myself and also images taken from The Brunei Times. I would like to acknowledge Omar Abu Thahirudeen, Fazizul Haqimie, Wanee, Marul and Anak Brunei.

By the way, if you are posting images on instagram relating to the 30th National Day, do include the hashtag #bruneiku30 and you will stand a chance to win the latest apparels from @fizzyfireapparel (Merdeka theme). The winners will be announced on 3rd March 2014.

Before I end, a big hand to the ministries and the organisers in coordinating this spectacle and I know it will be a fulfilling one for the country. Let’s focus on the positive side and unite as a country. A big hand to all the participants especially the students involved. I do miss being part of a celebration and I don’t mind reviving that nostalgia feeling.

All the best you all tomorrow. I hope I’m able to catch this on RTB International tomorrow.


Today’s the draw date


Don’t forget to like this post on @sinhuphuat and tag them with the hashtag #shhfreecarwash. Today’s the draw date for the prizes.

RB’s new uniforms


I missed this event yesterday but not to worry as I have a few shots of how the new uniforms of Royal Brunei Airlines look like. Yesterday Royal Brunei Airlines unveiled their new heritage-inspire uniforms for cabin crew and this is in continuation of the rebranding program of Royal Brunei Airlines (RB).

The new uniforms symbolizes a unique culture of Brunei Darussalam with the world. It still maintains the traditional feel with a simple modern touch.

If you look closely at the female uniform, the blouses have been tastefully detailed with traditional songket patterns along the hem, trim and back. Colours will range from coral dust to morning sky to fresh mint, based on the seniority of the crew. It reflects the friendly and welcoming nature of the new RB brand.

As for the male crew, they will be wearing three-piece suits in matching brown, with a similar spectrum of Malay-inspired shirts and traditional standing collars.

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, the Minister of Communications viewing the new RB cabin crew uniforms

Images courtesy of @marul69

The different colours you will be familiar with once the uniforms are launched

The drawing board of the new uniforms

Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines with the management of RB and the cabin crew

YB Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, the Minister of Communications was the guest of honour with the presence of YB Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Hj Abdullah, RB’s Chairman, members of RB’s Board of Directors, esteemed guests from the Ministry of Communications and Brunei’s Department of Civil Aviation.

Did you know that this particular project was developed, implemented and completed in Brunei? The design work was completed internally to ensure the new ensemble reflects Bruneian tradition. The fabrics are tailored by Brunei based Khazanah Lady House.

So when will you see the new uniforms on the RB cabin crew? Well, by early April, you will be able to witness the new uniforms when RB launch the Boeing 787 Dreamliner services to Melbourne. For those who are attending the National Day parade, you will be able to get a sneak preview of the new uniform this Sunday.

The new RB cabin crew uniform. Images courtesy of Royal Brunei Airlines.

DPMM FC upbeat for 1st game


DPMM FC upon arrival at Changi Airport yesterday. They will take on Albirex Niigata FC tonight

With just hours away, DPMM FC will have their first game in the new season of the S•League tonight against Albirex Niigata FC and this will definitely be an interesting season for DPMM FC. All eyes will be on their new head coach Steve Kean who has quite a high profile being a former manager of Blackburn Rovers. DPMM FC also have filled in the final spot of the import player with their own marquee player, Roy O’Donovan, a former Sunderland striker.

Steve Kean was in confident mood upon arrival at the Changi Airport with the DPMM FC management and squad team yesterday. “It’s good. It has been a fantastic pre-season and the lads have a six week preparation. The progress, both physically and tactically, that had made training quite exceptional. Not one player has missed one session, “ shared Steve Kean.

“I think Albirex are a good side and I watched a friendly match against the Warriors. I think technically they are good, playing a passing game. They are young and athletic players.”

When asked about the new tactical formation Steve has been experimenting, he believes it’s more than just a formation. “We have played with both systems (3-5-2 and 4-4-2). I don’t think the actual system matters but most important is that we play a passing game and build from the back.”

Steve Kean is hungry for results and he opted for results rather than performance but of course, he hopes for both results and performances from the lads.

I shall be covering their first match later this evening. It will be held at the Jurong East Stadium, a 7:30pm kick-off. Last night, Tampines Rovers beat Home United 1-0 in the season’s opener as well as the Charity Shield combined.

For social media updates, do follow @officialdpmmfc on instagram

Getting connected with the world

It’s nice to see a DPMM FC fan at a foreign country

Will Azwan Ali start the match tonight? It will be interesting who Steve Kean will put as the first XI

Unveiling the Vento


Chan Key Hong, Executive Director of Maju Motors, Colin Tong, Public Relations & Communication of Volkswagen Group Singapore and Ammirul Adnan, Marketing Executive of Maju Motors inside the new Volkswagen Vento

Thank you, Wanee, for covering for me. Few days ago, Maju Motors Sdn Bhd unveiled their all new family sedan, Volkswagen Vento. The best thing about about the Vento is its budget-friendly price-tag for a German brand.

So what’s equipped in the VW Vento? it’s a 1.6 litre power with 16 valve-petrol engine with multi-point fuel injection (MPI). It sports a six-speed automatic transmission with Triptonic manual override. Even on a fully loaded scenario (full passengers based), the Vento still has the power to pick up speed effortlessly.

The braking system also has improved with the latest generation anti-lock bracing system. The safety features are also a high point. The Vento comes with Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS). So for instance, in a serious accident, the doors will be unlocked and also disable the fuel pump while the hazard lights are switched on. Pretty cool.

The Vento is officially launched on 21st to 23rd February 2014. All of you are welcome to view the Vento while enjoy the weekend activities such as balloon sculpting, face painting etc.

Additionally, anyone who test drives a Vento over the weekend launch will stand a chance to win a pair of return tickets to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.

For more information on the VW Vento, you can call 2655111 to talk to the sales executives or drop by the VW showroom at Jln Telanai.

Chan Key Hong saying a few words prior to the launch of the Vento

Chan Key Hong and Colin unveiling the Volkswagen Vento

Check out the new Vento from Volkswagen

So do you prefer red or white?

The red Vento looks sweet

Volkswagen management with members of the media

Drop by Maju Motor showroom at Telanai




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Edoxionary 2014

Written by Rano Iskandar.

Edox launch in Singapore


The Edox dinner event at Raffles Town Club, Singapore, last evening

My first Singapore coverage on my 2nd trip here and thank you to Pamela Tan for the invitation. Crystal Time is definitely making their presence felt in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. As you know Crystal Time carries some of the strong brands such Luminox, Columbia, Soleus and Arbutus to name a few and last night, Crystal Time had a media launch of the Edox which has been around for more than 130 years. I was kinda impressed with the history of Edox as it was created and founded through an act of love by Christian Rufli-Flury.

The Edox brand is known for its precision, performance and perfection especially in sports. In 2012, Edox became the official timekeeper for the Dakar Rally Raid and from there, they launched the Chronorally collection that was designed and engineered to withstand the most extreme of environment: speed, mud, snow, shocks, heat etc.

Last year, Edox became the official timekeeper for the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS) and for the World Curling Federation (WCF) and from then, Edox launched the Grand Ocean collection together with the Limited Edition Extreme Sailing Series watches.

Currently, there is a competition of the Extreme Sailing Series happening in Singapore (20-23 February 2014) and it is happening at the Promontory @ Marina Bay, Singapore. And yes, Edox is the official timekeeper for this event.

Over dinner last night, Crystal Time management hosted resellers and members of media from newspaper to magazine and they also invited two special guests - Nick Crabtree, Team Director of GAC Pindar and Andrew Pindar, Director of GAC Pindar in the Extreme Sailing Series and both are wearing the Edox Grand Ocean collection *Sweeetttt*

Also present was the Tan Soo Khoon, Managing Director of Crystal Time, and I just googled him and wow, he does have quite an interesting resume and he was once a politician, a long-serving Speaker of Parliament before returning to his family business. He shared that it was about time they revived back the brand of Edox to Singapore, Malaysia and even Brunei and he’s confident that the brand will be well received after the launch.

Last night I had a sneak preview of the Grand Ocean Extreme Sailing Series, Special Edition, the Edox Chronorally 1 - Chronorally Automatic and the Edox Class 1 - GMT Worldtimer. Personally, I love the Grand Ocean Ultra Slim :D It’s just elegant and suits me well. Then again, I’m not much of a watch user.

Thank you once again to Crystal Time for the invitation. The dinner event took place at Raffles Town Club. I kinda love the ambience there too and feel privilege as it’s only a member’s area.

Tan Soo Khoon, Managing Director of Crystal Time, shared that Edox is proud to be part of the Extreme Sailing Series

Nick Crabtree, Team Director of GAC Pindar and Andrew Pindar, Director of GAC Pindar

Pamela Tan, Brand Manager of Crystal Time, briefed us on the juicy bits of Edox watches

The host Tan Soo Khoon entertaining the watch resellers

The Edox Iceman III limited edition (only 328 pieces worldwide)

The Edox Chronorally edition

My personal favourite - The Edox Grand Ocean Ultra Slim

The Edox Choronodakar limited edition. Only 500 pieces worldwide.

A pretty cozy dinner affair with the guests at The Dining Room, Raffles Town Club

My neighbour at last night's dinner - Charlotte Toh, MarComs Executive of Crystal Time

The event that is happening this weekend Promontory @ Marina Bay, Singapore and Edox is the official time keeper for the 1st leg of the Extreme Sailing Series (ESS). You can follow @extremesailing on Twitter for updates as well as @GACPindar on their progress in the ESS.



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Written by Rano Iskandar.

Things you treasure in Brunei


Click image to enter survey

Ah, something for us to be appreciative about for Brunei rather than bashing each other online with the unwanted negativity. Let’s take a moment or two to fill in the survey done by a friend Faiq Airudin who compiled a list of questions for you to answer and say the nicest things that you can discover in Brunei Darussalam.

Click here to do the survey or you can click the image above as well to enter website to fill in the survey. So peeps, let’s spread more of this positivity and live in the present moment.

Once you done the survey, you will get this alert



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Time Out with Liz

Written by Rano Iskandar.

TOWL next weekend


The next one on the 1st March 2014, next weekend


What is Time Out with Liz?

It's a live talk show where host Elizabeth Sim or Liz  gets to know our local talents better through her entertaining interviewing techniques. Inspired by 'The Ellen Degeneres Show" an American live Talk show, Liz brings her own twist to her audiences in Brunei. The live show has been running since her pilot took place in August 2013 which anyone can view on YOUTUBE by typing "Time Out With Liz". Her show also promotes local businesses as her audiences walk away with products, samples or vouchers which her invited guests bring in to share with the audience. To learn more about "Time Out With Liz" you can pick up the  January - March 2014 edition of Borneo. Insider's. Guide (BIG) or the first issue of 'Inspired" Magazine where Liz is also one of the contributors. This show is a start up and Liz continues to look for people who share her vision to work and collaborate with, so if you are interested to be part of "Time Out with Liz", contact Liz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 8826013.

In the meantime, be sure to support Liz by coming to the first show of 2014 at Pusat Belia. Her guests include Osveanne Osman & Shinny Chia who will be sharing with Liz about their newly formed company called "The Collective" and their upcoming hair- raising project. Find out more about one of Brunei's young musical talents, Chiam Shian Li and get a taste of what's cooking in RiceBowl's kitchen as Priscilla Boyd demonstrates one of her favourite dishes with the audience that day. Tickets are selling at $10 from now until 25 Februrary and $15 from the 26 Feb.Contact the details above to book your tickets today. Press released from Time Out With Liz.

The next one on the 1st March 2014, next weekend




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