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14
Feb

Single is the new love

Written by Rano Iskandar.

 
New GL from Mercedes-Benz

 


All are welcome today at Gadong Jati Transport Showroom and check out the new GL

 

 
DPMM FC getting ready for season

 


His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, also the Chairman of DPMM FC, with the management and players of DPMM FC. Click image to enlarge.

In a week’s time, DPMM FC will kick off their S•League campaign as they will take on Albirex Niigata FC on the 22nd February at Jurong East Stadium, Singapore (7:30pm kick off). This will also be Steve Kean’s (DPMM FC new head coach) first competitive match and all eyes will be on him to deliver his reputable coaching/managing skills. The former manager of Blackburn Rovers is one of the main highlights in the S•League news due to his high profile status in the football scene.

He has been very active in increasing the intensity of the pre-season training and DPMM FC also went through three friendly games with a 1-1-1 record under their belt. Steve learnt many things through the pre-season games and the newly adapted formation 4-4-2 might be just the formula for DPMM FC’s success in the upcoming season.


HRH the Crown Prince had a conversation with Steve Kean, DPMM FC’s head coach


DPMM FC with their new home jerseys


DPMM FC during their training session


The tennis version of football

 

Final day of registration (Today)

 



White Cane Day Charity Run organised by Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB) and the Department of Community Development. The event will take place on Sunday, 9th March at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. The idea of this event to spread the awareness to the public regarding the significance of the white cane to assist the visually impaired.

Interested members of the public can register for the following : 10km open for males aged 16 and above, 10km open for females aged 16 and above, 5km open for males aged 12 and above and 5km open for females aged 12 and above. Winners of the 5km and 10km category will get a chance to receive a cash prize and trophy. Today’s the last day of registration which ends at 9pm at the Indoor Stadium.

To download forms and find out more on the first ever White Cane Day Charity Run, please visit www.larianamaltongkatputih.com or search “Larian Amal Tongkat Putih” on Facebook.com


The White Cane Day charity run chairperson, Mohammad Jamary Danggat (2nd L) presents Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Permanent Secretary, Hj Mohd Rozan (2nd R) with a white cane during the launch of the event late January 2014. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.


Orchid Garden Hotel is the official hotel and OGH will be having a special package promotion. Shamsul Bahrin, GM of OGH and Mohammad Jamary Danggat yesterday at OGH


The official t-shirt for participants

 

KIA to make waves

 


The new KIA Cerato Koup now available at Grand Motors

Members of the media had a sneak preview of the KIA’s latest release in Brunei market which is the second generation of the KIA Cerato Koup. I had a quick test drive last Wednesday on the auto version which has a much sleeker profile with futuristic and dynamic styling. The other notable difference is that it’s longer and wider than the previous model and it also has a significant extended wheelbase.

It comes in eight different colours - white, red, pearl, bright silver, blue, and metallic blue. You can opt for an auto or manual (six-speed transmission). Izam Said of The Brunei Times highlighted that the manual KIA Cerato Koup is a pretty good ride during the test drive session.

Out of the many features that new Cerato Koup has, the one that stands out is KIA’s new FlexSteer system. The system provides three different setting — Normal, Sport and Comfort — for the steering to match the customer’s preference. The effort required to turn the wheel varies with each mode but the gearing (the number of turns lock-to-lock) remains the same.

The auto version costs around BND 31,500 while the manual one costs around BND 29,800.

The all new Cerato Koup will officially be launched this Friday, February 14, where it will be on display at the KIA showroom (under Grand Motors) in Beribi. To find out more, those interested are welcome to visit the showroom or log on to www.kia.com.bn or their Facebook page - facebook.com/KiaBrunei or call 2453101.


Azrol Azmi of Borneo Bulletin documented the test drive with his GoPro


We test drove around the stadium area


Izam Said of The Brunei Times was impressed with the manual transmission model of the new KIA Cerato Koup


The rims


Izam highlighted the rear camera is one of the gadgets that is a must in cars

 

 

The Big Buzz

 


One reason why Mabohai Shopping Complex will have problems in terms of traffic congestion and parking problems

 

 

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13
Feb

Higher ground

Written by Rano Iskandar.

 

HSBC New Year Special Deals
 

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The Peugeot Prosperity
 

Peugeot Prosperity drive is back!! And they are giving away iPhone 5s and iPad minis on select Peugeot models. Click image to enter Facebook page.
  
 
Royal Brunei Airlines

 


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The LEGO Movie

 


The LEGO Movie. Everything is awesome!!

The LEGO Movie. Everything is awesome!! Well, for those who have seen this latest animated film would understand what I’m referring to. It’s an annoying catchy soundtrack from the big hit movie. I happen to catch this movie last Thursday and it’s kinda delayed that I release this review a week after, right? Anyway, the LEGO movie reminds me exactly like The Incredibles where the overall feel for the movie would be more rewarding for adults though kids will still have fun ride along the way.

The first half was so-so for me but the laughs were aplenty from the beginning. The second picked up pace and the final third was one of the best moments I’ve experienced in cinema which includes Del Goh laughing (out of control) for a good three minutes near the end. It’s really hard not to spoil the movie and saying the great bits of the movie. But let’s just say that I love the Batman’s character in this movie because of his over-the-top macho presence and the dark knight minifig also has a girlfriend *lol*

Oh yeah, before I end, this movie also kinda reminds me of The Matrix. Just watch it and you will get what I mean. A movie that I truly enjoy and I won’t mind a second viewing. It’s a good way to kick off February after a very disappointing January for movie lovers. Verdict: 8/10 @delgoh 8/10 @abbylmf 4/10

 

BSJV Scholarship Scheme 2014

 

The BSJC Scholarship is a special scheme awarded to eligible post “A” Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or HND school leavers to pursue their First Degrees studies or undergraduates currently undergoing Science and Technical courses relevant to the Oil & Gas industry.

This is open to citizens of Negara Brunei Darussalam and if you believe that you are talented and dynamic, do give this a shot. Do check out their details on the poster below.

Interested applicants should summit recent CV, scanned copy of highest academic certificates (including official academic results/transcript from 1st year to date for undergraduates) and Smart Card, as well as other relevant documents to RecruitmentBN(a)shell.com by 23 February 2014.

Good luck…


Brunei Shell Joint Venture Scholarship Scheme 2014

 

 
New Mercedes in town

 


To be launched tomorrow in Brunei

 

More pictures from DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2014

 


His Royal Highness Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim (centre) and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb (right in a friendly match at DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2014 at the Mini Stadium at Jerudong last Sunday


Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim, Vice Chairman of DPMM, shook hands with the DPMM FC players


HRH Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim (centre) and YAM Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb with Saiful the referee last Sunday


YAM Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb showing some great footwork last Sunday


The Vice-Chairman of DPMM FC with DPMM FC players and the kids last Sunday< last Sunday


HRH Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim and YAM Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb and other players during the medal presentation< last Sunday


Boris pretending to be on the phone so he could escaped being interviewed *lol*


It was a great outing for the kids


Steve Kean, head coach of DPMM FC, with former DPMM FC club manager


JIS kids had a great effort, finishing joint third


The post that saved the penalty effort


Stacks on after the quarterfinal victory after penalty shootout by the Brunei Sports School Academy


My MVP for the day - great performance in goals


Tosi, one of the import players of DPMM FC


Steve Kean the head coach of DPMM FC saying hi to his fans

 

 

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12
Feb

Buzzed

Written by Rano Iskandar.

 
Coming soon

 


New mercedes-benz from Jati Transport coming soon!!

 

 
Donations to flood victims

 

Total E&P Borneo B.V. was among many other companies that attended the donation handing over ceremony organized by the Tutong District office on the 05th of February 2014. With the aim to lessen the burden of Tutong residents affected by the recent flashflood and landslides, Total E&P Borneo B.V. gave a cheque donation of BND 15,000 through the Tutong District Office Charity Fund for Flood Victims.

The handing over of donation ceremony was held at the Incident Command Post, Lamunin Fire Station, Tutong. On hand to receive the donation was the Tutong District Officer who is also the Chairman of the District Disaster Management Center (DDMC), Awg Wardi bin Hj Mohd Ali. Representing Total E&P Borneo B.V is its General Manager, Mr Yves Grosjean.


Some of the guests attended during the ceremony


Handover of cheque donation from Mr Yves Grosjean, TEPB General Manager (L) to Awg Wardi bin Hj Mohd Ali, Tutong District Officer (R)


Group photo of all the companies’ representatives who contributed in the donation ceremony


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• Starbucks will be open on 16 Feb 2014 at Mabohai Shopping Complex.


• The monthly treat's prize will be delivered to customers through an appointed courier service within 5 working days after end of every month, for the respective monthly treat.

 

 

 

Concepts Computer

 


Acer Iconia | A1 tablet at Concepts Computer

 

Another CNY celebration

 

It was the first time I stepped into Great Eastern Life at Kiulap branch and yesterday the one of the leading insurance policyholders hosted CNY Open House to usher the Year of the Horse. The said company celebrated with their staff, distribution representatives, policyholders, business partners and associates.

The Great Eastern Life team, led by Caroline Sim, Head Brunei Branch, hosted guests and their customers. Apart from the refreshments, they were treated with mandarins to wish them a prosperous and healthy New Year, in line with its Live Great Programme.

According to Caroline Sim, this is the first open house that Great Eastern Life organised to show their appreciation to their customers and also thanking them for their continuous support. It promotes the cultural integration among other races as well as strengthen ties from all professional backgrounds, be it friends or business partners or clients because they are a Life company.

The open house lasted for 5 hours and it kicked off with some firecrackers followed by the cake cutting and the traditional yee sang.


Caroline Sim, Head Brunei Branch of Great Eastern Life with business partners and distribution representatives at the CNY Open House yesterday


The cake cutting before ushering guests


The Yee Sang


Khalid Affandy, General Manager of OCBC Bank, with Caroline Sim


Lighting up the fire crackers

 

KFC ZINGER RISER COMBO AND A.M. PORRIDGE

 

Fans of the KFC Zinger and Original Recipe Chicken has something new to look forward to at KFC, this time in the form of breakfast. 

Firstly, KFC Brunei is introducing a new breakfast combo, the KFC a.m. Zinger Riser combo. Consisting of a boneless zinger fillet, marinated with KFC's signature marinade, topped with a fresh sunny side up and mayonnaise, and sandwiched between two sesame seed buns. Also comes with a cup of coffee, tea or teh tarik, priced at only $4.30.

Secondly, KFC is featuring its a.m. Chicken Porridge which is cooked with shredded Original Recipe Chicken for that Original Recipe taste. In conjunction with the upcoming celebration of Brunei Darussalam's 30th National Day later this month, the a.m. Chicken Porridge is offered at only B$3.00 which also comes with a drink of choice of tea, coffee, or teh tarik for a limited time only. Usual price is $3.70.

 


KFC a.m. Zinger Riser combo


KFC a.m. Chicken Porridge

 

KFC AND THE BREAKFAST VISION

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper,” a quote by well known American author and nutritionist Adelle Davis. KFC had this quote in mind when they embarked on a journey to start serving breakfast to customers in the Sultanate back in 2009. The number of KFC a.m. breakfast store has since grown from 3 to 11 in a span of 5 years.  

  “With 70% of our outlets now serving KFC a.m. breakfast, it is now easier to do breakfast promotions compared to the past. Our concern was that a customer may come across a breakfast promotion and end up in an outlet that is not serving breakfast,” says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd. Beside the newly launchedKFC a.m. Zinger Riser combo and the featured a.m. Original Recipe Chicken Porridge, customers can also try out KFC’s signature product, the a.m. Twister combo. Also, fans of Mr Brown coffee can also try out the Mr Brown Milk Tea which is now solely available only at all KFC outlets in Brunei.  

In modern times of hectic lives, it’s getting harder for families to spend quality time together. “we are seeing a rising trend of customers coming in to our restaurant to dine alone and/or quickly so that they can move on to continue their work or day’s activities and by endorsing the importance of breakfast through our promotions, we hope that more customers can use KFC as a good excuse to bring their families together to spend more time together especially in the weekend, in the comfort of our store’s ambience,” said Del Goh, Vice President, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd.

KFC a.m. breakfast is currently available from 8am to 11am daily at the following KFC outlets: Mentiri, Berakas, Airport Mall, Yayasan, Kiulap, Gadong Central, Sengkurong Drive-Thru, Sengkurong, UBD, Seria and Kuala Belait.



 

 

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Feb

Countdown begins..

Written by Rano Iskandar.

 
 
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13 students off to China

 


Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Ali Bin Apong, Deputy Minister at Prime Minister's Office and Mr PC Huang, the Project Chief Executive Officer at Hengyi Industries Sdn. Bhd with the 13 selected students yesterday at the signing ceremony at The Empire Hotel & Country Club. Click image to enlarge.

A total of thirteen (13) students from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam signed agreements for a joint Chemical Engineering Scholarship Programme by Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Zhejiang University of the People’s Republic of China at the Signing Ceremony of Hengyi Scholarhsip held today at The Empire Hotel & Country Club. The Scholarship Programme is fully funded by Syarikat Hengyi Industries Sdn. Bhd.

The signing event was witnessed by Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Haji Ali Bin Apong, Deputy Minister at Prime Minister's Office. Signing on behalf of Hengyi Industries Sdn. Bhd. was Mr PC Huang, the Project Chief Executive Officer at Hengyi Industries Sdn. Bhd. whilst the individual students signed their respective agreement in the presence of parents as guarantors.

The scholarship programme is part of Hengyi’s Corporate Social Responsibility in developing the nation’s human capital by providing educational opportunities to Bruneians to realize their academic potential.

The programme jointly developed with Universiti of Brunei Darussalam and Zhejiang University will sponsor students currently studying in Universiti Brunei Darussalam to undertake the later part of their academic studies and industrial training at Zhejiang University for a period of one and a half years in Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Processs. The programme will include placement in a petrochemical plant in the People’s Republic of China where students will gain firsthand experience in a real live operational refinery environment. Upon completion of the programme, the students will be offered employment at Hengyi Industries Sdn. Bhd. The students were awarded based on their academic achievements.

This initiative is in line with EDPMO’s to increase competencies and create 50,000 new employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry by 2035 in which 40,000 would be local. Press release by Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd and images courtesy of Gavin Goh.


The students signing the agreement


Mr PC Huang, the Project Chief Executive Officer at Hengyi Industries Sdn. Bhd in his welcoming remarks

  
 
CNY at Ishajaya

 


Lion Dance performance at Ishajaya Technology two Mondays ago (not yesterday). Image take from Ishajaya Technology’s Facebook

I attended the Chinese New Year open house yesterday at Ishajaya Technology (Thanks FJ for the invite) and I managed to catch up with a few of my mutual and familiar faces at the open house. For those who doesn’t know, Ishajaya Technology is a local IT company that partnered with iSoft, an international supplier healthcare software applications, and created the Bru-HIMS project, initiated by the Ministry of Health. Bru-HIMS stands for Brunei Healthcare Information and Management System and the idea is to provide speedier services through means of centralised database.

As easy as it sounds, it was not easy to implement in the first place. The system has worked successfully in more developed countries such as China and they have been using this technology for many years. Brunei-HIMS is still considered pretty new to Brunei despite it being launched back in 2012. According to the press release back in October 2013, more than 50% have registered themselves with Bru-HIMS. I actually haven’t registered myself just yet.

The system in place still needs to be adopted especially by the doctors and thus training and re-training are important for the doctors in RIPAS to get accustom o the new Bru-HIMS system which in turn expedite the process especially the waiting time.

Patience is required and I’m grateful that we have Bru-HIMS in place despite the inconvenience that patients have encountered on some occasion. The intention of Bru-HIMS is simple - enhance the quality of health and medical services. This is also the current global trend for health facilities and they too are facing similar issues. The Ministry of Health are doing their best to make the transitional period smoother.

I don’t know why I’m saying all these but I feel it’s a good way to educate the public on what’s happening. Thank you, Ishajaya, for the hospitality (and great food too) yesterday and good luck with the project.


Elvin Hii , CEO of Ishajaya Technolgy, talking to his guests at their open house yesterday


It was quite a huge turn out yesterday


Fina and Adek at Ishajaya Technology




Caryn and her daughter at the open house yesterday


Elvin with his Bru-HIMS team



 

 
Blood donation

 



There will be a blood donation drive this Saturday, 15th February 2014 from 9am to 12pm at the Peugeot Kiarong Showroom. All are welcome to take part in this noble cause. Do spread the word around. For more inquiries, you can call 242 6969 or 242 5522. The Peugeot Kiarong Showroom is located nearby the Kiulap roundabout and you will see a huge TV screen on the building.

 

ISB celebrates Lunar Year

 

Every year International School Brunei (ISB) organise a Chinese New Year celebration and recently they celebrated with the primary and kindergarten students to mark the Year of the Horse. Darren Sible, the Principal of the ISB Primary School, hopes the celebration of the Lunar Year will allow more understanding on the various cultural backgrounds of the students. Images below are courtesy of ISB.















 

 

 

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10
Feb

Everything is awesome

Written by Rano Iskandar.

 
 
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DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2014

 


His Royal Highness Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim (6th from left) and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb (3rd from left) in a friendly match at DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2014 at the Mini Stadium at Jerudong.


HRH Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim had a splendid outing by scoring a few goals and assists in the friendly matches. He reminds me of the legend Robbie Fowler.


Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim, Vice Chairman of DPMM FC giving words of encouragement to the young football players


HRH Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim in action during the friendly match


YAM Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb warming up before the match


HRH Pengiran Muda Abdul Muntaqim receiving a winner’s medal from Lim Chin, S•League’s Chief Executive Officer


YAM Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb receiving a winner’s medal from Lim Chin, S•League’s Chief Executive Officer


YAM Pengiran Anak Raheemah Sanaul Bolkiah and YAM Pengiran Anak Hariisah Widadul Bolqiah also came to support the DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2014


YAM Pengiran Anak 'Abdul Haseeb receiving a winner’s medal from Lim Chin, S•League’s Chief Executive Officer


Sports School listening to tactics set by the coach


Striking a pose for RA


The kids greeted DPMM FC players


DPMM FC players trying to escape from being interviewed from the emcees


Captain of Puspa Grassroots (yellow) was outstanding on pitch and so was the goalkeeper from Sports School (blue)


The MVP of the tournament leading the way for the winner’s medals and trophy - Sports School


I wonder why the little boy was shutting his eyes for


Group photo with the guest of honour - Click image to enlarge

 

BIBD Delights

 


BIBD Delights while you can enjoy 15% from Funshabu-shi, Kitaro Restaurant, Chef Mauri (Muara & Swiss Hotel), Fun Wok Hong Kong Restaurant and i-Lotus Restaurant until 15th March 2014

 

STARIUS powerbanks

 

No one can deny that Technology is now playing a larger and more important role in everyday lives, and one of the major challenges to this daily reliance on Technology is the ability to keep our devices turned on through out the whole day, this is why Concepts Computer is launching the STARIUS Portable Power Banks.

Power Banks are rechargeable batteries enclosed in portable casings which can provides charges for smart devices like phones, tablets and even portable music devices. And as these devices are now a big part of our lives, Concepts Computer will launch a slew of different models of power banks from STARIUS in to the Bruneian market. Each model will have its own specific power-rating and is meant to fulfill specific needs of different devices and users.

STARIUS, a player in the Power Bank sector, aims to provide highly affordable power banks for everyday users who are looking to bring power for their devices on-the-go. In moving towards this goal, STARIUS has also implemented multiple technological measures to ensure the best products possible, these measures include the use of highly durable materials for the casing, the use of fast charging batteries for the power source, the implementation of Intelligent Protection to prevent against over-charging, against over-discharging, against over-loading or against short-circuits. And according to the devices power-ratings, Starius power banks promises multiple recharge times, some times up to 3 separate recharge times.


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, unveiling their new release power banks from STARIUS available at Concepts Computer


Zul Abdul Rahman and staff from Concepts Computer holding different models available at their outlet


The media checking out the models of the power banks

There will be 2 different ratings available for the Starius Portable Power Banks, the low to medium duty power banks and the heavy duty power banks. There will be 3 models available at Concepts Computer in the low to medium duty power banks rating; the 1st model is the STARIUS Portable Power Bank 2600mAh, available for $ 18; the 2nd model is the STARIUS Portable Power Bank 5600mAh, available for $ 28; and the last model is the STARIUS Portable Power Bank 7800mAh, available for $ 38 only. These three models are aimed at smart-phones and portable music devices, bringing portable power for these devices at affordable prices.

For heavy duty power banks, Concepts Computer will have 2 models from STARIUS. The 1st model is the STARIUS Portable Power Bank 11,200mAh, available for $ 48; the 2nd model is the STARIUS Portable Power Bank 13,000mAh, available for only $ 58. These 2 models are aimed at smart phones with larger screens, portable Wi-Fi hotspot devices and smart tablets, all three devices which consumes a lot more power and needs a large power rating. Also, all STARIUS Portable Power Bank comes with 1 year warranty with a one-to-one return policy, this applies to both levels, low to mid duty power banks and to heavy duty power banks.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer said, ”Providing these STARIUS Portable Power Banks to the Bruneian market is the next step in Concepts Computer's diversification and expansion into different sectors of the Bruneian IT market.” He continued, ”Concepts Computer is still committed in providing new and exciting solutions at an affordable price-point , and this partnership with STARIUS is prove of that.”

For more information, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2233552.


They have plenty of stock for the market


The STARIUS Portable Power Bank 2600mAh, available for $ 18


Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer talking to Vincent Hong about the new range of products

 

Expression showcase

 

The Kaleidoscope Studio will be presenting “Expression”, this February. It is a collaboration art exhibition by Faiz Morshidi, Nur Khalisah Ahmad, Sam Siren, Temperatie and Winnie Cheng. Do expect some paintings, paper cuttings pieces, drawings and some art installation. The artists involved aimed at expressing their personalities through means of art, their fantasies and imaginations and even through means of art performances. So you will be aware that art itself will give you not just the visual but also the sensory experience.

Faiz Morshidi explores emotion through figurative imagery and portraiture. Surreal in nature, Faiz draws upon personal stories and of people in his life to give life to indefinable feelings that are felt by people. Longing, frustration, affection are manifested on canvas represented by figure and plant like imagery, metaphors for human emotion. In contrast to his paintings, one installation using light and shadow will be featured, revealing Faiz’s sculptural abilities.

Next is Nur Khalisah Ahmad (Lisa) of Kaleidoscope Studio who uses more of abstract art. Creating images through stream of consciousness drawing and using organic forms from flora and fauna as inspiration, dense line work combines to form intricate images that are meant to be springboards for the imagination. Psychological in nature, the networks of lines and shapes reflect a viewer’s own psyche as it acts a trigger to inspire imagery from their own minds.

Sam Siren of Kaleidoscope Studio is no stranger in the art scene. Her visual illustrations are quite interesting. Her work encompasses both figurative works and abstract and reflects her many personalities. There is one section where Sam displays her version illustrations of characters from Alice in Wonderland. Her abstract works also deals with layers and lines which express her experiences of ‘synesthesia’, (when a person sees colours when hearing sounds).


Check out their Expression showcase


Sam Siren, Temperatie, Nur Khalisah Ahmad, Winnie Cheng and Faiz Morshidi during the opening of Expression


Invited guests during the opening of Expression


Del Goh having a tour around the exhibition


Sam Siren with Zul Faden and Moore


Sam Siren’s colourful pieces


Some of the illustrations at Expression showcase


Invited guests during the launch

Another person that I want to give a shout out to is my close friend Winnie Cheng. Her artistry mind is amazing and I’ve seen most of her works that she posted on social media. I even bought an art piece that I quite appreciate a year ago. I’m glad that she’s part of the Expression showcase. What’s amazing about her talent is her fantastical imagination. Drawing creatures is one of her forte but she depicts it in a very unique way with some interesting motives behind them. Her art is open to different interpretations by other people as viewers have to use their own imaginations to make sense of the pictures. She’s quite involved in paper cutting as well and the finishings are quite delicate and eye catchy. It’s a pity that this will be her last exhibition before she pursues her passion back in her home town, Penang in March.

Finally, another artiste that is involved in Expression uses performance to express herself. Temperatie shows a different way in conveying messages to eyes of the viewers. Her artistic performance deals with sticky situations and we too can relate to our daily lives. She gave a sneak preview of how we can easily picture ourselves in our challenges and obstacles that we bound to go through. In this case, Temperatie uses ribbons and strings as webs on another being so we can visualised how we can be easily caught in challenges. Another interesting piece I must say.

For your information, Expression is a touring exhibition that will take place in 3 different venues, with some artist talks taking place in conjunction with the exhibition. The different venues show how art can be transformed by space and vice versa. It will be held on February 5 – 15 at Saffron Café (1st floor), February 16 – 22 at Alliance Francaise and February 23 – March 1 at The Souq.

Big thumbs up to Lisa and her team in making this possible. It’s good to see more art exhibition being showcased in Brunei Darussalam.


Nur Khalisah Ahmad of Kaleidoscope Studio in her opening remarks


Sam Siren giving a few hints about her masterpieces


Winnie Cheng being interviewed by Peah about the web experience


It was quite a turn out last Saturday


Family and friends came to show support for the event


Adam Kalebic with his daughter also attended the event

 

 

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