Happy birthday to my Mom and may Allah bless you and let's have fun tonight!! Picture taken last night (midnight)
Fandango made his debut this morning at Wrestlemania 29. I had a small rift with KRISTAL Astro this morning but the situation was attended and I managed to get my PPV though I've lost the first hour. Maybe you guys could give me a freebie for the next PPV. Truce :D
Lisa warming for her 10km run yesterday at SCB's Run For A Reason. She finished ahead of me.
Fina finished her 10km. This is her second medal from SCB run. Well done :D If you want to check your timings for 10km and 21km, click this image.
We had a big treat at Fratini's after the 10km run.
This morning the Kiulap Roundabout had less traffic. It's either people are following the rules correctly (though the traffic light was switched off) or people avoided the roundabout. Find out more later.
Congratulations to Malppy.com on their event last Friday. More on that soon.
Try out Seasons Restaurant's Arabian Night food promotion which runs until the 14th April. Only available for dinner. Call 242 2291. More on this soon.
Happy sketching this Thursday
Installation art by Amirul Jazli starting Wednesday
DPMM FC finally defeated at home to Tanjong Pagar 1-0.
RB flies twice to KL
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SCB Run, the story so far
The starting point for tomorrow's run!!
Radisson is one of the partner's of SCB Half Marathon Brunei 2013
A few exhibitors will be there tomorrow
Do check out the sign boards for directions
Now this is interesting.. A cheering squad and also a cheering competition :D
This is where you store your bags if any. Ideal for those carrying bags or cameras
The information counter
The portable toilets work wonders especially for me
The huge event logo though covered by the tree
Suci water in stock for tomorrow's event
The program for tomorrow. Click image to view.
See you at the finishing line
Zainol Amin Jaafar, Cards and Mobile Customers Management, E-Banking Channel of BIBD, Hj Minorhadi Hj Mirhassan, the Head of Institutional Banking of BIBD and Gyorgy Ladics, The Chief Operating Officer of BIBD at yesterday's press conference for eTunai
17,000 downloads of the BIBD mobile apps and the numbers keep growing. Yesterday an announcement was made that eTunai is up and running where you are able to pay your goods and services through your smartphones with the BIBD mobile app under eTunai option. This announcement was made by Gyorgy Ladics, The Chief Operating Officer of BIBD. Also present were Hj Minorhadi Hj Mirhassan, the Head of Institutional Banking of BIBD, Zainol Amin Jaafar, Cards and Mobile Customers Management, E-Banking Channel of BIBD and Kamarul Ajamain, Multimedia Communications Officer of BIBD.
BIBD is the first to come up a mobile app that can do transactions and now they have gone a step further by making it possible to pay using your smartphone. Of course, you will need to download the BIBD app first and also to have a BIBD account.
So far there are a few participating merchants and I won't be surprise to see an increasing number in weeks to come. The merchants so far is Excapade Gadong, Charcoal BBQ and Grill (Bandar), Cheezbox, Gripps Cafe, QQeStore and Ohso (the Mall). All these merchants are applicable under the eTunai.
Zainol Amin Jaafar conducted a demo on how to use eTunai and it was pretty straight forward. You just need to scan the QR Code of the transaction with your smartphone and the payment will be made, deducted from your BIBD account.
Gyorgy Ladics was delighted with eTunai and he hopes to see an increase of users up to 50,000 at least in the near future. BIBD customers don't need to worry about the cost associated with the service as it's free. He said that BIBD is committed to bring smart, convenient and innovative products to further improve the user end experience with BIBD.
The cool part with BIBD eTunai is that you can make use of your "Hadiah Points" for transactions. In a way, it's like redeeming your points. Want to know more how "Hadiah Points" work? Just click here to find out more.
So what are you waiting for especially those with BIBD apps? Try it out and you'll be impressed. This might just open up more opportunities for other banks to follow suit. BIBD are for sure the trendsetters when it comes to technology and social media.
Demo was done for the media on how it works
Kamarul Ajamain, Multimedia Communications Officer of BIBD using the tablet to show how the transaction is done. Every participating merchant will be provided a tablet for the eTunai transaction. Awesome!!
Just scan away using the QR Code to make your transaction. The process takes less than 15 seconds or even lesser.
I was trying to transfer some $$$$ to my BIBD account. Yeah right!! *lol*
At the press conference
Great dishes from the Amazing ASEAN Food Festival at the Airport Restaurant. However, the promotion is only on weekends (Friday to Sunday) and only available for dinner 6:30pm to 10pm until the 28th of April 2013.
Do try their popular dishes from 10 ASEAN countries - Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mynamar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The menu will be cycled on different days of the weekend. There's also the ambuyat stall which will be served throughout the whole weekend.
The price of the dinner buffet is BND 29.90 for adult and BND 15 for children. There will be a 10% discount if you use the RBC Privilege Card. For reservation, do call 233 1853 and yeah, you can also park at the new parking area of the Brunei International Airport. It's humungous!!!
The two chefs behind the ASEAN dishes
The Vietnamese Lamb Stew
Laos Glass Noodle
Burmese Curry Chicken
Cambodian Amok Fish
Not sure what the label of the chicken is for this
You should try the chicken with the satay sauce
Ice kacang for dessert
You can request the chef to cook the veges to your liking
The noodle stall
Today's the last day of collection for your Race Entry Pack which is at the Indoor Stadium. We just collected ours yesterday and I bumped into Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, and had a quick chat. She was quite excited about the event and tomorrow will see 6,000 participants running in SCB Half Marathon 2013 event.
The cut off time for Race Entry Pack collection is 5pm today. So make sure you bring yourself and the documents to collect your items.
For your info, there will be a few partial and full road closures from as early as 4.30am on the day until 8.30am. There will be 1,000 people consisting of volunteers, officials and uniform personnel tomorrow to assist the huge crowd. So it's best that participants and volunteers arrive early tomorrow.
For more updates of the event, do visit scbruneihalfmarathon.com and good luck to all the participants :)
Pg Aki Ismasufian, Head Corporate Strategic Initiatives of SCB, Jennifer Kang, Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing of SCB, Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank and Danial Phua, one of the pacers for the 21km at the Indoor Stadium yesterday
The area to hand in your donation cards
This watch is pretty cool for runners
Today's the final day of collection
The collection of the Race Entry Pack
Great Eastern is one of the sponsors of the event
My jogging partners for the past few months :D
Are you ready? Cos I am
Geylang International FC coach Kanan Vedhamuthu admitted that his side were second best in their 4-2 loss to DPMM FC in the Singapore League (S-League) at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Wednesday.
"They were the better team and we were visibly second best. The boys will just have to work harder now," he said.
Portuguese striker Joao Vitor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira scored a brace for DPMM FC with Helmi Zambin and substitute Ak Fakharazzi Pg Hj Hassan scoring a goal each to help push Brunei's only professional football club into fourth place in the 12-team table with 11 points.
"They are a good team and moreover they are more experienced and we just couldn't match them," he told The Brunei Times following their loss.
"The average age of their team is 32, whereas ours is about 25.
"We defended better in the first half and managed to prevent some goals, but I think the first and second goals came too quickly and we lost our shape," continued Kanan whose team remained ninth in the table following the defeat.
The 34-year-old coach also admitted that his side had struggled to maintain possession in the game.
"We didn't have anyone to hold the ball and play... We definitely missed Stefan (Stefan Milojevic) and Shah Hirul (Shah Hirul Md Yussof), and will be waiting for these two to come back so we can have someone who will hold the ball," said the coach.
Their absence was definitely a factor in the game as Geylang were completely outplayed in the midfield area with DPMM FC's Mohd Hendra Azam Mohd Idris and skipper Rosmin Hj Khamis shutting down the Eagle's movement in the middle of the pitch.
DPMM FC, meanwhile have already turned their attention to their next game against Tanjong Pagar United who currently sit third in the table. The match will be played tomorrow at Hassanal National Stadium at 8:15pm
"They (DPMM FC player) are really tired, but we have four days before our next game, and it should be enough to prepare for the game. I am sure for the Tanjong Pagar game we will have double the fans after tonight's result," said DPMM FC coach Vjeran Simunic. Text by Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh and images by Ahmad Ajeeb.
DPMM FC vs Geylang last Wednesday
DPMM FC's Joao scorer tripped during a challenge
DPMM FC substitute Ak Fakharazzi Pg Hj Hassan scored a goal too last Wednesday
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Laneige Musical Broadway is back!!
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RB flies twice to KL
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With the full support of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD), Brunei’s first ever Marathon Des Sables (MDS) runners, Hamsul Sulaiman and Ahmad Fathi Junaidi, left today for their attempt to conquer the MDS, held in the Sahara Desert.
By strongly supporting the duo, BIBD, via its Corporate Social Responsibility, aspires to create and raise awareness on having a global community that cares, ultimately becoming an integral and strong partner of the community. This partnership is developed to encourage a positive influence and inspiration to the nation besides supporting both BIBD’s and CSR’s future initiative plans, which includes the Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme. The ALAF programme is specifically designed to provide educational progression for the underprivileged children through a systematic sponsorship scheme.
The MDS, touted as the toughest footrace on earth, held over seven days and six stages, where the participants in the Marathon des Sables will have to survive across 155 miles (250 km) equivalent to running 5 1/2 marathons. With them, carrying all their essential equipment such as gear, food, obey a laundry list of safety rules; sleep in communal tents and so on, as only water is rationed and handed out at each checkpoint.
Both Hamsul and Fathi hope that this high endurance expedition will inspire others to achieve their own personal milestones as they believe that with passion, determination and discipline, anything is possible. Press release from BIBD.
Brunei’s first ever Marathon Des Sables (MDS) runners, Hamsul Sulaiman and Ahmad Fathi Junaidi, at the Brunei International Airport, before heading off. Their dreams were made possible with the support of BIBD.
Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) as one of the main providers of financial products and services in the market would like to share with the public and particularly its customers that the offering of all products and services including financing facilities are bounded by terms and conditions and regulatory requirements under the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD).
In the offerings of all these products and services, only BIBD employees that are assigned as Personal Bankers, Sales Executive and Senior Sales Executive shall be the authorised personnel to offer the products and process the applications. These personnel will be bearing a pictured Staff Identification Card and will have their respective Name Cards with the official Bank logo.
And in this regard, we wish to advise the public that BIBD does not appoint any agent or broker to sell the financing products and charge a fee. Anyone who deals directly with Non-BIBD Staff will do so at their own risks. If there are claims of non-staff individuals purporting to be the Bank’s agents or brokers, BIBD would urge the public to report the matter to BIBD by calling our Contact Centre at 223-8181.
Members of the public who wish to apply or know more about any of BIBD’s products & services are advised to contact our BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181.
Hjh Ardinah, Vice President of BELTA, Patricia Li, Marketing Manager of LANEIGE Brunei and Mr. Cheong Huat Joo, Senior Special Duty Officer, Department of School at the Ministry of Education during the press conference of the 3rd LANEIGE Broadway Musical Competition
It's good to know Laneige is bringing back the fun which was missing last year. The LANEIGE Broadway Musical Charity Competition is back once more and it's brought to you by LANEIGE and Department of Schools, Ministry of Education. What I love about this event is that the students are able to showcase their talents but it's also not about their showmanship but also it brings out other values in them such as leadership, confidence, appreciation, creative and many more.
For your info, there will 250 secondary students participating in this year's competition with 10 schools involved. The theme for the musical broadway competition is "Bruneian Life".
During the press conference, Patricia Li, Marketing Manager of LANEIGE Brunei, shared why she initiated this competition in the first place. The objectives are multi-dimensional. One major objective is to raise awareness on those who are less fortunate. This year the ticket sales will be donated to YASKA Children Cancer Fund and BELTA. The other objectives of this competition is to encourage the youth in Brunei to contribute to the youth development via charity events and also to expose their talents through understanding the Brunei culture and enhancing the English language.
Mr. Cheong Huat Joo, Senior Special Duty Officer, Department of School at the Ministry of Education, shared that this competition will foster better relations and awareness among the community on contribution to society. He said the 10 schools involved is part of the students' learning curve and also part of their curriculum activity from their respective schools.
Hjh Ardinah, Vice President of BELTA, said she's thankful for the support. She also announced that there will be prizes for the Most Creative Adaptation ($100) and Best Stage Management ($100) which will be sponsored by BELTA. This competition will allow the students to express their confidence and talent.
With the continuous generous support of Ministry of Education, HSBC, CFBT, Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Shalim (B) Sdn Bhd, Ranoadidas, Hua Ho Department Store, Red Dot Studio, JPMC Fitness Centre, Great Eastern Life Assurance and Brunei English Language Teacher Association.
LANEIGE Broadway Musical Charity Competition 2013 to be held at the Hua Ho Manggis Hall on 28 April 2013 at 9am until 4:30pm. Tickets are now available on sales at all LANEIGE branches (the mall 2428222, Kiulap 2232282, K.B. 3347217, Hua Ho Yayasan 2231122) and also CFBT. For you rinfo, there are only 700+ seats to be sold during the event. 100% of ticket sales would be donated to YASKA Children Cancer Fund and BELTA (Brunei English Language Teachers Association). To enjoy a meaningful afternoon of Broadway musical with good cause, get your tickets now for a wonderful afternoon with family and friends.
Group photo with the organisers, sponsors and volunteers of the event
Who will be the first to buy the No.0001 ticket?
Promotional poster of the event
Comedy Night tomorrow
Comedy Night Part 1 is organized by 1stopbrunei.com and the main partners are UBDFM and Ranoadidas.com
This comedy night will contain different mini comedic plays as well as a few singing acts by youths.The performers are Shavez, A'aqiil, Mathien and Kevin.They have had experience with SEEDs, BADs and their respective school clubs.
The aim of the comedy night is to provide entertainment to Brunei and make it affordable for everyone to view local acts and drama. And it is also to serve as a platform for Bruneians to show case their talents.
The show will be on April 6th, Saturday, 7:45 pm, at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, KKBS, Ground floor.
The tickets are only $5 for students and $10 for adults. You can purchase the ticket at Lazeeza Restaurant at Hj Daud Complex, Gadong (same row with CA Mohd, the old branch at Gadong).
More information on the event and venue information can be found here.
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The Chaotic Morning
RA says First Brunei Problems. Or in hastag term #FirstBruneiProblems. I haven't been ranting or following up to the Ugly Truth for the past weeks or so. But now I feel the urge to do because this is the one of those days that I need to voice out my concern with my disagreement with the relevant authorities. Yesterday was the premiere or so called debut of the traffic light operation at the major roundabout at Kiulap. I did post my concern a month ago on my instagram and FB and I've predicted that this can be chaotic and many also gave feedback to the idea of traffic lights at the popular roundabout.
Yesterday was the first time I avoided the roundabout upon returning home. Well, that was only one out of four times yesterday alone *lol* My first attempt was noon time and it caught me by surprise because I wasn't aware of it until I was driving towards the roundabout from Beribi. Ok fine, there is a timer set for the green and EVEN for the red (so that gives you the chance to rev your car if you feel like it) but the timing sometimes doesn't offer much help either due to the short time duration for the green when coming from Beribi.. I believe it was only given 10 seconds or so and mind you, on peak hours, coming from Beribi can get quite a few even without traffic lights alone.
My second attempt was at 3:40pm and also attempting the same route, thinking that the traffic lights won't be operation since it's not peak hours. Believe or not, it was still on operation. But the great thing was it was a peak hour so exiting from Beribi was an easier task. My third attempt was almost midnight coming from highway (airport) but the lights were out so it was all good. Then again, I was the only car at that time *lol*
Now here's the tricky part... Traffic lights on two lanes was a tricky in the beginning but it was easier to educate because of the minor complexity when it comes to switch lanes. Now bring that concept to a 3-lane roundabout. This equates to CHAOS... Trust me... and I predicted this will happe this morning and it did. More on that later. I'm a third inner lane user when I'm heading for the 2nd or 3rd entry point. Now it's merely impossible to do so because of the momentum to switch lane from 3rd lane to the 2nd lane (middle one). I'm hardly a first laner unless the entry point is my next one. This is what's causing the jam and plus the time duration of the traffic light is not making it any better. I still believe if the timer was calibrate to its optimum, it won't be a successful task on a three-lane roundabout. I know that most 3rd lane users share the same sentiments as I do.
So Public Works Department (JKR), this is one serious matter that you have to look and put this on high priority because the pictures and the comments below are enough to open your eyes and see the real situation. Too bad P.A.R. won't be stating his points of view on Opinion Page or Letters to the Editor but the comments here I post is enough to justify that a traffic light at a 3-lane roundabout doesn't work.
Pictures below are screenshots from Instagram and also from Waze. Sorry peeps for using some of the screenshots :D
The traffic situation taken at 8am today. Screen shot from Waze.
Ok, here's the cause and effect of having traffic lights on a big roundabout.
1) The focal point (roundabout itself) is the nucleus of the other incoming routes (Kiulap, Ripas, Gadong, Beribi and Highway from airport). If that gets stuck even for 5 minutes, it will affect other routes. This has happened before because of a road accident inside the roundabout.
2) People are late for work. I saw one or two pictures of Instagram from my peers that their mates/colleagues are late because they are caught in traffic this morning.
3) There are even students dropping off at the Kiulap roundabout. My thinking would be because parents need to go to work after sending their children. So to cut time short and not entering the roundabout again, they are left with little choice but let their children off by the road. Not safe either.
4) Accident prone? Well, there was already one accident that I heard yesterday but I can't confirmed that but it was commented on my instagram. I remembered being stuck at the middle land of the roundabout while waiting for the green light. The cars behind me squeezed through just to head out of the exits. This would be mean that I have to be alert of the cars in front of me and the traffic light as well as the cars behind me too. This really means I have to be extra, extra present that I'm usually am.
5) The final effect I hope to see predict is "Just Turn Off the Lights", guys!! :D
I'm sorry for my huge rant on this issue but whoever the consultant was for this project, they didn't deliver the right formula.
Well, at least there's something to cheer up among the locals. As usual, whenever some hot issues pop up, people will start doing memes to crack a laugh or two. I'm still searching for catchy ones but below are some of the ones I found on social networks. I'm hoping for more later during the day.
For a start, it's good that the lights are finally switched off around 8ish or 9ish this morning after they have learnt that the congestion got worse instead of smooth sailing. It is now back to the drawing board and with more than a 1/4 of a million spent on this project, the pressure will be on the relevant agencies to come up with a better solution. They could have used policemen at the traffic light points to do trial run and see the impact and implications and work from there.
Below are also suggestions and feedback from my peers on IG and Facebook. And most of them aren't positive either. It's not too late to fix things but the $310,000 project might be money not well spent. I still believe even with the right timer for the indicators, it won't solve the problem because of the three-lane concept. A lesson learnt to the relevant parties involved especially the consultants. No hard feelings but this needs to be addressed. We are still grateful that the congestion is way better than our regional neighbours but we also need to think ahead too and not be complacent. I'm pretty sure MOD/JKR are on this matter as I blog and let's trust that they will solve this issue :))
The biggest irony in today's headline in The Brunei Times
Money well spent?
Desperate time comes with desperate measures..
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It's happening soon this Sunday. Are you ready?? 6,000 of you that is :D
The clock is ticking and the anticipation is high. The first major run of the year is gonna take place soon in Brunei and I'm glad the Standard Chartered Bank (Brunei) is hosting the SCB Half-Marathon Brunei event. I've always love how they organised the marathon and the participation have always been great and the operations of the event have improved over the years.
I'll participating in the 10k run this time round. My previous long distance run was the "Walk, Run, Cycle" which was 12km. The 10K run will be a warm-up for my 21K attempt in May in Singapore (one of my bucket lists). I've been doing my regular short jogs around the vicinity of the National Stadium. Yesterday I saw an increase number of joggers and this is always the case a week before the event. Sometimes it doesn't make a difference but it's better than nothing for sure.
This time round the SCB Half-Marathon Brunei run kicks off at 5:30am for the half marathon runners. I believe this is the earliest flag off and this is also good news for runners. Currently with a very hot, humid climate in Brunei, the earlier the run, the better. I tried jogging from 7:30am and it was already tough. The 10K runners will flag off at 6:00am which is also an earlier start compared to last year. Thumbs up to SCB for making this allowance which will also make the prize presentation as early as 8:45am.
Good luck to all the runners and you can collect your Race Entry Pack at Indoor Stadium from 5th April (8am to 12pm, 2pm to 9pm) and 6th April (8am to 5pm). I cant wait :D
The new SCB runners t-shirt for the event from New Balance
The 10k route that I'm running.. Click image to view other routes
The programme for the day... click image to view
What I love about this event is the inclusion of pacers. One of my friend is a pacer and he will be pacing for a 3 hour race for 21km runners
Another pacer running at 2 hrs 40 mins for 21km. Click on image to view more pacers.
My jogging partner for the past few months. She's actually faster than me :D
We attempted the 10km route with success. Timing was just nice - 77 mins
Though it's a New Balance top, we will be running in our trusted sneakers and they are in SCB colours too :D
Tonight DPMM FC will take on Geylang United FC at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Pic inset is Wardun, DPMM FC's No.1 keeper. Hoping for all three points in the bag!!! Image taken from Wardun's instagram :D
B•Mobile is currently conducting a campaign for its Loyalty customers which is "Loyalty Club Know Your Merchant" Campaign.
They will run the campaign on Instagram and it's a photo competition where contestants will upload their self portrait with their B-Club Card / SMS Rewards 38383 together with any of B•Mobile merchants outlet / product and you must write the best caption on your own photo with a hash tag #bmobilekym and tag @bmobile_brunei too.
• Contestant will take a self portrait with any of our merchants outlet or product together with CLUB CARD / SMS REWARDS
• Contestant need to follow @bmobile_brunei on instagram to be eligible on the competition.
• Contestant need to upload their photo with any of our participating merchant’s outlet or product on instagram and write their best caption for their photo together with the merchant’s offer and hash tag it to #bmobilekym and tag@bmobile_brunei
• Judges will judge based on the creativity of their picture and best caption and will select the TOP 5 of the best for the Final photo.
• The Top 5 will be re post back by B-Mobile and will base on how many likes to become the winner.
• The best & most “likes” picture & caption will win the prizes.
Terms & Conditions are as follow:
• Submission starts 1st – 30th April 2013
• Re post picture for the top 5 will starts 1st – 5th May 2013 and its base on most “Likes”
• Competition is open to all B-Mobile subscribers ONLY
• Contestant must follow @bmobile_brunei on instagram to be eligible on the competition
• Photo entries per participant are unlimited
• Judges will judge based on creativeness of the picture & caption
• Winners will be announce on B-Mobile Facebook, Twitter and Instagram & press release during prize presentation.
• B-Mobile Staff are not allowed to join this competition
Another online buying portal will be unveiled this Friday and malppy.com will officially launched. According to the owner of Mapply, this portal will give you a real sense of real online shopping experience. Currently in Brunei, some online store vendors still deliver the products but cash on delivery rather than paying their items online through means of credit cards. Another feature is that you won't have to collect the goods you buy at the customs or the store; instead the products you ordered will be sent to your doorsteps.
Malppy.com has quite a wide range of clothes and apparels online with over 600 products. So far, they are only into these products as the other products such as electronics and gadgets are already saturated in the online scene in Brunei. Furthermore, the clothes (mostly for ladies) and apparels that they are bringing in are not common in Brunei.
The founder of Malppy.com is very particular about the qualities that are brought into Brunei. Each of the products will go through a process of quality control assessment to ensure that "what you see is what you get". This will avoid such defected goods delivered to the consumers.
The official opening will be on Friday and all is invited to Au Lait Cafe in the evening to witness the event. There will be refreshments served as well. The event begins at 6:30pm onwards.
For your info, Malppy.com is an online project founded by The Rumbian Nation and supported by Brunei Economic Development Board LEAP Grant initiative. Congratulations on the online shopping portal. All the best!!
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