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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Eye for an eye
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RB flies twice to KL
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Every Thursday 2pm to 4pm for "Ask Program"
Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzillah played for Ivy Ballers A which came 2nd Runner-up in the ladies category. Image courtesy of Bruneibasketball.com
Champion Score - Ambaphil (19 points)
1st Runner Up Score - KFC Double Down (17 points)
2nd Runner Up Score - Uni Decor Coating (21 points)
3rd Runner Up Score - Davis Lighting (12 points)
Champion Score - Shark B (20 points)
1st Runner Up Score - Spartans (19 points)
2nd Runner Up Score - Shark A (25 points - include overtime)
3rd Runner Up Score - Shark C (22 points - include overtime)
Champion Score - Ivy Ballers B (10 points)
1st Runner Up Score - Hemaviton Hu Huang (8 points)
2nd Runner Up Score - Ivy Ballers A ( 12 points)
3rd Runner Up Score - AL Professional (8 points)
Ivy Ballers B the winners in the ladies category. Image courtesy of Bruneibasketball.com
Shark B the winners in the students category. Image courtesy of Bruneibasketball.com
The winners of the 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge. Click image to enlarge. Image courtesy of Bruneibasketball.com
One of the matches during the quarter finals last Friday
I can't wait for this spectacle
Debbie was nervous before the finals of the Mobile One's Amazing Quest. She came 7th overall.
Devon was busy emceeing the whole event of Amazing Quest
Birdy (in maroon) won the Amazing Quest
There were 20 tasks to be completed. This was one of them.
Some of the puzzles
Fizah (in white) chasing after Wendy. She came 2nd place/
It's all about teamwork too
Kath briefing some of the tasks to the participants
Wendy was pretty tired running here and there
Chairman of TCY Motors Sdn Bhd, Teng Chin Ying and Managing Director Teng Chee Khiong unveiling the Peugeot 208
Finally debuting at the Peugeot Kiarong Showroom on Friday, the new three-door Peugeot 208 is a stunner that sets a benchmark in the B segment category of Brunei's automobile industry. Present to unveil the new 208 was the Chairman of TCY Motors Sdn Bhd, Teng Chin Ying and Managing Director Teng Chee Khiong.
After a short powerpoint presentation delivered by the emcee, DJ Daffy, both Teng Chin Ying and Teng Chee Khiong lifted the cover to unveil the all-new Peugeot 208.
The presentation covered many of the special features packed into the vehicle awarded by Auto Express UK as "Best Supermini", as well as TCY Motors' improved after-sales service.
The Peugeot 208 has also won "Best Car of the Year 2013" in Spain, thanks to its dynamic look, clever technology, excellent safety and quality comfort.
A Cielo Panoramic glass roof is made optional, and a 208 equipped with this feature is on display at the Peugeot showroom. The Cielo roof is equipped with ambient lighting which enhances the spacious feeling and fills the interior with enough light to give the driver and passengers great visibility.
It was also announced that the five-door variant of the Peugeot 208 will be launched in the second quarter of this year.
A prize presentation was also held during the launch for the winners of TCY Motors' daily "Like, Answer & Win" contest on its Facebook fan page. Robin Leong, Nur Sakinah Ayunie Abdullah Dahan, Maimunah Kassim, Elli Goh Mei Tieng, Syaahidah Hj Md Daud, Chooi Ay Chung, Nurul Husniyah Ismail and Rashidah Hj Md Taufik each received limited edition macarons specially created by MADbites Cafe for the Peugeot 208.
A draw was also held for visitors present at the launch of the Peugeot 208, which saw Hj Mahlil Hj Mat Salleh win the prize of an Apple iPad Mini.
During the launch, it was announced that there will be a dance competition in conjunction with the introduction of the Peugeot 208 called "Let Your Body Drive". Interested parties are asked to register at the Peugeot showroom or through online forms (which will be available soon at www.peugeot-brunei.com).
The "Let Your Body Drive" dance competition will be adjudicated by Patricia Siva of StudioScene and Adrian of Groove Studio.The final round of the dancing competition will be held some time in April.
For more information on the Peugeot 208 and the "Let Your Body Drive" dance competition, drop by Peugeot's Kiarong showroom and talk to the staff or call 2426969.
Alternatively, like Peugeot Brunei on Facebook to get updates on its promotions and its dance competition, or follow them on Instagram at PeugeotBrunei. Ammirul Adnan of The Brunei Times.
The local press taking photos of the car
Chairman of TCY Motors giving it a thumbs up!!
The lucky draw of the iPad
Winners of TCY Motors' daily "Like, Answer & Win" contest on its Facebook fan page
The winner of the iPad
Peugeot 208 Let Your Body Drive 2013 competition. Win $500 cash prize. Click image to findo out more!!
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I did it again...
RB flies twice to KL
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A total of $9K was raised and it surpassed the previous donation of $8K two years ago
Datin Paduka Hjh Adina was very proud of Cecilia Lee's drive for such event and also her initiative to carry out the charity event. The last time Cecilia held a charity event was back at IA Salon and they managed to raise at least $8,000 and this time round a total of $9,000 was raised from the "Family Power" charity drive.
The "Family Power" event was co-organised by Fun Bee Park, IA Salon and Dreamz CT Sdn Bhd and their purpose is to raise funds for the National Association of the Hearing Impaired (OKP). Datin Paduka Hjh Adina, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, was the guest of honour. The chairperson of the event was Cecilia Lee. Also present was the OKP President Hj Abdul Hakim.
At the beginning of the event, the Zumba Fitness FuHReaKZ conducted a Zumba session and they managed to raise some funds too. The Top 10 finalists of Stardom Quest made their appearance and they helped out the children during the workshops. The donations were collected through proceeds of the sales from the respective booths.
There was also presence from the Brunei Lady Bikers organisation and they have been quite supportive for any cause initiated by Cecilia Lee. So it was good to see their involvement once again.
There was also a mini art exhibition showcased by 13-year old autistic Merrick Chin who drew numerous paintings and some of them were for sale during the event. Datin Hjh Adina was quite impressed by his work and she was honoured as well to receive a painting from Merrick and Datin even bought two of Merrick's painting. For the record, all of Merrick's paintings were sold, 28 of them (big and small pieces).
So it was good to know that $9,000 was raised in a space of 7 hours and it was good to see the public support from it too. Well done to the organisers and keep up the great work!!
Datin Paduka Hjh Adina (right) was inspired by Cecilia's drive for charity
The cutting ribbon ceremony to commemorate the event
Datin receiving a special painting from Merrick
Cecilia gave her favourite underwater shot to the guest of honour
Guest of honour donating for a good casue
Cecilia was feeling overjoyed after another big contribution by her partner
A big cheer from the crowd as the event kicked off
Did you know that Datin loves motorbikes? She revved the bike and got the crowd excited
Datin visit the inside of Fun Bee Park
Some of the activities carried out during the event
She was enjoying the painting session
Datin having a look at the paintings by Merrick
All the paintings were sold out
There was baking class for the kids assisted by the finalists from Stardom Quest
Datin taking a shot of one of the kids
The bit hit was the ice-cream area because of the heat outside
Did I just see a small goat?
Proceeds of the sales at the booths went to charity
Datin having a group photo moment with the crowd
Datin with the Zumba Fitness FuhReaKZ who raised at least $200 for charity
Another event coming up by Fun Bee Park
Standard Chartered Brunei unveiled their official T-shirt design for all the runners of their upcoming SCB half-marathon Brunei 2013. Runners will receiv their New Balance t-shirts during the Race Entry Pack Collection at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium on 5th and 6th April. Image courtesy of SCB Brunei Facebook page.
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Adi Said missed a sitter which could have put the result beyond doubt. DPMM FC beat Woodlands Wellington 1-0 last night at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
I wasn't impressed with the performance but in the end of the day, it's the 3 three points that matters. After a few weeks of hiatus, DPMM FC came back with a much needed win to stay in pace in the top 5. Currently DPMM FC lies in 5th place while league leaders Tampines Rovers FC are 10 points ahead of DPMM FC. Tampines Rovers are the only team that is undefeated and have a 100% record in the S•League.
DPMM FC will have another chance in closing the gap this Wednesday when they host Geylang International FC who have a 2-0-4 record so far in the tournament. A win will put DPMM FC back in contention for the title and let's hope DPMM FC improve their performance after last night's mediocre performance.
DPMM FC's import player Joao scored the only goal of the game in the first half. The host failed to convert chances upfront and it was a tough night for DPMM FC's top scorer Shahrazen. His brother Adi Said was brought in to replace Bosjnak the Croatian striker who recovered from a recent surgery. Adi had a glorious chance when he was left unmarked but his close range header was off the mark. It could have buried the game and it was good thing DPMM FC managed to close in for the win.
The good points though was the inclusion of Santos the Brazilian defender who is backed in the bench. It's good to see him back after recovering from an injury. Last night was his first game of the season though he only had a few minutes of playing time. Azwan Ali Rahman was also featured in the bench as he was recently signed from Indera Sporting Club (SC). There was some minor controversial to his inclusion to DPMM FC where his former club earlier denied the speculation of Azwan's future to the club. We have yet to see him play in S•League matches and he will definitely bring some firepower upfront.
Do come to the stadium again this Wednesday to see DPMM FC take on Geylang International FC.
Another tireless effort from DPMM FC's captain
DPMM FC fans striking a pose
A strong bench from DPMM FC
Wardun had some crucial saves last night
My buddies stayed till the end despite the light rain late in the game
Joao scored the winner but he also received a caution
Salim, Woodlands' coach, was given his marching orders
Sairol was also a hero when he blocked a shot from close range and that made a difference
With less than 5 minutes to go, the fans headed for the exits because of the drizzle
Congratulations to Rafhanah Salleh and Wadud Mahrub on their engagement yesterday. Fana has been one of my closest friends and I'm happy to see another chapter in her life. Darn, you are now ahead of me...
Winnie recently purchased this lovely ring from @enyabioux and she loves it!! So when is it going to be on your other finger? :p
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DST Signature Store
Dato Paduka Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Finance and Chairmna of DST (center) with Acting Chief Executive Officer of DST, Awang Suhaimi bin Awang Haji Hussain and DST Board of Director Awang Abdul Latiff bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Md Yusuf during the launch of DST Signature Store
An integrated experience awaits DST's customers as it officially opened its Signature Store yesterday at the Airport Mall in Berakas, yesterday.
Officiating the event as the guest of honour was the Deputy Minister of Finance, Dato Paduka Awang Haji Bahrin bin Abdullah in his capacity as the Chairman of DST. Also present were members of the DST Board of Director Awang Abdul Latiff bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Md Yusuf, as well as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of DST, Awang Suhaimi bin Awang Haji Hussain.
The opening of the store marks another milestone for DST's 'Brand Journey', which started with the renewal of its brand identity, the Simpur Star logo.
In his welcoming remarks, Awang Suhaimi said, "As DST proactively invests in upgrading its networks and introducing new technologies, DST also continues to invest in upgrading our front-end services to improve our customer experience."
The Signature Store spans some 7,000 square metres and occupies four units, making it the largest DST store in the country.
It encompasses an integrated approach to DST's services ranging from mobile and broadband services to bill payments and the provision of an interactive environment where customers can try out DST's latest products and technologies.
Senior Manager for DST's Counter Services, Awang Ramdzani Haji Mohd Said said that among the technological innovations used in the Signature Store are the Queue Management System (QMS), which sends customers an SMS notification on their mobile devices within three queuing numbers of their turn.
The store also includes an extensive array of tablet computers and interactive TV screens, where customers can gain information about the product, services and activities offered.
Awang Ramdzani went on to say, "The interactive TV features an interactive map of the store, which will further allow customers to get information about the store itself without the need to ask a customer service representative. This provides a greater choice to the customer when dictating their own experience."
The centrepiece of the store is a 414-inch LED TV used as part of a digital marketing solution while maximising customers' reach.
"The Signature Store is intended to be dynamic," said Awang Suhaimi, adding that this will "continue to evolve" with the use of technology offering customer-centric products and services together with continuous human resource development".
Acting Chief Executive Officer of DST, Awang Suhaimi delivering his welcoming remarks
The launching gambit for DST Signature Store
The guest of honour officiating the launch
The interior of the DST Signature Store
Signing the plague to commemorate the opening of DST Singature Store
Guest of Honour visiting the Kristal FM new studio where they will be live from Friday to Monday at the DST Signature Store at Airport Mall
The crew of KRISTAL FM
Guest of Honour also launching the new interactive DST website
When will LTE come out in Brunei?
In defining its integrated experience, the Signature Store also features a mini-studio that will conduct live broadcasts by Kristal FM Radio deejays four days a week between 9am and 5.30pm, Friday to Monday.
Other highlights of the store includes an exclusive Premium Lounge for Premium Accounts customers only, where personnel are ready to cater to queries and requests; a multi-function room used to run DST 'Future' brand technopreneurship development training, and also customer product briefings on DST products and services for all customers.
Underpinning the features of the store, Awang Suhaimi said, "It is our aim that the Signature Store will give DST's existing customers an experience that will differentiate DST as a brand that stands out. "As for potential customers, DST aims to create an experience on DST's full range of products and services in a distinctive way to influence their decision in a positive manner." Text courtesy of Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin.
Press conference held at the training room to bried the local media
The media asking questions at the training room
New promotion for EASI users.. Woohoo
Devon and Kath paid a visit to the new store
The DST Premier Lounge area
The new look feel inside
Dean Kassim of Borneo Bulletin on the job
Dickson from SCB was there. Btw, there is a collaboration with DST and SCB on the D*card
The massive TV once you enter the store
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