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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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.
Don’t forget to like this post on @sinhuphuat and tag them with the hashtag #shhfreecarwash. Today’s the draw date for the prizes.
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 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
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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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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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.
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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.
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Total Education Scholarship Scheme 2014
Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo B.V. is offering the Total Education Scholarship Scheme for the year 2014, which aims to award talented Bruneians with highly valued attributes to pursue their undergraduate studies at top french universities with potential opportunity to continue to postgraduate study and international work experience.
The Total Education Scholarship Scheme (TESS) is a result of the cooperation between Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo B.V and its Joint Venture Partners in the Commercial Area, the Energy Department of the Prime Minister’s Office, and the support of PetroleumBRUNEI.
Eligible students may submit their complete CV and resume (please indicate clearly TESS 2014 on the top right-hand corner) and to state your interested course to the address below before 3pm on Friday 7 March 2014. Our office opening hours are Mon-Fri from 8am-12pm and 1.30pm-5pm.
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Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo B.V. Ground Floor, RBA Plaza, Jln Sultan, Bandar Seri Begawan
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Digital animation is seeing a sudden surge of interest from local talents, said an industry expert recently. The number of entries submitted for the second AITI Next Innovation and Multimedia Award for Sustainable ICT Industry (ANIMASI)-IMMERSE 3D Animation Challenge notes the increase in locally produced animations.
In his opening remarks during the prize presentation and awards ceremony at the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Deputy Chief Executive of AITI Hj Osman Hj Ladis said the competition had attracted participation from a broad spectrum of animators ranging from young and fresh talents to more seasoned industry players.
“It is hoped this competition will help us identify local potential that can be further nurtured through collaboration with international players in digital multimedia co-production in future,” Hj Osman said. Themed Nakhoda Manis or Brunei Folklore, the competition took place in September 2013, and was open to Brunei citizens and permanent residents under two categories: the Open Category and the Professional (Industry) Category.
Minister of Communications YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah (L) presenting the prize to, Ambuyart Animations, the first prize winner of the Professional Category of the ANIMASI-IMMERSE 3D Animation Challenge. Image courtesy of Joana Tan of The Brunei Times.
Third prize winner, Soft Pixels received $3,000. Khairul Alias and Johar Aston receiving the mock cheque from the guest of honour
The top four winners of the ANIMASI-IMMERSE 3D Animation Challenge
Ambuyart Animations emerged as the grand prize winner of $10,000 with its interpretation of the Nakhoda Manis video.
Mohammad Denny Azriman Hj Madni, 34, owner of Ambuyart Animations, said the unique selling points of his productions stem from the humour element, his experience and interest in cartoons and comics.
Meanwhile, second prize winner Cinematicpro Services won a cash prize of $7,000 with their video entitled “Tales From The Globe – Nakhoda Manis”. Hj Kairul Azhar Hj Rosli, 33, said because of the time constraint, he opted to produce his piece in the form of a movie trailer.
Third prize winner, Soft Pixels received $3,000. Khairul Alias, 28, and Johar Aston, 27, part of the trio that make up Soft Pixels, said animators should be open minded and explore skills as a team. Lava Media, first-timers to the competition, took home the consolation prize.
The ANIMASI-IMMERSE 3D Animation Challenge 2013 was organised by AITI in collaboration with iCentre’s IMMERSE Challenge.
Present as guest of honour was Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar. Also present during the ceremony were Permanent Secretary of Communications Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yusof, and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Communications Hj Idris Hj Mohd Ali.
Text and images courtesy of Joana Tan of The Brunei Times.
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Today is the 20th February 2014 and also the last day to register for Larian Amal Tongkat Putih. You can log on to our website www.larianamaltongkatputih.com to download the forms and click on the category you wish to join.
Kindly submit your forms and payments at The Indoor Stadium, Berakas. Time will be until 5:30pm today.
Running kits collection will be announced through social medias. Stay tune for more information. Support BDNAB with us, Run for a cause, run for charity.
Some of the participants supporting the event
The National Day tickets now available but limited to 1,400 seats only in the 30,000 capacity stadium. Image by Rabiatul Kamit.
Now I remember this rush for tickets. The last time this happened was during the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2012 where everyone was eyeing on the free ticket to watch the finals between Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia. Now it’s a different ball. This Sunday will be the celebration of the 30th National Day in Brunei Darussalam and it will take place at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
Yes, it has been a while since the national celebration takes place at the stadium. Normally it will take place at the Taman SOAS in the capital. So this will be a great moment to witness a spectacle and judging from the rehearsals, this celebration will be the biggest one yet and also it marks the 30th National Day.
I just posted the information on my instagram and apparently all the lines are pretty busy now *lol* You can call 7221016, 8689130, 8769576 or 2383140 from 8.30am to 11am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm and tomorrow is the last day. Judging from the phone calls today, it’s most likely the tickets will be sold out by today. The ticket entry is free too.
Seats for the public are located in the south and west zones of the stadium, offering an off-centre view of the celebration.
Meanwhile, those without tickets can watch the live telecast on giant screen televisions at the nearby Indoor Stadium and on Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB). The public will also be able to catch a glimpse of the parade as the participants move in and out of the stadium.
Parking space for the public will be at the Berakas Old Airport, where shuttle buses will be provided for the day.
The Secretariat for the 30th National Day celebration in a press statement encouraged the public to dress in smart attire, particularly in Brunei’s national costumes. They also sought public cooperation and support for the event.
Up to 30,000 people are expected to attend the celebration at the stadium, which is set to be biggest and grandest one yet. Information courtesy of Rabiatul Kamit of The Brunei Times.
Audi is boosting the character of this iconic sports car with the TT Coupé S line Competition edition. Available for the Brunei base 2-litre turbo petrol engine 155 kW (211 hp), the special edition of the Audi TT combines all the elements of the S line sport package and the S line exterior package, and adds new and exclusive features.
The S line exterior package includes specially designed bumpers, air inlets and side sills, S line badges, tailpipe trims and a distinctive diffuser insert. There is also a fixed rear wing like on the Audi TT RS. Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights provide excellent visibility in the dark.
The paint finishes Samoa Orange metallic, Glacier White metallic, Daytona Gray pearl effect and Misano Red pearl effect are available at no extra charge. With the sporty black styling package, the radiator grille is framed in high-gloss black while the radiator grille insert, the license plate frame and the applications on the front fog light grille are matt black. Other S line competition elements in high-gloss black are the exterior mirror housings, the blade below the front bumper, the diffuser insert, the tailpipe trims and the rear wing spoiler. The imposing 19-inch wheels in a five-arm “Rotor” design are also painted black. The taut S line sport suspension lowers the chassis by 10 millimetres (0.39 mm).
The TT Coupé S line Competition edition. Image taken by Vince Hong.
The interior of the TT Coupé S line Competition edition. Image taken by Vince Hong.
The engine area. Image taken by Vince Hong.
The back view. Image taken by Vince Hong.
Audi is boosting the character of this iconic sports car with the TT Coupé The interior of the TT Coupé S line Competition also offers the features of the S line sport package, including the special door sill trims, the extended aluminium-look trim, the leather package, the sport seats and the short shift travel for the manual transmissions. As in the TT RS, the rim of the leather multifunction sport steering wheel is more strongly contoured and flattened at the bottom. Piping surrounds the floor mats.
The seats come standard with perforated Alcantara upholstery in combination with black leather and silver contrast stitching. S line logos adorn the backrests. The colour black dominates the interior. The inlays are made of matt brushed aluminium; with the Samoa Orange exterior paint, these are replaced by inlays with a paint finish matching the body colour.
For further enquiries, call Audi Kiarong on 2442333 during office hours.
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 timeoutwithliz(a)gmail.com 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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