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31
Jan

The Residence

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Snapfeed facelift
 


Have you registered yourself at Snapfeed booth at Consumer Fair? Stand a chance to win these wonderful gadgets from Samsung
 

Recapped: Six months ago, Snapfeed launched their apps on IOS and Android. Six months later (now), they have totally revamped the mobile apps for the convenience of the users. Now you can browse with ease and the app looks more structured and easy to follow.

The new interface allows you to browse to content such as deals being offered, information such news and movie times (and even movie trailers). Other exciting stuff are such as their digital loyalty cards with the use of QR codes. For the moment, Snapfeed has dealt with their current merchants such as KFC, Freshco, Burgerking and I Love Yoo to name a few. Do download the Snapfeed app and see what’s on offer.

For those who registered at their Snapfeed booth at the Consumer Fair this week, you can stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note or a Samsung Galaxy S5. This is only applicable if you signed up at their booth this week till Sunday. They will also provide a free photo session featuring the me-in-a-box booth.

Snapfeed booth is easy to find and it’s located in front of the Plenary Hall at the Orange Zone. I guess that’s the best location as it’s the central part of the Consumer Fair. Have fun browsing through the app.

 


A huge crowd at Consumer Fair today
 


The Minister of Industry and Primary Resources visiting Snapfeed booth during the opening
 


Don’t forget to download Snapfeed app on your IOS and Android
 

 

  
 

Just Say Hello 
 


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The Residence 
 


You can view today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. It’s located at Spg 1202 Jalan Tutong, Tanjung Bunut.
 

The Residence made some great noise in the past week or so. The newly exclusive lifestyle apartments known as “The Residence” made an impact among potential buyers during the preview weekend. I had a privilege by Valor Property Agency to tour the apartment and I was quite impressed. Back then, there was one block still available but I’m pretty sure it has been snapped up by now.

It was developed by ISBI Development and Trading Sdn Bhd which was completed back in November 2014. The apartment itself has a classy feel with a great landscape and a swimming pool.

The size of the apartment is about 1,690 square foot and it has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen which connects to a terrace outside.

The apartment is located at Jalan Tutong, near Tanjung Bunut and it’s quite an ideal location too.

Following the overwhelming success of the developer’s sales, Valor Property Agency has secured a further sales release of units from investment owners looking to capitalise on the demand.

You can view today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) from 10am to 5pm. It’s located at Spg 1202 Jalan Tutong, Tanjung Bunut. For interested tenants, buyers or investors, you can call 222 2288, 242 2511, 875 2263 and 877 2263 for details.

 


The view inside the Residence
  


How the living room looks like. Mind you this is just a model room so it doesn’t come with furniture and fittings
 


Nice view, innit?
 


The view at night
 


It’s quite a good deal actually for its quality and location.
 

  
 

Wu Chun at Paris Fashion Week 
 

Berluti, the bootmaker since 1895, branched out into clothes last season under the watchful eye of LVMH-owner Bernard Arnault’s powerful son, Antoine, who is CEO. There’s certainly a lot of money backing this fashion horse, but that’s not to say the project was destined to be a success.

So hats off to the designer, Alessandro Sartori, who pulled of a luxuriant coup, improving on the last collection to give this nascent house a voice in the fashion conversation. Berluti, it said, is the luxuriant dandy. Sartori’s 49-piece-strong collection displayed perfect mastery in color. According to Wu Chun, ” I am a fans of Berluti’s shoes but after attending their fashion show this time and meeting with the designer, Mr. Sartori,  I was totally impressed by the Fall/Winter collection.”

Hues such as terre verte, sienna brown, Venetian red, soft plum, ultramarine, dark blue and gray blue melted together in beautiful harmony, in loose leather trenches, double breasted jackets, tailored pants, classy mottled brogue shoes or bright Dandy-like cravates.

Wu Chun together with the British Formula One driver and 2014 Championship driver, Lewis Hamilton and British pop singer Brian Ferry are among the front row guests of the Berluti’s fall-winter 2015/2016 fashion collection presented in at Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France.

Besides Berluti’s show, Wu Chun was also invited to attend the Lanvin Menswear Fall/Winter 2015-2016 show. Lanvin owner Shaw-Lan Wang revealed she defied doctor’s orders to attend the luxury house’s men’s show in Paris on Sunday. “I have dizzy spells,” she confided.That did not prevent the sprightly seventy something from chatting up a storm with front-row guest Wu Chun. According to Wu Chun, “Lanvin Men’s Winter ’15/’16 Collection is still one of the strongest brand in menswear. They were the first re-introduce those wide legs trousers and that popular silhouette. I still love this raw edge. It’s a great collection! Good outerwear, good pants, good shoes.” The former member of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit said he would soon hit screens in “Dynasty Woman,” an epic Chinese romance starring Fan Bingbing as the 8th-century Tang Dynasty consort Yang Guifei.

Wu Chun Added, ” Attending the Lanvin show allowed me to meet Lanvins artistic director, one of the Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Alber Elbaz and Lanvin men fashion designer Lucas Ossendrijver. It was also super exciting to watch the men’s model at the runway because thats also one of the reasons why i started weight lifting when i was 16years old and i am glad those models had inspired me because if not, i might not have started Fitness Zone and create a fitness revolution in Brunei.”

 


Celebrity Wu Chun at Berluti Show
 


Wu Chun with Berluti Designer Alessandro Sartori at backstage
 


Wu Chun with Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz
 


Lewis Hamilton
 


Lewis Hamilton, Bryan Ferry and Wu Chun are among some of the guests at Front row seat of Berluti Show
 


Wu Chun touring the Arc de Triomphe Paris during his off day
 

  
 

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30
Jan

Past or present

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Bruneians dominated in speech competition 
 


Mathien Malan Kasim and Ryan Nicholas Elicay winning second and first respectively at the ASEAN Universities International English Speech Competition that was held at Thepsatri Rajabhat University in Lopburi, Thailand

Two students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam battled out 34 other contestants to capture the first and second place at the ASEAN Universities International English Speech Competition that was held at Thepsatri Rajabhat University in Lopburi, Thailand two weeks ago.

Ryan Nicholas Elicay emerged as the champion of the competition and Mathien Malan Kasim finished as the first runner-up. Both the students are Professional Communications and the Media majors from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Ryan, whose speech was entitled ‘What single ASEAN country could you learn the most from’ quoted, “It was definitely one of the best moments in my life. I would like to thank Dr. Chris Woo, our coach, for his tremendous efforts in ensuring that we had winning speeches, spending so many hours perfecting our speeches and our delivery. And of course the University for giving us the opportunity to take part in the competition. We hope we have made the University and the country proud.”

With the experience that the two students have gained from the competition, they would wish to represent UBD in many other competitions that will be held in the future. Image courtesy of Dr. Chris Woo.

 


Ryan Nicholas Elicay receiving the first place for the competition
 


The representative finalists from ASEAN for the competition
 

  
Here for you 
 


From 30-31 January 9am to 5pm, you are eligible for a $100 service voucher for participating a customer feedback session at Volkswagen Brunei (Maju Motors Sdn Bhd)
 

  
 

The Road to Anfield 
 


Click image to register and find out more
 

For the first time ever, Bruneians will have a chance to get a ticket to Anfield (Liverpool’s home ground) and play against the best of the best in the world in the Standard Chartered Trophy 2015. It’s a futsal tournament format and it will be a 5 a-side format.

This is made possible by Standard Chartered Bank (Brunei) and this tournament opened to everyone even if you are not a Liverpool fan. For your info, SCB is the official sponsor for Liverpool FC club. The announcement was made yesterday at SCB’s Priority Banking Centre.

So do check out Brunei’s time line for the event below and the winners of the Brunei contingent will be sent to Kuala Lumpur for the regional competition in late March. If your team managed to beat both Malaysia and Thailand, your team will be given the green light to Anfield. By the way, all these trips will be all expenses paid by SCB.

The qualifiers are open to Brunei citizens and permanent residents (phew, I have a chance). They must be over 18 years old and are neither professional/semi-professional players. SCB Brunei has allocated 14 berths to their key stakeholders and 10 more slots are up for grabs.

Each team shall consist of seven players, and those selected will have to pay a registration fee of $100 – which will go to the Humanitarian Fund of the Malaysian Flood Disaster. So this means that if they are more than 24 slots, SCB Brunei organising team will go through the selection process and based the selection on the short essay on why you want to be part of this event. Once you are selected, the $100 registration will be come into play. So if you are registering online, you won’t be charged $100 straight away. Good luck in registering your team.

You can click here for the registration. The closing date is 10th February 2015.

This event is made possible by SCB Brunei and they are very grateful with the support by inistry of Culture, Youth and Sports and endorsed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) in assisting SCB Brunei with the upcoming event.

 


Ng Yick Wei, Head of Brand and Marketing at SCB Brunei, Marilyn Graeme, Head of Corporate Affairs at SCB, Hj Mohd Noor Hj Hamid, Department of Youth and Sports official, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and also a NFABD committee, Hj Aslan Hj Tengah, Supervisor Sport Organisation, Sports Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports during the announcement of Standard Chartered Trophy 2015 at SCB’s Priority Banking yesterday
 


 


 


 


 


 


Yay, we were given Liverpool goodies from SCB Brunei
 

  
Relaunch of The Mall’s Baiduri Bank
 


Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, giving his welcoming remarks
 


Guests during the relaunch of Baiduri Bank

Baiduri Bank recently officially re-launched its branch at The Mall, Gadong following recent major renovation and upgrading works. The opening ceremony was officiated by the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Pierre Imhof, who was joined by 11 of the Bank’s pioneer customers in the symbolic cutting of the ribbon.

In his welcome remarks, Mr. Imhof thanked the guests for their loyalty and confidence in Baiduri Bank, adding “It is an honour for us to have our pioneer customers who are still active with us here today. They have been a part of us throughout our 20 year journey, and we look forward to continuing our journey together with them into the future”.

The Bank’s Mall Branch first began operations in 2004, setting the record as the first bank in Brunei with an in-mall outlet as well as operating 7 days a week.

Elaborating on the branch upgrade, Mr. Imhof said, “Our branch network configuration project is a part of our initiatives to enhance customer experience. We constantly upgrade our branches to meet evolving customer needs. The investments we are making to this branch will make for a more welcoming environment for customers to carry out their banking transactions as well as a conducive working environment for our staff. This, we believe, is key to enhancing overall customer experience.”

The refurbished branch features modern and contemporary décor to reflect the dynamism and innovative spirit of Baiduri Bank and offers full banking services to individuals and businesses as well as complimentary personal financial planning consultation. The upgraded premises also have free Wi-Fi as well as more ATMs to cater to the growing number of customers transacting electronically.

Following the launch, guests were taken on a tour of the branch premises led by Ms. Alvina Chung, Regional Manager of Brunei-Muara District and Dayang Vivi Rudynanissmah Hj Mamud, Manager of the Mall Branch.

Also present at the ceremony were Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank, Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager – Operations Management Division, Diversification & Strategic Development, Haji Haliluddin bin Dato Haji Talib, General Manager of Baiduri Finance, Pengiran Azaleen bin Pengiran Dato Haji Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network and a host of senior executives from the Bank. Images courtesy of Vincent Hong.

 

 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Top 10 Movies of 2014 
 


Rano’s take of 2014 movies with special guest @delgoh and Zul

 

  
 

 

CF 15 updates 


Click image to see Consumer Fair 15 schedule for the weekend
 

  

LEO’Z 
 


12 Art toys bearing the Peugeot emblem – Léo’z Art toys. Now available at Peugeot Boutique in Kiarong showroom
 

Peugeot has unveiled at Peugeot Boutique in Kiarong showroom its first series of 12 Art toys bearing the Peugeot emblem: lions known as Léo’z. This series developed with PEUGEOT DESIGN LAB, in partnership with the company ARTOYZ, is available from Peugeot showroom starting January 28, 2015.

The series consists of 12 lions, 6 of which were designed by internationally renowned artists: Huck Gee (UK), 64 Colors (USA), Bunka (France), DGPH (Argentina), Tikka NG (Hong Kong), Koralie (France), and the other 6 by the PEUGEOT DESIGN LAB designers: Claire Panel (France), Thomas Josson (France), Damian O’ Hara (Ireland), Hossein Borojeni (France), Flora Tai & Guillaume Daniel (France). The adorable lions measure at 3 inches or 8 cm, and are perfect for Vinyl Figure enthusiasts or car memorabilia lovers.

Léo’z Art toys will be sold at Peugeot Kiarong showroom. Two additional versions, less common and in smaller quantity, have also found their way into this collection.

Each Art Toy on sale is the fruit of an artistic process, and involving lengthy and painstaking work, drawing inspiration from worlds as diverse as contemporary art, poetry, chemistry, origami, architecture, fashion…These unique objects form a link between the world of childhood, by adopting the design of the brand’s lion soft toy mascot created by Christophe Pialat (France), and the grown-up world.

 

 

Check out the vLéo’z Art toys

 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Registration for Feb 2015 intake 
 


Laksamana College now offering degree programmes from the University of Chester
 

Finally after years of waiting, Laksamana College of Business (LCB) is able to provide a degree course under the programme from the University of Chester. Some of the courses included are such as BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (3 years), BA (Hons) Business Management (3 years), BA (Hons) Marketing (3 years) and BSc (Hons) Computer Science (3 years).

Late last year, LCB Chief Operating Officer S Sivarajah said the college received the approval letter from the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council.

This would mean that you won’t have to travel all the way to the UK to get a degree and still get certified by a university and endorsed by Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council.

LCB currently has more than a thousand active students. Sivarajah said that he expects a high demand from both parents and students as the course offers them an alternative route to receiving a British university education. Sivarajah said the annual cost of the degree programme in the UK is about £10,000 ( BND 20,369) on average, whereas the college is able to offer the courses at BND 9,500. Now that is an affordable fee (almost 50 percent off).

Now LCB is opening for registration for February 2015 intake. A good way to start your undergraduate programme at Laksamana College of Business. For more info, you can call 223 8816 or 223 8818.

 

  

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29
Jan

15th and counting..

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Iconia Tab 8W 
 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar holding the Acer Iconia Tab 8W at the Concepts Computer booth at Consumer Fair
 

I lost track already on how many versions have been released by Acer on their Iconia Tab. This time, this is the Acer Iconia Tab 8W which is ideal for business and pleasure. Now it operates on a Windows 8.1 OS and the good thing is that it is bundled with a Microsoft Office 365 (where you can do your work offline and online.

It is powered by an Intel Atom Quad Core Processor and ideal for multitasking whether you are playing games or video browsing or even surfing. This is lighter and thinner as well and what’s impressive is the sound it emits from the dual stereo speakers.

According to Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, the latest Acer Iconia Tab 8W, unveiled the device which uses low-voltage RAM and Intel Atom Processor. This allows to conserve power and makes the battery life longer (7 hours).

It’s good to see Concepts Computer keeping up to date with the trends and if you buy from them, you will enjoy premium after-sale service. If you haven’t own a tab or tablet, this could be an ice-breaker gadget.

The Acer Iconia Tab 8W is available at Concepts Computer for $218. For more information call 223 3551, 223 3552 or 223 553.

 

 

Check out the video of the Acer Iconia Tab W8

 


Acer Iconia Tab 8W is quite affordable for a tablet
 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer (right) holding the new gadget launch at Concepts Computer. You can get them also at Consumer Fair this weekend at ICC.
 


The new tab is also available as part of the CNY hamper package which comes with a memory card, pen drive and a battery pack. Awesome gift for CNY.
 

  
 

Minister graced CF15 
 

It’s back again. The time of the year, the time of the month. When Consumer Fair clashes with pay day, you will bound to have a hit event. Consumer Fair reached its 15th edition and it was already drawing crowds on the first day.

It was great to know that Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar officially graced the opening ceremony yesterday at the International Convention Centre. There was a welcoming remarks by Dato Paduka Hj Danial bin Hj Hanafiah, Executive Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd.

The Minister led the tour around the Consumer Fair which consists over 400 booths. The CF is like a one-stop centre for goods and services. There are also great participation from other countries such as Cambodia, Taipei, India, the Philippines, Singapore and the UAE, showcasing their items.

There are other activities as well – Kingston ice cream eating competition, Dairy Queen Hot Dog eating competition and Malar Setia pratta eating competition.

There will be a blood donation drive organised by the Mobile Blood Bank of the RIPAS it will be held on 31st January from 10-12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

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28
Jan

CF15

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Exclusive for RA readers 
 


For all Ranaodidas readers, you will get an exclusive 25% off Zalora and the final day is today. I posted this recently on my social media. You have a few hours left now :D Click image to enter website.
 

Below is the voucher terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions:

1. Valid only at www.zalora.com.bn

2. Valid till 28th January 2015.

3. Brand and item exclusions apply. Not valid for Marketplace items, with other promo codes and promotions, unless otherwise stated.

4. Free delivery is only applicable on paid price BND 60 and above.

5. ZALORA Malaysia reserves the right to change the terms and conditions or cancel any promotion at any time without notice.

 

  
 

Snapfeed at CF15 
 


Team Snapfeed briefing the local media

Six months ago, Snapfeed launched their apps on IOS and Android. Six months later (now), they have totally revamped the mobile apps for the convenience of the users. Now you can browse with ease and the app looks more structured and easy to follow.

The new interface allows you to browse to content such as deals being offered, information such news and movie times (and even movie trailers). Other exciting stuff are such as their digital loyalty cards with the use of QR codes. For the moment, Snapfeed has dealt with their current merchants such as KFC, Freshco, Burgerking and I Love Yoo to name a few. Do download the Snapfeed app and see what’s on offer.

For those who registered at their Snapfeed booth at the Consumer Fair this week, you can stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note or a Samsung Galaxy S5. This is only applicable if you signed up at their booth this week till Sunday. They will also provide a free photo session featuring the me-in-a-box booth.

Snapfeed booth is easy to find and it’s located in front of the Plenary Hall at the Orange Zone. I guess that’s the best location as it’s the central part of the Consumer Fair. Have fun browsing through the app.

 


You can stand a chance to win this when you sign up at their booth
 


You can get their latest update now
 


News feed on events happening in Brunei
 


The ongoing deals ONLY exclusive to Snapfeed users
 


Movie updates on timings and venue. Quite handy.
 


Check out the Snapfeed booth at CF15
 

  
 

The Bruneihalal Experience 
 


Check out Bruneihalal booth at Consumer Fair this week
 


Goodies to be won too at Consumer Fair. Do follow them on social media – Facebook and instagram @bruneihalal
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 

  
 

Papparich turns 1 
 


 


 

Their Pappa Char Kuey Teow is one of their best sellers among the patrons of Papparich located in Gadong. I recently “tapau-ed” a few dishes for a dinner function and let’s not forget one of my favourites now – the Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin.. Yummeehh….

Good thing now is Papparich is having their 1st anniversary promotion where you can enjoy 10% everything until 31st January. So you have a few more days to go. I will probably pop down this week to satisfy my craving for the Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin and their curry laksa..

Papparich is located at Block G of Abdul Razak Complex and you won’t miss it because their signage is the biggest one in Gadong if I’m not mistaken. You can check out more of their menus here but not all the new dishes are included just yet.

 


Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin, new dish
 


Try this too, another new dish, highly recommended
 


One of the drinks I kept on refilling. Herbal Tea with Citrus. Another one that hits the spot for me.
 


Try out their breakfast menu
 


My all time favourite from Papparich
 

  
 

Sneak preview for CF15 
 


 

It’s the 15th time that D’Sunlit has organised such event and it has become a Brunei household name ever since its inception since 2008. This time it will take place on January 31st (tomorrow) till Sunday, 1st February at the International Convention Centre from 10am to 10pm.

This time, there will plenty of activities for the public as compared to last time and many activity partners as well involved. Event partners include Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd, Oregon Systems, IBIC Sdn Bhd, RIPAS Hospital, Braun Sdn Bhd, Ho Tai Company Sdn Bhd and MagicLee Entertertainment.

During the five-day fair, various activities such as a unique theme park, lucky draws, and entertainment for children will be held as well as charitable activities such as a blood donation drive.

According to Ting Chui San, Marketing Executive of D’Sunlit, the consumer fair will help to promote SMEs in Brunei and of course, CF is always a good platform to expose businesses. The CF will boast at least 430 booths and you will also enjoy goods and services from ASEAN countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and The Philippines.

The event is also made possible with the help of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

I shall be posting more news and stories, tying to the CF15 this week and you can also catch updates on my IG @ranoadidas. So where will the momentum of the crowd be this week? Definitely ICC.


Snapfeed is going pretty aggressive this week and relaunching their App. Do download the app at the booth and stand a chance to win a Samsung Note 4. Exciting things to come from Snapfeed in the next few months.
 


A wondrous selection of Cambodian precious gems and intricately-crafted jewellery featuring rubies, sapphires, and many more beautiful sparklers
 


Interesting educational stuff from Play N Learn Singapore booth
 


The recent Brunei Edutainment Wonderland is back to showcase the dinosaurs. The NBT Jurassic Journey tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $6 for children. You will be eligible for a 15% discount with a group of 4 or above.
 


The Android box is sure to be hit though it’s selling below BND 300. A direct rival to Astro but also those with limited bandwidth capacity on TelBru will struggle to cope with the content. The Android box is able stream many channels.
 


Get a taste of what the Philippines has to offer. Fruits, fruits and vegetables
 


Sign up for any of BIBD’s financing products such as Home, Home Financing, Home Improvement, and Education Financing can stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as LED TVs, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, Thomson vouchers, air tickets to KK, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machines, fruit juicers and many more
 


I was stuck playing the “Flying Coupon Machine” organised by @redbullbn
 


Aziz did a mini test
 


All are welcomed to visit the CF15 at the ICC.
 


Brunei Halal also participating in the CF15
 

  
 

BIBD at CF15 

BIBD customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s financing products such as Home, Home Financing, Home Improvement, and Education Financing can stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as LED TVs, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, Thomson vouchers, air tickets to KK, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machines, fruit juicers and many more.

Also as part of its promotion, BIBD will also be giving out a 50% fee waiver on its financing products such as the BIBD Rumah Plus Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, and Education Financing.

This great BIBD promotion is available at the 15th edition of the Consumer Fair, from the 28th January until the 1st of February, where BIBD service ambassadors at booth C7 will be on hand to personally assist with, and answer any queries regarding any of BIBD’s products and services.

BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists will also be on hand to assist and provide advice on Home Financing solutions that best suit the customers. For those interested in purchasing their first or next dream home, BIBD will be offering its attractive Home Financing Rumah Plus package, which has a financing entitlement of up to 100% of the OMV(Open Market Value) or Property Purchase Price, a repayment period of up to 25 years along with a lower repayment schedule and attractive profit rates from as low as 4.5% (subject to terms and conditions). Customers may also choose to include the start-up costs of the financing such as legal document fees, MRTA takaful and valuation fees into the overall financing entitlement, allowing complete control of their budget, and providing them a sense of security, knowing that their dream home is one step closer to becoming a reality.

 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair and check out their financing products available
 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair
 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair
 

This also represents an ideal opportunity for home owners to start considering options on how best to enhance their homes, especially as with the festive time period only a few months away. Also, as an additional benefit, BIBD’s Home Improvement Financing also allows for a flexible repayment period of up to ten years, with up to 100% of renovation costs.

The BIBD team will also be available to talk about their Education Financing package whereby interested parties can obtain a financing of up to BND 200,000 with a maximum financing period of up to 10 years. The package can be used for students undergoing their education at either local or overseas institutions. The financing package includes a wide range of coverage such as registration fees, education or tuition fees, cost of living, accommodation and travel expenses along with educational needs such as clothing, books and stationery.

All these promotions on BIBD’s products and services highlights BIBD’s “Bruneian at Heart” commitment to always understand and be intuitive to the needs of its customers, by providing suitable solutions that can help them to achieve their dreams. For more information on any of BIBD’s products or services, please log on to the BIBD website at www.bibd.com.bn, visit your nearest BIBD branch or get in touch with the BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181.

 

  

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27
Jan

Switch 12 or the R13

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Switch 12 and the R13 
 


Richard Soo, Acer Branch Manager at Miri, holding the Acer Aspire Switch 12 while Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, holding the Acer Aspire R13
 

Aspire Switch 12. Something to tickle your fancy. This will give Microssoft Surface Pro 3 a run for their money. This is what we call a hybrid model where it can have multipurpose functions as a notebook, a tablet, a tent, a display or even a desktop by using the keyboard wirelessly. Awesome, innit?

The latest model just arrived at Concepts Computer and it was demoed last weekend by Richard Soo, Acer Branch Manager at Miri. Acer will always come up with a better, sharper and powerful device in its category and the Switch 12 is definitely better than the Switch 10 and Switch 11.

It sports a 12.5 inch Gorilla Glass screen with a full HD resolution 1920 x 1080. As usual, the notebook has a detachable magnetic keyboard but the great thing about the Switch 12 is that even you detach the keyboard, the screen turns into a desktop with a rear kickstand. Awesome!! This is definitely ideal for travelers.

The Switch 12 is powered by Intel’s new Core M processor, which complements the notebook’s fanless design by reducing power consumption. Input-wise, the laptop packs microUSB 3.0 and microHDMI ports.

The Aspire Switch 12 comes with a 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD) and has an internal memory of $GB. It’s quite a light weight device (only 1.4kg). Despite it’s compact feature, this model has multiple ports – USB 3.0, USB 2.0 port, HDMI port and Micro SD Card reader. The battery life expectancy is roughly up to 8 hours (depending on usage).

If you buy at Concepts Computer, you will be given an Acer Active Stylus and an Acer designed sleeve bag. The purchase also includes a one year warranty even for travelers.

If you are not convinced enough by this new model, you can look for the Aspire R13 which has a more solid appeal whereas the Aspire Switch is more into portability and mobility.

The selling price of the Aspire Switch 12 is BND 1,048.

 

 

Check out the video of the Acer Aspire Switch 12

 


The Aspire Switch 12
 


It can be split and work as a desktop too
 

Acer Aspire R13. There are so many things to brag about the Acer Aspire R13. If I was given the choice, I would have pick this model instead because it’s more solid appeal and it’s quiet convenient as well. Did you know that the Aspire R13 was awarded the best of IFA 2014 in the Best Hybrid category by Laptop Magazine and it recently also won the Good Design Awards in Japan.

The size of the notebook is 13.3” and it weighs at 1.5 kg. The cool part about the notebook is that the screen can rotate 180 degrees and it can turn into tablet. This notebook has a convertible element indeed and yet it is stable. It can even put into an easel position. The Acer Aspire R13 has a high spec and it feels like a premium notebook.

It has a Core i5 processor, 128 GB Solid State Drive with 8GB RAM memory (power). It has Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre for cinematic surround sound and Acer Purified Voice.

The selling price of the Acer Aspire R13 is BND 1,438 but you will know where your money is spent.

 

 

Check out the video of the Acer Aspire R13

 


TigerLim cleaning the Acer Aspire R13
 


Aspire R13 able to flip the monitor and let it have multiple functions
 

  
 

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Ali Suhif wins a home 


Ali Suhif posing with his father after winning a semi-detached house at Tanjung Bunut last weekend during the 30th anniversary dinner of Grand Motors
 

The last time I remember someone won a home was during Times Square Shopping Centre’s lucky draw. Last weekend, another winner was feted from a lucky draw as part of Grand Motors’ 30th Anniversary which took place at Orchid Garden Hotel. Ali Suhif won the grand prize of semi-detached house worth an estimated BND 300,000 located at Tanjung Bunut. It came at a timely manner where his family was planning for a new home after having their third child late last year. He currently works for the Brunei army and staying at Penanjong Camp.

Alif Suhif is a proud owner of his KIA Rio and never had any problem with the car when he bought it before Hari Raya last year.

The KIA Optima was the 2nd prize and the winner was Korean Aei Kim Cho. The KIA Cerato (the latest gen) was the third place and it went to Nurul Norhazwani binti Saini. To me, having all these top three prizes are amazing and the prizes worth are maybe almost BND 400,000. Even the top 100 shortlisted finalists were given consolation prizes. He or she will at least walk away with a BND 100 cash voucher. The draw was carried out during dinner to also commemorate Grand Motors’ 30th Anniversary.

Did you know KIA is one of the top selling brands in Brunei? They have sold 2,640 KIA units and it’s just behind the popular Japanese brand Toyota.

Present during the dinner were Frankie Ho, Managing Director of Grand Motors, Cho Won-myung, Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Teng Chin Ying, Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Hj Ahmad bin Hj Jumat, Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pengiran Hj Ibnu Ba’asith bin Pengiran Datu Penghulu, Hj Shaiful Rizal Bin Pehin Dato Dr. Hj Ahmad, Executive Director of Grand Motors and Pg Hj Abdul Qahar Bin PSD Maj Gen (R) Pg Hj Ibnu Basith, Executive Director of Grand Motors.

More than 200 people attended the anniversary dinner of Grand Motors and the established company thanked all the customers for their continuous support all these years. For more updates, you can follow @kiabrunei on instagram and follow them on their official Facebook page.

 


Cho Won-myung, Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam drawing for the winner of the new home
 


The Top three winners – Ali Suhif, Aei Kim Cho and Nurul Norhazwani binti Saini
 


Peter Moon, Manager, KIA motors Corporation Regional Headquarters, handing over mock key of the KIA optima to Aei Kim Cho
 


KIA Optima
 


Peter Moon handing over mock key of KIA Cerato to Nurul Norhazwani binti Saini
 


KIA Cerato
 


The management of Grand Motors having a discussion
 


One of the consolation winners
 


Another consolation winner
 


 Ali Suhif at his brand new home with the management of Grand motors yesterday. Image courtesy of Mantuka.com
 

  
 

Ketua Kampung wins a Merc 
 


Ketua Kampung Pg Hj Abd Rahman Pg Hj Zainal with his family while posing with his brand new car Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG at last Friday’s mega draw organised by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd
 

It was that time of the year especially the beginning of the year where Jati Transport fetted all the consolation winners and the grand winner for the company’s yearly promotion. In 2014, over 250 customers bought a Mecedes-Benz from Jati Transport and they were eligible for the lucky draw. The customers who purchased a Mercedes-Benz passenger car, Vito or Viano from January 1st to December 31st 2014 were entitled for the draw.

Last Friday, 21 shortlisted customers witnessed the special occasion where the mega draw took place at Jati Transport Gadong showroom. A few familiar faces were among the shortlisted but only managed to get consolation prizes. The grand winner of the draw was Pg Hj Abd Rahman Pg Hj Zainal who was the second person to attempt to ignite the brand new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG. He is also the “Ketua Kampung

Also present during the draw were Pg Ak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Md Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport, the management of Jati Transport and Shazali Sulaiman, KPMG Partner.

 


Pg Ak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Md Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport handing over the a mock key to the grand winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Consolation winner
 


Group photo with the winner and consolation winners
 


Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the Jati Transport Showroom. You can pay them a visit to view other models.
 

  
 

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