Timeout with Liz

Another edition of Timeout with Liz next weekend 26th April and it will feature our very own @enyabioux and @vanillakitchen. Get your tickets now at timeoutwithliz@gmail.com

Film Festival UBD 2014

It's happening this weekend. Follow them on instagram @filmfestivalubd2014 or visit their website at filmfestivalubd2014.com for updates

Sukan Ria 2014

Are you ready for the Sukan Ria Inter-company 2014 event? The event will kick off with a hiking challenge. Check out sukanriabrunei.com for updates


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Transcendence Podcast 


Podcast: Episode 37 on the review of Johnny Depp’s Transcendence. Hit or miss? Do listen with my co-host Del Goh



Acer Liquid Smartphones


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HSBC Personal Internet Banking


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BIBD – Let’s Go Mobile!


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Royal Brunei Airlines



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DPMM FC’s next match 

Catch DPMM FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC this Friday at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

DPMM FC players in training yesterday at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium


Megat wins XF 

Megat Muhd Taufiq bin Hj Md Jaafar the grand winner of BIBD Barakah 5 with the Jaguar XF

Late post: Megat Muhd Taufiq bin Hj Md Jaafar was the lucky winner of A brand new Jaguar XF as he had to go through a series of mini games among 20 top finalists of the BIBD Barakah 5 lucky draw held at The Mall Atrium, Gadong last Friday.

I believe there were like 2 to 3 gimmicks that the participants had to go through before the final hurdle of unlocking the grand prize – Jaguar XF. Consolation prizes ranged from iPhone 5s and iPad minis to the consolation winners. On hand to present the prizes was the BIBD Chief Financial Officer, Hjh Noraini binti Hj Sulaiman.

The BIBD Barakah 5 Campaign was opened to all new and existing BIBD customers who signed up for BIBD’s financing and deposit products including Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, Education Financing, Naqad facilities, Wakalah General, tiered and foreign currency accounts (current accounts and saving accounts). Customers who had assigned their salaries to BIBD during the promotion period were also eligible to join the campaign.

Aside from the amazing grand prize from Indera Motors Sdn Bhd, the official Jaguar importer and distributor in Brunei, participants also stood a chance to win Apple products, as well as other exciting ones such as Samsung gadgets, a 60” LED TV, and 300,000 Royal Skies Miles. The BIBD Barakah 5 campaign ended on March 31.

To find out more on any of BIBD’s products, services and promotions, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bibdbrunei or www.bibd.com.bn or their instagram @bibdbrunei.


Group photo with the Top 20 winners and BIBD Chief Financial Officer, Hjh Noraini binti Hj Sulaiman

The grand winner of BIBD Barakah 5

The 1st runner-up of BIBD Barakah 5

The 2nd runner-up of BIBD Barakah 5

The 4th place of BIBD Barakah 5

The 5th place of BIBD Barakah 5

The consolation winners

One of the few tasks to be done to determine the last 5

One of the few tasks to be done to determine the last 5

The Jaguar key

This is to be launched this Friday – BIBD Home Showcase 4

Moyes term ended 

In less than a season, David Moyes was 3 games shy of completing a full season with Manchester United. According to the news, he left the club but only to be headlined with the keyword “sacked”. A very mixed responses from MU fans but the neutrals thought it was a wise decision by the board. Anyway, good luck to you, Moyes and while it’s still a hot topic, here are some of the meme for Moyes. No hard feelings, MU :)










SuperHero Weekend 

The activities last weekend at Times Square Shopping Centre

Rewind: On 19th-20th April 2014, Times Square Shopping Centre hosted the Superhero Weekend which was held in conjunction with the movies that are currently playing at Times Cineplex, namely Captain America: Winter Soldier and upcoming The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Superhero Weekend featured several unique activities such as Superhero charades, an arm wrestling competition and a barbell curl strength challenge. The event also featured a Random Superhero Challenge where contestants had to survive various games in order to win.

There was also a mini obstacle race where contestants registered to run through the course as fast as possible. The event was complete with a superhero dress-up competition that was open to three categories including a category for ages 2-6, category for ages 7-13 and last but not least, for contestants 14 years old and above.

This small event was also made merrier by the Brunei Cosplay Group. Times Square Property Management would like to congratulate all the winners from the past weekend once again and extend our appreciation to those customers who were there to make the small event a successful one.

Times Square is also glad to announce that we will be holding more events in the future. Registration forms are already available for the annual Baby Weekend that will be held during Family Day on 2nd-4th May 2014. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting www.tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram. Images courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.














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25 • 4 • 2014 

DPMM FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC 

DPMM FC vs Balestier FC this Friday at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium


Promotion on hard drives 

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, with associates of Concepts Computer holding the Apacer and Adata external drives this morning

To better serve their loyal customers who have signed up for Concepts membership pendrives, Concepts Computer will do a special promotion on External Storage devices from Apacer and Adata. To qualify for these promotional prices, customer only need to show their Concepts membership pendrives during their purchase.

First on offer is the AData DashDrive HD710, an award-winning external hard disk solution which provides extra protection, and military-grade shockproof and waterproof (IPX7 standard) construction with an ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface. Its lively outlook and dynamic design match the requirements and style of sports and outdoor enthusiasts who needs quick access to their data while in the rough. The 500GB model will be available for $68 (usual price $98) and the 1TB will be available for $98 (usual price $168). All Adata External Storage devices comes with 1 year warranty coverage.

Next on offer will be 3 models from Apacer, all internally the same but will have different styles and looks to fit the type of external storage device that would complement individual users. The first model is the Apacer AC231, black and silver with a sleek design, perfect for those who loves monochrome and is looking to add an external storage device into their everyday usage. The second model is the Apacer AC232, white an blue, with a much more robust and cheerful design. Perfect as the first external storage devices for young teenagers looking to find a storage device for all of their entertainment needs. The last model to be introduced is the Apacer AC233, black all-around, no fuss and frills, a great storage devices for business people on the go. All these three models from Apacer comes in 500Gb priced at $68 (originally available for $118) and in 1TB available for $98 (originally available at $128). All Apacer external storage devices will come with 1 year warranty.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, “We know how important digital data storage is to our customers so we will work harder to provide a much larger range of great digital storage solutions at the best prices for the consumers of Brunei Darussalam which is why we are offering this promotion to our loyal customers who are also Concepts Computer members by giving them the opportunity to purchase this great product at a promotional price, so that our loyal customers do not have to choose between reliability, high performance and affordability.” Zul continued, ”And in terms of peace of mind, consumers will be glad to note that all of our External Storage Devices will be provided with 1 year warranty.”

Also, not to forget, Concepts Computer will be having their Month End promotions from the 27th April until 30th April, from 9am till 9pm. And for more information on the wide-selection and full-range of storage solutions available at Concepts Computer, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2233552.





30 • 4 • 2014 

Launch of Syariah 

Penal Code 

The Syariah Penal Code briefing by the panelists yesterday at Rizqun International Hotel

From the 1st of April to the 22nd of April and now a new date has been set for the official launch of Syariah Penal Code which will fall next week Wednesday 30th April 2014. It was announced on the radio that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will launch the Syariah Penal Code at ICC.

Yesterday was the first time I attended the Syariah Penal Code briefing hosted by the Malaysia High Commission to Brunei Darussalam at the Rizqun International Hotel. I have to say that it’s not as bad as many people perceived it. Of course, the bigger focus from the audience was the dress code, judging from the questions being raised but the panelists must have gone through this Q&A over and over again with similar answers and I would understand the level of tolerance they would have to put go through in answering them.

The bigger picture as the panelists were sharing is the “indecent behaviour”. It’s just so happened that indecent clothing can be interpreted as an act of indecent behaviour. This is yet again a subjective matter as different people have different perception on what is deemed appropriate and decent when it comes to clothing as the panelist shared. They advised the audience not to be concerned too much on clothing but more of the indecent behaviour such as kissing in public or getting too cozy in public to name a few.

Watching a movie with the opposite sex is not considered “khalwat” or close proximity when being asked of the question because it’s a public venue. One raised a concern about attires during sports. As we know, many of us wear shorts and leggings when it comes to sport activities. The panelists said that a committee has been set up to look into this matter on clothing during sport activities and they will advise the public once they have the guidelines.

It was shared also that tudong is not compulsory for Muslim women but they encouraged them to wear as an obligation of a Muslim women.

My friends attended the session yesterday and shared that the Syariah law is not as bad as they thought they were and these are non-Muslim friends. They see it as a protective measure for the community. I actually have gained more insight during the briefing but it’s not easy to grasp the briefing as it was cramped into an hour and they only highlighted some areas due to time constraint. Do get a copy of the Syariah Penal Code and also do attend a briefing if you have the opportunity. So peeps, let’s not be quick to judge what Syariah Penal Code provides. Do understand it fully first before commenting on it. Yes, we have been polluted with words from others who only based on their findings without fully understanding the concept. I do agree with one of the Ministers that let’s make a positive spin when it comes to the Syariah law and not focusing on the negative aspects.



Timeout with Liz 

A word from Liz: Hello Everyone! Join host Elizabeth Sim or Liz for episode 6 of Time Out With Liz on the 26 April 2014 at Kaleidoscope (gallery above Saffron) in Kiulap from 7pm – 8.30pm. This months show features the founder of Enya Bijoux, find out what is cooking with Vanilla Kitchen and keep an eye for an upcoming musician from the man who calls himself Zulletastique. Should you choose to be part of this live talk show, submit your names now to timeoutwithliz@gmail.com until 23 April 2014 where entree will only be $10 but names submitted from the 24th onwards and at the door will be $15. For more details please visit www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz





Audi A3 makes its mark 

Audi A3 is named 2014 World Car of the Year

• Third generation of Audi’s premium compact car is a world beater

• Second overall victory for Audi at World Car of the Year Awards

The Audi A3, the premium compact bestseller from the brand with the four rings, is the 2014 World Car of the Year. This is the second overall title for Audi in the ten year history of the World Car of the Year Awards as the Audi A6 won the inaugural overall title in 2005.

The third generation of the Audi A3 is now officially confirmed as a world beater. It overcame the challenge from 23 other cars to win the prestigious World Car of the Year title in 2014. The A3 was voted as the winner by an international jury panel comprising 69 top‑level automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said: “The Audi A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the Audi A3 has repeated that achievement by being voted 2014 World Car of the Year. The Audi A3 showcases Audi’s technical competence in all aspects of carmaking, not least in the areas of lightweight technology, drivetrain, mobile infotainment and driver assistance systems. This major award win is an achievement that the whole company can celebrate”.

The new Audi A3 is available as a 3 door, Sportback, Cabriolet and Sedan. It is powered by a range of TFSI gasoline and TDI diesel engines. The A3 Sportback can also be ordered as a g‑tron, which can be operated using e‑gas generated by Audi, natural gas, or gasoline – when powered by e‑gas, the A3 Sportback g‑tron travels CO2-neutral.


Audi A3 being named 2014 World Car of the Year

Later this year, the A3 Sportback will also be available as an e‑tron, whose plug‑in hybrid drive enables journeys of up to 50 kilometres in all‑electric mode. Audi is offering customers in Germany green electricity – Audi energy. The cooperating partner is the Hamburg energy provider LichtBlick SE. The power all comes from renewable energy sources and is generated exclusively at hydro-electric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With Audi energy, the A3 e‑tron is totally emission-free when operated electrically.

Audi can look back on a 16‑year success story with the A3. In 1996, the first generation of the model series established an entirely new market segment – the premium compact class. With the second generation, which followed in 2003, the brand extended its lead with the addition of a Cabriolet to the familiar 3 door and Sportback body styles. The third A3 generation is available in four body styles following the further addition of the Sedan.

With this win for the Audi A3, Audi has maintained its position as the manufacturer with the most World Car of the Year titles. The brand with the four rings has previously won three World Performance Car titles, two World Car Design of the Year titles and the inaugural World Car of the Year title. In total Audi has won seven titles at the World Car of the Year Awards:

2005 Audi A6 World Car of the Year
2007 Audi RS 4 World Performance Car, Audi TT World Car Design of the Year
2008 Audi R8 World Performance Car, Audi R8 World Car Design of the Year
2010 Audi R8 V10 World Performance Car
2014 Audi A3 World Car of the Year



SteelSeries at Concepts Computer 

TigerLim posing with Vincent Pao and Zul Abdul Rahman of Concepts Computer, showcasing their new products – SteelSeries, now available at their store

I’m not much of a gamer myself. I heard of other peripheral brands for gaming and only recently I heard of SteelSeries and apparently, a lot of gamers in Brunei know of this brand. It seems that they know what’s good for gaming accessories ranging from mouses to keyboard and headphones. It’s also good to know that Concepts Computer have partnered with SteelSeries in providing their peripherals to promote the gaming industry in Brunei Darussalam.

SteelSeries launched an iconic series of SteelSeries Frost Blue and Heat Orange limited edition gaming gears, comprising SteelSeries Sensei RAW gaming mouse, SteelSeries Siberia v2 gaming headset and SteelSeries QCK gaming mousepad.

Perhaps the most significant product of SteelSeries is the SteelSeries Sensei RAW mouse. I don’t know what this means but it said to provide a high performance as high as 5,670 counts per inch in terms of scalable pointer speed and fine-tuning on-the-fly of the speed will be easy as togging high and low. It’s ideal for fast pace gaming such as Counter Strike to name one. The mouse is priced at BND 128.

You also should try out the Siberia v2 gaming headset and it comes in different colours too. It has super bright LED and delivers superior sound to differentiate them from other competitors.

Do check out the posters below for more details.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, said, “Our partnership with SteelSeries is the next step in Concepts Computer’s diversification and expansion into different sectors of the Bruneian IT market. We believe for Gamers, “Winning is Everything”, and that is what we’re trying to deliver with SteelSeries gaming peripherals.”

For more information or to experience the SteelSeries Gaming Experience, visit the nearest Concepts Computer showroom, or call 2233551 or 2233552.

SteelSeries ranging from mouse pad to mouse to headset

Different colours of headsets to choose from

A lot to choose from at Concepts Computer

SteelSeries Siberia v2

Gamers having fun with the SteelSeries

Zul Abdul Rahman said SteelSeries will provide a living gaming experience and Concepts Computer will have a chance to try their products in their showroom

Counter Strike, anyone?

Check out the SteelSeries from Concepts Computer

Check out the SteelSeries from Concepts Computer


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Mazda 3 impresses 

Frankie Ho, Managing Director of Grand Motors with His Excellency Kenichi Sugamuma Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam and the board of directors of Grand Motors
Mazda 3 has many interest from the public. It was launched last Friday at its showroom at Beribi and after my posting on instagram, there were a few interest on the new revamped Mazda 3 model. It comes in two models – sedan and hatchback with the latter proving to be more popular somehow.

The guest of honour Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam His Excellency Kenichi Sugamuma was impressed with the latest Mazda series and he was delighted that the Mazda 3 is nominated for Best Car Award 2014 .

The third generation model is much leaner and slicker model compared to its predecessors. It offers the new SkyActiv-G 1.5-litre petrol engine. Vehicles equipped with a SkyActiv-G engine will be available in SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transaxle transmission (auto and manual).

Aside from being engineered with full complement of SkyActiv technology, a proprietary suite of fuel-efficient, performance-driven components and manufacturing philosophies, this new C-segment vehicle also spots the handsome styling of the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design language.

From the first generation (launched in 2003) through to the second generation, with its emotional design, assurance of fun-driving, high level of craftsmanship and exceptional environmental and safety performance, Mazda 3 has continued to offer values that transcend the era and expectations of customers.

There have been bookings before the launch and it comes in eight colours including a premium metallic finish “Soul Red Metallic”, “Titanium Flash Mica” and “Deep Crystal Blue Mica”.

You can visit the showroom at Grand Motors from 9am to 4pm. For more information, you can contact 2443749, 2445030 or the Kuala Belait Showroom at 3334244 and 3334250.

The crowd at Grand Motors showroom last Friday

Frankie Ho was excited about the new Mazda 3

Great martial arts demo by the kids

The audience get a glimpse of Japanese martial arts culture

The audience get a glimpse of Japanese martial arts culture

Great interior of the Mazda 3

The hatchback Mazda 3

The hatchback Mazda 3

The sedan Mazda 3

The sedan Mazda 3

A product demo of the Mazda 3 to the members of the media


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Well done, students of AC-4308 


Our take on the ongoing Film Festival UBD 2014 with my co-host Del Goh. Click play to listen to our enlightening review.

Chris Woo at the opening of the Film Festival UBD 2014. Image courtesy of Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times.

Wu Chun with the organizers of the Film Festival UBD 2014. Image courtesy of Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times.
Chris Woo, the lecturer behind the module (of UBD) AC-4308 Professional Communication and Event Design, was super impressed with the students involved in this module. The task was given back in January 2014 and they were only given a timeline of 3 months to come up with an event independently on their own. It was decided that the students chose to do a film festival and Chris Woo was just overwhelmed yesterday to see how the students pulled off such a great event.

During the interview, Chris gave some encouragement to the students, “We will make history if you can guys can do it as this is the first film festival in Brunei Darussalam. Of course, the students didn’t know what they got themselves into and now I just so proud of them. Everything they did themselves. I did push along and made a path for them but everything else was from them – finding sponsors, learn how to do lights, try to do 3D design and sketches for the event and they did it on their own.”

He said that this was part of an assessment for their module and it will account to 10% of the event itself. The rest of the marks will be based on peer and team assessment and there are no exams for this module.

Chris hopes that this event can be spur off to new things and even being endorsed by Universiti Brunei Darussalam as an annual event due to its success and also a good avenue to expose our local creative industries.

The Yasmine pose with Origins Film. Drop by today (Sunday) at 2:30pm for showcase of behind-the-scenes of Yasmine

It was happening at Film Festival UBD 2014. The target at least 600 number of audience in a span of two days and they managed to hit more than 600 by the end of the first day. Excellent!!

Selfie with the back drop

It was good to see Brunei’s international star, Wu Chun, who was appointed ambassador for Film Festival UBD 2014. Also present during the event was Origins Films, promoting their upcoming movie Yasmine and they will be having behind-the-scene showcase later today (Sunday) at 2:30pm. Another one is Creative Academy of the Narrative and Dramatic Arts and Sciences (CANDAS), an avenue for creative people.

Today is the final day of the event and there will be 5 show times and admission is FREE. I watched with Del Goh yesterday and we were impressed that the short films were done locally and there are still more room for improvements. The event — sponsored by Baiduri Bank, GHK Motors Sdn Bhd, CANDAS, Borneo Bulletin and Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB).


Today’s show (Sunday)


10:am, 11:30am 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm


A great turn out yesterday during the three time slots. Expect more for today’s schedules

Voting system also determines some of the score of their module

Voting is done right after the show

The votes have been favourable

Chris Woo with the students for a selfie

@cafemaurina at today’s Film Festival UBD 2014

@zurra cupcakes at today’s Film Festival UBD 2014

@cafemaurina @aisbreadcream

Elena likes the ice cream bread


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Film Festival UBD 2014

Our take on the ongoing Film Festival UBD 2014 with my co-host Del Goh. Click play to listen to our enlightening review.

The set up at The Core. Nicely done, guys!! Check them out this weekend at The Core, UBD

Some of the props for the Film Festival UBD 2014

The timings for today (Saturday 19th April 2014)

Catch the production crew of Yasmine tomorrow at The Core, UBD

They are also selling merchandise for $10

Efah Mahrub of Film Festival UBD 2014, Siti Kamaluddin of Origins Film and Elizabeth Sim of Timeout with Liz


Sukan Ria 2014 

Sukan Ria Goldmyne Badminton Tournament. Click image to download form.

Sukan Ria Bowling Tournament. Click image to download form.


Inspire Issue No.2  

This edition of Inspire is a good read and learning about our influential women in Brunei.

@thehellopanda is also featured in this edition. The magazine will be available next week at newsstand for BND 5


The Social Media for EPL Masters 

Representatives from the social media sphere – Brunei FM, Social Deal, Ranoadidas and TigerLim

As the EPL Masters Brunei makes its return this year with a bigger twist, top social media sites and local bloggers expressed their support for this year’s much anticipated event as they agreed to become official social media partners of EPL Masters Football 2014. They signed an agreement with S-Team Solutions, the official event organizer on 18 April 2014, at the premises of S-Team at BT Complex at Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa.

Signified to show support for the event using their own social media platforms to disseminate information to the public, the event’s media partners include : Brunei FM, RanoAdidas, SocialDeal.com.bn and Tiger Lim.

During the occasion S-Team announced that his year’s tournament is set to take place at the National Stadium, which seats over 20,000 people, and the scene for many proud events for Brunei.

EPL Masters Brunei 2014 is an intense action packed indoor one-day tournament, where teams from the legendary stars from the EPL and Brunei battle it out for glory to be crowned champion. Previously, the teams were 6-a-side, but with announcement of a larger venue, the teams have also gotten bigger, as they now will be playing 11-a-side.

This year, the events will consist of a four day tour and activities, which include but are not limited to a golf and a youth football camp, meet the fans and corporate appearances.

EPL Masters Brunei 2014 features football heroes players from the 4 big teams namely : Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal forming the EPL All-Stars team.

Previously, fans were able to rub shoulders with the likes of Liverpool FC’s Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman,and Patrik Berger rekindle old rivalries against Manchester United’s top goal scorer Andy Cole, Ronnie Johnsen and Lee Sharpe.

As the Manchester United Fans Club and the Arsenal Fans club have offered to help as volunteers and liason officers, S-Team would like to extend an invitation to the Liverpool and Chelsea fan clubs to volunteer and have the chance to meet players from their favourite club. For further details please contact : 8899998.

To help The EPL Masters Brunei 2014, is not just a football event for local football fans, but is a prime opportunity for sports tourism to Brunei. It is hoped that travel agents can offer fans in neighbouring countries packages to bring in groups to watch a once-in-a-lifetime game that is set to thrill and amaze.

Representing TigerLim

Representing Brunei FM


The Big 60 

A surprise birthday gig for Mr. James Lee last evening. Thanks for the invitation :D


KIA roadshow 

Happening today and tomorrow
In celebration of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, local distributor of Kia vehicles, is hosting an exciting roadshow today and tomorrow at The Mall, Gadong and a test drive activity tomorrow at SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre.

Participants in the test drive tomorrow will be given an original KIA-FIFA World Cup T-shirt and raffle form for an opportunity to win a trip for two to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals live in Brazil.

As a major sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kia is organising a nation-wide tour until May.

Kia on Tour 2014 is part of a larger global roadshow project initiated by Kia Motors Corporation in Korea.

It is part of Kia’s global commitment to surpass customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation. Text by Mei Fung Lee of The Brunei Times.

Test drive a KIA tomorrow at SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre and stand a chance to win a trip for two to watch the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

A successful test drive done last month near Times Square Shopping Centre.


Dugong carcass rotting 

The dugong carcass at Tungku Beach. Image taken by Rafidah Hamit of The Brunei Times

The carcass of an unidentified sea animal believed to be that of a dugong is still at Tungku Beach, six days after it was reported to the Wildlife Division.

When The Brunei Times visited the site yesterday, there was already a foul smell emitting from the remains of the carcass. On closer inspection, it was found that most of the flesh was destroyed. More maggots and flies were seen to be devouring the carcass. Curious onlookers also stopped to look at it.

Hj Faisal Hj Nordin, an officer from the Wildlife Division told The Brunei Times that they had sent a team down to the beach to investigate the remains but could not ascertain the cause of death.

They were also unable to determine whether it was a dugong or a seal. “This is because we do not have a mammal expert. After the investigation, we just left the carcass there to naturally decompose,” Hj Faisal said. He declined to provide further details on the matter. Leaving carcasses that have been washed up ashore to decompose naturally is not uncommon.

In December 2012, a young whale measuring 40 feet long was found on a beach in Malibu — the carcass had disintegrated to such an extent that it was no longer feasible to tow it out to sea. According to an article by The Guardian, authorities had said that the condition of the whale’s carcass made it physically difficult to be moved. “It’s so embedded in sand that they won’t be able to get it out. The body will be pulled apart,” the authorities were reported as saying. The carcass of the sea animal at Tungku Beach measured at about six feet in length. The wildlife authority in Brunei urges the public to report any findings related to wildlife animals to them by calling 2774258, or emailing info-wildlife@industry.gov.bn or by contacting them through the Facebook. Text by Rafidah Hamit of The Brunei Times.



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BB gets BBB+/A-2 Rating 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank (center) with Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank and Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Mustapa, Head of Treasury of Baiduri Bank during the press conference yesterday

This reminds me of math days in high school years. I’m never a fond of math subject but if I dedicate myself to it, I will do just fine, nothing more. Recently, Baiduri Bank has reached another milestone in the banking industry. In a banking environment especially Brunei which has been undergoing through many regulatory measures, banks in Brunei have to step up their game and be more “creative” in meeting customers’ demand and also falling in line with the rules and regulations which have been stricter.

So it’s great to see that Baiduri Bank has been given an impressive rating of “BBB+/A- 2” by an international rating agency, Standard & Poor’s. It was published in Bloomberg that Baiduri Bank has a “strong” business position, “adequate” capital and earnings, “moderate” risk position, “average” funding and “strong” liquidity.

In most cases, such rating will remain unchanged for the next 12-18 months and it’s very unlikely it will suffer a drop and Baiduri Bank ensures that they will sustain that rating and even better the current rating. Of course, this is a long term goal of Baiduri Bank and being it only 20 years old, this is considered a great achievement and also given the tough regulatory measures that the Brunei banking industry have to go through.

Such rating positions Baiduri Bank just below well known banks such as DBS, OCBC and UOB in Singapore which shows the great credibility of Baiduri Bank.

Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, hosted a press conference with the presence of Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank and Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Mustapa, Head of Treasury of Baiduri Bank. Imhof shared that the policy on lending will remain the same as it has been one of Baiduri Bank’s important and successful product due to its dynamic nature. With more healthy liquidity of Baiduri Bank, there are in a good position to lend more and maintain their lending policy.

Imhof also shared that the bank will be looking for opportunities regionally in the near future. He is proud that Baiduri Bank has been given the BBB+ ranking and this will indeed give more confidence internally and also to their loyal customers. Congratulations, Baiduri Bank, on your milestone.

The media attending the press conference

The New Baiduri Certificate of Deposit

Do make use of your Baiduri Bank Visa card :D


Film Festival UBD 2014 

The students have work tremendously well for their assignment. Kudos to them and I salute you guys!!

The time is almost near. The Film Festival UBD 2014 is just around the corner and I can’t wait to see some of the short films done by UBD students and this is part of their assessment too. This is similar to the UBD Spectacle 2014 project (oops, I really have to pay them a visit too). There will be 8 short films in different forms of genre involving 20 students majoring in the field of Professional Communications and The Media.

So you will witness some of the innovative content the students muster in a short span of time. I was already impressed with the short films done last year by the students and I, myself, am a big fan of movies and I always love to talk about direction and film editing when it comes to movies. Of course, this is why The Popcorn Panel came about where you can catch my audio podcast on movies that I watch every now and then.

If want to read more of the in-depth objectives of the Film Festival UBD 2014, you can click here.

By the way, the tickets you can get them half an hour before the show and it’s FREE. It will take place at The Core at UBD. There are quite number of slots you can choose from to catch the 8 short films. You can see the synopsis from their Facebook page too. There will be 5 UBD made production and 3 local house production in all.

On Saturday 19th April, the timings will be 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm while on Sunday 20th April, it will start on 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm. So if you have the time, do make the time. One of the short films that I enjoyed last year was “Roast Lamb” and it will be one of the short films to be featured. You can follow them also on instagram @filmfestivalubd2014

Two more days to go

Are you ready for Film Festival UBD 2014?


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New dishes at Kimchi 

New menu coming soon at Kimchi Restaurant at Regent Square. You can request some of the dishes already. Call 2222 233 or 712 2283 for reservations or you can follow @kimchibrunei instagram for updates

My favourite dish among the lot – Fried Udon in kimchi sauce. This is spicy indeed!! *warning*

My lunch buddies yesterday at Kimchi Restaurant and many more

Our BBQ assistant for the day

Yang Neom Set – Breaded Chicken with Spicy Sauce

Dakgochi Gui – Marinated Chicken Skewer

New bento set at Kimchi Restaurant

I didn’t try this dish. Looks interesting.

Going Joong Deokboki – Palace Rice cake- Cucumber Beans Beef Bulgogi

This dish seems to be popular yesterday too

But of course, my old time favourite at Kimchi Restaurant – Patbingsu :D


Superhero Weekend 

Superhero Weekend at Times Square Shopping Centre

Here are some of the events happening for Superhero Weekend


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Upcoming Events

4:00 pm Fun Bee Park
Fun Bee Park
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 18 @ 8:00 am
Princess tea party for girls, cars themed party for boys
4:00 pm Run Bike Run Registration
Run Bike Run Registration
Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 18 @ 8:00 am
Hand in registration deadline 3rd Dec $20 per person Forms available at Triple Star, Kiulap
4:00 pm United Motors KB Grand Opening
United Motors KB Grand Opening
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 18 @ 8:00 am
United Motors KB Grand Opening * Free door gifts* Free balloons* Free ice-cream  Location: Komplex Harapan (Not far from Land Transport Department and Seri Kandi [...]

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