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18
Dec

The Holiday Mode sinking in

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 


Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Starring Rano Iskandar with his regular co-host @delgoh

 

  
 

 

Well done, BJJ!!
 

15 competitors from Busiido Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Club scored a total of 32 medals at the recent BJJ and Submission Grappling Headhunters Challenge in Sabah.

The team, which included 2 women, and 2 competitors in the kid’s category, from the club’s fledgling kids program. Over the two day competition, which had gi and no gi components, the club scored 10 gold medals, 7 silver, and 15 bronze.

According to Assistant Head Coach Danny Gapar, who led the contingent, the club had been preparing for the last 3 months for the competition. Part of their preparations  included inviting BJJ black belt Alexsandro “Leke” Machado to conduct a three-day BJJ seminar which included intense preparation for the competitors.

“I’m pleased with the overall performance of the team in this competition. It just goes to show that the growth and standard of BJJ in Brunei is steadily rising,” he said. ”Everyone has been working hard, training 6-7 times a week, preparing for this. A few of the fighters have cut weight to go down a weight category, and there were a few who were competing for the first time,” he said further.

“This is also the first time we featured kids in any competition, as our kids programme is fairly young, having been established in the past year, so it will continue to improve.”

Busiido Mixed Martial Arts is based in Kiarong.  More information about the club can be found on their Facebook page and instagram account : Facebook.com/BusiidoBJJ

 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

 

I saw this coming
 


It’s such a pity this performance has officially been canceled in Brunei Darussalam
 

[Quote from Magiclee Entertainment]: Dear all Brunei Sungha fans,

We regret to inform you that Sungha Jung performance is now officially canceled due to the show not being approved by MoHA and even after we re-apply to mention about the fan base that are waiting for him anxiously, the results were still the same.

We would like to sincerely apologize to you as it is not something we anticipated as we have been looking forward to the event as much as all his fans.

Nevertheless, all of those who have purchased tickets will be refunded, due to our current event we are busy with, we will be proceeding the ticket refunds starting the 5th of January 2015.

We will announce the location of where you can get your tickets refunded. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

The announcement will be done through this fan page. Thank you. Dated: 16th December 2014 [End quote].

For more information, you can visit Magiclee Entertainment Facebook page for more updates especially on the refunds.

 

  
 

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16
Dec

Loving Malacca

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

  
 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot
 

 

 

Pizza Hut online 
 


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BIBD latest promotion 
 


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Awesome Melaka 
 


This is my second time in Melaka but my second time experience was better because I really enjoyed the surroundings around the hotel I was staying. The name of the hotel was Casa Del Rio and truly enjoyed my stay there. I highly recommend to those visiting to give this hotel a shot.
 


The view from my balcony. Awesome sight especially when night falls.
 


How it looks during the day
 


I love the room at Casa Del Rio. It’s bigger and super cosy too.
 


The pool is smaller though but I truly enjoy just lying down and appreciating the surroundings and you can get the view of the river from the top.
 


The most well known Baba Cendol. Highly recommended in Malacca.
 


The laksa is also not bad as well
 


Another popular thing in Malacca is the rickshaw
 


The riders will design their rickshaws with Frozen or Hello Kitty items to attract attention. This is one case that I thought was Frozen over-kikk
 


Posing with Tungie. He’s such an amazing friend.
 


You will be amazed how beautiful Malacca is. I don’t mind coming back here again next year.
 


Malacca was also known for its hub in the olden days when they had European colonies then who used Malacca as a center for trade through shipping
 


I recognized our family number car in Malacca
 


Another amazing crazy buddy, Seigo, who I insist in purchasing a Mac-Air because he keeps using his old notebook that needs a powerpoint to boot up his computer. Tsk Tsk.

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12
Dec

4 in 1?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Pizza Hut online 
 


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Sponsorship for Sanjok 
 


Sanjok Moktan with the management of Olive Tree Company and Sanjok’s friend Edwin Liew (far right)

Pizza Hut Brunei inked a sponsorship contract for Professional golfer, Sanjok Moktan on 10th December 2014 for his 2015 ASEAN PGA tour with a “commitment to help an individual relishing his dream.”

Sanjok Moktan grew up in Brunei, and started the sport of golf at 16 after being inspired by his father. Following his passion, he decided to pursue a professional license in 2010 under the “Professional Golfers Association of the Philippines” (PGAP). Costly tournaments have limited him to only 6 ASEAN PGA appearances within the last 3 years, limiting his advancement to ASIAN PGA tournaments.

His notable talent and ambition had caught the attention of Pizza Hut Brunei, and Mr Johnny Liew, Managing Director of Olive Tree Corporation decided to sponsor Moktan. Liew has a further vision to grow the local sports scene in the community.

In their part to giving back to the community and contribute to that vision, Pizza Hut Brunei and Moktan plan to host golf clinics for the youth.

“I played a lot of sports and took an instant liking to golf; it was like an instinctive call from my competitive side. Golf taught me more about myself, made me more aware of my mental state. With gold it’s more of a mental game. When you’re hitting a shot, it’s not like any other sport. Golf is an individual competition, you can do it for yourself.

Moktan is looking forward to participating in the upcoming ASEAN PGA tournaments such as the Sabah Master in Kota Kinabalu, PGM – ASEAN PGA in Port Dickson, Borobodur Classic Presented by Jababeka & OB Golf in Indonesia.

 


The signing ceremony
 


Sanjok Moktan ready to swing for success
 

  
 

Malppy Weekend Update 
 

Capture the spirit of the festive season with the Silver Series Jewelries Collection! New and exclusive to Malppy.com, they are delighted to introduce their latest add-ons, the Silver Series Jewelries Collection. Just like the saying that goes, ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’, this range of 925 Solid Sterling Silver accessories would make a treasured keepsake for a birthday gift or special anniversary. They can be a perfect gift for loved ones and special friends, a forever piece to be treasured.

Simply key in ‘Silver Series’ at Malppy’s search column and trust me, you can’t help but say yes to all the dazzling jewelries calling out for you!

 


Click image to enter website

Looking to save more this holiday? Don’t fret! Malppy got this cover for you too!

It has been 3 weeks and a lot of their customers are delighted with this program as shopping at Malppy now saves them a lot, and when they said a lot, they really mean A LOT!

Malppy’s 2nd Basket Program can make us save up to 70% in your shopping! Have a browse at their  2nd Basket section now if you want to know more on how to use it, you can also click here for further information.

 


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Marriage cards 
 

Brunei will introduce marriage cards for Muslim couples as part of its new e-Syariah Court Management System.

Hj Hassan Hj Metali, Acting Chief Registrar at the Syariah Appeal Court, yesterday said a pair of marriage cards will be issued to every newlywed couple once the e-Syariah Court Management System is up and running in the next two years.

The cards will be the same size as identification cards, enabling Muslim couples to carry their proof of marriage with greater convenience.

“With the marriage cards, couples can easily show their proof of wedlock when needed. For example, if there is an inspection or ambush carried out by law enforcement, marriage cards will be accepted to prove the couple is married,” explained Hj Hassan.

Under the newly-enforced Syariah Penal Code Order, unmarried couples face heavy penalties for crimes such as khalwat.

Unmarried Muslim couples who live together or are caught in close proximity will be fined as much as $4,000, handed a jail term of up to a year or both under Section 196. Any non-Muslim involved in khalwat with a Muslim will also face the same punishment.
The Brunei Government and local IT firm ZimacSilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd yesterday signed a six-year contract worth $1.75 million for the implementation and maintenance of the e-Syariah Court Management System. To read more, you can click here. Soure: Rabiatul Kamit of The Brunei Times.

 


A sample of a marriage card from Malaysia if I’m not mistaken

Though this initiative is favourable by the Syariah Appeal Court, my suggestion would be to integrate the data into one smart card where the information of the person can be stored in current so called Smart Card Identity Card.

The enforcers will have a device that can simply scan the Smart ID card and all the information even on marriage and his or her spouse picture will appear.

We already have a similar card for Driving Licence and now a marriage card, on top of the must have Identity Card. Who knows one day in the future that all government agencies can work together to make our wallets more room for other essential stuffs :D

 

  
 

 

Photo Contest 
 

In conjunction with the World AIDS Day 2014, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) together with Brunei Press Sdn Bhd recently organised a photo contest that was open to members of the public.

The photo contest that was held from the 26th November to 9th December 2014 highlighted the theme of the World AIDS Day- ‘Getting To Zero’ and represent ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ images.

Today, all entries received from the photo contest were presented for judging.

Judges for the photo contest including Dato Dr Isham Jaafar; Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Hazizah Osman; Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press, Suzie Houng; Senior Manager- Finance & Operations of Brunei Press as well as Ak Danny; Marketing Officer of JPMC were present at the event.

‘We are pleased with the response received from members of the public. This is a great platform for the photography enthusiasts to showcase their artistic skills and to be inspired by the recognition they gain through this event’, said Ak Danny.

During the selection process, various aspects were also considered by all the judges including creative interpretation of theme, message impact, execution, impression and focus.

 


Dato Dr Isham Jaafar; Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Hazizah Osman; Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press, Suzie Houng; Senior Manager- Finance & Operations of Brunei Press, Hamdi Metussin of Mixmediaworx and Ak Danny; Marketing Officer of JPMC

The grand prize winner will be receiving a Canon EOS 700D Kit (18-55mm), BND500 cash prize, one year JPMC Gym membership as well as Canon cap and power bank.

The second prize winner will receive a BND 300 cash prize and six months JPMC Gym membership along with Canon cap and power bank.

Meanwhile, the third prize winner will receive BND200, three months gym membership and Canon cap and power bank.
Fourth and fifth place winners will each receive BND100 and 1 month JPMC Gym membership along with Canon cap and power bank.

Winners of the photo contest will be announced in Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata soon.

The World AIDS Day photo contest is in collaboration with Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and is supported by Manning Jaya Trading (B) Sdn Bhd, Interhouse Company, Mc Quipp Technisell Marketing Sdn Bhd, Medicorp Sdn Bhd and JPMC Fitness Centre.

 

  
 

Performance postponed 
 


Sungha Jung Live in Brunei has been postponed according to Sungha Jung Official Facebook Page. It’s not a surprised such event will go through difficulties especially in Brunei. Let’s hope it’s not canceled and the next tentative date will be early February 2015
 


Taken from Sungha Jung Official Facebook Page
 

  
 

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16
Dec

Marriage cards

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Malppy Weekend Update 

Capture the spirit of the festive season with the Silver Series Jewelries Collection! New and exclusive to Malppy.com, they are delighted to introduce their latest add-ons, the Silver Series Jewelries Collection. Just like the saying that goes, ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’, this range of 925 Solid Sterling Silver accessories would make a treasured keepsake for a birthday gift or special anniversary. They can be a perfect gift for loved ones and special friends, a forever piece to be treasured.

Simply key in ‘Silver Series’ at Malppy’s search column and trust me, you can’t help but say yes to all the dazzling jewelries calling out for you!

 


Click image to enter website

Looking to save more this holiday? Don’t fret! Malppy got this cover for you too!

It has been 3 weeks and a lot of their customers are delighted with this program as shopping at Malppy now saves them a lot, and when they said a lot, they really mean A LOT!

Malppy’s 2nd Basket Program can make us save up to 70% in your shopping! Have a browse at their  2nd Basket section now if you want to know more on how to use it, you can also click here for further information.

 


Click image to enter website
 

  

Marriage cards 

Brunei will introduce marriage cards for Muslim couples as part of its new e-Syariah Court Management System.

Hj Hassan Hj Metali, Acting Chief Registrar at the Syariah Appeal Court, yesterday said a pair of marriage cards will be issued to every newlywed couple once the e-Syariah Court Management System is up and running in the next two years.

The cards will be the same size as identification cards, enabling Muslim couples to carry their proof of marriage with greater convenience.

“With the marriage cards, couples can easily show their proof of wedlock when needed. For example, if there is an inspection or ambush carried out by law enforcement, marriage cards will be accepted to prove the couple is married,” explained Hj Hassan.

Under the newly-enforced Syariah Penal Code Order, unmarried couples face heavy penalties for crimes such as khalwat.

Unmarried Muslim couples who live together or are caught in close proximity will be fined as much as $4,000, handed a jail term of up to a year or both under Section 196. Any non-Muslim involved in khalwat with a Muslim will also face the same punishment.
The Brunei Government and local IT firm ZimacSilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd yesterday signed a six-year contract worth $1.75 million for the implementation and maintenance of the e-Syariah Court Management System. To read more, you can click here. Soure: Rabiatul Kamit of The Brunei Times.

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A sample of a marriage card from Malaysia if I’m not mistaken

Though this initiative is favourable by the Syariah Appeal Court, my suggestion would be to integrate the data into one smart card where the information of the person can be stored in current so called Smart Card Identity Card.

The enforcers will have a device that can simply scan the Smart ID card and all the information even on marriage and his or her spouse picture will appear.

We already have a similar card for Driving Licence and now a marriage card, on top of the must have Identity Card. Who knows one day in the future that all government agencies can work together to make our wallets more room for other essential stuffs :D

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11
Dec

Giving it back

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


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Giving back to community
 

For many years, our team have been very active in supporting one NGOs in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Last week, we dropped by ODA which is also known as Opportunities of Development thru Art and it was founded by Mr. Leng who had a real vision of helping the underprivileged kids especially the orphans in providing a happier childhood and also preparing them mentally, physically and emotionally in the harsh environment of Cambodia in the future. ODA also believes in providing education and creativity (through arts) where they will one day able to give back to the community and also earning for a living.

I’ve met Mr. Leng back in 2011 and I learnt about how ODA came about. Fast forward to this year, I learnt more about the past of Mr. Leng. It was truly a touching story and I salute his vision in actually making things happen rather than just walk the talk. The ODA residence have developed so much for the luxury of the orphans and now it stands at least 30 orphans residing at ODA residence.

Our friends managed to raise at least USD 4,000 last week and that many will be able to sustain food supply for the orphans to last the whole year. Amazing!! Some of the monies that we raised for them last year was also pumped in for creating and maintaing the mini plant farm they had nearby their residence. So in the future, they will be able to make some money by selling vegetables.

Mr. Leng has other strength and that is he’s creative in the painting department. He used to good effect where he trained the orphans to draw and paint. From there, their paintings will be made for display at the mini art display room where outsiders can buy. It’s also one way for the orphans to earn a living at a very young age.

Thank you, Mr. Leng for the eye opener and a constant reminder that about gratitude, appreciation and contribution. Truly honoured to be part of your community in contribution and to see how much growth ODA have gone through in just a space of a few years.

ODA is located not far from Angkor Wat and I’m pretty sure if you want pay ODA a visit, you can ask the tuk-tuk driver to send you there.

 


It’s always an honour to help Leng’s NGO called ODA – Opportunities of Development thru Art which helps to sustain the cost of living of the orphans in Siem Reap, Cambodia through means of selling their artwork.
 


Some of the amazing artworks the orphans drew and they are for sale.
 


The community connecting with the orphans and asking their experience as an artist
 


We also donated food for the orphans
 


Pat came a few months ago and the Cambodian kids still recognised her. It’s amazing to see the growth of the kids under this particular NGO.
 


Michelle and I came here a few years ago and we are back here again and so much have really changed and improved at ODA.
 


Our friends also helped to build the mini farm a few months ago and it’s shaping to be pretty good after another visit a few days ago. Some of the donations were also pumped into this mini project which can create opportunities for the orphans at ODA.
 


The man behind ODA, Mr. Leng, who is a certified art trainer and he trains the orphans to draw which is such an amazing idea. I truly salute his passion and commitment to help the orphans in Cambodia and he also created an avenue to study for the under privilege locals especially the kids.
 


It was a nice sight to his plight for the students to get their uniforms was a success
 

  
 

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09
Dec

BMOn

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Skin Food update 
 

Skin Food Brunei launches the renewed Premium Lettuce & Cucumber Watery line. It is an upgraded version of the previous Lettuce & Cucumber line which had been in the market for the past 8 years..

The Premium Lettuce  & Cucumber Watery Line has a higher percentage of the key ingredients and contains premium grade of sustainable lettuce and cucumber plants from one of Korea’s 100 stars farm , the Jang-an farm. In addition the line contains witch hazel extract and parsley extract which hydrates and prevents break outs.

The line has six products ranging from cream to toner and a skin mist spray which helps to cool and refresh the skin after a hot day.

Skin Food is one of the top skin and body care brands, that is well known for their plant and fruit based products that incorporate natural ingredients to “feed the skin”.

 


 


 


 

  
 

KIA lucky draw
 

In conjunction with the upcoming 2015 Australian Open, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in Brunei Darussalam conducted the Kia Lucky Drive to Australia promotion from 1st September to 30th November 2014.

Almost 650 customers who purchased Kia vehicles were qualified in this promotion. However, only 10 participants were shortlisted last 3 December to qualify for the grand draw.  The grand draw was held as culmination of this promo at the Kia Showroom last 5th December. Present during the draw was Grand Motors Sdn Bhd’s Managing Director – Mr. Frankie Ho, Executive Director – Haji Shaiful Rizal Bin Pehin Dato DR Haji Ahmad, Baiduri Finance Berhad’s Sales Manager Sales Manager – Hj Muhammad Ali Bin BM Hj Metusin and from BIBD AT-Tamwil Berhad’s Operation Manager Hj Md Said Bin Hj Zania, Assistant Marketing & PR Manager – Asharul Bin Norshari Kamaluddin.

Maslina Bte Baha was the lucky winner who walked away with a trip for two to Australia while Budiman Bin Ambai won with a Macbook Air, while Md Ridaudin bin Ahmad Obaidah won a brand new iPhone 6.

 


Maslina Bte Baha won a trip for two to Australia, Budiman Bin Ambai won with a Macbook Air and Md Ridaudin bin Ahmad Obaidah won a brand new iPhone 6
 


The prizes as part of KIA lucky draw prizes
 

  
 

 

ZALORA making waves online 

ZALORA, Asia’s Online Fashion Destination, launched its first ever digital pop-up store at the DST Carnival 2014.

The 300 square-feet pop-up store is equipped with iPads and tablets that will allow customers to browse through the ZALORA website with ease. Shoppers had the opportunity to try on the apparels in the store and at the same time experience online shopping with the cashless transaction offer at the digital pop-up store.

“We are excited to join the DST Carnival in Brunei. We are giving Brunei shoppers a chance to experience a new form of shopping,” said Marketing Director of ZALORA, Luca Barberis. “ZALORA is committed to delivering the latest fashion anywhere in South East Asia and now it’s the time for Brunei shoppers to enjoy the digital pop-up store experience,” he added.

During the carnival, shopaholics in Brunei had the chance to explore a new shopping experience exclusively from ZALORA, featuring ZALORA’s own private labels such as ZALORA and ZALIA. Items at the store ranged from between BND12 to BND76, the store displayed an assortment of shoes, bags, dresses and other ensembles and was open to walk-in customers for three days, with exclusive and exciting discounts available during the final hours of the DST Carnival.

 


Marketing Director of ZALORA, Luca Barberis, at ZALORA first ever digital pop-up store at DST Carnival 2014 last weekend





  

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