The Good, The So-So and The Bad. Ah, Jakarta.. It has been more than 10 years since my last visit to the city. I remember my last trip was with regards to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf trip, meeting potential franchisors in the region. I didn’t have much sentimental value back then but that changed over the course of the weekend during our toastmasters trip to attend the Jakarta Conference 2016.
I’m already feeling the pressure as I have volunteered myself to be responsible in running the Brunei Conference 2016 coming October. Then again, I have a reliable set of team in Brunei and it will also test my leadership skills in managing the event and striking the right chords with my team too.
Kashish Ajit Harjani (3rd from left) won the the Table Topics District Contest in Jakarta last weekend
Denish Vaswani (3rd from left)
Reuben Chin interviewing Pranika Lama
The contestants from the tables topic contest
With Allen, Fen and Pamela during Welcoming Dinner
So the Good… Well, I like the setting of the toastmasters conference. The venue was spot on for the toastmasters delegate and spacious as well (to a certain extent.. explain later). I can learn some pointers for the banner/backdrop that was used during the conference. The hotel we stayed at Santika Hayam Wuruk was pretty cool though the rooms were slightly small and it was about BND 650 for five nights.
The best part of the conference was the re-connecting with old faces and breaking the ice with new ones. Despite the minor friction from different divisions in our District, I made acquaintance with a few toastmasters members from Medan, Jakarta and Kuching. I learnt that I am able to get out of the comfort zone (as in being with my team members) and meet other members outside the Brunei contingent. That’s one way of expanding your horizons instead of imploding. This I have to take note for future conferences.
My final say of the juicy part of the conference was the actual speech contest, notably the International Speech category. Of course, we were all in Jakarta to support our Division champion Pranika Lama, a UBD Toastmasters member, and it was her first time reaching this level. I had faith in her speech because of her pure dedication and commitment to bring the best out of her.
To my surprise, the other contestants were equally good or better. They have just raised the bar for District 87 and sometimes it does pay when you have experience under your belt in this level. Dinesh Vaswani and Rebecca were no strangers and they had a 1-2 finish respectively and well-deserved too. As for Pranika, I truly grateful to witness you just being on stage and delivered a masterful delivery and many would be inspired to be a better speaker like you.
Now the so-so. It was cool know the fact that even a turnover of Chairmanship happened three times, things doesn’t necessarily will run smoothly. It means more transference and hand-over deals that could have been avoided before the actual conference. The Annual Conference is the second biggest after the World Conference and we could see teething problems along the way which I hope the organizing committee will bring it up during their post mortem.
Our rooms weren’t handled to a delicate manner and there were a few miscommunication with the logistic person and the front office of the hotel. It took me an hour to settle my room situation upon arrival.
Another teething problem was the actual contest. Yes, I did praise about the good quality speeches but behind the scenes, it was a total mess. There were no specific Organizing Chair for the contest. Nico from Medan was their standby emcee. Even the organizing chairperson asked me halfway during the contest if I could interview the contestants (But we all know that’s the task of the Contest Chair who happened to be Reuben and Pamela).
Among all these setbacks during the contest, I have to applaud Reuben Chin for lifting the energy of the audience when there was an unexpected delay before the prize presentation due to contestants’ protests on some matters. He was purely magical and charismatic in carrying the flow for at least 20 minutes to buy time for the Chief Judge to decide.
Like I said, just some teething problems that could have been avoided with proper communications. Something that we can’t take for granted.
Peter Voon from Bintulu and Gerald Goh
Yay, our area got awarded from Toastmasters International
Area K6, one of the strongest group in Division K, District 87
Now the Bad. Honestly, as a member of our toastmasters District 87, I was hoping for a better leadership from the District. The “Reaching Up, Reaching Out” but it didn’t reach the heights that was quite ambitious by our District Director. Perhaps the lowest point was when the District Director avoided a legit question by our Area K6 Director Allen Ang who raised concerns on the financial aspect of the District 87. A similar question was raised back in October 2015 in Bali but it was brushed off. This time, the District Director and the Finance Manager were put in the spotlight for a few minutes but their replies were fruitless and inconclusive. I felt embarrassed as a member that our leaders are not capable to answer a straight forward question and just be accountable for their actions. I hope the next term will turn things around with the newly elect Ivy Lau as the Division Director 2016-2017.
Another note, I wasn’t impressed with the Gala Dinner. We started quite early and we always know how draggy the Gala Dinner will be because of the award session. This is the time where toastmaster members and clubs will be recognized for their achievements and milestones. This is the time where delegates will sacrifice their personal time and fly to Jakarta at their own expense to receive their award.
However, it didn’t go as planned. The entertainment took bulk of the session over dinner where the awards should have given much importance. In the end, the award ceremony only started after 10pm which is pretty late and the overall experience seemed so rushed. It was probably the fastest award ceremony I’ve experienced as a delegate and it felt it was given less importance. Something for the organizers to look back and analyze on this event. The entertainment was already great on the Welcoming Dinner but to have on both nights, you will need to strike a balance on the Gala Dinner.
Brunei Speakers’ Club were awarded with two accolades
One of the energetic speakers at the Jakarta Conference. Cheeky too.
Our District leaders for Brunei, Indonesia, KK, Kuching and Labuan
During the District Council Meeting last Friday
Allen Ang raised a few valid points that still remains unanswered from District
The panels of District 87 leaders
The flag bearers for the opening ceremony
Some night activities during Welcome Dinner
There are many others that I want to highlight but I shall leave that offline. Overall, I had a splendid time because of the people around that I connected and reconnected with. Thank you, once again, to the organizers but don’t take my feedback personally but as a learning lesson.
Having said all these, it might backfire since I am the next organizing chair. I’m not raising any expectations for my conference either but at least, we as a team want to make everything run as smooth and make the delegates especially the international ones feel like home. That time will come and we will be ready to host all of you.
With the beautiful Pranika
Dinesh one of the most experienced public speaker. He will fly to Washington to compete in the World Conference this August. Good luck 😀
One of the table topics speaker
I was pitching for the delegates to come over to Brunie
Team KK are well ahead as they have secured 100 paying registrants for their convention next year
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Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, the authorised distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Brunei has introduced the E 300 EDITION E Masterpiece last weekend at Jati Transport Gadong showroom.
The E 300 EDITION E Masterpiece is powered by a 6-cylinder 3,498cc petrol engine that develops 252hp and 340Nm of Torque.
The special edition features a Special EDITION E badges on both sides of the vehicle. The front is fitted with the Full LED Intelligent Light System. For the best possible visibility on country roads and motorways, when cornering and on bends, the low beam mode of the LED Intelligent Light System automatically adapts to the weather, lighting and driving conditions. The LED Intelligent Light System thus makes a key contribution to safe driving. LED technology impresses with its very low energy consumption, long operating life and pleasant white light that comes close to the spectrum of natural daylight.
The interior of the vehicle has been refined with the high-grade leather upholstery. The harmonious interior is characterised by the centre console without selector lever, as well as a multifunction steering wheel with DIRECT SELECT lever and shift paddles.
Furthermore, the COMAND Online and Rear Entertainment system come as standard in this special edition. Navigation, telephone, audio, video, internet – with the COMAND Online control and display system the driver is able to keep these and many other functions in view and under control.
Information is shown in high resolution and in colour on a 17.8-cm (7-inch) media display. The Rear Seat Entertainment System with DVD player provides passengers in the rear with their very own programme of entertainment. Two 20.3 cm displays and Kleer wireless headphones ensure brilliant picture and sound quality.
The Edition E is also packed with safety features like the COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, which helps to significantly reduce the risk of a rear-end collision, ATTENTION ASSIST, which is now able to warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness across a wider speed range, and also inform the driver about his level of fatigue and the amount of driving time which has elapsed since the last break.
In addition, the vehicle also offers are a number of assistance systems such as the Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Active Parking Assist, etc. Lane
Lane Keeping Assist employs a camera to recognise when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane, duly warning the driver by means of pulsed vibrations through the steering wheel.
Blind Spot Assist employs radar sensors to detect vehicles in the blind spot and duly provides the driver with visual and audible warnings.
The Active Parking Assist system makes it easier when searching for a parking space and when entering parallel and end-on parking spaces and leaving parallel spaces. The system automatically steers the vehicle into parking spaces, relieving the driver of the work of steering and braking.
Yesterday, Jati Transport held a viewing session plus test drive for potential customers at their Gadong showroom.
Summer movie predictions of 2016 with co-host Del Goh
The Cheesy Whopper & Tendergrill at BurgerKing *Slurrrpppp*
Two Mercedes C-Class Coupe being launched at Jati Transport Showroom last night, exclusive for Standard Chartered Bank’s Priority Banking clients
Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport Sdb Bhd, Rino Donosepoetro CEO of Standard Chartered Bank and Yang Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Jaafar ibni Al-marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd during the exclusive launch of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe
Standard Chartered Bank treated their Priority Banking clients to an exclusive unveiling of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe at Jati Transport Sdn Bhd’s showroom in Gadong last evening.
The evening was attended by Yang Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Jaafar ibni Al-marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Berhad.
Rino Donosepoetro CEO of Standard Chartered Bank said “We are delighted to collaborate with Jati Transport on the exclusive launch of the new Mercedes C-Class coupe this evening, giving our valued clients a first look at the sporty new model from Mercedes. We believe that by spending valuable time with our clients we will get to understand them and their financial needs better.”
” We are pleased to host this event with Standard Chartered Bank. Events like this allow two international brands to leverage on their global branding power to bring elegant lifestyle befitting these segments,” said Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport.
Rino Donosepoetro giving his welcoming remarks
The new Mercedes C-Class Coupe
Checking out the interior of Mercedes C-Class Coupe
The Mercedes C-Class Coupe in black…. Grrrrr …
The back view of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe
The VIPs and invited the guests of the Standard Charted Priority Banking
The awesome cars – Mini Cooper, BMW or the Porsche – for the hole-in-one winners. Will anyone take home a car or two?
The first tee off of the Baiduri Masters this morning took place at 6.45am. The opening session saw 92 golfers take part for a chance to don the coveted Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy.
By the end of the afternoon session today, Idris Osman was in the lead with an even par of 71 followed closely by a trio of golfers comprising Ali Hj Rashid, defending champion Seruji Hj Setia and Zulhilmi Rosli with a gross score of 72. In fifth and sixth places, with a gross of 73, was Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki and Hj Norismadi Hj Tamid.
Coming in seventh place today was Baiduri Masters veteran, Hj Shaiful Rizal Pehin Dato Hj Ahmad with a gross score of 75. Close behind him was another trio made up of Mohammad Rijal Hj Kassim, Fa’ez Ahmad and Han Kiang Siew with a tied gross of 76.
Rounding off the top twelve were Hj Md Yussop Hj Abd Latip and Khalil Ariffin with a gross score of 79.
Zulhilmi Rosli finished with a 72 in the first day of the Baiduri Masters 2016
Some of the participants of the Baiduri Masters 2016
This was a reward for being an early bird registrant. Hj Osman Salleh won a whole new golf wardrobe from Under Armour Brunei
The challenge today is: Will Seruji finally walk away with the Challenge Trophy that has eluded him on multiple occasions and make him the first ever in Baiduri Masters history to do so? Or will the return of Khairul Kamis after a two-year hiatus break his win streak? Will 2016 see yet another hole-in-one?
The hole-in-one prizes for the Baiduri Masters 2016, with a combined value in excess of a quarter of a million dollars, comprise a Porsche Cayenne, a BMW 218 Active Tourer, a Mini Cooper and two BND20,000 cash prizes.
The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions this year – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Juniors. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett. Players who are interested in participating and doing their part for charity can register at the RBA Golf Club.
The Baiduri Masters is an annual charity golf tournament organised by the Baiduri Bank Group which is scheduled to take place during the final two weekends of May 2016. The 21st edition of the Baiduri Masters will take place at the RBA Golf Club and is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
The Baiduri Masters is also supported by the QAF Group of Companies as well as Brunei Press as the exclusive print media partner.
The event will be from 20-22th May 2016 and the next weekend 27-29 May 2016. You can register as many times as you want and who knows your chances will increase in winning a car or cash prize. Call 244 9666 for info or you can click here to their website for registration and details of the Baiduri Masters 2016. Images courtesy of Baiduri Bank.
The Peugeot 308 GT Line will be launched pretty soon
The Peugeot 308 GT Line will be launched pretty soon
TCY Motors, sole distributor of Peugeot in Brunei is introducing to the local press the 308 GT Line. This 308 is the first Peugeot GT Line variant to be introduced in Brunei.
PEUGEOT 308 GT Line offers exclusive and dynamic versions aimed at motoring enthusiasts. To engage such customers, the strong personality of this version is achieved through assertive styling, remarkable performance and an enhanced driving experience.
On the inside, the 308 GT Line offers all the features you’d expect of a premium hatchback model. Specification includes front and rear parking aid, DAB digital radio, USB interface and reversing camera, all controlled from a 9.7″ multifunction colour touchscreen with the redline colour scheme on the touch screen continuing the sporting touch.
The interior of the GT Line reflects the premium trim – the luxurious trim sports seats with red stitching are comfortable and supportive, with driver and front passenger lumbar adjustment that includes a massage function. The interior also features a GT-style leather steering wheel with matching red stitching, GT style mats and inside door sills and pedals are finished in aluminium for a contemporary look.
The GT Line features full LED headlights, positioned alongside distinctive direction indicators and fog lights. With a comprehensive range of airbags, cruise control with speed limiter, the 308 GT Line has received a full five-star Euro NCAP rating for its excellent safety features.
On PEUGEOT 308 GT Line can be identified by:
– Sporty wheels
– Sporty stylish twin tailpipe
– RedLine colour scheme for the touch screen
– Full-LED headlamps
– LED direction indicators
– Their sporty and top of the range ambience through the association of black and red trim
– GT Line badges applied to the body
You can drop by in Peugeot Kiarong Showroom or call 2426868 for further details. Follow us on Instagram at @PeugeotBrunei and like our Facebook fan page @ facebook.com/peugeotbrunei.
Juffrydin with his family enjoying dinner at Wayback Burgers last night
It was pretty busy behind the counter in preparation for the huge crowd in the coming weeks or so
Wayback Burgers, an international franchise is now in Brunei with their grand opening scheduled to take place on 21st May 2016. Days prior to the official opening, members of the media and social media influencers such as @bruneifoodies were treated to a Wayback’s Snack-Review-Sneak-Preview session at their Setia Kenangan II outlet.
They were introduced to a brief introduction of Wayback Burgers by U.S. Wayback Burgers representative Mark Biccum, Director Of Training, Jake Wayback Burgers LLC and Brunei Wayback Burgers representative, John Burgos, Managing Director, JonRidge(B) Sdn Bhd, followed by a treat to some of Wayback’s signature products prepared for the occasion.
Wayback Burgers is a U.S. franchise serving burgers to Americans for more than twenty years, operating in 26 states with more than 100 locations nationally and internationally in Argentina. Wayback Burgers, through its executed master franchise agreements, plans to open in 33 countries which include the Middle East, Northern Africa, Argentina, Pakistan, Canada, India and Brunei.
The good news is that Brunei is the first in ASEAN to have the franchise in the region. Awesome, huh? Furthermore, the Brunei franchise is hoping to expand its market outside Brunei. The second outlet has already been announced at Giant Rimba while the third one will be known to the public soon. I also liked the idea that Wayback Burgers Brunei has a training centre where staff and the newer ones can undergo training. The training centre is still undergoing renovation but I like the idea of the partners where they are already thinking ahead.
I met the man behind JonRidge (B) Sdn Bhd, the chairman of the company. A very humble local guy who wants to help to give back to the economy by creating employment and also bring more revenue to the economy by expanding locally and internationally. He also owns other companies and this is the first time experience in handling F&B franchise. I truly admire his vision as an entrepreneur and thank you, Juffrydin, for your hospitality last night.
I also would like to thank Jon Burgos for sponsoring some vouchers for the winners of my Snapchat competition last night. I was amazed by the responses I had on Snapchat through the quiz I had. It looks like Snapchat could be the next in-thing for future quizzes apart from the already routined Instagram. Congratulations to @aimananas and @ayeshah on Snapchat for guessing the right answer – 9 layers of patties on the Triple Triple 😀
Prior to Wayback Burger’s official opening this coming Saturday, the restaurant has already received birthday dinner reservations. The business is already in operation so you can head now to their first outlet.
For more information on Wayback Burgers, interested parties can follow them on their instagram; @WaybackburgersBrunei and their hashtag #waybackburgersBrunei
The star of the night – BURGERSSSSS….
The buns have a distinctive colour and texture as compared to others and the patties are something to look forward to
For hot dog lovers, what are you waiting for. Do you also realise the newspaper type they use in their food presentation. Not to worry, it’s not the usual newspaper texture you feel everyday. It feels like a plastic wrapper but more unique.
Mark Biccum, Director Of Training, U.S. Wayback Burgers representative, is in town for intensive training for the local associates. He also shared the different types of burgers that were being displayed for the media.
I had more than 20 entries on Snapchat and one of the first winner was @aimananas who happened to be around the area when he answered the quiz.
Definitely the highlight of the night – The Triple Triple – 9 patties with 9 slices of American Cheese, Lettuce and Tomato. Don’t worry, Sandy. You’re also the highlight :p Btw, no one has accepted the challenge yet to finish off a triple triple solo.
Photo opportunity with props for the public at the Belait Fair 2016
The Belait Fair 2016 has been ongoing for the few weeks and it continues until the 5th June (before fasting month kicks off). It is in collaboration with the grassroots community, with 68 groups of vendors taking part, two of them from the Village Consultative Councils (MPKs) of Kg Mumong and Kg Lorong 3 in aim to promote local products especially this under the One Village, One Product (OVOP) initiative.
Besides food products, the vendors are also selling goods ranging from electrical appliances to fashion products. Another section of booths is dedicated to exhibiting cats, reptiles and rare birds.
So far they had a bicycle expedition during the opening two weeks ago and also the Tamiya racing, a four-wheel drive car show, cooking contest, speedboat race and car show organised by NBT (Brunei) Sdn Bhd scheduled during the Belait Fair 2016.
Some 152 vendor spots have been allocated at three areas connected centrally at the roundabout where Jalan Panglima, Jalan Tengah and Jalan Sungai meet in Kuala Belait.
The event was also in collaboration with RYS Entertainment and Mizswan Company. You can check more updates on IG with the hashtag #belaitfair2016 Images are courtesy of RYS Entertainment unless stated.
Third time was the charm for Wina, a two-year-old domestic short hair (DSH), that won the Best of the Best title during a cat show at Belait Fair recently. Image courtesy of Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times.
Hello Seng Yee 😀
Billy Lim Soon Sin, President of Malaysian Hair Association, (5th from left) with Cecilia Lee, IA Salon Artistic Directress (4th from left) with IA Salon stylists
Billy guiding the stylist on Vivi’s hair
Billy Lim Soon Sin was in town for a few days to conduct a special training/workshop for IA Salon. He is quite popular in the hair industry, being known as the Malaysia’s Top Hair Director and also a consultant in terms of advising businesses for the hair salons in the region. He has been in the hair styling industry for three decades and Cecilia Lee, IA Salon Artistic Directress, was so overwhelmed in having his presence in the Sultanate because it’s never easy to catch him for appointments due to his busy schedules.
For Billy, his passion is also to help others in the hair industry to grow collectively. He strongly believe that everyone have to work hard not to only improve oneself but moreover, to emphasize professionalism on and off work. Billy shared that he is still in the learning stage.
During his short visit, the trained 11 hair stylists of IA Salon and they are all now MHA certified under Billy’s guidance. MHA stands for Malaysia Hair Association. He provided consultation and techniques on haircut hair colouring, scalp and hair treatment.
He was recently on the national radio to promote the awareness and the responses have been positive. Meeting him in person was an honour and you are such a down to earth person, Billy. All the best in your vision and I hope many salons will benefit with your vision. Keep it up!!!
One of the transformation done on the young model
Did you know that you can use foil just to get this effect? Cool
Ikhwan likes the outcome of his hair after the service
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The new generation 7-seater Audi Q7 available now in 2.0 and 3.0 TFSI at Audi showroom (Kiarong) #TheGreatQ
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As part of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri activities, Maju Motors, the exclusive dear for Volkswagen brand in Brunei Darussalam, launched the first activity which was the Volkswagen Food Trail hosted by Maju Motors and @bruneifoodies. There were 10 lucky participants who had the privilege to spend at least 9-10 hours during the Food Trail program which includes places such as Kampung Ayer and The Empire Hotel with meal pitstops at Rack & Brew, SBB (ambuyat) and Pondok Sari Wangi (Jerudong). The group also stopped by IWC Food Fair at the Royal Brunei Recreational Club.
Later in June, Maju Motors will unveil a new compact MPV and a timely launch before Hari Raya. Also in the middle of Ramadan, a pop-up Sungkai dinner will be held at the Maju Motors showroom, co-hosted with Collective Arts.
Don’t forget that customers who buy Volkswagen car between now and 30th June, you will be eligible for a lucky draw that will be held on 2nd July with number of attractive prizes.
Anyway, below are pictures from yesterday’s event by @bruneifoodies and @volkswagenbrunei with the 10 participants during the #BFVWFoodieTrail. Images courtesy of the team from @Bruneifoodies @volkswagen and @streetcandid_brunei
Brunch at Rack & Brew
Nice photos from @thanislim
Denise Chai with @bruneifoodies
A trip on Kampung Ayer
It’s ambuyat time
Thanis and Karen
At the IWC Food Fair at RBRC
Final pitstop at Pondok Sari Wangi at Jerudong
Plus+ Magazine with the event partners and sponsors during the press conference last Friday
Plus+ Magazine is hosting the 2nd Annual Charity Run in conjunction with World Heart Day on August 7th, 2016. An advocate for health & fitness, Plus+ Magazine aims to bring awareness to the subtle signs and symptoms of cardiac diseases and cancer. By hosting the event, they hope to increase the funding needed for local non-profit organizations such as H.E.A.R.T. Brunei, who is committed to helping both the community and individuals suffering from heart problems.
With a race motto of “Help a Heart Beat the Odds” the event is designed to bring together individuals and companies into one team to increase heart health. Offering different ways to contribute – race participation, sponsorship opportunities, and partnerships – there are multiple avenues for you to become part of the team. The race is designed for all levels, with three different categories: 3km, 5km, and 10km. Lucky draws with prizes will be held immediately following the conclusion of the race, estimated at 9:30am. The first 2,000 race participants who pay the registration fee will be awarded limited edition merchandise, and all racers will receive gift packets.
Louis Loo, founder of Plus+ Magazine speaking to the media
Paul Chiew, chairman of H•E•A•R•T (Humanitarian Emergency Aid Response Team) Brunei, sharing his journey as he suffered stroke a few years ago and now he is a strong advocate to help others
Pg Nor Ikhsan Pg Jaya Indera Pg Hj Mokther Puteh, Public Relations of Jerudong Park Medical Centre, hopes this run will create more awareness and prevent us from having cardiac diseases
Dr. Mohamad Exam bin Emran, member of Brunei Cardiac Society, is a passionate advocate in helping and creating awareness on this matter as a person who suffered a cardiovascular disease can have a huge impact on the family and friends. Good news is that there is a drop in deaths from cardiovascular diseases from 407 to 364.
As one of the partners for the Plus+ Anniversary Charity Run, Magic Media has a history of contributing to charitable campaigns, and giving back to communities, families, and children. A collective of creative minds teaming together as a ‘one stop’ agency, Magic Media believes in spreading awareness so that people can actively participate in their health.
HPC partners with the Plus+ Anniversary Charity Run in order to promote healthy lifestyle choices to decrease cardiovascular disease. As one of the leading drivers for health promotion and initiatives in Brunei, HPC aims to empower the community to become fit by increasing awareness, knowledge, and understanding of health issues.
Additional sponsors and partners as well as race information are detailed on the Plus+ Anniversary Charity Run website at www.plusbrunei.com. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the charity race, and all monetary donations by companies and individuals will be given to H.E.A.R.T. Brunei.
Committing to a healthy lifestyle will help to decrease your chances of heart issues. The three most important factors in choosing to lead a fit life include increasing physical activity, eating nutritious foods, and eliminating tobacco use. To continue learning about health and fitness techniques, you can check out https://issuu.com/plusbrunei. Offering a range of tips from food and recipes to gadgets and traveling ideas, Plus+ Brunei is a health & wellness magazine that aims to help you achieve a fit lifestyle. With a digital presence, you can always access copies of the magazine on the website.
Pengiran Saniah binti Pengiran Haji Mohammed won a Vivo X5 Pro handed by Mr Lim Yee Liang, Marketing Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday
With the 21 winners being feted yesterday at Times Square Shopping Centre
Yesterday winners were feted for the sixth lucky draw campaign at Times Square Atrium. As a reminder, the shortlisted winners were to bring along their coupons and identification and representatives were allowed too.
A total of 21 prizes were given away. The first 10 prizes were presented by Miss Mally Hadini, the general secretary of Times Square whereas the next draw the of remaining winners were presented by Mr Lim Yee Liang, Marketing Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre. The final three lucky winners were Abby Ann Palma who won a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, followed by Ummu Athifah binti Adnani who won a Acer Aspire ES11 and the grand prize; a Vivo X5 Pro was won Pengiran Saniah binti Pengiran Haji Mohammed.
so when is the next draw? The next prize presentation will be held on 14th August 2016 and 13th November 2016. You can still stand a chance to win prizes for the upcoming presentation by simply spending at any of the shops in Times Square, Times Hotel and the Cineplex, then submitting their receipts at the lucky draw counter which is situated at the ground floor.
Moreover, Times Square will be holding upcoming events in the near future, which include Brunei Muara on 26th to 29th May 2016. There is also a Ramadhan Fair coming up on 20th to 5th of June 2016. Customers may find out about all upcoming events by simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram. For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006.
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Due to overwhelming support and donations received by organising committee of “Food and Goods Drive” for the Old Folks House Seria last week, Fun Bee Park have arranged some of the food items and goods to share to young orphans residing at Kg Rimba.
The orphans, aged between three to ten years old, were delighted to receive the gift hampers packed with stationeries and goodies to prepare them for school.
This donation was part of a charity campaign with organising committee Fun Bee Park and its customers as well as the generous members of the public.
In a speech by the Creative Directress and Manager of Fun Bee Park, Cecilia Lee, said that the event is held to show the love and care for the young orphans, and reminder that they are not forgotten and will never be. “With this gift hampers, we hope to bring cheers to the orphans and as well as sharing goods for their further use,” said Lee.
The donations were contributed by parents and guardians of the children going to Fun Bee Park as well as the local community who heard and read the post about this drive.
A total of 25 orphans received the generous contribution, which was handed over by registered volunteers and Cecilia Lee.
Aside from the gift giving, Fun Bee Park’s artist hosted creative painting activity using non-toxic acrylic paints with the young orphans. To bring out big smiles from the young orphans, volunteers and Fun Bee Park staffs played team building games and bubble play.
Lee also organised lunch set while one of the volunteers Deirdre Chin pre-baked Brownie Fudge and Cheese cake along with his brother and friend to share to the orphans as well as their guardians.
“We are delighted with the response from our customers and members of the public and really appreciate their generosity and time in helping us to fill up gift bags. We also want to thank Sekolah Rendah Rimba 1 school administration for allowing us to use their school premises for this event. Together, our helping hands have put big smile on the faces of young orphans and their respective guardians,” said Anna May Bunyi of Fun Bee Park.
The event ended with group photo to commemorate a fun day with orphans and their guardians, volunteers, and organizing committee.
Bob Gill, Chief Sales Officer of Progresif in his opening remarks
Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif, Yang Mulia Edzwan Zukri POKJP DSS Hj Adnan, Board of Director of Progresif, Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Bob Gill, Chief Sales Officer of Progresif and Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar, Head of Legal and Regulatory of Progresif cutting the ribbon during the launch of the Progresif flagship store at Brunei International Airport (arrival hall)
Progresif has made it simple for tourist or visitors to sign up for sim cards for their temporary stay. Now they can register themselves at the newly launched flagship store at the Brunei International Airport.
Now for those on the tourist package, you can access the Tourism Development Department’s (TDD) website – www.bruneitourism.travel – without incurring data charges. Isn’t that ultra cool? 😀 So do check out the Visitor Plan SIM Package which is only available at their outlet at Brunei International Airport.
This is a good strategy for both Progresif and Brunei Tourism as this will help to promote places of interest in Brunei and also help the growth of the local economy. Basically, this won’t also stop if you are a local too to get register for this particular sim card.
This is how Progresif is giving back to the community and not just visitors but also the youth and students can benefit from this convenience. I truly love the idea. Good job on Progresif on such initiative.
Progresif said subscribers can sign up for the Visitor Plan for $10 for one-week validity which comes with a bundle of 10 minutes worth of IDD (International Direct Dialling) calls, 10 international SMS, 50 minutes of local calls, 50 local SMS and 1 gigabyte of local data.
Present during the launch were Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Mulia Edzwan Zukri POKJP DSS Hj Adnan, Board of Director of Progresif, Bob Gill, Chief Sales Officer of Progresif, Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif and Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar, Head of Legal and Regulatory of Progresif.
Bob Gill holding a Visitor Plan SIM package
Mona Din, Managing Director of WOJ Wealth Sdn Bhd,the co-organiser of the KLIHF (left) during the press conference for the upcoming event in early June. Image courtesy of Adib Noor of The Brunei Times.
The Kuala Lumpur International Hijab Fair (KLIHF) is set make a return to Brunei at the International Convention Centre (ICC) from June 2nd to June 5th. After the success of last year’s event, it’s no doubt that they will be back and yes, they are. The organisers just finished their KLIHF 2016 PWTC last weekend in Kuala Lumpur and it was a huge success.
At a press conference at the ICC recently, Mona Din, Managing Director of WOJ Wealth Sdn Bhd,the co-organiser of the KLIHF said that the event was timed to help prepare for the upcoming Hari Raya.
Featuring 200 booths with vendors from Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, KLIHF will feature showcase the latest collections and trends, and is has a full roster of activities from business forums and hijab styling tutorials and meet and greet sessions with Malaysian artists and designers.
Following feedback from last year’s event, Mona Din also stated that entry to KLIHF would be free. The organisers have collaborated with Stars Media (event coordinator) and D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd (event contractor) for the four day event.
For more details on KLIHF, check out their Facebook page under Kuala Lumpur International Hijab Fair or you can contact the organisers at email@example.com
Taken last year at ICC
Taken last year at ICC
Taken last year at ICC
Taken last year at ICC
I’m in love with Beoplay A1
I’m always impressed with B&O products. The sound, the quality and the overall experience are something that are irreplaceable. Did you know that Brunei has a physical Bang & Olufsen store and it’s located at Kiarong.
Last evening, B&O Brunei officially launched the latest speakers, the Beoplay A1 and it’s the smallest speakers to date from the B&O Play. Designed for life on the go by award-winning designer Cecilie Manz, it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and packs a punch well beyond its size. Yes, from the demo last night, the A1 packs a punch indeed.
I congratulate Howard Leong, General Manager of Sejalin Enterprise, and his team on the introduction of the Beoplay A1 and also the B35 speakers. I truly love the B&O showroom and it’s something I want my work station to be like one day. Enough about that. Let’s focus more on the Beoplay A1 speakers.
I love them, A1 😀 It can act as a speakerphone for taking calls out loud and up to 24 hours of battery life (awesome) and you can show off to others who used other brands in terms of battery life performance.
Check out the Beoplay A1 ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker
So Ewa, are you getting one?
Passing around the Beoplay A1 for the invited guests to feel the quality of the A1 speakers
I wonder if Stuart will purchase one after the 30th of May :p
The Beoplay A1 is dome shaped and is akin to an oversized hockey puck with its 132mm diameter. The top of the A1 is covered in a perforated, thick layer of aluminium which certainly contributes to its premium and elegant look. Meeting the aluminium roughly half way down the body is a base made of rubber material that houses all the control buttons. The soft-push controls provide some tactile feedback.
The circle button, for now, is used to reconnect to your last playback device and start playing music. As a contrast to the hard industrial design, B&O throws in a full-grain leather strap.
The A1 can be used for business and pleasure – you can take calls and it also has a microphone to provide uniform 360 speech sensitivity. Now that’s amazing. It might be ideal for my podcasting.
In conclusion, you will definitely be seduced by the sound and its sleek design. I’ve always trust in B&O products and I would highly recommend the Beoplay A1 speakers whether be it indoor and outdoor. For a price of BND 399, this is a great buy. Pre-orders can be made at B&O showroom (follow them on Facebook Page) and the stock will be available in two weeks’ time. I’m still thinking if I should invest in one. My conscience is siding more owning one. We shall wait and see.
Mr. Howard Leong (centre), General Manager of Sejalin Enterprise, with his team.
The Beoplay A1 is suitable both indoor and outdoor
The invited guests who came but Shawn forgot to read the memo
Also introducing the B35 speakers from B&O
The price is retailed at BND 4,000
B&O is located near Kiarong Complex. Do check them out
I’m holding the 10 shortlisted winners for the Kia Lucky Drive to France this morning. The draw was carried out by financial agencies which took place at Grand Motors of Kia showroom. Good luck 😀
Maximising Kia’s efforts to enhance its brand image by leveraging on global sports sponsorship, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in Brunei Darussalam supports its partnership with the UEFA Euro 2016 – the largest football event in Europe. In line with this, they are conducting the Kia Lucky Drive to France program which aims to boost the sports marketing initiatives of Kia and enrich the customer’s driving experience.
Almost 250 customers from BSB and KB participated and only 10 of them will be shortlisted. Thos who purchased Kia vehicles from 1st of March to end of April 2016 were eligible for the promotion. The grand prize is once in a lifetime trip for 2 to Paris, France to watch the opening of UEFA Euro 2016 and also a cultural experience tour of the host country.
Don’t worry as airfare, meals and hotel accommodations are included for the grand winner. There are also consolation prizes for the remaining 9 shortlisted winners. The final draw will take place on 20th May 2016 which also features the launch of the new facelift Kia Cerato. Do follow their Facebook Page and instagram @kiabrunei for updates.
The month promotion that ended last April.
Jackson Ting, Managing Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and Dato Paduka Hj Danial Hj Hanafiah, Executive Director of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd with the partners of the 18th Consumer Fair
The 18th Consumer Fair will be dishing up sweet and savoury delicacies as well as all kinds of local and international specialties this time around.
Scheduled to take place from May 25 until 29 at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, apart from the Food Fest, the event will feature the ‘Biggest Deal in Town’ for visitors to enjoy great discounts.
This was announced during a signing ceremony between the organiser, D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, with its official event and activity partners, at its premises last Wednesday.
Yay!! It’s me signing for being part of the event as the social media partner and thanks Kristy of Piccolo Cafe for being my witness. Furthermore, Piccolo café will have an activity on “Make Your Own Cup of Latte”
Sehat Water being one of the partners for 18th Consumer Fair
The representatives of Kotak Senyum Photobooth
Present to put pen to paper was Managing Director Jackson Ting, accompanied and witnessed by Executive Director Dato Paduka Hj Danial Hj Hanafiah along with representatives from fellow collaborators.
In addition, official event apparels were handed to the latter group.
The five–day expo will include baking classes led by award–winning Taiwanese franchise Bake Culture, at the price of $55. Early bird registrants can enjoy 18 per cent discount before May 14.
Other activities include latte art skills showcase by Piccolo Café head barista; ice–cream decoration challenge by Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd; Hers Kitchen’s cooking competition; Treasure Hunt Maze by Wonder Theme Sdn Bhd; and Fear House by Bouncer Ku.
Furthermore, the Thailand Embassy will demonstrate cultural arts; Go Hero will install a photo booth; Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital will conduct a blood donation drive; and KindyKare International will provide a daycare centre.
Another highlight to look forward to is the inaugural Grand Lucky Draw that prepares a list of great prizes.
Supported by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, the 18th Consumer Fair will run from 10am to 10pm daily, except on Friday where it breaks from 12pm to 2pm.
Based on a press statement, an additional $150 admin fee will be imposed on every nine sqm due to an increase in operation cost for cleaning fees, rubbish collection and many others.
For further enquiries, contact D’Sunlit’s Sales and Marketing Department at 2453666. Text by Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times.
Hers Kitchen will be part of the Consumer Fair too.
Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Employee Trust Fund (TAP) and related agencies such as Baiduri Bank, held its second National Savings Day 2016 roadshow at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Primary School last Wednesday.
The official ceremony was held earlier this month where the importance for the younger generation to start nurturing a savings culture from an early age was iterated. With this year’s theme “Financially Literate Generation”, it is hoped that the increased awareness of financial independence could lead to individuals and households alike to be more financially aware and financially vigilant in the future. This is in line with the Wawasan Brunei 2035 objective towards achieving a dynamic and sustainable economy, as well as highly-skilled population.
The roadshow in Brunei Muara was open to primary school students from the district. Students and teachers from ten different schools were invited to participate in interactive financial-related games and activities organized by AMBD,TAP, Baiduri Bank and Junior Achievement. The specially designed games introduced financial management themes and introduction to local currency geared towards primary school students.
As part of the day’s activities, Baiduri Bank also gave away limited numbers of DPMM FC mini balls and all access passes to enter the part 3 of the National Savings Day celebrations, the AMBD Financial Funfair. Several activities and games, specifically designed by Baiduri Bank for the National Savings Day, were lined up for the students. A word search puzzle (Fortune Finder), a board game based on life (My Savings Journey) as well as Express Banking, an interactive and fun game that involves quick arithmetic.
AMBD in collaboration with MOE and TAP will continue to hold roadshows at the Belait District and Tutong District on the Monday, 16th May and Wednesday, 18th May respectively.
In addition, other events planned in conjunction with the National Savings Day 2016 are the Financial Fun Fair, which will be held at Jerudong Park Colonnade on Sunday 22 May 2016 from 3pm to 9pm and will feature a host of family fun-filled programs and interactive activities; a Financial Planners’ Day organized by the Centre for Islamic Banking and Management (CIBFM), AMBD’s training arm, on Thursday, 26 May 2016; and followed by a Financial Planners’ Showcase on Saturday, 28 May 2016.
Tuan Ahmad Jefri sharing his insight on Internet Regulations. Pretty insightful
Students from Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) formerly known as MTSSR gained a valuable insight on the vital aspects of internet regulation held at Student Resource Centre, IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal Campus earlier this morning.
The students had the privilege to listen to a keynote address by Tuan Ahmad Jefri, Acting Assistant Managing Director of Brunei Investment Agency and Member of Board of Governors, IBTE, on “Internet Regulation”.
The talk was attended by 60 students who are currently studying Diploma in Information and Library Science and HNTec in Information Technology, under the School of Information and Communication Technology along with staff members from the School of ICT.
Tuan Ahmad Jefri presented a talk entitled “Internet Regulation: Fact of Fantasy?” that discussed on the impact of internet in our daily lives and shared his thoughts on the law bound to the online environment within the confinements of Brunei Darussalam.
Adding to the hype of the discussion, students took the opportunity to ask questions with regards to the internet laws in the local context. The Principal Central, Dr. Sheikh Lukman, presented a token of appreciation.