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22
Sep

Bojio?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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BIBD’s latest promotion


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ICON Design Store 
 


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PCSB FB competition 
 


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WWE in KL soon 
 


Will you be catching WWE in KL? Because I am :D Click image to enter website.
 

I’m excited that WWE will be coming to Asia and to Kuala Lumpur for the first time since their last visit in year 2002. They will be having two shows in October 10th and 11th and you can grab them tickets through my ticketpro.com.my and I’m not sure if the tickets are sold out as yet.

I’m currently catching their latest Pay-Per-View Nights of Champions #wwenoc on Astro and so far the event is pretty good and this is a great hype leading to the event in Malaysia soon. Too bad we won’t be able to see Roman Reigns in KL because of his recent hernia operation. However, there will still be a handful of WWE stars that will make it to Kuala Lumpur and of course, the biggest draw of all is John Cena (though I don’t like his guts as much *lol*).

WWE LIVE is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

So are you flying to KL to catch this once-in-a-life WWE experience? This should be a spectacle indeed.

 


Doing work this morning while catching WWE’s Night of Champions on Astro
 


A much satisfying affair between Brock Lesnar and John Cena but a question mark ending…
 

 

 

Beach Clean Up 
 


A washing machine, chest freezer, a Lazy Boy and a television set last weekend were among some of the waste that were collected during a beach cleaning campaign at Jerudong beach.

The event was organised by Brunei Shell Joint Ventures (BSJV) companies — Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei LNG, Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM), Brunei Shell Tankers (BST) — and Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC).
It was conducted concurrently along the coastline of the Belait district — Billionth Barrel Monument and Lumut beach —and was held to commemorate 85 years of Shell’s presence in the nation.

A total 600 people comprising BSJV, BGC as well as volunteers and youths from various associations and schools from the two districts participated in the event, which was also aimed to support the International Coastal Cleanup 2014 (ICC 2014).

Coordinated by Ocean Conservancy, the event, in its 29th year, is world’s largest single day volunteer effort to clean up the earth’s beaches, lakes and rivers.

The event visibly raised environmental awareness among the volunteers and young students.


 


 


 


 


 


 

BSP Graduate Trainee Muhd Hisham Hj Zaini, who participated in the cleaning campaign for the first time expressed his wishes for the beach to always be clean and advised people to stop throwing non bio-degradable products.

“Reduce the use of bottles when going to beach, as this is the most common litter we found,” he said, and suggested the use of water flasks from home.

A group of St Margaret’s students and teacher agreed, as they were collecting mostly bottles, plastics and ropes. Ramesh Balram, a teacher from the school said that there were apparent changes before and after the cleanup.

“When we arrived, there were a lot of litter along the beach,” he told The Brunei Times, where they were told to cover a total of 500 metres from Billionth Barrel Monument. “Now going back, it’s more cleaner.”

Jerudong Beach Campaign Leader Md Suffian Hj Zainal Abidin said organising such campaigns are eye-openers.

“It is hoped that the participants here will take this experience to see what kind of waste that are being left on our beautiful beaches and consider if they are a contributor to the pollution or a volunteer to help save the environment,” he said. Text courtesy of Zatty Joanda and Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of BSP.


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

In remembrance of Mei Fong 
 

In remembrance of Chin Mei Fong, who was tragically murdered two weeks ago, around 60 friends and family members gathered at Bukit Shahbandar for a nine-hill hike last Saturday.

Flowers and messages from well-wishers could be seen at the area where the heinous crime took place.

Seeking justice, Mei Fong’s sister Debbie said, “We are appealing to anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to come forward and help the police in their investigation.”

She conveyed her gratitude to witnesses who have already come forward and helped police fit together a photo fit of the two “persons of interest” they are currently looking for.

Debbie said copies of the photo fit would be put up at various public places such as hospitals and bus stops.

She also suggested that authorities place CCTVs at entrances of recreational parks to avoid similar incidents in the future.

A small police station and a logbook for registration could also be placed at the entrance of the park, she added.

 


Adrian Tan, husband of the late Chin Mei Fong, at one of the hills at Shahbandar. Image courtesy of James Kon of Borneo Bulletin.
 


Friends gathered to support the event in memory of the late Chin Mei Fong. Image courtesy of Eric Pui.
 


The fifth hill of Bukit Shahbandar. Image courtesy of Bobby.
 


Capturing the moment. Image courtesy of Bobby.
 


The special made t-shirt. Image courtesy of @shah_razali
 


She was a huge fan of Hello Kitty. Image courtesy of Bobby.
 


A message for the late Mei Fong. Image courtesy of @shah_razali
 


Rizan Latif paying his respect to Mei Fong. Image courtesy of @rizanlatif
 

Debbie described her sister as an avid hiker and a very fit person.

“Mei Fong would even skip lunch just to go to the gym.” she said, adding her sister had been planning on doing her Masters.

Mei Fong’s best friend and longtime colleague Liley Beritin remembered Mei Fong as a kind, lovely and loyal friend.

With a friendship spanning over 10 years, she expressed that “there is only one Mei Fong, no one can replace her. Losing her is like having a hole in my heart”.

She said Mei Fong had a deep passion for Hello Kitty and that her wish was to fly in a Hello Kitty airplane.

On Friday afternoon, the police gave a description of the two men who are believed to be foreigners and “persons of interest” to the case which may help to the investigation of the case.

They are aged between 30 and 40 and measure around 5’5 to 5’7 in height. Both men, who are of slim build, have short, black hair and very dark skin tone.

Those with information on the whereabouts of the duo can contact Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Pg Hj Abu Naba’a bin Pg Hj Yusof at 2322004, 2322005 or 2322006; hotline 993 or visit the nearest police station. Text courtesy of James Kon of Borneo Bulletin.

  
 

Good luck, Teah 
 


David Campbell, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, handed over the Chevening Scholarship Awardee certificate to Siti Nurfateha Abdullah

Late post: The British High Commission in Brunei Darussalam hosted a farewell reception for the departing Chevening Scholarship Awardee at  at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Jalan Kota Batu recently.

Siti Nurfateha Abdullah will soon be departing for the United Kingdom (UK) in pursuit of a Masters in Anthropology of Development and Rights at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Currently employed as a Research Officer at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Nurfateha made the decision to undertake her post-graduate studies at Goldsmiths based on its status of having one of the best Anthropology Departments in the UK.

“Goldsmiths’ Anthropology Department takes a critical view of developed countries’ approach to development. Therefore, discussions and classes will be stimulating as it does not view any one philosophy as absolute but it takes into consideration of the societal differences,” said Nurfateha.

“Goldsmiths advocates an ethnographic approach to learning about society and basic human rights like education, women’s and children’s issues, and healthcare. This approach is useful to keep in mind as I will be able to apply what I’ll be learning in Brunei without forgetting its policies, culture and philosophy,” she added.

“Having previously taken my Bachelor’s Degree at the National University of Singapore, going to the UK will be my first direct exposure to the British education system. I hope to come back to Brunei bursting with ideas for work at the PMO as well as project I am a part of,” she concluded.

“I congratulate Siti Nurfateha Abdullah on joining our long list of prestigious Bruneian Chevening scholars,” said David Campbell, British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, pointing out that the year 2014 is a milestone for the British Government’s Chevening Progamme as it reaches the 30-year mark.

“Thirty years of scholarships around the world have created an influential global network of more than 43,000 Chevening alumni in over 150 countries.”

Applicants for the 2015/2016 Chevening Scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/brunei

They can find more information on how to apply and register to receive alerts about their applications, as well as to see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline is November 15.

 

 


Group photo with the previous Chevening Scholars
 


In attendance during the presentation
 


Click image to find out more on how to apply. Deadline is November 15. Should I? :D
 

  
 

 

Blind Dining 
 


BND 5,000 was raised for the “Blind Dining” Experience at Fun Bee Park recently
 

Late Post: Fun Bee Park, with the cooperation of IA Salon and Sorriso Restaurant launched the very first “Blind dining” experience in the Brunei with the vision of reaching out to the community and create awareness for the daily struggles that the visually impaired go through every day.

Dining in the dark debuted in Brunei on at Fun Bee Park, a three hour fine dining experience where Fun Bee Park’s artistic directress Cecilia Lee had invited the public to have a wonderful experience of dining in total darkness.

The very first restaurant in dark originated in Zurich, Switzerland in 1999. The idea of dining in the dark originated in 1998 during the “Dialogue in the Dark” exhibition at the Zurich Museum of Design. The focus was to give the sighted people an insight into the experience of being blind. This idea emerged because of the great enthusiasm shown by visitors and the opportunity to create jobs for visually impaired people.

With the complete loss of vision — and the resulting heightening of the other four senses — an evening of Dining in the Dark is an extraordinary culinary adventure. The meal was a learning experience for the guests and servers. Before entering the dimly lit dining area, the guests were blindfolded and led through by their young caretakers for the evening, who guided them through the meal as well.

The evening was a perfect combination of fine food, inspiring music and extra ordinary stories that tie everything together.

The dinner in total darkness, had guests fumbling to do simple tasks such as pour water, locate utensils, and even the food on their plates.

The guests enjoyed delicious food specially designed by Sorriso Restaurant Owner / Head Chef and his team. Joining the Fun Bee staff for the evening were a few young volunteers.  Dishes were served with perfection to taste to encourage diners to test their motor and sensory skills.

 


The guests in attendance
 


Blindfolded

Let the dine in begin (in the dark)

Food prepared by Sorriso Restaurant
 

Present at the event were representatives from the Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind, and NorAli Yusop, an officer with the special education unit, Ministry of Education, and a well known advocate for the visually impaired.

Cecilia Lee generously donated $5000 to Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind. Certain proceeds of the tickets sale will be donated to the association. Dining in the dark not only aim to provide sighted people an insight of being blind but moreover to spread awareness of the causes of blindness and the essential prevention practices.

After the dinner, many guests came on the floor to share their personal insights of the experience, and all walked away with a great sense of respect and appreciation for their sight. And even more admiration for the people who live without it daily.
Due to the very warm response, Fun Bee Park IA Salon, and Sorriso Restaurant will repeat the experience in October. Tickets will be available on purchase at Fun Bee Park (A6/A7 Ground Floor, Sempurna Complex, Batu Bersurat), IA Salon (The Mall Gadong), and Sorriso Restaurant (Kiulap). For more inquiries, call Fun Bee Park at 2457729 / 7178232.

 

  
 

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21
Sep

Recovery mode

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Sultan’s Scholar 
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik with this year’s Sultan’s Scholar at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday awarded five students with the prestigious Sultan’s Scholar at Istana Nurul Iman.

During a presentation ceremony, the monarch handed out this year’s scholarships to Izyan Nayli Hj Abd ‘Aziz, Muhammad Nasruddin Hj Sulaiman, Nurul Syadirah Awang Sayang, Rozana Awang Mustafa and Ak Ahmad Faris Ramadhani Pg Hj Sella-huddin.

Also attending the event were His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

Four of the awardees will be furthering their studies in the United Kingdom (UK), while one will pur-sue his studies in Egypt.

Izyan Nayli, who recently completed her A Levels at Cardiff Sixth Form College in Wales, will be pursuing a course in Physical Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Muhammad Nasruddin, who recently completed his A Levels at Tutong Sixth Form Centre, will pursue his education in Chemistry at the University of Oxford.

Nurul Syadirah, who completed her A Levels at the Harrogate Ladies’ College under the Special Scholarship Scheme for Human Resource Development Fund, will now be undertaking a course in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics (MORSE) at the University of Warwick.

Meanwhile, Rozana who recently completed her studies at Sayyidina Ali Secondary School, will continue her studies in Phy-sics at Imperial College London.

Ak Ahmad Faris Ramadhani will take a course in Takhassus Al-Quran Wal Qiraat at the Mahad Qirat, Al Azhar, Shoubra in Egypt after completing his studies at Institut Tahfiz Al-Quran Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah.

More stories and pictures, you can click here. Text and images courtesy of The Brunei Times.

 


His Majesty the Sultan speaking to one of the Sultan’s Scholar recipient. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


His Majesty the Sultan speaking to one of the Sultan’s Scholar recipient. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

Western Digital 
 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer (center) with the associates of Concepts Computer during the presentation of the Western Digital storage
 

Western Digital is well-known in the IT industry as a long time innovator and storage industry leader, and as a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives. Which is why Concepts Computer is further expanding it’s Western Digital product range available for consumers which will help them in managing their data and documents by introducing storage solutions that includes Hardware with Cloud Capabilities, like the Western Digital My Cloud and the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror storage solutions.

First on offer is the Western Digital My Cloud, available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB storage sizes. The Western Digital My Cloud is the ideal companion for anyone with lots of videos, photos, music and files that they want to protect and have constant access to from everywhere in the world. It offers you the ability to keep all your important data in one safe place at home, without any additional cost. It also offers the ability for you to expand the storage of your smart devices by giving you the ability to upload data to your own personal cloud from anywhere and free up essential space on your smart devices.

The Western Digital My Cloud will also offer flexible back-up options through Western Digital’s own softwares which comes free with all purchases of Western Digital My Cloud storage solutions. And set-up of your My Cloud storage solutions will be easy as one, two, three especially with Western Digital’s rich web-based user interface and seamless web-guided set-up experience. The Western Digital My Cloud will be available from Concepts Computer for $238 for the 2TB capacity, $318 for 2TB capacity and $378 for 3TB capacity. Did you know these product are faster than Seagate and Lacie brands? (unless you are using FireWire or Thunderbolt).

Next on offer is the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror, available in 4TB and 6TB storage sizes. The Western Digital My Passport Ultra will be one of the ultimate solutions to storage at home and on your personal cloud. With the ability to duplicate files through RAID 1 for additional storage protection, the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror combines all the best features of what personal storage solutions should be with the anywhere access of cloud storage.

With the inclusion of RAID 1 or Mirror Mode, the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror will let you have the freedom of having duplicate files under your control, making personal Data Loss as close to impossible as possible, that is, when one hard-disk fail, you need not worry, as your data is protected by having another copy on the Mirror drive. The Western Digital My Cloud Mirror will be available from Concepts Computers for $498 for the 4TB capacity, and $698 for the 6TB capacity.

 


The Western Digital My Cloud – available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB storage sizes
 


Highly recommended for photographers :D

Also not to forget, back on offer is the Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal edition, available in 1TB and 2TB storage sizes. With it’s ultra-sleek design and metal exterior, the Western Digital My Passport Ultra will use durable metal enclosures to protect the hard disk drive inside and will be build to the demanding requirements of durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. With the inclusion of the Western Digital SmartWare Pro automatic backup software, the Western Digital My Passport Ultra will also let you chose when and where you back up your files. It will be available from Concepts Computers for $138 for the 1TB capacity, and $218 for the 2TB capacity.

The non-Metal edition of the Western Digital Ultra will still be available at Concepts Computer at much more affordable pricing; $98 for 500GB, $128 for 1TB and $198 for 2TB storage sizes.

 


Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal edition
 


Western Digital My Passport Ultra Metal edition
 


Easy to use. Taken from westerndigital.com

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer said, “This launch is the continuation of Concepts Computer great expansion into storage solutions with Western Digital. Concepts have noticed that Western Digital storage solutions have been well-received by our customers so we will continue to work hard to provide a larger range of better and more affordable digital storage solutions for the IT consumers of Brunei Darussalam.”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, ”We know how valuable digital data is to the modern world and this is our first step in providing exciting solutions for the local IT-market. And with the release of the latest in storage solutions from Western Digital and Concepts Computer, customers do not have to choose between reliability, high performance and affordability, it is all available right here.” Zul continued, ”And in terms of realiability, consumers will be glad to note that all Western Digital storage solutions will be provided with 3 years limited warranty.”

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 2233551/2233552/2233553.

 

  
 

 

ISB Alumni 
 


It’s happening in one’s month time.
 


ISB back in 1988-1989 Year 1 Sports Day. Click image to see more of classic pictures of ISB.
 


ISB back in 1990/1991 for Year 3 class. Click image to see more of classic pictures of ISB.
 

  
 

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19
Sep

DPMM FC 1 Home United 2

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

 

DPMM FC took a bump at home 
 


DPMM FC in action against Home United at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Image courtesy of Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times.

It didn’t go as planned. DPMM FC couldn’t convert their impressive training performance to a competitive match against Home United last Wednesday and they paid dearly for their miss chances. Home United scored two late goals to sink DPMM FC to their first defeat in the 3rd round of the S•League competition.

However, it was Rodrigo Tosi who drew first blood as he tapped in from close range, off an Azwan Salleh cross down the left in the 76th minute. The lead didn’t last long as the visitors scored three minutes later through a corner kick. The winner came in the 88th minute and it was a little too late for DPMM FC to salvage at least a point.

DPMM FC were better in the second half despite the defeat but it was the two identical goals they conceded cheaply that made the difference. DPMM FC could have scored more goals but hats off to the defence of Home United for holding DPMM FC at bay. Even the keeper of Home United had one or two crucial saves and that made a difference.

DPMM FC still lead the league but their gap can be trimmed down to two points if Warriors FC win their next game (1st October). DPMM FC have two more home games to redeem themselves and it could be the most crucial games to date before their final two matches which will be played in Singapore. It was a bit disappointed to see a low turnout at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

 

  

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18
Sep

70 days

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


Click image to enter Peugeot Brunei’s website
 

 

Citroën Brunei 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

   
 

BIBD’s latest promotion


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

PCSB FB competition 
 


Click image to enter Progresif Cellular Page and like the Page
 

 

  
 

KL Converge! 
 

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia with the support of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) invited Brunei Darussalam to attend KL Converge! to showcase our nation’s creative industry on a platform which provides maximum exposure to global content buyers and digital lifestyle businesses. The opening ceremony today was graced by the presence of the Guest of Honour, Deputy Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat, Tan Sri Dato Hj Muhyiddin bin Hj Mohd Yassin and was followed by a Ministerial tour of the exhibition.

After the opening ceremony and Ministerial tour of the exhibition, Yang Mulia Awg Haji Riza bin Haji Yunos, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications and officials from the Ministry of Communications was introduced to the showcase participants in the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion by Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI.

The Brunei Darussalam Pavilion organised by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) plays host to showcases by Origin Films Sdn Bhd, Regal Blue Productions, Itsybytes Company, Ambuyart Animations and MegaBond Productions together with trade visitors from the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB), Kristal Media Sdn Bhd, Progressif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Shazana’s Production House. This furthers AITI’s mandate of growing the local creative industry through exposure at global platforms.


Yang Mulia Awg Haji Riza bin Haji Yunos, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications and officials from the Ministry of Communications (center) with Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI
 


The Brunei representatives at the Brunei Pavilion at KL Converge!
 

The Ministerial program for KL Converge! also saw the Ministers and Ministerial representatives attending a GSMA Asia Policy Forum this morning themed “A more connected and vibrant mobile ecosystem in Asia”. The Forum recognised that mobile broadband networks and applications forms the backbone of the internet economy and discussed challenges related to deployment of mobile broadband networks, strategies to creating an open competitive environment as a basis for innovation. Speakers and panelists at the Forum observed that collaboration between Governments, the private sector and citizens is key to the success of these strategies.

KL Converge! is the result of Malaysia’s commitment under the ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2015 where an ASEAN Digital Content Exchange was envisioned to be a key platform to promote and facilitate the exchange of content for ASEAN and other regional players. KL Converge! is being held from 17-19 September 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Text and images courtesy of AITI.

 

  
 

The second in 7 months 
 


US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields, (4th from the left) with Elías Díaz Sesé, the President of BK AsiaPac Pte. Ltd (4th from the left) and Director of Transport under the Ministry of Communications Hjh Airah Hj Abdullah (3rd from the right) at the Burger King outlet at Brunei International Airport

It took BURGER KING® a decade or so to enter the Brunei market. Rumours kept on escalating on when will BURGER KING® come to the Sultanate and I know of a few mutual friends who have shown interest in bringing the U.S franchise to Brunei because of its ever growing popularity. Fast forward to 2014, now Brunei has two outlets in a space of seven months with the third on the way in the Belait District. This is made possible by Sinofood Express with the guidance and support of BK AsiaPac Pte. Ltd.

Elías Díaz Sesé, the President of BK AsiaPac Pte. Ltd, was present during the official launch and he was impressed with Brunei’s business growth, considering it’s still new in the market and he ranked Brunei Darussalam as one of the most successful market entrants in the region. He shared that it was not easy to choose the right partner and with the different approach by BURGER KING® in the past years, this vision opened doors for the Brunei market and I’m happy that BURGER KING® will be having its third outlet by end of the year.

The second outlet is located at the arrival hall of the Brunei International Airport. The first outlet is located at the heart of town at Wisma Raya, Jalan Sultan. Its competitor have yet to make an impact in terms of presence as it still relies on one outlet for the past two decades.

Sesé revealed that they haven’t been doing a great job in BURGER KING® Asia Pacific the past few years. In 2012, BK restructured their system with a different direction – ownership growth mentality. That approach seemed to pay off and it made the entry to Brunei market more possible as the BURGER KING® Asia Pacific was looking new markets and Brunei was identified as one. Sesé enjoys a good business relationship with Nelky Goh and Pg Hashim, the directors of Sinofood Express, which brought the BURGER KING® brand to Brunei.

US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields, also shared the same sentiments and he was happy to know more American brands are making an impact in the Brunei economy and this also strengthening the relationship ties and trade between Brunei Darussalam and USA. The other point Shields shared was the job opportunity it can create for the Brunei economy. Shields’ favourite is the WHOPPER® when asked.

The second outlet’s opening also saw an introduction of their new item in the menu – Rock It Fries and it’s only a promotional item (for a limited time only). The new product is a playful take on the regular French Fries where customers mix in Burger King’s Spicy Honey and Piquante Spice to their fries and shake it up to get an explosion of flavours when they take the first bite. The order will come with Burger King’s signature Rock It dome-cup to make the experience more unique.

For more updates, you can follow their instagram @burgerkingbrunei or Facebook page www.facebook.com/bkbrunei

 


 


Cutting ribbon to officiate the opening of the second outlet
 


Nelky Goh, Kai Wei, Pg Hashim, Elías Díaz Sesé, Daniel Shields and Hjh Airah
 


A souvenir to the guest of honour
 


A souvenir for Hjh Airah
 


The young blood at the front line
 


Daniel Shields introduced to the BK employees
 


Daniel Shields spoke to the media and pleased with US ties with Brunei in economic terms
 


Elías Díaz Sesé emphasized more on the ownership mentality of the franchisor to move forward and penetrate into existing and new markets
 


Check out the new outlet of Burger King
 

  
 

 

Another award for Baiduri Bank 
 


 

Baiduri Bank Group has taken home its unprecedented sixth consecutive Best Banking Group Award win since 2009, as awarded by the World Finance Magazine in London. World Finance is a leading financial magazine, produced every two months by World News Media from its Headquarters in London.

Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof received the award in the form of a crystal obelisk from Jenny Hammond, producer/presenter at the London Stock Exchange Media Centre. The award presentation was followed by an interview on the challenges faced by Baiduri Bank Group and its developments throughout the year.

Mr Imhof had quoted, “The Group’s strategy is built on being the best bank for our customers and creating value by investing where we can make a real difference for them. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, be it in our branches, our brand or our staff. Our strategy reflects our customers’ needs for product simplicity, access through multiple channels, value for money in our products and services and the importance of managing customer relationships.”

Additionally, in July 2014, Baiduri Bank was also awarded the Domestic Retail Bank of the Year Brunei 2014 by The Asian Banking & Finance Magazine at an awards ceremony held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Excerpts of the award presentation and interview can be viewed on www.worldfinance.com and Baiduri Bank’s website www.baiduri.com

 


Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof received the award in the form of a crystal obelisk from Jenny Hammond, producer/presenter at the London Stock Exchange Media Centre
 

  

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17
Sep

IWUT

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

WWE next month in KL 
 


Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (second from left) holding the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 mascot ‘The Proboscis Monkey’. Posing with Ricky are Henry Tan (second from right), Chief Operating Officer of ASTRO at the announcement of the upcoming WWE Live Tour in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur today. Also on stage are Will Yong (far right), Assistant Vice President of ASTRO Sports Business; Tony Nagamaiah (centre), General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, and Sweesin Wu, WWE’s Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific

Few months ago, WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Astro announced that WWE LIVE™ will return to Malaysia for the first time since 2002, with two shows in October 2014. The shows will be held at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11. Tickets are now available and you click here for details.

Fans will be able to see their favorite WWE Superstars® live, including John Cena®, Bray Wyatt™ and the Wyatt Family™, The Shield™, Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett™ and many more.*

WWE LIVE is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

WWE’s robust programming in Malaysia includes Monday Night Raw®, AfterBurn™, Vintage™, BottomLine™, NXT™, Superstars™, Main Event™ and WWE Presents™ airing on Astro SuperSport 3 channel, and all Pay-Per-View titles on Astro Box Office Sport channel.

“Astro is pleased to partner with WWE to bring world class entertainment, WWE LIVE, to its fans in the South East Asia region. Fans of WWE are set for an action-packed, entertaining event this October. We are delighted to bring the WWE experience from TV to the live stage,” said Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro.

“WWE Live is expected to draw tourists from the South East Asia region with an estimated tourist expenditure of close to RM33 million over the two days. WWE has always been one of the favourite entertainment programmes in the region and Malaysia since it was introduced on television. Malaysia is proud to host WWE Live, adding to the roll call of many distinguished events that coincide with Visit Malaysia Year 2014,” said Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, Malaysia Major Events.

“We are excited to return to Malaysia with WWE live events in 2014,” said Sweesin Wu, WWE’s Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific. “These events reflect WWE’s commitment to our growth in Malaysia, and to expanding our relationship with Astro, one of the leading media entertainment groups in market. WWE would like to extend special thanks to MME for their vision in engaging WWE, and for MME’s high level of professionalism and expediency in progressing negotiations which successfully resulted in ‘WWE Live Malaysia 2014′ coming to fruition”, he added.

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased from www.ticketpro.com.my or by +603 7880 7999. Ticket price ranges from RM128 – RM1230. Text and images courtesy of Shekhinah PR.

 


Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (back row) poses with fans after the announcement of the upcoming WWE Live Tour in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur
 


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The Great Race 
 


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In conjunction with Royal Brunei Airlines’ 40th Anniversary, Royal Brunei (RB) will be organizing a charity race for the public called the Great Race. The Great Race will take place on Sunday 19th October 2014.

RB has appointed Green Brunei and Brunei Paralympics to be the beneficiaries for the Great Race 2014. The proceeds from The Great Race 2014 will assist Green Brunei to move forward with the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project along the Sungai Damuna at Kg Bengkurong and likewise, Brunei Paralympics with their activities.

In a statement from Aji Puteh, RB Head of Corporate Services cum Chairman of RB: The Great Race, “RB is very pleased to organized the Great Race as an anchor event for RB’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The appointment of Green Brunei and Brunei Paralympic as the beneficiaries from the proceeds of the Great Race is a way for the airline to give back to the community in terms of support for green and health sports initiatives. It is hoped that The Great Race will be a different experience from other marathons as it is a marathon that challenges and is tailored with an aviation concept.”

RB has appointed Armtrix Enterprise as the Event Manager for the Great Race. Interested participants are able to register RB: The Great Race at thegreatrace.com.bn from today onwards until 19th September 2014 at 11pm. Good luck, peeps and well done for RB for this initiative. This is something different coming from aviation.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Fun, fun, fun 
 


The contestants for tonight’s humorous and speech evaluation contest at SEAMEO VOCTECH tonight.
The Brunei Speakers’ Club will have its annual humourous speech and speech evaluation contest on this evening (Tuesday, 16th September 2014).

All are welcome! Come, sit back, and enjoy our show! Our contestants are eager to entertain as they battle it out for this year’s funny crown!

As funny bones will be tickled, contestants will also give it their all to outwit each other in how they inspire fellow members!

Contestants will each deliver 5 to 7 minutes of laugh-inducing dramas to a fully-packed hall, and will each deliver 2 to 3 minutes of inspiring messages to the audience.

Who will be crowned the Brunei Speakers’ Club 2014 humourous speech champion? Who will take home the club’s coveted 2014 speech evaluation crown?

Come to SEAMEO VOCTECH on Tuesday the 16th of September 2014 at 7:30 sharp and find out! Well, it’s better to reach there by 7:15pm before the door closes. Good luck to all my friends who are competing and it’s gonna be one awesome evening!!

  
 

Royal Skies rebranded 
 


Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar launching the rebranding of Royal Skies while Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines looked on

The rebranding happened. And the funny thing was I just received my first ever Royal Skies card from Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) which is quite unusual because I’m quite a frequent traveler myself and only weeks ago, I am officially a member of Royal Skies *lol*

Last Saturday, Royal Skies launched their rebranding program and invited elite Royal Skies members to attend the special occasion at the Indera Samudra Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

It was announced that there will be rewards and benefits such as instant flight redemptions, the ability to purchase tickets using cash and miles, availability of redemptions at participating Royal Skies partners.

Previously we won’t be able to have instant flight redemptions until the passenger has completed his/her flight destination. Now we can instantly get flight redemptions.

Royal Skies also have revamped their membership cards and it comes in blue, silver and gold.

Elite Gold card members will benefit immediately from non-expiring of miles and complimentary Elite Gold status extension. It also said that eligibility to earn miles will shortly be extended to a wider variety of fare categories which will benefit Royal Skies members in all tiers.

The rebranding process also includes the transformation of Royal Skies Service Centre and new heritage uniform collection used by Commercial, Royal Skies and Ground staff.

In 2014, the national flag carrier received distinction in the 2014 REBRAND 100 Global Awards, which honour the most successful brand transformations worldwide. The gala event saw the presentation of awards to a number of Royal Skies loyal elite members namely in Best High Flyer Award, Best Elite Newcomer, Best Junior Elite Traveller and Best International High Flyer Award.

Present as the guest of honour was the Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.

Also in attendance was Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah, deputy minister of finance and chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines and Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines and also board of directors for Royal Brunei Airlines.


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


The new uniform for Royal Skies personnel. Don’t get mistaken for cabin crew.
 


The newly revamped membership cards for Royal Skies
 


The VIPs
 


Guests enjoying their dinner
 


The set up last Saturday
 


Jazz Hayat entertaining the crowd
 


The hosts for the night – the Malai Alis
 


Tiffany, the youngest cabin crew, also has talent in singing
 


Wu Chun made a video entrance as the Royal Brunei ambassador couldn’t make it to the event
 


The VIPs welcoming the elite members of Royal Skies
 


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