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Goodbye 2011

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Cho Myeong Ae at The Face Shop

Finally the beautiful Ms. Cho Myeong Ae is here in Brunei to conduct the workshop for makeover and skin care and the workshop is held at Times Square. Do visit The Face Shop at Times Square and learn some tips from Korean celebrity makeup artist. Tomorrow is the final day 🙂

Greetings from ETA

Things to look foward to (2012)

The Playstation 4…. I’m not much of PS player and I only stick to sport games too. But I would like to see how different the PS4 will be when it hits the stores. I wonder is the majority still play the PS2 at home. Hmmm..

The most anticipated league for Bruneians to catch. Why? Because DPMM FC will be participating in the upcoming S-League and it has been almost a two year wait to see them in action competitively. I’m not sure if this will steal more attention from the ongoing DST league. It’s great to see them in training and I can’t wait for February 2012.

Who will lift the Barclays Premier League this season? It’s still wide open between Manchester City and Manchester United. Tottenham Hotspurs are the surprise package as they can catch up with the leaders. Let’s not discount Chelsea and Arsenal just yet either. There are still loads of points to be won. My money is either Man U or Man City to battle it out in the final weeks of the season.

The movies of 2011 have been alright and nothing to boast about. I’m loving forward to Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and the reboot of Spider-Man movie.

I’m looking forward to my Bali trip in November and this will be my first trip too.

Being an Apple addict, I’m waiting for the next edition of iMac and Macbook Pro.. Woohoo!!! Time to upgrade

KFC Brunei will have their first drive thru at Salambigar outlet hopefully by mid 2012


48 hours and ticking

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

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DPMM 3 HBT (Under-21) 2


The Brazilian trial import only played 20 mins due to jet lag but showed some good touches and scored a beauty as he chested before volleying past the keeper. It is not known if he will be one of the new imports as DPMM FC is still searching for another striker. Rumours have it that one of the import players will have to give way for a striker’s position.


The Ghanian Osman Bashiru is very impressive during the friendly match. I believe he played the full game yesterday and his pace and fitness level are a huge asset to DPMM FC’s attacking line. He was one of the scorers yesterday and his work rate was superb

The DPMM FC players waiting for their turn to be called to the pitch. Simunic wasn’t present as he’s away on holidays and he will be due back on 3rd January. Ivan Jerkovic will also join training in early January


With Osman’s services secured as a striker/forward, the fate of other import players are still in question as DPMM FC have already signed 4 import players but still looking for a striker to support Osman. Would this mean DPMM FC would sacrifice George O’Callaghan (Dr. House look-a-like) or defender Tales Ricate Dos Santos? Or even the experience Ivan Jerkovic? We shall wait and see


Despite his height, the import player from Nigeria didn’t live up to expectations though he did score a goal. He has not got much pace and he holds the ball too long at times. I will be surprised if DPMM FC acquired his services.

Sairol was slightly injured during the friendly match but he’s slated to DPMM FC’s full back next season. His crosses and penetrating runs down the flanks will be useful for DPMM FC’s attacking momentum

I’m quite impressed with Hassanal Bolkiah Team under-21 as they are preparing themselves for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in February 2012. They gave DPMM FC a good run too and they are surely no pushovers. I can’t wait to see them in action for HBT 2012.

DPMM FC players sharing a light moment and posed for the camera. Happy holiday guys and I shall be seeing more of you guys in 2012

Middle East Food Festival at Seasons

The Middle East cuisine is back to Seasons Restaurant again! Two invited chefs are now at Seasons Restaurant to cook up a wide range of Middle East cuisine from appetizers to soup, main dishes and desserts which started from 27 December 2011 till 9th January 2012.

The food festival was launched on 27 December by the Permanent Secretary at Prime Minister’s office, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Haji Mohd Roselan Bin Haji Mohd Daud. Attending the launching ceremony were representatives from Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam, Standard Chartered Bank, RBC Board and Management, press and invited guests.

In the welcoming speech of RBC General Manager Haji Omar Ali bin Haji Mohd Daud expressed his gratitude to the Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Brunei Darussalam, co-business partners – Standard Chartered Bank for their great support to this food festival.

During the food festival, Buffet Lunch served from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm at $19.90 for adult and $10.00 for child. Buffet Dinner served from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at $29.90 for adult and $15.00 for child.

All dine-in customers for the food festival are entitled to win special prizes. Exclusive discounts are available for Standard Chartered Credit Card members during the promotional period, 30% Infinite & Platinum, 20% Gold and 15% Classic.

For reservations, please call 242 2291 / 242 2292.

Guest of honour officiating the launch of The Middle East Food Festival

Now that’s one delicious lamb

Chicken Kofta

Lovely prawn to be devoured

Lamb Mahndi

Mmmmmm… shawarma…

Guests queueing up for the lamb

Old Republic at ETA

RA’s movie review of 2011

RA Best movies of 2011

1) You’re the Apple of My Eye (Taiwan)
2) Rise of the Planets of the Apes
3) X-Men: First Class
4) Captain America: The First Avenger
5) Real Steel
6) Horrible Bosses
7) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
8) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
9) Fast Five
10) Super 8

Notable mentions: Thor, Tower Heist, Puss in boots, Rio, Friends with Benefits, Johnny English Reborn, Insidious, Kung Fu Panda 2, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Nasi Lemak 2.0, Bridesmaids.

Real Steel could have the potential to be a real winner among my Top 10 list. I wouldn’t buying the DVD when it comes out or on iTunes

RA Disappointing Movies of 2011

1) Human Centipede 2
2) Beastly
3) Green Lantern
4) The Smurfs
5) The Sorcerer and the White Snake
6) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I
7) Hangover Part II
8) Green Hornet
9) Sucker Punch
10) The Thing

Green Lantern, Sucker Punch and Beastly were such a disappointment. I hope they won’t make a sequel to Green Lantern.

Movies that I didn’t catch this year
Cars 2, The Help, Cowboys & Aliens, The Muppets, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Jack and Jill, Limitless, Happy Feet Two, Hugo, Hanna, Source Code, I Am Number Four, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Footloose (2011), Red Riding Hood, In Time, New Year’s Eve, Zookeeper, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Battle: Los Angeles.

I wanna see this stunt!!!!

This New Year’s Day, Marina Bay Sands is thrilled to be chosen as the venue to the largest BASE jumping attempt in Singapore. Seven professional BASE jumpers, hailing from different parts of the world, will participate in this adrenaline pumping display to welcome the New Year.

The jumpers – who have completed about 8,000 successful jumps in total – will be launching off the Observation Deck of the Sands SkyPark in quick succession, landing on the Bayfront Bridge. BASE jumping is an extreme sport activity that employs an initially packed parachute to jump from fixed objects, specifically Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs).

This not-to-be-missed event is free and open to all ages – visitors can witness this first-ever stunt from various vantage points on property including the section of Bayfront Avenue in between the hotel and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, as well as the outdoor area located on Level 4 of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

This BASE Jumping stunt and team is put together by Omer Mei-Dan, an orthopedic surgeon from Israel and an extreme sports enthusiast (who is also a professional BASE jumper). Omer successfully executed the world’s first climbing race on a building facade to mark Marina Bay Sands’ opening celebrations on 23 June 2010. At that time, some 21 professional climbers, representing over 10 countries, scaled the walls of the three hotel towers in the World Championship Climb to the Sands SkyPark.

Omer Mei-Dan performed one of his base jumping in South Africa. Image take from Natgeodigitasignage.com

Professional BASE jumper and wing-suit pilot Jeb Corliss will be one of the fearless individuals participating in this stunt on New Year’s Day. With over 12 years of experience and over 1,000 BASE jumps under his belt, Corliss is no stranger to this extreme sport and has launched himself off some of the most famous international structures, including the Jin Moa Tower in Shanghai, The Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the Ostankino Tower in Moscow. In the case of the latter, Jeb was part of the 26-strong group of BASE jumpers which broke the world record for world’s largest BASE jumping formation from any structure.

Corliss says of his next challenge at Marina Bay Sands, “I am so excited to be a part of such special event at such a beautiful location. Marina Bay Sands is an iconic structure that lends itself perfectly to the sport I love so much. ”

Corliss will be joined by Stephen Mueller (USA), Anne Helliwell (USA), James Pouchert (USA), Marta Empinotti (Brazil ), Amanda Vicharelli (USA), Tim Mattson (USA) and Brendon Cork (USA). Some of the well-known structures which they have BASE jumped off are: the Eiffel Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, PETRONAS Towers in Malaysia and Christ the Redeemers statue in Rio de Janeiro. Text courtesy of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Temporary road blocks at Marina Bay Sands during the jumps

Temporary stoppage of traffic along Bayfront Avenue.

There are two practice jumps on 30 December, Friday and 31 December, Saturday before the final stunt on 1 January 2012, Sunday, subject to proper weather conditions being met at that time. The safety of the jumpers remains as the first and foremost concern to all stakeholders.

Friday, 30 December 2011: 4.00 pm – 4.10pm
Saturday, 31 December 2011: 8.30 am – 8.40am OR 4.00pm – 4.10pm (there will only be 1 jump)
Sunday, 1 January 2012: 8.30 am -8.40am OR 4.00pm- 4.10pm (there will only be 1 jump)

The public is advised to take note of the following temporary stoppage of traffic times along Bayfront Avenue for approximately 10 minutes at the above times.

Affected areas include the section of Bayfront Bridge at the junction of Bayfront Bridge and Raffles Avenue, until the ERP gantry on Bayfront Bridge (see below diagram). Ancillary Police Officers will be deployed for crowd and traffic control during these periods.

Closure of Sands SkyPark Public Observation Deck.

For the execution of the stunt, the Public Observation Deck of the Sands SkyPark will be closed off to public at the following times:

Friday, 30 December 2011: 3.00pm-5.00pm
Saturday, 31 December 2011: 3.00pm-5.00pm (if the jump is taking place at 4pm)
Sunday, 1 January 2012: 3.00pm-5.00pm (if the jump is taking place at 4pm)

The other parts of the SkyPark such as the infinity pool, restaurants and gardens will remain open to hotel guests and the dining public throughout the day.

A message from The Body Shop


“A Great Team behind a Great Brand.” The Body Shop Team (Brunei) wish to express their sincerest gratitude for all continued support year 2011. Thank you so much and rest assured they will continue to strive to give the best products and continue to embrace their core values of protecting our planet. As always, Nature’s Way to Beautiful.

IT IS time to look and feel good with The Body Shop as they are having the “Countdown to New Year” promotion where it is featuring different items everyday as part of the countdown special. The Body Shop is offering their “core bath shower gel” (250ml) for only $6.90, nearly half its initial price of $11.90.

The “core bath shower gels” cleanses the skin and is soap-free, meaning that it will not dry out skin as easily as other generic soap. On December 30, The Body Shop will be offering its “core body butter” (200ml) at $ 15.90. This body butter is an intensive care, creamy all-over body moisturiser which lasts up to 24 hours.

On the last day of 2011, The Body Shop’s popular fragrance, “dreams unlimited eau de parfum” (50ml) will be on offer at $34.90. The uplifting fragrance that can be described as “energetic and positive”, and features notes of citrus, green chilli, white flowers and cedarwood.

In addition to the featured products, The Body Shop’s “Love Your Body” members can enjoy 15 per cent discount on regular priced items, whereas non-members can enjoy a 10 per cent discount. Limited edition gifts are also available for every $69 at any The Body Shop outlets. Customers of The Body Shop can now look and feel good to celebrate the coming of a new year with these amazing promotions.

For more information, drop by any of the closest The Body Shop branches now. Text by Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times.

Dreams unlimited from The Body Shop

Core Bath Shower Gel from The Body Shop

Celebration at The Empire Hotel

Take a cue from Kool and the Gang’s classic ditty and celebrate the good times of 2011 as we move into the New Year here at The Empire Hotel & Country Club! Ring in the new year, in luxurious yet affordable style as we offer you not one but TWO choices to see the clock strike midnight; stay for 1-night from B$390 per room per night in a Deluxe E-Club room, inclusive of E-Club benefits for two person, or for just B$400 per room, choose our 2-night New Year’s Weekend Getaway package in a Superior Room including breakfast at Atrium Café.

There are also a ton of events happening around the property on New Year’s Eve such as balloon drop for restaurant diners in the Main Atrium from 11.30pm to 12.15am where up to B$3,000 worth of hotel vouchers, hidden inside the balloons, are waiting to be won! All kinds of prizes are up for grabs and all it takes is a simple ‘pop’ to try your luck. We have also local jazz talents and local DJ’s lined up to keep your ears entertained throughout the night so come on down and get in the groove!

Spaghettini’s is serving an Art Culinaire menu that will get your creative juices flowing with all that color, texture and taste! For B$95 you get to experience true culinary workmanship at its best. A smorgasbord of buffets is also available at Pantai Restaurant, Atrium Café and Li Gong, all for $95 where the likes of Oak-flavored Grilled Lamb Chops on Polenta Cake with Glazed Apricot Rosemary Jus and Apple Chutney, a Live Lobster Station, or Sautéed Crab with Ginger and Spring Onion are just a handful of tasty dishes available for New Year’s Eve.

All prices are subject to 10% Service Charge. For further details on rooms please call 2417788 or dining on 2417700. So come on down to The Empire Hotel and Country Club and celebrate the end of the good, the bad and the plain Jane moments of 2011, this 31st December!

NYE at CheezBox

Fun, Laughter at Indoor Stadium

Shaheizy Sam scored the winning goal for the Malaysian team in a 2-1 penalty shoot against the Brunei side in a friendly celebrity futsal match at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas last night.

The match had to be decided through a shoot out after the two sides were leveled with a score of 12-12 in the original minutes.

The crowds who thronged the stadium were entertained by the two sides, especially Nabil, Angah and Tauke. Present to watch the match was guest of honour Hj Rosmadee Hj Mohd Daud, Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Text by Sahrol Daud and images by Muiz Matdani of The Brunei Press.


Reaching for 2012

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

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TheFaceShop Makeover tomorrow

A few slots left for 31st December and 1st January. Visit The Face Shop at Times Square to register. Check out RA calendar for details.

SBT clarifies the facts

Sometimes digging the right information is very important and the articles that has bee printed was a misrepresentation of what it should or should not have been. This was in relation to the recent news of the KK Bus accident that stole the headlines last week. However, the information that was given wasn’t correct and this has jeopardised the credibility of the company, Sunshine Borneo tours & Travel (SBT).

The owner of SBT was very unhappy of how the article was written in the Borneo Bulletin dated 21st December where the accounts were given by the Royal Brunei Police Force. SBT was happier with The Brunei Times approach as the said newspaper approached SBT for the correct information. SBT also sent information to the Brunei Press to clarify on what was written on 21st December publication was not correct. However, Borneo Bulletin still published “SBT” as the bus operator and printed it out the following day 22nd December which further damaged the reputation of SBT.

There have been complains and outrage from the public towards SBT due to the information printed on Borneo Bulletin. Hence this particular post is to help give the right information on the bus operator.

The crashed bus belongs to Syarikat Daba and not Sunshine Borneo Tours. Image courtesy of Bernama

The first publication where Sunshine Borneo Tour name was involved. Dated on 21st December

The company name appeared again on 22nd December as cited by the relevant authorities

SBT’s statement

1) The Bus KJ 3067 is not owned by Sunshine Borneo tours & Travel S/B (SBT)

2) None of the personnels operating the bus are employed by SBT

3) SBT has No control of the group or their activities

4) The permit is wholly/totally sub-contracted to Syarikat Daba for the group

5) Syarikat Daba is the owner of the bus and the driver is an employee of the mentioned bus

6) The whole excursion is organised wholly between Syarikat Daba and the group

7) Syarikat Daba has full insurance for the vehicle,the driver and the passengers as been informed by their manager.

I really feel sorry for this guy… I can’t imagine the pain he’s going through then

This was how I felt after reading the article above *oouuccchhh*

Edutainment Wonderland


Looking forward to 2012

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Recap: Year 2011 – Part I

January 2011. Brunei Cyber Games ….. Obsidian Happy Energy Hair Show …. Qualifiers for Red Bull Rookies ….. Team LoveFoodHateWaste co-winners of ThinkBig Business Plan 2010/2011 ….. Vincent Ho, the new CEO of HSBC Brunei ….. 1st trip to Singapore.

Team LoveFoodHateWaste competed in ThinkBig Business Plan 2010/2011 and we were co-winners with Infindo Technology. One of the highlights of 2011. A big thank to Pg Metassan and Sophia Siu as well. Great team work. Image by Devin Kho.

February 2011. Brunei Hotel re-launched …. Kianggeh Food Court burnt down ….. Wu Chun launching Fitness Zone at Serusop ……. Students from Cairo returing from Egypt due to crisis Caught the Rob Schneider Show in Singapore (2nd overseas trip) …. Robert Yang handed in his resignation as CEO of RBA after two years …… Murbarak stepped down ….. Brunei’s National Day ….. Olive Tree Company (Pizza Hut/DQ) annual dinner at Manggis Mall Ballroom ….. Maulud Nabi procession …… Bryan Robson visited Brunei to promote EPL Masters. 

One of the popular eateries in Brunei was burnt down. This was the Kianggeh Food Court also famously known as KFC too.

March 2011. Assignment to KL for coverage on Red Bull Rookies try outs … TelBru/bmobile EPL Masters 2011 ….. Borneo Global Issue Conference hosted by ISB ….. Japan’s Earthquake/Tsunami ….. JIS Musical Showcase ….. Toastmasters Convention ….. Twestival Brunei – Kitaro Sumo Challenge …. SMARTER Race & Bazaar organised by UBD FM ….. Brunei recognised as country participating in Earth Hour …. No Plastic Bag weekend introduced.

One of the events of Twestival Brunei where there was an eating competition at Kitaro Japanese Restaurant. Angel of UBD FM won the Sushi challenged and later on this year, she was invited as a crew for LFHW.

April 2011. My favourite WWE moment – Wrestlemania ….. Francophonie Week ….. Mom’s birthday bash at Polo …… Press conference of UKISS concert ….. OhMyCard launched ….. Nyniesh (Book store) officially opened …. Times Square announced grand winner of Bungalow …. My special aligment with my AF at The Empire Hotel ….. Pondok Sari Wangi 20th anniversary …. Gamar Jobat (from Japan) at Jerudong Amphitheater …… 1st instagram meeting at The Mall ….. Twelv Bistro officially opened taking over Palm Garden restaurant …. SMARTER Brunei presents Oddy’s Quest ….. Another Singapore trip (3rd time) …. Attended the 1st Malaysian – ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference in Kuala Lumpur and met Tun Datuk Sri Mahathir ….. iPad 2 officially launched at AV Electronics.

This was another highlight moment for me as I was honoured to meet the likes of Tun Datuk Sri Mahathir during the 1st Asean Bloggers meet in Malaysia.

May 2011. NBT Treasure Hunt …. Malik Gerhana @ Usop, gang robbery leader, created headlines after escaping from police custody ….. Mr. and Mrs. Kurapak welcomed Adam …… A fake robbery was staged by a lady for BND 20,000 and she later confessed ….. Curtin University graduation ceremony …. PTE Meragang charity drive for Earthquake victims in Japan …. New CEO of SCB, Lai Pei-si …… G4S held Pirates of the Carribean Night at The Empire Cinema ….. HSBC Run Walk Cycle event …. Mich’s surprise birthday …… Ranoadidas 8th Anniversary event at ICC.

Malik Gerhana @ Usop is still at large and yet to be captured. The locals started mocking the fugitive with numerous edited photos with humourous captions. This I thought was the best representation among the lot.

The Awesome Foursome organised a special birthday surprise for Michelle and the efforts paid off. One of the great evenings of 2011.

My biggest event of the year when Ranoadidas turned 8 and it was celebrated at ICC during the Consumer Fair. The next celebration will be in 2013 and yes, it will be an epic.

June 2011. Trip to Penang and Ipoh for CV ….. Datu Siti Nurhaliza in Brunei to promote SimpliCity …. BIBD Charity Expedition …. Singapore 4th trip for CommunicAsia ….. FFBD struggled as NFABD, another football body is being endorsed by FIFA hence all football league matches had to be stopped ….. Sarina Hj Masri won the Audi A4 Sedan at Audi quattro Cup Brunei 2011 ….. Projekbrunei’s campaign to make #brunei a trending topic …. International Wedding Showcase 2011 ….. Ignatius Stephen, 75, owner of Brudirect and Cafe De Royalle passed away and brought shock to the nation ….. Laneige 6th year anniversary …. Ogy was selected to represent Brunei for Red Bull Rookies Challenge …… Media Appreciation night hosted by SCB (Arabian Night).

The country mourned for the shocking passing of the late Ignatius Stephen who was an icon among the local press. He has a huge impact on the readership in Brunei and he is sorely missed. RIP

I don’t know how she does it.. To date, she still looks super hot… It was a pleasure to just have a picture opportunity with her. This was taken during the launch of Simplicity at The Mall. Image by Azrol Azmi

Consumer Fair 9 coming soon!!

Enjoy discounts from Oh My Card

Have you signed up for Oh My Card?

Taken during the official launch of Oh My Card back in April 2011

If you seen this sign on the restaurants, then you can enjoy OMC privileges

BruXpo in January 2012

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MASwings to fly to Brunei Feb 2012

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

MASwings flying to Brunei 2012.. YAYY!!!!

The press release hasn’t come from any of the MAS Wings representatives from Brunei but this was already announced in Kota Kinabalu that MASwings will be expanding its services into Brunei as part of the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) initiative.

This means that MASwings will fly to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. So when is this actually? According to The Borneo Post article dated 17th December 2011, MASwings Managing Director Datuk Capt. Mohd Nawawi quoted that direct air links would kick off on 1st February 2012. This is super good news for frequent travelers to KK and Kuching.

All the flights would be operated using MASwing’s ATR72-500 aircrafts which can seat about 73 passengers each *yea smaller planes* As for the KK route, it will be flying twice daily and for Kuching route, it will be flown three times a week.

For your info, MASwings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines Systems Bhd (MAS), currently serves Sabah and Sarawak. We shall wait for the other press release from MAS (Brunei office) for more details. But for now, it’s official that MASwings will be flying to Brunei though the website hasn’t included Brunei for booking purposes. Hopefully it will be the case come January 2012.

(From Left): Nawawi, MASwing’s head of commercial, Zainuddin Mohamed and the carrier’s Sabah regional manager Shauqi Ahmad, after unveiling the buntings announcing the new routes. Taken from The Borneo Post website.

MASwings appeared in newspaper advertisement print in Miri recently

Corrupted Ex-cambodian ambassador *FAIL*

Nan Sy, former Ambassador to Cambodia to Brunei has been charged for embezzlement. Image taken from khmerization.blogspot.com

Man, he really looked innocent *lol* I always bumped into him in functions though we were never properly acquainted. He finished his term in May 2011 this year and now he is a fugitive *oh my*

Apparently Nan Sy, the former ambassador to Brunei, has been charged wih breach of trust and exploiting state money in a civil case last Friday, 23rd December 2011.

So what did he do anyway? He was in charge of overseeing the construction of the Cambodian embassy in Brunei in 2008. Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was given unpaid bill by a construction company despite forking out periodic payments to Nan Sy to cover the construction costs.

I’ve never expected of this kind of story coming from this guy. Sometimes looking naive can be deceiving, right? Apparently he embezzled more than $555,762 (USD 430,000) from the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

For more of the story, you can click here.

Nan Sy was featured in today’s The Brunei Times. Click image fo rmore of the story

High waves expected

For your info, it weren’t the Philippines national that found the body. It was one of my friends who are regular surfers at Tungku Beach and they were three of them who brought the body to the shore and there was no boat too as stated in The Brunei Times. By the way, my friend advised to stay away from the beach as waves are quite high during the monsoon season

Super Special Year End Bonanza

It’s the bonus period so why not catch this special offer from Sin Hup Huat

Are you getting your bonuses today?

So peeps… Do spend your bonuses wisely. How I wish I do have bonuses for myself too. My boss being a b***h lately *lol*


Got any box?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

“Foil a Car” now in Brunei

I have never heard of this concept of “foiling a car” before but it does exist apparently and now it’s available in Brunei. Imagine this – You bought a new car and you want to change the colour of your car or perhaps preserve your original paint for that matter and in mint condition some more. So with “foil wrapping”, this is made possible and you will have the freedom to change the colour of your car over a period of time. Just think of it as a second skin for the car.

The company that brought the first “Foil Wrapping System” is iDesign Concept Sdn Bhd and they have a well-trained team and experience staff to handle your car professionally. Did you know that they have extensive experience of “foiling” exotic cars in the Middle East?

Reasons to foil your car

1) Car protection – from elements of weatherin, scratches and paint chipping.
2) Colour change at anytime. Did you know that you will still preserve your original colour of the car? And yes, you don’t need another paint job on your car
3) Limitless design

For those interested, you can try call 264 4642 or you can call Pg Annuar 822 7102. You can visit their shop at Bangunan Dato Paduka Lim Seng Kok, Building E, No. 12 Simpang 628, Jln Tutong.. Well, it’s not far from Excapade Sushi Bunut.

One of the exotic cars was being foiled and this is the original colour of the Lamborghini

Then the exotic is being sent to iDesign Concept for foiling

Ahh.. the excitement to see how the Lamborghini looks like in a foil condition

Wallaaaaa… this is a foiled job with a gold matt finish.. Awesome, huh?

Have you seen this on the road? Apparently more than 8 cars have been foiled to date. Will you be one of them?

Pg Annuar, Operations Manager of iDesign Concept (2nd from left) with his team during the official launch of iDesign Concept

Middle East food at Seasons

It’s happening tomorrow at Seasons Restaurant and this food promotion was introduced last year and it’s making a comeback due to popular demand. Last year the Middle East food promotion only lasted 3 days. This year, it will be a two week Middle East food promotion.

During the promotional period, all dine-in customers for this promotion are entitled to win special prizes. Exclusive discounts are available for Standard Chartered Credit Cardmembers during the promotional period. For reservations, please call 242 2291/ 242 2292.

Chicken Kofta

Hummus dip (pretty delicious too)

Mussaka (with three different fillings of beef or lamb or chicken)

Pumpkin Soup

Lamb Mahndi

Pistachio Layer Cake

samolina Ckae

Zatty trying out the Middle East food at Seasons last week

With Chef Rosli Che Ama (Chef) and Oscar Abrera (F&B Manager)


It's the Red and the Green day

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

FES Retro officially opened

The event took place this morning at Times Square and it was the official opening of FES Retro outlet at Times Square. Their recent location has spurred more traffic than their previous outlet at Berakas. The relocation paid off and now FES Retro is drawing more crowd than before and they have expanded their items and not only limiting to Manchester United and Liverpool merchandise.

The official opening was graced by Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila DiRaja Dato Paduka Hazair Hj Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Also present was the Managing Director of FES Retro, Effendi Hj Said and Director of FES Retro, Habry bin Hj Abdullah.

You can make your way to FES Retro at Times Square for football merchandise. They carry genuine goods too and you won’t be disappointed.

Pehin Hazair gracing the opening of FES Retro

Habry handing over mock cheque to guest of honor for donation to JAPEM

Habry Hj Abdullah, Director of FES Retro, Effendi Hj Said, Managing Director of FES Retro, Pehin Dato Paduka Hj Hazair, Guest of Honour, Datin Hjh Rosnah, spouse of Guest of Honour, Hazlim, General Manager of FES Retro

Liverpool fans can look for merchandise at FES Retro

Special print for guest of honour and you can also personalised yours too

Pehin Hazair did his own print at FES Retro

Pehin Hazair is not a football fan but he’s a Liverpool fan now *huhu*

The young blood helping out at FES Retro

Pg Salleh of DPMM FC is nursing a knee injury. He should be back training in two weeks. He’s also a Spurs fan

The future CEOs of FES Retro? 😀

FES Retro have new arrivals of futsal shoes

A good cause from KFC

From 5th to 31st December, KFC selling some of their premiums at B$2.00 each at all their outlets in Brunei. Reason for doing this is because KFC is raising funds to help the flood victims of Thailand. 100% of the sales proceeds will go to this cause.

30% of the world’s rice and almost 90% of Brunei’s rice comes from Thailand. Almost everyone in Brunei takes rice at least once a day. From local dishes like Nasi Katok and Nasi Lemak to KFC’s own Colonel Rice, many in Brunei have been growing up consuming rice.

KFC feels that it is only right that to help the hand that feeds us. We know that they are many out there who know this too. By doing this, KFC is offering another channel for the public who wishes to help the unfortunate ones to stand on their feet.

The available premium varies and was previously tied in with KFC meals and was popular back then. There are a lot of KFC collectible fans out there, we want to give them a chance to buy back some of the items that they may have missed out previously.

Let’s buy some merchandise and raise some money for the flood victims of Thailand

The Red and the Green

The jobless me dressing up in Red & Green.. but nah, I didn’t go in public like this *lol* Happy Holiday peeps!!!

Audi 1 in early 2012 *Exciting*

A small car built with big car technology. The compact A1 unites all of the strengths of the brand – a progressive design, uncompromising quality and groundbreaking efficiency – in a space measuring 3.95 meters (12.96 ft) in length.

After less then a year and a half on the global market, the A1 has already won numerous awards, including the “Auto Trophy” from Auto Zeitung, the “Golden Steering Wheel” from Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag and the “Car of the Year Award” from What Car? It was also voted as one of the “Best Cars of 2011” by the readers of auto motor und sport. The A1 also received the top five stars rating in the Euro NCAP crash test.

Body and interior
The design with the encircling shoulder line is cutting-edge and integrates the Audi A1 into the large model family. The front end with the dominating single-frame grille, the side line with the distinctive roof arch, the coupé-like C-pillars and the large wheel arches are among its defining style elements. The hood and the rear hatch wrap around the body. Audi offers the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running light strips and LED tail lights. The tail lights are already three-dimensionally styled in the base model and are unmistakable, day or night.

High- and ultra high-strength steels comprise two-thirds of the compact model’s body. The strongest of these are the hot-shaped steels, which draw their extremely high tensile strength from a dramatic temperature increase during the shaping process. Hot-shaped steels are used primarily within the passenger cell. They provide the basis for the precise, sporty handling, the good comfort, the quiet interior, the excellent passive safety and the low base weight.

The interior of the Audi A1 is spacious, bright and airy. The instrument panel bears hints of an airplane wing; its four round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines. The clean, clear controls are every bit a classic Audi strength as the superior workmanship. Many lovingly designed details underscore the premium character of the A1.

The interior of Audi A1.. Looks awesome!!!

Drive train
The Audi A1 is available for Brunei with the 1.4 TFSI engines with an output of 90kW (122 hp). All of the engines follow the downsizing principle – they substitute turbo charging for displacement and draw their fuel through direct injection units.

At Audi, efficiency always means high-tech. The A1 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW (122 hp) is available with the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. The dual-clutch transmission shifts extremely quickly, comfortably and with no perceptible interruption to the flow of power.

It can be operated as an automatic or manually, with paddles on the steering wheel available. Thanks to its high efficiency and the intelligent control system, the S tronic also helps to reduce fuel consumption.

The agile, wide-track chassis moves the A1 to the head of its class. Whether in the city, on an interurban road or on the expressway – the small compact is always great fun to drive thanks to its sporty setup, the favorable weight distribution and the direct-ratio steering. The vehicle sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.9 seconds and features a particularly sporty setup.

The ESP stabilization program with electronic limited slip differential, which comes standard on all models, makes the handling even more precise while also enhancing driving safety. It minimizes under steer at the cornering limit by means of slight braking, which also improves traction.

Equipment and trim
In addition to the Ambition trim, Audi also offers a media style package focused on infotainment and interior design. In addition to 17-inch aluminium wheels, sport seats with lumbar support, a leather steering wheel and aluminium-look interior trim, the Ambition line also comes standard with the on-board computer with efficiency program and shift indicator.

Innovative materials and modern colours emphasize the youthful character of the Audi A1. Whether colour-coordinated air vents, LED interior lights or seat covers in expressive colours – customization is the key. The equipment program offers countless opportunities for matching the A1 to the driver’s own personal style. There are even a variety of paint finishes from which to choose for the roof arch. Customers can also order many features after the initial sale to follow a trend or a whim.

You can view the A1 at TCY showroom at Lambak

Six versions will be available for Brunei: Audi exclusive line, Media style package, Lifestyle kit union square, S line sports package, Competition kit and even a Wasabi green interior package.

The available infotainment and multimedia systems for the Audi A1 come directly from the full-size class, including the monitor that folds out from the instrument panel and the control unit, which uses MMI logic.

The connectivity package, which is based on the concert radio, includes an optional navigation preparation kit that allows the customer to later install a map-based navigation system – that, too, is a new idea. Convenient Bluetooth and wired interfaces are available for cellular phones and external players such as the iPod.

The official launch for the Audi A1 is planned for early 2012, for more information on the Audi A1 in Brunei call T.C.Y. Motors on 2390725. Text and images courtesy of T.C.Y. Motors.

The local press posing with the Audi 1

Drop by Johor Premium Outlets

I didn’t realise quite a few of my Singaporean friends head over to the border across Singapore to shop at Johor Premium Outlets where it’s like a one stop channel for more than 80 designer and name brand stores, offering factory direct savings of 25% to 65% every day.. Now that is awesome!!!

My favourite store Adidas is there too and other stores such as Armani, Burberry, Canali, Coach, Esprit, Gap, Guess, Nike, Oroton, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Timberland, Tumi and Tommy Hilfiger to name a few.

According to SuperAdrianMe, the Premium Outlet opened early December and it was launched by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. So if you happened to be in Singapore right now, you can just drive across the border and take advantage of the great deals at Johor Premium Outlets. Images courtesy of SuperAdrianMe.


RB, bonus causing massive jams

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Premium online shopping facilitator

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RBA special promotion

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Xmas at Radisson

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Mr. RA is a happy bunny

Let’s forget my failure hunting in Singapore last week… I was in total frustration because I wasn’t able to source for the Olloclip, the 3-in-1 lens for iPhone 4/4s. The particular lens have won many rave reviews from techies and a few of my friends are owning one too.

What’s so good about the big deal about the lens? It’s a quick-connect lens system that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses and all you have to do is a clip on the corner of your iPhone where the lens is located. You don’t need a magnet lens to stick on the phone anymore like other previous lenses do.

This is an amazing accessory that I’ve owned so far and perhaps the best iPhone accessory to date. I’m still wonder why Singapore didn’t import this particular lens as I know the Olloclip will surely be a big hit. I just posted my Olloclip purchased on instagram and a few Bruneians are already asking me about it. Maybe AV Electronics can help to import Olloclip to Brunei.

So after I returned back from Singapore, I quickly ordered through their official website (forget Amazon since they couldn’t deliver to Brunei… then again you can make sure of Suite Lola for that matter). The cost of the Olloclip is USD 70 and I had to pay additional USD 30 for express courier via FedEx and I had pay an extra BND 16 for tax at Brunei customs for clearance. So all-in-all, you’re looking at forking out BND 110-115 for the Olloclip.

I actually purchased two Olloclip as I intended to sell the other off. But come to think of it, I’m thinking of doing a @ranoadidas Twitter quiz tonight so you can stand a chance to win the extra Olloclip that I bought :))

I ordered on the 20th December and the item arrived on Thursday though I had to wait for clearance. So technically I got it Saturday (today). Now that’s super efficient. Thank you, FedEx :))

I was surprised about this video on one of the disgruntled FedEx employee in the States. But I’m pretty sure FedEx has responded to this issue. Click on image to see video.

How the packaging look like and I can’t wait to use the Olloclip tonight. Best gift I’ve bought for myself this year (and the MacBook Air)

This is how the Olloclip fits on your iPhone 4/4s. The #brunika team also make use of Olloclip for their photos on instagram.

Follow @ranoadidas on Twitter and stand a chance to win an Olloclip

Greetings from Audi

Empire Treat this weekend

The Empire Hotel & Country Club is set to celebrate the festive season with you this weekend as they have set up festive season menus to bring you some seasonal cheer.

Feast on melt-in-your-mouth roasted angus sirloin carpaccio with a fruity raspberry dressing and sweet bell pepper Julienne for starters, then work your way through to the walnut crusted duck confit with a portabella-potato cake, dark cherry juice and crispy leek accompaniment, all available at Spaghettini.

For a seaside festivity, Pantai Restaurant offers customers the likes of tuna tartar with red pepper jam & asparagus foam, baked salmon wrapped in a salt crust with Béarnaise sauce, and lots of fresh seafood on ice to stuff yourself silly with.

There’s even a Mongolian BBQ and open fire grill with stingray, prawns and red meat to satisfy any kind of craving.

Take a culinary trip around the world this holiday with a huge selection of offerings from Atrium Café.

They offer an extensive buffet where Japanese handmade sushi, German roasted chicken, French seafood soup, and the very British slow roast rack of lamb with herb crusted couscous and mint apple juice could just be the start of your culinary adventure.

If you want more of a sense of Asian luxury to your holiday meals, the imperial high ceilings and calm water features of Li Gong restaurant are some reasons why it is the ultimate choice with a luxurious yet economical All-You-Can-Eat Dinner on December 24 and 25.

Feast on a braised whole abalone for a group of 10; varieties of steamed and fried dim sum; lovely leafy vegetables and tofu; simmered beef in five spices sauce, an intriguing coffee chicken, amongst a huge menu to choose from, and special requests are always welcomed by its culinary team.

All this can be enjoyed for only $55 per person including coffee or tea. However, Li Gong’s menu will be a tad more affordable at $35 per person. So get in the spirit of things and grab a group of friends or take your family out to enjoy the holiday festivities at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

For more details or reservations, call 241 7700. Courtesy of Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times. Images courtesy of Cuterabbit84.

PS Vita now in stock at ETA

Marul (Geek in White) featured in The Brunei Times

Woohooo… our SocMed buddy, Marul featured in today’s The Brunei Times, written by Izam Said. Click image to read more.

Roadblock craze begins


I was driving to Jing Chew this morning and I saw this long queue. Trending topic in today’s social media – Roadblocks.. I believe there were more than 5 roadblocks that I was aware of and it caused a huge traffic jam today, drawing complains from motorists. Judging from the previous trend, there will be more perhaps during the bonus period next week. Who knows… Well, at least it slow down cars and minimize the chances of accidents


9 more days :))

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

FIFA 12 Tournament

It’s happening right now – FIFA 12 tournament known as the FES Retro Cup 2011 – and it’s happening at Times Square. The morning session had about two groups of four and this afternoon (2pm) and evening (7pm), more groups will be participating to battle for the trophy as well as cash prize and goodies.

So head yourself down to Times Square and register for the remaining slots ($20 per entry) and compete for the title and the bragging rights of being the 1st FES Retro Cup winner for FIFA tournament edition.

Saturday’s session is still open for registration as well. The finals will take place on 25th December at Times Square. The event is brought to you by FES Retro, sponsored by Times Square & Integ Technology System. The official videographer is NVS.nagvideostudio

The first session (Friday 10am) group contesting it out for the next round at Times Square. Good luck, peeps!!

Liverpool SC FT in DST League

Liverpool Supporters Club of Brunei (L.S.C.B.) has represented its football team, “Liverpool Supporters Club (Liverpool SC)” for the first time in the DST National Football League 2011.

They did quite well in the first game drawing their first game against Tunas FC with Morni Hj Nayan scoring a brace in a 2-2 affair on the 19th December. Prior to the match, they had an event to commemorate the official sponsors for LSCB Football Team, Aewon Brunei Garment & Embroidery which took place on the 17th December.

Mr. Kevin Lau, a representative of Aewon Brunei Garment & Embroidery was in attendance to officiate the presentation of the sponsorship. An official red jersey for Liverpool Supporters Club Football team was presented to Emmy Shamdy, Manager of the Liverpool Supporters Club (Liverpool SC) Football Team and witnessed by Edmund Sumping, the Honarary President of L.S.C.B. Red will be the official home color for the Liverpool Supporters Club football team in the football league, whilst black will be the official away color- true to honoring the colors of Liverpool Football Club.

This is not the first time Aewon Brunei Garment & Embroidery have collaborated and sponsored Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei. Aewon Brunei have previously sponsored for the successful ‘Aewon Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei Futsal League 2010’ and are also the main manufacturers for official merchandise of L.S.C.B. Aewon Brunei has been establish since 2002 as a humble t-shirt and uniform producer in Jerudong and grew into one of the largest most known apparel manufacturers across Brunei.

Also present were the coaches and players of the Liverpool Supporters Club Football Team and the management of L.S.C.B., who wore polo shirts also sponsored by Aewon Brunei.

Liverpool Supporters Club of Brunei (L.S.C.B.) has been established since 2008. L.S.C.B. is officially registered under the Registrar of Societies Brunei Darussalam and is officially affiliated as an ‘Association of International Branches’ with the Liverpool Football Club in Anfield, United Kingdom.

For more on L.S.C.B, go to www.Facebook.com/BruneiReds or http://twitter.com/BruneiReds. Image courtesy of L.S.C.B.

Kevin Lau of Aewon (in grey) with representatives from L.S.C.B

Salebration at Hush Puppies

The final Toastmasters for 2011

Have you ever been to Toastmasters? It’s where you can improve your public speaking, communication as well as leadership skills and this is the right place to practice because of the supportive and positive environment around.

I’ve been a member this year and I will have to renew my membership soon. The meetings are done weekly and the toastmasters in Brunei is run by the Brunei Speakers’ Club. I have yet to do my first speech but I hope I will do my first one in January 2012.

Though I’ve been in many public speaking apperances and presentations, I’m still rusty and I used too many jargons which loses my credibility as a confident speaker. Hence, I joined the Toastmasters in Brunei to learn from others and put it to practice.

So guys, I do encourage you to sign up Toastmasters under the Brunei Speaker’s Club. You can check out their Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/bruneisc for more details. The class is every Tuesday 7:30pm to 9:30pm and the people who turn up are amazing beings too.

Don’t be shy to show up in 2012. See you soon!!!

Siti Intan, the Toastmaster of the evening for the final Toastmaster of 2011

Our enthusiastic club President Shawn Narcis is always full of energy. Keep it up, bro!!

Bob was our Time Keeper of the night

The final theme of the last Toastmaster was Red.. Well, at least some wore red :))

Catch LSCB this Saturday

Liverpool Supporters Club of Brunei (L.S.C.B.) presents the SA Premium Futsal Challenge 2011 this Saturday 24th December 2011 in conjunction with “Perlawanan Futsal Antara Artis-Artis Brunei dan Raja Lawak Malaysia”, organised by Ryan Fayyad Events Management and Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society, which will also be on the night of Saturday 24th December 2011 starting 8.00pm.

The Futsal Challenge will include eight invited teams, namely Liverpool Supporters Club; Chelsea Supporters Club; Arsenal Supporters Club; Brisbane Roars Supporters Club; Kota Juniors; Syah Kampung; Stone Villa and Reds Supporters.

The tournament will start from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm at the Indoor Stadium and the final round will be held at 8.00pm, as the opening match for the “Perlawanan Futsal Antara Artis-Artis Brunei dan Raja Lawak Malaysia”. The final teams get to play in this prestigious event as well as being presented with medals and trophy commemorating the event.

With the organiser, sponsors, and representatives from L.S.C.B

The draw for the tournament was held at the management meeting on Wednesday night, 21st December 2011 at Jade Crystal & Kopitiam, Madang. Present during the draw was the organizer Hj Tajudin, from Ryan Fayyad Sports Management, the sponsors, Lokman Abdul Karim from SA Premium and Local celebrities Hj Yahya, Hardee the Seeds and Alwi 5.10am- all of whom would be representing the Brunei artists in the celebrity futsal match. Also present during the draw was Muhd Sufian Hj Adnan, Vice President of L.S.C.B., and the chairperson for the SA Premium Futsal Challenge.

The SA Premium Futsal Challenge 2011 is organised by Ryan Fayyad Events Management and Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society, Sponsored by SA Premium and managed by Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei (L.S.C.B.). This will be the second time L.S.C.B. has collaborated with Ryan Fayyad Event Management, and hope for good relations as well as a successful event. Supporters from each team and the public are most welcome to come during the day to cheer on their teams and catch the “Perlawanan Futsal Antara Artis-Artis Brunei dan Raja Lawak Malaysia”.

For more on L.S.C.B, go to www.Facebook.com/BruneiReds or http://twitter.com/BruneiReds. Image courtesy of L.S.C.B.


Unity is the key

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Kudos to BG and relief team

I won’t spare so much details on this issue as it’s all over the news and on print media.. I’ve never seen such an extensive coverage on all newspapers. Some might argue that the coverage might go out of proportion, some might argue that these show how much the community care for the concern. Indeed this is one of the most tragic news in Brunei in many years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank His Majesty and the Brunei Government for all the help given to the concern parties. We are very blessed for the generousity shown by our ruler and many citizens also shared the same sentiments on our beloved King. May Allah bless him for his kind deeds.

Let’s not forget the other parties involved in the relief team. They have worked so hard for the past 24 hours and most of the passengers are back in Brunei Darussalam as they arrived Brunei from KK yesterday midday. A big shout out to the guys from Royal Brunei Airlines too in making the special arrangement possible. I know my sister and my friends were involved in the logistics as well. So well done, guys!!

It was also good to see the Ministers’ presence in this kind of situation and give morale support to the families involved. If you guys want to read more of the incident, you can read today’s BB and TBT.

Lastly, my deepest condolences to the families of the victims on the tragedy. I’m still shocked but we just have to move on and appreciate what we have right now and be strong. The country is behind you and together we unite.

The passengers involved in the KK Bus accident two days ago. Illustration by Gilbert Macunat of The Brunei Times


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Salebration = less travel??

Hmmmmm.. I was reading this article from The Brunei Times with regards to Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE) who recently launched the Brunei Salebration which kicked off a few days ago. This is definitely a great initiative for the locals to save their $$$ when they shop at outlets that are under the flagship of “Brunei Salebration”.

However, I might have to disagree on their notion that such campaign will persuade the locals to “stay and spend in the country during the end-of-year holidays.” Perhaps, it’s understandable if JPKE were to target those crossing the borders if they want to buy things that are also available in Brunei.

I doubt that the “Salebration” will change the mindset of the majority of the locals to stay in Brunei as “holidaying” is a different ball game. Firstly you get to be out of Brunei and that’s one awesome feeling and plus who doesn’t love to travel especially during December. Secondly, most of the travelers have pre-booked their tickets during the October Travel Fair which would make no sense to change the mindset of the locals. Thirdly, I believe there are more varieties outside Brunei as compared to the limited choices we have especially books, gadgets and clothes.

I bought both my compact cameras in Singapore and perhaps the beauty of it is the experience factor where I get to venture here and there at different shops just to compare pricing before I seal the deal. Furthermore, in Singapore, I could claim my GST at the airport which is another great incentive for travelers.

I’m too concerned about the opportunity costs (travel expenses) because all of that has been repaid by my dosage of travel experiences and being in a different environment and more vibrant one and there are a lot of factors too. I don’t speak for others but a few of my friends do share the same sentiments when it comes to traveling and shopping.

Salebration is indeed great for the local economy but it’s difficult to judge if the perceived savings is directly related to travel. It could be a determinant but not a significant one. Don’t shoot the messenger. I was just sharing my 2 cents on my opinions and thoughts. And yes, I could be wrong too. Perhaps, the consumers who believed that “perceived savings” is better abroad forgot to share their views that shopping is part of the travel experience.

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PS Vita at ETA

A new gadget from Playstation

The Face Shop

Make a date with Ms. Cho Myeong Ae

Have you tried Meguiar’s?

Special promotion until 22nd Jan 2012

Well done, #Brunika

A big shout to my #Brunika buddies.. There are indeed one of the best emergence in Social Media of 2011. More of them soon!!! You can read their feature in today’s The Brunei Times and good write up, Hana :))

Dine at Airport Restaurant & Seasons



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