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Hungry and hungrier

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CNY promotion at Radisson

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RBA special promotion

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Education exhibition in February

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Inspiring, potential entrepreneurs

Last Sunday I paid a visit to Business School as they were organising the Business School Business Project 2012 and every year they have risen the bar. It was a two day event though I only dropped by for a bit on Sunday but I saw great efforts from the students of Business School. Perhaps one of the exciting things organised was the Nerf gun competition which was held at the field. I expect the nerf gun era to rise in popularity since paintball is still not approved in Brunei. Well done once again to the students!!

Daily flight Down Under

Royal Brunei Airlines is increasing services to Melbourne and will be offering daily flights at the start of the Summer Schedule on 25 March 2012. The enhanced scheduled was announced by Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, Mr. Dermot Mannion in a press conference at the Crown Metropol in Melbourne on 30 January 2012. It was attended by Victoria Tourism, Melbourne Airport Authority, local travel agents, Brunei Tourism, members of RBA senior management, and more customers.

The same-time daily services will also improve connections and journey options for passengers travelling between Melbourne and London, Dubai, Manila, Bangkok, Sabah, and Sarawak.

Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, Mr. Dermot Mannion, stated “Travelling to and from Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, has never been easier. With our standardised timings coupled with our daily services, it is now just a hop, a skip and a jump away to travel to, and experience the culture of, Brunei – the Green Heart of Borneo and beyond.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events in Victoria, Louise Asher said she was delighted Royal Brunei Airlines had decided to increase services from four times weekly to daily starting next March. She stated, “The burgeoning relationship between Victoria and Royal Brunei Airlines is going from strength to strength and I look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship. South-East Asia is one of Victoria’s fastest growing markets and these additional Royal Brunei Airlines services will enable greater tourism and trade linkages and opportunities across this valuable growth market.”

Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chris Woodruff stated, “As Royal Brunei’s only Australian destination, we welcome Royal Brunei’s increased services to Melbourne Airport. In addition to a link to Brunei, Royal Brunei’s extensive Asian and European networks support Melbourne two most significant long haul markets, China and the United Kingdom.”

Flights from Melbourne will depart on daily at 12:25pm and arrive in Bandar Seri Begawan at 05:35pm. Return flights will depart Bandar Seri Begawan at 11:50am and arrive in Melbourne at 08:45pm.

During Daylight Savings periods – 25 to 31 March and 07 to 27 October – departure and arrival timings in Melbourne will be one hour later, while departure and arrival timings in Bandar Seri Begawan remain the same throughout. Passengers may visit their travel agent or www.bruneiair.com to book their flights.

Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, Mr. Dermot Mannion, (3rd from left) unveiled the daily flights to Melbourne

Barely There: Clearance Sale

I won’t spare much details but Barely There is having their clearance sale up to 70% on certain items. If you are interested, you can visit the shop located at Tanjung Bunut (Hua Ho shop lots) and it’s the same building as TAIB. For more info, you can call 824 8680 and the opening hours are from Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm.

For more info, you can check out CR’s page here.

Barely There is located on 1st floor at Tanjung Bunut shopping lot

20% off for all Angel Flame. These are cool candles btw

For Hello Kitty fans, there’s a 30% discount

For Hello Kitty fans, there’s a 30% discount

Oh, this is not for sale *lol*


Let's get ready to Rumbleeeee….

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One month gone

RA says: Yess…. I kinda took my sweet time today and relaxed because I haven’t been treating my Monday like my Sunday where you take time off and do the things you want to do. That’s what I’ve been missing in the past few months.

Yesterday was an epic Sunday where I had numerous pitstops and I’m sorry for those open house invitations that I didn’t manage to attend due to time constraints. My CNY visits have been eventful to say the least and the weather has been slightly wetter than previous year.

Speaking of CNY, it has been mellow in terms of CNY celebration and some of you may have been aware of the 3-day ruling for Lion Dance performance last week. It brought some mixed reviews from the pubic especially from the Chinese community but I won’t indulge into that further. Let’s just be appreciative that the relevant associations were given the opportunity to perform lion dance in the limited time period.

January has been an awesome month.. There were tons of talking points and I’m very appreciative of my friends who have been supportive and engaging at the same time. My surprise birthday gimmick was the highlight of the month, so thank you once again guys!!! Also a big thank to my Mom and my siblings for the wonderful birthday celebration two weeks ago. I believed everyone had a blast that night too.

So what’s in store for February? All I know that I will be traveling to a few destinations – KK, KL and Bangkok with Singapore still a tentative trip. My KK trip is because of the inaugural flight of MASwings which will commence on 2nd February. This will be another alternative flight to KK apart from Royal Brunei Airlines. My KL trip is because of the upcoming Social Media Summit and also a FAM trip organised by Tourism Malaysia and AirAsia (upon confirmation) while my Bangkok trip is the overdue trip for the CN Blue concert was re-scheduled from November 2011 to February 2012 and I will be flying with the Holika Holika winners from Brunei.

I won’t be posting any stories of my coverage today (and I’m feeling lazy as well). I want to share a little of a newly acquainted Malaysian friend who resides in Melbourne. He is currently labelled as the Malaysian whiz kid Fong Wai Hong who runs OzHut which wows Aussies. He’s one great role model for upcoming young entrepreneurs.

We had the privilege to attend an “anti-conference” forum type at Fleur-de-lys this afternoon hosted by Asia Inc Forum where Wai Hong shared his stories on his successes and failures as an entrepreneur. I shall post of him soon and if you want to know more of him, just google OzHut or search it on Twitter. Amazing individual 🙂

Be right back peeps 😀

Photo opportunity with a young millionaire @waihonger the founder of OzHut who shared his story among the local entrepreneurs at Fleur-de-lys this afternoon



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Education exhibition in February

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Sunday Pitstop 

Healthy campaign at Citis Square officiated by the Minister of Health

This was kinda of a cool way to work out (or body bump). Taken at the National Hockey Field at Berakas and conducted by Fitness Zone

I was quite impressed with the students from Business School. This year’s carnival was quite happening. More details on that later and it was also good to see some dedicated students too. I’m a sucker for young entrepreneurs *lol*

Thank Carol You Zhen Lim for the quick breakie at Countrypatch. I realised Countrypatch is always popular from Friday to Sunday hence no reservations can be taken during the weekend

Today’s the final day and it will last till 6pm. Plenty of baby clothes too which are selling pretty well.

I have been stocking up bananas for my Zell-V supplements. Don’t ask me why. It’s self-explanatory *lol*

Well, this is where I’m updating my post for today and also the first half of my pitstops.. So do catch me on Twitter @ranoadidas and instagram for updates 😀

Congratulations to Izzy (Iskandar) and Rina on their Bersanding event. Sorry I couldn’t make it to your evening function and all the best to you guys

A stopover at iLotus Restaurant to catch up with Sarina at her mom’s Open House function

I was quite impressed with Sweet Garden Tea Party at Rimba. It was full house and do expect this concept to happen on a monthly basis and this also depends on the weather

I admire these two ladies because of their dedication to sustain their branding and food product at the same time. This is no easy feat but both these ladies are great examples for the rest to follow. I headed off to Berakas to pick up some brownies and cupcakes 😀

A visit to Lai Pei-Si, the CEO and Head of Consumer Banking of SCB Brunei (left) and accompanying is Jennifer Kang, Head of Corporate Affairs of SCB Brunei.

CNY Open House among the families of the Sius as it was their turn to host. It was also a celebration for Alvin Siu’s birthday which falls on Monday (tomorrow). Enjoy the ukelele, dude!!

Info day on upcoming BICTA

Authority of Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) conducted a BRUNEI ICT AWARD (BICTA) 2012 INFORMATION SHARING SESSION for Principals and IT teachers from secondary schools, Tertiary institutions and Higher institutions.

The event was opened with a welcoming speech by Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI. Followed by speakers from the BICTA committee which elaborated upon the background of the BICTA 2012, BICTA 2012 Road Show Schedule Guidelines and Roadmap on BICTA and APICTA 2012, Information on Identify, Design and Develop (IDD) workshops, and to Identify potential ICT projects in your company.

This year the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) competition was successfully launched on 14th January 2012 by Dato Paduka Haji Awang Alaihuddin bin POKDGSLDSU Haji Awang Mohamad Taha, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications. This national annual competition, in its 8th year, is aimed to nurture and unleash the potential of individuals, students and local ICT players. The competition is open to participants in 3 categories, Secondary Student Project, Tertiary Student Project and ICT Industry. Winners stand to win up to the top prize of B$ 3,000, B$7,000 and B$ 10,000 in each of the respective categories. Furthermore, BICTA winners get to represent Brunei Darussalam to participate in Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2012, a prestigious international ICT competition which our country will proudly host in December, 2012.

The event ended with a Q&A session, in which several of the participants gave inputs on how to make the upcoming roadshow more effective. The BICTA working committee will incorporate the feedbacks into the program in hope to enhance the effectiveness to the upcoming sessions with students.

This year the APICTA Awards will hosted in Brunei Darussalam. The BICTA roadshow will be held throughout the month of February 2012. Interested schools and institutions may contact the BICTA representatives at 2 323232 or via email at bicta@aiti.gov.bn or visit the BICTA website at www.bicta.gov.bn

Chief Executive of AITI, Hj Yahkup, briefing during the morning workshop

Last day for Giveaway at The Body Shop

All you have to do is spend $69 above and you get a jute bag and beauty set worth of $34 (items while stock last)

The Body Shop staff holding their favourite Body Shop item

The Body Shop staff holding their favourite Body Shop item

The best seller product, Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Puree, is having a $9 discount.. Awesome!!!


b.mobile made EPL Masters II possible

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Education exhibition in February

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EPL Masters is back!!

Yesterday marks an important day for EPL Masters Football tournament. With the success of 2011, EPL Masters Football Tournament Brunei Cup is back once again this year to Negara Brunei Darussalam.

This year, Masters Football will be presented by the mobile service provider, B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd and is scheduled to awe the audience in about 3 months time. Masters is a 6 a-side indoor football competition in the United Kingdom, where players over the age of 35 are chosen by the Masters Football Selection Committee to represent a English Premier League club which they played for.

According to Idham Abas “Masters Football has enjoyed tremendous success over the past 3 years; it has established itself as quality tournament offering excellent corporate benefits with staggering coverage. The Masters Football as a brand, is growing and its success has been recognised and fuelled expansion. It’s developed into a star studded annual event in the corporate sports calendar. In 2012 the Masters Football is heading out into countries around SEAsia, including Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore.”

A signing ceremony was held at The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Members Lounge yesterday between the organizer, Adsem and B-Mobile as the Presenting Sponsor. Signing on behalf of B-Mobile was its CEO, Mr Lim Ming Soon, witnessed by his Deputy Mr See Wei Kie. Representing Adsem at the signing was Idham Abas, General Manager witnessed by Jenny Malai Ali, Sponsorship Relations Manager. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Guest of Honour, Sheikh Jamaluddin Bin Sheikh Mohamad the CEO of Brunei Tourism Board.

Nurul Jaafar was the emcee of the signing ceremony. Notice the irony? (hint – look at pictures below)

Sheikh Jamaluddin Bin Sheikh Mohamad the CEO of Brunei Tourism Board gave his full support on events that have global reach

The local press also attended the signing ceremony

Idham Abas, General Manager of Adsem exchanging documents with b.mobile CEO, Mr Lim Ming Soon with Sheikh Jamaluddin witnessing the signing ceremony

Group photo with Adsem, b.mobile and Brunei Tourism Board

When asked why B-Mobile was interested in supporting such event, CEO Lim Ming Soon commented “In view of last years’ event, we believe this Masters Football event is indeed a high profile event and a good avenue for us to continue supporting. Not only are we associating B-Mobile with a renowned brand, it is also an opportunity for the company to give back to the community, a community that seems to be very well in sync with the football sports. Meeting these football legends here in Brunei marks a memorable occasion and B-Mobile hopes to give the community and especially the B-Mobile customers that privileged experience”. He also said “Football is more than just a sport; it’s a lifestyle and a healthy one to add to it. It is an activity that should be encouraged and fostered to promote interest in healthy living amongst the community especially the youth.”

CEO of B-Mobile further added that “The tremendous support we have received from our customers have also made us supporting this event possible. Our marketing team have worked hard in preparing a variety of campaigns and activities for our post paid and prepaid users. Over the coming weeks until the month of April, B-Mobile will be promoting on how our customers can win tickets to watch the game, to even a close encounter meet and greet with some of their idol and other football legends to other great and exciting prizes including an all expense paid trip to watch the much anticipated football event EURO 2012 in Poland. We just started one campaign with our prepaid users giving them an opportunity to win tickets to the EPL Masters Brunei Cup when they top up $10. Post paid users will also be enjoying some campaign benefits when they pay their bills or subscribe to some of the available SMART plans.”

The EPL Masters Brunei Cup 2012 presented by B-Mobile is set to happen on the 21st April 2012 on a Saturday night and tickets will be sold February onwards and B-Mobile will also be selling some over its branches. More information on this event or campaigns conducted by B-Mobile will be posted in detail on the website www.bmobile.com.bn 1st February onwards or customers can simply call 177 for further info or contact Adsem at 8231333.

Rumours have it that Roy Keane will be featured in this tournament

Dieter Hamann will also make his way to Brunei soon


Garage Sale Saturday & Sunday

Address: No. 8, Spg. 627, Kg. Beribi, Gadong

Time: 9am-6pm

ITEMS: blouses, office wear, pants, baju kurongs, jeans, bags, accessories, watches, shoes, etc.
BRANDS: Zara, MNG, Esprit, M&S, Forever 21, DKNY, River Island, FCUK, Top Shop, Cotton On, Accessorize, LV, Prada, etc.
SIZES: uk8-20, S-XXL

Some of the items on garage sale

Some of the items on garage sale

Some of the items on garage sale

From AV Electronics


Black out period

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Special give-away at The Body Shop

Have you tried Zell-V?

Everyone yearns to lead a quality lifestyle filled with excellent health, vitality and beauty. Such a desire is possible through Zell-V with its anti-ageing products; although such a product is not the first of its kind, the store boasts to be the “first image store in Brunei”.

The grand opening of the store yesterday was commemorated with a festive performance by a lion dance troupe, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei, Dato Abdullah Sani Omar and his spouse Datin Adeda Rahimah Ahmad, along with international artiste and Zell-VAmbassador, Rosyam Nor, Zell-VMedical Advisor Dato Dr Nor Shahidah Khairullah and KFCManaging Director, Nelky Goh.

The event was held at the store’s premise on the first floor of the Rizqun International Hotel at the Mall in Gadong. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, the event continued with a tour around the premise and a health talk presentation entitled “How To Defy Ageing With Zell-V Cellular Therapy” by Dato Dr Nor Shahidah Khairullah.

She touched on the product from an aesthetic to a medical point of view; essentially on how Zell-V works, how it is effective in defying ageing, and how people can benefit from it.

Rosyam Nor, a Malaysian celebrity and spokesperson for the product, also shared on how the product has helped him keep fit, be energised and focused on his everyday work in the entertainment industry.

Other highlights of the opening included a free cell check (live blood analysis) and health consultation by two medical specialists. Text by Anwar Rosly and some images courtesy of Vincent Hong.

Rosyam Nor (2nd left) is one of the spokeperson for Zell-V as he came for the official opening of Zell-V outlet at The Mall

The outlet is located at Rizqun International Hotel on the 1st floor, next to Tourism Malaysia office and Hush Puppies

I had a chat with Elliot Pang, Business Development Executive, International Sales of Ruyi Marina Bay Pte Ltd (Zell-V) a few weeks ago

I didn’t know the icon for Zell-V is a sheep

Wholesale Price from SHH Co

I’m craving for one

Celebrate Prosperity. McDonald’s has brought prosperous times back for Bruneians with the all-time favourite Prosperity Burger. Enjoy your favourite Chicken Prosperity meal now and is available for a limited time only.

“The Prosperity Burger is a Malaysian creation and its phenomenal popularity has been making waves in the region. The secret to the great-tasting Prosperity Burger lies in the quality ingredients that we use. We do not compromise on food quality and maintain strict quality and safety standards from sourcing for ingredients right up to serving the finished products. When it comes to our food, our values are one of our most important ingredients, and we focus hard on delivering only the best to our customers,” said Dk. Kemariah Pg Hj Duraman, General Manager of McDonald’s Brunei.

Now I’m craving for this. It has been a while 😀

Similar to the Beef Prosperity Burger, the Chicken Prosperity Burger is made of a juicy tender chicken dipped in aromatic black pepper sauce and topped with slivered onions in a sesame seed bun for an appetizing meal. Also making a special appearance as part of the Prosperity meal is the Twister Fries, made from the best Umatilla Russet potatoes, perfectly seasoned and cooked to golden perfection. While the Prosperity McFizz, a combination of 100% orange juice and Sprite, is the perfect beverage to complete the meal.

The Chicken Prosperity meal is priced at $7.18 and Beef Prosperity meal is at $6.78 for medium and just add 60 cents for large meal.

Double Prosperity is also available. Visit McDonald’s for your next meal or call 244 9669 for McDelivery.


A quiet dragon year

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The full Dragon Lion dance at Sunlit Advertising

It took quite some time to set this up

Sunlit staff waiting to be called to move the stilts

It’s not easy to move this platform once it has been assembled

The car park space was filled up with firecrackers

Do you dare to lit this up?

It was defeaning indeed when the firecracker started to make some noise

The dragon dance performance which is quite rare to see in public

Great catch by Mr. and Mrs. Ting

Loving the sea of red outside Sunlit Advertising office

Mr. Jackson Ting of Sunlit Advertising with his family and the lions

A historical book on Kg Ayer

It’s not certain on the release date but it should be out tentatively this August. The book on Kampung Ayer was initiated by the author Dato Paduka Dr Hj Abdul Latif Hj Ibrahim and last Saturday was a Memorandum of Understanding between the author and Pentagram Designs.

In his welcoming remarks, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Abdul Latif gave his appreciation to Brunei Hotel for hosting the MoU ceremony. The MoU signing was between CEO of Pentagram Designs, Siti Zaleha bte Kaprawi and the author Dato Paduka Dr Hj Abdul Latif.

The author will published an English version ‘Kg Ayer – Living Memory ‘ and a Malay version ‘Kg Ayer – Kenangan Abadi’. At the moment, Dato is in the midst of collecting nostalgic photos of Kampung Ayer. We shall see how the book will turn out one day.

Dato Paduka Dr Hj Abdul Latif giving his remarks on the upcoming Kg Ayer book

During the signing of the MoU of the book – Hjh Faridah, Sales of & Marketing of Pentagram Designs, CEO of Pentagram Designs, Siti Zaleha bte Kaprawi, the author Dato Paduka Dr Hj Abdul Latif Hj Ibrahim and Ahmad Nazri Dato Paduka Hj Abd Latif

CEO of Pentagram Designs, Siti Zaleha bte Kaprawi and the author Dato Paduka Dr Hj Abdul Latif Hj Ibrahim

Albert Tan was also present during the signing ceremony

The author speaking to the media

Sonic on Kinect from ETA

Outdoor movie surprise for Del Goh


True story

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Radisson host Lion Dance

A great turn out at Radisson Hotel on the 1st day of Chinese New Year and there were quite a number of expats who witnessed the lion dance performance at the lobby of Radisson Hotel.

Present were the General Manager of Radisson Hotel, Peter Feran and Director of Sales, Paula Munoz and the associates of Radisson Hotel.

Peter Feran, General Manager of Radisson Hotel, with his children to witness the lion dance performance at the hotel

The human stabilizers for the lion dance performance

More pix from 1st day of CNY

A message from Jati Transport

Good accolade for Jati Transport.. Keep it up!!!

Prize presentation for Laneige Musical Broadway

A few days before CNY, Laneige (Brunei) hosted a small prize giving ceremony for the successful Broadway Musical Charity Competition which was organised by Laneige (Brunei) with the support of the Ministry of Education. The fund raising competition was intended to raise funds for KACA and Pusat Bahagia.

19 schools participated in the 2nd Laneige Broadway Musical Charity Competition which involved 700 students and teachers (coaches) and it was held back in November 2011 at the International Convention Centre.

Presenting the trophies and prizes was Cheong Huat Joo, Acting Senior Special Duties Officer for the Department of Schools (Secondary).

Laneige Director Lim Hong Seng presenting a mock cheque to Pusat Bahagia

STPRI won 1st place of Laneige Broadway Musical Charity Competition 2011

Best vocal went to STPRI as well

STPRI performed a popular musical number “Popular”

1st Runner up was Sultan Hassan Secondary School from Bangar who were champions back in 2010

Sultan Hassan Secondary School performing back then

@nd Runner up was Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) College

Great performance by SOAS College back in November 2011

Sekolah Pengiran Anak Putri Hjh Masna won Best Costume and the Most Creative

Sekolah Pengiran Anak Putri Hjh Masna in action

The Best Actor from Sekolah Menengah Rimba

The Best Actor from Sekolah Menengah Rimba played the Elvis role

The Best Actress from Sekolah Pengiran Anak Putri Masna

The Best Actress in action (left) from Sekolah Pengiran Anak Putri Masna

Best Stage Management went to Sekolah Menengah Sayyidina Hassan Kilanas

What umbrella are you?

I noticed this when I was covering the 2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam last Sunday. There were tons of umbrellas seen in public as people were carrying them to shelter from the hot scorching sun. So I thought to myself why not have a post on the different types of umbrellas they carry. I was using my reliable HSBC black umbrella which can withstand strong winds. So peeps.. What umbrella are you? 🙂

Acer from Concept Computers


MZ to entertain Brunei

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Maher Zain Concert in March

You can buy tickets at KFC Plaza Athirah, KFC Belait, KFC Lumut SPARK and NMHQR Studio (Plaza Athirah 6th floor)

Gong Xi Fa Chai at Temple

Lion dance at GIANT Rimba

Visiting the Khos

Visiting Pehin Goh’s family


Year of the Dragon

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Lion Dance today at Radisson

The Perfect Baze: Part II

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Mr. RA with the guys from Brunika instagram admins

3 stripes was the theme that night

Hello ladies 😀

I ain’t scared of ya.. (Maybe a lil)

Mr. RA with Jessie T and Sean

Awesome Foursome :))

A creative man-made 3 stripes from Clovis.. Amazing!! *lol*

Delicious red velvet cake from @pablo_bakes *two thumbs up*


The revival of the Regatta

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Row, row, row your boat

Many reasons why the Regatta competition should be an annual event. One of it is because this will build up the name of the capital of Brunei and give Brunei River a good brand among the locals and tourists alike. With the facelift of the BSB Waterfront, we need more activities at bandar to attract more locals.

Another reason is the cleanliness of the Brunei River. I belive the river was considerably clean and the relevant authorities have been proactive prior to the 2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam to make sure that the river is clean from rubbish and man-litter pollution. With more government activities at BSB Waterfront, this could enforce the authorities to educate the public on disposing of their rubbish. I have to tell you that the Brunei River does collect a few rubbish here and there and it’s not good sight to see them floating by the edges of the platforms along the BSB Waterfront.

It was a great turnout today and everyone was enjoying the activities of the 2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam. There were boat, powerboat and jet ski races to name a few. It was also great to see His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei rowing in a friendly race with other boats.

I hope to see more of activities at BSB Waterfront and kudos to Ministry of Home Affairs and the organisers for making this event possible. This is indeed a historic moment to see the Regatta event being revived.

His Majesty the Sultan and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik paying a quick visit to Kopi Bandar at BSB Waterfront

His Majesty taking a quick break at Kopi Bandar

The Crown Prince also visited the cafe. On the left is the owner of Kopi Bandar

The owners of Kopi Bandar with the chefs and staff

Lots of crowd hanging out below Kaizen Waterfront

His Majesty leading the friendly boat race

HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik also took part in the race

Like uncle, like nephew

Dato Hamdilah was also at the event today

Some of the boat races at the 2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam

Quite a crowd watching the regatta

One of the trophies of the 2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam

Hey little kid… not in public, please *It’s not what you think LOL*

The rowers representing one of the ministries

A lot of government officers and diplomats also witnessed the event

Audi A1 for you?

IA Salon closes for CNY

In conjunction of coming soon CHINESE NEW YEAR, we would like to inform that our business hours on 22nd January 2012 will starts from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

Their business will closed from 23rd January until 29th January 2012. Business will resumed on 30th January 2012.

All staff and management of IA Salon would like to greet everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR and GONG XI FATT CHAI.

A model from IA Salon

A model from IA Salon

BruneiQ Puzzle TM

PHMD Publishing Company will publish another product called The BruneiQ PuzzleTM . It is specially designed and created for all ages so everyone can have a FUN and EXCITING experience. It also motivates those who try to solve the puzzles to not give up and keep trying to find the best solution. Anyone and everyone can solve it. If you can read, then you can definitely solve these puzzles. Make sure that you read all the instructions, hidden clues and hints in each of The BruneiQ PuzzleTM.

The book will be available soon

There two options available in this competition.

Option A – The Brunei.Q Puzzle Lucky Draw!!

The BruneiQ Puzzle consists of varieties of Puzzles which The BruneiQ PuzzleTM supports the government initiatives in promoting tourism in Brunei Darussalam. Thus, most of The BruneiQ PuzzleTM is related to interesting places, local culture, natural heritage and attractions in Brunei Darussalam. Let us work together to promote our country, Brunei Darussalam to our friends overseas by getting a copy of The BruneiQ PuzzleTM for them. The puzzles include Sudoku, Number Sequence, Word Column, Kuih-Kuih Brunei and many others.

Share The BruneiQ PuzzleTM with your family and friends; do not keep it to yourself. Since The BruneiQ PuzzleTM is designed specifically for all ages, everyone can enjoy countless hours of solving the puzzles together. Collaborate and share your puzzle solutions with them; seek help from them if you get stuck because there is always an alternative way to reach the solution.

They believe strongly that anyone and everyone will be able to solve all the puzzles in The BruneiQ PuzzleTM book. Hence, they want to reward your time, talent and effort by entering you into The BruneiQ PuzzleTM LUCKY DRAW.

Option B. $10, 000 cash prize! – Reverse Puzzle.

Reverse puzzle, a puzzle for those who Love a Challenge, was invented by Michael Guan (“The Inventor”) sometime in 2000. Consisting of 49 pieces, it was marketed with a B$10,000 prize on offer by The Inventor to whosoever could solve it. Due to the toughness of the puzzle no time limit was imposed and up till today. Reverse Puzzle remain unsolved. The challenger will cut a shape that looks like the ISLAND OF BORNEO into 49 pieces. Once cut draw the outline of the 49 pieces inside the ISLAND OF BORNEO in the Official Entry Form and immediately deliver the completed official entry form to The Inventor. The first correct entry that matches The Inventor pre cut 49 pieces wins.

It was also The Inventor’s mission to provoke people to think creatively, innovate and push their imaginations to greater heights. To this end, for those who dare to take on the challenge, The Inventor put up the prize money himself and B$10,000 could be yours! So Hurry, and Don’t Miss the Fun, the Adventure! Remember, No Venture, No Gain! To assure fair play an encrypted soft copy of the 49 pre cut pieces is stored in a thumb drive. The thumb drive is in the custody of the BruneI.Q publisher, PHMD Publishing Company.

PHMD Publishing Company guys with Mr. Micheal aka Mr. Magic. Image taken by Dean Kassim of Borneo Bulletin

About the Inventor
The Inventor is a Chartered Accountant and he is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts in England & Wales. He enjoys golfing, solving puzzles, singing, performing magic and writing books.

Pre-Order for Brunei.Q Puzzle Book. PHMD Publishing Company will open The Brunei.Q. Puzzle for Pre-order starting 21st January 2012, Saturday until 27th January 2012 as for the official launching. Pre-order will be priced at $8.80 from the original $10.90. The price will be resumed to $10.90 after the official launching. To Pre-order Brunei.Q Puzzle, you can simply email at bruneiqpuzzle@gmail.com your particulars. (NAME, IC-Number and Phone No).

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