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21
Jan

Baze Night: Part I

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

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Special promotion at Tasek Braserrie


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RBA special promotion


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AITI’s awareness on Amateur Radio Usage


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Kitaro’s Yee Sang promotion


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The Perfect Baze: Part I

PSVITA now at ETA

Maslina wins Samsung Mini Tab

Indah Sejahtera Development and Services Sdn Bhd, the site developer of Where2kerja.com announced the Lucky Draw Winner, Dyg Maslina Kula, 24, out of 2,500 entries registered on where2kerja.com, during the Oil and Gas Sector Job Fair which was organized by the Department of Energy-at the Prime Minister’s Office in last December.

Ms. Maslina, visited the Job fair and registered with where2kerja.com on the last day and emerged as lucky draw winner of Samsung Mini Tab.

The prize was presented by Marketing Manager of Indah Sejahtera Development and Services Sdn Bhd, Mr. Christopher Ng. According to Mr. Ng, over 2500 jobseekers registered to the site where2kerja.com and where enrolled to lucky draw contest.

Mr. Ng, also highlighted that there will be roadshows and more events to encourage and support local professionals jobseekers to register themselves on W2K.

Where2kerja.com is an online directory of local professionals and businesses that caters for the Bruneian market.


Maslina receiving her prize from Christopher Ng of Indah Sejahtera Development and Services Sdn Bhd

Acer Aspire from Concepts Computer

20
Jan

Dua Minggu unleashed

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News



2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam

Members of the public are welcome to view full-dress rehearsals for a cultural performance in-conjunction with the 2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam at the BSB Waterfront on the evening of January 20 (tonight) starting from 8pm.

The actual performance will be held on the eve of the regatta (January 21) and will only be open to regatta participants and committee members attending a welcoming reception for this year’s Regatta Brunei Darussalam.

Speaking during &media briefing yesterday, Co:chairman of the Media and Publicity Committee of the 2012 Regatta Brunei Darussalam, Pg Hj Mohiddin bin Pg Badaruddin, said that the full-dress rehearsals are a great opportunity for members of the public to bring their families and view the cultural performance organised specially by the Tourism Development Board.

The regatta is scheduled to begin on Sunday, in front of the BSB Waterfront in the capital, ending a decades-long hiatus. The full-day spectacle will see four main races take place involving high-speed boats, traditional water taxis, jet-skis and long-boats as the main race event.

A total of 1,125 local and foreign participants from Malaysia and Indonesia will take part in additions to participants of ministries, departments, private companies and local mukims.

To add further entertainment, a marching band performance will be held on January 22 by the Brunei Royal Police Force and Prisons Department.
According to Pg Hj Mohiddin, some 110 vendors will set up booths and food stalls along Jalan Roberts and Jalan Pemancha to showcase local products starting tonight until January 22. Road closures for these roads will start today.

He added that this corresponds to the objective of the event, which is to “enliven the atmosphere around the capital and generate economic activities through the participation of local SMEs”.

The Brunei River will be closed on January 22, from 6am until the regatta is over. All vessels and boats should refrain from entering the Brunei River during the regatta and follow the instructions of the authorities.


Preparing for the event on Sunday at the BSB Waterfront


Road closure on Sunday, 22nd January at Bandar. Graphics from The Brunei Times.

The organisers also wish to inform the public that major road closures will take place on the actual day between 6am and 6pm, with the roads affected including JaIan McArthur, Jalan Pemancha, Jalan Pretty, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Caton.

For the convenience of the public, shuttle bus services will be provided from three locations – the Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, SOAS College and the Royal Regalia.
To avoid traffic congestion and to ensure the event’s success and the safety of spectators, members of the public are urged to abide by the rules and regulations set by security and medical officials.

The river regatta on the Brunei River dates back to the days of the Awang Semaun era. Organisers hope that this regatta will bring back the glory days of decades-old traditions and become an annual event in Brunei’s sporting calendar.

The 2012 Regata Brunei Darussalam is organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and supported by other government agencies such as the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources; Royal Brunei Police Force; and the Land Transport Department. Text by Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin.


Each-a-Cup at Airport Mall

Today is the opening of Each a Cup at The Airport Mall and this will be their 3rd branch (One at The Mall, Gadong and the other at Times Square). The interesting concept for this particular outlet at Airport Mall is that it offers a new revolutionary concept of “Each-a-Brew” where brewing tea on the spot to bring out 100% freshness of the drink. Awesome, huh? You can check out Cuterabbit’s post on Each a Cup too.

Do expect spme wider varieties of healthy drinks such as peach oolong tea, millet mush (mashed wholegrain) and cranberry flavoured drinks to name a few. Their green tea is made from the sprout of tea leaf which contains significant amounts of Vitamin C. Not only they have nutritional energy boost but are delicious (sakura, orange, mango, jadeite, pineapple flavour).

Check out their new toppings too – almond, coconut jelly, korea apple bits.

By the way, there are only some drinks available at Airport Mall outlet.

• Coco Raspberry for chocolate lovers
• Red/Green tea with cream if you like whipped cream
• Earl Grey Milk tea (Singapore all time favourite)
• Summer Mango Mix with Peach (fruity and refreshing)
• Matcha with Red Bean is back


The new outlet of Each A Cup at The Airport Mall


The cool straws of Each A Cup


One of the machines used for Each a Cup


My favourite is the Coffee Oreo with coconut jelly


The packaging theme is Chinese New Year for Each a Cup. We managed to get all the different designs


The latest menu for Each a Cup at Airport Mall only

Plants vs Zombies at ETA

Oddy’s Quest tomorrow

The second musical entitled “Oddy’s Quest II: A Journey In Search of a Home” by Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) Brunei has been in the works for the past six months and will finally be staged this Saturday, January 21 at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

A press conference was held recently during a full dress rehearsal at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

During the press conference, SMARTER President Malai Hj Abdullah Hj Malai Othman stated that the musical is a fund-raising event and was initially planned to happen in October 2011 but was postponed to January 2012.

“We are better prepared and our children are fully bloomed. This is a part of SMARTER’s Community Adaptation Programme (CAP) to develop people skills for the children and also for other people to learn how to communicate with the children,” said the president.

During the rehearsal, SMARTER Brunei was presented with a cheque by Lotus Light Charity Society (LLCS), where the Chairman of LLCS Yeo Tiong Lok handed over a $3,000 cheque to Malai Hj Abdullah on behalf of SMARTER Brunei.

During the event, additional support by local performer Feez Madea accompanied by guitarist Tom will also be expected, followed by performances by siblings of the Individuals With Autism (IWA), SMARTER therapists and volunteers from UBD.

Tickets for the charity musical are priced at $30 and $50. Merchandises from the musical will also be on sale on the day.

For those who are not able to acquire the merchandises, Malai Hj Abdullah mentioned that it will be available at all SMARTER Brunei centres in Sengkurong, Jerudong and Kuala Belait. Text courtesy of Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times.


Soundtrack is available as well


The wristband merchandise will be for sale


Tickets are selling very well and expect a full house tomorrow night


Image by Dinostudioku@Photography Production&Services 2012©Hj Dino


One of the moments during the dress rehearsal recently. Image by Dinostudioku@Photography Production&Services 2012©Hj Dino

Dua Minggu, our mini version of TimeOut

It’s never an easy thing to run a newsletter or page leaflet of the happenings in Brunei. Yesterday iBudaya introduced a new publication of newsletter called DuaMinggu which is a two-week publication. They have printed at least 10,000 copies for the 1st issue. You find the copies at Bello Cafe, Jerudong International School and Fitness zone for the moment. Do expect for wider distribution in the next few days.

Yesterday, Sheikh Jamaluddin, CEO of Brunei Tourism Board, lauded the efforts of Anais Maro and Cecilia Castilla of iBudaya for making DuaMinggu a possible project and the launch event took place at Radisson Hotel.

We shall see what the next edition will contain. Keep up the great work, ladies and congratulations on the 1st issue.


10,000 copies waiting to be distributed around Brunei


Anais Maro of iBudaya and Reeda Malik of Anakbrunei.org listening to the opening remarks of Sheikh Jamaluddin


This is the official logo of iBudaya


Sheikh Jamaluddin doing the honours of opening the first box


So who will be the lucky one to get the newsletter once it drops?


Idham Abas and Azhani Abu Danial were among the guests yesterday


Christina of Pentagram Design, Anais and Cecilia of iBudaya


Ardiwi of iCentre, DJ Izan of Pilihan FM, Sheikh Jamaluddin of Brunei Tourism Board and Cecilia of IA Salon posing with the 1st edition of DuaMinggu


This is the 1st edition of DuaMinggu. More to come!!!

19
Jan

DPMM FC back in business

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Let’s join CommunicAsia 2012

The Authority for Info-communication Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) will be participating in the prestigious CommunicAsia 2012 which will be held from 19 to 22 June 2012 at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. A briefing was conducted at AITI last Friday (14 January 2012) and 28 companies from the ICT Industry attended. AITI’s Assistant Chief Executive for International Relation, Wallace Koh Hoe Aik, kicked off the briefing with a welcome remark. Mars Enterprise and BruGPS then shared their success stories from their participation in CommunicAsia 2011 last year. Ms Claudine from Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd, organizer for CommunicAsia 2012, was on-site to brief the ICT companies with regard to the venue and preparation for the event.

CommunicAsia 2012 will feature a comprehensive myriad of key and emerging technologies from backhaul network, system integration to software and applications to end users. AITI is confident that CommunicAsia 2012 will provide an excellent opportunity for our local ICT companies to get maximum exposure to potential buyers and to strike partnerships and deals. Local ICT companies can also leverage this event to establish business networks and alliance with prominent ICT players from all over the world.


Wallace Koh, AITI’s Assistant Executive Officer for International Relation with Ms. Claudine from Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd

As part of an ongoing effort in helping the local ICT Industry to participate in the international exhibition, AITI has came up with a series of incentives/subsidies for ICT companies which are keen to participate in the CommunicAsia 2012. The subsidies include;

• One free returned economy air-ticket to Singapore for each participating company
• One free standard hotel room with breakfast
• Transportation from airport to hotel vice versa
• Transportation for daily trip from the hotel to the exhibition venue
• A 3x3m booth with 3 pieces of free A1 size colour company posters

Local ICT companies who have their own ICT products/services or have their regional product distributorships are encouraged to participate. Companies that are registered under AITI Accredited Business (AAB) Status will be given priority due to limited number of booths. There will be a nominal participating fee of B$500 for each locally registered ICT company. Application form can be obtained online from www.aiti.gov.bn. The deadline for submission to AITI’s office is on 16 Feb 2012. Text and images courtesy of AITI.

For any query, please contact Mr. Sheikh Abd Hamdani bin DP Sheikh Hj Abd Gani at 2323232 ext 1178 or email: hamdani.gani@aiti.gov.bn or Mr. Faizullah Syazwandy bin Md Zaidi at 2323232 ext 1251 or email: faizullah.zaidi@aiti.gov.bn

DPMM FC 2 Chiang Rai 1

All the goals were scored in the first half. DPMM FC thriumphed over Chiang Rai United, a club from Thailand, in a charity match where the proceeds will go to the humanitarian fund for Thailand and Cambodia flood funds.

First of all, congratulations to DPMM FC on their victory last night but sadly there were no points to win as it was only a warm-up match and this is a great build-up to the upcoming S.League season which kicks off in February 2012.

Vjeran Simunic’s tactic paid off as he deployed three strikers – Shahrazen Said, Rodrigo Grahl and Osman Bashiru in the first half. It took them a while to get the fluidity of the game and Chiang Rai United are no pushovers too as they have seven import players at their disposal.

After a 0-0 draw last Monday, I’m pretty sure there will be some goals in the match and it was the Thai club that drew first blood. DPMM FC were caught off guard as they were complaining to the referee. While being distracted, Chiang Rai quickly passed the ball to the unmarked Chiang Rai No. 40 Wasan Nathasan who raced to the keeper and slotted the ball between the legs of Wardun for a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. DPMM FC and the fans were furious that the goal was allowed but the referee maintained his calm despite being confronted by DPMM FC players.

It was not long before DPMM FC sparked to life. The fans were able to witness the pace of Osman Bashiru who drew many fouls from his opponents. I believed he was the most fouled player on the pitch *lol* DPMM FC leveled the score when Grahl was rammed (or the term I would like to use “speared”) by goalkeeper Arthit Thanusorn in the box and the Brazilian cooly slotted the penalty kick to make it 1-1.

What I’m impressed are not only the import players but the re-emergence of Shahrazen who lost his scoring touch back in 2009. His glancing header connected well from an excellent whipping cross from captain Rosmin Kamis (Bobby) and the keeper had no chance to save it in the 26th minute. Though he was substituted by half-time, the goal will bring some confidence back to the striker who have won many hearts of DPMM FC supporters. The substitution was made because Shahrazen told the coach that he felt some pain on his ankle and Simunic was happy that he was honest with the injury.

The second half was slightly a let down compared to the first. There were some lovely exchanges between Grahl and Subhi at one point and Osman was one of the busiest man as he was fouled at many occassions. What I noticed about DPMM FC was that they couldn’t capitalised on the number of freekicks outside the box. I believed they had like 6 or 7 opportunities but their efforts hardly troubled the keeper. There is a lot of homework to be done despite the narrow victory. It could have been a 2-2 draw if it wasn’t for the heroics of Azwan Salleh (Param) who cleared a goal-bound effort in the dying minutes of the match.

All in all, the fans were ecstatic and we all had fun too. I can’t wait for the S.League season to kick off soon. This was a great teaser of what to expect at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium in weeks to come.


The Brunei Press guys taking a photo with the club owner of Chiang Rai United


The captain of Chiang Rai didn’t look happy after the match


The Thai fans were very happening last night. Awesome!!


One fan managed to get one of the shirts from Chiang Rai players


Stefano, the head coach of Chiang Rai (left) was in sombre mood as his team failed to beat DPMM FC


Simunic was unhappy with the official with some of the decision. Ironically, this was taken right after Grahl scored for DPMM FC


Simunic said that it was like a Hyundai beating a Mercedes-Benz (talking of the Chiang Rai’s superiority with 7 import players)


The reserves of DPMM FC warming up and watching the game


The clash that led to the penalty kick for DPMM FC


Grahl was in super high mode after scoring from the spot


A trademark flip from Shahrazen after he scored the winner. Let’s hope the injury was not caused by his celebration flip… hmmmm.


I find this picture amusing as if there was some foreplay action going on *lol*


The first time the medics were on their feet but they ran for nothing


Yussof did well at the back and he acknowledged his friend from the stands


Osman Bashiru will be one of the marked man in S.League. He was the most fouled person on the pitch last night


The heart beat of the DPMM FC crowd and they play the “samba” through the match. Amazing energy!!


The SuperFriends came in numbers to support DPMM FC


The friendly match was also for a good cause. It was a great crowd too.

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18
Jan

DPMM FC to rock stadium tonight

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


BruOnz Gala Dinner

Over 90 guests attended BruONZ Gala Dinner last Saturday night, which drew the BruONZ Summer Games to a close.

The night began with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, before continuing with welcoming remarks from BruONZ President, Shazrinah Shazali.

Guest of honour, Madeline Chmura, the Second Secretary of the Australian High Commission to Brunei Darussalam, also spoke at the event, and acknowledged the positive relations between the two nations and the increasing numbers of Bruneian students based in Australia.

Students from New Zealand and Australia also performed musical and dance acts at the event in the build-up to the prize presentation and announcement of the overall winners of the BruONZ Summer Games.

Brisbane claimed gold in mixed and men’s doubles in Badminton, with Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand winning the women’s doubles, men’s singles and women’s singles categories respectively.

In the Games’ Futsal competition, Perth 1 claimed the gold medal, with Sydney B’s Mohd Syafiq Haji Kassim nominated as the tournament’s MVP with six goals in total. Elsewhere, Melbourne beat off stern competition to be awarded gold medal in the Basketball event, with Elwin Chong of Melbourne claiming the MVP award.

To round off the sports awards, New Zealand was awarded first place in Netball, with Dk Azzah Pg Metussin being nominated as the MVP, and were overall winners of the Games and claimed the BruONZ State Champion Cup Trophy 2012. Text by Jake Ten, images by Dean Kassim of Borneo Bulletin.


Shazrinah Shazali, President of BruOnz, giving her welcoming remarks


Madeline Chmura, 2nd Secretary of the Austrlia High Commission to Brunei Darussalam, delivered a few words to the guests


Some of the guests during that evening


I present to you the BruOnz committee


The dancers during one of the performances of the Gala Dinner for the BruOnz Summer Games

Strawberry, anyone? From DQ


DPMM FC vs Chiang Rai FC tonight

DPMM FC will not take this game lightly after coming off in a stalemate 0-0 against Chiangrai last Monday. Tonight DPMM FC will fire all cylinders and treat this match as a competitive one as they are preparing for S.League tournament starting February.

Yesterday a press conference was held to promote the charity match between DPMM FC and Chiangrai. The match will take place tonight at Hassanal National Stadium and it has been a while since we caught DPMM FC playing at the national stadium. Do expect a huge crowd tonight and the fans will be able to see DPMM FC’s new import players in action.

Captain Pg Sallehuddin and full-back Sairol won’t be featured as they are still recovering from their injuries. Shahrazen Said will pair up with import player Osman Bashiru up front with Brazilian Rodrigo Gral in attacking midfield. Rosmin (Bobby) will captain DPMM FC tonight.

Vjeran Simunic was very pleased with Monday’s performance and he said that the players are gaining their fitness. The confidence in the dressing room is very high as well. The Croatian said his players will put more effort tonight as he’s aware that the Thailand club failed to score last Monday. He also hopes for another friendly match with another regional club before the S.League season kicks off.

Chiang Rai United’s team coach, Alessandro Stefano Cugurra Rodrigues, believed that performance of their players are important and they hope to gain a good result out of their performance. He highlighted Osman and Shahrazen as the main threats. Chiang Rai will use this match as a preparation for their final game in Thailand on the 28th January. Did you know that Chiang Rai has 7 import players?

So guys, do show your support for DPMM FC tonight.. and let’s hope it doesn’t rain too as it’s raining right now at noon time.


The club owner of Chiang Rai United saying a few words during the press conference


Rosmin (Bobby) will captain DPMM FC tonight


Group photo with DPMM FC and Chiang Rai United


The captain of Chiang Rai United (center)

Francophonie Week

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DE BRUNEI (AF Brunei) held an Opening Ceremony for Francophonie Week 2012 at the Empire Hotel and Country Club on the 16th of January 2012.

Present as the Guest of Honour of the ceremony was Mr Bernard Regembal, First Secretary of the French Embassy in Brunei Darussalam.

The ceremony commenced with the opening speech by Ms Aurelie Dutrey, Director of Alliance Francaise de Brunei which was then followed by the viewing of the exhibition to mark as the opening of Francophonie Week 2012.

This year Alliance Francaise de Brunei showcases the works of Yapp Poi Chee, Sayfuddin, Abby Lim, Faizal Hamdan, Syen Sofian, Doris Lee, Annatasha, Pcyh Hyun Su, Redzuan Rusli (Wan) and Sam Siren for their Francophonie Week Art Exhibition both in Empire Hotel and Country Club as well as Alliance Francaise de Brunei Main Office.

All artworks are based on the 10 words of Francophonie which are: Âme soul, autrement differently, caractère character/nature, chez at, confier entrust/confide, histoire history/story, naturel natural, penchant fondness/tendency, songe dream, andtransports transports.

Internationally, this event aims to celebrate the French language and culture, and create more awareness on the different regions of the Francophone organization. It also serves to create dialogue among these various regions that shared the French language and culture.

Alliance Française de Brunei utilizes Francophonie Week with the hope of providing a platform and support for local Brunei artists to exhibit their work to the public and to venture further into the artistic and cultural endeavors between Bruneians and Francophones alike.


Ms Aurelie Dutrey, Director of Alliance Francaise de Brunei, in her welcoming remarks


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, came to support to the event.


It was quite a turn out last night at The Empire Hotel


This look like a replica version of the bike in Tron


Sam Sirens with her installation at the art exhibition on Level 1

This year, the Francophonie Week 2012 is supported by several established and prestigious companies such as Total E&P Borneo B.V, Baiduri Bank Bhd – the official bank of the event, The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Jerudong Park Country Club Sdn Bhd, Fleur de Lys and BRUNEIONS.COM

Alliance Française de Brunei is a non-profit organization founded in 1986. It is dedicated to promoting the French language and culture as well as to develop the historical friendship between countries – Brunei and France, Bruneians and Francophones.

It is a French cultural and language centre as well as a place of exchanging and sharing ideas among people from different cultural backgrounds and experiences. Today, Alliance Française is the leading cultural network worldwide, with 1,040 establishments in 136 countries on all 5 continents. Each year, 450,000 people, of all ages, attend Alliances Françaises to learn French and more than 6 million people participate in their French cultural activities. The network is coordinated by the Alliance Française Foundation (Fondation Alliance Française).

We are proud to say that Brunei is a part of this cultural network and this proves as evidence that Friendship is the key word to the relationship between Alliance Française and Bruneians alike. Press release from Alliance Francaise.


Great support from the invited guests last night


Abby Lim with her photography work displayed at the art exhibition


A guest was impressed with one of Abby’s work


Syen Sofian created the “Golden Durian” which is displayed at the art exhibition


Syaifuddin from Rainforest Gallery talking to Danial Norjidi of Borneo Bulletin of his soil painting


A group photo of the talented artists


Anwar of The Brunei Times interviewing one of the guests


Check out the art exhibition which will be displayed until 22nd January

17
Jan

Four trips next month?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


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Kuey Teaw Penyet??

That’s right, guys!!! Kuey Teaw Penyet is one of the most popular dishes at Lau Di Fang restaurant which started its restaurant business back in October 2011. It was slightly tough back then as Chris, the owner, had a few man-power to run the restaurant. Today, Lau Di Fang is a very popular spot for patrons at Gadong Central because of its 1) price and 2) food.

A group of bloggers came down last week to try out the dishes. I personally like the mee hoon tauge and the wet crispy fried kuey teaw. I have yet to try the lamb shank but this particular dish you have to pre-order the day or two days prior to consumption as they only offer lamb shank upon request. It’s also pretty affordable.

There’s a good amount of traffic that comes to Lau Di Fang and price factor is also a good draw for patrons. This could be one of the regular places I might dine in from time to time. For more details, you can call 242 7217. The restaurant is located at Spg 21, Block A, Unit 7, Gadong Central, Kg. Menglait.


The entrance of Lau Di Fang. You won’t miss this spot if you drive along the Simpang


The wet crispy kuey teaw goreng and this taste pretty good actually


I’m not a big fan of kolo mee but this is not bad either


The prawn mee soup is spicy *hhoootttttt*


The ambience inside the restaurant


I can’t remember the name of the dish but it’s my favourite so far


You can order Milo Dinosaur


They serve Ayam Penyet too and I like the sambal


Okay.. who says Kuey Teaw and Ayam Penyet don’t blend? They do and it’s a good combination too. One of the best seller at Lau Di Fang


The lamb shank dish but you need to call in to order a day or two before


Buddies trying out the dishes while Chris (in pink) entertaining us


They also serve satay just outside the restaurant


You can order the tasty chicken wings or the “tongkeng”



Enjoy an extra 10% off at Flexa 

Have you come across this store lately? If you want a creative, durable bed/furniture, Flexa is highly recommended as they provide high quality, premium material. With their motto “Because Children Grow”, this means that the children can have a choice or the opportunity to expand or add on what they currently have. Just imagine it as a form of lego. For instance, your single bed can be upgraded to a double decker bed with more accessories in place. You can refer to the illustrations below if you’re a bit confused.

As you know, Flexa has just recently opened its door in Brunei and this is the 2nd store after Singapore that is opened regionally. At the moment, Flexa is running a 10% promotion for a limited time only but guess what, they are part of the Brunei Salebration and now you can enjoy a further 10% (so that’s 20% discount) which is only limited until 22nd January. Another catch is that you can use bank loans for your purchases at Flexa and all major credit cards are accepted as well. Do call 224 0782 or 224 0783 for details.

So where to locate Flexa? It’s located at Kiulap (near Mamih Cafe) and do look for Patrick *great bloke* and he will be able to give you consultation on the concept of Flexa.

With 1 bed bringing 1001 possibilities, new dreams can begin here….. 


Taken from yesterday’s Borneo Bulletin


The motto for Flexa


The stages that your children can go through starting at 3 years old or even at 2


From there, you can expand to a bigger bed with a mini slide and a tent


And by 9 years old, you can have the same bed with your study station underneath.. The possibilities are endless


By 12 years, it can be turned into this to keep up with the changes as they grow older. With Flexa, this is made possible.


If you notice the planks are slightly bend but these are very lasting and even kids can jump on their mattress and they are still durable. These also create comfort for the kids to sleep in.


Ok, I think I’m too big for this kind of stuff.. This bed set is actually the 4th stage. So that means you can actually buy the bed separately from this whole package and add on as your children grow older.


So do check out Flexa located at Kiulap

Recap: Azizah a grand winner among thousands

After emerging as the grand-prize winner of a high-specification Kia Sportage at the Red Bull ‘Win-A-Car’ lucky draw at the entrance to the International Convention Centre, Azizah Ahmad drove her prize home.

The 53-year-old housewife from Kampong Lampai instantly jumped with joy after selecting the correct key and opening the door to the sports utility vehicle. The mother of four said she had only purchased two clusters of Red Bull drinks during the Consumer Fair Part 9 (CF9) in order to be eligible for the lucky draw and that the car will be given as a “present” to her daughter.

Crowds of people bought Red Bull canned drinks and Sunsnack boxed food during the Consumer Fair 9 (organised by Sunlit Advertising), entitling themselves to enter lucky draw. A minimum purchase of $5 also enabled visitors to stand a chance to win daily prizes of two Samsung Tab P100 and a Samsung Galaxy S II.

Other prizes during the grand draw included an Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPad2 as well as consolation prizes of Red Bull ‘unblended fan’ and a Red Bull one-of-a-kind egg-shaped freezer.

On hand to present the prizes to the happy winners was the local distributor of Red Bull, Kingston Beverage and Creamery’s Managing Director, Mr Malcom Lim. Text courtesy of Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin.


There was such a crowd outside ICC and 200 people were shortlisted for the grand draw


One of the consolation winners and she won herself an iPhone 4s.. great prizes still


Yuniza Hj Nasir (Baby) won herself a Samsung Galaxy SII. Lucky you 😀


One of the shortlisted for the car as the grand prize but he was not fortunate


His son was given the opportunity to choose the key but it was still the wrong key


Azizah was the 4th person to pick the right key to the KIA Sportage


….and she chose the right key.. Azizah only purchased two clusters of Red Bull


Azizah and her daughter were so excited after winning the car


The winner posing with Malcolm Lim, Kingston Beverage and Creamery’s Managing Director, and the helpers of the Red Bull activities


Dean Kassim sharing a moment with the Red Bull helpers


All the hardwork paid off and they did a splendid job throughout the five days duing CF9

Kamal sharing his account

The following is an article by Haji Kamal Bahrin bin Jamal, the 2010-2011 CfBT Chevening Scholar who just graduated with a Distinction in MSc in Mathematics from the University of Sussex. Haji Kamal Bahrin is an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, Brunei.

Chevening Scholarship is a prestigious and highly competitive scholarship scheme for international students offered by the British Government. Haji Kamal was fully funded by CfBT Education Services. More information is available from the UK in Brunei website at: www.UKinBrunei.fco.gov.uk The deadline to submit Chevening applications for the 2012-2013 session is on Monday, 23 January 2012.


Hj Kamal (center) with British High Commissioner His Excellency Rob Fenn (L) and CfBT CEO Mr. James Douglas (R)


Kamal’s journey as a scholar

By: Hj Kamal Bahrin bin Jamal, 2010-2011 CfBT Chevening Scholar

Time has flown by so fast and I’ve completed my postgraduate studies in 2011. For a time span of one year, I have experienced a lot of things there in the UK. I believe that my experience is not much different from that of many other scholars. Let me bring you my journey as a Chevening Scholar 2010/2011.

The call & the reception

Recalling the phone call I received from CfBT about the scholarship award was the happiest moment in my life. I saw it as a blessing from Allah as the announcement came during the holy month of Ramadhan, which is a fasting month for the Muslims. The day when I was awarded the scholarship was the proudest moment in my life and I am immensely grateful to the British High Commission, British Council and CfBT for the Chevening-CfBT scholarship and also to the Ministry of Education and SPA/JPA for the in-service training scholarship. A few days before I left Brunei, it was a bittersweet memory. For this journey, I left behind my beloved family, friends, colleagues and my dear students. Then I reassured myself that this is my lifelong dream and I need to be physically and mentally prepared for this positive change.

This is it.

The day I left Brunei was a memorable day as families and friends came to bid me farewell, reflecting their moral support. When I touched down in London on 27th September 2010, I was exhausted from my long flight and the chilly weather in London was not helping as I tried to overcome my homesickness. However, I constantly reassured myself: ‘This is it, my life as a Chevening Scholar begins.’ The vibrant, colourful and creative city

After spending a night in London, I was transported to Brighton where I studied. Brighton is a major part of the city of Brighton and Hove in East Sussex, England. Its famous landmarks include the Royal Pavillion, a majestic palace, which to no surprise was once a royal residence in the 18th century. Then there was the pier with its long jetty walkway and most interestingly, one gets to savor all sorts of yummy delights which can be found on sale in small booths and has some pretty scary amusements rides as well. And then there was this beautiful pebble beach, which I considered unique where the sand is not in sight and seagulls rule the skies. Brighton is such a picturesque place and considered to be a popular destination as it is less than an hour from London by train. Brighton is also a vibrant place, full of life and colour and anything by the sea would always be a winning combination.

There were few halal restaurants that cater food for the Muslims around the area and halal meat or poultry made available at certain shops. And for gastronomic adventurers, an array of seafood dishes and most notably, the famous fish & chips were readily available.

A really great university

For the scholarship, I was studying at the University of Sussex which was established in 1960s and situated on the edge of Sussex Downs. The University campus is a large, self contained village, where lecture theatres, seminar rooms, library, labs, accommodation, restaurants, bars, shops and sports facilities are all within walking distance.

Apart from being a leading research university, as reflected in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, it was also ranked 8th in the UK, 16th in Europe and 79th in the world; mentioned in the 2010 Times Higher Education magazine’s World University Ranking. In the aspect of learning, I had some incredibly interesting, accommodating and engaging lecturers.

The first week

I was fortunate to meet a fellow Bruneian, doing his PHD in the Sussex University at that time. He provided me with great assistance, while I was settling down during my first week in Brighton. As a newbie to the place, you need to be a fast learner. It was such a fun experience hunting for a house to rent and at the same time attending the orientation week at the University. I admitted it was hectic but worthwhile, because the faster you settle down, the more time you have to focus on other significant matters.

The orientation week was very helpful, besides meeting new people from all over the world and to get familiarized with the buildings around the university, we were also informed on personal matters such as setting up a bank account, getting involved in social activities planned by the university and also to register with the local health services.

MSc in Mathematics

It is a one year course and a full-time taught programme assessed by written examinations, coursework, projects, a talk and a dissertation. We have the freedom to choose our own modules from a list of modules offered by the department where we had to choose four modules for the Autumn term and another remaining 4 modules for the Spring term. During my Autumn term, I had Probability Models, Method of Applied Mathematics, Measure and Integration & Monetary Theory Analysis. For the Spring term, I took Coding Theory, Random Process, Functional Analysis and Mathematical model in Finance and Industry. Personally, choosing the right module is very crucial as it should be relevant to the dissertation that I am going to do and also it should be very useful not only to myself but also to my nation back home in Brunei.

A Time of Self-Doubt

Honestly for the first two weeks, it was really hard for me to follow the course. At times I questioned my proficiency in learning this higher level of mathematics, wondering if I really had the ability to complete my postgraduate course since I left my undergraduate life for almost six years. My doubts intensified as time pressured and then exhaustion took its toll and my ability to learn, make decisions, and perform complex tasks deteriorated. At hard times like these, I sought solace by flipping through my family photos and that, had reminded me of their hopes for me to excel.

Time Management

I believe time, pressure and stress are common among postgraduate students. Since my course was a one-year course, I was able to manage my time well by meeting the assignment deadlines, disciplined myself to do revision and balanced it with productive leisure time. I am still amazed with my time management skills as I have also managed to squeeze time exploring around UK. With free time at hand I travelled around places in the UK which I love. So far my journey then took me to Bristol, Birmingham, Wales and also other parts in London. Besides, I also travelled around Europe that included Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam and some Italian cities. It’s amazing what one may find at these different places, considering that each place is distinctively beautiful and rich in its own history.


Hj Kamal enjoying a quiet moment under the tree

Let it snow, Let it snow!

An experience that I shall never forget in my life was the heavy snowfall in Brighton. With a heavy snow, I was able to make myself a snow man. You could say I was happy as a child for that brisk moment. At the same time I thank Allah for giving me the opportunity to experience such a beautiful weather.

The reception in Sussex University

I was lucky enough to have been invited for the ‘Scholars Reception Day’ at the university where I got to meet the Vice Chancellor, Mr. Micheal Farthing. It was indeed an honor and an opportunity that I will always remember. I took time to socialize and did some networking with other scholars where we exchanged studying ideas, tips and techniques.

The Royal Wedding

As it was a part of history in the making, I was fortunate enough to make my way to the Buckingham palace area, despite it being flooded by thousands of people. I fought my way to witness the royal wedding that was anticipated by people all over the world. It was indeed a fairy tale wedding. Right after the famous kiss on the balcony, I moved down to Hyde Park where everyone celebrated and had a jolly good time.

HM visits to UK

On the 1st May 2011, marked another memorable day for Bruneians who were residing, studying, working or even on holiday in the UK as we were told that our beloved king, His Majesty the Sultan And Yang Dipertuan of Brunei Darussalam and other royal families will be meeting and greeting the Bruneians on that day.

As required, we were all dressed to the nines and headed to Hilton Hotel in London. The atmosphere was just electrifying as we got to meet and mingle with fellow Bruneians while waiting for the arrival of our benevolent king.

The titah given by His Majesty was an eye opener to most of us and it also boost our spirit to strive higher in our pursuit for higher education. To end that special day I had the privilege to get a picture taken with His Majesty. And again, this was not an easy as everyone else too wanted their own photo opportunity with the king, but I must say I was among the lucky ones.

The Exam

And now for the moment of truth, after the continuous months of intense hardwork, sleepless nights and stress, my efforts are now being put to the ultimate ‘test’. It was a nail biting experience as it had been years that I sat for an exam. The two weeks of exam went by in a blink of an eye. It is true that the stress is over (Thank God) but the painful wait for the results can be a nerve-wracking experience.

Dissertation

While waiting for the exam result, I did my dissertation with kind assistance from my supervisor. It was an exciting project where I got to collaborate with the medical department and conducted some data analysis. The project involved mathematical modelling where I got to create a model for a certain disease and compare my analysis of this new created model with the data provided by the Medical Department of Sussex University.

We were given 3 months to complete the dissertation and personally it was an intense and stressful months for me but the experience was priceless. After handing the dissertation over to the University, my family came by to pay me a visit and it was the perfect time for me to show them the very interesting sights and sounds of Brighton had to offer.

October 2011 arrived and as quickly as it began, I realized that it was time to pack up and sort out what I needed and what’s to leave behind; and suddenly I was boarding the plane bound for home.

Back to Reality

I was back at work and teaching once again and seeing familiar faces at the place where it all started, that is Sekolah Menengah Pengiran Jaya Negara Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar. The knowledge and the experience that I gathered came in handy as I tried to implement them at the school for the academic programmes for 2012.

All that hard work did after all pay off where at the end of October, I received my results and was pleased to know that I achieved a Distinction for my Masters, to say the least I was over the moon. I thank Allah for His blessing and also to my family and friends for their prayers & warm wishes that have kept me going through this journey.

It was indeed a great year, despite the fear, excitement, stress and joy and other ups and downs, but it was all worth it. Now I can’t wait to head back to UK for my graduation and indeed it shall be something I am looking forward to again.

 

16
Jan

Lesson learnt

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


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Hj Harith bagged top prize

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik yesterday flagged-off the Bandar Seri Begawan Go-Kart Race held to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the renaming of ‘Bandar Brunei’ to ‘Bandar Seri Begawan.’

The day-long event saw karters competing in three categories: ‘Novice,’ ‘Open’ and the ‘125cc Rotax Max.’ The heats and preliminary rounds were conducted in the morning, while the finals in each category were held in the afternoon.

Hj Harith bin Hj Abd Aziz, also known as Harith Aziz in the kart world, yet again added another trophy to his collection by winning his first ‘Bandar race’ at the capital yesterday.

Harith Aziz, on Kart 45, was declared champion in the National 125cc ROTAX MAX Category in the Grand Finale of the Go-Kart Race held in conjunction with the celebration to commemorate the 41st anniversary of renaming the capital’s – name from Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan (Bandar Race).

Runner-up was Chan Key Hong, Kart 318, and in third place was Md Rafiee bin Junaidi, Kart 50.

Chan Key Hong, Kart 318, took the champion’s title in the Open Category. Runner-up was Md Jeffery bin Abdullah Suresh, Kart 111. Tang Hsu Chung, Kart 86, came in third.

Debutante Hj Fauzan bin PD Hj Abd Rahman, driving Kart 121, emerged champion in the Novice Category. Hj Zainur Asri bin Hj Abdullah, Kart 882 was in second place. Ishak Hj Mahadi, Kart 24, took third place. His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik witnessed the final races and consented to present the prizes to the winners.


HRH Prince Malik upon arrival at the town and met up with all the racers yesterday


A great turnout in the past two days and well done to the organisers


The Open Category final race kicked off


One of the finalists in the Open Category


A big turnout at town yesterday despite the heat


Chan Key Hong also known as Ah Hong was very happy with two podium finishes (1st in Open and 2nd in 125cc Max Rotax) and he also achieved a double a while ago in Tutong


HRH Prince Malik presented the 2nd prize of Open Category to Jeffrey Suresh. It was a very close race with Ah Hong as he was on hot on his heels from start to finish. Great race from both drivers.


Ah Hong claimed his first prize in the Open Category

Harith Aziz, with 20 years karting experience, said he finally won his first title for the ‘Bandar Race’ after four attempts. He was really happy and excited for his victory. “The track in Tutong was hard, which needed strategy and technique, while the Jerudong track demanded fitness and stamina. The Bandar track is harder, it needed both strategy and stamina.

“First of all, I would like to thank my family for all their support and to the Amori Racing Team for the well preparing of the karts for the race. I want to thank Brunei Darussalam Go-Kart Association for making a successful and safe event,” he added.

Chan Key Hong, having grabbed gold and silver in different categories, said he was tired and relieved the event was over, “It was tough racing in two categories, which meant I had to work twice harder. But it was worth it and with more training and more preparations; I know we can do better,” Chan said, as he held up his two trophies.

Hj Fauzan said that he was shocked and overjoyed with his win. “My first (time) joining a tournament, I didn’t expect to make poll standings. When my kart spun on the third lap of the final race, I didn’t think much and just kept pushing on. I overtook a few karts just to gain a lead and didn’t know I was way ahead. I only knew that I won when the Marshall gave me the Chequered Flag.”

Noor Effendy Metussin, Secretary and Media Liaison of Brunei Darussalam Go-Kart Association (BDGA), said they were very happy that the event turned out really good and said that there will be more races coming up.

“I am very excited that there are a lot of newcomers and around 20 or more had joined in the Novice Category. Hope there will be more new members.” He added. Yazid bin Dato Paduka Hj Yakub, Vice President of BDGA said that they were a bit concerned about the Novice Race, where the newcomers are inexperienced, and some minor bumps and accidents happened.

“But these are where the learning curve is ascending and the karters will get to be more experienced,” he added. Text courtesy of Khairil Hassan of Borneo Bulletin.


The top winners of the Go-kart racers


Volunteers taking photos with the Go-Kart champion Hj Harith


The racers enjoyed their time on the track


Hj Harith taking photo with BB journalists and photographers


Tyres going “lelong” after the race *lol*

Careers at SCB

Great turn out on “6th Activity Day”

A message from Care & Actions for Strays (CAS) Committee on their Facebook page: Thank you to those who showed up on our 6th Activity Day! 6 pups were adopted, pending for house visits. It was the highest number of adoptions on our Activity Day so far. There are also some medical and food sponsorships.

Great thanks to volunteers for your coordination too. Education is an on-going process. Continued to educate people around you regarding sterilisation. Choose to adopt and stop buying! Local mixed breed are equally as loving and beautiful as any pure bred.

Helping homeless strays is the best act of kindness. Every little effort counts!

For more info, you can email care.actionsforstrays@gmail.com and I’m proud of my buddy Winnie for her generous contribution in helping this cause. Keep it up!! and also to those involved behind the scenes.

Business School Carnival 2012

16
Jan

Lesson learnt

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News



Hj Harith bagged top prize

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik yesterday flagged-off the Bandar Seri Begawan Go-Kart Race held to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the renaming of ‘Bandar Brunei’ to ‘Bandar Seri Begawan.’

The day-long event saw karters competing in three categories: ‘Novice,’ ‘Open’ and the ‘125cc Rotax Max.’ The heats and preliminary rounds were conducted in the morning, while the finals in each category were held in the afternoon.

Hj Harith bin Hj Abd Aziz, also known as Harith Aziz in the kart world, yet again added another trophy to his collection by winning his first ‘Bandar race’ at the capital yesterday.

Harith Aziz, on Kart 45, was declared champion in the National 125cc ROTAX MAX Category in the Grand Finale of the Go-Kart Race held in conjunction with the celebration to commemorate the 41st anniversary of renaming the capital’s – name from Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan (Bandar Race).

Runner-up was Chan Key Hong, Kart 318, and in third place was Md Rafiee bin Junaidi, Kart 50.

Chan Key Hong, Kart 318, took the champion’s title in the Open Category. Runner-up was Md Jeffery bin Abdullah Suresh, Kart 111. Tang Hsu Chung, Kart 86, came in third.

Debutante Hj Fauzan bin PD Hj Abd Rahman, driving Kart 121, emerged champion in the Novice Category. Hj Zainur Asri bin Hj Abdullah, Kart 882 was in second place. Ishak Hj Mahadi, Kart 24, took third place. His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik witnessed the final races and consented to present the prizes to the winners.


HRH Prince Malik upon arrival at the town and met up with all the racers yesterday


A great turnout in the past two days and well done to the organisers


The Open Category final race kicked off


One of the finalists in the Open Category


A big turnout at town yesterday despite the heat


Chan Key Hong also known as Ah Hong was very happy with two podium finishes (1st in Open and 2nd in 125cc Max Rotax) and he also achieved a double a while ago in Tutong


HRH Prince Malik presented the 2nd prize of Open Category to Jeffrey Suresh. It was a very close race with Ah Hong as he was on hot on his heels from start to finish. Great race from both drivers.


Ah Hong claimed his first prize in the Open Category

Harith Aziz, with 20 years karting experience, said he finally won his first title for the ‘Bandar Race’ after four attempts. He was really happy and excited for his victory. “The track in Tutong was hard, which needed strategy and technique, while the Jerudong track demanded fitness and stamina. The Bandar track is harder, it needed both strategy and stamina.

“First of all, I would like to thank my family for all their support and to the Amori Racing Team for the well preparing of the karts for the race. I want to thank Brunei Darussalam Go-Kart Association for making a successful and safe event,” he added.

Chan Key Hong, having grabbed gold and silver in different categories, said he was tired and relieved the event was over, “It was tough racing in two categories, which meant I had to work twice harder. But it was worth it and with more training and more preparations; I know we can do better,” Chan said, as he held up his two trophies.

Hj Fauzan said that he was shocked and overjoyed with his win. “My first (time) joining a tournament, I didn’t expect to make poll standings. When my kart spun on the third lap of the final race, I didn’t think much and just kept pushing on. I overtook a few karts just to gain a lead and didn’t know I was way ahead. I only knew that I won when the Marshall gave me the Chequered Flag.”

Noor Effendy Metussin, Secretary and Media Liaison of Brunei Darussalam Go-Kart Association (BDGA), said they were very happy that the event turned out really good and said that there will be more races coming up.

“I am very excited that there are a lot of newcomers and around 20 or more had joined in the Novice Category. Hope there will be more new members.” He added. Yazid bin Dato Paduka Hj Yakub, Vice President of BDGA said that they were a bit concerned about the Novice Race, where the newcomers are inexperienced, and some minor bumps and accidents happened.

“But these are where the learning curve is ascending and the karters will get to be more experienced,” he added. Text courtesy of Khairil Hassan of Borneo Bulletin.


The top winners of the Go-kart racers


Volunteers taking photos with the Go-Kart champion Hj Harith


The racers enjoyed their time on the track


Hj Harith taking photo with BB journalists and photographers


Tyres going “lelong” after the race *lol*

16
Jan

Lesson learnt

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News



Hj Harith bagged top prize

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik yesterday flagged-off the Bandar Seri Begawan Go-Kart Race held to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the renaming of ‘Bandar Brunei’ to ‘Bandar Seri Begawan.’

The day-long event saw karters competing in three categories: ‘Novice,’ ‘Open’ and the ‘125cc Rotax Max.’ The heats and preliminary rounds were conducted in the morning, while the finals in each category were held in the afternoon.

Hj Harith bin Hj Abd Aziz, also known as Harith Aziz in the kart world, yet again added another trophy to his collection by winning his first ‘Bandar race’ at the capital yesterday.

Harith Aziz, on Kart 45, was declared champion in the National 125cc ROTAX MAX Category in the Grand Finale of the Go-Kart Race held in conjunction with the celebration to commemorate the 41st anniversary of renaming the capital’s – name from Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan (Bandar Race).

Runner-up was Chan Key Hong, Kart 318, and in third place was Md Rafiee bin Junaidi, Kart 50.

Chan Key Hong, Kart 318, took the champion’s title in the Open Category. Runner-up was Md Jeffery bin Abdullah Suresh, Kart 111. Tang Hsu Chung, Kart 86, came in third.

Debutante Hj Fauzan bin PD Hj Abd Rahman, driving Kart 121, emerged champion in the Novice Category. Hj Zainur Asri bin Hj Abdullah, Kart 882 was in second place. Ishak Hj Mahadi, Kart 24, took third place. His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik witnessed the final races and consented to present the prizes to the winners.


HRH Prince Malik upon arrival at the town and met up with all the racers yesterday


A great turnout in the past two days and well done to the organisers


The Open Category final race kicked off


One of the finalists in the Open Category


A big turnout at town yesterday despite the heat


Chan Key Hong also known as Ah Hong was very happy with two podium finishes (1st in Open and 2nd in 125cc Max Rotax) and he also achieved a double a while ago in Tutong


HRH Prince Malik presented the 2nd prize of Open Category to Jeffrey Suresh. It was a very close race with Ah Hong as he was on hot on his heels from start to finish. Great race from both drivers.


Ah Hong claimed his first prize in the Open Category

Harith Aziz, with 20 years karting experience, said he finally won his first title for the ‘Bandar Race’ after four attempts. He was really happy and excited for his victory. “The track in Tutong was hard, which needed strategy and technique, while the Jerudong track demanded fitness and stamina. The Bandar track is harder, it needed both strategy and stamina.

“First of all, I would like to thank my family for all their support and to the Amori Racing Team for the well preparing of the karts for the race. I want to thank Brunei Darussalam Go-Kart Association for making a successful and safe event,” he added.

Chan Key Hong, having grabbed gold and silver in different categories, said he was tired and relieved the event was over, “It was tough racing in two categories, which meant I had to work twice harder. But it was worth it and with more training and more preparations; I know we can do better,” Chan said, as he held up his two trophies.

Hj Fauzan said that he was shocked and overjoyed with his win. “My first (time) joining a tournament, I didn’t expect to make poll standings. When my kart spun on the third lap of the final race, I didn’t think much and just kept pushing on. I overtook a few karts just to gain a lead and didn’t know I was way ahead. I only knew that I won when the Marshall gave me the Chequered Flag.”

Noor Effendy Metussin, Secretary and Media Liaison of Brunei Darussalam Go-Kart Association (BDGA), said they were very happy that the event turned out really good and said that there will be more races coming up.

“I am very excited that there are a lot of newcomers and around 20 or more had joined in the Novice Category. Hope there will be more new members.” He added. Yazid bin Dato Paduka Hj Yakub, Vice President of BDGA said that they were a bit concerned about the Novice Race, where the newcomers are inexperienced, and some minor bumps and accidents happened.

“But these are where the learning curve is ascending and the karters will get to be more experienced,” he added. Text courtesy of Khairil Hassan of Borneo Bulletin.


The top winners of the Go-kart racers


Volunteers taking photos with the Go-Kart champion Hj Harith


The racers enjoyed their time on the track


Hj Harith taking photo with BB journalists and photographers


Tyres going “lelong” after the race *lol*

14
Jan

Code: 3 Stripes

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News



Pazzion turns 1 in Brunei

The campaign comprises of 3 promotional activities as follows:

i) iPad 2! An iPad 2 will be given away in our anniversary lucky draw. Customers who spend BND100 or above will automatically be entered into the draw. Chances are tiered against spending; hence, the more a customer spends, the higher the chances will be of winning. (Ends on 31st January 2012)

ii) Voucher Rebate. For every minimum spending of BND100, customers will be entitled to voucher rebate of BND10. What’s for members? Pazzion’s VIP Members will be entitled to voucher rebate worth $15 for every BND100 spent! (Ends on 31 January 12)

iii) “When I Was ONE” Photography Competition. In line with the “1-year old theme”, there will be a photography competition (open to public) that’s pioneered around “When I was ONE”. All participants have to do is to submit an 1-year old photo via email to contest@pazzionbrunei.com with details such as name, IC number & mobile phone number. Can you submit photo of other people? Yes, you can! You can submit photos of your child, niece or nephew as long as you have consent from the photo’s owner. There will be 2 winners for the Photography Competition & each will win $200 worth of vouchers from Pazzion & Excapade Sushi! (Submission period until 28 Feb 12.)

New look DPMM FC

Out Geoge O’Callaghan, in Rodrigo Gral. The Irish midfielder O’Callaghan’s future in DPMM FC was in doubt as DPMM FC were hunting for another striker to partner Osman Basiru upfront. O’Callaghan has been training for DPMM FC for a few months but it was a tough choice between favoured Ivan Jerkovic and O’Callaghan. The Croatian has more experience in the S.League and he has adapted well, joining two clubs in S.League. Hence his experience is vital to DPMM FC’s performance in the S.League.

DPMM FC will have their first warm-up friendly match against Thailand’s Chiangrai United FC next Wednesday at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium and the football match kicks off at 8:15pm. Tickets will be $5 and you can purchase the tickets at DPMM FC’s office (Gadong) and NFABD House from 16th Jan onwards. Tickets will be also available at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium on matchday itself (18th Wednesday) from 9am.

This is a charity football match organised by DPMM FC with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. The proceeds will go to the Humanitarian fund for flood victims of Thailand and Cambodia.

DPMM FC will be fielding the import players – Osman Bashiru, Ivan Jerkovic, Tales Ricarte Dos Santos and newly signed Rodrigo Gral. You will also see familiar faces such as Mohd Rosmin Kamis, Wardun Yussof (gk), Mohd Subhi and striker Mohd Shahrazen Said. However, Pg Sallehuddin and full back Sairol Shahri are still nursing injuries.


The import trials that failed to impress the DPMM FC management


George O’Callaghan was dropped from the roster after DPMM FC opted for another striker. The Irish midfielder had been training for DPMM FC for many months. Oh yea, don’t you think he looks like Dr. House (pic inset)?


Can both strikers Osman Bashiru and Rodrigo Gral combine well upfront for DPMM FC? They also have Shahrazen Said and Abu Bakar for striking options


Hj Zainol Ariffin, Pengiran Waslimin and Mohammad Ali at the press conference last Monday. I wished I would have known of the press conference. Don’t forget to contact me, guys 😀


The official signing of DPMM FC’s participation in the S.League at Singapore Sports School. Image courtesy of Sleague.com

Francophonie Week soon

Spec II (GT5) at ETA

13
Jan

MASwings to KK and Kuching soon

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


New arrivals at Charles & Keith

There is a new batch of Charles & Keith collection at The Mall which just arrived. The Spring collection will come end of January. Currently the new arrivals are part of the Winter collection (2011) and some Spring (2011).

There are also new bags at Charles & Keith. This brand is very popular in Brunei and generates some interest whenever I load some pictures on my social media platforms.


A screenshot taken from my Instagram post this afternoon


Online prepaid electrical bill payment through SCB


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AirAsia X cancels Europe & India routes


AirAsia X cancels Europe sectors and India

According to the press release from Airlineroute.net, Air Asia X announced the cancelation of India & Europe, Citing higher airport charges and visa restrictions in India, as well as EU ETS (Emission Trading Scheme / Carbon Tax) and rising airport passenger duty in the UK. Hence, Air Asia X is canceling 4 routes to India, UK and France. (Note AirAsia will continue to offer service to India)

Planned cancellation dates as well as existing schedule as follows:

Kuala Lumpur – Mumbai CANCELLED from 01FEB12
D7166 KUL1750 – 2040BOM 330 26
D7166 KUL1800 – 2040BOM 330 14
D7167 BOM2145 – 0535+1KUL 330 26
D7167 BOM2155 – 0535+1KUL 330 14

Kuala Lumpur – Delhi CANCELLED from 23MAR12
D7172 KUL0920 – 1310DEL 330 136
D7176 KUL1830 – 2200DEL 330 x136
D7173 DEL1355 – 2220KUL 330 136
D7177 DEL2255 – 0730+1KUL 330 x136

Service operates 4 weekly in March 2012

Kuala Lumpur – Paris Orly CANCELLED from 31MAR12
D7020 KUL0100 – 0750ORY 340 x136
D7021 ORY0950 – 0540+1KUL 340 257
D7021 ORY0950 – 0600+1KUL 340 4

Kuala Lumpur – London Gatwick CANCELLED from 01APR12
D7010 KUL0840 – 1440LGW 340 16
D7014 KUL1450 – 2100LGW 340 257
D7011 LGW1610 – 1330+1KUL 340 16
D7015 LGW2220 – 1930+1KUL 340 257

Air Asia X launched London service in March 2009.

I was just talking to my friend Hu yesterday as she will be flying via AirAsia X to Paris this Saturday. I only heard of the news last night but I believe it’s a strategic move by @tonyfernandes CEO of @AirAsia. From this Twitter feeds yesterday, he did hinted that there will be other routes such as Jeddah, Korea (interesting), Japan, Australia and China from AirAsia X.


Datuk Tony Fernandes’ Twitter feeds yesterday on AirAsia X

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MASwings to fly to Brunei

I met up with the management team from MASwings (Kota Kinabalu) at Malaysia Airlines office in town yesterday and it was fruitful discussion. What’s great news for the public is that MASwings have open the possibilities of flying routes to Sabah and Kuching.

Currently we only have Royal Brunei Airlines flying to Kota Kinabalu after AirAsia stopped its route to BWN-KK last year. By February 2012, MASwings will make its debut and the inaugural flight will be from KK on 1st February 2012.

This is indeed good news as passengers are given an alternative choice to make travel arrangements to KK. It was also mentioned that the prices for BWN-KK is estimated at BND 116 (all-in) with 20K baggage allowance. The duration of the flight is 30 mins.

I’m not sure if you can book online just yet but you can call Malaysia Airlines office for bookings or more inquiry at 222 3074. The Brunei route should be listed on MASwings official website soon.


 

Zainal Maran, Head of Business Development & Charters, MASwings Sdn Bhd, Shauqi Ahmad, Regional Vice President, Sales & Marketing/Regional Management (Sabah/Sarawak/BIMP EAGA), MASwings Sdn Bhd and Alias Suut, Area Manager (Brunei), Malaysia Airlines posing with MASwings mock plane. The Sabah team was in Brunei yesterday for a quick meeting before launching the MASwings services to Brunei in early February.


There have lots of words spreading around as the public is anticipating the services of MASwings to Brunei. Now we can fly to KK and also to Kuching.


Ex-Brunei to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching


To Brunei from Kota Kinabalu and Kuching

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