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ISB BGIC 2012 inspiring youth

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

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BGIC 2012, another success

HRH Princess Sarah graced ISB Borneo Global Issues Conference 2012 and delivered the sabda. Image taken from The Brunei Times.

The Royal Patron for ISB BGIC 2012, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, officiated this year’s edition of Borneo Global Issues Conference at the International Convention Centre.

In her sabda, HRH Princess Sarah highlighted of the youth in our population are crucial to our development and it’s also important to empower them. Education is an important tool and so is health. This can lead to improve family values and carrying on to generations.

HRH also reminded us that the earth is facing unprecedented challenges such as decreasing natural resources and environmental degradation.

She praised ISB BGIC Secretariat who will be leading the committees of “political, environment, human rights and the security council”.

“These upstanding young global citizens are aware of the significant responsibilities resting upon their shoulders and the importance of working together to achieve fair and practical solutions towards serious global issues,” said HRH Princess Sarah.

For more of the write-up, you can click here. [Source: The Brunei Times]

Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman David Wootton, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Poverty Project, Hugh Evans and British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Rob Fenn

Hugh Evans stole the show with his inspirational story on his journey ever since he was 12 years old. He showed “What one man can do?” to make a difference in this world.

Richard Parker is on a short visit to Brunei and for your info, he’s the founder of BGIC and he’s impressed how BGIC has grown ever since

Vincent Ho, CEO of HSBC Brunei, shared his views on the bank’s involvement towards BGIC initiative

Performance from ISB students during the opening ceremony

Also present was Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman David Wootton and our Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina.

Of all the speakers, it was the Aussie guy that caught my attention. Hugh Evans, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Poverty Project and did you know that he is Hugh Jackman’s brother? I’m pretty impressed with Hugh Evans @Hughcevans presentation and it made me realised a lot of things that I could have done to contribute to society. His presentation was totally inspiring to inspire volunteerism which is lacking in our society in Brunei Darussalam.

The ISB BGIC runs from 9th to 12th March 2012 and this is the 10th year that ISB has hosted such a big event. It’s good to see the local participation from local schools and also invited schools from overseas.

For the past two days, I could sense the fun factor experience from the students involved. Great job on the organisers and I shall be dropping by again today for the final day of ISB BGIC 2012 🙂

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina sharing a moment or two with Shazali Hj Sulaiman

I haven’t seen Richard (center) in a while. Great to bump into you again, buddy.

Sharleen managed to get a photo opportunity with Hugh Evans. It was her first BGIC and she has learnt quite a lot along the way and enjoying the process as well. She is representing Madagascar on the topic of environment.

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Are you heading for Sepang?

Last week, a press conference at the Rizqun Coffee House, the Mall, was organised by Tourism Malaysia and addressing the media was Director of Tourism Malaysia (Brunei), Jamilah Abd Halim.

F1 enthusiasts will be keen on the packages offered by Tourism Malaysia and Century Travel Sdn Bhd. Depending which hotel you choose, your package will include awesome grandstand tickets at F1 Sepang.

Tourism Malaysia in Brunei is set to promote the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix 2012 race through 3 days and 2 nights Kuala Lumpur Formula 1 Package in collaboration with Century Travel Sdn Bhd, beginning March 20 to 27. The package is priced at B$326 and it will be inclusive of two nights hotel accommodation; Formula 1 entrance Grandstand ticket worth a maximum of RM663, transfers (airport-hotel-airport) seat-in coach basis as well as transfer (hotel-Sepang venue-hotel) on March 25. So do grab these deals while it’s still available, peeps!!

Apart from that, patrons will be treated to the “1Malaysia GP Sale” that will be held from March 10 to April 15, launched recently by the Tourism Minister Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen and other exclusive events such as the Malaysia International Shoe Festival (MISF) from March 29 to April 1; F1 Race Day from March 23 to 25 and the 4th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta from March 15 to 18, all held in conjunction with the prestigious race.

The package, however, excludes air ticket, visa fee, travel insurance and personal expenses, but is rated in Brunei dollars with minimum 14 working days in advance for booking.

Aida of Tourism Malaysia (Brunei), Jamilah Abd Halim, Director of Tourism Malaysia (Brunei) and Peng Hui, Reservation and Ticketing, Century Travel Sdn Bhd at the press conference

There are lots to offer in Malaysia

Also in conjunction with the Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit Sdn Bhd is pleased to announce their new products for F1-2 seater experience and international celebrities in Corporate Suit South – once in a lifetime experience – being driven in an F1 car by an ex F1 driver, pit and speed experience and certificate.

Famed celebrities will also make their special appearances during the event, such as Paul Walker, Camilla Belle, Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek and Eva Mendes. But for me, I’m more looking forward to Kylie Minogue who will be rocking Malaysia prior to the F1 Sepang Race. Wooohoo!!!

For further information, members of the public can contact the Tourism Malaysia at 673-2381575 or 673-2381576, and more details on the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix 2012 can be obtained from the website athttp://www.sepangcircuit.com/race/4.

This is great news!!! I hope I can catch her gig before F1 coverage 😀

Secret is out at Tanjung Bunut

Secret Recipe (Brunei) has opened its third outlet in Tanjong Bunut commercial area, adding to its current two outlets at The Mall, Gadong and Seri Delima in Serusop.

A soft opening was officiated yesterday by Awg Hj Abdul Rahman bin Hj Metasim, Director of M S Titanstar Restaurant Sdn Bhd, the master franchisee of the Secret Recipe brand in Brunei.

With the opening of this modern cafe, patrons will have the chance to enjoy mouth-watering cheesecakes and other culinary delights such as chocolate cakes, fresh cream cakes, baked products, international dishes, as well as Western and Asian classics.

Awg Hj Abd Rahman noted that with the opening of the third outlet, the company will be offering a refreshing and contemporary dining experience for patrons, especially those in the Tanjong Bunut vicinity.

Meanwhile, Mr Thompson Tan, General Manager of M S Titanstar Restaurant Sdn Bhd said, “We have launched some new items into our existing menu such as Mozzarella Baked Fish, Spaghetti Carbonara, Singapore Hokkein Mee and some other selections skewed towards local traditional taste-buds like Secret Recipe Nasi Lemak and Beef Rendang.

“We have also introduced our new hot-selling cakes such as Durian Cheese and Pecan Butterscotch to our cake range.

In conjunction with the soft opening, Secret Recipe Tanjong Bunut is also offering promotions such as the B$9.00 three-course set meal that is available every day for dine-in and a 30 per cent discount off for a whole cake purchase for a limited time to commemorate the opening of the new outlet.

For more details and to make reservations, patrons may visit Secret Recipe Tanjong Bunut at Block E, Unit 8, Kampong Tanjong Bunut or simply contact them at 2672737. Text courtesy of Rokiah Mahmud of Borneo Bulletin.

The new outlet at Secret Recipe at Tanjung Bunut

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Catch HBT champions at Times SQ

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Brunei HBT 2012 champions Part II

His Majesty presenting the championship trophy to Hj Feisal, Brunei U-21’s manager and captain Najib. Image courtesy of Infofoto.

Hj Fiesal and Najib lifting the HBT 2012 cup

Comments from the public

Maurina: “The boys were amazing. They were confident and quick on their feet. I’m extremely jealous of ppl who get to go in the stadium! Wish i was there! looking forward to more wins! and I’m glad to see the comeback of Brunei football glory.”

Dk Hamizah Pg Hamzah: “Unfortunately I’m currently not in brunei so i wasnt able to be part of the historic moment otherwise it wouldve been fun watching the match ramai2. From the pics im seeing, the crowd was amaazing. Its nice la to see the bruneians all hyped up, even my friends n family who are not at all interested in football pun being supportive n all that.. It’s been a while since ive seen bruneians thrilled and fanatic over some sports. Phenomenal!”

Fadilah Ahmad Alhijazi: “What a jubilant night for Brunei, with the lads taking the trophy home! Congrats to them, including the Coach & Manager Feisal for a job well done!! Keep it up!!”

Yasmin Patera: “I am proud of the boys that played. As Under-21s i didnt expect much maturity, but they showed that very well throughout the games they’ve played. It was a well deserved win, on-the-pitch terms. If we had to include scores for the supporters… Then… No. The players deserved the win all the way. This is what dedication to sports is all about.”

Al-Haadi Abu Bakar: “It’s really wonderful to have the atmosphere of 1999 back in Brunei. I truly believe that our footballers can really compete in the big leagues.”

Dj Dean: “To be honest, bro, I’m not a big football fan. But watching the final match between our lads and the Indonesians last night, it reminded me of how much more dreams we ,as a people, could achieve. When the collective efforts of those who believe they can are driven by the thundering cheers of the mass who also believe, it was as if as I was watching the clash of titans, not red giants against yellow minnows. My friend, we witnessed the rising of not just football stars but also the validation of our faith that Brunei has always had what it takes to stand amongst the best.”

Tareq Muhmood: “Brilliant.. I could hear the celebrations from Saigon! :)”

Rudolf Portillo: “Brunei youth football has really improve a lot. I’ve been covering football games for more than a decade here. Well deserve win.”

Kitty Wen: “Personally, I’m not a football fans but i know about the achievement Brunei made via Facebook & Twitter…. & proud for Brunei. The only pity part was the ticket distribution flow, it seems bruneians are so disappointing of don’t know the right way of Queuing.”

Dato Paduka Hj Hamid Jaafar: “It was magical! Alhamdulillah.”

Amar Agus Din: “All i can say is that, we were the underdogs despite being on our homegrown. we defy the odds and I was lucky to be involved in another history of Brunei football. I cant remember wen was the last time we had a huge success in the football world, (not talking about DPMM, cause drang club level). We showed that we do have the potential and even though the other nations’ squad was not their 1st teams but hey, start small, think big. Who knows what we can achieved in the next few years with the current (& future) players. I was proud to be amongst the thousands that came, and we surely deserved the trophy cause we worked hard for it. Not to mention, the loyal supporters that came & supported the team throughout the entire tournament. Let’s just hope, this HBT win, will be a stepping stone for us.”

Azhani Abu Daniel: “Congratulations to the young men of the Under 21 National Football team for their historic win against Indonesia last night. Credit has got to be given for the hard work that they put into preparation, and their sportsmanship and good nature exhibited on the field should be an example to all off it.”

Sharon Awang Sitai: “That night was historic – our Bruneian players succeeded in demonstrating the true value of teamwork. It was heartwarming to see just how much support they had garnered from their fans which further emphasised what a strong community we have. What was the most priceless, though, was the smiles they brought to HM’s face. Its an indescribable feeling knowing that your King is proud of you.”

I wonder what’s the feeling from the players themselves

There was a pitch invasion but a great one

The fans managed to experience Adi Said’s trophy

Almost 90% of the Brunei supporters wore yellow

A very united team and love to see their great bonding among the team mates

Everyone seemed to take photos with Azri, Brunei’s U-21 popular icon. He was magnificent in defence again!

A fan wearing red ironically was fortunate to catch Azri’s jersey (drenched in sweat *lol*)

Another excited fan wanting to jump and join the celebration

A fan asking influential midfielder Hendra to celebrate to a group of supporters

I love this bunch.. Because they were in Adidas gear 😀

The coaching team has done an excellent job from the start. With only limited time preparation, they pulled off the unexpected. Let’s not forget about these guys 😀

A big shout out to the paramedics as they have done a lot throughout the tournament. They play a huge role in making sure those injured are treated with efficiency

The group photo with the sponsors of HBT 2012

The L.O.s for the invited Asean countries

Catch the Champions at Times Sq

It’s meet the fans session with the Brunei U-21 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2012 champions which will happen tomorrow, Sunday 11th March 4pm to 6pm, Times Square. Let’s give these lads a strong support for what they have done for the country

DPMM FC vs Alberix

It has been a few weeks since DPMM FC played their last game as they have to give way for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2012 tournament. Tomorrow they will be in action against S.League leaders Alberix Niigata FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

Both sides DPMM FC and Albirex Niigata FC have yet to taste defeat. It won’t be an easy fixture as coach Simunic said yesterday (before the HBT final match). “Albirex has improved season after season and now they are the top team in S.League with three wins.”

He wished that their next game would be sooner because of the great momentum that DPMM FC was enjoying then. He was also impressed with the Brunei U-21 team and he spoke highly of Adi Said. He was pleased with Brunei’s progress in nurturing the youth and this is good for Brunei so other regional countries will take notice.

So guys, let’s support DPMM FC tomorrow at the stadium as they will need the 12th man as a morale booster. Good luck, guys!!


I caught up with DPMM FC coach at the stadium last night before the HBT 2012 finals

Shahrazen (center) has regained back his form in DPMM FC colours. He was celebrating with his younger brother Adi Said who was named Best Player of the HBT 2012 tournament



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