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$160,000 raised for Run for a Reason

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

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The Push-up ice-cream…..

Remember this classic Push-Up ice-cream where you can play top spin after you finish eating it. Image taken from Google images.

Aren’t we all craving for this ice-cream? Back then, it wasn’t such a phenomena because it was considered a norm thing to consume Push-up ice-creams in schools. I’m pretty sure… back in the 80s …. that other schools also sold this particular ice-cream and Mr. Softy wasn’t even around then.

I remember growing up and enjoying Push-Ups during my St. Andrew’s era and this came to mind when I saw someone posted the ice-cream picture on her Facebook. Ahhhh.. it does bring back the good old memories and I happened to share it on instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The responses I had on the post created many responses from my followers.

So it does tell me from the responses that many of us have tried the Push-Up and fell in love with it. People were asking where I could find the ice-cream but I just have to keep telling them that the image was taken from Google *lol* I’m not sure what actually happened to why it stopped selling in the Sultanate.

But if someone knows of its existence, do share with us.. But it’s a very slim chance or perhaps the brand has discontinued the said ice-cream. The Push-Up is definitely a definition of “awesomeness”.

Royal present at SCB event

Fund raising efforts through the recent Standard Chartered Brunei Half Marathon held on 8 April 2012 totalled a phenomenal BND160, 555.80.

Proceeds were presented to the two benefitting charities, the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and Standard Chartered Bank’s Seeing Is Believing Programme at a cheque presentation ceremony held at Radisson Hotel, the Official Hotel of the Standard Chartered Brunei Half Marathon.

Standard Chartered Bank was delighted and honoured to have the pleasure of Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of Brunei Darussalam Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Abd Rahaman grace the event as Guest of Honour as well as present the cheque to the benefitting charities on behalf of the Bank. Receiving on behalf of DANA was Yang Mulia Awang Haji Brahim bin Haji Ismail, CEO of DANA and receiving on behalf of Seeing is Believing was Jennifer Kang, Seeing is Believing Champion for Standard Chartered Bank.

Also attending the event were Yang Mulia Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, Acting Minister of Culture, Youth & Sports, Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, event sponsors and partners.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah presented cheque to Haji Brahim, CEO of DANA

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah receiving a special memento from Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank

Dubbed “Run for a Reason”, one of the main goals around the Standard Chartered Brunei Half Marathon 2012 was fund raising. All participants of the event were given donation cards to raise funds towards the Run. At the same time, part of the registration fees for the Run was also donated to charity.

Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank said in her welcoming remarks: “Today, I am extremely proud and happy that together with the support from everyone involved in the Standard Chartered Brunei Half-Marathon 2012, we have raised a total of BND160, 555.80 towards DANA and Seeing is Believing. This amount will be split equally amongst both beneficiaries and we are positive that it will go a long way in helping those in need.”

“At Standard Chartered Bank, being able to contribute positively towards the communities we are in and to do good by them, is important to us. After all, it is our brand promise- to be Here for good. We look forward to Running for a Reason with Brunei again in 2013,” she added.

There was a special prize of an iPod Nano 16GB for the top donation collector for the event, Elysia Wong, who singlehandedly raised a total of BND7, 412.

BEDB staff also made a special contribution from their salaries towards the cause. In total, from this initiative, they collected BND 5,000 which was presented by Dr. Manaf Haji Metussin, Deputy CEO of BEDB to Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank.

One of the major sponsors, TOTAL, receiving token of appreciation from SCB

One of the major sponsors, TelBru, receiving token of appreciation from SCB

Dr. Manaf, Deputy CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board, presented a mock cheque to SCB. The BEDB associates made special contribution from their salaries towards the cause.

Additionally, during the event, certificates of appreciation were presented to sponsors of the Half Marathon.

The Standard Chartered Brunei Half Marathon 2012 attracted 4076 runners, an 87% increase from the number of participants who ran in the Standard Chartered Charity Run 2011. Asides from runners from Brunei, there were also runners who flew in especially for this event from 13 other countries, namely, Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Total amount of funds raised also increased by 48% from BND108, 355.19 in 2011 to BND160, 555.80 from the recent 2012 event.

The Standard Chartered Brunei Half Marathon 2012 was organised by Standard Chartered Bank with the strong support from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Brunei Athletics Association. The Standard Chartered Half Marathon Brunei 2012 was proudly sponsored by Telbru, TOTAL, Borneo Bulletin, Media Permata, GetFit CrossFit, MixMediaWorx, Radisson Hotel, Royal Brunei Airlines, Suci, Sunlit Advertising and 100 Plus. This event was also supported by The Royal Brunei Police Force, The Traffic Control and Investigation Department, RIPAS, Bandaran, JKR, Jastre, Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Gleneagles JPMC, Humanitarian.Emergency.Aid.Response.Team (HEART), SOAS, Maktab Duli, Maktab Sains, Seinenmaru Event Management Services, Maktab Teknik Sultan Saiful Rijal, Sportbikerz Association and Brunei Polytechnic and ThreeG Media Sdn Bhd.

Lai Pei-Si presented token of appreication to the official partners of “Run for a Reason”

A special prize of an iPod Nano 16GB for the top donation collector for the event, Elysia Wong, who singlehandedly raised a total of BND7, 412. The prize was collected by Elysia’s father

Jennifer Kang presented a short presentation on the journey of “Run for a Reason”

Rach and IIie of BEDB at the event yesterday

Two more days for Penang Food Promotion

The Orchid Garden Hotel (OGH) Penang Food Promotion at the Goldiana Cafe is a hit amongst food lovers in the Sultanate. The exciting promotion launched on May 2 and will continue until May 12.

During this promotion, local foodies can get a taste of the city known as the food paradise of Malaysia. Penang food is unique, thanks to its diverse mix of cultures, bringing about plenty of mouthwatering dishes.

From ‘bak kut teh’ to ‘nasi kandar’, delicious ‘laksa’ to yummy ‘nasi lemak’ and the city’s famed ‘char kway teow’, one can be sure that a visit to the buffet table will lead to a culinary adventure.

Aztie, the food and beverage manager of the Orchid Garden Hotel stated that since it was first introduced, the Penang Food Promotion has attracted 80 to 100 customers daily.

The price is $22.80 per adult and $12.80 for children under the age of 12. The Penang Food Promotion is available until May 12. Text by Adib Noor of The Brunei Times.


WRC in less than 2 weeks!!

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Concepts Computer unveiled S3 prop

The management and staff of Concepts Computer unveiled the Acer S3 model prop which is positioned at the signboard area of the Concepts Computer outlet at Kiulap branch. The mock model is to commemorate Concepts Computer 13th year anniversary and the best model to showcase outside the outlet is the Acer Ultra S3 notebook which has been a big hit among Burneians.

In conjunction with their 13th anniversary, they are running special promotions until 20th May. One of the items on promotion is the Acer Aspire One, which entitles the buyer to a free upgrade of warranty for three years. Every purchase of Acer products (excluding storage devices) will entitle the customer to a free 4GB Apacer pendrive. There is also a special discount on Acer Easystore 500GB, from $128 down to $88 just for this promotion period.

Microsoft products are also included in the promotion; for every purchase of genuine Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office software and Microsoft Windows operating systems and wireless touch mouses, the customer will receive a free Microsoft Sling Bag.

For the purchase of Epson products, excluding inks and other consumables, customers will receive a full body-sized bath towel free. Epson products under this offer includes the full range of printers, scanners and projectors.

The local press waiting for the moment for the Acer mock model to be unveiled

Reciting of the prayers before unveiling

Zul Abd Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer announcing the launch

The unveiling of the mock Acer Ultra S3

This is how it looks like

Group photo with the management of Concepts Computer

The special promotion from Concepts Computer. Hurry!! Last day on 20th May

Richard and Vincent being interviewed by the local press on the success of Acer products

The media received some cool goodie bags from Concepts Computer

Check in at Radisson during WRC

A good idea to check in for the weekend during #walkruncycle2012 event. I know I will 😀

Wanna get your iPhone fixed?

I never knew that there’s a growing number of freelancers that handles and repairs iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads too. And one of them is my friend @cibui on Instagram and he’s been getting many inquiries right after my posting on instagram, Facebook and Twitter (ah, the power of social media).

Yes, it’s a common problem that these Apple devices can up being faulty on some of its function. The most notable is the “home” button where some of them became less responsive over time. So my friend came to the rescue as one of my friends’ iPhone needed attention and @cibui did on the spot and it took a merely half an hour. The cost of the repair including the parts is very competitive. So don’t even bother ask for a discount as it’s worth the money.

Some local vendors may be charging way more expensive and some places maybe even 3 to 4 x fold but of course, you are paying for the extra service and it’s a proper service centre and perhaps there are more perks and benefits that I may not be aware of. But for a reasonable price and also my trust on my buddy, he totally delivered and my friend was all smiles after her “home” button was being fixed.

If you wanna contact him, you can call 872 0848. Oh yeah, he has new born baby recently so he can be pretty tied up but it’s no harm asking him if he’s free to help you. Congratulations on the new born baby.

The little screws that helped to keep the iPhone intact

How the inside of the iPhone looks like

The iPhone needed the “home” button to be fixed

This is the important component that makes the “home” button functions and responds

The battery inside the iPhone. This also can be replaced if your battery cycle has declined over time.

@cibui’s iPhone kit for repairing iPhones

Back in January, I cracked my screen and spent over $200 on the repair at one of the shops at The Mall. My friend charges less than $200 for this.

Perhaps the best scene in The Avengers

LOL.. nice illustration by Benjamin Wang, taken from behance.net



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