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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Lamb Spit is back!!


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Amazing fares at RB


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The Circus Firemen in March

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The Interview with David Carden


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday consented to receive in audience His Excellency William E. Todd, the United States Ambassador to Cambodia (2nd right) and His Excellency David L. Carden (3rd right) the United States Ambassador to ASEAN. His Excellency William E. Todd and His Excellency David L. Carden are currently in Brunei Darussalam for three days visit. Image taken from Borneo Bulletin’s website

This morning I had the privilege with the other local media in having an audience with His Excellency David L. Carden, the U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN at the US Embassy. He touched on topics such as environment, health, food security, pandemic, youth, deforestation, human trafficking, social media and basically his duty as a U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN. He has been to Brunei Darussalam on several occasions so he is no stranger to our country and his knowledge on ASEAN is very rich indeed.

For your information, the role was U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN was initiated by President Barack Obama who called for the establishment of a permanent U.S. Mission to ASEAN. In late March 2011, Ambassador David L. Carden was sworn in as the United States’ first resident Ambassador to ASEAN.

Their mission statement – the U.S. Mission to ASEAN works with ASEAN and all of its members-states to advance the development of a strong and integrated Southeast Asian community that is secure, prosperous and democratic.

Carden believes that his role will encourage the people of ASEAN to initiate and engage in healthy and constructive discussions in helping one another in the region. For instance, a Bruneian might talk on corruption or human trafficking that might be an issue in another country of ASEAN.

He recalled back the era of SARS and this can be linked back to deforestation and animal trafficking. Hence in the likelihood of new pandemic situation, U.S. Mission to ASEAN will be involved for pandemic readiness and get in touch with as many relevant experts to counter the supposedly situation.

His Excellency David L. Carden, the United States Ambassador to ASEAN, speaking to the local press this morning

His Excellency David L. Carden, the United States Ambassador to ASEAN, speaking to the local press this morning

Quratul-Ain Bandial of The Brunei Times, Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin, His Excellency David Carden, Delwin Keasberry of @Bruneitweet and Rano Iskandar

With Brunei being a Chair for ASEAN 2013, His Excellency said that Brunei still have issues to deal with and talk about and Brunei can be a leader on some issues. Topics such youth empowerment, energy, biodiversity and education are some that Brunei can lead on and these can be broadly communicated outside the region.

Carden also felt that his role was not purely being an Ambassador to ASEAN but also to the U.S. and it’s important that the U.S. knows what’s happening in ASEAN and vice-versa and Carden’s role is create that connectivity to the U.S as well within the ASEAN. We shouldn’t just be focusing on the issue of the South China Sea situation. There are other engaging issues such as the pandemic, deforestation or education issues.

Carden campaigned for the youth to be more engaged with ASEAN related matters because they will be the future of ASEAN and they will be more ready to be hands on with the issues concerning the region.

When asked about the recent nuclear test from North Korea, the Ambassador said that there’s no official statement from ASEAN but he is hopefully that they will. He thinks that everyone recognises the destabilising impact on the (nuclear) tests.

To share your thoughts on any issues, you can follow them on U.S. Mission to ASEAN Facebook Page and also on their twitter account @USMission2ASEAN and with Brunei chairing the ASEAN Summit this year, it will be good to see more Bruneians engaged in discussions through means of social media.


Pistorius faces murder charge?


Reeva Steenkamp with Oscar Pistorius

This is such a shock!!! Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been an inspiration for many for being the first double amputee Olympian to participate in the Olympics and he garnered the nickname “Blade Runner”. Yesterday Pistorius was arrested and brought to court today for the fatal shooting of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. As of now, I have been tuning in CNN for updates and I’m still shocked about the incident.

The development of the stories are still unclear but it was cited that he had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder. It was also reported that they have been previous incidents at his home too. So let’s just wait to see how the story unfolds. Condolences to the families of Reeva Steenkamp.

Our Brunei Olympian Maziah Mahusin with Pistorius during the London Olympics 2012


Mochi now opens in Kiulap


Hey peeps!! You may have been familiar with Mochi Frozen Yoghurt at the Airport Mall. Now they have a new branch which was recently opened at Kiulap (next to Chong Hock). The flavours of the week for the new outlet are Blueberry, Mango, Strawberry and Original whereas the ones at Airport Mall are Kiwi, Mango, Strawberry and Original.

So for those craving for Froyo at Mochi, you can drop by at the Kiulap branch. You can also check out their Facebook page Mochi Frozen Yoghurt and follow them on instragram @mochibrunei

Mochi Frozen Youghurt now open in Kiulap (next to the Chong Hock)

The interior inside Mochi

The machines are different to that at Airport Mall

Mochi Yoghurt House at Kiulap. Also opening soon is Each-a-Cup.


Politeknik Brunei Open Day






Study in the UK

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The Circus Firemen in March

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AITI Amateur Radio Competition


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The yearly competition is back!! The Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) is organising the 2012 Amateur Radio Direction Finding Competition on 14th April 2013. You can download the form on www.aiti.gov.bn or for further information, you can contact Norelham 236 6640 Rafidah 236 6687 or Shazana 236 601.

The ARDF competition allows participants to show their skills in amateur radio direction finding, and involves orienteering and navigating skills in locating hidden transmitters called “beacons” or “foxes” within an area using the bearings of the transmitted signal in pedestrian mode.


Heart’s Day at Deals


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Engage 2013


Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) will be organising ENGAGE 2013 tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday at the ITB campus.

ENGAGE 2013 is a rebranded event that combines the highly-anticipated annual ITB InfoDay and Career Dialogue events. It is open to ITB graduates, students, prospective students and members of the public. The event starts on Thursday from 9am to 4.30pm and on Friday from 9am to 11.30am and 2pm to 4.30pm.

In a statement issued by ITB, it stated that the event is aimed at creating a platform for active engagement between the university, industry and public to promote further education and employment.

The event will also promote ITB’s academic programmes, provide accurate first-hand information on studying in ITB as well as to prospective students an insight on the aspects of teaching, learning and student activities in ITB.It will also provide an opportunity to current and prospective students to learn career pathways that are relevant to their area of study and interests. Students who have recently obtained their A-Level and National Diploma results, ENGAGE 2013 provides an opportunity for one-on-one consultation with ITB’s academics and admission co-ordinators on the academic programmes offered for the August 2013 entry.

For students embarking on A-level studies, advice can be sought on the selection of A-level subjects that will allow them to progress into academic programmes in ITB, said the press release. Twenty four companies will also be exhibiting in ENGAGE 2013. The representatives will be able to offer advice on career opportunities and pathways within their organisation, and the relevant academic qualifications required to join them.

ENGAGE 2013 is also meant to provide a one-stop platform for higher studies and career consultation. There will also be presentations and walk-in interviews by the companies. Source: Nurhamiza Hj Roslan of The Brunei Times.

Some of the participating vendors for career day:

Brunei Shell Petroleum
Brunei Gas Carriers
Brune LNG
Total E&P
Hengyi Industries
BAG Networks
Mixmedia Group
Tech One Global
Royal Brunei Technical Services
Brunei Economic Development Board

CNY at Concepts Computer


Concepts Computer held an Open House this morning for their guests and customers, staff and friends at their Kiulap showroom. Hosting the Open House were Mr. and Mrs Pao and according to Vincent Pao, the General Manager of Concepts Computer, “In my point of view, the IT retail business in Brunei is more challenging these days with savvy costumers using internet and other sources to keep up to date regarding IT technological advances. So we need to focus more on providing better services for our customers.”

“When it comes to Concepts Computer, I always lead with a simple statement – We must do a good job!,” ended Pao.

Concepts Computer has recently ended the Year of the Dragon with a couple of successful expos (NewXpo 2013, Consumer Fair and also the recent “Better Hearing, Better Living” Charity Bazaar). They will be back again for the upcoming Consumer Fair in mid-year.

CNY promotion at Concepts Computer

Mr. and Mrs. Pao hosted the Concepts Computer Open House this morning

Andrew Tan, SMB Lead of Microsoft (B) entertaining the local media

Job vacancies at SCB


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Education UK 2013 Exhibition


This is one of the most sought fairs when it comes to education in the UK. We have three big players – British Council, HRD Services and James Hon. Today was British Council where it held the biggest education for Bruneians to study in the UK. I still remember a few years ago the fair was just on a small scale. Recently it has gone bigger and better and even the set up has been given more attention to it. According to Rob Fenn, the British High Commissioner to Brunei, he said that today’s education fair is the best.

The Education UK Exhibition was opened today at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel and Country Club and tomorrow will be at the Maktab Duli from 9:30am to 1pm. This year around 41 British universities and colleges are taking part. Also present are the Ministry of Education (Scholarship Unit and National Accreditation Council), the Centre for British teachers (CfBT). Seminars were also run concurrently for potential students to get familiar with the surroundings in the UK.

Those who registered for the event also stood a chance to win an iPad 2 and the British Council gave away four today.

Rob Fenn said that the synergy and the relationship between Brunei Darussalam and the UK have been very strong for many years and the UK has a reputation to maintain. “Brunei has many resources and they (the students) can go anywhere they like and the fact that they have chosen the UK consistently over the years. This also explains why there is the British Universities Brunei Association (BUBA) and there is no other country in the world that other universities organised themselves like BUBA.”

Fenn also talked about the collaboration with UBD and the UK with regards to the Discovery programs at UBD. He said that there are many factors why the UK is a popular destination for studies among Bruneians. He felt that Bruneians want to have the best education and the universities in the UK offered the best courses. When it comes to job interviews, students carrying a UK degree holds more weight.

The factor that drives Bruneians to the UK is the homely community it has. Currently, they are roughly 2,000 students in the UK and there are many local student associations to give support to students and hence making the experience much more worthwhile in the UK.

“This is the fifth or sixth education fair that I have been to and this is the best and it was such a perfect timing as many already have just received their results. So this was brilliant planning. With the slogan Ignite Your Future, I do hope in some of the conversations between the respective universities and the students, something will click and their future will ignite and the students will be set on a wonderful journey through education to a prosperous future,” said Fenn.

There was quite a turn out today and it was also a good thing that the results were released a few days before the education fair. I remember last year when the results were delayed and it was challenging for the students to scout for the courses and universities. So it was good thing that the results came out during CNY eve.

Well done to the British Council for putting up another great event year by year.

It was quite a queue and Hui Chiet was queueing too. I’m not sure what courses she’s interested in :p

Students inquiring on the courses offered

Free brochures from the British Council

You can even fill in surveys and stand a chance to win vouchers

Taken at the seminar area

Huaida Ishaaq and Nabilah Tan were former students in the UK and they were there to share their experiences in the UK

The registration area of the lucky draw

His Excellency Rob Fenn handed over the iPad 2 to one of the winners

Another winner of the iPad 2

Sharleen and Alvin scouting for universities

Maya and Nabilah at the photo booth


Bossini CNY Sales


Bossini Chinese New Year promotion will end on 17th February and they are having a storewide discount 10% and additional 10% for member. Below are pictures of the selected items at Kiulap and Mabohai branch.


Cooltones weekly winners


In conjunction with its ongoing promotion, FLY2UK SMS Quiz, Cooltones held its 2nd Monthly Mini Draw and Week 5 Pelangi quiz prize presentation yesterday at iCrave Kopitiam at iCentre Berakas. The prize presentation commenced with the presentation of prizes to the daily and weekly winners of the promotion. On hand to present the prizes was Bella of Social Deal.

The daily quiz winners walked away with prizes comprising Fitness Zone gym passes and KFC vouchers from the participating sponsors.

The weekly winner brought home goodie bags and prizes from Cooltones.

Winning the daily quiz segment were Hazlan Apong, Ak Md Wafiuddin Pg Umar, Siti Raihana Hj Abd Hamid, Md Nazirul Abd Ghani and Murjenah.br />
The weekly winner, drawn from the daily winners list, was Md Haziman Abu Bakar. Following the presentation, Hj Fauzi Hj Zainal drew the three winners for the mini draw – the second round of its three rounds monthly mini draw – and saw grand winner Abd Azim Hussin walking away with a smartphone and Cooltones goodie bag.

Meanwhile, Hjh Rabiah Hj Abd Rahim and Pg Radin Abd Amzari Pg Hj Abd Kahar, the second and third winners of the mini draw respectively, walked away with Cooltones goodie bag.

On hand to present the prizes to the winners of the mini draw was Haliza Salleh of Cooltones. To be eligible for the draw and win prizes, participants must be active subscribers of both Cooltones and B-mobile BPL WAP service.br />
To activate Cooltones, SMS ACT and send to 39555. To subscribe to BPL WAP Service, visit portal.bmobile.com.bn and click on BPL service to subscribe.

Amongst this year’s FLY2UK SMS quiz sponsors are AutoPro Tyre, B-Mobile, Fitness Zone, Huawei, MVision, QQeStore and Socialdeal Brunei as its Social Media partner.

To participate in the quiz and stand a chance to win, B-Mobile subscribers need to text FLY and send to 38833. The quiz ends on March 31.

Additionally, active BPL Wap or Cooltones subscribers who play the quiz will get additional 15 points each month. Additional 15 points will also be given to active members of Fitness Zone. Text and images courtesy of Lyna Mohd.

Group photo with the daily winners

Group photo of the mini draw winners




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Your say?


I didn’t know that this article (Letter to the editor in today’s The Brunei Times) would open up a can of worms on my instagram and Facebook. Click image to read comments and feedback from others. Your Thoughts?

Lamb Spit is back!!

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Amazing fares at RB


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The Circus Firemen in March

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The Ugly Truth


RA says Happy New Love Day to all friends and family *lol* The word “V” is a very sensitve one in our culture. I remember years, years back, it was kinda liberal when the “V” word was acceptable. Nowadays, retailers and especially restaurants have been warned on using such word. However the Happy Heart’s Day slogan was given the green light for those establishments who want to highlight their promotion.

There’s always a controversy whenever Malays celebrate this particular occasion. Then again this is a very subjective topic to talk about and I don’t want to go into depth of this topic as I could be quoting or saying the wrong things and I get the fingers being pointed at *lol* All I can say is that Muslims are not encourage to celebrate V-day.

For the record, I did celebrate one or twice long, long time ago *lol* and this was back when laws weren’t strict or perhaps we had lack of awareness or education on what’s acceptable and what’s not. Anyway, that was long time ago and I have grown out of it.

For those celebrating it especially the non-Muslims, don’t use this day as an excuse to express your love or feelings. Love is unconditional and love should be celebrated every moment. Maybe those who are shy (like me) might take advantage of such days like this *lol* For me, I’m living in self-love and from there, I’m able to love others as well. Sometimes I feel love is an over-rated word and I rather feel it than say or express it.

So today I’m gonna love myself even more and do more self appreciation and be grateful for the things that have come my way and appreciate the abundance and the friendship I have gained along the way. That’s my mini-intention for today 😀

I woke up pretty early today to catch the Real Madrid-Manchester United match and I couldn’t sleep after. So I tuned in to HBO and they were playing romanatic comedies such as Wedding Singer, My Best Friend’s Wedding and now Notting Hill’s playing. But my best rom-com for me is still Love Actually 😀

Below are some of my favourite rom-com movies

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Love Actually
500 Days of Summer
50 First Dates
Notting Hill
When Harry Met Sally
You’re the Apple of My Eye
A Werewolf Boy
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Moulin Rouge

Below are some of my favourite love songs

Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Because I Love You – Celine Dion
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Close To You – Carpenters
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Can You Feel The Love Tonight? – Elton John
More Than Words – Extreme
This I Promise You – ‘NSYNC

Ok, I’m being extra cheesy today, right? *LOL* Have a great day peeps and I hope I haven’t offended anyone on this article and you know it ain’t my intention.



Part Time vacancies


Interviews on 21st and 22nd Feb


Never ever ever…

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Part Time vacancies


Interviews on 21st and 22nd Feb


Amazing fares at RB


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The Circus Firemen in March

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The Ugly Truth


RA says Happy New Year to all my Chinese friends and families. This is the third day of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake. I do wonder if I actually fall under the Year of the Dragon because my birth month is January, before the lunar calendar. Ah, I’m not really familiar with Chinese horoscopes. Anyway from my research, the year of the Snake means you are smart and intelligent.

Today I won’t be doing any house visits unless I do a “Bainian” where I simply visit my friends though they don’t officially host open houses. This is what I practised during Hari Raya festive season as I feel that it’s way better to connect or catch up with friends without much interruption. Well, I have planned to do some but for today I feet I need to recover after a hectic two day of house visiting.

There are a few open house invitations that I’ve missed (sorry Rach, Edward, Anthony & Celia) and yea, I don’t feel nice either whenever I missed invitations. I have new respect for High Commissioners and Ambassadors (to Brunei) and even those in the high ministerial ranks. This is because most of them will make an effort to complete all their CNY invitations within a short span of time. I don’t think I can manage that milestone though I ever did during my Hari Raya days few years back. So to you guys, hats off and pat on the back.

Speaking of CNY, is it true that Lion Dance performances are allowed in the first three days of CNY? I remembered last year a ruling was given where they were only allowed to perform for three days and the same ruling is imposed for this year if I’m not mistaken. Some of the Chinese community did share their views last year that the 3 day was a bit too short. My suggestion would be to increase the number of days perhaps if it’s not conflicting with any religious events or periods.

Today I will be catching Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West and I can’t wait for this comedy flick and I am also a big fan of Stephen Chow. His best movie for me is still Shaolin Soccer and I was kinda disappointed with CJ7 and did you know that he co-produced Dragonball Evolution?? Another terrible movie *lol* Recently Kung Fu Hustle’s being shown in Astro and that’s a good lame-ass comedy flick. Now this one is interesting.. Stephen Chow will be producing a remake of 3 Idiots which is one of the biggest Bollywood hits back in 2009. Interesting…. Let’s hope the remake won’t spoil the original movie because that’s one hell of a good movie..

Before I end, have a great week ahead.. Sorry if my segment today of the Ugly Truth didn’t bring much hype. I’m still in dazed state (lack of sleep). Oh yea, for those who got married last Sunday, congratulations. Only one wedding didn’t materialise on that day. Happy Tuesday peeps.. Now it’s time to shower and get ready 😀

How I spent my Monday


Ok, it’s not a great idea to jog in the morning especially when you start after 7:30am *lol* One reason – it’s too freaking hot and it does make a difference to the distance you are running. Fina and I only managed to run half of the usual distance due to the morning heat.

Yummm.. After our jogs, we had Pop Juice at Countrypatch Times Square. Did you know that this Pop Juice (Orange juice + Pamelo) is one of my favourite drinks? I started the phenomena of ice-blended version and now Countrypatch starts charging 10 cents extra for that request. Hmmmm..

Am I always catching this at the wrong time? My previous visit was two nights ago and it was already deflated *lol* This time I might have come too early. Ok, I’m just kidding about this so you guys won’t force me if you see me next time with the bouncer within my sight :p

Fina and I headed to The Mall, thinking Best Eastern would be open by 10am and only to find out we still have 30 minutes to kill. So here’s a good suggestion if you want kill time. Go to the foyer of the Mall Cineplex and catch the latest trailers. I’ve noticed one of the TVs have been repositioned so people won’t be sitting down on the stairs. You still can but the angle viewing won’t be as great.

I only had an hour’s rest before heading to Michelle house which was our gathering point to surprise birthday celebrant Thomas who lives just minutes away. This is a picture of the Awesome Foursome but we all have moved on and yes, we are all awesome individuals indeed 😀

My buddies outside Thomas’ home for the surprise visit

Happy Birthday Thomas and did you know he loves Doraemon so much?

I told Thomas not to forget to frame this picture up at his new home *lol*

The next pitstop was at Jin Wei/Sabrina/Cecilia’s Open house at Subok. Michelle with the host Jin Wei.

Sabrina the host with Andrew and Kathy *spelling* and Andrew Caie is a former British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam (2002-2005) and we had a good long chat a few days ago and I’ve learnt so many interesting things along the way.

The next pitstop was at Leonard’s residence and I met two adorable kids

Jackie and Leonard. See you guys pretty soon 😀

Jackie asked me to be in the photo and I told her I can take one for myself and we did *lol*

The 2nd last pitstop was at YC Lee and Pek Ching’s new residence and it was such a lively evening

Sophia asked me if the main reason to YC’s place was the Egg Tarts :p These KFC Egg Tarts have been the talk of the town. I ended up eating one only. Need to control.

Maya (right) just turned 1 yesterday and she was having a good time at YC’s

Hmmmm interesting phone at YC’s.. Don’t even think about sending a text via this phone

Final pitstop – the Sius.. Finally I get to see fireworks from close range.

We had a lan gaming session. It was fun with multiplayer and teaming up against Zombies in Killing Floor.

I was forced to wear this for photo purposes. I have yet to name my alter ego persona *lol*





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My first day vist – CNY





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Happy New Year


Wishing all my Chinese friends and family Happy Chinese New Year
Happy New Year



Audi A4


The Audi A4 Sedan and Avant at T.C.Y. Motors


ITB “B” claimed 3rd


What an anti-climax match!! Last night the 3rd play-off match kicked off for the At-tamwil University Cup 2013. I missed the second half but that’s where all the tense moments were. Brunei Polytechnic was already leading 2-1 for the last 25 minutes before Sarif of ITB “B” scored a dramatic equaliser in the dying minutes to lead the match into extra-time. It was close yet so far for Brunei Polytechnic. ITB “B” eventually scored the winning goal through Hafiy Danan in the 103rd minute in extra-time.

Tonight the final match will be between undefeated UBD “A” and ITB “A” which will take place at 8pm at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Come let’s support the match and the players involved. Good luck to both sides and may the best men win 🙂




The Snake Year

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Have you signed up?


I finally signed up today for Standard Chartered Half-Marathon Brunei 2013 race. Click image to find out more

Home renovated


Leung Wai Kaen, a 70 year old Chinese man, was honoured to have his home renovated as his home was previously in a bad state and it was considered unsafe either. Hence with the help of the Brunei-Muara District Office and Rotary Club, Wai Kaen managed to have a much more comfortable home to live in.

The renovation costs BND12,000. The handover was done yesterday with the presence of the Brunei-Muara District Officer Hj Jamain Momin who handed the keys to Wai Kaen.

Handover of certificate to Leung Wai Kaen from the Brunei-Muara District Officer Hj Jamain Momin. Image courtesy of Sim.

Leung Wai Kaen with the Brunei-Muara District Office and Rotary Club at Wai Kaen’s residence. Image courtesy of Sim.

The newly renovated dining area

Wai Kaen’s bedroom

The sister of Wai Kaen speaking to the members of the Rotary Club

The home of Leung Wai Kaen


Poor Beyonce


I guess you might have seen on websites and social media on the recent photo of Beyonce’s bad photo moment during the recent half-time Superbowl performance. Some said it might be photoshopped but I don’t think it was. I won’t be surprised the image will be used for 9GAG and memes. Oh well, sometimes it’s really hard to execute the dos and donts. It’s just one of those days…

Image taken from Huffington Post. Click image to see article

Beyonce during the Superbowl

Beyonce during the Superbowl

Beyonce during the Superbowl

Egg tarts at KFC


I can’t believe it’s here already.. I have been craving for so long for the KFC Egg Tarts and they are best sellers regionally and I’m glad it’s here in Brunei. For your info, the egg tarts are only available in Yayasan outlet. So do take note..

The Egg tarts are called Portuguese Egg Tarts which comes all the way form Macau, Hong Kong. The original recipe comes from Maraget Sow.

Now you can buy a box for $7.20 (six pieces) or $1.30 per piece.. Or with any purchase from KFC, one piece will be $1.20. For now, they have one oven at Yayasan and the reason being is that KFC Brunei wants to make sure the quality is there and yes, I have to say the quality is the same and I love it 😀

AJ training the KFC staff on how to bake the Egg Tarts

Steps might look easy but it’s important to give attention to standard of procedure to ensure the highest quality for the egg tarts

So far this is the special oven that makes the egg tarts so just a word of warning that with huge demands, the orders might be slightly slow.. But not to worry as KFC will be having bigger ovens and the next outlet rumoured to serve egg tarts is Airport Mall. I shall update you on that :))

The egg tarts take at least 10-15 minutes to bake to ensure the right result and quality

Del Goh, General Manager of KFC Brunei helping out with the egg tarts prepartion

I love the packaging and yes, it’s very hot indeed!!! So you have to wait a while to cool down and the Portuguese Egg Tarts is only available at KFC Yayasan outlet.

Seng Yee and I shared the egg tarts… Yummy!!!!

One way to cool down the egg tarts!!! *LOL*

For 3rd place – Unicup 2013


It’s happening tonight at 8pm at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Lucky draws to be won too 😀

Representing ITB “B”

Representing Brunei Polytechnic “A”


Statement from AITI


Let’s hope for the best for the telco and their customers


Last minute shopping?


Helping some friends here since there have been demands for flowers and plants in time for Chinese New Year. So I first thought of Roz Floraculture Greenhouse as they have plenty of them.. So a quick shout out to those hunting for one.. And if you want to make a visit, they are still open until 3pm today (Saturday) and it’s located at Spg 189-41-30 Kg Manggis.

You can read more from TigerLim’s post and sorry bro, me steal your pictures *haha* and Happy new year to you too.

Loads of orchids to choose and loads in quantity too

Fresh plants at Roz Floraculture Greenhouse

It’s located at Spg 189-41-30 Kg Manggis



The rise and the fall

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Amazing fares at RB


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Oyster Craze extended till 9th Feb!!

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The Circus Firemen in March


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Brunei Regatta Pics Part II



FC Prosphor and Fitness Zone


With the increasing popularity of a sporty lifestyle in Brunei, Fitness Zone, the number 1 health club in Brunei is signing a MOU with one of the best local football clubs in Brunei, FC Phosphor. This event is held at Fitness Zone with an opening video introduction of fc Phosphor history and their achievements. After the opening video, players from fc phosphor had a freestyle football performance to show the talent, skill and hardwork during their journey to achieve their football dreams and inspiration by the #1 free styler in Brunei who achieve semi finalist in the singapore competition. Fitness Zone logo will also be the main sponsor logo on the fc Phosphor jersey.

Football is always the No.1 national sport in Brunei and with the increasing rate of obesity in the country, government and private sector has put more priority in promoting a heathy lifestyle to the public. Teenager obesity rates has been increasing, and today, nearly one in three children are overweight or obese. Its predicted that one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma. According to Wu Chun, “Today, children experience a very different lifestyle. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car. Gym and after-school sports have been cut. Afternoons are now spent with TV, video games, and the internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals. But the good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help the younger generation lead healthier lives and thats why Fitness Zone is here in Brunei to encourage and motivate everyone in any possible way especially through the connection of doing sports activities.”

Wu Chun with FC Prosphor players. Image courtesy of Fitness Zone

FC Phosphor owner, Tengku Syed Herdiman Bin Tengku Syed Abdul Rahman, has established the club since 2005.According to him, “Our club has been established for 7 years and today is our greatest moment and it is a great honour that with have been supported by the #1 health club in brunei, Fitness Zone. I ensure with the support of the local company will have a potential, bright future and improving individual players to be a professional players for Brunei Darussalam.”

Wu Chun added, “A slogan for this event, “2 teams that makes the dream works” show us if we are one heart, one team and one family. Fitness Zone will guide these youngster so they are fit to play the game and at the same time, developing the right healthy attitude towards their future undertakings.”

For the future success of FC Phosphor, the club hope to see more youth in Brunei to join this small community and hoping it to become large one day. Tengku syed herdiman the owner of fc phosphor added, “We plan to organise alot of activities to the youngster in a way they will be a professional players one day. Sooner the club interest is to build and promote a soccer clinics grassroot and freestyle to the community.”

On top of that, Fitness Zone is also coming up with their ‘Gift of Good Health’ for Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s day promotion has been announced since last week and the response from the members are so good as this promotion is being market to be one of the best choice for anyone to choose a Valentine’s day gift this year. According to Wu Chun, ” Who doesn’t want their loved ones to begin a healthy lifestyle and stay healthy? It’s never too late to start getting healthy and such motivation should comes from someone who they love. This gift of good health is unlike any other valentine’s day gift because its a life changing gift that will definitely be appreciated when your loved ones received it!” Gift Certificates are available in any cash amount starting from B$50 and 4 different types of Fitness Zone’s limited edition Valentine’s card are available for grabs.

For more information, please log on to www.fitnesszone.com.bn or call 2233338.

Exchange of MOU agreement. Image courtesy of Fitness Zone

Handover of jersey. Image courtesy of Fitness Zone


Beauty & Image


Cecilia Lee, Manager of IA Salon, talking and giving some tips on beauty and make-up last Saturday

The Brunei Chinese Chamber of Commerce Woman Section Council hosted a “Beauty and Image” talk at Fun Bee Park in Batu Bersurat. In attendance was the wife of Dr. Chan Sui Kiat (President of Brunei Chinese Chamber of Commerce). The talk was conducted by Cecilia Lee, the manager of IA Salon, who is a qualified make-up artist highly skilled in beauty, fashion, make-up and hairdressing.

During the session, Cecilia shared with the attendees the tips and techniques of make-up, hair-styling, hair rebonding and colouring.

To make the teaching lesson more effective for participants, Cecilia also carried out a grooming demonstration on one of the members of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce Woman Section Council.

To keep up to date with the latest information and skills in this field, Cecilia frequently travels to many major cities in Europe and Asia. She has been invited by RTB Pilihan Mandarin radio to be a speaker for a programme called ‘Woman’s Vitamin’.

For women who are interested in having a new look for this coming Chinese New Year, IA Salon provides services such as manicures, pedicures, waxing, foot scrubs and more.

Make early reservations with IA Salon personnel at 2423232 or 8738232 to avoid disappointment. Text courtesy of Mei Fung Lee of The Brunei Times.

Cecilia Lee, Manager of IA Salon, talking and giving some tips on beauty and make-up last Saturday

Representatives from the Brunei Chinese Chamber of Commerce (women’s section)

Some of the make-ups brought in by Cecilia for IA Salon

Nice accessories at IA Salon

Refreshments were made from Fun Bee Park

There was also hair scalp test at Fun Bee Park


Doubles are back!!


Nothing excites the Bruneian appetite quite like our incomparable Double Prosperity Burger, scrumptious Twister Fries, and refreshing Prosperity McFizz. So savor the satisfaction of the Prosperity Meal today.

“We are bringing the double happiness back with the Double Beef or Chicken Prosperity Burger. Doubles are here for those who love to indulge in the mouth watering peppered patties with not one but two pieces of patties”, said Dk Kemariah Pg Hj Duraman.

Enjoy the famous Beef / Chicken Prosperity Burger with its juicy patties dripped in black pepper sauce and topped with slivered onions. The Prosperity McFizz is a mix of Minute Maid and Sprite. It’s bubbling taste is loved by all. Twister Fries which is craved by all are made from the best of potatoes and perfectly seasoned and cooked to golden brown.

For an unbelievable price, not only will you be indulging in the incomparable Chicken Prosperity meal, but you’ll also be enjoying them at amazing value.

Priced at B$10.90 (M) or just add 60 cents you can enjoy a large meal or simply add a double beef or chickenprosperity burger to your other meal for an additional B$9.20.

Happy Meal is proud to present the Tamgouchi toys from Feb 7 and valid till stock last. So join us at our restaurant or call 2449669 for McDelivery.

They are damn good!!

Though I’m trying to cut down on red meat, I prefer Beef Prosperity

Yummm.. Curly fries

Remember Tamagotchi?


Either you are young or old! McDonald is proud to present to you the Tamagotchi Happy Meal toys.

They are Nametchi car race and Memetchi Basketball for week 1, Melodchi Golf and Kuromametchi soccer for week 2, Spaceytchi UFO and Lovelin Heart collection for week 3 and for week 4 Kuchipatchi baseball and Himespetchi exciting house.

Happy Meal consist of either beef, chicken or cheese burger burger, 4 pieces nuggets or 1 piece chicken with side of small fries or fruit cup and 1 soft drink.

So hurry as they are available for limited time only and while stock last. So head down to McDonald’s which is located in Gadong or call 244 9669 for delivery ( terms and conditions apply). 

The promotional items from McDonald’s

Now you can collect them







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CNY offerings at KFC


The promotion starts this Saturday 9th February

Staff of KFC Brunei holding Doraemon pillows and Golden Wrap Chicken

Golden Wrap Chicken – a deep fried chicken being wrapped to keep the flavouring inside. Inside the wrap is this juicier chicken with an aromatic golden brown finish

This is the actual presentation of the Golden Wrap Chicken at KFC. This will be available this Saturday onwards

For Daraemon lovers, now you can buy the soft pillows at KFC

Del Goh, the General Manager of KFC Brunei holding the Red and Pink Daraemon pillows

Zatty seemed excited with the pillows

Alex is very shy one

Nurul with Zatty and the Daraemon cushion


Bricks Apparel at d’Brandon


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Now you can buy Bricks Apparel in Brunei and they have just started bringing them last December. You can check out their Facebook page and you can follow them on instagram @bricksapparel. For now, you can check out their latest collections located at d’Brandon at Kiulap branch (Unit L3/15, 2nd floor) at Seri Qlap Mall.

Bricks Apparel are US-sourced quality streetwear for guys and they are brought in limited quantity amounts to make sure they are exclusive. They have a special discount where you buy two items of Bricks Apparel and you will get 10% discount or buy 3 items to get 15% discount.


Free Delivery from OasisMarche


Check out their products and you can get them delivered free only for tomorrow. I’m gonna make some orders too 😀 Click image to enter website




CNY soon

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ICON Design Store



FZ, the official health partner of Unicup


Fitness Zone, the #1 health club in Brunei has always been very active in promoting a healthier lifestyle in Brunei. Besides promoting their main core business which is Fitness and Group Exercise, they are giving a full support into sports activities as well. According to Wu Chun, the founder of Fitness Zone health club, ” Sports and Fitness has always been one of my biggest passion. Being a sports fanatic since the age of 10 and having the experience of running a health club for 10 years, there are just countless of reasons why i want to share and promote all the benefits that you are going to get by living a more healthier lifestyle than yesterday!”

Wu Chun also shared that physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. In combination with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are the three leading causes of death. Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bone, muscle and joint development, and decreases the risk of obesity.

Wu Chun, the founder of Fitness Zone with representatives from BIBD At-tamwil, the co-organisers of the recent University Cup 2013 at Fitness Zone. Image courtesy of Fitness Zone.

Recently, Fitness Zone has also become a fan of football, which has seen them as being the official health club partner to the UniCup, the first ever inter-university football tournament for local universities and higher institutions co-organized by Brunei BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad and Institut Teknologi Brunei.

According to Muhmmad Firdaus bin Haji Mokim, the Marketing and Public Relations of UNICUP, “Fitness Zone has been a great partner to work with not only because of the prizes that they sponsor but also because of the never-ending passion they had in promoting health awareness to the community. Its very obvious that Fitness Zone has raised the fitness standard to another level in Brunei and we are so glad that they are so active not only in fitness but in sports as well.”

The objective of this UniCup is to improve the quality of football sports in Brunei Darussalam, to increase healthy and friendly competition among local Universities, we would like also to promote sense of belonging among undergraduates and highlight the leadership qualities amongst undergraduates through their hard work and dedication in organising the premier event and to stay an active lifestyle. According to Wu Chun, ” Everyone has a role to play in promoting a healthy lifestyle and especially in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, government, schools, health care professionals,community-based organizations, and private sector companies.  Our involvement is key to ensuring a healthy future for all these students.” 

The UniCup event has received a huge response from the public after their kick-off  with an opening ceremony on the 5th January 2013 and the tournament will continue until 9th February 2013 with the closing ceremony schedule to be held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium.This tournament is supported by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth Culture and Sports and Ministry of Home Affairs and it is sanctioned by National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam who have all join hands in support of the event.

The official venues for this Unicup are Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Track and Field Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, Berakas Sports Complex and RBRC Sports Club Football Field. Attractive prizes are offered to be won by the public or spectators with a quiz and photography competition will be held for the one-month tournament.


Engage 2013 – ITB


University Open Day and Career Fair at Institut Teknologi Brunei next week


Brunei Regatta Pictures Part I



Planning for Indochina trip?


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AITI Amateur Radio Competition


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The yearly competition is back!! The Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) is organising the 2012 Amateur Radio Direction Finding Competition on 7th April 2013. You can download the form on www.aiti.gov.bn or for further information, you can contact Norelham 236 6640 Rafidah 236 6687 or Shazana 236 601.

The ARDF competition allows participants to show their skills in amateur radio direction finding, and involves orienteering and navigating skills in locating hidden transmitters called “beacons” or “foxes” within an area using the bearings of the transmitted signal in pedestrian mode.

The Spirit of Budō


The Spirit of Budō

This year marks Japan-ASEAN 40th year anniversary of friendship and cooperation and The Japan Embassy to Brunei Darusalam will be organizing many commemorative events.  As the first event of this year, the Embassy and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports are co-organizing an exhibition of THE SPIRIT OF BUDO: THE HISTORY OF JAPANESE MARTIAL ARTS at Brunei Museum.  They will display many traditional items such as samurai costumes.  It will start from February 19 to March 24. I’m pretty sure that there are many Bruneians who are interested in Japanese Martial Arts. More on this event soon 😀

Dinner on the 14th


Cupid’s Night at Caliente Spanish Restaurant. Make reservations – 223 4549 / 720 2985


HSBC Deals for CNY


HSB Deals for Vanda Restaurant and Kitaro Japanese Restaurant

Prosperity Yee Sang from BND 68 at Kitaro Japanse Restaurant

With HSBC promotion, you can stand a chance to win Canon EOS M camera


Brunei Through My Lens


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Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and TelBru are calling for all photographers to hand in creative and original submissions for a nationwide photography contest.

The “Brunei Through My Lens” photographic contest jointly organised by Brunei Press and TelBru, and supported by Brunei Tourism was launched yesterday at the Millennium Restaurant in Beribi, Gadong.

General Manager of Brunei Press, Reggie See said the event was made possible with TelBru giving Brunei Press the opportunity to work with them for the publication of a premium Coffee Table book on Brunei.

He said, “The contest is launched today as there are partners and sponsors like Interhouse Canon, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Orchid Garden Hotel & Crystal Time Columbia.”

“Thank you partners and sponsors for coming forward to support the ‘Brunei through My Lens’ photographic contest.”

The Coffee Table Book which will be used as a premium corporate gift by TelBru, will feature Brunei in pictures and bring readers on a journey from the past to present day.

The photographic contest is organised to select potential photographs for publication in the premium book. The contest is open to the public and all residents in Brunei Darussalam.

Reggie See, General Manager of Brunei Press and David Kay, CEO of TelBru with the partners and sponsors representatives from Interhouse Company (Canon), BruneiTourism, Brunei Islam Brunei Darussalam, The Orchid Garden Hotel and Crystal Time Columbia. Image courtesy of Lyna Mohamad of Borneo Bulletin.

Reggie See, General Manager of Brunei Press saying a few words during the launch of the competition. Image courtesy of Lyna Mohamad of Borneo Bulletin.

Lunch hosted by the organizers at Millennium Restaurant. Image courtesy of Lyna Mohamad of Borneo Bulletin.

Vincent Goh of Interhouse Company believes that the contest is a great competition which is a good build u for Brunei hosting the ASEAN summit this year. The book will give visitors a glimpse of the rich culture, flora and fauna that Brunei has to offer. He also hopes the competition will promote photography as a healthy hobby.

For those interested, you can find the entry forms from Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata this coming Friday and you can submit your photos via www.telbru.com.bn/bruneithroughmylens and the closing date will be on 11th March 2013. For more information, you can reach Fatin, Marketing Executive of Brunei Press 833 8360 or email marketing@bruneipress.com.bn Source: Lyna Mohamad of Borneo Bulletin


CNY Yee Fatt with Baiduri



For the whole month of February, Baiduri cardholders can enjoy fabulous dining discounts plus the chance to win amazing prizes in their “Yee Fatt” dining promotion. ‘Yee’ meaning ‘1’ and ‘Fatt’ meaning ‘8’ are the lucky numbers for Baiduri cardholders this Chinese New Year. The word Yee Fatt also means ‘quick to prosper’, which is what may happen to Baiduri cardholders when they dine at partner restaurants from now until 28 February 2013.

The grand prize is a Nissan Almera 1.5 saloon car, while other prizes comprise the latest communication gadgets consisting of an Apple iPhone 5, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, a Samsung i900 Galaxy S3, an Apple iPad 4, a Samsung P5100 Galaxy Tab 2, an Apple iPod Touch 5th Generation, and two Apple iPad Mini.

Enjoy dining discounts up to 25%

Excapade Sushi Kiulap, Regent Square, Gadong, Times Square, Serusop, Bunut & Kuala Belait
I-Lotus  Restaurant
Kaizen Sushi Restaurant Kiarong, Waterfront & Seria
Li Gong Restaurant
Atrium Café
Lucky Restaurant
Phong Mun Restaurant
Emperor’s Court, Dynasty Restaurant
Seasons Restaurant, and Airport Restaurant




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