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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

3 more weeks left for Swipe to Win 2


The winners of the Samsung Galaxy Note II with BIBD Marketing Department

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD) held a prize presentation ceremony today for its ‘Swipe to Win 2’ lucky draw winners. The brief ceremony was held during the NewXpo, at the Hassanal Bolkiah Indoor Stadium car park in Berakas.

On hand to give away the prizes were Ben Lin and Dk Hjh Siti Amal Zuria Pg Hj Jadid from the BIBD Marketing Department. The lucky draw winners were chosen from BIBD customers who used the BIBD Debit Card or BIBD Credit Card at any retail outlet during the promotional period.

Haji Kifli Bin Haji Tarip and Mohammad Auni Bin Haji Abas were all smiles when they were announced as the 7th and 8th week winners for the BIBD ’Swipe to Win’ campaign. The two very lucky men each brought home with them a Samsung Galaxy Note II.

The BIBD ‘Swipe to Win 2’ campaign will continue on until the 24th of February, carrying along a weekly prize of a Samsung Galaxy Note II for twelve consecutive weeks, along with a final grand prize of 100,000 Royal Skies Miles for one lucky customer. Furthermore, this campaign only requires the BIBD customers to swipe their BIBD Credit or Debit Card at any retail outlet, which will automatically entitle them one ticket for the lucky draw, regardless of the transaction limit. Winning is never any easier.


Shop at Deseo


Have you check out the Modern Cheongsam Collection at DESEO? They have tons to choose from with a variety of design. Don’t worry about clashing with the same design or color because DESEO is selling one piece per size and color. The prices ranges from $50 and above. So do hurry and visit DESEO before Chinese New Year. Apart from that, they also have new arrivals at the Kiulap branch.

It’s located at Regent Square on the 1st floor. You can visit their Facebook page here or call 223 3998.

Located at Regent Square



The finals this Sunday


The At-tamwil University Cup final – UBD A vs ITB A this Sunday. Click image to enter website.

This is it!! The finals of the much anticipated tournament, At-tamwil University Cup between undefeated UBD A and ITB A. Both will square off once more and ITB A will be seeking for sweet revenge after UBD A defeated them in the group stage of the tournament. UBD A have been a force to be reckon with as they emerged as group winners with 3 wins and a draw before defeating ITB B in the semi-finals (6-2).

In the semi-finals, ITB A defeated Brunei Polytechnic A 3-1 last Sunday at Belapan Sports Complex. ITB’s Md Nasrullah scored a brace while Md Hanis also got on the score sheet. Khairul Haq scored the consolation goal for Brunei Polytechnic A who will face off against ITB “B” in the third/fourth place this Saturday.

In the other semi-finals, UBD A defeated ITB B with a 6-2 score line. UBD’s Zulhirni and Mohd Helmi scored twice, Faiz Badri and Amirul Tuah added the goals for the finalists. Muhd Irsyad and Abd Muez scored the consolation goals for ITB B.

So catch the finals of the Attamwil University Cup 2013 final this Sunday at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium at 8pm. The images below are courtesy of Azizi@Azri taken from University Cup Facebook page.

Brunei Polytechnic A and ITB A

Sportsmanship between the players

A aerial scissors kick from an ITB player

Khairul Haq of Brunei Polytechnic A

It was great to see a full house during the semi-final matches

The fans having a great time at the matches






Wu Chun in the house


Wu Chun made a special appearance at Meragang Sixth Form school this afternoon

Following the initiation of the ‘Hopes in the Hoop’ Initiative last Friday, KFC and Fitness Zone visited their first school, Sekolah Pertingkatan Enam Meragang, to kick start their school tour on this afternoon with their partners Good Game and Trinity.

The Hopes In The Hoop Team or the H.I.T. Hoop Team’s visit was received by over 300 students and teachers who had a chance to listen to a talk followed by a basketball clinic. Leading the basketball clinic during that day is none other than ex-PBA player Erwin Velez who is currently working with KFC to promote basketball. Assisting him in the clinic was Good Game’s Jacky Yong Kui Seng, another experienced basketball player. Jacky’s past notable achievement included a personal scoring of 44 points during a game in an inter-company basketball tournament.  

The students were in awe with the presence of Wu Chun’s appearance who gave support to the basketball clinic. He also shared some of his basketball experiences.

“As part of our roadmap to see a Brunei team playing for 3 On 3 basketball tournament during the Olympics, we are trying to push for a 3 On 3 inter-school basketball tournament to happen in the near future,” said Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC.

“For now, we are adopting most of FIBA’s rules so as to prep the participants, hence our slogan for this year being “Our Rules, Your Battles, Anyone’s Game,” said Wu Chun.

The H.I.T. Hoop team plans to visit 2 to 3 schools every month to promote basketball via talks and basketball clinics. Interested schools can contact Wendy or Devon via 8713788 / 8838310 to make arrangement.

Besides doing school visits, the Hopes In The Hoop Initiative will see both KFC and Fitness Zone doing roadshows to promote basketball. Last Sunday they did their first roadshow at The NewXpo which gathered around 200 participants joining a new activity of theirs known as ‘Time Attack’. In the activity, participants were given a 1 minute timeframe to shoot in as many balls into the hoop as they can from the 2 points line with the winner shooting in the most. The winner of the day went to Sii Tung Yung who shot in 17 balls within a minute.

The principal with the organizers for ‘Hopes in the Hoop’

Wu Chun with Jonathan Bong of KFC

Erwin Velez conducting clinics for the students

Erwin Velez conducting clinics for the students


The finale of the NewXpo


The final day of the NewXpo capped off with prize presentations for Red Bull Prize Draw, Most Photogenic Contest and NewXpo Grand lucky draw. For the Red Bull draw, in first place was Hjh Rasinah Yusof, who won an iPhone 5. Second place winner Ruslin Hj Abd Rahman won an iPad 4, while third place winner Pg Jaya Pg Hj Hamzad won a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. Wong Chin Toon the Managing Director of GreenCity Concept presented the prizes to the winners.

For the Male Photogenic contest category, Danial Kelvin Ong came 1st place with 16 x 20 photo with frame sponsored by Fotomas and 20 trays of eggs sponsored by Sunlit Advertising. 2nd place went to Lee Kar Jun and 3rd place to Md Azzamuddin Hadimin and both also received a photo with frames and tray of eggs.

For the Female Photogenic contest category, Wan Sayffadarin Zulkiflee came 1st place with 16 x 20 photo with frame sponsored by Fotomas and 20 trays of eggs sponsored by Sunlit Advertising. 2nd place went to Nur Qanitah bte Hj Md Hidin and 3rd place to Wong Yin Ying and both also received a photo with frames and tray of eggs.

As for the Grand draw, Sri Wahyuni bte Samsir from Sabah won the L-Shape Corner Sofa. Hasnah bte Hj Mudin won an iPad 4 while Mohd Rabiih bin Hj Naim won a 42″ Panasonic Plasma TV. The prizes were presented by Sunlit Advertising General Manager Christopher Chee.

So far The NewXpo attracted 62,500 visitors during the 9 days expo which is not a big number when compared to the recent 11th Consumer Fair.

Mohd Menghindrawadi won a standing lamp which is the 5th prize of the NewXpo lucky draw

Cendri Bantai won a 32″ Panasonic LCD TV which is the 4th prize of the NewXpo lucky draw

Mohd Rabiih won a 42″ Panasonic Plasma TV which is the 3rd prize of the NewXpo lucky draw

Hasnah won an iPad which is the 3rdprize of the NewXpo lucky draw

Sri Wahuni is the grand winner of the NewXpo Lucky Draw

Group photo with the winners of the NewXpo lucky draw

Some magic show to entertain the crowd

Some of the booths at the NewXpo

The winner of the 1-1 mini competition organised by KFC and Fitness Zone

Devon as usual emceeing the event for the 1-1 competition

It was pretty busy at the Fitness Zone booth area

Another magic card trick

Fina still not satisfied with the card trick

The Male Photogenic Contest

Danial Kelvin Ong won 1st place in the Male Photogenic Contest

With the Top 3 winners of the Male Photogenic Contest

The Female Photogenic Contest

Wan Sayffadarin Zulkiflee came 1st place in the Female Photogenic Contest

Wong Yin Ying came 3rd in the Female Photogenic Contest

The Top 3 winners of the Female Most Photogenic Contest






Burn baby burn

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Summing up my weekend!!


This is perhaps the best deal in town. I bought 15 minifigs from the garage sale nearby my home and this lot costs me a mere BND 3 and now that’s the bargain of the year so far for me 😀 I’m still collecting zombies minifigs if any of you are selling *hoho*


A great experience on the boat yesterday to take some shots of the Brunei Regatta 2013. It was really hot and I was at least an hour on the boat but it was worth it.. Check out my post tomorrow for more pictures and updates!!


A quick lunch meal with Mel, SiTi, Keeran and Teteh at Iskandar Curry House. The condiments/sauces are one of the best in town.. Must try!!


An awesome gesture by my talent buddy, Winnie, who designed this mug and she will be selling them to raise funds to pay for Blue’s medical bills. Blue is an injured stray dog and Winnie has been taking care of it and she’s also a strong supporter for “Care and Actions for Strays”. Click image to enter Winnie’s Fanbook page, Timeless Realm and you can find out how you can order a mug too.

Fencing is still a catching up sport in Brunei. The past few days there was a youth fencing competiton where other countries participated. I feel Brunei is still in the infant stage and it’s not easy to take up this sport too. In the picture is the young ladies representing Singapore. I was told that the dominating team this year is Singapore as they claimed more than 10 golds over the 5 day competition.

A great way to prevent skimming at ATMs. This was taken at HSBC ATM in town. Lately they have been cases where skimming had been taking place and the authorities managed to catch the culprit. Now we just need to be extra mindful when it comes to withdrawing at ATMs


Last night there was a prize presentation for the winner of the male and female photogenic competition. This was the first of its kind and it was one of the competition of the NewXpo. The ones with the most stars wins. Check out the top 3 in tomorrow’s post!!


Too much of a colour is bad, right? Tisya was drawn by the colour of the cordial drink at the NewXpo and she bought the Blueberry flavour and wow, this was the result on her tongue. It really shows how much colouring is being used.. Eeeeks!!

Goo Han Cheong of Goo Brothers Electrical Engineering Sdn Bhd won a Nissan Navara Truck as part of HSBC’s “Drive your Business to Success” Campaign. The prize presentation happened this morning. More story tomorrow.

Soooo I heard this is an opening burning incident at Tutong. Hmmmm… This ain’t good.. I even heard it’s caused by burning tyres too. I’m not really sure what’s the real cause just yet. If you have any info, do feel free to email me. The image was taken by my friend Aaron this morning.




Pull your socks, Bluehost

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


ICON Design Store


Amazing fares at RB


Click image to enter flyroyalbrunei.com


Oyster Craze extended till 9th Feb!!

Click image to enter Radisson Facebook Page


The Circus Firemen in March

Click image to enter website

Congratulations ITB for reaching finals


The 2nd semi-finals of the University Cup: ITB “A” 3 Brunei Polytechnic 1.


“Better Hearing, Better Living” Charity Bazaar


Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports with Ungku Datin Hajah Fanzah Osman, the General Manager of Hear Better Services Company and Noorafzah Ahmad Project Manager of the charity bazaar (far right) with the supporters of the event. Imabe courtesy of Hock Sim.

Members of the public can lend a helping hand in giving hearing impaired children an ability to listen by visiting and spending time at the ‘Better Hearing, Better Living’ Charity Bazaar which was launched yesterday at The Mall. The bazaar is aimed at raising fund to purchase hearing aids for school children with hearing impaired.

The three-day ‘Better Hearing, Better Living’ Charity Bazaar which will end tomorrow was officially launched by Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. Ungku Datin Hajah Fanzah Osman, the General Manager of Hear Better Services Company, the organiser, in her remarks said the charity bazaar is a truly local project with a long-term mission to equip hearing impaired children with hearing aids so they will have a better chance towards having an independent and productive life and become citizens who will be able to contribute to the nation’s development.

“Communication skill is vital for learning and developing other life skills. With hearing aids, not only do the children learn to hear but they will learn to speak and socialise in a normal setting. A child’s first word is always the most early awaited by his/her parents,” she stated.

The General Manager of Hear Better Services Company also revealed that the Association of the Hearing Impaired of Brunei Darussalam also participated in the bazaar to help raise awareness. She commended the association’s effort by stating that their enthusiasm and dedication toward educating the public is much needed to create a tolerant and more inclusive society.

Over 30 vendors are taking part in the charity bazaar including Setia Motors displaying the latest Hyundai vehicles, Concepts Computers with the latest IT products, Takaful Insurance, homeware, clothing, carpets, food and others. Text courtesy of James Kon of Borneo Bulletin.

Today is the final day of the bazaar which is located at The Mall.

Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman gracing the event last Friday. Image courtesy of Hock Sim.

Datin Paduka Hajah Adina with members of the Association of the Hearing Impaired of Brunei Darussalam

Concepts Computer also one of the suporters

T-shirts for sale will be donated

Setia Motors (Hyundai) is also one of their supporters




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Redeem your eggs *lol*


Click this image and print this to be a coupon. But no promises while stock lasts.. So hurry!!!

Free eggs will be given away starting today until Sunday at The NewXpo! Do not miss the chance of getting free eggs while stock last!

Being one of the highlights for The NewXpo event, the organising committee is giving away free eggs to the public at the National Indoor Stadium car park area, Berakas starting today until Sunday.

All you need only to do is fill in and cut out the coupon in The NewXpo newspaper advertisements (The Brunei Times), present it and collect a chop or stamp at the redemption booth at The NewXpo venue with valid identification to prove you are 12 years of age or older, and walk away with a pack of four eggs. Only original coupons are accepted, and each person is entitled to present only one coupon per time of claim, and the offer is good while stock lasts.

Area for redemption is near the entrance of the Used Car Area at The NewXpo on 2 February at 1pm, 3pm, and 7pm and Sunday 3 February at 11am, 1pm, and 5.30pm.The coupons will be randomly distributed at town areas, as well as inside The NewXpo venue. The coupons are also available in The NewXpo advertisement where readers may cut out from newspapers.

The tourney is back!!!


Del Goh, General Manager of KFC Brunei and Wu Chun, Managing Director of Fitness Zone with the organisers and partners of KFC Fitness Zone 3 on 3 Streetball Challenge. Image courtesy of Jake Ten.

After a successful run of 4 seasons in 2012, the KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball Challenge is back, this time, bigger and better. Yesterday at Fitness Zone Kiulap’s basketball court, KFC and Fitness Zone renewed their partnership and also brought in Good Game Event Management & Advertising and Trinity Advertising & Event Management, 2 event companies to help drive their vision. “This year we have a new team with more experience and dedication to help us bring the game to the next level,” says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC.

2013 will continue to see the tournament playing in 4 seasons, namely in March, June, September and December at The Airport Mall but each tournament itself will differ from the others. The first tournament in March will take place end of March at the Airport Mall itself entirely. There will also be a sub activity which is the cybergame tournament running alongside with the main basketball tournament.   

The renewal of the partnership agreement also sees KFC and Fitness Zone initiating a “Hopes In The Hoop” project. “With this project, our aim is to work with various organizations to give hope to basketball so that basketball in turn can inspire hopes to others” says Wu Chun, Managing Director Of Fitness Zone. “Basketball has always played second fiddle in a football loving nation but it has a lot of potential to be developed into a fun activity that brings family together, especially 3 on 3 which is easier to pick up” added Jonathan. Part of this initiative will see KFC and Fitness Zone, together with their event partners doing school visits and road shows to promote the game. “I started basketball when I was young in school, with Michael Jordan as my role model. Partly where I am today comes from many important lessons which I have learnt from basketball, one being to never give up. We hope that by sharing some of these testimonies, others would see basketball in a different way and we hope that they will fall in love with it just as we did” says Wu Chun.

As part of the Hopes in the Hoops Initiative, part of the proceeds generated via sponsor’s contributions, player’s registrations and other revenue, from the 3 On 3 Streetball tournament will go to various charitable causes in Brunei at the end of the year.

Entry forms for the March tournament will be available at all Fitness Zone outlets and available at KFC Gadong Central, KFC Airport Mall and KFC Seria outlets starting 8th February 2013. For more information, interested parties can log on to KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball Challenge on facebook. For the March tournament, there will also be booth selling opportunities of 10 days (22nd – 31st March), interested parties can call Jacky/Winnie at 7182907/8833831 for more details.

Guest waiting for the signing ceremony event

Devon of Trinity Advertising and Event Management was emceeing as usual

Jonathang Bong, Marketing Manager of KFC Brunei, briefing the success of last year’s event

It’s a done deal 😀

So are you up for the challenge?

High Speed Broadband


Check out the #HSBB at Times Square

People been asking me what does HSBB stands for?? It stands for High Speed Broadband and finally we Bruneians can experience a different level of internet speed. It reminds me of the transition from dial-up modem to our existing broadband (eSpeed). The responses have been mixed for the past few years and this is perhaps boils down to congestion due to high number of subscribers. I remembered when eSpeed was introduced, the rates were reasonably high then before they introduced competitive low rates in the past two to three years which increased the number of subscribers (just refer to the diagram below).

Now streamlining seems seamless and you can see the demo at the TelBru High Speed broadband roadshow at Times Square. Tomorrow (Sunday) will be the last day of the roadshow. For your information, around 1,000 homes are already connected with HSBB and the ongoing project is called fibre-to-the-home (FTTH). Hence the first 1,000 houses are part of the 1st phase of FTTH project and yesterday was the celebration of that milestone and also the official launch of HSBB which took place at Times Square Shopping Mall.

Pehin Abdullah the Minister of Communicaitons was the guest of honour and he’s a high user of internet and he was very eager to see the efficiency of internet speed in Brunei alone. This was also part of the discussions during the BIT council on the FTTH project and it’s good to see that the timeline is on track.

I didn’t have a chance to interview David Kay, the CEO of TelBru. From the press release, he revealed that the first phase of the project covered areas are Madang, Gadong and Bandar. He said that it’s not easy to implement FTTH but they will slowly go in phases to install the cabling works and mind you it costs a huge investment.

David hopes that by the end of the year that most homes in the densely populated area will be connected to high speed broadband. So peeps, be patient should your area do have not FTTH installed yet. I’m quite fortunate that I’m staying around Gadong and the guys are still fixing the cables at my home and it does take some time as well.

Pehin Abdullah checking on the buffering while surfing on Youtube

David Kay, CEO of TelBru, delivering his remarks

The launch of HSBB

Lim Ming Soon of TelBru explaining to Pehin

The statistics for internet users in Brunei for 2012. source: AITI website.

The new FTTH modem

A sample on how on FTTH is installed

Mr. Reeds talking to the guest of honour after the tour

The Green dots means that the houses are installed with FTTH

Currently League of Legends competition is running

The organiser of League of Legends explaining

Group photo

The current rates for High Speed Broadband. Source: Telbru’s website.






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