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Archive for 05/03/2013


The game changer

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Lamb Spit is back!!


Click image to enter Radisson Facebook page for updates!!


Circus Firemen this month


Click image to enter website


RB flies daily twice to KL

Twice daily to Kuala Lumpur starting May 22nd

Real Madrid beat Man Utd


What a match! Only to be spoiled by the Turkish referee and former EPL players Modric and Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid to cancel out Ramos’ own goal earlier own. Giggs played his 1,000th appearance for Man Utd *salutes* while Jose Mourinho said the best team lost (Was his rubbing his opponent?)

3rd batch of LEAP grant recipients


This morning 9 local innovators were awarded the Local Enterprise Application and Product (LEAP) grant amounting to BND 1.4 million by the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB). This is the 3rd batch of recipients and for your info, LEAP grants are normally for those building prototypes where it will can be used to drive the economy of the country.

So far we have a lot of prototypes dealing with multimedia, mobile apps and IT to name a few. There are also those in the agriculture and fishing but mostly the grant recipients are in the IT field. To name a few success stories are such as MeSixty who created an app called Chatworthy which won a few accolades. Another success story is SocialBuzz for their enterprising business Social Deal.

This morning the 9 companies that were awarded mostly relates to IT and mobile applications. The event kicked off by Dr. Abdul Manaf, Deputy CEO of BEDB who shared that the LEAP program is aimed at providing financial assistance up to BND 150,000 to develop prototypes or pilot projects that have innovative technological content as well as commercial practicality in the ICT and non-ICT industries. Another great thing that Dr. Abdul Manaf mentioned was that this application is also open to students and researchers of Institute of Higher Learnings. By the way, two awardees are in that category. So hats off to you guys 😀

The guest of honour Dato Paduka Hj Ali Apong, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of the BEDB, stated that this project is in line with His Majesty’s 65th which stated that the uses of technology and investment in research and innovation are important factors towards sustainable development of the country.

The Deputy Minister also highlighted that in order to strive for innovation, we cannot be complacent as that could be our biggest mistake (or downfall). He congratulated all the recipients and wished them the best of luck.

The recipients for the 3rd batch are 1) Brukiosk Communication 2) Halbase Company 3) Hoco Creative Company 4) Inspright Services 5) Institut Teknologi Brunei 6) Ivaps Sdn Bhd 7) Kin-Ethics Company 8) MediaHikmah 9) PHMD Publishing

Did you know that BEDB has granted a total of 23 companies amounting to BND 3 million? So guys, the opportunity is out there. It’s a matter of you taking that leap of faith and believing yourself that your ideas are innovative and useful. From what I heard, the next batch of application will be in April. So do check out BEDB’s website for updates.

Dato Paduka Hj Ali Apong, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of BEDB delivering his speech

Dr. Abdul Manaf, Deputy CEO of BEDB delivering his welcoming remarks

Some of the recipients of the LEAP Grant award

Terence Han of Inspright Services is one of the LEAP Grant recipients

Simon Soo explaining to the guest of honour on his project based on the LEAP grant (2nd batch)

Do check out his online store which will be launched sometime this month

Zainal of Silver Wings Service talked about the social media platform

Hiro, one of the rising IT entrepreneurs, talked about his social deal business

Origins Film showcasing their project called Yasmine the movie

Elina of Roz Floraculture Greenhouse was also one of the previous recipients

BruInnovEdu showcasing their software too


BICTA 2013


Another great opportunity to showcase your ideas and talents


Futsal 4 Tournament


Registration is still open by the way 😀

UBD Open day a hit


This was a good opportunity for potential students from colleges and schools to find out courses available at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) at the Chancellor Hall last week. There were also participating companies such as BSP, BEDB, BLNG and Hengyi to name a few.

The UBD Open Day and Career Fair last three days. There were also UBD’s clubs and societies that made their presence to promote their club’s activities for the interest of future students. I thought the format and layout this year was much better than last year’s.

UBD FM had a successful outing this time round during the Open Day

Auditions for Rampai Pagi

Auditions as news caster for RTB

The lovely ladies from Hengyi

At the Brunei Economic Development Board area

Interested to join the army?

BSP had a lot of interest as well

The football club in UBD and congratulations to them on winning the University Cup 2013 early in February


The guys from UBD Wildlife Club which plays a role of educating the public on the preserving the flora and fauna in Brunei and also record any unknown plant and animal species. The initiative is led by their club president Muhammad Shavez.

Do check out their event today at UBD. Click on image to see more of their activities.

Sneak preview of Wildlife Safari Walk. It’s happening later at 2:30pm. Public is also invited.






Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Lamb Spit is back!!


Click image to enter Radisson Facebook page for updates!!


Circus Firemen this month


Click image to enter website


RB flies daily twice to KL


Twice daily to Kuala Lumpur.

Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013


Now this is something that I would love to join next year. I covered the 2nd edition two years back and it looked pretty fun. This year, The Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013 had nine obstacles across 14km distance which started from the Nicoll Highway MRT station where you go through iconic landmarks and venues such as Marina Bay Sands and Fort Canning Hill to name a few.

This year there was quite a number of participants from Brunei in this year’s event. Most notably the group from Getfit Crossfit was the biggest representatives from Brunei. Below are some pictures from Stephanie Liew, Shamsul and Ak Herman. Thanks guys for sharing.

It was Stephanie Liew’s first Urbanathlon and as soon as she heard that the women’s category was available, she jumped and took the opportunity. She’s a crossfit enthuasiast and she’s active under the flagship of Getfit Crossfit group. She went last year with the team to support only. All in all, she had a wonderful experience and she won’t mind joining this event next year if given the chance.

“I’ve never run more than 12 km in my life. I trained by doing crossfit. I joined to challenge myself and I completed it in 2 hours. For me, the toughest obstacle was lateral move obstacle, ” shared Stephanie Liew.

With the Getfit Crossfit team from Brunei at Men’s Health Urbanathlon 2013

It’s good to see Bruneians taking part in this event

Well done Steve Lai and Stephanie Liew

Picture opportunity with Mini dudes and babes

The happy faces from #getfitcrossfit

This is the first time they open Urbanathlon to the ladies.. Awesome!!

Thanks Herman (right) for the pictures

They are proud of the finisher’s medals

If you are dirty, not to worry as these ladies will wash you down clean

The celebrities also joined the event – Colette Wong, Steve Lai and Kelly Latimer

Herman with the mini babes

Shamsul also participated and he had fun too

Shamsul had his wife Maizan to support him during the event

Shamsul crossed the finishing line

Shamsul had his wife Maizan to support him during the event

Sorry peeps.. No soap/foam party


National Day Pictures. Part III




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