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The first time

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Netcom Computer House


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The Run registration

Click banner to enter website. Btw, the deadline registration is on the 9th of May 

Prince earned Silat Award


Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim and Her Royal Highness Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah in a group photo with the Secretary of Perguruan Pesilatan Panca Sukma, Ina Muziana binti Hj Muhd Muhamda

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim receiving Best Role Model Pesilat Award

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim was awarded the Bunga Melati Level in Silat at the International School Brunei (ISB) in Berakas last Saturday.

Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah and Her Royal Highness Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah were also present to witness the ceremony.

Twenty-five children attended the Bunga Melati Level Award and Pesilat Award at the school. HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim was awarded the Bunga Melati Satu Level along with Lukka Bentamin Cuff, Syifa binti Mahmud, Hanna Carpenter, Greg Robertson, Oliver Pithaerd, Noah Valois, Hannah Sofia and Fin Alexander.

HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim was also awarded the Best Role Model Pesilat Award (Children Category).

Meanwhile, Ak Md Zaftran Syahirah bin Pg Md Suffian was awarded the Best Pesilat Putera, while Best Pesilat Puteri went to Syifa binti Mahmud. Greg Robertson and Oliver Osvane, both received the Best Pesilat (Children Category).

The awards were presented by ISB representative, Coach Md Arrafie bin Hassan; and Secretary of Perguruan Pesilatan Panca Sukma, Ina Muziana binti Hj Muhd Muhamda.


Red Hot Deals at HSBC Brunei


Get 10 times the reward using your Credit Card or Debit Card. Promotion ends 6th July 2013.




An award-winning modeling compound, Bubber, is now available at Wrap In A Box

Bubber is an award-winning modeling compounds invented by Swedish engineers. To maintain quality, it is manufactured exclusively in Sweden.

Bubber is probably the lightest modeling compound in the world (it can float on water!). Unlike play-doh and other compounds, it never dries out, feels great in your hands (like marshmallow), and can be molded in just about anything! It leaves clean, sharp edges when cut and precise impressions when imprinted. You can create anything from light-as-air perfect cookies to sand castles. Kids love bubber because it is not sticky or gritty; it actually feels warm in their hands. Bubber is also great for kids with allergies – it is wheat, gluten and casein free and 100% safe and non-toxic.

So now it’s available at Wrap In A Box which is located at Kiarong (near Kiarong Complex). So do drop by and check it out. It’s ideal for kids and parents won’t have to worry too much of its content.


Celebrate Mother’s Day at MSC


Celebrate Mother’s Day at Mabohai Shopping Complex this weekend


BD Nature Festival 2013


Acting Director of Tourism Board Development Mariani Hj Sabtu (2nd from right) announced the first Brunei Darussalam Nature Festival 2013 last Saturday

Guess what’s happening in end of May and early June? Well, Tourism Development Board will be organising the first ever Brunei Darussalam Nature Festival 2013 with their co-organiser Sakam Enterprise Sdn Bhd. A press conference was held last Saturday at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

It has a theme which is “Bird Watching Tourism in Brunei Darussalam” and it will be a four day event which will be held at the Royal Wharf. The Acting Director of Tourism Board Development, Mariani Hj Sabtu, said that this will be the first of its kind and bird watching activity is quite popular in Sabah and Brunei also has the potential to have a similar activity.

She’s confident that engaging the services of Sakam Enterprise that they are able to showcase to Bruneians and residents of its rich nature and diversity during the four day event. She also announced that the festival will be held in conjunction with the first Boreno Bird Race 2013 where Brunei will be hosting with Sabah.

Mohammad Vol Momin of Sakam Enterprise aims at creating awareness that we need to protect the endangered species and also conserve the environment. He’s quite content that the youth are becoming more aware of this issue. I was also quite surprised that he shared how much the States are able to earn revenue in billions for bird-watching tourism alone.. Amazing!! So I guess first thing is first – awareness..

Do check out their Facebook page for details and for those wanting to rent a booth especially those who are NGOs that deal with wildlife and nature, this is a good avenue to showcase. There will be booths and vendors during the event at the Royal Wharf.

More of this event soon as I will have more details by then.


Mother’s Day promo at Concepts Computer



May the Froth event at GJC


The management of Gloria Jeans Coffee with Star Wars cosplay last Saturday to celebrate “May the 4th be with You” for Star Wars day

I kinda like the gimmick of Gloria Jeans Coffee for the recent Star Wars event recently held at its outlet at Citis Square. The event was called “May the Froth” (or hashtag #Mayfroth) in conjunction with International Star Wars day – May the 4th be with you. Gloria Jeans Coffee (GJC) had promotional gimmicks where you can get free Star Wars magnets if you purchased at least $25 on a single receipt and it was quite popular too.

There was also a Star Wars lego display organised by BULAT (Brunei Usergroup Lego and Technics) and four members of BULAT displayed their Star Wars collection. There was also speed building competition between the female and male BULAT members where they had to build R2D2 and B-Wings model. It seems that the ladies won the race 😀

And of course, the finale of the event was the appearance of Star Wars characters where patrons of GJC and the public had the opportunity to take photos with them. Anyway, thanks Firdaus for the blue refreshing drink.. Love it!!

Love the tee 😀

Building R2D2 by the guys

However it was the ladies that finished the R2D2 model lego first

I love this

The Star Wars display

One of the expensive Star Wars Lego set

Del Goh’s display

Mel was in awe

Pink Vader in the house

Storm Troopers invading Gloria Jeans Coffee

Are you my father?

Cheewiieeee can be adorable

Yoda didn’t last long in the mask

It’s a miracle that he was there. He survived a major accident the day before and still committed to turn out for this event.

Even these guys need a breather or two




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


RB latest promotion


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Netball tournament is back!!


The tournament is back once again. It’s happening this 24th and 26th May and did you know this is the 8th Setia Motors Netball Open Tournament? I never know it has been that long and Setia Motors Netball tournament is perhaps the biggest netball of the lot and this year the prize money has increased as well. Secondly they have introduced a Male category for this year’s netball edition. Cool!!

NN Speed won the tournament last year while Strivers XOXO won the Novice Category. Last year also saw the participation of Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah for team G-Force and Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzillah Lubabul Bolkiah for team Ivy League which came second place in last year’s tournament.

Nurul was in action for Ivy League last year. Will she be back again?

Ivy League vs NN Speed in last year’s tournament

This year there won’t be any novice category. Instead Setia Motors have introduced Male Category. You can obtain the forms from Hyundai Showroom at Setia Motors at Beribi. See the details as below.

Two categories – Male Open and Female Open
Date: 24th and 26th May 2013

Manager – 1 person
Coach – 1 person
Welfare Officer – 1 person
Players – 12 players
Total – 15 people

Total of admission – 12 players (for male and female)

Admission fee: B$200

Champion – Trophy (Round Robin), Individual medals, B$750.00
1st Runner Up – Individual medals & B$550.00
3rd – Individual medals & B$350.00

Champion – Trophy (Round Robin), Individual medals, B$750.00
1st Runner Up – Individual medals & B$550.00
3rd – Individual medals & B$350.00

Closing Date for admission:
Friday 10th May 2013

Managers’ meeting:
22nd May 2013 at 4pm


Pantai Restaurant Reopens


The facelift of the interior of the Pantai Restaurant

I like the idea of the “Kain Tenunan” being used as the featured wall of the Pantai Restaurant

A lot of local cultural symbols being used as deco

The nicely designed swing door that have Brunei cultural carvings on them

The walkway to the Pantai Restaurant

I have yet to experience sitting by the pool

The best view to watch the sunset from the Pantai Restaurant

After months of renovation, it’s back to business for Pantai Restaurant at The Empire Hotel & Country Club and it was officially opened last Wednesday by the guest of honour Deputy Minister of Finance Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah.

I’m quite impressed by the interior design and the layout of the restaurant. The structure mostly stay the same but you will notice a lot of effort and work have been done to make the dining experience more refreshing with ambience.

As mentioned in the speech by interim General Manager of The Empire Hotel, John Scanlon, that the restaurant incorporates the natural elements as well as the breath taking view of the sea. I kinda like the selection of the dishes though surprisingly I didn’t eat much that night. The dishes that I recommend are the Beef Prime Ribs, the crabs and the Pantai Lamb Shank Pie Sweet Potato. I didn’t touch the salad area and from the pictures you can tell that there are quite a selection of them.

What I’m impressed also are the seatings by the pool outside the Pantai Restaurant. It gives another atmospheric setting and it’s quite ideal if you want to have a more intimate dining experience with friends and families.

A walking distance from the restaurant, there is another dining area know as the Zen Pavilion which caters to Teppanyaki dishes and there are plenty of choices to choose from as well. I kind like the scallop dish but I didn’t get to try the other dishes from Zen Pavilion. So it seems that the stakeholders of the Pantai Restaurant have done a tremendous job in bringing a much livier dining experience for patrons and in-house guests to enjoy not just the food they serve but the ambience at the Pantai Restaurant.

From what I was told that the Pantai Restaurant is fully booked until the weekend. I’m pretty sure it will be busy as well after the weekend since the demand is still high.

The Pantai Restaurant is open during lunch time from 11am to 3pm and open for dinner from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and is closed on Thursdays. The price of the buffet is BND 48++ (half priced for kids) and it is only available for Friday and Saturday dinner. As normal, Monday to Wednesday are ala carte. For further enquires, those interested may contact The Empire Hotel and Country club at 2417700.

Guest of honour Deputy Minister of Finance Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah officiated the opening of the Pantai Restaurant

John Scalon, interim General Manager of The Empire Hotel, in his welcoming remarks

US Ambassador Daniel L Shields with Tigerlim

The buffet is only available on Fridays and Saturdays

The ambience at the Pantai Restaurant

Sausage galore

Chilli crab 😀

I love this dish – Pantai Lamb Shank Pie Sweet Potato

Geek in White blogger with Tigerlim

Zen Pavilion serving Teppanyaki

Living cooking by the chef from Zen Pavilion

Bloggers and social media at the dinner last Wednesday

Representatives from BIG magazine

My media buddies enjoying their dinner


Lucky draw from Netcom


Dzulbaharin Hj Sulaiman won the grand prize – a Dell Optiplex 9010 – presented by General Manager of Netcom Computer House Jackie Lim. This is the 2nd grand draw of the year.

Netcom Computer House today held its grand draw for its lucky draw promotion and this was the second lucky draw in a year for Netcom has its part of giving back for the support to their valuable customers.

All the grand prizes were Dell Products. The first place was a Dell Optiplex 9010 all-in-one Desktop which was won by Dzulbaharin Hj Sulaiman. In second place was Hjh Hayati who won Dell Inspiron 15R notebook while third place winner Azmie Iskandar won a Dell Inspiron 14Z.

Nine other winners also received consolation prizes which consisted brands of Prolink, Trendnet, Kingston & Kaspersky.

Present to hand over the consolation prizes were the Managing Director of Netcom Computer House Vincent Goh while the grand prizes were hand over by the General Manager of Netcom Computer House Jackie Lim. 

In addition Netcom also just release latest notebook by Dell which was the touch notebook. Images below courtesy of Tom of United Daily.

The lucky draw prizes given away this morning

Hjh Hayati who won Dell Inspiron 15R notebook

Azmie Iskandar won a Dell Inspiron 14Z

Group photo with the winners and consolation winners with Vincent Goh and Jackie Lim

Buy this model and also other models such as Inspiron 14z, XPS and Vostro series and you will get a Starbucks tumbler too 😀


National Day with RBC


Spend quality time with your family in conjunction with the upcoming National Family Day 2013 celebration with Royal Brunei Catering (RBC).

Royal Brunei Catering has organised a range of special promotions for the celebration, themed ‘My Family, My Future’, on May 5 and 12 at Emperor’s Court, Dynasty Restaurant, Seasons Restaurant and The Airport Restaurant & Coffee Shop.

On May 5 and 12, a special set menu at B$388, B$488 and B$588 will be offered at both Emperor’s Court and Dynasty Restaurant.

On May 5, The Airport Restaurant & Coffee Shop also offers a Mediterranean Buffet Dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm at B$25 per adult and B$15 per child. On May 12, both Seasons Restaurant (from 11.30am to 4pm) and The Airport Restaurant & Coffee Shop (from 11am to 3pm), will organise a special buffet brunch available at B$25 per adult and B$15 per child.

During the two-day promotional period, there will be a complementary Laneige “Skin Care Gift Box” for every spending of B$200 and above in a single receipt (while stocks last).

Dining customers will also stand a chance to win a Luminox Ladies Watch valued at B$590. In addition, non-Dining Privilege Card members can get a free Dining Privilege Card per single receipt during the promotion.

RBC Dining Privilege Card members are entitled to a 10 per cent discount.


MAYFROTH tomorrow!!


Guess what? Tomorrow Gloria Jeans is celebrating a Star Wars themed event at their outlet at Citis Square. There will be a Star Wars Lego display from members of @bulatlego and you will also get a free Star Wars Minifig Magnet for purchases more than BND 25 in a single receipt (while stock lasts).


Comedy Night Part II


It’s happening this Sunday, 5th May 2013. This is a follow up to the success of the first Comedy Night which took place early April. The Comedy Night compromised a group of UBD Students organised by 1stopbrunei.com and it’s always good to see the passion and pride of the students in carrying out their project.

So what can you expect from Comedy Night II? Well, it’s gonna have a similar format as the first where there will be bits of music and of course comedy sketches to entertain the crowd. You can check out the pictures below taken from the previous Comedy Night. The tickets are selling at $7 each and the proceeds will go to the Wildlife Club. You can purchase the tickets at Lazeeza cafe at Hj Daud Complex at Gadong, near CA Mohd. or contact Shavez of 1stopbrunei.com at 878 5714 or Hidayat of UBD FM at 899 9234. For more details, you can email at 1stopbrunei(a)gmail.com

The event will be held at The Core, UBD and it will feature local singers too such as Hill Zaini, Erny and Mus. The event is brought to you by 1stopbrunei.com with the support of KNK (Brunei Tourism), Entrepreneurship @ Campus (EAC) and Ranoadidas.com

Images from Comedy Night I



Thai Chi Buffet


Seasons Restaurant is offering their valued customers a Thai Chi Buffet on May 3 and 4, with a three-rotation menu for customers to choose from.

Dinner on May 3 and 4 is available from 7pm to 10pm priced at B$25 per adult and B$15 per child. On May 4, a Thai Chi Buffet lunch will be served from 11.30am to 2pm at B$18 per adult and B$12 per child.

Meanwhile, the International Buffet Dinner will be back at Seasons Restaurant after the Thai Chi Buffet promotion which is available every Friday and Saturday, from 7pm to 10pm at B$25 per adult and B$15 per child.

For both the Thai Chi Buffet and International Buffet Dinner, RBC Dining Privilege Card members are entitled to get a special 10 per cent discount.

Free basement parking at ARH Centrepoint is inclusive with a minimum spending of B$20 and above. No service charge is added. Surau facilities are also available.




Feeling enchanted?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Tourism Malaysia

Malaysia Tourism. Click image to enter website.



Peugeot 208 five-door


Feels like you in are a white room.. Introducing the Peugeot 208 five door

The previous model of the Peugeot 208 only had 3 doors. So this Saturday, T.C.Y. Motors will unveil their new Peugeot 208 five-door at their Peugeot Showroom at Kiarong. This model will be ideal for families which makes it convenient to bring babies for seating purposes. You will also notice some variances in between the 5 door and the 3 door model in terms of the details on the rims, floating front grille and side profile.

It now has 16-inch alloy wheels (Helium) and this is also cost effective whenever you want to change tyres.

Apart from the launch of the 5 door model, there will be a prize presentation for the winners of the Let Your Body Drive competition. The winners will be chosen by Patricia Siva of StudioScene and Adrian of Groove Studio. Public is also welcome to witness the unveiling of the Peugeot 208 five doors and you can also stand a chance to win an iPhone 5.. Woohoo!! For more details, you can call 242 6969.

The interior of the Peugeot 208

There’s a sun roof option for the new Peugeot 208

Check out the launch this Saturday

Stand a chance to win an iPhone 5 during the launch of Peugeot 208 five-door this Saturday evening


“Enchanted Forest” this Saturday


Managing Director and Founder Amy Cheong (L) and Artistic Director and Founder Mardi Hedus (2nd L) from Relentless Entertainment Brunei as well as the General Manager of Jerudong Park Country Club (JPCC) Asmad HjMd Rahim (3rd R), Head of Sales & Business Development Department of JPCC Dk Rose PgHj Hitam (2nd R) and Property, Leasing & Operations ManagerHj Asmalee Hj Bujang (R) hold up some of the shirts and a recyclable bag during the press conference. (Below) some of the cast for the upcoming musical ‘Enchanted Forest’ by Relentless Entertainment Brunei which will be held this Saturday at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.

For the first time, Relentless Entertainment will be holding a so called dance, musical & drama performance named “Enchanted Forest”. It will be happening this Saturday at the Amphitheatre Jerudong Park and tickets are still selling as we speak.

A press conference was held yesterday at the Jerudong Park VIP Room where members of the local media were given a brief overview of the upcoming musical.

Present at the press conference were Managing Director and Founder Amy Cheong and Artistic Director and Founder Mardi Hedus from Relentless Entertainment Brunei as well as the General Manager of Jerudong Park Country Club (JPCC) Asmad Hj Md Rahim, Head of Sales & Business Development Department of JPCC Dk Rose Pg Hj Hitam and Property, Leasing & Operations Manager Hj Asmalee Hj Bujang.

During the press conference, Cheong mentioned that the musical is the first event that Relentless Entertainment Brunei is organising as an independent body.

“We have done a number of events with other companies but this is the first time we are holding something independently. We have a great cast and team on board for this production,” she said.

Additionally, Dk Rose, Sales & Business Development of JPCC, extended her appreciation to Relentless Entertainment Brunei for holding a wholesome family event at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre and she hoped that more people would attend the event. She also shared that JPCC will be organised more events and activities in the near future and this is something that I’m excited about to.

Some of the performers and members of the media at the press conference yesterday

Re-enactment on of the scenes from Enchanted Forest

Group photo with the crew and cast of Enchanted Forest

Amy Cheong and Mardi Hedus the co-founders of Relentless Entertainment

Get your tickets now!! However, the $20 seats are gone. Left are only $15 and $10. Some of the proceeds will go to charity.

Anyway, the “Enchanted Forest” will be taking place on 4th May this Saturday. The guest of honour will be Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. There will be 40 local youths taking part in this spectacle and it’s pretty awesome too when I saw behind the scenes last night and they also kinda solved the microphone issue which is pretty common nowadays when it comes to this kind of events.

For your info, out of the 4,000 seats available, a quarter of them have been allocated to children from various children charities from Pusat Ehsan, SMARTER Brunei, KACA, YASKA, Learning Laddres and Children’s Welfare Home. Relentless Entertainment also have invested their time in visiting the said organisations to get close and personal with some of the children and bring some joy to the children.

For members of the public who wish to watch the musical, tickets are also available for purchase at Patisserie Cake Shop (Mata-Mata Gadong), Misato Japanese Restaurant (Kiulap), Fun Bee Park, IA Salon (The Mall, Gadong), TK Asco Enterprise (Menglait) and Fitness Zone (Kiulap and Serusop branches). The tickets are priced at $20, $15 and $10. However, the $20 are sold out and only $15 and $10 tickets are currently available. For those who are not able to get the tickets beforehand, tickets will also be on sale at the gates on show day. A portion of the proceeds from the ticket sales that are collected will be given to charity.

The musical is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and is sponsored by Jerudong Park Country Club, HSBC Brunei, Adison Marketing Services, Fun Bee Park, IA Salon, Patisserie Cake Shop, Misato Japanese Restaurant, Brunei Gas Carriers, Digimark, Aewon Garments, QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, TK Asco Enterprise, KFC Brunei and Atmosphere Music Production Studio.

For more information and enquiries, contact Mardi (7186225) or Amy (8243222) or email relentless.brunei@gmail.com. Follow Relentless Entertainment Brunei on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/relentless.entertainment.

This little girl (centre) can really dance and act. Taken last night during their practice session.

Practising for the big day

Zatty and Gladys playing big roles

Shavez is one busy man. He will be performing on Saturday as well as on Sunday for Comedy Night II.


Brunei Job Fair 2013


If you are interested in Hospitality, Tourism and Retail, check out this job fair!!


Be TheFaceShop member now


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TheFaceShop at Times Square

TigerLim inquiring about the membership




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