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Orange is definitely the new black

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Soon Loo almost, almost there


It has been a while since I caught up with him and he is one very interesting guy

So why am I blogging about him? I’m pretty sure those who did their MBA classes on entrepreneurship are aware of him a few years ago. I met him during an entrepreneurship presentation where the students were given 5 weeks to prepare their presentation. What caught my intention was how the students were so full of praise with Mr. Soon Loo, who was the lecturer then for their programme and he had to fly from Singapore and back as he also has commitments in Singapore. He’s one energetic being that brings freshness and giving the sense of freedom (of the mind) whenever he meets people because that’s what I felt on my first impression.

Last week, he was nominated for “2013 JCI Top Outstanding Young Persons of The World” and that’s already an awesome feat for an Asian lecturer and also an entrepreneur to be nominated. The JCI stands for Junior Chamber International and right now, he’s in the Top 20 in the pool of selections. All he needs now is to get at least 4,000 more online votes for him to reach the final pool of Top 10 nominees.

Soon Loo has been an adjunct faculty in Singapore Management University since 2008, teaching technology innovation and entrepreneurship at the university. He has also lectured at the Nanyang Technological University and the University of Brunei. A MBA graduate of the Harvard Business School, in his early years, Soon co-founded a business in the Silicon Valley and raised US$37 million of venture capital. Soon started his first software business in Canada after studying his first degree in University of British Columbia.

Soon Loo was well loved by his students at UBD. This was back in November 2011. Click image to vote for him!!

Another picture with his former students from MBA of Entrepreneurship Programme. Click image to vote for him!!

“Being nominated for this award came as a surprise for me. This nomination is not about me, but rather, for all the people who has quietly made all the difference for the people around them. If won, I see myself as an ambassador to contribute to the world around us which is far from perfect.” said Soon Loo.

The “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World” (TOYP) started originally in the USA in 1938. Since 1983, it has been modelled into its current form by JCI as a prestigious yearly international award.

This year, a preliminary judging panel reviewed nearly 150 nominations and selected the top 20 finalists to compete in the final round of judging. Out of the 20, the top 10 outstanding youths will be honoured in Rio De Janerio, Brazil at the JCI World Congress held on 4-9 November 2013.

For the first time, the TOYP awards now include popularity votes as part of its judging criteria. Soon Loo is competing against some of the most outstanding young talents around the world. If you are interested to support Soon for his belief in making a difference for people, please vote for Soon Loo at: www.liveyourmark.com/soonloo and I just voted for him 😀 Good luck buddy!!



Netcom Computer House


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Icon Design Store


New and bigger things at ICON Design Store. Click to enter


Grand Raya Package at Peugeot


Grand Raya Package at Peugoet and promotion ends 15th September. Click image to enter website.



BIBD Barakah 4


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Ribeye promotion at Deals


Black Angus Ribeye is back!! For Two!! Only at Deals Restaurant, Raddison Brunei. Click image to enter facebook page.


Royal Brunei Airlines (RB)


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INSPIRE students to SG


Two (2) students from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) left for Singapore to undergo the five-month internship program at Mediacorp in Singapore. These students are the recipients of the first AITI’s INSPIRE program, which is an internship program that offers the opportunities for students to apply and enhance their knowledge and skills through meaningful work experience and interaction with professional people in a real-life working environment.

   The two (2) students are Nur Liyana Amalina Binti Suhaili and Najihah Kamilah Binti Haji Md Rosellan. They are currently undertaking degree course majoring in Professional Media and Communication at UBD. The students are expected to be involved in various projects in production and TV programming areas throughout their internship program.

  Present to bid them farewell yesterday at the Brunei International Airport were Hjh Rahayu Dato Paduka Hj Abd Razak, Head of Civil Division at the Attorney General’s Chambers, who is also the AITI’s Member of Authority; AITI’s senior management and UBD.


Two INSPIRE students Nur Liyana Amalina Binti Suhaili and Najihah Kamilah Binti Haji Md Rosellan with Hjh Rahayu Dato Paduka Hj Abd Razak, Head of Civil Division at the Attorney General’s Chambers and AITI’s Member of Authority

Group photo before the departure

Prayers for the students before they departed for Singapore

The students were awarded the Internship INSPIRE Program on 16 July 2013 in an event that saw the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between AITI and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), and between AITI and Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB).  Both of them will be joining the four (4) ITB students who have started their internship program on 22 July 2013.

  The INSPIRE Program is also supported by the Department of Economic, Planning and Development (JPKE) and funded under the 10th National Development Plan for Human Capacity Development Program.

  AITI hopes that upon completion of the program, the INSPIRE Award recipients will gain technical and professional level of experience that will equip them with not only core technical skills but also real-life skills in related working areas so they can serve the industry better in the near future.



Give these shoes a try


I came across a new shoe outlet a few nights ago when I was dining at Sawaddee House at Gadong. I was like.. “Dr. Kong brand? I have never come across this…” and a few days later, I received a call that they wanted me to do a coverage for their opening this Sunday. So yeah, you guys are more than welcome to drop this Sunday because Dr. Kong outlet will have great gimmicks for you to enjoy as a customer.

So let me share you some interesting stuff about Dr. Kong? These shoes actually are designed to make use walk comfortably and they also help to improve the conditions of our feet. This is very common especially for those who walks a lot or even a great idea for those who shops a lot :p The shoes from Dr. Kong are not only comfortable but it will also improve your healthy walking experience. Sometimes we take for granted about shoes and thinking that different brands will give us different level of comfort. This particular brand takes a more meaningful approach by doing more research in improving our feet and heel condition before it’s too late.

Well, for me, I will still stick to my favourite brand of footwear but I do experience so discomfort if do long walks or long distance jogging. This is because of the shape of my feet and I’m not flat footed. Hence there are gaps within the sole area of my shoes or sneakers. So maybe I might get their insole product as long as it can fit in my shoes, then that’s all it takes and my walking experience will be better and comfortable in a long run.

The insole cushion that might just do the trick

The foot accessories from Dr. Kong

IDr. Kong outlet in Brunei also offers free “Check & Fit” professional foot screening. I’m quite impressed with this machine as it is able to see the status on your feet and diagnose what type of feet you might have to accommodate the type of shoes from Dr. Kong. I haven’t got mine check just yet but hopefully soon 😀

This is the “Check & Fit” screening that will diagnose what kind of feet you have and what’s suitable to wear

The staff will assist you to make sure your feet are calibrated

Then it will compute its finding and give you an outcome for the type of shoes Dr. Kong will recommend to wear

The different types of feet we have

If you ask me, it’s very ideal for parents to bring their young children to Dr. Kong. Why? Because it’s better to start off when they are still growing especially when they are starting to walk as this will determine how they will walk as a teenager/adult. Furthermore, should the walking habit of the children be different than normal, the recovery period in shifting their walking habits is better as compared to adults. You can read more of the article here for children. I believe this is a much better investment for kids.

There are lot to choose from for kids shoes

They also have sandals for kids

There is much I wanna share about Dr. Kong shoes but I shall leave that for next time. They have quite a range especially for kids. They also have men and women shoes/sneakers to choose from. Apart from that, they sell foot accessories as well as school bags (which are good for the spines).

These bags are user friendly for children’s back

Some of the accessories from Dr. Kong

Funny that I can learn so much about our feet and our walking habits in just a matter of minutes during my short visit to the outlet last night. We do take our shoes and our walking habit for granted. So it’s good that Amy, the owner of the Brunei outlet, has brought in a popular brand from Hong Kong and Dr. Kong also has earned a lot of patents for their design and concept. Your walking experience will never be the same again. Just a word of warning though as we adults won’t have a good recovery rate in terms of changing our walking habits. Kids below 18 and below can still benefit a lot from wearing Dr. Kong’s shoes. For the adult shoes, they will definitely give us more comfort and relax feeling.

So do come to their grand opening this Sunday 18th August from 10:30am and if I’m not mistaken, you can also get a $10 voucher courtesy of Dr. Kong (Brunei) outlet. The store will also have some gimmick for the public during that day. It’s located just next to Dim Sum Restaurant and same row with Thiam Hock and Sawaddee House.

Public will be able to sign up on Sunday’s opening and get a gift voucher worth $10 each while stock lasts

Some sneakers and they are unisex

Quite a few range to choose from

Ladies shoes to choose from


Epson printer promotion


Epson promotion at Concepts Computer


Zombie fans, rejoice!!


I am a big zombie fan and this will be interesting since Consumer Fair is just around the corner and they will be introducing the first Zombie infested gimmick in a form of a haunted house as part of the ASEAN Year Consumer Fair which will be held from 21st to 25th August next week. Yeah, it’s next week already (how time flies so fast, aye?)

So all you need to do is buy a ticket (not sure how much is the price) and bring your guts (not literally) when it matters the most as you go through the zombie zone. So what can you expect there? visitors will go through various interestingly-named zones such as the coffins chamber, zombies chamber, and torture chamber. Take in all the frightening eerie sights and sounds at each section but be alert at all times when you discovering new things :p

The Rise of the Living Dead Bloody Journey

Perhaps they save the best for last on the last segment of the Zombie infested maze. I won’t share the spoilers as the press release kinda have :p but let it be a surprise and get the taste of it when you go through the door of courage (and fear) and experience it all.

The other best part of the maze is that you will be rewarded with a minion or a monster. Well, that’s what the press release stated. So good luck, chaps!!! Oh, the name of the haunted house experience is called The Rise of the Living Dead Bloody Journey. I hope to see an appearance of Anabelle inside the maze.. Ok, I’m giving away too many ideas for Sunlit *lol*




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