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Grand Raya Package at Peugeot


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Social Mart debuts on 9th Sept


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’Izzadin Waddaulah the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam graced the launching of Brunei’s very own Online Supermarket ‘SocialMart.com.bn’ during the Royal tour of the ICT Gallery at the Hari Raya Banquet Ceremony hosted by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah at the International Convention Centre on 27th August 2013.

Accompanying His Majesty during the event was His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Hj Jefri Bolkiah.

Hiro Tien, founder of SocialBuzz was among the few ICT companies selected by the AITI to present to His Majesty on their company’s latest achievements and contribution to society through technology as a whole. SocialBuzz currently has 10,000 members and its growing steadily.

Speaking to the press on the Royal visit’s experience, founder Hiro Tien mentioned: ”During the Titah at the banquet, His Majesty gave extreme recognition and high emphasis on ICT themed competitions and grants such as the BICTA, Ignite, LEAP Grant by BEDB & AITI Grant for digital & multimedia industries among others, for their contribution in spurring innovation within ICT industry in Brunei. When we put up a slide of the company bagging awards in BICTA & nabbing champion at Ignite recently, His Majesty immediately recognized them with huge smiles. It was a mind-blowing experience to us!”

”We shared about how we were able to leverage on the strong internet penetration and widespread 3G deployment in Brunei Darussalam to channel collective purchasing power on the web. We also shared the fact that more than 300 local & regional SMEs have benefitted from the social commerce marketing experience by SocialDeal” said Hiro Tien.

“We went on to share a little bit about our recent Ignite & AITI Grant winning project, The Gigland, and its grand vision to bridge talents & vocational skills via location-based technology given that Brunei has massive counts of undiscovered talents in arts, music, speakers and others”.

Socialbuzz showcased their latest product – SocialMart (http://www.socialmart.com.bn) – an online supermarket in Brunei. The product was launched by His Majesty and he grasped the concept immediately and was excited about what it can do to the public, further commenting: ‘People are getting busier nowadays, and its great that you (provide online services that) delivers to them!’

His Majesty the Sultan launched the SocialMart product two weeks ago

HRH Prince Jefri with Hiro and his team

So how does the SocialMart works? Well now you can order grocery and get them delivered on the same day. According to Hiro, if a shopper checks out (an order) before 12pm noon of any day, they have the option to receive their orders on the same day from 2-8pm. If a shopper checks out after 12pm noon of the day, the latest delivery slot is the next day, 2-8pm.

It is mentioned that Buyers also have the privilege to opt for delivery anytime within the next seven days shall they wish to.

In regards to how the great savings are even possible with groceries, Hiro mentioned: ‘‘It’s simple. Without cashiers, sales attendants, parking lots, aisles of shelves, rental and many other traditional retailing expenses to pay for – we are able to sell cheaper when we do it online!”

It is understood from the new red color themed website that every midnight at 12am, 3 selected products from the range of food and beverage, household, personal care and baby products will be ‘knocked down’ drastically in price & shown at home page.

“This is possible by leveraging on the PWP model (purchase with purchase) widely practiced in supermarkets. Since SocialMart operates on a membership and minimum cart amount checkout of B$30 – which department stores can’t really implement on daily basis – we’re able to go about with prices not seen before in Brunei for some items since the minimum order condition is always a requirement for orders” explained founder Hiro Tien.

The online supermarket currently delivers to Brunei Muara District only, with very near term to open up for other districts within the year. SocialMart charges a flat-rate delivery fee of B$5 throughout Brunei Muara District and offers free delivery for orders above B$75.

SocialBuzz is a 2year old startup company currently incubated at the iCentre. iCentre is a successful initiative by the Brunei Economic Development Board to grow and nurture tech startups in Brunei Darussalam. AITI supported the launch of the company’s latest product via the ICT Gallery Showcase at the ICC during the Hari Raya Banquet Ceremony hosted by Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah on the 27th August 2013.

SocialMart.com.bn is managed under locally registered company SocialMart Technologies.

www.SocialMart.com.bn’s first delivery starts on 9th Sept 2013. Stay tuned to their facebook page at http://facebook.com/SocialMartBrunei too for knockdown announcements!

How the SocialMart looks like

How the SocialMart looks like

How the SocialMart looks like


Hjh Hasnah wins Toyota Vios


Sometimes it’s the priceless moment to see a person’s reaction whenever he or she wins a grand prize such as a car. Yesterday Baiduri Bank gave away a Toyota Vios 1.5 as part of the Sungkai with Baiduri’ dining promotion. The promotion was applicable for Baiduri cardholders and they had choices of restaurants to choose from during Ramadhan.

All you have do is spend $50 and above and you are entitled to a lucky draw. The other consolation prizes were Samsung Galaxy Camera, an Apple iPad Mini or an iPod Touch 5th Gen.

So yesterday was the prize presentation for the Sungkai with Baiduri’ dining promotion. Present was Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank who gave away the prizes.

Hajah Hasnah binti Mohammad won the grand prize, the Toyota Vios 1.5 while the runner up was Mary Teo Bee Li who walked away with a Samsung Galaxy Camera.

The third place went to Rasool Beevi Salahudeen who won an Apple iPad Mini and in fourth place was Nurul Nabilah binti Osman who walked away with an iPod Touch 5th Gen. The prizes were presented by Ti Eng Hui, Deputy General Manager, Retail Banking and Branch Network Division.

Hjh Hasnah couldn’t believe it when she won the Toyota Vios

She’s now a proud owner of the Toyota Vios

Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank talking to the grand winner

Mr. Pierre Imhof with Ti Eng Hui with Hjh Hasnah and her daughter

The press covering the event

The top winners with Baiduri Bank’s CEO and Deputy General Manager


Go Bald a huge success


A sum of $53,633.35 was raised during the “Be Bold! Go Bald!” head-shaving campaign held as part of the recently concluded Asean Year Consumer Fair for the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group (BBCSG).

Datin Hjh Norlina bte Dato Haji Abu Bakar, the wife of the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya, in her capacity as the guest of honour presented the mock-cheque to Datin Hjh Sahaidah bte Awang Taib, the President of the BBCSG.

A total of 67 individuals comprising 22 women, 39 men and six children (under 12 years) signed up to be sponsored for their heads to be shaved on August 25 in a show of compassion and solidarity with breast cancer awareness. Direct donations to the support group were also made via the donation box set up before and during the fair.

Datin Hjh Norlina bte Dato Haji Abu Bakar – the wife of the Minister of Industry and Primary Respurces, presents the mock cheque to President of the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group, Datin Hjh Sahaidah (L), as Dato Danial and Managing Director of Sunlit Advertising, Jackson Ting looks on

A group photo with the guest of honour, organisers and shavees for the head shaving campaign

In his welcoming remarks, Managing Director of Sunlit Advertising, Jackson Ting stated that the company was very pleased to able to help spread awareness of breast cancer by organising the activity for the BBCSG and to donate all proceeds of the activity to the support group. He also noted that several Sunlit staff members also made the bold move and shaved their heads.

Meanwhile, Datin Hjh Sahaidah also expressed her gratitude in tears of joy for all “shavees”, organisers and the generous individuals who donated to a good cause. She prayed to Allah the Almighty to repay the good deeds from all those who have made the event a success. Top show her appreciation the BBCSG President also presented certificates to the event’s organisers Sunlit Advertising Sdn Bhd and the event’s partner, IA Saloon.

Also present at the ceremony were representatives of the charity event’s activity partners, the BBCSG and IA Salon, who provided the hairdressers to shave the participants.

The “Be Bold! Go Bald!” charity head-shaving campaign became one of the main highlights of the Asean Year Consumer Fair held from August 21 to 25, at Bridex Hall in Jerudong. Text and pictures above courtesy of Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin.

Teddy Wong was one of the participants and he even announced that he’s giving one scoop of Haagen-Dazs ice cream to those who shaved their heads. Cool!!

Bee Yee being interviewed by the Brunei Times

Jenny Yap with her son also shaved for the occasion

Gavin and Ivan also braved themselves for the cause. Thumbs up!

Cecelia Lee of IA Salon (in kebaya) was in vibrant mode

We were the last ones to be shaved off

Jackson Ting donated $1,000 for both of us to be shaved. Awesome!!

Almost there..

Thumbs up from Cecelia Lee

A great successful event. A good start and who knows next year it will be bigger.


The Audi A8L


The Audi A8L. Always first class.


Find it Fast contest


Yet another remarkable achievement for the Find It Fast contest at the recent CF12 held at Bridex Jerudong.

Md Qhairul Azrul B Alik was able to clock an impressive 7.81 seconds to win over other participants. He has won himself a voucher worth B$2000.00 of home décor. 

Participants of the contest were asked to locate the required answer from the YP app at the shortest possible time. The aim of this contest was to show the public the features of the app, it’s convenient and easy usage to look for business contacts, subscribers listing and addresses.

The 1st runner up Mr Yung Yun Khiong took home a shopping voucher worth B$1,000 of furniture while the third prizeXavier Lee An won a voucher worth B$ 500.00 of interior décor.   15 other winners bagged meal vouchers worth B$20.00 each.

Our main aim of this contest was to encourage all to download the YP app.   All names of winners for FIF contest version 2.0 are posted on our website www.yp.com.bn Text and image courtesy of YP Brunei.

James Lee, Managing Director of Yellow Pages (Brunei) with the winners of the Find it Fast contest


DST’s Ihsan Kasih Raya


In continuation to DST’s Ihsan Kasih Raya Celebrations with Special Needs Children, DST on Friday 6th September 2013 continued its Hari Raya celebration at the final week of Syawal to 880 special needs children from Temburong and Brunei Muara district. The celebration in Temburong kicked off the festivities in the morning at the Bumiputra Phase 2 Building in Bangar, while the final celebration which hosted over 2000 invited guests commenced in the later part of the day at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas.

In the Temburong District, DST’s Ihsan Kasih Raya Celebration welcomed the children, the families and members of staff from Pusat Bahagia and KACA. Leading the DST Ihsan Kasih Hari Raya Team was Awang Haji Matnarudin Ibrahim, General Manager of DST Group Subsidiaries.

The four-district festivities ended in the Brunei-Muara district marking the final DST’s Ihsan Kasih Hari Raya Celebration with special needs children. With the collaborative effort between DST and Community Development Department (JAPEM), up to 800 special needs children, their families and the staff from Learning Ladders, Pusat Bahagia, Pusat Ehsan, Smarter, and KACA filled the Berakas Indoor Stadium with enthusiasm. Present as Guest of Honour for the event was Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Awang Haji Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of DST. Images courtesy of DST.

Haji Suhaimi bin Awang Haji Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of DST presents a DST green packet and goodies to one of the children during the celebration in Brunei-Muara District

Hj Matnarudin Ibrahim, General Manager of DST Group Subsidiaries presents a DST green packet to one of the children during the celebration in Temburong District

DST Staff in a group photo with Head of Pusat Bahagia, KACA and some of the recipients during the Hari Raya celebration in Temburong



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