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The war ain't over yet

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Concepts Computer

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Black Angus at Deals


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BIBD Barakah 4


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Pride & Prejudice this weekend


Get your tickets now and catch them live on stage

A theatrical adaptation of Pride and Prejudice will be staged on September 27 at The Empire Hotel & Country Club Theatre and at Jerudong Park Amphitheatre on September 28. The play will showcase young talents from Sains Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan College (Maktab Sains) and Berakas Secondary School.

A total of 28 students will be bringing Jane Austen’s beloved story to life, with 21 of them in the main cast and the remaining seven as supporting cast.

Out of the 28, one student is from Berakas Secondary School and the rest are from Maktab Sains. The cast were chosen during auditions organised by Maktab Sains.

“Pride and Prejudice” revolves around the trials and tribulations of the two main characters, Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, and is set in the19th century.

Organisers for the play held a press conference yesterday, including Maktab Sains Principal Dk Sarimah Pg Hj Ahmad, in her capacity as the chairperson; Ministry of Education (MoE) Department of Schools Special Duties Officer Cheong Huat Joo; Politeknik Brunei Director Dennis Ho Mun Tai; Jerudong Park Country Club (JPCC) Head of Sales and Business Development Department Dk Rose Pg Hitam; and Pride and Prejudice Secretariat Dr Malai Zeiti Sheikh Abd Hamid.

Sponsors such as The British High Commission, Easy Way, Fitness Zone, Asia Printers, The Face Shop, AL Hairstylist Group, Cafe Au Lait, Wisa Enterprise, and Showcase Advertising were also present.

The tickets for the show at Jerudong Park Amphitheater are currently on sale for $15 and $30, and can be purchased at Fitness Zone, Showcase Advertising and Cafe Au Lait.

The tickets for the show at The Empire Hotel & Country Club Theatre can also be bought from these sponsors at $40 each.

The speakers stated their hopes that the show will contribute to the growth of the creative industry in the Sultanate. You can check out their details on their website and also their promotional video. Source: Ammirul Adnan of The Brunei Times.

Maktab Sains Principal Dk Sarimah Pg Hj Ahmad was so excited about the play and encouraged the public to watch our local talents on stage

Pride and Prejudice Secretariat Dr Malai Zeiti Sheikh Abd Hamid has been working in coordinating and preparing the spectacle this weekend

Jerudong Park Country Club (JPCC) Head of Sales and Business Development Department Dk Rose Pg Hitam hopes there will be more events happening at the said venue and she’s more than happy to help bring more local presence at the venue. Last Sunday was the WCOPA 2013 concert.

The FaceShop has been very busy with recent projects and it’s no surprise that they are willing to be involved in this project for the students. Kudos!

The sponsors and media during the press conference

Politeknik Brunei Director Dennis Ho Mun Tai was more than happy to support Maktab Sains in this project and he hopes for more collaboration especially in the creative industries

A huge support from Asia Printers for the said event

Group photo after the press conference

Some of the costumes that will be used during the play this weekend

The main casts for Pride and Prejudice

There were on Kristal FM a few months back to promote the event

Behind the scenes. Good luck to all those involved.


LCB opens up another floor


Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Haji Yusoff Bin Haji Ismail who officiated the cutting of the ribbon for the 2nd floor of LCB last week

Last week, Laksamana College of Business (LCB) launched its Second Floor at the college premises. The second floor signifies an expansion of the college, adding to its already existing Third Floor, and two Rooftop Floors.

Established in 2003, LCB started off with 25 local students with lesser course options. Now turns years after, LCB has over 850 existing full-time and part-time, local and international students. With the growing number of students, it is no surprise that LCB provides a wider range of courses and LCB has added its Hospitality Program due to its growing demand.

Present as guest of honour was the Deputy Minister of Education, Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Haji Yusoff Bin Haji Ismail who officiated the cutting of the ribbon for the 2nd floor of LCB.

Also in attendance during the launch were the Permanent Secretaries of MOE, the Deputy Permanent Secretaries of MOE, Director of LCB, Awang Haji Suhaimei Bin Awang Haji Besar, Principal and Director of LCB, Mr Ian Pirie, Ministry of Education Officers, other invited guests, lecturers and staff of LCB.

One of the programs that LCB offers is the Academic Pathway where students can take the University Foundation Course (UFC) and BA Common Year 1 over the duration of two years in Brunei and continue for two years in the UK. This pathway allows them to complete a degree in Business Studies, Marketing, Business Information Management and Accounting and Finance.

  Students can also opt for the Professional Pathway instead and take the Kensington College of Business Diplomas in Business Studies whereby a qualification is awarded at each stage of the course. LCB has also ventured into corporate training, specifically focusing on IT professional certifications since 2008 and launched the BTEC Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma Computing programs in 2010.

Just last year, LCB started offering BTEC EDEXCEL courses for National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Business and also launched a Hospitality Program for National Diploma and Higher National Diploma courses. Upon completion of the Hospitality Program courses, students can choose to further their studies at the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, whereby LCB has links with. The Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland is among the top three hospitality management schools in the world.


Siva Sivarajah, COO of LCB explaining the new facilities to the guest of honour at LCB

Students taking a small “smile” break during the impromptu visits

I saw my cousin there :p

New cafeteria managed by Axtivo Cafe management

1,722kg rubbish collected


Group photo with representatives of Beach Bunch and volunteers at Tungku Beach last Sunday morning

Now that’s a lot of rubbish if you ask me. This was another great initiative by the Beach Bunch and the event was carried out at six different beaches in Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Kuala Belait. A total of 580 volunteers showed up and a total of 1,722kg of rubbish was collected.

According to Beach Bunch, every September, more than half a million volunteers worldwide participate in this activity to create more awareness on our oceans as the beach clean up activity was in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup.

Maktab Sains, Politeknik Brunei, Petroleum Brunei, Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), Jerudong International School (JIS), International School Brunei (ISB), Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), Pusat Tingkatan Enam Tutong, Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School, Roomz Hotel, Swiss Hotel, and Advance Diploma Well Engineering were involved as volunteers last Sunday.

The data collected of the rubbish will be shared with Ocean Conservancy. I believe that some of the rubbish from the beaches came from different sources. Don’t be surprised if the rubbish that appeared at the Tungku beach or Meragang beach actually came from the Kg Ayer river.

People may think it’s not a serious matter to pollute or simply throw rubbish to our Brunei water. The implications are damaging and it will be in a long run. So it’s good to see Beach Bunch continuously carrying out these initiatives and keep reminding the public on the cleanliness of our beaches and oceans.

All the pictures here were taken at Tungku Beach.


Wu Chun at Christian Dior event


Christian Dior has inspired the inimitable look of the most elegant women in the world since 1947. Dior is the epitome of elegance and style, breathtakingly modern yet timeless, inimitable yet always avant-garde.

Dior is the magic of a creative genius who sought always to glorify female beauty, dreaming only of “making women happier and more beautiful.” But the conjurer who forged a planetary style and in- vented today’s notion of luxury had to nurture this ability by absorbing the most innovative cultural and artistic influences of his time. 

Our very own local celebrity Wu Chun was invited as the Celebrity Guest for the Opening Ceremony of the ‘1st in the world’ Christian Dior Boutique dedicated to perfume and beauty which is located at the Shanghai International Financial Centre shopping mall recently.  Another celebrity guest that was invited during the event was Louise Bourgoin, a French actress, Cesar Award for Most Promising Actress, a rising movie star in France. 

Christian Dior has appointed Wu Chun as their activity’s spokesperson a number of times in these past years. Wu Chun added, ” Being an old friend of Christian Dior, I slowly get to understand Dior’s behind-the-scene story, culture and the ‘Pursuing Greatness’ spirit that makes them so successful. I really cherished this opportunity to work so closely with them all these years and its such a pleasure to receive a Christian Dior’s Perfume with my autograph engraved onto it.”

Wu Chun with Louise Bourgoin, a rising French actor at the opening ceremony of Christian Dior Boutique at Shanghai International Financial Centre Shopping Mall recently

Also presence is the Christian Dior Global CEO, Claude Martinez and Christian Dior China Managing Director, Richard Xu.

According to Claude Martinez, China holds a dominant position not only because China is such an immense country, but because the future is being played out here. China is changing all the time, just like the House of Dior, which has never stopped reinventing itself and perpetuating the heritage of the New Look revolution of 1947. In an international context, China is perhaps the most stimulating and the most visionary country.

From 1947, the most beautiful women in the world, ranging from actresses to royalty, flocked to Paris to be dressed in the outrageously poetic new Dior chic. Christian Dior’s only concern was to enhance their beauty, sculpt their silhouette and make them ever more radiant. The greatest stars of Hollywood’s golden age — Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth — knew better than any that the empathic couturier could help shape their destiny and fulfil their dreams of splendour.

The House of Dior’s intimate relationship with these ambassadresses of elegance has never waned, from Sophia Loren to Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and Lady Diana. But the list of radiant muses goes on: today’s most talented stars — Charlize Theron, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Mélanie Laurent, Jennifer Lawrence — are now gracing the Dior firmament with their timeless aura.

Wu Chun shared further, “I have such a tight schedule for remaining months of this year. There are 2 films which I am working on right now, one will be shot in Inner Mongolia, China and the other film will be shot in Japan. By early october, I will go to taiwan for the release of my new book. It can go really stressful and tiring at times but at the end of the day, I know it will be an experience that is worth fighting for.”

Wu Chun holding a Dior Homme Sport with his autograph engraved on it





The chosen 42s

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

The Who’s who of the 42 km runners


BIBD has announced the selection of the 25 runners who have qualified for the BIBD CE-ALAF (Charity Expedition Advocating Life-Long Learning For An Aspiring Future) Midnight Marathon that will take place on November 24.

The announcement was made at the Goldiana Lounge of the Orchid Garden Hotel (OGH), Berakas yesterday during a briefing session delivered by CE-ALAF Project Manager, Ahmad Nazmie Hj Omar, who presented a run-through of the 42km run.

The selected runners are Norliza Abdul Jalil, Nurul Hasibah Hj Mohamad, Gpul Ramli, Jeffrei Mohamad, Rizan Latif, Hassan Kamis, Hapish H Hassanuddin, Khairul Ibrahim, Zulfadli Ali, Anis Ahmad, Faizal Hj Ahmad, Matnarudin Ibrahim, Baharudin Nordin, Dedeq Drahman, Harrisman Ashady Bin Hj Ali, Haji Ahmad Nur’al Hj Abdul Rahman, Muhammad Ali Hj Hamran, Asli Tengah, Pg Mohammad Jefri Pg Hj Aliuddin, Hjh Nabilah Pehin Dato Hj Abas, Rohana Pg Hj Malek, Kai Teng Koh, Masri Daud, Zulfadli Abu Bakar and Mai Ahmad.

During the briefing, BIBD was happy to announce OGH as the official hotel partner for the CE-ALAF 2013. To show its support, OGH is introducing a special hospitality package which includes dinner, breakfast and other benefits for all the participants.

The selected participants were also briefed on and encouraged to run a sponsorship programme whereby they can look for sponsorships. Corporate organisations and individuals will also be given the chance to sponsor their efforts in which the contribution made will go into the CE-ALAF programme fund for every kilometre taken by the runners.

The runners will be trained for four weeks under the care of BIBD’s own Marathon Des Sables (MDS) runners, Hamsul Sulaiman and Ahmad Fathi Junaidi, who ran the toughest footrace held at the Sahara Dessert earlier this year.

It was also announced that these runners will be provided with run clinics on a weekly basis to further help in their training. This will provide them with an avenue for the runners to share their weekly report on their progress, converse and gain invaluable experiences with the MDS runners. The marathon runners will furthermore be provided with a disciplined running exercise plan, crafted by the coaches, to help them prepare for the BIBD CE-ALAF Midnight Marathon

Present during the briefing at OGH was the Managing Director of BIBD, Javed Ahmad, who delivered a speech thanking everyone for making the BIBD CE-ALAF a success and he highlighted how the runners will play a role in creating more opportunities for underprivileged children to access better education opportunities.

BIBD officially announcing the 25 shortlisted runners for the 42 KM category

The event took place last Sunday at The Orchid Garden


Group photo with the shortlisted runners


The registration for other categories, such as the competitive 21km and 10km race along with fun runs of 5km and 2.5km, as well as the 40km cycling expedition are still available. Participants may submit their completed registrations to any BIBD branch throughout the Sultanate with fee payments made through any of BIBD’s channels of BIBD Online, BIBD Mobile or at any BIBD ATM or CDM to the account number 1010400011. Fees vary for each category, and more details can be found on the website. More conveniently, participants can complete the entire CE-ALAF registration process online via www.bibd.com.bn using a credit or debit card, and receive a 5% discount off from the registration fee. The closing date for registration is 24th October 2013.

The competitive races will also give participants a chance to win cash prizes worth up to $2,000, as well as travel packages to Singapore. The top three winners will also receive exclusive winners’ t-shirts and medals.

For sponsoring any of the 25 runners, interested parties can email the BIBD CE-ALAF team at info@bibdcharityexpedition.com or contact the BIBD CE-ALAF hotline at 8222110 for any enquiries on sponsoring the BIBD CE-ALAF Midnight marathon runners or to become a partner for the entire BIBD CE-ALAF event.

Details on the 25 runners will be put on the BIBD CE-ALAF website for individuals or organisations to sponsor, visit www.bibdcharityexpedition.com or email the BIBD CE-ALAF team at info@bibdcharityexpedition.comor call the BIBD CE-ALAF hotline at 8222110.

The Charity Expedition (CE ) is one of the fund raising activities under the ALAF initiative. ALAF or “Advocating  Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future” is BIBD’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

Click image to check out the profiles of the runners


Shanon flying to Korea


Shanon Osman the winner of the KFC Spicy Korean Crunch K-Pop Makeover Contest

10 finalists compete for the top in the KFC Spicy Korean Crunch K-Pop Makeover Contest that took place last Sunday at Airport Mall. The top 10 finalist are as follow; Diana Yii, Diyana Rasidah, Elisa Goh, Ellen Wong, Erni Norsurianah, Janice Wee, Lim Fen Yee, Ruby Ang, Shanon Osman and Sylvester Shim (the only male).

The finalists were given a time limit of 1 minute to impress the audience and judges as one of the activity. Shannon Osman emerged as the grand winner of the competition, walking away with a return air ticket for two people to South Korea and the other contestants receiving consolation prizes with Elisa Goh coming 2nd.

Special invited guest, Miss Kim Sung Eun, Counsellor of the Korean Embassy were present to officiate the event and also one of the competition judges. Other judge includes KFC’s Vice President Mr Del Goh, Leah May Villamin, Deputy Head of Retail of The Faceshop, Miss Cecillia Lee, General Manager of IA Salon and Crystalyn De Guzman of Fun Bee Park.

KFC would like to congratulate the 10 contestants that made it to the finals and would like to thank their partners, IA Salon, Fun Bee Park, Seoul Garden, Bingo and Face Shop and all those that helped made the event possible. Cecilia also announced some additional prizes for some of the contestants.

Devon was one of the emcees last Sunday. Nice Korean outfit :p

A consolation winner of the competition

Shanon Osman danced with KFC nuggets

Sylvester the only male in the Top 10

The judges of the competition

Del Goh giving an impression of KFC

One of the consolation winners

Janice made to the Top 10 too

Elisa Goh came 2nd in the competition

The Top 10 finalists of KFC Spicy Korean Crunch K-Pop Makeover Contest with the judges




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