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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


DPMM FC takes on Woodlands 

Steve Kean speaking to ranoadidas on tonight’s match against Woodsland
Steve Kean is confident that DPMM FC can gain all three points against Woodlands tonight. DPMM FC is one of the highest scoring team in the S•League and they already have scored 24 goals in 9 games while Woodlands only have netted 10 goals and lie in 8th place, 10 points behind DPMM FC.

The odds will favour DPMM FC who travel to the Woodlands’ den tonight and Woodlands will be wary of the attack of Rodrigo Tosi (9 goals) and Roy O’Donovan (8 goals). However, Rosmin Kamis is likely to bench again with Sairol for precaution measures as both are still healing to 100% fitness.

On the plus points, Kean was happy with how Hendra and Azwan Salleh have done well in their respective positions in the absence of the two key players. Hendra’s game has improved and showed maturity on the pitch in the last home game drubbing 4-1 against Balestier Khalsa FC. He also relish the prospect of Rosmin and Hendra to link up in the near future should Roberto Alviz gets suspended for collecting a handful of yellows.

Steve Kean did agree that the league has its unpredictability as other teams such as Warriors FC are also in the title hunt only two points behind league leaders DPMM FC. He did say that the number of matches played by defending champions Tampines Rovers FC play a part in Tampines’ dropping points.

DPMM FC coach is aiming for a win but he’s confident that his defenders have learnt from the lessons of conceding a late goal against Balestier as they were close to reach a run of 3 consecutive clean sheets.

He is wary of Woodlands’ gameplay and they are definitely no pushovers as they surprised everyone when they caused an upset against Tampines Rovers FC few weeks ago. Kean have seen how Woodlands play their game but the coach turn his attention in DPMM FC’s gameplay.

The partnership of Tosi and O’Donovan will be Woodlands’ biggest worry but home side do have a talented midfielder, Taufiq Ghani who was influential in the victory over Tampines Rovers. Will Woodlands pull another scalp or will DPMM FC continue their rich vein of form in the S•League?

The match will be played tonight at Woodsland Stadium 7:30pm

Roy O’Donovan and Joe Gamble chilling at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf prior to boarding on their flight to Singapore

DPMM FC players checking in, bound for Singapore yesterday morning


Seoul bound 

The main reason why I’m heading to Seoul

Yeeehaaa… This is it!!! My first ever trip to Seoul. Well, I’ve been there technically but only means of transit. So this is a different scenario as I will be in Seoul, South Korea, for my first ever coverage on bikes specially Harley-Davidson. So it’s a very much privilege and truly honoured that Asia-Pacific Harley-Davidson chose me to attend the event this week at Seoul.

As you know, Harley-Davidson in Brunei is pretty good in terms of demand and the sole dealership for Harley-Davidson in Brunei is Sri Sentosa Sdn Bhd which is also a major sponsor for DPMM FC’s 2014 season. They have a showroom at the Berakas industrial area and they even sell clothes, merchandise and most important of all, the Harley-Davidson’s accessories.

I will talk more about the Harley-Davidson event soon and do catch my instant updates on my instagram handle @ranoadidas. Thank you, once again, Sri Sentosa and Harley-Davidson for this opportunity and of course, I shall be documenting my adventures in Seoul.

Thank you, Sri Sentosa for the t-shirt 😀

Even their bags have logo

I never knew how thick the catalogue can be for Harley-Davidson’s accessories

Check out the Harley-Davidson bikes at Sri Sentosa showroom

Check out the Harley-Davidson bikes at Sri Sentosa showroom

They even have clothes for children

They have wide range of clothes and merchandise


Accessories also sold at Sri Sentosa

The Tri-Glide Ultra is here 😀

Ah, the disadvantage of being a PR




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Recap: Film Festival 

It was quite a jam packed event during the Film Festival UBD 2014 (19th to 20th April 2014)
It’s not the Cannes or the international film festival but it’s a fresh start, executed by our very own students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam. I’m very proud of their achievements and I’m pretty sure the deans and the Vice Chancellor will be pleased of the efforts of the students in pulling off a great 2-day event two weekends ago at The Core, UBD.

I just hope that this event Film Festival UBD will be a yearly event and this will give more platform for other talented, young film makers to showcase their talent on the screen. The turn out was excellent as the students overachieved their target in terms of audience reception. I believe they had more than 1,000 spectators in a span of two days with 8 times slots.

Thank you guys for the experience and I hope it doesn’t end there. I also hope new sponsors will take this opportunity to help the young students when it comes to another film festival.

The voting system to evaluate the experience the audience had during the event

It was good to see Origin Films promoting their upcoming movie Yasmine and this was my first pose with the crew 😀

The largest Yasmine pose to date?


The responses from the audience on Film Festival UBD 2014


We were being interviewed by UBD FM on the recent Film Festival UBD 2014. Do click on this image to listen to our interviews.

The appreciation dinner with Reggie Sim, the General Manager of Brunei Press (2nd from right)

Siti Kamaluddin of Origin Films praised the efforts of the students and never give up that dream

I’m a big fan of her – Liyana Yus the main star of Yasmine

Thank you Elena for all the help for the updates on the Film Festival UBD 2014. Very much appreciated.

The organizers of Film Festival UBD 2014 enjoying their dinner at Badi’ah Hotel

It was the first time I’ve seen Chris Woo being very, very proud of his students

Students documenting Chris’ speech

Posing for Chris’ camera

The students behind the Film Festival UBD 2014

Chris gets a big lift from students

Chris Woo with the head of departments of the Film Festival UBD 2014


Basketball – Sukan RIA 2014 

Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, tipped off basketball ball to officiate the match between BSP and Yuan Thong

After the hiking event on the Sunday morning, the Inter-Company NBT Basketball Tournament tipped off at the Batu Bersurat Basketball court. The first match-up was in Group A of the four-group tournament. The first game was between BAG Network Sdn Bhd and Jerudong Park Medical Centre Sdn Bhd which JPMC won 92-62.

The opening ceremony was officiated by Mohd Riza bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. The guest of honour watched the game between Brunei Shell Petroleum and Yuan Thong Enterprise. Guests present at the opening ceremony were Haji Rani bin BPSK DSS Haji Mohd Yusof, Commissioner of Labour Department, government officials, members of the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) and event supporters.

Prior to the BSP-Yuan Thong match, the guest of honour presented basketballs to BBA Deputy Chairman cum team captain, Khoo Eng Cheong, in support of its representation of Brunei Darussalam in the World Chinese Basketball Invitational Tournament in Macau in June.

The NBT basketball tournament will last a month with the grand final game at Chung Hwa Middle School in Bandar Seri Begawan on May 25. For more info, you can browse at sukanriabrunei.com and of course, all are welcome to watch all the matches at Batu Bersurat and support the team and for the love of basketball.

For your info, the Sukan RIA Antara Syarikat (Inter-company) 2014 also features sports such as badminton, bowling, futsal and netball tournaments.

The guest of honour presented basketballs to BBA Deputy Chairman cum team captain, Khoo Eng Cheong, in support of its representation of Brunei Darussalam in the World Chinese Basketball Invitational Tournament in Macau in June

A memento from Jackson Ting, the Managing Director of D’Sunlit

Jati Transport

HSBC Brunei

Seng Hoe Huat Auto Accessories Service Company and SCB Brunei



Bringing smiles to orphans 

Suherdy Suli who is passionate of helping orphans being interviewed by The Brunei Times

Last Sunday, I had a quick pit stop at Silver Jubilee Park as Suherdy Suli organised a Healthy Kid’s Day for 40 orphans as it was part of the “Community Incubation Program” from Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The Healthy Kids’ Day is a social responsibility initiative as well, initiated by the students from the program. Its aim is to advance business ventures and accelerate the success for the 12 students/participants involved.

The Community Incubation Program is also known as community entrepreneurship village and it’s an ongoing program that goes on for five weeks. The participants will undergo mentorship on the road to entrepreneurship. So yesterday was one of the programmes highlighted in terms of social responsibility and they collaborated with Suherdy who searched high and low of orphans in Brunei and bring them more joy to their lives as well as creating new opportunities such as talent in creativity.

It was the first time I saw another art gallery under the flagship of Rainforest Gallery (previous located at Kiulap). There’s a small building area at the Silver Jubilee Park and it opens every day except for Mondays. So some of the kids did their colouring activities within the premise and outside as part of the Healthy Kid’s Day activities.

Suherdy Suli with members of the media

Kids were happy colouring away

It was also under a hot, hot weather

This was taken outside the Silver Jubilee Park

Kids were happy colouring away

Some of the art pieces at Rainforest Gallery at Silver Jubilee Park

Some of the art pieces at Rainforest Gallery at Silver Jubilee Park


DST’s new counter 
at Temburong 

Guest of Honour, Awang Abdul Lattif bin POKSS DP Hj Md Yusuf officiates the opening of the new DST Counter, Temburong Branch in Stoneville Hotel

In the continuous effort to bring the best customer experience, DST Temburong branch relocated to a new improve counter at Unit 1, Ground Floor Stoneville Hotel, Lot 1532, Kampong Sungai Tanam. A ceremony to officiate the opening of the counter was held on Monday 28th April 2014.

Present to officiate the opening of the event was Awang Abdul Lattif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusuf, Member of DST Board of Directors. Also in attendance was Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Awang Haji Hussain, Chief Executive Officer of DST, Awang Haji Marsad bin Awang Haji Ismail, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of DST, YB Awang Haji Sulaiman Haji Ahad, member of the state legislative council, Awang Ajmin bin Awang Haji Meludin, Assistant Temburong District Officer, Penghulu and Head of Village representatives from Temburong, DST Management, staff and invited guests.

For Temburong residents, the Temburong branch offers DST Subscribers with Registration and Bill Payment services for DST and Kristal Astro products and services.

In conjunction with the re-opening of the counter and DST’s 19 Year Anniversary, DST hosted its final “Customer Appreciation Day” for Temburong subscribers where subscribers had the opportunity to take advantage of promotions from DST.

The ‘DST Customers Appreciation Day’ in Temburong District marked the end of the Customer Appreciation Day roadshow across all Brunei districts throughout the month of April.

You can also foliow updates on @dstbn instagram. Images courtesy of DST.

One of the invited guests participates in the lucky dip, one of the activities as part of the Customer Appreciation Day

Yang Berhormat Awang Haji Sulaiman Haji Ahad, member of the state legislative council amongst the first customer at the new DST Counter, Temburong Branch

One of the invited guests joins one of the games as part of the Customer Appreciation Day activities

Hj Marsad bin Awang Hj Ismail, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of DST guides one of the invited guests on the new automated Easi prepaid number selection features available at the new branch

The signing of the plaque for DST Counter, Temburong Branch by the Guest of Honour

DST’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Awang Haji Marsad bin Awang Haji Ismail handing over the Blackberry Q10 to one of lucky customers

Another Blackberry winner


KFC Zinger Reloaded 

Check out the flavourful ZING Meal – Zinger Reloaded Burger

All Flavour, All ‘ZING’! KFC Brunei is now offering their valued customers a flavourful ‘ZING’ meal in their outlets.

KFC Brunei is launching the New Zinger Reloaded Burger with their signature juicy zinger fillet for the teens and young working adults. The New Zinger Reloaded Burger includes the new addition of delicious onion rings and tasty special sauce.

The KFC New Zinger Reloaded Burger is available ala-carte at BND$5.50 and in a combo that comes with 4 pieces of potato has rounds and a regular carbonated drink at only BND$6.50. For those who like to have a bigger meal, the hotbox version with addition one piece of chicken is also available at only BND$8.90.

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Check out the flavourful ZING Meal – Zinger Reloaded Burger

Zinger Reloaded Burger

Zinger Reloaded Burger with 4 pieces of potato

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Reds feel the blues 

Stevie G attempted to grab the ball from the touchline but he was being shrugged off by Jose

What a great tactician Mourinho is! Liverpool was coming off a great run of victories and they never expect to be in the hunt for the title but their great run has put them back in title contention especially after their close victory over Manchester City a few weeks ago. However, Liverpool failed to beat Chelsea at Anfield where it mattered the most. Chelsea fielded a weaker team due to injuries and saving them for another important match in the second semi-final of the Champs League against Atlético Madrid in mid-week.

This was also the first time that Liverpool failed to scored in the first half in 25 games. So you can tell that Jose Mourinho know how to grind results at any expense and they played a much compact strategy especially at the back, forcing the midfielders and forwards to play deep, allowing less room for the likes of Sterling and Suarez to cause problems.

Two goals from Chelsea benefited from a clumsy errors, both coming in injury time of each halves. I truly salute Jose Mourinho in his tactics last night and if anyone can stop Liverpool form scoring, then it is Chelsea.

The result have open the Premier League wide open with Manchester City now favourites to win the title due to goal difference should both Liverpool and Man City win all their remaining games. Chelsea still have an outside chance to win the title if both Liverpool and City slip in their remaining games. Looks like the title will be down to the wire.

Will Stevie G’s error proved costly in the title race? We shall find out in two weeks’ time.

Demba Ba benefited from Stevie G’s error and scored late in the first half.



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BIBD 4th Home Showcase 

Hjh Lily binti Hj Kula, the guest of honour, for the 4th BIBD Home Showcase. She’s the Deputy Managing Director (Regulatory) of the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD)

Last Friday, BIBD launched their popular Home Showcase and it’s their 4th edition. So if you are looking or scouting for a home, BIBD provides good financing packages such as home financing, home improvement financing too as well as other BIBD’s products and services. The 4th BIBD Home Showcase will end of 4th of May this Sunday at The Mall, Gadong.

You can check out some of the range of home improvement packages specifically designed for the National Housing Schemes at Mengkubau, Mentiri and Katok. The houses are built and constructed by Majuma Sdn Bhd, a new player in the construction industry and also a 100% locally established private limited construction company registered with the Ministry of Development. This is a great opportunity for them to work closely with BIBD to design, procure and construct and also handover pre-approved home extension and renovation works to suit the Home Improvement Financing Package Product.

There is a wide range of advantages including pre-approved house plans by relevant authorities, affordable and ready to move-in packages and affordable monthly repayment scheme. Aside from that, the package includes Takaful (insurance) coverage for the financing.

I believe many residents are looking for home extensions and improvements. Hence, this BIBD 4th Home Showcase is a great opportunity. For flooring, you can get choices of ground floor tiles or lamented flooring or if you want to refurbish or extend your existing kitchen or perhaps your wardrobe.

Package A, which is the basic packages offered $15,000 financing, while Package B and C offered more extensive packages (up to $50,000) that include a bigger square feet space, an extra bedroom, first floor extensions and a corridor which will also be entitled to a complimentary air conditioner or water pump from BIBD.

At the home showcase, there are also other ongoing promotion from BIBD. For instance, there is the BIBD Debit Card conversion which includes new debit card application and conversion of existing BIBD ATM cards. For new applicants or those who want to convert their debit cards, they are automatically entitled to receive 1,000 BIBD’s Hadiah Points. Participants of this promotion also stand a chance to win travel tickets for two to Singapore.

Check out the BIBD Home Showcase which is until the 4th May

Check out the BIBD Home Showcase which is until the 4th May

They have a mock sample on the housing with different packages especially for home improvements and extension

Check out the interior done by Majuma Sdn Bhd

The available packages for the BIBD Home Showcase

One of the available packages for the BIBD Home Showcase

At the same time, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) will be providing a limited daily run of free coffee during the 10 days of the showcase from their Continental Espresso and Premium Decaf. BIBD customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s financings available, will stand a chance to win prizes such as Samsung Galaxy Tab, iPad Air, CBTL coffee machines, $20 vouchers, power banks and BIBD corporate gifts in a lucky dip. BIBD will also be giving out a fee waiver promotion on the processing fee of $150 during the showcase. Applicants of BIBD’s Home Improvement Financing packages will be entitled to a 100 per cent waiver, while a 50 per cent waiver is for all home financing applicants.

So there are plenty of reasons to entice you to enjoy the home packages offered by BIBD.

Also participating during BIBD’s Home Showcase are Bess Perfect Property Agency, BSTC Real Estate, Say Koo (Liew) Sdn Bhd, J-Fa Realty Agency & Marketing, Precise Development, Sterling Kitchen, Fabrica, Thomson Furniture, Max Track, Luzzone Interior Design, PNK Enterprise and Karim Karpet, Takaful Brunei Keluarga and Takaful Brunei Am.

Hjh Lily being briefed by a representative from Majuma Sdn Bhd during the short tour

Hjh Lily photo opportunity with Takaful

Group photo with AMBD and BIBD management

Sazali Arif (right) of White Room Studio is also exhibiting his wedding photography services


Weekend at VW 

Last weekend, Volkswagen Brunei held an event for families and the public as they offered family activities such as face painting, photo booth with fun props, bouncers and giveaways. There was also a “Guess the Volkswagen” contest as the participants had to get the correct answers of the Volkswagen models and they will walk away with VW merchandises.

Local authorised dealer of the German auto brand, Maju Motors Sdn Bhd, is organising the event as a buildup to the upcoming launch of 14 models, which will be introduced to the public throughout the month of May. It will be released in phases and the first collection will be unveiled this weekend and every weekend there will be other models to be unveiled.

Executive Director of Maju Motors Sdn Bhd Chan Key Hong is delighted that the company will soon be offering a full range of Volkswagen cars in Brunei. Chan said that since more Bruneians are discovering the advanced German engineered vehicle, the company wants to ensure that there a Volkswagen for everyone.

Below are some of the images from last weekend’s activities. Courtesy of VW Brunei Facebook Page.











EPL Masters 2014 

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Now it is an 11-a-side format compared to 5-a-side previously

Will Andy Cole be back again this time out?


Fly with DJ Daffy 

Zuraidah Binti Hj Yahya receiving her 5 nights package to Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Johor, receiving from Haznah Md Hashim from the Malaysian High Commission to Brunei Darussalam and Pg Dato Sharifuddin, Chairman of Freme Travel. Also in the picture are Zurina Abd Samad, Director of Tourism Malaysia, Chong Yoke Har, Deputy Director General (Planning) of Tourism Malaysia and local DJ celebrity Daffy from Kristal FM. Image courtesy of Zatty Jo of The Brunei Times.

After a week of quizzes on Kristal FM with DJ Daffy, the winners were selected to have a special trip with DJ Daffy to explore Malaysia. The quiz was called “Lakas Tah Ke Malaysia Bersama DJ Daffy” and the initiative is a collaboration with Freme Travel Services, sponsored by Tourism Malaysia (Brunei).

Two winners are feted to fly with DJ Daffy to Malaysia to have fun-filled holiday. Congratulations to Zuraidah Binti Hj Yahya for winning a 5 nights package to Kuala Lumpur, Melaka and Johor (worth $1,900) and Shahril Hashim bin Hj Mariat for winning a 3 nights package to Kuala Lumpur (worth $1,500). This means they will get to fly with DJ Daffy in the coming weeks or so. There were also consolation winners from the quizzes.

The event was graced by Chong Yoke Har, Deputy Director General (Planning) of Tourism Malaysia. In her speech, she said, “The holiday packages will especially appeal to families traveling together. The destinations and activities in the programmes cater to every interest and all age groups.”

The event also marked new packages where Brunei can enjoy a three night package to Kuala Lumpur for $1,480 from June 14 to 17th or the five night package to KL, Malacca and Johor for $1,840 from September 22nd to 27th and these dates do coincide with Brunei school holidays.

Some of the highlights of the package include visits to KidZania, Legoland Malaysia, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, i-City, KL City tour, Putrajaya tour and shopping trips to IKEA, The Curve, and Johor Premium Outlets, as well as attending the 1Malaysia International Tourism Night floral Parade – Magic of the Night. This is an ideal trip if you want bring your family during school holidays.

Let’s not forget that this is also Visit Malaysia Year 2014 and there are many exciting things to look forward to in Malaysia alone. You can click here for more details. Of course, the upcoming big one is the Borneo Jazz Festival held from 9th May to 11th May and if you love music, this is the event to be at.


Shahril Hashim bin Hj Mariat receiving a 3 nights package to Kuala Lumpur. Image courtesy of Zatty Jo of The Brunei Times.

The winners with Chong Yoke Har, Deputy Director General (Planning) of Tourism Malaysia and DJ Daffy

DJ Daffy and the other consolation winners




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The Popcorn Panel 


Reviews of Oculus and The Quiet Ones. There are spoilers near the end of the podcast for your info.

Rugby gets exposure 

His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Muntaqim was involved in the program as he learned new skills and knowledge on rugby
This is what we need in Brunei. To have trial and error for sports that are not as well known in Brunei such as rugby to begin with. We are too familiar with football for the past decades. Rugby has been given much limelight and perhaps the level of knowledge and interest hasn’t garnered pace as much as football. Even on astro and TV, we are more exposed to football and furthermore, football icons such as Ronaldo and Messi to name a few.

This initiative of Get Into Rugby programme is a great idea with the motto – Try • Play • Stay – and it is organised by BRFU (Brunei Rugby Football Union) and Astera Consultant with the help of the Ministry of Education under the Co-Curricular Education (CCE) Department where they have helped in getting students from different districts to get involved in the trial program.

The union is receiving support from Baiduri Bank, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Insurance Islam TAIB, DHL, RainFresh., Ideal Cafe, KFC and The Brunei Times to improve the popularity of the game in the country.

I can’t believe the weather was too hot this morning and I salute all the kids for braving the sun this morning. Kudos to the BRFU and the organiser for making this possible. I hope other sports will follow as well and who knows we can find talents at a very young age.

Group photo with the guest of honour this morning















Check out my phone indicator.. Yes, it was pretty hot this morning. Glad it rained in the afternoon


Sukan RIA kicks off 

The top 3 winners of the male and female category in this morning Hike Challenge and opening of Sukan Ria Antara Syarikat 2014

It was scorching hot this morning as the Sukan Ria Antara Syarikat 2014 kicked off today at the Tasik Sarubing Recreational Park. Previously it was meant to be at Bukit Shahbandar but the venue was changed and I’m glad it did because not many know of this recreational park and it’s a good exposure for the public.

The guest of honour was Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi bin Hj Mohd Yussof. Also in attendance was Hj Rani bin BPSK DSS Hj Mohd Yusof, Commissioner of Labour Department, Yang Berhormat Hj Gapor @ Hj Md Daud bin Karim, Member of the National Meeting and Head of Kampong Belimbing: Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries of Ministry of Home Affairs as well as government officials.

There were two hiking categories – 4.6km Hiking Challenge for company employers/employees and 2km Fun Hike for family members and the public.

The winners for the male category are (1st) Mohd Shah Azahar of Ben Food, (2nd) Md Nazrul Effendy of JPCC and (3rd) Md Hardiani bin Metusin of Ben Food. The winners for the female category are (1st) Pearl Ching Tieng Lim of Borneo Steel Mesh Factory, (2nd) Cecilia Maksimon of Masros Electrical Company and (3rd) Siti Noor Halizah Hamid of BIBD.

Everyone was hooked to the Milo station

The guest of honour after the morning hike

Registering after completing the hike

It was quite a turn out this morning

Jackson Ting, Managing Director of D’Sunlit (center)

The top 3 winners 🙂

Representing Royal Brunei Airlines

Representing Netcom Computer House

James Lee and Gilbert Goh supporting the event

It was a fun hike indeed




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A big thank you 

Taken from tigerlim’s post. Passengers wanting to thank the people that helped them during the accident back on the 12th of April along Mumong Highway. Nice to see good people helping them out during the accident.

An appreciation to those who helped the other day. Image taken from tigerlim.com




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Volkswagen roadshow 

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DPMM FC back on top 

A sliding tackle from Roberto. DPMM FC won 4-1 against Balestier Khalsa FC.

It was no surprise as DPMM FC tore Balestier Khalsa FC apart with a comprehensive 4-1 victory last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. They leapfrogged Warriors FC who temporarily took the top spot before last night’s game.

Both Roy O’Donovan and Tosi Rodrigo scored twice and continued their rich vein of form in front of the goal. It could have been more but Steve Kean must have been proud because his philosophy is to keep creating many chances in a match and DPMM FC surely did.

O’Donovan could have at least scored four goals after squandering easy chances in the first half but he calmed the nerves of a strong turn-out crowd with a late goal in the first half after some defensive lapse by Balestier Khalsa FC who have been well disciplined at the back line.

Balestier’s keeper, Zaiful Nizam, was the busier of the lot and he just couldn’t prevent his heroics after the break. DPMM FC scored three more including a penalty earned by O’Donovan which Tosi converted and I believe Tosi is currently one of the leading scorers in the S*League and a top scorer for DPMM FC.

The other player I was super impressed is the emergence of Hendra in midfield who was deputising Rosmin Kamis who was benched as he wasn’t fully fit for the match. He showed maturity, dictating the pace of the game and providing great long passes to the wings which opened more scoring opportunities. He almost got on a score sheet with a thumping drive after great passing play by DPMM FC in the second half but his shot went wide.

The down side last night was the final 10 minutes of the match. DPMM FC and of course, Steve Kean and the management, were aiming not only for 3 points but another clean sheet. It would have been three successive clean sheet for DPMM FC but it wasn’t to be. Substitute Kim Minho of Balestier Khalsa scored from close range after a rare defensive error from DPMM FC in the 86th minute. It could have another goal but Wardun and his company managed to clear the danger in the final minutes of the match.

For now, DPMM FC are on the top of the league, two points ahead of Warriors FC and three points ahead of Tampines Rovers FC who drew 1-1 with Tanjong Pagar United FC. DPMM FC will take on Woodlands on the 30th April and aim for another 3 points to maintain at the top of the 12 team league. It has been a great journey for DPMM FC this year. More news on DPMM FC as Steve Kean gave his comments on last night’s performance.

A great turnout last night at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

Gamble missed a glorious chance in the first. Late in the second half, he gave away much of the possession as the visitors piled in more pressure.

One more and it would have been a sequel to the “centipede”

Fans from last night

Quite rare to see a referee slip. That was one of the highlights of the first half last night.

Fans from last night

Wardun was dominant in goal as Balestier relied on set pieces

Impressive display by Hendra last night

Balestier Khalsa did their best but they were up against a rampant DPMM FC

Fans from last night.

Celebrating the 4th goal

The Yes, Yes chants

DPMM FC back on top



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


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Citroën launches showroom 

We had a sneak peak of the new Citroën cars especially the DS line a few months ago at The Mall. Now it’s a reality that they already have an actual showroom for the event. Lionel Bernard Faugeres, General Director for Citroën ASEAN countries, was impressed that Grand Motors Sdn Bhd was able to create the showroom in 10 months.

The event was attended by His Excellency Mr. Jean Yves Berthault, Ambassador of France to Brunei Darussalam as the the guest of honour and he applauded Grand Motors’ initiative to bring French brand such as Citroën to Brunei and this shows that Brunei has confidence in French brand and he hopes to see more French products and services coming in to Brunei. He believes that Citroën will have a good impact, considering that Bruneians tend to buy or own more than one car.

I shall talk more about the specs of the Citroën DS line later on in my post and Grand Motors brought in three new DS lines. Congratulations Grand Motors on the launch of the Citroën showroom at Beribi.

The newly launched Citroën showroom at Beribi this morning

The Executive Directors of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, Hj Saiful Rizal and Pg Haji Abdul Qahar

His Excellency Mr. Jean Yves Berthault, Ambassador of France to Brunei Darussalam (4th from right) with management of Grand Motors and representatives from Citroën

Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank and Frankie Ho, Managing Director of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd in the group photo

The guests this morning to witness the launch of the showroom


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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


Gunning for 3 points 

Catch DPMM FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC this Friday at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

Can DPMM FC’s Azwan Ali head for another victory tonight?

DPMM FC is aiming for their fourth win in a row after overcoming the likes of Courts Young Lions, Harimau Muda and Hougang United FC in their last three outings. Scoring a healthy 14 goals in the three games, DPMM FC host another tricky opponent Balestier Khalsa FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium tonight. Yea, it has been a mini break for DPMM FC after their last game but DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean believes that they can carry the momentum forward.

With DPMM FC on the second of the S•League, Kean was not surprised that previous league Tampines Rovers dropped points. “No, not at all. I think the schedules have taken a lot for Tampines as they have to more games (in AFC) and a lot of traveling involved. We even know what traveling is like even on a short haul flight. And when you start traveling around the world, traveling can catch with you and I told the boys to keep getting the points and Tampines will surely drop some points.”

However, the surprised package of the season has to be Warriors FC who are now on the top of the S•League by one point though DPMM FC can leapfrog to first if they draw or beat Balestier Khalsa FC tonight. Warriors FC and DPMM FC are the only team to have lost once this season.

All key players should be back for this match tonight. Sairol Sahari and Rosmin Kamis who missed the previous game will be featured tonight and this is a major boost for DPMM FC to claim all three points. Kean is also targeting another clean sheet and he stresses how defence is the key to victory.

However, the team selection has been causing some headaches to Kean because the bench players have also been performing while deputising for the first team players who were injured. This shows the maturity of the squad of DPMM FC. Kean praised one individual, Azwan Ali, as he’s learning new things and adapting them during the competitive matches. Kean said Azwan has great strength in his legs and that made the difference when he scored for a leaping header against Hougang United FC for the winner.

You can read more about Azwan’s interview in today’s The Brunei Times and he has been instrumental in DPMM FC’s attacking formation. Even Kean praised that Azwan Ali can play in any team in the world. Let’s hope Azwan Ali can repeat the same performance that he has delivered in the past few games.

So guys, do catch DPMM FC tonight at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium and you can also stand a chance to win a flight to KL or JKT (sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines) and the winners will be announced by half-time.

Wardun in training. Let’s hope for another clean sheet and of course, it’s a team effort too.

Steve Kean has been instrumental in guiding the team – mentally and physically – on and off the pitch



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Loving the Audi A3 

The new Audi A3 – World Car of the Year 2014

Now you can drive a premium car at an affordable price. That’s what I love about Audi cars. Whenever there’s a launch, it creates a buzz among the community. My IG post on the recent Audi A3 Sedan caught attention and even the during the sneak launch, one of the Audi A3 was being booked.

So what’s so special about the new Audi A3 Sedan? Well, it’s lighter and faster. It uses a new Audi Ultra lightweight technology and it’s faster (0-100 km/h) by 1.2 seconds to its closest competitor. Like John Tan, the Marketing Manager of Audi Brunei (T.C.Y. Motors Sdn Bhd), that just improvement on the speed makes a difference between a champion and a runner-up. True indeed!!

Car weight is just 1,370 kilo which is considered light and as I’ve mentioned before it’s due to the Audi Ultra lightweight construction. This is considered a great benchmark figure for its class.

As usual, Audi will offer headlights in xenon plus technology, including LED daytime running lights including the tail lights.

Its engine has a 1.8 TFSI turbo petrol engine outputting 132 kW (180 hp). Other highlights are the five-mode Auto Drive Select which includes an efficiency (helps improve consumption values) and individual mode.

The interior has a much better upgrade than its predecessors and it boasts ground-breaking quality of the materials and workmanship. Once you enter the Audi A3, you will get a different feel kinda environment and you will be impressed.

I was also impressed with the safety features of the Audi A3 especially the braking systems when there is a collision. It also earned “The Top Safety Pick +” Award. If the collision is inevitable, the brake assist uses controlled braking maneuvers during the accident to prevent secondary collisions. This can help to prevent the car from skidding and thus additional collisions.

Last Friday, there was a sneak launch preview for invited Audi customers and it was unveiled by Audi Brunei Managing Director Teng Chee Khiong and General Manager and Acting Sales Manager of Audi Brunei, Sridheevan Sivanantham.

Audi Brunei’s General Manager Sridheevan Sivanantham and Audi Brunei’s Managing Director Teng Chee Khiong unveiling the Audi A3

John Tan, Marketing Manager of Audi Brunei, explaining the braking system and the safety features of the new Audi A3


Audi Secondary Collision Brake Assist


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Some of the invited guests with Teng Chee Khiong

The invited guests during the launch

As I posted earlier in my post, Audi A3 was being named 2014 World Car of the Year. The A3 was voted as the winner by an international jury panel comprising 69 top‑level automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world.With this win for the Audi A3, Audi has maintained its position as the manufacturer with the most World Car of the Year titles. The brand with the four rings has previously won three World Performance Car titles, two World Car Design of the Year titles and the inaugural World Car of the Year title. In total Audi has won seven titles at the World Car of the Year Awards:

2005 Audi A6 World Car of the Year
2007 Audi RS 4 World Performance Car, Audi TT World Car Design of the Year
2008 Audi R8 World Performance Car, Audi R8 World Car Design of the Year
2010 Audi R8 V10 World Performance Car

2014 Audi A3 World Car of the Year

For more info, you can visit their showroom at T.C.Y. showroom at Kiarong or call 244 2333 for more info. Do check out some of the youtube videos of the Audi A3. The actual launch of the Audi A3 will be something in May if I’m not mistaken.


The new Audi A3


The high spec of the Audi A3 Sedan. The exterior has a different kit and it also has a sun-roof

The high spec of the Audi A3 Sedan

The high spec of the Audi A3 Sedan

The new owners of the Audi A3. To click image to read more about the Audi A3 Sedan. Image courtesy of Mantuka.com

The Audi showroom at Kiarong. Image courtesy of Audi Brunei Facebook



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Selfies stole the show 


Get a copy now available at Best Eastern or you can read Inspire at the local cafes in Brunei

Yesterday was a historic moment and a milestone for the 50 listed influential women residing in Brunei Darussalam. I believe there are more out there to date and of course, the editor need to pull the right resources in a given amount of time before finalizing the 50 influential women in Brunei. The second issue of Inspire is now available at Newsstand such as Best Eastern at a price of $5 or you can drop by and read them at most of the coffee shops in Brunei.

Yesterday was another launch of the Inspire edition. The guest of honour was Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and she inspired the audience about being sincere and truthful especially at workplace. She’s also a proud grandmother and emphasize the importance of family.

It was great to see Lee Yingshi, the gold medalist at the SEA Games for Wushu. Only 20, she shared to the audience that to keep doing sports to keep yourself healthy and also study smart in your studies.

Shaun Hoon made a great speech and dedicated it to his daughter who has been inspiring him. Well done on the special edition and I know how much work you have invest in this magazine.

For me, the women who have influenced or inspired me these past few years are as follows – My mom, my best friend Sophia Siu, Linda Chandler, Lily Chiam and my late godmother.

Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Metassim; Director of Aewon Garment and Embroidery giving a souvenir to the guest of honour, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman

Unveiling the second edition of Inspire

Some of the 50 Influential Women attended the launch event

More 50 listed women from Brunei

I can’t wait for Cecilia’s book on the 20 women she wrote about. To released by early July.

Datin Adina values sincerity and family during her speech

Shaun Hoon the man of the moment

Mother and daughter 🙂

Lee Yingshi, the Wushu gold medalist answering some questions

Jane Keasberry, Principal of St. Andrew’s School

Group photo with the Deputy Minister

What follow next are the common rituals – selfies

…. and another selfie…

…. and another selfie…

…. and another selfie…

…. and another selfie…

…. and another selfie won’t hurt…

…. and what ever happened to the word usie? …

Mother and daughter

The social media lady power


Wu Chun & Calvin  

visit Burger King  

Wu Chun and Calvin Chen making their own burgers at Burger King Brunei

Calvin Chen is currently in Brunei. I should have taken a photo with him. He was recently featured in 3 Peas in a Pod movie which I have watched twice

Some sauce on Wu Chun’s customized burger

Two celebrities at Burger King… Hmmm what are they up to?




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