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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC


DPMM FC left it late 

Steve Kean in cheerful mood after the close victory. Image taken by Halim Zul Hakim.

Written by Phoon Jia Hui of S•League: Brunei DPMM left it late to beat Albirex Niigata (S) as they emerged narrow 4-3 winners over the Japanese outfit in the first leg of the RHB Singapore Cup quarter-final at Jurong East Stadium on Sunday evening.

DPMM coach Steve Kean felt that it was a deserved victory for his side and hailed match-winner Roy O’Donovan.

“I think there were good chances from Albirex but we stuck at it and Wardun’s [Yussof] made a few saves and obviously the woodwork came to the play a few times,” he said after the match.

“Even though we were physically dead, we still tried to keep the shape of the team and even at a time when we don’t play particularly well, the last 60 mins of the game and we still managed to win and that’s a good sign.

“When you have a player like Roy O’Donovan in the side, he can pop up and get a goal late on in the game like he’s showed today as he showed a bit of maturity and class at the end to find the target.”

However, it was a tale of two halves according to the former Blackburn Rovers manager who paid due credit to their opponents.
“Credit to Albirex, I felt they kept going,” he said.

“Like I said before the game, they are a technically good side and they play lots of good football. They came back but we showed the character.

“You’ve seen a total contrast in how the two halves were played, even the last 10 minutes of the first-half I thought it was all-Albirex and I thought they were better in the second-half.

“It’s only half-time, far from finished,” the 46-year-old concluded.

Albirex coach Tatsuyuki Okuyama on the other hand, admitted they put a poor defensive showing and stated that this was an area they had to work on.

“For the first 15 minutes, DPMM were very good offensively and defensively we just could not cope,” said the Japanese.
“We allowed them to attack from the first half and we could not push up the defense line and gave them too much space in midfield that’s why we conceded three goals in 15 minutes.

“Of course im not happy with today’s result, but throughout the season we need to improve on our defence. As for offence, we need to score when we can and we have got strikers who can do that.”


DPMM FC line up last night. Image taken by Halim Zul Hakim.

Boris playing his defensive role. Image taken by Halim Zul Hakim.

Good to see Gamble in the score sheet. Image taken by Halim Zul Hakim.

DPMM FC’s bench. Image taken by Halim Zul Hakim.

The celebration from DPMM FC players. Image taken by Halim Zul Hakim.




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Acer Liquid Smartphones


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Icon Design Store


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Swipe for rewards 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 

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Chicco Brunei 

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Timeout with Liz

It’s been a while since I attended this show hosted by Elizabeth Sim who’s the lady behind the monthly show “Timeout with Liz”. She has hosted a couple of talk shows to give more exposure to the Brunei on our local talents in arts, music, food and many more. It’s never been an easy journey of Elizabeth as she has to find the right partners to make her show a success. I applaud her for her resilience to continue her show.

Currently I like the set up at Kaleidoscope which Liz has ran a few shows there. I actually enjoyed the set up at Kaleidoscope. So hoping it will be kinda of a permanent spot for Liz’ shows in the near future. Last week, we had the privilege to catch local talents – Siti Kamaluddin (Origin Films), Liyana Yus and Nadiah Wahid (stars of Yasmine), Ben Sia a pastry chef who gained experience from watching Youtube and Ruby Chong, an awesome vocalist who will be performing in Hollywood for WCOPA.

Below are some of the pictures from the previous event. I kinda enjoyed but sorry for leaving pretty early since I have Transformers 4 movie to catch.


I was pretending to be their special bodyguard for Liyana and Nadiah

Full house at Timeout with Liz show last week

Liz the star of the night

Liyana looking smashing in pink and Nadiah has such great charisma

Ruby Chong shared how she started loving to sing



Ben Sia with his specialty

The audience had a chance to play charades too



Happy Birthday Mr. Pao 

Happy belated to my friend Mr. Vincent Pao, the man behind Concepts Computer. Thank you for your continuous support all these years.



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


World Cup Update 

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I’m qute disappointed so far with Brazil. Yes, the host nation as they were pushed to the brink against Chile last night. Being the host nation, this is a very disappointing display by Brazil and if they were to have the same performance like last night, they won’t stand a chance against Colombia who beat Uruguay 2-0. Chile was pretty close from snatching the victory if it wasn’t for the bar that saved the blushes of Brazil from an excellent Pinilla’s strike near the end.

Probably the worrying factor are the strikers at Brazil’s disposal – Jo and Fred who haven’t yet to impress in the tournament and further more, Hulk was just showing his brilliance on the pitch after a lackluster performance in the first three matches. I don’t see Brazil heading as far to the finals with France and Germany also breathing down their necks.

Now Colombia is one team that many have not taken account for. They are a compact team with many creativity in attack with the likes of star player James Rodriguez, and Juan Cuadrado and they even topped the group stage with 9 points. Though the group stage didn’t possess much threat, they shone where other competent teams failed to when going against weaker opponents. I can see Colombia reaching the semi-finals but it will be a harder test either against France or Germany if one of them reaches the semis.

Of course, the biggest news that have faded away is the banning of Luiz Suarez for his biting incident in the Uruguay-Italy match. I believe the suspension given to him by FIFA is still kinda lenient considering the fact that this is the third time Suarez has been fined and suspended for similar incidents. As a Liverpool player, I am disappointed and this shows old habits die hard. I’m not sure what’s the future lies now for Luis Suarez and Liverpool.

So who are my picks for the rest? Germany to win, France to win, Netherlands to beat Mexico, Costa Rica to go through, Argentina to beat Swiss while Belgium will edge USA.


Chiellini bitten by the ever hungry Suarez

Suarez claims that he lost his balance *Yea right*

Neymar might need his other 10 to show up

James Rodriguez was simply awesome and he has now scored 5 goals

The most animated coach on the pitch – Miguel Herrara and he is one of the lowest paid coach

The expensive flops – Cesare Prandelli, Coach of Italy, Fabio Capello of Russia and Roy Hodgson of England – the top three highest paid coaches that failed to bring the team past the group stage



Updates from Consumer Fair 


Do check out the new Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology at Brunei Shell Marketing booth at Plenary Hall. The new product will be in the market by July I believe and BSM will be having a special promotion on their existing products soon.

This new Shell Helix Ultra is compatible for both petrol and diesel and it will make your engine feel brand new too

Congratulations to Regalblue Production for managing to sell off 1,000 DVD copies of Apa Ada Dengan Rina, a Brunei film hit, and the DVD stock will be back by next week according to Regalblue

There was a blood donation yesterday at Consumer Fair

Books selling at reasonable price at Dbookhaus

Photo pop with Liyana of Yasmine the movie and future celebrity Hui Chiet :p

Still drawing a huge crowd as usual

Wanna get your hanna done?

More people downloading Snapfeed and visiting their booth for free gifts

Wanna cook your egg and sausage and blend them together? This does it

Maggi galore at Jasra Harrisons booth

Want a selfie stick?

Marshmallow chocolates




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


CF at ICC 

The guest of honour handing out the cheques to SMARTER Brunei and Brunei Council on Social Welfare during the launch of the ASEAN Consumer Fair

It’s that time of the year again. The ASEAN Consumer Fair, the fourteenth staging of the popular biannual Consumer Fair, at the International Convention Centre in Berakas and this is the final two days before it ends tomorrow.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar officiated at the opening ceremony of the five-day expo this morning in front of other invited guests which included government officials, event partners and participants.

The opening ceremony began with the recital of Doa, followed by a welcoming note delivered by the event organiser D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd Executive Director Dato Paduka Haji Danial bin Haji Hanafiah. This was followed by the official launch of the Fair by the Minister, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar. D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd Executive Director Dato Paduka Haji Danial bin Haji Hanafiah then proceeded to present cheques to two NGOs, namely SMARTER Brunei and Majlis Kesejahteraan Masyarat (Brunei Council on Social Welfare), witnessed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar and his spouse Datin Hajah Norlina Dato Haji Abdul Bakar.

As you know, with over 400 booths taken up by exhibitors from ASEAN and other countries including Iran and Uganda, there are many choices here at the Consumer Fair. Amongst the many items on display and special exclusive offers are traditional handicrafts, ethnic cuisine and other food and beverages, mobile telephones and accessories, banking and financial services, and home décor. In addition, there are many fun-filled activities for visitors of all ages to participate in. These include Brunei Halal promotional activities, the Kingston ice cream contest, Pepsi Bounce, and Red Bull activities, the lucky draw, the Thailand Grand Fair, and mini motor show.

The ASEAN Consumer Fair will conclude on Sunday (29 June). Daily opening hours are 10am to 10pm. A complimentary shuttle bus service will run from the car park of the National Indoor Stadium to the ICC.


Posing with the mock cheque

Yasmime cast and the crew with some of their activities for the public

Brunei Halal showcasing their products

They even have food sampling with their products at Brunei Halal booth

Try out the Nestle fried ice-cream

That’s one weird doll

Adrian and Ting of Snapfeed. Check out their booth as they have plenty of gifts to give away. But first download their app

Concepts Computer has always been active in Consumer Fair

It’s crowd as usual as the Consumer Fair

A pretty Thai posing at the Thai Pavilion

Another packed day at ICC

Fiona is not just selling great food such as cinnamon buns and apple pies but also Canadian caps

Want to plan for your future and be secured? Visit AIA booth

Great energy from AIA agents and they also have props for photos and IG purposes

Are you a durian fan? Do visit the Thai pavilion

The DQ mascot giving Aziz a good time :p

Get yourself checked up at JPMC booth

Alcatel just opened their new concept store at The Mall but it’s not stopping them to make a presence at the Consumer Fair

Want your mole removed?

Excapade has a booth too

Check out Siti Kamaluddin on the big screen :p



BIBD at CF 2014 

BIBD, the official Bank of the 14th edition of the Consumer Fair, will be showcasing its wide array of products and services at the event, which includes BIBD’s Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, and Education Financing along with applications for any BIBD cards and digital banking services. BIBD personnel will be on hand to personally assist with, and answer any queries regarding any of these products and services at BIBD Booth.

During the fair, BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists will also be on hand to assist and provide advice on Home Financing solutions that best suit the customers. For those interested in purchasing their first or next dream home, BIBD will be offering its attractive Home Financing Rumah Plus package, which has a financing entitlement of up to 85% of the OMV (Open Market Value) or Property Purchase Price, a repayment period of up to 25 years along with a lower repayment schedule and attractive profit rates. Customers may also choose to include the start-up costs of the financing such as legal document fees, MRTA takaful and valuation fees into the overall financing entitlement, allowing complete control of their budget, and providing them a sense of security, knowing that their dream home is one step closer to becoming a reality.

And with the festive month just around the corner, this presents an ideal time for home owners to start considering options on how best to renovate and enhance their homes, which can be achieved through BIBD’s Home Improvement Financing, that allows for a flexible repayment period of up to ten years, with up to 100% of renovation costs, to be used either for home renovations or extensions.

Sign up for any of our financing products at our Pavilion at the ASEAN Consumer Fair and you can stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as an iPad, CBTL Coffee Machine or Samsung Galaxy Note 2. You will also receive a $20 CBTL voucher upon signing up. Drop by at BIBD Pavilion for more informatio

Sign up for any of our financing products at our Pavilion at the ASEAN Consumer Fair and you can stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as an iPad, CBTL Coffee Machine or Samsung Galaxy Note 2. You will also receive a $20 CBTL voucher upon signing up. Drop by at BIBD Pavilion for more informatio

The BIBD team will also be available to talk about their Education Financing packages whereby interested parties can obtain financing of up to BND 200,000 with a maximum financing period up to 10 years. The package can be used to include a wide range of requirements such as registration fees, education or tuition fees, cost of living, accommodation and travel expenses along with educational needs such as clothing, books and stationery. Meanwhile, the BIBD Business Banking Unit relationship managers will also be present to provide would-be business owners with assistance and guidance to the many services BIBD has to offer, that can help them to succeed. Services such as BIBD’s e-tunai and terminal merchants, remittances and corporate internet banking, provide these would-be business owners the ease of mind in performing their daily banking transactions.

The BIBD booth will also be showcasing and providing registration for BIBD’s latest service, the BIBD Virtual Mastercard. This is BIBD’s virtual prepaid cash card service, embedded in the BIBD Mobile app, which allows its users to store monies in the BIBD virtual card to be used as payment and transfer to other users of the service. Users of this service can also, quickly and without hassle, receive funds from other BIBD Virtual Mastercard users.

BIBD customers visiting the booth can also upgrade their existing BIBD ATM cards into the new Debit Card, BIBD’s smarter-than-cash solution. The BIBD Debit Card allows you to make payments from your bank account at over 25 million physical and online outlets, along with providing access to your account at over one million ATMs worldwide. The BIBD Debit Card is also unique in that it gives you peace of mind during your shopping as it does not have any hidden cost or additional fees, charging the expenses directly to your account which leaves you in a position of no debt. As an added bonus, mystery prizes also await those converting their old BIBD ATM cards into the BIBD Debit Card.

Sign up for any of our financing products at our Pavilion at the ASEAN Consumer Fair and you can stand a chance to win amazing prizes such as an iPad, CBTL Coffee Machine or Samsung Galaxy Note 2. You will also receive a $20 CBTL voucher upon signing up. Drop by at BIBD Pavilion for more information.





Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


The Popcorn Panel 


Check out the latest podcast review of Transformers 4: Age of Extinction


TESS recipients of 2014 

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar, the Energy Minister taking a selfie with Teo Jyh Herng and Muhd Waifuddin, the recipients of Total Education Scholarship Scheme (TESS). Image courtesy of Danial Norjidi of Borneo Bulletin.
A signing ceremony was held at the Business Centre, The Empire Hotel & Country Club, between Total and the recipients of the Total Education Scholarship Scheme (TESS). The two top students, Muhd Wafiuddin Hj Ismail from Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College (Maktab Duli) and Teo Jyh Herng from Tutong Sixth Form Centre (PTE Tutong) will pursue their to pursue higher education in France.

Witnessing the signing ceremony was Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar, the Energy Minister. Also present were the Permanent Secretary of Upstream at EDPMO Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abd Mumin and the Managing Director of PetroleumBRUNEI Dato Paduka Hj Matsatejo Sokiaw.

Under the scheme, the students will first be enrolled in a foundation programme in L’Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) in Tours, and after their undergraduate and postgraduate have an opportunity to work with Total. The scheme is a collaboration between Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo B V (TEPDOB) together with the Commercial Area Joint Venture Partners, Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) and supported by PetroleumBRUNEI.

Muhd Wafiuddin will be studying physics, while Teo will be studying mechanical engineering.

According to Yves Grosjean, General Manager of Total , the first batch of five scholars were performing very well in their respective fields of studies, with one top in her course out of 132 students, while the four others are all in the Top 10 of their respective courses.

Yves said this is due to the quality of the students and the quality of the scheme. He believed it is their core business, being able to bring opportunities like this for further development in the country. Both new students are great testimony of the quality of students from Brunei.

The Minister was very proud of the students and he thanked Total for their contribution in investing in people for Brunei.


Yves Grosjean, General Manager of Total in welcoming remarks

The signing ceremony

Muhd Waifuddin, the recipient of Total Education Scholarship Scheme (TESS)

Teo Jyh Herng, the recipient of Total Education Scholarship Scheme (TESS)


The press interviewing the Minister and the students


Brunei Halal at CF 

Brunei Halal once again is participating at the Consumer Fair 14 (Purple Zone) at the Plenary Hall of ICC. There are lots of exciting new products, promotions and even Spin & Win activity. So do check out the new Brunei Halal products being sold at CF before launching them into the supermarket such as the Paratha folds. There will be showcasing recipes from Youth Development Centre (Pusat Pembangunan Belia) Cooking & Culinary graduates with their recipe creations with Brunei Halal products as their base such as Fried Squid Aloo Saag, Corned Beef Fried Rice, Chicken Mughlai Kurma, just to name a few.  You are more than welcome to try out their samples.


The team from Brunei Halal

The chefs from Youth Development Centre cooking with Brunei Halal recipes

Highly recommended recipes from Brunei Halal

Now they also come in frozen packets


Find your prefect pair… or TWO! 

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This week, Malppy Weekend promotion is all about looking cool! Malppy is bringing you the exclusive range of our new Supplier of  Laviss Sunglasses for the men and ladies. You can get this range at B$23.90 instead of B$28.90 this weekend only as our introductory offer. Type ‘Laviss’ on the search box of Malppy website  to view more from them. Design glasses from Laviss is very unique and doesnt stock high. New design will be updated regularly and once a product is sold out, it will never come back again.  So don’t miss out, find your perfect pair! Have a great weekend everyone Brunei!



Check out SnapFeed and download the app to your phone and win gifts too

Wanna win freebies or gifts? It’s simple. Just download SnapFeed on your smartphone and visit Consumer Fair at ICC. A new mobile application SnapFeed has launched at the Consumer Fair 2014. It is an all-in-one application that delivers consumers with the latest promotions, deals, events, news and is also a centre for business information. It has a business directory feature with business profile information from over 740 businesses plus their branch information. Consumers can easily access product information, contact details, opening hours, and more, of their favourite businesses. The App currently supports Apple devices running ios 7.1 and above, and is best optimized for Android version 4.2.2 and above, and is available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

One of the key functionalities of the App would be the use of QR code technology to make it easy for both consumers and businesses. For businesses they will be able to track redemption of deals or loyalty card stamps to help better understand their marketing campaigns, while consumers gain the benefit of having all their vouchers and loyalty card digitized and will only have to flash their QR code at merchant outlets to gain benefits. This implementation would begin starting 16th of July and consumers can expect to see more tailored offerings and start getting rewarded for their spend.

As part of the launch at Consumer Fair, users who have downloaded and registered an account on the app can visit the SnapFeed booth to claim a free gift. With over 10,000 gifts to giveaway featuring partners such as KFC, Burger King, Modesto Bistro & Grill, Lof Bakery, Netcom Computer House, Auntie Anne’s, Dapur Penyet, Each-A-Cup, Yeo’s, Sosro, Caprisonne etc. these gifts are expected to be distributed quickly while stocks lasts.


Ting See Chung, Managing Director of Snapfeed and Adrian Wong, the app developer of Snapfeed at their booth. Do meet them and learn more about Snapfeed


Catch them at ICC during the Consumer Fair


Download on your smartphones now and redeem your prizes. There are ten vendors to choose from.

Some of the gifts that you can win simply by downloading the Snapfeed app



Hari Raya promo for Volkswagen 

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Hope to hear from you soon and happy fasting to everyone who is.


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Trash to Treasure Campaign (T3) 

The Trash to Treasure Campaign today saw a big turnout at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas, exceeding its target of 200kg of recyclables.

With some 20 registrations from today alone, the T3 campaign successfully collected 546kg of trash from members of the public. The trash collected comprised 488kg of paper, 27kg of plastic, 8kg of aluminium, 2kg of metals and 21kg of electronic wastes.

The campaign, targeted at households and businesses, also generated the interest of a number of schools to participate in the campaign. “Our aim is to encourage people to recycle at home and at work. We are taking small steps to instill this positive habit,” said Asia Inc Forum’s conference manager, Nanette Ramos.

Through the T3 Campaign, Asia Inc Forum hopes to extend the habit of recycling from schools to households and businesses. Schools that are interested to participate in the campaign are encouraged to get their students to register their households, Ramos said.

Today’s T3 campaign marked the first collection, with its second and final collection scheduled to take place on August 10 at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, Berakas. The campaign was held in conjunction with the National Environment Conference, to promote environmentally-conscious lifestyle and build a sustainable living environment in Brunei.

The highest recyclers from each category (household and business) will receive prizes during the National Environment Conference on 13th August 2014. All the proceeds raised from the recycling campaign will be donated to participating NGOs to fund for their environmental projects.

The T3 Campaign is a joint initiative between Asia Inc Forum, the Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe) of the Ministry of Development, and Daikyo Environmental Recycling together with the conference partners; with TOTAL E&P Borneo B.V., Butra Heidelberg Cement, Baiduri Bank, and Brunei Press.

For more information, please contact Low Leng May at may.low@asiaincforum.com, or call 2226555 ext 10. Text and images courtesy of Asia Inc Forum.









Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Chicco Brunei 

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World Cup update 

Neymar starred in their last match, winning 4-1 against Cameroon.

Italy failed to reach the second round after losing 1-0 to Uruguay. However, the biggest incident is the Suarez bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chellini


YMRM Crazy Sales AGAIN?? 

It’s happening again… Last week was the first…

New Gamesh selling at a very awesome price. They were already on a 50% discount and tonight there will be another 10% discount

The crazy sales will only be from 7pm to 12am tonight at YMRM Tungku Link branch.

The crowd last week and expect more customers to show tonight


Consumer Fair Sneaks 













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The Dugout Treble 

Check out our predictions for the final round of the Group A and B of the World Cup 2014 with my co-host Jason Rumpun




Acer Liquid Smartphones


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones


Icon Design Store


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Swipe for rewards 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 

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Progresif Cellular makes its mark 

Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Chairman of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (center) with Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz, directors of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Ang Han Kee, Head of Network Management & Planning, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd at the press conference yesterday at Radisson Hotel

The past is the past. Now it’s about moving forward. You may have heard or seen in the news about the new developments that B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd was going through a few months ago. A new company under the name of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd will run the operations of B-Mobile Communications effective 1st July 2014. This would mean the name of B-Mobile won’t be used anymore and it will be known as Progresif Cellular from 1st of July 2014.

A press conference was held yesterday, led by the chairman of Progresif Cellular, Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim. Also present during the press conference were the board of directors of Progresif Cellular, Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz.

I believe the great news about the press conference is the assurance that B-Mobile will not ceased its operation. Instead the service will be sustained and the everyday operations will be under a new management of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd. Acquiring an existing telco company is never an easy feat as they have to deal with many issues and paperwork. So it’s no surprise that the acquisition process took many months before it can be a successful one.

Hj Abu Bakar highlighted three important points which are important as their core values in achieving their vision as the most innovative mobile service provider in Brunei Darussalam. The first point he stated is the “People” which means the customers and their employees. It’s important to understand the needs and wants of customers and at the same time, it is important to train and develop the associates of Progresif Cellular so they can meet the demands of the customers in the best and most efficient ways possible.

The second point he shared was improving the network. This is no surprise that the existing subscribers of B-Mobile are experiencing inconsistent connectivity. He reassured that this issue will be put on a priority list and they have put on many countless hours in examining the problems that have been affecting the current network. Hj Abu Bakar hinted that the improvements of the network will be done in a gradual pace (in phases) and not instantly. I believe this is a great move by Progresif Cellular as I’ve seen telcos which focused too much on new services and products but forgetting the fundamental basics which is sustaining a good network.

The third point Hj Abu Bakar pointed out is building their brand. To me, it’s always important to create and make an impact, just by branding because it has a lasting impact and impression on consumers and that’s every entrepreneurs’ dream – to have a strong brand. From what I heard from the chairman’s speech is that the Progresif Cellular is very customer oriented and it wants to position itself to bridge that connection with its customers. Though this will take time to achieve such synergy and branding awareness to their customers, this is already a positive move by the company.

When asked about the 4G services, the chairman’s reply was simple – improve the existing network before upgrading their services and products. I’m quite excited what Progresif Cellular will be offering in the coming months and this will give a good competitive edge to their rival and of course, the winner here will be the consumers.

I’m also touched and honoured that the media was able to mingle with the chairman and the board of directors of Progresif Cellular after the press conference and this shows the trust they have on us and it’s also a good reflection of their vision and mission to create that relationship with their customers. In Brunei, it’s quite rare that we have an informal conversation during refreshments with directors of an organization. So I thank you for that opportunity and I’m sensing better things to come from Progresif Cellular.


Members of the media invited for the special press conference

If you see the balloons, I believe that’s the corporate colours of Progresif Cellular


CheezBox Wings 

$0.20 only mini chicken wings


Planet Popcorn opens 

Present to officiate the opening were Chairman of Taiwan Business Association in Brunei Darussalam Lien Kon Sien, Executive Director of Planet Popcorn Ben Lee, Executive Director of Gecko Enterprise Alan Liew and Property Manager of Abdul Razak Holdings Muhammad Fadzillah

Planet Popcorn is the latest food trend to invade The Mall. Just as their name states, their selection of gourmet popcorn that will thrill your taste buds. The franchise from Taiwan was brought in by Gecko Enterprise opened it’s doors on Saturday and was a big hit with several customers queuing up to get their first taste.

With almost 50 stores in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong, Planet Popcorn wins over their customers with a variety of flavours ranging from savoury to sweet, In their current line up, they have Original, which is slighty sweet and salty, Seaweed, Kimchi and Caramel, but that’s not all.. coming soon will be Double Cheese and Double Chocolate.

How does Planet Popcorn differ from others? According to Ben Lee, the Executive Director of the Planet Popcorn Franchise, that there are two kinds of popcorn, butterfly, which is the kind sold in cinemas and in the microwave packs, and mushroom, a premium kind. In addition, the popcorn is picked specially so that when popped each popcorn measures to about 1 cm. Add to that some delicious seasonings and flavours, and you have the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the world cup, while hanging out with friends, or any occasion. The popcorn is sold in two sizes, a vacuum sealed pack and buckets, with prices starting at $6.90 for a pack. And while visiting the store, you have the opportunity to taste test the different flavours

Check out their Facebook : Planet Popcorn Brunei and their Instagram @PlanetPopcornBrunei to keep apprised of the latest promotions and to know when their latest flavours are coming in.


They had a special promotion during the opening day

Fans of the Planet Popcorn queueing up

I believe they have four flavours to choose from

The ladies at your service at Planet Popcorn




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News





Check out the Happy Video created by @emmagoodegg and The Collective and shot by Origins Film


Associates from Burger King

Happy faces from Brunei


Almost reaching 100K 

The media with associated from Royal Brunei Airlines

Royal Brunei Airlines had a small soiree (gathering) at the Bilik Sejahtera, Royal Brunei Recreational Club to celebrate a milestone reach of almost 100,000 fans on Facebook.

It’s no small feat that Royal Brunei Airlines is one of the top businesses on Facebook with their amazing social media engagement with fans and customers. RB not only uses the social media platform for their latest airfare promos, but keeps the public apprised on corporate news, to listen to their customers feedback and comments, as an Emergency Response Team for Social Media Crisis and to bond, engage and be friends with customers and potential customers. As of 12pm on 23rd June 2014, they have 99,938 fans on Facebook, and anticipate hitting the big 100K over the weekend. They also have 10K followers on Twitter, close to 9K followers on Instagram. They also utilize Google+, Pinterest and Youtube as part of their social media engagement. So peeps, do enter their Facebook page here and do like the page if you haven’t.

Royal Brunei joined Facebook back in October 2009, and the number of fans increased significantly after their innovative rebranding journey, which started out with an intriguing viral campaign that caught everyone’s attention. Their success in social media is a collaborative effort of their Digital Channel, Marketing, Brand Comms, Customer Relations, Customer Call Centre, Royal Skies, MIS and HR departments.

To celebrate the occasion, RB invited members of the media, staff and close affiliates for high tea, and an opportunity to take pictures commemorating the 100K followers.


Azhani Abu Daniel, Head of Corporate Communication, Royal Brunei Airlines, giving her welcoming remarks

Royal Brunei associates looking at the photo kiosk


Getting the shots printed

Posing for the camera

The “selfie/usfie” challenge. Last submission by 27th June


Timeout with Liz 

It’s happening this Thursday

Time Out with Liz respects the holy month that’s just around the corner so this months episode will be held on Thursday evening 26 June 2014 at Kaleidoscope Kiulap.

We have another great line up of guests. This time under lifestyle audience will get a chance to get personal with the Brunei cast and director of Yasmine the movie launching very soon to audiences everywhere. Meet and chat with Siti Kamaluddin , Liyana Yus and Nadiah Wahid to find out how you too can go the extra mile to achieve the impossible.

Many Bruneian’s love starting home based businesses especially in the food industry. Meet Ben Sia. Find out more about his drive to make awesome pastries and what makes him different .

Lastly, meet Ruby Chong. One of the contestants competing in hollywood next month representing Brunei and find out more about her ambition. All this and more. Get your seats now for only $10 a seat ( this month only) from now until showtime. All you have to do is email timeoutwithliz@gmail.com or visit www.Facebook.com/timeoutwithliz and inbox us there.

I can’t wait for the premiere of Yasmine. Catch Liyana this Thursday

Also do catch Ben Sia on his passion on pastries

…and of course the young talented Ruby Chong and I still remember her performance at JIS Music Showcase. Amazing!!


Panini Redemption Date 

Redemption date is 11-12th July 2pm to 9pm and 13th July 11am to 6pm. You will get a free towel for a 80% complete album and for the 100% completed album, you will get both towel and a Fuleco Plush Toy. Do make note while stock lasts.


Happening soon 

It’s happening this Wednesday

Enjoy shopping and taking part in the activities in the upcoming ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014 and stand the chance to win the grand prize of a Toyota Etios courtesy of NBT (B) Sdn Bhd and other fabulous prizes.

Visitors to the ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014, 25 to 29 June at the International Convention Centre, need only fill out a questionnaire to be entered into the lucky draw. No purchase is necessary. 10 names will be drawn every day by visitors to be entered into the draw that will be held on Sunday 29 June at 4pm. Terms and conditions apply.

Other activities to be held at the upcoming fair include several spin to win wheels, an ice cream competition, a Price-The-Hamper contest, and Yasmine movie-related activities.

For further details on the lucky draw and other happenings at the ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014, visit www.bruneiconsumerfair.com or check out the D’Sunlit Facebook page (sunlitbrunei). You can also look out for ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014 articles and advertisements in the newspapers.





Ian Rush in September 

Guess who’s coming this September




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC


DPMM FC maintain lead 

Ak Fakharazzi Pg Hassan scored a brace in DPMM FC 4-1 win over Harimau Muda. Image courtesy of Alson Ong of S•League

DPMM FC extended their lead at the top of the Singapore League (S-League) to five points after triumphing 4-1 over 10-man Harimau Muda II (Malaysian national Under-21 football team) last Sunday. Brunei’s only professional team continue to lead the 12-team table and are now on 38 points from 18 games.

Ak Fakharazzi Pg Hassan, who was given his first start and only his second appearance for DPMM FC this season, notched a brace in the win at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor, Malaysia. The midfielder gave the visitors the best of starts after finding the back of the net as early as the 10th minute.The lead was doubled after Rodrigo Tosi netted his 16th of the season from the penalty spot five minutes later.

Ak Fakhrazzi made it 3-0 just three minutes after the interval and Irish striker Roy O’Donovan made it nine straight goals for DPMM FC – dating back to their first meeting of the year – without reply against the Malaysian basement dwellers. Akhir Bahari scored a consolation goal for Harimau Muda in the 73rd minute and a red card for Nurshamil Abd Ghani four minutes later summed up the outing for the hosts. Tosi’s strike puts him at 16 goals for the season, his goal leaving him level with Albirex Niigata (S) FC’s Kazuki Sakamoto as the league’s joint top scorers.

DPMM FC will now shift their focus to the Singapore Cup where they will face Albirex in the quarter-finals on Sunday. Text by Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times.

Alviz in action against Harimau Muda. Image courtesy of Alson Ong of S•League

Rodrigo scored from a penalty. Image courtesy of Alson Ong of S•League

The table so far




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Acer Liquid Smartphones


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Icon Design Store


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Swipe for rewards 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 

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The happening Fiesta 

Well, my body seem to be doing great because it seems a while since I actually organised a FIFA gaming tournament. This kinda of tournaments will take up most of my days and I will totally dedicate my time to make sure the tournament runs smoothly. Yesterday was the first day of the Hua Ho FIFA 14 tournament and around 90 participants took part in the event yesterday in the World Cup and Knock out category.

Today the tournament continues and we see the likes of Hanif Hamzah, a former champion in my tournament, who bowed out in the last 32 after a thrilling 4-3 defeat to Izzul. However, Hanif will rejoining today through re-entry and try his luck. There are new faces that are making headlines at the FIFA 14 tournament. Tomorrow will be the last 16 for both World Cup and Knockout category.

There are still slots for the Knock-Out category if you are interested. Good luck to all and thank you to @huahosports for collaborating with me on running this tournament. Also a big thanks to the volunteers as well. I’m truly honoured with your support and contribution.

So do drop by later today at Hua Ho Manggis Mall to check out the Football Fiesta and you can also get your face painted too with your favourite World Cup team.











Shop at Malppy.com 

Check out the ladies’ jerseys

The World Cup has been the talk of town! Brunei is not missing out with Hua Ho Manggis launching the first ever Hua Ho Football Fiesta in their Manggis branch. Come join in the fun with lots of exciting games and activities hosted by several sponsors. You can also find interesting World Cup merchandise from our Malppy’s first ever pop up store too.

As usual, we are back with our Weekend sales. This week, in conjunction with the World Cup fever, we let the ladies to keep up with the game with our beautiful Ladies World Cup Jersey. For this Friday and Saturday only, you can get this range at B$22.90 instead of B$29.90. So don’t miss out! Have a great weekend and may your favorite team win!



YMRM thanks their customers 

YMRM wants to send its appreciation towards their customers for their continuous support and YMRM promises for more surprises. Get the best deals in town at YMRM and Hari Raya is just around the corner

This was the really super crazy sale that took place last Wednesday

Awesome crowd at Tungku Link branch of Galleria YMRM. Even my friends saw the traffic from the highway.

Oh, apparently the sales didn’t come along with the mannequin so I had to return it *lol*


Brunei at CommunicAsia2014 

CommunicAsia 2014 came to a successful conclusion on 20th June 2014. The event attracted international trade attendees and ended positively with visitors, exhibitors and delegates having plenty of opportunities to network, discuss current trends, witness product launches and gain insightful knowledge through the Summit sessions.

The Brunei Darussalam Pavilion received its fair share of attention with 2 product launches and visits by the Ministers of Communications from Brunei and Singapore. It also played host to over 1,000 visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Oman, Philippines, Indonesia to name a few. Most visitors were interested in local innovation platforms and market entry. Exhibitors at the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion agreed that this international platform provided an ideal opportunity to extend their business networks and gain insight into global market trends.

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) was also approached to participate in similar exhibitions in the United States of America and Australia to explore the possibilities of entering those markets. AITI will consider future participation if it benefits and advances our mission to encourage ICT industry development

AITI intends to continue flying the Brunei flag at CommunicAsia 2015 which will be held in June 2015. Interested exhibitors can find more information on our website, www.aiti.gov.bn or email info@aiti.gov.bn


The Minister of Communications with the Brunei government officials and delegates at the Brunei Pavilion at CommunicAsia2014


Order your hampers soon! 

Brunei Halal is gearing up for the festivities with their Hari Raya hamper packages, available now for order. The hampers feature delicious local treats and goodies from the Brunei Halal brand. To place orders, call their office at 238 4533 during office hours: Monday-Thursday from 8am to 5pm, Fridays from 8am to 12 noon and 2 to 5pm.

Opening Hours during Ramadhan:

Monday-Thursday from 8am to 4pm

Fridays from 8am to 12noon

Brunei Halal will also be at the upcoming Consumer Fair at the International Convention Centre from 25-28 June where patrons can place their hamper orders and make a deposit.


Tasty treats for $50 and closing order date is 18th July 2014

Tasty treats for $50 and closing order date is 18th July 2014

You can catch Brunei Halal’s booth at BIMP-EAGA Expo at The Airport Mall. Tomorrow (Sunday) will be the last day



Only at Concepts Computer 






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