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Congratulations ISB

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The Big 50 

His Majesty the Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha at ISB’s 50th Anniversary celebration at Indera Samdura Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club

It was a remarkable milestone what International School Brunei have achieved over the past 50 years and knowing of its history gives more significance to the existence of ISB. Last night, His Majesty the Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Masna attended the ISB Gala dinner to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

Performing last night were His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah. His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel was part of the Year 3 choir group while Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah had a piano recital to kick off the event.

Prior to the performance, the Board Chairman of ISB Hj Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awang Isa, delivering his welcoming remarks and he was grateful for the presence of their Majesties and members of the Royal Family in celebrating ISB’s 50th Anniversary.

His Majesty the Sultan presented awards to long-service staff. The long service awards were awarded to Sairah bet Md Taib (35 years and still serving), Raimah bet Md Taib (32 years), Jane Rasani (32 years), Datin Joanna Agaki (29 years and still serving), Ayu Mee (29 years and still serving), Grace Chin (28 years and still serving) and Sheila Anna Crocker (20 years and still serving).

The Gala dinner had performances in between from students of ISB to delight of the guests. It was a memorable night especially for former students of ISB and they were proud to see their old photos during the slide presentation. I had a great night though I wasn’t a student of ISB 😀 I’m definitely looking forward to the new ISB premise in 2015.


His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Hakeem

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel was part of the Year 3 choir group performing ISB’s anniversary song

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah performing a piano recital

His Majesty with Executive Principal, Board Chairman, Board of Directors and the long serving staff of ISB

His Majesty handed the award to Datin Joanna Agaki

His Majesty handed the award to Jane Rasani

His Majesty handed the award to Sheila Anna Crocker

Ahmad Isa, Board Chairman of ISB, delivering his welcoming remarks

History of ISB: Did you know that ISB was founded by Datin Glass back in 1964? Datin Glass, a senior government officer’s wife, started a tutorial group for her daughter and one or two friends at her home in Jalan Perayaan. She taught them through correspondence course and it was marked by the South Australian Correspondence School.

Numbers grew rapidly and by 1970 the school was moved to a site provided by the Government of Brunei Darussalam at 34 Tapak Kuda. Numbers kept on growing and by 1974, it reached 160 students. By 1976, the school was named International School (B) Bhd and it adopted by the British education system.

By 1985, they move to the present Jalan Dato Hj Ahmad at the Berakas site which was being leased to ISB. They went through financial difficulties in maintaining the cost of the operation and they were grateful from an anonymous donor through the setting up of a trust fund under the chairmanship of Mrs. Meggie Leong. By 1993, ISB extended its education to lower secondary students.

Only in 2001, ISB reached full stature when it was authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation to offer their prestigious Diploma programme. In January 2013, ISB started providing full ugama curriculum.

Soon ISB will be relocated to a new 22 acre site in Kg Sungai Hanching with purpose-built buildings and facilities for a great learning and teaching experience for students and staff alike. The new campus will allow them to enhance their academic and extracurricular activities whilst being true to their green philosophy. It will also contain a large recycling collection centre and examples of sustainable energy conversation methodology in ISB’s new CARE centre.


The Wizard of Oz play

It was a full house last night

Bumped into Shawn Narcis and Seng Yee

Nice starter for our dinner and yes, it’s jelly

Going back through the history of ISB



Less is More

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Here for good 

It’s great to see another promotion coming from Standard Chartered Bank. This time, it’s the Personal Loan Year End Promotion. Now, picture this, you are thinking ahead for your children especially for their education or perhaps you are planning for your dream home but you don’t have the financial resources. This is where Standard Chartered Bank can come in and assist you to make your journey smoother and of course, Standard Chartered Bank have many options that you can choose from to tailor to your needs. (insert hyperlink)

Here are some of the available options from Standard Chartered Bank.

General Instalment Loan. Sometimes we are in an emergency situation and it warrants for extra funding and Standard Chartered Bank is here to help! Hard cash may come easy.

Home Improvement Loan. Now why is there suddenly a rush of demand for housing and homes? Because the younger generation are thinking ahead even after graduation. That’s the same when it applies to home renovation. We always want a better and feel for our own existing homes. Maybe you feel like extending your house or create a garden at the back or perhaps an extra garage. Check out how Standard Chartered Bank can help you fulfil your wish……

Education Loan. This is something every parents should consider since higher education is a substantial investment for some families. Standard Chartered Bank can tailor an educational loan to your needs so you can send your children overseas to pursue a degree.

Student computer loan. Did you know you can loan up to BND 3,500 in this particular loan? If I were you, I will invest in a Mac since I love Apple products so much :D. Ideal for students pursuing in their academic course.

There you go, peeps, as I have summed up the availability of some of the different types of financing options provided by Standard Chartered Bank. For more information, do call their 24-hour Phone Banking Centre at 265 8000, visit their website www.sc.com/bn or Facebook page www.facebook.com/StandardCharteredBN


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Get that extra funds that you need today. From now till 31 December 2014, apply for a Personal Loan and receive shopping vouchers worth up to BND500! What’s more, stand a chance to win an exciting holiday with spending money*.

As stated in the poster, the first prize is a return ticket to Bali plus BND 1,000 cash or maybe you are lucky enough to win a return ticket to Singapore plus BND 750 cash. There are a few attractive prizes if you refer to the poster above.

It’s good when reaching your goal exceeds your expectation. Thank you, Standard Chartered Bank, for this opportunity to your valued customers.



Timeout with Liz 

A message from Liz: Happy October everyone! Liz here from Time Out with Liz.


This month on the show, we bring to you the soulful Singer and Songwriter, multi medalist and World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2014 Finalist Maria Grace Koh. I get the utmost privilege to sit down with this beauty and find out more about her life after WCOPA 2013/2014, her new single “That’s the Way” which will be released on the 25 October 2014 (same day as Time Out with Liz show date) and what 2015 holds for her.

Maria aka “Eia” competed in the Vocal Self Accompaniment category at WCOPA 2014 in L.A and came home with 4 Golds and 4 “Champion of the World” plaques and was one of the 3 competitors from Brunei to enter into the Grand finals showing literally the world what Bruneian’s are made of.




If you’re thinking (or salivating) about mouth- watering burgers, I’d like to introduce you to our food talent for the month – Taty’s Café! With a burger menu running from “Original” options to “BBQ Sliders”. Meet the dynamic duo behind the scenes of Taty’s Café since 2010 and join us as we stand in awe admiring their delectable creations between 2 burger buns. In other words, – food demonstration! Who knows? We may even be lucky enough to have a taste test of what they do best.




There will be a table turning experience where for this month only, yours truly will be interviewed & interrogated by TEDx Speaker, Life Enthusiast and curious Bruneian personality, Delwin Keasberry. Del is known as one of the most social twitter users in Brunei with currently over 21,000 followers and who started a campaign called Project Brunei back in 2010. Watch Del as he attempts to uncover the story behind Time Out With Liz, my WCOPA 2014 experience and much more.



Rising Star

I’m adding this special segment in my episodes because the number of talents from a variety of fields in this country is rising at an unbelievable rate. Thanks to social media and regular pop up events I get a chance to meet and bring them to you. This month’s featured rising star is dancer Shannon Osman from Relentless Brunei. Come and see her do her thing and find out what will she be working on next.

Time Out with Liz brings you all these inspiring individuals to the stage this 25 October 2014 at kaleidoscope (Saffron) from 7-8.30pm. Tickets are $10 per person if you book now until 24 October 2014. It will be $15 at the door. All you have to do is step 1 -book your seats by sending in your name and how many seats you would like to timeoutwithliz@gmail.com or Facebook message us at www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz. Step 2- pay at the door. Step 3 – Be Inspired!




Sentosa Spooktacular 2014

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Sentosa Spooktacular 

Correspondent from Singapore: 2013’s Sentosa Spooktacular was a raving success, seeing a record-high of 15,000 visitors. Thus, Sentosa Spooktacular decided to partner with Thailand’s leading movie studios, GMM Tai Hub Co. Ltd. (GTH) and produce the annual Halloween event for the next three years! So peeps, there are two weekends left to enjoy Sentosa Spooktacular.


My guest blogger Tiffany Yong had a Spooktacular experience recently

This year, the whole of Fort Silos is transformed into the thematic village of Laddaland (GTH’s 2011 award-winning horror hit movie) while seeing three haunted houses based on the movies: Countdown, Alone and The Swimmers. So it’s three movies within one movie (if you get the picture!)


The Sentosa Spooktacular Map

Welcome to Laddaland


Based on GTH’s well-received movie Laddaland; story has it that a family of four abandoned their old lives and moved into Laddaland, ready to settle down in a beautiful home they could call their own and live their dreams. All is well until they found out about the ruthless murder of a Burmese maid in their neighbour’s house. Savagely beaten, her mangled body is found stuffed inside the refrigerator. A wrongful death always results in a vengeful soul. Even the innocent ones are not spared from strange sightings and mournful cries.



Fort Siloso is now transformed into the village of Laddaland. Upon entering Laddaland, you will see rows of old houses until you reach the home of Thee , his wife Parn, his rebellious teenage daughter Nan and lively young son Nat. What seems to be a dream house in the day will turn into your darkest nightmare when night falls. As the dark village (or ex-Fort Siloso) comes to life in the wake of the night, you will start seeing the poor haunted souls who only want to have some fun (and take loads of pictures)


You can never be sure what you will find in your path…or off the path; as ghosts and ghouls play hard and work hard in bringing to you Asia’s Scariest Fun.




Backstory: “4…3…2…1…Happy New Year!” Enter the mad house where insanity and danger come washing over you in waves. Join 3 friends – Jack, Bee and Pam, as they planned to celebrate the start of a new year in style. Lose yourself in their excitement as they wait eagerly for an acquaintance to join them for some fun. The climax draws near when their acquaintance shows up and proves to be the life of the party. However, there is just something about him that you cannot seem to put a finger on. A game master always has a game plan. Can you play the game by his rules, or will that be too much for you to handle? Encounter freak-shows and battle hallucination while you struggle to find your way out of this crazy house. With the mad man hot on your heels, can you make it out alive in this game of countdown?

Horro-o-meter: 3/5

Countdown was not exactly a horror (ghost) film, but more of a sadistic thriller which is still very scary (in my opinion). I realized that the whole experience would be scarier if you’ve actually caught the film and anticipate what might happen in each section of the trail. Countdown was the only movie of the 4 films that I’ve watched before here to see the review which made the whole experience so much more memorable as I felt as if I was going through the “ordeal” like Jack, Bee and Pam.






Backstory: You may think it is cute to have Siamese twins as next door neighbours. Conjoined at the stomach from birth, Pim and Ploy are Siamese twin sisters bounded skin-too-skin, organ-to-organ, for life. They even shared the same affection for a boy named Wee. Always the jealous one, Ploy flew into a blind rage when Wee had eyes only for Pim. Years later, Wee is seen happily married to Pim, and both are leading a decent life in South Korea…without Ploy.

Pim had survived the operation, which separated her from Ploy – the same operation which left her sister dead. Given her vicious personality, Ploy is not one to leave peacefully. Back to haunt her sister with a vengeance, she is about to make sure that her sister regrets ever being separated from her.

Help Pim to survive from the curse of a bond that runs beyond skin-deep. She has detached herself physically from Ploy, now she needs to know how to detach herself otherwise. Do not look over your shoulder, for you are never quite alone too.

Horro-o-meter: 4/5

Look out for the twin-ghosts accompanying you while queuing to enter. People with night blindness might have difficulty crawling through the dark tunnels and eerie rooms with mechanisms that will shock you if you are not careful


The Swimmers



Backstory: Perth is the school’s star swimming athlete. After a fatal accident that killed his long-time crush, Perth is devastated. He turns to the familiarity of the pool, seeking peace and solidarity in being underwater. However, the swimming pool is no longer safe; it is now haunted with ghosts of dead swimmers.

Perth begins feeling a presence next to him as he swims up and down the pool. He pauses, mid-stroke. He sees nothing, yet he feels something constantly next to him. What happens if that happens to you? You can’t see nor hear anything out of the ordinary, but you can feel them for sure. They are the cursed souls of drowned swimmers, and they are on the hunt for new victims to join them in the waters. What would you do then? Remember, you cannot scream underwater…

Horro-o-meter: (4.5/5)

Perhaps the scariest out of the 3, people with claustrophobia might be freaked out when you enter and climb through what seems like the insides of a human? The realistic human (or monster insides) and gory parts actually made my heart freeze for a moment(s), in fear of what might appear at the very end.


This is a good place to walk around and enjoy yourself with the ghost without rushing. You would most likely have ample time if you arrive on time (Took me 3.5 hours without Fast Pass). I really like how each haunted house is a walkthrough into the movie with similar scenes and horribly gross reenactment. But too bad, to avoid over crowding, each ticket only allow entry to each haunted house once.



The “ghosts” are wandering around and hanging around the place where most people would be, meaning the queues and this mean your wait is not at all boring. Take loads of photos and do not try neglecting the wandering souls or you might find them eyeing on you.

If you are wondering if the reduction in the number of haunted houses will mean that it is not as value-for-money compared to the previous year (that’s what I thought initially), you are actually quite wrong. The time spent in each house is actually extended by three to four times as compared to the 2013.

Each walkthrough last about 20-30minutes, and when I go through them with my female photographer friend (who’s extremely scared of such haunted stuff), besides the screams, the words I kept hearing from her was “Why so long? Is it the end?”

P.S. The toilets are located near the entrance (by the haunted playground). Be careful of who’s knocking outside when you are doing your business!







Sentosa Spooktacular Dates:

October: 24, 25 | 31

November: 1

Time 7pm – 1am

Ticket Prices

General Admission Ticket: $66.60/ticket

Fast Pass: Additional $32 (Skip queues for all haunted houses) | $15 (For 1 house)

For more information about the promotion prices, check out the Sentosa Spooktacular Website

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Weekly Recap 

Congratulations to Hafiezan and Aqilah on your wedding day. Sorry I had my emceeing job that particular night and I wish both of you both the best in your marriage life. Amin.

Great well done to Health Promotion Centre and Pat Lee of LANEIGE for making another successful event on the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at The Mall recently

A great way to spend a Saturday evening, playing Cranium with my toastmasters buddies after the dinner event

The BIBAP performers were hilarious and I thank you the Korean Embassy as well as Times Square for inviting them. I’m impressed that this was made possible. Two thumbs up!!

They had four shows last weekend and it was always a crowd puller

I was multitasking during my emceeing role last Saturday. Hospitality counts 😀

A new bunch of friends who have pledged to help in supporting the newly chartered UBD Toastmasters Club

I handed out the first prize to the @interhouse instagram competition yesterday as part of the Canon Photomarathon 2014 at the Star Lodge

Another successful running event and this was organised by Royal Brunei Airlines. More pictures and updates soon.



The adrenalin rush

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The Great Race 

Introducing Corporate Team from The Empire Hotel & Country Club

Are you ready for The Great Race to take off? It’s happening tomorrow at Hassanal Bolkiah Indoor Stadium and it’s in conjunction with Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RB) 40th anniversary. But first thing is first; you need to collect your Race Kit Royal Brunei Recreational Club (RBRC) in Berakas and it’s opened today until 10pm.

In order to collect the Race Kit, donation cards are to be returned to RB. Participants are also required to fill out an authorisation form should they wish to have a representative collect the Race Kit on their behalf. All the forms are there for your convenience and even those who didn’t bring any donation card.

The forms are available on the official website for The Great Race, www.thegreatrace.com.bn. Medals and cash prizes await winners of The Great Race, as well as a lucky draw for all runners who complete the race.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to Brunei Paralympics, as well as Green Brunei, to help its Mangrove Rehabilitation Project along Sungai Damuan at Bengkurong move forward.

By the way, below is a poster for guidelines that you should be aware of especially for all the racers. I’ve included a map and a timeline for your reference.


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Don’t forget to collect your race pack

The Donation Card collection area

The Race Kit collection

I like the sling bag

Bib numbers

The lucky draw 😀

I’ve been training but only for the 3km 😀


Malppy Weekend Sales 

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The ever popular Weekend Sales is Back! Yes, you heard them right! They are bringing back our ever popular Weekend Sales and this weekend, they are introducing you this BEAUTIFUL 3 Way Use Leather Shoulder Handbag. You can use it as a backpack or even a sling bag and guess what! For this 3 days only, we are selling this for only B$49.90 instead of B$69.90. So Hurry and grab one now while stock lasts!

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The Trendy Authentic Mayuki Tokyo Fashion ends this weekend too! Don’t Miss Out!

Good things have to end somewhere and for our Authentic Mayuki Tokyo Fashion promotion, it ends this weekend as well! Hence it’s busy time for all of you out there! You can browse at our ‘NEW’ / ‘SALES’ section to check out the varieties we have for you this weekend! Hurry

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And lastly, don’t forget that for all the BIBD customers, you can now use BIBD direct bank transfer as well as their popular eTunai to pay for your purchase on Malppy.com now. As a intro special, for the first 50 Customer to pay with either of this services will get a B$10 Free Coffee.



Today’s theme: HAPPY

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Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 



The Health Promotion Centre, Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) and Laneige Brunei Darussalam is conducting a Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign from 15th – 19th October in conjunction with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is celebrated yearly in October.

The event was launched at the Atrium, The Mall, Gadong with the theme “Your Health is in Your Hands”. The objective of this campaign is to raise continuous awareness of breast cancer and its prevention to the community, in particular amongst young women in the working age group in Brunei Darussalam.

The event was graced by Dr Hajah Rahmah binti Haji Md Said, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health. The chairperson of the event, Head of the Health Promotion Centre, Dr Hjh Norhayati Hj Md Kassim, said that this year’s theme reminded women to be aware of the risks of breast cancer risk and to conduct regular self-examinations, in addition to adopting a healthy lifestyle.

The campaign will run until October 19 with several activities such as a health check, an exhibition on breast cancer and related information, breast eelf-examination (BSE), general health screening sessions, fitness demonstrations and a healthy snack competition, among others.

Breast cancer campaign T-shirts are also available for sale. The proceeds will be donated to the Global Health Research Cluster, Universiti Brunei Darussalam to facilitate studies related to breast cancer planned by the institution.


Messages of hope and memories

Dr Hajah Rahmah binti Haji Md Said, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, pasting a message on the pink ribbon

One of the winners for the Promotion of Breast Cancer Prevention” video contest

In attendance last Wednesday

Pat Lee of Laneige (center) has been a great role model to help increase the awareness

The event also saw prizes awarded to three schools that participated in the ‘Promotion of Breast Cancer Prevention” video contest.

The first prize went to Sayyidina Husain Secondary School followed by the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (Maktab Sains) and the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAP Rashidah) Secondary School in Lumut.

The competition, organised with the Department of Schools, Ministry of Education, was open to Year 9 and Year 10 students from seven secondary schools in the country.

It aimed to increase awareness and bring out the creativity of the students in showing their support for the prevention of breast cancer.

The event was supported by the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) Fitness Centre, AEWON Garment Sdn Bhd and ADN MMA Fitness and volunteers.


Vincent Pao and Alice Chan of Concepts Computer also dropped by to support the event

The inspiring messages for the survivors and cancer patients

It’s good to see students being involved in creating awareness

You can drop by The Mall and paste your messages on the wall

Loads of public support for the campaign

Another family dropping by to support the campaign

You can buy the t-shirts


Happy Campaign 

YAM Pg Anak Abdul Mun’im, (3rd from left) Managing Director of Par Food & Beverage Sdn Bhd (The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) with the management and crew of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf during the launching of “Happy Campaign” recently

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Brunei Darussalam has created its very own localized campaign called the “Happy Campaign” to bring additional cheer to their customers, and building a stronger relationship with them. During the campaign, staff will be wearing brightly coloured t-shirts with happy messages of ‘Smile’, ‘Be Cool’ and ‘Be Happy’.

Members of the media and guests were also given the opportunity to try the new tea and coffee affogato (caffeine-based beverages with a scoop of Haagen Dazs Ice Cream), which is part of the ‘World of Tea’ category that will run until November 30 under the three-month campaign.

The affogato will only be available until November 16 and is exclusively offered in the Sultanate at the following outlets: Centrepoint, Times Square, The Mall, Maya Puri and The Brunei International Airport (BIA).
Other promotions to look out for in the campaign are the introduction of the tea latte and ice tea latte (Tea Capsule); Tea Capuccino from October 17 to November 30; High Tea Set from October 20 to November 30, which is available from Mondays to Fridays from 3pm to 6pm; a 30 per cent discount on all retail tea and coffee and free tea samples until December 31 as well as ice blends.

In addition, customers can share the love for The Coffee Bean’s beverages and experience by tagging their pictures on social media using the official hash tag for the campaign, which is #smilebehappybecool.
Other features to expect with the latest campaign include improvements in food tags, which aims to make The Coffee Bean more engaging to customers

Certificates were also handed out by Managing Director of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf  YAM Pg Anak Abdul Mun’im to the best performing outlets from the month of July to August such as The Coffee Bean BIA, SupaSave Kuala Belait and Centrepoint.


During the press conference with the media

Jonathan Bong, Marketing Manager of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, YAM Pg Anak Abdul Mun’im, its Managing Director and Khairul Nizam Abu Bakar, the General Manager

Members of the media, bloggers and friends

Group photo

The crew will be wearing white and purple

The Affagato comes in tea or coffee



ACER “Happy Weekend” 

Richard Soo, Branch Manager of ACER (Miri) shared about the Happy Weekend deal for ACER smart phones with Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer looking on

The idea of this special promotion/gimmick is to entice everyone that mobile phones especially smart phones can be affordable. The prices of other competitive smart phones such as Samsung, HTC and Apple are in a higher end range especially those with higher specs.

I remember attending an ACER event with regards to the launch of the 5 models – Liquid Z3S, Liquid Z5, Liquid E2, Liquid S1 and Liquid S2 earlier on this year. Now ACER is having a special promotion known as the “Happy Weekend” where you can get all these models are a very affordable price. Some models are even selling half the price but the offer is only from today (Friday) to Sunday.

The plus points about the ACER smartphone are that it has what it call ACER Float where you can multitask even when you are making a phone call and you can even set specific numbers that the user can call only which is applicable when it is a company’s phone.

Do grab this opportunity of the ACER liquid smart phones at Concepts Computer, AV Audio, Dee Jay, ST Solutech and Yappe because the stocks are pretty limited. I won’t be surprised if they ran out of stock because it’s simply a super great deal to begin with. Thank you, ACER, for this opportunity.


The ACER Liquid Z3S

The ACER Liquid Z5

The ACER Liquid S2

With the resellers for ACER smart phones



Battle Royale 

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On Saturday October 18, 2014 and Sunday October 19, 2014 athletes from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Indonesia will gather at the Multipurpose Hall of the National Stadium for Battle Royale, hosted by GETFIT CrossFit.

Brunei’s first CrossFit affiliate, GETFIT CrossFit, will be hosting 80 athletes from over 10 CrossFit affiliates at Battle Royale 2014. Battle Royale is GETFIT CrossFit’s annual competition based on CrossFit movements. Much like the CrossFit Asia Regionals, their aim is to provide a platform for local crossfitters, athletes and fitness enthusiasts to challenge and test themselves through competition. The competition will start at 8:00am until 5:00pm on both days.

GETFIT CrossFit are also extremely proud to introduce the new logo for Battle Royale. The logo consists of two ancient weapons; a “Kelasak” and two “Kampilan”. “These weapons are proudly held by officers of the Royal Regalia of our beloved Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Both are symbols of perfection of our country’s customs and tradition which date back to before the 7th century. We have always been inspired by our culture to strive to beat the odds whatever they may be, and this logo reminds us that every athlete had to start from somewhere,” said Coach Sekhon, Head Coach, GETFIT CrossFit.
GETFIT CrossFit has been working around the clock preparing for this weekend’s event. “I am most looking forward to seeing the athletes in action!” said Coach Sekhon. When asked why the general public should come and spectate, he replied: “There is a lot of hidden talent in Brunei. You would be surprised to know what they are capable of! People are always going outside of the country to compete in fitness events. This is one where regional athletes are coming over to Brunei (some for the first time) to compete with us.”

“We are proud to host Battle Royale for all, and we will do our best to put on an amazing show for the general public. Also, the Brunei Calisthenics Group will be showcasing their talents in a demo on Sunday October 19, 2014 at 12:30pm. They are incredible in what they can do on a pull up bar!”

A number of local CrossFit athletes were interviewed about Battle Royale and what they were looking forward to: “The challenge and fun,” Nizam Bakar, graduate development trainee; “Meeting my CrossFit friends and challenging each other,” Noi Harun, quantity surveyor; “The competition – against others and myself,” Delwin Keasberry, commercial manager; “Meeting new and old friends from Brunei and beyond, and to challenging my fitness,” Boon Chu Woo, medical scientist; “To another excellent event; where people can showcase their abilities and fitness. Also, to see how far they have come from the event in 2013. It should be great for both competitors and spectators alike,” Mas Idris, IT executive director; “Competition is tough this year. I am looking forward to give my best, and most importantly to enjoy every moment of it,” Amalina Abdullah, crossfitter.



What is CrossFit? It is a strength and conditioning fitness programme designed to challenge and improve cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. CrossFit is most commonly described as “Constantly Varied Functional Movements executed at High Intensity”.

Founded in 2000 in the United States of America, CrossFit now has over 10,000 affiliated gyms around the world. GETFIT CrossFit held its first public session in December 2010, and now they now host daily exercise programmes at two locations, in Telanai and Pandan 4. For more information, visit www.getfitcrossfit.com or search GETFIT CrossFit on Instagram @getfitcrossfit and Facebook.

Battle Royale 2014 is proudly supported by the following companies: Progenex South East Asia, Strength Wraps Asia, Rock Tape Brunei, Armtrix Enterprise, Hip and Healthy, Mashhor Group of Companies, Tasconi’s Pizza, KFC Brunei, Dent Enterprises, Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, Plus+ Magazine and SSE Company.




The 98th mark

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AUDE event [RECAP] 


The Driving Urban Experience for Audi a few weeks ago. Thank you for the opportunity and great video too.



KFC new burger 

Tokyo Black Pepper Mushroom Burger now available at KFC
After the successful launch of the Thai Green Curry Chicken, KFC now brings out the new Tokyo Black Pepper Mushroom Burger.

The Black Pepper Mushroom Burger is a succulent burger that includes KFC’s signature crispy Zinger fillet topped with warm black pepper sauce, tender shiitake mushrooms and freshly sliced onions sandwiched between a warm toasted sesame seed bun. The Zinger version is an easier way to enjoy the flavour, even on the go, and guarantees that “Every Bite is so “Oishii”! Available as a la carte for only B$2.80 or as a combo which comes with a regular Cheezy Wedges and a regular soft drink for only B$4.90.




KFC is also introducing its new fries with the tagline “Simply fries – tastic! It offers a better taste, is crispier and at the same price. “Ever since it was introduced last month, sales of fries went up more than 25% and customers have been upsizing to large fries even though we have yet to advertise it,” mentioned Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd. “There was a need to inform our supplier in advance of this to ensure that we get a constant supply of fries from them.”



Caring Cup campaign 

Thomas Chieng Chiew Hong handed over a certificate and vouchers to Siti Liyana Aziemah Rohhizal who found Thomas’ wallet at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at The Mall outlet. Image courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.
Surprise turned into joy for Siti Liyana Aziemah Rohhizal last weekend as she was awarded with a certificate and vouchers for her honesty at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (The Coffee Bean) outlet of The Mall, Gadong.

Siti Liyana, who is also an employee of the coffee franchise, did not expect the reward as she was just merely doing her civic duty.

“All I did was to give the wallet to my manager that I found during my cleaning duties,” she said.

The owner of the wallet, Thomas Chieng Chiew Hong, explained to The Brunei Times that he didn’t know that he had lost his wallet until the following day.

“I really appreciate her honesty and I believe that her parents as well as the company are very proud of her,” he added.

(Blood donation drive) On the sidelines, more than 40 members of the public were seen rolling up their sleeves to bleed for a good cause around the premises of The Coffee Bean as they joined in franchise’s Caring Cup blood donation drive, which started at 10am.

A representative from the blood donation bank said, “The amount of people donating is a source of encouragement and we are happy to know that members of the public are assisting in replenishing the blood supply of the national blood bank.”

First time donor Siti Iffah Hazirah Abdus Amat said that she wanted to donate blood because it will also contribute to saving the lives of accident victims and those who are about to undergo surgery.

Meanwhile, Wahidahtul Nadhirah Mirhassan, who is also a first time donor, said she realised that donors who donate regularly and voluntarily are the community’s life source.

“I have plans to donate blood in future and would like to encourage everyone who is capable to do so,” she added.

The Coffee Bean hopes that its efforts in holding such campaigns will encourage more local companies to roll up their sleeves and brave the needle to help ease the shortage of blood at the hospital. Text courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.



Blood donation pictures 



















Fire strike twice

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Relaunch of Baiduri Finance (KB) 






Breast Cancer Awareness 



Leap of Creation 2 

A message from Lily Chiam, founder of Expression Music Academy: If you feel in your heart you would like to donate to another Charity, Expression Music Academy once again is doing another Mega Concert with the heart to expose our music talents to raise funds for DANA (Crown Prince’s Foundation- Funds for the orphans.) With sincere hearts of thanks to many of you who will be there.. May you be further inspired to greater heights when you watch our young talents.


RIPAS caught on fire 

YB Minister of Development Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi (L), in his capacity as the Acting Minister of Health, present at RIPAS Hospital lobby to examine the situation recently. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.

What are the chances of having two separate fire incidents happening in a space of two days? This happened two days ago at RIPAS hospital when a fire broke out at the Cardiology Centre and the fire caused damages to 12 treatment rooms. Fortunately there were no report of injuries or casualties so that’s a huge relief for everyone. A big kudos to the Fire and Rescue Department for bringing the fire under control within half an hour before it could get out of hand.

According to the press statement from The Brunei Times, The Ministry of Health said the fire did not affect the Specialist Block and all in-patient or ward services at the hospital, which opened in 1984.

I was aware of the incident as it was spreading on social media especially on Whatsapp. Yes, news in Brunei is pretty viral right now and the headline pictures that were used on The Brunei Times and Borneo Bulletin were identical and taken from Whatsapp.

Present during the examination of the site was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, in his capacity as the Acting Minister of Health.

We are still unsure what sparked the fire at the Cardiology Centre but let’s hope the investigation will sort out that matter. What is important is that no one was hurt during the incident.


The image that went viral on Whatsapp

One section of the Cardiology Department that is badly damaged by the fire two days ago. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.

Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.

The view outside at RIPAS. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.


A message from BSM 

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True Blue

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Have you driven a Citroën yet? I recently test drove the Citroën DS3 and I’m quite impressed with the small built car. I shall be writing about my experience of the Citroën DS3 soon on my blog.

At the moment, Citroën is running a special promotion for all those who test drive the Citroën DS3, DS4 and DS5 and you can stand a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini. For more information, you can call 245 0257 or 245 0253.

You can also visit their showroom at Grand Motors (Beribi). I have to test drive the DS4 and the DS5. Maybe pretty soon 😀 but yes, I’m already impressed with the DS3 and definitely the higher models have better power and driving experience.


Feel the drive

My recent experience while test driving the Citroën DS3. Watch out for my full review soon!!



Breast Cancer Awareness 

The group shot

A spectacle of Harley motorcycles drew attention across Universiti Brunei Darussalam as the Brunei Chapter of the Harley Owners Group rode into the campus as a show of their support for breast cancer awareness on Friday. The activity was part of the  Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 2014 organised by the Health Promotion Centre, Ministry of Health in collaboration with LANEIGE, in association with the international Breast Cancer Awareness Month that falls on October.

Over 20 riders came to show support for the cause with four riders from Ladies of Harley. All of the female riders, and some of the male riders, sported the signature pink ribbon t-shirts. At The Core, the riders were greeted by the student volunteers from UBD and senior lecturer from Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Science, Dr Mas Rina Wati Hj Abd Hamid.

The riders, along with the volunteers, helped distribute fliers and pamphlets to the student population of UBD, visiting the Library and the Central Lecture Theatre, to help bring awareness to the 18 to 25-year-old demographic regarding breast cancer.

The roadshow will continue this week at The Mall, Atrium, from 15th October to 19th October and this is another encouraging way to increase awareness on Breast Cancer. I was recently in an event in KL with regards to WWE and I salute John Cena who is also a true ambassador in championing the Breast Awareness campaign. So guys, let’s hope support this cause and you can also purchase the exclusive pink t-shirts sold at any Laneige outlets in The Mall too.

A big shoutout to Pat Lee of LANEIGE (Brunei) and the guys from Health Promotion Centre and also UBD FM for continuing the awareness of this campaign on their social media.


Dk Siti Redzaimi Pg Hj Ahmad with Dr Mas Rina Wati Hj Abd Hamid, a senior lecturer from Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah (PAPRSB) Institute of Health Science

The four Ladies of Harley members who lead the event to raise breast cancer awareness at The Core, UBD.



The t-shirt is available at LANEIGE outlets in Brunei

Let the ride begin

Another group photo

Preparing at the Atrium at The Mall. Happening from 15th to 19th October

John Cena, an inspiration to all women battling breast cancer and with his message on the t-shirt, not to give up and keep fighting. John Cena was recently in KL for a WWE Event which I attended.



Halloween Horror Night 2014

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Halloween Horror Night 2014 

Halloween Horror Night 2014 at Universal Studios

Report from Tiffany from Singapore: Halloweeeeen from Singapore! The month of October means exams for most students, but to the rest, it means Halloween! Last year, I did a review on the Sentosa Spooktacular and many asked me to compare it with Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Nights. So this year, thanks to Resort World Sentosa, I managed to meet the Minister of Evil who has taken over the Halloweens Horror Nights 4 providing all horror fans with the most number of event nights, most number of haunted houses and most number of scare zones since its launch in 2011.



The official promotional video

Universal Studios Singapore will be transform on those nights into city centres, schools, arm barracks and demonic circuses to scare the hell out of everyone.

Know Thy Enemy: Plan Your Escape Route


The Map

4 Haunted Houses

1.The Lab


The Lab

This is the Secret Site of Alien Experiment on the Homo Sapien that you will see after passing through the Scary Tale zone. In the L.A.B (Laboratory of Alien Breeding], evil aliens designed to extinguish the human race are born and breed in the test tubes. Although I didn’t manage to witness the scariness, according to my other blogger friends, this is the scariest of the 4 houses with the human-alien hybrid and lab haunted-ness!


2.Mati Camp


Minister of Evil has put the sergeant Major in charge, and he takes torturing of recruits very seriously. Here, you will get to witness soldiers put through sadistic training, as well as gross cannibalism and mutilation. Are you having some lamp chops or steak for supper?


6.Jing’s Revenge


Revisiting Hua Xing Secondary School, you will get to witness how a bully victim called Jing hung herself 10 years ago, and as the horrors of the past is reenacted, you might be involved as a witness or a victim.

P.S. Beware of serious bullying case (like being splashed with water in the face)


8.Jack’s 3-Dementia



Entering the house with a paper 3D glass, you will find yourself surrounded by demonic clowns hidden in the distorting and disorientating illusions. If you are afraid of clowns, this might give you nightmares and put you to tears. If not, the illusions might make you giddy and make you walk out wondering where you are.


4 Scare Zones

A. Scary Tales


This is my favourite part of the HHN4 where well known fairy tales become scary. Besides the big bad wolf, and the evil queen, characters such as Dorothy from wizard of Oz had also become bad!



Well, do try to interact with Magic Mirror from Snow White and he might tell you who’s the fairest of you all!


B. Canyon of the Cursed



Here, the cowboys from the wild west have all transformed at night and as you walk through the cursed canyon, you might see the many dead men and women who had once rode into this land lured by the gold of the Nevuro Tribe.
P.S. They love still do love taking pictures


C. Demoncracy



Tiffany Yong with a demon

Here, you will get to meet Succubus, a demon in the form of a voluptuous women who drives her victims wild with desire while sucking out their life force. Also, look for Abaddon, the Destroyer with his bunch of demons and fallen angels released from the Abyss roaming the Earth.


D. Bogeyman


In this dark playground, be wary of the children you come across. They have long forgotten what it means to be human and will do the bidding of the Bogeyman. Relive some of your childhood horrors here and just be careful of what’s in the closet.


Recommended: Jack’s Nightmare Circus



Held at the Pantages Hollywood Theater, resident serial killer, Jack the Clown, introduces a series of aerial acrobats, contortionists and other freaky friends at his Nightmare Circus. Initially, I was amused by how un-nightmarish the whole performance was. But as the show goes on, I was wowed by how the performers go to extremes to terrify and even disgust the audience with their feats of daring and acts of torture.



My friend said that this was his favourite part of Halloween Horror Nights 4, as it was very cool to be able to watch gross sword swallowing and tongue-poking stuff taking place right in your face. An additional show at 1.15am was even added by popular demand, so I guess that says it all!


Survival Tips

A word of advice for everyone, if you are not planning to get the Express Pass (additional $50), be at Universal Studios Singapore on time (7.30pm) and plan your survival trails well! There’s simply too many fun (or scary) stuff to complete within one night. As I was trying to aim for the last train back home (at 11.50pm at Harbourfront MRT Station), I had to give some of the haunted houses and scare zones a miss!



Get yourself hydrated with some shots or brain juice! It’s available everywhere!


No Want Horror? Go For a Night Ride Then!

Besides the haunted houses and scare zones, there are still some parts of the Universal Studios untouched by the Minister of Evil such as the Far Far Away land where it is still protected by the Fair Godmother’s magical powers.

Rides/ Performances that are available are the:

3. Revenge of the Mummy

4. Accelerator

5. Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle

10. Madagascar: A Crate Adventure

11. Enchanted Airways

12. Shrek 4-D Adventure

13. Canopy Flyer

*Lights, Camera, Action! hosted by Steven Spielberg is not available

*Numbers as seen on the USS map


Halloween Horror Nights 4 Dates:

October: 3, 4, 5 | 10, 11 | 17, 18 | 22, 23, 24, 25 | 31

November: 1

Time 7.30pm – 1.30am


Ticket Prices

General Admission Ticket: $68/ticket

Buy 3 and more (Web Special): $61/ticket

Buy 3 Get 1 Free (RWS Special) $204

Express Pass: Additional $50 (Skip queues for all haunted houses and selected attractions)
*Valid for use in combination with any Halloween Horror Nights admission tickets Frequent Fear Pass

*Halloween Horror Nights is a separately ticketed event and not included with regular day admission to the theme park. But you may upgrade your admission tickets at an additional SGD$50 to “Stay & Scream)
For more information about the promotion prices, check out the #HHN4 Website (http://halloweenhorrornights.com.sg/).

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