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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Mercedes-Benz Star Weekend Promo

The promotion only valid for the weekend. Purchase a Mercedes-Benz and earn yourself an Apple iPhone 6 64GB. Do check out the current models – the GLA 200 AMG Line, the E 200 AMG Sports Package, the CLA 200 AMG Line or perhaps the C 180 AMG Line. Drop by their Beribi showroom this weekend from 10am to 5pm. You will be able to test drive the latest Mercedes-Benz models too.




Microsoft Office 365

No IT work-environment is complete without Microsoft Office softwares, which is why Concepts Computer, one of the largest and oldest IT retailer in Brunei Darussalam, is proud to launch the Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft Office 365 is your complete office in the cloud. At its heart is Office itself, the familiar Microsoft Office applications businesses use everyday, now offered as a powerful cloud service, so it’s always up to date. But Microsoft Office 365 is also so much more. It’s about bringing enterprise-grade services to organizations of all sizes, from online meetings to sharing documents to business-class email.

Business-class Communications. Large, 50GB mailboxes that can send messages up to 25MB in size, with contacts, shared calendars, and spam and malware protection that stays up to date. Built with Exchange email technology, the leading email solution for business around the world. Use your own custom domain for your email address, connect with Outlook for fully featured offline support, and access via the web through any modern browser. Available on your PC or Mac, as well as Windows Phone, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices.

Cloud Environment. Everything is online or on the cloud; you can hold scheduled or ad hoc online meetings for up to 250 participants, with screen sharing, audio and video, virtual whiteboards, polls, and shared notes. Partners and customers can fully participate through any HTML5 browser. You will also have access to 1TB of space in the cloud to store, backup, and easily share files. Files are accessible from almost any device, and can be synchronized offline and made available without an internet connection.

Simplified IT. All the IT help you need, available at your finger-tips, through elephone support for setup and deployment issues, as well as online answers, how-to resources, and connections with the Office 365 customer community for additional help. You will also reduce headaches by reducing your physical IT infrastructure. Content lives safely in globally distributed datacenters with continuous backup and disaster recovery abilities.


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, Vincent Pao, General Manager at Concepts Computer, Haniza Zakariya (pic), country manager of Microsoft Brunei and Tarmizi Yusoff, Marketing Lead of Tech One Global holding the Microsoft Office 365.

Vincent Pao, General Manager at Concepts Computer, said, “Concepts Computer will always be committed to providing new, exciting and proven solutions at an affordable price-point, that is why we are working together with Microsoft to launch the Microsoft Office 365.” He continued, “We hope that by working closely with Microsoft and by providing proven affordable solutions, we can reduce the use of risky and dangerous counterfeit and pirated softwares, and create a culture of genuine software use.”

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, ”The Microsoft Office 365 will be available from Concepts Computer in 2 iterations; the Microsoft Office 365 Personal at $88, for 1 PC; and the Microsoft Office 365 Home at $118, for 5 PCs.“ He continued, “And during these Chinese New Year festive period, every purchase of Microsoft Office 365 will come with an automatic Concepts membership that comes with a Concepts pendrive, and a Microsoft drinking mug.” All free goodies are available while stock last.

Please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2233552/2233553 for more information regarding these Microsoft solutions.





The Dell Roadshow at TS

The Dell Roadshow at Times Square


Netcom Computer House, the Authorised Distributor of Dell is having a Dell roadshow at the ground floor of Times Square, 16th to 18 January from 10am to 10pm.

Featuring latest line-up of Dell products are the new 5th generation Intel Core Processor on Dell 14 5000 Notebooks, the Gaming Inspiron 14 7000 Notebook with i7 Processor, the Dell Inspiron 11 with i3 Processor for On The Go series which can be flipped as a tablet, the Family series all in one desktop Dell Inspiron 20 AI0 Desktop and the new ULTRASHARP monitor series with built in webcam and speaker.

Other Dell Desktops are also available at the roadshow; the Inspiron 20 (3048) A10 Desktop featuring 4th Generation Intel Core ,Windows 8.1 Single Language 64bit, 20″ Led Backlit Display with Anti Glare & HD, 4GB DDR3L SDRAM & 1TB Hard Drive, AMD Radeon R7 A240 1GB DDR3, built in Dell wireless and bluetooth, wired keyboard and mouse and 1 year limited hardware warranty only $998.
Other Dell notebooks are the Inspiron 14 7000 (7447) Notebook featuring; 4th Generation Intel Core Processor, 14.0″ HD LED Backlit Display with Anti Glare, 1TB Hybrid SATA HDD, Dual Band Wireless, Bluetooh, McAfee Security Center 15 months only $1,698. Get around in style with a thin, lightweight and affordable 14″ Notebook featuring a vibrant HD Screen and impressive battery life, the Inspiron 14 5000 Notebook (5448) featuring 5th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 14″ LED Backlit Display with True-life and HD Resolution.

For students and teachers who want to have their own projector with a budget price, you may be interested in the Dell 1220 DLP projector with 2700 Lumens and Netcom will be giving away a free wireless presenter. Netcom is also offering purchase with purchase for the Dell AC411 Wireless/Bluetooth 2.1 Speaker for $39 only for every purchase of the Dell Inspiron 14 Notebook (5000/7000 series with i5 & i7 processors only).

New gadgets and accessories such as portable power pack, docking station, USB universal docking for display and Ethernet and many more are also displayed at the roadshow that aims to showcase the new line up models in Brunei market for year 2015.



The latest Dell notebook with the 5th generation Intel Core Processor



The Dell monitors ideal for work and gaming purposes or even multimedia



TedxYouth@Gadong in February

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Mercedes-Benz Star Weekend Promo

The promotion only valid for the weekend. Purchase a Mercedes-Benz and earn yourself an Apple iPhone 6 64GB. Do check out the current models – the GLA 200 AMG Line, the E 200 AMG Sports Package, the CLA 200 AMG Line or perhaps the C 180 AMG Line. Drop by their Beribi showroom this weekend from 10am to 5pm. You will be able to test drive the latest Mercedes-Benz models too.




CNY festive pendrive

Check out the new Chinese New Year pen drives from Concepts Computer. Concepts Computer General Manager Vincent Pao holding the latest Kingston pen drives in commemorating the new lunar year.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer (center) with the associates of CC holding the latest Kingston CNY pen drives.

The great thing about Concepts Computer is that they always bring in innovative and creative products. This is also a nice way to appreciate the Chinese community for their support throughout the years. For your info, Concepts Computer is reaching its 15th year. Keep it up!!


Audi Brunei

Hunting for an Audi in 2015? 😀


Acer Aspire


Now available at Concepts Computer


ICON Design Store 

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Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot. Click image to enter website to find out more.



Pizza Hut 

Promotion from Pizza Hut


BIBD latest promotion 

Travel with agoda


Syahirah won a trip to Melbourne

Nurul Syahirah Md Noor, 18 years old, won a trip for two to Melbourne, Australia, which includes accommodation and a tour with a total worth of B$5,000, presented by Vice President of KFC Del Go. Image courtesy of Raghadah Agus of The Brunei Times.

Group photo with top five winners of the KFC Drive Thru Anniversary Draw

The Grand draw of the KFC Drive Thru Anniversary Draw took place yesterday at KFC Drive Thru Sengkurong branch which sees 5 winners walked away with 5 fantastic grand prizes and another 5 winners walk away with consolation prizes of KFC vouchers.

Fifth prize is B$700 worth of movie tickets from Times Cineplex and it goes to Nia Ines Irnisyah Binti Md Ishak. Fourth prize is B$1,000 worth of petrol purchase rebate and Hadini @ Nizamuddin Hj Ibrahim is the lucky winner. Third prize is B$1,500 worth of Hua Ho shopping vouchers which sees Noorzatul Izwah walking away with it.

Second prize is B$3,000 worth of shopping vouchers at the newly opened Intracorp Megastore and the winner is Suriani Hj Sarbini. The grand prize goes to Nurul Syahirah Md Noor, 18 years old, who won a trip for two to Melbourne, Australia, which includes accommodation and a tour with a total worth of B$5,000.

Present to hand over the prizes to the winners were Vice President of KFC Del Goh and Operational General Manager of KFC Norlyn Rufo.

All the winners were those who had participated in the lucky draw campaign which ran from September 20 until December 31 last year


Check out the premium desserts from KFC

New in-stock category

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You can now shop and receive your items the next day with FREE delivery at your doorstep at our NEW In-Stock Category. Click here now to browse through the column.

Items ranging from mens’ wear to womens’ wear to even soft toys such as the “LINE Apps Plushy” toys. The choices are aplenty and yes, you can get them delivered to your doorsteps on the next day. Not sure if that applies to weekends though.




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After the successful launch of TEDxGadong last year, we have thought we would organize one again. Well, the wait is over. This February 15th will see another TEDx event in Brunei which will be held at iCentre from 10am to 1pm. This time, it will be special as it will be organized by the Youths of Brunei for the Youth of Brunei. Another history will be made soon.

To Purchase Tickets.

Tickets are priced at $10 each. To book tickets simply fill in the following form. We will inform the date and time where the tickets will be sold and collected. As there is limited seats, we will not be able to promise any fixed bookings. To increase your chances of we recommend you to book early. You can book your ticket through here.

There’s also an open invitation to be a TEDxYouth Speaker. They are inviting students, aged 11-21 years old, to step up to the podium and to represent Brunei as its Youth TEDx Speaker. To interested parties, simply fill in the TEDxYouth@Gadong Speaker application form here.



Blank Space

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Mercedes-Benz Star Weekend Promo

The promotion only valid for the weekend. Purchase a Mercedes-Benz and earn yourself an Apple iPhone 6 64GB. Do check out the current models – the GLA 200 AMG Line, the E 200 AMG Sports Package, the CLA 200 AMG Line or perhaps the C 180 AMG Line. Drop by their Beribi showroom this weekend from 10am to 5pm. You will be able to test drive the latest Mercedes-Benz models too.




Senyum by Aziz Harun


Check out Aziz Harun’s latest music video – Senyum. Nicely done and looking forward to more of your projects



Cyber Forum in Feb 

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Mark your calendar now for Cyber Security Forum Brunei, an exclusive event on 4 February 2015.

With the theme of ‘Combatting Cyber Security Threats’, the forum focuses on the importance of continued efforts to combat cyber security threats.

The forum objective is to create corporate awareness on cyber security and to ensure businesses are equipped with sufficient knowledge of being safer online.

So what can you expect?

We have gathered cyber security experts from Canada, Australia & the United States, to name a few, to share with us their knowledge and experience in eye-opening topics such as:

• Re-Thinking Strategic Cyber Challenges in 2015 and Beyond

• Strategies for Combatting Transnational Cyber Crime Threats

• Protecting Today’s Bank Against Tomorrow’s Cyber Attack

• Cyber Risks and the Board Room

In addition to that, the participants will also have a real-life experience of how a cyber attack can be carried out through a 45-min technical demonstration!

The event is organised by Royal Brunei Technical Services. For more info, you can contact Kok Hui at info(a)csfbrunei.com or call 2242 700 ext 161. You can download the forum brochure here for more details.




Papparich new delights

Check out the new dishes at Papparich

When was the last time you head over to Papparich? Now they have introduced new menus as well as special promotion for the delight of their patrons.

If you are not aware, Papparich is a Malaysian franchise and it’s growing in popularity in Malaysia and Australia. I have frequent their Gadong branch as I’m quite hooked to their signature Papparich dish and their egg mayo sandwich (must try).

So what’s new? Pappa Fried Chicken Wings, Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin (my favourite), Pappa Special Fried Rice Noodles, Fried Rice Special with Pappa Fried Chicken Wings and Pappa Chicken Chop with Curry Sauce. A plenty, huh? 😀

Last week I dined out with David the @thenomadiclion who was in Brunei for a quick trip. He had the Assam Laksa while I had the Assam Laksa Fried version and wow, that was quite impressive. I just wanted a few servings but ended up taking more portion because it was just tasty. Of course, the one big pulling factor for me is the Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin and I’m a sucker for this dish. How can you go wrong this dish unless you want to look toned in the gym. I believe this dish will be a big hit after my posting on my instagram and people were talking about it and recommending others. Ah, the power of social media.. I mean, fried chicken skin.

Do also try their latest promotion where you can a Pappa’s Treat of FREE laksa if you spend a minimum of BND 20 and above. So you can choose either a curry laksa or asam laksa for free.

Papparich is located at Block G of Abdul Razak Complex. You won’t be miss the huge big sign of Papparich. You can also call their number 243 2333.


Promotion from Papparich

Ok, I’m hooked with this dish – Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin

My dinner companion for the night. Welcome back, David!

The Asam Laksa..

Fried rice which also comes with fried chicken

Fried Chicken.. Yumm..

This is the dish I was talking about. Papparich Special Fried Rice Noodles. Let me know what you think 😀

Now this is quite an addictive drink – Herbal Tea with Citrus. This is highly recommended. Me likes!!!



Playing catch up

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Aspire V Nitro

Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition notebook now available at Concepts Computer

Are you ready to take gaming to another level? Then do so with Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition notebook built with cutting-edge graphics and speedy processing power.

The notebook from Acer sports a sophisticated and stylish design with a slim profile and gorgeous blend of premium materials.

The top cover is imprinted with soft touch NIL technology and the red glow of the backlit keyboard adds to the dramatic feast of visual and tactile textures.

Armed with top of the line Intel i7 standard voltage processors, 12GB of RAM, 8GB SSD, and the latest generation of Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics, the V15 promises to boost gaming performance and deliver full-throttle entertainment.

Blast off with the four built-in speakers and Dolby Digital Plus Theatre surround sound. Its high-end screen with IPS1 allows full-colour action even from wide viewing angles.

TheAcer DustDefender will prevent dust build-up and the Acer CoolBoost technology allows users to control airflow and improve cooling system through a pop-up interface on the screen.

General Manager of Concepts Computer Vincent Pao said that the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is built for the future and provides powerful computing performance on the go .
So if you’re ready to upgrade your gaming system, head to the nearest Concepts Computer showroom to have a look at Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition yourself, or call 223 3551 or 223 3552 for more information. Text courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.


Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition notebook now available at Concepts Computer

Vacancies at Concepts Computer


Affordable broadband from Telbru

A message from Telbru. Effective 1st March 2015, you can enjoy our broadband services at more affordable rates with these lower prices. TelBru will introduce a volume based broadband usage where customers are entitled to a certain amount of data quota for the selected plans in purpose of thoughtful usage.

The advance announcement of the new pricing plans is intended to socialize the plans and allow subscribers to choose their suitable plans based on their monthly data usage before the effective date.

You can check your monthly data usage by logging in to our eBill online and eBill mobile app.

For more information and assistance, please call our Customer Care Centre at 111.


The new pricing and rates for Telbru customers by 1st March 2015

Telekom Brunei (TelBru) Chief Marketing Officer Lim Ming Soon speaking to the press yesterday. Image courtesy of Leo Kasim of The Brunei Times.

My thoughts. With the launch of the Broadband Policy late last year, this is a great initiative by TelBru to ensure that all Telbru subscribers can enjoy better connectivity in their homes or offices. The great thing I thought about the new plan pricing is the affordability. Now you can subscribe tailoring to your needs. For as low as $39 a month, you are eligible for a broadband experience. With such low pricing, internet at home can be affordable and internet penetration will be very high within the next few years or so.

I believe the most important execution from Telbru is education – having multiple campaigns and roadshow to create more awareness to the public (potential and existing customers). Having a small booth as part of an exhibition isn’t enough. Telbru will need to go all out to grab attention like how they launched the High Speed Broadband back at Times Square in 2013. It’s important to win the customers’ confidence and trust and most importantly to be transparent to the customers in order to gain the trust.

There have been positive feedback and also the negative ones. It won’t be easy for any telco providers even for DST and Progresif Cellular. We as a community have high demands in terms of internet and data usage. Perhaps, we have been spoilt all these years, enjoying unlimited access of internet at an enjoyable speed. I remember Singapore used to have unlimited access before they switched to a limited (capped) quota of data to ensure that the internet speed doesn’t lag. This was a few years ago. Today, Singtel from Singapore provides even a better package with unlimited usage because of the better and improved infrastructure they have.

In my opinion, Telbru made the right move. I would believe the current infrastructure can’t be compared to neighbouring countries (Singapore, Malaysia) but it’s sufficient enough to cater to the Brunei population. Sometimes we forget how small of an economy Brunei is compared to other countries. We don’t have the luxury of a vast market but sometimes being small is good which means lesser hassle for the hotline 111.

Most countries have introduced the Fair Usage Policy as part of their terms and conditions. This will be new to Brunei especially to Telbru customers. As different users perform different online activities, the amount of data required per user will also be different. Telbru’s Fair Usage Policy ensures that all customers get a better browsing experience by allocating each user their ideal amount of data based on their usage preference. In other words, if you only fork out for $39 broadband fee, it won’t be fair if they enjoy unlimited access and causing the speed to slow down.

The new pricing and rates will be the talk of the town because it’s relevant to our daily usage. It’s like a staple food and the more we give, the hungrier and demanding we get. I’m already getting mixed comments on my IG after posting Telbru’s latest rates with quota usage. It has to start somewhere and education is the key. I understood now why neighbouring countries applied a similar approach a few years ago and now we are at that stage.

The months of April, May, June and even for the remainder of 2015 will be a testament on how Telbru can shift the mindset of consumers. It worked for DST when they announced the cap for data usage a few years back. So I don’t see anything different. I would have thought Telbru came up with this scheme before they launched the High Speed Broadband. Well, it’s better late than never.

Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, when is enough enough? For me, I’m still grateful for the new services Telbru has provide and they have continuously upgrade their services for the benefit of the customers.

If you ask me, this isn’t a paid review or editorial for Telbru. I wasn’t even given an invitation to their press conference yesterday. But I blog this because it’s very relevant to all of us and I’m also a customer of their High Speed Broadband and I’m enjoying it.


The new rates by 1st March 2015

The Yesteryear

A great knowledge on Fair Usage Policy. Click image to read more.


Route 300

Route 300 is located at Megastrike Bowl

The Hot Routes

Route 300, the in-house eatery at Megastrike Bowl, launched their new menu over the weekend, with members of the public, coming to enjoy the delicious new dishes and dressing up in 60’s style to enjoy a fun-filled time of bowling and dining.

The newly refurbished menu was created with the assistance of Gourmet Consultant, a local firm, to update and customize its food selections, yet priced at reasonable value for money for all to enjoy.

According to Managing Director of Route 300, Major (Rtd) Hjh Sharifah Hazlina Syed Elham, a month was spent analyzing and brainstorming to come up with the clever new menu, with names borrowed from the techniques, rules and elements of bowling.

Among the new dishes featured are the “Hot Routes” – beef and chicken Frankfurters in hotdogs buns with special toppings that are named after popular bowling styles — such as the Cranker which is made from beef rasher, mustard mayo and onion jam; the Spinner which include lemon garlic mayo and tomato salsa; and the Tweener which consist of thai chili mayo and pineapple salsa.

Another interesting addition, is the Gutter Ball Burger, an in-house made burger patty, which is filled with mozzarella sauce that oozes out when placed between it’s unique square shaped bun. The menu also features delicious quick bites called spare snacks, like their Cheesy and Tuna toasts, which are grilled on a hot plate.

The diner is also introducing their own take on traditional milkshakes called Quakes slike the Honey Banana, Cookies and Cream, and local inspired three-layered tea quake as well as other refreshing beverages, finger food and toasts.

Route 300 can provide catering services during tournaments or league games at the MegaStrike Bowl, and also has reasonable birthday packages for kids. For more information about Route 300, please visit its Facebook fan page ‘Megastrike Bowl’ and Instagram @megastrikebowl’


Major (Rtd) Hjh Sharifah Hazlina Syed Elham, Managing Director of Route 300 with representatives from Gourmet Consultant





The Century Run

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Royal Wedding

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By command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mui’zzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, a high-level committee for the Royal wedding between His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, was convened yesterday at the Department of Adat Istiadat Negara.

The committee in a statement said His Majesty has also consented, Insya Allah, for the royal wedding to commence with the Majlis Istiadat Bersuruh Diraja (the Royal marriage proposal ceremony), which will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

The committee added that the Majlis Istiadat Membaca Doa Selamat and Majlis Istiadat Menutup Gendang Jaga-Jaga will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

The Majlis Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

The Royal wedding will take place over 11 days, the committee said. Text courtesy of The Brunei Times.




Audi Brunei

Hunting for an Audi in 2015? 😀


Acer Aspire


Now available at Concepts Computer


ICON Design Store 

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Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot. Click image to enter website to find out more.



Pizza Hut 

Promotion from Pizza Hut


BIBD latest promotion 

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Shortlisting the finalists

Shazali Suhaimi, a partner from KPMG (Brunei), Mr. Ho Key Hoon, Sales Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, Mr. Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd and Daniel Loo Lip Soon, Marketing Executive of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd.

A draw for 21 shortlisted customers for the Grand draw of the Mercedes Benz CLA 200 AMG Line A was held at the Jati Transport Sdn Bhd Office in Beribi last weekend.

The names and details were drawn from a specially allocated box which contained 250 entries comprising of customers who had purchased a new car from January 1st to 31st December 2014. Officiating the draw was Shazali Suhaimi, a representative from an auditing company KPMG, and it was witnessed by members of the media and staff from Jati Transport.

I will be anxious who will be taking home the new Mercedes Benz CLA 200 AMG Line A. It does pay to buy a Mercedes Benz from Jati Transport with great after sale service as well.

The Grand Draw will be held on January 23, which will be held at the Gadong showroom. The shortlisted customers will be contacted by Jati Transport, but further information about the draw can be obtained by calling 2441763 for the Beribi Showroom at Lot Nos 14, 15 & 16 at Beribi Industrial Estate Phase2, or 2441777 for the Gadong Showroom located at PO Box 218, Gadong.


Shazali drawing 21 customers’ names from Jati Transport

Members of the local media witnessing the draw of the names. Image courtesy of Norllha Din of The Brunei Times.

This was Shazali a year ago for the draw

Abhar Ahmad was the winner of last year’s draw – Mercedes A-Class

At the meantime, do check out the E 200 Sports Package at Jati Transport. It sports a COMAND Online and a 360 degree camera


Coming soon!!

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That’s right. After many successful events, the Consumer Fair is back for the 15th time. It seems like a long time ago when I was involved in the 1st Consumer Fair and it was also the first time that Brunei Cyber Games was born. Now fast forward to 8 years later, it’s already in its 15th edition. From time to time, D’Sunlit will come up with new activities to keep up with the local trend in Brunei Darussalam. It’s never an easy feat to create such fair that can attract to all walks of life residing in Brunei.

Of course, the Consumer Fair is a great avenue for those who wants to expose their products and services to the Brunei community. Business is always great when Consumer Fair is around. It’s no surprise you will see repeat exhibitors during CF events.

According to Ting Chui San, Marketing Executive of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, she is targeting SMEs and start ups. For the upcoming CF, there will be more than 400 booths taking part which is a huge increased compared to 3 years ago. Consumer Fair has already become a household name and it happens twice a year.

The 15th Consumer Fair will take place from 28th January to 1st February 2015 at the International Convention Centre. Check out the number of activities listed on the poster itself. I shall go more into details soon.



The Century Run

More than 4,500 participants took to the streets of the nation’s capital yesterday for The Century Run 2015.

The running competition and fundraising campaign was organised by the Department of Co-Curriculum Education to mark the 24th Teacher’s Day and 100 years of formal education in Brunei.
The ministry said in a statement that The Century Run was also a fundraising campaign.

Donations were collected from participants, with 90 per cent going to the Ministry of Education’s Sports and Welfare Activity Fund and 10 per cent to Pusat Ehsan.

“The Century Run serves to raise awareness on the importance of taking care of one’s health through recreational activities to help reduce obesity among public servants and citizens of the Sultanate,” the statement said.

“It also gives an opportunity for members of the ministry to lend a helping hand to orphans, children who have lost a parent and those with special needs by collecting donations.”

Around 6:30am under grey skies, the Minister of Education lit a torch which he carried from Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, passing by Jalan Kianggeh to Taman Hj Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien to signal the opening of the event.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong along with 4,587 other participants then did warm-up exercises guided by teachers and students from the Sports School.







The run awarded its podium finishers in seven categories.

The champions in their respective category were Hj Muhd Azmi Hj Suhaili (Male Veteran); Dawn Suzanne Clare (Female Veteran); Muiz Rafiuddin (Junior Male); Shana Holmes (Junior Female); Sarah Powdril (Women’s 5km); Sefli Ahar (Men’s 10km); and Perminder Sanghera (Women’s 10km).

New bicycles were also distributed through a lucky draw which saw more than six lucky draw numbers unclaimed because their owners had already left.

Dk Nurul Aina, who also secured second place in the Junior Female category, was one of the few to win a bicycle.

Also present were permanent secretaries, deputy secretaries and senior officers from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs. Text courtesy of Abdul Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times.








RA does Labuan

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Have a great weekend! 


My first trip to Labuan for toastmasters and a wedding. Have a great weekend, peeps!!



The Edge of Friday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Get ready for Lunar New Year 

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As the Chinese Zodiac moves into the Year of Goat, we take a look at the new series of products launched by Malppy in conjunction to the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Among all traditions to observe for Chinese New Year, dressing up in new clothing is an integral part to welcome the New Year, and to also signify new beginnings. Everyone would dress up in brightly colored shirts, usually in red for auspicious meaning. This year Chinese New Year falls on the 19th of February and Malppy just launched their latest series of qipao (or cheongsam) for her and changpao for him to celebrate this holiday in traditional style to bring good luck and fortune for the New Lunar Year.

This latest series is available starting from as affordable as B$28.90. Their closing order for any CNY order will be on the 28th January as to make sure that all items arrive on time before the Chinese New Year to avoid the busy logistic period towards the month. Malppy is also giving away FREE Malppy Red Packets for every purchase B$35 and above in a single checkout.

Click here now to check out the varieties of qipao (or cheongsam) and changpao they have in store for you.



Renewal partnership

Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, lifting some weights. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.

The Ministry of Health and Fitness Zone will continue their partnership in promoting healthy lifestyle in Brunei, following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Healthy Lifestyle and Physical Activities Programme yesterday.

The collaboration is to boost the effectiveness of the ministry’s Healthy Lifestyle Clinic Programme, aiming to combat obesity in the country. Under the new one-year agreement, which was first began in 2011, Fitness Zone will, among others, provide professional fitness instructions on nutrition and the right workout activities for participants of the clinic’s weight-loss programme.

Present to witness the signing ceremony at the Fitness Zone’s Kiulap branch was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil.

She lauded the collaboration that had been done with Fitness Zone. “The programme was successful, we want to continue it,” she said, adding that there were matters that the ministry could not provide alone. Giving example, she said, Fitness Zone provides fitness facilities that can help the ministry in carrying out its healthy lifestyle programme such as obesity control and weight-loss programme.

Fitness Zone’s Managing Director Wu Chun expressed hope that people who participate in the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic Programme could influence their family members and friends by letting them know of the benefits of living healthily. “With this, hopefully we can achieve our aim to reduce the healthcare costs in the country,” he said, adding that number of diabetes and obesity in the country can also be reduced. For more of the story, you can click here. Text courtesy of Sally Pri of The Brunei Times.


Renewal of the partnership between Ministry of Health and Fitness Zone. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.


The new slick ACER notebook

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, unveiling the new ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 to the media

Check out that beauty 

Now notebooks have become comparatively cheaper than before. I remember forking out at least BND 2,000 in the past decade with not-so-fast specs. Now we can buy a notebook for less than $500 with a quad processor. Of course, I’m still stuck with my favourite brand which doesn’t operate on Windows OS. However, I’m always impressed with ACER’s capability to produce powerful mid-range notebooks.

Today, Concepts Computer launched the new ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 which is a great target for students and smart executives because it is affordable and a highly mobile notebook. I was already impressed with the look when I saw it from a distance. It sports a chrome mate finishing and it’s kinda light as well with a 13” inch screen size. What I love about the specs is the memory which has a 4 G ram, running on low-voltage so this gives more battery life to the notebook and I’m a sucker for power juice when it comes to my gadgets.

Portability. Of course, when we associate with notebooks, you can bring it anywhere. Now this model takes an extra step where you feel the lightness and mobility of the ACER notebook and you won’t think twice about bringing it. The batter life has over 6 hours and you can stay connected all day.

Productivity. It has 10 multi touch screen which helps you to navigate the screen intuitively. Do try out the Precision Touchpad and chiclet keyboard which improves accuracy and speed when used for time-critical work.

Multi-media. Play a game, record a song, play a song, streaming movies. You can do that on this ACER notebook that has HD LED display and graphics capabilities.

SKYPE Certification. Now this is interesting. Most of the recent ACER notebooks will have this label on them and the brand is very serious when it comes to quality on video conferencing. The model meets the high audio and visual standards for SKYPE Certification. So you don’t have to worry about the minimal background noise or even the zero echo. Cool stuff.


The specs of the 13” ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9

One of the cheapest ACER notebooks at Concepts Computer

Trust is always important and Concepts Computer has a high reliability factor 😀
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, believes the ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 will be a huge hit as the company brought it quite a lot of stock. The reason being of its affordability with a price tag of BND 478 only and on top of that, they will also give a BND 50 voucher. This can be very ideal for students and now with the back-to-school term, this can be a good catch for them. Vincent has always envisioned to provide great quality IT products to students while making them affordable.

ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 is powered by an Intel Quar-Core Celeron Processor, with 500GB of HD storage, 4GB of Low Voltage RAM, webcam, bluetooth, wireless connectivity, No Optical Drive. For more info, you can call 223 3551, 223 3552 or 223 3553 at the Concepts Computer. You can also follow updates on Concepts Computer Facebook Page.



Winners feted from Citroen

Hasmin Masri had 1/5 chance of winning the Citroen DS3 but won an iPhone 6 as a consolation at the Citroen Grand Draw this morning. More stories tomorrow.

The winner of the iPad Mini for the Citroen Test Drive

The grand draw for the Citroen DS3. Check out blog tomorrow.



Home Tafakful Protection

“Renewing your Home Takaful Protection Plan is now more convenient through the TBA Call Centre at 224 4000.”


This will come in handy after all. Something for you to consider 😀



A single step

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Let’s support this cause

Eric Landa, PhD, is the aquatic sports head coach of Brunei and his ambitious goal is to deliver the first ever aquatics medal for Brunei by the 2019 SEA Games. Image taken from The Brunei Times.

Back in old school days in Geelong Grammar School, I had a challenging task and that was achieving a “bronze star/medalion” status for swimming. It’s not a competitive achievement but I realised how important I can play a role whenever I’m in water or underwater. It was part of the school curriculum and it was compulsory as well. It took me a few months as the toughest part of the drill was completing the 400 metres swimming within a given time. Other than that, I was able to float and also rescue swimmers if necessary.

So what are you sharing all these? Because the article by Eric Landa (Aquatic Head Coach) caught my eye. He expressed his personal thoughts yet again on importance of introducing swimming programmes to the local schools in Brunei as part of their Physical Education lessons. His proposal couldn’t come at a better time since we have been notified with the recent tragedies of young people drowning now and then. Perhaps, if they had more knowledge and the know-how when it comes to situations like this, they would have been better equipped and more prepared.

Hence I like the initiative of Eric Landa and be part of the “Learn to Swim MOVEMENT” which supports two ideas 1) Learn to Swim programmes for public schools 2) Learn to Swim programmes for adults which can benefit for their children.

Because of the lack of support he has been receiving from relevant agencies, his article in today’s The Brunei Times sparked the idea of gathering collective opinions from the public to support his notion. Do show your support by sharing his article on BT on your Facebook page or send him a Whatsapp message or email to bruneiswimming(a)hotmail.com

Thank you for the courage to speak up and highlighting the importance of such programmes. I have been in one when I was a student and I understood how important it can be for the future. You have my vote of confidence. for the full article in The Brunei Times, you can click here. All the best, Eric!


This is what he hoped to achieve for the students in public school. It’s never too late. Click image to read full article.

One of the recent drowning tragedies last December

The recent one that happened beginning of the year




Canon Contest “Moments with Plus+” The competition can start beginning for January to the end of March 2015.

How to Participate:

1) Take creative shots of Plus+ Magazine.

2) Upload it up to Facebook or Instagram.

3) Tag @PlusBrunei on the Photo and Caption  #MomentswithPlus

Participants can submit more than one photos.

For Participants who have their account on private.

1) Screenshot the uploaded image.

2) Email the screenshot to plusbrunei@gmail.com




Apples and oranges

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Rodeo Burger


Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the BURGER KING ® franchise, officially launch the new Rodeo Burger under its limited time only menu.

What makes the Rodeo Burger? 100% flame-grilled patties, sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, American cheese and crispy onion rings served on a toasted sesame seed bun. Now, you can try the true taste of the wild west with this new BK Rodeo Burger throughout January 2015 at BURGER KING outlets.

The BK Rodeo Burger is available with either a flame-grilled WHOPPER beef patty or a flame-grilled Tendergrill – a juicy premium chicken thigh – at only $7.50 for the Meal and $5.90 for the sandwich only.

As for all our guests who are curious about the opening for our upcoming branches, we just opened our third branch in Citis Square, Kg. Jaya Setia, Mukim Berakas A and another one in the heart of Belait very soon.

For further updates on Burger King® Brunei, visits our Instagram page @burgerkingbrunei and Facebook at www.facebook.com/bkbrunei.



BK Rodeo Burger flame-grilled Tendergrill chicken thigh. Image courtesy of @bruneifoodies

BK Rodeo Burger beef patty

Tisya and Fina taking a bite at BK latest outlet at Citis Square

It’s almost 100% ready with a few renovation works to be completed

With the local press trying out the new promotion from BK

Hershey’s Sundae Pie


The Chevrolet Spin


Guess what, peeps? It’s been a while since I checked out what’s new at the Chevrolet showroom and with a new General Manager as well who has experienced with a lot of car brands and her last experience was Chevrolet Malaysia. Chevrolet Brunei’s General Manager (GHK Motors Sdn Bhd) Noormala Othman unveiled the new 1.5 litre Chevrolet Spin, a seven-seater MPV. The great promotion about the new Chevrolet Spin is that once you purchased, you will be able to enjoy more than BND 1,500 value which includes 3 free months installment and 3 free services.

From as low as $339 per month, the Chevrolet Spin is designed for families since it’s a MPV and focuses on space and comfort as well as safety at the forefront. Noormala believes the Chevrolet Spin will be a big hit in Brunei. It’s also the only six speed automatic transmission (even the mid and high MPV segments won’t have this) plus it is one of the most fuel-efficient in its class.

The Chevrolet Spin is a great answer to the Brunei Government’s initiative to create awareness of conserving energy and fuel consumption.

The new car also responds perfectly to a roomy 5+5 seating in the passenger cabin. The three passenger rows are cleverly aligned at different levels so that all on board always enjoy a perfect view.

For your info, the Chevrolet Spin is valued at BND 21,900 on the road. Customers are welcomed for a test drive during Chevrolet Open Day (January 10, 11) from 9am to 5pm. There will be light refreshments and customers will have the opportunity to also view other Chevrolet models alongside the Chevrolet Spin.

Noormala also announced that Chevrolet will be bringing merchandise especially with Manchester United t-shirts and also accessories for Chevrolet in the near future. I shall update you once it’s out.


Noormala Othman, General Manager Chevrolet Business Division, GHK Motors Sdn Bhd and Dedi Rusmiadi, Head of Technical and Training, Chevrolet Brunei

The Chevrolet Spin now available in Brunei. Do visit the Chevrolet Showroom at Sumbangsih Bahagia

Noormala posing for the media in the Chevrolet Spin

For customers who purchased the car in January 2015, you will be entitled for the GHK Mega Draw where you can win a brand new house (not sure where of the location), a Chevrolet Cruze, Mitsubishi Mirage and other attractive prizes. The closing date for the GHK Mega Draw will be on the 31st January 2015.

Noormala also shared that there will be a Chevrolet Spin roadshow – Hua Ho Petan Mall, Tutong (24th, 25th January), Supasave Panaga in Seria (31st January, 1st Feb).

For more inquiries, you can call 2426 05 or visit the GHK Chevrolet Showroom at Sumbangshi Bahagia. You can also check out their website page or Facebook Page.

Thank you, Noormala Othman (GM) and Aqeelah Afefe (Marketing Executive), for your hospitality and hosting the press conference last Monday.


Did you know that Chevrolet is the official automative partner for Manchester *cough* United?

The 2nd grand prize for the GHK Mega Draw will be the Chevrolet Cruze. The grand prize being a brand new house.

The ongoing GHK Mega Draw until 31st January 2015. Good luck!!
























All the way

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Audi Brunei

Hunting for an Audi in 2015? 😀


Acer Aspire


Now available at Concepts Computer


ICON Design Store 

Click image to enter ICON Design Store website


Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 

Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 



Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot. Click image to enter website to find out more.



Pizza Hut 

Promotion from Pizza Hut


BIBD latest promotion 

Click image to enter website to find out more





#trickyjotowed morning highlights. A big thank you to Richard To for the special invitation to be part of the “Brothers” aka Heng Tai for the morning session! More pictures of Richard To and Joanne Tan’s wedding tomorrow. I really had fun 😀



Beginning of the Beginning

It has to start somewhere. The year that is. I feel that it’s still 2014. Even Jason Khoo shared that it’s difficult to remember to naturally write down 2015 as it might get some time to get used to. This will week be a full blast mode for me and I have to get myself in top gear and get ready for an exciting 2015. Let 2014 be a great memory to remember and simply focus on the present moment and live to our highest being.

Just came back from Terence Tahir Han and Melati Dato Paduka Yusoff’s wedding at Royal Berkshire, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club. Congratulations to both of you and I’m very happy on your new journey. We shall catch up indeed once you guys come back from your long vacation. Thank you for the invitation last night.

I’ve been catching up on Korean movies just in time for my review of my top 10 movies of 2014. I shall wait for Del Goh and we shall be doing another classic episode of our hits and misses for movies of 2014. For now, I can name a few bombers of 2014 and that includes The Legend of Hercules, Into the Storm, Transcendence and I, Frankenstein. There are other stinkers that I didn’t manage to catch such as Left Behind and Devil’s Due. Do stay tune to my updates for the full review of the year 2014 on The Popcorn Panel (soundcloud).

So what to look forward in January 2015?

• Consumer Fair 2015 at end of January. There will be tons of activities being lined up but sadly, no Brunei Cyber Games as it will be postponed.

• The Century Run happening this Sunday to commemorate the 100 years of education in Brunei Darussalam. Now that’s quite a milestone.

• WWE Pay-Per-View Royal Rumble 2015. I’ve slightly lost interest in WWE but let’s hope the 30-man Royal Rumble will spice things up.

• Who will win the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG from Jati Transport this month?

• Traveling? Yes, for sure. Firstly, to Labuan which will be my first ever trip to the city. Secondly Kota Kinabalu in mid January and lastly Singapore in late January.

• Dodgeball Tournament organised by Magic Lee Entertainment this weekend.

• The Australian Open. I do hope Federer can win just one more Grand Slam title.

• Taken 3 movie which is the only big movie for January release though I’m not expecting much.

Ok, my mind is blank for now *lol* Have a great week ahead, peeps!! Thank you for all these years of supporting and being part of my readership. It does take two to tango.




Pictures from #loveloveTM

Congratulations Terence Tahir Han and Melati Dato Paduka Hj Yusoff

















Click image to enlarge photo

Guess who were in the papers yesterday? 😀 #onedayoffame



Gong Cha

Interested to be part of the Gong Cha Brunei team?




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