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Royal Powdering Ceremony Part II

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


The Royal Powdering Ceremony 

Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah during the Royal Powdering Ceremony at Indera Buana Throne Hall at Istana Nurul Iman last Wednesday

This is the second part of the Royal Powdering ceremony. My earlier post was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik’s powdering ceremony. Hence this post entry is for the bride, Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s powdering ceremony. She was dressed in a traditional red dress and she looked magnificent in red. She was escorted by the spouses of selected cabinet ministers with a grand entourage.

His Majesty the Sultan applied the powder paste and sprinkled scented oil onto her palms. The ordeal was carried by the members of the Royal Family followed by the bride’s parents.

Yesterday was the Royal Solemnization ceremony which I shall post up tomorrow. Congratulations to the Royal couple. Images taken by Haqimie Fazizul of rano360.com


His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

Her Royal Highness princess Azeemah Ni’matul Bolkiah applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

Pg Hj Bolkiah, the father of the bride, applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

Pg Hjh Noor’aismah binti Pg Hj Ismail bin Pg Hj Tengah, the mother of the bride applying the colour paste on Dk Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah’s palms

The Royal entourage




Let’s do this

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Wanna fly to Korea? 

Finally new information that they have canceled the Under 18 for men and replaced it with Women’s Doubles Open.

The deadline to register for the badminton tournament organised by the Korean Embassy in the Sultanate has been extended. The initial deadline was 10th April which is actually today.

Bruneian and Permanent Resident men and women who are interested in joining the tournament should submit their registration forms for the “Korean Ambassador’s Cup 2015” — which are available at the Korean Embassy or online at http://brn.mofa.go.kr — not later than April 13 to the embassy.

The tournament, in conjunction with Brunei’s 31st National Day, will be held from April 17 to 19 at Pusat Belia in the capital and is divided into two categories: Men’s Double Open and Women’s Double Open. Yay!! Good news for the ladies as this is the latest information given to me by the Korean Embassy.

Prizes for the winners include return tickets to Korea, cash prize and a winner’s cup. Now that’s a good prize right? Just find the right partner and fly away to Korea. Just a note: Only the Men’s Double Champions will fly to Korea.

For further details, please contact Korean Embassy (Feroz) at 2330250 or 7188166.


Nomadic Lion in Brunei 


David Atthowe, founder of Nomadic Lion, making a special appearance last Sunday

He has been in the country for a week now or more. This is second official visit to Brunei and his aim is to share their documentary on their 5 month journey in “Walking Borneo”. The premier screening of the documentary “Berjalai: Walking Borneo” was held at i-Lotus last Sunday. The video presentation described their 2,250 KM journey across Borneo.

Nomadic Lion is no stranger to Brunei after making an impact in Brunei last year. The video was 35 minute adventure by Nomadic Lion and they share the discoveries along their journey. The documentary also wants to give the audience and viewers a similar experience on what they went through. Just imagine this documentary as the google of Nomadic Lion’s journey as all the questions are being answered.

One particular thing that they found of Brunei culture that we don’t take notice is the story of “Kecapi”. It is actually a traditional Sape from the Dusun tribe of Brunei, a uniquely Bruneian instrument with its distinct musical note. Did you know there are only 2 Kecapi players left in Brunei?

David Atthowe, founder of Nomadic Lion, was honoured to premiere the documentary in Brunei because of the love and the support that he has been getting. Brunei is one of the countries he felt connected with.

During the premiere of the documentary, the guests were also entertained by Irama Bahtera, Brunei’s finest traditional music group. During Walking Borneo Nomadic Lion fell in love with the sound of the Sape, a traditional lute instrument originally from the Kayan and Kenyah tribes. Faddie Tokching completed the musical journey by performing a solo Sape performance followed by a pioneering experiment combining Sape with a Gambus.

David is here in Brunei for the week or so visiting schools and colleges across the country for a series of motivational talks and to share their experiences with the youth of Brunei.

Nomadic Lion have named their documentary “Berjalai – Walking Borneo” in honour of the Iban tradition of Berjalai. Berjalai is a traditional part of Iban culture; a journey in search of knowledge, wealth and experience. In the olden days a young Iban man would leave the longhouse and make a Berjalai, travelling long distances often on foot, just like the journey of Nomadic Lion.

Berjalai: Walking Borneo the full story, an 8GB USB Flashdrive is available now exclusively in Brunei for $20. The USB includes the full documentary, out takes, music videos, 14 track music and a digital photo album.

Anyone wishing to purchase the USB can get in contact with Nomadic Lion Facebook www.facebook.com/nomadiclion or whatsapp at +60109343114


Group photo with the musicians

The green, the yellow and the red

Catch Nomadic Lion at OGDC (Saturday) and KB Sentral (Sunday)


Oriental Buffet 


Roasted Lamb

Do try out the Oriental Buffet Dinner at Seasons Restaurant and it’s held every Thursday and Saturday (dinner 7pm to 10pm) until 30th May 2015. You will get a taste of some oriental dishes regionally from Thailand and Vietnam.

The Oriental Buffet Dinner — which is held every Thursday and Saturday from 7pm to 10pm starting April 2 until May 30 — features popular dishes from the region such as Thailand and Vietnam. The variety is always great the Seasons buffet and you can expect dishes such as Thai Glass noodles, Jelly Fish Salad, Nyonya Laksa Noodle, fried rice in lotus leaf and Chinese Beef stew to name a few. Guess what? The menu was created by the local chefs Hj Mohammad Khairul Anuar Abdullah and Md Sharoni Hj Hosani.

The dish that impressed me is the roasted lamb, hands down 😀 Perhaps is the way they have marinated the lamb and the meat itself is tender. Highly recommended.

The buffet is priced at $25.90 for adults and $15.90 per child (five to eleven years old). Royal Brunei Catering (RBC) Dining Privilege Cardholders, on the other hand, are entitled to 10 per cent discount off the total bill during the promotional period.

Seasons Restaurant is located at the Second Floor of the Centrepoint, Gadong. For more information or reservations, please call Oscar at 8912470 or the eatery at 2422291.


Fried rice on lotus leaf

Butter milk prawn


Egg tarts

Nyonya laksa





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