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Keeping up

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Portable projectors from Acer 

Alice Chan of Concepts Computer, Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, Richard Soo, Acer Miri Branch Manager and Zul Abd Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer

Acer has launched two models of portable projectors yesterday to meet their needs: Acer C205 and Acer C120 and now it’s available at Concepts Computer. Imagine if you want to do a presentation and this will come in handy rather than carry a normal size projector. Especially in a small meeting room.

The prices are quite reasonable – the Acer C205 and Acer C120 with introductory prices of $438 and $338 respectively. Quite affordable, right?

“Concepts Computer have always tried hard to be at the forefront of the IT industry in Brunei and with the help of Acer, we would like to introduce the latest portable projector technologies to the Bruneian IT consumers at an affordable price, with a reliable build, without sacrificing quality,” said the General Manager of Concepts Computer, Vincent Pao.

Customers are reminded that they are able to enjoy the store’s Ramadhan and Syawal promotion whereby every purchase of an Acer projector, laptop, PC or mobile phone will entitle them to a Kingston voucher, which can be used to redeem a carton of Pepsi, 7Up or Mirinda Orange.

Also present during the launch was Richard Soo, Acer Miri Branch Manager. For more information on the new products, call Concepts Computer at 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553.


The Acer C205 (has built in speakers and HDMI) and the Acer C120, the smaller of the two.

The new show area for Acer at Concepts Computer


Baiduri Capital 

Baiduri Capital located at Block A, Kiarong Complex

Baiduri Captial opened its doors to the public on last week, and allowing Bruneians  to trade stocks personally online in three major stocks exchanges. Located at Unit 9, Block A, Kiarong Complex, the company was set up with the objective to provide customers a wide range of investment products as well as securities trading services.

Baiduri Capital offers its customers opportunities to invest in international stock markets via its innovative online portal, the first in the Brunei Market to offer online securities trading at www.baiduri.com.bn/baiduricapital

Opening a trading is made simple with the online registration form, and prior to trading customers need to do a Risk Profile Assessment to ensure that their risk profile is suitable for securities trading. Customers will also need to have a current account in Baiduri Bank or in Baiduri Finance for ease of funding their trades.

The three stock exchanges available to customers are Singapore Exchange (SGX), the Hong Kong Exchange (HKeX) and Bursa Malaysia, with other markets to be added in the future, including the US Stock Market.

At the Baiduri Capital premises, trading booths are available and equipped with tablets for customers to trade. An in-house financial planner,and qualified and registered dealers will be onsite to provide investment guidance and assist with trades if required.






Regus opens in Brunei 

John Wright, Regus CEO for Asia-Pacific,YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources and Vijayakumar Tangarasan, country manager for Regus Malaysia cutting the ribbon to officiate the launch of Regus’ first centre in Brunei

Last week, Regus Plc – a global workplace provider, launched its first centre in Brunei at the Brunei Malay Teachers Association (PGGMB) building in the capital. Present to officiate the launch of the centre was YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, who was accompanied by John Wright, Regus CEO Asia Pacific.

In his speech, Wright said that “We believe that there’s serious untapped potential here and that’s why we chose Bandar Seri Begawan as our inaugural business centre in Brunei.”

” As the 106th country that Regus has established a presence, we see Brunei as a critical market for our customers and partners, especially in the developing regional oil and gas sector. Brunei enjoys a symbiotic relationship with Labuan and Kota Kinabalu, where the specialist talent supporting the oil and gas exploration sector are based. Companies and enterprises in this area are looking for flexible workplace solutions to meet their project based engagements,” explained Vijayakumar Tangarasan, Country Manager of Regus Malaysia.

Situated conveniently among other offices at the PGGMB Centre, small and medium sized enterprises are able to connect with other companies, increasing their networking and business opportunities. The new Regus centre is also able to assist multinational companies in setting up offices in Bandar Seri Begawan easily, veering away from the traditional practice of leasing.

Regus was founded in 1989 and currently operates about 2,300 business centres across 106 countries.


Group photo with the Minister

John Wright, Regus CEO for Asia-Pacific

The tour around Regus Brunei

Vijayakumar Tangarasan, country manager for Regus Malaysia, being interviewed by the media

Ideal for start ups and SMEs

Conference room


An office space



The King of Buffets

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


The King of all Buffets 


If there was a series related to Sungkai buffet in a Game of Thrones format, the Freshco Sungkai Mega Buffet rules the roast. My oh my… I actually never tried their Sungkai Mega Buffet before and wow, I was more than impressed. Ok, I would even say that the choices are more than Carousel and Straits Kitchen in Singapore. So it’s more than safe to say that it’s the biggest variety of dishes for a Sungkai buffet in Brunei. It’s like you can dine there the whole night if they allow :p But as usual, I’m very selective to my food choices unlike my friends who tried quite a lot of dishes.

My favourite dish is the Beef Rendang from Waerong Penyet and that’s enough to satisfy my crave for dinner. Do try the savoury crab especially the sauce (definitely a winner). The food choices are just aplenty that I have to find a way to edit the photos to make sure I don’t flood this post with food, food and more food. Well, you can check the whole archives of photos from Thanis Lim’s blog post and it’s pretty comprehensive.

This year’s set up is much better than last year’s and it’s for the better flow of traffic and logistics for the patrons throughout Ramadhan. Did you know that it can fit at least 400 pax? Last night’s count was in the mid 200s which is quite a number, considering it’s not even pay day. That says a lot about how great the Freshco Sungkai Mega Buffet is.

Another reason for their attraction is that they have a combo of restaurants involved under one roof – All Seasons Restaurant, Sushi Tei, Pastamania, Waroeng Penyet, Auntie Anne’s, I Love Yoo and Killeney’s. Now that’s just amazing and pretty smart to have all in one especially having different international franchise brands.

So which means the buffet this year is bigger than last year and this shows that the management have learnt a thing or two from previous Sungkai experience. Even the staff are aplenty to make sure the buffet dishes are refilled for the satisfaction of the patrons. Service is definitely there. I wonder how they can up their game for next year’s Sungkai. Ok, let’s focus on the present and be awe on how Freshco has grabbed the attention of buffet lovers. Anyway, tomorrow 25th June, Thursday, if you pay with your BIBD Credit Card, you will get 30%.

Guess what? They also have Mega Sungkai Buffet at KB Sentral and it’s called the KB Sentral Grand Buffet. You can read more of the details from Cyril’s entry. I shall be covering that perhaps next week or so. You can also check out Freshco Facebook Page for updates.


Sungkai Mega Buffet 

$34.80 adult | $15.90 child 

Call 729 3131 • 220 1083 

The entrance of Freshco Putra Banquet Hall

Maurina enjoying her sungkai last night

Fried stuff from I Love Yoo stall

Pretzel’s from Auntie Anne’s

Good idea to distribute spoons and forks

Gado-Gado, anyone?

Simply tons of dishes to choose from

My favourite dish among the lot. Yes, I’m a rendang lover.

Simply tons of dishes to choose from

I’m liking the set up so far

Century eggs, honey chicken, skew mai and had how

A packed crowd last night


They have two displays on the left and right.. Simply humungous

Great sauce this.. Highly recommended

My guests for last night

Yummmmy.. from Waroeng Penyet

The dessert area

You want to win prizes? Then pose at their backdrop and post it up on IG with the hashtag #freshcomegabuffet #freshcobrunei. Image courtesy of Thanislim.com



Eat Good, Feel Good

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


BIBD Sungkai Delights 

Great discounts and privileges using BIBD Cards for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf



Ceri Cafe 

Ceri Cafe is located in Kiulap, same row with Mothercare and Bebeland. It’s a cosy, cheerfully decorated cafe with a red theme. Mind you they have another branch at Delima. I highly recommend that you book ahead if you wish to have your sungkai at either branch.

Now what to do they serve? Definitely Asian cuisine and the variety are just nice for those who won’t settled for a bigger buffet. The choices are just nice for my kind and it’s a good deal as well for a buffet under $12. The menu keeps changing but you can call them at 223 4997.

If you are going for ala carte, I kinda like the beef burger there. So thinking of a soothing and relaxing way to open your sungkai, try out Ceri Cafe Kiulap.


Sungkai promotion 

$11.90 adult | $6.50 child 

Call 223 4997 

The buffet line with the staff of Ceri Cafe



Ayam Rendang

Mee Hoon

Quite a crowd at Ceri Cafe





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