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25
Nov

Keep it up!!

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Laneige Broadway Musical tomorrow

LANEIGE Broadway Musical is back again this year to be held on tomorrow, Saturday, 26 November 2011. The responses from secondary schools have been very encouraging. There are 20 secondary schools that are going to compete in this charity competition performing some famous scenes from popular Broadway musicals like The Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, Aladdin, The Sound of Music, Mama Mia, Oliver, Wicked, Grease, High School Musical, etc.

This is the 2nd year that LANEIGE co-organizes the competition with the Department of Schools, Ministry of Education. It was a remarkable, educational and meaningful occasion in 2010. There were great opportunities in discovering young peoples’ talents, energy, imagination and leadership skills. These were recognized in their contributions to each performance. There was a variety of development and creativity in music, communication, teamwork and culture exchange. Students were able to be part of and enjoy a number of musical performances within the local arena and this had never been experienced before.

On another level, LANEIGE and the Ministry of Education wishes to emphasise that the main objective of organizing this charity competition within schools is really to raise the awareness in the public to look after those who are less fortunate. Through this charity competition, LANEIGE and the Ministry of Education wants to particularly encourage a wide spectrum of our youths today on the need to be more caring and compassionate. Our youths are our future: they would be the ones to continue to look after and manage the country. This charity competition is at the same a way to provide a platform and to expose students’ talents and creativity.

Another important reason is we to give an opportunity to students to communicate, perform and develop artistically in English language. With the continuous support of Ministry of Education and generous sponsors including: HSBC, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, Jasra Harrisons Sdn Bhd, Milo, Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Shalim (B) Sdn Bhd, Nyuk Lian Printing Company, Ranoadidas, Red Dot Studio, CFBT, Studio Scene and Brunei English Language Teacher Association.

Images from yesterday’s rehearsal

In addition, there will more to explore during the event, delicious irresistible foodies will be available on the day at the event like Bunny’s Yummies, Scoop Frozen Yogurt, Chicken pie by RBC, and many more food surprises to be arranged by the kind support of Brunei Food Bloggers.

The LANEIGE Broadway Musical Charity Competition 2011 will be held at the ICC Main conference Hall on 26 NOV 2011 at 1pm. Tickets are now available on sales at all LANEIGE branches (the mall 2428222, Kiulap 2232282, K.B. 3347217). 100% of ticket sales would be donated to KACA and Pusat Bahagia. To enjoy a meaningful and enjoyable afternoon of Broadway Musicals,for a good cause, get your tickets now for a wonderful afternoon with family and friends.

So peeps, have you bought your tickets yet? It’s not too late. Expect another spectacle.


Get em’ tickets or you will miss out :))

RF Gallery Bazaar

You may have read at The Brunei Times on the upcoming Rainforest Gallery bazaar this Sunday and they will be featuring a wide variety of interesting items ranging from art pieces, books and handicrafts. This will also be the first time that some Facebook freelance businesses will be participating in the bazaar.

So there will be other things such as cup cakes and other delicacies. There will be 15 booths according to the press release and one of them will be from the Children’s Cancer ward from RIPAS (they are a wonderful bunch of kids too).

There will be face painting, henna and according to the manager of the Rainforest Gallery, Denise Chhan, there will be having two artists to show their work in paper cutting (wuuhuuu..) and paint and ink drawings.

The Rainforest Gallery Bazaar will be held on 27th November at Rainforest Gallery (Kiulap above Vincci) from 10am to 5pm. Add them on facebook.


Take note of this for Sunday


I’m proud of my friend who has so much talent and happy advanced birthday to you.. I love your artwork :)) By the way, click on the link to enter her new website – timelessrealm.com which will go live tomorrow.


I still want the Elton John sock toy!!!! Anyway, you can find more of them this Sunday at Rainforest Gallery and they also come with a story board.. Interesting!!

Motivational talk at Fun Bee Park

Cecilia Lee of IA Salon/Fun Bee Park/Polly Transport brought in a famous motivational speaker from Taiwan, Dr. Dai Chen Zhi where he shared his experiences with the audience and also sharing some pointers for the benefit of the guests. The workshop aimed to help them to overcome self-doubt and lack of focus and to identify the steps to reach their potential goals.

The attendants were mostly staff of IA Salon, Polly Transport and Fun Bee Park. This is a great idea by Cecilia to bring in motivational speaker to give some morale boost for her company and bring more confidence and awareness to the individuals. The guests were later treated to food & refreshment after the motivational talk.


Dr. Dai Chen Zhi spent the whole morning delivering his motivational talk


Invited guests taking down some notes


Guests sharing their positive thoughts to the attendees


Fen and Rachael of Fun Bee Park were inspired by the talk


Fun Bee Park staff taking down notes during the sesison


Cecilia Lee is proud of her team and she hopes her staff will shine and be inspired


His books were selling like hot-cakes and the guests wanted signatures on their books

In other news, Fun Bee Park will be holding a December Holiday Camp. The children will have the chance fo have fun and play with craft toys, games, drama activities and many others.

Children aged 4 to 7 years old have a choice of 5th to 6th December or 19th to 20th December 2011. For children aged 8 to 12 years old, they can choose from 7th to 8th December or 21st to 22nd December 2011.

This Sunday there will be a Princess Tea Party exclusively for girls while for the boys, there will be a Cars Party. So do sign up for this Sunday, 27th November 2011.

You can call 717 8232 or 246 7729 for more details. Fun Bee Park is located behind Red Canopy Cafe at Batu Bersurat (also near Happy Star).


Cecilia Lee and Dr. Dai Chen Zhi posing at the counter of Fun Bee Park. Don’t forget to call Fun Bee Park at 717 8232 for upcoming activities in December and also this Sunday


Fun Bee Park is also having a small booth in front of The Face Shop on 3rd Floor, The Mall (today and tomorrow)


Awwww… Ain’t he cute? 😀 Do come visit their booth and see some clay modeling and batik painting demo (today and tomorrow)

Sin Hup Huat great deals

SCB Priority Banking Dinner

Standard Chartered Bank played host to over 300 of their Priority Banking customers at an exclusive dinner at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall of the The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

On hand to greet the esteemed guests were Lai Pei Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, and Judith Lee, head of premium banking, as well as senior managers of the bank.

“We are hugely committed to all of you, our Priority Banking customers, and this year, we have further increased our Priority Banking relationship manager to meet your increasing financial needs and growing demand for overall banking solutions, enhanced level of service, access and convenience,” said the CEO. [Click here] Text and images by Adib Noor.


Lai Pei Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank (Brunei) in her welcoming adress


Zul F performing during SCB Dinner


< Some of the dance performances at SCB Dinner

Website competition extended


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Are you a Fruit Ninja Master?

iCentre recruitment

Planning a trip next year?

24
Nov

Rewind: 2005

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RA Rewind

The good old days.. I came across my old images from my hard drive and these bring back the memories of my journey as a blogger. The pictures below are from Year 2005 and some Year 2007. Sometimes I look back and see how things have really changed for the better, of course.


My lil sister reading both Buyer’s Guide and Grab It!! Both free magazines were making their names in Brunei and they survived through means of advertisements. The business model didn’t pull through and now the only notable free magazine that’s worthy is BIG Magazine


Hmmm… This was a huge hit back in 2005. Blogs were “mushrooming” and Facebook hadn’t impact Brunei just yet. I remember there were more than 1,000 bloggers listed in Simpur Blogging Nation but now it has left in the stagnant stage after the influx of Facebook and Twitter


This is one of the reasons why RA had a huge surge in traffic – women’s football. I remember the rivalry of Sirens FC and Dragonfly FC made every tournament interesting. Women’s football then faced its darkest hour as it was banned in 2006.


The good old days before “Superfriends” were born, the clique “RA6” was formed among my peers! I was nicknamed Randy for a reason. Keeran (left) was known as o’Murphy for his Irish blood *lol* and this was taken during one of our trips to Singapore back in 2005. The far end was Bambi and Godfather who were catching up with their sleep


When softball was revived back in 2005, it became popular once again. However, bringing new blood was a tough transition as it was the seniors who dominated the softball scene. Robin (below) of Black Arrows is a dedicated softball player and man, you looked slim before


This was the last public performance by a foreign artist. I wouldn’t say the last but these were troubled times where approval for concerts and foreign artists became strict. The AF stars were the main draw for The Empire’s New Years celebration coming to 2006 and they were the last foreign act to appear for The Empire’s new year celebration.


Blitz FC came about a little late when women’s football was picking up


This was one of the costume parties held at the Baze back in 2005. I was dressed as the Riddler and I had to improvise by using my Baju Melayu to good effect *lol*


This was one of the turning points where I managed to create a culture of Winning Eleven/Pro Evo tournaments in Brunei. I had mini tournaments at Crowne Princess Hotel, The Empire Cinema, The Orchid Garden Hotel and finally Brunei Cyber Games at ICC. This was taken at The Empire Cinema cafe and we had 40 entrants then. Now we are averaging at 200 to 300 participants. How things have changed…


One reason why I enjoyed watching the ladies softball team was the presence of Izzah of Comets. She was a good batter and also an efficient catcher. Comets was one of the strongest team then.


Woww… This is a classic picture with Sharon and Fidz. I can’t even remember where we took this pic.


This was Jenny’s big day and for first time, my RA hits tripled as readers were interested to see pictures and updates of Jenny’s wedding. Interesting..


This was another ladies football team that was pretty active in tournaments


Remember the big flood… Well, this was five years ago and the car couldn’t see the road properly and ended up in the drain.

Good news for you guys!!

PS2 now cheaper than before

K-Pop Singing Competition

22
Nov

The old and the new

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Announcement for Let’s Trek

The new “Akaun Tekad Haji”

This is super cool idea to have an account dedicated for savings for Haj and this was made possible by TAIB. Yesterday marked a new milestone for TAIB as they unveiled the new “Akaun Tekad Haji”. Apparently it was introduced back in 1994 and now they have added new features to enable individuals to financially plan ahead for Haj.

The event was officiated by the Minister of Religious Affairs who is also the Advisor to TAIB Board of Directors. The welcoming speech was delivered by Yusof bin Hj Abd Rahman, the Managing Director of Perbadanan TAIB.

New features include lower initial amount required for account opening (as low as BND 10) and now it’s open to all ages. TAIB will embark on awareness campaign by having roadshows at Kiulap branch 25th and 26th November abd Tanjung Bunut 9th and 10th December 2011.

Congratulations to TAIB on the relaunch and this system will hope to encourage all generations to save up for Haj.


Minister of Religious Affair (r) launching the new Akaun Tekad Haji while Managing Director of TAIB (c) looks on


I love this kid’s voice.. very soothing 🙂


Aren’t they such a cute bunch?


Nasyid performance after the launch of the account


Every applicant will get this book to keep track of his/her savings

Vacancy at Total



The Top 16 Contestants

HSBC Retro Night

HSBC Retro night looked like a blast!!! And too bad, I wasn’t there last weekend to be part of the spectacle. It was quite cool to see loads of people from the lcoal press dressing up for the occasion too. Last year, it was the Fright Night theme. Let’s hope I won’t miss the next one. For more pictures and story, you can click here (courtesy of AnakBrunei).

23
Nov

Who will win this Saturday?

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Obsidian Hair Cut Competition

Today 23rd November, the male category for the preliminary round took place at Yun Ho Studio. The competition is organised by Yun Ho Trading Company who holds the local distributorship for Obsidian Professional Hair products. There are 23 male participants and 33 female participants that signed up for the competition. Tomorrow will be the preliminary rounds for the female category.

The judges for the preliminary rounds are Mr. Ken Taira and Mr. Adam Chhooi who are professional judges from Malaysia. They are looking for a variety of hair designs and the hair style must also suit the shape/structure of the person’s face as well as the skin tone. The judges have been impressed with some of the results but only 10 male will be chosen for the finals which will take place this Saturday at Times Square.

The top winners for male and female category will get a chance to tour Korea, win a trophy as welll as $300 cash prize. The finalists will also get consolation prizes depending on their ranking in the finals.

So do come to Times Square this Saturday 7pm to find out who will win the Obsidian Hair Cut competition :))


The preliminary round that took place this afternoon at Yun Ho Studio


Loo Wengson of Haircut City hopes to reach the finals this Saturday


Will his creativity be enough to warrant him in the Top 10 spot?


Ken Taira and Adam Chhooi (the judges) examining the outcome of Johnny Leong’s effort


Four contestants with their respective models. So far 20 participants took part in the competition

21
Nov

Good life

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Quick update on RA


We had a Pizza Hut feast last weekend with amazing people around. Thank you @pizzahutbrunei for the wonderful pizza.. *nom nom nom*


The HSBC Media Appreciation Night with the theme “Retro” which happened last weekend. More updates on this. Pic courtesy of AnakBrunei


Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 scored huge in the box office weekend. Despite the low score on Rottentomatoes (28%), it raked in $280 million worldwide in its opening weekend. It will be out this Thursday in Brunei and I’m sure there are tons of Twilight fans out there


Try out the lamb shank at Choices at The Brunei Hotel. I post this because I’m cracing for this right now and this is part of their new menu which was introduced last month and they also come in set meal too


When I was tapau-ing at Jing Chew last Saturday, I recognised him and I just simply love his devotion to JC. I asked him to sign on the Business Icons book where he was being featured. He’s down to earth person. Simply amazing!


Have you tried the new frozen yoghurt in town? It’s located above SupaSave Mabohai. This is the original flavour I ordered last time. Worth the try :))


I’ve been running the pop quiz on @ranoadidas Twitter and the winners will be announced soon. Another round on Wednesday. Do catch Laneige Broadway Musical Charity Competition this Saturday. Tickets available at Laneige outlet (The Mall & Kiulap Hotel Plaza)


Yay!!! I get to carry Adela in my arms and she’s super cuteeeeeeee.. Oh yea, she’s sporting the RA version hair too.


I’m excited as I will be attending as one of the guests in this prestigious event in December. A great place to meet new faces regionally. I wonder if any other Bruneian will be listed in the 500-guest list event

18
Nov

Speechless

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Flexa (Furniture for kids)

Hey peeps!! I came across an interesting furniture shop in Kiulap. Why interesting? Two reasons: 1) It’s a franchise 2) It’s for kids.. The name of the franchise is calledFLEXA and their motto is “Because Children Grow”. FLEXA offer quality, children’s beds, children’s bedroom furniture and accessories and I can assure the quality is pretty solid and not your typical furniture for kids that you see in the local market.

Sometimes parents might just fall for the attractive design but not familiar with the quality of the bed or furniture for kids. FLEXA offer a different kind of quality. It’s solid and long lasting too. The price of the furniture is from mid to high range and the price you pay is for the comfort, the quality and the unique concept.

FLEXA is now officially open in Brunei, making it the 2nd Asean country after Singapore. So this is pretty cool to have FLEXA having its presence in Brunei. I would highly recommend parents to check out the furniture (for children) and you will be amazed the quality and selection they have. There will be more choices in the coming months as hinted by the management which is also in time for the grand opening.

FLEXA has a special opening promotion of 10% for a limited period. If you want to know where it’s located, it’s between Misato and Mamih Cafe and you will see a blue looking shop (refer to image below). You can call 224-0782/3 for more info and it’s open 10am to 9pm daily.


The new furniture for children – FLEXA


I like the concept of this bed


Because you can have two beds


Check out the new furniture for children at FLEXA


I’m covered in green… This comes with the whole set or you can buy them individually

Happy Feet promotion with KFC


Catch Speechless Fri & Sat

COME AND SEE THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF BRUNEI’S MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF SPEECHLESS!!! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!! Written and directed by our very own Mrs Rowena Bracken (Head of Drama at ISB) with the help of Mr Richard Edwards and Miss Marieta with music – think Glee, Romeo and Juliet and Westside Story all set in 2 modern day high schools.

Friday 18th November 2011: 7.30pm

Saturday 19th November 2011: 2pm

Saturday 19th November 2011: 7.30pm

3 chances to watch a spectacular piece of musical theater. Tickets are on sale at the ISB Main office. Adult: $15 Child/Student: $10 Family (2 adults, 2 children): $40 The tickets can be buy on the night too if they still have seats so it is better to buy it before the night!

Featuring songs from the Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Lady Gaga, the Stereophonics, Pink, Cats, Rent and many more It’s going to be a weekend to remember, you don’t want to miss it!



Pictures taken during rehearsal


20
Nov

The 3Ms

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JIS Musical Concert

Jerudong International School (JIS) concluded its International Week yesterday on a musical note with its annual concert which saw more than 250 students participating.

Some 18 schools from around the Sultanate joined in the big concert affair which was held at the recently opened Arts Centre in JIS. It was a flurry of vibrant-coloured costumes and performances by the students from the age of five to 18 as they danced and sang along to the beautiful music played by the school’s orchestra.

Present at the event was YAM Pg Anak Hariisah Widadul Bolqiah Binti YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Hj Abdul Rahim who was there with her school mates from Yayasan Primary School.

Also present to enjoy the day’s performances were students from Pusat Ehsan.The concert consisted of music and dance from around the world to complement the International Week theme. The school’s orchestra played a variety of pieces to accompany the wide range of performances from classical dances to solo operatic pieces to more modern songs which were enjoyed by all.

“When the Arts Centre was recently opened, I said that I very much hoped this facility would be used not just by the students of Jerudong International School but also by other students in Brunei. I am delighted to say that a few of the performers are from other schools. I am truly delighted at the opportunity to also extend a warm invitation to other schools to enjoy this concert,” Andrew Fowler-Watt, JIS Principal said.

During the night concert, however, the event saw a special presentation as the school donated a sum of $18,000 to a Cambodian orphanage. The money was raised during the school’s celebration of ‘World Peace Day’. Present at the event to receive the donation on behalf of the orphanage was Cambodian Ambassador to Brunei Chhay Sokhan.

Anne Dickinson, Senior Registrar from JIS, told The Brunei Times that the total amount raised was “about $20,000” and $2,000 from total was donated to the Somalian Humanitarian Fund and the rest were donated to a Cambodian orphanage which senior JIS students have previously worked with. Text by Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times and images are courtesy of CatchChee.

Concepts Computer

Recap: AIM Post Party 2011

New arrival at ETA

17
Nov

KFC Brunei announced Drive Thru for 2012 :D

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Quick update on RA

Sorry, peeps!! This is just a quick update on RA as I will be busy today for a few events and my weekend will be totally taken up as I have volunteered to help out in a weekend workshop course. Below are some pictures that I shall be posting more in details by tomorrow or this weekend.

Oh yeah, if you guys want to share any upcoming events, please do email me at ranoadidas @gmail.com as I will be posting events on the RA Calendar (located at the right hand side bar) so you will be able to know of upcoming events happening in Brunei.

Have an awesome Thursday, peeps!! By the way, The Mall Cineplex is trying their best to bring in the big office hit from Taiwan, “You’re the Apple of My Eye” which is already the Best Movie of the Year for me 😀 I do hope it can pass the censorship board though *fingers crossed*


The film crew from China Movie Channel was at @kitarojapanese Restaurant for a short filming coverage. Nice to have met Julia and Shadow.


Fadhil smelling the soil used for the Art Display installation at Alliance Francaise (Brunei) and theme for this month is War: Thoughts & Remembrance. It will be held until 4th December and it’s open to the public.


Try your Savy’s Brasserie lunch prmotion


KFC branch Giant won the Best Performance of the night at KFC’s Annual Dinner last night at Centrepoint Hotel. Jonathan Bong, Marketing Manager of KFC Brunei, announced KFC Brunei plans for 2012 which includes KFC’s Drive-Thru and KFC Egg Tarts 😀


Genevieve, Jordine Maxine and Clovis were also at KFC’s Annual Dinner


BELTA, Laneige and MOE representatives were being interviewed recently on the update of the Laneige Broadway Musical Charity Competition. More details tomorrow and find out how you can win tickets and catch the talents of our local students. 19 schools will be participating (an increase by 8 schools) and this should be a spectacle show.


Shark Night 3D to premiere today at the 150-seat cinema at Seria Complex. This will be the first 3D show at the said cinema. The management has yet to come up with the name for the cinema.


Have you tried iGolf? This is a simulation where you can practice your swing and yes, you can play 18 holes and choose different types of courses. I have yet to try but it looks interesting. This is located at Seria Insani Centre.


This is now available at ETA


This should be a spectacle too. I shall be catching the rehearsal later today. Good luck, guys!!!


Breakfast menu is now available at Chill-V at Citis Square. In the image, it’s Seria Kuey Teaw, Tau Fu Fa and Ipoh Brewed White Coffee

15
Nov

Book AirAsia special deals

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Wanna plan for an advanced holiday season for 2012? Then I highly recommend you to grab the great deals at AirAsia and make Malaysia your holiday destinations and visit the beautiful cities such as Penang, Alor Setar, Kota Bahru to name a few. Fly to KL and you connect your flights to 75 destinations.

Fare starts at BND 40 from AirAsia and the booking must be done by 20th November.. The travel period will be from 1st April to 30 June 2012.

Visit Hot Buys places – Langkawi and Labuan. Did you know textiles are quite popular there among the tourists? You can also do some shopping and enjoy great prices at duty free shops.

If you are craving for food, I suggest you fly to Penang. I’ve been there twice and I give it two thumbs up for food. You can choose from street food to fine dining.. Try dishes such as Nasi Kandar, laksa, char koay teow and many more.

If you are searching for “Nature”, then AirAsia recommends you to fly to Kota Bahru and Johor Baru. From there, you can transfer to Redang/Lang Tengah/Perhentian and Tioman/Pulau Sibu/Pulau Besar respectively.

So what are you waiting for peeps?? Book your travels this week to enjoy great deals from AirAsia.


The awesome food you can enjoy at Penang


Discover the hidden gems in Malaysia


Wanna visit one of the exotic places in Malaysia?


Now this would be fun to spend your time, relaxing in one of the beaches

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KFC Brunei won two awards

KFC Brunei recently sent their team made up of national champions to Indonesia to compete in the highly anticipated Regional Champs Challege.

Regional Champs Challege or RCC is held annually at different locations and this year it was in Jakarta on 2 November 2011; where there were 10 teams competing in the event, namely Indonesia, Phillippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Brunei..

The KFC Brunei team was able to win 2 awards, one for the Fastest Cook award won by Ronalyn Ilustrisimo, and the other was the Least Wastages award won collectively by the team..

The team members include Ronalyn Ilustrisimo, Siti Nornazirah, Mohd Ali Yusran Bin Razali, Mohd Aminuddin Qudra, Norah Bte Brahim and led by their captain Benson Mangabat. Accompanying them were their coaches, Awang Anak Ahmad and Khairulizam Malih..


KFC Brunei representatives in the recent regional Champs Challenge held in Jakarta

Loving their smiles

Why am I loving their smiles? Because yesterday I witnessed 13 patients who were given the privilege to shop at Toys R Us and the purchased toys were borne by Baiduri Bank. The patients are from the RIPAS Paediatric Haemoto-Oncology Centre and they are accompanied by their parents.

The charity was part of Baiduri Bank’s CSR program. The purpose of the visit was to provide the children the opportunity to pick toys for the Centre. Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager; Mr Ti Eng Hui, Deputy General Manager, Retail Banking and Branch Network and senior managers of Baiduri Bank were on hand to greet and welcome the patients in Toys R Us. Also present were Ms. Tsaranawwarah Abdullah Chen, Senior Occupational Therapist and Dk. Nurul, Occupational Therapist from the Centre.

Mr Imhof commented, “To see the children with smiling faces during the visit to Toys R Us really warms my heart. It is our duty as a local bank of Brunei Darussalam and a human being to make it easier and memorable for them. At Baiduri, we are thankful that we have this opportunity to help those in need. This is also such a timely manner as the holiday season is coming soon.”


Mr. Ti Eng Hui leading the kids into Toys R Us


The children were full of joy upon entering Toys R Us


The little boy was interested in buying Lego


Pierre Imhof was excited as well during the shopping session


The kids bought toys for themselves which will be used for the centre

Baiduri Bank has worked closely with RIPAS Hospital throughout the years. Besides being a major sponsor of the Annual Blood Donor Day, Baiduri Bank has helped finance the development of various areas within RIPAS. In 2008, the Bank donated B$27,000 to the Child Development Centre, RIPAS Hospital for the set up of the sensory integration and audio visual rooms, books for feeding clinic, wheelchairs, commodes, chest walkers and stroller buggies. In 2009, Baiduri Bank donated B$8,200 to help cover the cost of educational aid at the Pediatric Occupational Therapy In-Patient Service Unit while in 2010, B$7,500 was donated to the Child Development Centre, RIPAS Hospital.

This morning’s activity is part of the B$15,000 pledged in July this year to RIPAS Hospital for the new Paediatric Haemoto-Oncology Centre. The money is to help furnish the Centre equipment, books and toys for the patients.

The Centre was established to attend to children with blood disorders and with cancer. The Centre consists of 4 rooms and the ward bay which can accommodate 5-6 patients. At present there are 77 patients diagnosed with cancer since 2002.


Thank Mr. Imhof for settling the bills 😀


Group photo with the kids and management of Baiduri Bank


The kids were treated to some “Blitz” yoghurt ice-cream


Sweet moment for father and son 🙂

Happening next week

1st CANON PHOTO SHOOT OUT BRUNEI 2011

Date: 27th November 2011 (Sunday)
Venue: Brunei Hotel (Lobby)

0900hrs – Start of Registration and collection of competition apparel
0930hrs – Annoucement of Theme 1 and commencement of competition
1700hrs – Annoucement of winners and prize presentation (subject to change based on judging process)


1. The Canon Photo Shoot Out Brunei 2011 (“Event”) is an event open to all.
2. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis subject to receipt of a valid registration.
3. All information including personal information submitted by the participant to Interhouse Company. (“Organiser”) in connection with the event shall become the property of the Organiser. The participant is deemed to have given the Organiser authorisation to use such information for any purpose (including market research, planning, data-processing, statistical and risk-analysis, research, fund-raising).
4. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel the event at any time without notice. In the event of such cancellation, the Organiser shall use reasonable efforts to inform the participant prior to the date of the event.
5. The stated event timings are subject to changes.
6. Participants must abide by the competition rules, and by any decisions made by the Organizer.
7. Participants under the age of 18 must obtain parental consent
8. The Organiser reserves the right to use any submitted photograph for any purposes without compensation to the participant.
9. The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any participant who has infringed any of the competition rules.
10. Decisions by the Organiser and competition judges are final. No queries will be entertained. 11. All nationalities are welcomed.
12. By participating in the Event, the participant is deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

Competition Process

1. Participants will receive Theme 1 at approximately 0930hrs on 27th November, 2011 at the Event Venue.
2. Participants must submit ONE picture deemed suitable for the Theme before the assigned deadline.
3. Theme 2 will be announced immediately after the deadline for Theme 1 submission has lapsed.
4. Theme 3 will be announced immediately after the deadline for Theme 2 submission has lapsed.
5. The Top three prizes will be awarded for each Theme.

Competition Rules

1. All participants must wear the Canon apparel provided during the event.
2. Participants can use any digital camera during the Canon Photo Shoot Out, Brunei 2011.
3. All photographs submitted MUST be in JPEG format and sized to approximately 5MB.
4. Storage format accepted are CF / SD / MMC / XD / MS formats. Participants using other formats must supply their own relevant adaptors / drives for use during the submission of entries during the event. The Organizers will not be held responsible for the inability to read / download images.
5. All photographs will be judged based on the following criteria:
– Relevance to theme
– Creativity in theme interpretation
– Use of colours and light / shadows
– Composition of photograph
6. All submissions for each Theme must be completed before the announced allocated deadline. The Organiser reserve the rights to reject any submission once the deadline has lapsed.
7. All submitted photographs must be taken on 27th November 2011.
8. Submitted photographs must not be altered by any editing software.
9. Participants must submit their entries personally. No proxy submission by any participant is allowed during the Event.
10. The Organiser will not be responsible for providing photographic equipment including camera, spare batteries, lenses or additional memory cards. All participants are expected to come prepared with all their photographic equipment.

Pictures from AIM 2011


The voice behind Upin dan Ipin was also at the Awards

European Reflections

14
Nov

We have potential innovators

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Wu Chun & ISB pledge for “Green”

It was a touching moment for students of ISB students as they had the opportunity to host the ever popular figure in Brunei and Asia, Wu Chun himself, who was in Brunei for a short trip. Wu Chun who is also concern about the environment, pledges for Fitness Zone to go green. He was interviewed by the students of ISB for the BGIC where he was being filmed.

ISB has been heavily involved in promoting and creating awareness on “Going Green” and this has certainly created a stronger brand on ISB for their continuous support for improving the environment in Brunei. Having Wu Chun’s presence really made a difference and this will boost and inspire students to practice “green” within themselves.

It was also the first time I heard of the “humming bird” story during the video interview. So something new for me to learn too 😀


I learned of the “Humming bird” story from the boys


Their classmates given moral support to the interviewers


The students interviewing Wu Chun on “Green” issues


Photo opportunity with superstar Wu Chun


Wu Chun had a quick group photo with ISB students


She was so happy that she kept saying this after her photo with Wu Chun


ISB students saying goodbye to Wu Chun

Projector for your entertainment


Impressive innovative presentations

I know this is overdue and today I’m gonna share my experiences as a guest while watching MBA students of UBD presenting their innovative product presentations to the Vice Chancellor of UBD, Dato Paduka Dr. Hj Zulkarnain and Professor Soon Loo as their projects are being assessed as part of their course subject.

Though their main subject is more into management, the lecturer Soon Loo challenged the students to think out of the box and they were given 5 weeks to prepare an innovative concept and deliver they did.. I was quite amazed by their enthuasiasm as presenters and this really showed how dedicated the students were for the presentation.

The UBD Vice-Chancellor was awed by the presentations too and he was pleased that everyone (the presenters) was out of their comfort zone. He also congratulated every individual and told them to continue to innovate and not stop there.

I hope to see more of these presentations and I’m also impressed that that they even used 3D animations for their concepts especially for “Super Tech Laundry” and “Daffodil” group. These guys are good example for those doing ThinkBig Innovate Business Plan competition and sadly, the presenters from UBD didn’t join the said competition.

Before the end of the day, Professor Soon Loo and the students gave their feedback and support to one another and appreciated each other for their contribution and support in making the presentation not only a success but a memorable one.

Well done, guys… and I’m proud of you 🙂


 UBD Vice-Chancellor Dato Paduka Dr. Hj Zulkurnain encourage to spread the “virus” of innovation among the students. He really enjoyed the presentations by the MBA students and he hopes this will inspire them to excel more.

 


 Team “Kin-ethics” was the first presenters and they had a big vision of the future of mobile phone batteries. They came up with a prototype and a short video clip on their prototype.

 


Team “Kin-ethics” with Professor Soon Loo and their prototype


Shukrin of Team “iPick” explaining the different types of concepts they came up with before their final prototype


Harina talked of the marketing strategy for her group “Sm@rt-lly”


Team Sm@rt-lly showing their folding trolley concept in promoting green


Team “Sm@rt-lly” with their prototype


Noradah introducing her team Super Tech Laundry


I love their concept of laundry though this will require huge space to implement


Team HETTA came up with interesting concept of a “warmer” food cover


Vice-Chancellor taking a closer look of the “Hetta”. Now you can keep your food warm than usual


Team “Daffodil” came up with a concept of niche shoe storage/cabinet


Hannah presented her team “Daffodil”


Professor Soon Loo mingling with the students after an entertaining afternoon session


The students taking photo with the professor


Group photo with all the presenters and Professor Soon Loo

Road accidents on the rise

This has been a big problem in Brunei. Two weeks ago, the newspaper reported that the road accidents have claimed 36 lives this year. This has brought a lot of concern to the eyes of the public and also the National Road Safety Council. This is a worrying rate, considering that only 26 people died from 25 fatal road accidents last year which is the lowest numbers recorded by the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) since 2005.

Yesterday the National Road Safety Council paid a visit to the prone accident areas such as Mentiri Roundabout and U-turn in front of Hua Ho Tanjung Bunut. Leading the visit was Chairman of the National Road Safety Council Dato Paduka Hj Awang Alaihuddin. Prior to that, a discussion was held and briefed by the Royal Brunei Police Force on the reasons for the accidents in prone areas.

The purpose of the visit is to further reduce the number of actions and also to support the vision of “Brunei Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020” by increasing more awareness among the public. Images courtesy of Imelda of Media Permata.


Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin being briefed by the committee


They made site visits to accident prone areas


One of the accident prone areas is Mentiri Roundabout


Dato Paduka Hj Alaihuddin being interviewed by the local press


A good reminder from The Brunei Times

SCB $ave and Build Contest

Standard Chartered Bank today awarded prizes to winners of its $ave & Build contest that was held during September and October. Yang Mulia Awang Haji Mahrub bin Haji Murni, Permanent Secretary (Core Education), from the Ministry of Education was Guest of Honour at the prize presentation ceremony and presented prizes to the winners. Also attending the event was Dr Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abd Rahman Permanent Secretary (Higher Education), Awang Haji Suhaila Haji Abdul Karim Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education), Awangku Abdullah bin Pengiran Haji Tengah Deputy Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) and Hjh Siti Mahrum binti Haji Abdul Halim, Senior Education Officer (Primary Section).

Other guests at the event included senior officials from the Ministry of Education, winners and their families and principals of the winners’ schools.

Lai Pei-Si, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank said in her welcoming remarks:

“At Standard Chartered Bank, we truly believe that financial planning and learning to manage your money well is important for all. By instilling good money habits in our children, they will grow up with sound money management skills that will help them achieve their financial goals as well as contribute to the overall health and wealth of our nation.”

Brenda Low, General Manager of Consumer Transactional Banking for the Bank said: “The $ave and Build campaign was designed to give children an understanding of the skills necessary to manage their financial future while the contest element clearly illustrate the benefits that one can enjoy by saving for a rainy day.”

The $ave & Build Campaign contest was open to all children enrolled at a registered primary school in the country, aged 12 and below and holding a My Dream Account with the Bank. To enter the contest, children had to build and decorate a coin box house provided by the Bank and entries were judged based on artistic creativity and originality, amongst other criteria. Contestants were also asked to complete fun and easy-to-do worksheets on financial literacy.

The contest was divided into two categories, (a) Upper Primary Category: exclusively for children in Year 4 to 6 and (b) Lower Primary Category: exclusively for children in Year 1 to 3. The contest winners are:

Working hand in hand with the Ministry of Education, through this campaign, Standard Chartered Bank reached out to over 40,000 students through all primary schools in Brunei. During the event, the Bank also expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Education for their strong support in the areas of financial literacy programmes with both its programmes for primary and secondary schools being supported by the Ministry.

Standard Chartered Bank strongly supports the Government’s move to encourage savings and actively educates the community through financial planning roadshows, financial literacy pieces and so forth. The Bank’s initiatives include an ongoing weekly Money Matters column in Borneo Bulletin since 2008, appearances over RTB’s Berita Ekonomi to share financial tips, sharing of financial tips over RTB radio and a Money and Sense column in Brunei Time’s Newspaper in Education series back in 2008. Text and images courtesy of SCB Brunei.


The winners of the respective categories with Guest of Honour Hj Mahrub and Lai Pei-Si, CEO of SCB


Jewel Shim was one of the top three winners


The designs by the students

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