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04
Nov

MeSixty could be the next big thing

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


BEES kick-off today

Fifteen schools will be taking part in a programme that will teach entrepreneurship through mentoring and coaching, in hopes of inspiring and equipping Brunei’s younger generation to learn and succeed through enterprise.

Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Nawi, acting director of the Curriculum Development Department, Ministry of Education, said that the Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme (BEES) which is in partnership with Brunei Shell Petroleum, would be available in January in selected government secondary schools, technical schools, Arab school, and a private secondary school.

“The ministry hopes that within three years time, all government secondary schools and technical/vocational schools will have BEES programme runnning in their schools. To ensure sustainability plan for the continuation of BEES programme, the Ministry of Education will take ownership and operation of the BEES programme in 2015,” he said.

Also in attendance was Ken Marnoch, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and he believed that the program builds on efforts in building a dynamic and sustainable economy for Brunei. This is very ideal platform to encourage the local to be more entrepreneurial and hence contributing to the nation’s long-term economic development.

Marnoch hopes one day we can find the next Tony Fernandes or Steve Jobs from Brunei. This concept of entrepreneurship programme such as BEES have been proven in other countries.

A big thumbs up on this matter as I’m a firm believer of entrepreneurship. Text by Deno Goh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of BSP. Click [here] for more coverage.


Hj Abdul Rahman, Acting Director of the Curriculum Development Department, MOE, hopes that BEES programme will be implemented in all government secondary schools in the next few years


Ken Marnoch, Managing Director of BSP, said that 10 volunteers from BSP and Brunei LNG would parter with advisors from UBD and other school teachers in the BEES programme


Group photo with the volunteers


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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TigerLim’s super excited. Why?


Last year, he helped created awareness for the Pakistan flood victims


He’s very involved with Beach Bunch activities and a good ambassador too


And yesterday, he experienced another magical moment. His newly born daughter Eva Lim. Congratulations, dude

Deseo 3rd Year tomorrow

It’s happening tomorrow and Deseo will turn 3 years tomorrow and all are invited to Deseo’s anniversary celebration. It will feature their latest collection, special discounts and there will be tons of activities where you can win attractive prizes.

Deseo is located at Regent Square on 1st Floor at Kiulap. The event starts tomorrow at 2pm. Maira, Deseo’s talent search winner, will be there as well.


Maira, Deseo’s Talent Search winner, will be at Deseo tomorrow too


Wuuuuuu… the spinning wheel at Deseo 🙂

Great deals at Sin Hup Huat


MeSixty gets VC’s boost

This is sometimes the hardest part for any entrepreneur especially in Brunei. Yes, we have heard of grants provided by governments and semi-government bodies. However, raising funds from venture capitalists ain’t easy. This morning, Keeran Janin’s company MeSixty Sdn Bhd gets a major boost from a venture capitalist from Singapore, Accel-X Pte Ltd.

MeSixty, only founded this year, will use the new inject funds for the development of a range of innovative applications built around its technology which indexes and analyze geo-social media (social-media created with mobile devices and tagged to location). This is a great move the company as we all know how mobile devices (even tablets) are fast becoming the primary way of accessing social-networks: presenting big opportunity for companies such as MeSixty.

The funds will allow them to accelerate further in their development stage in order to enter the arena with a unique product and solid value-proposition. With the funds, do expect them to expand in human resources and so far they have four developers and 3 creative professionals working on the prototype.

Today was the signing ceremony between Keeran Janin, co-founder of MeSixty and Edmund Yong of Accel-X Ptd Ltd and it was witnessed by Vincent Cheong, CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board.


Keeran Janin, co-founder of MeSixty, was very excited about the project and he hopes the injected capital can further accelerate his project. MeSixty is at in infant stage and it’s similar to Flipboard (iPad apps) but with the integrations of social-media features. Keeran also shared that this is the biggest milestone he has achieved as a technopreneur. He hinted that the iPhone/iPad apps will be launched in the a month or two. So far, there are a hundred beta users where the developers are fine tuning the apps.


Guests who attended the signing ceremony at the iCentre


Keeran Janin shaking hands with Edmund Yong of Accel-X Pte Ltd as Vincent Cheong, CEO of BEDB looks on


Liam Janin, Social Cartographer of MeSixty, Keeran Janin, Co-founder of MeSixty and Shafique Hussain, Creative Marketing Dynamist of MeSixty

2 more days for Holika Holika promotion

Are you fan of CNBlue? or for this case, any Korean band? I watched some of their music videos and they are pretty good. Now you guys get a chance to watchCNBlue at Bangkok in mid-November and the catch is you have to purchase Holika Holika’s Garden Recipe Set and fill in the form for the lucky draw.

Did you know that the Brunei partner Braun On of Holika Holika will be bringing 30 WINNERS…. Yes, 30 winners to Bangkok to catch CNBlue… Now that’s a big sum and it’s a good chance for shoppers to stand a chance to fly to Bangkok.

The entry forms are available at any Holika Holika branch at Times Square, Hua Ho Yayasan, Hua Ho Kiulap and The Mall and the last day of entry is Sunday, 6th November 2011. The draw itself will take place on 8th November 2011.

The 30 winners will be awarded to a three-day two-night trip to Bangkok, along with hotel accommodation, concert tickets, spending money, and a chance to meet the band in person. Now that’s what I call an awesome promotion.


Will both Denise and Sim Yuan win a chance to fly to Bangkok?


Some of the products at Holika Holika


Denise sending her form for the lucky draw


The lucky draw box will be drawn on 8th November


Carol also tried her luck to catch the Korean band


So do shop at Holika Holika at The Mall, Times Square, Hua Ho Yayasan and Hua Ho Kiulap

OGH Indian Food Promotion

DO YOU have a taste for Indian cuisine? If you just can’t get enough of good Indian cuisine, head down to Orchid Garden Hotel in Anggerek Desa where Chef Kamal and Chef Shukur whet your appetite with mouthwatering and delectable treats and flavours from Northern India for everyone to enjoy.

The Indian Food Promotion has started and will be ongoing until November 12 at the Goldiana Cafe and Lounge. For adults the price per person is $20.80 and just $12.80 for children below 12 years old. Among the number of delicacies available at the cafe are the Prata Corner where Dosai and Chapatti is cooked and served with your choice of dhall and curry.

Let’s start off with main dishes where you will be treated to various staples such as steamed fragrant rice, Indian fried noodles, Croquette ‘masala’, crispy squid ‘chilli and pepper’ and the fish curry ‘Lanka style’.For those who are up for a spicy adventure, there is the roasted lamb leg with spices and yoghurt, the Indian omelette and the ever popular Briyani rice among others.

There are also stalls that prepare specialised dishes such as the Fritters stall where you can find pakoras, wade, samosa, muruku and puri. In stall number two, you can have the Kortu with condiments such as onion, egg, green chilli or curry sauce. Don’t miss out on the rice cakes at stall three and also try out their assorted peanut ‘Indian style’ such as the fried green bean, fried channa bean, cashew nut, peanut, mix muruku, kidney bean masala, green bean masala or the chickpeas masala at stall four.

Have a Chendol with ice cream with ingredients such as red bean, kidney bean, glutinous rice ball and many others.For soup lovers, you might want to try the Mulligatowny soup, Spiced Mutton soup or Fiery rasam soup.

If you’re looking to finish off with some dessert, why not check out the three types of assorted cakes served at the cafe such as the pandan kaya cake, pineapple upside down or the ever popular carrot cake. There are also the vermicelli pudding, mini fruit tartlet pie and creme brulee available. Text by Anwar Rosly from The Brunei Times.


The promotional poster for OGH Indian Food


The Chicken Vindaloo


I highly recommend this dish – Kortu


Dosai anyone?


Anwar enjoying his meal at Goldian Cafe and Lounge


Something for dessert 🙂


Convergence 2011 in November


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03
Nov

JIS International Week coming soon

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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Good awareness program by AITI

AITI has been running a raffle quiz for people who visited AITIs’ Pavilion during the TechXpo 11 at the International Convention Centre.The pavilion consists of a gallery whereby the public can get an insight of the functional groups of AITI which are responsible for AITI programmes and initiatives. Among the successful initiatives profiled are AITI’s Grant Scheme, ICT Competency Programme and the recently concluded Brunei ICT Award 2011 competition.

The public can also learn about Radio Frequency Spectrum Management in Brunei Darussalam, licenses issue by AITI, type approval for radio and telecommunication equipments, consumer information such as International Mobile Roaming Rates when travelling overseas and others. A live demonstration on how unauthorized radio and telecommunication equipment can affect normal TV broadcast was also showcased.

Another section of AITI pavilion hosts the products and services from AITI Grant Scheme and Market Creation Scheme recipients. These companies are Mars Enterprise, John Harith Technology Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Indah Sejahtera Development Services Sdn Bhd, Crescent Sdn Bhd and MEXT-G communication services.

In order to join the quiz, visitors only needed to enjoy the tour of AITIs’ pavilion which will be presented by representatives of AITIs’ different groups. They will explain what are the roles of AITI and also the many projects that AITI is currently working on and also past projects that has contributed to the nation ICT and Telecommunications industry.

By the end of the tour, the public will be asked to answer only one random question out of all the presentation done by the staffs of AITI. The prizes are, Top prize is an iPAD2, 2nd Prize is 1TB hard disk and the 3rd prize is a 500GB hard disk. . Correct entries of the quiz were channeled to the Grand Draw which was held on 30th October 2011, Sunday at 5pm at the AITI pavilion.

On hand to present the prizes were Haji Yahkup Bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive for AITI. The top prize went to Muhd Erwan Fadlullah Abdullah Ramble, while 2nd Prize and 3rd Prize went to Rano Iskandar and Ahmad Aiman Syafi Hj Ghazali respectively.


Last minute entries before the closing time for AITI raffle quiz draw


Lots of people gathered around the AITI pavilion


Haji Yahkup Bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive for AITI, picked the draw


I was one of the fortunate finalists but missed out the iPad2 


Muhd Erwan Fadlullah (center) won the iPad 2

New arrival at ETA

Busy dates at JIS Arts Centre


This is happening next week at it only costs $10


The 750 seater Arts Centre Auditorium will be used for the International Week Concert


Great lightings and superb surround with the acoustic feel at the new auditorium


On 7th December(Wednesday), another event organised Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, The Japan Foundation and Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam. The musicians from Hanamas (above) are from Japan.


So do come on 7th December or the performance by Hanamas and they will perform also at the JIS Arts Centre Auditorium and it’s FREE

02
Nov

Support #MovemberBN

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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Pelangi Radio Quiz Prize Presentation

Cooltones held a prize presentation for winners of the Pelangi Radio Quiz for the 3nd week of October (17-23 Oct) today (28th October 2011). The Pelangi Radio Quiz for this whole month of October is held in conjunction with the Win A Car promo. Prizes for the radio quiz are Mee Sedaap sponsored by Malar Setia Sdn Bhd.

There is also a Lucky Winner chosen by Pelangi from among the winners of that week. The Lucky Winner gets a B-mobile Top-up & and Secret recipe Voucher in addition to the Mee Sedaap.

The winners receiving their prizes were Hjh Saniah Hj Md Said and Fatin Noor Nadirah Omarali and the Weekly Winner: Hjh Saniah Hj Md Said

Presenting the prizes to the winners is assistant manager of Modasys Technology/Cooltones, Pg Khalid. The prize presentation this time around was held at the Airport Mall. For more info on the Win A Car promo, you can visit Cool Tones official website at www.3g.com.bn or via mobile browser at wap.3g.com.bn. or call office number 8112727.


Pg Khalid presenting prizes to the winner


Pg Khalid presenting prizes to the winner

Unshaven for a month

Not shaving for a month? Well, I have done that before but I kinda felt uneasy with all the facial hair around. However, this is for a good cause to raise awareness for #Movember which is to raise health awareness among men in Brunei especially prostate cancer.

#Movember has been around for a decade but this is pretty new in Brunei and thanks to the trio @mujahidjohar @zulfadly @thewheat who successfully launched the #Movember campaign in Brunei and you can follow them on Twitter @movemberbn and they also have the support of the National Cancer Center (NCC).

The registration started last Monday where the @movemberbn group had a small area for the public to register with a minimal fee which will be used for on event in December.

You can still register online by clicking here. You also can join them on Facebook at facebook.com/movemberBN for updates. So they have reached 100 likes and they are pretty up to date too.

So guys, don’t be shy to share this news about prostate cancer awareness and thumbs up to the young lads for making this campaign happening in Brunei.


The guys behind #Movember campaign. Keep it up, guys!!!


They have rubber models to play around with.. you know what I mean 🙂


The SocMed gang came to show support for the cause


This is good to know so don’t be scared 🙂


I’m sporting a fake moustache for now… So can you 🙂


Thumbs up for @PizzaHutBrunei to support the campaign


This is a cool design by Cold Soma


The editorial column in @TheBruneiTImes sees the benefits of social media. Click image to read more

01
Nov

7 billion mark

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


HPV vaccine debuts tomorrow

There has been great news! Starting tomorrow (2nd November 2011), the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine will be made available at the vaccination centre in Ong Sum Ping. Earlier then expected! More great news! It has been decided that it will be made available for free, for all women, citizens and PR. Brunei Darussalam may be the first country in the world to do this! [This note was taken from Health Promotion Centre Facebook at 9pm 1st November]

This is definitely great news for Brunei and thank you to His Majesty and his Government for making this possible in Brunei. You can also follow updates through Twitter @hpcbrunei and the news of the vaccination is spreading like viral on Twitter as we speak :))


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Thought of the day


LOL… Ain’t this true sometimes??


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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C-Class promotion


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World hits 7 billion people

Today marks a milestone for the world.. It was declared that the world population hit the 7 billion mark. I never really take notice of the world’s population and the last count I recalled was 5+ billion people a few years ago. I’m not sure the population of Brunei Darussalam right now but it’s safe to say that it’s in the 400,000 region perhaps? That would only make it 0.0005% of the world’s population.. Holy cow.. That’s a small percentage..

Have you checked what number are you? They have a calculator to see which number you are among the 7 billion. I doubt that it’s accurate but a good estimation.. Click here to find out. Apparently, I’m the 4,113,717,555th person alive on Earth *LOL*


Amazing that the world has reached the 7 billion mark. Image taken from e-fah’s blog


Despite the increasing population, this is still a problem worldwide. Click image to learn more

Recap: TechXpo 2011


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah at Huawei/Sipadu/TelBru pavilion


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah touring around b.mobile booth at TechXpo 11


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah visited Kristal FM mini studio at TechXpo 11


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah at Incomm booth, hosting Angry Birds competition:


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah at Alcatel Lucent booth


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah with DST and IFB


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah at EGNC booth


Both ladies on the job for Social Deal at TechXpo


The complimentary stress balls from ITPSS


Well, you need to fill in the survey to get the stress balls and t-shirts as well. Cool giveaways form ITPSS


The STEP area had lots of students with a lot of interest in robotics


There were a lot of demos during the weekend


They also conducted small workshops on how to create a robot


The long queue at the mirror maze


It’s not what it seems it is :p


It was good to see RA Rockettes coach and his son last weekend “)


One of the winners of the b.mobile competition


Online game competition organised by DST last weekend


I want the Angry Birds tag, please? 😀


It was such a crowd at DST booth


The Angry Birds mascot must have drank Red Bull to entertain the crowd the whole day


Hmmmm this is a cool floating device


EGNC giving away xBox Kinect as their grand prize

30
Oct

Oh happy times

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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Rich tapestry of cultures at ISB

INTERNATIONAL School Brunei (ISB) promoted cross cultural awareness and fostered close community ties between staff, students and parents during its recent International Day celebrations. This annual event is in line with the school’s mission to encourage students to be caring and tolerant global citizens.

The morning began with a parade of children clad in a vast array of colourful national costumes, representing over forty nationalities in the school community. The parade was led around the school campus by ISB’s racially diverse Hadrah Team, showcasing Brunei Darussalam’s vibrant musical heritage.

Darren Sibley, Primary Principal said, “At ISB, we pride ourselves on ensuring our students feel part of a global community that respects the many different heritages they come from. International Day is one of the main events of the school year where we, as a school community, come together to celebrate the many different cultures and countries that both our students and staff represent.”

“We have had a range of fantastic events today (yesterday) and that I feel very privileged to have been part of this wonderful celebration. I would also like to thank the many people who worked tirelessly to ensure the great success of today’s event,” he continued.

Various cultural activities were held in classrooms and numerous national dishes were sampled during the ‘Taste of Nations’ Food Fair. There were also performances to entertain the audience and celebrate the diversity of the student body, including a traditional Malay dance, Chinese dance, Indian dance, ballet, violin performance and a performance of a sape, an indigenous tribal instrument from Sarawak.

“At ISB, we pride ourselves on developing our students their global citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities that go with this,” Matthew Savage, Secondary Principal said.

“With nearly 40 different nationalities, heritages and cultures represented within the rich tapestry of our student body, we are uniquely placed to do so, and today (yesterday) has been an indescribably positive experience.” Attending the event was HRH Princess Sarah who accompanied her son HRH Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim. Text coutesy of Anway Hj Rosly of The Brunei Times.

BSP undergoing a good process

The articles came out in the papers (TBT and BB) and both grabbed the headlines last Saturday. I was invited to attend the Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) Vendor Forum but I wasn’t able to make it. Most of the findings are taken from Deno’s article in TBT last Saturday and he did an intensive coverage which appeared on the front page.

In the article, The Minister of Energy, Pehin Dato Hj Yasmin the guest of honour during BSJV Vendor Foum, raised some issues about local big companies winning the same tender every time. Hmmm I wonder who.. but he said there are five companies that are monopolising the contracts/tenders from BSP.

The Minister also criticized Brunei Shell’s website for not updating it when it mattered the most (during tender periods). He highlighted the level of penetrations of other potential SMEs is weak due to the existence of big players.

Last year, BSP was under investigation for fraud cases involving 10 senior officials as well as a company that won a contract from BSP. Though that case was last year’s, the Minister hinted that an investigation is being carried out to see the “Supply Chain Management” process.

Another item that Pehin Dato Hj Yasmin raised was the integrity of owners and managers hether or not they have advised staff to deplore any form of corruption and lobbying, and how many have a clear policy of no gift, no entertainment, no golfing holidays, for example, “trips to Eastwood Golf club, or having drinks in Miri pubs or other holidays and entertain the BSJV’s staff to lunch. He asked, “”How many of you have a system in place to prevent corruption, monitor and investigate if there is an allegation?”

Contract info leaks. This is where other companies who are tendering for projects will have first hand knowledge as they are able to access to information of the tender/contract.

No penalty/action? For instance, a company had contractual obligations but when they are not met, no actions were taken on the defaulters.

Integrity. Pehin said it doesn’t feel right that Contract holders and Technically Authority holding the same positions year after year. There are also cases where BSP employees retire and straight away join the contractor in the same area of work.


Energy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin (R) officiating at the BSJV Vendor Forum 2011, themed “Expanding Local Capability”, at The Empire Hotel and Country Club as Ken Marnoch, Managing Director of BSP, looks on. Picture by Rudolf Portillo of The Brunei Times

Brunei Shell Petroleum Managing Director Ken Mornach responded (to @denogoh of @TheBruneiTimes) on the issues highlighted by The Minister but I do feel sorry for him though as most of the damage (highlighted by The Minister) was under the previous leadership of Dr Grahaeme Henderson who was the Managing Director then for many years.

Ken Mornach said that they are currently working “very hard” to increase transparency and address some of the issues raised by the Minister. He highlighted during his speech that “safety and business integrity” are two fundamental principles and they will not compromise on those core values.

BSP has also has committed to ensure that the registration process will be done within a month and that only during any tendering will the assessments be made. BSP said its website with tender information is currently up to date.

He also suggested for a “cooling period” especially for retired employees of BSP who retire as contractors in the same field. This means that they can’t be associated with BSP’s businesses for a few years or so.

So far, BSP is going through a “pretty good process” where they are on a road to “more transparency and more openness”.

I have yet to make acquaintance with Ken Mornach.. In fact, I’ve never really talked to the previous Managing Director. Perhaps, I will have the chance to meet Ken Mornach in person as I’ve covered his event once (BSP UBD Green Debate Finals). Oh, I didn’t know you have a blog though it’s only accessible to BSP Intranet users.

The BSJV Vendor Forum must have been a constructive session and it was also a learning experience for BSP and their vendors and the potential ones. We know for sure BSP is heading to the right direction. Source: Deno Goh of The Brunei Times

Related articles

Zero Tolerance on Corruption. The Brunei Times [here]
Where are the locals? The Brunei Times [here]
Oil players told to toe the line to earn licence to operate. The Brunei Times [here]
Beach Bunch – BSP Kuala Belait Beach Cleanup. Jan Shim here]


Two weeks ago, Ken Marnoch, Managing Director of BSP, witnessed a heated debate between UNISSA and UBD in relating to green issue. He handed a mock cheque to the runner-up UBD in the BSP UBD Green Debate Finals. BSP is also concern of the green issue and hence, the Green Debate is a great platform in educating and creating more awareness


Ken Marnonch was involved in the recent Beach Bunch Clean up at Kuala Belait. In the picture also is Rizan Latif, the President of the Beach Bunch. Ken mentioned during his speech that these activities are part of BSP and BSJV’s contribution to the local community. Click image to see more pictures. Image courtesy of Jan Shim.

30
Oct

Embrace the unknown

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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More deals from Concepts Computer

Notebooks and printers are headlines for Concepts Computer this weekend. Already have they announced their Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook, the slimmest yet powerful notebook which is practical for high users. It combines the power and productivity of notebooks and essential features of the smartphone and tablet PC, such as fast startup and Internet connectivity.

The Acer S3 is already selling well at TechXpo 2011 and they have an ongoing promotion as well for buyers of the Acer S3. Concepts Computer brought in the i5 and i7 models. The price starts at BND 1,188 which is pretty competitive


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah holding the new Acer S3 Ultrabook as Richard of Acer explaining


By the way, Concepts Computer is also selling cheaper PCs for the seniors. Do check it out!!

Recently Concepts Computer also unveiled their new printers from Epson. One of them is the EPSON ME 340 which is the latest inkjet printers designed for small offices/home offices. According to Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, the Epson inkjet printers are loaded with Epson’s own innovative Epson DURABite Ultra Ink (water, smudge and fade resistant). It is capable to print 28 A4 pages per minute (monochrome) and 15 pages per minute for colour.

By the way, be wary of counterfeit products especially non-genuine ink or MISS/CISS ink system floating around in the Brunei market. These so-called inks can compromise the quality of Epson printers. If you do have any queries, you can send to Concepts Computer as they are “Epson Authorized Service Provider”.


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and representatives from Epson Malaysia during the launch of Epson printers at Concepts Computer outlet in Kiulap


Zul Abdul Rahman highlighted the better quality printing on one of his photos he printed out on the Epson ME 340 printer

One of the printers that I’m targeting is Epson Picturemate PM 310. Why? Because it’s portable and I can print my shots instantly.. I know this would have been perfect for the Social Media event two weeks ago. The printer comes with pre-loaded with cartridge and also it comes with a remote control. Perhaps another great catch is that it has multiple slots to cater different types of memory cards for instant printing. Oh yea, you can also use this for printing out passport photos.

All in all, I just love the fact is so portable and convenient and you can view your photos on the 7″ screen and it works for both Windows and Mac 🙂


Now that looks pretty portable to me – The Epson Picturemate PM310 printer


It’s convenient to carry and it’s plug and play once you insert the memory card – CF and SD versions


You can control the functions via a remote


The price of the Epson Picturemate PM310 and I should be getting mine soon

Happening tomorrow

SSEAYP left for Japan

Twenty-eight young ambassadors for the Sultanate left for Yokohama, Japan, to participate in the 38th Southeast Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) last Tuesday. The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah handed over the national flag to Hj Mohammad Noor Hj Hamid, leader of the Brunei youth participants (BPYs), at the Departure Hall of Brunei International Airport.

The minister offered words of encouragement to the participants saying that the trip was an opportunity for them to display Brunei’s culture to participants from Southeast Asian nations and Japan, and also enhance relations among the countries.

“The SSEAYP gathers the young people for networking where there is an exchange of ideas, promote understanding and cooperation,” said the minister adding that the participants will return as individuals with fresh new ideas, knowledge and image.

The BPYs will join the other 291 participants in Japan before embarking on a 53-day journey to various ports of call, namely the Philippines, Brunei (November 16-19), Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, before sailing back to Japan. They will return to the country on December 16. Text by Azamri Zainal and Wardi Buntar of The Brunei Times. For more write-up, you can click [here].

29
Oct

Football 2012 is out at ETA. Woohoo!!!

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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Visit AITI booth at TechXpo 11

Once again, AITI is supporting Brunei Darussalam’s premier ICT event, TechXpo 2011, which is held from 27th to 30th October 2011 at the International Convention Centre, Berakas. The AITI pavilion, on a larger scale than last year, promotes the functions and roles of AITI as a telecommunication industry regulator, national radio frequency spectrum manager and developer of Brunei Darussalam’s ICT sector.

The pavilion consists of a gallery whereby the public can get an insight of the functional groups of AITI which are responsible for AITI programmes and initiatives. Among the successful initiatives profiled are AITI’s Grant Scheme, ICT Competency Programme and the recently concluded Brunei ICT Award 2011 competition. The public can also learn about Radio Frequency Spectrum Management in Brunei Darussalam, licenses issue by AITI, type approval for radio and telecommunication equipments, consumer information such as International Mobile Roaming Rates when traveling overseas and others.

A live demonstration on how unauthorized radio and telecommunication equipment can affect normal TV broadcast was also showcased. Another section of AITI pavilion hosts the products and services from AITI Grant Scheme and Market Creation Scheme recipients. These companies are Mars Enterprise, John Harith Technology Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Indah Sejahtera Development Services Sdn Bhd, Crescent Sdn Bhd and MEXT-G communication services.

AITI is also holding a quiz whereby members of the public could stand a chance to win the top prize of an iPad 2. The 2nd and 3rd prizes of the quiz are a 1TB and 500GB hard disk respectively. The public only need to tour the AITI pavilion to learn more about AITI and participate the quiz. Correct entries of the quiz will be channel to the Grand Draw which will be held on 30th October 2011, Sunday at 5pm at the AITI pavilion.


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah visited the AITI pavilion yesterday at TechXpo 11


HRH Princess Hjh Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah being briefed on AITI’s role in Brunei


The Minister of Communications also paid a visit at AITI’s pavilion


Hadi Iskandar explaining the visitors on AITI’s role in Brunei


Oh yeah, if you happened to be at their pavilion, do answer some raffle quiz.. Who knows you might win yourself an iPad2 😀


You can randomly pick one of the questions but you need to get the questions right


The answers are all here… So make sure you can get them right 😀


Even representatives from BEDB gave it a shot


One of the AITI Grant Scheme recipients, John Harith, explaining to the visitors on RFID


You can also read testimonials of AITI employees

The price war begins

This month and the following month, the topic on iPhone 4S won’t be about its specs and of course, Android fans especially Samsung fanatics would like to battle this out in terms of specs (yawn, yawn!!)). The hot topic would be the price tag of the 4S. Interested parties are more concerned of the price of the 4s and the hunting season begins for the best price available at their own convenience.

My friend and I have decided to source one from Singapore as it would be economically cheaper given the time frame (at least November). Of course, if you were to get one now in Singapore of phone vendors, the price tag is still quite high unless you actually pre-ordered from their Apple official store or you were one of the few hundreds to queue up at M1 (first-come, first-serve basis).

My friend’s shop MegaFoto at Far East Plaza is selling 4s 64G at BND 1850 with GST and they do have stock in hand and due to the shortage supplies of 4S, hence the mark up price for 64G which has a difference of at least BND 600 if you were to order from Apple (Singapore) website (BND 1,238) and currently all the stocks for 16, 32 and 64 are not available.

Last Thursday midnight, hundreds queued up to get hold of the 4s. Some were willing to work in shifts and one of them became the first M1 Customer to own an iPhone 4S. Images of the queues are taken from Singapore Yahoo News.


A screenshot from Singapore’s Apple website


The prices at Singapore’s Apple website. However, there’s no stock to pre-order just yet. The waiting game begins.


A good way to kill time by reading Steve Jobs autobiography


The long queue last Thursday at Singapore

Did you know the 4S made it to Brunei last 18th October? Though I have to say it was an unofficial launch and hence the price was staggeringly high.. The first batch of 4S for 16G was selling at BND 1,888 and units were sold out in a matter of days.

Now it’s almost end of the month and for sure, the price has dipped slightly. QQ estore is selling 4S 16GB for BND 1,688 (a 200 dollar drop from a week ago). Incomm price is still higher than QQ with a price tag of BND 1,738. I’m not sure how much DeeJay Home Video is selling though. But this goes to show the level of demand of 4S against the shortage supply of 4S in Brunei.

These have been a debatable issue where “tweeps” were complaining on the super high prices set on 4S at local vendors. The only rationale that I can think of is the price you willing to pay while there’s stock. The longer you wait, the cheaper it gets. Simple!!! Give it till December or January 2012. I’m pretty sure the prices will be competitive and way cheaper.


Screenshot of QQ estore. Click to enter website


Screenshot of Incomm. Click to enter website

Malaysian Food Festival 2 thumbs up!!

Royal Brunei Catering (RBC) is hosting the sixth Malaysian Food Festival; a multi-cultural showcase of traditional culinary delights. The official launch of the festival, which took place at the Airport Restaurant in Berakas, was attended by the guest of honour, Deputy Minister of Finance, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah, in his capacity as the Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines. Also present was the Acting High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Agus Salim Haji Yusof.

During the ceremony, RBC General Manager, Awg Hj Omar Ali bin Hj Mohd Daud, in his welcoming remarks, conveyed his gratitude to RBC’s loyal partners, the High Commission of Malaysia and Malaysia Tourism for working closely with RBC to make the food festival a reality yet again.

Furthermore, in his speech, he said that RBC will continue their food promotions over the next couple of months by featuring Middle East cuisines and an International Dim Sum Food Festival, which are scheduled to take place in November, 2011 and January, 2012 respectively.

Dato Paduka Awg Hj Bahrin then officiated the festival by striking a gong, which was followed by the exchange of souvenirs between Mr Agus Salim and Awg Hj Omar Ali. The ceremony was enlivened with a performance by the ‘Raja Teh Tarik’, Meor Razali.


Deputy Minister of Finance, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah gracing the Malaysia Food Festival


RBC General Manager, Awg Hj Omar Ali bin Hj Mohd Daud, delivering his welcoming remarks


Satay Kajang (from Kedah), Udang Masak Tumpoyak (Perak), Baked Chicken in Bamboo (Sarawak) and Crab Chilli (Sabah)


Malaysian Sushi


Mr. Jack the caricaturist is back by popular demand

The festival, which runs between October 27 and November 9, will see various popular signature dishes from various Malaysian states such as Briyani rice from Johor and sour and spicy fish from Melaka among many more. During the two-week promotion, patrons will have the chance to enjoy the lunch (12pm-2pm) and dinner (7pm-10pm) buffet at the Airport Restaurant daily at BND19.90 per adult and BND10 per child as well as BND 29.90 per adult and BND15 per child respectively.

In addition, the Malaysian Food will also feature at the Season’s Restaurant where it focusses on ala carte menus. In conjunction with the festival, two Malaysian – the ‘Teh Tarik King’, Mr Meor and Caricaturist, Mr Jack – were flown to the Sultanate from Kuala Lumpur to entertain all diners during the lunch or dinner buffets.

Patrons are also eligible to win 12 lucky draw prizes sponsored by Tourism Malaysia, Ri-Yaz Hotels & Resort Sdn Bhd and Century Travel.

Exclusive discounts will be made available for BIBD cardholders during this promotional period with MasterCard Gold owners enjoying 10 per cent discount, while MasterCard Classic and debit card owners can enjoy eight per cent off their dining bills. For reservations and information contact the Airport Restaurant at 2339207 or 2331853 and Season’s Restaurant at 2422291/2. Text by Rokiah Mahmud of Bornoe Bulletin


Teh Tarik King, Mr Meor will be showcasing his teh tarik skills


Team work counts and all of them making a difference to make Malaysian Food Festival worthwhile at Airport Restaurant


Final day is 9th November

Ok, I’m getting this game

RBC prize presentation

Royal Brunei Catering organized a prize presentation for the “KENALI MAKANAN KITANI (KMK)” and RBC Courtesy Campaign at The Airport Restaurant on 28 October 2011. A joint effort with Brunei Tourism and Royal Brunei Catering, the “Kenali Makanan Kitani” (KMK) was brought to Seasons Restaurant started from 27 September till 10 October 2011.

Diners for the KMK were entitled to Special Draw with great prizes during the promotional period. Three winners won the 2 days 1 night stay at Matan Homestay. The winners were Fauziah binti Haji Ahad; Hajah Azamah binti Dato Haji Mohd Salleh (on behalf by Lilibeth Arabani) and Harina binti Haji Abas (on behalf by Haji Ramli bin Haji Abas). Prizes were presented by RBC General Manager, Haji Omar Ali bin Haji Mohd Daud .


One of the winners – Fauziah binti Haji Ahad

After the KMK prize presentation, there was a prize presentation for RBC Courtesy Campaign. Royal Brunei Catering Sdn Bhd (RBC) has successfully started its Courtesy Campaign, “Serving with a Smile” from 27 September 2011 at various outlets including The Airport Restaurant, Seasons Restaurant, Emperor’s Court, Dynasty Restaurant, Poolside Café, RBC Express Fast Food outlets, Ministry of Finance Cafeteria, The Airport Cafeteria, Coffee Garden, Goldstone Ballroom at Centrepoint, Manggis Ballroom at Hua Ho Manggis Mall, Hospital Catering Services, Outside Catering, RBC Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services and RBC Aircraft Catering Centre.

During this campaign, dining customers are invited to fill in the campaign forms and nominate the most courteous staff upon paying at the cashier counter. Customers who have submitted the completed nomination forms will get a chance to WIN WEEKLY PRIZES such as Dining Vouchers and RBC Dining Privilege Card.


One of the winners for RBC Courtesy Campaign – Datin Hjh Norsham bte Hj Ahmad Yunos

There were 20 customer winners for the month of October. Each of them won one Buffet Lunch voucher for one person of Malaysia Food Festival which is now being held at The Airport Restaurant from 27 October to 9 November 2011.

The RBC Courtesy Campaign customer winners who won prizes from the respective outlets were:

28
Oct

2012 awaits

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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Thursday’s update of TechXpo


Minister of Communications officially launched Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam’s latest product – BIBD Online (Banking anytime, anywhere!). Click image to check BIBD Online


Minister of Communications looking at projectors at Netcom booth at TechXpo 11


Minister of Communications checking out b.mobile’s promotion


The Ideos S7 Slim.. 7″ Touch Screen, 720p HD, Android Froyo. Selling at BND 469 at b.mobile booth at Techxpo


Minister of Communications was introduced by Teledirectories on their latest product which is YP online and it can be access through smartphones soon


Shamsul Bahri Kamis, CEO of ITPSS (IT Protective Security Services) explaining the Web Quest competition to the Minister of Communications


Minister of Communications at Ten Ten booth


Richard of Acer showcasing the latest powerful Acer S3 Ultrabook


Minister of Communications still hunting for the right printer


Sunlit staff queueing up for food vouchers and they have worked very hard in setting up the booths


The iCentre booth was located quite far away


KFM having their own gimmicks where you can win prizes so stay tune to Kristal FM to find out how



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LEAP Workshop this Monday


Wanting your ideas to materialised? Then apply for the LEAP Program

This is ideal for start-up companies. If you are seeking capital or lacking the financial backing for your potential viable ideas, then I highly recommend you to apply for the Brunei Economic Development Board’s LEAP grant and the deadline of submission for new applicants will be on 21st November 2011.

This is the second of its kind after BEDB have successfully granted 8 companies (7 IT related) for the grant scheme. The requirements are pretty reasonable especially that you only need to have a registered company (which one takes a few days to create). The rest of it depends on your concrete business plans and ideas and the final straw will be the presentation to the panels of the evaluation committee on your business plan.

Oh yea, mind you that the business idea that you have must be of something new as the LEAP grant scheme only focuses on “prototype” stage. In other words, the grant only covers the initial stage of the business which does not cover marketing, sales or expansion of business.

Nurul Ain Jaafar, Senior Business Development Manager of Local Business Development at the BEDB, said that the idea of LEAP is to generate more intellectual property, to be a commercial entity, to create spin-offs and to be more innovative.

So what kind of businesses is BEDB looking for? According to Diana Ramli, Project Coordinator of Local Business Development, BEDB, they are seeking for ICT, agriculture and aquaculture and engineering related products.

The grant will be capped at BND 150,000 per applicant so you can submit a business plan and play around with figures (well, of course be realistic). Successful applicants will get 25% of the initial fund or what they call mobilization funds to keep start your business. The rest of the funds will follow a reimbursement system.

So interested applicants, the workshop for LEAP program is on Monday, 31st October at 8:00am at the iCentre. Good luck!!


Diana Ramli, Project Coordinator of Local Business Development, BEDB and Norsuzielawaty Abu Bakar, Assistant Manager, Innovation & New Initiatives Divisoin, BEDB at the press briefing last Wednesday


Keeran Janin (right), founder of MeSixty, who successfully applied the LEAP grant in the first batch and used the funds to create his prototype – MeSixty – which should be launched in November/December.

C-Class promotion


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Crazy weekend promotion at SHH

Improving but more room for improvement

Improvements in the government services completed between 2010 and 2011 resulted in a 29 ranks improvement which pushed Brunei Darussalam’s ranking to 83 from 112, according to Doing Business 2012: Doing business in a more transparent world, the ninth in a series of annual reports published by IFC and the World Bank that measures the ease of doing business among 183 economies.

Specifically, this year’s report highlighted significant improvements in 2 indicators, namely Registering Property which improved by 76 ranks to 107th; Trading Across Border at 35th improving by 17 ranks compared to the previous report. Two indicators showed modest improvements, namely Enforcing Contract which improved 8 ranks to 151 and Paying Taxes, improving by 2 ranks to occupy the 20th rank worldwide. The report also published the adjusted 2011ranking for Brunei Darussalam (86) taking into consideration the additional topic (Getting Electricity) and reflecting data corrections.

Brunei Darussalam also ranks well in Getting Electricity (28) a newly re-introduced indicator for 2012 report. However 5 indicators slide from the 2011 rankings namely Starting a Business from 133 to 136; Dealing with Construction Permit sliding 9 ranks from 74 to 83; Protecting Investors down by 2 ranks to 122 and Resolving Insolvency (Closing a Business) also down by 2 ranks to 44th.

As the Chairman of the Ease of Doing Business Steering Committee, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya Bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources welcomes the overall improvement on Brunei Darussalam’s overall ranking and reiterated that the improvements recognised in the Doing Business 2012: Doing business in a more transparent world report are the results of concerted efforts of all agencies responsible for regulating business environment in Brunei Darussalam. He further stressed that various reforms and improvements are work in progress and the results will only be reflected in future reports.


The Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Yahya, spoke of the Ease of Doing Business in Brunei during the Brunei Business Forum 2011 back in September

The formation of Ease of Doing Business Steering Committee and Working Committee earlier this year is testament to the commitment of His Majesty’s government to continuously address business fundamentals in the country. It has enabled and will continuously provide a platform for a more focus and coordinated efforts among government agencies to improve the doing business environment in Brunei Darussalam, and convert reform plans into effective, measurable and practical actions that benefit the business community and the SMEs.

Brunei Darussalam is now 4th among the ASEAN countries behind Singapore which holds the top ranking for the 5th consecutive years, Thailand (17) and Malaysia (18). The Doing Business 2012 report also highlighted that for the period of 2010/2011, 125 countries implemented 245 institutional and regulatory reforms, 13% higher than previously and this seems to be the trend for the future. Therefore at 83rd Brunei Darussalam need to continuously strive to improve its business regulatory environment as guided by the proxy indicators used by the World Bank if it wants to provide a highly conducive environment for local and international businesses to operate in, as well as create competitive and respectable position in the ease of doing business.

Ultimately the real impact of ease of doing business can be best shown through constant growth in businesses and foreign direct investors from international companies who successfully started and thrive in a pro-business environment. Implementation of regulatory and institutional reforms also showed better results and wider impacts with full engagement of the stakeholders, in particular the private sector/ business community. Therefore the Ease of Doing Business Working Committee in collaboration with the World Bank will be conducting a World Bank Workshop on Doing Business in Brunei Darussalam from 15 – 17 November 2011, at the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

The following are the tabled summary of Brunei Darussalam individual indicator rankings attainment compared to 2011 report and position compared to other ASEAN countries. Text courtesy of Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

Mothercare Special Promotion

It’s “Movember” this Monday

@Mujahidjohar @thewheat and @zulfadly will be organizing an event called ‘Movember BN’. Movember is an event which originated in Adelaide, Australia. The event is a fund raising event for male cancer patients. However, in Brunei, they are not going to raise any funds but they want to create awareness about Men’s health issues in general and highlight cancer as our main issue. For this event, they have the support of the National Cancer Center, NCC.

Currently there is no association that supports Men’s cancer awareness / support group. Even if there is one, it is not active.

What happens during Movember BN? On the eve of 31st October 2011, Monday night 6-9 p.m, they invite interested participants to register with us at the Mall, Gadong. A registration booth will be set up and participants will have to come clean shaved above the lip region, moustache area. Participants also have an option to shave their heads. Photos will be taken as proof of a clean shave at the start of Movember.

A minimal registration fee will be asked upon registration. Money will be used for the end of Movember event which will be held on 5th December, Saturday night. Tentative meet up, Waterfront, BSB, pending approval.

Catch them on Facebook page – http://Facebook.com/movemberbn
or follow them on Twitter @movemberbn

27
Oct

TechXpo 2011

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in Events & Promotions




Thursday’s update of TechXpo


Minister of Communications officially launched Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam’s latest product – BIBD Online (Banking anytime, anywhere!)


Minister of Communications was one of the first few who signed up for BIBD Online


Minister of Communications visiting the Netcom booth at TechXpo 11


Minister of Communications looking at projectors at Netcom booth at TechXpo 11


Minister of Communications checking out b.mobile’s promotion


The b.mobile booth at TechXpo 11


The Ideos S7 Slim.. 7″ Touch Screen, 720p HD, Android Froyo. Selling at BND 469 at b.mobile booth at Techxpo


Will she be getting the Android tablet?


Minister of Communications was introduced by Teledirectories on their latest product which is YP online and it can be access through smartphones soon


Minister of Communications paying a visit to ITPSS booth


Shamsul Bahri Kamis, CEO of ITPSS (IT Protective Security Services) explaining the Web Quest competition to the Minister of Communications


Minister of Communications at Ten Ten booth


Richard of Acer showcasing the latest powerful Acer S3 Ultrabook


Minister of Communications still hunting for the right printer


Sunlit staff queueing up for food vouchers and they have worked very hard in setting up the booths


The iCentre booth was located quite far away


The KFM chilling area at DST booth. I think DST have the biggest space at TechXpo


KFM having their own gimmicks where you can win prizes so stay tune to Kristal FM to find out how


3G mapping at DST booth. Pretty cool stuff


Tele-live conference…. Hmm.. I stick to Skyping 😀

TechXpo ’11 Thursday

Happening now


The crowd at ICC this morning


The crowd at ICC this morning


KFM have their own mini-studio at TechXpo. Cooliess!!!! And congratulations on the re-launch


A crowd puller for the kids definitely


Check out the highlights for this year’s TechXpo

26th October 

TechXpo ’11 Eve Day

Behind the scenes


Apparently BIBD will be launching their BIBD Online tomorrow. It was hinted during the Think Big Innovate 2011. Now the time has come. Follow @BIBD on Twitter for updates


DST have quite a big space at the TechXpo. They are going aggressive with their branding – The Future. Now


This is a cool design and they are expanding their wings to other areas


ITPSS will also be participating at TechXpo


ITPSS is also running a website design competition and you can find more about it during the TechXpo. Click image to see more details


The AITI booth will be showcasing the companies that have been given grants for their ICT projects


Oh, guests can also participate in a raffle quiz and you can stand a chance to win fantastic prizes


b.mobile will be unveiling their own Android tablet at TechXpo


The worker is rushing to be on time for the TechXpo opening


This is the first time Concepts Computer taking a huge space to showcase their latest powerful notebook – Acer Aspire S3


Richard from Acer talked about the power of the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook. Price will be BND 1,188 and there will be mystery gifts given while stock last and you can also purchase Acer Ext HDD 500G for BND 39 only if you get the notebook. This deal is only applicable at TechXpo.


Mel from DST holding the Angry Birds sign for the upcoming contest at TechXpo


You can pre-register by printing this out and there will also be walk-in registration at TechXpo. There will be daily prizes from Thursday to Sunday for top scores. Click image for bigger image to print. Good luck!!


Taiwan exhibitors are here too and there are a few companies from Taiwan


EGNC have a massive booth as well. You can learn about the e-darussalam portal


Comms Harris & Co will be showcasing their touchscreen and targeting corporate companies


There’s a section called “Incrediworld” inteactive theme park where you have to pay $3 to enter and there will be a mirror maze, some optical illusions and many more.


The STEP Centre of Ministry of Education will be taking care of the Robot competition which was quite popular last year


The much anticipated N9 will make its debut at TechXpo. Price unsure yet.

Mid-October 2011

TechXpo in two weeks’ time

For enquiries, call 2453666 or fax over your queries to 2453777or email them totechxpobrunei@sunlitadvertising.com. For more information on the TechXpo you can go to the website at www.techxpobrunei.com.


Guests witnessing the signing ceremony between the partners and the organisers of TechXpo 2011


Guests witnessing the signing ceremony between the partners and the organisers of TechXpo 2011


Step Center from the Ministry of Education is one of the partners of the TechXpo 2011


Monica from The Brunei Times signed on behalf of the official media print for the TechXpo 2011


NR of TelBru signing on behalf of the official Telco for TechXpo 2011


Mr. RA will be updating posts on TechXpo 2011 from time to time


Arjuna Ranasignhe, GM of TechOneGlobal exchanging documents with Pengiran Abd Ghani Pg Hj Metusin, Chairman of IFB. TechOneGlobal and Microsoft will conduct free IT training sessions for the public. A state-of-the-art computer laboratory with 100 PCs will be available for hands-on training.


Group photo with the partners and the event organisers


The gorgeous ladies from Sunlit Advertising. They will be super busy during the event.


Gavin of Sunlit Advertising enjoying his refreshments

27
Oct

TechXpo kicks off today

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Happy Birthday Deseo


Maira was one of the Deseo Talent Search Contest and she had more than 2,000 likes (or votes). This picture was posted on Deseo’s Facebook


Maira preparing for photoshoot this afternoon. Image courtesy of Deseo

Check out the packages for Savvy


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Earlier this month, Belinda won the Proton Savvy from Times Square’s lucky draw


Sunday Brunch at Radisson Hotel


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TechXpo ’11 Thursday

Happening now


The crowd at ICC this morning


The crowd at ICC this morning


KFM have their own mini-studio at TechXpo. Cooliess!!!! And congratulations on the re-launch


A crowd puller for the kids definitely


Check out the highlights for this year’s TechXpo

Check out b.mobile’s slogan competition

10 lucky winners from Kempen Barakah BIBD

Kempen Barakah BIBD was launched in conjunction with the three religious months of Ramadhan, followed by Syawal and then finally Zulkaedah. Its main objective is mainly to express BIBD’s appreciation to its valued customers. Launched on the 18th August 2011, the campaign today announced ten lucky winners who walked away with B$500 credited into their BIBD accounts.

Fauzidah bte Haji Awang Sijun, Hj Md Jani @ Abdul Jabbar bin Hj Abd Majid, Siti Hamidah Hj Sarbini, Ak Md Mu’izzudin bin Pg Ismail, Kelvin Tan Jun Jie, Ak Salleh Pg Hj Mohammad, Masli bin Hj Radin, Ganti Anak Gamow, Dina Hairunisa @ Mona binti Tajuddin and Hj Adi Noh bin Tinggal couldn’t believe their luck when they received a call last week informing them that they have each won B$500. This is the second batch of winners announced and the first one was held on September 26, 2011.

Present as the guest of honour to present the cash prizes was Head of Corporate Banking Division Mr Koh Swam Sing. The presentation ceremony was held at the BIBD’s Tanjong Bunut Branch.

According to Mr Koh, more than 14,700 entry forms poured in over the last month alone and more are coming in. “We now have a total of over 22,300 submitted entry forms to participate in this campaign. The number is overwhelming. There’s only less than three weeks left before the campaign ends on November 15 and I hope those who have not signed up for our products will take this opportunity to do so soon, before the campaign ends” Mr Koh said.

Much of the entry forms came from our customers who signed up for our newly launched Debit Card. It is encouraging to see so many of BIBD’s loyal customers signing up for BIBD’s products and services. We hope to continue serving our customers to the best of our ability,” he added.

The promotion will run for three months until November 15, 2011 and will give one lucky BIBD customer an opportunity to drive away in a brand new luxury Lexus CT200h car. Text courtesy of BIBD.


Head of Corporate Banking Division Mr Koh Swam Sing handing to one of the lucky winners


Group photo with BIBD associates and the winners


Who will win the grand prize this November?

This is already a hit


Critics gave this an average score of 8.5

BIBD Charity Netball

Netballers were treated to a day packed with action and excitement.

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD) held its 4th Invitational Netball Tournament yesterday, under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), with government agencies and private organisations at the Multipurpose Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, in Berakas.

Some 90 participants from several organisations made up nine teams, according to a press release. BIBD’s CSR committee members were also present at the event. The participating organisations involved yesterday were the BIBD Sukuk Team, BIBD Barakah Team, BIBD, Kauthar Team, HSBC, SCB, Takaful Brunei, Sankaran Halim, DST and the Ministry of Finance (MOF Investment Division).

BIBD’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Hajah Dayang Normah Haji Ismail officially kicked off the tournament that saw the teams battle it out from 9am onwards.

Towards the end, it was Team HSBC that was named champion of the tournament after defeating BIBD Barakah Team, 12-10 in the final; which means BIBD Barakah Team settled for silver while Team DST were awarded third place.

Among the aims of the annual BIBD Invitational Charity Netball Tournament was for BIBD to foster close relationships with other organisations through sports and at the same time encouraging the women of the organisations to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Through the tournament, BIBD also hoped to edify teamwork among peers both internally and externally with opportunities to strengthen their networks.

In conjunction with this event, BIBD also presented mock cheques with total donations of $2,355.42 to two charity organisations. The mock cheques were presented by Hajah Dayang Normah bte Hj Ismail to the representatives of the Believe Youth Association (BYA) and to Nur Zakiah Hussin, the wife of the managing director of BIBD; both of them received $1,177.71 each. Text by Dennis Lim of The Brunei Times. For more, [click here].

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Pizza Hut’s latest promotion

Hush Puppies in Brunei

Hush Puppies opened its first-ever store in Brunei and it’s located at Rizqun Hotel (1st floor). Brought in by Le Steadfast Lifestyle Company, the Brunei branch of the popular brand saw many customers who have waited long enough for the brand to break into the local market make a beeline to its store in Gadong.

The Hush Puppies store is conveniently connected to The Mall in Gadong and offers a wide range of footwear along with socks and accessories. From dress shoes to casual shoes and phylon sandals, Hush Puppies is set to cater to your needs for good-looking, comfortable shoes. 

There is not enough choice for men’s footwear in Brunei, according to Hush Puppies representative Poh Na, therefore with the introduction of Hush Puppies here, men will have the chance to purchase comfortable as well as stylish footwear for themselves.

Poh Na said that the reception for Hush Puppies had been encouraging even before the launch, as many Bruneians are familiar with the brand. She also addressed the concern of the religious community regarding the acceptance of their shoes as being halal in terms of the leather component, as well as the issue of the basset hound logo. 

“We want to ensure our customers that the shoes, even the lining, are made of cow leather and sheepskin leather, so there is no need to worry about it.” (You want to be more assured, you can click here).

Apart from footwear, Hush Puppies also carries a range of accessories such as handbags and shoe care products. The brand’s “bamboo socks”, which absorbs perspiration and odour, are also available at the store. Text by Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times [Click here for more stories].


You can find this at Hush Puppies, The Rizqun Hotel (1st floor)


You can buy vouchers or even have a privilege card (admin fee $10) for one year and it’s valid for Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. On non-sale period, you’re entitled to 10% discount

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