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05
Oct

RIP Steve Jobs

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News



Truly an iconic innovator. RIP, Steve.


A bit shocked about the news but it was only a matter of time. He died of pancreatic cancer and he had been battling it for a few years. A visionary who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage will be sorely missed. His best creation?? iPod, iPhone, iPad… the list goes on… Thank you for the innovation and I’ve been an Apple fan since 2008 thanks to you. RIP. Image taken from Apple.com


Trending topic on Twitter this morning


Trending topic on Twitter this morning


Trending topic on Twitter this morning


Trending topic on Twitter this morning


Trending topic on Twitter this morning


Trending topic on Twitter this morning

Comments from people on the late Steve Jobs

Mark Zuckerberg – Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.
Clovis Lai – Steve Jobs, a visionary who has touched all our lives, has definitely left the world a better place than he found it. How are you choosing to live your life? You don’t have to be Steve Jobs, you just have to be the best you. I love you all for being in my life for the friendship and time that we had together, even if only for one short moment. Hugs.
Chris Ng – Does anyone feel that a little bit of Steve’s is in every apple product we own? Countless people are learning Steve Jobs died on devices that would not exist without his vision. That’s a legacy.
Sophia Siu – Steve Jobs, the man who puts a dent in the world…
Redzwan Kamarudin – I’ll miss your turtlenecks and your showmanship, Steve.
Farha Hanina Maidi – RIP Steve Jobs. It kinda puts the whole iPhone 4S anticlimax into perspective.
Nurul Zainal – He was the Willy Wonka of gadgets. Just a whisper of something new from his labs and it would get the whole world buzzing.. Thank you Mr Jobs.. Rest in peace you genius you.
Shaf Said – Apple eversince i was born,from a colourful apple logo to a minimal one,all the best innovations came from you..rest in peace Steve”Apple Grandmaster” Jobs 🙂
TigerLim – I love you Steve Jobs and I keep my promise and always support you Apple.God Bless You and R.I.P

Curtin University Sarawak

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MGW Fair kicks off today


Tons of activities and this is your one-stop wedding portal for the weekend at The Mall

The event kicks off today until Sunday and it’s happening at The Mall. The wait is over!! The Musical Garden Wedding Fair is here and there will be ton of activities and places to visit during the MGW Fair hosted by PDCA Events. The opening ceremony will kick off later at 2pm.

There are more than 20 exhibitors participating in this year’s MGW Fair and the set up looks pretty good so far. Last night, the team were busy setting up for the wedding fair. Good luck to the organisers.


The products specialize in problematic skins especially pigmentation and acne scarring. Highly recommend the V10 Plus series which have received many rave reviews. You can stand a chance to win an iPhone4 and two skincare hampers and tons of consolation prizes


Looking for wedding souvenirs?? Now you can get special offers if you buy certain quantities of wedding souvenirs such as glassware, jewellery box, candle holder to name a few. Come and visit the fair to find out more

The top five couples with the most “likes” from Facebook voting will displayed at the Musical Garden Wedding (MGW) Fair in The Mall for the final round of voting. Customers who make any purchases during the exhibition from any of the booths from 6th – 9th October 2011 at the MGW Fair are entitled to take part in both the final round of voting for the Most Photogenic Couple Contest and the MGW lucky draw.

Customers can obtain entry forms at the Information Desk and submit them along with the receipt/s of their purchase/s. One receipt entitles one customer to one entry form. Multiple entries are allowed. Customers can list down the number associated with their favorite photo in the entry form to vote.

The consolation prizes for the top five couples who manage to get into the final round is a Wedding Venue Decorations Services Package worth BND300 by Potzz and Petalz Florist, an 18” x 12” framed photo and a softcopy CD worth BND150 by Devin Kho Photography.

The winners of the Most Photogenic Couple Contest will be awarded with the grand prize of a Wedding Venue Decoration Services Package worth BND500 by Potzz and Petalz Florist, a Premium Pre-Wedding Photo-shoot Package worth BND880, an 18” x 12” framed photo and a softcopy CD worth BND120 by Devin Kho Photography. They will also be the Brand Ambassadors for the next Musical Garden Wedding Fair cover page and other promotional materials.

The five entries who did not make it into the final round of voting will receive a consolation prize, inclusive of a Wedding Venue Decoration Services Package worth BND200 by Potzz and Petalz Florist, an 8” x 10” framed photo and a softcopy CD worth BND80 by Devin Kho Photography.

PDCA Events Co. is an events management company that applies the PLAN, DO, CHECK and ACTION cycle in every task undertaken so that each project is handled professionally with utmost attention to detail in order to ensure that every event is a success. PDCA Events Co. began in 2009 with events such as the Indonesia Quake Fund (IQF) in Brunei. Their business tag line is “The Lighter Way to Enjoy Quality”.


Top 5 finalists: Victor Yap Kah Fong & Stephanie Koh Chein


Top 5 finalists: Mohammad Azizul Jabbar bin Hj Basir & Nadzirah Binti Musa


Top 5 finalists: Mohamad Nazmi Hj Zakeria & Hjh Noraini Hj Momin


Top 5 finalists: Chiaw Ching Seng & Liue Gee Joo


Top 5 finalists: Hamizah Rahman & Rizah Mahmud

Vacancies at TOTAL


Wanna try out as Legal Counsel or a Geophysicist or an Administrative Assistant or a General Services Assistance?

Weddingkoo boutique

Sapto Djojokartiko was born in Solo, a city of aristocracy antiquity; a city that glorifies the mixture of the Mataram Kingdom in Java and Dutch Feudalism. Sapto puts together Solo’s tradition, folktales, dance, music and architecture into his designs, therefore creating his art.

Drawing is his endowed talent. He began designing in 1997 when he decided to study Fashion Design & Pattern Making at L’Ecole Superieur des Art et Technique de la Mode. After immersing himself in a plethora of fashion projects, in 2007 the brand Sapto Djojokartiko was born.

His cultural background influences his artistic designs, which lead him to his success. His combination of his culture and others have translated into his art. You will be able to see his passion and vision in his intricate designs and attention to details. Many fashion designers have claimed to have a great attention to details but his, has been proven by a number of satisfied actresses, socialites and fashion lovers that are a true Sapto-fan.

Bold, modern, edgy with a touch of classic will always be his signature creation. His work has earned him a 2011 ELLE Style Award’s Fashion Designer of the Year. And, this is just the beginning for Sapto. Please contact his team in Brunei: WEDDDINGKOO Email: handaraisman@gmail.com or phone: +673 8610656


Designed by Sapto Djojokartiko


Designed by Sapto Djojokartiko


Designed by Sapto Djojokartiko


Searching for a web designer


Oh yeah, this is open for foreigners too

Dark Souls at ETA

04
Oct

iPhone 4s, not iPhone 5

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Curtin University Sarawak

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What’s the public reaction?


Golden Churn days have been numbered. MoRA has banned the sale of Golden Churn in Brunei until it gets the hahal certificate. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times

This is the third time that the relevant authorities have put a stop to the popular Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter in the Sultanate. Why? Because the product is now deemed “syubhah” (of doubtful halal nature) and hence must be avoided by Muslims.

The Brunei Islamic Religious Council (Muib) has passed on the law – “Based on the fatwa Mufti Kerajaan Siri Fatwa Bil: (30/2011) dated 25 Syawal 1432 corresponding to 24 September 2011, and based on new information and current development of the issue regarding the butter product Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter, manufactured by Ballantyne Food Pty Ltd, New Zealand, therefore the Brunei Islamic Religious Council has agreed to determine that the product is in the position of syubhah according to Syara’ (Islamic laws)” – as read by the Minister of Religious Affairs.

So now the product is no longer allowed to be imported to Brunei until it obtains the Brunei Halal Certificate and Permit.

Back in 8th August, MoRA advised Muslims to avoid Golden Churn only to be announced on 12th August that all Golden Churn products are deemed halal. Today’s press release made a u-turn that Golden Churn Pure Creamery Butter is not be sold because of its doubtfulness.

I’m quite bemused by the ongoing saga of Golden Churn and this have perhaps bring a lot of disappointments from the clients, consumers and most of all, the suppliers. If there was such doubt, why allowed it to be deemed halal in the first place?

Should Golden Churn gets the green light, the damage has already been done as the value of trust is in doubt as well. This is definitely one of the disappointing news in Brunei apart from the announcement of the iPhone 4s last night. For more info, you can [click here]. 

Apple unveils the iPhone 4s


A bit disappointed that no announcement of iPhone 5 but the iPhone 4s stlll pack the punch

So much fuss about the iPhone announcement and I’m quite surprised a few of us (even Androids users) were up to catch the liveblog updates on the next iPhone gen. Though many would have predicted, an iPhone 4s, some were left disappointed thinking the iPhone 5 would have been unveiled.

Instead it was just an upgrade of the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4s which has better features than the current iPhone 4. What are the new features? Well, for one, they have an application call “Siri” which is like a voice assistant to your needs. So you can ask for the weather forecast or make a calendar appointment or do a search on Wikipedia (oo, oo, AskRobin…) I’m not quite sure if Siri is part of the iOS5 or is it an apps featured only in iPhone 4s.

One of the most impressive features is the camera. It is now 8 megapixels and it has advance optics too. The iPhone 4s also has iOS5 and iCloud integrated into the phone. It also has a dual-core A5 Chip which makes this the fatest iPhone to date and you can see the difference between the iPhone 4s and the current iPhone 4.

A few of my friends were pretty disappointed that the design and overall feel hasn’t change at all. So basically, you can still use the same casing for iPhone4 on iPhone 4s. I have to say I’m quite impressed with the battery life.

Will I be getting myself one? It remains to be seen. But I’m already in love with the camera :))

Apple’s iPhone timeline

July 2007 – iPhone was released
Juy 2008 – iPhone 3G was released
June 2009 – iPhone 3Gs was released
July 2010 – iPhone 4 was released
October 2011 – iPhone 4s was announced

It was mentioned that Singapore will have their stock by 28th October. So I wonder how much will Brunei charge (according to their market price + demand)? We shall wait and see :))

The iOS5 will be available for download by 12th October 2011.


Oh yeah, they also unveilved the new iPod in white and they will come with iOS5 too

It’s happening tomorrow


Tons of activities and this is your one-stop wedding portal for the weekend at The Mall. More news on this later

The Empire Hotel Corporate Open House


Jade and Mandy were there


The ladies from BAG Networks


Caroline (left) won a lucky draw then.. Lucky you


I’m loving the set up and the ambience. The best Hari Raya Open House by far this year


Managing Director of Home Suite Home won one night stay at The Empire Hotel too


Ambassador of Laos (2nd left) was also there


The vain guys from BB *kidding.. lol*


Gavin (right) missed out on the one night stay becuase he left early


BAG Networks making their presence felt and they already have QR codes on their business cards.. Awesome!!


Siew Yi also won a one-night stay at The Empire

RBTS Corporate Open House


Mingling with them after the prize presentation of the lucky draw


The guys from RBTS


The guys helping with the ushering and gifts from RBTS

TelBru Corporate Open House

TelBru Corporate Open House

04
Oct

Are you ready for THINK BIG Innovate?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Curtin University Sarawak

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Searching for the next “Steve Jobs”

The fourth annual technology & entrepreneurship forum in Brunei THiNKBIG Innovate 2011 co-organised by iCentre and Asia Inc Forum, will take place at the Empire Hotel & Country Club on October 20, 2011. The forum is expected to bring together 250 delegates from the ICT industry, government, business community, educational institutions, students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The forum themed “Innovation…Inspiring and Driving Change” will explore how innovation driven technology has inspired change and how entrepreneurs have used these innovations to bring value to businesses and society.

So what can you expect from the event this month?

1) Multi-track sessions
2) a TED style presentation (interesting)
3) networking lunch

Who are the invited speakers?

Derek Sivers, Founder of CDBABY – largers seller of independent music on the web.
Ann Burgraff, Mentor Advisor at NUS Enterprise & Former VP of Corporate Marketing at Salesforce – 15 years experience of marketing innovative software andr marketing services
Hew Joon Yeng, Co- founder of PigeonLab Pte Ltd – a Singapore based company which designs and develops conference question and answer tools on the mobile web.

This year’s THiNK BIG Innovate 2011 boasts a fresh outlook and it is hoped the rebranding will encourage people who are less tech-savvy to attend and benefit from the forum. Hadi Shafie of the iCentre said that “we had in mind to spur the development entrepreneurship in Brunei when we crafted the programme. This year, we have rebranded the event as Innovate 2011 as this is NOT just another technology forum, this is a platform for inspiration, for learning and for ideas in building better businesses, markets, a stronger industry, a firmer framework for encouraging entrepreneurship, and understanding how the world is moving towards different emerging technologies.”

This is a highly recommended event for students, innovators, enterpreneurs, and perhaps those who are participating in the Think Big Ignite competition.. well, you will definitely learn something from this forum and I shall be covering this event as well.

For more information visit asisincforum.com or contact Asia Inc Forum at 222 6555 or you can follow @icentre_brunei for updates of the THINK BIG Innovate 2011 and even win seats or get a discount on the seats for the forum.


The promotional poster for ThinkBig Innovate


The invited speakers for THINKBIG Innovate speakers


Hadie Shafie briefing the local press for the upcoming event

Cancer Awareness Day 2011

THE government will be carrying out research on lung and breast cancers to focus on causes, prevention and survival trends of Bruneian patients.

Dr Hj Mohd Syafiq Abdullah, head of the National Cancer Centre (NCC), yesterday said the NCC is working closely with the Universiti Brunei Darussalam as part of a UBD research cluster group to look into two types of cancer: lung and breast.

“We want to look at the epidemiology of lung cancer, what causes lung cancer in Brunei and the risk factors(involved) and the survival rates of lung cancer in Brunei,” he said during the launch of the Cancer Awareness Day 2011 at the Mall. He added they would be looking at the causes of cancer in Brunei and what can be done about it.

“In terms of breast cancer, we want to look at the genetics of it. We know that ten per cent of cancer can be created through genetics. UBD has set up a lab for us so hopefully we can do our study there. The funding of the research is not automatic, he said, adding that it is based on “competitive funding. We had to compete with other research as well, so Alhamdulillah both breast and lung cancer research has been approved so now we are just finalising everything,” he said.

You can read more [click here]. Text by Hana Roslan of The Brunei Times.


The mini roadshow at The Mall last weekend


The mini roadshow at The Mall last weekend


The mini roadshow at The Mall last weekend


The mini roadshow at The Mall last weekend

04
Oct

Are you ready for THINK BIG Innovate?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Curtin University Sarawak

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New iPhone to be annouced


The new iPhone should be announced by Wednesday 1am-2am later Brunei time.. The wait is almost over!!! Are you guys ready??

Pusat Ehsan 6th Charity Bazaar

Searching for the next “Steve Jobs”

The fourth annual technology & entrepreneurship forum in Brunei THiNKBIG Innovate 2011 co-organised by iCentre and Asia Inc Forum, will take place at the Empire Hotel & Country Club on October 20, 2011. The forum is expected to bring together 250 delegates from the ICT industry, government, business community, educational institutions, students and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The forum themed “Innovation…Inspiring and Driving Change” will explore how innovation driven technology has inspired change and how entrepreneurs have used these innovations to bring value to businesses and society.

So what can you expect from the event this month?

1) Multi-track sessions
2) a TED style presentation (interesting)
3) networking lunch

Who are the invited speakers?

Derek Sivers, Founder of CDBABY – largers seller of independent music on the web.
Ann Burgraff, Mentor Advisor at NUS Enterprise & Former VP of Corporate Marketing at Salesforce – 15 years experience of marketing innovative software andr marketing services
Hew Joon Yeng, Co- founder of PigeonLab Pte Ltd – a Singapore based company which designs and develops conference question and answer tools on the mobile web.

This year’s THiNK BIG Innovate 2011 boasts a fresh outlook and it is hoped the rebranding will encourage people who are less tech-savvy to attend and benefit from the forum. Hadi Shafie of the iCentre said that “we had in mind to spur the development entrepreneurship in Brunei when we crafted the programme. This year, we have rebranded the event as Innovate 2011 as this is NOT just another technology forum, this is a platform for inspiration, for learning and for ideas in building better businesses, markets, a stronger industry, a firmer framework for encouraging entrepreneurship, and understanding how the world is moving towards different emerging technologies.”

This is a highly recommended event for students, innovators, enterpreneurs, and perhaps those who are participating in the Think Big Ignite competition.. well, you will definitely learn something from this forum and I shall be covering this event as well.

For more information visit asisincforum.com or contact Asia Inc Forum at 222 6555 or you can follow @icentre_brunei for updates of the THINK BIG Innovate 2011 and even win seats or get a discount on the seats for the forum.


The promotional poster for ThinkBig Innovate


The invited speakers for THINKBIG Innovate speakers


Hadie Shafie briefing the local press for the upcoming event

03
Oct

It's brainstorming week for me :)

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

 

Curtin University Sarawak

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No “WOW!” factor in BICTA Awards

Dr. Wong, BICTA Chief Judge, said that there were no “wow” factors in the submission and he said over the years, these expectations have become rather too subjective. Though many have used the means of social media, mobile applications and cloud technologies in their projects, these ideas will just remain as concepts without moving to the next phase of development and implementation.

This morning the BICTA Awards ceremony took place and there were no “winners” in the ICT industry and Secondary categories. Instead they received a “Merit Award”. Only Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College won the Grand prize in the “Tertiary” category. This is because the products are making use of multi-media and moving away from developing “information systems”. Furthermore, their presentation was well-crafted and they had a good balance between technical and commercial knowledge.

There were 24 entries for the BICTA competition and the prizes were given by the Minister of Communications, YB Pehin OKHP Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah. There are three categories in the BICTA competition – ICT industry, Tertiary Category and Second Category.

ICT Industry category
No First Prize winners for ICT Industry Category
Iplussoft Technology “Brunei Lifestyle Mobile Application” – Merit Award – $5,000
SocialBuzz Advertising “Social Deal Brunei” – Merit Award – $5,000
Crescent Sdn Bhd “Islamic Brunei Educators”- Merit Award – $5,000
Indera Sejahtera Development Services Sdn Bhd “Where2kerja.com”- 3rd Place -$2,500

Tertiary category
Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College “Brunei Experience Multimedia Project” – Winner Award – $7,000
Institute Technology Brunei “Simple pay” – Merit award – $3,500

Secondary category

No First Prize winner for Secondary Category
Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB “Waseven Resource Reservation” – Merit Awards – $2,000
Sekolah Menengah Masin “Easy Text Book” – 3rd Place – $1,000

All of the awarded participants will represent Brunei to compete for the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2011. This years’ APICTA will be held on November 8 – 11, 2011 in Dusit Thani Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand.

Special Awards was presented to 2 participants for the contribution of their product to the concept of Islamic principle and moving towards the direction of Green intiative respectively to Crescent Sdn Bhd “Islamic Brunei Educators” and Megamas Training Company Sdn Bhd “Brunei Carbon Footprint Calculator.


Minister of Communications with invited guests, judges of BICTA and BICTA awardees


Minister of Communications with invited guests and judges of BICTA


Megamas Training Company won the Green Award for their “Brunei Carbon Footprint Calculator”


Hiro of SocialDeal – “This is the first time I participated in the competition and I didn’t expect this far. I might be joinging the Ignite Think Big competition too. For now, we can use this prize money for capital injection and look deeper to what SocialDeal can do. We have a 1,100 subscribers in a space of 3 months and it’s growing. We have a new deal coming up with Acer hard drive at a very good price which will be revealed soon”


Brunei Experience Multimedia Project was a project by Saiful Rijal Technical College and they are the only team that won in their respective cateogy. Their idea is a kiosk featuring attractions of Brunei and in a way, promote places of interests in Brunei for the incoming tourists. In a nutshell, this is a flash tourism kiosk. Oh yeah, they also won the Vocational Technical Institute in May 2011. They will be heading to Thailand this November


They previously enter the Think Big Business Plan 09/10 and they won. In BICTA, the brothers were only awarded the Merit Award as there were no winners in their category. With their mobile apps idea, you can share busines contacts and promote their businesses through mobile


Great victory for Crescent as they bagged two awards – a Merit ICT Award and Special Awards for the concept of Islamic principle


Now, now, now… What can I do with the prize money? :))

My outing on Sunday

More pictures/articles this week

01
Oct

Sunday is like a box of chocolate

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

It’s happening today

Have you booked your air fare?


Today’s the last day

Now Royal Brunei Airlines have pretty good deals during the travel fair. They are introducing special fares especially for December period.

December period from RBA

1) Kuala Lumpur as low as BND 403
2) Singapore as low as BND 491
3) Bangkok as low as BND 513
4) Hong Kong as low as BND 619
5) Manila as low as BND 465 and additional allowance for baggage for BWN/ML sector (5kg 1st – 15th Dec, 10kg 15th – 31st Dec 2011) So this is ideal for expats.

Another interesting promotion that RBA is offering is the business class seats upgrade. All you have to do is top up a very affordable amount and you can enjoy business class but not applicable for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur sector. One note though that the upgrade is only applicable for one way meaning that you can choose whether you want fly business class to the destination or returning from that destination. Simple, right?? So do refer to the additional charges below.

Business Class upgrade supplement

1) Manila and Bangkok – BND 69 for upgrade (Valid until March 2012 except for December 2011)
2) Hong Kong – BND 99 for upgrade (Valid until March 2012 except for December 2011 and 17th Jan 2012 to 5th Feb 2012)
3) Hong Kong – BND 139 for upgrade (December 2011)
4) London – BND 999 Valid till March 2012 (However S class ex-BWN not valid 9Dec to 22 Dec 2011). Do you know that it costs BND 8,000 just to fly to London on Business Class? So this is a good upgrade to enjoy a business class experience.

Mind you that you should visit the Abacus Holiday Travel Fair at The Airport Mall this weekend to get more information about this promotion. There’s so much data given to me and I just hope that I’m not confusing you with these details. So I’m just giving you some special fares that might catch your attention. There are some terms and conditions and also the validity of the tickets so it’s best that you come to the fair and do some homework 😉

By the way, you can book your flights/tickets during the travel fair and if I’m not mistaken, you have to pay a deposit of $50 per booking. Full payment has to be made by 5th October 2011 at the respective travel agent. You can follow @royalbruneiair on Twitter for updates.

Singapore Airlines promotion. This is also the first time that Singapore Airlines is involved in Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. They are sponsoring one economy class ticket to Singapore as one of the lucky draw prizes but only applicable to those who book and purchase ticket on Singapore Airlines.

Siaw Ling Wong of Singapore Airlines also mentioned of tying up family or long packages to Japan and Australia via Singapore. Hence, Singapore Airlines have been working closely with the Japan Embassy and also Freme Travel for the best packages for the Brunei market. The special packages are valid from Oct 2011 to March 2012. I didn’t know that there are four flights daily from Singapore to Tokyo.

The price for the BWN-SIN return is as low as BND 369 during the peak season. Now that’s a pretty good deal but the price can vary slightly depending on the fluctuation of exchange rate and availability of seats. You can book your flights and enjoy the special deals this weekend and you can make full payment by the 6th October 2011.

 


What a crowd yesterday at Abacus Holiday Travel Fair at The Airport Mall. Today’s the final day


The launching of the 8th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair


Tourism Malaysia making an impact at the travel fair


Royal Brunei Catering having cooking demo such as “Soup Kembayau”


Pan Bright having great deals with amazing lucky draws


Guest of honour touring the travel fair at The Airport Mall


He was looking for Sheikh Jimmy and sending his regards


At the RBA booth and of course, Spin the Wheel is back!!


Baiduri Bank is the official bank and lots of privileges during travel fair


Japan Embassy helping to push their tourism industry at the travel fair


Insuran Islam TAIB is also at travel fair


Mr. Jack the caricature is back :))

iMMerse launched last Friday by @bruneitweet


Click image to enter official website for more info

This is an interesting collaboration with @icentre_brunei and @bruneitweet where iCentre has taken a step forward in developing Brunei Creative Industry by launching “iMMerse photography challenge”. With the theme “MY Brunei”, it aims to allow individuals to capture imagery scenes that can describe best about our nation. How to enter the competition is simple.. Just upload the picture on Twitter and mention @bruneitweet to be eligible for the competition.

The competition will be open until 9th Octover and the winners will be announced on 10th October via @bruneitweet, Projekbrunei.com and iCentre Facebook Page. So peeps.. What are the criteria for this competition? The judge will look for style, context, photographic vision, visual impact and relevance to the theme. All submitted photos must be accompanied with a short description.

So what’s at stake?? Well, you have nothing to lose since it’s open to everyone (on Twitter) and it’s FREE. The grand prize is a Fish Eye Camera (plus film) and a Crumpler Messenger Bag worth $225 (sponsored by Icklebooks). 2nd prize will be $100 QQestore voucher and 3rd prize will be $50 QQestore voucher.

The iMMerse program is a multimedia initiative by iCentre (@icentre_brunei) and Brunei Economic Development Board (@BEDB) which leverages on new media and social media as a marketing platform to engage the creative community in developing multimedia content using technology and new media.

So peeps… Do try out this competition and test your creativity. [click here]


Delwin Keasberry, founder of ProjekBrunei.com and @bruneitweet talked about the “iMMerse photography challenge”


The invited guests during the launch


Hadi Shafie, iCentre Manager, Kwok Leong, iCentre Executive Director, Sheikh Rashid Salam, BEDB Assistant CEO of Local Business, Jan Shim, local blogger shimworld.com and judge and Delwin Keasberry, founder of Projekbrunei.com and owner of @bruneitweet

Boustead Carnival 1-2nd October


Today’s the last day :))


Dato Lim Beng Thai, Managing Director of Boustead, officiated the 2-day carnival and he thanked all the vendors that supported the event.


The guys from Boustead, warming up the confetti


…..and the Boustead Carnival 2011 was officially launched


Aiking have some special promotion going on too at the Boustead Carnival


Long queue for the Suzuki customers because of the 10,000 cash prize. Who’s gonna win it?


So anyone bought a Suzuki during the Hari Raya promotion? Instead of having a lucky draw, Suzuki customers will play this particular game and the one with the highest will win BND 10,000.. Awesome!!! I’m gonna use this for my event next year!! Haha


The Nissan Serena was launched last evening at the Boustead Carnival 2011


Beard’s Papa is one of the vendors at Boustead Carnival 2011. There are also balloons from Beard’s Papa


I’ve always admire Mr. Baker’s Bakeshop because they always participate in events like this


My first acquaintance with Ahad’s burger. Apparently, they are only located at KB (Simpur) and they have been very popular after their existence in Facebook. Now Ahad’s Burger is at the Boustead Carnival 2011. I tasted their burger and I give it 7/10.. They are still looking for a location in town. I can’t wait :))


Dato Lim Bing Thai made his tour at the carnival and visited @JustCinful and @icyluckyhoof’s booth


@JustCinful new range of cupcakes unveiled – Sexy Lemon, Fresh Pandan and Black Forest. Try them out!!


@icyluckhoof also promoting her cupcakes at Boustead Carnival 2011


Quite a lot of activities going to do at Boustead Carnival 2011


Bring your family today… Located outside Multi-Purpose Hall, Indoor Stadium


There’s also a remote control car at one of the booths


They have clowns for entertainment as well


One of the Top 50 Who’s Got Talent Season 3 hosted by b.mobile and there will be more performances today. Shortlisted ones will perform 8pm tonight :))


Will she make it through the next stage?


Guest appearance by Dayat, Aziz Harun and Adi Rani


Have you cast your votes for your favourite performer?? Check out their respective codes and vote :))

Eric Leong today at Times Square 3pm-5pm


Eric Leong to make an appearance today at 3pm at Times Square

Purchasing a home can be a very tricky and long process for many. But this weekend, members of the public wishing to purchase a home with facilities from HSBC can visit the HSBC Fair at Times Square, which commenced yesterday and will end tomorrow.

The HSBC Fair, which comprises various exhibitors ranging from property agencies to interior design and furnishing companies, was officially launched by the Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management of HSBC Brunei, Ms Lyndsay Rajah.

Also present at the launch was the Senior Sales and Distribution Manager, Dk Hamidah Pg Othman; Manager Corporate Sustainability, Lim Boon Teck; Chief Risk Officer, Lim Kok Guan and Manager of Marketing and Group Communications, Lim Kian Chiong.

At the ceremony, the General Manager of Fabrica, Steven Pang, the Manager of Signature Kitchen, Mei Law and a representative of Thomson Furniture participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside Ms Lyndsay Rajah.

During the three-day fair, successful applications on any HSBC home loan or investment as well as insurance products will see individuals stand the chance to win a B$1,000 cash voucher from Thomson, Fabrica and Signature Kitchen. In addition, customers can also enjoy free beverages from Each A Cup during their discussions with HSBC representatives.

The participating merchants include ValorProperty, Bright Sunway Trading Company, Real Estern Agency, Tha Enterprise, Fabrica Interior Furnishing Company, Primeland Estate Agency, Bess Perfect Property Agency, J-Fa Realty Agency and Proland Realty.

In addition, children can participate in colouring contests that have numerous prizes waiting to be won. Other games at the fair for children include Jenga and a golf-putting activity, as well as instant-win lucky dip prizes that are scheduled for specific times.

Visitors can also take a closer inspection of a modern-design of a home set up by Fabrica, Signature Kitchen and Thomson Furniture. The fair will also be attended by celebrity guest Eric Leong on Sunday, between 3pm and 5pm. Text by James Kon of Borneo Bulletin.

01
Oct

Energised for October

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Curtin University Sarawak

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New arrivals at ETA

Cancer Awareness Day


It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there will be Pink Cupcakes selling at the event at The Mall, Gadong, Saturday and Sunday. All the proceeds will go to the National Cancer Center. Little things can make a difference ;)) Oh yeah, wear something pink or buy a pink ribbon to create more awareness on Breast Cancer

Pictures from UBD Convocation 2011

More pictures next week :))

It’s happening today starting 2pm


Come and support the Boustead Carnival 2011. The new Nissan Serena will also be launced tonight


Now it’s held at this area instead of the Waterfront (thanks to the Bandaran people). Let’s hope for good weather.. This is just outside the Multi-Purpose Hall, Indoor Stadium


One of the entertainments to look out for is the Who’s Got Talent 3 Top 50 contestants. They will perform throughout Saturday and Sunday


Tons of activities to look forward to and yes, it’s for a good cause :))


So anyone bought a Nissan during the Hari Raya promotion? Instead of having a lucky draw, Nissan customers will play a pinball game and the one with the highest will win BND 10,000.. Awesome!!!


So anyone bought a Suzuki during the Hari Raya promotion? Instead of having a lucky draw, Nissan customers will play this particular game and the one with the highest will win BND 10,000.. I gave it a try yesterday and I only scored a 10 points out of a possible 150 points *lol* I’m gonna use this for my event next year!! Haha

Win Free Deals on SocialDeal!!!!


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30
Sep

Youth making the difference :))

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

More images from Convocation tomorrow


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (L) and Chancellor of UBD, UBD Pro-Chancellor HRH Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (2nd L) and HRH Princess Sarah (R) during the 23rd UBD Convocation. Picture: Saifulizam of The Brunei Times. Click image to read His Majesty’s Titah

Preparing for the weekend!!

Abacus Travel Fair at Airport Mall


It’s happening tomorrow


This is how it looks like at The Airport Mall for the travel fair


Brunei Tourism and Tourism Malaysia will be involved in the Abacus Holiday Travel Fair


Spin the Wheel is back!!! The most popular game where you can win Royal Brunei RoyalSkies points

Belated Malaysia National Day celebration


Dato’ Abdullah Sani Omar, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam, cutting cake with Minister of Education at Malaysia National Day celebration at ICC last Tuesday. Photo by Dean Kassim, Borneo Bulletin

A reception dinner was held to commemorate the 54th National Day of Malaysia yesterday at a ceremony held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas.

The guest of honour at the event was Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and Datin Paduka Dyg Hjh Jahrah binti Hj Mohamad.

The High Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam, Dato’ Abdullah Sani Omar, said in his welcoming remarks that the recent visit by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak reflects the commitment and determination towards strengthening bilateral ties between both countries. Malaysia’s National Day falls on August 31 but the celebration in Brunei was postponed till last night due to the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

The highlight of the event was a cake cutting ceremony by the guest of honour with Dato’ Abdullah Sani as well as the Asean High Commissioners to Brunei. Guests were entertained with cultural performances by the Malaysian community. Several Malaysia companies based in Brunei also set up booths during the event to promote their products. Text by Aziz Idris, Borneo Bulletin.


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6th National Youth Day

His Majesty’s Titah during the 6th National Youth Day – “The theme entails youths to be more creative and innovative and encourages to explore all sorts of fields and keep themselves up-to-date with the development. We are pleased to note that some of the talented youths are engaged in business or entrepreneurship. My government with the cooperation of the private sector would provide a more conducive environment to support and provide assistance through capacity building, provision of infrastructure and opening up of market for youths so that they could market their products locally and abroad. I believe every achievement by our youth entrepreneurs will become a catalyst and encourage others to follow suit and engage in the world of entrepreneurship.

This is the way to widen the creative industry, which involves many parties besides the strong determination from the entrepreneurs themselves. The involvement includes providing legal protection such as property laws, basic facilities and training. If these exist, I believe the existing creative industry could be strengthened and developed and at the same time would encourage more youths who are yet to explore this industry to participate in this beneficial field.

For general activities or programmes, I welcome the efforts made by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports through the Youth and Sports Department in providing a place for youths to gather in every district and organise useful programmes.

I believe the step undertaken to enhance development through rebranding of Youth Centres throughout the country is indeed timely, which is not only to occupy their time with fun activities, but more importantly as a place to gain advice and produce valuable arts and cultural products.

I was made to understand that steps undertaken to rebrand Youth Centres was the byproduct of dialogue between the authoritative parties and the target group itself, the youths.It means that the establishment of activities or programmes which are going to be implemented need to take into consideration the taste of youths themselves. This is appropriate as today’s youths are tomorrow’s pioneers.

“In this context, I wish to take this opportunity to urge youths to jointly make the aspiration a success and to make such Youth Centres as a recreational, learning, pious place that serves the individuals, religion, people and the nation.” Text taken from Borneo Bulletin. Images by Azrol Azmi and Khairil Hassan of Borneo Bulletin.


His Majesty graced this year’s National Youth Day. Image by Khairil Hassan


His Majesty toured the exhibition and witnessed the talents of the youth. Image by Azrol Azmi


Dance performance at the Indoor Stadium. Image by Khairil Hassan


The youths of Brunei. Image by Khairil Hassan


Representing Parkour Brunei. Image by Azrol Azmi


The pride of our Brunei Youth. Image by Azrol Azmi

These youth have talents too :))

28
Sep

Don't let ego get in the way

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News


Are you one of the UBD graduates today?


Azimah is one of the UBD recipients for the graduation ceremony this morning. I shall be doing intensive coverage later at UBD this morning. Congrats to all the graduates. More updates on RA. Image courtesy of Azimah.

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The press conference yesterday hosted by Abacus Brunei. Present were representatives from RBC, Tourism Malaysia, Singapore Airlines and Royal Brunei Airlines

So have you decided where to fly this December? Well, I tell you what.. Do come to the Abacus Travel Fair this weekend at The Airport Mall because for the first time, there will be a special promotion fare for RBA flights during the school holidays. So this is a great opportunity to grab and even I want to plan a short getaway trip since my Vietnam trip is canceled.

Yesterday a press conference was held at Seasons Restaurant and it was chaired by Abd Halim Hj Abd Rahman, the Sales & Marketing Manager of Abacus Brunei. He mentioned that this year it’s gonna be bigger and the biggest presence will be Tourism Malaysia as they will be having 10 exhibitors under them. The participating travel agents will be Anthony Tours, Century Travel, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel, Ken Travel, Pan Bright, SCA and Southern Cross Travel Agency. There will be other exhibitors as well such as Baiduri Bank, Royal Brunei Catering, Insurans Islam TAIB and Brunei Tourism to name a few.

Lucky draws for booking customers during Abacus Holiday Travel Fair

1) Return Economy class air ticket to Singapore
2) 3 days 2 nights Kuala Lumpur inclusive of return Economy class air ticket
3) 100,000 Royal Skies Miles to be won
4) 32″ LED TV
5) DSLR Camera (brand not known yet)

If you were to pay your ticket using any Baiduri Bank Credit Card during the the two-day fair, you will get an additional 3 chances in the lucky draw.


Muaz of Royal Brunei Airlines talked about the activities lined up from Royal Brunei Airlines

Now Royal Brunei Airlines have pretty good deals during the travel fair. They are introducing special fares especially for December period.

December period from RBA

1) Kuala Lumpur as low as BND 403
2) Singapore as low as BND 491
3) Bangkok as low as BND 513
4) Hong Kong as low as BND 619
5) Manila as low as BND 465 and additional allowance for baggage for BWN/ML sector (5kg 1st – 15th Dec, 10kg 15th – 31st Dec 2011) So this is ideal for expats.

Another interesting promotion that RBA is offering is the business class seats upgrade. All you have to do is top up a very affordable amount and you can enjoy business class but not applicable for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur sector. One note though that the upgrade is only applicable for one way meaning that you can choose whether you want fly business class to the destination or returning from that destination. Simple, right?? So do refer to the additional charges below.

Business Class upgrade supplement

1) Manila and Bangkok – BND 69 for upgrade (Valid until March 2012 except for December 2011)
2) Hong Kong – BND 99 for upgrade (Valid until March 2012 except for December 2011 and 17th Jan 2012 to 5th Feb 2012)
3) Hong Kong – BND 139 for upgrade (December 2011)
4) London – BND 999 Valid till March 2012 (However S class ex-BWN not valid 9Dec to 22 Dec 2011). Do you know that it costs BND 8,000 just to fly to London on Business Class? So this is a good upgrade to enjoy a business class experience.

Mind you that you should visit the Abacus Holiday Travel Fair at The Airport Mall this weekend to get more information about this promotion. There’s so much data given to me and I just hope that I’m not confusing you with these details. So I’m just giving you some special fares that might catch your attention. There are some terms and conditions and also the validity of the tickets so it’s best that you come to the fair and do some homework 😉

By the way, you can book your flights/tickets during the travel fair and if I’m not mistaken, you have to pay a deposit of $50 per booking. Full payment has to be made by 5th October 2011 at the respective travel agent. You can follow @royalbruneiair on Twitter for updates.


Jamilah Abd Halim, Director of Tourism Malaysia (Brunei) saying a few words during the press conference

This is the biggest involvement that Tourism Malaysia have so far in the Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. As mentioned, they have 10 exhibitors participating from Tourism Malaysia. Hence there will be a Tourism Malaysia Pavilion and Jack the caricature talent will be there during the travel fair. So you can get your caricature done at $10 and $15 respectively.


Siaw Ling Wong, Head of Sales, Singapore Airlines (Brunei) talking to the local press

This is the first time that Singapore Airlines is involved in Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. They are sponsoring one economy class ticket to Singapore as one of the lucky draw prizes but only applicable to those who book and purchase ticket on Singapore Airlines.

Siaw Ling Wong also mentioned of tying up family or long packages to Japan and Australia via Singapore. Hence, Singapore Airlines have been working closely with the Japan Embassy and also Freme Travel for the best packages for the Brunei market. The special packages are valid from Oct 2011 to March 2012. I didn’t know that there are four flights daily from Singapore to Tokyo.

The price for the BWN-SIN return is as low as BND 369 during the peak season. Now that’s a pretty good deal but the price can vary slightly depending on the fluctuation of exchange rate and availability of seats. You can book your flights and enjoy the special deals this weekend and you can make full payment by the 6th October 2011.


Great deals from Pan Bright Travel Service

Who’s Got Talent Top 50


Find out their talents this weekend at Pedestrian Walk, Indoor Stadium


Taken two Sundays ago during the audition at b.mobile HQ


Taken two Sundays ago during the audition at b.mobile HQ


Taken two Sundays ago during the audition at b.mobile HQ


Taken two Sundays ago during the audition at b.mobile HQ


The judges during the audition


The event is also in conjunction with Boustead Carnival 2011. So do come and support the event too :))

Happening this Sunday

Thann Sanctuary Promotion ends tomorrow

September is Teacher Appreciation Month! Each of us has one or several teachers who have encouraged and inspired us. They did it out of love and dedication to teaching and to helping us become smarter and confident in our own knowledge. They are like beacons of light, guiding us in the formative years of our life.

To show our appreciation, Thann Sanctuary Brunei is offering an exclusive 10% Discount to all Teachers for any of our spa treatments and our all natural retail products from 23th to 30th September. Let our international team of therapist look after you, and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul For more info of the promotion, you can click here.

You can call 223 5599 and it’s open daily 10am to 10pm. You can also follow updates on Twitter @thannsanctuary and it’s pretty interactive. Thann Sanctuary has received many positive feedback from their customers and one of the unique places to get yourself pampered (spa and facial treatment).

Cool food creations in KNK food promotion


Something to look forward to for lunch and dinner

ROYAL Brunei Catering (RBC) officially launched its latest promotion, “Kenali Makanan Kitani” (KMK), in a ceremony held at Seasons Restaurant, Gadong, last Tuesday.

The “Kenali Makanan Kitani” promotion is a joint effort between RBC and Brunei Tourism. Did you know it was introduced back in 2008? This year, the promotion is back until 10th October.

So what does the dishes include? Well, there’s the popular ambuyat, nasi Beras Laila and many more creations from the RBC chefs such as Brunei Sushi, Membangan Mousse and Kembayau Soup which are prepared from local ingredients and fruits.

The promotion was launched by the guest of honour the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, Hjh Normah Suria Hayati Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri. Present to witness the ceremony were RBC Directors, RBC General Manager, Hj Omar Ali Hj Mohd Daud as well as invited government officials as well as representatives from co-business and promotion partners.

Buffet Lunch $18 Adult / $10 Child

Buffet Dinner $28 Adult / $14 Child

No service charge

call: 2422291 or 2422292


Sushi Katok Pais Daging.. Cool aye??


Nom nom nom….


The crowd during the first night of the promotion


The healthy section


Roti Bakar… I like the presentation of it :))


There’s even a kids corner


RBC General Manager, Hj Omar Ali Hj Mohd Daud, gave his welcoming remarks

RBC Courtesy Campaign launched

This is a super cool idea!!! RBC launched this program called the “RBC Courtesy Campaign”, “Serving u with a Smile”. I never knew this program was introduced back in 2005 and this is the 2nd time such campaign is launched again.

This includes the restaurants and cafes under the flagship of RBC

1) The Airport Restaurant
2) Seasons Restaurant
3) Emperor’s Court
4) Dynasty Restaurant
5) Poolside Cafe
6) RBC Express Fast Food outlets
7) Ministry of Finance Cafeteria
8) The Airport Cafeteria, Coffee Garden
9) Goldstone Ballroom at Centrepoint
10) Manggis Ballroom at Hua Ho Manggis Mall
11) Hospital Catering Services
12) Outside Catering
13) RBC Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services

This is an excellent way to improve the quality of services from RBC and also to promote courtesy among all RBC employees. You will see that all RBC service staffs will be wearing a badge with a smiley face during the Courtesy Campaign.

Customers can also stand a chance to win weekly prizes such as dining vouchers and RBC Dining Privilege Card. So don’t forget to fill in the campaign form on the feedback of the establishments.


Your feedback counts :))


Andy has himself a badge and a good smile

Promotions from Concepts Computer


This is back by popular demand until 16th October


Special promotion on Epson printers. Only at Concepts Computer.

Pusat Ehsan Bazaar this weekend


Want to win an iPad2?

Wax your car at MAX centre

Recently MAX Centre, Brunei authorized dealer for Meguiar’s USA, welcomed Mr Matt Davies, Meguiar’s Int. Business Development Manager and Programs Specialist, for a closed-door MAX Centre’s staff & technicians training and also held a clinic for MAX Centre’s customers and Meguiar’s car crazy enthusiasts.

He was supported by a team from Hypercoat Enterprise Singapore; authorized distributor and dealer for Meguiar’s in South East Asia.

The visit also coincided with the introduction of Meguiar’s Professional Deep Crystal Coating product and the official handing over of Meguiar’s authorized dealership certificate to Sin Hup Huat Co (MAX Centre). This coveted certificate was a result of MAX Centre’s proven consistent performances and meeting of Meguiar’s stringent corporate conditions.

You can also check out TigerLim’s post [click here]. Images below are courtesy of TigerLim.


They are the authorized dealer


Chris Tan, Operations Manager of Sin Hup Huat Company and Matt Davies, Meguiar’s Int. Business Development Manager and Programs Specialist


Mr. TigerLim himself holding this particular cleaner and % of the sales will be donated to Brunei Breast Cancer Foundation

Has FIFA taken over PES?


FIFA 12 is the definitive football game: challenging, addictive, and with more excellent features than ever before. Verdict: 9/10. From Gamespot.com

27
Sep

Heart over mind

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Curtin University Sarawak

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More updates on this soon

DPMM FC without ABDB players

Despite the official letter from DPMM FC, ABDB responded by declining the request of their players notably Rosmin Hj Kamis which could be a huge blow to DPMM FC squad. According to source, DPMM FC have eyed on several players (around 6-7) in rebuilding their team for the S-League tournament next year should their application in the S-League gets the green light.

If you have been reading the local papers, DPMM FC is back in training once more after FIFA has lifted the suspension on Brunei and under the new body National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, DPMM FC are able to register as an official club in Brunei and hence they are once again eligible to play locally and internationally. However, DPMM FC are now playing the waiting game as their proposal to the S-League is still pending, awaiting approval.

I finally met the coach Suminic who is now back coaching for DPMM FC. He was previously coaching a Vietnamese club before terminating his contract and he’s definitely happy to be back. Now he’s focusing on getting the match fitness of the players where some had not been training for a few months and also lacking the fitness level.

They were some inclusion of veteran players such as “Tunga” who has been training with DPMM FC lately. Pg Salleh is perhaps the oldest player in the team. As for the import players, George O’Gallaghan (Ireland) and Tales Ricate Dos Santos (Brazil) have been signed by DPMM FC. As of now, there are other import players fighting for the last two spots. It was also rumoured that one of the previous import players might be given a consideration but it’s still early days to say. However, the signing of Tales Ricate Dos Santos meant that DPMM FC won’t be requiring the services of Rene Komar who plays the same role back in 2009.

Today DPMM FC will have a friendly match against U-23 SEA Games team for match practice at the 4:45pm at the Jerudong Mini-Stadium. One potential player to look out for Adi Hj Mohd Said, the younger brother of DPMM FC striker Shahrazen Hj Md Said. He will be playing for the U-23 team and he’s also a squad of DPMM FC.


It’s good to see Suminic coaching DPMM FC once more. He’s still very much passionate about the club. His best achievement is DPMM FC’s Singapore League Cup back in 2009


George O’Gallagan, the Irish attacking midfielder, is one of the import players for DPMM FC. He has a deadly free-kick and moves very fluidly on the pitch. Will he be an influential player maker for DPMM FC?


Perhaps the most experienced player in the club. Pg Salleh, in his late 30s, still shows what he has got under his belt. His experience will bring some steel in the squad.


Nicknamed Inzaghi (left) showed a lot of commitment during training while Tunga (right) has been included in the squad and training too. It still early days to see their roles for DPMM FC.


DPMM FC have been searching for younger blood and he is one of them. In fact, Suminic is eyeing for hungry and committed players.


One from Australia, the other from Liberia. They are trial players and they will be featured later in the friendly match. They will be competing against three to four more import players who will be arriving this week. Pressure will be on them to perform in that one or two practice match

Fun Bee Park officially open

This is a very interesting place for children of all age. Sometimes I wish I’m still a kid because the things available at Fun Bee Park are awesome!!!! This is what is lacking in Brunei – a place for children to have fun while parents do their shopping somewhere else.

At Fun Bee Park, they promote “Learning through Playing”. Their intention is to stimulate your child’s imagination with state-of-the-art creative learning programs. From shapes to numbers, theatre to music, design to medic, precious values to logics, this is education filled with play and laughter.

You will be surprised that your kid may be gifted with creativity. So this is very ideal as they will not play but also learn and unveil their talents. This will also create a lot of curiousity among the children which they will benefit through learning new things from Fun Bee Park.


Cecilia spoke to the media while giving us the educational tour of Fun Bee Park. This is a highly recommended place for children.


Lego City and this is more like a play room for children. Oh yea, the slide won’t accommodate those weighing more than 30 kg – Note to Fairol *lol*


They have two section areas for art and craft. This side focuses more of painting. Who knows your artwork can be sold too.


The sliding door unveiled the painting materials behind so all the materials are already provided for the children. Awesome!!!


This is another area for creating clay work and also batik painting, stone painting and other designing jobs.


Cecilia demonstrated a mixture of clay and painting technique where children can learn and be more creative


Michelle was guiding me how to do “batik painting”. Children will love this kind of painting


The result of my painting. Not that great, huh? Children will love to experiment with batik painting. Thanks Michelle for your help

Some of the activities at Fun Bee Park

1. Art and craft – batik, paper, stone, clay, soap, wax and design.
2. Daily life skills – cooking, housekeeping, sewing, beading, business and fund management.
3. Performances – little chef show, talent time, fashion show, drama, music, daily play, poet and song.
4. Monthly event – Birthday party, theme gathering, and costume design.
5. Special activities – holiday camp (December) and parent’s day
6. Future plan – kids TV programs to air on RTB

Facilities:

The center is equipped with
1. 4 Art and craft studios – library, reading corner, shopping counter, art making / molding section
2. Kitchen studio – proper kitchen for cook, bake and sculpt with big tv screen
3. Lego City – all kinds of lego

Fun Bee Park business Hours

Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm

Call 717-8232 or 245-7729

Where? Batu Bersurat (new wing opposite Happy Star)

Follow Twitter @FunBeePark


All of these are created from clay. Interesting indeed.


Cecilia blowing up a balloon. Kids can make balloons too as part of their activities


Cecilia with the management and staff of Fun Bee Park


We did some cooking during the sneak preview. Perhaps we are eligible for the “senior master chef”?? The dish we had to cook was fries with eggs


Notice anything odd? It has been a while since I cooked. I’m still pretty rusty.


This is the kitchen studio and I’m impressed that the management invested this facilities for the children. This gets my two thumbs up and I’m pretty sure this is the best selling factor for parents to send their kids here.


Clay painting could be your new hobby

Brunei Used Car


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Netcom Computer House

Hari Raya Open Houses


At AnakBrunei’s Open House


At Radisson’s Open House


At Radisson’s Open House


At Radisson’s Open House


At Radisson’s Open House


At Radisson’s Open House


At Radisson’s Open House


At b.mobile’s Open House


At b.mobile’s Open House


At Malaysia Airlines’ Open House


At Malaysia Airlines’ Open House


At Malaysia Airlines’ Open House


At Malaysia Airlines’ Open House. I met a chef from Tarindak D’ Seni and his name is also Rano


Chef Rano is under Hyatt Group and he take cares of the Tarindak D’ Seni Restaurant

Red Bull Tri-Nations Cup 2011


Representative from Red Bull and NFABD at the press conference yesterday

National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) and Red Bull, in the press conference jointly announced that first ever Red Bull Tri-Nations Cup 2011 will be held in Brunei Darussalam. Following the success of the Red Bull-NFABD Futsal Championship concluded recently, with confidence NFABD took the initiative to grant consent to co-organise the inaugural Red Bull Tri-Nations Cup. The one-day tournament featuring the champions from the tournaments in Malaysia and Singapore respectively will be held on 9th October 2011 at the Indoor Stadium, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex. QAF FC “B” earned the right to compete in this club championship as the Champion of the Red Bull-NFABD Futsal Championship. Representing Singapore will be Team B.A., is made up of mostly youngsters. Though lacked in experience however they make up with speed and energy. It might be a mistake to rule them out of the title.

LTS FC came on top of the Futsal 5 Grand Final that was held in Kuala Lumpur recently. LTS FC stayed unbeaten in the closely contested Grand Final with 23 other finalists. There were 320 teams took part in the seven qualifying legs around Malaysia. LTS FC will be the team to watch as the players possess skill and speed. QAF FC “B” is expected to give them a good fight and with home crowds support, it will spring some surprises. The teams are expected to arrive on the 8th October. It is expected to a closely fought tournament to grab the elegant Challenge Trophy and the total prize money of B$8,000. (Champion – Cash Prize B$ 4,500, 1st Runner-Up – Cash Prize B$ 2,250 & 2nd Runner-Up B$1,250)

The tournament will kick off with the match between QAF FC and Team B.A. from Singapore. This tournament will be the first ever international tournament to be organized by NFABD. It is sanctioned by Asian Football Federation (AFC) and supported by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Football Association of the Republic of Singapore (FAS). Locally, this prestigious tournament is also supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Radio Televisyen Brunei, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and other related government agencies.

“This tournament aims to promote closer ties amongst three nations and ultimately we hope this help raise the standard of futsal in this region” said the organiser. Later he also added that the tournament will be organized on a rotational basis amongst the nations. Next year it will Malaysia’s turn to host the teams. Freebies will be given to audience on first come first serve basis while stock lasts. A lucky draw with lucrative prizes including Samsung Galaxy-S2, return air tickets to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore will be given away. Image and press release courtesy of GreenCity Concept.

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