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Moves like Jagger

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

10 walked away with BND 500

Kempen Barakah BIBD was launched in conjunction with the three religious months of Ramadhan, followed by Syawal and then finally Zulkaedah. This is another way of BIBD’s showing their appreciation to their valued customers. It was launched last August and last weekend, they announced 10 lucky winners who walked away with BND 500 credited into their BIBD account. Awesome, aye??

Hj Minorhadi bin Hj Mirhassan, Head of Institutional Banking BIBD, presented the prizes to the winners. For your info, more than 7,600 entry forms were filled in since the launch of the campaign and majority of the forms came from the newly launched Debit Card. So this card must be pretty awesome for usage and accessibility.

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.

The winners of the 1st month

Hajah Dayang Siti binti Hj Lakim
Nurfitrisha Aliesha binti Abdullah Chua
Hj Ismail bin Ahmad
Muizzuddin bin Muhammad
Nor Syamsina binti Hj Bujang
Hjh Zahrah binti hj Yaakob
Dayang Aji binti Hj Damit
Mohammad Bahrin bin Mohammad Yusof
Asidah binti Abd Wahid
Ronny Loh Seng Fong

Happening this Thursday till Sunday

Make your dreams come true with the HSBC Fair at Times Square. I shall be dropping to see the activities in store for the public.

The Business Icons of Brunei

Khairi and Firdaus have worked really hard on the book. It will be launched some time in October 2011. You can make your pre-orders.

The ‘Business Icons’ team has set the price at an affordable $19.90 per book. Pre-order for limited copies will be at discounted price of $15.90. Pre-Order will be closed on 1st October 2011 so hurry up guys, don’t miss out this great opportunity to invest on this stimulating book.

Make your reservation TODAY by emailing your details to admin@phmdgroup.org. For more info, you can click here.

The 10 business icons that will be featured in the first book

Don’t forget to pre-order your books now!!!


Ulu2 is truly an amazing place

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Curtin University Sarawak

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The Royals and the Obamas

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah (2nd R), the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah (L) with US President Barack Obama (R) and wife Michelle during a reception for heads of states at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Picture: Courtesy of Masri of Info Dept. Taken from The Brunei Times website

Happy 3rd Year Mr. Baker’s Bakeshop

Eric of Mr. Baker’s Bakeshop and Rizan of Beach Bunch during Mr. Baker’s Bakeshop 3rd Year Anniversary event last Sunday. Beach Bun also launched their “Beach Bun” at Mr. Baker’s Bakeshop. To read more, you can click image for more details

My Temburong Trip

More pictures and stories this week

The boat ride was fantastic and I really felt the connection with the river and the nature. We were heading to Ulu-Ulu Resort in Temburong

Even my friends enjoyed the boat ride… I don’t mind going back and forth though your butt might get a bit uncomfy.

This canopy walk is awesome but worth it and breath taking once you reach on the top

Ai Lin from Singapore and our friends helped renovated and painted one of the under privilege home at Bangar Town, Temburong. The family of five now can live in a much comfortable home.

Boustead Carnival 2011

Such a pity that the event has been moved from the Waterfront after the authorities cancelled their reservation with one week’s notice (Thumbs down for that). However, the event has been relocated to the Multi-Purpose Hall, Indoor Stadium

New promotion until 2nd October


BRB peeps.. Back on Monday :))

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Curtin University Sarawak

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Seafood promotion at Radisson

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Coming soon in one week

More updates on this soon

Corporate Open House Pix

iCentre Hari Raya Celebration

Expansys Technology guys

Adib Noor of The Brunei Times covered the event

They are everywhere.. Love their music and great entertainment value

The guys in green

The British High Commission also dropped by

One of them is famous on Instagram. Guess who?

Representing the team of Asia Inc Forum

The neighbours of iCentre :))

The Magician and the Tweet expertise

Haka routine gone wrong??

Inspired by Human Centipede?? *lol*

Times Square Hari Raya Celebration

It was quite a crowd that day. More than 10 refills required for the buffet

Amal of Times Square handed over green packet for the children

New dish – Idako Cheezo Maki

I also love the Wagyu Beef at Kitaro Japanese

This is pretty good – Idako Cheezo Maki

Interviews this Saturday & Sunday

Check out the poster above for dates of interviews for vacancies at Standard Chartered Brunei

Promotion at Fabrica

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DST Open House

The music entertainment at DST Open House

This picture reminds me of CommunicAsia 2011… *memories*

Idris, CEO of DST with the members of the media

Syafiq at his best pose

Minister of Communication also dropped by

Kitaro Japanese was one of the caterers at DST Open House

Guests at DST Open House

Apparently one of them is a good “bluffer” haha

Hello ladies :))

New arrivals at Charles & Keith, The Mall


Barely Cute, Rabbit There

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The Brunei National Team vs Aussie Youth Team at UBD Sports Complex. The match took place this morning. Image courtesy of Izzah

The Aussie team being briefed before the game

The Aussie Youth team beat the Brunei National Netball team 23-21.. Great match

The umpires of the match. Izzah (right) is one of the umpires.

Musical Garden Wedding Fair Oct 6-9

Most Photogenic Couple Contest

More pix at PDCA Events Co Facebook

Cast your votes. Click image to enter Devin Kho Photography Page

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How Fast is Fast? #BBF2011

It was mentioned that Brunei is included in the list of top 10 countries that have improved the most in terms of the “Ease of Doing Business” among the world. I know some would have disagreed with this notion especially those who are struggling to get their businesses in operation due to the procedures from the relevant agencies.

This topic was part of the Brunei Business Forum 2011 and it was brought up during the panel session where the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Dato Hj Yahya answered the questions put forward by the audience and it was moderated by Shazali Dato Sulaiman.

Pehin Dato Hj Yahya – “We may be faster than ourselves previously, but we are still not fast enough to catch on what (pace) other countries are moving, with what we have done. If we move two steps, countries like Vietnam are moving four steps.”

Dato Paduka Timothy Ong – “There are two findings. The first is that in the top 10 economies, there are three small countries: Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand. The second is that Brunei is not ranked very well, but is listed as one of the most improved. This shows that small countries, like Brunei, can be very highly ranked.”

Shazali Dato Sulaiman – “I believe that business associations such as Chambers of Commerce, YEAB and Women’s Business Councils should be involved in some of the SME initiatives and committees that were highlighted by YB Pehin Dato Yahya.

Year 2010 to Year 2029 has been designated the decade for the development of SMEs in Brunie which we were not aware of. This is to enable us to give Government feedback on some of their policies and also to give a ground level of assessment of the true position of SME’s in Brunei and what are the problems faced. We can also assist in giving solutions and ideas. What we want is a true Public Private Partnership where the Government is seen to be consulting the private sector with respect to policy and implementation issues.”

These were some of the quotes by Pehin Dato Hj Yahya, Dato Paduka Timothy Ong and Shazali Dato Sulaiman at the Brunei Business Forum 2011. Brunei is still playing the catch up game in improving steps on “Ease of Doing Business”. This is still one of the big issues here in Brunei and we hope the relevant agencies take this matter seriously.

Pehin Dato Hj Yahya and Shazali Dato Sulaiman during the Brunei Business Forum 2011

Dato Paduka Timothy Ong shared about Brunei’s improvement in the Ease of Doing Business

MIPR Deputy Permanent Secretary Hj Mohd Riza DP Hj Mohd Yunos and Executive Director of Asia Inc Forum, Stuart Kemp

Mr. Setiawan Purnamahadi, the General Manager of Butra Heidelberg Cement and Vincent Ho, CEO of HSBC Brunei

Rizan Latif and Alan W.K. Tan of @beachbunch

@harimaulim aka TigerLim was also there to take some shots

Steve McCoy, founder of Counterpoint (Malaysia)

Gwen raising questions relating to labour quota issues

Oz Ahmed, Associate Director, Wholesale Banking, HSBC Amanah Malaysia, giving some insights on Islamic Finance

Delwin Keasberry, Founder of @BruneiTweet and ProjekBrunei also attended the #BBF2011

New arrival at ETA

Prepaid electricity card now available at Incomm

The new Power Kad was launched at BRIDEX yesterday. Now you can buy prepaid electricity vouchers at Incomm and you don’t have to go all the way to DES to purchase your prepaid vouchers

The simple steps to follow for Power Kad

Once you receive the 20-digit token on your phone, you can key in the digits on the prepaid meter

Hari Raya Open House pictures


Win some, lose some

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

Favourites UBD and MD reach finals

I missed the morning session.. It was perhaps one of the best rounds in the University category where University of Brunei Darussalam edged ITB in the semi-finals of the BSP UBD Green Debate. I should also thanked @izamwrites for the constant updates on the morning session of the debate. For your info, UBD is represented by @sengyeeciara and two crews from @UBDFM – @JMaxine @ickydoodles.

The 2011 BSP UBD Green Debate was successfullly organised by the Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sendirian Berhad (BSP) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the preliminaries took place at The Core at UBD. The topics were relating to environmental issues and sustainability.

This is one way to heighten the awareness and importance of Brunei Darussalam’s environmental leadership. The mission of the debate is to provide a premier debate platform for Brunei students on global environmental issues with the vision of nurture and environmentally conscious leaders for the sustainable development of Brunei Darussalam.

This year, there are two categories – University and Pre-university. In total, there are 12 participating teams from three districts. In the finals of the University category, UBD will square off against UNISSA. In the finals of the Pre-University category, Sekolah Menangah Sayyidina Ali (SMSA) will face off against Maktab Duli Pengiran Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah (MD).

The finals will take place at The Empire Hotel, 20th October 2011. If you want to read the judges’ comments, you can click [click here].

Chairperson and time keeper of the debate

Seng Yee Ciara was superb for UBD against KUPUSB

Frederick of MTSSR was pretty entertaining in his delivery

Hanna of MS was awesome. I love how she brought up her points.

A student preparing for her debate

The topic of climate change was being debated

MD was victorious as they reached the finals of the 2011 BSP UBD Green Debate

The same night UBDFM launched its brand new show called “Date Night with Maxine and Zirah”. The new show will commence every Thursday 8-11pm in which they will invite special guests every week.

At the show premier, UBD FM invited 3 debaters who competed at the BSP UBD Green Debate: “Frederick” from MTSSR, “Jason” from ITB and “Hanna” from Maktab science, in which they discussed about their fun experiences at the green debate as well as their preparations before the date itself. Hanna from Maktab Science did a supercool rap for UBD FM! Images courtesy of UBD FM.

The debaters hanging out at UBD FM

Dj Khalz taking the opportunity to explain the advantages of using the B-Mobile Ideos Google phone and the benefits of subscribing to B-Mobile as a student. B-Mobile is one of UBDFM main sponsors

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Try out Takaful Brunei AM promotion

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F1 promotion at Royal Plaza on Scotts, Singapore

Book: Now till 25 Sep 2011
Stay: 16 Sep – 30 Sep 2011
Rates: From S$408++ during F1 period (22 – 25 Sep 2011)
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* Free daily newspapers

Movies I caught lately

Nasi Lemak 2.0 My bad, my bad.. My assumptions were wrong. I thought it was a purely Malay movie just because it was produced in Malaysia by Prodigee Media. I opted to catch this movie because of the rave reviews I’ve been hearing from my peers. AnakBrunei caught the movie twice, SP gave it a thumbs up and recommended me to catch because of the great message it relays to the audience.

I have to agree that there’s such a great message with a sense of unity as well among different races in Malaysia. This also can be said for other regional countries and even Brunei. The movie reminds me of the Stephen Chow era where he produced and acted in ridiculous yet entertaining movies (Shaolin Soccer, Kungfu Hustle). Nasi Lemak can be similarly said of the same genre but not that extent. It does have its flaws but I was still entertained and not too bothered by it. Oh yeah, there are some sexual innuendos if you are sharp enough to notice it. Then again, some of the scenes were pretty obvious. Verdict: 7.5/10

Johnny English Reborn. What can I say about Rowan Atkison? If I were to choose between Rob Schneider and Rowan Atkison, the former gets the thumb from me. This is the sequel to Johnny English (2003) and what can you expect from a Rowan Atkison movie. I’m not a big fan of Mr. Bean movies though so I might just be slightly biased. Then again, I was still entertained by the lameness, the stupidity and the slap-stick humour which some were predictable at most times.

There was once that I was laughing in tears because @delgoh suddenly cracked up laughing at one scene by himself *lol* Don’t expect a brilliant plot or script. Keep your expectations lower and you will surely enjoy this flick. What surprised me was the the clapping ovation it received in the end. I just hope they were clapping for the lameness of the movie. Verdict: 7/10

Contagion. This movie is not for kids or children. Perhaps it’s the mature theme it contained. This is similar to epidemic movies such as Outbreak or 28 Days Later. Well, frankly speaking I love 28 Days Later because it was very edgy and full of suspense. Yes, Contagion did give me some sense of suspense but it was not something I would rate very high.

There are some famous casts in the movie and all of them played brilliantly in their respective roles. I became more aware on how such epidemic can cause a shift in a society or a community. There are some flaws in the movies that I won’t go further into. Catch this movie and you might learn a thing or two. For me, it was pleasant enough and worth the watch. Verdict: 7/10

Friends with benefits. Another Justin Timberlake movie. So what happened to his music career? Well, I’m still pretty impressed with his filmography though. Both his movies Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits are reaping $$$ and let’s not forget his 2010 success in movies (Shrek Forever After, The Social Network and Yogi Bear).

I’m pretty sure this movie won’t even make it to the local cinemas. The title speaks for itself and the content of the movie is something that the censorship board will have problems dealing with *lol* I kinda enjoyed this movie though this is not a politically moral story that should be followed by example. I won’t go further into details but this is definitely not for kids. Verdict: 7/10

Smurf. Ok, this is one movie that I mentioned that I won’t catch but “someone” persuaded me *lol* I read the reviews on Rottentomatoes.com and I knew what to expect for this animated movie. I grew up watching Smurf mind you but I wasn’t really impressed with the trailers. Smurf will always be smurf and I think majority of the female audience are drawn by the cuteness of the blue creature. For me, it was nothing exciting but definitely a good movie for families. It’s running low on screening now in local cinemas but I’m pretty sure quite a lot have caught this movie. Verdict: 6/10


Embracing the old and the new

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in RA News

2nd evacuation in one year

This incident happened back in November 2010 where one of the stalls at The Mall Food Court somehow caught on fire. So most of the stalls were closed for safety reasons and there was also an evacuation back then.

10 months later, it happened again. The source of the incident is unclear but from an eye witness, it was only a black smoke from one of the stalls and not a fire. The evacuation only last an hour and kudos to the “Bomba” and the authorities for making sure the safety of the people in the building.

This afternoon, around 4:15pm, the incident happened and everyone was asked to evacuate the building due to a black smoke from one of the stalls. Great news is that no one is hurt or injured. Thanks also to my followers on Twitter for updating me information and also @harimaulim for alerting me on the news.

I’m sure the relevant authorities will look into this matter and investigate the cause of it. It’s still unknown to what may have cause this. By the way, the businesses at The Mall is back to normal after the situation has been cleared and safe for business. I will be catching a movie tonight at The Mall Cineplex so it’s good thing that businesses are not affected. Thank you to @zzqh for the images on Twitter.

People waiting outside The Mall after being asked to evacuate the building. Image by @zzqh

The Bomba guys came down to contain the hazard and it was back to business in an hour or so. Image by @zzqh

One of the staff of the shop actually brought down the cash register drawer. Image by @zzqh

This was taken back in November and this is a screenshot of the video made by @harimaulim aka TigerLim. Click image to see video

Tiong Ho and Yvonne’s wedding 9/11

Yvonne and Tiong Ho were getting ready for the reception at Manggis Mall

At the reception table. The ladies in pink were wearing Bajoo Boutique dresses.

Sharon and Yazid were among the guests

Yvonne and Tiong Ho waiting for their cue to walk in

A special aisle walk started off by Relentless dancers

They were dancing to Party Rock Anthem

Here comes the bride and the groom

The family members and guests during the wedding reception

Another terrific performance by Relentless Entertainment dancers

Yvonne and Tiong Ho in their second attire of the night

Yvonne with her friends who attended the reception

A toast to the newly weds

Guests heading off after the wedding

A family group photo of the groom and the bride

Missing from the group was SY as she attended another wedding in Sg

Close friends of the groom and the bride

Looking for wedding gifts?

This is always the question that newly weds always encounter.. Where or what should they buy their wedding gifts or souvenirs for their guests? Apparently one of my friends has a side business and they actually can order for you from a popular wholesaler, Yovell and they have corporate office in Singapore too. The wholesaler specialized in wedding gifts apart from other souvenir or corporate gifts.

In fact, it doesn’t necessarily have to be wedding souvenirs as they also have choices for corporate gifts, birthday giveaways and many more. Perhaps the best part of Yovell is the packaging and the tags. They also have great quality in their products so you won’t be disappointed even paying at a reasonable and affordable price.

So here’s the procedure to follow.

1) Visit the website Yovell
2) Choose the product you want
3) Contact 877-2910 or email james_2910@hotmail.com
4) Of course, the beauty of this is you can negotiate on prices and perhaps more benefits to enjoy

Green Apple Candle as a wedding souvenir

Forever love paperweight

Forever Luxe Ring Pillow

World Hunger Meal from KFC

KFC latest promotion

Happenings at Radisson this week

Blood drive and Open House at Radisson Hotel


Red Devils continue 100% run

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Ogy is set for Sepang 1000KM

The stage is set.. A few more months and the Red Bull Rookies team will be competing in the Sepang 1000KM race this December. I will be there for the coverage and let’s hope her team can complete the endurance race. Last year, the rookies team came 28th out of 56 teams. Impressive.. This year is gonna be tough as well.

One of the racers is no other than Ogy who will represent Brunei for the Red Bull Rookies team. She missed the cut earlier on but re-selected for a second chance and she capitalised on the opportunity given. She joins Siti Shahkirah, Mark Darwin (of Malaysia) and Emmiline Alexis Ang (of Singapore).

I managed to catch up with Ogy for a quick interview two Saturdays ago. All the best, Ogy..

Siti Shahkirah, Ogy, Emmiline and Mark to represent Red Bull Rookies Team. Taken from Red Bull Rookies Facebook Page

The Interview with Ogy

Mr. RA What drives you to take part in Red Bull Female Driver Search / RB21 Search?
Ogy: It was always been my dream, my passion and with the full support from my family and friend it make me more confident to join the Red Bull Female Driver Search.

Mr. RATell us about your personality and how does it fit or influence you to be involved in motorsports?
Ogy: I consider myself strong, responsible, fast learner, independent, and optimistic. I know what I want in life. I am eager to learn and gain new experience which could further more my knowledge and to polish my talent where I believe there are no boundaries or limits for learning and we actually learning almost every minutes or everyday life.

Mr. RA What do you think of the programme (Red Bull Female Driver Search)?
Ogy: This programme is actually open the mind of the women out there where I find it rare. This is the only opportunity for the ladies to pursuit their dream.

Mr. RA How did you find out about the search?
Ogy: When you told me about the search, I straight send my application during the 1st year. I was selected to top 20 but unfortunately due to some unforeseen circumstances I have to reject it. At the second year search I reapply again.

Mr. RA How do you fit in the team and how is it like being a part of the Red Bull Rookies?
Ogy: I often had mistaken being the youngest because I’m petite despite that I am the eldest among all. Being a rookie not only improve on my driving skill and also my social skill.

This was back in January during the selection

The five selected drivers back during the selection in March

Ogy attending the theory lesson back in March

Ogy practising on the Sepang track in March

Mr. RA Who are the people in your lives who have given you the encouragement and inspiration to push yourselves through this challenge?
Ogy: My family and friends give me the encouragement and Haji Harith Aziz one of the success go-kart driver that insipire me so much and give me the motivation to do well and gives me basic training about driving and also from my Sportbikes friends, Maman.

Mr. RA What do you think are the challenges that you’ll face as a racer?
Ogy: The professional drivers are the challenges that I worry about at the moment. Since them have an advantages they us which still new in this motorsport.

Mr. RA In your own views and opinions, what do you think are the criteria that a person should have to be a successful racer?
Ogy: Optimistic, independence and smart and do not panic.

Mr. RA Do you think that in the upcoming Sepang 1000KM, you are able to perform better than the past years participants?
Ogy: I’ll try my best to be more better or atleast at the same level with the previous rookies. I want to be physically and mentally trained and I hope I wont panic.

Mr. RA Do you think that the ‘Red Bull Rookies’ are able to change the perception that ‘women are bad drivers’? Ogy: Yes, this will show to the man out there that women also can drive fast and safe too. For those with low confidence, don’t be scared. Always fasten your seat belt and drive the correct lane.

Emmiline and Ogy were back for training in August

Emmiline and Ogy can’t wait for December’s race

Co-team manager Wong Chin Toon with Ogy during the interview recently

Mr. RA What do you have to say about racing on normal road?
Ogy: Racing is different the feel is there, I can feel the pressure but it was fun I enjoy it. On normal road you have to be very discipline and put extra care you not driving by your own but might effect others innocent live.

Mr. RA What kind of a driver are you? (Aggressive, patient, etc?)
Ogy: I consider myself as an aggressive driver on the track but I’m quite the opposite on a normal road as I am more displined.

Mr. RA Have you ever felt intimidated during the race or generally driving on the road? Tell us your experience.
Ogy: Yes, when I was about to bump in with Ameerah during the final selection but luckly I managed to control the car and I do not panic.

Mr. RA How has the driving courses by AADA helped you hone your driving skills?
Ogy: The experience during the course helps me upgrade my driving skill.

Mr. RA Do you have any specific driver that you look up to?
Ogy: Leona Chin ex rookies.

Task-Ready Jet Set “IT”

Get task-ready with the Gift-with-purchase 2011 “IT” bag. Shoppers simply spend $180 and above in a single receipt to receive the “IT” bag and also to qualify as a Charles & Keith privilege card members. Existing privilege card members to spend only $120.Promotion begins 16 September 2011.

Another clean up at Jerudong Beach

As much as 418.5 kilogrammes of waste materials was successfully collected within 1.5hr by a group of 151 volunteers who participated at the Beach Bunch clean-up at Jerudong Beach yesterday morning. The collected waste, comprising 100kg of plastic, 1.5kg aluminiums and 317kg of general waste were loaded to a recycling company pick-up truck for recycling process.

The clean-up campaign has received encouraging responses from members of the public as well as eco-friendly groups in the country. It was also participated by Poni Divers group who conducted under water cleanup.

The co-founder of Brunei’s Beach Bunch, Mr Alan Tan said, “This is the second time Beach Bunch has organised a clean-up. Today is the third Saturday of September and an International Coastal Cleanup Day is usually held all around the world and it is the second time Brunei have participated in such event.” He said Beach Bunch has been very committed to carry out this mission to clean up beaches because they try to show to the world that they care about the world. Mr Alan said: “We are doing the cleanup in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy, Project Aware and Cleanup The World, in order to help keep our waterways clean.”

On the third Saturday of September, data will be compiled and send to Ocean Conservancy, which they will put in an international database. He said, “Ocean Conservancy is basically a non-profit organisation in the United States that organises clean-ups and underwater clean-ups. He said Ocean Conservancy had been very supportive of us and when they first heard about what we have been doing, they asked us to join them.

“We conducted an event at Serasa Beach, which was participated by 56 volunteers including divers, jet skiers and individuals. And this year, the respond was very encouraging and we were very happy.

“The last time we held a similar campaign in Serasa Beach, we managed to collect more than 400kg worth of waste within two hours with only 65 volunteers. “It is very sad to see the state of the Jerudong Beach. A load of rubbish is seen washed up on the seashore left by people,” he said.

Lisa helping out with the membership for Beach Bunch

In the end, they managed to collect at least 480 kilo of waste

The ladies from AsiaIncForum also volunteered

They found a huge net that was stuck in the sand

Jan Shim taking a close-up shot of the students

Tiger, I caught you on camera again.. Want to play that game again? LOL

When asked what was his advice to the public, he said they want to show to the younger generation of how to go green and have a better and healthy environment. Another cleanup event will be held in Tutong, Belait and Brunei-Muara Districts next year, and the campaign will be held at the same time as this year.

Alan also said that the Beach Bunch will continue to encourage Bruneians and the general public to help in looking after the beaches and help protect them as much as possible as well as reduce the wastage.

He said at the moment, Beach Bunch is trying to reach towards the younger generation through educating the students and schools by inviting them to join the clean-up events.

He also said that the Poni Divers is also helping them carrying out the underwater clean-up projects. Cikgu Nur Alya who led a group from Tumpuan Telisai Primary School said, “Our group is from the Girl Guide comprising students from Year One and Year Five, aged six to 11 years old.”

The volunteers were groups from STPRI, ISB, JIS, Yayasan SHHB, Girls Guide from Tumpuan Telesai Primary School, Maktab Duli, ITB, UBD, Ahmad Zaki group, Sharul Group as well as other individuals.

At the end of the event, the volunteers received certificates from the Beach Bunch President. [Text by Achong Tanjong, Borneo Bulletin].

Students checking the content of the rubbish

The guys from Beach Bunch are always super active in beach clean-ups

The segregation of waste is important too

Rizan Latif helping out last weekend

Divers getting ready for the coastal clean up

More than 10 divers geared up for the clean up

It was tough for some divers because of the high waves. In the end, not much rubbish was collected from their efforts at the coastal area

The guys from Yayasan also volunteered during the clean up

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Mini draw for Cool Tones

Cool Tones, B-mobile’s exclusive Ring Back Tone Service and Buzz today held its 2nd monthly mini draw in conjunction with its current promo with Ford Premier, Win A Car draw. The mini draw was held at Secret Recipe at The Mall, Gadong.

All Cooltones Unlimited and Buzz subscribers are invited to attend the mini draw event. To be eligible for the mini draw, only those who subscribed to both Buzz and Cooltones unlimited will be entitle to win prizes. The grand prize fro the 2nd Mini draw is a B-Mobile smart phone –Pure.

Also in conjunction with the Festive Hari Raya celebration, all attendees for the event will be served with light refreshments and Hari Raya cakes. For the Win A Car grand draw entitles lucky subscribers of both Buzz and CoolTones Unlimited to stand a chance to win a Ford Fiesta. Other prizes to be won include an Apple iPhone, iMac, LED Plasma TV, Sony PS3 and more. Every month mobile numbers of subscribers who subscribed to both services will be entered into the draw box to be drawn for the grand draw.

Main sponsors participating in this Win A Car promo are B-Mobile Communications, Aewon Brunei, EZY Printing Services, CheezBox Café & Restaurant, KFC Brunei, BruneiPress, Cityneon Brunei, Syarikat Malar Setia, MVision Brunei, Huawei Brunei, TelBru Sdn Bhd, and QQeStore. The Grand Draw will be drawn in March 2012 next year.

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.

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Happy weekend :))

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3 students awarded Sultan’s Scholars

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (C) with HRH Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik. Standing are Dyg Ainul Azzura binti Hj Mohd Jaya, Awg Wafi bin Hj Abd Manan and Dyg Siti Musfirah binti Misli who are the recipients of the Sultan’s Scholar Scheme of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah. Image by Azrol Azmi, Borneo Bulletin

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday consented to present scholarship to three high-achieving students under the Sultan’s Scholar Scheme of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.

The three well-deserved students – Dyg Ainul Azzura binti Hj Mohd Jaya, Awg Wafi bin Hj Abd Manan and Dyg Siti Musfirah binti Misli – received their scholarship certificate from His Majesty at the Istana Nurul Iman.

Ainul Azzura, 18, hails from Kiudang, Tutong. She scored four straight ‘A’s in four ‘A’-Level subjects and also straight ‘A’s in eight ‘O’-Level subjects.

Ainul has good communication skills and was capable of presenting her ideas eloquently during a discussion on a certain topic. She has good knowledge in Malay Islamic Monarchy concept.

Her best academic achievements include a Gold recipient in United Kingdom Mathematical Challenge; Champion in United Kingdom Mathematics Thrust – Senior Team Challenge; Merit in English Speaking Board; Award in Food Safety in Catering (2010); Brilliance Awards – Top in the World for BGCE ‘O’ Level Additional Mathematics; Anugerah Pelajar Cemerlang BCGCE ‘O’ Level (2008); Best Student Award in Biology; Distinction – Australia Mathematics, English and Chemistry Quiz (2008 & 2007).

She will be going to Imperial College London to take Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering.

Wafi bin Hj Abd Manan, 18, received three ‘A’s and one ‘B’ in his ‘A’-Level subjects and 11 ‘A’s and One ‘B’ in his BGCE O-Level result.

Wafi is eloquent in English and Malay and has deep interest in pursuing his study in Politics and Philosophy. His interests brought him to learn in great detail the administrative system of the United Kingdom and Singapore. A forward thinking youth, he was capable of presenting his ideas and opinions in an articulate way during interview and presentation. He is also sound in the concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy

He was the recipient of excellence student awards for secondary school and colleges in BGCE ‘O’ Level, (2009), UGCSE/GCSE ‘O’ Level; Academic Award Jerudong Intenational School (JIS) (2009 & 2010), Sixth Form Arts Award; ‘Creative Writing’ JIS (2010); Anugerah Cemerlang in ‘A’-Level History (2011); International Gateway for Gifted Youth (IGGY) (2008); and Malaysian Model United Nations (2006). He will be going to London School of Economics to pursue his studies in Bsc Politics and Philosophy.

Siti Musfirah binti Misli, 20, will be going to University of Al-Azhar, Egypt to pursue her studies in Syariah.

Siti Musfirah scored eight subjects in STPUB (2010) and achieved Grade 1 in Al-Quran, Tarikh Islam & Tarikh Tasyrie’, Qawa’ed Arabiyyah and Lughhah ‘Arabiyyah. She also achieved 11 subjects in SPUB (2008) and achieved Grade 1 in Arab Language, Tauhid and Al-Quran.

Fluent in Arabic, Siti Musfirah is also uniquely fluent in English Language. She has the ability to get into a discussion with a smart and well thought out opinions, as well as very confident to succeed in her chosen areas (Syariah).

She was very active in school extra curricular activities. She was a very active member of Syababul Qur’an Club (2009-2010); Editor of Arabic Language for annual school magazine of Sekolah Arab Laki-Laki Hassanal Bolkiah (SMALHB) (2010); participant in deliberating a research paper in Halal Product/ Brunei Halal (2010); participated in the Hafaz Al- Quran Competition and its Understanding (2004-2007); participated in Dkir Diba’ie competition (2008); and in Secondary School Nasyid Competition (2008). Text courtesy of Azaraimy HH, Borneo Bulletin.


Mid way of Hari Raya

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Curtin University Sarawak

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Seafood promotion at Radisson

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Hari Raya updates from the Brunei community

“Poppies’ Raya” courtesy of Nina Wahab

Courtesy of Abib & Ayu

Family picture courtesy of Mimi, Yura Bob and Yura Adrian

Dania and Dasuki


Hari Raya picture courtesy of Maisurah Mansor

Open house @ Simpang 779 Kg Jangsak, Residence of Hj Abd Rahman & Hjh Jauyah. Courtesy of Normala Suhailee

Izzah Jo & Aleesya. Courtesy of Normala Suhailee

Cousins. Courtesy of Normala Suhailee

Nur Marnieya Aleesya Mohammad Elmi @ Kg Keriam Tutong.  Courtesy of Normala Suhailee

Ezzan Elmi adores Mr Bean very much and of course, he loves the green packet. Courtesy of Normala Suhailee

Hari Raya with an Aussie touch from Era & Hadzrin. Courtesy of Normala Suhailee

Happy faces. Courtesy of Aainaa Nabilah

A double celebration! Aidilfitri & Thanksgiving ceremony on a recent graduation

Playing live raya music to set the mood. Courtesy of the Bruneians Postgraduates in Leeds

Guests from Hull and Newcastle attending our Leeds Open House. Courtesy of the Bruneians Postgraduates in Leeds

Irama Bahtera Raya

Irama Bahtera Raya

Pic courtesy of Ismalee Samat

SHR MZB from Razak’s family – Courtesy of Haziyah Razak

Beraya with best friends – courtesy of Nadiah Ringkai

Courtesy of Mohamad Noh

Courtesy of Nina Hasnani

Courtesy of Nina Hasnani

Courtesy of Nina Hasnani

Who’s Got Talent audition Sunday

Have you got what it takes?

Oh yeah, b.mobile is scouting for a web designer :))

New game at ETA


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Tour de Brunei 2011 a big success

HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (L), Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, presents award for overall winner to Shinichi Fukushima of Terengganu Pro-Asia Cycling team after the final stage of the Butra Heidelberg Cement Tour de Brunei 2011 in Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday. Picture: BT/Saifulizam

Age is just a number for Shinichi Fukushima.

The Japanese rider from Terengganu Pro-Asia Cycling Team (TSG) rolled back the years to take home the yellow jersey after finishing second in the fifth and final stage of the Butra Heidelberg Cement Tour de Brunei yesterday.

Makekimizan Ramin of Tabriz Petrochemical Cycling claimed the last stage as both riders finished with a time of 3:37:32 in the 146.5-kilometre circuit stage which started and finished in front of the TAIB headquarters in the capital.

Thailand national team rider Phuchong Sai-Udomsin managed to finish on the podium with a three-second gap (3:37:35) from the first two riders.

Overnight yellow jersey holder, Malaysian national cyclist Muhamad Adiq Husaine, crossed the line in sixth place among a peloton of 20 cyclists with a time of 3:39:37 that saw him lose out to the Japanese veteran, who started the day 36 second behind the Malaysian.

National cyclist Muhammad Raihaan Abd Aziz was in the bunch that saw him finish in ninth place, which is the best finish by any Bruneian in the five-stage 629.5km race which is on the International Cycling Union (UCI) Asia Tour for the first time.

Present to give away the plague to the stage winners and overall jersey winners was His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office. [To read more, click here] Text courtesy of Yee Chun Leong, The Brunei Times.

Crown Prince handing over souvenir to Mr. Lau of Aewon Garment & Embroidery and Richard Neo of Lof Bakery

Crown Prince handing over souvenir to Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times and Setia Purnamahadi of Butra Heidelberg

The Manager of Iranian team spoke of his team success

There was a long stretch of riders along Jalan Sultan

Thumbs up to the marshals too for making sure the cyclists are safe

Now we don’t see this very often during a hot day

This is like eating ice-cream during a scorching hot day

Probably the best time to do this after being under the hot sun

Shinichi Fukushima taking some photo with his fans

Shinichi Fukushima was congratulated by his team-mates

We have a proud Iranian spectator

Muhd Khalid Sata with his family celebrating his accomplishment in Tour de Brunei 2011

I love to have one of these bikes

Apparently there are more Iranian spectators in Brunei

The ladies were quite popular in terms of photo shoots

Richard Neo (r) with his Lof Bread Cycling Team

An interesting Facebook Page

Ok… I came across this page, thanks to one of my friends who alerted me on Twitter. But this is one page that have raised a few eyebrows especially from the replies I had on Twitter after seeing the page.

Aussino Family Day

Noor Jehan Docrat and Muhammad Docrat were the big winners as they won the Aussino bed-making challenge in a close contested final. Emily Zhang and Renee Teo came in second place who were quite impressive in the preliminary round. Noor Jehan Docrat and Muhammad Docrat received a $100 Aussino shopping voucher each while Emily Zhang and Renee Teo received a $50 Aussino shopping voucher.

In another competition, Crystal Lim Li Thong emerged as the winner of the “Shopping Cart Challenge” after registering a grand total of $1586.80, which was $20.24 less than the targeted amount $1,607.04.. Why this number? Well, it was the actual day where Aussino opened at The Mall seven years ago (16th July 2004).

The competition was carried as part of the activities to commemorate Aussino’s 7th year anniversary and last Sunday was also Aussino Family Day. They had a special surprise for their customers too as Aussino had a one-hour crazy sale of a 40% on all their items and an additional 10% for Aussino members.

Edgar was emcee for the day

Marilyn was one of the Shopping Cart Challenge contestant

The cashier calculating the amount of the contestant’s purchases

Emily Zhang and Renee Teo posing with the family. The pair came 2nd in the bed-making competition

The consolation winners of the bed-making competition

The consolation winners of the bed-making competition

Crystal was the grand prize winner of the Shopping Cart Challenge

Noor Jehan Docrat and Muhammad Docrat were the winners of the bed-making competition

The crazy one-hour sale at Aussino last Sunday

The crazy one-hour sale at Aussino last Sunday

HSBC Brunei hosted Open House at The Empire

Last Sunday, HSBC customers had the opportunity to celebrate Hari Raya in the ambience of international customs and tradition at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom, Empire Hotel & Country Club in Jerudong.

Decorations for the event highlighted countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the United States.Present on behalf of HSBC were Vincent Ho, HSBC Chief Executive Officer, Rosdi Amin Yaakub, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Corporate Banking, Lyndsay Rajah, Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, and Nabel Huwazan, Chief Technology and Services Officer.

Invitations were also extended to government officials, Premier, Corporate and Business Banking customers and their families. Taking centre stage with performances were Phuture Phase, while Asde from P2F Season 3 sang “Ku pohon restu ayah bonda”, followed by “Wo de yi ke xin” from Chong Voon Voon. Several dances were also performed such as ‘Joget Pahang’ which orginated from Malaysia, ‘Nour el Ain’ from Saudi Arabia, ‘Fan Dance’ from China and ‘Kayum O ya Kayum’ from Brunei.

HSBC donation blood drive today

HSBC along with the Ministry of Health’s Blood Bank Unit will be organising the second blood donation drive this year on Thursday, September 15.

Customers and members of the public who are interested in participating in the blood donation drive are most welcome to visit the HSBC’s Business Processing Centre located at Jerudong. Those who wish to participate are also reminded to bring along their blood donor cards.

Medical Officers will be on hand to facilitate the blood donation drive which will start from 9.30 to 11 in the morning and 2 to 4 in the afternoon. As a reminder, blood donors should be between the ages of 18 and 60 years, weigh above 50kg and are medically fit.

Lim Boon Teck, Manager Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Brunei said, “The RIPAS blood bank is in urgent need of blood supply. We embrace opportunities such as this blood donation initiative to be able to give back to the community and providing our employees and customers with the chance to make a difference with personal actions.”



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