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21
May

Be Inspired, Be Magical, Be You

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Summer Predictions 

 

Summer movie predictions of 2016 with co-host Del Goh

  

 

Limited time only at BK 
 


The Cheesy Whopper & Tendergrill at BurgerKing *Slurrrpppp*
 

  
 

 

Exclusive launch for SCB  
 


Two Mercedes C-Class Coupe being launched at Jati Transport Showroom last night, exclusive for Standard Chartered Bank’s Priority Banking clients
 


Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport Sdb Bhd, Rino Donosepoetro CEO of Standard Chartered Bank and Yang Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Jaafar ibni Al-marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd during the exclusive launch of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe
 

Standard Chartered Bank treated their Priority Banking clients to an exclusive unveiling of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe at Jati Transport Sdn Bhd’s showroom in Gadong last evening.

The evening was attended by Yang Mulia Pengiran Anak Haji Jaafar ibni Al-marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohammad Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Berhad.

Rino Donosepoetro CEO of Standard Chartered Bank said “We are delighted to collaborate with Jati Transport on the exclusive launch of the new Mercedes C-Class coupe this evening, giving our valued clients a first look at the sporty new model from Mercedes. We believe that by spending valuable time with our clients we will get to understand them and their financial needs better.”

” We are pleased to host this event with Standard Chartered Bank. Events like this allow two international brands to leverage on their global branding power to bring elegant lifestyle befitting these segments,” said Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport.

 


Rino Donosepoetro giving his welcoming remarks
 


The new Mercedes C-Class Coupe
 


Checking out the interior of Mercedes C-Class Coupe
 


The Mercedes C-Class Coupe in black…. Grrrrr …
 


The back view of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe
 


The VIPs and invited the guests of the Standard Charted Priority Banking
 

 

 

 

  
 

Baiduri Masters 2016 
 

 


The awesome cars – Mini Cooper, BMW or the Porsche – for the hole-in-one winners. Will anyone take home a car or two?
 

The first tee off of the Baiduri Masters this morning took place at 6.45am. The opening session saw 92 golfers take part for a chance to don the coveted Green Jacket and Challenge Trophy.

By the end of the afternoon session today, Idris Osman was in the lead with an even par of 71 followed closely by a trio of golfers comprising Ali Hj Rashid, defending champion Seruji Hj Setia and Zulhilmi Rosli with a gross score of 72. In fifth and sixth places, with a gross of 73, was Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki and Hj Norismadi Hj Tamid.

Coming in seventh place today was Baiduri Masters veteran, Hj Shaiful Rizal Pehin Dato Hj Ahmad with a gross score of 75. Close behind him was another trio made up of Mohammad Rijal Hj Kassim, Fa’ez Ahmad and Han Kiang Siew with a tied gross of 76.

Rounding off the top twelve were Hj Md Yussop Hj Abd Latip and Khalil Ariffin with a gross score of 79.

 


Zulhilmi Rosli finished with a 72 in the first day of the Baiduri Masters 2016
 


Some of the participants of the Baiduri Masters 2016
 


This was a reward for being an early bird registrant. Hj Osman Salleh won a whole new golf wardrobe from Under Armour Brunei
 

The challenge today is: Will Seruji finally walk away with the Challenge Trophy that has eluded him on multiple occasions and make him the first ever in Baiduri Masters history to do so? Or will the return of Khairul Kamis after a two-year hiatus break his win streak? Will 2016 see yet another hole-in-one?

The hole-in-one prizes for the Baiduri Masters 2016, with a combined value in excess of a quarter of a million dollars, comprise a Porsche Cayenne, a BMW 218 Active Tourer, a Mini Cooper and two BND20,000 cash prizes.

The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions this year – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Juniors. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett. Players who are interested in participating and doing their part for charity can register at the RBA Golf Club.

The Baiduri Masters is an annual charity golf tournament organised by the Baiduri Bank Group which is scheduled to take place during the final two weekends of May 2016. The 21st edition of the Baiduri Masters will take place at the RBA Golf Club and is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The Baiduri Masters is also supported by the QAF Group of Companies as well as Brunei Press as the exclusive print media partner.

The event will be from 20-22th May 2016 and the next weekend 27-29 May 2016. You can register as many times as you want and who knows your chances will increase in winning a car or cash prize. Call 244 9666 for info or you can click here to their website for registration and details of the Baiduri Masters 2016. Images courtesy of Baiduri Bank.

 

 

  
 

 

Peugeot 308 GT Line 
 


The Peugeot 308 GT Line will be launched pretty soon
 


The Peugeot 308 GT Line will be launched pretty soon
 

TCY Motors, sole distributor of Peugeot in Brunei is introducing to the local press the 308 GT Line. This 308 is the first Peugeot GT Line variant to be introduced in Brunei.

PEUGEOT 308 GT Line offers exclusive and dynamic versions aimed at motoring enthusiasts. To engage such customers, the strong personality of this version is achieved through assertive styling, remarkable performance and an enhanced driving experience.

On the inside, the 308 GT Line offers all the features you’d expect of a premium hatchback model. Specification includes front and rear parking aid, DAB digital radio, USB interface and reversing camera, all controlled from a 9.7″ multifunction colour touchscreen with the redline colour scheme on the touch screen continuing the sporting touch.

The interior of the GT Line reflects the premium trim – the luxurious trim sports seats with red stitching are comfortable and supportive, with driver and front passenger lumbar adjustment that includes a massage function. The interior also features a GT-style leather steering wheel with matching red stitching, GT style mats and inside door sills and pedals are finished in aluminium for a contemporary look.

The GT Line features full LED headlights, positioned alongside distinctive direction indicators and fog lights. With a comprehensive range of airbags, cruise control with speed limiter, the 308 GT Line has received a full five-star Euro NCAP rating for its excellent safety features.

 

 

 

 

 

On PEUGEOT 308 GT Line can be identified by:

–          Sporty wheels
–          Sporty stylish twin tailpipe
–          RedLine colour scheme for the touch screen
–          Full-LED headlamps
–          LED direction indicators
–          Their sporty and top of the range ambience through the association of black and red trim
–          GT Line badges applied to the body

You can drop by in Peugeot Kiarong Showroom or call 2426868 for further details. Follow us on Instagram at @PeugeotBrunei and like our Facebook fan page @ facebook.com/peugeotbrunei.

 

  
 

02
May

Close but no cigar

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Podcast on Captain America 
 

Podcast review of Captain America: Civil War with regular co-host Del Goh

 

  

 

 

CIPTA 2017 
 

 

Unleash your creativity. We have so many opportunities to showcase our talents and show the country what our youths are capable of. There have been creativity programs and competitions to spur individuals to take participate. Recently The Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2017 was launched at University Teknologi Brunei (UTB which was previously known as ITB) and this has been an ongoing competition with many local participation over the years.

A big thank you to UTB and also their core sponsor, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd for making the CIPTA possible.

Gracing the event was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education. Also present at the ceremony were Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Education; Awang Mohamad bin Haji Awang Damit, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, who is also the Co-Chairperson of CIPTA 2017 Executive Committee, Dr. Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) and Chairperson of the CIPTA 2017 Executive Committee, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the Vice-Chancellor of UTB.

 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education gracing the event
 

 

So what’s the theme for this year’s APICTA? It will be on “Innovation for Sustainable Economy”. The competition is open to all schools, technical and tertiary academic institutions, government and private organizations and the general public.

There are three main competitions: Category 1, 2 and 3 for local participants; the Smart Junior Competition; and the ASEAN Category. The prizes by Category are as follows:

CATEGORY 1, 2 AND 3 (LOCAL COMPETITION)

Category 1: Creating New Product, Process or Technology
1st Prize – B$ 6000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2nd Prize – B$ 4000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
3rd Prize – B$ 2000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 500.00 cash and certificates

Category 2: Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology

1st Prize – B$ 6000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2nd Prize – B$ 4000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
3rd Prize – B$ 2000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 500.00 cash and certificates

Category 3: Creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors

1st  Prize  – B$ 3000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2nd Prize      – B$ 2000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
3rd Prize      – B$ 1000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 250.00 cash and certificates

THE SMART JUNIOR COMPETITION

1st  Prize     – B$ 1000.00 cash & certificate
2nd Prize     – B$ 800.00 cash & certificate
3rd Prize     – B$ 500.00 cash & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 200.00 cash and certificates

ASEAN CATEGORY

New Invention & Innovation Category
Best Invention & Innovator – B$ 6000.00 cash & Trophy

Young Inventor Category

Best Young Inventor          – B$ 3000.00 cash & Trophy

 

 


Guest of honour touring the exhibition after the launch
 

 

 

Winner from the ASEAN New Invention & Innovation Category will be eligible to compete with winners from Categories 1 and 2 in the Local Competition for the Crown Prince Special Award to win the grand prize of B$ 8000 and the CIPTA Trophy. In CIPTA 2015, the coveted grand prize was awarded to a group of researchers from the Institute of Bio-Engineering and Nanotechnology Singapore for their winning project ‘Green Tea Nanocarriers to Fight Cancer’.

Each entry will be judged based on their novelty and creativity; deployment of end product; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; and the project report and presentation. Assessment of submitted projects will be conducted in two stages starting with the Preliminary Assessment. Only qualified entries will be allowed to proceed to the Final Assessment.

With the official launching of CIPTA 2017, participation into all the categories is now open. The deadline for participating in CIPTA 2017 is on 31 October 2016. More information can be obtained from www.utb.edu.bn/cipta.

 

  
 

Sign up for Baiduri Masters 2016 
 

The highly anticipated annual golf tournament, the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament is set to tee off in a month’s time spanning 2 weekends, 20 to 22 May and 27 to 29 May 2016. This year marks the 21st edition of the Baiduri Masters organized by Baiduri Bank Group.

Thanks to the support of strategic partner – the QAF Group of Companies, the much awaited hole-in-one prizes for Baiduri Masters 2015 was confirmed this morning at the Partnership Signing Ceremony held at the QAF Centre. Besides these three luxurious cars, players will also stand a chance to win two cash prizes plus numerous other tournament prizes at the Baiduri Masters 2016.

The hole-in-one prizes for this year are as follows: Porsche Cayenne for Hole 2; Mini Cooper for Hole 5; BMW 218 Active Tourer for Hole 14; and $20,000 cash prize for Holes 12 and 16.

 

 


You could be a winner of this awesome car 😀
 

The upcoming golf tournament is divided into four divisions: Men’s, Ladies, Juniors and Team. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Open and Senior Golfers categories. The Junior Golfers category is open to golfers aged 13 to 18 years old.

Registration commences from 20 April 2016 and the registration fee remains at BND120 for adults and BND60 for juniors. The registration fee is inclusive of green fee, buggy, goodie bag as well as buffet breakfast and lunch. Players are invited to the prize presentation dinner at the end of the tournament.

Players may play more than once to improve their chances of winning. Adult players will enjoy a discount on the registration fee on their second and subsequent rounds. The best score of any round played will be taken.

For more information, please contact the Baiduri Call Centre at 244 9666 or log onto www.baiduri.com, where they can also download the registration form.

 


Kahar Hj Abu Bakar (2nd from R) is the fourth golfer ever to hit the hole-in-one at the Baiduri Masters in its 20 years’ history. This was taken last year and he won the BND 20,000 cash prize then.
 


Click image to download PDF registration form
 

 

  
 

19 year old wins car 
 


19-year old Ahmad Ridhauddin Hj Suhaimin, winner of the Proton Satria Neo R3 1.6L Manual with his mother during the Second Lucky Draw campaign of Sentral Shopping Centre (KB Sentral) yesterday
 


Abby Lim, General Manager of Sentral Shopping Centre, with the winner
 

Sentral Shopping Centre has just completed the first series of its Second Lucky Draw Campaign on Sunday, 1st May 2016 at 2.00 pm yesterday. With about 1,900 short-listed coupon holders since the beginning of the campaign, November 2015, Sentral Shopping Centre was filled with a huge crowd of hopeful winners. The prizes range from household appliances to meal voucher to one night stay at Garden Sentral Hotel as well as a car for the grand prize.

The Guest of Honor for the Grand Lucky Draw was Madam Suraya Binti Hj Mohd Salleh. A total of 17 prizes were given away yesterday. The event commenced with a welcoming speech by the General Manager, Abby Lim. After that Ms. Norazizah Awang Damit, proceeded to draw the first 5 winners. It was then preceded by Penghulu of Mukim Kuala Belait, Mr. Haji Pungut Bin Ali, to draw another 5 winners. Ms Abby Lim proceeded to draw another 3 lucky winners. In between the draws, quiz questions were asked to the audience and the prizes to these quiz questions were sponsored by SugarBun Brunei and Ochado Brunei.

The Guest of Honor then proceeded to draw the top 4 lucky winners including the grand prize. The 4th prize, a 32” LED TV, went to Hjh Rohaya Hj Abu Bakar while Jufri Bin Hj Abd Hamid won a 2-door refrigerator as the 3rd prize winner. The 2nd prize of a fully automated washing machine was won by Sharon Chin Shiao Hui. The Grand Prize Winner of Sentral Shopping Centre Grand Lucky Draw, the first series, a white Proton Satria Neo R3 1.6L Manual, was 19-year old Ahmad Ridhauddin Hj Suhaimin.

Lucky Draw coupon holders were reminded to be present at the Grand Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Lucky Draw coupons. Representatives were allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as the photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon.

Do follow them on their Facebook and Instagram @kbsentral for all the latest updates on their upcoming event activities!

 


The top 17 winners feted yesterday. It was such a packed event.
 


Hjh Rohaya Hj Abu Bakar receiving the 32” LED TV
 


Jufri Bin Hj Abd Hamid won a 2-door refrigerator
 


Abby Lim running the draw
 


Sharon Chin Shiao Hui won a a fully automated washing machine
 


This lady won two prizes out of the 17 prizes drawn. A very lucky person indeed.
 

 


Almost 2,000 in attendance yesterday
 


The winner posing with his new car
 


Group photo with the guest of honour and general manager of KB sentral
 


Vendors of @KBsentral would be happy with the responses yesterday
 


Three more grand draws. So do spend at KB Sentral
 

 

  
 

 

Have you tried the DXRacer chairs? 
 

Review of a DXRacer chair

 

DXRacer computer gaming accessories have now landed in Brunei and are available from Concepts Computer. DXRacer computer gaming chairs and tables are made with very exacting standards, and the level of comfort and refinement which they offer is unrivalled amongst other computer gaming chairs and tables. These accessories which were originally conceived to heighten computer gaming experience, will also be the equipment of choice for comfort and ease when working at the office, relaxing at home while a watching a movie or getting into a game, as you’ve never experienced in front of a computer before.

Unlike most computer chairs available in Brunei, the DXRacer chair has a much higher backrest, that allows it to support your entire spinal column from your pelvis right to the neck. DXRacer chairs offers a very stable metal star base that is adjustable via a gas spring that allows the user to adjust it for varying heights of office or computer desks. It also includes a tilt mechanism with lock function so the back can be lowered down from 135 degrees to 180 degrees and set to lock at any angle. In addition, functions include multi-position adjustable armrests covered with a soft pad for comfort, so the user is protected from a shoulder slant or kyphosis as a result of prolonged fatigue of the shoulder and wrist. And DXRacer chairs also comes with a headrest cushion as well as a lumbar cushion that is height adjustable as desired, for added spinal column support.

Jonathan Chong, Senior Manager with DXRacer Brunei, while speaking to media, said, “We’re very pleased to be working alongside Concepts Computer, especially with the large range of products they offer for Bruneian IT consumers. We are always looking to provide to customers top of the range and high quality computer gaming chairs and desks so with the help of Concepts Computer, we are now one important step closer.” He also added, “Now that computer gaming is also a big part of the Bruneian IT scene, Bruneian gamers who require long hours of practice in order to maintain their top tier skills will now have the ability to choose the proper chair that is crucial in helping them perform at their very best by using DXRacer computer gaming chairs and tables which are available from Concepts Computer. And not to worry for all the arden gamers out there, we will be expecting a new shipment of chairs and tables in early May, a large volume to cater to Bruneian gamers.”

 


Jonathan Chong, Senior Manager with DXRacer Brunei with Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer at Times Square Shopping Centre
 


The gamers during the counter strike tournament at Times Square Shopping Centre last weekend
 

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer, also added, “We are extremely pleased to be working with DXRacer Brunei because they are providing a huge range of quality products at very diverse prices which can fit the purchasing power of different subsets of customers, from $475 to $799, each product will fulfill the specific needs of each customer.” Zul also added, “The support provided by DXRacer Brunei in terms of warranty issues are also top-notch, especially with the 2 years warranty coverage provided for each chair, which reassures both us as resellers and customers as end-users. We are looking forward to growing this section of the Bruneian IT market.”

DXRacer computer gaming chairs and desks will be available at Concepts Computer, where demo units are on stand-by for customers to try. Prices will range from $475 to $799, according to the model and needs of each costumer. For more information regarding DXRacer computer gaming chairs and desks, or any other enquiries regarding Concepts Computer and their range of products, please call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visit your nearest Concepts Computer retail outlet.

 

  
 

 

Hyundai Elantra 
 


Irwan Lamit, General Manager of BIBD At-Tamwil with James Chin, General Manager of Setia Motors Sdn Bhd checking out the new Hyundai Elantra
 


The new Hyundai Elantra
 

Late post: Did you know that the Elantra is Hyundai Motor’s best-selling model and now it has evolved with innovative design. The award-winning compact sedan inspires driver’s confidence with enhanced performance and stable handling.

The new Elantra dubbed “Avante” in Korea is now available on Brunei road and you can visit Setia Motors showroom in Beribi to check it out. The Elantra model is in its 6th generation. So what’s the upgrade? It has a more dynamic and sleek appearance. The grille is also different parted with slim and sporty headlights for an energetic look. The body structure has been designed to boost durability and rigidity, incorporating 32% more advanced high-strength steel compared to the original Elantra.

The all-new Elantra’s premium-sound Harman audio system delivers delightful sound quality with eight speakers accompanying an amplifier. There is also a pair of door-mounted tweeters located in every door to give that acoustic ambience.

All in all, the new Elantra is a a 1.6 litre engine compact-size sedan with class defining interior and exterior features which refined style elements reflect Hyundai Motor’s evolving philosophy.

So do check out the new Elantra at Setia Motors showroom at Beribi.

 


James Chin addressing to the public
 

 

 

  
 

20
Apr

United we stand

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Baiduri Masters is back! 
 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank Group holding the Baiduri Masters Trophy with Albert Lau, CEO of QAF Brunei
 

It’s back once more. The much highly anticipated annual golf tournament hosted by Baiduri Bank called the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament. Why is this golfing event popular? Because of many things – 1) The Green Jacket 2) It’s all for charity and numbers are always overwhelming 3) a chance to win fantastic cars

So yesterday was the official announcement of the event which will take place in two weekends of May 2016 (20th to 22nd and 27th to 29th). Yesterday was also the signing ceremony with the partners of the Baiduri Masters 2016.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the organiser, Baiduri Bank Group, and partners of the event: RBA Golf Club, QAF Group of Companies and Brunei Press. CEO of QAF Brunei Albert Lau, General Manager of Brunei Press Reggie See and General Manager of RBA Golf Club Asmadi Hj Alimustapha signed on behalf of their respective organisations  while Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank Pierre Imhof signed on behalf of Baiduri Bank Group.

“The Baiduri Masters has always been centred towards supporting our community and making a difference, whether big or small. Last year, we were able to raise $80,000 for charity. The Baiduri Masters made history by being the first-ever golf tournament to have three hole-in-one in one tournament. The previous and first-ever hole-in-one during the Baiduri Masters was in 2008” said Imhof.

The Junior Golfers category is open to youth aged 13 to 18 years old.

Registration fee is $120 per adult and $60 for juniors. The fee is inclusive of green fee, buggy, goodie bag as well as buffet breakfast and lunch. Players are invited to the prize presentation dinner at the end of the tournament.

It was shared that players may play more than once to improve their chances of winning. Adult players will enjoy a discount on the registration fee on their second subsequent rounds and that the best score of any round played will be taken.

 


Signing of MOU with QAF Brunei and Baiduri Bank Group
 


Signing of MOU with Brunei Press and Baiduri Bank Group
 


Signing of MOU with RBA Golf Club and Baiduri Bank Group
 

 


The Porsche Cayenne for Hole 2
 


Mini Cooper for Hole 5
 


BMW 218 Active Tourer for Hole 14
 

  
 

It ain’t that difficult, right? 
 

LOL, sometimes it is really hard to predict what the message a lady is conveying.

 

 

  
 

 

Red Bull Boost & Win 
 


Click image to enter Facebook Page
 


Checking out the 1,000 entries for the Red Bull Boost & Win promotion
 

This Friday will be the first weekly draw for the 25 lucky winners of the Red Bull Boost & Win promotion. The winners will win either a shopping voucher, Power Kad, Prepaid Top Up cards or a cluster pack of Red Bull bottle.

The draw will be held at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. Good luck to all the contestants. Don’t worry since it’s still an ongoing promotion, you can still be eligible for the next weekly lucky draw. All you have to do is buy a Red Bull can (Gold/Less Sugar) at the convenient store and fill in the entry forms and drop it at the contest box.

 


Drawing out 25 winners for the Weekly Lucky winners
 


Ivy making sure the draw runs smoothly
 

  
 

Brunei Gavel Club 
 


The Gavaliers and guests during the first demo inaugural Brunei Gavel Club meeting at Universiti Brunei Darussalam last Sunday
 


One of the guests giving comments after the meeting
 

Finally it has happened. A great start for the Brunei Gavel Club (national level) and it applies the same platform as Toastmasters International. The only difference is that the BGC applies to teenagers (14 yrs to 18 yrs).

I have paid a visit to in-house Gavel clubs in Maktab Sains and Chung Hwa Middle School and they have been encouraging. However, it’s only part of their curriculum activity and only happens on a temporary basis. With the BGC, it will open doors to all the youths aged 14-18 to be part of a club affiliated with Toastmasters International.

The attendance last Sunday, 17th April was overwhelming. It was actually more than the usual toastmasters meetings and furthermore, I was impressed with the quality delivered by the students from their respective schools.

The appointed club president is Mohd Farhan Jafar Ali and he had a short presentation to the audience on the objectives of the BGC. He has been a seasoned toastmasters for two years and prior to that, he has been a perpetual guest in toastmasters as he hasn’t turned 18 just yet. Four years later, he has taken a bigger role as the President for the Brunei Gavel Club.

His task now with the help of his executive committee will be to find new members before the national gavel club can be officially chartered. The required number is 20 members in the club and I’m pretty sure that’s achievable.

I do hope many corporate companies and government agencies will see the benefit in this non-profit club as the youth organisation will need some support to sustain the bi-weekly meetings and other gavel related things. I also do hope parents or guardians can also attend the gavel meetings to see the valuable learning experience from the youths in improving their communication and leadership skills.

As for now, it’s a definitely great start.

 


Nico (left) braved the Table Topics session and shared about his yummy ice-cream
 


Another confident speaker
 


Nabil has a great sense of humour
 


Jackie won her first table topics even as a first time visitor to a gavel meeting
 


Ahmad delivered his first speech at the Brunei Gavel Club meeting
 


Farhan the appointed President for Brunei Gavel Club and I am full of admiration on his growth as an individual
 


Iskandar giving out his evaluation on the Table Topic speakers
 


Toastmasters members giving support to the Gavaliers 
 


The Gavaliers had so much fun. The next meeting will be on 1st May 2016 at 10am at UBD
 

 

  
 

Blood donation 
 

Register yourself now! “Save Life By Giving Blood”

Date: 21.04.2016
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: @piccolocafebn

Every Donor will be entitled to:
1) 3 months magazine subscription from @plusbrunei
2) Refreshments from @piccolocafebn
3) Goodies from @jpmcbrunei
4) Cash Vouchers from @nailsnwaxbrunei
5) 3 days complimentary gym pass from @fitnesszonebrunei

Limited slots available. Please RSVP now by emailing us at Julie@plusbrunei.com / info@piccolocafe.co or head over to Piccolo Cafe in Bandar and register yourself at the counter.

 

 

 

  
 

13
May

What a lovely day!!

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Room Confinement 
 


The confine room at Times Square
 


The Kidnapped Room

Times Square Shopping Centre is conducting its first Room Confinement game daily from 12noon to 9pm this month. The game introduces an interactive gaming experience into Brunei, where the right measure of wit, persistence and teamwork will win the game. The Room Confinement is located in Times Square Shopping Centre, between Guardian and Jollibee, and is a collaboration with YYSL.

Customers will be confined in a room, where they would have to find a series of codes and puzzles that must be solved within 45 minute, in order to find the combination codes and answer the puzzles.

There are two rooms available with different themes; “Kidnapped” and “Missing Girl”. Each theme has a unique story element to the game, and what sets Room Confinement apart from their counterparts is that customers are being challenged and pressured to solve the puzzle within the time limit. Each room may accommodate two to six participants at a time. The game has attracted more than 100 participants and only a few managed to solve the mystery. It may look easy but you need to be very alert and focused.

Customers would need to book their slots to participate, though tickets are available for purchases at the counter; interested participant may call us at 8995720.

Times Square is also glad to announce that there will be upcoming events in May such as Times Square Lucky Draw and Mid-Year Exhibition. There is also an ongoing competition ‘Shop, Dine & Snap Instagram Competition’. For more information and registration, kindly visit the Lucky Draw booth at Times Square atrium. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 


Some of the items in the room. Note: She is not the kidnapped girl
 


Search for the clues
 


Some of the clues
 


A body chalk on the floor
 


There’s even a TV inside the room.
 

 

Mad Max: Road Fury 
 

 

One of the trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road

 


My most anticipated movie for 2015. I’m a big fan of Mad Max. Catching this soon at The Mall Cineplex.
 


Great scores so far on Rotten Tomatoes.
 

  
 

 

Baiduri Masters 2015 concludes 
 


Dr Yg Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah had the Baiduri Masters 2015 trophy to Seruji Haji Setia
 


The presentation of the mock key of the Porsche Panamera to Ahmad Izzat bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Zaimi and Ahanapoah Hj Mohd Noor
 

The 20th Baiduri Masters concluded with a prize presentation at the Indah Hall, Royal Brunei Recreation Club and was attended by Dr Yg Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, a member of the Board of Directors at Baiduri Bank.

In his welcoming address, Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO at Baiduri Bank said,” The aim has always been centred towards supporting our community and making a difference, whether big or small, and this year is no different.” He further elaborated that Baiduri Bank has always strived to raise funds for local charity organisations, particularly the charities that cater towards individuals with special needs with the hope to alleviate their burden.

$80,000 was raised from the gold tournament proceeds, going to the Learning Ladders Society, the Child Development Centre, YASKA, Pusat Ehsan Al-Almeerah Al-Hajjah Maryam and SMARTER.

This year’s competition turned out to be a rather memorable one, as there were many landmark moments; three hole-in-ones and the second time a player had won the Baiduri Masters back to back. Seruji Haji Setia claimed the Challenge Trophy for a second year in a row, earning the coveted Green jacket, and $850 in cash. He beat his previous year’s score of 70 by one to pip the win.

The big winners of the night were the players who got the hole in one. Kahar Hj Abu Bakar was the first winner of the $20,000 cash prize since it was introduced in 2011. But the room burst into loud cheers with the presentation of the mock key of the Porsche Panamera to Ahmad Izzat bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Zaimi and Ahanapoah Hj Mohd Noor. The Baiduri Masters was supported by QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, QAF Brunei, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and RBA Golf Club Sdn Bhd.

 


 


The charitable foundations that benefited from Baiduri Masters 2015
 


Vanessa Boumba scored three prizes on the night, coming in top in the Ladies Division and the Junior Division, as well as winning the longest drive on hole 18
 


The winners of the Team Division, Anak Kedayan
 


 


The Baiduri Ladies
 


The one in hole prize that was shared – Porsche Panamera
 

  
 

Iconia promotion 
 


the ACER Iconia Tab One 8 Android tablet and the ACER Iconia Tab 8 W Windows tablet now available at Concepts Computer
 

Portability and Affordability, the keywords for the new IT era, is key in being able to adapt to many changing and demanding needs of Bruneian IT consumers. Acer has made a huge leap in providing the most affordable and portable tablets in the ACER Iconia Tab series.

And fueling a new era of IT usage is the resurgence of the older generation in trying out new technology, to fit into the ever changing landscape of a modern world, which is why for the remaining month of May, Concepts will be providing exciting prices for the ACER Iconia Tab series; the ACER Iconia Tab One 8 Android tablet and the ACER Iconia Tab 8 W Windows tablet, open for those 50 years old and above.

The promotional pricing for the ACER Iconia Tab series will not only be for the older generations but also students who are looking for their first tablet to fulfill their educational and entertainment needs. The ACER Iconia Tab series are perfect for them since each model can be used for specific areas in their student life; the Windows based ACER Iconia Tab 8 W is perfect for school work and the Android based ACER Iconia Tab One 8 is perfect for entertainment and games in general.

With an 8-inch display that produces vivid colors from any angle, you can enjoy and share photos and videos alone or with friends. Add to that the immersive sound experience produced by dual stereo speakers, and your gaming, videos and music become truly entertaining.

The ACER Iconia Tab series has an attractive and simple design that’s both slim and lightweight. The narrow bezel allows a larger display that you can still hold comfortably in one hand. What’s more, the stylish and functional tactile pattern on the back also makes it easier to hold.


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer (right) posing with the Iconia models
 


 

With a bevy of trendy, eye catching colours to suit any lifestyle and show your personality, this slim and lightweight tablet designed to be travel friendly. Plus its beautifully textured anti-slip finish helps you keep a firm grip wherever you go.

Battery-life that is acceptable for every day usage, the ACER Icnoia Tab series will be able to fulfill all your needs with an expected battery-life of 7 hours. Work and Play on the go is never easier and more convenient.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, while speaking to the media said, “Concepts will always try to be in the forefront of the IT market in Brunei which is why we’re offering both these model at great prices for these 2 specific groups of society.” He continued, “The older generation would benefit a lot from being IT savvy, giving them the ability to be connected through these tablets, making them closer to the younger generations.” Zul aslo added, “And with students, technology is prevalent in their everyday life, this is just a chance to offer them the best devices out there at very affordable prices.”

Both the ACER Iconia Tab 8 W and ACER Iconia Tab One 8 is available at Concepts Computer for $218 but for the month of May, those 50 years old and above, and students currently in school or any educational institute, will be able to purchase either of these 2 models at the promotional price of $198 each. To qualify for the promotional prices, please provide ID for prove of age, or student ID/report cards to prove student status.

For more information call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visiti your nearest Concepts Computer showroom.

  

08
May

To the edge

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Baiduri Masters 2015 continues

 


Hjh Nurul Akmar binti Hj Mohd Jaafar, Deputy Head of Consumer Banking cum Head of CSR, BIBD and Shairazi Zainuddin, Corporate Communications, BIBD during the press conference
 

Seruji Haji Setia leads the 20th Baiduri Masters after the first weekend of play and looks in firm contention to defend his title at the RBA Golf Club. The Baiduri Masters will continue this weekend from May 8-10. The biggest mover of the tournament was Haji Shahminan Damit whose excellent round of 69 skyrocketed him to second from the final top 12 in the leaderboard.

Khairol Bakar dropped to third with a gross score of 73 with 2010 runners-up Tony Haji Karim in fourth on count back. Lai Suan Loong also slipped to fifth after managing a high of third place on Saturday. In the ladies rankings, the highly respected Almas Syadzwanie Kamis led the way in first place with a score of 70.

Patricia Danielle Bayina and Siti Zabaidah trail further behind with a score of 75. Dora Madai sits in fourth with 76 with Mary Hiew (82) and Nurzana Suhaili (102) completing the top six.

Vanessa Boumba Marie-Alice carded a round of 69 to set the pace in the junior division rankings as the first weekend came to a close.

In the team division, Sweet Lip Emperor recorded a score of 211, four strokes ahead of Petir A.

This year’s Baiduri Masters added two more hole-in-one winners in Ahmad Izzat bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Zaimi and Ahanapiah Haji Md Noor, seven years since Elyas Abdullah Tseu broke a 13-year drought by claiming a historic first hole-in-one in the history of the competition.

John Kilpatrick helped add the gloss on an explosive golfing weekend after his nearest-to-the-pin attempt in hole No 16 landed 12 centimetres short from the hole, bagging him a cool B$20,000 cash prize. For your information, all the slots for this weekend are all fully booked. Well done, Baiduri. Text courtesy of Fadhil Yunus of Borneo Bulletin.


Ahmad Izzat bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Zaimi, one of the winners of the Porsche Panamera on hole no.2 during Baiduri Masters 2015
 


Another winner of the Porsche Panamera, Ahanapiah Haji Md Noor, by where both will have the share the prize.
 


Ahanapiah being interviewed by the local press
 


Rijal Kassim in actio
 


Seruji Hj Setia still in the lead in the Baiduri Masters
 


Lai Suan Loong
 



Mother’s Day promo

Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with I-Lotus Restaurant will be offering special set menus from B$178 to B$580 when they dine in from 07 May to 14 May 2015.

With the upcoming Mother’s Day this Sunday, I-Lotus Restaurant is offering diners up to five different set menus to choose from when they treat their moms to a sumptuous meal at its outlet. Set menus offered include 1 soup, 1 dessert and several different main dishes to suit individual palettes for groups of 3 to 4 persons up to maximum 12 persons at a table.

Diners who peruse the set menus during the promotion period will be entitled to one free slice of cake, one skin care sample and discount voucher from The Body Shop, and one beauty voucher from City Hair Studio.

In addition, Baiduri cardholders who make payment for any of the set menus with their credit or debit cards will be entitled to 15% discount. Minimum spending of B$200 will be applied to payment made on ala carte dishes during the promotion period excluding 10 May 2015.

Baiduri cardholders who wish to learn more about the Special Treats for Moms promotion with I-Lotus Restaurant can call Baiduri Call Centre at 244 9666. Alternatively, customers can log on to www.baiduri.com or follow Baiduri Bank on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest promotion updates or call I-Lotus Restaurant at 242 2466 to make their reservations.


A popular dish at I-Lotus Restaurant

  

BIBD Showcase

 

BIBD caught my attention once again. I know I was slightly side tracked by the the actual BIBD Home Showcase but let me first talk about the BIBD Virtual MasterCard which is so convenient for many of use who use transactions online. Now with the Virtual Mastercard, you can simply pay using your phone by sending a text. That’s it!! I never realised this service has been around for a year already but perhaps, it’s more about educating and creating more awareness on how simple a paying or selling transaction can be by means of mobile. Now this service is so ideal especially for SMEs or e-vendors that can save them a lot of trouble and it will be a win-win situation for the buyer and the seller (e-vendors). This was explained by Hjh Nurul Akmar binti Hj Mohd Jaafar, Deputy Head of Consumer Banking cum Head of CSR, BIBD recently during the press conference for the BIBD Home Showcase. See, I told you that I was a bit side tracked.

 

BIBD aims to go paperless

 

So for today until Sunday, BIBD has an ongoing BIBD Home Showcase at the Mall, Gadong. This popular showcase is back once again and it seems that the mindset of the youth especially the young graduates have taken the courage and the big step in owning a home. The youth have started planning their future by looking for a place to live. A decade ago, it would have been a different priority. Instead they will opt for cars as it’s part of the mainstream culture in Brunei to own one after you start working. Now the tide has slightly shifted as we are thinking long term.

Not to worry as BIBD Personal Bankers will share their expertise and tailor to your future home needs and it’s ideal to start now because of the upcoming festive season. This is such a timely manner as renovation, for instance, may take some time and with proper planning, you will have the end results before the festive season. There’s a saying that “Rome wasn’t build in one day”. So do start planning and pay BIBD roadshow a visit and they are more than willing to help and assist you.


Hjh Nurul Akmar binti Hj Mohd Jaafar, Deputy Head of Consumer Banking cum Head of CSR, BIBD and Shairazi Zainuddin, Corporate Communications, BIBD during the press conference
 


Drop by BIBD Home Showcase
 

This time round, BIBD have collaborated with a few partners – Maxtrack, Hias Design, Desa Villa, Takaful Brunei, Panacom, Luzzone, Karim Carpet, PNK Enterprise and Bess Perfect (Real estate). BIBD customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s financing products on offer will stand a chance to win prizes such as a 42” television, home theatre set, along with other household appliances such as fridges and microwave. Early birds who sign up for BIBD’s Home Financing will also be entitled to receive furniture vouchers worth B$200.00 to help get a head start on that dream home.

On top of that, customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s services such as the BIBD Debit Card, BIBD Online, BIBD Mobile or e-statements will also stand a chance to win Gong Cha vouchers. Also, as part of its promotion, BIBD will also be giving out a 50% fee waiver on the financing products on offer. So there’s plenty of reasons to be present at their roadshow.

There will also be a promotion on BIBD’s Instagram account where customers who take a creative snapshot of themselves at the BIBD Home Showcase event at the Mall will stand a chance to win the all new Samsung S6 Edge. Wow!! That’s a great gimmick!! Now you have more reasons to take selfies at BIBD showcase.


Take a snapshot at BIBD Home Showcase and stand a chance to win a new Samsung S6 Edge. Simple!!
 

All these promotions on BIBD’s products and services highlights BIBD’s “Bruneian at Heart” commitment to always understand and be intuitive to the needs of its customers, by providing suitable solutions that can help them to achieve their dreams. BIBD will also have be having their next Home Showcase at Pusat Ehsani in two weeks’ time. So something to look forward to and to also cater the residents of Seria and Kuala Belait.

For more information on any BIBD products, services and promotions, please follow the BIBD Instagram account at @BIBDBRUNEI; Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bibdbrunei; get in touch with BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181 or visit the nearest BIBD Branch. Also, don’t forget to download the popular BIBD Mobile App to get the latest BIBD offers and promotions under “What’s New” feature.

 

 

  

27
Apr

It’s a new day

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The New Jetta 
 


Click image to enter website
 

  
 

 

Download SnapFeed 
 

 

 

Download SnapFeed app on your smartphones and check out the latest deals in Brunei and also get rewarded from respective merchants such as BurgerKing, KFC and Sushi Tei to name a few.

  
 

University Cup is back!!! 
 


 


Irwan Bin Lamit, Managing Director of BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad (center) during the press conference of second BIBD At-Tamwil University Cup. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.

A press conference was hold by BIBD At-Tamwil and Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) to announce the second inter-university football tournament at BIBD At-Tamwil lecture room in Gadong last weekend. It’s good to know the tournament is back because it was such a big hit with great attendance (even better than the local league organised by NFABD). The last tournament was two years ago where UBD was crowned the champions.

Now there will be more interesting as there will be 10 universities and higher learning institutions such as ITB, University Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (Unissa), the Seri Begawan Religious Teaching College University (KUPUSB), Politeknik Brunei, Cosmopolitan College of Commerce & Technology, International Graduate Studies (IGS) College, Micronet International College, Laksamana College of Business (LCB) and also an invitation to Curtin University from Miri, Sarawak.

The second BIBD At-Tamwil University Cup is supported by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth Culture and Sports and Ministry of Home Affairs and sanctioned by National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD). Present during the press conference and the draw was Irwan Bin Lamit, Managing Director of BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad.

The tournament and the opening ceremony will kick off on 17th of May at Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium and the tournament will run until 13th of June. Expect the other matches to be played at Berakas Sports Complex and Royal Brunei Recreation Club (RBRC) football field.

Members of the public are invited to watch the event as entrance is free and stand a chance to win amazing prizes throughout the match. Let’s hope for another big turnout in the matches and I’m pleased that the BIBD At-Tamwil University Cup is back!! You can follow their Facebook Page or instagram @attamwil_universitycup for updates.

 


Representatives from institution during the press conference. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.
 


The draw for the second BIBD At-Tamwil University Cup. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.
 


Who’s playing who.
 

  
 

 

Baiduri Masters 2015 
 


Click image to find out more
 


The ladies that joined in last year’s tournament. Will they be back? Let’s hope for more female participants.

With just less than a week to the start of the Baiduri Masters Golf Tournament, the organisers have indicated that the 20th edition is going to be special to golfers. The first 300 golfers who sign up and pay to play on the first weekend from 1st to 3rd May 2015 will receive exclusive golf memorabilia. The organisers are also planning to stage an exciting tournament for this 20th edition with the introduction of the team event.

The rules of the team event are simple and straightforward. The team event is open to all amateur golfers in a team of four. Team members can play at separate times and may enter as many times as possible to improve their chances of winning with the best 3 scores counting towards the tournament. More details can be obtained from the RBA Golf Club notice board on such things as hole-in-one, novelty prizes during play as a team.

The team event fee is B$120 with an additional B$25 per player and teams will enjoy a 10% discount on the registration fee of B$120 on their second and subsequent rounds.

As in previous years, the Baiduri Masters will be held over two weekends at the RBA Golf Club, Berakas and played on format System 36 (Stroke Play) and the challenge trophy will be decided on gross. The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett.

More press releases for the 20th edition of the tournament are forthcoming.

For the hole-in-one on offer this year, players will have a chance to win the Porsche Panamera for Hole 2; the Mini One for Hole 5; and the all new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer for Hole 14 or B$20,000 cash each for Hole 12 and Hole 16 respectively.

For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call 244 9666 from 7:00am to midnight any day, including holidays.

 


Prize for Hole No.2 for Hole-in-One
 


Prize for Hole No.5 for Hole-in-One
 


Prize for Hole No.14 for Hole-in-One
 


Ready to swing for charity?
 

  
 

SG food festival 
 


Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman launching the Singapore Food Festival
 


Jaya Ratnam,the Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei
The Singapore Food Festival is now being feted at the Anjung Saujana & Cilantros restaurant at the Departure Hall of the Brunei International Airport.

Launching the food festival was the Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awang Othman as the guest of honour.

Also present was the Deputy Minister of Finance, Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Dato Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Md Yussof, the Singapore High Commissioner to Brunei, Jaya Ratnam and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Investment) of Ministry of Finance Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim as his capacity as the Acting RBC Chairman.

In his opening remarks, RBC’s Acting General Manager, Pg Hj Abd Rahman Pg Hj Mat Salleh said that the festival has always received an overwhelming response from the public and that it is a great achievement for RBC.

 


Available daily during the period until May 5, the festival promises to deliver delicious authentic Singaporean cuisine and hawker classics such as Singapore Rojak Buah, Old Bibik’s Beef Rendang, Singapore Laksa Lemak, Singapore Chili Crabs, Geylang Grilled Whole Stingray, Iche Cabin Chicken Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice and many more.
Royal Brunei Catering (RBC) even specially brought in two chefs, Chef Chee Kwan Kit and Chef Ramlah Khadar Bacha, from Grand Hyatt Singapore to showcase their signature dishes as well as exchange knowledge with RBC’s own chefs.

During the festival, customers can enjoy these authentic dishes during lunch ala carte, except on Fridays, or dinner buffet. Lunch will be served from 11.30am until 2.30pm while dinner starts at 7pm until 10pm. The dinner buffet is priced at $34.90 per adult and $16.90 for children aged six to 12 years old.

Customers who leave their name and contact number on the dining receipt will be entered into a lucky draw where they can win prizes such as return air tickets to Singapore, complimentary accommodation at Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore and many more.

Baiduri Bank Infinite and Platinum card holders can enjoy a 20 per cent discount, while Gold, Classic and Debit card holders can enjoy a 15 per cent discount on their bill. Of course those that hold an RBC Dining Privilege Card will be entitled for a 10 per cent discount.

For more information, contact 2331853 or 2339207.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

KFC new garlic crunch flavour 
 


 


KFC Brunei is bringing you the new KFC Butter Garlic Crunch Chicken and KFC Butter Garlic Burger – featuring a flavourful match of fragrant garlic with the creamy taste of butter.

“We strive to constantly provide innovative taste offerings to excite the taste buds of our customers. This new product is a blend of both butter and garlic, two flavours that go so well together and exude an aromatic appetizing taste!” said Del Goh, Vice President, KFC Brunei.

“At KFC, we truly understand the needs of our consumers and strive to provide them with great value for money products. With this in mind, we are offering a value treats combo that comprises of 1 piece Chicken with Rice Plate and a carbonated drink from as low as B$4.00.  We are confident that by offering such products at a reasonable price, we’ll be able to drive more customers to our stores”, he added.

With the tagline “A match made in heaven”, the KFC Butter Garlic Crunch is KFC’s succulent chicken marinated in unique herbs and spices as well as a perfect blend of soft creamy butter which is then fried to perfection and sprinkled with a dash of special flavoured garlic powder, resulting in a marriage of flavours that is totally out of this world.

Burger lovers on the other hand can indulge in the KFC Butter Garlic Burger, featuring a crunchy chicken fillet marinated in the same heavenly taste and packed between a warm sesame seed bun, lettuce, creamy mayo and sliced cheese priced at B$4.90  for a la carte.

 


 


 

  
 

Brunei Wedding Festival 
 


The guest of honour, Datin Hjh Rosnah, cutting the ribbon to mark the launching of Brunei Wedding Festival last weekend. Image taken by Analisa Amu of The Brunei Times.
 


Datin Hjh Rosnah conversing with local well known photographer Aiman Besar. Image courtesy of Analisa Amu of The Brunei Times.

According to Songket Wedding Facebook, the Brunei Wedding Festival #BWF2015 was a huge success. The wedding fair was organised by Songket Wedding with the collaboration of Ifdhaal Event Management and Zilla Boutique which was joined by over 100 vendors. The event took place at ICC and it was launched by Datin Hjh Rosnah Pehin Dato Indera Sugara Dato Seri Laila Jasa Hj Johari, spouse of the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The participating vendors from various countries – Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore are showcasing their products and services and visitors can look forward to deals on packages as well as discounts from the well-known wedding vendors.

So peeps. Do wait for the next #BWF2016 next year as it is the biggest one-stop centre for the latest wedding trends in Brunei Darussalam.

 


Image courtesy of Analisa Amu of The Brunei Times.
 


The official car sponsor – Volkswagen from Maju Motors. Image courtesy of Songket Wedding.
 


Image courtesy of Songket Wedding.
 


Image courtesy of Songket Wedding.
 


Image courtesy of Songket Wedding.
 


White Room Studio. Image courtesy of Songket Wedding.
 


Image courtesy of Songket Wedding.
 


Image courtesy of Songket Wedding.
 

  
 

01
Apr

Swing for charity

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Burger King deals 
 


Burger King – Buy 1 Free 1. Limited time only 😀
 

  
 

It’s back for the 20th time 
 


When will the time I carry this solid trophy legitimately as a gold winner?
 


Brenda Chang, Financial Controller of RBA Golf Club, Asmadi bin Haji Alimustapha, General Manager of RBA Golf Club, Mr. Andrew Young, Deputy General Manager, Operations Management Division of Baiduri Bank cum President of the Organizing Committee of Baiduri Masters 2015, Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, Mr. Albert Lau, CEO of QAF Group, Mr. Roger Fletcher, General Manager of QAF Motor Group, Reggie See, General Manager of Brunei Press and Hazizah Osman, Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press
 

Consecutive run of 20 years is a milestone on its own. Baiduri Bank Group has been running their Corporate Social Responsibility programme for a very long time and the biggest avenue is the Baiduri Masters. This year it will be a bigger edition with a few interesting mix in terms of categories. The Hole-in-One prizes are amazing too as usual.

There will be a team category and very ideal for Corporate teams to be involved in the Baiduri Masters while swinging for a good cause. A new car introduced by QAF Motors will also be featured in one of the holes – BMW 218i Active Tourer and it’s not officially launched yet in Brunei. So it’s pretty cool for the new BMW model being one of the hole-in-one prizes. Awesome!!!

The golf tournament will take place on May 1-3 and May 8-10 at the usual venue, Royal Brunei Airlines Golf Club (RBAGC). The 20th Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament, it will be played on format system 36 (stroke play) and the challenge trophy will be decided on gross. So who will be the person to be wearing the Green Jacket in this year’s edition of Baiduri Masters?

Baiduri Bank Group gave their deepest appreciation to their strategic partners – the QAF Group of Companies notably QAF Motor Group and Brunei Press who have been their longest strategic partners. This morning witnessed a signing ceremony among partners for the upcoming event at QAF Centre.

The three luxurious cars will be the Porsche Panemera (Hole 2), BMW 218 Active Tourer (Hole 14) and MINI One (Hole 5) and all of these can be won at the 20th edition of the Baiduri Masters. The registration forms will be available pretty soon (hopefully by this week).

 


Wanna win a Porsche Panemera? Just get a hole in one effort on Hole 2 at Baiduri Masters 2015 LD
 


The new BMW 218 Active Tourer will be one of the prizes for hole in one. Awesome!!!
 


During the press conference for Baiduri Masters 2015
 


The media taking questions to the organizers and partners
 

What is Baiduri Bank’s intention for the Baiduri Masters? The intention has never change and it’s to raise funds where it will be channelled to a number of charities and welfare bodies. They believe in supporting programmes that offer educational opportunities and assistance to children with special needs. Registration fee is BND 120 for adults and BND 60 for juniors. For team, it will be additional BND 25 per person (x4). The fee is inclusive of green fees, buggy, buffet breakfast and lunch.

So who are qualified to be in the Team? It is open to all amateur golfers in a team of 4 players with a valid handicap or club verified handicap (which ever is lower) of 18 and below for men, and 24 and below for ladies.

The charitable bodies will be Pusat Ehsan, Child Development Center, Yayasan Kanak Kanak Kanser (YASKA), SMARTER Brunei, Learning Ladders Society, Paediatric Department, RIPAS and Special Education Unit, Ministry of Education.

  

31
May

#TakingItEasy

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Maleficent 
 

Our podcast review with my co-host Del Goh on Maleficent. Click play to listen to our review.

  
 

Baiduri Masters 2014 
 


2010 Baiduri Masters champion, Seruji Hj Setia, who led the pack with a gross score of 69

The Baiduri Masters charity golf event kicked off today with a total of 85 golfers vying for top positions in the various categories.

Day one started with 2010 Baiduri Masters champion, Seruji Hj Setia, who led the pack with a gross score of 69.

Coming in with 7 points behind were Ali Rashid, Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki Al-Hakim Pg Hj Jambol, Hj Shaiful Rizal PD Dr Hj Ahmad and Pg Razali Pg Sabli with a gross score of 76 each.

Wan Man Hj Wan Hil came in sixth with his gross score of 77, while Pg Saiful Rizal PPN Pg Hj Omar came in seventh with his gross score of 78.

Close behind were Irfan Rahman (gross score 79), Idris Sirat (gross score 79) and Hj Hussin Hj Abd Rahman (gross score 80).

Concluding the top 12 gross players of Day 1 in the Baiduri Masters 2014 were Hj Mohd Roger Abdullah and Murni Hj Ahmad with a gross score of 82 each. Images and press release courtesy of Baiduri Bank.


Pg Hj Ahmad Zaki Al-Hakim Pg Hj Jambol in action yesterday
 


The leader board as of 30th May 2014
 

  
 

Size does matter 

 


Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer (2nd from left) with the representatives from Epson (Malaysia) and Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer
 

We are accustomed to printers printing A4 size and smaller size ones. Maybe that’s easier to sell since not many will want to have something more than A3 size paper documents or pictures. Nowadays, it’s a slightly different story. You will see especially those in offices or even for presentations of floor plans and such, bigger and faster performance for A3 printers is a new trend.

Ever since Concepts Computer brought in Epson printer models, the business have been flourishing due to the capabilities of the Epson L series printers. Now Epson has taken a step further and launched two new A3 printers – the Epson L1300 ($598) and the L1800 ($758).

You want good quality architectural drawings or even making your posters, this is a cost effective approach and you will be surprised by the quality that these printers deliver. I’m particularly impressed with the L1800 Epson A3 printer. It is ideal for enthusiastic photographers.

So you just not paying for the money but you will know where that money is invested when you look at the result as well as the print quality.

 


This is one solid printer


This images was taken years ago actually


The Epson L1800 has six colours


Check out the inked bottles from Epson

 

Mark this date 
 


Pen down this date

Yasmine the movie is almost coming to local theaters and it’s slated for a 21st August 2014 release date as it was announced yesterday on the launch of the first official trailer. There was another short trailer (30 secs) which was the teaser trailer of Brunei’s first featured film. The latest trailer lasts 2 and a half minutes and I can’t wait for its official release.

Origin Films Sdn Bhd led by Siti Kamaluddin invited the local media for the sneak preview of the trailer at Times Cineplex. Last month, Origin Films teased the public with a four-minute clip of behind-the-scene actions from the set of Yasmine at Film Festival UBD 2014.

So guys do watch the official trailer of Yasmine the movie and all the best, guys!! Love the energy from guys of Origin Films and they all do bond like a family.

 

 

The official trailer of Yasmine the movie

 


Siti Kamaluddin and her crew from Origin Films at Times Cineplex yesterday
 



Siti talking to the members of the media


The Yasmine pose for the camera


Some dreams are worth fighting for
 


Liyana Yus the main lead of Yasmine
 


  
 

Chicco 
 


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Chicco has arrived in Brunei Darussalam and its first flagship store in Mabohai Shopping Complex. In the new Chicco store concept “The House of Happiness”, families and babies will be lost in the Chicco world of happiness with a shop rich in innovation and functionality.

Brunei’s first Chicco shop “The House of Happiness”, reflects the brand message “Happiness is a journey that starts when you’re a baby”. It is specifically drawn to meet the purchasing needs and offer solutions to parents and their babies in Brunei. This is a real store designed by family for family, and will be the new Chicco shop’s format all over the world.

The new Chicco store offers a real “retail experience” to all customers and their baby needs. The area is fitted with guided paths in order to make the purchase simple, and to support parents by orienting them between all their baby’s needs. These include decorations filled with colors, easily readable icons, and information for different category products: well-being, feeding and soothing, cosmetics, sleeping, toys, juvenile and fashion.

Mothers and fathers have at their disposal a comfortable place rich in encouragement and information to enjoy with their babies. Family and friends will also have plenty of options and guidance to make their gift shopping experience simple and enjoyable. Inside the new enchanted space, Chicco permits parents and all customers to find all answers to a baby’s needs, while babies feel the warm atmosphere in “The House of Happiness”.

You can check out Chicco on 1st floor, Mabohai Shopping Complex and also visit their Facebook page for updates.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  

26
May

#JapanWinsThomasCup

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 
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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 
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#kickitbrazil 
 

 Want to win a GoPro Hero 3+? Check out #kickItBrazil Peugeot Brunei competition. Competition starts 12th May. Click image to enter Facebook page for more details.
 

 

Swipe for rewards 
 

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Time Out with Liz 

 


The teacher in charge of the program

In this 7th episode Liz uses her entertaining interviewing techniques to  find out more about Norali Ali Yusop who is a visually challenged marathon runner and currently the brand ambassador for Fitness Zone Brunei. Learn how he overcomes the adversities he faces in his life; how he uses modern technology to not just survive but thrive from day to day and who inspires him so he can inspire others around him. Other guests in this episode also include the owner and chef from Bistro Chez Fio, Fiona Chian and  8 year old singing talent Zoe Chan.

To be a part of Time Out with Liz as audience, all you need to do is send your names to timeoutwithliz@gmail.comindicating your name and how many seats you require or you can inbox them at www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz. Tickets/seats are reserved at $10 per person if you do so by today the 26 May 2014, otherwise reservations tomorrow until showtime will be $15 per person. All proceeds go into the making of the show.

Time Out with Liz is a monthly live talk show where host Elizabeth Sim or Liz  creates the opportunity for the public to mingle with some of the local talents from Food, Music and the lifestyle side of Brunei. Inspired by “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” an American live Talk show, Liz brings her own twist to her audiences in Brunei. The live show has been running since her pilot took place in August 2013 which anyone can view on YOUTUBE by typing “Time Out with Liz”. Her show also promotes local businesses as her audiences walk away with products, samples or vouchers which her invited guests bring in to share with the audience.

To learn more about “Time Out With Liz” you can visit www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz or pick up the  January – March 2014 edition of Borneo. Insider’s. Guide (BIG) and/or issues of ‘Inspired” Magazine where Liz is also one of the contributors. This show is a start up and Liz continues to look for people who share her vision to work and collaborate with, so if you are interested to be part of “Time Out with Liz”, contact Liz at timeoutwithliz@gmail.com


Fiona Chian


Norali Ali Yusop


8 year old Zoe Chan

 

The Forlorn Adventure 
 


[Late post] Many may dream of writing their own novel, but out of the many, very few actually get to see their work in print, and very few writers in Brunei can claim that they managed to self-publish their own novel. Through his own determination, sweat, tears and the support of his family, Amir Falique was able to do just that. and was celebrated at the launching of his book at T.T Blues Cafe, Gadong two weekends ago.

The book launching began with the recitation of Al-Fatihah, and was proceeded with a reading of a short excerpt from the novel by the author himself, and a question and answer session.

According to Amir Falique, the book took about 9 months to complete. The sci-fi novel was inspired by his viewing influences at the time, a lot of science fiction, like Star Wars and Futurama.

Amir also collaborated with a local Bruneian artist, Zakaria Omar to illustrate the inside page. “The Forlorn Adventure” is currently being translated to Malay and in the process of being published locally by Dewan Bahasa. According to the author, he already has plans of writing a second novel, a prequel that would not be based in the science fiction genre.

Copies can be obtained through “The Forlorn Adventure” Facebook Fanpage or at www.amirfalique.com or you can go to TT Blues Cafe to get a copy.

 


Author Amir Falique with the illustrator, Zakaria Omar (right)
 


The invited guests during the launch
 


Amir with his father Tengku Farouk (left)
 


Group photo with his family and friends
 


Cupcakes galore
 

  
 

Japan wins Thomas Cup 
 

Now this is a first – Japan winning the Thomas Cup. It’s one of the most prestigious badminton tournament in the world. Previously it was dominated by China who were the defending champions for 5 tournaments in a row. Malaysia’s last stint was back in 1992 when they beat Indonesia and the last time Malaysia reached the finals of the Thomas Cup was back in 2002.

I was actually hoping for Malaysia to win as I have a soft spot for the Malaysians after Dato Chong Wei’s failure to win the Olympics Gold in singles. However, it is also good to see a new breed such as Japan winning the Thomas Cup. They deserved it after beating the likes of China 3-0 in the semi-finals. The finals between Japan and Malaysia was also nail biting to the end as Daren Liew of Malaysia was pushed to the limits by World Number 25 Takuma Ueda.

Congratulations Japan on the new milestone.


The victory celebration by Japan
 


Well done Japan on the victory over Malaysia in the Thomas Cup final 3-2
 


A sad Malaysian after the end of the Thomas Cup 2014 finals
 

  
 

Future Masters 
 

The 19th Baiduri Masters organized by Baiduri Bank Group is set to kick off next weekend, from 30 May to 1 June and from 6 June to 8 June 2014 at the RBA Golf Club.

In conjunction with the annual fundraising golf tournament, Baiduri Bank Group and Numero Uno are organizing a Starting New at Golf (SNAG) golf clinic which will be held on 31 May 2014 from 7pm to 9pm at the RBA Golf Club. Open to children aged 5 to 12 years old, registration is free, inclusive of coaching fee and equipment.

The golf clinic will comprise of two categories – Graduates and Open. Each category is further divided into age groups of 5-8 years and 9-12 years old. The top three performers of each age group per category will be awarded with first, second and third prizes.

The first prize will be a golf starter pack worth B$175, while the second and third prizes will be Toys R Us vouchers worth B$100 and B$50 respectively. All winners and their parents will be invited to the Prize Presentation Dinner on 8 June 2014 to receive their respective prizes.

Parents interested to enroll their children to the golf clinic can do so by downloading the form at http://www.baiduri.com.bn/baiduri_masters/2014/registration.htm or call 881 7676 for more info.

At the same time, players who are interested to participate in the upcoming Baiduri Masters golf tournament can still register at RBA Golf Club. Registration fee will be B$120 for adults and B$60 for juniors. Registration fee is inclusive of green fee, buggy, buffet breakfast and lunch. All players will be invited to the Prize Presentation Dinner which will be held at Indah Hall, Royal Brunei Recreation Centre after the charity tournament has concluded.

The public can also log onto www.baiduri.com for full details, where they can download the registration form.


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World Cup Fever 
 


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The 2014 world cup is just around the corner and Malppy.com will be having a world cup fever this week! If you’re an avid footie fan but not lucky enough to be jetting off to Brazil, fear not! An amazing selection of merchandises up to be grabbed that will allow you to cheer and support your team in style! Type ‘FIFA’ on the search box website will allow you to view more of these world cup merchandises! Another exciting news is that Malppy.com will be having a one item per day sale for seven consecutive days!

Who doesn’t like discounts? Well, I do (from time to time) and we all do! Simply explore www.malppy.com to start ordering these items. Stock is limited so grab them while you can. Shop and cheer!


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#WeAreHappy 
 


This is just a sneak shot of what to expect on the #wearehappy project. I won’t be spilling the beans just yet but as the time gets closer, I shall reveal more. I’m kinda excited and we even those involved are.
 

  

16
May

#GODZILLArocks

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 

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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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#kickitbrazil 
 


Want to win a GoPro Hero 3+? Check out #kickItBrazil Peugeot Brunei competition. Competition starts 12th May. Click image to enter Facebook page for more details.
 

UBD Pro-Bono Fiesta 
 


UBD Charity Carnival is just around the corner! Organized by FASS Community Outreach Programme, January 2014 and it will take place from Friday to Sunday, this weekend. Food, Entertainment, Clothing and also fun activities coming to you this weekend! They will be joined by RBTS, Gear FSC (Nerf), franchise as well as our local vendors!! Help them by showing your support to contribute ‘to the greater good’ by bringing your family & friends to our Charity Carnival!
 

  
 

HSBC Home & Away 

HSBC home & Away is an existing global programme that offers exclusive year-round discounts to HSBC Credit Card customers at over 27,000 merchant outlets, in more than 160 countries and territories.

With the theme ‘Close Connections’, it provides opportunities for HSBC Credit Cardholders to reconnect with their families and friends through experience based offers across 13 markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Brazil and United Arab Emirates.

HSBC Credit Cardholders can now spend quality time with their friends or their loved ones, by looking no further than HSBC global home&Away privilege programme giving opportunities on local dining and shopping offers from Pastamania, Saffron café, Shinobu Shabu-Shabu, Sushi Tei, Firoz Jaya Silk house and Nueva Boutique. Furthermore, with its overseas privileges, HSBC Credit Cardholders can have fun at the Dreamland Aquapark in UAE, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, and Slope Infinity – Hong Kong’s indoor ski and snowboarding deck which is the largest of its kind in the world. There are also trips away, where customers can share experiences such as the Singapore Formula 1 Night Race or the Superstar Virgo package with Hong Kong’s Star Cruise. Finally, for the food lovers, there is a variety of group dining options at premium hotels including the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta and The Peninsula Manila.

Check out these offers and discount from Brunei more through your desktop / mobile device at www.homeandaway.hsbc.com


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What actually happened? 

 


Last night, a commotion took place at The Mall at the ground floor. According to a witness, the man was running around and even pushed one of the person who was on duty, setting up a booth at the atrium area of The Mall. The guy was eventually taken into the custody of the police and escorted outside the building which I saw right after our Godzilla movie outing. Click image to watch a short clip of the guy being escorted.

  

The 50s theme night 
 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank and Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO with members of the media. Taken from BT website.

An event I miss due to my DPMM FC coverage commitment. So here is the text taken from BT. Melodious songs from the 50s rang through the Mutiara ballroom of the Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam as Baiduri Bank Group celebrated its prestigious award-winning achievements with members of the local media yesterday.

Over 150 guests from various media agencies in the Sultanate as well as personnel from various government sectors such as Information Department and designing companies further vivified the dinner.

Attendees were treated to an evening of food, fun and exciting games such as sausage-eating, sundae-making, song-guessing, ball-shooting and best dress awards for both males and females.

For the lucky draw round, Fayezuana, a radio presenter from Kristal FM (KFM) bagged herself a Baiduri saving account with $2000 along with three others who brought home two iPad Minis as well as a Polaroid camera.

The rest of the guests did not go back home empty-handed as they receive instant dips.

Present during the dinner was Pierre Imhof, general manager of Baiduri Bank Group who delivered a welcoming remark thanking the local print media and television in Brunei Darussalam for their vital roles in disseminating information about their products and services to the public. “On behalf of Baiduri Bank Group, I would like to acknowledge you, the media, as a very important part of society, and as our partner in disseminating information about us to the public via your various channels,” he added. Also present at the event were Ti Eng Hui, deputy chief executive officer, as well as Dorothy Newn, head of Corporate Communication and Marketing. Text by Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times.


Pierre Imhof mingling with the media
 


Pierre Imhof giving his welcoming remarks and thanking the media
 


 


Games, games, games
 


The hula-hula
 


Hakim and Siti of Borneo Bulletin
 


 


Aliya and Siti
 


AJ and Hakim, best dress during the event
 


Aziz and Syafiq of Borneo Bulletin
 


Posing for the camera
 


Smiling way back in the 50s
 


One of the fun games for the media
 


 


This was taken at last year’s Baiduri Bank Media Night appreciation with the Safari theme
 


This was taken at last year’s Baiduri Bank Media Night appreciation with the Safari theme
 

  
 

Malppy’s weekend 
 


Shop online on Malppy.com

Malppy.com – Brunei’s online Fashion and Lifestyle store announces a refresh of its website with a brand new look whilst offering an enhanced shopping experience.

From its humble beginnings as a start up just a year ago, the company has seen growth and looking to expand further said, Founder Simon Soo.

The founder went said “We (Malppy.com) aim to provide consumers with the best online shopping experience through the new look featuring a clean, sleek design aimed at a global audience”.

The website includes enhanced features such as faster web browsing and an improved user-friendly interface. Taking into consideration the average consumer behavior, the site has simplified all the steps a shopper has to go through from online registration to check out.

Shoppers are also able to share their comments and rate products, a recommendation feature that is important in most international shopping sites. In addition, shoppers can also share what they like via social media, which is integrated in Malppy.com.

Other improvements to the website also includes a wish list, optional registration when shopping, the ability to compare products and detailed product information with more images for better decision making. It has recently added a European fashion line in addition to its current popular Eastern range. A Children’s section is now available due to popular demand as well. Exciting new ideas in the pipeline include collaborations with local and regional designers to promote Muslim wear in the near future. New product categories will be added in the coming months so check out Malppy.com today. Your online shopping begins here.

 


Shop online on Malppy.com
The company joined its first official trade show at the Consumer Fair in the International Convention Centre (ICC) on January. Also making appearances at other local exhibitions, which contributed to more exposure for the online business. With its presence at these events, Malppy.com has garnered wide exposure on its branding and presence in the market. It has also provided the opportunity to receive public feedback which is vital for their dedication on continues enhancement program for a better shopping experience for its value customers.

In conjunction with their first Anniversary on April, Malppy.com celebrated by giving its customers Free iPhone cover for all customer who spend more then B$50 in one single recipe as advertised in the Borneo Bulletin back in April 2014.

Malppy.com continues to expand its offerings by keeping up with the latest trends to cater to the market’s changing needs.

 

  
 

Keeran goes Chrends-ing 
 


One friend that I know of that doesn’t stop creating or recreating new ideas to reality is Keeran Janin. Our friendship goes all the way back to the era of the RA6 (a disbanded clique) in the mid 2000’s where he was under the employment of b-mobile communications.

If I look back at all the things he has done up to this very moment, I’m just truly amazed of the array of things that he was able to pull off even though some didn’t turn out be successful. He is a great iconic technoprenuer (IT entrepreneur) for the young ones as some of us don’t really like to deal with failure.

In my recent interview with Keeran Janin, he shared some of his successes and failures in his IT adventure including his recent trip to the Silicon Valley where Keeran stayed there for three weeks to meet up with the technopreneurs and angel investors.

I could tell that Keeran was high in energy during the interview and there was so much that he wanted to share on his US trip where he self-funded himself and took that leap of faith and just go all out to meet different walks of life at the Silicon Valley. Honestly, I love the vibrancy of the Silicon Valley and both Keeran and I traveled there once back in 2008 and it was a memorable one for us. This time, Keeran meant business and he is ready to swim with the big fish.

Three weeks in the US is not a cheap feat and Keeran was smart enough to use most of his resources such as air miles (for a subsidized flight) and cheaper means of accommodation so he could make most out of his Silicon Valley trip.

 


Keeran Janin on one of his tour during visit at San Francisco recently
 


Keeran Janin and his friend at Lombard Street

Now the question is why did he travel there again for such a longer period? Maybe, just maybe, Keeran kinda felt that he hit the jackpot with his new creation called Chrends (or #chrends) which actually means Chatrooms for trending topics. The IOS app was developed earlier this year under his new company Chrends Sdn Bhd and it is still in its beta platform but it has been garnering pace in terms of subscribers. So he felt it is time to meet the big shots in the US and see what road lies ahead of him.

If you remember the days of mIRC, #Chrends kinda falls in that category but in an app version with a sleek and modern feel to it. Basically you can create rooms or channels and chat with others anonymously without the need to sign up with your profiles. I’ve been using it for a month now and I follow the ongoing conversations on the main channel where people share their thoughts on local issues and so forth.

So Keeran’s trip in the US was to pitch his prototype (#chrends) idea to potential investors and angel investors. He traveled from one spot to another and ended up pitching to at least 30-40 investors. I kinda know how it works in the US. It’s totally different than Asia. Sometimes you could sell your idea in just matter of a minute or two and kabooom, you land yourself a jackpot and the investor will pump in money to fund your idea. In the US, things are much faster when it comes to decision making and sometimes the verbal agreements are on the spot before they get down to the formalities. Hence, it’s no surprise to why Keeran was taking a huge risk in his pitching adventure.

He was a bit tight-lipped about the outcome of his pitches but he hinted that he will reveal all pretty soon. But he did request for one thing is for us to download the #chrends app and do give feedback as that’s the most important ingredient for his app to tract more usage from subscribers.

Whether his trip was a success or not, the message here is that in life, everything is worth a shot. The experience itself will be self rewarding to say the least.

 


Infographics for #Chrends. Click image to enlarge.
 


Keeran’s visit to Yahoo at San Francisco in 2008
 


Keeran at the presentation at Red Herring event back in 2012 for his Chatworthy app
 

  
 

Baiduri Masters 2014 
 


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The annual charity golf event, which is in its 19th edition, is widely recognised as the biggest and most prestigious golf competition in the Sultanate. The tournament is just less than two weeks away.

Three categories – men’s, ladies and juniors – will be contested over two weekends at the RBA Golf Club in Berakas.

The men’s category is divided into men’s open and senior categories while the junior division is open to golfers aged 13-18. The first week of competition will be held from May 30 – June 1 while the second will be played from June 6-8.

Registration fee is set for $120 for adults and $60 for juniors, inclusive of green fee, buggy, breakfast and lunch. Players can play as many times as they like to improve their chances of winning and they are able to enjoy a 10 per cent discount on registration fee on their second and subsequent round.

Interested parties can log onto www.baiduri.com for full details, where they can also download the application forms to register for the event.

 


The signing ceremony with partners for the Baiduri Masters 2014
 


QAF Group, Baiduri Masters 2014’s strategic partner represented by its CEO Albert Lau with Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank
 


Brunei Press, the exclusive media partner to the event represented by its General Manager Reggie See
 

  
 

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