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06
Jun

Ramadhan falls on Tuesday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Ramadhan falls on Tuesday 
 


An official looks through a telescope as Acting Minister of Development Dato Hj Suhaimi (L) looks on during the moon sighting to determine the first day of Ramadhan at the DST headquarters yesterday. As predicted, Ramadhan will fall tomorrow Tuesday 7th June 2016. The moon sighting was held at DST headquarters, another at Bukit Agok in Jerudong, Bukit Ambok in Tutong and Bukit Lumut in Belait. Image courtesy of Zaim Kasmat of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

YB lauds bruneihalal 
 

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Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office touring the cooking demo using bruneihalal products and he said how simple it was to make a healthy meal
 

It’s always great to know a local brand being recognized internationally. One of them brand is bruneihalal. After being in existence for many years (9 years), there is a sudden change in progress as Ghanim International Corporation (that handles bruneihalal) has been introducing many new products to bring more traction for the brand.

Last weekend, the invited guests were feted to delicious meals using bruneihalal products such as a the bruneihalal chicken (imported from the UK) and provia and cremvia (both natural sweeteners) to name a few.

The event was organised by bruneihalal and the guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Before the food sampling, the guest of honour delivered his welcoming remarks and praised the global direction that Ghanim International Corporation is heading. For your info, the said company also has an office in the UK and the chicken products in the UK are from a Brunei certified abattoir in the UK and the items are certified by the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Brunei Darussalam. Interesting.

Also present were the Dato Paduka Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, chairman of Ghanim International Corporation and Dr Nur Rahman, CEO of Ghanim International Corporation who both are instrumental in the recent surge of growth of the bruneihalal brand.

Last weekend also saw 25 new bruneihalal products being unveiled by Ghanim and these products were made through collaboration with the local SMES in Brunei which includes Sabli Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Sahamada Corporation Sdn Bhd, Hana Soy & World Sdn Bhd and Superwater Marketing Sdn Bhd.

 


Four local companies being feted in collaboration with bruneihalal (Ghanim International Corporation)
 


The bruneihalal cordial
 


Let’s hope the local brand is well received among the locals
 


Food sampling after the launch of the event
 


Yummmm…
 


The Minister mingling with the invited guests
 


Food preparation for the guests
 


The Energy Kitchen used the sweetener for their tarts. Oh it’s a natural sweetener and it’s also ideal for those with diabetes.
 

The Minister was full of praises of Ghanim’s direction and the key component he shared was being “innovative” for bruneihalal brand to be sustainable and bigger. The halal food industry is a multi-billion industry and hence, Ghanim can ride on these opportunities along the value chain of the halal food industry. He also hopes that the bruneihalal brand can help spur the local and international economy through means of distribution and production.

As for the food sampling session of the bruneihalal new products, YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin was impressed and he urged the locals to support the bruneihalal products for their daily cooking needs. I actually had the bruneihalal chicken and I’m amazed of the quality (tenderness and taste) even though the chicken came in a packed form. So far, the bruneihalal chicken and other products are being sold at Tesco and Asda stores in the UK. So I’m hoping for the bruneihalal chicken to make its way to the Brunei market soon.

Do watch out for this space on bruneihalal products. They are certainly riding the wave and now, the awareness campaign begins in reaching the eyes of the locals to appreciate our own local brand, bruneihalal.

 


Fina trying out the bruneihalal product
 


Valentine and Jonathan helping with their servings during the food sampling
 

 

 


The Minister being interviewed by the local press
 

 

  
 

 

Tutu Kurungs from Bajoo 
 

 

 


The tutu kurungs now available at Bajoo
 

Heard of Tutu Kurungs? It’s something new to me and I recently attended a launch at Sugar Sugar by Bajoo (located at Mata-Mata Complex). I believe this will be a big hit among the girls and it’s something new and fashionable too.

It’s a combination of pettitskirt and a baju knurl. This is their second collection inspired by My Little Pony characters and hence it’s called tutu kurungs.

There are ready-to-wear tutu kurungs and starts from 1 years old to 9 years old. Bajoo also caters for custom made ones too.

The said brand have been doing quite well in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore under the label of sugar sugar.

So what are your waiting for parents? Want your daughters to look impressive in the tutu kurungs? They only costs BND 98 per piece and this will be ideal for Hari Raya festive season.

 

 

 

 


Thank you, both of you, for the invite and congratulations 😀
 

 

 

 


The lady behind the fashion wear of the Tutu Kurungs 😀
 

 

 

  
 

26
Jun

Time to spend

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Bruneihalal hampers 
 


It’s good time to order now as it’s perfect timing of the festive season 😀 Do contact the bruneihalal sales team at 238 4533
 

  
 

New portal 
 


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I knew Dallas Lim during his years in Yellow Pages (Brunei) as a sales person. He then ventured into his own business by opening up a property portal for the convenience of real estate and the home seekers. Then five years later (which is the present), Dallas finally launched his new baby – Bruneibusiness.com – which acts as a business portal online directory. Well, haven’t we all seen this before? However, Dallas’ website has a different approach.

Do you know when there are times when you struggle to know of a location? or what is available at that particular location? This is ideal especially for those staying at different districts. For instance, if I happen to drive down to KB, I won’t be familiar with a lot of commercial buildings. This is where the portal comes in handy for me. It will give me an indication of commercial buildings around KB and what is available at that particular building. It’s sort of a reverse process and it somehow works.

I’ve checked out the website and it’s quite comprehensive and update to date in terms of the commercial buildings in Brunei Darussalam. In other words, this portal focuses nationwide.

Will this portal be successful? Well, it is accessible on your portable phones or smart phones, then it surely will. The public are now gaining information online than on print media. This is definitely a substitute for print directories as online access is the way to go in this era.

Well done, Dallas, on your extended family business venture. I’m pretty sure that it will be a hit and hopefully be the local “google” version for commercial places in Brunei Darussalam.

 

 

  
 

 

Kuvings 
 


Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer. Juicing has never been easier and natural.
 

I’ve always wonder how does the Kuvings work. I’ve seen it around in events, being used to serve to guests. I’m amazed that what this machine can actually do. Let me quickly give you a background about Kuvings. It’s actually a slow-juicer brand made from Korea. One mentality that I would like to share that this machine is not a blender because it doesn’t use any sharp blades. Instead of blending, it mash the fruits and vegetable together to give a smooth, soothing mixture.

The difference between a blender and a Kuvings slow-juicer is the final product. Sometimes when you order apple juice, after a few minutes, you will see two layers within the apple juice. The top part of the apple juice will be denser than the lower part and you will only able to taste the richness on the first few sips. Now, if you use a slow juicer, the texture of the apple juice will be consistent throughout. You will not get difference in layers even if you leave it for quite some time. Interesting, right?

This product has been endorsed by Sara Ding, an enthusiast health advocate, who have been using the slow juicer for her healthy consumption. She even has her own recipe book where she shared a hundred combination of juice you can make using Kuvings. The biggest reason for her for using Kuvings is because of convenience and the quality it produces. Imagine this. You don’t have time to cut or peel off the skin of an apple for instance or do the chop-chop on your vegetables. Let Kuvings do the job for you and all you have to do is wait. Easy peasy.

There are so many things that I can talk about the Kuvings but if you want an honest and thorough opinion, check out Sarah Ding’s review on it. You will be more convinced. Furthermore, the Kuvings create a healthy juice since the ingredients are raw vegetables and fruits. Hence you get the most of the nutrients from the combination of fruits and vegetable.

Now you can actually get hold of Kuvings in Brunei. Seng Hoe Huat is the sole distributor and they have been introducing to the local market since March 2015. They have managed to sell around 200 units of the Kuvings slow juicer and that will give you an indication that this machine gives you the best quality drink/juice.

Though the Kuvings slow juicer has a one warranty for its juicer, the main component which is the juicing screw (or Auger) and the motor have a 10 year warranty. That’s pretty cool too.

Popular restaurants such as Momo Restaurant and The Energy Kitchen have been serving the juices using Kuvings slow juicer. You may find the Kuvings quite pricey but this is a premium product that delivers. You won’t have to worry about any juice blenders or replacing one for a very, very, very long time. I kid you not.

For a special offer from the distributor, you can take advantage of their Hari Raya $50 discount and if you also purchase the Kuvings slow juicer, you will also be entitled to choose 1 serving tray and tea cup from Katie Alice, 2 mason jars, 1 Sara Ding recipe book and the juicer comes with a smoothie maker and a sorbet strainer.

You can follow them on their IG @kuvings_brunei or you can contact them at 8637575 or 8807353 if you are interested in one.

 

 

Check out Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer on Youtube

 


Comes with a smoothie maker and a sorbet strainer.
 


The juice screwer or auger has a 10 year warranty
 


For the Hari Raya promotion, for every purchase of the Kuvings, you will get two Mason jars
 


You will also get a 100 healthy recipe from Sara Ding
 


You will get to choose any of the Katie Alice cup and tray
 


You will get to choose any of the Katie Alice cup and tray
 


You will get to choose any of the Katie Alice cup and tray
 


You will get to choose any of the Katie Alice cup and tray
 


You will get to choose any of the Katie Alice cup and tray
 


You will get to choose any of the Katie Alice cup and tray
 

 


A highly recommended juice maker and it will give you a different experience. That I can guarantee
 

Kuvings Brunei Authorised Dealers

The Energy Kitchen

Address: Ground Floor, Fitness Zone, Kiulap

Contact Number: +673 223 3323

E-mail: theenergykitchen@gmail.com

Kitaro Japanese Restaurant

Address: Unit 5-7, Ground Floor, The Centerpoint Hotel, Gadong

Contact Number: +673 245 7373

E-mail: kitaro.restaurant@gmail.com

Kafe Toompee

Address: No. 15, Ground Floor, The Airport Mall,

    Simpang 13, Jalan Komersial Jaya Setia,

    Berakas, Bandar Seri Begawan,

    Brunei Darussalam.

Contact Number: +673 234 0568

E-mail: toompee@gmail.com

Juicefests

E-mail: juicefests@gmail.com

Website: http://www.juicefests.com

Fitwellnesscom

Contact Number (Whatsapp): +673 729 8833

  
 

03
Jun

Recharged

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Visit to BIBD
 


BIBD today delivered a brief presentation to some thirty-five students and personnel from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Thailand’s Mahasarakham University, along with the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam. The presentation included a brief on the basics of Islamic banking and BIBD’s recent development, along with a short tour of the BIBD premises
 

 

New products from Bruneihalal
 

Ghanim International Corporation is proud to announce that it has launched its new traditional and modern local range products under the bruneihalal flagship.

The local products are made up of traditional and modern kueh, biscuits and snacks which are would be perfect for personal consumption, souvenirs and giveaways.  The products have made its debut to the public on social media and local events that were held recently. True to the patriotic spirit of customers, the products were very well-received by the public as they are produced by local manufacturers and with the guidance of local authorities and accredited production facilities.  In most instances, immediate purchases were made upon sampling of the product.

 


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According to Omardani, Senior Trading Manager, the local products are produced by locally based Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential to venture into further business development by penetrating the local market whilst also coming up with more innovative products for all to enjoy.  More local products will be released throughout the year and will include an array of both snack-able and meal-based varieties.

“In addition to locally produced food products that can be ordered for varying occasions, we have released our hamper promotion in light of the upcoming festive seasons” cited Omardani.  Details on the hamper promotion are available on their @bruneihalal Instagram or you can contact the headquarters for orders during office hours, between 0800 – 1700, Monday to Friday.

The bruneihalal earlier and current product ranges are made up of microwavable rice, cooking sauce, ready-to-eat Dishes of India, frozen snacks and flatbreads.  These are still available in major supermarkets nationwide.

For more information on bruneihalal and their products, log on to www.brunei-halal.com.

 

 

Faiq Jefri Bolkiah scores 
 


Faiq Jefri Bolkiah scored from the penalty spot in the 68th minute to equalize but Timor Leste scored the winning goal five minutes later. Brunei 1 Timor Leste 2.

There have been mixed reactions from fans of the Brunei u-23 football team after their third loss of the campaign in the SEA Games 2015. Tonight they lost to Timor Leste 2-1 despite Faiq Jefri Bolkiah’s debut goal for Brunei. It was a similar story for Brunei who struggled to make an impact for the third time. Perhaps it’s the mental and physical preparation that Brunei ain’t ready just yet. The result meant that Brunei won’t be qualified for the next round and now will play the remaining games for pride and glory.

So what’s your take on Brunei’s performance so far in the SEA Games for football? On a positive note, they are still young lads and they don’t have the luxury to play in a much more competitive league to gain more experience and exposure. I do hope Brunei do their absolute best in the remaining fixtures and it will be starting point leading up to the SEA Games 2019 where Brunei will be hosting.

 

 

Clearance Sale 
 


There’s a clearance sale at Harajuku Boutique until 15th June. The boutique is located near Thien-Thien Gadong.
 


The owner of Harajuku Boutique is also looking for a buyer for the shop. For interest parties, do call 872 2815.
 

  
 

09
Feb

Appreciating creativity

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Bruhaha update


A milestone for many of us to be part of a potentially big project in Brunei. Do find out more from Bruhaha Facebook page and do watch out for our Open Mic sessions in the near future. Thank you to Zainal Bostaman for the opportunity to further improve and nurture our creativity. This is why most of my Sundays have been packed 😀

  
 

CNY promotion 


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Chinese New Year is just around the corner and Standard Chartered Bank is having a reward points promotion where you can get dining vouchers at a discounted rate! Click on on.sc.com/CNY2015-bn to find out more about this one-month only promotion! It ends 28th February.

 

  

 

Try out BH at Seasons 


Some of the sauces and dishes from Bruneihalal. Highly recommended. Try out the dinner buffet spread of Bruneihalal’s Flavours of Spices every Thursday and Saturday until 28th March 2015

Take a culinary journey to the heartland of authentic Indian cuisine with the Flavours of Spices dinner buffet at Seasons restaurant.

The promotion is the Royal Brunei Catering’s (RBC) latest collaboration with Bruneihalal with its sauces used in the buffet line.

Customers will be blown away by the plethora of dishes such as Roasted Lamb Raan to Lamb Korma, Balti Fish Head Curry with Ladies Fingers, Tandoori Chicken and Aloo Gobi.

An assortment of naan bread, chapatti and pratta are also available from the soup counter while a delicious rack of lamb can be found at the carving station.
For those prefering something sweet, authentic Indian mouthwatering desserts such as Jalabi sweets, Giulap Jamun, Semolina Cake and Green Bean Porridge with Sago will set to thrill the sweet-tooth.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Bruneihalal Feby Latip said that this promotion was a good collaboration between the company and RBC as the sauces used are suitable not only for use at home but for meals at the restaurant.

“Our products have proven to be very convenient for people looking to make quick and easy meals,” she added.

She also said that Bruneihalal has a simple idea of delivering nutritional and quality products to the world. Meanwhile, Sous Chef Rosli Che Aman, who is instrumental to the creation of the exciting Indian dishes, said that there are more than 50 dishes available which have been specifically made with Bruneihalal sauces. “We created these wonderful dishes with the (Bruneihalal) sauces. The spices in the sauces are sourced from India and we have adapted them according to local taste,” he explained.

He added that customers will also be treated to a demonstration at the bread and naan station.

The Flavours of Spices dinner buffet is available every Thursday and Saturday from 7pm to 10pm from now until March 28.

It is priced at $22.90 per adult and $13.90 per child (five to 11 years old), however, RBC privilege cardholders are entitle to a 10 per cent discount during the promotional period. Customers can also surf the Internet for free as WiFi connection is available at the restaurant. For more information or reservation, please call 242 2291 or 891 2470 for Oscar.

So make a date at Seasons Restaurant today to get a taste of incredible and authentic Indian food. Text courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.

 


Using Flavour of Spices from Bruneihalal
 


Using Flavour of Spices from Bruneihalal
 


Using Flavour of Spices from Bruneihalal
 


Using Flavour of Spices from Bruneihalal
 


Try out Bruneihalal’s Flavour of Spices
 

  

28
Jan

CF15

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Exclusive for RA readers 
 


For all Ranaodidas readers, you will get an exclusive 25% off Zalora and the final day is today. I posted this recently on my social media. You have a few hours left now 😀 Click image to enter website.
 

Below is the voucher terms and conditions:

Terms and Conditions:

1. Valid only at www.zalora.com.bn

2. Valid till 28th January 2015.

3. Brand and item exclusions apply. Not valid for Marketplace items, with other promo codes and promotions, unless otherwise stated.

4. Free delivery is only applicable on paid price BND 60 and above.

5. ZALORA Malaysia reserves the right to change the terms and conditions or cancel any promotion at any time without notice.

 

  
 

Snapfeed at CF15 
 


Team Snapfeed briefing the local media

Six months ago, Snapfeed launched their apps on IOS and Android. Six months later (now), they have totally revamped the mobile apps for the convenience of the users. Now you can browse with ease and the app looks more structured and easy to follow.

The new interface allows you to browse to content such as deals being offered, information such news and movie times (and even movie trailers). Other exciting stuff are such as their digital loyalty cards with the use of QR codes. For the moment, Snapfeed has dealt with their current merchants such as KFC, Freshco, Burgerking and I Love Yoo to name a few. Do download the Snapfeed app and see what’s on offer.

For those who registered at their Snapfeed booth at the Consumer Fair this week, you can stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note or a Samsung Galaxy S5. This is only applicable if you signed up at their booth this week till Sunday. They will also provide a free photo session featuring the me-in-a-box booth.

Snapfeed booth is easy to find and it’s located in front of the Plenary Hall at the Orange Zone. I guess that’s the best location as it’s the central part of the Consumer Fair. Have fun browsing through the app.

 


You can stand a chance to win this when you sign up at their booth
 


You can get their latest update now
 


News feed on events happening in Brunei
 


The ongoing deals ONLY exclusive to Snapfeed users
 


Movie updates on timings and venue. Quite handy.
 


Check out the Snapfeed booth at CF15
 

  
 

The Bruneihalal Experience 
 


Check out Bruneihalal booth at Consumer Fair this week
 


Goodies to be won too at Consumer Fair. Do follow them on social media – Facebook and instagram @bruneihalal
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 


Check out items from Bruneihalal booth at CF15
 

  
 

Papparich turns 1 
 


 


 

Their Pappa Char Kuey Teow is one of their best sellers among the patrons of Papparich located in Gadong. I recently “tapau-ed” a few dishes for a dinner function and let’s not forget one of my favourites now – the Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin.. Yummeehh….

Good thing now is Papparich is having their 1st anniversary promotion where you can enjoy 10% everything until 31st January. So you have a few more days to go. I will probably pop down this week to satisfy my craving for the Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin and their curry laksa..

Papparich is located at Block G of Abdul Razak Complex and you won’t miss it because their signage is the biggest one in Gadong if I’m not mistaken. You can check out more of their menus here but not all the new dishes are included just yet.

 


Pappa Deep Fried Crispy Chicken Skin, new dish
 


Try this too, another new dish, highly recommended
 


One of the drinks I kept on refilling. Herbal Tea with Citrus. Another one that hits the spot for me.
 


Try out their breakfast menu
 


My all time favourite from Papparich
 

  
 

Sneak preview for CF15 
 


 

It’s the 15th time that D’Sunlit has organised such event and it has become a Brunei household name ever since its inception since 2008. This time it will take place on January 31st (tomorrow) till Sunday, 1st February at the International Convention Centre from 10am to 10pm.

This time, there will plenty of activities for the public as compared to last time and many activity partners as well involved. Event partners include Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd, Oregon Systems, IBIC Sdn Bhd, RIPAS Hospital, Braun Sdn Bhd, Ho Tai Company Sdn Bhd and MagicLee Entertertainment.

During the five-day fair, various activities such as a unique theme park, lucky draws, and entertainment for children will be held as well as charitable activities such as a blood donation drive.

According to Ting Chui San, Marketing Executive of D’Sunlit, the consumer fair will help to promote SMEs in Brunei and of course, CF is always a good platform to expose businesses. The CF will boast at least 430 booths and you will also enjoy goods and services from ASEAN countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and The Philippines.

The event is also made possible with the help of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

I shall be posting more news and stories, tying to the CF15 this week and you can also catch updates on my IG @ranoadidas. So where will the momentum of the crowd be this week? Definitely ICC.


Snapfeed is going pretty aggressive this week and relaunching their App. Do download the app at the booth and stand a chance to win a Samsung Note 4. Exciting things to come from Snapfeed in the next few months.
 


A wondrous selection of Cambodian precious gems and intricately-crafted jewellery featuring rubies, sapphires, and many more beautiful sparklers
 


Interesting educational stuff from Play N Learn Singapore booth
 


The recent Brunei Edutainment Wonderland is back to showcase the dinosaurs. The NBT Jurassic Journey tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $6 for children. You will be eligible for a 15% discount with a group of 4 or above.
 


The Android box is sure to be hit though it’s selling below BND 300. A direct rival to Astro but also those with limited bandwidth capacity on TelBru will struggle to cope with the content. The Android box is able stream many channels.
 


Get a taste of what the Philippines has to offer. Fruits, fruits and vegetables
 


Sign up for any of BIBD’s financing products such as Home, Home Financing, Home Improvement, and Education Financing can stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as LED TVs, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, Thomson vouchers, air tickets to KK, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machines, fruit juicers and many more
 


I was stuck playing the “Flying Coupon Machine” organised by @redbullbn
 


Aziz did a mini test
 


All are welcomed to visit the CF15 at the ICC.
 


Brunei Halal also participating in the CF15
 

  
 

BIBD at CF15 

BIBD customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s financing products such as Home, Home Financing, Home Improvement, and Education Financing can stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes such as LED TVs, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, Thomson vouchers, air tickets to KK, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee machines, fruit juicers and many more.

Also as part of its promotion, BIBD will also be giving out a 50% fee waiver on its financing products such as the BIBD Rumah Plus Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, and Education Financing.

This great BIBD promotion is available at the 15th edition of the Consumer Fair, from the 28th January until the 1st of February, where BIBD service ambassadors at booth C7 will be on hand to personally assist with, and answer any queries regarding any of BIBD’s products and services.

BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists will also be on hand to assist and provide advice on Home Financing solutions that best suit the customers. For those interested in purchasing their first or next dream home, BIBD will be offering its attractive Home Financing Rumah Plus package, which has a financing entitlement of up to 100% of the OMV(Open Market Value) or Property Purchase Price, a repayment period of up to 25 years along with a lower repayment schedule and attractive profit rates from as low as 4.5% (subject to terms and conditions). Customers may also choose to include the start-up costs of the financing such as legal document fees, MRTA takaful and valuation fees into the overall financing entitlement, allowing complete control of their budget, and providing them a sense of security, knowing that their dream home is one step closer to becoming a reality.

 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair and check out their financing products available
 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair
 


Drop by BIBD booth at Consumer Fair
 

This also represents an ideal opportunity for home owners to start considering options on how best to enhance their homes, especially as with the festive time period only a few months away. Also, as an additional benefit, BIBD’s Home Improvement Financing also allows for a flexible repayment period of up to ten years, with up to 100% of renovation costs.

The BIBD team will also be available to talk about their Education Financing package whereby interested parties can obtain a financing of up to BND 200,000 with a maximum financing period of up to 10 years. The package can be used for students undergoing their education at either local or overseas institutions. The financing package includes a wide range of coverage such as registration fees, education or tuition fees, cost of living, accommodation and travel expenses along with educational needs such as clothing, books and stationery.

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. For more information on any of BIBD’s products or services, please log on to the BIBD website at www.bibd.com.bn, visit your nearest BIBD branch or get in touch with the BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181.

 

  

22
Aug

On or Off?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Our podcast review of Yasmine the movie with my special guest Seng Yee. This podcast has reached more than 400 listeners in just 3 days. Do catch Yasmine at your local cinemas and it has been a great response from the public.

 

  
 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Chris simply “wooed” the crowd 
 


Chris Woo accepting the 1st place in the semi-finals of the Toastmasters International Speech contest at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Chris will compete in the finals against 8 finalists tomorrow (Saturday).
This was the second time I listened to his speech. Though it’s the same one but he altered and fine tuned to make the delivery sharper and tighter with more conviction. The story was about his relationship with his mother and it relates to listening. Why I am sharing this with you is that Chris Woo is an eloquent speaker and he is a member of Brunei Speakers’ Club, a club that I recently got reinstated after a 2 year hiatus.

In less than a year, he took our club to another level with his International Speech Contest. Victories after victories, he made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest where he was pitted against 90 contestants, vying for the championship. This year, the event is held for the first time ever outside North America and it is currently being held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The stakes were pretty high. As I mentioned before, I had listen to his speech before and he still have to deliver the same speech as that was part of the rules and regulations for every semi-finalists. Chris Woo had to win on the national level, then he went to KK to win on the same speech before heading to Surabaya to win the title of District 87 International Speech Champion which was the ticket for the entry of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest semi-finals stage.

Of course, the stakes were high. He was drawn into Speech 9 where he was pitted against 9 other awesome speakers. Chris was lucky no.7 and wow, I just amazed how he can still draw a stronger vibe than before despite being the same speech about his mother. I was slightly concerned because two or three of other speakers were just as entertaining and captivating. Of course, they must be. They are champions in their respective districts. Ok, for those who don’t understand the word district, well.. it’s just an area where the countries are being listed in that particular district. So in our case, Brunei shared the same district as East Malaysia and Indonesia.

Anyway, what an awesome delivery, Chris!! I knew you nailed it. My neighbours sitting next to me were talking about the speaker from Brunei and our prediction was right. Chris stole the show. The crowd loved it. Our Brunei supporters were equally vibrant and over-excited when Chris Woo’s name was mentioned as the winner of the semi-final contest for Speech 9. The victory meant that Chris will be competing in the finals against 8 other finalists this Saturday (tomorrow).

Honestly, I just so proud that our own member from Brunei Speakers’ Club has made to the finals and founder of Brunei Speakers’ Club, Clovis Lai was the over the moon with the result as he was hugging every one from Brunei and toastmasters from District 87. But wow, Clovis has so much energy that it made him look younger :p I am so glad that I made it on this trip and witnessed a world class performance from toastmaster Chris Woo. The other part that I’m glad was being back as a member of toastmasters in Brunei Speakers’ Club and it boils down to the vibrancy and the new energy that the executive committee and members have brought in into the club. I thanked Seng Yee for the push as well as the other members and of course, my dearest friends who came and supported my first speech ever two weeks ago.

The journey has begun and I’m proud to be on that path in inspiring myself and others.


Chris Woo with other semi-finalists on the stage. The 2nd and 3rd place won’t be competing in the finals
 


The other contestants were amazing and to see Chris excelled was just purely awesome!!
 


District K (Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia) toastmasters celebrating Chris’ achievement
 


District K (Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia) toastmasters celebrating Chris’ achievement
 


Chris became man of the hour(s)
 


Chris Woo with the toastmasters from Brunei who came to support him in KL
 


Selfies with Chris and Liz
 


 


 


 


 


 


Will this be me in 5 years’ time? *lol*
 

  
SCB Scavenger Hunt 2014 
 


Click image to learn more about SCB Facebook Scanvenger Hunt 2014

Hey guys, it’s the moment to reveal what I teased you about! Standard Chartered Bank Brunei are launching their first Facebook Scavenger Hunt! It’s a chance for you to take on a virtual adventure and win Apple products and other fun prizes! All you have to do is click on the link and it will direct you to all the information you would need to find out how to win! Good luck hunters!

 

  
 

 

Volkswagen Tiguan TSI 
 


Happening today and tomorrow (Saturday) as Maju Motors hosting open house and do have a look at the new Volkswagen Tiguan TSI at the Maju Motors Showroom.
 

 

BruneiHalal Open House 
 


The management team of Bruniehalal during the open house recently

BruneiHalal held a Hari Raya open house event at its Jerudong office recently where it shared the joys and celebration of the festive month with its invited guests.

The event, which was the third of its kind organised by the company since its establishment in 2009, saw management and its associates in a laid back atmosphere outside the working environment.
“We have invited our stakeholders, officials from the government sector, Royal Brunei Catering, smaller vendors who have partnered to sell our products and even our neighbours Brunei Gas Carriers,” said Brand Marketing Executive Melline Jaini.

The BruneiHalal brand currently has more than 30 products under its belt, which includes a frozen range and Indian cuisine products.

BruneiHalal was established by the government to run commercial simply to provide halal food and drinks to the world.

“Lately we are reminding ourselves of our focus in Brunei to the local market as well. That’s why our product range has expanded we have over 30 products and in the UK, it is getting traction as well and that one is focusing on the meats,” said Melline.

For more information on BruneiHalal and its product, you can visit brunei-halal.com

Text courtesy of Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times.


Invited guests during the open house
 


Goodies from BruneiHalal
 


Invited guests during the open house. Image courtesy of Cristalina.
 


Invited guests during the open house
 


Invited guests during the open house
 

  
 

HBT Final tomorrow 
 


Well, Brunei might be out of the picture but I believe this will be a great final between Vietnam and Myanmar in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. Fantastic prizes to be won as well as the first prize will be EPL tickets for two to catch Arsenal vs Manchester United.
 

  
 

05
Aug

I lost count

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Das Auto experience in SG 
 


Yay!! Thank you once again to @volkswagenbrunei under the flagship of Maju Motors Sdn Bhd for hosting the media and bloggers in Singapore for the Volkswagen driving experience. This is my third automotive overseas assignment since I started my blog.

Today will be an interesting session as Volkswagen Singapore will allow us to experience some of the Volkswagen models on Singapore road. I would say this will be one “sakai” moment for me since I never really driven in the city of Singapore. Being it my second home, I frequent its public transport more and yes, if I were to drive, I would definitely lose my sense of direction.

I shall be updating more on the our driving experience with Volkswagen models (cars I meant). Have a great Tuesday, peeps!! Do follow me on instagram @ranoadidas for updates and also @volkswagenbrunei and their official hashtag #volkswagenbrunei #vwbrunei for our live updates in Singapore 😀


Ammirul of Maju Motors with members of the media from local print newspapers and bloggers at Brunei International Airport
 

  
 

BruneiHalal Experience 
 


More new products coming soon from BruneiHalal
 

  

17
Jul

#ThrowBackThursday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dell Venue 7 

Throwing their hat into the ring for a share of the portable device market, Dell has created a dedicated band of tablets to meet the needs of customers who are the epitome of the evolving workforce. The New Dell Venue tablets offer the ability to connect, share, and access content with ease.

The Dell Venue 7 Android-based tablets are affordable, feature-rich tablets for people who want to be constantly connected wherever they are. The tablets have an upscale fit and finish, and are designed with longevity in mind with the right components so that customers will be just as delighted with the tablet after a year or more of use.

The tablets are based on Intel processing power for speed, responsiveness, and battery efficiency. It features Intel Atom Z2560 processors (up to 1.6 GHz), 2GB of Memory, 16 GB storage capacity, has a 0.3 MP Webcam (front) and 3MP Photo camera (back). It also comes with OTG capability and MicroSD Card Reader. The 7′ tablet is large enough to watch your media of choice comfortably, especially with the WXCA 1280 x 800 resolution, but small enough to hold comfortably and slip into your pocket or handbag.

There are also a full range of optional accessories such as a keyboard, and optimal speakers to enhance the Dell tablet experience.

Until 28th July, Netcom has the perfect Hari Raya Deal, with any purchase of a new Dell Venue 7, they will be giving away a Dell Shell Case, Kingston 16GB Micro SD Card and Kingston 8GB OTG Pendrive, as well as free registration to Netcom’s membership. This offer is limited to the first 100 customers. For more details call 2231563/4 or your nearest Netcom Branch.


Associates of Netcom showcasing the new Dell Venue tablets


A new Dell Venue 7

 

BruneiHalal donates to Pusat Ehsan 
 


Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghanim International Food Corporation Feby Latip handing over a mock cheque to Pg Datin Hjh Noraini, Executive Operational Trustee of Pusat Ehsan

Hari Raya cheer came early for Pusat Ehsan recently when Brunei Halal made a generous donation to the centre as a gesture of goodwill and care towards the special children in this blessed month of Ramadhan. A total of $2,000 in donations was presented by Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghanim International Food Corporation Feby Latip to Pg Datin Hjh Noraini, Executive Operational Trustee of Pusat Ehsan who was on hand to receive the contribution.

Students queued up to receive donations in form of ‘green packets’ and products from Brunei Halal representatives. According to Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghanim International Food Corporation Feby Latip, it was fitting that BruneiHalal reached out to Pusat Ehsan as the centre has been around for quite some time and the intent is to inculcate community wellbeing amongst the staff of the company.

She went on to say that the centre for special needs is a great organisation that is very committed to providing quality care to its individuals and the company is very keen to assist particularly during Ramadhan. She also added that the company has a Sport and Social committee as well as a corporate social responsibility section which aim to foster greater relationship as well as care within and outside the company.

The ceremony was witnessed by representatives from the trading and marketing arm of the halal products company, Ghanim International Food Corporation along with staff and representatives of Brunei Halal and Pusat Ehsan. Brunei Halal was created out of the aim to address the growing requisite for halal, quality, safety and sustainability in all aspects of consumption and the company assures that all products are halal and wholesome in its properties. Image and text courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.

 


Handing over green packets to the students
 


Handing over green packets to the students
 

  
 

Honey Carsmart Grand Sale 
 


Check out the great deals from Honey Carsmart Grand Sale this weekend. Click image to enter their official website.
 

Have you ever heard of Honey Carsmart? You will be surprised that this company has been around for 30 years. Amazing!! And they are known for selling used cars or second hand cars. Apparently in Brunei, there are not many licensed used car dealers and it’s good to know that Honey Carsmart is one of the licensed ones in Brunei.

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday) on 19th and 20th July, they will be having a Hari Raya Grand Sale at their car yard at Bunut. So hence I’m sharing this information with you. Honey Carsmart have experience being a dealership with several Japanese brands before evolving into a full time dealership of local used cars.

The company also boasts one branch office, two car yards and two general workshops for their cars. When you buy from them, you will also be offered motor insurance for your convenience and also with an affordable price.

During the Hari Raya Grand Sale, they will be displaying more than 300 used cars and even motorcycles. Perhaps the top of the crop deals are such as the Nissan 350Z convertible and the Mercedes Benz SL600. By the way, there won’t be any bookings for any of the cars during the Hari Raya Grand Sale promotion. It will be first come, first serve basis so this will be a fair practice for all.

Good news to all visitors that you will be entitled to a lucky draw dip and you can win gifts useful for Hari Raya. But first, you will need to register yourself as a visitor. Two financing institutions will be on duty on the weekend should they want to purchase the car on the spot.

So drop by on these special occasion from 9am to 4pm and I highly recommend to my readers not to miss this opportunity. For your info, the venue is at Simpang 635, Jalan Tutong at Bunut area before the petrol station at Jalan Hj Halus. You can also call their hotline for more information at 265 4131. Happy shopping.

 


Mercedes Benz SL600 on sale
 


Nissan 350Z convertible on sale too
 


BMW also up for grabs
 


Mazda
 


Volkswagen
 


 


Yhe venue is at Simpang 635, Jalan Tutong at Bunut area before the petrol station at Jalan Hj Halus
 


 


The main branch at Jln Bunut which is also not far from the car yard sale
 

  
 

11
Apr

#ItAllAboutTheEnergy

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

 

DPMM FC vs Harimau Muda 
 


Catch the match between DPMM FC and Harimau Muda at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium this Friday
 

  
 


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Heels at Malppy.com 
 

If you do not know about Malppy.com, it is an online fashion and lifestyle store providing you with a variety of quality products. From womenswear, menswear to novelty items, you will definitely be spoilt for choice.

For each weekend, Malppy.com will be featuring products at special promotional prices. This weekend, Malppy is featuring Women’s Fashion Heeled Shoes.


Women’s Fashion Heeled Shoes. Click image to enter website.
The special feature will begin Friday noon and will end at Midnight this Saturday. The shoe is available in Black, Red, Blue and White for only $39.90 this weekend.

Visit Malppy.com for all your online shopping needs!

 

 

Can DPMM FC repeat
 

the same performance? 
 

This is it. After a fresh win from Courts Young Lions with a 6-1 score line, DPMM FC is in high mood and they won’t be taking Harimau Muda very lightly indeed despite the visitors being on the basement of the S•League.

DPMM FC can be back on top should they win tonight against Harimau Muda but league leaders Tampines Rovers will have a game in hand.

DPMM FC coach Steve Kean is gunning for all three points and also a clean sheet. Kean was disappointed on how DPMM FC were unlucky to concede against Courts Young Lions through a deflection but he feels defiant that DPMM FC will step up a gear and aim for a clean sheet tonight at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

He won’t be taking any team for granted even Harimau Muda. “If we don’t start properly like in our last match, the other team can score and make it difficult for us. I’m confident that we will get all three points after the way we finished last Sunday,” shared Kean during the interview.

“We need to get a clean sheet. We need to get back to where we were the first three games. We already know we can create chances and score goals. It is not just Wardun (keeper) and the back four, everybody needs to think like a defender once we lose possession and put pressure.”

Fans will be delighted to see the return of Subhi Abdillah who was missing from the last game due to a minor injury. Rodrigo Tosi was doubtful earlier this week but he managed to shake off the injury and he will be fit for tonight’s match as well. Tosi has instrumental in DPMM FC’s surge to the top with a few goals under his belt.

 


Will any of them be featured in the match tonight? I believe so 😀

Harimau Muda B coach Razip Ismail hopes his team won’t suffer the same fate as Courts Young Lions. He urged his team to double the efforts and just simply avoid any embarrassment and do not show fear to their opponents.

Did you know that Harimau Muda has conceded 17 goals in 6 games as compared to DPMM FC’s 4 goals? Many fans have predicted a comprehensive victory but this kind of games can be very tricky indeed. A point for the visitors will definitely put a smile on their faces. Harimau Muda has yet to earn a single point after six matches.

Tonight DPMM FC will take on Harimau Muda at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium and there will be another lucky draw for the supporters who will watch the match tonight especially those with $5 and $8 ticket. The first prizes will be an air fare for one to Kuala Lumpur and Indonesia and 8 consolation prizes. The winners will be announced at half-time of the match tonight.

 

  
 

bruneihalal debuts at MIHAS 
 


Associates of bruniehalal at the 11th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Image courtesy of bruneihalal
Brunei Halal is currently at the 11th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 9-12 April 2014. This is simultaneous with the brand’s entry in the Malaysia market.

Brunei Halal is showcasing its latest product ranges at the prestigious showcase. Representatives from Ghanim International Food Corporation, the marketing and trading arm of the brand, are also present to receive any queries or comments from buyers and trade visitors.

Ghanim International Food Corporation sees MIHAS as the best entry point for Brunei Halal to make its presence known in the global Muslim and ASEAN markets in particular. The company is currently in talks with parties for retail penetration of Brunei Halal products soon.

Today, MIHAS is the premier event that is not limited to the ASEAN region alone but is also supported internationally by the participation of over 400 International Pavilions in various industries from countries across the globe.

The Brunei Halal booth is located in Hall 5, Booth numbers 27, 28, 29 and 30. MIHAS is open to registered trade exhibitors from 10.00am to 7.00pm for the 4 days of the exhibition.


Some of the products being showcased
 


Some of the products being showcased
 


 

  

03
Apr

#Clocks

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Flatbread from bruneihalal
 


Check out the bruneihalal’s flatbreads

bruneihalal is proud to announce the addition of Flat Bread type products to their wide variety of ready-made meals under the brand’s flagship.

Among the products being launched is bruneihalal’s Multi-Grain Naans that combines an interesting medley of multi-grains over scrumptious flatbread, guaranteed to brighten up any bread basket. Others available are the plain naan, onion kulcha, garlic & coriander naan, aloo paratha and gobhi paratha.

The flatbreads have already hit the shelves and are available at major supermarkets in the country. This will add to the variety of BruneiHalal products that are already on the market, such as sparkling juices, microwaveable rice, ready-made cooking sauces, their ready-to-eat Dishes of India range and the recent addition of the locally-produced dipping sauce range available in original, extra hot, smoked fish (tahai) flavours and multi-purpose dipping sauce.

Members of the public are invited to drop by for a free sampling of the various bruneihalal selections at Jaya Hypermart until 4 April. The new flatbread range will also be available for tasting.

A list of supermarkets which retail bruneihalal products can be found at www.brunei-halal.com, or on the brand’s official Facebook page: Brunei Halal and also follow them on instagram @bruneihalal


Now you can try the samples of the bruneihalal’s flatbreads
 


Now you can try the sampling at Jaya Hypermart until tomorrow 4th April
 

  
 

Inaugural 787 from Melb 
 


His Excellency Zakaria Ahmad, Brunei High Commissioner to Australia (center) cutting the cake to officiate the launch of the first flight of Boeing 787 from Melbourne to Brunei Darussalam. Image courtesy of @marul69

Yay!! It’s almost complete. Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has finally launched their inaugural flight of the Dreamliner Boeing 787 of Royal Brunei Airlines from Melbourne city, Australia. Today also marked the first time that RB will use the new uniform on all RB flights. There have been many positive points on RB’s new uniform and this is part of RB’s rebranding program and it’s no surprise that its rebranding program has received a Distinction Award in 2014 100 Global Awards.

In officiating the inaugural event was His Excellency Zakaria Ahmad, Brunei High Commissioner to Australia. The 787 fleet departed for Brunei today bringing the first passengers from Melbourne to Brunei Darussalam.

Congratulations RB on the milestone and they have just received their 3rd 787 fleet in Brunei. There is so much too boast about the Dreamliner and this is a sign that RB is heading to the right direction, not just for the comfort of their passengers but also a profitable business in a long run. A big shout out to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for their leadership in reshaping RB into a boutique airline.

There are still more processes that need to refined and the biggest project to date is the renovation of the Brunei International Airport which has been undergoing major renovation under the direction of Brunei Economic Development Board.

Too bad I wasn’t able to join the inaugural flight from Melbourne due to the inaccessibility on my visa application. Good to know my social media buddy @marul69 was able to make it and hence, most of the pictures taken below are from his instagram 😀


His Excellency Zakaria Ahmad, Brunei High Commissioner to Australia launching the event before passengers go on board
 


His Excellency speaking to Brett McDougall, Country Manager Australia at Royal Brunei Airlines
 


The Dreamliner looks beautiful in the hangar
 


RB cupcakes anyone?
 


Passengers about to board the Dreamliner 787
 


Have you tried the Business Class of the 787?
 


The new uniform of RB is now officially being used
 


@marul69 with a cabin crew in her new uniform
 


I miss Melbourne and it was raining there lately
 


Fadhil, Fitri and Marul going for a Melbourne tour
 

  
 

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