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04
Feb

Wu Chun still has the pull

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


Travel with agoda
 

   
 

CNY sales at ICON 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store
 

 

Wu Chun graced BK in KK 
 


Wu Chun with some VIPs during the official launch of Centrepoint’s Burger King last night at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
 

Wu Chun will also be Wu Chun. People always say how popular I am just because I’m a social blogger. But if you are an entertainer or a celebrity, it’s a different ball game. I caught a flight through Royal Brunei to Kota Kinabalu and wow, the flight was packed with Wu Chun’s fan. This is no surprise that Wu Chun is the Royal Brunei Airlines Brand Ambassador, able to draw fans from all around the world with his presence. If I was not mistaken, some of the passengers were Wu Chun’s fans. Amazing!!

Anyway, my trip to Kota Kinabalu was by invitation to cover Wu Chun’s event and one of them is the opening of the Burger King outlet at Centrepoint, Kota Kinabalu. He was one of the special guest to officiate the opening of Burger King’s outlet at Centrepoint. To update you, the centrepoint outlet is owned by Brunei shareholders. Congratulations on the milestone and this is such a great opportunity to expand their business outside Brunei and furthermore, it’s in KK market which is bigger than Brunei definitely.

As for Wu Chun’s fans who came over for the opening night, wow, wow and wow… I have never seen such a huge crowd and I remembered the crowd in Brunei for Wu Chun’s movie Saving General Yang and that was already considered hectic. But last night at Burger King’s opening, it was very tricky to handle the crowd. Perhaps there weren’t enough security available and even Burger King’s staff had to help control the young crowd. I was surprised there were also male fans.

Before I end this post, thank you Royal Brunei for making this coverage possible and thank you Burger King for the hospitality.

 


Wu Chun took out his phone to take a picture of his fans
 


I was pretending to be a big fan of Wu Chun but actually I was asking for help to get away from the crowd
 


Wu Chun taking a selfie with me and his fans.. Woohoo #winall
 


Members of the media preparing for the arrival of the superstar
 


Deno Goh ushering Wu Chun
 


I took a selfie but no one noticed *Sad* LOL
 


Wu Chun posing with a burger on his hand
 


What a crowd last night at Centrepoint
 

  
 

 

BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill 
 


Now a permanent menu on Burger King
 

To celebrate the success of BK Mushroom Swiss Burgers as well as reminding everyone our signature product has grown to become one of Brunei’s favourite burger, Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the BURGER KING ® franchise will officially launch the new BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger under its permanent menu.

What makes the Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger? The succulent and tender 100% flame-grilled premium chicken thigh meat patty is enveloped in the full-bodied flavor of melted Swiss cheese; the all-time favourite silky mushroom sauce unique only to BK with fresh lettuce and a generous spread of creamy mayonnaise. Succumb to the seduction of Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger… you will surely come back for more!

The BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger is available at only $8.00 for the Meal and $6.50 for the sandwich only.

To complete your meal with a tasty treat, we are also offering a buy 1 free 1 soft serve promo for a limited time only for our guest to share with a loved one.

As for all our guests who are curious about the opening for our upcoming branches, we just opened our fourth branch in Belait Town,

For further updates on Burger King® Brunei, visits our Instagram page @burgerkingbrunei and Facebook at www.facebook.com/bkbrunei.

 


BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger
 


Had mine during the break of a toastmasters meeting 😀
 

  
 

07
Jan

Apples and oranges

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Rodeo Burger
 


 

Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the BURGER KING ® franchise, officially launch the new Rodeo Burger under its limited time only menu.

What makes the Rodeo Burger? 100% flame-grilled patties, sweet & smoky BBQ sauce, American cheese and crispy onion rings served on a toasted sesame seed bun. Now, you can try the true taste of the wild west with this new BK Rodeo Burger throughout January 2015 at BURGER KING outlets.

The BK Rodeo Burger is available with either a flame-grilled WHOPPER beef patty or a flame-grilled Tendergrill – a juicy premium chicken thigh – at only $7.50 for the Meal and $5.90 for the sandwich only.

As for all our guests who are curious about the opening for our upcoming branches, we just opened our third branch in Citis Square, Kg. Jaya Setia, Mukim Berakas A and another one in the heart of Belait very soon.

For further updates on Burger King® Brunei, visits our Instagram page @burgerkingbrunei and Facebook at www.facebook.com/bkbrunei.

 


 


BK Rodeo Burger flame-grilled Tendergrill chicken thigh. Image courtesy of @bruneifoodies
 


BK Rodeo Burger beef patty
 


Tisya and Fina taking a bite at BK latest outlet at Citis Square
 


It’s almost 100% ready with a few renovation works to be completed
 


With the local press trying out the new promotion from BK
 


Hershey’s Sundae Pie
 

  
 

The Chevrolet Spin
 


 

Guess what, peeps? It’s been a while since I checked out what’s new at the Chevrolet showroom and with a new General Manager as well who has experienced with a lot of car brands and her last experience was Chevrolet Malaysia. Chevrolet Brunei’s General Manager (GHK Motors Sdn Bhd) Noormala Othman unveiled the new 1.5 litre Chevrolet Spin, a seven-seater MPV. The great promotion about the new Chevrolet Spin is that once you purchased, you will be able to enjoy more than BND 1,500 value which includes 3 free months installment and 3 free services.

From as low as $339 per month, the Chevrolet Spin is designed for families since it’s a MPV and focuses on space and comfort as well as safety at the forefront. Noormala believes the Chevrolet Spin will be a big hit in Brunei. It’s also the only six speed automatic transmission (even the mid and high MPV segments won’t have this) plus it is one of the most fuel-efficient in its class.

The Chevrolet Spin is a great answer to the Brunei Government’s initiative to create awareness of conserving energy and fuel consumption.

The new car also responds perfectly to a roomy 5+5 seating in the passenger cabin. The three passenger rows are cleverly aligned at different levels so that all on board always enjoy a perfect view.

For your info, the Chevrolet Spin is valued at BND 21,900 on the road. Customers are welcomed for a test drive during Chevrolet Open Day (January 10, 11) from 9am to 5pm. There will be light refreshments and customers will have the opportunity to also view other Chevrolet models alongside the Chevrolet Spin.

Noormala also announced that Chevrolet will be bringing merchandise especially with Manchester United t-shirts and also accessories for Chevrolet in the near future. I shall update you once it’s out.

 


Noormala Othman, General Manager Chevrolet Business Division, GHK Motors Sdn Bhd and Dedi Rusmiadi, Head of Technical and Training, Chevrolet Brunei
 


The Chevrolet Spin now available in Brunei. Do visit the Chevrolet Showroom at Sumbangsih Bahagia
 


Noormala posing for the media in the Chevrolet Spin
 

For customers who purchased the car in January 2015, you will be entitled for the GHK Mega Draw where you can win a brand new house (not sure where of the location), a Chevrolet Cruze, Mitsubishi Mirage and other attractive prizes. The closing date for the GHK Mega Draw will be on the 31st January 2015.

Noormala also shared that there will be a Chevrolet Spin roadshow – Hua Ho Petan Mall, Tutong (24th, 25th January), Supasave Panaga in Seria (31st January, 1st Feb).

For more inquiries, you can call 2426 05 or visit the GHK Chevrolet Showroom at Sumbangshi Bahagia. You can also check out their website page or Facebook Page.

Thank you, Noormala Othman (GM) and Aqeelah Afefe (Marketing Executive), for your hospitality and hosting the press conference last Monday.

 


Did you know that Chevrolet is the official automative partner for Manchester *cough* United?
 


The 2nd grand prize for the GHK Mega Draw will be the Chevrolet Cruze. The grand prize being a brand new house.
 


The ongoing GHK Mega Draw until 31st January 2015. Good luck!!
 

  
 

 

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22
Dec

The Highlight Reel

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


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Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

  
 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot. Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

 

 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


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The Popcorn Panel 
 

Review of Annie 2014 starring Rano Iskandar with special guest Singapore blogger Tiffany Yong

 

  

 

RA Highlights of 2014 
 

With 2014 almost ending, I have to say that my year has been fabulous. Normally you will hear familiar things such as having a roller coaster year but if we do end of high note and feel at the present, very likely tend to forget the bad days and sum up the year to be much better than previous year. I haven’t been blogging as I’m currently taking time off for a bit and spending my holidays in Singapore to cap off another awesome year.

So how do I rate my 2014? Honestly it was one of the best years I had in many years. For many reasons but I won’t be sharing all my best moments with you, only some. Maybe the most exciting part for 2014 was able to travel to places like Seoul and Moscow. Well, I didn’t expect to fly to Moscow but Seoul was one of my sought places to travel. I would like to thank you Harley Davidson for bringing me to Seoul for and also to MOE and Bluebox Services for making my Russia trip possible. Where will 2015 bring me? For sure, I have set a date to fly to Manila and guess what? The Philippines is the only ASEAN country that I have yet to travel. Surprise, surprise.

This year, I also truly appreciative of my close friends and my new found ones. It’s true that the closer ones tend to be the most challenging ones because of the level of expectations I have on them. These expectations have been making my relationship with my buddies challenging for many years. Somehow, this year, I feel much lighter than before and I was able to feel much freedom rather than feeling suffocated with my negative thoughts (with having a thought that I’m not enough for them). This year, I’m truly grateful for my strong bonding relationship with my close buddies and you know who you are.

 


I can’t believe that I actually made it to Moscow, Russia, this year and it was an unexpected journey. This is one of the highlights of 2014 as I hardly travel to Europe and secondly, having a ICI document (passport for Brunei PRs), it will be tricky to travel to European countries.
 


Since the first picture was taken at Burger King Moscow, let me share with you my favourite snack of 2014 – Burger King’s Taro Pie. Not the one that Gladys is biting but the one on her left hand 😀 Did you know Taro Pie was sold out? But I’m glad it was re-stocked to the delight of Burger King fans.
 


My other highlight was my Seoul trip back in May 2014. I was happy that Harley Davidson chose me to represent the social media for Brunei. In this picture, Alice and I were at the Trick Eye Museum (adult version) in Seoul.
 


We had a mini dress up competition at Harley Davidson Headquarters at Seoul. This is the first time I bumped into Malaysian celebrity Michele Lee, a presenter of Football Overload.

One of the reasons I’ve been flying out is for the personal growth workshop sessions I have been attending which has been ongoing for many years. The best part of this journey is rediscovering the strengths in terms of my mental and emotional state. Sometimes you will never know what kind of breakthroughs you will have along the way and I’m blessed to have a great environment around me and mixing with the right crowd too. I’ve never seen the core team so committed with their vision of empowering and making this world a better place to live.

Who would have thought my love for toastmasters grown so immensely after rejoining back as a member after a three year hiatus? Of course, all of this was reignited by my close buddy but along the way, I found my core value within myself as a toastmaster and that is to contribute and be a better leader. People who are not aware will think that toastmasters are just platform for good speakers. It’s more than just that. It’s to nurture and give the members and guests a chance to learn something about public speaking at all levels from beginners to advanced speakers.

Speaking of toastmasters, I’m totally impressed with one of my friends, Amran, who has improved immensely as a speaker and a leader and he is a truly a role model for many. He unexpectedly won also his first Table Topics last week and for someone who was so shy to speak in public last year, we have seen such tremendous change. One of my best highlights of 2014 was my mid-year trip to Kuala Lumpur for the Toastmasters International Convention to witness one of our members of Brunei Speakers’ Club to represent our club and District 87 in the International Speech Contest finals. Awesome!!!!! My aim next year to join the contest for International Speech category. This year, I managed to bag 3rd place in the Speech Evaluation Contest *surprised* while I gained experienced in the Humourous Speech Contest.

For the first time in many years, I enjoyed this year’s summer movies as compared to previous years. From Godzilla to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to Guardian of the Galaxy and finishing off with one of the biggest blockbuster for Bruneil, Yasmine the movie, locally produced by Origin Films. Yes, I’m a movie buff and my love for movie will hardly fade away. I’m also happy that my podcast movie review has been a success for this year and for those, who have been listening and downloading the podcast, thank you so much. The popular podcasts for The Popcorn Panel for 2014 is Yasmine (almost 1,000 listened), Big Hero 6 (650) and Transformers 4 (580). Because of The Popcorn Panel, you will hardly see a written movie review on my blog. I shall be blogging more on my reviews by next year so you will have two mediums of my actual review of the movies. Overall, a great movie experience for 2014. Do watch out for my Top 10 movies of 2014 early in January 2015.

 


This year, I met a bunch of new friends during my travels. Though English is a language for them but we still managed to converse. Life is full of unexpected beginnings.
 


What more can I say? We all cross path back in 2009 and it was always great to look back at older pictures and remind what great friendship I have made with my friends. Though Winnie has left for Penang, the friendship still remains solid.
 


Toastmasters is another avenue to learn and grow as a leader and also support one another in a conducive environment. These are my toastmasters buddies and this was taken during the Toastmasters International Convention 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. One of the top 3 highlights of my 2014 indeed.
 


After slacking off in Year 2011 for Toastmasters, I rejoined back in June 2014 and began doing my speeches. This was my third speech manual (CC3) which was entitled “The Art of Showmanship” where I impersonated The Rock and talked about how much of an entertainment WWE (or wrestling) is.
 


Early in March, I went to Singapore to catch both Hollywood stars starring in The Amazing Spider-man to promote Earth Hour in Singapore. This shows how much I’m a big fan of movies and I even had the privilege to catch a special preview screening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in Singapore.

My love for WWE might have faded. Maybe because the WWE universe isn’t as exciting as before. My urge to catch RAW on Tuesday also has faded. Regardless of my less interest in WWE, I was more than excited to catch WWE Live in Kuala Lumpur. Ironically I had an invitation to catch John Cena live during a press conference and I’m not much of a John Cena fan. I managed to ask a question to him personally with regards to the title achievement in comparison with Ric Flair. The overall experience was awesome because I finally get up close and personal to a WWE Superstar. The wrestling show itself was full of adrenalin and that is purely due to the engaging crowd at Indoor Stadium. Let’s hope for another WWE in Asia and I won’t mind booking another flight to catch one.

Finally, to finish off a wonderful 2014 is my renovated room which has been so messy and old-school for the past 20 years. I didn’t spend that much on the renovation but more on spending on new furniture such as my single bed (though it has yet to be assembled in my room lol) and I have a new wardrobe area. The only item that hasn’t been completed is the extension of my bedroom to another room (office area). The new feel has made my environment more conducive and I feel so much better that I don’t have the feeling of suffocating and constrained. The extra space in my room does make a difference and I feel much more like home. There are still a few tweaking to do here and there. Other than that, I’m more than happy of my current room. Maybe you can try and renovate your room and see how your energy will be for the next few months. Oh, by the way, I dispelled the rumours that people thought I was gonna get married just because I was renovating my room.

There are many more I wanna share and I shall leave it for here. I won’t be recapping my 2014 in monthly formats but I will be highlighting the happenings in general and how it has impacted the country and myself overall. Thank you for all my friends who have been the change agent in my life. My advice: Always focus on the positive aspect of your journey while those negative ones, well, either you change your perspective of your thoughts or simply ignore the negative (though that’s tough as we are human beings).


Too surreal to be true.. I was only yards away from WWE Superstar John Cena who paid a visit to Kuala Lumpur back in August. Thank you so much for the opportunity though I didn’t like his guts so much but he does have important values such as supporting the breast cancer awareness campaign.
 


Though my room is incomplete in terms of renovation, the newly look has made me feel much more lighter and I feel more energized whenever I wake up or do my work. So do renovate your room because it can make a difference energy wise and a much more conducive environment.
 

  
 

 

The C Class 

 


Check out the C Class at Jati Transport Showroom

  

01
Dec

The final month

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

  
 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot
 

 

 

Big Cheesy Box 
 


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BIBD latest promotion 
 


Click image to enter website to find out more
 

  
 

Jati Transport Appreciation Day 
 


Displaying the latest Mercedes-Benz GLA during Jati Transport Appreciation Day yesterday at the Beribi Showroom
 


Pg Anak Jaafar Ibni Almarhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohd Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport
 


There were tons of family games for the public
 


One of the games during the event yesterday
 


The entertaining clown showing some magic trick to the audience
 


Participation by one of the kids
 


Face painting and henna for the public especially the kids
 


Tons of food but I preferred London Kebab then. Yummy!!!
 


Finishing my meal with Mr. Softy’s ice-cream #score
 

  
 

Satay Burger in town 
 


I’ve tried this particular Satay Burger before back in Singapore months ago. So I’m quite glad that Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the Burger King franchise, officially launch this special flavoured burger which unfortunately will be available for a limited time only.

Why I recommend you the Satay Burger is simple. A real satay sauce rich in spices and peanuts with real quality meat that is juicy and flavourful. This will be available until 31st December 2014. So do hurry and grab yourself a Satay Burger.

The best part about this is that you have the choice – either a flame-grilled WHOPPER beef patty or a flame-grilled Tendergrill – sandwiched between a lightly toasted sesame seed bun topped with sliced onions and drizzle generously with satay sauce made using crunchy peanuts.

You can follow Burger King of their Facebook Page or instagram @burgerkingbrunei. Did you know that Burger King will be opening a few more outlets pretty soon. I shall keep you posted on that.

 


 

  
 

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29
Nov

Think before you act

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Satay Burger
 

 


Satay Burger is out in Burger King
 

  
 

An interesting lawsuit
 


Click image to read more about the case

This is one interesting case that I’ve been following for the past months because of the magnitude of the lawsuit and the involvement of the Indian community in Brunei Darussalam. Recently the Indian Chamber of Commerce lost an appeal by the Court of Appeal. It was regards to the libel action filed by businessmen Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani and Abdul Hamid Abas of YMRM Galleria.

 As written on June 16, 2014 in The Brunei Times, the plaintiffs (Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani and Abdul Hamid Abas ) sued a registered society Indian Chamber of Commerce and the 25 defendants as members of the society for libel (refer to the names below at the illustration). Ok, libel means a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation or in other words, a written defamation. So in this case, the Indian Chamber of Commerce has written a defamation on both Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawnani and Abdul Hamid Abas.

The society and 24 of its members, according to court documents, are being sued by plaintiffs Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawani and Abdul Hamid Abas for libel on grounds that between April 5, 2010 and November 29, 2010, the Indian Chamber of Commerce wrote letters allegedly containing libelous statements to the Indian High Commission.

The Indian Chamber of Commerce had applied to court to “strike out” the case against them because they said the letters having been sent to the Indian High Commission were subject to immunity. The court said no such immunity applied.

In the recent, publication of The Brunei Times, “The appeal is dismissed,” the Court of Appeal said. “There will be an order that the respondents’ costs of this appeal be taxed if not agreed and paid by the appellants.”

For previous news and updates of the case, you can click here, here and here from The Brunei Times.

Representing the Indian Chamber of Commerce is Siva Sankaran from Sankaran Halim & Associates while representing Ramesh Jiwatram Bhawani and Abdul Hamid Abas is Pengiran Izad of Pg Izad and Lee which won the case.

 


The names illustrated by The Brunei Times.

Let this be a learning lesson for all of us that “libel” is a serious offense. You can seriously land yourself into huge trouble and even at a very high cost. There was one case where a legal firm demanded $3 million compensation in the High Court against a local printing company for libel by calling the lawyers “piranhas, vultures and scavengers” back in 2002. In the end, the Brunei High Court in a landmark defamation suit awarded a prominent legal firm and the lawyers BND 673,488 in damages against the local printing company. Source: [Borneo Bulletin, 2002].

So do be careful what you type or write before posting and even I’m being careful in my blog posting as my intention is to help create awareness to the public especially matters like this.

 

  
A photo contest
 

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) in collaboration with Brunei Press Sdn Bhd will be organising a photo contest in conjunction with the World AIDS Day event that is celebrated globally every 1st December.

The theme of the World AIDS Day this year is “Getting To Zero” and the photo contest will also signify the theme and represent ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ images.The event is supported by Manning Jaya Trading (B) Sdn Bhd, Interhouse Company, Mc Quipp Technisell Marketing Sdn Bhd and Medicorp Sdn Bhd.

“The photo contest aims to boost participation from the members of the public and encourage them to present their creativity in the field of photography. We believe that in this age where social networking is at its peak, there are a lot of photography enthusiasts who are waiting for their time to flourish in this field. I believe this will be a great platform for them to present their skills to the world,” said AK Danny, JPMC Marketing Officer.

“We are delighted to partner with JPMC in conjunction with the World AIDS Day Photo contest 2014. Through this event, I believe it well help to create awareness of this global pandemic and at the same time educate people on its prevention,” said Hazizah Osman, Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd.

 


Ak Danny, JPMC Marketing Officer and Hazizah Osman, Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press Sdn Bhd.

Awesome prizes include a brand new Canon EOS 700D Kit (18-135mm), BND500 cash prize, one year JPMC gym membership as well as a Canon branded cap and power bank for the top prize. Second place will receive BND300 and six months JPMC Gym membership, while third place will receive BND200 and three months JPMC Gym membership.

The photo contest is open to all Brunei Residents except JPMC and Brunei Press staff. The contest runs from 26th November and the last day to submit entries if by 10th December 2014. Entries should be sent to marketing@jpmc.com.bn and all entries should be a minimum resolution of 300dpi.

Recently, JPMC also launched the sales of its commemorative Red Ribbon pins to collect funds for the Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council. The annual charity project is still ongoing and the Red Ribbon pins will be available at all JPMC counters at $3 each.

 

  

14
Nov

The Big Difference

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Fundraiser for a good cause 



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Let’s help Azeemah who will be trekking at Mount Snowdon to raise funds for Syria through the Human Relief Foundation’s Blanket for Syria Appeal. It’s good to know that she has reached her target and the event is tomorrow. Saturday 15th November. You can still donate for the good cause and good luck, Azeemah :))

A message from Azeemah’s fundraiser page: I, Azeemah Natasha Hj Mohd Khairul Zaki from Brunei Darussalam, will be trekking Mt. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales for the purpose of a charity hike organised by University of Sheffield’s Islamic Circle. However, to make this possible, I need to raise at least 150 pounds.

Inside the war-torn country, an estimated 3.2 million children have been forced from their homes. Another 1.5 million children have fled the country and are now living in over-stretched refugee camps or villages. The most vulnerable children are those who remain inside Syria, who risk death, illness, abuse and exploitation on a daily basis. The humanitarian needs are incalculable, thus we need your help to raise money and awareness for Syria through the Human Relief Foundation’s Blanket for Syria Appeal.

Thank you for your time and generosity! May God bless you. End.

You may click here to donate.

 

  

The Popcorn Panel 
 


Big Hero 6 podcast review with co-host @delgoh and special guest @sengyeeciara

 


Interstellar podcast review with co-host @delgoh

 

  
 

 

Baiduri Deals 
 


Click image to enter website to find out more. Download Baiduri Bank Deals App on your smartphone and enjoy many benefits from the app.
 

  
 

Taro Pie out of stock! 
 


I managed to get a dosage on my way back from Bali the other day. It’s amazing how the Taro Pie is doing so well in Brunei. See, I told you that the Taro Pie is awesome 😀
 

Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the BURGER KING ® franchise, would like to apologize to all our guests for the insufficient stock of our Taro Turnover due to popularity which was not anticipated by us.

Our shipment for the Taro Turnover was delayed therefore this item will not be available for a couple of days in Burger King. We are trying our best to bring the Taro Turnover in for our guests as soon as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

For further updates on Burger King® Brunei, visits our Instagram @burgerkingbrunei and Facebook at www.facebook.com/bkbrunei.

  
 

Malppy Update 
 


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Malppy.com is asking the ladies to brace themselves now as it’s that time of the year again when boyfriends/husbands decide to let his manhood go wild. Hey, they are talking about Movember here! This annual 30-day event involves the tradition of men growing moustaches during the month of November in order to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Malppy.com is not letting go of this opportunity to raise some awareness as well and they are definitely doing it their way. Being an online fashion store, they are getting both the men and women to be involved this time around. Yes, I have spotted some female-friendly moustache items in the store and they are featured in this weekend sale! Yes, expect to see ‘staches here and there and even not, their deal is impossible to miss!

Members of Malppy can now express your fashion sense and at the same time show your care for this cause with Malppy.com as this offer only valid for 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) If you haven’t registered yet, you better hurry and register right away to enjoy their knockout deal this weekend exclusively for members only! Visit their website now at www.malppy.com and don’t forget to Keep Calm and Shop Online.

OH WAIT! There’s MORE…. Malppy is also giving out FREE Movember String Bags throughout the month November for any transaction above $50, now how cool is that?

 


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07
Nov

Epic Bali

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Nomadic Lion walks the talk 
 


I finally get to meet an inspirational icon for humanitarian, David Atthowe famously known as Nomadic Lion for his humanitarian project
 


He was excited to meet up my good friend SY and yes, David does own a smart phone (Nokia)
 


Did you know that his bag pack weighs at least 10 kilo? So what’s inside the bag? His notebook, camping gear equipment, hammock, 2 set of clothes, medical kit and survival kit to name a few. He uses a trolley which he hopes to refine to make it more practical for his walking journey.
 


Did you know that he loves cheese cakes? He applauded on the cheese cakes he tried at one of the places near Mount KK and the best he tried was in Europe. So peeps, anything with baked cheesecake, he is sold 😀
 


David walked from indoor stadium to Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and he was greeted with the team from Tourism Development Department headed by Mariani Sabtu, Acting Director of Tourism Development Department.
 


During that 1 kilometre journey, he had some runners joining the short walk with him.
 


David talking to the media at the press conference
 


A notice that David will be heading to Sports School on Saturday morning
 


He prefers to walk in this than sneakers and he hardly gets blisters even on his sole. Amazing!!
 


Seng Yee’s wish came true and she caught up with David
 

 

AirAsia 
 


 

 

 

Wear It Pink, Wear It Proud 

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, unveiled an exclusive new collection during a private showcase event at Black Box MAP, Publika Solaris Dutamas, on November 4th. PRIDE Collection by Jovian Mandagie for ZALORA, brought to you by Bank Simpanan Nasional features 18 looks that incorporate the symbolic pink ribbon in support of breast cancer awareness.

“It’s an honour for ZALORA to host this fashion show. We are truly inspired by the survivors and we anticipate great support from the public,” said Managing Director of ZALORA Malaysia, Giulio Xiloyannis. He further explained that all profits will be directed to Pink Ribbon Deeds (PRIDE) Foundation to aid in their research and treatment efforts for breast cancer patients. ZALORA hopes to raise over RM150,000 for the cause.

“Neither ZALORA nor Jovian Mandagie will make any profits from this launch, we seek to generate as much awareness as possible for PRIDE’s noble cause and both myself and Jovian are proud to have been given the chance to invest our time and abilities into something far more important than mere everyday business,” continued Xiloyannis.

The star-studded event was attended by local celebrities such as Megan Tan, Serena C. and Nadine Ann Thomas, socialites as well as esteemed members of the media. The event also showcased and celebrated some of PRIDE’s breast cancer survivors in honour of their resilience and strength against the illness.

“PRIDE Collection by Jovian Mandagie for ZALORA, brought to you by Bank Simpanan Nasional is designed beautifully and with passion to celebrate the strong spirit that breast cancer survivors embody. It is the perfect representation to show how tough women can be” said local renowned designer, Jovian Mandagie.

Dato’ Azrene Abdullah, Chairman of PRIDE highlighted the importance of raising awareness for the cause “as breast cancer affects 1 in every 19 of all the important women in our lives. Which is why support from noble corporations such as from ZALORA, Jovian Mandagie and Bank Simpanan Nasional is important and would go a long way in creating more awareness and education for early detection, as early as college and secondary school level even,” she added.

 


Dato’ Azrene Abdullah, Chairman of PRIDE


Managing Director of ZALORA Malaysia, Giulio Xiloyannis


Jovian Mandagie introducing the PRIDE Collection at ZALORA

Inspired by the dignity and grace of a woman, Jovian dedicated this collection to the strong and courageous survivors of breast cancer. The collection comprises of an array of beautiful blouses, skirts and dresses that feature the significant pink ribbon in detailing and embellishments. The designer pieces are primarily fabricated in pastel coloured chiffon and are priced at RM 200 to RM 400 each.

The collection is the outcome of the combined efforts of ZALORA, Jovian Mandagie, PRIDE and Bank Simpanan Nasional. These four entities came together to generate awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Jovian putting his extraordinary talent into the design of the pieces, ZALORA fully funding several hundred thousand Ringgit or their manufacturing costs and distribution costs and Bank Simpanan Nasional fully funding the launch event and photo shooting sessions for the look book of the collection. All players are operating in a non-profit environment with regard to this collection, whereby all profits would go to PRIDE as sponsorship for their cause.

PRIDE Collection by Jovian Mandagie for ZALORA, brought to you by Bank Simpanan Nasional was released after the preview presentation on November 4th at 5.00pm and is now available on ZALORA.com.my and in Jovian stores.

 


PRIDE Shine Top, PRIDE Hope Skirt and PRIDE Hope Skirt. Click image to enter.


PRIDE Passion Top, PRIDE Faith Jubah and PRIDE Passion Top. Click image to enter.


PRIDA Phoenix Top, PRIDE Faith Jubah and PRIDE Precious Top. Click image to enter.

 

Pepper Much?? 
 


I’m still waiting for the satay burger from Burger King. But for now, it will Burger King’s latest food launch which is the Black Pepper Beef Burger. Now what’s so special about the burger is the buns as they will be served in charcoal flavour.

On top of that, you will get a taste of the savoury black pepper sauce on their dark coloured beef patties. With a tasty combination of sliced onions, what can go wrong with the new Black Pepper Beef Burger.

You can order in single, double of triple beef patties or you can also opted for their beef patty sandwich.

This is only a limited time promotion before the Satay Burger kicks in. You can order them at their existing outlets at Bandar and Brunei International Airport.

 


Get a taste of the Black Pepper Beef Burger from Burger King
 


You can order in a meal too
 

 

Bombay Fiery Crunch 
 


 


KFC’s Bombay Fiery Crunch
Spicy Food lovers are in for a treat as KFC unveils its latest product, Bombay Fiery Crunch.

Made with fresh, succulent chicken, marinated with special spices and chilies, Bombay Fiery Crunch is battered with Crunchy Cornflakes and fried to perfection. “It’s specially made for spicy food lover with that added crunch and we know a lot of Bruneians are fans of both spicy and crunchy,” said Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC B Sdn Bhd.

The Bombay Fiery Crunch is available in two-piece chicken combo and three-piece chicken combo which comes with Cheezy Wedges, Butterscotch bun and Sjora Mango drink at B$7.40 and B$9.80.

For a bigger group dining in friends and family gathering, there are choices of Bombay Feast A and Feast B. Bombay Feast A comes with nine-piece Bombay Fiery Crunch, a large Cheezy Wedges, a large Whipped Potato, and a large bottle of Pepsi at B$27.70; Bombay Feast B includes fiveteen-piece Bombay Fiery Crunch, a Jalapeno & Onion Strips, a large Whipped Potato, and a large bottle of Pepsi at only B$42.40.

Bombay Fiery Crunch is now available at all KFC outlets for a limited time only.

 


 

  

08
Oct

Enter Title Here

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

A reality coming true 
 

 

WWE coming to Kuala Lumpur

 

“Finally, Rano will return to Kuala Lumpur” once again to participate in the upcoming event which is WWE in Kuala Lumpur #WWEKualalumpur and I would like to give a big thanks to the Tourism Malaysia (Brunei) and also to Noel Boyd (Singapore) for assisting me in being part of the media for the event this Friday. I shall be covering the first night of WWE event but won’t be able for the following night as I will traveling to Kota Kinabalu by then.

Not all the WWE rosters will come up but they are still a handful of superstars that will making their presence in Kuala Lumpur. I was hoping for The Authority but only Seth Rollins will be there. I even saw The Rock on RAW last night but it is pretty far-fetched to see him actually flying all the way to KL, considering now that he is also a movie star with many schedules to fill in.

Of course, the biggest draw will be John Cena who has a love-hate relationship with the crowd in the US. However, I’m pretty sure he will earn more “pops” among the KL crowd.

The tickets are almost been sold out but there are still seats in the ringside arena and the lower and upper tier. I won’t be surprised if it will sell out pretty soon by tomorrow or Friday. I’m pretty excited and I would like to thank also Jason and Pratik from Shekhinah PR Sdn Bhd for your help and assistance in feeding me materials for the said event.

My dream one day is to attend a live RAW event in the US. Maybe by next year or so 😀 But for now, let’s take one step at a time. Kuala Lumpur, here I come.

 


The Rock appeared on RAW last Monday but he won’t be making an appearance in KL
 


I impersonated The Rock in my toastmasters speech for the CC3 manual last week and the audience loved it 😀
 


The WWE line up for Friday and Saturday
 


The perks of being a media – I get to interview John Cena
 


The lay out for WWE event at Stadium Putra
 

  
 

BIBD celebrates Aidil Adha 
 


Chairman of the BIBD Shariah Advisory Body, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin (c) handing over the Korban Meat

In light of the festive Aidil Adha celebrations, BIBD today held its annual Korban ceremony at the Sultan Sharif Ali Mosque in Sengkurong.

The event was attended by Deputy State Mufti and Chariman of the BIBD Shariah Advisory Body, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin along with BIBD Managing Director Javed Ahmad. Also present were members of the BIBD senior management along with its staff.

The event started with prayers to initiate the distribution of the Korban meat process. The event ended with a recital of the Doa Selamat.

A total of four buffaloes and nine cows were sacrificed, with the Korban meat distributed to around 100 recipients, comprising of family members of BIBD’s ALAF program, the Welfare Home Complex (Kompleks Rumah Kebajikan) along with other underprivileged members of the community. BIBD also took this opportunity to donate 150 Yaasin and prayer books to the Mosque. Press release and image courtesy of BIBD.

 

  
 

The Big 50 
 


There’s a notice that the Gala Dinner for International School Brunei (ISB) 50th anniversary will be held on 22nd October instead of 19th October. It will be held at Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club and there are two types of tickets – Premium ($150) and Standard ($100).

Tickets are available at the main office and for those who has been to ISB as a student or play a part in ISB, this is a great opportunity to relive that moment and share those experiences and bring back those good memories of ISB. I’m pretty sure this event will be spectacular in a way because of its golden jubilee.

  
 

In love with BK’s Taro 
 


Gladys posing with the Fish’N Crisp Burger and Taro Turnover

Let’s not steal the limelight for Burger King’s new burger which is the Fish’N Crisp Burger, now available in their menu. This is because I fell in love with BK Taro Turnover.. Well, I’m a big fan of yam so that’s already a seller.

But first thing’s first – the new Fish’N Crisp Burger. This crispy fish fillet is accompanied by a whole slice of American Cheese, topped with tangy tartar sauce to accentuate the signature BK Crispy fish flavour and it’s all served between a toasted sesame bun that leaves every bite full of sensation. This also comes in a set meal which is priced at $5.20 which includes a medium drink and fries.

Now let’s talk about my favourite item on Burger King which is my new found love in BK Taro Turnover. What is inside the crispy pie crust is the sweet taro chunk and this is best served straight from the oven. I have already lured my friends and they loved it too.

On a side note, the airport branch has been doing pretty well. Actually it has been overwhelming. The only thing is that even with full manpower going at full capacity, the demand is just too high to match. This shows how powerful Burger King is in Brunei alone and the management of Burger King is doing their best to serve their customers and this is not an overnight process.

Well done, Burger King on keeping the momentum and introducing new items on the menu for the choices of their patrons. I just wish the Satay Burger will make its way to Brunei soon 😀

Do follow @burgerkingbrunei (instagram) and their Facbeook page too.

 


The star of the moment as she poses for the media
 


That was a filling hi-tea indeed
 


Yummmmy…
 


My new favourite – BK Taro Turnover
 


This is tasty too – Rock It Fries
 

  
 

18
Sep

70 days

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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BIBD’s latest promotion


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ICON Design Store 
 


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PCSB FB competition 
 


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KL Converge! 
 

The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia with the support of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) invited Brunei Darussalam to attend KL Converge! to showcase our nation’s creative industry on a platform which provides maximum exposure to global content buyers and digital lifestyle businesses. The opening ceremony today was graced by the presence of the Guest of Honour, Deputy Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat, Tan Sri Dato Hj Muhyiddin bin Hj Mohd Yassin and was followed by a Ministerial tour of the exhibition.

After the opening ceremony and Ministerial tour of the exhibition, Yang Mulia Awg Haji Riza bin Haji Yunos, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications and officials from the Ministry of Communications was introduced to the showcase participants in the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion by Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI.

The Brunei Darussalam Pavilion organised by the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) plays host to showcases by Origin Films Sdn Bhd, Regal Blue Productions, Itsybytes Company, Ambuyart Animations and MegaBond Productions together with trade visitors from the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB), Kristal Media Sdn Bhd, Progressif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Shazana’s Production House. This furthers AITI’s mandate of growing the local creative industry through exposure at global platforms.


Yang Mulia Awg Haji Riza bin Haji Yunos, Deputy Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Communications and officials from the Ministry of Communications (center) with Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI
 


The Brunei representatives at the Brunei Pavilion at KL Converge!
 

The Ministerial program for KL Converge! also saw the Ministers and Ministerial representatives attending a GSMA Asia Policy Forum this morning themed “A more connected and vibrant mobile ecosystem in Asia”. The Forum recognised that mobile broadband networks and applications forms the backbone of the internet economy and discussed challenges related to deployment of mobile broadband networks, strategies to creating an open competitive environment as a basis for innovation. Speakers and panelists at the Forum observed that collaboration between Governments, the private sector and citizens is key to the success of these strategies.

KL Converge! is the result of Malaysia’s commitment under the ASEAN ICT Master Plan 2015 where an ASEAN Digital Content Exchange was envisioned to be a key platform to promote and facilitate the exchange of content for ASEAN and other regional players. KL Converge! is being held from 17-19 September 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Text and images courtesy of AITI.

 

  
 

The second in 7 months 
 


US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields, (4th from the left) with Elías Díaz Sesé, the President of BK AsiaPac Pte. Ltd (4th from the left) and Director of Transport under the Ministry of Communications Hjh Airah Hj Abdullah (3rd from the right) at the Burger King outlet at Brunei International Airport

It took BURGER KING® a decade or so to enter the Brunei market. Rumours kept on escalating on when will BURGER KING® come to the Sultanate and I know of a few mutual friends who have shown interest in bringing the U.S franchise to Brunei because of its ever growing popularity. Fast forward to 2014, now Brunei has two outlets in a space of seven months with the third on the way in the Belait District. This is made possible by Sinofood Express with the guidance and support of BK AsiaPac Pte. Ltd.

Elías Díaz Sesé, the President of BK AsiaPac Pte. Ltd, was present during the official launch and he was impressed with Brunei’s business growth, considering it’s still new in the market and he ranked Brunei Darussalam as one of the most successful market entrants in the region. He shared that it was not easy to choose the right partner and with the different approach by BURGER KING® in the past years, this vision opened doors for the Brunei market and I’m happy that BURGER KING® will be having its third outlet by end of the year.

The second outlet is located at the arrival hall of the Brunei International Airport. The first outlet is located at the heart of town at Wisma Raya, Jalan Sultan. Its competitor have yet to make an impact in terms of presence as it still relies on one outlet for the past two decades.

Sesé revealed that they haven’t been doing a great job in BURGER KING® Asia Pacific the past few years. In 2012, BK restructured their system with a different direction – ownership growth mentality. That approach seemed to pay off and it made the entry to Brunei market more possible as the BURGER KING® Asia Pacific was looking new markets and Brunei was identified as one. Sesé enjoys a good business relationship with Nelky Goh and Pg Hashim, the directors of Sinofood Express, which brought the BURGER KING® brand to Brunei.

US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields, also shared the same sentiments and he was happy to know more American brands are making an impact in the Brunei economy and this also strengthening the relationship ties and trade between Brunei Darussalam and USA. The other point Shields shared was the job opportunity it can create for the Brunei economy. Shields’ favourite is the WHOPPER® when asked.

The second outlet’s opening also saw an introduction of their new item in the menu – Rock It Fries and it’s only a promotional item (for a limited time only). The new product is a playful take on the regular French Fries where customers mix in Burger King’s Spicy Honey and Piquante Spice to their fries and shake it up to get an explosion of flavours when they take the first bite. The order will come with Burger King’s signature Rock It dome-cup to make the experience more unique.

For more updates, you can follow their instagram @burgerkingbrunei or Facebook page www.facebook.com/bkbrunei

 


 


Cutting ribbon to officiate the opening of the second outlet
 


Nelky Goh, Kai Wei, Pg Hashim, Elías Díaz Sesé, Daniel Shields and Hjh Airah
 


A souvenir to the guest of honour
 


A souvenir for Hjh Airah
 


The young blood at the front line
 


Daniel Shields introduced to the BK employees
 


Daniel Shields spoke to the media and pleased with US ties with Brunei in economic terms
 


Elías Díaz Sesé emphasized more on the ownership mentality of the franchisor to move forward and penetrate into existing and new markets
 


Check out the new outlet of Burger King
 

  
 

 

Another award for Baiduri Bank 
 


 

Baiduri Bank Group has taken home its unprecedented sixth consecutive Best Banking Group Award win since 2009, as awarded by the World Finance Magazine in London. World Finance is a leading financial magazine, produced every two months by World News Media from its Headquarters in London.

Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof received the award in the form of a crystal obelisk from Jenny Hammond, producer/presenter at the London Stock Exchange Media Centre. The award presentation was followed by an interview on the challenges faced by Baiduri Bank Group and its developments throughout the year.

Mr Imhof had quoted, “The Group’s strategy is built on being the best bank for our customers and creating value by investing where we can make a real difference for them. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, be it in our branches, our brand or our staff. Our strategy reflects our customers’ needs for product simplicity, access through multiple channels, value for money in our products and services and the importance of managing customer relationships.”

Additionally, in July 2014, Baiduri Bank was also awarded the Domestic Retail Bank of the Year Brunei 2014 by The Asian Banking & Finance Magazine at an awards ceremony held at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Excerpts of the award presentation and interview can be viewed on www.worldfinance.com and Baiduri Bank’s website www.baiduri.com

 


Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof received the award in the form of a crystal obelisk from Jenny Hammond, producer/presenter at the London Stock Exchange Media Centre
 

  

15
Aug

Wake me up

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Expendables 3 
 


Listen on our podcast review of The Expendables 3 with special guest Tiffany Yong on the Popcorn Panel

 

  
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Malppy.com  

 


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Introducing the new Sales Section at Malppy.com! You can now browse through all the sales items available in the online store and at the same time shop over thousands of quality products ranging from fashion apparels to your daily innovative novelties and more! Visit Malppy.com now to find out what is On Sale. Hurry while stock lasts!

Sign up with Malppy.com and subscribe to their e-newsletter to be the first one to get information on latest promotions, new arrivals, or events!

 

I love BK’s rendang 
 


I can’t believe it that it’s now available in Burger King in Brunei 😀

BURGER KING® Brunei introduces the BK Rendang Deluxe and BK Crispy Chicken Rendang limited only to the Hari Raya season.

The new Rendang sauce, unique to Burger King® comes with a spicy flavor that is in-tune with the festive season. Operations Manager, Saiful Zamhor noted that the selection of Rendang burgers will only be available for a limited time only.

“The Rendang sauce will blend well with local taste-buds as it is a flavour that can be easily accepted by Bruneians. We also offer in both proteins, chicken and beef, hopefully to cater to everyone,” said Saiful.

To cool off after a spicy Rendang meal, Burger King® Brunei is also now offering two dessert options, which is the Sundae Cone for a great value of $1.00 only. Should customers want something with more flavours and textures, the Hershey’s ® Sundae Pie, a product exclusive to Burger King worldwide is also made available and have been receiving great feedback from patron

“The Hershey’s ® Sundae Pie is really a unique product. As mentioned, Burger King® is the only brand in the world that has these pies, and they are a great addition to our snack and dessert’s selection where customers can enjoy at any time of the day,” said Saiful.

As for the Sundae Cups with Strawberry, Chocolate and Caramel toppings, those will be available in the coming weeks, whilst the Taro Pie, another unique product will be available in September.

“This will also be tied in with the launch of our extended range of coffee selection, making us the only Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) in Brunei that offers bean-to-cup coffee,” said Saiful.

All this will be in conjunction with Burger King® Brunei’s second outlet, located at the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport.

“We were looking at an opening in Q2 2014, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we have pushed back the opening to Q3 2014, so customers can expect the opening to be somewhere in September,” said Saiful. He added: “We are working closely with authorities from the Department of Civil Aviation and we think it is the beginning of a great working relationship between the airport and ourselves.”

The response to Burger King has been extremely positive, which has prompted the brand to quickly expand with two more branches, with the third being in the Belait district with a target opening date in the fourth quarter of 2014.


Burger King – Hershey’s Sundae Pie
 


Burger King – $1 Ice-cream sundae cone
 

 

L’Occitane’s presence in Brunei 
 


Ms Nancy Ferriman, L’Occitane General Manager for South East Asia for L’Occitane, Ms Sally Lam, CEO of Livewelle Ventures, owner of the Brunei Franchise for L’Occitane and Mr Pierre Imhof, President of the French Brunei Business Association and also CEO of Baiduri Bank. Image courtesy of Mabohai Shopping Complex.

L’Occitane, the latest international brand to be launched in Brunei Darussalam, held its Grand Opening ceremony on 11th August 2014 at the Mabohai Shopping Complex.

The Chief Guest was the President of the French Brunei Business Association and also CEO of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof.  Mr Imhof delivered a warm speech welcoming L’Occitane into the business scene.  Mr. Imhof launched his speech by admiring the colour and floral and herbal scents which radiated from the L’Occitane store.  He congratulated L’Occitane for their opening and wished them success in their endeavours.

Ms Sally Lam, CEO of Livewelle Ventures, owner of the Brunei Franchise for L’Occitane took the guests on a journey of how L’Occitane originated in 1976 from the vision and passion of Olivier Baussan, founder of the company which grew into a world renowned establishment through their natural, traceable and active ingredients and products.   Ms Lam expressed her delight in bringing the brand to Brunei Darussalam and thanked the guests for attending today’s Grand Opening ceremony.

Attending on behalf of L’Occitane is their General Manager for South East Asia, Ms Nancy Ferriman, who said how delighted L’Occitane is to bring a little piece of the sunshine and beauty of the Provence region to Brunei through their Brunei store.   She encouraged the guests to try L’Occitane’s beautiful products and mentioned that a special men’s range is also available under their Verdon, L’Occitan and Verbena products using organic peppermint essential oil, lavender mixed with a peppery and nutmeggy wood scent, and organic verbena & lemony oils.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests and the public were invited to tour the shop to view, test and buy L’Occitane’s wonderful products.  Several guests enjoyed taking photographs with their friends and of themselves against a large photo backdrop depicting a lavender field in full bloom in the South of France.  There was also a product sampling booth where guests were invited to try L’Occitane’s Best Sellers; Immortelle Divine Cream and Almond Milk Concentrate.

In conjunction with their Grand Opening, L’Occitane in partnership with Baiduri Bank Bhd, is offering Baiduri Bank’s Infinite and Platinum Card holders a B$10 Cash Voucher & a VIP Card with minimum purchase of B$100 nett.  This limited offer is valid until 10th September 2014.

L’OCCITANE offers a variety of personal care products, including face, body and hair care, and fragrances using ingredients gathered in the south of France and around the Mediterranean.  Renowned for its high-quality, effective and natural beauty products, L’OCCITANE is anchored in Provence, France, where the fragrant fields of Lavender are a constant reminder of the natural richness of this region.

The first L’OCCITANE store opened in 1981, in Provence. In 2013, L’OCCITANE had a presence in over 90 countries, with over 2,200 stores.

The Complex Manager of Mabohai Shopping Complex, Ms Yee-Man Cheng  said:

“With the debut of L’Occitane in Brunei Darussalam at the Mabohai Shopping Complex, we are delighted to welcome them as our newest tenant, occupying a prime unit on the first floor of the complex.  L’Occitane’s products are renowned internationally for their high quality beauty products and fragrances, developed following the principles of phytotherapy and aromatherapy.  We are especially proud that L’Occitane has decided to open their first store with us and we wish them success in their business venture.”

 


Mr Pierre Imhof, President of the French Brunei Business Association and also CEO of Baiduri Bank delivering his welcoming remarks
 


Ms Sally Lam, CEO of Livewelle Ventures, owner of the Brunei Franchise for L’Occitane delivering her welcoming remarks
 


Guest trying out the products
 


Check out L’Occitane’s products
 


Guest trying out the products
 


 


 


 


L’Occitane is located on 1st floor of Mabohai Shopping Complex
 

  
 

The Expendables 3 
 


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Foodpanda making its mark 
 


Wu Chun, owner of Fitness Zone and Claudio Abitante, Managing Director of Foodpanda Brunei exchanging documents for an interesting partnership between the two companies.

Last week, Foodpanda, the first food delivery service in Brunei, is now bringing healthy eating and convenience to households in Brunei with their new tie up with The Energy Kitchen & Fitness Zone. After a very successful launch, Foodpanda is very keen to add new restaurants and to expand to more areas in Brunei.

“We are constantly looking to bring greater variety of food to customers and healthy eating is definitely the upcoming trend everywhere around the world nowadays.” says Claudio Abitante, MD foodpanda.com.bn. “We hope of having healthy food and incorporating healthy living to Brunei. ” he adds.

The Energy Kitchen hopes to bring the concept of healthy eating to Bruneians, by encouraging them to “Join the EAT SMART Revolution” and “Enjoy Real Food”. They aim to prove that healthy food can taste good with flavorsome dishes like Baked Sweet Potato Wedges, Superfood Salad, The Energy Burger, Salmon Soba, etc, making it easier for Bruneians to get a healthy meal.

“We have always envisioned people having healthier alternatives to whatever that is available out there – now working with foodpanda – healthy meals are much more easily accessible to everyone out there and everyone should try to eat a balance diet and have an active lifestyle in order to achieve a good quality of life!” says Wu Chun, Owner of The Energy Kitchen & Fitness Zone. “We think this will be a very meaningful partnership between Finess Zone, The Energy Kitchen and Foodpanda”.

Established less than a month ago, Foodpanda Brunei is fast becoming a household name in Brunei as a new way to order and enjoy food. Currently with more than 20 restaurants, foodpanda is not charging a delivery fee for most restaurants to enable Bruneians to try out their service.

“I think this would really suit a busy person such as myself who sometimes finds it very difficult to find healthy food – sometimes I even miss my meals due to my busy schedule! Well, not any more with foodpanda and The Energy Kitchen. Now, i can really nourish my body with superfood with the help of The Energy Kitchen ” says Jamillah, a local health enthusiast.Fitness Zone, the biggest health club in Brunei will come in as the official health partner with Food panda.

Order a minimum of $15 from food panda and customers will receive a 1 week membership to this international standard health club. According to Wu Chun, ” This collaboration is in line with Fitness Zone CSR project to encourage Bruneians to stay an active lifestyle and enjoy the many good things life can bring to you when you are fit and healthy!”

From the overwhelming response to their launch, foodpanda.com.bn are now looking to aggressively grow by expanding to other parts of Brunei and adding in more restaurants to their list. Besides delivery, foodpanda.com.bn also offers take-away and pre-order options. Customers can skip queues and order food on the go or pre-order meals from their favorite restaurants. Currently delivery orders are taken via their website and mobile application on iOS, Google Play and Windows
Store.

For more information, please call Fitness Zone at 2233338 and The Energy Kitchen at 2233323 or visit our website www.fitnesszone.com.bn or facebook – FitnesszoneBrunei.


The cute Foodpanda balls
 


One of the healthy dishes from Energy Kitchen
 


The signing ceremony between Wu Chun and Claudio Abitante
 


Wu Chun with the Brunei team of Foodpanda
 

Foodpanda, here for the long run 
 

Now isn’t this an awesome deal? They just received additional fundings and this time, in the figure of USD 60 million in a new financing from a group of investors including existing backer Rocket Internet AG.

Did you know that Foodpanda is only two years old? It’s amazing how they have created such a phenomena in the past years or so. Amazing indeed! They are quite big in other countries and Brunei just launched the Foodpanda services a few weeks ago and the orders have steadily increased, considering its smaller market size as compared to other countries.

The additional funds will help Foodpanda to penetrate to other markets in Asian, Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Latin America.

According to the news online, there are other major players such as GrubHub, Just-Eat and Delivery Hero that also provide similar services. For your info, Brunei also have their own home-grown food delivery service app and it’s called Food Fuel created by a start-up company DotRoot Technologies.


Screenshot taken on Reuters’ news on Foodpanda. Click to read more.
 

  
 

 

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