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16
May

On fire

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

#BFVWfoodietrail 
 

 

As part of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri activities, Maju Motors, the exclusive dear for Volkswagen brand in Brunei Darussalam, launched the first activity which was the Volkswagen Food Trail hosted by Maju Motors and @bruneifoodies. There were 10 lucky participants who had the privilege to spend at least 9-10 hours during the Food Trail program which includes places such as Kampung Ayer and The Empire Hotel with meal pitstops at Rack & Brew, SBB (ambuyat) and Pondok Sari Wangi (Jerudong). The group also stopped by IWC Food Fair at the Royal Brunei Recreational Club.

Later in June, Maju Motors will unveil a new compact MPV and a timely launch before Hari Raya. Also in the middle of Ramadan, a pop-up Sungkai dinner will be held at the Maju Motors showroom, co-hosted with Collective Arts.

Don’t forget that customers who buy Volkswagen car between now and 30th June, you will be eligible for a lucky draw that will be held on 2nd July with number of attractive prizes.

Anyway, below are pictures from yesterday’s event by @bruneifoodies and @volkswagenbrunei with the 10 participants during the #BFVWFoodieTrail. Images courtesy of the team from @Bruneifoodies @volkswagen and @streetcandid_brunei

 

 


Brunch at Rack & Brew
 


Nice photos from @thanislim
 


Denise Chai with @bruneifoodies
 


A trip on Kampung Ayer
 


It’s ambuyat time
 


Thanis and Karen
 

 

 


At the IWC Food Fair at RBRC
 

 


Final pitstop at Pondok Sari Wangi at Jerudong
 

  
 

Run to save lives 
 


Plus+ Magazine with the event partners and sponsors during the press conference last Friday
 

Plus+ Magazine is hosting the 2nd Annual Charity Run in conjunction with World Heart Day on August 7th, 2016. An advocate for health & fitness, Plus+ Magazine aims to bring awareness to the subtle signs and symptoms of cardiac diseases and cancer. By hosting the event, they hope to increase the funding needed for local non-profit organizations such as H.E.A.R.T. Brunei, who is committed to helping both the community and individuals suffering from heart problems.

With a race motto of “Help a Heart Beat the Odds” the event is designed to bring together individuals and companies into one team to increase heart health. Offering different ways to contribute – race participation, sponsorship opportunities, and partnerships – there are multiple avenues for you to become part of the team. The race is designed for all levels, with three different categories: 3km, 5km, and 10km. Lucky draws with prizes will be held immediately following the conclusion of the race, estimated at 9:30am. The first 2,000 race participants who pay the registration fee will be awarded limited edition merchandise, and all racers will receive gift packets.

 


Louis Loo, founder of Plus+ Magazine speaking to the media
 


Paul Chiew, chairman of H•E•A•R•T (Humanitarian Emergency Aid Response Team) Brunei, sharing his journey as he suffered stroke a few years ago and now he is a strong advocate to help others
 


Pg Nor Ikhsan Pg Jaya Indera Pg Hj Mokther Puteh, Public Relations of Jerudong Park Medical Centre, hopes this run will create more awareness and prevent us from having cardiac diseases
 


Dr. Mohamad Exam bin Emran, member of Brunei Cardiac Society, is a passionate advocate in helping and creating awareness on this matter as a person who suffered a cardiovascular disease can have a huge impact on the family and friends. Good news is that there is a drop in deaths from cardiovascular diseases from 407 to 364.
 

 

As one of the partners for the Plus+ Anniversary Charity Run, Magic Media has a history of contributing to charitable campaigns, and giving back to communities, families, and children. A collective of creative minds teaming together as a ‘one stop’ agency, Magic Media believes in spreading awareness so that people can actively participate in their health.

HPC partners with the Plus+ Anniversary Charity Run in order to promote healthy lifestyle choices to decrease cardiovascular disease. As one of the leading drivers for health promotion and initiatives in Brunei, HPC aims to empower the community to become fit by increasing awareness, knowledge, and understanding of health issues.

Additional sponsors and partners as well as race information are detailed on the Plus+ Anniversary Charity Run website at www.plusbrunei.com. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the charity race, and all monetary donations by companies and individuals will be given to H.E.A.R.T. Brunei.

Committing to a healthy lifestyle will help to decrease your chances of heart issues. The three most important factors in choosing to lead a fit life include increasing physical activity, eating nutritious foods, and eliminating tobacco use. To continue learning about health and fitness techniques, you can check out https://issuu.com/plusbrunei. Offering a range of tips from food and recipes to gadgets and traveling ideas, Plus+ Brunei is a health & wellness magazine that aims to help you achieve a fit lifestyle. With a digital presence, you can always access copies of the magazine on the website.

 

 

 

  
 

 

Lucky Draw No.6 
 


Pengiran Saniah binti Pengiran Haji Mohammed won a Vivo X5 Pro handed by Mr Lim Yee Liang, Marketing Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday
 


With the 21 winners being feted yesterday at Times Square Shopping Centre
 

Yesterday winners were feted for the sixth lucky draw campaign at Times Square Atrium. As a reminder, the shortlisted winners were to bring along their coupons and identification and representatives were allowed too.

A total of 21 prizes were given away. The first 10 prizes were presented by Miss Mally Hadini, the general secretary of Times Square whereas the next draw the of remaining winners were presented by Mr Lim Yee Liang, Marketing Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre. The final three lucky winners were Abby Ann Palma who won a Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, followed by Ummu Athifah binti Adnani who won a Acer Aspire ES11 and the grand prize; a Vivo X5 Pro was won Pengiran Saniah binti Pengiran Haji Mohammed.

so when is the next draw? The next prize presentation will be held on 14th August 2016 and 13th November 2016. You can still stand a chance to win prizes for the upcoming presentation by simply spending at any of the shops in Times Square, Times Hotel and the Cineplex, then submitting their receipts at the lucky draw counter which is situated at the ground floor.

Moreover, Times Square will be holding upcoming events in the near future, which include Brunei Muara on 26th to 29th May 2016. There is also a Ramadhan Fair coming up on 20th to 5th of June 2016. Customers may find out about all upcoming events by simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram. For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006.

 


Do call them for bookings
 

 

  
 

 

Donations to orphans at Kg Rimba 
 

 

Due to overwhelming support and donations received by organising committee of “Food and Goods Drive” for the Old Folks House Seria last week, Fun Bee Park have arranged some of the food items and goods to share to young orphans residing at Kg Rimba.

The orphans, aged between three to ten years old, were delighted to receive the gift hampers packed with stationeries and goodies to prepare them for school.

This donation was part of a charity campaign with organising committee Fun Bee Park and its customers as well as the generous members of the public.

In a speech by the Creative Directress and Manager of Fun Bee Park, Cecilia Lee, said that the event is held to show the love and care for the young orphans, and reminder that they are not forgotten and will never be. “With this gift hampers, we hope to bring cheers to the orphans and as well as sharing goods for their further use,” said Lee.

The donations were contributed by parents and guardians of the children going to Fun Bee Park as well as the local community who heard and read the post about this drive.

A total of 25 orphans received the generous contribution, which was handed over by registered volunteers and Cecilia Lee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from the gift giving, Fun Bee Park’s artist hosted creative painting activity using non-toxic acrylic paints with the young orphans. To bring out big smiles from the young orphans, volunteers and Fun Bee Park staffs played team building games and bubble play.

Lee also organised lunch set while one of the volunteers Deirdre Chin pre-baked Brownie Fudge and Cheese cake along with his brother and friend to share to the orphans as well as their guardians.

“We are delighted with the response from our customers and members of the public and really appreciate their generosity and time in helping us to fill up gift bags. We also want to thank Sekolah Rendah Rimba 1 school administration for allowing us to use their school premises for this event. Together, our helping hands have put big smile on the faces of young orphans and their respective guardians,” said Anna May Bunyi of Fun Bee Park.

The event ended with group photo to commemorate a fun day with orphans and their guardians, volunteers, and organizing committee.

 

 

  
 

11
Jul

Together we stand

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

A wake up call
 


The satellite view of the storm in the region
 


The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports with the deputy ministers and permanent secretaries inspecting the affected areas. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 

It only happened for a good half an hour or so but it can be damaging. Social media became the stream of news of affected areas by the strong gusty winds. The rain wasn’t much of a problem but the wind was. I believe most of us weren’t accustomed to the fact that strong winds could actually hit Brunei and it did.

I was still indoors when it happened. Winds were as strong as almost hitting 60km/hr and the impact it had was enough to warn us to be extra alert and cautious whenever we are out. My car’s friends were damaged; I saw tents collapsing on a video that went viral; there were power cuts also along the way and some areas had to suffer without electricity for the night; my sister’s roof was damaged with a huge hole. The water village also suffered damages. The other scary part was the experience of the passengers on flight AK278 which was due to arrive 3:30pm and it took the pilot several attempts to land the aircraft due to the strong winds according to Normi’s post on her Facebook status.

Despite all the setbacks, Al-hamdullilah, that there were no casualties. The busiest of the lot will be the Fire and Rescue Department who have been working tirelessly to move the wreckage especially on the road. Also it was nice to see the citizens helping out along the way. Traffic was quite bad as well and some of the traffic lights were not functioning. I was stuck in traffic for a good half an hour.

Apparently, according to Siti Hajar’s article, the typhoon is not over yet. Yes, it’s a typhoon in the East Asia Region and apparently one will be hitting in the Pacific region. Do follow the local news or Brunei weather report.

 


A man helping out to cut the tree yesterday. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


I was stuck in a jam for quite some time
 


An image circulated on Whatsapp during the storm. Then many of the similar ones popped up. I wonder if most of them were deliberate.
 


Now get this, readers! The image of the tornado is fake as it didn’t happen in Brunei.
 


Detouring due to fallen trees. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


A tree fell along Batu Satu. Image circulated through Whatsapp.
 


My sister’s home was affected yesterday :/
 


The weather for the next few days
 

  
 

Joy for the patients 
 


Guest of honour with Board of Directors of JPMC, the stroke patients, the cancer patients and associates of JPMC
 

Good job on Jerudong Park Medical Centre on another wonderful initiative to motivate and inspire the stroke and cancer patients under the Brunei Cancer Center and Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Center respectively. It was one of the JPMC’s Rehabilitation Center’s programme which aims to improve their cognitive and physical abilities. It was such a great timing since most of us will be celebrating the festive season.

Present at the ceremony was the Guest of Honour, Abdul Lattif Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Md Yusof, member of JPMC’s Board of Directors, Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Kenneth Kok, the Medical Director of The Brunei Cancer Centre, Senior Management of JPMC as well as family members of the patients.

It was not a bad effort from the patients who only took 11 days to come up with the musical programme. There was a Therapeutic Group Activity performance by BNSRC’s stroke patient for TBCC cancer patients. BNSRC stroke patients who have acquired disabilities from their condition have undergone three weeks of JPMC yearly Hari Raya themed rehabilitation therapeutic group activity program with the aim to lift the spirits of the terminally ill cancer patients. The performance was specifically designed to motivate them and to also provide some therapeutic effect to these cancer patients as the Hari Raya season is nearing.

 


JPMC patients performing with musicians from Expression Music Academy
 


Vivian Suk Kee Tie explaining the model made by the patients
 


Check out the model made by them
 


The patients were full of joy as I could tell from their expression. Priceless.
 

They had a special collaboration with some of the musicians from Expression Music Academy featuring Kristine Clair “Kaycee” Uchi Galano, 13 yr old violinist.

Vivian Suk Kee Tie, Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC, said that it’s always great to see the smiles and signs of hope from the patients. She was notably touched that more cancer patients are being involved in the programme as compared to before and this is a sign of progress on what’s JPMC’s objective – to bring joy, love and care to the stroke and cancer patients.

I can say that it’s never easy running an rehabilitation programme and JPMC has been very active since 2012 and I salute for their efforts in taking an extra step to better the environment and hopes of the stroke and cancer patients.

Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.

 

 


The energetic employees from JPMC
 

  
 

 

NiNi Kek Lapis 
 


Available in original flavor (my favourite), durian and chocolate
 

Ok, I had a dosage of these for the past week and I’m in love with KeK Lapis once again. Kueh that I love for Hari Raya are Kek Lapis, Kueh Mor and Tapak Kuda. You can never go wrong with those delicacies. So I’m quite surprised that now Kek Lapis is packed in a box and sold in supermarkets and convenient store.

I never heard of the NiNi brand so I gave it a shot and I’ve been slicing bits and pieces continuously because it can be addictive. So I googled on Kek Lapis and found out that this cake is originally from Indonesia during the Dutch colonial times. Interesting…

I love the box package of NiNi Kek Lapis. This is very ideal for gifts during festive season and now Hari Raya is just a week away. NiNi cake is made of high-quality ingredients and hygienically vacuum-packed using the latest technology, ensuring the freshness, and of course, its deliciousness.

To serve, cut NiNi layer cake into slices of about 1.5cm thick and for best result, warm NiNi Layer Cake in a microwave for 20-25 seconds to soften the cake and enrich the aroma. I can’t wait to continue my feast on Kek Lapis later for my midnight snack 😀

 


I’m one quarter into my Kek Lapis. I love the packaging and very ideal for giveaways and gifts for Hari Raya.
 

  
 

25
Jul

We need to diversify…. quickly

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Cheerful patients at JPMC 
 


Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, the guest of honour with Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC with the management and the stroke and cancer patients of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Click image to enlarge.

With Hari Raya around the corner, every walk of life can enjoy a festive season whether be it small or big. Sometimes we take things for granted that Hari Raya or in this case, pre-Hari Raya is just an excuse for the spirit of celebration and unity. But little do I know that even the smallest of celebration can bring the warmth and joyful feeling to others and I felt that yesterday during my visit at Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC).

My coverage was on JPMC’s Rehabilitation programme organised by JPMC’s Rehabilitation Department and after the 5-week programme, the patients were awarded with certificates of achievements and judging from the explanations by the occupational therapists, these aren’t easy feats. Stroke patients are bound to lose some of their movements or lose their ability to fee touch, pain or position. Hence the therapists come into the picture and educate and train the patients to regain back some of their body movements as well as coordination.

Apart from the presentation of certification, JPMC organised a short “ceramah” session for the invited guests and JPMC stroke and cancer patients. It was conducted by Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs and he was kinda of entertaining too and brought some laughter to the audience. He shared about the essence of fasting during Ramadhan and added some general info that we normally take for granted that we know all. It was a pretty interesting session indeed.

The guest of honour of the event was Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, a member from Board of Directors of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Also present were Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC.

After the “ceramah”, Vivian shared a brief description on the Therapeutic Group Activity (TGA) and she was pleased to share that the 5-week program was a major success as the patients had improved ability to converse and sing and a progress in regaining their strengths, stamina and physical functions. She also thanked family members of the patients who contributed in the program by providing emotional and social support. I believe this is the most challenging aspect for stroke and cancer patients as they need consistent moral support.

The JPMC patients then performed a Selawat and Nasyid for the invited guests and it was heart warming to see them performing and feeling cheerful with the Raya spirit in them. According to Vivian, having a collective group of stroke patients singing together is challenging in terms of synchronizing with the music because stroke can also affect their speech. However, the task is not impossible and not many hospital in other countries practice this approach and I applaud the rehab team and the patients to show that this is achievable and it takes practice.

 


Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs conducted an insightful “ceramah” on fasting during Ramadhan
 


Guest of honour attending the event
 


Guests and the patients at JPMC
 


Guests and the patients at JPMC
 


Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC, shared the progress of the patients and thankful to those involved and supporting the initiative
 


The patients performing Selawat and Nasyid for the audience
 


This was a very touching experience and I felt the happiness when they performed
 


The background music performers

The guests also witnessed the patients conduct demonstrations of their activities such as baking Hari Raya treats and building the replica of Kampong Ayer, which is made out of furnished wooden sticks. Kampong Ayer is one of the main tourist attractions in the Sultanate.

Since the year 2012, the Rehabilitation Department has been putting together intensive Therapeutic Group Activity Programs during the month of Ramadhan in preparation for the upcoming Hari Raya festivities and at year’s end in celebration of the holiday season. The Therapeutic Group Activity Program gives patients a goal to achieve in duration of five weeks and help the patients relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is impaired. The patients together with their family members are taught new ways of performing tasks to compensate for any residual disabilities.

Among other activities conducted last year was the beautiful replica of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque built by the patients, which is currently displayed outside Outpatient Department. It’s really good to see JPMC creating such activities and these provide patients with a sense of belonging while improving their health and body condition.

Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.


Guest of honour presenting certificate to patients for completing the program
 


A great achievement for the patients of JPMC and I’m glad there was a token of appreciation
 


Mr. Maidin bin Tinggal was given a special token for his passion and dedication in helping out during the program. He lives in KB and also recovered from stroke. He also borrowed the musical instruments for the purpose of the performance yesterday.
 


Another patient being awarded
 


A demonstration by some of the stroke patients and they also made cookies. Awesome!!
 


Vanessa, an occupational therapist at JPMC, explaining how her patients have improved on their movements and able to contribute in terms of preparation for baking
 


The guest of honour and guests were impressed with the progress
 


Another patient who contributed in building the Kg Ayer replica
 


The Kg Ayer replica being displayed at JPMC, created by the patients themselves
 


Guest of honour impressed with the creation
 


Mingling with the patients after the event at JPMC
 

 

New CEO of PCSB 
 


Paul Hyde, the new CEO of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB)

The vacancy was up for grabs for the past few months. It was tough to speculate who will be the chief executive officer of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) who acquired the business and operations of B-Mobile Communications. Finally, the chairman and board of directors of PCSB have appointed Paul Hyde. Image courtesy of PSCB.

Paul Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa. In a statement, Hyde said that among his priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation that delivers an innovative range of services.

Hyde, in a statement, said that among his key priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation delivering an innovative range of services with high level of customer service. This is so as to build a strong, unique and reliable brand, he said.

“It is important that we carve a strong position for ourselves in a small market such as this that brings value to our customers,” said Hyde, adding it can be achieved with a strong and highly-competent workforce backed with a sound network infrastructure.

He also said the transformation cannot be done overnight and that much needs to be done before changes can be made.

“My goal is to turn Progresif Cellular into the operator of choice in Brunei, and while it takes time to achieve, I am confident that it is possible with the guidance and strategic direction from the chairman and board of directors,” he added.

Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, the chairman of PCSB, in the statement said that Hyde’s experience and track record would have a positive effect on the operation of the organisation.

Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa.

“I am confident that he will be able to inculcate an organisational culture that will realise our vision for PCSB,” said the chairman.
He added that Hyde is in a strong position to impart best global practices, management expertise and marketing strategies which would benefit the company.

For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and also on instagram @progresifcellular

  
 

What’s next after oil? 
 


What’s happening to our export on Crude Oil?
This is not good news for Brunei Darussalam. Our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) comes from crude oil and natural gas. We are able to produce about 167,000 barrels of oil every day, which makes it the fourth largest producer of oil in Southeast Asia. The information given on the press release wasn’t enough but it can either be a few factors that’s leading to this.

Well, it’s just my opinion and thoughts based on the information given, so don’t shoot the messenger :p One could be that the demand may not be as high as before and other parties could have chosen other suppliers. The other reason could be that Brunei might not be producing enough crude oil. Then again, I could be wrong as these are just assumptions based on the limited information given by JPKE.

Whatever it is, it’s not a good sign for Brunei if it exports on crude oil maintain the same as now or even lower on the next shipment. It’s about time we need to find other source of revenue and income to our economy.

  

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