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23
Mar

Rise above the challenge

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Sultan Johor to be coronated 
 


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha leaving Brunei for the coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar as the state’s fifth Sultan in the history of Modern Johor. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar to be coronated today
 

The coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar as the state’s fifth Sultan in the history of Modern Johor will be held at Istana Besar Johor on March 23. This is the first coronation ceremony in 55 years. Today is a public holiday in Johor and it is considered a huge event for the people of Johor.

Our own royalties, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha will be witnessing the coronation of Johor’s fifth Sultan. Also accompanying their Majesties are His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, HRH Princess Hjh Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, HRH Princess Hjh Muta-Wakkilah Hayatul Bolkiah, HRH Princess Hjh Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah and HRH Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.

The crowd gathered as early as 7am today around the city centre on Johor. Sultan Ibrahim will join the parade along a 7.95km route from Istana Besar along Jalan Ibrahim, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Jalan Gereja, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Persiaran Abu Bakar Sultan before ending at Istana Bukit Serene.

I’m currently watching the coronation live on TV1 on Astro to see behind the scenes and thank you Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times for sharing me some photos as well.


Crowd of people gathered around Johor Baru for the coronation. Image courtesy of The Star.
 


The plate number stands for Sultan Ibrahim Johor. Image courtesy of Abdul Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times.
 


 


@zizi_ahmad of RTB reporting live from Johor. Image courtesy of Abdul Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times.
 


The public showed up to support the coronation. Image courtesy of Abdul Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

#CHRENDS to be offline
 


 


The founder of #CHRENDS, Keeran Janin and I’m pretty sure he will come up with something innovative and this isn’t his first hurdle. Looking forward to your new adventure.

Announcement: Chrends will be going offline.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Chrends will be going offline. Due to sudden circumstances out of our control, the resources and support required for us to continue providing Chrends have been made unavailable.

We knew our mission was always going to be an uphill battle in gaining the trust of users, support for our cause and traction in spreading freedom of expression to regions and cultures that have never experienced it. These factors along with the usual challenges faced by startups have made us choose to cease work on Chrends.

This was a difficult decision as we’ve really enjoyed building this company and being part of such a great community of loyal users. Although we’ll never know you who you really are; through sharing our honest opinions, thoughts and laughter on almost every topic under the sun, we’ve all built true friendships that transcend real-life identity.

These are powerful personal connections and I’m certain that everyone will be disappointed to lose them. Even with my best efforts I have failed to find a way to see this through to the end, where our community could be appreciated globally as it truly deserves to be.

We will be able to keep Chrends online until midnight March 31st, so that the community members who may want to exchange real-life contacts to maintain their friendships have the chance to do so. You can be assured that all chats will still be as secure and untraceable as always.

At this point I would also like to acknowledge our supporters that have been involved in our story, there are too many of you to mention but you know who you are. For everything you’ve done to support us, I am truly grateful.

Yours sincerely,

Keeran Janin

Founder, Chrends.

 


I had an exclusive cap from #CHRENDS a few months ago
 


The latest #CHRENDS meet up at It’s a Grind Coffee a few weeks ago. Image courtesy of @luxvous
 

  
 

Double joy for MU fans 


The Manchester United fans posing for the camera before the kick-off last night
 


General Manager of Chevrolet Brunei, Noormala Othman, speaking to the supporters of Manchester United Supporters’ Club Brunei
 

Chevrolet Brunei with Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei last night hosted a gathering for the Battle of the Reds match between Manchester United and their main rival, Liverpool. It was a match where Manchester United scored a famous victory over Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield.

General Manager of Chevrolet Brunei, Noormala Othman, when interviewed said that it was a great opportunity to have the Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei to gather at the Chevrolet Showroom as it creates a good relationship between the two and to recognize that Chevrolet as the worldwide official sponsor for Manchester United team. The Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei cheered upon the Manchester United team, who was on their away match last night at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. The Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei, lead by the president, Md Syazni bin Md Hadi came with more than 120 supporters to the Chevrolet Showroom at Sumbangsih Bahagia, Jalan Gadong from as early as 8pm.

Prior to the match, the event kicked off with a quiz session about Chevrolet models in Brunei and Manchester United players and football activities. Foods and drinks were provided throughout the event with winners with the correct answers get to take away Chevrolet merchandises which also include five pieces of original Manchester United jerseys to the Top 5 winners.

 


Image courtesy of @streetcandid_brunei
 


Image courtesy of @streetcandid_brunei
 


Image courtesy of @aimanbesar
 

Chevrolet Brunei also took the opportunity to promote their second quarter campaign for Orlando and Captiva which will start from 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015 to the Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei. Members of the MU Supporters Club Brunei are entitled for a $500 discount when they purchased any Chevrolet models on the match night ie 22 March 2015. Eventhough the promotion will only starts from 1 April 2015, members who purchased the 7-seater MPV, Chevrolet Orlando, they will walk away with FREE reverse sensor, reverse camera and headrest DVD. The promotion also involved the 7-seater SUV, the Chevrolet Captiva that comes with FREE reverse camera, headrest DVD and side steps. The announcement on this promotion will be done soon but for members of the Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei, they are able to enjoy the promotions earlier as long as they are registered members of the Manchester United Supporters Club Brunei.

Chevrolet Brunei has a comprehensive range of vehicles, including the 1.0 L Spark, 1.4LSonic Hatchback and Sedan, 1.5L 7-seater Spin, 1.6L Cruze, 2.4L Captiva, 1.8L Orlando, 2.8LColorado and 2.8L Trailblazer. Chevrolet Brunei is committed to offering the best cars to its customers in terms of quality, performance and fuel economy.

More exciting information about Chevrolet Brunei may be obtained at www.ghkmotors.com and https://www.facebook.com/chevrolet.ghk

  

15
Sep

Nooooo…

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


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Our podcast review of Summer Box Office with my co-host Del Goh

 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


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”Building a Nation” 
 


Click image to find out more from Butra HeidelbergCement
 

  
 

 

PCSB FB competition 
 


Click image to enter Progresif Cellular Page and like the Page
 

 

Progresif Cellular is giving away a brand new Huawei MediaPad X1 for FREE. To join, you can simply go their Facebook Page and ‘Like’ Progresif Cellular Page (www.facebook.com/progresifcellular). This is open to all Facebook users in Brunei. The contest will run from 15th September to 30th September 2014. There will only be one winner, and judges’ decision is final. To make it fair, there is only once per Facebook account.

Want to know more about the Huawei MediaPad X1. It looks to be a strong contender against the likes of the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX who currently dominate the small form factor tablet market. The MediaPad X1 packs in a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 4G connectivity and a 5000mAh battery – far bigger than the 3950mAh offering in the Nexus 7. The IPS screen is up to scratch, boasting a full HD 1200 x 1920 resolution with 322 ppi pixel density keeping it in line with its competitors.

With measurements of 183.5 x 103.9 x 7.18mm it’s one of the smallest 7-inch tablets out there, increasing its portability and you will find it comfortable in your palms.

So peeps.. You have nothing to lose and just like their Progresif Cellular Page and stand a chance to win this amazing phone.

 


Do you want to win this awesome gadget?
 

  
 

STGCC 2014 
 

Late post: Below are some of the pictures taken during my recent trip to Singapore for the Singapore Toy Games Comic Convention 2014 which took place at the Sands Expo & Convention, Marina Bay Sands. It was another fun-packed event though I could see a drop in Marvel presence apart from the popular hit Guardians of the Galaxy. I almost bought a collectible which was a mini figurine of Transformers Megatron and I regretted that decision of not purchasing it.

This year, @delgoh and I were supposed to dress up for the occasion in our alter egos but that didn’t materialise in the end. Most likely, it will be an assurance that both of us will be cosplaying 😀 However, we might need to find an assistant or a chaperon to help us carry our stuff *lol*

Enjoy the first batch of pictures and I wished I stayed longer to take more pictures of cosplay people.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

 

PETRONAS Scholarship 
 


Scholarship recipient Dk Nur Farhanah Pg Hj Roslan (2nd L) and PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar, holding the signed scholarship document, while Permanent Secretary (Upstream) of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abdul Mumin (R) looks on during the PETRONAS scholarship signing ceremony. Image courtesy of Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.
Two former students of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College were offered scholarships from PETRONAS Carigali Brunei following a signing ceremony last Friday. Dk Nur Farhanah Pg Hj Roslan and Nur Fatin ‘Izzati Hj Abdul Rahim will be sent off to Perak to pursue their studies at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS on September 19.

Dk Nur Farhanah said she was selected out of 30 applicants for the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme.

“We were told that about 30 students had applied and 12 were shortlisted to undergo written examinations and interviews,” said the 18-year-old who will be studying Petroleum Geoscience.

The recipient said she could apply for work at other places once she finished her studies, as she is not bonded under the programme and due to the possibility of no job vacancies at the company.

Another recipient, Nur Fatin, said PETRONAS would allow her to work at other companies if there are no job openings.

“At the university, they have sponsors like Halliburton Co,” said the scholar who will be studying Petroleum Engineering.

She hoped to apply for industrial attachment at the company during the summer holidays.

PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar, said Bruneians made up 62 per cent of the total 45 staff working at the company.

“The pool of staff at PCBL has grown from a modest 27 in 2011 to 45 staff today. Out of this number, 28 staff are Bruneians,” he said.

The country manager added that the sponsorship programme received an 80 per cent increase in applications from Bruneian students.

Witnessing the signing ceremony between the recipients and PETRONAS Carigali Brunei Ltd yesterday were Permanent Secretary (Upstream) of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abdul Mumin and Managing Director of PetroleumBRUNEI Dato Paduka Matsatejo Sokiaw.

PETRONAS Carigali Brunei is one of the subsidiary companies of Petroliam Nasional Berhad Malaysia. Text by Ak Md Khairuddin Pg Harun of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Md Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.

 


Scholarship recipient Nur Fatin ‘Izzati Hj Abdul Rahim (2nd L) and PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar. Image courtesy of Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

The 5th Audi quattro Cup Brunei 
 


It’s happening on 17th to 19th October. Registration to open soon.
 

  
 

 

The NJ & KJ connection 
 


Hamdi Metussin aka NJ, creative director of Mixmediaworx and Keeran Janin, founder of #CHRENDS with Hadi Shafie, the co-founder of Tru Synergy at The Knowledge Hub last August


Late post:
This was another Startup Founder 101 activity that took place late August at The Knowledge Hub. It was such a great turn out probably because they were treated to two charming speakers – Keeran Janin of #CHRENDS and Hamdi Metussin (NJ), Creative Director of Mixmediaworx. The event was organised by Tru Synergy who are championing to charter the Founder Institute in Brunei. The Founder Institute is the world’s largest training and startup launch program which helps aspiring founders across the globe to build enduring technology companies.

This program has been successful where Tru Synergy have created numerous forums and dialogues by inviting founders and speakers to share their experiences and their journey so the audience can benefit from the discussions.

Both lads gave an insightful presentation and I was more intrigued by NJ’s delivery because we hardly take into account the design of business or logo or marketing material. We just take for granted that “designs” are secondary and they don’t matter much. To me, design in an integral part of your brand and it’s always vital to invest in design if not your branding.

I look forward to more forums and dialogues hosted by Tru Synergy.

 


It was good to see such young enthusiastic students in attendance
 


NJ with the attendees
 


NJ sharing some tips on design with Ida of Mars Enterprise
 

  
 

28
May

#ItJustGotReal

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 
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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 
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#kickitbrazil 
 

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

 

Swipe for rewards 
 

Click image to enter BIBD website
 

  
 

New ExCo at BSC 

 

Last night was a done deal. The new Executive Committee (ExCo) of Brunei Speakers Club 2014-2015 have been elected and their roles will come to effect by 1st July 2014. Stuart Lee, the current President of Brunei Speakers Club, has done a tremendous stint during his term and rose the club to greater heights as the club reached a high score of 10 out of 10 for Distinguished Club Programme. Let’s hope the new batch will continue the momentum and in Hazwan Kamarulzaman’s inaugural speech as the new elected President, he promised to bring the best out of the club and I trust him for leading the club after his wonderful contribution in his previous role as Sergeant at arm in the Brunei Speakers Club.


new elected ExCo of Brunei Speakers Club – Standing L-R: Sheila Obedoza (Secretary), Joel Loo (Treasurer), Amran Jamaluddin (Sergeant at Arms), Chang Seng Yee (Vice President Public Relations). Seated L-R: Allen Ang (Vice President of Education), Hazwan Kamarulzaman (President), Stuart Lee (current and outgoing President), Reubin Chin (Vice President Membership)


Chris Woo of Brunei Speakers Club put the club on the international map after he won the International Speech Contest 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia, two weeks ago and he will represent the club in District 87 at the World Convention in Kuala Lumpur in August. I shall mark my date and give my support and wish you to the best, Chris.

  

 

Founder Institute 
 


This is the first time I heard of Founder Institute. Apparently it’s the World’s Largest Startup Accelerator with over 1,000 graduate companies and it’s making its way to Brunei as the first session will be launched this Friday. The Founder Institute is based in the Silicon Valley and with chapters across 61 cities and 33 countries, the Founder Institute has helped to aspire “technopreneurs” launch over 1,116 companies which have created over 10,000 new jobs.

Basically it’s not a done deal just yet as Brunei is still it’s exploratory stage. For a start, the organiser will host pre-curriculum activities which will kick off by a Startup Founder 101 session with Nick Wong as the invited speaker and the agenda is to share information on the basics of being a startup founder. The venue will be at “Co-Working Space 1 (Tru), 3, Telanai Avenue, Simpang 175, Jalan Telanai”. The session will be on Friday 30th May 2014. You can check out the other future sessions from here.

There are also mentors in this program and notably the presence of Dato Timothy Ong, Chairman Asia Inc Forum who is no stranger when it comes entrepreneurship and his vast knowledge and wisdom through his experiences. Other mentors include our very own resilient Keeran Janin, Founder of Chrends, who kinda hit the money shot with his latest app #Chrends and he is definitely a good role model for young, hungry entrepreneurs and of course, Nicky Wong, the owner of Linknet Solutions and the founder of the successful qqestore.com


Catch Nicky Wong this Friday and learn what is it like be to a startup founder and it’s FREE.. Click image to book your seat.

Through the Founder Institute’s part-time four-month program, existing and prospective entrepreneurs can launch a company with expert startup training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs, while not being required to quit their day job. The company’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and create sustainable startup ecosystems that will create one million new jobs worldwide.

Leading the Founder Institute’s efforts in Bandar Seri Begawan are Md Hadi Shafie, a serial entrepreneur recently relocated to Bandar Seri Begawan from Google, and Nurul Ain Jaafar, one of the people spearheading efforts for SME development in the past.

“There is no time like the present to start a business,” says Hadi.

If you would like to help bring the Founder Institute to Bandar Seri Begawan, then be sure to complete an Interest Form by 2014-06-22 at http://fi.co/apply/bandar_seri_begawan. If enough people complete the form, then the Founder Institute will formally launch a chapter in Bandar Seri Begawan on 4th September 2014. Come on, peeps!! I think we can do this. I will be signing up for this definitely.

 

  
 

Asean CF14 signing 
 


Group photo with D’Sunlit the organiser of Asean Consumer Fair with the partners of the said event

THE 14th edition of the country’s largest, most popular shopping and entertainment event, styled as the Asean Consumer Fair 2014, will see bargain-hunters and fun-seekers rejoicing with the amazing range of products and services from Asean and beyond.

Themed ‘Bringing the Best of Asean and BIMP-EAGA to the World,’ the fair will feature an extensive array of quality goods and services unique to or specialised in by Asean member countries, including the BIMP-EAGA areas. Recently, D’Sunlit, the organiser, inked an agreement with the event and activity partners during a ceremony held at the Audiovisual Room of D’Sunlit office in Beribi. The event will be held on 25th to 29th June 2014.

Present to sign on behalf of D’Sunlit was its Executive Director Dato Paduka Hj Danial bin Hj Hanafiah, and witnessed by Marketing Manager Sherly Tan.

Other event partners include RTB as event broadcast TV, BIBD as official bank, Kristal Media Sdn Bhd as event broadcast radio, Aewon Garment and Embroidery Sdn Bhd as event apparel provider, Oregon Systems as event CCTV services provider, IBIC Sdn Bhd as event drinking water provider, and Ranoadidas.com as event social media partner.

Meanwhile, the activity partners include Brunei Wafirah Holdings Sdn Bhd, Origin Films, Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Perniagaan Malar Setia and Topform Co Sdn Bhd (The Body Shop. The upcoming fair will also see the presence of the Thailand Grand Fair, featuring beautiful handicrafts, ethnic cuisine and delicious fruits, while other countries beyond Asean and BIMP-EAGA’s boundaries includes China, Iran and Taiwan.
Visitors to the fair will be spoilt for choice by the sheer multitude of goods ranging from food and beverages, mobile phones and accessories, home appliances, interior décor and banking and financial services. To learn more about the Asean CF14, log on to www.bruneiconsumerfair.com or call D’Sunlit at 2453666.

The Asean CF14 is organised and managed by D’Sunlit in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.

 


From Brunei Press Sdn Bhd
 


The t-shirt for the event
 


From IBIC Sdn Bhd
 


From Oregon Systems
 


From Brunei Halal
 


From Brunei Halal
 


From Kingston Beverage & Creamery
 


From Origin Films
 


From The Body Shop (Brunei)
 

  
 

DST “Future Meet Ups” 
 

Late post: Creative advertising and design strategies were the main highlights of DST’s “Future Meet Ups” session on Friday 23rd May 2014 at DST’s Signature Store Training Room in Airport Mall, Berakas. The intensive knowledge sharing and creative workshop session gave participants from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), Jefri Bolkiah College of Engineering (MKJB), Brunei Polytechnic College and DST, insight on how to effectively market products together with the dynamics of understanding creative work in the current business market, as well as learn and apply advertising strategies that result in creative strategic campaigns. The session was facilitated and conducted by Jordan Yau and Reuben Chin from Madmilk Design and Services, two local specialists in the field of creative communication, design and advertising.

Dayang Hjh Safrina binti Pehin Dato Hj Abd Rahman, Manager of Group Corporate Communications, shares her view that local start-ups and potential technopreneurs need to be well versed not only with technical ICT skills but also in areas of business and marketing which are fundamental of successful businesses especially in dynamic business markets which fluctuate according to consumer demands.

The communication specialists from Madmilk were positive about Future Meet Ups as a platform knowledge sharing. In a statement by Jordan Yau he shares, “The session is great because in a world of specialists, you may be really good at one thing, but it turns out you lack knowledge and expertise in other areas so a platform like Future Meet Ups for knowledge transfer is definitely good because everybody gets to learn from one another including ourselves.”

Reuben Chin added enthusiastically that the session was beneficial not just to the receivers of knowledge but to the presenters, “As facilitators not only did the students learn something but we also learn something.

“Future Meet Ups”” is part of DST’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, “Future Series” which is an initiative to create platforms to nurture promising Bruneian ICT individuals through investing in the individuals to generate business opportunities aimed to drive innovation and creativity in Brunei.

At “Future Meet Ups”, participants can connect and network with other participants, brainstorm together and share ideas as well as download information and learn from the session. The upcoming “Future Meet Ups” will take place on Friday 6th June 2014. For more information, please email corporate@dst-group.com Press release and images from DST.

 


Reubin Chin and Jordan Yau from Madmilk Design and Services facilitating the session on creativity and design
 


Future Meet Ups Participants engaging in a Creative Thinking Activity to “Think Outside the Box” at this week’s sessio
 

  
 

16
May

#GODZILLArocks

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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#kickitbrazil 
 


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

UBD Pro-Bono Fiesta 
 


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

  
 

HSBC Home & Away 

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

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

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

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


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What actually happened? 

 


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

  

The 50s theme night 
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Pierre Imhof mingling with the media
 


Pierre Imhof giving his welcoming remarks and thanking the media
 


 


Games, games, games
 


The hula-hula
 


Hakim and Siti of Borneo Bulletin
 


 


Aliya and Siti
 


AJ and Hakim, best dress during the event
 


Aziz and Syafiq of Borneo Bulletin
 


Posing for the camera
 


Smiling way back in the 50s
 


One of the fun games for the media
 


 


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


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

  
 

Malppy’s weekend 
 


Shop online on Malppy.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

  
 

Keeran goes Chrends-ing 
 


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

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

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

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

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

 


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


Keeran Janin and his friend at Lombard Street

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

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

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

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

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

 


Infographics for #Chrends. Click image to enlarge.
 


Keeran’s visit to Yahoo at San Francisco in 2008
 


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

  
 

Baiduri Masters 2014 
 


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

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

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

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

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

 


The signing ceremony with partners for the Baiduri Masters 2014
 


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


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

  
 

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