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23
Jul

Courage & Love

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Dugout Treble 
 

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HRH graduates
 


HRH Prince ‘Abdul Mateen receives a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in International Politics, from Kings College London in the United Kingdom on July 21. Image courtesy of His Majesty’s Office.

The most liked photo on my IG in many months and I can see why. His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in International Politics, from Kings College London in the United Kingdom.

The son of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received the conferment of his degree at a graduation ceremony held at the Barbican Centre in London two days ago, His Majesty’s Office announced yesterday. Other members of the Royal Family who were present at the graduation were His Royal Highness Prince Hj ‘Abdul ‘Azim, Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah, and Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah.

Congratulations to Your Royal Highness on the achievement 🙂

 

  
 

 Zakat contribution

 
 

BIBD today handed over two mock cheques to the Islamic Religious Council of Brunei for the purpose of Zakat contributions for BIBD and its customers. The event took place at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Office in Jalan Menteri Besar, Berakas.

BIBD’s Zakat contribution for 2013 amounted to B$ 2,355,519.40, whilst Zakat contributions from the customers of BIBD for the period of 2013-2014 amounted to B$ 241,816.24.
The mock cheques for the contributions were handed over by the Chairman of Shariah Advisory Body for BIBD and its subsidiaries, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin to Yang Berhormat Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, Minister of Religious Affairs on behalf of MUIB (Islamic Religious Council of Brunei).

Also in attendance were Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Deputy Chairman of the BIBD Shariah Advisory Body along with BIBD Managing Director, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad.

 


Handover of donations to Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin to Yang Berhormat Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, Minister of Religious Affairs on behalf of MUIB (Islamic Religious Council of Brunei)

The concept of Zakat is to donate a portion of one’s wealth to the eligibility group of people named as asnaf Zakat mentioned in the Holy Book of Al- Quran in Surah At-Taubah: Verse 60. The act is considered highly honorable as Zakat is not only to cleanse one’s wealth but also provides spiritual purification, drawing Muslims closer to Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala.

The significance for Zakat in society is that to eradicate the poverty via an approved methodology in providing and managing the society’s economy and finance. Zakat is the 3rd pillar of Islam, making it is compulsory on Muslims, provided they meet the conditions which are the required nisaab (the minimum amount of wealth i.e 85 gram of gold or their equivalent in cash that one must have before Zakat is payable) and haul (the possession of assets for the whole hijrah year).

In order to help its muslim customers meet this religious obligation, BIBD strongly urges its customers to utilize their branches to pay their Zakat at its many counters at its many strategic locations in Brunei Darussalam. Press release and image courtesy of BIBD.

  
 

Dinner feted for Panini lovers 
 


Brunei Panini Collectors’s Group with representatives from Adison Marketing at Hadfa Catering Restaurant

Last evening, Brunei Panini Collectors had a sungkai gathering at Hadfa Catering restaurant. It was organised by the Brunei Panini fans themselves and the event started off with a prize presentation for their quiz competition. There were some interesting prizes including ‘tiga ikat durian tempatan”. Following that is a lucky draw for every one present at the event. Adison Marketing also gave out prizes for the winners of our facebook contests.

The Panini Collectors group also gave out a token of appreciation to The Brunei Times and Adison Marketing. Images courtesy of Adison Marketing.


The head of the group giving his speech
 


 


 


Marathon enthusiast Danny also won a prize
 


Nice shirt
 


Ready to break fast
 


Check out Bert Khtree’s collection of World Cup Panini 2014. Amazing!!
 

  
 

Liyana and Nadiah lead the way 
 


You still have chance to catch Yasmine and the crew tomorrow
 


Liyana and the crew recently at Kaka Restaurant with Pusat Ehsan. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Students from Pusat Ehsan greeting the stars of Yasmine. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Liyana with her young fans at Brunei Hotel. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Liyana with Aman. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Sungkai-ing with Yasmine and the gang
 


The customary Yasmine pose
 


Check out the Yasmine fan club. Click image to enter.
 

  
 

04
Jul

#OnTheVerge

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dugout Treble podcast 
 

Check out our latest podcast on the preview of the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

 

 

 

3D tshirts at Malppy 
 


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“With advanced technology and the creativeness of designers, clothing these days can be very unique and interesting. This week Malppy introduces, Creative 3D T-shirt (without the use of 3D glasses!). They are designed and printed in a way that those objects or cute animals are three-dimensional. Be the topic of the crowd with these t-shirts for B$33.90 instead of B$39.90 for this week promotion. Go to Malppy’s website and type “3D Creative T-shirt Unisex” to see the full range of designs that we have for you. Happy shopping and have a great weekend ahead!”

  
 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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BIBD Delights 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Shop at YMRM  
 


Galleria YMRM Tungku Link Branch
YMRM just made a name for themselves with the huge crowd during the super crazy sales a week ago before fasting. Guess what? Galleria YMRM are planning to do another soon so do stay tune to RA and my instagram for updates. As you know, Hari Raya is just three weeks away. We are almost into the second week of Ramadhan and the crowd have been flocking to Galleria YMRM’s branches at Tungku Link and Batu Satu. And of course, the most anticipated one is the YMRM upcoming renovated branch which will be open pretty soon. I shall keep you posted on that.

Galleria YMRM have quite a selection of fabric for “cara melayu” and what impressed me the most is the IMA fabric which is the Japanese cotton material. The price is higher than the normal type but now they have a promotional price where it’s being slashed from $15.90 to $12.90 per meter. What’s great about this material is that it’s of high quality and it’s pretty cooling and soothing to the skin. Last year, they have 20 different colours and this year, they have 60 different colours with the IMA material. This really shows how good the material and the trust it has coming from customers. You can look elegant wearing one without to fork out so much.

They also have good quality ones for the ladies for Baju Kurung and they have different price range from the affordable ones to the high end and of course, the quality is guaranteed. It’s no surprise that most of the tailors in Brunei make their fabrics and textile according to the management. For the ladies, if you want something more elegant as in Kebaya type, then I recommend you go fo the laces and YMRM have tons of those in both branches.

Perhaps the ladies will be more interested in the Italian silk that just arrived at YMRM stores, direct from Italy. The prices are at premium but you will see why it is expensive because of the quality and the designs are pretty unique as well. YMRM are only bringing limited designs and quantity so at least the ladies will feel more privileged.

Galleria YMRM are not only popular for selling fabrics for men and women but they are also selling in-house lights and also “cucul” lights for Hari Raya. So if you need some new lightings in your house, they have a wide selection to choose from.  YMRM already have tents outside their premise selling deco lights (cucul) and this have been their trademark for a few years already.


The containers just keep coming every week just to stock up on new items and another good reason why customers keep coming back for more
 


The interior of YMRM at Batu Satu
 


Customers making selections of fabric at YMRM
 


Galleria YMRM Batu Satu branch
 


The chandelier from YMRM
 


Many lights to choose from at YMRM
 


The place is just full of old and the new
 


Check out the Songkok
 


Name of the songbook is Darussalam
 


Check out the IMA fabric collection ideal for Cara Melayu
 


Wide selection to choose from
 


Senjang for the guys
 


More senjang for the guys
 


Ask for the assistants from YMRM
 


I highly recommend you to buy this particular material for Cara Melayu

YMRM has actively been giving back to the community by having special discounts every now and then. Furthermore, customers can even buy fabric as low as $1 per meter. Galleria YMRM Director, Hitesh Ramesh Bhawnani, shared how successful the crazy hour sales have been and thanked the media for the overall success. He said that customers even have to park along the highway to get into YMRM at Tungku Link. For those who didn’t know, YMRM Tungku Link held two sessions of “Special Happy Hours” sale few weeks ago.

Guess how much fabric was sold in one night alone? Believe it or not, 40,000 meters. These materials are mostly the Cara Melayu fabric and these materials come from Egypt, Japan, Korea and others. So it’s good to see more patrons coming in and buying at really affordable prices in time for Hari Raya. The usual $20 per meter was slashed to $4 per meter for that night as well.

Do stay tune for more updates on YMRM on my blog and social media platform.


These newly imported Italian silks just came to YMRM a few days ago
 


They only brought in limited designs
 


Loving the colours of the Chanel textile from Italy
 


Maybe the ladies will like the new trend and design from Italy
 


Light colours to suit your taste
 


Don’t forget to buy cucul for your home for Hari Raya
 


Something new to give more attraction of your home
 


More lights at YMRM
 


Something to buy in preparation for Hari Raya
 


Chairs also for sale
 


It’s always affordable to shop at YMRM
 


Shopping overload at YMRM *lol*
 

  
 

KFC Tangy Crunch 
 

This Ramadhan, KFC wants to celebrate with you with some exciting news for the occasion.

First is the new product of Tangy Crunch now available at all outlets. A new creation with the tagline Liven up your taste buds!, the Tangy Crunch chicken features an irresistible combination of tangy and crunch with a marinadethat includes lime and a special blend of spice. Available in two combos, Combo A comes with 2 pieces of chicken, 4 pieces of Onion Rings, 1 Colonel Rice, 1 Colonel Soup and a regular carbonated drink for only B$8.50 and Combo B comes with 3 pieces of chicken, 1 butterscotch bun, Cheezy Wedges and a regular carbonated drink for only B$9.50. During this time, Hot and Spicy will temporary be replaced by the Tangy Lime.

Secondly, majority of the KFC outlets will be operating from 11am to 2am daily during the Ramadhan month to cater to the customer’s sahur needs. Customers that spend B$5 and above in a single purchase will also receive a complimentary gift. Beside that, customers doing their pre Raya shopping at Airport Mall, The Mall and Yayasan is also up for an extra treat as the KFC outlets in these Malls will give customers a car parking rebate up to B$2 for any purchase worth  B$15 in a single receipt.

Fans of Doraemon can also expect the arrival of Doraemon blanket towels later this month which comes in six different designs and colours. KFC would like to take this opportunity to wish all a Happy Ramadhan.


KFC Tangy Crunch
 

 

 

Yasmine Roadshow 
 


Origin Films with St. Andrew’s School principal, staff and students during Origin Films visit to St. Andrew’s School last week

As you know, Yasmine the movie has been getting a lot of publicity in the media and they have been aggressive in their exposure especially in government and private schools to increase the awareness of Yasmine’s movie as well as educate the students the essence of film making and more of behind-the-scenes moments. For your information, Yasmine is a Brunei featured film produced by Origin Films Sdn Bhd, and the movie has created good waves to be featured in Shanghai Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

Recently Origin Films’ cast and crew paid a visit to schools – St. George’s School, St. Andrew’s School, Yayasan Primary School, Maktab Sains School and ISB to name a few. Of course, the main draw of the visit is Liyana Yus who plays the main lead role in Yasmine. Also accompanying her were Siti Kamaluddin the director of Origin Films, Din Kamaluddin, the producer of Origin Films, Chan Man Ching, action director of Origin Films and Nadiah Wahid, co-star of Yasmine.

They have been warmly received during the ASEAN Consumer Fair where Origin Films made their presence felt with appearance of the lead actor Liyana. It was a successful project initiated by her co-star Nadiah Wahid and her efforts paid off.

Below are pictures from St. Andrew’s School and ISB. Ah, the memories of SAS and it was great to be back and the school hall still feels the same *lol* It was great to catch up with my former teachers and it’s amazing that they are still teaching in St. Andrew’s School. Anyway, enjoy the pictures.


A student asking question for Origin Films
 


Students listening to the presentation of Origin Films project on Yasmine
 


Another student from Hollis asking a question
 


The students managed to do some silat poses with Liyana
 


Siti Kamaluddin doing a selfie with the students
 


Preparing for the customary Yasmine pose
 


Trying out the Yasmine pose
 


And they did a good job
 


Adam Hanif of Origin Films was a popular figure among the ladies
 


More selfies and selfies
 


Students feeling Fai’s hair
 


Liyana Yus with my former Malay teacher Normah
 


Selfie with SAS Students
 


More selfies
 


Nadiah and Mariah giving their signatures

For all the Yasmine fans out there, you can stand a chance to win a ticket for two to Jakarta for the Yasmine Gala Premiere. Awesome, right? This is because the Gala night is only by invitation and it’s not for sale. So refer to the posters below for the questions and email your answer to marketing(a)bruneipress.com or enquiry(a)origin artistic.com by 21st July 2014 and the winner will be announced on 25th July 2014. For more information, you can visit their facebook.com/yasminethemovie and you can follow them on Twitter and instagram @yasminethemovie


 


 

 

Check out the original song from the soundtrack of Yasmine, song entitled “Menang Demi Cinta by Nidji

Origin Films at ISB 
 


Students were excited to see the guys behind Yasmine
 


We are gonna catch the premiere *woohoo*
 


The Yasmine pose with the ISB students
 


It’s signing with fans session
 


It’s good to see Liyana being an inspiration for others
 


Thank you, ISB, for the wonderful energy
 

  
 

24
Jun

#ProgresifCellular

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Dugout Treble 
 


Check out our predictions for the final round of the Group A and B of the World Cup 2014 with my co-host Jason Rumpun

 

 

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 
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Swipe for rewards 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Progresif Cellular makes its mark 
 


Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Chairman of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (center) with Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz, directors of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Ang Han Kee, Head of Network Management & Planning, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd at the press conference yesterday at Radisson Hotel

The past is the past. Now it’s about moving forward. You may have heard or seen in the news about the new developments that B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd was going through a few months ago. A new company under the name of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd will run the operations of B-Mobile Communications effective 1st July 2014. This would mean the name of B-Mobile won’t be used anymore and it will be known as Progresif Cellular from 1st of July 2014.

A press conference was held yesterday, led by the chairman of Progresif Cellular, Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim. Also present during the press conference were the board of directors of Progresif Cellular, Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz.

I believe the great news about the press conference is the assurance that B-Mobile will not ceased its operation. Instead the service will be sustained and the everyday operations will be under a new management of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd. Acquiring an existing telco company is never an easy feat as they have to deal with many issues and paperwork. So it’s no surprise that the acquisition process took many months before it can be a successful one.

Hj Abu Bakar highlighted three important points which are important as their core values in achieving their vision as the most innovative mobile service provider in Brunei Darussalam. The first point he stated is the “People” which means the customers and their employees. It’s important to understand the needs and wants of customers and at the same time, it is important to train and develop the associates of Progresif Cellular so they can meet the demands of the customers in the best and most efficient ways possible.

The second point he shared was improving the network. This is no surprise that the existing subscribers of B-Mobile are experiencing inconsistent connectivity. He reassured that this issue will be put on a priority list and they have put on many countless hours in examining the problems that have been affecting the current network. Hj Abu Bakar hinted that the improvements of the network will be done in a gradual pace (in phases) and not instantly. I believe this is a great move by Progresif Cellular as I’ve seen telcos which focused too much on new services and products but forgetting the fundamental basics which is sustaining a good network.

The third point Hj Abu Bakar pointed out is building their brand. To me, it’s always important to create and make an impact, just by branding because it has a lasting impact and impression on consumers and that’s every entrepreneurs’ dream – to have a strong brand. From what I heard from the chairman’s speech is that the Progresif Cellular is very customer oriented and it wants to position itself to bridge that connection with its customers. Though this will take time to achieve such synergy and branding awareness to their customers, this is already a positive move by the company.

When asked about the 4G services, the chairman’s reply was simple – improve the existing network before upgrading their services and products. I’m quite excited what Progresif Cellular will be offering in the coming months and this will give a good competitive edge to their rival and of course, the winner here will be the consumers.

I’m also touched and honoured that the media was able to mingle with the chairman and the board of directors of Progresif Cellular after the press conference and this shows the trust they have on us and it’s also a good reflection of their vision and mission to create that relationship with their customers. In Brunei, it’s quite rare that we have an informal conversation during refreshments with directors of an organization. So I thank you for that opportunity and I’m sensing better things to come from Progresif Cellular.

 


Members of the media invited for the special press conference
 


If you see the balloons, I believe that’s the corporate colours of Progresif Cellular
 

  
 

CheezBox Wings 
 


$0.20 only mini chicken wings
 

  
 

Planet Popcorn opens 
 


Present to officiate the opening were Chairman of Taiwan Business Association in Brunei Darussalam Lien Kon Sien, Executive Director of Planet Popcorn Ben Lee, Executive Director of Gecko Enterprise Alan Liew and Property Manager of Abdul Razak Holdings Muhammad Fadzillah

Planet Popcorn is the latest food trend to invade The Mall. Just as their name states, their selection of gourmet popcorn that will thrill your taste buds. The franchise from Taiwan was brought in by Gecko Enterprise opened it’s doors on Saturday and was a big hit with several customers queuing up to get their first taste.

With almost 50 stores in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong, Planet Popcorn wins over their customers with a variety of flavours ranging from savoury to sweet, In their current line up, they have Original, which is slighty sweet and salty, Seaweed, Kimchi and Caramel, but that’s not all.. coming soon will be Double Cheese and Double Chocolate.

How does Planet Popcorn differ from others? According to Ben Lee, the Executive Director of the Planet Popcorn Franchise, that there are two kinds of popcorn, butterfly, which is the kind sold in cinemas and in the microwave packs, and mushroom, a premium kind. In addition, the popcorn is picked specially so that when popped each popcorn measures to about 1 cm. Add to that some delicious seasonings and flavours, and you have the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the world cup, while hanging out with friends, or any occasion. The popcorn is sold in two sizes, a vacuum sealed pack and buckets, with prices starting at $6.90 for a pack. And while visiting the store, you have the opportunity to taste test the different flavours

Check out their Facebook : Planet Popcorn Brunei and their Instagram @PlanetPopcornBrunei to keep apprised of the latest promotions and to know when their latest flavours are coming in.

 


They had a special promotion during the opening day
 


Fans of the Planet Popcorn queueing up
 


I believe they have four flavours to choose from
 


The ladies at your service at Planet Popcorn
 

  
 

19
Jun

#Communicasia2014

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Can England & Portugal succeed? 
 


Check out our podcast review of England, Portugal and many more

 

  
 

Dr. On heading to Brazil 
 


Congratulations to the winner of our all expense paid trip to Brazil, Dr On Sui Chee! He’s gonna travel all the way to watch the GRAND FINAL of the FIFA World Cup 2014 courtesy of #baiduribank and Visa! So if this is your doctor don’t forget to congratulate him!
 

  
 

Brunei Darussalam Pavilion at CommunicAsia 
 

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) is fulfilling its commitment to the country by providing an opportunity for 10 local innovators to showcase their products at Communicasia 2014.

AITI is supported by the Brunei Economic Development Board (www.bedb.com.bn) which spearheads economic development. Its vision is to grow and diversify the local economy by attracting investments and strengthening local businesses through research and innovation.

DST Communications Sdn Bhd (www.dst-group.com) is the country’s longest mobile communications and broadband service provider. Its associated companies provide a multitude of communications, multimedia and systems integration services. The group has been connecting the nation for over 19 years. Its commitment and integrated services approach helps it to provide the best to the consumers.

Network Integrity Assurance Technologies Sdn Bhd (NiAT) (www.niat.com.bn) is a product of collaboration between Telekom Brunei Berhad and TS Global Network Sdn Bhd. Its unique position gives it access to local resources with an international reach to provide satellite solutions and managed services to its customers.

Ishajaya Technology Sdn Bhd (www.ishajaya.com) was established in 2008 and has developed partnerships and business relationships with the world’s leading service and solution providers to provide its clients access to a full spectrum of multi-vendor enterprise solutions and expertise. Its vision is to be Brunei’s IT service provider of choice.

BruGPS Technologies Sdn Bhd (www.brugps.com) has a network of partners in the region. It focuses on location based IT products and services which allow its customers visibility into its fleet operations. The fleet management system is a user friendly web-based solution that provides real time vehicle tracking. BruGPS has received an AITI GRANT in 2011.

Folec Communications (B) Sdn Bhd (www.folecbrunei.bn) started in 1987 as an agent for Motorola. Today, it is a leading system solutions integrator specializing in RF communications, ICT, telecoms, telephony solutions and security applications services. Folec’s agency services now include Mitel, Avaya-Nortel, Dell, GE, SysMaster and ASCOM. It has recently been appointed the official distributor of SysMaster Corporation in the South East Asian region. Through the years it has established itself as an outstanding home-grown success story which has promoted the development of local ICT skill sets.

Images courtesy of AITI.


Representing Brunei Economic Development Board
 


Representing PHMD Publishing
 


Representing Halbase Company
 


Representing Ishajaya Technology Sdn Bhd
 


Representing Network Integrity Assurance Technologies Sdn Bhd (NiAT)
 


Representing Folec Communications (B) Sdn Bhd
 


Representing DST Communications Sdn Bhd
 


Representing DOTROOT Technology
 


Representing BruGPS Technologies Sdn Bhd
 


Representing SocialBuzz
 

  
 

16
Jun

#TheMountainAndTheViper

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 
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#kickitbrazil 
 

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

 

Swipe for rewards 
 

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Dugout Treble World Cup podcast 
 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun.

 

World Cup updates 
 


Not a convincing performance from Argentina as a whole but sometimes when you have a world class player like Lionel Messi, that’s all you need. He finally scored his World Cup goal and it has been 8 years since he broke the duck in the World Cup. A great goal too but loads of homework for Argentina if they want to get pass the group stage. Argentina beat Bosnia 2-1.
 


Karim Benzema has done it. He scored twice, one from the a penalty as they beat Honduras 3-0 in their group match. It seems France won’t be missing Frank Ribery as much who couldn’t make it to the big stage due to injury. I’m also glad that he is my captain on my fantasy league (McDonald’s FIFA) and he has 28 points for his effort last night.
 


A very entertaining match between Switzerland and Ecuador but it was the Swiss who stole the final laugh when substitute Haris Seferovic scored in the dying minutes of extra time for an important 2-1 victory over Ecuador. The match could have gone either way. Very entertaining indeed.
 


A match that needed spark when Ivory Coast was searching for an equalizer after Honda had scored an early goal. In comes Drogba but though he didn’t score or assist, his presence changed the flow of play and gave the team more confidence and in the end, Ivory Coast came out victorious with a 2-1 score line against Japan. Amazing what one man can do!!
 


Joe Hart fell into the net after Balotelli scored a header from close range. It proved to be the winner but my favourite team England showed lots of promise especially with a very young team which lacked experience. Apart from captain Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, the first 11 were pretty much a very young team. Pirlo, Italy’s maestro proved his class once again despite being 35 and Italy prevailed in another exciting clash. Italy won 2-1.
 


A Costa Rican fan enjoying his moment as Costa Rica caused a major upset against Uruguay with a 3-1 victory. It will be interesting if Suarez will be back in time for the match against England.
 

  
 

BIBD Perdana 
 


The Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong officiating the BIBD Perdana Lounge

BIBD launched its new “Perdana” Privilege Banking experience at the new BIBD Perdana Lounge, located at the first level of BIBD’s Kiulap branch in Komplex Setia Kenangan. The new “Perdana” banking segment will further enhance the banking experience of BIBD’s affluent cutomers by providing them with exclusive new products, banking facilities and services.

The new Perdana lounge allows members access to public and private meeting rooms, conference room. e-magazines, a dedicated parking service, concierge services among other amenities – all supplemented with Perdana’s warm hospitality.

Javed Ahmad, Managing Director of BIBD said “The new BIBD Perdana banking proposition aims to enrich the banking experience of our affluent clients through dynamic banking solutions and experiences. The market was always expectant from BIBD to offer a competitive proposition to this segment and we have heeded that call. The Perdana Privilege Banking platform is second to none and we believe that it provides affluent banking customers in Brunei with the best solutions to their banking needs as well as preserving and enhancing their wealth.”

In his speech, the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, “The new Perdana branch symbolises the great efforts made by BIBD to always have the capability and capacity to cater for a specific market segment in Brunei Darussalam. Their Bruneian at Heart tagline anchors them to what is important, yet their ambitions pave the way for their future success.”

Apart from having a dedicated Relationship Manager to cater for their needs, each Perdana customer will benefit from the new product range which includes Perdana Platinum Debit and Credit Cards, access to the exclusive Perdana Contact Centre hotline and website, access to airport lounges worldwide through complimentary Priority Pass membership, and a list of other features.

The event was officiated by  the Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong in the presence of BIBD’s Board of Directors and Shariah Advisory Body, along with its Managing Director, senior officers and staff. Also in attendance was previous BIBD Chairmen, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haj Awg Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Haji Bakar, Minister of Communications, and Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources.

 


Also present was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haj Awg Abdullah who was the previous BIBD Chairman
 


Javed Ahmad, Managing Director of BIBD, in his welcoming remarks
 


The associates handling BIBD Perdana customers
 


The interior of BIBD Perdana at BIBD’s Kiulap branch
 

  
 

Galleria YMRM crazy sales 
 


This week, Galleria YMRM will have crazy sales this week at both branches – Batu Satu and Tungku Link. These prices especially for textiles will be sold at ridiculously low prices
 

  
 

15
Jun

#whatNext

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dugout Treble World Cup podcast 
 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun.

 

  
 

Panini gathering/exchange 
 


Happening today at Hua Ho Manggis
 

  
 

Hua Ho Football Fiesta 
 


Lau Soon Tiong, manager of Hua Ho Manggis, thanked all the sponsors and partners of the event
 

Yesterday, Hua Ho Manggis Mall launched the Hua Ho Football Fiesta for the delight of football fans and Hua Ho customers where they can enjoy plenty of activities until the following weekend. Most of the activities are related to football, one of the popular sports in Brunei Darussalam, and the event is also coincided with the ongoing World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

One of the highlights of the Hua Ho Football Fiesta is the Hua Ho FIFA 14 PS3 tournament. There will be two categories which will be the World Cup category (round robin) and the knock out category (single elimination). The winner of World Cup category will get an iPad Mini, SCB $50 Mastercard Cashcard and a World Cup replica trophy. The winner of the Knock out category will get a $200 Hua Ho cash voucher, a Red Bull tumbler and a winner’s trophy. There will be consolation prizes as well. The entry fee will be $10 for World Cup category and $8 for Knock Out category. Each of the participants will also get a Panini Sticker Album with some stickers and a Johnson & Johnson Listerine. Interested parties who want to sign up for the tournament can visit Hua Ho Manggis Mall atrium level from 10am to 10pm. The tournament will be from 20th to 22nd June 2014.

Currently, at the Hua Ho Manggis Mall, there is the KFC 11 Foosball Challenge which ends on 19th June 2014. There are many fantastic prizes to be won for participants. The 1st prize will be an Adidas Brazuca Rio official match ball, a Golden Boot Champion’s Trophy, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC merchandise, FKC Food Voucher and Revive Drink. There will be other fantastic consolation prizes for the participants.

Standard Chartered Bank will be having a special promotion for shoppers at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. From 10th to 22nd June 2014, you can stand a chance to win a 60” Sony 3D Internet TV or Liverpool FC merchandise when you shop with you Standard Chartered Hua Ho MasterCard at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. There will be a “spin the wheel” activity as well.

There will be a photography competition. Simply “SNAP, PRINT and PASTE” of the Hua Ho Football Fiesta event. Once you snapped a photo of the activities of the event, then simply slot your SD card into the Canon Selphy CP-910 printer to print your selected photo. Once printed, fill in your details and paste your photo on the board for display. The judges will assess the photos at the end of the competition date. Top 3 winners will win a Canon PowerShot S110, a Canon IXUS 310HS and a Canon PowerShot A2500 respectively. This activity is sponsored by Interhouse Company.

There will be ongoing quizzes during the Hua Ho Football Fiesta and the public can win goodies sponsored by Concepts Computer.

Red Bull is organizing a mini football activity where those who buy a Red Bull are entitled to play and you can stand a chance to win Red Bull merchandise, Red Bull drinks or even gadgets during the event.

There is also a photo booth of the World Cup backdrop, a mascot and the World Cup trophy replica organised by Stationeight.

On Sunday, 15th June, there will be a Panini World Cup stickers trading from 4pm for Panini sticker collectors.

The final prize presentation will be on Sunday 22nd June 2014.

Lau Soon Tiong, manager of Hua Ho Manggis, gave his welcoming remarks before officially launching the Hua Ho Football Fiesta. The purpose of the event is to bring the community together and enjoy the football related activities in the spirit of celebrating the ongoing World Cup 2014.

The Hua Ho Football Fiesta is brought to you by Hua Ho Manggis Hall. The event partners are Ranoadidas, KFC, Standard Chartered Bank, Armtrix Enterprise, Interhouse Company, Kingston Creamery & Beverage and the official radio station is Kristal FM. For more updates, you can check on their instagram @huahosports

 


Hua Ho Football Fiesta happening until next Sunday
 


Group photo of Pehin Kapitan China Kornia Diraja Dato Paduka Lau Ah Kok with the sponsors and partners of the event
 


Vincent Goh of Interhouse Company showing some pictures printed on a Canon Selphy CP-910 printer to the guest of honour
 


At the Stationeight booth and you can take photo with the World Cup mascot
 


Pehin Lau paying a visit at Concepts Computer booth
 


Pehin Lau at the SCB booth
 


Pehin Lau talking to celebrity DJ Daffy
 


Pehin Lau at Red Bull area
 


Zul Abdul Rahman trying out the speed foosball
 

  

13
Jun

#WorldCupFever

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dugout Treble World Cup podcast 

 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun and special guest Cyril in the first episode.

 

  

 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 
 


Check out our podcast review of this popular sequel

 

  
 

Brazil pass the 1st test 
 


Now.. something just doesn’t add up here. I was disappointed with their performance yesterday and furthermore, the audio was pretty bad. I still prefer Shakira’s song or even Ricky Martin’s. The opening ceremony didn’t raise any goosebumps for me. A bit of a letdown.
 


I kinda like these costumes at least during the opening ceremony

Finally after four years, the World Cup is back!! But am I hyped up as before? Hmmmm hard to say but apparently not that fired up. I didn’t even know that the opening ceremony was last night until 8 hours before the opening ceremony, thinking it will fall today. Anyway, what are my thoughts of the opening ceremony? Not really much to shout about but the costumes were interesting enough and it was good to see children and kids participating. Other than that, it’s kinda disappointing really.

Few of my friends from Brunei were there for the opening ceremony and the first match of the World Cup 2014 between host Brazil and Croatia. Awesome!!! One of my bucket lists was to actually travel across the world to catch a World Cup match one day. That day will come but not Brazil. So a probable chance in Russia in 2018 or Qatar 2022 that I would travel there. My friends will be flying off to another destination to catch Uruguay vs Costa Rica and if I’m not mistaken, they will be catching a total of 5 to 6 matches in Brazil. Oh man, I’m so jealous 🙁

We  just recently started a podcast on World Cup news called the Dugout Treble and there will be more episodes coming soon. I have also create a McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy League. You can join my league by clicking here. Good luck!!!


Neymar scored from the penalty spot and it was a tough fight for the host nation
 


The crowd at the stadium yesterday. Image by Sim Yuan.
 


Brunei represent… Image by Sim Yuan.
 


They caught the opening ceremony yesterday. Image by Sim Yuan.
 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun and special guest Cyril in the first episode.

 

  
 

Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition 
 


Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition
The Audi Q7, described as one of the ‘big boys’ of SUVs, with its powerful and efficient engines and standard eight-speed tiptronic offers luxurious driving comfort. Now it makes its return with the Q7 S Line Sport Edition, a sporty styling package with wheel arch extensions, bigger front air intakes with high gloss slates, lower bumper spoilers, stainless steel skid plates and dual oval tail pipes integrated into the rear bumper.

Inside the Audi Q7, there are 27 possible seating combinations and ample room to take equipment for recreational or outdoor sports. When the seatbacks in the second row are folded down, the cargo capacity increases from a volume of 775 litres (27.37 cubic feet) to 2035 litres (71.87 cubic ft).

The engine line-up for the Audi Q7 maintains a six-cylinder diesel engine supercharged V6 unit 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245hp) with an impressive 550Nm (405.65 lb-ft) of torque.

A power tailgate comes as standard for the Audi Q7, and a rail-based load securing set for baggage is available for sports, recreation and vacation travel. Audi offers the assistance system Audi side assist for safer lane changes. A top of the infotainment line-up is MMI combined with the BOSE Surround Sound and the large panorama roof is also included.

 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Royal Skies at Frescho 
 


Earn more miles
Introducing Freshco Brunei as Royal Skies Latest Partner!

Today, 13 June: Earn 10 Royal Skies miles for every BND10 spent when you shop.

From 07:00pm:

The First 50 customers will stand a chance to win 5000 miles, prizes and enjoy our exciting activities.

From 14 June to 13 July 2014:

Earn double miles with a minimum spending of BND15 in a single receipt.

See you and Lets shop at Freshco, Plaza Abdul Razak, Seri Batu 1.

 

  
 

Annual blood donation 
 

Green bankers rolled up their sleeves yesterday to contribute to an important cause: blood donation. The event, hosted every year, was held at the Learning & Development Centre at Baiduri Bank Head Office.

This year’s blood donation drive was organized with the theme “Everyone has a Type” aimed to help replenish the low blood supplies faced by the National Blood Bank at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

Senior Manager of Baiduri Bank’s Human Resources and Finance Division and member of the Baiduri Bank Management Committee, Ms Veronica Chong, said that blood donating is a good practice, and she has been doing it every year during the drive.

“There is an overall feeling of goodness and satisfaction when donating blood,” she said. “A lot of people are fearful of donating blood because of the needle but it’s not painful, and donating only one pint of blood can save up to three lives.”

“One advice I have for them is to stay relaxed. If you are scared of needles, look away, or better yet, talk with your colleagues, I’m sure they’ll also appreciate the distraction.”

The event was organised as part of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. It is an annual event held to aid patients in need of specific types of blood urgently.

The Baiduri Bank Group is also an active supporter and major sponsor of the annual World Blood Donor Day.

Baiduri Bank Group has also just wrapped up their yearly charity golf event, The Baiduri Masters – an initiative that regularly provides financial support for child development programmes in Brunei such as Pusat Ehsan, Child Development Centre (CDC), SMARTER and the Learning Ladders Society. Press release and images courtesy of Baiduri Bank.

 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Plus magazine 
 


Rachel, Manager of Fitness Zone, Wu Chun owner of Fitness Zone with Kee Lee Loo of Nexploit Services

On 12th June 2014, Fitness Zone and Nexploit Services co-hosted the signing and officiating ceremony of Plus magazine. A health and lifestyle related magazine that made its debut earlier this month.

With only a week of their soft debut on the 4th of June, Plus magazine made quite a numbers of impacts within the current community. The magazine readership rate is adopting and increasing at a steady pace due to the current demand of health related articles.

Plus works closely with the Ministry of Health in delivering contents that would greatly benefits the public. Fitness Zone on the other hand is into health and wellbeing’s through fitness. Both companies have the same goal aligned, and that is to stir up the interest of the public to implement a healthy change and divert the public into adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Plus Magazine uses physical copies and digital contents integration to reach out to the public with health and lifestyle related articles and contents that are beneficial and interesting to read. Fitness Zone offers wide range of services for both genders and also programs that caters for each individual’s needs.

To celebrate the signing and officiating ceremony, Plus and Fitness Zone will be co-organizing an Instagram and Newsletter Subscription contest. 10 lucky winners will get to walk away with prizes and one grand winner will be awarded with signed copies of Wu Chun’s biography book and diary planner.

For more information please visit Plus Facebook Page and Fitness Zone Facebook Page.

 


The signing ceremony yesterday
 


Get a copy of Plus magazine
 

  
 

Malppy at Hua Ho Manggis 
 


Catch this match on Saturday, 14th June

In conjunction of this event, Malppy.com is welcoming everyone to join celebrating the first ever Hua Ho Football Fiesta held at Hua Ho Department Store (Manggis Branch) from the 14th till 22nd June 2014. We’ll be selling range of 2014 World Cup Merchandise! So footie fans in Brunei, what’re you waiting for? Shop and cheer with malppy.com. See you there!

 

  
 

KFC 11 Foosball Challenge 
 


It’s happening now at Hua Ho Manggis Mall

Continuing the Football action, a KFC organized foosball competition is available at the Hua Ho fiesta that is taking place from 10th to 22nd June 2014 at Hua Ho Manggis Mall in conjunction with the World Cup that is taking place in Brazil. Called the KFC 11 Foosball Challenge, participants will get a chance to test their skills at the table where top 32 contestants will be selected to play in the qualifying rounds representing the 32 countries that is currently competing at Brazil.

1st prize is worth B$450 consists of a Golden Boot Champion trophy, the Adidas Brazuca – the official football to be used during this year’s World Cup’s final match, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink.  2nd prize is worth B$200 and consist of Adidas Brazuca Top Glider Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink. 3rd prize is worth B$150, consisting of Adidas Brazuca Top Glider Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink. 4th place is worth B$130 and consist of Adidas Brazuca Top Gilder Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, and Revive drink. Contestants interested to get the popular Limited Edition KFC Ronaldo Merchandise stand a chance to get it free.

By qualifying to the top 32 stage, participants will receive the Ronaldo Merchandise each and then each time they qualifies again to the top 16, top 8 and then to the top 4 stage, they will again receive the sought after merchandise. Other prizes to be won during the individual qualifying category includes a foosball table set available for the Top scorer category, and a Hat Trick Bonus prize for scoring 3 goals and more. For a registration fee of only B$2 where contestants will receive 2 Revive can drinks (330ml), contestants are sure to get their money worth..

“The competition is called KFC 11 Foosball Challenge because the number 11 resonates closely to KFC (11 secret herbs & spices used for the original KFC recipe) and to football (11 number of players playing on a team in any football matches). We hope that football fans will grab this opportunity to join in the football fever that we have made especially for them and have fun and have the chance to win some great prizes along with it, says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd.

 


Try out the foosball competition and win fantastic prizes
 


Check out the rules and regulations
 

  
 

 

Family Fun Day 
 


Happening this Sunday

The Brunei Medical Association will organise a Family Fun Day event that will take place at the Brunei Agro-Technology Park, Kg Tungku, Mukim Gadong on Sunday, 15th June from 6:30 am-11am.

Among the activities to be held include Tai Chi, Walkathon, Kid’s Treasure Race, Bouncers, Colouring Contest, Face painting, Tug-of-war, SNAG and other more exciting activities. Food vendors such as W Brownies, Food Remix, Baking Manics, Wings & Drumettes and Leeya Cookies will also be present.

The event is open to all healthcare professionals and their family members as well as the public. The Brunei Medical Associaiton (BMA) is a non-governmental organization representing the voice of doctors and the medical profession in Brunei Darussalam.

The BMA’s main objective is to support and protect the interest of its members, namely the medical professionals of Brunei Darussalam. Other objectives include: voicing the views of the medical profession in matters relating to the health and wellbeing of the Bruneian community; promote social, cultural, charitable and professional activities among members; supporting a high standard of medical ethics and conduct; and to enlighten the public on health issues.

  

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