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19
Dec

Star Wars fever weekend

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Force is strong in Brunei 
 

Podcast review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with special guests Nur Iskandar and Pranika Lama


The Progresif Cellular management all geared up for Episode VII
 


Progresif team showing their force at Times Cineplex
 


The US Ambassador to Brunei Craig Allen (5th L) with his family in a group photo with the characters of Star Wars at the Fanboys Infinite movie screening of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens at Times Cineplex last Friday. Image courtesy of Khaliq Roziman of The Brunei Times.
 


It was good to see movie goers dressing up. Image courtesy of Khaliq Roziman of The Brunei Times.
 


I see familiar faces. Image courtesy of Khaliq Roziman of The Brunei Times.
 


Darth Vader taking a sip of the Red Velvet ice blended drink
 


The Managing Director of PAR Food & Beverages, YAM Pg Anak Abdul Mun’im (R), presents a mock cheque to a member of Pusat Ehsan Board of Trustee Hj Ahmad Hj Abd Rahman at The Coffee Bean’s outlet in Supasave Beribi yesterday. At the same time, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also launched two new drinks in conjunction with the Star Wars movie – White Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended and Double Chocolate Peppermint Ice Blended available until mid January. Image courtesy of Analisa Amu of The Brunei Times.
 


I recently saw many merchandise being sold at Mall of Asia, Manila.
 


I watched both movies and both are awesome and are in my 10 ten movies of 2015
 

  
 

 

Alan Inspiration Salon reopens 
 


Alan Inspiration Salon reopens and it is now located at Seri Q-Lap Mall
 


Alan, the man behind Alan Inspiration Salon and he will be available from 23rd to 25th December. Highly recommended 😀
 

Alan Inspiration Salon is relocated in Brunei and it’s located on the 1st floor at Seri Q-Lap Mall. They provide a one-stop service for men and women hair design/cut/wash and they just started operations quite recently. I met up with Alan the man behind the successful outlet & academy and he’s happy to be back, catering to the Brunei market.

The genius behind Inspiration Alan Salon, has been a hair champion of Malaysia and Singapore and he has trained in London, Europe, USA, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Along the way he has won numerous awards and accolades which makes him one of the sought hairstylists in the region.

Surprisingly he still has his regular customers from Brunei and alan will make himself available from time to time as he is based in Miri too.

This time round one of his hair stylist is in Brunei from 18th December to 23rd December and his name is Wilson Lee (7 years experience in Kota Kinabalu). Alan himself will be in Brunei from 23rd to 25th December and followed by Michelle from 26th December to 31st December. So do make your appointments at Alan Inspiration Salon at Seri Q-Lap Mall because they have a special promotion of 20% discount (wash & cut) for the first ever client of Alan Inspiration Salon.

For now, the hair wash services for wash and blow is only BND 10. Wash and treatment (using Korea crystal shine products) is only BND 25 and Wash and Treatment (using L’Oreal or Schwarzkopf product) is only BND 50. 


The comfy chairs for the patrons
 


The hair wash section – separately from men and women. For the time being, hair wash and blow is only BND 10.
 


Some solutions for your hair
 


Great promotion especially for first time customer.
 


The schedules of the hair stylists from Alan Inspiration Salon
 


Alan was the hair stylist during one of the fashion show. He has many accolades under his belt as a hair stylist
 


Another highly recommended hair stylist – available from 26th December to 31st December at Alan Inspiration Salon
  
 

Alvina wins a Mini 
 


Alvina Ching Sei Ing, the winner of the ‘Baiduri fabulous Promotion @ Mabohai Shopping Complex’ promotion, receiving the a mock key from Pierre Imho, the CEO of Baiduri Bank
 


Group photo with the winners and finalists with Baiduri Bank management
 

18 finalists but only one walked away with the Mini Cooper. The campaign lasted for six months at the Mabohai Shopping Complex where all you need to do is swipe ur Baiduri Credit Card and Debit Card while shopping at their premise. The responses have been overwhelming and it was a win-win situation for the retailers and the consumers.

Presenting the prizes was Pierre Imho, the CEO of Baiduri Bank and the grand winner belonged to Alvina Ching Sei Ing who won herself a brand new Mini car.

There were also top three consolation prizes with $300 gift hamper sponsored by L’Occitane and $300 Flexa voucher won by Goh Chee Ming and Victor Edgar Keasberry respectively.

For more updates, you can visit their social media IG at @baiduribank.

 


One of the consolation winners
 


During the draw process
 


Alvina in great joy after winning the Mini
 

 

PechaKuchaNight BSB 
 

PechaKucha Volume 6 is happening tonight. Not sure if the tickets are sold out but I’m looking forward to this event and I hope I managed to catch all of them as I have another event to attend. Amazing that the team have reached the 6th volume of the PechaKuchaNight BSB. Tonight it will take place at The Energy Kitchen.

 


Happening tonight at Energy Kitchen
 


All the seven speakers to share their personal experiences for your interest
The seven speakers line-up for tonight.

Finah Yusof was supposed to travel for only about 2 months. But things got topsy turvy as that extended to a life-gripping adventure of 32 months. In 2012, Finah went to many different places on the face of the globe witnessing what most of us now might never ever be able to someday. She returned just this year to tell you all of that very journey.

Josephine On is also a business entrepreneur. Her entrepreneurship journey was full of doubts and even fears. She found comfort in discomfort. Without overcoming those doubts, she would never have found Hoko Creative.

Next up, he is the youngest of the bunch. Malik Som is 17 years old and will tell you his story of his nostalgic camping experience in Ulu-Ulu Temburong. He discovered more than just a great experience, he discovered a lifetime of valuable lessons.

The business world is more than just earning money as easy as you want. There are loads of hard work, struggles and behind the scenes that many might never witness. Fatin Arifin will give an insight on the challenges that the business world could throw at you.

Hilman Omar had an unexpected reaction from his circle of friends when he drew illustrations of them. They loved it! It was gratifying to see that. And it was the first time ever showing his art towards his group of friends. *Hint* an artwork on the event/venue will be drawn by him. Wonder where that will be drawn?

Another presenter Nitisha Kashyap has lived in Brunei for about 3 years. It was challenging for her at first to adapt. Where to find friends? What activities were there to do to fill time?

Lastly, one of the speakers, Amir Noor who is rocking that Star Wars shirt. Amir is a geek at heart and loves, and we mean LOVES longboarding. Will he talk about longboarding? We shall see.

 

 

27
Nov

So Nice

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The 2nd Basket

Shoppers, on your mark: It’s the Weekend again and Malppy has been coming up with different knock out deals each week. This weekend is no exception and this time it’s even better! Introducing their latest promotion program which they called it the 2ndBasket, otherwise commonly known as Purchase with Purchase in the departmental stores or supermarkets. Their second basket items vary from accessories like earrings to necklaces and bracelets which you can get it at a fraction of the original price. You will be entitled to purchase 3 of their price saving 2nd Basket item if you buy any one of their main item.

 


To find out more about their 2nd Basket Promotion program, please click here

LAST REMINDER: We have come to the last weekend of Movember in a blink of an eye. Don’t miss out the chance to grab your FREE Movember String Bag which worth $23.90 in their malppy store now. You just need to purchase $50 above in one transaction and the Movember String Bag is yours for FREE. 2 more days till the end of November. Head on to Malppy.com now!

 


 

  

The Popcorn Panel 
 


Review of Penguins of Madagascar with co-host Del Goh. Was it a hit or miss? Do find out!!

 

  
 

 

Wu Chun inspires new dishes 
 

The Energy Kitchen, Brunei’s first truly healthy restaurant is proud to present Jason Lew as its new Executive Chef. The addition of Chef Jason to our international team of both local and international chefs will further improve what is already one of Brunei’s Best Healthy Restaurants. Chef Jason has been in the food industry since he was 19, with professional training and very inspiring work experience in Australia.  On top of that, he has previously worked for 5 star international hotel chain where he has the opportunity to pick up fine dining skills in the kitchen. Prior to joining The Energy Kitchen, he also made a name for himself as a home-based caterer under his brand The Fat Chef, cooking up creative feasts and hosting dinners for a wide variety of events and functions.

Inspired by The Energy Kitchen’s healthy vision and His Majesty’s titah, which is to build a healthier nation in the country, Chef Jason decided to embark on a transformational journey from “Fat Chef” to “Fit Chef”.  He took up the challenge to do something truly different with food, that is to continue to create delicious food, but with a twist to make it truly healthy and exciting.

According to Wu Chun, “In addition to his new, healthier approach to food, Chef Jason’s newfound commitment to his health also involves undergoing rigorous fitness training and frequent brainstorming with the certified dietician at Fitness Zone.  Together with The Energy Kitchen, Chef Jason is keen to show Brunei what ‘REAL FOOD’ is all about – fresh food, made from scratch with minimal processing, high nutritional value (Superfoods!) and lighter cooking methods (no deep frying!).”

Chef Jason added, “Their mission is to show Brunei that healthy food does not have to be bland, boring or plain.  In fact, it is entirely possible to enjoy tasty, wholesome food daily, and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

 


Wu Chun of Energy Kitchen, holding a new inspired dish, Grilled Chicken Satay Beehon, with Chef Jason of Energy Kitchen

In conjunction with the announcement, The Energy Kitchen is introducing a number of new healthy dishes that owner Wu Chun and Chef Jason have been working on. The new Grilled Chicken Satay Beehoon is a delicious combination of brown rice vermicelli tossed in signature Almond Satay Sauce, egg, blanched kangkong, and succulent cumin grilled lean chicken breast. The Beef Stew is slow cooked with root vegetables, served with refreshing herbed quinoa tossed with raisins and cucumber.  The Energy Kitchen’s version of Gado-Gado, their Nihon Gyu (Japanese inspired) burger and few other new dishes will also be added to the menu.

The Energy Kitchen held its grand opening last month and it has been in operation for 6 months now. The response has been great, as the market for healthy food is growing fast and The Energy Kitchen couldn’t be more proud in helping to spearhead this trend. The Energy Kitchen will continue its quest to prove that you can go for a healthy makan that is good for your body and can be simple, innovative and always great tasting.

So why don’t you pop in and give The Energy Kitchen a try? Your body won’t regret it.

To know more, do visit The Energy Kitchen’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theenergykitchen, follow them on Instagram @theenergykitchen. The Energy Kitchen’s operation hours are 7.30am til 10.30pm. Reservations can be made by calling 2233323. Text and image courtesy of Energy Kitchen.

 

  
 

 

Amas by SEEDS  
 



Synopsis of Amas
 

A local drama education organisation – SEEDS – is ready to perform its own original production titled “Amas” for their annual year-end activity.

SEEDS have been producing their own versions of some of the famous musicals such as Oliver!, Willy Wonka, Into the Woods, Wicked and Lion King for the past five years. This year, the team took an exciting challenge of writing their own original show set in Brunei.

The original production features “Amas” who is a 115 year old lady dreaming of the past. The audience will be taken back in time to her childhood years in Kampong Ayer, when exciting and challenging developments were afoot in Brunei.

With the background of life on the water village and relationships with her parents and family friends, Amas recalls a time when she was a mischievous 10-year-old during the beginning of schools and formal education, as well as later when she was 20 and training to be a teacher, and a discovery of oil that promised prosperity for all.

The play will surely take the audience on a memorable journey back in time, reminiscing the sights and sounds, traditions and music of old Kampong Ayer. Text courtesy of Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times.

Tickets are still available at a priced of $15 each selling outside the Multi-Purpose Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalan (UBD) and are available from 2-5pm and 7-10pm (excluding Thursday) until show time!. For more information and changes on time, don’t hesitate to contact SEEDS at their social media accounts Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/seedsbrunei or Twitter @seedsbrunei.

 


The casts and crew of Amas during their preview night a few nights ago. Sorry, I couldn’t make it.
 


Images courtesy of SEEDS Brunei
 


One of the scenes from Amas
 


Grab your tickets now and support our local talents
 

  
 

 

Brunei in APICTA 2014
The annual, Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2014 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from 27th until 30th November. The theme for APICTA 2014 is “Innovate, Integrate and Empower”. The six teams who will represent Brunei Darussalam’s ICT achievements and compete at APICTA 2014 are selected from the pool of Brunei ICT Award (BICTA) 2014 winners.

The APICTA is an international awards program which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and bridge the digital divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities through exposure to venture capitalists and investors.

Participants of the awards program comprise of members of the APICTA Alliance. APICTA’s 17 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The delegation is led by Hj Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), who is also the Chairman of the BICTA 2014 working committee.

Brunei’s executive member representatives at APICTA committee are Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI and Wallace Koh, Advisor of AITI, who will be attending the APICTA 2014 event and annual APICTA General Meeting.

Brunei also sends 5 representatives as APICTA 2014 Judges who will be judging the competition in different categories. These judges are Hj Osman bin Hj Ladis and Wallace Koh Hoe Aik from AITI, Pg Sarimah bte Pg Abd Latiff from IFB, Jennifer Voon from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Jeremy Chua from iCentre.


Brunei delegation led by Hj Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) with the Brunei teams competing for this year’s APICTA 2014 in Jakarta. Taken at Brunei International Airport.
 

These six teams competing are:

Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB with “Heritage of South East Asia”;

Kolej International Graduate Studies (IGS) with “Virtual Watch Fitting”;

Sekolah Vokasional Nakhoda Ragam with the product “SVNR Staff Network”;

Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) with “The Sulu Princess”;

Teleconsult Sdn Bhd with “Teleconsult SkyEye”; and

PHMD Publishing Company with the project “Salam Halal”.

Participation in APICTA is a continuous initiative by the Ministry of Communications to develop the country’s ICT industry by allowing ICT product developers to compete on an international level. Brunei Darussalam teams who win at APICTA will be given a grant of $50,000 by AITI to further develop and enhance their product to become a marketable product. The 2nd prize or Merit Award winners will be given a grant of $25,000.

At APICTA 2013, Brunei Darussalam won two Merit awards by Chung Hwa Middle School, KB with the product “Higher Education Guidance System (Hedges)“ and Institut Teknologi of Brunei (ITB) with the product “AutiSay”. Press release and image courtesy of AITI.

 

  

31
Oct

Grapes galore

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Burgerking Black Pepper Burger 
 


 

  
 

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BIBD’s latest promotion


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ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

  
 

Big Cheesy Box 
 


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Energy Kitchen 



The launch earlier today at The Energy Kitchen
 


The Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Sari Setia Awang Hj Adanan with Wu Chun, the founder of The Energy Kitchen blending some healthy drinks

Superstar Wu Chun has been busy himself, flying here and there, and this afternoon, he is back in Brunei Darussalam to launch his very own healthy restaurant Energy Kitchen. Today it was launched with the grace of the honourable Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Sari Setia Awang Hj Adanan, the Minister of Health, who is also a very conscious when it comes to food.

Today 31st October, The Energy Kitchen celebrated its grand opening and this is a great way to educate the public on the presence of healthy food and let’s hope with the power of the media (RTB, newsprint and blog), we can carry the message across and promote healthy food. It won’t be an easy task but it has to start somewhere indeed.

According to Wu Chun, the founder of The Energy Kitchen, this is the first truly healthy restaurant in Brunei and their mission is to show Brunei that a healthy meal which is good for your body, can also be simple, innovative and tasty too. He encourages the local to join the Eat Smart Revolution. He is happy with the help of the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) which helps to promote healthy eating in Brunei. HPC has already started the initiative in providing a healthy lifestyle option when it comes to food. The tools are out there but we just need to choose a healthier option and it’s also up to the individuals.

Wu Chun has been grateful that the response has been encouraging ever since the soft launch a few months ago as the locals are beginning to be aware of eating healthier food.

The Minister of Health praised Wu Chun and his team on opening the restaurant which is line with the Ministry’s vision for a healthier lifestyle in Brunei Darussalam. He believes such presence can slowly educate the public and this will have a long term effect where it will reduce Non Communicable Diseases in the country.

From today until Sunday 2nd November, you can enjoy free dessert for every main meal ordered, there will be colouring activities and balloons for kids. You can also stand a chance to win gift certificates and REAL FOOD t-shirts exclusively designed by Wu Chun at The Energy Kitchen. You can also follow their updates on instagram @theenergykitchen

For reservation, you can call 223 3323.


The Minister of Health being interviewed by the press
 


Also present were the children from YASKA
 


Group photo with the team from The Energy Kitchen
 


The healthy drinks
 


Healthy food being served
 


 


Sheena and Rach
 


Hello Jo 😀
 

  


SCB’s MyBillPayment 
 


From 1 October to 31 December 2014, earn additional Reward Points when you pay at least three bills each month using MyBillPayment app or via www.mybillpayment.biz with your Standard Chartered Credit Card. Most of the bills that we pay are quite common and why not make use of Standard Chartered Bank’s reward campaign when you pay through online or your smartphone (through apps).

You can stand a chance of winning lucky draw prizes such as the Samsung Galaxy K or the Samsung Galaxy Tab for the month of November if you purchase POWERinstant or EASI Recharge using MyBillPayment. Awesome, right?

Some of the bills that can be paid using MyBillPayment are EASI Recharge Card, POWERinstant, DSTcom-Prima Broadband, Kristal Astro, TelBru, Electrical Department and Water Department to name a few. Hence, to be eligible for the rewards and the lucky draw, the bill payment must be made through MyBillPayment wesbite or their app.

For more information, you can call Standard Chartered Bank at 265 8000. Where else can you can enjoy perks while paying your bills online or through your smartphone? I’m gonna make use of recharging my EASI card through this system 😀

 


You can download MyBillPayment on your smartphone (IOS And Android)
 


Now you can pay bills through your smartphone
 

 

 

Check out Citroën cars 
 


Check out the roadshow at Times Square until this Sunday
 

Test driving the Citroën DS3 and DS4: What a wonderful experience indeed!! My first try out was the DS3 and don’t be fooled by the size because this car was such a joyride during my four day trial. The design itself makes a sporty, futuristic presence and it lives up to the performance. This is comparable with the Mini Cooper in terms of size but the DS3 is much more of a affordable car.

I was slightly concern if space would be a factor in the driving seat but it was pretty accommodating for me. Well, I know I might have gain a few pounds or so but it was almost perfect for my driving experience. The only fuss I had when sitting was pulling the seat belt over as I struggle using my left for the reach *lol*

I love the handling of the car as well especially during turns and roundabouts. It just made me think twice about letting go of my current car too. You will be surprised how efficient and well handled the DS3 is.

The DS3 sports a 1.6 litre four-cyclinder engine with a four-speed transmission and for me, it’s more than good enough since I’m not much of a fast driver. It will be a huge transformation if I was to convert to a mini car, coming from an SUV lover but I wouldn’t mind a secondary car for leisure and comfort just like the DS3.


My affair with the Citroën DS3
 


It was such a comfort ride with the Citroën DS3
 

I was torn between the Citroën DS3 and the Citroën DS4. Of course, the DS4 is definitely bigger and it has a more robust, fluid built with sharper lines and subtle curves. Brunei has just introduced these models in the market last year and slowly the public is noticing its strength and uniqueness as most of us are already familiar with other European brands in the market.

The interior is spacious and I love the interior finishing which is more refined and more attention to details. I was amazed that they have a massage chair option for the delight of the driver and passenger but I wasn’t too focused on that option. Just to let you know that you could fully recline the chair and switch it to massage mode 😀

I kinda like the neon-blue effect on the display on the speedometer and fuel indicator. I haven’t fully tested in terms of its speed but man, the DS4 can be an excellent ride along the highways especially if you commute back and forth from KB to Bandar. Sometimes I don’t even realise I’m driving over the speed limit because the ride was simply smooth.

In all, the DS4 packs a punch and I would highly recommend you to check out this model at Times Square this weekend. Even the price range is quite affordable for the specs that the DS4 boasts.

In comparison, both the Citroën DS3 and DS4 have their own strengths and it depends on what purpose you want to use the car for. What sold me about the DS4 is the bluetooth audio device which is not available for the DS3 since I listen to my music and podcasts while on the road.


Another great edition from Citroën the DS4
 


The interior of the DS4
 


Check out the rims at the Citroën showroom
 

 

 

Wu Chun at Golf Charity 
 


 

Mission Hills Group, a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry, hosted its third annual Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am as part of its effort to create the world’s largest leisure and entertainment destination around golf. The tournament, from October 24-26 at the Mission Hills Haikou Resort on China’s tropical island of Hainan, united leading A-list film and music industry icons, champion golfers and other sports legends from the U.S., China and around the world.

“We are thrilled to bring together such high profile celebrities and sports superstars in an event that positions China on the world map of golf, while showcasing Mission Hills, and the country as a whole, as a must-visit destination for travelers, whether they are golfers or not,” said Mission Hills Group Chairman and CEO Dr. Ken Chu. “We remain committed to popularizing the game of golf and creating a world-class entertainment resort that builds on the rapidly evolving sport.”

Demonstrating the shifting tastes in leisure among the Chinese, the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am is uniquely centered around golf and the film industry. As part of the event, 24 celebrities and 24 professional golfers will come together at Mission Hills’ premier facilities for a range of golf, gala events, and other entertainment activities, such as an exhibition of the new combination sport that Mission Hills recently introduced to China, football golf.

Top ranked professional golfers include 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, multiple Major winners Gary Player and Greg Norman, ex-Masters champion Ian Woosnam, former Open Championship winner Darren Clarke and Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley. During the tournament, it was broadcasted in 160 countries and territories worldwide, the teams faced off over two rounds of four-ball, competing for an individual prize of one million dollars.

Also in participation were the heavy hitters of China’s booming film industry, to celebrate the recent opening of Mission Hills Movie Town – the film-themed complex and brainchild of famed Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. In addition to its state-of-the-art film studios, entertainment and leisure activities, the attraction also features vintage street settings from Feng’s classic movies, paying homage to the only Chinese director with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.Sponsors of The Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am include American Express, Porsche, Stella Artois, Tibet 5100, Kohler, Biem.L.Fdlkk, Lindt, San Pellegrino and Appletiser.

Representing the largest golf club and mineral springs spa in the world and formerly accredited as the world’s largest spa resort by Guinness World Records, Mission Hills Haikou Resort exudes leisure and entertainment through its 550-room five-star hotel, 10 golf courses, 168 hot springs, 20 square kilometer mixed-use retail-tainment complex of prominent retail shops and restaurants, movie town entertainment zone, IMAX cinema, ice skating rink, nightlife, and hotel developments including The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, and Hard Rock Hotels. As part of its effort to promote golf to a new generation, three Mission Hills courses allow anyone under 16 to play for free, and 44 junior golf tournaments were also staged in the past 18 months in the quest to find the first Tiger Woods of China. As the cradle of golf in China, Mission Hills has hosted more than 100 international tournaments, including five editions of the World Cup of Golf and the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Images courtesy of Wu Chun.

 


Celebrity Wu Chun at Golf tournament at the Mission Hills Haikou Resort on China’s tropical island of Hainan
 


The evening with the celebrities
 

Of course with that aside, our very own celebrity Wu Chun from Brunei attended the prestigious sporting event in Asia. Here is what he has to say.

“This spectacular tournament is definitely the pre-eminent sports and entertainment event in Asia. Its truly an East meet West Cross-Cultural event where so many superstars from different industries and countries unites in such a groundbreaking event. And the thing that excites me is that everyone came here with a heart full of love hoping to raise fund to protect our lovely planet and helping so many children around the world that needs our attention.”

“I had the chance to hang out with some of the big names in the hollywood and its a dream come true opportunity…I was surprised to know that the golf legend, Greg Norman was in Brunei many years ago and him sharing with me how lovely Brunei is and would love to be back again. I also had the chance to express my admiration to Kenny G personally as his talented music has accompany me since i was 15 years old. “

“”What makes this event even more memorable is a compliment i received from the very fit and beautiful mother, Jessica Alba where she told me, ” You are so cute!” That really makes me feel on top of the world hahaa! As Fitness Zone is a monthly subscriber of Self Fitness Magazine and she has recently appeared on the cover, i also brought the magazine along so i can exhibit her autograph at Fitness Zone’s celebrities gallery which makes this a perfect wrap up for this glamorous and meaningful event.”

 


With Donnie Yen
 


Morgan Freeman
 


With golf legend Greg Norman
 


With Wu Chun’s music idol – Kenny G
 


With Jessica Alba
 


With Chris Evans
 


With Yao Ming
 

  
 

Winner of Media Pad X1 
 


Paul Hyde (3rd L) , Progresif Cellular’s Chief Executive Officer, with the winner of the Facebook Fanpage Like Contest, Latifah Hj Mohd Akin (2nd L). Image courtesy of Progresif Cellular.
 


Latifah Hj Mohd Akin took home a Huawei Media Pad X1
 

Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) recently revealed the winner for the Facebook Fanpage Like Contest with a Prize Presentation at its Beribi Headquarters.

Latifah Hj Mohd Akin took home a Huawei Media Pad X1. The prize was presented by Paul Hyde, Progresif Cellular’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Facebook Fan Page Like contest was held from September 15 until September 31.

Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd Chief Marketing Officer, Devin Edwards said to the media, “We are happy to give back to our valued customers and to support our technology partners, such as Huawei.”

He also added that there will be more to come for Progresif subscribers where there will be an end of year promotion coming soon and he advised subscribers to watch out.

Latifah said, “I am very happy and surprised to have won the prize. I am definitely looking forward to use the media pad.”

Paul Hyde Progresif Cellular Chief Executive Officer said, “The Facebook contest was one of our ways to reward our customers of their support and patronage. There will be more great things to happen in the near future and we are confident it will be exciting.”

Progresif took over the business and operations of B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd on July 1 this year, and Progresif recently appointed two C- Levels hire, Chief Technical Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd, it is poised to be a competitive and sustainable mobile operator in Brunei Darussalam, offering innovative products and services to its customers.

 


Promotion coming up from Progresif Cellular and to be announced tomorrow (1st November)
 

  
 

Malppy update 
 


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The 3D T-shirts from the Mountain has been doing very well in the USA. The Mountain is a manufacturer of high quality hand-dyed garments and they are well known for their unique designs and exceptional quality. This weekend sale, Malppy.com is going to feature more than 20 different designs from The Mountain’s 3D Creative Printing T-shirts.

As they mentioned it’s a Weekend Sale so this offers only valid for 3 days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)! The clock is ticking away and if you have got that special someone you know who would love 3D Mighty Tiger T-shirt or 3D Armour T-shirt for a gift, just visit their website now at www.malppy.com and order away!

Before I end this post, I’d like to remind everyone again, especially BIBD customers that Malppy has recently collaborated with BIBD and launched their latest online payment service called the eBayar (Direct BiBD bank transfer) and their existing eTunai (Mobile QR Code Scanning payment method) on Malppy.com. To further understand how to use these online payment services on malppy.com, you can simply click http://malppy.com/etunai and http://malppy.com/ebayar for the guide. As a complementary, the first 50 customers to pay their purchases at Malppy.com with either of these services will get a B$10 Starbucks coffee voucher FREE. Support your local bank that supports Malppy.com. Have a Great weekend ahead.

 


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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

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Malppy.com  

 


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

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

 

I love BK’s rendang 
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Burger King – Hershey’s Sundae Pie
 


Burger King – $1 Ice-cream sundae cone
 

 

L’Occitane’s presence in Brunei 
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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


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


Guest trying out the products
 


Check out L’Occitane’s products
 


Guest trying out the products
 


 


 


 


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Foodpanda making its mark 
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The cute Foodpanda balls
 


One of the healthy dishes from Energy Kitchen
 


The signing ceremony between Wu Chun and Claudio Abitante
 


Wu Chun with the Brunei team of Foodpanda
 

Foodpanda, here for the long run 
 

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

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

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

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


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