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17
Sep

Secretly, Greatly

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Korean Film Festival 2015
 

 

Thank you to the Korean Embassy to Brunei Darussalam for the kind invitation for the recent showing of the movie “Secretly, Greatly” as part of the three day event of the Korean Film Festival. The event was held at the Lecture Theatre, The Core, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The movies being screened are free and it is open to the public. I was fortunate enough to catch Secretly, Greatly last night and I am a huge fan of Korean movies – (The Host, Old Boy, New World, Werewolf Boy). Now it’s good that the Korean Film Festival featured this movie because I was quite moved by the movie. This is maybe one of the Top 10 movies I have caught this year though this movie is released back in 2013. Last night, Korean Deputy Chief of Mission to Brunei Darussalam, Yi Chang-Hoon attended the movie.

The response was quite overwhelming and it was good to see a good crowd last night at The Core. This shows that we do appreciate the movies from Korea. Tonight will be the final movie to be screened and it’s entitled “The Face Reader”.

The Face Reader depicts a story where Nae Kyung is able to assess the mental state, personality and person’s habit by looking at his face. Interesting.. I am still 50/50 in catching this tonight but it is a high possibility.

The Korean Film Festival is organised by Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam and the Language Centre of Universiti Brunei Darussalam and supported by Korean Foundation.

 


Yi Chang-Hoon, Republic of Korea Deputy Chief of Mission to Brunei Darussalam, with movie goers last night at Korean Film Festival at The Core. Image by Adib Noor of The Brunei Times.
 


My favourite drink of the month – a Korea drink Paldo (From Hallyu Mart) while catching Secretly, Greatly last night
 


A great crowd last night. I expect a similar crowd tonight for The Face Reader.
 


The lead actor of Secretly, Greatly was pretty good. I just bought this movie on Blu-ray 😀
 


The Face Reader that will be screened tonight – Thursday 17th September 7pm
 

 

19
Apr

#tillWhen?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Film Festival UBD 2014
 

Our take on the ongoing Film Festival UBD 2014 with my co-host Del Goh. Click play to listen to our enlightening review.


The set up at The Core. Nicely done, guys!! Check them out this weekend at The Core, UBD
 


Some of the props for the Film Festival UBD 2014


The timings for today (Saturday 19th April 2014)
 


Catch the production crew of Yasmine tomorrow at The Core, UBD
 


They are also selling merchandise for $10
 


Efah Mahrub of Film Festival UBD 2014, Siti Kamaluddin of Origins Film and Elizabeth Sim of Timeout with Liz
 

  
 

Sukan Ria 2014 
 


Sukan Ria Goldmyne Badminton Tournament. Click image to download form.
 


Sukan Ria Bowling Tournament. Click image to download form.
 

  
 

Inspire Issue No.2  
 


This edition of Inspire is a good read and learning about our influential women in Brunei.
 


@thehellopanda is also featured in this edition. The magazine will be available next week at newsstand for BND 5
 

  
 

The Social Media for EPL Masters 
 


Representatives from the social media sphere – Brunei FM, Social Deal, Ranoadidas and TigerLim

As the EPL Masters Brunei makes its return this year with a bigger twist, top social media sites and local bloggers expressed their support for this year’s much anticipated event as they agreed to become official social media partners of EPL Masters Football 2014. They signed an agreement with S-Team Solutions, the official event organizer on 18 April 2014, at the premises of S-Team at BT Complex at Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa.

Signified to show support for the event using their own social media platforms to disseminate information to the public, the event’s media partners include : Brunei FM, RanoAdidas, SocialDeal.com.bn and Tiger Lim.

During the occasion S-Team announced that his year’s tournament is set to take place at the National Stadium, which seats over 20,000 people, and the scene for many proud events for Brunei.

EPL Masters Brunei 2014 is an intense action packed indoor one-day tournament, where teams from the legendary stars from the EPL and Brunei battle it out for glory to be crowned champion. Previously, the teams were 6-a-side, but with announcement of a larger venue, the teams have also gotten bigger, as they now will be playing 11-a-side.

This year, the events will consist of a four day tour and activities, which include but are not limited to a golf and a youth football camp, meet the fans and corporate appearances.

EPL Masters Brunei 2014 features football heroes players from the 4 big teams namely : Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal forming the EPL All-Stars team.

Previously, fans were able to rub shoulders with the likes of Liverpool FC’s Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman,and Patrik Berger rekindle old rivalries against Manchester United’s top goal scorer Andy Cole, Ronnie Johnsen and Lee Sharpe.

As the Manchester United Fans Club and the Arsenal Fans club have offered to help as volunteers and liason officers, S-Team would like to extend an invitation to the Liverpool and Chelsea fan clubs to volunteer and have the chance to meet players from their favourite club. For further details please contact : 8899998.

To help The EPL Masters Brunei 2014, is not just a football event for local football fans, but is a prime opportunity for sports tourism to Brunei. It is hoped that travel agents can offer fans in neighbouring countries packages to bring in groups to watch a once-in-a-lifetime game that is set to thrill and amaze.


Representing TigerLim
 


Representing Brunei FM
 

  
 

The Big 60 
 


A surprise birthday gig for Mr. James Lee last evening. Thanks for the invitation 😀
 

  
 

KIA roadshow 
 


Happening today and tomorrow
In celebration of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, local distributor of Kia vehicles, is hosting an exciting roadshow today and tomorrow at The Mall, Gadong and a test drive activity tomorrow at SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre.

Participants in the test drive tomorrow will be given an original KIA-FIFA World Cup T-shirt and raffle form for an opportunity to win a trip for two to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals live in Brazil.

As a major sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kia is organising a nation-wide tour until May.

Kia on Tour 2014 is part of a larger global roadshow project initiated by Kia Motors Corporation in Korea.

It is part of Kia’s global commitment to surpass customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation. Text by Mei Fung Lee of The Brunei Times.


Test drive a KIA tomorrow at SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre and stand a chance to win a trip for two to watch the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
 


A successful test drive done last month near Times Square Shopping Centre.
 

  
 

Dugong carcass rotting 
 


The dugong carcass at Tungku Beach. Image taken by Rafidah Hamit of The Brunei Times

The carcass of an unidentified sea animal believed to be that of a dugong is still at Tungku Beach, six days after it was reported to the Wildlife Division.

When The Brunei Times visited the site yesterday, there was already a foul smell emitting from the remains of the carcass. On closer inspection, it was found that most of the flesh was destroyed. More maggots and flies were seen to be devouring the carcass. Curious onlookers also stopped to look at it.

Hj Faisal Hj Nordin, an officer from the Wildlife Division told The Brunei Times that they had sent a team down to the beach to investigate the remains but could not ascertain the cause of death.

They were also unable to determine whether it was a dugong or a seal. “This is because we do not have a mammal expert. After the investigation, we just left the carcass there to naturally decompose,” Hj Faisal said. He declined to provide further details on the matter. Leaving carcasses that have been washed up ashore to decompose naturally is not uncommon.

In December 2012, a young whale measuring 40 feet long was found on a beach in Malibu — the carcass had disintegrated to such an extent that it was no longer feasible to tow it out to sea. According to an article by The Guardian, authorities had said that the condition of the whale’s carcass made it physically difficult to be moved. “It’s so embedded in sand that they won’t be able to get it out. The body will be pulled apart,” the authorities were reported as saying. The carcass of the sea animal at Tungku Beach measured at about six feet in length. The wildlife authority in Brunei urges the public to report any findings related to wildlife animals to them by calling 2774258, or emailing info-wildlife@industry.gov.bn or by contacting them through the Facebook. Text by Rafidah Hamit of The Brunei Times.

 

  
 

16
Apr

#zombieEyes

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

 

Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

Hougang hosts DPMM FC 
 


Can DPMM FC continue their scoring spree momentum tonight?

DPMM FC will be gunning for their third win in a row as they will be hosted by Hougang United FC who can prove to be a tricky customer for DPMM FC. Brunei’s only professional club scored 11 goals in the last two games against two bottom teams – Courts Young Lions and Harimau Muda and they are on a scoring spree but the most important key for Steve Kean is getting another clean sheet for DPMM FC.

“We have an appetite to go and have a few more goals and the best part about our last game is the clean sheet as well. So we are very hopeful that we can get a clean sheet and get all three points,” said Kean during the interview at the Brunei International Airport before taking off to Singapore.

Kean did admit that Hougang United has cause some surprises in the S•League this season. “I have watched some of their games on DVD and they are good at putting the ball in the box and it will be a tough game.”

However, DPMM FC will be without two key players – Rosmin Kamis (Bobby) and Sairol Sahari who scored in the last game. According to Kean, Bobby should be back for the following game next week as he was being rested, recovering from two calves strains. Sairol will be rested for some tight strain on his hip.

Kean is ready to hand Azwan Salleh and Hendra, their first start of the season, replacing the positions of Sairol and Bobby respectively. The head coach is confident of Bobby’s replacement, Hendra, and he has shown some maturity while coming off the bench in the past few matches. This will be a big game for Hendra indeed.

Rodrigo Tosi will prove to be a huge threat as he has already bagged seven goals this season. He shared how the squad this season was very much different from his previous stints and one point that he highlighted was the mentality of his team mates that has made the difference. The Brazilian is also wary of Hougang’s improvements this season and he will do his best to bring in three points for DPMM FC and of course, add to his goal tally.

Hougang United FC will host DPMM FC tonight at Hougang Stadium, Singapore. You can catch some live updates on their Twitter and instagram handle @officialdpmmfc


DPMM FC players posing after their 5-0 victory of Harimau Muda last Friday
 


DPMM FC will be missing Sairol Sahari and Rosmin Kamis who are being rested
 


DPMM FC’s brightest prospect, Azwan Ali, will be featured once again and he has been giving DPMM FC more attacking options.
 


DPMM FC players with some fans at the Brunei International Airport yesterday
 


Will Aziz Tamit and Boris Raspudic hold their defence for another clean sheet tonight?
 

  
 

 

Parents excited for ISB campus 
 


The Minister of Education and The Minister of Development with the Board of Directors of ISB, management of ISB and students of ISB at the groundbreaking ceremony of ISB new campus at Kg Sg Hanching
 


The Minister of Education and The Minister of Development with the architect, consultants and contractors of the new ISB campus

The comments have been flourish on my social media after my posting of the recent graphics of the newly proposed green building of ISB campus at Sg Hanching. By August 2015, ISB will relocated their school to the new proposed area. The exact location is along Jalan Utama Salambigar, Kg Sg Hanching and it is pretty big, a 22-acre site.

I remember a few years ago of the rumours that ISB can be relocated as the current land belongs to the another ministry if I’m not mistaken. Now it’s a reality after a groundbreaking ceremony a few days ago officiated by two of our ministers – Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and the Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, who poured concrete cement into the foundation of the new ISB campus.

You may seen ISB’s branding as being eco-friendly and always giving back to the community and I was pleased that ISB’s new campus uses the green concept to reduce the usage of energy and water while creating a more conducive and healthier environment for the teachers, students and parents.

The whole project itself costs in the region of BND 30 million and it’s being financed by Baiduri Bank (Oh yeah, if you wanna apply for home loans, Baiduri Bank can help finance you too). The architect of the project is handled by Arkitek Rekajaya; Civil & Structural Consultants is Adwan & Associates Chartered Engineers; Mechanical & Electrical Consultant is Sepakat Setia Perunding; Earthwork Consultant also is done by Sepakat Setia Perunding; Quantity Surveyor is MRBC Partnership; Main Building Contractor is Walltique Sdn Bhd and Mechanical & Electrical Contractor is DHJ Electrical Sdn Bhd.

Both ministers were pretty impressed with the current project and they hope that more schools will adapt the concept of a greener environment even on a smaller scope.

I will see if I’m able to get more snippets during the progress of the construction over a period of time.


 


Ahmad Isa, the Chairman of ISB, delivering his welcoming remarks and highlight of ISB’s initiative of going green and conserving energy on the new green concept campus
 


The pouring of the concrete to commemorate the construction of the new campus
 


 


In a few months’ time, this place will have some foundation
 


The Early Childhood Building
 


The Early Childhood Building (Ugama)
 


The overview of new ISB campus
 

 

  
 

The Drama Night
 

With M.A.S.K.
 


Check out this drama event consisting of multiple short sketches with some comedic touch and a theme. Happening the following Sunday.
 

  
 

Power up your Acer phones 
 

For many senior citizens, getting to grips with smartphone technology can sometimes be problematic as the small on-screen text is often difficult to read and the multitude of features and functions can lead to mistakes.

Concepts Computer Sdn Bhd has taken steps to solve the problem by introducing five different Acer smartphone models, and anyone over the age of 50 purchasing a smartphone from the company will be entitled to a special gift – a Starius 2,600mAH power-bank, which comes in a variety of colours including electric blue and striking black.

 In addition to this, students and teachers providing valid identification will be able to acquire the same deal.


Check out the Acer Liquid Z3s which only costs BND 158 and for a limited time, you can purchase any of the Acer smartphones and get a FREE Starius power bank (applicable to senior citizens, students and teachers)

 First on the list is the affordable Acer Liquid Z3s dual core 1GHz Android smart-phone priced at $158. The Z3s includes a Senior Mode which comes optimised for senior citizens with features such as magnification, quick call contacts and radio.

 These simple modes are also designed for children as the range of “Quick Mode” options available on the Z3s makes this a great first time smart-phone with parent restrictions and security locks.
Next on offer is the Acer Liquid Z5, available for the price of $238 for 512MB or $288 for 1GB. Despite its budget price, the Z5 is a smart-looking smartphone as pictures and videos are clearly portrayed in its large five-inch display. Favourite applications and camera function are also easily launched from the home screen. This model sports a front-facing high performance speaker that has clear audio, equipped with DTS sound which plays tracks beautifully.

 The next model on offer is the Acer Liquid E2, priced at $328, which has an elegant curved design with a large 4.5-inch HD screen and a camera that has a zero shutter delay that allows users to take up to eight pictures per second. This model also comes with dual metal speakers and wide stereo width enhancement for users needing an entertainment smartphone on-the-go.

 Meanwhile, the Acer Liquid S1, a perfect business smartphone, is priced at $498 and has a large 5.7-inch HD display and features the zero-air-gap design. The model comes with office applications such as Acer Docs and Acer Remote Files for that spur-of-the-moment presentation.

 Last but not least is the high-end Acer Liquid S2, available for $848, which has a 6-inch Full HD display with IPS technology. The phone sports a 13 MP, f/2.2 camera that captures breathtaking 27 MP panoramic images and records videos in 4K Ultra HD2. Users can also experience a 5.1 channel virtual sound on headphones when using the phone and the intuitive graphical tuner will adjust sounds to preferred sound quality.

 Concepts Computer Marketing Executive Zul Abdul Rahman said that the special deal is the beginning of a great expansion for the company, with hopes of aiding older citizens in Brunei as well as fulfilling the needs of consumers such as teachers and students.

 For more information on the wide selection of Acer smartphones or Starius power banks, visit the nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551 or 2233552. Text courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.


Associates of Concepts Computer holding the Acer Liquid Series smartphone and the power banks
 


Perks of being a media. We get to choose one power bank 😀
 


From the five models, you will get a FREE power bank. Only applicable to senior citizens, students and teachers
 


Mr. Vincent Pao is also enjoying his new hobby – photography 😀
 

  
 

Freshco Wedding Fair 
 

For the first time, Freshco in Plaza Abdul Razak will be organizing its own Wedding Fair, which is in collaboration with Songket Wedding Event & Co. The event will be featuring companies that provide for certain aspects of weddings from all over Brunei, and the fair will be in conjunction with the official launching of the Putera Banquest Hall in Freshco, which can accommodate up to 800 pax for wedding functions.

The fair which is open to the public will take place over 4 weeks, starting from Thursday, 17th April 2014 and officially end Sunday, 11th May 2014. Each week, different vendors will be showcasing their products according to the theme, from 11am til 9pm, (excluding 12pm to 2pm on Fridays).

The rest of the schedule will be “Wedding Photography & Videography” which will take place from 24th to 27th April, “Wedding Dresses & Make up” on 1st to 5th May, and the final week will be all about “Wedding Decorations, Pelamin & Hantaran” from 8th to 11th May.

Lucky couples who book the Putera Banquet Hall for their wedding during the fair are entered in a Lucky Draw to win a Free Honeymoon Trip to Bali for 3 days and 2 nights, which is sponsored by Songket Wedding Events & Co. More surprises will be revealed as the fair takes places, so set your sights on Freshco’s Official Facebook Page, and their Instagram @freshcobrunei to get the latest updates.

For more information, please contact 2201083, 717 4418 or 7293131

  
 

Happening this weekend 
 


The Film Festival UBD 2014 is happening this weekend. Well done to the UBD students involved in this project

You can listen to my podcast on my interview with the Marketing Director of the Film Festival UBD 2014

22
Mar

#RaidIsComing

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

 
 

DPMM FC vs Tampines Rovers FC

 


Catch DPMM FC this Sunday as they take on Tampines Rovers. Both have perfect records but DPMM FC has yet to concede a goal.
 
  
 
 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

  
 

HSBC Personal Internet Banking

 

Click image to read more
 
 


BIBD – Let’s Go Mobile!

 

Let’s go mobile? Click more to find out!!
 
 
 
 

Icon Design Store

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 


Brunei Lego Meet 2014 

 


Happening this weekend

It’s been happening this weekend which started yesterday at the Mabohai Shopping Complex. Yesterday there was a group build (Parisian Restaurant) among the BULAT members and there is also an ongoing competition on instagram for the hidden mini figures contest.

Just check out the posters below for details. Today (Saturday) will be the polybags speed building competition which will happen at 2pm. The competition is limited to the first 40 participants. The top 3 participants will be notified to come on Sunday 23rd March for the prize presentation. The top three winners will win Lego sets from BULAT.

Tomorrow Sunday there will be minfigures record attempt. Not sure what that actually means but I assume is the amount of minifigures to be displayed. The event is organised by Mabohai Shopping Complex and BULAT.

 


The customized ship build by a BULAT member


BULAT members setting up the display


@juloren documenting the Lego display


Speed building by BULAT members


Speed building by BULAT members


Speed building by BULAT members


The competition happening today


Prizes you can win for the speed building on Lego polybags

BULAT also join partnered with Bluebox Services, a sole distributor of Lego education products which are ideal for students to be creative and imaginative in building mechanical stuff made of Lego. There is a Robotic showcase on Lego education with students and teachers from Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam Secondary School, who are the current champion of the Lego Robotic Competition. If you want more information about the Lego educational products, you can drop by the showcase area and meet up with Hjh Faridah of Bluebox Services.

I’m kinda impressed with the students on their creativity using Lego Robotics products. So do drop by Mabohai Shopping Complex this weekend and check out the Lego showcase.


Hjh Faridah of Bluebox Services being interviewed by Aziz Idris of Borneo Bulletin


A Lego product made by students


You can check out the showcase at Mabohai Shopping Complex today and tomorrow

  

Badi’ah Hotel Restaurant 
 


The ongoing promotion at Badi’ah Hotel Restaurant every weekend
Have you ever dine at Badi’ah Hotel Restaurant? Not many people know of its existence. You might be aware of the old Badi’ah building and it has been going through a transformation and now it’s turned into a hotel and a restaurant. I dined for the first time at Badi’ah Hotel Restaurant on the 1st floor and it has quite a spacious area to begin with.

Currently they are having a special promotion – Badi’ah Fusion Buffer Dinner. The buffet dinner offers free flow of appetisers, soup, main course, noodles, porridge, seafood, hot dishes, desserts featuring Chinese, Malay, English and Japanese flavours prepared by the kitchen staff with 30 years of experience in the food and beverage field. The dinner also includes a free flow of beverages.

Some of the standard items for the buffet dinner includes Ayam Masak Merah, Salted Egg Chicken, Mongolian Lamb, Beef Rendang, Sweet and Sour Fish, Butter Egg Fish, Roasted Poultry, Mixed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce, Wantan Broccoli and an assortment of tantalising Japanese sushi and Chinese dim sum to choose from as well fruit tarts, assorted cakes, sandwiches and more for dessert.

However, the menu will be changed every weekend night, according to Joey Kong Siow Wei, the Manager of Badi’ah Hotel Restaurant. The buffet dinner starts from 7.30pm to 10.30pm, every Friday to Sunday. It is priced at $28.80 for adults and $14.40 for children. But good news is that they are having a 20% discount on the weekends until end of March.

They will also stand a chance to win a mini iPad and smartphone in a lucky draw session. The eatery also provides outside catering services as well as banquet services to which the hotel can accommodate a maximum of 800 people. For more information, call the Badi’ah Hotel at 7292221 or 222 073/4. You can also follow their updates on instagram @badiahhotelrestaurant

 


The buffet spread at Badi’ah Hotel Restaurant
 


For Japanese lovers, they even have sushi spread
 


The buffet is every weekend from Friday to Sunday
 


Do try out their $9.90 lunch set promotion
 

  
 

Freshco Kids Carnival 
 


The mascots looking surprised at the Freshco Kids Carnival

Two more days left before the end of the Kids Carnival happening on the 1st floor of Freshco. For your info, Freshco is located at the building that used to be rented out to Soon Lee. So now the place has been revived and you will be surprised how much it has changed ever since the renovation.

So now you have a good reason to bring your family and the young ones to the kids carnival. They have activities such as pasta making, photo booth with props, face painting, hand bowling, a real angry bird game, basketball, bouncer, dart games and many more. They also have mascots to cheer the kids and to take photos with.

You will need to buy the coupons at the entrance valued at 50 cents and 1 dollar.

The colour contest was just over and the next event will be the Kids Dress Up Competition this Sunday. The carnival times are from 11am to 9pm. Enjoy!!!


It’s located on the 1st floor and not the ground floor of Freshco
 


Need to buy the coupon in order to play the games
 


The dart game
 


The basketball game
 


Angry bird for real
 


You can wear the accessories and take a selfie
 


The most popular area for kids
 


You today (Saturday) and Sunday left to enjoy the Kids Carnival
 

  
 

Interview for Film Festival UBD 2014  
 

 

Play podcast on my interview with the guys behind the Film Festival UBD 2014

 

  
 

Today’s the final day 
 

Times Square Shopping Centre has always been great in creating events and exposure for participating tenants. After the successful Japan Festival 2014 event, TSSC held another interactive event for the public, targeting the younger generation with the gimmick called “Armed for the Undead”.

This event has been a success since Wednesday and sadly today will be the final day. I saw a lot of interest after my posting on instagram last Wednesday. The “Armed for the Undead” event or more commonly known as the Nerf versus Zombies experience is an innovative form of entertainment that Times Square Management has organized specially for this year’s first school term break. With an entry fee of only $3, customers get to choose their “weapon” or Nerf Gun and walk their way into the zombie infested arena. Supported by The Brunei Milsims Cosplayers, customers were also given a short briefing of the rules to ensure a safe playing environment.

Today it will be open by 11am and ends at 9pm tonight. So if you haven’t try, you still have a chance to do so. The cost per entry is $3 and those under 5 years old will not be allowed. You can check out their updates on instagram @timessquarebrunei


Be equipped with nerf guns to fight the zombies
 


$3 per entry for some cheap thrill
 


Be equipped with nerf guns to fight the zombies
 


How the set up looks like
 


Getting briefed before the entering
 


 


The infected zombies you have to go through

A note from Times Square Shopping Centre management: To all of the valued customers of Times Square Shopping Centre, it is almost that time of the year again. Last 18th December 2013, Times Square Shopping Centre announced the beginning of the 4th Series Lucky Draw Campaign and the first quarter of the campaign has ended on 21st March 2014 at 10.00 pm.

Times Square Property Management would like to remind the loyal customers that the first lucky draw will be held Sunday, 23rd March 2014 at the Times Square Atrium at 2.00 pm. With 20 receipts chosen daily, Times Square will be expecting quite a huge crowd of hopeful winners from 1800 receipts that have been collected since the beginning of the campaign.

Also, Lucky Draw coupon holders must be present at the Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Lucky Draw coupons. Representatives are allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as the photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon.

 

18
Mar

#IamUpforMovies

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Need for Speed 
 

I love Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad. However, I couldn’t picture him leading a role just yet on the big screen. His role as the protagonist in Need For Speed is questionable. Is he really a hero after the two hour ordeal that I had to go through? Plot wise, this is nothing interesting and for many, they won’t care much about the plot as they have something to look forward to and that is fast, beautiful cars which ain’t a selling point for me.

The plus points for me was the camera style and technique on the car chase sequences. I would say that some of the scenes were slightly better than Fast and the Furious series. Maybe the director attempted to bring more realism with great score and sound editing along with it. Do listen to my podcast on the popcorn panel and yes, I have another quiz too but you have to answer them on my instagram handle to be eligible for the grand prize.

So far the reviews have been favourable among my peers. But an eight will be too high for my liking. Movie has many flaws to make this a classic. I still prefer the FF series. Verdict: 7/10 @abbylmf 6.8 Rottentomatoes 23%

Check out the podcast review for Need for Speed

  
 

 

UBD Film Festival 2014 

 

I’m kinda excited for this event as I’m a movie buff and also my interest in film making is kinda high. This is the first time that UBD will be hosting a Film Festival that will feature some of the students’ modules of short films as well as some of the local house production short films. The actual event will be on the 19th and 20th of April which will take place at the Core, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The tickets are free but the seats are limited over the two day period.

Last night, I was being interviewed by the marketing committee of UBD Film Festival 2014 and I’m honoured to be part of their project. They also interviewed some local videographers and creative directors where Elizabeth Sim was the host for the TV show format interview. Well, why I was chosen was because of my own going podcast on movie reviews on Sound Cloud – The Popcorn Panel.

Ironically, I interviewed the director of marketing, UBD Film Festival 2014, Efah, and you will be able to catch the interview soon on the Popcorn Panel. Good luck to you guys and I can see how much effort have been invested in this event. So peeps, don’t forget to catch UBD Film Festival 2014 on 19th and 20th April at the Core, UBD.

UBD Film Festival 2014 are also running a short film submissions from the public and you can check out their terms and conditions on their website and you can also download the form if you are interested. Who knows your short film will be shortlisted and be shown during the said event. You can also follow them on instagram @filmfestivalubd2014


You can be part of the UBD Film Festival 2014


The marketing team of the UBD Film Festival 2014 documenting the interviews


A young talented videographer being interviewed


Behind the scenes


Make up before the shoot


Testing before the shoot


The form for those interested to feature your short films

  

Amazing trailer 
 

Check out the first official trailer for Yasmine the movie

It was great to see the 30 second trailer of the much anticipated first featured film produced by a Bruneian entitled “YASMINE”. You may have heard about the movie on my older posts back last year and now it’s getting very close to reality that Yasmine the movie will be hit theaters and the producers have announced that the movie will be released by August 2014. Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia will be the first countries to release the movie though Yasmine will make its private screening at the Hong Kong International Film Festival (24-27th March) and Festival De Cannes: Marche Du Film (14-24th May).

As you can see that the Brunei’s film industry is still in its infant stage. So it’s great to see Origin Films taking a huge risk in creating this film which costs quite a huge sum of money. With the support of the Brunei Economic Development Board and the ministries involved in funding the project, Origin Films is confident that the Yasmine will translate not just exposure but also into box office success with Indonesia being the major market.

I have never been so excited about a local featured film for such a long time. The trailer itself have already raised my expectations on Yasmine and I have observed behind-the-scenes moments of Yasmine especially during shooting and I learnt so much about film making and I’m beginning to appreciate the efforts of even those who had minor roles in the film production.

Yesterday the media and bloggers were invited by Origins Film where Siti Kamaluddin, the director, introduced to the guests of the teaser trailer for Yasmine. She’s the lady behind the project with the help of Din Kamaluddin (producer), Chan Man Ching (stunt coordinator, action choreographer) as Action Director, Salman Aristo as Screenplay writer (Ayat-Ayat Cinta, Sang Penari), Cesa David Lukmansyah as Film Editor (Rumah di Seribu Ombak), Khikmawan Santosa as the Sound Designer, Aghi Narottama as the Music Director and Nidji, the composer and original songs on the soundtrack for Yasmine.

In attendance were representatives from Brunei Economic Development Board (LEAP Grant division), Baiduri Bank and Times Cineplex who were also impressed with the teaser trailer. Yasmine is very likely to be shown exclusively at Times Cineplex by August 2014. I shall keep you guys in the loop when the release date gets closer.

You can see some of the details of Yasmine the movie at their website yasminethemovie.com and you can also follow them on Twitter and instagram @yasminthemovie for updates. The web portal was also launched yesterday to give more hype on the movie before its release.

I shall be posting more behind-the-scene pictures in a few weeks’ time. Congratulations to Siti and her team on their tirelessly effort in producing a locally made film. You have my full support definitely.


Siti Kamaluddin, director of Yasmine and founder of Origin Films with her crew involved in the Yasmine project
 


Associates from the Brunei Economic Development Board were present
 


Members of the local media were also present
 


Siti Kamaluddin engaging with the guests about the latest development from the movie
The cast from Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia feature Liyana Yus from Brunei playing the lead role of Yasmine. From Indonesia we see leading man Reza Rahadian (Fahri – Yasmine’s Father), Agus Kuncoro (Jamal – Silat teacher), Dwi Sasono (Tong Lung – School Silat teacher), Arifin Putra (Fahri’s friend) as well as young actors Roy Sungkono and Mentari De Marelle. Actors from Malaysia involved in this film feature none other than Dian P Ramlee, Dato’ M. Nasir, Nabila Huda, Soo Wincci, Carmen Soo and Aryl Falak.

YASMINE is a beautifully choreographed story that inspires us to revisit our dreams. Action, comedy and drama come together powerfully in this unforgettable journey. YASMINE being the first international feature film from Brunei has gained the attention of the film world and many international media. YASMINE has been featured in the Monocle (British Magazine) and has had articles in The Guardian (British Newspaper) and many other newspapers both locally and around the region. YASMINE will be introduced to the international film industry by appearing at the film market in the Hong Kong International Film Festival (24 March – 7 April) and the Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) this year.

 


Liyana Yus in her lead role as Yasmine
 


Reza Rahadian, a well known Indonesian actor, playing as Yasmine’s father, Fahri
 

  
 

 

Seats are secured
 

I have been a big fan of purchasing movie tickets online. One reason – I don’t have to worry about my booked seats being taken because I paid for my seats and if I don’t turn up, then that’s my loss. I’ve always bought my tickets online whenever I’m in Singapore. For Brunei, the furthest we could do is book the seats online without online payment. This would mean that our seats won’t be guaranteed and according to Benny Ang, the General Manager of Times Cineplex, they can easily lose 60% from simply phone bookings, meaning the supposedly patrons didn’t show up for the selected movies they booked.

Today Times Cineplex have introduced online payment system for customers. I applaud such move and this will give movie goers a piece of mind especially me when it comes to securing your seats at Times Cineplex. You will need your Debit and Credit Card for sure and there won’t be a surcharge or booking fee when using the card. So that’s great news for movie goers. This online payment systems is only available for Times Cineplex.

“Ever since we opened nearly a year and a half ago, we have always maintained that we will continue to try and provide the very best for our customers”, said Benny Ang.

“We are delighted that this online booking facility is the first of its kind in Brunei for cinemas in that there is no pressure on the customer to come and collect their tickets at a stipulated time before the show.”

“They can book, choose their seats, pay for it all from their own home. They just have to remember their booking number to collect their tickets when they come.”

Of course, the phone booking still exists which is the usual bookings being done if you are not physically over the Times Cineplex counter. But then, you will have to be early before the movie starts to get hold of your movie tickets or you will risk your seats to those walk-in customers.

Benny also highlighted that there won’t be any refund when you buy it online but you will be able to replace your ticket with other schedules or movies of your preference if you happen to change your mind. This is a fair enough deal indeed.

So do follow the steps below or you can go straight to tutorial [click here].


Now you can pay your movie tickets online. Check out their website by clicking this image.
 


For new users, you will need a sign up first
 


Choose what movies you want to watch
 


You can choose for adults and/or kids
 


The payment gateway is made possible by Baiduri Bank
 


You will get this e-voucher in your email. So all you need to do is tell your Confirmation number over at the counter to claim your tickets 😀

Did you know that you can already purchase tickets for Captain America: Winter Soldier online at Times Cineplex. You can try out the payment online for the upcoming blockbuster which will only be screening by Thursday, 27th March. So now you can purchase your seats online with a piece of mind and collect your tickets even 5 minutes before your show. Of course, I won’t recommend you to do that since you will still have to queue up and the queues tend to get longer especially with blockbuster movies showing on the opening weekend.

Times Cineplex is also running a special gimmicks where customers can get a Free exclusive set of Captain America Metallic Foil stickers for every four tickets purchased per customer. This offer while stocks last but for those buying tickets online, you will have to physically go to the counter to collect the stickers as they are based on first come, first serve as in ticket collections. I will be catching Captain America in Singapore 😀


Now you can purchase Captain America tickets at Times Cineplex website
 


Get these special set of Captain America Metallic Foil stickers for every 4 tickets purchased of Captain America movie tickets
 

  
 

Sam the Inventorbot 
 

The animation was based on an android who invents gadgets at amazing speeds, and is hunted by a villain who wants to abuse its ability. “Sam the Inventorbot” is created by Hj Khairul Azhar Hj Rosli, founder of Cinematicpro.

Last year he won himself first place in the AITI Next Innovation and Multimedia Award for Sustainable ICT Industry (ANIMASI) Pro-Digital Animation Challenge which also secured him a BND 35,000 development of ICT and Digital Media Industries grant from AITI. You can check out the Proof of Concept Trailer for Sam, the Inventorbot, a 3D animated series.

Hj Khairul thanked his team members involved in the project, AITI, BEDB, iCentre and all the professionals from Autodesk. He also thanked the consultant, gigglegarage and his production partners, tribeaudio and Banshee creative.


Click image to view the trailer
 

  
 

I Love Brunei 
 

This is another videography competition organised by The Brunei Times. Show your love for Brunei Darusalam in moving images and join The Brunei Times video competition in conjunction with Brunei’s 30th National Day celebrations. he competition, themed “Brunei Through My Viewfinder”, is open to ALL RESIDENTS.
The competition consists of Category ‘A’ (25 years old & above) and Category ‘B’ (Below 25 years old).

Click on this WEBSITE to register for the competition and find out more TERMS AND CONDITIONS on this SITE. The closing date for this competition is April 30, 2014 at 1500 hours.

The prizes are pretty attractive too. For Category A, winner can win a savings account sponsored by Baiduri Bank worth BND 7,000 and Dell Notebook sponsored by Netcom Computer House and Crystal Trophy sponsored by Mahkota Crystal Sdn Bhd. For Category B, winner can win a savings account sponsored by Baiduri Bank worth BND 3,000 and Dell Notebook sponsored by Netcom Computer House and Crystal Trophy sponsored by Mahkota Crystal Sdn Bhd.

Another way to showcase your videography talents.


Do join the competition and showcase your talents

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