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30
Aug

Weekend Warriors

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Weekend Warrior 
 

 


During the launch of Weekend Warriors three weeks ago at JKR Sports Complex

Now everyone can play. If you are into football and you don’t have a team or even friends to tag along with you, then fear no more. Weekend Warriors have come up with a solution and for the past three weeks, the method has been successful. According to the founders of Respin Alpha (wwfutsal), the responses have been overwhelming and it was unexpected.

I have met up with Faezal Murni, Founder and CEO of Respin Alpha and Simon Soo, co-founder of Respin Alpha, a few weeks ago before their official launch and I can feel their passion the Weekend Warrior will be a big hit in Brunei Darussalam.

If you look at the bigger picture, there are many winners (win-win situation). Players who doesn’t have a team can play. At the same time, this gives businesses to the premises at JKR and also the referees are being paid too. Furthermore, Respin  Alpha are looking at hiring more locals for their future expansion. So all in all, this is platform created by the company is definitely a win-win situation.

What I truly love about this idea is that you just have to bring yourself after you registered your slot time. Just make sure you bring your own shoes, shin pads (shin protection) and socks. As for the rest, the bibs/vests are provided and even the referees are too.

So first thing’s first, get yourself registered on wwfutsal.com and join a team. The allocated times to choose are normally on a Sunday.

There’s also a leaderboard to keep track of your ranking. You will get points for scoring and even assist. Not bad, huh? Then you can see your rank in the leaderboard posted on the website.

In the works now is the creation of an app for Weekend Warriors. It’s in the pipeline and once the mechanism is stable, the app version will be launched within a few months and this will even make it easier for Weekend Warriors players.

Faezal and Simon recently travel to Jakarta for expansion and that’s the only way to grow instead of relying on the local market. All the best buddies and I’m sure this idea will be also accepted in other countries.

Hopefully on a Sunday, I can spend some time playing in a futsal match using Weekend Warriors. Kudos to the team Respin Alpha on the successful web application.

 


The players having fun during the first match of the Weekend Warrior after the official launch
 

 


Celebrity Aziz Harun (left) was also playing
 


Good thing is that the referees are also involved
 


Guests during the launch of Weekend Warriors
 


Act of sportsmanship before and after each match
 


Simon Soo, co-founder of Respin Alpha with Faezal Murni, CEO and founder of Respin Alpha before their flight to Jakarta recently

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17
Mar

Strength to strength

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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Good luck, Dermot 
 


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (3rd R) speaking with Captain Sharifah Czarena Surainy Syed Hashim (L), as former Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Dermot Mannion (2nd L) and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Captain Khalidkhan Hj Asmakhan (2nd R) look. It was His Majesty’s visit to the newly refurbished Brunei International Airport last year. Image courtesy of Zaim Kasmat of The Brunei Times.
 


Mr. Dermot Mannion have served in Royal Brunei Airlines for 5 years and he has definitely shifted the play field of Royal Brunei Airlines through restructuring and rebranding. It’s sad to know that he won’t be continuing his journey in Royal Brunei Airlines. Image courtesy of breakingnewstravel.com
 

After five years of service as Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), Mr. Dermot Mannion has announced he will shortly depart from Brunei, on completion of his term of office. The Board of RB has expressed gratitude to Mr. Mannion for his service and in particular, has commended the successful completion of the restructuring and rebranding of RB in recent years.

Mr. Mannion will now be succeeded in the capacity of CEO by Mr. Karam Chand who was previously Chief Commercial and Planning Officer at RB. Mr. Chand holds an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and has over twenty years’ experience at various flag carrier airlines and Virgin Australia.

Stated Mr. Mannion: ‘I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Board and to our staff for their loyalty and support during my tenure at RB. I would also like to congratulate Karam on his appointment and I extend my sincere best wishes to him and to RB for the future.’

Mr Chand stated “I am honoured and humbled by the appointment and for the trust and faith the Board has placed in me. We have tremendous opportunities ahead of us and with the strong legacy left by Dermot we are in a good position to fly the flag higher. I am grateful to Dermot for his support and guidance over the last three and half years. We wish him well in whatever he chooses as his next challenge”. Text courtesy of Royal Brunei Airlines.

 


Dermot with the winners of the talent competition for the in-house employees of RB last December. A very much loved leader in the company.
 


Dermot congratulating Sabre (formerly known as Abacus) for their 25 years in service last September. He even sang a number for the audience.
 


Dermot with the chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, YB Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah, during the signing agreement for the new Airbus A320neo aircraft. The signing took place in May 2014.
 

What I feel: It’s truly sad to know that a capable leader such as Mr. Dermot is leaving Brunei and our national air carrier Royal Brunei Airlines. So far he is the longest service leader compared to the past few CEOs of Royal Brunei Airlines. I have had a few dialogues with him and I am amazed by his humble character. I’m pretty sure that the senior management and the associates of the company will miss his company. He has turned RB into one of the strong brands in the country and guess what? Even their online presence is strong on social media as they were being recognized last year for being in the social trend.

I remember when Royal Brunei had to restructure which involved cutting cost here and there. It was a pretty challenging period for RB then and I was thinking to myself if RB will have the resilience to climb back up. Slowly it did and thanks to Dermot and his team as well as the chairmanship of YB Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin. It’s a great reminder for those who doesn’t have a vision, do follow those who have and Dermot is one of them. Thank you for your contribution to the Brunei economy and the community. I wish you the best in your future journey.

 


Dermot at the launching of the rebranded Royal Skies in September 2014.
 


The launching of the Dreamliner B787 back in October 2013. It suddenly became a reality that the Dreamliner is physically in Brunei Darussalam.
 


Dermot launching the Dreamliner service to Kuala Lumpur at Vistana Hotel back in May 2013
 


Dermot played an important role in rebranding the image and corporate culture of Royal Brunei Airlines. One of them is the logo.
 


He also saw a potential in signing superstar Wu Chun as the brand ambassador for Royal Brunei Airlines. The dividends have surely paid off.
 


One of the core values that Royal Brunei Airlines incorporated in their rebranding process – “Happyness”
 


The new uniforms of the cabin crew of Royal Brunei Airlines.
 

  
 

Fly to Anfield 
 

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Standard Chartered Bank Brunei officially announced the launch of the Standard Chartered Cup 2016 indoor football tournament yesterday at a press conference at their Priority Banking Centre in Gadong. The Standard Chartered Cup 2016 in a local 5 aside indoor football tournament (futsal) and the tournament is planned to kick off in early April.

Marilyn Graeme, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing said:

“Standard Chartered Bank has been the main sponsor for Liverpool FC since 2009 and together the partnership has greatly benefitted both parties. The SC Cup tournament will give teams the opportunity of a once-in-a-lifetime experience to win a trip to Anfield to watch a home game in executive box seats as well as receive a coaching session with an LFC Legend at the LFC Academy.

The SC Cup aims not only to engage the large football loving community here as well as Liverpool FC fans in Brunei, we also look forward to contributing towards a charitable cause through 100 percent donation of the registration fees that will be collected. We would like to thank our generous partners, Royal Brunei as well as the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports and the National Football Association for their kind support.”

Last year, Standard Chartered hosted SC Trophy which saw winning team, Matahari FC, winning the local tournament to represent Brunei in the regional stage against Malaysia and Thailand. Press release from SCB Brunei.

 


NFABD Futsal standing committee chairman Rosdin Hj Abd Aziz, SCB Brunei Head of Corporate Affairs Marilyn Graeme and NFABD Fustal standing committee deputy chairman Bujang Hj Japar during the press conference at the SCB’s Priority Banking Centre in Gadong yesterday
 


Marilyn delivering some exciting news for football fans
 


The local media during the press conference
 


Matahari FC team members – winners of the Standard Chartered Trophy 2015 local tournament in February 2015 – received their kits from CEO of SCB. Rino Donosepoetro. They represented Brunei in the regional tournament but failed to win the tournament. The winner then won the trip to Anfield. This time round the winners of the Standard Chartered Cup 2016 indoor football tournament in Brunei will guarantee a passage straight to Anfield. Awesome news!!! Image courtesy of SCB Facebook Page.
 

SC Cup 2016 Local tournament

The local tournament will see 24 teams participating. It will kick off on 4 April with the finals taking place on 9 April. Teams can register for a place by visiting Standard Chartered’s Brunei’s website at www.sc.com/bn. Participants must be Brunei citizens or permanent residents, be over 18 years of age and not be professional or semi-professional players. Each registered team cannot have more than two (2) players who are also participating in the 2015/2016 national futsal leagues.

The grand prize

All seven (7) team members of the winning team from the Tournament will receive flights (return economy class) to and from Brunei Darussalam to the United Kingdom, transfers during the itinerary, accommodation for the duration of the trip, tickets to a Liverpool FC match at Anfield, training session at the Liverpool FC Academy (itinerary subject to change depending on final confirmation of flights and activities and availability). Participants should be able to travel to the United Kingdom between 4 May to 9 May 2016 in order to receive the grand prize.

The closing date for registrations is 25 March. To find out more about the Standard Chartered Cup, visit www.sc.com/bn or follow the bank’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StandardCharteredBN. Press release from SCB Brunei.

 

 

 

 

What I think:  This is an awesome opportunity whether you are not a Liverpool supporter or not. Just to be sponsored all the way to the UK and experience a Premier League club are chances of a lifetime. Thanks to Standard Chartered Bank and Royal Brunei Airlines with the support of the MCYS and NFABD, this is made possible for the residents of Brunei Darussalam. The other great news is that the winners of the futsal team don’t have to play other winning countries to get that passage to Anfield. Just as long as you win the Standard Chartered Cup 2016 indoor football tournament, seven of you will earn the right to fly to the UK. Should the winning team couldn’t fly, then the runners-up will be given the opportunity.

 

 

  
 

02
Apr

It’s real

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Furious 7 
 


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The New Scirocco 
 


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MTSA promotion winners 
 


The monthly winners of the Multi Tier Savings Account – Get Rewarded from Your Savings promotion at Baiduri Bank. Image courtesy of Baiduri Bank.
 

To encourage customers to save more, Baiduri Finance launched a savings promotion in January with attractive cash prizes to be won monthly.

At a prize presentation event held at the company’s head office in Sumbangsih Bahagia, Beribi this afternoon, four lucky customers were elated after being picked as winners in the second monthly draw.

The Multi Tier Savings Account – Get Rewarded from Your Savings promotion offers customers who deposited fresh funds of B$5,000 into their new or existing Multi Tier Savings Account (MTSA) a chance to win monthly cash prizes and be in the running to win the grand prize of B$50,000.

Md Shahidullah bin Md Mafizuddin, Jong Boon Nee, Cheong Huat Joo and Wu Siew Poh were rewarded with B$4,000, B$3,000, B$2,000 and B$1,000 respectively. These amounts will be credited into the winners’ existing MTSA as part of the promotion’s objective to further grow customers’ savings. They are the second batch of winners to receive cash savings from the Multi Tier Savings Account Deposit Promotion.

On hand to present the prizes to the winners was Hj Mohd Rayme bin Hj Bakri, Marketing Manager at Baiduri Finance Berhad. “We are now in the third month of the promotion,” he said, adding, “This promo will end in June, so there’s still time to get lucky and win big in our upcoming draws”.

Baiduri Finance’s MTSA is intended to provide accountholders with worthy interest gains within a short period of time. Requiring only B$50 for account creation, savers can earn interest rates of up to 0.65% flat rate per annum, and ease of managing their accounts through Baiduri Personal i-Banking, and all Baiduri Bank branches. MTSA customers will receive Baiduri VISA Debit cards upon account opening and can perform banking transactions via all Baiduri ATMs and CDMs nationwide.

Information on the MTSA promotion is available on www.baiduri.com or customers can contact the Baiduri Call Centre at 2449666.

 

 

  
 

Matahari FC failed to qualify 
 


Pre game photo of Matahari FC against TOT United. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei.
 

TOT United of Malaysia emerged as the winners of the Standard Chartered Trophy Regional Tournament held in Kuala Lumpur held last Saturday 28 March 2015. The winners managed to best their counterparts, PTT GC of Thailand and Matahari FC of Brunei Darussalam and will go on to compete in the Standard Chartered Trophy Finals Tournament, held in Liverpool Football Club’s Homeground, Anfield this coming May.

Marilyn Graeme, Head of Corporate Affairs said:

“We’re extremely delighted to have been able to leverage on our partnership with Liverpool FC to give our local talents and rising futsal stars an opportunity like this to gain exposure outside of Brunei to push themselves and test their skills on a regional amateur level. Well done to Matahari FC and we hope they will continue to shine on in their future futsal challenges.”

The Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei Local Tournament was held on 16, 17, 20 and 21 of February. The tournament saw 24 teams compete for the chance to represent Brunei in the upcoming regional tournament. During the closing ceremony of the tournament, a mock cheque of BND2400 was handed over to JAPEM on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for the Humanitarian Fund of the Malaysian Flood Disaster. The funds were raised from registration fees collected from the participating teams, 100% of which was donated.

19 countries have been globally selected to run the local qualifying tournaments and select winning teams. The winning teams will then advance to the regional stages to compete against other countries. The winning teams from the regional stage of the SC Trophy will then go on to the finals, held at Anfield Stadium in the United Kingdom. This is the fourth year that the Standard Chartered Trophy tournament has been organised and this season sees Vietnam defending their title from last season.

The Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei 2015 was supported by The Ministry of Culture Youth & Sports and endorsed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam.

To find out more about the Standard Chartered Trophy follow the bank’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StandardCharteredBN.

 


Pre game photo of Matahari FC against PTT GC. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei.
 


CEO Standard Chartered Malaysia giving out tokens to the players. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei.
 


Group photo of the Bruneian, Thai and Malaysian Teams at the post-tournament dinner. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei.
 

 

  
 

A hazy town 
 


I can’t find a proper mask. But not to worry, the air quality is still considered good according to today’s paper.
 

This is one of the hottest times in Brunei and it’s no surprise that forest fire will happen. However, I didn’t expect it to create such a nuisance because of the haze factor. We all keep hoping for rain to reduce the density of the haze. I also would like to salute our brave fire fighters who are doing their best to get rid of the fire. It’s never an easy task especially in the forest as it is difficult for the fire brigades to access the source of the fire in the middle of the forest.

So do take extra measures or even wear a mask if possible. Frankly speaking, I hardly see people wearing mask. Maybe the level of haze is still considered low (the PSI reading has ok so far) but sometimes precaution is much better approach. I can still smell the scent of smoke once I stepped out of my home. I live in Beribi but the source of the fire that I know is either near UBD area and Jerudong. So you can tell how damaging a forest fire can do.

Keep up the good work especially those in the Fire and Rescue Department.

 


Keep up the good job, firefighters. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


The smoke last week around KB area. Image courtesy of @marul69
 

  

20
Mar

Hooyah

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Matahari FC heading to KL 

Standard Chartered Bank Brunei presented the kits for the winners of the recent Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei 2015 Tournament yesterday afternoon at the bank’s Priority Banking Centre premises in Gadong. On hand to present the kits to the team was Rino “Donny” Donosepoetro, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei.

Matahari FC, which emerged as the winners of the Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei Tournament held earlier in February this year, will go on to represent Brunei in the second phase of the tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this coming 28 March.

 


Team Matahari FC, the winner of the Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei, with Rino “Donny” Donosepoetro, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei (center) with Pengiran Aki Ismasufian bin Pengiran Haji Ibrahim, Head of Corporate Strategic Initiatives (5th from left), Marilyn Graeme, Head of Corporate Affairs (right) and Ng Yick Wei, Head of Brand and Marketing (left) during the handover ceremony and briefing before the team departs to Kuala Lumpur. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei.
 

Ng Yick Wei, Head of Brand and Marketing said:

“The partnership between Standard Chartered Bank and Liverpool Football Club has enabled us to provide such a unique experience for the markets that we are in. This is the first time that Brunei Darussalam is participating in the Standard Chartered Trophy five-a-side football tournament, which brings people from all over the world together with a common passion: football. The Standard Chartered Trophy provides a great platform for our local players to showcase their talents on an international stage and we would like to wish Matahari FC the best of luck for the upcoming regional tournament.”

The Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei Tournament was held on 16, 17, 20 and 21 of February. The tournament saw 24 teams compete for the chance to represent Brunei in the upcoming regional tournament. During the closing ceremony of the tournament, a mock cheque of BND2400 was handed over to JAPEM on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for the Humanitarian Fund of the Malaysian Flood Disaster. The funds were raised from registration fees collected from the participating teams, 100% of which was donated.

19 countries have been globally selected to run the local qualifying tournaments and select winning teams. The winning teams will then advance to the regional stages to compete against other countries. The winning teams from the regional stage of the SC Trophy will then go on to the finals, held at Anfield Stadium in the United Kingdom. This is the fourth year that the Standard Chartered Trophy tournament has been organised and this season sees Vietnam defending their title from last season.

 


Rino “Donny” Donosepoetro, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei handing over the football kit to the Hj Mohamad Bahrin bin Hj Tuah, Captain of Matahari FC. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei.
 


Marilyn Graeme, Head of Corporate Affairs briefing to the team of Matahari FC. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei.
 

Phase 2 – Regional tournament

The winning team from the Brunei tournament will go on to compete in the regional tournament which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 28 March against representatives from Malaysia and Thailand. Standard Chartered Bank will be sponsoring all expenses for the trip.

Phase 3 – Finals

Winners from the regional tournaments will advance for the final prize – a once in a lifetime experience – of playing the SC Trophy finals in Anfield competing and representing their countries for their final prize of the trophy. In addition to the tournament, participants can also look forward to a training session at the Liverpool FC Academy with the club’s coaches and LFC Legends.

The Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei 2015 was supported by The Ministry of Culture Youth & Sports and endorsed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam.

To find out more about the Standard Chartered Trophy and follow live feed updates of the tournament, follow the bank’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StandardCharteredBN.

 


The Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports with Rino “Donny” Donosepoetro, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei and Matahari FC. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei Facebook Page.
 

 

  

KFC Pocket Savers 
 


 

Something new is being introduced at KFC Brunei. Now for those who something light but with a meal combo, KFC has finally introduced a pocket saver combo meal and it’s only BND 3.50 – you get yourself a chicken (spicy or original), a rice, a mushroom sauce and a drink of your choice. Now that’s really a great deal from KFC.

So drop by KFC and enjoy KFC’s Pocket Savers Combo for only BND 3.50. The deal is available in all outlets of KFC. So good…..!!!

 


I can fit all in one plate 😀
 

 

  
 

24
Feb

The Black Dot

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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Pizza Hut 
 


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DPMM FC Fanfare 

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office graced the DPMM FC / S League Football Fanfare 2015 at the Jerudong Mini Stadium last Sunday.
His Royal Highness, who is also the Chairman of DPMM FC, joined the junior participants and the new import players for a group picture.

Among those participating was His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim, who joined more than 100 junior participants in the technical training session during the DPMM FC / S League Football Fanfare 2015.

HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim also received a certificate of participation for the completion of the training session, which was conducted by DPMM FC’s head coach Steve Kean.

Also participating in the training session were the grandsons of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, YAM Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Raqiib bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim and YAM Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Haseeb bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim.

 


His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office greeting the young players during DPMM FC / S League Football Fanfare 2015 at the Jerudong Mini Stadium. Image courtesy of Khairil Hassan of Borneo Bulletin.
 


HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim also received a certificate of participation for the completion of the training session. Image courtesy of @WSRBrunei (White Room Studio)
 


HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim in the group photo. Image courtesy of @WSRBrunei (White Room Studio)
 


YAM Pengiran Anak ‘Abdul Raqiib bin Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim also in attendance. Image courtesy of @WSRBrunei (White Room Studio)
 

Fresh from completing the foreign quota with the arrival of new imports Craig Fagan, Brian McLean and Rafael Ramazzoti, the club is in its final week of preparation ahead of their first home game this season against Harimau Muda this Sunday, March 1.

The open training session attracted the participation of more than 100 junior footballers the majority of whom were from various schools and clubs that encourage youth development and promotion with the likes of Sports School and International School Brunei (ISB).

Kean revealed that he sees the young participants as potential players in the future adding that it only takes few hours to identify talent.

“We see these children today as potential players for us in the future. It was always nice for them to spend some time with the current players. We had a good response last year and this year was even better,” Kean said. “Certainly, in the few hours, you can identify some players that has potential to be professional players. It doesn’t take long to see the ones that got something special and we’ve seen lots of them today.”

The S League ‘Coach of the Year’ 2014 nominee was fairly impressed with the conduct and attitude shown by the junior players adding that the participants would return after a water break to learn about the other components linked with the technical aspects of the game.

“It was very warm today and the players asked that if they can have a little water break and after 10 minutes again they want to go back out and do something else. They were asking how this warm up, how we should warm down, and what type of stretching you should do. We mentioned a lot of injury prevention and they were asking if we can show them something. We showed that in the end and hopefully they can learn something”.

“It is about participation. If the young players can get enthusiasm and excitement today and wants to play football, it is not just about watching on TV. Hopefully they get what I would call the bug to play and that excitement never leaves you. If they can get a ball and practice at school, practice with a friend at school, after school, when they get a break at the weekends and as much contact with the ball and keep their skill level up, I’m sure they are some of those players who are here today that in the years to come would say that was the first time I decided to be a professional player”.

The objective of the training was to further comprehend the technical elements of the game for instance by controlling the ball not just by the stronger foot but also to work on a weaker foot. You’d never stop learning. Even the senior players like Joe Gamble, Craig Fagan and Bobby our captain, they’re learning and improving everyday”, added the head coach.

Meanwhile, Lim Chin, the Chief Executive Officer of S League commended DPMM FC’s initiative of building a fan base and encouraging active community participation and education through football.
“It is like a family concept and this is where we should build a fan base for each club through the children. The children can get to see up close and personal with the stars and besides just shaking hands and getting autographs, they are playing with the football stars”, Lim said.

“I think it is great to build up a fan and player relationship and DPMM FC did the right thing to hold a football fun fair on a beautiful Sunday morning”.

“I know the training is very short but I think what the children would remember that they learn the art of heading from this Brazilian player or he learnt dribbling from Azwan Ali. So when they see these players in action he remembers the half and hour sessions with them on that particular day. And maybe in time they (the club) can do more of this to engage with the fans”, Lim concluded.

Shortly after a certificate presentation to the participants, a souvenir was presented to the CEO of S League, Lim Chin as a token of appreciation by YAM Pengiran Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Rahim bin Pengiran Indera Mahkota Pengiran Anak Dr. Kemaluddin Al Haj, the Vice Chairman of DPMM FC. Text courtesy of Fadhil Yunus of Borneo Bulletin.

 

 

  
 

31st National Day pictures 
 


Image courtesy of @haqimie267 (Fazizul Haqimie Photography)
 


Image courtesy of @haqimie267 (Fazizul Haqimie Photography)
 


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Image courtesy of @haqimie267 (Fazizul Haqimie Photography)
 


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Image courtesy of @haqimie267 (Fazizul Haqimie Photography)
 


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Image courtesy of @haqimie267 (Fazizul Haqimie Photography)
 

 

  
 

BSC Contest 

This will be another interesting contest. I remember last year I covering the Area Contest of Brunei Toastmasters where Chris Woo, a member of Brunei Speakers’ Club and Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club, made a name for our local club when he came top 9 in the International Speech Contest amongst 30,000 competitors. It was a huge milestone for Brunei Speakers’ Club. Reaching the world’s finals meant that he had to win in all six contests to reach to the finals – at club level, at Area level (to determine who will the Brunei representative), at Division Level, At District Level, then the semi-finals before they chose the top nine to the finals. So Chris Woo experienced to all those stages last year and it was something he didn’t expect.

Now the contest is back. However, Chris Woo decided not to contest but opted to mentor and guide other members especially for members in the newly chartered toastmaster club, UBD Toastmasters Club.

Tonight there will be an International Speech and Table Topics Contest for members of Brunei Speakers’ Club. The top two of each category will proceed to Area Level to be held at Multipurpose Hall, UBD on 8th of March.

I will be competing in both categories tonight and it’s one of the those nights where I normally get butterflies because I want to improve as a public speaker. I learnt so much from toastmasters as a speaker and as a leader and I am abided by their vision. Toastmasters gave me the perfect platform for my contribution to the community. I wish to all the contestants best of luck and the most important is let’s have fun and support one another. That’s the beauty of the contest.


 

Last Sunday, we witnessed great quality speakers especially from UBD students during the UBD Toastmasters Club’s International Speech and Tables Topics Contest. I am so used to young adults (generation) from Brunei Speakers’ Club but now because a new club has been chartered, what makes it more interesting and refreshing is that it’s a university club. This would mean young and energetic speakers and they had the most participants among all the clubs in Brunei Darussalam. Simply amazing!!

I applaud the president and founder of UBD Toastmasters Club, Reuben Chin, for his great leadership and aspiring the members to take the initiative to join the contest even though the club is not even a year old. All in all, they had 24 registered entries for both International Speech and Table Topics. Simply amazing!!

So peeps, let’s come support the contestants today for the Brunei Speakers’ Club contest, happening tonight at Seameo Voctech, Gadong and it starts at 7:30pm.

 


Gary Goh 3rd place, Pranika Lama 1st place and Reuben Chin 2nd place with Allen Ang the prize presenter for the International Speech Contest in the UBD Toastmasters Club Contest at Inspiring Hall, UBD Student Centre last Sunday
 


Reuben Chin 1st place, Rayhan Ibrahim 3rd place and Julius 2nd place in Table Topics Contest in the UBD Toastmasters Club Contest
 


Interviewing the contestants from UBD Toastmasters by the contest chair Ching
 

  
 

Matahari FC close to Anfield 

Matahari FC emerged as champions of the Standard Chartered Trophy 2015 Brunei local tournament and moved a step closer towards realising the dream of going to Anfield, the home ground of Liverpool FC in the United Kingdom.

Matahari will proceed to the regional tournament in Kuala Lumpur as a Brunei representative where only representatives from Malaysia and Thailand now stand in their path to qualification to Anfield, one of the most popular and historic stadiums in the world.

The winners ended Syah Kampong’s brave resistance with a 2-0 win in the final at the Indoor Stadium last weekend.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah presented the champions mock cheque and the individual prizes.

 


The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah and Rino Donosepoetro, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei presenting the prize to the winner of the Standard Chartered Trophy 2015, Matahari FC. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei Facebook Page.
 


Some of the participants of the Standard Chartered Trophy 2015. Image courtesy of Standard Chartered Brunei Facebook Page.
 

The Matahari’s pair of Iswandi bin Wahid and Md Zainul Hazmin bin Md Saifuddin collected the Most Assists and Top Scorer prizes respectively. Iswandi walked away with a signed Liverpool Football Club jersey by goalkeeper Brad Jones while Md Zainul received a signed LFC jersey by midfielder Joe Allen.

Mohd Asyramisyanie Kamis of Syah Kampong FC was awarded the Best Goalkeeper.

During the closing ceremony, a mock cheque of BND$2,400 was handed over to the Community Development Department (JAPEM) on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for the Humanitarian Fund of the Malaysian Flood Disaster. The funds was raised from registration fees collected from the participating teams, 100 per cent of which were donated.

Earlier, the quarterfinals of the Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei qualifying were contested with all group winners from the preliminary round in contention.

SLHM/Easyway, Syah Kampong, AMBD FC and Matahari FC all qualified to the last four while the quartet of HMD, Royal Origin FT, GG FT and OLSCB were eliminated. Mohd Asyramisyanie saved a penalty in the shoot-out to send his team to the final while Matahari’s solitary goal in the second semi-final was enough to confirm their place.

The Standard Chartered Trophy Brunei 2015 is supported by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and endorsed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam. Text courtesy of Fadhil Yunus of Borneo Bulletin.

 

 

  

17
Feb

Move it, move it.

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 


Check out our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Rano Iskandar and his co-host Del Goh

 

  

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot. Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

 

 

Pizza Hut 
 


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BIBD latest promotion 
 


Travel with agoda
 

   
 

CNY sales at ICON 
 


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DPMM FC raring to go 
 


DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj receiving token of appreciation from DPMM FC Club Manager yesterday.
 

Let’s forget about last season. It was the closest DPMM FC ever go to winning the S • League title. Close but no cigar. The only highlight to remember was DPMM FC’s League Cup title. This season they can take a step further this season. Their jinx team has always been Tampines Rovers but let’s hope history will not repeat itself.

DPMM FC will take on Harimau Muda on 1st March 2015 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. After that they will have two away matches Albirex Niigata FC (S) at the Jurong East Stadium on 7th March and Young Lions (Singaporean national Under-23 team) at Jalan Besar Stadium on March 11.

Yesterday was the signing ceremony for DPMM FC’s sponsors and also signing of the DPMM FC squad for 2015 season. Missing from the squad so far that I know of are Shahrazen Said and Subhi Abdillah.

Present during the signing ceremony was the guest of honour DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj. Images courtesy of Khairil Hassan.


Katherine Hii of You•C1000 continuing the sponsorship for DPMM FC
 


DST becomes recurring sponsor for DPMM FC
 


Another regular sponsor for DPMM FC, Brunei Shell Marketing
 


Maju Motors, another sponsor for DPMM FC
 


Signing with the DPMM FC players
 


Signing with the DPMM FC players
 


Guest of honour with the DPMM FC club manager and sponsors of DPMM FC
 


The registered squad players of DPMM FC
 


The imports of DPMM FC – Northern Ireland defender Brian McLean, English forward Craig Fagan, Bosnian defender Boris Raspudic, Brazilian striker Rafael Ramazotti and Irish midfielder Joe Gamble.
 

  
 

Kick off to a great start 
 


Rino Donosepoetro, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei and Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports at the opening night of Standard Chartered Bank Trophy 2015
 

The tournament has begun. It was the first time that Standard Chartered Bank Brunei held a futsal competition known as Standard Chartered Bank Trophy 2015. The winner of the 24 team tournament will fly to Malaysia to represent Brunei and once they beat Malaysia and Thailand, they will sent to the UK to where the finals will take place at Anfield. Awesome, right?

The 24 teams include a team from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Telbru and the media team (Media United) to name a few.

The biggest winners were OLSCB who scored 4-0 over HBS F.I.T in Group H. The tournament continues tonight at Indoor Stadium. Public is more than welcome to catch the matches.

Present were Rino Donosepoetro, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Brunei and Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohammad, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports.

Rino Donosepoetro said, “We are extremely delighted that Brunei will be represented among the 19 participating markets who are also vying for a chance to advance to Anfield and I am extremely hopeful that we will be one of those countries who will make it through.”

This event is made possible by SCB Brunei and they are very grateful with the support by Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and endorsed by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) in assisting SCB Brunei with the upcoming event. Images courtesy of Khairil Hassan.

 


With team SHLM/EasyWay
 


With Media United
 


A token of appreciation
 


Futsal players in action
 


Guest of honour greeting the players
 


The captains of the teams
 


The results last night
 

  
 

TEDxYouth@Gadong 
 


Pg Sarimah Pg Hj Abd Latiff, mentor and founding member of TEDxGadong, Edward Findlay, US Embassy Public Affairs Officer and Abdul Malik Omar, Chairman and Co-Partner of TEDxGadong at the iCentre last Sunday.
 

Great job by Abdul Malik Omar and his team for the recent TEDxYouth@Gadong event that took place at the iCentre last Sunday. I only managed to catch two of the final speakers as I had prior commitments to begin with. Nonetheless it was my first presence at this event and I would like to congratulate Abdul Malik Omar to pull off another great session.

This time round, the speakers are not even seasoned speakers. They represent the youth and all the speakers are in the their teen years. What an excellent platform for them to speak in public and share their messages from their experiences and furthermore inspire the audience.

The speakers were as follow:

• Sidharth Raj and Osama bin Tariq on ” Negative Effects of Technology”

• Seyrence on “Bullying”

• Ruby Lim on”Forestry Management”

• Eric Ngu on “Don’t ask “why, ask why not?””

• Awangku Naim on “Youth Leadership”

• Brandon Chin on “The Silent Youth”

• Hee Sang Hong on ” The Ridiculousness of Comparing Yourself to Others”

I kinda enjoyed Hee Sang Hong’s presentation and I believe it relates to all of us whether we like it or not. For someone to pick this awareness up at a very young age, I salute you because this is not an easy thing to share and many of us tend not to acknowledge it due to our high ego.

To the TEDxYouth@Gadong, keep it up and you can follow them on social media @tedxgadong on instagram or check out their Facebook page. Images courtesy of TEDxGadong.

 


Some of the youth speakers and the attendees
 


 


Networking during the break
 


Hee Sang Hong’s interesting take on comparison. Nicely presented.
 


Iskandar, didn’t know you were there too :p
 


Izzah of Brunei Economic Development Board talking about entrepreneurship
 

 

  
 

The Popcorn Panel 
 


Check out our review of The Black Sea starring Rano Iskandar and his co-host Del Goh

  
 

Keep it up!!! 
 


Pengiran Mohd Nasir Pengiran Anak Ja’afar made our country proud by winning gold in the bronze category of the Competition Showjumping International (CSI) 2-Star International Event in Oliva, Spain
 

I knew he will make it to the summit one day. With more support and encouragement, Pengiran Mohd Nasir Pengiran Anak Ja’afar will make a name for Brunei over and over again. He bagged a gold medal in the bronze category of the Competition Showjumping International (CSI) 2-Star International Event in Oliva, Spain.

The name of his horse is Rudolf Z and he beat his nearest challenger Christiane Boos of Germany and Stephanie Bichsel of Switzerland.

Of course, the highlight moment was when Brunei’s national anthem was echoed during the prize presentation.

The victory propelled to his argument for being excluded from the ASIAN games 2014 as he is confident that he can compete among the best in Europe and that surely can be a good bench mark to be part of the ASIAN games. Pg Nasir has bigger dreams and he is focusing for the upcoming Olympics 2016. He will need full support from the people and also from the relevant authorities to make his dream possible and make our country proud. Images courtesy of @pg_nasir

 


Pg Nasir with his horse Rudolf Z
 


Nice saddle, bro
 


Pg Nasir being featured in Borneo Bulletin. Click here to read more.
 

  

03
Dec

Get squinty

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


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Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

  
 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot
 

 

 

Big Cheesy Box 
 


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BIBD latest promotion 
 


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Brunei Edutainment Wonderland 
 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports

After weeks of anticipation, Brunei Edutainment Wonderland finally opened to the public last night, with many flocking to the event’s main attraction, the NBT Jurassic Adventure.

The exciting yet educational NBT Jurassic Adventure features replicas of dinosaurs exhibited in an environment resembles their natural habitat.
Visitors to the attraction will feel as if they have been transported back in time to 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, while simultaneously learning more about the creatures.

To add to the excitement, visitors may spot some little dinosaurs — raptors — prowling around the park.

A total of 1,100 tickets to enter the NBT Jurassic Adventure was handed over to Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah at the launch of the three-week event last Sunday. The tickets — sponsored by Bayu Ilham Motors Sdn Bhd, Concepts Computer, EZY Printing Services & Trading Co Sdn Bhd, Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn Bhd and others — will be distributed to orphans in the country.

NGOs such as Pusat Ehsan and the Association for Children with Special Needs (KACA) also received tickets to the dinosaur adventure.

The Brunei Edutainment Wonderland was officially launched last night by YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair, accompanied by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd Advisor Pg Salleh Abdul Rahman and D’Sunlit Managing Director Jackson Ting.

The event is ongoing until December 21 at the Jerudong Park and Country Club Amphitheatre Open Court area, and is open from 2.30pm to 11pm on weekdays, and from 9.30am to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Text courtesy of Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times.

 


Launching the event
 


Outgoing Russian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam and thank you for your kind help 🙂
 


Donations of tickets from PWM
 


Donations of tickets from Kingston Beverage & Creamery
 


 


At NBT Jussaric Adventure
 


 


 


 

 

Friendly futsal 
 


Team BIBD At-tamwil at JKR Sports Complex

BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad and BAG Networks recently hosted a friendly futsal match at JKR Sports Complex on 25th November 2014.

The match saw the participation of 4 teams, two teams from each Company. Both At-Tamwil and BAG saw this as an opportunity to promote a healthy work life balance as well a chance to foster friendly relationships between the two organisations.

The match was well played and concluded with BIBD At-Tamwil emerging as the winner with an impressive score of 6-2. Group photo sessions were then held with the winners, participating teams, as well as a prize presentation ceremony. The Best Player Medal went out to Mohd Farhan Iskandar Shah Ahmad Sah (BIBD At-Tamwil) and Best Goalie Medal went out to Muhammad Asnawy Md Hily (BIBD At-Tamwil) and Best Scorer of the night went out to Khairul Hazwan Hilmi Zulkofli (BAG Networks).

 


Team BIBD At-tamwil and team BAG Networks
 


 

  
 

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