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22
Aug

On or Off?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Our podcast review of Yasmine the movie with my special guest Seng Yee. This podcast has reached more than 400 listeners in just 3 days. Do catch Yasmine at your local cinemas and it has been a great response from the public.

 

  
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Chris simply “wooed” the crowd 
 


Chris Woo accepting the 1st place in the semi-finals of the Toastmasters International Speech contest at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Chris will compete in the finals against 8 finalists tomorrow (Saturday).
This was the second time I listened to his speech. Though it’s the same one but he altered and fine tuned to make the delivery sharper and tighter with more conviction. The story was about his relationship with his mother and it relates to listening. Why I am sharing this with you is that Chris Woo is an eloquent speaker and he is a member of Brunei Speakers’ Club, a club that I recently got reinstated after a 2 year hiatus.

In less than a year, he took our club to another level with his International Speech Contest. Victories after victories, he made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest where he was pitted against 90 contestants, vying for the championship. This year, the event is held for the first time ever outside North America and it is currently being held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

The stakes were pretty high. As I mentioned before, I had listen to his speech before and he still have to deliver the same speech as that was part of the rules and regulations for every semi-finalists. Chris Woo had to win on the national level, then he went to KK to win on the same speech before heading to Surabaya to win the title of District 87 International Speech Champion which was the ticket for the entry of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest semi-finals stage.

Of course, the stakes were high. He was drawn into Speech 9 where he was pitted against 9 other awesome speakers. Chris was lucky no.7 and wow, I just amazed how he can still draw a stronger vibe than before despite being the same speech about his mother. I was slightly concerned because two or three of other speakers were just as entertaining and captivating. Of course, they must be. They are champions in their respective districts. Ok, for those who don’t understand the word district, well.. it’s just an area where the countries are being listed in that particular district. So in our case, Brunei shared the same district as East Malaysia and Indonesia.

Anyway, what an awesome delivery, Chris!! I knew you nailed it. My neighbours sitting next to me were talking about the speaker from Brunei and our prediction was right. Chris stole the show. The crowd loved it. Our Brunei supporters were equally vibrant and over-excited when Chris Woo’s name was mentioned as the winner of the semi-final contest for Speech 9. The victory meant that Chris will be competing in the finals against 8 other finalists this Saturday (tomorrow).

Honestly, I just so proud that our own member from Brunei Speakers’ Club has made to the finals and founder of Brunei Speakers’ Club, Clovis Lai was the over the moon with the result as he was hugging every one from Brunei and toastmasters from District 87. But wow, Clovis has so much energy that it made him look younger :p I am so glad that I made it on this trip and witnessed a world class performance from toastmaster Chris Woo. The other part that I’m glad was being back as a member of toastmasters in Brunei Speakers’ Club and it boils down to the vibrancy and the new energy that the executive committee and members have brought in into the club. I thanked Seng Yee for the push as well as the other members and of course, my dearest friends who came and supported my first speech ever two weeks ago.

The journey has begun and I’m proud to be on that path in inspiring myself and others.


Chris Woo with other semi-finalists on the stage. The 2nd and 3rd place won’t be competing in the finals
 


The other contestants were amazing and to see Chris excelled was just purely awesome!!
 


District K (Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia) toastmasters celebrating Chris’ achievement
 


District K (Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia) toastmasters celebrating Chris’ achievement
 


Chris became man of the hour(s)
 


Chris Woo with the toastmasters from Brunei who came to support him in KL
 


Selfies with Chris and Liz
 


 


 


 


 


 


Will this be me in 5 years’ time? *lol*
 

  
SCB Scavenger Hunt 2014 
 


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Hey guys, it’s the moment to reveal what I teased you about! Standard Chartered Bank Brunei are launching their first Facebook Scavenger Hunt! It’s a chance for you to take on a virtual adventure and win Apple products and other fun prizes! All you have to do is click on the link and it will direct you to all the information you would need to find out how to win! Good luck hunters!

 

  
 

 

Volkswagen Tiguan TSI 
 


Happening today and tomorrow (Saturday) as Maju Motors hosting open house and do have a look at the new Volkswagen Tiguan TSI at the Maju Motors Showroom.
 

 

BruneiHalal Open House 
 


The management team of Bruniehalal during the open house recently

BruneiHalal held a Hari Raya open house event at its Jerudong office recently where it shared the joys and celebration of the festive month with its invited guests.

The event, which was the third of its kind organised by the company since its establishment in 2009, saw management and its associates in a laid back atmosphere outside the working environment.
“We have invited our stakeholders, officials from the government sector, Royal Brunei Catering, smaller vendors who have partnered to sell our products and even our neighbours Brunei Gas Carriers,” said Brand Marketing Executive Melline Jaini.

The BruneiHalal brand currently has more than 30 products under its belt, which includes a frozen range and Indian cuisine products.

BruneiHalal was established by the government to run commercial simply to provide halal food and drinks to the world.

“Lately we are reminding ourselves of our focus in Brunei to the local market as well. That’s why our product range has expanded we have over 30 products and in the UK, it is getting traction as well and that one is focusing on the meats,” said Melline.

For more information on BruneiHalal and its product, you can visit brunei-halal.com

Text courtesy of Zatty Joanda of The Brunei Times.


Invited guests during the open house
 


Goodies from BruneiHalal
 


Invited guests during the open house. Image courtesy of Cristalina.
 


Invited guests during the open house
 


Invited guests during the open house
 

  
 

HBT Final tomorrow 
 


Well, Brunei might be out of the picture but I believe this will be a great final between Vietnam and Myanmar in the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. Fantastic prizes to be won as well as the first prize will be EPL tickets for two to catch Arsenal vs Manchester United.
 

  
 

18
Aug

BMO

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Our podcast review of Yasmine the movie with my special guest Seng Yee. Find out what is my best scene of the movie.

 

  

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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SCB Scavenger Hunt 2014 
 


Click image to learn more about SCB Facebook Scanvenger Hunt 2014

Hey guys, it’s the moment to reveal what I teased you about! Standard Chartered Bank Brunei are launching their first Facebook Scavenger Hunt! It’s a chance for you to take on a virtual adventure and win Apple products and other fun prizes! All you have to do is click on the link and it will direct you to all the information you would need to find out how to win! Good luck hunters!

 

  
 

Brunei must win 
 


Catch Brunei tonight against Malaysia and it looks like Brunei must win by 2 goals to go through to the semi-finals

It’s a tall order but I believe Brunei can do it. Adi Said and Hendra will be so important for this match against Malaysia tonight in the group stage of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. It’s the final game of the group stage and Brunei need at least to win by two goals to guarantee themselves in the semi-finals.

Adi Said and Hendra are both familiar with Malaysia as most of them represent Harimau Muda in the S•League and they know what it is like to face the Malaysia U-21 team. Brunei recently drew with Vietnam 2-2 last Friday and it could have been worst for Brunei if they didn’t earn any points at all against Vietnam. The hero that game was Adi Said who clawed Brunei back twice with two excellent goals.

It seems that Brunei will have to work their game play around Adi who is the game changer. It will be tough if Adi won’t be playing for Brunei and the head coach will have to come up with Plan B to gain maximum points against Malaysia tonight.

It’s a free entrance match with no tickets involved. So do come early to get the best seats in town. I’m pretty sure it will be a packed house because we want as many supporters as possible to give that needed much support for Brunei to beat Malaysia. To beat Malaysia is a tall order because they are undefeated and not only Brunei has to beat them but with a 2 goal cushion.


Brunei needs you – the 12th man
 


Want to catch another Mexican wave?
 


A familiar face among the fans during Brunei vs Vietnam match
 


A sea of yellow 😀
 


Merchandise from Arin’s Enterprise
 


HBT merchandise from Aewon
 


HBT merchandise from Armtrix Enterprise
 

  
 

The toastmasters leadership course 
 


Brunei toastmasters representatives from Brunei Speakers Club, Oil Town Talkers and Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club recently at a Toastmasters Leadership training at Kota Kinabalu. Image courtesy of Brunei Speakers Club.
Members of Toastmasters clubs in the Sultanate recently attended a Toastmasters leadership training at Wisma Bandaraya, Kota Kinabalu.

Organised for Toastmasters clubs of District 87 which consists of Brunei Darussalam, East Malaysia, and Indonesia, the Bruneian delegates, comprising members from Brunei Speakers’ Club, Oil Town Talkers, and the Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club along with their Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts gained knowledge in leadership skills, and in identifying and achieving goals.

Toastmasters clubs are non-profit, educational organisations that provide opportunities for members to learn, develop, and enhance leadership and public speaking skills in encouraging and supportive environment.

Every club wants to offer the best quality environment for their members, so that everyone can learn and thrive. Through this session, members learned how to implement effective key performance indicators to enhance an organization’s performance. In addition, executive member from each club also shared experiences and perspectives on their organisation success plan.

Allen Ang, president of Oil Town Talkers said in the session, “We do not focus on membership growth in terms of numbers, we are more concerned with helping individual member grow and achieve their personal goals. That is why we cater tour individual members’ needs.”

He included nurturing successful individuals through productive mentor and mentee relationships are characteristics of a successful leader. Successful Toastmasters know that mentoring is a crucial element in developing skills through the Toastmasters program. In Brunei, different clubs work together to help each other to grow.

Last year, Stuart Lee from the Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club made history when he won the Toastmasters humorous speech contest in District 87. This year, Chris Woo from Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club, after winning the International Speech category in the division and district level, will also be the first to represent Brunei and District 87 to compete against the best speakers in the world at Toastmasters International Convention which will take place in August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Today, members of the public can continue to learn and develop leadership and public speaking skills in Brunei Darussalam’s Toastmasters clubs. Further information can be found at www.bruneispeakersclub.com


Allen Ang, the President of Oil Town Talkers (Otters), at the Leadership Training
 


The faces of our own toastmasters from Brunei
 

  
 

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14
Aug

Steady is fast

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Great momentum 

 


The linesman must have picked some poses from Ronaldo

The first loss has been forgotten. Last night, Brunei bagged another impressive win against Singapore 3-1. That makes it two impressive wins in a row. Previously they have beaten Indonesia with the same score line. The two wins combined with the first loss (to Cambodia) have put Brunei Darussalam U-21 in a potential semi-final berth. They will have to gain maximum points against Vietnam (Friday) and Malaysia (Monday) to make the top two in the Group B.

It was a heavy downpour and I was surprised that the match went as scheduled. Normally in this kind of weather, the match commissioner will safe approach to delay the match slightly until the pitch condition is playable. Of course, the rain made it more interesting and with the challenge of the rain, it could be anybody’s game. It’s how you go through that challenges will make you a stronger team.

Brunei U-21 team wasted no chance as they scored in the first minute of the match after some clumsy defending by the Singaporean U-21 team. Yes, Adi Said has been the focal point of the first two matches. However, this match belonged to his team mate Abdul Azim Abdul Rashid scored in the first minute and also in the 68th minute. Adi Said also earned his place in the score sheet as he crafted another wonderful goal late in the first half. He had plenty of chances but it was his finishing that led him down.

Brunei could have put the game beyond doubt if they had taken their chances on the spot. Singapore had a great opportunities and it would have made a difference if they had scored first.

The result means that Brunei will need to beat Vietnam and Malaysia and hope other results will go their way.

This was my first HBT football coverage and sadly, I won’t be able to watch the semis and the finals as I will be outstation once again.

Brunei will take on Vietnam this Friday at 8:15 (kick-off) at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. The host nation will look into getting full points of Vietnam. This will be a tough match and it could be anybody’ game right now. Good luck, Brunei U-21 team.


The match steward braving the rain and also making sure that there won’t be any friction or riot especially emotional driven matches


It was such a turn out despite the heavy rain. Awesome!!


Can you imagine being soaked and drenched under the rain?


Fans will be fans and they are pretty sporting


The rain didn’t dampen their spirt after all


The hero of the night – Azim Rashid


Rain or shine, they made sure of their consideration


It’s never easy to take photos under the rain. My hats off to you guys out there.


Poor, Dean Kassim. His Canon EOS 5D Mark III couldn’t function and it must have been due to the train


The manager and head coach were in humour mode despite the loss


The management of Brunei U-21 was impressed with the outing last night and team manager was in high confidence and he hopes for more points in the next two matches

  

13
Aug

The Ice Breaker

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

His Majesty, a crowd puller 
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joining the crowd during the match between Indonesia and Brunei at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night. Picture: BT/Faiq Airudin

It’s good to know that His Majesty the Sultan walked section of the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium from the VVIP area and it was a great reception from the sections of the crowd as they sang birthday songs to His Majesty. I have hardly seen His Majesty walking through different sections of the stadium and I wasn’t fortunate enough to be witness it. So the pictures that I’m posting are from @faiqairudin who had nice momentary shots of our Monarch.

The match between Brunei and Indonesia lived up to its expectation and it was a much needed win for Brunei as they lost their first match against Cambodia on the opening night. It was such a brilliant effort by Adi Said who scored a hat trick two nights ago and he just keeps on improving from time to time. Though he is listed as over-aged player, he seems to be an instrumental player for Brunei U-21 team. I’m just afraid that the U-21 team will rely too much on Adi Said’s services. That makes it 5 goals in 3 matches for Adi Said if you count the previous goals he scored for DPMM FC a week ago. There was an injury scare for Adi prior to the tournament but he managed to recover in time for the tournament.

Brunei will next play Singapore (Wednesday) and Vietnam (Friday). So do come in throngs and support Brunei and hope for a place in the semi-finals of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. I shall be back for official duty coverage for the next two games before I head off flying again.


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (C) and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (L), the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at Prime Minister’s Office accompanied by HRH Prince `Abdul Malik (R centre) personally greeted the crowd during the match between Indonesia and Brunei at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, yesterday. Picture:BT/Faiq Airudin
 

  
 

More on R. Williams 
 


Listen to my take on the late Robin Williams on The Popcorn Panel as a bonus episode

 

 

One of the best scenes from Good Will Hunting starring Robin Williams and Matt Damon

 

  
 

Michelin 
 


Do drop by Sin Hup Huat for more inquiries and I have been using Michelin brand for many years too. Follow them on instagram @sinhuphuat or Facebook SHHCO for more updates.
 

  
 

RB’s ambassador 
 


Royal Brunei Airlines (RB)’s new ambassador Wu Chun and Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB during the press conference.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) held a press conference on 8th August 2014 to announce Wu Chun as the national carrier’s new international brand ambassador.

“Wu Chun’s celebrity status in our regional markets, together with his renowned images as a family man makes him the ideal choice to represent the RB brand. His popularity will serve to better introduce RB and destination Brunei in the all-important China market and across Asia. RB is looking forward to a year of strategic marketing activities and exploring more collaboration in the future with Wu Chun in his ambassadorial role,” said Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB.

According to Wu Chun. “I was introduced to RB’s brand attributes: authentic, gracious, delightful and optimistic; which I find fitting for my image as a family man, entrepreneur and a celebrity. As a Bruneian, to say that I am delighted to be linked to the RB brand is an understatement.”

He begins his tenure as RB’s international brand ambassador with an official signing ceremony to be held on 21st August 2014 in Shanghai to kick-start the campaign and activities.


Azaraimy of Borneo Bulletin asking a question
 


Dermot Mannion and Wu Chun carrying an RB model aircraft scale
 


Group photo with RB’s associates
 


Check out RB’s Facebook Page. Click image.
 


By the way, awesome deals to Singapore via RB
 

  

KIA’s Hari Raya Draw 

 


Hj Sulaiman the winner of the Grand Prize of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion

KIA car owner Hj Sulaiman Abdul Rahman walked away with $10,000 as the Grand Prize winner of Kia’s Hari Raya Promotion draw. This was part of the Korean Brand’s Hari Raya promotions, and Open House celebration.

Meanwhile, second and third prize winners, Alinayati Hj Perudin and Hj Amit Omar, received $5,000 and $3,000 respectively while another 15 lucky individuals went home with $500 each.
A total of 50 shortlisted customers out of the 800 who had purchased Kia cars between May 1 to July 31 were invited to the double celebration event, which saw representatives of various financial institutions, including Baiduri Finance and BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad draw names of winners.

Also present at the event were Grand Motors Managing Director, Frankie Ho, Grand Motors Executive Director, Hj Shaiful Rizal Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad, Kia Sales Manager, Jacqueline Koh as well as the representatives from Baiduri Finance and BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad.

 


Alinayati Hj Perudin the runner up of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion


Hj Amit Omar the 2nd-runner up of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion


The crowd waiting for the KIA Hari Raya promotion draw last week

  

11
Aug

Majaldotcom

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Check out our podcast review of another Michael Bay produced movie – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

 

  
 

HBT 2014 
 

Check out the video of the opening ceremony of Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014

 

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam launched the Fifth Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youth Football Tournament last Saturday.

Held at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, His Majesty was joined by His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah.

Greeting His Majesty upon arrival at the stadium was His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the president of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC); the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah; and the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman.


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam launched the Fifth Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy for ASEAN Youth Football Tournament. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

It’s not a great start for Brunei Darussalam in the opening of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. They have lost their opening match against Cambodia with a 1-0 score line. According to national football coach Kwon Oh-son of Brunei U-21, they lost on skills and not luck. The dressing room’s confidence is not high due to the loss in the first game. You can read more of the article here from The Brunei Times.

Even my friends shared how Brunei didn’t shine on the opening match. The other down side is that the U-21 players are not fully fit as they have a few injured players taken off during the loss to Cambodia. Maybe the friendly match against Sabah was a bit too close to the tournament as some of the players are recovering from minor injuries sustained during the friendly matches.

Now they will have a huge task against Indonesia, a late entry into the tournament, and Indonesia will want to avenge their defeat in the finals back in 2012 where they lost 2-0 to defending champions Brunei. Well, in football, anything can happen and the ball is round. All Brunei need is just a win under their belt especially in the beginning of the tournament to boost their confidence.

I’m still optimistic that Brunei has a 50/50 chance of making the cut but they can’t afford to slip more after the loss.

Brunei will take on Indonesia tonight at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium, Monday 11th August. I expect a feisty affair as both teams are favourites to get past the group stage. Good luck!! Note: I won’t be covering this match as I am still outstation.

You can follow official updates from their official website – hassanalbolkiahtrophy.gov.bn 


Team Cambodia during the opening ceremony. Image taken by @zackhardie14
 


It was good to see Adi Said back in the match as he was doubtful before the tournament. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times
 


The t-shirt for HBT 2014 available
 


Wristband perhaps from Armtrix Enterprise
 


You can buy some of the merchandise at the national stadium
 

  
 

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