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11
Jul

#Always

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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BIBD Delights 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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FoodPanda Brunei 
 


It’s super big in Malaysia and now it’s made available in Brunei Darussalam. In Malaysia, there are almost 580 restaurants listed in Food Panda which is a mobile app and web-based for food ordering and delivery service provider. Now it’s good to see such a reputable company such as Food Panda to be in Brunei and it’s slowly making waves as the online orders are increasing day by day.

So far, Food Panda has partnered with 20 restaurants such as Ximply Chriz, Kitaro Japanese, Swensen’s, KFC and Burger King to name a few in Brunei. Last week, I conducted a special free voucher for my instagram followers to increase the awareness of Food Panda existence in Brunei and it worked. People were ordering and there was a huge spike in terms of orders from Food Panda and Burger King was the popular order among the lot.

Recently Claudio Abitante, the Managing Director of Foodpanda Brunei, was in the country to meet up with potential restaurants to be listed in Food panda. He believes that Food Panda will be as popular as in Malaysia because Bruneians love to eat.

For the moment, the delivery service is currently limited to residents of Brunei-Muara and hopefully it will extend to other districts after they finalized with the logistics. I have to say it’s not that easy especially for logistic purposes and currently, FoodPanda is utilizing TNT Brunei in providing the delivery service.

Two days ago, FoodPanda Brunei is now available on three platforms – IOS, Google Play and Window, and now you can order your favourite food from your smart phone. So do give it a try and you will amazed that to see food being delivered to your doorsteps.

Do mind the delays on some of the deliveries and FoodPanda Brunei is still finding ways to expedite the process for the convenience of the customers.

From time to time, FoodPanda Brunei will be running a few gimmick promotions and you will get some FREE vouchers from FoodPanda which you can use for your orders. You can also visit their website page – foodpanda.com.bn too. Happy hunting for food 😀


Now available on the tip of your fingers
 


Do download the app on your smartphone
 


Don’t forget to register yourself
 


Yay, I’m a registered user
 


So far, the delivery is within Bandar Seri Begawan
 


The good thing is that they have logs on your previous orders. So far, I have yet to make an order 😀
 


Some of the restaurants listed in FoodPanda Brunei
 


You can check out their website too
 


This is how the delivery man will carry – a FoodPanda bag in the near future
 


Claudio Abitante, the Managing Director of FoodPanda Brunei, is happy that FoodPanda is slowing making an impact in Brunei
 

  
15% discount at Malppy 

Something huge and exiting for this week’s Weekend Promotion. Enjoy storewide shopping at 15% discount; from women accessories to men clothing to kids’ shoes, basically everything you can find from Malppy! Do your last minute shopping with just a few clicks away and be ready for Raya.

How to Shop:

Go to www.malppy.com and register an account for free.
Once logged in, browse any item you want to buy and add to cart.
Once you’re done shopping, proceed to view cart
Type in [DISCOUNT] at Use Coupon Code and proceed to checkout
Done! And you will receive your goods within 14 days at your doorsteps.

 

 


Click to enter Malppy.com and shop with this code

Apart from this big discount, this week Malppy is featuring Valentino Inspired Rockstuds sandals for children. Every little girls’ dream shoe; for the little ones that love to dress up like mommy can do so now with these cute sandals. This featured sandal is at only B$23.90 instead of B$32.90, even better, you can use this week coupon code to get another 15% discount of the promo price! There are more colours to choose from, so what are you waiting for? Visit Malppy today.

 

Samo Furniture Sale 
 


It’s that time of the year again and Samo Furniture, that little vintage store in Kiulap, known for its eclectic choice of items, is currently having a storewide sale starting July 7 for the upcoming festive season. For those of you who has been eyeing some of their unique collectables, now is the time to start shopping! Head on over to their little shop in Kiulap, Unit No 27, ground floor, Bangunan Lim Eng Ming (same block as vintage rose). You can also follow them on Instagram @samofurniture


Wanting a Shahsaran (Iran) authentic persian carpet? Available at Samo Furniture
 


Ladderax Shelf Unit
 


Brown leather sofa
  
 

Aspire E Series 
 


Aspire E Series available at Concepts Computer
 

 

Ready to take US by storm 
 


Dayat, Elizabeth, Eden, Maria, Joanna, Ruby, Bridget, Shian Li, Adi Farhan and Jeffery at the Brunei International Airport

Last year,there were three representatives. This year, Brunei are sending 9 participants and this shows that Bruneians have what it takes with their talents. Yesterday nine of them took off for the United States to represent Brunei in the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA). In other words, it’s the official “Talent Olympics” and it’s a good avenue to aspire more talents. This is a great opportunity for the participants to be exposed to the real competition and also compete against other performers around the world.

Last year, Fakhrul Razi made to the finals of WCOPA 2013 and bagged a few gold medals while Kevin Lo earned scholarships from the acting academy and notching a few gold medals whereas Maria Grace Koh earned silver medals from last year’s awards. The only one returning back to Hollywood is Maria while the rest are new to the competition.

Jeffrey Cadayong of Prismworks Event Management is confident that Brunei will bring in more medals and also earn more gold medals. The Brunei candidates have been working very hard and they had their final rehearsal at Expression Music before taking off for their adventure to Hollywood. I saw bits of pieces of Ruby Chong’s performance and I was super amazed already by this lady talent and I have seen her sing in public events.

Both sisters Eden Chiam and Shian Li Chiam are also selected for the USA trip who will performing vocal and instrument respectively in the junior category. They are the youngest of the lot. Elizabeth Sim and Joanna Kwan will be representing Brunei in the senior acting category. As for the senior vocal category, former champion of P2F Hidayat Hj Ahim, Ruby Chong, Bridget Ang and Md Adi Farhan will represent the country.

Will any of them reach the finals of the WCOPA like Fakhrul Razi did? I do have faith in them and they will make more waves this time round. Last year, Brunei won the “Spirit Award” and also the winning viral photo which happened to be my photo on social media.

Good luck to all the participants and do keep us posted. Too bad this year I won’t be joining them to the States. Maybe next year when the time is right. Do follow their updates on instagram @officialwcopabrunei

 


Dayat with his family and friends, sending him off
 


Ruby Chong and her cute nephew
 


Adi Farhan with his family members
 


Brunei delegates with the family members
 


Bridget Ang with her family and friends
 


The Chiam family 😀
 


A shot with the celebrities 😀
 

  
 

Donations of footballs from Grand Motors 

Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in Brunei Darussalam is at the forefront of the companies supporting football in the country. Kia Motors, one of the official automotive partners in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ further compliments the youthfulness, dynamism and excitement of its products through active participation in sports marketing.

For the past years, Grand Motors has supported several sports events like tennis, golf and football. This year, Grand Motors extends the spirit of the world’s most famous football tournament and donates more than 100 footballs to different schools in the country to further expand this advocacy. As one of the company’s newest corporate social responsibility (CSR) endeavors, this program is in line with its advocacy of youth empowerment through sports. Among the schools in Brunei, the following were the recipients of the KIA-FIFA footballs: Co-Curriculum Education Department for Sports School, Jerudong International School, International School Brunei and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

According to Grand Motors’ Managing Director Frankie Ho, “Kia Brunei believes that through sports, our youth will grow up to be responsible and active adults who will strengthen the backbone of our society”. He also added, “Through this program, we aim to develop the skills and interest of the students in this global sport to further reinforce fair play and team spirit”.

Kia has been an Official Automotive Partner of FIFA since 2007, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and UEFA EURO 2012™, and has recently strengthened their involvement in the game with an unprecedented long-term commitment of extending their partnership with FIFA until 2022.


Mr. Ambrose Nathan, Chief Financial Officer of International School Brunei receives the footballs in behalf of their school.
 


Grand Motors’ Executive Director Pg Hj Abdul Qahar Bin PSD Maj Gen (R) Pg Hj Ibnu Basith ceremoniously hands over the footballs to the Director of Co-Curriculum Education Department, Pg Suhaimi Bin Pg Hj Bakar and receiving it is Sports School Deputy Principal Mohammad Norilham Jais
 


Receiving the balls from KIA Sales Manager Ms. Jacqueline Koh are representatives from Jerudong International School with their Sports Director Mr. Chris McGeorge
 


Group photo with Grand Motors

04
Jul

#OnTheVerge

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dugout Treble podcast 
 

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

 

 

 

3D tshirts at Malppy 
 


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

  
 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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BIBD Delights 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Shop at YMRM  
 


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

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

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

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

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


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


The interior of YMRM at Batu Satu
 


Customers making selections of fabric at YMRM
 


Galleria YMRM Batu Satu branch
 


The chandelier from YMRM
 


Many lights to choose from at YMRM
 


The place is just full of old and the new
 


Check out the Songkok
 


Name of the songbook is Darussalam
 


Check out the IMA fabric collection ideal for Cara Melayu
 


Wide selection to choose from
 


Senjang for the guys
 


More senjang for the guys
 


Ask for the assistants from YMRM
 


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

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

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

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


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


They only brought in limited designs
 


Loving the colours of the Chanel textile from Italy
 


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


Light colours to suit your taste
 


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


Something new to give more attraction of your home
 


More lights at YMRM
 


Something to buy in preparation for Hari Raya
 


Chairs also for sale
 


It’s always affordable to shop at YMRM
 


Shopping overload at YMRM *lol*
 

  
 

KFC Tangy Crunch 
 

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

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

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

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


KFC Tangy Crunch
 

 

 

Yasmine Roadshow 
 


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

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

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

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

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


A student asking question for Origin Films
 


Students listening to the presentation of Origin Films project on Yasmine
 


Another student from Hollis asking a question
 


The students managed to do some silat poses with Liyana
 


Siti Kamaluddin doing a selfie with the students
 


Preparing for the customary Yasmine pose
 


Trying out the Yasmine pose
 


And they did a good job
 


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


More selfies and selfies
 


Students feeling Fai’s hair
 


Liyana Yus with my former Malay teacher Normah
 


Selfie with SAS Students
 


More selfies
 


Nadiah and Mariah giving their signatures

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


 


 

 

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

Origin Films at ISB 
 


Students were excited to see the guys behind Yasmine
 


We are gonna catch the premiere *woohoo*
 


The Yasmine pose with the ISB students
 


It’s signing with fans session
 


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


Thank you, ISB, for the wonderful energy
 

  
 

03
Jul

#TheThird

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Icon Design Store

 

 
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BIBD Delights 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Reunion Homecoming Party 

SAVE THE DATE! ISB First Reunion Homecoming Party is here!

Registration starts from now until end of July! To register, kindly RSVP to Ciara at ISBAlumni@ac.isb.edu.bn !

Relive your fondest ISB memories by returning to the place where it all began (that’s right, the venue will be in ISB School)!

 

 


Reunion Homecoming Party. Eligible to all former students of International School of Brunei.
 

  
 

M.Hana Bakery 
 


The famous Tapak Kuda from M. Hana Bakery. Now it’s open for orders
 

Guess what, guys?? You can now order your cakes and biscuits just in time for Hari Raya and for many years, my friends have ordered through M. Hana Bakery because of the choices they have and they are yummy too. For your info, M. Hana Bakery has been one of the biggest household name when it comes to home made cakes and biscuits. But this time, they will only do cakes and cake roll.

The top selling ones are 1) American Chocolate Cake which now has 3 layers instead of 2 previously and 2) Tapak Kuda. Therefore, M. Hana Bakery has stocked up their materials to cater for the growing demand for both items. Other items for order are Kek Lapis Coffee Princess, Bueno Marble Roll, Tik Tak Roll, Kek Vico, Oreo Cheese Cake and many more (just check the order image below).

You can download the order form for cakes and biscuits [here]. The deadline for the final order is on 12th July 2014. For SMS bookings, you can contact 710 4474 or 7153030.

 


Cheese cake 9” x 9” for $15
 


American Chocolate Cake (3 layers) – 6” x 6” for $18 or 9” by 9” for $22
 


Oreo Cheese cake 9” x 9” for $18
 


Cake Vico 9” x 9” for $20
 


Kek Lapis Favourite Nutella 6” x 9” for $30
 


Bueno Marble Roll (Green orange) and Tik Tak Roll (white roll)
 


Kek Lapis Coffee Princess 6” x 9” for $20
 


I’m in love with their Tapak Kuda
 


Peah, Mel and Bakar devouring the Tapak Kuda last night
 


Seng Yee having a roll too
 


Check out the order available. Click image to download order form in PDF format
 

  
 

17
Jun

#WhatAFinaleforGOT

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

HRH nabs MVS 
 


His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim ended the 2nd Brunei Interclub Swimming Championships with another gold last Sunday after finishing first in the 50m freestyle event at the National Aquatics Centre at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. Competing under the banner of the ISB Hammerheads, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim also won “The Most Valuable Swimmer” medal in his age group. Click image to read more. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

Royal Brunei Airlines 
 


Experience a perfect getaway to selected destinations from #Brunei with our superb all-inclusive fares starting from BND 252 per person. Conditions apply. For more information and to book, click image
 

   
 

Brunei vs Mongolia 
 


Come and support Brunei tonight
Report by Syarif Rasani of The Brunei Times: National rugby captain Muhammad Redha Hj Adinin hopes they can come out on top at today’s Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Asian 5 Nations Division IV tournament.

The national team will be facing a tough test against Mongolia – who have a significant advantage in size – before meeting Cambodia on Saturday. The competition’s other game will see Cambodia face Mongolia on Thursday.

“Our expectations are to definitely win the tournament,” Redha told The Brunei Times yesterday.

“We’re ready to put everything on the line to defend our home ground until the last whistle blows.

“We have the advantage of familiarising ourselves with the pitch (at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas), weather and climate changes.”

The national team will be heading into battle boosted by two successful warm up matches where they defeated the Miri Rhinos 44-21 and Labuan 28-13.

Redha noted that winning their tune up games will definitely help their confidence.

“However, the main intentions of those two matches were to see how well we played as a team as a solid pack executing all the game plan set for us and if the game plan was best suited to each and every individual’s capabilities,” said Redha.

“Perfectly executing our game plan and in dentifying the areas that we needed to work on were considered a victory to us, while winning the two clashes was a bonus,” he added.

Vice-captain Ahmad Faez Anuar admitted that the national squad do not know much about today’s opponents as they have never played against other before.

“We know that the Mongolia Rugby Football Union (MRFU) have been around for a bit and we do know for sure that they would want to win this tournament to make a statement, as much as the Leopards (Brunei national team) do,” said Faez.

“It’s going to be a tough game and I’m sure both teams will be hungry for points.

“Ideally, we would have loved to get more time and perhaps more test matches, but the camp we had has propelled and sculptured us a lot – but the real answer will be portrayed on the field this week.

“The team has bonded tremendously. Skipper Redha and I are happy with how the team is getting along.

“The brotherhood spirit is strong in this team as every player knows each other’s traits in and out of the pitch, so we know we’ve got each other’s back come game time,” added Faez.

Brunei will have four days rest before they take on Cambodia on Saturday. Cambodia beat Brunei 38-0 and 28-0 during the Division V tournament in Cambodia last year.

 


The national rugby team posing for a team photo before their warm up match against Labuan on June 7 at the LDA Field in Labuan. Hosts Brunei face Mongolia in their Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Asian 5 Nations Division IV opener today before meeting Cambodia on Saturday. Image courtesy of Iqbal Selamat.
 

  
 

FIFA 14 tournament 
 


The FIFA 14 tournament is back!!

Craving for another football gaming tournament? For those familiar with FIFA 14, we will be holding a mini FIFA 14 PS3 tournament at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. It’s been a while since I organised one and this was back during my Brunei Cyber Games days. Since Hua Ho Manggis is organising a football fiesta event, I thought it would be nice to give a helping hand to an event that I enjoyed organizing.

There will be two categories to choose from:

1) World Cup (Round Robin) $10 Entry Fee

2) Knock Out (Elimination) $8 Entry Fee

You can register at Hua Ho Manggis at the ground floor during opening hours and you can choose your session (either morning, afternoon or evening slots) for World Cup or Knock Out category.

Each registrant will receive a Panini Sticker Album, a few sticker packets and some goodies as well. There will be prize, trophies and medals for the top three participants and thank you to the sponsors of this event – Red Bull, Standard Chartered Bank, Hua Ho Manggis, Panini, Armtrix Enterprise, Malpyy.com and Johnson & Johnson.  And also a big thank you to Kristal FM for announcing this event.

I shall be posting the rules and regulations soon but I strongly suggest that you bring your own PS3 controllers. The console platform for this tournament is a PS3 by the way. Sorry, it won’t on a PS4 platform just yet. Good luck to all the participants and let’s bring up the spirit of football once again in conjunction with the World Cup 2014.


Hua Ho Football Fiesta
 

  
 

Win a new home!! 
 


Maybe the biggest kind of lucky draw by a motor car dealer in Brunei that I know of in many years
Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Brunei and the second largest automotive dealer in the country, celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year with a series of promotions for its loyal Kia customers until the end of 2014.

Purchase any Kia vehicle from 1st May to 31st December 2014 and have a chance to win a host of exciting prizes, including the grand prize of a dream house!

“This is our way of thanking our supporters and patrons for their continued support and loyalty for thirty years to Grand Motors and the Kia brand,” said Frankie Ho, Managing Director of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd. He added, ” We hope that by giving back to our clients, we can convey the message that Grand Motors will continue to provide the best vehicles and service for the Bruneian motorist in the years to come.”

This is the first time any automotive brand will offer a brand new house as a grand prize. Also up for grabs is a brand new Kia F/L Optima 2.4L SX Automatic for the second prize and a Kia Cerato 1.6 SX Automatic Sedan as the third prize. Other prizes include a brand new 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 5C, an iPad Mini, and cash. Never has there been a better time to buy a new car.

Grand Motors has even more surprises in store for their beloved customers, such as cash rewards for those who purchase their new wheels between 1st May to 31st July 2014. Their Hari Raya promo gives 50 lucky shortlisted new Kia owners a chance to win up to $10,000 cash, the perfect way to celebrate the festive season on a high note.

So don’t hesitate, head down to the Kia showroom and celebrate with Grand Motors for more details about their promotions and experience the service and dedication that has served the nation for three decades.

You can also follow their Facebook page for updates on Kia.

 


Executive Directors of Grand Motors Pg Hj Abd Qahar Pg Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pg Hj Ibnu Ba’asith and Hj Shaiful Rizal Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad with Marketing Manager of Grand Motors Precious Casao, KIA sales manager Jacquline Koh and Managing Director of Grand Motors Frankie Ho at the press conference for the 30th Anniversary of Grand Motors last May. Image courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.
 


The grand prize is a new home. Awesome!!
 


Kia has been very active in roadshows and it’s no surprise that they are doing quite well for Brunei market
 


The new Kia Cerato Coupe which I test drove a few weeks ago and it’s a good ride too
 

  
 

Andy Cole in September 
 


ANDY COLE WILL BE BACK IN BRUNEI!!!! This will be his third visit to Brunei. Come and enjoy the EPL 2014 on 27 September 2014 at the National Stadium. Grab your ticket now! You may visit S-Team Solutions office across Time Square Mall or socialmart.com.bn
 

  
 

Mabohai Shopping Complex 
 

The Mabohai Shopping Complex recently concluded the celebration of Father’s Day last weekend at the complex from 13th to 15th June 2014.

The Father’s Day weekend event kicked off with the opening of Brunei Hobby Con 2014. The event featured competitions in Kit Customization, On the Spot Building and Kits Exhibition. The event was co-organized with the Brunei Plamo Group. Supporters for the event included Toy Nation, Half Half, Inuyham and Hobby Model Enterprise. Winners in the competitions received cash vouchers worth $150, $100 and $50 plus trophies.

There were also experts in kit building who coached beginners in model kit building. A demonstration by Toolbox on the use of Airspray was also conducted.

Various tenants of the complex held special Father’s Day promotions and activities. Participating stores included Starbucks, Bossini, Best Eastern, Globalart, Savy’s Brasserie, Blitz and Carousel Maternity & Gifts.

The Complex Manager of Mabohai Shopping Complex said:

“We were delighted to mark Father’s Day by organising a range of activities catered especially for Dads. We hope that fathers and their families who were at the complex over the weekend had fun participating in the various activities. For updates of what’s happening at the Mabohai Shopping Complex, please check out our Facebook, IG & twitter feeds.”

Should you wish to book the Event Stage of the Mabohai Shopping Complex for your events and activities, please call us on 8111623 or 8653762.Or find us on Facebook, Instagram @mabohaibrunei and Twitter. Text and images courtesy of Mabohai Shopping Complex.

 


Winners of the Brunei Hobby Con 2014 at Mabohai Shopping Complex
 


Little kid creating an origami craft for his dad at the Global Art activity area during I Love U Dad Father’s Day weekend at Mabohai Shopping Complex
 


 


Hobby fans at the Hobby Con 2014 at Mabohai Shopping Complex
 


Don’t forget this important appointment! FREE Heart Health Talk and Free Health Screening by Gleneagles JPMC on the 21st June 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Event Stage of Mabohai Shopping Complex. Sign up now. Call 2611883 ext 2513 and look for Cynthia to book your spot. Limited seats available
 

  
 

04
Jun

#DPMMFCconductsClinic

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

 

DPMM FC to take on Home 
 


[Report by Yee Chun Leong]: Their Royal Highnesses Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim laced up their football boots to participate in a football clinic conducted by Singapore League (S-League) leaders DPMM FC yesterday.

Two sessions were held for two different batches at the International School Brunei (ISB) in Berakas – the first for Years 1 to 3 and the second for Years 4 to 6.

Each session consisted of three 10-minute drills, and once completed, the students competed in a 10 minute game.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean felt that the standard of football in the school is good.

“Technically, the children are very good (and) I was mentioning that to the management and players,” said Kean before the start of the second session yesterday.

“What is good is that we have split the kids into positions where we have attackers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers – so we have our players that play in those positions doing some individual coaching.

“It was really good for the kids to spend time with their favourite players – especially those that play the same position,” continued Kean, who handed out pesambah in the form of jerseys to the two princes.

Other students also had the opportunity to meet Kean and DPMM FC players as well as grab their autographs during a meet-and-greet session mid-way through the event at the school’s hall.
Brunei’s only professional club also handed out 100 tickets for their S-League match against Home United at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas on Friday.

DPMM FC had previously visited the Sports School in April and Muda Hashim Secondary School in Tutong in May. However, only question and answer sessions were held then.

Images courtesy of ISB.

 


His Royal Highnesses Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel
 


His Royal Highnesses Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim
 



 


Signing ceremony
 


Steve Kean speaking to the students

DPMM FC are looking to carry their Singapore Cup momentum into the S-League after demolishing Global FC of the Philippines 7-0 in their Singapore Cup opener at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Saturday.

DPMM FC continue to lead the S-League standings with 31 points from 13 matches.

Warriors FC closed the gap to four points after beating the leaders 1-0 at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium in Singapore on May 22, the result ending DPMM FC’s seven-game S-League winning streak.

Three-time defending champions Tampines Rovers follow on 25 points while Home United are further adrift by a point.

Albirex Niigata FC (S) round off the top five on 23 points.


Group photo
 

  
 

16
Apr

#zombieEyes

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

 

Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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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

15
Apr

#ArroganceAintBliss

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 


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ISB gets new location 
 

I shall be posting more stories about the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the $30 million green campus at Sg Hanching. The event was attended by two ministers – Education and Development. I can’t wait for this campus to be completed. It’s most likely to be completed by August 2015. Thank you, ISB, for the invitation and more news on this groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow. Below are some of the pictures taken from yesterday’s event.


Minister of Education YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Abu Bakar (L) and Minister of Development YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi (R) were the guest of honors for the groundbreaking ceremony for ISB new green campus
 


Both ministers doing the honour to mark the beginning of the construction of the new ISB campus at Sg Hanching
 


Ahmad Isa, ISB Chairman and Nicholas King, ISB Deputy Chairman
 


Datin Hjh Sarimah, ISB Board of Director with Maxwell Glover, Chairman of School Relocation Sub-Committee
 


The student leaders of ISB
 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank
 


Ugama teacher of ISB and PTA

The beautiful ladies of ISB

Safety comes first

Richard Whitaker of Arkitek Rekajaya

The new site at Sg Hanching

The Primary and Secondary building of the new proposed ISB Campus to be completed by August 2015
 

  
 

Chris Woo nails it again 
 


Chris Woo, a lecturer in UBD, posing with the trophy he won for the International Speech Contest in the D87 Division K, while his toastmasters buddies join in celebration at Lahad Datu, Sabah. Image taken from Facebook.

I saw Chris Woo presented his International Speech a few weeks ago in the Toastmasters competition among the four local clubs (toastmasters related) in Brunei Darussalam and he was superb in his delivery. From there, I know I see a winner and he can do Brunei proud with his public speaking talent. Brunei alone has many impressive speakers with the likes of Shawn Narcis, Rozana Yunos, Zainal Bostaman, Clovis Lai and Stuart Lee to name a few. I was also impressed with Fen Ng whom we kinda introduced her to join the Brunei Speakers Club and whoa, she really excelled to greater heights and I have seen so much growth especially in her confidence. I used to be a member of the Brunei Speakers’ Club but now inactive but still a strong supporter for it. I even broke my promise that I would at least complete my first speech as a member but didn’t commit to it *guilty*

Anyway, the highlight of this post is the great achievement by Chris Woo who won the International Speech category in the D87 Division K contest at Lahad Datu, Sabah. He represented Brunei in that category after winning the previous contest among the local toastmasters club in Brunei. This is his biggest achievement to date and now he will represent the Division K at the District 87 International Speech Contest on 11th May 2014 at Surabaya, Indonesia. Well done mate and I wish you to excel further and gain more experience internationally. You definitely have inspire many youths and others including myself to take that leap of faith in believing ourselves.

Below are pictures taken from Facebook and also my image archives.


Chris Woo accepting his winners’ trophy. Image taken from Facebook.
 


At the 18th Annual Conference Gala Dinner with the theme “Cultural Diversity” at Executive Hotel at Lahad Datu, Sabah. Click to enlarge. Image taken from Facebook.
 


Zainal Bostaman, our Area Governor for Brunei Speakers’ Club with other toastmasters
 


The recent Table Topics Contest and International Speech Contest to determine the representatives from Brunei in March
 


Allen won for Table Topics Contest with the title “Better late than never”
 


The top three Table Topics Contest winners
 


Chris Woo winning the International Speech Contest to represent Brunei
 


The top three International Speech Contest winners
 

  

14
Apr

#TearsOfJoy

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


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The match for the ages 
 


Stevie G was pretty emotional after the match and truly deserve to lift the trophy if you ask me
Billed as one of the most important matches in Liverpool’s history, Steve Gerrard showed up at his highest as he led his team to a 3-2 victory over title contenders Manchester City. Whoever win this tie, it will be their title to lose. The victory was Liverpool’s 10th consecutive one and it has been 24 years since Liverpool carry the League title. With four matches left, another strong contender is Chelsea who will have to play away to Liverpool in two weeks’ time. That perhaps could be the title decider. With Chelsea playing extra games in the Champions League, this is an advantage to Liverpool who will benefit from extra days rest.

I caught this match last night with Terence Han at Coffee Zone and while my buddy remained calmed, my heart was racing inside as it was anybody’s game judging from the performance from both sides. Despite Liverpool having a 2-0 goal cushion with Man City’s Toure taken off due to injury, the visitors pulled the game back to in level terms and dominated the second half. It was also the first time Terence heard me swearing *lol* as I was cursing on the Liverpool players for being sloppy especially Sakho who looked shaky in defence and giving away possession cheaply.

Vincent Kompany had a torrid time as all the Liverpool goals was his to blame. He was wrong footed by Sterling as the Liverpool ace cheekily scored from the little gap. The second goal was off a corner and Kompany lost his marked man Skrtel who headed home. Liverpool’s third goal was gifted by Kompany who fluffed a simple clearance and Coutinho came out from no where to blast home Liverpool’s winning goal.

There you go. A summary of one of the best matches if not the best of the season. Man City still have six games to play compared to Liverpool’s four. Thank you, Brendan Rodgers in believing in the squad and it’s good to see a few English players too (Johnson, Flanagan, Henderson, Gerrard, Sturridge and Sterling) and not rely too much on foreign talent.

This season will go down to the wire and the title race is still wide open. For now, it’s Liverpool’s title to lose. Let’s make us dream.

 


The Liverpool fans were at the edge of their seats from start to the end
 


Terence was my bromance partner for the night. Though he’s a Gunners fan, he wanted Liverpool to lift the trophy.
 

  
 

 

Chef Ahmad bags Silver 

 


Royal Brunei Catering representatives at the recent FHA 2014 Culinary Challenge held in Singapore

Chef Ahmad bin Haji Mangsor of Royal Brunei Catering achieved his success in the FHA 2014 Culinary Challenge held in Singapore. He has won silver medal under “Class 3B Pastry Showpiece – Marzipan / Sugar which was held on 10th April 2014.

FHA Culinary Challenge (FCC) competition is the region’s most prestigious international culinary competition dedicated to the promotion of culinary excellence according to their website. It is strongly supported by World Association of Chef Societies (WACS) and the regional chef associations, where this is the fundamental platform for promising culinary talents from around the world to display their gifted skills and be accredited by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges. The competition was held from 8th to 11th April 2014 at the Singapore Expo in Singapore.

This competition has attracted countries all over the world such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Korea, Thailand, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and Australia to name a few.

 


Chef Ahmad bin Haji Mangsor’s master piece for FHA 2014 Culinary Challenge


Chef Mohammad Khairul Anuar and Chef Cathy of Royal Brunei Catering



  

Sukan Ria 2014 
 


Company employees and their families can have a fun and rewarding (in many senses of the word) time participating in the hiking activities to be held at the Tasek Lama Recreational Park starting at 6 am on Sunday 27 April as part of this year’s Sukan Ria Antara Syarikat.

Company employees interested to take up the 4.2 km hiking challenge event can sign up to be in the running to win attractive cash prizes for the first three men and three women to cross the finish line.

Happening at the same time will be the aptly-named Fun Hike which will stretch 3 km for men and 2 km for women, and is open to both company employees and their family members.

A lucky draw will be held after the hikes giving all participants the chance to go home with fabulous prizes.

 


Company employees are invited to participate in the Sukan Ria Antara Syarikat basketball tournament that will tip off on 27 April at the Batu Bersurat Indoor Basketball Court.

The winning team will receive a B$2,000 cash prize, a challenge trophy, medals and trophy. A cash prize of B$1,000 will go to the runner-up team, and third place is rewarded with B$500, with medals and trophies going to both teams.

Teams can import up to three players from another company, allowing teams that would otherwise have insufficient numbers of players to participate in the fun. Being able to bring in talent from another company will also strengthen some teams, which should make for some exciting showdowns.

Registration forms along with the rules and official guidelines can be obtained at D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd in Beribi during office hours or at the official Sukan Ria website at www.sukanriabrunei.com. Completed forms must be received by 5pm on 15 April.

For more information, visit the official website or contact the Marketing Department at D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd via telephone at 2453666 or e-mail event@dsunlit.com

 

  
 

More facelift projects 
 


Newly-planted tree saplings at Tasek Lama Recreational Park. Image courtesy of Abdul Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times.

Good to know that the government agencies are doing facelift at recreational places. Recently we had the Serasa Beach facelift which has been getting positive comments from the public. So next is the Silver Jubilee Park and Tasek Lama Recreational Park. I haven’t really explore the Silver Jubilee Park but more on Tasek Lama for my morning walks which I have been neglecting too *lol*

According to the article from The Brunei Times, a jetty, a gazebo and surveillance cameras will be budgeted for the Silver Jubilee Park. The Minister of Home Affairs paid a visit to both these locations yesterday and he believes in restoring the recreational parks even if they are minor ones. The purpose of this upgrade is to make the recreational environment more conducive for the comfort and peace of visitors.

At Tasek Lama Recreational Park, resting house improvements were made, specifically the resting house near the waterfall. An ongoing improvement that was being made in the park was the reinforcement of a jungle track. The jungle track was built with concrete underneath, ensuring pathways would not deteriorate quickly. Source: Nadzri Zailani and Abdul Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times.

 

  
 

ISB Art exhibition 
 


The ISB Art Exhibition last weekend at Kaleidoscope Art Gallery

I love art and enjoy watching installation and art pieces. Maybe today I will head over to see pieces and art installation of at the UBD Spectacle 2014 at the Art Gallery, Chancellor Hall. Today I will briefly shared about ISB’s art exhibition at the Kaleidoscope Art Gallery in Kiulap last weekend. I missed this event actually as it slipped my mind but great job to the students for Year 13 who are graduating from the International Baccalaureate (IB) course.

According to the article in The Brunei Times, The artworks ranged from digital photography, paintings on canvas and sculpture. One of the unique works was by Aneesah Zulfina. Titled ‘Bateman’s Gridlock’, the piece, which took her four hours to complete, was made from 200 rubic cubes that were sponsored by WW Mart.

Art teacher Christopher Hoddinott said that the exhibition was a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their efforts.

ISB student, Nur Fatin Farhana Md Jafaar, told TheBrunei Times that she felt very proud to be able to have her artworks showcased as “an exhibition is a pinnacle for every aspiring artists, new and existing.”

Too bad the art exhibition only lasted a few days. Well done, anyway, to the Year 13 students and good luck in your assessment 🙂 Below are some pictures taken from ISB and Kaleidoscope Facebook.

 


The Year 13 art students with their art teachers
 


Janet Jinadasa, ISB Art Director
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

12
Mar

#volunteeringisempowering

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

 
 

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d’ Arcy, an inspiration for volunteers 
 

You will be surprised that volunteering doesn’t really equate to a good thing unless you are aware if it leads to a good outcome. I do agree of d’ Arcy Lunn’s sharing about volunteering and he gives us a different perspective about volunteering and I would like to share with you guys.

But first, I would like to thank the Australian High Commission to Brunei Darussalam for the invitation yesterday at their residence where I had the opportunity to catch and understand d’ Arcy Lunn’s vision which is to see the world without extreme property “for everyone, everywhere and forever”. He is a teacher by profession from Australia. The best gift I’ve see in him is his passion to volunteer and he has been traveling to different countries (more than 60 countries) – including Krygyzstan, Arctic Canada and Africa.

So it’s good to him making his presence felt in Brunei especially to educational institution such as International School of Brunei where he had talks there yesterday. One of the reasons for his presence in Brunei is the current project initiated by ISB on Polio Points project. In a nutshell, this is a student rewards system supported by Standard Chartered Bank which translates effort and achievement into Polio vaccines for Pakistan.

The project was launched and patronized by Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman in October 2012. ISB’s house points system encourages staff and students to be caring global citizens: every good deed and positive contribution by ISB primary and secondary students during lessons, sports competitions and various school events go towards vaccinating children in Lahore, Pakistan against contracting the polio virus in their lifetime.

This project is also not possible without the support of Global Poverty Project, the partnership between ISB, SCB and UNICEF Pakistan, UNICEF HQ in New York, the Gates Foundation, High Commissions of Pakistan, the United Kingdom and Australia in Brunei Darussalam and of course, the endorsement of Her Royal Highness.

As of now, ISB Polio Project has collected enough points which will be redeemed by Standard Chartered Bank (Brunei) equivalent to BND 10,000 which will then translated to Polio points for the benefit of the children in Pakistan. The project has been ongoing since last year and I really want to applaud ISB and SCB for making this possible and it’s good to see a school like ISB to get involved in Social Responsibility programs because this kind of education is important especially if it’s coming from the younger generation and this kind of contribution programs will raise more awareness among their age group which will be more effective.


d’ Arcy Lunn speaks to the audience at the Australian High Commission’s residence yesterday
 


His Excellency Todd Mercer, High Commissioner of Australia to Brunei Darussalam welcoming the invited speaker
 


NGOs, volunteers and representatives from SCB attended the session
 


The heads of the ISB student councils sharing updates on the ISB Polio Project

I could just go on and on about this project but I shall talked more in depth about ISB’s Polio Project on another day. For now, I want to focus on Mr. Lunn who is an iconic figure for volunteerism. Like I have said mentioned before, not all volunteerism can translate to a good outcome. So we have to take into accounts of a few things before getting excited to volunteer.

Mr. Lunn shared some interesting good pointers that will lead to “good aid and volunteering”. We have to be aware that when we show the passion to volunteer, it doesn’t mean that we are the expert if we are dealing with something unfamiliar. It’s important to speak to the relevant agencies and see what role you will be able to play as a volunteer.

The other habit which I feel that I have some weakness when it comes to volunteering is “Listening and Learning”. Sometimes we fail to pay attention to what is required. For instance, we keep donating clothes only to know that they needed more school bags for the under privilege students.

We have to make sure if we volunteer that it’s appropriate and collaborated with relevant agencies or organizations or non-government organisations. We also have to make sure that we volunteer, it is empowering for the country, community and the people.

Lastly, it’s also important to make the volunteerism programs have sustainable. It doesn’t just happens just once or twice. It has to be ongoing with great support from the sponsors and the community involvement to keep the momentum going and going. A good example here is Beach Bunch Brunei and they have been running volunteering campaigns on clean beaches for many years and they have bigger plans because their campaigns have been successful.

Mr. Lunn did leave some inspiring impression on me on what volunteering is. Volunteering is a rich thing to do and you don’t have to be rich in fortune. He also highlighted that you may have the best intention for volunteering but make sure the outcome is good and relevant to the receiving end. Yes, I also do agree with Mr. Lunn that volunteering is the best entry to achieve your dreams and of course, you will have to take a leap of faith and the inner courage to begin with. I believe there are many Bruneians who have those dreams.

You can check out d’ Arcy Lunn’s blog for updates and you can also follow him on twitter @darcylunn and you also can reach at darcy(a)global povertyproject.com


Pg Aki Ismasufian Pg Hj Ibrahim, SCB Head of Corporate Strategic Initiatives and Iswandy Ahmad, President of Brunei Darussalam Aids Council also attended the talk
 


JIS students talking about volunteerism with d’ Arcy
 


Pg Aki Ismasufian sharing with Adam of ISB on SCB’s involvement with ISB Polio Project
 


Students from Maktab Sains with the Australian High Commissioner and d’ Arcy
 


Photo opportunity with representatives from HEART
 


The stakeholders involved in the ISB Polio Project. Click image to enter website.
 


A great way to increase awareness on Polio. This is called the Purple Pinkie. When a child is vaccinated, they have a purple stamp put on their little finger. This is an ideal way to raise awareness. Image courtesy of Pulitzer Center.
 

  
 

Fashion and stylist ambassadors impressed 

As the largest and most influential hair salon in Brunei Darussalam, the IA Salon creates a much needed arena for professionals and consumers to come together to learn and exchange information about natural hair care, health and beauty products, and techniques.

IA Salon Brunei had launched series of workshops for both hair and makeup with the support of MAC cosmetics and L’Oreal hair industry. Cecilia Lee, director of IA Salon invited the ambassadors of both line to conduct in-house trainings for salon hair stylists and makeup artists, photo filming of fresh models, customer services, and makeup tutorial classes.

L’Oreal artistic ambassador Simon Koh from Malaysia has been consistently nominated to its title since 2000. He had hosted numberless hair seminars, hair talks, workshops, demonstrations, hair shows, and so forth, both within Malaysia and overseas. Established in 1986, ELLE Hair salon and academy was founded by him. With his 30 years of hairdressing experiences, Simon is leading a troop of experience leading stylists all over Malaysia. Koh is bringing his lady assistant who has been working with him for the past 7 years and graduated at Elle Academy.

MAC cosmetics leading makeup creative artist Lim Kok Leong from Malaysia has been 9 years in makeup industry. He had tied up to work with famous magazines such as Herworld, Female, Cittabella, Malaysia Tatler, Men’s UNO, Sister, and more. Lim graduated makeup art course in Tokyo Designer Gakuin, a technical school in Tokyo, Japan. He is a leading artist for Salabianca & Philosophy fashion show such as @increafible India 2007, @ China Champ 2008, @360* Melbourne 2009 and forth. He has been the personal makeup artist of Pussycat Dolls in MTV Asian awards. He has various distinctions not only in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and even in New Zealand.


Anna from FunBeePark, Simon Koh , L’Oreal artistic ambassador in KL, Ramlah Binti Laipu, owner and creative designer of ELLA Botique in Sabah and Lim Kok Leong, MAC cosmetics leading makeup creative artist from KL
 


Simon Koh , L’Oreal artistic ambassador in KL, showing the disconnect cuts and the new fashion
 


The before and after
 


Lim Kok Leong, MAC cosmetics leading makeup creative artist from KL explaining the different types of make up application

Ramlah Binti Laipu, owner and creative designer of ELLA Boutique in Sabah has been developing an image of beauty and fashion. She created her own conceptual designs and she called it “EL TUDUNG PESTA”. Mostly of her designs have the concept of tudung exclusive that is suitable to any occasions. She has been invited to do fashion shows in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.

Cecilia Lee of IA Salon is inviting the public of Brunei Darussalam to experience this once in a lifetime chance to explore the world of beauty and furthermore gain much confidence and outshine. Makeup classes for Mr Lim will be conducted at IA Salon, The Mall, Gadong, on (today) 12th March 2014. Morning and afternoon classes will be available for registration. For reservation and more inquiries, call IA Salon customer service at 2423232 or 8738232.

There will be customer services conducted by Mr Koh to interested clients and hair enthusiasts on 12th March 2014 at IA Salon, The Mall, Gadong. Services such as hair cutting, hair design, hair colouring, perming, or rebonding are available for booking now. Appointments are limited to six customers only. Have a chance to beautify yourself with internationally distinguished L’Oreal ambassador. There will be free of charge consultation on Tudong designs and fashion with Ramlah. Special handmade tudong scarves for sale too. For reservation and more inquiries, call IA Salon customer service at 2423232 or 8738232.

New and artistic MAC cosmetics and L’Oreal Hair care products will be available for purchase at IA Salon, The Mall, Gadong with proper consultation by hair and makeup specialists.


Cecilia Lee of IA Salon explaining the “EL Tudung Pesta” while Ramlah demos on how to apply them
 


“EL Tudung Pesta” being demoed by the models
 


Ramlah with the models wearing “EL Tudung Pesta”
 


Group photo

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