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Man on a mission

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Francophonie Week 2016 


Loan Forgeron, French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam (5th from right), Marina B. Laker, High Commissioner for Canada to Brunei Darussalam (4th from right) with the organiser Alliance Française and event partner The Collective Art Events and sponsors at the press conference for the upcoming Francophonie Week 2016 held at Alliance Française at Batu Bersurat

In honor of the 2016 ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ / “Francophone Week 2016”, which is an annual French cultural week run by Alliance Francaise organisations globally as well as the 30th Anniversary of Alliance Francaise being in Brunei, Alliance Francaise Brunei will be launching a one week program of events to run from the 12th of March to the 20th of March that will aim to promote French culture, and celebrate the good cultural relations between France and Brunei.

The week long program will also aim to showcase the capabilities of Brunei’s local talents in terms of creative industries, events and the arts. Because of the network of Alliance Francaise organisations around the world. We hope to showcase to the world the potential of Brunei as a destination and also Bruneians talents.

The event partner: The Collective Art Events (@thecollectiveartevents) and is supported by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, The Embassy of the Republic of France in Brunei Darussalam, the High Commission of Canada, the Switzerland Consulate, The Laotian Embassy, The Vietnam Embassy.

The companies involved are Jerudong Park Playground, Baiduri Bank, Progresif, Cityneon Brunei, Image Inx, Airfrance, Radisson Hotel, Starlodge Hotel, Expressions Music, The Sequence Music Production, Industrie Brunei.

To Book tickets and view information and prices for each event, the public can visit the website hosted by Progresif.

The organisers and head of diplomats sharing their inputs for the upcoming event

Loan Forgeron, French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Shinny of The Collective Art Events, Marina B. Laker, High Commissioner for Canada to Brunei Darussalam and Cecile Cassou, a French journalist and photographer with Benny and Nabil (behind) from City Neon

The French words that will be showcased during Francophonie Week 2016

From the looks of it, Francophonie Week 2016 will be a huge event, even bigger than previous ones with multiple locations involved. Kudos to the parties involved in making this possible.

Loan Forgeron, French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, stressed the importance of such event to promote diversification of culture and language of French in Brunei Darussalam. She highlighted how both French culture and language are linked and they can’t be separated. She also thanked all the partners and sponsors of the event and hope for more residents of Brunei to experience the Francophonie Week 2016.

Also present during the press conference was Marina B. Laker, High Commissioner for Canada to Brunei Darussalam. She shared that the Canada is the 2nd biggest donor after France of the Francophonie Week internationally and Canada has a very rich French culture. Canada has always been a strong member in the Francophonie event. Marina also said the event will show many cultural diversification and one of the events she highlighted was the closing ceremony where Melaine Gall, a vocalist from Canada, will be performing.

The movies that will be screened on the huge screen. First movie will be this Saturday entitled Win Win. Click image to see poster.

Outdoor festival event titled “Cine-Cite” (“City-Cinema”)

A three day festival that will transform a location over the opening weekend of Francophonie week with the “Cine-Cite” event. This will be a never before done event concept in Brunei, that combines a unique Franco themed open air night market that showcases local creative businesses, with an outdoor cinema screening a selection of French films selected by the Swiss embassy and Alliance Francaise, and local musicians such as Do It Good Records Preservation Blues Jazz Hall Band and friends, FN DUO, Arif Zainudin, Amal Murni performing throughout the night to supplement.

Each day will feature a changing selection of local vendors, musicians and films, with a special Saturday night showcase by Swiss born musician, Noga along with her French counterpart Patrick Bebey who are cultural envoys of the French Embassy and Alliance Francaise brought in especially for the event.

All to be held at Jubilee Park, Bandar Seri Begawan.

When: 12th March- , 4.30pm -10pm

Activities: Local vendors selling a variety of products from food to crafts

Local artist music showcase

Outdoors cinema of Swiss film Win Win

Photography exhibition for French journalist Cecile Castilla

I shall be posting more actives on the blog along the week for updates. So do stay tune.


The Caffé Verve kiosk at Alliance Française

The library at Alliance Française at the mezzanine floor


The interior of Alliance Française on the ground floor

Love the flat white at Caffè Verve kiosk. They will be opening an actual cafe pretty soon.




53rd Brunei ITF Junior Circuit 2016 

Group photo of the participants of the 53rd Brunei ITF Junior Circuit 2016 with the committee and tournament referee at the National Tennis Centre. Click image to enlarge.

It’s happening starting today till Sunday, the 53rd Brunei ITF Junior Circuit 2016 at the National Tennis Centre. 64 players are slated for the title in the men’s draw with favourites Shinji Hazawa to take the title. He has the luxury of the draw because there won’t be any Koreans playing in the tournament. The Koreans dominated the tournament back in December 2015 but I am not sure why they are not participating in this tournament.

Public is more than welcome to catch some tennis action at National Tennis Centre. Brunei will be represented by Md Nurul Andi Hambali who has been training in Australia, Timothy Lim and Zen Sii.


Rahul, Arun, Tim and Zen (coached by Aiman Abdullah) taking part in the tournament. Good luck.

Jordan Unger of Australia beat Timothy Lim of Brunei 6-2 6-1 in the first round

Timothy Lim in action against Jordan

Favourite Shinji Hazawa seed No.1 beat Manuel Balce III in straight sets 6-1 6-0




This is it

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Toastmasters update 


This is it. After many months, the contest is back again for toastmasters. This time it will be International Speech (Inspirational) Contest and Table Topics Contest (the impromptu ones). With many seasoned speakers giving way for the newbies, I’m delighted to see participation from new faces of the toastmasters club that I’m currently in – Brunei Speakers’ Club.

The likes of Syatrah, Heidi, Adah, Maudena, Faiz, Jidun and the list goes on. So do come and support the contest which will be held tomorrow night (Tuesday 8th March) at Seameo Voctech and do refer to poster for details. Seameo Voctech is currently opposite the Gadong market and after the simpang of Taurean Arch. Good luck to all the contestants and I truly admire your tenacity and courage to be part of the contest.

Below are just some of the events that have been happening in relating to toastmasters. In Brunei Darussalam, we have four toastmasters club. It could have been five but the HSBC speakers’ club is now defunct. The existing ones are Brunei Speakers’ Club (the mother club for Brunei), OTTERS (Oil Town Talkers) Club in Seria, UBD Toastmasters Club, the youngest club of them all and finally the Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club.

Recently there was a joint meeting (collaboration) with Brunei toastmasters and Miri toastmasters which was held at OGDC in late February. It was led by new member of OTTERS, Naj Tarif, who was the organizing chair for this event. It was very courageous of him to take this heavy role especially since he is still a new member. The joint meeting went pretty well and the members from Miri truly learnt something from the Brunei toastmasters. I do hope for more collaboration between Brunei and Miri to further strengthen the bonds and relations while learning from each other.

Recently Delwin Keasberry, popularly known as @bruneitweet, gave an insightful presentation on being a good public speaker. He is currently a member of the Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club and he is also an accomplished speaker, involving in many conferences locally and abroad. Keep it up, dude.

Congratulations to our newest member Afwa Mawawi for her first speech ice-breaker last week too and yes, I do agree with your points in your speech about “Embracing Change” for the betterment of our future. You can read more of the recaps of our Brunei Speakers’ Club meeting and who knows one day you can experience being a member of toastmasters.


The joint meeting between Brunei and Miri toastmasters held at OGDC in late February.

The toastmasters from Brunei Darussalam. Image by Reuben Chin.

The toastmasters from Miri. Image by Reuben Chin.

Shawn documenting the speeches during the joint meeting

Delwin Keasberry, a member of Brunei Advanced Toastmasters Club, delivering a talk on being a public speaker during a meeting at Brunei Speakers’ Club at Seameo Voctech

Afwa Mamawi breaking the ice with her first speech last week at Brunei Speakers’ Club.



Tennis update 

The winners and consolation winners of the Brunei Darussalam Tennis Association Open Singles first leg with John Chia, BDTA Treasurer and Rasheed Abdullah, Tournament Secretary of BDTA at the National Tennis Centre

Aiman Abdullah taking a wefie with his tennis buddies

Late post: Last week, Aiman Abdullah claimed another trophy to add to his many list of collection when he dominated his young opponent Rajvir Jutla from the UK 6-0 6-0 in the finals of the Brunei Darussalam Tennis Association Open Singles first leg. He had a tougher encounter against Billy Wong in semis but he was mentally prepared for the finals and he congratulated Rajvir for making it this far.

The best part for the tournament was the emerging of younger tennis players and they showed that they can play in a competitive environment, giving them more confidence and exposure. For instance, Ben Sii (13 years old) won the consolation bracket against Darlin Sia in straight sets and now Ben Sii is currently in Sri Lanka for the the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition in Sri Lanka. Over there, he lost to his Iraqi opponent 6-0 6-2.

In the ladies’ open, powerhouse Australian Leah Gander dominated the tournament with convincing victories in the semi-finals and finals. She beat Japanese Hiromi Okochi 6-1 6-1 to claim her first title of the BDTA Open Singles. Lena Ang won the consolation trophy as she overcome her opponent Sharon in tie breaker after finishing in a 1-1 set.

BDTA treasurer John Chia handed the prizes to all the top winners of the tournament. The competition consisted of 22 players in the mens and 7 players in the ladies.

In other tennis news, there will be a Junior ITF tournament hosted at National Tennis Centre which started yesterday. Hence, the courts won’t be available until 13th March after the conclusion of the tournament. Good luck to the Brunei representatives in the Junior ITF tournament.


Ben Sii and Lena Ang winning their consolation matches last week. Well done 😀

Monica and Ben supporting Lena’s match

Darlin Sia played his consolation match against Ben Sii. He has a strong first serve.

Ian volunteering to be a temporary ball boy in Lena-Sharon’s match

Hiromi Okochi in action

The women finalist – Leah Gander and Hiromi Okochi

The men finalist – Rajvir Jutla and Aiman Abdullah



Congrats @gpul 

Congratulations to Hj Saifullah Hj Ramli for finishing 2nd int he 2016 60km Ultra Marathon Sabah. He is also an ambassador for Tri-ULTRA, a sporting local stor in Brunei Darussalam.

Haji Saifullah Haji Ramli #gpul made the nation proud after he finished second at the 2016 60km Ultra Marathon Sabah yesterday.

The Bruneian ultra-marathoner completed the 60km race with a time of five hrs 52 mins 20 seconds behind the champion from Malaysia Jifree Pulok who recorded a time of five hours 27 mins 29 seconds.

The Ultra Marathon attracted a total of 140 runners from – the hosts Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, Sweden, USA, United Kingdom including 16 from Brunei – competed for the top honours.

You can read more of his comments here from The Brunei Times. Image courtesy of Yaty Yassin and story by Azri Metussin of The Brunei Times.




Swoop Dart’s 

The management unveiling the logo of Swoop Dart’s, a newly established for electronic darts in Brunei. Congratulations.

Dart has become a new trend in Brunei Darussalam. Ever since the emergence of the soft tip darts. It has become popular hobby and I know a few of my friends who have taken up the hobby with the introduction of the soft tip electronic dart game.

Yesterday was the launch of a newly opened dart establishment called Swoop Dart’s which is located just behind Taurean Arch and it’s located on the first floor.

The management unveiled the logo to officiate the opening of the business and also present were the management of VSPhoenix Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Brunei Dart Association. The machines used are from VSPhoenix made in Korea. The Managing Director of VSPhoneix Malaysia Sdn Bhd talked briefly about the VSPhoenix Electronic Dart machines and its benefits.

There are many modes to choose from such as fun-goers, amateurs and even up to the professional level. What makes it interesting is the “Global” mode where you can challenge others and the webcam makes it more interesting so you won’t be caught cheating *lol* I kinda like the idea that the value of the Phoenix Card starts at $1 dollar and it can be topped up by using tokens which are available at the store.

The mission of the Swoop Dart’s is also to bring our local talents to abroad to compete in the international level which is a great sign indeed.

The Swoop Dart’s company is opened daily from 12pm to 10pm. So Hui Chiet, let’s play some darts, shall we? 😀


The crowd yesterday at the opening

A Malaysian darter being invited to play

Angus of Panacom doing the honour as being the emcee for the opening ceremony. Nice one.

The VSPhoenix Electronic Dart Machine.



Where’s my mojo…

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


At-Taqwa at Travel Fair 

Notice from At-Taqwa Travel Tours

Check out their booth at 11th RB Belait Travel Fair at Pusat Insani

Some of the promotional fares


The trio heading to Sri Lanka 

The national junior tennis team before their departure to the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition in Sri Lanka in a group photo with BDTA officials. Brunei last participated in the tournament in 1996 when they were hosts.

Written by Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times. Brunei headed off to the ITF (International Tennis Federation) World Junior Tennis Competition in Sri Lanka with no expectations last Wednesday.

The trio of Ben Sii, Harry Kwang and Kieran Lai will contest in the pre-qualifiers of both the singles and doubles events and are accompanied by their coach Mohd Aiman Abdullah at the March 4-9 competition.

It will be a long-awaited return to the competition for Brunei, which last participated in the tournament in 1996 when they were hosts.

Aiman had previously told The Brunei Times that he has no expectations and that it is more important the players get some much needed exposure at this young age.


With their families before sending them off at the Brunei International Airport

Ben Sii being interviewed by Yee Chun Leong

Kieran was all smiles during the interview

Photo opportunity with the coach and Brunei players. Thank you Armtrix Enterprise for sponsoring the attire.

The players prepping for the opening ceremony in Sri Lanka. All the best.

Sii knows the level of difficulty but hopes that he will be able to at least win a game.

“I’m feeling a bit nervous but I will try to get at least one game,” said Sii before the team’s departure at the Brunei International Airport in Berakas.

“It will be a challenge for me because the players from the other countries are more prepared.

“We started training last year while others would have been doing that for at least two years now. But I’m ready to play as training got tougher as the date got closer to the tournament,” he added.

Lai, who started out in the sport two years ago, is hoping for the best.

“I’m prepared for it and I’m going there more for the experience,” said Lai. “I’m looking to score some points, and my fitness is still low but it is getting better,” added the 13-year-old.

On the other hand, Kwang hopes to be able to learn more from his stronger opponents.
“I’m going there to have fun. Training was very intense and I believe that it has paid off,” said Kwang. “I’m just a bit nervous and I have no expectations but I’m feeling confident.

“I want to gain as much experience and exposure from this trip and looking forward to making some new friends to learn more about tennis,” he concluded.

Also present at the Brunei International Airport to send the team off were BDTA secretary general Hj Zuraimi Hj Abd Sani, treasurer John Chia and tournament secretary Abd Rasheed Abdullah.

Meanwhile, the 53rd Brunei ITF Junior Circuit will be held from March 8-13 at the National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

The previous edition in December saw the trio of Timothy Lim, Zen Sii and Mohd Nurul Andi Hambali represent the Sultanate and they all stumbled in the first round.

South Korea’s Jeong Yeongseok and Chinese-Taipei’s Shih Hsin-Yuan won the boys’ and girls’ titles at the 52nd edition of the tournament in December.



Peugeot 308 


The 2014 “Car of the Year” Peugeot 308 made its debut in Brunei Darussalam and it has been showcased to the public. So yesterday, I had the privilege to test drive the Peugeot 308 on the road with the other local press.

We drove along the highway to check out its dynamic cruise control. I have to say this is my first experience using cruise control and I am amazed on how the intelligent the AI of the Peugeot 308 is. It’s able to detect the speed of the car in front of you and it will maintained at the speed and distance automatically along the highway. This means you don’t have to use the accelerator (again, useful for long journeys to KB or Muara) while driving on the highway. This function can be activated form 40km/h and manages a speed delta between vehicles of 30km/h maximum. The “Dynamic Cruise Control” is only available on the hi spec version of Peugeot 308.

The parking assist is also the highlight of the Peugeot 308. It can do reverse parking as well as parallel parking. All you have do is play around with the brakes and shifting of the gears. Again, this car is very ideal for those who don’t favour parking manually.

The i-cockpit of the Peugeot 308 is also very ideal for the driver where all the information is displayed on one screen which makes it very convenient for the driver especially while driving. You might be wondering why a smaller feel of the compact steering wheel. Well, one reason is that so you can have a better view of the Head-up Instrument Panel. The LED lights inside the Peugeot 308 gives it an interesting feel when night falls. This feature is only available on the hi spec version though.

There is so many things to love about the Peugeot 308 and it has been receiving quite well in Brunei market. This will be a great buy especially for the young executives. There’s the standard spec version and also the hi spec version. You can follow their Facebook page for updates or their official website for other models.

You can visit the Peugeot Showroom at Kiarong (near roundabout).


Check out the LED lights

Test driving the Peugeot 308 on the road yesterday

The parking assist

Good indicators on the status of the Peugeot 308




Mixel Brunei 


Taken of the MIXEL Brunei Facebook page. So you know the locations, you know who to look out for… Let the search begin everyone! The Finding MIXEL contest has officially begun.

You’ve got a whole month to search for your favourite characters – from now until 31st March 2016 – so start looking!!

To take part, simply snap a photo of yourself (or your friends/family) with any MIXEL that has a hidden character inside and follow the rules below!

How can you win?
1) Take a photo with your favourite character in the MIXEL
2) Tag MIXEL Brunei page on your photo with#findingMIXEL
3) The MIXEL logo and the artwork must be visible in your photo
4) Make sure your profile is public and visible to MIXEL’s page
5) Only one entry is allowed per person
6) You must complete all the conditions above to be eligible for the Lucky Draw on 1st April 2016

Prizes are sponsored by The Brunei Hotel, GLOT Lifestyle, Takaful Brunei, Jerudong Park Playground, Sweet Nonya, FoodPanda and Euroclassic Collection





The force awakes in a week’s time

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Realistic gaming experience 

Check out the Acer monitors to enhance your gaming experience


Selling like hotcakes 

@ennelynn (left) bought 5 pieces of the the NEW ERA STAR WARS™ limited edition collection at Cap City last Saturday. Image courtesy of @thecapcity.

The snapbacks are gone. During the first day launch of the @thecapcity NEW ERA STAR WARS™ limited edition collection last Saturday, many showed up and chose their favourite caps and some even bought in numbers as collections. With the huge hype of Star Wars movie releasing next week, the Star Wars fever has arrived and this shows how much impact the brand has in the community.

According to the franchise owner Soon Wing, over half the stock are gone after two days of release. I bought my Darth Vader version and I’m happy with my purchase.

Cap City is located on the 2nd floor at the arcade area of The Mall, Gadong. Cap City is an authorised distributor for well-known brands such as Dope, Huf, New Era, Obey and also Negative.


R2D2 caps

Darth Vader (my favourite)

Huge turnout last Saturday at Cap City (Brunei)

Posing with Wil at Cap City

Familiar faces with purchases of the NEW ERA STAR WARS™ limited edition collection



Epson printers 

The best-selling original ink tank system printer in Southeast Asia. Now available at Concepts Computer


No sweeps for the Koreans 

South Korean top seed Jeong Yeongseok (2nd L) the boys’ singles champion with Acting Senior Special Duties Officer at the Department of Youth and Sports, Mariam Ulat (L) and Brunei Darussalam Tennis Association officials John Chia (2nd R) and Hj Zuraimi Abdul Sani during the presentation of the 52nd ITF Junior Circuit Group 5 at the Brunei National Tennis Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex.

Chinese-Taipei’s Shih Hsin-Yuan with her singles title in the 52nd ITF Junior Circuit Group 5.

All the finals were played in the final two days of the 52nd ITF Junior Circuit Group 5 which took place at the Brunei National Tennis Centre. The Koreans blew away their chances to sweep all the trophies in the singles and doubles. Only the top seeded player from South Korea Jeong Yeongseok clinched one title in the boys’ draw where he beat his compatriot Hong Seung Heon (6th seed) in one sided final 6-0 6-0.

In the girls’ finals, Chinese-Taipei’s Shih Hsin-Yuan overpowered another Korean finalist Gwak Mi Ryung 6-3 6-1. It must be a gruelling affair for Gwak as she had to endure hours of tennis, being involved in both doubles and single matches. She also had another runner-ups trophy in doubles losing in straight sets the Japanese duo of Hiyori Ito and Funa Koazaki 6-3 7-6.

The boy’s doubles event also produced some great tennis but it was the Japanese duo that prevailed and held their serve through the match. James Kent Trotter and Shinji Hazawa erased their miseries in singles (quarter-final and semi-final respectively) and overcame the Koreans, Jeong Yeongseok and Hong Seung Heon 6-4 6-4.

It was such a wonderful display of tennis last week and it shows that Brunei is far away from the standards set by the regional contestants. I could see that our young players have the desire and will power to learn and they have the fundamentals of being on the courts with the guidance of the self-employed tennis coach Aiman Abdullah who has dedicated his time and efforts to the students.

I’m an avid player myself and regularly join Aiman’s tennis session from time to time. Thank you for your contribution and I hope for the bright future of tennis in the Sultanate. Keep up the great work!


Izzanie Abu Bakar, BDTA’s assistant secretary general, with James Kent Trotter and Shinji Hazawa with their boy’s doubles trophies

The girl’s doubles runners-up Suh Yuseung and Gwak Mi Ryung

The girl’s doubles champions Hiyori Ito and Funa Koazaki

The boy’s doubles runners-up Hong Seung Heon and Jeong Yeongseok

Group photo with the guest of honour, winners, organisers and helpers

The ball boys and girls of the finals

Aiman’s students

Gwak Mi Ryung serving during the girl’s finals. She lost 6-3 6-1 to Shih Hsin-Yuan.

Some of the spectators during the finals

Shih Hsin-Yuan was seeded 16th and she won the girl’s singles tournament against Gwak Mi Ryung

The girl’s doubles final last Saturday

Aiman Abdullah played the role of a linesman in the finals

Most of the matches he played, top seed Jeong Yeongseok cracked a smile or two



It’s Saturrrdayy….

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Koreans dominate ITF 



South Korean compatriots Lim Minseob and top seed Jeong Yeongseok having a ball in the semi-finals yesterday. It was such a weird match as it went to three sets and the number one seed prevailed 6-3 0-6 6-4. It seems both knew each other’s gameplay and they were even laughing and joking after some plays. It wasn’t as tensed as the other quarter-final matches.

It wasn’t meant to be for Linda Leong who celebrated 16th birthday three days ago as she squared a 3-0 lead in the second set before eventually losing in three sets to Park Subin. It was a decisive moment when Park Subin asked for a medical time out when she was 3-0 down in the second set and she won six straight games to make it one set a piece. The Korean won 6-7 6-3 6-1 yesterday.

The father of Linda Leong (in blue) watching the quarter finals yesterday

Linda wasn’t happy with the call made by Subin and it affected her mental game as the game progressed

Yesterday there were a few upsets. South Korean Lee Jeong Heon, 7th seed, beat 2nd seed of the tournament Japanese James Kent in rubber set 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the quarter finals and the match lasted 3 hours 20 minutes.

James Kent was so furious with some of the calls made by the Korean in the quarter-final match yesterday. For your info, there are no linesmen or umpire to officiate all the matches except for the finals. So the calls are based on the integrity of the players. Hence, if a player is unsatisfied with the call, he or she will call upon the tournament official. It happened on numerous occasion during this match. However, if the match between the compatriots especially the Koreans, there weren’t any request for a judgment call.

6th seed Hong Seung Heon made it to the semi-finals as he beat James Kent’s conquerer Lee Jeong Heon earlier this morning. He will face his compatriot and no.1 seed Jeong Yeongseok tomorrow at 9:30am at the National Tennis Centre.

One of my favourite players of the tournament and he is seeded no.3 from Japan, Shinji Hazawa. He had a good tournament and reached the semi-finals. He eventually lost to no.1 seed Jeong Yeongseok earlier this morning 6-3 6-4

The top seed of the tournament Jeong Yeongseok taking a breather and enjoying the shade after every point. His ground strokes are the best I’ve seen so far.

A dispute call late in the game in today’s semi-finals. I salute the integrity of Hazawa (below) as he hardly made any bad calls and only requested for a call for the official.

The finalist for tomorrow as Gwak Mi Ryung has been consistent this week and beat her compatriot Park Subin 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals today. My favourite lady player now since Joleta of Indonesia has been eliminated. 

Another finalist for the ladies is Shih Hsin-Yuan of Chinese Taipei who won her semi-final match 6-2 6-1 against Hyeran Yung of South Korea earlier this morning

Sixth seed Hyeran Yung ran out of steam as she lost with less resistance this morning




Heat mode on

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


ITF Junior Circuit 

The junior participants of the 50th Brunei International Tennis Federation Circuit with the committee of Brunei Darussalam Tennis Association at the Brunei National Tennis Centre. The tournament kicks off today and the finals is slated for Sunday, 6th December 2015. All are welcome to watch.


A class of its own 

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Press release. Mercedes-Benz has maintained its lead in the readers’ poll “Auto Trophy 2015 World’s Best Cars”: the brand with the star secured first place in four categories. Like last year, the C and S-Class won the categories “Best mid-size car” and “Best luxury saloon”. In addition, Mercedes-Benz was voted the world’s best brand and the brand with the fewest complaints in the “Quality Trophy”. The award was presented last night at the Cruise Center in Hamburg-Altona.

Readers of the car magazine “Auto Zeitung” chose the C-Class and the S-Class for the second time: like in 2014, this year, too, the Mercedes models won the categories “Best mid-size car” and “Best luxury saloon”.

The Mercedes-Benz brand also took two first places in the Auto Trophy 2015:

The Stuttgart automotive manufacturer won the category “World’s best brand” and the “Quality trophy for the brand with the fewest complaints”. This innovation prize was jointly awarded by international editorial teams and the technical inspection agency GTÜ.

In 2015 the Auto Trophy took place for the 28th time. Readers were able to vote on 441 different models in 23 categories and numerous brands. A total of almost 75,000 readers and online users of Auto Zeitung and international car magazines from the Bauer Media Group participated.


Mercedes-Benz S-Class



Giving back to the community 

The Brunei Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) Executive Director Professor Datin Dr Uta Meyding-Lamade (2nd L) and stroke survivor Hj Noorkhan (2nd R) presenting a mock cheque to BIBD ALAF representative. Image courtesy of Izzati Jalil of The Brunei Times.

The Brunei Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) donated $9,705 to Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam’s (BIBD) Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future (ALAF) programme on last Saturday.

The amount was from the proceeds of the ticket sales of the centre’s recent musical, “Sebuah Perjalanan”, featuring stroke and cancer patients.

Present to hand over the cheque to BIBD ALAF representatives were Executive Director of BNSRC at Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Professor Datin Seri Laila Jasa Dr Uta Meyding-Lamade, and a stroke survivor who took part in the musical, Hj Noorkhan Hj Ahmad. Also present were representatives from sponsors and supporters of the musical.

In a brief speech before the handover, Professor Datin Dr Uta Meyding-Lamade said that Brunei has one of the biggest neurology and rehabilitation centre in Southeast Asia, and could be the future ‘hub’ for neuroscience and rehabilitation.

The Head of Rehabilitation Department at JPMC, Vivian Suk Kee Tie said in her speech during the ceremony held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam that the proceeds will go to the students under BIBD ALAF’s care. She also presented a medal to Hj Abu Bakar Bin Md Salleh, who was a patient with the centre since 2013, and participated in all the therapeutic group activities with great enthusiasm and motivation.
On her social media account, Vivian thanked all the sponsors, supporters, the inspiring patients and their families and lastly her wonderful colleagues from the department. She shared that it won’t be possible without the contribution from the said parties. They have shown that to the community that the word impossible is truly two words “I’m Possible” where we work together towards a brighter future.


Group photo with the organizers and sponsors

Professor Datin Dr Uta Meyding-Lamade

Vivian Suk Kee Tie presenting a medal to Hj Noorkhan Hj Ahmad, a stroke survivor and also a participant in the “Sebuah Perjalanan” musical

The recent musical that took place last November

Vivian the lady behind the project. She has a great team and I applaud her for her dedication and passion in realizing the possible within the “impossible”. Keep it up!!





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