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The trios

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


New SUVs from Mercedes 

Do visit their showroom today at Jati Transport Gadong from 10am to 5pm. Check out the new SUVs – GLE Coupé, GLE and GLC. Refreshments will be served.

The new GLC being unveiled last night at Radisson Hotel. What a beauty!! Image courtesy of @mercedesbenzbrunei IG

What more can you ask for.. If probably seen on magazines, TV or even movies. Last night, Jati Transport Sdn Bhd unveiled their latest flagship at their Mercedes-Benz line – the all new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé and GLC at the Radisson Hotel (the perfect venue). As many of you are familiar that Jati Transport is the authorized distributor for Daimler AG in Brunei Darussalam.

There were so much love and hype on the new models – GLE 450 AMG 4Matic Coupé and the GLC 250 4Matic Edition 1. I personally find the luxury car to be awesome in design and I’m pretty sure many of the Mercedes-Benz lovers are eyeing on the new SUVs.

Let’s talk about the all new GLE 450 AMG 4Matic Coupé. It is the combination of two classes of vehicle – each with its own distinct style. The sporty nature of a coupé dominates, imbued with the striking characteristics of a robust SUV.

Like the SUV, the GLE Coupé also offers space for up to five people – and the rear seat bench is the widest in its class.

It is powered by a biturbo V-6 engine, 270 kW (367hp) and torque peaking at 520 Nm. The engine’s power is channeled to all four wheels via the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission. Now that’s pretty sleek.

The standard-fitted Dynamic Select system allows the GLE Coupé to alter its nature, as the driver desires, from blissfully comfortable (in the SUV mold) to dynamic and agile (like a pure-bred sports coupé). Like I said, so much to love about the new GLE Coupé.


Mr. Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, giving his welcoming remarks during the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz SUVs. He said that Mercedes-Benz brand won first place in the “World’s Best Brand” award and “Quality trophy for the brand with the fewest complaints”. He also shared that the brand has also maintained its status as the no.1 one position in the luxury car sales segment.

His Excellency Roland Grafe, German Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam and Mr. Andrew Chiam, Jati Transport Executive Director uncovered the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLC last night

Mr. Andrew Chiam presenting a token of appreciation to His Excellency Mr. Roland Grafe

Does the model look familiar? Well, if you have seen Jurassic World, then you will see this model being featured 😀

Of course, for the main event of last night was the launch of the all-new GLC 250 4Matic Edition 1. The new GLC, successor of the GLK and for the first time, this model is introduced to Brunei.

The new GLC represents a further, systematic step in the implementation of our successful SUV philosophy. The Mercedes engineers have equipped the GLC with intelligent technology to make it the perfect vehicle for the urban environment, longer journeys and off-road excursions. It comes as standard with Dynamic Select dynamic handling control and 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive, enabling the GLC to tackle inclines of 70 percent.

The Edition 1 is only available for the 1st year of the market launch. It comprises a host of perfectly matched appointments for the exterior and interior designed to substantially enhance the vehicle’s sportiness, exclusivity and comfort even further.


Don’t they both look so elegant and classy?

Guests registering themselves before the launch last night

Members of the local press covering the event

Today was a special privilege as the public was able to view up-close and personal on the newly launched SUVs. Many showed up at the Jati Transport Showroom in Gadong to view the new GLE 450 AMG 4Matic Coupé and the GLC 250 4Matic Edition 1. Refreshments were also served to the customers and families while viewing the new models.

I’m not sure if the models are already on the road but I won’t be surprised to spot one pretty soon. So what is your personal pick? Mine would be the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Do follow their Facebook Page and also their instagram @mercedesbenzbrunei for updates.


The potential customers viewing the new GLC. I truly love the design

Hmmmm The GLC or the GLE? Decisions, decisions..



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!!




Winning isn’t everything

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


As large as life 

Check out the V-Class from Mercedes-Benz at the Jati Transport Showroom in Gadong. Refreshments will be served today


Kreatif Tech, the new hero 

The Champions of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015 led by @ghazi.jo (2nd from right) with his proud sister Izzah Jomari. The team presented their idea on a device for vehicles where it will send emergency dispatch on the occurrence of an accident or instant impact. This is a very cool idea knowing that rate of accidents in Brunei is quite high. Congratulations to team KreatifTech.

Hajah Hasnah Hj Ibrahim, Acting CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board (centre) with the top 3 winners of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015 and the judges. The event took place at Design & Technology Building at Anggrek Desa.

Open concept, yes!!! I love it. I believe this is a great way to share and give more exposure on the concept to students and potential start-ups on how pitching and presentations are done. The public will also get to understand the prototypes or ideas presented by the finalists of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge. This is the 8th edition of the business plan competition organised by Brunei Economic Development Board and iCentre and it was previously under the brand name of “ThinkBig” before it rebranded to “Ignite”.

I favoured the idea that the competition only lasted in less than 3 months. Otherwise, the competition could get draggy as it was a few years ago. During the press conference of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015 back in mid September, the organisers shared that they were looking for validations and commercialisation of their ideas and concepts and not just focusing on Brunei market but abroad. Forward to the present moment, chief judge Soon Loo, local partner and co-managing director of Seri Venture Capital Management Sdn Bhd, commented that all the finalists yesterday demonstrated high quality of ideas but lacking the execution should they explore outside Brunei. It was also the first time that the announcement of the winners was build in a more suspense manner initiated by the chief judge where usually the announcement were done by the emcee. So I am happy to see new changes in the format of the finals of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Perhaps another obvious difference is that the co-organisers decided to remove the student category and allow the students from high schools, tertiary and university institution to compete among the big players. This competition alone drew 51 submissions during the preliminary round (48 for Open and 3 for International). By October, only 22 submissions were shortlisted. By November, six teams made it to the finals for the Open Category and 1 only for International. I’m quite happy that there were all new faces so it gives me a more refreshing feel. Furthermore, the average age of the team is pretty young and not all of them have business background to begin with.


Anxious moment for the finalists as Soon Loo was announcing the top 3 winners.

Team Neogene was one of the finalists. They centred their idea of geology and market it with a tourism angle. I like their idea actually and this can bring loads of revenue to the economy if proper execution. But it’s true what the judges said that it will take years to reach that milestone.

Jodie Lim was the first presenter yesterday. Her team Nurture Enterprise proposed the idea of installing solar chimneys and earth tubes in any building and by doing this, it will reduce electricity costs, resulting in the cooling of greenhouse gases. The chief judge shared that this concept can take off if they can apply for the IPO.

One of the most confident presenters in the finals. Team Adi Iskandar Basri came up with the idea of a “Skipping” app. That’s right. A skipping app where you can skip queues. He gave examples about those queueing in banks. I’m quite impressed with his delivery as he believed in the product. Even my peers were talking about it on the group chat. Perhaps the judges were looking for something more of a substance. Keep it up, buddy! #dontgiveup

@ghazi.jo and his team of KreatifTech during their presentation of the special device for vehicle in emergency cases. During the interview, he shared the idea of the app came about when his friend Syazwan passed away in a tragic accident end of last year. It was also the first time their team joined the Ignite competition and they were recommended by their friends to join. He thanked all the finalists and they all deserved to be in the finals.

The best part of the finals is that the public was more than welcome to watch it live through webcam. The audience watched the whole presentation at the auditorium room. I hope this trend will continue for next year’s Ignite. Good job, BEDB!!


From what I can see is that “Ignite” is aiming to aspire the public that any idea that you have in mind can be made possible. It’s not about the winning the competition. It’s about embarking the journey of embracing your ideas and experiencing the process – writing an executive summary, creating a team, running surveys and focus groups, attending workshops and learn from seasoned mentors, creating presentation slides, pitching your ideas, networking and there are just many possibilities that you can learn by just participating Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge. The biggest value that I learn from this competition is the value of courage and I applaud to all the 51 teams that submitted their business ideas to the organisers.

Even Soo Loo commented that it’s not about winning or losing. He experienced of not being placed in a business competition but his idea materialised in the real business environment and it has become a success. The same can be said for PHMD MindPlus who came 3rd in Ignite Open Category 2012 and now their expanding operations in Indonesia. So to the other finalists who weren’t placed, do not be discouraged. You all did the best you could yesterday and I was impressed by all the presenters, even with their ideas. Who knows you can apply for grants in BEDB or AITI and you can turn your ideas or prototypes into reality. So don’t feel defeated but feel appreciative and honoured because you made this far.

Thank you, BEDB for giving me this opportunity to watch all the finalists and I’m pretty sure those who showed up yesterday felt privileged to witness all the presenters.

The prizes were presented by Hajah Hasnah Hj Ibrahim, Acting CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board.


Jamie Liu of Inncee (Singapore) was the only team that made it to the finals in the International Category. Her company provides analytical services to help businesses improve their revenue by gaining data. They have simulated one of the businesses in Singapore. Well done on winning the International category.

Team Guru consists of two awesome tennis players who came up with the idea of connecting coaches/trainers to sport enthusiasts through means of the Guru apps. They also joined the competition because it was an idea they had in mind for a long time but never materialised. So what a way to introduce their idea through the Ignite competition. Is this app doable in Brunei? I would believe so with proper implementation and marketing strategy. Keep it up, ladies!! Proud of you!!

The Runner up for the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015 – Team Nurture Enterprise and they received BND 15,000

The winner of the International Category with BND 10,000 – Team Inncee

The 2nd runner up, Team NewGate Plus, who won BND 10,000. They are now heading in Malaysia as they were selected to represent Brunei in the ASEAN Impact Challenge 2015 in Kuala Lumpur and guess what? They are now in KL for the event. They came up with a noble cause app that ensures that there is enough supply and demand of blood storage for the community. The judges shared that they scored the highest for social impact but will need a strong support from the Ministry of Health to make this app sustainable in a long run. Good luck in KL and congratulations in finishing Top 3.

Zharul Ghazi Jomari and his team, Kreatif Tech, received the winning prize of BND 25,000 from Hajah Hasnah Hj Ibrahim, Acting CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board.

The most enterprising judge that I’ve come across and Soon Loo has given a different dimension in the judging department. He is one busy man who travels at least a few times in a month alone and he claimed that he doesn’t even have a frequent fly programme. His biggest milestone or one of them is was being awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World award in 2013.

All is not lost for other finalists as local SMES still want to engage with participants on their ideas. Here we see Mr. Ang of 3G Media talking to one of the finalists of the Guru App mobile application.

Radi El Fassed, Acting Head of Product Development, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, was amazed with the presenters and hope to work with some of the finalists for future opportunities. He was one of the judges of the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015

A Singaporean lady giving some tips to the Neogene team.




Congrats Zana and Lama

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Rozana, Pranika wins

Gerald Goh (Contest Chair aka emcee), Rahul Breh (Organizing Chair of Area K6 Contest), Pranika Lama (1st place Evaluation, 2nd place Humourous), Rozana Yunos (1st place Humourous, 2nd place Evaluation), Farhan Jaafar Ali (3rd place Evaluation), Supatra Lee (3rd place Humourous) and Allen Ang (Area Director, in charge of Brunei Toastmasters) during the prize presentation of the Area K6 Humourous Speech and Speech Evaluation Contest at OGDC yesterday

Whooaa!! After a few years of hiatus, Rozana Yunos showed she ain’t rusty after dominating the Area K6 Toastmasters Humourous Speech and Evaluation Speech Contest held at the Oil and Discovery Centre (OGDC) yesterday. She’s no stranger to the Toastmasters scene as captured the hearts of other members of Brunei toastmasters where she came runner-up twice in District Level for Speech Evaluation Contest.

Yes, the terminology might be confusing for many as what do you mean by District Level. Ok, let me explain briefly in a simplified manner. Brunei Toastmasters is under Area K6 and we are privileged to have four clubs in Brunei – 1) Brunei Speakers’ Club 2) Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club 3) Oil Town Talkers (OTTERS) at Seria 4) UBD Toastmasters Club. So the winners of the contest will proceed to Division Level (Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak) and then the winner will proceed to District Level (Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, Indonesia).

Ironically, Rozana will be contesting in the Humourous Speech contest in Division Level (early October in KK). The 1st Runner-up of the Brunei Area K6 went to Pranika Lama and 2nd Runner-up went to Supatra Lee. This is for the Humourous Speech Contest.



Rozana holding Challenge Trophy endorsed by Stuart Lee (District Champion 2013 in Humourous)

Rozana and Pranika will be representing Brunei in early October 😀

The role players yesterday with their poses

A special day for the audience. A double shot indeed. Thanks JK.

The colourful feather duster is so eye catchy. Nice speech, Elaine 😀

As for the Speech Evaluation Contest, it was a reverse of the other contest as Pranika Lama bagged first place and Rozana settled for second place. The youngest competitor Farhan Jaafar Ali came third. The test speaker for the day was Chan Seng Yee.

The contest was full of laughters especially during the Humourous Speech contest. Rozana stole the headline when she teased the audience with her speech title “The F.. Word” and set the bench mark for the rest of the speakers. Totally fun and yes, she is very animated as well. A well-deserved winner.

My personal favourite will be Pranika’s speech about her journey as a Nepalese living in Brunei. I am amazed with her fluidity as a speaker. She is a very composed speaker and her delivery especially with her pacing is something to be amazed about.

In other matters, the confessions (in their speeches) between our two toastmasters members (no names to be mentioned hehe) ruled the Club Contest two weeks ago. However, their similar repeated performance yesterday couldn’t earned enough points from the judges. But at least, we learnt some new information between the two 😀

I was also contesting for both categories but I entered with a different mentality – to enjoy and have fun. Yes, I was sharing my “crying episodes” and my love for my mom. The best thing out of this contest that I love is the growth of the speakers especially the newbies (Sandy, Phillip, Jidun, Aziman, Rahul, the Liyanas, Saiful, Val, Dalton, Hilman and many more).

So I will be heading to KK sometime next month to support our toastmasters members Rozana Yunos (Humourous) and Pranika Lama (Evaluation). Let’s hope for the best of our Brunei toastmasters representatives.




Durian treats

Jati Transport treated more than 90 of their employees together with their families to the Durian Festival held at Bintudoh Greenspring Resort in Kg Lamunin recently. Yes, it’s the Durian season and I ain’t a big fan 😀

The outing event was organised through Jati Social Club with the initiative to support the local farmers as well as to encourange social activities among colleagues outside the work place. Looks like they had a very fruitful time indeed.














Win all

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


The Grand Draw 

Stephen Reid, Service Manager of Jati Transport handed out consolation prize in this morning’s draw for the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG

Mr. Yong, Jati Transport’s Parts Manager, handed out another consolation prize

Another consolation winner. There were 20 consolation winners.

Shazali Sulaiman, Partner, KPMG, tested the key to the grand prize

The invited guests during the draw

Pg Anak Hj Jaafar ibni Al Marhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohd Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd handing a token of appreciation to Shazali Sulaiman. More of the pictures tomorrow.


Top 10 movies of 2014 

Best top ten movies of 2014 with my regular co-host @delgoh and special guest Zul


Acer Aspire


Now available at Concepts Computer


ICON Design Store 

Click image to enter ICON Design Store website




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



Pizza Hut 

Promotion from Pizza Hut


BIBD latest promotion 

Travel with agoda


New KIA Sorento 

The new KIA Sorento 2015 (3rd generation) now available at Grand Motors Showroom

Azrol Azmi recently tested the new KIA Sorento in Jordan and he was already impressed with the performance even on the 2wd drive on the hilly terrains of Jordan. A few days ago, I had the opportunity to test drive the KIA Sorento which is now in its 3rd generation and I quite like the ride as well. I test drove the KIA Sorento 2WD Petrol 2.4 litre that time but didn’t get the chance to try out the 4WD Diesel 2.2.

This was actually my first experience in a Sorento but the latest model definitely has a better much upgrade and facelift from previous Sorento generation. Yes, it has a sleeker look and it’s ideal for SUV lovers, just like me.

I’m not much of a car person when it comes to specs but I had a good 10 minute experience driving new Sorento around. Cornering wise, the car didn’t feel off balance even on an accelerating speed and it’s precise as well. This shows the KIA Sorento has good traction especially on our local roundabouts.

The KIA Sorento 3rd generation is also the official car for the ongoing Australian Open. This will be a much talked about SUV with great stability, suspension (progressive response on bumps) and packs with great safety feature functions. You can’t go wrong with the KIA Sorento. The only thing that I might not favour is the shape of the rear end of the Sorento. It seems slightly longer than the current SUV I’m driving but then again, the means the new KIA has bigger space at the back, ideal for long journeys.

Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, brought in three versions of the new KIA Sorento. The only 4WD is the 2.2 litre CRDi (turbo diesel) in automatic transmission. The 2WD version comes with a 2.4 litre engine, one in manual and one in auto transmission. You can view the latest KIA at Grand Motor Showroom in Beribi.



Check out the review of the KIA Sorento 2015 model


This is the 2WD 2.4 litre version

The interior look of the Sorento

Emelda with the registration number



Tiny Blessings 

Newborn photography promotion for February and March 2015

Babies in flower pots resting sleepy faces on tiny palms, a little hero about to set off on a boat into parts unknown – newborn photography is the cutest. Tiny Blessings Photography wants to help parents capture the very start of their child’s journey through life with newborn photography packages taken in the comfort of your own home.

The newborn photography packages start from just $200. Mom, just sit back and relax, while Tiny Blessings takes care of the rest. With an abundance of blankets and props to keep you baby relaxed and at peace while they star in their first photoshoot, and are captured in beautiful images of them that will last until they grow up and have children of their own..

Individuals can call to arrange an appointment ahead of time, even before their child is due.

Affordable packages make newborn and family portraiture obtainable for families and future generations to enjoy. All packages come with digital files.

Tiny Blessings Photography will be having a promotion for all sessions taken in February and March 2015. Just mention RANOADIDAS to enjoy 10% off any of their photography packages.

For more information, please visit www.tinyblessingsphotobn.com


Images courtesy of Tiny Blessings Photography







The Century Run

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Royal Wedding

Click image to enlarge. Image courtesy of Info Department

By command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mui’zzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, a high-level committee for the Royal wedding between His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, was convened yesterday at the Department of Adat Istiadat Negara.

The committee in a statement said His Majesty has also consented, Insya Allah, for the royal wedding to commence with the Majlis Istiadat Bersuruh Diraja (the Royal marriage proposal ceremony), which will take place on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

The committee added that the Majlis Istiadat Membaca Doa Selamat and Majlis Istiadat Menutup Gendang Jaga-Jaga will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

The Majlis Istiadat Bersanding Pengantin Diraja will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015.

The Royal wedding will take place over 11 days, the committee said. Text courtesy of The Brunei Times.




Audi Brunei

Hunting for an Audi in 2015? 😀


Acer Aspire


Now available at Concepts Computer


ICON Design Store 

Click image to enter ICON Design Store website




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



Pizza Hut 

Promotion from Pizza Hut


BIBD latest promotion 

Click image to enter website to find out more


Shortlisting the finalists

Shazali Suhaimi, a partner from KPMG (Brunei), Mr. Ho Key Hoon, Sales Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, Mr. Alfred So, General Manager of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd and Daniel Loo Lip Soon, Marketing Executive of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd.

A draw for 21 shortlisted customers for the Grand draw of the Mercedes Benz CLA 200 AMG Line A was held at the Jati Transport Sdn Bhd Office in Beribi last weekend.

The names and details were drawn from a specially allocated box which contained 250 entries comprising of customers who had purchased a new car from January 1st to 31st December 2014. Officiating the draw was Shazali Suhaimi, a representative from an auditing company KPMG, and it was witnessed by members of the media and staff from Jati Transport.

I will be anxious who will be taking home the new Mercedes Benz CLA 200 AMG Line A. It does pay to buy a Mercedes Benz from Jati Transport with great after sale service as well.

The Grand Draw will be held on January 23, which will be held at the Gadong showroom. The shortlisted customers will be contacted by Jati Transport, but further information about the draw can be obtained by calling 2441763 for the Beribi Showroom at Lot Nos 14, 15 & 16 at Beribi Industrial Estate Phase2, or 2441777 for the Gadong Showroom located at PO Box 218, Gadong.


Shazali drawing 21 customers’ names from Jati Transport

Members of the local media witnessing the draw of the names. Image courtesy of Norllha Din of The Brunei Times.

This was Shazali a year ago for the draw

Abhar Ahmad was the winner of last year’s draw – Mercedes A-Class

At the meantime, do check out the E 200 Sports Package at Jati Transport. It sports a COMAND Online and a 360 degree camera


Coming soon!!

Click image to enter Consumer Fair website

That’s right. After many successful events, the Consumer Fair is back for the 15th time. It seems like a long time ago when I was involved in the 1st Consumer Fair and it was also the first time that Brunei Cyber Games was born. Now fast forward to 8 years later, it’s already in its 15th edition. From time to time, D’Sunlit will come up with new activities to keep up with the local trend in Brunei Darussalam. It’s never an easy feat to create such fair that can attract to all walks of life residing in Brunei.

Of course, the Consumer Fair is a great avenue for those who wants to expose their products and services to the Brunei community. Business is always great when Consumer Fair is around. It’s no surprise you will see repeat exhibitors during CF events.

According to Ting Chui San, Marketing Executive of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd, she is targeting SMEs and start ups. For the upcoming CF, there will be more than 400 booths taking part which is a huge increased compared to 3 years ago. Consumer Fair has already become a household name and it happens twice a year.

The 15th Consumer Fair will take place from 28th January to 1st February 2015 at the International Convention Centre. Check out the number of activities listed on the poster itself. I shall go more into details soon.



The Century Run

More than 4,500 participants took to the streets of the nation’s capital yesterday for The Century Run 2015.

The running competition and fundraising campaign was organised by the Department of Co-Curriculum Education to mark the 24th Teacher’s Day and 100 years of formal education in Brunei.
The ministry said in a statement that The Century Run was also a fundraising campaign.

Donations were collected from participants, with 90 per cent going to the Ministry of Education’s Sports and Welfare Activity Fund and 10 per cent to Pusat Ehsan.

“The Century Run serves to raise awareness on the importance of taking care of one’s health through recreational activities to help reduce obesity among public servants and citizens of the Sultanate,” the statement said.

“It also gives an opportunity for members of the ministry to lend a helping hand to orphans, children who have lost a parent and those with special needs by collecting donations.”

Around 6:30am under grey skies, the Minister of Education lit a torch which he carried from Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, passing by Jalan Kianggeh to Taman Hj Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien to signal the opening of the event.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awang Abu Bakar Hj Apong along with 4,587 other participants then did warm-up exercises guided by teachers and students from the Sports School.







The run awarded its podium finishers in seven categories.

The champions in their respective category were Hj Muhd Azmi Hj Suhaili (Male Veteran); Dawn Suzanne Clare (Female Veteran); Muiz Rafiuddin (Junior Male); Shana Holmes (Junior Female); Sarah Powdril (Women’s 5km); Sefli Ahar (Men’s 10km); and Perminder Sanghera (Women’s 10km).

New bicycles were also distributed through a lucky draw which saw more than six lucky draw numbers unclaimed because their owners had already left.

Dk Nurul Aina, who also secured second place in the Junior Female category, was one of the few to win a bicycle.

Also present were permanent secretaries, deputy secretaries and senior officers from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs. Text courtesy of Abdul Azim Kassim of The Brunei Times.








The final month

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Acer Aspire


Now available at Concepts Computer


ICON Design Store 

Click image to enter ICON Design Store website


Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 

Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 



Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot



Big Cheesy Box 

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BIBD latest promotion 

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Jati Transport Appreciation Day 

Displaying the latest Mercedes-Benz GLA during Jati Transport Appreciation Day yesterday at the Beribi Showroom

Pg Anak Jaafar Ibni Almarhum Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Hj Mohd Alam, Executive Chairman of Jati Transport

There were tons of family games for the public

One of the games during the event yesterday

The entertaining clown showing some magic trick to the audience

Participation by one of the kids

Face painting and henna for the public especially the kids

Tons of food but I preferred London Kebab then. Yummy!!!

Finishing my meal with Mr. Softy’s ice-cream #score


Satay Burger in town 

I’ve tried this particular Satay Burger before back in Singapore months ago. So I’m quite glad that Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the Burger King franchise, officially launch this special flavoured burger which unfortunately will be available for a limited time only.

Why I recommend you the Satay Burger is simple. A real satay sauce rich in spices and peanuts with real quality meat that is juicy and flavourful. This will be available until 31st December 2014. So do hurry and grab yourself a Satay Burger.

The best part about this is that you have the choice – either a flame-grilled WHOPPER beef patty or a flame-grilled Tendergrill – sandwiched between a lightly toasted sesame seed bun topped with sliced onions and drizzle generously with satay sauce made using crunchy peanuts.

You can follow Burger King of their Facebook Page or instagram @burgerkingbrunei. Did you know that Burger King will be opening a few more outlets pretty soon. I shall keep you posted on that.



















Disconnect to connect

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


New C-Class 

Visit the Jati Transport (Mercedes-Benz) showroom from 10am to 6pm to view the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class


The Popcorn Panel 

Our podcast review of Yasmine the movie with my special guest Seng Yee. This podcast has reached more than 700 listeners. Do catch Yasmine at your local cinemas and it has been a great response from the public.



BIBD’s latest promo 

Top up tia. Click image to enter website.


Fitflop available in Hua Ho 

The closing date is soon!! Hurry!!!

Awesome. To know that Fitflop is now available in Brunei Darussalam. You can purchase them at Hua Ho Manggis and Hua Ho Yayasan. Two days ago, the Fitflop brand was launched at the Emperor’s Court. Present during the launch were British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam David Campbell, Fitflop General Manager for APAC (Asia-Pacific) Juergen Strafe, Director McGill and Fitflop distributor in Brunei Darussalam and Manager of Hua Ho Manggis, Soon Tiong Lau.

I know my mom loves to buy Fitflop and also buying for her family and friends especially from Singapore. So what’s good about Fitflop? It has style and it has comfort. Every pair biomechanically engineered with their legendary, pressure-diffusing, shock-absorbing MICROWOBBLEBOARD midsole technology which makes a lot of difference. Their previous SS14 collection have been doing marvelous with sales increased over 50% and now with the new collection, it’s bound to do better.

So peeps, do visit Hua Ho Manggis and Hua Ho Yayasan for the latest collection pairs of Fitflop. By the way, Fitflop only carries women’s line for now.


Juergen Strafe, Fitflop General Manager for APAC (Asia-Pacific) posing with a Fitflop sandal

British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam David Campbell with invited guests during the launch

McGill and Juergen Strafe

Group photo with the Hua Ho Manggis management


Get a pair of Fitflop 😀

Soon Tiong mingling with the guests






Iconia Tab 7 

Now available at Concepts Computer


BIBD financial talk 

BIBD’s Wealth Management Unit Officer, Rozielawati bti Hj Jamil, conducting the financial talk to civil servants

Early this week, BIBD’s Wealth Management Unit (WMU) today, as part of its goal to help the public understand their finances and manage it wisely, held a briefing to around 50 new officers and staff of the departments under the Ministry of Development.

The talk was held at the Indera Pahlawan Hall of the Ministry, and was delivered by BIBD’s WMU Officer, Rozielawati bti Hj Jamil. She began by giving a brief introduction of what Financial Planning is and asked the audiences about their monthly spending pattern. After sharing a few tips and personal experiences, she emphasized the importance of understanding the difference between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’. An example of ‘needs’, is giving priority to purchasing groceries and household necessities while shopping; as a result, it may help us to save money from buying items that are not urgently required.

She also introduced another tool in financial planning i.e investment and advises the audience not to invest without understanding and analyzing the investment products first, or putting ‘all eggs in one basket’, meaning not diversifying the investment into different portfolios; which can help generate different returns depending on their future plans such as for retirement, financing children education and getting a dream home.

She also highlighted not to be a victim of the Ponzi scheme, an investment of unknown source, or any investment products from companies that are not registered with Brunei’s central bank regulatory, the Authority Monetary of Brunei Darussalam.

For further information relating to the Wealth Management Unit, interested members of the public may contact them directly at wmu@bibd.com.bn or call the BIBD Contact Centre at +6732 2238 181.


Group photo after the seminar




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