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Music to my ears

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Music, Music  

The event that took place last Friday evening at Sejahtera Hall, Royal Brunei Recreation Club

The performers and their mentors. Image courtesy of PTE Meragang Facebook Page.

What I am amazed are the talents we have in Brunei Darussalam. I can’t stress this enough. Maybe this should be even highlighted in the LegCo to see how far our talents can go. Earlier in the year, I attended a broadway play “Othello” performed by students from Pusat Tingkatan Enam (PTE) Meragang and I was quite impressed with their talents. Last Friday, I witnessed another aspect of their talent – music – and I was surely entertained from beginning to the end. My only minor issue were the noisy youths in front of us whom I wished could have respected the performers and audience alike.

The Performing Arts Club in PTE Meragang has active in showcasing their talents around for 5 years and hence it was fitting that for the club to organize the 5th Poetry and Music Recital entitled “Chances”.

PG Hjh Maimunah bte Pg Hj Osman, Principal of Meragang Sixth Form Centre, was very happy with the efforts put in by the students and teachers involved in the project. She believed that this project won’t be possible without everyone’s effort and it was definitely not an easy task. She also thanked the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports for their advice. The guest of honour was Yang Mulia Hj Abd Rahim bin Derus, Director-General of Education, Ministry of Education.

It wasn’t also a music showcase but also some poetries to the delight of the audience. Perhaps the students can also engage with @theartofwrite (IG) where they are looking for writers to share their loves for people, words, art and earth.

Kudos to the working committee, volunteers and most of all, the vocalists and the musicians. It was a well spent Friday evening. We need more avenues like this for Brunei. The event is supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.


Gearing up for the opening session

The musical performers from the Performing Arts Club in PTE Meragang

Many shots were taken that night. Great memories indeed.

Great presence from the choir

It was full house event last Friday. Good to see the locals supporting such event.

Dk Aina Syasya Bte Pg Amiruddin has great vocal

One of the poetry readers

One of the scenes from the night

One of the audience being interviewed by RTB

Spotlight on the singers

Heal the World 😀

The finale – November Rain. Love it to the max.

The violinists added some great touch to the musical performances




The new Porsche Cayenne 



More music 

The JIS choir prelude before the main event at the JIS Arts Centre at Jerudong International School

Shana Holmes and Yasmin Riches belting out “The Writing’s on the Wall” with Rafeeqa Teo and Eden Chiam

Tope Ayodele singing “If I Were a Boy”

Music to my ears. Yes, it was another musical moment for me as I experienced the wonderful talents from Jerudong International Students in last weekend’s JIS Showcase 2016 at the Art Centre of JIS. It’s been a tradition that I catch the JIS Showcase (musical performance) every year if I happen to be in the country. It’s not surprised that the standard of the performance is on par with other regional performances.

Every single detail and thought have been invested in the JIS Showcase 2016. What I truly admire is the high professionalism taken into the performance which made the overall performance seemed flawless. I also love the transitions between songs and performances as they didn’t waste any seconds to carry the momentum from start to finish. I could tell how important JIS values music and art in their school and last weekend’s performances were a great indicator for their progress for music excellence.

It’s great to see Barnaby Sandow, principal of JIS, to continue the mission in music and art excellence. It sets the benchmark in terms of music education and I myself feel proud of where JIS is right now – not just excelling in studies but also in arts and music. Sandow shared that the Showcase 2016 is a celebration of artistic creativity. It was a pleasure to have met you as well last weekend.

There were many favourites performers that caught my attention. Willam Brien’s “Born in the USA”, “Strong” by Eden Chiam, Evan Chiam, Krish Punjabi and Nayumi Reduan, “Rude” by Jay Baek and Christian Osharode, “Beautiful” by Aziz Harun, “Say Something” Shana Holmes and William Brien and “I Dreamed a Dream” by Yasmin Riches were just some of the performances that blew me away. I also want to commend on the orchestra, the dancers, the choir and the cute Jerudong singers to make the overall performance wholesome.

JIS have raised the bar each year on their Showcase and I look forward to future ones. Well done to all of you and good job on Paul Edgeler, the producer and music director of JIS Showcase 2016. You can follow @JISbrunei on IG for updates.

Evan Chiam one of the vocalists for “Love Runs Out”

Great performance by William Brien on “Born in the USA”

Shana Holmes wooing the audience, singing “Wings”

Shana Holmes, Eden Chiam and Katherine Wood during the “Wings” performance

Azemah Abd Rahman singing a duet with Aziz Harun on “Sempurna”

Some of the highlights from Aladdin

The cute choir group

The dancers for “He’s A Pirate”

In swashbuckling action during “He’s A Pirate” performance by the orchestra

Eden Chiam and Nayumi Reduan during the performance of “Strong”. I like this one.

Some of the artistic delivery during the performance of “Strong”. Quite creative.

Aaron Klein singing “Waiting for Love”

Yasmin Riches doing the vocals for “We Found Love Dance”

Awesome performance by both Jay Baek and Christian Osharode on “Rude”

The Jerudong Singers singing “Turn the World Around”

The combined choir for “Me and My Broken Heart”

Aziz Harun stealing the hearts of the audience with his original song “Beautiful”

Caught the JIS Showcase with Gary and Pranika. Both also enjoyed the performance.

More pictures tomorrow 



Make or break

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


FOBISIA Tennis Tournament 


Representatives from Jerudong International School

FOBISIA is the Federation of British and International Schools in Asia. Jerudong International School is proud and honoured to be selected to host the FOBISIA Tennis Tournament. The visiting teams include the Bangkok Patana School, Marlborough College (Malaysia), Harrow International School (Bangkok), United World College of South East Asia, United World College of South East Asia-Dover Campus, The International School @ ParkCity, ACS Jakarta, St. Andrews, International School Bangkok, British School Manila, International School Brunei (ISB), Garden International School Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and British School Jakarta.

As well as the competitors and their coaches, many of the visiting teams are accompanied by an entourage of very supportive parents. Mr Barnaby Sandow, JIS Principal said “It is wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to welcome our overseas guests to Brunei Darussalam and JIS – to be able to show them what a special place this is and what a fantastic school JIS is. “

I attended the afternoon session yesterday and I was quite impressed with the young talents and I know they can teach me a lesson or two on the court despite their small figures. I do hope one day that Brunei will have a youth academy system in place to groom the tennis enthusiasts at a very young age. I believe we have the talent but it has to start from an early age to unlock the potential.










Swipe for Rewards 

Five BIBD customers had a shopping spree worth BND 500 yesterday as part of BIBD’s Swipe for Rewards campaign. The event took place at Giant Rimba yesterday.

Pg Suhardy bin Pg Hj Nordin, BIBD’s Head of Branches presented shopping voucher to a lucky winner

Five lucky BIBD customers were all smiles as they received Giant shopping vouchers worth BND500 each from BIBD’s final monthly “Swipe for Rewards” campaign.

Pg Suhardy bin Pg Hj Nordin, BIBD’s Head of Branches, presented the shopping vouchers to the winners, who took the opportunity to use their vouchers to fill several  trolleys with groceries from Giant Supermarket.

The BIBD Swipe for Rewards campaign was open to any customers who spend a minimum of BND30 in a single receipt using either the BIBD Debit or Credit Cards at selected retailers, with the opportunity to win shopping vouchers worth BND500.00.

BIBD is also currently running its sixth Barakah campaign until the 30th of November, 2015. The campaign allows BIBD customers a chance to win a grand prize of a Honda Odyssey along with consolation prizes of Apple iPhones and iPads on top of its monthly prizes of electrical appliances. Registration is automatic and simple as all they need to do to join is sign up for any BIBD financing product or assign their salary to BIBD.


Another lucky recipient

It’s shopping time!!

Always love how they choose what they want

It’s always good to survey the supermarket the day before the shopping spree



Father, son heading to Mexico 

Lt Col (rtd) Dato Hj Samid Hj Abd Aziz and his son, Hj Mohd Aminuddin receiving their first prize from Mr. Teng Chee Khiong, organising committee chairman of 6th Brunei edition of the Audi quattro Cup

The donation of BND 26,800 was handed to Pusat Ehsan

The rainy morning (last Sunday) didn’t dampen the spirits of the golfers during the 6th Brunei edition of the Audi quattro Cup amateur gold tournament at the Royal Brunei Golf Club in Jerudong. The tournament also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Audi quattro cup worldwide.

Present at the event was Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, who presented the trophies to the winning teams.

Over 130 teams took part this year with many sign-ups taking place on the day, marking the biggest turn-out to date. The enthusiasm for the event meant that BND 26,800.00 was collected from all the golfers entry fees, which benefited Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam. A mock check was presented during the prize presentation ceremony by Organizing Committee Chairman, Mr. Teng Chee Khiong to Hj Ahmad Bin Abd Rahman, the Policy & Planning Trustee for Pusat Ehsan.

Lt Col (rtd) Dato Hj Samid Hj Abd Aziz and his son, Hj Mohd Aminuddin won the tournament, carded a 45 on count back (ocb) and booked their place at the World’s Final at the Cabo del Sol Ocean Course in Mexico. Hj Osman Salleh and Hj Raya Dollah finished second after posting a 45, meanwhile Ang Kian Han and Simon Newn carded a 44 to settle for a third place.

From November 29th until December 3rd the winners of all national Audi quattro Cup qualifications will meet on the Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol to compete for the final victory and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Audi quattro Cup golf tournament series. 55 countries, 750 tournaments, 100.000 players – after another exciting season around the globe the Audi quattro Cup will come to its crowning finish at the World Final in Los Cabos with 58 teams participating. Good luck to our Brunei representatives.


No one won the hole-in-one prize

BIBD Hadiah Points 

Congratulations to the 3 winners of BIBD’s Agoda promotion who each won 100,000 Hadiah Points


Pass or fail? 

Datin Paduka Hjh Adina with Pehin Onn Siew Siong and the management of The Escape Experience last Sunday


The Escape Experience, Brunei’s first fully fledged “escape the room” game, was officially opened during a small opening ceremony on last Sunday.

The guest of honour was Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, the former Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, who participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to officiate the opening with Pehin Onn Siew Siong, the President of the Kuala Belait Chinese Chamber of Commerce. After the ceremony, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina and her family had the opportunity to experience some of the rooms, led by one of the partners from The Escape Experience, On Hung Zheng.

The whole concept of the The Escape Experience” is unique adventure based games where players are locked into a room with objects, having to search for clues and solve puzzles against the clock.
There are five uniquely themed rooms at the Escape Experience, such as the Doraemon and Super Mario rooms, which is fun for adults and children while The Prison Break room is said to be thrilling with an intense atmosphere. The Escape Experience hopes to add more themes in the future with a rotating schedule to keep things fresh and keep players on their toes.

Each room can accommodate up to 6 players, but teams of 4-5 are recommended for each room, and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The experience is not just for families and friends, but can also be tailored for corporate events and team building activities.

They are open 7 days a week, with the first game slot at 1pm, except on Fridays, and are open until late. Booking for time slots is recommended, but walk-ins are welcomed. Prices start at $17 at off-peak times, with a $1 discount for customers who like their Facebook Page.

The Escape Experience is located at Unit F3 of the Setia Kenangan Two building behind Regent Square in Kampung Kiulap. Customers can WhatsApp +6738287778 to book slots or make enquiries.


Two weeks ago, we attempted the Prison Break and it took us more than an hour :p

Sisters Winnie and Elva needed to be rescued

How did we go in Prison Break? It could have been better.

Next up was Mario. We had a good run with team mates – Winnie, Alex and Rachel

The clues are pretty tricky. You will need to think outside the box but rewarding once you unlocked the clues.

We did better in Mario than Prison Break *lol*



Hazy and hot

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


@BruneiFoodies rewards its followers 

Kamarul Dzaman Ajimain @Marul69 presenting a Dining Privilege Card to one of the followers of @Bruneifoodies. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.

For their love of food, lucky followers of a local blog dedicated to gastronomic delights each recently won a dining privilege card, worth $88, from Royal Brunei Catering (RBC).

The food lovers were the first 50 to submit their names and details at the Brunei Foodies’ App as part of an RBC Dining Privilege Card (DPC) give away competition.

Presenting the prizes to the winners at Seasons Restaurant was the Assistant Manager for RBC Corporate Sales and Marketing, Ivy Chong and on behalf Brunei Foodies was Kamarul Dzaman Ajimain or Marul. Also present to witness the event were the management of RBC and the restaurant.

The Give Away competition was in conjunction with the food bloggers’ achievements in reaching more than 11, 700 followers on Instagram as well a way of thanking their loyal fans for their support for their Instagram account and the Brunei Foodie Mobile App.

Aside from prizes, guests and winners were treated to dinner at Seasons Restaurant. Text courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.


Group photo of the winners


Baiduri CNY celebration 

Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank Group with the senior management

Pierre Imhof presented red packets to underprivileged students

In celebration of Chinese New Year 2015,  Baiduri Bank Group belatedly held a lavish eight-course dinner at Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club recently. Standing in the front line was CEO of the group Pierre Imhof as well as the management committee and senior executives who greeted 1,500 guests who are based in Brunei-Muara and Tutong districts.

Present too was Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin along with foreign dignitaries, prominent businessmen, customers, business partners and associates of the group.

The evening began with a cultural performance by talented students from the Chung Hwa Middle School Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB). Imhof then proceeded to deliver his opening speech, welcoming attendees and highlighting the major progresses and achievements of the group during the past year. He applauded Baiduri Bank in achieving three awards – Domestic Retail Bank for Brunei 2014, for the second time from Asian Banking and Finance; Best Banking Group for Brunei 2014 for the sixth time from World Finance; and Brunei’s Safest Bank 2014 from Global Finance, New York.

In addition, Baiduri Bank became the only bank in the Sultanate to receive Standard & Poor’s credit rating of BBB+/A-2 by an international rating agency.

In keeping up with the Chinese New Year tradition, Baiduri Bank Group donated ‘red packets’ to underprivileged students in order to provide financial support. The donations were presented by Imhof and received by respective principals and students from St Andrew’s, St George’s, Chung Hwa Middle School and Seri Mulia Sarjana School. The night was further painted red with a line-up of local performances and lucky draw prizes as well as best wishes toast by the management to the guests.



Entertainment during the event

The winner of the singing competition

A night full of red


Basketball Camp 


Fitness Zone, in collaboration with Shooting Stars Basketball and The Energy Kitchen, will be hosting the first ever Fitness Zone Holiday Basketball Camp for 5 days from 30 March 2015 to 3 April 2015, during the school holiday week.

Shooting Stars has been conducting weekly basketball clinics for kids of all skill levels from age 7 to 17 with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle for kids and learning teamwork skills through the game of basketball.

This camp will focus on intensive basketball drills and exercises but what is really interesting is that there is a focus on nutrition and healthy eating for the participants. Lunch will be provided each day by The Energy Kitchen and there will be a Fitness Zone Dietician to provide nutrition information.

So to the parents, this is ideal for your children to balance out between studies and extra curriculum activities. This is a great avenue for kids to interact with one another and also with young adults.

If you are interested, please emailshootingstarsbn@gmail.com or contact +673 7290011 for more information and also follow them on instagram @shootingstarsbn


Chef Ben Wu makes his mark 

Chef Ben Wu doing some cooking demo for the guests at Fun Bee Park last Sunday

A great turn out last Sunday

A celebrity chef all the way from Malaysia hosted an exclusive cooking demonstration to the public of the Sultanate. Chef Ben Wu, a renowned chef originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has been airing in the Malaysia’s local radio sharing food preparation and healthy eating habits. He has been followed by the local media during his cooking demo and expo shows due to his fun character and smooth flow of entertainment to his guests. He has been one of the in-house featured Chefs over “Y3K” magazines every edition whereby he has been sharing his winning recipes from rice and noodles to meats to desserts.

In cooperation with Fun Bee Park and IA Salon, a total of 42 guests enjoyed the cooking show which highlighted traditional recipes locally and infused dishes. Chef Ben titled his show: “The Lost Recipes” which featured mostly the local taste of past years dishes. Ten amazingly quick and easy recipes from soup, rice, cake, meat, juices, and ice cream were personally prepared by the chef for the attending guests.

Soup recipes such as ABC soup which chicken bones was boiled with cut potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes. Another mouth watering soup was the Tom Yam soup with chicken meat marinated with savory spices perfected to taste.

Ikan Asam was also a hit to the guests which were prepared and fully cooked in quick minutes. The fish dish was filled up with seasonings and organic spices to infused local taste with modern recipes.

Other lost recipes were popcorn, Kuih bakar, Kuih Ketayap, and Sos Chilli. Fruity juices were served to its freshest qualities, such as the creamy mango shake and Jus Vitamin King, a concoction of pineapple, honey, and sour plum.

The cooking demonstration ended up with food tasting of all traditional recipes that the hosting chef has prepared. In addition to the courses, Chef Ben’s team people cooked dishes that were local favorites such as Pumpkin chicken curry, Tom yam mee hoon, Patin fish with durian, and Nasi goreng with salted fish and pineapples. A group photo with Chef Ben, organizers, and invited guests sealed up the event and everyone was looking forward to the future demonstrations and cooking show.


Chef Ben Wu with some guests

Both of us were given ostrich eggs.. Unique…

The kitchen area at Fun Bee Park

The trademark pose of Chef Ben Wu

Guests trying out some food


JIS Showcase Concert 



There are no words to conveniently describe or do justice to the fabulous Showcase Concert at Jerudong International School (JIS) last weekend.

Held in the institution’s auditorium, the room reverberated with endless applause as philharmonic attendees enjoyed the spectacle performed by students and directed by Paul Edgeler and which covered a wide spectrum of popular music styles.

From lush, richly orchestrated Broadway numbers and beautiful acoustic ballads to catchy jazz standards and unapologetically loud, high-energy dance numbers, this year’s concert catered to everyone’s taste.

The audience was further enthralled by a gripping performance by violinist Shian Li Esther Chiam, who won the Junior World Champion Instrumentalist award for Brunei in the World Championships of Performing Arts in 2014.

Her solo performance of Smooth Criminal, accompanied by the orchestra, was simply dazzling.

Smiles further widened as JIS Year 11 pupil Aziz Harun took to the stage to perform Senyum, which was written and produced by Faizal Tahir and Mike Chan and received over 900,000 views on YouTube (amazing).

The concert was divided into two parts – the morning session for invited schools and members of Pusat Ehsan, while the nighttime performance was for guests who purchased tickets. Text by Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times and images provided by Lily Chiam unless stated.


She can sing too. Thumbs up to you Shian Li

A special rendition of Smooth Criminal by Shian Li


Trio performance by Azemah Abdul Rahman, Eden Chiam and Yi Ping Sim. Image courtesy of James Kon of Borneo Bulletin.

Eden Chiam belting some notes

Aziz Harun with his popular song, “Senyum”. Image courtesy of James Kon of Borneo Bulletin.


Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

The finale




JIS Design & Technology’s Design Competition

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Design Competition 

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This is a great initiative by the Jerudong International School (JIS Design & Technology Faculty) where they have collaborated with ICON DESIGN Store and BHC Magazine to create a competition based to inspire their creativity at a very young age. We should have more of this opportunities for that particular age group because kids’ mind are so raw and unfiltered that they tend to be more creative than the adults in some aspects. They probably can visualize what we failed to capture.

Now there are two categories that you can enter and this is open to students studying in Brunei from ages 5 to 18 years old and you can fill in the form here. The submission of the design briefs will be on the 8th March 2015.

Do check below for the two categories that for the competition. The first category is simple – to create a public seating space (indoor/outdoor) and the second category is more of a product to compliment the range of designer pieces available at ICON DESIGN store.



For the first entry/category. students must use A3 paper where all the ideas and modeling of concept will be shown on the paper. This is include your sketching of ideas from the start which is more like a brainstorming session. Then chose an idea that you feel hits the mark for you and create a mock up design of the idea. Don’t forget to include a rough dimensions too.

This competition will definitely spur more creativity from the students and I’m looking forward for their ideas and concepts. The deadline once again is on Friday 6th March for the first phase.


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The halfway mark

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


New Speaker 

The newly appointed Speaker to the Legislative Council

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Lela Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Abdul Rahman Dato Setia Hj Mohamed Taib has been appointed as Speaker to the Legislative Council.

The appointment, effective today, was announced by the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday by command of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

With His Majesty’s consent, the appointment to the post of Speaker to the Legislative Council is to replace Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awg Isa Pehin Datu Perdana Manteri Dato Laila Utama Hj Awg Ibrahim.

Pehin Dato Hj Abdul Rahman has served in three ministerial positions, twice as Minister of Education; first in 1986 to 1988, and again in 1995.

He was reported to have introduced the 21st Century National Education System (SPN21) to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

He also spearheaded preparations for the sultanate’s first National Master Plan during his tenure as Minister of Development from 1984 to 1986, and also served as the Minister of Primary Industry and Resources from 1989 to 2005.






I visited Flapjack House last year but never really got to their dishes. Two weeks ago, I had a mini feast with Winnie Sia, trying out a variety of dishes that Flapjack House offers. The one that caught my taste bud is the Black Pepper Chicken. It’s one of the newest dish and I highly recommend you to order that.

The cafe also serves breakfast and it starts from 7am and business closes at 10pm daily. So do try out the dishes they offer for breakfast. They offer “Crepe Kahwin” with kaya and peanut butter to localise the taste. Their pancakes are home made too.

Flapjack is managed by Eugene Seah who had the idea in opening a cafe after his experience in Australia.

So where is Flapjack house located? It’s located behind The Arch Taurean and you can call 245 0987 for reservation. You can follow them on social media – Flapjack House Facebook page or @flapjackhouse on instagram


The Bene Bene Nice for brekkie

My favourite Black Pepper Chicken

The beef steak

Another breakie dish to savor – Flapjack House Brekky Crepe and costs only $4.90

Burgers are also available

My dinner date Winnie Sia and she liked the food there too. She also recommended the Black Pepper Chicken.

Delicious Creme Brûlée

Another signature dish from Flapjack House

The interior of Flapjack House


Flying to Vietnam 

The winners of the “Swipe to Fly” promotion

The winners of the “Swipe to Fly” promotion

BIBD today feted its first five monthly winners of its “Swipe to Fly” promotion at the BIBD Rimba Branch. All the winners were seen excited with smiles when arriving at the branch to collect their prizes of a pair of air tickets to Ho Chi Minh. Present to hand over the prizes was Mohammad Fadzli bin Md Said, the BIBD Rimba Branch Manager.

The “Swipe to Fly” promotion will continue until the 31st of March, 2015 with five pairs of air tickets up for grabs every month to destinations such as Bali, Dubai, and Melbourne.

Let BIBD reward you with sending you and a partner on your dream holiday. All you need to do is spend B$30 or above on a single purchase using any of your BIBD cards or BIBD eTunai service at any retail or online outlet to receive an entry into the monthly “Swipe to Win” lucky draw. What’s more, BIBD customers will be rewarded with an additional ten bonus lucky draw entries for accumulating a monthly minimum spending of B$1,000 for that month’s lucky draw.

Winning has never been easier as there are no hassles of filling entry forms for each qualifying purchase transaction, making that dream holiday one step easier and closer.

For more information on any BIBD products, services or promotions, please follow the BIBD Instagram account at BIBDBRUNEI; Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bibdbrunei; get in touch with BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181 or visit the nearest BIBD Branch. Also, don’t forget to download the popular BIBD Mobile App to get the latest BIBD offers and promotions under “What’s New” feature. Image courtesy of BIBD


You can enjoy discounts through AGODA (traveling website) using BIBD. Click image to enter website.


Mark Glover to perform 

Mark Glover Euphonium Recital happening this Saturday

It’s Brunei Music Society’s second recital of 2015 and it will be held this Saturday. Brunei Music Society is excited to have a Euphonium Recital- a brass instrument not (yet) often featured in solo recitals in the region. Mark Glover from the UK will be performing accompanied by Lim Pei Sean on the piano.

Tickets Price: $25 for adults, $20 for members and $10 for students.

Buy any 5 student tickets and get any 1 adult free.

Bookings can be made via text at 8820014 or you can make your bookings here.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Program of the Evening:

Napoli – Bellstedt

Andante and Rondo – Capuzzi, arr. Calinet

Bells Across the Meadow – Ketelby arr. Kendrick

Gypsy Rondo – Haydn, arr. Hoffman

Largo from Xerxes – Handel, arr. Frey

Largo Al Factotum – Rossini, arr. Childs



A taste of Mark Glover on Euphonium



JIS IB Group 4 Project 

Press release from Jerudong International School. At Jerudong International School (JIS), there are two programmes offered to Sixth form students; the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (A-Levels) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). Students in the A Level programme will either study three or four A-levels, plus Core Studies and PE. However students in the IB programme will study six subjects: three at Higher Level and three at Standard Level. They must choose one subject from each of Groups 1-5, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The sixth subject may be an arts subject chosen from Group 6, or the student may choose another subject from Groups 2, 3, or 4 (an elective).

One of the assessments for Group 4 is an internal assessment where practical work is carried out and recorded by the students. The Group 4 project is an integrated, collaborative task where students work with other students from different sciences. Below, Joseph Sleiman, a Year 12 IB Student at JIS describes what they recently did for this year’s Group 4 project.

“The International Baccalaureate (IB) Group 4 Project……..a collaborative activity where students work together on a scientific or technological topic……..’to encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method’……yeah, yeah, yeah…….that’s what the theory says, but, what did WE do here at Jerudong International School (JIS) in our Group 4 Project???


JIS Year 12 International Baccalaureate students on their Group 4 project

JIS Year 12 International Baccalaureate students on their Group 4 project

At the beginning of Term Two, all the Year Twelve IB students were sorted into four different groups, some ending up with friends and others with people they have never worked with in their life. In the first meeting, we were introduced to the project – produce an experiment that will measure a time period of between two and ten minutes accurately! (No watches allowed!!!). We were also informed that there would be a prize for the most accurate timing – my competitive nature kicked into gear! The teams then discussed, brainstormed, and shared ideas. Creativity was everywhere! Teachers also contributed opinions and encouraged ideas that could be translated into real life.

The following two weeks were the ‘Action Stage’. Two sessions, each four hours long, to trial, test and refine our method(s) – as well as lots of informal chatting at break times and in the evenings. This part was where communication and patience was tested. Things would go wrong, timings made would be totally off, equipment would break and whole methods would be scrapped for better ones. Though problematic and stressful at times, all of us had fun working together on presenting and preparing the experiment.

The final ‘Evaluation Stage’ was soon upon us and each team was ready and very ambitious, everyone’s eyes set on the prize! All the students were visibly anxious, rushing to complete one last test trial and finish off Display boards to present our completed product. Once the trivialities were concluded, the teachers began the countdown… and Carl Orff’s “O Fortuna” blared through the speakers – an appropriately dramatic piece for the occasion. The tension in the atmosphere had peaked and ‘feisty’ remarks were exchanged between groups as the Head of Sixth Form, Mr Piper, collected the calculated times. In his characteristic bantering, he stretched out the suspense to its limit and after what felt like decades, revealed the JOINT winners: both recording the exact time of the piece! However, amazingly, the other two times were within two seconds of the actual time! The prizes were handed out and we all left the classroom reflecting on an enjoyable educational experience with teamwork and collaboration at the forefront of it all.

The main emphasis we take away as students is the importance of cooperation and the procedure of creating a scientific investigation – not necessarily the results/success of the experiment. And best of all we enjoyed the experience; it gave us a fun way to appreciate the wonders of scientific method!”







Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


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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 😀

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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

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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 

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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

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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



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News



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With the KFC Portuguese egg tarts becoming a favourite among the customers especially during tea time and for dessert, KFC is now doing a special joint promotion with Aiking Trading Company Sdn Bhd to offer the Egg Tart and Milk Tea Delight. Aiking Trading carries Mr Brown coffee which is popular among the locals and it can be found in most major supermarkets and mini marts in Brunei. “A lot of people is familiar with Mr Brown Coffee, we have high hopes for Mr Brown Milk Tea especially working closely with one of KFC’s sellable product, the egg tart” says Mr Yeo Boon Khai, General Manager, Aiking Trading Co Sdn Bhd. Mr Brown Milk Tea is available exclusively only in KFC outlets in Brunei. “With cultural origins from Macau, Hong Kong, Portuguese Egg Tarts and Milk Tea go hand in hand and is often accompanied by a sweet story and by offering this combo, we hope that it gives our customers the ingredient they need for creating a memorable moment,” added Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd.

“This sweet story in the making” is priced at only B$3.50 for 2 pieces of KFC Portuguese Egg Tart and a cup of hot Mr Brown Milk Tea and is available at any KFC outlets in Brunei.

Coey Loh, Marketing Executive of KFC (Brunei), Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager of KFC (Brunei) and Yeo Boon Khai, General Manager of Aiking Trading Co Sdn Bhd (Mr. Brown) presenting the new promotion from KFC. Image taken from The Brunei Times.

Mr. Brown Mlik Tea to be hit seller at KFC’s outlet. Image taken from The Brunei Times.




In conjunction with the upcoming school holiday, KFC Brunei is introducing the Colonel Stacker Burger Combo to celebrate the occasion with their junior customers.

Priced at only B$3.50, The KFC Colonel Stacker Burger combo consist of two colonel chicken fillets, with lettuce and mayo served between two pieces of junior bun and a small cup of carbonated drink. Customers can choose to upsize their drink to large with an additional B$1.

The Colonel Stacker Burger Combo promotion is available in all KFC outlets in Brunei.

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What a spectacle show!! 

Singing the National Anthem song to kick off the show

Last year was the bomb!! So was this year’s Jerudong International School Showcase Concert. They had three shows, the first being performed internally for the students and teachers of JIS while the remaining two shows were opened to public.

I like this year’s theme which was “Movies and Musicals”. According to Principal Andrew Fowler-Watt, he expressed that how music influences us and by listening together we connect, no matter our nationality or culture.

Overall, I was super impressed with the quality from the vocals to the performers to the the musicians and let’s not forget the sound technicians and those people back stage and mostly the music coordinator who set the pace from start to finish. Sophia and I really had a great time and I can’t wait for next year’s edition.

The JIS Orchestra playing the theme song from Superman movie “Superman March”

The JIS Orchestra and combined Choirs performing Zadok (the most famous of George Friderik Handel’s four Coronation Anthems) and they also belted out the popular Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

The musical director, Paul Edgeler (in white), led the JIS Orchestra

The JIS musicians as part of the JIS Orchestra who have worked tirelessly for the past eight weeks

Cristeen Park and Maitie Trias on vocals for “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”. This song is popularly known in Toy Story series. It’s an empowering song about friendship.

The showcase dancers at the JIS Showcase Concert

Great vocals from JIS

The Vocal Group belting out Radioactive, a song by Imagine Dragons. It was a nominated in the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance

The showcase dancers did add more colour to the spectacle

Ruby Chong has such great vocal. I love her performance for “You Exist in my Song” written by Wanting Qu, a songwriter based in Vancoucer, Canada

Another performer that brought to an eruption of applause was Shian Li who belted out “Winter – 1st Movement”

When it comes to music and performance, you need great energy and both Hanny Yussof and Bazilah Ali were magnificent from the beginning when they sang a popular song by Najwa Latif entitled “Sahabat”

The performance of The Polar Express

Beauty and The Beast musical after the interval. The beast performer is played by Mr. Adrain Thacker

A colour performance from the Beauty and the Beast

Qawi Kamri had a dual role – playing the Prince/Beast as well as the vocal. Impressive!

The Beast and the Beauty

The Prince and the Belle (Nurlyana Adi Shamsul)

The finale of the concert

Well done to the young performers

The musicians being appreciated by the audience

Paul Edgeler the Musical Director appreciating the musicians and the performers and the audience



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