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07
Dec

Agree to disagree

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

The Good Dinosaur 
 

Listen to the podcast review of The Good Dinosaur with special guest Pranika Lama

 

The season’s over 
 


During the Singapore League Awards last week. Image courtesy of S•League
 


Azwan Ali Rahman won Young Player of the Year award. Image courtesy of S•League
 


Steve Kean won Coach of the Year. Image courtesy of S•League
 

The season has concluded and DPMM FC and the management have worked their socks off for a wonderful season and winning their first ever S•League title. Now they are on a mini-break for a few weeks before they are back training again.

Recently DPMM FC won a few accolades including Coach of the Year (Steve Kean) and Young Player of the Year (Azwan Ali Rahman) feted at Singapore League Awards last week. It was a well deserved award for Steve Kean as he missed out last season. As for Azwan Ali, he has been very consistent with his performance all around and week in, week out, he had made an impact to DPMM FC.

Two years ago, Azwan Ali was in a difficult position as his former club Indera FC was reluctant to let him go. In the end, he made the right choice to join the only professional club, DPMM FC, in Brunei Darussalam and his adventure started with a bang. Let’s hope for better things for Azwan Ali in the new season.

Now the biggest question will be the current import players of DPMM FC. With the new ruling of allowance of three import players, this will put a dent in Kean’s strategy as he has trusted the five import players throughout the season. All of them are instrumental in bringing the first ever S•League title to the club. Now it boils down to Kean and the management of DPMM FC on who will be sacrificed for the next season.

My pick would be Paulo Sergio, Rafael Ramazotti and Boris Raspudic. However, according to DPMM FC’s website, Rafael has turned down an offer to extend his contract with DPMM FC. It remains to be seen who will be the chosen one to replace Rafa. The club have renewed the contract of Paulo Sergio and Brian McLean for the next season. This means that Boris Raspudic and Joe Gamble are being released.

A few days ago, DPMM FC had a meet and greet session for the fans at The Mall. It was organised by I Lyke Toh Entertainment and the players and fans had a great time together. It was another way to appreciate the fans for supporting the football club.

 


Having fun with Beracun on stage
 


DPMM FC fans gave token of appreciation to the team
 


Move it, move it.. @wards25
 


It’s the last time we will see Joe Gamble as a DPMM FC player. Thank you for your contribution.
 


The Zumba move
 


DPMM FC players worried what was next when Beracun controlled the stage
 


Some DPMM FC players hiding away from Beracun
 

 

Swipe to Fly 
 


Another promotion back by popular demand for BIBD customers
 

 

 

 

DJ Amad crowned champion 
 


The winners and contestants of the DJ Mix Competition with the organisers, sponsors and representatives of Jerudong Park management at JP Amphitheater. Image courtesy of @kurapak
 


DJ Jakey crowned the champion for Rookies with DJ Leiley. Image courtesy of @kurapak
 


DJ Amad winning the competition in the Open Class category. Image courtesy of @kurapak
 

It was the first time I attended a DJ competition in a very long, long time. I remember back in the early 2000s, I was involved in the team that brought international DJs regionally and it was also showcasing the local talents that we have such as DJ Felix and DJ Leiley to name a few.

Fast forward to now, it’s a whole different landscape with stricter rules and regulations that the Bruneians have to follow when it comes to local entertainment. The talented musicians have to find alternatives or be more creative in showcasing their talents without crossing the line (of the laws). If you think about it, to make a music showcase possible, then it shows that we have to be a step ahead and be more creative to make things happen.

Hence to have a DJ Mix Competition is already a great start despite the limitations to the organisers and the public. The seasoned DJs shared their vision in helping the young blood (DJs) to learn about mixing music and one avenue is to have competition. The three day event also involved a DJ Mix workshop (on Sunday) to give more knowledge on mixing and the techniques to the local DJs. One of the DJs, @leiley_lim shared that Brunei DJs have the best equipment regionally but lacking the avenue to share their talent to the public.

The organisers and the partners were happy with the overall competition and workshop as it was a successful one. It was also great to see the DJ Mioy, DJ Leiley and DJ Felix working together for the benefit of the community in a longer run.

Below are the winners and ranks for the respective categories.

Open Class Category:
Winner : DJ Amad
1st Runner-up : Jimmyroll
2nd Runner-up : Fiiz The Shiiz
4th : DJ Izra
5th : Aeros
6th : Mask

Rookies Category:
Winner: DJ Jakey

 


DJ Jimmy Roll took 2nd place. It also came 2nd in the previous competition
 


Fiiz The Shiiz came 3rd place. Image courtesy of @kurapak
 


Ammirul was the emcee/host for the finals last Saturday
 


It was good to see all the seasoned DJs working as one
 


DJ Aeros spinning for the crowd last Saturday
 


@Kurapak taking great shots with his trusted Fuji film camera
 


Behind the scene
 


DJ Amad stole the hearts of the audience and judges
 


The back shot
 


DJ Leiley playing his track Radioactive and hopes to make it big with a record label down under. Good luck, buddy!
 


DJ Mioy showcasing his talent to the delight of the crowd
 

 

 

 

A blood drive 
 


A welcoming remark to the Filipino community
 

In collaboration with the Embassy of The Republic of The Philippines, The Jerudong Park Medical Centre held a blood donation drive, open to the Filipino Community. The objective of the blood donation drive was to raise awareness on the importance of donating blood, in saving lives and contributing to blood banks in Brunei Darussalam.

“Blood banks always need volunteering blood donors.” said Romeo Tabios, JPMC’s blood bank nurse. “Giving 15 minutes of your time by donating blood can help save lives.” Blood donation not only gives back to society, but also provides physical and mental benefits to the donors’ health. Donating blood helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as burn calories.

The drive was held at the Philippines Chancery, Embassy of The Republic of The Philippines from 3pm – 5pm, and received a total of more than 30 interested donors, who contributed to a good cause.

Before donating blood, donors were interviewed on their brief health history and screened for basic physical health. Donors were made aware of certain factors to consider, such as pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, cholesterol, and haemoglobin levels. Blood donors were also screened for infectious diseases.

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre hopes for future collaborations to aid the blood banks in the country. Images courtesy of Jerudong Park Medical Centre.

 


The Filipino community showing their support
 


Taking a blood sample
 


The blood donors last weekend
 

 

01
Dec

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!!
 

  
 

 

31
Oct

Be in the moment

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Let’s support “The Journey” 
 


Hjh Nurul Akmar Hj Mohd Jaafar BIBD’s head of consumer banking division and concurrent head of the bank’s CSR unit, Vivian Tie Suk Kee, Head of Rehabilitation Department at Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Wu Chun, director of Fitness Zone and Ak Danny, Marketing Officer of Jerudong Park Medical Centre during the press conference of the the musical broadway “Sebuah Perjalanan”
 

The Rehabilitation Department at Brunei Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) together with The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) and supported by BIBD, will be organizing a musical broadway, “Sebuah Perjalanan” as part of the stroke and cancer patient’s therapeutic group activity programme. The musical is scheduled to be held tomorro, Sunday 1st November 2015, which coincides with the commemoration of World Stroke Day that is celebrated by countries around the world every year on 29th October.

The objective of the project is to create the best situation and environment, to help patients overcome their disabilities through meaningful rehabilitation that kindles sheer determination, states Vivian Tie Suk Kee, Head of Rehabilitation Department at JPMC. A total of 53 patients started practising to prepare for this event since 21 September 2015 which will last for 6 weeks, although about 20 will perform along with staff of the department. The whole process helps patients focus on a task for a good cause through rehabilitative strategies to help them recover their function and not on their disability. We hope to encourage and motivate the stroke patients to continue working hard towards further reducing their disabilities and achieving a more enriched life after a disabling stroke condition, she added.

With their previous TGA performances receiving positive feedback and positive clinical outcome, the department decided to take the next performance further by organizing a musical play, involving stroke patients and staff of BNSRC and JPMC. The story of the performance was written by a stroke patient based on real events together with staff of the Rehabilitation Department that aims to enhance the public’s awareness about stroke, the disability following stroke, its rehabilitation involved and the important elements for a successful recovery journey, stressing the importance of having fast medical attention.

 


Wu Chun urged the public to support the event
 


Vivian Tie whom I have so much respect for believing this project and she has so much passion and dedication to bring hope to stroke patients. Keep it up!!
 


The media of the partners and media
 

Wu Chun, Event Ambassador of “Sebuah Perjalanan” has previously shown his support by participating in preparations for the above event. “This Therapeutic Group Activity is very creative and helpful for patients, in working their brain and muscles. Through supporting this event, I can only do so much. We are here to create awareness and let the public know about how they can give a helping hand to those in need. Hopefully, they can spread the kind words and let others know more about this very sincere, yet meaningful event.”, stated Wu Chun previously. Live music will be supported by the amazing Uniq Band from Pusat Bahagia who are all visually impaired and also talented musicians from Expression Music Academy.

Meanwhile, Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, Head of Marketing of JPMC stated, “The event will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) and is open to public with a ticket fee of BND25 (Balcony seats and free T-Shirt designed and autographed by Wu Chun), BND15 (Front row) and BND10 (Back row). All proceeds from this event will be donated to a charity organisation, BIBD ALAF. This initiative is fully supported by BNSRC’s Management. Stay tune to find out more about this event by following JPMC’s Facebook Page, The Jerudong Park Medical Centre, and Instagram Profile, @JPMCBrunei and @BNSRC_musical.” Tickets can be bought at JPMC, Energy Kitchen, Fitness Zone, Bake Culture and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Beribi).

Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.

 


Wu Chun showing during the practice session and giving the stroke patients motivation for the upcoming musical event
 

 

 

 

Garage Sale 
 


Garage Sale tomorrow 1st November (Sunday)
 

  
 

22
Oct

Updates this week

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

More partners for CE ALAF 
 

BIBD today announced new partners into the 2015 BIBD CE ALAF (Charity Expedition for Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future Programme). Fajr Capital (Dubai) and Silverlake (Malaysia) has come on board as Platinum Sponsors to the ALAF Programme, while Kristal FM and Radio Television Brunei have signed on as the Official Broadcaster Radio and Official Broadcaster Television partners to help raise awareness on CE ALAF as well as other efforts related to the event.

BIBD also welcomes new partners, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) who has agreed to contribute a one year subscription plan and a Vivo Y22 as a lucky draw prize, along with a co-branded runner t-shirts for the first one hundred participants who have raised at least B$100. At the same time, PCSB will also be providing support via providing volunteers for the ALAF event.

 

Happening this Sunday. Are you ready?

 

The Brunei Neuroscience Stroke Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) together with the Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) are also on board as sound supporters of the programme whereby they will also be organizing the a Musical Broadway titled ‘Sebuah Perjalanan’ as part of the stroke and cancer patients’ Therapeutic Group Activity. Proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to the BIBD ALAF Program.

Meanwhile, as the Official Airline Partner, RB (Royal Brunei) will be providing a business class return ticket to Melbourne and Bangkok each for winners of the 21kM and 10km, Men and Women Bruneian category. BIBD also welcomes support from government agencies such as the Department of Electrical Services along with the Customs & Excise Department towards the Charity Expedition.

Yang Mulia Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Ja’afar, in her capacity as Head of BIBD’s Corporate Social Responsibility commented “Alhamdulillah for the overwhelming support gained for not just the charity expedition, but also the ALAF programme. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, from all partners, volunteers and supporters for their kind support for the programme.

 

 

 

More colouring 😀 
 

 

 

This is it!!! I’m looking forward to this but I’m not too sure if I have the time just yet. It’s happening this coming Saturday. This is a FREE workshop (Adult Colouring Workshop) for customers who purchase “LOST OCEAN” colouring book from any Best Eastern store in Brunei.

The seats are limited so it’s a good idea to register. The workshop will be conducted by full-time artists at Jo-Art Gallery – Nabil, Fikri and Haronli.

This will be the first time a colouring workshop will be held. It will be a comprehensive workshop ranging from the materials of the colour pencil to the techniques of colouring (shading, rendering, colour scheme, blending and even discipline.

The venue will be at Mabohai Shopping Complex this Saturday 24th October and it’s co-organised by Best Eastern and Jo-Art Gallery.

Oh one more thing, don’t forget that there will be another colouring competition for adults on 1st November. Sadly I won’t be in the country then. Let’s hope for more participants in the second round. Good luck!!

 

 

 

 

 

Concepts at TechXpo 2015 
 

Acer Aspire V Nitro. Another end to end stuff from Concepts Computer who are one of the biggest vendors at the TechXpo 2015 happening today at the ICC until this coming Sunday.

There will be having many good promotions and firstly is the Aspire V Nitro notebooks. There are two specs of the Aspire V Nitro on promotion but the one that caught my eye is the Aspire V Nitro the “17 inch one because it’s fast and it’s quiet too. The attention to detail is just spot on for this version and they have many ports available. Check out the posters below for more details.

When you purchase any of the Aspire V Nitro, it will come with 3 years warranty and especially if you buy now (during the TechXpo,) you can save up to BND 400 and even get FREE gifts worth BND 200.

 

 

 

Acer projector. Now if you are looking for projectors, look no further. The prices now become affordable and it’s the newly improved Acer projector. This is ideal for presentation and also perhaps for your in-house theatre screen.

It carries a 2 year warranty and the lamp also has a 1 year warranty or 1,000 hours whichever comes first. It’s powered with 3,200 ANSI Lumens with HDMI port and dual-VGA. This BND 398 deal is also offered at TechXpo today till Sunday. So look out for the Acer P1185 or just check the poster below for more details.

 

 

 

Epson printers. For all the heavy duty printer users out there especially students and teachers, this is one of the fastest selling brand in Brunei – Epson – because of you all. If you want to talk about efficiency and also cost savings, then target for the Epson printers. These printers have high recommendation even among our peers (my media friends) who are also active users of Epson printers.

Imagine with just four colour ink bottles that you will be able to print up to 6,500 colour pages. Now that’s a plenty and I like the new concept of having the ink cartridge being placed outside the printer so it will be convenient should you want to refill.

It’s no surprise that Epson have sold 2 million units alone in Southeast Asia and Brunei is one of the growing market leader in terms of growth per capita. So do check out their Super Deals at TechXpo today till Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

Baiduri UnionPay 
 

In collaboration with UnionPay, the fastest growing card brand in the world, Baiduri Bank is currently having a 3-month campaign where Baiduri UnionPay Debit Cardholders will earn freebies and stand a chance to win shopping sprees when they use their cards at participating outlets each weekend till December.

Aptly named “Take me Shopping with Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card”, the promotion which started on 25 September 2015 will run every Friday to Sunday till 13 December 2015. During the promotion, Baiduri UnionPay debit cardholders will receive a free shopping bag when they spend a minimum of B$50 at participating supermarkets during the designated weekends, while stocks last.

The promotion will cover 14 different supermarket outlets, including supermarket chains Hua Ho, Soon Lee, Jaya Hypermart, Supa Save, Sim Kim Huat, Freshco, First Emporium and Utama Grand. Each weekend, a different outlet will be featured so that customers residing in the different districts will have a chance to participate.

Besides receiving shopping bags, shoppers also get a chance to win monthly shopping sprees worth B$150 each at selected supermarket throughout the campaign.

An Instagram competition is also being held back-to-back with the shopping campaign. Customers who post creative photos of themselves with the “Take Me Shopping with Baiduri Union Pay” shopping bag will get a chance to win shopping vouchers worth B$20 each week. Terms and conditions can be viewed on the Baiduri Bank website or through Baiduri Deals mobile app.

 

 

 

The “Take me Shopping with Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card” campaign was organized to create public awareness on the card’s user-friendliness and other benefits of owning a Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card.

Unlike conventional signature-based payment cards, the Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card requires a personalized identification number or PIN to be keyed in by the cardholder for any transactions to be approved, thus, giving cardholders a high level of protection from fraud or misuse of the card. This unique feature also allows cardholders to use the debit card as an ATM card too.

The Baiduri UnionPay Debit card is accepted at over 2,000 local merchants and more than 26 million UnionPay merchants in over 150 countries and allows withdrawals at all Baiduri ATMs, other local ATMs, and over 1.9 million ATMs worldwide.

More information about Baiduri Bank’s current promotions can be obtained from the Bank’s website at www.baiduri.com, ‘Baiduri Deals’ mobile app or their Call Centre at 244 9666. To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can also follow Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook or @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

16
Oct

Still hope

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Bridge of Spies 
 

Podcast review of Bridge of Spies with special guest Thedoric

 

 

Let’s support “The Journey” 
 


Hjh Nurul Akmar Hj Mohd Jaafar BIBD’s head of consumer banking division and concurrent head of the bank’s CSR unit, Vivian Tie Suk Kee, Head of Rehabilitation Department at Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Wu Chun, director of Fitness Zone and Ak Danny, Marketing Officer of Jerudong Park Medical Centre during the press conference of the the musical broadway “Sebuah Perjalanan”
 

The Rehabilitation Department at Brunei Neuroscience, Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) together with The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) and supported by BIBD, will be organizing a musical broadway, “Sebuah Perjalanan” as part of the stroke and cancer patient’s therapeutic group activity programme. The musical is scheduled to be held on 1st November 2015, which coincides with the commemoration of World Stroke Day that is celebrated by countries around the world every year on 29th October.

The objective of the project is to create the best situation and environment, to help patients overcome their disabilities through meaningful rehabilitation that kindles sheer determination, states Vivian Tie Suk Kee, Head of Rehabilitation Department at JPMC. A total of 53 patients started practising to prepare for this event since 21 September 2015 which will last for 6 weeks, although about 20 will perform along with staff of the department. The whole process helps patients focus on a task for a good cause through rehabilitative strategies to help them recover their function and not on their disability. We hope to encourage and motivate the stroke patients to continue working hard towards further reducing their disabilities and achieving a more enriched life after a disabling stroke condition, she added.

With their previous TGA performances receiving positive feedback and positive clinical outcome, the department decided to take the next performance further by organizing a musical play, involving stroke patients and staff of BNSRC and JPMC. The story of the performance was written by a stroke patient based on real events together with staff of the Rehabilitation Department that aims to enhance the public’s awareness about stroke, the disability following stroke, its rehabilitation involved and the important elements for a successful recovery journey, stressing the importance of having fast medical attention.

 


Wu Chun urged the public to support the event
 


Vivian Tie whom I have so much respect for believing this project and she has so much passion and dedication to bring hope to stroke patients. Keep it up!!
 


The media of the partners and media
 

Wu Chun, Event Ambassador of “Sebuah Perjalanan” has previously shown his support by participating in preparations for the above event. “This Therapeutic Group Activity is very creative and helpful for patients, in working their brain and muscles. Through supporting this event, I can only do so much. We are here to create awareness and let the public know about how they can give a helping hand to those in need. Hopefully, they can spread the kind words and let others know more about this very sincere, yet meaningful event.”, stated Wu Chun previously. Live music will be supported by the amazing Uniq Band from Pusat Bahagia who are all visually impaired and also talented musicians from Expression Music Academy.

Meanwhile, Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, Head of Marketing of JPMC stated, “The event will be held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) and is open to public with a ticket fee of BND25 (Balcony seats and free T-Shirt designed and autographed by Wu Chun), BND15 (Front row) and BND10 (Back row). All proceeds from this event will be donated to a charity organisation, BIBD ALAF. This initiative is fully supported by BNSRC’s Management. Stay tune to find out more about this event by following JPMC’s Facebook Page, The Jerudong Park Medical Centre, and Instagram Profile, @JPMCBrunei and @BNSRC_musical.”

Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.

 


Wu Chun showing during the practice session and giving the stroke patients motivation for the upcoming musical event
 

 

 

 

Wu Chun meets MJ 
 


Wu Chun with Michael Jordan and other celebrities in Shanghai
 


Wu Chun’s a big fan of MJ
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Air Jordan, Jordan Brand has officially launched the Jordan House of Flight in Shanghai. The venue features a number of installations and interactive fan experiences. They include a gallery from the world-renowned Walter Iooss, the “poet laureate of the sports world,” representing the first time Jordan brand has showcase these images in the Greater China region; the Wall of Jordan, featuring paintings from the artist Michael Lau; and the Hall of Greatness, displaying Jordan innovations, products, and significant moments from the history of Jordan Brand; and the Jordan Brand athlete promenade, showcasing the Jordan Brand family of athletes.

As the host city for a lavish celebration of the 30th anniversary of Air Jordan, Shanghai went all out, even going so far as to adjust the city’s skyline with bright emerald lights. Highlights from the festivities included a conversation with Michael Jordan and Tinker Hatfield, as well as visits from Roger Federer, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Liu Xiang, Li Na, and Jordan signature athletes Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The Jordan House of Flight space also showcased experiences like the Last Shot of MJ, which allows 12 specially chosen TEAM 23 which consist of sports star such as Li Na and Liu Xiang together with super stars from the entertainment industry such as Wu Chun, Will Pan,etc to choose one of MJ’s breathtaking game-winning shots, complete with scene reproduction through LED screens that simulate defensive players and the expectant fans watching in the stands.

Although it’s hard to believe, it’s been three long decades since a young, high-flying, gold chain wearing Michael Jordan first entered the NBA as a member of the Chicago Bulls in 1985. His inaugural season with the team, which happened to end with Rookie of the Year honors, set in motion all that we know today. And by that we refer to Jordan Brand – the groundbreaking company that has revolutionized footwear both on and off the court. A cultural staple as important as any with a 30 year history, celebrates its pearl anniversary with one of its more celebrated components in mind – its fans.

Jordan‘s 30th anniversary festivities in Shanghai kicked off with a bang, highlighted the unveiling of the amazing Jordan House of Flight. The coda wasn’t shabby either, as Michael Jordan himself — along with Nike design legend Tinker Hatfield in tow — sat down with Ahmad Rashad for a free-flowing conversation. Making his first appearance in China after an 11-year absence, MJ reflected on the evolution of his game during his playing career, as well as the collaborative nature of his partnership with Tinker.

 


Michael Jordan at the Air Jordan 30th anniversary celebration in Shanghai
 


With Tinker Hatfield, Nike Design Legend
 


With Liu Xiang and Li Na
 


Wu Chun with Liu Xiang
 


The Air Jordan showroom
 

 

So how did Wu Chun feel after meeting his idol?

Wu Chun: I actually flew to USA 12 years ago to watch his last few games in his NBA career. I even waited outside his restaurant for hours and managed to take pic with him but this meeting is different because it was such a privilege to be selected as a member in the Team 23 in this Air Jordan 30th anniversary and it’s one of the best birthday gift for me this year! It’s a dream come true and my next dream is hoping to have the opportunity to play one on one with him. I know it might sound impossible but miracles do happen and like what MJ said, ” Never say never because limits like fear, are often just an illusion.”

So what were they (Wu Chun and MJ) conversing about?

Wu Chun: After the event, we went to a michelin-starred restaurant to have a 4-hour dinner. To me, it’s once in a lifetime opportunity to get up-close and personal with MJ so i really took out the courage to intro myself to him. Ironically I was so surprised to know that he actually screened through the list of TEAM 23 and he knew who I was. I shared my excitement that I am such a big fan of him and how much he had inspired me since the day I became his fan 25 years ago!”

How MJ inspired his life?

Wu Chun: If you read my book – Ignite Courage or if you are a member of Fitness Zone, you will notice how much admiration I have for this super legend. I admire him so much not because of how well he had played the game of basketball but it’s more towards his unbelievable work ethic, charismatic leadership skills, philanthropic responsibility and the strong desire to make his weaknesses into his strength. I thanked him for coming into my life as a great role model and hope I can follow his footsteps to be a good role model for others as well.”

 


Wu Chun attending one of the exhibition matches from NBA
 

 

 

Kamalia, Aaron representing Div K 
 


The Brunei Toastmasters with Datin during the Division K contest at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Reuben Chin, Division Director of Division K, Rozana Yunos runner-up in Humourous, Kamalia Kamaruzaman Division K champion in Humourous, Aaron Division K champion in evaluation and second runner up in humourous, Laurence Dumling, runner up in evaluation, Pranika Lama, second runner up in evaluation, Arthur, Contest Chair of the contest and Suzana the Chief Judge of the contest
 

Two weeks ago, I was in Kota Kinabalu with my fellow toastmasters buddies to support our representatives from Brunei Darussalam (Area K6) in the Humourous Speech and Evaluation Speech Contest in Division K (Brunei, Sabah, Labuan). The representatives were Rozana Dato Paduka Hj Yunos for Humurous Speech and Pranika Lama for Speech Evaluation.

The competition was pretty tough as it could have been anyone’s game especially the top three. Rozana’s idea of the F word caught us with laughters while Aaron shared his experience with the dentist and survived to share in the Humourous Speech contest. However, both couldn’t earned enough points as the judges chose Kamilia’s journey as a single lady. Yes, she was by far the most animated lady and she deserved the prize for her humourous delivery. Last year, she just missed out the first spot as Allen Ang (from Brunei) was the champion. This year, she came back stronger and she will now represent Division K in the Semi-Annual District which will happen in Bali, Indonesia at the end of October. Congratulations Kamilia Kamaruzaman.

As for the Evaluation Speech Contest, when I saw the line-up, I was only aware of three speakers and I knew it will be among them three – Pranika Lama, Laurence Dumling and Aaron. When Laurence was competing last year in Kota Kinabalu, I was already captivated by her presentation. She was just phenomenal and owned the stage then and she was the defending champion in Division K for evaluation. This year, it was a different story.

Aaron who has such a humourous personality, showed his flair and analysed the “how to collect your debts” speech where others have missed out on specific points. Pranika Lama did her very best as she struggled with the audio which distracted her flow of delivery but she still managed to come third. Laurence had another good run but she admitted that she wasn’t at her best that day but I really thought she did quite well and placed as runner-up. The winner was Aaron who was previously the Contest Chair last year. He is the only person to be placed in both categories – Winner in Humourous Speech and second runner-up in Speech Evaluation Contest.

The results mean that Kamalia and Aaron will represent our Division K in the final competition to be held in Bali, Indonesia. Nonetheless, I’m still proud of Rozana’s and Pranika’s journey in the competition and both have inspired me in many ways.

I also enjoyed the educational sessions in the morning though we only had a few hours of sleep *lol* Even those in attendance were very pleased that the sessions weren’t dry and quite engaging. So well done to the speakers (Reuben, Allen, Shane and Ruey) and also to the organising committee for the successful event overall. Now I can’t wait to fly to Bali and support both Aaron and Kamilia. Though my KK trip was less than 48 hours, I had a blast and mostly thanks to the people around me.

 

 

 


I love this token 😀
 


Shawn Cassidy-Narcis the District 87’s Club Growth Director saying a few words
 


Reuben Chin in his opening delivery to start off the educational sessions
 


The university students are full of passion for toastmasters 😀
 

 


Representing toastmasters from Sabah
 


Our flight to KK

Our first pitstop before shopping

It was Pranika’s first time at Nando’s :p
 


The biggest story after our toastmasters convention – the opening of Uniqlo in KK
 

 

11
Jul

Together we stand

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

A wake up call
 


The satellite view of the storm in the region
 


The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports with the deputy ministers and permanent secretaries inspecting the affected areas. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 

It only happened for a good half an hour or so but it can be damaging. Social media became the stream of news of affected areas by the strong gusty winds. The rain wasn’t much of a problem but the wind was. I believe most of us weren’t accustomed to the fact that strong winds could actually hit Brunei and it did.

I was still indoors when it happened. Winds were as strong as almost hitting 60km/hr and the impact it had was enough to warn us to be extra alert and cautious whenever we are out. My car’s friends were damaged; I saw tents collapsing on a video that went viral; there were power cuts also along the way and some areas had to suffer without electricity for the night; my sister’s roof was damaged with a huge hole. The water village also suffered damages. The other scary part was the experience of the passengers on flight AK278 which was due to arrive 3:30pm and it took the pilot several attempts to land the aircraft due to the strong winds according to Normi’s post on her Facebook status.

Despite all the setbacks, Al-hamdullilah, that there were no casualties. The busiest of the lot will be the Fire and Rescue Department who have been working tirelessly to move the wreckage especially on the road. Also it was nice to see the citizens helping out along the way. Traffic was quite bad as well and some of the traffic lights were not functioning. I was stuck in traffic for a good half an hour.

Apparently, according to Siti Hajar’s article, the typhoon is not over yet. Yes, it’s a typhoon in the East Asia Region and apparently one will be hitting in the Pacific region. Do follow the local news or Brunei weather report.

 


A man helping out to cut the tree yesterday. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


I was stuck in a jam for quite some time
 


An image circulated on Whatsapp during the storm. Then many of the similar ones popped up. I wonder if most of them were deliberate.
 


Now get this, readers! The image of the tornado is fake as it didn’t happen in Brunei.
 


Detouring due to fallen trees. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


A tree fell along Batu Satu. Image circulated through Whatsapp.
 


My sister’s home was affected yesterday :/
 


The weather for the next few days
 

  
 

Joy for the patients 
 


Guest of honour with Board of Directors of JPMC, the stroke patients, the cancer patients and associates of JPMC
 

Good job on Jerudong Park Medical Centre on another wonderful initiative to motivate and inspire the stroke and cancer patients under the Brunei Cancer Center and Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Center respectively. It was one of the JPMC’s Rehabilitation Center’s programme which aims to improve their cognitive and physical abilities. It was such a great timing since most of us will be celebrating the festive season.

Present at the ceremony was the Guest of Honour, Abdul Lattif Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Md Yusof, member of JPMC’s Board of Directors, Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Kenneth Kok, the Medical Director of The Brunei Cancer Centre, Senior Management of JPMC as well as family members of the patients.

It was not a bad effort from the patients who only took 11 days to come up with the musical programme. There was a Therapeutic Group Activity performance by BNSRC’s stroke patient for TBCC cancer patients. BNSRC stroke patients who have acquired disabilities from their condition have undergone three weeks of JPMC yearly Hari Raya themed rehabilitation therapeutic group activity program with the aim to lift the spirits of the terminally ill cancer patients. The performance was specifically designed to motivate them and to also provide some therapeutic effect to these cancer patients as the Hari Raya season is nearing.

 


JPMC patients performing with musicians from Expression Music Academy
 


Vivian Suk Kee Tie explaining the model made by the patients
 


Check out the model made by them
 


The patients were full of joy as I could tell from their expression. Priceless.
 

They had a special collaboration with some of the musicians from Expression Music Academy featuring Kristine Clair “Kaycee” Uchi Galano, 13 yr old violinist.

Vivian Suk Kee Tie, Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC, said that it’s always great to see the smiles and signs of hope from the patients. She was notably touched that more cancer patients are being involved in the programme as compared to before and this is a sign of progress on what’s JPMC’s objective – to bring joy, love and care to the stroke and cancer patients.

I can say that it’s never easy running an rehabilitation programme and JPMC has been very active since 2012 and I salute for their efforts in taking an extra step to better the environment and hopes of the stroke and cancer patients.

Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.

 

 


The energetic employees from JPMC
 

  
 

 

NiNi Kek Lapis 
 


Available in original flavor (my favourite), durian and chocolate
 

Ok, I had a dosage of these for the past week and I’m in love with KeK Lapis once again. Kueh that I love for Hari Raya are Kek Lapis, Kueh Mor and Tapak Kuda. You can never go wrong with those delicacies. So I’m quite surprised that now Kek Lapis is packed in a box and sold in supermarkets and convenient store.

I never heard of the NiNi brand so I gave it a shot and I’ve been slicing bits and pieces continuously because it can be addictive. So I googled on Kek Lapis and found out that this cake is originally from Indonesia during the Dutch colonial times. Interesting…

I love the box package of NiNi Kek Lapis. This is very ideal for gifts during festive season and now Hari Raya is just a week away. NiNi cake is made of high-quality ingredients and hygienically vacuum-packed using the latest technology, ensuring the freshness, and of course, its deliciousness.

To serve, cut NiNi layer cake into slices of about 1.5cm thick and for best result, warm NiNi Layer Cake in a microwave for 20-25 seconds to soften the cake and enrich the aroma. I can’t wait to continue my feast on Kek Lapis later for my midnight snack 😀

 


I’m one quarter into my Kek Lapis. I love the packaging and very ideal for giveaways and gifts for Hari Raya.
 

  
 

06
Jun

Landed in Penang

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Winner feted by Audi 
 

T.C.Y. Motors as the local Audi dealer/importer in partnership with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf recently presented prizes to the winner of the Audi Avengers & the Coffee Bean lucky draw which was held in May to coincide with the Brunei premiere of The Avengers: The Age of Ultron action blockbuster. Patrons who spent over $15.00 at any of the six CBTL branches in the Brunei Muara district were entitled to enter the draw.

 


The winner, Nurul Afizahm of the Audi Avengers & The Coffee Bean lucky draw

Nurul Afizah Ahmad’s receipt of $21.35 from the Ministry of Finance CBTL branch was drawn- winning her a pair of exclusive Audi Sport Gloryfy G1 sunglasses which is retailed at over $300.00 from the Audi Kiarong showroom boutique.

Five other consolation winners from the other 5 branches were drawn to receive Audi goodie bags. The second instalment of the Avengers film franchise featured Audi’s new R8 sports car, TT Coupe and A3 Cabriolet in a continuing partnership between Audi and Marvel since the first 2008 Iron Man movie.

 

 

Social media presence
 


During the launch of JPMC’s rebranded online presence
 


Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, Executive Director and Medical Director of JPMC with Vivian Suk Kee Tie, head of the Rehabilitation Department at JPMC. Image taken from @jpmcbrunei

Jerudong Park Medical Centre goes social and it’s a good thing that they are focusing on social media for a better outreach to the public and especially their patients. The event took place yesterday at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club. Present during the launch was Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, Executive Director and Medical Director of JPMC.

This event marked the launch of their newly redesigned website as well as our social media profiles on Facebook and Instagram. The website offers new features, which will introduced at the launch, and the social media platforms provide an opportunity to interact with the community, and also to provide news and information through Facebook and/or Instagram @jpmcbrunei

 


@eia25 with Ak Danny, Marketing Department of JPMC . Image taken from @jpmcbrunei
 


Posing by the management and staff of JPMC . Image taken from @jpmcbrunei
 


Even the media goes social . Image taken from @jpmcbrunei
 


Representing from MixMediaWorx. Image taken from @jpmcbrunei
 


Image taken from @jpmcbrunei
 


Go on their website and register to win prizes. Click on image.
 

 

Baiduri Innovation Hub 
 


“5 Days Countdown to Baiduri’s Innovation Hub Roadshow”
 

Baiduri Bank is organizing a “Baiduri Innovation Hub” roadshow aimed towards providing opportunities to the public to explore the financial and banking prospects that are designed to meet specific financing needs. Held at The Mall Atrium, Gadong, the roadshow runs from 11th June – 14th June 2015 featuring different hubs equipped with specialists and consultants to offer visitors the best researched financial solutions.

Apart from loans research hub, and debit card exploration hub, the roadshow includes the Smart Executive advance hub directed towards managing finances and lifestyle of young executives in today’s world. The roadshow also showcases the financial planning hub and the e-Channels innovation hub.

“This roadshow benefits all target groups from students, executives, home owners to families! It’s a hub that meets expectations and needs! This is a unique space of different cultivated interest and pursuit. We wanted a fun and innovative approach that is accessible to the public!” says Dorothy Newn, Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing of Baiduri Bank.

 


 


 

Along with financial health checks, the roadshow features games and activities, inviting the public to bring the whole family to experience the laboratory environment.

With exclusive discounts up to 20% from participating merchants at the Mall such as Essensuals, iTop, KFC, Charles & Keith, Eileen Chen, Best Eastern, Dainty Shoes, Heatwave, Kofom Textiles and more, customers are able to delight in special values via their Baiduri Deals app.

In addition, customers who sign up with Baiduri’s services and products will stand a chance to win a Luminox watch it the lucky draw and also enjoy an Instant lucky gift whilst benefiting from Baiduri’s extensive list of advantages.

Inspiring to be a platform that offers customers a one-stop secure and sustainable financial services, Baiduri Bank aims to lead a new and innovative approach to banking.

 

  
 

Baiduri Innovation Hub 
 


“5 Days Countdown to Baiduri’s Innovation Hub Roadshow”
 

Baiduri Bank is organizing a “Baiduri Innovation Hub” roadshow aimed towards providing opportunities to the public to explore the financial and banking prospects that are designed to meet specific financing needs. Held at The Mall Atrium, Gadong, the roadshow runs from 11th June – 14th June 2015 featuring different hubs equipped with specialists and consultants to offer visitors the best researched financial solutions.

Apart from loans research hub, and debit card exploration hub, the roadshow includes the Smart Executive advance hub directed towards managing finances and lifestyle of young executives in today’s world. The roadshow also showcases the financial planning hub and the e-Channels innovation hub.

“This roadshow benefits all target groups from students, executives, home owners to families! It’s a hub that meets expectations and needs! This is a unique space of different cultivated interest and pursuit. We wanted a fun and innovative approach that is accessible to the public!” says Dorothy Newn, Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing of Baiduri Bank.

 


 


 

Along with financial health checks, the roadshow features games and activities, inviting the public to bring the whole family to experience the laboratory environment.

With exclusive discounts up to 20% from participating merchants at the Mall such as Essensuals, iTop, KFC, Charles & Keith, Eileen Chen, Best Eastern, Dainty Shoes, Heatwave, Kofom Textiles and more, customers are able to delight in special values via their Baiduri Deals app.

In addition, customers who sign up with Baiduri’s services and products will stand a chance to win a Luminox watch it the lucky draw and also enjoy an Instant lucky gift whilst benefiting from Baiduri’s extensive list of advantages.

Inspiring to be a platform that offers customers a one-stop secure and sustainable financial services, Baiduri Bank aims to lead a new and innovative approach to banking.

 

  
 

RA Travels
 

Yes, for those who follow me on instagram would be aware that I’m currently flying abroad but of course, I’m still connected to the world wide web and yes, I will be updating my site regularly when I have the time. Funnily enough I’m more active in posting my work online rather than when I’m back at home. Weird but true.

To recap my travel log, I was in Singapore for a night (for some coverage and catching up with friends) and it was kinda of a miscommunication as I thought my mom and family would still be in Singapore then. Apparently they came back two days before I flew to Singapore *lol* So below are the pictures taken during my one day trip to Singapore before I flew off to Ipoh to meet up with my other buddies around the world.

 


Team Brunei Wushu preparing to fly to Singapore last Monday. Their event starts today and there will be 118 athletes competing in the Wushu event. Can Brunei bagged gold medals this time round?
 


AITI hosts 12 companies to Singapore for the CommunicAsia 2015. This was also taken last Monday as they depart together with some of the SEA Games delegates. It was a full flight indeed.
 


Prayers and blessings for the delegates and players of Brunei Darussalam representing in the SEA Games at the Brunei International Airport
 


Thank you Winnie for sending me off. See you pretty soon.
 


Loving the brown colour tone Adidas Supercolor edition. This will be my footwear for the next 3 weeks on my travels.
 


Thank you Royal Brunei for your hospitality. Love the service and the food. Happy 40th year of flight.
 


Today’s the last day to book cheaper flights. Enjoy shopping!!
 


The SEA Games athletes will get a special welcome by the LOs from Singapore. Awesome!! And they are being ushered right after they disembarked the aircraft
 


I was rushing to the OCBC Arena near the Stadium MRT to catch the match between Brunei and Myanmar in the netball competition. I managed to catch the final 5 minutes of the match where Brunei won 😀
 


Top notch security in Singapore’s SEA Games. You can see how much they spent in heightening the security. This could be a reason why Brunei pull out because of all these measures that will be taken into consideration for the safety of the public.
 


Loving the merchandise at the SEA Games. I might shop again once I return back to Singapore next week.
 


The Brunei mascot for the 28th SEA Games. What do you think?
 


I love the idea that they are promoting respective sports for the public to try. In this picture, it’s a customized long ping pong table. Interesting concept.
 


Pilot is one of the sponsors for the 28th SEA Games.
 


Great range of merchandise. I was already thinking of Armtrix being the official merchandise suppliers for Brunei SEA Games 2019 but has been shelved since Brunei just pulled out as being host nation.
 


Cheer leaders practicing by the OCBC Arena
 


I was fortunate to catch the final minutes of the netball event. The $11 ticket was worth it 😀
 


For rock climbing fans, you can try this at the Kallang Wave Mall (get off Stadium MRT)
 


I was contemplating in buying this pokka dot Adidas jacket. I didn’t in the end.
 


Caught up with Frances and Jessie over dinner and thank you, new buddy Nick for treating us dinner.
 


Awesome stay here at River Valley. I paid only $89 for this room. You should try AirBnb app or website to book. I booked this room through Darrick who owns a few rooms around the neighborhood in Singapore. For your info, Airbnb is a rival to hotels.
 


This is the studio apartment I’m staying in. You can click image to check out other rooms that Darrick from Singapore is offering.
 


There is even a washing machine and a cooking area and a fridge as well
 


You can even enjoy fast internet speed there. Faster than my home 😀
 


My usual ride in Singapore. One reason why I like to wander around in Singapore. I save a lot especially on taxis. I even catch the bus from time to time.
 


The one night in Singapore before I travel to Ipoh. This is the second time I fly through firefly. Reminds me of MasWings 😀
 

  

22
May

Spying Tomorrowland

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

BIBD Belait Showcase 
 


Belait District Officer, Yang Mulia Hj Haris Othman, who was accompanied by BIBD Managing Director, Javed Ahmad during the launch of the BIBD Belait Showcase at Pusat Insani, Seria yesterday
 


Javer Ahmad in his opening speech yesterday
 

BIBD yesterday launched its first ever Belait Showcase at the Pusat Insani community centre in Seria to provide a one-stop avenue for the public to start with their preparations for the festive period. The showcase will run until 23rd May and is open from 9am to 7pm. All this while, the BIBD home showcase has always been in the Brunei-Muara District. So it’s about time they explore other districts.

Launching the showcase was Belait District Officer, Yang Mulia Hj Haris Othman, who was accompanied by BIBD Managing Director, Javed Ahmad. Also in attendance were BIBD personnel, members of the media and exhibitors at the showcase.

BIBD Personal Bankers will be on hand to offer advice on home financing solutions, and any customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s Personal and Home Improvement Financing will stand a chance to win prizes such as a 42″ television, a trip to Kota Kinabalu, as well as household appliances, while early birds who sign up for BIBD’s Home Financing will be also entitled to receive furniture vouchers worth $300 to get a head start on their dream home.

Customers who sign up for any of BIBD’s services such as BIBD Debit Card, BIBD Online, BIBD Mobile or e-statements will also stand a chance to win Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf voucher. As part of the promotion, BIBD will also be giving out a 50% fee waiver on the financing products on offer.

Vendors at the showcase include household names such as Thomson, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Eco Bumi architect. The showcase also highlights several local e-vendors such as Hush Cakes, GkLam and Nurnaela Kitchen. Among the activities at the showcase, are a hijab demonstration by Ju’niehk, daily quizzes, a cupcake frosting competition by Hush Cakes, and an opportunity to test drive the latest Volkswagen cars on offer.

 


Guest of honour during the tour of the showcase
 


One of the e-vendors that uses BIBD’s Virtual Mastercard (VMC)
 


Check out the Volkswagen cars and go for a test drive. Which Volkswagen are you?
 


Some accessories for you to browse at
 


A popular e-vendor – Hushcakes
 


 


 


The BIBD associates for the showcase
 

  
 

JPMC feted nurses 
 


 

In conjunction with World Nurses Day, celebrated globally every 12th May, The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) celebrated their nurses to appreciate their efforts and contribution towards the community.

The event took place at Pantai Seri Kenagan Beach and this year’s theme, ‘Nurses: A Force for Change – Care Effective & Cost Effective’, is a meaningful one, encouraging the nurses to deliver their skills, stay professionally engaged and become more knowledgeable on health financing through the efficient use of resources. Jerudong Park Medical Centre conveyed that the value of nurses is vital in achieving high quality care of patients.

“I am delighted to continue supporting the tremendous work you do every day in our hospitals, clinics and project areas. Not only does this work shape how well we care for our patients and their families, visitors, it also continues to define our organization’s culture and advances the professional practice of nursing for our community and society”, said Chung Yea Fui Director of Nursing at Jerudong Park Medical Center.

Chung Yea Fui mentioned that this worldwide celebration came at a pivotal time for nursing. “There is a nationwide rallying call to action that can unite the nursing profession, mobilize support from all stakeholders in health, and catalyze meaningful advances in health-care delivery and ultimately, improvements in the health of individuals, families and communities.” Text and images courtesy of JPMC.

 


 


 

 

  
 

The 22nd 😀 
 


It’s that 22nd of the month again TODAY! So come down to @pizzahutbrunei Dine-in stores for our All You Can Eat Buffet from 6:00pm -10:00pm!! So every 22nd of the month you will enjoy awesome deals from Pizza Hut 😀

– $22 for 2 people

– $15 for 1 person

– Terms & Conditions Apply


Just let you know, Pizza Hut also launched their Cheesy Pockets pizza upon requests on all the 26 toppings available. More cheese is good 😀
 


The Cheesy Pocket Pizza 😀
 

 

  
 

Unicup 2015 
 


 


 

Universiti Brunei Darussalam will take on Curtin University (Sawarak) tonight at the Police HQ football field. It will be their second match of the tournament in the At-tamwil University Cup 2015. Curtin University will have to claw their way back if they want to have a chance to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. UBD are currently the defending champions of the tournament and they dominated their opening match where they defeated Politeknik Brunei 3-0.

In the other match later afternoon, it will be between UNISSA against Politeknik. Both teams haven’t won and it will be great to get at least some points to remain contention for the semi-finals spot.

Good luck to all the players and it’s good to see the tournament back once again! You can follow their regular updates on social media here.

 


Politeknik Brunei prepping for their match. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.
 


UBD player in action. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.
 


UBD celebrating their goal against Politeknik Brunei. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.
 


Fans at the match. Image courtesy of At-tamwil Unicup 2015 Facebook page.
 


Top scorer as of 21st May.
 


The schedules for today’s matches
 

 

Cosmo 2 KUPU SB 1 


17th May. Cosmopolitan College 2 KUPU SB 1. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.
 


17th May. Cosmopolitan College 2 KUPU SB 1. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.
 


17th May. Cosmopolitan College 2 KUPU SB 1. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.
 


17th May. Cosmopolitan College 2 KUPU SB 1. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.
 


17th May. Cosmopolitan College 2 KUPU SB 1. Image taken by Fazizul Haqimie.

  

16
Apr

RP had me in stitches

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Certified Halal 😀 
 


My lunch today at Thien Thien at Kiulap branch
 


Finally all of us can dine at Thien Thien without any doubts
 

Yay!! After decades of existence, Thien Thien Restaurant (known for their Chicken Rice), has finally obtained the Halal Certificate under the Halal Certificate and Halal Label Order, 2005. I spoke to the owner earlier during lunch today and he was very appreciative that the Halal Certificate has helped his business to flourish at his Kiulap establishment.

Thien Thien Kiulap has been around for 12 years and the manager said that his branch has broken record sales in the past week or so ever. He shared it was a hardworking process to get the certificate and now with the Halal certificate, it has brought new confidence to the patrons. Judging from the responses from my instagram, Thien Thien Kiulap is bound to be a greater hit among the locals.

  
Furious 7 
 


Check out our latest review of Furious 7 featuring Rano and his co-host Del Goh on The Popcorn Panel

 

  
 

 

The New Jetta 
 


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Download SnapFeed 
 

 

 

Download SnapFeed app on your smartphones and check out the latest deals in Brunei and also get rewarded from respective merchants such as BurgerKing, KFC and Sushi Tei to name a few.

  
 

Russell Peters rocked 
 


Three shows in Singapore last week
 


I never had a chance to meet him in person.
 

Late post: Wowwwieeee!!! It’s hard to do a review of the comedic Russell Peters. This is the second time I caught him live in Singapore. The first one being in Singapore back in 2012 for his “Notorious” show and this time it’s called “Almost Famous”. I was the only one from the @bruhahahcomedy group that attended the Singapore show. Well, it was hosted during the weeknight so it will be hard for many to fly to Singapore and catch him live.

Was he funny as hell? Of course, the benchmark of Russell Peters is still his “Outsource” gig many, many years ago and it’s never easy to steal that particular thunder of “Be a Real Man” or “Somebody is gonna get hurt real bad”. I saw them tag lines being sold as merchandise at Suntec Convention Centre where his gig is being held. So to answer the question, yes, he was funny that night but wasn’t on his prime as he was before. I have to admit that his Notorious gig two years ago was below par and I was disappointed leaving the Singapore Indoor Stadium that night.

Fast forward to “Almost Famous”, it’s worth the trip actually. Half of his materials were spontaneous as he picked on a couple of victims at the front row. Perhaps the notable one was the two underage kids below their teen years who happened to be catching the show. Peters made the audience laugh in stitches but I kinda feel sorry for the two young boys were made fun of and maybe, just maybe, his father may have regretted bringing his son along.

It was the first time I also heard Peters talked about toilet humour and I thought that was hilarious. He shared his experiences calling an IT consultant and touched a lot on Indian cultures as well.

The security was pretty tight that it was really hard to play with your gadget especially your smartphones. They won’t even give you the chance to play or text or do anything with your phone. I saw a few people from the audience being told off by the muscular built securities and they would shine their flashlights to embarrass him or her before he or she would put away the smartphone. This is to prevent the attendees to take the opportunity to steal a photo or record a video or an audio. I thought that’s a very good rule and also kinda make the audience feel very present during Peters’ show.

Overall, it was a very entertaining evening though I came alone #sioksendiri and I don’t mind another Russell Peters show in the near future. Oh, I also love how @djspinbad played some cool video mixes to warm up the crowd. Verdict: 8/10.

 


It was a sold out crowd on the 7th of April and my ticket cost SGD 160
 


Impressed with DJ Spinbad spinning before the show
 


A very responsive crowd that night
 


If you are into comedy and also wanting to support our local talents, check out @bruhahacomedy latest gig this coming Saturday at Seameo Voctech
 

 

  
 

Prepping for Manila 

A group of ten athletes from the Busiido Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Club are currently training hard at the Jerudong Park Medical Centre Fitness Centre (JPMC) prior to their competition that will be held in Manila.

The athletes led by Ahmad Faez Anuar will be competing at the Pan Asian Jiu-Jitsu International Open, which will take place in Manila on the 15th to 17th May. The tournament is one of the most prestigious BJJ tournaments in Asia.

‘We are proud to support our local athletes who will be competing at the Pan Asia Jiu-Jitsu International Open in Manila. As part of our commitment to inspire an active lifestyle for all and encourage our athletes to compete in the International arena, we will be providing them with the usage of the JPMC Fitness Centre for their training needs. We hope that this will greatly benefit the athletes throughout their rigorous training period. We wish them the very best and hope that they will make the country proud’, said Tony Han-Gym Supervisor of the JPMC Fitness Centre.

‘On behalf of Busiido BJJ, we would like to extend our utmost appreciation and gratitude towards the JPMC fitness centre for being supportive towards the growth and success of brazilian jiu jitsu. By providing us with access to use the fitness facilities such as the cardio machines, weights, pool and sauna, training and preparation for competitions has just got easier and more exciting. All these aspects are imperative to get competition ready. What makes jpmc so perfect is that we get all these utilities in one vicinity’, said Ahmad Faez.

 
‘Also, we are grateful and blessed that an established body being JPMC has offered the opportunity for a young and growing club like us to develop even further. As multiple competitions are all lined throughout the years to come, we do hope we can maintain such relationships’, he added.

 


Tony Han, Gym Supervisor at JPMC Fitness Centre with Ahmad Faez Anuar of Busiido Mixed Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club
 

Ahmad Faez is a purple-belt holder with six years’ experience in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and has won multiple titles at the Pan Asian Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Bangkok Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open and Sabah Headhunters Brazilian Jiu-jitsu champion.

Busiido Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Club was established in early 2012 and is affiliated with one of the largest international BJJ organisations in the world, Checkmat from Brazil.

The club and has been successful in winning medals for the Sultanate at the regional and international level, and their latest victory was in Sabah, at the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Headhunters Challenge where the team brought home 10 gold, seven silver and 15 bronze medals from the Dec 13-14 championship.

JPMC Fitness Centre is the leading edge of the health and fitness market, promoting wellbeing as a way of life. It is designed to accommodate everyone, irrespective of age or fitness level and is committed to meeting individual needs.
A wide range of gym facilities are available at the Fitness Centre including the extensive range of fitness equipment, Milon Circuit, 25 metre swimming pool, Health and fitness testing, Personal training and tailored fitness programmes, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna suites.

  

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Apr

The last hand

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

 
Kingdom of Expected Runs 
 


The ladies during the launch of the “She Runs” event at Fitness Zone. Check out details below. Image courtesy of Fitness Zone.
 

Here I present to you, Brunei, the Kingdom of Expected Runs. There are a few runs that will take place in the whole month of May. I told myself that I won’t be getting involved in any runs per se and focus more on loosening up my muscles rather than focusing on my mini jogs. I learned that I won’t be able to improve my stamina and running time because I tend to get injured easily after 7-8 km. My bucket list is still the full marathon and I hope to do that by 2016.

What’s interesting about all the runs are that they have their own purpose and agenda. There’s a first time for a ladies only charity run organised by Fitness Zone called “She Runs”. Set to benefit the Children’s Cancer Foundation (YASKA), the charity run will take place on May 17 at Fitness Zone Serusop. ‘She Runs’ is dedicated to empower women to become a better self from the inside out and we hope to accomplish this in two ways – fitness goal and giving back to the society. You can click here for more details.

The next one is Scot Run 2K15 which focuses on fighting poverty through education and this is organised by @scot_brunei (Society for Community Outreach and Training). I like how they categorize the runs into three – Hopeful fighter (3km), Passionate fighter (5km) and Knowledgeable fighter (10km). The Scot Run 2015 also symbolized the 4th year anniversary of @scot_brunei. Registration has already closed and it will be held on 10th May 2015. You can click here for more details.

Next is the WBC Charity Run on the 3rd of May. This is also a first time that the Women’s Business Council Brunei Darussalam organising such an event. Though it is slated for 3rd May (during Brunei’s Family Day), the registration is still open until 21st April. The event on that weekend also include a two-day bazaar and a lucky draw. The run will begin at 6am from the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium. It aims to raise money for Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans. For more information, please call 2422721 or through WCB email at wbc.bru@gmail.com. You can also visit the council’s website at www.wbcbrunei.wordpress.com

Finally the biggest run in May will be “The Run” which is focused more towards Pusat Ehsan and it’s happening on the 24th May at the Indoor Stadium. It has been announced that the registration and payment has been extended to 18th April 2015 by noon. This is another popular running event and it will be the fourth time that they are hosting a charity marathon. The theme for this year is “Where Every Step Matters” and they also carry a lot of backings from sponsors and partners. They will also have the half marathon for the Open category. For more information, you can click here.

So which run suits you or are you gonna take that challenge and do more than one or all? I know of a few friends doing at least 3 runs from the ones being mentioned. Good luck to all the participants and yes, Brunei is a kingdom of expected runs.

 


The WBC Charity Run. Click image to find out more.
 


She Runs event organised by Fitness Zone. Click image to find out more.
 


The Scot Run 2015 organised by @scot_brunei. Click image to find out more. Registration has been closed btw.
 


The Run organised by Pusat Ehsan. Click image to find out more.
 

 

  
 

By Foot 

Within one kilometre radius, Burger King has taken the initiative to deliver around Bandar area for the benefit of BK fans working in town. Of course, you can check the menus available on their Facebook page or on Foodpanda as well. I did verbally propose to them that I don’t mind being a temporary delivery boy for BK in town. I would actually love that experience.

According to the poster from BK that the delivery by foot will be from 9am to 4pm and the minimum order is $7. Did you know that Burger King is one of the popular food eateries in Foodpanda? So it does make sense to offer this service around Bandar since it’s really hard to find parking even for motor cyclists and it’s only within the 1 kilometre radius. Now wouldn’t you want a piece of the Taro Turnover Pie at your doorstep? 😀

 


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JPMC employees’ feted 
 


Carlos Reamon of CSSD won the Employee of the Month for Team Leader category and Murugavel Manivasagam of The Rehabilitation Department won Employee of the Month for Front of House category
 


Group photo of JPMC employees

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) today held a special event to present the Employee of the Month awards and to celebrate last month’s birthday celebrants. This event was organized by JPMC’s Human Resources Department.

Present at the event were senior management and staff.

The Employee of the Month for Front of House category award was awarded to Murugavel Manivasagam of The Rehabilitation Department while Carlos Reamon of CSSD won the Employee of the Month for Team Leader category.

“The event aims to honour employees’ birthdays and show appreciation for their contributions to the company,” said Human Resources Officer Norfadilah Haji Mahamud.

“This event also was to encourage team bonding among our staff and their superiors in a joyful occasion”, she added.

JPMC’s Employee of the Month reward programme recognises employees’ outstanding performances and contributions towards the company for the past 12 months. Images and text courtesy of JPMC.

  

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