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28
Aug

Hafizah bags a car

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

KBSentral Lucky Draw No.2 
 


Hafizah bte Ramlee posing with her spouse after winning the Black Proton Saga FLX Plus Auto as part of the second series of the Sentral Shopping Centre Grand Lucky Draw this afternoon
 


Abby Lim, general manager of Sentral Shopping Centre, Salim, President of the Indian Belait Association and Yang Mulia Hj Eady Sardi bin Pehin Datu Derma Sakti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Razak, the Head of Belait District branch of Co-curriculum Education Department, Ministry of Education as the guest of honour with the grand winner of the Black Proton Saga FLX Plus Auto
 

This is the second lucky draw of the campaign for Sentral Shopping Centre (KBSentral) and hundreds showed up to see if they would be one of the lucky winners. Apparently there were than 17 winners including the pop quiz winners. Few months back, a young boy of 18 won the first mini grand draw and won himself a Proton. I’m pretty sure he is making full use of his new car.

Today the lucky winner of the Black Proton Saga FLX Plus Auto is a lady named Hafizah bte Ramlee as her named was picked from the box by the guest of honour Yang Mulia Hj Eady Sardi bin Pehin Datu Derma Sakti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Razak, the Head of Belait District branch of Co-curriculum Education Department, Ministry of Education.

Abby Lim, the General Manager of KBSentral thanked all the shoppers for supporting the businesses within Sentral Shopping Centre and there were about 1020 short listed coupon holders who made it for the cut.

Also present during the lucky draw presentation were Mr. Salim, President of the Indian Belait Association and Ahmad Anwar Rosly, marketing and event manager of KBSentral.

Misiah Yun won herself an LG Washing Machine, Ahmad Daud won himself an LG 2 door refrigerator while Mohd Faizal Hj Hidup won himself an LG 32” LED TV. All these were the top 4 prizes followed by other consolations prizes such as electrical appliances and also gift vouchers.

The third series of the Grand Lucky Draw will be on the 8th of January 2017. Do follow them on Facebook and IG @kbsentral for updates.

 


Abby Lim gave her deepest appreciation to the patrons of Sentral Shopping Centre
 


The mascots performance was part of the programme
 


The guest of honour handing over the mock key to the lucky winner
 


Abd Rahman Hj Ishak receiving a Cornell rice cooker from Salim
 


A great turnout and brisk business for the tenants at KBSentral today
 


Masezelan won a voucher from Beesket and being handed over by Anwar Rosly
 


Siti Hajijah Hj Julaini won a one night stay at Garden Sentral Hotel and handed over by Abby Lim
 


This young kid won a voucher for being at least on Level 15 on Pokemon Go
 


The previous winner during April’s lucky draw
 

  
 

01
Aug

Happenings in KB

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Sentral Residence (KB) 
 

 

Sentral Residence is located next to KB Sentral Shopping Centre. Last weekend, I had a quick look at the new service apartment. Well, it’s affiliated with Garden Sentral Hotel. This has the best location if you ask me since it’s by the main road. It’s very convenient if you also want to cross the border or drive to Bandar.

It’s fully furnished and the rates given are inclusive of being furnished. Three types of apartment will be available for rental which are one-bedroom type located on the ground floor of the unit, two-bedroom type at the floor above it and and four-bedroom (two-storey) type.

Below are the rates.

           Daily      One Week     Two Weeks     One month     One year(per month)
One-bed     150            900               1500               2500                   2300
Two-bed     190           1200              1800               2800                 2500
Four-bed     290          1700              2800               3400                 3100

The apartment is catered for business and leisure. The perks that you can enjoy are such as housekeeping, maintenance and complimentary transportation within Kuala Belait (interesting). You will also get access to the gym and swimming pool (Garden Sentral Hotel). Not to worry about security as there is a 24 hour CCTV and you will see get a sheltered car park.

Other perks are also like special discounts at all F&B outlets at KBSentral, namely Freshco-owned eateries and Sugarbun.

For more information, you can contact 3333 833 or email them at sales@gardensentralhotel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

 

Appreciating the memories 
 


Yang Mulia Hjh Noorashidah binti Hj Aliomar, Acting Deputy Director of Information Department (right) the guest of honour receiving a token of appreciation from Abby Lim, the General Manager of KB Sentral Property Management during the launch of the Sentral Photography Exhibition to showcase His Majesty’s royal visits to the Belait District
 

Sentral Shopping Centre (KBSentral) in Kuala Belait in cooperation with The Information Department as well as the National Archive under the Museums Department will hold the former’s first Sentral Photography Exhibition, set to be held from 28th July to 7th August with the gallery time starting at 10am to 9pm for the duration of the event.

Organized in conjunction with the celebration of Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s 70th Birthday Celebration, the photo event will showcase His Majesty’s royal visits to Belait District from previous years’ occasions as well as photos of the old Belait Town from the early days.

The photo showcase is entitled ‘Reminiscing Belait’ and aims to evoke memories of how the old Belait Town used to look like, and along with pictures of His Majesty’s previous royal meet-and-greet visits also aims to portray the loving care and contributions of His Majesty’s government towards improving the standard living of the Belait residents as well as the development of Belait District as an oil town that has successfully contributed to the employment of local workforce in the oil and gas industry and other key areas in the private sector.

In addition, the event is meant to engage with local communities here so the people can show their affection and appreciation towards His Majesty. The progressive development set by the government has significantly helped the oil town to modernize Brunei Darussalam since oil was first discovered here in 1929.

Officials from the Information Department, National Archives from the Museums Department, sponsorship clients, teachers and students from various schools in Belait District are expected to attend the opening ceremony o the 28th July at 2pm in the afternoon at the atrium area of KBSentral.

For further information, please call 3339889 or email to kbsentralmarketing@gmail.com.

 

 


Invited guests viewing the gallery
 


Some of the pictures of His Majesty the Sultan in the past
 

 


The guest of honour speaking to the press on the exhibition
 

 


Group photo with the officers from the Information Department and management of Sentral Shopping Centre
 

  
 

 

KB Sentral staff celebrating Raya 
 


Abby Lim, the General Manager of KB Sentral Property Management and Anwar Rosly, KB Sentral Marketing and Event Manager with the staff at their Hari Raya celebration last weekend.
 

The staff of Shopping Centre (KBSentral) celebrated Hari Raya last Saturday with good food and entertainment. Those who attended had the chance to win prizes ranging from meal vouchers to hampers in the lucky draw.

Garden Sentral Hotel’s housekeeping personnel and event management staff also joined in on the festivity, and provided entertainment with live singing performances. General Manager of KBSentral Abby Lim in a speech conveyed her gratitude to those who attended the gathering. According to Lim, the turnout was evidence of the strong bond between each department and staff. This will in turn help to realize KBSentral’s vision to become a shopping mall that advocates the theme ‘family’, she added.

During the same event, the general manager also congratulated selected staff who had received the ‘Employee of the Month’ award, and brought the crowd together to sing a birthday song for May, June and July celebrants. The best dressed male and female were also awarded at the event.

On the sidelines, customers can still take part in the KBSentral lucky draw when they shop, dine and watch a movie at the shopping centre. The next grand draw will take place on August 28, and customers are eligible when they use their Baiduri credit or debit card at any outlets at the centre. Text courtesy of Hafiizah Maiden of The Brunei Times and images from KBSentral Facebook Page.

 


The management and head of department from KBSentral welcoming the staff
 


It was all smiles from the attendees
 


Singing performance from the staff of KBSentral
 


Abby Lim presenting a prize for the best performance
 


Anwar Rosly handing over a hamper to one of the staff
 

  
 

 

28
Jun

Getting there

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Switch on and light up 
 


The showroom at Bobby Electrical Company located at Unit 9, Ground floor, Block B, Abdul Razak Complex.
 


Some of the wall lights available at the showroom
 

Now that’s a milestone to know of a local company that has existed for more than 30 years. If you are looking for electricity appliances especially bulbs, switches or fans, then head yourself to Bobby Electrical Company showroom based in Gadong. To be more specific, they sell electrical engineering products, from industrial cables and accessories to even LED bulbs.

The in-thing now is the LED bulb and I own a few to myself because it’s very economical and environmental friendly since it uses less energy than normal bulbs.

It was the first time to visit the showroom at Gadong and they actually revamped the showroom back in March to showcase to their customers on the benefits of the bulbs (GE, Meagan and others) and switches the company supplies. I’m quite sold with one bulb from “Meagan” where it has bluetooth capabilities as the one I’m currently using requires WiFi or wireless connection.

You may not think of it but hey, switches are quite important too. Bobby Electrical have brought in different variety of switches for your home or office. They have the Legrand “Arteor” range of switches or if you prefer the “Mallia” range from the same brand, a much more affordable brand. You can view the products from Legrand here.

So if you are looking for a minor refurbishment for your home before Hari Raya, Bobby Electrical Company can tailor to your needs and wants.

Apart from switches and bulbs, the company also sell electrical fans (mounted on ceiling) and also water heaters. So do check them out 😀

Perhaps you want something efficient for your home, Bobby Electrical Company also bring in this awesome product Fibaro Home Centre, which can support up to 200 devices especially if you have a big home. This means you can preset the environment of the particular rooms to “dining mode” or “movie mode” or “working mode” and by just a press of button, that all can be achieved.

Since it’s payday, why not allocate a budget aside and beauty your space before the Hari Raya season. Bobby Electrical Showroom is located at Unit 9, Ground Floor, Abdul Razak Complex (not far from Escape Square).

 


The down lights for your ceiling
 


The switches from Legrand.
 


Another range from Legrand, a higher end.
 


The in-thing now for LED lights because the shape allows to be fitted in most socket
 


Testing out the lights
 


More range of switches that are available
 


My favourite Bluetooth ready bulb from Megaman
 


Something for Hari Raya and quite lasting too
 

 


Water heater for your bathroom
 


Electrical fans too
 

  
 

 

The half way mark 
 

Almost the half way mark. It’s been a while since I actually blog, blog.. If you know what I mean. I’m still recovering from fever but the medication has been treating me well. So how have my year 2016 been so far? I would say it’s been amazing on many levels. A few ups and downs but mostly on the rise. Now let’s see how to categorize this in a simple manner.

Travels. It has been a slow period for my travels as compared to previous years. Surprisingly Singapore only once so far (or what is it twice?) I can’t remember but I did remember it was for the recent Volkswagen Sportsvan trip and a short one as well. I traveled to Taiwan (missed this city and it was raining cold then), Ho Chi Minh, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Jakarta (too much traffic) as well.

I was more intrigued with my Ho Chi Minh trip because it has been 10 years since I visited the city. Back then, I was skeptical about my trip to Vietnam due to the passport issues that most Brunei Permanent Residents will face. It was known that the brown look-a-like passport known as Certificate of Identity (CI) has been an ongoing issue in other countries (not regional) but I was surprised that Vietnam made it difficult for CI holders. The best trick is to bring an official letter from the Vietnam Embassy in Brunei and show it to the immigration officer to make our CI document legit to enter their cities.

Other than that, I love Ho Chi Minh and how they have diversified as well as becoming more developed. Even the cinemas were up to scale like those in Singapore and Thailand. Even a 4Dx experience. Interesting indeed. The food are great as usual and they have choices of halal restaurant (mostly run by Malaysians) but some of the food are a hit or a miss in these halal establishments. I love their coffee too. A must try if you happened to fly to Vietnam. Oh thank you to Fitflop for flying me to Ho Chi Minh City last February.

My next trips could be to Manila (supposed to fly with the boys last weekend) and KK (mid July) and if all goes as planned, Singapore 😀 So I would rate my travel trip so far a 7/10.

 


My second trip to Ho Chi Minh City.
 


I did my shopping at Mustafa Centre, Singapore to donate to the orphanage back in May. Thanks Volkswagen Brunei for the opportunity.
 


Shawn buying a few cartons of the Mi Goreng crackers called Chitato. I have to say it’s nice but quite salty.
 


The much hyped indo-mee cafe was such a disappointment in one of the malls at Jakarta
 

Friendship. Ah, Rano is heading onto a personal road now. It has definitely shifted over the years and I realised that has been my pattern. If I look back since I came back to Brunei after my studies, I have at least 5 cycles that I went through and I believe that’s part of life. I still rank friendship as the highest form of love and I’m blessed that all the cycles I have been through, they are still my buddies to date. It’s just that we have parted to different directions but still respect each other as friends.

Now my circle of friends are mostly from tennis and toastmaters as they are the bunch of people I interact with the most. That’s for the simple reason that I’m quite involved in these said activities. Of course, they are still a small bunch (outside those circles) that I catch up with now and then. But of all the “cliqs” that I went through, it was both my “awesome foursome” gang (2009) and RA6 (2003) that I missed a lot.

I would want to talked about relationship but it has no relevance for now since I’m not dating anyone. After a mutual break-up late last year, the transition took a little while. Well, that’s the case for most post-relationship scenarios, right? One thing that I would to share is that I’m blessed that we can still be friends and catch up with no expectations at all. Now, won’t that be an excellent approach in any relationship? … which is very hard in any case to give unconditional love and care.

Right now, I just focus on my mission to empower people to the best I can and be the light for others. Relationship is secondary and age is just a number 😀

 


The impromptu reunion of the RA6
 


The awesome foursome. Shot taken at Hua Hin, Thailand back in 2010.
 

BU2562. Now what is the significance of this number? It’s my plate car number and it belongs to my 13 year old Hyundai Santa Fe. Now I bring this up is because I finally have to give in, the fact that my car has already exhausted all the possibilities to be safe on the road. Now with a faulty transmission (hard-to-find spare part), it’s almost impossible to not be worried while driving on the road. Twice the car suddenly turned off its engine while I was turning in and locked my steering wheel. I was fortunate that there weren’t any cars heading my direction.

My almost defunct Santa Fe is still in the workshop, waiting for its parts to be replaced. It was tough to let go as it has so much sentimental value to me. It was my form of transportation to secure deals with clients and meeting friends. In other words, it was also a mark of my independence as I wanted to be less dependant on my family. Even through my hardship (financially), I won back the car twice from the HSBC Car Yard. That’s how much I value my nameless car. But for now, I’m driving my brother’s secondary car as my means of transport. Well, it’s better than nothing. But at the same time, I’m also hunting for a good deal on cars.

 


A small parody on my car classic car
 

Clienteles. This year, I must say, it’s quite challenging. Due to the drop in oil prices, it indirectly affect my blog in terms of advertisement. In the end of the day, it’s about how you climb out of that rut because this is also a test of your resilience. Back in the early years, I had a lot of homework in finding clients, meaning that I was trying to close sales for my blog. Yes, it was fun back then and it has been a while since I actually do that. I have to pull my socks up and be more active.

For this year’s sungkai, I saw a huge drop in clienteles but it was necessary for my case because I was aiming for quality in recreating a different avenue for my clients. For that, I have to thank Filterworks Production (do check out their videos) for providing that extra edge in our Sungkai coverage and the responses have been very encouraging. This also has opened new doors and opportunities due to our collaboration and now we already secured a few jobs.

A big thank you to all my clients (past and present) for utilizing my services and trusting how it can be impactful in getting the messages across. The remaining 2016 will be an interesting one indeed.

 


Our latest project with Filterworks at The Potters
 


Filterworks on the set at Pepperlunch two weeks ago
 

Toastmasters. How can I not mention of this topic. My friends kept saying that my Snapchat has tons of tennis and toastmasters. It does show how passionate I am in giving back what I learn to the community. There are plenty of reasons why I’m passionate about toastmasters. It’s not just only about public speaking but also on your leadership track where it tests my patience, my discipline and my responsibility. It totally has changed my perspective as an individual as I used to be quite defensive and judgmental when I get evaluated by my peers. Now I’m much calmer and able to listen on constructive feedback for my own good.

Speaking of toastmasters, I will be chairing a mega toastmasters event this October to be held at Rizqun International Hotel. Excited and nervous? Hell yes!!! It’s just four months away and our team has been very busy preparing for the convention. We have three international speakers, two of each are former World Champion of Public Speaking – Dananjaya and Willie Jones. It’s open to all of you and of course, there will be a fee involved which is BND 200 for a three day event. If you are interested, you can reach me ranoadidas gmail.com. I can assure you that this convention will be a great eye opener and I highly recommend for you to sign up for the convention 😀

 


The moment I pretended to be Dwayne Johnson in one of my speeches
 


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Movies. Another passion of mine after toastmasters and tennis. Those who know me well know that I’m a movie buff but not necessarily that I will watch all movies. There are a handful of blockbuster ones that I choose to miss – Ride Along 2, TMNT 2, Divergent and a few more. Overall, I’m quite content with the 2016 releases for the first half of the year. I have to say though that the summer movies haven’t been all that and it fizzled after the release of Captain America: Civil War in early May. But thank god movies like The Conjuring 2, Central Intelligence and Finding Dory gave me some hope for summer movies.

The best movie this year so far have been Captain America: Civil War and Zootopia. I would also like to highlight Deadpool and it’s one of the best comic adaptation. It actually made more money than X-Men: Apocalypse (not to my liking).

Summer movies so far have been mediocre. TMNT2 (judging from Rottentomatoes), Independence Day (bleurgh), Now You See Me 2 (super ridiculous), Warcraft and even X-Men: Apacolypse are all subpar at best. Last year’s were better with movies such as Inside Out, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Mad Max: Fury Road (my no.1 movie of 2015). Well, the summer releases this year are not complete just yet but I’m not hoping for much though.

 


One of the best movies of 2016. I can’t wait for my blu-ray to arrive from the States
 


Totally disappointed. It feels like a combo of Independence Day with Transformer 4 and Transporter
 

The era of Snapchat? Only in 2016, I have been heavily invested in using my snapchat more than my Insta. Well, I still scroll on my IG feeds and catch up on my friends’ feeds too. However, Snapchat has a more personal touch. So what if the posts get deleted after 24 hours. That’s the point and the fact that no one can comment or like that particular post makes it less intrusive in a way. Snapchat surprisingly is still new to some and not all are inclined to install Snapchat as they are more comfortable with their current social media accounts.

I would say that Snapchat will slowly grow in numbers and many corporate companies will see the benefit by using Snapchat as part of a marketing tool. Right now, the demographics of Snapchat users are relatively young. For my feeds, since I follow too many people on my list, I have to honestly say that I didn’t go through all their “stories” and surprise, surprise (or no surprise at all) is that Snapchat eats a lot of your data… mmmmmm. To let you know, I’m not so much into the filters inside Snapchat as most of my peers are.

So if you want to follow my snaps, just add me @ranoadidas and catch the personal side of me.

 


Have you snapchatted? 😀 Is there any such word though?
 

 

  
 

 

Giving back to the community 
 


KBSentral Management with one of the recipients
 

KBSentral Shopping Centre in Kuala Belait contributed donations to six recipients today who are underprivileged, in an event organized by staff from the KBSentral Property Management.

Presenting the donations was the KBSentral’s Marketing & Event Manager Anwar Rosly, who explained that the donation was aimed to alleviate the recipients’ families’ burden during the month of Ramadhan.

The charity effort which is called The Limpahan Kasih Donation Drive is one of KBSentrals Corporate Social Responsibility project on lending a helping hand towards the underprivileged families.

The contributions were also intended to assist the families in preparing for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations.

Among the donations given were kitchen goods worth $150.00 from KBSentral itself as well as donations handed to KBSentral which were sponsored by Jaya Hypermart such as Pensonic Toaster Oven, cartons cans of Pepsi and Sunny Soya Bean, Mee Goreng Sedap and Soto Sedap, packets of Beras Wangi and tins of Jacob Creamy Crackers.

One of the recipients, expressed gratitude to KBSentral and the Management staff for the assistance extended to those who are in need of help.

The event included a group photo together as well as mingling with the recipients’ families, getting to know them and understanding their plight as well as well-being.

For further information, please call 3339889 or email to kbsentralmarketing@gmail.com

 


Anwar Rosly, KBSentral’s Marketing & Event Manager, handing over Beras Wangi to one of the recipients
 


Norazizah Awang Damit, KBSentral’s Marketing & Event Assistant handing over a donationa to one of the recipients
 

 

  
 

02
May

Close but no cigar

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Podcast on Captain America 
 

Podcast review of Captain America: Civil War with regular co-host Del Goh

 

  

 

 

CIPTA 2017 
 

 

Unleash your creativity. We have so many opportunities to showcase our talents and show the country what our youths are capable of. There have been creativity programs and competitions to spur individuals to take participate. Recently The Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2017 was launched at University Teknologi Brunei (UTB which was previously known as ITB) and this has been an ongoing competition with many local participation over the years.

A big thank you to UTB and also their core sponsor, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd for making the CIPTA possible.

Gracing the event was Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education. Also present at the ceremony were Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, Deputy Minister of Education; Awang Mohamad bin Haji Awang Damit, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, who is also the Co-Chairperson of CIPTA 2017 Executive Committee, Dr. Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) and Chairperson of the CIPTA 2017 Executive Committee, Associate Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the Vice-Chancellor of UTB.

 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, Minister of Education gracing the event
 

 

So what’s the theme for this year’s APICTA? It will be on “Innovation for Sustainable Economy”. The competition is open to all schools, technical and tertiary academic institutions, government and private organizations and the general public.

There are three main competitions: Category 1, 2 and 3 for local participants; the Smart Junior Competition; and the ASEAN Category. The prizes by Category are as follows:

CATEGORY 1, 2 AND 3 (LOCAL COMPETITION)

Category 1: Creating New Product, Process or Technology
1st Prize – B$ 6000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2nd Prize – B$ 4000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
3rd Prize – B$ 2000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 500.00 cash and certificates

Category 2: Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology

1st Prize – B$ 6000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2nd Prize – B$ 4000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
3rd Prize – B$ 2000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 500.00 cash and certificates

Category 3: Creating New or Modifying Existing Product, Process or Technology by Young Inventors

1st  Prize  – B$ 3000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2nd Prize      – B$ 2000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
3rd Prize      – B$ 1000.00 cash, a trophy & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 250.00 cash and certificates

THE SMART JUNIOR COMPETITION

1st  Prize     – B$ 1000.00 cash & certificate
2nd Prize     – B$ 800.00 cash & certificate
3rd Prize     – B$ 500.00 cash & certificate
2 Consolation Prizes – B$ 200.00 cash and certificates

ASEAN CATEGORY

New Invention & Innovation Category
Best Invention & Innovator – B$ 6000.00 cash & Trophy

Young Inventor Category

Best Young Inventor          – B$ 3000.00 cash & Trophy

 

 


Guest of honour touring the exhibition after the launch
 

 

 

Winner from the ASEAN New Invention & Innovation Category will be eligible to compete with winners from Categories 1 and 2 in the Local Competition for the Crown Prince Special Award to win the grand prize of B$ 8000 and the CIPTA Trophy. In CIPTA 2015, the coveted grand prize was awarded to a group of researchers from the Institute of Bio-Engineering and Nanotechnology Singapore for their winning project ‘Green Tea Nanocarriers to Fight Cancer’.

Each entry will be judged based on their novelty and creativity; deployment of end product; social, economic and sustainable design considerations; and the project report and presentation. Assessment of submitted projects will be conducted in two stages starting with the Preliminary Assessment. Only qualified entries will be allowed to proceed to the Final Assessment.

With the official launching of CIPTA 2017, participation into all the categories is now open. The deadline for participating in CIPTA 2017 is on 31 October 2016. More information can be obtained from www.utb.edu.bn/cipta.

 

  
 

Sign up for Baiduri Masters 2016 
 

The highly anticipated annual golf tournament, the Baiduri Masters Charity Golf Tournament is set to tee off in a month’s time spanning 2 weekends, 20 to 22 May and 27 to 29 May 2016. This year marks the 21st edition of the Baiduri Masters organized by Baiduri Bank Group.

Thanks to the support of strategic partner – the QAF Group of Companies, the much awaited hole-in-one prizes for Baiduri Masters 2015 was confirmed this morning at the Partnership Signing Ceremony held at the QAF Centre. Besides these three luxurious cars, players will also stand a chance to win two cash prizes plus numerous other tournament prizes at the Baiduri Masters 2016.

The hole-in-one prizes for this year are as follows: Porsche Cayenne for Hole 2; Mini Cooper for Hole 5; BMW 218 Active Tourer for Hole 14; and $20,000 cash prize for Holes 12 and 16.

 

 


You could be a winner of this awesome car 😀
 

The upcoming golf tournament is divided into four divisions: Men’s, Ladies, Juniors and Team. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Open and Senior Golfers categories. The Junior Golfers category is open to golfers aged 13 to 18 years old.

Registration commences from 20 April 2016 and the registration fee remains at BND120 for adults and BND60 for juniors. The registration fee is inclusive of green fee, buggy, goodie bag as well as buffet breakfast and lunch. Players are invited to the prize presentation dinner at the end of the tournament.

Players may play more than once to improve their chances of winning. Adult players will enjoy a discount on the registration fee on their second and subsequent rounds. The best score of any round played will be taken.

For more information, please contact the Baiduri Call Centre at 244 9666 or log onto www.baiduri.com, where they can also download the registration form.

 


Kahar Hj Abu Bakar (2nd from R) is the fourth golfer ever to hit the hole-in-one at the Baiduri Masters in its 20 years’ history. This was taken last year and he won the BND 20,000 cash prize then.
 


Click image to download PDF registration form
 

 

  
 

19 year old wins car 
 


19-year old Ahmad Ridhauddin Hj Suhaimin, winner of the Proton Satria Neo R3 1.6L Manual with his mother during the Second Lucky Draw campaign of Sentral Shopping Centre (KB Sentral) yesterday
 


Abby Lim, General Manager of Sentral Shopping Centre, with the winner
 

Sentral Shopping Centre has just completed the first series of its Second Lucky Draw Campaign on Sunday, 1st May 2016 at 2.00 pm yesterday. With about 1,900 short-listed coupon holders since the beginning of the campaign, November 2015, Sentral Shopping Centre was filled with a huge crowd of hopeful winners. The prizes range from household appliances to meal voucher to one night stay at Garden Sentral Hotel as well as a car for the grand prize.

The Guest of Honor for the Grand Lucky Draw was Madam Suraya Binti Hj Mohd Salleh. A total of 17 prizes were given away yesterday. The event commenced with a welcoming speech by the General Manager, Abby Lim. After that Ms. Norazizah Awang Damit, proceeded to draw the first 5 winners. It was then preceded by Penghulu of Mukim Kuala Belait, Mr. Haji Pungut Bin Ali, to draw another 5 winners. Ms Abby Lim proceeded to draw another 3 lucky winners. In between the draws, quiz questions were asked to the audience and the prizes to these quiz questions were sponsored by SugarBun Brunei and Ochado Brunei.

The Guest of Honor then proceeded to draw the top 4 lucky winners including the grand prize. The 4th prize, a 32” LED TV, went to Hjh Rohaya Hj Abu Bakar while Jufri Bin Hj Abd Hamid won a 2-door refrigerator as the 3rd prize winner. The 2nd prize of a fully automated washing machine was won by Sharon Chin Shiao Hui. The Grand Prize Winner of Sentral Shopping Centre Grand Lucky Draw, the first series, a white Proton Satria Neo R3 1.6L Manual, was 19-year old Ahmad Ridhauddin Hj Suhaimin.

Lucky Draw coupon holders were reminded to be present at the Grand Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Lucky Draw coupons. Representatives were allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as the photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon.

Do follow them on their Facebook and Instagram @kbsentral for all the latest updates on their upcoming event activities!

 


The top 17 winners feted yesterday. It was such a packed event.
 


Hjh Rohaya Hj Abu Bakar receiving the 32” LED TV
 


Jufri Bin Hj Abd Hamid won a 2-door refrigerator
 


Abby Lim running the draw
 


Sharon Chin Shiao Hui won a a fully automated washing machine
 


This lady won two prizes out of the 17 prizes drawn. A very lucky person indeed.
 

 


Almost 2,000 in attendance yesterday
 


The winner posing with his new car
 


Group photo with the guest of honour and general manager of KB sentral
 


Vendors of @KBsentral would be happy with the responses yesterday
 


Three more grand draws. So do spend at KB Sentral
 

 

  
 

 

Have you tried the DXRacer chairs? 
 

Review of a DXRacer chair

 

DXRacer computer gaming accessories have now landed in Brunei and are available from Concepts Computer. DXRacer computer gaming chairs and tables are made with very exacting standards, and the level of comfort and refinement which they offer is unrivalled amongst other computer gaming chairs and tables. These accessories which were originally conceived to heighten computer gaming experience, will also be the equipment of choice for comfort and ease when working at the office, relaxing at home while a watching a movie or getting into a game, as you’ve never experienced in front of a computer before.

Unlike most computer chairs available in Brunei, the DXRacer chair has a much higher backrest, that allows it to support your entire spinal column from your pelvis right to the neck. DXRacer chairs offers a very stable metal star base that is adjustable via a gas spring that allows the user to adjust it for varying heights of office or computer desks. It also includes a tilt mechanism with lock function so the back can be lowered down from 135 degrees to 180 degrees and set to lock at any angle. In addition, functions include multi-position adjustable armrests covered with a soft pad for comfort, so the user is protected from a shoulder slant or kyphosis as a result of prolonged fatigue of the shoulder and wrist. And DXRacer chairs also comes with a headrest cushion as well as a lumbar cushion that is height adjustable as desired, for added spinal column support.

Jonathan Chong, Senior Manager with DXRacer Brunei, while speaking to media, said, “We’re very pleased to be working alongside Concepts Computer, especially with the large range of products they offer for Bruneian IT consumers. We are always looking to provide to customers top of the range and high quality computer gaming chairs and desks so with the help of Concepts Computer, we are now one important step closer.” He also added, “Now that computer gaming is also a big part of the Bruneian IT scene, Bruneian gamers who require long hours of practice in order to maintain their top tier skills will now have the ability to choose the proper chair that is crucial in helping them perform at their very best by using DXRacer computer gaming chairs and tables which are available from Concepts Computer. And not to worry for all the arden gamers out there, we will be expecting a new shipment of chairs and tables in early May, a large volume to cater to Bruneian gamers.”

 


Jonathan Chong, Senior Manager with DXRacer Brunei with Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer at Times Square Shopping Centre
 


The gamers during the counter strike tournament at Times Square Shopping Centre last weekend
 

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer, also added, “We are extremely pleased to be working with DXRacer Brunei because they are providing a huge range of quality products at very diverse prices which can fit the purchasing power of different subsets of customers, from $475 to $799, each product will fulfill the specific needs of each customer.” Zul also added, “The support provided by DXRacer Brunei in terms of warranty issues are also top-notch, especially with the 2 years warranty coverage provided for each chair, which reassures both us as resellers and customers as end-users. We are looking forward to growing this section of the Bruneian IT market.”

DXRacer computer gaming chairs and desks will be available at Concepts Computer, where demo units are on stand-by for customers to try. Prices will range from $475 to $799, according to the model and needs of each costumer. For more information regarding DXRacer computer gaming chairs and desks, or any other enquiries regarding Concepts Computer and their range of products, please call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visit your nearest Concepts Computer retail outlet.

 

  
 

 

Hyundai Elantra 
 


Irwan Lamit, General Manager of BIBD At-Tamwil with James Chin, General Manager of Setia Motors Sdn Bhd checking out the new Hyundai Elantra
 


The new Hyundai Elantra
 

Late post: Did you know that the Elantra is Hyundai Motor’s best-selling model and now it has evolved with innovative design. The award-winning compact sedan inspires driver’s confidence with enhanced performance and stable handling.

The new Elantra dubbed “Avante” in Korea is now available on Brunei road and you can visit Setia Motors showroom in Beribi to check it out. The Elantra model is in its 6th generation. So what’s the upgrade? It has a more dynamic and sleek appearance. The grille is also different parted with slim and sporty headlights for an energetic look. The body structure has been designed to boost durability and rigidity, incorporating 32% more advanced high-strength steel compared to the original Elantra.

The all-new Elantra’s premium-sound Harman audio system delivers delightful sound quality with eight speakers accompanying an amplifier. There is also a pair of door-mounted tweeters located in every door to give that acoustic ambience.

All in all, the new Elantra is a a 1.6 litre engine compact-size sedan with class defining interior and exterior features which refined style elements reflect Hyundai Motor’s evolving philosophy.

So do check out the new Elantra at Setia Motors showroom at Beribi.

 


James Chin addressing to the public
 

 

 

  
 

30
Mar

What’s next?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

A special treat from Baiduri 
 


Baiduri Prestige and Smart Executive members being toured by representatives from Sejalin Enterprise
 

Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Sejalin Enterprise, organised an exclusive preview of Bang & Olufsen’s design-centric electronic sound systems at the Bang & Olufsen showroom in Kiarong last week for their Prestige and Smart Executive members.

During the cocktail style event, a representative from Sejalin Enterprise gave a briefing on Bang & Olufsen products.

According to Hjh Maripaz Abdullah, Head of Business Development and Special Programmes in Baiduri Bank, “We understand our members’ refined tastes and affinity for luxury, and Bang & Olufsen is a brand which not only caters to that but also embodies sophistication as well as quality.”

Baiduri Prestige and Smart Executive members present during the night were also treated to discounted prices on Bang & Olufsen product bundles. Bundle 1, consisting of the Beoplay A2 Bluetooth Speaker with the Beoplay H3 Earphones, was available at discounted price of BND776 (usual price is BND876). Bundle 2, which consists of the Beolit 15 Bluetooth Speaker and Beoplay H6 Headphones, was available for only BND1,296 (usual price BND1,396). Finally, guests can also purchase any Duba Height Adjustable Table and SBS Ergonomic Chair combination, with BND100 off.

On top of this, the first 20 Prestige or Smart Executive members to purchase these exclusive bundles were treated to another BND100 cash rebate when they purchase using their Prestige or Smart Executive cards.

Present at the event were Ms Dorothy Newn, Head of Group Communications Department, Ms Ng Yick Wei, Head of Group Marketing Department, as well as staff of Baiduri Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

KB Sentral is sure happening 
 


The KB Sentral building located before entering Kuala Belait area
 


It was Batman and Superman fever last week
 


The Brunei District YoYo Contest 2016
 

Only officially opened last November, KB Sentral Shopping Centre (@kbsentral) has been picking its pace for the past month or so with many activities line up for the benefit of the public. It’s more like a one stop shopping place for the residents of Kuala Belait, Seria and also our neighbouring state of Miri. Just look as it as the KB version of Times Square Shopping Centre in Berakas. It may take time to get more traffic but it has been gradually on the rise after many awarenesses of newspapers and social media.

Below are some of the events that have been ongoing for the month alone in March 2016. Good job on the management on creating activities at KB Sentral as it certainly helps a lot of publicity around the area. Surprisingly not many people know of its existence, thinking perhaps it’s just a place for accommodation.

Anyway, I will be running some competition on IG so do stay tune. Below are some of the pictures taken from KB Sentral Facebook Page. Keep it up, guys!!

 


It was good to see the Anti-Drug roadshow organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (@nodrugsatall) earlier this week
 


The youth enjoying the card games as part of the Vanguard Tournament
 


Ah, something for the public to be aware. You can win a bungalow or a car as part of the KB Sentral’s promotion.
 


There’s also a monthly draw for shoppers at KB Sentral
 

 


Photo competition and you can win awesome Canon cameras from Interhouse Company
 


Deadpool at KB Sentral Cube Enterprise which was officially launched last weekend
 


One of the Ultraman visiting KB Sentral for the residents of KB
 


The strongest kid, Aiman Mujibur, pulling two stationery cars
 

 

  
 

 

Dining with Ultraman 
 

 

 

Late post: A special dinner was held at Parkview Hotel’s Al-Barakah Ballroom on last Wednesday, featuring an appearance by none other than the heroes from the ‘Ultraman Live in Brunei’ show.

The guests for the dinner consisted of in-house guests and ticket holders of the show, who had the opportunity to dine and meet four of the Japanese pop icons.

Ultraman Zero, Ultraman Ginga, Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Mebius shook hands and took photos with the diners.

Executive Director of Parkview Hotel Hambali Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohd Salleh said they were lucky to be able to house team Ultraman, who came all the way from Japan.

Marketing Manager Dk Sabrina Pg Hj Abdullah also expressed she was delighted with how they were able to etch smiles across their guests, be it adults or children.
The Ultraman Live in Brunei 2016 has been an instant hit among Bruneians and it was such a timely manner that it was held during the school holidays.

The final show of the Ultraman show ended on Monday, 28th March. I myself was impressed with the show and I do hope to see more of this kind of entertainment in Brunei. Oh yea, this probably was an improvement from last year’s entertainment (for kids) by a different organiser who showcased some dinosaurs.

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

26
Nov

Done and dusted

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

Netcom Computer House 
 


20th anniversary celebration and it’s exclusive for Netcom Members from 27th to 29th November
 

 

Congratulations @KBSentral 
 


Group photo with the the Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong with management of KBSentral Property Management and government officials at Sentral Shopping Centre
 


The guest of honour receiving a token of appreciation from Hambali Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Mohd Salleh, Executive Director and Tan Kah Boon, Managing Director
 


Guest of honour signing the plaque after the launch
 

Finally it’s officially opened. Yes, I’ve visited the premise a few times before and it looks promising for walk-in customers and patrons of Sentral Shopping Centre (@KBSentral). What you see in Times Square Shopping Centre is slightly similar to KB Sentral – shops, eateries of similar brands, cinema and hotel (Garden Sentral Hotel). So it’s good to have an actual shopping centre physically in Kuala Belait.

The grand opening was officiated by the Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong and he also toured the premise including Garden Sentral Hotel & Service Apartment. Though it was a simple launch with some “gulingtangan” and “silat” performance, it was a successful launch.

I could sense that the minister was impressed for the business it is offering to the community of Kuala Belait. He took some time touring around Jaya Supermarket and even interviewed the local workers (some part-timers) during the tour. To date, 80% of the working force under KBSentral Proprety Management are local and this is a good way in giving back to the community by having more local employment opportunities.

Abby Lim, the General Manager of KBSentral Property Management said in her welcoming remarks that there are almost 30 establishments under one roof and it’s a good avenue to host events and activities. Recently they held a few interesting events such as the Spelling Bee Competition, Job Fair, blood donation drive and they also have their first Sentral Lucky Draw.

Now speaking of lucky draw, Sentral Shopping Centre has started its 2nd lucky draw campaign and this time with more amazing prizes. The ongoing campaign will end next year on 25th June. You can stand a chance to win cars and even a semi-detached house.

For more information on KB Sentral Shopping Centre, you can reach them at 333 9889 or email them at kbsentralmarketing(a)gmail.com. Congratulations on the launch, Abby and team. Good job!!

 


Abby Lim, General Manager of of KBSentral Property Management delivering her welcoming remarks
 


Interesting silat demonstration
 


The confetti to mark the opening of the premise
 


The invited guests yesterday during the launch
 


One of the service apartment room at Garden Sentral Hotel & Service Apartment
 


The quick tour of the service apartment
 


One of the superior rooms at Garden Sentral Hotel and they have a school holiday promotion of BND 88 nett per night with free breakie for two pax. Now that’s a good deal indeed and plus you can enjoy discounts at Delifrance, Pastamania, Sushi Tei, Waroeng Penyet and All Season.
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Guest of honour paid a visit to Progresif Cellular and welcoming him was Paul Hyde, the CEO of Progresif Cellular
 


Bob Gill, Chief Sales Officer of Progresif Cellular explaining the concept and the product of their company
 


The Minister touring around Jaya Hypermart
 


The Minister sampled the healthy drink from Beesket
 

 


This is the pool area of the Garden Sentral Hotel & Service Apartment
 


The Minister having a dialogue with the local employees
 


The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is also at @KBSentral. Did you know that the CBTL app has been downloaded by 10,000 subscribers? (60% are IOS users)
 


The CBTL mascot
 


The guling tangan
 

  
 

21
Sep

Wake up call

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Brunei Travel Fair
 


Mark your dates this weekend and plan your travels 😀
 

 

 

The cracks are showing
 

[Edited]: Is Brunei going through a recession? It’s still early days to say for that but I know that some of my friends’ businesses are feeling the pinch(es). These are just from my observations as well as business environment shared by my peers. Let’s not forget some of the outside factors as well as policies that can influence the Brunei economy.

Let’s lay down some scenarios here from my knowledge. I know there could be more (factors) but I will just based them on my findings. First is the falling of oil prices. I remember once a top senior official said that such fluctuating prices won’t affect the Brunei economy earlier this year. However, I’m pretty sure it did (affect) in a long run as oil prices hasn’t been encouraging and it has a detrimental effect on the Brunei economy. Furthermore, at some point, Brunei’s export on crude and oil hasn’t been blossoming like the old days. Have the oil prices affected oil production in Brunei? Earlier this year, it was reported that Brunei’s exports went down by 39% (source: Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE).

 

 

It’s no big surprise that oil prices is a big factor here (weaker demand, higher supply). Imagine the previous year that the price of oil was at least USD $113 per barrel and now it’s averaging at USD $50 per barrel. It was also reported in Reuters that despite the improvement in prices, worldwide production won’t be producing last much as it’s “uneconomical” if oil prices are at USD $50 or below.

With low demand for export and also lower oil prices, this will mean that money flowing into the Sultanate will be lower than usual. This would also mean less activities or projects coming from Brunei Shell Joint Ventures or any companies relating to Brunei Shell.

Early in March 2015 during the Legislative Council, the Ministry of Finance that Brunei will be in the deficit in terms of spending (BND 1.58 billion) and this is related to the fall in oil prices. Did you know that 90% of the export of Brunei is oil and gas? So this is what we always mean when we say that we are relying too much on oil and gas.

 

Now I have touched on oil prices. How about other factors? One thing that has affected Brunei is the recent policy introduced by Authoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) – the total debt service ratio or loan cap (at 60 per cent for those earning a minimum net salary of $1,750). So who will be affected because of this policy? Not the consumers but the car dealers as sales has seen a drop of at least 15% and it keeps dropping every month ever since the introduction of the loan cap in June 2015.

If the car dealers are affected, this would also affect the finance companies such as Baiduri Bank and BIBD At-tamwil who finance the hire purchase of the cars. NBT (Toyota) used to sell an average of 300 units every month but recently the figures have gone below 200 units. Back in 2012, at one stage, cars sold in a month would break the 1,500 mark but recently it has lesser numbers (1,137 cars in July 2015 and 1,005 cars in August 2015). Last weekend, I even bumped into an NBT roadshow at The Mall (which is quite rare) and one of the representatives said that business wasn’t good so they needed to do more roadshow and promotion.

Yes, the business side of the automotive industry is feeling the pinch but the idea of the policy by AMBD is to ensure that the residents of Brunei will have enough savings and finances instead of using their disposable income for loan repayments. With the current situation of oil prices, such move (of the policy) has not benefited the local economy as loans are hard to come by especially those in the lower tier income group. In a long run, the TDSR or loan cap will be good for the country as people will have more disposable income than rather ending up using majority of their salaries to pay off loans. Remember the credit card policy? That really worked well, right? and this shouldn’t be a problem. It will just take time to adjust to the new financial environment. Car dealers will have to come up with better deals or promotions just like how Boustead are currently executing with their promotions with Suzuki and Nissan (tablets and smartphones respectively) to attract customers.

 

Another theory that cannot be discounted is the fact that the Malaysian ringgit has caught interest of Bruneians. The exchange rate now is BND 1 to RM 3 which is a real steal for us. For many Bruneians, Miri is still considered a shopping paradise. Just imagine this – It was reported that over two million arrivals from Brunei to Miri alone in 2013. I’m pretty sure the statistics will be even more in Year 2015 with the current weak currency of the Ringgit. Shopping will be cheaper and they will even buy their groceries across the border as it’s a cost saving measure.

So who are at the losing end? Of course, our local retailers and the department store owners. I interviewed two sources on how the supermarket business in Kuala Belait and Bandar and both gave similar responses – “people prefer shopping and spending across the border.” One commented that usually after Hari Raya season, their supermarket business is slower but this year, it’s even quieter and slower than last year. Even the extension of the opening hours across the border is not helping the Brunei economy.

Now that I have laid some of my findings based on reports and interviews, it’s not too premature to say that Brunei is undergoing a small recession – budget cuts, deficits, lower car sales and lower revenue in local supermarket as some of the effects.

 

Need action, less talking: I have attended many lectures, talks, keynote addresses, you name it,  for the past 10 years and the same topic remains – “Diversification” and we all have become accustomed to the over-abused word but it has only become a mere phrase than a means to an end. From the progress of Brunei, we have taken baby steps to diversify by creating new industries – pharmaceutical, the halal brand and also the Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals and Itochu Corporation from Japan for the methanol plant at the Sg Liang Industrial Park (SPARK). These are all good signs to come as it creates more job employment.

Even earlier this year, Brunei Economic Development Board and South Korean company DongYang GangChul, said that the BND 107 million project at the Bukit Panggal Industrial Park in Tutong will be a major boost to Brunei’s economy. The idea is the plant will produce billet and aluminium extrusion and export back to Sout Korea. I’m not really sure what are the status of this project as I have not seen any updates.

My biggest curiousity is the Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) project. There have been many mentions of the PMB project but as far as I know there is very little happening as the big players such as Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, a petrochemical firm, will only begin their refinery operations by early 2017. Of course, this is no easy project and it requires intensive homework and making sure all the criteria are met. This is perhaps the biggest project for the Brunei economy as the refinery will cost at least BND 4 billion. But now it’s more of a waiting game until early 2017.

From the looks of it, Brunei needs a good number of Foreign Direct Investment, just similarly like Hengyi Industries. It’s never an easy task to bring foreign investors to pump in money into the economy. I believe that Brunei is a very ideal hub for this kind of industries and of course, the foreigners will need our vote of confidence in order to succeed. The PMB project would have been talking point (with action) if nothing was delayed and the refinery plant up and running by now. Maybe I’m just tired listening to the same old phrase and the emphasis of “diversification”.

On a positive spin, what’s trending (and booming now) are the influx of food and beverage outlets such as Rack & Brew, The Library Cafe, Ner|Dee Cafe, Chatime and coming soon (end of the year), Cinnabon. If you are thinking of opening a business, then F&B is a better approach as we still have the culture to dine out or even limteh. And let’s not forget the upcoming travel fair by Royal Brunei and we Bruneians love to travel (so maybe, just maybe, people are saving to spend on traveling).

What’s my outlook on Brunei 2016? It’s hard to say. I just hope that we can help one another and let our egos down that Brunei needs a wake up call. Our voices can be a stimulus and hopefully the Government of Brunei and the private sector can work together to tackle a growing (bad) seed before it can turn to a plant.

This article doesn’t represent the opinions of others apart from my own. I typed this because I feel it’s very relevant to our community and I also want to help to contribute to the betterment of our Brunei economy. If you have any queries or comments, you can drop me an email ranoadidas gmail and I’m more than happy to hear from your end. Sources of facts: The Brunei Times.

 

 

26
Jun

You are what you eat

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

KB Sentral Grand Buffet 
 


My guest for that night – Jody Lo 😀
 

I’ve blogged about King of Buffets previously on my blog and that was the Sungkai Mega Buffet of Freshco. Now, I’m introducing you the queen version of buffets and that is KB Sentral’s Grand Buffet. With the same shareholders, you will the same local and international brand under one roof and this is located at Kuala Belait. So now there are more choices for the residents of KB and also Seria and this means it’s gonna get competitive as well.

Just a note that don’t expect a humungous array of dishes compared to the one’s at Freshco (Bandar). The choices are still aplenty to say nonetheless and you are still getting your money’s worth too. I’m happy that they have the beef rendang that I craved for in the buffet 😀

The KB Sentral’s Grand Buffet uses all the restaurant’s space of Sushi Tei, All Seasons and Waroeng Penyet and it can accommodate more than 200 pax.

You can also enjoy pastries from Auntie Anne’s and the western dishes from Pastamania. So do make sure to take your time dining and don’t hurry yourself to fill up your tummy. There are just many choices to choose from and they are of good quality too.

By the way, you can also stay over at Garden Sentral Hotel which is also the same building sa KB Sentral Shopping Centre. They have a special promotion of BND 149 per night (Deluxe Balcony or Poolside Room) and it’s inclusive of two sungkai buffet and two sahur. Isn’t that a great promo deal? For reservations, you can call 333 8333 and you can also follow them on instagram @gardensentralhotel

 

KB Sentral Grand Buffet
$34.80 Adult | $15.90 Child
863 4076 • 334 2337 • 334 2338 
 

They will greet you at the entrance. Great service too.
 

I see soft shell crab 😀
 

Anwar had a lot of rounds
 

MMmmmm butter chicken and look at the onions 😀
 

Quite a crowd and lots of walk-ins too
 

Baked rice from Pastamania
 

BBQed Lamb Chops
 

Dim Sum corner
 

Auntie Anne’s
 

My favourite dish – Rendang
 

 

Sashimi
 

 

 

 

Any fans of duck?
 

Coconut pudding
 

Dessert area
 

A birthday celebrant that night
 

Did you know KB Sentral is open for business and all the spaces are taken up
 

This is a great deal I must say.
 

The deluxe room
 

The sahur packed and they can send to your room too
 

I stayed here for a night.. All on my own. Ok, this is the apartment side with two huge bedrooms. It will cost u $500 plus a night.
 

Cinema is also available at KB Sentral
 

  
 

 

i-Lotus experience 
 

 

Whether it is Ramadhan or not, I-Lotus serves plenty variety of scrumptious savoury and dishes.

The Sungkai buffet now is $21.80 for adults and $13.80 for children aged 4 – 10 years old. Only during this Ramadhan time. dine-in customers can enjoy local Malay cuisines, Chinese and Thai delicacies, appetizers and desserts.

Indulge yourself with the food served from the Hot Plate Grill corner (seafood of your choice) and they will grill it for you on the spot. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, you can feast on the Soup Noodles, Rojak, Desserts and more.

For I-Lotus VIP cardholders, you can enjoy up to 10% off of the Sungkai buffet while Baiduri credit card holders, 1 free additional pax when you dine-in 10 pax at once via Baiduri credit card (Terms & Conditions Apply). They also provide outside catering.

Please call I-Lotus at 2422466 | 2440171 | 8714222 or visit their website at www.ilotusrestaurant.com. I-Lotus is located at No. 20, Spg. 12-26, Kg Rimba Gadong, BE3119.

 

 

Sungkai buffet 
 

 

$21.90 Adult | $13.80 childen 
 

Call 242 2466 • 2444 0171 • 871 4222 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

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