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09
Nov

Wham Bam

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Korean Festival 2015 

 


YB Dato Paduka Hj Ali Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism during the launch of Korean Festival 2015 last Friday. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.
 

Times Square Shopping Centre ended its Korean Festival 2015 with a bang yesterday, Sunday 8th October 2015. The event which was held on 6th October until 8th October 2015, have attracted a lot of Bruneians who are interested in Korean culture to visit the festival at the shopping centre. The event was organized by Times Square Shopping Centre, and co-organized by the Embassy of Republic of Korea in Brunei, Korea Tourism Organization and Imagine your Korea.

The last day of Korean Festival was filled with several fun activities including cooking demonstration by Silla Restaurant at 5pm, followed by a sand art show by Mr Sean Chai at 7pm and a performance by ITB at 7.45pm. Babbling Perfordian (ONGALS) Korean comedy group took centre stage at 8pm where they made their last performance during the festival, drawing crowd of all ages. There were also hanbok dress up and painting workshop throughout the day.

Throughout the event, there was a lucky draw where the prize presentation took place yesterday at 8.30pm. 18 prizes were given away last night and the presentation was done by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and representatives from all the companies that sponsored prizes for the draw. Prizes for the lucky draw included electronic devices, air ticket and vouchers. Sponsors for the lucky draw were Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Freme Tour, Pan Bright Travel Agency, Ceragem, Grand Motors, LG AIFA, Setia Motors, TCY Motors, Woo Motors, Daelim Industry, Skin Food, The FaceShop, Sarang Korean Restaurant, Jellybear Korea and. Silla Restaurant.

 


Babbling Perfordian (ONGALS) Korean comedy group was one of the highlights of the event
 


They attracted a good crowd too
 


Cooking demonstration by Silla Restaurant
 

 

About 1,200 participants registered for the lucky draw during the three days festival. Third prize winner went to Mohammad Azimi, bringing home a Ceragem mat. The second prize, which was an air ticket to Korea, was won by Hashim Har whereas the grand prize winner went to Geyne Jois Robledo who brought home an air ticket to Korea as well as hotel vouchers in Seoul. Present during the lucky draw prize presentation was Mr Chang Hoon Yi, the Deputy Chief of Mission for the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and other diplomatic missions. The festival ended with a closing speech by Mr Chang Hoon Yi where he expressed his gratitude to all exhibitors, sponsors and those who were involved with the Korean Festival.

Moreover, Times Square Shopping Centre will be having the last lucky draw prize presentation for the fifth lucky draw campaign next week on 15th November 2015 at 2pm. Furthermore, the shopping centre will be conducting several events in the near future, such as a Wedding Fair on 24th to 29th November 2015 and a Mini Carnival: Star Wars Edition from 4th to 20th December 2015. The last event for the year would be the annual Year End Exhibition that would take place from 24th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016. For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours.

 

 

 


Geyne Jois Robledo brought home an air ticket to Korea as well as hotel vouchers in Seoul
 


Hashim Har won also an air ticket to Seoul
 


Mohammad Azimi bringing home a Ceragem mat
 

  

Go Kart
 

The capital will once again be transformed into a race track this November as local and international go kart drivers will vie for the best in speed at the BSB Go-Kart race.

Race day will be held on November 22 and all are welcomed to watch drivers display their go-karting skills along the section of Jalan McArthur and Jalan Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien (SOAS). Members of the public can also view the practice session that will take place on November 22 near the Royal Wharf.

 

 

The go-kart race, organised by the Brunei Darussalam Karting Championship (BKDC) and the Go-kart Association, will be one of the many activities to be held in conjunction with the celebrations held to commemorate the renaming of Brunei Town to Bandar Seri Begawan. Other than watching the race, members of the public can also join a number of activities at the Royal Wharf and Taman Hj Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien over the three-day celebration period.

At the Royal Wharf, visitors can browse through the e-vendors showcase and participate in face and henna painting, the Unplug Music competition, Airwheels and many more. On the other hand, the more rigorous activities such as the Flying Fox, the Multi-seater bicycle and a frisbee tournament are all held at the Taman Hj Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien.

Participants of the frisbee tournament will stand a chance of winning an assortment of prizes ranging from cash to medals. Those interested can register their teams by contacting Adib at 8796851 or Arif at 8903654. The commemoration of the renaming of Brunei Town as Bandar Seri Begawan Celebration is organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board, and managed by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd.

 

  

 

04
Nov

Super hot in bali

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Flight delays to Bali 
 


Taken from Channel News Asia
 

I’m kinda glad that my toastmaster friends managed to catch their flight early in the morning yesterday. However, one of my friend today was kinda unfortunate that the flight got postponed because of the volcanic ashes due to the eruption inside the crater of Mount Rinjani in Lombok.

I’ve always wanted to visit Lombok and I heard so many awesome things about Lombok especially the scenery. One day.. One day perhaps.. As for the weather in Bali, it’s kind scorching hot today, the hottest I’ve been in since Day 1 of my Bali trip. Yes, I’m still in Bali and taking time off and spending quality time on my own and just chiiillllll….

So let’s hope for the rest of other friends to arrive Bali tomorrow evening as the Bali airport will only reopen by 8:45am. Let’s hope no delays or flight disruptions. Have a great week, peeps!! And I can’t believe that 2015 is almost over.

 


Currently enjoying the heat in Bali and loving the t-shirt from toastmasters and the RB cap
 

   
Extended partnership 
 


A Suzki Celerio A+ is now on display in front of Concepts Computer’s (Concepts) showroom. Image courtesy of Concepts Computer.
 


Lim Tze Yang, marketing executive (Suzuki) Boustead Sdn Bhd, Crystal Celine, customer relations officer, Boustead Sdn Bhd, Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, Pao Jia Wan, Concepts Business Development Executive and Zul Abdul Rahman, Concepts marketing executive. Image courtesy of Concepts Computer.
 

A Suzki Celerio A+ is now on display in front of Concepts Computer’s (Concepts) showroom.

The display was proudly revealed yesterday by the IT store’s General Manager Vincent Pao accompanied by Concepts Business Development Executive Pao Jia Wan and Marketing Executive Zul Abdul Rahman. Meanwhile, the sole agent for Suzuki in the nation, Boustead Sdn Bhd, was represented by its marketing executive Lim Tze Yang and its customer relations officer, Crystal Celine.

The model of the Japanese auto marks the ongoing collaborative promotion where for every purchase of the compact car, the new car owner will receive an Acer Iconia Tab 8W.

The promotion first began last month and is ongoing until end of year. It is also a way to reward customers and to promote the corporate image of both companies.

“Now with the display, Concepts customers are not only able to get a hands-on look of the Acer Iconia Tab 8W when they stop by the store, they are able to take a closer look at the Celerio A+ without going all the way to our showroom in Beribi,” said Boustead’s Marketing Executive Lim Tze Yang.
It was shared that the Suzuki Celerio is the latest model in the brand’s line up, which features design, style and practicality in one package. It is designed with the concept of ‘small on the outside, big on the inside’, offering ample room and storage space that belies its appearance.

Fuel efficiency is yet another selling point as this car can go up to 21.27km with every litre of petrol. The car is equipped with a 1.0 litre engine and is available in two transmissions: Manual Transmission (MT) and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Meanwhile, the new Acer Iconia Tab 8W is equipped with the Windows 8.1 and a one-year subscription to Office 365. This enables users to combine work and play with a single device that is multi-functional.

Concepts General Manager Vincent Pao told The Brunei Times that the collaboration is a win-win situation for both companies. He further enlightened that the two products are similar in a way that both offer value for money.

For more information about the attractive promotion, head over to Concepts in Kiulap or the Suzuki Showroom in Beribi. Text courtesy of Adib Noor of The Brunei Times.

 

  
 

 

AUDE returns with a bang 
 

 

 

Taking a sports coupe round a track with a professional driver, leisurely drives in the latest Audi vehicles, fun racing in a go-kart.. It was the kind of experience that some car aficionados can only dream about, but was brought to life by TCY Motors. For two days, TCY Motors Sdn Bhd took over the Jerudong Park Go-Kart Track and the “Pusing Lagi” car park to give customers, invited guests and members of the media a crack at the Second Audi Urban Driving Experience.

Based around safety and dynamic driving, the event allowed attendees to get behind the wheel of Audi vehicles and experience first hand the safety capabilities, and as well as give drivers some in-depth knowledge on safe but dynamic driving.

The programme featured instruction and demonstrations by professional driving instructors Nicolaas Smit from South Africa and Paul Morgan from Australia. Smit was a return instructor from last year’s inaugural event.

The day began with the Ride & Drive, featuring the Audi A5 Coupe, A7 Sportback A8L and the Q7. Participants took the vehicles for a leisurely drive on the road to experience the Audi Drive Select featured in all the high-end models and the feel of the handling differences of each car.

In the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) demo, drivers had to accelerate to 60Km/h and swerve to avoid obstacles. The demonstration taught drivers the effectiveness of the ESC system in an emergency maneuver.

The highlight of the day was the Track Experience on the main Go-Kart track where drivers where let loose in the all-new Audi TTS sports coupe, which boasts the latest in quattro all-wheel-drive technology and an output of 300 bhp.

TCY Motors hopes to make AUDE an annual event offering participants a unique unforgettable driving experience where they benefit from learning dynamic but safe driving and also get the first crack at the latest new models offered by the dealership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

Colourful competition 
 

The Second Colouring Competition for Adults organized by Mabohai Shopping Complex, in partnership with Best Eastern Bookstore and JoArt Gallery drew very talented participants on Sunday, 1st November 2015.

The competition, based on the new book “Lost Ocean” by Johanna Basford attracted 33 participants of a high level of technical and artistic capability, according to the team of judges. Targeted towards everyone above 18 years old, the competitors showed excellent colouring and blending skills.

Judges for the competition were Jojo Yim, Head of Jo Art Gallery, Nitisha Kashyap and Nabil Fikri Haronli, Art Instructors at Jo Art Gallery.

The following were the winners after a grueling round of judging by the panel of Judges provided by Jo Art Gallery.

1st Prize  – Wathiqah Khalidi won $200 worth of Gift Vouchers

2nd Prize  – Nur Liyana won $150 worth of Gift Vouchers

3rd Prize  – Robert John Mendoza $100 worth of Gift Vouchers

 


The winners of the Colouring Competition for Adults last Sunday
 

An additional 5 contestants were awarded consolation prizes of gift vouchers worth $50 each. All winners also received a copy of Millie Marotta’s ‘Tropical Paradise” colouring book and all prizes were sponsored by Best Eastern.

Ms Yee-Man Cheng, Manager of Mabohai Shopping Complex said:

“Congratulations to everyone who gave it their best and a special congratulations to the top winners of the competition for a job well done. We would like to thank Best Eastern & JoArt Gallery for partnering with Mabohai Shopping Complex in creating a challenging and rewarding event for all contestants. Special thanks go to Starbucks for keeping the contestants hydrated and refreshed with their newly launched beverages, the Duo Cocoa Mocha Frappuccino and Dark Caramel Frappuccino. We hope everyone had a wonderful afternoon of colouring and had a relaxing and enjoyable time with us.”

 

 

Korean Festival 
 

 

It’s happening again. The Korean Festival 2015 at Times Square Shopping Centre. from 6th 8th November 2015 and the problem is I won’t be there to witness the event since I will be away.

Basically this event is to promote the Korean culture and they will hold several key events, games, activities and performance group from Korea which are supported and co-organised by Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korea Tourism Organisation and Times Square Shopping Centre.

For this upcoming festival, there will be a Korean Babbling Comedy, The Babbling Perfordian ONGALS’ and they will be coming to share contemporary Korea to Brunei. Awesome..

Even more, there will be Koren products – automobile showcase, Korean food and drinks and various cultural demonstrations during the festival. So book your date from 6th to 8th November.

You can also stand a chance to win two tickets to Seoul. Other prizes include electronic devices and vouchers from Korean restaurants. The lucky draw prize presentation will be held on the last day of the festival, November 8 at 8.30pm. For further information, call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours. Good luck.

 


This Friday 8pm, Saturday 8pm and Sunday 8pm
 

  
 

17
Sep

Secretly, Greatly

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Korean Film Festival 2015
 

 

Thank you to the Korean Embassy to Brunei Darussalam for the kind invitation for the recent showing of the movie “Secretly, Greatly” as part of the three day event of the Korean Film Festival. The event was held at the Lecture Theatre, The Core, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

The movies being screened are free and it is open to the public. I was fortunate enough to catch Secretly, Greatly last night and I am a huge fan of Korean movies – (The Host, Old Boy, New World, Werewolf Boy). Now it’s good that the Korean Film Festival featured this movie because I was quite moved by the movie. This is maybe one of the Top 10 movies I have caught this year though this movie is released back in 2013. Last night, Korean Deputy Chief of Mission to Brunei Darussalam, Yi Chang-Hoon attended the movie.

The response was quite overwhelming and it was good to see a good crowd last night at The Core. This shows that we do appreciate the movies from Korea. Tonight will be the final movie to be screened and it’s entitled “The Face Reader”.

The Face Reader depicts a story where Nae Kyung is able to assess the mental state, personality and person’s habit by looking at his face. Interesting.. I am still 50/50 in catching this tonight but it is a high possibility.

The Korean Film Festival is organised by Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam and the Language Centre of Universiti Brunei Darussalam and supported by Korean Foundation.

 


Yi Chang-Hoon, Republic of Korea Deputy Chief of Mission to Brunei Darussalam, with movie goers last night at Korean Film Festival at The Core. Image by Adib Noor of The Brunei Times.
 


My favourite drink of the month – a Korea drink Paldo (From Hallyu Mart) while catching Secretly, Greatly last night
 


A great crowd last night. I expect a similar crowd tonight for The Face Reader.
 


The lead actor of Secretly, Greatly was pretty good. I just bought this movie on Blu-ray 😀
 


The Face Reader that will be screened tonight – Thursday 17th September 7pm
 

 

03
Aug

Squeezing for time

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

K-Food & Arts
 


Deputy MCYS Minister Datin Paduka Hjh Adina, South Korean Ambassador Cho, General Manager of Times Square Amal, Director of Gallery DM Lim, Manager of Setia Motors Chin, and spouse of the South Korean envoy launched the Korean Food & Art Festival at Times Square by mixing the massive ‘bibimbap’
 

Have you checked out K-Food & Art Festival at Times Square Shopping Centre? It’s still ongoing until Wednesday 5th August. You can learn to do Korean traditional painting and also guess the Korean ingredient when you are blindfolded. This will normally begin in the evening times. On the finale itself (Wednesday), there will be a final eating competition and also guessing the ingredient followed by a closing performance of K-Pop dance performance by ITB Korean Culture Club.

The K-Food & Art Festival was kicked off last Saturday. The guest of honour was Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Deputy Minister of Ministry Culture, Youth and Sports. She was accompanied by Cho Won-Myung, South Korean Ambassador to Brunei, and his spouse, Grace Lim, Director of Gallery DM, Amal Majidah, General Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre and James Chin, Manager of Setia Motors Sdn Bhd.

The Korean Food and Art Festival will feature fun activities for the public including; Cooking Demonstration, Eating Competition, Learning Traditional Mask Painting, Face Painting by Korean Artist, Guess the ingredient, Learning Korean Fan Calligraphy, Learning Traditional Wrapping cloth (bojagi), Dress-Up & Photo Booth and activities by ITB KCC.

All customers of Times Square are welcome to vote any display artwork based on your choices. From this participation, you will get to join our lucky draw and win amazing prizes. You may come to our lucky draw counter to vote and get your lucky draw coupon.

 


Amal Majidah delivering her welcoming remarks
 


A gift to the guest of honour from an artist
 


A gift of appreciation to the guest of honour from the Korean Embassy
 


Grace Lim saying a few words
 


At the Korean art display
 


The eating competition
 


Guess the ingredient game
 


Hello Bomi Oh from Sarang Restaurant.
 


Busy behind the scene
 


Silla Restaurant have sitting area for the public
 


These are the halal food items imported from Korea
 


Some of the art display
 


You can dress up in Korean traditional clothes too
 


You will have a chance to try out Korean traditional painting in the evening time
 

 

More greens during Raya 
 


The grand winner for the Baiduri Bank Multi-Tier Savings Account Promotion and she won herself BND 50,000… Awesome!!
 

Baiduri Bank has been very active lately during the Hari Raya season. Why? Because of the endless of prize presentation in the past few days. Hence there are many reasons to be a customer of Baiduri Bank.

First up was the Sungkai with Baiduri promotion, secondly is the Multi Tier Savings Promotion where one winner will walk away with BND 50,000 (wowweee) and finally the winners of another Sungkai with Baiduri in collaboration with Starbucks.

It doesn’t end there. There is still an ongoing promotion where you can stand a chance to win a Mini Cooper. Simply shop at Mabohai Shopping Complex and pay using your Baiduri credit or debit cards. Simple, right? And you even enjoy exclusive deals too. The promotion period ends on 30 November 2015.

For more updates, you can check out Baiduri Bank Facebook Page or follow their instagram @baiduribank

 


Another consolation prize for the Baiduri Multi-Tier Savings Promotion
 


Consolation winners of the Baiduri Multi-Tier Savings Promotion
 


Another winner for a flight to Singapore
 


She’s flying to Singapore
 


The winners of the Sungkai with Baiduri promotion
 


One of the winners of the joint promotion with Baiduri Bank and Starbucks
 


The winners of the joint promotion with Baiduri Bank and Starbucks
 


Wanna win a Mini Cooper?? Shop at Mabohai and swipe with your Baiduri cards
 

  
 

30
Jul

The Cruise Effect

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Rogue Nation 
 


My second periscope live feed and it was a quick review of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Download Periscope app on your smartphone and add me username Ranoadidas and replay my latest video feed 😀
 

 

Loft and Co 
 


I was checking out the office furniture at Loft and Co the other day
 

It has been around for a few weeks or so. A new furniture shop in town and it’s picking up pace despite the recent decline in consumer spending. Perhaps it was a timely manner when I ran an Instagram competition where the lucky winner will be walking away with a coffee table worth BND 380 from Loft and Co and their sales picked up just before Hari Raya. Even my future bro-in-law bought some items there 🙂

If you are hunting for home modern-high quality furniture, Loft and Co has it all and they will be bringing in more stock and new batches of furniture. I will talk more in details in my future post on their furniture.

You can check them out at Unit 6 to 9, Ground Floor, Little Soho at Batu Bersurat (the building after Shabulicious up the hill). You can also contact or whatsapp them at 8908778 and even follow them on instagram @loftandcobsb

 


From dining area to bed space at Loft and Co
 


Some of the customers that dropped by and bought some furniture at Loft and Co
 


Modern looking feel sofa for your home
 


This was taken a few weeks’ ago where I drew the lucky winner with Nicole from Loft and Co for the coffee table prize
 


And the winner was @el.23 and congratulations
 


Another winner from @thanislim competition with a voucher worth BND 150
 

 

Korean Food and Art Festival 
 


Happening this Saturday until Wednesday next week at Times Square Shopping Centre
 

Times Square Shopping Centre will be hosting a Korean Food and Art Festival this Saturday, 1st August 2015 until Wednesday, 5th August 2015. The festival which will be held at Times Square’s atrium is organized by Times Square Shopping Centre and co-organized by Embassy of Republic Korea, Korea Argo Fisheries and Food Trade Corp, Korean Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and Gallery DM.

The Korean Food and Art Festival will feature fun activities for the public including; Cooking Demonstration, Eating Competition, Learning Traditional Mask Painting, Face Painting by Korean Artist, Guess the ingredient, Learning Korean Fan Calligraphy, Learning Traditional Wrapping cloth (bojagi), Dress-Up & Photo Booth and activities by ITB KCC.

Times Square Shopping Centre also has several upcoming events which include “Times Square 3rd Lucky Draw Campaign” which will take place on Sunday, 9th August 2015. Moreover, on Tuesday 11th August 2015, Times Square will be holding an Open House for the public to celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. There will be fun activities and games from Dress-Up Competition to Lip Sync Battle during the annual Open House. Registrations are free and forms can be obtained at the lucky draw counter. Let’s have an unforgettable experience at Times Square Shopping Centre; a place for everyone.

For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours.

 


Food demonstration from Silla Restaurant
 

  
 

07
Jul

Never trust a skinny cook

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Pondok Sari Wangi
 

 

This is so far the best Indonesian cuisine in Brunei. I’ve seen many around in Brunei but Pondok Sari Wangi, hands down is the best. Maybe I’m biased because I love their beef rendang and telur beladur. Of course, their signature dish is the ayam penyet.

For the month of Ramadhan, Pondok Sari Wangi is offering Sungkai buffet and it has been an overwhelming response from the beginning. So my suggestion is to do advance booking to avoid disappointment. Their best dish is definitely the crab (different flavours) but only served on alternate days. So if you are craving for crabs, make sure that you call them for information.

The buffet line is served at all three outlets of Pondok Sari Wangi (Gadong, Sengkurong and Citis Square). If you prefer to order ala carte or set menu, it’s only available after 7:30pm.

 

Ramadhan Sungkai Buffet
 

$15 Adult | $8 Child
 

234 0608 Citis Sq | 244 5043 Gdg | 266 1893 Sengkurong 

 


Garlic Crab
 


Lemon Fish
 


Mapo Taufu with mince chicken
 


Sotong sambal
 


Chicken Touco
 


Great crowd that night
 


I suggest you book two days in advance to avoid disappointment
 


Sayur Lodeh
 


Empal Serunding
 


Kueh
 


I like the bingka susu
 


Fish ball soup
 


Refreshment
 


Hello Fina and Tisya
 


We had tons of the garlic grab
 


My sidekick photographer :p
 

 

Awesome grill stuff 
 

 

Have you tried dining at Kimchi Restaurant? If you taste bud feels for Korean food, check out Kimchi Restaurant. I am a big fan of their BBQ stuff. On my last visit a few nights ago, it was totally packed. To be honest, it has been fully booked for the past few nights. I had to do advance booking to ensure my slot. So you know what it means when it’s advance booking time. It means the restaurant is really good value for money and also delicious.

I brought Coey as my Sungkai guest and it was her first Sungkai outing too. What is her rating? She was impressed with the marinated meats for the BBQ grill which is part of the All-You-Can-Eat from the Kimchi menu. They also served the usual small appetizers for those choosing the all-you-can-eat menu.

They also offer Ramadhan vouchers. For take-away customers, there will be a 15% discount from 2pm to 5pm daily during Ramadhan.

Follow their IG on @kimchibrunei for updates or their Facebook Page. Hurry since there’s only less than two weeks left before the end of Ramadhan 😀

 

 

Ramadhan Sungkai Buffet  
$28.90 Adult | $14.90 Child
 

Call 222 2233 or 712 2283 
 


The appetizers as part of the all-you-can menu
 


My guest for the night – Coey
 


Meat, meat, meat… I love the marination on the meat.. Thumbs up!!!
 


Using the hot plate grill
 


Grilling the meat
 


Grilled to perfection
 


Seafood pancake
 


Kimchi fried rice
 

 


Patbingsu Orea and Banana… What a nice way to end the meals!!!
 

  
Shabuliciuos 
 

 

A fan of shabu-shabu and you know there have been many restaurants that offer hot pot stuff. Now they have two branches – one at Batu Bersurat and the other at Delima. I sungkai-ed this time at the Batu Bersurat branch.

They provide different kinds of Set Meals to your liking during the month of Ramadhan. I opted for the ala carte since I don’t really eat that much. But for those who choose to have ala carte, Shabulicious offer 15% discount only during Ramadhan. And guess what? The 15% discount deal ends until 2am. So which means you can also enjoy sahur at their establishment. The last order will be at 1am. Tomorrow (Tuesday, 8th July) they will be having a 30% discount for all BIBD Credit Card holders. So swipe away and enjoy the 30% discount.

Visit our branches Shabulicious Delima Square and Shabulicious Restaurant, Batu Bersurat, Gadong and dial their hotlines: 2338333 (Delima) 2451000 (Batu Bersurat).

 

 

15% discount on ala carte
 

233 8333 (Delima) | 245 1000 (Batu Bersurat) 
 


This is my customary dishes for shabu-shabu
 


The platter enough for two pax
 

 

 


Vegetables are good for your health 😀
 


Plenty of sauces and spices to choose from. My favourite are the minced garlic with sambal.
 


The atmosphere at Shabulcious
 


That expression 😮
 


My guests for Sungkai
 


Grab this awesome deal tomorrow at Shabulicious
 


You can choose also special meal sets and it ranges from Meal A to Meal C
 

  
 

17
Apr

#StageOne

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 


Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

  
 

HSBC Personal Internet Banking

 

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BIBD – Let’s Go Mobile!

 

Let’s go mobile? Click more to find out!!
 
 
 
 

Icon Design Store

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

 

BB gets BBB+/A-2 Rating 

 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank (center) with Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank and Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Mustapa, Head of Treasury of Baiduri Bank during the press conference yesterday

This reminds me of math days in high school years. I’m never a fond of math subject but if I dedicate myself to it, I will do just fine, nothing more. Recently, Baiduri Bank has reached another milestone in the banking industry. In a banking environment especially Brunei which has been undergoing through many regulatory measures, banks in Brunei have to step up their game and be more “creative” in meeting customers’ demand and also falling in line with the rules and regulations which have been stricter.

So it’s great to see that Baiduri Bank has been given an impressive rating of “BBB+/A- 2” by an international rating agency, Standard & Poor’s. It was published in Bloomberg that Baiduri Bank has a “strong” business position, “adequate” capital and earnings, “moderate” risk position, “average” funding and “strong” liquidity.

In most cases, such rating will remain unchanged for the next 12-18 months and it’s very unlikely it will suffer a drop and Baiduri Bank ensures that they will sustain that rating and even better the current rating. Of course, this is a long term goal of Baiduri Bank and being it only 20 years old, this is considered a great achievement and also given the tough regulatory measures that the Brunei banking industry have to go through.

Such rating positions Baiduri Bank just below well known banks such as DBS, OCBC and UOB in Singapore which shows the great credibility of Baiduri Bank.

Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, hosted a press conference with the presence of Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank and Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Mustapa, Head of Treasury of Baiduri Bank. Imhof shared that the policy on lending will remain the same as it has been one of Baiduri Bank’s important and successful product due to its dynamic nature. With more healthy liquidity of Baiduri Bank, there are in a good position to lend more and maintain their lending policy.

Imhof also shared that the bank will be looking for opportunities regionally in the near future. He is proud that Baiduri Bank has been given the BBB+ ranking and this will indeed give more confidence internally and also to their loyal customers. Congratulations, Baiduri Bank, on your milestone.


The media attending the press conference


The New Baiduri Certificate of Deposit


Do make use of your Baiduri Bank Visa card 😀

  


Film Festival UBD 2014 
 


The students have work tremendously well for their assignment. Kudos to them and I salute you guys!!

The time is almost near. The Film Festival UBD 2014 is just around the corner and I can’t wait to see some of the short films done by UBD students and this is part of their assessment too. This is similar to the UBD Spectacle 2014 project (oops, I really have to pay them a visit too). There will be 8 short films in different forms of genre involving 20 students majoring in the field of Professional Communications and The Media.

So you will witness some of the innovative content the students muster in a short span of time. I was already impressed with the short films done last year by the students and I, myself, am a big fan of movies and I always love to talk about direction and film editing when it comes to movies. Of course, this is why The Popcorn Panel came about where you can catch my audio podcast on movies that I watch every now and then.

If want to read more of the in-depth objectives of the Film Festival UBD 2014, you can click here.

By the way, the tickets you can get them half an hour before the show and it’s FREE. It will take place at The Core at UBD. There are quite number of slots you can choose from to catch the 8 short films. You can see the synopsis from their Facebook page too. There will be 5 UBD made production and 3 local house production in all.

On Saturday 19th April, the timings will be 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm while on Sunday 20th April, it will start on 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm. So if you have the time, do make the time. One of the short films that I enjoyed last year was “Roast Lamb” and it will be one of the short films to be featured. You can follow them also on instagram @filmfestivalubd2014


Two more days to go
 


Are you ready for Film Festival UBD 2014?
 

  
 

IA Salon
 

Mother’s Day Special
 


Cecelia Lee of IA Salon
 

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Malppy Weekend Deals 

If you love your mobile phone and love accessorizing it, Malppy’s Weekend Deal might just be for you! Let your phone be transformed with these beautiful casings!


Designed for iPhone 5C. Click image to enter website.
 


Designs for iPhone 5/5S and Samsung S4 Click image to enter website.
For a limited time only this Friday and Saturday, purchase the casing for B$19.90. Don’t forget, if your total purchase is B$50 and above, you get a free gift from Malppy.com!

How to shop at Malppy.com?

If you have never shopped on Malppy.com before, you can start by following these simple steps!

Go to Malppy.com

Browse Malppy.com and find the item you love

Add the item to cart

Proceed to check out

Complete the check out process and confirm your order

Begin your online shopping experience at Malppy.com!

 

  
 

New dishes at Kimchi 
 


New menu coming soon at Kimchi Restaurant at Regent Square. You can request some of the dishes already. Call 2222 233 or 712 2283 for reservations or you can follow @kimchibrunei instagram for updates
 


My favourite dish among the lot – Fried Udon in kimchi sauce. This is spicy indeed!! *warning*
 


My lunch buddies yesterday at Kimchi Restaurant and many more
 


Our BBQ assistant for the day
 


Yang Neom Set – Breaded Chicken with Spicy Sauce
 


Dakgochi Gui – Marinated Chicken Skewer
 


New bento set at Kimchi Restaurant
 


I didn’t try this dish. Looks interesting.
 


Going Joong Deokboki – Palace Rice cake- Cucumber Beans Beef Bulgogi
 


This dish seems to be popular yesterday too
 


But of course, my old time favourite at Kimchi Restaurant – Patbingsu 😀
 

  
 

Superhero Weekend 
 


Superhero Weekend at Times Square Shopping Centre
 


Here are some of the events happening for Superhero Weekend
 

  
 

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#DreamOn

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

 

#earthhourbn a success 
 

Late post: Brunei Darussalam joined other countries and territories across some 7,000 cities and towns around the world in the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature’s Earth Hour celebration, which traditionally is symbolically marked by switching off all non-essential lights for an hour.

The Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Complex in the heart of the capital was the focal point for activities and Earth Hour celebration in the country, which kicked off at 8.30pm last Saturday.

Lights from landmarks in the capital including the iconic Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Kampong Ayer Tourism and Cultural Gallery and Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium were dimmed for one hour, signifying the country’s support in the worldwide cause to conserve energy.

Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, was present to officiate Brunei’s Earth Hour celebration at the YSHHB Complex, where he also joined a night-walk around the capital with Brunei Earth Hour Ambassador, Sheikh Jamaluddin Sheikh Mohamed and Brunei Earth Hour supporters.


Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, officiated Brunei’s Earth Hour celebration at the YSHHB Complex. Image courtesy of Borneo Bulletin.
 


The aerial view of The Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB) Complex with the lights on. Image courtesy Dean Kassim of Borneo Bulletin.
 


The aerial view after the lights off. Image courtesy Dean Kassim of Borneo Bulletin.
One of highlights of the event last night was the “Glow Stick Run” that was joined by hundreds of people. The fun run also saw cyclists doing their bid in supporting Earth Hour.

Lights at the complex were also switched off as hundreds of people gathered at the water fountain area. Candles were also lit to symbolise the event.

Prior to the event, a minute’s moment of silence was held in memory of the crew and passengers of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 tragedy. Now in its eighth year, Earth Hour has evolved into the world’s largest environmental grassroots movement connecting hundreds of millions of people across all seven continents. Sprucing up the event last night was also the appearance of Spider-man, the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour.

In Singapore, the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was on hand to help switch off the lights across Singapore’s signature Marina Bay skyline as part of the global flagship Earth Hour event organised by WWF-Singapore. Text courtesy of Hakim Hayat of Borneo Bulletin.

 

#EHBN photos on IG 
 


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Nanta to perform 
 

at JIS Arts Centre 
 

The ‘Nanta’ cast was feted to a dinner hosted by South Korean Ambassador to Brunei His Excellency Choi Byung-Koo at his residence yesterday.

The 12-member troupe shared what to expect in their two-day show starting tomorrow over a lavish spread of traditional Korean dishes with other invited guests of the ambassador.

“Brunei is the 51st country in the tour. We have collectively staged ‘Nanta’ in more than 200 cities,” said Manager of the Overseas Marketing Team for Nanta Yong-Hee Kim.

“Brunei is a nice and quiet country and we think that they will appreciate the show and be more engaged with the performers,” he added.

 


South Korean Ambassador to Brunei His Excellency Choi Byung-Koo with the cast of “Nanta”

Kim explained that ‘Nanta’ is a non-verbal performance. Set in a kitchen, the performers transform kitchen utensils into musical instruments.

The comic musical is derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance called “Samulnori”.

The show features acrobatics, magic tricks, comedy, pantomime and audience participation. ‘Nanta’ will be performed at Jerudong International School Arts Centre on April 1-2. The showcase celebrates the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Republic of Korea and Brunei. Only ticket holders will be admitted to the 7.30pm shows.

The Korean Embassy can be contacted for more information at 233 0248/49/50. Well, you can try your luck but apparently most of the tickets are sold out. Text and image courtesy of Zatty Joanda.

 

[Spoiler alert]: Check out the highlights of Nanta and what to expect on their shows in Brunei

 

  
 

Baiduri Visa Cards 
 

In conjunction with the 20th FIFA World Cup that will take place from 12 June to 13 July 2014, Baiduri Bank is offering its Visa cardholders a chance to catch the final match live in Brazil for free.

The ‘Win a Trip to the Final Game of 2014 FIFA World CupTM’ promotion, which commenced on 01 March to 30 April 2014, requires existing Baiduri Visa Infinite, Platinum, Gold, Classic and Debit cardholders to use their Baiduri Visa cards within or outside Brunei when paying for goods and services in order to accumulate chances in the grand draw.

For every card transaction of minimum B$20 and above, Baiduri Visa cardholders will receive one chance in the grand draw. Baiduri Visa cardholders can earn more chances by using their Baiduri Visa cards actively. There is no entry form required to enter the chances to the grand draw. All chances will be automatically entered upon each card use.

The grand draw consists of one grand prize of an all-expense paid package trip for two persons to watch the final match at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. The package includes two flight tickets to Brazil, 5-day/4-night accommodation on cruise ship MSC Divina for two persons, all food and beverage while on-board the ship, all scheduled ground transportation, Visa FIFA-themed merchandize, Visa event team support staff, two US$100 Visa Prepaid card, and two tickets to see the final match of the FIFA World CupTM.

 


Win a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup courtesy of Visa from Baiduri Bank
Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, said, “The aim of the promotion is to reward our loyal Visa cardholders with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch the most epic moment in the World Cup – the final match that will determine who is the champion.”

“This promotion is one of the many activities that we have planned for our loyal cardholders, all of which are in line with our vision this year to enhance customer experience and deliver a higher level of quality products and services.”

Baiduri Visa cardholders can find out more about the ‘Win a Trip to the Final Game of 2014 FIFA World CupTM’ promotion by visiting www.baiduri.com.bn/visa, or by following Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook, and Twitter or Instagram @baiduribank.

For instant updates on the Bank’s latest promotions, Baiduri Visa cardholders can also download the Baiduri Deals mobile app for free at App Store or Google Play.

 

  
 

Aladdin on Skates 
 


Aladdin on skates in April. Click image to buy tickets online.

Get a copy of Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata and stand a chance to win tickets and there will be 50 winners per day who will receive a pair of tickets!! Click image to enlarge to see more details for the quizzes.
 

Watch a beloved fairy tale come to life on roller skates next month at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas.

‘Aladdin on Skates’, which will be held from April 18 to 20, is set to enthrall audiences with graceful and riveting performances by the international roller skating professionals from Australia.

Join them as they recount Aladdin’s tale from his magical adventure at the mysterious Arabian desert to his transformation from a street lad to a mighty prince, with the help of a genie.

Organised by Forevershine Events, Media and Management Services in cooperation with Rakan Tiga, a total of seven shows are scheduled. Showtimes for April 18 and 19 are at 4pm and 8.15pm while on April 20, there will be three shows: 10am, 4pm and 8.15pm. One of the shows on April 18 will be dedicated for charitable organisations such as JAPEM, SMARTER Brunei, Learning Ladder, Pusat Ehsan, YASKA and KACA to name a few.

Tickets are priced at $15, $28 and $35. For ticket enquiries, visit Forevershine Events, Media and Management Services’ office at 1st Floor, Unit 5, Block E, Bangunan Lim Seng Kok, Spg 624, Jalan Tutong, Kg Madewa or contact 8808833. Tickets are also available at The Mall, ground floor outside Utama Grand.

Alternatively, see print advertisements for more details or visit the event management company’s Facebook fanpage at facebook.com/forevershineBrunei. You can also purchase tickets from Socialmart.com.bn too.

So be there with the family to discover the magical adventure of ‘Aladdin on Skates. Text from The Brunei Times.


The official poster for Aladdin on Skates
 


The show times in April
 


One show will be dedicated to charitable organisations
 


You can purchase your tickets at The Mall
 

  
 

KIA test drive session 
 


The few models of KIA for test drive yesterday organised by Grand Motors Sdn Bhd

It was quite a turn out for the four hours of test drive of KIA models at the Kebajikan Sports Complex organised by Grand Motors Sdn Bhd. This was part of the ongoing series of roadshows (two more to go) in celebration of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this year.

All the public had to do was test drive any of KIA models at the venue and you can stand a chance to win a trip to Brazil for the World Cup for two which will be the semi-finals tickets. Yesterday those who test drove the KIA were given an official KIA-FIFA World Cup t-shirt as well as a free Mr. Softy ice-cream.

Almost 100 showed up yesterday morning and the most driven KIA new models were the Optima, Sportage and the Cerato.

Kia on Tour 2014 is part of the larger global roadshow project initiated by Kia Motors Corporation in Korea to enable the population in its network of dealers covering countries in the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and the Pacific to see, feel and experience Kia. It is part of Kia’s global commitment to surpass customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.

Images courtesy of Ebi 😀

 


Many turn up for the test drive yesterday
 


KIA have been making an impressive impact in the Brunei market
 


The KIA-World Cup official t-shirt given to those who test drove the KIA models yesterday
 


Free Mr. Softy ice-cream too yesterday. Yumss!!!
 

  
 

TBT Competition 
 

The Brunei Times have been very active in terms of competition and currently they have four ongoing competitions to the delight of TBT readers. First there is the Old Photographt Competition, then the Painting Competition 2014, Photography Competition and Videography Competition 2014.

You have to submit your entries by 30 April 2014 at 1500 hours and you can log in to The Brunei Times for registration and details. Good luck and keep it, The Brunei Times.

 


Click image to enter The Brunei Times’ page competition
 

  
 

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