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05
Feb

Forward Thursday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

Peugeot 
 


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

 

 

Pizza Hut 
 


Promotion from Pizza Hut
 

  
 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


Travel with agoda
 

   
 

CNY sales at ICON 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store
 


KFC Golden Egg Crunch 

With Chinese New Year less than a month away, KFC is launching the Golden Egg Crunch to mark the auspicious occasion.

Juicy chicken marinated in a rich collection of oriental spices and coated with an indulgent taste of golden yolk sprinkles, The Golden Egg Crunch takes inspiration from salted egg yolk prawn, a popular Chinese New Year banquet table dish.

 


 

The Golden Egg Crunch combo comes with two pieces of freshly fried chicken with a choice of Regular fries or chicken rice and a Regular Sjora mango drink for only B$7.60. Burger fans can also opt for the Golden Burger combo which comes with a Golden burger, regular fries and a regular sized Sjora mango drink for only B$7.50.

For a big eat, the Golden Feast comes with 9 pieces of fried chicken, a bottle of 1.5L Pepsi, a large whipped potato and one large coleslaw for only B$28.10. Collector of KFC premiums can also opt for the Golden Bucket meal which comes with 15 pieces of Golden Egg Crunch chicken, one large coleslaw, two large whipped potato, a bottle of 1.5L Pepsi and a free fortune jar.

“Gold is an auspicious Chinese New Year representation, to bring “Ong” or prosperity. We at KFC would like to take the opportunity of the Golden Egg Crunch to wish all our customers and friends a golden and prosperous upcoming Chinese New Year”, says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC B Sdn Bhd.

Golden Egg Crunch is now available at all KFC outlets in Brunei for a limited time only while stock last.

 


Golden Egg Crunch. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.
 


Golden Egg Crunch. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

Project Almanac 
 


Review of Project Almanac with co-host Del Goh and special guest Zul

 

  
 

Wu Chun meets fans 
 


Wu Chun with team RB at Manukan Island yesterday
 

Beaches, islands and seafood. Those were the things that Wu Chun suggested to his fans if they were to pay Sabah a visit. The celebrity is no stranger to Kota Kinabalu and he frequents the city with his family.

Yesterday though was a different matter. He visited Manukan Island in the capacity for the meet-the-fan session and over two hundred fans showed up yesterday. Wu Chun had the opportunity to address his fans and also interact with some of them.

He also presented prizes to the winners of the sand castle competition. The fans mostly come from parts of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong who bought packages using Royal Brunei Airlines. For the record, Wu Chun is Royal Brunei Airlines Brand Ambassador and he is currently enjoying his journey as the Brand Ambassador and thankful towards Brunei’s national air carrier for their support.

The meet-the-fan session was organised by Sabah Tourism and Royal Brunei Airlines with collaboration with the Sutera Harbour Resort.

Wu Chun hinted that the next scheduled trip could be to Singapore and Hong Kong. I also would like to thank Royal Brunei Airlines for making my coverage of Wu Chun possible. Till next time, KK!

 


Wu Chun being interviewed by media from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Sabah and Brunei yesterday
 


The fans building sand castle for the competition
 


The fans posing for the camera
 


It was such a hot day yesterday
 


The crowd was less rowdy than the ones at Burger King
 


Wu Chun addressing his fans
 


Wu Chun presenting goodies to a fan
 


Wu Chun with the winners of the sand castle competition
 


Fanatics appearing on the stage out of nowhere
 


Autographed poster for the fans
 


The Wu Chun poster
 


 


 


The jellyfish at Manukan Island
 

  
 

Malppy showcase 
 


Happening this Sunday
 

Have you guys already heard about Malppy’s first ever Fashion Pop Up Festival? It is happening this coming Sunday, 8th February 2015. Mark the calendar down now and bring your families and friends along to iCentre at Anggerek Desa from 9am to 6pm.

It will be a happening day as they will be displaying some of their latest fashion line from Corporate Wear to Date Night and Street Style. They will also be introducing some of their new Muslimah Fashion Collection.

To the last minute shoppers for this upcoming Chinese New Year Celebration, they will also be selling some of the new trendy dresses and shirts as well as the traditional dresses such as cheongsam for the ladies. As for the happy couples, they will also be selling some couple shirts for you to match with each other.

The highlight of that day will be announcing the winners for their IG Video & Slogan contest. There will be 3 winners for this contest. The winners will walk away with B$300, B$200 and B$200 for Best Slogan Award and the Most Liked Video for Men and Women.

Some of the famous food vendors will also join them for this event such as “The Slush Zone”, “AjwaKitchen”, “Pvintagecupcake”, and “Wing It” to please your hunger. So See you there.

 


 


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By the way, let’s not forget the Malppy IG Video & Slogan competition which is still ongoing and the deadline is by 7th February. Best slogan will win BND 300 shopping voucher from Malppy vouchers while the “Most like male” will win BND 200 shopping voucher and the “Most like female” will win BND 200 shopping voucher from Malppy.com

For more of the rules you can click here. Good luck to all Malppy-ers 😀

 

  
 

New US Ambassador  
 

 

Meet Craig Allen, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. Looking forward to meet you

 

  
 

21
Jan

That Maroon Jacket

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Malppy Contest 


 

Be Proud Of Your Style! Join Malppy’s IG video & slogan contest now and stand a chance to win Malppy’s shopping spree. There are 3 categories where you could walk away with the attractive prizes.

Categories:

• Best slogan $300

• Most like male video $200

• Most like female video $200

Details:

• The best slogan category will be judged by Malppy.com

• The other categories will be judged based on the most likes.

• Judges decision is final.

Requirements:

• Record yourself with your most stylish outfit

• Come up with a short slogan that best describes Malppy. ‘Slogan must not be more than 7 words’.

• End the video by saying “Malppy.com”

• Post it and tag @MALPPYBN with the hashtag #ILOVEMALPPY #OOTDBN

• Follow us on IG & you have to open your account to public.

Video Upload: 21st January – 7th February 2015

The WINNER will be announced on 8th February 2015

 

  

Swipe to Fly 
 


5 lucky winners monthly and you can enjoy exciting holidays when you swipe with BIBD cards
 

  
 

 

The Toastmasters Journey 
 


Maroon jacket mode on with inspirational speaker Robin Sieger

I’m always pleased when we have guests coming in and they learnt of a toastmasters through means of my social media updates and blog post. And to see them turning up to our meetings (every Tuesday) show thats that we are doing something right for the community. We have broken the stigma that toastmasters is just about being a great speaker or just being a leader of your own but it’s the synergy and the positive conducive environment that allows an individual to lower down his/her shield, ego and fear. It’s not just about public speaking and hence I’m not surprised by the increase of new members notably Derby Teo, Rahul and Pooja.

Last weekend, we had a great time at Kota Kinabalu as we embarked in a training session conducted by toastmasters club in KK. Though I can’t comment much about the training session but the evening session with Robin Sieger paid off our dues and what a fantastic character he is. I saw him spoke last year at the Toastmasters International Convention in Kuala Lumpur and I was amazed then. The recent session was more intimate and I managed to catch up with him and talked about life. I do hope he does come to Brunei or perhaps we can invite him to speak to schools and our younger generation because he is a great testament and role model for success.

A big thank you to all my friends in toastmasters and especially to Shawn Cassidy Narcis and Ruey Narcis, the pillars of toastmasters in Brunei Darussalam, for their continuous support and guiding the young team to greater heights. 2015 will be an awesome year for Brunei toastmasters members and I’m very privileged and honoured to be part of the team and contribute back to the community.

If you want to know more about toastmasters, you can reach me at ranoadidas gmail.com and I can guarantee you is that toastmasters is a fun, enjoying learning experience. Below are pictures from our recent trip in KK.

 


The Brunei team with the inspirational Robin Sieger
 


Our superhero Amran at Manukan Island
 


Giving a toast to Agong and toastmasters international
 


This was our first joint meeting with KePKAS Toastmaster Club and Toihaan Toastmasters Club from KK at Manukan Island
 


The President of KePKAS Toastmasters Club, Dr. Maklarin Lakim, given a badge as a birthday gift from District Governor Sukarno
 


I had the privilege to be the Table Topics Evaluator that day
 


Group shot after the meeting at Manukan Island
 


Shawn, Pius and Chloe
 


Chloe, another blogger from Sabah, who also works on the tourism side for Sabah
 


Trying out Derby’s sunnies
 


But it suits her best despite looking huge on her face
 


The natural pose
 


Craving for chicks.. food wise 😀
 

  
 

Facelift at Baiduri at Muara 
 


Mohd Riza Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications (2nd from left) with Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank sharing a light moment at “It’s A Grind” coffeehouse after the launch of the Baiduri Bank Muara branch yesterday. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 

Delicious aroma of coffee permeated the air as Baiduri Bank’s CEO Pierre Imhof and Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Mohd Riza Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos toured the newly opened, relocated Muara Branch of Baiduri Bank yesterday morning.

Mohd Riza was there as the guest of honour at the official opening of the branch, which was previously located at Bangunan Tiga Tingkat, at the ground floor of Al-Warasah Commercial Centre in Muara Town.

The relocation was due to the increasing number of customers and with it the demand for products and services from Baiduri. The new branch is twice as large and has twice the number of staff, and is now able to provide a full range of banking products and services to cater to individuals as well as businesses, and this includes complimentary financial planning consultation.

“The upgrading of this branch is part of Baiduri Bank’s branch network configuration project where we redesign each branch to suit the market segment and its surrounding area and demographics. The modern layout is designed to allow customers to carry out their banking transactions in a relaxed and comfortable setting. In addition, the bank seeks to craft a workplace that promotes work efficiency and employee wellbeing,” said Pierre Imhof in his speech at the opening.

He added that Baiduri made significant investments to the new branch — greater customer experience and accessibility — and he was proud to add that the Muara Branch is the first of its kind to offer the café banking experience with the adjoined “It’s A Grind” coffeehouse.

After the speech, the guest of honour toured the premises, lead by the Regional Manager of the Brunei-Muara District Alvina Chung, and the Branch Manager Alice Lee before retiring to the adjoining coffeehouse to enjoy a cup of “It’s A Grind” coffee and some brunch. Text by Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.

 


The officiating the launch. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 


Pierre Imhof delivering his welcoming remarks and happy belated sir 😀 Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 


 

 

Rainforest Lodge 
 

 

The Temburong Adventure

 


Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, officiating the opening of the Rainforest Lodge.
 

Freme Travel’s new Adventure Course and refurbished Rainforest Lodge are set to welcome more visitors to Temburong National Park. Both these new facilities promise exciting activities and all the modern comforts of home in a pristine rainforest environment for both overseas tourists and local residents to enjoy while also creating more job opportunities and playing a part in boosting the local economy.

Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, officiated the launch.

Freme Travel’s Chairman, Pg Dato Sharifuddin Bin Pg Metali asserted that safety and environmental issues were uppermost on the agenda of making Temburong National Park a ‘must visit’ tourist destination, and that special attention will be paid to sanitation, waste disposal, risks of water pollution and safety.

Built in 2002, Rainforest Lodge has seen a surge of tourists from China, Hong Kong, and Japan, and was upgraded and refurbished recently in response to the growing demand of tourists. The lodge now accommodates 40+ tourists in new wooden bunk beds and a further 15+ in tents. It also has new terrace dining area and kitchen.

The lodge now employs 10 full time local Temburong staff, including guides, boatmen and a local caterer.

The Adventure Course highlights include a 15 meter flying fox, the high rope bridge, the hanging bridge across the river and a canopy tower for birdwatching.

This will give more vibrant and healthy competition with Ulu-Ulu Resort which has been around for many years and I love that place too. With many things developing in Temburong such as the Games Village and the much talked about bridge, there are many potential opportunities with the district.

 


The Executive Chairman of Freme PM Dato Shariffuddin (right) donating $20,000 to District Officer Hj Abd Hamid Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah on behalf of Tabung anak-anak yatim dearah Temburong.
 


The means of transport to reach the Rainforest Lodge
 


The rooms at Freme Travel’s Rainforest Lodge
 


 


Flying Fox available too
 


 


 


Group photo with the Minister
 


Good to see the former Director of Tourism Board Development being invited for this occasion
 


Reworking needed to be done after the flash flood caused the bridge to collapse a few days ago
 

  
 

 

Winner of the Mazda 3 
 


Hj Hidop Hj Salleh the winner of the brand new Mazda 3 during the grand draw at Grand Motors last weekend
 

A winning luck for Hj Hidop Hj Salleh who managed to unlock his brand new Mazda 3 1.5 (A) Sedan. This was part of the ‘Purchase a Mazda to Win a Mazda’ grand draw last weekend. In attendance was Japanese Ambassador Noriko Iki who came as in the capacity as the guest of honour and she presented the mock key to the grand winner.

Meanwhile, second prize winner Hj Reduan Hj Rosman met with thunderous claps as he opened the door of a Mazda 2 1.5 (A) Sedan while Hj Muhaimin Hj Mohamed walked away with a cash prize of $5,000.

The consolation prizes were also attractive. 10 of them received returned tickets to Bali for two while the other ten walked away with an Apple iPhone 5C. Furthermore, a cash prize of $300 were given to 40 lucky participants.

For your info, the draw was part of the promotion by Grand Motors as part of their 30th anniversary.

 


Teng Chin Ying, Chairman of Grand Motors, Hj Hidop the grand winner and Japanese Ambassador Noriko Iki
 


Consolation prize to another winner winning the iPhone 5C
 


Hj Hidop with his brand new car
 

  
 

16
Jan

TedxYouth@Gadong in February

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Mercedes-Benz Star Weekend Promo
 

The promotion only valid for the weekend. Purchase a Mercedes-Benz and earn yourself an Apple iPhone 6 64GB. Do check out the current models – the GLA 200 AMG Line, the E 200 AMG Sports Package, the CLA 200 AMG Line or perhaps the C 180 AMG Line. Drop by their Beribi showroom this weekend from 10am to 5pm. You will be able to test drive the latest Mercedes-Benz models too.

 


 

  
 

CNY festive pendrive
 


Check out the new Chinese New Year pen drives from Concepts Computer. Concepts Computer General Manager Vincent Pao holding the latest Kingston pen drives in commemorating the new lunar year.
 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer (center) with the associates of CC holding the latest Kingston CNY pen drives.
 


The great thing about Concepts Computer is that they always bring in innovative and creative products. This is also a nice way to appreciate the Chinese community for their support throughout the years. For your info, Concepts Computer is reaching its 15th year. Keep it up!!
 

  
 

Audi Brunei
 


Hunting for an Audi in 2015? 😀
 

  
 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

 

Peugeot 
 


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

 

 

Pizza Hut 
 


Promotion from Pizza Hut
 

  
 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


Travel with agoda
 

   
 

Syahirah won a trip to Melbourne
 


Nurul Syahirah Md Noor, 18 years old, won a trip for two to Melbourne, Australia, which includes accommodation and a tour with a total worth of B$5,000, presented by Vice President of KFC Del Go. Image courtesy of Raghadah Agus of The Brunei Times.
 


Group photo with top five winners of the KFC Drive Thru Anniversary Draw
 

The Grand draw of the KFC Drive Thru Anniversary Draw took place yesterday at KFC Drive Thru Sengkurong branch which sees 5 winners walked away with 5 fantastic grand prizes and another 5 winners walk away with consolation prizes of KFC vouchers.

Fifth prize is B$700 worth of movie tickets from Times Cineplex and it goes to Nia Ines Irnisyah Binti Md Ishak. Fourth prize is B$1,000 worth of petrol purchase rebate and Hadini @ Nizamuddin Hj Ibrahim is the lucky winner. Third prize is B$1,500 worth of Hua Ho shopping vouchers which sees Noorzatul Izwah walking away with it.

Second prize is B$3,000 worth of shopping vouchers at the newly opened Intracorp Megastore and the winner is Suriani Hj Sarbini. The grand prize goes to Nurul Syahirah Md Noor, 18 years old, who won a trip for two to Melbourne, Australia, which includes accommodation and a tour with a total worth of B$5,000.

Present to hand over the prizes to the winners were Vice President of KFC Del Goh and Operational General Manager of KFC Norlyn Rufo.

All the winners were those who had participated in the lucky draw campaign which ran from September 20 until December 31 last year

 


Check out the premium desserts from KFC
 

  
New in-stock category
 


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You can now shop and receive your items the next day with FREE delivery at your doorstep at our NEW In-Stock Category. Click here now to browse through the column.

Items ranging from mens’ wear to womens’ wear to even soft toys such as the “LINE Apps Plushy” toys. The choices are aplenty and yes, you can get them delivered to your doorsteps on the next day. Not sure if that applies to weekends though.

 

  
 

TEDxYouth@Gadong
 


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After the successful launch of TEDxGadong last year, we have thought we would organize one again. Well, the wait is over. This February 15th will see another TEDx event in Brunei which will be held at iCentre from 10am to 1pm. This time, it will be special as it will be organized by the Youths of Brunei for the Youth of Brunei. Another history will be made soon.

To Purchase Tickets.

Tickets are priced at $10 each. To book tickets simply fill in the following form. We will inform the date and time where the tickets will be sold and collected. As there is limited seats, we will not be able to promise any fixed bookings. To increase your chances of we recommend you to book early. You can book your ticket through here.

There’s also an open invitation to be a TEDxYouth Speaker. They are inviting students, aged 11-21 years old, to step up to the podium and to represent Brunei as its Youth TEDx Speaker. To interested parties, simply fill in the TEDxYouth@Gadong Speaker application form here.

  
 

09
Jan

The Edge of Friday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Get ready for Lunar New Year 
 


Click image to enter website

As the Chinese Zodiac moves into the Year of Goat, we take a look at the new series of products launched by Malppy in conjunction to the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Among all traditions to observe for Chinese New Year, dressing up in new clothing is an integral part to welcome the New Year, and to also signify new beginnings. Everyone would dress up in brightly colored shirts, usually in red for auspicious meaning. This year Chinese New Year falls on the 19th of February and Malppy just launched their latest series of qipao (or cheongsam) for her and changpao for him to celebrate this holiday in traditional style to bring good luck and fortune for the New Lunar Year.

This latest series is available starting from as affordable as B$28.90. Their closing order for any CNY order will be on the 28th January as to make sure that all items arrive on time before the Chinese New Year to avoid the busy logistic period towards the month. Malppy is also giving away FREE Malppy Red Packets for every purchase B$35 and above in a single checkout.

Click here now to check out the varieties of qipao (or cheongsam) and changpao they have in store for you.

 

  
 

Renewal partnership
 


Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, lifting some weights. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.
 

The Ministry of Health and Fitness Zone will continue their partnership in promoting healthy lifestyle in Brunei, following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Healthy Lifestyle and Physical Activities Programme yesterday.

The collaboration is to boost the effectiveness of the ministry’s Healthy Lifestyle Clinic Programme, aiming to combat obesity in the country. Under the new one-year agreement, which was first began in 2011, Fitness Zone will, among others, provide professional fitness instructions on nutrition and the right workout activities for participants of the clinic’s weight-loss programme.

Present to witness the signing ceremony at the Fitness Zone’s Kiulap branch was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil.

She lauded the collaboration that had been done with Fitness Zone. “The programme was successful, we want to continue it,” she said, adding that there were matters that the ministry could not provide alone. Giving example, she said, Fitness Zone provides fitness facilities that can help the ministry in carrying out its healthy lifestyle programme such as obesity control and weight-loss programme.

Fitness Zone’s Managing Director Wu Chun expressed hope that people who participate in the Healthy Lifestyle Clinic Programme could influence their family members and friends by letting them know of the benefits of living healthily. “With this, hopefully we can achieve our aim to reduce the healthcare costs in the country,” he said, adding that number of diabetes and obesity in the country can also be reduced. For more of the story, you can click here. Text courtesy of Sally Pri of The Brunei Times.

 


Renewal of the partnership between Ministry of Health and Fitness Zone. Image courtesy of Yusri Adanan of The Brunei Times.
 

 

The new slick ACER notebook
 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, unveiling the new ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 to the media
 


Check out that beauty 
 

Now notebooks have become comparatively cheaper than before. I remember forking out at least BND 2,000 in the past decade with not-so-fast specs. Now we can buy a notebook for less than $500 with a quad processor. Of course, I’m still stuck with my favourite brand which doesn’t operate on Windows OS. However, I’m always impressed with ACER’s capability to produce powerful mid-range notebooks.

Today, Concepts Computer launched the new ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 which is a great target for students and smart executives because it is affordable and a highly mobile notebook. I was already impressed with the look when I saw it from a distance. It sports a chrome mate finishing and it’s kinda light as well with a 13” inch screen size. What I love about the specs is the memory which has a 4 G ram, running on low-voltage so this gives more battery life to the notebook and I’m a sucker for power juice when it comes to my gadgets.

Portability. Of course, when we associate with notebooks, you can bring it anywhere. Now this model takes an extra step where you feel the lightness and mobility of the ACER notebook and you won’t think twice about bringing it. The batter life has over 6 hours and you can stay connected all day.

Productivity. It has 10 multi touch screen which helps you to navigate the screen intuitively. Do try out the Precision Touchpad and chiclet keyboard which improves accuracy and speed when used for time-critical work.

Multi-media. Play a game, record a song, play a song, streaming movies. You can do that on this ACER notebook that has HD LED display and graphics capabilities.

SKYPE Certification. Now this is interesting. Most of the recent ACER notebooks will have this label on them and the brand is very serious when it comes to quality on video conferencing. The model meets the high audio and visual standards for SKYPE Certification. So you don’t have to worry about the minimal background noise or even the zero echo. Cool stuff.

 


The specs of the 13” ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9
 


One of the cheapest ACER notebooks at Concepts Computer
 


Trust is always important and Concepts Computer has a high reliability factor 😀
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, believes the ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 will be a huge hit as the company brought it quite a lot of stock. The reason being of its affordability with a price tag of BND 478 only and on top of that, they will also give a BND 50 voucher. This can be very ideal for students and now with the back-to-school term, this can be a good catch for them. Vincent has always envisioned to provide great quality IT products to students while making them affordable.

ACER Aspire ES1-311-C9T9 is powered by an Intel Quar-Core Celeron Processor, with 500GB of HD storage, 4GB of Low Voltage RAM, webcam, bluetooth, wireless connectivity, No Optical Drive. For more info, you can call 223 3551, 223 3552 or 223 3553 at the Concepts Computer. You can also follow updates on Concepts Computer Facebook Page.

 

  
 

Winners feted from Citroen
 


Hasmin Masri had 1/5 chance of winning the Citroen DS3 but won an iPhone 6 as a consolation at the Citroen Grand Draw this morning. More stories tomorrow.
 


The winner of the iPad Mini for the Citroen Test Drive
 


The grand draw for the Citroen DS3. Check out blog tomorrow.
 

  
 

 

Home Tafakful Protection
 

“Renewing your Home Takaful Protection Plan is now more convenient through the TBA Call Centre at 224 4000.”

 


This will come in handy after all. Something for you to consider 😀
 

  
 

12
Dec

4 in 1?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Pizza Hut online 
 


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Sponsorship for Sanjok 
 


Sanjok Moktan with the management of Olive Tree Company and Sanjok’s friend Edwin Liew (far right)

Pizza Hut Brunei inked a sponsorship contract for Professional golfer, Sanjok Moktan on 10th December 2014 for his 2015 ASEAN PGA tour with a “commitment to help an individual relishing his dream.”

Sanjok Moktan grew up in Brunei, and started the sport of golf at 16 after being inspired by his father. Following his passion, he decided to pursue a professional license in 2010 under the “Professional Golfers Association of the Philippines” (PGAP). Costly tournaments have limited him to only 6 ASEAN PGA appearances within the last 3 years, limiting his advancement to ASIAN PGA tournaments.

His notable talent and ambition had caught the attention of Pizza Hut Brunei, and Mr Johnny Liew, Managing Director of Olive Tree Corporation decided to sponsor Moktan. Liew has a further vision to grow the local sports scene in the community.

In their part to giving back to the community and contribute to that vision, Pizza Hut Brunei and Moktan plan to host golf clinics for the youth.

“I played a lot of sports and took an instant liking to golf; it was like an instinctive call from my competitive side. Golf taught me more about myself, made me more aware of my mental state. With gold it’s more of a mental game. When you’re hitting a shot, it’s not like any other sport. Golf is an individual competition, you can do it for yourself.

Moktan is looking forward to participating in the upcoming ASEAN PGA tournaments such as the Sabah Master in Kota Kinabalu, PGM – ASEAN PGA in Port Dickson, Borobodur Classic Presented by Jababeka & OB Golf in Indonesia.

 


The signing ceremony
 


Sanjok Moktan ready to swing for success
 

  
 

Malppy Weekend Update 
 

Capture the spirit of the festive season with the Silver Series Jewelries Collection! New and exclusive to Malppy.com, they are delighted to introduce their latest add-ons, the Silver Series Jewelries Collection. Just like the saying that goes, ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’, this range of 925 Solid Sterling Silver accessories would make a treasured keepsake for a birthday gift or special anniversary. They can be a perfect gift for loved ones and special friends, a forever piece to be treasured.

Simply key in ‘Silver Series’ at Malppy’s search column and trust me, you can’t help but say yes to all the dazzling jewelries calling out for you!

 


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Looking to save more this holiday? Don’t fret! Malppy got this cover for you too!

It has been 3 weeks and a lot of their customers are delighted with this program as shopping at Malppy now saves them a lot, and when they said a lot, they really mean A LOT!

Malppy’s 2nd Basket Program can make us save up to 70% in your shopping! Have a browse at their  2nd Basket section now if you want to know more on how to use it, you can also click here for further information.

 


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Marriage cards 
 

Brunei will introduce marriage cards for Muslim couples as part of its new e-Syariah Court Management System.

Hj Hassan Hj Metali, Acting Chief Registrar at the Syariah Appeal Court, yesterday said a pair of marriage cards will be issued to every newlywed couple once the e-Syariah Court Management System is up and running in the next two years.

The cards will be the same size as identification cards, enabling Muslim couples to carry their proof of marriage with greater convenience.

“With the marriage cards, couples can easily show their proof of wedlock when needed. For example, if there is an inspection or ambush carried out by law enforcement, marriage cards will be accepted to prove the couple is married,” explained Hj Hassan.

Under the newly-enforced Syariah Penal Code Order, unmarried couples face heavy penalties for crimes such as khalwat.

Unmarried Muslim couples who live together or are caught in close proximity will be fined as much as $4,000, handed a jail term of up to a year or both under Section 196. Any non-Muslim involved in khalwat with a Muslim will also face the same punishment.
The Brunei Government and local IT firm ZimacSilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd yesterday signed a six-year contract worth $1.75 million for the implementation and maintenance of the e-Syariah Court Management System. To read more, you can click here. Soure: Rabiatul Kamit of The Brunei Times.

 


A sample of a marriage card from Malaysia if I’m not mistaken

Though this initiative is favourable by the Syariah Appeal Court, my suggestion would be to integrate the data into one smart card where the information of the person can be stored in current so called Smart Card Identity Card.

The enforcers will have a device that can simply scan the Smart ID card and all the information even on marriage and his or her spouse picture will appear.

We already have a similar card for Driving Licence and now a marriage card, on top of the must have Identity Card. Who knows one day in the future that all government agencies can work together to make our wallets more room for other essential stuffs 😀

 

  
 

 

Photo Contest 
 

In conjunction with the World AIDS Day 2014, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) together with Brunei Press Sdn Bhd recently organised a photo contest that was open to members of the public.

The photo contest that was held from the 26th November to 9th December 2014 highlighted the theme of the World AIDS Day- ‘Getting To Zero’ and represent ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ images.

Today, all entries received from the photo contest were presented for judging.

Judges for the photo contest including Dato Dr Isham Jaafar; Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Hazizah Osman; Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press, Suzie Houng; Senior Manager- Finance & Operations of Brunei Press as well as Ak Danny; Marketing Officer of JPMC were present at the event.

‘We are pleased with the response received from members of the public. This is a great platform for the photography enthusiasts to showcase their artistic skills and to be inspired by the recognition they gain through this event’, said Ak Danny.

During the selection process, various aspects were also considered by all the judges including creative interpretation of theme, message impact, execution, impression and focus.

 


Dato Dr Isham Jaafar; Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Hazizah Osman; Deputy General Manager of Brunei Press, Suzie Houng; Senior Manager- Finance & Operations of Brunei Press, Hamdi Metussin of Mixmediaworx and Ak Danny; Marketing Officer of JPMC

The grand prize winner will be receiving a Canon EOS 700D Kit (18-55mm), BND500 cash prize, one year JPMC Gym membership as well as Canon cap and power bank.

The second prize winner will receive a BND 300 cash prize and six months JPMC Gym membership along with Canon cap and power bank.

Meanwhile, the third prize winner will receive BND200, three months gym membership and Canon cap and power bank.
Fourth and fifth place winners will each receive BND100 and 1 month JPMC Gym membership along with Canon cap and power bank.

Winners of the photo contest will be announced in Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata soon.

The World AIDS Day photo contest is in collaboration with Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and is supported by Manning Jaya Trading (B) Sdn Bhd, Interhouse Company, Mc Quipp Technisell Marketing Sdn Bhd, Medicorp Sdn Bhd and JPMC Fitness Centre.

 

  
 

Performance postponed 
 


Sungha Jung Live in Brunei has been postponed according to Sungha Jung Official Facebook Page. It’s not a surprised such event will go through difficulties especially in Brunei. Let’s hope it’s not canceled and the next tentative date will be early February 2015
 


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16
Dec

Marriage cards

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Malppy Weekend Update 

Capture the spirit of the festive season with the Silver Series Jewelries Collection! New and exclusive to Malppy.com, they are delighted to introduce their latest add-ons, the Silver Series Jewelries Collection. Just like the saying that goes, ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’, this range of 925 Solid Sterling Silver accessories would make a treasured keepsake for a birthday gift or special anniversary. They can be a perfect gift for loved ones and special friends, a forever piece to be treasured.

Simply key in ‘Silver Series’ at Malppy’s search column and trust me, you can’t help but say yes to all the dazzling jewelries calling out for you!

 


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Looking to save more this holiday? Don’t fret! Malppy got this cover for you too!

It has been 3 weeks and a lot of their customers are delighted with this program as shopping at Malppy now saves them a lot, and when they said a lot, they really mean A LOT!

Malppy’s 2nd Basket Program can make us save up to 70% in your shopping! Have a browse at their  2nd Basket section now if you want to know more on how to use it, you can also click here for further information.

 


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Marriage cards 

Brunei will introduce marriage cards for Muslim couples as part of its new e-Syariah Court Management System.

Hj Hassan Hj Metali, Acting Chief Registrar at the Syariah Appeal Court, yesterday said a pair of marriage cards will be issued to every newlywed couple once the e-Syariah Court Management System is up and running in the next two years.

The cards will be the same size as identification cards, enabling Muslim couples to carry their proof of marriage with greater convenience.

“With the marriage cards, couples can easily show their proof of wedlock when needed. For example, if there is an inspection or ambush carried out by law enforcement, marriage cards will be accepted to prove the couple is married,” explained Hj Hassan.

Under the newly-enforced Syariah Penal Code Order, unmarried couples face heavy penalties for crimes such as khalwat.

Unmarried Muslim couples who live together or are caught in close proximity will be fined as much as $4,000, handed a jail term of up to a year or both under Section 196. Any non-Muslim involved in khalwat with a Muslim will also face the same punishment.
The Brunei Government and local IT firm ZimacSilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd yesterday signed a six-year contract worth $1.75 million for the implementation and maintenance of the e-Syariah Court Management System. To read more, you can click here. Soure: Rabiatul Kamit of The Brunei Times.

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A sample of a marriage card from Malaysia if I’m not mistaken

Though this initiative is favourable by the Syariah Appeal Court, my suggestion would be to integrate the data into one smart card where the information of the person can be stored in current so called Smart Card Identity Card.

The enforcers will have a device that can simply scan the Smart ID card and all the information even on marriage and his or her spouse picture will appear.

We already have a similar card for Driving Licence and now a marriage card, on top of the must have Identity Card. Who knows one day in the future that all government agencies can work together to make our wallets more room for other essential stuffs 😀

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05
Dec

I love Siem Reap

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

BIBD latest promotion 
 


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Malppy Update 
 


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Add fashion’s finishing touches to your outfit with statement jewelry from Malppy’s Elegant Short Necklace this weekend! Only $14.90 this weekend instead of its usual $25.90, beautifully designed to set the tone of your whole outfit, whether you are getting ready for that party or stepping out on the high street, this elegant vibrant necklace can complete your look.

 


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As the yearly happy holiday season is closing in, Malppy has selected a whole new range of beautiful and latest fashion accessories design from Korea with their Silver Series for this special month. Should it be a yearly self reward for yourself or a great seasonal gift of love for your loved ones, either way it is affordable yet looking all classy. So head up to http://www.malppy.com/index.php?route=product/latest now to browse through the varieties they have in store. Also keep your eyes on our facebook page as we are preparing something extra for those who celebrate Christmas & the upcoming New Year.

At the last note, for those who simply want to grab a BIG bargain particularly with our fashion accessories, you MUST NOT miss out on our latest launch, the 2nd Basket Program. 2nd Basket stands for purchase with purchase just like how it was practiced in departmental stores or supermarkets. Simply choose one main product and you can get up to 3 discounted item at a grab. The program had only been launched last week and we are already seeing massive savings done by some very fast shoppers. No joke! Have a browse at their 2nd Basket section at http://www.malppy.com/second-basket and if you want to know more on how to use it, you can also go to http://www.malppy.com/pavblog/blog&id=41 for further information.

 


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Siem Reap revisited 
 

I haven’t been consistent in my updates on RA and the reason being is that I’m currently outstation and in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is my third trip back to Siem Reap and it has been awesome apart from the slight showers. We were supposed to visit the temple with a bunch of friends but the weather wasn’t favourable. Today we will have another opportunity again to visit Angkor Wat during the day. Let’s hope for some good weather.

So peeps. I won’t be updating my blog for some time now so I can allow myself to enjoy the moments in Siem Reap which I have a few days left. Oh by the way, there will be a few Bruneians coming in to Siem Reap for the upcoming Angkor Wat Marathon. I do hope I have time to drop by and take some pictures. We shall see.

 


I would have thought my luggage would have been lower than 20K but no…. it hit the right spot 😀
 


For many years, we have been traveling buddies and truly appreciate the friendship that we have.
 


I’m actually quite impressed with the infrastructure of KLIA 2 (low cost terminal for AirAsia) because it seems to be more happening with tons of food & beverage outlets and shops around. It’s like millions way better than their older airport (LCCT).
 


This outlet, Hometown, is better than Old Town actually. Do try the steamed roti kawin.
 


Quite an affordable hotel at Tunes Hotel and I was skeptical in the beginning but the energy was quite welcoming and judging from the reception and the interior design at the lobby, I could tell the rooms would be just perfect for a short stay in KL.
 


Even the key slot for the room at Tunes Hotel look very savvy
 


The room is quite spacious and it costs below USD 60 per night
 


Arrived at Siem Reap last Monday and it seems the airport has not changed from the exterior bit. My last visit was back in 2011 and I was impressed that even my PR status passport didn’t require Visa unless you are staying more than 14 days.. Awesome!!! Thank you to the government of Cambodia for this.
 


Once you at the arrival hall, you will come across these kiosks and just look at the prices they offer. It’s quite competitive in Siem Reap where they have 5 telcos selling sim cards with data at very dirt cheap price. For USD 5, I could get a sim card and 3.5 GIGA data. Awesome!!! The line I chose was Cellcard (orange company)
 


A warm soothing welcome at Angkor Palace Resort & Spa. Actually, it doesn’t feel like a resort because there’s no beach around the hotel.
 


This is my current room and I will be staying here a few more nights. Pleasure to have Vincent Goh of Netcom Computer House as my roommate
 


We came to this desert place in city and wow, we were impressed with all the desserts. Highly recommended at L’Anexxe. Do google in and for those Bruneians coming down here for the Angkor Wat marathon, do try out this French cafe. There was also a small pool table for us to play.
 


Catching up with friends for dinner at Madam Butterfly.
 


One thing I like about Angkor Palace is the huge pool
 


Another amazing friend who I truly appreciate and thank you for believing, Pat!
 


The tuk-tuk ride to the city of Siem Reap and the riders are much more gentle compared to the ones in Bangkok. Make sure you don’t pay more than USD 3 per trip 😀
 


Few days ago this happened to my left eye and my eyes were pretty itchy too. I’m not sure if it’s the antibiotics that I have been taking because it stopped itchy after I stopped taking them.
 

  
 

DST Carnival 

The DST Carnival 2014 launches today, Friday 5th December 2014 at DST Headquarters in Tungku Link and will end on Sunday 7th December 2014. DST will also launch the new “Redemption Feature” as part of the Easi Loyalty Program along with Kristal Astro’s new MyKA account payment portal!

The official launch is set to take place today at 3.45PM and DST invites the public to witness the event and to enjoy the attractions offered at the DST Carnival this year which include exciting activities, games and special promotions on DST products and services exclusive for visitors!

Customers can take advantage on the various product and services promotions and offers by DST exclusively launched for visitors to the DST Carnival.

 


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Starting today DST launches a new 4G Prima post-paid subscription plan of B$85.00 per month giving subscribers free 2,000 minutes (local DST-DST outgoing calls), 150 minutes (local outgoing calls from DST-other local operator), free, 1,000 SMS (DST-DST), free 150 SMS (DST-Other local DST is continuously committed to helping customers keep up with a fast-changing world.

DST’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, “Future Series”, is an initiative to create platforms to nurture promising Bruneian ICT companies through investing in the companies to generate business opportunities aimed to drive innovation and creativity in Brunei. DST also has a community program, “Ihsan Kasih” aimed to gather DSTians for voluntary work and to do beautiful things out of love, to help the less fortunate Bruneian, orphans and special needs community.

With both continuous commitments in our products and services and also to the Bruneian community, DST works to our main purpose of catalysing Brunei’s economic diversification via ICT, whilst investing in human capital development and nurturing domestic entrepreneurship.

 


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Catch Liyana Yus and Nadiah on stage on 6th December at DST Carnival. Image courtesy of @liyanaus
 

  

27
Nov

So Nice

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The 2nd Basket

Shoppers, on your mark: It’s the Weekend again and Malppy has been coming up with different knock out deals each week. This weekend is no exception and this time it’s even better! Introducing their latest promotion program which they called it the 2ndBasket, otherwise commonly known as Purchase with Purchase in the departmental stores or supermarkets. Their second basket items vary from accessories like earrings to necklaces and bracelets which you can get it at a fraction of the original price. You will be entitled to purchase 3 of their price saving 2nd Basket item if you buy any one of their main item.

 


To find out more about their 2nd Basket Promotion program, please click here

LAST REMINDER: We have come to the last weekend of Movember in a blink of an eye. Don’t miss out the chance to grab your FREE Movember String Bag which worth $23.90 in their malppy store now. You just need to purchase $50 above in one transaction and the Movember String Bag is yours for FREE. 2 more days till the end of November. Head on to Malppy.com now!

 


 

  

The Popcorn Panel 
 


Review of Penguins of Madagascar with co-host Del Goh. Was it a hit or miss? Do find out!!

 

  
 

 

Wu Chun inspires new dishes 
 

The Energy Kitchen, Brunei’s first truly healthy restaurant is proud to present Jason Lew as its new Executive Chef. The addition of Chef Jason to our international team of both local and international chefs will further improve what is already one of Brunei’s Best Healthy Restaurants. Chef Jason has been in the food industry since he was 19, with professional training and very inspiring work experience in Australia.  On top of that, he has previously worked for 5 star international hotel chain where he has the opportunity to pick up fine dining skills in the kitchen. Prior to joining The Energy Kitchen, he also made a name for himself as a home-based caterer under his brand The Fat Chef, cooking up creative feasts and hosting dinners for a wide variety of events and functions.

Inspired by The Energy Kitchen’s healthy vision and His Majesty’s titah, which is to build a healthier nation in the country, Chef Jason decided to embark on a transformational journey from “Fat Chef” to “Fit Chef”.  He took up the challenge to do something truly different with food, that is to continue to create delicious food, but with a twist to make it truly healthy and exciting.

According to Wu Chun, “In addition to his new, healthier approach to food, Chef Jason’s newfound commitment to his health also involves undergoing rigorous fitness training and frequent brainstorming with the certified dietician at Fitness Zone.  Together with The Energy Kitchen, Chef Jason is keen to show Brunei what ‘REAL FOOD’ is all about – fresh food, made from scratch with minimal processing, high nutritional value (Superfoods!) and lighter cooking methods (no deep frying!).”

Chef Jason added, “Their mission is to show Brunei that healthy food does not have to be bland, boring or plain.  In fact, it is entirely possible to enjoy tasty, wholesome food daily, and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

 


Wu Chun of Energy Kitchen, holding a new inspired dish, Grilled Chicken Satay Beehon, with Chef Jason of Energy Kitchen

In conjunction with the announcement, The Energy Kitchen is introducing a number of new healthy dishes that owner Wu Chun and Chef Jason have been working on. The new Grilled Chicken Satay Beehoon is a delicious combination of brown rice vermicelli tossed in signature Almond Satay Sauce, egg, blanched kangkong, and succulent cumin grilled lean chicken breast. The Beef Stew is slow cooked with root vegetables, served with refreshing herbed quinoa tossed with raisins and cucumber.  The Energy Kitchen’s version of Gado-Gado, their Nihon Gyu (Japanese inspired) burger and few other new dishes will also be added to the menu.

The Energy Kitchen held its grand opening last month and it has been in operation for 6 months now. The response has been great, as the market for healthy food is growing fast and The Energy Kitchen couldn’t be more proud in helping to spearhead this trend. The Energy Kitchen will continue its quest to prove that you can go for a healthy makan that is good for your body and can be simple, innovative and always great tasting.

So why don’t you pop in and give The Energy Kitchen a try? Your body won’t regret it.

To know more, do visit The Energy Kitchen’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theenergykitchen, follow them on Instagram @theenergykitchen. The Energy Kitchen’s operation hours are 7.30am til 10.30pm. Reservations can be made by calling 2233323. Text and image courtesy of Energy Kitchen.

 

  
 

 

Amas by SEEDS  
 



Synopsis of Amas
 

A local drama education organisation – SEEDS – is ready to perform its own original production titled “Amas” for their annual year-end activity.

SEEDS have been producing their own versions of some of the famous musicals such as Oliver!, Willy Wonka, Into the Woods, Wicked and Lion King for the past five years. This year, the team took an exciting challenge of writing their own original show set in Brunei.

The original production features “Amas” who is a 115 year old lady dreaming of the past. The audience will be taken back in time to her childhood years in Kampong Ayer, when exciting and challenging developments were afoot in Brunei.

With the background of life on the water village and relationships with her parents and family friends, Amas recalls a time when she was a mischievous 10-year-old during the beginning of schools and formal education, as well as later when she was 20 and training to be a teacher, and a discovery of oil that promised prosperity for all.

The play will surely take the audience on a memorable journey back in time, reminiscing the sights and sounds, traditions and music of old Kampong Ayer. Text courtesy of Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times.

Tickets are still available at a priced of $15 each selling outside the Multi-Purpose Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalan (UBD) and are available from 2-5pm and 7-10pm (excluding Thursday) until show time!. For more information and changes on time, don’t hesitate to contact SEEDS at their social media accounts Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/seedsbrunei or Twitter @seedsbrunei.

 


The casts and crew of Amas during their preview night a few nights ago. Sorry, I couldn’t make it.
 


Images courtesy of SEEDS Brunei
 


One of the scenes from Amas
 


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Brunei in APICTA 2014
The annual, Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2014 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from 27th until 30th November. The theme for APICTA 2014 is “Innovate, Integrate and Empower”. The six teams who will represent Brunei Darussalam’s ICT achievements and compete at APICTA 2014 are selected from the pool of Brunei ICT Award (BICTA) 2014 winners.

The APICTA is an international awards program which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and bridge the digital divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities through exposure to venture capitalists and investors.

Participants of the awards program comprise of members of the APICTA Alliance. APICTA’s 17 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The delegation is led by Hj Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), who is also the Chairman of the BICTA 2014 working committee.

Brunei’s executive member representatives at APICTA committee are Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI and Wallace Koh, Advisor of AITI, who will be attending the APICTA 2014 event and annual APICTA General Meeting.

Brunei also sends 5 representatives as APICTA 2014 Judges who will be judging the competition in different categories. These judges are Hj Osman bin Hj Ladis and Wallace Koh Hoe Aik from AITI, Pg Sarimah bte Pg Abd Latiff from IFB, Jennifer Voon from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Jeremy Chua from iCentre.


Brunei delegation led by Hj Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) with the Brunei teams competing for this year’s APICTA 2014 in Jakarta. Taken at Brunei International Airport.
 

These six teams competing are:

Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB with “Heritage of South East Asia”;

Kolej International Graduate Studies (IGS) with “Virtual Watch Fitting”;

Sekolah Vokasional Nakhoda Ragam with the product “SVNR Staff Network”;

Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) with “The Sulu Princess”;

Teleconsult Sdn Bhd with “Teleconsult SkyEye”; and

PHMD Publishing Company with the project “Salam Halal”.

Participation in APICTA is a continuous initiative by the Ministry of Communications to develop the country’s ICT industry by allowing ICT product developers to compete on an international level. Brunei Darussalam teams who win at APICTA will be given a grant of $50,000 by AITI to further develop and enhance their product to become a marketable product. The 2nd prize or Merit Award winners will be given a grant of $25,000.

At APICTA 2013, Brunei Darussalam won two Merit awards by Chung Hwa Middle School, KB with the product “Higher Education Guidance System (Hedges)“ and Institut Teknologi of Brunei (ITB) with the product “AutiSay”. Press release and image courtesy of AITI.

 

  

21
Nov

Sochi, baby :D

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Ambassador welcomes Brunei delegate 
 


His Excellency Haji Haini bin Haji Hashim, the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Russian Federation (5th from left) with the Brunei delegates who will competing in the World Robot Olympiad 2014 (WRO) at Sochi International Airport, Russia. Click image to enlarge.

Finally, after 30 hours of traveling and transiting, I managed to check in to my room for the next few nights in Sochi, Russia. I didn’t expect to fly to Europe in 2014 and sometimes life is just amazing especially when you least expected it. I had mixed feelings about flying to Russia because 1) it’s just too far 2) my PR status but once I landed safely and passed the Russian immigration, my mood started to shift and appreciate the moment that I’m actually physically in Russia.

My trip is being sponsored for the coverage of Brunei’s involvement in the World Robot Olympiad 2014 which is being held in Sochi, Russia. Some of you might recall the Sochi Winter Games that took place a few months ago. Initially, the WRO event was supposed to be held at Moscow, Russia but only announced the change of venue a few months ago. Next year Qatar will be the host for WRO 2015 and we are hoping that Brunei, one day, will host this prestigious event.

A big thank you to the Brunei Embassy in Russia for helping us with the logistics especially in Moscow (transiting) and Sochi (upon arrival). It was nice to see the Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to Russia, His Excellency Haji Haini bin Haji Hashim who has been serving for the past two years as the Ambassador. He welcomed the Brunei delegates at Sochi International Airport (Международный Аэропорт Сочи) and thank you so much for arranging the transportation and checking in for us last night. The process would have been longer without your assistance.

For those heading to Moscow or parts of Russia, you can contact the embassy at moscow.russia(a)mfa.gov.bn or brunei.moscow(a)gmail.com or call (+7) 495 783 1926/7 and they are quite helpful too. I also realised that Russians don’t speak much English so communication can be an issue unless if it’s in the airport or hotel, then you will be fine. Once you step outside, it’s a different ball game. Even the Ambassador said that there are many steps to understand and learn the Russian language and even the Russians understanding of English is different from ours which can lead to miscommunication. We’ll see how it goes in the next few days but I’m quite excited to be in Russia and perhaps, do a bit of exploring.

The Brunei students will be preparing their respective projects this morning at the Exhibition Media Complex, Sochi which just a walking distance from the hotel we are staying (Azimut Hotel Resort & Spa). For your info, Sochi time zone is only 5 hours behind from Brunei time.

I shall update the progress on my instagram @ranoadidas and that’s a faster way for parents/families and their friends to keep up to date on the happenings of our Brunei representatives in the World Robot Olympiad 2014. I wish the students the best and a big shoutout to one of the students, Nur Amni Amanina binti Hj Narudin, who celebrated her birthday yesterday (by flying for 27 hours huhu).

Thank you once again, His Excellency Haji Haini bin Haji Hashim and his team from the Brunei Embassy in Russia for assisting us and also to our organiser, Hjh Faridah and Satinah Hj Abg for guiding us from Brunei to Sochi.

 


My first selfie in Russia #priority #chanceofalifetime
 


Thank you, Hanafi from the Brunei Embassy for assisting us during our 3 hour transit in Moscow Domodedovo Airport. It wasn’t easy to get around due to most of the language written is in Russian.
 


A tip when you arrive in Moscow. Watch out for the fraudulent taxi drivers. They will give a fixed fee then later on, they will add more charges due to the number of luggage you bring or the size of the taxi and so on. So you might be paying double the amount.
 


The Malaysian contingent is bring quite a few participants
 


A tired Nina after 27 hours of flying. Happy belated, Nina 😀 She celebrated her birthday flying here and there and it was nice of the immigration officer at Sochi to greet her before chopping her passport.
 


Thank Natalia who helped with our checking in at Azimut Hotel Resort & Spa. More pictures of the hotel later.
 


Faridah and Satinah sorting out the rooms for the Brunei delegate
 


Azimut Hotel is a full house due to the participants for the WRO event. Awesome!!
 

  
 

 

Malpyy goes Retro 
 

Shimmer and shine this weekend with Malppy’s fabulous looking Retro Fashion Ring-Bangled Style Watch featuring the glistening jewels that wears around your wrist to your finger. This ring-wrist watch which is valued originally at B$33.90 is sure to bring out the best look in you. The best part is you can get it this weekend at only B$19.90!

This fashion jewelry is so on-trend that you can go chic and contemporary with it and it is perfect for an evening date night out as well. Both watch and bracelet and a ring as well, this 3 in 1 watch is exactly what you need for any occasion. Perfect for a gift as well, you don’t have to worry about the size and you most certainly need not worry about the shelf life of this gift item as well because everybody wants to know ‘What’s the time?’ and having this 3 in 1 wrist watch for any lady is the best way to do so.

Hurry now and go to Malppy.com now or go directly to http://www.malppy.com/Retro-Fashion-Decorative-Bracelet and take a look at the various designs of this ring-bangle wristwatch they have in store for you this weekend promotion, exclusively for members only! Definitely an eye catcher to draw attention as well.

 


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To add on, Malppy is having their Movember Month Specials as well. They are offering Free Movember String Bags for transaction above $50. Hurry up and don’t miss out this chance and let’s help to raise awareness on men’s health issues!

 


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14
Nov

The Big Difference

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Fundraiser for a good cause 



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Let’s help Azeemah who will be trekking at Mount Snowdon to raise funds for Syria through the Human Relief Foundation’s Blanket for Syria Appeal. It’s good to know that she has reached her target and the event is tomorrow. Saturday 15th November. You can still donate for the good cause and good luck, Azeemah :))

A message from Azeemah’s fundraiser page: I, Azeemah Natasha Hj Mohd Khairul Zaki from Brunei Darussalam, will be trekking Mt. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales for the purpose of a charity hike organised by University of Sheffield’s Islamic Circle. However, to make this possible, I need to raise at least 150 pounds.

Inside the war-torn country, an estimated 3.2 million children have been forced from their homes. Another 1.5 million children have fled the country and are now living in over-stretched refugee camps or villages. The most vulnerable children are those who remain inside Syria, who risk death, illness, abuse and exploitation on a daily basis. The humanitarian needs are incalculable, thus we need your help to raise money and awareness for Syria through the Human Relief Foundation’s Blanket for Syria Appeal.

Thank you for your time and generosity! May God bless you. End.

You may click here to donate.

 

  

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Baiduri Deals 
 


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Taro Pie out of stock! 
 


I managed to get a dosage on my way back from Bali the other day. It’s amazing how the Taro Pie is doing so well in Brunei. See, I told you that the Taro Pie is awesome 😀
 

Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the BURGER KING ® franchise, would like to apologize to all our guests for the insufficient stock of our Taro Turnover due to popularity which was not anticipated by us.

Our shipment for the Taro Turnover was delayed therefore this item will not be available for a couple of days in Burger King. We are trying our best to bring the Taro Turnover in for our guests as soon as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

For further updates on Burger King® Brunei, visits our Instagram @burgerkingbrunei and Facebook at www.facebook.com/bkbrunei.

  
 

Malppy Update 
 


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Malppy.com is asking the ladies to brace themselves now as it’s that time of the year again when boyfriends/husbands decide to let his manhood go wild. Hey, they are talking about Movember here! This annual 30-day event involves the tradition of men growing moustaches during the month of November in order to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

Malppy.com is not letting go of this opportunity to raise some awareness as well and they are definitely doing it their way. Being an online fashion store, they are getting both the men and women to be involved this time around. Yes, I have spotted some female-friendly moustache items in the store and they are featured in this weekend sale! Yes, expect to see ‘staches here and there and even not, their deal is impossible to miss!

Members of Malppy can now express your fashion sense and at the same time show your care for this cause with Malppy.com as this offer only valid for 3 days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) If you haven’t registered yet, you better hurry and register right away to enjoy their knockout deal this weekend exclusively for members only! Visit their website now at www.malppy.com and don’t forget to Keep Calm and Shop Online.

OH WAIT! There’s MORE…. Malppy is also giving out FREE Movember String Bags throughout the month November for any transaction above $50, now how cool is that?

 


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