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18
Feb

New player in town

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The All New Audi Q7 
 

 

  
 

 

My CNY updates 
 

This year’s Chinese New Year celebration is slightly tamer than previous year. Though I would like to say that I managed to attend almost all the invitation surprisingly. I managed to collect a few angpows too along the way (perks of being single). Chap Go Meh is a few days away which will mark the end of the Chinese New Year festive celebration.

Here are some of the photos taken recently to commemorate CNY celebration.

 


Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hj Apong Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism and spouse visited the Chong Fu Li’s residence. Also present were Chang Ein Hong, father of Chong Fu Li, His Excellency Cho Won-Myung, Korean Ambassador to Brunei and his family, Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, Rino Donosepoetro, CEO of Standard Chartered (Brunei) and his family, Chong Ming Rui, my friend and host :p and others.
 


Thank Chong Ming Rui for the invitation. This is our tennis family though only one person doesn’t take up the sport
 


Tennis players from Brunei and Japan
 


At Leonard and Jackie’s open house. So Jackie, are you planning to visit Katmandu? :p
 


Visited John Tan’s residence and we had a good chat about toys with Stephen. It’s good to know the other side of John and his army toy collections.
 


A quick visit to Pat Li’s residence and I truly like the vegetarian home-made roll
 


Thankful for a wonderful friendship we have though we see each other once in a while
 


Tasted my first ever Blue Tea at Pat’s house
 


Even Mr. Brown’s greeting happy new year
 


Only known for less than 2 years but we have a great bond of friendship. Thanks for hosting my friend
 


… and Kristy makes one of the best latte in town. You can ask for her to serve you at Piccolo Cafe in bandar
 


We had an awesome learning experience in Hua Hin among other friends recently. It was a like a solo reunion and see how much both of us have grown individually. See you next time, Sarina.
 


Truly appreciative of my friend Pranika for accompanying me on my CNY visits this year. More to come …. next year :p
 


Without knowing, we coincidentally wore Deadpool colours :p
 


Management and team of Interhouse Company wishes Happy New Year. Image courtesy of IHC Facebook Page.
 

  
 

 

Game On!!! 
 


Starting tomorrow
 


I’m not interested in the other board games apart from Scrabble 😀 So any takers?
 

Times Square Shopping Centre will be holding a Board Games Weekend from 19th to 21st February 2016 at the atrium this weekend. National Day Board Games Weekend 2016 is organized by Times Square Shopping Centre and is co-organized by Brunei Chess Federation (BCF) and the Department of CO-curriculum Education. Events include Scrabbles competition and Chess tournament. Participants may register for the Scrabbles competition by filling in the forms that can be retrieved at the lucky draw counter and submitted before the event.

Board Games Weekend activities will include a Chess Simultaneous match, Basic Chess Lessons and Chess Blitz games. For the chess tournament, it will be 9 rounds for Rapid and 9 rounds for Blitz using the Swiss Manager Programme organized in accordance to the most recent laws of chess. The time control for the Rapid Event will be 15 minutes for the whole game plus 2 seconds increment and for Blitz Event will be 5 minutes plus 2 seconds every move played starting from the first move. The entry fee for the Rapid Event are $12 for adults, $8 for Under-20 (students), $5 for Under-14 (students) per person and for Blitz Event will be $10 per person (Adults category). Medals will be awarded to the Top 5 finalists of the Open category for National Day Inter-School Chess Blitz 2016 and category prizes for the Top 3 finalists for the Best Junior U14 and Best Junior U10. In addition, trophies will also be awarded to the Best 3 of the schools’ category.

The public will have the opportunity to test their skills against Brunei’s best players and the chance to learn first-hand from a professional chess player. There will be a National Day Chess Festival 2016 where students from all schools in Brunei Darussalam are welcomed to participate in the competition, which will be held on the 19th of February 2016, Friday at the ground floor of Times Square Shopping Centre. The deadline for the registration is on Friday, 19th February at 2.30pm for the Rapid Event and for Blitz Event will be on Sunday, 21st February 2016 at 1.00pm. Interested students can either register directly at the ground floor of Times Square Shopping Centre or contact the organizing committee to register.

Other board games will also be opened for customers to try out and play. These include Snakes and Ladders, Cluedo, Monopoly and Jengga. In the nearest future, Times Square will be having several events such as Japanese Language and Culture week on 18th to 20th March, 9th Mini Carnival on 23rd to 29th March 2016 and a Wedding Exhibition in April 2016. You may also find out about all upcoming events simply by following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

For further information about the chess tournament, please contact Pg Abd Rahman (+673)8780282, Amir Fakhry (+673)8669759, GM Vakhidov Tahir via Vakjhidovt@yahoo.com and for Scrabbles competition, please contact 2338208 or 2338006.

 


So speaking of board games, we recently had some board game session at Games & Latte
 


The gang that showed up last weekend. Let’s do another round.
 

  
 

 

BIBD Media Appreciation Night 
 


The Clever Cup demo by It’s a Grind during BIBD Media Appreciation Night. Image courtesy of BIBD Facebook Page.
 


Members of the press. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


Bloggers and radio presenters. Image courtesy of @anakbrunei
 


Nadzri the magician and entertainer for last night’s event. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


Image courtesy of @photobychihb
 


The colgate potential model :p Image by Allen Shim.
 


Image courtesy of Conia Kaur.
 


The best dressed – Adriane Jaafar of The Brunei Times and Rudi Hamid of Pelangi FM. Image courtesy of @pelangifm
 

  
 

16
May

#GODZILLArocks

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 

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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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#kickitbrazil 
 


Want to win a GoPro Hero 3+? Check out #kickItBrazil Peugeot Brunei competition. Competition starts 12th May. Click image to enter Facebook page for more details.
 

UBD Pro-Bono Fiesta 
 


UBD Charity Carnival is just around the corner! Organized by FASS Community Outreach Programme, January 2014 and it will take place from Friday to Sunday, this weekend. Food, Entertainment, Clothing and also fun activities coming to you this weekend! They will be joined by RBTS, Gear FSC (Nerf), franchise as well as our local vendors!! Help them by showing your support to contribute ‘to the greater good’ by bringing your family & friends to our Charity Carnival!
 

  
 

HSBC Home & Away 

HSBC home & Away is an existing global programme that offers exclusive year-round discounts to HSBC Credit Card customers at over 27,000 merchant outlets, in more than 160 countries and territories.

With the theme ‘Close Connections’, it provides opportunities for HSBC Credit Cardholders to reconnect with their families and friends through experience based offers across 13 markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Brazil and United Arab Emirates.

HSBC Credit Cardholders can now spend quality time with their friends or their loved ones, by looking no further than HSBC global home&Away privilege programme giving opportunities on local dining and shopping offers from Pastamania, Saffron café, Shinobu Shabu-Shabu, Sushi Tei, Firoz Jaya Silk house and Nueva Boutique. Furthermore, with its overseas privileges, HSBC Credit Cardholders can have fun at the Dreamland Aquapark in UAE, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, and Slope Infinity – Hong Kong’s indoor ski and snowboarding deck which is the largest of its kind in the world. There are also trips away, where customers can share experiences such as the Singapore Formula 1 Night Race or the Superstar Virgo package with Hong Kong’s Star Cruise. Finally, for the food lovers, there is a variety of group dining options at premium hotels including the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta and The Peninsula Manila.

Check out these offers and discount from Brunei more through your desktop / mobile device at www.homeandaway.hsbc.com


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What actually happened? 

 


Last night, a commotion took place at The Mall at the ground floor. According to a witness, the man was running around and even pushed one of the person who was on duty, setting up a booth at the atrium area of The Mall. The guy was eventually taken into the custody of the police and escorted outside the building which I saw right after our Godzilla movie outing. Click image to watch a short clip of the guy being escorted.

  

The 50s theme night 
 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank and Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO with members of the media. Taken from BT website.

An event I miss due to my DPMM FC coverage commitment. So here is the text taken from BT. Melodious songs from the 50s rang through the Mutiara ballroom of the Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam as Baiduri Bank Group celebrated its prestigious award-winning achievements with members of the local media yesterday.

Over 150 guests from various media agencies in the Sultanate as well as personnel from various government sectors such as Information Department and designing companies further vivified the dinner.

Attendees were treated to an evening of food, fun and exciting games such as sausage-eating, sundae-making, song-guessing, ball-shooting and best dress awards for both males and females.

For the lucky draw round, Fayezuana, a radio presenter from Kristal FM (KFM) bagged herself a Baiduri saving account with $2000 along with three others who brought home two iPad Minis as well as a Polaroid camera.

The rest of the guests did not go back home empty-handed as they receive instant dips.

Present during the dinner was Pierre Imhof, general manager of Baiduri Bank Group who delivered a welcoming remark thanking the local print media and television in Brunei Darussalam for their vital roles in disseminating information about their products and services to the public. “On behalf of Baiduri Bank Group, I would like to acknowledge you, the media, as a very important part of society, and as our partner in disseminating information about us to the public via your various channels,” he added. Also present at the event were Ti Eng Hui, deputy chief executive officer, as well as Dorothy Newn, head of Corporate Communication and Marketing. Text by Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times.


Pierre Imhof mingling with the media
 


Pierre Imhof giving his welcoming remarks and thanking the media
 


 


Games, games, games
 


The hula-hula
 


Hakim and Siti of Borneo Bulletin
 


 


Aliya and Siti
 


AJ and Hakim, best dress during the event
 


Aziz and Syafiq of Borneo Bulletin
 


Posing for the camera
 


Smiling way back in the 50s
 


One of the fun games for the media
 


 


This was taken at last year’s Baiduri Bank Media Night appreciation with the Safari theme
 


This was taken at last year’s Baiduri Bank Media Night appreciation with the Safari theme
 

  
 

Malppy’s weekend 
 


Shop online on Malppy.com

Malppy.com – Brunei’s online Fashion and Lifestyle store announces a refresh of its website with a brand new look whilst offering an enhanced shopping experience.

From its humble beginnings as a start up just a year ago, the company has seen growth and looking to expand further said, Founder Simon Soo.

The founder went said “We (Malppy.com) aim to provide consumers with the best online shopping experience through the new look featuring a clean, sleek design aimed at a global audience”.

The website includes enhanced features such as faster web browsing and an improved user-friendly interface. Taking into consideration the average consumer behavior, the site has simplified all the steps a shopper has to go through from online registration to check out.

Shoppers are also able to share their comments and rate products, a recommendation feature that is important in most international shopping sites. In addition, shoppers can also share what they like via social media, which is integrated in Malppy.com.

Other improvements to the website also includes a wish list, optional registration when shopping, the ability to compare products and detailed product information with more images for better decision making. It has recently added a European fashion line in addition to its current popular Eastern range. A Children’s section is now available due to popular demand as well. Exciting new ideas in the pipeline include collaborations with local and regional designers to promote Muslim wear in the near future. New product categories will be added in the coming months so check out Malppy.com today. Your online shopping begins here.

 


Shop online on Malppy.com
The company joined its first official trade show at the Consumer Fair in the International Convention Centre (ICC) on January. Also making appearances at other local exhibitions, which contributed to more exposure for the online business. With its presence at these events, Malppy.com has garnered wide exposure on its branding and presence in the market. It has also provided the opportunity to receive public feedback which is vital for their dedication on continues enhancement program for a better shopping experience for its value customers.

In conjunction with their first Anniversary on April, Malppy.com celebrated by giving its customers Free iPhone cover for all customer who spend more then B$50 in one single recipe as advertised in the Borneo Bulletin back in April 2014.

Malppy.com continues to expand its offerings by keeping up with the latest trends to cater to the market’s changing needs.

 

  
 

Keeran goes Chrends-ing 
 


One friend that I know of that doesn’t stop creating or recreating new ideas to reality is Keeran Janin. Our friendship goes all the way back to the era of the RA6 (a disbanded clique) in the mid 2000’s where he was under the employment of b-mobile communications.

If I look back at all the things he has done up to this very moment, I’m just truly amazed of the array of things that he was able to pull off even though some didn’t turn out be successful. He is a great iconic technoprenuer (IT entrepreneur) for the young ones as some of us don’t really like to deal with failure.

In my recent interview with Keeran Janin, he shared some of his successes and failures in his IT adventure including his recent trip to the Silicon Valley where Keeran stayed there for three weeks to meet up with the technopreneurs and angel investors.

I could tell that Keeran was high in energy during the interview and there was so much that he wanted to share on his US trip where he self-funded himself and took that leap of faith and just go all out to meet different walks of life at the Silicon Valley. Honestly, I love the vibrancy of the Silicon Valley and both Keeran and I traveled there once back in 2008 and it was a memorable one for us. This time, Keeran meant business and he is ready to swim with the big fish.

Three weeks in the US is not a cheap feat and Keeran was smart enough to use most of his resources such as air miles (for a subsidized flight) and cheaper means of accommodation so he could make most out of his Silicon Valley trip.

 


Keeran Janin on one of his tour during visit at San Francisco recently
 


Keeran Janin and his friend at Lombard Street

Now the question is why did he travel there again for such a longer period? Maybe, just maybe, Keeran kinda felt that he hit the jackpot with his new creation called Chrends (or #chrends) which actually means Chatrooms for trending topics. The IOS app was developed earlier this year under his new company Chrends Sdn Bhd and it is still in its beta platform but it has been garnering pace in terms of subscribers. So he felt it is time to meet the big shots in the US and see what road lies ahead of him.

If you remember the days of mIRC, #Chrends kinda falls in that category but in an app version with a sleek and modern feel to it. Basically you can create rooms or channels and chat with others anonymously without the need to sign up with your profiles. I’ve been using it for a month now and I follow the ongoing conversations on the main channel where people share their thoughts on local issues and so forth.

So Keeran’s trip in the US was to pitch his prototype (#chrends) idea to potential investors and angel investors. He traveled from one spot to another and ended up pitching to at least 30-40 investors. I kinda know how it works in the US. It’s totally different than Asia. Sometimes you could sell your idea in just matter of a minute or two and kabooom, you land yourself a jackpot and the investor will pump in money to fund your idea. In the US, things are much faster when it comes to decision making and sometimes the verbal agreements are on the spot before they get down to the formalities. Hence, it’s no surprise to why Keeran was taking a huge risk in his pitching adventure.

He was a bit tight-lipped about the outcome of his pitches but he hinted that he will reveal all pretty soon. But he did request for one thing is for us to download the #chrends app and do give feedback as that’s the most important ingredient for his app to tract more usage from subscribers.

Whether his trip was a success or not, the message here is that in life, everything is worth a shot. The experience itself will be self rewarding to say the least.

 


Infographics for #Chrends. Click image to enlarge.
 


Keeran’s visit to Yahoo at San Francisco in 2008
 


Keeran at the presentation at Red Herring event back in 2012 for his Chatworthy app
 

  
 

Baiduri Masters 2014 
 


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The annual charity golf event, which is in its 19th edition, is widely recognised as the biggest and most prestigious golf competition in the Sultanate. The tournament is just less than two weeks away.

Three categories – men’s, ladies and juniors – will be contested over two weekends at the RBA Golf Club in Berakas.

The men’s category is divided into men’s open and senior categories while the junior division is open to golfers aged 13-18. The first week of competition will be held from May 30 – June 1 while the second will be played from June 6-8.

Registration fee is set for $120 for adults and $60 for juniors, inclusive of green fee, buggy, breakfast and lunch. Players can play as many times as they like to improve their chances of winning and they are able to enjoy a 10 per cent discount on registration fee on their second and subsequent round.

Interested parties can log onto www.baiduri.com for full details, where they can also download the application forms to register for the event.

 


The signing ceremony with partners for the Baiduri Masters 2014
 


QAF Group, Baiduri Masters 2014’s strategic partner represented by its CEO Albert Lau with Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank
 


Brunei Press, the exclusive media partner to the event represented by its General Manager Reggie See
 

  
 

08
May

#HelloSingapore

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

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Another assignment trip 
 

There you go… I’m here again in Singapore for another assignment. I was just fresh from Seoul, Korea, for a special coverage on Harley-Davidson and it was a memorable experience for many reasons – riding a Harley, meeting celebrities from the region and most of all, being in Seoul for the first time *sakai* I will post my last batch of photos and coverage on H-D soon.

Yesterday I flew off to Singapore with the management of Indera Motors, dealership for Jaguar and Land Rover in Brunei Darussalam and representatives from the media and bloggers. My overseas assignment will be the coverage of the sneaks for Jaguar F-Type Coupe which will be unveiled later tonight in Singapore. Hence, the regional dealers in South East Asia will be present during the preview launch together with the local and international media.

So this is another great honour to be part of an international event and May has already been a super busy month for me. So thank you to Indera Motors for this wonderful opportunity and choosing and entrusting me for the coverage of the Jaguar F-Type in Singapore.

As time goes by, I’m beginning to learn new things in the automotive industry (Harley-Davidson and now Jaguar). So what’s next? Bring it on….

Below are pictures from yesterday’s outing. I won’t be posting much stories today. Enjoy 😀

 


Heading to Singapore again via @royalbruneiair and I ask myself, why haven’t I signed up for Royal Skies?? *fail*
 


My media buddies – Joana Tan and Hakim Hayat complementing each other by reading each other’s stories :p
 


YAM Pg Anak Ghaffar, General Manager of Indera Motors (2nd from left) with the management and the members of the media upon arrival at Changi Airport. This is my 7th touchdown in Singapore this year alone *likes*
 


One of the few hotels I’ve wanted to try but never got the chance was Marina Mandarin and Grand Park Orchard and finally, we were given the privilege to check in at the Grand Park Orchard. Awesome hotel and hands down, the best location for a hotel in the heart of Orchard
 


The first thing that caught my eye is the artwork in the room. I kinda like the room and I even fell asleep after lying down for a minute or two. I heard the room rate is around SG $300+ which is kinda worth it since it’s at the heart of Orchard. I won’t mind staying here actually.
 


It’s awesome that the hotel provides a smart phone for their patrons with unlimited local calls and international ones too. Not that I need one as I’m entrusted to my own personal one but this is a great facility offer by the hotel and this gets another plus point for me.
 


Last month, many Singaporeans were complaining about lack of rain and this time round, rain is getting common and there was a short burst of heavy rain in the afternoon yesterday.
 


Of all places, I bumped into an old friend Vinod at Minang House at Lucky Plaza and it was great catching up and sharing experiences
 


The food is always great here at Minang House. Even after lunch hours, the queue is pretty long.
 


My first attempt of Cold Stone and I prefer the Baskin & Robbins anytime. I do actually love how they prepare the ice-cream.
 


I thought they have completed the renovation but they are on it again at Royal Plaza on Scotts. I shall be staying here after my stay at Grand Park Orchard
 


Our dinner last night at Straits Kitchen at Grand Hyatt
 


Mr. Ong, After Sales Manager of Indera Motors and YAM Pg Anak Ghaffar, GM of Indera Motors at Straits Kitchen last night
 


Yusra and Lukman, Marketing of Indera Motors
 


My media friend Hakim Hayat of Borneo Bulletin
 


Adibah of Bruneimotors.com
 


Group photo with Indera Motors and the media. Thank you, Pg Anak Ghaffar for hosting us dinner last night
 


Get to meet one of my good friends Jessie Tey who’s currently working in Singapore. I see you tomorrow 😀
 


My random activity early this morning. I call this the window-shopping jog, training for my half marathon for Sundown
 


Thank you Joana for documenting this lame activity
 

  
 

CheezBox Mother’s Day 
 


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