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22
Sep

The CHMS Bridge

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The CHMS Bridge
 


The new bridge was officially opened this morning. After a few months, it’s ready for public usage.
 

This morning I covered an interesting ceremony – the official launch of the Chung Hwa Middle School Bridge in Bandar. This is a privately funded bridge with the objective of parents and students of CHMS to cross the road in means of the bridge. The project was initiated by Ong Tiong Oh who is the Chairman of CHMS Board of Directors and he is looking at a bigger picture – to ease the traffic congestion. Do you know that traffic congestion has been a recurring problem especially during lunch hours?

According to inside source, Ong Tiong Oh forked out approximately BND 850,000 for the construction of the bridge alone. If you ask me, that’s a lot of investment and you can even get two residential houses or even three. Now why is the CHMS bridge expensive? This is not just another bridge like you see at other places like the school bridge at SOAS. This bridge has a special design and the materials they used are of high quality.

Ong Tiong Oh engaged Bolton Hennesy Sdn Bhd (Consultant) and Pro Builder (main contractor) and yes, the total was BND 850.000 where the bridge cost BND 770,000 with an additional consultant fee of BND 80,000. The whole project is totally financed by Ong Tiong Oh, who is also the director of Low San Hardware Company (and Toolbox). I’m quite impressed that he stills remembers me as we met once during the opening of Toolbox a few years ago. Amazing memory!!

According to The Brunei Times article, Kho Guik Lan, principal of CHMS Bandar was very excited with the bridge as it will be quite convenient for parents and students to cross the road especially during rush hour.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, Minister of Development, was very thankful to Ong Tiong Oh, for sponsoring the bridge near CHMS. All the bridges in the school in the capital have been identified as prone to congestions and this includes the CHMS bridge. The only difference is that the CHMS bridge is privately sponsored.

The Minister shared that the ministry will still continue to review the aspects of safety involving students and also road users from time to time. He will also monitor schools outside the capital if they would require bridges in the near future.

Now despite the bridge being built, the traffic lights for pedestrians are still active and the public can still use the pedestrian walk to cross the road. It’s soon to say if the majority prefer walk on the bridge (more effort required) or wait for the traffic light to cross the road. I do encourage parents and students to make use of the bridge for safety reasons and smoothen the road congestions during peak hours.

Before I end, I would like to give my full appreciation to Ong Tiong Oh for initiating this project and making it a reality. The idea was highlighted back at the Legislative Council meeting back in 2009 and to see the idea being materialised is awesome indeed. Furthermore, this is totally a generous offer of him to invest almost a million dollars in constructing this bridge. All I can say is “You’re the Man” 😀 and appreciate you remembering my presence a few years back #highlightoftheweek

Note: The high in school fees of CHMS Bandar is not affiliated with the construction of the CHMS bridge. It is fully sponsored by Ong Tiong Oh.

 


Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, Minister of Development and Ong Tiong Oh (right) doing the honour of officiating the launch of the CHMS Bridge
 


The man of the moment – Ong Tiong Oh
 


Invited guests during the launch
 


Ong Tiong Oh and his family and friends
 

 


The event took place at the car park area opposite Radisson Hotel
 


City Neon making sure the event ran smoothly
 


Media frenzy trying to steal a good shot for the newspaper
 


Some of the behind-the-scene moments during the construction of the bridge
 


The CHMS bridge looks solid
 


Taking a photo on the bridge
 


The Minister being briefed on the journey of the construction
 


Good job by Bolton Hennesy Sdn Bhd, the consultant of the CHMS project
 


Group photo with the Minister with the CHMS Bridge
 

 


The view from the bridge with Radisson in sight
 


Guests heading for refreshments
 


The CHMS end of the bridge
 


Peng the photographer needed to improvise with the help of the engineering team from Radisson
 

 

31
Mar

#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
 

  
 

19
Mar

#SerasaBeachReopens

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

DPMM FC vs Tampines Rovers 

 


Catch DPMM FC this Sunday as they take on Tampines Rovers. Both have perfect records but DPMM FC has yet to concede a goal.

  

 

Serasa Beach officially reopens 
 


His Royal Highness The Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah with the Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries and senior officers at the launch of the upgraded Serasa Beach yesterday. Click image to enlarge. Image courtesy of Dean Kassim.
Six weeks ago, the Ministry of Development announced a major uplift at Serasa Beach for the benefit of the community and families. The 3 million dollar project was aimed at beautifying the popular Serasa Beach and upgrade its facilities such as playgrounds, toilets, surau, shop vendors and many others.

Once you enter Serasa Beach, it won’t be the same as before and this is a very much efficient project that have made praises from the public and mind you, this was just six weeks ago before the beach went through a major facelift.

The launching ceremony took place yesterday, officiated by His Royal Highness The Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah. The tour was led by the Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman.

Also present were the Minister of Finance II, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Ibrahim, the Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar and the Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awang Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman.

There were accompanied by the Deputy Ministers and Permanent Secretaries from the relevant ministries.


His Royal Highness The Crown Prince at the official launch
 


His Royal Highness The Crown Prince upon arrival at the Serasa Beach
 


His Royal Highness The Crown Prince signing the plaque
 


His Royal Highness The Crown Prince touring the retail vendors
 


His Royal Highness The Crown Prince touring the retail vendors
 


One of the local vendors selling fabrics and clothes
 


One of the vendors talking to the Crown Prince
 


Photo opportunity with the Crown Prince
 


One of the vendors displaying antiques

Six weeks ago, Permanent Secretary (Administration and Finance) at the Ministry of Development Awang Haji Muhd Lutfi bin Haji Abdullah as the personal representative of Minister of Development in an interview said the project aimed to further enhance the area which is prone to flooding during heavy rains and high tide. The said project is under the direction of The Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, Ministry of Development.

The project’s scope of work includes building a car park, a cycling track, a playground, gazebos, sports facilities, toilet/shower facilities, surau and landscaping. The beach now has an entrance for vehicles along with a separate pathway for pedestrians.

There are also some water recreational sports activities such as parasailing, banana boat and sailing to name a few.

Now let’s hope that the beach can be maintained and be taken care of and we, the community, have the responsibility of taking care of what is being provided and not take things for granted. Let’s not put to waste what the government has offered and delivered.

One thing that worries me is the mindset of the beach goers (well, not all) who are bound to litter at will which will spoil the image of the newly revamped Serasa Recreational Beach.

The Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, Ministry of Development, has already installed a signboard with a warning to the culprits. You can be fined BND 1,000 for the first offense and BND 3,000 for the subsequent charges and imprisonment not more than 3 months. So let’s hope the enforcers play their part also to create this awareness for the public.

Congratulations to the Ministry of Development and the relevant stakeholders involved in this project and I will definitely have my visit one of these weekends.

So peeps, the Serasa Beach is officially open to the public and this is such a timely manner because of the current school holidays. Images courtesy of Dean Kassim and Hock Sim.

Check out the video made by Rudolf Portillo of The Brunei Times


A great facelift on this area. I can’t seem to picture how the old area looked like.
 


The new look for the retail vendors
 


A surau at the Serasa Beach
 


A good time to visit Serasa beach during school holidays
 


The kids playground area
 


Some of the F&B retailer vendor
 


Sailing anyone?
 


I never tried this before
 


I know many people will love parasailing
 


The overview of the facelift on Serasa Beach. Click image to enlarge.
 


Let’s hope the enforcement will change the mindset and educate the public especially when it comes to littering
 

  
 

Time to switch to Liquid series? 
 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 


Jeffrey Lai, Product Manager, Acer Sales and Services (Kuala Lumpur), Ting Meng Hung, Regional Manager, Acer Sales and Services (Sarawak Region), Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer and Richard Soo, Branch Manager from Acer Sales and Services showcasing the complete family of the Acer Liquid series
Behold the first Android phone that I might eventually use – the Acer Liquid Z5. Thank you, firstly to Concepts Computer, for your kind token and I shall be trying it out pretty soon and do a full review of the phone (hopefully in two weeks’ time). For let me talk about the event launch of the series of models that Acer has to offer. You may thought that Acer only concentrates on computers and projectors. Now they have taken a whole new ball game and into the smartphones flagship.

It was good to see Acer representatives from Malaysia, flying in to Brunei to showcase the features of the Acer Liquid smartphones at the Rizqun International Hotel. The size of the Acer Z5 is pretty handy – 5.7 inches wide and it’s pretty light too (150g). This is an ideal phone as a secondary phone and especially when I fly abroad.

You can slot up to 32GB on your microSD. The camera is only 5MP but uses an LED flash. It’s powered by Android Jelly Bean with a dual core processor.

Battery wise, it packs a 2,000mAh battery and it’s not interchangeable like other Acer smartphones. However, you might be impressed with the price – it only costs BND 238. Not bad, right, for a smart phone.

I guess the great thing I saw during the presentation was the Float Apps where you can do multitasking (from 3 to 5 apps) and the Float Caller where your running app won’t be closed when an incoming call is made. The screen will be split and giving you to the option to call or reject the incoming call while your app or game is still running simultaneously. Genius!!

So now you can get them at Concepts Computer (Acer distributor in Brunei) and other authorized resellers such as AV Audio & Video, Boulevard IT, DeeJay, QQ eStore and Yappe Enterprise.

I won’t be talking much about the other high end Acer Liquid S series but you can check out the Acer Liquid S1 and the Acer Liquid S2 on GSM Arena website for their specs and they have good ratings too.


Jeffrey Lai showing the features of Acer Liquid Z5 and the Acer Liquid S2 and also the features of the Acer technology in the smartphones
 


Members of the media and resellers were invited for the product presentation. Zee Yursi of Borneo Bulletin taking down notes and you should read her article today at Borneo Bulletin.
 


Guess what? Each of us were given an Acer Liquid Z5 smartphone 😀
 


Lai, you don’t have to win a lucky draw this time :p
 


Representative from QQ eStore receiving one as well

The Acer Liquid Z3s smartphone is a dual-core smartphone that is ultra-affordable for everyone’s everyday use.

Weighing in at 115g with a 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480) screen, the Acer Liquid Z3s packs a whopping 5MP camera. It is the perfect, unobtrusive but efficient companion that allows users to snap away anywhere, anytime without burning a hole in their pocket!

It also comes with the Acer Active Flip that sees quick access to its home screen once the cover is flipped open and automatically turns off the screen when the cover is closed.

The Acer Liquid Z3s comes with Acer Quick Modes with different UI (User Interface) that works to suit its users – Basic Mode, Senior Mode, Classic Mode and Keypad Mode.

The Acer Liquid Z3s maintains most of the features of its predecessor, the Acer Liquid Z3 that was introduced last year. The size, weight, dual-sim support and other well-loved functionalities are retained in the Acer Liquid Z3s.

Priced at BND158, this compact yet powerful entry smartphone is suitable for people of all ages.


Representatives from Acer (Malaysia) with General Manager of Concepts Computer and authorized resellers
 


Group photo with the media as well
 


The Acer Liquid Z3s, The Acer Liquid Z5, The Acer Liquid E2, The Acer Liquid S1 and The Acer Liquid S2. Take your pick!!
 


Some of the batteries of the phones are interchangeable
 


My unboxed Acer Liquid Z5

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