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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


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Music to their ears 

It happened this morning at International School Brunei where the US Naval 7th Fleet and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces performed for ISB students. The performance was part of the band’s line-up activities during their stay here in conjunction with the Brunei-US Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Maritime exercises.

They will also perform at Jerudong Park playground area on 14th November. CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral Maritime exercises between the US Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Images courtesy of SYC.


The Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the US Naval 7th Fleet performing at ISB this morning




Adrian donates art supplies 

Posing with Adrian Chu and I bought a painting of his during his “I Am Adrian” showcase at Mabohai Shopping Complex

I’m proud of Adrian Chu who managed to raise $1,000 during his mini art exhibition at Mabohai Shopping Complex three weeks ago. All the paintings that was showcased were painted by him. The 17 year old autistic artist is also a big fan of Michael Jackson and I was fortunate enough to buy one of his paintings of MJ. The art exhibition was entitled “I Am Adrian”.

Yesterday, he handed over donations in a form of art supplies worth of $500 to Pusat Ehsan. The art supplies were five sets of complete art supplies, canvases and 10 easels.

The donations were received by Nurul Huda Hj Muhin, Acting Head of Administration of Pusat Ehsan. Also present were the management of Mabohai Shopping Complex and Adrian’s parents (Wai-Ming and Sally).


Yvonne Kuan and Adella also paid a visit

The creativity by Adrian Chu

Heart warming messages from the public on Adrian’s initiative

There were also performances by NeoClassic Music School and played a few MJ numbers

Adrian Chu with his parents, management of Mabohai Shopping Complex and Pusat Ehsan with the set of art supplies donated to Pusat Ehsan. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.


Brunei Edutainment Wonderland 


Do you think you have what it takes to face extreme situations? Think you would know what to do in such emergencies? Well, go and find out for sure in “Nature Encounter”, just one of the many exciting innovative and interactive attractions to be enjoyed at the upcoming Brunei Edutainment Wonderland 2014!

The “Nature Encounter” zone is specially designed to simulate several worst-case scenarios. Those who choose to enter will get to experience the sensation of being trapped in a burning building, feel the rumble of an earthquake, be “placed” in a vicious storm, and “get stranded” in the middle of a flood.

The “Nature Encounter” gives you the safest way to satisfy your curiosity and answer all your questions. For, after going through the unique and exciting disaster sections, visitors are able to learn more about the causes of several common natural disasters and the steps they should take in order to safely walk away for another day thanks to the informative exhibition and also helpful tips which can be found in the gallery section of the high intensity interactive attraction.

The Brunei Edutainment Wonderland will take place at the Jerudong Park and Country Club Amphitheatre Open Court area in Jerudong from November 30, 2014 to December 21, 2014. It will be open from 2.30pm to 11pm from Mondays to Fridays, and 9.30am to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

And do not forget to listen in to Kristal FM, to get a chance to win exclusive Brunei Edutainment Wonderland merchandise in the Brunei Edutainment Wonderland daily quizzes.

The Brunei Edutainment Wonderland will be open from 2.30pm to 11pm from Mondays to Fridays and 9.30am to 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays. To find out more contact D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd at 2453666, or email to event@dsunlit.com. For the latest updates follow D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd’s official Facebook page at facebook.com/sunlitbrunei or its Instagram page @dsunlit.




Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore a prehistoric lost land when massive dangerous roaring dinosaurs still roamed the earth? If so, then look no further than the NBT Jurassic Adventure at the Brunei Edutainment Wonderland 2014. The huge theme park will transport eager visitors back in time to over 65 million years ago when dinosaurs walked the earth. The specially-designed attraction will feature life-sized dinosaur replicas of the vicious tyrannosaurus rex, brontosaurus, pterodactyls, and many more species set in a realistic backdrop of their natural habitat.

Designed with edutainment in mind, the NBT Jurassic Adventure will not only entertain with its life-like dinosaur forms, it will also educate visitors on the life of the ancient extinct beasts. Interesting facts on the dinosaurs may be found all around the theme park not only that there will also be a dedicated viewing area where visitors will be able to watch a documentary on dinosaurs.

And the interactive interesting experiences do not stop there. In one section of the theme park visitors will be able to play out the role of a researcher excavating for fossils (the only evidence of the Jurassic behemoths). Visitors walking around the park might even be lucky enough to come across raptors seeking their next prey.

Entry tickets for the spectacular NBT Jurassic Adventure will be priced at $10 for adults and $6 for children. Good news for Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) card holders is that they are entitled to a 15 percent discount on entry tickets when they choose to purchase tickets with their BIBD card.




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Yippy Tune recital 

The students of Yippy Tune with their certificates

Yippy Tune celebrated it’s 3rd annual recital on Sunday attracting full capacity crowds for all 6 of it’s sessions on a single day; starting from 11am all the way to 6.30pm.

The audiences were treated with an afternoon of pure musical indulgence of different genres from classical to pop and jazz from performers as young as three and a half years old.

There was a clear distinction between this year’s performance and the year before, both in terms of student participations as well as the range of musical instruments being played at the recital – which includes, the Violin, Piano, Guitars and vocal performances.

“One of the overriding themes chosen by the students to perform this year had been the songs from Frozen’s soundtracks. Clearly, Brunei is not immune from the ‘Frozen’ fever.” According to Ms Deon Ong- the School Director.

Also present to perform at the event were the students from St Andrew’s School, performing group music with their violins in the afternoon. The St Andrew’s Students were coached by Yippy Tune teachers during the term with the onsite music learning program.

The music school has seen a steady growth in business in the last 12 months, as there had been an increase in the realization of the importance of music appreciation and skills amongst the parents. “Music has along been associated with children’s cognitive and social development; I think the parents in Brunei are increasingly realizing this very crucial point.” Which, as a result, “the number of staff has multiplied three-fold.” According to the School Director. Images courtesy of Yippy Tune.

Ian and teacher Deon performing a song

Anika Chuang performing a vocal

Students from St. Andrew’s School

Mega on the piano

The teachers of Yippy Tune


The Run 2014 

The three ministers officiating The Run last Sunday

Over 5,000 participants turned up at the Pusat Ehsan’s charity event – The Run -Sunday morning, dressed in colourful t-shirts signifying the category joined.

The running event took place at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas. Joining the event were Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yussof; 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 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.

“We had 10,000 participants register but only 7,300 running. This year we had some 6000 people register.

“Nevertheless, we are very thankful to always have the support (from stakeholder and the public),” said Dato Paduka Hj Alimin Hj Wahab, chairman of Pusat Ehsan who delivered a special remarks during the prize presentation and closing ceremony of yesterday’s event.

The chairman also extended his appreciation to the sponsors and volunteers who managed to pull through the event.

Ultimately he thanked all participants who joined or being the core reason of the event’s success.
Several categories were opened to the public; 21km men and women (international and Bruneian), 12km men and women (ASEAN, Bruneian and veteran), 5km men and women (open, junior and corporate), and 2.5km (special needs and fun run).

Apart from getting the support from local Bruneians, The Run also saw participation from international runners, particularly expatriates working in the Sultanate.

Dr Renewagner and Heidi Ohl, German health professionals working at the Jerudong Park Medical Centre and participating in the event for the first time, shared that the strong Bruneian support to charity events are inspiring.

The same event will return next year on June 7, “So be ready!” said the event chairman. Text courtesy of Billah Hassan of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Saiful Omar of The Brunei Times.









Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News



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With the KFC Portuguese egg tarts becoming a favourite among the customers especially during tea time and for dessert, KFC is now doing a special joint promotion with Aiking Trading Company Sdn Bhd to offer the Egg Tart and Milk Tea Delight. Aiking Trading carries Mr Brown coffee which is popular among the locals and it can be found in most major supermarkets and mini marts in Brunei. “A lot of people is familiar with Mr Brown Coffee, we have high hopes for Mr Brown Milk Tea especially working closely with one of KFC’s sellable product, the egg tart” says Mr Yeo Boon Khai, General Manager, Aiking Trading Co Sdn Bhd. Mr Brown Milk Tea is available exclusively only in KFC outlets in Brunei. “With cultural origins from Macau, Hong Kong, Portuguese Egg Tarts and Milk Tea go hand in hand and is often accompanied by a sweet story and by offering this combo, we hope that it gives our customers the ingredient they need for creating a memorable moment,” added Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd.

“This sweet story in the making” is priced at only B$3.50 for 2 pieces of KFC Portuguese Egg Tart and a cup of hot Mr Brown Milk Tea and is available at any KFC outlets in Brunei.

Coey Loh, Marketing Executive of KFC (Brunei), Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager of KFC (Brunei) and Yeo Boon Khai, General Manager of Aiking Trading Co Sdn Bhd (Mr. Brown) presenting the new promotion from KFC. Image taken from The Brunei Times.

Mr. Brown Mlik Tea to be hit seller at KFC’s outlet. Image taken from The Brunei Times.




In conjunction with the upcoming school holiday, KFC Brunei is introducing the Colonel Stacker Burger Combo to celebrate the occasion with their junior customers.

Priced at only B$3.50, The KFC Colonel Stacker Burger combo consist of two colonel chicken fillets, with lettuce and mayo served between two pieces of junior bun and a small cup of carbonated drink. Customers can choose to upsize their drink to large with an additional B$1.

The Colonel Stacker Burger Combo promotion is available in all KFC outlets in Brunei.

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What a spectacle show!! 

Singing the National Anthem song to kick off the show

Last year was the bomb!! So was this year’s Jerudong International School Showcase Concert. They had three shows, the first being performed internally for the students and teachers of JIS while the remaining two shows were opened to public.

I like this year’s theme which was “Movies and Musicals”. According to Principal Andrew Fowler-Watt, he expressed that how music influences us and by listening together we connect, no matter our nationality or culture.

Overall, I was super impressed with the quality from the vocals to the performers to the the musicians and let’s not forget the sound technicians and those people back stage and mostly the music coordinator who set the pace from start to finish. Sophia and I really had a great time and I can’t wait for next year’s edition.

The JIS Orchestra playing the theme song from Superman movie “Superman March”

The JIS Orchestra and combined Choirs performing Zadok (the most famous of George Friderik Handel’s four Coronation Anthems) and they also belted out the popular Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

The musical director, Paul Edgeler (in white), led the JIS Orchestra

The JIS musicians as part of the JIS Orchestra who have worked tirelessly for the past eight weeks

Cristeen Park and Maitie Trias on vocals for “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”. This song is popularly known in Toy Story series. It’s an empowering song about friendship.

The showcase dancers at the JIS Showcase Concert

Great vocals from JIS

The Vocal Group belting out Radioactive, a song by Imagine Dragons. It was a nominated in the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance

The showcase dancers did add more colour to the spectacle

Ruby Chong has such great vocal. I love her performance for “You Exist in my Song” written by Wanting Qu, a songwriter based in Vancoucer, Canada

Another performer that brought to an eruption of applause was Shian Li who belted out “Winter – 1st Movement”

When it comes to music and performance, you need great energy and both Hanny Yussof and Bazilah Ali were magnificent from the beginning when they sang a popular song by Najwa Latif entitled “Sahabat”

The performance of The Polar Express

Beauty and The Beast musical after the interval. The beast performer is played by Mr. Adrain Thacker

A colour performance from the Beauty and the Beast

Qawi Kamri had a dual role – playing the Prince/Beast as well as the vocal. Impressive!

The Beast and the Beauty

The Prince and the Belle (Nurlyana Adi Shamsul)

The finale of the concert

Well done to the young performers

The musicians being appreciated by the audience

Paul Edgeler the Musical Director appreciating the musicians and the performers and the audience



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