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05
Jun

No 2019

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Brunei withdraw as hosts  
 

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah (7th L seated), the president of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council, in a group photo with fellow members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council during a meeting at the Raffles City Convention Centre yesterday. Infofoto
 

The notice from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports
 

I didn’t see this coming but then again, it’s a wise decision and to be honest with themselves that Brunei is not ready to host the SEA Games 2019. It was announced yesterday by His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, the president of the Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council (BDNOC), and Hj Muhd Zamri Dato Paduka Hj Hamdani, BDNOC vice-president after the netball match between Brunei and the Philippines at OCBC Arena Hall 1, Singapore.

The confirmation came from the Brunei government that Brunei won’t be hosting the SEA Games in 2019. Even with four years to spare, the reasons stated were 1) lacking of sport facilities 2) accommodation and 3) preparation for the athletes.

I believe they probably missed out an important element but then again, all these reasons given also boils down to this unquoted reason – Budget. In my opinion, when budget is available and sufficient enough, these three reasons won’t be an issue.

I totally disagree with the last reason on preparation for athletes. Won’t hosting a prestigious event like SEA Games will boost more confidence and preparation for the athletes and mind you, four years or even six years is a great build up for a small growing nation like Brunei. It will ensure that respective coaches in Brunei will be focused in improving the athletes with four years to spare. Preparation is of course important but it’s not sufficient reason to put support the Government’s decision to pull out from hosting the SEA Games. Even with less proper preparation with the current athletes, they still send them to Singapore to compete. So what difference does it make if Brunei pulled the plug for hosting, right?

The decision also shows how poor the planning have been for Brunei. Two years ago, Brunei was given the opportunity to host in 2019 if I’m not mistaken. So that’s like six years ahead of time to prepare. The timeline hasn’t been the halfway mark but they took the easy way out by surrendering the given opportunity. Where’s the sense of commitment from the decision makers? Once you break that commitment, then you will also lose the trust from the community.

Well, on the positive note, this will be more excuse for Brunei to be more “prepared” to accept or bid to host the SEA Games in the distant future. Whether this will make Brunei more complacent, I don’t know. But it’s good to know that they are honest and blunt before more damage can be done.

On another positive note, Brunei have shown improvements in the netball competition and now they are guaranteed medals too (the first time for Brunei). Now how can we say that’s not good preparation? That’s heck of a preparation. Enough for my rant from Ipoh 😀

 

Yes, Brunei made it to the semi-finals and guaranteed a medal at least
 

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah with senior officers from the BDNOC and Ministry of CYS and the Brunei netball team yesterday.
 

  
 

 

Welcome Bernd Siffling 😀  

Maju Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole dealership for Volkswagen vehicles in Brunei, today announced the appointment of Bernd Siffling as its new General Manager.

Mr Siffling, a German national, will oversee all aspects of the Volkswagen business operation in the Sultanate.

He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the global automotive industry. Having started his career in 1995 at Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles in Germany, he went on to handle retail and wholesale functions in Scandinavia. This was followed by various management positions for Mercedes-Benz in the Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to joining Maju Motors, Mr Siffling headed the parts logistics for a Japanese car brand, and then managed the supply chain for a Korean brand in the Middle East and North African regions.

 


Bernd Siffling, new General Manager of Maju Motors Sdn Bhd (4th from left) with Dionne from Volkswagen Singapore (2nd from right) and members of the local media yesterday
 

Chan Key Hong, the Executive Director of Maju Motors, expressed a warm welcome for Mr Siffling. “We are delighted to have someone as experienced as Bernd here in Brunei, to consolidate the growth of Volkswagen in the market,” he said.

Mr Siffling himself perceives a bright future for Volkswagen in Brunei. “I can already see that Bruneian car buyers are recognising the importance of choosing technologically advanced, high quality cars with zero compromises on safety,” he said. “We will further expand our product line-up in the near future, catering to a wide range of buyers, while providing an even higher level of customer service for existing Volkswagen owners in Brunei.”

I’m sorry I couldn’t be present yesterday as I’m still outstation and I’m looking forward to meet you in person. You will love our peaceful country and welcome to Brunei 😀

 

  

03
Jun

Back in Ipoh

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Mid Year Travel Delights 
 


Only now until 6th June. Prices are cheaper than usual and only last for four days. What are you waiting for? Thank you RB and congratulations on your 40th year of flight 😀 Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

Netball fever 
 


Brunei lost to Thailand yesterday 40-45 in the preliminary round of the netball SEA Games 2015. Image courtesy of Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times.

Ah, I wasn’t even in the netball match between Brunei and Thailand but I was up to date with the progress of the match. It was quite unfortunate that Brunei didn’t manage to squeeze that victory over Thailand. At one stage, Brunei was leading by 5 points at half time but the third quarter, Thailand upped their game and outscored Brunei and finished the game, winning by 5 points (40-45). The result meant that Brunei must beat the Philippines to be in contention for the semi-final berth.

In the other match, host Singapore failed to capitalize on home court advantage as they drew 35-35 in the preliminary round of the netball competition. This would mean the top of the group will be determined by a better goal difference. Singapore had the edge when they were leading 30-24 coming into the fourth quarter but the host blew their lead and the visitors capitalized on Singapore’s errors to stage a come back.

That’s it from for my updates on the current netball competition.

 


The Singaporean fans supporting their team in netball. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore.
 


Singapore vs Malaysia. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore.
 


Singapore vs Malaysia. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore.
 

  
 

Brunei Toastmasters, a growing family 
 


When Brunei Speakers’ Club was awarded with President’s Distinguish Club, we invited other Brunei toastmasters club to join the celebration. Thank you all for showing the true value of a toastmaster.
 


This is the Brunei dancing group – Brendan, Supatra, Jack, Farhan, Seng Yee and I. Thank you to Nora and Joanna from KK for helping us to coordinate the dances. It finally paid off 😀

Late post: Two weeks ago, around 25 members from Brunei Toastmasters Club attended 3-days Toastmasters International District 87 Annual Conference held in Kuching.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills through a worldwide network of more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries. In Brunei, there are 4 Toastmasters clubs – Brunei Speakers’ Club, Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club, Oil Town Talkers Toastmasters Club and the newly chartered UBD Toastmasters Club. So far, the journey and the growth have been great and the number of members gradually increasing.

During the 3-days conference, camaraderie between members have developed phenomenally and meaningful friendships have been strengthened. But to me, what is great about Brunei toastmasters is that we are great as a unit and we are united as one. I do observed how the Brunei toastmasters in different clubs operate but we all have the same agenda, to grow and to learn together and not see each other as competition.

In the Award Ceremony, Genevieve Lai, one of the founding members of Brunei Speakers’ Club made Brunei proud when she was among the few who was awarded the Distinguished Toastmasters Award (DTM), the highest education and leadership award from Toastmasters International. This would mean that she completed 40 speeches and completed four leadership manuals and also taking up higher positions in the ranks of toastmasters. So this is no easy feat at all.

She has also achieved Triple Crown awards along with Reuben Chin, Pranika Lama, Jason Koo and Allen Ang. Triple Crown awards were given to achievers who had accomplished three or more education or leadership programmes in one single term. I’m aiming for one next year so we will see how it goes 😀


What do all of them have in common? They all achieved triple crowns 😀 Reuben Chin (UBD Toastmasters), Pranika Lama (UBD Toastmasters), Genevieve Lai (Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club), Jason Koo (Otters) and Allen Ang (Otters). Genevieve was also awarded Distinguished Toastmasters title that time.
 


Shawn Cassidy Narcis pitched why we all should go to Bali this November for the semi-annual conference. I’m definitely going 😀
 


I successfully pitched for the next convention to be in Brunei Darussalam. Now that’s a huge project for me but I’m confident that we can do this 😀

Brunei Speakers’ Club (BSC) was awarded President’s Distinguished Club, the highest rating that Toastmasters International gives to its clubs, in recognition of the club’s effort to maintain high quality meetings and good membership. BSC also achieved it last year and this shows great leadership in our club in recent years.

Brunei toastmasters hit milestones after milestones. During the District Council meeting, Shawn Cassidy Narcis was elected the Club Growth Director for District 87. District 87 is a region of Toastmasters International including Brunei, East Malaysia and Indonesia. It comprises 7 divisions with more than 150 corporate and community clubs.

“I will be working with every member in District 87 to have a greater experience in the Toastmasters journey, where friends help friends to grow and support each other. Every journey begins with a single step. And with every single step we can accomplish and reach our destination” said Narcis, incoming Club Growth Director 2015/2016.

To me, Shawn is our pillar in Brunei toastmasters. He has been a great role model for many and this is one reason why toastmasters is very strong in Brunei and I’m happy that he was elected as Club Growth Director.

Another leader in our community, Reuben Chin, stood up as the Division (K) Director where he will be serving 7 Areas which include Brunei, Labuan and Sabah.

“Over the coming years, we will see a rise in membership as the Toastmasters Program continues to make an impact on more and more peoples’ lives. And as that happens, it is our responsibility to focus on the learning aspect of Toastmasters. The focus on of the coming term will be an emphasis on education” said Chin.

Allen Ang, the incoming Area Director (K6) also added that sharing of best practices among clubs is essential for the club growth and success within Brunei. The current Area Director is Ruey Chong Narcis.


Pranika Lama with world champion of public speaking 2014 Dananjaya Hettiarachchi
 


So Dananjaya wants to be like me?? 😀
 


Seng Yee with the charismatic champion

During the conference, Education Sessions were also held where the World Champion of Public Speaking 2014, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi gave a motivational speech highlighting his journey to the World Championship last year. In his speech, he quoted “When you want something as bad as you want to breathe, then you will achieve it”. Best part about Dananjaya was that he actually invested his spare time in Kuching to be with the Brunei toastmasters and wow, he is such an inspirational and charismatic individual. We were all so blessed for him showing up.

Other speakers include Shurooq AlBanna (first Arab woman who won third place in the World Championship of Public Speaking), Johnny Uy (International Speech Contest Semi-finalist), Zaharom Naim (Professor of Media and Communication Studies), Raju Mandhyan (Coach & Learning Facilitator) and Alex Wong (ex-CEO of Pan Global, adventurer, author).

The next District 87 Conference will be held in Bali from October 30th to November 1st organised by Brunei Toastmasters, Shawn Cassidy Narcis. On a better not, I, as a member from Brunei Speakers’ Club also pitched in the District Council Meeting to host the District Semi-Annual Conference in November 2016. To me, it is my deepest intention to spread the awareness of Toastmasters in Brunei for the benefit of the community and I believe this event will bring a new chapter to Brunei.

Brunei Speakers’ Club meets regularly each Tuesday at 7:30 at SEAMEO VOCTECH. For more information about the event and club, please visit www.bruneispeakersclub.com and thanks VPR, Seng Yee for the write up.

 


We are not just toastmasters, we are family
 


During the Gala Dinner with the Brunei toastmasters
 


Rano Iskandar, the organizing chair for Semi-Annual District 2016 in Brunei, Reuben Chin, newly elect Division Director K, Shawn Cassidy Narcis, newly elect Club Growth Director (District) and Allen Ang, Area K6 Director
 

  
 

02
Jun

Back in SG

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Be Right Back 



I will be away for the next two weeks. But I shall be posting my entries from time to time. Finishing my 1st half year of my trips of 2015. It has been a fruitful year so far.

  

 

Musicians feted 
 

Every year, the candidates with the highest destination mark for each grade or diploma category will be selected as an Award Winner of their grade/diploma for their respective countries. There is also an outstanding achiever as well where the candidate with the second highest distinction mark of each grade or diploma category will be selected as an outstanding achiever.

The awards was given by Trinity College London. Shian Li was awarded the winner for the Diploma ATCL 2013. Her brother Evan Chiam achieved Grade 6 Piano 2013 and Grade 6 Violin 2014. Both are from Expression Music. Other music school representatives were PJC Virtuoso Music School, Rhytmic Arts Sdn Bhd, Symphony Music School, Precious Music School, Yippy Tune Music School, Seri Mulia Sarjana School, eroding International School, Del Mar Virtuoso Music School, Kim Musical Centre and Suhanda.

 


 


 


 


Shian Li of Expression Music was awarded the winner for the Diploma ATCL 2013
 


Evan Chiam of Expression Music achieved Grade 6 Piano 2013 and Grade 6 Violin 2014
 


 

  
 

Brunei must win one more 
 


 


Tia Jaafar was in hot form yesterday. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook.
 


Brunei in attacking mode. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook.

The Royal Bees had a great break in the last 5 minutes and stamped their authority over Myanmar 56-47 yesterday in the netball tournament of the 28th SEA Games in OCBC Arena, Singapore. I was kinda upset because I only caught the final 8 minutes of the match (Kinda long story that). Anyway, well done to the Brunei netball team and I’m pretty sure the mood is on a high because a win is a win and this is a good motivation for the Brunei netball team to show that believe that anything is possible especially the teams that are superior to them.

The Royal Bees will need to beat the Philippines (who got trounced by Malaysia 112-11) and Thailand if they need to be in the final four. I believe even one victory over the two will be enough to squeeze in into the final four and that will give a possibility for Brunei to achieve a medal status for the SEA Games.

The head coach was highly praised of the team especially to the centre – Tia and Amal because of their great partnership. Their coach Jinadasa said that they need to work on their defence. This will be their key to beating Thailand (today at 3:30pm). Good luck to the Royal Bees and even though I caught the game with 8 minutes remaining, it was worth the catch 😀 I won’t be catching the rest of the matches as I will be flying off today. Good luck to all the Brunei participants in the SEA Games.

 


Brunei vs Myanmar. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook.
 


Brunei vs Myanmar. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook.
 


Hj Abdul Malik from the Department of Youth and Sports was present to watch the netball match
 


The winning team
 


The Royal Bees manager being interviewed by RTB
 


With the reporters – Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times and Fadhil Yunus of Borneo Bulletin. Keep up the great work 😀
 


In the other match and what a thrashing score line
 


The Malaysians are physically built and taller
 

  
 

 

YEAB gathering 
 


Members of YEAB and friends at the hi-tea session at Tarindak Polo Cafe last Sunday
The Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei (YEAB) is committed to help local businesses and wants its presence known so that new entrepreneurs can look to them for help. That’s the objective of the current president, Del Goh.

Last Sunday, YEAB organized a simple gathering of its member and potential members at Tarindak Cafe at Jerudong Park. Around 25 people turned up and had a great networking session over hi-tea and hope that it will be benefit the members in terms of business related topics for the growth of SMEs in Brunei Darussalam.

The YEAB is a non-profit organisation, primarily targeted to represent entrepreneurs below the age of 40, who are either a founder, co-founder, owner, partner, major shareholder or holding a management position in a corporation or firm registered in Brunei Darussalam.

 


 


Del Goh, the President of YEAB (center) with Deno Goh and Keeran Janin
 


Our guests from Kuching – Jodie and Sam
 


Adella Han playing by the beach
 

  

31
May

Go, Go Brunei

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Brunei did their best 
 


Brunei Netball team before departing for Singapore for the SEA Games 2015. Image courtesy of BNA Facebook Page.
 


Brunei team and Singapore huddled up before the game. Image courtesy of Steve Lai.
 

Royal Bees, our Brunei national netball team, have been working tremendously hard and it’s never easy to climb up the ranks especially when it comes to sports. Sports is a dedicated activity and it usually starts at grass roots level if you want to excel to greater heights to compete internationally. Who said it was easy being an athlete or a sports person?

They have been training very hard leading to the tournament and they have been flying as well to gain more exposure to play against other teams to see the level they are at now. I would say that the Brunei netball team has improved tremendously under the guidance of their netball head coach Thilaka Jinadasa and she had made a difference to the team.

This afternoon they lost their opener to the host Singapore 72-21 and they have nothing to be ashamed of. The Royal Bees gave in their best despite being physically dominated and the Singaporeans were simply fast to begin with. Brunei had little answer to the superiority of the host but the Brunei team still gave their best shot as a team and that is the first step to success – determination.

This could be one reason why Brunei hasn’t been performing or close to grinding out results in the international level. One biggest reason for me is they are not a full time athlete or sports person. And of course, budget is another issue as sports is never seen as a priority for the development of the nation. Hence, just to see or witness how Brunei perform on the courts or fields, I’m glad to say that Brunei did their best at the level they are due to lack of resources.

Even the Brunei U-23 football team only has been gelling as a team for the past few months or so. Even You put an Arsene Wenger as a head coach for the past five months, Brunei team will definitely still struggle because of the lack of preparation and approvals. So to expect a bigger milestone for Brunei in the SEA Games will be a tall order. And the media seems to highlight one promising player Faiq Jefri Bolkiah, who signed up for the U-18 Chelsea club last year. Now the pressure is on him to deliver what he can do for Brunei and he was even given the task to lead the team as the Brunei captain.

Two days ago, Brunei performed below expectations in the football arena, losing to a better team Vietnam in the 6-0 rout. Many question marks have been put forth if Brunei is ready to take on the international stage. Yes, it’s true that in football, the ball is round meaning anything can happen and results can go either way. However, it didn’t seem to be the case for Brunei in the opening match. They didn’t even register a shot on target through the 95 minutes. Let’s hope for a better outing tonight against Laos and you can catch it live on youtube at 8:30pm

As for the Royal Bees, they will take on Myanmar tomorrow (Monday, 1st June) at 1:30pm but sadly no live telecast even on youtube.

 


During the opening ceremony today. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook Page.
 


The line up
 


Imagine this is the substitute GK for Singapore. Image courtesy of Steve Lai.
 


A huge crowd at the netball match. Image courtesy of Liew Wei Wei.
 


Nur Hafizah of Brunei aiming for a basket. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook Page.
 


Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook Page
 


Singapore 72 Brunei 21. Image courtesy of Netball Singapore Facebook Page.
 


Siti Norsaihah being interviewed after the match. Image courtesy of Steve Lai.
 

  

25
Sep

Cloud 10

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

Get Connected through ICONIA

 

 

 

Citroën Brunei 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

   
 

BIBD’s latest promotion


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

PCSB FB competition 
 


Click image to enter Progresif Cellular Page and like the Page
 

 

  
 

 

BIBD Home Showcase 5 
 


BIBD today launched its 5th Home Showcase roadshow at the The Mall, Gadong. The showcase highlights BIBD’s financing packages such as its Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, Education Financing and its Personal Financing along with other BIBD’s products, services and promotions such as the debit card conversion.

The Guest of Honor at the event was Yang Mulia Awang Yusof Hj Abd Rahman, Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam. Also in attendance were government officials from the Ministry of Development, AMBD, along with BIBD senior management and personnel.

The event started with a recital of the Al-Fatihah along with prayers to bless the occasion, which was followed by opening remarks from BIBD’s Managing Director, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad. He touched on how excited he was to be launching the 5th edition of BIBD’s annual Home Showcase together with the presence of all of BIBD’s partners at the showcase, in their efforts to truly deliver a one-stop solution for everyone interested in enhancing or getting their dream house.

 


Yang Mulia Awang Yusof Hj Abd Rahman, Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam officiating the launch of the BIBD Home Showcase as Javed Ahmad, BIBD’s Managing Director looked on. Image courtesy of Hanisham Salleh.
 


Home deco by Dreamz Living and Fabrica. Check them out.
 


Sofa from Dreamz Living
 


The BIBD Home Showcase 5 will be at The Mall, Gadong, for a period of ten days from 25th September until the 4th October 2014, open every day from 10am to 10pm. The opening time for Fridays will be from 2pm to 10pm.

Successful applicants of BIBD products and services will stand the chance to win daily grand prizes comprising of a trip to Kota Kinabalu, 32-inch Samsung television, fruit-juicer, vacuum cleaner, $200 Thomson Voucher along with BIBD gifts.

Furthermore, every day, the first one hundred customers converting their BIBD ATM Card to the new BIBD Debit Card at the BIBD Home showcase will be given a $5 coffee voucher. BIBD will also be giving out a fee waiver promotion on the processing fee of B$ 200 during the showcase, whereby applicants of BIBD’s Home Improvement Financing and Education Financing packages will be entitled to a 100% waiver, while a 50% waiver is entitled to all Home Financing applicants.

 

Meanwhile, BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists will also be on hand throughout the roadshow to assist and provide advices on Home Financing solutions that is suitable for the customers, such as the BIBD’s Rumah Plus, which offers an attractive home financing package with higher financing entitlement, 50% processing fee waiver, tenor of up to 25 years, lower repayment schedule, and attractive profit rates. Customers may also choose to include the start-up costs of the financing such as Legal document fees, MRTA takaful and valuation fees into the overall financing entitlement.

The 5th BIBD Home showcase will also house BIBD’s Tijarah (Business Banking) which provides a special relationship management system for newly established SMEs and SMEs that have not already registered with BIBD via their other business segments. The Business Banking unit provides further convenience to its Tijarah customers by providing them with dedicated relationship managers to facilitate to their account openings, remittances, CIB, fee waivers, along with their other banking needs to help these SMEs to further excel and focus on their business.

Also present at BIBD’s Home Showcase were its stellar partners within the industry, with reputable real estate agents: Bess Perfect Property Agency, BSTC Real Estate, Say Koo Liew Sdn Bhd, J-Fa Realty Agency & Marketing, Precise Development along with Tchung Real Estate; and household names such as BIBD Ar-Rahnu, BIBD Tijarah, Fabrica, Max Track, Luzzone interior design, Flexa and Interline; Takaful coverage from Takaful Brunei Keluarga and Takaful Brunei Am, along with other members of the home building and renovation industries. Vendors such as Dbookhaus and Chlocits will also be present to provide visitors with their respective products.

This Showcase will also allow the customers to create any combination of design, concept, and house-setting instantly with these partners only a few feet away, on hand to help make that dream home one step closer.

 


Guest of honour touring around the BIBD Home Showcase at The Mall. Image courtesy of Hanisham Salleh.
 


 


Do ask around for BIBD’s Home Financing Specialists
 


A friend enquiring for a home? :p
 


Group photo with AMBD and management of BIBD. Image courtesy of Hanisham Salleh.

The Bank understands that home ownership is important; hence this showcase provides a platform for respective future homeowners to look at the exciting possibilities from real estate agents, as well as the opportunities to enhance their current homes.

BIBD also acknowledges the importance of owning a home at a younger age as they are able to take up the maximum repayment tenure of 25 years added with a lower monthly repayment, as opposed to owning a home at a later age with an increased monthly repayment. Home investment is also an important asset class investment where returns on investment can reach as high as 7 to 9%.

To find out more on any of BIBD’s products, services, and promotions, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bibdbrunei, log on to BIBD’s home page at www.bibd.com.bn, get in touch with the BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181 or visit your nearest BIBD branch.

 

  
 

Malppy.com 
 

If anyone of you might have noticed, Malppy.com has recently made some changes to their website. According to the Founder Simon Soo, Malppy’s goal has always been improving their customers’ shopping experience through continuous improvements on their products and customer service. Malppy has learned and taken customers’ feedback into great consideration on their new modification.

One of the new changes consist of the new product grouping categorization. This new fashion categories separation is said to be more friendly to shoppers from their survey. Another change also involves the enhancement of their search engine for quick searching. It was also learned that they have eliminated a good portion of their less popular products and are replacing them with even better quality and attractive ones. I was told to expect more major changes on their upcoming product line… So I guess we will have to keep an eye for that for awhile.

 


Click image to enter website
 

On the obvious side, we can tell they are featuring their whole new Smart & Formal selection for Men & Women. According to Marketing Manager Shenny Tang, this is specially selected for those graduating soon or who have just graduated and are preparing their first step into their working life. “We believe the way one looks will create a lasting impression on others” quoted Shenny. Of course, the range is also for those who are already working. Quality of this range of products is specifically and carefully hand-picked through numbers of supplier to ensure its a good wear everyday by our newly appointed Product Manager Anna Yong.

Lastly, due to their VISA payment that is currently undergoing an upgrade (which is expected to be back anytime soon), they are promoting PAYPAL payment (which is one of my personal preference) for their current purchase. Customers who pay by Paypal on Malppy’s product from now until end of the month will receive a 10% rebate off the amount they are going to spend for their next purchase. Sounds good enough for me. So online shoppers, check them out at www.malppy.com and lets have a online shopping weekend.

 

  
 

Shoutout to netballers 
 


 


Attention to all Netball enthusiasts:- You are welcome to join the selection for Brunei Netball National Team to represent Brunei for international tournaments.

For briefing:- Where: Meeting Room, Coaching Unit, Stadium Hassanal Bolkiah, Berakas

When: Today – Thursday 25th September 2014 at 10am

 

  
 

Hmmm Green Curry 
 


Do try out the KFC Bangkok Green Curry Chicken. Me likes 😀

Green Curry…. This has been one of my favourite dish in general – the Green Curry Chicken. Now it’s available at KFC Brunei for a limited time only and the launch of the Bangkok Green Curry Combo was also coinciding with KFC newly opened branch at Brunei International Airport at the arrival hall.

The green curry gravy is a blend of spices, chillies, garlic, onions, ginger, galangal and coconut milk as well as a handful of green peas. It is served with KFC’s all-time favourite Hot and Spicy Chicken, along with hot steamy white rice and signature side dishes originated from KFC Thailand.

The KFC Bangkok Green Curry Chicken Meals are available in several combo options.

Combo A includes two pieces of chicken, green curry, white rice, a regular-sized coleslaw and a carbonated drink, all for the price of $7.30.

Combo B includes three pieces of chicken, green curry, white rice, and a carbonated drink at $8.90.

Meanwhile, the Green Curry Feast A, which would feed a group of four to five people, includes nine pieces of chicken, three white rice, two green curries, three regular- sized coleslaw, and four carbonated drinks at an affordable price of $28.90.

The Green Curry Feast B, on the other hand, is priced at $42.90 and includes 15 pieces of chicken, four white rice, a large-sized whipped potato, a large-sized Cheezy Wedges, three green curries, and a bottle of Pepsi. The green curry is also available as an add-on for just $0.90.

I just had the KFC Bangkok Green Curry for lunch yesterday and it was just perfect for me. So do give this a go especially for those who appreciate green curry. You can follow their Facebook page or also on instagram @kfcbrunei

 


A perfect meal for me
 


Acting Director of Civil Aviation (DCA), Hj Abd Karim Hj Abd Wahab, Acting Airport Manager Hj Joharry Hj Abdul Karim, Managing Director of KFC (B) Sdn Bhd Nel Ky Goh, Vice President of KFC (B) Sdn Bhd Del Goh and DCA Acting Deputy Director Lim Kee Ann and KFC Brunei Marketing Executive Jonathan Bong during the reopening of KFC outlet at the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport
 


The staff on duty at Airport branch
 


 


 

  
 

Anniversary Promotion 
 


It has been ten years for IA Salon and now they are running a special celebration promotion for their customers. I believe this salon has done a lot for the community especially towards the charitable foundations. Recently they held an interesting night which was for the Blind Association where IA salon and Fun Bee Park collaborated with Sorriso Restaurant for a “Dining in the Dark”.

It’s good to see a passionate and visionary leader such as Cecilia Lee, the lady behind IA Salon and she’s always traveling abroad to gain more knowledge in hair fashion, make-up and so on. In life, to learn more about yourself and your surroundings, you need to take that leap of faith which comes with risk and Cecilia Lee is no stranger to this.

Do try out their special promotion which runs until end of the year. You can reach for bookings by calling 242 3232 and business hours is from 10am to 8:30pm. IA Salon is located at ground floor, The Mall, next to Guardian.

 


Cecilia Lee, the lady behind IA Salon
 


One of the charity drives we did to promote the awareness of Breast Cancer
 

10th Year Anniversary  
 

Special Package  
 

From 23rd Sept to 31st Dec 

Package 1

• Hair Spa Scalp Treatment (90mins) – $55 ONLY

• Hair Spa Trico Bio Hair Treatment (90mins) $80 ONLY

• Ice Rebonding ALL LENGTH $135 ONLY

• Express Digital Perm ALL LENGTH $135 ONLY

ADDT’ L $30 FOR HAIR TREATMENT

(AFTER CHEMICAL SERVICES ONLY)

• Make up + Hairdo $50 ONLY

Package 2 (Monday to Thursday only)

• Manicure + Pedicure + Foot scrub — $35 ONLY (Usual Price $44)

• Manicure + Pedicure — $20 ONLY (Usual Price $26


Hair Scalp Treatment at IA Salon
 


Some of the hairstyles done at IA Salon
 

  
 

06
Sep

Curiousity still killed the cat

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Lion City: Round 7 
 


I finally made use of my Royal Skies and earning points for my travels. I should have done five years ago when I’m starting to frequently fly here and there. I was told that the Dreamliner for Royal Brunei will go to Singapore on Friday and Sunday afternoons.
 


The Brunei national netball team were also on the same flight as they will be competing in the Asian Netball Championship in Singapore. Good luck!!
 


This competition looks interesting and let’s see how our Brunei team will do.
 


The most talked about run in my instagram because of its novelty. It’s happening in Singapore on 1st November.
 


Caught up with Lily Chiam at Nana’s Cafe and they served awesome Maccha drinks and ice-cream
 


Del’s a happy camper when he purchased the Sandcrawler Star Wars Lego. Costs a fortune too 😀
 


Staying at this hotel for the 2nd time and liking it so far
 


Doing my blog here and I feel more imaginative in this kind of setting
 


Something that cinemas in Brunei should do and I’m sure this will be a big hit 😀
 

  
 

Sam needs fixing 
 

I’m devastated that my Sam the Tennis Machine is damaged *boohoo* I’ve spent a fortune on it of the love of tennis and so eager to play but it didn’t turn out as expected. I bought the machine from a newly found friend Kenny Chea who is another passionate tennis player and he already gave me a good deal for the machine.

I believe the machine was mishandled at the cargo area (either in Singapore or Brunei) and this must have caused the components to be faulty. The wires were disconnected and the batteries fell out from the deck. Oh well.. That’s partly me to blame for not double checking and making sure the box was probably handled with much care at the cargo area.

Now I’m back in Singapore and I brought the 22 kilo machine with me to be sent for repair. I wonder how much it will cost me but at this point of time, I just felt devastated. It’s like owning your first iMac but it just won’t start at the first attempt.

My tennis buddies are already too eager to play with the machine so I apologize for the delay due to this misfortunate event. We will get a taste of “Sam” but for now, let the humans do the work 😀


A month ago when I was testing out Sam the tennis machine and I was impressed. I bought the machine on the spot back in Singapore.
 


Fast forward a month later, it’s back in Singapore and I never got the chance to even play with the machine. It seems so troublesome to bring this heavy machine back to Singapore and I’m glad I didn’t have to pay excess baggage but still….
 


The components inside were not in placed and this must have been resulted from a huge impact during handling of the box. I’m yet to find out the cost repair for this.
 

  
 

Congratulations to all UBD graduates 
 

Another event that I just missed today is the UBD Convocation 2014 which just took place at 9am today at the Chancellor Hall. I will definitely cover but just that I’m currently not in Brunei at the moment. It’s the biggest calendar of the year for UBD and it is very special as well since His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam present the certificates to all the graduates of UBD. Awesome!!

A big shout out to Ruebin Chin, Nina Kifwari, Rebecca, Jordine, Winnie Sia, Ismah Ismail, Alicia, Nadia and a few more. Any of you who wants to contribute their selfies, you can email to ranoadidas gmail 😀 Congratulations once again to all my friends. You have done our King and our country proud. Keep it up!!


The graduates of 2014
 


The graduates of 2014
 


The graduates of 2014
 


Don’t forget to send your pictures to ranoadidas(8)gmail 😀

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