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18
Sep

The highlight

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Review of The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials with special guest Seng Yee

 

Summer prediction results and Top summer movies of 2015 with co-host Del Goh

 

  
 

The Volkswagen Jetta 
 


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Download SnapFeed 
 

 

Download SnapFeed app on your smartphones and check out the latest deals in Brunei and also get rewarded from respective merchants such as BurgerKing, KFC and Sushi Tei to name a few and also check out the new movie listings as well.

  
 

Snippets of the week 
 


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (3rd R) speaking with Captain Sharifah Czarena Surainy Syed Hashim (L), as Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Dermot Mannion (2nd L) and Deputy Chief Operating Officer Captain Khalidkhan Hj Asmakhan (2nd R) look. His Majesty visited the newly renovated Brunei International Airport yesterday. He also took one of Royal Brunei Airlines’ Dreamliners for a spin. Image courtesy of Zaim Kasmat of The Brunei Times.
 


Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar (L) hands over the cash prize of $7,000 to Institut Teknologi Brunei student Nurulhidayati Hj Mohd Sani (C) for winning the Tertiary Project Category of the Brunei ICT Awards (BICTA) 2015. Well done, ITB!! As for the ICT Industry Category, the first place went to D5 Innovation with BND 10,000 cash prize. Image courtesy of Abdul Aziz Ismail of The Brunei Times.
 


For the first time ever, there is a chance I will be joining this competition. Just for fun. Never knew they will have one for adults. This will be interesting indeed. Any takers (adults)? *lol*
 


Cooking competition coming up at Hua Ho Manggis Mall in conjunction with Hua Ho Health Awareness Month
 


The King Burger from Peppermint Cafe. I love the home made beef patties.
 


Congratulations to Progresif Cellular on the opening of their Seria Branch at Panaga. Image courtesy of @progresif_cellular
 


Now you can pre-order a copy of Yasmine. Too bad there won’t be a blu-ray copy.
 


I am so proud of my mentee, Heidi Rahman, who stole the show as the Toastmaster of the Evening last Tuesday. My biggest milestone to date as a toastmaster – to see other members grow especially my mentees. Keep it up, lady!!
 


@baiduribank updates breaks the ritual by getting out of the box. Something different coming from a bank.
 


Lunch treat by Winnie Sia and it was the first time I dined at Seafood Palace at Tanjung Bunut. Not bad the portion. Couldn’t finish my spaghetti.
 


Happening this Sunday at Fun Bee Park.
 

 

Rack & Brew 
 


Dilys Chai and Denise Chai, co-owners of Rack & Brew
 

One word: Impressive. Congratulations to Dilys Chai and Denise Chai on the opening of your new cafe, Rack & Brew. Love the deco, love the atmosphere and most of all, love the food too. The cakes are amazing too – my personal favourite is the Red Velvet Cake.

The cafe is located above Paddington House of Pancake (Gadong) and the area used to be a boutique store (Deseo) and now the boutique store is located on the 2nd floor, just above Rack & Brew. You can follow @rackandbrew on instagram for updates.

According to Borneo Bulletin, Dilys Chai revealed that Rack & Brew was part of her dissertation project back in the UK. Dilys had some sampling of her desserts at Hua Ho Manggis Mall and the responses were pretty good.

Rack & Brew operates from 11am to 10pm daily at Abdul Razak Complex in Gadong. I’m definitely dining there next time.

 


Liking the atmosphere here at Rack & Brew
 


Soft shell crab florentine
 


Roulette Wings
 


I love their home made kolo mer
 


Hui Chiet love his dish. Not sure what it’s called.
 


My companions for lunch
 


Caramel latte
 


Jolene’s first time and she likes the cakes
 


My personal favourite – Red Velvet Cake
 


They have munchies such as nachos
 


Group photo with the media and the co-owners. Image courtesy of Kazimah (2nd from right)
 


Thank Denise for hosting the other day
 


Curry Pasta is not bad as well
 


Cakes, cakes and more cakes
 


I have yet to try the curry puff
 


This area is always busy as more customers trying out.
 

 

Celerio gets an A+ with Iconia 
 


Associates from Concepts Computer and Boustead Sdn Bhd (Suzuki) holding an ACER Iconia Tab 8W. For those interested to buy a Suzuki Celerio A+, it now comes with the Acer tablet but for a limited time only.
 


The MoU signing last Wednesday at Concepts Computer conference room

This is the first time that Concepts Computer collaborated with Boustead Sdn Bhd in a joint promotion. For those interested in purchasing a Suzuki Celerio A+ from Boustead, then you will be entitled to receive a brand new Acer Iconia Tab 8W (from Concepts Computer).

This is another way to reward their loyal customers by giving an instant gift and also boost the image of both Boustead and Concepts Computer.

Just like the Acer Iconia Tab 8W, the Suzuki Celerio A+ has quality, reliability, durability and most important, affordability.

To the Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, this is a win-win situation for both companies and the joint promotion will be able also to attract new customers.

So what can you expect from a Suzuki Celerio A+? It has a 1.0 litre engine, comes in either MT or CVT, good storage space and also fuel efficient.

As for the Acer Iconia Tab 8W, it’s the top-selling tablet powered by Windows 8.1 and comes with Office 365 (one year subscription) and has a long battery life and one year warranty.

This promotion will start with immediate effect and is valid until December 31. Information about the latest joint promotion can be obtained at any Suzuki showroom or Concepts Computer showroom.

Suzuki will also be holding a roadshow at Citis Square from September 24 to 26, welcoming the public to stop by and try their luck with their ‘lucky dip’ activity.

 


Pao Jia Wan, Marketing Advisor of Concepts Computer, Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, James Wong, Branch Manager of Boustead Sdn Bhd and Alvin Kho, Marketing Manager of Boustead Sdn Bhd
 


The group photo shot with the Suzuki Celerio A+ and the Acer Iconia Tab 8W
 


Members of the media
 


Check out the Suzuki Celerio A+
 

  
 

06
May

Rediscover

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The New Jetta 
 


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University Cup is back!!! 
 


 

  
 

 

Rediscover 
 


Coming soon near you. Recognise the logo?
 

I have been out of the local news for quite some time and recently I’ve been catching up with what I’ve been missing since my 10 days of hiatus from the Brunei scene. It seems there are many things happening though I claimed that it’s gonna be a slow month. This month of May is swamped with events and more food reviews. BHC Magazine will be turning 3 years now and there will be a huge event known as the KL International Hijab event at ICC starting Friday. I’m also excited about the new car which will be unveiled to the press from Ssyangyong which is a compact SUV Tivoli.

Rebranding

 

I always like when a corporate company goes to a rebranding process. Past two years, it was been Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) where the national carrier gradually change their overall look and appeal, bring a new level of hospitality as well as replacing some older planes with the Dreamliner 787. The same goes to another local Telco in Brunei formerly known as b•mobile communications. With the new name Progresif Cellular, they have been taking Brunei by storm in recent weeks with their aggressive marketing campaign.

Last weekend, Progresif Cellular opened up their new flagship store at Tanjung Bunut which was unveiled by the Minister of Communications. The Telco revealed their new logo and colour brand to have a refreshing appeal to the eyes of the public. Progresif Cellular have been gaining traction after announcing amazing offers such as FREE annual fee forever (now that’s a first) and now they introduce their handset and credit deals with Vivo and Huawei phones. I have strong believe that Progresif Cellular is heading the right direction and listening to the needs of the customers. Just don’t expect all the miracles at one time. They are indeed progressing step by step rather than not progressing at all.

Thumbs up to the stakeholders and the decision makers on Progresif Cecullar’s direction. You have certainly had me sold. Time to invest in a secondary smart phone.


The new look of Progresif Cellular at the new flagship store at Tanjung Bunut. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 


Check out the new deals from Progresif Cellular. Click image to enter their Facebook Page.
 

Donations pouring

 

One thing great about our community, we have a sense of contribution especially when there are mishaps locally and internationally. We all are very familiar with the recent earthquake at Nepal which has taken thousands of lives and the country is still in mourning and in shock of the catastrophe. Many NGOs and individuals have taken steps to raise funds and also donating necessary items for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Last Monday, Raddison Hotel and Fitness Zone joined forces to donate items and handed over the donations to a representative from Nepal, James Shakya who is the manager of the Gurkha Palace Restaurant and Catering. He was overwhelmed with the kindness from the local community and they have managed to raise more than 10,000 kg of aid. As for now, they are in need more of medical aid and supplies. Those who can assist in this matter, you can donate to Fitness Zone.


Manager of Gurkha Palace Restaurant, James Shakya (left) and Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (R) receiving donations from the General Manager of Radisson Hotel, Van Helden at Fitness Zone, Kiulap. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 

KLIHF this weekend

 

KLIHF stands for Kuala Lumpur International Hijab Fair and it’s happening this weekend starting Friday. This will be the second event of its kind and it is being dubbed the biggest Muslimah Fashion Trade Fair and it will make its way at ICC. So what can you expect? It will feature more than a hundred booths from various countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore and Turkey, will gather local and international designers, brands, retailers and wholesalers, including textile, fabric and accessories suppliers related to Muslimah fashion.

There will be popular Malaysian Muslimah fashion brands such as Mona Din of Hajaba, Farrah Adeeba of Najjah and Madeena by Mizz Nina. I hope to see Nina as I knew her personally from the days of Teh Tarik Crew. I shall be updating more stories on this event pretty soon.


 


 

 

  

15
Nov

I miss Taro

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot
 

 

 

Late post: Bali 
 


Taking a swim at River Cafe at Maya Ubud
 

I didn’t take much photos at Bali since I didn’t go to many places of interests in Bali. Most of the time, I was staying at Ubud area which is quite remote from the popular cities of Kuta and Seminyak. Nonetheless, I had a great time bonding with my friends from all over the world at Ubud and learnt a thing or two that me aware of in the past week or so. Hence, why I am so inspired by David the Nomadic Lion who inspires others with his vision to spread humanitarian by means of walking and exchanging stories and cultures. He represents abundance and I am inspire to feel as abundant as him one day.

I shall be returning to Bali next year and my friends and I are already eyeing Lombok (a few hours away drive from Bali) which my friends recommended to visit and even David. Have a great weekend, peeps!!


At Clear Cafe. Similar to Energy Kitchen and I like the idea where you have to take your foot wear before entering
 


Creme Bulle at Room 4 Dessert
 


Nice desserts at Room 4 Dessert. Highly recommended.
 


Sophia playing with the grass
 


This is the luxurious villa at Maya Ubud
 


I accidentally wore my t-shirt inside out without realizing :S
 


Genevieve and Sophia trying out Kopi Luwak
 


Interesting filter for Kopi Luwak
 


I love the dinner concept at Maya Ubud
 


Having great fun at water rafting. The rapids weren’t as challenging.
 

  
 

Progresif Cellular 
 


 

  
 

SCR update 
 


The British High Commissioner hosted a Civil Society and Chevening Alumni Roundtable discussion and networking event recently at the Residence. The aim of the event was to bring together civil society organisations and Chevening Alumni to network, share best practice, find synergies and identify opportunities for collaboration
 

The British High Commissioner hosted a Civil Society and Chevening Alumni Roundtable discussion and networking event yesterday evening at the Residence. The aim of the event was to bring together civil society organisations and Chevening Alumni to network, share best practice, find synergies and identify opportunities for collaboration.

British High Commissioner H.E. David Campbell said “It was fascinating to hear from such a diverse range of organisations, all making a real contribution to Bruneian society and environment. Many were now planning their projects for 2015 which we will follow with close interest. It was good to have the perspective of our Chevening scholars too.”

Civil Society Organisations present covered a wide range of issues in Brunei from the environment (Green Brunei, Green Apeel), to wildlife (1stopbrunei Wildlife, CAS) to social welfare (SCOT, the Women’s Council, MKM, BASMIDA, Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council). All CSOs were invited to give short, forward looking presentations on their upcoming activities and projects. Also present were representatives from Standard Chartered Bank who gave a brief overview of the work they do in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

  
 

31
Oct

Grapes galore

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Burgerking Black Pepper Burger 
 


 

  
 

Get Connected through ICONIA

 

 

 

BIBD’s latest promotion


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ICON Design Store 
 


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Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


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Big Cheesy Box 
 


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Energy Kitchen 



The launch earlier today at The Energy Kitchen
 


The Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Sari Setia Awang Hj Adanan with Wu Chun, the founder of The Energy Kitchen blending some healthy drinks

Superstar Wu Chun has been busy himself, flying here and there, and this afternoon, he is back in Brunei Darussalam to launch his very own healthy restaurant Energy Kitchen. Today it was launched with the grace of the honourable Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Sari Setia Awang Hj Adanan, the Minister of Health, who is also a very conscious when it comes to food.

Today 31st October, The Energy Kitchen celebrated its grand opening and this is a great way to educate the public on the presence of healthy food and let’s hope with the power of the media (RTB, newsprint and blog), we can carry the message across and promote healthy food. It won’t be an easy task but it has to start somewhere indeed.

According to Wu Chun, the founder of The Energy Kitchen, this is the first truly healthy restaurant in Brunei and their mission is to show Brunei that a healthy meal which is good for your body, can also be simple, innovative and tasty too. He encourages the local to join the Eat Smart Revolution. He is happy with the help of the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) which helps to promote healthy eating in Brunei. HPC has already started the initiative in providing a healthy lifestyle option when it comes to food. The tools are out there but we just need to choose a healthier option and it’s also up to the individuals.

Wu Chun has been grateful that the response has been encouraging ever since the soft launch a few months ago as the locals are beginning to be aware of eating healthier food.

The Minister of Health praised Wu Chun and his team on opening the restaurant which is line with the Ministry’s vision for a healthier lifestyle in Brunei Darussalam. He believes such presence can slowly educate the public and this will have a long term effect where it will reduce Non Communicable Diseases in the country.

From today until Sunday 2nd November, you can enjoy free dessert for every main meal ordered, there will be colouring activities and balloons for kids. You can also stand a chance to win gift certificates and REAL FOOD t-shirts exclusively designed by Wu Chun at The Energy Kitchen. You can also follow their updates on instagram @theenergykitchen

For reservation, you can call 223 3323.


The Minister of Health being interviewed by the press
 


Also present were the children from YASKA
 


Group photo with the team from The Energy Kitchen
 


The healthy drinks
 


Healthy food being served
 


 


Sheena and Rach
 


Hello Jo 😀
 

  


SCB’s MyBillPayment 
 


From 1 October to 31 December 2014, earn additional Reward Points when you pay at least three bills each month using MyBillPayment app or via www.mybillpayment.biz with your Standard Chartered Credit Card. Most of the bills that we pay are quite common and why not make use of Standard Chartered Bank’s reward campaign when you pay through online or your smartphone (through apps).

You can stand a chance of winning lucky draw prizes such as the Samsung Galaxy K or the Samsung Galaxy Tab for the month of November if you purchase POWERinstant or EASI Recharge using MyBillPayment. Awesome, right?

Some of the bills that can be paid using MyBillPayment are EASI Recharge Card, POWERinstant, DSTcom-Prima Broadband, Kristal Astro, TelBru, Electrical Department and Water Department to name a few. Hence, to be eligible for the rewards and the lucky draw, the bill payment must be made through MyBillPayment wesbite or their app.

For more information, you can call Standard Chartered Bank at 265 8000. Where else can you can enjoy perks while paying your bills online or through your smartphone? I’m gonna make use of recharging my EASI card through this system 😀

 


You can download MyBillPayment on your smartphone (IOS And Android)
 


Now you can pay bills through your smartphone
 

 

 

Check out Citroën cars 
 


Check out the roadshow at Times Square until this Sunday
 

Test driving the Citroën DS3 and DS4: What a wonderful experience indeed!! My first try out was the DS3 and don’t be fooled by the size because this car was such a joyride during my four day trial. The design itself makes a sporty, futuristic presence and it lives up to the performance. This is comparable with the Mini Cooper in terms of size but the DS3 is much more of a affordable car.

I was slightly concern if space would be a factor in the driving seat but it was pretty accommodating for me. Well, I know I might have gain a few pounds or so but it was almost perfect for my driving experience. The only fuss I had when sitting was pulling the seat belt over as I struggle using my left for the reach *lol*

I love the handling of the car as well especially during turns and roundabouts. It just made me think twice about letting go of my current car too. You will be surprised how efficient and well handled the DS3 is.

The DS3 sports a 1.6 litre four-cyclinder engine with a four-speed transmission and for me, it’s more than good enough since I’m not much of a fast driver. It will be a huge transformation if I was to convert to a mini car, coming from an SUV lover but I wouldn’t mind a secondary car for leisure and comfort just like the DS3.


My affair with the Citroën DS3
 


It was such a comfort ride with the Citroën DS3
 

I was torn between the Citroën DS3 and the Citroën DS4. Of course, the DS4 is definitely bigger and it has a more robust, fluid built with sharper lines and subtle curves. Brunei has just introduced these models in the market last year and slowly the public is noticing its strength and uniqueness as most of us are already familiar with other European brands in the market.

The interior is spacious and I love the interior finishing which is more refined and more attention to details. I was amazed that they have a massage chair option for the delight of the driver and passenger but I wasn’t too focused on that option. Just to let you know that you could fully recline the chair and switch it to massage mode 😀

I kinda like the neon-blue effect on the display on the speedometer and fuel indicator. I haven’t fully tested in terms of its speed but man, the DS4 can be an excellent ride along the highways especially if you commute back and forth from KB to Bandar. Sometimes I don’t even realise I’m driving over the speed limit because the ride was simply smooth.

In all, the DS4 packs a punch and I would highly recommend you to check out this model at Times Square this weekend. Even the price range is quite affordable for the specs that the DS4 boasts.

In comparison, both the Citroën DS3 and DS4 have their own strengths and it depends on what purpose you want to use the car for. What sold me about the DS4 is the bluetooth audio device which is not available for the DS3 since I listen to my music and podcasts while on the road.


Another great edition from Citroën the DS4
 


The interior of the DS4
 


Check out the rims at the Citroën showroom
 

 

 

Wu Chun at Golf Charity 
 


 

Mission Hills Group, a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry, hosted its third annual Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am as part of its effort to create the world’s largest leisure and entertainment destination around golf. The tournament, from October 24-26 at the Mission Hills Haikou Resort on China’s tropical island of Hainan, united leading A-list film and music industry icons, champion golfers and other sports legends from the U.S., China and around the world.

“We are thrilled to bring together such high profile celebrities and sports superstars in an event that positions China on the world map of golf, while showcasing Mission Hills, and the country as a whole, as a must-visit destination for travelers, whether they are golfers or not,” said Mission Hills Group Chairman and CEO Dr. Ken Chu. “We remain committed to popularizing the game of golf and creating a world-class entertainment resort that builds on the rapidly evolving sport.”

Demonstrating the shifting tastes in leisure among the Chinese, the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am is uniquely centered around golf and the film industry. As part of the event, 24 celebrities and 24 professional golfers will come together at Mission Hills’ premier facilities for a range of golf, gala events, and other entertainment activities, such as an exhibition of the new combination sport that Mission Hills recently introduced to China, football golf.

Top ranked professional golfers include 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, multiple Major winners Gary Player and Greg Norman, ex-Masters champion Ian Woosnam, former Open Championship winner Darren Clarke and Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley. During the tournament, it was broadcasted in 160 countries and territories worldwide, the teams faced off over two rounds of four-ball, competing for an individual prize of one million dollars.

Also in participation were the heavy hitters of China’s booming film industry, to celebrate the recent opening of Mission Hills Movie Town – the film-themed complex and brainchild of famed Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. In addition to its state-of-the-art film studios, entertainment and leisure activities, the attraction also features vintage street settings from Feng’s classic movies, paying homage to the only Chinese director with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.Sponsors of The Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am include American Express, Porsche, Stella Artois, Tibet 5100, Kohler, Biem.L.Fdlkk, Lindt, San Pellegrino and Appletiser.

Representing the largest golf club and mineral springs spa in the world and formerly accredited as the world’s largest spa resort by Guinness World Records, Mission Hills Haikou Resort exudes leisure and entertainment through its 550-room five-star hotel, 10 golf courses, 168 hot springs, 20 square kilometer mixed-use retail-tainment complex of prominent retail shops and restaurants, movie town entertainment zone, IMAX cinema, ice skating rink, nightlife, and hotel developments including The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, and Hard Rock Hotels. As part of its effort to promote golf to a new generation, three Mission Hills courses allow anyone under 16 to play for free, and 44 junior golf tournaments were also staged in the past 18 months in the quest to find the first Tiger Woods of China. As the cradle of golf in China, Mission Hills has hosted more than 100 international tournaments, including five editions of the World Cup of Golf and the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Images courtesy of Wu Chun.

 


Celebrity Wu Chun at Golf tournament at the Mission Hills Haikou Resort on China’s tropical island of Hainan
 


The evening with the celebrities
 

Of course with that aside, our very own celebrity Wu Chun from Brunei attended the prestigious sporting event in Asia. Here is what he has to say.

“This spectacular tournament is definitely the pre-eminent sports and entertainment event in Asia. Its truly an East meet West Cross-Cultural event where so many superstars from different industries and countries unites in such a groundbreaking event. And the thing that excites me is that everyone came here with a heart full of love hoping to raise fund to protect our lovely planet and helping so many children around the world that needs our attention.”

“I had the chance to hang out with some of the big names in the hollywood and its a dream come true opportunity…I was surprised to know that the golf legend, Greg Norman was in Brunei many years ago and him sharing with me how lovely Brunei is and would love to be back again. I also had the chance to express my admiration to Kenny G personally as his talented music has accompany me since i was 15 years old. “

“”What makes this event even more memorable is a compliment i received from the very fit and beautiful mother, Jessica Alba where she told me, ” You are so cute!” That really makes me feel on top of the world hahaa! As Fitness Zone is a monthly subscriber of Self Fitness Magazine and she has recently appeared on the cover, i also brought the magazine along so i can exhibit her autograph at Fitness Zone’s celebrities gallery which makes this a perfect wrap up for this glamorous and meaningful event.”

 


With Donnie Yen
 


Morgan Freeman
 


With golf legend Greg Norman
 


With Wu Chun’s music idol – Kenny G
 


With Jessica Alba
 


With Chris Evans
 


With Yao Ming
 

  
 

Winner of Media Pad X1 
 


Paul Hyde (3rd L) , Progresif Cellular’s Chief Executive Officer, with the winner of the Facebook Fanpage Like Contest, Latifah Hj Mohd Akin (2nd L). Image courtesy of Progresif Cellular.
 


Latifah Hj Mohd Akin took home a Huawei Media Pad X1
 

Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) recently revealed the winner for the Facebook Fanpage Like Contest with a Prize Presentation at its Beribi Headquarters.

Latifah Hj Mohd Akin took home a Huawei Media Pad X1. The prize was presented by Paul Hyde, Progresif Cellular’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Facebook Fan Page Like contest was held from September 15 until September 31.

Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd Chief Marketing Officer, Devin Edwards said to the media, “We are happy to give back to our valued customers and to support our technology partners, such as Huawei.”

He also added that there will be more to come for Progresif subscribers where there will be an end of year promotion coming soon and he advised subscribers to watch out.

Latifah said, “I am very happy and surprised to have won the prize. I am definitely looking forward to use the media pad.”

Paul Hyde Progresif Cellular Chief Executive Officer said, “The Facebook contest was one of our ways to reward our customers of their support and patronage. There will be more great things to happen in the near future and we are confident it will be exciting.”

Progresif took over the business and operations of B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd on July 1 this year, and Progresif recently appointed two C- Levels hire, Chief Technical Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd, it is poised to be a competitive and sustainable mobile operator in Brunei Darussalam, offering innovative products and services to its customers.

 


Promotion coming up from Progresif Cellular and to be announced tomorrow (1st November)
 

  
 

Malppy update 
 


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The 3D T-shirts from the Mountain has been doing very well in the USA. The Mountain is a manufacturer of high quality hand-dyed garments and they are well known for their unique designs and exceptional quality. This weekend sale, Malppy.com is going to feature more than 20 different designs from The Mountain’s 3D Creative Printing T-shirts.

As they mentioned it’s a Weekend Sale so this offers only valid for 3 days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)! The clock is ticking away and if you have got that special someone you know who would love 3D Mighty Tiger T-shirt or 3D Armour T-shirt for a gift, just visit their website now at www.malppy.com and order away!

Before I end this post, I’d like to remind everyone again, especially BIBD customers that Malppy has recently collaborated with BIBD and launched their latest online payment service called the eBayar (Direct BiBD bank transfer) and their existing eTunai (Mobile QR Code Scanning payment method) on Malppy.com. To further understand how to use these online payment services on malppy.com, you can simply click http://malppy.com/etunai and http://malppy.com/ebayar for the guide. As a complementary, the first 50 customers to pay their purchases at Malppy.com with either of these services will get a B$10 Starbucks coffee voucher FREE. Support your local bank that supports Malppy.com. Have a Great weekend ahead.

 


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15
Sep

Nooooo…

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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BIBD’s latest promotion


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The Popcorn Panel 
 

Our podcast review of Summer Box Office with my co-host Del Goh

 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


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”Building a Nation” 
 


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PCSB FB competition 
 


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Progresif Cellular is giving away a brand new Huawei MediaPad X1 for FREE. To join, you can simply go their Facebook Page and ‘Like’ Progresif Cellular Page (www.facebook.com/progresifcellular). This is open to all Facebook users in Brunei. The contest will run from 15th September to 30th September 2014. There will only be one winner, and judges’ decision is final. To make it fair, there is only once per Facebook account.

Want to know more about the Huawei MediaPad X1. It looks to be a strong contender against the likes of the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HDX who currently dominate the small form factor tablet market. The MediaPad X1 packs in a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 4G connectivity and a 5000mAh battery – far bigger than the 3950mAh offering in the Nexus 7. The IPS screen is up to scratch, boasting a full HD 1200 x 1920 resolution with 322 ppi pixel density keeping it in line with its competitors.

With measurements of 183.5 x 103.9 x 7.18mm it’s one of the smallest 7-inch tablets out there, increasing its portability and you will find it comfortable in your palms.

So peeps.. You have nothing to lose and just like their Progresif Cellular Page and stand a chance to win this amazing phone.

 


Do you want to win this awesome gadget?
 

  
 

STGCC 2014 
 

Late post: Below are some of the pictures taken during my recent trip to Singapore for the Singapore Toy Games Comic Convention 2014 which took place at the Sands Expo & Convention, Marina Bay Sands. It was another fun-packed event though I could see a drop in Marvel presence apart from the popular hit Guardians of the Galaxy. I almost bought a collectible which was a mini figurine of Transformers Megatron and I regretted that decision of not purchasing it.

This year, @delgoh and I were supposed to dress up for the occasion in our alter egos but that didn’t materialise in the end. Most likely, it will be an assurance that both of us will be cosplaying 😀 However, we might need to find an assistant or a chaperon to help us carry our stuff *lol*

Enjoy the first batch of pictures and I wished I stayed longer to take more pictures of cosplay people.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

 

PETRONAS Scholarship 
 


Scholarship recipient Dk Nur Farhanah Pg Hj Roslan (2nd L) and PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar, holding the signed scholarship document, while Permanent Secretary (Upstream) of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abdul Mumin (R) looks on during the PETRONAS scholarship signing ceremony. Image courtesy of Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.
Two former students of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College were offered scholarships from PETRONAS Carigali Brunei following a signing ceremony last Friday. Dk Nur Farhanah Pg Hj Roslan and Nur Fatin ‘Izzati Hj Abdul Rahim will be sent off to Perak to pursue their studies at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS on September 19.

Dk Nur Farhanah said she was selected out of 30 applicants for the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme.

“We were told that about 30 students had applied and 12 were shortlisted to undergo written examinations and interviews,” said the 18-year-old who will be studying Petroleum Geoscience.

The recipient said she could apply for work at other places once she finished her studies, as she is not bonded under the programme and due to the possibility of no job vacancies at the company.

Another recipient, Nur Fatin, said PETRONAS would allow her to work at other companies if there are no job openings.

“At the university, they have sponsors like Halliburton Co,” said the scholar who will be studying Petroleum Engineering.

She hoped to apply for industrial attachment at the company during the summer holidays.

PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar, said Bruneians made up 62 per cent of the total 45 staff working at the company.

“The pool of staff at PCBL has grown from a modest 27 in 2011 to 45 staff today. Out of this number, 28 staff are Bruneians,” he said.

The country manager added that the sponsorship programme received an 80 per cent increase in applications from Bruneian students.

Witnessing the signing ceremony between the recipients and PETRONAS Carigali Brunei Ltd yesterday were Permanent Secretary (Upstream) of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abdul Mumin and Managing Director of PetroleumBRUNEI Dato Paduka Matsatejo Sokiaw.

PETRONAS Carigali Brunei is one of the subsidiary companies of Petroliam Nasional Berhad Malaysia. Text by Ak Md Khairuddin Pg Harun of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Md Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.

 


Scholarship recipient Nur Fatin ‘Izzati Hj Abdul Rahim (2nd L) and PETRONAS country manager, Ahmad Faisal Bakar. Image courtesy of Asdeny Yakub of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

The 5th Audi quattro Cup Brunei 
 


It’s happening on 17th to 19th October. Registration to open soon.
 

  
 

 

The NJ & KJ connection 
 


Hamdi Metussin aka NJ, creative director of Mixmediaworx and Keeran Janin, founder of #CHRENDS with Hadi Shafie, the co-founder of Tru Synergy at The Knowledge Hub last August


Late post:
This was another Startup Founder 101 activity that took place late August at The Knowledge Hub. It was such a great turn out probably because they were treated to two charming speakers – Keeran Janin of #CHRENDS and Hamdi Metussin (NJ), Creative Director of Mixmediaworx. The event was organised by Tru Synergy who are championing to charter the Founder Institute in Brunei. The Founder Institute is the world’s largest training and startup launch program which helps aspiring founders across the globe to build enduring technology companies.

This program has been successful where Tru Synergy have created numerous forums and dialogues by inviting founders and speakers to share their experiences and their journey so the audience can benefit from the discussions.

Both lads gave an insightful presentation and I was more intrigued by NJ’s delivery because we hardly take into account the design of business or logo or marketing material. We just take for granted that “designs” are secondary and they don’t matter much. To me, design in an integral part of your brand and it’s always vital to invest in design if not your branding.

I look forward to more forums and dialogues hosted by Tru Synergy.

 


It was good to see such young enthusiastic students in attendance
 


NJ with the attendees
 


NJ sharing some tips on design with Ida of Mars Enterprise
 

  
 

25
Jul

We need to diversify…. quickly

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Cheerful patients at JPMC 
 


Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, the guest of honour with Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC with the management and the stroke and cancer patients of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Click image to enlarge.

With Hari Raya around the corner, every walk of life can enjoy a festive season whether be it small or big. Sometimes we take things for granted that Hari Raya or in this case, pre-Hari Raya is just an excuse for the spirit of celebration and unity. But little do I know that even the smallest of celebration can bring the warmth and joyful feeling to others and I felt that yesterday during my visit at Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC).

My coverage was on JPMC’s Rehabilitation programme organised by JPMC’s Rehabilitation Department and after the 5-week programme, the patients were awarded with certificates of achievements and judging from the explanations by the occupational therapists, these aren’t easy feats. Stroke patients are bound to lose some of their movements or lose their ability to fee touch, pain or position. Hence the therapists come into the picture and educate and train the patients to regain back some of their body movements as well as coordination.

Apart from the presentation of certification, JPMC organised a short “ceramah” session for the invited guests and JPMC stroke and cancer patients. It was conducted by Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs and he was kinda of entertaining too and brought some laughter to the audience. He shared about the essence of fasting during Ramadhan and added some general info that we normally take for granted that we know all. It was a pretty interesting session indeed.

The guest of honour of the event was Abd Latif bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Hj Md Yusof, a member from Board of Directors of Jerudong Park Medical Centre. Also present were Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, the Executive and Medical Director of JPMC, Dr. Burc Bassa, Deputy Head and Head Consultant of the Brunei Neuroscience Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) and Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC.

After the “ceramah”, Vivian shared a brief description on the Therapeutic Group Activity (TGA) and she was pleased to share that the 5-week program was a major success as the patients had improved ability to converse and sing and a progress in regaining their strengths, stamina and physical functions. She also thanked family members of the patients who contributed in the program by providing emotional and social support. I believe this is the most challenging aspect for stroke and cancer patients as they need consistent moral support.

The JPMC patients then performed a Selawat and Nasyid for the invited guests and it was heart warming to see them performing and feeling cheerful with the Raya spirit in them. According to Vivian, having a collective group of stroke patients singing together is challenging in terms of synchronizing with the music because stroke can also affect their speech. However, the task is not impossible and not many hospital in other countries practice this approach and I applaud the rehab team and the patients to show that this is achievable and it takes practice.

 


Ustaz Haji Haslan bin Hj Shabudin from the Isalamic Da’wah Center, Ministry of Religious Affairs conducted an insightful “ceramah” on fasting during Ramadhan
 


Guest of honour attending the event
 


Guests and the patients at JPMC
 


Guests and the patients at JPMC
 


Vivian Suk Kee Tie, the Head of Rehabilitation Department of JPMC, shared the progress of the patients and thankful to those involved and supporting the initiative
 


The patients performing Selawat and Nasyid for the audience
 


This was a very touching experience and I felt the happiness when they performed
 


The background music performers

The guests also witnessed the patients conduct demonstrations of their activities such as baking Hari Raya treats and building the replica of Kampong Ayer, which is made out of furnished wooden sticks. Kampong Ayer is one of the main tourist attractions in the Sultanate.

Since the year 2012, the Rehabilitation Department has been putting together intensive Therapeutic Group Activity Programs during the month of Ramadhan in preparation for the upcoming Hari Raya festivities and at year’s end in celebration of the holiday season. The Therapeutic Group Activity Program gives patients a goal to achieve in duration of five weeks and help the patients relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is impaired. The patients together with their family members are taught new ways of performing tasks to compensate for any residual disabilities.

Among other activities conducted last year was the beautiful replica of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque built by the patients, which is currently displayed outside Outpatient Department. It’s really good to see JPMC creating such activities and these provide patients with a sense of belonging while improving their health and body condition.

Rehabilitation Department offers treatments available that includes Falls Prevention, Geriatric and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Back and Neck Pain, Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury, Orthopedics and Sports Injury. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.cm.bn.


Guest of honour presenting certificate to patients for completing the program
 


A great achievement for the patients of JPMC and I’m glad there was a token of appreciation
 


Mr. Maidin bin Tinggal was given a special token for his passion and dedication in helping out during the program. He lives in KB and also recovered from stroke. He also borrowed the musical instruments for the purpose of the performance yesterday.
 


Another patient being awarded
 


A demonstration by some of the stroke patients and they also made cookies. Awesome!!
 


Vanessa, an occupational therapist at JPMC, explaining how her patients have improved on their movements and able to contribute in terms of preparation for baking
 


The guest of honour and guests were impressed with the progress
 


Another patient who contributed in building the Kg Ayer replica
 


The Kg Ayer replica being displayed at JPMC, created by the patients themselves
 


Guest of honour impressed with the creation
 


Mingling with the patients after the event at JPMC
 

 

New CEO of PCSB 
 


Paul Hyde, the new CEO of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB)

The vacancy was up for grabs for the past few months. It was tough to speculate who will be the chief executive officer of Progesif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) who acquired the business and operations of B-Mobile Communications. Finally, the chairman and board of directors of PCSB have appointed Paul Hyde. Image courtesy of PSCB.

Paul Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa. In a statement, Hyde said that among his priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation that delivers an innovative range of services.

Hyde, in a statement, said that among his key priorities would be to develop a customer-based organisation delivering an innovative range of services with high level of customer service. This is so as to build a strong, unique and reliable brand, he said.

“It is important that we carve a strong position for ourselves in a small market such as this that brings value to our customers,” said Hyde, adding it can be achieved with a strong and highly-competent workforce backed with a sound network infrastructure.

He also said the transformation cannot be done overnight and that much needs to be done before changes can be made.

“My goal is to turn Progresif Cellular into the operator of choice in Brunei, and while it takes time to achieve, I am confident that it is possible with the guidance and strategic direction from the chairman and board of directors,” he added.

Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, the chairman of PCSB, in the statement said that Hyde’s experience and track record would have a positive effect on the operation of the organisation.

Hyde has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including in West Africa.

“I am confident that he will be able to inculcate an organisational culture that will realise our vision for PCSB,” said the chairman.
He added that Hyde is in a strong position to impart best global practices, management expertise and marketing strategies which would benefit the company.

For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and also on instagram @progresifcellular

  
 

What’s next after oil? 
 


What’s happening to our export on Crude Oil?
This is not good news for Brunei Darussalam. Our country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) comes from crude oil and natural gas. We are able to produce about 167,000 barrels of oil every day, which makes it the fourth largest producer of oil in Southeast Asia. The information given on the press release wasn’t enough but it can either be a few factors that’s leading to this.

Well, it’s just my opinion and thoughts based on the information given, so don’t shoot the messenger :p One could be that the demand may not be as high as before and other parties could have chosen other suppliers. The other reason could be that Brunei might not be producing enough crude oil. Then again, I could be wrong as these are just assumptions based on the limited information given by JPKE.

Whatever it is, it’s not a good sign for Brunei if it exports on crude oil maintain the same as now or even lower on the next shipment. It’s about time we need to find other source of revenue and income to our economy.

  

14
Jul

#HBT2014inAugust

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Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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BIBD Delights 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Notice from Progresif Cellular 
 


Late posting: Back dated 9th July on the issue of the top-up cards from Progresif Cellular.
 

  
 

Awesome deals in Concepts 
 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, with associates of Concepts Computer showcasing the IT bundle promotion

Awesome deals now available at Concepts Computer and you purchase the items with their IT bundles in a form of hampers so this make it very ideal for gifts and all. This is the first time also the Concepts Computer are having such bundled promotions for the likes of their customers.

You can enjoy bundles from $18 to $1,118 and you can get items ranging from Epson and Acer from Concepts Computer.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, shared this is ideal for consumers who have trouble choosing the right products because of the variety of choices. Hence Concepts Computer made it simpler by putting a few items together with an affordable price.

For more information on the IT bundles, visit the nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551 and 2233552.

 


 


 


 


 


 


  
 

HBT is back!! 
 


Will Brunei retain the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy this August? Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
Few months ago, there was some doubt whether the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014 will actually happen this year. The supporters were anticipating for another great tournament after Brunei Darussalam won its first HBT tournament back in 2012. Earlier this year, it was slightly quiet and even the management and stakeholders were unsure of the dates for the actual tournament.

Perhaps the highlight earlier this year was when the management were conducting trials for the Brunei U-21 team back in January as they were preparing for the supposedly tournament earlier in April 2014. The plan didn’t materialised in terms of hosting the event in April and it was postponed till further notice. However, this is still great news because this will give ample time for Brunei to prepare for the HBT tournament. They were already many question marks as why the trials were only planned three months before the actual tournament then as it’s never easy to gel new players in the time span given. I’m not pretty sure how the preparations have been since beginning of the year but I’m sure that manager Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff and coach Kwon Oh-Son have sorted this out.

Last weekend was the draw for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014 and Brunei is now placed in Group B with the likes of Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. In Group A are Timor-Leste, Laos, the Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand. The only one missing here is Indonesia as they won’t be able to compete due to the clashes with the ongoing Indonesian football league.

Well, I still find that a bit odd since Indonesia has a population of 200 million and yet they can’t field a squad of 24 to represent Indonesia U-21. I kinda find that reason to be … ah, no comment. For your info, Indonesia was runner-up in the previous tournament and it was a very heated match, not for the players on the field but for the supporters out there as there were commotions happening prior to the match and during the match. Sometimes when you are too passionate about your country and the ego get the better of you, things are easier to escalate to an uglier scene.

As for a vote of uncertainty, team manager Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff shared that Brunei is not ready for next month’s 5th Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy as he said they are far from being prepared for the August 9-23 regional Under-21 tournament. He said that the players’ are not at the level they should be and further more, they haven’t selected their first eleven, let alone choosing the final 18 squad.

I believe there is still hope for Brunei. They did it two years ago with great difficulty and yet they prevail. Brunei is the defending champion and I believe they can excel to greater heights.

The manager conveyed his thanks to DPMM FC for allowing to use some of their players – Adi Said, Najib and Hendra and also thanked National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) for their never ending support and also to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

I shall update you the progress of the Brunei U-21 team. For now, good luck for the preparations.


Team manager Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff during the draw last weekend. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


Malaysian High Commissioner Datuk Hj Ag Sahak making the draw for Malaysia team. Image courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
 


This is the crowd that we are gonna miss – the Indonesian fans
 


Najib from DPMM FC will be representing Brunei U-21 team
 


Hendra will be in Brunei colours once again this August
 


The actual draw for this year’s HBT 2014
 


Let’s hope that the crowd can be controlled especially when it comes to ticket distribution. Do you think there should be a small value given for the tickets? Image courtesy of @iam_nashar
 

  
 

Wu Chun at Fashion Week 
 


Wu Chun with Giorgio Armani at Fashion Week in France

As glamorous haute couture creations takes the runway in paris, media from around the globe gather at Paris for the pre-fall and winter collection Fashion Week in the months of July. Not only that, fashion enthusiasts from around the world fly in to Paris during this month to enjoy the great summer sales and at the same time, trying to get a glimpse of all the world renowned designers and celebrities at all the famous museum which are used as the venue for most of the fashion show for the top designers in the fashion industry.

Wu Chun who has been recognised as a fashion figure in the showbiz partly because of his well-built physical appearance has a close relationship with some of the top fashion designer brands in the world and has attended numerous fashion shows or invited as the spokesperson for the opening ceremony for the designer stores.

Christian Dior’s couture show in Paris on Monday was the fashion equivalent of a concept album.The show was held at Musée Rodin’s gardens in a circular tent decorated with thousands of white orchids and displayed the latest confections by Belgian designer Raf Simons.

Extended over six segments, models dressed in everything from full-skirted ballgowns to full-length fur coats, chiffon slips and embroidered parachute silk boilersuits walked around a circular white room wrapped in chrome and covered – floor to ceiling – in white orchids. It even had a soundtrack of alpha experimentalists Sonic Youth.

This year, Wu Chun was invited to experience the Fashion week in Paris where he had the chance to sit in the front row with some of the top celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence who fame has shot up during the last few years with her blockbuster hit, The Hunger game. Wu Chun was also joined by the Harry Potter female lead actress, Emma Watson,Charlize Theron and Sean Penn at the Christian Dior Fashion Show. Put together, it was a dizzying expression of creative director Raf Simons’ vision for this revered Parisian house: futuristic, red carpet friendly and art-house all at once.

In the show notes, Simons said the Dior collection was about bringing “the attitude of contemporary reality to something very historical” and finding something modern as the result. This concept collection – assured, new but rich with varied reference – suggests he might have done just that.

The Simons effect at Dior sent couture sales soaring by 14% to £601m in the last six months of 2013. This, in turn, has boosted the ready-to-wear side of the business. Asia and the US are emerging as the markets where Dior does particularly well. Monday’s couture outing will only boost a house on the up.
According to Wu Chun,” The things that excite me this time is i am attending the Haute Couture collection fashion shows which is very much difference from the Ready-to-wear collection. Couture collection are all the limited edition pieces and i was amazed by all the creativities and workmanship of the highest level in the world of fashion.Of course, being alongside all the hollywood A-lists was a blast experience for me as well.”

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Woohoo. I see Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson
 


 


Wu Chun at the Fashion week
 


Wu Chun posing for the camera

Quotes from Wu Chun – “”Its great to be back to Paris again, the city of ‘Fashion’ and feel honoured to be invited to Chanel, Christian Dior and Giorgio Armani Fashion shows during my 4 days trip. Its such a pleasure to wear the suit personally selected by My Giorgio Armani, a very down to earth icon who had his autograph on a baby Armani Suit for my 9 months old baby boy.”

“Today, fashion is really about sensuality-how a person feels on the inside. In the ’80s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies-they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes. Fashion is not only about the clothes. Its about your body shape, your personality and the confident you have to express what you wear.”


Wu Chun at the Fashion week
 


Wu Chun selfie-ing with fans
 


Wu Chun having fun in Paris
 

  
 

02
Jul

#TheSecond

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

From Progresif Cellular 
 

 

Check out the Mission and Vision of PSCB

 


Progresif Cellular’s press conference to the media two weeks ago. Image taken from Progresif Cellular Facebook page.

Some FAQs from Progresif Cellular

Question: What will happen to my present postpaid service?

Answer: Your postpaid account will remain uninterrupted and will be automatically transferred from B-Mobile to Progresif Cellular (PCSB), effective July 1,2014.However, there will be some slight changes that need to take place with your regular payment procedure beginning July 1st – this varies from bank to bank.Beginning July 1, 2014, you will no longer be able to make any bill payments to the B-Mobile account. This includes payments via automated teller machines (ATMs), over-the-counter deposits and internet banking.You may continue to make bill payments to the newly established Progresif Cellular account via the same methods mentioned above i.e. ATM, over the counter and internet banking.

For details on what you need to do to make the change, please go to our new website at www.progresifcellular.com.bn,or to your bank’s website, where you will see a step-by-step guide. If you need any clarification or further information, you may also send your query to contact(8)progresifcellular.com.bn.

Question: What will happen to my prepaid service?

Answer: You will still be able to buy and use B-Mobile prepaid top-up cards from your regular outlets. Nothing has changed. At the end of July, you will be able to buy Progresif Cellular or PCSB top-up cards, but for now, the B- Mobile cards will still work as usual.

Question: What about our SIM cards. Do we need to change them and will there be a cost?

Answer: This will be an over-the-counter process, but you will have 6 months from July 1st to do it. This will apply to both prepaid and postpaid and there will be no charge.For corporate customers, we will be liaising directly with the administrator at your company.

Question: When will new Progresif Cellular (PCSB) top-up cards be launched?

Answer: They will be available at the end of July. Meanwhile, your existing ones will still work.

For more FAQs, you can click here on their corporate website or you can join their Facebook Page.

 

  
 

 

A fruitful visit by Zalora 

Invited guests checking out the dresses from Jovian Mandagie at The Empire Hotel & Country Club

Late post: Ever heard of ZALORA? It’s a growing brand in Brunei though there’s no physical store that exists in Brunei because it’s an online brand. Do you know that ZALORA is increasing in growth in terms of sales from Brunei alone? Though it’s a small market compared to other regional countries but it is an important growing market said Luca Barberis, Director of ZALORA. He noticed the growth trend increased by 100% in the past few months and from there, the company believe that Brunei is an important market because many Bruneians buy Jovian Mandagie’s design wear for women.

The other reason why Bruneians love to shop at ZALORA because of the speedy delivery to their doorsteps. The items will be delivered within 3-4 days from Malaysia and you can even return the item should the dress or shoes you bought isn’t the correct size. Jovian Mandagie is known for their modern Baju Kurungs and Muslimah Dresses and the price ranges from RM 250.

Recently ZALORA made a showcase at The Empire Hotel & Country Club with the presence with the management and fashion icon celebrity Jovian Mandagie. The public had the opportunity to view the collection by Jovian Mandagie “Chantilly” which is inspired by the French city of Chantilly which is known for producing the finest lace.

The showcase was also an avenue for the newbies to get a feel of Jovian Mandagie products and they will be able to trust and appreciate the design and materials by Jovian Mandagie. So ladies, this is very ideal for upcoming Hari Raya and I have to say I’m impressed with the workmanship and the simplicity of the design and still looking elegant.

It was a honour also to meet the fashion designer himself, Jovian Mandagie, and I love his aura and charisma which makes him such an approachable celebrity. I also had interesting conversion with Giulio Xiloyannis, Managing Director of ZALORA Malaysia and Luca Barberis, Director of ZALORA Malaysia and Stacy Hui, PR Executive of ZALORA Malaysia.

Luca shared that many of their customers are surfing through mobile phones and making purchases from their devices. At least 30% of their customers buy ZALORA products online, either through ZALORA mobile site or ZALORA app. His team will further improve the user friendliness of their mobile based ZALORA to improve customer experience which will translate to more dollars and cents.

So do check out their website ZALORA and you can check the number of Jovian Mandagie’s dresses online and give it a shot or even download their mobile app on IOS and Android.

 


Fashion icon Jovian Mandagie and Giulio Xiloyannis, Managing Director of ZALORA Malaysia
 


Luca Barberis, Director of ZALORA Malaysia mingling with the guests
 


ZALORA showcasing Jovian Mandagie dresses
 


ZALORA showcasing Jovian Mandagie dresses
 


Jovian and @enyabioux
 


ZALORA showcasing Jovian Mandagie dresses
 


Anisah browsing through ZALORA website
 


The layout at ZALORA website
 


How ZALORA app looks like on IOS
 

  

01
Jul

#2014PartTwo

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Icon Design Store

 

 
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Swipe for rewards 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Chicco Brunei 
 


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From Progresif Cellular 
 

A message from Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd: Dear valued customers, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd has been aware that this message was circulated via Whatsapp. Please be aware that the message is not true.

Please understand that creating & circulating an allegation such as this is considered a crime. Thus we seek the assistance from the public to stop circulating this false message.


It ain’t real
 

 

 

Michelle wins a GoPro 
 


The top 3 winners of the Kick it to Brazil” campaign organised by Peugeot Brunei. Prizes were presented to Lim Kai Wei, Peugeot’s Marketing Assistant.

Congratulations to Michelle Wong for winning the Facebook photo contest organised by the Peugeot Brunei Facebook page. The winning photo was taken at Singapore’s Flower Dome and she entered the “Malaysia or Singapore” week of the contest where she achieved the most number of likes.

Second place went to Danny Aimi, an avid runner who travels around the world for marathon purposes. His picture was taken in Singapore. Third winner went to Debbie Too, former The Brunei Times reporter, and I’m not sure where this photo was taken *lol*

Michelle Wong won herself a GoPro Hero 3+. The photo contested went on for five weeks and it was a contest organised in conjunction with the “Kick it to Brazil” campaign where Peugeot Paris’ aim was to send a football through 30 countries in 100 days.

For more info, you can visit Peugeot’s Facebook page for updates. Images courtesy of Peugeot Brunei.

 


Michelle the star of the day with the media
 


Michelle Wong with her new gadget – GoPro Hero 3+
 


The winning photo submitted by Michelle Wong
 


Danny Aimi receiving consolation prize from Lim Kai Wei
 


Danny Aimi’s photo on Peugeot Facebook Page
 


Debbie Too receiving consolation prize from Lim Kai Wei
 


Debbie’s photo submission at Peugeot Facebook Page
 


The fantastic prizes from Peugeot
 


The Peugeot 408 1.6 Turbo
 


Check out the Hari Raya promo at Peugeot Brunei. Click image to enter Facebook page.
 

 

 

New Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 
 

Brunei Shell Marketing recently launched a new product that will be made available in Brunei by July. If you are not familiar with the product, well, it’s the best in the line under the Shell Helix Ultra brand and it’s called the Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40. The product was launched by Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Mustapha, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing at the Royal Bekshire Hall, Royal Brunei Poll and Riding Club.

The new product Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 is top of the line product and it is made from natural gas with Shell PurePlus technology. It’s the most advanced motor oil in the market and it is able to meet up the demands of the latest cars. Because of its pureness and clear base oil, it enables Shell to develop superior lubricants. Just imagine using the Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 on your old engine and it will be able to keep your engines to factory clean.

In his speech, the managing director pointed out more benefits of the new Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 such as offers superior friction and corrosion protection and also improved fuel economy (by 1.4%). He is confident that this will meet the demands of motorists and drivers who seek high quality motor oil to deliver the best performance.

Present were the Hj Mat Sarudin Hj Ismail, Head of Commercial and Mohd Adini Mohd Daini, Head of Retail of BSM, Brunei Shell Marketing retailers, franchised workshops (car dealers), independent workshops and distributors as they will be focused on passenger car motor oil.

In the afternoon session, BSM conducted a product knowledge training for Brunei Shell Joint Venture companies, government and industries for industrial lubricantss.

There was also a technical presentation by Premit Singh, Lubricants Technical Advisor, Shell Lubricants Malaysia.

Recently BSM also participated at the ASEAN Consumer Fair at the ICC to educate the public on the new product Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 and its benefits. It is known that the price of the new product will be similar to the previous premium model. The other advantage is that it works for both diesel and petrol engine cars.

 


Pg Shamhary Pg Dato Paduka Mustapha, Managing Director of Brunei Shell Marketing launching the new Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 while Hj Mat Sarudin Hj Ismail, Head of Commercial looks on
 


Check out the new Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 which will be made available later in July
 


Check out the new Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 which will be made available later in JulyPremit Singh, Lubricants Technical Advisor, Shell Lubricants Malaysia, with his product presentation
 


Invited guests from Brunei Shell Marketing retailers, franchised workshops (car dealers), independent workshops and distributors during the product launch and presentation
 


The associates of Brunei Shell Marketing
 


Group photo with the BSM
 


Group photo with the BSM
 


Liking the t-shirts
 


The new Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40, top of the line motor oil
 


BSM displayed the new model of Shell Helix Ultra 5w-40 at the recent ASEAN Consumer Fair last weekend
Now Brunei Shell Marketing is currently running a promotion and you can get exclusive gifts while stock last. Purchase any Shell Helix and Rimula and you can receive either 1 Shell Monopod with every purchase of Shell Helix Ultra (4L) or Shell Rimula R6 (5L) or 1 Shell Lunch Box with every purchase of Shell Helix HX7 (4L) or 1 Shell cutlery Set with every purchase of two bottles of Shell Helix HX5 (4L) or Shell Rimula R4X (5L). These deals are available at BSM authorized outlets and retail stations from 1st July 2014 or while stock lasts.

 


The ongoing promotion at BSM retail stations. While stock lasts
 

  
 

26 pizzas for you
 

So what pizza are you? Recently the media and food bloggers were given a special treat to try out what Pizza Hut has to offer with their 26 enhanced pizzas. So what’s the difference? It’s chunkier for sure and mozzarella cheese is made to perfection with the combination of the special sauces and the type of crusts you desire.

You can try out the different tiers such as the Supremes or the Gourmet Series or your All-Time Favourite. As for the sauces, you can request for the Classic Pizza, Sweet and Spicy, Creamy Garli, Alfredo Cheese and Texas BBQ Sauce. As for the crusts, there are choices such as Golden Stuff, Cheesy Bites, Whole-Wheat Italian, Whole-Wheat Crispy Thin and all-time favourite Pan Pizza.

My favourite so far is the new “Spicy Garlic Chicken” which is an enhancement from the ever popular Honey Garlic Chicken Pizza. You should try it 😀

During Ramadhan, patrons can try all the 26 pizzas in different crusts in Pizza Hut’s Feast Buffet, which will be offered for Sungkai at only $10 per adult and $7 per child under the age of 10.

 


Can you imagine me devouring all of these to myself? 😀
 


Ian of Pizza Hut made slicing pizzas so easy
 


My new favourite pizza during our feast
 


If you are into Hawaiian, try this
 


Vegetarian lovers
 


I didn’t manage to try this though
 

  
 

AirAsia deals 
 


Low fares across Asia and Australia. Click to enter.
 

  
 

24
Jun

#ProgresifCellular

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Dugout Treble 
 


Check out our predictions for the final round of the Group A and B of the World Cup 2014 with my co-host Jason Rumpun

 

 

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 
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Swipe for rewards 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


Click image to enter Peugeot Brunei’s website
 

 

Progresif Cellular makes its mark 
 


Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Chairman of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (center) with Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz, directors of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Ang Han Kee, Head of Network Management & Planning, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd at the press conference yesterday at Radisson Hotel

The past is the past. Now it’s about moving forward. You may have heard or seen in the news about the new developments that B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd was going through a few months ago. A new company under the name of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd will run the operations of B-Mobile Communications effective 1st July 2014. This would mean the name of B-Mobile won’t be used anymore and it will be known as Progresif Cellular from 1st of July 2014.

A press conference was held yesterday, led by the chairman of Progresif Cellular, Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim. Also present during the press conference were the board of directors of Progresif Cellular, Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz.

I believe the great news about the press conference is the assurance that B-Mobile will not ceased its operation. Instead the service will be sustained and the everyday operations will be under a new management of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd. Acquiring an existing telco company is never an easy feat as they have to deal with many issues and paperwork. So it’s no surprise that the acquisition process took many months before it can be a successful one.

Hj Abu Bakar highlighted three important points which are important as their core values in achieving their vision as the most innovative mobile service provider in Brunei Darussalam. The first point he stated is the “People” which means the customers and their employees. It’s important to understand the needs and wants of customers and at the same time, it is important to train and develop the associates of Progresif Cellular so they can meet the demands of the customers in the best and most efficient ways possible.

The second point he shared was improving the network. This is no surprise that the existing subscribers of B-Mobile are experiencing inconsistent connectivity. He reassured that this issue will be put on a priority list and they have put on many countless hours in examining the problems that have been affecting the current network. Hj Abu Bakar hinted that the improvements of the network will be done in a gradual pace (in phases) and not instantly. I believe this is a great move by Progresif Cellular as I’ve seen telcos which focused too much on new services and products but forgetting the fundamental basics which is sustaining a good network.

The third point Hj Abu Bakar pointed out is building their brand. To me, it’s always important to create and make an impact, just by branding because it has a lasting impact and impression on consumers and that’s every entrepreneurs’ dream – to have a strong brand. From what I heard from the chairman’s speech is that the Progresif Cellular is very customer oriented and it wants to position itself to bridge that connection with its customers. Though this will take time to achieve such synergy and branding awareness to their customers, this is already a positive move by the company.

When asked about the 4G services, the chairman’s reply was simple – improve the existing network before upgrading their services and products. I’m quite excited what Progresif Cellular will be offering in the coming months and this will give a good competitive edge to their rival and of course, the winner here will be the consumers.

I’m also touched and honoured that the media was able to mingle with the chairman and the board of directors of Progresif Cellular after the press conference and this shows the trust they have on us and it’s also a good reflection of their vision and mission to create that relationship with their customers. In Brunei, it’s quite rare that we have an informal conversation during refreshments with directors of an organization. So I thank you for that opportunity and I’m sensing better things to come from Progresif Cellular.

 


Members of the media invited for the special press conference
 


If you see the balloons, I believe that’s the corporate colours of Progresif Cellular
 

  
 

CheezBox Wings 
 


$0.20 only mini chicken wings
 

  
 

Planet Popcorn opens 
 


Present to officiate the opening were Chairman of Taiwan Business Association in Brunei Darussalam Lien Kon Sien, Executive Director of Planet Popcorn Ben Lee, Executive Director of Gecko Enterprise Alan Liew and Property Manager of Abdul Razak Holdings Muhammad Fadzillah

Planet Popcorn is the latest food trend to invade The Mall. Just as their name states, their selection of gourmet popcorn that will thrill your taste buds. The franchise from Taiwan was brought in by Gecko Enterprise opened it’s doors on Saturday and was a big hit with several customers queuing up to get their first taste.

With almost 50 stores in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong, Planet Popcorn wins over their customers with a variety of flavours ranging from savoury to sweet, In their current line up, they have Original, which is slighty sweet and salty, Seaweed, Kimchi and Caramel, but that’s not all.. coming soon will be Double Cheese and Double Chocolate.

How does Planet Popcorn differ from others? According to Ben Lee, the Executive Director of the Planet Popcorn Franchise, that there are two kinds of popcorn, butterfly, which is the kind sold in cinemas and in the microwave packs, and mushroom, a premium kind. In addition, the popcorn is picked specially so that when popped each popcorn measures to about 1 cm. Add to that some delicious seasonings and flavours, and you have the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the world cup, while hanging out with friends, or any occasion. The popcorn is sold in two sizes, a vacuum sealed pack and buckets, with prices starting at $6.90 for a pack. And while visiting the store, you have the opportunity to taste test the different flavours

Check out their Facebook : Planet Popcorn Brunei and their Instagram @PlanetPopcornBrunei to keep apprised of the latest promotions and to know when their latest flavours are coming in.

 


They had a special promotion during the opening day
 


Fans of the Planet Popcorn queueing up
 


I believe they have four flavours to choose from
 


The ladies at your service at Planet Popcorn
 

  
 

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