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Go-Kart at Jerudong Park

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


SupaKart making a comeback 

SupaKart making a comeback on school holidays. Are you ready?

Ready, Get Set and Goooooo…..

With the recent developments of Jerudong Park, everything is going as planned. First we have the waterpark which has been a huge hit among family members. Then the revamped of new activities such as the laser tag. Then the reopening of the Musical Fountain which had an overwhelming response from the public especial on its first weekend. It attracted more than 10,000 guests alone. Amazing!! For your info, the Musical Fountain is open to public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 7:30pm and the performances will be at 8:30pm and 9:15pm. According to Jefri Daniel, Senior Manager of Jerudong Park, there will be newer music in the coming weeks or so.

But today the highlight will be the comeback of the Go-Karts. Something that many youths will enjoy and look forward to. The media had a quick taste of Jerudong Park’s SupaKart this morning and it is slated to be launched this Thursday 8th September, in time for the upcoming school holidays.

They are two types of new karts which are “Bandit” and “Le Mans” and the tracks are full refurbished. The single seater race type “Bandit” will be used on the track “F1” while the two-seater (more family oriented) “Le Mans” will be used on track “F2”.

In terms of their safety procedures, there is a height requirement. They must be at least 4 feet 4 inches tall (52 inches) or 10 years of age. Any child between 4 to 10 yrs must be accompanied by an adult. For guests, not to worry, as there will be shuttle buses from the Colonnade to the SupaKart’s area every 15 minutes.

There is also a private room for those who are interested to rent for corporate events or birthday parties. The prices are yet to be known as this is a new avenue for Jerudong Park and they have refurbished the area at the SupaKart to make this a family event or even a corporate event. A very good move indeed and I see this as a potential for other events apart from GoKarting.

Do follow their IG @jerudongpark for updates and thank you once again for hosting us today. So Aziz Idris and Dean Kassim? A rematch? hahahaha


Oh yes, Kart 9 is the fastest of the lot 😀 This is the “Bandit” version

Or you can try the family version (not as fast but still enjoyable)

Public can rent a space here for birthday or corporate events at the SupaKart

Press conference with the Jerudong Park management with Progresif and Makan Ceria (McDonald’s) this morning



Hello Ipoh :D

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


I’m back in Ipoh 

Finally we are back in Ipoh. It has been 15 months since I’ve been to Ipoh. Always a great to be back. This image was taken upon our arrival at KLIA. I believe catching the train from KL Sentral would have been a more affordable choice rather than a van that costs RM 650 for a single trip.

The group mingling around at the departure area of Brunei International Airport before heading off to Kuala Lumpur via Royal Brunei.

And look who I bumped into at the KLIA after landing? Devin from Progresif Cellular who was taking the flight back to Brunei. Apparently both of us missed Progresif’s Open House yesterday but at least we crossed path somewhere outside Brunei. Good to see you again, buddy 😀



R U D Ready?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News



His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, conferred state decorations on 235 recipients from both government and private sectors in recognition of their contributions and devoted services to the nation yesterday. In this picture, Captain Czarena Hashim of Royal Brunei Airlines, Sariana Nordin, Senior First Officer of Royal Brunei Airlines and Dk Nadiah Khashiem, Special Duty Officer of Royal Brunei Airlines were conferred the Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia (The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei) Darjah Keempat (4th Class) – P.S.B. Image courtesy of @royalbruneiair

The upcoming new Jati Showroom not far from their main branch in Beribi. Estimated to be ready by 2017 and the whole project costs BND 5 million.

Progresif Open House which I missed but it’s a good thing that the crew of Filterworks made it and posing with the beautiful ladies from Progresif

Baiduri Bank has been recognised by World Finance as The Best Banking Group for Brunei 2016 for the eight time. In the picture sees Paul Richardson of World News Media with Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank.

Guess who will be coming to town? The World Champion of Public Speaking 2014, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi. Click image to know more about him. I can guarantee you that you will enjoy the Brunei Conference where he will be one of the keynote speakers.

Suicide Squad… Hmmmm… I shall do a more in-depth review of the latest from DC. A few good points and many flaws to begin with. But on a more positive note, I enjoyed this more than Dawn of Justice.




There’s no end, just the beginning

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Tourist SIM cards, I like 😀 

Bob Gill, Chief Sales Officer of Progresif in his opening remarks

Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif, Yang Mulia Edzwan Zukri POKJP DSS Hj Adnan, Board of Director of Progresif, Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Bob Gill, Chief Sales Officer of Progresif and Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar, Head of Legal and Regulatory of Progresif cutting the ribbon during the launch of the Progresif flagship store at Brunei International Airport (arrival hall)

Progresif has made it simple for tourist or visitors to sign up for sim cards for their temporary stay. Now they can register themselves at the newly launched flagship store at the Brunei International Airport.

Now for those on the tourist package, you can access the Tourism Development Department’s (TDD) website – www.bruneitourism.travel – without incurring data charges. Isn’t that ultra cool? 😀 So do check out the Visitor Plan SIM Package which is only available at their outlet at Brunei International Airport.

This is a good strategy for both Progresif and Brunei Tourism as this will help to promote places of interest in Brunei and also help the growth of the local economy. Basically, this won’t also stop if you are a local too to get register for this particular sim card.

This is how Progresif is giving back to the community and not just visitors but also the youth and students can benefit from this convenience. I truly love the idea. Good job on Progresif on such initiative.

Progresif said subscribers can sign up for the Visitor Plan for $10 for one-week validity which comes with a bundle of 10 minutes worth of IDD (International Direct Dialling) calls, 10 international SMS, 50 minutes of local calls, 50 local SMS and 1 gigabyte of local data.

Present during the launch were Dr Hj Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Mulia Edzwan Zukri POKJP DSS Hj Adnan, Board of Director of Progresif, Bob Gill, Chief Sales Officer of Progresif, Devin Edwards, Chief Marketing Officer of Progresif and Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar, Head of Legal and Regulatory of Progresif.



Bob Gill holding a Visitor Plan SIM package







KLIHF is back!! 

Mona Din, Managing Director of WOJ Wealth Sdn Bhd,the co-organiser of the KLIHF (left) during the press conference for the upcoming event in early June. Image courtesy of Adib Noor of The Brunei Times.

The Kuala Lumpur International Hijab Fair (KLIHF) is set make a return to Brunei at the International Convention Centre (ICC) from June 2nd to June 5th. After the success of last year’s event, it’s no doubt that they will be back and yes, they are. The organisers just finished their KLIHF 2016 PWTC last weekend in Kuala Lumpur and it was a huge success.

At a press conference at the ICC recently, Mona Din, Managing Director of WOJ Wealth Sdn Bhd,the co-organiser of the KLIHF said that the event was timed to help prepare for the upcoming Hari Raya.

Featuring 200 booths with vendors from Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, KLIHF will feature showcase the latest collections and trends, and is has a full roster of activities from business forums and hijab styling tutorials and meet and greet sessions with Malaysian artists and designers.

Following feedback from last year’s event, Mona Din also stated that entry to KLIHF would be free. The organisers have collaborated with Stars Media (event coordinator) and D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd (event contractor) for the four day event.

For more details on KLIHF, check out their Facebook page under Kuala Lumpur International Hijab Fair or you can contact the organisers at klihfofficial@gmail.com



Pictures from last year’s KLIHF 2015 

Taken last year at ICC

Taken last year at ICC

Taken last year at ICC

Taken last year at ICC




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


DPMM FC fanfare 

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office handed out medals to the winners at DPMM FC Football Fanfare 2016 at Jerudong Mini Stadium last Sunday.


His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, graced the DPMM FC Singapore League (S-League) Football Fanfare 2016 at the Jerudong Mini Stadium last Sunday.

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim took part in the fanfare playing under team International School Brunei (ISB) Sharks in the competition.
DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj was also present at yesterday’s event.

Academy Kilanas B emerged the winner of the tournament after defeating Savilla Junior 2-0 in the final.

Among the teams that took part were AAG Junior, Academy Kilanas A, Brunei Sports School Soccer Academy (BSSSA) A, BSSSA B, BSSSA C, BSSSA D, ISB Baycats, ISB Thunder, ISB Quoka’s, Perda FC Junior, Setia Bakti, Super Junior Zaidana and SMS Jangsak.


Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim (right) played for the ISB Sharks

Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Muda ‘Abdul Muntaqim in action

DPMM FC vice-chairman YAM Pg Maharaja Setia Laila Diraja Sahibul Irshad Pg Anak Haji Abdul Rahim Pg Indera Mahkota Pg Anak (Dr) Kemaludin Al-Haj (center) with the committee of S•League and DPMM FC management and sponsors





DPMM FC head coach Steve Kean saw the fanfare as an aspiration for the young talents in the country.

“Today’s event was great. We had it last year. It gives the young players a taste of what it is like to come to Jerudong where we train every day,” said Kean.

“It gives them a little taste and hopefully gives them the enthusiasm and the application to push hard through their age groups and get into their final team.

The head coach also added that the club are close to bringing in three new young players to fill up the rest of the slots in the squad.

“It has not been finalised yet but we are getting close… we have brought in some players who are from the club’s Under-19 team, a goalkeeper, a centre midfielder and an attacking player who are going to push hard to try to get into the final squad,” continued the Scot. “I always think that if you’re old enough to push to the end of the squad, it doesn’t matter if you are young (17, 18 or 19)… if I think they are good enough, they will play.

“They are not just here to make up the numbers, they are here to get to the start of it,” he added.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) president Zainuddin Nordin was on hand to give a speech prior to the matches yesterday.

“It is great to see so many eager boys and girls at this annual Brunei DPMM FC S-league fanfare and this is indeed a special kickoff to the S-League season,” said Zainuddin in his speech.

“It is super special because Brunei DPMM FC are the reigning champions of the S-League as we go into the 21st season of the S-League. On behalf of the Football Association of Singapore and the S-league, I would like to extend my greatest and heartiest congratulations to Brunei DPMM FC for winning the 20th edition and in doing so, the club has won the distinction of being only the second foreign team to have won the S-league in the 20 year history of Singapore professional football league.

“It is indeed a highly commendable achievement for Brunei DPMM FC and one that it thoroughly deserves,” he added.

The DPMM FC S-League Football Fanfare is the club’s annual programme held before they start off their S-League season. The country’s only professional club claimed their first S-League title last year after finishing second best in 2014 and 2012. They will face Singapore Cup holder Albirex Niigata FC (S) in the community shield on February 13 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Text courtesy of Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh of The Brunei Times and images courtesy of Khairil Hassan.


Steve Kean being interviewed by the media

DPMM FC players at the Fanfare 2016






Progresif opens 3rd store 

Progresif Chairman Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim (C); Progresif Chief Sales Officer Bob Gill (L); and the Managing Director of Times Square Shopping Complex, Tan Kah Boon (R) cutting off the ribbon during the opening of Progresif’s fifth flagship store cutting off the ribbon during the opening of Progresif’s fifth flagship store. Image courtesy of Progresif Celluar Facebook Page.

Progresif have been gaining traction especially last year where they have increase number of new customers. The free sim card and the delivery have been a good marketing gimmick. Also the Progesif customers at one stage get 100% bonus credit when they top up last November. So there are many interesting promotions along the way.

This time, they have a new promotion that I believe will drive more new clients is the “Handset Plan Promotion”. Now you can pay as low as BND 9 to enjoy a new phone such as the VIVO Xshot or the Huawei P7 and pick and Postpaid Plan from BND 25, BND 40 or BND 60. You can check out the Handset Plans here.

A few days ago, Progresif also relaunched their flagship store at Times Square Shopping Centre. Present were Progresif Chairman Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Progresif Chief Sales Officer Bob Gill and the Managing Director of Times Square Shopping Complex, Tan Kah Boon. Congratulations Progresif on the relaunch.


Group photo with the Progresif associates. Image courtesy of Progresif Facebook Page.

Now you get a VIVO Xshot for BND 9

Check out their in-house Progresif magazine



Updates this week

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


More partners for CE ALAF 

BIBD today announced new partners into the 2015 BIBD CE ALAF (Charity Expedition for Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future Programme). Fajr Capital (Dubai) and Silverlake (Malaysia) has come on board as Platinum Sponsors to the ALAF Programme, while Kristal FM and Radio Television Brunei have signed on as the Official Broadcaster Radio and Official Broadcaster Television partners to help raise awareness on CE ALAF as well as other efforts related to the event.

BIBD also welcomes new partners, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (PCSB) who has agreed to contribute a one year subscription plan and a Vivo Y22 as a lucky draw prize, along with a co-branded runner t-shirts for the first one hundred participants who have raised at least B$100. At the same time, PCSB will also be providing support via providing volunteers for the ALAF event.


Happening this Sunday. Are you ready?


The Brunei Neuroscience Stroke Rehabilitation Centre (BNSRC) together with the Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) are also on board as sound supporters of the programme whereby they will also be organizing the a Musical Broadway titled ‘Sebuah Perjalanan’ as part of the stroke and cancer patients’ Therapeutic Group Activity. Proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to the BIBD ALAF Program.

Meanwhile, as the Official Airline Partner, RB (Royal Brunei) will be providing a business class return ticket to Melbourne and Bangkok each for winners of the 21kM and 10km, Men and Women Bruneian category. BIBD also welcomes support from government agencies such as the Department of Electrical Services along with the Customs & Excise Department towards the Charity Expedition.

Yang Mulia Hajah Nurul Akmar binti Haji Mohd Ja’afar, in her capacity as Head of BIBD’s Corporate Social Responsibility commented “Alhamdulillah for the overwhelming support gained for not just the charity expedition, but also the ALAF programme. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, from all partners, volunteers and supporters for their kind support for the programme.




More colouring 😀 



This is it!!! I’m looking forward to this but I’m not too sure if I have the time just yet. It’s happening this coming Saturday. This is a FREE workshop (Adult Colouring Workshop) for customers who purchase “LOST OCEAN” colouring book from any Best Eastern store in Brunei.

The seats are limited so it’s a good idea to register. The workshop will be conducted by full-time artists at Jo-Art Gallery – Nabil, Fikri and Haronli.

This will be the first time a colouring workshop will be held. It will be a comprehensive workshop ranging from the materials of the colour pencil to the techniques of colouring (shading, rendering, colour scheme, blending and even discipline.

The venue will be at Mabohai Shopping Complex this Saturday 24th October and it’s co-organised by Best Eastern and Jo-Art Gallery.

Oh one more thing, don’t forget that there will be another colouring competition for adults on 1st November. Sadly I won’t be in the country then. Let’s hope for more participants in the second round. Good luck!!






Concepts at TechXpo 2015 

Acer Aspire V Nitro. Another end to end stuff from Concepts Computer who are one of the biggest vendors at the TechXpo 2015 happening today at the ICC until this coming Sunday.

There will be having many good promotions and firstly is the Aspire V Nitro notebooks. There are two specs of the Aspire V Nitro on promotion but the one that caught my eye is the Aspire V Nitro the “17 inch one because it’s fast and it’s quiet too. The attention to detail is just spot on for this version and they have many ports available. Check out the posters below for more details.

When you purchase any of the Aspire V Nitro, it will come with 3 years warranty and especially if you buy now (during the TechXpo,) you can save up to BND 400 and even get FREE gifts worth BND 200.




Acer projector. Now if you are looking for projectors, look no further. The prices now become affordable and it’s the newly improved Acer projector. This is ideal for presentation and also perhaps for your in-house theatre screen.

It carries a 2 year warranty and the lamp also has a 1 year warranty or 1,000 hours whichever comes first. It’s powered with 3,200 ANSI Lumens with HDMI port and dual-VGA. This BND 398 deal is also offered at TechXpo today till Sunday. So look out for the Acer P1185 or just check the poster below for more details.




Epson printers. For all the heavy duty printer users out there especially students and teachers, this is one of the fastest selling brand in Brunei – Epson – because of you all. If you want to talk about efficiency and also cost savings, then target for the Epson printers. These printers have high recommendation even among our peers (my media friends) who are also active users of Epson printers.

Imagine with just four colour ink bottles that you will be able to print up to 6,500 colour pages. Now that’s a plenty and I like the new concept of having the ink cartridge being placed outside the printer so it will be convenient should you want to refill.

It’s no surprise that Epson have sold 2 million units alone in Southeast Asia and Brunei is one of the growing market leader in terms of growth per capita. So do check out their Super Deals at TechXpo today till Sunday.






Baiduri UnionPay 

In collaboration with UnionPay, the fastest growing card brand in the world, Baiduri Bank is currently having a 3-month campaign where Baiduri UnionPay Debit Cardholders will earn freebies and stand a chance to win shopping sprees when they use their cards at participating outlets each weekend till December.

Aptly named “Take me Shopping with Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card”, the promotion which started on 25 September 2015 will run every Friday to Sunday till 13 December 2015. During the promotion, Baiduri UnionPay debit cardholders will receive a free shopping bag when they spend a minimum of B$50 at participating supermarkets during the designated weekends, while stocks last.

The promotion will cover 14 different supermarket outlets, including supermarket chains Hua Ho, Soon Lee, Jaya Hypermart, Supa Save, Sim Kim Huat, Freshco, First Emporium and Utama Grand. Each weekend, a different outlet will be featured so that customers residing in the different districts will have a chance to participate.

Besides receiving shopping bags, shoppers also get a chance to win monthly shopping sprees worth B$150 each at selected supermarket throughout the campaign.

An Instagram competition is also being held back-to-back with the shopping campaign. Customers who post creative photos of themselves with the “Take Me Shopping with Baiduri Union Pay” shopping bag will get a chance to win shopping vouchers worth B$20 each week. Terms and conditions can be viewed on the Baiduri Bank website or through Baiduri Deals mobile app.




The “Take me Shopping with Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card” campaign was organized to create public awareness on the card’s user-friendliness and other benefits of owning a Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card.

Unlike conventional signature-based payment cards, the Baiduri UnionPay Debit Card requires a personalized identification number or PIN to be keyed in by the cardholder for any transactions to be approved, thus, giving cardholders a high level of protection from fraud or misuse of the card. This unique feature also allows cardholders to use the debit card as an ATM card too.

The Baiduri UnionPay Debit card is accepted at over 2,000 local merchants and more than 26 million UnionPay merchants in over 150 countries and allows withdrawals at all Baiduri ATMs, other local ATMs, and over 1.9 million ATMs worldwide.

More information about Baiduri Bank’s current promotions can be obtained from the Bank’s website at www.baiduri.com, ‘Baiduri Deals’ mobile app or their Call Centre at 244 9666. To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can also follow Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook or @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.




The Hashtag era

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UBD Street Shutters 

Joon Man and Sophia Siu with their photo booth for the attendees

Allen Ang drawing some cartoons

I attended the UBD Street Shutters event last weekend and the event was part of the assessment for UBD students taking a final year course for Communication and the Creative Arts. It was held at Muti-Purpose Hall at UBD. As a guest, I was kinda expecting more from event itself because I’m into photography but there were a few missed opportunities such as the lacking of framed photography and even large scale photos. Instead there were only compilations of 5R photos that didn’t manage to grab my attention to an extent. Overall, it was still a great effort from the students. Last year was still better, in my opinion, with the Film Festival UBD and that had a little more impact.

UBD Street Shutters also had lucky draws for the delight of the attendees. The prizes were flight tickets to Thailand, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, sponsored by AIA BR – Kelvin Pong. There was also a photo competition organised by Interhouse Company (Canon) where first place Rahim Jamil received a Canon DSLR EOS 1200D, lens kit, Canon parcel and 8GB card. The two day event concluded last Sunday.

Dean Kassim showcasing his portfolio

Pranika Lama with her work

Ikhwan Salleh’s photography

Posing the camera at the lucky draw booth



Guest of honour was Programme Leader of Communication and the Creative Arts Associate Professor Shui (6th L) as well as representatives from Canon Interhouse John Tiang (5th L), and AIA BR – Kelvin Pong, Kevin Onn (7th R) with the winners for both contests during the closing ceremony. Image Courtesy of Jekizan Ching

 Image Courtesy of Jekizan Ching

Ak Fauzi sharing his stories of his photography


Under water casing for Bahzi’s camera.




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The Rising Underdog 

Chairman of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif), Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, handing out certificates to a staff of PCSB for completing a nine-day training course while Paul Hyde, CEO of Progresif looks on. Image courtesy of Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times.

Last year, b•mobile almost pull the plug and there were doubts among the staff with rumours circulating that the company will ceased its establishment. In comes Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and they turned things around and renaming b•mobile communications to Progresif Cellular while retaining the existing customers of b•mobile. It’s never an easy road to rise from a challenge and further they are up against a 20 year old establishment, their direct competitor DST.

Progresif Cellular have been investing their time in training their staff, improving the network infrastructure and even hiring suitable candidates to be part of the Progresif team. They have come up with great marketing campaign such as offering free calls from 8pm to 12am or even introducing FREE Sim Card for new subscribers. These gimmicks have paid off handsomely as according to the article from The Brunei Times that Progresif Cellular have new 8,000 subscribers. One of the reasons is due to the company’s willingness to waive the BND 25 fee for new registration. This information was disclosed by PSCB’s Chief Marketing Officer Devin Edwards and their approach paid off, hitting the “more price-sensitive customer segment”.

PCSB have also upped their network a few nights ago on certain areas. This shows that baby steps of being progressive will slowly pay dividends especially towards PCSB’s customers. Patience is the key and it’s good to see how the new management has turned the company around and restoring confidence slowly.

I have yet to subscribe for PCSB but then again, I don’t know if I want to carry two phones with me. Anyway, great good, PCSB. I’m already anticipating more progressive things to come from PCSB.


One of the reasons why Progresif have a high spike of new subscribers. This free calls also valid to other networks until 1st May 2015. Click image to enter Progresif’s Facebook Page. 


LSL Water Tanks 

The leading brand for water tanks in Brunei – LSL

If you go around many local household, there’s one brand that sticks to your mind when you see a water tank and that has the label “LSL”. Yes, we always take everything for granted when it comes to water supply but we forgot how important the water tanks are as well. The LSL water tanks have been around for decades and for me, if I was to trust a strong brand, it will be no other than LSL. I even paid a visit to their industrial area at Tanah Jambu and everything is fabricated from there. What’s great about LSL tanks are that they are stainless steel water tank.

Now do you know that not all water tanks that you see are top notch in terms of quality. You may come across different brands but we simply just assume that as long as it can store and pump water, it’s good enough for the household. Well, one thing for sure, you will never know if the type of tanks you used can be corrosive or even leakage. There are some cases also that fungus or algae might develop and this might not make water consumption drinkable or safe. With the LSL brand, you needn’t worry about all these issues as they have all the attributes to prevent these from happening.

I’m sharing you this story is because I became aware how much difference in quality even in water tanks and LSL stands at the top of the chain in terms of quality. Furthermore, the LSL water tanks have been around for 25 years. You can check out their Facebook page which is pretty active and or you can contact 2393200 or email us at metal@lsl.net. Do visit their showroom and factory at Salambigar industry area.


Click image to enter Facebook page of LSL.



Hello March

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News


Hello March 

I didn’t expect the long break from blogging but I’m back again. You can still stalk me on @ranoadidas instagram for updates though. I have been away and was in the Philippines for the weekend for a FitFlop event. Yes, you heard me right, a FitFlop occasion. I’m actually quite honoured to be part of the media list for FitFlop and it’s slowly to show its promise in Brunei Darussalam, after Hua Ho managed to bring in the brand to the Sultanate last year.

My mom is such a huge fan of FitFlop too especially when she shops at Metro in Paragon, Singapore. The only problem is that Fitflops are catered to females. Literally 98% of their collections are for the ladies. I was giving a few pairs courtesy of FitFlop Philippines during their recent SS15 media launch and I have to admit FitFlop are pretty comfortable sandals. For those who know me, I hardly were sandals for a “reason”. I shall be posting more stories on FitFlop SS15 latest collection in my future post.


I was in Bohol, the Philippines for the launch of the FitFlop SS15 Spring collection. More updates soon.

I missed two big events, well, one was bigger than the other which was the Regata Brunei Darussalam which took place yesterday at the Royal Wharf. It is a yearly event and I covered it for the past three years. It is always great to know His Majesty the Sultan is a regular participant of the Regata Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty was in the boat Rajawali which won the 500m special race, compromising of the Regata Brunei Darussalam Committee Team A.

Another event was DPMM FC’s opening seasoner game against Harimau Muda B where new import Rafael Ramazotti bagged a hat-trick with a 3-1 victory at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. The new looked DPMM FC retained the services of foreign imports Joe Gamble and Boris Raspudic but it was Rafael (Rafa) that stole the limelight. It could have been a clean sheet for DPMM FC but there were unlucky with the deflection late in the game. Nonetheless a deserving victory for DPMM FC but it is still early days.


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (3rd L), followed by HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel (2nd L) and HRH Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah (2nd R), walking with Sarawak’s Minister of Resource Planning Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (L) to the jetty during the Brunei Regatta yesterday. Image taken by Ridhwan Kamarulzaman of The Brunei Times.

Rafael “Rafa” Ramazotti points to the sky after scoring for DPMM FC. Image by PG Khairil Sapyri of S•League Facebook Page

This morning, I attended a press conference held by AITI and it was regards to the official announcement of the FREE incoming calls for both mobile operators – DST and Progresif Cellular. Before the announcement came, both the local mobile operators have taken quick steps to implement the new move of removing the charges for incoming calls. Awesome!! I shall go more into details in my next post. Finally after 20 years, DST has officially removed charges for incoming call and Progesif Cellular have also made it a win-win situation for their customers. This initiative was from AITI for your information to benefit the end users of mobile users in Brunei Darussalam.

My Chinese year celebration has been slightly muted and that’s how I wanted it to be anyway. I’ve been feeling the pinch in terms of my sleeping patterns but it should re-adjust to its usual timing …. in a few weeks’ time 😀 My apologies for those invitations that I wasn’t able to make it. There were simply too many invitations to entertain. I have a few more before the end of CNY which falls this Thursday. This year, I only managed to catch two lion dance performance. It must have been tough for the other associations with the newer laws on lion dance in Brunei.


At Chin Wei’s open house last night

A quick catch up with Lily Chiam over her small CNY lunch invitation

Ok, about time for me to sign off first and blend into my social world of visiting friends (open house). I’m craving for maggi curry but I don’t want to burden our home chef 😀 I’ll just wait an extra hour before I eat at my friend’s open house tonight. Thank you for reading and thank you for your patience. You can always stalk my IG aka instagram for updates 😀 and Happy Birthday to my sister, Muji, and love you loads 😀






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