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04
Sep

Fly away

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Final day – Brunei Travel Fair 
 

The final day of the travel. I won’t write much you can refer to my older posts. So do visit Brunei Travel Fair at the Centrepoint Hotel, 7th floor (sorry, badminton players). There are many great deals and even opportunities to win special discounts and deals at the fair. This is the first time they held for three days and yes, this is your final chance to book your flights at a much cheaper deal.

 


Have you evolved to a Butterfree yet? Do evolve it at the travel fair and you will stand a chance to win a rare flight fare and on top of that, you will automatically get 15% discount voucher on your next trip
 


The past two days have been eventful at the Brunei Travel Fair
 


Visitors giving feedback on Royal Brunei Airlines online
 


Have you tried the Better Catch Them All? Once your purchased more than BND 500 worth of Royal Brunei Airlines flight, then you can be eligible to be part of the game. Here both my friends managed to win some discount vouchers from the game.
 


She did pretty good
 


And so did he
 


Rio having a ball at the Brunei Travel Fair
 


Both my friends still deciding where to fly
 


Have you signed up for Royal Skies? It’s free and you will be given 1,000 points for new subscribers.
 


Friends at Darussalam Holdings
 


Packed as usual
 

  
 

02
Sep

Brunei Travel Fair launched

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Brunei Travel Fair 
 


Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Mustafa bin Hj Sirat, Minister of Communications receiving a memento fromMr. Karam Chand, Chairman, Sabre TN Brunei cum CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines during the opening ceremony of the Brunei Travel Fair
 


Karam Chand gave his appreciation to all the parties involved in this far
 

It was officially launched this morning at the Green Quartz Multipurpose Hall 7th Floor at The Centrepoint Hotel. The guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Mustafa bin Hj Sirat, Minister of Communications and he was accompanied by Mr. Karam Chand, Chairman, Sabre TN Brunei cum CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines.

The place was pretty packed as usual. With many vendors involved and trade partners, it will be a packed three day event with customers eyeing for great deals. The Better Catch Them All gimmick has been a huge hit among RB customers as he or she will trying to grab 5% or 15% on their next flight on RB.

Ministry of Tourism from Republic of Indonesia is making a bigger bang than last year as they are finally having their own dedicated ministry for tourism. Their big presence in the Brunei Travel Fair showed their commitment in targeting Bruneians to fly over to Indonesia.

So what are you waiting for? This is the place to be for the weekend and even for Pokemon Go players, you will be entitled to a 15% discount on RB flights. Just visit the RB pavilion at Centrepoint to find out more and it’s so easy to claim 😀

 


Did you know RB is in the top 10 of most loved airlines by SkyTrax 2016? Awesome!!
 


At the Taiwan booth
 


The Ellewan 😀 Catch them tonight
 


Busy booth at RB Pavilion
 


Freme booth going pretty strong
 


The Minister receiving a gift from the Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei
 

Here are lists of exhibitors:

Sabres Travel Network Brunei
Royal Brunei Airlines
Baiduri Bank Berhad
Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam
Brunei Tourism Board
Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board
Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia
Sarawak Tourism Board
Standard Chartered Bank
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Taiwan Tourism Bureau

The participating travel agents

Anthony Tours & Travel Agency
At-Taqwa Travel Tours
Century Travel Centre
Darussalam Holdings
Freme Travel Services
J J Tour & Service
Pan Bright Travel Service
Southern Cross Travel Agencies
Straits Travel Agencies

Products and services:

Attractive air fares, hotel rates and packages
Haji and Umrah
Medical Tourism products (health screening

Sabre Travel Network Brunei promotion:

Every booking or purchase made during the fair, customer has a chance to win attractive prizes such as 1 set of GoPro HERO4. If you use your Baiduri card for payment, you will get three additional chances for lucky draw.

 


Pierre Imhof sharing on what Baiduri has to offer during the Brunei Travel Fair
 


Check out the good deals offered to Baiduri customers
 


Lyna Mohd of Borneo Bulletin interviewing the CEO of Baiduri Bank
 

Promotion

On offer; tickets to all RB destinations except Kota Kinabalu and Jeddah.
Special promos include: Early Bird Specials, December Specials and London Specials.

Activities

1. RB Grand Draw
Customers who purchased RB tickets at the Brunei Travel Fair 2016 are automatically entitled for a chance to win:
02 Return Economy Class tickets to Dubai
02 Return Economy Class ticket to Melbourne
01 Return Business Class ticket to Ho Chi Minh City
01 Royal Skies membership complimentary upgrade

2. Daily Lucky Draw

Visitors who purchase RB tickets are also eligible to participate in the daily lucky draw which will be held at 2:00PM and 09:00PM on Saturday and Sunday, and 11:25AM and 09:00PM on Friday.
Participants stand a chance to win:
a. Return Economy Class tickets (to Shanghai, Bangkok, Jakarta, Bali, Manila or Surabaya)
b. One Way Complimentary upgrade award
c. Skylounge access pass
d. RB Merchandise

3. Instagram Competition

Visitors can participate in the RB Instagram competition for Brunei Travel Fair to win a Return Economy Class ticket to Jakarta. (Details will be announced on RB’s Social Media Channel)

4. Better Catch Them All

RB Customers during the BTF with a minimum spending of BND500 can participate in the Better Catch Them All game, where they will stand in a box for 10 seconds and catch as many prizes as they can.

Prizes:
a. 5% and 15% discount vouchers for their next purchase with RB to be redeemed at RB’s Customer Service Centre
b. RB Merchandise.

 


Better Catch Them All has been a huge hit 😀
 


Now you show this character at RB Pavilion and you will get awesome deals. Trust me!!
 

Travel Bug

1. To be eligible to participate, you must be a resident of Brunei and a Royal Skies member. If you are not a Royal Skies member, you can apply for membership at the RB Booth.
2. This game is not open to RB staff and their immediate family.
3. Catch or evolve a Flutter Free (refer image above) and collect a one-time 15% discount voucher (valid for 3 months) at the RB counter at the Brunei Travel Fair.
4. The discount voucher is to be used for your future purchase with RB to be redeemed and purchased at RB’s Customer Service Centre.
5. The game closes at 09:00PM on Sunday 04th September 2016.
6. Participants who caught or evolved their Flutter Free from 02-04 September 2016 are entitled to participate in a lucky draw to win a “rare fare”.
7. Only one Flutter Free  per lucky draw entry.
8. 03 lucky participants will win BND10, BND25 or BND50 rare fare that they can use to any RB regional destinations of their choice (except Kota Kinabalu).
9. We strongly advise that all players to be aware of their surrounding and safety whilst playing the game.

 

 


The Minister congratulated At-Taqwa on their operations and also getting a licence for the Haj and Umrah pilgrimage
 


Salinah Salleh from Brunei Tourism Board explaining the new packages from Temburong which was launched yesterday
 

 

 


BIBD also having their presence at the Brunei Travel Fair
 


Great deals at Pan Bright Travel and who knows you can win a car or a Birkin
 


Tourism Malaysia have awesome promotion for the locals.
 


One of the lucky family that managed to get a free luggage from Tourism Malaysia as part of the special offer for those who spend BND 1,000 for Malaysia packages. Stocks are limited.
 

 


Pretty busy at the RB Pavilion
 

  
 

25
Dec

Happy Long Weekend

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Happy Long Weekend 
 


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel leading the Maulud Nabi procession at Taman Hj Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien yesterday. More than 12,000 took part in the procession. Image courtesy of Sazali Ariff.
 


Sheikh Khalid with his family participating at Maulud Nabi procession too yesterday. Image courtesy of Sheikh Khalid.
 


Shop at Concepts Computer 😀
 


Check out the special deals from Royal Brunei Airlines. Click image to find out more. The 20% deal is applicable until 28th December.
 


One of my favourite dishes of 2015. The beef rendang from Pondok Sari Wangi. I will be doing a countdown to the favourite dish hopefully before the new year. By the way, none of the franchise dishes will be featured.
 


Congratulations to Farhan Jaafar Ali for reaching his Competent Communicator pin (need to successfully complete 10 speeches) and he inspired us with a simple thought of believing in ourselves especially others can. Liyana Sidek was given the honour to pin the CC badge on Farhan last Monday.
 


Thank you @progresif_cellular for the holiday gift 😀
 


I have so much going on for my teeth 🙁 My favourite flavour is Chocolate Chip #singapore
 


Finally I’ve beaten my conquerer, Minul Abas, on the court after being down 0-3 and ended winning 6-3 😀 Training has been fun with Aiman and the gang. See you all next week and I am probably thinking of another racket. Hmmmm..
 


Have your heard of the AT-Taqwa Travel Tours? It’s the latest travel agent in town and it’s located at Liang Toon. Just bought my first ticket from them this week 😀
 


OGDC presents Carnival Science and it will be ongoing until March 2016. It contains 28 interactive exhibitions and surely a good place for families to bring their kids this holiday season.
 


Join the search for the most loved coffee man in Brunei and be rewarded with a golden trip for 2 to Mr Brown castles in Taiwan. Join 1 game, 2 games or all 3 games! Game 1 – 27 Dec 2015 – Utama Grand Superstore; Game 2 – 13 Jan 2016 – UBD; Game 3 – 30 Jan 2016 – Consumer Fair, ICC. So simply register now at www.mrbrownbrunei.com and you click on the image to register
 


There will be 3 games played at 3 different locations. Participants can choose to join any game or join all 3 games. For each game played, there will be 1 grand prize winner. This means for 3 games, there will be a total of 3 different grand prize winners. All who registered to find Mr Brown in EACH GAME is automatically entitled to our lucky draw. Prizes per game include one year supply of Mr Brown Coffee (x2 winners) and Mr Brown T-shirt, cap and more (x5 winners).
 


Take the advantage you deserve. Get B$1,500 Shopping Voucher when you purchase DS3, DS4 or DS5. Visit their showroom to find out more information. Follow @citroenbrunei for more updates
 


I wonder how 2016 will look like
 


Something for colourist out there. Thank you Best Eastern
 


More colouring books available at Best Eastern
 


The closing date draw will be today. Good luck to all the participants
 


Hope all goes well before the bonus period *lol*
 


My third viewing of The Force Awakens and this time on IMAX at Lido, Singapore. My friend Tiffany gave it an 8 and it was her first experience of Star Wars series.
 

  
 

18
Oct

The adrenalin rush

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Great Race 
 


Introducing Corporate Team from The Empire Hotel & Country Club

Are you ready for The Great Race to take off? It’s happening tomorrow at Hassanal Bolkiah Indoor Stadium and it’s in conjunction with Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RB) 40th anniversary. But first thing is first; you need to collect your Race Kit Royal Brunei Recreational Club (RBRC) in Berakas and it’s opened today until 10pm.

In order to collect the Race Kit, donation cards are to be returned to RB. Participants are also required to fill out an authorisation form should they wish to have a representative collect the Race Kit on their behalf. All the forms are there for your convenience and even those who didn’t bring any donation card.

The forms are available on the official website for The Great Race, www.thegreatrace.com.bn. Medals and cash prizes await winners of The Great Race, as well as a lucky draw for all runners who complete the race.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to Brunei Paralympics, as well as Green Brunei, to help its Mangrove Rehabilitation Project along Sungai Damuan at Bengkurong move forward.

By the way, below is a poster for guidelines that you should be aware of especially for all the racers. I’ve included a map and a timeline for your reference.

 


Click image to enlarge poster
 


Don’t forget to collect your race pack
 


The Donation Card collection area
 


The Race Kit collection
 


I like the sling bag
 


Bib numbers
 


The lucky draw 😀
 


I’ve been training but only for the 3km 😀
 

  
 

Malppy Weekend Sales 
 


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The ever popular Weekend Sales is Back! Yes, you heard them right! They are bringing back our ever popular Weekend Sales and this weekend, they are introducing you this BEAUTIFUL 3 Way Use Leather Shoulder Handbag. You can use it as a backpack or even a sling bag and guess what! For this 3 days only, we are selling this for only B$49.90 instead of B$69.90. So Hurry and grab one now while stock lasts!


Click image to find out more
 


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The Trendy Authentic Mayuki Tokyo Fashion ends this weekend too! Don’t Miss Out!

Good things have to end somewhere and for our Authentic Mayuki Tokyo Fashion promotion, it ends this weekend as well! Hence it’s busy time for all of you out there! You can browse at our ‘NEW’ / ‘SALES’ section to check out the varieties we have for you this weekend! Hurry


Click image to find out more

And lastly, don’t forget that for all the BIBD customers, you can now use BIBD direct bank transfer as well as their popular eTunai to pay for your purchase on Malppy.com now. As a intro special, for the first 50 Customer to pay with either of this services will get a B$10 Free Coffee.

  
 

24
Sep

The First Time

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Abacus Travel Fair is back!!  
 


 

The last time I was kinda confused with the Abacus Travel Fair and Travelmania event and of course, everyone is quite familiar with the Abacus brand since it has been around for many years in terms of travel fairs. So when the word Travelmania came into the picture with their partner Abacus, it was a bit tough to recognize who was actually running the show.

Yesterday I missed the press conference of the travel fair which will happen this Saturday and Sunday which will take place at Grandstone Ballroom, Centrepoint Hotel at Gadong. It’s good to know the travel fair is back and it will be called the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. This will give me another great opportunity to travel in a much cheaper and affordable fare and I know my traveling period starts again in October till December 😀

According to the press release, there will be seven travel agents under the Abacus Brunei such as Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, Century Travel Centre, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Pan Bright Travel Service, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.

Tourism Malaysia as well as Taiwan Visitors Association and Tourism Authority Thailand based in Kuala Lumpur will be participating again in this fair. Baiduri Bank Berhad, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Singapore Airlines will be having their booths to extend support to the participating travel agents as well as provide assistance to the visitors.

 


Abd Halim Haji Abd Rahman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Abacus Brunei and Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei leading the press conference. Image courtesy of Ak Fairol.
 

“At Abacus Brunei, we have successfully organised ten previous travel fairs since 2004,” said Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei. Abacus Brunei thanks its partners as well as travelers for their support in the previous travel fairs. At this much anticipated event, we are looking forward to delivering fresh content and attracting thousands of people in search of their dream vacations.”

“With the support of our partners and travel agents we are confident that we will be able to see a positive growth again this year.” Irene added.

Abd Halim Haji Abd Rahman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Abacus Brunei explained “There will be seven Abacus Brunei based travel agents participating in this travel fair connected to more than 40 Abacus terminals. This will help travel agents efficiently service visitors.”

He continued “The travel fair provides an excellent opportunity for Brunei-based travelers to shop for both overseas and local packages making it an event on the travel calendar not to be missed.”

 


Something to look forward to for Baiduri Bank customers
 

So what’s the catch this time?

Every booking or purchase made during the fair, customer has a chance to win Go Pro HERO3 (1 set) and Momax iPower S2C Powerbank (2 sets). Additional 2 chances for Baiduri Bank cardholders who make payment using any Baiduri Bank debit/credit card.

Exclusive gift from Abacus and Baiduri for the 1st 100 customers who purchase and make payment using Baiduri Bank debit or credit cards with minimum purchase of B$1000.

Return Economy Class Air ticket sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines:

1) Two air tickets to Saigon to be won by two winners (1 ticket each winner)

2) Two air tickets to Denpasar, Bali to be won by two winners (1 ticket each winner)

3) Grand draw – Two air tickets to London to be won by one winner

Return Economy Class Air ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing sponsored by Cathay Pacific

Sellers under Tourism Malaysia pavilion: Sarawak Tourism Board, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & The Little Big Club, Mahkota Medical Centre, Imperial Hotel, Miri, Imperial Palace Hotel, Miri Marriott Resort & Spa, Grand Palace Hotel, Miri, Chanteek Borneo Gallery and PNB Darby Park Executive Suites.

  
 

Get them white again!! 
 


 

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre is offering an attractive promotion for professional teeth whitening treatment valued at BND799 (Usual price is BND1000) with free initial consultation. This promotion will run from 15 September to 15 November 2014 and can be redeemed till 30 December 2014.

This was announced at a press conference by Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer, and Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC. Also present was Dr Dharma Rai, Consultant Prosthodontist at JPMC.

“Oral health makes a huge presence in our lives especially in our simple daily activities. With our promotion, it can help to enhance the whiteness of your teeth in just a single visit to our Dental Clinic”, mentioned Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer of JPMC.

“Professional In-office Teeth Whitening Procedure is the quickest way to whiten teeth under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled use of whitening gel – yielding results that are visible immediately”, stated Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC.

Teeth discoloration is caused by natural darkening and yellowing as people age, drinking tea, coffee or fizzy drinks, natural and artificial food colorings, smoking and tobacco stains.

 


Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer of JPMC, Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC and Dr Dharma Rai, Consultant Prosthodontist at JPMC

An appointment is required for the treatment, where patients are advised to come 15 minutes earlier prior to the appointment time. Before deciding whether teeth whitening is suitable for the patient, the dentist will first conduct a comprehensive examination of their teeth and gums to ensure proper teeth healthcare which is free during the promotion period.

They will also consult on their oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if they will benefit from the treatment. Patients with extensive dental work, expectant mothers and children below 16 years old are not recommended to go through the procedure.

The procedure takes up approximately 2 hours. Patient’s gums and mouth are first protected with isolation materials. The dentist will carefully apply the whitening gel to their teeth and uses a patented blue light to oxidize the gel during the procedure.

The procedure is normally painless; however a very small percentage of patients may experience a minor sensitivity during or after the procedure. A sensitivity relief gel will be used to tackle the sensitivity.

The teeth whitening treatment can last up to 2 years if the patient take care and maintain the brightness of their teeth.

JPMC’s Dental Clinic offers a comprehensive range of dental services such as orthodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, implantology, oral surgery, general dental procedures and more. The clinic is open every Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 8am to 12noon. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.com.bn. You can call 261 1433 ext 2229/2114.

  
 

The Bending Effect 
 

 

Bending the iPhone 6 Plus by Unbox Therapy

 

 

Bending the Galaxy Note 3 by Unbox Therapy

 

  
 

 

Time Out with Liz 
 

A Message from Liz: Hello Everyone, Liz here from “Time Out with Liz”

For this coming episode we have an amazing line up, as always, from lifestyle, food and the music facets of Brunei. I’m always working hard to find the trendy, current and inspiring people who are amongst us to share their stories with us. And believe me, they are everywhere! So hold on to your horses and be a part of the audience last Saturday of the month with me, yours truly, Liz.

Food

This time we have a mother and daughter trio who wanted to start something simply delicious, simply delectable and simply family. We bring you the owners of Ximply Chriz – meet Christina, Chee Lin and Jo Lin. Join me to find out more about the story behind Ximply Chriz and get front row seats to a food and coffee demonstration by the ladies.

Music

She was the youngest Brunei representative at the recent World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2014 and she came back with 5 medals and an Overall Division plaque for her original work. I get a chance to sit down with the talented Eden Chiam

Lifestyle

What would you do if you found out you have cancer?

4 years ago Jacqueline Teo was told she had two tumours in her head. The news brought this ultra- marathoner Jacqueline into depression and to the brink of suicide before her mother dragged her to a running track and ordered her to run again.

Today, she stands strong and is proud to say that she’s completed her 12th Marathon as at August 2014. So come on down to hear her story of struggle and survival.
Time Out with Liz brings you all these inspiring individuals to the stage this 27 September 2014 at kaleidoscope (Saffron) from 7-8.30pm. All you have to do is step 1 -book your seats by sending in your name and how many seats you would like to timeoutwithliz@gmail.com or Facebook message us at www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz. Step 2- pay at the door. Step 3 – Be Inspired!

Ticket details

At the door $15 per person

Special Tickets for Ranoadidas fans/readers will be at $10 if you email us between today until 26 September 2014 and quote “I’m a Time Out and Rano Fan”


Eden Chiam
 


The inspirational Jacqueline Teo
 


Chee, Chris and Jo of Ximply Chriz
 

  
 

22
May

#CalmingTheStorm

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

X-Men Days of Future Past 

 


Last night we caught the sneaks of X-Men Days of Future Past at The Mall Cineplex. Play our podcast featuring @delgoh and I reviewing the upcoming blockbuster from Marvel. Will it break the box office weekend record?


  


Beautiful Thailand 
 

(Part I) 
 

I’ve been to Bangkok quite a few times but this was my first familiarisation trip organised by Royal Brunei Airlines and Tourism Authority of Thailand and I’m very fortunate and privilege to be part of this experience. Whatever you see in the news about the political situation in Thailand doesn’t reflect what I saw with my own eyes in Bangkok. Business is as usual and perhaps what we read in the papers or online only affects a tiny portion of the country. Even with the recent martial law by The Royal Thai Army, everything is still going as usual.

I have to thank Royal Brunei Airlines for the opportunity and our ground handler (Richard, Pinky, Nora and Melissa) for helping us throughout the 5 days experience. We had two night stay at Hua Hin and two night stay at Bangkok and I learnt quite a lot of things that Thailand has to offer.

I will share some pictures of my recent adventure in Thailand and there will be more of them in my later post. Thank you once again for the opportunity. I would really love to explore more places in Thailand for sure.

The hotel that we stayed in Hua Hin was Amari Hua Hin and the prices are quite competitive as well. I was just checking on booking.com and you can get a good deal for less than BND 300 for two nights. That’s a great deal indeed.

The rooms are pretty spacious and I kinda enjoyed my stay at Amari Hua Hin. I regretted not to have swam in the main pool but then again, there’s always next time 😀 For you info, Hua Hin is about 300km or 3 hours from Bangkok. You will be surprised to see how they offer great rates as I was checking on booking.com. The prices do vary but the current one that I check is estimated below BND 300 for two nights. Awesome deal!!

It’s a ten minute drive to the Hua Hin City and night market and it has great facilities and I would recommend the Amari Hua Hin if you happen to drop by this area. I also like jogging at Hua Hin since it’s not that heavy of a traffic as compared to Bangkok. The hotel is not far from the beach shoreline but beaches in Brunei are much better.


Highly recommend the Amari Hua Hin
 


The rooms are spacious and lots of amenities and of course, free wifi
 


The reception area of Amari Hua Hin. Taken from their website.
 


The exterior view of Amari Hua Hin. Taken from their website.

Chatsila Night Market. It is located in a small square though it was quite a fair walk around. Inside the square, they sell cheap clothes, handicrafts and other novelty stuff. This market is ideal when visited at night. Of course, when I say night market, you will get cheap due to the inferior branded products. For instance, you get a branded name sunnies for only 100 baht or less. That’s like 3-4 dollars. I prefer to shop around the Hua Hin Floating Market because of its uniqueness. Refer the story below for more details.

 


The community and the people have high respect for their King
 


Chatsila night market at Hua Hin, Thailand
 


T-shirts are selling as low as 120 to 100 baht (3-5 dollars) each
 


Cheap sunnies every where
 


How the interior looks like

Hua Hin Floating Market. If you are bored of the usual night market, then try out the Hua Hin Floating Market which is an interesting place for tourist. The market features a man made lake and there are plenty of shops as you walk around the lake. Clothes are cheap, cheap, cheap and great place to buy souvenir as well. I kinda like the concept which has this 1920s feel to it and it has a circular layout with the man made lake in the middle. So do visit the Floating Market if you have the chance.

 


The Floating Market Hua Hin
 


I realised that the anchor design t-shirts are a plenty in the market
 


You can get a short boat ride to tour around the lake of the Floating Market
 


This colourful century eggs are eye catchy
 


The texture is softer according to one of the travel agents
 


Now have you seen a poached version of quail eggs? This seems to be double the cholesterol and one plate only costs 20 baht which is like 5 cents or less. Damn….
 


Gek feeding the goat at the Floating Market
 


You can buy the bottle of milk to feed them
 

  
 

06
May

#IChoseYou

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 

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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

 

Check out our podcast review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Was it a hit or a miss?

 

  
 

#kickitbrazil 
 


Want to win a GoPro Hero 3+? Check out #kickItBrazil Peugeot Brunei competition. Competition starts 12th May. Click image to enter Facebook page for more details.
 

  
 

New orders for Airbus 

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) last night formalised the agreement to order seven more A320neo aircraft from Airbus and these aircrafts will be used for short-haul destinations. The delivery of the first A320neo will be in 2018, four years from now but it’s a strategic plan by RB for their long term progress in the competitive aviation industry. The difference between the A320neo and the current A320 is the fuel efficiency. At the moment, RB has four A320s and three or four B787 for their operations. The idea of the new A320neo is to replace the current models.

The A320neo will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1127G-JM engines and the seven aircrafts are valued at USD 720 million. The signing took place at The Empire Hotel & Country Club and signing on behalf of RB was the Chairman Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah while on behalf of Airbus was Mr. Jean Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President Asia and signing on behalf of Pratt & Whitney was Mr. Phil Ma, Regional Sales Director of Pratt & Whitney.

Did you know RB has been operating on the A320 since 2003? So it’s a good sign that RB is looking ahead of the future by buying seven new ones to replace the current A320s and the latest NEO version will bring even greater levels of efficiency with 15% less fuel and significantly reduced impact on the environment. The new Airbus will have much better in-flight comfort and longer flying range and significant underfloor cargo capability.

The A320 family of Airbus is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line and they have more than 10,200 orders to date and over 6,000 aircrafts delivered. I shall talk more on the specs of the A320neo in my later post.

 


Mr. Jean Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President Asia delighted with Royal Brunei Airlines purchase of the A320neo


Mr. Jean Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President Asia, Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin bin Abdullah, Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines and Mr. Phil Ma, Regional Sales Director of Pratt & Whitney during the signing ceremony


Yes, it’s official now


The foreign dignitaries attended the event


Karam Chand, RB Chief Commercial and Planning Officer, was involved a lot in this deal and Dermott acknowledged his contribution in making this possible


Exchange of memento


Exchange of memento


Exchange of memento


A memento from RB to the guest of honour


Group photo with the signatories and the board of directors of Royal Brunei Airlines


The invited guests last evening
 

  

 

May the Fourth 
 

May the 4th was celebrated around the world as the adopted Star Wars Day, a day where fans of the franchise can show their colours of being with either The Dark Side or the Rebel Alliance. In Brunei, FreshCo was invaded by a motley crew of characters including Darth Vader, Mrs Vader, Vader Junior. a riot of storm troopers, Chewbacca, Jabba the Hut and many more, all volunteers from the local chapter of the 501st Legion, a fan group with affiliations worldwide, dedicated to dressing up as their favourite characters.

DJ Izan from Pilihan FM led the parade around Fresh Co, with shoppers and fans swarming them to take pictures. Gong Cha also gave out vouchers for free drinks  thirsty troopers and fans, making it an awesome afternoon. May the 4th Be With You.

By the way, you may have heard that J.J. Abrams has called the shots on the casts for the much anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII and guess who are back?? The old casts of the Star Wars series – Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO to name a few. Not sure how J.J. Abrams gonna pull this off and of course, he also announced new stars too which are not A-list stars but familiar to our eyes. The movie is scheduled for December 2015 release. Now that’s pretty cool. I’m looking forward to this than Man of Steel’s sequel.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


One of the poster teasers for Episode VII but it will released by December 2015 instead of May as stated in the poster

17
Apr

#SpreadPositiveVibes

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

Skechers now opens
 

at Seria 
 


Catching up with the owner of GL Extra Enterprise, the sole distributor of Skechers, over dinner at iLotus. Thanks for hosting us 😀 Image courtesy of Ikhwan Salleh of The Brunei Times.
 


The management of Skechers Brunei with the local media
Thank you to Mr. Lim Kwee, the owner of Skechers Brunei for hosting us media for dinner the other night. He’s also the owner of GL Extra Enterprise that handles the leading outdoor camping store in Brunei Darussalam. Our dinner was held at a iLotus Restaurant and Mr. Lim’s intention was to simply appreciate the media for their contribution in spreading awareness on Skechers shoes and products.

Mr. Lim was happy to unveil the second outlet of Skechers at Plaza Seria in Seria which was opened to business since yesterday. The third branch will be somewhere in Kuala Belait.

The new store in Seria aims to target the niche market for the occupational industry shoes, owing to the large population of oil and gas workers living in Belait. This is a strategic area since many customers are from KB and Seria.

Since its opening in the final quarter of 2013, Skechers Brunei have been doing exceptional well because it’s a well known brand and also people have been commenting on its comfort.

Skechers ranges from casual to sports type so do check their GOwalk, GOrun and GObionic range. It’s good to see Skechers spreading its foothold in Brunei and the response has been favourable.


Skechers has a new outlet at Plaza Seria
 


The wide range of Skechers available
 


Hui Chiet trying out a pair at Skechers Kiulap branch last year
 


Love the colours of Skechers
 


Nice casual wear for the ladies
 


Glow in the dark Skechers
 

  
 

RB flies to Bali 😀 
 


The news that caught people’s attention
 


Flying four times a week. Not bad, not bad 😀

Wow, after a long, long hiatus, this is very good news for Brunei travelers. Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei’s national air carrier, will resume its direct flights to Bali, Indonesia, by 26th July 2014. This is indeed a very positive move and the comments on social media have been favourable. Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has been going through major changes ever since its rebranding programme and I remember the Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB, hinted of more routes as part of their strategic expansion as well as meeting demands of customers.

So how many times they will fly? I believe it stated that it will fly four times a week. The flights will operate by an Airbus A319.

The flights from BSB to Bali, BI757 departs at 8.55 pm and will arrive at 11.20 pm on Tuesday,Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday. Flights from Bali to BSB, BI758 departs at 7.10 am and arrives 9.40 am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. For now, you can’t book on flybruneiair.com but you can inquire on your preferred travel agents. I’m pretty sure RB will have special promotions for this new route.

Royal Brunei Airlines was established in 1974 and is wholly owned by the government of Brunei. RB started with an initial fleet of two aircraft, serving Singapore, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Royal Brunei Airlines now operates a fleet of 10 aircraft to 14 destinations in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia. RB is the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s launch airline in Southeast Asia and with the recent deliveries of Dreamliners, Royal Brunei will have the distinction of operating the youngest long haul fleet in the world.

Royal Brunei Airlines won ‘Best Foreign Airline’ award in the category “Award For Best Airlines” at the Sabah Tourism Awards 2011. Last year, Brunei’s flag carrier won the Metro Time Shanghai Award for their Reader’s Airline of Choice and The Best Airline Provider from The European Asia.

Thank you RB for making this possible and it’s perhaps the best highlight moment after yesterday’s derailing topic that went viral (not RB related but I think you guys know what I mean). Below are just some of the images from my previous Bali trip back in 2012 and 2013. I will be heading again to Bali scheduled for November 2014. Who knows I might make another early trip before then.

 


My last trip last year August 2013 with my #superfriends buddies
 


This was at Potato Head. Highly recommended place to chill.
 


This was taken at the temple area. This was back in November 2012.
 


One of the activities I enjoyed was water rafting. Pure fun but it was quite a fair ride.
 


I managed to borrow this sign
 


I didn’t give a good impression since I thought it was easy to ride a scooter. I was struggling indeed and it’s super darn cheap to rent a bike there too. It was like $5 for 3 days but I only needed half an hour just to get a feel of it. Scary but scary fun 😀
 


My buddies whom I flew with back in 2012. We stayed at Maya Ubud and I truly love the place there. Quite remote and loads of green.
 


The villa rooms are quite common in Bali and the prices are quite reasonable as well.
 

  
 

Malppy Turns 1 
 


Click image to enter website
In the month of April, Malppy.com turned ONE! Malppy.com is very grateful to all their customers who have been supporting them thus far. As a thank you, Malppy.com is holding a few events online.

In celebration, Malppy.com is having a sale! In addition, as a thank you for your support, any purchase B$50 and above will receive a free gift from Malppy.com. The gift is a phone casing for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5/5S. Offer is valid while stock lasts.

  
 

3 in a trot 
 

 

 

The highlights of last night’s game between Hougang United FC and DPMM FC

 

 

Hougang United FC 0
 

DPMM FC 3 

Steve Kean wasn’t happy with the performance despite the three points. He felt DPMM FC didn’t play well in the first half and judging from the video I watched, DPMM FC could have been down by at least two goals if it wasn’t for the poor finishing of Hougang United FC. The home side were putting crosses and causing DPMM FC problems in the first half and Kean admitted that they were quite fortunate to go into the break with a clean sheet.

He did give a good point that championship team sometimes don’t play to their maximum but they still get the three points and last night’s game was a great example.

DPMM FC had a better second half and they could have scored a few more too. It was good to see new faces from the bench getting time on the pitch especially Najib Tarif and Helmi Zambin. Perhaps the highlight of the game was Azwan Ali’s rare header that brought all the three points courtesy of a wonderful cross by substitute Najib in the 77th minute.

The match was already delayed at Hougang United FC due to heavy rain prior to the match and it would be a nightmare for defenders especially goalkeepers due to the wet conditions. A big shout out again to DPMM FC defence and Wardun in goal for salvaging the important clean sheet.

DPMM FC’s top scorer Rodrigo Tosi was unfortunate not to score late in the first half with a cheeky lob but his effort just missed wide of the open goal. Roy O’Donovan’s effort were being saved by Nazri Sabri in goal.

The home side Hougang United FC have themselves to blame for not taking their chances. DPMM FC now have leapfrogged Tampines Rovers FC by a point though the defending champions have one game in hand.

DPMM FC were missing two key players – Captain Rosmin Kamis who is being rested for calf injury while Sairol Sahari had to rest after a hip strain and both should be back in next week’s home game. It is not a good run for Hougang United FC who just came off a loss against Geylang International FC after conceding three late goals. Hougang United FC have proved to be a threat in the league with their new signings and I won’t be surprised if Hougang United end up in the top three this season.

Great job to the lads as well as the head coach and the team management in rebuilding DPMM FC from last season. It’s always a great feeling to be on top. Keep it up!! Some of the images below are courtesy of Alson Ong.

 


DPMM FC first team line up last night
 


Azwan Ali scored the winning goal with a great header in the 77th minute
 


Tosi lobbed an effort but it went just wide of the goal, late in the first half
 


Wardun Yussof holding off a challenge from Hougang’s Geison Moura
 


Students from Sekolah Menengah Rimba II supporting DPMM FC last night. They are in Singapore until Saturday for a student exchange program.
 


Free curry puffs for spectators last night (while stock lasts)
 


It was heavy pouring a few hours before the match. Good thing the match wasn’t called off.
 

  
 

03
Apr

#Clocks

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Flatbread from bruneihalal
 


Check out the bruneihalal’s flatbreads

bruneihalal is proud to announce the addition of Flat Bread type products to their wide variety of ready-made meals under the brand’s flagship.

Among the products being launched is bruneihalal’s Multi-Grain Naans that combines an interesting medley of multi-grains over scrumptious flatbread, guaranteed to brighten up any bread basket. Others available are the plain naan, onion kulcha, garlic & coriander naan, aloo paratha and gobhi paratha.

The flatbreads have already hit the shelves and are available at major supermarkets in the country. This will add to the variety of BruneiHalal products that are already on the market, such as sparkling juices, microwaveable rice, ready-made cooking sauces, their ready-to-eat Dishes of India range and the recent addition of the locally-produced dipping sauce range available in original, extra hot, smoked fish (tahai) flavours and multi-purpose dipping sauce.

Members of the public are invited to drop by for a free sampling of the various bruneihalal selections at Jaya Hypermart until 4 April. The new flatbread range will also be available for tasting.

A list of supermarkets which retail bruneihalal products can be found at www.brunei-halal.com, or on the brand’s official Facebook page: Brunei Halal and also follow them on instagram @bruneihalal


Now you can try the samples of the bruneihalal’s flatbreads
 


Now you can try the sampling at Jaya Hypermart until tomorrow 4th April
 

  
 

Inaugural 787 from Melb 
 


His Excellency Zakaria Ahmad, Brunei High Commissioner to Australia (center) cutting the cake to officiate the launch of the first flight of Boeing 787 from Melbourne to Brunei Darussalam. Image courtesy of @marul69

Yay!! It’s almost complete. Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has finally launched their inaugural flight of the Dreamliner Boeing 787 of Royal Brunei Airlines from Melbourne city, Australia. Today also marked the first time that RB will use the new uniform on all RB flights. There have been many positive points on RB’s new uniform and this is part of RB’s rebranding program and it’s no surprise that its rebranding program has received a Distinction Award in 2014 100 Global Awards.

In officiating the inaugural event was His Excellency Zakaria Ahmad, Brunei High Commissioner to Australia. The 787 fleet departed for Brunei today bringing the first passengers from Melbourne to Brunei Darussalam.

Congratulations RB on the milestone and they have just received their 3rd 787 fleet in Brunei. There is so much too boast about the Dreamliner and this is a sign that RB is heading to the right direction, not just for the comfort of their passengers but also a profitable business in a long run. A big shout out to the Chairman and Vice-Chairman for their leadership in reshaping RB into a boutique airline.

There are still more processes that need to refined and the biggest project to date is the renovation of the Brunei International Airport which has been undergoing major renovation under the direction of Brunei Economic Development Board.

Too bad I wasn’t able to join the inaugural flight from Melbourne due to the inaccessibility on my visa application. Good to know my social media buddy @marul69 was able to make it and hence, most of the pictures taken below are from his instagram 😀


His Excellency Zakaria Ahmad, Brunei High Commissioner to Australia launching the event before passengers go on board
 


His Excellency speaking to Brett McDougall, Country Manager Australia at Royal Brunei Airlines
 


The Dreamliner looks beautiful in the hangar
 


RB cupcakes anyone?
 


Passengers about to board the Dreamliner 787
 


Have you tried the Business Class of the 787?
 


The new uniform of RB is now officially being used
 


@marul69 with a cabin crew in her new uniform
 


I miss Melbourne and it was raining there lately
 


Fadhil, Fitri and Marul going for a Melbourne tour
 

  
 

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