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15
May

Back in Kuching

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Review of Mad Max: Road Fury. Oh What a Day. What a Lovely Day 😀

Review of Pitch Perfect 2 with co-host @delgoh

 

  
 

Congratulations Reza and Tara 

Congratulations to my friends, Major Pengiran Mohammad Shamsul Reza bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Tengah and Tara Abdullah Teo @ Tracey Teo Lee Ying on their wedding function last weekend. My friendship with Reza began during our student life in St. Andrew’s School. We were big fans of figurines such as M•A•S•K and He-Man to name a few. We kinda lost track after we headed off to different countries for future studies and I totally lost contact with him. So after two decades of knowing you, you are now a married man 😀 All the best in your new chapter with Tara and may Allah bless your new journey.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

 

Current updates 
 


I’m currently in Kuching with buddies from Brunei toastmasters (Brunei Speakers’ Club, OTTERS and UBD Toastmasters) and we are all attending the 5th Annual District Convention. I shall be here until the weekend and I hope to learn something valuable from the trip apart from bonding with my friends. It’s good to be back in Kuching.
 


Rediscover the true taste of home..bruneihalal’s latest home range is perfect for gifts on your special occasion. They have got a wide range of selections for you and its available for pre-order now! For orders and further inquiries, contact bruneihalal at +6732384533 or drop an email at information@brunei-halal.com
 


Royal Brunei Airline’s first batch of female cabin crew; Puan Hjh Zainoon DP Hj Elias, Nadirah Irene Abdullah Tan, Roslyn Teo, Hjh Latifah Hj Tudin, Rosnani Hj Hamid, Hjh Jemilah Hj Md Ja’afar, Dk Susilawati DP Pg Damit and Hjh Aisah Hj Abd Rahman, were all smiles earlier this morning as they recreate their group photo from 1975, when they came back home to Brunei after finishing their training, ready for RB’s first ever commercial flight. Congratulations RB for reaching the 40th year milestone. Image courtesy of RB.
 


A new gym in town located at Lumut (Unit 11, Spg 72, Jln Kg Lumut) called JC Muscle Building and Fitness gym. The gym opens from 8.30am to 8:30pm and you can follow them on Facebook “JCMB & Fitness – Gym” and also on instagram @jcmbfitness. Image courtesy of Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times.
 


A new notice that has been given to food and beverage vendors and businesses. Wonder what the reaction will be from the businesses and the public.
 


The best movie for me this year, hands down. Though it’s a not a perfect ten, this movie excels in many areas and do listen to my podcast review for now. You can click on the image to listen. Verdict: 9/10
 


DPMM FC lost their second match of the season and their import player McLead was sent off as Albirex Niigata benefited from the foul and sending off and they scored from the penalty for the winning goal. Albirex is back on the summit of the S•League. Albirex Niigata 2 DPMM FC 1.

  
 

17
Mar

Fervent indeed

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Royalty grace Lunar New Year 
 


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and HRH Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah in selfie moment with Maria Grace Koh @Eia and His Majesty praised the vocal of our own local youth star
 

It was an affair fit for a king as 1,200 members of the Tiong Hwa community united to celebrate the Lunar New Year with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) yesterday.

The annual meet and greet was organised to welcome the Year of the Goat, showcase Chinese culture as well as promote close and harmonious relations in the country.

Accompanying the monarch were Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hjh Saleha, His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah.

Also present were His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, HRH Prince Hj Jefri Bolkiah, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Malik, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel, HRH Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah, HRH Princess Hjh Masna and Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Lela Cheteria Sahibun Najabah Pengiran Anak Hj Abdul Aziz.

The royal family was welcomed by Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin and Chairman of the Executive Committee Lim Tiong Han@Lim Peh Beng at the ICC entrance, which was decked in traditional red Chinese lanterns, flowers and arches adorned with symbols of the goat.

For more of the story, you can click here. Text courtesy of Rasidah HAB of The Brunei Times.

 


Magic show
 


10 year old Zoe Chan wooing the audience with her powerful vocal
 


Cultural dance
 


Eia showing her talent. Keep it up!!
 


This was a cute performance
 


The new U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Craig Allen was also in attendance
 


Behind the scene: The little girl is ready for the show
 


Behind the scene: Students preparing for their performance
 

  
 

 

Excapade New Office 
 


An open office warming at Excapade Sushi new office last week. Thank you to the owners of Excapade Sushi and I really love the new office space. Now they can better manage their inventories as well as delivery point for their multiple branches in Brunei.
 


Michael Chong of Excapade Sushi (left) with his invited guest during the luncheon invitation
 


Great spread of Japanese dishes
 


Guests mingling
 


Ridwan trying out the fresh food from Excapade Sushi
 

 

  

Facelift at RB’s office in SG 
 


Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), His Excellency Haji Awang Saifulbahri bin Haji Awang Mansor, Brunei High Commissioner in Singapore and Mr Shahron Shahar as the new RB Country Manager Singapore during the launch of the newly refurbished and rebranded office in Singapore at UE Square Shopping Mall
 

Late post: Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has launched its newly refurbished and rebranded office in Singapore at UE Square Shopping Mall. Guest of Honour for the launch event in the bright, new and very customer friendly office setting was Brunei High Commissioner in Singapore, His Excellency Haji Awang Saifulbahri bin Haji Awang Mansor.

The event also provided an opportunity to showcase the new RB heritage inspired uniform collection to be proudly worn by customer service staff. The warm spectrum of uniform colours ranging from olive to morning sky and fresh mint, together with the new vibrant office layout is all designed to reflect the friendly and welcoming nature of the people of Brunei Darussalam and RB brand.

Commenting on the launch, Deputy Chairman, Dermot Mannion said:

‘This is the latest phase in our network wide rebranding process which began  eighteen months ago with the arrival of our state of the art Dreamliner fleet. Already our Friday/Sunday Dreamliner service to/from Singapore has been very well received and this service is set to continue.

For services on other days of the week, Singapore customers can look forward to the deployment of  new A320 aircraft later in the year, with rebranded interiors and high levels of passenger comfort and amenity.’

At the launch event, Mr  Mannion also took the opportunity to announce the appointment of  Mr Shahron Shahar as the new RB Country Manager Singapore. Mr Shahar is former Sales and Marketing Manager Singapore for Turkish Airlines and he joins RB with more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry.   He will replace outgoing Country Manager Ms Lim Guan Wen who is returning to head office after four years in Singapore to take up a new position in RB customer loyalty program – Royal Skies. Text and images courtesy of RB.

 


Ribbon cutting
 


The newly refurbished and rebranded Royal Brunei Airlines office in Singapore at UE Square Shopping Mall
 

 

  

05
Feb

Forward Thursday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot. Click image to enter website to find out more.
 

 

 

Pizza Hut 
 


Promotion from Pizza Hut
 

  
 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


Travel with agoda
 

   
 

CNY sales at ICON 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store
 


KFC Golden Egg Crunch 

With Chinese New Year less than a month away, KFC is launching the Golden Egg Crunch to mark the auspicious occasion.

Juicy chicken marinated in a rich collection of oriental spices and coated with an indulgent taste of golden yolk sprinkles, The Golden Egg Crunch takes inspiration from salted egg yolk prawn, a popular Chinese New Year banquet table dish.

 


 

The Golden Egg Crunch combo comes with two pieces of freshly fried chicken with a choice of Regular fries or chicken rice and a Regular Sjora mango drink for only B$7.60. Burger fans can also opt for the Golden Burger combo which comes with a Golden burger, regular fries and a regular sized Sjora mango drink for only B$7.50.

For a big eat, the Golden Feast comes with 9 pieces of fried chicken, a bottle of 1.5L Pepsi, a large whipped potato and one large coleslaw for only B$28.10. Collector of KFC premiums can also opt for the Golden Bucket meal which comes with 15 pieces of Golden Egg Crunch chicken, one large coleslaw, two large whipped potato, a bottle of 1.5L Pepsi and a free fortune jar.

“Gold is an auspicious Chinese New Year representation, to bring “Ong” or prosperity. We at KFC would like to take the opportunity of the Golden Egg Crunch to wish all our customers and friends a golden and prosperous upcoming Chinese New Year”, says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC B Sdn Bhd.

Golden Egg Crunch is now available at all KFC outlets in Brunei for a limited time only while stock last.

 


Golden Egg Crunch. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.
 


Golden Egg Crunch. Image courtesy of Norliha Din of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

Project Almanac 
 


Review of Project Almanac with co-host Del Goh and special guest Zul

 

  
 

Wu Chun meets fans 
 


Wu Chun with team RB at Manukan Island yesterday
 

Beaches, islands and seafood. Those were the things that Wu Chun suggested to his fans if they were to pay Sabah a visit. The celebrity is no stranger to Kota Kinabalu and he frequents the city with his family.

Yesterday though was a different matter. He visited Manukan Island in the capacity for the meet-the-fan session and over two hundred fans showed up yesterday. Wu Chun had the opportunity to address his fans and also interact with some of them.

He also presented prizes to the winners of the sand castle competition. The fans mostly come from parts of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong who bought packages using Royal Brunei Airlines. For the record, Wu Chun is Royal Brunei Airlines Brand Ambassador and he is currently enjoying his journey as the Brand Ambassador and thankful towards Brunei’s national air carrier for their support.

The meet-the-fan session was organised by Sabah Tourism and Royal Brunei Airlines with collaboration with the Sutera Harbour Resort.

Wu Chun hinted that the next scheduled trip could be to Singapore and Hong Kong. I also would like to thank Royal Brunei Airlines for making my coverage of Wu Chun possible. Till next time, KK!

 


Wu Chun being interviewed by media from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Sabah and Brunei yesterday
 


The fans building sand castle for the competition
 


The fans posing for the camera
 


It was such a hot day yesterday
 


The crowd was less rowdy than the ones at Burger King
 


Wu Chun addressing his fans
 


Wu Chun presenting goodies to a fan
 


Wu Chun with the winners of the sand castle competition
 


Fanatics appearing on the stage out of nowhere
 


Autographed poster for the fans
 


The Wu Chun poster
 


 


 


The jellyfish at Manukan Island
 

  
 

Malppy showcase 
 


Happening this Sunday
 

Have you guys already heard about Malppy’s first ever Fashion Pop Up Festival? It is happening this coming Sunday, 8th February 2015. Mark the calendar down now and bring your families and friends along to iCentre at Anggerek Desa from 9am to 6pm.

It will be a happening day as they will be displaying some of their latest fashion line from Corporate Wear to Date Night and Street Style. They will also be introducing some of their new Muslimah Fashion Collection.

To the last minute shoppers for this upcoming Chinese New Year Celebration, they will also be selling some of the new trendy dresses and shirts as well as the traditional dresses such as cheongsam for the ladies. As for the happy couples, they will also be selling some couple shirts for you to match with each other.

The highlight of that day will be announcing the winners for their IG Video & Slogan contest. There will be 3 winners for this contest. The winners will walk away with B$300, B$200 and B$200 for Best Slogan Award and the Most Liked Video for Men and Women.

Some of the famous food vendors will also join them for this event such as “The Slush Zone”, “AjwaKitchen”, “Pvintagecupcake”, and “Wing It” to please your hunger. So See you there.

 


 


Click image to find out more
 

By the way, let’s not forget the Malppy IG Video & Slogan competition which is still ongoing and the deadline is by 7th February. Best slogan will win BND 300 shopping voucher from Malppy vouchers while the “Most like male” will win BND 200 shopping voucher and the “Most like female” will win BND 200 shopping voucher from Malppy.com

For more of the rules you can click here. Good luck to all Malppy-ers 😀

 

  
 

New US Ambassador  
 

 

Meet Craig Allen, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. Looking forward to meet you

 

  
 

04
Feb

Wu Chun still has the pull

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Acer Aspire

 

Now available at Concepts Computer
 

 

BIBD latest promotion 
 


Travel with agoda
 

   
 

CNY sales at ICON 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store
 

 

Wu Chun graced BK in KK 
 


Wu Chun with some VIPs during the official launch of Centrepoint’s Burger King last night at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
 

Wu Chun will also be Wu Chun. People always say how popular I am just because I’m a social blogger. But if you are an entertainer or a celebrity, it’s a different ball game. I caught a flight through Royal Brunei to Kota Kinabalu and wow, the flight was packed with Wu Chun’s fan. This is no surprise that Wu Chun is the Royal Brunei Airlines Brand Ambassador, able to draw fans from all around the world with his presence. If I was not mistaken, some of the passengers were Wu Chun’s fans. Amazing!!

Anyway, my trip to Kota Kinabalu was by invitation to cover Wu Chun’s event and one of them is the opening of the Burger King outlet at Centrepoint, Kota Kinabalu. He was one of the special guest to officiate the opening of Burger King’s outlet at Centrepoint. To update you, the centrepoint outlet is owned by Brunei shareholders. Congratulations on the milestone and this is such a great opportunity to expand their business outside Brunei and furthermore, it’s in KK market which is bigger than Brunei definitely.

As for Wu Chun’s fans who came over for the opening night, wow, wow and wow… I have never seen such a huge crowd and I remembered the crowd in Brunei for Wu Chun’s movie Saving General Yang and that was already considered hectic. But last night at Burger King’s opening, it was very tricky to handle the crowd. Perhaps there weren’t enough security available and even Burger King’s staff had to help control the young crowd. I was surprised there were also male fans.

Before I end this post, thank you Royal Brunei for making this coverage possible and thank you Burger King for the hospitality.

 


Wu Chun took out his phone to take a picture of his fans
 


I was pretending to be a big fan of Wu Chun but actually I was asking for help to get away from the crowd
 


Wu Chun taking a selfie with me and his fans.. Woohoo #winall
 


Members of the media preparing for the arrival of the superstar
 


Deno Goh ushering Wu Chun
 


I took a selfie but no one noticed *Sad* LOL
 


Wu Chun posing with a burger on his hand
 


What a crowd last night at Centrepoint
 

  
 

 

BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill 
 


Now a permanent menu on Burger King
 

To celebrate the success of BK Mushroom Swiss Burgers as well as reminding everyone our signature product has grown to become one of Brunei’s favourite burger, Sinofood Express, the franchisee of the BURGER KING ® franchise will officially launch the new BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger under its permanent menu.

What makes the Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger? The succulent and tender 100% flame-grilled premium chicken thigh meat patty is enveloped in the full-bodied flavor of melted Swiss cheese; the all-time favourite silky mushroom sauce unique only to BK with fresh lettuce and a generous spread of creamy mayonnaise. Succumb to the seduction of Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger… you will surely come back for more!

The BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger is available at only $8.00 for the Meal and $6.50 for the sandwich only.

To complete your meal with a tasty treat, we are also offering a buy 1 free 1 soft serve promo for a limited time only for our guest to share with a loved one.

As for all our guests who are curious about the opening for our upcoming branches, we just opened our fourth branch in Belait Town,

For further updates on Burger King® Brunei, visits our Instagram page @burgerkingbrunei and Facebook at www.facebook.com/bkbrunei.

 


BK Mushroom Swiss Tendergrill Chicken Burger
 


Had mine during the break of a toastmasters meeting 😀
 

  
 

18
Nov

Sochi bound?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Get Connected through ICONIA

 

 

 

BIBD’s latest promotion


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

  
 

Peugeot 
 


Free labour charge on repairs for Peugeot
 

 

 

Big Cheesy Box 
 


Click image to enter
 

  
 

KFC monthly winners 
 

KFC had its monthly draw last Sunday at KFC drive-thru Sengkurong which saw 10 winners walking away with prizes worth $300 each. Yes, each!! The KFC drive-thru anniversary lucky draw started from 19th September and lasts until 31st dec 2014 where 10 winners will be chosen each month to win $300 worth of prizes each.

There is also a grand draw taking place on 11th jan 2015 where 5 lucky winners will win the following:

5th prize-movie tickets worth $700

4th prize-petrol purchase rebate worth $1,000

3rd prize-supermarket/department store shopping vouchers worth B$1,500

2nd prize-furniture/electronics purchase vouchers worth B$3,000

1st prize-return tickets for 2 pax to Melbourne with tour and accommodation included worth B$5,000

With more than $20,000 worth of prizes in total to be won, members of the public, who are interested in participating in the lucky draw, need only to make a purchase at any KFC outlets in Brunei, attach their receipt to a form and fill it in and drop it into the lucky draw boxes provided from now until 31st dec 2014.

In addition, customers with the KFC Drive-Thru car sticker making purchases at their drive-thru in Sengkurong during the promotion period will drive away with awesome KFC freebies, which will end on December 31.

 


Azmi the Branch Manager of KFC Gadong Central with the 10 lucky draw winners walking away with $300 worth of goods and services!!

Below are the winners of the second monthly draw.

1) David Leygei Tinggi – Samsonite Luggage Bag

2) Saadiah Hj Said – Paloma Home Fashion Store Voucher

3) Hjh Siti Hairani – The Empire Hotel Cash Voucher

4) Kipli B. Hj Othman – Diamond & Platinum Voucher

5) Noorhayati Binti Zaini – Chan Ein Hong Voucher

6) Pg Mohd Khairol Ahmadani – SocialDeal Shopping Voucher

7) Mohd Afindi Bin Mustata – Toys ‘R’ Us Voucher

8) Muhammad Noramin Hakeem – The FaceShop Voucher

9) Noraines Hj Rosli – Hua Ho Shopping Voucher

10) Dr M. Kamil Shiekh – Philips Air Fryer

 

  
 

Happy 40th RB 
 


Happy 40th birthday Royal Brunei Airlines #RB40 #Royalbruneiair
 

  
 

Late post: Birthday celebrants 
 


Shawn celebrated his birthday a few weeks ago at Radisson Hotel after the Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club meeting
 


 


I believe he is slightly older than Royal Brunei 😀
 


A surprise plan that failed for Seng Yee’s birthday few weeks ago
 


We had a great dinner gathering at iLotus
 


It was a hat theme night and it was weird to see Hazwan, Shawn and Ruey wearing a cap 😀
 

  
 

Azeemah raised £643 
 

Azeemah Zaki trekked to the summit of Mt. Snowdon (highest mountain in Wales) and it was part of her fundraiser to donate to the Human Relief Foundation for the children of Syria affected by the war.

The trek was organised by University of Sheffield’s Islamic Circle and she managed to raise £643 for her cause as she needed at least £150 to trek the mountain. The University of Sheffield’s Islamic Circle raised a total of £8,279 in the end. Awesome!! Below are the pictures shared by Azeemah during their trekking journey at Mt. Snowdon.

 

 

 

 

 

  
Volkswagen Customer Day
 

Yesterday, Maju Motors, the authorised dealer for Volkswagen (VW), held a customer’s day. Lots of Volkswagen customers showed up with their car and posed for the camera. There was also free BBQ food being provided and music for entertainment. This was one way of appreciating Volkswagen customers from Maju Motors for their continuous support. You can view more photos here from their Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

 

The Sh’Mo’ Down 
 


Zul-Fadly (Happy Birthday bro)  with the Jae of Chaps & Rebels
 

Movember Brunei this year will feature, for the first time ever in Brunei, a ‘Mustache’ competition called The Sh’Mo’ Down. The competition is divided into three categories; the Thickest Mo. the Hippest Mo and the Innovative Mo.

Currently there are a handful of ‘MoBros’ who have registered and it will be very interesting to see the quality of mustaches being ‘groomed’ seriously in Brunei. It’s a growing trend here as the men are slowly becoming more aware of how they present themselves in the public. Registration is still open and all you have to do is email your name and contact number to our email, movemberbrunei@gmail.com

This year we have the support of Chaps & Rebels, a local barber shop owned and run by our own local guys who have paved the way for those seeking the ‘gentleman’ look. An online entrepreneur who sells beard oils on instagram and goes by the ig account, @DreamBeardBWN. Armtirx enterprise who has agreed to print the limited edition MovemberBrunei Tees. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Brunei for agreeing to become our official venue for the Sh’Mo’ Down.

Movember Brunei also has amazing support from the social media like Facebook and Instagram. The hashtag #movemberbn is getting new feeds everyday. Huge thanks to everyone and anyone on the social media platform who has repost, retweeted and shared all things related to Movember Brunei, Thank you very much!

Growing a mo in Movember is not just a fashion statement but the true message and responsibilty that comes with it. The ‘Mo’ represents the awareness. If someone asks why go through all the trouble of growing a Mo in November? One can say because we care! Its not a trait of a Man to share that they are ill/sick. However, the number of men affected by cancer is as many if not more than women. Movember does not just highlight testicular cancer or prostate cancer, it covers depression as well and men’s health in general. Do it for the grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, sons, nephews and grandsons who have been fortunately survived or sadly, unfortunately, did not make it through.

If you believe that prevention is better than cure, then go get checked! Grow that mo because you care! We grow it because we want the future generation of men to be confident and be able to remove the stigma that men do not get or rarely get sick. Press release and images courtesy of Zul Fadly.

 


 


 


 

  
 

07
Oct

Only one

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

Get Connected through ICONIA

 

 

 

Citroën Brunei 
 


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BIBD’s latest promotion


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


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Collection for Race Pack 
 

The collection pack for the much anticipated Royal Brunei’s The Great Race is happening next week. I will be only participating in the 3km race and just spend time taking some photos around for coverage purposes. The responses have been very exceptional, considering that this is Royal Brunei Airlines’ first attempt in organising a run.

By the way, for those who wants to donate, please click through this DonationCard_BW.pdf to download the Donation Card and bring it during the Race Kit New Collection Dates.


Or if you appoint a representative to pick up on your behalf, pleas click through this THEGREATRACEAUTHORISELETTER.pdf and fill up the authorisation form for your representative to bring during the Race Kit New Collection Dates below.


Have a good week ahead and see you on the 17th & 18th October at Royal Brunei Recreational Club.

 


 


Loving this top from The Great Race. Maybe the t-shirt design for a run I’ve seen
 

  
 

It’s back once again!! 
 


 


The winner of each category will win a Canon EOS 70D

This competition has been growing in popularity and I’m glad that this has become a yearly event (a big thanks to Interhouse Company) for making this possible. This year, there will be something extra in terms of prizes. Yes, the usual prizes will definitely be there but there is a new catch. There is a Grand Prize category and the winner of this will have the bragging rights of attending a 9-day photo clinic in Japan. Awesome!!!

The great thing is that the eventual winners of the respective categories are not guaranteed the grand prize as the individual participant will be judged based on the all the three categories and judged as a whole. This is a great initiative for the participants to showcase their talent and you will never know if you will be the chosen one to represent Brunei in Japan.

I won’t spare much insight on this competition as the rules and regulations are given below in this post. Good luck to you all.

 

CANON PHOTO MARATHON BRUNEI 2014

Date: 19th October 2014 (Sunday)

Venue: Star Lodge Hotel

0800hrs – Start of Registration and collection of competition apparel

0900hrs – Announcement of Theme 1 and commencement of competition

1700hrs – Announcement of winners and prize presentation (subject to change based on judging process)

1. The Canon Photo Marathon Brunei 2014 (“Event”) is an event open to all.

2. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis subject to receipt of a valid registration.

3. All information including personal information submitted by the participant to Interhouse Company. (“Organizer”) in connection with the event shall become the property of the Organizer. The participant is deemed to have given the Organizer authorization to use such information for any purpose (including market research, planning, data-processing, statistical and risk-analysis, research, fund-raising).

4. The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the event at any time without notice. In the event of such cancellation, the Organizer shall use reasonable efforts to inform the participant prior to the date of the event.

5. The stated event timings are subject to changes.

6. Participants must abide by the competition rules, and by any decisions made by the Organizer.

7. Participants under the age of 18 must obtain parental consent

8. The Organizer reserves the right to use any submitted photograph for any purposes without compensation to the participant.

9. The Organizer reserves the right to disqualify any participant who has infringed any of the competition rules.

10. Decisions by the Organizer and competition judges are final. No queries will be entertained.

11. Only photos taken by conventional digital cameras accepted.

12. All nationalities are welcomed.

13. By participating in the Event, the participant is deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.


The participants of the Canon event back in 2012
 


The event took place at Radisson Hotel two years ago
  


The winning photo by Adam in the Street Scene category
 

 

Competition Process

1. Participants will receive Theme 1 at approximately 0900hrs on 19th October, 2014 at the Event Venue.

2. Participants must submit ONE picture deemed suitable for the Theme before the assigned deadline.

3. Theme 2 will be announced immediately after the deadline for Theme 1 submission has lapsed.

4. Theme 3 will be announced immediately after the deadline for Theme 2 submission has lapsed.

5. The Top three prizes will be awarded for each Theme.

6. Grand Prize will only be awarded to participants who have submitted photos for all 3 categories and will be judged as a whole.

Competition Rules

1. All participants must wear the Canon apparel and ID provided during the event.

2. Participants can only use conventional digital camera during the Canon Photo Marathon, Brunei 2014.

3. All photographs submitted MUST be in JPEG format and sized to approximately 5MB.

4. Storage format accepted are CF / SD / MMC / XD / MS formats. Participants using other formats must supply their own relevant adaptors / drives for use during the submission of entries during the event. The Organizers will not be held responsible for the inability to read / download images.

5. All photographs will be judged based on the following criteria:

– Relevance to theme

– Creativity in theme interpretation

– Use of colors and light / shadows

– Composition of photograph

6. All submissions for each Theme must be completed before the announced allocated deadline. The Organizer reserves the rights to reject any submission once the deadline has lapsed.

7. All submitted photographs must be taken on 19th October 2014.

8. Submitted photographs must not be altered by any editing software.

9. Participants must submit their entries personally. No proxy submission by any participant is allowed during the Event.

10. The Organizer will not be responsible for providing photographic equipment including camera, spare batteries, lenses or additional memory cards. All participants are expected to come prepared with all their photographic equipment.

 


 

  
 

AUDE thrilled customers 
 


Audi driving instructor Mr. Nicolaas Smit from South Africa explaining to the audience before the AUDE began

TCY Motors as the sole dealer/importer for Audi in Brunei launched its inaugural 3-day Audi Urban Driving Experience (AUDE) at the ‘Pusing Lagi’ car park in Jerudong Park two weekends ago. I was fortunate enough to experience the sessions and big thanks to TCY Motors for giving me the opportunity. It also gave me a new perspective about Audi cars especially those with quattro and also the technology that Audi has.

The exclusive event was a road and ‘track’ based safety driving tutorial and vehicle product demonstration via dynamic exercises such as ABS Braking and Gymkhana or Slalom event. Road Drive featuring the recently launched Audi A3 Sedan is an extended vehicle test-drive highlighting the 5-mode Audi Drive Select vehicle setting feature which changes the vehicle driving behavior according to the type of driving conditions.

AUDE’s aim is to educate Audi owners or drivers in general, by using physical “hands-on” tuition, primarily how to react in emergency maneuvers in the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) braking exercise.

Gymkhana or the Slalom exercise practices safe high speed handling, and helps demonstrate and educate the traction grip abilities of Audi’s ‘trademark’ quattro four-wheel drive system compared to that of a vehicle without quattro. This was actually my favourite part of the entire session because you get to compete/race against one another for fun and yes, it was addictive.

An experienced Audi driving instructor Mr. Nicolaas Smit from South Africa together with Mr. Richard Sorenson from Audi Singapore were invited to plan and facilitate the dynamic driving exercises to ensure the highest safety standards are observed for the participants which mostly include Audi owners and invited guests only.

With involvement in the motor industry since 1999, Smit is also member of the Guild of South African Motoring Journalists and has hosted a motoring insert on the Lifestyle Show on SAFM since 2007.

The organizer intends to hold the AUDE annually in one form or the other to highlight the capabilities of Audi vehicles and as a treat for its loyal customers.

My best pick among the Audi brand is definitely the Audi A7 which has the quattro. Just simply awesome!!!

 


I love this session – Gymkhana or the Slalom exercise
 


I am amazed by the power of the Audi A7 which is equipped with quattro
 


The Audi A6 was the other car that was competing against the Audi A7
 


My partner in crime during the test drive session
 


Cool passes for the drivers 😀
 


The ABS Braking session
 


The ABS Braking session was kinda tricky but shows how great the braking system is on Audi
 


I also test drove the Audi A3 and went for a road drive using all the different modes such as Dynamic mode
 


John Tan taking care of the Audi A3 test drivers
 


Certificates given to all Audi test drivers with Audi driving instructor Mr. Nicolaas Smit from South Africa together with Mr. Richard Sorenson from Audi Singapore
 


Another lucky participant to experience the test drive
 


The Saturday morning session. There were six sessions in all.
 

  
 

27
Sep

The Rose

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Area K6 Contest 
 


 

This is it!!! The battle to represent Brunei, Area K6 in this year’s Humourous Speech and Evaluation Contests. We have passed the club level where three clubs in contested to be selected in this edition of the competition.

In Otters Club, they will be represented by Allen Ang and Shih Ching Yong. In Brunei Speakers’ Club, they will be represented by Zainal Bostaman and Reubin Chin. In Brunei Advanced Speakers’ Club, they will be represented by Hazwan Kamarulzaman and Elizabeth Sim. All the six contestants will be vying for the Humourous Speech Contest title. I believe the winner of the each category will represent our Area K6 for the Division K level in Kota Kinabalu in mid-October 2014.

As for the Speech Evaluation Contest, Allen Ang, Melati Yussof (both Otters), Zainal Bostaman, Reuben Chin (Brunei Speakers’ Club) and Hazwan Kamarulzaman and Elizabeth Sim (Brunei Advanced Speakers Club) will be competing for the Area K6 title.

This event will take place for the first time ever at the iCentre at the auditorium and a big shout out to iCentre (BEDB) for lending the venue for toastmasters purposes. It take place tomorrow (Sunday) 28th September and I advise all of you who are interested to witness a spectacle to come by 1:15pm before the competition kicks off. There will be a $5 entrance fee and refreshments will be provided as well.

I will be the Contest Chair for the event (more like an emcee) and good luck to all the contestants and I can guarantee you that you will be entertained by their humourous speech.

 


Reuben Chin competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Allen Ang competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Shih Ching Yong competing in humourous contest
 


Melati Yussof competing in speech evaluation contest
 


Zainal Bostaman competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Hazwan Kamarulzaman competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Elizabeth Sim competing in both humourous and speech evaluation
 


Rano Iskandar (myself) as the Contest Chair which is more like the host/emcee for the event
 


Ruey Narcis the Area Governor (Brunei) for Toastmasters International
 

  
 

 

Abacus Holiday Travel Fair 
 

The event was officially opened this morning by Mr. Dermot Mannion, Chairman of Abacus. Yes, the fair is only for two days and it’s organised by Abacus Brunei and they have done a tremendous job in partnering with various airlines, National Tourist offices, hotels and of course, the biggest pie of all, the travel agents. This is always an important calendar especially for travelers even like myself and I managed to make three bookings this morning before the human traffic got higher.

It was definitely a crowded affair and Abacus Brunei have achieved their objective in stimulating the demand for travel with great packages offered by travel agents, airlines and hotels.

I could see that Mr. Dermot was pleased with what he saw earlier this morning and he thanked the organiser and the partners for making this event a possibility. He shared how the travel fair went far back as 2004 and this platform has proven to be a success in attracting the public to get special offers for their travels and vacation.

Of course, there is a lucky draw gimmick for passengers who booked their tickets during the travel fair. They can win attractive prizes such as return air tickets to London, Bali and Ho Chi Minh City (a route that will be added by 17th October) which are sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), 1 return air ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing sponsored by Cathay Pacific and 1 return air ticket each to Bangkok and Krabi sponsored by Malaysia Airlines.

So drop down to the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair, located at the Goldstone Ballroom, Centrepoint Hotel and tomorrow’s the final day. And for a little plug, I chose to buy my ticket at Darussalam Holdings because of their great incentive of double Royal Skies Miles for every transaction you make during the travel fair. I believe you need to spend at least BND 300 to entitled for the double Royal Skies Miles. Awesome, right? Thank you, Darussalam Holdings for that special incentive. As you know, I’m just a newbie for Royal Skies but I’ve been accumulating tons of points ever since Day 1. My target is to reach Silver in a few months’ time 😀

 


Mr. Dermot Mannion, Chairman of Abacus, officiating the event with Irene Soon, General Manager of Abacus Brunei at the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair
 


Mr. Dermot Mannion visiting Royal Brunei Airlines booth
 


My preferred choice for bookings, thanks to their great incentives and service
 


At the Amazing Thailand booth
 


Mr. Dermot Mannion and management and associates of Royal Brunei Airlines
 


Pan Bright Travel is also aggressive in their marketing campaign and they are also having a special lucky draw which is a car
 


Tourism Malaysia has a separate hall so I do hope you guys don’t miss out their great offers from Malaysia
 


You can take a selfie with their instagram props 😀
 


Baiduri Bank is the official bank and I managed to get some deals from it too
 


 


 


Siaw Ling (in white) of Singapore Airlines (Brunei) with her colleagues
 


Another popular travel agent in Brunei and I like their queueing system
 


Guest of honour visiting the Taiwan Tourism Bureau booth
 


Mr. Dermot with Halim Abd Rahman, Sales and Marketing Manager of Abacus Brunei
 

  
 

Strongest Youth Challenge 2014 
 


Check them out in two weeks’ time
  
 

The Cap City 
 


The launch is tonight. Brace yourself!!

It’s always great to see retail shops bringing in genuine products and goods to Brunei and we need more of this. I remember buying my first Snapbacks cap back in the UK in 2006 and even until now the cap is still in good condition. Snapbacks have been very popular in the US and most baseball teams have their own prints of New Era Snapbacks versions and they were hot sellers, even to this present day.

So it’s good to have a genuine store that sells New Era caps that comes in fitted, snapback and strapback version and they will be available at the first store in Brunei called The Cap City, located 2nd floor (arcade area) of The Mall, Gadong. The shop has been opened for a month or two and it has been receiving positive responses from the public and not many people especially the youngsters are aware of the existence of The Cap City. They will also Malaysia’s brand apparel – Negative Clothing.

The Cap City is a popular store in Kuala Lumpur and it is great that the owners are willing to set up its store in Brunei for the first time. You can check out their instagram @thecapcity which updates regularly on their stores in KL and Brunei and of course, the latest focus on their updates are on Brunei’s newly opened store The Cap City.

Today will be a special one because the Brunei store will be closed for today but it will opened its door at 8pm to 10pm tonight for a grand launch. There will be a special gimmick where customers will get a 20% discount on ALL their caps only for that two hour window tonight. Another awesome gimmick is that the first 20 customers will get A CAP for FREE. Yea, it did mentioned on their IG and poster that it was only for the 1st 10 customers but the owners from KL are kind enough to sponsor a few more items for the Brunei grand launch.

Also in the country is Nigel Sparks @nigelsparks the man behind The Cap City and he is here with @tristweiliang to give support for the grand launch for the Brunei store.

So pen this down on your calendar to check out the grand launch for The Cap City at The Mall, Gadong, tonight. For more updates, check out on their hashtag #thecapcity_brunei on instagram 😀


The New Era caps now available in The Cap City, The Mall, Gadong
 


The New Era caps now available in The Cap City, The Mall, Gadong
 


NY Yankees Snapback caps
 


@nigelsparks and @tristweiliang at Brunei’s The Cap City store and they will be at the grand launch too
 


Purchase any 3 New Era caps & get the 2 pack cap carrier for FREE or purchase any 4 New Era caps & get the 6 pack for FREE!
 


The long awaited New Era Tropical Minimalism snapbacks finally arrived
 


Negative Clothing apparel also available
 


The look of The Cap City store in Brunei
 


My first Snapback New Era customized cap. Yea, it looks a bit dusty :p
 

  
 

 

Abacus Travel Fair 
 


Starting today and tomorrow only
 


The great thing about Darussalam Holdings is that for every transaction you make from them, you can earn double Royal Skies Miles regardless of different airlines you choose. This deal only applies during the Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. I’m making three bookings under Darussalam Holdings just to enjoy this special offer 😀
 


 


 


 

  
 

17
Sep

IWUT

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

WWE next month in KL 
 


Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (second from left) holding the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 mascot ‘The Proboscis Monkey’. Posing with Ricky are Henry Tan (second from right), Chief Operating Officer of ASTRO at the announcement of the upcoming WWE Live Tour in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur today. Also on stage are Will Yong (far right), Assistant Vice President of ASTRO Sports Business; Tony Nagamaiah (centre), General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, and Sweesin Wu, WWE’s Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific

Few months ago, WWE (NYSE:WWE) and Astro announced that WWE LIVE™ will return to Malaysia for the first time since 2002, with two shows in October 2014. The shows will be held at Putra Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11. Tickets are now available and you click here for details.

Fans will be able to see their favorite WWE Superstars® live, including John Cena®, Bray Wyatt™ and the Wyatt Family™, The Shield™, Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett™ and many more.*

WWE LIVE is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau, an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

WWE’s robust programming in Malaysia includes Monday Night Raw®, AfterBurn™, Vintage™, BottomLine™, NXT™, Superstars™, Main Event™ and WWE Presents™ airing on Astro SuperSport 3 channel, and all Pay-Per-View titles on Astro Box Office Sport channel.

“Astro is pleased to partner with WWE to bring world class entertainment, WWE LIVE, to its fans in the South East Asia region. Fans of WWE are set for an action-packed, entertaining event this October. We are delighted to bring the WWE experience from TV to the live stage,” said Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro.

“WWE Live is expected to draw tourists from the South East Asia region with an estimated tourist expenditure of close to RM33 million over the two days. WWE has always been one of the favourite entertainment programmes in the region and Malaysia since it was introduced on television. Malaysia is proud to host WWE Live, adding to the roll call of many distinguished events that coincide with Visit Malaysia Year 2014,” said Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager, Malaysia Major Events.

“We are excited to return to Malaysia with WWE live events in 2014,” said Sweesin Wu, WWE’s Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific. “These events reflect WWE’s commitment to our growth in Malaysia, and to expanding our relationship with Astro, one of the leading media entertainment groups in market. WWE would like to extend special thanks to MME for their vision in engaging WWE, and for MME’s high level of professionalism and expediency in progressing negotiations which successfully resulted in ‘WWE Live Malaysia 2014’ coming to fruition”, he added.

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased from www.ticketpro.com.my or by +603 7880 7999. Ticket price ranges from RM128 – RM1230. Text and images courtesy of Shekhinah PR.

 


Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (back row) poses with fans after the announcement of the upcoming WWE Live Tour in Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur
 


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The Great Race 
 


Click image to enter website

In conjunction with Royal Brunei Airlines’ 40th Anniversary, Royal Brunei (RB) will be organizing a charity race for the public called the Great Race. The Great Race will take place on Sunday 19th October 2014.

RB has appointed Green Brunei and Brunei Paralympics to be the beneficiaries for the Great Race 2014. The proceeds from The Great Race 2014 will assist Green Brunei to move forward with the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project along the Sungai Damuna at Kg Bengkurong and likewise, Brunei Paralympics with their activities.

In a statement from Aji Puteh, RB Head of Corporate Services cum Chairman of RB: The Great Race, “RB is very pleased to organized the Great Race as an anchor event for RB’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The appointment of Green Brunei and Brunei Paralympic as the beneficiaries from the proceeds of the Great Race is a way for the airline to give back to the community in terms of support for green and health sports initiatives. It is hoped that The Great Race will be a different experience from other marathons as it is a marathon that challenges and is tailored with an aviation concept.”

RB has appointed Armtrix Enterprise as the Event Manager for the Great Race. Interested participants are able to register RB: The Great Race at thegreatrace.com.bn from today onwards until 19th September 2014 at 11pm. Good luck, peeps and well done for RB for this initiative. This is something different coming from aviation.

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

16
Sep

Mr. Socko

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


Click image to enter Peugeot Brunei’s website
 

 

Citroën Brunei 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

   
 

BIBD’s latest promotion


Top up tia. Click image to enter website.
 

  
 

 

ICON Design Store 
 


Click image to enter ICON Design Store website
 

  
 

 

PCSB FB competition 
 


Click image to enter Progresif Cellular Page and like the Page
 

 

  
 

 

Fun, fun, fun 
 


The contestants for tonight’s humorous and speech evaluation contest at SEAMEO VOCTECH tonight.
The Brunei Speakers’ Club will have its annual humourous speech and speech evaluation contest on this evening (Tuesday, 16th September 2014).

All are welcome! Come, sit back, and enjoy our show! Our contestants are eager to entertain as they battle it out for this year’s funny crown!

As funny bones will be tickled, contestants will also give it their all to outwit each other in how they inspire fellow members!

Contestants will each deliver 5 to 7 minutes of laugh-inducing dramas to a fully-packed hall, and will each deliver 2 to 3 minutes of inspiring messages to the audience.

Who will be crowned the Brunei Speakers’ Club 2014 humourous speech champion? Who will take home the club’s coveted 2014 speech evaluation crown?

Come to SEAMEO VOCTECH on Tuesday the 16th of September 2014 at 7:30 sharp and find out! Well, it’s better to reach there by 7:15pm before the door closes. Good luck to all my friends who are competing and it’s gonna be one awesome evening!!

  
 

Royal Skies rebranded 
 


Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar launching the rebranding of Royal Skies while Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines looked on

The rebranding happened. And the funny thing was I just received my first ever Royal Skies card from Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) which is quite unusual because I’m quite a frequent traveler myself and only weeks ago, I am officially a member of Royal Skies *lol*

Last Saturday, Royal Skies launched their rebranding program and invited elite Royal Skies members to attend the special occasion at the Indera Samudra Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.

It was announced that there will be rewards and benefits such as instant flight redemptions, the ability to purchase tickets using cash and miles, availability of redemptions at participating Royal Skies partners.

Previously we won’t be able to have instant flight redemptions until the passenger has completed his/her flight destination. Now we can instantly get flight redemptions.

Royal Skies also have revamped their membership cards and it comes in blue, silver and gold.

Elite Gold card members will benefit immediately from non-expiring of miles and complimentary Elite Gold status extension. It also said that eligibility to earn miles will shortly be extended to a wider variety of fare categories which will benefit Royal Skies members in all tiers.

The rebranding process also includes the transformation of Royal Skies Service Centre and new heritage uniform collection used by Commercial, Royal Skies and Ground staff.

In 2014, the national flag carrier received distinction in the 2014 REBRAND 100 Global Awards, which honour the most successful brand transformations worldwide. The gala event saw the presentation of awards to a number of Royal Skies loyal elite members namely in Best High Flyer Award, Best Elite Newcomer, Best Junior Elite Traveller and Best International High Flyer Award.

Present as the guest of honour was the Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.

Also in attendance was Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah, deputy minister of finance and chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines and Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines and also board of directors for Royal Brunei Airlines.


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


Elite Royal Skies being awarded
 


The new uniform for Royal Skies personnel. Don’t get mistaken for cabin crew.
 


The newly revamped membership cards for Royal Skies
 


The VIPs
 


Guests enjoying their dinner
 


The set up last Saturday
 


Jazz Hayat entertaining the crowd
 


The hosts for the night – the Malai Alis
 


Tiffany, the youngest cabin crew, also has talent in singing
 


Wu Chun made a video entrance as the Royal Brunei ambassador couldn’t make it to the event
 


The VIPs welcoming the elite members of Royal Skies
 


The welcoming party
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

06
Sep

Curiousity still killed the cat

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Lion City: Round 7 
 


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

  
 

Sam needs fixing 
 

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

  
 

Congratulations to all UBD graduates 
 

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

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


The graduates of 2014
 


The graduates of 2014
 


The graduates of 2014
 


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

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