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21
Aug

Go team Brunei

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Our podcast review of Yasmine the movie with my special guest Seng Yee. Find out what is my best scene of the movie. Yasmine will be officially be released on 21st August 2014.

 

   
 

RB: The Great Race 
 


Register now!! Click image to enter.

In conjunction with Royal Brunei Airlines’ 40th Annivesary, 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.

  
 

Team Brunei for WCOPA Showcase 
 


Have you got your tickets?
It’s happening this weekend. Team Brunei Darussalam from the WCOPA competition will be having their own showcase/concert where the public can witness their talents. The showcase will take place at Jerudong Amphitheater on the 23rd August 2014.

Team Brunei achieved a higher medal count compared to last year with 38 medals overall. They collected 12 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 13 bronze medals. The biggest winner was Shian Li Esther Chiam who is just 15 years old. She won the Junior Grand World Champion Instrumental Award and also collecting 6 six gold medals along the way.

Her younger sister Eden Chiam earned an Industry Award and also earned one gold medal, two silver medals and two bronze medals and she only had weeks to prepare for the event. So that’s not pretty bad for an achievement. I have mentioned previously in my post how team Brunei has made it big at WCOPA finals in Los Angeles, considering they only sent 9 representatives as compared to the aplenty from different countries. Having 5 semi-finalists and 3 finalists are considered “over-achievements” as they are plenty of talents out there worldwide.

Maria Grace Koh and Joanna Kwan will also be the highlights of the night. Both were the finalists of the WCOPA event. Maria also known as Eia is no stranger in the music scene and she has vastly improved and it was no doubt she made to the finals where millions witnessed her performance. Joanna, a first timer in WCOPA, also impressed with her 1 minute performance in the finals and I’ve seen her acting before in local drama plays. Just even received a scholarship for acting in the States.

Another vocalist that caught my attention is Ruby Chong who earned herself two medals and an Industry Award. I have seen her singing at JIS Music Showcase and she’s just amazing!!! Another performer for this Saturday’s event is Bridget Ang who earned two medals. The other performers this weekend are Norhidayat Hj Ahim, a P2F winner, who earned 5 medals and Adi Daini who bagged 3 medals.

This is an impressive line up but sadly Elizabeth won’t be performing since she’s currently in KL for the Toastmasters International Convention 2014. Do follow @officialwcopabrunei on instagram for updates.


Brunei team brought it some medals from this year’s competition and the highest tally so far. Amazing!!!
 

  

13
Aug

The Ice Breaker

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

His Majesty, a crowd puller 
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joining the crowd during the match between Indonesia and Brunei at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night. Picture: BT/Faiq Airudin

It’s good to know that His Majesty the Sultan walked section of the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium from the VVIP area and it was a great reception from the sections of the crowd as they sang birthday songs to His Majesty. I have hardly seen His Majesty walking through different sections of the stadium and I wasn’t fortunate enough to be witness it. So the pictures that I’m posting are from @faiqairudin who had nice momentary shots of our Monarch.

The match between Brunei and Indonesia lived up to its expectation and it was a much needed win for Brunei as they lost their first match against Cambodia on the opening night. It was such a brilliant effort by Adi Said who scored a hat trick two nights ago and he just keeps on improving from time to time. Though he is listed as over-aged player, he seems to be an instrumental player for Brunei U-21 team. I’m just afraid that the U-21 team will rely too much on Adi Said’s services. That makes it 5 goals in 3 matches for Adi Said if you count the previous goals he scored for DPMM FC a week ago. There was an injury scare for Adi prior to the tournament but he managed to recover in time for the tournament.

Brunei will next play Singapore (Wednesday) and Vietnam (Friday). So do come in throngs and support Brunei and hope for a place in the semi-finals of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. I shall be back for official duty coverage for the next two games before I head off flying again.


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (C) and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (L), the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at Prime Minister’s Office accompanied by HRH Prince `Abdul Malik (R centre) personally greeted the crowd during the match between Indonesia and Brunei at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, yesterday. Picture:BT/Faiq Airudin
 

  
 

More on R. Williams 
 


Listen to my take on the late Robin Williams on The Popcorn Panel as a bonus episode

 

 

One of the best scenes from Good Will Hunting starring Robin Williams and Matt Damon

 

  
 

Michelin 
 


Do drop by Sin Hup Huat for more inquiries and I have been using Michelin brand for many years too. Follow them on instagram @sinhuphuat or Facebook SHHCO for more updates.
 

  
 

RB’s ambassador 
 


Royal Brunei Airlines (RB)’s new ambassador Wu Chun and Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB during the press conference.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) held a press conference on 8th August 2014 to announce Wu Chun as the national carrier’s new international brand ambassador.

“Wu Chun’s celebrity status in our regional markets, together with his renowned images as a family man makes him the ideal choice to represent the RB brand. His popularity will serve to better introduce RB and destination Brunei in the all-important China market and across Asia. RB is looking forward to a year of strategic marketing activities and exploring more collaboration in the future with Wu Chun in his ambassadorial role,” said Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB.

According to Wu Chun. “I was introduced to RB’s brand attributes: authentic, gracious, delightful and optimistic; which I find fitting for my image as a family man, entrepreneur and a celebrity. As a Bruneian, to say that I am delighted to be linked to the RB brand is an understatement.”

He begins his tenure as RB’s international brand ambassador with an official signing ceremony to be held on 21st August 2014 in Shanghai to kick-start the campaign and activities.


Azaraimy of Borneo Bulletin asking a question
 


Dermot Mannion and Wu Chun carrying an RB model aircraft scale
 


Group photo with RB’s associates
 


Check out RB’s Facebook Page. Click image.
 


By the way, awesome deals to Singapore via RB
 

  

KIA’s Hari Raya Draw 

 


Hj Sulaiman the winner of the Grand Prize of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion

KIA car owner Hj Sulaiman Abdul Rahman walked away with $10,000 as the Grand Prize winner of Kia’s Hari Raya Promotion draw. This was part of the Korean Brand’s Hari Raya promotions, and Open House celebration.

Meanwhile, second and third prize winners, Alinayati Hj Perudin and Hj Amit Omar, received $5,000 and $3,000 respectively while another 15 lucky individuals went home with $500 each.
A total of 50 shortlisted customers out of the 800 who had purchased Kia cars between May 1 to July 31 were invited to the double celebration event, which saw representatives of various financial institutions, including Baiduri Finance and BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad draw names of winners.

Also present at the event were Grand Motors Managing Director, Frankie Ho, Grand Motors Executive Director, Hj Shaiful Rizal Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad, Kia Sales Manager, Jacqueline Koh as well as the representatives from Baiduri Finance and BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad.

 


Alinayati Hj Perudin the runner up of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion


Hj Amit Omar the 2nd-runner up of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion


The crowd waiting for the KIA Hari Raya promotion draw last week

  

23
Jun

#OneMoreObstacle

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

#WeAreHappyBrunei 
 


 

 

Check out the Happy Video created by @emmagoodegg and The Collective and shot by Origins Film

 


Associates from Burger King
 


Happy faces from Brunei
 

  
 

Almost reaching 100K 
 


The media with associated from Royal Brunei Airlines

Royal Brunei Airlines had a small soiree (gathering) at the Bilik Sejahtera, Royal Brunei Recreational Club to celebrate a milestone reach of almost 100,000 fans on Facebook.

It’s no small feat that Royal Brunei Airlines is one of the top businesses on Facebook with their amazing social media engagement with fans and customers. RB not only uses the social media platform for their latest airfare promos, but keeps the public apprised on corporate news, to listen to their customers feedback and comments, as an Emergency Response Team for Social Media Crisis and to bond, engage and be friends with customers and potential customers. As of 12pm on 23rd June 2014, they have 99,938 fans on Facebook, and anticipate hitting the big 100K over the weekend. They also have 10K followers on Twitter, close to 9K followers on Instagram. They also utilize Google+, Pinterest and Youtube as part of their social media engagement. So peeps, do enter their Facebook page here and do like the page if you haven’t.

Royal Brunei joined Facebook back in October 2009, and the number of fans increased significantly after their innovative rebranding journey, which started out with an intriguing viral campaign that caught everyone’s attention. Their success in social media is a collaborative effort of their Digital Channel, Marketing, Brand Comms, Customer Relations, Customer Call Centre, Royal Skies, MIS and HR departments.

To celebrate the occasion, RB invited members of the media, staff and close affiliates for high tea, and an opportunity to take pictures commemorating the 100K followers.

 


Azhani Abu Daniel, Head of Corporate Communication, Royal Brunei Airlines, giving her welcoming remarks
 


Royal Brunei associates looking at the photo kiosk
 


 


Getting the shots printed
 


Posing for the camera
 


The “selfie/usfie” challenge. Last submission by 27th June
 

  
 

Timeout with Liz 
 


It’s happening this Thursday

Time Out with Liz respects the holy month that’s just around the corner so this months episode will be held on Thursday evening 26 June 2014 at Kaleidoscope Kiulap.

We have another great line up of guests. This time under lifestyle audience will get a chance to get personal with the Brunei cast and director of Yasmine the movie launching very soon to audiences everywhere. Meet and chat with Siti Kamaluddin , Liyana Yus and Nadiah Wahid to find out how you too can go the extra mile to achieve the impossible.

Many Bruneian’s love starting home based businesses especially in the food industry. Meet Ben Sia. Find out more about his drive to make awesome pastries and what makes him different .

Lastly, meet Ruby Chong. One of the contestants competing in hollywood next month representing Brunei and find out more about her ambition. All this and more. Get your seats now for only $10 a seat ( this month only) from now until showtime. All you have to do is email timeoutwithliz@gmail.com or visit www.Facebook.com/timeoutwithliz and inbox us there.


I can’t wait for the premiere of Yasmine. Catch Liyana this Thursday
 


Also do catch Ben Sia on his passion on pastries
 


…and of course the young talented Ruby Chong and I still remember her performance at JIS Music Showcase. Amazing!!
 

  
 

Panini Redemption Date 
 


Redemption date is 11-12th July 2pm to 9pm and 13th July 11am to 6pm. You will get a free towel for a 80% complete album and for the 100% completed album, you will get both towel and a Fuleco Plush Toy. Do make note while stock lasts.
 

  
 

Happening soon 
 


It’s happening this Wednesday

Enjoy shopping and taking part in the activities in the upcoming ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014 and stand the chance to win the grand prize of a Toyota Etios courtesy of NBT (B) Sdn Bhd and other fabulous prizes.

Visitors to the ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014, 25 to 29 June at the International Convention Centre, need only fill out a questionnaire to be entered into the lucky draw. No purchase is necessary. 10 names will be drawn every day by visitors to be entered into the draw that will be held on Sunday 29 June at 4pm. Terms and conditions apply.

Other activities to be held at the upcoming fair include several spin to win wheels, an ice cream competition, a Price-The-Hamper contest, and Yasmine movie-related activities.

For further details on the lucky draw and other happenings at the ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014, visit www.bruneiconsumerfair.com or check out the D’Sunlit Facebook page (sunlitbrunei). You can also look out for ASEAN Consumer Fair 2014 articles and advertisements in the newspapers.

 


 


 

  
 

Ian Rush in September 
 


Guess who’s coming this September
 

  
 

18
Jun

#WhereIsTheLight

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 
Click to enter website
 
 

 

#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.
 

 

Swipe for rewards 
 

Click image to enter BIBD website
 

  
 

 

Royal Skies at Freshco 
 


From 14 June to 13 July 2014, earn double miles with a minimum spending of BND15 in a single receipt
Royal Skies members can now shop and earn miles at Freshco Supermarket as the loyalty programme under Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has partnered up with the store which began last week.

Until July 13, shoppers will earn double Royal Skies miles with a minimum spending of $15 in a single receipt.

Royal Skies Manager Yasmin Abdullah said the airline is constantly looking at new ways to provide frequent flyers new benefits and ways of redeeming their air miles.

“With the partnership effort between Freshco Supermarket and Royal Skies, we in Freshco, strongly believe that we will achieve our shared goal in giving our customers a more rewarding shopping experience,” said the management of Freshco in a press statement.

“The management of Freshco supermarket value the importance of this tie up with Royal Skies as most of their members are already a regular Freshco shoppers,” the statement added.

In celebrating the new partnership, the store organised an ‘amazing race’ activity last Friday to reward its shoppers.

Six teams of two geared up for the race. Three teams emerged as winners and each won 5000 Royal Skies miles, goodie bags as well as Freshco shopping vouchers.

Apart from that, shoppers also earned 10 Royal Skies miles for every $10 spent at the store yesterday. In addition, the first 50 customers who shopped at Freshco between 7pm to 9pm last night stood a chance to win 5,000 miles and prizes. The supermarket announced it has also extended its operating hours until midnight daily to give more shopping time to their customers. Text courtesy of Joana Tan of The Brunei Times.


The participants of the “amazing race” organised by RB and Freshco to kick start the Royal Skies miles promotion
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

YMRM Crazy Sales 

 


It has been a while since they had such a huge sale of this magnitude


Even discounts on new stock and textiles at YMRM


Check out Tungku Link and Batu Satu branch tonight. Super crazy sales from 7pm to midnight


You might end up like me shopping this way *lol*

  


Want to be part of YEAB? 
 


The first awareness and ice-breaker will be in Kuala Belait tomorrow. It’s free entry and dinner provided as well. To RSVP, do contact Del 8747521 and the venue will be held at Wan Shan Restaurant
 

The Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei (YEAB),will be hosting a dinner and awareness event to attract new members into the association on Thursday 19th June. The event will be held at Wan Shan restaurant at Unit 18 & 19, Lot 7191, in Jalan Jaya Negara, Pandan 4, Kuala Belait.

I recently caught up with Del Goh, the President of YEAB and this is what he has to say about tomorrow’s event as well as YEAB in the long run.

RA: What’s in store for this year and give me a few good reasons why young and hungry entrepreneurs should sign up for YEAB?

Del Goh: Doing business in Brunei a lot of times boil down to who you know. And it’s never a bad thing to know more people. YEAB could potentially open up a new door to many new faces, faces that come with many life experiences that could help guide those new up-and-comers, or spark potential future partnerships.

We already have the rest of the year planned out in terms of activities, be it a festive get-together during Hari Raya or raising funds for a good cause with a big event. You will have to keep checking back with us for details.

RA: You have traveled many places and what do you see collectively in SMEs in other countries? Are they more active?

Del Goh: Brunei is unique. We are a small country with an even smaller population. A lot of things that other countries are doing on a larger scale we may not be able to do. But there are also things that we have and they don’t, and one of them is the “interconnectedness” of our strong ties in this close-knit community. But having said that, look at what YEAB did last year with the ASEAN Summit. So we can play big, but we just have to play smarter at the same time.

RA: The first networking meeting will be held at KB. Any catch?

Del Goh: No. We thought we would reach out to the KB community too because a lot of things and events always happen in Bandar area. And the Belait community are inevitably left out most of the time. We as an association want to include everyone. No doubt we won’t be able to do this in every area but Belait is the second largest district so why not do it there too?

RA: Do you think they are growing numbers of young entrepreneurs compared to a few year’s ago?

Del Goh: Definitely. A whole lot more. Look at how many more outlets and shops and franchise businesses have come in. Cafes are booming, eateries have never been more competitive, and most of them are managed by youths. It’s a great time to do business here.

RA: Who are the mentors that you have identified for YEAB?

Del Goh: We are all volunteers here. Nobody is getting a salary. We all do what we can, as long as there is the willingness. All of us can be mentors to those who need it. And depending on what a particular person needs, we will be able to point them in the right direction with our collective experience and contacts.

RA: Lastly, why should students be part of this? I see that you have allowed students to join with a $25 yearly membership.

Del Goh: Students, youths, they are the future. It’s important to have one’s base strong. That would lead to an smoother progression later on. So by joining YEAB, with the amount of exposure that we get, the amount of invitations to talks and seminars that we receive from different companies and ministries, it’s a great way to gain some insights and education on the entrepreneurial front. And by being in an association like this, they get to broaden their network and can ask the right questions to the right people.

The End

So there you go, peeps!! Just a quick run down of what to expect from YEAB and for new potential members, there will be an annual subscription fee of BND 200. You will know know what opportunities will open for you in the near future.


Del Goh, the President of Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei
 

  
 

Download BruCal 
 


 


Zainal Bostaman of BruCal speaking to Guest of Honour of SME Promotion, Dato Padoka Hj Md Hamid, Perm Sec of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports
‘BruCal – Brunei Calendar’ now available to download in Apple Store and Google Play Store.

Brunei Darussalam, 16th June 2014 – Released in May 2014, the app “BruCal – Brunei Calendar’ offers insight into events and promotions in Brunei to iPhone and Android users. It allows locals and tourists to easily access the latest information on what is happening in Brunei.

Still in its first version, BruCal provides users real time information from the comfort of their smartphones. “We want the app to help Bruneians and tourists alike to find out about events in Brunei, with an interface designed for simplicity, so anyone can use it”, said Zukri Rahman, one of the co-founders.

Users can find events that will be taking place that particular day. Detailed information on individual events are accessible along with the ability to call, email, find directions to the event and a host of other in-app functions. Additionally a promotion tab highlights a wide range of advertisements in Brunei.

The Android version of the app was officially released during the SME Promotion on the 30th of May 2014, while the iOS version was launched on the Apple Store on the 11th of June 2014.

The app was developed by a new start-up called BruCal Services – a local company comprising of Zukri Rahman, Kher Wee Young and Zainal Bostaman. Warm feedback has been received and the team already have plans in place to further enhance the user experience.

“Excellent App in Brunei Darussalam – Very useful calendar. This calendar will keep everyone in Brunei informed day to day happenings. Also this app gives an opportunity to everyone to add events, sounds very friendly and excellent” – Seyed Shiraz

“Helpful App – Brucal app has proved its usefulness and does its purpose…” – Barry K

To get your BruCal app, download it from Apple Store iOS (http://tinyurl.com/iosbrucal) or Google Play Store (http://tinyurl.com/playstorebrucal)

For more info and news, visit www.bruneicalendar.com or email admin@bruneicalendar.com

Follow BruCal on Instagram (@bruneicalendar)

Like Brucal on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bruneicalendar)


Zukri Rahman, Zainal Bostaman and Kher Wee Young of BruCal at the SME Promotion and launch of BruCal
 

  

17
Jun

#WhatAFinaleforGOT

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

HRH nabs MVS 
 


His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim ended the 2nd Brunei Interclub Swimming Championships with another gold last Sunday after finishing first in the 50m freestyle event at the National Aquatics Centre at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. Competing under the banner of the ISB Hammerheads, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim also won “The Most Valuable Swimmer” medal in his age group. Click image to read more. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

Royal Brunei Airlines 
 


Experience a perfect getaway to selected destinations from #Brunei with our superb all-inclusive fares starting from BND 252 per person. Conditions apply. For more information and to book, click image
 

   
 

Brunei vs Mongolia 
 


Come and support Brunei tonight
Report by Syarif Rasani of The Brunei Times: National rugby captain Muhammad Redha Hj Adinin hopes they can come out on top at today’s Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Asian 5 Nations Division IV tournament.

The national team will be facing a tough test against Mongolia – who have a significant advantage in size – before meeting Cambodia on Saturday. The competition’s other game will see Cambodia face Mongolia on Thursday.

“Our expectations are to definitely win the tournament,” Redha told The Brunei Times yesterday.

“We’re ready to put everything on the line to defend our home ground until the last whistle blows.

“We have the advantage of familiarising ourselves with the pitch (at the Balapan Track and Field of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas), weather and climate changes.”

The national team will be heading into battle boosted by two successful warm up matches where they defeated the Miri Rhinos 44-21 and Labuan 28-13.

Redha noted that winning their tune up games will definitely help their confidence.

“However, the main intentions of those two matches were to see how well we played as a team as a solid pack executing all the game plan set for us and if the game plan was best suited to each and every individual’s capabilities,” said Redha.

“Perfectly executing our game plan and in dentifying the areas that we needed to work on were considered a victory to us, while winning the two clashes was a bonus,” he added.

Vice-captain Ahmad Faez Anuar admitted that the national squad do not know much about today’s opponents as they have never played against other before.

“We know that the Mongolia Rugby Football Union (MRFU) have been around for a bit and we do know for sure that they would want to win this tournament to make a statement, as much as the Leopards (Brunei national team) do,” said Faez.

“It’s going to be a tough game and I’m sure both teams will be hungry for points.

“Ideally, we would have loved to get more time and perhaps more test matches, but the camp we had has propelled and sculptured us a lot – but the real answer will be portrayed on the field this week.

“The team has bonded tremendously. Skipper Redha and I are happy with how the team is getting along.

“The brotherhood spirit is strong in this team as every player knows each other’s traits in and out of the pitch, so we know we’ve got each other’s back come game time,” added Faez.

Brunei will have four days rest before they take on Cambodia on Saturday. Cambodia beat Brunei 38-0 and 28-0 during the Division V tournament in Cambodia last year.

 


The national rugby team posing for a team photo before their warm up match against Labuan on June 7 at the LDA Field in Labuan. Hosts Brunei face Mongolia in their Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) Asian 5 Nations Division IV opener today before meeting Cambodia on Saturday. Image courtesy of Iqbal Selamat.
 

  
 

FIFA 14 tournament 
 


The FIFA 14 tournament is back!!

Craving for another football gaming tournament? For those familiar with FIFA 14, we will be holding a mini FIFA 14 PS3 tournament at Hua Ho Manggis Mall. It’s been a while since I organised one and this was back during my Brunei Cyber Games days. Since Hua Ho Manggis is organising a football fiesta event, I thought it would be nice to give a helping hand to an event that I enjoyed organizing.

There will be two categories to choose from:

1) World Cup (Round Robin) $10 Entry Fee

2) Knock Out (Elimination) $8 Entry Fee

You can register at Hua Ho Manggis at the ground floor during opening hours and you can choose your session (either morning, afternoon or evening slots) for World Cup or Knock Out category.

Each registrant will receive a Panini Sticker Album, a few sticker packets and some goodies as well. There will be prize, trophies and medals for the top three participants and thank you to the sponsors of this event – Red Bull, Standard Chartered Bank, Hua Ho Manggis, Panini, Armtrix Enterprise, Malpyy.com and Johnson & Johnson.  And also a big thank you to Kristal FM for announcing this event.

I shall be posting the rules and regulations soon but I strongly suggest that you bring your own PS3 controllers. The console platform for this tournament is a PS3 by the way. Sorry, it won’t on a PS4 platform just yet. Good luck to all the participants and let’s bring up the spirit of football once again in conjunction with the World Cup 2014.


Hua Ho Football Fiesta
 

  
 

Win a new home!! 
 


Maybe the biggest kind of lucky draw by a motor car dealer in Brunei that I know of in many years
Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Brunei and the second largest automotive dealer in the country, celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year with a series of promotions for its loyal Kia customers until the end of 2014.

Purchase any Kia vehicle from 1st May to 31st December 2014 and have a chance to win a host of exciting prizes, including the grand prize of a dream house!

“This is our way of thanking our supporters and patrons for their continued support and loyalty for thirty years to Grand Motors and the Kia brand,” said Frankie Ho, Managing Director of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd. He added, ” We hope that by giving back to our clients, we can convey the message that Grand Motors will continue to provide the best vehicles and service for the Bruneian motorist in the years to come.”

This is the first time any automotive brand will offer a brand new house as a grand prize. Also up for grabs is a brand new Kia F/L Optima 2.4L SX Automatic for the second prize and a Kia Cerato 1.6 SX Automatic Sedan as the third prize. Other prizes include a brand new 13-inch Apple MacBook Air, an iPhone 5S, an iPhone 5C, an iPad Mini, and cash. Never has there been a better time to buy a new car.

Grand Motors has even more surprises in store for their beloved customers, such as cash rewards for those who purchase their new wheels between 1st May to 31st July 2014. Their Hari Raya promo gives 50 lucky shortlisted new Kia owners a chance to win up to $10,000 cash, the perfect way to celebrate the festive season on a high note.

So don’t hesitate, head down to the Kia showroom and celebrate with Grand Motors for more details about their promotions and experience the service and dedication that has served the nation for three decades.

You can also follow their Facebook page for updates on Kia.

 


Executive Directors of Grand Motors Pg Hj Abd Qahar Pg Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pg Hj Ibnu Ba’asith and Hj Shaiful Rizal Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad with Marketing Manager of Grand Motors Precious Casao, KIA sales manager Jacquline Koh and Managing Director of Grand Motors Frankie Ho at the press conference for the 30th Anniversary of Grand Motors last May. Image courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.
 


The grand prize is a new home. Awesome!!
 


Kia has been very active in roadshows and it’s no surprise that they are doing quite well for Brunei market
 


The new Kia Cerato Coupe which I test drove a few weeks ago and it’s a good ride too
 

  
 

Andy Cole in September 
 


ANDY COLE WILL BE BACK IN BRUNEI!!!! This will be his third visit to Brunei. Come and enjoy the EPL 2014 on 27 September 2014 at the National Stadium. Grab your ticket now! You may visit S-Team Solutions office across Time Square Mall or socialmart.com.bn
 

  
 

Mabohai Shopping Complex 
 

The Mabohai Shopping Complex recently concluded the celebration of Father’s Day last weekend at the complex from 13th to 15th June 2014.

The Father’s Day weekend event kicked off with the opening of Brunei Hobby Con 2014. The event featured competitions in Kit Customization, On the Spot Building and Kits Exhibition. The event was co-organized with the Brunei Plamo Group. Supporters for the event included Toy Nation, Half Half, Inuyham and Hobby Model Enterprise. Winners in the competitions received cash vouchers worth $150, $100 and $50 plus trophies.

There were also experts in kit building who coached beginners in model kit building. A demonstration by Toolbox on the use of Airspray was also conducted.

Various tenants of the complex held special Father’s Day promotions and activities. Participating stores included Starbucks, Bossini, Best Eastern, Globalart, Savy’s Brasserie, Blitz and Carousel Maternity & Gifts.

The Complex Manager of Mabohai Shopping Complex said:

“We were delighted to mark Father’s Day by organising a range of activities catered especially for Dads. We hope that fathers and their families who were at the complex over the weekend had fun participating in the various activities. For updates of what’s happening at the Mabohai Shopping Complex, please check out our Facebook, IG & twitter feeds.”

Should you wish to book the Event Stage of the Mabohai Shopping Complex for your events and activities, please call us on 8111623 or 8653762.Or find us on Facebook, Instagram @mabohaibrunei and Twitter. Text and images courtesy of Mabohai Shopping Complex.

 


Winners of the Brunei Hobby Con 2014 at Mabohai Shopping Complex
 


Little kid creating an origami craft for his dad at the Global Art activity area during I Love U Dad Father’s Day weekend at Mabohai Shopping Complex
 


 


Hobby fans at the Hobby Con 2014 at Mabohai Shopping Complex
 


Don’t forget this important appointment! FREE Heart Health Talk and Free Health Screening by Gleneagles JPMC on the 21st June 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Event Stage of Mabohai Shopping Complex. Sign up now. Call 2611883 ext 2513 and look for Cynthia to book your spot. Limited seats available
 

  
 

16
Jun

#AreYouHappy?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Late post: Hua Hin Trip 
 

Late post: My recent trip to Hua Hin. There were some pending stories for me especially on my trip to Hua Hin sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines with the support of Tourism Authority of Thailand. My followers on my instagram would know of my updates on my travel logs but I have yet to share my complete experience here on my blog. Another reason for the delay is the recent situation at Thailand where curfews were imposed. So now, not to worry and this is a major boost to increase the numbers of tourism in Thailand especially in Bangkok. The media, bloggers and travel agents were treated to a 5 day trip to Bangkok and Hua Hin so we can share with you all the places of interest in both places.

Hua Hin itself is a 3 hour bus ride and yea, I bet most of you are familiar with Phuket and Pattaya but Hua Hin is one of the most under-rated places in Thailand. I remember heading there back in 2010 and this time, things have changed rapidly and slowly it’s beginning to pick up the pace in bringing more attraction to the foreigners. I myself was impressed with the recent developments and after visiting many places of interest in Hua Hin, I’m beginning to appreciate the city more.

One of the places that we visited at Hua Hin is the Premium Outlet Cha-Am which was quite a fair ride but it’s worth it for sure. You will be able to look for tons of brand items in a discounted price and I did some shopping of my own too. You can find brands such as Adidas, Levis, Samsonite and Diesel to name a few.

 


Good news for travelers and if you ask me frankly, the situation was calmer than what was reported in the papers. But this is a huge boost that the curfew has been lifted just last weekend
 


Our Bangkok-Hua Hin trip last may sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines
 


One of my favourite shopping place at Hua Hin is the factory outlet at Cha-am. It’s fair ride from Hua Hin city (about 30 mins or so) and there are tons of big brands too
 


Of course, this was my first pitstop at the factory outlet 😀
 


Since I’m blogging about my experience of the FAM Trip, I would like to acknowledge my huge thanks to Pinky who handled us pretty well. She’s such a committed and dedicated ground handler.

Swiss Sheep Farm. I really don’t know why these places are getting popular. When we reach there, there were quite a number of tourists there. It is located on Phetkasem Rd. opposite Santorini Park on the way to Hua Hin – Cha-am. The scenic views are pretty good and yes, you get to experience some sheep feeding too. Anyway, there weren’t just sheep there but you will get to see horses and ponies too. This is also an ideal place to take photos. I saw a billboard saying that there will be having sheep racing soon and I don’t know how that works *lol*

 


Group photo with the Brunei representatives at Swiss Sheep Farm
 


It’s feeding time…
 


The weirdest thing at the Swiss Sheep Farm is that you will find things not related to ….. sheep *lol* Here you see Azim and KC hogging on to a Hulk sculpture
 


Another odd thing to see this classic car at the area
 


I’m not sure what character is this
 


You can go on a horsey ride

Santorini Park Cha-am. This is a humungous park and very ideal if you come as a family or big groups. If you heard of the word Santorini, well, it’s a city in Greece and the theme park is structured in a way that it will give a Greek impression too. You will notice from the classic whitewashed buildings, colourfully painted windows, down to stone-paved paths and domed towers which will give you a feel of being in Greece. What more can you ask for? Impressive lineup of shops, restaurants and an amusement park and it feels it’s like one stop centre. The Santorini Park Cha-Am is open everyday too. Just check out the pictures below.

 


There’s a trick eye museum as well
 


This slide is awesome.. You slide on a tube and land on a bouncer.
 


Now this is interesting but we didn’t give this a try since we didn’t have enough time
 


The Thai Boxing machine was pretty cool. I had a run with @marul69 which lasted for 3 minutes and it’s cheap too.
 


There’s also a haunted house
 


Good thing about the Santorini Park is that they have small shops, a few of them including an Adidas store 😀
 


It had desserts at one of the cafes at Santorini Park
 


The restroom at Santorini Park is pretty unique

The Venezia Hua Hin. This was one of our pitstops and we were given a short period of time to wander around. It’s also one of the newest theme shopping and attraction village in Hua Hin. This is like a shopping village and compared to the rest, this is a great place to take photos with (add plenty of romantic photo opportunities) plus a couple of attractions and entertainment venues. A great place to eat and shop and take awesome pictures.

With 73,600 sq.m. and 316 shops, the park is immense and even includes a 200 meter ‘Grand Canal’ on which you can actually get a ride on iconic Venetian gondolas. Colorful mediterranean houses, shops and terraces are lined up on each side of the canal which ends in front of an Italian looking garden and two large church-like buildings: one is a Villa-Market (imported products supermarket) an the other a mini zoo. So if you happen to be at Hua Hin, do drop by these places.

 


How Venezia in Hua Hin looks like
 


There is also a mini train that bring you around. It’s not as happening as Santorini since there isn’t any theme rides
 


At Venezia in Hua Hin
 


A shopping area at Venezia but somehow lacking the traffic despite having good brands
 


Yay!! Another Adidas store at Venezia in Hua Hin
 

  

13
Jun

#WorldCupFever

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dugout Treble World Cup podcast 

 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun and special guest Cyril in the first episode.

 

  

 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 
 


Check out our podcast review of this popular sequel

 

  
 

Brazil pass the 1st test 
 


Now.. something just doesn’t add up here. I was disappointed with their performance yesterday and furthermore, the audio was pretty bad. I still prefer Shakira’s song or even Ricky Martin’s. The opening ceremony didn’t raise any goosebumps for me. A bit of a letdown.
 


I kinda like these costumes at least during the opening ceremony

Finally after four years, the World Cup is back!! But am I hyped up as before? Hmmmm hard to say but apparently not that fired up. I didn’t even know that the opening ceremony was last night until 8 hours before the opening ceremony, thinking it will fall today. Anyway, what are my thoughts of the opening ceremony? Not really much to shout about but the costumes were interesting enough and it was good to see children and kids participating. Other than that, it’s kinda disappointing really.

Few of my friends from Brunei were there for the opening ceremony and the first match of the World Cup 2014 between host Brazil and Croatia. Awesome!!! One of my bucket lists was to actually travel across the world to catch a World Cup match one day. That day will come but not Brazil. So a probable chance in Russia in 2018 or Qatar 2022 that I would travel there. My friends will be flying off to another destination to catch Uruguay vs Costa Rica and if I’m not mistaken, they will be catching a total of 5 to 6 matches in Brazil. Oh man, I’m so jealous 🙁

We  just recently started a podcast on World Cup news called the Dugout Treble and there will be more episodes coming soon. I have also create a McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy League. You can join my league by clicking here. Good luck!!!


Neymar scored from the penalty spot and it was a tough fight for the host nation
 


The crowd at the stadium yesterday. Image by Sim Yuan.
 


Brunei represent… Image by Sim Yuan.
 


They caught the opening ceremony yesterday. Image by Sim Yuan.
 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun and special guest Cyril in the first episode.

 

  
 

Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition 
 


Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition
The Audi Q7, described as one of the ‘big boys’ of SUVs, with its powerful and efficient engines and standard eight-speed tiptronic offers luxurious driving comfort. Now it makes its return with the Q7 S Line Sport Edition, a sporty styling package with wheel arch extensions, bigger front air intakes with high gloss slates, lower bumper spoilers, stainless steel skid plates and dual oval tail pipes integrated into the rear bumper.

Inside the Audi Q7, there are 27 possible seating combinations and ample room to take equipment for recreational or outdoor sports. When the seatbacks in the second row are folded down, the cargo capacity increases from a volume of 775 litres (27.37 cubic feet) to 2035 litres (71.87 cubic ft).

The engine line-up for the Audi Q7 maintains a six-cylinder diesel engine supercharged V6 unit 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245hp) with an impressive 550Nm (405.65 lb-ft) of torque.

A power tailgate comes as standard for the Audi Q7, and a rail-based load securing set for baggage is available for sports, recreation and vacation travel. Audi offers the assistance system Audi side assist for safer lane changes. A top of the infotainment line-up is MMI combined with the BOSE Surround Sound and the large panorama roof is also included.

 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Royal Skies at Frescho 
 


Earn more miles
Introducing Freshco Brunei as Royal Skies Latest Partner!

Today, 13 June: Earn 10 Royal Skies miles for every BND10 spent when you shop.

From 07:00pm:

The First 50 customers will stand a chance to win 5000 miles, prizes and enjoy our exciting activities.

From 14 June to 13 July 2014:

Earn double miles with a minimum spending of BND15 in a single receipt.

See you and Lets shop at Freshco, Plaza Abdul Razak, Seri Batu 1.

 

  
 

Annual blood donation 
 

Green bankers rolled up their sleeves yesterday to contribute to an important cause: blood donation. The event, hosted every year, was held at the Learning & Development Centre at Baiduri Bank Head Office.

This year’s blood donation drive was organized with the theme “Everyone has a Type” aimed to help replenish the low blood supplies faced by the National Blood Bank at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

Senior Manager of Baiduri Bank’s Human Resources and Finance Division and member of the Baiduri Bank Management Committee, Ms Veronica Chong, said that blood donating is a good practice, and she has been doing it every year during the drive.

“There is an overall feeling of goodness and satisfaction when donating blood,” she said. “A lot of people are fearful of donating blood because of the needle but it’s not painful, and donating only one pint of blood can save up to three lives.”

“One advice I have for them is to stay relaxed. If you are scared of needles, look away, or better yet, talk with your colleagues, I’m sure they’ll also appreciate the distraction.”

The event was organised as part of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. It is an annual event held to aid patients in need of specific types of blood urgently.

The Baiduri Bank Group is also an active supporter and major sponsor of the annual World Blood Donor Day.

Baiduri Bank Group has also just wrapped up their yearly charity golf event, The Baiduri Masters – an initiative that regularly provides financial support for child development programmes in Brunei such as Pusat Ehsan, Child Development Centre (CDC), SMARTER and the Learning Ladders Society. Press release and images courtesy of Baiduri Bank.

 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Plus magazine 
 


Rachel, Manager of Fitness Zone, Wu Chun owner of Fitness Zone with Kee Lee Loo of Nexploit Services

On 12th June 2014, Fitness Zone and Nexploit Services co-hosted the signing and officiating ceremony of Plus magazine. A health and lifestyle related magazine that made its debut earlier this month.

With only a week of their soft debut on the 4th of June, Plus magazine made quite a numbers of impacts within the current community. The magazine readership rate is adopting and increasing at a steady pace due to the current demand of health related articles.

Plus works closely with the Ministry of Health in delivering contents that would greatly benefits the public. Fitness Zone on the other hand is into health and wellbeing’s through fitness. Both companies have the same goal aligned, and that is to stir up the interest of the public to implement a healthy change and divert the public into adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Plus Magazine uses physical copies and digital contents integration to reach out to the public with health and lifestyle related articles and contents that are beneficial and interesting to read. Fitness Zone offers wide range of services for both genders and also programs that caters for each individual’s needs.

To celebrate the signing and officiating ceremony, Plus and Fitness Zone will be co-organizing an Instagram and Newsletter Subscription contest. 10 lucky winners will get to walk away with prizes and one grand winner will be awarded with signed copies of Wu Chun’s biography book and diary planner.

For more information please visit Plus Facebook Page and Fitness Zone Facebook Page.

 


The signing ceremony yesterday
 


Get a copy of Plus magazine
 

  
 

Malppy at Hua Ho Manggis 
 


Catch this match on Saturday, 14th June

In conjunction of this event, Malppy.com is welcoming everyone to join celebrating the first ever Hua Ho Football Fiesta held at Hua Ho Department Store (Manggis Branch) from the 14th till 22nd June 2014. We’ll be selling range of 2014 World Cup Merchandise! So footie fans in Brunei, what’re you waiting for? Shop and cheer with malppy.com. See you there!

 

  
 

KFC 11 Foosball Challenge 
 


It’s happening now at Hua Ho Manggis Mall

Continuing the Football action, a KFC organized foosball competition is available at the Hua Ho fiesta that is taking place from 10th to 22nd June 2014 at Hua Ho Manggis Mall in conjunction with the World Cup that is taking place in Brazil. Called the KFC 11 Foosball Challenge, participants will get a chance to test their skills at the table where top 32 contestants will be selected to play in the qualifying rounds representing the 32 countries that is currently competing at Brazil.

1st prize is worth B$450 consists of a Golden Boot Champion trophy, the Adidas Brazuca – the official football to be used during this year’s World Cup’s final match, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink.  2nd prize is worth B$200 and consist of Adidas Brazuca Top Glider Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink. 3rd prize is worth B$150, consisting of Adidas Brazuca Top Glider Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink. 4th place is worth B$130 and consist of Adidas Brazuca Top Gilder Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, and Revive drink. Contestants interested to get the popular Limited Edition KFC Ronaldo Merchandise stand a chance to get it free.

By qualifying to the top 32 stage, participants will receive the Ronaldo Merchandise each and then each time they qualifies again to the top 16, top 8 and then to the top 4 stage, they will again receive the sought after merchandise. Other prizes to be won during the individual qualifying category includes a foosball table set available for the Top scorer category, and a Hat Trick Bonus prize for scoring 3 goals and more. For a registration fee of only B$2 where contestants will receive 2 Revive can drinks (330ml), contestants are sure to get their money worth..

“The competition is called KFC 11 Foosball Challenge because the number 11 resonates closely to KFC (11 secret herbs & spices used for the original KFC recipe) and to football (11 number of players playing on a team in any football matches). We hope that football fans will grab this opportunity to join in the football fever that we have made especially for them and have fun and have the chance to win some great prizes along with it, says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd.

 


Try out the foosball competition and win fantastic prizes
 


Check out the rules and regulations
 

  
 

 

Family Fun Day 
 


Happening this Sunday

The Brunei Medical Association will organise a Family Fun Day event that will take place at the Brunei Agro-Technology Park, Kg Tungku, Mukim Gadong on Sunday, 15th June from 6:30 am-11am.

Among the activities to be held include Tai Chi, Walkathon, Kid’s Treasure Race, Bouncers, Colouring Contest, Face painting, Tug-of-war, SNAG and other more exciting activities. Food vendors such as W Brownies, Food Remix, Baking Manics, Wings & Drumettes and Leeya Cookies will also be present.

The event is open to all healthcare professionals and their family members as well as the public. The Brunei Medical Associaiton (BMA) is a non-governmental organization representing the voice of doctors and the medical profession in Brunei Darussalam.

The BMA’s main objective is to support and protect the interest of its members, namely the medical professionals of Brunei Darussalam. Other objectives include: voicing the views of the medical profession in matters relating to the health and wellbeing of the Bruneian community; promote social, cultural, charitable and professional activities among members; supporting a high standard of medical ethics and conduct; and to enlighten the public on health issues.

  

18
May

#HuaHin

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Godzilla (2014) 

 

Check out our review of the current blockbuster Godzilla (2014). Click play to listen to our podcast with co-host Del Goh and special guest Seng Yee

  

 

Hua Hin adventure 
 


Representatives from Royal Brunei Airlines travel agents and members of the local media and bloggers before heading off to Bangkok and Hua Hin, Thailand
 

Hello peeps!! I’m currently outstation once again (nothing surprising there). This time, it’s the trip sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines @royalbruneiair and I’m traveling with local media, one blogger and representatives from travel agents of RB. I will be away for a few days and be back shortly before I stay put in Brunei for another ten days before I head off again. Yea, this year, it seems I’m a certified jet setter.

I won’t be posting much pictures just yet but I shall tease you with a few. The FAM (Familiarization) trip focuses on Hua Hin and Bangkok. Yea, we all are familiar with cities such as Phuket or Pattaya outside of Bangkok but not so much on Hua Hin. I went there once back in 2010 and stayed at the Six Sense Hua Hin which was such a great experience (and pricey too).

Hua Hin is quieter than Bangkok and Pattaya but it’s slowing developing into one of the tourist destination. The last I recalled my visit to Hua Hin, it was a pretty relaxed and chill city and there aren’t many shopping places either. Fast forward to 2014, the city has definitely changed in terms of development but not so much on entertainment.

I shall update on my journey in my next post. I’m out of here. Adios.


Always happy to bump into my sister who’s busy on duty at the Brunei International Airport
 


It was almost a full flight. Most of the passengers were from our group and another by Brunei Unicity group.
 


I managed to get a DTAC sim card for my data prepaid plan while in Thailand. Only costs me 299 baht for a week of data. That’s roughly BND 10 and it comes with the sim card as well. Service was efficient as I had my line activated and all that help in less than 3 minutes. Do find this counter at the arrival area of the airport.
 


We had a quick lunch and this restaurant is pretty good indeed. It serves halal food and located nearby the airport. Ideal for groups and families and the restaurant is called Al-Hilal Restaurant
 


Pretending to drive the cart with everybody’s luggage upon arrival at Amari Hua Hin *huhu*
 


Loving the room at Amari Hua Hin. Not exactly sure of the price but it’s pretty reasonable I heard.
 


Always in my messy state after a day or so 😀
 


One of the night markets called Chatsila and things are pretty darn cheap
 


Yea, tons of fake stuff here. Sunnies selling as low as BND 2 to 3 each.
 


Looks like voodoo dolls to me
 

  
 

17
Mar

#ReadySetGo

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

 
 
 

HSBC Personal Internet Banking

 

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BIBD – Let’s Go Mobile!

 

Let’s go mobile? Click more to find out!!
 
 
 
 

Icon Design Store

 

 

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Smashing Low Fares 

 


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The White Cane Charity 
 


His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah receiving medals from the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports at the White Cane Charity 2014
 


HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel at the finishing line
 


HRH Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah at the finishing line

Here is the second batch of pictures from the White Cane Charity Run 2014. Organised by the Brunei Darussalam National Association of the Blind (BDNAB), the charity event drew more than 2,500 participants sporting in bright yellow tops. This event hopes to raise awareness that the physically impaired communities aren’t at a disadvantage and they are still capable to contribute to the community.

It was to good to know that there is always royal support for running events. His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and Her Royal Highness Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah. The guest of honour was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah accompanied by its Deputy Minister, Datin Hjh Adina Othman.

Well done to the organizers and I had a good run though it was only at the fun run category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly winners, BIBD Barakah 
 

BIBD recently held a prize presentation ceremony for its second monthly ‘Barakah 5’ winners. The ceremony was held in the afternoon, at the BIBD Headquarters in the capital. On hand to give away the prizes was Caitlina binti Haji Haliluddin, Assistant Manager, Products & Segments Marketing of BIBD.

The five monthly winners were all smiles as Dato Shofry bin Abd. Ghafor, Pg Hj Md Yussoff Bin Pg Hj Bahar, Hjh Aidah Redha Hayati bte Md Noh, Muhammad Sufi bin Hasmi, and Mahyon binti Haji Kahan were invited to receive their prizes. Apart from still being in contention of winning a luxurious Jaguar car in the grand finals, they each received 100,000 Hadiah Points for being one of the monthly winners.

The BIBD Barakah 5 is open to all new and existing BIBD customers who sign up for BIBD’s financing products including Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, Education Financing and Naqad facilities. BIBD customers who apply for any of BIBD’s financing will be entitled to one entry for every B$10,000 financing amount, with fifteen entries for every B$100,000 financing amount.

BIBD Accountholders will also stand a chance to win by depositing in BIBD’s Wakalah General, tiered and foreign currency accounts (current accounts and savings accounts). Similar to the eligibility of entries for BIBD’s financing, depositors will receive one entry for every $5,000 amount deposited and fifteen entries for every $50,000 deposited.


The five monthly winners of Barakah 5 presented by Caitlina binti Haji Haliluddin, Assistant Manager, Products & Segments Marketing of BIBD. Image courtesy of BIBD

The campaign is also open to customers who assign their salary to BIBD during this promotion period, automatically giving them five entries. In addition, they can also double their entries to ten if they also sign up for any of BIBD’s eligible financing or deposit products, and these ten entries will be in addition to the number of entries received separately for these products.

Aside from the fantastic grand prize of a luxury Jaguar XF from Indera Motors Sdn Bhd, the official Jaguar importer and distributor in Brunei, BIBD Barakah 5 participants also stand a chance to win Apple products, as well as other exciting prizes such as Samsung gadgets, 60” LED TV, and 300,000 Royal Skies Miles.

The BIBD Barakah 5 will end soon on 31st March so customers are encouraged to sign up now for these eligible BIBD products and services to participate and win these fabulous prizes.

For more information on BIBD Barakah 5 campaign, or any other BIBD products or services, please visit your nearest BIBD branch or get in touch with the BIBD Contact Centre at 2238181 or alternatively log on to www.bibd.com.bn.

 

  
 

Long service awarded 
 


Hajah Normah Suria Hayati binti Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri, handing over an award to one of the recipients as Dermot Mannion looks on at the ceremony last Friday. Image taken by James Kon of Borneo Bulletin.

Last weekend, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) feted more than 100 recipients – 20 year Long Service Awards to 122 recipients and 25 year Long Service Awards to 93 recipients. Present at the ceremony was Hajah Normah Suria Hayati binti Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri, a member of the board of directors, how was the guest of honour. Also in attendance were Junaidi Masri, Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim and Dermot Mannion, the board of directors of RB.

Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB, was delighted for the loyalty shown by their long service staff. The event also marked the completion of the (first phase) renovation of the Royal Brunei Recreational Club where they have facelift and refurbished the facilities at RBRC.

He thanked those who traveled from overseas to receive the awards. He also acknowledged that RBRC is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and their facelift is an indicator that RBRC will continue to play a significant role in the recreational lives of both RB staff and the greater community in Brunei.

One interesting thing that Mannion pointed out was the possibility of using RBRC for connecting passengers from the Brunei International Airport. He acknowledged Hj Kadri and his team on the efforts that have been done on RBRC.

RB has been getting many praises as of late especially after winning a distinction award in the Global Rebrand Awards 2014 for the quality of their rebranding program. That award is definitely a morale booster for RB as they are competing against other multinational corporations worldwide. He thanked inhouse branding team led by Brand Communications Manager, Mardyyana Hj Kasim supported by Corporate Communications and the Commercial team from Royal Brunei Airlines.


Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines giving his welcoming remarks and thanking those involved
 


A moment of silence for #MH370
 


The award ceremony at Royal Brunei Recreational Club
 


Guest of honour touring the facilities at RBRC
 


Touring the gym area at RBRC. Image taken by James Kon.
 


A new meeting room
 


The lobby area of RBRC
 


Group photo. Click to enlarge.
 

  
 

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