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03
Nov

Spot on

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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20 images 20 seconds 
 


Speakers: Reuben Chin, Pat Lee, Shinny Chia, Fitri Ali, Huifong Ng, Florina Tan, Delwin Keasberry and little Aman Izad-Ryan
 

The title says it all. This is a world wide event where it is known as PechaKucha and all the presenters have to do is a simple presentation with 20 images, each for 20 seconds while they talk about each of the images. They won’t have control of the flow of the images and you will just have to talk along to the images. All in all, the presentation is supposed to last exactly 6 minutes 40 seconds.

Brunei made history last Saturday when they organised their first PechaKucha which was held at TruSynergy office at Telanai. The responses were quite overwhelming and I’m impressed with the organisers for making this event possible. I’m a regular member of toastmasters and this is kinda similar but with imagery and of course, using your presentation skills with nice pacing.

There were 8 speakers last weekend to showcase their presentations and I was quite entertained because of the variety of knowledge that I learnt from their presentation. I learnt about how we shouldn’t trust the doctors just easily or learnt being inspired to be a traveller and the list could just go on.

I’m looking forward for the next PechaKucha and I’m eyeing myself to present one by 2015. The best presenter for me that night was Huifong Ng because of her great pacing and she hardly looked at the slides which made her presentation more effective. The most charming presenter went to the youngest presenter Aman Izad-Ryan who shared her hobbies on Minecraft and online games.

This is another creative avenue for the public to showcase their experiences and of course, bring back that message that will have an impact in our lives. Thank for making this possible 😀


Such a great crowd last Saturday
 


I was so intrigued by Huifong Ng’s presentation. The best speaker of the night.
 


I learnt so much from Florina’s experience and makes me mindful and aware next time
 


The most charming speaker of the night – 7 year old Aman Izad-Ryan
 


Isn’t she such a charmer?
 


Fitri Ali makes me want to just take that extra step to be more adventurous
 


Pat Lee shared her personal journey in helping the community and I was really touched with her commitment
 


Delwin Keasberry @bruneitweet shared the dangers of social media
 


Shinny Chia’s vision of bringing more creativity to Brunei and you have my support 😀
 


Amazing perspective of Reuben Chin’s account with his photography
 


Huwaida Ishaaq brought PechaKucha to Brunei and I am thankful towards her and the volunteers that made it all possible. The team behind deserves much appreciation as well.
 

  
 

Getting miles through Pamola 
 


 

Crowds thronged Paloma Home and Living store at The Mall last week for a partnership soft launch event between Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RB) loyalty programme Royal Skies and Paloma.

Aside from launch, members of the public as well as the media witnessed a MakeOver Contest where winners walked away with $120 Paloma Shopping Vouchers inclusive of the products that were used during the contest as well as a Bed Makeover contest where the winner also took home a $120 Paloma shopping voucher while others received consolation prizes of $20 vouchers.

Managing Partner of Paloma Julian Wee said the company strives to continuously develop itself as a brand that is synonymous with quality and value for money. “Paloma is very proud indeed to become the first retail brand to partner with Royal Skies,” she said.

Meanwhile RB Manager Yasmin Abdullah said that the national carrier is excited to introduce Paloma as its new partner.

“We are always looking for ways to provide our frequent flyers with new benefits and ways of redeeming their air miles,” she said.

Among the things that the company carries under the Paloma Perfumes & Cosmetics are a wide selection of cosmetics and well-being products from countries including the United States, Europe, Australia, Taiwan and Malaysia while at Paloma’s Home & Living Store, customers will be able to find a wide range of bed and bath products imported from United Kingdom.

Customers spending a minimum of $30 at participating Paloma outlets (Paloma Home & Living store, Paloma Perfumes & Cosmetics, Paloma Electronics Store and Paloma Duty Free Shops) will earn double RB miles.

The first 50 customers will also receive RB merchandise and Paloma shopping vouchers. Text and images courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.

 


RB Manager Yasmin Abdullah (L) ,Managing Partner of Paloma Julian Wee (2nd L) with the winner of the MakeOver contest
 


 

  
 

Winners feted 
 

Abacus and its partners concluded the final lucky draw for the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair followed by the prize presentation today at the Emperor’s Court Restaurant, Manggis Mall last week.

“The annual 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair was held recently with a very encouraging turnout of visitors from across the state. The booking was increased by over 8% compared to last year, mainly due to the positive customer reviews of the annual fair.” Said Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei.

“Abacus would like to thank our partners: Royal Brunei Airlines, Baiduri Bank Berhad, Cityneon Brunei, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Malaysia Airlines, MasWings, Royal Brunei Catering, Singapore Airlines and Tourism Malaysia as well as the participating travel agents: Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, Century Travel Centre, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Pan Bright Travel, Southern Cross Travel and Straits Central Agencies for their continuous support and participation.” Irene added.

 


All the winners with representatives from Abacus Brunei, Baiduri Bank Berhad, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines and Royal Brunei Catering
 


The winners of air tickets to Melbourne with representatives from Abacus Brunei and Royal Brunei
 


Tajuddin Hj Saban receiving on behalf of his daughter Nur Nasuha a return air ticket to Paris from Irene Soon
 


The Winners of the prizes sponsored by Abacus Brunei and Baiduri Bank
 

There were four promotion categories during the travel fair. The first category was for travellers who had purchased tickets on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair. The winner is entitled to win one economy class return air ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing sponsored by Dragonair.

Travellers who had purchased Malaysia Airlines tickets during travel fair stood a chance to win return economy class air tickets to Bangkok and Krabi sponsored by Malaysia Airlines in the second category.

The third category was for travellers who had purchased tickets on Royal Brunei Airlines. Two winners are entitled to one return economy class air ticket to Melbourne sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines.

The fourth and final category was for all visitors who had purchased tickets during the travel fair. They were entitled to win one economy class air ticket to Paris, GoPro Hero3 and Momax iPower S2C (2 sets) in the lucky draw. The prizes sponsored by Abacus.

A lucky draw was conducted last Friday to pick the winners for all the categories. The draw was witnessed by representatives of Malaysia Airlines and travel agents.

On hand to present the prizes were Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei, Ms Lee Ai Cheng, Senior Manager – Sales & Service, Card Centre, Baiduri Bank, , Encik Zainal Abidin Sulaiman, District Manager, Malaysia Airlines and Ms Evelyn Ang, Country Manager Brunei Commercial Services, Royal Brunei Airlines.

 

  
 

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 😀
 


 


 


 

  
 

16
Sep

Mr. Socko

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

 

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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
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

18
Jun

#WhereIsTheLight

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

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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

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

  

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.

  

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