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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC


Yes! Yes! Yes! 

Yes! Yes! Yes! were the chants as DPMM FC steamrolled past basement club Harimau Muda in the S•League at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last night. Steve Kean, DPMM FC’s head coach, was very proud of his lad for not just scoring but also keeping a clean sheet which they failed to do in the past three games.

DPMM FC welcomed back Subhi Abdillah in right back position and Aziz Tamit has been giving a first team role for the past few games taking over Shahrulrizal’s defensive duties and he has been adapting quite well and a great support to Boris Raspudic who has been ruthless in defence as well.

The 5-0 victory put DPMM FC back to the summit and amazingly, DPMM FC has scored 19 goals in the past seven games. A big shout must go the the 12th man which were the fans that turned up last night and it was perhaps the biggest attendance on home soil this season.

It was a pity that Harimau Muda had to face DPMM FC who are on a hot streak and the visitors are still chasing for a point in the 12-team competition. They were unfortunate when Azrun Nizam was given his marching orders for a professional foul on Roy O’Donovan which I thought was a bit harsh. However, I thought that didn’t affect the gameplay as DPMM FC already had a 3-0 goal cushion prior to the sending off.

Sairol Sahari who just celebrated his birthday two days ago was on the score sheet and he was very pleased with his performance and the goal was a belated birthday gift for him. He also thanked Joe Gamble for helping him through the injury recovery he has been sustaining.

It was good to see Roy O’Donovan scoring a brace once again and it shows what an important acquisition the club has made on the striker who is still recovering from a thumb injury. Rodrigo Tosi scored the 4th goal in the match after the red card incident and it was a great set piece of a free kick which, I believed, paid off from training. Tosi was doubtful earlier in the week with a calf strain but he managed to last 70 minutes on the pitch before being replaced by Shahrazen Said.

Shahrazen has yet to find the net but with more field presence, I am confident he will break his duck. Shahrazen, who has been DPMM FC’s top scorer in the past few seasons, has been giving the bench role as the partnership of Donovan and Tosi have been fruitful and promising. This shows the depth that DPMM FC squad has and this can prove to be an important difference as the season goes by.

“We showed tonight that we gave them all the respect but we are trying to impress by going higher up the pitch and get an early goal and the most important of us is to get a clean sheet. The defence starts from the front (Roy and Rodrigo) where they have to close the ball down enough and we have done that really well,” said Steve Kean.

He was still questioning himself to why the pace was slightly slower than the first half and maybe he said it could have been the sending off the middle of the second half. He instructed his players to keep switching play to tire their opponents and the tactic works.

DPMM FC now will face Hougang United FC in their next match. Hougang United broke Tampines Rovers undefeated streak last week but had a shock upset against Geylang International FC last night despite leading 2-0. Can DPMM FC carry their momentum when they face Hougang next week? We shall see.



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News



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DPMM FC run wild

on the Lions 

DPMM FC’s line up last night against Courts Young Lions at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. Image courtesy of @ahmad_ajeeb
It was a one-sided affair last night at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium as DPMM FC came back to winning ways in the expense of Courts Young Lions, Singapore U-23 team. The odds were heavily against the Young Lions as they have yet to register a win in five games prior to the match.

The drizzle didn’t cause much problem for DPMM FC’s gameplay but it didn’t turn out well for the visitors who let in 6 goals and handed DPMM FC, one of their biggest victory in the S•League.

Steve Kean was already wary of the Under-23 and he felt it will be a challenging match as the Lions were out there to prove a point. They stole a point at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium last season so they would want to better their efforts.

However, the quality of DPMM FC was too much for the depleted Lions who were missing two key players.

Young Lions had a shocking lead through Sherif El-Masri in the 23rd minute through a deflection and that somehow was the final threat that the Young Lions had on DPMM FC’s Wardun Yussof.

Roy O’Donovan, DPMM FC marquee player, scored his first goals on home soil with a brace despite nursing an injured thumb. His team mate Rodrigo Tosi scored a brace as well, followed by goals from Roberto Alviz and Azwan Ali.

Azwan became the first home grown player to score for DPMM FC this season and it was the icing on the cake as he scored in injury time to make it 6-1.

The win put DPMM FC back to second spot in the S•League, two points behind league leaders Tampines Rovers who suffered their first loss of the season against Hougang United a few days ago.

DPMM FC head coach didn’t expect a flurry of goals as DPMM FC registered the largest marginal win this season. Steve Kean shared the goal difference can be very important in the near future.

He was happy that DPMM FC took their chances as compared to previous matches where they failed to make their chances count and dropped points.

Aide Iskandar, Courts Young Lions head coach, was very confident prior to the match but reality sunk in as his players couldn’t cope with the pressure as DPMM FC went on attack mode till the final whistle.

DPMM FC will now take on Harimau Muda, basement team in the S•League, this Friday at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

Image courtesy of @ahmad_ajeeb

Courts Young Lions at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

Steve Kean sporting an unusual white top

Roy O’Donovan scored the equalizer and it was downhill for Young Lions from there

”Masmeah” pose??

This was how they celebrate

Azwan Ali scored his first goal this season


Impressive blockbuster 

Check out our podcast for our experience at GX MAX 3D while catching the first 15 minutes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hosted by Sony Pictures Singapore


Well, I won’t say that we show the whole movie but I managed to be invited by Sony Pictures (Singapore) as the bloggers from Singapore and I were invited to a press sneak preview of the first 15 minutes of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So, of course, I won’t be spoiling to you guys what we saw. Some scenes were more elaborated from the trailers that we are familiar with.

What blew me off is Golden Village Cinema (GVC) GV MAX 3D experience. It’s not the IMAX version but it’s the 3D experience that I enjoyed so much. This may sound cliche but the 3D format for the sequel is “AMAZING”. I can’t wait to come here again for the special premiere later this month at Golden Village Cinema at Vivo City.

A big shout out to Tiffany for recommending me and also to Sony Pictures Singapore for the special invitation. I’m truly honoured and I also get to meet other local bloggers from Singapore. One interesting blogger I met was Rachel who is a music blogger who covers on concerts and music in general and another was Hisham, a blogger who blogs about tech stuff and arts, well, mostly tech stuff.

Anyway, do listen to my latest podcast on our take on the characters as well as the experience at the Golden Village Cinema’s GV Max theatre powered by dolby Atmos Surround Sound.


The 3rd official trailer of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man and Jamie Foxx as Electro in the upcoming blockbuster

A blogger enjoying the artwork of Spider-man

@smithankyou also came for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sneaks last Saturday

Thanks Tiffany Yong for the invite and met new blogger friends Jasmine and Michelle too. A selfie moment after the sneaks screening at GV MAX at Golden Village Cinema at Vivo City.

@tiffanyyongwt being interviewed for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reaction

We are gonna be on TV *Woohoo* … well, kinda..

Met another blogger Melvin Lee of Awinsomelife.org

Blogger Huneyz being interviewed as well

Interesting art pieces during the private screening


Behind the scenes: RP 


I have always wondered how it is behind the scenes at Royal Plaza on Scotts, a hotel that has been around for 40 years and still growing strong. Today it’s running on full capacity and apparently it has been in this state for many weeks already. This just shows that Royal Plaza on Scotts is one of the most sought hotels among travelers and this is also a favourite hotel among Bruneians.

Last week I had the privilege to tour around the work place area of Royal Plaza on Scotts and I was impressed how this prestigious hotel take care of their associates in the hotel. Thank you, Julian, for the tour and I finally get to meet the General Manager of Royal Plaza on Scotts, Patrick Fiat who has been part of the hotel since 1998.

One of the rooms that that caught my eye was the CHILLAXLOUNGE where the staff of Royal Plaza is able to relax and chill during their breaks. Occasionally there will be a masseuse to pamper the staff. Thumbs up to the management in making this environment for the internal staff of Royal Plaza on Scotts.

You can follow them actively on Facebook, Twitter @royalplazatweet and instagram @royalplazaonscotts

Royal Plaza on Scotts recently had a mini carnival for in-house staff to commemorate 40 years of existence

The Wall of Fame to recognize the associates of RP

The Chillaxlounge

The sofa and bean bag area

I would love to hang out here too 😀 but it’s off limits

Patrick Fiat talking to the associates of RP before the anniversary night

Photo opportunity with Patrick Fiat from France

The pigeonhole at the office

Syed the doorman of Royal Plaza on Scotts during one of the family day events few decades ago

This is Syed currently and still working with RP for 37 years. A great man indeed.



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


DPMM FC to tame

the lions

Catch the match tonight between DPMM FC and Courts Young Lions

This is an important game for DPMM FC to get back to winning ways after only gaining 1 point in the last two games. DPMM FC will take on Courts Young Lions who have been struggling in the S•League with only one point in the five games they have played. Despite the visitor’s being 2nd from bottom of the league, DPMM FC won’t take this match lightly.

Did you know the Young Lions are Singapore U-23 team? Their results may not be favourable but they came close in getting points against Woodlands and Tampines Rovers only to have their hopes dashed by late goals. They were also one of the teams to gain a point at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium with odds heavily against them last year. So this could be DPMM FC’s bogey team if DPMM FC fail to capitalize their home ground advantage.

Steve Kean expressed his thoughts, saying how challenging these matches can be tonight.

“I always think that these games are in a strange way just as difficult… if not, more difficult than playing against teams at the top of league,” said Kean in an interview with Yee Chun Leong of The Brunei Times yesterday at the Jerudong Mini Stadium.

“We may be better on paper but we all know that games are not won on paper. We will respect the other team and make sure we give them that,” he said. “They are a team filled with young players who will be eager to impress and try to get results. We must try to grab control of the game as early as we can. If we play anywhere near like against Tampines then I’m sure we will do very well,” continued the former Blackburn Rovers coach.

Aide Iskandar, coach of Singapore U-23 team, hopes his team can cause an upset against DPMM FC.

“Hopefully DPMM FC will be over-confident that my players are young and them slightly. Then they will see what my players are capable of, “ said Aide in an interview with Redzwan Kamarudin of The New Paper. “We still don’t have one of our main strikers, Sahil Suhaimi, and Jordan Webb is suspended so we are not at full strength.”

To those who are watching tonight, you can stand a chance to win an air ticket to Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta and there will be 8 other consolation prizes.

On another note, it was a surprise to see Tampines Rovers conceded 3 goals in the first 12 minutes as they suffered their first lost of the season in a 4-2 defeat by Hougang United.

DPMM FC coach Steve Kean (R) speaks to his players during yesterday’s training session at the Jerudong Mini Stadium. DPMM FC will play the Young Lions at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas tonight. Picture: BT/ Yee Chun Leong




Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


DPMM FC, perfect record 

DPMM FC celebrating their goal against Home United last night at Jalan Besar Stadium. DPMM FC won 3-0 and maintain a perfect record in the S•League
Steve Kean does live up to his word. He aimed for 3 points and nothing less than a draw. He was wary of the quality of their opponents last night but Kean had high hopes because of the strong partnership for DPMM FC’s attacking line. He was happy that Roy O’Donovan has settled and gelled in well with the players despite his late arrival and missing most of the pre-season training which lasted six weeks. Last night was a great testament of O’Donovan’s calibre as a marquee player as he scored a brace in DPMM FC’s 3-0 away victory Home United (Protectors).

DPMM FC had a comfortable half time lead with O’Donovan scoring in the 25th minute and Rodrigo Tosi in the 36th minute. DPMM FC had a few chances that they failed to convert. The Protectors also had scoring opportunities but their finishing failed to find the net. After the break, Tosi added the cushion lead to give a much comfortable lead and the win. After two away victories, the memories of last season was easily forgotten when DPMM FC finished 8th last season. DPMM FC were usually vulnerable away from home last season. It was more of different story now. They have scored four away goals and conceded none in two away matches and DPMM FC are also invincible at home.

Kean is definitely happy with the maximum 9 points and this will give more smiles to the DPMM FC management on the consecutive victories since the start of the season.

According to the interview by S•League, Kean were happy with his players but it is still a long journey ahead.

“When we don’t have possession of the ball, we worked very hard – not only the back four but the whole team,” he said after the match.

“There were periods in the game where after you score, you’re always a little bit open to conceding but we kept our concentration and worked our socks off the ball. It wasn’t the three goals but the clean sheet that pleased me most. I think they can [play better than what they did today] and we’ve evolved into a real good side but I still think there’s still more to come from us.”

I was a bit surprised that Home United failed to find the net, given that they have a high good scoring goal ratio. I believe that the fixtures that they are having might take a toll on them. Three days before, they had an AFCCup match against an Indonesian club and soon they are traveling to India for their next AFC Cup match.

DPMM FC’s next match will be on at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium on Sunday 23rd March as they take on champions Tampines Rovers, the other undefeated team in the S•League. Pictures taken by Darren Ho from the S•League.

DPMM FC Roy O’Donovan finally opened his goal account with a brace. He even hit the woodwork earlier in the game. Good things to come for the former Sunderland player.

Lee Kwan Woo of Home United had chances but failed to score and thanks to the towering defence of Boris Raspudic and Shahrulrizal Abd Rahman of DPMM FC. They have protected the keeper on three occasions and kept a clean sheet in the process.

Left back Sairol Hj Sahari was magnificent outing and even clear the ball off the line. In this picture, Sirina Camara of Home United skipping a tackle by Sairol and he also had his shot saved by Wardun Yussof in goals

Lee Kwan Woo of Home United sighed after missing a scoring opportunity against DPMM FC

It was good to see Hendra playing some match time after subbing for Roberto. Shahrazen was also introduced late in the game and it was also his first match appearance in the S•League this season

Wardun Yussof has kept two clean sheets and he was dominant in goal against Home United

It was good to see some DPMM FC Brunei supporters at Jalan Besar Stadium

Rodrigo Tosi has scored in all three games for DPMM FC. He’s definitely a key player for DPMM FC.

The first team line up for DPMM FC against Home United

The young DPMM FC fan supporters from Brunei at Jalan Besar Stadium

Japan Festival at Times Square 


YAM Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah and His Excellency Kenichi Suganuma, the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam with their spouses and Amal Majidah, the General Manager of Times Square Property Management at the launch of the Japan Festival 2014

This is the second time that the Japan Festival is being held at Times Square Shopping Centre with the support of the Japanese Embassy last Thursday. The event will end on Sunday , 16th March 2014.

Present to launch the Japan Festival at the atrium of the shopping centre were YAM Pengiran Anak Haji Abdul Wadood Bolkiah as the guest of honour and the Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Kenichi Suganuma, and both placed the replicas of sakuras (cherry blossoms) on a man-made sakura tree.

In his speech, Suganuma told the audience that this was a special year for Japan and the Sultanate as it marks 30 years of friendship between the two countries. The ambassador also added that patrons visiting the four-day fair will enjoy a variety of Japanese activities. These include Manga drawing contest, Karate-do and origami demonstrations as well as cooking demonstrations by the ambassador’s chef.

Meanwhile, Amal Majidah, the General Manager of Times Square Property Management, who was dressed in a traditional “Yukata”, thanked the organisers, sponsors, tenants and exhibitors who were involved in making this event a success.

At a side event, a ceremony for the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation Award, which consisted of a certificate and gift presentation, was handed by the ambassador to the President of the Brunei Japan Friendship Association (BJFA) – Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Chapter.

The ceremony ended with Master Yamada Shihan and three members from Akido Federation of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia demonstrating the Japanese martial art.

The festival, is part of a series of events marking the 30th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Brunei. The event is also supported by the BJFA – UBD Chapter, the Japan Foundation and the council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) Japan.

Some of the activities are such as Martial Art Demonstration (Aikido), Sushi eating competition, ongoing quizzes, Japanese Cooking Demonstration by Misato, Manga Drawing, Soran-bushi dance, cosplay, and Kawaii (cute) baby contest. So do drop by Times Square Shopping Centre this weekend.

The guest of honour placing the flower on the Sakura tree to officiate the opening

Shahbudin Musa, the President of the Brunei Japan Friendship Association (BJFA) – Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Chapter thanking the Japanese Foreign Minister on the Commendation Award

Handing over of the souvenir

The Aikido demonstration

The Aikido demonstration

One way to distract your opponents

The emcee from the Japanese Embassy

A van from Nissan

Touring around the booths and this is at Hana Soy & World booth, selling soya from HS. Healthy stuff!!

Trying out the Yukuda outfits

Trying out the Yukuda outfits

Want to learn more about Japanese culture and language? Check this booth out. I got some brochures from here 😀

Guest of honour visiting Malppy’s booth

Origami on display


In Need for Speed? 

Exclusive for Volkswagen Owners in Brunei

Maju Motors Sdn Bhd, the official dealer for Volkswagen vehicles in the Sultanate will be giving its owners an exclusive screening of the much awaited for blockbuster movie, Need for Speed. Owners were called and informed to pick up vouchers that will entitle them to two movie tickets for this Sunday’s 10.50am showtime (16th March).

This event is held to show gratitude towards the never ending support of its customers and also to strengthen ties with the customers as well as their families and friends. Need for Speed the movie is a film inspired by one of the most played car racing games also titled Need for Speed. The Mall Cineplex will have a number of showtimes for this movie in order to accommodate for the crowd that is expected to show up for this movie.



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