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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.

  

23
May

#aCalmMorning

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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
 

  
 

A 45 and CLA 45 AMG 
 


Visit Jati Transport showroom today for the new line from Mercedes-Benz – A 45 and CLA 45 AMG
 

Wow, wow, wow!! I was totally impressed by the two new cars being showcased at Jati Transport Showroom this morning – the Mercedes-AMG A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG. You can check out both these awesome models today only at the Jati Transport Gadong Showroom. For the first time in the company’s history extending back over more than 45 years, Mercedes-Benz’s performance brand is offering two high-performance cars powered by a four-cylinder engine.

Apparently both models are currently fully booked for the year as these models take time to build especially the engines. According to a representative from Jati Transport, there is only one engineer who will concentrate and dedicated to building the engine and there are around 40 engineers who are dedicated to that. So you can imagine the time spent in building the engine. All the engines will have signatures of the engineers to give it a more personal touch. Jati Transport shared that around 20 bookings between the two models have been made for Brunei and the next batch will have to wait till 2015.

So below are the press release for both the Mercedes-AMG A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG.

Two figures show that the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG hold pole position in their displacement segment: the newly developed AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is the most powerful series-production four-cylinder turbo engine in the world. A maximum output of 265 kW (360 hp) and up to 450 Newton metres of torque are unmatched by any other mass-produced turbocharged four-cylinder engine worldwide. The power density of 133 kW (181 hp) puts the AMG high-performance turbo engine on par with the world’s most powerful super sports cars.

The high output and torque coupled with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive fitted as standard make for extremely dynamic performance: both the A 45 AMG and the CLA 45 AMG complete the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and have a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

The basis for these impressive figures is provided by the high-tech package put together by Mercedes-AMG. As a high-performance engine belonging to the BlueDIRECT family, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection via piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers with an injection pressure of 200 bar. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel utilisation and increases thermodynamic efficiency substantially, leading to low exhaust emissions.


Visit Jati Transport showroom today only to see the Mercedes-Benz A 45
 


The back view of the A 45
 


Checking out the engine of the A 45
 


The AMG engine
 


Specially handcraft at Mercedes-AMG Germany
 


The interior of the A 45

Mercedes-AMG addresses the essential challenges concerning the response of small-displacement turbo engines by means of a twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum derestriction of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy. The twin-scroll technology provides for a more spontaneous build-up of charge pressure, making effective use of exhaust gas back pressure, exhaust gas temperature and exhaust gas impulse. This results in a swifter build-up of torque right from the lower rev range. As a positive side-effect, the twin-scroll technology also benefits fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. With a maximum charge pressure of 1.8 bar, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine leads the field in this respect, too.

The AMG sports exhaust system features large pipe cross-sections and an automatically controlled exhaust flap: this technology, which is familiar from the SLK 55 AMG, reconciles the two apparently conflicting aims of tangible dynamic spirit and hallmark Mercedes comfort on long journeys. The flap is continuously adjusted by map control according to the power called up by the driver, load status and engine speed. During powerful acceleration, the tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system emit an exciting sound. Despite their design similarities, each of the two models has its own specific sound: as a powerful compact car, the A 45 AMG sounds even more throaty than the CLA 45 AMG in a direct comparison. The four-door high-performance coupé’s engine sound is more understated so as to make the ride an even more pleasurable experience for the rear passengers. An AMG performance exhaust system with exhaust flap is available as an optional extra for both models. Those opting for this system will experience an even more emotive and full engine sound.

Like all the AMG eight- and twelve-cylinder engines, the new AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine is assembled entirely by hand according to AMG’s traditional “one man, one engine” philosophy – as shown by the AMG engine badge bearing the signature of the responsible engine fitter.

 


The new Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
 


The back view of CLA 45 AMG
 


CLA 45 AMG
 


 


Check out the rims
 


The side view of the CLA 45 AMG
 


A 45 and CLA 45 AMG
 

  
 

X-Men Days of Future Past 
 


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

 

  
 

Meguiar’s Ultimate Protectant 
 


Follow them on @sinhuphuat instagram and stand a chance to win Meguiar’s Ultimate Protectant. Draw date 31st May 2014.
 

  
 

New cameras from Canon 
 


Vincent Goh, Deputy Managing Director of Interhouse Company and Lau Soon Tiong, Manager of Hua Ho Manggis with the new Canon cameras

So you prefer an SLR or a compact camera from Canon? Interhouse Company just launched their new cameras – EOS 1200 DSLR and the PowerShot G1X Mark II and it was launched by Vincent Goh, Deputy Managing Director of Interhouse Company at the Hua Ho Manggis Mall. I’m a huge fan of Canon and I’ve always been upgrading my cameras though it only serves for my social media updates and my blog but it is still worth the investment. I’m actually interested in the Canon 70D after playing around with it from Azim Kassim and Joana Tan.

By the way, both these new cameras pack a punch and I’m quite surprised by the price of the EOS 1200D DSLR which is only in the region of below BDN 700 and this is a pretty competitive price indeed. The EOS 1200 D has an excellent high ISO performance and for entry level, this is pretty easy to use and master. Perhaps the downside I saw is the slow burst mode which will not suit me well. But hey, the price for this camera will probably draw in more customers especially the newbies. Do check out the models at the Hua Ho Manggis Mall at the ground floor area.


Vincent Goh in his welcoming remarks
 


Vincent Goh and Lau Soon Tiong unveiling the new cameras
 


Vincent Goh with his invited guests
 


The Canon EOS 1200D

The G1X Mark II is kinda expensive but it’s the best G series of the Canon PowerShot. It has a 14 MP quality and sports a 28-112mm F2.8-5.8 lens and able to capture a 1080p video recording at 24fps. is a new premium compact camera with a large CMOS image sensor and a fast lens. The metal-bodied G1 X Mark II has a 1.5-type multi-aspect sensor, a 5x f/2.0-3.9 lens zoom lens, full manual controls, shooting mode dial, 3-inch tilting LCD touchscreen with 1,040K dots, built-in flash and a flash hot shoe, DIGIC 6 processor, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, ISO range of 100-12800, full HD movie recording, 14-bit RAW image capture, 31 AF points, focus peaking function, and dual lens control rings. The Canon Powershot G1 X Mark II is available in black.

You can get this model for BND 1,069 and it comes with a 8GB memory card and a camera bag. You can read more in-depth reviews of the G1x MK II review here.


Lau Soon Tiong of Hua Ho Manggis holding the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
 


Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II selling at BND 1,069 with a 8GB memory card and a camera bag
 


Selfies with Interhouse Company management and a reporter from a Chinese newspaper during lunch after the launch
 

  
 

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
 

  
 

14
May

#awayandaway

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

Click to enter website
 
 

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

 

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

 

  
 

#kickitbrazil 
 


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

DPMM FC merchandise 
 


Don’t forget tonight’s match between DPMM FC vs Albirex Niigata FC at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
 


Steve Kean has turned the club around after a dismal outing last season under Vjeran Simunic. Kean shared that their opponents tonight, Albirex is a very technical side, more into possession and control as they are the team that passes the most in the league. He urges his players to be step up in this match or this could be a major slip up despite the 7 point lead.
 


Check out DPMM FC merchandise on sale at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium tonight
 


The DPMM FC supporters hat costs $10
 


Captain “Bobby” Rosmin proudly sporting a DPMM FC supporter’s hat
 


The DPMM FC management and the players with the merchandises
 

  
 

I’m back… (I hope) 
 

Okay, it has been a while since I posted some personal thoughts on my blog and sorry, if my blog have been lacking substance (and some feel) over the last few days or so or even weeks. I just came back from my recent trips from Seoul (amaaaazzing) and Singapore for work and leisure. It has been a very busy month so far and I haven’t really spend time in taking care of myself in terms of rest. Yesterday I had a great afternoon nap just to recover this aging body of mine *lol* Yes, I ain’t getting younger any more and the big question mark has been (especially from my mom) – “When I’m gonna get married?” I only responded in silence 😀

Just to recap on my recent trips. Firstly, I was just from Seoul two weeks ago for my first coverage of Harley-Davidson and it was also my first ever trip to Seoul, Korea. Awesome city and I am definitely coming back to Seoul hopefully sometime again this year. A big shout out to Sri Sentosa Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Harley-Davidson in Brunei and thank you to the Asia Emerging Markets of Harley-Davidson for choosing me to represent the social media from Brunei Darussalam. I had the privilege to meet other social medias from different countries and of course, to visit the Harley-Davidson of Korea HQ which has such an incredible facility.

As for Seoul, it was really worth the trip and I was fortunate enough to be hosted at Ritz-Carlton Seoul and it has one of the best services I’ve ever experienced. A big thanks to Alison, the exchange student from UBD, who is currently in Seoul until June and she thought me some tips and guidance and things to do in Seoul. I have to say even 5 days ain’t enough to be in Seoul but I managed to make the most of it.

One place that I didn’t miss out was the Adidas store outlet at Myeondong which has the biggest store in Seoul if I’m not mistaken. The collections are different to that in Singapore but sadly, I couldn’t find any FX FLUX edition there. I’m gonna post some more pictures from my Seoul trip.

 


The Harley-Davidson of Korea where I had the privilege to cover the event of the Dark Custom event and also the sneaks of the Street 750
 


The Adidas store at Myeondong which has four floors
 


One of the gems that Alison introduced me to – a baseball drive pit and it only costs USD 1 for 20 hits and I was addicted to it and had another round
 


Now this is something interesting. A fresh octopus that after being sliced into pieces, the tentacles were still moving here and there. So it’s meant to be chewed until it stop moving.
 


Met new friends from Singapore – Yumiko, Shirley and Shalyn – who were in Seoul that time and they enjoyed the octopus experience 😀
 


Of all places, I bumped into one of my followers on instagram at the Myeondong Station and we chit chat for a bit. They were in Seoul for a holiday and trying out different places of interest. It’s good to know that we can be adventurous people too.
 


Now this is a whole new experience for cinema. Chairs vibrating, air mists blowing from seats, light strobes and many more. I watched The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and I kinda enjoyed the experience but maybe, just maybe it was too long for that experience alone.
 


This was my worn out map that help me during my Seoul adventure. People were asking me to download the app for directions but I opted for the conventional type.
 


Hello Anisah Han from the Brunei Embassy in Korea for the quick meet up two Sundays ago. Thank you for the hand book as well as your time to meet up
 


Some areas of Seoul can be very crowded
 


The friends I met along the way and it was a cool, chilly evening
 


Such a beautiful atmosphere to see all the lanterns being lit

My Singapore trip is my 6th trip this year. This time, my trip is sponsored by Indera Motors Sdn Bhd, the official and sole agent of Jaguar and Land Rover (British Brand) in Brunei Darussalam and they invited myself, Hakim Hayat (Borneo Bulletin), Joana Tan (The Brunei Times) and Adibah (Bruneimotors) for the coverage on the recently launched Jaguar F-Type Coupé at the Red Dot Museum, Singapore. It was noted that Brunei will have be launching the Jaguar F-Type Coupé sometime in July or August 2014 and also in conjunction of their new showroom for Jaguar Land Rover.

The launch, last week, was pretty riveting to say the least. The overall atmosphere was just appropriate for such a prestigious luxury car. I love the fact Jaguar uses its DNA – innovation, Design and Performance – and Jaguar Singapore chose three of their iconic celebrities – Andre Chiang (chef), Eric Khoo (film producer) and Min Lee (violinist) as Jaguar brand friends. So perhaps, the Brunei launch will see a similar launch in a way as this is the requirement of Jaguar to have a similar set up and launching of Jaguar model. I do have to admit that the entrance while unveiling of the Jaguar F-Type Coupé made me feel some goosebumps. Amazing!! And a big shout out to Mercury Singapore for creating such a memorable event for Jaguar Singapore.

I shall be talking more of the specs of the Jaguar F-Type Coupé this week. All I can say now is that the car is super sexy. And so is the price 😀

 


Outside the Red Dot Museum for the launch of the Jaguar F-Type Coupé and it’s such a cool place to host the said event
 


Joana Tan (The Brunei Times), Adibah (Bruneimotors). Hakim Hayat (Borneo Bulletin), Luqman Hakim (Sales Consultant, Indera Motors), YAM Pg Anak Ghaffar (General Manager, Indera Motors), Mr. Ong (After Sales Manager, Indera Motors), Yusra Abdullah (Marketing Manager, Indera Motors) and Amirol (Graphics Designer, Indera Motors) outside the Red Dot Museum
 


The launch of the Jaguar F-Type Coupé
 


Jaguar F-Type Coupé – this car look awesome indeed
 


Andre Chiang (chef), Min Lee (violinist) and Eric Khoo (film producer) – the Jaguar brand friends during the launch
 


The crowd last week during the launch
 

Extended trip for Mother’s Day. Initially, I was scheduled to be back in Brunei from Singapore last Friday but extended to Monday so I could spend time with my mother on Mother’s Day in Singapore. I have never really organised or take my mom out for lunch or dinner to commemorate Mother’s Day so I thought why not now and she truly deserved this and it’s that level of gratitude that I do have for my mom who has been my influential role model ever since I was a teenager.

It wasn’t tough to arrange the flowers, cake and dinner but I was more worried about how my mom would take it since we hardly do any celebrations prior to this. The most I have given is a Mother’s Day card and that’s it. Funnily enough my mom thought that I won some big project or some sort since I wanted to treat her dinner with the rest of the entourage that followed my mom to Singapore. I believe it’s the gesture and the thoughts that count and my mom began to understand why we all did this in the first place.

The cake cutting scene was perhaps the highlight of them all. This was because I could see the level of happiness my mom was at and to me, that’s a priceless moment. Thank you, Mom, for everything, really. From the bottom of my heart, I love you and it was worth the extended trip to spend more time with you.


My brother and I spent Mother’s Day with Mom in Singapore last Sunday
 


My brother and I spent Mother’s Day with Mom in Singapore last Sunday
 


Flowers for Mom
 


Our Mother’s Day dinner treat at Bali Thai, Novena Square. I love the Tom Yum soup here and yes, I recommend you to dine here as well
 


Our Mother’s Day dinner treat at Bali Thai, Novena Square
  
 

Recharge on the Go! 
 


Power banks now sale at Concepts Computers. Recharge on the Go!
 

  
 

Blood donation 

The Second Blood Donation Drive organized by Mabohai Shopping Complex with the Blood Donation Centre of RIPAS held on 13th May 2014 received a very good response from the public.

The program, which began at 9:00 am received 17 donors from members of the public as well as staff working in the Mabohai Shopping Complex. 11 first time donors participated and expressed the wish to donate again in the future.

The blood donation drive is part of Mabohai Shopping Complex community service projects which it organizes with the valuable help of the Blood Donation Centre of RIPAS.

The Management of Mabohai Shopping Complex said:

“We are delighted to work alongside the RIPAS blood donation centre to organise this activity to increase stock in their blood bank. We are honoured that the blood donated today can help save lives. For those who have been pondering on donating, please take heart in the fact that there were 11 new blood donors today. Some were slightly hesitant at first, but overcame their apprehension with the idea of being able to help others. We aim to organise another donation in 3 months’ time.“

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 them on Facebook, Instagram @mabohaibrunei and Twitter.

Images taken from Mabohai Shopping Complex Facebook.

 


Representatives from the Blood Donation Centre of RIPAS
 


 


 


 


 

 

PROLink Foto Onyx 
 

PROLiNK has officially released its first new smartphone accessory – the PROLiNK Foto Onyx (Model: PCR1001) to Brunei market through Netcom Computer House, the Exclusive Distributor in Brunei.

The coin-sized device is a smartphone camera remote that connects to your smartphone or tablets via Bluetooth 4.0 technology, and allows the user to take pictures from a distance of up to 30m away and with up to 8 devices at the same time.

This means a group of friends can now put their smartphones on a table or tripod, and pose for all their smartphones and tablets together without having to go through the hassle of taking turns to take pictures, or having to take a single shot at a time. Battery life can last up to 5 years. This also means that landscape or scenery shots with the user in the photos is now made possible without having to lug around a large camera or setting a timer.

The best thing about the device is how simple it is to use. The user only needs to download the free application “mFotoGem” from the Google Playstore or App Store, and once you turn on the application, it prompts you to pair your smartphones or tablets with the Foto Onyx device. Once paired, you can go ahead to take your photos easily, just by pressing the button on the top of the Foto Onyx device.

The Foto Onyx (PCR1001) is extremely portable, and comes with a free audio jack lanyard that makes it easy for you to attach it to your smartphone as an accessory, or to wear it as a pendant.

This new device is available today at all the Netcom 6 retail outlets nationwide with a selling price of B$29 only.

 


Associates from Netcom Computer House holding PROLink Foto Onyx
 


PROLink Foto Onyx
 


PROLink Foto Onyx now available at Netcom Computer House

09
May

#BackInForm

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Check out our predictions of the summer movies of 2014 and let me know what you think 😀

 

Membership pen drives 
 

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the introduction of Concepts Computer membership pendrives, Concepts Computer will be doing weekly specials and offer great deals for Concepts Computer members exclusively. These exclusive weekly promotions will include up to ten items from Acer, Epson, Logitech, SteelSeries, Western Digital, Adata, Starius, Sensonic, APC and many, many more. These weekly promotions will begin on the 12th of May and run through til the end of June.

 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, addressing a short speech about the Concepts Computer membership pen drives last Wednesday. Image courtesy of Concepts Computer.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, speaking to the media said, “We first introduced the Concepts Computer membership pendrives in early 2013 and it’s been a huge success with thousands registering during the initial one year period.” He continued, “And to thank our faithful and long-standing customers, what better than to offer big savings in our great weekly deals for some of our more popular name-brand products.”

Zul also noted that to participate in these weekly specials is simple, all any of our customers have to do is to visit Concepts Computer’s showroom in Kiulap and find out what the exclusive weekly ten items on offer are, and to take part in the special deals, customers are to show their Concepts Computer membership pendrives as ID and proof of membership when they are about to make their purchase, just as simple as that.

Zul continued, ”And not to worry, for our customers who did not register for their Concepts Computer membership pendrives when the registration period was open, this is their chance. We will be opening membership registration again during this special period.” He also added, “The Concepts Computer membership pendrive will have dual roles, as a 4GB pendrive that’s able to hold many documents, and as a membership ID, making it much more useful compared to regular member cards.”

He also noted that, unlike membership cards, the Concepts Computer Pendrive does not have any expiry dates and has lifetime validity with no renewal fees. The Concepts Computer membership pendrives are also small and sleek, water-proof and shock-proof, works easily as a plug-and-play device, and great as gifts for friends and family.


Members of media taking photos of the Concepts Computer membership pen drives
 


The media having a closer look of the pen drive
 


The associates of Concepts Computer posing with the membership pen drives

These exclusive Concepts Computer membership weekly deals would begin on the 12th of May and run through til the end of June. And please note that Concepts Computer membership pen drive registration will be open for all members of the public and can be done at Concepts Computer’s showroom in Kiulap, registration will include a membership processing fee of $8 only and the Concepts Computer Pendrive themselves will have a one year warranty. For more information on the Concepts Computer membership ID registration or on exclusive Concepts Computer membership weekly deals mentioned, visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/233552/2233553.

  
 

Cool watches to order 
 


Malppy.com great weekend sale. Click image to enter website.

TGIF! Here’s another round of special promotions for you. This Friday and Saturday, Malppy.com promise to stand you out from the crowd with this affordable Digital Fashion accessories. Yes, Malppy will bring you a weekend of watches for both men and women. These digital watches or rather suites more as a fashion accessories feature a variety of different styles to catch attention. And the cool part is, all actually features a father different or creative ways of reading time, unique styles to the watch. Best of all its made available from B$18.90 Just for this 2 Days (Friday and Saturday)! So Hurry.

 


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Click image to order
 


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Click image to order
 


Free cover to give away from Malppy.com 
 

  
 

06
May

#IChoseYou

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 

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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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The Popcorn Panel 
 

 

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

 

  
 

#kickitbrazil 
 


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

  
 

New orders for Airbus 

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

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

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

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

 


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


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


Yes, it’s official now


The foreign dignitaries attended the event


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


Exchange of memento


Exchange of memento


Exchange of memento


A memento from RB to the guest of honour


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


The invited guests last evening
 

  

 

May the Fourth 
 

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

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

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


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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

27
Apr

#HotAndCold

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Popcorn Panel 

 

Reviews of Oculus and The Quiet Ones. There are spoilers near the end of the podcast for your info.


Rugby gets exposure 
 


His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Muntaqim was involved in the program as he learned new skills and knowledge on rugby
This is what we need in Brunei. To have trial and error for sports that are not as well known in Brunei such as rugby to begin with. We are too familiar with football for the past decades. Rugby has been given much limelight and perhaps the level of knowledge and interest hasn’t garnered pace as much as football. Even on astro and TV, we are more exposed to football and furthermore, football icons such as Ronaldo and Messi to name a few.

This initiative of Get Into Rugby programme is a great idea with the motto – Try • Play • Stay – and it is organised by BRFU (Brunei Rugby Football Union) and Astera Consultant with the help of the Ministry of Education under the Co-Curricular Education (CCE) Department where they have helped in getting students from different districts to get involved in the trial program.

The union is receiving support from Baiduri Bank, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Insurance Islam TAIB, DHL, RainFresh., Ideal Cafe, KFC and The Brunei Times to improve the popularity of the game in the country.

I can’t believe the weather was too hot this morning and I salute all the kids for braving the sun this morning. Kudos to the BRFU and the organiser for making this possible. I hope other sports will follow as well and who knows we can find talents at a very young age.


Group photo with the guest of honour this morning
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Check out my phone indicator.. Yes, it was pretty hot this morning. Glad it rained in the afternoon
 

  
 

Sukan RIA kicks off 
 


The top 3 winners of the male and female category in this morning Hike Challenge and opening of Sukan Ria Antara Syarikat 2014

It was scorching hot this morning as the Sukan Ria Antara Syarikat 2014 kicked off today at the Tasik Sarubing Recreational Park. Previously it was meant to be at Bukit Shahbandar but the venue was changed and I’m glad it did because not many know of this recreational park and it’s a good exposure for the public.

The guest of honour was Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Halbi bin Hj Mohd Yussof. Also in attendance was Hj Rani bin BPSK DSS Hj Mohd Yusof, Commissioner of Labour Department, Yang Berhormat Hj Gapor @ Hj Md Daud bin Karim, Member of the National Meeting and Head of Kampong Belimbing: Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries of Ministry of Home Affairs as well as government officials.

There were two hiking categories – 4.6km Hiking Challenge for company employers/employees and 2km Fun Hike for family members and the public.

The winners for the male category are (1st) Mohd Shah Azahar of Ben Food, (2nd) Md Nazrul Effendy of JPCC and (3rd) Md Hardiani bin Metusin of Ben Food. The winners for the female category are (1st) Pearl Ching Tieng Lim of Borneo Steel Mesh Factory, (2nd) Cecilia Maksimon of Masros Electrical Company and (3rd) Siti Noor Halizah Hamid of BIBD.


Everyone was hooked to the Milo station
 


The guest of honour after the morning hike
 


Registering after completing the hike
 


It was quite a turn out this morning
 


Jackson Ting, Managing Director of D’Sunlit (center)
 


The top 3 winners 🙂
 


Representing Royal Brunei Airlines
 


Representing Netcom Computer House
 


James Lee and Gilbert Goh supporting the event
 


It was a fun hike indeed
 

  

23
Apr

#MoyesSacked

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Transcendence Podcast 

 

Podcast: Episode 37 on the review of Johnny Depp’s Transcendence. Hit or miss? Do listen with my co-host Del Goh

  

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 


Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

  
 

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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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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DPMM FC’s next match 
 


Catch DPMM FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC this Friday at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
 


DPMM FC players in training yesterday at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
 

  
 

Megat wins XF 
 


Megat Muhd Taufiq bin Hj Md Jaafar the grand winner of BIBD Barakah 5 with the Jaguar XF

Late post: Megat Muhd Taufiq bin Hj Md Jaafar was the lucky winner of A brand new Jaguar XF as he had to go through a series of mini games among 20 top finalists of the BIBD Barakah 5 lucky draw held at The Mall Atrium, Gadong last Friday.

I believe there were like 2 to 3 gimmicks that the participants had to go through before the final hurdle of unlocking the grand prize – Jaguar XF. Consolation prizes ranged from iPhone 5s and iPad minis to the consolation winners. On hand to present the prizes was the BIBD Chief Financial Officer, Hjh Noraini binti Hj Sulaiman.

The BIBD Barakah 5 Campaign was opened to all new and existing BIBD customers who signed up for BIBD’s financing and deposit products including Home Financing, Home Improvement Financing, Education Financing, Naqad facilities, Wakalah General, tiered and foreign currency accounts (current accounts and saving accounts). Customers who had assigned their salaries to BIBD during the promotion period were also eligible to join the campaign.

Aside from the amazing grand prize from Indera Motors Sdn Bhd, the official Jaguar importer and distributor in Brunei, participants also stood a chance to win Apple products, as well as other exciting ones such as Samsung gadgets, a 60” LED TV, and 300,000 Royal Skies Miles. The BIBD Barakah 5 campaign ended on March 31.

To find out more on any of BIBD’s products, services and promotions, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bibdbrunei or www.bibd.com.bn or their instagram @bibdbrunei.

 


Group photo with the Top 20 winners and BIBD Chief Financial Officer, Hjh Noraini binti Hj Sulaiman
 


The grand winner of BIBD Barakah 5
 


The 1st runner-up of BIBD Barakah 5
 


The 2nd runner-up of BIBD Barakah 5
 


The 4th place of BIBD Barakah 5
 


The 5th place of BIBD Barakah 5
 


The consolation winners
 


One of the few tasks to be done to determine the last 5
 


One of the few tasks to be done to determine the last 5
 


The Jaguar key
 


This is to be launched this Friday – BIBD Home Showcase 4
 

  
Moyes term ended 
 


In less than a season, David Moyes was 3 games shy of completing a full season with Manchester United. According to the news, he left the club but only to be headlined with the keyword “sacked”. A very mixed responses from MU fans but the neutrals thought it was a wise decision by the board. Anyway, good luck to you, Moyes and while it’s still a hot topic, here are some of the meme for Moyes. No hard feelings, MU 🙂
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
SuperHero Weekend 
 


The activities last weekend at Times Square Shopping Centre

Rewind: On 19th-20th April 2014, Times Square Shopping Centre hosted the Superhero Weekend which was held in conjunction with the movies that are currently playing at Times Cineplex, namely Captain America: Winter Soldier and upcoming The Amazing Spiderman 2.

Superhero Weekend featured several unique activities such as Superhero charades, an arm wrestling competition and a barbell curl strength challenge. The event also featured a Random Superhero Challenge where contestants had to survive various games in order to win.

There was also a mini obstacle race where contestants registered to run through the course as fast as possible. The event was complete with a superhero dress-up competition that was open to three categories including a category for ages 2-6, category for ages 7-13 and last but not least, for contestants 14 years old and above.

This small event was also made merrier by the Brunei Cosplay Group. Times Square Property Management would like to congratulate all the winners from the past weekend once again and extend our appreciation to those customers who were there to make the small event a successful one.

Times Square is also glad to announce that we will be holding more events in the future. Registration forms are already available for the annual Baby Weekend that will be held during Family Day on 2nd-4th May 2014. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting www.tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram. Images courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

19
Apr

#tillWhen?

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Film Festival UBD 2014
 

Our take on the ongoing Film Festival UBD 2014 with my co-host Del Goh. Click play to listen to our enlightening review.


The set up at The Core. Nicely done, guys!! Check them out this weekend at The Core, UBD
 


Some of the props for the Film Festival UBD 2014


The timings for today (Saturday 19th April 2014)
 


Catch the production crew of Yasmine tomorrow at The Core, UBD
 


They are also selling merchandise for $10
 


Efah Mahrub of Film Festival UBD 2014, Siti Kamaluddin of Origins Film and Elizabeth Sim of Timeout with Liz
 

  
 

Sukan Ria 2014 
 


Sukan Ria Goldmyne Badminton Tournament. Click image to download form.
 


Sukan Ria Bowling Tournament. Click image to download form.
 

  
 

Inspire Issue No.2  
 


This edition of Inspire is a good read and learning about our influential women in Brunei.
 


@thehellopanda is also featured in this edition. The magazine will be available next week at newsstand for BND 5
 

  
 

The Social Media for EPL Masters 
 


Representatives from the social media sphere – Brunei FM, Social Deal, Ranoadidas and TigerLim

As the EPL Masters Brunei makes its return this year with a bigger twist, top social media sites and local bloggers expressed their support for this year’s much anticipated event as they agreed to become official social media partners of EPL Masters Football 2014. They signed an agreement with S-Team Solutions, the official event organizer on 18 April 2014, at the premises of S-Team at BT Complex at Jalan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa.

Signified to show support for the event using their own social media platforms to disseminate information to the public, the event’s media partners include : Brunei FM, RanoAdidas, SocialDeal.com.bn and Tiger Lim.

During the occasion S-Team announced that his year’s tournament is set to take place at the National Stadium, which seats over 20,000 people, and the scene for many proud events for Brunei.

EPL Masters Brunei 2014 is an intense action packed indoor one-day tournament, where teams from the legendary stars from the EPL and Brunei battle it out for glory to be crowned champion. Previously, the teams were 6-a-side, but with announcement of a larger venue, the teams have also gotten bigger, as they now will be playing 11-a-side.

This year, the events will consist of a four day tour and activities, which include but are not limited to a golf and a youth football camp, meet the fans and corporate appearances.

EPL Masters Brunei 2014 features football heroes players from the 4 big teams namely : Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal forming the EPL All-Stars team.

Previously, fans were able to rub shoulders with the likes of Liverpool FC’s Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman,and Patrik Berger rekindle old rivalries against Manchester United’s top goal scorer Andy Cole, Ronnie Johnsen and Lee Sharpe.

As the Manchester United Fans Club and the Arsenal Fans club have offered to help as volunteers and liason officers, S-Team would like to extend an invitation to the Liverpool and Chelsea fan clubs to volunteer and have the chance to meet players from their favourite club. For further details please contact : 8899998.

To help The EPL Masters Brunei 2014, is not just a football event for local football fans, but is a prime opportunity for sports tourism to Brunei. It is hoped that travel agents can offer fans in neighbouring countries packages to bring in groups to watch a once-in-a-lifetime game that is set to thrill and amaze.


Representing TigerLim
 


Representing Brunei FM
 

  
 

The Big 60 
 


A surprise birthday gig for Mr. James Lee last evening. Thanks for the invitation 😀
 

  
 

KIA roadshow 
 


Happening today and tomorrow
In celebration of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, local distributor of Kia vehicles, is hosting an exciting roadshow today and tomorrow at The Mall, Gadong and a test drive activity tomorrow at SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre.

Participants in the test drive tomorrow will be given an original KIA-FIFA World Cup T-shirt and raffle form for an opportunity to win a trip for two to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals live in Brazil.

As a major sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kia is organising a nation-wide tour until May.

Kia on Tour 2014 is part of a larger global roadshow project initiated by Kia Motors Corporation in Korea.

It is part of Kia’s global commitment to surpass customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation. Text by Mei Fung Lee of The Brunei Times.


Test drive a KIA tomorrow at SEAMEO VOCTECH Regional Centre and stand a chance to win a trip for two to watch the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
 


A successful test drive done last month near Times Square Shopping Centre.
 

  
 

Dugong carcass rotting 
 


The dugong carcass at Tungku Beach. Image taken by Rafidah Hamit of The Brunei Times

The carcass of an unidentified sea animal believed to be that of a dugong is still at Tungku Beach, six days after it was reported to the Wildlife Division.

When The Brunei Times visited the site yesterday, there was already a foul smell emitting from the remains of the carcass. On closer inspection, it was found that most of the flesh was destroyed. More maggots and flies were seen to be devouring the carcass. Curious onlookers also stopped to look at it.

Hj Faisal Hj Nordin, an officer from the Wildlife Division told The Brunei Times that they had sent a team down to the beach to investigate the remains but could not ascertain the cause of death.

They were also unable to determine whether it was a dugong or a seal. “This is because we do not have a mammal expert. After the investigation, we just left the carcass there to naturally decompose,” Hj Faisal said. He declined to provide further details on the matter. Leaving carcasses that have been washed up ashore to decompose naturally is not uncommon.

In December 2012, a young whale measuring 40 feet long was found on a beach in Malibu — the carcass had disintegrated to such an extent that it was no longer feasible to tow it out to sea. According to an article by The Guardian, authorities had said that the condition of the whale’s carcass made it physically difficult to be moved. “It’s so embedded in sand that they won’t be able to get it out. The body will be pulled apart,” the authorities were reported as saying. The carcass of the sea animal at Tungku Beach measured at about six feet in length. The wildlife authority in Brunei urges the public to report any findings related to wildlife animals to them by calling 2774258, or emailing info-wildlife@industry.gov.bn or by contacting them through the Facebook. Text by Rafidah Hamit of The Brunei Times.

 

  
 

16
Apr

#zombieEyes

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News

 

Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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Hougang hosts DPMM FC 
 


Can DPMM FC continue their scoring spree momentum tonight?

DPMM FC will be gunning for their third win in a row as they will be hosted by Hougang United FC who can prove to be a tricky customer for DPMM FC. Brunei’s only professional club scored 11 goals in the last two games against two bottom teams – Courts Young Lions and Harimau Muda and they are on a scoring spree but the most important key for Steve Kean is getting another clean sheet for DPMM FC.

“We have an appetite to go and have a few more goals and the best part about our last game is the clean sheet as well. So we are very hopeful that we can get a clean sheet and get all three points,” said Kean during the interview at the Brunei International Airport before taking off to Singapore.

Kean did admit that Hougang United has cause some surprises in the S•League this season. “I have watched some of their games on DVD and they are good at putting the ball in the box and it will be a tough game.”

However, DPMM FC will be without two key players – Rosmin Kamis (Bobby) and Sairol Sahari who scored in the last game. According to Kean, Bobby should be back for the following game next week as he was being rested, recovering from two calves strains. Sairol will be rested for some tight strain on his hip.

Kean is ready to hand Azwan Salleh and Hendra, their first start of the season, replacing the positions of Sairol and Bobby respectively. The head coach is confident of Bobby’s replacement, Hendra, and he has shown some maturity while coming off the bench in the past few matches. This will be a big game for Hendra indeed.

Rodrigo Tosi will prove to be a huge threat as he has already bagged seven goals this season. He shared how the squad this season was very much different from his previous stints and one point that he highlighted was the mentality of his team mates that has made the difference. The Brazilian is also wary of Hougang’s improvements this season and he will do his best to bring in three points for DPMM FC and of course, add to his goal tally.

Hougang United FC will host DPMM FC tonight at Hougang Stadium, Singapore. You can catch some live updates on their Twitter and instagram handle @officialdpmmfc


DPMM FC players posing after their 5-0 victory of Harimau Muda last Friday
 


DPMM FC will be missing Sairol Sahari and Rosmin Kamis who are being rested
 


DPMM FC’s brightest prospect, Azwan Ali, will be featured once again and he has been giving DPMM FC more attacking options.
 


DPMM FC players with some fans at the Brunei International Airport yesterday
 


Will Aziz Tamit and Boris Raspudic hold their defence for another clean sheet tonight?
 

  
 

 

Parents excited for ISB campus 
 


The Minister of Education and The Minister of Development with the Board of Directors of ISB, management of ISB and students of ISB at the groundbreaking ceremony of ISB new campus at Kg Sg Hanching
 


The Minister of Education and The Minister of Development with the architect, consultants and contractors of the new ISB campus

The comments have been flourish on my social media after my posting of the recent graphics of the newly proposed green building of ISB campus at Sg Hanching. By August 2015, ISB will relocated their school to the new proposed area. The exact location is along Jalan Utama Salambigar, Kg Sg Hanching and it is pretty big, a 22-acre site.

I remember a few years ago of the rumours that ISB can be relocated as the current land belongs to the another ministry if I’m not mistaken. Now it’s a reality after a groundbreaking ceremony a few days ago officiated by two of our ministers – Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong and the Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, who poured concrete cement into the foundation of the new ISB campus.

You may seen ISB’s branding as being eco-friendly and always giving back to the community and I was pleased that ISB’s new campus uses the green concept to reduce the usage of energy and water while creating a more conducive and healthier environment for the teachers, students and parents.

The whole project itself costs in the region of BND 30 million and it’s being financed by Baiduri Bank (Oh yeah, if you wanna apply for home loans, Baiduri Bank can help finance you too). The architect of the project is handled by Arkitek Rekajaya; Civil & Structural Consultants is Adwan & Associates Chartered Engineers; Mechanical & Electrical Consultant is Sepakat Setia Perunding; Earthwork Consultant also is done by Sepakat Setia Perunding; Quantity Surveyor is MRBC Partnership; Main Building Contractor is Walltique Sdn Bhd and Mechanical & Electrical Contractor is DHJ Electrical Sdn Bhd.

Both ministers were pretty impressed with the current project and they hope that more schools will adapt the concept of a greener environment even on a smaller scope.

I will see if I’m able to get more snippets during the progress of the construction over a period of time.


 


Ahmad Isa, the Chairman of ISB, delivering his welcoming remarks and highlight of ISB’s initiative of going green and conserving energy on the new green concept campus
 


The pouring of the concrete to commemorate the construction of the new campus
 


 


In a few months’ time, this place will have some foundation
 


The Early Childhood Building
 


The Early Childhood Building (Ugama)
 


The overview of new ISB campus
 

 

  
 

The Drama Night
 

With M.A.S.K.
 


Check out this drama event consisting of multiple short sketches with some comedic touch and a theme. Happening the following Sunday.
 

  
 

Power up your Acer phones 
 

For many senior citizens, getting to grips with smartphone technology can sometimes be problematic as the small on-screen text is often difficult to read and the multitude of features and functions can lead to mistakes.

Concepts Computer Sdn Bhd has taken steps to solve the problem by introducing five different Acer smartphone models, and anyone over the age of 50 purchasing a smartphone from the company will be entitled to a special gift – a Starius 2,600mAH power-bank, which comes in a variety of colours including electric blue and striking black.

 In addition to this, students and teachers providing valid identification will be able to acquire the same deal.


Check out the Acer Liquid Z3s which only costs BND 158 and for a limited time, you can purchase any of the Acer smartphones and get a FREE Starius power bank (applicable to senior citizens, students and teachers)

 First on the list is the affordable Acer Liquid Z3s dual core 1GHz Android smart-phone priced at $158. The Z3s includes a Senior Mode which comes optimised for senior citizens with features such as magnification, quick call contacts and radio.

 These simple modes are also designed for children as the range of “Quick Mode” options available on the Z3s makes this a great first time smart-phone with parent restrictions and security locks.
Next on offer is the Acer Liquid Z5, available for the price of $238 for 512MB or $288 for 1GB. Despite its budget price, the Z5 is a smart-looking smartphone as pictures and videos are clearly portrayed in its large five-inch display. Favourite applications and camera function are also easily launched from the home screen. This model sports a front-facing high performance speaker that has clear audio, equipped with DTS sound which plays tracks beautifully.

 The next model on offer is the Acer Liquid E2, priced at $328, which has an elegant curved design with a large 4.5-inch HD screen and a camera that has a zero shutter delay that allows users to take up to eight pictures per second. This model also comes with dual metal speakers and wide stereo width enhancement for users needing an entertainment smartphone on-the-go.

 Meanwhile, the Acer Liquid S1, a perfect business smartphone, is priced at $498 and has a large 5.7-inch HD display and features the zero-air-gap design. The model comes with office applications such as Acer Docs and Acer Remote Files for that spur-of-the-moment presentation.

 Last but not least is the high-end Acer Liquid S2, available for $848, which has a 6-inch Full HD display with IPS technology. The phone sports a 13 MP, f/2.2 camera that captures breathtaking 27 MP panoramic images and records videos in 4K Ultra HD2. Users can also experience a 5.1 channel virtual sound on headphones when using the phone and the intuitive graphical tuner will adjust sounds to preferred sound quality.

 Concepts Computer Marketing Executive Zul Abdul Rahman said that the special deal is the beginning of a great expansion for the company, with hopes of aiding older citizens in Brunei as well as fulfilling the needs of consumers such as teachers and students.

 For more information on the wide selection of Acer smartphones or Starius power banks, visit the nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551 or 2233552. Text courtesy of Rebecca Oi of The Brunei Times.


Associates of Concepts Computer holding the Acer Liquid Series smartphone and the power banks
 


Perks of being a media. We get to choose one power bank 😀
 


From the five models, you will get a FREE power bank. Only applicable to senior citizens, students and teachers
 


Mr. Vincent Pao is also enjoying his new hobby – photography 😀
 

  
 

Freshco Wedding Fair 
 

For the first time, Freshco in Plaza Abdul Razak will be organizing its own Wedding Fair, which is in collaboration with Songket Wedding Event & Co. The event will be featuring companies that provide for certain aspects of weddings from all over Brunei, and the fair will be in conjunction with the official launching of the Putera Banquest Hall in Freshco, which can accommodate up to 800 pax for wedding functions.

The fair which is open to the public will take place over 4 weeks, starting from Thursday, 17th April 2014 and officially end Sunday, 11th May 2014. Each week, different vendors will be showcasing their products according to the theme, from 11am til 9pm, (excluding 12pm to 2pm on Fridays).

The rest of the schedule will be “Wedding Photography & Videography” which will take place from 24th to 27th April, “Wedding Dresses & Make up” on 1st to 5th May, and the final week will be all about “Wedding Decorations, Pelamin & Hantaran” from 8th to 11th May.

Lucky couples who book the Putera Banquet Hall for their wedding during the fair are entered in a Lucky Draw to win a Free Honeymoon Trip to Bali for 3 days and 2 nights, which is sponsored by Songket Wedding Events & Co. More surprises will be revealed as the fair takes places, so set your sights on Freshco’s Official Facebook Page, and their Instagram @freshcobrunei to get the latest updates.

For more information, please contact 2201083, 717 4418 or 7293131

  
 

Happening this weekend 
 


The Film Festival UBD 2014 is happening this weekend. Well done to the UBD students involved in this project

You can listen to my podcast on my interview with the Marketing Director of the Film Festival UBD 2014

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