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21
Oct

Less is More

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

 

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Here for good 
 

It’s great to see another promotion coming from Standard Chartered Bank. This time, it’s the Personal Loan Year End Promotion. Now, picture this, you are thinking ahead for your children especially for their education or perhaps you are planning for your dream home but you don’t have the financial resources. This is where Standard Chartered Bank can come in and assist you to make your journey smoother and of course, Standard Chartered Bank have many options that you can choose from to tailor to your needs. (insert hyperlink)

Here are some of the available options from Standard Chartered Bank.

General Instalment Loan. Sometimes we are in an emergency situation and it warrants for extra funding and Standard Chartered Bank is here to help! Hard cash may come easy.

Home Improvement Loan. Now why is there suddenly a rush of demand for housing and homes? Because the younger generation are thinking ahead even after graduation. That’s the same when it applies to home renovation. We always want a better and feel for our own existing homes. Maybe you feel like extending your house or create a garden at the back or perhaps an extra garage. Check out how Standard Chartered Bank can help you fulfil your wish……

Education Loan. This is something every parents should consider since higher education is a substantial investment for some families. Standard Chartered Bank can tailor an educational loan to your needs so you can send your children overseas to pursue a degree.

Student computer loan. Did you know you can loan up to BND 3,500 in this particular loan? If I were you, I will invest in a Mac since I love Apple products so much :D. Ideal for students pursuing in their academic course.

There you go, peeps, as I have summed up the availability of some of the different types of financing options provided by Standard Chartered Bank. For more information, do call their 24-hour Phone Banking Centre at 265 8000, visit their website www.sc.com/bn or Facebook page www.facebook.com/StandardCharteredBN

 


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Get that extra funds that you need today. From now till 31 December 2014, apply for a Personal Loan and receive shopping vouchers worth up to BND500! What’s more, stand a chance to win an exciting holiday with spending money*.

As stated in the poster, the first prize is a return ticket to Bali plus BND 1,000 cash or maybe you are lucky enough to win a return ticket to Singapore plus BND 750 cash. There are a few attractive prizes if you refer to the poster above.

It’s good when reaching your goal exceeds your expectation. Thank you, Standard Chartered Bank, for this opportunity to your valued customers.

  
 

 

Timeout with Liz 

A message from Liz: Happy October everyone! Liz here from Time Out with Liz.

Music

This month on the show, we bring to you the soulful Singer and Songwriter, multi medalist and World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2014 Finalist Maria Grace Koh. I get the utmost privilege to sit down with this beauty and find out more about her life after WCOPA 2013/2014, her new single “That’s the Way” which will be released on the 25 October 2014 (same day as Time Out with Liz show date) and what 2015 holds for her.

Maria aka “Eia” competed in the Vocal Self Accompaniment category at WCOPA 2014 in L.A and came home with 4 Golds and 4 “Champion of the World” plaques and was one of the 3 competitors from Brunei to enter into the Grand finals showing literally the world what Bruneian’s are made of.

 


 

Food

If you’re thinking (or salivating) about mouth- watering burgers, I’d like to introduce you to our food talent for the month – Taty’s Café! With a burger menu running from “Original” options to “BBQ Sliders”. Meet the dynamic duo behind the scenes of Taty’s Café since 2010 and join us as we stand in awe admiring their delectable creations between 2 burger buns. In other words, – food demonstration! Who knows? We may even be lucky enough to have a taste test of what they do best.

 


 

Lifestyle

There will be a table turning experience where for this month only, yours truly will be interviewed & interrogated by TEDx Speaker, Life Enthusiast and curious Bruneian personality, Delwin Keasberry. Del is known as one of the most social twitter users in Brunei with currently over 21,000 followers and who started a campaign called Project Brunei back in 2010. Watch Del as he attempts to uncover the story behind Time Out With Liz, my WCOPA 2014 experience and much more.

 


 

Rising Star

I’m adding this special segment in my episodes because the number of talents from a variety of fields in this country is rising at an unbelievable rate. Thanks to social media and regular pop up events I get a chance to meet and bring them to you. This month’s featured rising star is dancer Shannon Osman from Relentless Brunei. Come and see her do her thing and find out what will she be working on next.

Time Out with Liz brings you all these inspiring individuals to the stage this 25 October 2014 at kaleidoscope (Saffron) from 7-8.30pm. Tickets are $10 per person if you book now until 24 October 2014. It will be $15 at the door. All you have to do is step 1 -book your seats by sending in your name and how many seats you would like to timeoutwithliz@gmail.com or Facebook message us at www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz. Step 2- pay at the door. Step 3 – Be Inspired!

 

  
 

24
Sep

The First Time

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Abacus Travel Fair is back!!  
 


 

The last time I was kinda confused with the Abacus Travel Fair and Travelmania event and of course, everyone is quite familiar with the Abacus brand since it has been around for many years in terms of travel fairs. So when the word Travelmania came into the picture with their partner Abacus, it was a bit tough to recognize who was actually running the show.

Yesterday I missed the press conference of the travel fair which will happen this Saturday and Sunday which will take place at Grandstone Ballroom, Centrepoint Hotel at Gadong. It’s good to know the travel fair is back and it will be called the 11th Abacus Holiday Travel Fair. This will give me another great opportunity to travel in a much cheaper and affordable fare and I know my traveling period starts again in October till December 😀

According to the press release, there will be seven travel agents under the Abacus Brunei such as Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, Century Travel Centre, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Pan Bright Travel Service, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.

Tourism Malaysia as well as Taiwan Visitors Association and Tourism Authority Thailand based in Kuala Lumpur will be participating again in this fair. Baiduri Bank Berhad, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Singapore Airlines will be having their booths to extend support to the participating travel agents as well as provide assistance to the visitors.

 


Abd Halim Haji Abd Rahman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Abacus Brunei and Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei leading the press conference. Image courtesy of Ak Fairol.
 

“At Abacus Brunei, we have successfully organised ten previous travel fairs since 2004,” said Ms Irene Soon, General Manager, Abacus Brunei. Abacus Brunei thanks its partners as well as travelers for their support in the previous travel fairs. At this much anticipated event, we are looking forward to delivering fresh content and attracting thousands of people in search of their dream vacations.”

“With the support of our partners and travel agents we are confident that we will be able to see a positive growth again this year.” Irene added.

Abd Halim Haji Abd Rahman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Abacus Brunei explained “There will be seven Abacus Brunei based travel agents participating in this travel fair connected to more than 40 Abacus terminals. This will help travel agents efficiently service visitors.”

He continued “The travel fair provides an excellent opportunity for Brunei-based travelers to shop for both overseas and local packages making it an event on the travel calendar not to be missed.”

 


Something to look forward to for Baiduri Bank customers
 

So what’s the catch this time?

Every booking or purchase made during the fair, customer has a chance to win Go Pro HERO3 (1 set) and Momax iPower S2C Powerbank (2 sets). Additional 2 chances for Baiduri Bank cardholders who make payment using any Baiduri Bank debit/credit card.

Exclusive gift from Abacus and Baiduri for the 1st 100 customers who purchase and make payment using Baiduri Bank debit or credit cards with minimum purchase of B$1000.

Return Economy Class Air ticket sponsored by Royal Brunei Airlines:

1) Two air tickets to Saigon to be won by two winners (1 ticket each winner)

2) Two air tickets to Denpasar, Bali to be won by two winners (1 ticket each winner)

3) Grand draw – Two air tickets to London to be won by one winner

Return Economy Class Air ticket from Hong Kong to Beijing sponsored by Cathay Pacific

Sellers under Tourism Malaysia pavilion: Sarawak Tourism Board, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & The Little Big Club, Mahkota Medical Centre, Imperial Hotel, Miri, Imperial Palace Hotel, Miri Marriott Resort & Spa, Grand Palace Hotel, Miri, Chanteek Borneo Gallery and PNB Darby Park Executive Suites.

  
 

Get them white again!! 
 


 

The Jerudong Park Medical Centre is offering an attractive promotion for professional teeth whitening treatment valued at BND799 (Usual price is BND1000) with free initial consultation. This promotion will run from 15 September to 15 November 2014 and can be redeemed till 30 December 2014.

This was announced at a press conference by Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer, and Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC. Also present was Dr Dharma Rai, Consultant Prosthodontist at JPMC.

“Oral health makes a huge presence in our lives especially in our simple daily activities. With our promotion, it can help to enhance the whiteness of your teeth in just a single visit to our Dental Clinic”, mentioned Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer of JPMC.

“Professional In-office Teeth Whitening Procedure is the quickest way to whiten teeth under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled use of whitening gel – yielding results that are visible immediately”, stated Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC.

Teeth discoloration is caused by natural darkening and yellowing as people age, drinking tea, coffee or fizzy drinks, natural and artificial food colorings, smoking and tobacco stains.

 


Ak Danny Pg Tajuddin, the Marketing Officer of JPMC, Dr Ravi Pai, Consultant Endodontist and Head of Dental Department of JPMC and Dr Dharma Rai, Consultant Prosthodontist at JPMC

An appointment is required for the treatment, where patients are advised to come 15 minutes earlier prior to the appointment time. Before deciding whether teeth whitening is suitable for the patient, the dentist will first conduct a comprehensive examination of their teeth and gums to ensure proper teeth healthcare which is free during the promotion period.

They will also consult on their oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if they will benefit from the treatment. Patients with extensive dental work, expectant mothers and children below 16 years old are not recommended to go through the procedure.

The procedure takes up approximately 2 hours. Patient’s gums and mouth are first protected with isolation materials. The dentist will carefully apply the whitening gel to their teeth and uses a patented blue light to oxidize the gel during the procedure.

The procedure is normally painless; however a very small percentage of patients may experience a minor sensitivity during or after the procedure. A sensitivity relief gel will be used to tackle the sensitivity.

The teeth whitening treatment can last up to 2 years if the patient take care and maintain the brightness of their teeth.

JPMC’s Dental Clinic offers a comprehensive range of dental services such as orthodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics, implantology, oral surgery, general dental procedures and more. The clinic is open every Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Saturday from 8am to 12noon. For more information, please visit their website at www.jpmc.com.bn. You can call 261 1433 ext 2229/2114.

  
 

The Bending Effect 
 

 

Bending the iPhone 6 Plus by Unbox Therapy

 

 

Bending the Galaxy Note 3 by Unbox Therapy

 

  
 

 

Time Out with Liz 
 

A Message from Liz: Hello Everyone, Liz here from “Time Out with Liz”

For this coming episode we have an amazing line up, as always, from lifestyle, food and the music facets of Brunei. I’m always working hard to find the trendy, current and inspiring people who are amongst us to share their stories with us. And believe me, they are everywhere! So hold on to your horses and be a part of the audience last Saturday of the month with me, yours truly, Liz.

Food

This time we have a mother and daughter trio who wanted to start something simply delicious, simply delectable and simply family. We bring you the owners of Ximply Chriz – meet Christina, Chee Lin and Jo Lin. Join me to find out more about the story behind Ximply Chriz and get front row seats to a food and coffee demonstration by the ladies.

Music

She was the youngest Brunei representative at the recent World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2014 and she came back with 5 medals and an Overall Division plaque for her original work. I get a chance to sit down with the talented Eden Chiam

Lifestyle

What would you do if you found out you have cancer?

4 years ago Jacqueline Teo was told she had two tumours in her head. The news brought this ultra- marathoner Jacqueline into depression and to the brink of suicide before her mother dragged her to a running track and ordered her to run again.

Today, she stands strong and is proud to say that she’s completed her 12th Marathon as at August 2014. So come on down to hear her story of struggle and survival.
Time Out with Liz brings you all these inspiring individuals to the stage this 27 September 2014 at kaleidoscope (Saffron) from 7-8.30pm. All you have to do is step 1 -book your seats by sending in your name and how many seats you would like to timeoutwithliz@gmail.com or Facebook message us at www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz. Step 2- pay at the door. Step 3 – Be Inspired!

Ticket details

At the door $15 per person

Special Tickets for Ranoadidas fans/readers will be at $10 if you email us between today until 26 September 2014 and quote “I’m a Time Out and Rano Fan”


Eden Chiam
 


The inspirational Jacqueline Teo
 


Chee, Chris and Jo of Ximply Chriz
 

  
 

03
Sep

The Scent

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

An increase from last year’s intake 



Head of student representatives Muhd Romulus bin Muhd Roland speaking on behalf of the scholars

Last year it was above 40. This year, Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) awarded 54 students for scholarship programs and it is also the first time that a few scholars will be sent to Germany in August to pursue Mechanical Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

The scholarship program has been one of the most sought program and they have been many applications as demands are increasing in these fields. In actual fact, around 234 people applied for this year’s program. Furthermore, there are many students who are taking such subjects and interests and it’s pretty evident on the increase numbers of intakes for this year’s edition. Forty students will be heading to the UK, two in the United States, two in Germany and ten in Brunei Darussalam.

Before being awarded, the scholars had to undergo a tough assessment set by BSJV. Did you know that BSJV have sent over 600 students and this is back dated from 1972. Amazing!! The scholars will also be given the opportunity to be placed for attachment during summer to gain more experience.

Present during the event were Azhar Hj Yahya, Commercial Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and the guest of honour Hjh Rosmawatty Hj Abd Mumin, Permanent Secretary (Upstream), Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office.


There was also tokens of appreciation to First Class Achievers and they are Lim Jong Hau, Han Wenxiu, Fiona Shim Siew Ying, Izzah Mardhiah Zulkipli and Farah Azyan binti Ali Umar Safri and they all received mini iPads :p

Congratulations to all the beneficiaries of the BSJV scholarship program and do make them proud and contribute back to the economy of Brunei 🙂

 


Azhar Hj Yahya, Commercial Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) with the scholars


















Students pursuing Masters


Students pursuing Masters




Fiona Shim receiving a token as a First Class Achiever


Lim Jong Hau receiving a token as a First Class Achiever


Han Wenxiu receiving a token as a First Class Achiever
 


Farah Azyan binti Ali Umar Safri receiving a token as a First Class Achiever


Izzah Mardhiah Zulkipli receiving a token as a First Class Achiever


A year journey 
 


Elizabeth Sim and her co-host Kevin Lo interviewing Chris Woo at Timeout with Liz last weekend

I missed the first show of Timeout with Liz and I didn’t realise it has been a year already. Good job on Elizabeth Sim to keep the show going despite the challenges that she has to go through over the period. Venue has always been a problem and it looks she has found a proper setting for her show. Last weekend she had two special guests – Chris Woo and Bridgette Ang as well as Joanna Kwan. There was also a food demo by Hip and Healthy during the 3rd segment of the show.

Overall the energy was great and so was the turn out. Great to see Zainal Bostaman and Joanne Tan to be involved in the show as well as Liz’ co-host Kevin Lo.I would like to congratulate Elizabeth on her one year anniversary of her show and things can only get better from here. I’m looking forward to your future shows this year and let’s start the 2nd year with a bang.

 


Chris Woo sharing his experience as a toastmaster and his world championship final experience
 


All of them have something in common. There are all WCOPA Brunei representatives
 


Joanna Kwan doing the Asian thing
 


Joanne Tan helping out with the show. Good to see you again.
 


Bridgette Ang, another WCOPA participant and I love her vocals
 


Zainal setting the tone of the evening
 


The ever charismatic Zainal
 


Such a great turn out last weekend
 


The couple behind Hip and Healthy
 

 

Yasmine gets a DST treat 
 


Liyana Yus and Nadiah posed with a fan last week at the DST event

As part of DST’s “Ihsan Kasih” community program, over 30 orphans accompanied by their parents and guardians from the Tutong District between the ages of 8 and 17 were treated to movie outing to watch Brunei’s local film “Yasmine: The Movie” as well as have the opportunity to meet and greet the stars from the local Brunei film “Yasmine”.

The outing began with a welcoming reception at Dewan Kemasyarkatan in Tutong town by DST’s “Ihsan Kasih” volunteers where the children accompanied by their guardians were provided bus shuttle return transportation to the cinema in Empire Hotel & Country Club in Jerudong. At the cinema, the orphans were greeted by DST “Ihsan Kasih” volunteers.

DST also treated the children with a free popcorn and drink before they were ushered to their seats in the cinema joined by the stars themselves.

According to Elixsurian Hj Busu, Manager of Group Corporate Communications on the Ihsan Kasih initiative with Orphans, “DST have been proactive in arranging activities for orphans from fun futsal tournaments in Brunei-Muara district, educational trips to places like the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) in Seria, Belait District, and now a movie outing to the cinema. We are glad that we have the means and opportunity to give the orphans in Tutong a movie outing as currently Tutong does not have its own resident cineplex. At the same time, DST have the opportunity to share the enjoyable experience with the children and get to know them better”.

He also adds his positive views on the chosen film for the outing, “Feedback from many local viewers have recommended Yasmine as a movie that is universal for all ages as it also comes with various life lessons that can be learned. Also, as the movie is produced by our own local talents, it is also a means to inspiring the orphan children to believe that anything they dream of can be possible. We are fortunate that the director and actresses have taken their personal time to meet the children and to get to know them during this short time.”

After the movie the children were given the opportunity to an exclusive surprise meet and greet photo session with the stars from “Yasmine: The Movie”- Liyana Yus, Nadia Wahid, the movie director from Origin films, Siti Kamaluddin. The visit ended with DST providing DST “Ihsan Kasih” goodies to the children before their departure back to Tutong.

Also invited to the movie outing were DST’s corporate and premium clients as a token of appreciation for their loyalty and support to DST’s products and services throughout the years.

“Ihsan Kasih” is DST’s community program aimed to gather DSTians for voluntary work and to do beautiful things out of love, to help the less fortunate Bruneian, orphans and special needs community.

 


A great turn out from the DST event last Friday
 


Radin Sufri of DST with the crew of Origin Films and the stars of Yasmine
 


Photo opportunity with the stars
 


Siti Kamaluddin appreciating DST and the audience
 


The screening of Yasmine
 


A great turn out last Friday
 


Gotcha Liyana :p
 

  
 

30
Jun

#OranjePaintsItGreen

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

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Swipe for rewards 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Chicco Brunei 
 


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Timeout with Liz
 

It’s been a while since I attended this show hosted by Elizabeth Sim who’s the lady behind the monthly show “Timeout with Liz”. She has hosted a couple of talk shows to give more exposure to the Brunei on our local talents in arts, music, food and many more. It’s never been an easy journey of Elizabeth as she has to find the right partners to make her show a success. I applaud her for her resilience to continue her show.

Currently I like the set up at Kaleidoscope which Liz has ran a few shows there. I actually enjoyed the set up at Kaleidoscope. So hoping it will be kinda of a permanent spot for Liz’ shows in the near future. Last week, we had the privilege to catch local talents – Siti Kamaluddin (Origin Films), Liyana Yus and Nadiah Wahid (stars of Yasmine), Ben Sia a pastry chef who gained experience from watching Youtube and Ruby Chong, an awesome vocalist who will be performing in Hollywood for WCOPA.

Below are some of the pictures from the previous event. I kinda enjoyed but sorry for leaving pretty early since I have Transformers 4 movie to catch.

 


I was pretending to be their special bodyguard for Liyana and Nadiah
 


Full house at Timeout with Liz show last week
 


Liz the star of the night
 


Liyana looking smashing in pink and Nadiah has such great charisma
 


Ruby Chong shared how she started loving to sing
 


 


 


Ben Sia with his specialty
 


The audience had a chance to play charades too
 

 

  
 

Happy Birthday Mr. Pao 
 


Happy belated to my friend Mr. Vincent Pao, the man behind Concepts Computer. Thank you for your continuous support all these years.

26
May

#JapanWinsThomasCup

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 
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#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 
 

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Time Out with Liz 

 


The teacher in charge of the program

In this 7th episode Liz uses her entertaining interviewing techniques to  find out more about Norali Ali Yusop who is a visually challenged marathon runner and currently the brand ambassador for Fitness Zone Brunei. Learn how he overcomes the adversities he faces in his life; how he uses modern technology to not just survive but thrive from day to day and who inspires him so he can inspire others around him. Other guests in this episode also include the owner and chef from Bistro Chez Fio, Fiona Chian and  8 year old singing talent Zoe Chan.

To be a part of Time Out with Liz as audience, all you need to do is send your names to timeoutwithliz@gmail.comindicating your name and how many seats you require or you can inbox them at www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz. Tickets/seats are reserved at $10 per person if you do so by today the 26 May 2014, otherwise reservations tomorrow until showtime will be $15 per person. All proceeds go into the making of the show.

Time Out with Liz is a monthly live talk show where host Elizabeth Sim or Liz  creates the opportunity for the public to mingle with some of the local talents from Food, Music and the lifestyle side of Brunei. Inspired by “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” an American live Talk show, Liz brings her own twist to her audiences in Brunei. The live show has been running since her pilot took place in August 2013 which anyone can view on YOUTUBE by typing “Time Out with Liz”. Her show also promotes local businesses as her audiences walk away with products, samples or vouchers which her invited guests bring in to share with the audience.

To learn more about “Time Out With Liz” you can visit www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz or pick up the  January – March 2014 edition of Borneo. Insider’s. Guide (BIG) and/or issues of ‘Inspired” Magazine where Liz is also one of the contributors. This show is a start up and Liz continues to look for people who share her vision to work and collaborate with, so if you are interested to be part of “Time Out with Liz”, contact Liz at timeoutwithliz@gmail.com


Fiona Chian


Norali Ali Yusop


8 year old Zoe Chan

 

The Forlorn Adventure 
 


[Late post] Many may dream of writing their own novel, but out of the many, very few actually get to see their work in print, and very few writers in Brunei can claim that they managed to self-publish their own novel. Through his own determination, sweat, tears and the support of his family, Amir Falique was able to do just that. and was celebrated at the launching of his book at T.T Blues Cafe, Gadong two weekends ago.

The book launching began with the recitation of Al-Fatihah, and was proceeded with a reading of a short excerpt from the novel by the author himself, and a question and answer session.

According to Amir Falique, the book took about 9 months to complete. The sci-fi novel was inspired by his viewing influences at the time, a lot of science fiction, like Star Wars and Futurama.

Amir also collaborated with a local Bruneian artist, Zakaria Omar to illustrate the inside page. “The Forlorn Adventure” is currently being translated to Malay and in the process of being published locally by Dewan Bahasa. According to the author, he already has plans of writing a second novel, a prequel that would not be based in the science fiction genre.

Copies can be obtained through “The Forlorn Adventure” Facebook Fanpage or at www.amirfalique.com or you can go to TT Blues Cafe to get a copy.

 


Author Amir Falique with the illustrator, Zakaria Omar (right)
 


The invited guests during the launch
 


Amir with his father Tengku Farouk (left)
 


Group photo with his family and friends
 


Cupcakes galore
 

  
 

Japan wins Thomas Cup 
 

Now this is a first – Japan winning the Thomas Cup. It’s one of the most prestigious badminton tournament in the world. Previously it was dominated by China who were the defending champions for 5 tournaments in a row. Malaysia’s last stint was back in 1992 when they beat Indonesia and the last time Malaysia reached the finals of the Thomas Cup was back in 2002.

I was actually hoping for Malaysia to win as I have a soft spot for the Malaysians after Dato Chong Wei’s failure to win the Olympics Gold in singles. However, it is also good to see a new breed such as Japan winning the Thomas Cup. They deserved it after beating the likes of China 3-0 in the semi-finals. The finals between Japan and Malaysia was also nail biting to the end as Daren Liew of Malaysia was pushed to the limits by World Number 25 Takuma Ueda.

Congratulations Japan on the new milestone.


The victory celebration by Japan
 


Well done Japan on the victory over Malaysia in the Thomas Cup final 3-2
 


A sad Malaysian after the end of the Thomas Cup 2014 finals
 

  
 

Future Masters 
 

The 19th Baiduri Masters organized by Baiduri Bank Group is set to kick off next weekend, from 30 May to 1 June and from 6 June to 8 June 2014 at the RBA Golf Club.

In conjunction with the annual fundraising golf tournament, Baiduri Bank Group and Numero Uno are organizing a Starting New at Golf (SNAG) golf clinic which will be held on 31 May 2014 from 7pm to 9pm at the RBA Golf Club. Open to children aged 5 to 12 years old, registration is free, inclusive of coaching fee and equipment.

The golf clinic will comprise of two categories – Graduates and Open. Each category is further divided into age groups of 5-8 years and 9-12 years old. The top three performers of each age group per category will be awarded with first, second and third prizes.

The first prize will be a golf starter pack worth B$175, while the second and third prizes will be Toys R Us vouchers worth B$100 and B$50 respectively. All winners and their parents will be invited to the Prize Presentation Dinner on 8 June 2014 to receive their respective prizes.

Parents interested to enroll their children to the golf clinic can do so by downloading the form at http://www.baiduri.com.bn/baiduri_masters/2014/registration.htm or call 881 7676 for more info.

At the same time, players who are interested to participate in the upcoming Baiduri Masters golf tournament can still register at RBA Golf Club. Registration fee will be B$120 for adults and B$60 for juniors. Registration fee is inclusive of green fee, buggy, buffet breakfast and lunch. All players will be invited to the Prize Presentation Dinner which will be held at Indah Hall, Royal Brunei Recreation Centre after the charity tournament has concluded.

The public can also log onto www.baiduri.com for full details, where they can download the registration form.


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World Cup Fever 
 


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The 2014 world cup is just around the corner and Malppy.com will be having a world cup fever this week! If you’re an avid footie fan but not lucky enough to be jetting off to Brazil, fear not! An amazing selection of merchandises up to be grabbed that will allow you to cheer and support your team in style! Type ‘FIFA’ on the search box website will allow you to view more of these world cup merchandises! Another exciting news is that Malppy.com will be having a one item per day sale for seven consecutive days!

Who doesn’t like discounts? Well, I do (from time to time) and we all do! Simply explore www.malppy.com to start ordering these items. Stock is limited so grab them while you can. Shop and cheer!


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#WeAreHappy 
 


This is just a sneak shot of what to expect on the #wearehappy project. I won’t be spilling the beans just yet but as the time gets closer, I shall reveal more. I’m kinda excited and we even those involved are.
 

  

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Apr

#ItAin’tToday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

25 • 4 • 2014 
 

DPMM FC vs Balestier Khalsa FC 
 


DPMM FC vs Balestier FC this Friday at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
 

  
 

Promotion on hard drives 
 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, with associates of Concepts Computer holding the Apacer and Adata external drives this morning

To better serve their loyal customers who have signed up for Concepts membership pendrives, Concepts Computer will do a special promotion on External Storage devices from Apacer and Adata. To qualify for these promotional prices, customer only need to show their Concepts membership pendrives during their purchase.

First on offer is the AData DashDrive HD710, an award-winning external hard disk solution which provides extra protection, and military-grade shockproof and waterproof (IPX7 standard) construction with an ultra-fast USB 3.0 interface. Its lively outlook and dynamic design match the requirements and style of sports and outdoor enthusiasts who needs quick access to their data while in the rough. The 500GB model will be available for $68 (usual price $98) and the 1TB will be available for $98 (usual price $168). All Adata External Storage devices comes with 1 year warranty coverage.

Next on offer will be 3 models from Apacer, all internally the same but will have different styles and looks to fit the type of external storage device that would complement individual users. The first model is the Apacer AC231, black and silver with a sleek design, perfect for those who loves monochrome and is looking to add an external storage device into their everyday usage. The second model is the Apacer AC232, white an blue, with a much more robust and cheerful design. Perfect as the first external storage devices for young teenagers looking to find a storage device for all of their entertainment needs. The last model to be introduced is the Apacer AC233, black all-around, no fuss and frills, a great storage devices for business people on the go. All these three models from Apacer comes in 500Gb priced at $68 (originally available for $118) and in 1TB available for $98 (originally available at $128). All Apacer external storage devices will come with 1 year warranty.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, “We know how important digital data storage is to our customers so we will work harder to provide a much larger range of great digital storage solutions at the best prices for the consumers of Brunei Darussalam which is why we are offering this promotion to our loyal customers who are also Concepts Computer members by giving them the opportunity to purchase this great product at a promotional price, so that our loyal customers do not have to choose between reliability, high performance and affordability.” Zul continued, ”And in terms of peace of mind, consumers will be glad to note that all of our External Storage Devices will be provided with 1 year warranty.”

Also, not to forget, Concepts Computer will be having their Month End promotions from the 27th April until 30th April, from 9am till 9pm. And for more information on the wide-selection and full-range of storage solutions available at Concepts Computer, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2233552.

 


 


 

  
 

30 • 4 • 2014 
 

Launch of Syariah 
 

Penal Code 
 


The Syariah Penal Code briefing by the panelists yesterday at Rizqun International Hotel

From the 1st of April to the 22nd of April and now a new date has been set for the official launch of Syariah Penal Code which will fall next week Wednesday 30th April 2014. It was announced on the radio that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam will launch the Syariah Penal Code at ICC.

Yesterday was the first time I attended the Syariah Penal Code briefing hosted by the Malaysia High Commission to Brunei Darussalam at the Rizqun International Hotel. I have to say that it’s not as bad as many people perceived it. Of course, the bigger focus from the audience was the dress code, judging from the questions being raised but the panelists must have gone through this Q&A over and over again with similar answers and I would understand the level of tolerance they would have to put go through in answering them.

The bigger picture as the panelists were sharing is the “indecent behaviour”. It’s just so happened that indecent clothing can be interpreted as an act of indecent behaviour. This is yet again a subjective matter as different people have different perception on what is deemed appropriate and decent when it comes to clothing as the panelist shared. They advised the audience not to be concerned too much on clothing but more of the indecent behaviour such as kissing in public or getting too cozy in public to name a few.

Watching a movie with the opposite sex is not considered “khalwat” or close proximity when being asked of the question because it’s a public venue. One raised a concern about attires during sports. As we know, many of us wear shorts and leggings when it comes to sport activities. The panelists said that a committee has been set up to look into this matter on clothing during sport activities and they will advise the public once they have the guidelines.

It was shared also that tudong is not compulsory for Muslim women but they encouraged them to wear as an obligation of a Muslim women.

My friends attended the session yesterday and shared that the Syariah law is not as bad as they thought they were and these are non-Muslim friends. They see it as a protective measure for the community. I actually have gained more insight during the briefing but it’s not easy to grasp the briefing as it was cramped into an hour and they only highlighted some areas due to time constraint. Do get a copy of the Syariah Penal Code and also do attend a briefing if you have the opportunity. So peeps, let’s not be quick to judge what Syariah Penal Code provides. Do understand it fully first before commenting on it. Yes, we have been polluted with words from others who only based on their findings without fully understanding the concept. I do agree with one of the Ministers that let’s make a positive spin when it comes to the Syariah law and not focusing on the negative aspects.

 

  
 

Timeout with Liz 
 

A word from Liz: Hello Everyone! Join host Elizabeth Sim or Liz for episode 6 of Time Out With Liz on the 26 April 2014 at Kaleidoscope (gallery above Saffron) in Kiulap from 7pm – 8.30pm. This months show features the founder of Enya Bijoux, find out what is cooking with Vanilla Kitchen and keep an eye for an upcoming musician from the man who calls himself Zulletastique. Should you choose to be part of this live talk show, submit your names now to timeoutwithliz@gmail.com until 23 April 2014 where entree will only be $10 but names submitted from the 24th onwards and at the door will be $15. For more details please visit www.facebook.com/timeoutwithliz


 


 


 

  
 

Audi A3 makes its mark 
 

Audi A3 is named 2014 World Car of the Year

• Third generation of Audi’s premium compact car is a world beater

• Second overall victory for Audi at World Car of the Year Awards

The Audi A3, the premium compact bestseller from the brand with the four rings, is the 2014 World Car of the Year. This is the second overall title for Audi in the ten year history of the World Car of the Year Awards as the Audi A6 won the inaugural overall title in 2005.

The third generation of the Audi A3 is now officially confirmed as a world beater. It overcame the challenge from 23 other cars to win the prestigious World Car of the Year title in 2014. The A3 was voted as the winner by an international jury panel comprising 69 top‑level automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world.

Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, said: “The Audi A6 was the first ever winner of this award and we are delighted that the Audi A3 has repeated that achievement by being voted 2014 World Car of the Year. The Audi A3 showcases Audi’s technical competence in all aspects of carmaking, not least in the areas of lightweight technology, drivetrain, mobile infotainment and driver assistance systems. This major award win is an achievement that the whole company can celebrate”.

The new Audi A3 is available as a 3 door, Sportback, Cabriolet and Sedan. It is powered by a range of TFSI gasoline and TDI diesel engines. The A3 Sportback can also be ordered as a g‑tron, which can be operated using e‑gas generated by Audi, natural gas, or gasoline – when powered by e‑gas, the A3 Sportback g‑tron travels CO2-neutral.

 


Audi A3 being named 2014 World Car of the Year

Later this year, the A3 Sportback will also be available as an e‑tron, whose plug‑in hybrid drive enables journeys of up to 50 kilometres in all‑electric mode. Audi is offering customers in Germany green electricity – Audi energy. The cooperating partner is the Hamburg energy provider LichtBlick SE. The power all comes from renewable energy sources and is generated exclusively at hydro-electric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With Audi energy, the A3 e‑tron is totally emission-free when operated electrically.

Audi can look back on a 16‑year success story with the A3. In 1996, the first generation of the model series established an entirely new market segment – the premium compact class. With the second generation, which followed in 2003, the brand extended its lead with the addition of a Cabriolet to the familiar 3 door and Sportback body styles. The third A3 generation is available in four body styles following the further addition of the Sedan.

With this win for the Audi A3, Audi has maintained its position as the manufacturer with the most World Car of the Year titles. The brand with the four rings has previously won three World Performance Car titles, two World Car Design of the Year titles and the inaugural World Car of the Year title. In total Audi has won seven titles at the World Car of the Year Awards:

2005 Audi A6 World Car of the Year
2007 Audi RS 4 World Performance Car, Audi TT World Car Design of the Year
2008 Audi R8 World Performance Car, Audi R8 World Car Design of the Year
2010 Audi R8 V10 World Performance Car
2014 Audi A3 World Car of the Year

 

  
 

SteelSeries at Concepts Computer 
 


TigerLim posing with Vincent Pao and Zul Abdul Rahman of Concepts Computer, showcasing their new products – SteelSeries, now available at their store

I’m not much of a gamer myself. I heard of other peripheral brands for gaming and only recently I heard of SteelSeries and apparently, a lot of gamers in Brunei know of this brand. It seems that they know what’s good for gaming accessories ranging from mouses to keyboard and headphones. It’s also good to know that Concepts Computer have partnered with SteelSeries in providing their peripherals to promote the gaming industry in Brunei Darussalam.

SteelSeries launched an iconic series of SteelSeries Frost Blue and Heat Orange limited edition gaming gears, comprising SteelSeries Sensei RAW gaming mouse, SteelSeries Siberia v2 gaming headset and SteelSeries QCK gaming mousepad.

Perhaps the most significant product of SteelSeries is the SteelSeries Sensei RAW mouse. I don’t know what this means but it said to provide a high performance as high as 5,670 counts per inch in terms of scalable pointer speed and fine-tuning on-the-fly of the speed will be easy as togging high and low. It’s ideal for fast pace gaming such as Counter Strike to name one. The mouse is priced at BND 128.

You also should try out the Siberia v2 gaming headset and it comes in different colours too. It has super bright LED and delivers superior sound to differentiate them from other competitors.

Do check out the posters below for more details.

Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, said, “Our partnership with SteelSeries is the next step in Concepts Computer’s diversification and expansion into different sectors of the Bruneian IT market. We believe for Gamers, “Winning is Everything”, and that is what we’re trying to deliver with SteelSeries gaming peripherals.”

For more information or to experience the SteelSeries Gaming Experience, visit the nearest Concepts Computer showroom, or call 2233551 or 2233552.


SteelSeries ranging from mouse pad to mouse to headset
 


Different colours of headsets to choose from
 


A lot to choose from at Concepts Computer
 


SteelSeries Siberia v2
 


Gamers having fun with the SteelSeries
 


Zul Abdul Rahman said SteelSeries will provide a living gaming experience and Concepts Computer will have a chance to try their products in their showroom
 


Counter Strike, anyone?
 


Check out the SteelSeries from Concepts Computer
 


Check out the SteelSeries from Concepts Computer
 

  
 

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