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30
Jul

The Cruise Effect

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Rogue Nation 
 


My second periscope live feed and it was a quick review of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Download Periscope app on your smartphone and add me username Ranoadidas and replay my latest video feed 😀
 

 

Loft and Co 
 


I was checking out the office furniture at Loft and Co the other day
 

It has been around for a few weeks or so. A new furniture shop in town and it’s picking up pace despite the recent decline in consumer spending. Perhaps it was a timely manner when I ran an Instagram competition where the lucky winner will be walking away with a coffee table worth BND 380 from Loft and Co and their sales picked up just before Hari Raya. Even my future bro-in-law bought some items there 🙂

If you are hunting for home modern-high quality furniture, Loft and Co has it all and they will be bringing in more stock and new batches of furniture. I will talk more in details in my future post on their furniture.

You can check them out at Unit 6 to 9, Ground Floor, Little Soho at Batu Bersurat (the building after Shabulicious up the hill). You can also contact or whatsapp them at 8908778 and even follow them on instagram @loftandcobsb

 


From dining area to bed space at Loft and Co
 


Some of the customers that dropped by and bought some furniture at Loft and Co
 


Modern looking feel sofa for your home
 


This was taken a few weeks’ ago where I drew the lucky winner with Nicole from Loft and Co for the coffee table prize
 


And the winner was @el.23 and congratulations
 


Another winner from @thanislim competition with a voucher worth BND 150
 

 

Korean Food and Art Festival 
 


Happening this Saturday until Wednesday next week at Times Square Shopping Centre
 

Times Square Shopping Centre will be hosting a Korean Food and Art Festival this Saturday, 1st August 2015 until Wednesday, 5th August 2015. The festival which will be held at Times Square’s atrium is organized by Times Square Shopping Centre and co-organized by Embassy of Republic Korea, Korea Argo Fisheries and Food Trade Corp, Korean Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs and Gallery DM.

The Korean Food and Art Festival will feature fun activities for the public including; Cooking Demonstration, Eating Competition, Learning Traditional Mask Painting, Face Painting by Korean Artist, Guess the ingredient, Learning Korean Fan Calligraphy, Learning Traditional Wrapping cloth (bojagi), Dress-Up & Photo Booth and activities by ITB KCC.

Times Square Shopping Centre also has several upcoming events which include “Times Square 3rd Lucky Draw Campaign” which will take place on Sunday, 9th August 2015. Moreover, on Tuesday 11th August 2015, Times Square will be holding an Open House for the public to celebrate Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. There will be fun activities and games from Dress-Up Competition to Lip Sync Battle during the annual Open House. Registrations are free and forms can be obtained at the lucky draw counter. Let’s have an unforgettable experience at Times Square Shopping Centre; a place for everyone.

For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006 during office hours.

 


Food demonstration from Silla Restaurant
 

  
 

08
Jul

Slow and steady

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The nasi katok effect
 


The shop that I frequent in Singapore – Toy Outpost at Plaza Singapura. Image taken from their website.
 

That’s how it is. When you create opportunities and there is a huge demand, then it’s ideal to have new entrants into the market. I have been noticing the late surge of cube stores in Brunei. I saw this concept at Singapore many years ago at Plaza Singapura and I thought it is such a great way to sell items without dealing with high operating costs. I frequent there a lot because they mostly sell figurines and mini-figures (lego) and WWE products. They are very focused in their theme so I know I won’t be wasting my time and most of the items on display would relate to me. Of course, I also like to hunt for novelty products.

Now Brunei is more like an untapped market and we are beginning to enjoy the concept of window shopping at cube stores. This can help to promote small businesses or SMEs to start off their business on a smaller scale and test the market. Those who make a side business through means of social media will find this very handy indeed.

The concept cube store that was the so called pioneer was SCG Enterprise. It started in Seri Q-Lap Mall and now expanded its services at Citis Square. Now malls in Brunei are showing similar trends of cube stores. Well, it’s a good thing for the owners of the cube stores because it’s also a good income for them to sustain in maintaining cube stores and it’s more of a perpetual income on the basis of subletting the cube spaces.

Let’s just hope that we won’t have too many of it as our market is pretty small. In my opinion, the biggest advantage for cube store owners is location and maybe on branding presence. The latest one I saw was at The Mall Cineplex and it has a very clean, fresh concept. It’s very ideal especially for movie goers who would spare some time to shop before catching a movie.

Good luck to all the SMEs and who knows one day I might need a cube space of my own 😀

 


The latest cube store that I came across outside The Mall Cineplex
 

 

Helping the unfortunate
 

As part of their Ramadhan activities, Total E&P Borneo B.V. (TEPB) organized their fifth annual Ramadhan Charity, which provided in-kind assistance to the local communities where Total operates, namely Kg Lumut 1 & Kg Lumut 2 in Mukim Liang (where the Total Onshore Processing Plant is located) and Kg Sabun in Mukim Serasa (where Total Logistic Base is located). Total also planned another donation handover for an orphan of their former staff.

Focusing on the assistance to the local community mentioned above, a total of 10 Total staff volunteers were split into two teams to handover the donations concurrently to five (5) households in Kg Lumut 1 and Kg Lumut 2 in Belait District and another five (5) households in Kg Serasa, Brunei & Muara District.

The  donations consisted of daily necessities like rice, oil, bottled water and other food rations and utilities prepaid cards provided by the company and also personal contribution by Total staff members. The assistance was intended to help the underprivileged individuals of both villages to better celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which is just around the corner.

 


The Total volunteers & MPK Lumut 1 representatives in a group photo at the residence of Dyg Hayati bte Japar in Kg Sungai Bakong
 


Dyg Sukarelawati (2nd right) in a group photo with the Total volunteers and MPK Lumut 1 representatives
 


Fauzi bin Osman (middle) receiving the donation from the Total volunteers at his residence
 

The recipients were selected based on the list of provided by the Islamic Religious Council Department. As they are mostly listed under the ‘faqir’ & ‘miskin’ or underprivileged individuals category, it is understood that they are currently receiving fixed term financial assistance from MUIB under the Baitul Mal fund. In addition, some recipients were also selected based on further consultation with the respective Village Heads. Donation to local community in Kg Lumut 1 & Lumut 2, Mukim Liang, Belait District The Total volunteers in Kg Lumut 1 & Lumut 2 was led by Zulhilmi Rambli, Corporate Communications & CSR Executive. In addition, the group was also accompanied by several representatives from the Lumut 1 Village Consultative Council (MPK Lumut 1) led by Awang Ho Chang Fui.

One of the recipients, Sukarelawati binti Ismail, 41, resides in Kg Sungai Tali Lumut 2. It is understood her husband passed away just over a month ago. Now, she is a single mother with five children. Her family currently resides at her in-law’s house. It is understood that she supports her family mainly by jointly operating a food stall at a nearby location. In addition, her family also receives a fixed term financial assistance from the Baitul Mal fund to cover expenses of her children education.

Meanwhile, the team in Pekan Muara and Kg Serasa was led by Muhammad Rasimoon Hj Adinin, Head of HR, Corporate Communications and CSR. Present to assist the Total group of volunteers were several representatives from the Village Consultative Council of Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun, and Pelumpong. The MPK was led by its Head of Village, Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman. One of the beneficiaries is Awg Suhaimi bin Hj Masri, a 40 year old father with 7 dependents – a housewife and 6 children. He earns a living by going out fishing at sea three to four times a week. Without any fixed income, the family relies on a fixed term financial contribution from the Baitul Mal fund.

 


Pengiran Haji Mohamed bin Pengiran Haji Osman @ Othman (Ketua Kg of Masjid Lama, Pekan Muara, Sabun, and Pelumpong) handing over the donation to Abdul Rahman bin Inchut in Kg Serasa as Rasimoon Adinin (2nd left) of Total looks on
 


Group photo at the residence of Awg Suhaimi bin Hj Masri in Kg Perpindahan Serasa
 

 

  

The next draw 

 

 

Times Square Shopping Centre is having its next lucky draw prize presentation of the 5th Lucky draw campaign on Sunday, 9th August 2015 at 2.00pm. This would be the third draw of the 5thLucky draw campaign in 2015.

In order to join, customers may shop, dine, stay in Times hotel or watch movies at Times Cineplex (Times Square branch) then submit the receipts of the day to the lucky draw counter located in front of Dee Jay.

There are no minimum purchases required and all customers may participate as many times as they wish. This however, does not apply for purchases made at the food court. 20 daily winners will be contacted everyday where these winners are then shortlisted to join the lucky draw prize presentation.

So there are plenty of reasons to head to Times Square and be part of the lucky draw. You have at least a month from now to shop and dine. I’ve been dining and watching movies on many occasions. Perhaps a better time to put my name in the draw 😀

 


The quarterly draw at Times Square Shopping Centre back in May 2015. The next will be in August. Good luck 😀
 


You are even entitled when you catch a movie at Times Cineplex. We caught Awang Semaun two weeks ago with my social media buddies.
 

  

 

25
May

Five Five

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Review of Disney’s Tomorrowland with co-host @delgoh

 

  
 

 

Lucky draw at Times Square 



The overall winners of the Times Square Shopping Centre’s lucky draw competition and Shop, Dine and Snap Instagram competition. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.


Dk Siti Nuramal Asyiqin Pg HM Sofiah who won herself a Samsung Galaxy S5 presented by Mr Lim Yee Liang, Marketing Manager of Times Square Shopping Centre. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.

Times Square Shopping Centre completed their second lucky draw prize presentation for the fifth campaign on Sunday, 24th May 2015.

The event commenced with quizzes and games conducted by the management, followed by the mascot appearance to liven up the public. The winners of Shop, Dine and Snap Instagram competition were first announced prior to the lucky draw event. Five instagram posts were selected from all the entrees. Md Syahmi Hazim Bin Harjammey who bagged a necklace sponsored by OKKY Jewellery, followed by Zurainee Kiflee who walked home with a one night stay courtesy of Times Hotel,. Lastly the three winners of the Shop, Dine and Snap Instagram Competition, Norfazirah Binti Shremmi, Yumi and Danish Lim went home with a hamper from NHF Organics Sdn Bhd.

The event then continued with the prize presentation of the lucky draw. A total of 25 prizes were given away. The first 22 winners of the prize presentation had to draw their own prizes on stage. The first 7 prizes were presented by the Miss Mally Hadinim, General secretary of Times Square Property Management, followed by the Property Supervisor, Miss Norafizah Daud who presented 7 more prizes to the winners.

The remaining 11 prizes were then presented by the Marketing Manager, Mr Lim Yee Liang. Moreover, first prize of the lucky draw went to Dk Siti Nuramal Asyiqin Pg HM Sofiah who won herself a Samsung Galaxy S5. Second place went to Mohd Jasmerol Jazemen Bin Hj Md Jasry who won a SHARP fridge and third place went to Nurul Amalina Shaban who won a Xiaomi M1 Pad.

Times Square is also glad to announce that there will be several events in the near future. Such events include Ramadhan fair in July as well as Dip & Win on the last week of Ramadhan. ‘Shop, Dine & Snap’ Instagram Competition is still ongoing until August 2015. For more information and registration, kindly visit the Lucky Draw counter. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 


Mohd Jasmerol Jazemen Bin Hj Md Jasry who won a SHARP fridge


Nurul Amalina Shaban who won a Xiaomi M1 Pad


The Run 
 


The starting line
 


The Run was another successful event. Over 3,600 participants took part in the yearly charitable event to raise funds for Pusat Ehsan. The event was flagged off by the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah. It was nice to see that 500 special needs participants took part in the event.

It was quite challenging for the organizers to up their numbers from last year’s due to the number of running events in the past weeks or so. Nevertheless, it was still a remarkable number to reach 3,600 participants and perhaps it’s the biggest run to date (in terms of numbers). The funds raised will be used to finance its operational programmes in learning, vocation and rehabilitation for the special needs people under the centre.

A belated shout out to Winnie Sia who ran yesterday on her birthday.

 


 


My toastmasters buddies – Supatra and Jason
 


The finishing line
 


Jayden Sia with his sister Winnie Sia
 

  
 

Living with Passion 
 


Mr. Soon Loo, the host for “Living with Passion” with founders of Relentless Entertainment
 


Mr. Soon Loo as the host

How many passionate Bruneians do you think are out there? The answer is… more than we think we know.

Hosted by Mr. Soon Loo, one of Brunei first venture capitalist and an executive coach. “Living with Passion” is an new TV series featuring passionate Bruneians and dive into what does it mean to live lives with passion.

The featured series showcases talents of Brunei to inspire its audience to pursue the things and goals they want in life. Amongst the guests that came onto the “Living with Passion” talk shows are Brunei’s Olympic representative, SEA Games’ Gold Medalists, one of Brunei’s first full featured film Directors, Bruneian starting business in Silicon Valley and abroad, aspiring award-winning Brunei musicians and entertainers, Brunei premier architect, Brunei professional marathon runner, Brunei socialite, fashion designer, dancers, business personalities, DJ, and other Bruneians that you may recognize making their mark in Brunei and the region pursuing what they love.

Living with Passion is hosted by Soon Loo, Managing Director of Seri Venture Capital that works with Brunei Economic Development Board to invest and grow companies in Brunei to expand overseas. Soon is also an executive and life coach that works with people and professions to forward their goals in their life. He was recently honored by the Junior Chamber International in Rio as One of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World.

“It is inspiring to see that there are so many inspiring Bruneians from all walks of life, of all ages, courageously pursuing their passion and that’s why we created this series with RTB. I think we Bruneians need to recognize and celebrate what they are capable of doing — and more often than not we are more capable than we think.” said Soon Loo.

Currently, the TV series is in it’s 10th week. If you still have not had a chance to catch an episode, you still have 5 more times to do so. Living with Passion is broadcasted every Friday at 930pm (and replay every Saturday around 1130am) on RTB 1.

Do you have the courage to pursue what you love? Then maybe in the future, you too can be featured on this new TV show — so that Bruneians can work together to ignite passion of life.

 


 


Living with Passion is broadcasted every Friday at 930pm (and replay every Saturday around 1130am) on RTB 1
 


 

  
 

The Popcorn Panel 
 

Review of Mad Max: Road Fury. Oh What a Day. What a Lovely Day 😀

Review of Pitch Perfect 2 with co-host @delgoh

 

  
 

13
May

What a lovely day!!

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Room Confinement 
 


The confine room at Times Square
 


The Kidnapped Room

Times Square Shopping Centre is conducting its first Room Confinement game daily from 12noon to 9pm this month. The game introduces an interactive gaming experience into Brunei, where the right measure of wit, persistence and teamwork will win the game. The Room Confinement is located in Times Square Shopping Centre, between Guardian and Jollibee, and is a collaboration with YYSL.

Customers will be confined in a room, where they would have to find a series of codes and puzzles that must be solved within 45 minute, in order to find the combination codes and answer the puzzles.

There are two rooms available with different themes; “Kidnapped” and “Missing Girl”. Each theme has a unique story element to the game, and what sets Room Confinement apart from their counterparts is that customers are being challenged and pressured to solve the puzzle within the time limit. Each room may accommodate two to six participants at a time. The game has attracted more than 100 participants and only a few managed to solve the mystery. It may look easy but you need to be very alert and focused.

Customers would need to book their slots to participate, though tickets are available for purchases at the counter; interested participant may call us at 8995720.

Times Square is also glad to announce that there will be upcoming events in May such as Times Square Lucky Draw and Mid-Year Exhibition. There is also an ongoing competition ‘Shop, Dine & Snap Instagram Competition’. For more information and registration, kindly visit the Lucky Draw booth at Times Square atrium. You may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

 


Some of the items in the room. Note: She is not the kidnapped girl
 


Search for the clues
 


Some of the clues
 


A body chalk on the floor
 


There’s even a TV inside the room.
 

 

Mad Max: Road Fury 
 

 

One of the trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road

 


My most anticipated movie for 2015. I’m a big fan of Mad Max. Catching this soon at The Mall Cineplex.
 


Great scores so far on Rotten Tomatoes.
 

  
 

 

Baiduri Masters 2015 concludes 
 


Dr Yg Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah had the Baiduri Masters 2015 trophy to Seruji Haji Setia
 


The presentation of the mock key of the Porsche Panamera to Ahmad Izzat bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Zaimi and Ahanapoah Hj Mohd Noor
 

The 20th Baiduri Masters concluded with a prize presentation at the Indah Hall, Royal Brunei Recreation Club and was attended by Dr Yg Amat Mulia Pengiran Muda Abdul Fattaah Ibni Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Perdana Wazir Sahibul Himmah Wal-Waqar Pengiran Muda Mohamed Bolkiah, a member of the Board of Directors at Baiduri Bank.

In his welcoming address, Mr. Pierre Imhof, CEO at Baiduri Bank said,” The aim has always been centred towards supporting our community and making a difference, whether big or small, and this year is no different.” He further elaborated that Baiduri Bank has always strived to raise funds for local charity organisations, particularly the charities that cater towards individuals with special needs with the hope to alleviate their burden.

$80,000 was raised from the gold tournament proceeds, going to the Learning Ladders Society, the Child Development Centre, YASKA, Pusat Ehsan Al-Almeerah Al-Hajjah Maryam and SMARTER.

This year’s competition turned out to be a rather memorable one, as there were many landmark moments; three hole-in-ones and the second time a player had won the Baiduri Masters back to back. Seruji Haji Setia claimed the Challenge Trophy for a second year in a row, earning the coveted Green jacket, and $850 in cash. He beat his previous year’s score of 70 by one to pip the win.

The big winners of the night were the players who got the hole in one. Kahar Hj Abu Bakar was the first winner of the $20,000 cash prize since it was introduced in 2011. But the room burst into loud cheers with the presentation of the mock key of the Porsche Panamera to Ahmad Izzat bin Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Zaimi and Ahanapoah Hj Mohd Noor. The Baiduri Masters was supported by QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, QAF Eurokars Sdn Bhd, QAF Brunei, Brunei Press Sdn Bhd and RBA Golf Club Sdn Bhd.

 


 


The charitable foundations that benefited from Baiduri Masters 2015
 


Vanessa Boumba scored three prizes on the night, coming in top in the Ladies Division and the Junior Division, as well as winning the longest drive on hole 18
 


The winners of the Team Division, Anak Kedayan
 


 


The Baiduri Ladies
 


The one in hole prize that was shared – Porsche Panamera
 

  
 

Iconia promotion 
 


the ACER Iconia Tab One 8 Android tablet and the ACER Iconia Tab 8 W Windows tablet now available at Concepts Computer
 

Portability and Affordability, the keywords for the new IT era, is key in being able to adapt to many changing and demanding needs of Bruneian IT consumers. Acer has made a huge leap in providing the most affordable and portable tablets in the ACER Iconia Tab series.

And fueling a new era of IT usage is the resurgence of the older generation in trying out new technology, to fit into the ever changing landscape of a modern world, which is why for the remaining month of May, Concepts will be providing exciting prices for the ACER Iconia Tab series; the ACER Iconia Tab One 8 Android tablet and the ACER Iconia Tab 8 W Windows tablet, open for those 50 years old and above.

The promotional pricing for the ACER Iconia Tab series will not only be for the older generations but also students who are looking for their first tablet to fulfill their educational and entertainment needs. The ACER Iconia Tab series are perfect for them since each model can be used for specific areas in their student life; the Windows based ACER Iconia Tab 8 W is perfect for school work and the Android based ACER Iconia Tab One 8 is perfect for entertainment and games in general.

With an 8-inch display that produces vivid colors from any angle, you can enjoy and share photos and videos alone or with friends. Add to that the immersive sound experience produced by dual stereo speakers, and your gaming, videos and music become truly entertaining.

The ACER Iconia Tab series has an attractive and simple design that’s both slim and lightweight. The narrow bezel allows a larger display that you can still hold comfortably in one hand. What’s more, the stylish and functional tactile pattern on the back also makes it easier to hold.


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer (right) posing with the Iconia models
 


 

With a bevy of trendy, eye catching colours to suit any lifestyle and show your personality, this slim and lightweight tablet designed to be travel friendly. Plus its beautifully textured anti-slip finish helps you keep a firm grip wherever you go.

Battery-life that is acceptable for every day usage, the ACER Icnoia Tab series will be able to fulfill all your needs with an expected battery-life of 7 hours. Work and Play on the go is never easier and more convenient.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive at Concepts Computer, while speaking to the media said, “Concepts will always try to be in the forefront of the IT market in Brunei which is why we’re offering both these model at great prices for these 2 specific groups of society.” He continued, “The older generation would benefit a lot from being IT savvy, giving them the ability to be connected through these tablets, making them closer to the younger generations.” Zul aslo added, “And with students, technology is prevalent in their everyday life, this is just a chance to offer them the best devices out there at very affordable prices.”

Both the ACER Iconia Tab 8 W and ACER Iconia Tab One 8 is available at Concepts Computer for $218 but for the month of May, those 50 years old and above, and students currently in school or any educational institute, will be able to purchase either of these 2 models at the promotional price of $198 each. To qualify for the promotional prices, please provide ID for prove of age, or student ID/report cards to prove student status.

For more information call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visiti your nearest Concepts Computer showroom.

  

23
Dec

Pop Mee

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

It’s Bonus time 

 


Yesterday’s queue at Tanjung Bunut. It’s bonus time and most of the salaries are from BIBD if I’m not mistaken. Good thing I’m not in Brunei right now. Image courtesy of Jason Rumpun.


The scene taken last night and maybe this is no coincidence that there was such a queue of this magnitude. The happiest bunch are definitely the kids. A great payoff session. Image courtesy of @serirabakri


Now where can you make use of your bonus? Of course, the current ongoing Brunei Salebration. However, I opted to shop outside of Brunei because of the varieties it can offer and also with great discounts everywhere. Furthermore, I’m more into the quality it offers. This is one of the shops in Singapore that has discounts up to 50% on their clothes and apparels.


Announcement from BIBD 
 

From BIBD: Dear Valued Customers,

Kindly be informed all BIBD branches will be closed today due to technical problems.

BIBD is working hard to resolve this delay and customers are encouraged to use other banking channels such as ATMs, CDMs, BIBD Online, BIBD Mobile and BIBD Cards which is operating as normal.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and we thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Do follow their Facebook Page or @bibdbrunei instagram for updates.

 


 

  
 

Mini Carnival Times Square 
 

Friday, 19th December 2014 marks the end of Times Square’s 7th Mini Carnival that was ongoing for 15 days since 5th December 2014.

The 7th Mini Carnival at Times Square Shopping Centre which was held in conjunction with the school holiday, featured several fun games such as the popular Balloon Popper, Ball Toss, Basketball Arcade Machines, Skee Ball, Mini Golf, Shooting Penguin, Shift Unleashed 2 and the Bouncer. Customers were able to win prizes simply by collecting coupons from playing any of the games at the carnival. The event was made more festive with stage activities such as Guess That Soundtrack!, Musical Chairs, Random Race Challenges and a lot more.

Times Square Shopping Centre also made the carnival merrier with the celebration of its 4th Anniversary since it opened in 2010 with a cake cutting ceremony and appearance by the mascots on 19th December at 8pm. The management had a warm celebration with their valued tenants and customers where they extended their gratitude for supporting Times Square Shopping Centre since the day it opened. Present to grace the cake cutting were the general manager, Amal Majidah and marketing manager, Lim Yee Liang.

2014 at Times Square will close with the Year End Exhibition that will begin on the 27th December 2014 until 4th January 2015. So stay tuned with future fun activities that will be held in Times Square Shopping Centre and get updated with all of Times Square’s events by following us on Facebook or Instagram as well as our website at tsqbrunei.com

For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006. Image and press release courtesy of Times Square.

 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

 

CF in January 2015 
 


Pg Salleh Ab Rahaman Pg Hj Damit, advisor of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and Christopher Chee, General Manager of D’Sunlit with the partners for Consumer Fair 2015. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.
 


Hj Md Kamarul Azaman Hj Ajimain, Marketing Officer of BIBD and Pg Salleh Ab Rahaman Pg Hj Damit, advisor of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd. Image courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.

D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd put pen to paper yesterday at its office in the Beribi Industrial and inked agreements with 16 event partners for the 15th edition of the popular consumer fair.

Scheduled for January 28 until February 1 next year at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, the fair is sanctioned by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources and will feature local business as well as businesses from countries such as Malaysia, Iran, China and Singapore.
A wide array of products ranging from food and beverages to fashion and technology will be on display at 430 booths that will be there at the fair.

Signing on behalf of D’Sunlit was its advisor, Pg Salleh Ab Rahaman Pg Hj Damit, witnessed by the General Manager of D’Sunlit, Christopher Chee.

Signing on behalf of Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) was Marketing Officer Hj Md Kamarul Azaman Hj Ajimain, while signing on behalf of Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd was Sales Executive Davis Wee. Logistic Director of Syarikat Perniagaan Malar Setia Chee Wah Lim was the signatory on behalf of the company.

Signing on behalf of the event partners were representatives from Brunei Press Sdn Bhd, Oregon Systems, IBIC Sdn Bhd, RIPAS Hospital, Braun Sdn Bhd, Ho Tai Company Sdn Bhd and MagicLee Entertainment.

During the five-day fair, various activities such as a unique theme park, lucky draws, and entertainment for children will be held as well as charitable activities such as a blood donation drive. For more on what to expect about the upcoming fair, visit www.bruneiconsumerfair.com or contact D’Sunlit Marketing Department at 2453666. Text courtesy of Azli Azney of The Brunei Times.

  
 

25
Aug

Unlock your potential

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Myanmar – HBT 2014 Champions 
 


His Majesty the Sultan presenting the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy to Myanmar after they won the tournament, beating Vietnam 4-3 last weekend. The image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

They deserved it. In the group stage, they squashed almost every opponents in their sights but it was a tough road in the finals against Vietnam. The match ended in a 7 goal thriller that I didn’t disappoint the audience who came for the match. It was great to know that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam was present during the finals of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014 at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.

I wasn’t able to attend the finals of HBT due to my overseas assignment. It was a free entry for the spectators as it has always been for the past few tournaments. However, it was a tough task to get a full house stadium since Brunei was the biggest draw and they failed to reach the semi-finals by merely one goal difference. It was still a huge turnout nonetheless and this shows that football is a universal sport for all regardless of age and gender.

Myanmar were crowned champions of the 5th edition of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy competition following their 4-3 win over Vietnam. Myanmar’s striker Aung struck from 30 metres out to beat Vietnam goalkeeper Lee following a counter attack for the winning championship goal late in the game.

Overall, it was a great tournament and better managed as compared to the previous tournament. There wasn’t much hassle with the ticket issuance as they weren’t any tickets to be issued in the first place apart from the Brunei vs Indonesia match (due to previous experience). Now we will have to wait till 2016 for the next tournament.


Myanmar players in jubilant mood after winning. Image courtesy of Faiq Airudin of The Brunei Times.
 


The Myanmar supporters last weekend. Image courtesy of Faiq Airudin of The Brunei Times.
 


Myanmar the champions of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. Image courtesy of Faiq Airudin of The Brunei Times.
 

  
 

Wanna drive an Audi? 
 


Times Square Wedding Fair lucky draw winners. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.

TCY Motors, the sole dealer/importer of the Audi brand in Brunei is set to hold its inaugural Audi Urban Driving Experience which will feature road safety driving tuition and dynamic exercises where drivers will discover what an Audi can do under normal and extreme conditions. Models featured will include the all-new Audi A3 Sedan which was launched recently.

An international Audi Driving Instructor will be invited to conduct the event and ensure utmost safety for participants. Currently this event is only open to Audi owners in the sultanate on a ‘first come first serve’ registration as part of their privilege of owning/driving an Audi.

As part of Audi’s Land of quattro® brand campaign non-audi owners can now be a part of this unique ‘money can’t buy’ experience by simply purchasing movie tickets at the Empire Cinema  from this week onwards to enter a lucky draw to win exclusive spots for the driving event in September. In co-operation with Times Cineplex, movie-goers at the Empire cinema in Jerudong will be entitled to a lucky draw form per ticket purchased at the counter.

The closing date of the lucky draw is on 22nd September and a draw to pick a winner will be held subsequently.

 

APACER Flash Drives 
 


Associates of Concepts Computer holding the APACER On-The-Go Flash drives now available at Concepts Computer

With the importance of physical digital storage on the rise in our digital society, Concepts Computer is introducing the next evolution of data storage: On-The-Go Flash Drives. These mobile, reliable and simple storage solutions from APACER, an internationally recognised and multi-award winning data solutions provider, will revolutionize the way data is shared among mobile device users, making sharing easier and faster. 2 models of On-The-Go flash drives will be available from Apacer and Concepts Computer, the APACER AH170 and the APACER AH170. Both the APACER AH170 and AH175 offers great useful storage capacities in a small enclosure for great mobility and secure storage.

The Apacer AH170 comes in a “Striped Candy” motif, making it a fun and cute device to own but is inherently useful when the need to share videos, music and photos between friends and their mobile devices; simply connect the Apacer AH170 to any micro-USB capable Android mobile device, open up your File Manager app and in no time, files can be transferred successfully without the need to connect to computers. But don’t worry, the Apacer AH170 will come with a free USB adapter so data transfer between mobile devices and computers is still possible whenever necessary.

Next is the Apacer AH175, a much more professional storage device, with bi-directional connections, i.e., the availability of both the micro-USB and USB connection without the need for adapters means that the Apacer AH175 is much more directed for the fast-paced business world and its demands. It’s stylish metallic casing exudes a much more professional image and the three years warranty afforded for all Apacer device can make the ownership of an Apacer business ready since there are no worries when it comes to warranty issues. Bringing business up-to-date with data On-The-Go has never been easier and faster.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer added, “We know how important the idea of mobility in digital data storage is to our customers, especially with the rise of mobile devices in business environments, 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.” Zul continued, “And with that in mind, this is another step for Concepts in providing exciting solutions for the local IT-market. And with the release of these APACER pen drives, customers do not have to choose between reliability, high performance and affordability, it is all available from APACER and Concepts Computer. ”

These APACER AH3170 On-The-Go flash drives will be available in 8GB capacity with 2 colours available in the “Striped Candy” motif at a price of $18. The Apacer AH175 On-The-Go flash drives will priced accordingly: $18 for 8GB, $28 for 16GB, and $38 for 32GB. These APACER pen drives also comes with 3 years limited warranty. Please note that these Apacer On-The-Go flash drives works with micro-USB capable Android 4.1 or Windows OS mobile devices.

For more information on the wide-selection and full-range of storage solutions available at Concepts Computer or to test the demo units for these On-The-Go flash drives on your mobile devices, please visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551/2233552.


The new On-The-Go Flash drives
 


The new On-The-Go Flash drives
 

  
 

Times Square Wedding Fair 
 


Times Square Wedding Fair lucky draw winners. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.

Times Square Wedding Fair Lucky Draw took place yesterday on Sunday, 24th August 2014 at 4.00 pm. With 18 attractive prizes to be given away, Times Square was filled with a crowd of hopeful winners who participated and visited the booths since the launching of theWedding Exhibition.

Coupon holders were reminded to be present at the Lucky Draw presentation, along with their Identity Cards (IC) as proof of identity and their Coupons. Representatives were allowed, but they must bring along their own ICs, as well as the photocopy IC of the winner along with the original coupon.

The first 13 winners of the draw had to draw their own prizes after they had their name called. The prize presentation was done by the general manager of Times Square, Miss Amal Majidah.
5 dining vouchers worth $10 each from Starlodge, $70 vouchers from Memo Beauty Studio, $50 voucher from Deli France and $100 voucher from Bigfoot were won by Mohammad Arif Bin Awang, Dk Nur Aqilah Nadirah Binti PHM Askandar, Nurnadzirah binti Mohd Jailani, Shahidah Hj Saadi, Muhammad Ali Hanafiah Hj Kahar, Mohd Norhasri Bin Hj Abd Karim, Mahmoud Shiddieqy and Nursyakirah Bte Hj Maizin respectively. P.S. Aisyah bte Pg A. Rosleana, Nurnadzirah binti Mohd Jailani and Shaidatul Izwah Pg Hj Rosley won a Guestbook from Jadeworld. 2 set of hampers from Faceshop went to Lorene Fong and Nurnadzirah binti Mohd Jailani .

The first of the top 4 prizes went to Nurolizzah Hj Saadi and Zafeey Mohammad each won a night accommodation with breakfast from Parkview. Nurul Fahmiah Binti Hj Zanie and Shahnidah Hj Saadi each won a night accommodation with breakfast from Times Hotel with a Jade World Collection Guestbook. Finally, the grand prize of a night accommodation from Ba’diah Hotel, a OKKY white Gold Necklace and a voucher worth $500 from Freshco Banquet Hall was won by Nadia Hj Saadi.

Times Square is also glad to announce that the Wedding Fair was a success and look forward for next year’s wedding fair. Also, there will be several fun events in the near future where there will be an Alien Invasion in September, followed by Chocolate Weekend and Korean Festival in October. Customers may also find out about all upcoming events by visiting tsqbrunei.com or simply following Times Square Shopping Centre’s pages on Facebook and Instagram @timessquarebrunei

For further information, please call 2338208 or 2338006.

 


Nadia Hj Saadi won the grand prize from the lucky draw – a night accommodation from Ba’diah Hotel, a OKKY white Gold Necklace and a voucher worth $500 from Freshco Banquet Hall
 


A consolation winner
 


A consolation winner
 


A consolation winner
 

  
 

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

 


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HSBC Personal Internet Banking

 

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BIBD – Let’s Go Mobile!

 

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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.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

17
Apr

#StageOne

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 


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HSBC Personal Internet Banking

 

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BIBD – Let’s Go Mobile!

 

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Royal Brunei Airlines

 

 

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BB gets BBB+/A-2 Rating 

 


Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank (center) with Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank and Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Mustapa, Head of Treasury of Baiduri Bank during the press conference yesterday

This reminds me of math days in high school years. I’m never a fond of math subject but if I dedicate myself to it, I will do just fine, nothing more. Recently, Baiduri Bank has reached another milestone in the banking industry. In a banking environment especially Brunei which has been undergoing through many regulatory measures, banks in Brunei have to step up their game and be more “creative” in meeting customers’ demand and also falling in line with the rules and regulations which have been stricter.

So it’s great to see that Baiduri Bank has been given an impressive rating of “BBB+/A- 2” by an international rating agency, Standard & Poor’s. It was published in Bloomberg that Baiduri Bank has a “strong” business position, “adequate” capital and earnings, “moderate” risk position, “average” funding and “strong” liquidity.

In most cases, such rating will remain unchanged for the next 12-18 months and it’s very unlikely it will suffer a drop and Baiduri Bank ensures that they will sustain that rating and even better the current rating. Of course, this is a long term goal of Baiduri Bank and being it only 20 years old, this is considered a great achievement and also given the tough regulatory measures that the Brunei banking industry have to go through.

Such rating positions Baiduri Bank just below well known banks such as DBS, OCBC and UOB in Singapore which shows the great credibility of Baiduri Bank.

Pierre Imhof, CEO of Baiduri Bank, hosted a press conference with the presence of Mr. Ti Eng Hui, Deputy CEO of Baiduri Bank and Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Mustapa, Head of Treasury of Baiduri Bank. Imhof shared that the policy on lending will remain the same as it has been one of Baiduri Bank’s important and successful product due to its dynamic nature. With more healthy liquidity of Baiduri Bank, there are in a good position to lend more and maintain their lending policy.

Imhof also shared that the bank will be looking for opportunities regionally in the near future. He is proud that Baiduri Bank has been given the BBB+ ranking and this will indeed give more confidence internally and also to their loyal customers. Congratulations, Baiduri Bank, on your milestone.


The media attending the press conference


The New Baiduri Certificate of Deposit


Do make use of your Baiduri Bank Visa card 😀

  


Film Festival UBD 2014 
 


The students have work tremendously well for their assignment. Kudos to them and I salute you guys!!

The time is almost near. The Film Festival UBD 2014 is just around the corner and I can’t wait to see some of the short films done by UBD students and this is part of their assessment too. This is similar to the UBD Spectacle 2014 project (oops, I really have to pay them a visit too). There will be 8 short films in different forms of genre involving 20 students majoring in the field of Professional Communications and The Media.

So you will witness some of the innovative content the students muster in a short span of time. I was already impressed with the short films done last year by the students and I, myself, am a big fan of movies and I always love to talk about direction and film editing when it comes to movies. Of course, this is why The Popcorn Panel came about where you can catch my audio podcast on movies that I watch every now and then.

If want to read more of the in-depth objectives of the Film Festival UBD 2014, you can click here.

By the way, the tickets you can get them half an hour before the show and it’s FREE. It will take place at The Core at UBD. There are quite number of slots you can choose from to catch the 8 short films. You can see the synopsis from their Facebook page too. There will be 5 UBD made production and 3 local house production in all.

On Saturday 19th April, the timings will be 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm while on Sunday 20th April, it will start on 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm. So if you have the time, do make the time. One of the short films that I enjoyed last year was “Roast Lamb” and it will be one of the short films to be featured. You can follow them also on instagram @filmfestivalubd2014


Two more days to go
 


Are you ready for Film Festival UBD 2014?
 

  
 

IA Salon
 

Mother’s Day Special
 


Cecelia Lee of IA Salon
 

· Manicure + Pedicure – 20% off – Monday to Thursday only.

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Malppy Weekend Deals 

If you love your mobile phone and love accessorizing it, Malppy’s Weekend Deal might just be for you! Let your phone be transformed with these beautiful casings!


Designed for iPhone 5C. Click image to enter website.
 


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For a limited time only this Friday and Saturday, purchase the casing for B$19.90. Don’t forget, if your total purchase is B$50 and above, you get a free gift from Malppy.com!

How to shop at Malppy.com?

If you have never shopped on Malppy.com before, you can start by following these simple steps!

Go to Malppy.com

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Begin your online shopping experience at Malppy.com!

 

  
 

New dishes at Kimchi 
 


New menu coming soon at Kimchi Restaurant at Regent Square. You can request some of the dishes already. Call 2222 233 or 712 2283 for reservations or you can follow @kimchibrunei instagram for updates
 


My favourite dish among the lot – Fried Udon in kimchi sauce. This is spicy indeed!! *warning*
 


My lunch buddies yesterday at Kimchi Restaurant and many more
 


Our BBQ assistant for the day
 


Yang Neom Set – Breaded Chicken with Spicy Sauce
 


Dakgochi Gui – Marinated Chicken Skewer
 


New bento set at Kimchi Restaurant
 


I didn’t try this dish. Looks interesting.
 


Going Joong Deokboki – Palace Rice cake- Cucumber Beans Beef Bulgogi
 


This dish seems to be popular yesterday too
 


But of course, my old time favourite at Kimchi Restaurant – Patbingsu 😀
 

  
 

Superhero Weekend 
 


Superhero Weekend at Times Square Shopping Centre
 


Here are some of the events happening for Superhero Weekend
 

  
 

29
Mar

#chanceToFlyToBrazil

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News, RA News

 

The story so far 
 


The registration status as of 28th March yesterday at the Energy Week. Today is the final day and let’s hope you can be part of the statistics for opportunities and future reference. The Energy Week 2014 is being held at the BRIDEX Hall.
 

  
 

KIA on full gear 
 

In celebration of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Kia vehicles in Brunei Darussalam has set an exciting roadshow on 28 – 30 March at Times Square Mall and test drive on 30 March 2014 at Berakas Sports Complex.

Awesome activities are lined-up for all guests to enjoy. There will be a Kia Speed Kicker game wherein the participant will kick the ball into the goal and the speed will be measured and shown on the LED screen. Those who will achieve a high score will get a limited edition FIFA World Cup Mousepad. Guests can also have their picture taken with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Mascot – Fuleco the Armadillo.

 

Chance to go Brazil 
 

by test driving tomorrow 
 


Happening tomorrow if you wanna test drive the KIA at the Berakas Sports Complex
 


I test drove the KIA Cerato Koup and it’s a pretty good car indeed

As a major sponsor of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Kia will organize a nationwide tour from March to May 2014. Kia fans will have the chance to check out their favorite Kia vehicles and even win exclusive FIFA-KIA merchandise. Those who will participate in the test drive on 30 March 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 and other fantastic prizes like Samsung Galaxy Note 3 LTE 4G, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy Camera and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3. Those who do test drive and/ or purchase any Kia model during the promotion period from 01 March to 31 May will stand a chance to win these prizes.

Kia on Tour 2014 is part of the larger global roadshow project initiated by Kia Motors Corporation in Korea to enable the population in its network of dealers covering countries in the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and the Pacific to see, feel and experience Kia. It is part of Kia’s global commitment to surpass customer expectations through continuous automotive innovation.


Football activities happening at Times Square Shopping Centre organised by KIA Brunei (Grand Motors Sdn Bhd) until Sunday 30th March 2014. Images and below courtesy of Times Square Facebook Page
 


Check out the KIA models at Times Square Shopping Centre
 


KIA making waves at Times Square
 


KIA making waves at Times Square
 

  
 

DPMM FC held at Bedok 
 


The mascot and the umpires for the night at Bedok Stadium, Singapore

It was a step down performance from DPMM FC after failing to get back to winning ways. The first three games saw DPMM FC earning a full 9 points but only managed to collect one point from the last two games. Despite holding 2nd place in the S•League, it was still a huge improvement as compared to last season.

Before the match, the odds were against Geylang International FC and they were almost at the foot of the table. A big applause to GIFC for holding their defence till the very end as DPMM FC squandered two great chances to gain all the three points. Yuki Ichikawa scored the opening goal in the 17th minute after a Wardun failed to grab an easy catch and the Japanese import from GIFC kick the ball from close range for the shock lead.

Brunei DPMM FC redeemed themselves after a nice set-piece cross from Azwan Salleh who was in for Sairol Sahari who still nursing a knock on his knee from the previous game. Rodrigo Tosi scored from an Azwan delivery free kick to make it 1-1 in the 21st minute. Tosi was disappointed with himself as he had another chance after Azwan Ali had a perfect cross down the left wing but Tosi misconnect the shot which was a goal opportunity.

The first half ended with both sides not creating enough chances but more of challenging high balls in midfield. Roy O’Donovan who was on a cast after a minor surgery on his thumb, was involved but failed to muster a shot in the first half.

The second half was a slightly better affair with a few counter attack moments. However, both sides couldn’t find the net and I also just realised how the pitch was uneven and bumpy as well which made it slightly tricky to play on. Tosi was gifted another chance in the 49th minute after a counter attack and one of the best run of play from DPMM FC but Tosi’s shot ended wide to the delight of the GIFC keeper.

Azwan Ali also had a great chance but his final choice of continuing to dribble instead of taking a shot in the box proved costly. It was already a great play by Roberto who fed Ali with a perfect through pass but Ali had a touch too many in the box and allowed GIFC to close him down in the 53rd minute.

GIFC had chances too in the second half. Hafiz Nor had a driving shot but wide of the post in the 57th minute. Hafiz could have bettered himself in the 71st minute after GIFC’s Ridhuan Muhammad bursted down the right wing and crossed to the unmarked Hafiz but he lost control of the ball and Wardun intercepted the ball to safety.

As the game was heading for a draw, O’Donovan could have sealed all three points as it was the best chance of the whole 90 mins. He only had the keeper to beat but his directed shot from close range was easily read by Joey Sim who had a commanding presence in goal. O’Donovan could have opted to pass the ball to Shahrazen who was also opened but it wasn’t to be DPMM FC’s night. The miss proved costly and both side shared the spoils.

Now DPMM FC have to focus on their next two games at home (6th April and 11th April) and let’s hope they gain full maximum six points to get back to winning ways.

 


The merchandise for Geylang International FC being sold
 


DPMM FC’s bench
 


The supporters that showed up last night
 


Yuki Ichikawa the scorer for GIFC last night. He was pretty good and kept Azwan Ali and Najib restricted.
 


The Eagles supporters
 


Boris hits the bar yet again
 


The celebration after Tosi’s goal
 


The pitch was pretty bumpy
 


Shahrazen had some play time but couldn’t muster a goal attempt. With a few more match time, he will definitely get back to shape.
 


The miss that could have made the difference. His effort went straight to the keeper on a one on one situation in injury time. It could have been the winning shot.
 


A selfie with the mascot of Geylang International FC
 


The crowd last night at Bedok Stadium
 

 

The highlights between Geylang International FC and DPMM FC

 

  
 

27
Mar

#VivaLaFrance

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 


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HSBC Personal Internet Banking

 

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BIBD – Let’s Go Mobile!

 

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Plenty of opportunities 

 

at Energy Week 2014 

 


His Majesty speaking to Dyg Siti Saffawana Hj Suhaili, Brunei Shell Petroleum’s first female pilot


His Majesty touring the Shell Eco-Marathon area. All these cars are built by students.


The Minister of Energy, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Col (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awg Hj Mohammad Yasmin bin Hj Umar, has always been very involved with the ongoing current Energy Week 2014 at BRIDEX. I haven’t seen such an involved and hand-ons minister. Pehin and his team has invested a lot of effort and contribution in creating opportunities for the community. So I’m very honoured to see your high involvement, Pehin, in making this event not just bigger but a successful one and hopes the momentum doesn’t just end there.

With the current rate of local unemployment on the increase during the past few years, relatively coinciding with the rapid hike in the number of graduates of higher education, the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam continues to provide more job opportunities to accommodate local job seekers.

Over 1,000 job vacancies have been made available at the Oil and Gas Career and Job Fair of the Energy Week 2014, which was launched last Monday by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam at the Bridex International Convention Centre in Jerudong. Held annually since 2011, the fair aims to encourage locals to dive into a career in the oil and gas industry in Brunei Darussalam.

Fifty five companies will be present throughout the Energy Week, readied with a total of 1,130 technical and non-technical positions up for grabs.

Classified into 14 job categories, the fair has 320 vacancies in the field of engineering; 255 in construction; 194 in health, security, safety and environment; 133 in operations; 91 in marine; 40 in business/finance; 32 in IT; 27 in administration; 18 in logistics; 10 in hospitality/catering; five in legal; two in aviation; two in human resources and one in the supply chain.


When you cycle, you create energy and this is one way to create energy conservatively. Currently BSP Pavilion is having a mini competition to those who can bring the most energy/watts in one minute span. This student from ITB was the highest scorer then but lost his energy level after realising he didn’t have any meals since breakfast. Hope you are better now 🙂


I only managed to produce half of what the ITB student did


Another student creating energy through cycling


Marul in his coveralls


There is also quizzes to try out at BSP Pavilion at Energy Week 2014

On top of the 55 job vacancy booths, the fair also features career development paths for certain jobs skill pool in the industry, as well as a CV writing clinic which should be able to aid job applicants to get a better idea of how best to structure their curriculum vitae in respect to the fields they intend to pursue.

Like in previous job fairs, this year’s participating companies will also be conducting walk-in interviews and live demonstrations.

The Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO) will continue to work closely with oil and gas industry players to achieve the goal of creating at least 50,000 employment opportunities and producing 5,000 professional locals and 35,000 skilled and semi-skilled workers in the energy sector in line with the nation’s Vision 2035. Text courtesy of  Khal Baharulalam of Borneo Bulletin.

 


One of first steps if you want to be involved in Oil and Gas is to sign up and register. Procedure is simple and more than 1,000 applicants have already registered


I learnt some new about “marker fitter” and it is a very specialized technique of welding. The more advanced you are in qualifications, the more pay you will get and entry level is at zero knowledge. Why not give this a shot?


Faizal gave me some insight of his job scope and he seems to be a hardworking individual who never wants to stop learning and gain experience. We need more youth like him.


It’s nice to see our locals knowing technical stuff and explaining on how the pressure gauge works.


Do you know that scaffolding pays good money when you go up the rank? This is another avenue for the youth to be involved with and trust me, you will enjoy this and you will surprised how much the pay is once you go through different levels and experiences as a scaffolder. Thanks Jeffrin for the information. 

  


Phase 2 of Hengyi’s multi-billion 
 

dollar plan starting 2019 
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam visiting Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd’s pavilion at the 2014 Energy Week Exhibition
Phase two of Hengyi’s multi-billion dollar oil refinery and aromatics production plant is expected to begin operation in 2019, two years after phase one production begins, according to information from their pavilion at the Energy Week fair at the BRIDEX International Convention Centre.

According to the information displayed at their booth, phase one is expected to begin operation in 2017.

Phase one will produce petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, Jet A-1 fuel and petrochemical products such as paraxylene and benzene, said the company in a press statement. It also noted that the construction for phase one is scheduled to begin as soon as “once all conditions have been satisfied”.

According to one of Hengyi’s technicians, William Kwok who was at their pavilion at the Energy Week exhibition, work in clearing the land has been completed and they are at the moment, reclaiming areas of sea that will eventually be used to dock tankers.

He assured that they have been keeping in line with the Environmental Impact Assessment that has been done prior to the start of the project, and will continue to follow it when they begin operations.

For example, they have deployed monitoring devices for the reclamation process so that debris and other ground matter that had been disturbed would not spread too far from the construction site, contaminating its surroundings. “The devices measure the turbidity of the water, so if it gets too high, we stop construction and let it settle first,” he said.

He also noted that there are a number of heritage sites, usually old cemeteries, had been fenced off and expected to be left undisturbed.

Kwok also explained a number of technologies that they plan to use once the plant has been built, including a heat reclaimation system that hoped to reduce emissions as well as a “mulit-feed distillation system” which distills sea-water to fresh water for use by the refinery which uses relatively low energy compared to other systems.


 


His Majesty signs a plaque at Hengyi Industries
 


The force behind Hengyi Industries.
The investment for Phase one of the project is expected to create about 780 job opportunities.

Phase two, an expansion of the petrochemical production, is expected to push the total project cost to USD$6 billion, from the USD$4 billion invested into phase one. Another 700 or more jobs are expected to be added once phase two begins operation, according to the company’s information at the Energy Week 2014 exhibition.

The total area the refinery and aromatics production plant is expected to occupy is about 280 hectares.

Hengyi Industries were among one of the companies that showcased an interactive booth displays representing company profile, local business development activities, Universiti Brunei Darussalam & Zhejiang University scholarship programme and products display amongst others.

Hengyi Industries also took part in the Job Fair & LBD Forum that showcased the various educational schemes, employment opportunities and business development initiatives undertaken to increase the ‘local content’ of locally registered companies.

According to previous reports, The phase one complex will be able to produce 1.5 million tonnes a year of diesel; 400,000 tonnes a year of gasoline; one million tonnes per year of jet kerosene; 1.5 million tonnes per year of naphtha, 1.5 million tonnes per year of paraxylene (PX) and 500,000 tonnes per year of benzene. Source: The Brunei Times.

 

  
 

Brunei to celebrate 
 

Earth Hour on Saturday 
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei mingling with representatives of Earth Hour Brunei at Energy Week 2014 at BRIDEX. There will be there until Saturday.

It’s happening soon. Earth Hour that is. It’s an awareness about energy conservation and it’s no surprise that Brunei is joining again this year. So basically it’s switching off non-essential lights for an hour (normally from 8:30pm) and this year, our Minister of Development will lead the symbolic “lights-off” initiative at Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah this Saturday 29th March.

Apparently there will be ongoing activities to keep the spirit and the momentum of Earth Hour celebration in Brunei. There will be a fun run and cycle ride and even a night walk around Bandar. Of course, the best form of spreading such news is on social media and I urged all of you to share this moment on instagram with the hashtag #EHBN and you can follow them too @earthhourbn for more details and updates.

Did you know this year’s global ambassador for Earth Hour is Spider-Man with a simple message to inspire individuals to become “superheroes for the planet”. Nice!! I shall be covering that event organised by WWF-Singapore where there will be a special appearance by the casts of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at the Marina Bay Skyline.

As for Brunei, the other landmarks will be Kampung Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery, Royal Wharf, and Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. For more information, you can visit their website.

 


Join the instagram bandwagon and spread the awareness of Earth Hour

Glow wristbands and bracelets now available at Armtrix Enteprise (instagram @armtrix)
 


You can also order merchandise. Click image to order.
 

 

Spider-Man Earth Hour 2014 Superhero Ambassador

 

  
 

French Exhibition in April 
 


His Excellency Jean Yves Berthault, French Ambassador in Brunei Darussalam hosting dinner for the media and bloggers at his residence two nights ago

Thank you, Your Excellency Jean Yves Berthault for hosting the media and bloggers two nights ago at his residence. Jean Yves Berthault is the current French Ambassador in Brunei Darussalam. I really love the residence which has an awesome view of the river from the top of the hill along Kota Batu area. Furthermore, we all were well fed by the excellent cuisine and we were treated to various kinds of cheese as well 😀

The reason for the dinner invitation was to officially announce by the French Ambassador of the upcoming event organised by the French Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, a French Exhibition – A Showcase of Everything French. The event will take place on Saturday 5th April 2014 at the Times Square Shopping Centre.

His Excellency said that this is the first time that the French Embassy organised such event and the aim is to give the community of Brunei Darussalam a taste of what France as to offer. There will be activities such as the French Cuisine Showcase, basic French Language tutorial by Alliance Francaise, education opportunities with Campus France, car showcase by Peugeot and showcase of welding expertise from Institut de Soudure.

His Excellency shared that these showcases will also reinforce bilateral businesses between Brunei and France as well as the trust they place in the vibrant future of Brunei Darussalam.

France is also in support to Brunei’s VISION 2035 by encouraging the development of cooperation in vocational studies. In this case, Institut de Soudure is to set up a high-end vocational study with Mechanical Training Centre so that our locals will be given a high quality training for welding to match the demands especially in the Oil and Gas sector. I personally went to see the booth of Syarikat Pakar Tenaga Bersatu at the Energy Week 2014 at BRIDEX to learn more on how they are involved in the training program for welders. You will be surprised how much welders can earn as they rise up the ranks and qualifications.

Also present during the dinner was Pierre Imhof, the President of the French Brunei Business Association and he plays an important role in the synergies of French brands, companies and organisations with Brunei Darussalam.

So do come to the French showcase on the Saturday 5th April 2014 at the Times Square Shopping Centre and you can also stand a chance to win two airplane tickets to France as part of the lucky draw sponsored by Air France.

The event is supported by Total, French Brunei Business Association, Amundi Asset Management, Air France, Institut de Soudure, Peugeot, Michelin, Alliance Francaise and Campus France.

 


James Kon of Borneo Bulletin, Reeda Malik of Anakbrunei.org, Shaun Hoon of Catalyst and Pierre Imhof, President of French Brunei Business Association
 


The iconic Eiffel Tower in France
 


The lovely dinner I enjoyed very much. Thank you, Your Excellency 😀
 


I met a new friend, Hijab, His Excellency’s 11 year old cat brought from Pakistan. She’s such a manja cat.
 


French Exhibition happening on Saturday 5th April 2014
 

  
 

Lobo wins RC race 
 


Muhd Syazli Haji Domeng (LOBO) recently won first prize in the Grand Prix Tamiya Standard Original category in the 1st ASEAN Tamiya Mini4wd, Jakarta

Late post: Just some updates on Tamiya Mini 4WD. Though this was two weeks ago but still newsworthy. One Bruneian managed to bag first place in the Grand Prix Tamiya Standard Original category in the 1st ASEAN Tamiya Mini4wd, Jakarta. There were more than 160 participants with 10 representatives from Brunei. First place went to Muhd Syazli Haji Domeng (LOBO) and another Bruneian Haji Asri finished 5th in the same category. The event is organised by Corner Hobby Shop Indonesia.

The event took place on 8th and 9th March and this is a lead up to the World Championship which will be held in November in Japan. Well done to the Bruneians who made it to Top 5 in a pool of 160 participants. A great effort indeed. Images courtesy of the participants.

 


The participants from Brunei in the recent competition

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