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18
Mar

Till next time in 2019

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Half chance gone 


The first team line-up last night. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 

Close but no cigar. Brunei was pretty close. Well, result based yes but performance wise, Brunei still have more rooms for improvement. As Mike Wong, interim head coach of Brunei Darussalam, said that Brunei need more international matches even friendly ones. Last night Brunei failed to capitalize on their home soil advantage as they went down to Chinese Taipei 2-0 and lost out on aggregate 2-1. Brunei Darussalam initially had a slim away lead after winning 1-0 in Chinese Taipei, giving our country a much needed hope to qualify for the next round of the qualifying group stage for the World Cup 2018.

Brunei Darussalam started pretty well and it was the influence of Ak Fakharazzi that create Brunei earlier chances. But Brunei’s shape changed and their performance dipped as a whole when he was taken off early in the game due to a back injury. Brunei’s attacking force was then depleted with Azwan Ali not being featured due to injury as well. It was a performance below average from Brunei and let this be a good lesson for Brunei and also NFABD that more international matches would have benefited the team’s performance.

Chinese Taipei were more composed of the two teams and they didn’t seem troubled by the huge turnout (more than 10,000 spectators). They played a possession game and controlled the match in different patches and looked more solid as a team whereas Brunei struggled to get 5 to 6 passes together. The visitors could have bagged in more goals if it wasn’t for the heroics of Wardun Yussof in goal. He kept the scoreline more respectable and he did the best he could for the team.

Mike Wong didn’t want to fault his players individually and he was happy with the team as a whole with the short given time to gel as a unit. He shared how Chinese Taipei were more experienced and they had more matches and hence looked more composed than Brunei. The bright point for the two performances from Brunei is that the head coach saw the level increased from the team as compared to five years ago. He advised that Brunei should move forward and see the development in the next six months for the national team and sought for long term goals.

Chinese Taipei head coach Chen Kuei-Jen looked happier during the press conference and he was confident that his team can beat Brunei at their own soil ground. He was disappointed that his team couldn’t muster any goals despite dominating in the first leg. He wasn’t surprised when Brunei opted for a defensive approach to shield Brunei’s one goal lead. On a good note, he was impressed with Brunei’s progress in the football scene and it was his first taste of what Brunei is capable of.

Goals by Wang Ruei and Turkish born Chun En-Le sealed the victory for the visitors while Brunei will have to wait till 2019 for another opportunity for a pre-World Cup qualifying spot. Nonetheless it was a great experience for Brunei national team and also the spectators. We are still 100% behind you.

 


Adi Said couldn’t make an impact last night. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


A minor scuffle. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


Brunei Darussalam vs Chinese Taipei. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


Brunei Darussalam vs Chinese Taipei. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


I saw my friends from a distance
 


Players not happy with a referee decision
 


Wardun kicking a souvenir ball to a spectator after the final whistle
 


Hello my friend 😀
 


Chinese Taipei head coach lifted by his players. Image courtesy of Fazizul Haqimie.
 


Chinese Taipei head coach in jubilant mood during the post match interview
 


Mike Wong, interim head coach, wished for more friendly international matches for more experience

  

16
Mar

Have courage, Be kind

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The New Scirocco 
 


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Are you Progresif? 
 


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Half way mark 
 


Brunei team posing with visiting team from Chinese Taipei in this morning’s press conference

This is it!!! Brunei is confident that they will get a result out of tomorrow’s big clash with Chinese Taipei. They have initially won the first leg 1-0 away in Chinese Taipei last Saturday. It was a historic moment for Brunei Darussalam as it is their first competitive victory in the pre-World Cup qualifying and the best part is that they achieved the result with a clean sheet away from home.

They have won have the battle but tomorrow is the bigger day. They will need to at least get a draw to get pass Chinese Taipei. The match will be held tomorrow at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium at 8:15pm. Entrance is FREE and tickets will be available at the entrance. Yes, at the entrance and the gates are opened at 5:45pm tomorrow. For the record, there are 10,000 tickets being issued though you can still enter the stadium without the tickets but the tickets printed are part of the requirement from FIFA to calculate the number of attendance for tomorrow’s match.

Of course, the maximum capacity is 20,000 and they will have proper management of allowing spectators to enter the stadium.


Azwan Salleh, captain of Brunei Darussalam, Hj Mohd Noor Hj Hamid, the team manager for Brunei Darussalam, Ameer Lani, Marketing and Communication Executive of National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam, Chen Kuei-Jen, Head Coach of Chinese Taipei and Chen Yi-Wei, Captain of Chinese Taipei in today’s press conference
 


Azwan Salleh, captain of Brunei Darussalam exchanging hand shakes with Chen Yi-Wei, Captain of Chinese Taipei
 


Azwan Salleh addressing to the media
 


The media at the press conference

Hj Mohd Noor Hj Hamid, the team manager for Brunei Darussalam, believes a draw is sufficient for Brunei as they have a goal advantage. He expects Brunei team to give a better performance as this will be a historic moment if they go through the preliminary stage of the World Cup qualifiers. The team manager shared that Chinese Taipei had many scoring opportunities in the last game but it was the heroics of Wardun Yussof in goal and the defence that made the victory. He encourages all the Brunei supporters to come tomorrow to catch the match against Chinese Taipei.

The Chinese Taipei head coach is also confident that they can get a result tomorrow and his players are well acclimatized to the humid weather in Brunei. Of course, he felt disappointed after the 1-0 loss at home but during training the next day, they just forget about the past and focused on the upcoming game as the 2nd match is more important than the first. He believed tomorrow’s match will be exciting for the fans of Brunei and Chinese Taipei and to the fans of football.

Azwan Salleh, the captain of Brunei team, expressed how the matches against Chinese Taipei is the biggest match of his life because it’s a qualifier for the World Cup and this is the biggest tournament that he has ever been in. He shared that this opportunity doesn’t come to Brunei all the time.

I will be expecting a full house attendance tomorrow and the crowd will be filled with yellow and black tomorrow. Can Brunei make it through the pre-qualifying stage? We shall wait and see. Good luck to the players tomorrow.

 


Get your tickets tomorrow at the entrance. This will be a good souvenir to keep for a very long time.
 


A few nights ago, Brunei made history when they scored an away victory. Can they repeat the same thing again tomorrow and qualify?
 

  
 

Cinderella the review 
 


Catching Cinderella with my siblings last night at The Mall Cineplex. A highly recommended movie for all ages and if you like Frozen, you are in for a better treat.
 


Check out my full review on my podcast (The Popcorn Panel) on SoundCloud on Disney’s Cinderella 2015.

 

  
 

23
Jul

Courage & Love

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Dugout Treble 
 

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HRH graduates
 


HRH Prince ‘Abdul Mateen receives a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in International Politics, from Kings College London in the United Kingdom on July 21. Image courtesy of His Majesty’s Office.

The most liked photo on my IG in many months and I can see why. His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in International Politics, from Kings College London in the United Kingdom.

The son of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam received the conferment of his degree at a graduation ceremony held at the Barbican Centre in London two days ago, His Majesty’s Office announced yesterday. Other members of the Royal Family who were present at the graduation were His Royal Highness Prince Hj ‘Abdul ‘Azim, Her Royal Highness Princess ‘Azemah Ni’matul Bolkiah, and Her Royal Highness Princess Fadzilah Lubabul Bolkiah.

Congratulations to Your Royal Highness on the achievement 🙂

 

  
 

 Zakat contribution

 
 

BIBD today handed over two mock cheques to the Islamic Religious Council of Brunei for the purpose of Zakat contributions for BIBD and its customers. The event took place at the Ministry of Religious Affairs Office in Jalan Menteri Besar, Berakas.

BIBD’s Zakat contribution for 2013 amounted to B$ 2,355,519.40, whilst Zakat contributions from the customers of BIBD for the period of 2013-2014 amounted to B$ 241,816.24.
The mock cheques for the contributions were handed over by the Chairman of Shariah Advisory Body for BIBD and its subsidiaries, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin to Yang Berhormat Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, Minister of Religious Affairs on behalf of MUIB (Islamic Religious Council of Brunei).

Also in attendance were Yang Mulia Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Deputy Chairman of the BIBD Shariah Advisory Body along with BIBD Managing Director, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad.

 


Handover of donations to Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin Haji Mohiddin to Yang Berhormat Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, Minister of Religious Affairs on behalf of MUIB (Islamic Religious Council of Brunei)

The concept of Zakat is to donate a portion of one’s wealth to the eligibility group of people named as asnaf Zakat mentioned in the Holy Book of Al- Quran in Surah At-Taubah: Verse 60. The act is considered highly honorable as Zakat is not only to cleanse one’s wealth but also provides spiritual purification, drawing Muslims closer to Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala.

The significance for Zakat in society is that to eradicate the poverty via an approved methodology in providing and managing the society’s economy and finance. Zakat is the 3rd pillar of Islam, making it is compulsory on Muslims, provided they meet the conditions which are the required nisaab (the minimum amount of wealth i.e 85 gram of gold or their equivalent in cash that one must have before Zakat is payable) and haul (the possession of assets for the whole hijrah year).

In order to help its muslim customers meet this religious obligation, BIBD strongly urges its customers to utilize their branches to pay their Zakat at its many counters at its many strategic locations in Brunei Darussalam. Press release and image courtesy of BIBD.

  
 

Dinner feted for Panini lovers 
 


Brunei Panini Collectors’s Group with representatives from Adison Marketing at Hadfa Catering Restaurant

Last evening, Brunei Panini Collectors had a sungkai gathering at Hadfa Catering restaurant. It was organised by the Brunei Panini fans themselves and the event started off with a prize presentation for their quiz competition. There were some interesting prizes including ‘tiga ikat durian tempatan”. Following that is a lucky draw for every one present at the event. Adison Marketing also gave out prizes for the winners of our facebook contests.

The Panini Collectors group also gave out a token of appreciation to The Brunei Times and Adison Marketing. Images courtesy of Adison Marketing.


The head of the group giving his speech
 


 


 


Marathon enthusiast Danny also won a prize
 


Nice shirt
 


Ready to break fast
 


Check out Bert Khtree’s collection of World Cup Panini 2014. Amazing!!
 

  
 

Liyana and Nadiah lead the way 
 


You still have chance to catch Yasmine and the crew tomorrow
 


Liyana and the crew recently at Kaka Restaurant with Pusat Ehsan. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Students from Pusat Ehsan greeting the stars of Yasmine. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Liyana with her young fans at Brunei Hotel. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Liyana with Aman. Image courtesy of @yasminethemovie
 


Sungkai-ing with Yasmine and the gang
 


The customary Yasmine pose
 


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15
Jul

#DaulatKebawahDuliTuanPatik

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty 
 


 

  
 

The World Cup memes 
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


The most popular TV presenter of the World Cup from Korea 😀
 


 


 


 


 

 

YMRM crazy sale tonight 

Happening tonight 15th July 7pm to midnight at Galleria YMRM Tungku Link Branch only
 


The chairs also going pretty cheap at $14.90 for banquet chairs
 


I realised this isn’t part of the package
 


Have you get your songkok for Hari Raya?
 


Loads of super discounts tonight only at YMRM Tungku Link branch
 

  
 

 

L’OCCITANE now at MSC 



Finally L’Occitane is now open at Mabohai Shopping Complex

The management of the Mabohai Shopping Complex is very pleased to welcome L’OCCITANE to the Mabohai Shopping Complex. The shop opened its doors to the public on 7th July 2014.

L’OCCITANE offers a variety of personal care products, including face, body and hair care, and fragrances using ingredients gathered in the south of France and around the Mediterranean. Renowned for its high-quality, effective and natural beauty products, L’OCCITANE is anchored in Provence, France, where the fragrant fields of lavender are a constant reminder of the natural richness of this region.

The first L’OCCITANE store opened in 1981, in Provence. In 2013, L’OCCITANE had a presence in over 90 countries, with over 2,200 stores. In 2014, their story continues in the South East Asian region with its first store opening in Brunei Darussalam.

The opening of L’OCCITANE at Mabohai Shopping Complex further cements the vision of the Management to have branded and internationally recognized products as part of its growing family of tenants. Fans of L’OCCITANE’s high quality products now need not travel abroad to obtain or refill their favourite L’OCCITANE products.

In addition fans of L’OCCITANE will be delighted to know that the store carries its best-selling items such as the Shea Butter hand cream, and the L’OCCITANE Immortelle series, known for the anti-ageing properties. Aside from buying sole items, customers can also get L’Occitane gift boxes as presents for their loved ones, including men with its perfume series, Verdon.
Customers are also entitled to a L’OCCITANE Brunei VIP card with a nett purchase of $100, which gives them a five per cent discount on normal priced items.

The Complex Manager of Mabohai shopping complex, Yee-Man Cheng said that they are delighted to welcome L’OCCITANE to Mabohai shopping complex. “We’re thrilled that they have chosen this place to complement several other international brands residing at the premises.”

Visitors are welcome to visit the store which is located at the first floor of Mabohai Shopping Complex.





















  

04
Jul

#OnTheVerge

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dugout Treble podcast 
 

Check out our latest podcast on the preview of the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

 

 

 

3D tshirts at Malppy 
 


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“With advanced technology and the creativeness of designers, clothing these days can be very unique and interesting. This week Malppy introduces, Creative 3D T-shirt (without the use of 3D glasses!). They are designed and printed in a way that those objects or cute animals are three-dimensional. Be the topic of the crowd with these t-shirts for B$33.90 instead of B$39.90 for this week promotion. Go to Malppy’s website and type “3D Creative T-shirt Unisex” to see the full range of designs that we have for you. Happy shopping and have a great weekend ahead!”

  
 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

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Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
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BIBD Delights 
 

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Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


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Citroën Brunei 
 


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Shop at YMRM  
 


Galleria YMRM Tungku Link Branch
YMRM just made a name for themselves with the huge crowd during the super crazy sales a week ago before fasting. Guess what? Galleria YMRM are planning to do another soon so do stay tune to RA and my instagram for updates. As you know, Hari Raya is just three weeks away. We are almost into the second week of Ramadhan and the crowd have been flocking to Galleria YMRM’s branches at Tungku Link and Batu Satu. And of course, the most anticipated one is the YMRM upcoming renovated branch which will be open pretty soon. I shall keep you posted on that.

Galleria YMRM have quite a selection of fabric for “cara melayu” and what impressed me the most is the IMA fabric which is the Japanese cotton material. The price is higher than the normal type but now they have a promotional price where it’s being slashed from $15.90 to $12.90 per meter. What’s great about this material is that it’s of high quality and it’s pretty cooling and soothing to the skin. Last year, they have 20 different colours and this year, they have 60 different colours with the IMA material. This really shows how good the material and the trust it has coming from customers. You can look elegant wearing one without to fork out so much.

They also have good quality ones for the ladies for Baju Kurung and they have different price range from the affordable ones to the high end and of course, the quality is guaranteed. It’s no surprise that most of the tailors in Brunei make their fabrics and textile according to the management. For the ladies, if you want something more elegant as in Kebaya type, then I recommend you go fo the laces and YMRM have tons of those in both branches.

Perhaps the ladies will be more interested in the Italian silk that just arrived at YMRM stores, direct from Italy. The prices are at premium but you will see why it is expensive because of the quality and the designs are pretty unique as well. YMRM are only bringing limited designs and quantity so at least the ladies will feel more privileged.

Galleria YMRM are not only popular for selling fabrics for men and women but they are also selling in-house lights and also “cucul” lights for Hari Raya. So if you need some new lightings in your house, they have a wide selection to choose from.  YMRM already have tents outside their premise selling deco lights (cucul) and this have been their trademark for a few years already.


The containers just keep coming every week just to stock up on new items and another good reason why customers keep coming back for more
 


The interior of YMRM at Batu Satu
 


Customers making selections of fabric at YMRM
 


Galleria YMRM Batu Satu branch
 


The chandelier from YMRM
 


Many lights to choose from at YMRM
 


The place is just full of old and the new
 


Check out the Songkok
 


Name of the songbook is Darussalam
 


Check out the IMA fabric collection ideal for Cara Melayu
 


Wide selection to choose from
 


Senjang for the guys
 


More senjang for the guys
 


Ask for the assistants from YMRM
 


I highly recommend you to buy this particular material for Cara Melayu

YMRM has actively been giving back to the community by having special discounts every now and then. Furthermore, customers can even buy fabric as low as $1 per meter. Galleria YMRM Director, Hitesh Ramesh Bhawnani, shared how successful the crazy hour sales have been and thanked the media for the overall success. He said that customers even have to park along the highway to get into YMRM at Tungku Link. For those who didn’t know, YMRM Tungku Link held two sessions of “Special Happy Hours” sale few weeks ago.

Guess how much fabric was sold in one night alone? Believe it or not, 40,000 meters. These materials are mostly the Cara Melayu fabric and these materials come from Egypt, Japan, Korea and others. So it’s good to see more patrons coming in and buying at really affordable prices in time for Hari Raya. The usual $20 per meter was slashed to $4 per meter for that night as well.

Do stay tune for more updates on YMRM on my blog and social media platform.


These newly imported Italian silks just came to YMRM a few days ago
 


They only brought in limited designs
 


Loving the colours of the Chanel textile from Italy
 


Maybe the ladies will like the new trend and design from Italy
 


Light colours to suit your taste
 


Don’t forget to buy cucul for your home for Hari Raya
 


Something new to give more attraction of your home
 


More lights at YMRM
 


Something to buy in preparation for Hari Raya
 


Chairs also for sale
 


It’s always affordable to shop at YMRM
 


Shopping overload at YMRM *lol*
 

  
 

KFC Tangy Crunch 
 

This Ramadhan, KFC wants to celebrate with you with some exciting news for the occasion.

First is the new product of Tangy Crunch now available at all outlets. A new creation with the tagline Liven up your taste buds!, the Tangy Crunch chicken features an irresistible combination of tangy and crunch with a marinadethat includes lime and a special blend of spice. Available in two combos, Combo A comes with 2 pieces of chicken, 4 pieces of Onion Rings, 1 Colonel Rice, 1 Colonel Soup and a regular carbonated drink for only B$8.50 and Combo B comes with 3 pieces of chicken, 1 butterscotch bun, Cheezy Wedges and a regular carbonated drink for only B$9.50. During this time, Hot and Spicy will temporary be replaced by the Tangy Lime.

Secondly, majority of the KFC outlets will be operating from 11am to 2am daily during the Ramadhan month to cater to the customer’s sahur needs. Customers that spend B$5 and above in a single purchase will also receive a complimentary gift. Beside that, customers doing their pre Raya shopping at Airport Mall, The Mall and Yayasan is also up for an extra treat as the KFC outlets in these Malls will give customers a car parking rebate up to B$2 for any purchase worth  B$15 in a single receipt.

Fans of Doraemon can also expect the arrival of Doraemon blanket towels later this month which comes in six different designs and colours. KFC would like to take this opportunity to wish all a Happy Ramadhan.


KFC Tangy Crunch
 

 

 

Yasmine Roadshow 
 


Origin Films with St. Andrew’s School principal, staff and students during Origin Films visit to St. Andrew’s School last week

As you know, Yasmine the movie has been getting a lot of publicity in the media and they have been aggressive in their exposure especially in government and private schools to increase the awareness of Yasmine’s movie as well as educate the students the essence of film making and more of behind-the-scenes moments. For your information, Yasmine is a Brunei featured film produced by Origin Films Sdn Bhd, and the movie has created good waves to be featured in Shanghai Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.

Recently Origin Films’ cast and crew paid a visit to schools – St. George’s School, St. Andrew’s School, Yayasan Primary School, Maktab Sains School and ISB to name a few. Of course, the main draw of the visit is Liyana Yus who plays the main lead role in Yasmine. Also accompanying her were Siti Kamaluddin the director of Origin Films, Din Kamaluddin, the producer of Origin Films, Chan Man Ching, action director of Origin Films and Nadiah Wahid, co-star of Yasmine.

They have been warmly received during the ASEAN Consumer Fair where Origin Films made their presence felt with appearance of the lead actor Liyana. It was a successful project initiated by her co-star Nadiah Wahid and her efforts paid off.

Below are pictures from St. Andrew’s School and ISB. Ah, the memories of SAS and it was great to be back and the school hall still feels the same *lol* It was great to catch up with my former teachers and it’s amazing that they are still teaching in St. Andrew’s School. Anyway, enjoy the pictures.


A student asking question for Origin Films
 


Students listening to the presentation of Origin Films project on Yasmine
 


Another student from Hollis asking a question
 


The students managed to do some silat poses with Liyana
 


Siti Kamaluddin doing a selfie with the students
 


Preparing for the customary Yasmine pose
 


Trying out the Yasmine pose
 


And they did a good job
 


Adam Hanif of Origin Films was a popular figure among the ladies
 


More selfies and selfies
 


Students feeling Fai’s hair
 


Liyana Yus with my former Malay teacher Normah
 


Selfie with SAS Students
 


More selfies
 


Nadiah and Mariah giving their signatures

For all the Yasmine fans out there, you can stand a chance to win a ticket for two to Jakarta for the Yasmine Gala Premiere. Awesome, right? This is because the Gala night is only by invitation and it’s not for sale. So refer to the posters below for the questions and email your answer to marketing(a)bruneipress.com or enquiry(a)origin artistic.com by 21st July 2014 and the winner will be announced on 25th July 2014. For more information, you can visit their facebook.com/yasminethemovie and you can follow them on Twitter and instagram @yasminethemovie


 


 

 

Check out the original song from the soundtrack of Yasmine, song entitled “Menang Demi Cinta by Nidji

Origin Films at ISB 
 


Students were excited to see the guys behind Yasmine
 


We are gonna catch the premiere *woohoo*
 


The Yasmine pose with the ISB students
 


It’s signing with fans session
 


It’s good to see Liyana being an inspiration for others
 


Thank you, ISB, for the wonderful energy
 

  
 

29
Jun

#HappyFasting

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

World Cup Update 
 

Check out the latest podcast of the Dugout Treble with co-host Jason Rumpun and producer Abu

I’m qute disappointed so far with Brazil. Yes, the host nation as they were pushed to the brink against Chile last night. Being the host nation, this is a very disappointing display by Brazil and if they were to have the same performance like last night, they won’t stand a chance against Colombia who beat Uruguay 2-0. Chile was pretty close from snatching the victory if it wasn’t for the bar that saved the blushes of Brazil from an excellent Pinilla’s strike near the end.

Probably the worrying factor are the strikers at Brazil’s disposal – Jo and Fred who haven’t yet to impress in the tournament and further more, Hulk was just showing his brilliance on the pitch after a lackluster performance in the first three matches. I don’t see Brazil heading as far to the finals with France and Germany also breathing down their necks.

Now Colombia is one team that many have not taken account for. They are a compact team with many creativity in attack with the likes of star player James Rodriguez, and Juan Cuadrado and they even topped the group stage with 9 points. Though the group stage didn’t possess much threat, they shone where other competent teams failed to when going against weaker opponents. I can see Colombia reaching the semi-finals but it will be a harder test either against France or Germany if one of them reaches the semis.

Of course, the biggest news that have faded away is the banning of Luiz Suarez for his biting incident in the Uruguay-Italy match. I believe the suspension given to him by FIFA is still kinda lenient considering the fact that this is the third time Suarez has been fined and suspended for similar incidents. As a Liverpool player, I am disappointed and this shows old habits die hard. I’m not sure what’s the future lies now for Luis Suarez and Liverpool.

So who are my picks for the rest? Germany to win, France to win, Netherlands to beat Mexico, Costa Rica to go through, Argentina to beat Swiss while Belgium will edge USA.

 


Chiellini bitten by the ever hungry Suarez
 


Suarez claims that he lost his balance *Yea right*
 


Neymar might need his other 10 to show up
 


James Rodriguez was simply awesome and he has now scored 5 goals
 


The most animated coach on the pitch – Miguel Herrara and he is one of the lowest paid coach
 


The expensive flops – Cesare Prandelli, Coach of Italy, Fabio Capello of Russia and Roy Hodgson of England – the top three highest paid coaches that failed to bring the team past the group stage
 

  
 

 

Updates from Consumer Fair 

 


Do check out the new Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology at Brunei Shell Marketing booth at Plenary Hall. The new product will be in the market by July I believe and BSM will be having a special promotion on their existing products soon.


This new Shell Helix Ultra is compatible for both petrol and diesel and it will make your engine feel brand new too


Congratulations to Regalblue Production for managing to sell off 1,000 DVD copies of Apa Ada Dengan Rina, a Brunei film hit, and the DVD stock will be back by next week according to Regalblue


There was a blood donation yesterday at Consumer Fair


Books selling at reasonable price at Dbookhaus


Photo pop with Liyana of Yasmine the movie and future celebrity Hui Chiet :p


Still drawing a huge crowd as usual


Wanna get your hanna done?


More people downloading Snapfeed and visiting their booth for free gifts


Wanna cook your egg and sausage and blend them together? This does it


Maggi galore at Jasra Harrisons booth


Want a selfie stick?


Marshmallow chocolates

  

25
Jun

#ConsumerFairKicksOffToday

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Chicco Brunei 
 


Click image to enter Chicco Facebook Page.
 

  
 

World Cup update 
 


Neymar starred in their last match, winning 4-1 against Cameroon.
 


Italy failed to reach the second round after losing 1-0 to Uruguay. However, the biggest incident is the Suarez bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chellini
 

  
 

YMRM Crazy Sales AGAIN?? 
 


It’s happening again… Last week was the first…
 


New Gamesh selling at a very awesome price. They were already on a 50% discount and tonight there will be another 10% discount
 


The crazy sales will only be from 7pm to 12am tonight at YMRM Tungku Link branch.
 


The crowd last week and expect more customers to show tonight
 

  
 

Consumer Fair Sneaks 
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 









  

24
Jun

#ProgresifCellular

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The Dugout Treble 
 


Check out our predictions for the final round of the Group A and B of the World Cup 2014 with my co-host Jason Rumpun

 

 

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Icon Design Store

 

 
Click to enter website
 
 

 

Swipe for rewards 
 

Click image to enter BIBD website
 

 

Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


Click image to enter Peugeot Brunei’s website
 

 

Progresif Cellular makes its mark 
 


Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim, Chairman of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (center) with Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz, directors of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd and Ang Han Kee, Head of Network Management & Planning, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd at the press conference yesterday at Radisson Hotel

The past is the past. Now it’s about moving forward. You may have heard or seen in the news about the new developments that B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd was going through a few months ago. A new company under the name of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd will run the operations of B-Mobile Communications effective 1st July 2014. This would mean the name of B-Mobile won’t be used anymore and it will be known as Progresif Cellular from 1st of July 2014.

A press conference was held yesterday, led by the chairman of Progresif Cellular, Hj Abu Bakar Hj Ibrahim. Also present during the press conference were the board of directors of Progresif Cellular, Mozart Hj Ibrahim and Hjh Rena Azlina binti Dato Paduka Hj Abdul Aziz.

I believe the great news about the press conference is the assurance that B-Mobile will not ceased its operation. Instead the service will be sustained and the everyday operations will be under a new management of Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd. Acquiring an existing telco company is never an easy feat as they have to deal with many issues and paperwork. So it’s no surprise that the acquisition process took many months before it can be a successful one.

Hj Abu Bakar highlighted three important points which are important as their core values in achieving their vision as the most innovative mobile service provider in Brunei Darussalam. The first point he stated is the “People” which means the customers and their employees. It’s important to understand the needs and wants of customers and at the same time, it is important to train and develop the associates of Progresif Cellular so they can meet the demands of the customers in the best and most efficient ways possible.

The second point he shared was improving the network. This is no surprise that the existing subscribers of B-Mobile are experiencing inconsistent connectivity. He reassured that this issue will be put on a priority list and they have put on many countless hours in examining the problems that have been affecting the current network. Hj Abu Bakar hinted that the improvements of the network will be done in a gradual pace (in phases) and not instantly. I believe this is a great move by Progresif Cellular as I’ve seen telcos which focused too much on new services and products but forgetting the fundamental basics which is sustaining a good network.

The third point Hj Abu Bakar pointed out is building their brand. To me, it’s always important to create and make an impact, just by branding because it has a lasting impact and impression on consumers and that’s every entrepreneurs’ dream – to have a strong brand. From what I heard from the chairman’s speech is that the Progresif Cellular is very customer oriented and it wants to position itself to bridge that connection with its customers. Though this will take time to achieve such synergy and branding awareness to their customers, this is already a positive move by the company.

When asked about the 4G services, the chairman’s reply was simple – improve the existing network before upgrading their services and products. I’m quite excited what Progresif Cellular will be offering in the coming months and this will give a good competitive edge to their rival and of course, the winner here will be the consumers.

I’m also touched and honoured that the media was able to mingle with the chairman and the board of directors of Progresif Cellular after the press conference and this shows the trust they have on us and it’s also a good reflection of their vision and mission to create that relationship with their customers. In Brunei, it’s quite rare that we have an informal conversation during refreshments with directors of an organization. So I thank you for that opportunity and I’m sensing better things to come from Progresif Cellular.

 


Members of the media invited for the special press conference
 


If you see the balloons, I believe that’s the corporate colours of Progresif Cellular
 

  
 

CheezBox Wings 
 


$0.20 only mini chicken wings
 

  
 

Planet Popcorn opens 
 


Present to officiate the opening were Chairman of Taiwan Business Association in Brunei Darussalam Lien Kon Sien, Executive Director of Planet Popcorn Ben Lee, Executive Director of Gecko Enterprise Alan Liew and Property Manager of Abdul Razak Holdings Muhammad Fadzillah

Planet Popcorn is the latest food trend to invade The Mall. Just as their name states, their selection of gourmet popcorn that will thrill your taste buds. The franchise from Taiwan was brought in by Gecko Enterprise opened it’s doors on Saturday and was a big hit with several customers queuing up to get their first taste.

With almost 50 stores in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Hong Kong, Planet Popcorn wins over their customers with a variety of flavours ranging from savoury to sweet, In their current line up, they have Original, which is slighty sweet and salty, Seaweed, Kimchi and Caramel, but that’s not all.. coming soon will be Double Cheese and Double Chocolate.

How does Planet Popcorn differ from others? According to Ben Lee, the Executive Director of the Planet Popcorn Franchise, that there are two kinds of popcorn, butterfly, which is the kind sold in cinemas and in the microwave packs, and mushroom, a premium kind. In addition, the popcorn is picked specially so that when popped each popcorn measures to about 1 cm. Add to that some delicious seasonings and flavours, and you have the perfect snack to enjoy while watching the world cup, while hanging out with friends, or any occasion. The popcorn is sold in two sizes, a vacuum sealed pack and buckets, with prices starting at $6.90 for a pack. And while visiting the store, you have the opportunity to taste test the different flavours

Check out their Facebook : Planet Popcorn Brunei and their Instagram @PlanetPopcornBrunei to keep apprised of the latest promotions and to know when their latest flavours are coming in.

 


They had a special promotion during the opening day
 


Fans of the Planet Popcorn queueing up
 


I believe they have four flavours to choose from
 


The ladies at your service at Planet Popcorn
 

  
 

20
Jun

#JustGreat

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

The happening Fiesta 

 

Well, my body seem to be doing great because it seems a while since I actually organised a FIFA gaming tournament. This kinda of tournaments will take up most of my day (and my energy) but I will totally dedicate my time to make sure the tournament runs smoothly. Yesterday was the first day of the Hua Ho FIFA 14 tournament and around 90 participants took part in the event yesterday in the World Cup and Knock out category.

Today the tournament continues and we see the likes of Hanif Hamzah, a former champion in my tournament, who bowed out in the last 32 after a thrilling 4-3 defeat to Izzul. However, Hanif will rejoining today through re-entry and try his luck. There are new faces that are making headlines at the FIFA 14 tournament. Tomorrow will be the last 16 for both World Cup and Knockout category.

There are still slots for the Knock-Out category if you are interested. Good luck to all and thank you to @huahosports for collaborating with me on running this tournament. Also a big thanks to the volunteers as well. I’m truly honoured with your support and contribution.

So do drop by later today at Hua Ho Manggis Mall to check out the Football Fiesta and you can also get your face painted too with your favourite World Cup team.



















  

 

Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


Click image to enter Peugeot Brunei’s website
 

  
 

Shop at Malppy.com 
 


Check out the ladies’ jerseys

The World Cup has been the talk of town! Brunei is not missing out with Hua Ho Manggis launching the first ever Hua Ho Football Fiesta in their Manggis branch. Come join in the fun with lots of exciting games and activities hosted by several sponsors. You can also find interesting World Cup merchandise from our Malppy’s first ever pop up store too.

As usual, we are back with our Weekend sales. This week, in conjunction with the World Cup fever, we let the ladies to keep up with the game with our beautiful Ladies World Cup Jersey. For this Friday and Saturday only, you can get this range at B$22.90 instead of B$29.90. So don’t miss out! Have a great weekend and may your favorite team win!

 

  
 

Bruneians at Communicasia 
 

For the sixth consecutive year, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI) leads participation in CommunicAsia, and this year AITI has included eleven home grown ICT businesses in the Brunei Pavilion. On the first day, Brunei’s Minister of Communications, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, visited the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion. He witnessed two signing ceremonies and officiated the launching of two “Made in Brunei” applications. Also present to witness the signing ceremonies was Minister for Information, Communications and Arts of the Republic of Singapore, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim.

On the same afternoon, the two (2) Ministers witnessed the signing of the agreement for consultancy services to develop an ICT Manpower Masterplan and training for the development of an ICT Industry Competency Framework between AITI and IDA International Pte Ltd. Signing on behalf of AITI was its Chief Executive, Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin while IDA International Pte Ltd was represented by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Vincent Wong Wah Kit. This partnership aims to analyse challenges and provide solutions to Human Resources Development (HRD), ICT manpower demand and skill needs and also build ICT human resources to meet national needs.

The second signing was a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise cooperation between Halbase Company and Islamic Singapore Networks to promote “Made in Brunei” Islamic applications in Singapore. Signing on behalf of Halbase Company was Mr. Rushdi Dato Ibrahim and ISGN was represented by Mr. Fadzuli Wahab.

Both Ministers toured the Brunei Darussalam Pavilion and were introduced to the exhibitors before the Brunei Darussalam’s Minister of Communications consented to launch new products by PHMD Publishing Company and SocialBuzz Advertising.

 


Brunei’s Minister of Communications, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar and Minister for Information, Communications and Arts of the Republic of Singapore, Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim witnessed the MoU between AITI and IDA International Pte Ltd

Rushdi Dato Ibrahim of Halbase Company signing with Fadzuli Wahab of ISGN while the two ministers witnessed

PHMD Publishing Company (www.phmdpublishing.com) launched MindPlus, a mobile learning application which provides accurate and validated information or educators, parents and students. The MindPlus platform itself is flexible enough to adapt to different types and methods of education such as professional training and academic knowledge. To prove the concept, MindPlus currently focuses on Islamic Knowledge to tap on the global Muslim market.

SocialBuzz Advertising (www.thegigland.com) launched The Gigland (beta). This is a global geo-location based micro-tasking marketplace. The platform gives users’ unique location a whole new meaning and a way to capitalise on new ways to perform specific micro tasks and monetise their skills.

AITI brings Brunei businesses to CommunicAsia to extend their global reach and provide an opportunity to keep up with technology trends. This allows our home grown businesses to benchmark themselves against international innovators and further develop their businesses.

For more information please visit the business websites, www.aiti.gov.bn or email info@aiti.gov.bn

 


SocialBuzz Advertising launching beta version of The Gigland

PHMD Publishing Company launching MindPlus
 

  
 

19
Jun

#Communicasia2014

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Can England & Portugal succeed? 
 


Check out our podcast review of England, Portugal and many more

 

  
 

Dr. On heading to Brazil 
 


Congratulations to the winner of our all expense paid trip to Brazil, Dr On Sui Chee! He’s gonna travel all the way to watch the GRAND FINAL of the FIFA World Cup 2014 courtesy of #baiduribank and Visa! So if this is your doctor don’t forget to congratulate him!
 

  
 

Brunei Darussalam Pavilion at CommunicAsia 
 

The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) is fulfilling its commitment to the country by providing an opportunity for 10 local innovators to showcase their products at Communicasia 2014.

AITI is supported by the Brunei Economic Development Board (www.bedb.com.bn) which spearheads economic development. Its vision is to grow and diversify the local economy by attracting investments and strengthening local businesses through research and innovation.

DST Communications Sdn Bhd (www.dst-group.com) is the country’s longest mobile communications and broadband service provider. Its associated companies provide a multitude of communications, multimedia and systems integration services. The group has been connecting the nation for over 19 years. Its commitment and integrated services approach helps it to provide the best to the consumers.

Network Integrity Assurance Technologies Sdn Bhd (NiAT) (www.niat.com.bn) is a product of collaboration between Telekom Brunei Berhad and TS Global Network Sdn Bhd. Its unique position gives it access to local resources with an international reach to provide satellite solutions and managed services to its customers.

Ishajaya Technology Sdn Bhd (www.ishajaya.com) was established in 2008 and has developed partnerships and business relationships with the world’s leading service and solution providers to provide its clients access to a full spectrum of multi-vendor enterprise solutions and expertise. Its vision is to be Brunei’s IT service provider of choice.

BruGPS Technologies Sdn Bhd (www.brugps.com) has a network of partners in the region. It focuses on location based IT products and services which allow its customers visibility into its fleet operations. The fleet management system is a user friendly web-based solution that provides real time vehicle tracking. BruGPS has received an AITI GRANT in 2011.

Folec Communications (B) Sdn Bhd (www.folecbrunei.bn) started in 1987 as an agent for Motorola. Today, it is a leading system solutions integrator specializing in RF communications, ICT, telecoms, telephony solutions and security applications services. Folec’s agency services now include Mitel, Avaya-Nortel, Dell, GE, SysMaster and ASCOM. It has recently been appointed the official distributor of SysMaster Corporation in the South East Asian region. Through the years it has established itself as an outstanding home-grown success story which has promoted the development of local ICT skill sets.

Images courtesy of AITI.


Representing Brunei Economic Development Board
 


Representing PHMD Publishing
 


Representing Halbase Company
 


Representing Ishajaya Technology Sdn Bhd
 


Representing Network Integrity Assurance Technologies Sdn Bhd (NiAT)
 


Representing Folec Communications (B) Sdn Bhd
 


Representing DST Communications Sdn Bhd
 


Representing DOTROOT Technology
 


Representing BruGPS Technologies Sdn Bhd
 


Representing SocialBuzz
 

  
 

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