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27
Nov

So Nice

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

The 2nd Basket

Shoppers, on your mark: It’s the Weekend again and Malppy has been coming up with different knock out deals each week. This weekend is no exception and this time it’s even better! Introducing their latest promotion program which they called it the 2ndBasket, otherwise commonly known as Purchase with Purchase in the departmental stores or supermarkets. Their second basket items vary from accessories like earrings to necklaces and bracelets which you can get it at a fraction of the original price. You will be entitled to purchase 3 of their price saving 2nd Basket item if you buy any one of their main item.

 


To find out more about their 2nd Basket Promotion program, please click here

LAST REMINDER: We have come to the last weekend of Movember in a blink of an eye. Don’t miss out the chance to grab your FREE Movember String Bag which worth $23.90 in their malppy store now. You just need to purchase $50 above in one transaction and the Movember String Bag is yours for FREE. 2 more days till the end of November. Head on to Malppy.com now!

 


 

  

The Popcorn Panel 
 


Review of Penguins of Madagascar with co-host Del Goh. Was it a hit or miss? Do find out!!

 

  
 

 

Wu Chun inspires new dishes 
 

The Energy Kitchen, Brunei’s first truly healthy restaurant is proud to present Jason Lew as its new Executive Chef. The addition of Chef Jason to our international team of both local and international chefs will further improve what is already one of Brunei’s Best Healthy Restaurants. Chef Jason has been in the food industry since he was 19, with professional training and very inspiring work experience in Australia.  On top of that, he has previously worked for 5 star international hotel chain where he has the opportunity to pick up fine dining skills in the kitchen. Prior to joining The Energy Kitchen, he also made a name for himself as a home-based caterer under his brand The Fat Chef, cooking up creative feasts and hosting dinners for a wide variety of events and functions.

Inspired by The Energy Kitchen’s healthy vision and His Majesty’s titah, which is to build a healthier nation in the country, Chef Jason decided to embark on a transformational journey from “Fat Chef” to “Fit Chef”.  He took up the challenge to do something truly different with food, that is to continue to create delicious food, but with a twist to make it truly healthy and exciting.

According to Wu Chun, “In addition to his new, healthier approach to food, Chef Jason’s newfound commitment to his health also involves undergoing rigorous fitness training and frequent brainstorming with the certified dietician at Fitness Zone.  Together with The Energy Kitchen, Chef Jason is keen to show Brunei what ‘REAL FOOD’ is all about – fresh food, made from scratch with minimal processing, high nutritional value (Superfoods!) and lighter cooking methods (no deep frying!).”

Chef Jason added, “Their mission is to show Brunei that healthy food does not have to be bland, boring or plain.  In fact, it is entirely possible to enjoy tasty, wholesome food daily, and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

 


Wu Chun of Energy Kitchen, holding a new inspired dish, Grilled Chicken Satay Beehon, with Chef Jason of Energy Kitchen

In conjunction with the announcement, The Energy Kitchen is introducing a number of new healthy dishes that owner Wu Chun and Chef Jason have been working on. The new Grilled Chicken Satay Beehoon is a delicious combination of brown rice vermicelli tossed in signature Almond Satay Sauce, egg, blanched kangkong, and succulent cumin grilled lean chicken breast. The Beef Stew is slow cooked with root vegetables, served with refreshing herbed quinoa tossed with raisins and cucumber.  The Energy Kitchen’s version of Gado-Gado, their Nihon Gyu (Japanese inspired) burger and few other new dishes will also be added to the menu.

The Energy Kitchen held its grand opening last month and it has been in operation for 6 months now. The response has been great, as the market for healthy food is growing fast and The Energy Kitchen couldn’t be more proud in helping to spearhead this trend. The Energy Kitchen will continue its quest to prove that you can go for a healthy makan that is good for your body and can be simple, innovative and always great tasting.

So why don’t you pop in and give The Energy Kitchen a try? Your body won’t regret it.

To know more, do visit The Energy Kitchen’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theenergykitchen, follow them on Instagram @theenergykitchen. The Energy Kitchen’s operation hours are 7.30am til 10.30pm. Reservations can be made by calling 2233323. Text and image courtesy of Energy Kitchen.

 

  
 

 

Amas by SEEDS  
 



Synopsis of Amas
 

A local drama education organisation – SEEDS – is ready to perform its own original production titled “Amas” for their annual year-end activity.

SEEDS have been producing their own versions of some of the famous musicals such as Oliver!, Willy Wonka, Into the Woods, Wicked and Lion King for the past five years. This year, the team took an exciting challenge of writing their own original show set in Brunei.

The original production features “Amas” who is a 115 year old lady dreaming of the past. The audience will be taken back in time to her childhood years in Kampong Ayer, when exciting and challenging developments were afoot in Brunei.

With the background of life on the water village and relationships with her parents and family friends, Amas recalls a time when she was a mischievous 10-year-old during the beginning of schools and formal education, as well as later when she was 20 and training to be a teacher, and a discovery of oil that promised prosperity for all.

The play will surely take the audience on a memorable journey back in time, reminiscing the sights and sounds, traditions and music of old Kampong Ayer. Text courtesy of Hafiizah Maideen of The Brunei Times.

Tickets are still available at a priced of $15 each selling outside the Multi-Purpose Hall, Universiti Brunei Darussalan (UBD) and are available from 2-5pm and 7-10pm (excluding Thursday) until show time!. For more information and changes on time, don’t hesitate to contact SEEDS at their social media accounts Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/seedsbrunei or Twitter @seedsbrunei.

 


The casts and crew of Amas during their preview night a few nights ago. Sorry, I couldn’t make it.
 


Images courtesy of SEEDS Brunei
 


One of the scenes from Amas
 


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Brunei in APICTA 2014
The annual, Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2014 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from 27th until 30th November. The theme for APICTA 2014 is “Innovate, Integrate and Empower”. The six teams who will represent Brunei Darussalam’s ICT achievements and compete at APICTA 2014 are selected from the pool of Brunei ICT Award (BICTA) 2014 winners.

The APICTA is an international awards program which aims to increase ICT awareness in the community and bridge the digital divide. By providing networking and product benchmarking opportunities to ICT innovators and entrepreneurs in the region, the program is designed to stimulate ICT innovation and creativity, promote economic and trade relations, facilitate technology transfer, and offer business matching opportunities through exposure to venture capitalists and investors.

Participants of the awards program comprise of members of the APICTA Alliance. APICTA’s 17 member-economies include Australia, Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The delegation is led by Hj Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), who is also the Chairman of the BICTA 2014 working committee.

Brunei’s executive member representatives at APICTA committee are Hj Yahkup bin Hj Menudin, Chief Executive of AITI and Wallace Koh, Advisor of AITI, who will be attending the APICTA 2014 event and annual APICTA General Meeting.

Brunei also sends 5 representatives as APICTA 2014 Judges who will be judging the competition in different categories. These judges are Hj Osman bin Hj Ladis and Wallace Koh Hoe Aik from AITI, Pg Sarimah bte Pg Abd Latiff from IFB, Jennifer Voon from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) and Jeremy Chua from iCentre.


Brunei delegation led by Hj Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, Chief Executive of the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) with the Brunei teams competing for this year’s APICTA 2014 in Jakarta. Taken at Brunei International Airport.
 

These six teams competing are:

Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB with “Heritage of South East Asia”;

Kolej International Graduate Studies (IGS) with “Virtual Watch Fitting”;

Sekolah Vokasional Nakhoda Ragam with the product “SVNR Staff Network”;

Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) with “The Sulu Princess”;

Teleconsult Sdn Bhd with “Teleconsult SkyEye”; and

PHMD Publishing Company with the project “Salam Halal”.

Participation in APICTA is a continuous initiative by the Ministry of Communications to develop the country’s ICT industry by allowing ICT product developers to compete on an international level. Brunei Darussalam teams who win at APICTA will be given a grant of $50,000 by AITI to further develop and enhance their product to become a marketable product. The 2nd prize or Merit Award winners will be given a grant of $25,000.

At APICTA 2013, Brunei Darussalam won two Merit awards by Chung Hwa Middle School, KB with the product “Higher Education Guidance System (Hedges)“ and Institut Teknologi of Brunei (ITB) with the product “AutiSay”. Press release and image courtesy of AITI.

 

  

31
Oct

Grapes galore

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

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ICON Design Store 
 


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Test drive or buy a Citroën!! 
 


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Energy Kitchen 



The launch earlier today at The Energy Kitchen
 


The Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Sari Setia Awang Hj Adanan with Wu Chun, the founder of The Energy Kitchen blending some healthy drinks

Superstar Wu Chun has been busy himself, flying here and there, and this afternoon, he is back in Brunei Darussalam to launch his very own healthy restaurant Energy Kitchen. Today it was launched with the grace of the honourable Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Sari Setia Awang Hj Adanan, the Minister of Health, who is also a very conscious when it comes to food.

Today 31st October, The Energy Kitchen celebrated its grand opening and this is a great way to educate the public on the presence of healthy food and let’s hope with the power of the media (RTB, newsprint and blog), we can carry the message across and promote healthy food. It won’t be an easy task but it has to start somewhere indeed.

According to Wu Chun, the founder of The Energy Kitchen, this is the first truly healthy restaurant in Brunei and their mission is to show Brunei that a healthy meal which is good for your body, can also be simple, innovative and tasty too. He encourages the local to join the Eat Smart Revolution. He is happy with the help of the Health Promotion Centre (HPC) which helps to promote healthy eating in Brunei. HPC has already started the initiative in providing a healthy lifestyle option when it comes to food. The tools are out there but we just need to choose a healthier option and it’s also up to the individuals.

Wu Chun has been grateful that the response has been encouraging ever since the soft launch a few months ago as the locals are beginning to be aware of eating healthier food.

The Minister of Health praised Wu Chun and his team on opening the restaurant which is line with the Ministry’s vision for a healthier lifestyle in Brunei Darussalam. He believes such presence can slowly educate the public and this will have a long term effect where it will reduce Non Communicable Diseases in the country.

From today until Sunday 2nd November, you can enjoy free dessert for every main meal ordered, there will be colouring activities and balloons for kids. You can also stand a chance to win gift certificates and REAL FOOD t-shirts exclusively designed by Wu Chun at The Energy Kitchen. You can also follow their updates on instagram @theenergykitchen

For reservation, you can call 223 3323.


The Minister of Health being interviewed by the press
 


Also present were the children from YASKA
 


Group photo with the team from The Energy Kitchen
 


The healthy drinks
 


Healthy food being served
 


 


Sheena and Rach
 


Hello Jo 😀
 

  


SCB’s MyBillPayment 
 


From 1 October to 31 December 2014, earn additional Reward Points when you pay at least three bills each month using MyBillPayment app or via www.mybillpayment.biz with your Standard Chartered Credit Card. Most of the bills that we pay are quite common and why not make use of Standard Chartered Bank’s reward campaign when you pay through online or your smartphone (through apps).

You can stand a chance of winning lucky draw prizes such as the Samsung Galaxy K or the Samsung Galaxy Tab for the month of November if you purchase POWERinstant or EASI Recharge using MyBillPayment. Awesome, right?

Some of the bills that can be paid using MyBillPayment are EASI Recharge Card, POWERinstant, DSTcom-Prima Broadband, Kristal Astro, TelBru, Electrical Department and Water Department to name a few. Hence, to be eligible for the rewards and the lucky draw, the bill payment must be made through MyBillPayment wesbite or their app.

For more information, you can call Standard Chartered Bank at 265 8000. Where else can you can enjoy perks while paying your bills online or through your smartphone? I’m gonna make use of recharging my EASI card through this system 😀

 


You can download MyBillPayment on your smartphone (IOS And Android)
 


Now you can pay bills through your smartphone
 

 

 

Check out Citroën cars 
 


Check out the roadshow at Times Square until this Sunday
 

Test driving the Citroën DS3 and DS4: What a wonderful experience indeed!! My first try out was the DS3 and don’t be fooled by the size because this car was such a joyride during my four day trial. The design itself makes a sporty, futuristic presence and it lives up to the performance. This is comparable with the Mini Cooper in terms of size but the DS3 is much more of a affordable car.

I was slightly concern if space would be a factor in the driving seat but it was pretty accommodating for me. Well, I know I might have gain a few pounds or so but it was almost perfect for my driving experience. The only fuss I had when sitting was pulling the seat belt over as I struggle using my left for the reach *lol*

I love the handling of the car as well especially during turns and roundabouts. It just made me think twice about letting go of my current car too. You will be surprised how efficient and well handled the DS3 is.

The DS3 sports a 1.6 litre four-cyclinder engine with a four-speed transmission and for me, it’s more than good enough since I’m not much of a fast driver. It will be a huge transformation if I was to convert to a mini car, coming from an SUV lover but I wouldn’t mind a secondary car for leisure and comfort just like the DS3.


My affair with the Citroën DS3
 


It was such a comfort ride with the Citroën DS3
 

I was torn between the Citroën DS3 and the Citroën DS4. Of course, the DS4 is definitely bigger and it has a more robust, fluid built with sharper lines and subtle curves. Brunei has just introduced these models in the market last year and slowly the public is noticing its strength and uniqueness as most of us are already familiar with other European brands in the market.

The interior is spacious and I love the interior finishing which is more refined and more attention to details. I was amazed that they have a massage chair option for the delight of the driver and passenger but I wasn’t too focused on that option. Just to let you know that you could fully recline the chair and switch it to massage mode 😀

I kinda like the neon-blue effect on the display on the speedometer and fuel indicator. I haven’t fully tested in terms of its speed but man, the DS4 can be an excellent ride along the highways especially if you commute back and forth from KB to Bandar. Sometimes I don’t even realise I’m driving over the speed limit because the ride was simply smooth.

In all, the DS4 packs a punch and I would highly recommend you to check out this model at Times Square this weekend. Even the price range is quite affordable for the specs that the DS4 boasts.

In comparison, both the Citroën DS3 and DS4 have their own strengths and it depends on what purpose you want to use the car for. What sold me about the DS4 is the bluetooth audio device which is not available for the DS3 since I listen to my music and podcasts while on the road.


Another great edition from Citroën the DS4
 


The interior of the DS4
 


Check out the rims at the Citroën showroom
 

 

 

Wu Chun at Golf Charity 
 


 

Mission Hills Group, a pioneer in China’s hospitality, sports and leisure industry, hosted its third annual Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am as part of its effort to create the world’s largest leisure and entertainment destination around golf. The tournament, from October 24-26 at the Mission Hills Haikou Resort on China’s tropical island of Hainan, united leading A-list film and music industry icons, champion golfers and other sports legends from the U.S., China and around the world.

“We are thrilled to bring together such high profile celebrities and sports superstars in an event that positions China on the world map of golf, while showcasing Mission Hills, and the country as a whole, as a must-visit destination for travelers, whether they are golfers or not,” said Mission Hills Group Chairman and CEO Dr. Ken Chu. “We remain committed to popularizing the game of golf and creating a world-class entertainment resort that builds on the rapidly evolving sport.”

Demonstrating the shifting tastes in leisure among the Chinese, the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am is uniquely centered around golf and the film industry. As part of the event, 24 celebrities and 24 professional golfers will come together at Mission Hills’ premier facilities for a range of golf, gala events, and other entertainment activities, such as an exhibition of the new combination sport that Mission Hills recently introduced to China, football golf.

Top ranked professional golfers include 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, multiple Major winners Gary Player and Greg Norman, ex-Masters champion Ian Woosnam, former Open Championship winner Darren Clarke and Europe’s 2014 Ryder Cup Captain, Paul McGinley. During the tournament, it was broadcasted in 160 countries and territories worldwide, the teams faced off over two rounds of four-ball, competing for an individual prize of one million dollars.

Also in participation were the heavy hitters of China’s booming film industry, to celebrate the recent opening of Mission Hills Movie Town – the film-themed complex and brainchild of famed Chinese director Feng Xiaogang. In addition to its state-of-the-art film studios, entertainment and leisure activities, the attraction also features vintage street settings from Feng’s classic movies, paying homage to the only Chinese director with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.Sponsors of The Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am include American Express, Porsche, Stella Artois, Tibet 5100, Kohler, Biem.L.Fdlkk, Lindt, San Pellegrino and Appletiser.

Representing the largest golf club and mineral springs spa in the world and formerly accredited as the world’s largest spa resort by Guinness World Records, Mission Hills Haikou Resort exudes leisure and entertainment through its 550-room five-star hotel, 10 golf courses, 168 hot springs, 20 square kilometer mixed-use retail-tainment complex of prominent retail shops and restaurants, movie town entertainment zone, IMAX cinema, ice skating rink, nightlife, and hotel developments including The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, and Hard Rock Hotels. As part of its effort to promote golf to a new generation, three Mission Hills courses allow anyone under 16 to play for free, and 44 junior golf tournaments were also staged in the past 18 months in the quest to find the first Tiger Woods of China. As the cradle of golf in China, Mission Hills has hosted more than 100 international tournaments, including five editions of the World Cup of Golf and the WGC-HSBC Champions.

Images courtesy of Wu Chun.

 


Celebrity Wu Chun at Golf tournament at the Mission Hills Haikou Resort on China’s tropical island of Hainan
 


The evening with the celebrities
 

Of course with that aside, our very own celebrity Wu Chun from Brunei attended the prestigious sporting event in Asia. Here is what he has to say.

“This spectacular tournament is definitely the pre-eminent sports and entertainment event in Asia. Its truly an East meet West Cross-Cultural event where so many superstars from different industries and countries unites in such a groundbreaking event. And the thing that excites me is that everyone came here with a heart full of love hoping to raise fund to protect our lovely planet and helping so many children around the world that needs our attention.”

“I had the chance to hang out with some of the big names in the hollywood and its a dream come true opportunity…I was surprised to know that the golf legend, Greg Norman was in Brunei many years ago and him sharing with me how lovely Brunei is and would love to be back again. I also had the chance to express my admiration to Kenny G personally as his talented music has accompany me since i was 15 years old. “

“”What makes this event even more memorable is a compliment i received from the very fit and beautiful mother, Jessica Alba where she told me, ” You are so cute!” That really makes me feel on top of the world hahaa! As Fitness Zone is a monthly subscriber of Self Fitness Magazine and she has recently appeared on the cover, i also brought the magazine along so i can exhibit her autograph at Fitness Zone’s celebrities gallery which makes this a perfect wrap up for this glamorous and meaningful event.”

 


With Donnie Yen
 


Morgan Freeman
 


With golf legend Greg Norman
 


With Wu Chun’s music idol – Kenny G
 


With Jessica Alba
 


With Chris Evans
 


With Yao Ming
 

  
 

Winner of Media Pad X1 
 


Paul Hyde (3rd L) , Progresif Cellular’s Chief Executive Officer, with the winner of the Facebook Fanpage Like Contest, Latifah Hj Mohd Akin (2nd L). Image courtesy of Progresif Cellular.
 


Latifah Hj Mohd Akin took home a Huawei Media Pad X1
 

Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd (Progresif) recently revealed the winner for the Facebook Fanpage Like Contest with a Prize Presentation at its Beribi Headquarters.

Latifah Hj Mohd Akin took home a Huawei Media Pad X1. The prize was presented by Paul Hyde, Progresif Cellular’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Facebook Fan Page Like contest was held from September 15 until September 31.

Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd Chief Marketing Officer, Devin Edwards said to the media, “We are happy to give back to our valued customers and to support our technology partners, such as Huawei.”

He also added that there will be more to come for Progresif subscribers where there will be an end of year promotion coming soon and he advised subscribers to watch out.

Latifah said, “I am very happy and surprised to have won the prize. I am definitely looking forward to use the media pad.”

Paul Hyde Progresif Cellular Chief Executive Officer said, “The Facebook contest was one of our ways to reward our customers of their support and patronage. There will be more great things to happen in the near future and we are confident it will be exciting.”

Progresif took over the business and operations of B-Mobile Communications Sdn Bhd on July 1 this year, and Progresif recently appointed two C- Levels hire, Chief Technical Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd, it is poised to be a competitive and sustainable mobile operator in Brunei Darussalam, offering innovative products and services to its customers.

 


Promotion coming up from Progresif Cellular and to be announced tomorrow (1st November)
 

  
 

Malppy update 
 


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The 3D T-shirts from the Mountain has been doing very well in the USA. The Mountain is a manufacturer of high quality hand-dyed garments and they are well known for their unique designs and exceptional quality. This weekend sale, Malppy.com is going to feature more than 20 different designs from The Mountain’s 3D Creative Printing T-shirts.

As they mentioned it’s a Weekend Sale so this offers only valid for 3 days (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)! The clock is ticking away and if you have got that special someone you know who would love 3D Mighty Tiger T-shirt or 3D Armour T-shirt for a gift, just visit their website now at www.malppy.com and order away!

Before I end this post, I’d like to remind everyone again, especially BIBD customers that Malppy has recently collaborated with BIBD and launched their latest online payment service called the eBayar (Direct BiBD bank transfer) and their existing eTunai (Mobile QR Code Scanning payment method) on Malppy.com. To further understand how to use these online payment services on malppy.com, you can simply click http://malppy.com/etunai and http://malppy.com/ebayar for the guide. As a complementary, the first 50 customers to pay their purchases at Malppy.com with either of these services will get a B$10 Starbucks coffee voucher FREE. Support your local bank that supports Malppy.com. Have a Great weekend ahead.

 


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15
Aug

Wake me up

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Expendables 3 
 


Listen on our podcast review of The Expendables 3 with special guest Tiffany Yong on the Popcorn Panel

 

  
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Malppy.com  

 


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Introducing the new Sales Section at Malppy.com! You can now browse through all the sales items available in the online store and at the same time shop over thousands of quality products ranging from fashion apparels to your daily innovative novelties and more! Visit Malppy.com now to find out what is On Sale. Hurry while stock lasts!

Sign up with Malppy.com and subscribe to their e-newsletter to be the first one to get information on latest promotions, new arrivals, or events!

 

I love BK’s rendang 
 


I can’t believe it that it’s now available in Burger King in Brunei 😀

BURGER KING® Brunei introduces the BK Rendang Deluxe and BK Crispy Chicken Rendang limited only to the Hari Raya season.

The new Rendang sauce, unique to Burger King® comes with a spicy flavor that is in-tune with the festive season. Operations Manager, Saiful Zamhor noted that the selection of Rendang burgers will only be available for a limited time only.

“The Rendang sauce will blend well with local taste-buds as it is a flavour that can be easily accepted by Bruneians. We also offer in both proteins, chicken and beef, hopefully to cater to everyone,” said Saiful.

To cool off after a spicy Rendang meal, Burger King® Brunei is also now offering two dessert options, which is the Sundae Cone for a great value of $1.00 only. Should customers want something with more flavours and textures, the Hershey’s ® Sundae Pie, a product exclusive to Burger King worldwide is also made available and have been receiving great feedback from patron

“The Hershey’s ® Sundae Pie is really a unique product. As mentioned, Burger King® is the only brand in the world that has these pies, and they are a great addition to our snack and dessert’s selection where customers can enjoy at any time of the day,” said Saiful.

As for the Sundae Cups with Strawberry, Chocolate and Caramel toppings, those will be available in the coming weeks, whilst the Taro Pie, another unique product will be available in September.

“This will also be tied in with the launch of our extended range of coffee selection, making us the only Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) in Brunei that offers bean-to-cup coffee,” said Saiful.

All this will be in conjunction with Burger King® Brunei’s second outlet, located at the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport.

“We were looking at an opening in Q2 2014, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we have pushed back the opening to Q3 2014, so customers can expect the opening to be somewhere in September,” said Saiful. He added: “We are working closely with authorities from the Department of Civil Aviation and we think it is the beginning of a great working relationship between the airport and ourselves.”

The response to Burger King has been extremely positive, which has prompted the brand to quickly expand with two more branches, with the third being in the Belait district with a target opening date in the fourth quarter of 2014.


Burger King – Hershey’s Sundae Pie
 


Burger King – $1 Ice-cream sundae cone
 

 

L’Occitane’s presence in Brunei 
 


Ms Nancy Ferriman, L’Occitane General Manager for South East Asia for L’Occitane, Ms Sally Lam, CEO of Livewelle Ventures, owner of the Brunei Franchise for L’Occitane and Mr Pierre Imhof, President of the French Brunei Business Association and also CEO of Baiduri Bank. Image courtesy of Mabohai Shopping Complex.

L’Occitane, the latest international brand to be launched in Brunei Darussalam, held its Grand Opening ceremony on 11th August 2014 at the Mabohai Shopping Complex.

The Chief Guest was the President of the French Brunei Business Association and also CEO of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof.  Mr Imhof delivered a warm speech welcoming L’Occitane into the business scene.  Mr. Imhof launched his speech by admiring the colour and floral and herbal scents which radiated from the L’Occitane store.  He congratulated L’Occitane for their opening and wished them success in their endeavours.

Ms Sally Lam, CEO of Livewelle Ventures, owner of the Brunei Franchise for L’Occitane took the guests on a journey of how L’Occitane originated in 1976 from the vision and passion of Olivier Baussan, founder of the company which grew into a world renowned establishment through their natural, traceable and active ingredients and products.   Ms Lam expressed her delight in bringing the brand to Brunei Darussalam and thanked the guests for attending today’s Grand Opening ceremony.

Attending on behalf of L’Occitane is their General Manager for South East Asia, Ms Nancy Ferriman, who said how delighted L’Occitane is to bring a little piece of the sunshine and beauty of the Provence region to Brunei through their Brunei store.   She encouraged the guests to try L’Occitane’s beautiful products and mentioned that a special men’s range is also available under their Verdon, L’Occitan and Verbena products using organic peppermint essential oil, lavender mixed with a peppery and nutmeggy wood scent, and organic verbena & lemony oils.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests and the public were invited to tour the shop to view, test and buy L’Occitane’s wonderful products.  Several guests enjoyed taking photographs with their friends and of themselves against a large photo backdrop depicting a lavender field in full bloom in the South of France.  There was also a product sampling booth where guests were invited to try L’Occitane’s Best Sellers; Immortelle Divine Cream and Almond Milk Concentrate.

In conjunction with their Grand Opening, L’Occitane in partnership with Baiduri Bank Bhd, is offering Baiduri Bank’s Infinite and Platinum Card holders a B$10 Cash Voucher & a VIP Card with minimum purchase of B$100 nett.  This limited offer is valid until 10th September 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.

The Complex Manager of Mabohai Shopping Complex, Ms Yee-Man Cheng  said:

“With the debut of L’Occitane in Brunei Darussalam at the Mabohai Shopping Complex, we are delighted to welcome them as our newest tenant, occupying a prime unit on the first floor of the complex.  L’Occitane’s products are renowned internationally for their high quality beauty products and fragrances, developed following the principles of phytotherapy and aromatherapy.  We are especially proud that L’Occitane has decided to open their first store with us and we wish them success in their business venture.”

 


Mr Pierre Imhof, President of the French Brunei Business Association and also CEO of Baiduri Bank delivering his welcoming remarks
 


Ms Sally Lam, CEO of Livewelle Ventures, owner of the Brunei Franchise for L’Occitane delivering her welcoming remarks
 


Guest trying out the products
 


Check out L’Occitane’s products
 


Guest trying out the products
 


 


 


 


L’Occitane is located on 1st floor of Mabohai Shopping Complex
 

  
 

The Expendables 3 
 


Listen on our podcast review of The Expendables 3 with special guest Tiffany Yong on the Popcorn Panel

 

  
 

Foodpanda making its mark 
 


Wu Chun, owner of Fitness Zone and Claudio Abitante, Managing Director of Foodpanda Brunei exchanging documents for an interesting partnership between the two companies.

Last week, Foodpanda, the first food delivery service in Brunei, is now bringing healthy eating and convenience to households in Brunei with their new tie up with The Energy Kitchen & Fitness Zone. After a very successful launch, Foodpanda is very keen to add new restaurants and to expand to more areas in Brunei.

“We are constantly looking to bring greater variety of food to customers and healthy eating is definitely the upcoming trend everywhere around the world nowadays.” says Claudio Abitante, MD foodpanda.com.bn. “We hope of having healthy food and incorporating healthy living to Brunei. ” he adds.

The Energy Kitchen hopes to bring the concept of healthy eating to Bruneians, by encouraging them to “Join the EAT SMART Revolution” and “Enjoy Real Food”. They aim to prove that healthy food can taste good with flavorsome dishes like Baked Sweet Potato Wedges, Superfood Salad, The Energy Burger, Salmon Soba, etc, making it easier for Bruneians to get a healthy meal.

“We have always envisioned people having healthier alternatives to whatever that is available out there – now working with foodpanda – healthy meals are much more easily accessible to everyone out there and everyone should try to eat a balance diet and have an active lifestyle in order to achieve a good quality of life!” says Wu Chun, Owner of The Energy Kitchen & Fitness Zone. “We think this will be a very meaningful partnership between Finess Zone, The Energy Kitchen and Foodpanda”.

Established less than a month ago, Foodpanda Brunei is fast becoming a household name in Brunei as a new way to order and enjoy food. Currently with more than 20 restaurants, foodpanda is not charging a delivery fee for most restaurants to enable Bruneians to try out their service.

“I think this would really suit a busy person such as myself who sometimes finds it very difficult to find healthy food – sometimes I even miss my meals due to my busy schedule! Well, not any more with foodpanda and The Energy Kitchen. Now, i can really nourish my body with superfood with the help of The Energy Kitchen ” says Jamillah, a local health enthusiast.Fitness Zone, the biggest health club in Brunei will come in as the official health partner with Food panda.

Order a minimum of $15 from food panda and customers will receive a 1 week membership to this international standard health club. According to Wu Chun, ” This collaboration is in line with Fitness Zone CSR project to encourage Bruneians to stay an active lifestyle and enjoy the many good things life can bring to you when you are fit and healthy!”

From the overwhelming response to their launch, foodpanda.com.bn are now looking to aggressively grow by expanding to other parts of Brunei and adding in more restaurants to their list. Besides delivery, foodpanda.com.bn also offers take-away and pre-order options. Customers can skip queues and order food on the go or pre-order meals from their favorite restaurants. Currently delivery orders are taken via their website and mobile application on iOS, Google Play and Windows
Store.

For more information, please call Fitness Zone at 2233338 and The Energy Kitchen at 2233323 or visit our website www.fitnesszone.com.bn or facebook – FitnesszoneBrunei.


The cute Foodpanda balls
 


One of the healthy dishes from Energy Kitchen
 


The signing ceremony between Wu Chun and Claudio Abitante
 


Wu Chun with the Brunei team of Foodpanda
 

Foodpanda, here for the long run 
 

Now isn’t this an awesome deal? They just received additional fundings and this time, in the figure of USD 60 million in a new financing from a group of investors including existing backer Rocket Internet AG.

Did you know that Foodpanda is only two years old? It’s amazing how they have created such a phenomena in the past years or so. Amazing indeed! They are quite big in other countries and Brunei just launched the Foodpanda services a few weeks ago and the orders have steadily increased, considering its smaller market size as compared to other countries.

The additional funds will help Foodpanda to penetrate to other markets in Asian, Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Latin America.

According to the news online, there are other major players such as GrubHub, Just-Eat and Delivery Hero that also provide similar services. For your info, Brunei also have their own home-grown food delivery service app and it’s called Food Fuel created by a start-up company DotRoot Technologies.


Screenshot taken on Reuters’ news on Foodpanda. Click to read more.
 

  
 

 

13
Aug

The Ice Breaker

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

His Majesty, a crowd puller 
 


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam joining the crowd during the match between Indonesia and Brunei at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last night. Picture: BT/Faiq Airudin

It’s good to know that His Majesty the Sultan walked section of the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium from the VVIP area and it was a great reception from the sections of the crowd as they sang birthday songs to His Majesty. I have hardly seen His Majesty walking through different sections of the stadium and I wasn’t fortunate enough to be witness it. So the pictures that I’m posting are from @faiqairudin who had nice momentary shots of our Monarch.

The match between Brunei and Indonesia lived up to its expectation and it was a much needed win for Brunei as they lost their first match against Cambodia on the opening night. It was such a brilliant effort by Adi Said who scored a hat trick two nights ago and he just keeps on improving from time to time. Though he is listed as over-aged player, he seems to be an instrumental player for Brunei U-21 team. I’m just afraid that the U-21 team will rely too much on Adi Said’s services. That makes it 5 goals in 3 matches for Adi Said if you count the previous goals he scored for DPMM FC a week ago. There was an injury scare for Adi prior to the tournament but he managed to recover in time for the tournament.

Brunei will next play Singapore (Wednesday) and Vietnam (Friday). So do come in throngs and support Brunei and hope for a place in the semi-finals of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014. I shall be back for official duty coverage for the next two games before I head off flying again.


His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam (C) and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (L), the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at Prime Minister’s Office accompanied by HRH Prince `Abdul Malik (R centre) personally greeted the crowd during the match between Indonesia and Brunei at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, yesterday. Picture:BT/Faiq Airudin
 

  
 

More on R. Williams 
 


Listen to my take on the late Robin Williams on The Popcorn Panel as a bonus episode

 

 

One of the best scenes from Good Will Hunting starring Robin Williams and Matt Damon

 

  
 

Michelin 
 


Do drop by Sin Hup Huat for more inquiries and I have been using Michelin brand for many years too. Follow them on instagram @sinhuphuat or Facebook SHHCO for more updates.
 

  
 

RB’s ambassador 
 


Royal Brunei Airlines (RB)’s new ambassador Wu Chun and Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB during the press conference.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) held a press conference on 8th August 2014 to announce Wu Chun as the national carrier’s new international brand ambassador.

“Wu Chun’s celebrity status in our regional markets, together with his renowned images as a family man makes him the ideal choice to represent the RB brand. His popularity will serve to better introduce RB and destination Brunei in the all-important China market and across Asia. RB is looking forward to a year of strategic marketing activities and exploring more collaboration in the future with Wu Chun in his ambassadorial role,” said Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB.

According to Wu Chun. “I was introduced to RB’s brand attributes: authentic, gracious, delightful and optimistic; which I find fitting for my image as a family man, entrepreneur and a celebrity. As a Bruneian, to say that I am delighted to be linked to the RB brand is an understatement.”

He begins his tenure as RB’s international brand ambassador with an official signing ceremony to be held on 21st August 2014 in Shanghai to kick-start the campaign and activities.


Azaraimy of Borneo Bulletin asking a question
 


Dermot Mannion and Wu Chun carrying an RB model aircraft scale
 


Group photo with RB’s associates
 


Check out RB’s Facebook Page. Click image.
 


By the way, awesome deals to Singapore via RB
 

  

KIA’s Hari Raya Draw 

 


Hj Sulaiman the winner of the Grand Prize of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion

KIA car owner Hj Sulaiman Abdul Rahman walked away with $10,000 as the Grand Prize winner of Kia’s Hari Raya Promotion draw. This was part of the Korean Brand’s Hari Raya promotions, and Open House celebration.

Meanwhile, second and third prize winners, Alinayati Hj Perudin and Hj Amit Omar, received $5,000 and $3,000 respectively while another 15 lucky individuals went home with $500 each.
A total of 50 shortlisted customers out of the 800 who had purchased Kia cars between May 1 to July 31 were invited to the double celebration event, which saw representatives of various financial institutions, including Baiduri Finance and BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad draw names of winners.

Also present at the event were Grand Motors Managing Director, Frankie Ho, Grand Motors Executive Director, Hj Shaiful Rizal Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad, Kia Sales Manager, Jacqueline Koh as well as the representatives from Baiduri Finance and BIBD At-Tamwil Berhad.

 


Alinayati Hj Perudin the runner up of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion


Hj Amit Omar the 2nd-runner up of KIA’s Hari Raya promotion


The crowd waiting for the KIA Hari Raya promotion draw last week

  

14
Jul

#HBT2014inAugust

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Acer Liquid Smartphones

 

Check out Acer Liquid smartphones
 

 

Sales at Icon Design Store

 

 
Click to enter website
 
 

 

BIBD Delights 
 

Click image to enter BIBD website
 

 

Peugeot Hari Raya Promotion 
 


Click image to enter Peugeot Brunei’s website
 

 

 

Citroën Brunei 
 


Click image to enter Citroën Brunei 
 

  
 

Notice from Progresif Cellular 
 


Late posting: Back dated 9th July on the issue of the top-up cards from Progresif Cellular.
 

  
 

Awesome deals in Concepts 
 


Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, with associates of Concepts Computer showcasing the IT bundle promotion

Awesome deals now available at Concepts Computer and you purchase the items with their IT bundles in a form of hampers so this make it very ideal for gifts and all. This is the first time also the Concepts Computer are having such bundled promotions for the likes of their customers.

You can enjoy bundles from $18 to $1,118 and you can get items ranging from Epson and Acer from Concepts Computer.

Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive of Concepts Computer, shared this is ideal for consumers who have trouble choosing the right products because of the variety of choices. Hence Concepts Computer made it simpler by putting a few items together with an affordable price.

For more information on the IT bundles, visit the nearest Concepts Computer showroom or call 2233551 and 2233552.

 


 


 


 


 


 


  
 

HBT is back!! 
 


Will Brunei retain the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy this August? Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
Few months ago, there was some doubt whether the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014 will actually happen this year. The supporters were anticipating for another great tournament after Brunei Darussalam won its first HBT tournament back in 2012. Earlier this year, it was slightly quiet and even the management and stakeholders were unsure of the dates for the actual tournament.

Perhaps the highlight earlier this year was when the management were conducting trials for the Brunei U-21 team back in January as they were preparing for the supposedly tournament earlier in April 2014. The plan didn’t materialised in terms of hosting the event in April and it was postponed till further notice. However, this is still great news because this will give ample time for Brunei to prepare for the HBT tournament. They were already many question marks as why the trials were only planned three months before the actual tournament then as it’s never easy to gel new players in the time span given. I’m not pretty sure how the preparations have been since beginning of the year but I’m sure that manager Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff and coach Kwon Oh-Son have sorted this out.

Last weekend was the draw for the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy 2014 and Brunei is now placed in Group B with the likes of Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. In Group A are Timor-Leste, Laos, the Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand. The only one missing here is Indonesia as they won’t be able to compete due to the clashes with the ongoing Indonesian football league.

Well, I still find that a bit odd since Indonesia has a population of 200 million and yet they can’t field a squad of 24 to represent Indonesia U-21. I kinda find that reason to be … ah, no comment. For your info, Indonesia was runner-up in the previous tournament and it was a very heated match, not for the players on the field but for the supporters out there as there were commotions happening prior to the match and during the match. Sometimes when you are too passionate about your country and the ego get the better of you, things are easier to escalate to an uglier scene.

As for a vote of uncertainty, team manager Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff shared that Brunei is not ready for next month’s 5th Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy as he said they are far from being prepared for the August 9-23 regional Under-21 tournament. He said that the players’ are not at the level they should be and further more, they haven’t selected their first eleven, let alone choosing the final 18 squad.

I believe there is still hope for Brunei. They did it two years ago with great difficulty and yet they prevail. Brunei is the defending champion and I believe they can excel to greater heights.

The manager conveyed his thanks to DPMM FC for allowing to use some of their players – Adi Said, Najib and Hendra and also thanked National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) for their never ending support and also to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

I shall update you the progress of the Brunei U-21 team. For now, good luck for the preparations.


Team manager Hj Feisal Hj Eusoff during the draw last weekend. Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.
 


Malaysian High Commissioner Datuk Hj Ag Sahak making the draw for Malaysia team. Image courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
 


This is the crowd that we are gonna miss – the Indonesian fans
 


Najib from DPMM FC will be representing Brunei U-21 team
 


Hendra will be in Brunei colours once again this August
 


The actual draw for this year’s HBT 2014
 


Let’s hope that the crowd can be controlled especially when it comes to ticket distribution. Do you think there should be a small value given for the tickets? Image courtesy of @iam_nashar
 

  
 

Wu Chun at Fashion Week 
 


Wu Chun with Giorgio Armani at Fashion Week in France

As glamorous haute couture creations takes the runway in paris, media from around the globe gather at Paris for the pre-fall and winter collection Fashion Week in the months of July. Not only that, fashion enthusiasts from around the world fly in to Paris during this month to enjoy the great summer sales and at the same time, trying to get a glimpse of all the world renowned designers and celebrities at all the famous museum which are used as the venue for most of the fashion show for the top designers in the fashion industry.

Wu Chun who has been recognised as a fashion figure in the showbiz partly because of his well-built physical appearance has a close relationship with some of the top fashion designer brands in the world and has attended numerous fashion shows or invited as the spokesperson for the opening ceremony for the designer stores.

Christian Dior’s couture show in Paris on Monday was the fashion equivalent of a concept album.The show was held at Musée Rodin’s gardens in a circular tent decorated with thousands of white orchids and displayed the latest confections by Belgian designer Raf Simons.

Extended over six segments, models dressed in everything from full-skirted ballgowns to full-length fur coats, chiffon slips and embroidered parachute silk boilersuits walked around a circular white room wrapped in chrome and covered – floor to ceiling – in white orchids. It even had a soundtrack of alpha experimentalists Sonic Youth.

This year, Wu Chun was invited to experience the Fashion week in Paris where he had the chance to sit in the front row with some of the top celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence who fame has shot up during the last few years with her blockbuster hit, The Hunger game. Wu Chun was also joined by the Harry Potter female lead actress, Emma Watson,Charlize Theron and Sean Penn at the Christian Dior Fashion Show. Put together, it was a dizzying expression of creative director Raf Simons’ vision for this revered Parisian house: futuristic, red carpet friendly and art-house all at once.

In the show notes, Simons said the Dior collection was about bringing “the attitude of contemporary reality to something very historical” and finding something modern as the result. This concept collection – assured, new but rich with varied reference – suggests he might have done just that.

The Simons effect at Dior sent couture sales soaring by 14% to £601m in the last six months of 2013. This, in turn, has boosted the ready-to-wear side of the business. Asia and the US are emerging as the markets where Dior does particularly well. Monday’s couture outing will only boost a house on the up.
According to Wu Chun,” The things that excite me this time is i am attending the Haute Couture collection fashion shows which is very much difference from the Ready-to-wear collection. Couture collection are all the limited edition pieces and i was amazed by all the creativities and workmanship of the highest level in the world of fashion.Of course, being alongside all the hollywood A-lists was a blast experience for me as well.”

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Woohoo. I see Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson
 


 


Wu Chun at the Fashion week
 


Wu Chun posing for the camera

Quotes from Wu Chun – “”Its great to be back to Paris again, the city of ‘Fashion’ and feel honoured to be invited to Chanel, Christian Dior and Giorgio Armani Fashion shows during my 4 days trip. Its such a pleasure to wear the suit personally selected by My Giorgio Armani, a very down to earth icon who had his autograph on a baby Armani Suit for my 9 months old baby boy.”

“Today, fashion is really about sensuality-how a person feels on the inside. In the ’80s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies-they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes. Fashion is not only about the clothes. Its about your body shape, your personality and the confident you have to express what you wear.”


Wu Chun at the Fashion week
 


Wu Chun selfie-ing with fans
 


Wu Chun having fun in Paris
 

  
 

13
Jun

#WorldCupFever

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Dugout Treble World Cup podcast 

 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun and special guest Cyril in the first episode.

 

  

 

How To Train Your Dragon 2 
 


Check out our podcast review of this popular sequel

 

  
 

Brazil pass the 1st test 
 


Now.. something just doesn’t add up here. I was disappointed with their performance yesterday and furthermore, the audio was pretty bad. I still prefer Shakira’s song or even Ricky Martin’s. The opening ceremony didn’t raise any goosebumps for me. A bit of a letdown.
 


I kinda like these costumes at least during the opening ceremony

Finally after four years, the World Cup is back!! But am I hyped up as before? Hmmmm hard to say but apparently not that fired up. I didn’t even know that the opening ceremony was last night until 8 hours before the opening ceremony, thinking it will fall today. Anyway, what are my thoughts of the opening ceremony? Not really much to shout about but the costumes were interesting enough and it was good to see children and kids participating. Other than that, it’s kinda disappointing really.

Few of my friends from Brunei were there for the opening ceremony and the first match of the World Cup 2014 between host Brazil and Croatia. Awesome!!! One of my bucket lists was to actually travel across the world to catch a World Cup match one day. That day will come but not Brazil. So a probable chance in Russia in 2018 or Qatar 2022 that I would travel there. My friends will be flying off to another destination to catch Uruguay vs Costa Rica and if I’m not mistaken, they will be catching a total of 5 to 6 matches in Brazil. Oh man, I’m so jealous 🙁

We  just recently started a podcast on World Cup news called the Dugout Treble and there will be more episodes coming soon. I have also create a McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Fantasy League. You can join my league by clicking here. Good luck!!!


Neymar scored from the penalty spot and it was a tough fight for the host nation
 


The crowd at the stadium yesterday. Image by Sim Yuan.
 


Brunei represent… Image by Sim Yuan.
 


They caught the opening ceremony yesterday. Image by Sim Yuan.
 


Check out the debut podcast of Dugout Treble which is dedicated to World Cup highlights, news and opinions starring Rano Iskandar and co-host Jason Rumpun and special guest Cyril in the first episode.

 

  
 

Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition 
 


Audi Q7 S Line Sport Edition
The Audi Q7, described as one of the ‘big boys’ of SUVs, with its powerful and efficient engines and standard eight-speed tiptronic offers luxurious driving comfort. Now it makes its return with the Q7 S Line Sport Edition, a sporty styling package with wheel arch extensions, bigger front air intakes with high gloss slates, lower bumper spoilers, stainless steel skid plates and dual oval tail pipes integrated into the rear bumper.

Inside the Audi Q7, there are 27 possible seating combinations and ample room to take equipment for recreational or outdoor sports. When the seatbacks in the second row are folded down, the cargo capacity increases from a volume of 775 litres (27.37 cubic feet) to 2035 litres (71.87 cubic ft).

The engine line-up for the Audi Q7 maintains a six-cylinder diesel engine supercharged V6 unit 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245hp) with an impressive 550Nm (405.65 lb-ft) of torque.

A power tailgate comes as standard for the Audi Q7, and a rail-based load securing set for baggage is available for sports, recreation and vacation travel. Audi offers the assistance system Audi side assist for safer lane changes. A top of the infotainment line-up is MMI combined with the BOSE Surround Sound and the large panorama roof is also included.

 


 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Royal Skies at Frescho 
 


Earn more miles
Introducing Freshco Brunei as Royal Skies Latest Partner!

Today, 13 June: Earn 10 Royal Skies miles for every BND10 spent when you shop.

From 07:00pm:

The First 50 customers will stand a chance to win 5000 miles, prizes and enjoy our exciting activities.

From 14 June to 13 July 2014:

Earn double miles with a minimum spending of BND15 in a single receipt.

See you and Lets shop at Freshco, Plaza Abdul Razak, Seri Batu 1.

 

  
 

Annual blood donation 
 

Green bankers rolled up their sleeves yesterday to contribute to an important cause: blood donation. The event, hosted every year, was held at the Learning & Development Centre at Baiduri Bank Head Office.

This year’s blood donation drive was organized with the theme “Everyone has a Type” aimed to help replenish the low blood supplies faced by the National Blood Bank at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

Senior Manager of Baiduri Bank’s Human Resources and Finance Division and member of the Baiduri Bank Management Committee, Ms Veronica Chong, said that blood donating is a good practice, and she has been doing it every year during the drive.

“There is an overall feeling of goodness and satisfaction when donating blood,” she said. “A lot of people are fearful of donating blood because of the needle but it’s not painful, and donating only one pint of blood can save up to three lives.”

“One advice I have for them is to stay relaxed. If you are scared of needles, look away, or better yet, talk with your colleagues, I’m sure they’ll also appreciate the distraction.”

The event was organised as part of the Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. It is an annual event held to aid patients in need of specific types of blood urgently.

The Baiduri Bank Group is also an active supporter and major sponsor of the annual World Blood Donor Day.

Baiduri Bank Group has also just wrapped up their yearly charity golf event, The Baiduri Masters – an initiative that regularly provides financial support for child development programmes in Brunei such as Pusat Ehsan, Child Development Centre (CDC), SMARTER and the Learning Ladders Society. Press release and images courtesy of Baiduri Bank.

 


 


 


 


 

  
 

Plus magazine 
 


Rachel, Manager of Fitness Zone, Wu Chun owner of Fitness Zone with Kee Lee Loo of Nexploit Services

On 12th June 2014, Fitness Zone and Nexploit Services co-hosted the signing and officiating ceremony of Plus magazine. A health and lifestyle related magazine that made its debut earlier this month.

With only a week of their soft debut on the 4th of June, Plus magazine made quite a numbers of impacts within the current community. The magazine readership rate is adopting and increasing at a steady pace due to the current demand of health related articles.

Plus works closely with the Ministry of Health in delivering contents that would greatly benefits the public. Fitness Zone on the other hand is into health and wellbeing’s through fitness. Both companies have the same goal aligned, and that is to stir up the interest of the public to implement a healthy change and divert the public into adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Plus Magazine uses physical copies and digital contents integration to reach out to the public with health and lifestyle related articles and contents that are beneficial and interesting to read. Fitness Zone offers wide range of services for both genders and also programs that caters for each individual’s needs.

To celebrate the signing and officiating ceremony, Plus and Fitness Zone will be co-organizing an Instagram and Newsletter Subscription contest. 10 lucky winners will get to walk away with prizes and one grand winner will be awarded with signed copies of Wu Chun’s biography book and diary planner.

For more information please visit Plus Facebook Page and Fitness Zone Facebook Page.

 


The signing ceremony yesterday
 


Get a copy of Plus magazine
 

  
 

Malppy at Hua Ho Manggis 
 


Catch this match on Saturday, 14th June

In conjunction of this event, Malppy.com is welcoming everyone to join celebrating the first ever Hua Ho Football Fiesta held at Hua Ho Department Store (Manggis Branch) from the 14th till 22nd June 2014. We’ll be selling range of 2014 World Cup Merchandise! So footie fans in Brunei, what’re you waiting for? Shop and cheer with malppy.com. See you there!

 

  
 

KFC 11 Foosball Challenge 
 


It’s happening now at Hua Ho Manggis Mall

Continuing the Football action, a KFC organized foosball competition is available at the Hua Ho fiesta that is taking place from 10th to 22nd June 2014 at Hua Ho Manggis Mall in conjunction with the World Cup that is taking place in Brazil. Called the KFC 11 Foosball Challenge, participants will get a chance to test their skills at the table where top 32 contestants will be selected to play in the qualifying rounds representing the 32 countries that is currently competing at Brazil.

1st prize is worth B$450 consists of a Golden Boot Champion trophy, the Adidas Brazuca – the official football to be used during this year’s World Cup’s final match, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink.  2nd prize is worth B$200 and consist of Adidas Brazuca Top Glider Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink. 3rd prize is worth B$150, consisting of Adidas Brazuca Top Glider Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, KFC Merchandise, KFC Food Voucher, and Revive Drink. 4th place is worth B$130 and consist of Adidas Brazuca Top Gilder Match Ball Replica, Hua Ho Sports Voucher, and Revive drink. Contestants interested to get the popular Limited Edition KFC Ronaldo Merchandise stand a chance to get it free.

By qualifying to the top 32 stage, participants will receive the Ronaldo Merchandise each and then each time they qualifies again to the top 16, top 8 and then to the top 4 stage, they will again receive the sought after merchandise. Other prizes to be won during the individual qualifying category includes a foosball table set available for the Top scorer category, and a Hat Trick Bonus prize for scoring 3 goals and more. For a registration fee of only B$2 where contestants will receive 2 Revive can drinks (330ml), contestants are sure to get their money worth..

“The competition is called KFC 11 Foosball Challenge because the number 11 resonates closely to KFC (11 secret herbs & spices used for the original KFC recipe) and to football (11 number of players playing on a team in any football matches). We hope that football fans will grab this opportunity to join in the football fever that we have made especially for them and have fun and have the chance to win some great prizes along with it, says Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager, KFC (B) Sdn Bhd.

 


Try out the foosball competition and win fantastic prizes
 


Check out the rules and regulations
 

  
 

 

Family Fun Day 
 


Happening this Sunday

The Brunei Medical Association will organise a Family Fun Day event that will take place at the Brunei Agro-Technology Park, Kg Tungku, Mukim Gadong on Sunday, 15th June from 6:30 am-11am.

Among the activities to be held include Tai Chi, Walkathon, Kid’s Treasure Race, Bouncers, Colouring Contest, Face painting, Tug-of-war, SNAG and other more exciting activities. Food vendors such as W Brownies, Food Remix, Baking Manics, Wings & Drumettes and Leeya Cookies will also be present.

The event is open to all healthcare professionals and their family members as well as the public. The Brunei Medical Associaiton (BMA) is a non-governmental organization representing the voice of doctors and the medical profession in Brunei Darussalam.

The BMA’s main objective is to support and protect the interest of its members, namely the medical professionals of Brunei Darussalam. Other objectives include: voicing the views of the medical profession in matters relating to the health and wellbeing of the Bruneian community; promote social, cultural, charitable and professional activities among members; supporting a high standard of medical ethics and conduct; and to enlighten the public on health issues.

  

24
Apr

#AgainstTime

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News

 

Selfies stole the show 

 


Get a copy now available at Best Eastern or you can read Inspire at the local cafes in Brunei

Yesterday was a historic moment and a milestone for the 50 listed influential women residing in Brunei Darussalam. I believe there are more out there to date and of course, the editor need to pull the right resources in a given amount of time before finalizing the 50 influential women in Brunei. The second issue of Inspire is now available at Newsstand such as Best Eastern at a price of $5 or you can drop by and read them at most of the coffee shops in Brunei.

Yesterday was another launch of the Inspire edition. The guest of honour was Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and she inspired the audience about being sincere and truthful especially at workplace. She’s also a proud grandmother and emphasize the importance of family.

It was great to see Lee Yingshi, the gold medalist at the SEA Games for Wushu. Only 20, she shared to the audience that to keep doing sports to keep yourself healthy and also study smart in your studies.

Shaun Hoon made a great speech and dedicated it to his daughter who has been inspiring him. Well done on the special edition and I know how much work you have invest in this magazine.

For me, the women who have influenced or inspired me these past few years are as follows – My mom, my best friend Sophia Siu, Linda Chandler, Lily Chiam and my late godmother.


Hj Abdul Rahman Hj Metassim; Director of Aewon Garment and Embroidery giving a souvenir to the guest of honour, Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman


Unveiling the second edition of Inspire


Some of the 50 Influential Women attended the launch event


More 50 listed women from Brunei


I can’t wait for Cecilia’s book on the 20 women she wrote about. To released by early July.


Datin Adina values sincerity and family during her speech


Shaun Hoon the man of the moment


Mother and daughter 🙂


Lee Yingshi, the Wushu gold medalist answering some questions


Jane Keasberry, Principal of St. Andrew’s School


Group photo with the Deputy Minister


What follow next are the common rituals – selfies


…. and another selfie…


…. and another selfie…


…. and another selfie…


…. and another selfie…


…. and another selfie won’t hurt…


…. and what ever happened to the word usie? …


Mother and daughter


The social media lady power

  

Wu Chun & Calvin  
 

visit Burger King  
 


Wu Chun and Calvin Chen making their own burgers at Burger King Brunei
 


Calvin Chen is currently in Brunei. I should have taken a photo with him. He was recently featured in 3 Peas in a Pod movie which I have watched twice
 


Some sauce on Wu Chun’s customized burger
 


Two celebrities at Burger King… Hmmm what are they up to?
 

  
 

13
Mar

#thelonesome

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News, RA News

 

Wu Chun & Co donate blood 
 


Wu Chun donating blood at Fitness Zone last weekend

Every year Fitness Zone organizes 2 to 3 blood donations per year and they encourage their members to take part as well because it doesn’t only saves their lives but it’s also good for their health! Each time you donate blood, you get a basic check up where you will find out if your pulse, blood pressure and other vital signs are healthy or not.

Every time you give blood, you also lower your iron levels, which according to CNN can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center (a non-profit organization that supplies blood products across the U.S.), regular blood donation can also reduce the risk of cancer in the liver, lungs, throat, colon, and stomach.  By being a regular donor, you help to replenish body by itself and this will allow your body to work more efficiently.

Fitness Zone gave out 2 weeks membership passes to all donors last Saturday. The next blood donation event is scheduled for October 2014.

Special thanks to Mr Baker and FZ Live Band for their support and of course, the RIPAS Hospital team who did a great job and they were willing to come over to FZ, making it more convenient for the 60 staffs of FZ and members to donate blood today.

According to Wu Chun, at Fitness Zone, it’s not only about Fitness and getting healthy. It’s about living it RIGHT! It’s about feeling good about your own life. When you exercise, its all about loving life because you are taking steps to improve your quality of life and you are making your loved ones less worried about your health condition.

The event had a tremendous response of 63 donors in the four hour window. For more information on your free trial session at Fitness Zone, please call 2448488 or log on to their website www.fitnesszone.com.bn or at Facebook FitnessZoneBrunei.


More than 60 volunteered to donate blood
 


Wu Chun having his blood pressure checked
 


The heart beat of Jonathan Bong of KFC Brunei
 


Dj Izan and Aliya supporting each other
 


Nasroul giving some support to Aliya
 


The media taking photos of Wu Chun 
 


 Wu Chun and his Fitness Zone members
 

  
 

Malppy at Times Square 

 


Malppy having an appearance at Times Square till Sunday

Malppy.com will once again be making a public appearance at the Japan Festival hosted by Times Square from the 13th to 16th March 2014. There are a number of activities planned for this event. A special announcement will be made as part of Malppy.com’s continuous effort to provide the best customer service.

The public can experience online shopping first hand at the booth with an added incentive of 10% discount if you purchase on the day itself. In addition to that, there are a number of attractive prizes to be won daily by the public. One of which is a Misato dining voucher worth up to B$50. Additionally, the public is invited to Malppy.com’s booth for an exclusive look at Malppy.com’s newest fashion range, Mayuki Tokyo Fashion online.

Drop by Malppy.com’s booth at Times Square Shopping Centre from 13th – 16th March 2014 for a chance to win amazing prizes. Tune in to Malppy.com’s Facebook and Instagram page @malppybn for information updates on their event campaigns coverage.


Do drop by their booth at the ground level of Times Square

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