The anticipation is over!!! Just a week or so to see if our exam (Transition Phase) is a success or do we need to scale down on opening up. Definitely much different from the first wave when we re-opened then. The feelings are still mixed. But sooner or later, we will have to face the music and trust the process that the Brunei Government is doing their best they can for the country with a balanced act. We simply cannot just stay still in the pandemic/recovery phase for months and months as this alone will hurt Brunei in a longer run.
My DMs are suddenly on the rise, thinking I have reached a plateau for those seeking for responses. I was wrong. The transition phase is perhaps the “game changer” in our pandemic journey. To me, this could be the deal breaker if Brunei is able to handle the next stage and of course, this boils down to the cooperation from the people.
If I were to rewind back, the second wave felt like a huge test. It seemed like a long time ago even though it was just a matter of three months. Even with words of wisdom from our leaders in Brunei, it was not enough to slow down the infection rate. Clusters became a new trend especially home clusters. The Ministers had enough and implemented “Operasi Pulih”, two months after the second wave.
So with the re-opening of the economy, can we trust the people around us to adhere to the Standard of Procedures (SOPs)? Will we be more discipline than ever before? This, I believe, will be a huge test for Brunei after what we have learnt from the second wave. It’s never easy to change a mindset or habits but we just have to constantly remind people around us not to be “too complacent”.
If you ask me personally, I would practice restrain on certain things such as dining out or have social gatherings. Even with my favourite past time – catching movies – I won’t be rushing myself, playing catch up with the awesome line-up of movies at the cinemas. The only thing I would actually do is getting back to my routine which is tennis since it’s outdoor and not being in a confined space. Furthermore, tennis is a non-contact sport to begin with.
So here are some of the things we have learnt for the upcoming Transition Phase
- Businesses such as restaurants, cafes, gyms, salons to implement Business Continuity Plan, conducting Anti-Gen Rapid Test every two weeks and to practice controlled capacity (50%). Only those who are fully vaccinated (2 doses) will be able to enter.
- Restaurants can accept diners up to 50% of patronage. Maintained social distance gap of 1.5 metres. I believe if it’s from the same address then no social distancing required. However, let me double confirm on this matter. No buffet or dome setting allowed during your patronage.
- Green and yellow codes on your BruHealth app will be allowed to enter public places
- Only double vaccination individuals will be allowed to enter public places
- No need masks while eating/drinking in cafes/restaurants and no buffets allowed.
- Limitation of people in a premise – 50% or 200 pax whichever is lesser
- Staying home period will be from 10pm to 4am. We have an extra two hours in the evening during the Transition Phase. This will be from 19th November to 30th November.
- Weddings can be held at home from 10 pax to 30 pax, depending on the size of your house. No buffet to be served for sure. Suggest for packed food catering.
- For the Masjids/Suraus, only those 18 and above are allowed to enter. Need BruHealth and double vaccination. No need for identification but do make sure Wudhu from home. Cleaning and sanitizing will be done by every “waktu fardhu”. You are required to bring your own prayer mats. The quotas for masjid and suraus will be similar to that of the first wave.
- Daycare center are not allowed to be operating yet even during the Transition Phase. It is set to open during “Endemic Phase”, estimated sometime in December. However, the guidelines have already been given.
- Sports will be allowed but only for training purposes. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports will be handling out the guidelines for respective sports and leisure centres.
- There is no specific or indication on the numbers when the hospitalization rate hits a warning sign for the health care system.
- Unvaccinated civil servants will work from home during the Transition Phase. It’s still being discussed with these individuals will have to borne the usage of the ART kits if they return back to work in their unvaccinated condition.
- There are discussions where Quarantine Order will be revised for the Transition Phase. There is a possibility that the QO won’t be longer than the usual (14 days).
- Governmental dental services might not be in operation just yet as some of the government dentists are still helping out at the frontline.
- Temporary suspension on cross-border activities has been extended to 30th November except for those who have been granted approval from the Brunei Government.
- Vaccination hours have changed from 8am to 5pm at the Indoor Stadium Vaccination Centre.
- Construction workers with single dose of vaccine can still work in isolation such as road works or outside works. The same applies to those handling landscaping jobs. Those with one dose of vaccine are not allowed to conduct renovations at residences.
- Those caught outside the hours of Ops Peralihan will pay a fine of BND 500.
- Owners or Manager of the Premise or Event Organizer, should they exceed the human capacity of the given space, they will pay a fine of BND 5,000.
- Premises that allowed any individual to enter with only one vaccine then the owner or the manager of the space or the event organizer will have to pay a fine of BND 2,000.
- Those who haven’t completed their vaccination will pay BND 100 should they enter any premises.
- Employees or workers who are caught not wearing their masks will be fined BND 100.
The list will just get longer and longer but if you want to study more in depth, you can check out JPM’s website for updates and I am pretty sure it will be refined from time to time for the convenience and safety of the public.
Happening this weekend until 1st March 2020
Check out the AMG line at Mercedes Autohaus at Beribi
All the AMGs here are being displayed before handing over to the customers. My favourite of the lot is the AMG 53 😀
This is the first time that Jati Transport is hosting an AMG Roadshow at Mercedes Autohaus
Refreshments also provided by Jati Transport
Loving the nasi lemak
You can also test drive the Mercedes A35. Pretty solid ride.
Awesome G 63 AMG *Grrrrrr*
Stuttgart/Bergisch Gladbach. According to a study by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), Mercedes-Benz is the leading premium brand for innovations in the period from 2016 to 2019. CAM analysed the automotive innovations of 31 premium brands: Mercedes-Benz proved to be the most innovative, with around 180 new features in series production. These innovations included assistance systems such as the anti-theft warning system, the intuitive and intelligent multimedia system MBUX and ENERGIZING comfort control.
The “Anti-theft alarm system (ATA)” is available as optional equipment for many Mercedes-Benz model series. The latest generation of ATA in combination with the Mercedes me connect service Theft and parking damage notification is able to send an automatic message if the vehicle suffers a parking impact caused by a third party, or is towed away. The ATA sensors are able to detect such situations, and report them to the vehicle. The vehicle then sends a push notification to the Mercedes me App.
Mercedes-Benz first presented the multimedia system MBUX at the 2018 CES show. The name of this infotainment system signals that the user experience (UX) has first priority. A unique feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX is customisable and adapts to the user. It thus creates an emotional link between vehicle, driver and passengers. Updates “over the air” are also possible. Its further strengths include the high-resolution Widescreen Cockpit with touchscreen operation, navigation display with augmented reality technology plus intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition, which is activated with the code word “Hey Mercedes”.
ENERGIZING comfort control networks various comfort systems in the vehicle, and uses musical and lighting moods plus a number of massage modes for a wide range of feel-good programmes. The ENERGIZING COACH is part of the comfort control system. This function based on an intelligent algorithm recommends one of the programmes depending on the situation and the individual concerned.If a Garmin® wearable is worn, personal details such as stress level or quality of sleep optimise the accuracy of the recommendation. The aim is for passengers to feel well and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys. In addition, the pulse rate supplied by the integrated Garmin wearable is shown on the media display.
Law Siew Vui, Head of Merchant Services, BIBD, Atika Hj Mahadi, Station Manager, Roxana Shell Service Station and Radi El Fassed, Head of Product Development, Progresif Cellular during the press conference for the launch of the first cashless payment system at Roxana Shell Service Station recently
Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sendirian Berhad (BSM) has collaborated with Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) and Progresif to provide a cashless payment solution for customers at Roxana Filling Station in Seria.
The BIBD QuickPay and ProgresifPay cashless payment methods will provide convenience to customers who visit the self-service station. Customers can just pay via scanning of the QR code using their BIBD QuickPay or ProgresifPay mobile app inside the Roxana Kedai at the cashier. These cashless payment methods can be used for both fuel and non-fuel purchases.
This is in line with BSM’s efforts towards digitisation and commitment to provide the best service to customers by giving them convenience and safe fuelling at the stations. The newly added service will create an enhanced next generation customer experience by enabling them to pay with their mobile phones at the counter.
BSM Head of IT, Hajah Natrah Hj Ahmad said: “Roxana Station is our pilot project with the objective of providing an alternative cashless payment option to the Roxana station customers. This new mode of payment will provide ease for both our customers as well as to our daily operations at the Station where this will help mitigate risks relating to cash handling at stations.
For further information, please call BSM 24 hours Call Centre at 2244739.
Pg Fitri Pg Shahminan – Corp Communication, BIBD, tested BIBD’s QuickPay over the service counter to pay for his petrol
Abby Chu, Segment Manager, Progresif Cellular, successfully paid her petrol through Progresif Pay
Congratulations Roxana Shell Service Station for making it convenient for customers and hopefully the trend will pick up in the coming weeks
RCanada and U.S. generated strong demands for the new Audi Q3 which will be available for sale in Brunei soon
“Our model initiative is gaining traction globally at the year-end,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “North America has been reaping the benefits of the full availability of the new Audi Q3 for the past few months; the two electric models, the Audi e-tron and Audi Q2 L e-tron*, as well as the Audi Q8 bolstered our portfolio in November in China. Despite the increasingly difficult environment, we therefore still expect our deliveries to customers to perform robustly and to see slight growth for 2019 as a whole.”
Deliveries in Europe increased to around 707,650 cars since January, a year-on-year increase of 2.2 percent. The sharp increase of 33.0 percent to around 58,300 units in November is once again also down to prior-year effects associated with the WLTP switchover and model changeovers. In Germany, Audi handed over 19,526 cars to customers in November, an increase of 24.3 percent. Deliveries rose 4.1 percent to 253,443 cars since January. The Audi Q3 (23,303 cars, +67.7%), the Audi A6 (41,899, +18.4%) and the Audi Q8 (5,751 cars, +131.2%) contributed positively to growth in the domestic market.
The North America region saw deliveries increase in November to a new record-breaking figure of 25,230 cars (+17.3%), with around 241,100 vehicles delivered to customers (-3.3%) since the start of the year. In the United States, deliveries increased by 20.7 percent to 20,618 cars in November. Audi delivered 198,261 cars in the United States since January, almost on a par with the prior-year figure (-1.1%). Deliveries in Canada were once again up in November (3,416 cars, +4.4%), with the company delivering 31,829 cars (-10.0%) since the start of the year. Both countries generated strong demand in November for the new Audi Q3, which went on sale in July, (USA: 2,497 cars, +256.7%; Canada: 929 cars; +231.8%) along with the new Audi Q8, which remains market leader in its segment.
In China, 67,402 cars delivered (+16.8%) in November set a new record-breaking figure. Cumulative deliveries were up 3.5 percent to 618,596 units. Growth was driven in part by the high demand for the A6 L (16,559 cars; +9.3%). The Audi Q2 L was also introduced in China as an all-electric model in November. Apart from the locally produced Audi Q2 L e-tron, the Audi e-tron also went on sale in China in the middle of last month.
Brunei Shell Marketing Co. Sdn. Bhd. (BSM) is pleased to announce an exclusive Shell Helix and Shell Rimula promotion in conjunction with the company’s 60th Anniversary celebration starting last Monday.
A total of 60 prizes will be given out during the promotion period of 6 weeks which commences from 25 th November 2019 until 05 th January 2020. Eligible products are Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix HX7 and Shell Helix HX5 in 4 litres pack and Shell Rimula R4X in 5 litres pack.
10 winners will be chosen during the weekly draw and the top 3 will get to choose a return air ticket from one of these destinations – Jakarta, Ho Chin Minh City, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Singapore or Manila. There will also be 7 weekly consolation prizes of Vehicle Service Package at Shell Helix Branded Workshop which is inclusive of one pack of 4 litre Shell Helix Ultra, Oil Filter and Labour charges.
To enter for the lucky draw, customers who purchase one of the above-mentioned products are required to scan the QR code provided at our authorized outlets. The QR code will then direct them to a registration page where they need to fill up their details. Customers are also required to take a picture of their receipt and upload as proof of purchase.
Winners will be contacted to attend for the weekly prize presentation which will be held at BSM Head Quarters in PGGMB Building, Bandar Seri Begawan.
For further information, please call BSM 24 hours Call Centre at 2244739 or visit BSM website www.bsm.com.bn for the list of BSM Authorised Distributors, Dealers and Petrol Stations.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, with the BIBD SEED (Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development) at the atrium of the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) yesterday
Participants of BIBD’s Special Underprivileged Mothers Empowerment Entrepreneurship Development Programme (BIBDSEED) will now have a new marketplace to offer their products to the public after being provided with a retail space at the building of The Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE).
Located at the Atrium of the ministry’s building, the marketplace will be occupied by participants of the current cohort 2 of BIBDSEED.
The new space will fit three businesses at a time and the participants will rotate to occupy the space on a monthly basis.
The Minister officiating the launch of the new market place at MoFE
The Minister handing out certificates to the underprivileged mothers under the BIBD SEED programme
The Minister trying out the lok-lok stall
The Minister trying out the spaghetti
My favorite of the lot – the Rendang, cooked with no sugar and no salt. Oh yea, all vendors use QuickPay and Progresif Pay
BIBD’s Head of Government Relations and Special Projects, Haji Mohammad Yusri bin Haji Wahsalfelah, said: “This placement will provide first-hand and real-life entrepreneurship experiences to our BIBDSEED participants. Through this marketplace, they will now have a level playing field and face healthy competition from established businesses who are currently based there. This can also be a stepping stone for them to grow further.”
He added being based at the new retail space will be crucial and beneficial for the participants’ development as entrepreneurs as it will test their resolve to apply their knowledge and learning from the previous phases such as pricing, marketing, communications, sales pitching to customers and promotion of their products.
“We would like to express our appreciation to the Brunei Government for their strong support and providing the opportunity for us to further develop the BIBDSEED programme. The programme is already a multi-agency initiative actively supported by the government through the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport.”
“The provision of this new retail space symbolises the huge support of the Ministry of Finance and Economy in collaborating with BIBD to empowering the underprivileged to become successful entrepreneurs. This also reflects our commitment and dedication to become the nation’s partner in progress.”
The launch of the new marketplace was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy, who also presented certificates to the ten participants of BIBDSEED cohort 2 to mark the completion of Phase 5 of the programme.
Also attending the launching ceremony were permanent and deputy permanent secretaries at MoFE, BIBD’s Deputy Managing Director Hjh Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman, as well as other senior management and officials from the ministry and BIBD.
The enhanced version of the Audi Q5 – the SQ5
The popular Q5 is Audi Brunei’s top selling mid-sized SUV and now a performance enhanced version is available in the SQ5.
The 3.0 litre V6 TFSI high-performance engine with 260 kW hits the 100 km/h mark after a mere 5.4 seconds. Accompanied by the striking sound of the S-specific exhaust system with dual-branch twin tailpipe look. Underpinned by the turbocharger for impressive driving dynamics. Thanks to the quattro drive with self-locking center differential and sports suspension with damper control, the SQ5 is in top form even on bends and uneven roads.
Like every S model from Audi, the SQ5 comes standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. In normal driving conditions, its self-locking center differential distributes torque between the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio. When slip is detected, the majority of the power is directed to the axle with the better traction. Depending on the driving situation, a maximum of 70 percent can flow to the front or 85 percent to the rear.
The new Audi SQ5 offers a broad portfolio of driver assistance systems. The predictive efficiency assistant provides specific tips to help the driver save fuel. Audi side assist also enhance safety in everyday driving. The same applies to the pre sense systems; Audi pre sense rear comes as standard.
Numerous exterior design details hint at the sporty character of the Audi SQ5. The bold bumpers feature strongly contoured air inlets up front and a diffuser insert with a honeycomb grille at the rear. The Singleframe grille features double aluminium slats and contrasting trim elements in twilight gray matt. The S logo with red rhombus is used in numerous locations to set additional accents.
The headlights and rear lights of the Audi SQ5 come standard in LED technology; the dynamic turn signals at the front and rear send unmistakable signals. The exterior mirror housings and the clasp on the diffuser sport a shining, aluminium-look finish. Door trim strips in the body color underscore the sportiness.
Standard equipment for Brunei includes 21-inch cast aluminium wheels in a 5-twin-spoke V design, Matrix LED headlights and suspension with S-specific damper control. The eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, sport seats in leather/Alcantara and a three-spoke, leather-covered multifunction steering wheel are also standard equipment. B&O Premium is also standard.
Mercedes-Benz “Hungry for Adventure” from Bandar Seri Begawan to Miri
The participants that took part in the recent “Hungry for Adventure”
Off we go after being flagged off at the Mercedes Autohaus
Passing midway point towards Miri and there were around 21 Mercedes-Benz vehicles convoying on the adventure
First check point after the Miri toll to make sure everyone was in good hands
This was our destination, Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort in Miri
After the entrance, it was a 4 KM gravel ride before we reach the actual resort area
Yay, we finally made it after the long gravel ride 😀
Briefing for the guests upon arrival at the resort
Customary group photo at the resort
We had a tour after lunch, walking around the resort area
We had a short boat ride
They were trying to look for dolphins but it was just a rumour
Jati Transport hosted a BBQ Dinner for the traveling guests and we also had two birthday celebrants
The energetic emcee during dinner
Group photo before our night nature walk
It was an hour walk with no lights apart from our phones and flash lights
It was pretty dark but it was a great walk
The following morning we had flying fox and water park activities
Rozetta becoming the first person to try the flying fox
They all had fun indeed on the flying fox
There was also the water slide at the water park
Test driving the latest Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV 300. Niiceeeee!!!
Zim, one of the participants, enjoyed the “Adventure” and he was glad to meet up with newer people and he enjoyed the nature
Justina Wang had high praises for Jati Transport and she loved how the event trip has been arranged. She recommended that Jati Transport customers to participate in their future events.
Hj Awang (left) hopes for a longer adventure with Mercedes-Benz owners and he was impressed with Jati Transport for the recent trip
With the organizer and partners for Sabre Travel Network Travel Fair 2019 held at Mulia Hotel
Coming soon to your neighbourhood is Sabre Travel Network (Brunei) Sdn Bhd’s Annual Travel Fair which will be located at the OneCity Shopping Centre on August 3-4. This will be the first time that the travel fair will be having their presence at the new mall.
Further more, Hua Ho OneCity will be having special deals for travel accessories and also discounts on luggages to make it more convenient for potential travelers.
Abdul Halim bin Haji Abdul Rahman, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing at Sabre Travel Network Brunei, has been very appreciative of the past customers for the past decade.
“As expected, The Sabre Brunei Travel Fair always attract large crowd because it is able to offer travelers better deals and packages for their dream vacation. Just last year, the Sabre Brunei Travel Fair welcomed over 13,500 visitors. By continuing to provide exclusive opportunities to travelers, and with the support of our partners and travel agents, we are confident that we will record incremental growth again this year.”
That number is actually a 14% from 2017’s statistics. I’m pretty sure that it won’t be a surprise to see another huge crowd, this time at OneCity Shopping Centre.
It’s also good to note that Royal Brunei will be playing a major part in the travel fair and furthermore, with new routes, this gives more choices for travelers to discover newer destinations. Fresh from obtaining the Skytrax 4-Star airline accreditation, Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) as the official airline partner for the Sabre annual travel fair will be offering attractive travel deals, with irresistible fares and prizes to be won.
RB Country Manager Brunei Lim Guat Wen said, “Any customer who purchases an RB ticket is entitled to a lucky draw featuring air tickets, Royal Skies miles and RB merchandise as prizes. They can be won daily with 7 draws each day. We also have an attractive travel deals with irresistible fares and prizes to be won during the travel fair.”
“In addition, we are giving away RB tickets to London, Brisbane or Melbourne and Tokyo bundled up with Baiduri MasterCard cash card pre-loaded with BND 900, BND 500 and BND 300 respectively sponsored by Baiduri Bank. The grand draw will be announced soon after the travel fair.”
“We also have an attractive Customer Reward programme for our guests who will receive limited edition RB merchandise in the form of a luggage belt, luggage protector and a travel pouch set.”
This one, I have to say are really superb RB merchandise. I had a look at them myself and makes me want own one. I believe if you purchase a minimum of $500, you are entitled to an RB luggage belt merchandise and the more you spend, you will be entitled to more RB merchandise (while stocks last).
Participating travel agents include Anthony Tours & Travel Agency, At-Taqwa Travel Tours, Century Travel Centre, Dar El Ehsan Travel, Darussalam Holdings, Freme Travel Services, Grace Travel, JJ Tour Service, Pan Bright Travel Service, Southern Cross Travel Agencies and Straits Central Agencies.
National tourism organisations attending the Brunei Travel Fair include the Brunei Tourism Board, the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Ministry of Tourism – Republic of Indonesia, Sarawak Tourism Board, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Taiwan Tourist Bureau.
Baiduri Bank Berhad, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, Club Med, Korean Air, Standard Chartered Bank, Travel Recommends and RB will also be at the venue with their own booths, to support the participating travel agents.
Medical and insurance services will be represented by Bangkok Hospital, Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council and Takaful Brunei Am.
The other participating partners are Fitness Zone, Hua Ho Department Store, Kingston Beverage & Creamery (free ice-cream) and Progresif Radio (giving out perhaps one lucrative prize that’s worth more than $5,000).
Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines will also be supporting the travel fair by providing attractive fares to participating travel agents, as well as lucky draw prizes. Singapore Airlines will be promoting their Premium Economy seats (exiting Singapore sectors) and also their flight to cruise promotion with the support from Freme Travel. Singapore Airlines will be sponsoring a prize – a return economy class air ticket to Beijing via Singapore and 10 prizes for the quizzes. Malaysia Airlines will have a lucky draw of one return economy class air ticket to Kuala Lumpur and one return ticket to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur.
So come down to OneCity this weekend and check out the amazing fares the travel agents have to offer.
During the press conference
Awesome RB merchandise
Now Pan Bright has stepped up their game by giving out more attractive prizes
At-Taqwa giving away a car in commemorating their 5th year anniversary
Travel Recommends making a presence, thanks to Grace Travel
Now this is it!! The biggest package to be won that is worth more than BND 5,000 and it’s a Holiday for 4 to Club Meb in Bali. Just tune in to Progresif Radio to find out more.