Congratulations Jordan and Libby on the opening of Koharu last week.
Koharu is a new store originated from Japan and finally made it to Brunei Darussalam. Koharu provides the pleasure of living by providing you thousands of Japanese high quality products and guess what… the price is fixed at $2.50.
I managed to buy myself a raincoat which will come in handy during the rainy season. For the now, the stocks are running pretty fast. Even the storage area needed to be replenished. The next shipment will be in February which is after Chinese New Year.
Koharu is already a hit in Brunei and the location itself is spot on as it’s located near the smaller cinema area at The Mall Cineplex. Congratulations Jordan and Libby on your new business adventure.
For more information, you can contact 719 6455. You can also follow them on their Facebook Page and also @koharu.bn on instagram.
Jordan attending to a customer at Koharu
In memory of Shawn Cassidy Narcis and Najmuddin Tarif
New year’s coming and lots of us will be at the beach.
Beach Bunch will be doing a Beach Safety Awareness Day.
The objective is to be safe in the waters while swimming to manage drownings.
There will live demonstration on open sea safe swimming and CPRs. Talks on rip currents and open classes on open sea swimming and surfing.
Beach Bunch be working with their national emergency services including Bomba, Ambulance and Police for safer beaches. You can follow updates on their Facebook Page or instagram @thebeachbunch
Bomba Fire & Rescue Department are the first national responder in emergency situations at Brunei’s beaches. The number to call is 995.
When making the call, here are a few tips;
1. Don’t panic. This is easier said than done. Panic does not help. Instead, begin to plan what you will say to the dispatcher (see below). Remember: Panic is the enemy, in this race against time.
2. Know what you will be asked. Make sure that you are aware of each of the following:
– Where is the emergency?: The emergency is not always located where you are calling from. Always be aware of your surroundings and where you are.
– Nature of the emergency: Do you require assistance from Police or Ambulance? – A detailed, yet concise, description: What happened? How many details do you know? What should have the most importance? In general, the most important thing is why you need assistance, followed by what caused you to need assistance. – The phone number of your phone. The dispatcher will need instructions on how to get to where you are, and may need to call back for more information. Know the phone number of your phone. – Location. Give the dispatcher your name and address.
3. Listen to the dispatcher. Follow orders. The better and faster you follow orders, the higher everyone’s rate of survival will be. Even in a non-lethal situation (broken bones, etc.) this is of vital importance. Have strict, unwavering faith in the dispatcher. And remember that even if the dispatcher is still asking questions or giving instructions, help is on the way.
4. Do not hang up until instructed to. Anything can happen, and the emergency services need to know your situation at all times.
Firdaus bin Abdul Samad, Channel Sales Manager of Schneider Electric (Brunei) and Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer with the latest product from APC
Concepts Computer, being a distributor of quality, innovation and industry leading power protection and management products, APC (American Power Conversion) since January 2016 has been providing power protection solutions at great, affordable prices with a great backbone of customer service. APC which is a subsidiary of Schneider Electric is working diligently to improve the manageability and protection of the power systems that affects users in their daily lives, be it at home for their home electronics, or even at work for business-critical systems. Schneider Electric has an office in Brunei located in Beribi.
Made as user-friendly as possible, APC has provided three different models for use by consumers; the APC PM5 surge protector, which is the basic model and has protection for up to 918 joules and has five power outlets; the other two models are the APC PM5U and the APC PM6U, with either five or six power outlets according to model and with two USB charging ports for mobile devices. Now I must say these features are very useful for our everyday usage. Even at home, I have multiple sockets here and there just my room alone. Yes, my room is power hungry too.
All three power surge protectors will provide a master power button for all power outlets, a surge protection LED which shows that the power surge protector is capable of protecting all the connected equipment, a Ground OK LED indicator to show that the power source outlet is properly grounded, 180-degree rotating cord management, and wall mount holes for easy installation onto walls. Let’s not forget that the APC PM5U and PM6U have USB ports to charge and also protect your smartphones, tablets and even charging your own power banks.
They ranged at $28, $48 and $58
They have many stocks so don’t worry
My recommendation will be the PM6U-UK
All the three models from APC will also provide Catastrophic Event Protection where the surge protection circuitry will act instantly to protect all connected devices or equipment against wiring faults, power surges, voltage fluctuations and even lightning strikes. So there is many to love about these products brought in by Concepts Computer.
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, said, “Concepts Computer has been in the fore-front of providing cutting edge solutions for businesses and personal use, and providing a larger range of APC products is another step in the right direction to bring better and greater IT solutions for Bruneian IT consumers.”
He continued, “Also, besides the other Global brands we carry, like Acer, Epson, Logitech; APC Power Management solutions are a needed addition to the range of products we can bring into the Bruneian market. It is a reliable and well-known brand that originated from the US”.
Did you know that Brunei has the privilege to be the first in SEA market to release these models? Coolio. You can check out the three models at Concepts Computer and I’m sure it will be a big hit among consumer end. I also do a review of the APC PM6U-UK on my blog soon. Stay tune.
Hong Kim Seng, co-owner of Kien Sing (Tan) Co. (KST), Pg Shamhary bin Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Managing Director of BSM, Lim Soo Lian, co-owner of Kien Sing (Tan) Co. (KST) and Mr Hong Chian Kai, General Manager of Kien Sing (Tan) Co. (KST) during the official launch of the KST Shell Helix Branded Workshop at Madewa yesterday
Group photo with KST associates and BSM representatives
Kien Sing (Tan) Co. (KST) yesterday launched a Shell Helix Branded Workshop at their Madewa outlet. Apparently they have four outlets and the Madewa branch is the first of its outlet to be branded in to Shell Helix Workshop.
Did you know that the company has been in existence since 1960s? And they started off the business by selling bicycles in Bandar. They later relocated to Gadong, being the main outlet and the second one opened at Seri Complex specializing in car repairs and spare parts. Now they have four outlets and still going strong.
KST has a strong relationship with Brunei Shell Marketing Company since the 1980s and it’s no surprise that KST (Madewa) has transformed into a Shell Helix Branded Workshop. With their good track record and offering top notch quality service, BSM entrusted with their consistency and hence KST was chosen to partner with BSM to be a Shell Helix Branded Workshop.
The revamped workshop will also help to cater to the younger generation as most of their clienteles are the “aunties and uncles”. I quite like the overall feel of the workshop and with this collaboration, it will help to bring a better service to the customers.
During the opening remarks, Mr Hong Chian Kai, General Manager of KST, thanked BSM for their trust in the partnership. Also present was Pg Shamhary bin Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Managing Director of BSM, Hjh Siti Kurshiah Hj Anuar, Head of Commercial, Hong Kim Seng and Lim Soo Lian, co-owners of KST.
In conjunction with the launch, KST is pleased to announce a three days free oil change promotion. With any purchase of Shell Helix lubricants and oil filters at their Madera outlet, customers are entitled to an oil change free of charge. Term and conditions apply. For more information, please contact 265 6722 or visit their outlet at Spg 618, Kim Sa Complex, Kg Madera, Jalan Tutong.
Congratulations to Kien Sing Tan Co. on the Shell Helix Branded Workshop.
Mr Hong Chian Kai, General Manager of Kien Sing (Tan) Co. (KST) delivering his welcoming remarks before the ribbon cutting
A token of appreciation to Pg Shamhary
Pg Shamhary touring around the workshop
The interior look of the KST
Trust Shell products 😀
Seng Yee and I were on duty during the launch
The special promotion from KST
Baiduri Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baiduri Bank, specializing in securities trading, celebrates its first year in business by rolling out an anniversary promotion.
Pierre Imhof, Director of Baiduri Capital remarked, “It has been an amazing year of growth for Baiduri Capital. When we ventured into securities trading, we wanted to provide an online platform for a growing number of investment savvy Bruneians with sizeable savings to build and diversify their financial portfolio.”
“This platform initially provides access to Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong stock markets, and then expanded to cover the US markets such as NYSE, NASDAQ and NYSE LLC. More recently, customers are able to invest in China A Shares”, he added.
Peng Eng Soon, General Manager of Baiduri Capital, gave further insight, “Our online securities trading portal empowers customers to make their own decisions and as such, research is a big part of the process. We place great emphasis in customer education and making sure they understand fundamentals of securities trading. As such, we continually engage in education efforts through organizing investment seminars and roadshows, inviting experts, analysts through our close partnership with Phillip Securities (Singapore) Pte Ltd.”
Baiduri Capital offers investment products in different asset classes, providing customers with a wide selection depending on their risk profile. Aside from securities trading, customers can invest in bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETF), as well as unit trusts and life insurance plans with investment link.
During the first year anniversary promotion from now to 31st January 2017, every BND1,000 invested in securities (including stocks and ETF), bonds or unit trusts, customers earn one chance to win a free flight to London, Tokyo, Melbourne or Hong Kong.
Additionally, customers who invest from a minimum of BND10,000 in any unit trusts distributed by Baiduri Capital are rewarded with various sign up gifts from shopping vouchers worth BND100, a GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge LTE 32GB or an Apple iPhone 7 256GB, depending on their investment amount.
The public can find out more on this first anniversary promotion from Baiduri Capital’s website on www.baiduri.com/baiduricapital or by calling them at 226 8823/8826 during office hours. The public can also follow Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook or @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.
A strong quote by Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Group – “With you, we can do it better” – during the launch of Bilster Technologies
The cutting ribbon ceremony with the management of Concepts Group and Bilster Technologies
In times of economic downturn, it doesn’t give us the excuse not to grow or not to find alternative measures. I’ve seen some posting self pity and whining messages and hoping for a miracle during bad economic times. This is not the case for Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer. During his welcoming remarks of the launch of Bilster Technologies, he shared that we have to be extra creative and strategic in our business direction in times of economic downturn in Brunei Darussalam.
“Tough times are for us to get tougher and not use the current climate as a negative block but rather an energising spring board for fresh direction. Bilster Technologies is a testament to the progress we want to see in Concepts Group as well as in the IT industry. With the addition of Bilster Technologies to the Concepts Group, it is directly in line with the government’s focus on the development of local SMES.
Yes, for your information, the two year old company Bilster Technologies is now under the direction of Concepts Group and this is a good strategy for Concepts Group as now they are offer more products than the usual ones you see at Concepts Computer. You will notice other brands such as Dell, HP, Canon and others being sold at Bilster Technologies.
The launch took place yesterday at Bilster Technologies at Citis Square. It was attended by the management’s families and friends, members of Wushu community, IFB, Fuzhou Shiyyi Association, business partners and members of the media.
Now Bilster Technologies have different range of holiday hampers for consumers. There is also offer on Dell products such as desktops, laptops and other products. You can follow them on Bilster Technologies Facebook Page.
Vincent Pao and family with his close friends during the launch
Something unfamiliar territory that I’m gonna post about air-conditioner. Well, we normally take it for granted and I actually do too until my 20 year old air-con broke down on me. That’s when I started to scout for different brands of air-con for the convenience of my sleep 😀
One company that made me realised and more knowledgeable about air-con is AEC Sdn Bhd (supplier of Panasonic). They have been in Brunei Darussalam for decades and I will pass by their office as it’s located at the Beribi Industrial Area.
Today I’m gonna explain to you about Panasonic Single Split Air Conditioner that are being sold at certain shops. It has a function that will give you 15% faster cooling comfort with a touch of a button (iAuto). It also has a 2 star energy rating.
Once the room cools down, the iAuto function will provide constant cool air flow until it reaches a comfortable humidity. Hence, this model is very ideal for your room or living room.
It comes in different horse power from 1 HP to 3 HP. The price fro the 1.0 HP will be BND 324 while the biggest HP (3.0) will be priced at BND 927. The good thing is that Panasonic has Parts and Service Centre should anything go wrong with your air-con.
So if you are searching for one, check out the Panasonic Single Split Air Conditioner as there is a special promotion that ends on the 31st December 2016. You can refer the poster on the places to locate the said model.
Click image to enlarge
Group photo of the partners and vendors with Pg Salleh Ab Rahman Pg Hj Damit, the Advisor of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and Ngu Tiing Siang, Operations Manager of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd during the Partners’ Signing Ceremony
Press release from D’ Sunlit. On the 22nd of January 2017 at the International Convention Center (ICC), Berakas has conducted its Partners’ Signing Ceremony yesterday at D’Sunlit premises.
Pg Salleh Ab Rahman Pg Hj Damit, the Advisor of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and Ngu Tiing Siang, Operations Manager of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd were present as the signees representing D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd. Numerous Event and Activity partners were also in attendance to work hand in hand with the organiser of the 19th Consumer Fair to deliver another successful event.
Visiting the 19th Consumer Fair is a great kick start for the first month of the year; it is a time for all to shop in over 400 booths and prep for the arrival of the New Year. All kinds of products and activities can be found within the halls to keep you occupied for hours. Watch out for several new comers in the fair such as Pets Arena, TechBru Solution (B) Sdn Bhd, Kaslinda, Taiwanese Bridal Co, First Brew, Meriwell, and many more.
The 19th Consumer Fair carries the theme “The Year is Yours”, 19 New Year resolutions will be featured in our bi-annual In-Fair Magazine now at its fourth edition, for you to pick and choose which will be your top new year resolutions to achieve for the upcoming year. Consumers will get to challenge one of the New Year resolutions which is “Face Your Fear” in the fair, stay tuned to the soon to be showcased activity from the organiser of the 19th Consumer Fair.
Other than that, the fair is loaded with activities from exhibitors and new faces of the popular fair. New faces such as WayBack Burger will be conducting, a “Triple Challenge Eating Competition” and “Can You Take the Hotness?” from Pelicana Chicken. Other than that, Lof Bakery will be having “Cupcakes Decorations” for cupcake lovers and those who love to bake. Many more activities from POKKA (Cataleya Trading Company), Better Brunei, YASKA, DST Group, Kingston Beverage and Creamery Sdn Bhd, Red Bull, Syarikat Teeyam Majeed, KindyKare International are to be seen in the fair.
The 19th Consumer Fair is organised by D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and is open for public from 10am to 10pm daily except for Friday when it closes temporarily from 12pm to 2pm for Friday prayers. For more information and updates, follow D’Sunlit on social media, Facebook page D’sunlit Sdn Bhd and @dsunlit on Instagram or reach the D’Sunlit Marketing Department at 2453666. Please also visit www.bruneiconsumerfair.com for more updates.
POKKA the leading food and beverage group that manufactures and markets a wide range of beverages under the reputed brand name ‘POKKA’ has launched “POKKA Bonanza Lucky Draw” on 1st December 2016 until 14 January 2017 by Cataleya Trading Company, the Distributor in Brunei Darussalam.
POKKA Bonanza Lucky Draw can be seen in any superstores where POKKA drinks are present and it is open to all of the public to join the fun. Simply purchase 1 bottle (0.5L or 1.5L) of Pokka Green Tea with a choice of any Pokka Ice Fruit Tea (0.5L or 1.5L) at grocery stores, remove both bottle labels and fill in the registration form. Watch out for Lucky Draw box around the promotion and drop the labels together with the registration form in and anticipate for the weekly draw.
Go Hero 5 will be the prize for four of POKKA Bonanza’s weekly draw. First prize being iMAC 27” WITH RETINA 5K DISPLAY – MK462ZP, second prize as iPHONE 7PLUS 128GB & APPLE WATCH A1802 SERIES 1, SAMSUNG 43” UHD SMART TV WITH WALL BRACKET for third prize and many more to celebrate the soon to come New Year.
POKKA Bonanza Lucky Draw appears around superstores in Brunei, it will be conducting its first draw on 17th December 2016 and the Grand Draw to be in the 19th Consumer Fair.