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In celebration of its fifth Anniversary today, Starbucks Brunei introduces its newest cold beverage experience. For the first time, customers in Brunei can enjoy the Sparkling Cocoa Mango Cold Foam and the Sparkling Cocoa Berry Currants Cold Foam – two beverages that combine the very best of Starbucks innovation: cold foam and Starbucks Fizzio™. These [...]

In celebration of its fifth Anniversary today, Starbucks Brunei introduces its newest cold beverage experience. For the first time, customers in Brunei can enjoy the Sparkling Cocoa Mango Cold Foam and the Sparkling Cocoa Berry Currants Cold Foam – two beverages that combine the very best of Starbucks innovation: cold foam and Starbucks Fizzio™. These two new beverages will be available at all its stores across Brunei starting today.

  • New! Sparkling Cocoa Mango Cold Foam

The refreshing taste of the summer lies in wait under the smooth layer of frothed cold foam. With splashes of mango and passionfruit infused with the effervescent of sparkling fizz over the rich and delicate flavors of our sweet mocha sauce. This is a beverage that surprises with every sip.

  • New! Sparkling Cocoa Berry Currants Cold Foam

Our refreshing explosion of sparkling tangy raspberry and blackcurrant juice layered over sweet mocha sauce is made even more irresistible with our velvety smooth cold foam, bringing out the deliciously fizzy and complex flavors of this delectable beverage.

“Since opening our first store in Brunei 5 years ago we have seen how customers here have made us a part of their daily lives, and embrace the bold new ways that we are reinventing our beverages and coffee each year,” said Sydney Quays, Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Food (International) Berhad and Managing Director of Starbucks Brunei. “As we continue to deliver the Starbucks Experience to our customers in Brunei, we remain firmly committed to investing in our people, innovating our offerings and coffee at the core, and making a positive difference in the communities we serve each day.”

Starbucks first introduced cold foam when it opened the doors to its Reserve Roastery in Seattle in December 2018. While rich, steamed foam has been a hallmark of Starbucks coffee since the 1980s, cold foam is a modern twist on the classic as a perfect finish to cold beverages. Frothed cold instead of hot by blending nonfat milk until it is smooth, creating layers of creamy texture and flavor without the cream.

Meanwhile, the Fizzio™ machine is a breakthrough in carbonation technology with the ability to deliver an unmatched soda experience. Unlike existing sodas or at-home carbonation options, the machine carbonates finished beverages, ensuring every ingredient in the beverage receives the same level of carbonation and maximum flavor. The machine also delivers a customizable experience with the capability to adjust the amount of “fizz” in each beverage, and provides the option for customers to experience their favorite beverages.

Customers can also pair the new beverages with the new Ondeh-Ondeh Muffin. Inspired by the traditional local ‘kuih’, the muffin has a combination of pandan and coconut flavors, complemented with a rich ‘Gula Melaka’ or palm sugar sauce and a hint of coconut bites.

To further bring excitement to commemorate this important milestone, Starbucks Brunei is also introducing its 5th Anniversary merchandise collection which was inspired by the glistening lakes and ocean that surrounds the kingdom. The new collection includes a Double Walled Glass to help retain the temperature of your favorite Starbucks beverage, as well as a Venti (20oz) Thermos tumbler with a shimmer finish.

Taste the new handcrafted Sparkling cold foam beverages, which are priced starting at BND5 onwards and will be available at all Starbucks stores nationwide. The Starbucks Brunei 5th Anniversary merchandise collection is priced from BND12 onwards, while the ondeh-ondeh muffin is priced at BND3.80. Both the merchandise and food offering are available in stores from 16 February onwards, while stocks last.

For more information, please visit the Starbucks Brunei website at www.starbucks.com.bn.

In celebration of its fifth Anniversary today, Starbucks Brunei introduces its newest cold beverage experience. For the first time, customers in Brunei can enjoy the Sparkling Cocoa Mango Cold Foam and the Sparkling Cocoa Berry Currants Cold Foam – two beverages that combine the very best of Starbucks innovation: cold foam and Starbucks Fizzio™. These two new beverages will be available at all its stores across Brunei starting today.

  • New! Sparkling Cocoa Mango Cold Foam

The refreshing taste of the summer lies in wait under the smooth layer of frothed cold foam. With splashes of mango and passionfruit infused with the effervescent of sparkling fizz over the rich and delicate flavors of our sweet mocha sauce. This is a beverage that surprises with every sip.

  • New! Sparkling Cocoa Berry Currants Cold Foam

Our refreshing explosion of sparkling tangy raspberry and blackcurrant juice layered over sweet mocha sauce is made even more irresistible with our velvety smooth cold foam, bringing out the deliciously fizzy and complex flavors of this delectable beverage.

“Since opening our first store in Brunei 5 years ago we have seen how customers here have made us a part of their daily lives, and embrace the bold new ways that we are reinventing our beverages and coffee each year,” said Sydney Quays, Chief Executive Officer of Berjaya Food (International) Berhad and Managing Director of Starbucks Brunei. “As we continue to deliver the Starbucks Experience to our customers in Brunei, we remain firmly committed to investing in our people, innovating our offerings and coffee at the core, and making a positive difference in the communities we serve each day.”

Starbucks first introduced cold foam when it opened the doors to its Reserve Roastery in Seattle in December 2018. While rich, steamed foam has been a hallmark of Starbucks coffee since the 1980s, cold foam is a modern twist on the classic as a perfect finish to cold beverages. Frothed cold instead of hot by blending nonfat milk until it is smooth, creating layers of creamy texture and flavor without the cream.

Meanwhile, the Fizzio™ machine is a breakthrough in carbonation technology with the ability to deliver an unmatched soda experience. Unlike existing sodas or at-home carbonation options, the machine carbonates finished beverages, ensuring every ingredient in the beverage receives the same level of carbonation and maximum flavor. The machine also delivers a customizable experience with the capability to adjust the amount of “fizz” in each beverage, and provides the option for customers to experience their favorite beverages.

Customers can also pair the new beverages with the new Ondeh-Ondeh Muffin. Inspired by the traditional local ‘kuih’, the muffin has a combination of pandan and coconut flavors, complemented with a rich ‘Gula Melaka’ or palm sugar sauce and a hint of coconut bites.

To further bring excitement to commemorate this important milestone, Starbucks Brunei is also introducing its 5th Anniversary merchandise collection which was inspired by the glistening lakes and ocean that surrounds the kingdom. The new collection includes a Double Walled Glass to help retain the temperature of your favorite Starbucks beverage, as well as a Venti (20oz) Thermos tumbler with a shimmer finish.

Taste the new handcrafted Sparkling cold foam beverages, which are priced starting at BND5 onwards and will be available at all Starbucks stores nationwide. The Starbucks Brunei 5th Anniversary merchandise collection is priced from BND12 onwards, while the ondeh-ondeh muffin is priced at BND3.80. Both the merchandise and food offering are available in stores from 16 February onwards, while stocks last.

For more information, please visit the Starbucks Brunei website at www.starbucks.com.bn.

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Forty-seven students from schools under the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs received lifelong learning assistance contributed by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, BIBD through the BIBD Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future, ALAF Programme. The presentation of the learning assistance was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd [...]

Forty-seven students from schools under the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs received lifelong learning assistance contributed by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, BIBD through the BIBD Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future, ALAF Programme.

The presentation of the learning assistance was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy. The function is the sixth of its kind since the BIBD ALAF programme was launched in 2013. The total number of students who have received assistance under the BIBD ALAF programme up to January 2019 is 215.

The programme’s objective is to support the students’ learning to make them future leaders through a comprehensive financial assistance. It is also a strong manifestation of the care and attention given by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam as well as its strategic partners, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs for life-long learning, in line with wawasan Brunei 2035.

Also present was Datin Seri Paduka Doctor Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohamad Salleh, Acting Minister of Education.

Forty-seven students from schools under the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Religious Affairs received lifelong learning assistance contributed by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam, BIBD through the BIBD Advocating Life-Long Learning for an Aspiring Future, ALAF Programme.

The presentation of the learning assistance was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy. The function is the sixth of its kind since the BIBD ALAF programme was launched in 2013. The total number of students who have received assistance under the BIBD ALAF programme up to January 2019 is 215.

The programme’s objective is to support the students’ learning to make them future leaders through a comprehensive financial assistance. It is also a strong manifestation of the care and attention given by Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam as well as its strategic partners, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Religious Affairs for life-long learning, in line with wawasan Brunei 2035.

Also present was Datin Seri Paduka Doctor Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohamad Salleh, Acting Minister of Education.

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2018 in Retrospect

Assalamu’alaikum brothers and sisters, it’s been a really long while since I’ve actually written anything substantive in this blog. Most of the action on social media takes place these days on the “instant gratification” media like instagram, facebook, twitter, snapchat etc. This is evident from my blog stats which have been dwindling over the past [...]

Assalamu’alaikum brothers and sisters, it’s been a really long while since I’ve actually written anything substantive in this blog. Most of the action on social media takes place these days on the “instant gratification” media like instagram, facebook, twitter, snapchat etc. This is evident from my blog stats which have been dwindling over the past few years.

Despite that, I still believe blogs have a relevance (aside from being an advertorial channel) in allowing me to express deeper thoughts and ideas or even expressing my emotions and feelings.

Anyway, I just thought I’d do a bit of year end reflection and jot down some of the things that are bouncing around in my head.

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Assalamu’alaikum brothers and sisters, it’s been a really long while since I’ve actually written anything substantive in this blog. Most of the action on social media takes place these days on the “instant gratification” media like instagram, facebook, twitter, snapchat etc. This is evident from my blog stats which have been dwindling over the past few years.

Despite that, I still believe blogs have a relevance (aside from being an advertorial channel) in allowing me to express deeper thoughts and ideas or even expressing my emotions and feelings.

Anyway, I just thought I’d do a bit of year end reflection and jot down some of the things that are bouncing around in my head.

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As part of BIBD’s efforts to support the de-cashing of the economy with seamless transactions, BIBD has already introduced digital conveniences such as BIBD Quickpay for QR code payments, BIBD vCard or Virtual Mastercard, its Mastercard Contactless and Visa payWave under its BIBD NEXGEN platform.

As part of BIBD’s efforts to support the de-cashing of the economy with seamless transactions, BIBD has already introduced digital conveniences such as BIBD Quickpay for QR code payments, BIBD vCard or Virtual Mastercard, its Mastercard Contactless and Visa payWave under its BIBD NEXGEN platform.

At the same time, BIBD is keen to partner with local institutions to create alliances to improve access and create more opportunities for the ease of doing business in Brunei Darussalam, while improving the infrastructure for a faster and more secure digital economy. Its first alliance came earlier in the year by powering Progresif Pay, Progresif’s digital payment solution.

Head of Retail Banking, Hjh Nurul Akmar Hj Md Jaafar demonstrating BIBD Quickpay to the media. The feature will be made available to BIBD mobile users in the new year.

As the demand for ease of payments from customers and merchants increase as a reflection of Brunei Darussalam’s smart society with among the highest social media penetration and mobile phone penetration, BIBD will always be on the lookout for digital innovations to complement its suite of digital payment solutions. Not far from the horizon, BIBD will be introducing the latest version of its BIBD NEXGEN Mobile app which will include its latest payment convenience: the BIBD NEXGEN Wallet.

BIBD, leading this digital initiative will be open to other wallet and payment solutions such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, and would gauge our further investments within this based on the public’s adoption to the cashless economy and smart nation initiative.

Paying made easy by BIBD NEXGEN Wallet

A first for Brunei Darussalam, the BIBD NEXGEN Wallet will allow BIBD customers to perform NFC (Near Field Communication) payments using their NFC supported android devices at merchants via the BIBD NEXGEN Mobile application.

This latest technological addition creates a fast and secure alternative to cash payments as the supporting technology and security makes payments seamless, with the added benefit of allowing payments to be made offline (without access to the internet). This can be used at any contactless-enabled terminal at more than thirty million merchants worldwide.

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As part of BIBD’s efforts to support the de-cashing of the economy with seamless transactions, BIBD has already introduced digital conveniences such as BIBD Quickpay for QR code payments, BIBD vCard or Virtual Mastercard, its Mastercard Contactless and Visa payWave under its BIBD NEXGEN platform.

At the same time, BIBD is keen to partner with local institutions to create alliances to improve access and create more opportunities for the ease of doing business in Brunei Darussalam, while improving the infrastructure for a faster and more secure digital economy. Its first alliance came earlier in the year by powering Progresif Pay, Progresif’s digital payment solution.

Head of Retail Banking, Hjh Nurul Akmar Hj Md Jaafar demonstrating BIBD Quickpay to the media. The feature will be made available to BIBD mobile users in the new year.

As the demand for ease of payments from customers and merchants increase as a reflection of Brunei Darussalam’s smart society with among the highest social media penetration and mobile phone penetration, BIBD will always be on the lookout for digital innovations to complement its suite of digital payment solutions. Not far from the horizon, BIBD will be introducing the latest version of its BIBD NEXGEN Mobile app which will include its latest payment convenience: the BIBD NEXGEN Wallet.

BIBD, leading this digital initiative will be open to other wallet and payment solutions such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, and would gauge our further investments within this based on the public’s adoption to the cashless economy and smart nation initiative.

Paying made easy by BIBD NEXGEN Wallet

A first for Brunei Darussalam, the BIBD NEXGEN Wallet will allow BIBD customers to perform NFC (Near Field Communication) payments using their NFC supported android devices at merchants via the BIBD NEXGEN Mobile application.

This latest technological addition creates a fast and secure alternative to cash payments as the supporting technology and security makes payments seamless, with the added benefit of allowing payments to be made offline (without access to the internet). This can be used at any contactless-enabled terminal at more than thirty million merchants worldwide.

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The BIBD Connects Pop Up Market is part of BIBD’s Corporate Social Responsibility to promote local SME businesses, directly improving their capabilities to become more robust and sustainable. The pop-up market was attended by more than twenty SMEs that included twelve BIBDSEED participants who will be debuting their products to the market.

BIBD today organised its first ever BIBD Connects Pop Up Market held at the BIBD Connects open area located at Spg. 262-8-10, Kg Lambak Kanan, Mukim Berakas B, Jalan 10 Utara. Various activities for children were also prepared during the pop-up market, as an added activity during school holidays.

BIBD Connects provided the perfect location for the pop-up market as the location itself is aimed to bring closer families and the community, with entrepreneurs and banking. BIBD also took the opportunity to promote and encourage the usage of its digital payment solutions BIBD QuickPay, providing flexibility and convenience to business owners and customers.

The BIBD Connects Pop Up Market is part of BIBD’s Corporate Social Responsibility to promote local SME businesses, directly improving their capabilities to become more robust and sustainable. The pop-up market was attended by more than twenty SMEs that included twelve BIBDSEED participants who will be debuting their products to the market.

The event also saw the presentation of Certificates of Completion to BIBDSEED participants by Yang Mulia Hjh Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman, BIBD Deputy Managing Director, for successful completion of the third Phase of the programme – Product Incubator.

The pop-up market is the next phase in BIBDSEED programme where participants are exposed to real market situations as part of their entrepreneurial development. The market phase will test their resolve to apply their knowledge and learning from the previous phases such as pricing, marketing, communications, sales pitching to customers and promoting their products.

Also attending the event, to witness the BIBDSEED participants in action were representatives from the Department of Community Development, Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports; Brunei Islamic Religious Council and Islamic Dakwah Centre, Ministry of Religious Affairs – BIBD strategic partners for the BIBDSEED Programme.

Yang Mulia Hjh Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman, BIBD Deputy Managing Director also commented on the event, “Alhamdulillah, today’s double success of promoting entrepreneurship along with the spirit of community at BIBD Connects reflects BIBD’s commitment towards the success of its initiatives to create a positive impact for Brunei Darussalam’s economy through its people, communities and entrepreneurs.”

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BIBD today organised its first ever BIBD Connects Pop Up Market held at the BIBD Connects open area located at Spg. 262-8-10, Kg Lambak Kanan, Mukim Berakas B, Jalan 10 Utara. Various activities for children were also prepared during the pop-up market, as an added activity during school holidays.

BIBD Connects provided the perfect location for the pop-up market as the location itself is aimed to bring closer families and the community, with entrepreneurs and banking. BIBD also took the opportunity to promote and encourage the usage of its digital payment solutions BIBD QuickPay, providing flexibility and convenience to business owners and customers.

The BIBD Connects Pop Up Market is part of BIBD’s Corporate Social Responsibility to promote local SME businesses, directly improving their capabilities to become more robust and sustainable. The pop-up market was attended by more than twenty SMEs that included twelve BIBDSEED participants who will be debuting their products to the market.

The event also saw the presentation of Certificates of Completion to BIBDSEED participants by Yang Mulia Hjh Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman, BIBD Deputy Managing Director, for successful completion of the third Phase of the programme – Product Incubator.

The pop-up market is the next phase in BIBDSEED programme where participants are exposed to real market situations as part of their entrepreneurial development. The market phase will test their resolve to apply their knowledge and learning from the previous phases such as pricing, marketing, communications, sales pitching to customers and promoting their products.

Also attending the event, to witness the BIBDSEED participants in action were representatives from the Department of Community Development, Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports; Brunei Islamic Religious Council and Islamic Dakwah Centre, Ministry of Religious Affairs – BIBD strategic partners for the BIBDSEED Programme.

Yang Mulia Hjh Noraini binti Haji Sulaiman, BIBD Deputy Managing Director also commented on the event, “Alhamdulillah, today’s double success of promoting entrepreneurship along with the spirit of community at BIBD Connects reflects BIBD’s commitment towards the success of its initiatives to create a positive impact for Brunei Darussalam’s economy through its people, communities and entrepreneurs.”

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The Brunei Travel Fair will be held over 2 days this weekend from 6 to 7 October 2018 at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Berakas. Baiduri Bank will be offering cardholders exclusive benefits at the travel fair. With three times the chance of winning in the Grand and Daily Lucky Draws Baiduri Cardholders also [...]

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The Brunei Travel Fair will be held over 2 days this weekend from 6 to 7 October 2018 at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Berakas.

Baiduri Bank will be offering cardholders exclusive benefits at the travel fair. With three times the chance of winning in the Grand and Daily Lucky Draws Baiduri Cardholders also stand a chance to win shopping and dining vouchers in the Instant Lucky Dip for purchases of BND300 and above. Furthermore, those who spend BND1,000 and above on their Baiduri Credit Card enjoy BND50 cash rebates.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Sabre, a leading travel technology company for this highly anticipated event. As the official bank for this event for the last 14 years, our key objective is to provide seamless and secure payment solutions for visitors at the Brunei Travel Fair where every booth has been set up with our latest POS (Point of Sale) card terminals. Baiduri Bank offers the widest card brand acceptance and for customers’ convenience our terminals accept card payments from four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard, American Express and UnionPay.”, commented Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking & Branch Network at Baiduri Bank.

Additionally, those who successfully sign up for a Baiduri Credit Card at the Brunei Travel Fair can receive up to 22,000 complimentary Royal Skies miles
Full details and terms and conditions of the promotion can be found on www.baiduri.com on the ‘Baiduri Deals’ mobile app. For more information on other products and services offered by the Bank, please call the 24-hour Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 244 9666.

Baiduri Bank is one of the largest providers of payment products in Brunei, and holds franchise to four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard, American Express as well as the UnionPay. On top of cashless convenience, Baiduri credit and debit cards come with an array of benefits, such as exclusive rewards and offers, easy instalment plans as well as ability to accumulate Bonus Points for the Baiduri Instant Rewards programme.

To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can also like the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page or follow @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

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The Brunei Travel Fair will be held over 2 days this weekend from 6 to 7 October 2018 at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Berakas.

Baiduri Bank will be offering cardholders exclusive benefits at the travel fair. With three times the chance of winning in the Grand and Daily Lucky Draws Baiduri Cardholders also stand a chance to win shopping and dining vouchers in the Instant Lucky Dip for purchases of BND300 and above. Furthermore, those who spend BND1,000 and above on their Baiduri Credit Card enjoy BND50 cash rebates.

“We are excited to be collaborating with Sabre, a leading travel technology company for this highly anticipated event. As the official bank for this event for the last 14 years, our key objective is to provide seamless and secure payment solutions for visitors at the Brunei Travel Fair where every booth has been set up with our latest POS (Point of Sale) card terminals. Baiduri Bank offers the widest card brand acceptance and for customers’ convenience our terminals accept card payments from four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard, American Express and UnionPay.”, commented Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking & Branch Network at Baiduri Bank.

Additionally, those who successfully sign up for a Baiduri Credit Card at the Brunei Travel Fair can receive up to 22,000 complimentary Royal Skies miles
Full details and terms and conditions of the promotion can be found on www.baiduri.com on the ‘Baiduri Deals’ mobile app. For more information on other products and services offered by the Bank, please call the 24-hour Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 244 9666.

Baiduri Bank is one of the largest providers of payment products in Brunei, and holds franchise to four major card brands – Visa, MasterCard, American Express as well as the UnionPay. On top of cashless convenience, Baiduri credit and debit cards come with an array of benefits, such as exclusive rewards and offers, easy instalment plans as well as ability to accumulate Bonus Points for the Baiduri Instant Rewards programme.

To be in the know of Baiduri Bank current promotions and events, the public can also like the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page or follow @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

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World Tourism Day 2018

The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourism Day 2018, to be celebrated in Budapest, Hungary (27 September 2018). World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27 September around the world, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on [...]

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The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourism Day 2018, to be celebrated in Budapest, Hungary (27 September 2018).

World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27 September around the world, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development.

This year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) will help to put the opportunities provided to tourism, by technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, on the map of sustainable development. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector.

“Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management, amongst other objectives within the wider sustainable development agenda”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

The WTD official celebration will be held in Budapest, Hungary, a country enjoying steady growth of tourism backed by consistent policy support and a commitment to the digital future. Other celebrations will take place worldwide.

The official celebration will also see the announcement of the semi-finalists of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, launched by UNWTO and Globalia to give visibility to startups with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way we travel and enjoy tourism.

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The importance of digital technologies in tourism, providing opportunities for innovation and preparing the sector for the future of work, is at the centre of World Tourism Day 2018, to be celebrated in Budapest, Hungary (27 September 2018).

World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27 September around the world, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on tourism’s actual and potential contribution to sustainable development.

This year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) will help to put the opportunities provided to tourism, by technological advances including big data, artificial intelligence and digital platforms, on the map of sustainable development. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sees digital advances and innovation as part of the solution to the challenge of marrying continued growth with a more sustainable and responsible tourism sector.

“Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management, amongst other objectives within the wider sustainable development agenda”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

The WTD official celebration will be held in Budapest, Hungary, a country enjoying steady growth of tourism backed by consistent policy support and a commitment to the digital future. Other celebrations will take place worldwide.

The official celebration will also see the announcement of the semi-finalists of the 1st UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition, launched by UNWTO and Globalia to give visibility to startups with innovative ideas capable of revolutionizing the way we travel and enjoy tourism.

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On Thursday 20 September 2018, the British High Commissioner hosted a farewell reception for Mr Abdul Azim Bin Haji Abd Kassim who has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2018–2019 and will be pursuing his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom next month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the [...]

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On Thursday 20 September 2018, the British High Commissioner hosted a farewell reception for Mr Abdul Azim Bin Haji Abd Kassim who has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2018–2019 and will be pursuing his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom next month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Mr Azim Kassim, a Research Officer in the Directorate of Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence, will be pursuing a MA in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency at The University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

Mr Azim Kassim said, “No words can truly describe how much the Chevening Scholarship means to me. This is a great honour and one in which I acknowledge is far from an individual effort.

This award would not have been possible without the lessons learned from my respected mentors and colleagues; both from when I was a reporter at a local newspaper, and now with the Ministry of Defence.”

Mr Azim Kassim explained, “The University was chosen based on its excellent student satisfaction levels in which it was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2017. It also ranked in the Top 10 Universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in the Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings for 2019.

The course was selected because it will enhance my understanding on national, regional and global security threats. My hope is that this course will be of relevance to my role and responsibilities at the Ministry of Defence particularly to contribute towards providing reliable and holistic policy analysis to benefit my organisation and my country.

Upon my return, I will do my best to ensure that my learning and knowledge is shared, and to continue to strengthen the defence relations between Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom. This scholarship is also a contribution towards Vision 2035 in its pillar of achieving a highly skilled workforce.

The British High Commissioner H.E. Richard Lindsay, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to present the 2018-19 Chevening Scholarship to Azim Kassim. This competitive scholarship is given to individuals who have proven that they have the potential to be future leaders. Azim will be one of over 2000 Chevening Scholars who receive this award for a fully-funded year of postgraduate study in the UK each year. He will also be joining a global alumni network of over 50,000 Chevening Scholars. In this country, the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum is a very active alumni group which is dedicated to sharing their expertise and discussing how to meet some of the biggest challenges facing the country. In due course, I am confident that Azim will use his experiences to make a very significant contribution back into Brunei. Many congratulations to him, and to his very supportive family and colleagues”

Mr Azim was welcomed into the Chevening family by the President of the Brunei Chevening Alumni Association YB Khairunnisa, who was a Chevening scholar herself in 2016-17, together with other alumni members. (picture attached).

The High Commissioner said that applications for the 2019/20 Chevening Scholarships were currently open to citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam. The ideal candidate would be in early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievement with evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning to contribute to Brunei’s social and economic development by using the skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

All those interested in applying for the 2019/2020 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about their application and candidate guidance, as well as to see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is 6 November 2018.

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On Thursday 20 September 2018, the British High Commissioner hosted a farewell reception for Mr Abdul Azim Bin Haji Abd Kassim who has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2018–2019 and will be pursuing his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom next month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam.

Mr Azim Kassim, a Research Officer in the Directorate of Defence Policy at the Ministry of Defence, will be pursuing a MA in Security, Terrorism and Insurgency at The University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

Mr Azim Kassim said, “No words can truly describe how much the Chevening Scholarship means to me. This is a great honour and one in which I acknowledge is far from an individual effort.

This award would not have been possible without the lessons learned from my respected mentors and colleagues; both from when I was a reporter at a local newspaper, and now with the Ministry of Defence.”

Mr Azim Kassim explained, “The University was chosen based on its excellent student satisfaction levels in which it was named the Sunday Times University of the Year in 2017. It also ranked in the Top 10 Universities in the UK, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in the Top 100 of the QS World University Rankings for 2019.

The course was selected because it will enhance my understanding on national, regional and global security threats. My hope is that this course will be of relevance to my role and responsibilities at the Ministry of Defence particularly to contribute towards providing reliable and holistic policy analysis to benefit my organisation and my country.

Upon my return, I will do my best to ensure that my learning and knowledge is shared, and to continue to strengthen the defence relations between Brunei Darussalam and the United Kingdom. This scholarship is also a contribution towards Vision 2035 in its pillar of achieving a highly skilled workforce.

The British High Commissioner H.E. Richard Lindsay, said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to present the 2018-19 Chevening Scholarship to Azim Kassim. This competitive scholarship is given to individuals who have proven that they have the potential to be future leaders. Azim will be one of over 2000 Chevening Scholars who receive this award for a fully-funded year of postgraduate study in the UK each year. He will also be joining a global alumni network of over 50,000 Chevening Scholars. In this country, the Brunei Chevening Youth Forum is a very active alumni group which is dedicated to sharing their expertise and discussing how to meet some of the biggest challenges facing the country. In due course, I am confident that Azim will use his experiences to make a very significant contribution back into Brunei. Many congratulations to him, and to his very supportive family and colleagues”

Mr Azim was welcomed into the Chevening family by the President of the Brunei Chevening Alumni Association YB Khairunnisa, who was a Chevening scholar herself in 2016-17, together with other alumni members. (picture attached).

The High Commissioner said that applications for the 2019/20 Chevening Scholarships were currently open to citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam. The ideal candidate would be in early to mid career, with at least 2 years’ work experience and an excellent record of achievement with evidence of leadership qualities. Applicants should be committed to returning to contribute to Brunei’s social and economic development by using the skills and knowledge acquired in the UK.

All those interested in applying for the 2019/2020 Chevening scholarship should visit www.chevening.org/Brunei where potential applicants can find information on how to apply, register interest to receive alerts about their application and candidate guidance, as well as to see the priority subjects for Chevening Scholarships. The deadline for applications is 6 November 2018.

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Tucked away near the corner shop lot of Block J, the place is a lot bigger than I expected. I was greeted by the owner who proceeded to explain the various services that they offer. He said most of his staff are from Thailand and so the massages mostly have a Thai flavour to them, [...]

Tucked away near the corner shop lot of Block J, the place is a lot bigger than I expected. I was greeted by the owner who proceeded to explain the various services that they offer. He said most of his staff are from Thailand and so the massages mostly have a Thai flavour to them, which means there will be some degree of bending and cracking involved. I’m not a big fan of that so I picked the head, neck, and shoulder massage since it sounds least likely to involve aforementioned manoeuvres heheh…

Turned out to be a good choice. The massage was really good and focused on the “stress zones” of the head, neck, and shoulders. At the end of the massage, I felt relaxed and ready for the weekend 🙂

If you’d like to give Kang Comfortzone a try, do give them a call on 2455981. Here’s a guide to the services offered and a useful map to the shop.

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Tucked away near the corner shop lot of Block J, the place is a lot bigger than I expected. I was greeted by the owner who proceeded to explain the various services that they offer. He said most of his staff are from Thailand and so the massages mostly have a Thai flavour to them, which means there will be some degree of bending and cracking involved. I’m not a big fan of that so I picked the head, neck, and shoulder massage since it sounds least likely to involve aforementioned manoeuvres heheh…

Turned out to be a good choice. The massage was really good and focused on the “stress zones” of the head, neck, and shoulders. At the end of the massage, I felt relaxed and ready for the weekend 🙂

If you’d like to give Kang Comfortzone a try, do give them a call on 2455981. Here’s a guide to the services offered and a useful map to the shop.

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