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Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and [...]

Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and a good friend of mine. I managed to sit down with him amid his busy schedule to find out more about Soapboxer Company.

Hi Ed, tell me a bit about yourself. Your journey up to this point.

My career has been an interesting and adventurous one. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering, my career began as a software developer for Royal Brunei Airlines, to becoming one of 3 RBA’s first Flight Simulator engineer and subsequently become RBA’s first Bruneian Project Leader.

After RBA, I became the Connectivity Delivery Lead for Ministry of Finance’s TAFIS Project under Accenture, becoming the first Bruneian Unit Lead for Accenture Brunei.

I went on to be an Assistant Chief Executive for E-Government Technical Authority Body (EGTAB), a technical think-tank for His Majesty’s e-Government initiatives.

My last professional career was with TelBru where I project managed MoF’s e-Payment Gateway and program managed TelBru’s FTTH initiatives. My last post with TelBru was General Manager for Access Network Department.

Having accumulated over 20 years of experiences as an IT consultant, running several large scale projects and heading technical operations, I felt it’s time to change my career direction from Services Delivery to Providing Services … I chose to become a Coach! I created SOAPBOXER COMPANY.

Why the name Soapboxer?

Soapboxer came from Soapbox – a platform for public speaking whereby someone literally stands on a box as their stage giving a speech to audiences who both agree and disagree with their views. At the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, these were common sights and practices which often resulted in a scuffle.

Hence, my flagship program SOAPBOX that coaches those with speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking. Soapbox’s mantra “A Soapboxer is one who has overcome their fear of public speaking”.

Why the switch to training and motivational consultancy?

I have two wonderful children who were very introverted to a point of being painfully shy. To ready them for their future and for the unforgiving business world, I need my children to stand out and have an edge. Having good grades are simply not enough – you are one of many. IQ alone just does not cut it anymore. Personally, I weigh in heavy on EQ. I have hired and seen individual with high EQ outperform those with high IQ.

Being vocal, heard and seen are the edge that I believe they desperately need. Not long after the birth of my eldest child, I felt I need to do something to make these happened. Over the course of my career, I was fortunate to see  the challenges, gaps and expectations in today workforce. So I started to develop my own coaching program for my children. They have come a long way. No longer afraid of speaking in public but still much we can work on to improve (like effectiveness). Next, I took my program and implemented it at work. The results were awesome and encouraging. It dawned on me that there are many more I can help and benefit from my program.

After TelBru, I realised it was time to put a name and brand on my program hence SOAPBOX was born.

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Hey folks! Today I’d like to feature a local startup which provides “context-based coaching” geared specially for youth who would like to overcome their fear of public speaking and also increase their employability through the creation of CV’s and presentations that stand out. The man behind this venture is Edwin Lim, a former colleague and a good friend of mine. I managed to sit down with him amid his busy schedule to find out more about Soapboxer Company.

Hi Ed, tell me a bit about yourself. Your journey up to this point.

My career has been an interesting and adventurous one. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering, my career began as a software developer for Royal Brunei Airlines, to becoming one of 3 RBA’s first Flight Simulator engineer and subsequently become RBA’s first Bruneian Project Leader.

After RBA, I became the Connectivity Delivery Lead for Ministry of Finance’s TAFIS Project under Accenture, becoming the first Bruneian Unit Lead for Accenture Brunei.

I went on to be an Assistant Chief Executive for E-Government Technical Authority Body (EGTAB), a technical think-tank for His Majesty’s e-Government initiatives.

My last professional career was with TelBru where I project managed MoF’s e-Payment Gateway and program managed TelBru’s FTTH initiatives. My last post with TelBru was General Manager for Access Network Department.

Having accumulated over 20 years of experiences as an IT consultant, running several large scale projects and heading technical operations, I felt it’s time to change my career direction from Services Delivery to Providing Services … I chose to become a Coach! I created SOAPBOXER COMPANY.

Why the name Soapboxer?

Soapboxer came from Soapbox – a platform for public speaking whereby someone literally stands on a box as their stage giving a speech to audiences who both agree and disagree with their views. At the end of the 19th and beginning of 20th centuries, these were common sights and practices which often resulted in a scuffle.

Hence, my flagship program SOAPBOX that coaches those with speech anxiety overcome their fear of public speaking. Soapbox’s mantra “A Soapboxer is one who has overcome their fear of public speaking”.

Why the switch to training and motivational consultancy?

I have two wonderful children who were very introverted to a point of being painfully shy. To ready them for their future and for the unforgiving business world, I need my children to stand out and have an edge. Having good grades are simply not enough – you are one of many. IQ alone just does not cut it anymore. Personally, I weigh in heavy on EQ. I have hired and seen individual with high EQ outperform those with high IQ.

Being vocal, heard and seen are the edge that I believe they desperately need. Not long after the birth of my eldest child, I felt I need to do something to make these happened. Over the course of my career, I was fortunate to see  the challenges, gaps and expectations in today workforce. So I started to develop my own coaching program for my children. They have come a long way. No longer afraid of speaking in public but still much we can work on to improve (like effectiveness). Next, I took my program and implemented it at work. The results were awesome and encouraging. It dawned on me that there are many more I can help and benefit from my program.

After TelBru, I realised it was time to put a name and brand on my program hence SOAPBOX was born.

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Following up on the success of the seventh­ generation Golf, the new Golf R is powered by a newly designed 280 bhp TSI engine, which is 24 bhp stronger but more than 15 percent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model. Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers [...]

Following up on the success of the seventh­ generation Golf, the new Golf R is powered by a newly designed 280 bhp TSI engine, which is 24 bhp stronger but more than 15 percent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model.

Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged  engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system; in this case, it is the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.

Delivering pure dynamic performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and ‘ESC Sport’ -which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track. Also standard is the further developed DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode.

The Golf R completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 5.0 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Despite the car’s exceptionally agile driving performance and extra power, fuel consumption has been reduced from 8.4 to 7.1/100km. C02 emissions were also improved from 195 to 164 g/km.

The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and18-inch alloy wheels, the car can also be visually distinguished  as an impressive sports model by details such as bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-u design), dark red LED rear lights and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes.

Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in Vienna leather upholstery, a leather trimmed three-spoke  sport steering wheel, a 320 km/h speedometer, blue ambience lighting, and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen. [continue reading…]

Following up on the success of the seventh­ generation Golf, the new Golf R is powered by a newly designed 280 bhp TSI engine, which is 24 bhp stronger but more than 15 percent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model.

Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged  engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system; in this case, it is the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.

Delivering pure dynamic performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and ‘ESC Sport’ -which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track. Also standard is the further developed DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode.

The Golf R completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 5.0 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Despite the car’s exceptionally agile driving performance and extra power, fuel consumption has been reduced from 8.4 to 7.1/100km. C02 emissions were also improved from 195 to 164 g/km.

The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and18-inch alloy wheels, the car can also be visually distinguished  as an impressive sports model by details such as bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-u design), dark red LED rear lights and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes.

Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in Vienna leather upholstery, a leather trimmed three-spoke  sport steering wheel, a 320 km/h speedometer, blue ambience lighting, and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen. (more…)

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Brunei‘s biggest and longest-running consumer expo, the Consumer Fair (CF), closed with a high yesterday with thousands of visitors flocking there over the last week to check out the products on offer and to capitalize on the great deals as well. I dropped by over the weekend to check it out and found the venue [...]

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Brunei‘s biggest and longest-running consumer expo, the Consumer Fair (CF), closed with a high yesterday with thousands of visitors flocking there over the last week to check out the products on offer and to capitalize on the great deals as well. I dropped by over the weekend to check it out and found the venue to be rather worrying from an HSE perspective.

The giant tents put up for the exhibitors felt like they had insufficient ventilation and lighting. The flooring was also quite rickety to the point that the displays at the various booths literally swayed with the movement of people in the tent. I wonder if HSE standards are applied to these temporary structures before they are approved for use, like in the UK for instance which says, among others:

“All parties have a duty of care to both the public and the crews working on site. This includes  the venue owner/operator, the event organiser, the marquee contractor and other contractors working on the same site.

Prior to any event, the tent contractor shall ensure that areas of responsibility for health and safety are clearly defined: those of all parties in the contract chain including the tent contractor, sub-contractors and those of the client and organisers. These will normally be set out in the contract and should preferably be standardised. Sales staff should make clients aware of their safety responsibilities.

It is vital that all structures used by the public are so far as is reasonably practicable, safe, particularly in case of fire or adverse weather, and that procedures are in place to protect the public and staff in these circumstances.”

I couldn’t agree more when one netizen said, “I don’t know why the organiser decided to hold the event at a carpark. It was so… tacky what with all the tents and everything. And the inside of the tent was so dark and stuffy […]. And the plywood floorings were so annoying. They have bumps and such I swear if I were wearing my super high heels, I would trip.”

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Brunei‘s biggest and longest-running consumer expo, the Consumer Fair (CF), closed with a high yesterday with thousands of visitors flocking there over the last week to check out the products on offer and to capitalize on the great deals as well. I dropped by over the weekend to check it out and found the venue to be rather worrying from an HSE perspective.

The giant tents put up for the exhibitors felt like they had insufficient ventilation and lighting. The flooring was also quite rickety to the point that the displays at the various booths literally swayed with the movement of people in the tent. I wonder if HSE standards are applied to these temporary structures before they are approved for use, like in the UK for instance which says, among others:

“All parties have a duty of care to both the public and the crews working on site. This includes  the venue owner/operator, the event organiser, the marquee contractor and other contractors working on the same site.

Prior to any event, the tent contractor shall ensure that areas of responsibility for health and safety are clearly defined: those of all parties in the contract chain including the tent contractor, sub-contractors and those of the client and organisers. These will normally be set out in the contract and should preferably be standardised. Sales staff should make clients aware of their safety responsibilities.

It is vital that all structures used by the public are so far as is reasonably practicable, safe, particularly in case of fire or adverse weather, and that procedures are in place to protect the public and staff in these circumstances.”

I couldn’t agree more when one netizen said, “I don’t know why the organiser decided to hold the event at a carpark. It was so… tacky what with all the tents and everything. And the inside of the tent was so dark and stuffy […]. And the plywood floorings were so annoying. They have bumps and such I swear if I were wearing my super high heels, I would trip.”

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical. The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. The well-known and much [...]

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical.

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The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.

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The well-known and much anticipated musical is very famous around the world and is popular for its characters – Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates and of course TinkerBell.

Arranged with Samuel French and International Theatre and Music (IT&M London), this school production saw the largest audience the school has ever had for a show, said the organisers.

The cast “flew” to Neverland with the help of flying specialist from USA, Fly by Foy and internationally renowned flying specialist who has worked with hundreds of Hollywood and international stars and won prestigious awards.

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Peter Pan – The British Musical showcased the talents of students of SMSS and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

The show donated $18,000 to Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and was accepted by the guest of honour of the night, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman.

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Proceeds from the Peter Pan copyright will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical.

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The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre.

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The well-known and much anticipated musical is very famous around the world and is popular for its characters – Peter Pan, Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook and his sidekick Smee, Tiger Lily, the Lost Boys, pirates and of course TinkerBell.

Arranged with Samuel French and International Theatre and Music (IT&M London), this school production saw the largest audience the school has ever had for a show, said the organisers.

The cast “flew” to Neverland with the help of flying specialist from USA, Fly by Foy and internationally renowned flying specialist who has worked with hundreds of Hollywood and international stars and won prestigious awards.

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Peter Pan – The British Musical showcased the talents of students of SMSS and Seri Mulia Sarjana International School.

The show donated $18,000 to Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Fund for Orphans (DANA) and was accepted by the guest of honour of the night, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman.

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Proceeds from the Peter Pan copyright will also go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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I’ve always wondered what it’s like to drive one of those eco-friendly hybrid golf-carts cars which have become the butt of many a petrol-head joke. Does it really drive like a golf-cart? Will it be pedestrian in power and speed delivery? Well, last weekend, I had my questions answered via an extended test-drive of the [...]

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I’ve always wondered what it’s like to drive one of those eco-friendly hybrid golf-carts cars which have become the butt of many a petrol-head joke. Does it really drive like a golf-cart? Will it be pedestrian in power and speed delivery? Well, last weekend, I had my questions answered via an extended test-drive of the Toyota Prius C provided courtesy of NBT Brunei.

The Toyota Prius C (c stands for “city”) is a full hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback produced by Toyota Motor Corporation. The Prius c is the third member of the Prius family, and combines the features of a Yaris-sized car with a hybrid powertrain. The Prius c is priced lower than the conventional Prius and has a higher fuel economy in city driving under United States Environmental Protection Agency test cycles. The Prius C is ranked by the EPA as the 2012 most fuel efficient compact car when plug-in electric vehicles are excluded.

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The colour display which cycles to indicate all sorts of information

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Roof view

So back to the test-drive, I took delivery of the car on Saturday morning and spent a good 5 minutes figuring out how to start the darned thing. Turns out, all you have to do is step on the brakes and press the power button. Don’t expect any conventional engine starting sounds as all you will hear is… silence. If it wasn’t for the colour display indicating the car is ready, you would have no clue.

Pulling out of the NBT office, the car definitely felt like a golf cart! The distinctive whirr of the electic motor propelling the car into motion. By the time I exited the junction into Jalan Gadong, the 1.5 litre engine sprang to life and then it sounded like a regular engine. Time for a road-trip!

Initially, the plan was to drive up and down KB to see how long the tank would last. But after the first round, we were so road weary we decided to call it quits after looking at the petrol indicator which used up barely one bar! I am told it would cost less than a dollar to drive to KB and back! Unfortunately, the fact that we were so road weary after one trip says that this car is more of a city car, i.e. for short trips from A to B rather than long distance journeys.

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The little cubby space with a baby blue accent hosts a USB and audio jack

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Seriously? You wanna buy 50 cents of petrol?

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In front of the old KB wet market

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I’ve always wondered what it’s like to drive one of those eco-friendly hybrid golf-carts cars which have become the butt of many a petrol-head joke. Does it really drive like a golf-cart? Will it be pedestrian in power and speed delivery? Well, last weekend, I had my questions answered via an extended test-drive of the Toyota Prius C provided courtesy of NBT Brunei.

The Toyota Prius C (c stands for “city”) is a full hybrid gasoline-electric subcompact hatchback produced by Toyota Motor Corporation. The Prius c is the third member of the Prius family, and combines the features of a Yaris-sized car with a hybrid powertrain. The Prius c is priced lower than the conventional Prius and has a higher fuel economy in city driving under United States Environmental Protection Agency test cycles. The Prius C is ranked by the EPA as the 2012 most fuel efficient compact car when plug-in electric vehicles are excluded.

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The colour display which cycles to indicate all sorts of information

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Roof view

So back to the test-drive, I took delivery of the car on Saturday morning and spent a good 5 minutes figuring out how to start the darned thing. Turns out, all you have to do is step on the brakes and press the power button. Don’t expect any conventional engine starting sounds as all you will hear is… silence. If it wasn’t for the colour display indicating the car is ready, you would have no clue.

Pulling out of the NBT office, the car definitely felt like a golf cart! The distinctive whirr of the electic motor propelling the car into motion. By the time I exited the junction into Jalan Gadong, the 1.5 litre engine sprang to life and then it sounded like a regular engine. Time for a road-trip!

Initially, the plan was to drive up and down KB to see how long the tank would last. But after the first round, we were so road weary we decided to call it quits after looking at the petrol indicator which used up barely one bar! I am told it would cost less than a dollar to drive to KB and back! Unfortunately, the fact that we were so road weary after one trip says that this car is more of a city car, i.e. for short trips from A to B rather than long distance journeys.

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The little cubby space with a baby blue accent hosts a USB and audio jack

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Seriously? You wanna buy 50 cents of petrol?

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In front of the old KB wet market

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Grazie Mauri!

Dropped by my buddy Mauri’s joint in Gadong last night to try out his carbonara promo. I was not disappointed. Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, pecorino cheese, bacon (locally we use beef bacon) and black pepper. I think many people prefer carbonara to bolognaise, which is a tomato based sauce and [...]

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Dropped by my buddy Mauri’s joint in Gadong last night to try out his carbonara promo. I was not disappointed. Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, pecorino cheese, bacon (locally we use beef bacon) and black pepper.

I think many people prefer carbonara to bolognaise, which is a tomato based sauce and personally I prefer the rich creaminess of carbonara (done right) to bolognaise anytime! Chef Mauri’s execution of carbonara was perfect with the eggs added to the sauce raw, and cooked with the heat of the pasta itself. Thoroughly enjoyable!

We also had the sautéed mushrooms with beef bacon, garlic, fresh rosemary and a touch of chocolate, the mushroom stuffed ravioli with basil pesto and zucchini, and the barramundi fillet with some lovely sweet potato gnocchi. All these awesomely delicious dishes were from the chef’s signature dishes menu.

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Dropped by my buddy Mauri’s joint in Gadong last night to try out his carbonara promo. I was not disappointed. Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, pecorino cheese, bacon (locally we use beef bacon) and black pepper.

I think many people prefer carbonara to bolognaise, which is a tomato based sauce and personally I prefer the rich creaminess of carbonara (done right) to bolognaise anytime! Chef Mauri’s execution of carbonara was perfect with the eggs added to the sauce raw, and cooked with the heat of the pasta itself. Thoroughly enjoyable!

We also had the sautéed mushrooms with beef bacon, garlic, fresh rosemary and a touch of chocolate, the mushroom stuffed ravioli with basil pesto and zucchini, and the barramundi fillet with some lovely sweet potato gnocchi. All these awesomely delicious dishes were from the chef’s signature dishes menu.

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Smoked salmon carbonara

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Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from Bruneimotors.com was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear. The undisclosed event was by [...]

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Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from Bruneimotors.com was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear.

The undisclosed event was by invitation from Nissan Boustead Brunei and Nissan Japan where location and activities was revealed only a few weeks before the event.

Haji Suhardi was privileged enough to review all of their 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 Supercar. He drove the GT-R black edition, EGOIST, Spec V and Track club edition (Only on race track)

“The new Nissan GT-R sprinted from 0 to 100km/h in 3 seconds from 3.5 seconds with previous models. It’s the fastest supercar with four seats available in the market from Japan. The 2012 version is not a facelift but an upgrade. The horsepower gets more from 480HP to 520HP.” recalled Suhardi gleefully.

Bruneimotors.com also given a special access to drive at the race track using the new GT-R models and GT-R Club track edition. The best experiences was driving the GT-R Club Track Edition which only be driven on race track. This special edition GT-R has a roll cage, a Bride seat, 6 point harnesses, Rays 20 inch wheels and Dunlop slicks.  It has 80 kilograms lighter and the engine management system setting is different with faster on the gear change ratio and quick brake respond only for advance experience driver.”

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Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from Bruneimotors.com was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear.

The undisclosed event was by invitation from Nissan Boustead Brunei and Nissan Japan where location and activities was revealed only a few weeks before the event.

Haji Suhardi was privileged enough to review all of their 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 Supercar. He drove the GT-R black edition, EGOIST, Spec V and Track club edition (Only on race track)

“The new Nissan GT-R sprinted from 0 to 100km/h in 3 seconds from 3.5 seconds with previous models. It’s the fastest supercar with four seats available in the market from Japan. The 2012 version is not a facelift but an upgrade. The horsepower gets more from 480HP to 520HP.” recalled Suhardi gleefully.

Bruneimotors.com also given a special access to drive at the race track using the new GT-R models and GT-R Club track edition. The best experiences was driving the GT-R Club Track Edition which only be driven on race track. This special edition GT-R has a roll cage, a Bride seat, 6 point harnesses, Rays 20 inch wheels and Dunlop slicks.  It has 80 kilograms lighter and the engine management system setting is different with faster on the gear change ratio and quick brake respond only for advance experience driver.”

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A night at Yen Sushi

After the “inda berapa” experience at Yo! Sushi in Leicester earlier this year, I resigned myself to the fact that I would be sushi deprived for the duration of my stay in Leicester. But last weekend, a new sushi bar opened and it served up some pretty good sushi. So the karaoke gang and I [...]

After the “inda berapa” experience at Yo! Sushi in Leicester earlier this year, I resigned myself to the fact that I would be sushi deprived for the duration of my stay in Leicester. But last weekend, a new sushi bar opened and it served up some pretty good sushi. So the karaoke gang and I trooped in last night to get our collective sushi fixes 🙂

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Unagi Kabayaki – £10.00 for the set meal

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After the “inda berapa” experience at Yo! Sushi in Leicester earlier this year, I resigned myself to the fact that I would be sushi deprived for the duration of my stay in Leicester. But last weekend, a new sushi bar opened and it served up some pretty good sushi. So the karaoke gang and I trooped in last night to get our collective sushi fixes 🙂

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Yo! Sushi? Inda brapa yo!

The Bruneian gang in Leicester and I descended upon Yo! Sushi in the city cos they were offering 40% off which kind of makes the sushi experience in UK slightly more reasonable cost-wise. Having been spoilt silly by the availability and quality of sushi at a truly reasonable price in Brunei, I must say, I [...]

The Bruneian gang in Leicester and I descended upon Yo! Sushi in the city cos they were offering 40% off which kind of makes the sushi experience in UK slightly more reasonable cost-wise. Having been spoilt silly by the availability and quality of sushi at a truly reasonable price in Brunei, I must say, I wasn’t impressed by the whole Yo! Sushi experience. Kinda doubt I’ll be coming back for more here anytime soon 🙂

From their website (makes me think perhaps in London there’s a bit more focus in quality):

Founded in 1997 by Simon Woodroffe, YO! Sushi brought the concept of a Japanese ‘kaiten’ sushi bar that delivered food to customers via a conveyor belt travelling 8cm per second to the masses, and became the original and most famous sushi brand in the UK. YO! Sushi was a brand new concept in dining and catapulted Londoners into the 21st century which made us the most talked about dining experience.

Our customers queued around the block as we gave the capital a slice of Urban Tokyo – we even had robots serving our drinks! The experience was fun and exciting, whilst the food was revolutionary and made lovingly, as AA Gill (Sunday Times) pointed out in his review stating it was “the best sushi in London" and Fay Maschler (Evening Standard) said she had “seen the future and it is fun".

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The Bruneian gang in Leicester and I descended upon Yo! Sushi in the city cos they were offering 40% off which kind of makes the sushi experience in UK slightly more reasonable cost-wise. Having been spoilt silly by the availability and quality of sushi at a truly reasonable price in Brunei, I must say, I wasn’t impressed by the whole Yo! Sushi experience. Kinda doubt I’ll be coming back for more here anytime soon 🙂

From their website (makes me think perhaps in London there’s a bit more focus in quality):

Founded in 1997 by Simon Woodroffe, YO! Sushi brought the concept of a Japanese ‘kaiten’ sushi bar that delivered food to customers via a conveyor belt travelling 8cm per second to the masses, and became the original and most famous sushi brand in the UK. YO! Sushi was a brand new concept in dining and catapulted Londoners into the 21st century which made us the most talked about dining experience.

Our customers queued around the block as we gave the capital a slice of Urban Tokyo – we even had robots serving our drinks! The experience was fun and exciting, whilst the food was revolutionary and made lovingly, as AA Gill (Sunday Times) pointed out in his review stating it was “the best sushi in London" and Fay Maschler (Evening Standard) said she had “seen the future and it is fun".

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