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The British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Paul Scully MP, will make his first visit to Brunei from 5 to 8 November to promote UK-Brunei trade relations. He will also meet the Minister of Finance and Economy II, the Minister of Foreign Affairs II, and the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry. Mr Scully will use all of his meetings to promote UK-Brunei trade relations.

Mr Paul Scully is one of 33 British Trade Envoys who have been appointed by the Prime Minister to engage with one or more emerging markets where there are substantial trade and investment opportunities. They support the drive for economic growth by building on the UK’s existing relations with these markets and maximising bilateral trade, thereby generating real and long term benefits for both countries.

Mr Paul Scully MP said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam. As an emerging economy with so much potential for building on the longstanding relationship with the UK, I look forward to maximising the opportunities in this exciting market.”

On 29 October Mr Scully helped to launch the Royal Brunei airlines direct (non-stop) flight between London and Brunei. He is delighted to be using this flight himself only a week after it began.

As the British Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Scully will be particularly focussed on exploring commercial opportunities in the oil and gas sector, the financial services sector, and in education and training.

British High Commissioner to Brunei, HE Richard Lindsay said, “We are looking forward to Mr Paul Scully’s first visit to Brunei. He will have an extensive programme meeting government and business stakeholders and exploring opportunities to deepen our close trading relationships, and how UK companies can support the achievement of Brunei’s Vision 2035. There are some exciting opportunities to create jobs and generate economic growth”.

The British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Paul Scully MP, will make his first visit to Brunei from 5 to 8 November to promote UK-Brunei trade relations. He will also meet the Minister of Finance and Economy II, the Minister of Foreign Affairs II, and the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry. [...]

The British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Paul Scully MP, will make his first visit to Brunei from 5 to 8 November to promote UK-Brunei trade relations. He will also meet the Minister of Finance and Economy II, the Minister of Foreign Affairs II, and the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry. Mr Scully will use all of his meetings to promote UK-Brunei trade relations.

Mr Paul Scully is one of 33 British Trade Envoys who have been appointed by the Prime Minister to engage with one or more emerging markets where there are substantial trade and investment opportunities. They support the drive for economic growth by building on the UK’s existing relations with these markets and maximising bilateral trade, thereby generating real and long term benefits for both countries.

Mr Paul Scully MP said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam. As an emerging economy with so much potential for building on the longstanding relationship with the UK, I look forward to maximising the opportunities in this exciting market.”

On 29 October Mr Scully helped to launch the Royal Brunei airlines direct (non-stop) flight between London and Brunei. He is delighted to be using this flight himself only a week after it began.

As the British Trade Envoy to Brunei Darussalam, Mr Scully will be particularly focussed on exploring commercial opportunities in the oil and gas sector, the financial services sector, and in education and training.

British High Commissioner to Brunei, HE Richard Lindsay said, “We are looking forward to Mr Paul Scully’s first visit to Brunei. He will have an extensive programme meeting government and business stakeholders and exploring opportunities to deepen our close trading relationships, and how UK companies can support the achievement of Brunei’s Vision 2035. There are some exciting opportunities to create jobs and generate economic growth”.

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With the conclusion of the first month of the ‘Win a Shopping Spree” promotion, Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store, hosted the first round of winners in a shopping spree earlier today. The event was held at Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store in Annajat Shopping Complex.

Between 1 September to 31 December 2018, with every BND50 paid using a Baiduri Bank issued credit or debit card at participating supermarkets, customers stand a chance to win a shopping spree worth BND200. Additionally, those who spend a minimum of BND100 in a single receipt will receive a complimentary shopping bag. In addition, all Baiduri cardholders will enjoy a 10% discount on department store items.

At the event, the 10 lucky winners, selected for their purchases during the month of September, were flagged off for their spree by Mr Lim Kian Chiong, Head of Card Business, Baiduri Bank.

Another 10 winners will be selected for the month of October and will be announced on another date. To be eligible to enter this draw, simply spend a minimum of BND50 in a single receipt until pay using a Baiduri credit or debit card before the end of the promotion on the 31 December 2018.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals. For more information, customers may also contact the Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 2449666.

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 promotions, the public may stay updated by following Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook and Twitter or Instagram @baiduribank.

With the conclusion of the first month of the ‘Win a Shopping Spree” promotion, Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store, hosted the first round of winners in a shopping spree earlier today. The event was held at Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store in Annajat Shopping Complex. Between [...]

With the conclusion of the first month of the ‘Win a Shopping Spree” promotion, Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store, hosted the first round of winners in a shopping spree earlier today. The event was held at Sim Kim Huat Supermarket and Department Store in Annajat Shopping Complex.

Between 1 September to 31 December 2018, with every BND50 paid using a Baiduri Bank issued credit or debit card at participating supermarkets, customers stand a chance to win a shopping spree worth BND200. Additionally, those who spend a minimum of BND100 in a single receipt will receive a complimentary shopping bag. In addition, all Baiduri cardholders will enjoy a 10% discount on department store items.

At the event, the 10 lucky winners, selected for their purchases during the month of September, were flagged off for their spree by Mr Lim Kian Chiong, Head of Card Business, Baiduri Bank.

Another 10 winners will be selected for the month of October and will be announced on another date. To be eligible to enter this draw, simply spend a minimum of BND50 in a single receipt until pay using a Baiduri credit or debit card before the end of the promotion on the 31 December 2018.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals. For more information, customers may also contact the Baiduri Bank Customer Helpline at 2449666.

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 promotions, the public may stay updated by following Baiduri Bank Group on Facebook and Twitter or Instagram @baiduribank.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, 12 October 2018 – Baiduri Bank launched its revamped Baiduri Smart Executive Programme (SEP) today, a programme targeting the young and busy executive. The new Baiduri Smart Executive Programme offers more benefits tailored to meet the financial and lifestyle needs of young professionals ranging from banking convenience to financial flexibility and tools.

According to CEO of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof, “The Baiduri Smart Executive Programme focuses on the upwardly mobile 21 to 45-year-old demographic, who are actively looking to achieve greater success in life. They are an inquisitive generation of customers with an evolving and dynamic set of needs that changes with the ebb and flow of trends. As they become more financially discerning, we want them to know that Baiduri Bank is their financial partner, ready to help them successfully navigate different life stages.”

Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network further explained, “In catering to this market segment, we have overhauled the current programme with a fresh new look and improved benefits to better complement their lifestyle. For this, the programme is created on the principles of the four pillars: Smart Financial Privileges, Smart Wallet, Smart Lifestyle and Smart Digital Bank.”

SMART FINANCIAL PRIVILEGES

For this financially savvy group, the SEP has tailored solutions ranging from preferential rates on loans to fantastic investment packages to assist this segment achieve their goals such as getting their first home, purchasing their first car or saving for their children’s education.

SMART WALLET

The revamped Smart Executive Programme comes with special Baiduri Smart Executive branded cards and with them travel and lifestyle benefits locally and globally. The internationally accepted Baiduri Smart Executive Visa Platinum Debit Card avails the cardholder with benefits such as VIP treatment privileges, up to 6 complimentary visits to over 850 airport lounges worldwide, as well as discounts of up to 50% at over 900 dining outlets in airports worldwide with the Airport Companion Programme by DragonPass. Additionally, Baiduri Smart Executive Mastercard Platinum Debit Card avails the cardholder to various travel privileges and rewards experiences.

SMART LIFESTYLE

Beyond receiving exclusive invitations to events and insightful seminars to empower SEP members with tools to achieve financial success, we have broadened the list of Smart Partners.

“Additionally, we’ve teamed up with a suite of Smart Partners to offer exclusive discounts ranging from health and fitness, travel and dining overseas, automobile dealerships as well as tech and gadgets, covering the general spectrum of needs of this demographic.”

SMART DIGITAL BANK

Recognizing this segment’s need for convenience and accessible banking, Baiduri Bank offers digital banking. Keep track of finances, settle bills, purchase top-ups or transfer funds locally and abroad from Baiduri Personal i-Banking, which allows members to bank from wherever using any mobile device. Additionally, with 24-hour customer helpline and an extensive network of ATMs, SEP provides what these generation of digitally-savvy customers needs to be confident to manage their finances electronically.

WELCOME REWARD

In line with the relaunch of the Baiduri Smart Executive Programme, Baiduri Bank is offering a welcome reward of BND300 for the first 30 new sign-ups who successfully apply for any of the following:

ProductAmount (BND)
Loan (Personal)10,000 and above
Loan (Home Ownership)50,000 and above
Unit Trust20,000 and above
Wealth ManagementLife Insurance Product with a yearly minimum of 1,200
Hire Purchase30,000 and above
*Terms and Conditions apply

For more information on the new Baiduri Smart Executive Programme, visit our website at www.baiduri.com, contact our 24-hour Customer Care Helpline at 244 9666, or drop by any of our branches during office hours and speak to our sales staff.

Bandar Seri Begawan, 12 October 2018 – Baiduri Bank launched its revamped Baiduri Smart Executive Programme (SEP) today, a programme targeting the young and busy executive. The new Baiduri Smart Executive Programme offers more benefits tailored to meet the financial and lifestyle needs of young professionals ranging from banking convenience to financial flexibility and tools. [...]

Bandar Seri Begawan, 12 October 2018 – Baiduri Bank launched its revamped Baiduri Smart Executive Programme (SEP) today, a programme targeting the young and busy executive. The new Baiduri Smart Executive Programme offers more benefits tailored to meet the financial and lifestyle needs of young professionals ranging from banking convenience to financial flexibility and tools.

According to CEO of Baiduri Bank, Mr Pierre Imhof, “The Baiduri Smart Executive Programme focuses on the upwardly mobile 21 to 45-year-old demographic, who are actively looking to achieve greater success in life. They are an inquisitive generation of customers with an evolving and dynamic set of needs that changes with the ebb and flow of trends. As they become more financially discerning, we want them to know that Baiduri Bank is their financial partner, ready to help them successfully navigate different life stages.”

Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network further explained, “In catering to this market segment, we have overhauled the current programme with a fresh new look and improved benefits to better complement their lifestyle. For this, the programme is created on the principles of the four pillars: Smart Financial Privileges, Smart Wallet, Smart Lifestyle and Smart Digital Bank.”

SMART FINANCIAL PRIVILEGES

For this financially savvy group, the SEP has tailored solutions ranging from preferential rates on loans to fantastic investment packages to assist this segment achieve their goals such as getting their first home, purchasing their first car or saving for their children’s education.

SMART WALLET

The revamped Smart Executive Programme comes with special Baiduri Smart Executive branded cards and with them travel and lifestyle benefits locally and globally. The internationally accepted Baiduri Smart Executive Visa Platinum Debit Card avails the cardholder with benefits such as VIP treatment privileges, up to 6 complimentary visits to over 850 airport lounges worldwide, as well as discounts of up to 50% at over 900 dining outlets in airports worldwide with the Airport Companion Programme by DragonPass. Additionally, Baiduri Smart Executive Mastercard Platinum Debit Card avails the cardholder to various travel privileges and rewards experiences.

SMART LIFESTYLE

Beyond receiving exclusive invitations to events and insightful seminars to empower SEP members with tools to achieve financial success, we have broadened the list of Smart Partners.

“Additionally, we’ve teamed up with a suite of Smart Partners to offer exclusive discounts ranging from health and fitness, travel and dining overseas, automobile dealerships as well as tech and gadgets, covering the general spectrum of needs of this demographic.”

SMART DIGITAL BANK

Recognizing this segment’s need for convenience and accessible banking, Baiduri Bank offers digital banking. Keep track of finances, settle bills, purchase top-ups or transfer funds locally and abroad from Baiduri Personal i-Banking, which allows members to bank from wherever using any mobile device. Additionally, with 24-hour customer helpline and an extensive network of ATMs, SEP provides what these generation of digitally-savvy customers needs to be confident to manage their finances electronically.

WELCOME REWARD

In line with the relaunch of the Baiduri Smart Executive Programme, Baiduri Bank is offering a welcome reward of BND300 for the first 30 new sign-ups who successfully apply for any of the following:

ProductAmount (BND)
Loan (Personal)10,000 and above
Loan (Home Ownership)50,000 and above
Unit Trust20,000 and above
Wealth ManagementLife Insurance Product with a yearly minimum of 1,200
Hire Purchase30,000 and above
*Terms and Conditions apply

For more information on the new Baiduri Smart Executive Programme, visit our website at www.baiduri.com, contact our 24-hour Customer Care Helpline at 244 9666, or drop by any of our branches during office hours and speak to our sales staff.

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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.

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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World Tourism Day 2018

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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.

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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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.

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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Nothing is impossible. The goal of sonar energy is to plant the seeds of empathy rather than delusion.

Consciousness consists of sonar energy of quantum energy. “Quantum” means a redefining of the cosmic.

Materialism is born in the gap where spacetime has been excluded. Only a child of the stratosphere may bring forth this rebirth of being. Materialism is the antithesis of beauty.

You may be ruled by pain without realizing it. Do not let it destroy the healing of your story. Without life, one cannot grow. Yes, it is possible to sabotage the things that can obliterate us, but not without fulfillment on our side.

Humankind has nothing to lose. Reality has always been electrified with mystics whose lives are immersed in conscious living. We are in the midst of a self-aware deepening of rejuvenation that will amplify our connection to the totality itself.

Faith is the driver of empathy. Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is nature. We exist as meridians.

It is time to take grace to the next level. We must learn how to lead zero-point lives in the face of suffering. The metamorphosis of passion is now happening worldwide.

Nothing is impossible. The goal of sonar energy is to plant the seeds of empathy rather than delusion. Consciousness consists of sonar energy of quantum energy. “Quantum” means a redefining of the cosmic. Materialism is born in the gap where spacetime has been excluded. Only a child of the stratosphere may bring forth this rebirth [...]

Nothing is impossible. The goal of sonar energy is to plant the seeds of empathy rather than delusion.

Consciousness consists of sonar energy of quantum energy. “Quantum” means a redefining of the cosmic.

Materialism is born in the gap where spacetime has been excluded. Only a child of the stratosphere may bring forth this rebirth of being. Materialism is the antithesis of beauty.

You may be ruled by pain without realizing it. Do not let it destroy the healing of your story. Without life, one cannot grow. Yes, it is possible to sabotage the things that can obliterate us, but not without fulfillment on our side.

Humankind has nothing to lose. Reality has always been electrified with mystics whose lives are immersed in conscious living. We are in the midst of a self-aware deepening of rejuvenation that will amplify our connection to the totality itself.

Faith is the driver of empathy. Today, science tells us that the essence of nature is nature. We exist as meridians.

It is time to take grace to the next level. We must learn how to lead zero-point lives in the face of suffering. The metamorphosis of passion is now happening worldwide.

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Kang Comfortzone

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, [...]

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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ALICE

The Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is working hand-in-hand with the Society for the Management of Autism-Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) to organise a charity musical performance on September 22nd and 23rd.

The show, entitled “Looking Through the Autism Wonderland”, is the 5th concert produced by SMARTER and is set to be held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas. The main cast comprises SMARTER children and youths with autism in an exciting adaptation of the classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The collaboration between IHS and SMARTER is the first of its kind and is a project conceived by Team ALICE (Appreciating the Lives of Individuals With Autism and Celebrating their Excellence), a group of 3rd year medical students, as part of a community outreach Special Study Module. It aims to enhance autism awareness in the Sultanate as well as to generate funds of up to $100,000 for the continuity of SMARTER.

The same group of students has so far succeeded in raising nearly $1,700 from donations and garage sales in a bid to fund the upcoming theatre event.

“We are confident that the SMARTER children will deliver a tour de force that will move the people in the audience. They have been working hard and are excited to give their best performance, so we encourage everyone to attend the event.” – Wardatul Ramzuna, one of the students behind Team ALICE.

“Members of the public are invited to see the feature show on Saturday, 22nd September at 7PM. For this event, we made the initiative to go paperless ticket by implementing e-ticketing system, sold at: $35, $45, $65, and $80. Please visit the website or simply contact +673 7141411 or visit our official Instagram page @autismwonderland for further information and update.” – Khairuddin Khalid, another member of Team ALICE.

The Sunday, 23rd September matinee at 2PM is exclusively for Year 10 and Lower Sixth Form students from selected schools.

The project is supported by numerous local companies such as Standard Chartered, BIBD, Mashhor Group of Companies, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Dotroot Technologies, Othman and Associates Consulting Engineers, Thomson Furniture, Printmartz Advertising.

 

The Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is working hand-in-hand with the Society for the Management of Autism-Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) to organise a charity musical performance on September 22nd and 23rd. The show, entitled “Looking Through the Autism Wonderland”, is the [...]

ALICE

The Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is working hand-in-hand with the Society for the Management of Autism-Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) to organise a charity musical performance on September 22nd and 23rd.

The show, entitled “Looking Through the Autism Wonderland”, is the 5th concert produced by SMARTER and is set to be held at the International Convention Centre, Berakas. The main cast comprises SMARTER children and youths with autism in an exciting adaptation of the classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The collaboration between IHS and SMARTER is the first of its kind and is a project conceived by Team ALICE (Appreciating the Lives of Individuals With Autism and Celebrating their Excellence), a group of 3rd year medical students, as part of a community outreach Special Study Module. It aims to enhance autism awareness in the Sultanate as well as to generate funds of up to $100,000 for the continuity of SMARTER.

The same group of students has so far succeeded in raising nearly $1,700 from donations and garage sales in a bid to fund the upcoming theatre event.

“We are confident that the SMARTER children will deliver a tour de force that will move the people in the audience. They have been working hard and are excited to give their best performance, so we encourage everyone to attend the event.” – Wardatul Ramzuna, one of the students behind Team ALICE.

“Members of the public are invited to see the feature show on Saturday, 22nd September at 7PM. For this event, we made the initiative to go paperless ticket by implementing e-ticketing system, sold at: $35, $45, $65, and $80. Please visit the website or simply contact +673 7141411 or visit our official Instagram page @autismwonderland for further information and update.” – Khairuddin Khalid, another member of Team ALICE.

The Sunday, 23rd September matinee at 2PM is exclusively for Year 10 and Lower Sixth Form students from selected schools.

The project is supported by numerous local companies such as Standard Chartered, BIBD, Mashhor Group of Companies, Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Dotroot Technologies, Othman and Associates Consulting Engineers, Thomson Furniture, Printmartz Advertising.

 

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