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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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The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) in collaboration with Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) is proud to introduce the BGC iUsahawan programme, to support the iUsahawan initiative, an entrepreneurship development initiative to support our young Bruneian SMEs to start, own and grow their own business. The programme is also part of BGC’s [...]

The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) in collaboration with Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) is proud to introduce the BGC iUsahawan programme, to support the iUsahawan initiative, an entrepreneurship development initiative to support our young Bruneian SMEs to start, own and grow their own business. The programme is also part of BGC’s Social Investment initiative.

Participants will be required to go through a Training (Start-Up Accelerator) Programme and will be invited to a competitive tender exercise For selected contracts. Successful participants will be awarded a 3-year contract, with potential extensions and experienced mentors throughout the contract period.

This invitation is open to:

  • Rakyat Jati Business Owners or Entrepreneurs aged between 18-40 years old
  • No prior contract with Government or Government—Linked Companies (GLCS)
  • Business areas: Cleaning Services, Event Management and Transportation Services.

BGC invites all eligible entrepreneurs to attend a dialogue on the following date:

Date: Friday, 17th August 2018
Registration: 09:00 hrs
Time: 09:30 – 11:30 hrs
Venue: Abadi Training Room, BGC Office, Bangunan Lim Kah Sik, Jalan Jerudong

For more information and to register your interest to join the dialogue, please contact BGC at 7290898 or via email to [email protected] by Wednesday, 15th August 2018.

The Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) in collaboration with Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) is proud to introduce the BGC iUsahawan programme, to support the iUsahawan initiative, an entrepreneurship development initiative to support our young Bruneian SMEs to start, own and grow their own business. The programme is also part of BGC’s Social Investment initiative.

Participants will be required to go through a Training (Start-Up Accelerator) Programme and will be invited to a competitive tender exercise For selected contracts. Successful participants will be awarded a 3-year contract, with potential extensions and experienced mentors throughout the contract period.

This invitation is open to:

  • Rakyat Jati Business Owners or Entrepreneurs aged between 18-40 years old
  • No prior contract with Government or Government—Linked Companies (GLCS)
  • Business areas: Cleaning Services, Event Management and Transportation Services.

BGC invites all eligible entrepreneurs to attend a dialogue on the following date:

Date: Friday, 17th August 2018
Registration: 09:00 hrs
Time: 09:30 – 11:30 hrs
Venue: Abadi Training Room, BGC Office, Bangunan Lim Kah Sik, Jalan Jerudong

For more information and to register your interest to join the dialogue, please contact BGC at 7290898 or via email to [email protected] by Wednesday, 15th August 2018.

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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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From Borneo Bulletin: A PRESS conference and signing ceremony for the upcoming TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018 was held at the D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd office in Beribi yesterday. Attending the event were representatives from Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Cyber Games, Sigma Cyberspace, Netcom Computer House, HyperX, Concepts Computer and Feezy Beanbag Company. Signing on behalf [...]

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A PRESS conference and signing ceremony for the upcoming TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018 was held at the D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd office in Beribi yesterday.

Attending the event were representatives from Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Cyber Games, Sigma Cyberspace, Netcom Computer House, HyperX, Concepts Computer and Feezy Beanbag Company.

Signing on behalf of D’Sunlit was its Business Development Manager Gavin Chai and InfoCom Federation Brunei (IFB) Chairman Sheikh Haji Abas bin Sheikh Mohammad.

Representatives of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and event supporters in a group photo. – BAHYIAH BAKIR

The tournament is expected to be among the main highlights of the Brunei Technology (TechXpo) 2018 from August 16-19 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, with D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd as the event organiser and Sigma Cyberspace as the event manager.

The previous Cyber Games Tournament, held together with TechXpo 2015, was a huge success as it was one of the biggest cyber-gaming tournaments in Brunei Darussalam.

Gamers can expect this year’s TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018 to be even bigger and better, with a record prize pool of BND15,000 worth of cash prizes to be won across seven games: the PC games – CS:GO, League of Legends and DOTA 2; console games – Tekken 7 and FIFA 18; and mobile games – Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival.

All the games are open to gamers from Sabah, Sarawak, and Brunei, except for the CS:GO, which is only open to Brunei citizens and residents.

The main champion of the CS:GO will walk away with a cash prize of BND2,088, while the first and second runner-up winners will receive the respective cash prizes of BND1,288 and BND888.

In DOTA 2, the prizes are BND988 for the champion, BND588 for first runner-up, and BND388 for second runner-up.

For League of Legends, the champion will walk home with BND1,388, the first runner-up with BND888, and second runner-up with BND588.

The champion of FIFA 18 will win BND488 in cash, with BND388 for the first runner-up and BND288 for the second runner-up.

In Tekken 7, the champion will walk away with the cash prize of BND488, first runner-up with BND388, and second runner-up BND288.

In the mobile games category, the Mobile Legend champion will win BND800, first runner-up BND600, and second runner-up BND400.

For Rules of Survival, the champion will win BND1,000 and 10,000 Diamonds, the first runner-up BND500 and 5,000 Diamonds, and the second runner-up BND250 and 2,000 Diamonds.

Third to fifth-ranked winners of Rules of Survival will be awarded with 1,000 Diamonds, while those in sixth to 10th place will get 500 Diamonds.

Themed ‘Innovative Technology For All’, this year’s TechXpo 2018 is organised by IFB, a non-profit organisation that serves as the voice of Brunei Darussalam’s Information and Communication Technology industry.

From Borneo Bulletin:

A PRESS conference and signing ceremony for the upcoming TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018 was held at the D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd office in Beribi yesterday.

Attending the event were representatives from Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Cyber Games, Sigma Cyberspace, Netcom Computer House, HyperX, Concepts Computer and Feezy Beanbag Company.

Signing on behalf of D’Sunlit was its Business Development Manager Gavin Chai and InfoCom Federation Brunei (IFB) Chairman Sheikh Haji Abas bin Sheikh Mohammad.

Representatives of D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd and event supporters in a group photo. – BAHYIAH BAKIR

The tournament is expected to be among the main highlights of the Brunei Technology (TechXpo) 2018 from August 16-19 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas, with D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd as the event organiser and Sigma Cyberspace as the event manager.

The previous Cyber Games Tournament, held together with TechXpo 2015, was a huge success as it was one of the biggest cyber-gaming tournaments in Brunei Darussalam.

Gamers can expect this year’s TechXpo Cyber Games Tournament 2018 to be even bigger and better, with a record prize pool of BND15,000 worth of cash prizes to be won across seven games: the PC games – CS:GO, League of Legends and DOTA 2; console games – Tekken 7 and FIFA 18; and mobile games – Mobile Legends and Rules of Survival.

All the games are open to gamers from Sabah, Sarawak, and Brunei, except for the CS:GO, which is only open to Brunei citizens and residents.

The main champion of the CS:GO will walk away with a cash prize of BND2,088, while the first and second runner-up winners will receive the respective cash prizes of BND1,288 and BND888.

In DOTA 2, the prizes are BND988 for the champion, BND588 for first runner-up, and BND388 for second runner-up.

For League of Legends, the champion will walk home with BND1,388, the first runner-up with BND888, and second runner-up with BND588.

The champion of FIFA 18 will win BND488 in cash, with BND388 for the first runner-up and BND288 for the second runner-up.

In Tekken 7, the champion will walk away with the cash prize of BND488, first runner-up with BND388, and second runner-up BND288.

In the mobile games category, the Mobile Legend champion will win BND800, first runner-up BND600, and second runner-up BND400.

For Rules of Survival, the champion will win BND1,000 and 10,000 Diamonds, the first runner-up BND500 and 5,000 Diamonds, and the second runner-up BND250 and 2,000 Diamonds.

Third to fifth-ranked winners of Rules of Survival will be awarded with 1,000 Diamonds, while those in sixth to 10th place will get 500 Diamonds.

Themed ‘Innovative Technology For All’, this year’s TechXpo 2018 is organised by IFB, a non-profit organisation that serves as the voice of Brunei Darussalam’s Information and Communication Technology industry.

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TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) earlier this week further strengthened its foundation for Local Business Development (LBD) growth within its scope of services reflecting in the company’s vendor policy that aims to see more Bruneian engagement within the country’s field of telecommunications. In a series of signing ceremonies that took place over the course of two [...]

TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) earlier this week further strengthened its foundation for Local Business Development (LBD) growth within its scope of services reflecting in the company’s vendor policy that aims to see more Bruneian engagement within the country’s field of telecommunications.

In a series of signing ceremonies that took place over the course of two days at the company’s headquarters in the capital, TelBru formally inked agreements with several identified local contractors responsible for phone and broadband connections.

Signing on behalf of the company was David Holliday, CEO of TelBru, who expressed his appreciation for the cooperation rendered by these contractors, emphasizing that these partnerships are important for the customers who expect professional services. He also highlighted that teamwork will be necessary to ensure Bruneians countrywide reap the benefits of TelBru’s services.

The agreements stipulate priorities for local recruitment within their respective organisations under Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) specified by the company as part of their contractual requirement.

CEO of TelBru with one of the local contractors

The measures are to ensure that TelBru continues its intensive programme to bring high speed fibre broadband to citizens and businesses in Brunei. This move aims to assure that those contracted by the company provides equal employment opportunities to qualified Bruneians regardless of rank or designation as part of TelBru’s responsibility towards the development of not just human resource but also local communities throughout the country.

The development and growth of these local contractors are further supported by continuous training that will be provided by TelBru throughout the year as further assurance that they are provided with the skills to guarantee success in their partnership with TelBru as well as shortening the connectivity waiting time for TelBru’s customers.

Of the total number of contractors, eight were initially serving as sub-contractors and the decision to elevate their classification is to guarantee that they, too, are given equal access to TelBru related projects.

This consideration places these smaller companies on equal footing with their counterparts, further strengthened by uniform contractor rates predetermined by TelBru set in place to generate healthy competition.

By standardizing these rates, the contractors will need to hone in on their service delivery to better ensure that quality remains consistent should they wish to remain part of the company’s connectivity expansion as TelBru continues its rollout of fibre connectivity nationwide. The contract will run for the next 12 months with the possibility of two yearly renewals if they are able to adhere to the company’s requirements.

At the end of the first year, Brunei can expect more local faces equipped with suitable training and knowledge to service broadband connectivity.

TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) earlier this week further strengthened its foundation for Local Business Development (LBD) growth within its scope of services reflecting in the company’s vendor policy that aims to see more Bruneian engagement within the country’s field of telecommunications.

In a series of signing ceremonies that took place over the course of two days at the company’s headquarters in the capital, TelBru formally inked agreements with several identified local contractors responsible for phone and broadband connections.

Signing on behalf of the company was David Holliday, CEO of TelBru, who expressed his appreciation for the cooperation rendered by these contractors, emphasizing that these partnerships are important for the customers who expect professional services. He also highlighted that teamwork will be necessary to ensure Bruneians countrywide reap the benefits of TelBru’s services.

The agreements stipulate priorities for local recruitment within their respective organisations under Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) specified by the company as part of their contractual requirement.

CEO of TelBru with one of the local contractors

The measures are to ensure that TelBru continues its intensive programme to bring high speed fibre broadband to citizens and businesses in Brunei. This move aims to assure that those contracted by the company provides equal employment opportunities to qualified Bruneians regardless of rank or designation as part of TelBru’s responsibility towards the development of not just human resource but also local communities throughout the country.

The development and growth of these local contractors are further supported by continuous training that will be provided by TelBru throughout the year as further assurance that they are provided with the skills to guarantee success in their partnership with TelBru as well as shortening the connectivity waiting time for TelBru’s customers.

Of the total number of contractors, eight were initially serving as sub-contractors and the decision to elevate their classification is to guarantee that they, too, are given equal access to TelBru related projects.

This consideration places these smaller companies on equal footing with their counterparts, further strengthened by uniform contractor rates predetermined by TelBru set in place to generate healthy competition.

By standardizing these rates, the contractors will need to hone in on their service delivery to better ensure that quality remains consistent should they wish to remain part of the company’s connectivity expansion as TelBru continues its rollout of fibre connectivity nationwide. The contract will run for the next 12 months with the possibility of two yearly renewals if they are able to adhere to the company’s requirements.

At the end of the first year, Brunei can expect more local faces equipped with suitable training and knowledge to service broadband connectivity.

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The Brunei contingents to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 comprising of students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) today joined over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, to compete in this year’s competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in [...]

Brunei teams successfully passed safety and technical inspection

The Brunei contingents to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 comprising of students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) today joined over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, to compete in this year’s competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore held from 8th-11th March 2018. Brunei’s participation to the event is greatly supported by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) through UBD, UTB and PB.

Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It challenges engineering, design, science and technology students to design, build and drive the world’s most energy-efficient vehicle.

This year, the Brunei teams will be participating in one category which is the Prototype category – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles.

Following a very intensive safety and technical inspection check held three days ago, all three proudly Brunei self-built vehicles by the students made it through with flying colours, ready to race the track.

Politeknik Brunei – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Team Politeknik Brunei’s “Yakin 2” went through four attempts out of the standard allowed which was five before the final day. The third attempt was their best record for today’s race at 117km/kWh. On seat driving “Yakin 2” at the race track was Nurul Ramizah Binti Ramlee.

UBD – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Gendeavour’37 driven by Fatin Amanina binti Awang Haji Abd Azis from Team UBD completed the nine laps and finishing strong with an efficiency of 116km/kWh. Despite the challenges faced during the first attempt, the team was even more than ready to rise up to the challenge to beat the odds. Keeping the spirits high and looking forward to winning, the focus now is to work harder and push their limits to achieve better.

UTB – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Meanwhile, UTB’s Pahlawan III.X has been scheduled to race in the finals joining the other two Brunei teams against the vehicles from the similar category that will be driven by Hamiz ‘Abdulhadi bin Haji Osman.

To follow the journey of the teams, you can follow their Instagram accounts @ubdsem, @utb.sem and @polybrusem

Brunei teams successfully passed safety and technical inspection

The Brunei contingents to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 comprising of students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) today joined over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, to compete in this year’s competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore held from 8th-11th March 2018. Brunei’s participation to the event is greatly supported by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) through UBD, UTB and PB.

Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It challenges engineering, design, science and technology students to design, build and drive the world’s most energy-efficient vehicle.

This year, the Brunei teams will be participating in one category which is the Prototype category – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles.

Following a very intensive safety and technical inspection check held three days ago, all three proudly Brunei self-built vehicles by the students made it through with flying colours, ready to race the track.

Politeknik Brunei – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Team Politeknik Brunei’s “Yakin 2” went through four attempts out of the standard allowed which was five before the final day. The third attempt was their best record for today’s race at 117km/kWh. On seat driving “Yakin 2” at the race track was Nurul Ramizah Binti Ramlee.

UBD – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Gendeavour’37 driven by Fatin Amanina binti Awang Haji Abd Azis from Team UBD completed the nine laps and finishing strong with an efficiency of 116km/kWh. Despite the challenges faced during the first attempt, the team was even more than ready to rise up to the challenge to beat the odds. Keeping the spirits high and looking forward to winning, the focus now is to work harder and push their limits to achieve better.

UTB – (Photo Credit – Shaun Tay – AP Images for Shell)

Meanwhile, UTB’s Pahlawan III.X has been scheduled to race in the finals joining the other two Brunei teams against the vehicles from the similar category that will be driven by Hamiz ‘Abdulhadi bin Haji Osman.

To follow the journey of the teams, you can follow their Instagram accounts @ubdsem, @utb.sem and @polybrusem

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – [...]

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Iqbal Damit is the founder of ‘Hand4handbn,’ an organisation providing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with food and donations. After raising over $15,000 for the organisation, Iqbal bought over 1,000 food packs and travelled to Balukhali refugee camp to distribute this food and other essential items. He distributed these packs, as well as thousands of items donated by other charities, to Rohingya refugees across the region, winning a National Youth Award in 2016 for his volunteer work.

Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The award for Iqbal Damit will be presented on 27th February by Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner in Brunei.

Iqbal Damit said: “I am honoured and extremely humbled to be accepting this award. To be honest, I never saw this coming. What started off as something that I like to do, that is to travel and to help people, to then be given an award and recognition by Her Majesty The Queen and the selection team for something that I really enjoy doing gives me great honour. I would like to dedicate this award to the people that I have given assistance to. This is because they are the ones who have helped me instead. They have helped me to appreciate what I have and also be thankful with what I have. Until today, the assistance and aid that I have delivered in all my projects and charity work have taught me and reminded me daily to appreciate life better and to see beyond my own shoes and learn to walk in theirs.”

Richard Lindsay, UK High Commissioner in Brunei said: “On behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am delighted to present Iqbal Damit with a Commonwealth Point of Light Award, in recognition of his service in providing humanitarian relief for Rohingya refugees. Through his work, Iqbal has demonstrated great compassion for fellow Muslims, and is a great role model for other young people across the Commonwealth.

There will be 52 Commonwealth Points of Light awarded – one from each nation in the Commonwealth. Iqbal is already an inspiration to others in Brunei, and will now inspire others across the whole of the Commonwealth.”

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The Heads of Government meeting will bring together leaders from all the 52 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people. Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today, 27th February 2018, recognised Iqbal Damit, of Brunei as the 19th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his work mobilising Bruneian contributions for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.

By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.

Iqbal Damit is the founder of ‘Hand4handbn,’ an organisation providing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with food and donations. After raising over $15,000 for the organisation, Iqbal bought over 1,000 food packs and travelled to Balukhali refugee camp to distribute this food and other essential items. He distributed these packs, as well as thousands of items donated by other charities, to Rohingya refugees across the region, winning a National Youth Award in 2016 for his volunteer work.

Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. The award for Iqbal Damit will be presented on 27th February by Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner in Brunei.

Iqbal Damit said: “I am honoured and extremely humbled to be accepting this award. To be honest, I never saw this coming. What started off as something that I like to do, that is to travel and to help people, to then be given an award and recognition by Her Majesty The Queen and the selection team for something that I really enjoy doing gives me great honour. I would like to dedicate this award to the people that I have given assistance to. This is because they are the ones who have helped me instead. They have helped me to appreciate what I have and also be thankful with what I have. Until today, the assistance and aid that I have delivered in all my projects and charity work have taught me and reminded me daily to appreciate life better and to see beyond my own shoes and learn to walk in theirs.”

Richard Lindsay, UK High Commissioner in Brunei said: “On behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I am delighted to present Iqbal Damit with a Commonwealth Point of Light Award, in recognition of his service in providing humanitarian relief for Rohingya refugees. Through his work, Iqbal has demonstrated great compassion for fellow Muslims, and is a great role model for other young people across the Commonwealth.

There will be 52 Commonwealth Points of Light awarded – one from each nation in the Commonwealth. Iqbal is already an inspiration to others in Brunei, and will now inspire others across the whole of the Commonwealth.”

The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 52 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace. The Heads of Government meeting will bring together leaders from all the 52 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people. Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way.

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In a prize presentation event hosted at Baiduri Bank Head Office in Kiarong yesterday, 8 Baiduri Visa cardmembers walked away with a holiday of their dreams. The winners were shortlisted from thousands of entries who participated in the Baiduri Bank “A Card That Shows You a Different Perspective” promotional campaign, in collaboration with Visa, held [...]

In a prize presentation event hosted at Baiduri Bank Head Office in Kiarong yesterday, 8 Baiduri Visa cardmembers walked away with a holiday of their dreams.

The winners were shortlisted from thousands of entries who participated in the Baiduri Bank “A Card That Shows You a Different Perspective” promotional campaign, in collaboration with Visa, held between 9th August to the 30th November 2017. During the promotion period, Baiduri Visa cardmembers who use their Baiduri Visa Credit or Debit Cards when they shop receive up to 3x lucky draw chances for every BND100 they spent.

Presenting the prizes to the winners was Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Haji Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network at Baiduri Bank who commented, “We are always finding ways to reward our customers as they enjoy the benefits of having Baiduri Visa Credit or Debit cards. We are looking forward to roll out many more promotions this year.”

At the prize presentation, the grand prize winners Madam Lim Mah Suee @ Lim Mah Sui, Dr. Shariful Islam and Mr Ku Eng Sin walked away with a curated trip for 2 to Paris, Maldives and Tokyo respectively. Furthermore, Madam Tan Soo Tiew, Mr Koh Han Kuang, Mr Muhammad Arzeeq Syazwanuddin, Ms Lee Chooi Ngoh and Ms Yap Wei Ming won 2x return air tickets to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Bali and Singapore respectively.

The Baiduri Visa Credit and Debit Card comes 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 visit 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, like the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page or follow @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

In a prize presentation event hosted at Baiduri Bank Head Office in Kiarong yesterday, 8 Baiduri Visa cardmembers walked away with a holiday of their dreams.

The winners were shortlisted from thousands of entries who participated in the Baiduri Bank “A Card That Shows You a Different Perspective” promotional campaign, in collaboration with Visa, held between 9th August to the 30th November 2017. During the promotion period, Baiduri Visa cardmembers who use their Baiduri Visa Credit or Debit Cards when they shop receive up to 3x lucky draw chances for every BND100 they spent.

Presenting the prizes to the winners was Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Haji Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network at Baiduri Bank who commented, “We are always finding ways to reward our customers as they enjoy the benefits of having Baiduri Visa Credit or Debit cards. We are looking forward to roll out many more promotions this year.”

At the prize presentation, the grand prize winners Madam Lim Mah Suee @ Lim Mah Sui, Dr. Shariful Islam and Mr Ku Eng Sin walked away with a curated trip for 2 to Paris, Maldives and Tokyo respectively. Furthermore, Madam Tan Soo Tiew, Mr Koh Han Kuang, Mr Muhammad Arzeeq Syazwanuddin, Ms Lee Chooi Ngoh and Ms Yap Wei Ming won 2x return air tickets to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Jakarta, Bali and Singapore respectively.

The Baiduri Visa Credit and Debit Card comes 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 visit 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, like the official Baiduri Bank Group Facebook page or follow @baiduribank on Instagram and Twitter.

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The Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism is pleased to announce the Brunei Gastronomy Week which will be held for the second time from the 23rd February to the 11th March 2018. This is an annual event initiated by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and the Brunei Tourism [...]

The Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism is pleased to announce the Brunei Gastronomy Week which will be held for the second time from the 23rd February to the 11th March 2018. This is an annual event initiated by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and the Brunei Tourism Board. Brunei Gastronomy Week is organized in conjunction with the 34th National Day celebrations where the Ministry will be collaborating with several hotels and restaurants in Brunei Darussalam including Airlines, Association of Travel Agents, Brunei Association of Hotels, Hospitality Schools and other private sectors. The target audience predominantly consists of local as well as international visitors who are currently in the country.

The objective of the event is to celebrate Brunei and create an awareness on the Bruneian Cuisine; to encourage more hotels and restaurants to serve the Bruneian cuisines in a more sophisticated way; to further improve on the taste and elevate the presentation of Bruneian dishes to be served as part of a fine dining experience or at receptions held within or outside the country; to provide a unique Bruneian gastronomical experience to visitors within or outside Brunei.

The highlight of the Brunei Gastronomy week this year would be foods wrapped in banana (or other) leaves. Banana leaves used for cooking, wrapping and food-serving in a wide range of cuisines in tropical and subtropical areas. It adds a nice aroma to the food and improves the taste of some foods. Bruneian cuisines which are typically wrapped in banana leaves are such as Pais Daging, Pais Udang, Pais Ikan and others. They are either grilled, barbecued, steamed, or oven cooked finished. In addition, during the Brunei Gastronomy Week also encourages ethnic groups of Brunei in all 4 districts to take the opportunity to showcase their local ethnic cuisine.

The Tourism Development Department is inviting restaurants and hotels that are interested in participating in the Brunei Gastronomy Week to register by the 1st February 2018 at [email protected] or contact 238 2931 for further details

The Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism is pleased to announce the Brunei Gastronomy Week which will be held for the second time from the 23rd February to the 11th March 2018. This is an annual event initiated by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and the Brunei Tourism Board. Brunei Gastronomy Week is organized in conjunction with the 34th National Day celebrations where the Ministry will be collaborating with several hotels and restaurants in Brunei Darussalam including Airlines, Association of Travel Agents, Brunei Association of Hotels, Hospitality Schools and other private sectors. The target audience predominantly consists of local as well as international visitors who are currently in the country.

The objective of the event is to celebrate Brunei and create an awareness on the Bruneian Cuisine; to encourage more hotels and restaurants to serve the Bruneian cuisines in a more sophisticated way; to further improve on the taste and elevate the presentation of Bruneian dishes to be served as part of a fine dining experience or at receptions held within or outside the country; to provide a unique Bruneian gastronomical experience to visitors within or outside Brunei.

The highlight of the Brunei Gastronomy week this year would be foods wrapped in banana (or other) leaves. Banana leaves used for cooking, wrapping and food-serving in a wide range of cuisines in tropical and subtropical areas. It adds a nice aroma to the food and improves the taste of some foods. Bruneian cuisines which are typically wrapped in banana leaves are such as Pais Daging, Pais Udang, Pais Ikan and others. They are either grilled, barbecued, steamed, or oven cooked finished. In addition, during the Brunei Gastronomy Week also encourages ethnic groups of Brunei in all 4 districts to take the opportunity to showcase their local ethnic cuisine.

The Tourism Development Department is inviting restaurants and hotels that are interested in participating in the Brunei Gastronomy Week to register by the 1st February 2018 at [email protected] or contact 238 2931 for further details

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