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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Kipling, has launched the Art of Travel promotion where Baiduri cardholders enjoy a discount of BND199 when they purchase a Kipling trolley bag with their Baiduri Credit Cards. The promotion is available at Kipling outlets in Latifuddin Complex in Tungku Link, The Mall Gadong as well as in the Brunei [...]

Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Kipling, has launched the Art of Travel promotion where Baiduri cardholders enjoy a discount of BND199 when they purchase a Kipling trolley bag with their Baiduri Credit Cards.

The promotion is available at Kipling outlets in Latifuddin Complex in Tungku Link, The Mall Gadong as well as in the Brunei International Airport.

The promotion period lasts for two months beginning on the 1 August 2018 and ends on 31 October 2018.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn 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.

The full terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals.

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.

Baiduri Bank, in collaboration with Kipling, has launched the Art of Travel promotion where Baiduri cardholders enjoy a discount of BND199 when they purchase a Kipling trolley bag with their Baiduri Credit Cards.

The promotion is available at Kipling outlets in Latifuddin Complex in Tungku Link, The Mall Gadong as well as in the Brunei International Airport.

The promotion period lasts for two months beginning on the 1 August 2018 and ends on 31 October 2018.

Terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn 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.

The full terms and conditions of the promotion can be viewed on Baiduri Bank website at www.baiduri.com.bn under the Promotions section, or on the Baiduri Bank mobile app – Baiduri Deals.

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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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 [...]

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.

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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Assalamu’alaikum folks. One of the things that truly makes me proud is when a fellow anakbrunei makes a name for themself abroad. Today I am pleased to feature a young lady from Brunei Darussalam who has become the first from the country to work in the film music industry in the US. Aisyah Zulkarnain graduated from [...]

Assalamu’alaikum folks. One of the things that truly makes me proud is when a fellow anakbrunei makes a name for themself abroad. Today I am pleased to feature a young lady from Brunei Darussalam who has become the first from the country to work in the film music industry in the US.

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Aisyah Zulkarnain graduated from the University of Rochester, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Minor in Studio Arts. With a huge passion for scoring for visual media, she has composed and produced soundtracks for films ranging from 2D/3D animation to live-action, and fiction narrative to experimental. She currently works with composer, Bryce Jacobs, in Los Angeles, CA.

She was kind enough to do an online interview with me and this is what she had to say:

1. What exactly does a technical score engineer do?

Whether it be arranging, recording audio, or prepping sessions for final deliveries, a technical score engineer has many responsibilities. They work closely with the composer in order to realize the vision for the score. Scoring for visual media today relies heavily on modern technology and software that the technical score engineer utilizes in the production of the music.

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2. What do you think were your childhood influencers that led you to have a passion for music, specifically film music?

I grew up in a very musical family – my dad plays the guitar and my mum plays the piano, so watching them practice made me enthusiastic about music from a young age. My siblings and I enrolled in classes at Expression Music and people were convinced we were going to turn into a family band, as five of us took up a different instrument each (piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, and vocals). I was first interested in music performance and would always participate in vocal/band competitions and talent shows at the International School Brunei. I love telling a story and find joy in creating an emotional experience for the audience, so performing on stage was my outlet for that. It wasn’t until my final year of high school that I discovered I wanted to pursue film music. Our Spanish class was watching Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth during our last week of school, and I felt an instant connection with the soundtrack. The music moved me so much that I thought to myself, this is the kind of musical storytelling I want to pursue!

3. I know of a few Bruneians who have graduated with music related degrees from Berkley etc. But they have all ended up back in Brunei but in unrelated jobs, primarily because the industry in Brunei was too small to put food on the table. This was many years ago, of course. What do you think has changed if any, and how do you think the industry can grow?

I think what’s changed is the mentality of pursuing a music career. Like you mentioned in your question, many times people tell us that a music career is not stable, especially in a place like Brunei where the industry is small. This instills fear and makes people wary about wanting to pursue music. Growing up, I had many people tell me that I would have no scope or future if I were to pursue music. However, and I do believe this is apparent with other creative careers too, people nowadays are taking more risks in Brunei. They aren’t afraid of taking a chance anymore and are saying more of, “I am doing this” instead of “I wish I was doing this”. I see a lot of aspiring filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, and actors in Brunei creating a lot of content on a daily basis, and it makes me so proud to see that the mentality towards a creative career has taken a positive and proactive turn.

4. Do you think that technology has progressed to the point that it doesn’t matter where you are based, you can still come up with great compositions collaborating with musicians dispersed geographically?

Absolutely! Technology nowadays has advanced to the point where composers, musicians, producers and engineers can collaborate remotely – even in real time! Skype is one of our best friends in this industry, and we can also use source connect to synchronize a session between two locations no matter how far away. For example, you could be writing music in Los Angeles, send your MIDI to an orchestrator in London, and record the orchestra for the piece in Vienna! This kind of process is very common in music studios here. There are also people who opt to compose, produce and record in one location, but having the flexibility to collaborate with people from other locations is a nice benefit of technology today.

5. Will you also be producing any non-film music in the future?

As of now, my passion is in film music but I am also open to opportunities to create music of any form. The opportunities within the industry can be unexpected at times, so who knows where my experiences may lead me!

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I plan to continue working in the film music industry in Los Angeles, and am excited to see what comes next!

Assalamu’alaikum folks. One of the things that truly makes me proud is when a fellow anakbrunei makes a name for themself abroad. Today I am pleased to feature a young lady from Brunei Darussalam who has become the first from the country to work in the film music industry in the US.

IMG 2389

Aisyah Zulkarnain graduated from the University of Rochester, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a Minor in Studio Arts. With a huge passion for scoring for visual media, she has composed and produced soundtracks for films ranging from 2D/3D animation to live-action, and fiction narrative to experimental. She currently works with composer, Bryce Jacobs, in Los Angeles, CA.

She was kind enough to do an online interview with me and this is what she had to say:

1. What exactly does a technical score engineer do?

Whether it be arranging, recording audio, or prepping sessions for final deliveries, a technical score engineer has many responsibilities. They work closely with the composer in order to realize the vision for the score. Scoring for visual media today relies heavily on modern technology and software that the technical score engineer utilizes in the production of the music.

DSC 0727

2. What do you think were your childhood influencers that led you to have a passion for music, specifically film music?

I grew up in a very musical family – my dad plays the guitar and my mum plays the piano, so watching them practice made me enthusiastic about music from a young age. My siblings and I enrolled in classes at Expression Music and people were convinced we were going to turn into a family band, as five of us took up a different instrument each (piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, and vocals). I was first interested in music performance and would always participate in vocal/band competitions and talent shows at the International School Brunei. I love telling a story and find joy in creating an emotional experience for the audience, so performing on stage was my outlet for that. It wasn’t until my final year of high school that I discovered I wanted to pursue film music. Our Spanish class was watching Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth during our last week of school, and I felt an instant connection with the soundtrack. The music moved me so much that I thought to myself, this is the kind of musical storytelling I want to pursue!

3. I know of a few Bruneians who have graduated with music related degrees from Berkley etc. But they have all ended up back in Brunei but in unrelated jobs, primarily because the industry in Brunei was too small to put food on the table. This was many years ago, of course. What do you think has changed if any, and how do you think the industry can grow?

I think what’s changed is the mentality of pursuing a music career. Like you mentioned in your question, many times people tell us that a music career is not stable, especially in a place like Brunei where the industry is small. This instills fear and makes people wary about wanting to pursue music. Growing up, I had many people tell me that I would have no scope or future if I were to pursue music. However, and I do believe this is apparent with other creative careers too, people nowadays are taking more risks in Brunei. They aren’t afraid of taking a chance anymore and are saying more of, “I am doing this” instead of “I wish I was doing this”. I see a lot of aspiring filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, and actors in Brunei creating a lot of content on a daily basis, and it makes me so proud to see that the mentality towards a creative career has taken a positive and proactive turn.

4. Do you think that technology has progressed to the point that it doesn’t matter where you are based, you can still come up with great compositions collaborating with musicians dispersed geographically?

Absolutely! Technology nowadays has advanced to the point where composers, musicians, producers and engineers can collaborate remotely – even in real time! Skype is one of our best friends in this industry, and we can also use source connect to synchronize a session between two locations no matter how far away. For example, you could be writing music in Los Angeles, send your MIDI to an orchestrator in London, and record the orchestra for the piece in Vienna! This kind of process is very common in music studios here. There are also people who opt to compose, produce and record in one location, but having the flexibility to collaborate with people from other locations is a nice benefit of technology today.

5. Will you also be producing any non-film music in the future?

As of now, my passion is in film music but I am also open to opportunities to create music of any form. The opportunities within the industry can be unexpected at times, so who knows where my experiences may lead me!

6. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I plan to continue working in the film music industry in Los Angeles, and am excited to see what comes next!

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Baiduri Bank invited their Platinum and Infinite cardholders to an exclusive first look at the J Boxing by Jovian event today at The Empire Hotel and Country Club. “We are happy to support J Boxing by Jovian for the second consecutive year. Continually collaborating with innovative brands that align to our vision and values, we [...]

Baiduri Bank invited their Platinum and Infinite cardholders to an exclusive first look at the J Boxing by Jovian event today at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

“We are happy to support J Boxing by Jovian for the second consecutive year. Continually collaborating with innovative brands that align to our vision and values, we are always finding ways not only to reward our customers but also to provide them benefits in terms of exclusivity and experiences to complement their lifestyles.”, commented Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network in Baiduri Bank.

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Baiduri Bank invited their Platinum and Infinite cardholders to an exclusive first look at the J Boxing by Jovian event today at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

“We are happy to support J Boxing by Jovian for the second consecutive year. Continually collaborating with innovative brands that align to our vision and values, we are always finding ways not only to reward our customers but also to provide them benefits in terms of exclusivity and experiences to complement their lifestyles.”, commented Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Head of Retail Banking and Branch Network in Baiduri Bank.

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With just 1 day to go, the organisers and partners of the 23rd edition of the Baiduri Masters are busy at work putting together the final touches for the tournament. RBA Golf Club crewmembers have been working through the night grooming the golf course to provide an optimum playing surface which includes grass trimming to [...]

With just 1 day to go, the organisers and partners of the 23rd edition of the Baiduri Masters are busy at work putting together the final touches for the tournament.

RBA Golf Club crewmembers have been working through the night grooming the golf course to provide an optimum playing surface which includes grass trimming to remove any excess, green rolling to ensure a smooth putting surface and repairing any signs of turf stress and disease.

The event partner and sponsor of two hole-in-one prizes a Mini Cooper S Countryman and a BMW 740Li, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, as a show of support towards the Baiduri Masters, have also put in the work to decorate their cars with official Baiduri Masters livery.

Sivakumar Krishnan, General Manager for QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, said in a statement, “We have been the sponsor for the Baiduri Masters for well over a decade and as the official event partner for the Baiduri Masters, QAF Auto is proud to be the premium automobile partners for the hole-in-one cars these past few years. We have always aligned ourselves with being the premium automobile so the partnership with Baiduri Bank for the Baiduri Masters, the most prestigious golfing event in the country, is an apt one.”

The Baiduri Masters is set to take place over two weekends starting tomorrow, Friday 27 April until Sunday 29 April and the weekend starting Friday 4 May until Sunday 6 May. With limited slots available, those that are still interested in competing at Brunei’s largest and most prestigious annual golfing event are encouraged to register soon as slots are on a first-come first-served basis.

Those that haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a BND10 discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.

The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett. To be eligible for the Ladies Division, ladies must have a handicap of 36 and below and to be eligible for the Junior Division, junior golfers must be between 13 – 18 years old.

For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the RBA Golf Club at 8773612 during office hours.

With just 1 day to go, the organisers and partners of the 23rd edition of the Baiduri Masters are busy at work putting together the final touches for the tournament.

RBA Golf Club crewmembers have been working through the night grooming the golf course to provide an optimum playing surface which includes grass trimming to remove any excess, green rolling to ensure a smooth putting surface and repairing any signs of turf stress and disease.

The event partner and sponsor of two hole-in-one prizes a Mini Cooper S Countryman and a BMW 740Li, QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, as a show of support towards the Baiduri Masters, have also put in the work to decorate their cars with official Baiduri Masters livery.

Sivakumar Krishnan, General Manager for QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, said in a statement, “We have been the sponsor for the Baiduri Masters for well over a decade and as the official event partner for the Baiduri Masters, QAF Auto is proud to be the premium automobile partners for the hole-in-one cars these past few years. We have always aligned ourselves with being the premium automobile so the partnership with Baiduri Bank for the Baiduri Masters, the most prestigious golfing event in the country, is an apt one.”

The Baiduri Masters is set to take place over two weekends starting tomorrow, Friday 27 April until Sunday 29 April and the weekend starting Friday 4 May until Sunday 6 May. With limited slots available, those that are still interested in competing at Brunei’s largest and most prestigious annual golfing event are encouraged to register soon as slots are on a first-come first-served basis.

Those that haven’t registered for the tournament can still do so at the RBA Golf Club, First Floor, VIP Room. Participants are encouraged to play more than once to improve their chances of winning, and they will enjoy a BND10 discount on the registration fee on their subsequent rounds.

The Baiduri Masters tournament is divided into 4 divisions – Men’s, Group, Ladies and Junior. The Men’s division will be further divided into Men’s Gross, Men’s Nett and Senior Golfers Nett. To be eligible for the Ladies Division, ladies must have a handicap of 36 and below and to be eligible for the Junior Division, junior golfers must be between 13 – 18 years old.

For more details, the public can log onto the website www.baiduri.com or call the RBA Golf Club at 8773612 during office hours.

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On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa. The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. [...]

On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa.

The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. The speaker was Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT).

The workshop was attended by 30 participants comprised of UTB, IGS, Politeknik, LCB and several private companies. The workshop started with opening speech by Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT) to brief what Anak IT is all about and followed by safety briefing by the representative from TechOne Global.

The participants were taught the basic knowledge of cryptography which is categorized into 4, consisting of encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation.

On encoding, it was commonly used to transform data that can be properly consumed by any type of system. Examples of encoding are Base64, URL encoding, etc. On Encryption, participants were taught the difference between encoding and encryption. Where the difference is the goal of encryption is to ensure the data cannot be consumed by anyone other than the intended recipient. Examples of encryption are AES, 3DES, DES, etc. Meanwhile, for hashing, participants were taught that hashing is to take any input and produce a fixed-length string and it is a one way encryption. On obfuscation, participants were taught that it doesn’t securely hidden the source code but rather to add obstacle to the source code.

After the sharing session by the speaker on cryptography, the participants were given basic challenges on the subject intended.

To conclude the workshop, majority of the participants have acquired the basic understanding on cryptography which could benefit them for the upcoming capture the flag.

The workshop is supported by TechOne Global, ITPSS and BruCert.

On 21st April 2018, a local NGO, Anak IT, organised a workshop called “Cyber Security Workshop (I) – Cryptography” at the offices of Techone Global at K-Hub, Anggerek Desa.

The objectives for this workshop were to have the basic understanding of cryptography and the different types of cryptography such as encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation. The speaker was Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT).

The workshop was attended by 30 participants comprised of UTB, IGS, Politeknik, LCB and several private companies. The workshop started with opening speech by Mohd Zulfadly Haji Ismail (founder of Anak IT) to brief what Anak IT is all about and followed by safety briefing by the representative from TechOne Global.

The participants were taught the basic knowledge of cryptography which is categorized into 4, consisting of encoding, encryption, hashing and obfuscation.

On encoding, it was commonly used to transform data that can be properly consumed by any type of system. Examples of encoding are Base64, URL encoding, etc. On Encryption, participants were taught the difference between encoding and encryption. Where the difference is the goal of encryption is to ensure the data cannot be consumed by anyone other than the intended recipient. Examples of encryption are AES, 3DES, DES, etc. Meanwhile, for hashing, participants were taught that hashing is to take any input and produce a fixed-length string and it is a one way encryption. On obfuscation, participants were taught that it doesn’t securely hidden the source code but rather to add obstacle to the source code.

After the sharing session by the speaker on cryptography, the participants were given basic challenges on the subject intended.

To conclude the workshop, majority of the participants have acquired the basic understanding on cryptography which could benefit them for the upcoming capture the flag.

The workshop is supported by TechOne Global, ITPSS and BruCert.

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