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During the recent ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, the Australian Government announced the one-off Australia Awards ASEAN Scholarships. Fifty prestigious Australia Awards ASEAN Scholarships will be offered to citizens of ASEAN countries, to undertake postgraduate (Masters-level) study in Australia starting in 2019. Five Scholarships will be offered to citizens of Brunei. The Scholarships build on, and strengthen, [...]

During the recent ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, the Australian Government announced the one-off Australia Awards ASEAN Scholarships.

Fifty prestigious Australia Awards ASEAN Scholarships will be offered to citizens of ASEAN countries, to undertake postgraduate (Masters-level) study in Australia starting in 2019. Five Scholarships will be offered to citizens of Brunei. The Scholarships build on, and strengthen, Australia’s ties with ASEAN, by offering fifty emerging leaders an opportunity to study at one of Australia’s world-class institutions. Applications close on 30 April 2018.

Further information on the Scholarships can be found at www.bruneidarussalam.embassy.gov.au

During the recent ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, the Australian Government announced the one-off Australia Awards ASEAN Scholarships.

Fifty prestigious Australia Awards ASEAN Scholarships will be offered to citizens of ASEAN countries, to undertake postgraduate (Masters-level) study in Australia starting in 2019. Five Scholarships will be offered to citizens of Brunei. The Scholarships build on, and strengthen, Australia’s ties with ASEAN, by offering fifty emerging leaders an opportunity to study at one of Australia’s world-class institutions. Applications close on 30 April 2018.

Further information on the Scholarships can be found at www.bruneidarussalam.embassy.gov.au

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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.

Pic from Borneo Bulletin

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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Ok so this is a little post which I was working on for a local publication but never did get to finish for one reason or another. Its supposed to chronicle my car audio journey from back in the day up to the present day. It’s incomplete but I’m open to comments and input from [...]

Ok so this is a little post which I was working on for a local publication but never did get to finish for one reason or another. Its supposed to chronicle my car audio journey from back in the day up to the present day. It’s incomplete but I’m open to comments and input from those who went through the same good times!

Here goes:

In the 80’s, I was first exposed to car audio systems in the 80’s, the good old says of tricked up Celicas, Corollas, Coronas and Carinas with their lowered suspensions (often achieved not by replacing the coils and shocks but via this dubious method called “potong spring”) and fat 13 or 14 inch rims better known as “Apache”. I fondly remember many a time riding in the cars of older cousins or friends and bobbing up and down to the disco beats of Donna Summer or rocking to the sound of Iron Maiden.

Rim 13 inchi ragat yo

Pioneer Lapan Lapan

Back in those days, the head unit of choice was the Pioneer KP-88G or better known as “Lapan-lapan” paired with a pair of 2 or 3-ways and of course, a pair of tweeters mounted on the A-pillars. That completed the audio requirement for a bonafide swag ride. You would drive around with windows down and the sounds of Boney-M or Scorpions not so much booming but hissing from your car (Lacis-lacis nya orang, hahah).

In the 90’s, as I entered driving age, car audio systems like the Pioneer 88’s began to disappear and in their place, swanky new European systems from the likes of Blaupunkt became dujour. The blue dot could be found in many a car, including my parents’ Volvo 760 wagon and my sister’s BMW 320i. The head unit was naturally coupled with a “Cobra” neck equalizer, which made for a rather futuristic looking setup.

Blaupunkt with gooseneck equalizer

Coming soon…

  • Mitsubishi Pajero and the speaker tong story
  • Nissan Patrol and the ultimate boombox
  • My Mitsubishi Wagon and the Alpine setup

  • Falcon and the Rockford Fosgate system

2000’s

  • Closely followed but no longer interested
  • Mazda and the Kenwood plus little sub
  • Downhill from there…

Ok so this is a little post which I was working on for a local publication but never did get to finish for one reason or another. Its supposed to chronicle my car audio journey from back in the day up to the present day. It’s incomplete but I’m open to comments and input from those who went through the same good times!

Here goes:

In the 80’s, I was first exposed to car audio systems in the 80’s, the good old says of tricked up Celicas, Corollas, Coronas and Carinas with their lowered suspensions (often achieved not by replacing the coils and shocks but via this dubious method called “potong spring”) and fat 13 or 14 inch rims better known as “Apache”. I fondly remember many a time riding in the cars of older cousins or friends and bobbing up and down to the disco beats of Donna Summer or rocking to the sound of Iron Maiden.

Rim 13 inchi ragat yo

Pioneer Lapan Lapan

Back in those days, the head unit of choice was the Pioneer KP-88G or better known as “Lapan-lapan” paired with a pair of 2 or 3-ways and of course, a pair of tweeters mounted on the A-pillars. That completed the audio requirement for a bonafide swag ride. You would drive around with windows down and the sounds of Boney-M or Scorpions not so much booming but hissing from your car (Lacis-lacis nya orang, hahah).

In the 90’s, as I entered driving age, car audio systems like the Pioneer 88’s began to disappear and in their place, swanky new European systems from the likes of Blaupunkt became dujour. The blue dot could be found in many a car, including my parents’ Volvo 760 wagon and my sister’s BMW 320i. The head unit was naturally coupled with a “Cobra” neck equalizer, which made for a rather futuristic looking setup.

Blaupunkt with gooseneck equalizer

Coming soon…

  • Mitsubishi Pajero and the speaker tong story
  • Nissan Patrol and the ultimate boombox
  • My Mitsubishi Wagon and the Alpine setup

  • Falcon and the Rockford Fosgate system

2000’s

  • Closely followed but no longer interested
  • Mazda and the Kenwood plus little sub
  • Downhill from there…

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His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ’Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and His Excellency Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore jointly launched new $50 notes in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between Brunei [...]

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ’Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and His Excellency Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore jointly launched new $50 notes in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore today, 12 Syawal 1438 corresponding to 5 July 2017, in a ceremony held at the Istana, Singapore.

The limited edition $50 polymer notes with the theme “Flourishing Growth” are issued by both Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

The Brunei Darussalam and Singapore $50 commemorative notes feature the same design elements and layout and is predominantly gold in colour to signify the golden jubilee. The 50th Anniversary logo of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement is a key feature on the front of the note. It shows a unifying flower motif comprising of a prominent flower found in Brunei Darussalam and Singapore’s national flower, the Simpur and the Vanda Miss Joaquim respectively, in full bloom. This and the radiating flower petals symbolises the flourishing growth friendship between the two nations.

A unique element in the note is the see-through, colour-shifting window security feature that depicts Brunei Darussalam’s Istana Nurul Iman and Singapore’s Istana. A portrait of His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is shown on the Brunei Darussalam note, while the Singapore note features a portrait of Singapore’s first President, Mr Yusof bin Ishak.

The back design of the note portrays the close collaboration between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore in the areas of defence, education and tourism. The bilateral defence cooperation is depicted by military personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Singapore Armed Forces in their ceremonial uniforms. Collaboration in education is represented by students from both countries engaging in cross-cultural learning and exchange of ideas. Brunei Darussalam’s Ulu Temburong National Park, the “Green Jewel of Brunei” and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are also featured, signifying the importance of the Agreement in facilitating tourism between the two countries.

The general public can start purchasing these sets from 2pm on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, while the coffee table book will be available on Friday, 7th July 2017, on a “first-come-first served” basis for as long as stock lasts at AMBD Currency Gallery Gift Shop, BCMB Building, MOF Complex, Commonwealth Drive, Jalan Kebangsaan.

AMBD and MAS will also be issuing commemorative notes, in which the general public can exchange for both the Brunei $50 and Singapore $50 notes. Each set will be accompanied by a complimentary folder to commemorate the occasion, and is available from branches of Baiduri Bank, Bank of China, Hong Kong (BOCHK), BIBD, Maybank, RHB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, UOB, and Perbadanan TAIB from Friday, 7 July 2017 onwards.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ’Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, and His Excellency Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore jointly launched new $50 notes in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore today, 12 Syawal 1438 corresponding to 5 July 2017, in a ceremony held at the Istana, Singapore.

The limited edition $50 polymer notes with the theme “Flourishing Growth” are issued by both Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

The Brunei Darussalam and Singapore $50 commemorative notes feature the same design elements and layout and is predominantly gold in colour to signify the golden jubilee. The 50th Anniversary logo of the Currency Interchangeability Agreement is a key feature on the front of the note. It shows a unifying flower motif comprising of a prominent flower found in Brunei Darussalam and Singapore’s national flower, the Simpur and the Vanda Miss Joaquim respectively, in full bloom. This and the radiating flower petals symbolises the flourishing growth friendship between the two nations.

A unique element in the note is the see-through, colour-shifting window security feature that depicts Brunei Darussalam’s Istana Nurul Iman and Singapore’s Istana. A portrait of His Majesty Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is shown on the Brunei Darussalam note, while the Singapore note features a portrait of Singapore’s first President, Mr Yusof bin Ishak.

The back design of the note portrays the close collaboration between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore in the areas of defence, education and tourism. The bilateral defence cooperation is depicted by military personnel from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces and the Singapore Armed Forces in their ceremonial uniforms. Collaboration in education is represented by students from both countries engaging in cross-cultural learning and exchange of ideas. Brunei Darussalam’s Ulu Temburong National Park, the “Green Jewel of Brunei” and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are also featured, signifying the importance of the Agreement in facilitating tourism between the two countries.

The general public can start purchasing these sets from 2pm on Wednesday, 5 July 2017, while the coffee table book will be available on Friday, 7th July 2017, on a “first-come-first served” basis for as long as stock lasts at AMBD Currency Gallery Gift Shop, BCMB Building, MOF Complex, Commonwealth Drive, Jalan Kebangsaan.

AMBD and MAS will also be issuing commemorative notes, in which the general public can exchange for both the Brunei $50 and Singapore $50 notes. Each set will be accompanied by a complimentary folder to commemorate the occasion, and is available from branches of Baiduri Bank, Bank of China, Hong Kong (BOCHK), BIBD, Maybank, RHB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, UOB, and Perbadanan TAIB from Friday, 7 July 2017 onwards.

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WHAT IS IT? An open-air market style event, featuring pop-up local vendors and food trucks to observe Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. As part of Earth Hour, one hour between 8.30pm to 9.30pm, the lights will be switched off, to shine a light on climate action. Date: 25th March 2017 [...]

WHAT IS IT?

An open-air market style event, featuring pop-up local vendors and food trucks to observe Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

As part of Earth Hour, one hour between 8.30pm to 9.30pm, the lights will be switched off, to shine a light on climate action.

Date: 25th March 2017
Time: 4pm to 10pm
Proposed Venue: Royal Wharf, Bandar Seri Begawan

EVENT PROGRAMME

4:00pm – Event starts
8:30pm – Lights out
9:30pm – Lights on
10:00pm – End of event

LOCAL VENDORS PARTICIPATING

WHAT IS IT?

An open-air market style event, featuring pop-up local vendors and food trucks to observe Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.

As part of Earth Hour, one hour between 8.30pm to 9.30pm, the lights will be switched off, to shine a light on climate action.

Date: 25th March 2017
Time: 4pm to 10pm
Proposed Venue: Royal Wharf, Bandar Seri Begawan

EVENT PROGRAMME

4:00pm – Event starts
8:30pm – Lights out
9:30pm – Lights on
10:00pm – End of event

LOCAL VENDORS PARTICIPATING

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