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The grand opening of the first Starbucks in Brunei was officiated by Her Royal Highness Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah and the management of Berjaya Food Sdn Bhd and Starbucks at the bustling hub of the Mabohai Shopping Complex yesterday. More than 200 enthusiastic and excited Starbucks fans, including its 100 digital followers [...]

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The grand opening of the first Starbucks in Brunei was officiated by Her Royal Highness Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah and the management of Berjaya Food Sdn Bhd and Starbucks at the bustling hub of the Mabohai Shopping Complex yesterday.

More than 200 enthusiastic and excited Starbucks fans, including its 100 digital followers on Facebook and members of the media, gave a thunderous applause when the ribbon was cut on this historical day.

The launch also saw customers being among the first to own the limited edition Starbucks Brunei merchandises such as mugs, flasks and stationaries.

The first Brunei Starbucks store was designed to reflect Starbucks’ 43-year coffee heritage while embracing the Sultanate’s distinctive local traditions and culture.

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The main features in the magnificent space are the traditional coffee bar and ‘slow bar’ where customers can savour the taste of coffee made with the Pour-Over brewing method.

Patrons can gather at the communal table around the slow bar to chat over their choice cups of coffee prepared by the passionate Starbucks baristas.

The drinks selection range from the high quality Arabica coffee to the green tea frappucino.

Starbucks delicious pastries and cakes are also available on the menu to accompany the drinks.

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Managing Director of Starbucks Coffee Malaysia Sydney Quays said that the team is excited to open the first Starbucks store in Brunei and looks forward to being an integral part of the growing coffee culture in the country.Quays added that Starbucks aim to open more stores in key communities in Brunei and will respect the Sultanate’s distinctive culture and heritage.

So what can you expect from the Starbucks experience in Brunei?

It’s simple: enjoying great coffee by one of the world’s best specialty coffee roaster and server in an inviting and trendy space.

The Brunei Times

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The grand opening of the first Starbucks in Brunei was officiated by Her Royal Highness Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Hjh Zariah and the management of Berjaya Food Sdn Bhd and Starbucks at the bustling hub of the Mabohai Shopping Complex yesterday.

More than 200 enthusiastic and excited Starbucks fans, including its 100 digital followers on Facebook and members of the media, gave a thunderous applause when the ribbon was cut on this historical day.

The launch also saw customers being among the first to own the limited edition Starbucks Brunei merchandises such as mugs, flasks and stationaries.

The first Brunei Starbucks store was designed to reflect Starbucks’ 43-year coffee heritage while embracing the Sultanate’s distinctive local traditions and culture.

05-2014-02-17 19.26.49

The main features in the magnificent space are the traditional coffee bar and ‘slow bar’ where customers can savour the taste of coffee made with the Pour-Over brewing method.

Patrons can gather at the communal table around the slow bar to chat over their choice cups of coffee prepared by the passionate Starbucks baristas.

The drinks selection range from the high quality Arabica coffee to the green tea frappucino.

Starbucks delicious pastries and cakes are also available on the menu to accompany the drinks.

18-2014-02-16 09.52.56

Managing Director of Starbucks Coffee Malaysia Sydney Quays said that the team is excited to open the first Starbucks store in Brunei and looks forward to being an integral part of the growing coffee culture in the country.Quays added that Starbucks aim to open more stores in key communities in Brunei and will respect the Sultanate’s distinctive culture and heritage.

So what can you expect from the Starbucks experience in Brunei?

It’s simple: enjoying great coffee by one of the world’s best specialty coffee roaster and server in an inviting and trendy space.

The Brunei Times

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11-2014-02-16 09.58.25

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Despite the sudden downpour, the capital was abuzz with excitement yesterday as thousands of people gathered to celebrate His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam‘s 67th birthday in the Brunei-Muara District. The crowds stood unabated in a line, stretching from Taman Sir Muda Hj Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) to Lapau, when brief [...]

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Despite the sudden downpour, the capital was abuzz with excitement yesterday as thousands of people gathered to celebrate His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam‘s 67th birthday in the Brunei-Muara District.

The crowds stood unabated in a line, stretching from Taman Sir Muda Hj Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) to Lapau, when brief rainfall and gusty winds occurred following a colourful stage performance of music and dance.

His Majesty, joined by other members of the royal family, were unfazed by the weather as they mingled with the public during an ensuing meet-and-greet session at the event. For several hours, the monarch shook the hand of every man, woman, elder and child.

His Majesty arrived in the morning to a cheerful assembly of school children waving the national flag and the glittering bunga manggar.

The monarch was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

Three loud cheers of “Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik” (Long Live His Majesty) after the national anthem marked the start of the auspicious occasion.

Brunei-Muara District Officer Hj Jamain Momin, then delivered a welcoming speech, expressing gratitude for the presence of His Majesty and members of the royal family at the annual event.

As overcast began to loom, the celebration continued with the Borneo Cup Tug-of-War final and Brunei-Muara district’s special performance.

His Majesty presented trophies and prizes to the Borneo Cup Tug-of-War teams with Brunei coming in first place, followed by runner-ups Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak. Before retiring for a santap (banquet), the Monarch and Royal Family met the public.

Various gifts of all shapes and sizes were presented to His Majesty during the meet-and-greet session, including a number of grand cakes and framed pictures.

His Majesty’s 67th birthday celebration this year was postponed from July to observe the month of Ramadhan.

The Brunei Times

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Despite the sudden downpour, the capital was abuzz with excitement yesterday as thousands of people gathered to celebrate His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam‘s 67th birthday in the Brunei-Muara District.

The crowds stood unabated in a line, stretching from Taman Sir Muda Hj Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) to Lapau, when brief rainfall and gusty winds occurred following a colourful stage performance of music and dance.

His Majesty, joined by other members of the royal family, were unfazed by the weather as they mingled with the public during an ensuing meet-and-greet session at the event. For several hours, the monarch shook the hand of every man, woman, elder and child.

His Majesty arrived in the morning to a cheerful assembly of school children waving the national flag and the glittering bunga manggar.

The monarch was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Haji ‘Abdul ‘Azim, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Sufri Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Jefri Bolkiah.

Three loud cheers of “Daulat Kebawah Duli Tuan Patik” (Long Live His Majesty) after the national anthem marked the start of the auspicious occasion.

Brunei-Muara District Officer Hj Jamain Momin, then delivered a welcoming speech, expressing gratitude for the presence of His Majesty and members of the royal family at the annual event.

As overcast began to loom, the celebration continued with the Borneo Cup Tug-of-War final and Brunei-Muara district’s special performance.

His Majesty presented trophies and prizes to the Borneo Cup Tug-of-War teams with Brunei coming in first place, followed by runner-ups Labuan, Sabah and Sarawak. Before retiring for a santap (banquet), the Monarch and Royal Family met the public.

Various gifts of all shapes and sizes were presented to His Majesty during the meet-and-greet session, including a number of grand cakes and framed pictures.

His Majesty’s 67th birthday celebration this year was postponed from July to observe the month of Ramadhan.

The Brunei Times

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BANK Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD) yesterday launched a new banking experience and the rebranding of its corporate image which incorporates unique Bruneian values that signifies the Sultanate’s sovereignty and Islamic canvas. His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Deputy Sultan officiated at the launching ceremony which took place at the bank’s Kiulap Branch [...]

BANK Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD) yesterday launched a new banking experience and the rebranding of its corporate image which incorporates unique Bruneian values that signifies the Sultanate’s sovereignty and Islamic canvas.

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Deputy Sultan officiated at the launching ceremony which took place at the bank’s Kiulap Branch at Setia Kenangan Complex.

The introduction of the new brand “Bruneian At Heart” is one of the strategic efforts embarked upon under the bank’s transformation journey.

The emphasis of “Bruneian At Heart” brings out BIBD’s commitment to Bruneian aspirations and values, as well as its roots in Brunei and Islamic values.

The branch features a more refreshed ambience, a service focus and an enhanced banking experience.

“Because we are Bruneian at heart, you know the service that we provide to everyone not only over here but once we are actually international, is going to be very much the core of our philosophy,” said the bank’s managing director Javed Ahmad.

Speaking at a press conference held following the launching ceremony, he underlined the significance of the new brand for BIBD which is a fusion of four key unique Bruneian elements; the golden dome, the crescent room, the waterways of Brunei and the two hands in supplication which reflects the warm and intuitive relations that the bank has with Bruneians, and its values to the heritage of the nation.

The renovations associated with the rebranding will be applied to all other BIBD branches at least “within a year”, according to Consulus, the bank’s rebranding project consultant.

In an interview with The Brunei Times on Tuesday, the CEO of the Singapore-based company, Lawrence Chong said that BIBD now carries a “strong sense of Bruneian identity”.

According to him, the company “had to pay a lot of attention” to principles such as the Wawasan 2035 and the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept in order to stay true to BIBD’s identity as a Bruneianbank.

“The bank has a uniquely Bruneian design with a sense of modernity but not forgetting other values such as the family,” he said.

“Eventually this concept will be applied to the other branches. For now, the branches will go through a facelift for the logo.”

While BIBD’s transformation in terms of marketing, design and concept was orchestrated by Consulus, areas such as service and back office training are being done by other consultants.

Upon his arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Minister of Industry and Primary Resources cum Chairman of the Board of Directors for BIBD, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato SeriSetia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.

After launching the new banking experience, the Deputy Sultan toured the refurbished branch before ending his programme.

Also attending the event were cabinet ministers, senior government officials, patrons and partners as well as local stakeholders.

The Brunei Times

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BANK Islam Brunei Darussalam Berhad (BIBD) yesterday launched a new banking experience and the rebranding of its corporate image which incorporates unique Bruneian values that signifies the Sultanate’s sovereignty and Islamic canvas.

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Deputy Sultan officiated at the launching ceremony which took place at the bank’s Kiulap Branch at Setia Kenangan Complex.

The introduction of the new brand “Bruneian At Heart” is one of the strategic efforts embarked upon under the bank’s transformation journey.

The emphasis of “Bruneian At Heart” brings out BIBD’s commitment to Bruneian aspirations and values, as well as its roots in Brunei and Islamic values.

The branch features a more refreshed ambience, a service focus and an enhanced banking experience.

“Because we are Bruneian at heart, you know the service that we provide to everyone not only over here but once we are actually international, is going to be very much the core of our philosophy,” said the bank’s managing director Javed Ahmad.

Speaking at a press conference held following the launching ceremony, he underlined the significance of the new brand for BIBD which is a fusion of four key unique Bruneian elements; the golden dome, the crescent room, the waterways of Brunei and the two hands in supplication which reflects the warm and intuitive relations that the bank has with Bruneians, and its values to the heritage of the nation.

The renovations associated with the rebranding will be applied to all other BIBD branches at least “within a year”, according to Consulus, the bank’s rebranding project consultant.

In an interview with The Brunei Times on Tuesday, the CEO of the Singapore-based company, Lawrence Chong said that BIBD now carries a “strong sense of Bruneian identity”.

According to him, the company “had to pay a lot of attention” to principles such as the Wawasan 2035 and the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept in order to stay true to BIBD’s identity as a Bruneianbank.

“The bank has a uniquely Bruneian design with a sense of modernity but not forgetting other values such as the family,” he said.

“Eventually this concept will be applied to the other branches. For now, the branches will go through a facelift for the logo.”

While BIBD’s transformation in terms of marketing, design and concept was orchestrated by Consulus, areas such as service and back office training are being done by other consultants.

Upon his arrival, His Royal Highness was greeted by Minister of Industry and Primary Resources cum Chairman of the Board of Directors for BIBD, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato SeriSetia Hj Yahya Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar.

After launching the new banking experience, the Deputy Sultan toured the refurbished branch before ending his programme.

Also attending the event were cabinet ministers, senior government officials, patrons and partners as well as local stakeholders.

The Brunei Times

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This morning’s 25th National Day Celebrations at the stadium could not have gone any better! Weather was perfect (HOT but perfect!) and the crowd was HUGE! Hats off to the organizers and all those who were involved in making this Silver Jubilee National Day a great success! Now, excuse me while I go to sleep… [...]

This morning’s 25th National Day Celebrations at the stadium could not have gone any better! Weather was perfect (HOT but perfect!) and the crowd was HUGE! Hats off to the organizers and all those who were involved in making this Silver Jubilee National Day a great success! Now, excuse me while I go to sleep…

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HRH Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah was one of the UBD army cadets involved in the march past this morning. Easily my shot of the day 🙂

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Folks from Prime Minister’s Office including YAM PA Khairul Khalil

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Red, Gold, and Green Mon! Senior officials from Ministry of Communications

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SMARTER Dad with his kids

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MOFAT babes

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This morning’s 25th National Day Celebrations at the stadium could not have gone any better! Weather was perfect (HOT but perfect!) and the crowd was HUGE! Hats off to the organizers and all those who were involved in making this Silver Jubilee National Day a great success! Now, excuse me while I go to sleep…

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A flag is a powerful symbol of sovereignty

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HRH Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah was one of the UBD army cadets involved in the march past this morning. Easily my shot of the day 🙂

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Folks from Prime Minister’s Office including YAM PA Khairul Khalil

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Red, Gold, and Green Mon! Senior officials from Ministry of Communications

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SMARTER Dad with his kids

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MOFAT babes

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