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Following up on the success of the seventh­ generation Golf, the new Golf R is powered by a newly designed 280 bhp TSI engine, which is 24 bhp stronger but more than 15 percent more fuel efficient than that in the previous model.

Like all three previous Golf R models, the new model also transfers its turbocharged  engine power to the road via a permanent all-wheel drive system; in this case, it is the latest version of the 4MOTION system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.

Delivering pure dynamic performance are a newly configured sport suspension system (body height lowered by 20 mm), the new progressive steering system and ‘ESC Sport’ -which can now be fully deactivated for driving on a race track. Also standard is the further developed DCC dynamic chassis control system with the driving profile selector that features a new Race mode.

The Golf R completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 5.0 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Despite the car’s exceptionally agile driving performance and extra power, fuel consumption has been reduced from 8.4 to 7.1/100km. C02 emissions were also improved from 195 to 164 g/km.

The new Golf R is equipped with an extensive package of customised and exclusive features. Along with specially designed bumpers, side sills and18-inch alloy wheels, the car can also be visually distinguished  as an impressive sports model by details such as bi-xenon headlights with newly designed LED daytime running lights (in dual-u design), dark red LED rear lights and a two-branch exhaust system with four chrome tailpipes.

Inside, the Golf R underlines its position as the flagship of the model range with sport seats in Vienna leather upholstery, a leather trimmed three-spoke  sport steering wheel, a 320 km/h speedometer, blue ambience lighting, and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen. [click to continue…]


CF11 another success… apart from the venue

14 January 2013

Brunei‘s biggest and longest-running consumer expo, the Consumer Fair (CF), closed with a high yesterday with thousands of visitors flocking there over the last week to check out the products on offer and to capitalize on the great deals as well. I dropped by over the weekend to check it out and found the venue […]

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SMSS Peter Pan Musical Wows Crowd

26 November 2012

An audience of 4,000, amongst them proud parents and family members of students from Seri Mulia Sarjana School (SMSS), witnessed the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1953 cartoon classic, Peter Pan The Musical. The three-hour evening spectacle was held in conjunction with the school’s 20th anniversary celebration at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. The well-known and much […]

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Toyota PriusC Bonza Test Weekend

29 October 2012

I’ve always wondered what it’s like to drive one of those eco-friendly hybrid golf-carts cars which have become the butt of many a petrol-head joke. Does it really drive like a golf-cart? Will it be pedestrian in power and speed delivery? Well, last weekend, I had my questions answered via an extended test-drive of the […]

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Grazie Mauri!

10 December 2010

Dropped by my buddy Mauri’s joint in Gadong last night to try out his carbonara promo. I was not disappointed. Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish based on eggs, pecorino cheese, bacon (locally we use beef bacon) and black pepper. I think many people prefer carbonara to bolognaise, which is a tomato based sauce and […]

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18 November 2010

Couple of weeks ago, fellow blogger Haji Suhardi from was among the first in Asia to test drive the new 2012 Nissan GT-R R35 on normal roads and race track in Sendai Highland Raceway located north of Tokyo. Along with him were other motoring journalists including from Top Gear. The undisclosed event was by […]

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A night at Yen Sushi

14 June 2010

After the “inda berapa” experience at Yo! Sushi in Leicester earlier this year, I resigned myself to the fact that I would be sushi deprived for the duration of my stay in Leicester. But last weekend, a new sushi bar opened and it served up some pretty good sushi. So the karaoke gang and I […]

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Yo! Sushi? Inda brapa yo!

28 January 2010

The Bruneian gang in Leicester and I descended upon Yo! Sushi in the city cos they were offering 40% off which kind of makes the sushi experience in UK slightly more reasonable cost-wise. Having been spoilt silly by the availability and quality of sushi at a truly reasonable price in Brunei, I must say, I […]

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Banyak2 kayu, kayu apa yang dapat dimakan?

22 January 2010

This came in the mail today From my buddy Aidy in Surrey Aidy is an entrepreneur. He sells kayupuk by mail in UK. How cool is that?

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Chevening So Far…

13 January 2010

This article appeared in the Brunei Times today. Here’s the “director’s cut” if you will heheh 😉 I’d like to express my thanks to all at FCO, BHC and British Council for all the help and support thus far! It has been over a year but it feels like just yesterday that I applied for […]

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Steamboat @ Rizqun Coffee House

2 January 2010
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Jom Makan Sop Gearbox!

31 December 2009

Looking forward to this!! Today’s post is brought to you by my mystery guest blogger and all pics are by guest photog Badi of Jazz Inc. Having dined at The Rizqun International Hotel Coffee House only once ever since it opened, I was pretty enthusiastic about joining Anakbrunei to sample their latest promotions which will […]

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A night at the Singapore Table

29 December 2009
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Testing Blogo for Mac

27 December 2009

Am reluctantly testing a desktop blogging client for Mac called Blogo. The updated software now supports all major blogging platforms like Typepad, Blogger, WordPress, Typo, Movable Type, Drupal, Expression Engine (support just added), and even micro-blogging on Twitter. So far I’m not impressed. Spoilt by Livewriter…

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AB Goes Walkabout: Stapleford Park

15 October 2009

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting one of England’s finest countryside resorts, Stapleford Park. What a lovely place to spend a weekend or two in! Thanks S for letting me roam freely around the establishment. I really enjoyed myself 🙂 Secluded in the heart of some of England’s most picturesque and enjoyable […]

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The one with the farewells

16 September 2009

Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page] Finally went to Charcoal for their well-known skewer buffet when some ex-colleagues threw me a farewell sungkai bash last weekend. As usual, Charcoal did not disappoint 🙂

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Ambuyat Beguring sama Nasi Guring Belutak?

8 September 2009

And the winners for the Rizqun Coffeehouse Sungkai Vouchers today, 8th September 2009 are:   Serira Bakri*  and Liza Taib CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy your sungkai at the Rizqun Coffeehouse! Last night the gang and I had sungkai at a newly opened joint called Jade Crystal Kopitiam and Cafe. Its neatly tucked in between blocks of […]

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The Sheraton at Sungkai

5 September 2009

And the winners for today, 5th September 2009 are: ADeena H Mahadi and Saiful Kamaluddin CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy your sungkai at the Rizqun Coffeehouse! Pics from Sheraton Utama Hotel’s special media invitation for their ‘Jom Berbuka at Sheraton’ Ramadhan Sungkai Buffet at their Tasek Brasserie restaurant. From Borneo Bulletin: The buffet featured a vast array […]

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Sungkai Buffet at Cheezbox

4 September 2009

And the winners for today, 4th September 2009 are: Erdie Hassan and Mejot Izzah CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy your sungkai at the Rizqun Coffeehouse! Here’s the scenario: Imagine a 5 year old kid walks into a candy shop, and was told he can HAVE EVERYTHING he sees… Now imagine you, after fasting the whole day, walks […]

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Sungkai Buffet at Saffron

2 September 2009

And the winners for today, 2nd September 2009 are: ‘Faizal Alauddin and Dannie Basrah CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy your sungkai at the Rizqun Coffeehouse! An urgent note from a friend. Pls help if you can: Hello friends I am appealing on behalf of RIPAS for blood platelets donors to come forward.  As of this afternoon (1st […]

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The Laguna Dua Experience

29 August 2009

The power of web 2.0 LagunaDua is a place which I have been hearing a lot of good things about, especially from my buddy, the deputy envoy. Couple of nights ago, I finally managed to pay them a visit. The place is located next to the now closed Sri Patek Brasserie, near the X-Ray place […]

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The one about close-up filters

15 August 2009

Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page] Totally lovin this new track from NKOTB! Have an AWESOME weekend! Picked up my set of Hoya Close-up filters last weekend and tested them at JC Membari hijap? I found +4 to […]

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A Nite at Nur Wanita

5 August 2009

Interesting excerpt from the menu at Nur Wanita that tells it all 🙂 The staple of Thai cuisine, Tom Yam Goong Crispy kang kong is AWESOME! Die die must try!

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Fancy some Cottage Grills?

23 July 2009

  BRIDEX2009 is recruiting the following temporary staff: Exhibition hostess Secretary Interpreter Translator Minimum qualifications: A-levels 2 years working experience Good communications skills Pleasant and friendly character Interested candidates can contact Dk Noradinahayati Pg Hj Shahminan or Teety Yana Hj Simpol at 2383718 or email [email protected] before 31st July 2009. Please visit our website […]

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The CheezBox Session

11 July 2009

Cheezebox, as the name suggests, is pretty well-known for its wonderful cheese cakes. Yesterday, they unveiled a whole bunch of additions to their selection of cheesecakes and other treats to the media. Food pornography in session The star attraction for me… Chocolate and Banana cake. A thick layer of chocolate cream with fresh sliced bananas […]

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A G1, an N97, and an iPhone 3GS walk into a room…

3 July 2009

Since getting the HTC G1 Android Phone, I’ve been comparing it with the likes of the Nokia N97 and most recently the iPhone 3GS with interesting results. Here are the pics: Widgets on N97? G1 oso got QWERTY on N97? G1 oso got Which Dialpad more sexy? G1 loaded App Marketplace oredi… N97 still waiting… […]

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Lok Lok and Apam Balik Anyone?

10 June 2009

Last night, fellow foodies and I checked out the buffet at the OGH. The Penang Hawker Food Promotion is happening at the Orchid Garden Hotel till this Sunday 14th June. If you haven’t tried it, its well worth trying! Especially for the  lovely Lok Lok, and the superb apam-balik, which  was, in DJ Hani’s words, […]

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Fancy some Schubert, Debussy or Tchaikovsky?

3 June 2009

AL FATIHAH HAJI AMER HAIRUNUDDIN PEHIN DATO ZAKARIA Semoga Allah memberikan keampunan dan rohnya di cucuri rahmat.. Amin.. Amin.. Amin.. Update – First night is a full house Tickets for the violin recital by the British violinist, Sebastian See-Schierenberg have been sold out. By popular demand, the violinist has agreed to play for the second […]

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The Kang Comfortzone Experience

1 June 2009

After the bowling fiasco of last weekend, I was in dire need of a good massage. There’s this place called Kang Comfortzone which I always pass by on the way out of Batu Bersurat but never dropped by. So on Saturday, I decided to give it a try. Tucked away near the corner shop lot […]

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The Big Shootout!

21 May 2009

Have YOU applied? Click here to find out more! After starting off on the wrong footing by buying my camera bodies from parallel importers, I took the step of going “legit” with the local distributor for Canon, Interhouse, and bought an EOS40D from them two years ago. Since then, it has been Interhouse all the […]

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Sushi’ing at Regent Square Kiulap

13 May 2009

Lindsay Fox talk at Central Lecture Theatre, Room 1.17 4pm, Thursday, 14th May 2009. He is such a charismatic speaker with a great sense of humour. Now that’s a rarity coming from a billionaire. Highly recommended by RA. Excapade has just opened their 6th outlet at Regent Square this week. Fellow foodies Maurina, Liza, Marul, […]

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Drobo – The storage robot

12 May 2009

2010-2011 Fulbright Scholarship Now open for applications. Click here to find out more. Last weekend, AV Electronics launched Drobo, the first fully automated storage robot from Data Robotics Inc. It is designed to ensure that data is always protected, storage capacity is unlimited and it is exceptionally easy to expand. Exclusively available only at AV […]

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Priscilla Bites!

8 May 2009

“My Recipe Book” auction update: Bidding for the above special signed (AND FRAMED) edition of the book as of 5pm 7th May stands at B$1,086.00! If you wish to beat this bid, you can text da gangsta at 8677773 and place your bid and your name. Let’s do this for a good cause! A couple […]

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Frangipani – Opening Soon!

30 April 2009

Frangipani is a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical Americas which spread to all tropical areas of the world. Its is known as "Kembang Kamboja" in Indonesia, "Temple Tree" or "Champa" in India, "Calachuchi" in the Philippines, "Araliya" or "Pansal Mal" in Sri Lanka, "Champey" in Cambodia, "Champa" in Laos, "Hoa […]

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The 19th hole at the Empire

24 April 2009

Lunch yesterday was at the newly launched upscale clubhouse restaurant at The Empire Country Club, called Bunker Bistro. The restaurant is themed with classic and the nostalgic feel of golf which surrounds the room from the staff’s uniform to the centerpiece figurines on each table. A dining venue that overlooks the putting green, South China […]

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Shoot Like A Pro!

21 April 2009

Dear family and friends, Just to let you know that as the ko chung season is approaching, my mum is currently making these yummies again with the following different fillings available: Chicken, chinese mushroom, water chestnut and dried prawn $1 each Beef and bamboo shoot $1 each 5 types of nuts $0.50 each If you’d […]

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That time when the drain collapsed…

14 April 2009

Searching for that Lexus. A woman was killed in a hit-and-run case yesterday. According to the Royal Brunei Police Force, the accident took place along the Muara/Tutong Expressway near the Nakhoda Ragam Vocational School in Lambak Kanan around 9.15am. The police said the 47-year-old New Zealand national was cycling along the expressway heading towards the […]

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AB Goes Walkabout: M’sia Megafam F1 Raceday!

7 April 2009

Here’s a taste of the F1 action on Sunday 🙂 The road leading to Sepang was JAMMED! An example of excellent branding… The CROWD! We had Jade tickets Da gangsta & Yoong making a run for the starting grid. Unfortunately they missed it by a minute…

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AB Goes Walkabout: M’sia Megafam Medical Tourism

6 April 2009

Prince Court Medical Centre, which has received an international accreditation, expects to ride on medical tourism for growth following interests from overseas patients in quality healthcare services in Malaysia. The Joint Commission International (JCI) is an authority on healthcare responsible for accrediting organisations which illustrate and practise high standards of medical care. Through its collaboration […]

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AB goes walkabout: Tourism M’sia Megafam Day Two

3 April 2009

Day two’s program included visits to the Islamic Arts Museum and the Selangor Pewter factory, ending with a Megafam seminar at the Istana Hotel. Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia No pics allowed inside, but the museum contains a large collection of Islamic art not only from Iran and the middle east, but also China, India and […]

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