Brunei


G4963892

BIBD, via its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, showed its full support for Asari Rashid to become the first Bruneian to participate in the Polar Circle Marathon. BIBD’s support for Asari was aimed to create and raise awareness for developing a community that cares, whilst playing its role as an integral and strong partner of the community.

This partnership is developed to encourage a positive influence and inspire other members of the community to support similar awareness raising efforts. Asari is an epileptic PhD student from Newcastle University, UK and a lecturer in Institut Teknologi Brunei. He is also the 1st Bruneian to run the Polar Circle Marathon, participating in the Polar Bear Challenge, which tested his ability to run both the marathon and a half-run within the two days of the competition.

Earlier before the Polar Circle Marathon, Asari mentioned, “I’ve had a lot of people telling me it’s difficult but this is something I really want to try.” Asari, clearly unfazed by the idea of the run, continued, “I was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009 with tendency of having seizures but it has never stopped me from doing what I love. I am also very thankful to BIBD for providing me with the opportunity to embark on my dream, as together we are able to show the world that everyone has the ability to succeed, regardless of their drawbacks.

PolarCircleMarathon2014 Y2Q7050

“I was inspired to take the feat in order to raise awareness of the needs of people with diseases and show that we are both resilient and determined not to let it become an obstacle in pursuing our dreams including achieving better education. Everyone needs education and it will start from their adolescence, children need to be given as much opportunity in life as possible.”

Asari is no stranger to long distance running, having trained with the Tyne Bridge Harriers running club, had already competed in numerous challenges including completed a Aviva Singapore Ironman 70.3, three marathons, and an Ultramarathon “The Wall” from Carlisle to Newcastle Gateshead, which saw him running 110km miles in an impressive 15hrs and 55mins. The Polar Circle Marathon included a classic 42.195km marathon and a half marathon.

The Marathon was held in the worst running conditions of under – 20°C in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland for two consecutive days. Starting at Kangerlussuaq, the run passes the endless ice and arctic tundra of Greenland, which makes up the glacial deposit landscapes and soundless arctic desert. Part of the route takes place on the 100,000-year-old ice sheet but the main part of the race is run on roads, mostly covered in snow that connects to the inland ice just north of the Polar Circle.

PolarCircleMarathon2014PolarCircleMarathon20140412

A similar effort for awareness, BIBD’s ALAF Programme (Advocating Life-Long Learning for An Aspiring Future), provides a similar avenue for all members of the public to support and provide assistance to underprivileged and orphaned students, through sponsorships of basic needs, educational items and welfare, as well as mentoring and counselling, so that the students can stay focused on their education and maximise their potential.

Through ALAF, BIBD hopes to lend its support to His Majesty’s 2035 vision of achieving a 100 per cent level of education and over time, reduce poverty in Brunei. To further support the aspiration of this program and to enable the deserving students to pursue their education and dreams, members of the public are welcome to provide contributions with a minimum of B$1.01 via the bank’s e-banking channels, BIBD Online, BIBD Mobile, or use any BIBD ATM machines.

The public can also use the standing instruction function in their accounts to provide a continuous donation stream into the ALAF account at 1018181811.

{ 0 comments }

The UK’s Chevening Scholarships 2015/16: A Network For Talented Bruneians

4 November 2014

The prestigious Chevening Scholarship Award for study in academic year 2014/2015, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), is currently open for applications from Brunei. Citizens and Permanent Residents of Brunei Darussalam are invited to apply, in order to pursue a one-year taught Masters qualification in the UK. British High Commissioner, H.E David […]

Read the full article →

That’s the Way Eia

22 October 2014

It’s not everyday you come across a National athlete turn singer-songwriter. Maria Grace Koh, 21, better known as her stage name ‘Eia’ is one of Brunei’s singer-songwriters and is best known for her catchy honest, heartfelt, fun and edgy original works reflected in a spectrum of genres such as Pop, Soul, R&B and a little […]

Read the full article →

Financial literacy – Students and Money

19 October 2014

Have you ever asked yourself… Why didn’t anyone teach me about saving and investing when I was young? Why don’t I understand the financial page of the paper? Why is it some people have money and others don’t? What am I missing? Well if you answered yes to any of the above, you are not […]

Read the full article →

Get Ready for Battle Royale 2014

16 October 2014

On Saturday October 18, 2014 and Sunday October 19, 2014 athletes from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Indonesia will gather at the Multipurpose Hall of the National Stadium for Battle Royale, hosted by GETFIT CrossFit. Brunei’s first CrossFit affiliate, GETFIT CrossFit, will be hosting 80 athletes from over 10 CrossFit affiliates at Battle Royale 2014. […]

Read the full article →

BIBD Celebrates Aidil Adha

8 October 2014

In light of the festive Aidil Adha celebrations, BIBD today held its annual Korban ceremony at the Sultan Sharif Ali Mosque in Sengkurong. The event was attended by Deputy State Mufti and Chariman of the BIBD Shariah Advisory Body, Yang Dimuliakan Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Setia Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaili bin […]

Read the full article →

Congratulations Teah! Chevening Scholar 2014-15

22 September 2014

On Monday 15 September 2014, the British High Commission hosted a farewell reception for Siti Nurfateha Abdullah who has been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship for the 2014–2015 session and will be pursuing her postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom this month. The farewell event was held at the Residence of the British High Commissioner […]

Read the full article →

Starbucks Brunei Opens First Drive-Through Store in Beribi

7 September 2014

Starbucks Brunei introduces a new drive-thru concept store in Beribi with convenience in mind. This new platform gives customers the option to enjoy their favourite coffee on the go, or at the store should they prefer to stretch their legs and relax. The grand launching of Starbucks Beribi Drive-Thru Store is a full-day affair which […]

Read the full article →

Fancy a shot of adrenalin? Try the new Golf R

7 August 2014

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 […]

Read the full article →

BIBD “Swipe For Rewards” Monthly Winners Feted

18 July 2014

BIBD today presented prizes for its first “Swipe for Rewards” monthly winners at the BIBD headquarters in the capital. The prizes were handed out to winners in the lucky draw and highest spender category. On hand to present the prizes was Caitlina bti Hj Haliluddin, BIBD marketing officer, who handed over cash prizes of BND200 […]

Read the full article →

BIBD Launches Perdana Privilege Banking Service

14 June 2014

BANK Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) yesterday introduced a new product range for its Perdana Privilege Banking service, offered to high networth customers. Previously known as the Perdana World Banking, the service offers exclusive products, bank facilities and services to clients who have a gross monthly income of $10,000, an investment of $100,000 or a total […]

Read the full article →

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

10 June 2014

The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime.  It is hard to document, let alone investigate.  Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control.  When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of […]

Read the full article →

Origins releases official international trailer for YASMINE

30 May 2014

Origin Films invited members of the media to Times Cineplex at Times Square for the launching of the official International trailer of the upcoming feature film, YASMINE. This much anticipated feature film, directed by Brunei’s very first female film director, Siti Kamaluddin, is slated for general release on the 21st of August this year. It […]

Read the full article →

Trash for Cash: The Green Apeel Recycling Drive

18 May 2014

Plastic, paper and scrap metals are being sought after especially now in the period between the 15th and the 25th of May. Why the urgent need for these waste materials? A group of civil servants called the Green Apeel are trying to get to the core of environmental issues as they try to attract the […]

Read the full article →

Brunei Infocomm Federation signs MOU with Korea Telco association

13 May 2014

THE InfoComm Federation of Brunei (IFB) will be collaborating with Korea Telecommunications Operators Association (KTOA) in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) for the next two years. The cooperation between the two countries was finalised in yeterday’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the MoU, both parties have agreed to cooperate […]

Read the full article →

TCY Motor Launches Audi A3 Sedan

5 May 2014

WITH the arrival of the A3 Sedan in Brunei, Audi enters the world’s largest market segment – the class of compact sedans. Going by the motto “lighter, faster, way ahead”, the new premium compact from Audi is lighter by 60 kilogrammes, credited to the Audi Ultra lightweight technology, making it faster (0-100 km/h) by 1.2 […]

Read the full article →

Catch the final few days of BIBD Home Showcase!

1 May 2014

The amazing and attractive opportunities only available at the BIBD Home Showcase at The Mall, Gadong, is now in its last three days, open daily from 10am to 10pm; except for Fridays from 2pm to 10pm. BIBD is offering home improvement structural renovation financing packages that are specifically designed for the National Housing Scheme. The […]

Read the full article →

Baroness Warsi Visits Brunei

20 April 2014

Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities at the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi had a number of public engagements to promote Islamic finance, education and training in the UK to relevant Bruneian individuals and academic institutions. The Minister also […]

Read the full article →

A French Exhibition in Brunei Darussalam

30 March 2014

Have a very French affair right here in Brunei! From the magnificent tourist destinations, unforgettable gastronomic experience to France’s industrial leadership, the French Embassy in Brunei Darussalam invites you to experience a taste of what France has to offer. “The exhibition, which will take place at Times Square Mall on April 5th, is an initiative […]

Read the full article →

Talian Darussalam 123 Launched

25 March 2014

COMPLAINTS on certain government agencies can now be made via a new hotline. The Talian Darussalam 123 was launched yesterday to handle complaints, queries and provision of information for non-emergency government services. The Talian Darussalam (Darussalam hotline) project, which commenced last September, consolidated four existing government hotlines into one dedicated service. These include the hotline […]

Read the full article →

Yasmine, Brunei’s First International Feature Film Set to Join Hong Kong and Cannes Film Festivals

18 March 2014

As one of the richest nations in South East Asia, and the fifth richest in the world according to Forbes, Brunei’s film industry is yet to be developed. With the advent of the first feature film in the modern era, YASMINE, directed by a young Bruneian woman, Siti Kamaluddin, Brunei is now venturing into the […]

Read the full article →

Brunei’s progress in diversification

3 March 2014

See on Scoop.it – Aspiring Outliers An infographic briefly showing Brunei’s progress towards diversification over the years. Although economic diversification has appeared several times in the National Development Plans, the progress of… See on open-letters-to-brunei.tumblr.com Like this:Like Loading…

Read the full article →

Burger King Opens in Brunei!

24 February 2014

Brunei Darussalam – February 24, 2014 – Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) is proud to announce the opening on Tuesday February 25, 2014 of one BURGER KING® restaurant in Brunei Darussalam by the brand’s new franchisee, Sinofood Express. “Establishing the BURGER KING® brand’s presence in Brunei exemplifies our commitment to strengthen our global restaurant […]

Read the full article →

Negaraku Brunei Darussalam – 30th National Day

23 February 2014

On the eve of our beloved country’s 30th National Day, I penned this in a rather melancholy state of mind but it sums up my hopes and aspirations for my beloved country moving forward… I love my country. Passionately. It used to be a land of tolerance and friendship. Of harmony between the different races. […]

Read the full article →

Royal Brunei Unveils New Uniforms for Crew

22 February 2014

ROYAL Brunei Airlines (RB) yesterday unveiled new “heritage-inspired” uniforms for its cabin crew, as the latest phase of the national carrier’s re-branding programme. The uniforms incorporated songket patterns for the female crew and Malay-style shirts for the males, among other features that reflected the re-branding programme’s aim “to share the unique culture of Brunei with […]

Read the full article →

Starbucks Opens its First Store in Brunei

16 February 2014

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 […]

Read the full article →

School level winners compete Dragon’s Den Style for National BUBA Award

12 February 2014

On Tuesday 11 February 2014, the school level winners of the BUBA Awards presented their business plan ideas at the British High Commission today in front of a panel of four judges in a Dragons’ Den style session. The theme for the 2013/2014 BUBA Awards is ‘Entrepreneurship.’ Seven sixth form schools took part in the […]

Read the full article →

BIBD Securities Holds Investors Seminar

18 January 2014

BIBD Securities, a wholly owned subsidiary of BIBD, hosted an Investors Seminar at the Indera Kayangan Hall at the The Empire Hotel & Country Club. At the event was Chairman of BIBD Securities and Managing Director of BIBD, Yang Mulia Javed Ahmad and Managing Director of BIBD Securities and Head of Institutional Banking, Yang Mulia […]

Read the full article →

2013 in retrospect…

1 January 2014

Wow, how quickly time flies. We’re about to say goodbye to 2013. Its been quite an eventful year for me.  Bittersweet to say the least… A lot of sweet moments which I am grateful for, alhamdulillah… the bitter moments I take as a lesson from above, alhamdulillah… Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead full […]

Read the full article →

BIBD Announces CE-ALAF 2013 Main Sponsors and Itinerary

19 November 2013

BIBD today announced Fajr Capital Limited as a Platinum Sponsor and Syarikat Takaful Brunei Darussalam and its subsidiaries and Silverlake Axis Sdn Bhd as Silver Sponsors for the upcoming BIBD CE-ALAF 2013 event. It was also announced that Royal Brunei (RB) would be sponsoring return air tickets for the competitive Half Marathon (21km) Bruneian Category […]

Read the full article →

BIBD opens new branch in Seria

14 November 2013

In further efforts to deliver a truly ‘Bruneian at Heart’ banking experience, BIBD today launched another branch, in line with the signature image that the bank has embraced. All BIBD patrons can now visit the new BIBD Panaga Branch, BIBD’s latest addition to its fleet of branches carrying its signature image, located at Unit 2 […]

Read the full article →

Guest Blog – Fatin’s Chevening Adventure

28 October 2013

Fatin Arifin is the recipient of the 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship in Brunei. She is currently studying MSc Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London. “You are provisionally selected as our Chevening candidate for 2013/14!” From receiving that email in the first week of May to leaving in September, everything in between was pretty […]

Read the full article →

Royal Brunei launches a Betterfly

13 October 2013

Royal Brunei Airline’s eight-year wait for its new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners ended with unbridled glamour and celebration in a grand ceremony last night which saw key stakeholders launching Royal Brunei’s first of five planned aircraft in a hangar just off the Brunei International Airport. YB Minister of Communications jointly launched the aircraft with […]

Read the full article →

BIBD Reveals CE ALAF T-Shirt

5 October 2013

BIBD today revealed the official T-shirt design that will be given to all registered participants of the CE-ALAF (Charity Expedition for Advocating Lifelong Learning for an Aspiring Future). The colour symbolizes BIBD new rebranding colours which are magenta and yellow. Participants who have completed their registration will receive their running T-shirts during the Race Entry […]

Read the full article →

Royal Brunei Airlines takes delivery of the first of five Dreamliners

4 October 2013

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) and Boeing have celebrated the delivery to the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei of the first B787 Dreamliner aircraft powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines. This important event also signaled the first delivery by Boeing of this aircraft into the South East Asia region. The brand new aircraft departed Paine […]

Read the full article →

His Majesty greets subjects in Brunei-Muara

30 September 2013

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 […]

Read the full article →

Gerai Perayaan Hari Keputeraan

25 September 2013

Sambutan Ulang Tahun Hari Keputeraan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam sememangnya dinanti-nantikan oleh rakyat dan penduduk di negara ini termasuk para peniaga. Ini memandangkan setiap kali tibanya musim perayaan bagi sambutan tersebut akan diadakan gerai-gerai perayaan bagi mereka yang berminat dalam bidang perniagaan sama ada […]

Read the full article →

His Majesty’s 67th Birthday Parade

15 September 2013

The 67th birthday celebrations of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam began with a grand parade at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the heart of the capital yesterday. Hundreds of students from various schools were seen early morning enthusiastically waving mini national flags lined up to welcome His […]

Read the full article →