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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.

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The grand launching of Starbucks Beribi Drive-Thru Store is a full-day affair which includes a carnival where activities such as balloon distribution, photo booth, coffee tasting and face-painting will be taking place. There will also be a merchandise fiesta where one can take the opportunity to purchase limited edition Starbucks merchandises and stand a chance to win prizes up to BND 500.

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The design concept of this store is Regional Modern featuring lots of woodwork (Semangkok – Tropical hardwood from Malaysia), and the wooden planks of this store are actually made using recycled pallet wood (crate). The store has an overall square feet (sq ft) of 6,329 sq ft and can seat approximately 185 people, indoor and outdoor seating combine.

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Starbucks opened its first store in Brunei on February 16, 2014 at one of the most popular shopping destinations in Brunei, Mabohai Shopping Complex located at Bandar Seri Begawan which is the center of Brunei’s commerce, finance and government. In many ways, it is also the heart of Brunei’s cultural landscape, housing some of the nation’s most revered landmarks. This Starbucks store has been designed to reflect Starbucks 43-year coffee heritage, while embracing the country’s distinctive local traditions and culture.

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Sydney Quays, Managing Director of Starbucks Malaysia and Brunei said: “In Brunei, we look forward to welcoming customers to our stores and engaging in single moments of connection over coffee. Starbucks locations are a community gathering place where people come together to connect over coffee and enjoy the Third Place experience. We look forward to offering the highest-quality arabica coffee, handcrafted beverages, locally relevant food, legendary service and the unique Starbucks Experience to customers in Brunei that is consistent with the quality and experience the Starbucks brand is known for and trusted by consumers across the globe.”

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Starbucks has built the brand by delivering a consistent, authentic in-store experience to customers around the globe. The Starbucks Experience is built on sourcing the highest quality arabica coffee, delivering high-quality product innovation and surprising and delighting customers with an uplifting experience through engaged, passionate and knowledgeable baristas. With 43-years of coffee heritage and expertise, Starbucks is the coffee leader globally and has built the brand on its passion and pursuit for the highest quality coffee.

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“Starbucks provides much more than just the best cup of coffee — we offer a community gathering place where people come together, connect with family and friends and celebrate the Bruneian local culture. Now with the opening of our drive-thru concept store, we hope customers will enjoy the convenience of coffee on the go.” says Sydney.

Brunei will be Starbucks 15th market in its China and Asia Pacific region and its 64th market globally.

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Over 5,000 Walk, Run And Cycle For Noble Cause

15 October 2012

A run for the education of underprivileged children in Brunei was held yesterday at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium, which was one of the biggest charity runs in Brunei this year. Charity runs in Brunei have had amazing responses and yesterday’s event saw more than 5,000 participants in BIBD’s fundraising event of the year, the […]

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Negaraku Brunei Darussalam – 28th National Day

23 February 2012

Brunei tanah air kita. Warisan berkurun lamanya Budaya Melayu teras bangsa. Islam cara hidup kita Kita purih pancir mulia. Tabah gagah berhemah tinggi Bermaruah dan berperibadi. Bersopan sedar harga diri Masa depan penuh cabaran. Kita ungkayahkan dengan iman Dengan ilmu bakti setia. Ikhlas amanah kerana Allah Bangunkan kemakmuran pelihara keamanan. Teguhkan kedaulatan. Tegakkan keadilan. Junjunglah […]

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New Friends and Old Friends

2 February 2012

Last weekend’s awesome picnic with old friends from my years in sixth form really brought back some good memories. It was also heart-warming to see our kids striking up friendships with each other. Brought to mind this poem about friendship by Welsh poet Joseph Parry: Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these […]

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Dua Minggu – Two Weeks of Events in Brunei Darussalam

20 January 2012

The first edition of the ‘DuaMinggu’ newsletter publication was launched to the warm applause of business partners and sponsors at the Radisson Hotel yesterday. The launch marked a new medium for cultural consulting firm iBudaya to reach out to its target audience including companies, public agencies, educational bodies, cultural institutions and artists centred towards advocating […]

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The Lau Difang aka Old Place Experience

19 January 2012

There seems to be a trend these days to hark back to the “good old days” with retro being the new metro. In terms of restaurants, old time kopitiams are coming back to fashion with a vengeance. In Singapore and Malaysia, we have Kiliney, Ipoh Kopitiam, Yakun, Toastbox etc. In Brunei, we are not deprived […]

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iMMerse workshop – “Creative Process – Inspirations and Impacts”

8 January 2012

A workshop featuring local professional photographer Jason Ong and talented-graphic designer. Olivia Ong was held recently, organised as part of the iCentre’s iMMerse programme, at the iCentre in Berakas. Amateur and professional photography and graphic design enthusiasts turned up for the ‘Photography for Impact’ workshop, which saw Jason Ong talking about his interest in photography […]

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#SocMedBN ROCKED!

22 October 2011

Bandar Seri Begawan – The first-ever social media conference in Brunei Darussalam ‘Brunei Online, Social Media: There’s Where It’s @’ was successfully held yesterday at Radisson Hotel in the capital. Nearly 80 social media aficionados joined the conversation at the informal gathering. Among them were renowned entrepreneurs and individuals who apply the tools of social […]

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Di Tanjong Katong, airnya biru…

16 October 2011

Last night’s Singapore Association Annual Dinner was characterized by fun, entertainment, and of course multiculturalism. The venue was packed solid with folks from Singapore and their friends and family. There were performances from Pei Pei, Yani, and local band Prodigy. The emcee for the night was Singaporean funnyman Suhaimi Yusof who got the crowd chuckling […]

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Nerds or Superheroes – Baiduri Media Nite

15 October 2011

Despite the Nerds or Superheroes theme, it was the invasion of the nerds at the Baiduri Bank Media Appreciation Night last night where the nerds clearly outnumbered the superheroes! Those who WERE dressed as superheroes were AWESOME though! Baiduri GM Pierre Imhof was fortunate that he didn’t take an SMS suggestion from a friend asking […]

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Baiduri/JPMC Stroke Awareness Talk

11 October 2011

Last night, yours truly attended an awareness talk organised by Baiduri Prestige, the bank’s exclusive programme in collaboration with Jerudong Park Medical Centre, the highly acclaimed Head of Neuroscience Stroke Rehabilitation Centre in JPMC, Professor Datin Seri Laila Jasa Dr Uta Meyding-Lamade conducted a talk on stroke awareness at the Radisson Hotel yesterday in conjunction with the […]

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Félicitations pour les francophones

9 October 2011

Alliance Francaise de Brunei Darussalam (AF Brunei) held a ceremony of DELF Certificate Presentation to 8 DELF who have succeeded in their DELF Examinations in June 2011. Present as the guest of honour was His Excellency, Mr. Louis LE VERT, the French Ambassador in Brunei Darussalam to present the DELF Certifications to the 8 DELF […]

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Bunker Bistro Launches New Menu

6 October 2011

The Empire Hotel and Country Club’s upscale clubhouse restaurant – Bunker Bistro has launched its new menu early this month. The dining venue that overlooks the putting green, South China Sea and Country Club’s 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, is featuring a deliciously new appetizing menu, highlighting both local and international cuisine. marinated mushroom […]

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6th Annual Pusat Ehsan Charity Bazaar

3 October 2011

Yesterday’s charity bazaar at Pusat Ehsan in Bengkurong was a fun-filled and crowded affair. I missed the opening ceremony in the morning but dropped by in the afternoon to check it out. The kids really enjoyed themselves with the various games and activities which were on offer. It really reminded me of the Gurkha Fair […]

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Tunjangan Hari Raya?

23 September 2011

Did you know that in Indonesia Idul Fitri has a legally mandated salary bonus for all employees, known as Tunjangan Hari Raya (THR) as enforced by Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration (“Kementerian Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi”)? That’s right folks. The mandated amount of this salary bonus differs by region. For example, within the Jakarta […]

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The Spirit of Giving During Ramadhan

24 August 2011

Today, 50 underprivileged families chosen from four districts received basic necessities in the form of rice, sugar, cooking oil, milk and others. Under this Let’s Give Back project, it is part of TelBru’s quarterly initiative in supporting the less privileged communities. More than 50 staff from TelBru business centres in Brunei Muara, Tutong, Kuala Belait […]

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Breaking fast on a field – Padang Style

9 August 2011

Last night, the kids and I trooped on over to the newly renovated Pondok Sari Wangi Sengkurong to try out the sungkai buffet which was made up of padang dishes including ayam assam pedas, tempe goreng mandarin, pakis sambal, tahu, dendeng belado, daging tongseng and others. It was a veritable feast of flavours and textures […]

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Sungkai at iLotus

5 August 2011

Another big favourite among the Bruneian crowds for sungkai is iLotus Restaurant in Rimba. Every year, the crowd seems to get bigger and bigger. This year, the restaurant actually put up a marquee outside the main restaurant to cater for the big crowd. I think its an awesome move as the restaurant can now cater […]

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Telbru Media Appreciation Night 2011

26 July 2011

TELEKOM Brunei Berhad (TelBru) held an appreciation night for members of the media as thank you for their support and contribution in spreading and covering news for the knowledge of the public in the Sultanate. The event was held at Brunei Hotel in the capital last Saturday night. Representatives from eight media agencies in Brunei […]

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A day with Manny Librodo

24 July 2011

Yesterday was a loooong day which started out with a whole day photography workshop with Manny Librodo, one of the best five photographers in world (that you probably haven’t heard about) according to Scott Kelby, who was brought in by CandidSyndrome Brunei. The day was split into two, an intense photoshoot in the morning followed […]

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Faces from #HM65

18 July 2011

From BB: Advancement in mobile telecommunications technology and the introduction of affordable digital SLR cameras have brought about a new way for people to see and experience huge events such as His Majesty’s birthday celebration. Bloggers, tweeters and photographers alike came to Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien for various reasons, but the spirit […]

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STPRI Mega Book Bash and Harry Potter Day

12 July 2011

In a bid to raise awareness and encourage the joy of books and reading and at the same time raise funds for the School’s reading/book fund, STPRI held a Mega Book Bash and Harry Potter Day last weekend. Among the activities lined up during that day were an ‘Amazing Race’, Harry Potter Quizzes, Writing/Journalism workshops […]

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The Race That Cares – Part Two

11 July 2011

Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive Officer Lai Pei-Sei, during her speech, said, "At Standard Chartered Bank, our brand promises ‘here for good'; a simple phrase with multiple meanings. ‘Here for good’ sums up SCB’s commitment to developing deep relationships with our clients and customers; our values, conduct and focus on sustainability; and our longevity, heritage […]

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Peng’s Debut Party

5 July 2011

Last weekend, I had the honour of attending the debut party of a friend’s youngest daughter. The last debut I attended was over 20 years ago in Manila. I love to observe the traditions of different cultures and the debut is one of those coming of age traditions which I find really interesting. Thank you […]

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LoveMe@Lisa’s Grand Opening

3 July 2011

Pics from the opening ceremony of LoveMe@Lisa’s on Friday taken by Nia. Heartiest congratulations once again to my friends Kamal and Sufinah on the expansion of your business! If you’re on the lookout for some cool clothing for your kids, do check it out! Oh, and to celebrate the opening, there will be a 10% […]

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Fusion Pasta and Pizza Galore

30 June 2011

Last weekend, I attended a foodie session at Thanis’ aka CookieMonzter’s place. It was a delectable carb fest featuring fusion pastas and pizzas galore! Siok tapi inda dapat selalu… Thai marinara with angel hair pasta This was my favourite. Linguini with salted duck egg carbonara! Nonya dry curry pasta! Like this:Like Loading…

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Brustralia2 was a bonza arvo of bloody good grub!

7 June 2011

IT WAS a food lovers haven as more than a dozen of different Australian-Bruneian fusion dishes were served during the Brustralia 2 foodie event last Sunday. The event was organised by the Brunei-Australia Alumni (BAAA) and held at Australian High Commissioner Mark Sawers’ residence in Jalan Kota Batu. Brustralia was participated by a number of […]

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AB goes walkabout: An afternoon in Katong

20 December 2010

My final day in Singapore was spent with a bunch of locals who brought me around to places away from the tourist mainstays. It was quite an experience to check out the Singapore heartland First stop, LAKSA! This is Katong Laksa, as opposed to Kuching Laksa. This place is currently ranked number 1 of 625 […]

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Friday Fright Nite with HSBC!

23 October 2010

Pics from last night’s AWESOME media appreciation event hosted by HSBC. The theme for the night was fright night and my were there some “scary costumes on so many levels” as HSBC CEO Tareq Muhmood put it! It was a thoroughly enjoyable night and my hat goes off to the HSBC gang who put this […]

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Twitter Raya at Casa Esperanza

9 October 2010

Pics from a small raya gathering at Senor Pablo’s crib which was held for the Brunei Twitter community. A fun evening of tapas, conversation, and laughter! It was nice to put faces to the names from twitter like @farah15 @ranoadidas @liyanayassin @andrewdy @icys @kurapak @AliyaZin @sonzK @mahzu @riyanla @thanislim @AfeldaGhani and of course the notorious […]

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Radisson launches in style!

8 October 2010

Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam, held its grand opening on Wednesday evening in collaboration with the Board of Hotel Associates Sdn Bhd and Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific. YB Guest of Honour accompanied by hotel management & board members Present to officiate the opening was Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awg Haji Yahya Begawan […]

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Open house at the eye center

30 September 2010

The BEDB i-Centre held their open house yesterday and yours truly decided to take a break from the dreaded dissertation and drop by to say hi to some good friends over there. Kwok Leong, the centre director speaking to guests Chit chat time   Hello ladies… My buddy Derek from DST was there Like this:Like […]

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Breaking Fast with Brunei Forever Forum

7 September 2010

Pics from the Brunei Forever Forum Sungkai event which took place last weekend. Like this:Like Loading…

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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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BruneiForever Forum Turns 3!

23 April 2010

Just a big shout out to all my twitter buddies! Hi tweeps!!! Last weekend, around 50 members of the BruneiForever forum (BFF) gathered for a picnic at Serasa beach to celebrate the BFF’s 3rd anniversary. It was an awesome outing with fun and games, and food, of course, provided by Tindulang Catering Services. All pics […]

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Seri Brunei – Bab Kedua

15 March 2010

Are you an undergraduate or postgraduate student in UK? If so, have you registered for the Bruneian Postgraduate Symposium yet? The show continues… Upacara bertunang. Check out this hilarious skit here! Signing the contract Lucky Draw! Upacara bebadak Like this:Like Loading…

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Seri Brunei – Bab Pertama

14 March 2010

In conjunction with 26th Brunei National Day celebration, the Brunei Darussalam Student Society Wales (BDSS) in collaboration with Brunei Student Union organized and event in Cardiff entitled ‘Seri Brunei’. The theme for the day was “The traditional Brunei wedding” which showcased a Bruneian wedding which is steeped in Bruneian culture and tradition. There were also various performances such as Malay traditional dance […]

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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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A night at the Singapore Table

29 December 2009

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Maligayang Pasko!

25 December 2009

AB and the gang wishes all readers of the christian faith a very merry christmas! Pics from Christmas morning two years ago at both St George’s and St Andrew’s churches. Some familiar faces in the throngs of worshippers. Wishing everyone a happy and blessed christmas celebration. Getting ready for the service L: Reflecting — R: […]

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