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Wu Chun - Royal Brunei Airlines
roya l b ru n e i a ir li nes | J a n ua ry - F ebrua ry 2 0 15
Royal Brunei
wishes you
a Happy
2015
W
u Chu n
R B ’ S I N T E R N AT I O N A L
B R A N D A M BA S S A D O R
IN THIS ISSUE
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Wu Chun,
RB’s International
Brand Ambassador.
AWARD FOR BEST MAGAZINE
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FEATURES
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Indie Escape
A Bali just for you.
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Cine Magic
Outdoor cinema in Melbourne.
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Offbeat Oddities
London’s quirky museums.
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Meals On Wheels
KL’s food truck trend.
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Bamboo Beauty
AO Saigon Show.
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WELCOME ABOARD
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Best of Brunei
Pure Substance.
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Keistimewaan Brunei
Destinasi Idaman.
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LIFESTYLE
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Motoring Holland & Holland Range Rover
In Person Wu Chun
The Buzz What’s New
Take 5 Hong Kong
Travel Diary
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Deputy Chairman’s
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Inside RB
Selamat Datang
Brunei International
Airport
Traveller’s Guide
Route Map &
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Abode of Peace
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WELCOME ONBOARD DEPUTY CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE
Royal Brunei
Airlines Commercial
Department led by
Karam Chand, Chief
Commercial and
Planning Officer
(2nd row, 7th from
the left).
Dear Guests,
Welcome aboard Royal Brunei Airlines.
As this is the first issue of Muhibah for 2015,
on behalf of all of my colleagues at RB, I wish to
take this opportunity to extend our sincere and
best wishes to all of our passengers for a healthy,
peaceful and prosperous New Year. In addition,
we would also like to send greetings in advance
to our Chinese passengers who will usher in the
Year of the Sheep on 19 February, 2015. RB would
also like to send greetings and best wishes to all
Bruneians in anticipation of their 31st National Day
celebrations on 23 February, 2015.
At RB, we remain optimistic about the future. The
year ahead is set to be an exciting one as we look
forward to celebrating the 40th Anniversary of RB’s
first ever flight in May. We also anticipate the arrival
of two new leased A320 aircraft in September/
October. These aircraft will contain the very latest in
passenger comfort and amenities and will provide
a sneak preview of what to expect with our new
generation of A320 NEO fleet in 2017. Also this
year, RB will roll out our rebranded state-of-the-art
Customer Service Centre here in Brunei.
This issue of Muhibah contains an interesting
feature on our Commercial team who work tirelessly
to ensure we provide a comprehensive flights
schedule and range of fares to meet customer
Check out eMuhibah at www.flyroyalbrunei.com Be a fan on
needs. Presently, the team is making a big push in
China working with our hugely popular International
Brand Ambassador, Wu Chun. In fact, some of our
passengers today may be travelling on our special
package from China to Brunei and Kota Kinabalu
where they will have the opportunity to meet Wu Chun
in his favourite surroundings.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to
congratulate Team RB for their spirit of sportsmanship
in the recently concluded Brunei Darussalam National
Games 2014 held from 29 November to 6 December,
2014. We had 175 managers and staff competing in
13 of the 23 sporting categories winning a total of two
silver medals for Golf Individual and Men’s Softball,
and one bronze for Golf Team Event.
As always, it is my privilege to close with a sincere
thank you for flying with RB today and on our part,
we will continue to do our very best to retain your
loyalty and support in the future.
With warm wishes,
Dermot Mannion
Deputy Chairman
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WELCOME ONBOARD INSIGHTS
INSIDE RB
Roundup of Royal Brunei Airlines happenings.
ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES
40TH ANNIVERSARY
In conjunction with RB’s 40th Anniversary,
several key activities were organised. The
first was a mass prayer by RB’s Religious
Committee on 18 November, 2014. Present
were RB Chairman, Dato Paduka Haji Bahrin
bin Abdullah, RB’s Board of Directors,
Islamic Scholars from various institutions
and RB’s Muslim staff. RB’s Kitab Yassin and
Tahlil was also launched at the event.
On 22 November, 2014 RB hosted the RB40
Gala Dinner. Attended by staff and board
of directors and held at the Royal Brunei
Recreation Club, the theme was “Back to
1974”. The evening also saw presentation of
awards to staff who have been with RB for
20 and 30 years respectively.
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A DAY WITH ROYAL BRUNEI
AIRLINES AND WU CHUN
RB International Brand Ambassador, Wu
Chun, made a much anticipated and highly
successful personal appearance at RB
travel trade roadshow in Guangzhou, China.
ROYAL SKIES LATEST
PARTNERS
RB’s frequent flyer programme,
Royal Skies, announced three more
exciting partners providing Royal
Skies members with more options
to earn miles: Paloma, All Seasons
Restaurant and Shinobu Shabu
Shabu. Various fun activities were
held with patrons of these new
partners where they had a chance
to win RB merchandise.
Fun games and activities were held for
fans and visitors throughout this one day
event. RB’s “Where Are Brunei and Sabah?”
competition proved very popular with fans
and visitors who won prizes for correctly
locating both destinations on the map.
The roadshow also saw the launch of
an exciting special promotion to enable
Wu Chun fans to fly RB on a special twin
package to Brunei and Kota Kinabalu on
4 February, 2015. The package includes
exclusive opportunities to meet Wu Chun
in Brunei and attend a special Island picnic
in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
SUKAN KEBANGSAAN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM 2014
Team RB, consisting of 179 RB
management and staff, recently
participated in the Sukan Kebangsaan
Brunei Darussalam 2014 (Brunei
Darussalam National Games). The team
competed in 13 out of 23 tournaments.
Appointed as Chef De Mission was
Captain Khalidkhan Hj Asmakhan whilst
RB’s flag bearer was Ali Akhbar Gapor,
Brunei’s renowned marathon runner.
Team RB was generously sponsored by
Air France Industries KLM Engineering
and Maintenance, Petrokon Utama Sdn.
Bhd., Abacus Distribution System, AWAS,
Aewon Garments, Brunei International
Air Cargo Centre (BIACC), Harun Gym,
Kingston Food & Beverages, Royal Brunei
Catering (RBC) and Royal Brunei Golf
County Club (RBGCC).
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INDIE
ESCAPE
Whatever traveller you are,
there’s a slice of Bali made for you.
Words EMMA RAMSAY
Here’s a fact: Bali currently has over 90,000 rooms. And
the hotel growth continues with no signs of stopping.
With so many options to choose from, where does the
visitor start? Certainly it’s tempting to stay at the same,
reliable hotel you did the last visit. But before you return
to the same lodging, here’s a cheat sheet to inspire
whatever inner traveller that you may be.
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THE
BOHO HIPSTER
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It’s about being part of the community – with
art, cinema and events. Luna2 Studiotel
(luna2.com) in fashionable Seminyak, aims
at making the hotel more of a social hub than
anything. Designer Melanie Hall succeeds
with interiors dripping with funked-up
modernism, adding huge doses of humour
into the mix. The Space rooftop bar for sunset
mocktails has a view to die for. Outdoors,
the 25m Mondrianesque colour-blocked
lap pool is the ultimate escape, with sun
loungers for catching rays. Orbit restaurant
is where you find all manner of fun takes
on the classics. Descend its spiral staircase
from the underground Pop! lounge bar where
you’ll find the ultra-plush Lunaplex, a16seat cinema, with three daily showings – a
cool combo of nostalgic classics and new
releases. The rooms aren’t too bad, either –
equipped with fully-loaded iPods & iPad, a
retro Smeg fridge, Nespresso machine amid
Jasper Morrison chairs, Cassina Philippe
Starck dining chairs and a Brionvega retro TV.
ROMANTIC DIE-HARDS
THE
If it’s private couple time you’re looking for, look no
further than to Viceroy Bali (viceroybali.com),
an elegant boutique hotel, poised on a ridge
overlooking the verdant Valley of the Kings.
Viceroy Bali is a revered retreat for utter tranquility.
Snag any of its 25 expansive yet intimate villas
and you’ll not be blamed to stay holed up in it
throughout the length of your stay. Each villa
comes with its own pool and a mesmerising view of
the serene valley below that was once a favoured
retreat of royals. Everywhere you’ll find romantic
alang-alang (thatched roofs) Balinese gazebos
or daybeds that drive home the rustic but chic
Balinese theme. Luxury comes in the form of its
onsite helipad, the launching point for a variety
of tours to the many wonders of Bali, including
coastlines, volcanoes and nature parks. Meanwhile,
the CasCades Restaurant is acclaimed as one of
the island’s top dining venues, having been named
as one of Indonesia’s top five restaurants by
The Miele Guide 2011/2012. Just don’t leave
without first trying out any of the sublime
treatments at the Lembah Spa, where the
views of padi fields and coconut trees make
the best prelude to the pampering
that’s about to come.
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Discover how Bali and business can mix
when you make Conrad Bali (conradbali.com)
as your base. Long a favourite with corporate
travellers, Conrad Bali has a solid reputation
for business- and meeting-friendly facilities.
Additionally, all of its 353 guestrooms are equipped
with the usual amenities to make any business
traveller comfortable. But for something more
specific, consider the Conrad Suites. Located on a
private wing and adjacent to the main resort, the
suites are perfect when your business requires a
more private setting and personalised attention. You
have exclusive access to the Conrad Suites Lounge,
private pool and Beach Club, daily afternoon tea
and evening mocktails, wireless internet, laundry
and dry cleaning, 15 percent off food and beverage,
spa treatments and business centre services. Other
Suite services include a personal assistant service
on call 24 hours, in-room check in and check out,
pre-arrival arrangements and a multilingual team
to assist you. And when it’s time to mix business
with leisure, Conrad Bali certainly knows how to
entertain. It has a 350-metre beach at its disposal,
lagoons and pools, and the award-winning
Jiwa Spa & Wellness Studio offering wholistic
traditional Balinese treatments in spa
pavillions that face the ocean.
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CORPORATE WARRIOR
THE
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THE
STYLISH CAMPER 2.0
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Get your tents on. Oh wait. They’ve
been put up for you. Sandat Glamping
(glampingsandat.com) lets you commune
with bucolic Bali; but in style and comfort.
The island’s first luxury camping experience
certainly lives up to its name. Immaculate
interiors grace all five tented lodges and
three lumbung cabins (local huts). Styled
to be eco-friendly, each blends naturally
with the outdoors and the surroundings.
King-size beds under floaty muslin canopies,
bamboo bedframes and hand-carved wood
furnitures complete the rustic look. Certainly
the views over the gardens are sensational;
and the atmosphere itself is tranquil and
soothing. But it’s the Regency chairs and
chandeliers (in some tents) that take the
whole commune-with-nature experience up
a notch. Walk barefoot across the hardwood
floors to your own plunge pool, wake up to
the serene beauty of the padi fields outside,
and sleep lulled by the lovely chorus of
Balinese cicadas.
INSPIRED EARTH MOTHER
THE
Bambu Indah (bambuindah.com) is the
kind of place that will leave you inspired to
do more for the world. They have their own
natural pool with water so pure you can
actually drink it. They grow their own herbs
and vegetables, all organic, of course, that
make their way to the menu plates in their
restaurant, Dapoer. Take leisurely walks on
tranquil pathways that cut through padi fields
and a bridge that brings you to a natural
river. Cocoon yourself in this lush, green
retreat that overlooks the Sayan Valley and
Ayung River. The houses are all once antique
homes, belonging to Javanese noblemen
before being brought to Bali to make this
eco-friendly retreat. You’ll make no mistake in
choosing any one of the 11 houses available,
as each has its own character and style. But a
stay in Udang House lets you find your inner
zen. Set over a freshwater shrimp pond, it
features a bedroom with glass floor panels
where you can watch tiny fish swim by.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Bali 4x weekly.
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Cine
Come Summer,
Melbournians head
outdoors … for a movie!
Words JEFFREY LIM
Images MOONLIGHT CINEMA
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Magic
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FEATURES
What could be better than watching all
the hottest new release films outside in
the fresh night air this summer? Seeing
them before they’ve even hit cinemas, of
course! Australia’s favourite and biggest
outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema,
rolled out the red carpet across the
pristine green lawns of Melbourne’s Royal
Botanic Gardens to kick off its 2014/15
season. And what a huge season this one
is already shaping up to be!
In a star-studded VIP red carpet event,
Moonlight Cinema was officially launched
with an exclusive advance screening of
zany comedy Dumb and Dumber To on
December 18. It’s been a whole 20 years
since Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels brought
their lovable imbeciles, Lloyd Christmas
and Harry Dunne, to the big screen.
Fans of Bill Murray (let’s face it, that’s
pretty much everyone) should jump on
the chance to catch him in upcoming
indie drama St Vincent more than a
week before it hits cinemas. Other titles
to catch at Moonlight before the rest of
Australia include Disney’s latest cute-fest,
Big Hero 6 about a boy and his plus-size,
inflatable robot; the superhero film with
an art-house edge, Birdman starring
Michael Keaton and Emma Stone; WWII
drama filmed in Sydney and directed by
Angelina Jolie, Unbroken; and the latest
Liam Neeson shoot-em-up action movie,
Taken 3.
Also joining the stellar programme will
be Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial
American Sniper, starring Bradley
Cooper as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle,
The Imitation Game staring Benedict
Cumberbatch about the life of WW2
codebreaker Alan Turing. Steve Carell
and Channing Tatum will also team up
to tell the story of Olympic wrestler
Mark Schultz in Foxcatcher, and Jake
Gyllenhaal becomes Nightcrawler
who enters into the world of L.A. crime
journalism.
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Bring Australia Day in early with some
Aussie cinema. The Water Diviner will
be showing at Moonlight Cinema on
Australia Day Eve, January 25. It tells the
moving tale of an Australian man, played
by Russell Crowe, who travels to Turkey
after the Battle at Gallipoli to try and
locate his three missing sons.
Moonlight Cinema is also introducing
its very own LA-style food truck onsite –
serving up tantalising street fare. Or you
can BYO picnic! Audiences can expect
to tuck into an epic range of burgers
including wagyu beef cheeseburgers,
pulled beef brisket burgers and Southernfried chicken burgers, as well as New
Yorker chilli cheese dogs, buffalo fried
chicken, parmesan truffle fries and
fresh churros. Make sure you come
early, because you’ll be tempted to try
everything on the menu!
Group Director of Culinary, Adam Petta,
who currently manages over 120 kitchens
with the AHL group including QT Hotels,
Event Cinemas and Rydges, is taking up
the challenge. Counting Ananas, Sake and
CUT as former employers, excitement is
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mounting for what Petta has in store. “I’m
a bit of a film buff myself, so to be able
to combine my love of great food with
cinema in the great outdoors is a dream
gig. I’ve worked hard to put together a
tasty menu, with a wide variety of options
that go perfectly with the film-watching
experience as well as giving that great
festival vibe that we all love so much
about Moonlight Cinema,” Petta said.
“This season is by far the biggest yet for
Moonlight Cinema, especially when it
comes to advance screenings and new
release films,” said Ian Sutherland, the
Director of Moonlight Cinema. “We’re
very proud of this programme and excited
to be screening so many big summer
blockbusters before their general release
dates. It certainly adds an extra level of
thrill and enjoyment to watching a film
outside under the stars, knowing that
you’re amongst the first audience in
Australia and sometimes, even the first in
the world, to be seeing it!”
As always, Moonlight Cinema’s Gold
Grass offers the ultimate outdoor cinema
experience: the perfect treat for someone
special in your life. With reserved bean
beds in a premium viewing location
and wait service, you won’t even have
to get up from your bean bed! There’s
something for absolutely every kind of
film fanatic at this season’s Moonlight
Cinema. And this is only just the first half
of the programme! Gates are open at 7pm
so grab all your mates and loved ones
for many nights of summer fun, food and
films under the stars! Moonlight Cinema
in Melbourne runs till 29 March, 2015.
Other Moonlight Cinema cities include
Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies Melbourne daily.
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ROYAL LONDON
HOSPITAL MUSEUM &
ARCHIVES
London and its surrounds offer some of
the best museums for the traveller. But
when you’ve had enough of Matiseeses
and van Goghs, why not look for
something different to do?
Some of the city’s offbeat museums offer
a more culturally quirky side to London as
well as a slice of unique English culture. If
you’re ever curious about Jack the Ripper
or the Elephant Man, then start your
journey at the Royal London Hospital
Museum and Archives (bartshealth.
nhs.uk) in Whitechapel. Joseph Merrick,
the Elephant Man, was cared for in the
hospital until the end of his life. A replica
of his skeleton is on display (his bones
are kept with the medical school for
research), together with his hat and veil
and other photos. For fans of Jack the
Ripper, there is a showcase on forensic
medicine featuring original material
on the Whitechapel (Jack the Ripper)
murders and hospital surgeon and
curator, Thomas Horrocks Openshaw who
helped investigate.
O
The best London
oddities and offbeat
museums.
Words SURIANI ARIFF
FFBEAT
DDITIES
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Moving away from the macabre and for
a lighter outing, try the Fan Museum
(thefanmuseum.org.uk) in Greenwich.
While it may erroneously heed only to
lady guests, you would be remiss not to
check out the museum for its detailed
story-telling on fans as a cultural tool.
The building itself is worth a look – a
Georgian townhouse that dates back to
the 18th century. Inside is a collection
of over 4,000 fans, including a 13th
century Chinese fan leaf and a bladeless
Dyson. Discover how fans are a cultural
representation of change, used at one
time to ward off evil spirit and as status
symbols in another.
©The Fan Museum, UK
FAN
MUSEUM
©The Fan Museum, UK
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MUSEUM OF BRANDS,
PACKAGING &
ADVERTISING
At the Museum of Brands, Packaging
and Advertising (museumofbrands.
com), it’s a trip down memory lane with
12,000 original daily consumer items
that have impacted the world. You will
certainly identify with many of them,
if not all. You’ll see Rimmel cosmetics
from the 1890s, a 1970s Chopper Bike,
the changing faces of Johnson’s Baby
Powder throughout the years and various
candy wrappers including a KitKat from
the 1930s. Started by consumer historian
Robert Opie, the museum is easily located
around the corner from the worldfamous Portobello Road Market, making
this treasure trove of retro design and
memories a nice half-day outing.
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Dennis Severs House
(dennissevershouse.co.uk) by
Spitalfields Market is not really a museum.
It’s a private home but it is open to the
public. It’s quite hard to describe what it
is actually, except that going through the
10 rooms, you will definitely feel you’ve
entered the home of the Jervis family.
The Jervises aren’t real; but Severs wants
you to think that – to wander from room
to room experiencing how they lived in
the 18th century, as though they’ve just
stepped out for awhile. There is fresh
fruit on the table, half drunk cups of tea,
jackets draped over chairs and smells
of cooked food from the kitchen. It’s an
outing that requires you to fully engage
the senses to experience time travel.
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Roelof Bakker
DENNIS
SEVERS
HOUSE
© Sophie Mutevelian
GARDEN
MUSEUM
© Sophie Mutevelian
Finally, what better way to end your
London museum outing than to immerse
yourself in lush greenery? The Garden
Museum (gardenmuseum.org.uk)
is truly a labour of love. Beautiful and
tranquil, with the Thames surging past
its door, the focus point of the museum
is the outdoor knot garden tended by
their small horticultural team of staff
and volunteers. The knot garden is
significantly historical as it includes
species introduced by John Tradescant
the Elder and Younger, prominent
gardeners and horticulturists of the 16th
and 17h centuries respectively. Plants
such as the scarlet runner bean, red
maple and tulip tree can be traced back to
the Tradescants, and they also add lush
and beauty to the centre of London. The
museum organises three main temporary
exhibitions annually, often bringing new
light to how the public views gardens and
its societal impact.
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Kuala Lumpur’s famous traffic crawl, penchant for fast
food and the trend of curbside eats have given rise to a
new culture: Food trucks. Having evolved from the white
and non-descript rojak/cendol and tau foo fa vans,
the new mobile kitchens are often funky, offer culinary
menus that can rival their brick-and-mortar cafe
cousins, and served by passionate young foodpreneurs.
At a recent gathering of food trucks for an event in
Petaling Jaya recently, fans can be seen equally busy
checking out the food as well as taking selfies and
wefies with the colourful trucks in the background. Says
Adel Ibrahim of Little Fat Duck, “Yes, people are just as
curious about our trucks as they are about our food. So
my waiters sometime do double duty – they take orders
but also do PR. It’s great for building rapport with our
customers.”
Adel’s sleek black-and-white truck is a far cry from
yesterday’s construction-site food wagons. His joins
a new generation of food trucks that are sleek, snazzy
and dressed up to the nines to attract customers.
There’s the funky, hard-to-miss fuchsia truck of OMFJ
(Oh My Fruit Juice) and the banana-bright Laughing
Monkey van in a yellow that just makes you feel all
happy inside.
Looks aside, what really drives the trend is the mobile
menu. More takeaway than dine-in cafe, the public
are embracing food trucks for its easy access – both
physically and financially. Take Little Fat Duck’s menu,
for example. Adel’s bestseller, the Chicken Confit, is
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priced at RM12 while most pasta dishes begin at RM5.
Over at Big Hug, the gargantuan Big Hug Burger XXL – best
shared for two, in our opinion, is a loaded mix of chicken
thigh, cheddar cheese, veggies and their secret sauce. And
it’s a mere RM15. OMFJ’s drinks, whose menu reflects a flair
for upping the ante on Asian ingredients (watermelon and
tomatoes, anyone?), begin at RM7.50. As co-founder Dec
Low explains, “We want to make it easy for people to graband-go at lower costs.”
Still, affordability alone cannot explain why consumers are
embracing the trucks. Hunting the food trucks is akin to an
adult scavenger’s hunt. There’s certainly an element of fun
to it. Many, if not all, rely on social media for fans to track
their locations and the day’s specials. There’s a sense or
urgency to make a run for them before the food runs out.
Or before the authorities chase them away. Because for
now unfortunately, Malaysia does not have a dedicated law
to address these rolling eateries. Licenses are presently
issued for stationary or roving traders. Food trucks are
neither. So truckers are at the mercy of the authorities who
simply see them as running, well ... a non-descript and inbetween business.
Another challenge of running the mobile business is the
cramped kitchens. Yet, despite battling for cooking space,
this has not deterred food truckers from whipping up
culinary delights to please their followers. Flaming Wheels
exemplifies how a small kitchen is no hurdle to producing
great food. The truck is self-sufficient and can prepare
up to 1,000 meals at one time with all the food freshly
made on board. Considering itself a revolutionary street
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food vendor, Flaming Wheels has a menu
that reflects popular bistro pickings such as
BBQ Buffalo Wings, Guy’s Lamb Meatballs
and homemade Grilled Chicken Mushroom
Burger.
For owners, a truck can be up and running
for RM150,000. After that, a truck’s success
remains very much a combination of menu/
location/service. Says Hanns Yong, the other
half of OMFJ, “Keeping the menu fresh and
listening to customers’ feedback certainly
drives our business.” Between him and Dec,
their experiments have resulted in the richly
satisfying “Purple Tango” (dragonfruits/
oranges/sour plums) while the formulaic
mélange of pineapple, kyuri, mint leaves and
honey is sinfully exotic.
When it comes to location, Calvin Yeo of
Wheeloaf that offers panini sandwiches and
pastries says, “The beauty of this mobile
concept is that if one location fails, there’s
always the flexibility of moving to another
location.” But how owners engage with
customers essentially builds fan base too,
he continues, as food trucks go beyond the
traditional business sense.
Much has been said about the impact of
creating a micro-community from the birth
of food trucks. Observing the owners at work,
it was evident that customers love having
conversations with them. It creates a great
social scene where fans understand their
passion, what inspires the menu, and interact
with others queuing up for the same thing.
Likewise, the small community of food
truckers have also banded together. There’s
healthy competition all around with some
sharing news of impending events and
possible new locations to venture together.
It’s difficult to predict how far food trucks
popularity will prevail. Calvin believes that
it has yet to tap into its full market potential
“especially with the diverse cuisine we have
in this country.” What’s certain is that foodloving Malaysians are creating the demand
for what foodpreneurs have to offer.
For now, as a consumer, it’s all about the
thrill of the hunt – running after the mobile
kitchens and hoping to spot them before they
(temporarily) disappear.
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A novel way of journeying
through romantic
southern Vietnam.
Words ANGELA LES FERNANDEZ
Images AO SHOW SAIGON
AMBOO
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The A O Show is best described as a groundbreaking
contemporary show that showcases the growing performing
arts scene in Vietnam. Commonly acknowledged globally as
a “new circus”, the show surpasses all the limits previously
constructed by many other art shows in Vietnam over the
years.
A mixture of acrobatic acts, contemporary dance and theatre,
the A O Show is a visual drama with a wonderful medley of
traditional and modern values. The “A” and “O” of the title
basically translates phonetically as the Ahhh! and Ohhh!, and
certainly, the audience is offered the opportunity to let loose
their imagination and gasp in delight and pleasure, entertained
by the visual creation and lighting of each performance.
Delivered with amazing choreography and perfect background
sound, the show features 17 Vietnamese musical instruments
in an interactive play of bamboo cirque, acrobatics and
contemporary dance. It depicts the charming beauty that
Vietnam is known for, the richness of its culture through its
eventual and inevitable urbanisation. Twenty-two performers
mix athletics, acrobatics, theatrical visual drama with live
music that echoes the Southern work songs and scenes.
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The word “amaze” does not even begin to describe
the moment the audience see themselves walking on
a small walkway of the breezy south, or when they find
themselves wondering pass the surging dunes of the
Southern Central plains before finding themselves in
front of a lotus swamp. Every now and then there are
the haunting echoes of the spirited southern Vietnam
and “Don Ca Tai Tu”, the music and song that resonate
with the lifestyles of the people of the South. All the
details that are portrayed and recorded in the show
were selectively chosen to reflect the spirit of working in
the southern delta and the lifestyles of the Vietnamese
people and their unique heritage.
A O Show has no script, no climax and no sequence. Yet in
that 60 minutes of the performance, the audience will feel
as though they have travelled a lifetime. Show Director
Tuan Le successfully captures an authentic, realistic
Vietnamese flavour in this play. In every scene, the
audience is given the opportunity to experience comfort
and serenity mixed with astonishment and joy.
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His is a smooth, dynamic production which cleverly uses traditional
instruments and everyday raw materials to the fullest, gently transporting
the audience to a time gone past. With each scene of yesteryear, emotions
are tugged as the audience readily identifies with the vivid yet poetical
rendering of a historical journey. For the visitor, the A O Show represents
the best way to experience a slice of Southern Vietnam and understanding
its history, heritage and culture. It allows the outsider to view the country
through the lens of the locals. And what a beautiful and romantic view it is.
The cast themselves give a wonderfully raw, intimate show, drawing upon
the Vietnamese dream of life, survival, love and everything else in between
to entertain. There are unexpected laughs at times, but the cast’s physical
agility and impeccable discipline expressed in leaps and spins is what keeps
the audiences enthralled every night. Choreographer Nguyen Tan Loc,
arguably one of the most sought after choreographers in Vietnam, cleverly
weaves together folk music, dance, and contemporary art into a well crafted
ensemble that will continue to be remembered long after the curtain falls.
The A O Show is presently performed daily at the 115-year-old historic
Saigon Opera House in Ho Chi Minh City.
30% discount for tickets to the performance when passengers show their RB boarding passes not exceeding
7 days.
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Pure
Substance
Why Brunei Darussalam is the ultimate
halal vacation.
Words ANIS RAMLI
Images DAVID KIRKLAND/BRUNEI TOURISM
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Pete Wong
Halal Travel is fast becoming a catchphrase in the travel industry.
The Muslim travel market segment was estimated to be worth
US$140 billion in 2013, representing almost 13 percent of global
travel expenditures. Brunei Darussalam joins an increasing
number of countries that are now keen on tapping into this
segment. With 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide as potential
customers expected to spend US$181 billion on travelling by
2018, Brunei would be remiss not to tap into this growing and
lucrative market.
Already known internationally as one of the world’s foremost
Islamic countries, many of Brunei’s tourism products and
services are already Muslim-friendly while others are adapting
their services to take into account the unique faith-based needs
of Muslim travellers. In short, Brunei makes for a wonderful and
easy destination for the Muslim vacationer as well as those
interested to experience an Islamic country that is both modern
and tolerant.
Mosques that are majestic in its design and highlight the unique
culture and architecture of the country can easily be found
everywhere. The larger and more well-known mosques, such as
the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, also offer both Muslims
and people of other faiths the opportunity to discover its history
and architecture through its scheduled guided tour. Located in
the heart of capital Bandar Seri Begawan, the Sultan Omar Ali
Saifuddin Mosque is a great starting point to understand Islam
and its cultural context as well as its role in the community.
But halal travel means more than just mosque visits. Brunei
as a Muslim-friendly destination also factors in the ease of
vacationing in the 21st century, in compliance with the Qur’an
and Sunnah. Hotels across the country have rooms equipped
with the prayer direction (qiblah), prayer mats and in some
rooms, Qur’an for remembrance. Minibars are Muslim-friendly as
the entire country is alcohol-free.
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The observation of the five daily prayers is made even easy as
prayer times are provided in all local publications. Royal Brunei’s
award-winning inflight magazine, Muhibah, available to guests of
high-end hotels, also publish the prayer times for easy reference.
Meanwhile, the musolla (praying room) is also available in major
tourist attractions. Tour companies that operate in Brunei also
respect prayer times, further providing peace of mind and ease
for the Muslim traveller as they vacation around the country.
It’s also interesting to note that on Fridays, the holy day for
Muslims, businesses close for the duration of the entire Friday
prayer as a sign of respect. This includes restaurants and
eateries (although hotel staying guests can still make use of inroom dining facilities), and allows the visitor a unique insight into
the everyday Islamic practices of the faithful in Brunei.
Ease of vacationing is further provided by the widespread
availability of halal food. From fine dining to street food, there
are plenty of choices to satisfy the traveller. All fast food
and international F&B chains are halal certified, too. Muslim
tourists visiting during the holy month of Ramadhan will also
find a number of places that offer iftar (breaking fast) and
Ramadhan bazaars. Major hotels also provide suhoor (pre-dawn
meal) while the iftar spreads are often a culinary adventure in
themselves.
For lovers of Islamic culture and history, Brunei will appease
their appetite for these and more. It is simply a country filled
with rich historical and Islamic references. Visitors can truly
understand this when they visit the famed Kampong Ayer. This
cluster of homes built on stilts over Brunei River is where Brunei’s
civilisation was thought to have stemmed from. It was through
here that Islam first came to Brunei and, it was also once an
important trading port for ships sailing from Straits of Malacca.
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The Arabs that came to the Malay archipelago to trade spices
would make Brunei their port of call. Fast forward to the present
day, you will see how remnants of that trading have lodged itself
into Brunei’s cultural realm. Those same spices have come full
circle and used not only for local cooking, but extend into healing
therapies unique to Brunei and the South East Asian region.
Visitors may explore the spas in major hotels that highlight the
use of these historically traded spices in various indulging and
relaxing treatments.
It is also a good time to familiarise yourself with the local
coffee shops, or ‘kopitiam’. Brunei’s kopitiam revive the art of
coffeehouses that thrive in many early Muslim civilisations.
Where once coffee beans were chewed to keep worshippers
alert at night, Brunei has taken the coffee concept and localised
it to reflect the country’s cultural diaspora.
Of course, other mainstream attractions are there too for the
traveller to explore, such as the Royal Regalia Building, Brunei
Museum and Ulu Temburong National Park.
Brunei is an easy country for one to have a shariah-compliant
vacation. From the airlines to hotels and local businesses,
Brunei’s everyday lifestyle centres around putting Islam first
and everything else second. Royal Brunei, for instance, is the
only South East Asian airline that maintains an alcohol-free
environment. It is for these reasons that the country is poised to
capture the huge halal travel market and remain among one of
the top destinations for the Muslim vacationer.
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Idaman
Destinasi
Negara Brunei Darussalam untuk percutian
halal terulung.
Teks ANIS RAMLI
Imej DAVID KIRKLAND/BRUNEI TOURISM
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Pelancongan Halal kini semakin hangat
diperkatakan dalam industri pelancongan.
Segmen pelancongan Muslim
dianggarkan bernilai AS$140 bilion
dollar pada tahun 2013, mewakili hampir
13 peratus perbelanjaan pelancongan
dunia. Negara Brunei Darussalam adalah
salah sebuah negara yang kini semakin
menonjol dalam menceburi segmen
pelancongan halal. Dengan umat Islam
seramai 1.8 billion orang di seluruh
dunia dan berpotensi membelanjakan
AS$181 bilion menjelang tahun 2018,
Brunei semestinya akan meraih untung
menembusi pasaran lumayan yang
semakin berkembang ini.
Dengan reputasi sebagai sebuah negara
Islam yang dikenali di seluruh dunia,
kebanyakkan produk dan perkhidmatan
pelancongan Brunei sudahpun menepati
Syariah manakala yang lain kini dalam
proses mengambil kira kehendak dan
keperluan unik pelancong beragama Islam.
Pendek kata, Brunei dengan mudah
merupakan pilihan destinasi yang
menarik, bukan sahaja buat pelancong
Muslim malah sesiapa sahaja yang
berminat untuk melawat sebuah negara
Islam yang moden dan toleran.
Masjid-masjid indah yang agung dengan
rekabentuk unik bercirikan budaya
dan senibina tempatan boleh ditemui
dengan mudah di seluruh negara ini.
Masjid-masjid yang lebih besar dan
terkenal, seperti Masjid Sultan Omar Ali
Saifuddin, juga menawarkan lawatan
berpandu kepada pelancong Muslim
dan juga mereka dari agama lain untuk
mengenali sejarah dan senibinanya.
Terletak di tengah-tengah ibu negara
Bandar Seri Begawan, Masjid Sultan
Omar Ali Saifuddin merupakan titik tolak
terbaik untuk para pelancong memahami
kedudukan Islam dalam konteks
kebudayaan tempatan serta peranannya
dalam kehidupan masyarakat setempat.
Pelancongan halal tidak terbatas kepada
lawatan di masjid sahaja. Sebagai destinasi
yang mesra Islam, Brunei mengambil kira
faktor-faktor pelancongan lain dalam abad
ke-21, namun masih tetap berasaskan
Al-Qur’an serta ajaran Sunnah. Semua
hotel tempatan menyediakan panduan
arah Kiblat dan sejadah, serta ada yang
menyediakan kitab suci Al-Qur’an. Malah
peti sejuk dalam semua bilik hotel juga
bebas dari sebarang minuman keras.
Panduan waktu solat terkandung
dalam semua penerbitan tempatan
untuk memudahkan orang ramai
menjalankan ibadat. Muhibah, majalah
dalam Penerbangan DiRaja Brunei yang
berprestij, disediakan untuk semua
tetamu hotel-hotel mewah dan turut
mengandungi panduan waktu solat untuk
rujukan mudah. Surau ada disediakan
di semua tarikan pelancong utama. Dan
semua syarikat pemandu pelancong
yang beroperasi di Brunei juga peka
pada waktu solat untuk kemudahan para
pelancong Muslim menjalankan ibadat.
Pada setiap hari Jumaat, hari yang mulia
dalam Islam, semua perniagaan akan
tutup ketika waktu solat Jumaat sebagai
tanda hormat. Ini termasuklah restoran
dan kedai-kedai makan lain (namun
tetamu hotel tetap dibenarkan membuat
pesanan ke bilik), sekaligus memberikan
para pelancong satu lagi pengalaman
unik tentang amalan umat Islam Brunei
dalam menjalankan ibadat seharian.
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Tidak kira di restoran mewah atau di tepi
jalan, makanan halal boleh diperolehi di
mana-mana sahaja di seluruh negara dan
pilihannya luas dan menyelerakan. Semua
restoran makanan segera dan francais
antarabangsa juga memiliki pensijilan
halal. Pengunjung Muslim yang melawat
negara ini ketika bulan Ramadhan akan
mudah mencari tempat-tempat untuk
berbuka puasa serta dapat mengunjungi
bazar Ramadhan. Hotel-hotel utama turut
menyediakan santapan sahur, manakala
hidangan iftar yang ditawarkan pula
sememangnya sesuatu pengalaman
tersendiri yang tidak boleh dilepaskan.
Bagi mereka yang meminati budaya dan
sejarah tamadun Islam, tentunya Brunei
akan dapat menyemarakkan lagi minat
mereka ini. Negara ini begitu kaya dengan
ciri-ciri sejarah Islam. Para pengunjung
akan dapat mengalaminya apabila
melawat Kampong Ayer yang tersohor.
Perkampungan rumah air di Sungai Brunei
ini telah lama dianggap sebagai tapak di
mana lahirnya tamadun Brunei. Di sinilah
tempat di mana Islam mula bertapak di
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Brunei, dan ia juga salah satu pelabuhan
penting untuk kapal-kapal dagang yang
menyusuri Selat Melaka.
Para pedagang Arab yang mengunjungi
kepulauan Melayu untuk mencari rempah
ratus menjadikan Brunei salah satu
pelabuhan yang wajib disinggah. Kesan
peninggalan dagangan mereka dapat
dilihat dalam budaya tempatan Brunei
sehingga ke hari ini. Rempah ratus yang
sama bukan sahaja digunakan dalam
masakan tempatan, malah juga digunakan
untuk pelbagai terapi tradisional yang unik
di Brunei dan juga rantau Asia Tenggara.
Para pengunjung boleh memanjakan diri
dengan melawat spa di hotel-hotel utama
di negara ini yang mengenengahkan
rempah-rempah dagangan sama dalam
pelbagai jenis rawatan yang menenangkan.
Ini juga masa terbaik untuk para pelawat
mengenali kedai-kedai kopi tempatan,
juga dikenali sebagai ‘kopitiam’. Kedaikedai ini menghidupkan kembali nostalgia
kedai-kedai kopi kecil yang popular dalam
tamadun-tamadun Islam awal.
Di mana dahulunya biji kopi dikunyah oleh mereka
yang menjalankan ibadah di waktu malam, Brunei telah
mengambil konsep kopi ini dan menyetempatkannya
dengan citarasa tersendiri.
Terdapat pelbagai pilihan tarikan perdana lain untuk
diterokai para pelancong, seperti Bangunan Alat
Kebesaran Diraja, Museum Brunei dan Taman Negara
Ulu Temburong.
Pete Wong
Cukup mudah untuk merancang percutian yang
menepati Syariah di Brunei. Dari syarikat penerbangan,
hingga ke hotel-hotel, serta perniagaan tempatan,
kehidupan harian di negara ini sememangnya
sudah berpaksikan ajaran Islam. Sebagai contoh,
Penerbangan DiRaja Brunei merupakan satu-satunya
syarikat penerbangan di rantau Asia Tenggara yang
tidak menawarkan minuman keras. Inilah antara sebab
utama mengapa negara ini dalam kedudukan terbaik
untuk menakluk pasaran pelancongan halal dan terus
kekal antara destinasi utama yang menjadi pilihan
pelancong Muslim dari seluruh dunia.
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The Holland & Holland Range Rover builds
upon the strengths of the two iconic
British brands to provide the perfect
vehicle for customers. Thanks to the skill
and craftsmanship of the team at Special
Vehicle Operations, the new car is able to
combine the unrivalled off-road capability
of the Range Rover with an extensive
range of bespoke features. Both Land
Rover and Holland & Holland hold Royal
Warrants and the collaboration between
them has resulted in the most luxurious,
and most expensive, Range Rover ever.
Based on the Range Rover Autobiography
Black, the summit of the Land Rover
model portfolio, the new model has
been designed by Land Rover Special
Vehicle Operations (SVO), which will
build 40 units per year over a three-year
period. The collaboration demonstrates
the new division’s rapidly growing and
ambitious repertoire of high-end luxury
bespoke commissions, as well as extreme
performance vehicles.
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John Edwards, managing director of
Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations,
said, “The whole SVO team is very proud
of this car, a bespoke design, which
perfectly meets the very particular needs
of Holland & Holland’s customers. This
shows the huge potential of SVO, which
encapsulates both off- and on-road
performance as well as luxury and
craftsmanship.”
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gunstock checkering and the exquisite
engraving of the centre console panel
has been inspired by Holland & Holland’s
distinctive forend diamonds.
The Holland & Holland Range Rover is
available with a choice of powertrains:
the diesel-powered 4.4-litre SDV8, which
delivers 339PS and the 510PS petrolpowered 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged. Both
SVO and Holland & Holland represent
the very pinnacle of craftsmanship, and
the new car is where their collective skills
combine. It is instantly discernable from
a distance, even among other Range
Rovers, thanks to the unique Holland
& Holland Green of the full bodywork,
mirrors and bonnet vent. The grille is
painted in the same deep green and has
chrome highlights.
Holland & Holland badging can be found
on the lower accent door badges of both
long and standard wheelbase versions,
as well as on the tailgate. On the inside,
the Range Rover Autobiography Black
has been tailored to accommodate the
lifestyle pursuits of Holland & Holland’s
customers. The Executive Class seating
package in the long wheelbase car makes
the most of the additional 186mm (7.3
inches) of legroom and 17 degrees recline
available to the rear seat passengers.
Two individual fully adjustable seats are
complemented by an extended and re-
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designed centre console with electrically
deployable walnut tables, integrated USB
charging sockets, enhanced stowage and
bespoke lighting.
In the Holland & Holland car, the interior
is upholstered with the softest tan and
espresso leather hides, with precision
leather detailing including Holland &
Holland embroidery on the front seats.
Even the sides of the transmission tunnel
are trimmed in the same shade of leather.
This is perfectly complemented by the
sustainably-sourced French walnut
veneer, subtly polished to resemble the
oil-finished gunstocks for which Holland
& Holland’s craftsmen have been famous
since the company’s foundation in 1835.
To mark this, their logo is inlaid into the
front centre console. The car’s woodwork
is made from a single huge piece of
walnut, 1500mm long by 500mm wide,
to ensure that every veneer is perfectly
matched.
The engraver’s art is well represented too,
with Holland & Holland’s brand-defining
acanthus scroll turning the internal door
handles into works of art. The fascia
letterbox panels are decorated with
What really sets the new Holland &
Holland Range Rover apart, though, is
located in the boot. A stunning leathertrimmed aluminium loadspace cabinet
- debossed with the Holland & Holland
logo - has been designed especially
for this car. Its espresso Alcantaratrimmed interior can be precisely fitted
to safely transport the owner of the car’s
pair of Holland & Hollands –although
it is also removable when maximum
luggage capacity is required. It sits on a
deployable loadspace floor, engineered
from aluminium and carbon fibre and
finished with leather and wood veneer.
The floor components are machined
and cut to produce a unique platform
that slides out with a perfectly damped
action, to ensure that the cabinet is easily
accessible, even when the tailgate is
open. The sliding floor is also designed to
be load-bearing so that it can still be sat
upon when owners wish to change their
footwear or stop for a brief picnic. When
floor and box are in their travel position,
they sit low and well back in the boot to
ensure that there is still plenty of room for
luggage or sports equipment.
Daryl Greatrex, managing director of
Holland & Holland, commented: “This
project represents two great British
brands working together to produce
a car that perfectly represents our
shared brand values. Stunning form and
perfect functionality unite in a car that is
supremely fit for purpose.”
LIFESTYLE IN PERSON
Homeboy Wu Chun
speaks to Muhibah on being
Brand Ambassador to
Royal Brunei Ailrines and
his New Year plans.
Brunei
BRAND
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LIFESTYLE IN PERSON
How and why did you become
Royal Brunei’s brand ambassador?
As an artiste, there were instances
where foreign media wanted to
come to Brunei to interview me.
That’s when I approached Royal
Brunei Airlines (RB) to sponsor air
tickets. Also, I run a wellness club
in Brunei and started a Loyalty
Programme where I collaborated
with RB for their frequent flyer
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programme Royal Skies. So RB and I had
collaborated long before I was appointed
as their Brand Ambassador. Honestly,
I have been a Brand Ambassador for
several brands overseas such as Levis,
Taiwan Tourism, Coca Cola, etc, but none
of this was from my homeland Brunei. I’m
a Bruneian. I wanted to do something for
my country. So I gladly accepted the offer
when the opportunity came to be RB’s
brand ambassador.
What are some of the collaborations
you’ve done with Royal Brunei since?
We went to Shanghai to do a few
press conferences to raise RB’s
presence and profile. We will
be going to a few other cities to
promote RB in conjunction with RB’s
celebration of its 40-year anniversary
of establishment. This is quite an
achievement for Brunei’s national
carrier.
What does the role of being Brand
Ambassador entail?
I hope to promote Brunei’s culture:
our warmth, hospitality, simplicity,
friendliness, etc. I would like to promote
tourism to Brunei. With the launch of RB’s
new fleet of B787 Dreamliner this is an
opportune time for me to promote RB and
my country – Brunei.
In the activities you’ve worked with as
Brand Ambassador, how much input
do you give to Royal Brunei – do you
communicate your thoughts and ideas
before launching on a programme
together?
I travel frequently, and I am in contact
with my fans, the people, culture, etc of
many countries. When RB plans for a
promotion in a certain city/destination, I
will contribute to help them understand
better the people and culture there. But I
should say my working relationship with
RB is a two-way communication. I have
been constantly inspired by RB’s ideas
and concepts, too.
How do you find balance between
being an artiste and an ambassador for
the airline?
I guess it’s a matter of time management.
As an artiste, a business entrepreneur,
and having my own young family, I always
plan ahead and share my schedule with
RB. From there, we plan our activities.
How do you think your experience
as an artiste add value to the Royal
Brunei brand?
As an artiste, I constantly live and hope
to set a good example as a role model.
Before I was a celebrity I follow my idols’
behaviour and lifestyle, and I know how
they influenced me. Now that I have a
fan base, I want to promote good values.
For instance, giving to charity. Fans used
to give me presents, but I told them not
to and instead save and channel the
money to charity. When they donate
money to charity organisations, they get
the receipts and pass them to me. So I’m
accumulating these receipts as presents
from fans to keep me going.
I have also written a book, a biography
– Ignite Courage. Through this book,
I hope to inspire individuals to strive in
overcoming any obstacles to achieve
their dreams and not take what we
already have for granted.
in some countries this year and most
importantly, I hope to involve myself
with more charity projects in 2015!
I am like all Bruneians. I place great
emphasis on family and I am amazed at
how RB has created a working culture
where everyone treats each other like
family. In short, I hope to maximise my
time for meaningful things and contribute
in small ways like these to make this world
a better place to live.
Anything you like to say to your
fans?
I hope everyone can feel RB’s
sincerity from their beautiful smiles.
It may not be ranked as the top
airline, but it is sincere in wanting to
improve and provide their best to
their customers.
What do you think when you think of
Royal Brunei and what’s your favourite
destination?
Since young, my father used to take us
travelling. These have turned out to be
very good experiences. The experiences
have enriched my life, widened my vision
and given me lots of inspiration. Since
young, we travelled on RB. As I grew, RB
also grew. Today they are 40 years old.
Over the years, I have seen how RB has
grown and improved. I am touched. As RB
is going through a rebranding exercise,
I hope to help to bring RB to greater
heights, and to promote our unique
Bruneian culture to the world.
Brunei is a beautiful and peaceful
country with plentiful natural
attractions. Simple lifestyle, less
commercialised. Come to Brunei to
relax, enjoy the simple and tranquil
lifestyle, be amazed at the beautiful
and natural landscape and savour
the delicious cuisine.
Melbourne is one of my favourite
destinations. I studied there. Now I travel
with my family to Melbourne once a year
to renew the good memories I had there.
My wish is to travel around the world with
my family one day.
What can we expect this year from
you both from your role as RB’s Brand
Ambassador and your personal
projects?
I did a TV Show called Daddy Is Back with
my precious daughter last year and there
will be a new movie which will be released
soon. I’ll work with RB to do promotions
Your New Year’s resolution and
plans for the Lunar New Year?
My motto in life: Never give up. Never
stop learning. As we usher in a new
year, forget the past, stay positive and
strive forward.
Festive seasons are special to us.
Bruneians love to preserve our
tradition and culture and show our
warmth. For the coming Chinese New
Year which falls on 19 February, I will
start with playing Chinese New Year
songs and decorate my home in red.
During this time, we will dress up in
new clothes, visit loved ones, relatives
and friends and enjoy the offerings of
open houses, etc. Festive celebrations
are celebrated in generosity and a big
way here in Brunei. Even my foreign
friends who visited me in Brunei can
attest to that. So join us. Make your
holiday plans and come to Brunei!
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LIFESTYLE THE BUZZ
SMART COVER Contemporary British brand London
Undercover provides a distinguished way to stay dry
and dapper on rainy days. This impeccable Britishmade umbrella blends old-school craftsmanship with
of-the-moment styles, like this King of Clubs print with
traditional beech wood shaft and handle.
www.londonundercover.co.uk
REFINED ART Diehard watch
WHAT’S
NEW
Highlights and trends
from around the globe.
fans will attest to H. Moser &
Cie’s dedication to timepiece
traditions. The company pays
tribute to Bucherer, the famous
Swiss watch retailer founded in
1888 by creating the Venturer
Small Seconds Bucherer Edition.
The watch is presented in an 18K
white gold case and features an
all-new midnight blue fumé dial.
www.h-moser.com
TRUE BREW Silkenty has generations
of master planters that have devoted
their time to crafting the best tea. Each
silken pyramid tea bag contains ultra-fine
quality tea. You can sample the many
blends with this gorgeous pyramid gift
box packed in premium burlwood and find
your favourite flavour.
www.silkenty.com
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POWER CLEAN BadLab wants to make all man rituals easy and fuss-free. So you’ll fine 3-in-ones, sunscreen
that doubles as as a mossie repellant, and cleansers that work on the face and body. Edgy packaging a big plus.
badlabco.com/jackpot.php
GOOD EARTH Here is an extravirgin olive oil that is not only
organic and fair trade, but also
produced by beleaguered farmers
in Palestine. The Jerusalem Blend
Olive Oil is among the many high
quality exports from Palestine
carried by Canaan Fair Trade.
Purchase of this olive oil and
other Palestine products from
Canaan supports small-scale
farmers throughout the West
Bank of Palestine.
MAKE SCENTS Lavender grown and distilled
by Welsh Lavender in Mid Wales goes into
this luscious Farmers’ Hand Cream. Refreshing
rosemary and peppermint add an amazing
earthy scent while other naturally derived
ingredients nourish hardworking hands.
www.welshlavender.com
www.canaanfairtrade.com
FAB FOUR We love Miyu Beauty for
its pairing of luxurious skincare with
artisanal teas. If you’re new to the brand,
try its introductory four-piece A Prettea
Little Tea Quartet set. It includes two tea
samples and two beauty essences to
lovingly hydrate and soothe complexions
from the inside out.
www.miyubeauty.com
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LIFESTYLE TAKE 5
RECLA
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HONG KONG
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Let not the protests stop you from discovering
this energetic
and ever changing city.
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Elizabeth Tan
SE
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DO
Quote “Muhibah”
Discount Code
when at Print House or
buy online at
www.print-house.hk
for exclusive reader
20% discount.
Love it or hate it,
the Observation Wheel next to
Central waterfront is here to stay.
Why not just enjoy the ride?
In 20 minutes, you get to see
the magnificent Hong Kong
skyline from 60 metres high
in a comfy gondola with
built-in wifi so you can share
your experience instantly
with the folks back home.
Valid till
31 March, 2015.
SH
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See Hong Kong through
a jaw-dropping aerial tour.
The Peninsula, Hong Kong’s
‘Grand Dame’, provides a whirlwind
15-minutes helicopter tour that
takes in the incredible sights of
Hong Kong Island. Your departure point
for the chopper ride will be at the
China Clipper, a swanky lounge on the
hotel’s 30th floor that houses
an impressive collection of
aviation memorabilia.
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A new shop opening every
other week means there are plenty
of gems to be found. Your best bet is a
bespoke experience. Try London’s
Rigby & Peller for stylish lingerie shopping
with stellar service. Or, bring back an
original at Print House in Stanley Market.
This DIY t-shirt outfit lets you
decide your own creation and sure
beats buying off the rack!
ST
AY
Hunger for slice of
old Hong Kong? Hullet House
takes you back to colonial romance
through all its 10 bespoke suites.
Expect rich Chinese heritage;
each suite with its own terrace,
sweeping gardens, a polish service
from staff all around, all packaged
in a historic 19th century
white-stucco building.
Royal Brunei Airlines
flies Hong Kong daily.
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LIFESTYLE TRAVEL DIARY
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
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WHAT’S
ON
Feb
31ST NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION
A world of adventure and
new experiences await you
when you fly with Royal Brunei
Airlines. Make your trip even
more memorable with free
flights, seat upgrades and other
privileges with Royal Skies, our
frequent flyer programme.
It’s always fun to watch how Brunei celebrates
its national day. Rough the crowd to catch a
glimpse of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal
Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang
Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, as he delivers
his annual message in Bandar Seri Begawan. Then
treat yourself to the parade of colourful floats and
performances as reward for your patience.
www.bruneitourism.travel
HONG KONG
19
Feb
So, what is good
about being
a Royal Skies
member?
Earn up to 1,000 bonus Royal Skies
Miles upon registration
Earn miles when you dine, stay,
travel and lots more with our
exclusive partners
Enjoy special privileges when
you become Elite Silver or Gold
members
Miles can be exchanged for
flight redemptions, upgrades and
baggage allowances
Free air tickets, upgrades, and
lots more
Signing up is free!
Find out how you can enrol, earn and
enjoy more benefits and privileges
with our Royal Skies Partners at
www.flyroyalbrunei.com/royalskies
CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE
Hong Kong does Chinese New Year in
style. Tsim Sha Tsui is the place to be this
year, as floats, marching bands, lion and
dragon dances spill out to the street under
the moonlit sky. Be armed for a torrent of
sounds and colours.
www.discoverhongkong.com
9-12
MALAYSIA
INTERNATIONAL
JEWELLERY FAIR
Head over to Kuala Lumpur Convention
Centre to check out what’s hot in Spring
jewellery. Be the first to discover the
season’s hottest trends and styles and
get the chance to speak to the experts
on your choice of stones. There’ll also
be workshops, free jewellery cleaning
services, a fashion show and a private
tea party where diamonds will dazzle.
www.mijf.com.my
MALAYSIA
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Jan
Stéphane Sednaoui
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
6-28
Feb
DUBAI FOOD FESTIVAL
Now til
8
A pop-up Beach Canteen, a food
truck lunchtime market, mystery
dining tours, a food carnival and
street food events. This is what
you can expect of the city-wide
Dubai Food Festival. So mark
your calendar and prepare
to discover Emirati,
homegrown, multicultural
and international cuisine
at your leisure.
Feb
SINGAPORE
17-25
www.dubaifoodfestival.com
Jan
THE FASHION WORLD
OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
SINGAPORE ART WEEK
Art enthusiasts, pay attention!
With close to 100 events, including
blockbuster art fairs, thoughtprovoking art exhibitions, as well as
exciting gallery openings, you will
find your senses captivated. There
will be a myriad of activities such
as art walks, block parties, and
riveting art discussions during the
9-day event.
Melbourne’s National Gallery
of Victoria pays homage to the
unconventional and playful designs
of French couturier Jean Paul
Gaultier. From haute couture to
ready-to-wear, 140 superbly crafted
garments will be on display together
with photographs, sketches, stage
costumes and short video excerpts.
www.ngv.vic.gov.au
www.artweek.sg
AUSTRALIA
UNITED KINGDOM
HOGWARTS IN THE SNOW
This is your last chance to catch the most magical
snowfall of the season. Harry Potter’s world gets a
festive makeover at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
See the famous castle blanketed in snow, the Great
Hall comes to live with real props from the movie,
and see how magic is created for the holidays.
www.wbstudiotour.co.uk
Now til
1
Feb
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WELCOME ONBOARD
SELAMAT DATANG
Selamat Datang means
‘Welcome’ in Malay, and your
seamless journey begins here.
Business Class
The Royal Brunei Airlines 787 Dreamliner
Business Class cabin features “Contour” seats
that reclines to a 180 degree flat bed, along
with a plush duvet and larger pillow, offer a
peaceful rest. Each seat is equiped with a 15.4
touchscreen LCD Monitor with Panasonic
eX2 in-flight entertainment system; as well as
in seat power connecter. The Business Class
cabin lavatories are also equipped with bidets
for passengers convenience.
Economy Class Comfort
Royal Brunei Airlines 787 Dreamliner Economy
cabin offers comfortable seats with semiarticulating recline and adjustable headrest,
and with very spacious leg-rooms for
passengers comfort. Each seat is intergrated
with the Eco 9-Inch personal touch screen
monitors filled with great entertainment
content. Each seat also comes with a USB
port as well as shared power supply.
and relax with our overhead movie screens.
For more information, please contact your
nearest Royal Brunei Airlines office.
Cuisine
Everything we serve has been carefully
SkyShow Inflight Entertainment
Royal Brunei’s SkyShow Entertainment
system gives passengers a number of
entertainment options throughout their flight.
A library of hit movies, classic Hollywood
films and TV and audio programmes for
all ages are available onboard. Refer to
the Impian entertainment guide located
in the seat pocket in front of you for the
list of movies, TV and audio programmes.
For Business Class seats; the sockets for
earphones and channel/volume remote
control are located in your seat armrest.
Seatback-mounted personal screens are
only available on our Boeing 787s. Elsewhere,
passengers can avail our service, sit back
chosen for freshness and flavour. In fact,
there’s nothing you can’t enjoy even when
dining at 35,000 feet. Our award winning
menu has been meticulously created by our
Royal Brunei Catering chefs, combining both
Western and Oriental flavours using the best
seasonal and fresh produce available.
For our Business Class passengers on
long-haul flights, you can now select your
desired meal times. Our ‘Dine upon Request’
service is available throughout the flight up
until 90 minutes before landing. Passengers
on all classes also enjoy our ‘Food Fit to Fly
by’ service menu that features healthier and
lighter meal options, complemented by our
award-winning cabin service from our crew.
1970s
1980s
FLYING HIGH
> The maiden Royal Brunei Airlines
flight to Singapore left Bandar Seri
Begawan on a Boeing 737-200 on
14 May, 1975.
> RB added a Boeing 737, the quick change
convertible aircraft, to its fleet. This aircraft
allowed for either an all-passenger or an all-cargo
configuration, or a combination of both.
As Brunei Darussalam’s national
carrier, Royal Brunei Airlines
serves not only as the coming
of age of this tiny Sultanate, but
today cements itself as a serious
competitor in the region.
> Two Boeing 737 aircraft were put
into service flying five times a week to
Singapore, two times to Hong Kong,
and seven times to Kota Kinabalu.
> RB accepted the delivery of its Boeing 757 aircraft
that featured a redesigned livery combining Brunei’s
traditional royal colours on 16 May, 1986.
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> Services to Bangkok and Manila
were added.
Special Meals
Royal Brunei offers a variety of tasty culinary
solutions to suit our passengers’ special
dietary requirements. Special meals can be
ordered when you make your reservation;
please confirm your request at least 24
hours before boarding your flight.
Alcohol-free Environment Policy
Royal Brunei Airlines operates alcohol-free
flights to all destinations.
Hand Luggage
For your safety and comfort, you may store
your hand luggage in the overhead lockers
or under the seat in front of you. Please do
not hesitate to ask our cabin crew for help in
stowing your luggage properly. Be careful when
opening the overhead luggage compartments,
as items dislodged by aircraft movement may
fall on you or fellow passengers.
Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAG)
Various countries have implemented
restrictions on the carriage of liquids,
aerosols and gels in compliance with new
guidelines set by the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO). Passengers
transiting through airports and carrying any
liquids, pastes and gels in containers over
100ml may be asked to dispose of the items
at security checkpoints.
These restrictions may affect your ability to
carry duty-free purchases onboard the aircraft.
Customers are advised to check with duty free
personnel before making their purchases. All
liquids, aerosols and gels must be carried in
containers of no greater than 100ml/3.3oz
capacity (approximately 100gm in weight)
and placed in a transparent, resealable plastic
bag. The plastic bag must be removed from
carry on baggage and presented to security
personnel at the checkpoint for inspection
and separate x-ray screening.
Exceptions to the new regulations are
medicines and dietary supplements needed
during a flight, including baby food. Proof of
need may be required.
Use of Electronic Equipment
Mobile phones cannot be used at any time
during the flight. They should be switched
off as soon as the cabin crew makes the
announcement. Other electronic devices
included in this list are: Citizen’s band (CB)
radio, remote-controlled devices (such as
1990s
2000s
2010s
> RB took delivery of the first of three leased Boeing 767200ER aircraft in June 1990 and set a long distance world
record for twin-engine commercial airlines.
> RB took delivery of two new Airbus A319 aircraft in August
and September 2003.
> In October 2012, RB launched a rebranding
journey with a new logo and livery.
> Two more Airbus A320s were delivered in December 2003
and January 2004.
> RB launched “A betterfly”, the Boeing 787
Dreamliner and commenced its first commercial
flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to Singapore
on 18 October, 2013, followed by flights to
Dubai and London on 1 December, 2013 and to
Melbourne on 2 April, 2014.
> The delivery of Boeing 767-200ER aircraft enabled RB’s
route to extend to London Gatwick in November 1990.
> Twice-weekly flights to London Heathrow began
in May 1991. The route became a daily service on
1 December, 1996.
> RB employed the use of a Fokker 50 aircraft to service
Miri and Labuan in Malaysia, two destinations that were
significant to the growth of Brunei’s oil and gas industry.
> The opportunity to expand regional connections saw
RB establishing a service to Surabaya in 1997.
> In January 2010, RB introduced Royal Brunei Holidays,
a revamp of its Golden Touch Holidays, which offers
passengers value-for-money holiday packages available
locally and abroad.
> Direct services to Shanghai were re-launched in March 2010.
> RB’s newly-leased Boeing 777-200ER aircraft took off
on its first commercial flight from Bandar Seri Begawan to
London via Dubai in June 2010.
> RB unveiled its new heritage-inspired uniforms
on 21 February, 2014.
> RB commenced four-times weekly flights to Melbourne
in March 2011.
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radio-controlled toys), and transmitting devices
that emit radio frequencies. These devices
may interfere with the aircraft’s electronic
equipment, compromising aircraft safety and
endangering the lives of passengers and crew.
The following devices may be used on
board, except during take-off, initial climb,
approach and landing: Personal computers,
FM receivers, calculators, electronic shavers,
audio and video recorders, hand-held
computer games, and playback devices.
of spares are recommended as carry on
baggage. All spare units must be in the
original packaging or packed to insulate
the terminals. Medium and large nonrechargeable must be carried as cargo/
freight in accordance with current Dangerous
Goods Regulations. High-Powered batteries
are not permitted onboard passenger aircraft.
Information of safe carriage of lithium
batteries on-board RB flights are also available
at the RB websites www.bruneiair.com.
Lithium Batteries
Non-smoking Policy
The abundant stored energy that makes
lithium batteries practical also makes them
dangerous when they are not packed and
carried properly. Royal Brunei takes the
initiatives to increase the safety onboard
with the carriage limitations (from industry
initiatives, ICAO and IATA Dangerous Goods
Regulations guidance) to mitigate against
the risks of the hazards.
Royal Brunei Airlines operates non-smoking
flights to all destinations.
Low and medium powered rechargeable
batteries in equipment and limited quantity
Reconfirmation
Reconfirmation is not required except for
passengers travelling to and from the Middle
East. Please reconfirm your departure flight
at least 72 hours in advance with the local
Royal Brunei Airlines office or your travel
agent. Failure to do so could result in the
cancellation of your reservations.
Online Booking
Fly through the airport. You can now book
online at www.flyroyalbrunei.com, check in
online and print your own electronic ticket
(e-ticket). Online check in is available
24 hours before flight departure and closes
60 minutes before departure time.
Check In
Check in counters at the Brunei International
Airport are open three hours before flight
departure. Passengers are advised to check
in at least two hours before departure to
allow for security and baggage checks.
Check in counters will be closed 45 minutes
before departure, after which no boarding
passes will be issued. Royal Brunei Airlines
also advises its passengers to reach the
boarding gate 20 minutes before the flight
departs to avoid missing their flights.
Passenger Comments
Your comments and suggestions will help us
enhance our services. Please e-mail us at:
[email protected]
BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Brunei International Airport’s computerised
passenger and cargo handling facilities
can handle 1.5 million passengers and
50,000 tonnes of cargo a year. Among the
facilities offered at the airport are a prayer
room, telephones and internet services,
restaurants, a viewing gallery and day rooms
for transit passengers who want to rest or
freshen up before their flight.
For customers’ comfort and convenience,
Royal Brunei Airlines’ Service Centre and
SkyLounge are both located on the departure
level. The former is a one-stop centre providing
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services such as reservations, ticketing
and booking of tour packages. Customers
who book online can get their tickets at the
SkyLounge before departure. Royal Skies
members may also redeem their miles here.
For Royal Brunei’s Business Class passengers
and Royal Skies’ Gold and Silver members,
the SkyLounge boasts plush seating for
120 people. Complimentary massage chairs,
shower rooms, ablution areas, and widescreen
plasma televisions are also available.
Duty-free shops offer consumer goods at
competitive prices. There are several outlets,
including a money changer located at the
main departure/transit hall. On sale are
portable electrical goods with international
warranties, designer goods, perfumes and
confectionery. Brunei International Airport
is a smoke-free airport.
Brunei International Airport is also currently
undergoing a modernisation programme to
upgrade its facilities and allow for a smoother
journey for passengers along with expansion
for traffic growth. Airport renovations are
expected to be completed by November 2014.
STAYING FIT
At Royal Brunei Airlines, your health, safety and comfort is of prime importance to us. For your
general well-being onboard our flights, we would recommend the basic inflight exercises.
Ankle circles
While seated, raise one foot
and draw a circle with your
toes. Rotate clockwise for 15
seconds and repeat the same
counterclockwise. Repeat
with the other foot. You can
do one foot at a time or both
simultaneously.
Knee lifts
Lift and hug your knee
to your chest as close
as you can. Hold for
15 seconds. Alternate
knee. Repeat 10-15
times for each knee.
Shoulder roll
Relax shoulders then
hunch them forward.
Rotate gently 10-15 times.
Neck roll
With shoulders relaxed,
drop ear to shoulder and
gently roll neck forward
and back, holding each
position about five
seconds. Repeat five times.
Upper back flex
Stretch hands forward,
then pull back slowly as
far as possible. Repeat
10-15 times.
Trunk flex
With both feet on the
floor and stomach held in,
slowly bend forward and
walk your hands down the
front of your legs toward
your ankles. Hold stretch
for 15 seconds and slowly
sit back up.
TRAVELLER’S GUIDE Brunei Visitor Information
Visas* Austrian, German, Malaysian,
Singaporean, British nationals with the
right of abode in the United Kingdom, The
Netherlands and New Zealand nationals
are exempted from the requirement to
obtain a visa for visits not exceeding
30 days. American passport holders
can enter Brunei Darussalam for three
months without visas. For nationals
of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France,
Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg,
Republic of Maldives, Norway, Oman, The
Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Thailand and The Principality
of Liechtenstein — visas are waived for 14day visits. Nationals of Australia are issued
visas on arrival at the Brunei International
Airport for visits not exceeding 30 days.
All other visitors entering Brunei
Darussalam must have visas obtainable
from any Brunei Darussalam diplomatic
mission abroad. These visas are normally
issued for a two-week stay but can be
renewed in Brunei. Visitors must hold
onward tickets and sufficient funds to
support themselves while in the country.
N.B. For more details, please contact your
nearest Brunei Embassy or diplomatic
representative.
Currency Bearer Negotiation
Instrument Declaration Passengers
entering or leaving Brunei who carry
physical currency or bearer negotiable
instruments valued at BND15,000 or more
are required to complete a declaration
form and submit it to a customs officer
(if arriving in Brunei) or an immigration
officer (if departing Brunei).
Duty-free Allowance* The import of
the following products is subject to
restrictions imposed by Brunei’s Customs
and Excise Department.
Cigarettes: Passengers will be charged duty
on cigarettes of $0.25 tax per stick, equal
to $5 per pack of 20 sticks of cigarette,
and $50 for one carton of 10 packs.
Other tobacco products - Import duty on
other tobacco products has increased
significantly. Passengers will be charged
duty for the import of tobacco products.
Alcohol: Non-Muslim passengers may
bring in two bottles of liquor plus 12 cans
of beer for personal consumption only;
and a reasonable quantity of perfumes.
Transportation The airport is about 11km
from the capital. Taxis, car rentals and
buses are available.
Currency The Brunei dollar is on a
par with the Singapore dollar, which is
also accepted in Brunei. Banks, hotels
and many department stores will cash
traveller’s cheques.
Language Malay is the official language
but English is widely used. Other languages
include Chinese and its dialect variants and
other indigenous dialects. Although the
official religion is Islam, other faiths including
Christianity and Buddhism are practised.
Clothing Light clothing is advisable as
the climate is generally warm and humid.
Women are requested to dress modestly
in keeping with local customs.
* The visa and duty-free allowances are provided as a guideline and may change without notice.
Health Doctors provide private medical
services for a nominal charge. There are a
number of state health clinics and hospitals.
Credit Cards Hotels, department stores and
other major establishments generally accept
all internationally known credit cards.
Tipping Optional. Some hotels add a 10
per cent service charge to their room rates.
Telephones Overseas calls can be made
from hotel rooms through the operator,
or via international direct dialling (IDD).
There are also coin and phonecard
operated public telephones.
Utilities Power supply is 220 - 240v,
50 cycles. The PAL and NTSC systems
are used by local television. Tap water
is generally safe to drink although some
take the precaution of boiling it.
Media Radio Television Brunei has nightly
news bulletins and a range of popular
entertainment in both English and Malay.
Cable network and Malaysian television
programmes can also be received. There
are three local daily newspapers namely:
Borneo Bulletin (English), The Brunei
Times (English) and Media Permata
(Malay). Other regional and international
publications are also available at newstands.
Food For the adventurous, the food
stalls offer Malay favourites, such as
satay (barbecued meat on a skewer)
and local dishes prepared with curry or
coconut milk. Chinese, European and
Indian cuisines are also available. All F&B
businesses, including hotel restaurants,
close for Friday prayer 12pm to 2pm.
For hotel guests, room service dining
operates as usual.
Hotels Accommodation in the capital
ranges from international standard to
middle range hotels. Service apartments
are also available at reasonable rates.
Shopping Department stores and shops
offer goods ranging from cosmetics and
stereos to local handicrafts such as the
keris (an ornamental dagger), miniature
brass cannons, and kain tenunan, a cloth
woven with gold or silver threads.
Festivals and Celebrations National Day,
23 February, Hari Raya, the end of the
Muslim fasting month, and His Majesty
The Sultan’s birthday, 15 July. Other public
holidays include Chinese Lunar New Year
and Christmas.
Customs and Courtesy
• In mosques, visitors should remove their
shoes and should not pass in front of
people at prayer. A woman should ensure
that her head, knees and arms are covered
before entering mosques. Robes are
provided at the entrance to the mosque.
• A Bruneian shakes hands lightly and
brings his hands to his chest. Members
of the opposite sex do not shake hands.
• It is impolite to point with the index
finger (use the right thumb instead) or
to beckon someone with fingers and
palm facing upwards. Instead the whole
hand should be waved with palm facing
downwards. The right fist should never
be smacked into the left palm.
• Gifts, particularly food, are passed with
the right hand.
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ROUTE MAP & DESTINATIONS
London
Jeddah
Dubai
Shanghai
Hong Kong
Bangkok
Ho Chi Minh City
Manila
Kota Kinabalu
Kuala Lumpur
Bandar Seri Begawan
Singapore
Jakarta
Surabaya
Bali
CODESHARE AIRLINES
Melbourne
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MUHIBAH
AUSTRALIA
MELBOURNE (MEL)
TULLAMARINE
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 22 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus AUD16 • Taxi AUD85
Airport Tax AUD38
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Language English
GMT +10
RB OFFICE
Level 10, 45 William Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
T: (61) 3 8651 1000
T: Toll Free Aust wide
1300 721271
E: [email protected]
MCH AVIATION HOLDING
AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
Suite 6, 7-9 Mallet Road,
Tullamarine Vic 3043
T: (61) 3 8318 5100 / 5109
M: (61) 4 3046 3324
BRUNEI
DARUSSALAM
BANDAR SERI
BEGAWAN (BWN)
BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 8 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus BND1 • Taxi BND25
Airport Tax BND12, BKI: BND5
Currency Brunei Dollar (BND)
Language Malay, Mandarin,
Hokkien, English
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
RBA Plaza, Jalan Sultan
Bandar Seri Begawan, BS 8811
T: (673) 2 212 222 /
2 240 500
F: (673) 2 244 737
AIR LOGISTICS SDN BHD
Unit 6, Ground Floor
Madang Complex, Berakas
BC3715, Negara Brunei
Darussalam
T: (673) 865 7913
CHINA
HONG KONG
(HKG)
CHEK LAP KOK AIRPORT
Airport-City 32 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Taxi Kowloon HKD300,
Hong Kong HKD400
Airport Tax HKD120
Currency Hong Kong Dollar
(HKD)
Language Cantonese,
Mandarin, English
GMT +8
GENERAL SALES AGENT
DEKS AIR (HONG KONG) LTD
Room 1804-5, Jubilee Centre
18 Fenwick Street, Wanchai
T: (852) 2529 3883
F: (852) 2527 7300
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS LIMITED
1205A, 12th Floor, Tower II
Cheung Sha Wan Plaza
833 Cheung Sha Wan Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
T: (852) 2328 0278
F: (852) 2328 0221
M: (852) 9161 1747 /
9181 9146
SHANGHAI (PVG)
PUDONG INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 35 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to City
• Bus CNY50 • Taxi CNY160
Airport Tax CNY90
Currency Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Language Chinese
(dialects include Mandarin,
Shanghainese)
GMT +8
PASSENGER SALES AGENT
BEIJING LONGWAY
INTERNATIONAL
Room 0, 22nd Floor
Zhiyuan Building, No.768
Xietu Road, Luwan District
Shanghai, China
Post code: 200023
T: (86) 21 5302 7288
F: (86) 21 6304 7686
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Room 1631, No. 333, North
Chengdu Road, Jing’an District
Shanghai, China 200040
T: (86) 21 2215 7645
M: (852) 9161 1747
INDONESIA
BALI (DPS)
NGURAH RAI
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City approximately
16 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus IDR25,000
• Taxi IDR70,000 - 90,000
Airport Tax IDR150,000
Currency Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR)
Language Bahasa
Indonesia, English
GMT +8
GENERAL SALES AGENT
PT DEKS AVIATION
INTERNUSA
Suite #3, Lobby Level, Kuta
Paradiso Hotel, Jl Kartika
Plaza, Kuta, Tuban Bali (ID)
T: (62) 361 757355
F: (62) 361 757785
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Wisthi Sabha Builing, 2nd FI
Room 19, Ngurah Rai
International Airport, Tuban
80361, Bali, Indonesia
T: (62) 361 936 3345
F: (62) 361 936 0284
JAKARTA (JKT)
SOEKARNO-HATTA
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 50 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus IDR7,000
• Taxi IDR150,000
Airport Tax IDR150,000
Currency Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR)
Language Bahasa
Indonesia, English
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
PT DEKS AVIATION
INTERNUSA
Wisma Tamara, 6th Floor #668
Jalan Jend Sudirman Kav 24
Jakarta 1290, Indonesia
T: (62) 21 520 6338
F: (62) 21 527 9990
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Suite 3K, 3rd Floor, Wisma
Soewarna, Soewarna
Business Park, Block E
Lot 1 & 2, Soekarno Hata
International Airport, Jakarta
19110, Indonesia
T: (62) 21 5591 1311
F: (62) 21 5591 1662
M: (62) 81 2165 799 22
SURABAYA (SUB)
JUANDA INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 17 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi IDR29,500
Airport Tax IDR150,000
Currency Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR)
Language Bahasa Indonesia,
English, Madurese
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
PT DEKS AVIATION
INTERNUSA
Wisma BII, 6th Floor #606
Jalan Pemuda No: 60-70
Surabaya 60271, Indonesia
T: (62) 31 535 6377
F: (62) 31 535 6166
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS GROUP
Suite 3K, 3rd Floor Wisma
Soewarna, Soewarna
Business Park, Block E
Lot 1 & 2, Soekarno Hata
International Airport, Jakarta
19110, Indonesia
T: (62) 21 5591 2839
F: (62) 21 5591 1662
M: (62) 81 653 6501
MALAYSIA
KUALA LUMPUR
(KUL)
KUALA LUMPUR
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 80 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus Luxury RM25
• Taxi Budget MYR70-80,
Limo MYR100-120
Airport Tax MYR51
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
(MYR)
Language Malay, English,
Cantonese, Tamil, Mandarin
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
Lot 25, 1st Floor, UBN Tower
(Shangri-la Shopping Arcade)
P.O. Box 99, Jln P. Ramlee
50250 Kuala Lumpur
T: (60) 3 2070 7166 /
2070 6628
F: (60) 3 2070 6899
E: [email protected]
APPLE AVIATION SDN BHD
No 57-59 (3FL), Jalan Bukit
Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
T: (60) 3 2145 2029 /
2143 8877
F: (60) 3 2143 8876
M: (60) 12 388 5319
KOTA KINABALU (BKI)
KOTA KINABALU
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 8.5 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi MYR13.50
Airport Tax MYR26 To/
Transit via Brunei: MYR20
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
(MYR)
Language Malay, Mandarin,
English
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
Lot BG - 3B Ground Floor
Block B, Komplex KWSP
Jalan Karamunsing
8000 Kota Kinabalu Sabah
T: (60) 88 242 193 / 6
E: sskkoff@rba.com.bn
APPLE AVIATION SDN BHD
No 57-59 (3FL), Jalan Bukit
Bintang, 55100, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
T: (60) 3 2145 2029 /
2143 8877
F: (60) 3 2143 8876
M: (60) 12 388 5319
PHILIPPINES
MANILA (MNL)
NINOY AQUINO
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 9 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus PhP13 • Taxi PhP120
Airport Tax PhP750
Currency Philippine Peso (PhP)
Language Tagalog, English
GMT +8
GENERAL SALES AGENT
GLOBAL AIR SERVICES
CORPORATION
G/F SGV II Bldg, 6758
Ayala Ave, Makati City
The Philippines 1200
T: (63) 2 864 0801 to 05
F: (63) 2 891 0435
E: [email protected]
AIR CARGO PARTNERS
CORPORATION
True North GSA Inc., Unit 26
Cargo Village Complex, Ninoy
Aquino Avenue, Paranaque City
Metro Manila, Philippines 1700
T: (63) 2 500 9114
F: (63) 2 854 0244
SAUDI ARABIA
JEDDAH (JED)
KING ABDUL AZIZ
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airport-City 25 kms (from
North Terminal); 15 kms
(from South Terminal)
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi SAR50
Airport Tax SAR50 except Haj
& Umrah pax, diplomats and
escorts for human remains
Currency Saudi Arabian
Riyal (SAR)
Language Arabic, English,
French
GMT +3
GENERAL SALES AGENT
ELAF AVIATION
Al Nakheel Centre, Madina
Road Jeddah 21414, Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia
T: (9662) 665 7143 /
661 2679 / 665 7908
E: [email protected]
LEISURE CARGO FZCO
Saudi Airline Cargo Terminal
Building, Jeddah, K.S.A
(SITA DXBFBAB)
T: (966) 56 512 5101
M: (966) 56 512 5101
SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE (SIN)
CHANGI INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 20 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus SGD1.40 • Taxi SGD18
Airport Tax SGD21
Currency Singapore Dollar
(SGD)
Language Malay, English,
Mandarin, Tamil
GMT +8
RB OFFICE
81 Clemenceau Avenue
#03-13, UE Square Shopping
Mall, Singapore 239917
T: (65) 6235 4672
E: [email protected]
AIR-ABDA (S) PTE LTD
Room 234-236,
SATS Airfreight Terminal 3
105 Airport Cargo Road
Singapore 819462
Airmail Transit Centre, P.O.Box
0846 Singapore 918154
T: (65) 6543 2290 / 2260
F: (65) 6543 2296
M: (65) 9679 2259 / 9641
0393 / 9651 3944
THAILAND
BANGKOK (BKK)
SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT
Airport-City 25 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Bus BHT150
• Taxi BHT200-250
Airport Tax BHT700
Currency Baht (BHT)
Language Thai, English
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
DEKS AIR THAILAND
4th Floor, C.P. Tower, 313
Silom Road
Bangrak 10500, Thailand
T: (66) 02 638 3050
F: (66) 02 638 2969
ABDA CARGO INTERNATIONAL
999 Moo 7, B-FZ Cargo
Terminal Room 302, 3rd
Fl, Suvarnabhumi Airport,
Bangphli. Samutprakarn
10540 Bangkok, Thailand
T: (66) 2134 2305 / 6
F: (66) 2134 2307
M: (66) 86 392 1132
UNITED
ARAB EMIRATES
DUBAI (DXB)
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT
Airport-City 4 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport
to City • Taxi AED20 + 50
fils for every 500m
Airport Tax AED30
Currency Dirham (AED)
Language Arabic, English
GMT +4
RB OFFICE
Ground Floor Shop No.5
Bu Haleeba Lamcy Building
319 Community, 6B Street
Oud Metha Road, Bur Dubai
T: (971) 4334 4884/686
F: (971) 4334 4585
E: [email protected]
LEISURE CARGO
Office No 3069, Air Cargo
Terminal Building, Dubai
Cargo Village, P.O. Box
293051 Dubai, United Arab
Emirates (SITA DXBFBLT)
T: (971) 4 286 9666
F: (971) 4 286 9995
M: (971) 55 954 6066
Office No. M25 Freight
Gate-4, Dubai Airport Free
Zone, P.O. Box 54385, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
(SITA DXBFBLT)
T: (971) 4 299 7924
F: (971) 4 299 7989
M: (971) 55 221 6289
UNITED
KINGDOM
LONDON (LHR)
HEATHROW AIRPORT
Airport-City 35 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus GBP7 • Taxi GBP40
Airport Tax F & J Class Pax:
GBP80; Y Class Pax: GBP40;
PSC: GBP9
Currency Pound Sterling (GBP)
Language English
GMT +0
RB OFFICE
49 Cromwell Road, London SW7
2ED, England, United Kingdom
T: (44) 207 584 6660
E: [email protected]
AIR LOGISTICS LIMITED
Cargo Terminal 4, East
Midlands Airport, Castle
Donington, Derby, DE74 2SA
(SITA LONALXH)
T: (44) 0 1332 850021 /
7885 875184
F: (44) 0 1332 811961
E: [email protected]
co.uk / [email protected]
airlogistics.co.uk /
[email protected]
2nd Floor Building 558,
Shoreham Road West,
Heathrow Airport Hounslow,
Middlesex TW6 3RN
T: (44) 0 208 759 8686
F: (44) 0 208 990 9005
M: (44) 7713 506614
E: [email protected]
VIETNAM
HO CHI MINH CITY
(SGN)
TAN SON NHAT AIRPORT
Airport-City 7 kms
Approx. Fare from Airport to
City • Bus VND2,000
• Taxi VND50,000
Airport Tax USD14
Currency Vietnam Dong (VND)
Language Vietnamese,
Mandarin, English, French
GMT +7
GENERAL SALES AGENT
DEKS AIR VIETNAM SERVICE
Ground Floor Citilight Tower
45 Vo Thi Sau St., Dakao Ward,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: (84) 8 3820 7327
F: (84) 8 3820 7329
E: [email protected]
7th Floor, 163 Ba Trieu St.
Ba Trieu St., Le Dai Hanh Ward
Hai Ba Trung Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
T: (84) 4 3820 2828
F: (84) 4 3974 3595
AIR CARGO LOGISTICS
VIETNAM CO. LTD
Air Logistics Limited, Room 06
2nd Floor, New TCS Building
46-48 Hau Giang Str., Ward 4
Ho Chi Minh City
T: (84) 8 3848 8567
M: (84) 9 0380 7939
Air Cargo Logistics Vietnam - HCM
City, Unit 206 - New TCS Building,
46 Hau Giang Street, Tan Binh
District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
T: (84) 8 7305 0988 Ext 8400
F: (84) 8 3547 0004
Room 1308A, 13rd Floor, Dao Duy
Anh Tower, No. 9 Dao Duy Anh
Street, Phuong Mai Ward Dong
Da District, Hanoi City
T: (84) 4 3577 2454 / 3577 0942
F: (84) 4 3577 2146
M: (852) 6892 4588 /
(84) 9 0380 7939
E: [email protected]
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WELCOME ONBOARD
CAPITAL ATTRACTIONS
ABODE OF PEACE
Small in size but big in attractions,
Brunei’s capital has lots to offer.
Brunei Darussalam is a country rich in culture and heritage.
It is a small, peaceful, prosperous kingdom on the northern
shore of the ecologically-rich island of Borneo. Come and
discover Brunei, a Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures.
Brunei is arguably best known today as an oil
producing country. The nation became independent
in 1984 and, thanks to its large reserves of oil and gas,
now has one of the highest standards of living in the
world. Its population of just over 408,000 is made
up of two-thirds ethnic Malay, with the remainder
being Chinese, Indian and other indigenous groups.
The Sultanate has four districts: Brunei-Muara
(which includes the capital Bandar Seri Begawan),
Temburong, Tutong and Belait. ‘Darussalam’, the
Arabic word for ‘Abode of Peace’ describes Brunei’s
Islamic history that dates back some 1,500 years.
Today, Brunei remains the world’s only Malay Islamic
Monarchy with an unbroken royal lineage that has
ruled the nation for the past 600 years.
www.bruneitourism.travel
For more information
on Brunei, email:
[email protected]
Images PETE WONG &
DAVID KIRKLAND/
BRUNEI TOURISM
Brunei-Muara
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THE OMAR ‘ALI SAIFUDDIEN
MOSQUE
Brunei Darussalam’s iconic landmark, the
mosque was completed in 1958 and is
named after the 28th Sultan, the late Sultan
Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien, who is referred to as
the Architect of Modern Brunei.
ISTANA NURUL IMAN
The official residence of His Majesty
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin
Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of
Brunei Darussalam. Although not open to
public, except during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri,
its golden domes and vaulted roof can be
viewed from Kampong Ayer.
LAPAU AND DEWAN MAJLIS
The Royal Ceremonial Hall features an
exquisite golden dome and hosts all of the
Sultanate’s traditional royal ceremonies.
MUSLIM PRAYER TIMES in Brunei Darussalam
January 2015
Rabiulawal 1436 / Rabiulakhir 1436
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Subuh
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Asar
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THE ROYAL REGALIA
BUILDING
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BRUNEI MUSEUM
The museum is home to a
collection of royal regalia, including
the royal chariot, gold and silver
ceremonial armoury, the jewel
encrusted crowns used during the
coronation and a replica of the
throne, which is used by the Sultan
on state occasions.
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ISTANA DARUSSALAM
Located on Jalan Sumbiling,
this wooden palace captures the
architectural heritage of old
Malay palaces. Visitors may
view only from outside.
THE SULTAN HAJI
HASSANAL BOLKIAH
FOUNDATION COMPLEX
The capital’s most popular
shopping venues, it combines
both traditional Malay and
modern architecture.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Brunei’s national museum spotlights
Brunei’s role in Southeast Asia’s
history. The Islamic Art Gallery has
historical pieces of Islamic art and a
commendable Quran collection.
Temburong
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ULU TEMBURONG
NATIONAL PARK
BRUNEI ARTS AND
HANDICRAFTS CENTRE
Brunei’s ancient and traditional arts
and crafts – kain tenunan, silver &
brass ware, wood carving and basketry
– are showcased in this centre, aimed
to preserve its rich legacy.
TAMU KIANGGEH
The Tamu, or open air market, on
the banks of the Kianggeh River is a
popular local market for traditional
dishes, fruits, vegetables, flowers
and handicrafts.
Explore Brunei’s lush virgin forest
through lofty canopy walkways, scenic
hiking trails and a thrilling river ride to
the park on the Temburong River.
Tutong
TASEK MERIMBUN
Brunei’s largest lake that curves in an ‘S’
has an island in the centre accessible
via a wooden walkway and various
facilities for picnics and recreation.
Belait
OIL & GAS DISCOVERY CENTRE
An ‘edutainment’ facility, this interactive
science centre aims to make science
exciting and accessible to all with more
than 100 hands-on exhibits in themed
areas to explore.
KAMPONG AYER
The world’s largest water village that
is home to more than 30,000 people
living on unique wooden houses on
stilts over the Brunei River.
February 2015
Rabiulakhir 1436 / Jamadilawal 1436
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Osso Buco is an Italian dish consisting primarily of what ingredient?
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What was the only Ancient Wonder of the World located in Iraq?
6. Which beverage was named after its resemblance to the dark
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1. Occident 2. Cote D’Azur 3. Tea 4. Braised veal
5. Hanging Gardens Of Babylon 6. Cappuccino/cappucine monks
7. Alaska, with Canada, 1,538 miles 8. Wok 9. Strawberry Fields (Forever)
10. Lettuce - from Latin lac, lact-, milk
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35 Mouth parts
38 Locale
39 Freshwater fish
41 Floor model
42 Revise
43 Fishing string
44 Thailand’s
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6 Mouth liquid
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As a youth in Liverpool, John Lennon and friends played in the
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that became the title of one of the Beatles. What was it?
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20 Fat for frying
21 Mature
23 Distress letters
26 Wipe out
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