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Friday, 29 March 2013 17:34

Greetings Readers. Back in February, I was invited to meet Ambassador David Lee Carden, the United States Ambassador to ASEAN. Rano and a couple of others from the newspapers were there as well. We had about an hour's worth of dialogue with the Ambassador; I wish we had more time! He spoke about his journey and role, about food security, the impact of the depletion of natural resources, the importance of water, animal welfare, the significance of the youth, agriculture, trade, the economy, education, etc.

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What I really appreciated was the fact that throughout the session, no question was off-limits. The session was fast-paced, frank, thorough and thoughtful. To get a sense of the dialogue, check out this link to Storify; Ambassador David (@USMission2ASEAN) took and responded to questions via Twitter a couple of days prior including the following.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013 09:37

Press Release: After the successful launch of their new Peugeot 408, T.C.Y. Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Peugeot automobiles in Brunei Darussalam, is taking the chance to launch once again another highly anticipated B-segment super mini, producing over 300,000 units after its production debut last year.

Taking the top position in the B segment and winning various awards from Europe such as ‘Best Supermini’ Class award from Auto Express UK, ‘Best Car of the Year 2013’ in Spain, and ‘Auto Europa 2013’ prize from Italy, it has not slowed down in wow-ing fans and customers alike all over the world including South East Asia as it will make its launching debut in Brunei on Friday 29th March 2013.

To create further excitement and buzz on the 208 launch, T.C.Y. Motors will be holding a daily ‘Like, Answer & Win’ contest on their Facebook page, starting from 25th to 28th March 2013 where 2 lucky winners of the day can win a Limited Edition 208 Macaron, created by MADbites Café. A lucky draw for an Apple iPad will also be up for grabs on the 29th March 2013, as it will be launching this highly anticipated model into the B-segment market.

There will also be a dancing competition in conjunction of the launching as well as introducing their next 208 model line up which is the 5-door variant in the second quarter of 2013.

You can drop by their Peugeot Kiarong Showroom or call 2426969 for further details or a test-drive. You can also follow Peugeot Brunei on Instagram at @PeugeotBrunei.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 22:44

Greetings Readers! About 18 months ago, I was invited to Jakarta for the 1st ASEAN Social Media Exchange by GIZ and Media Consulta. The general idea was to gather strategists and practitioners from across a number of disciplines and talk about best practices in communications. They called on us again for the follow up, this time, in Bangkok. More on lessons learned another time; this blog post is about Bangkok.

It was my first time visiting Bangkok. I arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport (Suvarnabhumi means "The Golden Land") and took a taxi straight to my hotel. I had to pay 450 baht for the 40 minute ride from the airport to Dream Hotel on Sukhumvit Road. A five-star "imaginative central Bangkok hotel, where ancient fantasy meets high design". Would I stay there again? Most definitely. Taxis were readily available, it's walking distance from the MRT Station and the BTS Skytrain station, and it is (close enough) to the likes of the Siam Society House and Garden, Bhirasri Institute of Modern Art, Chatuchak market, Terminal 21, etc. I would say "surrounded by" all these places, but that would be an exageration.

Meetings ran all through the weekend, so truth be told, I wish I had more time to soak Bangkok in. I walked along Sukhumvit Road, went on a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river, had a meal at Baan Khanitha, chilled out at Vertigo and the Moon Bar at the top of Banyan Tree, visited the Crossfit Bangkok Box and Terminal 21. Now back in Brunei, if you asked me what Bangkok was like, I would not be able to give you a thorough answer...but what I did observe was that it is a city of stark contrast. The locals were polite, but the street vendors were eager. I felt safe walking along Sukhumvit during the day time, but would have prefered having a buddy with me at night. Suits and executives owned the walkways right alongside the beggars. The MRT and Skytrains were reliable, but the tuk-tuks were more fun.

The next time I visit, I want to watch a Thai kickboxing match, sample (more) street food, get a Thai massage, mingle with the locals at Chatuchak Market, have a meal along the Floating Market, etc etc etc. When? Better sooner than later. Here are a few pictures from the trip (taken with my iPhone 4S).

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Group photographs

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Terminal 21

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Walking along Sukhumvit Road

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