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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:57


Press Release: Royal Brunei Airlines Begins Rebranding Journey

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) reveals its new livery and logo on 30th October 2012 at an event held at Hangar 1, Brunei International Airport. The new livery and logo was revealed on an Airbus A320, which was painted by RB’s own in-house engineering team.

Attending the event was the Minister of Communications, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar as Guest of Honour, as well as RB’s Chairman and Board of Directors, staff and other invited guests.

Included in the guest list were some of the country’s national icons: Two of Brunei’s Olympians, Maziah Mahusin, Brunei’s first female Olympian who represented Brunei at the London Summer Olympics in the 400m run, Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi who represented Brunei at the London Summer Olympics in the 400m run, the Under-21 football team who were the champions of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in March 2012, and the Kilimanjaro team an all-female team who raised the Brunei Flag at the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2001.

Prior to the reveal, Royal Brunei Airlines has been releasing teasers of its redefinition of travel to in the local market, both via print and online adverts and the “Smile Squad”; who has been sparking public curiosity over the past two weeks. The Smiles Squad has been spotted in different parts of the country, spreading genuine smiles and good cheer to the public.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:15
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:48


What do you do?
I am a writer and entrepreneur.

Describe yourself in a few words.
Creative, Self-Confident, and I like doing things I have never done before. 

What was your first book? When and why did you decide to write it?
I wrote my first book in 2004; I was 21. It was a novel called "Look! I am on fire". I undertook a three month writing scholarship and the story was part of an assignment for a writing class. I gave the assignment to my teacher, who gave it to a publisher, and then it got published.

I always wanted to go abroad...but at the time, I did not have the money or the chance to go. The unique thing is that the book is a love story based in Seattle. I researched via the internet and wrote the book based on my research.

What are your proudest achievements to date?
I always feel proud whenever someone publishes their own book on…to see their lives change, it always make me proud. There are also two other things. First was the launch of in 2010 – it was in conjunction with a book launch; 99 writers wrote the book in nine days. It was a very special moment, standing there with 99 new writers. Secondly, this year I received the Inspiring Woman Award 2012 from Tabloid Nova. My mom was there and she was very happy. When I saw my parents happy, I am happy as well.

Photographs from Ollie's visit to UBDfm




Monday, 29 October 2012 12:11

Chevening in Brunei


Excerpt from the Chevening website: Chevening Scholarships not only offer financial support to study for a Master’s degree at the UK’s leading universities, but the opportunity to become part of an influential and highly regarded global network. Do you have the potential to be a future leader and a desire to study in the UK? If you would like to enhance your leadership skills and become part of the growing Chevening network, read on.

How to apply for a Chevening Scholarship?

First steps

  • Sign up for alerts about application opening dates and candidate guidance by clicking on ‘Register’.
  • Read the general criteria and consider how you can demonstrate that you meet these criteria in your application.
  • There will be new minimum English Language requirements which you will have to meet before applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Some countries will be exempt, but if you don’t have a valid certificate consider booking an English language test date now.
  • Research which UK universities / courses you wish to attend as you must include these on your application and demonstrate why you believe these are the right courses for your career.
  • Research the English Language requirements for your chosen courses – they are almost certain to have higher requirements than the minimum requirements for applying for a Chevening Scholarship. Plan how you are going to meet those requirements.  
  • Think about who you will nominate as referees on your application. You are required to nominate two referees.

All the best folks!

Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:21

Editor's Note: I got to catch up with my mate Abdul a few weeks ago - one of the stars of the Oppan Brunei Style music video. I also managed to catch a quick interview (over SMS) with him before he left back to the UK to continue on with his studies. 

What do you do?

I am a student at Keele University, UK taking a degree in politics.

Describe yourself in a few words.

I would have to say I am a very huggable person (due to the unexpected fatness) hahahaha! Plus, I am easy to get along with.

What do you miss about Brunei when you are away?

I miss my family for sure...and getting chauffeured around hahahahahah!!

What was the inspiration behind the Oppan Brunei Style video?

The inspiration behind it actually came from a friend of mine - Nasir Jaafar who's the producer / director and mastermind behind all this...who himself is half korean. And if Sabah & Kuala Lumpur were able to make their own Oppan version why can't Brunei? Hahaha.

What does it mean to you to be Bruneian?

To be a Bruneian is knowing and remembering your roots, especially when studying overseas as we are all "anak Brunei" (no pun intended). Hahahaha!


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