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GREETINGS FROM PARIS, FRANCE BY ABDUL ZAINIDI

From the Writings of Abdul Zainidi, Bruneian born French filmmaker; in response to a series of question from Brunei Buzz.
 
1) How is BIP going on now? What's the update? Any new stuff coming in about the show?
 
2) So what's the concept behind BIP A DAY? And what's the feedback from it?
 
3) Talking about your short film Teluki which has premiered in Cannes, how did it went? And what did critic said about it?
 
4) Give us your thoughts on this year’s canned film festival? Highlights and moments to remember in your personal opinion?
 
5) what's the word on your future project and what's in store for your Brurealism Pictures in the coming months?
 
Hello Brunei from France,
 
Well project a 'little BIP a day' came as a response to my web series and my country and how I wanted to push it out there to the European public. While being fortunate to live in Paris I've filtered a lot of national pride into my work under my production company Brurealism Pictures.
 
 
One day I decided to take the poster for my web series where BIP is depicted on the top of the Eiffel Tower ,and put it in the hands of strangers alongside our Bruneian flag.
 

 
This I decided to do each day of Ramadan to give myself an objective to make Brunei in Paris a bit more known while at the same time promoting Brunei. And also displaying to Brunei people the diverse people that inhabit and visit Paris. I call them my 'bip'tims and each day I've changed for the duration of Ramadhan. I do believe managed to make a slight difference in installing 'Brunei' into the minds of some people. It's a small change and it goes a little bit a day. The  Brunei in Paris Facebook page was also created to showcase each 'bip'tim as they appeared each day. Don't forget to like :)
 

 
'bip'tims include Bruneian singer Feez Madea, Jacques Sirgent owner of the Paris vampire museum.
 
 
TELUKI was represented into Cannes this year as the only Bruneian short film ever from Brunei. Response despite the modest budget of the film was generally positive. feedback was varied and praise for the unique and surreal storyline about children in Tutong being kidnapped and lured into the 'Bukit Udal' jungle was good. It was eerie and very fairytalesque and one critic said it reminded him of 'A dark Pied Piper tale that lured children with his flute but in a Bruneian setting'. That was the objective I had gone for. It will be screened in Paris and as well as London shortly.
 
 
 
Brurealism pictures with Faisal Osman are currently finishing more Brunei In Paris episodes and I've just shot the very last episode of Brunei In Paris and I guarantee it will be dark and it is entitled 'BIP's last Halloween' which I feel deserves to be made into a short film rather than an episode to appropriately close and finally say goodbye to BIP. it will be a spooky and sad departure for my Brunei in Paris. But all good things must come to and end.
 
 
 
My other short films in the works include a French English short story I wrote and directed inspired and it will be the first ever adapted work from science fiction writer Clark Ashton Smith's poem. It will be a short psychological horror .called 'Mond Wasser'.It is a based on a Bruneian ghost story I heard about in Kiulap that I turned into a French story about an abandoned flat and a couple moving into it. and a short film about possession of Brunei spirits in European bodies called ' Pont Berbeza'.It is a small metaphor about how we adopt western cultures and the west adopt ours but through the supernatural.
 
 
 
Abdul Zainidi's works are still progressively comic together and a play is also previewed to be set up with Anwar Hj Rosly as one of the leads. It will be a play that Abdul will write himself and mixed in with a another play by a known playwright to be announced. Much similar to the formal of Abdul's play in February The BOOR/LANGSAT.
 
 

NYONYA NIGHT @ FUN BEE PARK

Went to a Nyonya Night event last Saturday night, and got treated to a splendid variety of foods from the Nyonya Chef herself Pearly, as she is fondly called.


I’ll just let the pictures tell the story.
























FITNESS ZONE BECOMES HEALTH PARTNER FOR LUFBRU X-GAMES


Fitness Zone, the most active health club in Brunei has officially become the platinum sponsors as well as the official health club partner for the United Kingdom Loughborough University Summer Games. The past six years have seen the evolution of LufBru X-Games into the now renowned LufBru-branded Summer Games. This year will be the seventh time the event will be carried out and the committees are working towards improving what is already dubbed as ‘The Most Outstanding Event’ for three consecutive years by the Loughborough University Students Union.

According to Wu Chun, the founder of Fitness Zone, " I have so much passion in sports and fitness and i wanted to share the never ending benefits of how a healthy lifestyle can bring magic to everyone's lives and thats is one important reason why i set up Fitness Zone 10 years ago! Having the opportunity to support these students is no doubt the right thing to do and Fitness Zone always hope to reach out to our communities and entice those around us to tap into the power of exercise and good health!"

During Loughborough University’s International Day in 2009, this event was also titled as ‘The Best Parade’. The 2010 Summer Games was commented to be the most successful event so far, with around 500 people participating in it. Due to this, LufBru has gained popularity and well regarded within the students union as one of the most active and ambitious societies. This event is also supported by Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Home Affairs.

According to Mohammad Aale Soufi Haji Awang Mohammad Yakub, LufBru Chairman 2013/2014, "The Games are open to all Bruneian students studying in the UK and its main objective is to foster closer relationships between them. We also wish to develop a spirit of sportsmanship among them. The event will be held in Brunei and is expected to have a participation of over 500 Brunei students who are studying in the United Kingdom."

This competition is open to all Bruneian students studying in the UK. Netball, Futsal and Badminton are among the sports that will be competed in the 2013 summer games. Mohammad Aale added, "We as a well-established Brunei society in Loughborough aim to foster closer ties within the society itself as well as with other Bruneian societies throughout the UK. It is our intention to achieve this via healthy competition and good sportsmanship. Excess of income from this event will be donated to ‘LufBru Projek Bantu 2013’.

For those students who are currently studying in UK, its a 3 months vacation back in Brunei. Since Hari Raya is coming, Fitness Zone is promoting their 'Look Great during Hari Raya' tag line and they are coming up with a lot of late night activities happening in their health club caters towards the fasting muslim crowds. Wu Chun added, " Developing a healthy eating habit is extremely important during the fasting month. Buffet is everywhere but i always believe that diet is only for people who dont exercise. Eating without exercising is creating health problems such as diabetes, heart problems or even cancer and Fitness Zone mission is to prevent these illnesses coming into people's life!"

Sharing the same vision as the Ministry of Health, Fitness Zone has constantly educating and encouraging everyone to start a healthy lifestyle. For the month of July, Fitness Zone is taking its responsibilities to make Brunei a healthy nation as there are generously giving away 100 memberships for members to workout for free in the month of July. According to Wu Chun, " Fitness Zone's culture is not always about the business side of thing. We care, we want to educate, we want to inspire and we want to make a difference to these people's lives through our continuous contributions to the society." On top of that, Fitness Zone is always giving away a 1 week membership for all the students who are back to Brunei for their vacation and these students will just need to show their Brunei students unit card issued by the high commission of Brunei Darussalam.

On the 19th of July, Fitness zone will also do an open house events cater towards all the UK students. World best popular fitness programs such as Indoor cycling class, Les Mills Group Fitness classes and Zumba, together with sporting activities such as Basketball and Badminton will be available for these UK students to enjoy at no charge.


For more information, please log on to www.fitnesszone.com.bn or call 2238888. 

12th July - Online registration available on Facebook Bruneistudentsunion -
President's name for Brunei Student Union - Radin Abdullah Bin Radin Mas Basiuni

Linkin Park is coming to Malaysia!!! Written By Margret Changat.


Calling all LINKIN PARK fans – especially in Brunei!


Only a flight away from here, this is as good as it gets!
After almost TEN years, LINKIN PARK IS COMING BACK TO MALAYSIA!!!
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Come and watch them LIVE!!! They will be kicking off their ‘LIVING THINGS’ World Tour on August 19th at Stadium National, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at8:00pm!
Comprising co-lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, DJ and programmer Joe Hahn and Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocals, keyboards, guitar, the award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band, LINKIN PARK is exclusively touring Malaysia in this part of the SEA region as Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore are not included in the tour!
Definitely NOT an opportunity to be missed!
LINKIN PARK ‘LIVING THINGS’ World Tour Live in Malaysia 2013 is organized byThe WonderLand+ and ticket prices range from BND40 to BND 283 as follows:
Seating Layout
Ticket prices are categorized into free seating – RM95, RM195, RM295; and free standing – RM350 (Playground Zone), RM450 (Rock Zone), RM550 (The Pit) and RM680 (VIP).
Even better, there will be an early-bird pre-sale from 21st – 30th June with a 10% discount on all tickets! So purchase your tickets SOON at www.ticketcharge.com.my or contact (+60) 3 9222 8811 or visit www.facebook.com/thewonderlandplus.
LET’S ROCK!
Some LINKIN PARK facts:
  • Sold over 50 million albums worldwide
  • The biggest band on Facebook (over 53 million fans and counting)
  • Since the release of their debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the US Alternative radio chart.
  • Now with the release of their latest album, LIVING THINGS (Machine Shop Recordings /Warner Bros), which reached #1 in over 20 countries, no other band has achieved more #1 albums this century!
  • In 2005, LINKIN PARK founded Music For Relief, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization that has raised over 5 million dollars for victims of natural disasters and environmental projects.

E-Vendor Of The Week: Stay Laced Brunei

HAVE you ever heard of Stay Laced Brunei?

These guys are the E-vendors in selling brand shoes and I've just come to know about them just few weeks ago.

To find out more about these guys, check their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/stay.laced.758 and follow on their Instagram at @StayLacedBrunei


FAB FIVE’S ARMY INVASION

And from the looks of it, they mean BUSINESS! 



BAKER’S GALORE BAKE SALE

FOR those sweet tooth looking for some sugary taste, look no further as top online bakery shops will be organising an event this coming Friday! So set your date and time!


ZUMBA TIME @ HEALTH PROMOTION CENTRE

SEVERAL ex-SSEAYP of the 38th batch members in collaboration with Fuhreakz  yesterday held their Zumba session at the Health Promotion Centre (HPC), with their usual place at Pusat Belia closed due to renovation.

According to Zumba project leader, Ashraff Rannil, HPC will be their permanent venue to hold out Zumba session on weekends and is inviting everyone to join in the fun for Zumba Time every Sunday.


Yesterday’s turnout had gained up to 110 people.











EDA BRIG PERFORMED LIVE @ MYSTIC DREAM STUDIO

LOCAL band Eda Brig performed and recorded live yesterday night in front of a number of fans who turned up at Mystic Dream Studio in Jerudong.

The band fronted by guitarist AliefChief, bassist Bboy and drummer C-Boy entertained the crowd with all their songs from their first album.


Ex-Embrace for Rosanne guitarist Rody, who recently released his solo album titled Ada Main, joined in with the band for their last song of the night called “I Don’t Care”.