Friday, 30 September 2016

Seeking a more efficient queuing system at immigration office

2016-09-30 I AM writing regarding the service at the Green IC Section, the Immigration Department, in Bandar Seri Begawan. I am an employer and I had been trying to renew my maid’s IC for the past week. Each time I go to the immigration office, the officers...

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Go live a healthy lifestyle

2016-09-29 I CAN see that so many Bruneians have started living a healthier lifestyle and I applaud them for doing so. More people are taking up activities such as hiking, jogging, cycling, football, Zumba as well as spinning. I believe we should constantly...

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Make reading a priority

2016-09-28 I JUST came back from a business trip in Hong Kong. The most profound impression that I have about Hong Kong is not its lofty towers and glittering malls peopled by business executives in sharp suits and trendy casuals, but the fact that reading is...

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Abortion is never the solution to unwed pregnancy

2016-09-27 READING the story that was published recently in your newspaper about how the young woman who self-induced her own abortion was too much for me to handle. This also leads to the questions of how accessible the pills that she used to induce the...

Monday, 26 September 2016

‘Public transportation on weekends’ initiative urged for government, private sector workers

2016-09-26 I AM writing to express my delight over the new taxi meter system that was introduced recently, after the announcement of the improved public bus system in July by the Land Transport Department (LTD). Well done to the Ministry of Communications...

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Kudos MoE for bringing Shuttle Time programme to Brunei

2016-09-24 I WOULD like to congratulate the initiative of the Private Education Department under the Ministry of Education (MoE) for bringing the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Shuttle Time programme to Brunei. I read in your newspaper that the programme...

Friday, 23 September 2016

Encouraging development in our taxi services

2016-09-23 BRUNEI finally having metered taxis on its roads is what most of us have been waiting for. So many pros for having them but there are few cons that should taken note of. As someone who does not mind taking the public transport (I have taken the...

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Take preventive steps to protect our children, society from Zika

2016-09-22 THE Ministry of Education’s (MoE) advice to parents regarding sending their ill children to school is a timely reminder. The Brunei Times report on September 21 (MoE: Don’t send ill students to school) quoted an MoE statement, advising parents...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Searching for a ‘healthy’ nasi katok salad

2016-09-21 I WOULD like to applaud the increasing number of “foodpreneurs” who are going healthy with their food options for Bruneians — whether it is online-based or selling in a physical store. To date, I think Pan & Wok is the only local brand that...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Annoyed at delivery service lacking sense of direction

2016-09-20 I RECENTLY received a phone call from a courier service delivery man. He was on the way to my house to deliver a parcel and kept asking me where my place is. My house is easy to find as it’s right on a well-known main road which crosses with...

Monday, 19 September 2016

Women-only gym preference now for many ladies

2016-09-19   I RECENTLY completed the '28 days Fierce Women Program' organized by Fitness Zone Women's Health Club (http:// www.bt.com.bn/happenings/2016/ 09/13/women-takes-fitness-zone% E2%80%99s-strength-challenge). As one of the 30 participants of the...

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Thank you for your service HSBC

2016-09-17 I WAS at one of the HSBC branches the other day to do some transfer business, and I felt a bit sad and sentimental. The bank looked emptier than it usually would and I received excellent service and the employee at hand was very accommodating....

Friday, 16 September 2016

Concern on excessive sodium intake among the young

2016-09-16 I COULD not resist the desire not to comment on a report titled “Bruneians take too much salt, MoH study finds” published in your esteemed newspaper on Tuesday, Sept 13, 2016. According to the Ministry of Health’s study over 70 per cent of adults...

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Expecting authorities to strictly impose the Galaxy Note 7 phone restrictions

2016-09-15 I WAS pleasantly surprised when our flag carrier Royal Brunei (RB) Airlines announced that they too are banning the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on its flights following the global recall of the phones due to faulty battery issues. I was...

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A public officer at the Syariah Court worth emulating

2016-09-14 I’M WRITING to talk about the excellent customer service at the counter section of the Syariah Court. It can be intimidating dealing with government agencies but I’ve always had a good experience whenever I find myself having to drop by the...

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

App positive step towards boosting the economy

2016-09-13 I WAS really impressed after reading the story “OffAT app allows users to chat even on airplane mode” in The Brunei Times published on September 9, 2016. It’s good to see young people here taking the initiative to embrace innovation and create new...

Monday, 12 September 2016

Please be considerate when parking at public places

2016-09-12 AS MY family and I were looking for a parking at one of the shopping complexes in the capital yesterday, we came across a car that blocked one of the exit pathways of the establishment. Since it blocked the pathway, we had to reverse and take...

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Consumer rights

2016-09-10 AS A consumer, I am wondering what role our own consumer protection organisations play in events such as product recalls. I write this letter in the context of the Samsung Note 7 which has been recalled in the millions due to potential battery...

Friday, 9 September 2016

Concern on the danger of of fake makeup products bared

2016-09-09 I WAS really worried after reading the story “Cheap prices keep fake makeup in the market” published in The Brunei Times on September 2, 2016. It’s not enough that vendors of counterfeit makeup brands couldn’t care less that they are selling...

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Worried about Net addiction

2016-09-08 ALTHOUGH I do agree that the internet has accelerated the speed of modernisation, but I feel that youth need to be fully aware of its possible negative effects. With gadgets flooding the market — smartphones, iphone, ipads, laptops, tablets, tabs...