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  • JANUARY 3 MAULIDUR RASUL BRUNEI, SARAWAK, SABAH In Brunei, thousands of Muslims honour the anniversary of Prophet Muhammad S.A.Ws birth with prayer readings and a traditional procession through the streets of the capital, led by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei.

    JANUARY 21 FALLEN HEROES OF PETAGAS SABAH An annual memorial service held at the Petagas War Memorial to remember and honour Sabahs local war heroes, who fought and fell during the Second World War to defend their country.

    JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 1 BRUNEI CONSUMER FAIR BRUNEI The leading consumer and trade event in Brunei Darussalam, the Brunei Consumer Fair showcases a wide range of products and services. Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), this will be the 15th edition of this extremely popular event which is held bi-annually.

    FEBRUARY 7 MIRI COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 SARAWAK Time to dust off that ol cowboy hat and head to the Miri Country Music Festival (MCMF). Following the success of the first festival, it is back again this February for another knee-slapping good time with a line-up comprising musicians from Czech Republic, Malaysia, U.S. and Singapore.

    biG dates Get out and about; let us show you what you can do around Borneo this quarter.

    biG scoop We scour around town and discover the newest and best products for you to love and desire this quarter.

    biG feature Take a closer look at what the Borneo Islanders are up to.

    biG trail Follow our plucky writers as they bring you stories from around Borneo.

    biG talk We chat with personalities and discover their specialities.

    biG focus See who and what were pointing our cameras at.

    biG special Festive celebrations put people in a good mood and we show you how its done.

    biG buzz We put our ears up and find out what is buzzing in town.

    biG appetite We try the food so you can follow suit. Check out our food journeys.

    biG getaway Expand your horizons. Pack your bags and explore beyond our shores.

    biG listings We make a list of places to eat, drink and chill.

    biG essentials Here are some helpful tips for visitors just stepping onto our shores.

    biG directory Find travel agents & operators, and places to stay in Brunei.

    biG navigator Find your bearings in Bandar Seri Begawan, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching with our walking maps of hot spots around the capital.

    biG screen See whats playing in the movies around town.

    FEBRUARY 19 LUNAR NEW YEAR BRUNEI, SABAH, SARAWAK All over the world, the Chinese will welcome the Year of the Sheep on the first day of the new Chinese year with traditional lion dances, feasts and firecrackers crackling through the night! Celebrations will continue until the fifteenth day when the moon is at its brightest point.

    FEBRUARY 23 NATIONAL DAY BRUNEI The streets of Bandar Seri Begawan come alive with the celebration of Bruneis 31st National Day as locals and visitors gather at the city centre to watch the grand parade and enjoy the fireworks.

    MARCH 13-15 BORNEO TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP BRUNEI Reviving a once prestigious competition between Brunei, Sabah and Sarawak, Brunei will be hosting the Borneo Track and Field Championship a historic event last held in the 1980s. This year, nine athletic associations from Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia will be arriving in Brunei to compete in various track and field events.

    MARCH 21-22 STATE LEVEL OPEN FISHING COMPETITION SABAH Held in conjunction with the Sabah Agricultural Parks 14th Anniversary, anglers are invited to bring their hooks, lines and sinkers and head on over to the park! This two-day event will also include other activities for families to enjoy including karaoke sessions and a colouring contest.

    MARCH 28 EARTH HOUR BRUNEI, SARAWAK, SABAH Borneo joins the world to celebrate Earth Hour a global collaboration to switch off all electrical equipment for one allocated hour in an effort to reduce the greenhouse effect on Earth.


    biG dates

    Events to look out for this quarter

    Editors Note Hello 2015 and what a great year we anticipate it to be! I always feel renewed in the beginning of a new year and am filled with new hope and new energy. At BiG, we want to start the year off with some good intentions and work on the health aspect of our lives so in this first issue of the year, we tackle health and fitness with vigour and motivation.

    If you have ever envied anyone glowing with good health and shining with confidence and wished you had an ounce of what they have, then we encourage you to put on your fitness togs and get cracking this year. We check out some of the fitness joints buzzing with energetic and determined people. If pedaling is the action you seek, read our feature on bikes and cycling in Brunei. In Sabah, run amok in the Tun Fuad Stephens Park or climb the Fairy Caves in Sarawak and get a fantastic view of the Bau region. We know that it s not enough to work on the physical side without paying attention to our diet and we are not alone on this. Eateries around town are running away with the eating clean concept and introducing healthier options with superfood and organic ingredients in their menus, and nobody gets it better than our very own healthy lifestyle ambassador, Wu Chun, who is changing the way we eat at his new restaurant. Taking the natural road a little further is our guest for BiG Talk - Raw Food Asia founder Mewsum Wong - who is driving the raw food movement of eating natural all the way.

    Finally, we celebrate Bruneis 31st National Day on February 23. For us folks who live in this country, we know what we love about Brunei and the places that make us feel peace and gratitude. We asked a few friends of BiG to share their favourite spots in Brunei with us. Where is your favourite spot? If there is a place in Brunei that is special to you, do share it with us on our Facebook page BIG: Borneo Insiders

    Guide. It would thrill us to hear from you!

    biG stands for Borneo Insiders Guide. It is a quarterly magazine that aims to entertain and share with readers the best there is to offer on lifestyle and travel in enigmatic Borneo and beyond. It is distributed at travel fairs, international events and Brunei high commissions abroad.

    biG is available at the arrival hall of Brunei International Airport, Brunei Tourism offices, Royal Brunei Airlines business class, all hotels, popular food and beverage outlets and foreign missions in Brunei.

    biG has a distribution network in the neighbouring states through the Sabah and Sarawak Tourism Boards as well as via prominent hotels in the respective capitals. Besides being Bruneis very own publication for bridging its residents with a myriad of commercial and cultural offerings within the country, each issue also serves as the worlds window into the rich tapestry of Borneos life and culture.




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    Pauline Chan


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    Cheong Zhi LingCheong Zhi Ying Novri Rinaldi


    Pamela FletcherIris TanHeidi Munan Johan Alias


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  • biG scoop

    Cyclists of Brunei take note: there is a way to enjoy cycling under the hot blazing sun in comfort and in style too. Rapha the crme de la crme of cycling sportswear and accessories has a solution for cycling in hot, humid weather: their Super-Lightweight jersey designed for riding in the heat. The jersey is made from extremely lightweight proprietary fabrics that are fast drying with anti-bacterial treatment. Practical rear pockets with reinforced construction and breathable mesh side panels plus Raphas trademark classy design means that you will look super cool in the heat.

    Check out Raphas online store at

    The Body Shops new Red Musk fragrance is a wickedly bold scent with an attitude. This is Body Shop Musk Collections first unconventional no-flower scent featuring cruelty-free synthetic musk with notes of spicy pepper, cinnamon and tobacco. The result is a smouldering blend of spices that is simply irresistible. This red-hot fragrance is set to heat things up with its Eau de Parfum and Perfume Oil. Both are now available at all The Body Shop Outlets.

    The Body ShopGrd Flr, The Mall, Gadong, Brunei DarussalamTel: (673) 245

    biG scoop

    More than your average pedometer, the Polar Loop is a 24-Hour activity tracker that serves as a fitness instructor in a bracelet. This smart bracelet is equipped with Bluetooth and has a mobile app that is compatible with both IOS and Android systems, helping you track your daily progress and calorie intake. It also tracks your sleeping hours and features an Activity Guide to help you reach your goal, track your training progress and even remind you to move every hour if youre getting too complacent in your office chair. So strap one on, take the stairs instead of the elevator or go for a run instead of watching television and let Polar Loop keep you active.

    Available exclusively at all Fitness Concept Stores around Sarawak and Malaysia. Visit for more details.

    During and after a run, youd be glad to have one of these on. C