Archive | April, 2013

Fitness Zone Anniversary celebration

24 Apr
boxing ring

Boxing ring at Fitness Zone Kiulap

In realising the importance of continuous health care with a healthy lifestyle, various government and private sector agencies in the country are holding various recreational activities or programmes.

In this regard, 14 April afternoon, one of the private health clubs in the country celebrated the 10th anniversary of its establishment.

The event ran concurrently with the official opening of a boxing arena at the club, by the Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Adanan.

It continued with the launching of a video on the health centre. In the morning, a blood donation campaign was held and open to the public, also in conjunction with the club’s anniversary celebration.
The event took place at the Fitness Zone, Kiulap.

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Stardom Quest finalists work out with Wu Chun

22 Apr
Stardom Quest 2 contestants in a group photo with Fitness Zone MD Wu Chun (5th R) during the fitness session at the health club.Picture:BT/Zatty Joanda

Stardom Quest 2 contestants in a group photo with Fitness Zone MD Wu Chun (5th R) during the fitness session at the health club.Picture:BT/Zatty Joanda

STARDOM Quest 2 contestants were invited to Fitness Zone once again, this time to attend a free fitness session with Fitness Zone’s Fitness Manager David Geo Sasis to further enhance their image and stage presence. During the fitness session, Sasis said that it is important for the contestants to focus on their health and fitness level. He advised the contestants on their exercise regime, as their fitness will help maintain a high level of endurance and stamina when they are on stage. The contestants started with a 10-minute warm-up session in Fitness Zone’s gym, and were then put through a series of exercises that tested their physical capabilities and mental strength. Fitness Zone Managing Director Wu Chun also dropped by to give a few words of encouragement to the contestants and take a group photo. Stardom Quest 2 is a local singing competition organised by DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd. Its final 12 contestants have been put through weeks of vocal training, image improvement workshops and elimination rounds to battle it out on stage on April 27 at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre. Stardom Quest 2 2013 is brought to you by DreamZ CT, MediaHub Event Management and Marketing Solutions, Kingston Pepsi, Fitness Zone, IA Salon, Deseo, Jen Studio, Aewon, Imagine Music Singapore, The Face Shop, O3, Aiking Trading, C.Tech Sdn Bhd, FYFE Borneo Sdn Bhd, Energy Heavy Equipment and Hui Huang Enterprise and You C1000. Tickets for the final show are available for purchase at DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd priced at $10, $20 or $30. For more information on the event call DreamZ CT at 2457108, 8962085, 8187522 or 8160020. The Brunei Times

Fitness Zone celebrates 10-year anniversary

17 Apr
Guest of honour Minister of Health YB Pehin Dato Hj Adanan (R) and Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (L) speaking to members of the media during a press conference during Fitness Zone's 10th anniversary celebration. Pictures: BT/Zatty Joanda

Guest of honour Minister of Health YB Pehin Dato Hj Adanan (R) and Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (L) speaking to members of the media during a press conference during Fitness Zone’s 10th anniversary celebration. Pictures: BT/Zatty Joanda

TEN years is a milestone that was marked by Fitness Zone, Brunei’s number one health club, yesterday with the opening of a new wing in its main branch in Kiulap.

Supporters of the health club made their way to Fitness Zone’s biggest branch in Kiulap to celebrate the happy occasion. Present at the event as the guest of honour was Minister of Health, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof. Also present at the event were Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin; ambassadors and high commissioners to Brunei; senior officers from the Ministry of Health; and members, family and friends of Fitness Zone.

A buzz of excitement filled the air as the event began with drums and Wu Shu performances by students from Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB.

This was followed by a speech from Fitness Zone Managing Director, Wu Chun, popularly known as Chun, where he said, “Working in the fitness industry for such a long time isn’t easy… In the past 10 years, I am confident to say that Fitness Zone has brought a major change to the fitness industry in Brunei.”

He added that that being in the fitness industry, one of the challenges has been creating fun in the traditional exercise regime. “Nowadays, the equipment is better and we see innovations that make exercise more interesting and inspiring. Instead of being a chore, Fitness Zone introduced new ways of training and has become something that Bruneians love and then it becomes a part of their lives,” added Chun.

Following his speech, Chun also presented the guest of honour with a token of appreciation which was a life time membership at Fitness Zone. This was then continued with a tour of the new wing where the guest of honour was guided around the new facilities at the health club.

On the first floor of the new wing, members can find two new group exercise studios, a comfortable lounge area for members to relax and unwind, boxing and martial arts training zone and more state-of-the-art cardio and fitness equipment. Chun acknowledged that apart from the normal exercise, people were also looking for other fun ways to keep fit, such as mixed martial arts, yoga and many more.

During the press conference, Minister of Health YB Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Haji Mohd Yusof congratulated Fitness Zone for its 10th anniversary. The Health Minister also said that the ministry has supported and will continue to support Fitness Zone in its efforts to create Brunei into a healthier nation. “Fitness Zone has systematic and professional instructors. We are looking forward to working with them more in the future,” said the minister.

Fitness Zone started back in 2003 at The Mall in Gadong and since then it has a household name in Brunei. It currently has two branches located in Kiulap and in Serusop. The Brunei Times

ASEF Green Action initiative on dangers of plastic bags

17 Apr
ASEF Green Action initiative on dangers of plastic bags

ASEF Green Action initiative on dangers of plastic bags

THE Asia-Europe Foundation is embarking on an initiative to create awareness on the dangers posed by single-use plastic bags, and also promote the use of reusable bags in Brunei.

Under the ASEF Green Action initiative, a reusable bag will be given for every four plastic bags. It will be launched today at the Inspiring Hall of the Student Centre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).

The ASEF Green Action was an idea generated at 18th ASEF University. The bag exchanges along with other activities was planned for Brunei, Thailand, Philippines, China, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands.

“This is the first time it is going to be held at Brunei,” Rob Van Leeuwen, a project officer of ASEF said during a press conference with the organising committee held at Fitness Zone Kiulap yesterday.

“We want to create awareness on the impact and effects of plastic on the environment. By exchanging bags, it is hope that the community would develop a habit to bringing reusable bags to shop.”

The project is being coordinated by Nursalwa Baharuddin, a UBD student who had participated in the 18th ASEF University in Estonia.

The ASEF University offers opportunities for promising students and young professionals from 49 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries to explore current issues in various fields through a two-week programme.

Nursalwa shared that aside from today’s event, they would conduct another ASEF Green Action in May at local supermarkets; that will be conducted on weekdays.

“We plan to conduct it on weekdays with the aims that the community can nurture the habit of bringing reusable bags not just on weekends but also on weekdays,” said Goh Kiat Chun (Wu Chun), a Brunei-born superstar and also the Managing Director of Fitness Zone.

Fitness Zone as the one of the sponsors for this event will participate by giving out reusable bags signed by Wu Chun during the launch of the ASEF Green Action.

Other participating agencies include Green Brunei, Creative Academy of Narrative & Dramatic Arts and Sciences (CANDAS) and UBD Volunteering and Charity Club.

“A joint collaboration from the local institute and NGOs would mean that there will be various contributions of experience and expertise in spreading awareness on the initiative,” said Van Leeuwen. “I hope to expect a snowball effect after this project to attract more agencies.”

“From the bag exchange, we want to make a Giant Earth ball made out of plastic collected,” Nursalwa added. “We would showcase it at the UBD Convocation this August.” The Brunei Times

Stardom Quest 2 contestants shine at Fitness Zone’s anniversary

17 Apr
Stardom Quest 2 contestants shine at Fitness Zone's anniversary

Stardom Quest 2 contestants shine at Fitness Zone’s anniversary

CONTESTANTS for the Stardom Quest 2 competition shone once again during the 10th anniversary of Fitness Zone recently.

After weeks of vocal training, image improvement workshops and elimination days, the top 12 contestants were invited to perform in front of guests and members of Fitness Zone during the event.

Fitness Zone is one of the partner sponsors for Stardom Quest 2 and the health club had also trained the contestants to improve their image and confidence.

The final round of the competition will be held in Jerudong Amphitheatre on April 27 and tickets are on sale at $10, $20, $30 and are available for purchase at DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd.

Stardom Quest has made another step forward with the act of charity as proceeds of the ticket sales for the final round will go to Yayasan Kanak Kanak Kanser (YASKA) and the Special Olympic Brunei Darussalam (SOBD). Students will get 50 per cent off the ticket sales.

Stardom Quest 2 2013 is brought to you by DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd, MediaHub Event Management and Marketing Solutions, Kingston Pepsi, Fitness Zone, IA Salon, Deseo, Jen Studio, Aewon, Imagine Music Singapore, The Face Shop, O3, Aiking Trading, C.Tech Sdn Bhd, FYFE Borneo Sdn Bhd, Energy Heavy Equipment and Hui Huang Enterprise and You C1000.

For more information on the event call DreamZ CT Sdn Bhd at 2457108, 8962085, 8187522 or 8160020.

The Brunei Times

Private, public partnership to battle obesity epidemic

16 Apr

IN A battle against the bulge, the Ministry of Health will be working with Fitness Zone to come up with an initiative similar to the successful show “Biggest Loser” to encourage Bruneians to lose excess weight and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Details of the initiative have yet to be worked out by the Ministry of Health which will be working with Fitness Zone to kick start the project. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected to be signed this year between both parties.

The newest initiative – a private and public partnership – in the fight against obesity was revealed by Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Adanan bin Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Md Yusof, the Minister of Health, and Wu Chun, Director of Fitness Zone, at the opening of Fitness Zone’s new wing, an extension to the current Kiulap Branch.

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health, Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin cutting the ribbon to launch the new extension

Minister of Health trying out one of the fitness machines from Italy

Minister of Health trying out one of the fitness machines from Italy

A boxing ring and some of the new fitness equipment from Italy

A boxing ring and some of the new fitness equipment from Italy

The new wing of Fitness Zone in Kiulap

The new wing of Fitness Zone in Kiulap

Wu Shu performance. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Wu Shu performance. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

The ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Health with Wu Chun and Pehin Kapitan Laila Diraja Dato Paduka Awg Goh King Chin. Present to witness the event were Wu Chun’s fans from overseas.

The new extension covers an area of 6,000 sq feet and is equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment from Italy, the official equipment for the 2012 Olympic Games. The new area also has a boxing ring for sparring.

The Minister of Health welcomed the new initiative of Fitness Zone. “The new extension is in support of the Ministry of Health’s vision towards a healthy nation. Members of the public can benefit from the systematic training and professional instructors available in Fitness Zone.”

The Minister of Health, who is himself a Fitness Zone member, became a lifetime member after Wu Chun presented the minister with the lifetime membership as a token of appreciation.

Currently, there are more than 4,000 active members in Fitness Zone and the new wing will serve to accommodate even more members.

However, Wu Chun expressed his disappointment as according to past accumulated records, there were more than 9,000 people who had signed up with Fitness Zone over 10 years, but many gave up after two or three months. Therefore to further attract more interest in working out, Wu Chun revealed that Fitness Zone plans to come out with fun fitness so that the participants will not feel any pain.

The Minister of Health shared a similar sentiment with Wu Chun and added, “It is important to stay dedicated and committed in order to stay healthy.”

Wu Chun during his speech before the official launch said, “It’s still unbelievable that FZ has been around for 10 years! I have mixed emotions inside me right now.”

He recalled, “I started Fitness Zone in 2003 with a simple vision – to inspire all Bruneians to the world of fitness, both for themselves and for their loved ones.

“Working in the fitness industry for such a long time is not easy at all, especially in Brunei. It takes sacrifice, it takes time, it requires dedication, it requires very strong willpower. But when we gain the strength and courage to endure a difficult 10 years, it’s worth it,” he added.

Les Mills relaunched at Fitness Zone Kiulap

15 Apr

FITNESS Zone, a popular health club in Brunei, relaunched its Les Mills fitness classes on April 11, showcasing fresh routines, programmes and services by new instructors.

Organised in conjunction with the fitness centre’s 10-year anniversary, “Les Mills Relaunch” is a week-long event that is ongoing until April 16 at Fitness Zone in Kiulap. With the theme, “Sweat for a Cause”, participants pay a $3 entrance fee, which will then be donated to several charities in the Sultanate.

Fitness Zone instructors and members demonstrating the various workouts during 'Les Mills Relaunch' at Fitness Zone in Kiulap. Picture: BT/Ikhwan Salleh

Fitness Zone instructors and members demonstrating the various workouts during ‘Les Mills Relaunch’ at Fitness Zone in Kiulap. Picture: BT/Ikhwan Salleh

Fitness Manager David Gener T Sasis VI said, “We are doing this out of a passion to change Bruneians’ lifestyles into a healthy one, for a better future.”

Sasis also said that alongside promoting new programmes, Fitness Zone has been actively looking for new instructors to recruit.

At 2pm today, Fitness Zone will have an opening ceremony for its new building in Kiulap, along with the relaunch of spinning classes (RPM) at 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

Sasis said that in the past, during peak hours, Fitness Zone could only accommodate up to 350 people. However, with the new extension, the building can now hold up to 600 and 700 individuals.

For those interested in joining RPM, body pump or CX worx sessions, it is recommended to purchase vouchers in advance at the service counter of the Fitness Zone branch in Kiulap. For more information, visit their website at http://www.fitnesszone.com.bn/ or call them at 2233338 or 2232338. The Brunei Times