Archive | May, 2013

Fitness Zone holds ‘BodyJam’ workout session

30 May
Participants during the BodyJam cardio workout

Participants during the BodyJam cardio workout

Arnold is a leader in the fitness industry, with over 12 years of experience. He has been a massive influence on the growth and expansion of group exercise throughout Southeast Asia over the past 6 years as the programme coach for BODY JAM™, Les Mills Asia Pacific.

Wu Chun further added, “Arnold is one of Asia’s most sought after trainers and his philosophy and programmes are focussed on achieving results which is why we were really excited to bring him into Brunei not only to certify our instructors but to inspire all our members to lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Arnold now travels the globe as a trainer, presenter and consultant igniting others with his passion and knowledge for health and fitness. “Our fitness coaches were glad to have him with us for three solid days in which he conducted SH’BAM™, the latest group exercise programme from the world’s most popular Les Mills programmes and also the BODYJAM™ certification workshop,” Wu Chun said.

Over 200 Fitness Zone members had the opportunity to be inspired in an hour Les Mills BODYJAM™ group fitness session at Fitness Zone led by Arnold Warren who was in Brunei for a four-day trip to conduct fitness certification workshops for Fitness Zone’s fitness coaches.

BODYJAM™ is the cardio workout where you are free to enjoy the sensation of dance. An addictive fusion of the latest dance styles and hottest new sounds puts the emphasis as much on having fun as on breaking a sweat. Funky instructors teach you to move with attitude through this 55-minute class. Earlier, Arnold said, “Grab a friend and get high on the feeling of dance at Fitness Zone. Like all the LES MILLS™ programmes, a new BODYJAM™ class is produced every three months with new music and choreography. Each new class will be a different dance experience depending on what’s current and hot in the music industry.”

Fitness Zone will also be coming up with an event for World Environment Day on June 7 and interested participants can register their names at both Fitness Zone branches and a complimentary 3-day Fitness Zone membership will be given.

For more information, the public can visit any Fitness Zone branch or call 223 8888 or log on to http://www.fitnesszone.com.bn or http://www.facebook.com/fitnesszonebrunei.

 

Les Mills coach trains Fitness Zone instructors

28 May
 Les Mills coach trains Fitness Zone instructors

Participants in action during the Sh’Bam master class conducted by International Les Mills New Zealand Programme Coach Arnold Warren (not pictured) recently at Fitness Zone.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

INTERNATIONAL Les Mills New Zealand Programme Coach Arnold Warren was recently invited to popular health club Fitness Zone, to conduct fitness certification workshops for its instructors.

Warren is a pioneer in the fitness industry, with massive influence in the growth and expansion of group exercises throughout Southeast Asia as the programme coach for Body Jam, Les Mills Asia-Pacific.

Ten instructors participated in the three-day Les Mills Body Jam certification workshop, where they received the necessary training to conduct Body Jam classes to the Les Mills standard.

Body Jam is a cardio workout that fuses the latest dance styles with the hottest new sounds, and is popular for its emphasis on having fun while exercising.

“At Fitness Zone, we are passionately devoted to creating a fitness revolution among Bruneians, bringing health and a sense of community to the people,” said Fitness Zone Managing Director Wu Chun.

“Arnold brings an energetic, sincere personality, and a genuine passion for exercise and health education. He walks the talk and his ability to inspire, guide and educate others is simply world class.”

In addition to the Body Jam certification workshops, Warren also conducted a Sh’Bam master class, which was attended by more than 60 members of Fitness Zone and the Ministry of Health.

For more information, drop by their branches in Kiulap and Serusop, or call 2233338/2232338 (Kiulap) or 2448488/2448489 (Serusop).
Source: The Brunei Times

Colours of Korean cooking

21 May
Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Choi Byung Koo and spouse Madam Kim Kyung Soo with Wu Chun (L). PHOTO: JAMES KON

Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Choi Byung Koo and spouse Madam Kim Kyung Soo with Wu Chun (L). PHOTO: JAMES KON

THE fresh ginseng salad with green spears of asparagus, covered with slices of white fresh ginseng, white Korean dates (jujube), white chestnut, white pear and white shelled Korean pine nuts, sauced with lemon juice with honey and a bit of salt, caught Goh Kiat Chun’s eye.

“Is this served in Korean restaurants in Brunei?” asked the baseball-capped Brunei-born Taiwanese actor, singer, former model and gym instructor, popularly known as Wu Chun, who drives a white Lamborghini.

Unless you ask for it, fresh ginseng salad is not normally served in Korean restaurants, said Choi Byung Koo, the Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, who hosted the luncheon meeting “to discuss further the invitation for Wu Chun to visit Korea”.

Wu Chun had been appointed Brunei’s Goodwill Ambassador to Korea last year during the October 9 Korean National Day.

“Due to his popularity among Koreans Wu Chun’s appointment as Goodwill Ambassador to Korea will help further the ties and friendship between our two countries and our two peoples,” said Ambassador Choi. He has been posted to Brunei for the one year and 10 months in a diplomatic career that spans over two decades. “I studied at the University of the Philippines when I was a junior diplomat in Manila during the time of President Corazon Aquino,” he said.

“One third of my life, I spend in airports. In 365 days, I spend 100 days in airports. I have been to Korea 10 times,” said Wu Chun.

“I saw Wu Chun’s movie (Saving General Yang) in Korea last month,” said the ambassador’s spouse, Madam Kim Kyung Soo. Wu Chun plays one of the seven sons of a Chinese general in local folklore.

While Madam Kim did not join the lunch for nine, she talked about the Korean food she served.

“I was in the kitchen to put the food on the plate and garnish … made punch and supervised from the beginning to the end. For the presentation, it is Western style. Korean traditional style is about (having) 10 to 20 dishes on the table and shared all together. It was my idea where to put the food and how to present it,” said Madam Kim.

“I used fresh ginseng (brought) from Korea by air. There are two kinds of ginseng: dry and fresh. For the tea, use dry ginseng and for salad, use fresh ginseng.”

On a white Bone China plate were assorted pancakes.

“The round one is made of mung bean, shrimp, squid, onion, garlic and squash. All ingredients are grounded and pan fried. Squash is pan fried with egg and garnished with red and green pepper. Prawn is pan fried with egg and garnished with leaves of parsley,” said Madam Kim.

Wearing heavy armour, Wu Chun plays Yang Liulang, one of the seven sons of General Yang, who falls in love with Princess Chai (Ady An) who is betrothed to the son of a rival clan leader, in his latest movie, ‘Saving General Yang.’ COURTESY OF PEGASUS MOTION PICTURES

Wearing heavy armour, Wu Chun plays Yang Liulang, one of the seven sons of General Yang, who falls in love with Princess Chai (Ady An) who is betrothed to the son of a rival clan leader, in his latest movie, ‘Saving General Yang.’ COURTESY OF PEGASUS MOTION PICTURES

Thin slices of bulgogi, literally firemeat, or grilled marinated beef, were served on a rectangular Hankook Bone China dish.

“I used tenderloin and marinated it with soy sauce, sesame oil and seeds, black pepper, honey, onion, spring onion, and minced garlic. It goes very well with oyster mushroom and paprika. And I spread mashed pine nut and parsley on the beef,” said Madame Kim.

Bibimbap, literally “mixed rice”, is a mound of warm white rice ringed with fresh white radish cut julienne style (thin long strips like matchsticks) and marinated with red pepper and salt; mung bean jelly marinated with sesame oil and salt and other vegetables, served in a white Hankook bowl bearing the seal of the government of Korea.

“We, Koreans, are very much health-conscious. In that sense, we use various vegetables and basically five colours (red pepper, green onion, egg yolk, egg white and black mushroom). It is not scientifically proved but colours of the food are connected with the organs of our body … that we believe. Today, I used nine colours that go well with each other, specially chilli sauce to mix them with. Sometimes, I use beef, spinach, bean sprouts, lettuce, and seafood. Any ingredients are usable for Bibimbap. You only need chilli sauce (gochujang) and sesame oil to mix it.

“I bought the citron (fragrant citrus fruit between the tangerine and orange). It is found only in Japan and Korea. I used marinated citron with honey and some pear. Slivers of the flesh comes from the citron itself,” Madame Kim said of the citron punch served in a transparent bowl.

“Why do the Koreans use silver chopsticks?” asked Wu Chun.

Ambassador Choi said silver discolours if it touches food that has poison.

The Korean chef at the Korean Ambassador’s official residence, Kim Young Sun, also prepared kimchi, cabbage pickled in salt, mixed with soy sauce, bean paste and spices, fermented cabbage tinted clear pinkish red; fried anchovy and broad seaweeds (identified as kelp by Consul Kang Young-mi), served as side dishes in white-covered bowls.

Resident staff Roney and Bee Yee of Emperor’s Court served the food in official dinnerware with a pentagram and a taegeok, the yin and yang principles in a perfect balance, with four Korean characters below: Republic of Korea. The official dinnerware was made by Hankook, the first company in Asia to produce fine bone China made from calcinced cattlebone ash.

Bibimbap or mixed rice has five colours: red pepper, green onion, egg yolk, egg white and black mushroom

Bibimbap or mixed rice has five colours: red pepper, green onion, egg yolk, egg white and black mushroom

Fitness Zone instructors get CPR, First Aid certified

21 May
FZ instructors get CPR, First Aid certified

Fitness Zone instructors learning how to wrap bandages during their CPR and First Aid course. (Above) A group photo of Fitness Zone’s new instructors with personnel from the Rokiah Nursing School during their CPR and First Aid course.

FITNESS Zone (FZ) held its fifth certification course on CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid for its new instructors last weekend.

The course was conducted over two days, teaching the seven new instructors the proper way to carry out life-saving techniques.

The instructors learned how to treat cuts, wounds and burns; how to approach someone who is injured; and how to splint broken bones. They also learned CPR, a technique that uses compressions to the chest to help blood flow to the heart, for use on victims of cardiac arrest.

Fitness Zone Managing Director Wu Chun said, “One of the most rewarding things you can do for your life and others is to get certified in CPR and first aid. It is an advantageous skill that can literally help you save lives in any field, career or even in your own personal life.

Just think of how rewarding it is to save a life with your knowledge and CPR skills.”

Fitness Zone General Manager Citadel Alfaro said, “Wu Chun always reminds us to get all new staff CPR certified. Despite the importance of this skill, many people do not know how to perform it. But when performed quickly and properly, this skill can save someone’s life.”

According to Fitness Zone, the CPR and first aid certification is a compulsory certification that all of its staff must take.

“I want Fitness Zone to be a health club that my members can truly rely on, which is why I made it compulsory that all the staff, whether they are a service attendant, receptionist or a manager, to be CPR and first aid certified, and I truly encourage other health clubs to take this training as well,” said Chun.

“This marks the fifth time that Fitness Zone conducted this certification course. There will be another similar course coming up in June and we welcome the public to join us.”

For more information, please visit any Fitness Zone branch or call 2238888 or log on to www.fitnesszone.com.bn or www.facebook.com/fitnesszonebrunei.

Source: The Brunei Times

World Environment Day – Love the Earth. Save the Environment!

20 May
World Environment Day!

Celebrate World Environment Day with Fitness Zone.

Get yourself registered at our service counter and join us to celebrate World Environment Day!

Wu Chun at beach clean up

18 May

BRUNEI’S very own international star, Wu Chun, yesterday joined hands with 40 members of Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Korean Culture Club, Meragang Sixth Form Centre and the Korean Embassy, for a cleaning campaign at Muara Beach.

Warming up before getting down to business

Warming up before getting down to business

 

Also lending a helping hand were Fitness Zone personnel, who kick started the campaign with a morning warm up.

The event was organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, in co-operation with Fitness Zone and Korean Culture Club of UBD and PTEM.

Kim Sung-Eun, Charge d ‘Affairs of Korean Embassy, noted that, “This is a meaningful activity to get together with Wu Chun, who was appointed goodwill ambassador of Korea last year to raise awareness on preserving the environment.

“Brunei is very blessed with vast green nature and beautiful beaches, like this one – Muara Beach,” she added.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Wu Chun revealed that Fitness Zone will up its effort in raising awareness on preserving the natural environment by organising a unique campaign in conjunction with World Environment Day which falls on June 5.

Elaborating on the campaign, he said, “With this year’s World Environment Day theme being ‘Think, Eat and Save,’ we will go to bakeries to collect leftover buns and loafs of bread on June 6. The next day, we will head to Bukit Shahbandar for a cleaning campaign, and later have the bread and buns for breakfasts.”

The project, he pointed out, “has registered with United Nation Environment Practice. It’s not only to highlight the preservation of nature, but to also not waste food.”

 Muara Beach gets a clean-up

Wu Chun during the cleaning campaign at Muara Beach

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 

Muara Beach gets a clean-up

18 May
 Muara Beach gets a clean-up

A group photo of Wu Chun, international movie star and owner of Fitness Zone (First row seated, 5th L), with the volunteers comprising representatives from the Korean Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, Fitness Zone and members of Meragang Secondary School’s KCC as well as UBD’s KCC members. Picture: BT/Adib Noor

Saturday, May 18, 2013

SOME 50 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and collected litter along Muara Beach for a good cause yesterday.

Volunteers and representatives from the Korean Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, Fitness Zone, members of Meragang Secondary School’s Korean Culture Club (KCC) as well as members of the Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) KCC participated in the event to create awareness for the upcoming World Environmental Day set to take place on June 5.

Volunteers were divided into three groups and assigned three different areas at the beach clean-up organised by Fitness Zone in collaboration with the Korean Embassy in the nation.

Among present to lend a hand were the counsellor and deputy chief of mission for the South Korean Embassy, Sung-eun Kim and Wu Chun, international movie star and owner of the Fitness Zone.

“I love beaches especially here in Brunei… Previously, Fitness Zone conducted a similar event at Bukit Shahbandar Recreational Park. The Korean Embassy heard about this and was interested. After much discussions, we finally had a chance to collaborate and invited volunteers to make the event happen today,” shared Wu Chun.

“Beaches are beautiful and natural environments and it is our responsibility to take care of it,” he added.

The awareness wave is not stopping solely at Muara Beach. In fact, the actor/owner of the fitness club shared more events to come.

“This is only a warm up, next month starting on the June 6 till June 7, Fitness Zone will hold a two-day event where we will collect un-purchased bread or baked goods from local bakeries on June 6. On June 7, we will be heading to Shahbandar to clean up the forest then right after that we will head straight to Tungku beach for a beach clean-up… It’ll be like a marathon. When all is done, we will feast on the baked goods that we had collected,” he said in reference to this year’s World Environment Day theme, “Think-Eat-Save”.

To encourage more to join the upcoming events, Fitness Zone will also be approaching schools to take part as well as members of the public, added Wu Chun.

“Those who are interested to take part in the environmentally friendly cause are welcome to register as a volunteer at Fitness Zone Kiulap starting this Monday,” he shared.

In addition, those who register as volunteers will receive a complimentary three-day pass at Fitness Zone.

Source: The Brunei Times