Archive | June, 2013

Brunei’s General Yang slays Easyway

21 Jun
Wu Chun (No 9), managing director and founder of Fitness Zone boxes out an opponent during an earlier basketball game. Wu Chun led Palm Garden to a 83-81 win over defending champions Easyway in the Mum Bakery Cup on Wednesday.

Wu Chun (No 9), managing director and founder of Fitness Zone boxes out an opponent during an earlier basketball game. Wu Chun led Palm Garden to a 83-81 win over defending champions Easyway in the Mum Bakery Cup on Wednesday.

Friday, June 21, 2013

PALM Garden went against the odds to defeat Easyway in the Mum Bakery Cup on Wednesday and end the two-time defending champions’ two-year undefeated run in the competition.

Easyway had a strong game in the first two quarters before Palm Garden fought back to snatch a close 83-81 win at the Brunei Basketball Association court in Batu Bersurat.

“We know they are one of the best but we wanted to give it our all because the fighting spirit was there,” Palm Garden’s Wu Chun told The Brunei Times.

“To me, that’s the most important thing, no matter if we win or lose.

“I sprained my left ankle when I was warming up before our match against KFC-MK, which is why I missed the last two games and I had to shift the pressure to my right leg throughout the match against Easyway.

“Eventually I had to come off in the fourth quarter and our players managed to come up with big shots to keep the game close.

“It was a real heart-pounding game, especially in the last 30 seconds, and I hope that the audience enjoyed it.

“I believe great teamwork was the key to winning. Eventhough most of our players haven’t played together before, we’re all mature enough to understand the game of basketball,”

“Mochi-Each A Cup have talented and powerful players so it’ll be another huge challenge for us (in their next game),” added Wu Chun, who is also the Managing Director and founder of Fitness Zone.

National basketball and Easyway coach Kevin Reece felt that his team didn’t play to their potential during their game against Palm Garden.

Though the American felt his team were deserved losers, he said he was hoping for a rematch with Palm Garden in the final.

“Streaks are always going to be broken, so for us it was the best thing to lose so we can sit back and not think we are invincible,” said Reece.

“We’re still focused and we have all moved on.

“I hope that Palm Garden can continue to win and hopefully they can make it to the final so we can settle it there

“We didn’t play to our natural abilities, but that team would have had to play an almost perfect game to defeat us.

“When the younger guys played and got a 10 point lead they started to relax… We didn’t do what we should have done so we didn’t deserve to win the game,” he added.

Wisdom Jade and KFC-MK who meet each other at 7:15 pm tonight have already advanced to the semi-finals from Group A.

The fate of the Group B semi-finalists will be decided today when Palm Garden go up against Mochi-Each A Cup in their second of two second-round games at 8.45pm.

Easyway, meanwhile, won their first of their second round matches 67-63 against Mochi-Each A Cup on Monday.

source:The Brunei Times

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KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge Season 2 starts Friday

20 Jun
Geve Leones (R) of Ambaphil drives past Aries Castro of Davis Lighting in the semi-final of the Open category of the KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge in March.

Geve Leones (R) of Ambaphil drives past Aries Castro of Davis Lighting in the semi-final of the Open category of the KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge in March.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

THE Season 2 of the much awaited KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge is back, playing from June 21 to 30 at Airport Mall.

This time, there will be a interschool under 18 category which is organised by KFC, Fitness Zone and Brunei Basketball Association (BBA).

A total of 15 teams from nine schools will be playing in this category. The nine schools are: St George’s School, International School Brunei (ISB), Chung Hwa Middle School BSB, Duli Pg Muda Al-Muhtadee Billah College, Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School, Katok Sixth Form Centre, St Andrew’s School, Jerudong International School (JIS) and Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Mentiri Secondary School.

Apart from the Under 18 Interschool 3-on-3 Streetball Competition, there will also be an under 21 Open Category which will see nine teams competing against each other. This brings a total of 24 teams playing in the June season of the KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge.

As per the March Season, there will also be a Basketball Clinic taking place from 2pm to 3pm at The Airport Mall lead by National Basketball Coach, Kevin Reece and Ex PBA player Erwin Velez from June 24 to 27. Schools or interested parties who would like to improve their basketball skills can contact the organisers to make arrangements.

Beside the basketball tournament taking place, visitors going to Airport Mall can also expect to see various fun activities taking place as per previous event in March during the 10-day event.

The matches’ schedules are now available at KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Facebook. All 24 participating teams must be present by 4:30pm, this Friday June 21 at Airport Mall for the team line up for the opening ceremony.

For more information, please contact Wendy at 8713788 or Jacky at 7182907.

Source: The Brunei Times

Fitness Zone bags second int’l award

17 Jun
A group photo of the Fitness Zone team.

A group photo of the Fitness Zone team.

Zatty Joanda

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

FITNESS Zone was recently designated by the Century International Quality ERA (CQE) Committee to receive the CQE Award in the Gold category in Geneva.

 

The decision was made on the basis of a voting process carried out among all participating previous awardees, in accordance to the CQE regulations and the criteria of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model by Business Initiative Directions (BID), the leading private organisation awarding companies worldwide.

 

“We are really thankful to the BID for their effort in recognising and encouraging entrepreneurs like us. This is Fitness Zone’s second international award (the first being the Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award at the inaugural Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards) and we will continue to put our passion forward and do our best for the community,” said Fitness Zone Managing Director Wu Chun of the award.

 

“For us in the fitness industry, the biggest challenge has been to include more fun in workouts, compared to traditional sports activities in the past… (After) 10 years in the business, the belief we have for our services and products is greater than ever. I would like to thank our members for their support, patience and encouragement, and most importantly, I would also like to thank my staff who raised the bar and keep up with the pace of the company’s vision,” added Chun.

 

BID holds an annual congress with meetings at multiple sites, in iconic cities such as Paris, London, Madrid, Geneva, Frankfurt and New York, having gathered companies and organisations from 118 countries over the past ten months. During that time, participating leaders and experts in quality and excellence submitted their votes for the candidacy of Fitness Zone for the Century International Quality ERA (CQE) Award which will be presented in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Source: The Brunei Times

IPR is a job for us all: US Ambassador

16 Jun

THE ongoing negotiation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that includes Brunei Darussalam and the United States is set to further raise the level of protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the Sultanate as the multilateral free trade agreement stresses the ambitious steps that are taken for protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

This was stated by Daniel Shields, the US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam during the special screening of the latest Hollywood blockbuster ‘Man of Steel’ in conjunction with the theme ‘Creative Industries and Intellectual Property Rights’, at Times Cineplex, Berakas.

Although numerous achievements have been made, the US Ambassador noted that there is still more that can be done in the future.

US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields (R) in a group photo with Farina Yusof, Commercial Executive of Asia Pacific from Motion Picture Association-International (L) and Wu Chun. – JAMES KON

US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Daniel Shields (R) in a group photo with Farina Yusof, Commercial Executive of Asia Pacific from Motion Picture Association-International (L) and Wu Chun. – JAMES KON

He said, “I think that the ongoing negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is very ambitious in term of the steps taken for protecting IPR. If the negotiation is successfully done, we will only have to make adjustments to accommodate the legal system as well as the enforcement mechanism to further increase the level of protection of IPR.”

He added, “This is not only a job for Brunei but for all of us. TPP has a strong protection of Intellectual Property Rights as we goes down the road. We will keep raising the level.

“US and Brunei Darussalam as well as countries globally have a big stake in strong protection of IPR to build on a vibrant creative industry.”

He added, “The Government of Brunei Darussalam has made fantastic progress in the field of IPR protection which will create a great environment for young people in the country to craft their own future in the creative industry.”

Regarding the transfer of the registry of trademark to the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) beginning this month, he commented, “It’s a great step and another indication that Brunei is thinking very systematically and strategically in promoting IPR protection. The Attorney General’s Chambers and BEDB have played a tremendous role in the progress.”

In terms of cooperation between Brunei and US in the protection of IPR, he said, “Everyone has to work together to protect Intellectual Property Rights. If the US has any good training on Intellectual Property opportunities, we will share with Brunei and other countries.”

He further iterated, “Pirates are people who are not interested in protecting Intellectual Property and they are thinking internationally. Therefore governments and citizens of countries like US and Brunei also need to work together to make sure that the artists who create the Intellectual Property get the benefits.”

 

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 

Fitness Zone receives international recognition

16 Jun

 

Wu Chun poses with the BID Award. – JAMES KON

Wu Chun poses with the BID Award. – JAMES KON

FITNESS Zone recently added yet another international accolade to its foundation after BID (Business Initiative Directions) awarded the CQE Century International Quality ERA in the Gold Category to Fitness Zone.

Business Initiative Directions is the leading private organisation awarding companies worldwide. In past years, BID awards have contributed advantages to companies at conventions, both in media attention and technical advantages of quality implementation.

Fitness Zone won the award on the basis of a voting process carried out among all the participating previous awardees. However, the final decision was made by the CQE Selection Committee that is based on the criteria of the principles of the QC100 TQM.

The presentation took place in Switzerland during March. However, Wu Chun could not make it to the event due to the commitment of promoting the action movie he starred in, ‘Saving General Yang’.

Wu Chun, the Managing Director, said, “We are really thankful towards BID for the recognition and for encouraging entrepreneurs like us. This is Fitness Zone’s second international award, with the first being the Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award at the inaugural Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards, and we will continue to put our passion forward and do our best for the community.”

He added, “This award came unexpectedly and it sure inspires to make a difference in the health and fitness industry of Brunei.

“Ten years in the business, the belief and confidence we have in our services and products are greater than ever. I would like to thank our members for their support, patience and encouragement and most importantly, I would also like to thank my staff for raising the bar and keep up with the pace of the company’s vision. Honestly, I seldom look at the Profit & Loss Statement of the business, I emphasise more on building a culture where all of our staff will focus on doing the right things every day. When you look at the financial side of business too much, you lose the fun and sincerity of doing the business.”

Touching on health, he highlighted, “People are getting busier and busier. We currently work 30 per cent more hours than we did in the 1960s, hence we exercise less or none at all. In some families where both parents go to work, they do not have time to take their children to do sports, and children tend to like eating a lot of junk food and sit for hours to play computer games, they become unhealthy. For us in the fitness industry, the biggest challenge has always been to breakthrough tradition and bring more fun to sports activities. Nowadays, the equipment is better and we see innovations that make exercise in the gym more interesting and inspiring. Meanwhile, we also do a lot of community outreach programmes with our members. Fitness Zone wants to bring health, community and magic to people’s lives.”

 

PTEK, Fitness Zone strengthen family

14 Jun

 

Principal of PTEK Hjh Rosni Hj Muhd Amin (4th L) and Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (3rd R) along with instructors from the health club.

Principal of PTEK Hjh Rosni Hj Muhd Amin (4th L) and Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (3rd R) along with instructors from the health club.

Friday, June 14, 2013

KATOK Sixth Form Centre (PTEK) held a Family Day celebration in conjunction with this years National Family Day that was themed “Keluargaku, Harapanku” (My Family, My Hope), yesterday, at the school’s premises.The event was also supported by Fitness Zone.

Present at the event as guest of honour were Principal of PTEK, Hjh Rosni Hj Muhd Amin and making a special appearance to show his support was Managing Director of Fitness Zone Wu Chun.

Students and their families participated in a number of healthy and family-oriented activities that focused on creating a wholesome and healthy lifestyle for them. Health talks and other activities such as Body Jam class, Sh’Bam class, an athletic boot camp and a relay race were organised and conducted by PTEK in collaboration with Fitness Zone.

“PTEK aims to shape and instil a strong and harmonious family institution (with the students and their families) because educational institutions play a role in producing a brilliant generation who will serve the country and community in the future,” said Principal Hjh Rosni. She also extended her appreciation to Fitness Zone for being a part of the centre’s Family Day event.

“I used to be a student so I know how important it is at this stage, sixth form, for them to really know what they want for their future. Family and exercising is very important and they are very connected. It is important for families to be together toward a healthy lifestyle and also to be together,” said Chun.

The event concluded with a closing ceremony where participants were given certificates of appreciation as well as a session with Wu Chun where students asked him health-related questions.

Source: The Brunei Times

3-on-3 Streetball Challenge promotion at SMPDSM

12 Jun

THE Hopes in the Hoop Team made their way to Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School (SMPDSM) yesterday as an effort to promote the upcoming exhilarating competitive tournament of the 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge.

Organised in conjunction with the school’s inter-school competition, the tournament will be held at the Airport Mall, Berakas.

Joining the team during the visit was the Managing Director of Fitness Zone, Wu Chun. Also present were Cikgu Hajah Mona Liza binti Haji Abd Halim, Principal of SMPDSM, Jonathan Bong, Senior Marketing Manager of KFC as well as other invited guests.

Wu Chun in a group photo with students and staff of SMPDSM. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

Wu Chun in a group photo with students and staff of SMPDSM. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

 

During the visit, teachers and students of SMPDSM had the opportunity to meet Brunei’s very own local star prior to the start of the Basketball Clinic.

The 3-on-3 Interschool Streetball Challenge is open to all government and private secondary schools and higher level education centres in Brunei. The format and rules of the games are same as those that were used during the March season. Schools can send in more than one team of four players to participate in the two categories: Under 18 Male Category and Under 21 Male Category.

Registration fee is B$60 per team and registration forms are available at all Fitness Zone outlets and selected KFC outlets namely KFC Airport Mall, KFC The Mall, Gadong and KFC Seria.

Deadline for entry form submission was yesterday (June 10).

All jerseys are required to have the school’s name and logo as well as the official KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenge logo on them, which are available for purchase at Imperial Sports, the official sports store for the tournament.

The organisers also highlighted that the student category for the June season will be replaced by the Interschool 3-on-3 Basketball Competition’s two categories mentioned above. The Open Male Category and the Ladies Category remain unaffected.

For more information, contact Jacky or Wendy at 7182907 or 8713788.