Archive | July, 2013

KFC Fitness Zone beat Chinese enterprises in basketball friendly

23 Jul

THE KFC Fitness Zone’s Hopes In The Hoop team with Wu Chun as team member yesterday overwhelmed the China Enterprises Association 81-61 in a friendly game.

Both teams were new and are looking to improve teamwork and skills on the court.

On hand to witness the matches were Fang Xinwen, Acting Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Brunei Darussalam, Shao Ying Cheng, Defence Attaché, and Hudson Wang Jia Xin, Chief of Economic & Commercial Office from the embassy.

Wu Chun and Fang Xinwen in a group photo with both teams. – JAMES KON

Wu Chun and Fang Xinwen in a group photo with both teams. – JAMES KON

 

The Chinese Enterprises Association team includes players from Huawei, Zhejiang Hengyi, China Railway and China Telecommunication Services.

Acting Chinese Ambassador said, “Through the basketball team, staff from various Chinese enterprises located in Brunei can come together to foster ties and get together. This is a good initiative.”

Meanwhile Wu Chun commented, “When we heard that the Chinese Embassy formed a basketball team, we – Fitness Zone and KFC – as active promoters of basketball extend our welcome by inviting them to a friendly basketball game.”

The Hopes In The Hoop team also took the opportunity to invite the opposing team to join the September season of The KFC Fitness Zone 3-On-3 Streetball challenge which is now open for registration.

 

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‘Hopes in the Hoop’ plays friendly with Chinese Embassy

23 Jul
A group photo of the players in yesterday's friendly basketball game between 'Hopes in the Hoop' and the Chinese Embassy at Fitness Zone Kiulap

A group photo of the players in yesterday’s friendly basketball game between ‘Hopes in the Hoop’ and the Chinese Embassy at Fitness Zone Kiulap

FITNESS Zone in Kiulap yesterday played host to a friendly basketball game between the KFC Fitness Zone “Hopes in the Hoop” team and the Chinese Embassy in Brunei.

Playing in the Chinese Embassy team were representatives from 12 different Chinese companies in Brunei.

With the growing number of Chinese nationals now working in Brunei, the Chinese Embassy organises internal basketball games, so as to strengthen the ties within the community.

Present to watch the game were officials from the Chinese Embassy, including Acting Ambassador Xin Wen Fang, Defense Attaché Shao Ying Cheng, and Chief of Economic & Commercial Office Jia Xin Wang.

“When we heard that the Chinese Embassy had formed a basketball team, we (Fitness Zone and KFC), as active promoters of basketball in Brunei, invited them to a friendly basketball game,” said Fitness Zone Managing Director Wu Chun.

“When the Filipino community came to Brunei to work, they also brought along their great basketball skills, which helped raise the level of basketball in Brunei.”

“With basketball being a popular sport in China, similarly, the Chinese community also have the potential to help raise the level of basketball in the future.”

The Hopes In The Hoop team also took the opportunity to invite the Chinese team to join the September season of the KFC Fitness Zone 3 On 3 Streetball challenge, which is now open for registration.

In China, KFC also organises 3 On 3 Basketball tournaments annually (in which Jeremy Lin was the ambassador last year), which is so big that it takes almost one year to finish,” shared Jonathan Bong of KFC. The Brunei Times

 

Table top displays remind public to eat more healthily

19 Jul

IN AN effort to promote having a balanced diet and moderate food intake, the Health Promotion Centre under the Ministry of Health along with BIBD, Fitness Zone and OhMyCard have joined forces for the first time to come up with table top displays that will be distributed to restaurants and food stalls in the country to remind the public to eat moderately, especially during Ramadhan.

From Monday onwards, the 5,000 table top displays with 120 posters on healthy and moderate food intake for Sungkai and Sahur can be obtained from Fitness Zone or the Health Promotion Centre.

According to Health Facilities Officer Shahiran Sheriffuddin, in a press conference with Wu Chun, Health Education Officer Ummi Arrif, Hj Mohd Kamarul Dzaman of BIBD Marketing, and Willy Ng, the Manager of OhMyCard, “This is the first time that table top displays have been put out to promote healthy and moderate food intake during Ramadhan. They also promote physical activities.”

Health Facilities Officer Shahiran Sheriffuddin, Wu Chun, Health Education Officer Ummi Arrif, Hj Mohd Kamarul Dzaman of BIBD Marketing, and Willy Ng, the Manager of OhMyCard, together in a group photo

Health Facilities Officer Shahiran Sheriffuddin, Wu Chun, Health Education Officer Ummi Arrif, Hj Mohd Kamarul Dzaman of BIBD Marketing, and Willy Ng, the Manager of OhMyCard, together in a group photo

Table top displays to promote balance diet and moderate food intake especially during Ramadhan. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Table top displays to promote balance diet and moderate food intake especially during Ramadhan. – PHOTOS: JAMES KON

Wu Chun also revealed, “Compared to Ramadhan a few years ago, I can see that there are more people working out at Fitness Zone this year. It’s a big change and it shows that people are really paying attention to healthy living.”

In support of healthy living and moderate food intake, Hj Mohd Kamarul Dzaman conveyed that BIBD is happy to support the initiative by the Health Promotion Centre, while Willy Ng said that OhMyCard will distribute the table top displays to over 120 food and beverage merchants.

Shahiran Sheriffuddin added, “The introduction of the table top displays is timely, as we are still in the first week of Ramadhan, so the message will be more likely to get across.”

Meanwhile, Ummi Arrif also reminded the public not to overeat or buy too much food during the fasting month.

“With so many choices of food and an empty stomach, sometimes there is a tendency to buy too much food and products with high sugar content. We want to remind the public to choose their food wisely,” she said.

She further explained, “Through the table top displays, we hope to raise awareness and empower people to eat more healthily. It is also in line with the Sunnah to eat moderately.”

 

 

 

1st BHC supplementary issue features Wu Chun

18 Jul

FOLLOWING the success of Brunei’s first magazine on home improvement and lifestyle, Butra Home Concept (BHC) Magazine by Butra HeidelbergCement, the magazine yesterday reached another milestone with the launching and publication of its first supplementary issue featuring Wu Chun.

The first BHC supplementary which is already out in the market features an exclusive interview with Wu Chun and behind the scenes of the movie, “Saving General Yang”, starring Wu Chun.

The supplement is also a special tribute to the international star for his contribution to the fitness industry in the Sultanate. It is a documentation of the many valuable lessons Wu Chun shared from his latest film and his life as a whole.

Wu Chun signing his autograph on the poster of the first BHC supplementary issue

Wu Chun signing his autograph on the poster of the first BHC supplementary issue

Wu Chun in a group photo with the publisher of BHC Magazine, Shaun Hoon as well as other invited guests.

Wu Chun in a group photo with the publisher of BHC Magazine, Shaun Hoon as well as other invited guests.

The publisher of BHC Magazine, Shaun Hoon felt that it was the right time to produce the supplementary issue after 15 months of publication.

More supplementary issues will be published following the first issue.

Shaun further explained that one of the main reasons for producing the supplementary issue was to enable BHC magazine to cover a wider scope of lifestyle topics beyond home ideas such as travel, hospitality, food and hobbies. A dedicated section on interest is added to enhance the readers’ curiosity as well as interest.

Meanwhile, an interactive interview session with Wu Chun was also held with the sponsors. Shaun Hoon recalled his first contact with Wu Chun, “Last April, I e-mailed Wu Chun to congratulate him on the 10th Anniversary of his Fitness Zone and for being a superstar. I did not think that Wu Chun would have time to respond to my e-mail. However, the next day, I received an invitation e-mail from him to take a closer look at the Fitness Zone facilities.”

Wu Chun who is a fan of BHC Magazine also motivated Shaun to work for a healthy lifestyle. After three months, Wu Chun transformed Shaun to a more energetic and fresh person.

During the interview, Wu Chun said, “Life is very precious. Every minute and second are very precious to me.

 

The photo shows copies of the first BHC supplementary issue featuring Wu Chun on the cover

The photo shows copies of the first BHC supplementary issue featuring Wu Chun on the cover

 

“I also don’t like to waste time by sleeping. If I set my heart to do something, I will never give up until I complete my goals.”

Wu Chun also revealed bits of information on his upcoming movie which comprised an ancient setting and storyline packed with action.

Following the interview, Wu Chun presented a month-free subscription of Fitness Zone to the winner of the ‘BHC’s Like and Win’ contest on facebook, Dayang Nurain binti Hj Roslan.

As a token of appreciation, Wu Chun also presented a month-free subscription to Fitness Zone to some of the supporters of the supplementary issue, namely KFC, Mr Baker’s, SPAD Sdn Bhd, Paloma and Magic.

Before concluding the ceremony, Wu Chun signed a poster of the first BHC supplementary issue.

BHC Magazine expressed their gratitude to Wu Chun’s gracious participation in the publication and the sponsors who shared the same vision of the significance of the special tribute as well as the spectacular media opportunities that the supplement brought to the table.

Members of the public can download copies of the supplement at www.ButraHome.com.

The new supplementary issue is also available at Fitness Zone, major cafes, hotels and home retail outlets in Brunei.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 

 

BHC Magazine launches first supplement at Fitness Zone, Kiulap

17 Jul

AFTER 15 months of publication, Butra Home Concept (BHC) Magazine has finally launched its first supplementary issue yesterday afternoon at Fitness Zone, Kiulap.

The editor and publisher of BHC Magazine, Shaun Hoon (L), and international star and owner of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (R), during the launch of BHC Magazine's first supplement at Fitness Zone, Kiulap.

The editor and publisher of BHC Magazine, Shaun Hoon (L), and international star and owner of Fitness Zone Wu Chun (R), during the launch of BHC Magazine’s first supplement at Fitness Zone, Kiulap.

 

According to Shaun Hoon, the publisher cum editor of BHC Magazine, one of the main reasons for producing supplementary issues was to enable BHC Magazine to cover a wider scope of lifestyle topics with a section dedicated to special interests that is beyond just home ideas.

“It is a way for the magazine to inject excitement and interest for our readers,” he added.

Other supplement ideas that the magazine intends to explore will include travel, hospitality, food and hobbies, said Hoon.

“What we do is that we find a special idea or subject every quarter of the year and then we welcome members from various industries in the Sultanate to talk about them in the supplements.”

Kicking off the first supplementary issue is a focus on Wu Chun, owner of Fitness Zone, as he has made a huge contribution as a catalyst in the fitness industry in the Sultanate.

The magazine will also include the many valuable lessons that Bruneian international star gained from his latest film, “Saving General Yang” as well as photos boasting the impressive interior design of the newly extended Fitness Zone branch in Kiulap.

“What we’re focusing here is life lessons because we want to inspire every other Bruneian to take up the challenge and do something better. Who knows, they will have the potential to go abroad and make a name for Brunei,” said Hoon.

During the launching, BHC Magazine also took the opportunity to Wu Chun’s participation as well as support from other advertisers who share the vision of the magazine’s success in launching their supplement.

For those who are interested, download a copy of BHC Magazine from www.ButraHome.com or head over to the nearest Fitness Zone centre, major cafes, hotels and home retail outlets throughout Brunei.

Source: The Brunei Times

LufBru sports meet for Brunei students in UK

8 Jul
Members of LufBru with Wu Chun.

Members of LufBru with Wu Chun.

by Azaraimy HH   

LUFBRU, the most ambitious and active Brunei students-run club in the United Kingdom, has partnered with Fitness Zone, to bring back the Lufbru X-Games during the summer break this year.

Fitness Zone, the most active health club in Brunei, has officially become the platinum sponsor and health club partner for the United Kingdom Loughborough University Summer Games.

The LufBru X-Games has evolved into the LufBru Summer Games.

Mohammad Aale Soufi Haji Awang Mohammad Yakub, LufBru Chairman 2013/2014, said, “The Games are open to all Bruneian students studying in the UK and its main objective is to foster closer relationships between them. We also wish to develop a spirit of sportsmanship among them. The event will be held in Brunei and is expected to have a participation of over 500 Brunei students who are studying in the United Kingdom.

“We as a well-established Brunei society in Loughborough aim to foster closer ties within the society itself as well as with other Bruneian societies throughout the UK. It is our intention to achieve this via healthy competition and good sportsmanship. Excess of income from this event will be donated to ‘LufBru Projek Bantu 2013.

The competition is open to all Bruneian students studying in the UK. Netball, futsal and badminton are among the sports that will be competed in the 2013 summer games.

For students studying in the UK, it is a three- month vacation in Brunei.

Wu Chun, the founder of Fitness Zone, said, “I have so much passion in sports and fitness and I wanted to share the never ending benefits of how a healthy lifestyle can bring magic to everyone’s lives and that is one important reason why I set up Fitness Zone 10 years ago. Having the opportunity to support these students is no doubt the right thing to do and Fitness Zone always hopes to reach out to our communities and entice those around us to tap into the power of exercise and good health.”

Fitness Zone is promoting its ‘Look Great during Hari Raya’ tag line. It is coming up with late night activities in its health club for the fasting Muslim crowd.

“Developing a healthy eating habit is extremely important during the fasting month. Buffet is everywhere but I always believe that diet is only for people who don’t exercise. Eating without exercising is creating health problems such as diabetes, heart problems or even cancer and Fitness Zone’s mission is to prevent these illnesses coming into people’s life,” said Wu Chun.

Fitness Zone is giving away 100 memberships for members to workout for free in July.

It is giving away a one week membership for students in Brunei for their vacation.

They need to show their Brunei students unit card issued by the High Commission of Brunei Darussalam.

On July 19, it will have an open house for the UK students. Popular fitness programme such as indoor cycling class, Les Mills group fitness classes and Zumba, basketball and badminton will be available at no charge.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

 

Senior Citizen Activities Centre receives new gym equipment

8 Jul

by James Kon    

SENIOR citizens in the vicinity of Lambak Kanan National Housing Scheme now have more reasons to head down to the Senior Citizen Activities Centre located at Jalan 77 after the centre has its own gym area thanks to the contribution of fitness equipment from Fitness zone.

Wu Chun the Managing Director of Fitness Zone personally presented the contributions of one unit upright bike, two Reebok stability balls, two Reebok exercise floor mats and one Tanita fat analyzer to Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.

Senior Citizen Activities Centre receives new gym equipment

Wu Chun and Datin Paduka Hajah Adina presenting the equipment to Hj Mohd Hussin (left)
Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, trying out the new equipment (tight)

Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman then handed the contributions to Hj Md Hussin bin Hj Yusof, the manager of the centre.

The contribution showed the concern and support from the various sectors in the government’s effort to produce active and healthy senior citizens.

Besides contributing equipment, Wu Chun in an interview said, “It’s not only about the equipment we have donated, I have also proposed to Datin Adina about giving the senior citizens a weekly exercise. Fitness Zone will sponsor the sessions by sending our certified instructors to their centre and make sure the senior citizens too have access to good exercise routines to stay healthy and have an active lifestyle.

Wu Chun and Datin Paduka Hajah Adina participating in a Taichi exercise.

Wu Chun and Datin Paduka Hajah Adina participating in a Taichi exercise.

“I also hope that this can create awareness so other businesses can sponsor the fitness products and services to the senior citizens so this centre can become a better equipped centre where there is fun and entertainment to keep them happy and healthy,” he added.

Fitness zone “would love to be approached by other schools or organisations in Brunei to support them with such healthy activities”.

The definition for senior citizens is people who are aged 60 years old and above whereby they are recognised by the World Assembly on Aging 1982. In Brunei Darussalam, senior citizens are also given attention by the government through old age pension of $250 per month to citizens and residents of the country who are aged 60 and above since 1985.

Up to June 2013, there are a total of 24,981 senior citizens receiving old age pension.

Source: Borneo Bulletin