The Entrepreneurial Journey

The riverside restaurant that saved Pg Abu Bakar

A bustling businessman in the 1990s, Pg Hj Abu Bakar was left nearly broke after a series of bad business deals. With just $600, he opened Soto Pabo from home.

Quiet persistence: Meet the man behind Mr Baker’s, Brunei’s biggest healthy bakery

After two years of heavy losses and nearly going out of business, this is how Eric Pui found Mr Baker's breakthrough with a small hospital kiosk.

Continuing my mother’s legacy: Flour and Butter

It's not often that on a weekday evening - in the middle of December - that a small eatery tucked away in Menglait can...
Hj Adnin using sandpaper to smoothen out a ceramic souvenir at Maha Seramik in Mumong. Photos by Faza Suraj.

At 86, business icon Hj Adnin is determined to champion Brunei’s ceramic making

At 7.30am on a Monday in December, 30 minutes before our interview is scheduled, Hj Adnin Pehin Dato Hj Ibrahim, a pioneering Malay businessman in...

Labourer by day, chef by night: KueTiaw Abam Panas Panas

Sweat beading his brow, Mohd Fadillah Hj Abu Bakar withstands the heat of the stove as he works the wok at a small live...

Brunei’s last batik producer earns Japan’s Good Design Award

It's been two decades since Hj Zainal Abidin Hj Ibrahim decided he would attempt to produce Brunei's first commercial line of batik clothing. Then in...

PAZ Tarbiyyah opens Brunei’s first Islamic enrichment centre for children

When Rafeah Serbini and Dr. Hjh Mona Yati Mohd Kassim first met several years ago, both women held budding professional and corporate careers. Rafeah was...

Brunei’s JMA partners with Malaysia’s Volkspeed to open continental car workshop

At the beginning of 2018, Jeff Ng's Volkswagen Golf R, the most souped-up version of the enduringly popular hatchback from the German automaker, couldn't...

Uncertain over their future, Tutong’s Soto Hj Tuah rebuilds from its founder’s home

Relocated three times across 40 years – and winning tenders with Tutong’s Municipal Department at least twice – it’s inconceivable to most that the...

Meet the engineering duo behind Project Ice Cream

Project Ice Cream - it's about as direct and self-explanatory as a name can get for an experiment turned business lead by two fresh-faced...

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