Local financial planning company GoodLife Financial Planning recently treated some of its clients to a relaxing sunset boat cruise along the Brunei River.

The three-hour round-trip saw some 60 people embarked on the MV Sentosa ferry cruise, departing from the Queen Elizabeth II Jetty in Kg Gato Gandi.

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Business Development Manager of Goodlife Financial Planning Ricky Ang, on the sidelines of the event, said that the cruise is a token of appreciation to their clients who have become friends in the long run, keeping their relationship closer.

“This is just the first of many appreciation activities that we are set to organise in the future. We hoped to invite more clients (to upcoming events) who have been continuously supportive with us all these years,” he said.

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According to Ang, since the ease of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, the organisation has conducted numerous complimentary financial planning awareness talks to the public almost every week.

“(During the talk) people can come in and listen to us. If they are interested they can have a separate appointment with us. We can look at their financial status, what financial goals they are working towards, and more. A lot of times when we do this for our prospects or clients, it opens up their eyes a bit more,” said the financial planner.

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Talking about the company’s aspirations, Ang said that their main objective is helping people to be more confident in achieving their financial goals.

He added: “I understand that a lot of people have a bad perception on insurance but with all our awareness talks and how we conduct things, we are trying to change that mindset. So I believe the majority of our clients who sign up with us are comfortable with us and they do see the difference.”

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While the cruise navigates steadily along the serene Brunei River, GoodLife planners and clients enjoyed their time taking photos together with serene views as their background as the sun sets over the horizon.

As the MV Sentosa approached the city centre, the entourage was welcomed with the breathtaking view of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Bridge which stands majestically above the waters of Kampong Ayer.

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The stunning sights along the river were not just the historic sites and modern infrastructures but also the life of people living in the water village; children playing happily on man-made wooden bridges and houses beautifully adorned with festive neon lights, among others.
Meanwhile on land, which is just across Kampong Ayer, many were seen strolling and jogging along the riverfront with friends and family.

GoodLife clients were also treated to a hearty dinner onboard the two-storey MV Sentosa featuring a spread of local delicacies while enjoying the outside view from the lower lounge.

As the ferry cruise made its way back to the jetty, the image of Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the distance caught everyone’s attention as it glistened at sunset.

Just about half an hour to end the cruise, the MV Sentosa made its final pit stop at the Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Bridge, the country’s latest pride and joy.

Everyone was all smiles as they exited the cruise, feeling content after a relaxing boat ride on the Brunei River.

GoodLife Financial Planning hoped to have more social activities with more of its clients in the future.

Some of the services that the company offers include complimentary financial health checks, insurance policy reviews, family financial planning, corporate risk management, estate planning, wealth management, and trust referrals, among others.

For more information on the products and services, follow them on Instagram @GoodLife_FinancialPlanning.

This article was first published on November 7, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 114

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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