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    The Cult

    by Assenczo Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    The most imposing impression coming out of a stroll downtown Bandar Seri Begawan is the endless visual propaganda streaming at you. The enormous placards containing the image of the sultan are dropped down from buildings at different angles with the apparent goal of surrounding the spectator. And what a great spectacle it is! His majesty looks rather majestic in all of his outfits – from the European military uniform to the Malay traditional garb. One thing never changes though – the goatee! And all of this is happening around a major square which as in the case of Malaysia or Indonesia, two other Malay based societies would be called Merdeka Square, meaning independence (the context here is warped) which in turn is materialized in the shape of a football pitch instead of stone-clad surface. Soldiers and guns are integral part of the whole set up just to make sure that there are no misunderstandings. As if to underline the involvement of fate in all sultan business, during one activity of dropping yet another self-promoting poster a cable snapped and almost lashed to death one of the workers landing precariously close to my humble persona. What an interactive reality show!
    Naturally, the locals are split on the issue of reverence to the mighty sultan. There were people in business who would not stop calling the government “his majesty’s government” despite the obvious awkwardness of this rather long expression in the context of even longer narrative. At the same time others would not bother with such annoying details coming out of a stuffy cannon and willingly delve straight into the juicy gossip of how many wives he has and which ones are wives no more and why. And all of that with no trace of reverence left. It would be a revelation to learn what the unofficial stance of a typical “Shell” representative might be on this matter.

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    These shady affairs

    by Assenczo Updated Nov 2, 2011

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    During a boat ride along the Sungai River, the “pilot” declared that interesting structure tucked away between two hills above it all a museum. Naturally, one is intrigued to see a museum especially after paying a visit to the one in the Kampong Ayer in search of more authenticity and self-assertiveness Bruneian style. Braving the oppressive humidity and some construction on the only road up the hill I ended up in the bosom of this place but to my surprise the museum had nothing to do with the building I was lusting after – it was a shack of sorts in the base of what moments later became the Foreign Affairs of Brunei. On closer inspection and armed with my Canadian naiveté I approached the building and asked about the museum and there would have been nothing strange about my question if there were no barbed wire fences and military personnel only to look at. The unfriendly check point usher in military fatigues mumbled something about the museum that was in the direction I had come from and made it clear that he was not in the mood to entertain any other questions. But the question that still lingers is: why somebody’s central trading body would be so well fenced off from the very world it is supposed to engage with wholeheartedly?

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    Better watch along the Temburong river.

    by adnan1977 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Proboscis monkeys are confined to the island of Borneo; Indonesia , Malaysia. and Brunei. They prefer coastal regions to inland areas.

    Proboscis monkeys inhabit mangrove forest along rivers and estuaries, swamp-land, and lowland rainforest

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    Take care off the beaten path

    by kokoryko Written Mar 5, 2006

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    Iban tourist trap
    The Iban were formerly head hunters, and they are still hunters. Here is a photograph of a lace trap on the side of a small forest trail (the second picture is an enlargment).; so unattentive tourist can be trapped there; certainly somebody will come but; . . . for delivering? Hahaha.

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    Slow down along Tutong- muara highway.

    by adnan1977 Written Jun 4, 2005

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    The Nepenthes plant, commonly known as the tropical pitcher plant also captures its prey by means of the pitfall method. Nepenthes are strikingly different in appearance than the other passive varieties of Carnivorous Plants. Pitchers are located growing from the ends of some leaves by what could appear to be an umbilical cord, called a tendril. Nepenthes pitchers also contain water and digestive enzymes . The prey is attracted to the pitcher in much the same manner, by color and odor. Downward pointing hairs inside the pitcher also make it very difficult for the visitor to escape. Some species of Nepenthes can grow pitchers large enough to capture small animals such as frogs, etc.
    They are protected by law. If you want to see, just slow down on the Tutong-brunei highway or for closer look, you just go Berakas Forest Reserve.

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    Spending maybe 3-4 days may be...

    by Rice_Paper Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Spending maybe 3-4 days may be plentiful in Brunei. If you're not interested in exploring the jungle, caves, and etc..then you might get a bit bored. There are trips you can take from Brunei to Sarawak, Malaysia. A nice place to visit is Kuching...south of Brunei. Will add more soon. Thanks for being so patient. :)

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    The tranquil site of the...

    by Rice_Paper Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The tranquil site of the Temburong's Peradayan Rainforest is gorgeous. The sounds of the waterfalls, the birds...it's just a nice getaway from the city.

    It is about 15 kilometers from Bangar on the road to Labu. A visit to the park can include a 1.6 km forest trail that winds up and down a mountain side to the peak. The full trek requires about 2 hours.

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    Do not miss some of the dishes...

    by Rice_Paper Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Do not miss some of the dishes sold by some of the hawkers around the city. In Kuala Belait, there once was this area built for hawkers (not sure if it's still there anymore) where you can get the yummiest dishes.

    If your stomach can handle the spices, give 'Nasi Lemak' a whirl (see left pic). Or try 'Rojak' which is a concoction with squid, cucumber, pineapple, turnip, beansprouts, and mixed with balachan sauce. It's an acquired paste but it's quite good.

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    River Cruise > A one and a...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    River Cruise >
    A one and a half hour cruise on the Brunei river at sunset affords the traveller a glimpse of Brunei Darussalam's culture and history.

    The river trips starts at the Bandar Marine Department at 6:30 in the evening when the Tanjung Bakarang lifts anchor to sail into the sunset.

    The most striking landmark is the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, an edifice of classical Islamic architecture, with a golden dome.

    A colourful sights when it lit up at night on festival days is an elegant concrete boat that resembles a 16th century royal barge built in the middle of a lagoon and linked to the mosque.

    On the outside of the lagoon is the water village, the famous Kampong Ayer, home to the 30,000 people in huddled wooden houses raised on stilts.

    The centuries-old settlement includes schools and medical clinics and houses with modern amenities. Raised walkways meander between the packed houses where underneath zoom wooden boats with powerful engines.

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    The centuries-old settlement...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The centuries-old settlement includes schools and medical clinics and houses with modern amenities. Raised walkways meander between the packed houses where underneath zoom wooden boats with powerful engines.

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    You wouldn't want to miss...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    You wouldn't want to miss this. Quite crowded. There are water 'taxis' which run all day and into the evening. For just a few dollars, they will give you the grand tour, slowly or fast, up to you. This creates havoc for the houses and they are supposed to observe a speed limit.

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    View Brunei River from Bukit Subok

    by SangAji Written Jul 13, 2005

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    For a vantage view of Brunei river and BSB surrounds, go up TV Transmitter station at Bukit Subok along Jalan Kota Batu, about 5 kms from town centre.

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    A colourful sights when it lit...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    A colourful sights when it lit up at night on festival days is an elegant concrete boat that resembles a 16th century royal barge built in the middle of a lagoon and linked to the mosque.

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    The most striking landmark is...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The most striking landmark is the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, an edifice of classical Islamic architecture, with a golden dome.

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    The river trips starts at the...

    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The river trips starts at the Bandar Marine Department at 6:30 in the evening when the Tanjung Bakarang lifts anchor to sail into the sunset.

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