Sunday, November 02, 2014

Transit from Miri to Brunei Darussalam

My brother and I was driving from Miri to Limbang, and we have to transit to the Brunei country. Then I just took at opportunity to visit some of the place I stayed when I was very little around 25 years ago.
We are at the immigration office getting our passport stamp to go into Brunei.
And we have reached Brunei Darussalam :D

Kianggeh open market

A traditional market located on the banks of Kianggeh River, the residents of Kampong Ayer travel to and fro from BSB (Bandar Seri Begawan). I stayed here when I was little, and after 30 years I can still see the people paddling their sampan to the market to sell their stuff.

Fresh tropical fruits, local vegetables and ferns, spices, medicinal roots; herbs, and abundant preserved seafood are on sale. Fresh catch of the day from the local waters are found here..... fish, crabs, prawns, squid and shellfish. Local traditional handicrafts like tudung dulang (a decorative food cover), parang (a knife similar to a machete), hand-woven baskets and trays, pots and vases can also be found. If one would like to try out some local food, there are a few food stalls selling sweet and savoury Bruneian delicacies.

Best time to visit this market is early morning as most of the stalls are closed by 2.00 to 3.00pm and on Sundays because the locals will bring more food and wares to spread out to sell.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei who also initiated its construction, the mosque serves as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei and dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture.

Around 25 years ago my dad always bring me and my brother to come here, and we will always play at the ceremonial barge. That day when I was there, it brings back a lot of childhood memories of me and brothers. Time passes just so fast...

Brunei Museum

Brunei's national museum, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972, is a decent place to blow an hour of your time. It definitely feels a little dated. When I reach there, I saw it was close, so I asked the guide there, and he told me that as of May 2014, the museum was still closed for renovations. 
What a pity~ how I wish I can go inside and revisit the place again. Guess have to wait next time then.

This is another place my dad use to bring me and my brother come during the weekends. And the place that I memories the most is the spiral bridge at the back of the museum, as my brother and I took a picture there.

It was great that after so many years, I'm able to revisit the place I stayed when I was little. Really help me recall to many sweet childhood memories of me, dad, mum, and my brothers. Bye Brunei, I will see you again soon.

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