Tag Archives: Bandar Seri Begawan

Sailing Toyota Vios

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Toyota Vios and Proton

Some water taxis (tambangs) in Kampong Ayer are personalized with automobile brand names and logos. In similar fashion, stickers, embellishments, or knickknacks associated with certain automobile brand have adorned some jeepneys in the Philippines.

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Red Ferrari

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Tudung Dulang

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How beautiful this creation from dried dyed pandan leaves

It’s not a hat; it’s a dish cover. So colorful that it makes a pretty wall ornament as covering food to protect from flies isn’t a primary concern any longer. In the present times, screened houses render the usage of tudung dulang as somewhat obsolete.

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The making of tudung dulang and other traditional crafts are encouraged (even if used as wall ornaments and bought as souvenirs) just so the tradition won’t disappear and thereby preserving the Bruneian Malay culture.

Kampong Ayer Colors

The motley of house colors in this water village is quite pretty.
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Colorful alley

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A house with container garden

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Even the water taxi waiting shed is colorful

Water Village: Seafood Trap

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Several fish or crab traps are left to dry by the wooden bridges of the water village. How convenient that one can catch food at one’s doorstep.

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Muslim Women Vendors

Muslim women sellers in Tamu Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan.

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Lady selling palm fronds for packaging food such as ketupat

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Lady selling vegetables such as cassava leaves which is the primary ingredient of pucuk ubi, their version of ginataang gulay and it was very savory

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Lady selling an assortment of edibles such as kuih cincin and non-edibles such as barut, a cloth bandage to treat abdominal ailments by wrapping around the abdominal area smeared with herbal medicine

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Lady selling dried fish fry and dried shrimp fry

Water Village: Sepak Takraw Court

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Residents having an evening sepak takraw match over the water

Religiously Clean

As a visitor, it is but natural to see, and acknowledge the structures a particular place is quite proud of because these have also become the collective identity of the place itself. In Brunei Darussalam, most of the visitors’ destinations (no matter what one’s religious affiliation is) are these two great mosques – Omar Ali Saifuddien and Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah.

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Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

As Christian, the idea of cleanliness in a place of worship of other religions such as Islam, is fascinating and admirable. So when I visited the said mosques in Brunei Darussalam, I took few snapshots of shoe racks and ablution facility as concrete Islamic examples of the phrase Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

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Shoes not allowed inside the mosque

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Faucets provided for washing ritual before prayers

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That outdoor corridor leading to the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is a space for leaving shoes

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Shoe racks in this outdoor corridor

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A closer look of shoe rack number 25

Water Village: Primary School

A primary school on stilts in Kampong Ayer where students arrive and depart in motorboats. 

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In Brunei education is free

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The school is connected to the water village by this walkway. While walking here I saw a small crocodile swimming away from under where I stood

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Behind those walls students are being taught to embrace the Melayu Islam Beraja ideology

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It's not everyday one can see a school above the water

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Jetty nearest the school where students arrive and depart

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School entrance near the jetty

Water Village: Sail Thru

How to take out food or drinks, in a restaurant on stilts, in the water village without stepping inside.

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Restaurant in the water village

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The same restaurant with fake flowers as ornament

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Drive thru concept

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Basket tied to the railing by rope is used to lower food and drinks

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Mostly water taxi drivers are the customers

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Here's your keropok and drink mister

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Another customer placing his satu ringgit (1 Brunei Dollar) in exhange for the drink

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Under the Borneo sun, a water taxi driver must hydrate

Ambuyat

Filipino is to rice as Bruneian is to ambuyat.

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This sago paste is also known as ambuyat

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Eaten like rice (except the chewing part as this is swallowed) with several viands as accompaniment

Water Village: Shell

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Shell station is closed perhaps because it's a Sunday

Ketupat

The puso or hanging rice of Cebu isn’t local in that city as what several have claimed  in their writings (even without basis). I’ve eaten puso in Leyte and Negros provinces and have seen it outside the country in Indonesia. Finally I got snaphots of it in Brunei where I had it with satay and where it’s called ketupat.

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Cooked white rice packaged in weaved palm fronds

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Sliced open by knife, same as how they do it with puso in Cebu

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Satay stall in Bandar Seri Begawan where ketupat is 1 BND for 3 pieces. Paired with satay when eaten, just like how it's paired with skewered barbeque in Cebu

Off to School in a Boat

Around 7 in the morning, primary and secondary students from the water village were off to school located just within the water village (Kampong Ayer) or in schools in the land across in Bandar Seri Begawan. 

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Well behaved school girls

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Lone schoolboy among the group. He's wearing songkok (Brunei's traditional headwear for men)

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Rush hour for students

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I'm not confident when it comes balancing myself in boarding and alighting from the boat, while they all looked so used to it

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School boys

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Commute to school via water taxis or via schoolboat like those two with roof over there

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School girls all covered up

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A schoolboat

Kampong Ayer River Boats

Wooden speedboats designed for river transit to Bandar Seri Begawan from the water village known as Kampong Ayer (and vice versa) and also within this vast water village.

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Woman going down the stairs to board water taxi after finishing her market errand at Tamu Kianggeh

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Tamu Kianggeh at the left, a local market

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Picture taken from my water taxi ride

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