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Placenta Tree

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The organic matter inside those plastic bags or bottles that are hanging in the mangrove are placentas. I suppose these are the placentas of the water village mothers as they cannot bury them (as what normally land people do).

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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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Water Village: Sepak Takraw Court

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Residents having an evening sepak takraw match over the water

Water Village: Clothes Hanging

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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

Water Village: Modern Houses

If you have read about Kampong Ayer which is a huge network of water villages in Brunei comprising of about 42 villages and home to about 30,000 Bruneians, then you have also read about its existence for a long time already that it’s considered a heritage of this country. So what I have in this particular post is a village in Kampong Ayer where houses have evolved into modern look. In fact I stayed in one of those.

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The modern look of house in the water

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A network of modern houses in the water village. It's raining almost everyday and it's high tide.

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Below each house is a space to park their own boats

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Bridges have evolved into concrete in this village though majority of bridges (outside of this village) are still made of wood. One can also see the sewer and water pipes

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See the modern village behind the old one

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Low tide. Brunei Darussalam flags are everywhere for their upcoming National Day on February 23

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A modern jetty too for the residents

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Inside the modern house where I stayed. When feasible, I'd rather do homestay for a closer observation of the place and locals. Hotel is corny

Water Village: Shell

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Shell station is closed perhaps because it's a Sunday

Sun Drying Keropok

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Like a giant crabstick and slices of it will be sun dried

This particular eating place, in one of the water villages of Kampong Ayer, makes its own keropok. I asked the all-around lady helper if it was made from udang (shrimp), but she answered crab. So I guess it’s ketam (crab), and it tasted like one.

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Sun drying

This keropok was good that I had about 6 packs of cooked ones in the course of several times I went there for a meal.

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Took a snapshot in this angle to capture the passing water taxi

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A closer look of the keropok in the winnowing basket

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Keropok as an accompaniment to my evening meal

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A pack of cooked keropok cost 1 Brunei Dollar

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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