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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Brunei....the land of gold~~~~

I left this place where i call home at the age of 12. Since then, i seldom went back to Brunei again. How i miss it >.<

Now came to think of it, Brunei is really one of the best places i had ever lived in. Is just way too much better then Malaysia. Unlike in Malaysia where we have 12 states(12 ar? I'm not sure hahahaha!!!), we only had 4 districts in Brunei which are Belait, Tutong, Brunei-Muara and Temburong. The capital of Brunei is located in the Brunei-Muara districts called Bandar Seri Begawan. Bandar Seri Begawan is where my school is...^_^ I'll tell you about that later.

This is the map of Brunei


I guess when anyone mentioned Brunei, the first thing that came running into your mind would most probably be the Sultan. Yeah....and this is the unique part about Brunei. In Brunei, the system of government is independent sovereign constitutional Sultanate, with His Majesty The Sultan as the supreme executive authority.

Cool isn't it??? How can one imagine at the new century like this where everyone is speaking about freedom and so on, a country like Brunei with His Majesty as the highest ruler of the country can still stood strong and glory as before. For your information, i'd once performed in His Majesty The Sultan's 54th birthday before and the next day i got highlighted by the local newspaper named "Borneo Bulentin" in the front page. An articles about my performance can still be found in my school. Hahahaha....!!!!! Cool right???

And here's a photo of the Sultan.....do hold your breath before you read the name.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

His Majesty is the 29th ruler of his line, which began with Sultan Muhammad in 1405. I still remember when i was in Primary One. There is a name list of the Sultan's Brunei printed in the text book page number 23 of Pelajaran Am where all the students are required to memorize the Sultan name from the 1st Sultan to the former one. Now came to think of it, i really wonder how i manage to stuck all the names into my little brain?

By the way, the Sultan's 63rd birthday is on this coming July 15. Is a great time to visit Brunei now as there will be performance at the city on the big day and i guess now you'll probably can see lot of "Pai Lou" on the street. In Mandarin, we call it "Pai Lou", I dont really know what we call it in English but it is something built with bricks, light bulbs and papers just for decoration purpose, at the same time it must be strong enough to stand still until the big day.
Its look something like this....


My dad used to bring us around the city at night looking for this "Pai Lou". I wonder how this year "Pai Lou" will look like. Every year there is a different design by different organizations which they built on purpose to celebrate His Majesty birthday. Normally it was built along side the roadway.


Nice right?? It will look nicer at night thou.

Let me show you the palace where the King, Queens, Princes and Princess stay. This place is really glam i tell ya, it is built out of real gold. Everything is built out of gold even the gate.

This is the entrance....

Wait still you see the inside. You can pay the palace a visit during Hari Raya. It'll be open to public for 3 days. For male visitors, you'll get to see the Sultan and prince. As for the female visitors, you'll get to see the queens and princess.

Beside the palace, is of course the mosques. Brunei have a lot of mosques. Anywhere you go, you can see mosques. Here's one of the nearest mosque to my house in Kiarong, Brunei. The iman never failed to woke me up at 5am sharp in the morning.

The roof is made of gold as well. If not mistaken this mosque was buit in the year 1992 when i first started schooling.


Beside the mosques, do pay a visit to Kampung Ayer's Brunei. Is one of the world largest water village which eventually a part of it will most probably caught on a fire and burnt down a few houses each year. Haha! Is just like a curse. Now is getting smaller and smaller since its loosing a small part of it every year.

The overview of the water village


See, they even got a mosque on stilts.


I once have a friend who went to Genting Theme Park and came back telling me how big is it. She tot i'd never been to Genting Theme Park and so she started bluffing about how things up there is like. I just stayed quiet and acted like i'd never been there and let her go on with her story. Haha.....

Well, now i want to tell you my friend. Seriously, Genting is not the largest yet. Jerudong Park in Brunei is the largest thou. Genting is only a small part of it. Haha....dont believe me?? Well, let see what wikipedia has to say

Jerudong Park is an amusement park in Brunei. It is the largest and most expensive amusement park in South East Asia, built and funded by the Bruneian government for $1 billion.

It is notable that during its first few years of operation, Jerudong Park featured no admission fees and free rides. It is currently larger than phase 1 of Hong Kong Disneyland.


A few pictures i found from the web.
This big diamond is kinda like the symbols of Jerudong Park.


My dad company is the one who lights up the whole statue.

The Musical Fountains



The roller coaster. There are like 5-6 roller costers in Jerudong Park.


Here's one famous for its hearth shape....spot the love???


There a lot more you can play in there...this is just part of it.


Erm...i think this post is getting a bit long...haha....i'll continue tomolo...ngek ngek ngek~~~

3 comments:

  1. wow.. is this the one since young i heard the free disney land?

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  2. The free disney land?? Haha...

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  3. thank you for the info i enjoy reading it

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