Bandar Seri Begawan
Fri 13 Aug 2010 - Sun 15 Aug 2010 0 °F
"What are u guys doing now? Is alcohol banned?"
Two really telling questions about Brunei...answers as follows.
There is nothing to do in Bandar Seri Begawan. Went out for precisely 1.5 hours and had seen all the sights there were to see: couple of ostentatious mosques, empty mall (it's Ramadan and everyone must hav been home), a boat ride through a water village (sort of like the canals in Bangakok, only deserted, and cleaner).
Mosque lit up during ramadan
Alcohol is banned. I'm not that much of a drinker but not having the option to drink can drive one to want to drink! I think it's the enforcement of life choices that bothers me. I recollect many years ago wondering why Americans needed 4 kinds of milk and 5 kinds of bread. And I figure that's because you can!!
Choice of Indonesian cakes, called Kek Lapis
Brunei is a wealthy country, but its a quiet kind of wealth. Not the flashy Dubai kind but the kind where the citizenry look like they are cared for, they drive simple cars, they have lots of children, and they spend time shopping and eating. BSB has the feel of being just a large village, not the city it's pretending to be. Their biggest problem is not rUn-employment, but un-occupation. I believe that the youth dont have much to do and dont have much need to do anything either. Oh the problems of being an oil rich mini nation! I dont think there are incidents of violence, strikes, riots. Afterall, What do they have to protest against...