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Bandar Seri Begawan

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"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...

A few more pictures

Posted by Goofy9 07:17 Archived in Brunei

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In bookclub we are reading Reading Lolita in Tehran and had quite a lively discussion on women wearing the veil and freedoms. Is it worse to have your freedom of choice taken away or to never experienced freedom but to know that other people are free to make choices they want? As usual - no clear answer. The question led to more questions. I wish you were here to discuss the book with us. You would enjoy the book. Thanks for sharing. Corgi Girl

by Corgi Girl

In bookclub this spring we read:
Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
by Eric Weiner. It reminded me of your comments on Brunei. Interesting.....

by Corgi Girl

I read Geography in February and I thoght it was one of the best books I read this year! I have read the original Lolita and I think I was too young to understand it. Dont know anything about the Tehran one...

I have lots of questions - minimal answers!

by Goofy9

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