Images of Brunei, Part II

Although we would have loved to head to the jungles of Brunei, which surely is the most exotic aspect of traveling in Brunei, we stayed in the cities/towns, with some country road driving in our rental car, especially the lovely road out to Labi from our hotel in Kuala Belait. Having two young kiddies with us, especially our less-than-one-year-old son, prompted us to not do any jungle trekking. However, we still found much to do and see, for Brunei is relatively family friendly, and some of that even included drives around neighborhoods to see what life was like away from the main attractions. Thus, I have quite a few photos here of housing styles (in somewhat affluent and middle-class neighborhoods).

Perhaps these photos aren’t the bread-and-butter, award-winning travel pics that are featured in the likes of National Geo, but a running gazelle doesn’t tell you as much about the culture of a place as shots of someone’s home, where you might see aspects of daily life (okay, that’s a bit of a stretch just to give me a sense of purpose here). One aspect of living there, which I don’t see in Taiwan, where we live, is the secure feeling that the homes and neighborhoods exude. Taiwanese single-family homes, similar to some of the ones in this blog, which are relatively rare, are barred on the windows and fenced in with ten-foot walls to ward off intruders, with security cameras scanning the perimeter of the home. In the pictures here (and when we were driving around the places), I don’t notice as many security measures. How I’d love to live in a place that still has that sense of safeness.

Better Days, On the Way to  Labi

Better Days for This Ride, On the Way to Labi

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

Local Abode, Brunei

Local Abode, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

More Housing Styles, Kuala Belait, Brunei

A Mosque in Kuala, Belait, Brunei

A Mosque in Kuala, Belait, Brunei

Kuala Belait's Main Street

Kuala Belait’s Main Street

Kuala Belait's Main Street, a Few Hour Ride from BSB

Kuala Belait’s Main Street, a Few Hour Ride from BSB

Local Eats!  Scrumptious! Incredibly Cheap!

Local Eats! Scrumptious! Incredibly Cheap!

Since I love DQ Blizzards, we went 6-7 times in nine days!

Since I love DQ Blizzards, we went 6-7 times in nine days!

Kuala Belait, Brunei

Kuala Belait, Brunei

Seaview Hotel's Pool, Kuala Belait

Seaview Hotel’s Pool, Kuala Belait

The Royal Brunei Yacht Club Pool

The Royal Brunei Yacht Club Pool

Royal Brunei Yacht Club, Serasa, Brunei

Royal Brunei Yacht Club, Serasa, Brunei

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Water Taxis Await, Bandar

Water Taxis Await, Bandar

Downtown Bandar from Kampong Ayer

Downtown Bandar from Kampong Ayer

Downtown Bandar from Kampong Ayer

Downtown Bandar from Kampong Ayer

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Local Schoolboys, Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Local Schoolboys, Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan

Entering Meragang Beach, Brunei

Entering Meragang Beach, Brunei

Crab Art Work

Crab Art Work

Meragang Beach, Brunei

Meragang Beach, Brunei

Pebble Patterns

Pebble Patterns

Jerudong Playground Park, Brunei

Jerudong Playground Park, Brunei

Jerudong Playground Park, Brunei

The Ghost Town That is Jerudong Playground Park, Brunei

Bandar's Waterfront Fratinni's Restaurant

Bandar’s Waterfront Fratinni’s Restaurant

Downtown BSB Lanes

Downtown BSB Lanes

Yayasan Shopping Complex--Though the 3rd floor appeared abandoned, we came across the German Embassy there!

Yayasan Shopping Complex–Though the 3rd floor appeared abandoned, we came across the German Embassy there!

A complex background about dogs in Islam exists (just check Google), but was this sign simply about bringing dogs into a park?

A complex background about dogs in Islam exists (just check Google), but was this sign simply about bringing dogs into a park?

About vagabondwithfamily

I am an overseas teacher, one who chose to live abroad after getting my MEd in K-12 ESL and teaching license back in Minnesota, USA, and I've lived in Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland and Germany, with a stint in Mexico, studying Spanish, too. Now married and with two young, adorable and amazingly wonderful children, my solo travel days are limited, but life is great still.
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4 Responses to Images of Brunei, Part II

  1. Shajia Ahmed says:

    Hellol there, Having travelled to Brueni (Kuala Belait) to and fro your pictures were such a pleasure to see. In fact, as a teacher myself I would love to work there. Regards, Ms. Ahmed.

    • vagabondwithfamily says:

      Thanks, much, Ms Ahmed. I appreciate any comments, and it is nice to know someone is still looking at them!

  2. uniokeez says:

    Nice blog sir..

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