Brunei Travel Photo Essay: Let’s Call Brunei, Shall We?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012 4 Comments

Let’s call Brunei, shall we? Been eyeing this kingdom for quite some time already, and to be honest, I don’t have any valid reasons why I want to go. I just felt like going and that’s more than enough for me to pursue it! Well, in traveling, wanting to go is quite enough for you to really work hard and go visit. That’s if money and time and all that criteria are within reach. Every place has an untold story waiting to be unearthed and appreciated. It’s not always the popular places that matter; every place can and should be popular in its own right. Every place offers a beautiful thing. It’s a matter of perspective and appreciation. Brunei proves this point.

Brunei is flagged as the first country for Wanderings 2012.  It really is BRUNEIUTIFUL, but in an old school kind of way. It’s unlike any of the countries that I’ve visited here in Asia. It may be known as a kingdom, but the way I see it, it’s a “tribal” kind of kingdom. Not the one you normally picture, like in Europe, or the ones you see in movies, where everything is glittered with crowns and capes and royal carriages. This is real life and it’s as real as it can get. It’s a paradise for people who would like to experience slow-paced Asia life, while still having some touches of royalty and richness.

Brunei bursts with magnificent mosques, gloriously towering all other buildings across the city. Mosques in this country speak about gold and faith, mixed into perfect architecture. Though the designs are elaborate and tasteful, you’ll still be left with some appetite to want to see more mosques.

And so are the rest of the architecture in Brunei. You’ll see marble-embellished streets and well-maintained systems, full of gold-cream colored palettes. You’ll see mosque-like buildings and signages, and some more interesting landmarks and names. They also have waterways to balance the whole land-water feel of Brunei. You can work your way to the city via local boats, much faster and much adventure-filled than that of Venice.

Everything here has a touch of gold, cream, yellow, and black. But no need to worry about color blindness, the people add the rest of the needed colors. They bring life to the golds and yellows of the city. They are very friendly, honest, and unassuming. They love their country, their people, and their culture! Everything seems to be protected and withdrawn from foreign influences.

As a whole, no matter what the prejudices, opinions, and facts about Brunei are, this country is and will always be a reminder to me that traveling not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 53 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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