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armed with a map… we drove to brunei on day 5 of my borneo tour… driving was strenuous and boring at times i must say… more so during the following days as i began to feel weary… but it was still exciting and interesting to road trip to new places… plus having a car made it really economical and convenient to get around anytime we wanted…

our first stop was at excapade sushi in kuala belait for lunch… where we could barely finish our lunches… i over-ordered and underestimated the size of their sashimi chunks… which turned out to be pretty huge… and worth every dollar :)

from my previous post… i realised most people didn’t read closely enough to understand that each photo was a link to the full album… and since i have endless photos… even more unposted and hidden within my hard disk… i’d better have a huge bold link so you guys wouldn’t miss out the best part of the post… the photos!

click here for day 5’s album

it was another hour’s drive or so before we reached the capital… bandar seri begawan… and we were greeted by the landmark sultan omar ali saifuddin mosque right in the heart of the city…

after exploring around the city… and strolling through some pretty dead shopping complexes… we drove to the jetty overlooking the brunei river and the famous kampung ayer which is dubbed the venice of the east… to be honest… i didn’t know about the place as i had not been researching enough… perhaps an over-dependence on my tour guide… :)

it was a blessing in disguise that we decided against taking a boat ride and tour of this village because it soon poured heavily… we didn’t manage to visit it the following day either but i guess there wasn’t much to miss… or perhaps i’m just convincing myself :P… we found our way to gadong… where the night market is… and where the mall is… erm… the mall’s name is the mall… :)

we had our dinner of some local delicacies that we took away from the market… after a shower… i could not resist driving out to take the famed golden-domed jame’ ‘asr hassanil bolkiah mosque in all its glory…

the next morning… we went to the riverside kianggeh market to get some local delicacies as souvenirs to bring home… we then adjourned to the arts and handicraft centre… which was filled with very expensive  stuff for sale such as cloth… pottery… and i-forgot-what-else…

click here for day 6’s album

our next destination was the royal regalia building… which housed the king’s possesions and the various gifts from heads of states… this was much more interesting to see… most of the stuff on display were pretty grand… one would not expect less as they were fit for a king…

the chair above reminds me of what xerxes was sitting on when he was going to war in 300… below is the dome of the royal regalia building…

after a couple of hours of admiring the king’s stuff… we walked across the road to taman haji sir muda omar ali saifuddin… or the king’s garden in short… :)

after lunch… i took a long drive back to miri… and after a sumptuous seafood dinner at night… we went to taman awam miri… which has a cool canopy walk… or rather… a suspension bridge…

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