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Some Pics From Brunei

Well, perhaps my earlier blog post is a bit biased towards Go and may give the reader an impression that I have done nothing in Brunei except doing Go stuffs but that is not true. Xinwen, Tisha (Xinwen’s adorable sister), Peng Hui (Xinwen evilly called him Penguin) and Jayden brought us to some places to visit and the photos below will tell. All photos courtesy of Tisha.

This picture was taken with blur guy Xinwen in the Royal Regalia Museum where all the stuffs regarding the Sultan of Brunei is kept, including the history, coronation, gifts from other countries, etc. It’s full of glittering stuffs and gold. The museum is well organized and very visitor friendly.

This was taken in the Empire Hotel and Country Club, the most posh hotel in Bandar Seri Begawan. This luxury hotel faces the sea and has, amongst other regular amenities, a full scale cinema in its compound. From the picture, Peng Hui do look like a fatter version of Jet Li. Haha.

The above picture captures the atmosphere at the Musical Water Fountain in Jerudong Park. It is a very nice place to just sit and watch the water and the “Be My Guest” song is most apt and the most beautiful, perhaps also signaling Xinwen’s thoughts and treating his guests (i.e mon ├ępouse et moi) so well.

Xinwen horsing around in another Jerudong Park area. Jerudong Park is a huge theme park built by the brother of the Sultan and many many years ago, admission to this park is free of charge (now it only costs B$3.00) and has many rides. However, recently, the park has deteriorated and lesser and lesser people go there. But still, it is quite a swell place to bring the family to go and hang around during the weekend.

Another shot at the Jerudong Park with the Carousel at the back.

We were taken to many nice places to eat and this is a Japanese restaurant called Excapade Sushi. It was fully packed and the food and price is reasonable. The gentleman behind Xinwen is Xinwen’s dad. A very hospitable and extremely nice person. Further back is of course, Tisha.

There are many places that also visited such as the Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, the Kampung Ayer and such but we didn’t bring a camera and as such no pictures taken. We have eaten quite a bit too, the Ko Lo me is superb but didn’t have a chance to taste some Brunei food such as the famous Nasi Katok which looks like our Nasi Lemak but I don’t know about the taste. Maybe next time.

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The Bruneian Experience

So I am now back from Brunei since I was invited by Xinwen to Brunei to be their chief judge in the Brunei 1st Inter-School Weiqi (Go) Tournament 09.

I have always been amazed by Xinwen and his team in promoting Go in Brunei and this inter-school tournament is indeed another big leap forward to encourage more people to play Go. To show my support to him as well as sort of representing the Malaysian weiqi players as well, me and my wife bought the Air Asia flight last Wednesday. It was a trip that almost didn’t happen as we were on the verge of canceling the trip as something unexpected happened but finally we were able to go.

The tournament was casual but well organised. The best part of it is it has a very close feeling to it, everyone is nice to each other and the mood is very jovial and positive. There are more on the tournament on Xinwen’s blog.

On Brunei itself, it is a rather quiet place, peaceful and with really good roads (perhaps so that the Ferrari and Lamborghini can speed through them). The mosques there are nice and there are quite a lot of mosques there. If you would like to have a peace and quiet life where a lot of things are relatively cheap, such as cars, houses, petrol etc., then Brunei will be a good place to live.

However, if you are the Las Vegas sort, you will easily find yourself easily bored. It will be good, however, to go there and stay to detoxify yourself from too much partying though.

In a way, Brunei or more particularly the Bandar Seri Begawan area since we mostly ventured around there, reminds me of Ipoh or Kelantan. Quiet and peaceful where everybody almost knows everybody and every place is just within minutes from one place to another. The typical Bruneian are really nice people, always very polite and obliging.

So perhaps there is another event next year and if there is a chance, I will perhaps visit Xinwen and his family again. And yes, Xinwen’s family is really nice and pampered us well :)

Here are some pictures (picture credit: the ever excellent Jayden Sia):

Playing simultaneous games with the participants of the tournament:

Prize presentation. This is Peng Hui (or Xinwen calls him Penguin). A jovial and really nice guy. Kit says he looks a bit like Jet Li.

Prize presentation to Mah Zhe Fan (or they call him Makai). He is also very nice and he is quite strong in Go too.

Here is the group photo:

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