Sunday, September 25, 2011


Arriving at Brunei Darussalam's airport
Alhamdulillah, we have landed safely at Brunei Darussalam airport at about 3.45 pm. We were ferried to Palm Garden Hotel of the Bandar Seri Begawan - our accommodation in Brunei - by Jom, the hotel driver. Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam seems to be quite and peaceful.

After maghrib prayer, he had our dinner at a buffet restaurant beside our hotel. Buffet restaurant style is a unique trend in Brunei, according to Dr Baharuddin, a former USM lecturer who is now teaching at Universitit Brunei Darussalam for the last 12 years. He came to visit us at our hotel at about 11.00 pm just now.

One communication facility that is absent in Brunei is the pre-paid mobile line. Unlike in Malaysia and Indonesia, we could not buy a sim card and use it instantly. Instead we need to register for a fixed line, says Jom the driver. As we are going to stay here for just five days, we decided to use our existing Malaysian line rather than registering for the Brunei fixed line.

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