WHO GOES TO BRUNEI?!
That was the question most people asked me and my two friends Carol and Marta when we suddenly decided to book a trip to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. 😉
Brunei is the seventh country I’ve been to and I’m glad I was finally able to cross it off my bucket list! (Click here for a complete list of the countries I want to travel to. Haha!)
Anyway, my trip to my seventh country was also a trip with a lot of “firsts”:
– obviously, it was my first time there (and I think last? Chos!)
– it was my first abroad trip with my friends (I didn’t consider my Hong Kong trip with my other college friends back in 2007 because there was a “school” business involved)
– it was the first ever trip I paid for using my own hard-earned moolah (from airfare, hotel, and even pocket mahneeyyy!) Just like what my friend Dyan said,
“The best things in life are supposedly free but there’s a sense of fulfillment and pride in saving up enough money to treat myself to a well-deserved vacation.”
Yes, ako na ang natututong tumayo sa sarili kong mga paa! But still, I wouldn’t mind having “sponsors,” you know? Hahaha!… what else?
– Oh, it was also my first time to feel tired for NOT doing anything!!! To know why, I’ll prefer it if you just ask me in person! =))
Honestly, I don’t even know how to start this blog entry… Let’s just say that if SERENITY (and I’m sooo NOT talking about the milk tea place!) is what you’re after, then Brunei’s the place for you! But if you’re into “busy” cities (just like most capitals), then Brunei’s a whole different story! Gets?
Okay, good. Having said that, I’ll just let my pictures do all the talking. After all, the following places are pretty much the only tourist-y ones you can go to in Brunei.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Royal Regalia Building
Istana Nurul Iman (Royal Palace)
Jame Asr’ Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
Hotel & Country Club
No, I’m not saying that you should pass up the opportunity to go to “The Green Heart of Borneo.” Experience din yun noh! What I’m saying is Brunei isn’t your “usual” bakasyunan. It can be a little boring at times, but c’mon mamon, it’s also dubbed “A Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures” — in short, ‘wag talaga kayong mag-expect! Wahahahaha! 😛
Kidding aside, enough about ME and BRUNEI for the title of this entry speaks for itself. This trip wasn’t just about Me and Brunei, there were also My Friends! And as cliche as this may sound, it’s true. It doesn’t matter where you are… what matters is the people you’re with! Oha, meganon talaga Carol at Marta!!! Looking forward to our next trip! (At oo, may sequel na agad ang Brunei trip namin — SOON! Hehehe.)
Now, going back to the first question… Who goes to Brunei? Err… I don’t really have a definite answer to that. After all, TO EACH HIS OWN.
But this I can leave you, my dear readers. You’ve heard of the newest tourism campaign of the Philippines, right? Well, THIS is proof of how true that slogan is! 😉
Call me biased or whatnot, I don’t care! But yes! It truly is… no doubt…
MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!
The Lady is now OUT!
😉 😉 😉