The Sultan’s BSB (and Account Number)
When we were booking our recent flights to Borneo, we were pleasantly surprised that we were able to fly with Royal Brunei Airlines and stop over for a day in the small enclave known as Brunei – yep: the place where that mad rich dude lives. The Sultan of Brunei.
But it turns out we were a few days late because 3 days earlier, the Sultan opened up his royal palace and invited THE ENTIRE COUNTRY and shouted them some grub and tucker. Not a bad bloke if you ask me. OK, so we weren’t getting wined and dined by the dude who is right up there with the richest people in the world, but we sure were able to get out and about and have a look around the capital city – Bandar Seri Begawan (or BSB and account number for short).
OUT AND ABOUT IN BRUNEI
The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque wasn’t open to non-muslims on Friday’s but hey, it looked pretty cool from the outside.
Thats not moving traffic… they are cars that are parked IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. When prayer time calls… everyone literally stops what they’re doing and goes to the mosque.
If there’s a shopping centre… Jai will find it.
One of the more awesome and bizarre experiences on our travels was in Brunei. At bang on midday, ALL of the shops close and everyone (being a predominantly muslim country) goes to the mosques to pray for a couple of hours. As Brunei is not what one would call a ‘tourist hotspot’ at this point in time, when the locals were all at the mosques… it was LITERALLY like a ghost town (kind of a cool concept for all those Fallout 4 or zombie apocalypse fans out there like Jai). There was a total of ONE other tourist in town and we know this because we bumped into him a few times as BSB isnt a huge place.
Being hungry as it was around lunch time… we looked around for somewhere to eat and when we said before that everything closes… literally EVERYTHING closes. We looked for corner stores, shopping malls or even service stations for some grub but there was nothing open so we roamed the deserted streets of BSB (and account number) in this very odd but very cool scenario. We stumbled upon a Burger King and we shook the doors which were obviously clamped shut like all of the others before them… but… these doors actually weren’t closed. The Burger King was open so we walked inside. Only there was nobody to greet us and take our order. Nobody was working there. Nobody was even IN there. Burger King… middle of the day… closed for business but open for two travelling Aussies to chill out in the air conditioning out of the heat of what had temporarily become a ghost town. Like we said… cool but odd!
A VISIT TO KAMPUNG AYER (translation: “water village”)
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