Generous RIPAS and My Arm Saga

Go For:  A government hospital where certain health issues are taken very seriously.  The last month was characterized by an unusual event. I was almost admitted in RIPAS. RIPAS is a government hospital in Brunei where all medical services as well as medicines are free to the citizens of Brunei. For expats working for the government, and their families the hospital charges … Continue reading Generous RIPAS and My Arm Saga

Being and Becoming in Brunei: The Story of a Trailing Spouse (Part 2-Being and Becoming)

Our daughter was going to visit us soon. We decided to visit places we never have been to in Brunei. So a search began, this time not with the people but with the technology. I also checked travel guides, but most useful were bloggers. I compiled a list of things to do. Since every adult … Continue reading Being and Becoming in Brunei: The Story of a Trailing Spouse (Part 2-Being and Becoming)

Being and Becoming in Brunei: The Story of a Trailing Spouse (Part 1-The Arrival)

I have been in Brunei just over a year or so after spending a major part of my life and career in Singapore. I followed my husband here and I am in search of work – but our more urgent and prominent search is for meaningful social contacts. Frankly speaking, in Brunei, we have missed the exchange of ordinary niceties, smiles, the casualness in a talk, and the presence of people around. I knew it has to be there, since human contact is a ubiquitous need. From my stay here so far, I know that Bruneians are decent as well as approachable and friendly people. I just need to look at the right places and I should do what locals do. Continue reading Being and Becoming in Brunei: The Story of a Trailing Spouse (Part 1-The Arrival)

A typical weekend

Actually for many, there are two weekends in Brunei. One falls on Friday and the other on Sunday, since we work on Saturdays here. But on Fridays, a lot of shops and restaurants are closed between noon and 2pm. So if your typical weekend involves sleeping and waking up late, Sunday’s your weekend. We’re definitely … Continue reading A typical weekend