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)

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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

There’s no market like an open night market, aka a Pasar Malam

Go For: Taste of inexpensive indigenous Bruneian  food. Pasar malam is a Malay word for night market. However I prefer to still call it pasar malam because the Malay word stands for something very local and of indigenous nature that perhaps cannot be captured by the English translation. In Brunei , pasar malams are very special because … Continue reading There’s no market like an open night market, aka a Pasar Malam

A quiet dinner in a Chinese setting at I-lotus

Go For:  Good ambience, quiet surroundings and “kosong pao”  I’ve seen the signage for I-lotus, without any glimpse of the actual restaurant, on the detour of Rimba Jati, whenever we drove on a highway leading to Jerudong. It’s unique because it’s relatively far away and stands far from other restaurants and malls. And it is. … Continue reading A quiet dinner in a Chinese setting at I-lotus