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Sep 22, 2012 - Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei******label photos

Wiki Info Bandar Seri Begawan Tried to find 2-3 others to share car to Hiah Natl Park caves (only way to afford it, even then $25 US each) but no one!! So we chatted w/ Austrian couple (he's a BMW mechanic, she and office worker) Both quit jobs to travel since January, mostly in Asia. I spoke w/ Willie a lot about logging and palm oil business/industry... Tribute to Ross Boyert Also, Tribute to Ross Boyert It's a film, Malaysia's Poison Blogger Exposed in the US. Jeffrey Sachs Top Economist Dupped into Supporting Malaysian Oil Palm giant,...

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Oct 11, 2011 - 10 October 2011

Last day in New Zealand. Early breakfast, said good bye to those who were heading for Australia. Some of our friends were a bit rough this morning, too much singing. Mary Coffey picked us from the hotel and we went in Te Papa Museum for a few hours, then back to the hotel. We were collected for our flight home at 5.30pm, long journey ahead. Easily known Max wasn't around as I had a bit of a hobble before I secured a wheelchair at Wellington Airport. Our flight from Wellington did not take off until 8.30pm and what a bumpy ride that was,...

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Oct 11, 2011 - 11th October 2011

We were now retracing our flight path back to Europe, over the Tasman sea, across Australia, I will not forget where Darwin is and we finally arrived in Brunei I did sleep for a least the first two hours of the journey before we had a light snack. I was following the planes journey on the video screen in front of me. The temperature was 26*C at 9am in the morning in Brunei, to those of you who love the heat you are most welcome to it. We were staying in the capital of this very rich country for ten hours, we were booked into a local hotel,...

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Sep 19, 2011 - 16th September 2011

Left Bandier Seri Begawan the capital of Brunei and headed southeast for the city of Darwin in the Northern Territories of Australia, the area we are flying over is featured in the Australian naval fiction series Sea patrol. The towns we flying over are now familiar territory for the many young Irish people who have made Australia their new home, hopefully they will return to our shores, all the richer in the skills of life they have now acquired. We landed in Auckland Airport midday; we were all a bit spaced out from the travelling. Our...

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Apr 16, 2011 - Bandar Seri Begawan

@@@@@@@ On our second full day in Brunei, we retraced our steps on the walking tour and took the time to visit some of the buildings and museums along the route. The Royal Regalia Museum was our first stop. We walked through rooms full of photographs detailing the popular Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s childhood, education, coronation and rule. Following that, we were allowed to view the incredible gifts from the world’s leaders that have poured in over the years to the man who has ‘everything’. When we returned to the central foyer on the...

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Apr 16, 2011 - A Prince's Folly

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND There’s no sense in reinventing the wheel here, the Lonely Planet writers explained things so well; I’ll let them tell you about the spendthrift brother of Brunei’s sultan. “Any of Brunei’s buildings mentioned in the same breath as Prince Jefri tend to come with a sigh and a seven-digit price tag. The ultimate bored little rich boy, Jefri’s appointment as finance minister was like putting a kid in charge of all the candy in the candy store, and his financial flights of fancy were truly epic. His acquisitions through the...

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Apr 15, 2011 - Brunei

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND There are references to the presence in China’s trading documents during the 6th century, Brunei embraced Islam centuries later and then enjoyed a period of Golden Age when, under the rule of the fifth sultan, it dominated the whole of the island and parts of the Philippines as well. The Portuguese and Spanish colonizers attempted to force their way into the lucrative trade routes during the 16th century, but were successfully repelled. Along came the British in the early 19th century and used a different tactic and...

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Jul 24, 2010 - Brunei

After the trying experience of securing accommodations, plane tickets, and permits for a trek in Gunung Mulu National Park which basically took a full day to accomplish we were off on the ferry to Palau Lubuan then on to Brunei for two nights. From Kota Kinabalu Palau Lubuan was 3.5 hours by ferry. We spent the night on the island before catching another ferry to Brunei. Our plan was to stay in the capital for two nights before making our way down to Miri in the state of Sarawak and autonomous region of Malaysia were we would overnight once...

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Feb 7, 2010 - Bandar Seri Begawan

February 7, 2010 Our first destination today was the Royal Regalia Building. Prior to this excursion there were lectures on the history of Brunei, once occupying all of Borneo and parts of the Philippines, but gradually reduced through the years (it’s almost impossible to find on the map) by numerous treaties into a fraction of the island, the third largest island in the world; Greenland and New Guinea are larger. With its tiny size Brunei is extravagantly enriched by oil. It has no income tax, universal education, free medical care, and...

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University At Sea

Aug 26, 2009 - Sightseeing in Brunei’s Capital Bandar Seri Begawan on Our Last Day in Borneo

It is Wednesday night. We are in the air on an AirAsia flight from Brunei to Kuala Lumpur. In KL we will spend the night before flying to the city of Manado on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia late tomorrow afternoon. After 3 fun weeks in Borneo, we are on our way out of there. Our trip to Brunei proved to be short but definitely memorable. We had almost opted to take a pass on Brunei, but changed our minds last minute when we realized how easy a 2 day excursion there from Muri would be. I’m now very glad we did, as Brunei has a...

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Break From the Law

Aug 25, 2009 - Overnight Trip to the Sultanate of Brunei Darassalam

It is around 11 p.m., and I am writing this entry from the common area of the Terrace Hotel in the city of Bandar Seri Begawan, called “BSB” by nearly everyone. BSB is the capital of Brunei, the tiny oil rich sultanate lodged along Borneo‘s coast in 2 separate pieces bordering the Malaysian state of Sarawak. We are actually en route to Indonesia, but opted to make a 2 day stopover here to see firsthand this tiny country. Getting to BSB from Miri proved easy. This morning a jeep picked us up from our guesthouse in Miri and shuttled us to...

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Break From the Law

Mar 19, 2009 - Into Brunei! Bandar Seri Begawan

Unbelievably it took us 5 bus rides and 1 short ferry crossing to do the 200k trip from Miri to Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB), the capital of the oil rich state of Brunei. Actually oil rich should read Shell Oil rich as this company owns the rights to the oil fields off the coast which provide this tiny country with its wealth. The sultan seems popular enough, the citizens we spoke to only had good words to say about him, however his brother was a different story. The sultans playboy brother Prince Jefri is famous for helping himself to a few...

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