Brunei Darussalam~The Abode Of Peace

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THIS SHOW IS A SORT OF NOSTALGIC TRIP(CAN'T CALL IT A TRIBUTE) DOWN MEMORY LANE AS I SPENT MY FORMATIVE YEARS GROWING UP IN BRUNEI FROM 1974-1998...(MY PARENTS WERE WORKING THERE) ...SO A LOT OF MY MEMORIES ARE TIED UP WITH THIS PLACE....HOPE U ENJOY THE TRIP!

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Brunei Darussalam~The Abode Of Peace

  1. 1. State of Brunei Darussalam <br />or the <br />Nation of Brunei, <br />The Abode of Peace<br />
  2. 2. Downtown Bandar Seri Begawan – The capital of Brunei Darussalam<br />
  3. 3. "Sentiasaberbuatkebajikandenganpetunjuk Allah""Always in service with God's guidance" <br />
  4. 4. Brunei Darussalam is located in the northwestern coast of the island of Borneo. It covers a land area of 5,765 kilometers. Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of Brunei Darussalam with an area of about 16 sq. km and a population of about 46,000 It is located in the Brunei/Muara District, and is the centre of government and business activities. <br />Brunei Darussalam has an equatorial climate characterized by a uniform high temperature, high humidity and heavy rainfall. Temperature ranges from 23 - 32 Degree Celsius, while rainfall varies from 2,500 mm annually on the coast to 7,500 mm in the interior. There is no distinct wet season. <br />Brunei Darussalam has been blessed with rich natural resources and a strategic location within the region. The majority of the country is covered in tropical rainforests teeming with exotic flora and fauna. Brunei Darussalam is well known for its natural resources of oil and natural gas and has embarked of a program of economic diversification. <br />The official language is Malay, but English is widely spoken. <br />
  5. 5. Brunei Darussalam is richly endowed with cultural heritage steadfastly maintained until today. The setting up of the Arts and Handicraft Centre in 1975 is a living testimony as to the preservation and the proliferation of the arts and crafts of the bygone days which Brunei was renown for such as boat making, silver-smithing, bronze tooling, cloth weaving as well as mat and basket weaving.<br />Relics and other various artistic heritage of Brunei Darussalam besides the ones mentioned above include Malay weaponry, woodcarvings, traditional games, traditional musical instruments, 'silat' (the traditional art of self defense) and decorative items for women.These are kept in the Brunei Museum and the Malay Technology Museum; not only for the world to see but most importantly for today's generation to admire and be proud of, for future generation to emulate, perhaps and something to remind us of our forefather's natural skill, creativity and innovativeness which over generations has been ingrained as one of the richest traditional culture in the Malay world. <br />
  6. 6. The country offers a wide variety of attractive places to be visited and experienced. The rainforest and National Parks are rich in flora and fauna. Eco-tourism has gained importance in the country's economic activities to promote the conservation of its lush surroundings. Brunei’s goal is to preserve their way of life. Its most magnificent mosques, water village (traditional and historic houses on stilts), rich culture and Jerudong Theme Park are among the uniqueness of Brunei Darussalam.<br />Islam is the official religion of Brunei Darussalam. Islam plays a central role in the life of every Muslim in Brunei Darussalam. <br />Other faiths practiced in the State include Christianity and Buddhism. <br />Orchids are commonly grown in Brunei.<br />
  7. 7. His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Brunei<br />
  8. 8. Brunei is an independent sovereign Sultanate that is governed on the basis of a written Constitution. His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan is the supreme executive authority in Brunei Darussalam. His Majesty has occupied the position of Prime Minister since resumption of independence in 1984.<br />Brunei's administrative system is centred on the Prime Minister's Office, which has provided the thrust behind His Majesty's aim to introduce greater efficiency in the Government. <br />My wives and I … <br />the Sultan of Brunei with his first and second wives at his recent 60th birthday celebrations.<br />
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  10. 10. Omar Ali SaifuddinMosque<br />
  11. 11. Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque: <br />with stone boat in the lagoon <br />(a replica of a 16th-century mahligai barge).<br />
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  13. 13. Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque: <br />is known locally as the <br />KiarongMosque.<br />
  14. 14. View from the roof of theJame'AsrHassanil Bolkiah Mosque<br />
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  16. 16. TamuKianggeh Food Market<br />
  17. 17. TamuKianggeh Food Market<br />
  18. 18. Yayasan Sultan HajiHassanalBolkiah Complex near Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a very chic shopping mall, comprising two twin Malay-style buildings. It is known locally as the Yshhb Complex, or just Yayasan.<br />
  19. 19. Kampung Ayer<br />Kampung Ayer from the waterfront near customs wharf. <br />
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  23. 23. Kampong Ayer, at low tide…<br />
  24. 24. Brunei: Seria town center with Plaza Seria market<br />
  25. 25. Brunei: river crossing at Kuala Belait<br />
  26. 26. Bandar Seri Begawan and Brunei river from aircraft<br />
  27. 27. Bandar Seri Begawan and Brunei river from aircraft<br />
  28. 28. Istana NurulIman: The sultan's palace<br />
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  30. 30. Brunei Darussalam , in 2004,ushered in what was described as one of the most significant moments in the country's history when Crown Prince Haji Al-MuhtadeeBillahmarried at a grand ceremony attended by thousands of distinguished guests.<br />
  31. 31. bride’s father & Swiss mother…don’t look too happy… do they?!?...their daughter’s only 17!!!...marrying a 30-yr –old man…!<br />
  32. 32. Bride-to-be to Brunei's Crown Prince, DayangkuSarah PengiranSallehAbRahaman, is escorted to the Malay traditional marriage powdering ceremony- September 5, 2004. <br />The Crown princesits on a dais during a Malay traditional marriage powdering ceremony at the Istana NurulIman in Bandar Seri Begawan<br />
  33. 33. The 30-year-old heir to the throne of this tiny oil-rich sultanate and his bride, 17 year old girl Dayangku Sarah bintiPengiranSallehAbRahaman,(half Swiss on her mother’s side), forged a royal union at the Bersanding (Malay wedding) ceremony.<br />
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  36. 36. A bride & bridegroom of modern Brunei<br />
  37. 37. TheSultan of Brunei is the Current Guinness World Record holder for most cars owned, pictured are a very few examples...<br />
  38. 38. Music ~ ‘InginBersuah’(a Malay song)---D .J Dave’s cover of an old Hindi song.<br />Trinity<br />2010<br />

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