Rediscover Brunei Darussalam through the eyes of the People
The Kianggeh Open Air Market, a.k.a. Tamu Kianggeh - found along Kianggeh Road in Bandar Seri Begawan, opposite the Brunei Hotel. It is one of the should-visits here in Brunei with ready supplies of fresh vegetables, fruits and other staples. Travellers are often spotted wandering around, browsing local handicraft, soaking in the market vibe. It is a charming little place, a favourite for photographers from near and afar.
A few things to consider if you do pay Tamu Kianggeh a visit:
1. Go early. Most stalls are ready by 6.00am. You get first picks and it is hard to beat early morning photography.
2. Depending on the time of day, be prepared to perspire. Unless it is a cool and breezy day, it can get warm.
3. Leave your burly backpacks and luggage at the hotel. There is ample walking space, but toting around your travel bags will be cumbersome.
4. Bring small dollar notes and coins.
5. If you are wandering through with children, don't be careless. It gets busy during peak hours and it would be easy for them to fall outside of your direct line of sight.
6. If you are game, try your hand at bargaining.
7. Don't rush through. Get friendly with the locals. Be adventurous and sample some of the local produce. Soak it in.
Greetings Readers. Announcement! Over the next three weeks you could win yourself a free return air ticket to an exciting holiday destination! On Wednesday 31st July, Wednesday 7th August and Wednesday 14th August, an hour will be designated where the first 50 Standard Chartered Bank credit cardholders who purchase at least one ticket to the specified destination via www.flyroyalbrunei.com will receive a free ticket to the same destination.
This week's destination: Kuala Lumpur
Booking period: 31st July 2013 (Wednesday), 11am - 2pm
Terms and Conditions
If you are one of the first 50 customers to buy a return economy ticket to selected destinations using your Standard Chartered Bank credit card at www.flyroyalbrunei.com, you will receive a free return ticket of the same
We will notify you on your free ticket by SMS after 1 working day
This Promotion does not apply to VISA Corporate, VISA Business credit cards or e-Cash card
You are limited to 1 free ticket during this Promotion
Travel period for the free ticket ex-Brunei is from 13 October to 28 November 2013, 3 to 23 January 2014 and 8 to 28 February 2014
Online Credit Card Travel Promotion Terms and Conditions apply
See here for other T's and C's
I paid a visit to the Oil and Gas Discovery Centre (OGDC) with my family for the first time last week. The OGDC, an initiative of Brunei Shell Petroleum, is a 'science-based educational facility meets tourist pitstop' kind of a place. It makes for a fun and family-friendly outing and the entry rates are reasonable. There's an exhibition hall, theatre, classrooms, science labs, an outdoor area for sports, a playground and a even a Traffic Games Park.
According to Brunei Tourism, the "OGDC has emerged as another popular family-oriented landmark in Brunei that serves both educational and recreational purposes" and "introduces visitors to the fascinating world of science and engineering as it applies to the petroleum industry in order to promote environmental awareness and highlight the necessity of nature conservation. It is a fun place where visitors of all ages can expand their knowledge while exploring the seven galleries that showcase over 100 interactive exhibits covering the multi-faceted science behind the oil and gas industry in Brunei."
If you have never paid the OGDC a visit, find some time, make a trip to F20 in Seria, and get the kids ready for some good old fashioned educational fun.
Admission Charges - Pre School (5 years old and below): Free of Charge, Kids (5 - 12 years old): BND$1, Teens (13 - 17 years old): BND$2, Adults (18 - 55 years old): BND$5, Senior Citizens (55 years old and above): BND$3
Announcing the UK Education Fair!
Greetings Readers! The British Universities Brunei Association (BUBA) will be hosting its second annual UK Education fair on Wednesday 21st August 2013. Twenty five Universities and Colleges from across the UK will be participating in the fair at the Member’s Grill and Lounge, The Empire Hotel and Country Club. The fair is aimed at students who are considering studying in the UK in September 2014 but also presents a final opportunity for any students still looking for a place for September 2013 entry to speak with university representatives.
BUBA held its first UK Education fair in Bandar Seri Begawan in August 2011 and met a huge number of students who went on to enrol in degree programmes across Great Britain in September 2012.
The fair will be held between 2pm – 7pm. Further details and names of participating institutions can be found here: http://www.buba.ac.uk/he-fair
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