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CULTURAL BRIDGES BY TANNY DESALES

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Kingdom of Brunei

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." - Miriam Beard

BANDAR Seri Begawan, Brunei – We’re in the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei.

Bandar Seri Begawan has a population of 296,500. It is named after the Sultan's late father, Omar Ali Saifududdien.

To reach to this point has not been easy.  We have to leave Manila via Cebu Pacific almost 12 midnight and arrived at Brunei International Airport past 2 a.m.

After clearing the custom and immigration, we reached our hotel at 3:3O a.m.

Now the time has come for the encounter.  Touring this city has been full of wonder.  And what do we find here?

The mosque. The temple. I took that final step and now I know.  Here within the sacred place you met the tremendous historical mystery of the Sultanate of Brunei.

My wife and I could not have chosen a much better place than the city of Bandar to spend our four-day weekend.

The land and the people exceed my expectations in terms of scenery and friendliness.  There are lots of Filipinos working here.

The city is clean and the traffic was light.  The people living here are similar to Filipinos in many ways. The eyes that gaze into ours are faintly familiar. The hair, the facial features are the same.

I have been told this place is becoming a popular vacation spot for many people.

As we returned to our hotel in the afternoon after making hours of touring the city, what struck me most was the people.

They were contented with their life notwithstanding the fact that there is nothing similar to Manila. No wine, women and song