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Never Miss to Visit Brunei!

To Go To Brunei or Not?

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Visiting Asia as Brunei usually takes people to the bigger stops like Malaysia, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. The electric sounds and blazing neon of these metropolises can blind you to a tiny treasure nestled by Malaysia and the South China Sea. The Sultanate of Brunei is a nation often untouched by tourists, despite the wonders in store for them. Brunei is a stunning country that world travelers should take their time to savor, for the richness of Brunei is just not in gas and petroleum, it’s in the culture and the natural beauty of the land.

Here are some things to consider when pondering to go or not to go to Brunei:

Public Transport in Brunei and Lack Thereof

Probably the biggest thing that most travelers fret over is how they’re going to get from Point A to B.

In Brunei you are limited to a bus or taxi. There are a few tourist horror stories about not being able to find an adequate means of transport and having to walk for hours to get to their destination. Supposedly, taxis are around the capital and the airport but nowhere in between. If you do find one, prepare your wallet for annihilation. Prices for taxis are rather hefty (a 15 minute ride might cost you around 25 BND).

The public bus looks like they drove straight from the 1960s, albeit services are fairly cheap (1-3 BND) depending on where you’re headed. However, if you’re on a tight schedule, you might find yourself ripping up your itinerary into itty-bitty bits. The public buses have no inkling as to what “timetable” means. Therefore, most Bruneians won’t use these infamous purple buses. Six bus routes in daily operation around the area of Bandar Seri Begawan, and they’re supposedly color-coated as of 2013 (but as of 2016 a lot of purple buses remain):

  1. Northern Line – Green
  2. Southern Line – Silver gray
  3. Eastern Line – Royal blue
  4. Western Line – Magenta
  5. Central Line – Brown
  6. Circle Line – Cyan

The Brunei government is really trying to expand on the public transportation sector, but as of right now, there’s yet to be any true improvements. Brunei

“Budget” Accommodations

Since Brunei isn’t exactly a tourist hotspot, you can find some pretty decent deals on hotels right in Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB). For example, with 500-600 USD, you can stay in a 3-star hotel or hostel for about 8 days. Unfortunately, these vacancies get eaten up quickly. Kampong Jerudong, another location in Brunei, as decent rates, but with the public transportation conundrum, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth the extra distance for a cheap place to sleep.

One note a fellow traveler made was that if you don’t arrange your room prior to arriving in Brunei, you might be the victim of price gouging. That is, what looks decent online might be raised to an exorbitant amount in person. Be smart. Book in advance.

Where Are Those Attractions Again?

Again, Brunei is by no means a resort town. There’s not much to do—and so you don’t have to deal with crowds. Fortunately, most attractions and museums are free. The golden mosques and hotels are stunning, but that’s about it.

Brunei isn’t very modern, so don’t expect miraculous examples of architecture and flashing lights. If you are imaginative and can make your own tours just by exploring, then Brunei might be for you. Consider this: A large portion of Brunei is built on a network of over-the-water stilt villages like Kampong Ayer. Not many people get the chance to experience something like that. It’s not exactly romantic like Venice, but a walk across the docks is humbling and eye-opening. Brunei is one of the richest countries in the world thanks to oil, yet the way of life is low-key and relaxed. You might even stumble upon an open market like Tamu Kianggeh. A rainbow of boats and umbrellas line the docks as people peddle their fruits and vegetables.

For those who love being outdoors, they won’t only find a unique journey in town, they can find it in the Bruneian rainforest, Ulu Temburong National Park. Tranquil rivers, boundless skies and excursions galore. Aside from resort hotels, there’s also a sustainable living village, where you can choose to stay in tents and eat jungle food that you harvest yourself. Plus, who can say no to getting up close to wild crocodiles, lizards, exotic birds and monkeys?

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Another attraction similar to the rainforest experience is a cruise along the Tutong River that focuses on mangrove ecology and how to conserve natural resources. Brunei is also a great scuba diving location. Several shipwrecks can be found in the waters, as well as pristine coral reefs. Rental gear is cheap—about 35-50 BND.

What Do You Mean By “Dry”?

Because Brunei is an Islamic nation (the mosques should have clued you into that), don’t expect there to be any nightlife. If you’re the kind of person who likes slinging back drinks with the locals and hearing stories, you probably won’t be very fond of Brunei’s dryness. There are no bars, no clubs and overnight businesses are rare.

Religion is crucial in the Culture of Brunei - OrganicIsBeautiful
Religion is crucial in the Culture of Brunei – OrganicIsBeautiful

You are, however, allowed to bring a small amount of alcohol with you. An alcohol permit at the border of Brunei must be obtained before entering the country. Cigarettes are also a slight challenge to find.

During the month of Ramadan, when devotees of Islam take on fasting, you’ll find restaurants open. However, this doesn’t mean you’re open to woofing down food and drink in front of those who haven’t eaten in several days or weeks. You will be expected to ask permission to dine in front of those individuals. In 2014, the government passed a law that states it’s fine for non-fasting people and visitors to Brunei to order take-out during Ramadan to mitigate the offense. It’s a unique cultural exchange, but if that makes you nervous, plan your trip around Ramadan.

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So should you go to Brunei? The answer is up to you. Brunei doesn’t have the glitter and glam of some other SEA locations like Indonesia or Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean it should be crossed off the list. People who love outdoor activities, fresh air and relaxation will find themselves perfectly satisfied by this happy little country.

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Know Yourself to Be Happy

Today on OiB, I will discuss the secret to happiness. Being happy is the key to good health and a good health is vital to having a successful life. This could work the other way round too but this way happiness is always guaranteed.

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Happy? Me? Really?

2017 will be my 5th year abroad, living in Asia. I feel blessed most of the time. It takes sometimes a quick reminder to myself to keep in mind how lucky I am. Plus, having OiB has become a personal investment that drives me toward my best!

There are many ways that one can employ in order to be happy but the best ways are the ones that are on one hand proved to bring about happiness and on the other hand also make you vulnerable even when living alone. These ways have brought me immense calmness and satisfaction which have led me to feel complete and thus happy as well. The following are some ways through which one can stay happy alone as well.

You don’t need anyone to be happy
Remember this notion to always succeed and feel good about the independence of life.

You are more valued
Always keep your own advice above others while respecting and acknowledging theirs on the side as well.
Get more out of everything by paying attention to it closely.

Enjoy silence and listen more
Establish enjoying silence as a way of thinking of it as an opportunity to reflect more peacefully.
Practice listening to what your mind has been asking you to do so you know what you want and need.

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Live every moment
It is important to understand that no moment can ever come back hence cherishing each of them is important.

Collect moments!

Rearrange your things
Rearrange your furniture or something to actually make yourself feel out of routine life.

Answer yourself
Learn to have time to focus and reflect what you want from your life and do not ignore it through mindless TV watching activities etc.

Keep creativity on the loose
Always keep making plans so that your creativity isn’t rusted or lost through the time and you feel proud of yourself.

Starting a blog? Try marathons?

Pursue your plans immediately
Always have new plans for yourself and pursue them as soon as it is possible to keep yourself from losing any energy and excitement altogether.

Travel outside your confort zone?

Do the impossible alone
Do what you thought you won’t ever be able to and do away with your fear of being unable to do something.

Keep volunteering
Volunteering is the best way to stay happy alone. It gives you inner satisfaction as you do new things without any expectation in return. This helps one rise above expectations and lifts you to stay elevated for your own self.

Wishing you all a lovely day ♥ More inspiring talks on Facebook and Instagram!

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Challenges Are The Stepping Stones Of Champions

I used to look forward to a life of ease, one without any problem, where things are just perfect for me and the people around me. In my childish innocence, I saw a world where I could do whatever I wanted and to become whoever I wanted to become. Of course, I have repented from those thought after I was repeatedly jolted to reality by life’s hard knocks that has come to be my companion from childhood.

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To think of avoiding life’s heavy punches is to live in fairytale land. Life is not and will never be a bed of roses for anyone of us. The earlier we realize that, the better for us. This is a basic mindset of every successful person; they are never surprised when challenges show up. They seem to be psychologically, mentally and even physically prepared for it, in fact they unconsciously look forward to it.

Living without expecting challenges is living like a student who is not expecting tests, assignments and examinations; how does he expect to graduate? A life without challenges can never produce a phenomenal champion.

Someone was surprised when I share my reason for exercising every morning, he couldn’t believe that I use it to prepare myself and keep physically and mentally fit to respond to challenges; I consider it to be one of the multifaceted lifestyle commitments of a champion.

I have also come to realize that since the day I started seeing challenges as a welcome development, I have won more battles, solved more problems and acquired more skills than I ever thought I could. The secret is to embrace challenges as a normal part of the process of growth and development.

I consider them my wings for my flight to the top. I see them as stepping stones to greatness. My challenges make it difficult for me to stay in the same position for too long; they keep me focused from slipping into a life of ease that keeps people away from greatness. They help me to always express creativity and genius in my endeavors.

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Challenges are like the refining fires that help you to turn your potentials into a tangible success story. They serve as the engine rooms that refine your talents, gifts and tendencies into finished products. I am not trying to say that challenges are ever fun, not at all. Challenges are always bitter and hard.

The good thing about them is that they force us to grow and learn; they force us to find a way out, to invent solutions and to take calculated risks. Challenges are not really designed to finish us or to defeat us, they are designed to improve us and help us to use our gifts and talents better; this is how I have decided to see challenges.

So when life throws its best punches at you, when you get knocked down, knocked over or even completely knocked out; remember that you have the information needed to help you get back to your feet and decide that every challenge only polishes up the champion in you.

Rise from the dust and continue to give life what it deserves; a hard fight!

Thank you all for following OiB, lots of love and positive vibe.

Amanda

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Am I Pretty?

Why I wanted to know

One of the basic questions I always asked myself back then was if I was pretty enough. This is common with girls and I was not an exception. I asked because I wasn’t confident; I asked because I thought I needed the opinion of others and their approval to be able to lift up my head. The truth is that I didn’t.

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What is More Important?

It is more important to know than to feel it. I know!
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I choose not to work myself up just to look pretty for anybody else but for myself. No matter how pretty you look, some people will never be able to see it.
It is a choice! You can choose to be pretty or not. Imagine having the best of skincare available, the best and most fitting of clothes. The choice to be pretty is still yours. You need the attitude; you need the smile and the confidence to present yourself as pretty.

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It doesn’t matter what others say. The question is meant for me and the answer is my opinion. I have the right to my own opinion and it should be independent of what people have to say about how pretty I am,
Self-love is vital to inner prettiness.

I needed to learn how to be pretty from inside before I could present myself as pretty. Truth is that we all have these inner prettiness, we just need to tap into it. One of the evidence of self-love is that you stay organic, true to yourself!

 5 Simple Ways to Know

  1. I take good care of myself. I don’t miss a chance to do the best for my figure, my energies and my natural skin. I treat my body with the respect that only pretty people deserve.
  2. I am not waiting for anyone to answer that question for me. It is my question and I choose to give it a big ‘yes, I am pretty’.
  3. I see it in others. People who don’t see themselves as pretty will never see or appreciate it in others. In fact, they try to make light of it. I often search out prettiness and I compliment it. This is one of the ways I let myself know that I know that I am pretty.
  4. I stay natural; I am not pressed to change my looks. I always keep my skincare natural and organic. If I don’t think that I am pretty enough, I would have changes to these easy to purchase chemicals. It is what I see daily. A lot of people use any and all kinds of chemicals just to improve their looks. Only convinced people can go against what is common to stay natural.
  5. I have come to discover that those who are truly pretty are those who use only natural remedies to combat any form of skin irritation or other skincare issues. By way of concluding these thoughts, I am not only pretty, I am incredibly beautiful!

That’s it for me for today, thank you for joining OiB.

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Beautiful Words.

If you are still feeling frazzled after the Summer festivities or if the recent cold weather is getting to you, what could be better than a weekend of pure indulgence?

I suggest to warm up our soul with simple yet beautiful words I stumbled upon a few weeks back.

A beautiful poem written and published by SainstWest.

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She brings me to ecstasy

Visually
Ethically

Every time she’s next to me
Physically
Breathlessly

I need her more than air to breathe
Sharing me
There with me

Nothing less than heavenly
Readily
Steadily

——

Wishing you all an amazing and relaxing week end.

Amanda

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