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I’m undergoing 2-day training at ogdc seria, and i’m staying in the area. The first day i noticed there were a significant number of chinese in buses coming to ogdc,so i asked the tourguide for more information. Apparently these were chinese from guang zho (i don’t know if i spelled that right). I asked the guy at the reception and he tells me that it is quite common for chinese tourists to drop by during festive seasons. My guess is they are visiting thei relatives in brunei n or elsewhere in brunei, n then taking the opportunity to tour around. I asked the tour guide and she informed me that the places of interest were OGDC and the one billion barrel monument.
I ‘ve been there before, but this morning i decided to take a walk to the monument.

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Upon arrival u would notice what seems to be a brightly colored part of a train.

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Then, you’ll walk through a sort of hall with bronze (i think) etchings of shell’s history in brunei.

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Some of these were awe inspiring with i think were depictions of seri begawan. But some had images of strange animals that i guess the company had encountered at sea. My guess it was a dugong.

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I never really would have thought that OGDC & The one billion barrel monument were tourist attractions. But it does play a part in keeping brunei’s oil n gas history and science for people to know and remember.  One billion barrel is a lot. 🙂

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I had no idea that Brunei Darussalam had a Beautiful Underwater View or Marine Life. Now I’m tempted to take up scuba diving…

 

I went to Tasek Lama last week to hike to Markucing.

There was a public event that day so the guys I went with and I started late. But still early  enough to see mists on the hills.

Mist on the Hills

It was easy to go through the hiking trails as it was filled with Continue Reading »

Decided to go to a Wasai I haven’t gone in a long time. My uncle brought me to wasai wong kadir when I was about 12, more than 15 years ago today. Must be being a kid, it seemed a long walk from where the car was parked. Being an adult it took me a few minutes. 15 minutes if your quick, 1 hour if you were taking pictures along the way.

One of the huts along the way.

The first hut at Wasai Kadir, Labi, Kuala Belait - HDR

The Waterfall. You can either climb up directly from the left side, or you can climb up the hill the long way from the right side.

Preparing to jump the waterfall

My big splash! believe me, I jumped in and did not reach the bottom, its deep, and I don’t know, and I don’t wanna know how deep it is. I think I almost did not have enough breath to come back up!

My husband's splash!

On top of the waterfall you can see small streams and waterfalls. Felt like this place would be a good inspiration for landscaping.

Wasai Kadir, Labi, Kuala Belait - HDR

There were some small frogs on top of the waterfall. I managed to capture a picture of one.

small frog

The trip

its a long trip, 30 min ride from pekan tutong to sungai liang, 45 minute ride to wasai wong kadir, add another 30 minute if you were to stop by anywhere or get lost (don’t worry, you won’t :p ), There is a sign on the left side of the road about 8km before teraja.

sign board showing the way to wasai wong kadir

There were things I wish I had thought off, and there were those that I was glad that I did.

  • Bring spare clothes, You’d be really tempted to go into the water, and you should! change into your dry clothes once you get out of the wasai, at toilet next to the parking area.
  • Bring food and drinks, for your breakfast if you had to skip it in the morning, as well your lunch if your planning to spend a long time at the wasai. You could probably drop by at restaurants before entering the Labi Road.

planning to put a map here, but google maps not clear in this area.

Pictures courtesy of www.attiev.com


Wasai Kadir, Labi, Kuala Belait - HDR

My wife wanted to take a picture of something new that she’s never taken before. So I suggested Tasek (Lake) Merimbun. I haven’t gone there myself since I was like 10. But I thought how hard could it be? It’s been said as the biggest lake in Brunei, so the government must have set some signs to lead tourists down the way. It was going through those roads rarely travelled. But we found it.

Signboard of map layout of Tasek Merimbun

It was cool, there a huge lake and an island in the middle. On the edge was a small hut, which I am not sure what it is for. It is not accessible as it is separated from the land by water and there is no bridge.

Mystery HutThere were a lot of Lily Pads, but since we came there in the afternoon none of them were in bloom. We have to go there again sometime in the morning.

According to the map there was an island named pulau jelundong, and that we could see it and the bridge. So we decided to cross it.

We had to pay a dollar to cross. When we got to the small island, we saw signboards warning the danger of crocodiles in the area.

Beware of Crocodile SignI’m not sure whether that reads right…
Caution: Beware of crocodile… your safety is at your own risk…?

I didn’t see any crocodiles. Although there was a local we saw jump into the lake from the bridge and swam back to shore… maybe they are only active in the morning? With a sign like that.. Would it scare or attract tourists?…

Anyway… The name sign was viewable.. but it said something else that was spooky… “kawasan kubur lama..” I’ll just say there no viewable tombstones there… I think..

The island sign

On the way back out my wife took a few good pics of the island as well as the whole lake. Here is one on her flickr page.

Sunny day!

Cool landscape

The entrance to the island is apparently closed after 6.

I tried to find a good map to the place to share. But all I got from google maps is just the following. It is low resolution, but you could probably make out the road.

Good luck in finding the place and enjoy the view.

Bukit Shahbandar

I’m currently (re)training myself to go to Mount Kinabalu. One of the ways that I am training is by going Bukit Shahbandar (or Shahbandar Hills) The following picture is of the “final” hill that has a tower which most routes get to in the end. of course you could go there first then go in reverse. For this hike, I decided to just go through the 5 hills route to see how long it would take me when I bring a camera and a tripod. it took me almost 2 hours. it would have taken me 15-20 minutes if I had run the route. 2 hours is usually a relax pace through the the 9 hills route. This next picture is of the playground before the hike. It was quite. Usually early in the morning, or before sunset on weekends this place is packed. playgroundThe first hill is one of the hardest hills. It takes about 5 minutes walk. I’ve seen a very few number of people running up. Tried it a long time before, took me just over a minute. pretty cool if you could make it. Haven’t tried it recently. first Hill Before the top of the hill, there is a hut. First time I was here, I would have stopped by, but now I think its just a waste of time, cuz the top is just so near! So here we are at the top of the first hill. Go left and you would go to the “final” tower hill, go straight and you can go through the routes that have 5, 7 or 9 hills. So this time around I’m just going 5 hills, so I go on until the hill that splits route 5 hills from 7 and 9 hills. So Go left to go the “shorter” route, go straight to go a more challenging route. Going down here used to be challenging, but now it has been renovated with concrete stairs. The final Hill was of course the tower. and there are two exits. Either way is the same. Most people would go straight after the tower, and at the bottom turn right instead of going back to the first hill. Some people turn right from the tower. Enjoy the hike 🙂 Some more pictures are available on my facebook. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=112024&id=550578077&l=ab4fe7f783

The following is the location of shahbandar hill in google map

Previously, I posted about jerudong park. I didn’t mention about the bumper cars as I didn’t see them functioning at that time. I drop by again and found that the bumper cars were still available. My wife took long shutter speed pics of the rides that night. Here is one of the bumper cars.

Trails of light at bumbercar ride - Revisited

It interesting to see that in all that random movement, there is an obvious circular pattern. Click on the picture to go to her flickr page. I’m going to post her other pictures as soon as she’s done with them. Check her website for more pics at www.attiev.com