Thursday, 8 November 2012

Day 4

Day 4
Group H

Well today, was quite relaxing compared to the other 3 days. W first visited the paddy field. We finally had a chance how paddy fields are actually grown, especially in Brunei. We now realise how much time and labour that had to be put to grow the crops. We also learned the processes that are needed to be carried out before perfectly clean rice is produced. It was a new experience although we could not stand the heat. 

After that, we visited the Royal Gelaria. There, we learnt about Brunei's past and more about the events that it had experienced. We also observed artifacts that are displayed there. We now know more about Brunei's relationships with other countries. 
We then went to a museum to experience and get an insight view of how the Kain is made, silversmithing and the making of wood products such as the handles of a Kris, wooden panels, etc. That visit benefited us in a way where we now know how is the making of traditional Bruneian artifacts deeper. 

In all, today is definitely a more relaxed day, but we definitely learnt a lot from it.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Day 3

Based on the experience from the past two days, we thought we were well prepared for what was to come, but little did we know how our schedule would be changed without our knowledge. For instance, we were supposed to visit the Royal Regalia, we would learn about the Sultan, however we were rerouted to The Department of Information, which is under the Prime Minister's office. Even though that happened, we still learnt much from this experience and know more about official government papers, and certain reasons of its publications.

After that, we went to Maktab Sains and did our presentation. Although our presentation was not how we expected it to be, we still felt that we had done a great job. Next, we had an Amazing Race which was followed by a dinner of pizza. After that satisfying meal, we headed back to the hotel where we were soon asleep.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Day 2

It was Day 2 and we re-energised ourselves with the exquisite breakfast that the hotel provided. So after that, we headed to Maktab Sains to collaborate with the students there on a project about preserving Brunei's heritage. Seeing the size of the school, SST is nothing compared to Maktab Sains. In other terms, it was huge. The students there were really friendly and we quickly got to know each other well. Soon, we were chatting away like we have met years ago.

More about the project, we were assigned to research about recreation in Brunei, and how we could preserve it for generations to come. We were to produce a 5-minute presentations from our findings on the next visit to Maktab Sains. To help us in our research and know more about the culture and heritage, we visited Kampong Ayer to experience the living conditions there and listen to the "Penghulu" meaning the head of the kampong, give a speech. Right after that, of course, we were served with food. Food, food and more food. It is part of Brunei's culture, to serve people with food. Then, we had a chance to talk to the Penghulu and explore his residence. We asked him more about recreation in the past, compared to now. We were tired out, by the time we reached the mainland. But, we still had some visits to museums to give us a deeper insight into the culture of Brunei.

At the sight of dinner, most of us immediately snapped back to life and devoured the delicious food that was provided for us. To conclude, the day was a productive but tiring, still, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Day 1

Day 1: We had first landed on Brunei. It was quiet, calm and not at all rowdy. Although it was similar to Singapore, it is not as developed yet. It was similar, but still different at the same time. That was our first impression of the majestic country.

To start our journey, we first visited the Handicraft and Kain Tenunan centre. There is where the finest quality fabric and pieces are created. With a very meticulous process, fine and beautiful pieces are created. All of it are created by scratch, thread by thread. The making of the fabrics is extremely complicated, where the makers must do every step with razor precision. But with the hard work and determination of the creators, it is possible to produce such elegant works of art.

We also had a chance to try the local dishes here. Although the taste was quiet similar to Malay cuisine in Singapore, it was still quite unique. The flavours were a bit more merciful I might say than in Singapore where it is more spicy and makes you break a sweat. To add, the most unique part of Brunei's cuisine is the Ambuyat. It is basically sago. It also has a certain way of eating it, where we would have to use chopsticks to grab some of the Ambuyat as it is quite sticky.

The taste, well it is not that pleasant. It has not much flavour, but we had a variety of dishes to choose from to eat with the Ambuyat. So, we chose the dishes that we liked and added them. It really helped in spiking up the flavour of it, and makes it taste nice.

Well, to conclude Day 1, it was definitely a new experience and a pleasant one at that.