October 24, 2016

October 19, 2016

How to Get to Lucban, Quezon Province?

1. Take a taxi, jeepney or bus going to the designated bus terminals for Jac Liner, Jam Liner or Lucena Lines. I always ride Jac Liner bus because they are new, the seats are comfortable and I feel safe with them.  Not to mention there’s a free wi-fi on board. Regular fare from Buendia to   Lucena is Php209.50.
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October 14, 2016

October 8, 2016

14 Must See Attractions in Belait District, Brunei Darussalam!

Although this is the largest District in Brunei, the attractions you can see the are only half of what you can see in Muara-Brunei. It is, however, the production base of the nation's main export commodities, oil and gas.
If you ever want to to visit the district, here are the list of what you can see there:

1. Tamu Kuala Belait
Also known as Kuala Bealit Market, is an open air market open for business every Sunday morning from 6:00am to 11:00am. The market is located in Jalang Padan, a five-minute walk from the heart of the district's downtown.

2. Silver Jubilee Park
This park was built to commemorate the Sultan's Silver Jubilee celebration and is a gift from the people of Belait. The park is represented by a monument and an arched entrances locally called pintu gerbang. It also has exhibition huts, shelters and a children playground. It's located about 1km from the town proper of Belait.

3. The Billionth Barrel Monument
Another project by Brunei Shell Petrouleum company, designed by a local architect, this monument commemorates the production of the billionth barrel of oil by Seria oilfield. It is located near the area where the first well was dug years ago. It's the pride of the district and can be reach by a short drive from the capital of Belait, Seria.

4. Tamu Seria
Another market in Belait District that offers fresh produce, including vegetables, fruit and poultry. It's just a 15-minute driver from Seria and open from 6:00am to 11:00am every Saturday morning.

5. Anduki Jubilee Recreational Park
You should know by now that Brunei Shell Petroleum has a big contribution in building centres and monument in Brunei. This park is among them. The park is located about 80km from Bandar and established to commemorate the Sultan's Silver Jubilee. It has a lagoon and recreational facilities especially made for families.

6. Lumut Beach
For visitors who wants to bask under the sun while in Belait, they can head to Lumut Beach. Like the other beaches in Brunei, this one also has specially designed huts, and shelters for a family picnic.

7. Sungai Liang/Andulau Forest Recreation Park
You should know by now that Brunei has a lot of recreation parks, but this one is the largest of them all. I really admire Brunei for taking priority in preserving their natural resources. Being rich cannot only be measured by money or material things but also by how much natural resources a country has and how they protect them. Visitors can explore this park by following a well-marked trails. Botanists can use a post to observe the floras and faunas flourishing at treetop level. You can either explore the forest via an organized tour or just a self-guided tour.

8. Luagan Lalak Lake/Recreation Park
Another recreation park in Brunei that plays an important role in preserving their natural resources. It's where the rare alluvial freshwater swamp or empran is located. The water in the swamp rises repaidly during rainy periods and recedes quickly on dry seasons. Like any other parks in Brunei, this one also has a wooden walkways.

9. Wasai Wong Kadir Recreational Park
To have a complete trek into this jungle, one must need at least 45-minute. The jungle has a picturesque spot, photographers will love. The trail leads to a fresh and cool river water. Brunei really gets hot on most days so it's advisable to bring protections if you are planning on doing the trek.

10. The Labi Longhouses
Labi Longhouses is literally translated as a village under one roof. It consists of a single shed-like structure divided along its length are separate family lodgings, each of which can be accessed via a communal area running the length of the house. One longhouse can be divided as many as 16 lodgings. The village was used to be where the Iban head hunters lived. Now, the village is open for visitors, but common courtesies must be observed, When visiting, a small gift or token must be presented to the owner of the house and one must ask permission before entering. Once given the permission, a footwear must be removed as as sign of respect.

11. Seria Town
Is where the Oil was first drawn in 1929, and since then a commercial production started there. They used a machine called "Nodding Donkey" to get the oil from Seria's soil.

12. Oil & Gas Discovery Centre
Another Centre set-up by Brunei Shell Petroleum, OBDC as the local calls it, aims to stimulate interest in the petroleum industry. It's like an invention centre, where experts discover and make new explorations into science and technology. There is a landscape garden with paved walkways, koi fish fund and children playground in the centre. Unlike any other attractions in Brunei, this one has an admission fee: B$5 for Adults and B$1 for children over 5 years old. 

Visiting Hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
10:00am - 12:00pm | 2:00pm - 6:00pm (Friday)
10:00am to 6:00pm (Weekend and Public Holidays)

13. Kuala Belait Town
If Brunei-Muara has a Bandar Seri Begawan, Belait District has Kuala Belait Town. It's where the Istana Mangelela is located, the official residence of the Sultan during his visit to the district. Locally knows as KB and the busiest town in Belait.

14. River Safari
Embarke on a river safari to observe and enjoy Brunei's rainforests. The journey is the only opportunity to glimpse the nation's traditional Penan and Dusun communities at Kampung Sukang. A journey further, visitors can see an Iban longhouse, the Kampung Melilas. it is the last longhouse along the river of Kuala Belait. Beyond it are waterfalls and hotsprings.

How to Get to Belait District
  • Getting to Belait District via the coastal road takes more than an hour from Bandar Seri Begawan. It is advisable to rent a car, but the trip can also be arranged through a local tour operator.
  • Access to Miri in the Malaysian state of Sarawak is also possible by a toll bridge road between Kuala Belait and Miri.

For other interesting attractions in Brunei, please visit:
28 Things to See & Do in Brunei Muara District
8 Things to See & Do in Temburong District
4 Things to See in Tutong District

For our (mis)adventure in Brunei, please visit:
Brunei Darussalam Day 1: Tamu Kianggeh | National Day Celebration | Tamu Selera | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Brunei Darussalam Day 2: Royal Regalia | Tasek Lama Recreational Park | Kampung Ayer | Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Brunei Darussalam Day 3: 45-Minute Free Viewing of the City | Istana Nurul Iman|Brunei Arts & Handicrafts Training Centre | Malay Technological Museum | The Empire Hotel & Country Club | Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
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Negara Brunei Darussalam: My First Out of the Country Trip

Brunei Darussalam or formally called Negara Brunei Darussalam is a small but very rich country. It's so rich that the people currently enjoy free medical service, education, housing and pay no tax.  Its sovereignty once stretched across the entire island of Borneo and some parts of the Philippines. Although it is small, you still need more time to see all the hidden jewels this country has to offer.
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8 Must See Attractions in Temburong District, Brunei Darussalam!

Temburong District even though part of Brunei was separated from the other districts by Brunei Bay and a sliver of Sarawakian territory. Going to Temburong is like stepping out of another world. To get there, you have to sail the river to reach the capital of the district which is the Bangar, not to be mistaken to the capital of Brunei-Muara, Bandar.
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Tasek Lama Recreational Park (Taman Peringan Tasik Lama)

You might think that the capital centre of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, is just a place for malls, mosques and market, but you are wrong. Brunei is one the countries that really takes care of their nature, improving it and at the same time, protecting it.
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