So here is the follow up to my last blog about Brunei.
First things first is if you have come across this post without reading this one (Up to my neck in water in the jungles of Brunei with the The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers) please head over there and take a look to get a bit of a background story.
Me (on the right) and Gaz in one of the shopping centres.
After the exercise had finished we had a couple of days downtime before we left the country. The unit let us borrow one of their cars and we headed off to the capital of Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan. It was about an hour and a half drive there after stopping at the British Army Garrison in Seria to fill up with fuel.
As we were driving into the city we saw a market that was bustling with activity. That was to be or first port of call. Ee parked up and headed off into the market.
These fish were sold all over the place.
For about 30 Brunei Dollars you could jump in one of these boats and have a little tour of the islands surrounding the harbour.
More fish, shrimp and who nows what else on sale.
You cant get much fresher than this fish!
I loved the selection of chillis they had on sale. I wish I bought some and kept the seeds to grow at home.
These guys were preparing coconuts, one guy cut all the husks off and the other pushed them onto a machine that scraped away the flesh inside.
I love the colours in this one.
This guy stood there and posed for this shot, he saw me taking photos then nodded at me and struck this pose.
No idea what shelfish was.
This guy was chatting to us for a while. He was in the Brunei army as an engineer.
The locals all seemed pretty proud of their produce and happily showed it off to us.
Always love a good black and white conversion.
One of the many ferrel cats in and around the market eating scraps of food.
Once we had walked round the market for a bit we headed into the centre of town to see the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. The mosque is often considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific.
This was a sight to see! I knew what sort of shots I wanted for this so I whacked on my 14-24mm and shot away. Unfortunately we were not allowed inside on that day so we walked around the outside and had a look.
The main gate heading up to the Mosque
I was hoping to get a shot of a load of shoes on the steps here but it was not that busy there.
The Mosque from all angles.
This shot was taken from the ceremonial barge across the water.
The Mahligai Barge outside of the Mosque
One of the boats that took you out to Kamong Ayer- the "village in the water" which you can see in the background.
Once we had a look around the site we headed off to do a bit of shopping. After a wander round the shops we headed off to the Brunei arts and handicrafts training centre. Another lovely looking building that had loads of cool stuff inside! We were not allowed to take photos in there though, only in the front entrance was pretty grand anyway!
After taking a look in there we headed off to get some food and head back to Tutong before preparing for our flight back the the UK from one of the best ttrips I have been on with the Military!
I really enjoyed my time in Brunei and I would definitely go back there wether it be on holiday or with work.
Thanks for reading!