Soft-Served (Almost!) in Bandar Seri Begawan and (Yes!) Tokyo

30 09 2015

During my brief visit to Bandar Seri Betawan, the Bruneian capital, I came across something very unexpected but so familiar that I became rather excited.

Mr. Softy!!

Mr. Softy!! (Excuse the blurriness due to over-excitement.)

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That looks similar to ours!

That looks similar to ours!

Mr. Softy was parked close to this school gate during lunch time.

Mr. Softy was parked close to this school gate during lunch time.

As I was on my way to lunch and could not possibly buy a soft serve, I asked Mr. Softy if he would be around later in the day.  He said he would be in another location but that he would be back the following day.  My problem was that I was already leaving the following morning…  No chance for me to enjoy soft ice cream in Brunei…

But here are the soft serves I had in Tokyo during the month of September, 2015!

 





Visiting Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

29 09 2015

Frankly speaking and it’s not just me but it is more of a consensus that there is not much to see in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei, an Islamic Sultanate surrounded by Malaysia.  However, this, built for Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the father of the present Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, “Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque” is a beautiful and a picturesque building.

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I was pleased that non-Muslims were allowed inside (just so that I could take a look inside) and women and men in the same area.

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Breakfasting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

28 09 2015

Arriving from Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam the previous night, I was curious about my first breakfast in Brunei in a very friendly residence-type hotel in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Starting with tropical fruits

Starting with tropical fruits

Moving onto the more exotic dishes

Moving onto the more exotic dishes

What is in the above picture is this.

What is in the above picture is this.

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Very good but not all that spicy.

That was it for the first morning.  It’s a lot of rice for one meal.

The breakfast room

The breakfast room

My hotel

My hotel

The front gate

The front gate

The second day breakfast, trying the other wrapped goody

The second day breakfast, trying the other wrapped goody

Describing the above

Describing the above but I did not find any cucumber slices!

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Again, not spicy at all but quite good though I preferred Nasi Katok.  And here is an article I came across on the signature dish.

 





Random Saigon

26 09 2015

Wrapping up my Saigon-leg of the Silver Week travel with these random scenes from the commercial capital of Viet Nam.

Having one last drink at the airport before departing for the land of no alcohol.

At SGN having one last drink before departing for the land of no alcohol. Was tempted to pick something up at duty free but decided against it. Detox time!

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Happy Hour Bar Hopping in Saigon

25 09 2015

Long walks in hot temperature obviously make you tired and thirsty which was how I felt after walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam last Sunday for about three hours.  So I decided to take refuge.

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“Ayala” my favorite, partly becuz of the name.

I had to change seats because four loud guys entered and started smoking near me.

I had to change seats because four loud guys entered and started smoking near me.

Feeling relieved, I walked some more to get to the riverside and somewhere high up so that I could observe the Saigon River from up above.

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Liberty Central was it.

Seemed like a designer hotel.

Seemed like a designer hotel.

Up on the 25th floor in the hotel's rooftop bar.

Up on the 25th floor in the hotel’s rooftop bar.

Vietnamese beer it is this time as it was quite hot where I was sitting. No wind. Humid.

Vietnamese beer it is this time as it was quite hot where I was sitting. No wind. Humid.

 

Another(?) river near the city as seen from way up above while coming into HCMC.

Another(?) river near the city as seen from way up above while coming into HCMC.








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