Monday, October 31, 2011


Pewter is a soft metal alloy, it used to contain between 85% to 99% tin, and the remainder of copper, antimony, bismuth and lead. Pewter is a fairly heavy metal that is traditionally used for pots, plates utensils and so forth. Today it's more of a decorative material and are specialised by companies like Royal Selangor. Decorative pewters are aesthetically beautiful for it shines with subtle grays and high contrasts. As you'd have guessed we no longer make pewter with any lead components due to it's toxic qualities. Picking up one of these decorative objects will surprise you with it's physical burden on your hands.

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Named after Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah the 29th Sultan of Brunei, talk about long names. It was built in 1988, five years later it was open during his majesty's 48th birthday. Rather than Italian influence, this one was Turkish fusion. With insatiable curiosity, I blended in amongst a group of tourist from Hong Kong down in the gown dressing area. I took up a gown and walked upstairs away from the crowd, with the stairs behind me, I found myself standing before a great wooden door easily two stories tall. The door seemed to grow taller as I approached, a slight push with the tip of my fingers loosened the door from it's position, it was unlocked, I invited myself in and was immediately stunned.The vastness of the main prayer room just took my breath away, soft thick green carpeting beneathe my feet, looking up and around the room made me lose my orientation and I almost slipped. The prayer room was immense almost the size of a soccer field and around three to four stories tall. Suddenly I noticed glaring eyes on my back, I turned around and found two cleaners looking suspiciously my way, knowing better I quickly walked back out the room, returned my black gown and exited the mosque.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Located in Bandar Seri Begawan. It represents one of the most lavish of buildings within Asia. Named after the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Completed in 1958 with designs by the Italian architect Cavaliere Rudolfo Nolli.
Composed mainly of marble it sits nearby an artifical lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer, otherwise known as village in the water. The main dome as shown here is covered in pure gold.It really is quite a sight to behold in person, one can hardly believe the extent the monarch has gone through in building these mosques. A must see.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


 A kopi C kosong in Malaysia AKA coffee (kopi) with milk (C) and no sugar (kosong). Just like the western counterpart, it's widely consumed on a daily basis and is one of the most basic drinks.
Fishball noodle, simple food, hot and to the point.
A cup of coffee and a bowl of noodles for brunch, great lazy way to start the day in Miri, all costing a merely 4 Malaysian ringgit, that comes at under $3 Australian. Now theres something to ponder about, for $3 you'd have a hard time even getting a simple salad let alone a meal and a drink, the next logical question one would ask then is, do Australians make at least 6 times more money than most Asians? Sadly no, then where does all the money go?  That my friend is the million dollar question.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Free music for all

After some dim sum for breakfast, we were on our way to the fresh food markets across the road when we ran into this group of musicians. They looked to be retired, would be my guess, and just genuinely enjoyed playing music. In the picture you can see they were actually playing on the side of the road and yes two of the band members including the drum kit is on a parking space. Not that anyone would argue but I find that it was a very neighbourly local event and their music provided an up beat mood to the surrounding areas. Made me feel happy.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011






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