Monday, October 16, 2006

Once Upon A Ramadhan in Brunei.....

Inspiration 2

I was in Brunei last Saturday, having plan to do some small shopping since last 2 weeks and managed to do that at last. I left around 11am and steadily drove through the border which took me less than 45 minutes to reach the first town - Kuala Belait. It was too early for me to stop for the Zohor prayer and later saw me stopped at next small town called Lumut just in time for that. The day was blessed with an excellent weather, the sun almost invisible surrounded by heavy clouds which carries small particles of H2O and ultimately made the ride more enjoyable. I went straight to Bandar Seri Begawan, specifically the Yayasan Building, bought most of the intended stuff plus the 'not intended' as well. Who can resist when one 'subornment' by some banners spelling '70% discount on all Versace item' or '50% less for Calvin Kline' or even 'Levi's jeans $50'? and not forgetting the 70% discount on most of Bohemia Crystal and glasswares. Confusing enough, you can't see any mad rush to these counters, and the first question popped-up was 'where does the Bruneian go for their Eid Mubarak shopping?' Definitely for branded items you can't find any in Miri nor Kota Kinabalu, so would it be London then? Paris? Dubai? Singapore or 'cikai-cikai' to KL?
The newly erected Gadong Mall was the next stop after Yayasan's, first priority is to recce the 'added intended' stuff although the top mission almost accomplished. I was trapped by my own self-centred mind and shopaholic dysfunctional disorder or whatever you might called it.... at the end, I still can't satisfy my 'added intended' thingy and got to rush back to Yayasan's. The last piece of black Samsonite 'Freeminder' series bagpack still sitting on the shelf waiting for me to bring home - and I did. The majestic floating golden dome mosque was the next pit stop before I rushed back heading to the toll-free-hassle-free-traffic-free highway. My happily ever after smiles suddenly deteriorating when awaken by the blinking fuel indicator, goshhhh! I forgot to fill-up the fuel and now I'm on the highway of nowhere, and the nearest town that I know is more than 50km. Can my car survive this journey?
To cut it short, I exited via Tutong after nearly 9km driving with that disturbing blinking as though it says 'fill me up! fill me up now you moron!'. Stumbled upon a T junction....I turned left as my inner soul whispered, after almost 3km enjoying the Kampung Keriam's late afternoon view I saw a big Shell logo from afar... the word 'alhamdulillah' automatically burst from my mouth. But... it was closed... tried to figure it out... it almost 6pm, probably they close for Iftar, again tried very hard to console myself. My inner soul whispered once more, 'turn back Rush, go as far as you could, at the end of the road you will see the fuel station...' (now it's getting really scary...hiksssss). Another 9km drive, passing-by the T junction and yes.... another Shell fuel station closed! and another one just few hundreds yard closed as well for Iftar. I was left high and dry in Tutong town just a few minutes before Iftar (initial plan was to have my Iftar in Kuala Belait - the big fat mutton Murtabak from a 70's deco Malbari Restaurant). As I'm chasing the time (the border post close at 10pm), I did my Maghrib at Masjid Tutong, took my meal at a restaurant next to the mosque and just across the fuel station, followed by 150kmph ala-F1 style drive, until I arrived at Lumut mosque for my Isya' and Tarawih (I thought the Imam in Masjid Jamek Miri is the bullet train, but he definitely can't beat the Imam in Lumut, he is super-bullet train!!!).

19 comments:

Xis said...

Rush
50% off for Levi's?? Really? Now you have to go back to Brunei to get me that... :) Anyway, glad to managed to come back to Miri in one piece.. :)

Rush Murad said...

xis- not 50% off, BD$50 per piece!!! ada yg tak sampai $50 pun... murah gilerrrr.... but I'm in tight budget.... hiksss...

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perjalanan hidup said...

mas rush. bulan depan akan ke miri sebab nak amik exam kat Uni Brunei. cadang nak drive ke brunei. pinjam kete kawan kat miri. dah serik pegi sana (brunei) last time sebab takde public transport. any tips 2 share?

THE HONOURABLE SHAH said...

shopping sakan abg rush kita ni! mentang2 duduk kat miri...

Rush Murad said...

pap - ada kawan kat Miri ke? tips... kawan u tu ikut sekali ke? u kena ready dgn chassis number segala coz nanti kena isi borang bawa masuk kenderaan. nak pi Uni Brunei tu senang jer, dari hi-way tu u terus jer, tak der belok2 segala.. sebelum sampai Bandar, u will see signage UBD. pi lah jalan2 kat Gadong, ada Gadong Mall, but nothing much ler...hiksss

shah-i'm used to shopping kat Singapore, dah tu currency rate Singapore and Brunei sama, so senang ler nak calculate segala... dan memang lebih murah pun berbanding kat M'sia for some branded items... dapat ker Levi's jeans $50 or RM120 kat KL? hikss.... merembesss...

perjalanan hidup said...

dia pon tak pernah gi sana. thanks bro.

shahril aley said...

patut la pakai nama rush murad bersesuaian dengan aktiviti "rush" sepanjang membeli-belah di brunei....ni kire budget besar la nak beraya sakan untuk tahun ni :)

dbi said...

berapa average haga bohemian krital tu after discount?? bilalah nak tambah koleksi kristal aku ni...hishhh

Rush Murad said...

pap - lupa plak nak bagitau, u kena ada duit Brunei sikit, coz selepas Asean bridge n Immigration Brunei tu nanti ada toll jambatan BD$3. pergi balik kena toll kat situ. Asean bridge kena RM10 pergi balik.

shahril - tak der budget, ciput jer nih, bukan ada bonus segala... beli pun time ada huge discount macam ni... and ada somebody tu pesan something from here, org berbudi, kita berbahasa... hikssss..

dbi-murah banget. kalau Bohemia yg candy jar macam ada mcm2 bentuk(selalunya letak biskut raya, dlm iklan astro deepavali tu aku ada ternampak yg dia bukak penutup tu, round shape, exactly the same) tu, kat KL RM220++, kat sini cuma BD$36.90=RM90++ makan hati tak????

Anonymous said...

wonder why most terawih prayers back home are done in super-duper fast? Suppose to be quality not quantity..hmm...

shahril aley said...

rush kate "and ada somebody tu pesan something from here, org berbudi, kita berbahasa...". konfius la benda ttg ape plak tu....last saturday i dah post kad raya untuk u. so nantikan lah kad yang tak seberapa tu....

perjalanan hidup said...

no worries. balik jb nanti aku tukar duit spore. kat sana duit spore pun laku kan? hopefully selamat la pegi balik nanti.

miss cha said...

best nyer bunyi shopping kat sana, especially levi's & bohemian(walaupun tak tau sangat apa bendanya tu) tp still.. actually I'm intrigue with the word samsonite ^^ kena tunggu tahun depan nak shopping kat Brunai gitu.. Tp bestkan barang branded dia org....tp org brunai sendiri tak shopping sana

selamat hari raya!!

Squeezy said...

Rush - That's wat I called a shopping spree, hehe, but the funny bit is u managed to do it in Brunei! A good shopper (like u) is one who knows where to get what he/she wants at a good bargain!

And I bet, if u r a (malay) woman, u would go crazy with the abundance of good quality textile here in Brunei! Recently there were a few Crazy Midnite Sales organized by some of the textile shops here (from 12am until Subuh!), cukup dengan free sahur sekali! Imagine, a few thousand of bargain hunters packed into a few hundred square metres of textile shop! Geleng kepala tengok!

I am an ardent fan of Samsonite too, and I am glad where u know to find it! [Wink!]

PS - Kawan kita sorang tu had a minor dental 5-minute surgery yesterday, he's currently mumbling, I speak on his behalf, hehehe!

EID MUBARAK to all Muslim blog commenters!

Rush Murad said...

anonymous - tarawih shud be done in santai way... that's the plain meaning of 'tarawih....melakukan solat dgn bersantai... but it seems some of the Imam macam kena kejar hantu... but some of the Imam/Tahfiz... really cool..

shahril - still tak dapat kad raya u tu....

pap - yes, u boleh guna dollar Singapore kat Brunei....

miss cha - seronok berpuasa di Holland? u same flight with my Suraya kan? ada jumpa si Antz? or is she still in Belgium? selamat hari raya to u too... my regards to them and my hsemate si Yusri..

sham - i pun kadang2 blur jugak, tak tau which place to get those things... but where can i find a good selection of Samsonite in Brunei? I pi kat Hua Ho di Yayasan jer, other than that place I dunno. Pasal textiles tu... yesss... most of the established tailor kat sini advice to go to Brunei for very good quality materials coz most of these thingy directly import from Dubai etc, kat Kl ker mana2 memang tak der. I dah tengok those materials... masyaAllah.... cantik2 n bagus2 banget... and tak ler semahal di kl.. pasal mid-nite sale tu, i dengar ada customer sampai gaduh2 berebut kain... hikssss

blackpurple said...

.Hmmmm.. one fine day nak jugak merayau kat sana...


Slmt Hari Raya utk kau sefamili..

Maaf zahir dan batin atas segala keterlanjuran samada di dalam entri atau di kotak komen sepanjang berblogging......

Kroll said...

selamat hari raya. balik JB jgn lupa tepon.

rush murad said...

blackpurple - meh ler datang miri ni, boleh jenjalan pi Gua Niah etc... boleh seberang sungai ke Brunei...

Selamat hari raya maaf zahir batin to you sekeluarga. raya balik Muar ke?

kroll- kau ada ker phone number aku? apa pun, we all still nak pi 'mengirai' malam raya nanti... tokey besar si airry tompok pun balik gak... meriah semula lah tugu n tangga tuuu.... hikssss