Finding Zen in Bandar Seri Bengawan


1. The road leading from Krokop to Kuala Belait is bumpy since a new highway is under construction. We drove passed Lotong where Julayhi is staying with his family. Kuala Baram river has many fishing ports which I supposed for deep sea fishing. The entire journey was straight except on some slithering spot on the incomplete newly constructed highway.

2. Malaysian immigration checkpoint made up a moderately big immigration complex manned with integrated computerized passport processing system. One doesn’t have to get out of the car, just submit the passport to the immigration officer and the camera is right in front of you for the officer to have a look at who you are in the car. Passing through a short length of ‘no man land’ reminded me of South and North Korean border. But here, ‘peace, no war’ is at work!

The Map of Brunei

3. We passed Seria, Lumut, Tutong and finally reached BSB in two and a half hours. BSB is an idle, yet clean and well-designed town. It is very ideal to pass the hectic pace of life that always push everyone over the edge. In short, it is an ideal place to find zen… a total state of focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind; a way of being and a state of mind.

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