I finally made it! Hallelujah! It is so nice to be on land. A cute little old man, Danny my driver, picked me up from the airport. I felt so bad for him because my bag was just as big as he was and he was lugging around the airport. I forgot that they drive on the left side here, so I tried to get into the driver's side of Danny's car... (I really need to get used to getting on the left). My driver looked so confused like.. "uhh.. why are you getting on my side" haha. The drive from Bandar Airport to my new home is about a 1-1.5 hour drive, so during that time, I talked with the driver about what the food is like, some Malay words, things to see, etc. He had a really big asian old man accent, so at times it was hard for me to understand him, so I would just laugh. At one point he told me that the Malay people here call black people "Jungle people" because they look like big monkeys... and immediately I was like "HUH?! did that just come out of his mouth?!" I guess it is true though, I have confirmed with other people in Brunei. Asians... why are we so racist? haha On the way home, Danny took me to buy a plug converter at some really crazy looking market and then grocery shopping/food shopping at a REALLY Asian grocery. It was cluttered, unorganized, smelled like Ranch 99's seafood section, and everything just extremely filthy... exactly how I imagined Asia to be like, yet I was still shocked. It is nothing like Walmart here... The aisles were like a foot wide, people everywhere, I wasn't sure where anything was, but I just ran around mindlessly trying to find the basic staple foods like cereal, milk, water, etc. I also bought food to go at this little Chinese restaurant next door... I was only going to get the fried rice, but when I looked at the menu, it said it was only B$3.00 so I thought it was a side order. I ordered two entrees, and boy was it a lot of food! I realized then that the food here is just cheap!
I finally arrived at my house at around 3PM, took a shower, and now I am able to relax. My house is so nice and I really like it. I was expecting an "alright" place to live, because I was told me not to expect too much, but this house is like a millionaire's house. I'm excited to meet my roommate!
The weather here is more bipolar than in Texas. There is only one consistency about it here, it is HOT and HUMID, but the rain is thick, light, here, there. The air is so thick, it feels like I can cut it with a knife. I feel like I need to shower every 10 minutes when I am outside, but thank goodness for A/C! I am going to rest up and soak in my new surroundings! I am so thankful that I made it safely here, to live in this awesome house, and to just be alive in a new country! Thank you God!