Water Village + Miri Night life
Saturday was a packed day! Me and Goh woke up early to go to Bandar for a full day of stuff! We drove to some shady shopping area to eat a Dim Sum brunch at Lucky Dim Sum (yum!). I ate so much I thought I was going to burst out of my dress. My favorite was the dumplings, om nom nom nom!!!! Then we headed off to Kampong Ayer, a.k.a. Water Village, since I've been bugging the shit out of everyone to take me. The locals don't think it's that great of a place, but it's one of those tourist attractions that I really wanted to go to. The water village in Brunei is the biggest one in all the world, so of course I had to go see it! There wasn't trash or shits floating around the water like everyone told me there would be. Instead, it was actually a nice boat ride since we were under clear blue skies with cool wind blowing in my face. We found a really awesome boat tour guide that took us around the whole Water Village for only $10! An awesome deal! The houses there are so run down, I honestly don't know how they live there. It looks like if there was just a slight breeze, the whole place would fall down. There were nicer, newer places there. I heard living at Kampong Ayer is only about $90/month! Wow! Imagine if you only paid that much for rent. The water along the river is not clear blue beautiful waters, but more of a murky brown water? It reminds me of the nasty green water in Venice... except the water here is brown. Gross. I would never want to swim in that water!
After we got back onto land, Goh drove me around to get some delicious watermelon juice since I was parched from being under the sun. I am obsessed with it. It's sweet, refreshing, and reminds me of my home in Texas. It's nothing special, probably just blended watermelon flesh, but ice cold watermelon is my favorite part of summer when I'm in Texas, and just a sip of watermelon juice takes me back to home. Yum!
After a long ride from Bandar to KB, we drove straight past our house to the Malaysia/Brunei border. Honestly, I was pretty shocked at how easy it was to cross. Customs there is so relaxed, they don't even look at the people in the car to see if it matches the photo in the passport. After a 15-20 minute drive past customs, me and Goh finally made it to Miri! We met up with his four friends, Ing, Patrick (his name really isn't Patrick, but his real name was too hard to pronunce haha), and Kevin, at the Imperial Palace Hotel to check in our stuff. All of Goh's friends were Chinese and I KNEW I would be the only non-Chinese that's just standing there awkwardly while everyone is speaking Chinese to each other, but all of his friends were all really friendly and nice.
We went to the biggest mall there to shop a bit, but I couldn't find anything cute to buy. There was a plethora of optical stores, random fobby clothing stores, this creepy "I Love Lace" store with weird dolls that had disturbingly scary eyes, and just a variety of random things. We were all starving so we decided to eat at this pretty delicious Chinese place. We ordered 5 dishes (calamari with this anchovy sauce, home made house tofu, BBQ sweet and sour pork ribs, green beans with friend onions, and this veggie bowl dish) with five Anglia's (this lemon "beer"). All the food was so delicious and all of it for only 78RM, or about 28USD. WOW. Food prices here never cease to amaze me even though I have been eating cheap Asian food everyday. I love the cheap food here!
After some more shopping/walking around, we headed back to the hotel to get ready to go out. The guys were so funny, because they all matched. How cute. I wore my backless B$15 dress I bought in Gadong a couple weeks back. I met a girl named Yvonne, she was super sweet and really enjoyed her company! She really reminded me of Hanhwa, my bestie who is down for whatever and is always up for a fun time. We first started off at Celebrities at this not so good table in the back. We had a reservation at the front, but due to lack of communication when we reserved the table, we ended up at the back with no view of the stage, so we ended up going to Balcony, and then decided to go back to Celebrities right before the night ended. I really enjoyed Balcony! It reminded me a lot of Dallas nightlife. At about 1:30 we all left to go eat at some random outside Asian food place.
It was a really, really, really crazy night...That's all I can say about that. We left Miri at 7:30AM and made it back home to KB at around 8AM. I was so exhausted and tired from the night before so I have been laying around all day and napping here and there. A huge group of us were supposed to go ATV in the jungle today, but due to the amount of work, I don't think that's happening anymore. So sad! Oh well, it was a very fun, jam packed weekend... definitely a memorable one!