SuperSav + Even More Cheap Eats!
"Wow…. WOWW…. Wwwoooowwwww…" was all I could whisper as I walked through the newly built SuperSav in KB. I couldn't believe my eyes, a westernized modern grocery market that did not smell of fish or seafood or strange things!!!! OMG! I felt like a kid in a candy store, huge eyes unbelieving what they are seeing and also wanting to buy everything in the store. The layout was set up like an American grocery store, where the aisles are big enough for two way cart traffic, smelled clean, fresh fruits and veggies displayed in the produce section, and all kinds of fresh meats & seafood. I ended up buying all sorts of random things at the market….There was a mixture of Asian and Western food products and spices… but one thing I did find missing was Sriracha sauce! (I guess they only sell rooster Sriracha sauce in American :( ) I even found all the foods I was craving for or wanting while in Brunei like REAL assortment of cheeses, kimchee, Shin Ramen, spam, and a REAL HUGE turkey!!!!!! The whole time walking through the store I thought, "NOOOOO WHY NOW?!? TWO DAYS BEFORE I LEAVE?!" I was a bit sad, but honestly, through Soon Lee Market & other not-so-western stores, I learned to adapt to the groceries here (i.e. using Long bean instead of green beans).
I am actually glad that I did not have the chance to shop at SuperSav Grocery store while in Brunei. Instead, by going to Soon Lee and local markets, I was able to learn how to think outside the box, change my taste palate, and adapt my tastes to the local foods here in Brunei. I believe that being able to adapt is an important trait to have in order to succeed at whatever you want to do. Especially with my new position, change is imminent. I will be constantly changing my location, changing what I am doing, changing the people I work with, etc. I am very proud of myself to be able to live with Soon Lee groceries and accomodate to the environment and situations I am given.
This experience walking through SuperSav also made me realize how spoiled we are in the U.S. In Walmart, we can get pumpkin pie, turkey, underwear, toothpaste, medicine, hygienic products, bicycles, toys, cards, and whatever your heart desires at a one stop A/Ced, clean Walmart. We have it so good in good ole 'Murica. I know going back to the U.S. I will be more grateful and mindful of the luxuries we have in the U.S.
Anyway, I tried out "Wywy Restaurant" (which is literally EVERYWHERE in Brunei) with Goh and Yiching (aka Patrick) one night. This place had 102 pages worth of food.... I was overwhelmed by the amount of food and drink options they had that I actually felt a bit stressed out. I ended up getting my favorite Thai dish, Tom Yum! nom nom nom... It was actually pretty good, though, the service there sucked ass... I also spilled the whole can of toothpicks all over the table, so I had to pick up all of them and put them in my purse to throw away later since I was embarrassed... haha. This week I have been eating out every night and just enjoying the company of others during my last week. Even though the service sucked at Wywy, I at least was able to spend some quality time with some fun people.
But speaking of food, this is Part 3 of my cheap foods (NOM NOM NOMMM):
- Lady's Food Van - 1BND Kolomee with a perfectly fried egg, 0.70BND Rainbow cake
- Some small shop in downtown KB - 3 Custard pies, iced milk tea, 100 plus, honey lemon drink, and 5 plates of Gomeereng: 13BND
- This outdoor restaurant in a tree house - 100 plus, some peanut cuttlefish dish, fried house tofu and special seafood pancake: 4.10BND
- Local markets - Starfruit and fresh Filipino mangos: 2.00BND
- Wywy Restaurant - King Prawn Tom Yum Noodle Soup, Soursop Guava juice: 8BND