A friend of mine from Hong Kong recently consulted my advice on what he should know, if he ever considers migrating to Brunei.
As a person who’s lived here and a few other places in my lifetime, it was easy for me to point out some plus and minuses right away!
Below are some of my notes for my friend. My underlying message is, please come! We warmly welcome you and your family here!
|What I love about Brunei?||What frustrates me about Brunei?|
|1||Seriously Good Fry Kwea Teow / Kolo Mee / Roti Pratha||$19.99 for a large pizza in Brunei, seriously?!!! (It’s $5.99 in the US – see above)|
|2||60 Cents Kopi||No Starbucks?!!!|
|3||Cheap & tasty Pasar-Malam Food||Lacks: Money-Can-Buy top notch cuisines|
|4||It’s who you know||It’s what you drive|
|5||10 – 15 minutes drive to / from anywhere (5 minutes if you live in where I live – Menglait)||Dude, where’s the cycling tracks, taxis and MRT?|
|6||No Speed Cameras||Crazy Drivers|
|7||Good sense of community||A little too good at times…|
|8||People are polite||For goodness sake, tell me what you really think!|
|9||Cheap DVDs||Lousy Internet Connection|
|10||Blessed, wealthy little country||(We think) We own the universe!|
|11||Cheap foreign labours||(We think) We own them too!|
|12||Lack of competition (business opportunities)||Seriously bad service. (See…)|
|13||Teaches you patience||Tests your patience|
|14||Not illegal for Maki* to poop anywhere!||Illegal for Maki to go anywhere: No Park, No Café, No Public areas…|
|15||53 cents per litre of Premium Unleaded, and you don’t even need to get out of your car to refill!||$9.20 / bottle of fresh milk (2ltr) [appx 9x price of our oil] / Amazon.com delivery takes 6 weeks! / No PayPal (@anthony_er)|
|16||Lack of decent shopping||Ditto: lack of decent shopping!|
|17||You have time to smell the flowers||Dude, where’s the flowers?!|
|18||Highly educated generation||It’s who (not what) you know|
|19||Central location to anywhere in Asia…||RBA, oh RBA…|
|20||Lizards (beautiful creature)||Mosquitoes!|