Monday, 2 April 2007

Brunei Darussalam is The Wealthy Nation

 brunei map
Just Share, The very interesting video links by TVB (hosted by Eric Tsang, Zeng Zhi Wei) about The country of Brunei Darussalam... He was marvelling at the exuberant wealth flaunted in the video...

I thus took a look at the TVB production - 向世界出发 (literally translation: Advance Into The World), and it was an eye-opener as some scenes in the Royal Palace I have never seen before!!!

It also featured our highly-reputed 5 star hotels in Brunei: Brunei Darussalam Empire Hotel. There are 6 parts in all, and I have only completed 2.5 parts so far, with each part about 20 minutes. Hence I have no idea what other parts are about....
I think this is a subject of poignant interest, tourist attractions in Brunei, so let the pictures do the talking.....
 Brunei's Royal Palace Istana Nurul Iman
 An aerial view of Brunei's Royal Palace, Istana Nurul Iman, one of the largest inhabited royal residences in the world - with 1,788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.
 His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajjah Saleha
 His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajjah Saleha during celebration of His Majesty's 60th Birthday
 The huge main entrance of the brunei palace
 The huge main entrance of the palace into the main lobby where celebrations will be held
 Crystal chandeliers in the brunei palace
 Crystal chandeliers in the palace, each weighing about a tonne, with estimated costs of HKD2 million each. There are about 12 of them in this main foyer, hence some HKD 24 million worth of chandeliers are dangling above...
 The glittering crystal shoes worn by brunei Her Majesty
It is noted in the production that the royal family's feet was placed on a cushion and not on the ground when seated. The glittering crystal shoes worn by Her Majesty is estimated to be around half a million dollars.

rumah kayu brunei
The wooden building behind Eric Tsang serves as the previous royal palace of Brunei, until Istana Nurul Iman was built in 1984. This was the very humble beginnings of the nation, at a time when the nation was still very poor, until the discovery of oil and gas in 1929 made Brunei a prosperous nation it is today.
jamee ashr hassanal bolkiah mosque
 A beautiful view Tourist Attractions in Brunei, of Masjid Jamek located in Bandar Seri Begawan. It was built by His Majesty as a gift to the His subjects during his 48th birthday. The dome is estimated to be weighing 2.4 tonnes and is made of 24k GOLD. Though the humble government of His Majesty did not disclose the costs, experts estimate it to be greater than HKD 300 million.
(Picture courtesy of Brunei Tourism Website)
jamee ashr hassanal bolkiah mosque
Another view of Masjid Jamek
Empire Hotel in Brunei
 Where to stay in Brunei. Choose The 5 star Empire Hotels in Brunei, Best Hotel In Brunei. Located along the scenic Brunei coastline, seaview hotel Brunei. Built in 1995, and is divided into 5 prime areas 
gold in Empire Hotel Brunei
Best Brunei accommodation, From the pillars of the main lobby in Brunei Empire Hotel, best hotel in Brunei. Been in the hotel once, and all the gold-like patterns seen in the pictures, are actually REAL gold (21K). From the main lobby, you can get a panoramic view of the blue South China Sea.
brunei empire hotel swimming pools
An beautifully-engineered landscape with an artificial beach, seaview hotel Brunei. There are altogether 4 of such artificial beaches although the coastline is only a stone throw's away. 
The swimming pools are designed to look as if they are joined to the South China Sea.
The golf course in Brunei Empire Hotel
 The golf course in Brunei Empire Hotel, best hotel in Brunei
Golden tap in the washroom in the Queen's suite in the Brunei Empire Hotel
 Brunei hotels 5 star. Golden tap in the washroom in the Queen's suite in the Brunei Empire Hotel. If I didn't remember wrongly, it is approximately some $70k per night in the Queen's suite. The green rings I think are made of jade.
An indoor swimming pool in the Emperor's suite brunei empire hotel
 An indoor swimming pool in the Emperor's suite. Right beside it is a jacuzzi. It takes about 10 minutes' walk from the main entrance to reach this pool. There are attendants here serving drinks. A night at the Emperor's suite will cost around $130,000 and it is reputed that even the rich have to queue for this suite.
 A bathtub in the Emperor's suite. One can take a bath here and at the same time enjoy the breathtaking view of South China Sea. Bill Clinton is reputed to have been here.
The bowling alley in brunei Empire Hotel
 The bowling alley in Empire Hotels in Brunei City. Nice seats...
(Picture courtesy of Brunei Tourism website)
 Cinema lobby in Empire Hotels in Brunei City. Went here to catch some movies a few times.
(Pictures courtesy of Brunei Tourism website)

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 The Empire Hotel and Country Club
Brunei's one and only beach resort, The Empire Hotel and Country Club

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