Saturday, 21 August 2010

I'm back - and in Brunei

It's been 8 weeks since my last blog post.  8 weeks... and about 7000 miles. 

We're now living in Brunei - and it still feels a little strange to be writing that!   Until we heard we might be moving here, I'm not sure I had heard of Brunei, and I certainly didn't know where it was.  But now we find ourselves living and working in the Far East, on the north coast of the island of Borneo, looking out over the South China Sea.

So how is it? 'Overwhelming' has been the word that I've used most.  But overwhelming in (usually) the nicest way.  It's just that everything is new and different, it's pretty hard to take in all at once. 

New house...


New critters...


New school...


New wildlife...  (I was going to say 'new neighbours' there but thought that might be misconstrued!)


New climate...  (Hot and humid with epic rainstorms).


New sights to see...


New food to try...  (This is ambuyat, a Bruneian speciality, which due to its close similarity to wallpaper paste,  I will not be sampling again!)


A beach within 5 minutes' walk of the house...


And walks in the jungle...


All that, along with some fabulous new friends and neighbours.  I think we're going to be very happy here for the next 2 years.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Brunei. Hope you have a wonderful experience working and living here in the abode of peace! Look forward to your cooking posts hopefully with a Bruneian twist to them. Good luck!

snowy said...

Glad that you're settling in and enjoying your new country.
Lovely photos - not sure about the wallpaper paste!
Looking forward to hearing more about Brunei and its food. x

nic @ nipitinthebud said...

wow, what an exciting 2 years ahead :o)
Glad you're settling in well. Look forward to seeing how your culinary choices are influenced by life in Brunei. One of my blog friends Anne lives in Brunei - she makes amazing applique quilts and is also originally from the uk.
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