I’m writing this post in the study of a country house, which I’m visiting. It’s wet outside and we’re contemplating putting the fire on. Still, I’m feeling nice and cosy after a few pub outings over the weekend and this is the perfect excuse to go over my holiday photos from last month when I was in the Philippines.
I’ve also just come across my recent pics from Brunei where I spent a day on a stopover. The heat was so stifling and you could feel a storm brewing or needing to happen to relieve the pressure in the air. It’s really hard to imagine right now.
For this post I picked out a few favourite photos because of their colour. As you probably know from my Think Pink post, when the sky is grey I like to inject colour or sparkles into my life.
Here is my favourite: the tiles from the Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. I’m a huge fan of Islamic art and design and I just love these colours too. So pretty!
We couldn’t take photos inside the mosque, which has chandeliers that are dripping in Swarovski crystals and are plated in 24 carat gold. There’s also an amazing flying marble staircase which is unsupported. Difficult to imagine but fantastic to experience.
In the Royal Regalia Building, I fell in love with these parasols which were used in the Sultan’s state processions.
And with every building we entered, we had to take off our shoes. I think the guards thought I was a bit nuts to take this photo but I just love the image and all that it represents.
Here is a street sign in Bandar Seri Begawan, the city that you fly into.
The original site of Bandar Seri Begawan exists as Brunei’s Water Village and so Brunei’s infrastructure is relatively recent.
And of course, I couldn’t write a post about a place without mentioning its food. Whilst in Brunei for the day, I ate dim sum. I couldn’t get enough of it. Each dish was so good and I didn’t try much else, except for their sweets.
With the supercars and crowds flocking into Knightsbridge every summer, it was great to take a peek at the way of life of the normal folks within these oil states. And it was great to speak to the locals and discover some of the friendliest people I have ever met.
Brunei is an interesting place to visit and you leave the sovereign state asking yourself more questions than when you arrived.