It’s been three weeks since I last driven to Bandar Seri Begawan. That also means it’s been the longest time I’ve stayed away from my favourite hills — Bukit Shahbandar. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out. In fact, this week alone I exceeded my cardio workout with a record 13 sets of badminton and a few runs in the Sungai Liang forest. Yesterday afternoon, I returned to the Sungai Liang hills this time with my wife and we covered five hills to reach the peak that overlooks both Brunei LNG and Brunei Methanol Company plants. Previously I had only my S3 and images lacked details so this time I brought the G11 along this time, maybe 5D Mark III and a tele lens next time just to add some weight to the workout.
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3.6 kilometers is a good stretch to run several times a week to build and maintain stamina. The time recorded below reflects our slow hike stopping occasionally to admire the views and also a short chat with four mountain bikers we met on the same trail.
Updated: April 12, 2014 Reprocessed images to include additional shots from the park and monument adjacent to the hotel to produce an even wider panoramic shot of Kuala Belait.
I drove to Kuala Belait town on a whim this sunny morning not for the usual coffee meet-ups with my friends but with one purpose in mind — to capture an aerial view of my “KB” from the top of the V Plaza Hotel. I brought along my EOS 5D Mark III, EF 17-40mm, EF 24-70mm and EF 70-200mm, the widest and the longest lens had their share of sunshine on this almost windless day. The end result is a 3-piece stitched panoramic shot that required a fair bit of intelligence on the part of the software to align the elements.
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After weeks of planning to hike Canada Hill with buddies training for our December 17 Mount Kinabalu climb, the day finally came and kicking off our late morning hike is this landscape of our neighbour’s bustling city from the top of Miri’s hiking hot spot.
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