After years of speculative yes, no, maybe, Brunei’s largest and most popular Japanese eatery Excapade Japanese Cuisine has officially opened in Miri, much to the delight of loyal and insatiable Excapade sushi and sashimi fans in Miri, maybe even across Sarawak.
The following selections are my favourite shots of the new Excapade Miri establishment
This wooden facade of a Starbucks outlet located at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore is both striking, alluring and inviting. So much so that I patronized the outlet five times during my short stay at nearby Hard Rock Hotel. It was also the first time our family had breakfast there one morning. Being an early riser meant I got to take pictures of the nice interior especially when lit by the morning sun. These pictures were taken using a Canon PowerShot G11.
A completely unplanned road trip from Seria to Bandar Seri Begawan I made yesterday led me to the photo of the magnificent and historic Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, which is quite possibly the most photographed landmark of Brunei Darussalam. Leaving the house, I grabbed the Canon PowerShot G11 from the dry cabinet not realizing then that there wasn’t much battery power left. This photo is one of a series I managed to capture before battery power went out for good.
“POSITIONED majestically on an artificial lagoon near the banks of the Brunei River, the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Mosque stands as among the most magnificent mosques ever built in the world.
With its golden dome and soaring white minarets, the mosque is often pictured as an oasis of serenity amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Bandar Seri Begawan. The celebration of its golden anniversary heralds the mosque’s unique long-standing status as the heart of the capital and the symbol of Brunei’s deeply-rooted Islamic faith.
The mosque also incorporates Italian and Renaissance architectural styles, but with craftsmanship that reflects classical Islamic architecture. This makes the mosque as one of the most unique Islamic places of worship across the world. The mosque took four years to complete, from 4 February 1954 until 26 September 1958. His Highness Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien is remembered as the “Architect of Modern Brunei”. During his reign from 1950 until his abdication in 1967, the Sultan steered Brunei safely through the turbulent years following WWII, establishing the foundation for the nation’s independence and sovereignty. Through his determination and dedication, he had implemented the foundation to build the infrastructure, society and economy of modern Brunei and also ensuring the preservation of an independent Malay Muslim Monarchy in the modern world.”