In between Rugby World Cup matches today I decided to flick through some of my old internet haunts. Websites go in an out of fashion like most things and there was a time when I loved to flick through DeviantArt.
One of my favourite artists, an Israeli woman named Gil, creates comics about J K Rowling’s characters Professor Snape and Lucius Malfoy. She has them get up to some serious shenanigans and I remember waiting for her to produce the next one.
But enough reminiscing about that. Let’s reminisce about something else!
I found, in the depths of that website, my own old DeviantArt profile and some of my photographs of Brunei (dating to 2008 o.o)! Rachel, archaeologist of the internet right here! My world is full of nostalgia. After my university trip to Egypt in 2008-2009, I decided to go home via Brunei Darussalam, where I spent some years as a child. It was, in itself, a nostalgic journey.
One of the first things my friends and I did there was take a water taxi around Kampong Ayer, a stilted suburb of the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. 10% of the entire country’s population live upon the water of Brunei Bay. The people there have everything they need, schools, hospitals and mosques.
A water taxi trip is a great way to experience this area of Brunei and you will often have a trip up river thrown in as well. Keep your eyes peeled for the long-nosed proboscis monkeys!
Looming over the village, at the heart of an artificial lagoon stands the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Yet another beautiful example of Southeast Asian Islamic architecture. It’s hard to decided which I love best, this or the Jame’ Asr’ Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Gadong.