Chinese Festival in the middle of the JUNGLE!
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My boss in Brunei decided to take me on a roadtrip to a FARAWAY town in Brunei Darussalam. And by Brunei standards, faraway was one and a half hour drive, any further would already take you to Malaysia. Although I didn't know that "faraway" actually meant DEEP IN THE JUNGLE!
The place is called LABI and to get there you need to take the main highway and travel south and then turn left (?) somewhere before you reach Kuala Belait. After that it's still quite a loooong drive inwards. You shall pass a really nice park with a lake in it. We actually stopped by and my boss told stories of his youth... girlfriends and jumping in the lake. I HAD TO STOP HIM by telling him it was getting late and we really should go back on the road.
After quite a long yet lovely drive we finally reached the town of Labi. I am not exactly sure how many foreigners or tourists have been there as it really looks like a VERY small town with a nice little community. Everyone probably knows everyone and everyone knows what each other is up to and who's got the latest LCD flatscreen TV or who won the latest lucky draw (lots of that here). My boss and I then proceeded to this school where the locals have prepared food and a performance in relation to the month-long Chinese New Year festival. There were kids and teenagers dancing. Some more suggestive than others. There was also this masked Chinese "Funny" man who I didn't really find funny.
Labi is a nice place to visit particularly because it can be one of those places you can relate to the song "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane. You can come for the WILD BOAR stew or the rabbit stew or the barbecued snake (sometimes they have deer as well), this area is not really the HALAL area as they are mostly (if not all) Chinese. Mostly, you can come because of the nice looong drive, the sunset and that GET-AWAY-FROM-IT-ALL feeling. Perhaps not with your boss though. ;-)