Friday, April 10, 2009

Shopping and Settling

Me and lil Thea has gone out of our liblib Seria community last Saturday! Yahoo!

How? Thea's Roravirus vaccine is due and the hospitals here doesnt have one, they referred us to Jerudong Park Medical Center which is 1 1/2 hours away from our place. Can u picture our location now? However, the upside is it's 30 min away to Bandar, the city where the malls are!

Malls here aren't like those in Manila. Nothing beats Mall of Asia! Hahaha. "The Mall" the medyo sossy one is 3-storey tall and siguro as big as Greenbelt 1. It does have nice stalls but you see I dont wear tudongs and "bulaklakin" dresses that women here fancies. But I have to say that the cinema is really nice. The lounge area has this huge TV screen for movie trailers. Would have love to go in the cinema but can't because we have Thea now.

First stop was bookstore.
"Five little ducks" and "Rainy Day Special".
Then we looked for Thea's jacket and Nyem's shirts, Nyem's shoes. Shopping really is an energy booster haha! Oh, Vhin went to the gadgets =P. Next stop was for Thea's weaning set, Thea's PJ's (those we brought from Calumpit will not fit in a couple of weeks), and other little girl stuff. After paying everything it's a little late na. Its time to go back to Seria =P

Seria might not have all the perks Manila has but I am beginning to love it. For this is the place God brought us. A place to bond as a family. A place where Vhin, Thea and I were able to rely on each other exclusively. Surely God knows what's best for us. If it has the gimmicks Manila has we might not have come to know the value of each other as much as we have learned it here in this liblib place.

Seria may not be the prettiest place but it is the best place for us...for now =D Hoping all of us may learn to love the place where we are. God bless you!


alynn said...

hi em,

congrats on settling in Brunei peacefully. I also admire your optimism in everything you and your family has going through. I'd like to ask the lifestyle in Brunei since I found a good opportunity there but I can't convince my husband to move there since he said its a Muslim country. I would really appreciate your inputs. Btw, were now based in Bangkok with a 5 month beautiful baby boy. Im contemplating if its worthy to move to another Asian country. Thanks a lot
*alynn*(fellow N@wie here)

em said...

hi alynn!
Lifestyle here in Seria is quite laid back. Maybe it's different in Bandar - the country's capital. Brunei is a Muslim country but they are open to other religion. We are Christians and we found a church here. There are catholic churches here too. Bruneians are mostly Malays and some are Chinese.
Perks - No Tax!
- cheap air fare air asia via malaysia
-More Family Time
- free check-up for babies and preggies including vaccines
- No liquor no drugs
- Dami pinoy!
- Nice road , no heavy traffic
- .50 cents/liter gasoline around 1 pesos sa tin

Downside - No grandious leisure parks, nor big malls and splendid beach
- Bus is the only public transport (comes hourly i think)
- commodities are slightly higher than manila but some are subsidized by government especifically rice
-walang sari sari store hehe
-water is not safe for babies you need to filter it pa even or bathing

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