| Wani Roslan |
AS PART of the Chiefs of Defence Annual Conference (CHOD) 2014 Spouses’ Programme, the defence chiefs’ spouses and their delegation were treated to a tour of Kampong Ayer yesterday. The tour was led by Datin Hajah Masnunah binti Haji Ibrahim, spouse of the Deputy Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
The tour commenced with a safety briefing at the Royal Wharf in the capital, and continued with a panoramic view of Kampong Ayer at the Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery. The gallery showcases Kampong Ayer’s history, lifestyle and craft since its establishment.
The delegation also witnessed a live demonstration on traditional handicraft and games, as well as a rendition of the legend of Jong Batu.
The delegation also paid a visit to the residence of Pengarah Haji Mokti bin Haji Salleh, Penghulu of Mukim Tamoi, who briefed the delegation on the history of Kampong Ayer over the decades.
They were also shown demonstrations of traditional dances and musical instruments, as well as a demonstration of the ‘Mukun’, which is a form of poetry performed to the beating of drums.
The delegation also had the opportunity to taste a range of delicacies such as ‘Kueh Cincin’ and ‘Apam’.
The visit continued with a luncheon at Tarindak restaurant at the Arts and Handicraft Centre in the capital and later ended at the Royal Regalia Building and with a group photo session.
The purpose of the visit was to provide insight into the one of the world’s largest water villages, as well as its rich historical heritage and culture.