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Unwinding at Tutong’s Bukit Basong

Sham

October 2, 2020 – The district of Tutong, sandwiched between Brunei-Muara and Belait districts, offers a few beautiful places to visit. Other than the ever-so-famous Pantai Seri Kenangan, an other well-known and attractive place is the Bukit Basong Recreational Park located just of the T-junction at the Penanjong Camp.

Like most parks in the country, it is a famous place where the public would bring their families for an outing and also health-conscious citizens would take a brisk walk.

Although it is somewhat quiet on normal days, it can be fairly packed on Sundays.

This park used to be a favourite recreational spot for those living nearby. Everyday after office hours, a number of families can be seen enjoying themselves at the park. It is such a perfect place to unwind after a long and hard day at work.

Similarly to other recreational parks in the country, Bukit Basong Recreational Park also provides several public amenities such as restrooms for men and women. Gazebos and shelters are easily available here.

Stage on the lake

In the Green’ drive to curb the habit of dumping rubbish everywhere, littering is prohibited here and a number of rubbish bins are provided.

For Muslim visitors who want to pray, suraus, built on a mini-hill surrounded by a beautiful mini garden is also available at the park.

Restaurants at this serene park are surprisingly popular. Quite a number of regular visitors come here for a quiet meal.

The restaurant’s proximity to nature is the most likely attraction for patrons to enjoy their food here.

Deep inside the park, a few model wooden houses and huts are built representing a number of harmonious local races and tribes.

Among them are nature-loving longhouses of the Ibans of which walls are made of tree harks. Paddy huls, normally used by the local Kedayans are also found here.

In the deep-end section of the park lies the entrance to jungle trekking.

Adventurous men and women are seen trekking in the forests mostly on weekends and public holidays.

In addition, there is also some open space in the park proven to be very useful to people indulging in recreational activities.

Some youths and nearby residents can be seen utilising these space, most notably late in the afternoon. One of the main beauties of the park is the lake, basically located right in the centre.

A stage connected by a wooden bridge is built on this lake. Numerous activities have been staged here as two stages, one of which is located on the dry land next to the one on the lake, provide any organisers with a perfect staging area.

The stage on the lake is, however, currently cordoned with ticker tape, obviously stating that it is off limit to the public. In order to maintain the cleanliness and beauty, the park is continuously maintained by a number of dedicated workers.

The grass is perfectly trimmed and rubbish is all collected.

The flora and fauna, which provides the park with beautiful and vibrant colours, is also properly maintained.

The park has grown tremendously in popularity now more than ever.

Schoolchildren visit Muara customs office

Bebeth Parreno

OCTOBER 25, 2000 – “Learning should not be confined to the four walls of the classroom,” stressed Principal of Nusa Laila Puteri School Hajah Sharifah Nor binti Haji Syed Ibrahim, in organising educational field trips for the benefit of Primary 6 pupils of the different branches.

Among the places of interest the children are visiting include the Brunei Museums, Mulaut Abattoir, Tasconi’s Pizza and the Royal Customs and Excise Department. On Monday, the pupils visited the Royal Customs and Excise Department at the Muara Port. The Assistant Superintendent Haji Md bin Ali Haji Hussin explained to the pupils the importance of paying customs duties. He led them to the long room where declaration forms are collected, duties are paid and verified. He also showed the kids the international computer codes used in the import and export transaction of goods.

Inspection of goods container at the terminal. PHOTO: BEBETH PARRENO