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holmertz 08-23-2021 02:23 PM

To PaulVDV: changed
Thank you Paul,
I don't know how long a reply is allowed to be, so I'll keep this short. No wonder this kampong ayer is unfamiliar to you since it no longer exists. I got the impression from your photos that today's water villages look much neater and more prosperous than in my memory. Almost half of a century wouldn't go without improvements, or at least change, anywhere. I was almost shocked to see Kuala Lumpur in 2007, coming there with memories from 1976. And Jakarta also changed almost beyond belief between 1976 and 1999. They were like completely different cities.
I will post a few photos from inside the kampong ayer in my next two uploads, so you can make new comparisons.
I just remember another big change in Brunei. Beer was readily available in 1976. I think you said it's a dry country now.
Best regards,

PaulVDV 08-23-2021 04:40 PM

Hi Gert,

Officially since 2014 Brunei's sharia law bans the sale of alcohol.
However, Sharia only applies to Muslims.

Tourists would be allowed to drink alcohol in hotel rooms or private homes. However, the alcohol that is consumed can only come from the duty-free shop at the airport. I arrived at a seaport and remember a tiny shop. No idea if the goods were duty free. I didn't ask about alcohol but I don't think they had it.

However, tourists may not be drunk in public.
A Bruneian told me that if he was caught drinking a beer in a public place, he would be sentenced under strict sharia law. If I were caught in a public place, I would be sentenced according to a civil court. No idea what can happen to Muslim visitors from abroad.

During my three days in Bandar Seri Begawan, I never saw beer or other alcohol anywhere, nor did I see anyone intoxicated. Three days without a beer is not immediately insurmountable for me :)

In Malaysia you could easily buy beer, for example in the 7-eleven shops that were everywhere.
However, you couldn’t order a beer in a budget restaurant because restaurants needed a special permit for selling alcohol and the cheaper eateries had never applied for that permit.

Kind regards,

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