The ol’ bullet point update

I am pretty sure every post I have made in the last several months has started with either “Oh man, I haven’t written in SO long” or “I can’t believe how fast this year is going!”  Both of which are true, of course, but it must be getting a little old.  The truth is, I have been doing a lot of thinking, most of which I cannot blog about (seriously, I hate to be vague, but I would be at risk of quite serious consequences with some of it, I suspect!)  But in and around that thinking, a few things have been happening in my life.  My brain is not quite in the mode to put them into an eloquent story.  So I’m going to go for the good ol’ brain dump of bullet points.

  • The last two weekends we have been in BSB (Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei).  We had a couple of appointments, and I had a whole bunch of choir rehearsals and concerts that meant it was just easier to stay up there.  And as an added bonus, we had a look around some new areas (Kiulap and Serusop).
  • As part of our exploring, I found some restaurants recommended by a great Brunei food blogger, Thanis Lim.  It was well worth making the effort to try these recommended restaurants, because Paddington House of Pancakes and Pondok Sari Wangi were both amazing.  We also paid a visit to our old favourite Bistro Chez Fio, and found some great donuts and other baked goods around as well.  Needless to say, we were pretty much always full!
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    Paddington House of Pancakes

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    Nasi Rames at Pondok Sari Wangi

  • The concerts I was participating in were a collaboration between the Panaga Singers and the Serunai Singers (a choir from BSB).  We sang a programme called From Gershwin to Gaga, which was a mix of jazz and popular music, and was a lot of fun.  Had I been a good blogger, I would have advertised it so you could come for a listen.  But obviously that didn’t happen.  I had forgotten how much hard work choral singing could be.  But it really is my musical home, and I loved it.
  • I have started taking Bridge lessons through the Panaga Club.  It reminds me of the good ol’ days of endless rounds of Five Hundred at school lunch times.  But with way more rules/conventions, which makes it both easier and harder.  The group I’m learning with are good fun, and it’s a good way to spend a Monday morning.
  • I also did a flower arranging workshop at the Club.  I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest, but I ended up having a great time.  And I think my arrangement turned out pretty good!
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  • We are currently in the process of planning a visit from my Dad and Step-Mum over Christmas.  We are not sure yet what the plan is, but we’re hoping to do lots of Borneo exploring, and other such fun things.  Now that it’s practically November, we should probably actually look a bit more seriously at making some plans!
  • We visited Tasek Lama in BSB for the first time, and had a lovely warm walk and then sat and played cards for a while.  As we were leaving, we heard some weird splashes, and came across a group of macaques having fun at a swimming hole.  I suppose this probably isn’t all that unusual, but I thought it was hilarious.  It made my day.

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    The monkey bomb competition winner.

  • My birthday is coming up in November, and I keep thinking it’s my 30th (which is actually not until next year).  I don’t know why I always think I am older than I am…
  • Last weekend we visited Serasa Beach for the first time (to find out more about doing a SCUBA diving course).  It was a perfectly sunny day, and it was just beautiful.
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  • We have fallen way behind on our challenges.  But I have a couple to write up, and a couple more in mind!
  • Starting on Friday, I am planning to participate in NaNoWriMo.  This means that over the next month, I am hoping to write 50,000 words on my novel (yes, I’m a NaNoRebel, continuing a current story rather than starting from scratch).  I am not sure whether it will happen, and in a lot of ways I’m not worried if it doesn’t.  But there’s a chance I’ll have a first draft in just over a month!
  • Last weekend in BSB I had a day all by myself (which might not seem too different to my regular life, but it felt a bit different), so I did an extended artist date (from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which I am working through at the moment).  I did some planning and outlining for my book, I made a collage from a magazine, and I drew mandalas.  I also ate Japanese food and donuts, and had a little look around a mall while I was buying supplies.  I (surprisingly) didn’t get rained on in any of my walks.  Basically, it was a wonderful day.

    A mandala

    A mandala

  • We also played tourist and visited the Royal Regalia Building.  It is huge and impressive, and just a little bit weird.  It was filled with cruise ship passengers, and I felt like we were in a different country (you don’t see that many tour groups around).
  • I have done a bit of shopping lately.  My favourite purchase is this poster.  It’s 3D, which makes it hard to take a photo of.  It’s totally ridiculous, and I totally love it.
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3 thoughts on “The ol’ bullet point update

  1. Demelza Gallen says:

    Love love love reading about your awesome adventures/life. You’re so much braver and more exciting than me – I love living vicariously through you though 🙂 Keep on being so busy and amazing xoxox


    • jenn says:

      So glad you think it’s interesting and adventurous. It has actually been feeling a bit ‘small’ lately, and I’m getting the urge to go somewhere or do something! But it’s good to be reminded that just living here is doing something!


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